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NEW MUSIC: 50 Cent ft. Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys – ‘New Day’


50 Cent starts a “New Day” with his new single featuring Dr. Dre and Alicia Keys.  The empowering anthem, produced by Dr. Dre and mixed by Eminem, serves as the lead single from his album Street King Immortal, due November 13.

Even with a high-profile feature from Dre and 50 delivering his own respectable verse,  Alicia Keys outshines the hip-hop heavyweights on the track, which also serves as the buzz single for her upcoming fifth album (sans verses from Curtis and Dre).

Listen below.

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VIDEO: Lupe Fiasco Talks New Album, Label Drama, the State of Hip-Hop & More with The Breakfast Club


Lupe Fiasco stopped by Power 105’s The Breakfast Club on Thursday (July 26) to talk with Angela Yee, DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God about his fourth album, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, troubles with Atlantic Records, beef with Pete Rock, the state of hip-hop and more.

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NEW VIDEO: Iggy Azalea ft. T.I. ‘Murda Bizness’


 

Inspired by the TLC reality show Toddlers & Tiaras, Australian rap diva Iggy Azelea plays a pageant mom in the video for “Murda Bizness,” a collaboration with her Grand Hustle boss T.I. from her EP Glory.

Is Iggy Azelea the future of female hip-hop?

 

NEW MUSIC: Rick Ross feat. Dr. Dre & Jay-Z – ‘3 Kings’


 

Bow in the presence of royalty. Rick Ross links with hip-hop icons Dr. Dre and Jay-Z on “3 Kings.” Produced by Jake One, the ode to opulence will appear on Rozay’s God Forgives, I Don’t, due July 31. Listen below.

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New Music: Ciara – ‘Overdose’ [Snippet]


We can all agree that “Sweat” was not the best way for Ciara to make her return to the limelight. Even a verse from 2 Chainz, hip-hop’s reigning king of guest spots, couldn’t ensure the track spins on radio and downloads on iTunes. Then again, “Sweat” was never made available for purchase on iTunes so maybe Epic knew the song was a dud.

A snippet of a new track called “Overdose” has surfaced.  Unlike anything we’ve heard from the former Princess of Crunk & B, the uptempo cut moves her into a house/club lane.

Listen to the snippet below.

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New Music: Kendrick Lamar – ‘Swimming Pools (Drank)’


Listen to Kendrick Lamar’s intoxicating T-Minus-produced single “Swimming Pools (Drank),” from his upcoming debut good kid m.A.A.d city, due October 2.

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Album Review: Chris Brown – Fortune


Fresh off his win for best R&B album at this year’s GRAMMYs, Chris Brown follows up with Fortune, released on July 3 via RCA Records. The 14-track (standard edition) picks up where his last album left off, showcasing multiple sides of the controversial singer.  On one hand, he’s a fearless, 20-something whose only priority is partying and chasing women. On another he’s a defiant rebel who occasionally raps about coming from nothing to something and does not want to be judged by his past. He then adopts the typical bravado synonymous with R&B male singers, before displaying surprising sense of vulnerability and heartbreak.

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Usher Addresses ‘Pop’ Criticism, Refutes ‘R&B Is Dead’


Since the electronic, dance wave made its splash in the U.S., many R&B stars have taken the plunge.  While some only tip-toed around music’s latest trend, others have gone waist-deep. Amid all the cries of “R&B is dead” and yells of “You’ve gone pop,” one artist has been at the forefront of most of the criticism (well, two if you include Nicki Minaj but that’s another story for another time) — Usher.  The man, who gave us hits like “Nice and Slow,” the crunk-infused “Yeah!” and “Lil’ Freak,” was bit by the electrodance bug on his last album. “OMG” and the Pitbull-assisted “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” helped move Raymond v. Raymond to platinum status. While his pop audience cheered, his R&B core walked away.

On his latest project, Looking 4 Myself, the 33-year-old dove further into a grey area of what R&B music is.  In a new interview with AOL’s The Boombox, the father of two addresses the criticism he’s received for “going pop” and also refutes the claims that R&B is dead.

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