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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wale Responds to Fans Clowning his music on DJ Akademiks Instagram.

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New Video: Joe Budden f/ Fabolous & Tory Lanez “Flex” (produced by araabMUZIK)

Joe Budden Releases Video For First Single, “Flex,” With araabMUZIK featuring Fabolous & Tory Lanez From Their Forthcoming Collaborative Album ‘Rage & The Machine’

Complex Premiere

In conjunction with “Making A Murderer” (Part One), Joe & araab also premiered the first single, “Flex,” f/ Fabolous & Tory Lanez from their forthcoming Rage & The Machine collaborative project with Pitchfork.

Today, the duo releases a visual for the first single, “Flex,” featuring Fabolous & Tory Lanez which was exclusively premiered by Complex. “The “Flex” video shoot was like a never ending party, it was lit” araab commented to Complex. “Me, Joe and Tory in the corner playing beats and freestyling, Fab came thru and we turnt all the way up. Just me and my bros doing what we do best with some beautiful women. It got me feeling like the summers mine.”

Araab wasn’t the other participant who enjoyed the “making of” process, as Joe relayed to Complex “I hope y’all enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed making it.”

Watch Joe Budden f/ Fabolous & Tory Lanez (produced by araabMUZIK) “Flex” video:

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New Music: Ric Wilson “We Love Us”

Mass Appeal Premiere

Ric Wilson is a 21-year-old self-proclaimed artist, performer and prison abolitionist from the Southside of Chicago. On November 24, 2015 Ric dropped The Sun Was Out EP, which was profiled by sites such as Ebony, The Source, BET, Sprite, Chicago Reader, Okayplayer, Fakeshoredrive, Pigeons & Planes, HipHopDx, Illroots and DJbooth.

Ric has opened up for multiple well known artists and activists in Chicago including Angela Davis, Public Enemy, Noname Gypsy, Lupe Fiasco, Montana of 300 and has performed at Northwestern University, Grinnell College and The Chicago Poetry Block Party. In addition, he also spends a great deal of time giving back to the community by leading panel discussions and has led workshops at University of Illinois at Chicago, Depaul University, Roosevelt University, Loyola University and more.

Ric was also one of the eight delegates chosen to travel to Geneva, Switzerland in November of 2014 to represent theWe Charge Genocide coalition. The coalition successfully presented a shadow report and testified at the United Nations, charging the Chicago Police Department with genocide and torture actions on Black and brown youth within the city of Chicago; helping to create a worldwide connection that resulted in coverage all over the US and Internationally as well. 

After premiering the title track with Okayplayer, Ric Wilson is back with the second single, "We Love Us," from his forthcoming Soul Bounce EP which was premiered exclusively today with Mass Appeal.  “When I wrote "We Love Us" I was thinking of the African Diaspora” Ric lamented to Mass Appeal.  “I was thinking about how black life is compared to stolen materialistic items every day.  I was thinking about how we live in an anti-black world and are thought to hate ourselves and thought about how we love us and are still here through everything. Black is beautiful and powerful; not a curse but magic.”

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Michigan's Best Kept Secret JP Thornewell Drops New Music: How To Live

Michigan native artist JP Thornewell is creating a major melodic lane for himself with new single “How to Live.” This song speaks to escaping regular life and being in the moment, yet exposing yourself to new experiences. JP’s cadence and bounce on the hook keeps you engaged to transition to the next verse, encouraging his “Cute lil bad b*$#h” to leave the boredom of the everyday acquaintances.

The mid slow tempo gives you a chance to rock with the beat, giving you a euphoric visual of living the experience JP’s painted.  The delayed echoes in the background carry the song, encompassing his life as an individual not following the in-crowd. Setting the scene for some alone time, JP gives his chic an opportunity to not only keep it real with him but understand his lifestyle and his heart.
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Doughboy on Losing Weight; New Show on HBO; Season 8 of Wild N' Out

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Kick back to swing a few rounds with Juicy J as he reflects on how his dreams have come to reality, and how he gives back to the community who helped him get here.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Vel Records Signs Songwriter Andrea Martin

