Ludacris has been dropping a free track each week as part of his #IDGAFFridays series. These songs and more can be found on his mixtape DTP Presents: I Don’t Give a Fuck, the prelude to his upcoming album Ludaversal.
The Atlanta MC assembles 10 tracks, with appearances from Chris Brown, Mac Miller, Young Jeezy, French Montana, Meek Mill, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, and more, plus production from Da Internz, Bangladesh, Mike WiLL Made It, and Metro Boomin.
The free project drops May 24, the same day his film Fast & Furious 6 opens in theaters.
The-Dream assembles a dream team of collaborators for his fifth album IV Play, arriving May 28. The standard edition includes 14 tracks, while the deluxe adds four.
The follow-up to 2012′s Terius Nash: 1977 includes collaborations with Jay-Z (“High Art”), Beyoncé and 2 Chainz (“Turnt”), Big Sean and Pusha T (“Pussy”), Kelly Rowland (“Where Have You Been”), Gary Clark Jr. (“Too Early”), and Fabolous (“Slow It Down”).
In support of the album, The-Dream will hit the road with Kelly Rowland on the “Lights Out” tour, beginning May 23 in Minneapolis.
Chrisette Michele is adding some soul to your summer with the release of her fourth album Better on June 11. The R&B songbird crafts 16 tracks, with contributions from 2 Chainz, Wale, Bilal, Dunson, and Shea Taylor (“Be in Love”). The deluxe edition includes four additional cuts.
“Better is me heeled, me happy, me strong, and the music is out of control,” she told Rap-Up.com of the follow-up to 2010’s Let Freedom Reign. “I’m outsinging every song on all of my previous albums.”
Chrisette wrapped the “Woman to Woman” tour with Keyshia Cole last month and will launch her own “Better” tour later this year.
On May 21, French Montana will unleash his debut Excuse My French. The Bad Boy rapper has been heating up radio (and strip clubs) with his hit singles “Pop That” and “Freaks,” and now he rolls out the official tracklisting.
In addition to executive producers Diddy and Rick Ross, the 13 tracks include appearances from Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd, Snoop Dogg, Drake, Lil Wayne, Scarface, Raekwon, and Ne-Yo, plus production from Harry Fraud, Young Chop, Mike WiLL Made It, and Rico Love.
“I feel like it’s going to be a classic,” French told Rap-Up TV. “I feel like it’s going to be the best album to come out in a decade.”
Ciara assembles the troops on her self-titled fifth album (previously titled One Woman Army). The R&B diva has been teasing with track titles and lyrics, but she reveals the full tracklisting today on Instagram.
The 10 tracks feature the single “Body Party,” with production from Rodney Jerkins, The Underdogs, and Soundz. She grabs a verse from Nicki Minaj on the opening track “I’m Out” and duets with her beau Future on “Where You Go.” CiCi channels her inner rapper on “Super Turnt Up” and toasts to the good life on “Livin’ It Up,” penned by Wynter Gordon.
“She overcame a lot and through time you will tell when she puts this album out, it’s gonna be one of those albums that you look back on,” said Future. “Today, I’m already calling it a classic before it even come out.”
Ciara arrives June 4 July 9. See the tracklisting below.
will.i.am teams with the biggest names in pop for his new solo album #willpower. The Black Eyed Peas frontman calls in the favors, enlisting Chris Brown, Juicy J, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Scherzinger, Skylar Grey, and more for the 18 tracks.
The follow-up to his 2007 album Songs About Girls also features the hit singles “Scream & Shout” with Britney Spears and “#thatPOWER” with Justin Bieber.
#willpower arrives April 23. See the tracklisting below.
It’s been over 10 years since Eve released her last album. But the Philly rapper makes her long-awaited return on May 14 with her fourth album Lip Lock.
The follow-up to 2002′s Eve-Olution features 12 tracks, with appearances from Missy Elliott, Dawn Richard, Snoop Dogg, Chrisette Michele, Pusha T, and Juicy J, plus the singles “She Bad Bad” and “Make It Out This Town” featuring Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta.
“2013 is a year you will see more sides of me than ever before, this is just the start!” said Eve. “And I have a lot in store for you all on Lip Lock to make you think, dance, and smile.”
Jay-Z assembles an all-star cast for the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby. The Roc Nation mogul, who serves as executive producer of the film and soundtrack, has worked closely with writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann on the eclectic project over the past two years, blending the Jazz Age sensibility of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel with hip-hop and traditional jazz.
“The Great Gatsby is that classic American story of one’s introduction to extravagance, decadence, and illusion,” said Jay-Z. “It’s ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist. The imagination Baz brought to Moulin Rouge! made it a masterpiece, and Romeo + Juliet’s score wasn’t just in the background; the music became a character. This film’s vision and direction has all the makings of an epic experience.”
Jay-Z’s own “No Church in the Wild” is included in the film, along with a new song entitled “100$ Bill.” The first single will be the haunting “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey.
The diverse lineup also includes original music from Fergie, Q Tip, Florence + The Machine, and will.i.am. Beyoncé and André 3000 duet on a cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” Emeli Sandé remakes Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love,” and Jack White reinterprets U2′s “Love Is Blindness.”
The soundtrack arrives on May 7, while the movie hits theaters on May 10. See the tracklisting and hear a clip of “Back to Black” in the trailer below.