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Fat Joe x Remy Ma – “Heartbreak” feat. The-Dream x Vindata (Video)

Another dope cut from “Platos o Plomo.” Nicki might have had legit shots on Remy Ma (and Fat Joe) when she bagged on them for underwhelming album sales. But that doesn’t mean the work is weak. Check out the teaser above for visuals for an example. Fat Joe and Remy Ma with The-Dream & Vindata“Heartbreak.” Video debuting on Tidal exclusively (here)

FAT JOE X REMY MA – PLATOS O PLOMO (ALBUM)

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Roc Marciano Talks About His Latest Album, Making His Music And His Money And More (Video)

Roc Marci is in the building… and the only one of his UN comrades who kept it pushing in the music grind. But Roc keeps in touch with the homies regardless (good). Hear him talk about “Rosebudd’s Revenge” (the album), being his own boss, loving that West Coast living and more.

ROC MARCIANO – ROSEBUDD’S REVENGE (ALBUM)

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DJ Shadow and Nas Talks About Motivations And Meaning Behind “Systematic” (Video)

Nice! Respect given to DJ Shadow and to Run The Jewels (El-P, Killer Mike) in this short clip. Get some details on what drove Nas to give birth to “Systematic” and why it HAD to have a DJ Shadow track treatment.

NAS – SYSTEMATIC (PROD. DJ SHADOW)

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Anderson .Paak – “Come Down” (Remix) feat. Ty Dolla $ign x ScHoolboy Q

Been official that “Come Down” was a hit. But remixxing it somehow makes us wanna say it’s official… again! Guess that is what a remix is s’posed to do, huh? Haaa! Check it out. This one includes Ty Dolla $ign and ScHoolboy Q in on the jam.

ANDERSON .PAAK – COME DOWN (REMIX) FEAT. TY DOLLA $IGN X SCHOOLBOY Q COME DOWN (ORIGINAL) | MALIBU (ALBUM)

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The Making Of “Strength Of A Woman” (VH1 Trailer)

Watching the trailer for “The Making Of: Strength Of A Woman” (debuting on VH1, May 2nd at 11pm EST) you get a sense that Mary J. Blige is laying it all on the line in a few ways. First, she mentions a couple of times that this “Strength Of A Woman” project she is dropping is about healing herself; sharing her struggles, not prescribing or preaching for anyone else. That more than infers a second; Mary putting her business all the way out there (which she has done before, but that “that’s my Becky With The Good Hair” line implies some SCANDALOUS storytelling is in store). Third, The Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul declares that this LP is the ‘real Mary‘… almost like a love-it-or-leave-it decision point will be laid out for the fans who cop. Risky, but hey, it’s Mary J; so folks will likely love it.

Now, we’d be pound foolish not to mention the coup of leveraging Mary’s brand in pushing an ‘album documentary’ timed around the release of “Strength Of A Woman” on VH1 where her target audiences (longtime fans of hers AND longtime fans of reality show level DRAMA) will be watching. Plus, peep all the contributors’ cameos, from Diddy to DJ Khaled.

There’s a reason the Queen is the most powerful attacking piece on the board. The Queen Of Hip-Hop Soul is on the move, starting with tomorrow’s release of “Strength Of A Woman” followed by this tell-everything documentary on May 2nd.

MARY J. BLIGE – STRENGTH OF A WOMAN (PRE-ORDER)

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Killer Mike And George Clinton Swap Stories At The SWAG Shop (Video)

Good conversation. And hella cool? Which part, you ask, is cool? That funk pioneer George Clinton and Killer Mike have a barbershop sit down? That they do it at Mike’s place – the SWAG Shop? That two legends still living the dream thought enough of us to film this realness?

Yes. All of that is hella cool. Watch!

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Faith Evans x The Notorious B.I.G. – “Legacy”

Bit of semisweet memory lane traveling at the start and end of this. Not together, but cool with wifey Faith Evans. This is her and Biggie together again on track. Here’s “Legacy.” Posted earlier on here, “The King & I” is linked below.

