New Music: Playboi Carti & Lil Uzi Vert Perform Their Best Fusion Dance On “Woke Up Like This”.

After spending a significant period of time without any updates on new projects or official singles, Playboi Carti is moving swiftly in the build-up to his anticipated debut project. Following last month’s news concerning Playboi Carti’s forthcoming mixtape, the cult favorite connected with another one of the SoundCloud scene’s heroes for the Lil Uzi Vert collaboration “Lookin.” Delivering a double dose of heat, Carti reconnects with Lil Uzi Vert for another collaboration, “Woke Up Like This.” The latest drop from the pair of young, rising rappers features a beat by Queens artist Pi’erre Bourne, who previously cooked up beats for artists such as 21 Savage and Young Nudy.

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New Ep: DonMonique’s Debut Project “Thirst Trap” Arrives.

Been hearing good things about this artist time & time again since back in last March waiting on a full project to fully assess how I feel, And finally the uneasy wait is over for the 20 year old BK artist Don has gave birth to her first 8 track baby. Hardcore, Nuts draggin, Brooklyn swag all through this project, Beat selection cohesive w/ the artist, The femcee keeps my attention with a plethora of flows & melodic harmonies it’s easy on the ears and my attention span. 100% of production done by Stelios Phili. (Ferg’s Go-to-guy). This is one hell of a debut not crashing the net but a good deal for Don to break into the league with. Not to mention, the boastful artwork Donmonique & good friend Chasity Samone. I’d put a good bet this one is sticking around for a while. Listen below.

Stream “Thirst Trap” here.


News: Kendrick Lamar Tries To Unite Gang Members With First Reebok Shoe.

With Kendrick Lamar signing on to rep Reebok Classic and the Ventilator seeing a major push this year, you knew a his own version of the shoe had to be in the works. Indeed it was, as today we get a first look at the Kendrick Lamar x Reebok Ventilator. As a social commentary on the gang violence between the notorious Crips and Bloods of Kendrick’s native Los Angeles, his Ventilator aims to unite the streets with the cream suede shoe’s blue accents on one shoe and red accents on the other. In fact, each shoe even comes with bold text of “BLUE” and “RED” on the corresponding heel. Other details include Kendrick’s signature on each tongue, red and blue stripes in the rope laces, and a gum rubber sole to finish them off. See images of sneaker above.


Chance the Rapper Recruits Ty Dolla $ign, Raury, D.R.A.M. & Anthony Hamilton For “Blessings (Reprise)” Performance.

Chance the Rapper is music guest for the latest episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, performing his Coloring Book cut “Blessings (Reprise)” with Anthony Hamilton, Ty Dolla $ign, Raury and D.R.A.M. Ty Dolla $ign even gets on the bass while Raury plays the electric guitar; the rapper-crooners are also accompanied with a full gospel choir. Watch the stellar gospel-esque performance above.

New Music: Rae Sremmurd “No Type”. (Prod. Mike WiLL Made It)

After hearing this raging to this jam during their perfromance this past weekend at Modi’s Trillectro fest a CDQ to “No Type” was well needed. Rae Sremmurd look to carry over their buzz into the Fall with their new single, “No Type.” While Mike WiLL Made It provides the alley-oop production, Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy keep our attention and continue to deliver the quotables like “Bad bxtches is the only thing that I like.”.Rae Sremmurd’s upcoming #SremmLife EP, to be released later this year. Listen Below.

Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta’ Renewed for Second Season.

Here’s some great news for fans of Donald Glover’s new, acclaimed television program Atlanta. As Variety reports, FX has renewed the newly-launched, Hiro Murai-directed show for a second, ten-episode season. A new episode of Atlanta airs tonight at 10 PM EST. As we previously reported, Atlanta recently earned the biggest cable comedy debut in three years.


@Bentheloop Scoop: Kanye West Surprises Fans at adidas Pop-Up Store In NYC.

After Ye’s much-talked-about appearances at the New York Fashion Week, NBA All-Star Weekend in New York City, and Manhattan’s adidas Originals store, Ye surprised customers again at the adidas pop-up store in Brooklyn on Sunday afternoon. Like his previous surprise appearance, Yeezy gave away pairs of his Boosts and – on top of that – gave tips to those who were trying on the sneaker. View gallery above.



And the award for trapper of the year goes to…..TT, we all know being fit is in for women right now. And Teyana is a stronger ambassador for it showcasing her body and curve via instagram. Giving the guys something to drool over and the women something to motivate towards with spring/summer quickly approaching. Word is she’s been in the stu working on some material so hopefully we can get music with the bangin body. For now lets just take time and thank God for the glory of #Thirsttrapthurday. Amen!


A blind side feature/collab coming for Chi-town’s Lucki Eck$ and UK’s King Krule. King Krule’s “Neptune Estate” may have been a regular on your music rotation for a while now, as the mellow track stood out as a highlight from the British artist's 6 Feet Beneath The Moon album in 2013. Now, Lucki Eck$ and Wiki have joined forces with Krule to rework the track, offering up a fresh vibe with their vocal input. Great music! listen below.

