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Jay Z Celebrates Songwriter Hall of Fame Induction With A Curated Rap Playlist

Fresh off the heels of his historic induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jay Z has gifted fans with a curated rap playlist to salute his contemporaries. While Hov hasn’t released a project in nearly 3 years, he continues

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Future Drops Another Album: HNDRXX

As if 1 Future album wasn’t enough, the trap icon released yet another 17 track album titled HNDRXX, just a week after the release of FUTURE. It’s safe to say that man has been working. We are familiar with his frequent

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DJ Premier Taps Miguel For Funky New Single “2 Lovin U”

It’s been nearly two years since Miguel’s Wildheart came and went off of our radar. Since then, the songwriter has gone on to bless us with SoundCloud loosies and a rolodex of bold features. Fortunately for fans, however, Miguel is revisiting

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J. Cole Reveals ‘4 Your Eyez Only’ Tour Dates

Last October, hip-hop fans everywhere collectively sighed in disbelief after J. Cole announced his performance at The Meadows Festival would be his “last show, for a very long time.” Thankfully, the Fayetteville rapper was only bluffing. In support of his

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Little Simz x Phony Ppl Vibe for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert

NPR has been releasing some dope Tiny Desk Concerts lately. So far we’ve seen BADBADNOTGOOD and Run The Jewels absolutely kill their sets. Next up on the roster is experimental UK lyricist, Little Simz. Despite her really coy and smiley demeanor,

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THEY. Drops Soulful New Single “Silence”

In anticipation of their debut album Nü Religion: Hyena, available February 24th, the Los Angeles based duo, THEY., releases a melodic r&b track reflective of their characteristically eclectic and soulful style.   With the release of their first EP,  Nü Religion, in 2015,  THEY.

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The Official Breakdown of Donald Glover’s Wins Since the Premiere of ‘Atlanta’

When we think of someone who’s on fire in the entertainment industry right now, we must think about the esteemed, Donald Glover. Since the debut of his show ‘Atlanta’, there has been an overflow of success going into Glover’s direction.

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Calvin Harris Teases New Offset and Frank Ocean Collaboration

If you have been watching Scottish DJ Calvin  Harris‘s snapchats for the past month, you know that he has been working hard on his fifth album and currently cannot stop teasing us about a certain collaboration that includes some special people. As of

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Afro Punk Announces New Location

Every year, there are yearly festivals that are essential enough to our lives to attend and that we can just never say no to. There’s Piitchfork, SXSW, Coachella, Hangout Fest,Bonnaroo,Essence, Lollapalooza, Made In America, and THEN there’s Afro Punk. Recently

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Watch Future Stunt in New “Super Trapper” Video

x https://youtu.be/P1J1mby_5Dg Future’s latest self-titled album that features standout songs like “Draco,” “Mask Off,” and “Feds Did a Sweep” came as a surprise release last week. Though it’s his fifth studio album, Future is always working on new music. Remember,

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School Girl Crush: Kurt Cobain

Today, not only do we celebrate a legend’s 50th birthday, but we also celebrate how Kurt Cobain effortlessly swooned the ladies. Kurt Cobain was a rebel to society, being an advocate of many things. Through his late ’80s founded band, Nirvana,

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Big Sean, Ellen, Migos and More Make Education Lit Again

Last month, second grade teacher Michael Bonner appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show when his hip hop record “Who, What, When, Where, How, Song” took off online. The hip hop pedagogy song inspired Ellen to help the students and interview

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A Good Girl Gone Bad: Happy Birthday, Rihanna!

Happy Birthday to our favorite pop and R&B princess, Rihanna! Unapologetically kicking off the Pisces season is our adored icon we look to for style, our next potential twerk or love song–and maybe even the next best way to throw shade.

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Soulquarius Sets New Standard To Prove R&B Is Alive & Well

When the Soulquarius line up was revealed months ago, R&B fans from all generations went into a frenzy to prepare for “an R&B Jam” that would soon become a night of fun, soulful love ballads and 90’s hip hop classics.

