Dec
18
New Music: Wale – ‘Miracle on U Street’

Wale

Fresh off his Festivus announcement, Wale pays homage to his hometown on “Miracle on U Street.” His MMG boss Rick Ross kicks things off before the D.C. spitter flows over the go-go track, which will not appear on his mixtape.

Festivus, the prequel to The Album About Nothing, drops December 23. Watch the trailer here.

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Dec
18
Azealia Banks Defends Black Culture, Slams Iggy Azalea and T.I.

Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks has been very vocal on social media, but she has shied away from the media. The “212″ rapper had a lot to get off her chest when she finally sat down with Hot 97′s Ebro and Peter Rosenberg for an in-depth and emotional interview this week.

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Dec
18
Wale Announces ‘Festivus’ Mixtape

Wale

Move over Christmas. It’s all about Festivus. Before he drops his new album next year, Wale will release his mixtape Festivus.

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Dec
18
Album Cover: Tyga – ‘The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty’

The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty

All gold everything. A day after dropping his Fan of a Fan single with Chris Brown, Tyga has unveiled the artwork for his fourth LP The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty.

The cover, which is made of real gold, shows an Egyptian falcon with his wings spread. The design is the work of Kanye West and his creative team DONDA, who are also responsible for Nicki Minaj’s Pinkprint cover.

Kanye serves as executive producer of The Gold Album. “He hears certain melodies that I wouldn’t hear or even think about adding,” Tyga told Nylon Guys. “He taught me that 808 drums and bass aren’t enough. You have to have that warmth.”

The follow-up to 2013′s Hotel California is due early next year via Tyga’s independent label Last Kings. It has spawned the singles “Make It Work” and the Kanye-produced “40 Mill.”

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Dec
18
Nicki Minaj Is Flawless in Roberto Cavalli Campaign

Nicki Minaj

Va va voom. Not only is she dazzling critics and fans alike with her new album The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj is also turning heads as the face of Roberto Cavalli’s Spring/Summer 2015 advertising campaign.

The “Bed of Lies” rapper rocks vibrant floral and animal prints in hues of orange, blue, yellow, and green in the gorgeous photos, shot by Francesco Carrozzini.

“I chose Nicki Minaj because she embodies the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman,” said Cavalli. “In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes. With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong countertrend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of her body, who is not afraid to show her curves, rather she make them as a strength.”

Nicki added, “I am so honored to be the face of the new #RobertoCavalliSS15 campaign.”

See more photos from the stunning shoot below.

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Dec
18
New Music: Maroon 5 f/ Big Boi – ‘Animals (Remix)’

Animals (Remix)

Following J. Cole’s remix in September, Maroon 5 taps Big Boi for another remix to “Animals,” the second single off their album V. The OutKast rapper, who played over 40 festivals with AndrĂ© 3000 this year, comes alive on his cold-blooded verse, rapping about Stevie Wonder (“You will never see this”) and his leading lady (“A house is not a home when she’s gone”).

Unleash the beast below.

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Dec
18
Drake Reps Raptors at ‘Drake Night’

Drake

Drake put on for the 6 while hosting the second-ever “Drake Night” at the Toronto Raptors’ game on Wednesday. The Canadian rapper, who is the team’s global ambassador, was courtside at the Air Canada Centre as his team took on the Brooklyn Nets.

Drizzy introduced the players including Terrence Ross and Amir Johnson and coach Dwane Casey with some hilarious jokes.

During halftime, Raptors’ DJ 4Korners took the court and spun a set full of OVO hits including “Trophies,” “Schemin’ Up,” and “The Motto.” They gave away an OVO varsity jacket and OVO Canada Goose vest to a couple lucky fans. Those in attendance took home a limited edition Raptors x OVO T-shirt.

“This is just another way for me to let the city know how much they mean to me and these guys are doing such an incredible job this year,” Drake told ESPN. “The unity, the sense of family, the energy coursing through the city, it’s given me a real purpose.”

He joked about Kevin Garnett (“He took the Z-Quil, he stayed home”) and Joe Johnson (“He’s got my haircut. He’s too old for that”), and played announcer as he described the action on the court. “I’m too biased to be an announcer,” he joked.

“Drake Night” was a success as the Raptors defeated the Nets with a score of 105-89.

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