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Pete Rock Announces New Album ‘PeteStrumentals 3’ and Releases New Single “Say It Again”

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For the last 30 years, Pete Rock has produced some of Hip-Hop’s most celebrated sounds. Amid a Grammy Award-winning career that includes production, rapping, and DJ’ing, he now expands his repertoire by forming The Soul Brothers.

With his forthcoming PeteStrumentals 3 album, Pete takes one of the most trusted franchises in Hip-Hop in an organic direction. “A lot of this album sounds like samples extracted from records. We dress it up and add definition to what it is. It’s Hip-Hop, but have you ever heard Pete Rock not sample anything or work with a band? It’s exciting. I’m a musician, whether I’m sampling or not,” Pete declares. “Music is music; it’s what I think about it all day, every day.”

In 2001, PeteStrumentals helped pioneer an instrumental Hip-Hop album trend. After its sequel in 2015, PeteStrumentals 3 takes the series to a new frontier.  “I wanted to keep the same feeling that people got with the first PeteStrumentals, even if I’m not sampling,” Pete says. This time, he assembled a band. Tapping two-time Grammy-winning drummer Daru Jones (Jack White, Talib Kweli, Black Milk), the two friends recruited guitarist Marcus Machado, bassists MonoNeon (Prince, Nas, Mac Miller) and Christopher McBride (Sting), keyboardist BigYuki (A Tribe Called Quest), and vocalist Jermaine Holmes (D’Angelo).  “I want the best; I’m like James Brown and Kool & The Gang; I want precision,” Pete Rock admits.

Today, with the release of the album’s first single, “Say It Again,” you can hear how Pete’s creations come to life with his band and all-original sound; a band that he insists maintains his trademark knock.  “This is something that I’ve always wanted to do” Pete commented to Rolling Stone.  “Being an avid digger of albums and 45s, I now have a band to study and reinterpret these records. Presenting this to the world is so fulfilling.”

Arriving on Pete Rock’s Tru Soul imprint, PeteStrumentals 3 marks a new beginning which will surely usher in a new generation of “Pete’s Treats.”  

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Benny The Butcher Announces Hit-Boy Produced Album ‘Burden Of Proof’, New Single w/ Lil Wayne And Big Sean

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The Butcher Coming!

There is no disputing that Benny The Butcher has arrived.  Over the last three years, Benny’s run has been nothing short of historic.  Starting with Tana Talk 3 in 2018, the cult-favorite, The Plugs I Met, signing a management deal with Jay-Z’s Roc-Nation and Griselda’s Shady debut album WWCD in 2019.  All of this culminated with Benny fulfilling a decade long dream when he signed his own label imprint deal for his Black Soprano Family (BSF) and released their debut project, Benny The Butcher & DJ Drama Presents: Gangsta Grillz X BSF Da Respected Soprano, earlier this year.  Along the way, he performed a celebrated NPR Tiny Desk Concert, recorded with Drake, and if there was a major project, Benny more than likely contributed a standout verse to it.

With anticipation now at a fever pitch, Benny The Butcher puts a bow on his and Griselda’s genre-shifting year by announcing his new project Burden Of Proof; an album that aligns the best rapper alive, with the hottest producer (Hit-Boy) of 2020.

Mastered by Guru, Burden of Proof is The Butcher’s official level up.  And with the world seemingly crumbling around us, Benny proves that he thrives under chaotic conditions. 

“If you understand the meaning (Burden Of Proof), it’s one trying to prove their assertion; and that’s what I’m doing with this album” Benny asserted.  “This is the validation of what I have been saying all this time about Griselda, BSF, Benny The Butcher, coming to fruition.  The Burden Of Proof always lies with me.”

In addition to announcing his new album, Benny released the first clip from Burden Of Proof, with “Timeless,” which features Lil Wayne & Big Sean.  “Timeless” is now available at all DSP’s. 

“It was dope working with Wayne and Big Sean.  I have so much respect for their talents. I have respect for everything they are doing,” Benny commented.  “Wayne is one of the goats. It’s a good thing to be on a track with those guys trading bars.”