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Flume Releases New Track “Enough” Featuring Pusha T

King Push has teamed up with Australian producer Flume to deliver the track, “Enough.” As part of Flume’s upcoming EP, the follow-up to 2016′s Skins, the track contains the flavor of the G.O.O.D Music President’s signature flow. Flume’s forthcoming project, Skin

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Future Teams Up With Maroon 5 For New Single “Cold”

Every now and then, Maroon  5 pops out with an unexpected collaboration, and we’re always here for it. Late last year, Maroon 5 joined TDE’s Kendrick Lamar and now they’re keeping things on the unexpected side with a new track featuring Freebandz’s  Future. Then

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Kendrick Lamar & Schoolboy Q Score Their First Platinum Solo Singles

Congratulations are in order for TDE’s Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q. The TDE label mates have earned their first solo certified platinum singles for “Alright”and “Studio,” respectively. As two of hip-hop’s most promising stars, it’s a bit surprising that K.

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Migos Dish On Their Favorite Eats, Time Travel & Their Versace Habit

How did Vogue manage to keep up with the runaway success that is Migos? Hop in a sprinter van and ask the biggest rap group in the world a succession of “rapper-fire” questions, of course. In the midst of NYFW

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Flashback: Our Favorite Songs from ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’

Lauryn Hill‘s 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill will forever go down in music history. As she courageously opened her heart, mind, and soul, Lauryn told the story of her life through the raw and honest songs in

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Kodak Breaks Our “Tunnel Vision” With Controversial New Video

Amidst the current chaos within the country (and with a fresh haircut), Kodak Black drops the highly anticipated track “Tunnel Vision” alongside a controversial music video. Unlike his previous music videos, Kodak takes a political approach in visually depicting the single.

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Welcome to London O’Connor’s Unique, Yellow-Hued World

London O’Connor has beautifully constructed a visual home for his track “Nobody Hangs Out Anymore.” The song’s themes of isolation, further fleshes out the unique yellow-hued world O’Connor has been carefully building around himself. “I guess this song came from

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Jidenna’s Debut Studio Album ‘The Chief’ Is Finally Here!

After a long run with his “Classic Man” single, Jidenna’s debut album The Chief has arrived. Finally. Fans got their first taste of the project back in 2015, when Jidenna dropped its lead single “Long Live the Chief”—followed by “Chief

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Jermaine Dupri Hints At Possible Mariah Carey & Bryson Tiller Collaboration

In a recent sit-down with Rap-Up, Mimi’s long-standing collaborator and friend, Jermaine Dupri revealed what he has in store for the Grammy winning singer’s forthcoming album. From “Always Be My Baby” to “We Belong Together,” Dupri is the mastermind responsible

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Troi Irons Blazes Towards Paradise In “Today” Video

At first glance Troi Irons could easily be labeled as R&B’s newest spawn of neo-soul, but her undercurrent of rock and rebellion is completely undeniable. Born Troi Alexandria Irons in honor of the twin forces of the Ancient Greek city,

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MadeinTYO Drops the Long Awaited Video for “Skateboard P”

x https://youtu.be/A1KMrAig_hA MadeinTYO and Big Sean drop off their newest video for “Skateboard P,” a single they created to praise the almighty Pharrell Williams. “Skateboard P” can be found on MadeinTYO’s Thank You, Mr. Tokyo project that dropped back in

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The Weeknd’s “Reminder” Video Features Appearances From Drake, A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott & More

The Weeknd is celebrating his 27th birthday with a new visual in support of a track off his latest studio album, Starboy. Following up the frantic clip for LP single “Party Monster,” The Weeknd delivers a Kid Studio-directed vignette for

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Joey Bada$$ Proves He’s Destined For “Victory” With Mountain Dew Collaboration

