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Billboard Reveals the 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010s

As the decade comes to a close, Billboard is revealing its 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010s.

The magazine’s staff has compiled a list of their favorite albums from 2010-2019—from Bruno and Bowie to Katy Perry and Kendrick Lamar.

Kanye West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy lands at No. 1. “MBDTF is the sound of an artist — using the studio as a palette — grappling with his contradictions, unhappiness and the carnal diversions he turns to as an all-too-brief balm for the uncertain soul,” writes Billboard.

Beyoncé’s Lemonade earns the runner-up spot. “From accusatory opener ‘Pray You Catch Me’ to the rallying call of ‘Formation,’ a fearless Beyoncé revealed her mastery of weaving together multiple genres and insightful lyrics,” says the magazine.

Frank Ocean’s “first masterpiece” Channel Orange ranks at No. 3, followed by Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly at No. 5.

Rihanna’s Anti also makes the cut at No. 7, along with Ariana Grande’s Thank U Next at No. 8. Adele’s 21 rounds out the top 10.

The top 20 is populated by modern-day classics including Beyoncé’s 2013 surprise drop (No. 11), Cardi B’s debut Invasion of Privacy (No. 13), Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city (No. 15), Drake’s Take Care (No. 16), Solange’s A Seat at the Table (No. 17), and The Weeknd’s House of Balloons (No. 20).

The late Mac Miller’s Swimming earns a place at No. 70, along with Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap at No. 94.

See the top 20 below and the full list here.

Billboard Greatest Albums of the 2010s

1. Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
2. Beyoncé – Lemonade
3. Frank OceanChannel Orange
4. Taylor Swift – Red
5. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp a Butterfly
6. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
7. Rihanna – Anti
8. Ariana Grande – Thank U Next
9. Robyn – Body Talk
10. Adele – 21
11. Beyoncé – Beyonce
12. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
13. Cardi BInvasion of Privacy
14. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
15. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
16. DrakeTake Care
17. Solange – A Seat at the Table
18. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
19. Taylor Swift – 1989
20. The WeekndHouse of Balloons

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PARTYNEXTDOOR Set to Return with New Music Friday

The wait is over.

Nearly three years since his last project, PARTYNEXTDOOR is set to return with new music this Friday. Taking to Instagram, he posted a close-up photo of himself with the caption: “Friday.”

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He immediately sent fans into a frenzy, with many speculating that it could be his long-awaited Club Atlantis project. His OVO Sound boss Drake left a series of icy emojis including the snowflake and frozen face.

During OVO Fest in Toronto in August, Drake teased his return. “PARTYNEXTDOOR, new PND on the way,” he told the crowd.

The Canadian crooner has remained out of the spotlight since the release of his 2017 EP Seven Days. “I’m taking my time with this album, It’s straight party & unapologetic,” he tweeted two years ago, while teasing collaborations with Kanye West, T-Pain, and Ne-Yo.

PND most recently collaborated with Summer Walker on “Just Might” off the latter’s debut album Over It.

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The Game Reveals ‘Born 2 Rap’ Cover, Tracklisting

It’s almost Game time.

In 10 days, the Compton rapper will release his ninth and final album Born 2 Rap. Prior to its Black Friday arrival, he has revealed the star-studded tracklisting and cover art.

The 24 tracks, an homage to his “all-time favorite player” Kobe Bryant, kick off with an intro from Ed Sheeran and close with the British crooner on “Roadside.” Other guests include Chris Brown, Bryson Tiller, 21 Savage, Miguel, Travis Barker, Dom Kennedy, Trey Songz, and Anderson .Paak, who appears on the single “Stainless.” The late Nipsey Hussle also makes an appearance on “Welcome Home.”

