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Big Sean – Detroit 2

Big Sean is once again on top.

His brand new album “Detroit 2” is his third consecutive album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It’s also his fifth consecutive album to debut at No. 1 on the rap chart and his fourth consecutive album to debut at No. 1 on the R&B/hip-hop chart.

“Detroit 2” features artists like Nipsey Hussle, Lil Wayne, Ty Dolla $ign, Post Malone and Travis Scott. Big Sean premiered the music video for his song “Lithuania” Sept. 4 and performed “Harder Than My Demons” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Sept. 8.

Before the album’s release, he also released videos for songs like “Deep Reverance,” “Don Life,” “Body Language” and “Everything That’s Missing.”

“Detroit 2” garnered critical acclaim from outlets like Vulture, Rolling Stone, Billboard and Detroit Free Press.

“In the world of Detroit 2, there’s always an answer. It’s a place where every pain can be fixed, any heart can be mended, and all obstacles are surmountable,” Rolling Stone said.

Detroit Free Press said, “Shimmering, textured and often explosive, ‘Detroit 2’ finds the rapper born Sean Anderson in a confident creative space.”

Since signing with G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam,  Big Sean has become one of the most popular artists in the rap game, amassing more than 1.7 billion YouTube views on his songs.

To stream “Detroit 2” on Spotify, you can click right here.

Black Thought ft. Pusha T, Killer Mike, & Swizz Beatz – Good Morning

Legendary MC for GRAMMY® Award-winning platinum-certified hip-hop luminaries The Roots, Black Thought debuts new track “Good Morning,”feat. Pusha T, Killer Mike and Swizz Beatz via Republic Records. This release marks the second track off of Black Thought’s highly anticipated Streams of Thought Vol. 3: Cane & Able, which is set for release September 18, 2020.

Listen to “Good Morning” feat. Pusha T, Killer Mike and Swizz Beatz: HERE

Streams of Thought Vol. 3: Cane & Able was produced entirely by Sean C (Jay-Z, Diddy, Pusha T, Joey Bada$$). The thirteen-track collection sees Black Thought continuing to hone his inimitable and impenetrable improvisation. The project includes features with heavy hitters like Swizz Beatz, Portugal The Man, Pusha T, ScHoolboy Q and The Last Artful, Dodgr.

THIRD INSTALLMENT OF HIS CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES STREAMS OF THOUGHT VOL. 3: CANE & ABLE SET TO RELEASE SEPTEMBER 18th

Black Thought’s previously released Streams of Thought, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 have set the stage for this next arrival. Volumes 1&2 are tastemaker-approved phenomenons, Pitchfork proclaimed it “a small testament to his sustained excellence” as Rolling Stone and more offered praise. In addition to bowing in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Top Independent Album charts, “9th vs. Thought” and “Twofifteen” both surpassed 1 million Spotify streams each.

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Hotboii – Don’t Need Time (Remix) × Lil Baby

Fast-rising Orlando rapper Hotboii has joined forces with Lil Baby for an emotionally charged new song and video “Don’t Need Time (Remix).” Stream/download the single HERE.
A potent update of a standout track from Hotboii’s Kut da Fan On, “Don’t Need Time (Remix)” spotlights the 19-year-old artist’s deeply expressive delivery, incredible melodic skills, and uncompromising storytelling. With its steady beat and somber piano, the song’s heavy-hearted mood is amplified by guest verse from Lil Baby. The Grammy Award-nominated, platinum-selling rapper also co-stars alongside Hotboii in the video for “Don’t Need Time (Remix)” — a tremendously moving visual that finds Hotboii sitting graveside as he speaks the raw truth on pain and loss.

Check out the video for “Don’t Need Time (Remix)” by Hotboii ft. Lil Baby HERE.

