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Lil’ Kim on ‘Lil’ Kim Season’ Project, Remixing Drake’s ‘Summer Sixteen’ & What’s Next: Exclusive

The Queen Bee has returned. Two years after dropping her Hard Core 2K14 mixtape, Lil’ Kim has released her new Lil’ Kim Season project, consisting of previous tracks including “Mine” featuring Kevin Gates and “I Did It for Brooklyn” with Maino, as well as new remakes of other artists’ songs. The 41-year-old MC has remained somewhat quiet on the musical front over the past few years, telling Billboard that she stepped away from recording new songs to …

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Faith Evans Teases Notorious B.I.G. Hologram, Says Duets Album Is in ‘Finishing Stages’

The Notorious B.I.G. will live on in a forthcoming duets album with Faith Evans called The King & I. The singer — who teased the project with her late husband in a 2014 interview with Hip Hollywood — recently appeared on the Dame Dash Radio Show to offer an update, saying that the project is in the “finishing stages.” “I had no idea how I was gonna even go about it but it’s been coming along pretty awesome,” …

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Drake’s ‘These Days’ & ‘Controlla’ Feat. Popcaan Surface Online

As Drake‘s forthcoming album Views From The 6 prepares for landing next month, two new cuts a la Drizzy have surfaced online. The first dubbed “Controlla” is a smooth, hip-swaying number featuring Jamaican dancehall artist Popcaan. The Toronto rapper (real name Aubrey Graham) switches up the tempo with a folk-y ballad labeled as “These Days.” “I’ve been out walking/ I don’t do too much talking these days,” he sings on the latter, which is a semi-cover of the …

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Tidal Claims Three Million Global Subscribers, Finally Releases Kanye’s ‘Pablo’ Stream Numbers

The one-year anniversary of Tidal’s gaudy, much-maligned launch event in New York City is tomorrow, March 30 — so naturally, the service celebrating with an announcement the day before, releasing new numbers on both subscribers and exclusive releases. In its first year, Tidal claims to have passed three million paid subscribers globally, adding about 2.5 million subs to the approximately 540,000 it had when it launched in the U.S. Of those subscribers, 45 percent, or around …

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ODESZA Has a New Album On the Way

ODESZA took to Instagram recently to announce that they have a new album on the way. The photograph depicts an Apple MacBook Pro and a Native Instruments Maschine Mikro, and has the caption: “workin on the new album.” This project will be the follow-up to 2014’s In Return. For the past two years, the Seattle duo has been performing around the world, headlining some of the biggest festivals.  

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AlunaGeorge & Flume Share New Song, “I Remember”

At the Ultra Music Festival last weekend, AlunaGeorge premiered the title track from their forthcoming album, I Remember. The single features Flume and blends Aluna’s enchanting vocals with Flume’s signature production style. Aluna has shared via Triple J her working process with the Australian producer: “It was good to get together finally and do something fun in the studio. You don’t often get in the same place at the same time, so it was great.” …

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Kanye West’s “Famous” is Available on Apple Music & Spotify

Kanye West originally stated that his latest album The Life of Pablo would only be available through streaming on TIDAL. However, it seems like one of the songs, “Famous,” is now streamable on Spotify, Apple Music and Google Music. This doesn’t mean that Kanye has broken his promise; although the song is no longer a TIDAL exclusive, the entire release is still unavailable via other platforms. However, Pitchfork notes that the Apple Music and Spotify …

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Jamaican Singer Jimmy Riley Has Passed Away

Veteran singer Jimmy Riley has died. According to Billboard, Riley passed away in New York while undergoing treatment for cancer. He was 68. While Riley was best known to the younger generation as the father of reggae artist Tarrus Riley, his career spanned six decades of popular Jamaican music. His recording career began in the mid-1960s, when he was a member of harmony group The Sensations, which recorded several hits for sound system owner-turned-producer Arthur …

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Snoop Dogg to Become First Musician Inducted Into WWE Hall of Fame

This weekend, WWE Wrestlemania — the “sports entertainment” of the Super Bowl — takes place at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Among all the other Wrestlemania weekend festivities going on, the latest class of WWE Hall of Fame will be inducted. Among the short list of WWE performers and athletes is Snoop Dogg, the first-ever musician to be included in the WWE Hall of Fame. As Rolling Stone reports, Snoop will be inducted into …

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Tyler, the Creator Expands Current U.S. Tour To California & beyond.

Last month, Tyler, the Creator announced his first major run of shows in 2016. In early April, the Cherry Bomb rapper planned to hit up the southwest part of the US (mainly California). Now, he’s announced plans to expand the trek. Over a month after the California run concludes, Tyler plans to hit up Arizona and more in late May. Odd Future rapper Taco will serve as the supporting act. Tyler, the Creator – 2016 …

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Diddy Opens Charter School in Harlem Five years in the making.