2017 is sizing up to be a major year for Joey Bada$$. As the Brooklyn emcee gears up to release his sophomore project ‘AABA’, fans have been gifted with SoundCloud loosies left and right. Fresh off the heels of the

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Toro Y Moi and The Mattson 2 Release New Psych-Jazz Single, “JBS”

With the many pioneering collaborations Toro Y Moi (also known as Chad Bundick) has had in the past with SZA, Travi$ Scott, The Avalanches and more, his newest one with twin jazz duo, The Mattson 2 just adds on another

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Nav And The Weeknd Release Their New Song, “Some Way”

Yesterday, rapper/producer Nav released his new song,”Some Way,” featuring The Weeknd. The XO label founder took to Twitter to announce the news and received a ton of support from fans and other artists like A$AP Rocky who shared the track. SHOUT OUT

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The Weeknd: From Mysterious Youtube Star, To the “Starboy” of Our Top Favorite Cuts

Today we celebrate our beloved King of the Fall, The Weeknd. I remember the day I discovered him like it was yesterday. While browsing on Tumblr, I kept stumbling across a youtube video titled, “The Morning.” I saved the link

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D.R.A.M. Drops Adorable Video For “Cute”

Last October, VA’s D.R.A.M delivered us his Big Baby Dram album which included a number of singles that we had no other choice but to place on repeat. One of the singles that we were all probably guilty of playing at

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Sampha Covers Prince in Google’s Latest Pixel Ad

Bruno Mars paid homage to Prince during the 59th annual Grammy awards this past Sunday, and so did Google, who aired a tribute of their own. The powerhouse called upon the likes of Sampha, Brandie Carlile, and a number of other artists

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Notorious B.I.G. ‘One More Chance’ Documentary In Production

As the 20th anniversary of Notorious B.I.G.‘s tragic death draws near, a biographical documentary is officially underway. Under the direction of the Malloy Brothers, the life and times of the legendary rapper will be brought to the small screen. The

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Thundercat Releases New Single, “Friend Zone”

Thundercat has released the second single from his upcoming Drunk album due out on February 24 via Brainfeeder. The single, “Friend Zone,” finds the multi-instrumentalist/vocalist teaming up with Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins for a love inspired cut to cheer

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SZA and Kingdom Collaborate On New Single “What Is Love”

Los Angeles producer Kingdom and SZA have teamed up for a dope new track. A lush, slow-burning cut, “What Is Love” is a single from Kingdom’s full-length debut album Tears in the Club, due out February 24. Hopefully this helps

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Here’s a Special Valentine’s Day Treat, My ‘To You, From Me’ Mix

Dedicated to all the lovers worldwide (and especially to one very dear and darling to me), on my favorite holiday…Valentine’s Day. ‘To You, From Me’ is a collection of all my favorite love songs, past and present. With artists ranging

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DJ Kieran Meadows Drops Perfect ‘Pieces of My Heart’ Mix For Valentine’s Day

Brooklyn bred DJ, radio host and journalist, Kieran Meadows, is sharing the perfect mix for the lovers, victims of heartbreak and all those in between. This mix includes a blend of genres and artists, from Biggie to Michael Jackson to Rayvn Lanae to ESTA. You

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DJ Khaled Taps Beyoncé and Jay Z For New Single “Shining”

While the Grammys may have overlooked the tremendous year DJ Khaled has had, that isn’t putting a halt on the producer’s winning streak. As the biggest night in music wrapped up on Sunday, Khaled gifted fans with a star powered

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Oyabun is on the Way With Another Authentic Single

The Brooklyn born and bred rapper, Oyabun is on the come up. The New York native moved to Miami for school, and became more involved in their underground scene. Being inspired by the world around him, Oyabun is able fuse

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Chance The Rapper’s Grammy Success Is Important To Independent Artists Everywhere

“Shout outs to Soundcloud!” yelled Chance The Rapper as he accepted one of his three Grammy awards of the night for Best Rap Album. Chance, an award winning, proud Soundcloud rapper is paving the way for all of the independent

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