Oct
30
New Music: Willow Smith – ‘Cares’

Willow Smith

Willow Smith continues to march to her own beat. On the eve of her 14th birthday, the pint-sized songstress demonstrates her carefree spirit on her drum-patterned song “Cares.”

Earlier in the week, Willow debuted her freestyle “Female Energy” and performed during the CMJ Festival in Brooklyn.

She is gearing up to release her EP 3 on November 10 featuring three new tracks.

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Oct
30
Rap-Up TV: T.I. Talks Iggy Azalea vs. Nicki Minaj, Hustle Gang Tour

T.I. has an ear for talent. The Hustle Gang chief, who signed B.o.B and Travi$ Scott, knew he was onto something big when he discovered a blonde Australian rapper named Iggy Azalea. Since then, Iggy has taken over the charts and become a global sensation, but Tip always saw it coming.

“As soon as I seen her, I seen it,” he told Rap-Up TV of his “Fancy” protégée.

He offers her advice, but she doesn’t always take it. “She has an incredible vision for herself,” said Tip. “She sees things that none of us can see. At the end of the day, the final say will lie in what Iggy Azalea feels is appropriate for her legacy.”

While she has experienced some bumps along the way, T.I. has been impressed with the way she’s been dealing with her newfound fame. “All in all, I think she’s handling herself like a G just simply because she’s not jumping off the Empire State Building,” he said. “With the amount of pressure being put on her, the amount of demands, and all the different directions she’s being pulled so many times a day, I think she’s handling herself very well and staying grounded and true to who she is.”

She’s been pitted against Nicki Minaj, but Tip says there’s no real beef, and even left the door open to a collaboration.

“That is something that me and Lil Wayne, we maybe could broker,” he said. “If Nicki agrees to it, I would definitely massage the ears of my young Azalean. She never had a real problem with Nicki. I think it’s just a female competition thing. And I don’t even think Nicki really, really has a problem with Iggy. I think they’re both like, ‘There’s only enough room for one bad bitch at a time.’ I think it’s more that than someone genuinely not liking someone else.”

While he works on bringing the ladies together, he is also trying to put together a Hustle Gang tour. “I’m trying to work on a B.o.B, T.I., Iggy Azalea, Travi$ Scott—I’m trying to do a Hustle Gang tour,” he said. “It’s very ambitious. We’ll see.”

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Oct
30
New Mixtape: Boosie Bad Azz – ‘Life After Deathrow’

Life After Deathrow

While we await his album, Lil Boosie returns with his mixtape Life After Deathrow, his first body of work since being released from prison in March. The Baton Rouge Bad Azz, who was indicted on first-degree murder charges, caters to the streets and the radio with the 18 tracks, which include appearances from Yo Gotti, Shy Glizzy, and Trey Songz, who guests on “FaceTime.”

He’s also collaborated with Meek Mill, T.I., Rich Homie Quan, and Lyfe Jennings on his upcoming studio album Touchdown 2 Cause Hell.

Download and stream Boosie’s tape below.

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Oct
30
T.I. Performs ‘No Mediocre’ on ‘The Queen Latifah Show’

T.I.

With his ninth album Paperwork sitting at the top of the charts, T.I. celebrated with a performance on “The Queen Latifah Show.” Accompanied by the 1500 or Nothin’ Band, the Grand Hustle chief ruled the stage with his single “No Mediocre,” dedicating it the dimes and perfect 10s.

He also spoke to Latifah about his VH1 reality show “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle” and why he decided to executive produce Oxygen’s “Sisterhood of Hip Hop.”

“Me observing and witnessing and being a part of Iggy Azalea’s career, and seeing all she went through, I know that there are others just like her and their stories are just as noteworthy and deserve to be told as well,” he said.

See the King hold court with the Queen.

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Oct
30
Stream Victoria Monét’s ‘Nightmares & Lullabies – Act 1’ EP

Nightmares & Lullabies - Act 1

You may not know her name yet, but that’s about to change. Victoria Monét has been building her résumé, writing for Chris Brown, Ariana Grande, and Fifth Harmony, and has been featured on tracks for Nas (“You Wouldn’t Understand”) and T.I.’s latest album Paperwork (“Stay,” “About My Issue”).

Now the gifted singer-songwriter, who hails from Sacramento, steps into the spotlight with her debut EP Nightmares & Lullabies – Act 1. The five tracks include the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted single “Made in China,” “For the Thrill” featuring B.o.B, and the underdog anthem “Backyard.”

She plans to release Act II on November 18 followed by the full album on December 9.

Stream Act I below and find out why Victoria is one of R&B’s most exciting new stars.

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Oct
30
New Music: Ludacris – ‘Tom Ford (Freestyle)’

LudaVerses

As he gears up for his Burning Bridges EP in December, Ludacris celebrates Throwback Thursday with his latest “LudaVerses” joint. Following his freestyles to Pusha T, 2 Chainz, and ILoveMakonnen, Luda goes in over Jay Z’s Timbaland-produced single “Tom Ford.”

“Hollywood, hollywood ni**a, but still rappin’ like I just got out the ‘hood, ni**a,” spits the rapper-actor.

His album Ludaversal arrives March 31, the same day Fast & Furious 7 opens in theaters. He has also collaborated with Miguel on his new single “Good Lovin,” produced by Da Internz.

Listen to Luda’s latest and watch the “LudaVerses, Vol. 1″ video featuring some of his recent LudaVerses.

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Oct
30
Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran Perform ‘Stay With Me’ in Manchester

Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith

Ed Sheeran joined fellow Brit Sam Smith to perform “Stay With Me” at Manchester Albert Hall last night. The crowd went wild when the red-haired crooner hit the stage for a duet on the soulful ballad off Smith’s debut album In the Lonely Hour.

“So amazing to have this KING @teddysphotos on stage with me tonight,” tweeted Smith. “Such a wise and true friend to have. Love ya brother x.”

Smith will perform at the American Music Awards on November 23 and launch his North American tour in January.

Watch the crooners come together.

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