New Music

Dec
22
New Music: Wale f/ Dew Baby & Fat Trel – ‘Loyalty’

Loyalty

These hoes ain’t loyal. Just hours dropping off “The Chess Match,” Wale surprises with another pre-Festivus gift. The D.C. rapper teams with his MMG labelmate Fat Trel and Dew Baby on “Loyalty.” Over a trap beat, the trio calls out their fake friends (“Where the f**k the loyalty at?”).

Festivus, Wale’s collaborative mixtape with A-Trak, will be available for download on Tuesday at 3:31 p.m. EST.

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Dec
22
New Music: Wale – ‘The Chess Match’

Wale

Checkmate. On the eve of Festivus, Wale leaks a new record for his fans. Following the go-go-inspired “Miracle on U Street,” the D.C. spitter gets introspective on “The Chess Match,” which features an intro from Jerry Seinfeld.

“In the grand scheme of life, we like pieces on a board / Look inside yours, you a king or a pawn?” he asks.

Festivus, which was produced in collaboration with A-Trak, marks the prequel to Wale’s 2015 LP The Album About Nothing.

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Dec
22
New Music: Jodeci feat. B.o.B – ‘Nobody Wins’

Nobody Wins

Jodeci is back. After an 18-year hiatus, the ’90s R&B supergroup reunites on its comeback single “Nobody Wins” featuring B.o.B. The legendary quartet—DeVante Swing, Joel “JoJo” Hailey, Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey, and Dalvin DeGrate—rally against domestic abuse on the powerful anthem, which they debuted onstage at the Soul Train Awards last month.

“Nobody wins when we fight, fuss, and argue / Nobody wins, we say we leaving but we never do,” they sing.

“We aren’t immune to issues that are important in our community,” said K-Ci. “Domestic violence has always been an issue in relationships, but lately it’s been brought to the front of our community consciousness.”

The group is working on its first album in nearly 20 years with hitmakers including Timbaland. They also plan to launch a reunion tour next year.

Watch the lyric video below, which includes the number for a domestic violence hotline.

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Dec
21
New Music: The-Dream – ‘Fruition’

The-Dream

2014 was a year of big changes for The-Dream. The R&B hitmaker got married, left Def Jam, and launched his own label, Contra Paris. In July, he released his first indie project, the seven-track EP The Prequel, which found him reuniting with his production partner Tricky Stewart.

Now Terius Nash rounds out the year with the seductive slow jam “Fruition,” on which he sings the praises of his special lady and promises to love her endlessly.

“It’s so hard to find someone like you / I’ve searched under stars and many a moon,” croons a lovestruck Dream. “Some dreams can come to fruition.”

Hear his sweet serenade below.

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Dec
20
New Music: Madonna f/ Nicki Minaj – ‘Bitch I’m Madonna’

Nicki Minaj and Madonna

Madonna made her surprise return to music on Friday night. At the stroke of midnight, the pop icon announced her 13th album Rebel Heart and dropped six tracks including “Unapologetic Bitch,” the Kanye West-produced “Illuminati,” and “Bitch I’m Madonna,” on which she reunites with Nicki Minaj.

Over the spastic Diplo production, the Material Girl shows who’s the boss, while Nicki unleashes a ferocious flow: “It’s that go hard or go home zone / Bitch, I’m Madonna, these hoes know.”

The two previously collaborated on Madge’s MDNA single “Give Me All Your Luvin’” and performed together at the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show.

Madonna decided to release the six tracks now in response to the unfinished leaks earlier in the week.

“I was hoping to release my new single ‘Living for Love’ on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the spring,” she said. “I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.”

You can pre-order Rebel Heart now on iTunes and receive the six tracks. Additional music will be released on February 9, with the full album on March 10 featuring production from Kanye, Diplo, and Billboard.

Hear the queens go hard or go home.

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Dec
19
New Mixtape: French Montana – ‘Mac & Cheese 4: The Appetizer’

Mac & Cheese: The Appetizer

As he gears up for the release of his sophomore album Mac & Cheese next year, French Montana serves up The Appetizer. The Coke Boy teams with producer Harry Fraud for the seven-track EP, which he released for free via DatPiff.

Mac & Cheese, the follow-up to his 2013 debut Excuse My French, has spawned the DJ Mustard-produced single “Don’t Panic.” French has recorded over 80 songs and collaborated with Kanye West, Miguel (“Explicit”), and Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, who both appear on “Gucci Mane.”

Starting next February, French can be seen on his “Set It Off” tour with Jeremih, who appears on his new single “Bad Bitch.”

Dig in below.

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Dec
19
Miguel Surprises with Three New Songs

Miguel

Miguel is back. While you were sleeping, the R&B crooner dropped a three-song EP via SoundCloud. His surprise delivery includes “hollywooddreams,” “nwa” featuring Kurupt, and the full version of “coffee,” which he teased in October. The songs, which are available for free download, follow 2012′s three-volume Art Dealer Chic EPs.

Miguel has been in the studio working on the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2012′s Grammy-nominated album Kaleidoscope Dream.

In the meantime, he can be heard on “Good Lovin” off Ludacris’ EP Burning Bridges and the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1.

Unwrap Miguel’s early Christmas gift below.

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