New Music

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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Dec
11
New Music: Rich Homie Quan f/ Drake – ‘Tell Me Why’

Rich Homie Quan and Drake

Drake joins Rich Homie Quan on a leaked record off Rich Gang’s upcoming mixtape Rich Gang: Tha Tour Pt. 2. On the playful cut, Drizzy raps about convertible Bentleys and houses in the hills, while RHQ sings about starting from the bottom.

In September, Rich Homie revealed that he and Drake had recorded several collaborations for his 2015 debut.

“We’ve been working a lot—we’ve probably got like three or four tracks together, so he definitely will be on my album,” he told MTV News.

Drake was supposed to appear on “Type of Way,” but he was too busy finishing his album. “He’s one of the nicest guys I’ve met,” said Drizzy of the Atlanta rapper.

Listen to OVO meet Rich Gang.

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Dec
11
New Music: Ludacris – ‘Only (Freestyle)’

LudaVerses

A day after debuting his John Legend-assisted single “In My Life,” Ludacris continues his “LudaVerses” freestyle series. This time, Luda unleashes a beast over Nicki Minaj’s Pinkprint single “Only.”

“I lost count ni**a, just a young player from the south, ni**a / Every album went gold or platinum, so get some certified plaque and wash your mouth, ni**a,” spits a raspy-voiced Luda.

His EP Burning Bridges will be available for free via Google Play on December 16, followed by his album Ludaversal on March 31.

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Dec
11
New Music: Nipsey Hussle f/ Rick Ross – ’1 Hunnit a Show’

1 Hunnit a Show

Nipsey Hussle reconnects with Rick Ross for “1 Hunnit a Show,” which he distributed to fans who texted him their email address. The Crenshaw rapper demands money and respect on the Hit-Boy production, which samples Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” while Rozay shouts out Robin Thicke’s estranged wife (“My bitch bad like Paula Patton”).

Nipsey will release his album Mailbox Money for free on December 20. He plans to sell 100 physical copies at $1,000 a piece via his website Proud2Pay.

On January 14, Nipsey will embark on his European tour, with shows in France, Amsterdam, Belgium, and England.

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