Thursday, June 29, 2017

JAY-Z Releases His New Album, 4:44

Mysterious ads promoting something called 4:44 began appearing on websites, billboards across major metropolitan areas and finally in national TV spots. We soon learned that the title was the cryptic name of JAY-Z’s 13th solo studio album which would be an exclusive release via TIDAL and Sprint. Right up until tonight we knew very little about this project except for a rumor that veteran producer and Capitol Music vice president No I.D. would be handling all of the production. The idea of a new Jay album alone is enough to get the culture bubbling, but when you tell us No I.D. is overseeing every single beat, the level of excitement rises exponentially.

I.D. has previously collaborated with Jay on a number of notable tracks, including “All Around the World” from The Blueprint 2, “Success” featuring Nas, “D.O.A” and the Kanye and Rihanna collaboration “Run This Town”. It’s fair to say the Ye and Rihanna track ended up being the biggest hit the pair worked on, but the production on all of these was top notch. What little we’ve heard from 4:44, in three promo spots released over the last couple of weeks, has sounded very promising.

With intriguing titles such as “Adnis” (the name of Jay’s late dad), “KILL JAY-Z” and “MaNyfaCedGod,” the promotional clips hint at a deeper and more introspective project than we’ve heard from Hov in a minute. The fact that he has also become far more active in social issues such as mass incarceration, the failed War on Drugs, and police brutality could also give us an idea of where Jay’s head was while recording this album. Finally, just today it was revealed that he has shot a video with a prison theme with icon Jesse Williams.

Stream the 10-track 4:44 below or via Tidal/Sprint now, and yes, I caved and reactivated my subscription just for this.

Future ft. YG – Extra Luv

After updating the FUTURE album with the Kendrick Lamar remix of “Mask Off”, Future adds another new cut called “Xtra Luv” featuring YG. Check it out below.

UPDATED with music video below.

Rick Ross ft. Anthony Hamilton – Glory of War

Rick Ross is back with the very wavey “Glory of War” featuring Anthony Hamilton on the hook. Rozay dropped this to celebrate his annual MMG pool party, which he’s inviting fans to this year. More info and song stream below.

MC Eiht – Which Way Iz West (Album Stream)

West Coast legend MC Eiht delivers Which Way Iz West, a collaboration with fellow Hip-Hop icon DJ Premier and his first new album in over a decade. Preemo served as the album’s executive producer, but the album maintains a distinctly Left Coast sound with previous Eiht collaborator Brenk Sinatra contributing several beats. Guests include Kurupt, The Outlawz, WC, B-Real, Lady of Rage and Xzibit among others.

Stream below now.

Video: Nyck Caution & Kirk Knight – Off The Wall

Nyck Caution and Kirk Knight of Pro Era hit us with the first visual from their joint project Nyck @ Knight, for lead single “Off The Wall”.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Video: Dave East x Sos Mula – Home Invasion

The jux is in full effect in Dave East and Sos Mula’s video for their new collab “Home Invasion.”
Paranoia is coming soon.

Video: Snoop Dogg ft. Rick Rock – Moment I Feared

Snoop is on the set of GGN with Rick Rock in the new video for “Moment I Feared,” off his Neva Left LP, out now. During their sitdown, Snoop and Rick are visited by an up and coming rapper that bears a striking resemblance to Young Thug on his Jeffrey artwork, so there’s a good chance some shots are being let off here.

Video: Don Q – Thank God

Don Q returns with a new one called “Thank God,” produced by Honorable C.N.O.T.E. This will live on his upcoming Corner Stories: Reloaded tape, a sequel to the mixtape he dropped back in February.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Royce Da 5’9 & DJ Green Lantern – The Bar Exam 4 (Mixtape)

Royce Da 5’9 blesses the streets with 28 tracks on the highly anticipated 4th installment of his Bar Exam series. He’s joined by his Slaughterhouse brothers, Westside Gunn, Conway, Nick Grant and Elzhi on three of the tracks, and there are some skits scattered throughout, but Royce takes the rest of the tape to the head with some assistance from host DJ Green Lantern.

Stream and download below.

Royce Da 5’9 ft. Slaughterhouse – Chopping Block

The Slaughterhouse is back open for business. Ahead of the release of his Bar Exam 4 mixtape later today, Royce shares “Chopping Block”, his new collab with Joell Ortiz, Joe Budden and KxNG Crooked.

Listen below.

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