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New Album Stream: Wale - 'The Album About Nothing'

Posted On: March 31, 2015

Last night Wale held a surprise mini concert at SOB's to celebrate the release of his new album, "The Album About Nohing," which dropped today (March 31, 2015).

The album features J Cole, Usher, Jeremih, and more. It's a 14 track project with a Seinfeld-theme to it.

Stream it below.

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New Album Stream: Ludacris - 'Ludaversal'

Posted On: March 31, 2015

Ludacris highly anticipated album "Ludaversal" is here.

The 14 track album features Usher, Miguel, Big KRIT and more.

Stream it below.

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Freestyle: Fabolous - 'Shook Ones Part 2'

Posted On: March 31, 2015

Fabolous continued with his Friday Freestyle heat over the weekend and spit some fire for the streets.

For his latest freestyle edition, Fabolous revives the classic Mobb Deep's instrumental 'Shook Ones' and electrifies the beat like a defibrillator.

With all these freestyles, Fab might as well drop a mixtape with this formula he has been using and pay homage to all these classic instrumentals too.

Anyhow, blaze the track below.

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Jay Z Breaks and Shuts The Internet Down With The Launch Of "Tidal"

Posted On: March 31, 2015

Over the weekend, Roc Nation tweeted Jay Z (Shawn Carter) would be making a big announcement on Monday, March 30, 2015. What many did not know, Jay Z was going to make history.

Stemming from his business acquisition of a $56 million dollar streaming company he recently purchased, Jay Z basically made a huge "Tidal" wave in the music game.

This was well done and well planned. To market the coming of Tidal, a video was released early in the morning, it didn't give too much details but created suspense and broke the internet. From there, Jay Z shut it down.

With the collaboration of all music genre which was genius, Jay Z is changing the game and giving musicians their rights back. On Monday (March 30, 2015) Jay Z stood alongside musicians like himself which included: Kanye West, J Cole, Rihanna, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Daft Punk, Jason Aldean, Alicia Keys, of course his wife Beyonce and more to introduce Tidal; a music streaming company that will be owed by the artists who make music for people to enjoy. Jay Z gave musicians back their power yesterday, to have some form of control over the business aspect of their music and how it is digitally manufactured. One by one, with Jay Z moving the chess piece first, they all signed and made a declaration towards a new movement.

In an interview last week, Jay Z explained what the purpose of Tidal is and the benefit of showing musicans that they are appreciated and valued.

"This is a platform that’s owned by artists," Jay Z said. "We are treating these people that really care about the music with the utmost respect."

 During the signing, Jay Z did not say anything and moved like a quiet storm. However, Alicia Keys made a comment about the evolution that was taking place in music.

"To forever change the course of music history."

So, what is Tidal? And what changes will it bring?

According to a business article: Tidal, which makes millions of songs and thousands of high-definition videos available in 31 countries, will have no free version. Instead, it will have two subscription tiers defined by audio quality: $10 a month for a compressed format (the standard on most digital outlets) and $20 for CD-quality streams.

In an interview, Jay Z gave an interesting analysis comparing music to water, the need for both of them but somehow, people don't want to pay for music but will pay for water although it's free. Basically, if you want quality, you have to pay for it  just like with music.

"The challenge is to get everyone to respect music again, to recognize its value," said Jay Z. "Water is free. Music is $6 but no one wants to pay for music. You should drink free water from the tap — it’s a beautiful thing. And if you want to hear the most beautiful song, then support the artist."

Things that make you go hmmm.

After Tidal was launched, the musicians and all those involved used the platform of social media to go hard and market it with the hashtag: #TidalForAll. They basically took over the internet.

Business analysts stated, Jay Z will face some challenges with other competitors such as: Apple, Spotify, Google and etc. But HOV remains confident in his new business venture and sees no competition.

"I just want to be an alternative," Jay Z said. "They don’t have to lose for me to win."

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Oprah Winfrey To Honor May Angelou's Legacy At Postal Service Event

Posted On: March 31, 2015

Oprah Winfrey will be joining Postmaster General Megan Brennan for the dedication of the Maya Angelou Forever stamp in Washington, D.C.

Winfrey will honor and commemorate Maya Angelou's legacy as a literature icon, poet, actress, author, civil rights activist, literary innovator and more. Other notables who will be involved in the ceremony include: Ambassador Andrew Young, Maya Angelou’s grandson Colin Johnson; Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL), poet Sonia Sanchez, author and journalist Sophia Nelson, poet and civil rights activist Nikki Giovanni and more.

