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Rapper Shawty Lo Dead at 40...

Rapper Shawty Lo Dead at 40...

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Shock is only one of the many emotions friends, family, and fans are feeling this morning at the sad news of the death of Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo. Among that reality are also feelings of pain, lostness, and overwhelming grief. The 40-year old rapper was killed shortly after midnight on September 21, 2016 in what is now being detailed by media as a single vehicle crash. Driving with two females passengers, Shawty Lo is said to have lost control of the 2016 Audi, striking a tree before the vehicle finally overturned and caught fire. Initially, he was thought to be the victim of a hit and run. The two passengers, according to reports, are fine, but currently hospitalized.

 

Shawty Lo, whose real name was Carlos Walker, was known around the world as a founding member of the rap group D4L, as well as founder of D4L Records. He released his debut solo effort, Units in the City, in 2007. Several mixtapes would follow throughout the years between his debut and 2016. The official follow up, Still Got Units", had yet to be released at the time of his death.

 

Stay tuned to UGDigital.com for continued updates and coverage as more becomes available.

Lil' Wayne Calls it Quits, Officially Leaves the "Rap Game"...

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So, it's official...sort of! With a series of tweets today via his official Twitter account, rapper Lil' Wayne has stepped away from the rap game, citing his feelings of "defenselessness and defeat". 

The hip-hop world has followed for much of the past year as he has publicly feuded with Cash Money Records CEO Bryan "Baby" Williams over monies owed, among other things. The rapper tweeted, "I am now defenseless and mentally defeated & I leave gracefully and thankful." He went further by saying "I ain't looking for sympathy, just serenity." 

While no additional details were made available, one can only speculate as to why Wayne would make such a rash decision, but as it goes, to each their own.  It definitely poses the question of what will happen with Young Money Entertainment. 

So how do you feel about it all? Should Wayne call it quits? 

@Drizzy Leads the 2016 #BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominations...

Drake; 📸 courtesy of Republic Records

Drake; 📸 courtesy of Republic Records

The 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards will be going down very soon, and the Republic Records roster is dominating the nomination list with Drake leading in almost every category. Checkout the abbreviated nominee list below. 

The 2016 BET Hip-Hop Awards are scheduled to tape on Sept. 17 at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and premiere on Oct. 4 (8 p.m. ET/PT). A host has yet to be announced, but should be announced soon.

A complete list of this year’s nominees is available at BET.com

 

Best Hip-Hop Video

Drake – “Hotline Bling”

2 Chainz – “Watch Out”
Desiigner – “Panda”
DJ Khaled Ft. Jay Z & Future – “I Got the Keys”
Fat Joe & Remy Ma Ft. French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”
Kanye West Ft. Rihanna – “Famous”

Best Collabo, Duo or Group

Drake & Future – “Jumpman”
Drake Ft. Wizkid & Kyla – “One Dance”

DJ Khaled Ft. Drake – “For Free”
DJ Khaled Ft. Jay Z & Future – “I Got the Keys”
Fat Joe & Remy Ma Ft. French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”

Best Live Performer

Drake

Future
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

Lyricist of the Year

Drake

Chance the Rapper
J. Cole
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

MVP of the Year
Drake

DJ Khaled
Future
Kanye West
Kendrick Lamar

Track of the Year

“Controlla” – Produced By BOI-1DA (Drake)“Hotline Bling” – Produced By Nineteen85 (Drake)

“All the Way Up” – Produced By Cool & Dre and Edsclusive (Fat Joe & Remy Ma F/ French Montana & Infared)
“I Got the Keys” – Produced By Southside (DJ Khaled Ft. Jay Z & Future)
“Panda” – Produced By Menace (Desiigner)

Album of the Year

Drake – Views

DJ Khaled – I Changed A Lot
Dr. Dre – Compton
Fetty Wap – Fetty Wap
Future – DS2
Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

Hustler of the Year

Drake

DJ Khaled
Future
Jay Z
Kanye West

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip-Hop Style)

Drake

Nicki Minaj

A$AP Rocky
Future
Kanye West

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

Drake – “Work” (Rihanna Ft. Drake)

Nicki Minaj – “Down In the DM” – Remix (Yo Gotti Ft. Nicki Minaj)