Hailing from West Orlando, Hotboii is one of the most exciting new rappers to emerge from his hometown’s scene. After getting his start at age 15, he discovered a natural musical talent and soon began using his songs as an emotional outlet. Then, after being held back by jail time, once released, Hotboii felt an overwhelming drive to establish himself as an industry heavyweight and lay the groundwork for a long-lasting career. Earlier this year, he achieved breakout success with his full-length debut Kut da Fan On — a powerhouse 17-track album that accumulated millions of streams within the first month of its release. Arriving in May, Kut da Fan On features hit tracks like “Goat Talk” (now at over 4.2 million streams in the U.S.).

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Migos – Need It (ft. YoungBoy Never Broke Again)

Hip-hop trio Migos have unveiled their new music video for “Need It” ft. YoungBoy Never Broke Again. The high-octane video showcases Migos riding in Hummer-trucks, Jeeps, low-riders, and again features their favorite ride, the 2020 Can-Am Ryker, with the trio enjoying the fast and fun “Adrenaline Red” Ryker.

The Wyatt Winfrey and Migos-directed video features quick cuts between the rappers that match the energetic and call-and-response verses from the track. “Need It” followed a slew of releases in early 2020, following the heady tracks “Give No Fxk” and “Racks 2 Skinny” and the Lebron James-inspired hit “Taco Tuesday.” With a busy first half of 2020 in the books, watch for much more to come soon from Migos.

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Wallie the Sensei – Scandalous (feat. MAR, Yaahl)

Today, rising rapper Wallie the Sensei dropped his video for breakout record “Scandalous” (feat. MAR, Yaahl. Watch it here via Capitol Records.

The video was directed by Brian Alan and finds Wallie, MAR, and Yaahl, all Compton natives, paying homage to their neighborhood. The camraderie, hustle and the rawness of Compton are felt thoughout the video with drinks pouring, dice rolling, and friends dancing in the streets under the California sun. On the track, Wallie narrates tales of mischief from his experiences. Wallie embodies the essence of Los Angeles’s hip-hop scene as one of its rising stars. The “Scandalous” video follows the release of “Bitch Please” and “Tarzan,” which are all off his debut EP No Love. Listen to the tracks here.

On Sunday, August 16, Wallie hosted a Back To School event, where he gave back to his Compton community by providing backpacks, school supplies, an d food for kids adhering to social distancing guidelines. LA’s own radio maven DJ Carisma was a special guest. all attendees were required to wear masks.

“It’s my duty to give back. That’s my hood and those kids are the future,” said Wallie on the event.

There’s no surprise that Wallie was thriving in L.A.’s hip-hop underground with “Scandalous.” The record produced by Drum Drummie (YoungBoy Never Broke Again, OMB Peezy, Kodak Black) spread organically throughout the city with nods from radio including the L.A. Leakers, Nick Cannon Mornings, and Power 106.1’s rotation. He also picked up praise from fellow rappers Rucci and AD, as well as Sacramento’s Mozzy. Wallie hoped music could change his life- he just didn’t know how quickly it would happen.

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Nasty C illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Nasty C – Zulu Man 

Global multi-platinum rapper, Nasty C, releases the high energy track and hot visual, “PALM TREES,” the latest single from his forthcoming and highly anticipated album, “ZULU MAN WITH SOME POWER” to be released via Def Jam Recordings on August 28. “ZULU MAN WITH SOME POWER” is available for fans to pre-save now.

Quoted by Billboard as “South Africa’s best bet for a mainstream crossover,” Nasty C has been delivering hit after hit with “PALM TREES” being the next single solidifying him as a global sensation.

In July, Nasty C teamed up with DJ Whoo Kid to put together a mixtape for fans around the world. The musical masterpiece titled, “ZULU” features the hit track, “They Don’t” includes his first-ever collaboration with Tip “T.I.” Harris for “They Don’t,” a powerful track created by the rappers in the wake of global unrest over rampant police brutality and racial injustice. On June 23, Nasty C and T.I.  joined Late Night with Seth Meyers for a virtual performance of the protest anthem. 

