Oct
24
Usher Talks New Album, Tour, & Justin Bieber in Billboard

Usher

All hail King Usher. The R&B superstar reigns over the cover of Billboard wearing a bejeweled plastic crown over his hoodie with the tagline, “Usher in a New Era.”

In anticipation of his upcoming tour, the father of two spoke to the magazine about his new album, protégé Justin Bieber, and relationship with girlfriend/manager Grace Miguel.

He has dozens of songs finished for his upcoming eighth album including ones with Skrillex and Diplo, but the project still doesn’t have a release date. Three singles have debuted including “Good Kisser,” the Nicki Minaj-assisted “She Came to Give It to You,” and “I Don’t Mind” featuring Juicy J.

His “UR Experience” tour, which kicks off on November 1 with supporting act August Alsina, will feature elaborate choreography, tons of pyro, and a 13-piece band that Usher refers to as his “funk-soul orchestra.”

“This will be one of my freest tours,” said Usher. “Shit, I’m singing love songs that went on to be baby-makers—and now the damn babies are in the audience. Talk about a family reunion.”

Read highlights from the interview below.

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Oct
24
New Music: B.o.B f/ Lin-Z & London Jae – ‘Fleek’

Fleek

Fleek has gone mainstream. The term, which was originally coined to describe a woman’s eyebrows (check the Vine below), has been used by everyone from IHOP to B.o.B.

The Hustle Gang rapper aka Fleekwood Mac is the first to capitalize on the trend with a song featuring Lin-Z and London Jae. Bobby Ray uses fleek to describe just about everything from his designer jeans to his car.

Get your fleek on.

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Oct
24
New Music: Jeremih f/ Rick Ross – ‘Don’t Tell ‘Em (Remix)’

Don't Tell'Em (Remix)

Following T.I., Migos, and Pitbull, Rick Ross is the latest artist to remix Jeremih’s top 10 hit “Don’t Tell ‘Em.” The MMG mogul adds his bossy swagger to the DJ Mustard-producer banger.

Rozay will debut the video for “Keep Doin’ That (Rich Chick)” featuring R. Kelly on Sunday, and shared a sneak peek via Instagram. His seventh album Hood Billionaire arrives November 24.

Meanwhile, Jeremih recently shot a video for the official remix to the song with French Montana and Ty Dolla $ign.

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Oct
24
Jay Sean Splits with Cash Money, Readies ‘Mistress II’ Mixtape

Jay Sean

Jay Sean is no longer down with Cash Money. The British crooner has officially left the label.

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Oct
24
New Music: Mack Wilds – ‘Try Me (Freestyle)’

Mack Wilds

Rappers including T.I., Wiz Khalifa, and Remy Ma have rushed to remix DeJ Loaf’s “Try Me,” but none have done it quite like Mack Wilds. The actor-turned-singer gives the Detroit rapper’s DDS-produced single an R&B makeover and takes a moment to reflect on the past year of his career.

“Now a Grammy nomination later and I’m touted as a savior, Mr. New Waver,” he boasts.

Listen to his smooth flow below.

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Oct
24
Rap-Up TV: T.I. Talks Chris Brown Collaboration, Signing Troy Ave

With his ninth album Paperwork in stores this week, T.I. celebrated its release with a concert for iHeartRadio on Thursday in Burbank, Calif. Before hitting the Honda Stage to perform his hits including “Bring ‘Em Out,” “Live Your Life,” and “About the Money,” the King caught up with Rap-Up TV to discuss collaborating with Chris Brown on the raunchy bedroom banger “Private Show.”

“We wanted to make grown women cream themselves. I think that was the pure, definite intention behind the record,” said Tip. “I think that we were both kinda trying to one-up one another: ‘You’re not gonna make a girl cream before me. I’m gonna say something that you didn’t say and it’s gonna make her feel a way that you didn’t make her feel.’ We just kinda continued that volley back and forth and then we had a little ball of inappropriate innuendos at the end of it called ‘Private Show.’”

Earlier this week, Troy Ave fueled speculation that he signed to T.I.’s Grand Hustle label by appearing on the Hustle Gang remix to DeJ Loaf’s “Try Me” alongside Tip and Trae Tha Truth. While a contract may not be finalized, T.I. considers Troy to be Hustle Gang.

“Never mind the paperwork, I can’t really speak for the deals or the solidification of a professional relationship, but personally he’s definitely Hustle Gang. That’s something that I feel comfortable saying.”

He praised the Brooklyn rapper, who was among this year’s XXL Freshman Class. “He’s a solid cat,” said Tip. “He has something that New York has been missing for quite some time and he’s not afraid to be a New Yorker. I salute him for that early on.”

T.I. is battling it out against Logic on next week’s charts, but sales are not his priority anymore. “Don’t get me wrong, everybody wants to do well in everything that they do, but at the same time you have to judge yourself based on a scale of the statistics of what’s considered normal or acceptable for today. Ultimately the fans receiving it and really being able to relate to the music and really appreciating it as much as we appreciated putting it together, that is more important to us at this point in time.”

The multi-tasking mogul doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon. He will star in the upcoming Marvel movie Ant Man and has already chosen titles for his next two albums, Paperwork: The Return and Paperwork: Love and Liability.

Oct
24
New Music: T.I. f/ Jeezy, Lil Wayne, & Young Thug – ‘About the Money (Remix)’

Lil Wayne and T.I.

As promised, T.I. comes through with the official remix to his Paperwork single “About the Money” featuring Jeezy, Lil Wayne, and Young Thug. The Snowman raps about everything from Moses to ebola, Weezy channels Thugger on his squeaky verse, and the Hustle Gang chief lays down some new bars. Turn it.

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