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 11, 2016 - New York based independent music company Vel Records today announced that it has signed a publishing deal with singer, songwriter, and producer Andrea Martin. One of the most sought after songwriters today, Martin's massive body of work speaks for itself. Having penned timeless No. 1 hit songs for artists like Monica ("Before You Walk Out of My Life"), SWV ("You're the One"), En Vogue ("Don't Let Go (Love)"), Leona Lewis ("Better In Time"), and Melanie Fiona ("It Kills Me"), Martin has proven herself not just a formidable songwriter, but also an architect of modern pop and R&B. 
A performing artist herself, Martin's mentor Clive Davis released her debut album Best Of Me which featured guest stars Lauryn Hill, Organized Noize, and Queen Latifah. She has since written and been featured on releases by SHIFTK3Y, Apr├ęs, Switch, Flux Pavilion, Pusha T, and the hook on the hit "The Morning" from Kanye West's album Cruel Summer.  
Martin was tapped by Baz Luhrmann to pen two tracks for 2013's The Great Gatsby and has reunited with the filmmaker for the score of his highly anticipated upcoming Netflix hip-hop drama The Get Down, which premieres tomorrow, August 12th. The series focuses on 1970s New York City and is Luhrmann's first musical endeavor since Moulin Rouge! Watch the trailer now HERE.
Additional songwriting credits include hit singles by Mary J. Blige, Angie Stone, Toni Braxton, as well as songs for UK artist Naughty Boy featuring Wiz Khalifa and Ella Eyre, Paloma Faith, and Jennifer Hudson.
"When I'm at my best I feel like I'm channeling something greater than me, and that's how being part of the Vel family makes me feel," said Martin of the signing. 
"We have followed Andreas' illustrious career for years," said Vel Records' Co-Founder Camus Celli. "We are truly honored to have her on the roster!"  
Vel Records is an independent music company established in 2007 by songwriter and producer Camus Celli and a collective of music industry veterans to provide an incubator for emerging and established artists and writers. Vel emphasizes a fluid and nimble approach to artist development that is tailored to each artist's unique needs - offering a full range of services from branding and marketing, to production, management and more. Vel Records' roster includes: Craven J (Shawn Mendes, Samm Henshaw, Jasmine Thompson, Arrow Benjamin), Cady Groves, and Deluka. Vel is administered by Kobalt worldwide.


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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lil Webbie on Meeting Boosie, Blowing $40K in a Strip Club, Disliking Fa...

The self-proclaimed "Savage" has had a successful run in the early 2000s with his hit songs, "Gimme That" featuring Bun B, "Bad B****" and "Independent." Now, during the rapper's sit-down with DJ Vlad, he talks about his recent album Savage Life 5, working with Snoop Dogg, how he began working with Boosie BadAzz and spending $40K in a strip club in one night.

Most may assume that Lil Webbie and Boosie may have crossed paths while growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisana, but he says it was unlikely since they lived in different parts, and their official meeting was set up by his label when he was 15. "He be in there with his click, I'll come in there with mine... and [as] time goes by [the] relationship [grew]."

As he exploded onto the rap scene, so did his pockets. So when fans doubted if he was ballin' while hanging out at a local strip club, he says he had to show them that he was still stacking and threw a large lump sum into the air. "[They were like] 'They ain't got no money, they ain't throwing no money," he said, "I done threw all my f****** money in that b****, that b**** [sic] about 40 racks in that b****."

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Redman: Living 4 Years w/ Erick Sermon in Small Apartment Working on 1st...

Once EMPD's Erick Sermon decided to open up his home to Redman toward the end of their album, Unfinished Business, he says the two lived in his one bedroom apartment and began to focus strictly on music for three years after getting kicked out of his parents' home. Before dropping his album, Red talks about finding income performing at clubs in New York that often got him in trouble. While New York rap promoted positivity, according to Red, he says Jersey rappers were all about punchlines, which got him kicked out of a Long Island venue. "I went in that b****, rocking and they was like, 'uh-uh, get this motherf***** out of here. Who he think he is, coming in with that s***? Nah, n**** we ain't paying y'all.'" He told DJ Vlad, "In other words, they was thinking I was too advanced and s***. We was playin' them out."

In this interview, the Jersey rapper goes in-depth about the start of his career and talks about being a part of the Revolutionary Posse of Terrorists, or R.P.T. along with Diezzle Don, before Wu-Tang existed. "We was like the first Wu-Tang; before Hit Squad, before Wu-Tang, before all of that." He said, "We was Revolutionary Posse of Terrorists and we was out of Newark and the crew consisted of eight motherf******."

He said while hanging with Diezzle; he had the opportunity to go to Def Jam and play his music for an executive in his car. Though the rep loved his music, they were looking for an artist to piggyback off of 3rd Bass' sound. After some time, when Red was getting his album ready with EMPD, he recalls meeting the same executive a year later. "I went back to that same office, to the same goddamn dude that I seen with my boy before I met EPMD, and he said, 'Yo, you the kid that was up here like a year ago.'" Redman continued, "I was like 'Yea, that was me.' That was the same dude, and I had kind of the same rhymes too, but just on EPMD's beat."

