Jul
30
New Music: Lil Mama – ‘No Flex Zone (Freestyle)’

No Flex Zone (Remix)

Nicki Minaj, Pusha T, and Juicy J have all had a go at Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone.” Now Lil Mama shows her muscle with her own remix to the Mike WiLL Made-It-produced hit, which she released as part of her “Lyrical Purge” freestyle series.

“I run circles ’round actors / I’m too nasty, I’ll leave a ring around the bathtub,” she spits.

Last week, she kicked off the series with a remix to Drake’s “0 to 100.”

Enter Lil Mama’s “No Flex Zone” below.

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Jul
30
New Music: Chance the Rapper f/ Wyclef Jean, Jessie Ware, & Elle Varner – ‘Wonderful Everyday: Arthur’

Jessie Ware and Chance the Rapper

Ahead of his appearance at Lollapalooza 2014 this weekend, Chance the Rapper and The Social Experiment debut “Wonderful Everyday: Arthur,” a cover of the theme song to the PBS children’s cartoon “Arthur,” which was originally recorded by Ziggy Marley.

The feel-good track features additional vocals from Wyclef Jean, Jessie Ware, Elle Varner, Francis & The Lights, Eryn Allen Kane & The O’My’s, Peter Cottontale, and Donnie Trumpet.

The Chicago MC performed it live at the Sasquatch festival in Washington in May. He plans to debut new material during his Lolla set on Sunday, which will be streamed live at 9 p.m. CST.

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Jul
30
Chris Brown Sets Sail in St. Tropez

Chris Brown

Breezy is enjoying the summer in the South of France. The “Loyal” singer made a rare trip to Saint-Tropez and Marbella, Spain to host some club gigs this week. While overseas, he rented a yacht and cruised through the French Riviera with some friends.

He shared some snapshots from his vacay on Instagram, writing, “Yacht life! South of France!”

Other celebs including Justin Bieber, Diddy, and Cassie have flocked to the resort town for summer vacation.

After selling his Hollywood Hills home last month, Chris has rented a new crib in Agoura, Calif. The sprawling 8,000-square-foot, 6-bedroom house features an ice cream bar, dance studio, billiard room, tennis court, clubhouse, and enough space to park 75 cars.

But don’t mess with the neighbors. According to TMZ, one of them has threatened to shoot if he catches him trespassing. “It can be the devil. I can care less. I don’t care if they’re having orgies. It can even be Saddam Hussein for all I care, as long as he doesn’t trespass onto my property. If he does, I shoot him,” he said.

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Jul
30
Video: Jagged Edge – ‘Hope’

Jagged Edge

Fourteen years after the release of their double-platinum album J.E. Heartbreak, Jagged Edge is back to restore love to R&B. The quartet behind the hits “Let’s Get Married” and “Where the Party At?” carry out their mission in the video for the first single “Hope.”

Shot in Atlanta, the seven-minute clip opens with a mini movie. The guys get into a bar fight and then work to restore their love, while assuring their ladies that they are ready to settle down.

“When you’ve been away as long as we have, you want to come out with something that people are like, ‘I know that’s Jagged Edge,’” the group told Rap-Up. “So we felt like the best way to do that was to give them something that sonically felt like we made it in the ’90s.”

The ballad, written and produced by twin brothers Brian and Brandon Casey and Bryan-Michael Cox, is set to appear on J.E. Heartbreak Too, executive produced by Jermaine Dupri.

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Jul
30
Fabolous Enlists Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj for ‘Loso’s Way 2’

Fabolous and Chris Brown

Fabolous is calling up a couple friends for his album Loso’s Way 2. The Brooklyn rapper has landed features from Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj.

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Jul
30
Common Scores Top 5 Debut

Common

Twenty years after the release of Resurrection, Common is still making waves on the charts with his latest album Nobody’s Smiling.

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Jul
30
Trey Songz Takes Over ‘REVOLT Live’

Trey Songz

Trey Songz turned up the heat in Hollywood while performing an outdoor concert for “REVOLT Live” at the Hollywood & Highland Center on Monday. One thousand fans were treated to a special performance from Trigga, who served up his hits including “Na Na” off his chart-topping album. One lucky girl even got to take off his shirt and give him a hug.

He also sat down with hosts Sib Vicious and Lawrence Jackson to speak about the difference between Trigga and Tremaine, which is the title of his next album.

“Trigga is basically a persona that lived mostly on mixtapes throughout my career,” he said. “A real Tremaine song is ‘Can’t Be Friends.’ Records like ‘Say Aah,’ ‘Bottoms Up,’ that’s that Trigga feel.”

Watch Trigga’s takeover below.

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