2 Chainz – “No Problem” (Chance the Rapper Ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom” (Beyoncé Ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Kodak Black – “Lockjaw” (French Montana Ft. Kodak Black)

People’s Champ Award

Desiigner – “Panda”
DJ Khaled Ft. Drake– “For Free”
Fat Joe & Remy Ma Ft. French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”
O.T. Genasis Ft. Young Dolph – “Cut It”
Travis Scott – “Antidote”
Young Thug – “Best Friend”

@THEGAME AND BILLBOARD PREMIERE "ALL EYEZ" MUSIC VIDEO FEATURING JEREMIH; GAME KICKS OFF TOUR AUGUST 31st

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Today, Compton rapper The Game partners with Billboard to debut the sexy summer visual for his new radio hit "All Eyez." Director Benny Boom captures The Game as he hits the Malibu coastline for a romantic fun-filled afternoon before his lady gives him a special surprise at the end of the night. The Scott Storch produced song"All Eyez" that features Jeremih will appear as a bonus track on The Game's forthcoming album 1992releasing via Entertainment One Music/Fifth Amendment/Blood Money on September 30th.

 

WATCH "ALL EYEZ" ON VEVO

 

WATCH "ALL EYEZ" ON YOUTUBE

 

DOWNLOAD "ALL EYEZ" ON iTUNES

 

The Game tells Billboard, "So I had to call on my man Benny Boom, the best director in the world, best director of anything, to get the vibe right for this hot ass Scott Storch joint that we made for the ladies. This is life in the #WinnersCircle #AllEyez."

 

On August 31st, The Game will start the 1992 Block Wars Tour, making stops in Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Portland and more. 

The Game explains to his fans, "So I haven't done an American tour in a minute.  I've been doing shows overseas and my US fans have been HOT at me for years. So here it is: The OFFICIAL #1992 US tour dates so far.  So for my fans who've been asking and waiting for me to come do shows in their city, get your tickets NOW cause I don't wanna hear that "why won't you do a show in my city shit NO MO (Birdman voice) lol!!!"

See below for a current listing of tour dates...

 

BLOCK WARS TOUR DATES:

08/26 Oakland, CA // Oracle Arena (Golden State Music Fest)

08/31 Los Angeles, CA // The Novo

09/1 San Diego, CA // Observatory N. Park

09/2 Santa Ana, CA //Observatory

09/04 Englewood, CO // Fiddlers Dream Amp

09/06 Phoenix, AZ // The Press Room

09/09 Dallas, TX // Gas Monkey

09/10 Oklahoma City, OK // Cox Convention Center

09/11 Miami, FL // Club Liv (appearance)

09/15 Miami, FL // Club Story (appearance)

09/16 Atlanta, GA // Center Stage

09/17 Raleigh, NC // Club Divas (appearance)

09/18 Charlotte, NC // Label

09/22 Reading, PA // Reverb

09/23 Silver Springs, MD // The Fillmore

09/25 Providence, RI // Lupos

09/30 Minneapolis, MN // The Venue

10/03 Salt Lake City, UT // Complex

10/05 Boise, ID // Revolution

10/06 Portland, OR // Roseland Theatre

 

More 1992 Block Wars Tour Dates will be available so on!

THE GAME RELEASES BLOCK WARS SOUNDTRACK...

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July 29, 2016 - Los Angeles, CA - Today, Compton rapper The Game releases a 10-track companion soundtrack to his forthcoming mobile gaming app Block Warsreleasing later this summer. The Block Wars soundtrack is available today via Blood Money Entertainment/Fifth Amendment/ Entertainment One and features brand new hard-hitting production by Jelly Roll, SAP, Goodguydez and Bongo along with a sole feature from singer Lorine Chia. Block Warsis a strategy mobile game that sheds light into the violent nature and turmoil of the streets as it transforms the player into The Boss who must navigate and control the black market.

 

BLOCK WARS SOUNDTRACK on iTUNES

 

BLOCK WARS MUSIC VIDEO TRAILER

 

The Game explains, "I'm loyal to Compton and will always shed light on my city. With that comes the trials and tribulations of life on the streets. We tried to educate people with my documentary Streets of Compton, so they could walk away with a little more knowledge than they had before. Now, here's another light in the form of a gaming app and some new music for your entertainment. That said, I'm calling out the hip-hop community to rise up, come together and use our platforms to force change and make an impact against injustice in this world. No more just posting a hashtag or photo saying we gotta change. Our fans support us and we got to support them back. Use what you got to really help the next person. We gotta take real actions to make this a better world. These are our people and they need us. We got to give back. #YouGottaGiveAFuck #YouGottaCare."

