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LL COOL J Returns with New Single “Saturday Night Special” Featuring Rick Ross and Fat Joe

LL COOL J Returns with New Single “Saturday Night Special” Featuring Rick Ross and Fat Joe

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and two-time Grammy® Award-winning hip-hop icon LL COOL J triumphantly returns to music with his new single “Saturday Night Special” featuring Rick Ross and Fat Joe. Released via Def Jam Recordings and Virgin Music Group, the track marks LL’s comeback after a decade-long hiatus.

The new single, produced by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Q-Tip, kicks off with an innovative sonic approach. LL COOL J, Rick Ross, and Fat Joe navigate the track with lyrical finesse, depicting life’s harsh realities and intricate dynamics and the code of ethics that governs it. Named after the revolver class “Saturday Night Special,” the song explores key players in the hustle, such as the “greedy killer” who reacts violently to disrespect and the “daredevil type” who seeks attention. Emphasizing self-preservation and strategic interaction, the song’s core message revolves around trust and reciprocity in the hustle.

The minimalist, black-and-white music video, directed by JakeTheShooter with creative direction from HiHat, brings the hustler anthem to life. Shot in Miami, Florida, the video features LL, Fat Joe, and Rick Ross performing together.

“‘Saturday Night Special’ is just the beginning,” LL said. “There’s a lot more where this came from, and I’m hype for y’all to hear this new record. We’re doing this for the fans and for Hip-Hop culture.”

The single is the first release from LL’s highly anticipated 14th studio album, The FORCE (Frequencies of Real Creative Energy), set for release this fall. Executive produced by Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, the album celebrates the 40th anniversary of Def Jam Recordings, the label that first launched LL’s career.

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Benny The Butcher Says Lloyd Banks is a Rapper You ‘Don’t Play With’

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Benny the Butcher gives Lloyd Banks his flowers while he can still smell them. In a video online, The Butcher praises Banks for his career.

“That n–ga Banks one of the top n—as ever with bars,” The Butcher said. “That’s one rap n-gga n-ggas don’t play with. It’s certain rap n-ggas n-ggas don’t play with. He got a million lines, you’ll be like, ‘How the fuck I didn’t think of that?’”

In April, Lloyd Banks shared his highly anticipated studio album The Course of the Inevitable 3: Pieces of My Pain today. With features from Method Man, Vado, 38 Spesh, Tony Yayo, Dave East, and Cormega, and production from Cartune Beats, George Getson, and more, Banks yet again delivers an instant hip hop classic across 16 records. The album is accompanied by a music video for “Invisible” – watch here.

On COTI3, Banks shows his growth as a person and artist. Records like “Cliffhanger” and “Opened Gates” speak on success, self awareness, and change. On “Voices” he acknowledges his vulnerability while overcoming negativity. “Showers” and “Daddy’s Little Girl” bring bright spots to the project sharing the emotions of fatherhood. Earlier this year he shared two early records from this album with “Movie Scenes” and “101 Razors” featuring Method Man – watch that music video here. The album artwork is symbolic of growth showing an older version of his son on the cover, while the images of Banks in broken glass describe the pain he raps about.

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WATCH: Chaka Khan Captivates Tiny Desk with Soulful Performance

Chaka Khan Captivates Tiny Desk with Soulful Performance

Chaka Khan, the “Queen of Funk,” delighted fans at the Tiny Desk with a rendition of her hit “Sweet Thing,” where the audience’s enthusiastic participation underscored her enduring influence on music. Emerging in the 1970s with the funk band Rufus, Khan’s career boasts 22 albums, 10 Grammy Awards, and collaborations with icons like Prince, Stevie Wonder, and Quincy Jones. Her 50-year journey in the music industry was recently celebrated with her 2023 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The performance began with guitarist Rob Bacon on the talk box, accompanied by bassist Melvin Davis and drummer Jay Williams, setting the stage for a funky rendition of “Tell Me Something Good.” The office audience couldn’t resist grooving to classics like “What Cha’ Gonna Do For Me” and “Ain’t Nobody.” Tiffany Smith, one of Khan’s backing vocalists, was impressed with her delivery of the challenging moments in “Sweet Thing.”

To close the show, Khan performed “I’m Every Woman,” an anthem written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson that has empowered women for decades. The song was a perfect finale for a month celebrating Black women’s contributions to music, showcasing Khan’s powerful voice and timeless appeal.

The performance featured a talented ensemble, including Melvin Davis on bass, Jesse Milliner on keys, Rob Bacon on guitar, Euro Zambrano on percussion, Jay Williams on drums, and backing vocals from Audrey Wheeler-Downing, Tiffany Smith, and Trina Broussard. The Tiny Desk team, led by producers Bobby Carter and Mitra I. Arthur, delivered a flawless production, with Joshua Bryant directing and editing and Neil Tevault managing the audio. Chaka Khan’s Tiny Desk concert reaffirmed her status as a musical legend, connecting with fans through her powerful and soulful performances.