The event will take place on April 7th featuring a 4ft. by 4ft. oil-on-canvas portrait of Maya Angelou, which will be inducted into the Smithsonian National Potrait Gallery. The potrait will have a quote from one of Angelou's book that reads: "Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud." Fans and admirers of Maya Angelou are urged to share the news of the upcoming event and spread awareness of it with the hashtag: #MayaForever.

The stamp is avaliable for pre-order and for more information: visit usps.com/mayaforever or call 866-268-3243 before 5 p.m. EST April 3.

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Freestyle: Styles P - 'Ghost The Man' and 'Ghost Zilla'

Posted On: March 28, 2015

Styles P continues to unleash heat for the streets.

Styles brings the fever and raises the temperature with two new freestyles.

In 'Ghost The Man,' Styles P gets soulful with his skills of storytelling, over a songstress crooning. The two of them use their lyrics, to paint on the canvas of the instrumentals for the song and brings the story to life.

Blaze it below.

The second track 'Ghost Zilla,' Holiday Styles does his monster thing and makes the beat tremble.

Plug your ears to it below.

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Remix: Chinx feat. French Montana and Jadakiss - 'Dope House'

Posted On: March 28, 2015

After releasing the video for 'Dope House' a month ago, Chinx returns with the remix for it. 

French Montana and Jadakiss brings the track back with a re-up of 16 bricks each, of their own raw product and cook up some lyrics for the song. The production on the track has that cruise control driving or switching lane music vibe to it.

Blaze it below.

Chinx new tape "Cocaine Riot 5" is out on the market and this track, Dope House can be found on iTunes.

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New Music Video: Ludacris - 'Call Ya Bluff'

Posted On: March 28, 2015

Still at it with the heavy promotion and marketing for his upcoming album "Ludaversal," Ludacris films a video for his heavy bass track 'Call Ya Bluff.'

For the visuals, Luda takes it to the hood and the video was directed by Matt Swinsky. Luda new album will be dropping in a coulpe of days on March 31st and is available for pre-order on iTunes.

Check out his new video below.

 

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Remix: Cozz feat. J. Cole – 'Knock Tha Hustle'

Posted On: March 28, 2015

Cozz mixes his track 'Knock Tha Hustle' with some new bars and blues production.

With the saxophone playing in the backdrop and the sound of Cozz's voice, it paints the song into a beautiful Hip Hop symphony. And Cozz gets poetic with his lyrics: "Let me touch you with my words/ kiss you with a song/ let me f*ck you mentally/ caress you with a melody." (The element of passion in those words.. it's like fire for the soul and when the soul burns, it takes off like a Phoenix.)

J Cole makes a cameo in the video and holds the track down with his own set of barwork.

Check out the footage below.

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Big Boy Interviews Dr. Dre About N.W.A. Biopic Film

Posted On: March 28, 2015

Dr. Dre stopped by L.A.'s Real 92.3 and sat down to talk to Big Boy on his morning show.

During the interview, Dre spoke about the new upcoming biopic N.W.A. movie, "Straight Outta Compton." He revealed, the film is about showing the heart of all the members of N.W.A. and their love for the art of music. Dre stated, the movie is purposed to inspire people, it displays what brotherhood is all about, the trials and errors that comes with it. He expressed, Hip Hop has a misconception which exhibits the lack of love and respect for women, and Dre wants to clarify and clear the misguided fog to show the love and respect Hip Hop, including himself has for women.

Dr. Dre didn't want to open up too much about the movie and explained that the movie is basically about the legacy of N.W.A., without any blemishes but factual events of the Hip Hop group.

Check out the footage below.

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New Music Video: Tink - 'Ratchet Commandments'

Posted On: March 28, 2015

Tink takes them to church in her new video for her 'Ratchet Commandments' track.

The song was produced by Timbaland who makes a cameo in the video. Tink gets at the ratchets and gives them 10 modern day commandments to redeem their souls, for the sake of the next generation's salvation. From women losing their essence and not realizing their worth as queens, to men forgetting their roles as the head of the throne and ratchets not embracing their royal roots to nurture the seeds of their princesses; and leading their princes. The video was directed by Dave Meyers.

Check it out below.

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