 

The Game has taken action in the form of a peaceful movement to stop the violence in the midst of the national focus on police shootings of African-American men. Along with Snoop Dogg, The Game led a peaceful march to the LAPD headquarters and has been working with Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck to make the city a safer place. Along with a PSA to stop the cycle of violence between the minority communities and the police, The Game has organized a town-hall style meeting of various Los Angeles gangs to make the streets a little safer.

 

Stay tuned as The Game will also be releasing a new music video for his current Scott Storch produced single "All Eyez" featuring Jeremih. The single debuted at #1 Most Added at Urban Radio and is currently Top 40 on the Rhythmic Radio Airplay Chart. In the meantime, fans can also catch The Game at his upcoming 1992 Block Wars Tour performances. List of tour dates below.

 

LISTEN  TO "ALL EYEZ" ON SOUNDCLOUD

 

BLOCK WARS SOUNDTRACK TRACKLIST:

Block Wars                                                                Produced by Bongo

Freeway                                                                      Produced by Goodguydez

Get High                                                                    Produced by Jelly Roll

Alameda                                                                    Produced by SAP

Gutter                                                                        Produced by Goodguydez

Uzis and Grenades ft. Lorrine Chia                          Produced by Bongo

Lights Go Out                                                            Produced by Goodguydez

Run It                                                                        Produced by Goodguydez

Bullet with Your Name On It                                    Produced by SAP

Murder                                                                      Produced by Goodguydez

 

BLOCK WARS TOUR DATES:

8/26 Oakland, CA                                                    Oracle Arena

8/31 Los Angeles, CA                                              The Novo

9/1 San Diego, CA                                                    Observatory N. Park

9/2 Santa Ana, CA                                                    Observatory

9/4 Englewood, CO                                                  Fiddlers Dream Amp

9/6 Phoenix, AZ                                                      The Press Room

9/9 Dallas, TX                                                          Gas Monkey

9/10 Oklahoma City, OK                                          Cox Convention Center

9/11 Miami, FL                                                        Club Liv

9/15 Miami, FL                                                        Club Story

9/16 Atlanta, GA                                                      Center Stage

9/17 Raleigh, NC                                                      Club Divas

9/18 Charlotte, NC                                                    Label

9/22 Reading, PA                                                      Reverb

9/23 Silver Springs, MD                                          The Fillmore

9/25 Providence, RI                                                  Lupos

9/30 Minneapolis, MN                                              The Venue

10/3 Salt Lake City, UT                                            Complex

10/5 Boise, ID                                                          Revolution

10/6 Portland, OR                                                    Roseland Theatre

IAmG Debuts La Mia Vita...

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Multi-talented New Jersey hip-hop artist IamG releases his debut EP La Mia Vita today via independent Deuces Up Entertainment. The 9-track EP features guest appearances by HBK Bay Area rapper IamSu! and Rhode Island native Mike Stud.  Lead single and baller anthem "100 Grand" produced by D&D premiered with a website takeover of DJ tastemaker blog Young California. Directed by Chucky Millions, the "100 Grand" music video recently premiered on Trap and Bass while the carefree, feel good banger has hit the radio airwaves nationwide and gained over 100K Soundcloud plays.  La Mia Vita captures the party energy of IamG's early mixtapes, The Movement and Ain't Nothing To It, and adds to it the perspective of a successful independent artist with several stints on the road under his belt.

 

LISTEN TO MIA VITA ON SOUNDCLOUD

 

PURCHASE LA MIA VITA EP ON iTUNES

 

"La Mia Vita means my life in Italian," explains IamG. "The past year especially has been a breakout year for me, whether thats for better or worse I don't know yet, but this project reflects my mindset, different aspects of my life, and what was going on around me at the time when my life was completely changing."

 

WATCH "100 GRAND" FEATURING IAMSU ON YOUTUBE

 

Earlier this year, IamG hit the road with Mike Stud, opening up for his signature Back2You national tour and you can catch IamG on the Esquire produced TV show "This Is Mike Stud" available on the Bravo TV Network, On Demand and iTunes. Esquire TV traveled with the tour shooting live performances and fan engagement in Houston, Austin, Tampa, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Boston, New York, Philadelphia among many others.  Fans can find exclusive footage on IamG's Twitter page.

