Album Previews

Jul
22
DJ Mustard Enlists Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, & Big Sean for ‘10 Summers’

10 Summers

After assaulting the airwaves with hits for everyone from 2 Chainz to Tinashe, DJ Mustard will release his debut 10 Summers next month.

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Jul
14
Tracklisting: Wiz Khalifa – ‘Blacc Hollywood’

Blacc Hollywood

Lights, camera, action. Wiz Khalifa has revealed the cast of collaborators for his third major label album Blacc Hollywood. Due August 19, the follow-up to 2012′s O.N.I.F.C. features the hit single “We Dem Boyz,” with appearances from Ty Dolla $ign, Project Pat, Juicy J, Curren$y, and Chevy Woods.

The deluxe edition includes two additional tracks, the Snoop Dogg and Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “You and Your Friends,” and the remix to “We Dem Boyz” featuring ScHoolboy Q and Nas.

Blacc Hollywood in general is gon’ be sonically something that people kinda expect, but it’s like they want it, so it’s gonna be a good thing for me to deliver,” the Taylor Gang boss told Rap-Up TV.

On July 24, he will embark on the third annual “Under the Influence of Music” tour with Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, and Mack Wilds.

See the tracklisting below.

UPDATE: Nicki Minaj is now listed as a feature on “True Colors.”

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Jun
30
Tracklisting: Ariana Grande – ‘My Everything’

My Everything

Ariana Grande is divulging more details about her sophomore album My Everything. After revealing the August 25 release date and cover art to Ryan Seacrest, the pop powerhouse has unveiled the tracklisting.

The 12-track standard edition includes appearances from Big Sean, The Weeknd, A$AP Ferg, Childish Gambino, and Iggy Azalea, who guests on the chart-topper “Problem.”

The deluxe boasts three additional tracks including a “surprise epic team-up.”

On the production side, she has enlisted hitmakers Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco (“Why Try”), Max Martin, Rodney Jerkins, Pop & Oak, and One Direction’s Harry Styles, who wrote the powerful “A Little Bit of Your Heart.”

On July 2, Ariana will bring back MTV’s “TRL” for one day only. During the 30-minute special, entitled “Total Ariana Live (TAL),” she will perform a stripped-down version of “Problem” and debut her second single “Break Free” featuring Zedd.

See the tracklisting below.

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Jun
28
Tracklisting: Common – ‘Nobody’s Smiling’

Nobody's Smiling

Twenty years after the release of Resurrection, Common reteams with executive producer No I.D. on his concept-driven album Nobody’s Smiling.

Inspired by his hometown of Chicago, the follow-up to 2011′s The Dreamer/The Believer features 13 tracks, with appearances from Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, Cocaine 80s, Elijah Blake, Vince Staples, and more.

Common called upon some of Chicago’s newest MCs including Lil Herb, Dreezy, and King Louie for the cover art as well as the music.

Nobody’s Smiling arrives July 22. See the tracklisting below.

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Jun
20
New Music: Marsha Ambrosius f/ Dr. Dre – ‘Stronger’

Stronger

He may be a billionaire, but Dr. Dre hasn’t turned his back on music. Following the sale of Beats by Dre to Apple for $3 billion, the hip-hop tycoon returns to the scene on Marsha Ambrosius’ “Stronger,” a cover of Sade’s “Love Is Stronger Than Pride.”

As he numbs the pain with gin and juice, the former N.W.A. member reflects on his rocky relationship. “If I’m losing you, then I refuse to win / Went from friendship with benefits, you losing your innocence,” he spits on his gangsta verse.

The song will appear on Marsha’s sophomore album Friends & Lovers, which also features contributions from Charlie Wilson, Pop & Oak, Da Internz, and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League (tracklisting below).

Hear Dre step back to the mic.

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Jun
18
Robin Thicke Reveals ‘Paula’ Album Cover, Tracklisting

Paula

With two weeks to go, Robin Thicke has unveiled the cover and tracklisting for his seventh album Paula. The dark artwork shows the pensive singer with his head down and washed in red, yellow, and green.

The follow-up to last year’s chart-topper Blurred Lines is dedicated to his estranged wife Paula Patton. The couple, who’s been married for nine years and have a four-year-old son together, announced their separation in February, and Thicke has been trying for months to mend their relationship.

All 14 tracks were written and produced by Thicke with titles inspired by his wife including “You’re My Fantasy,” “Forever Love,” and the lead single “Get Her Back.”

“We got a lot to talk about on that subject,” Thicke told Steve Harvey. “I gotta impress her somehow. The truth shall set you free.”

See the tracklisting below.

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Jun
13
Tracklisting: Ab-Soul – ‘These Days…’

These Days...

With less than two weeks to go, Ab-Soul has revealed the tracklisting for his highly-anticipated album These Days…

The TDE rapper calls on Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco, ScHoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Jay Rock, and RaVaughn for the 15 tracks, with production from J. Cole, Mac Miller, Terrace Martin, and DJ Dahi.

He also drops off the Blended Babies-produced title track featuring The O’My’s.

See the tracklisting and listen below.

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