Sean Combs otherwise known to the world as Puff Daddy is heading a new venture: The hip-hop mogul is opening a charter school in Harlem, the same neighborhood that raised him. According to the Associated Press, Diddy’s new school, Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School, will open this fall. Dr. Steve Perry, the founder of Capital Prep Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut, will oversee the school while Florida-based educator Danita Jones will be its inaugural principal. …

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‘The Art of Organized Noize’ Documentary: 9 Things We Learned About OutKast, TLC & More

Before Atlanta became a hotbed for hip-hop talent, production trio Organized Noize pioneered the Dirty South sound. In the documentary The Art of Organized Noize, producers Rico Wade, Ray Murray and Sleepy Brown recall shaping the city’s ’90s hip-hop and R&B sound. In the the film, which premiered at SXSW in Texas earlier this month, Organized Noize — alongside artists, managers and executives who played a role in their come-up, including OutKast, L.A. Reid and Diddy — recall how Atlanta brought the noise to music in one of hip-hop culture’s most prominent movements. …

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Big Sean & Jhené Aiko Announce Collaborative Project TWENTY88.

A few days after his 28th birthday, Big Sean has unveiled his next music release. The Detroit rapper revealed that he’s joined forces with good friend Jhené Aiko for a collaborative project called TWENTY88. While there are not a lot of details available, we can expect TWENTY88 to arrive on April 1. Accompanying the announcement, the newly-formed duo has shared a couple teaser videos, which you can view below. Sean and Jhene have previously collaborated …

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Gwen Stefani Scores Her First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

Gwen Stefani debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with This Is What the Truth Feels Like, earning her first chart-topper as a solo artist. The album, her third release, earned 84,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 24, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum it sold 76,000 in pure album sales. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on …

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Tyrese Presents Directorial Debut With ‘The Black Book’

Tyrese Gibson’s backyard is as luxuriously cool as you’d imagine. It’s decked out with a modern pool, cozy fire pits, multiple movie screens, and GibsiHana — his own version of the Japanese hibachi hot spot Benihana — complete with a skilled and theatrical chef. The backyard also features the Grammy winner’s Matrix-Decoded studio and, naturally, a nightclub. On Wednesday (March 23), that’s where Gibson held a small, private screening of his new short film The Black Book. Scheduled to drop Easter Sunday …

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Justin Bieber Joins David Guetta in the DJ Booth at Vegas Club:

After his concert at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand on Friday (March 25), Justin Bieber headed over to XS Nightclub at the Wynn Las Vegas to hang out with David Guetta and friends. Bieber arrived with Maejor, football player Odell Beckham Jr. and his Shots app partner, Johnny Shahidi – and then he got into the DJ booth with Guetta, where he reportedly gave a shout out to the crowd. Good times were had by all, …

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SPECIAL REQUEST TO PLAY BEAMISH HALL EASTER BALL THIS SUNDAY Plus Matthew Dear, Martyn, Maurice Fulton, Blackhall & Bookless & more…

Fancy raving to music from Special Request (aka Paul Woolford) and many more all-night-long in a 12th century manor house on Easter Sunday? Well, then the Beamish Easter Ball is for you! Kicking off from 2pm ‘til 4am this weekend (Sunday, 27th March), the good people at Everything’s Connected are hosting a wicked Easter Ball in the Beamish Hall Hotel near Newcastle, in association with Ape-X, Inkfold and much-loved techno label, Jaunt. Fans can also …

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A Recap of SXSW with Big Grams, The Roots, Anderson .Paak, Rae Sremmurd, and More Hosted by the Bud Light Factory Showcase at SXSW.

South By Southwest always presents its best and most anticipated performances on it’s final day — Saturday. And although the Bud Light Factory’s official showcases included sets from artists such as A$AP Ferg, Rae Sremmurd, Bleachers and KING throughout its four day event, it was its final day that brought heavy hitters such as The Roots and several surprise guest appearances to the stage. Saturday marked the first time The Roots brought their Jam Session …

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Travis Scott and Fetty Wap Are the New Faces of NikeLab’s Summer of Sport Collections As seen in the April issue of ‘Vogue.’

Following up the announcement of the NikeLab x RT: Training Redefined Collection, the upcoming offering has a few new canvases to display its ability to blend with streetwear culture. Aiming to mix the reliability of top notch sports performance and the high-end aesthetic of Italian design, Travis Scott and model Joan Smalls display the look of walking the fine line between the two important factors. Additionally, Fetty Wap and model Cameron Russell rock Kim Jones’s …

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PARTYNEXTDOOR & Jeremih Have Some Heat Coming Collaborations are on the way.

As we await a new project from PARTYNEXTDOOR, it looks like he’s been cooking up some heat with another high-profile, respected name in R&B. Taking to Instagram last night, Jeremih sent out the following: No word yet on the specifics of what these two worked on, but if they’re in the studio together, expect hits. Also featured in the shot is Murda Beatz, a producer who has worked with Jeremih beforeand built a name for …

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Phife Dawg’s Family Release Official Statement on his Passing & Reveal Cause of Death “Malik was our loving husband, father, brother and friend. We love him dearly. How he impacted all our lives will never be forgotten.”

As we previously reported, A Tribe Called Quest legend Phife Dawg passed away earlier in the week. The news was initially revealed by DJ Chuck Chillout and confirmed by Statik Selektah as well. Reactions have been pouring in from all over, with a diverse group of artists that includes rappers such as Kendrick Lamar El-P and producers like Flying Lotus have also been sending their condolences and tributes. Now, Phife Dawg’s family have shared an …