 

With the release of LaMia Vita and a new publishing deal with Perfect Time Publishing, IamG is already back on the grind with in-demand producer Tommy Brown aka TB Hits (Wyclef Jean, Jennifer Lopez, Ludacris) and will be releasing more new material soon.  Stay tuned as IamG will also travel overseas later this year for performances in London and Amsterdam with rapper Futuristic.

 

MIA VITA EP TRACKLIST:

1) Run It Up                                      (Prod. By Polo Boy Shawty)

2) Hundred Grand feat. IAMSU!      (Prod. By D&D)

3) Make It Happen                          (Prod. By DA)

4) Anything Goes feat. Mike Stud    (Prod. By BeazyTymes)

5) Wrong                                          (Prod. By Indo)

6) Right Now                                                (Prod. By Dee C)

7) I'm Good                                        (Prod. By Mayo)

8) Shit You Don't Know                  (Prod. By DA)

9) Hold Shit Down                            (Prod. By Chrishan)

Dave B & Sango Release Collaborative Album "Tomorrow"...

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Seattle emcee and producer team Dave B and Sango release their highly anticipated and critically acclaimed collaborative album Tomorrow via independent PCA. Recently, NPR Music treated fans to a First Listen of the 12-track project, applauding the new pairing: "in a rare moment, we get the chance to hear someone really rap over [Sango's] production style as Dave B doesn't back down from the challenge."Hypetrack praises "Dave's unique, distinct rap style, which falls somewhere between rapping and singing, pairs flawlessly with Sango's innovative production." Okayplayer raves that the Seattle duo are "putting their city on the map in a big way with melodic bars and breezy beats that should pair nicely with whatever your poison of preference may be." Meanwhile, 2Dopeboyz gives a nod to Dave B who "has been treating us to some true gems."

DOWNLOAD TOMORROW ON iTUNESLISTEN TO TOMORROW ON SPOTIFY

LISTEN TO TOMORROW ON NPR"Tomorrow is the one day you can never really know what it will bring," explains Dave B. "I wanted to make a piece about our less exposed Seattle.  Sango provided the perfect backdrop for us to do just that."Sango adds, "Tomorrow is the framework of the sound from up here. People don't know really how it is in Seattle. The culture."Pigeons & Planes premiered Dave B and Sango's first Tomorrow song release "Got It From" where they noted that "accompanied by Sango's swirling production, Dave B rap-sings effortlessly... flaunting his unique flair with ease." Soon after, Dave B and Sango partnered with Mass Appealfor their "Help Me Find A Way" song premiere who praised its "smooth flavor" where "a simple chord progression, stuttering drums, and some train sounds are ample soundscape for Dave to get busy... giving Seattle the sound it deserves."HotNewHipHop has also stamped the pair's song releases with top ratings. Bestowing upon Dave B as Seattle's "most promising young prospect" who's "armed with some serious singing chops," HotNewHipHop approves of "Help Me Find A Way" as "Sango builds the beat around a floral sample and Dave employs his effortless flow to interpolate A Tribe Called Quest's "Find My Way" and notes that "dreamy sonic adventure "Parallel" is similarly excellent."Stay tuned, as Dave B and Sango will be joining forces again for a fall shows that will kick off with a hometown album release show at Neumos in Seattle on September 23rd.Forthcoming tour dates to be announced shortly.TOMORROW - TRACKLIST:1) Zonin2) Help Me Find A Way3) Drugs 'n Such4) Do Not Disturb (ft. Key Nyata)5) Gone6) Parallel7) Nothin8) Cold Weather9) Got It From10 Whatever Happens11) Right Here12) I Don't Care What Y'all Think

@OhioHipHopAward WEEK SET TO BEGIN SEPT 19...

@OhioHipHopAward WEEK SET TO BEGIN SEPT 19...

It's official! The date has been set for Ohio Hip Hop Awards Week, and it's sure to be the event of a lifetime. All is set to begin September 19, and extend through September 25, the day of after he Hip Hop Awards. It'll be a week filled with conferences, showcases, parties, and ultimately The Ohio Hip Hop Awards ceremony. It's sure to go down in history, as the week gets bigger and bigger as each year goes by! 