New Music: Drake Drops The Long-Awaited “Trophies”. (prod. by HitBoy)

Drake’s favourite lyrical themes include his rise to fame, his ever-increasing wealth, and his scorn for two-faced friends, and now he’s touched on these subjects once again with a new track called “Trophies.”This bouncy cut was produced by Hit-Boy.This is only the rough copy nowhere near done. Listen below.

Watch Kid Cudi Go Back To His Former High School For A TED Talk.

Earlier in the year back in February, prior to dropping his sixth studio album, Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven, Kid Cudi made a visit to his old high school in Shaker Heights, Ohio to deliver an inspirational TED Talk speech about his journey to success. It’s been 10 months since the event took place but it’s now available online. Cudi’s discussion touches on a variety of things from his younger days of moving to NYC, chasing dreams and how he draws inspiration from his daughter Vada. Watch below.

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New Music: PartyNextDoor - Kehlani Freestyle.

PARTYNEXTDOOR puts his feelings on record in the very candid track “Kehlani’s Freestyle,” named after his now confirmed woman, Popular R&B singer Kehlani. This isn’t the first time the crooner has written a song inspired by Kehlani. “Girl from Oakland” is a track many PND supporters believe was written for her considering that her hometown. The freestyle comes on the heels of PARTYNEXTDOOR’s “No Feelings” featuring Travi$ Scott. Kehlani just released the visuals for “The Way,” which stars Chance the Rapper. Well done, Party…..well done. Listen below.

Stream “Kehlani Freestyle” here.


Video: Raury Releases “Devil’s Whisper” Visual.

Once again, Raury takes us on a musical journey with his latest visual “Devils Whisper”. Can’t begin to explain how impactful & meaningful this guy and his vision is from showing us the deeper meaning of temptation to running from the evils of the world and making it into a visual. I like this guy a lot, well deserved 2015 Freshmen. Watch above.

News: Dom Kennedy Announces New Album + Release Date.

Dom Kennedy is ready to provide the perfect soundtrack this summer. The Leimart Park-native took to Instagram on Friday afternoon, announcing a new album. The self-titled full-length release, a follow-up to 2013’s Get Home Safely, will arrive on June 2.


Video: Kendrick Lamar Delivers An SNL Performance For The Year.

 Kendrick Lamar made his sophomore appearance on Saturday Night Live and delivered a performance for the ages. The new school leader gave a live,unbelievable rendition of his new single, “i”, complete with black contact lenses, funky dance moves, and some seriously smooth ad-libbing.This guy kendrick lamar is a true artist, the performance is so original, so refreshing he’s resetting the game!! Watch above.

New Music: Willow Smith - Female Energy. (Produced by AzZi & Willow)

The smith kids won’t let up this month, closing it out with more releases on top of their already cluster of musical drops. This time it’s Willow’s turn at the plate delivering “Female Energy” to the world. Keeping her sound pure, majestic, really taking us on somewhat of a nostalgic journey. I don’t know where his greatest came from but I want more from these two.Simply amazing what this 14 year old can create. Listen after the jump.

@Bntheloop Scoop: SOul Brothers Mack Wilds x August Alsina x Ed Sheeran All Make The Cover Of Vibe.

Vibe mag hints at us who they believe who they think may be a contributor to R&B’s future with a cover. Inside the summer edition are detailed profiles of the burgeoning stars, all of whom are in one way or another rooted in the Hip-Hop culture. Wilds, Alsina and Sheeran, respectively, delve into transitioning from actor to recording artist, going beyond the acoustic player image, and coming from a crack-ridden home.



Amber Rose is getting back to her modeling career after marrying Wiz and having his kid Sebastian. And from the looks of things she hasn’t missed a step. Amber is flexing in each cover full of color for Unleash’d magazine, which describes itself a publication who displays profiles and art in a visually striking magazine. And the mag is asking folks to vote on which shot they want as the final official cover. Peep each cover above.

@Bntheloop News: Andre 3000 Jumps On The Cover Of Billboard Magazine.

Andre 3000 covers the latest issue of Billboard and talks of how he returned to the spotlight for the first time in seven years, with OutKast‘s high-profile reunion tour. Also discussed: his starring role as Jimi Hendrix in biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side. The story finds him in limbo: On one hand, he continues to lay down sought-after guest verses, worth at least $100,000 each. On the flip side, he doesn't feel that he can top the music he created starting 20 years ago and up until OutKast’s last album, 2007′s Idlewild.

Full cover story on Andre 3000 at here: Billboard.


Artist News: Pusha T & The Neptunes Start 20 Day Studio Session. (photos)

To begin 2014, Pusha T has started a 20-day studio session with The NeptunesPushaand the duo of Pharrell and Chad Hugo have made some great music in the past (Gridin’). So it’s def. gonna be interesting to see what masterful work comes from this. 

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