FAITH EVANS X NOTORIOUS B.I.G. – THE KING & I (PRE-ORDER)

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J Dilla – “Motor City” feat. Q-Tip x Busta Rhymes (J Rocc Blend #2)

Powerful posthumous heat from the late great J Dilla with some assist on the production by J Rocc and lyrical content delivered by Bussa Buss and Leader Quest Q-Tip. Check out this previously unreleased “Motor City” blend from the album (linked below).

The late, great J Dilla is widely regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time. Since his death in 2006, Dilla’s mother Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey has worked tirelessly to further her son’s legacy, and her latest effort is the new project Motor City. Inspired by Dilla’s beloved hometown, Motor City is a collection of rare and unreleased Jay Dee instrumentals, hand-selected and sequenced by Ma Dukes. Conceived as a “letter” to her son, Motor City is packaged in a limited-edition mailing envelope, complete with a handwritten message from Ma Dukes to J Dilla inside. This 19-track collection will be available at physical and digital outlets worldwide on April 21st, 2017.

J DILLA – MOTOR CITY FEAT Q-TIP X BUSTA RHYMES (J ROCC BLEND #2) | MOTOR CITY (LP)

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David Banner – “Who Want It” feat. Black Thought x WatchtheDuck (Prod. By THX)

Mr. Mississippi is baaaaack. And Black Thought’s got his baaaack. Bad news for the wack. But oh so dope news for any heads out there. Because lyrics like this fam…

I got the wordplay of Wallace, the work ethic of Shakur
I was sent into to the future with a message from the Moors
I went to war, my weapon just a blessing from the Lord
Rest assured that my pen is more mighty than the sword
Black Thought, “Who Want It”

Oooh-hooo-hooooohhh my DAMN! David Banner does it again. Listen to him, WatchtheDuck, and Tariq run this THX track.

DAVID BANNER – WHO WANT IT FEAT. BLACK THOUGHT X WATCHTHEDUCK (PROD. BY THX)

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Juelz Santana – “Mr. Weedman” feat. Snoop Dogg x Wiz Khalifa

JU-ELLLLZZZ! Hahaaa! You can tell that this is an East-Meets-West SMOKEFEST if ever there was one just from the title and the lineup. Santana doing the devilment with The DoggFather and Khalifa Kush Pusher on “Mr. Weedman” *cough cough* Check it out *COUGH* Good sh!t *COUGH CHOKE*

JUELZ SANTANA – MR. WEEDMAN FEAT. SNOOP DOGG X WIZ KHALIFA

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Nas x The Soul Rebels – “Hate Me Now” (Live Performance) [Video]

So… you don’t have to travel all the way to the Down Under for that special underground feel. But doesn’t it sound like that’s where some crazy dopeness should jump off all the time? Well, agree or agree to disagree, it did a week or so ago. Nas did “Hate Me Now” on stage (classic, that good gas)… with The Soul Rebels backing him (that high-performance premium unleaded)! Check the footage from Byron Bay Bluesfest, Australia.

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Big Boi – “Mic Jack” feat. Adam Levine

Trip the light psychadelic with this “Mic Jack” funk-dance jam from Big Boi Daddy Fat Stacks. That vocal feature you hear on there is Adam Levine (yeah, the Maroon 5 dude).

BIG BOI – MIC JACK FEAT. ADAM LEVINE

Freeway – “Hold The Fort Down” feat. Dave East (Prod. By DJ Skizz)

Don’t gotta tell you that it don’t get much more East Coast than Philadelphia Freeway and Harlem’s own Dave East, do we? ‘Cause it don’t! Boom bappage on the track that got damaged provided by DJ Skizz.

FREEWAY – HOLD THE FORT DOWN FEAT. DAVE EAST (PROD. BY DJ SKIZZ)

Nas – “Angels With Dirty Faces”

Nas getting down on “The Get Down Part II” soundtrack with this jawn “Angels With Dirty Faces.” iTunes credits the song to “Nasir Jones as Mr. Books,” as in one of the characters on the Netflix series.

