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Album Art: G.O.O.D. Music – ‘Cruel Summer’

Check out the sick cover for the highly anticipated G.O.O.D. Music compilation, Cruel Summer, due September 4.  Kanye West took to Twitter to revealed the album’s artwork, which features a topless statue over an elaborate 3-D backdrop, similar to The Throne’s Watch The Throne cover art.   The album features the chart -topping “Mercy,” featuring Pusha T, Big Sean and 2 Chainz, and “New God Flow.”

See an angled shot of the cover below.

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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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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 MUSIC: 2 Chainz featuring Kanye West – ‘Birthday Song’

2 Chainz, or as I like to call him “the artist formerly known as Tity Boi,” continues his hot streak with the Kanye West-assisted “Birthday Song,” the second single from his much anticipated solo debut, Based on a T.R.U. Story.

“All I want for my birthday is a big booty girl,” spits the ATL rapper with his distinctive Southern drawl on the song’s hook, while Kanye steals the show with his signature flow. “Y’all been together 10 years, you deserve a ménage,” he raps. “Especially if you put that BMW in the garage/Especially if you paid a couple payments on her mama crib/Weren’t you at niece’s graduation, man I hate those kids.”

Though not officially signed to ‘Ye’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint, 2 Chainz is featured with the collective on the August/September issue of Complex Magazine, where he says he built “great rapport” with the Chicago native. “I came from a situation with DTP, being under Luda, where I got a phobia. Sometimes when an artist signs another artist, they’re so worried about themselves. And with ’Ye, he helps everybody,” he said.

Based on a T.R.U. Story arrives August 14.

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G.O.O.D. Music Covers Complex Magazine’s August/September 2012 Issue

The G.O.O.D. Music crew — Kanye West, Big Sean, John Legend, Common, Kid Cudi,  Pusha T, 2 Chainz and Q-Tip — takes the cover of Complex Magazine’s August/September issue.  Inside the magazine, available on newsstands August 7, the collective — minus Kanye, who maintained his “no press” policy — discussed for the first time their first group album, Cruel Summer, their creative chemistry and more.

Check out excerpts from the cover story below.

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Video: Kanye West thinks MediaTakeOut is “So F*ckin’ Full Of Sh*t!”

It’s no secret that over the years Kanye West and the members of the media have developed a love/hate relationship — they LOVE to see him slipping and he HATES them (some) to the core. Whatever the case, Kanye and I share a similar hatred (well, mine is more like a strong dislike) for gossip site MediaTakeOut.

During his show at Revel Resort in Atlantic City over the weekend, Ye shared his disdain for the gossip site. “Just look at MediaTakeOut, they so f*ckin’ full of sh*t. Show your mothaf*ckin’ face, so I could smack the sh*t out of you,” he yelled.

Watch below.

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New Music: John Legend featuring Pusha T – ‘Tonight (Best You Ever Had)’ Remix

John Legend’s “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)” gets an upgrade, courtesy of a new verse from fellow G.O.O.D. Music affiliate Pusha T.

“Can’t wait for you to hear what else @PUSHA_T and I did together for his album,” Legend tweeted. The original version of “Tonight,” featuring Ludacris, was included on the soundtrack to Think Like A Man and serves as the lead single for his upcoming fourth album, due later this year.

Listen to the remix below.

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Kanye West to Play Atlantic City’s Revel Resort

Fresh off the European leg of the “Watch the Throne” tour with Jay-Z, Kanye West will return Stateside for performances at Revel Resort in Atlantic City over Fourth of July weekend.

Revel announced today that the hip-hop superstar will play two exclusive performances at Ovation Hall inside the billion-dollar resort on July 6 and 7, marking his first solo shows since Coachella 2011 and first solo performance ever in Atlantic City.

Designed by Cirque du Soleil veterans Scèno Plus, Ovation Hall provides fans with an up-close-and-personal concert experience with the artist. West follows Beyoncè, who played the venue during the resort’s premiere on Memorial Day weekend.

Tickets for West’s shows go on sale Friday, June 22, 2012 at 10 a.m. EST at