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Born II Rap in 11 days………………. [Nov 29th 2019] I promise another classic… my day 1 fans know what it is… I will not disappoint !!!! S/O to the beautiful soon to be mothers @jazzlynsworld @__kokaine__ @latriecejonae @yagirl.bree_ @ebby.b00 @lilmama_gina @micheladriii @bellaxxmimi & @leexy_renee for coming through on short notice, listening to, understanding my vision & participating in the cover art for this album. The concept behind this photo goes way beyond what you see upon 1st glance & I absolutely cannot wait for all of you to hear the music that goes along with the album. Appreciation for my lil brother @jamilnotjamal for capturing my vision as well as @sandracstevenson & @chalicerecording for always being so welcoming, providing a home for me & my albums for the past 15 years of my career. I’ve had a great run & surpassed my rap goals along time ago…. it’s by God’s grace that I’m able to still be here to deliver full projects at this caliber in an industry where I’ve seen artists come & go. It will always be “QUALITY” over “QUANTITY” from where I stand. The REAL music will always prevail & this album will cap off an amazing run. I’m grateful for all the producers & artists who’ve helped this album become what it is & I am more excited for my fans than I am for myself. This album will go #1…… because it’s CLASSIC !!! & in 11 days you all will get to hear why. I took the liberty in attaching the track listing as I know you guys have been wondering who’s on it…. 24 tracks because @kobebryant is my all time favorite player & has been a friend & inspiration to my career, so I saw it just to pay homage to the 🐐 #24 #Born2Rap #Prolific #eOne [DISCLAIMER: None of the women pictured above are in any way shape or form taking part in the consumption of alcohol or marijuana (THAT’S ALL ME BABY 😉) & certain things on the certificate of birth have been altered to my liking so you stalkers & creeps ain’t on no weirdo shit] #ThisIsMyArt @eone @markjamesscott gfx 💯

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The cover art features nine pregnant women in the studio with Game while he records. “The concept behind this photo goes way beyond what you see upon 1st glance & I absolutely cannot wait for all of you to hear the music that goes along with the album,” said Game, who thanked the women on Instagram.

Born 2 Rap arrives nearly 15 years after his debut The Documentary. “I promise another classic… my day 1 fans know what it is… I will not disappoint!!!” said Game.

“I’ve had a great run & surpassed my rap goals along time ago…. it’s by God’s grace that I’m able to still be here to deliver full projects at this caliber in an industry where I’ve seen artists come & go,” he added. “It will always be ‘QUALITY’ over ‘QUANTITY’ from where I stand. The REAL music will always prevail & this album will cap off an amazing run.”

Born 2 Rap is due Nov. 29. See the tracklisting below.

Born 2 Rap Tracklisting

Intro – “Sea of Sin” (feat. Ed Sheeran)
1. “No Smoke” (feat. Miguel and Travis Barker)
2. “Five Hundred Dollar Candles” (feat. Dom Kennedy)
3. “The Light”
4. “Carmen Electra” (feat. Mozzy, Osbe Chill, and Tobi)
5. “Dead Homies” (feat. Red Cafe)
6. “Gold Daytonas” (feat. Dom Kennedy)
7. “Westside”
8. “40 Ounce Love” (feat. Just Liv)
9. “Gucci Flip Flops”
10. “Born 2 Rap”
11. “Welcome Home” (feat. Nipsey Hussle)
12. “Interlude. Help Me” (feat. Sly)
13. “I Didn’t Wanna Write This Song” (feat. Marsha Ambrosius)
14. “The Code” (feat. 21 Savage)
15. “Stay Donn” (feat. Bryson Tiller)
16. “Hug the Block”
17. “Ask for Me”
18. “Stainless” (feat. Anderson .Paak)
19. “Gangstas Make The Girls Go Wild” (feat. Chris Brown)
20. “Blood Thicker Than Water” (feat. Trey Songz)
21. “Rewind II”
22. “One Life” (feat. J. Stone and Masego)
23. “Cross on Jesus Back” (feat. D Smoke)
24. “Roadside” (feat. Ed Sheeran)

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Watch Cardi B Spit a Fiery Freestyle

Cardi B is back on her BS.

As fans await her sophomore album, the Grammy-winning rapper is holding them over with a new freestyle. While standing in what appears to be a kitchen, Cardi cooked up a fiery flow, repping her BX roots and calling out the “bum bitches.”

