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Video: Drake Performs New Verse & “Back To Back” At J.cole’s Forest Hills Drive Concert.

Cole has been known for putting his city on his back since the beginning of his career, so it was only right that he end his latest tour run in his hometown of Fayetteville, NC and do so with a bang. The majority of the show went as it has at other stops on the tour throughout the year, but fans were treated to a very unexpected surprise when the lights dimmed and Drake  emerged from the shadows to perform a handful his latest hits including “Know Yourself” and “Back To Back.”  Watch above.

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!!!:)

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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.

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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.

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)

News: Tyler, the Creator Announces Spring Tour.

Tyler, the Creator has announced 44 live dates across the U.S. and Europe. He will be supported by fellow Odd Future representative Taco. See if he’s hitting a city near you below.

04-06 Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
04-11 Indio, CA - Coachella
04-18 Indio, CA - Coachella
04-20 New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
04-21 Oxford, MS - The Lyric Oxford
04-22 Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
04-24 Jacksonville, FL - Mavericks at the Landing
04-25 Saint Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
04-26 Miami Beach, FL - The Fillmore - Jackie Gleason Theater
04-28 Orlando, FL - The Plaza Live
04-29 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
05-01 Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
05-02 Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
05-03 Norfolk, VA - The Norva
05-05 Richmond, VA - The National
05-06 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
05-08 Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
05-09 Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
05-10 Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
05-12 Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowland
05-13 Manchester, England - Academy
05-14 London, England - Roundhouse

05-15 Bristol, England - O2 Academy
05-17 Utrecht, Netherlands - Ronda
05-19 Hamburg, Germany - Mojo
05-20 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
05-21 Berlin, Germany – C-Club
05-23 Zurich, Switzerland - Volkhaus
05-24 Munich, Germany – Theater Fabrik
05-25 Cologne, Germany – Kantine
05-26 Paris, France - Le Trianon
05-28 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
06-05 Dallas, TX - Bomb Factory
06-07 Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
06-10 Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live
06-12 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
06-14 Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
06-20 St. Louis, Missouri - The Pageant
06-21 Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
06-26 Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre
06-28 Missoula, MT - Top Hat Lounge
06-30 Spokane, Washington - Knitting Factory

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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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Artist News: Jay-Z’s Forces R.I.A.A. To Change 30-Day Gold & Platinum Rule.

As previously reported, Soundscan has stated they would not count sales obtained through Hov’s digital Samsung app citing that an album must be sold by an entity to a retailer at a minimum cost rate to be counted for Billboard charting. In a new press release, the R.I.A.A. has announced they have changed a rule that inhibits albums from receiving certification before 30 days of their release date as a result of Jay-Z’s new deal.