Album Previews

Dec
15
Jazmine Sullivan Readies ‘Reality Show’ for January

Reality Show

The wait is almost over. After disappearing from the music industry, Jazmine Sullivan is set to return with Reality Show, her first album in four years. The R&B songstress has announced a January 13, 2015 release date and unveiled the cover art for the follow-up to 2010′s Love Me Back.

Inspired by her love for reality shows, the 12 tracks showcase Jazmine’s powerful pipes over production from Salaam Remi, Key Wane, Chuck Harmony, Da Internz, and DJ Dahi. “I’m really proud of it. I worked harder on this album than any album,” she told Rap-Up TV. “I put a lot of pressure on myself ’cause I haven’t been out in so long.”

But don’t expect the sad songs of the past. “The songs are really colorful, just about life in general and reality from my eyes.”

Reality Show includes the Meek Mill-assisted “Dumb,” the soulful “Forever Don’t Last,” and “Mascara.”

See the tracklisting below and pre-order it on iTunes.

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Dec
15
Ne-Yo Reveals ‘Non-Fiction’ Cover, Tracklisting

Non-Fiction

On January 27, Ne-Yo gets real with his sixth album Non-Fiction. The R&B gentleman has revealed the cover and tracklisting via iTunes.

The deluxe edition boasts 21 tracks, with appearances from ScHoolboy Q, T.I., Jeezy, and Juicy J, plus production from Shae Taylor, Stargate, Key Wayne, and Glass John. His latest collaboration with Pitbull, “Time of Our Lives,” is also included.

“I didn’t just want to tell my story. I like letting people try to guess which is which!” said Ne-Yo of the follow-up to 2012′s R.E.D. “I’m a storyteller: with this album, I wanted to put a magnifying glass on that. I wanted Non-Fiction to feel cinematic: each track gives listeners something entertaining, yet if they take their time with it, they’ll discover different dimensions and subplots.”

See the tracklisting below.

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Dec
14
New Music: Fabolous f/ French Montana – ‘Ball Drop’

The Young OG Project

With 2015 around the corner, Fabolous toasts to new beginnings on “Ball Drop” featuring French Montana. The song kicks off with a sound bite from New Year’s Eve 1989 before Loso raps about cutting his chick off when the ball drops in Times Square (“New year, new money / Then the call drop”).

Fab has also revealed the tracklisting for his long-awaited sixth LP The Young OG Project, which drops at digital retailers on Christmas Day. The 11 tracks include appearances from Chris Brown, French Montana, Rich Homie Quan, and even Kevin Hart.

The ’90s-inspired album has already spawned the first single “Lituation,” for which a video debuted last week.

Listen to “Ball Drop” and see the tracklisting below.

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Dec
11
ILoveMakonnen to Re-Release Self-Titled EP

ILoveMakonnen

After signing to Drake’s OVO Sound and scoring a Grammy nomination, ILoveMakonnen will cap off the year with the re-release of his self-titled EP.

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Dec
8
New Music: Rae Sremmurd f/ Nicki Minaj & Young Thug – ‘Throw Sum Mo’

Throw Sum Mo

After taking over 2014 with their anthems “No Flex Zone” and “No Type,” Mississippi duo Rae Sremmurd is back with another banger. Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee grab Nicki Minaj and Young Thug for the Soundz-produced strip club slapper “Throw Sum Mo.”

Nicki, who appeared on the official “No Flex Zone” remix, co-signed the brothers. “Shit go hard AF. @raesremmurd u guys r the TRUTH. So innovative,” she tweeted.

Rae Sremmurd’s debut album SremmLife, which was executive produced by Mike WiLL Made-It, drops January 6 featuring Big Sean and Jace of Two-9.

Stream “Throw Sum Mo” and see the tracklisting below.

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Dec
1
Lupe Fiasco Reveals ‘Tetsuo & Youth’ Cover, Tracklisting

Tetsuo & Youth

Now that he has a release date, Lupe Fiasco has revealed the cover art and tracklisting for his fifth album Tetsuo & Youth. The 16 tracks include the single “Deliver,” with appearances from Ab-Soul, Trae Tha Truth, Fam-Lay, Guy Sebastian, Glasses Malone, and more.

The album, which drops January 20, marks the follow-up to 2012′s Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1.

Lupe recently became frustrated with his label Atlantic Records and announced plans for a mixtape called Lost in the Atlantic, but it’s unclear if he will still release it.

See the tracklisting below.

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Dec
1
Tracklisting: Nicki Minaj – ‘The Pinkprint’

The Pinkprint

With two weeks until release, Nicki Minaj has revealed the tracklisting for her third album The Pinkprint. The 19-track deluxe edition boasts a star-studded lineup including BeyoncĂ© on the Hit-Boy-produced “Feeling Myself,” Ariana Grande, Jeremih, and Meek Mill, who appears twice, plus production from Da Internz, Mike WiLL Made-It, Alex Da Kid, Dr. Luke, Polow Da Don, and more.

Executive produced by Lil Wayne, Birdman, and Slim, the follow-up to 2012′s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded has spawned the singles “Bed of Lies” with Skylar Grey, “Only” featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown, “Anaconda,” and “Pills and Potions.”

“The album is a dope balance of vulnerability and strength, of inspiration and of not being politically correct,” Nicki told Complex. “It’s the best of both worlds. It’s tapping into both sides.”

The Pinkprint drops December 15. See the tracklisting below.

UPDATE: Jessie Ware has revealed that she is featured on “The Crying Game.”

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