For nearly a decade, Nasty C (Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo) has had a singular focus: to push the boundaries of his own potential.  He has been pursuing his hip-hop dreams since childhood when, legend has it, he began rapping and learning to lay down tracks at age nine under the tutelage of his older brother.  At just fifteen years of age, Nasty released his debut mixtape, One Kid, A Thousand Coffins (2012).  He shot to stardom in 2014, with his boundary-breaking second mixtape, Price City, and “Juice Back,” a continent-wide instant classic smash.  The “Juice Back” remix featured Nigerian muso, Davido and South African rapper Cassper Nyovest. This early success won Nasty C the Best Freshman prize at the highly competitive South African Hip-Hop Awards.  

Nasty C’s popularity detonated with his 2016 debut album Bad Hair, which hit #1 on the iTunes local chart and was the country’s most-streamed album within 24 hours of release.  Its re-release, Bad Hair Extensions featured French Montana. The seminal album earned him Nasty C four Metro FM Music Awards, a South African Music Award and a BET Awards nomination. The momentum surged with Strings And Bling in 2018, named one of South Africa’s greatest hip-hop albums by such influential local outlets as TimesLive and IOL. Nasty C was the only South African nominated for a BET Hip- Hop Award in the Best International Flow category in 2019, and was also nominated for an MTV Europe Music Award that year.  Strings and Bling won him two South African Music Awards and two AFRIMMAs (All African Muzik Magazine Awards).

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KEM and Toni Braxton illustration done by Mina Tocalini of 360 MAGAZINE.

Kem × Toni Braxton

On the heels of KEM’s smash hit Lie to Me which has maintained the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart for six weeks in a row, the R&B superstar releases his new single, Live Out Your Love featuring the iconic Toni Braxton. KEM’s signature silky vocals give way to Braxton’s rich, sultry sound on the track, which is from his upcoming album, LOVE ALWAYS WINS (Motown), set for release on August 28. The two artists co-wrote the song and KEM produced it with Derek “DOA” Allen. 

The collaboration was sparked last year when Braxton extended an invitation for KEM to perform at her Valentine’s Day concert in Detroit. My wife and I went to Toni’s show at the Fox Theatre, recalls KEM. She called me up onstage to sing with her and it was an incredible moment.

While working on his new album, KEM began to envision Live Out Your Love as a duet and asked Braxton to join him. Due to COVID-19, they couldn’t record in the same room. When Braxton sent her vocal to KEM, he was blown away. I loved the way she recorded, the texture of her voice, he says. The pairing of our voices was just amazing.

The pre-order for LOVE ALWAYS WINS launched today. Fans who pre-order the album in digital format will instantly receive Lie to Me and Live Out Your Love. As a special treat to fans, merch will be available at www.musicbykem.com

Essence said, KEM knows just how to make anyone believe in love, fall in love and sing about love. Praising the smooth and sexy Lie to Me, Billboard observed, The body-swaying mid-tempo number perfectly captures the relatable themes of unconditional love and devotion. Reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart in nine short weeks, Lie to Me is the fastest-rising of KEM’s six chart-topping singles, which include It’s You, Love Calls, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Why Would You Stay? and Nobody. KEM co-wrote Lie to Me with Anthony Hamilton, Salam Remi, and James Poyser and produced it with Derek “DOA” Allen.

LOVE ALWAYS WINS is the follow-up to KEM’s 2014 album, PROMISE TO LOVE, which debuted at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3, becoming his third consecutive top five album on the tally. PROMISE TO LOVE contained the hit singles Nobody and It’s You, which each spent multiple weeks atop the Urban Adult Contemporary radio charts. Nobody earned KEM his third GRAMMY nomination.

The internationally renowned R&B singer/songwriter has to his credit: one Platinum album (KEM: ALBUM II), two Gold albums (KEMISTRY and INTIMACY), three GRAMMY nominations and six No. 1 singles. In addition, KEM has been nominated for six NAACP Image Awards, two Soul Train Awards and a BET Centric Award. In 2012, KEM founded Mack & Third, Inc., a Michigan domestic non-profit organization that provides funding to humanitarian aid organizations related to: homelessness; hunger; substance abuse; domestic violence; natural disasters; education, etc.

