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T.I.'s open letter to the United States is a call to action

T.I.’s open letter to the United States is a call to action

Atlanta legend T.I. saw fit to put pen to paper once more, releasing a letter to the United States today, on the day of the Inauguration of the 45th President of The United States. His name slips my mind for some reason. It’s clear that current events sparked a lot of thought in regards to . . .

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Future is still living lavish in his “Poppin Tags” video

Future‘s “Poppin Tags” first appeared on OVO Sound Radio back in November, and now it’s brought back to life with a new video. Catch Future riding around his city, and around the world. The accomodations are quite lavish and the lifestyle is fast-paced. Watch the video for “Poppin Tags” below.

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Joey Bada$$ takes aim at the “Land Of The Free”

Brooklyn emcee Joey Bada$$ celebrates his 22nd birthday and addresses the state of America with the release of “Land Of The Free.” The Kirk Knight and Adam Pallin-produced record discusses everything from Donald Trump to the disproportionate killing of black people in the country. Stream “Land Of The Free” below.

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SiR is officially TDE’s newest member; drops “W$ Boi” video

It’s been a long time coming. Rumors were swirling. Now, the truth is out. West Coast singer/songwriter and longtime Artistic Manifesto favorite SiR is Top Dawg Entertainment’s newest signee. The Inglewood native makes a strong debut on the label with a video for a new song called “W$ Boi.” Watch “W$ Boi” below, and stay . . .

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Wale – “Running Back” ft. Lil Wayne

Wale previewed “Running Back” last August, so it’s good to hear the final product of the song, which features Lil Wayne and was recorded at the Record Plant studio in Los Angeles. This joint will appear on Wale’s SHINE album, which is scheduled to drop later this year. Stream “Running Back” below, and look for . . .

Halfway Off The Balcony

Big Sean – “Halfway Off The Balcony”

“I’m hangin halfway off the balcony. Overthinking cause my job is way more than a salary.” Big Sean continues to build buzz for I Decided with the release of a reflective cut called “Halfway Off The Balcony.” The Key Wane-produced cut allows the Detroit native to wax poetic about the lessons he’s learned and the . . .

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Kirk Knight – “Setup” ft. A$AP Ferg

It’s only right that Kirk Knight and A$AP Ferg teamed up to release “Setup” today, because tomorrow, January 18th, is Yams Day. Kirk made it clear in the SoundCloud caption that this one is in honor of the late, great A$AP Yams. Kirk produced this one himself, and does a solid job of trading bars with Ferg . . .

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J. Cole calls out American hypocrisy on “High For Hours”

“What good is taking over when we know what you gon’ do? The only real revolution happens right inside of you.” J. Cole wasn’t playing around last night with the release of “High For Hours.” This is one of his most politically charged tracks, as he takes America’s hypocrisy to task with a combination of . . .

The Other Side Of The Pillow

The Highlight Reel #059: The Other Side Of The Pillow

This week’s edition of The Highlight Reel is full of music that covers a broad spectrum of emotions, but maintains an overall mellow vibe throughout. Stream the latest edition of The Highlight Reel and stay cooler than The Other Side Of The Pillow. Image is courtesy of 9thSage.

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Ish Williams talks ‘Sonia’s Son’ album, ‘We All We Got’ movement, and positive change (Interview)

New Jersey is a hotbed of musical talent, right now. So much is moving and shaking up there, especially on the Southside, that I couldn’t help but get involved in that situation. In my quest to find musical excellence, I crossed paths with a Collingswood artist named Ish Williams. Ish and I have grown since first . . .

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Chris McClenney is a musician and a painter on ‘Portrait In Two’ (Review)

Chris McClenney had quite the 2016. He produced “Outta Sight/Dark Lavender” on D.R.A.M.’s debut album, was highlighted on Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist, and also made a spot for himself on their viral charts. If you’re hip to Soulection, you may already be familiar with Chris McClenney and the EP he dropped for their White Label Series. . . .

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SZA – “Drew Barrymore”

It’s been long awaited, but SZA gives fans her first single of 2017. “Drew Barrymore” will reside on forthcoming CTRL Music which follows her 2014 release, Z. Listen to the Scum and Carter Lang-produced single below and grab it on iTunes.

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Trey Songz – ‘Anticipation 3’ (Mixtape)

Trey Songz follows up his 2011 mixtape, Anticipation II, with the smooth sounds of Anticipation 3. This one comes to us live and direct with the help of Trey’s frequent collaborator and associate MIKExANGEL . The 11-track project includes guest features from Dave East, Chisanity and Justine Darcenne. Stream Anticipation 3 below.

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DMX – “Bane Is Back” ft. Swizz Beatz

DMX is back, and he’s aggressive as ever over Swizz Beatz production on the appropriately titled “Bane Is Back.” The years haven’t diminished X’s intensity one bit. Expect a lot more of this in 2017 from the legend. I’d advise you to not get in the way. Stream “Bane Is Back” below.

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Syd of The Internet goes solo for “All About Me” (Video)

The Internet’s leading member Syd, has a solo album debuting on February 3rd. Ironically, her first offering from said solo album titled Fin, is a reaffirmation of how important it is to stay close to the ones you came up with. It’s one part taking stock in what’s going on around her and one part clinging to . . .