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YG Teams Up with Kaliii and Stunna Girl for Energetic New Single “SHAKE”

YG Teams Up with Kaliii and Stunna Girl for Energetic New Single "SHAKE"

YG has collaborated with rising stars Kaliii and Stunna Girl to release a vibrant new single, “SHAKE,” accompanied by an eye-catching music video.

The track aims to dominate summer airwaves with its infectious energy and dynamic composition, blending YG’s signature sound with a lively orchestral melody. The song expertly integrates different beats and rhythms, keeping it fresh while circling back to the original groove. Kaliii and Stunna Girl’s distinct vocals add a catchy chorus, “Shake shake shake it fast,” which perfectly complements YG’s gritty flow.

The music video for “SHAKE” brings the lyrics to life on the beach, capturing the chill yet vibrant energy of the track against a moody coastal backdrop. Featuring dynamic scenes of YG riding a jet ski, relaxing on a boat, and vibing on the beach, the video showcases captivating visuals of girls dancing in sync with the rhythm, enhancing the carefree atmosphere. The combination of striking coastal shots and energetic dance sequences creates a visually engaging experience that matches the laid-back yet lively mood of the song.

Recently, YG dropped the new single “Weird,” accompanied by a striking music video. This powerful anthem combines YG’s signature heavy bass lines with an electrifying beat as he addresses those he views as disruptive and dysfunctional. This single follows the announcement of his upcoming “JUST RE’D UP” tour, set to kick off on June 28th in his hometown of Los Angeles, CA, and conclude on August 17th in Hawaii. The tour will feature special guests rapper Doe Boy and DJ Vision. This tour follows the release of YG’s first single of 2024, the upbeat record “Knocka,” under his new multi-album global recordings partnership with BMG, signed through his 4Hunnid label, setting the stage for his highly anticipated seventh solo studio album.

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Lupe Fiasco Releases Single ‘Cake’  From Upcoming ‘Samurai’ Album

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Assembling assonant syllables into sumptuous literary stanzas, Lupe Fiasco has built a his reputation off the strength of his pen game. Proving that few emcees can touch him even 20 years into his storied career, Lupe shares “Cake,” his new single. Over a head-spinning instrumental from Soundtrakk, Lupe flexes like only he can, putting together intricate internal rhymes and off-kilter metaphors to assert an important message: nobody has bars like him.

Locking in with Soundtrakk’s swirling melodies and satisfyingly old school percussion, the Chicago rapper asserts that he’s colder than a Siberian winter, with the pen game of Kurt Vonnegut and a vocabulary large enough to make a computer lose memory. He spits: “Ain’t no domino in my dominance, when I’m droppin’ this/Janis Jop-a-lin drop-a-lets, it sound like the apocalypse/Mixed with Christopher Wallace’s topics, on top a obelisk/This a cobbleous novelist, inside of my esophagus/Rhyme as primin’ as Optimus and this sh*t tastes like chocolate cake.” The single arrives with a stylish, stripped-down music video directed by Chris and Blaq of IMPAKT STUDIO, which finds Lu flexing on a soundstage as he spits his verse amidst the commotion of production staff around him.

“Cake” is the second single from Samurai, Lupe’s ninth studio album and one of the most personal of his career to date. The upcoming album is produced in full by Soundtrakk, making it their second full album collaboration following 2022’s DRILL MUSIC IN ZION, and the first album that Lupe and Soundtrakk worked on with their longtime manager, and 1st & 15th co-CEO Charley “Chill” Patton, since 2007’s The Cool. The 8-track album is smooth, yet cerebral, brimming with ideas, but always radiating Lupe’s pure love for the art of emceeing and committing himself as a servant of the rap game. Last week, Lupe introduced the album by sharing the single and music video for its title track, “Samurai,” praised by Rolling Stone, Complex, Billboard, HYPEBEAST, Clash, The Needle Drop, and more. Now available to pre-save and pre-order on vinyl, Samuraiarrives in both physical and digital formats on June 28th via 1st & 15th.

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Kehlani Drops New Single “Next 2 U” with Stunning Music Video

Kehlani Drops New Single "Next 2 U" with Stunning Music Video

Kehlani has released her latest single, “Next 2 U,” through Atlantic Records, accompanied by a visually captivating music video. Directed by Cole Santiago and produced by Field Trip Media, the video features standout choreography by Amari “Monster” Marshall, adding a dynamic visual element to the track.

Next 2 U” follows the success of Kehlani’s summer anthem “After Hours” and builds anticipation for her highly awaited fourth studio album, CRASH, set to drop on June 21. This album marks her first full-length release in over two years, following her 2022 chart-topping album, blue water road.

In “Next 2 U,” Kehlani continues to showcase her unique blend of soulful vocals and emotional depth, further solidifying her place in the R&B genre. The accompanying music video enhances the song’s appeal, with intricate choreography and stunning visuals that highlight Kehlani’s artistic versatility.