We're proud to keep you all in the know as to what goes down with OHHA! Stay tuned to UGDigital.com for the latest updates on the ceremony. More details will be coming soon! Until then, see the graphic below for a running list of showcases for the 2016 OHHA Showcase Tour!

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@AnthonyAnderson & @TraceeEllisRoss Return to Host the 2016 @BETAwards a Second Time...

As many had hoped, Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross are back, and will be hosting the 2016 BET Awards. The two have proven more than once that they are a dynamic duo together, as they hosted both the 2015 BET Awards together. They're hosting history actually dates back to 2005 when they joined forces to host the Vibe Awards. They're chemistry is surely unquestionable, and both seem to be elated about the experience and the fact they’ll be together again. 

 

“Tracee and I are thrilled that BET brought us back to host the “BET Awards” for the second year in a row,” said Anthony Anderson.  “We had a great time last year and can't wait for viewers to see the new surprises we have in store on June 26th!”

 

“I can’t wait to host the BET Awards again with Anthony, who I always have a blast working with,” said Tracee Ellis Ross. “The BET Awards is going to knock it out of the park again with a night full of amazing performances and presenters being honored in music, movies, television, and sports.”

 

As previously announced, Drake leads the list of entertainers with an impressive nine nominations including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Best Collaboration’ for his hit “Where Ya At” with fellow hip hop artist Future. Beyoncé and Rihanna follow with five nods each. Beyoncé is nominated for top nods of the night including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Best Collaboration’ for “Feeling Myself” with Nicki Minaj. Rihanna is in the running for awards including ‘Best Female R&B/Pop Artist,’ ‘Video of the Year,’ and ‘Best Collaboration,’ for “Work” featuring Drake. Other nominees include newcomer Bryson Tiller who is up for four awards including ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist.’ Chris Brown is nominated for the same number including ‘Best Male R&B/Pop Artist’ and ‘Video Director of the Year.’  Future could also walk away with four awards including ‘Best Male Hip Hop Artist’ and the ‘Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award.’

BET Networks recognizes artists, entertainers, and athletes across 20 categories with the "BET Awards" 2016 nominations. The nominations are selected by BET’s Voting Academy, which is comprised of fans and an esteemed group of entertainment professionals in the fields of television, film, music, social media, digital marketing, sports journalism, public relations, and the creative arts.

 

The “BET Awards” 2016 will premiere around the world on BET’s international network. It will air in the UK on Tuesday, June 28th at 9:00pm BST, in Africa on Tuesday, June 28th at 7:00pm CAT, and in France on Wednesday, June 29th at 9:00pm CEST.

 

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment serves as Executive Producer. Stephen G. Hill, BET’s President of Programming; Connie Orlando, BET’s Senior Vice President of Music; and Specials and Lynne Harris Taylor, BET’s Vice President of Specials serve as Executive Producers for BET Networks.

 

The “BET Awards” will take place along with the BET Experience at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles from June 23-26, 2016.  BET.com is the official site for the “BET Awards” and will have all the latest news and updates about this year's show.  VIP Packages for the BET Experience weekend are now on-sale.  In addition to VIP amenities throughout the weekend and incredible seats for the STAPLES Center shows, three levels of BETX VIP Packages offer guests the only opportunity to purchase tickets to the highly anticipated BET Awards, broadcast live from Microsoft Theater.  The 1,000+ VIP Packages sold out in 2015, so guests are encouraged to purchase now before the allotment is depleted.  Full package amenities and pricing for the Diamond, Platinum and Gold VIP Packages can be found by visiting BETExperience.com or by calling (877) 234-8425.

 

ABOUT BET NETWORKS

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.BstedNYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks - BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

ABOUT “BET AWARDS”

The “BET Awards” is one of the most watched award shows on cable television according to the Nielsen Company. The “BET Awards” franchise remains as the #1 program in cable TV history among African-Americans, and it is BET's #1 telecast every year. It recognizes the triumphs and successes of artists, entertainers, and athletes in a variety of categories.

BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA®

BET Networks, an entertainment powerhouse, and AEG, the leading world’s leading sports and live entertainment companies and developer/operator of L.A. LIVE, have teamed up once again to create the BET EXPERIENCE AT L.A. LIVE (BETX), June 23 - 26, 2016 presented by Coca-Cola®.   This four-day festival will be filled with music and comedy concerts taking place at The Novo by Microsoft and STAPLES Center; FREE BET Fan Fest at the Los Angeles Convention Center including seminars, celebrity basketball games, celebrity meet & greets; and other special appearances.  The weekend will be capped off with the “BET Awards” on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Microsoft Theater.

HOT RELEASE: David Banner - Before the Box

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It's been a good while since we gotten some heat from David Banner. Banner has been here for more than a decade now, and he's back to show everyone just why he's so highly regarded in hip-hop! In preparation of the May release of his new album, The God Box, he recently dropped Before the Box online, and as I mentioned, the entire mixtape is fire! Check it out by clicking the link below! Enjoy!

 

Before The Box

Busta Rhymes Drops New Mixtape, "Return of the Dragon: The Abstract Went on Vacation"...

Busta Rhymes Drops New Mixtape, "Return of the Dragon: The Abstract Went on Vacation"...

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Rapper Busta Rhymes continues to breathe life into the HipHop game, this time with "Return of the Dragon: The Abstract Went on Vacation". At a time when things have become a bit monotonous, Busta shakes things up for fans with an album that shows once and for all he can't be touched.


Now available via DatPiff, this album will easily take listeners on a journey through his career and remind you of each album he's put out in that time. Guests include Rick Ross, Sean Paul, Waka Flaka, Mary J. Blige, Chance the Rapper, J Holiday, Wiz Khalifa, Fabolous, BJ the Chicago Kid, and more. The album also includes a dope reunion of Leaders of the New School.


Download your copy today at DatPiff.com!

Missy Elliott Returns with New Single, WTF (Where They From)...

Missy Elliott Returns with New Single, WTF (Where They From)...

Atlantic recording artist Missy Elliott has announced today's release of her long anticipated new single, "WTF (Where They From)" Feat. Pharrell Williams is available now at DSPs worldwide.

"WTF (Where They From)" is produced by both Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams. The track had its official world premiere today with hourly plays across all iHeartRadio Urban Mainstream outlets and is available now. Buy: http://smarturl.it/WTFdownload; Stream: http://smarturl.it/WTFstream

Upon today's release, the companion video immediately became the #1 trending topic on both Twitter and Facebook. In addition, the "WTF (Where They From)" Feat. Pharrell Williams video will be screening high above New York City's Times Square via @beatsbydre massive billboard tonight at 6PM EST. The clip -- directed by Elliott and her longtime GRAMMY® Award-winning collaborator Dave Meyers ("Lose Control," "Work It," "We Run This") -- is streaming now at both the official Missy Elliott and Atlantic Records YouTube channels.

In support of "WTF (Where They From)" Feat. Pharrell Williams, Missy recently joined Instagram (@missymisdemeanorelliott) and revamped her website -- www.Missy-Elliott.com. A preview of the track was also recently featured during ESPN's coverage of Monday Night Football and was announced as the official theme to ESPN's kickoff coverage of the 2015/2016 NBA season.

Missy Elliott is a groundbreaking solo superstar, pioneering producer/songwriter/singer/rapper, and cultural icon. The five-time GRAMMY® Award winner -- with nominations spanning three decades -- has achieved unprecedented success, including U.S. sales in excess of 30 million. Missy's six studio albums (including 2001's landmark "MISS E... SO ADDICTIVE" and 2002's blockbuster "UNDER CONSTRUCTION") have each been RIAA platinum certified or better, marking her as the only female rapper to achieve that milestone accomplishment.

The following half decade plus has only seen Elliott featured on tracks from artists including Ginuwine, Ciara, K. Michelle, Demi Lovato, The Black Keys, J. Cole, G-Dragon, Fantasia, Monica, Busta Rhymes, Jazmine Sullivan, and of course, Katy Perry, with whom she famously teamed up for 2011's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) (Remix)."