“I be in a mansion and you be in my mentions,” she raps in the minute-long clip, which she shared on social media. “Right out the trenches to top of the charts / Lost friends on the way, this shit is breaking my heart.”

She continued: “What you spent on your whip / Bitch, I spent on my fit / You don’t let your man hit ’cause he been on my dick / I’m ’bout to follow him back and send him a pic of me holding my Grammy, rubbing my clit.”

“It’s just a little something till I finish up the album,” she said before adding, “Suck my dick!”

Cardi has been back in the studio working on the follow-up to her 2018 debut Invasion of Privacy. “My album is on my mind 24/7,” she told Billboard. “It’s practically all I’m focusing on.”

She plans to stay true to herself and not follow trends. “There’s certain music that I want to do, but I feel like, is people interested in that? I feel like things have changed,” she said. “But I cannot just go with what’s hot. I still gotta go with what I want to do. I just got out of that follow what’s hot and follow what you want to do.”

Watch Cardi do it for the ‘Gram.

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Summer Walker Responds to Criticism Over Her Social Anxiety

Summer Walker is confronting her critics.

On Sunday, the R&B singer picked up her first award for Best New Artist at the 2019 BET Soul Train Awards. A nervous Walker, who suffers from social anxiety, took the stage to accept with a short and sweet speech during the televised ceremony.

“Thank you so much. I didn’t expect this,” said the 23-year-old. “Thank you LVRN and thank you London On Da Track. I really appreciate it.”

Walker admits that she came close to skipping the entire show. Instead, she avoided the red carpet and entered the venue through a back door. “I wasn’t even gonna go today cause I was to scared, I was literally asking @lvrngram to just get me a wrist band so I could sit in the back alone in my reg deg clothes,” she said. “by the time my name was called I couldn’t get a speech out like everyone one else from being so nervous & was shaking BUT I pushed through my #socialanxiety today and I’m really glad I did ..cause the soul train experience is something any true music lover will never forget.”

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I wasn’t even gonna go today cause I was to scared, I was literally asking @lvrngram to just get me a wrist band so I could sit in the back alone in my reg deg clothes. When I got there I doged the red carpet and tried to get escorted through the back, finally getting to my seat I had to keep sneaking to pat my underarms from sweating, for no reason other than people were looking at me, I kept my arms folded and tried not to be seen. by the time my name was called I couldn’t get a speech out like everyone one else from being so nervous & was shaking BUT I pushed through my #socialanxiety today and I’m really glad I did ..cause the soul train experience is something any true music lover will never forget🖤

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She was met with backlash from social media. Some called her anxiety an act while others attacked her vulnerability. “These women have children,” Walker said of her critics. “It makes me feel soo bad cause it’s clear that if the children are developing or struggling with any type of mental disorder such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, it’ll be brushed to the side and will never receive any treatment because it’ll just be ‘an act.’”

Added Walker, “These parents are probably so ignorant that instead of reading up on symptoms they just whoop the child 🤦🏽‍♀️ sad, my shit started at 6 so yes kids have it to.”

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1. bareface & beautiful 2.you know the scariest shit I’ve been witnessing is that most of the women leaving negative comments like “it’s an act” , “I don’t have the right to act like this b/c I’m famous, “bitch you slow” or just flat out making fun of me for being vulnerable. HAVE CHILDREN, these women have children. It makes me feel soo bad cause it’s clear that if the children are developing or struggling with any type of mental disorder such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, it’ll be brushed to the side and will never receive any treatment because it’ll just be “an act”. These parents are probably so ignorant that instead of reading up on symptoms they just whoop the child 🤦🏽‍♀️ sad, my shit started at 6 so yes kids have it to.

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Earlier in the week, she canceled the majority of her tour dates, citing her extreme anxiety. “As you know, I have been very open about my struggle with social anxiety,” she wrote. “I want to continue to be healthy and to make music for y’all, so I have decided to cut down some of the dates on the tour,” said the self-described introvert.

While performing her sold-out show at L.A.’s The Novo earlier this month, she addressed her battle with anxiety. “If anybody in here has social anxiety, I just wanna let you know that shit is real, but don’t let it stop the bag,” she said. “Don’t let it stop anything that you wanna do.”

