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Dec
2
Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle, & Wale Perform at Soul Train Awards

K. Michelle

There were tears, tributes, and plenty of thrills when the Soul Train Awards 2013 aired last night on BET and Centric. Hosted by Anthony Anderson, this year’s show paid homage to the soul soundtrack of the ’90s, with performances from today’s brightest stars and the legends before them.

Jennifer Hudson kicked off the two-and-a-half hour show at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena with her new single “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel),” accompanied by Evelyn “Champagne” King, Chaka Khan, and T.I.

An emotional Tamar Braxton picked up two awards for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist and the Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award and later performed a medley including “Love and War,” “The One,” and “All the Way Home.”

Best New Artist winner K. Michelle delivered a very special performance of “Can’t Raise a Man” and “V.S.O.P.,” while Wale teamed up with Mint Condition’s Stokley Williams for a mash-up of Marvin Gaye’s “Inner City Blues” and “LoveHate Thing.”

Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Keith Sweat brought down the house with a medley of his greatest hits including “Make It Last Forever,” for which he was joined by Faith Evans.

Dionne Warwick was honored with the Legend Award and received a star-studded salute from Ron Isley, Ruben Studdard, Chrisette Michelle, Gladys Knight, and “American Idol” winner Candice Glover.

Slick Rick, Warren G, Dougie E. Fresh, and Big Daddy Kane brought back memories with an old school hip-hop medley, while the “Blue-Eyed Soul” set starred Jon B., Bobby Caldwell, Dave Koz, and Vanilla Ice, who had the crowd in its feet with “Ice Ice Baby.”

Other big winners included Kendrick Lamar (Album of the Year), Janelle Monáe (Video of the Year for “Q.U.E.E.N.”), Robin Thicke (Song of the Year for “Blurred Lines”), and Ashanti (Best Independent R&B/Soul Performance for “Never Should Have”).

Watch highlights from the show below.

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Nov
18
New Music: Young Marqus f/ Wale – ‘SneakerHead’

SneakerHead

Thirteen-year-old rapper Young Marqus links with fellow “SneakerHead” Wale on his footwear lovers anthem. The rappers step up their shoe game on the 1500 or Nothin-produced track, which is set to appear on Marqus’ upcoming album Phenom.

The Houston MC recently became the youngest artist to perform at the BET Hip-Hop Awards and was named “the future of hip-hop” by The Source.

Hear them bond over kicks on their fresh collaboration.

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Nov
5
Video: Rick Ross f/ Wale, Whole Slab, & Birdman – ‘Stack on My Belt’

Rick Ross

The Untouchable Maybach Empire brings us yet another video. Rick Ross stacks his paper alongside Wale, Whole Slab, and Birdman in the flashy visuals for “Stack on My Belt” off MMG’s Self Made, Vol. 3 compilation. They revel in their riches as they boast about their pricey purchases.

Watch cash rule everything around them.

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Oct
15
New Music: DJ Khaled f/ Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Ace Hood, & Wale – ‘I’m Still’

I'm Still

DJ Khaled drops two new tracks in one day. In addition to “You Don’t Want These Problems,” the Miami DJ keeps winning on “I’m Still” featuring Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Ace Hood, and Wale.

“I know a lot of ni**as in here probably hate me right now/ I’ll drink to that/ That ain’t gon’ change a thing/ Still gon’ do my thing,” sings Breezy on the hook.

Suffering From Success arrives Oct. 22.

Listen to them grind it out on the Lee on the Beats production.

UPDATE: Chris has released his rap verse from the song that wasn’t included.

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Oct
9
Video: Wale – ‘Simple Man in Toronto’

Wale

Wale heads across the border in the video for his Gifted cut “Simple Man in Toronto.” The D.C. rapper rides through the streets of Toronto at night and connects in the studio with J. Cole and Canada’s own Drake.

“All I want is money, fuck the fame/ I’m a simple man,” raps Wale, who is currently on tour with Cole.

Grab your passport and travel to Canada with the MMG MC.

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Sep
30
Video: Wale – ‘Golden Salvation’

Wale

“For the price of fame, what would you do to have them say your name?” asks Wale in the video for “Golden Salvation,” a cut off his album The Gifted.

The MMG rapper, whose Tiara Thomas-assisted single “Bad” was recently certified platinum, weighs the tragic cost of fame while showing how far people will go for a Jesus piece.

“The message in this video is clear as day,” said Wale. “Had it been released when ‘fans’ cared bout creative music and story telling. It would have challenged listeners.. But we live in a time where ppl have selective hearing.”

He is currently on the road with J. Cole on the “What Dreams May Come” tour, which wraps on Oct. 30 in Seattle.

Watch his cautionary tale below.

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Sep
12
New Music: MMG – ‘Self Made, Vol. 3’ [Album Stream]

Self Made, Vol. 3

Rick Ross and his MMG crew are back for a third time with Self Made, Vol. 3. Due Sept. 17, the hip-hop compilation features MMG’s all-stars including Rozay, Meek Mill, Wale, Rockie Fresh, Stalley, and Omarion.

They also reached outside the camp, enlisting J. Cole, Lupe Fiasco, Hit-Boy, French Montana, Fabolous, Pusha T, and the late Lil Snupe.

“This album is more energetic. It’s like a home invasion,” said Ross during his appearance on “106 & Park.” “We’re kicking in the door with the energy and everybody’s coming with their A-game.”

They will celebrate by playing three shows in one day on Sept. 17. Wale will be in North Carolina with J. Cole, Meek Mill has a show in Washington, D.C., and Rick Ross will headline New York’s Gramercy Theatre. The concerts will be live streamed on MMG.TV.

You don’t have to wait until Tuesday to hear the album. All 16 tracks can now be streamed below.

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