Benny The Butcher’s Burden Of Proof will be released on 10-16-20 and features appearances from Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Rick Ross, Freddie Gibbs, Conway The Machine, Westside Gunn, Queen Najia, and Dom Kennedy.  Burden Of Proof is executive-produced by Benny The Butcher, Hit-Boy and Westside Gunn.

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Busta Rhymes Drops ‘The Don and The Boss’ Featuring Vybz Kartel

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As promised, Busta Rhymes closed out a week of news and excitement with the release of “The Don and The Boss,” the first single from his highly anticipated tenth studio album E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event) 2: The Wrath of God. Driven by an ominous beat, the song finds both Busta, The Donand featured artist Vybz Kartel, The Boss, in peak trash-talk mode, reaffirming their status as kings of the rap game and the dancehall, respectively. The track also serves to set the tone for the forthcoming album: “Busta Rhymes a di champion. You could neva find a betta option,” he states plainly at a top of a verse delivered fully in Jamaican Patois.

Produced by Schife, who has previously worked with the likes of DJ Khalid, Gucci Mane, and Rick Ross, “The Don and The Boss” becomes Busta’s third collaboration with Vybz Kartel over the course of their decade-long brotherhood. And adding to the mystic around Kartel’s career, both previous collaborations – “Wine & Go Down” and “Girlfriend” – were released while the dancehall megastar was incarcerated. The artist known to his fans as “The Worl’ Boss” has dominated the dancehall scene in the U.S. since his 2010 single “Clarks,” made him a mainstay even in Hip-Hop DJs’ playlists. Sadly, he has been unable to revel in that success, as he is currently serving a life sentence for a 2014 murder conviction. Kartel has always maintained his innocence and continues to appeal his sentence, with the full support of his fans and collaborators.

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Chris Rock Announces Busta Rhymes Tenth Full Length Studio LP ‘Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath Of God’

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With just a few words this afternoon, comedy legend and Hip-Hop fanatic Chris Rock pushed the button, officially launching the countdown to one of the most highly anticipated releases of the past ten years, a megaton bomb being unleashed by one of Rock’s closest friends. “You n****s can’t fuck with the God Busta Rhymes!” Rock continuously chants in a video posted to his Instagram page on August 17th as he announces the impending arrival of Busta’s tenth studio album, E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event) 2: The Wrath of God. The project, which has been the subject of rumors and speculation for nearly a decade, arrives 22 years after the original, a groundbreaking album which, in 1998, cemented Busta’s status as a rising Hip-Hop legend.

“This is the longest album I’ve ever worked on in my career,” Busta said of E.L.E. 2 in 2014, when he was four years into the process. But the album’s arrival six years later is far from a delay. It is the result of a master taking the time to craft a masterpiece, a career defining and culture shifting opus. “This ain’t a ‘hot’ album, this is a legacy album,” he added. “I’m working on an album with over 20 years of experience in the game. I’m probably one of three dudes in Hip-Hop today that whoops anybody’s ass on a record, that can say they’re this many years in the game, and still has the relevance and the market value to influence the climate. I’ve taken my time to really apply that experience to this album.”

While he continues to hold the details of his forthcoming release close to the vest, preferring to let the music speak for itself, rap luminaries such as 9th Wonder, Just Blaze, Nas, Raekwon and Rapsody have already taken to social media to attest to the fact that this project is certain to change the climate of the culture. Busta has also given early access to the project to an elite few music journalists, all of whom have proclaimed it his greatest album to date.

