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After the overwhelming success of A3C Volume 4, the A3C Hip-Hop Festival has renewed its partnership with iHipHop Distribution to bring a diverse array of new hip-hop to fans across the globe with A3C Volume 5.

In the spirit of discovery, A3C and iHipHop Distribution have opened their doors to accept submissions from artists and producers across the globe. You may submit your music for A3C Volume 5 here.

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Drake is back with his barrel still aimed at Meek Mill. This time he’s using “Back to Back” to go directly at Meek — slandering the rapper’s name and proving that Drizzy is the best in the game. In case “Charged Up,” the previous diss track was a little too soft for you then Drake’s got some serious ammunition in his cannon for “Back to Back.” Basically: Don’t fuck with Drake. Let’s see if we can get a Meek Mill response. Check out “Back to Back” after the jump.

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Verbal Kent links up with Freddie Gibbs on “Suitcase Switch,” a track that is also produced by Apollo Brown. The two Midwestern rappers exchange a bevy of spitfire verses that’ll leave you wanting more. In addition, Apollo’s soulful production along with those knocking drums will be the perfect backdrop to your hot summer day. Check out “Suitcase Switch” by Verbal Kent after the jump.

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There’s still so much good music coming out of Chicago that it bums me out to think sites no long feel the need to pay attention.. But there are still solid rappers like Lil Herb who are attempting to bridge the gap between the oft-misunderstood drill sound and the mainstream. Kanye merely coopted the movement — Lil Herb is out here leading it. With “NnoOne or Nothing” Herb links up with a Chi-Town rap collective known as Goodbye Tomorrow. Peep it, maybe you’ll dig it. After the jump…

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El-P, who is busy with many endeavors, including his Run the Jewels project with Killer Mike, has recently told reporters that he would be contributing some new music for the upcoming Fantastic Four film. The full track has now arrived via Rolling Stone. Check out the new exclusive El-P track for Fantastic Four via Rolling Stone after the jump!

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So a lot has happened within the last 48 hours or so — let us catch you up to speed. What seemed like a normal installment of “OVO Sound Radio” on iTunes, Drake’s show on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio station, soon turned into an all out assault on Meek Mill. During the program, Drake premiered three new tracks: “Charged Up”, “You Used To” (a remix of D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha”), and “Right Hand”. “Charged Up” is rumored to be a response to Mill who sent out some nasty tweets Drake’s way over the weekend — mostly targeting his lyrical content which he believes have been “ghostwritten”. The particular song in question, “R.I.C.O.” is on Mill’s newest album, Dreams Worth More Than Money. You can listen to both “Charged Up” and “Cha Cha” after the jump. Let us know what you think of the Drake/Meek Mill fiasco, as well.

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Capone-N-Noreaga have dropped a new album — it’s called Lessons. You can cop it now on iTunes. And as an added bonus to the aforementioned project N.O.R.E. is hitting ya’ll with that new ish via solo effort. The song finds the Queens veteran spitting knowledge about all the yapping going on nowadays. Check out N.O.R.E.’s “How Ever” after the jump.

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After sharing the official remix with J. Cole yesterday, Janet Jackson returns today with the video for the song. In a dimly-lit mansion on a rainy day, the video features Jackson performing the song throughout the house. Somewhere down the line J. Cole finds himself duplicated and replicated — all while rapping his verse. Check out the video after the jump.

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When was the last time you heard some new Paul Wall? Better yet: Do you care? Either way, Houston vet Paul Wall is reportedly working on a new album with producer Scoop Deville — it’s going to be a collaborative effort. The project is being titled as Slab God and it’s supposedly coming real soon. To start its rollout process, Paul Wall decides to come through today and share the first single off it called “Swangin’ in the Rain”. Listen after the jump.

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I am a huge Gucci Mane fan. In fact, that’s an understatement — I’ve been supporting bro for a minute now. I recall the whole Gucci/Jeezy beef at its most palpable. I also recall many not siding with Gucci — even stooping as low as calling him a Jeezy wannabe. Yikes! It was a weird time but now it’s clear that Gucci is the true Trap God of Atlanta and he has put his city on his back for almost two decades. Not to mention the unbelievable impact his taste has had on hip-hop culture — he’s the ultimate cosigner. But one thing I dislike is when Gucci “links up” with a bunch of weed carriers who are merely here to co-opt the legend’s status in the street rap scene. That’s not to say one Playboi Carti and 21 Savage don’t hold their own on this new track, “Peepin’,” it’s just not the lane Gucci should be heading in at the moment. Or maybe ever? The result is always clunky. Gucci? He does his thing and C4 is on the production, so just peep the track for that. After the jump.

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Migos are finally looking to get their debut album, YRN (Yung Rich Nation), out to the general public. After sitting on the shelves for a minute (mostly due to legal reasoning) the album will be out officially on July 31st. So far the family trio of Quavo, Offset and Takeoff have released singles “One Time,” “Spray the Champagne,” “Pipe It Up”, and their latest is the Zaytoven-produced cut “What a Feeling.” Listen after the jump.

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