Walker has also received criticism for not hugging fans during her meet and greets. “For those who’re upset b/c I don’t give hugs idk what to tell you…I’m an empath, and that transference of energy from that many people each day would literally KILL me,” she explained. “So I ask you please respect my space in those moments.”

Despite her personal struggles, her career continues to thrive. Her debut album Over It opened at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and set a record for the largest streaming week ever for an R&B album by a woman.

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Rome Streetz Reps Hard…And Raps Harder For That Throwback New York Sound (Video)

An affiliate of Smif-N-Wessun’s Tek, Brooklyn, New York’s Rome Streetz is one of the MCs buzzing in the current Big Apple underground. Over the years, he’s put in work with the likes of Snowgoons, Agallah (fka 8-Off), and 38 Spesh. In 2019, he has released several projects, including Headcrack, with producer Futurewave. More recently, Streetz unleashed the third installment of his Noise Kandy series, The Overdose. The LP includes production by Statik Selektah, sadhugold, and Dirty Diggs, among others, as well as a featured verse from Planet Asia. It concludes with “96 Nauti Windbreaker Sh*t.” Produced by fellow BK representative JR Swiftz (Westside Gunn, Flee Lord), the sparse two-minute display comes to a video. Like his raps, the visual is grim. It shows the unchanged parts of the city, from the avenue to the Hudson River. Wearing the title Nautica garment, Rome raps about revenge, transitioning from the street game to the Rap game, and trying to come up in a rugged world. Rome Streetz Is A Brooklyn MC Keeping The Borough’s Rugged Rap Tradition Alive (Video)Life of a rolling stone / It’s ’96 Nauti windbreaker sh*t / Livin’ dangerous / Leavin’ all my opps’ faces with razor rips / Peep these ni**as bitin’ my style, they all plagiarists / The b*tches scream ‘turn that sh*t off’ when I played your sh*t,” he charges. #BonusBeat: Recently, Rome spoke to the Crush-A-Lot Podcast about making this album. He detailed recording “World In My Palm” before Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era, and how supportive Statik Selektah has been of his talent. Streetz also credits Roc Marciano as an architect to a style of Rap that is getting due recognition: Press photograph provided by Jerry Graham Publicity.

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Kanye West Claims He & Dr. Dre Are Making A Sequel To His New Album

Less than one month ago (October 25), Kanye West released his ninth solo album, JESUS IS KING. The Spiritual 11-song collection involved a Clipse reunion, appearances from Ty Dolla $ign, and Jazz artist Kenny G, as well as guest production from Timbaland. The G.O.O.D Music/Def Jam Records LP subsequently topped the charts upon release. West now vows that a JESUS IS KING, PT. II is on the way and “coming soon.” This one, he suggests on social media, will be a collaboration with Dr. Dre.

Kanye West Reuniting Clipse Is Kinda Like A Big Deal (Audio) West and Dre have worked on several of the same albums, including The Game’s The Documentary and JAY-Z’s Kingdom Come. However, they have never released songs together. Previously, West released an album with Jay in 2011. Other artists, including Busta Rhymes and KRS-One, have posted similar photos with the Aftermath Entertainment founder in the studio, suggesting music is on the way. In recent years, Dre has also been working with LL Cool J, Anderson .Paak, and Eminem, among others. Dr. Dre & LL Cool J Have Recorded More Than 40 Songs Together (Audio) Over the weekend, Dre celebrated 20 years since his sophomore solo release, 2001. He and former Interscope Records Chairman Jimmy Iovine made a documentary video surrounding the making of the 1999 Aftermath LP that featured Eminem, Xzibit, Knoc’Turn’al, Snoop Dogg, and King T. #BonusBeat: Kanye West recently released a video from JESUS IS KING, “Follow God”:

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Kanye West and Dr. Dre Tease ‘Jesus Is King’ Part II

Ye and Dre are teaming up.

Kanye West has teased a collaboration with Dr. Dre. Taking to Twitter on Monday, he posted a photo of him and the legendary producer in the studio together working on a sequel to Jesus Is King.