In addition to being Busta’s first commercial release in 11 years, the new album also holds the distinction of being the first sequel in his storied career. “I always felt like those albums – Extinction Level Event and When Disaster Strikes – were extremely special to my catalogue,” he once explained. “And I never wanted to disrespect the legacy of those projects by falling short in the slightest capacity.” When it was released, the original, E.L.E.: The Final World Front, was Busta Rhymes’ third solo album in as many years. Released on December 15, 1998, the project attained RIAA platinum certification in less than one month and went on to remain on the Billboard 200 album charts for 32 consecutive weeks. E.L.E. spawned four of Busta’s biggest hits – “Tear Da Roof Off,” “Party Goin On Over Here,” and the Grammy-nominated singles, “Gimme Some More” and “What’s It Gonna Be?!” featuring Janet Jackson. It also remains his only Grammy-nominated album so far.

As he delivers this newest body of work, Busta Rhymes does so as one of Hip-Hop’s undisputed elder statesmen. But don’t get it twisted: he remains one of the most competitive emcees in the game, as evidenced by singles and features released over the past ten years including the Nicki Minaj-assisted “#TwerkIt!” and Chris Brown’s classic “Look At Me Now.” With E.L.E. 2, he fully intends to put the rap game on tilt yet again, while continuing the work he started when he proclaimed “only five years left” back in 1995.  “The spoken Prophecy has been going on for over two decades,” he says. “Now we are here! It will never get any realer than this.”

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Chris Rock Announces Busta Rhymes Tenth Full Length Studio LP ‘Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath Of God’

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With just a few words this afternoon, comedy legend and Hip-Hop fanatic Chris Rock pushed the button, officially launching the countdown to one of the most highly anticipated releases of the past ten years, a megaton bomb being unleashed by one of Rock’s closest friends. “You n****s can’t fuck with the God Busta Rhymes!” Rock continuously chants in a video posted to his Instagram page on August 17th as he announces the impending arrival of Busta’s tenth studio album, E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event) 2: The Wrath of God. The project, which has been the subject of rumors and speculation for nearly a decade, arrives 22 years after the original, a groundbreaking album which, in 1998, cemented Busta’s status as a rising Hip-Hop legend.

“This is the longest album I’ve ever worked on in my career,” Busta said of E.L.E. 2 in 2014, when he was four years into the process. But the album’s arrival six years later is far from a delay. It is the result of a master taking the time to craft a masterpiece, a career defining and culture shifting opus. “This ain’t a ‘hot’ album, this is a legacy album,” he added. “I’m working on an album with over 20 years of experience in the game. I’m probably one of three dudes in Hip-Hop today that whoops anybody’s ass on a record, that can say they’re this many years in the game, and still has the relevance and the market value to influence the climate. I’ve taken my time to really apply that experience to this album.”

While he continues to hold the details of his forthcoming release close to the vest, preferring to let the music speak for itself, rap luminaries such as 9th Wonder, Just Blaze, Nas, Raekwon and Rapsody have already taken to social media to attest to the fact that this project is certain to change the climate of the culture. Busta has also given early access to the project to an elite few music journalists, all of whom have proclaimed it his greatest album to date.

In addition to being Busta’s first commercial release in 11 years, the new album also holds the distinction of being the first sequel in his storied career. “I always felt like those albums – Extinction Level Event and When Disaster Strikes – were extremely special to my catalogue,” he once explained. “And I never wanted to disrespect the legacy of those projects by falling short in the slightest capacity.” When it was released, the original, E.L.E.: The Final World Front, was Busta Rhymes’ third solo album in as many years. Released on December 15, 1998, the project attained RIAA platinum certification in less than one month and went on to remain on the Billboard 200 album charts for 32 consecutive weeks. E.L.E. spawned four of Busta’s biggest hits – “Tear Da Roof Off,” “Party Goin On Over Here,” and the Grammy-nominated singles, “Gimme Some More” and “What’s It Gonna Be?!” featuring Janet Jackson. It also remains his only Grammy-nominated album so far.

As he delivers this newest body of work, Busta Rhymes does so as one of Hip-Hop’s undisputed elder statesmen. But don’t get it twisted: he remains one of the most competitive emcees in the game, as evidenced by singles and features released over the past ten years including the Nicki Minaj-assisted “#TwerkIt!” and Chris Brown’s classic “Look At Me Now.” With E.L.E. 2, he fully intends to put the rap game on tilt yet again, while continuing the work he started when he proclaimed “only five years left” back in 1995.  “The spoken Prophecy has been going on for over two decades,” he says. “Now we are here! It will never get any realer than this.”

