In case you haven’t heard, “Tuesday,” the song that dominated your various social networking feeds over the year was nominated for a Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Grammy. And to celebrate iLoveMakonnen appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday to perform “Tuesday.” How fitting. Peep Makonnen’s live performance after the jump.

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Top Dawg Entertainment president Punch does more than handle the paperwork. Prior to delivering this here gem, Punch has been dropping fire tracks left and right, including (but not limited to) “My Darling Nicki.” Now Punch has recruited TDE’s golden child Kendrick Lamar for “25″ despite never advertising the track as “featuring Kendrick Lamar.” Bold move, Punch. Listen to “25″ after the jump.

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On Monday December 8, 2014 Detroit’s newcomer Dej Loaf, best known for her smash hit “Try Me” hit the stage at SOB’s in nYC with Boldy James, Kiyanne, and Spank Jus Bizness. iHipHop was on hand to document the event. Click through this slideshow to see photos of the night’s event. All photos by Lauren Gesswein.

Comparatively the Kevin Gates we see on the cover of Luca Brasi 2 is a different man from the one we first became acquainted with on the cover of The Luca Brasi Story in early 2013. And that’s fair because Gates has had himself a productive year; signing to Atlantic Records, releasing two critically-acclaimed mixtapes, and even becoming a father for the second time. But on his latest offering from the forthcoming Luca Brasi 2, “Thugged Out,” Kevin Gates is in his usual fatalist, dope boy mode. Peep “Thugged Out” after the jump and be on the lookout for Kevin Gates’ Gangsta Grillz hosted Luca Brasi 2 dropping December 15th.

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Rae Sremmurd, the Mississippi duo of Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy, has been keeping awfully busy during the latter half of 2014. After dropping a successful follow-up single to the equally smash hit “No Flex Zone” in “No Type” the duo went ahead and dropped a banger in “Illest Walking” and even shined bright on national television. The teen duo is set to drop their debut album SremmLife on January 6th via Ear Drummer/Interscope and today they’re sharing a new cut from the aforementioned album, the Nicki Minaj and Young Thug featured “Throw Sum Mo.” Peep the new Sremm joint after the jump!

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The Bronx and Brooklyn unite for Bobby Shmurda’s 2014 summer anthem “Hot N***a.” French Montana joins Bobby Shmurda and fellow GS9 all-star Rowdy Rebel for the official remix of his “Hot N***a” single. Check out the visuals after the jump.

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Video: Tyga – “Make It Work”

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Despite record label controversy Tyga is still releasing music and his visuals for “Make It Work” seems to find the Los Angeles rapper in that very mind frame. “Make It Work” depicts Tyga chilling and clubbing, not worrying about a thing. And though his forthcoming The Gold Album, won’t drop via YMCMB, T-Raww continues churning out its singles. Peep Tyga’s “Make It Work” after the jump.

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Following the untimely death of his cousin and tour manager, Junior B, Joey Bada$$ has went ahead and cancelled the remaining dates of his European tour. Joey Bada$$ has also shared the tracklist for his forthcoming LP, the highly-anticipated B4.DA.$$, which comes out January 20, 2015 via Cinematic Music Group / Pro Era. And today Joey is sharing “No. 99″ produced by Statik Selektah. Check out “No. 99″ after the jump.

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Today, OnSMASH premiered the latest video by Trademark Da Skydiver from his new album Return of the Super Villain, which you may stream in full here. ”The Return,” which is directed by Jawney Qvest chronicles a day in the life of the Super Villain himself, from the moment he wakes-and-bakes to his escapades with luxury cars. The video also embraces comic book visuals that compliment the smooth production of Canis Major. Trademark’s Return of the Super Villain is in stores now via The Barnes Corp / iHipHop Distribution. Purchase the album via iTunes here and peep “The Return” after the jump.

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Nicki Minaj was the musical guest on the 40th season of Saturday Night Live last night alongside host James Franco. She performed two cuts off of her forthcoming highly-anticipated The Pinkprint album, which is due out December 15th on YMCMB. Peep Nicki’s performances of “Bed of Lies” and “Only” (no Drake or Lil Wayne, though) on Saturday Night Live after the jump.

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For this installment of iHipHop’s Instagram Babe of the Week we have Niykee Heaton, the South African-born, Illinois-raised singer/songwriter who hit it big when she did an acoustic cover of Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa” which has since garnered well over two million views. In turn Niykee caught the attention of record labels and inked a deal with All Def Digital and Capitol Records. But Niykee is perhaps best known for her much lurked Instagram account, which has over 880k followers. And with a quick glance at her account it isn’t a shocker why her good looks overshadow her musicial abilities. Niykee Heaton is notorious for setting out #ThirstTraps and it isn’t difficult seeing as how she is one of the finest babes out. In the slideshow we’ve complied a healthy collection of Niykee’s best Instagram pics. Get at it after the jump.

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Wu-Tang Clan get all political and topical with their music video for “A Better Tomorrow” the title track from their new album, which you can stream in full right here. For “A Better Tomorrow,” the Clan utilizes scenes of protesters in Ferguson and New York reacting to the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, respectively. In addition the visuals include President Barack Obama’s reaction to the events. It closes with a list of people who were reportedly killed by police. Peep the visuals for Wu-Tang Clan’s “A Better Tomorrow” after the jump.

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Looks like YG got the memo his debut album My Krazy Life isn’t receiving a Grammy nod. In fact, a lot of heavily favored hip-hop albums were snubbed from the 2015 Grammys. Instead of rewarding artistically inclined albums like Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Piñata or even Rick Ross’ commercially successful Hood Billionaire, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) saw Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic better fit for some (more) recognition. Well, Compton’s YG, being the gangsta that he is, ain’t just gonna sit around and take it on the chin, as he unleashes “2015 Flow,” which targets said award show. Peep YG’s Grammy diss track “2015 Flow” after the jump.

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J. Cole’s new album 2014 Forest Hills Drive is due out December 9th, but you can stream it here for free. In addition, J. Cole is sharing the visuals to the intro for the album, in which he bikes around NYC. Peep the video for J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive intro after the jump.

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