“Ye and Dre Jesus is King Part II coming soon,” wrote Kanye, while Dre tweeted the same image.

It’s unclear if they have collaborated on one track or an entirely new album, but this would mark the rap titans first collaboration together.

Kanye previously announced that he would release the follow-up to Jesus Is King, entitled Jesus Is Born, on Christmas Day.

He has also announced his first-ever opera, Nebuchadnezzar, which will take place at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, Nov. 24. It will be directed by Vanessa Beecroft and feature his Sunday Service choir. Tickets are on sale now.

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Watch Dave East Freestyle on Funkmaster Flex

Hot off the release of his debut album Survival, Dave East showed out with a fiery freestyle during his visit to Funkmaster Flex.

After paying his respects to Heavy D, the Harlem spitter went off the top, rapping about his mother and father (“Me and my pops ain’t get along”) while reflecting on the past (“Them nights was long / Them jail sentences taught us right from wrong”).

“I’m rapped out,” said East before letting his crew shine, with all three MCs taking turns on the mic.

Survival, which features appearances from Nas, Rick Ross, and Lil Baby, debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 with 24,000 equivalent album units. Dave shared the news while clapping back at his critics, who incorrectly reported that he moved less than 3,000 units.

“Thanks To The Real,” he wrote on Instagram. “All The Fake Blogs And Fake Projections The Frank Stand Is Open 24 Hours A Day And Please Never Reach Out For Another Interview Or Anything Involving Dave East. I’m Cool.”

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Big K.R.I.T. Explains How Using Other Producers Made Him A Better Writer (Video)

Big K.R.I.T. is finishing the decade strong. In 2010, he delivered a mixtape that elevated the medium in the form of K.R.I.T. Wuz Here. Earlier this year, he offered fans another high-level album in K.R.I.T. IZ HERE. It was an appropriate bookend in a decade where the MC/producer left an indelible mark on the Rap genre. Interviewed on camera at AFH TV (and currently available for all to watch), Big K.R.I.T speaks on getting out of his comfort zone with the production on his latest album. Rico Love, DJ Khalil, and longtime Timbaland collaborator Danja took the reigns, with Krizzle doing just one track. With extra space on his plate, the 33-year-old Mississippi native focused on writing some of his most prolific bars yet. Big K.R.I.T. Flaunts His Roots To Show The Beauty & Depth Of Mississippi (Video) At the 8:00 mark, K.R.I.T says, “[I felt] challenged as a writer for the first time. It took a lot for me to get out of my comfort zone with that, but it allowed me to experiment with what I got to say and a little bit more. I think it shows on this album, which is gonna make it difficult for the next album.” He goes on to say, “I know what kick I wanna use. What snare I wanna use. Samples I heard or Shazamed. I’ma flip it my way. I get in with these producers, and they might be aware of my music. They might see me in a different place or different space, or they might be like ‘Man, this would be a great record for you to do with this person.’ What I have to do is find that humility in myself as an artist to collaborate. It’s a collective effort to make something great and us as rappers, we do it all the time. We do features. We do hooks. But the producer in me has never been as open to like just ‘Hey man! What kick you think [works here?] What hook you think? What snare you think?’ This is the first time I’m like, ‘I got the sample. I don’t know how to flip it. I know you know how to play instruments. What you think about this?’ Then, we create something grand. So now my dream still comes true because I viewed this sample, for I have been listening for four, five years. I’m working with the producers I want to work with, and the artist in me gets to write over it. It becomes K.R.I.T IZ Here. It becomes this record. It becomes ‘Make it Easy.’Big K.R.I.T. Explains How Platinum Rappers Can Be Broke In A Complex Freestyle Elsewhere in the interview, Big K.R.I.T. discusses the ways that K.R.I.T. IZ HERE collaborator Lil Wayne has influenced him. He also breaks down some of the heavier bars from the summertime Multi Alumni release. IN 2010, Big K.R.I.T. Updated A Souls Of Mischief Classic For A New Day This AFH TV conversation is one of several episodes with Big K.R.I.T. We are currently offering free 7-day trial subscriptions.

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