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Album Review: Rick Ross – ‘God Forgives I Don’t’


Hip-Hop’s reigning king of radio, Rick Ross, doesn’t deviate from his proven formula on his fifth album God Forgives I Don’t, released July 31 via Maybach Music Group/Def Jam Records.

Filled with an array of high-profile collaborations that range from hip-hop’s elite Jay-Z and Dr. Dre (“3 Kings”), Nas (“Triple Beam Dreams”), and André 3000 (“Sixteen”) to his MMG cohorts — Meek Mill (“So Sophisticated”), Wale (“Diced Pineapples”),  Stalley (“Ten Jesus Pieces”) and Omarion (“Ice Cold”) — God Forgives I Don’t (GFID) has all the ingredients to take crown for hip-hop album of the year; unfortunately for Ross that crown still rests safely with Nas’ recently-released Life Is Good.

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Jay-Z adds Run-D.M.C., Drake, & Jill Scott to ‘Made in America’ Festival


 

Jay-Z has assembled quite the roster for the inaugural “Made in America” festival in Philadelphia on Sept. 1 & 2. Run-D.M.C., Jill Scott and Drake are among the artists added to the bill of the two-day outdoor concert on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

They join previously announced performers Skrillex, D’Angelo, Maybach Music Group, Odd Future, Passion Pit and Janelle Monae. Jay-Z will headline on Saturday while rockers Pearl Jam close out the festival on Sunday.

Single-day tickets go on sale this Friday via Ticketmaster.

 

Rihanna, Drake Lead MTV VMA Nominations + Alicia Keys, One Direction to Perform


It’s that time of year again when we question why MTV still has an award show for music videos, even though music videos haven’t been part of their ministry since TRL experienced an untimely death and replaced was with Snooki. But I digress.

The nominees for the MTV Video Music Awards are out, and Rihanna and Drake lead pack with five each. Last year’s big winner Katy Perry snags four nominations.

Rihanna secures two nods for Video of the Year for “We Found Love” and her collaboration with Drake “Take Care.”  She’ll go head-to-head with Katy Perry (“Wide Awake”), Gotye (“Somebody That I Used To Know”) and M.I.A. (“Bad Girls”) for the crown.

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NEW MUSIC: Rita Ora – ‘Roc the Life’



Roc Nation’s latest potential golden goose, Rita Ora, does little to silence the Rihanna comparisons with the rock-infused “Roc the Life.”

“Kick a motherfucker to the cizzurb / you think you crazy, I’m bizarre” she sings on the drum-led cut, co-written and featuring vocals from The-Dream, which will appear on her Roc Nation debut ORA, due August 27 in the U.K.

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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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Rita Ora covers AMMO Magazine’s ‘Art + Music’ Issue


Roc Nation’s Rita Ora takes her cue from Andy Warhol on the cover of AMMO magazine’s second annual ‘art + music’ issue. The talented Brit, whose debut album is expected later this year, shares her love of Harlem, talks fashion, and dishes on Beyoncè, Madonna and Gwen Stefani being her inspiration.  Check out excerpts from the interview below.

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D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige announce ‘Liberation Tour’


D’Angelo and Mary J. Blige will join forces for a co-headlining trek dubbed the Liberation Tour.

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