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Chance the Rapper Explains How Kanye West Was Always There Kanye West was a massive part of his upbringing.

Chance The Rapper‘s opinion of Kanye West has been heavily publicized in recent days, and now Chance is expressing even more regarding Kanye. Taking to Twitter, the Chicago rapper This comes just as we’re learning about the success of Chance’s latest project, which is apparently breaking some big barriers. Also with this, Chance has also shared a glowing opinion of up-and-comer Lil Yachty.  

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RZA & Interpol’s Paul Banks Become New Duo Bankz and Steelz

A few years ago, Wu-Tang architect RZA and Interpol‘s Paul Banks revealed that they had been working on a musical project together. Now, three years following that news’ emergence, RZA and Paul Banks have officially come together as Bankz and Steelz. The pair’s debut joint single will premiere tomorrow on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 program, and comes us Bankz and Stellz installations are live in the Fairfax area of Los Angeles and New York’s Orchard …

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Willow Smith Teams Up With Michael Cera for New Track ‘twentyfortyeight 2.0’

In one of the more unusual collaborations in recent memory, Willow Smith has shared a new track called “twentyfortyeight 2.0,” which credits Superbad star Michael Cera as the producer. The song incorporates dreamy ambiance that dances along with backing sung harmonies, clocking in at under two minutes. Smith delivers spoken-word verses that touch upon self-discovery and the ills of a manufactured society. Smith has been gradually uploading new tunes to her SoundCloud the past few months, following the surprise rollout …

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Hear Steve Aoki & Boehm’s Dancefloor-Ready ‘Back 2 U’ Feat. Walk the Moon

Steve Aoki and Bucharest-based DJ and producer Boehm have teamed up with Walk the Moon for “Back 2 U,” a meeting of minds resulting in a dance-meets-subdued pop rock track. “I really enjoyed working with both Boehm and Walk the Moon on ‘Back 2 U,’” says Aoki. “We each brought our own musical style to the track to make a song that I am so excited for everyone to hear.” The guitar-driven “Back 2 U,” …

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How Beyonce Went to Bat for Indie Musicians on ‘Lemonade’

Our eyes and ears have had about two weeks now to take in Beyonce’s hefty Lemonade. After the equally epic album and film, even the credits — at 3,105 words long — seem like an opus unto themselves. And that’s no jab at Beyonce. Songwriting traditionalists — so-called rockists — might lament sampling and collaboration, when really, they’re an everlasting part of popular music and properly crediting them can keep you out of trouble in the future. But even if drums and guitar are the only way to your …

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Drake’s ‘Views’ Debuts With 851,000 Copies Sold in First Week in U.S.

The official first-week sales figure for Drake’s Views album has arrived. Views sold 851,000 copies in the week ending May 5 in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. That’s the best sales week ever for Drake, the biggest for any album in 2016, and the biggest for an album by a male artist in over three years. Views was initially released exclusively for sale through the iTunes Store and to stream via Apple Music on April 29 …

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Yasiin Bey, a.k.a. Mos Def, Shares New Song ‘Dec 99th – N.A.W.’:

Yasiin Bey, formerly Mos Def, has shared a new song titled “Dec 99th – N.A.W.,” amid legal battles and his recent announcement of retirement. The haunting track was released on Bey’s “A Country Called Earth” SoundCloud account, which is also the name of the entertainment site he co-founded. “Dec 99th – N.A.W.” takes on eerie organ sounds that back stark melodies, as Bey cynically sings of other’s needs and wants. This past January, Bey was detained in South Africa for violating immigration …

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J. Cole is the “Highest Earning Rapper of 2015” J. Cole is running the rap game.

The 2015 edition of Billboard’s annual report on “Music’s Top Earners” has just dropped. As usual, the list of “highest-paid” musicians holds a few surprises and a few expected artists. For last year, Taylor Swift, country star Kenny Chesney, The Rolling Stones, Billy Joel and One Direction filled up the overall top five. Taylor Swift holds the very top spot with $73.5 million made in total 2015 revenue, with most of that ($61.7 million) coming …

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Australian Music Festivals Could Feature Pill Testing This Summer

Australia could potentially feature pill testing at upcoming summer music festivals nationwide, excluding the coastal state of New South Wales (NSW). Alex Wodak, president of the Australian Drug Enforcement, and physician David Caldicott plan to launch pill-testing trials at Sydney festivals this summer, even without government approval, according to a report by The Sydney Morning Herald.  The project — which would test pills to identify what substances are contained within — is currently labeled as illegal, but Dr. Calidcott said that they are seeing progress and are …

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Mad Decent Block Party Announces 2016 Tour Dates

Mad Decent Block Party is back. Presented by Diplo’s Mad Decent label, the North American tour will encompass 15 shows in 13 cities between July and October this year. While the lineups have not yet been announced, last year’s edition featured dance acts like Jack U and Major Lazer alongside hip-hop artists like Tyler the Creator, T-Pain and Vic Mensa. The event began as a street festival in Philadelphia in 2008 and has evolved into a country-spanning tour series that draws more than …

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Anderson .Paak Announces New ‘Malibu’ World Tour Anderson .Paak and his Free Nationals band are taking the world by storm.

Anderson .Paak has just revealed a bunch of new shows for his next major tour. In support of his most recent studio album Malibu, Anderson .Paak will be touring the globe this summer. Alongside his band The Free Nationals, the Dr. Dre-cosigned artist will be taking the Malibu live experience to the States and beyond. As of now, we only know of a handful of dates, but many more are set to come. You can …

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London O’Connor Drops New Single “Time To Go” He’s back with his first new single in a year.

Forward-thinking singer-songwriter London O’Connor has been relatively quiet since releasing his last album nearly a year ago. He made an appearance on BBC Radio 1 for an impressive Maida Vale session back in February, but has yet to drop any new records of his own. Today, he returns with his first major single last year. Taking to Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 program, O’Connor unveils new single “Time To Go.” You can stream London O’Connor’s new …