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grindin all my life

Nipsey Hussle creates a hustler’s anthem on “Grindin All My Life”

“All my life. Been grindin all my life. Sacrificed. Hustled, paid the price.” Nipsey Hussle has built a powerful persona based largely on his hunger to beat the odds and live a life bigger than his wildest expectations. “Grindin All My Life” is the personification of the hunger that’s made him so successful, thus far. . . .

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Stream Jorja Smith’s ‘Insecure’ single, “Fine Line”

“Which side of the fine line’s for you and me?” British singer Jorja Smith‘s presence is always appreciated, and she makes her mark on the Insecure soundtrack with a heartfelt single called “Fine Line.” Stream “Fine Line” below, and purchase the InsecureiTunes soundtrack via . </ifram

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TOKiMONSTA – “No Way” ft. Isaiah Rashad, Joey Purp & Ambré

Producer/DJ TOKiMONSTA is gearing up to release a new album called Lune Rouge, and “No Way” is a great way to pique interest for what’s to come. Joey Purp, Ambré​, and Isaiah Rashad provide some solid guest contributions. Lune Rouge releases on October 6th. Stream “No Way” below, and pre-order Lune Rounge via iTunes.

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dvsn sets the “Mood” with a romantic new single

The falsetto. That’s probably the most important thing to take away from dvsn‘s “Mood.” Intimate romantic vibes and vibrant electric guitar are key features of the song’s acoustics. The newly released single feels like a nod to an earlier era of R&B music, in the best of ways. Stream “Mood” below.

Lil Uzi Vert - "XO Tour Llif3" (Video)

Lil Uzi Vert – “XO Tour Llif3” (Video)

Go full rockstar in the “XO Tour Llif3” music video with Lil Uzi Vert Lil Uzi Vert is back after dropping his most recent album with a heavily sought after visual. The Philadelphia artist drops the official video for “XO Tour Llif3” which lives on the tracklist of the Luv Is Rage 2 project. Watch the horror-driven, Virgil . . .

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N.O.R.E. and Pharrell link up for “Uno Más”

“Ignored the last call, got one more.” N.O.R.E. and Pharrell have very different vibes, but they have a great history together. They decide to add one more chapter to their history together with a mellow new joint called “Uno Más.” This is N.O.R.E.’s first release under Mass Appeal Records. Stream “Uno Más” below.

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Maroon 5 & SZA connect for the light sounds of “What Lovers Do”

Maroon 5 has a rich collaborative history – they’ve already worked with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Future, and Wiz Khalifa. Their latest drop, “What Lovers Do,” features vocals from SZA, who’ll be riding the success of her Ctrl album for months to come. Stream “What Lovers Do” below.

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DOOM lets us into the mind of an emcee on “Notebook 03”

The one and only DOOM has returned with “Notebook 03,” another release from his Adult Swim-approved series, The Missing Notebook Rhymes. Murky, quirky production serves as a backdrop for the legendary emcee’s descriptive ramblings. DOOM devotes his verses to third person narratives about his past, his mentality, and his personality. Stream “Notebook 03” below.

DJ Spinall talks musical beginnings and responsibility as a DJ (Interview)

DJ Spinall talks musical beginnings and responsibility as a DJ (Interview)

Depending on how you look at it, DJs can be either gatekeepers or bridges. Instagram They can choose, simply, not to play a song. Or, through a beautiful array of techniques- the beatmatch, the mix, the remix, just to name a few- they can introduce new sounds to different markets. Nigeria’s DJ Spinall is one . . .

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Frank Ocean – “Provider”

The 2017 VMA’s popped off tonight, but Frank Ocean had something up his sleeves in the meantime. Episode 7 of his “blonded RADIO” show aired tonight, and it included a brand new record called “Provider.” In addition to the new record, the show included Frank freestyling over 2 Chainz’s “Rolls Royce B*tch,” a standout from . . .

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Wu-Tang Clan – “People Say” ft. Redman

It’s never a bad time for some new Wu-Tang Clan music. “People Say” feels like vintage material from the legendary clique, and it features a guest appearance from Redman. Production courtesy of Mathematics takes us back to a different era of hip-hop. It should go without saying that these cats never struggle when it comes . . .

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Jazz Cartier – “Make A Mess” ft. Ro Ransom

Jazz Cartier has another high octane on this single. He brought Ro Ransom along for the ride. “Make A Mess” is a tense, hard-hitting, Mike WiLL Made-It-produced, Red Bull Sound Select-approved release that packs a strong enough punch to give your car speakers a run for their money. In regards to working with Ro, Jazz . . .

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GoldLink’s “Meditation” is black, jubilant, and unpredictable (Video)

Powered by Kaytranada‘s funky bassline, GoldLink‘s elastic delivery, and Jazmine Sullivan‘s rich vocals, “Meditation” is a song that manages to appeal to quite the diverse audience. The newly released visual accompaniment is an intricate affair. It’s undeniably black. It’s shadowy, and matches the brooding vibes of the song itself. It also features Ray J getting . . .

Strobelite

Kaytranada remixes Gorillaz’s “Strobelite”

The Gorillaz‘s “Strobelite” was already club-ready in its original form, but Kaytranada‘s funky remix takes things to another level. The choral harmonies that serve the original so well are an integral part of the new edition. Stream Kaytra’s “Strobelite” remix below, and purchase via iTunes.

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Dave East is focused on ‘Paranoia: A True Story’ (Album)

East Harlem standout Dave East‘s Paranoia: A True Story project is here, and it’s one for the books. The thirteen-track release includes guest features from Nas, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy, and French Montana. When asked by Billboard about what he’s most paranoid about, Dave had a poignant, straight up answer: “just ’cause of how fast my . . .