Fans eagerly await the arrival of CRASH, as Kehlani promises another compelling collection of tracks that demonstrate her growth and evolution as an artist. With “Next 2 U,” she sets the stage for what is sure to be another successful release.

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Bilal, Questlove & Glasper Release “All For Love” From Unreleased ’06 ‘Love For Sale’ LP

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Today, Glasshaus Presents unveils Grammy-winning artist Bilal’s “All For Love,” the latest single from forthcoming album Live at Glasshaus, a mid-career retrospective featuring a supergroup of QuestloveCommonRobert Glasper, and Burniss Travis. The live record presents Bilal within an ensemble of luminaries to reimagine standouts from his classic repertoire. Live at Glasshaus, out June 14 during Black Music Month, sees Bilal at the peak of his powers, pushing the boundaries of a genre-defying catalog including 1st Born SecondLove For SaleAirtight’s Revenge, and Common’s seminal Like Water for Chocolate.

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“All for Love” was a standout track from Bilal’s shelved 2006 masterpiece Love for Sale, a project that has achieved legendary status among fans and critics alike. Despite its artistic brilliance, the album was never officially released due to a premature leak and subsequent disputes with his former label, Interscope Records. This resulted in the album becoming a cult classic and a significant part of Bilal’s musical legacy. 

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Polo G Premieres Long-Awaited Music Video for “Angels In The Sky”

Polo G Premieres Long-Awaited Music Video for "Angels In The Sky"

Chicago’s multi-platinum rapper Polo G has finally premiered the music video for his highly anticipated single, “Angels In The Sky.” The track, teased to fans over three years ago, has generated significant excitement. After receiving over 100,000 comments on Instagram within 24 hours, demanding its release, Polo G has now gifted his fans both the song and the music video.

Reuniting with “GANG GANG” music video director Troy Roscoe, the “Angels In The Sky” video enhances the song’s emotive narrative with striking visuals. Polo G’s upcoming album, HOOD POET, will feature the track.

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Common Expresses Gratitude to YE and J Dilla for ‘Be’ on Album’s 19th Anniversary

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Common’s Be has hit its 20th anniversary. Hitting Instagram, the Chicago legend recalled the success of the classic project. “I was reminded that yesterday was the 19th anniversary for Be,” Common wrote. “How grateful I am to Ye and J Dilla and all the artists and musicians who created on that album.”

After much speculation, Common and Pete Rock have finally released their new single, “Wise Up.” The track blends the essence of the Golden Age of Hip Hop with a contemporary feel, creating a sound that resonates across all eras of hip-hop.

This collaboration brings together one of hip-hop’s most evocative emcees, Common, with one of its most celebrated producers, Pete Rock, setting a tone for what could be their most impactful work in decades.

To launch “Wise Up,” Common and Pete Rock partnered with director Marleaux Desiré to create an inspiring and creative visual presentation. The video captures street-level community stories, visually representing the themes explored in the song. It includes visual ideations from ILLIMITÉWORLD and still photography by creative director Alonzo Hellerbach.

“Wise Up” marks a significant moment in hip-hop, showcasing the perfect pairing of Common’s lyrical depth and Pete Rock’s legendary production skills. The single pays homage to their roots in the Golden Age and demonstrates their ability to evolve with the times, offering a universal appeal that transcends generations.

This release is highly anticipated by fans and critics alike, as it signals the potential for more potent collaborations between these two iconic artists. With “Wise Up,” Common and Pete Rock reaffirm their status as influential figures in hip-hop, continuing to shape the genre with their innovative and thought-provoking work.

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WATCH: Common and Pete Rock Release New Single and Video “Wise Up”

Common and Pete Rock Release New Single and Video "Wise Up"

After much speculation, Common and Pete Rock have finally released their new single, “Wise Up.” The track blends the essence of the Golden Age of Hip Hop with a contemporary feel, creating a sound that resonates across all eras of hip-hop.

This collaboration brings together one of hip-hop’s most evocative emcees, Common, with one of its most celebrated producers, Pete Rock, setting a tone for what could be their most impactful work in decades.

To launch “Wise Up,” Common and Pete Rock partnered with director Marleaux Desiré to create an inspiring and creative visual presentation. The video captures street-level community stories, visually representing the themes explored in the song. It includes visual ideations from ILLIMITÉWORLD and still photography by creative director Alonzo Hellerbach.

“Wise Up” marks a significant moment in hip-hop, showcasing the perfect pairing of Common’s lyrical depth and Pete Rock’s legendary production skills. The single pays homage to their roots in the Golden Age and demonstrates their ability to evolve with the times, offering a universal appeal that transcends generations.

This release is highly anticipated by fans and critics alike, as it signals the potential for more potent collaborations between these two iconic artists. With “Wise Up,” Common and Pete Rock reaffirm their status as influential figures in hip-hop, continuing to shape the genre with their innovative and thought-provoking work.

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