Oct
24
New Music: Mack Wilds – ‘Try Me (Freestyle)’

Mack Wilds

Rappers including T.I., Wiz Khalifa, and Remy Ma have rushed to remix DeJ Loaf’s “Try Me,” but none have done it quite like Mack Wilds. The actor-turned-singer gives the Detroit rapper’s DDS-produced single an R&B makeover and takes a moment to reflect on the past year of his career.

“Now a Grammy nomination later and I’m touted as a savior, Mr. New Waver,” he boasts.

Listen to his smooth flow below.

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Oct
24
Rap-Up TV: T.I. Talks Chris Brown Collaboration, Signing Troy Ave

With his ninth album Paperwork in stores this week, T.I. celebrated its release with a concert for iHeartRadio on Thursday in Burbank, Calif. Before hitting the Honda Stage to perform his hits including “Bring ‘Em Out,” “Live Your Life,” and “About the Money,” the King caught up with Rap-Up TV to discuss collaborating with Chris Brown on the raunchy bedroom banger “Private Show.”

“We wanted to make grown women cream themselves. I think that was the pure, definite intention behind the record,” said Tip. “I think that we were both kinda trying to one-up one another: ‘You’re not gonna make a girl cream before me. I’m gonna say something that you didn’t say and it’s gonna make her feel a way that you didn’t make her feel.’ We just kinda continued that volley back and forth and then we had a little ball of inappropriate innuendos at the end of it called ‘Private Show.’”

Earlier this week, Troy Ave fueled speculation that he signed to T.I.’s Grand Hustle label by appearing on the Hustle Gang remix to DeJ Loaf’s “Try Me” alongside Tip and Trae Tha Truth. While a contract may not be finalized, T.I. considers Troy to be Hustle Gang.

“Never mind the paperwork, I can’t really speak for the deals or the solidification of a professional relationship, but personally he’s definitely Hustle Gang. That’s something that I feel comfortable saying.”

He praised the Brooklyn rapper, who was among this year’s XXL Freshman Class. “He’s a solid cat,” said Tip. “He has something that New York has been missing for quite some time and he’s not afraid to be a New Yorker. I salute him for that early on.”

T.I. is battling it out against Logic on next week’s charts, but sales are not his priority anymore. “Don’t get me wrong, everybody wants to do well in everything that they do, but at the same time you have to judge yourself based on a scale of the statistics of what’s considered normal or acceptable for today. Ultimately the fans receiving it and really being able to relate to the music and really appreciating it as much as we appreciated putting it together, that is more important to us at this point in time.”

The multi-tasking mogul doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon. He will star in the upcoming Marvel movie Ant Man and has already chosen titles for his next two albums, Paperwork: The Return and Paperwork: Love and Liability.

Oct
24
New Music: T.I. f/ Jeezy, Lil Wayne, & Young Thug – ‘About the Money (Remix)’

Lil Wayne and T.I.

As promised, T.I. comes through with the official remix to his Paperwork single “About the Money” featuring Jeezy, Lil Wayne, and Young Thug. The Snowman raps about everything from Moses to ebola, Weezy channels Thugger on his squeaky verse, and the Hustle Gang chief lays down some new bars. Turn it.

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Oct
24
New Music: Jamie Foxx – ‘Ain’t My Fault’

Jamie Foxx

When he’s not starring on the big screen in the upcoming films Annie and Horrible Bosses 2, Jamie Foxx is charming the ladies with his new music. After debuting his DJ Mustard-produced banger “Party Ain’t a Party” featuring 2 Chainz, the Oscar winner takes it nice and slow on the slinky and seductive “Ain’t My Fault.”

The R&B player can’t help but stare when he sees a bad chick in the club. “Just blame it on the dress that you bought,” he croons.

Jamie hasn’t released an album since 2010′s Best Night of My Life, but we have a feeling that’s about to change.

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Oct
24
Iggy Azalea and Jim Carrey Star in ‘SNL’ Promo

Jim Carrey and Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea is putting in work. After dropping her new single “Beg for It,” the blonde bombshell will play musical guest on this weekend’s Halloween episode of “Saturday Night Live.” Iggs stars alongside host Jim Carrey in a series of funny promos. She plays it cool, while the quirky comedian has some fun with her name and a fake grill.

Iggy will hit the stage to perform “Beg for It” with MØ for the first time, and maybe even appear in a skit.

“SNL is going to be so sick,” she tweeted earlier this month. “I’ve been working with the amazing Jamie King on all my new live ideas. He is brilliant and understands me.”

Watch I-G-G-Y bring her talents to 30 Rock.

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Oct
24
New Music: Lupe Fiasco f/ Nikki Jean – ‘Haile Selassie’

Haile Selassie

In anticipation of his upcoming mixtape Lost in the Atlantic, Lupe Fiasco follows through with his promise and drops “Haile Selassie” featuring Minnesota singer Nikki Jean. The Chicago lyricist stands up for justice and equality on the Soundtrakk production, inspired by the late Ethiopian emperor.

Just last week, Lupe dropped his new single “Lilies” featuring Sirah. His fifth album Testuo & Youth is set for a January 20 release.

Hear Lupe preach to the people on his powerful track.

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Oct
24
PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake Perform ‘Recognize’ at S.O.B.’s

PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake

On the eve of his 28th birthday, Drake turned up with PARTYNEXTDOOR during his first NYC show at S.O.B.’s on Thursday night. After joining him onstage during the tour kickoff in Montreal earlier this month, Drizzy and his OVO Sound signee performed “Recognize” for the packed crowd, while PND pleased with other material off his album PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO.

Drake told his fellow Canadian to soak it all in. “It’s moments like tonight that you’ll never forget, my man,” he said, adding, “Even though it’s my birthday at midnight, I just want to let you know that I’m proud to be here with this guy, ’cause it’s your night tonight, boy.”

PND’s “PARTYNEXTDOOR Live” tour continues through November 22 with stops in Miami, Atlanta, Toronto, and L.A.

Watch OVO put it down at S.O.B.’s.

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