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Chris Rock Announces Busta Rhymes Tenth Full Length Studio LP ‘Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath Of God’

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With just a few words this afternoon, comedy legend and Hip-Hop fanatic Chris Rock pushed the button, officially launching the countdown to one of the most highly anticipated releases of the past ten years, a megaton bomb being unleashed by one of Rock’s closest friends. “You n****s can’t fuck with the God Busta Rhymes!” Rock continuously chants in a video posted to his Instagram page on August 17th as he announces the impending arrival of Busta’s tenth studio album, E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event) 2: The Wrath of God. The project, which has been the subject of rumors and speculation for nearly a decade, arrives 22 years after the original, a groundbreaking album which, in 1998, cemented Busta’s status as a rising Hip-Hop legend.

“This is the longest album I’ve ever worked on in my career,” Busta said of E.L.E. 2 in 2014, when he was four years into the process. But the album’s arrival six years later is far from a delay. It is the result of a master taking the time to craft a masterpiece, a career defining and culture shifting opus. “This ain’t a ‘hot’ album, this is a legacy album,” he added. “I’m working on an album with over 20 years of experience in the game. I’m probably one of three dudes in Hip-Hop today that whoops anybody’s ass on a record, that can say they’re this many years in the game, and still has the relevance and the market value to influence the climate. I’ve taken my time to really apply that experience to this album.”

While he continues to hold the details of his forthcoming release close to the vest, preferring to let the music speak for itself, rap luminaries such as 9th Wonder, Just Blaze, Nas, Raekwon and Rapsody have already taken to social media to attest to the fact that this project is certain to change the climate of the culture. Busta has also given early access to the project to an elite few music journalists, all of whom have proclaimed it his greatest album to date.

In addition to being Busta’s first commercial release in 11 years, the new album also holds the distinction of being the first sequel in his storied career. “I always felt like those albums – Extinction Level Event and When Disaster Strikes – were extremely special to my catalogue,” he once explained. “And I never wanted to disrespect the legacy of those projects by falling short in the slightest capacity.” When it was released, the original, E.L.E.: The Final World Front, was Busta Rhymes’ third solo album in as many years. Released on December 15, 1998, the project attained RIAA platinum certification in less than one month and went on to remain on the Billboard 200 album charts for 32 consecutive weeks. E.L.E. spawned four of Busta’s biggest hits – “Tear Da Roof Off,” “Party Goin On Over Here,” and the Grammy-nominated singles, “Gimme Some More” and “What’s It Gonna Be?!” featuring Janet Jackson. It also remains his only Grammy-nominated album so far.

As he delivers this newest body of work, Busta Rhymes does so as one of Hip-Hop’s undisputed elder statesmen. But don’t get it twisted: he remains one of the most competitive emcees in the game, as evidenced by singles and features released over the past ten years including the Nicki Minaj-assisted “#TwerkIt!” and Chris Brown’s classic “Look At Me Now.” With E.L.E. 2, he fully intends to put the rap game on tilt yet again, while continuing the work he started when he proclaimed “only five years left” back in 1995.  “The spoken Prophecy has been going on for over two decades,” he says. “Now we are here! It will never get any realer than this.”

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SoundCloud and Pharrell Launch ‘i am OTHER Vol. 2’ Along With Limited Edition BBC T-Shirt

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On Friday, the Pharrell-curated compilation album i am OTHER Volume 1 debuted, which spotlighted 10 emerging creators and their COVID-19 inspired tracks. As part of the launch, we also announced our continued partnership with i am OTHER to champion emerging artists with the news of i am OTHER Volume 2.

