Nov
25
Big Sean Hands Out Turkeys in Detroit

Big Sean and his parents

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Big Sean gave back to his community by hosting his second annual turkey giveaway in Detroit on Tuesday. The “IDFWU” rapper and his non-profit organization, the Sean Anderson Foundation, handed out turkeys and canned goods to 1,000 individuals at the River Rouge High School Gymnasium.

It was a family affair as Sean and his parents shook hands, gave hugs, and helped put a smile on the faces of many folks.

“Love to everybody who came out to our annual Turkey Giveaway yesterday in Detroit!” said Sean. “Over a 1,000 turkeys n sides to families who needed it! Thanks to the mayor, @hiphopdetroit, Mike Epps, Terrence Wheeler, etc for coming together n making it huge! Happy Holidays!”

Like most of his peers, Sean was overcome with emotion after the non-indictment in Ferguson. “Watching this w/ my grandma, mom n brother. Can’t take my eyes off of it. So disappointing n sad… Deserved a public trial at least!” he said.

His third album is due next year and he can be seen performing “Best Mistake” with girlfriend Ariana Grande during “A Very Grammy Christmas,” which airs December 5 on CBS.

See more photos of Sean doing good in the D.

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Nov
25
New Music: A$AP Ferg – ‘Talk It’

A$AP Ferg

While protesters march in Ferguson, A$AP Ferg marches against hate and oppression on the Clams Casino-produced “Talk It.” The Harlem rapper pays tribute to Mike Brown and blasts N.W.A.’s “Fuck Tha Police” (“They don’t give two shits about me”).

“All I ever wanted was a Clams Casino beat to talk about these hatin’ motherfu**ers talkin’ ’bout me,” raps Ferg, who performed at Lauryn Hill’s daughter Selah Marley’s 16th birthday over the weekend.

His mixtape Ferg Forever drops on Black Friday and he will hit the road with YG in January.

Hear Ferg take haters to task.

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Nov
25
New Music: Donnie Trumpet f/ Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment – ‘Sunday Candy’

Sunday Candy

Chance the Rapper and The Social Experiment are gearing up to release a series of projects in the coming months. The first album Surf, which is set to drop by the end of the year, shines a spotlight on Donnie Trumpet, one of the four members of the band, which is also comprised of Chance, Peter Cottontale, and Nate Fox.

On the feel-good first release “Sunday Candy,” Chance provides the raps, Donnie plays the horns, and Jamila Woods lends her buttery vocals.

“We’re working on all this music together, but this project in particular is a Donnie Trumpet project,” Donnie told The FADER. “My music, with their influence and ideas, plus us all coming up with crazy shit to do. But at the end of the day, it’s my directing.”

Chance has also been in the studio with Frank Ocean, J. Cole, Migos, Rick Rubin, Emily King, and Francis and the Lights’ Francis Starlite.

Get a taste of their sweet song below.

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Nov
25
Rihanna Teases Brand New Music

Rihanna

While Rihanna fans patiently wait for her eighth album, the pop superstar is teasing with a brand new snippet—and it sounds amazing!

“phuckin roun in da studio,” said RiRi, who posted the 15-second clip on Instagram.

“Ain’t none of this shit promised, ain’t none of this promised,” she sings over the sound of sirens. “Ain’t none of this shit certain, ain’t none of this certain.”

DJ Skee reports that R8 won’t arrive until 2015, but Rihanna says don’t believe anything unless it’s from her mouth.

“ANY news about #R8 will be delivered directly from me!!!!” she tweeted.

In an interview with “Entertainment Tonight” earlier this month, RiRi revealed that the project dubbed “R8″ would arrive “very soon.”

“That’s my hope,” she said. “I’m really excited about the music that we’ve been working on, so I can’t wait for everybody to hear it.”

Brace yourself for the return of RiRi.

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Nov
25
Rap-Up TV: Jazmine Sullivan Talks Return to Music, New Album

Jazmine Sullivan is back. After a three-and-a-half-year hiatus, the Philly songstress made a triumphant return to the stage in London in March and is readying her first album in four years for release in 2015. During a recent tour stop in L.A., Rap-Up TV caught up with the R&B powerhouse to discuss her long-awaited return to music and the real reason behind her hiatus.

Following the release of her 2010 album Love Me Back, Jazmine vanished from the music industry. While she told the public that she needed time to figure out who she was, she was hiding a painful secret.

“I was going through a really hard time in a relationship and it kinda really took away all my joy from everything,” she revealed. “It became too much for me to try to go out and perform and smile, so I just decided I need to take a break.”

However, she did not expect her hiatus to last years. “I probably thought it would be at least a month. A month turned into two and two turned into years, but I’m glad to be back though.”

Her third album Reality Show (the title was inspired by her love for reality shows) is done and features production from Salaam Remi, Anthony Bell, and Key Wane. “I’m really proud of it. I worked harder on this album than any album,” she said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself ’cause I haven’t been out in so long.”

But don’t expect the sad songs of the past. “I found it best to kinda not talk about [the relationship]. I was trying to get my mind off of that,” she said. “The songs are really colorful, just about life in general and reality from my eyes.”

She’s also put down the crowbar. “I’m done busting windows. I’m done with that,” she laughed.

Reality Show includes the Meek Mill-assisted “Dumb,” the soulful “Forever Don’t Last,” and “Mascara,” which she calls one of her favorites. “It shows that I’ve grown as a writer and I just love how laid-back it is.”

Nov
25
New Mixtape: Jordin Sparks – ‘#ByeFelicia’

#ByeFelicia

Jordin Sparks sheds her good girl image on her first mixtape #ByeFelicia, presented by L.A. Leakers. The “American Idol” champ explores new territory on the nine tracks, her first project since 2009′s Battlefield.

She calls out the Instagram stalkers on “Double Tap” featuring 2 Chainz and takes shots at her ex-boyfriend Jason Derulo on her remix to Drake’s “How Bout Now.”

“There’s a little part of me in every single [track],” said Jordin. “But because it’s been so long and because I’ve been working so long, it has been kind of like a perfectionist mentality. Life is too short. This stuff is great. I feel good about it. I’m confident in it, I love what it’s saying, and I think people will be able to relate to that.”

Download and stream below.

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Nov
25
Video: Rick Ross – ‘Hood Billionaire’

Rick Ross

Just a day after premiering the video for “If They Knew” with K. Michelle, Rick Ross serves up a double dose with the title track “Hood Billionaire.” The MMG mogul stays decked out in gold jewelry and an Alexander McQueen scarf while boasting about his bossy status. The Dre Films-directed clip also includes cameos from Diddy and DJ Khaled.

Hood Billionaire, which features Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly, and Boosie BadAzz, is out now.

Watch the latest from the Untouchable Maybach Music Empire.

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