Missy officially returned in 2014 with a series of surprise event appearances, joining Pharrell Williams to open the BET Awards with a "Come Get It Bae/Pass That Dutch" mash-up, reuniting with Da Brat and Lil Kim at the Soul Train Music Awards for their 1997 breakthrough, "Not Tonight (Ladies Night Remix)" -- the trio's first live performance together in more than 16 years -- and of course her unforgettable performance at 2015's Super Bowl XLIX. Missy joined Katy Perry for the historic happening, wowing 118.5 million viewers -- the largest ever audience in Super Bowl history -- with a medley of "Get Ur Freak On," "Work It," and "Lose Control." Digital sales skyrocketed in the following days, with both "Get Ur Freak On" and "Work It" returning to the top 40 on Billboard's "Top Singles" chart more than 10 years after their initial successes.

In addition, Elliott has been heard on such recent tracks as Faith Evans' 2014 single, "I Deserve It (Feat, Missy Elliott & Sharaya J)," Jack Ü's 2015 "Take Ü There (Feat. Kiesza) (Missy Elliott Remix)," and most recently, Janet Jackson's "BURNITUP! (Feat. Missy Elliott)."

For more news and information, please visit www.missy-elliott.comwww.facebook.com/missyelliottwww.twitter.com/missyelliott (@missyelliott), www.youtube.com/missyelliotthttps://instagram.com/MissyMisdemeanorElliott (@missymisdemeanorelliott), and www.atlanticrecords.com.

 

 

 

Source: Atlantic Records

Gangsta Boo: "Stop Asking Me About Three Six Mafia"...

Gangsta Boo: "Stop Asking Me About Three Six Mafia"...

Memphis rapper has had about enough of the questions relating to her leaving Three Six Mafia. In an exclusive, she sits down and talks with DJ Smallz to express her displeasure about the matter. Watch it all unfold in the video below... 

@dropolo RELEASES DA REALITY SHOW TODAY; "WE IN DA CITY" AND "UGH" AT RADIO NOW!

@dropolo RELEASES DA REALITY SHOW TODAY; "WE IN DA CITY" AND "UGH" AT RADIO NOW!

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 (September 18, 2015 -- New York, NY) --  Da Reality Show, the new album by Young Dro, is available today.

 

Dro recently released his three-part "Da Reality Show" vlog series -- watch episodes onetwo, and three here.

His new single, the infectious "Ugh," was produced by Zaytoven and is at urban radio now.  Listen to "Ugh" here and watch the video here.

"We in Da City," the first single off of Da Reality Show, has been climbing up the charts all summer, and is currently #12 at urban radio.Dro also released a new mixtape, Hellcat, earlier this month.  LIsten to it here.

Young Dro’s debut album, Best Thang Smokin, debuted at #1 on the U.S. R&B and U.S. Rap Charts, and #3 on the Billboard 200. The hit single off of the album was the 2x platinum “Shoulder Lean,” featuring label mate T.I.  Dro followed with his sophomore effort High Tymes which featured the hit single you "FDB."  In addition to releasing these official albums, Dro has released numerous mixtapes and has kept a loyal fanbase with his featured appearances.

 #UGD

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: @Zero2Aphiniti

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: @Zero2Aphiniti

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I felt compelled to drop a few lines and point you all to check out the amazing artistry offered by @zero2aphiniti! We had the opportunity to check her ou today at the @ohiohiphopaward #HipHopHomecoming, and she was dope would be an understatement. Behind her gruff, no holds barred-type posterior lies an enormous amount of talent and charisma. You actually have to hear her spew her rhymes to get what I'm saying. While brief and lasting only minutes, she delivered a rousing set that, to me, was worthy of praise, and showed that she takes this game seriously. I see so many big things happening for her, and I promise, we WILL get her in the pages of UGD! Until then I want to point you to her online sites so you can see and get an idea of what I'm talking about. If you're here in town this weekend, you must check her out throughout the weekend at the OHHA events! 

Instagram: @zero2aphiniti

Twitter: @zero2aphiniti

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/zero2aphiniti 

 

Check out this video from Aphiniti & Cleveland's Trump! Shouts to @clevelandstrump as well for the video, which we pulled from YouTube! 

 

YOUNG DRO TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, DA REALITY SHOW, IN SEPTEMBER...

YOUNG DRO TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, DA REALITY SHOW, IN SEPTEMBER...

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(August 21, 2015 -- New York, NY) --  Da Reality Show, the new album by Young Dro, will be released on September 18th, and the pre-order is available today on iTunes. Fans who preorder the album will receive Dro's new single, "Ugh," as an instant grat track. The infectious "Ugh," was produced by Zaytoven and is at urban radio now.  Listen to "Ugh" here.

