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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.

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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.

New Music: KING KRULE FEAT. LUCKI ECK$ & WIKI - NEPTUNE ESTATE.

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.

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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.

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@Bntheloop Scoop: TEYANA TAYLOR POST BEACH PICS + PROMOTES #THIRSTTRAPTHURSDAYS

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!

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.

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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@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.

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Video: Solange And Her Son Juelz Choreographed “No Flex Zone” Dance At Her Wedding.

Solange’s wedding is the perfect gift that keeps on giving. In what will probably go down as one of the best moments of 2014, Solange and her 10-year-old son Daniel Juelz performed a loosely,fun choreographed dance to Rae Sremmurd’s woozy banger “No Flex Zone.” Why we love this family so much. Watch video above.

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.

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.

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Video: Sza Performs “Ur” w/ Mac Miller Live At Red Bull Studios.

Could she be more beautiful & her own right, making us love her w/ every show. Amazing to see this artist grow musically from “Time travel undone” up until this gravitating performance. SZA recently took to the stage at Red Bull Studios in Los Angeles, and the first lady of TDE linked up with Mac Miller for her performance. Offering up “U R” for the live event, the brief performance captures SZA’s unique,positive & pure stage presence. Watch above.

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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.

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.

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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.

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@Bntheloop News: Cam’ron x Vashtie Kola For VIOLETTE 2014 Summer Collection.

Purple Haze’s father Killa Cam continues to be an advocate of this “harlem stick together" campaign. While he links up with hometown round Vashtie for the aptly titled “VIOLETTE HAZE” collection for Summer 2014. Dominated by purple, the collaborative drop includes a terry cloth robe, graphic tees, cropped jerseys, sports bras, and an iPhone 5 case. Look for each piece to be available in limited quantities this Wednesday, August 20 from VIOLETTENEWYORK.com. See pics above.