Rap/Hip-Hop

N.W.A To Reunite And Tour With Eminem?

7/23/2015 10:52am EDT
Will Eminem Join Dr. Dre And Ice Cube's N.W.A To Promote 'Straig
Will Eminem go on tour with Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and other members of N.W.A in an epic reunion showcase?

Reportedly, this could likely happen as Dr. Dre and Ice Cube said they just might be on board to rap with Slim Shady as an honorary member of the rap group, to promote their film "Straight Outta Compton."

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Universal chief Donna Langley expressed her thrill and ultimate challenge in doing something nobody in the rap world thought would ever happen, to reunite N.W.A. for a European tour to promote the movie, and bringing Em on board.

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Check Out Our Thoughts On Future’s New Album ‘DS2’?

7/22/2015 1:47pm EDT
Review: Future Steps Up His Game On ‘DS2’
Hmm, what’s the best way to describe Atlanta rapper Future? Besides his love of autotune, what comes to mind is polarizing. Some love him while others are more skeptical. Regardless, Future has been everywhere in 2015, so naturally, a new album is a no-brainer. Does the MC “step up his game” on DS2 (Dirty Sprite 2)? Yep, like totally!

DS2 commences in druggy fashion with the irresponsibly terrific “I Thought It Was A Drought.” It’s low key, but good for a bagful of killer one-liners, such as the ridiculous “I just took a piss and I seen codeine coming out / We got purple Activis, I tho...
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New Music You Need To Check Out

7/21/2015 9:43am EDT
Jill Scott Leads New Albums To Check Out This Week
July continues to roll on, and it’s now week three of the new Friday global release day. Eventually it’ll be as easy as clockwork for labels, retailers, and consumers, right? This week things are understated once more, with a lack of gargantuan music releases. Still, Jill Scott is kind of a big deal in R&B circles, as is Lamb of God in metal circles. Here are five albums to check out this week.

1) Jill Scott, Woman (Atlantic)

R&B singer Jill Scott returns after a four-year hiatus with her fifth studio album, Woman. Woman follows up 2011 effort The Light of the Sun, which gave Scot...
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Tyrese Lands His First No. 1 Album

7/20/2015 8:34am EDT
Tyrese Takes 'Black Rose' To The Top Of The Billboard 200
Sigh, yet another musician has seen his dreams realized on the Billboard 200. Although pure sales and lucrative chart longevity have only been kind to some, a number of artists have landed their first number one album this year. Add Tyrese to the list, as Black Rose earns the Billboard 200 crown this week. The 81,000 units isn’t the sexiest total ever, but, for an R&B album, that’s great. Why? – Because R&B has struggled with commercial lucrativeness all year and Black Rose gives the genre its highest impact and first number one album in 2015. Sweetening things more is that most of the...
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Albums To Check Out This Week

7/14/2015 10:27am EDT
Future Leads Albums To Check Out
The second week of a new era has commenced! Yes a friend, that is the epic global music release day that has thrown everybody for a curveball! Last week saw new releases from R5 and Tyrese among others. This week, the releases aren’t necessarily blockbusters either, but anyone in hip-hop circles is familiar with Future and Alan Jackson is the crème de la crème in country music. No, another Meek Mill sized debut isn’t among us at this time, but there are a number of interesting albums to check out.

1) Future, DS2 (Epic)

Autotune-loving rapper Future returns with his third studio alb...
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Meek Mill Makes It Two Weeks In A Row

7/13/2015 10:21am EDT
Meek Mill, Dreams Worth More Than Money © Atlantic
Ricky Ricardo said it best on I Love Lucy – “Ay-yi-yi-yi-yi!” The mouthful of a title should explain it all – all the confoundedness that is. Apparently an updated Billboard chart is upon us already… HUH? How? WHY! Well, good old Billboard essentially released their first chart of their new tabulation cycle.

Basically, to recap, all new music releases across the world are embracing a global release day – Fridays. Because the former new release day was Tuesday, the Billboard charts were centered around that particular day to accurately tabulate sales and streams so on and so forth. So to...
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Big Albums That Went Nowhere This Year

7/12/2015 1:00pm EDT
Biggest Album Flops Of 2015 (So Far)
Well folks, not every album is a hit! True, finding any albums that are outright hits in the current music climate is a difficult task, but there are some albums that just flat out tank with very little hope. This list features some of the most pronounced flops of 2015. These are the big ones that went nowhere! Here are 14 of the biggest album flops of 2015 so far!

1) Madonna, Rebel Heart (Interscope)

Madonna’s Rebel Heart is arguably among the best albums of 2015, but it’s also less arguably one of the year’s most notable flops. Madonna debuted respectably at number one the Billboar...
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The Best Music Albums So Far This Year

7/11/2015 10:00am EDT
25 Best Albums Of 2015 (So Far)
As hard as it is to believe, albums still exist in 2015. No, CDs aren’t flying off of the shelves any more, and Billboard has a new formula that more accurately measures album consumption (or something like that), but the album is still “alive,” even if it’s not necessarily “well.” Sale woes aside, 2015 has delivered many terrific albums. Here are the 25 best albums of 2015 so far!

1) Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly (Interscope)

Who else could be number one? There have been a lot of terrific albums in 2015, but Kendrick Lamar has honors of the best locked down. No, To Pimp A Bu...
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Meek Mill's 'Dreams' Come True

7/9/2015 9:56am EDT
Meek Mill Tops The Billboard 200 With 'Dreams Worth More Than Mo
So the music industry is changing once again – SHOCKER! New albums now are being released globally on Fridays. Since new albums are being released on a new date, the ever-changing Billboard 200 will have to shift its window of tallying ‘multi-metric consumption’ aka album sales, streams, and overall impact. What does all this mean? Well, this is the last Billboard chart update that takes place on Thursdays. So let’s all celebrate the final Billboard 200 update on Thursday with yet another artist celebrating his first #1 album.

Meek Mill put up some excellent numbers with his sophomor...
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New Album Releases To Check Out This Week

7/7/2015 8:49am EDT
R5 And Tyrese Among Albums To Check Out This Week
Music lovers everywhere, we are in new, unfamiliar territory– there is a new global music release day! No longer is Tuesday THE new music day, *sigh. The new global music release day that has been adopted is now Friday – that’s right, go on and crank up Rebecca Black. So those of you who anticipate spending your hard earned money to enhance you music collections on Tuesdays will now have to get use to shopping on Friday.

Now the question is, will Friday’s releases be worthwhile? Well, there’s a lack of big names/highly anticipated releases you might say. Is there a reason for this? May...
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