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!!!:)


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.

@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: 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.

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

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.


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.

Artist News: Kelis Announces Her Upcoming Sixth Studio Album “Food” Release Date.

The project, the singer’s sixth, is scheduled to be released on the Ninja Tune imprint. Food is slated to be produced by Dave Sitetk, a member of the indie rock band TV On The Radio. Sitek has also produced for Wale, Santigold and Scarlett Johansson, among others. elis is slated to release her forthcoming Food album April 28.


“I’m really happy to be partnering with Ninja Tune on my new record,” Kelis says, as per “This is the album I’ve wanted to make for a long time and I want the team around me to be as excited and energetic about it as I am. I’m also very happy to be working with some of the most creative people in the industry.”

InTheLoop New Music: Ray J Ft Bobby Brackins – I Hit It First.

Ray J his new single ‘I Hit It First’. The track features Bobby Brackins and is produced by Nic Nac. He sends shots at Kim and her current boyfriend Kanye West on the record. The artwork uses a pixelated version of a picture of Kim Kardashian on the beach. I wonder if Kanye will respond.

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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.


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”.

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 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.


@Bntheloop Scoop: Cara Delevingne x Jourdan Dunn & A$AP Rocky Hold Up NYC Traffic Shooting New DKNY Spring ‘14 Ad.

If you missed it today in TS was mayhem the reason being Cara Delevingne, ASAP Rocky and Jourdan Dunn stopping traffic in New York’s Times Square to shoot the Spring ’14 DKNY campaign DKNY weren’t shy about Instagramming the photoshoot. Uploading a dozen images of the two Brit models and New York native A$AP Rocky getting their Blue Steel on and hamming it up for the cameras.The girls modelled some casual, sports-luxe looks in ubiquitous number tees, denim and trainers, as well as some more dressy outfits (we love Cara’s red dress and bright sneakers combo). Rocky worked a navy blazer and shorts, styled with a zip-up shirt underneath. Click side of pictures to view all.


New video: Busta Rhymes Feat. Lil’ Wayne, Kanye West & Q-Tip “Thank You”. (official)

Busta Rhymes rounds up Q-Tip, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West for the official video to his single ‘Thank You’. The upbeat tune will be appearing on Busta’s forthcoming 10th studio album 'E.L.E. 2 (Extinction Level Event)’. No actual verses from Wayne and 'Ye but they do make appearances in the visual.

Before Busta’s 'E.L.E. 2’ album arrives early next year, the veteran New York MC will be teaming up with Q-Tip for a collaboration mixtape titled 'The Dragon and The Abstract’, which is scheduled to hit the net on December 12th.