The new project will highlight innovative, original work that promotes messages of empowerment, unity, and social justice. Today we’re sharing more details about how creators can submit their tracks to be considered for Volume 2, learn more here

To commemorate Volume 2, we worked with Pharrell’s Billionaire Boys Club brand to design a limited edition t-shirt that underscores the universal healing power of music. The t-shirt is now available for presale here, with net proceeds going to the New Virginia Majority Education Fund. 

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DJ Khaled & Drake To Drop 2 New Songs This Friday

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DJ Khaled has continued to build the hype and momentum for his upcoming singles with Drake. The We The Best Boss was recently posted with a real life Owl in the studio as a teaser. On Sunday, he posted an animated video of an Owl flying with keys. Each video was in preparation for Monday’s big announcement. While many thought he was gearing up for one release, fans had no idea.

The Father of Asahd took to Twitter to announce two new singles featuring Drake. The OVO honcho recently stated that his upcoming album is 80% complete. 2 songs with DJ Khaled will certainly help to usher in a new Drake project. The dynamic duo have teamed up in the past for some of Khaled’s biggest hits, including “I’m On One,” “No New Friends,” “For Free,” and “To The Max.”

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Big Daddy Kane Releases Anti-Police Brutality Song ‘Enough’ Featuring Chuck D and Loren Oden

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Legendary emcee and actor Big Daddy Kane has taken it back to his Golden Era roots, creating music relative to the social climate as done by all creative greats. Teaming up with another Golden Era terror, Public Enemy’s Chuck D, King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal takes it up a notch by exposing today’s injustices and magnifying #45’s presidential inadequacies.

With the feel of the 1991 PE hit “Burn Hollywood Burn” feat. Kane and Ice Cube, “Enough” aggressively attacks the system while touting sentiments of the Black Lives Matter movement. Salute to the Golden Era for keeping the masses on point!

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DITC’s Lord Finesse Remixes Classic Motown Songs For Forthcoming ‘Motown State Of Mind’ Album

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Legendary rapper, hip-hop producer, and founding member of the influential collective Diggin’ In The Crates Crew (D.I.T.C.), Lord Finesse is back with his most ambitious project to date: Motown State of Mind, a set of handpicked Motown classics remixed and reimagined. The inspired new remix album will be available to stream on June 26 via Motown/UMe and the remix of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” is available to stream now (available here)

In true DJ style, the remixes will also be released as a 45 RPM box set on July 24 containing seven 7-inch records on black vinyl featuring the remixed version on Side A and the classic original on Side B. In support of the release, there will be digital activations throughout June including livestreams and IG live takeovers from Motown’s various handles. 

Curated and arranged for the new generation, going back to the original masters/sources, the remixes include chart toppers such as Michael Jackson’s I Wanna Be Where You Are” and DeBarge’s “I Like It” alongside deep cuts from Motown’s catalog like Sisters Love’s “Now Is The Time.”

“Now Is The Time” is a unique track as it was originally recorded in 1970 and in 1973 the group recorded a version of the song which was produced by Willie Hutch and appeared in the movie The Mack, but was never officially released. As an ode to the 1973 version, Lord Finesse and J Zone (producer, drummer, multi-instrumentalist, rapper, and writer) recreate the song as if it was released that year. The instrumental version of the track will be included as the B-side in the 45 box set. 
 
The reimagined versions also feature collaborations from the likes of Dinky Bingham (the CEO of production/publishing company Dinky B. Music and a producer of gold and platinum hits for artists such as Changing Faces, New Edition, Kylie Minogue andJaheim) as well as producer Tall Black Guy (who’s worked with artists such as Gilles Peterson, Lefto, Anthony Valadez, Jazzy Jeff, Questloveamongst others). 
 
Lord Finesse classifies the remixes to be his “best project to date.” “I’m my own worst critic. If I like it, I don’t think no one can really tell me anything,” he explains. With that in mind, Finesse closes out the album with a mastermind remix of the critically acclaimed Jackson 5 medley “I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save.” The standalone singles of those three original aforementioned tracks, alongside the release of their fourth single “I’ll Be There,” made the group the first to debut with four consecutive number one hits on Billboard’sHot 100
 

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