"We in Da City," the first single off of Da Reality Show, has been climbing up the charts all summer, and has broken through the top 10 this week at urban radio.  Dro also released a new mixtape, Hellcat, earlier this month.  LIsten to it here.

Young Dro’s debut album, Best Thang Smokin, debuted at #1 on the U.S. R&B and U.S. Rap Charts, and #3 on the Billboard 200. The hit single off of the album was the 2x platinum “Shoulder Lean,” featuring label mate T.I.  Dro followed with his sophomore effort High Tymes which featured the hit single you "FDB."  In addition to releasing these official albums, Dro has released numerous mixtapes and has kept a loyal fanbase with his featured appearances.Young Dro’s debut album, Best Thang Smokin, debuted at #1 on the U.S. R&B and U.S. Rap Charts, and #3 on the Billboard 200. The hit single off of the album was the 2x platinum “Shoulder Lean,” featuring label mate T.I.  Dro followed with his sophomore effort High Tymes which featured the hit single you "FDB."  In addition to releasing these official albums, Dro has released numerous mixtapes and has kept a loyal fanbase with his featured appearances.

BREAKING NEWS: Rapper Sean Price Dies at Age 43...

BREAKING NEWS: Rapper Sean Price Dies at Age 43...

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It's with great sadness that we report the death of rapper Sean Price. He was 43.

Sean Price was found was found dead in his Brooklyn, NY apartment today, according to a statement released by his representative. At this very moment, a cause of death is unknown. 

Price was a member of the rap duo Heltah Skeltah alongside Jahmal Bush, who fans knew as Rock. The group released their debut, Nocturnal, in 1996. Price would go on to release his solo debut, Monkey Barz, in 2005, and his most recent LP in 2012.   

His recording label, Duck Down Music, released the following statement:

"It is with beyond a heavy heart that Duck Down Music is sadly confirming that Sean Price passed away early this morning in his Brooklyn apartment, Saturday, August 8, 2015." 

We will continue to follow this story with updates as they become available. 

 

 

HIP HOP STAR JOE BUDDEN RELEASES NEW SINGLE "BROKE", ALBUM DETAILS ANNOUNCED....

HIP HOP STAR JOE BUDDEN RELEASES NEW SINGLE "BROKE", ALBUM DETAILS ANNOUNCED....

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(New York, NY--July 21, 2015)— Controversial hip hop and reality star Joe Budden releases his new single, "Broke" today.  "Broke," produced by Louis Bell, showcases Budden's versatility as a rapper and musician. Listen here.


"Broke" follows the relase of "F' Em All," the first song released from his forthcoming album All Love Lost, due out on October 9, 2015.  Fans can preorder All Love Lost beginning on September 9, 2015

In addition, Budden launched a much talked about podcast a few months ago, titled I'll Name This Podcast Later. Listen to episodes here.

Not only is Budden have a successful solo artist with three albums, EPs and mixtapes under his belt, he is a also member of acclaimed hip hop supergroup Slaughterhouse (with Joell Ortiz, Crooked I and Royce Da 5’9”).  He has had a recurring role on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop for two seasons, and will soon star in VH1's forthcoming show Couple's Therapy, due out this fall.
 
No Love Lost, Budden's last studio album, debuted #1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Album Chart and Top 15 on the Billboard 200 chart.  The album featured the singles “N.B.A.” and “She Don’t Put It Down Like You.”

Dr. Dre Launches 'The Pharmacy' on Beats 1 Radio via Apple Music...

Dr. Dre Launches 'The Pharmacy' on Beats 1 Radio via Apple Music...

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As one who has continuously defied the odds and pushed the boundaries of hip-hop, music mogul Dr. Dre continues to change the game in ways unseen. Dre has launched a new radio show called "The Pharmacy", and will debut on Beats Radio via the new Apple Music format today. 

The bi-weekly show will focus primarily on West Coast hip-hop. It's is the second exclusive from Dr. Dre this week. Just days ago, he made his debut album, The Chronic, available for streaming via Apple Music. At this point, there's no confirmation whether The Pharmacy will be a full station, or if it is just to be a standalone show. 

For more information, visit www.beats1radio.com, and be sure to tune in at 6pm EST.