New Music: Yelawolf Feat. Eminem – ‘Best Friend’ (video)



Eminem joins Yelawolf on “Best Friend” off the Alabama rappers’s upcoming album Love Story. Over a knocking beat, produced by WillPower, the Detroit MC and his Shady Records protégé salute the ones who hold them down and always keep it real.

“And they never been yes men / They gon’ tell me when I’m fuckin’ up / The minute I’m givin’ it less than,” spits Em.

Love Story drops April 21 featuring the single “American You.”


Common Vs. John Legend In ‘Lip Sync Battle’ (video)



Common and John Legend put their lip-sync skills to the test on Spike’s new show “Lip Sync Battle.” The Oscar winners went head-to-head by lip syncing to some of their favorite songs.

First up, the Chicago MC took on the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” while the “All of Me” crooner rapped along to Juvenile’s “Slow Motion” as his wife Chrissy Teigen and co-host LL Cool J cheered them on.

“I’ve been buttoned up too long singing this R&B, man,” said Mr. Legend. “I’ve never really sang about being somebody’s outside dick before.”


Jay Z, Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West, & Nicki Minaj launch Tidal (article)



Jay Z is ready to make waves. The Roc Nation mogul officially announced the launch of TIDAL, the first-ever artist-owned global music entertainment platform, during a star-studded press conference in New York on Monday.

An impressive lineup of artists came together on one stage including Alicia Keys, Arcade Fire, Beyoncé, Daft Punk, Jack White, Jason Aldean, Chris Martin, Calvin Harris, J. Cole, Jay Z, Kanye West, deadmau5, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Usher. Each is considered a founding member and has an equity stake in the streaming company.

In an interview with Billboard, Jay Z revealed that he decided to get into the streaming business about a year-and-a-half ago.

“We didn’t like the direction music was going and thought maybe we could get in and strike an honest blow,” he said, “and if, you know, the very least we did was make people wake up and try to improve the free vs. paid system, and promote fair trade, then it would be a win for us anyway.”


New Video: Kendrick Lamar – ‘King Kunta’



Compton stand up. Fresh off premiering the video on the Jumbotron in Times Square and at L.A. LIVE, Kendrick Lamar puts on for his city in the video for “King Kunta.”

The West Coast kingpin takes it back to his ‘hood in the X-directed clip, which was shot throughout his hometown last month. He performs atop the Compton swap meet while fans cheer him on, takes his rightful throne, and even C-walks through the streets and the local liquor store. The whole city came out to show Kendrick love and members of his crew also make cameos.

His album To Pimp a Butterfly remains No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week with 123,000, bringing his two-week total to 447,000.

Watch King Kendrick come straight outta Compton.


New Music: Beyonce Feat. Chris Brown – ‘Jealous (Remix)



No, this is not a late April Fools’ joke. Two of R&B’s biggest stars have come together on one track. A version of Beyoncé’s “Jealous” has hit the net featuring none other than Chris Brown. It’s unclear when this remix was recorded or if it was intended as the original.

Breezy shares his insecurities while dueting with Bey on the seductive jam. “Queen Bey, I’m trippin’ ’cause I’m a little insecure when your phone go off,” he sings. “So mad I’m drunk texting / Now I’m reminiscing how we fell in love in Texas / Girl, I’m jealous.”

Listen to their sweet duet below.



‘Being Mary Jane’ Season 2 Episode 7 (video)


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‘The Real Housewives Of Atlanta’ Season 7 Episode 18 (video)


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Tupac, New Music Could Be Released Soon (article)


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A myriad of unreleased tracks were dumped onto the public following the 1996 death of Tupac Shakur in the form of additional albums and a series of mixtapes. But apparently there is still a number of Shakur recordings just waiting to see the light of day. That could happen soon. According to Billboard, a company called JAM Inc. has been working the rapper’s mother, Afeni Shakur, for the last two years and have access to everything in her vault of Tupac material. They plan to put out the material soon.

The company’s recent clients include the Michael Jackson estate, the Doors, Janis Joplin and Otis Redding. According to JAM Inc owner Jeff Jampol the Tupac releases don’t just pertain to new music. There are also “remixes, original demos, writings, scripts, plans, video treatments [and] poems.”

“Some of [the material] is in bits and pieces, some of it is complete; some of it is good, some of it needs work,” said Tom Whalley, who put together Shakur’s Interscope deal and is working with Jampol on putting out the unreleased material. “But I think the work that is left can be completed, and is worth his fans hearing.” There is also a biography in the plans.

Tupac recently made his way back on the scene when his voice was used for a PowerAde commercial featuring Derrick Rose. Kendrick Lamar also recently brought a buzz back to Pac’s name by using a 21-year-old interview with late MC on his recent album To Pimp A Butterfly.

The Grammy Museum currently has a Tupac exhibit on display titled “All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur.” A biopic about the beloved MC will start filming this summer. It looks like there is much more to come.


Fabolous Spits Rhymes On Shook Ones II Freestyle! (audio)





Rapper Fabolous returns with the fourth installment of his popular #FridayNightFreestyles series. This time the veteran wordsmith spits some crazy bars over Mobb Deep’s classic song “Shook Ones Part II” from their 1995 album Infamous.

Along with DJ Clue dropping echoic ad-libs, Fabo raps rewindable punchlines and braggadocios lyrics.

“There’s a difference in getting money and got money / I’m just a winner with a pocket full of pot money / I ain’t judging baby, go on and get that thot money / Better save it for a rainy day when it’s not sunny,” he spits.

Near the end, the Brooklyn rhymer closes with a clever reference to Damon Dash’s infamous “I’m a boss” interview with Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club.

“I’ll give it to you n—-s on some AIM blast shit / Then give it to your sons on some Dame Dash s—, boy / You n—-s ain’t bosses anyway / A nine-to-five beat a 10-to-life any day / Get your money,” he raps.

Reactions to Fab’s freestyle were unanimous — he killed it. “Fabolous snapped on that “shook ones” freestyle. S— is flames!! Ma nig!!” he tweeted.


2 Chains Named CEO Of Atlanta Hawks (video)



Sondra Rose reports,

Rapper 2 Chainz was named Chief Executive Officer of the struggling Atlanta Hawks franchise for a week.

This isn’t the first time that a major sports organization has utilized rappers to attract more urban sports fans into the arena.

2 Chainz’s official duties include hosting the March 27 “2 Chainz Night” festivities and designing colorful t-shirts that will serve as giveaways to urban fans who can name at least one of 2 Chainz’s rap songs.

2 Chainz, formerly of the rap duo Playaz Circle, will also distribute copies of his latest mixtape to his fans.

The Hawks dropped their last 3 games, including a 114-95 rout by the San Antonio Spurs on the Hawks’ home court on Sunday.