The Alphabet
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The Alphabet (Prod. by Luke Christopher)

Unsigned hype Luke Christopher returns to school on his latest track, “The Alphabet.” The self-produced cut from his upcoming The Wonder Years Pt. 1 mixtape, … Continue reading »

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[Album Review] Drake – Nothing Was the Same

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More than just the Adele of the rap game, Drake‘s ability to convey both sensitive and egotism with an ear for solid bars with catchy hooks have made him one of the highest selling artists in the industry. In just 4 years, the actor turned unlikely rapper/singer has achieved more with just 3 albums than most artists accomplish in a lifetime in the industry: sold out shows, millions of records, Grammy’s, and chart-topping singles. Now that Kanye West has chosen to explore more of an indie sound with his latest release Yeezus, Drake has arguably become the game’s new unchallenged crossover star. With his latest release Nothing Was the Same, he returns to the style of spitting about former relationships and braggadocious rhymes, but a little less formulaic than before.

Minus the obvious hits, “Started From the Bottom,” “All Me,” and “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” Nothing Was the Same features a more in-depth look into Drake’s life that further explores the upsides and downsides of fame on his personal relationships. On the opening “Tuscan Leather,” Aubrey takes a minute from crooning over hooks and choruses to deliver a straight rap that includes boasting and a mention of his short-lived fallout with fellow labelmate Nicki Minaj. “Too Much” featuring Sampha (of SBTRKT fame) delves into more personal and somber themes, as Drake spits about how the growth of his fame affects family ties.

Read the rest of the review and stream more from the album after the jump

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[Hip-Hop] ScHoolboy Q – Banger (MOSHPIT)

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ScHoolboy Q
Banger (MOSHPIT)

After reaching mainstream success with the infectious ‘Collard Greens’ featuring Kendrick Lamar, TDE rapper Schoolboy Q drops his second single, “Banger (MOSHPIT).” The follow-up track finds the west coast emcee invoking some violence and warns of forming a mosh as he spits over the renegades produced beat. Different from his previous hit, this new single has a more turned down beat and old school feel that focuses more on Q’s lyrical prowess over the mic. His aggressive rhymes and gritty beat makes for a head-nodding listen as he looks to incite reckless behavior nationwide by calling out select cities across the country for ‘being on that bullsh!t’. Take a listen to the newest track off his upcoming debut Oxymoron, dropping soon.

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[Hip-Hop] Drake – Hold On We’re Going Home (Video)

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To go along with today’s release of Nothing Was The SameDrake brings us a theatrical music video for one of the more talked about tracks on the project. The visuals for “Hold On We’re Going Home” are set in a 1985 Miami around Drizzy’s fictional crew, which includes A$AP Rocky, who are young entrepreneurs of some kind. The narrative takes a dark turn when Drake’s lady is kidnapped by a rival, senior crime lord.

As the song starts to play, Drake and crew gear up for what becomes an action-packed scene attempting to rescue his damsel in distress. I must say, watching Aubrey Graham taking out bad guys makes for a pretty entertaining 7 minutes. Check out the video below to see if Double-0-Drake succeeds in his mission and grab the album here if you’re feeling it.

Drake ~ Hold On We’re Going Home from OctobersVeryOwn on Vimeo.

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[NEW] Justin Timberlake – Cabaret (Feat. Drake) (Prod. Timbaland) + Full Album Stream

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Cabaret Feat. Drake

Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 will be hitting shelves next Monday, and just like last time, JT has partnered with iTunes to provide fans with an early glimpse for free in order to prepare for its release. One of the most anticipated tracks from the album was easily “Cabaret,” alongside Drake. The single features two talented artists who have thoroughly dominated the charts throughout their careers, linking up for the very first time. Just as you may have expected, “Cabaret” does include an appearance from R&B Drizzy; however, it’s a pretty minor cameo compared to the minute long verse where the Toronto native spits game the way only he knows how.

The full album stream for JT’s The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 can be found here, while Drake’s Nothing Was The Same will be in stores tomorrow.

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[NEW] Justin Timberlake – TKO (Prod. Timbaland)

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Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) is set to drop at the end of this month, and although very little is known about the album so far, one thing seems to be certain: this sequel will definitely have a musical identity of its own. While the first 20/20 Experience boasted a much more mature and soulful sound from the Tennessee crooner,   “TKO” seems to take things back to 2006, falling more in line with the Timbaland produced hits on FutureSex/LoveSounds. Fans who complained about the lack of pop friendly singles from Timberlake’s comeback record will certainly be pleased with this one. Make sure to pre-order The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2), which will hit shelves on September 30th, and also include features from Drake and Jay-Z.

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