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Rap-Up TV: Ty Dolla $ign Taps Kendrick Lamar, R. Kelly for New Album

Ty Dolla $ign has had an incredible year, and he’s looking forward to an even bigger 2015. The “Paranoid” hitmaker is planning a March/April release for his long-awaited debut Free TC. But the project, named after his brother who is behind bars, represents more than just an album.

“It’s for a purpose,” the Taylor Gang member told Rap-Up TV. “He’s locked up for something that he didn’t do. It’s many people out here that get injustice, as you’ve seen Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, everything that’s happening on the news right now. It has a purpose. It’s gonna be the biggest album of 2015.”

The Diplo and DJ Dahi-produced first single “Stand For” is already gaining spins, and he’s assembled an all-star roster of talent including Jagged Edge, YG, Wiz Khalifa, and R. Kelly, who appears on a record called “Actress.”

“It’s definitely a jam and I can’t wait to see what it does out here in these streets,” he said.

His fellow Cali native Kendrick Lamar also guests on the aptly-titled “L.A.” “It’s like an anthem for L.A. It’s gonna be crazy,” he said. “Kendrick is the homie and I hope I can get on his new project.”

Following the album’s release, Ty plans to embark on his “Free TC” tour.

Plus, find out how he plans to spend Christmas and his New Year’s resolution.

Rap-Up TV: Tinashe Talks Breakout Year, Sophomore Album

Tinashe has had an incredible year. The “2 On” singer released her debut album Aquarius in October and scored a breakout hit with her ScHoolboy Q-assisted single, but the highlight was traveling the world.

“I went all over Europe. I went to Abu Dhabi. To be able to go that far away from home and have fans, it’s crazy,” she told Rap-Up TV at Cali Christmas. “It’s really humbling.”

Once she wraps the U.S. leg of her “Aquarius Tour,” she will head back into the studio in January to record her sophomore album. “I have songs that are in the works,” she said. “I’m always being creative and thinking about what I’m gonna do next.”

She hopes to reunite with DJ Mustard, Boi-1da, Mike WiLL Made-It, and Stargate, who all produced for Aquarius, and bring in some new producers.

Earlier this month, another DJ Mustard-produced song called “Fuckin Wit Me” leaked. It was recorded for her album, but didn’t make the cut. However, it may see an official release in the future.

Plus, find out how Tinashe plans to spend the holidays and her favorite Christmas song.

Rap-Up TV: Jeremih Talks J. Cole, Nicki Minaj Collaborations

2014 has been good to Jeremih. The R&B crooner scored a platinum hit with his DJ Mustard-produced single “Don’t Tell ‘Em,” which peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100. Now he hopes to carry the momentum into the new year with the release of his third album Late Nights. After a few delays, the album is set to drop around Valentine’s Day.

Fresh off the stage at Cali Christmas, Jeremih explained the reason for the pushbacks. “I’ma blame it on me looking in the mirror,” he said.

He has collaborated with J. Cole on “Planes,” which he plans to drop in the next two to three weeks. He described the record as “eclectic, something you ain’t never heard before.”

Plus, look for him on “Want Some More” and “Favorite” off Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint, due December 15.

“She the baddest. I’m surprised in this whole wide world there’s nobody that can compete,” he said of the rap queen. “To work with a woman like her is definitely dope.”

Rap-Up TV: Big Sean Talks ‘Honest’ New Album, Working with Eminem

Big Sean is burning up the airwaves with his E-40-assisted anthem “I Don’t Fuck With You,” but the song was never intended to be a single. Before he hit the stage at Power 106′s Cali Christmas on Friday, the G.O.O.D. Music MC spoke with Rap-Up TV about his Kanye West and DJ Mustard-produced hit and a potential remix.

“People definitely been reaching out like, ‘I want to be on the official remix,’” said Sean.

The remix may have to wait while he finishes up his third album, due in early 2015. “I gotta turn it in in like a couple days,” he revealed.

So what can we expect from the follow-up to 2013′s Hall of Fame? “It’s something honest, [I] kept it real,” he said. “It’s definitely different than anything I’ve done. I kinda treated it like when I work on my mixtapes—don’t think about it, set a goal, focus on it, and just knock it out and have fun with it.”

In the meantime, Sean can be heard on Eminem’s SHADYXV single “Detroit Vs. Everybody,” which marks the first collaboration between the Detroit rappers. He hit the studio with Em while he was in town visiting his ailing grandmother.

