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Adele and Beyoncé: What’s at stake for the country?

I like Adele. Tim likes Beyoncé. We’re both good friends, but given the results of the Grammys nearly a week ago, you’d get the sense that we shouldn’t be. The whole coverage surrounding the Grammys is symbolic of the very pernicious trend of division in our culture that seems to infect everything it touches and . . .

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The Highlight Reel #062: All Of This Winning

At this point, you know what it is. We’ve moved the Highlight Reel from weekly to biweekly, simply because it allows us to make longer, more extensive playlists. Plus, it allows us a bit more time to dig a bit deeper into some of the great, lesser heard music we might have missed the week . . .

Nobody Else But You

Trey Songz heats it up with “Nobody Else But You”

Trey Songz “Nobody Else But You,” the first single from his forthcoming album, Tremaine The Album. The R&B vet is bouncing from his recent mixtapes to deliver his 7th studio album. “I can’t even lie you got me falling. Even when I try, the game keep calling” To start the promotion on a good leg, . . .

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Bas drops videos for “Penthouse” and “Live For”

Bas has traveled a good portion of the globe due to the success of his Too High To Riot video, and he lets us get a glimpse into his travels with two new videos for “Penthouse” and “Live For.” Watch the videos for “Penthouse” and “Live For” below.

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Hip-Hop Campaign Speech: Future

You could easily say that 2016 was one of the best years for hip-hop in recent memory, but who had the BEST year? The contributors at Artistic Manifesto submitted their pick of which artist had the biggest 2016, and wrote a speech from that artist’s perspective. Now it’s up to you, the reader, to decide . . .

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Future’s self titled album is an instant classic

This isn’t an album review. This is bible study. On Valentine’s Day, God sent his only begotten son to announce the release of his new album, Future. We won’t call it self-titled, we’ll call it self-loved. And hey, I know what you’re thinking, too. “Oh, the album just dropped. You’re downloading leaks! That’s not right!” Gah-damn . . .

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Stream Future’s self-titled album

As promised on Valentine’s Day, King Future has released his highly anticipated absolutely necessary, self-titled album. Announcing an album just three days prior to its release was very Beyoncé-like, indicating further proof that he is a ghost-writer for many. But hey, what do I know? I haven’t gotten an edge up in two weeks and . . .

Love Lesson

Mary J. Blige – “U + Me (Love Lesson)”

Mary J. Blige stays within the realm of what we’d expect on “U + Me (Love Lesson),” a gloomy song that finds her dealing with the emotional fatigue and weight of her divorce. Mary’s 13th studio album, Strength Of A Woman, is on the way. Stream “U + Me (Love Lesson)” below.

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The Weeknd’s “Reminder” video features Drake, YG, Travis Scott & more

Celebrating his birthday, The Weeknd released the blazing visuals for “Reminder,” literally. The video has gratuitous dynamic scenery of the “city of angels,” women strewn throughout and a star-studded crew burning it down as they party. Cameos from A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, YG, French Montana, and Drake are a key element of the video. OVOXO A post shared . . .

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Hip-Hop Campaign Speech: Vince Staples

You could easily say that 2016 was one of the best years for hip-hop in recent memory, but who had the BEST year? The contributors at Artistic Manifesto submitted their pick of which artist had the biggest 2016, and wrote a speech from that artist’s perspective. Now it’s up to you, the reader, to decide . . .

Review: Big Sean - 'I Decided.'

Big Sean inspires your inner underdog with ‘I Decided.’ (Review)

What can be said about Big Sean that hasn’t already been said by the man himself? The rapper whose flow was described by Don Cheadle as being like “jazz syncopation” has returned with the follow up to his breakthrough Dark Sky Paradise album. For anyone who may have been following Big Sean since the Finally . . .

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Dwele – “Wanna Dance” ft. Phife Dawg

A posthumous Phife Dawg verse is something to be treasured, and Dwele puts it to great use with the debut of his latest single, “Wanna Dance.” Did I mention that today is also Dwele’s birthday? Talk about great timing for a soul singer. Expect this joint to land on Phie’s posthumous Forever album. Stream “Wanna . . .

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D.R.A.M. and his puppet look for love in the “Cute” video

Valentine’s Day is the perfect day, and D.R.A.M. is on it with a new video for his infectious, Charlie Heat-produced single, “Cute.” The video features the Virginia native and his puppet doppelgänger hitting the streets and the bars in search of love. Watch the video for “Cute” below.

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Maroon 5 & Future – “Cold”

“I don’t understand why you’re so cold to me, with every breath you breathe. I see there’s something going on.” Maroon 5 has drawn from some of the most influential hip-hop artists in the game a few times throughout their lengthy discography. This time, they tap Future Vandross for “Cold,” a solid single that questions . . .

Hip-Hop Campaign Speech: Wale

You could easily say that 2016 was one of the best years for hip-hop in recent memory, but who had the BEST year? The contributors at Artistic Manifesto submitted their pick of which artist had the biggest 2016, and wrote a speech from that artist’s perspective. Now it’s up to you, the reader, to decide . . .