Apr
14
New Music: 50 Cent – ‘Hustler’

Hustler

50 Cent proves he’s the ultimate “Hustler” on the latest release in his Animal Ambition series. The rap tycoon gets on his “Muammar Gaddafi shit” and stacks paper like he’s “trying to fix the national debt” on the ballers’ anthem.

The song hits iTunes tomorrow along with a video, while his album is scheduled for a June 3 release.

Listen to Fif get down to business.

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Apr
14
Video: Childish Gambino – ‘Sweatpants’

Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino multiplies in the trippy video for “Sweatpants,” the latest release from his album Because the Internet. The rapper-actor plays different characters at a diner including a waitress, who all look just like him.

But he wasn’t happy with the way the visuals were presented.

“so this sweatpants video and blog was important to us,” he tweeted. “and it wasnt handled correctly.”

He complained about his label, Glassnote Records. “we were told a lot of things were gonna happen and they were all lies. so im done. someone buy me out of this contract,” he said. “a lot of people came around after our first week sales. all those people are welcome now. def jam, atlantic, whatever. i dont like record companies. but im not having another project go through this.”

Watch the imaginitive video below and stick around until the end to see a clip of “Urn.”

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Apr
14
Chris Brown Previews Ariana Grande Collaboration ‘Don’t Be Gone Too Long’

Chris Brown and Ariana Grande

Chris Brown was scheduled to release his collaboration with Ariana Grande last month, but the song’s premiere was delayed after he was sent to jail. Today he surprised his fans and teased a snippet of the pop-dance track.

“Don’t be gone too long ’cause you won’t be there to love me when you’re gone,” he sings.

Breezy showcases his moves in the one-take performance clip, which also features an intimate shot of him and Ariana.

The song will appear on his upcoming album X. Preview their collabo below.

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Apr
14
Album Cover: The Roots – ‘…and then you shoot your cousin’

...and then you shoot your cousin

The worlds of art and hip-hop collide on the cover of The Roots’ upcoming album …and then you shoot your cousin. The artwork features a reproduction of Romare Bearden’s 1964 mixed media collage “Pittsburgh Memory.”

The project, whose title was inspired by KRS-One, arrives May 19 featuring the single “When the People Cheer,” which debuted last week.

In between their nightly appearances on “The Tonight Show,” The Roots will play Hot 97′s Summer Jam with some friends on June 1.

What do you think of The Roots’ cover art? Weigh in below.

Apr
14
Video: Jhené Aiko – ‘Comfort Inn Ending (Freestyle)’

Jhené Aiko

The day after making her Coachella debut, Jhené Aiko premieres the emotional video for “Comfort Inn Ending (Freestyle)” off her EP Sail Out.

When she finds out that her man has been cheating, she gets revenge by setting his sneakers on fire and keying his car. As tears roll down her face, Jhené commiserates with her BFF Krissy and reflects on happier times in her relationship.

“I was not the only one to you / So I was the only lonely one,” she sings on the No I.D.-produced track.

Jhené is putting the finishing touches on her full-length debut Souled Out, due this summer.

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Apr
14
Video: SZA f/ Isaiah Rashad – ‘Warm Winds’

SZA

Fresh off the release of her EP Z, SZA liberates the video for “Warm Winds” featuring her Top Dawg labelmate Isaiah Rashad. In the grainy and artsy clip, which she directed with APLUS FILMZ, the first lady of TDE becomes one with nature, running through a field and walking down a deserted path as the wind blows through her hair.

In an interview with Vogue, the 24-year-old New Jersey native spoke about her stunning natural look.

“I grew up Muslim, and wore the hijab through middle school,” said SZA. “The only girl that I could look to for natural hair inspiration growing up was Lauryn Hill. I wanted dreads but my mom wanted me to wait until I was 16, by which time I didn’t want them anymore.”

Strike up SZA’s enchanting visuals below.

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Apr
14
New Music: Kelis – ‘Food’ [Album Stream]

Food

Dig in. On April 22, Kelis will serve up her first album in four years, Food. A week before its release, the singer-turned-Le Cordon Bleu chef has made the album available to stream in its entirety.

The 13 tracks include the singles “Jerk Ribs” and “Rumble,” with food-inspired tracks such as “Cobbler,” “Friday Fish Fry,” and “Biscuits N’ Gravy.”

The follow-up to 2010′s Flesh Tone was produced entirely by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, and explores pain, happiness, and everything in between.

Feast on Kelis’ latest offering below.

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