New Music

Dec
14
New Music: Fabolous f/ French Montana – ‘Ball Drop’

The Young OG Project

With 2015 around the corner, Fabolous toasts to new beginnings on “Ball Drop” featuring French Montana. The song kicks off with a sound bite from New Year’s Eve 1989 before Loso raps about cutting his chick off when the ball drops in Times Square (“New year, new money / Then the call drop”).

Fab has also revealed the tracklisting for his long-awaited sixth LP The Young OG Project, which drops at digital retailers on Christmas Day. The 11 tracks include appearances from Chris Brown, French Montana, Rich Homie Quan, and even Kevin Hart.

The ’90s-inspired album has already spawned the first single “Lituation,” for which a video debuted last week.

Listen to “Ball Drop” and see the tracklisting below.

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Dec
14
New Music: ILoveMakonnen – ‘Swerve’

Swerve

Riding high off his Grammy nomination for “Tuesday,” ILoveMakonnen follows up the Drake-assisted hit with his new single “Swerve,” which can be found on his self-titled EP. The OVO Sound signee stunts on his haters and shouts out Waka Flocka (“Ni**as out here crazy like they Waka”) on the woozy track, produced by Mike WiLL Made-It and Marz.

ILoveMakonnen, a re-release of July’s EP, is available now featuring seven tracks, with production from Mike WiLL, Sonny Digital, and Metro Boomin.

Hear Makonnen go up on a Sunday.

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Dec
14
New Music: D’Angelo & The Vanguard – ‘Sugah Daddy’

D'Angelo

The wait is over. Fourteen years since the critically-acclaimed Voodoo, the elusive D’Angelo returns with his third album Black Messiah. On the eve of its release, R&B’s prodigal son premieres the first single “Sugah Daddy” featuring his band, The Vanguard. The funky horn-heavy jam, which debuted as part of Red Bull’s 20 Before 15 series, was first played live on D’Angelo’s 2012 tour.

Fans took to social media to celebrate his return. “The King is back,” wrote one, while another said, “This is amazing! Well worth the wait.”

D’Angelo will preview Black Messiah at a listening session in New York today followed by the album’s release on Monday.

In early 2015, D’Angelo will embark on his “Second Coming Tour” throughout Europe.

Listen to his comeback joint below.

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Dec
14
New Music: Lupe Fiasco f/ Nikki Jean – ‘Madonna’

Tetsuo & Youth

As he gears up for the January 20 release of his fifth album Tetsuo & Youth, Lupe Fiasco blesses us with “Madonna.” Over the ethereal DJ Dahi production, the Chicago lyricist drops some holy bars, while Nikki Jean provides the haunting hook.

Tetsuo & Youth features the single “Deliver,” plus appearances from Ab-Soul, Trae Tha Truth, Fam-Lay, Guy Sebastian, Glasses Malone, and more.

Starting Monday, you can pre-order the album on iTunes and receive “Madonna” as an instant download.

Liberate Lupe’s spiritual song below.

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Dec
13
New Music: OB OBrien f/ Drake & P. Reign – ‘Schemin’ Up’

Schemin' Up

Stay schemin’. OVO’s Drake joins TOPSZN’s OB OBrien and Reps Up’s P. Reign on the Boi-1da and Noah “40″ Shebib-produced “Schemin’ Up,” which premiered on the OVO blog on Saturday night.

If it sounds familiar, that’s because Rich Homie Quan’s version of the song, titled “Tell Me Why,” leaked last week featuring a slightly different Drake verse.

“I used to drive the Acura to school, now I don’t touch the wheel unless it’s new / We call that schemin’ up fo’ real,” boasts Drizzy over the bouncy beat.

Listen to the trio get their scheme on.

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Dec
13
New Music: TLC – ‘Gift Wrapped Kiss’

Gift Wrapped Kiss

Over 20 years after releasing their holiday classic “Sleigh Ride,” TLC is back with another Christmas tune to make the season merry and bright. T-Boz and Chilli, who have been very good this year, ask Santa to bring them a man (“The kind of package that comes with a kiss”) on the funky and playful “Gift Wrapped Kiss,” which comes complete with a cameo from St. Nick himself. Put this on your Christmas list.

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Dec
11
New Music: R. Kelly f/ Shawnna – ‘Back Up’

R. Kelly and Shawnna

It’s the return of the R. R. Kelly teams with DTP’s former first lady Shawnna on “Back Up,” which she released on her SoundCloud account. On the triumphant get-money anthem, Kellz pops champagne, stacks his paper like an armored truck, and makes reference to January (Is there more Kellz coming in 2015?).

He will cap off the year with a holiday concert in Beverly Hills on December 27 and another show at Las Vegas’ House of Blues on December 30.

Hear him ball out below.

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