“We kicked it in the studio, me, him, Royce [Da 5'9"],” said Sean. “We ate Jet’s Pizza. We vibed. He’s a really cool guy. Growing up in the D, he’s like a ghost. You hardly see him and when you see him it’s like, ‘Oh shit.’ The song was great. I hope people enjoy it. It’s some real rap shit for real.”

Rap-Up TV: T.I. Reacts to Iggy Azalea’s Grammy Nominations

On Friday, Iggy Azalea scored four nominations at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards including Best New Artist and Record of the Year for “Fancy.” The Aussie rap sensation also picked up nods for Best Rap Album for The New Classic and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

During his appearance at Power 106′s Cali Christmas on Friday, her Hustle Gang mentor T.I. was beaming with pride as he reacted to the news.

“It’s awesome,” he told Rap-Up TV. “We’re just incredibly proud of her and happy that she’s enjoying her moment. She’s worked hard.”

According to Tip, Iggy is heading back into the studio soon to work on her sophomore album.

“She’s really just focused on her next project though,” he added. “She’s definitely working diligently trying to make sure that she maintains this level of intensity.”

When asked if he will be part of the project, Tip laughed. “We’ll see.”

Rap-Up TV: YG Talks ‘Blame It On the Streets,’ Fergie, & Kendrick Lamar’s ‘i’

YG topped the charts and won critical acclaim for his debut My Krazy Life, and before the year is over, he will release his first movie and soundtrack Blame It On the Streets. The 30-minute short film, which he stars in and co-wrote with Lucky Rodgers, was inspired by his “krazy” life in Compton, and the nine-track album features DJ Mustard, DJ Quik, Nipsey Hussle, Mack 10, and more.

Before he hit the red carpet at the L.A. screening at Hollywood’s famed TCL Chinese Theatre, he sat down with Rap-Up TV to reflect on his incredible year.

“I feel good. [When] we came into the whole making of My Krazy Life, one of the goals was to come out the studio with a classic album and to come out with a short film for the album,” he explained. “We couldn’t get the movie done in enough time to come out with the album ’cause there was a lot of shit going on. But we figured out a way to still put an album out the same year with the label’s support and that was do a short film with the soundtrack.”

On Sunday, he shared the stage with Fergie while performing “L.A.LOVE (la la)” at the American Music Awards. “That shit was crazy. Shout out to Fergie for fuckin’ with me on that record, for real,” said YG. “She really fuck with people. She’s showin’ us love.”

He worked with fellow Compton MC Kendrick Lamar on My Krazy Life, so what does he think of his self-love single “i”?

“I fuck with it hard,” said YG. “He did his shit right there. That’s gon’ take him to a whole ‘nother level.”

My Krazy Life has been praised as one of the best rap albums of 2014, but YG remains humble.

“It was a bad year for the rap game,” he said. “For me, it was easy ’cause it really wasn’t no albums that dropped like that. It was like five rap albums. You got [ScHoolboy] Q, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Future…”

So will we see a new album in 2015? “Shit, I don’t know. Maybe 2016,” he said.

Blame It On the Streets will be available in stores and online on December 15.

Rap-Up TV: Jazmine Sullivan Talks Return to Music, New Album

Jazmine Sullivan is back. After a three-and-a-half-year hiatus, the Philly songstress made a triumphant return to the stage in London in March and is readying her first album in four years for release in 2015. During a recent tour stop in L.A., Rap-Up TV caught up with the R&B powerhouse to discuss her long-awaited return to music and the real reason behind her hiatus.

Following the release of her 2010 album Love Me Back, Jazmine vanished from the music industry. While she told the public that she needed time to figure out who she was, she was hiding a painful secret.

“I was going through a really hard time in a relationship and it kinda really took away all my joy from everything,” she revealed. “It became too much for me to try to go out and perform and smile, so I just decided I need to take a break.”

However, she did not expect her hiatus to last years. “I probably thought it would be at least a month. A month turned into two and two turned into years, but I’m glad to be back though.”

Her third album Reality Show (the title was inspired by her love for reality shows) is done and features production from Salaam Remi, Anthony Bell, and Key Wane. “I’m really proud of it. I worked harder on this album than any album,” she said. “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. “I found it best to kinda not talk about [the relationship]. I was trying to get my mind off of that,” she said. “The songs are really colorful, just about life in general and reality from my eyes.”

She’s also put down the crowbar. “I’m done busting windows. I’m done with that,” she laughed.

Reality Show includes the Meek Mill-assisted “Dumb,” the soulful “Forever Don’t Last,” and “Mascara,” which she calls one of her favorites. “It shows that I’ve grown as a writer and I just love how laid-back it is.”