Roc Marciano Returns with Rosebudd’s Revenge

February 19th, 2017

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It’s been nearly four years since Roc Marciano dropped a full solo project and to say fans have been clamoring for more would be an understatement. Despite numerous guest features and one-off collaborations over that period, the streets have been starving for a full length from the Long Island lyricist. Well, he came through in the clutch this weekend with the release of his new project Rosebudd’s Revenge.

The 15-track offering is a textbook display of Marci’s superior pen game and it features production from George Paulin (on the killer opening track “Move Dope”), Don C and Animoss of Arch Druids, Knxwledge, Modus Op and Roc himself. Guest rappers include Knowledge The Pirate and frequent Marci collaborator and fellow lyrical phenom KA.

The album  is currently only available via Marci’s official website, but you can preview three tracks (the title track, “Move Dope” and “Here I Am”) via a new video below, and look for the album to hit streaming services later this week.

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Drake Talks More Life, Kanye & Meek Mill with DJ Semtex

February 19th, 2017

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During his ongoing UK excursion, Drake sat down with the esteemed DJ Semtex for a wide-ranging interview that touched on a number of topics that he hadn’t previously addressed at length. Over the course of about an hour, the pair spoke on the early days of his career back to the So Far Gone era, his relationship with and subsequent signing by Lil Wayne and working with Dr. Dre on the project we know as Detox. He also spoke on the upcoming More Life playlist project, his high-profile beef with Meek Mill, his working relationship with alleged ghostwriter Quentin Miller, “Pop Style” and becoming a target of Kanye West during one of his more infamous rants.

You can stream the full interview below and head over to Semtex’s site for an extensive transcript.

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Video: Cee-Lo Green ft. Tone Trump – Power

February 17th, 2017

Following the release of his thoroughly hilarious “Jay Z’s Girl” earlier this week, Cee-Lo Green, aka Gnarly Davidson, connects with Philly’s Tone Trump of all people on a new joint called “Power”.

Previously: Cee-Lo Green (Gnarley Davidson) – Jay-Z’s Girl (Video)

Future – Grammys (Solo Version)

February 17th, 2017

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So apparently, during last night’s episode of Freebandz Radio on Beats 1, DJ Esco premiered a previously unreleased, all-Future version of Drake’s “Grammys”. The track appeared in its original form on Drake’s Views and it’s possibly my favorite song from the album. Check out Future’s version below which includes a new verse. Check out a radio rip below.

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Video: Kid Ink ft. 2 Chainz – Swish

February 17th, 2017

Tity Boi balls for real with Kid Ink in the new video for their curve anthem “Swish”.

Previously: 2 Chainz ft. Gucci Mane & Quavo – Good Drank (Video)

In The Lab with Avenue

February 17th, 2017

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

I first encountered Boston rapper Avenue’s music in mid-2015 on a friend of mine’s blog. It was a video for his song “SPILT MILK,” and there was something about his modern take on classic street rap that struck me. He had his own style and sound with strong traces of golden era grit, but it was also deeply rooted in the millennial mindset of the new school hustler. I was intrigued, so I did what any rap fan should do when they discover a new artist’s music they like—I started following and supporting.

It’s now a year-and-a-half later, and Avenue’s new project Mass Ave and Lenox is on my short list of most anticipated rap releases of 2017. It started with the first single “Party’s Over (Ringing Off),” a captivating banger complete with block-wise bars, hard drums and smart samples. It was apparent with this drop that Ave’s writing and ear had matured during his hiatus. Clearly Avenue, along with his production partners Frank The Butcher and Arcitype aka Cooking To Kill, were preparing to put Boston back on the rap map in a real way.

As we rapidly approach the release of Mass Ave and Lenox, we thought now was an appropriate time to get Avenue on the horn for our latest In The Lab, and get a feel for how him and his team get down in Beantown when it comes to putting a new project together. It turns out it’s a lot of what you’d expect (beats, rhymes, and blunts), but there seems to be an extra layer of thought and craftsmanship going into their collective process, because they know the legacy of their city is on the line. Go In The Lab with Avenue, the new pride of Boston, below.

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Desiigner – Funkmaster Flex Freestyle

February 17th, 2017

So Desiigner is the latest artist to participate in Funk Flex’s ongoing freestyle series and I was totally expecting some harmonious shit like he did for that XXL Freshman freestyle that eventually became “Tiimmy Turner”, but that is certainly not what he gave us. The whole session only lasts about 2 and a half minutes or so, but he probably could’ve stretched it to at least 4 if he just slowed down for a breath. Flex’s face throughout this whole display is comedy.

I’m also including the interview portion of the visit below. I would recap but I had to turn it off a few minutes in after he said “you feel me” literally four times during one sentence.

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Video: Bas – Penthouse & Live For

February 17th, 2017

Dreamville’s Bas comes through with not one, but two new visuals for “Penthouse” and “Live For”, both off his Too High To Riot project.

Watch above and below.

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Drake Previews Yet Another New Song in London

February 17th, 2017

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I feel like Drake has been in the UK for 6 months at this point, but apparently, it has only been like 3 weeks. In any event, a new week brings a new More Life snippet. Here he is at Paper Soho in London last night playing something new for the crowd. He also hit XOYO and ended up taking the stage for a quick performance of “Energy” with Skepta and Giggs during a set by Smoke Dawg and Nafe Smalls.

Watch both below.

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Divine Council – D.A.N

February 17th, 2017

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Following up on the massive success of his Andre 3000 featured remix of his track “Decemba”, Silk Money of Divine Council drops “D.A.N”, the lead single from the new album I Hate My Life And I Really Wish People Would Stop Telling Me Not To.

Listen below.

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