Toni Braxton is the legendary, multimillion-selling R&B/pop pioneer and seven-time GRAMMY Award-winner behind timeless hits such as Love Shoulda Brought You Home, Another Sad Love Song, Breathe Again, Seven Whole Days, He Was’t Man Enough and Un-Break My Heart. The official video for Un-Break My Heart recently broke 500 million views on YouTube. The multi-talented singer/songwriter has expanded her skill set along the way to include music producer, Broadway musical star, television actress/producer and best-selling author. She also devotes time as spokesperson for Lupus L.A. and Autism Speaks.

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Artist, Cochise releases new song called Taxin

Cochise – Taxin

Emerging from Florida’s edgy hip-hop underground scene, Cochise returns with the Chivalry-directed video for his up-tempo banger “TAXIN”, a 1:58 minutes long visual honoring the influence of various print media from fashion to sports and music. Produced by Nonbruh, the Palm Bay rapper continues to embody his experimental but hook-heavy style in the new visual out today. Watch the new video HERE

G4 Boyz – Prada

NYC’s G4 Boyz continues their ascent with a new video single “Prada,” out now via Republic Records.

Stream/purchase “Prada” here.

Produced by FNR Beats (M1llionz, RV) and featuring UK grime affiliate G4choppa, the track is another certified banger from the duo. In the video the duo members Ice Baby and Buggy mob from the streets to department stores with friends including prominent NYC rapper Smooky Margiela, as they celebrate their African pride and love for luxury fashion.

This release follows their last single “Local Scammer” which has put G4 Boyz in a different league. Their first collaboration with FNR beats and again featuring G4choppa, the track quickly became a transatlantic drill anthem that also took off on TikTok and Triller’s global playlists. The track was quickly followed by exclusive remixes from rising UK rap queen Ivorian Doll and drill pioneer Chief Keef, becoming the first track to unite major players from the world’s drill capitals (NY, London, and Chicago).

Comprised of charismatic brothers Ice Baby and Buggy of Nigerian/Ghanaian descent who are emerging as the pre-eminent players in New York drill, few artists have had the trajectory that G4 Boyz have had in such a short amount of time. Since the release of their Tory Lanez-featuring “Patek Phillippe” remix in 2017, the pioneers of “scam rap” have continued to make noise on both sides of the pond; receiving critical acclaim from GRM, WorldStar, The Face, Noisey, Trench, Complex and MixtapeMadness and clocking up plays from both landmark NY hip hop stations 105.1 and 97.1 and UK support from 1xtra, No Signal, Beat and Ricky, Melvin and Charlie at Radio 1.

With their debut project coming later this year, G4 Boyz are set to usher in a new age of drill and hip-hop that by its nature is global in its appeal.

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Cee Kay – Cent

Emerging rapper Cee Kay releases his new single and video “Cent.” On Cee’s track, a trap beat underscores his smooth cadences leading to a rich melodic hook. This perfectly accompanies “Cent”‘s visual where he spits outside of a broken down old Arkansas haunt alongside his friends.

Cee Kay has recently attracted critical acclaim with DuJour naming Cee’s “Mona Lisa” among “our top five favorite new song releases” and wrote, “His passion and soul is clear throughout his music.” Earlier this year, Cee Kay accelerated his ascent to hip-hop’s heavyweight class with one buzzing banger after another, with his most recent intoxicating song “Drugs.” Earning critical nods, Imprint predicted he’s “geared to become a force in rap, maintaining a credo of remaining true to himself and the code of the streets.” Meanwhile, Hip-Hop Vibe crowned him, “Next To Blow Out Of The South.” The rapper put himself on the map with 2019’s Blood On My Hands. Led by “Pressure” feat. YoungBoy Never Broke Again, it has racked up nearly 10 million total streams and received praise from XXL, HipHopDX and more.

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