Dang. All right. I woke up to this. It’s the cover art for Nicki’s new single “Anaconda.” To be clear, we’d never see this on Beyonce’s Instagram and it’s not because Bey has more respect for herself than Nicki does. The Young Money Queen is feeling that pressure to stay in her Starship. Explore the issue after the jump.
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From Retro Hash, here is a hippie Asher Roth with a soul infusion from ZZ Ward. This is a better look for him than the smug frat boy ethos of “I Love College” and that era. The grainy filter and hazy images give light to already sparkling harmonies in a full musical experience unlike AR’s previous stuff. Check it out after the jump.
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Cormega and Large Professor teamed up for Mega Philosophy, a kind of manifesto on the music today and the wheres, whys, and hows of its significance. “Industry” in particular is a great lead-off to these themes, both praising the genre for its ascendant ethos and offering some criticism of its contradictions. H/t to Drew Millard at Noisey for putting the light on this.
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Freeway & the Jacka are the latest in a duo series the Philly gangster rapper has formed. His works with JakeOne and Girl Talk, respectively, were solid. Of course his State Property team were the best almost-legends that never were. “Cherry Pie” features Gibbs and singer Jynx trotting through broken ghettoes, singing a hustler song through smoke plumes. Check it after the jump. H/t Miss Info.
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The rapper formerly known as Common Sense is no longer common. He’s on his dime album, recruits young upstarts like Vince Staples to keep him “real,” and gets burn on the late night circuit like he’s a Roots member. Check the video of his performance last night after the jump.
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Think of the Strip Club All Stars in rap music. Got some dollar-sign rap names in your head yet? Ok. Now put them all on the best booty tune of the summer. I present to you “She Twerkin” remix. Rock your fists in the air. Hit your nay nay. It’s whatever with this banger. Check the track after the jump.
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I fux with this right here. It’s heavy and tingly like a smoker’s day dream. These Left Coasters and Sir Michael Rocks (of the Cool Kids) created something really distinct by joining up and it needs to continue. They were knocking at the door and someone let them in at the right time. Check the video after the jump.
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