NAS – ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES | THE GET DOWN PART II: ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

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Lady Dahlia – “Savage” (Video)

Shout to my homie XOBoogie (hot out the NOLA, y’all need to check for her) for putting me onto another of the finest Hip-Hop highness out of Louisiana since 3DNatee. The flyness, fineness, finesse and flows are all there. More on Lady Dahlia after the jump. But click play ASAP and check out the visuals for “Savage” though. Single available on her FREE “Flavors” mixtape, hosted by DJ Hektik.

DOWNLOAD: LADY DAHLIA – FLAVORS (FREE MIXTAPE)

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Nas – “Systematic” (Prod. By DJ Shadow)

Tellin’ y’all… music will make some of this stuff on TV watchable. Full disclosure: Silicon Valley is not on just TV… it’s on HBO. So listen up to the G.O.D.M.C. flowing over this “Systematic” beat perfection laid out by DJ Shadow. And maybe check for the series Silicon Valley (becuase, on the soundtrack, maaaaan).

NAS – SYSTEMATIC (PROD. DJ SHADOW)

J. Period – “Rise Up!” feat. Black Thought (Of The Roots) x Posdnuos (Of De La Soul) x Pharoahe Monch x Joss Stone

YOOOOO! This jawn BANGS!! Beatz & Lyrics on display (nice working in that ‘Phoenix’ sample from Tariq in the breaks). Every lyricist bringing drive; racing down the J. Period track like we gotta get there. Where? To the revolution!

What does it mean to “RISE UP?” What does it mean to RESIST?

Produced by J.PERIOD, this epic single brings together an historic lineup of artists — Black Thought of The Roots, Posdnuos of De La Soul, Pharoahe Monch & Joss Stone — to explore the meaning of “resistance” and the state of our Union. Additional production and instrumentation from Stro Elliot (Playlist Retreat), Larrance Dobson (1500 Or Nothin, Kendrick Lamar, Timbaland) and Jesse Blum (Misterwives). RISE UP EP available May 2.

J. PERIOD – RISE UP FEAT. BLACK THOUGHT X POSDNUOS X PHAROAHE MONCH X JOSS STONE

Jay Pharoah Speaks On Leaving SNL, Remembers Charlie Murphy And More (Video)

Jay Pharoah wants you to know that he is ‘not a yes n!gga’ folks. Hear, in the interview above, the risky career situations where he says ‘no’ to things, how he ended up leaving Saturday Night Live and more. Interesting how he affirmed that they (SNL) attempted to pigeonhole him as the Black impressionist; then he tossed that Chris Rock impression right in there within minutes (then a smidge of President Trump later).

(Did Jay say he got ‘White famous’ around the 8-minute mark though? Hahaa!)

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DJ Scratch Declares Nas’ “Illmatic” The Best Hip-Hop Album Ever (Video)

DJ Scratch says “Illmatic” was the best complete Hip-Hop album ever! It is not a unique stance, but watching the video above will give you the sense that he’d take a strong stance against anyone who’d say otherwise.

#DJScratch selects #Nas’ #Illmatic for his #BestAlbums selection. The #Brooklyn #DJ-#producer explains how Nas’ first album changed rap & why the production from #DJPremier #LargeProfessor #QTip #PeteRock was so groundbreaking. Hit us up in the comments section and let us know what you think.

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TLC – “Way Back” feat. Snoop Dogg

TLC taking a page from the De La and getting their funding up front, en masse, straight from the fans (read: instead of some ‘label’). They did a Kickstarter for the LP joint they are jumping off in June (the 30th to be precise). And to all the purists, don’t worry. TLC is T-Boz, Chilli, and Left Eye (RIP); no replacement singer from reality TV or otherwise. This album will be their last, so savor it. For a taste of what’s to come, start with this “Way Back” (featuring Snoop Dogg).

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