Artist news: M.I.A. Threatens To Leak Album & Gets Release Date From Label.

With her label (Interscope) giving her the runaround, So M.I.A. took to her twitter threatening to leak her own album if Interscope didn’t give her a release date.  The label promptly responded by announcing that M.I.A.’s album Matangi will be released on November 5. The artist seems to be gaining back more & more power from the labels every year. 

M.i.a. Tweets: 

If interscope takes longer i can always leak this next week and make a new one by the time they are ready.

Artist News: Ciara & Future Finally Announce Wedding Engagement.

Ciara’s future is Future: The R&B singer and the rapper-producer are engaged.Future surprised the Grammy-winner with a 15-carat diamond ring over the weekend, their publicist, Chris Chambers, told The Associated Press on Sunday night. She was already celebrating her 28th birthday in New York when he proposed.Future and Ciara have been dating for a year. No wedding date has been set. 

Ciara tweeted:

Today Has 2 Be Like One Of The Sweetest Days Of My Life! #TheBestBirthdayEver

If I’m Dreaming I Don’t Want To Wake Up..Aaaaaahhh!!!:)


Artist News: Solange Knowles Debuts Her Independent Label Saint Heron & The First Compliation Album In NYC.

Solange took to the streets to promote the upcoming release of Saint Heron to 3 locations around NYC in a custom Lamborghini Murcielago decorated by Rashaad Newsome. Her first stop was The Harlem Museum on 125th Street, Opening Ceremony in Soho and lastly at Habana Outpost in Fort Green, Brooklyn. Reminiscent of the beginning stages of independent record selling “out the trunk”, she reaches back to her Houston, TX roots and delivers a beautiful Vinyl and CD for sale. Get over to iTunes and listen to Saint Heron on November 12th, or Saint Records and order your Vinyl edition. Click the side of each pic above to scroll x Listen to the latest track for the album below.

As the Basement Rap movement grows stronger Butch refreshes all of our memories on why these guys are a force to be reckoned with.If you are not hip to these basement rap gentlemen yet please get there, because they are coming strong.This also is a Butch Dawson production.


Artist News: Erykah Badu Interviews Kendrick Lamar For Interview Magazine.

Singer & songwriter,Erykah Badu recently caught up with Lamar by phone at the airport in Denver. Badu was at home in Dallas, Texas, and Lamar, who has seemingly been in constant motion while touring the world over the past year, was enjoying a rare unscheduled breather, having just missed his flight.

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Artist News: Photographer Eric Johnson Releases Unreleased Rare Photos Of A Past Shoot w/ Aaliyah.

photographer Eric Johnson is sharing rare photos and negatives from one of the singer’s last photo shoots. taken from a photo shoot for Entertainment Weekly. This shoot took place in July of 2001, before her untimely death. it’s almost an insult to not call her “angel” or baby-girl”. amazing shots & angles definitely one of a kind. See Photos above. Click sides of images to see all.


Artist News: Iggy Azalea Makes Cover Of PAPER Magazine.

Hitting shelves next month…

Iggy On How She Got Her Name:

"When I was a kid, Iggy was my dog," she says. "But he’d always get in fights and come home covered in blood. One time, he got bitten by a snake. I thought for sure he was going to die, but he’d always make it. Iggy was the runt of the litter, but he always survived. I really loved that dog. He was a tough, cool, determined fighter. He had all the characteristics I admire in people. When he got put down, I got a nameplate necklace with his name. People started calling me that, too."

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New Music: Williow Smith featuring Sza - Cuban Pete V1.

Surprise,surprise as of late we’ve been getting a lot of new music from these two lovely souls while on their #EnterTheVoid tour with Jhene Aiko. This could be a hint at a joint project coming, couldn’t think of a more soulful, centered sound right now. Tonight they both joined forces to create “Cuban Pete V1”. Let’s cross our fingers for a joint project. Listen below.

@BnTheLoop Scoop: XXL 2013 Freshman Cover.

The controversial moment you have all been anticipating & waiting for is here. The official cover for the 2013 XXL Freshmen Class issue has been revealed. The rappers are:

- Schoolboy Q
- Trinidad James
- Joey Bada$$
- Ab-Soul
- Logic
- Action Bronson
- Kirko Bangz
- Travi$ Scott
- Angel Haze
- Dizzy Wright (10 Spot People’s Champion Winner)
- Chief Keef (The 11th Freshman)

New Music: Drake - Days In The East. (prod. PartyNextDoor)

Drizzy falls through per usual with his 5 am music releases, ths time around he drops off his latest record “Days in the east” we been getting snippets of for the past few days. Coming off his Draft day record looks like Jimmy is getting back to owning the league he’s in. PartyNextDoor on the production. Co-produced by 40. Listen below.


Video: Kendrick Lamar Released His “i” Visual.

Kendrick Lamar preps us all for his return to the throne, stimulating our minds giving us a break from the regular,everyday hip hop record. Presenting to us the visual for the globally loved record “i”.


Artist news: Jhené Aiko”Hot Complex” Interview x Video.

Jhené Aiko can probably still fit into clothes she wore in 2002, when she gained fame singing on B2K records at age 14. But at 25, she’s all grown up. Aiko, who has a 4-year-old daughter, debuted a more mature sound on her 2011 mixtape Sailing Soul(s), pairing soft, chilling vocals and open-book lyrics with hip-hop-friendly production. Now signed to No I.D.’s Artium Records, she’s been in the studio developing her debut, Souled Out.

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