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Pharrell Talks Oscars, Alicia Keys’ New Album, & Competing with Rick Ross


Pharrell Williams has every reason to be “Happy.” In less than 24 hours, his second solo album G I R L has topped the iTunes charts in 60 countries. Fresh off his performance at Sunday’s Academy Awards, The Neptunes producer called into Angie Martinez on Hot 97 to discuss his loss at the Oscars, his wife Helen Lasichanh, and his famous Vivienne Westwood Grammy hat, which was purchased by Arby’s for $44,100 on eBay.

In addition to his own music, Pharrell spoke highly of Alicia Keys’ next album. “Alicia’s album is crazy. Harlem is gonna be real proud,” he said of the R&B songstress, who he collaborated with on “Know Who You Are.” “New York is gonna be real proud. She’s getting ready to do something super next level. It supercedes anything that’s out.”

Plus, find out how he feels about releasing his album on the same day as Rick Ross’ Mastermind.

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New Music: Big K.R.I.T. f/ Rick Ross – ‘New Agenda’

New Agenda

Over the next seven days, Big K.R.I.T. plans to give away seven new songs as part of the Week of K.R.I.T. To kick things off, the Mississippi MC teams with Miami’s own Rick Ross on “New Agenda.” Over a slow-rolling beat, produced by K.R.I.T., the two trade boastful bars.

K.R.I.T. is in the studio working on Cadillactica, the follow-up to his 2012 debut Live From the Underground.

“2014 is all about growth musically and new agendas,” he told Rolling Stone. “I’m excited for my supporters to hear the sound I’ve been creating.”

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Video: Rick Ross f/ Jeezy and Tracy T – ‘War Ready’ [Teaser]

Rick Ross and Jeezy

Rick Ross surprised his fans last night and dropped his sixth album Mastermind on iTunes, a day ahead of schedule.

To kick off his release week, the Miami kingpin assembles the troops and prepares for battle in the teaser for his latest single “War Ready” co-starring Jeezy and his MMG signee Tracy T.

Masked man toting guns and wearing hoodies approach an abandoned warehouse in the TAJ-directed video, which was shot in New Orleans last month.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Rozay spoke about squashing his beef with Jeezy. “We had past differences and we put that to the side being true bosses to do something big for the culture, which is bigger than both of us,” he said.

Preview his coming attraction below.

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Rap-Up TV: August Alsina Enlists Rick Ross, Pusha T for ‘Testimony’

August Alsina is ready to testify. Following his 2013 EP Downtown: Life Under the Gun, the New Orleans crooner is sharing his story of struggle, hustle, and survival with his full-length debut Testimony. While opening for 2 Chainz in L.A. on his “2 G.O.O.D. to Be T.R.U. Tour,” the 21-year-old singer told Rap-Up TV what his fans can expect.

“Nothing is held back on Testimony,” he said. “I struggled with it for a minute. … I never want nobody to feel like I’m talking about them or putting people’s business out there, but then at the same time, this is my story. This is what it is, so let me give it to you.”

While he doesn’t want to overload the album with features, he has collaborated with his Def Jam labelmate Rick Ross on a song called “Benediction.”

“It’s like the ending track on the album and it just simply says, let us in with the benediction,” he revealed. “Why not go get Ross? And he spit that shit on it too.”

He’s hoping that his tourmates 2 Chainz and Pusha T will also get on board. “Pusha is actually recording a verse for me today for the album,” he said.

Testimony is due April 15 featuring the Jeezy-assisted single “Make It Home.”

Video: Rick Ross f/ French Montana & Puff Daddy – ‘Nobody’

Rick Ross

Rick Ross masterminds an elaborate plan in the cinematic video for “Nobody,” his remake of the Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death classic “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You).”

The action-packed clip opens with a news reporter recalling the 2013 incident where a gunman opened fire on Rozay’s Rolls-Royce. It cuts to Diddy being spied on by the feds, while gunfire erupts in the streets.

The song, featuring French Montana and produced by Diddy, will appear on Mastermind, due March 4.

Watch the deadly ending to Rozay’s crime saga.

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New Music: Puff Daddy f/ Rick Ross – ‘Big Homie’

Meek Mill, French Montana, Diddy, and Rick Ross

Sean “Diddy” Combs Puff Daddy dusts off the mic with his first solo single in nearly four years, “Big Homie.” The Bad Boy boss proclaims his supreme status on the boastful anthem featuring Rick Ross.

“I be calling all the shots, I’m big homie,” raps the multi-million-dollar mogul, who topped Forbes’ “Cash Kings” list.

Earlier this month, a fur-clad Puff took to the streets of Atlanta, Miami, and Harlem to shoot a video, with cameos from French Montana, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill, Nelly, Ashanti, and more.

He has been working on a new project entitled MMM, which he’s been teasing on social media.

Listen to King Combs reclaim his throne.

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New Music: Rico Love – ‘Bitches Be Like’

Bitches Be Like

Rico Love has no filter. On his new single “Bitches Be Like,” co-produced by Danja, the Division1 hitmaker calls out the gold diggers (“You ain’t from D.C. / But you had the Million Man March up inside of you”), who chase after a rich husband in the club and document their phony lifestyle on Instagram.

“No talent, but she know Jimmy Fallon / No house, no car, but she be stylin’,” he raps.

Rico recently shot a video for the remix to “They Don’t Know” with Ludacris, Trey Songz, Tiara Thomas, T.I., and Emjay, and is currently working on his full-length debut Turn the Lights On.

Listen to him put bitches on blast.

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