Red says after that second meeting, they loved the music, signed him, and released Whut? Thee Album, which eventually went gold.

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Cam'ron Speaks on Why Jim Jones Wasn't On Stage At Drake's Show

Thisis50 & DJ Thoro recently spoke with Cam'ron for an exclusive interview!

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Uh-Oh! A$AP Rocky Joins Kardashian/Jenner Cult - The Drop Presented by ADD

In July 2016, Kendall Jenner and A$AP Rocky were spotted together on numerous occasions, confusing the press into thinking they were dating. Today, US Weekly cleared up all the rumors and reports they're officially together. How long do you think it will last? Let us know in the comments below! #TheDrop #ADD

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Troy Ave Sues Live Nation & Irving Plaza for Allowing Gun Into the Venue...

DJ Akademiks Speaks on Troy Ave filing a Lawsuit Against Live Nation and Irving Plaza for Allowing Gun Into the Venue that Shot Him!

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Raps N Lowriders - Episode 2

A new web-series that follows Curren$y as he shows you a day in the life of Lowriding while premiering snippets of new music from his upcoming project.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016


Chicago bred music producer, Lord Haiti, coined the term “VIBE” and incorporates that euphoric feel into his music. The up-and-coming producer is making his mark in the world of Indie music, with major influences from J Dilla, The Neptunes, Timbaland and Madlib, which helps increase his desire to perfect his craft. Lord Haiti’s music style consists of multiple genres that include hip-hop, R&B, house, EDM and chill-wave, which all can be heard on his debut project “On My Soul”.

“On My Soul” can be described as a base-heavy, melodic project with a chill and mellow state of mind. The project focuses on helping an individual vibe along to the tunes, getting lost into the euphoric, and sometimes spiritual feeling, through all the different sample cuts. The “On My Soul” 8 track EP is very cohesive, telling a story that can be interpreted several ways by the listener. The project features samples from iconic platforms from our childhood, such as the diary theme from popular TV sitcom “Moesha,” Nina Simone’s “Here Comes The Sun,” Aaliyah’s “Never Coming Back” and more. Freddie Old Soul, King Butch, Schenay Mosley, Edgar Rios, Michael Penny and UCOBY are just a few mentions of artists Lord Haiti worked with to make this project possible.

With a vast library of work on his previous EP, "Paradise” which debuted in 2013, Lord Haiti remains in the music scene, releasing singles like “Sirius,” “Don’t Wake Me Up,” and “It’s Alright” featuring Nina Simone that has been fueling up the anticipation of “On My Soul” project with exciting distinct sound. Major media outlets such as Thisis50, The FLVR,Toronto's #1 urban radio show, "The Masterplan Show", and amongst others are recognizing Lord Haiti’s efforts. With continued growth, mastered skills and experience, Lord Haiti's possibilities are endless.

"OMS" will be available for download on Soundcloud and CD Baby.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Joe Budden Goes In On Drake

Joe Budden Takes Aim At Drake With “Making A Murderer” (Part One) & Releases First Single, “ Flex,” With araabMUZIK featuring Fabolous & Tory Lanez From Their Forthcoming Collaborative Album ‘Rage & The Machine’
Pitchfork Premiere
If you’re reading this it’s too late….  On the May 4th, 2016 episode of his I’ll Name This Podcast Later, Joe Budden said the following about Drake’s latest release Views. “I think that kid on that album (Views) that I heard sounds real fuc*ing uninspired. That’s what I think.  I think that the music is real good.  You can’t fool a real ni*ga.  That music sounds good and I enjoyed it.  40, you sound amazing, 40 continues to progress.  Drake, you do not.”  Further, in a follow-up post to clarify, Joe explained that he didn’t think the subject matter between So Far Gone and Views has differed very much and wondered why Drake now sounds so unenthusiastic about achieving all the goals he envisioned upon arriving on the music scene.
In context, Joe’s comments took place during an open conversation amongst friends and fans, one where he gave an honest appraisal of Drake’s latest work; but like most things Joe does or says, his comments ended up becoming a trending topic on twitter.
Perhaps, coupled with Joe's rather innocuous (and still complimentary) comments about Views and the less than stellar critical reception the project received struck a nerve in the 6 God? That said, it’s still quite a bit of hubris over a comment made on a Podcast.  Drake went Platinum in one weekwhy is he so in his feelings and so distracted by Joe Budden?  Please allow us to elaborate….
Throughout the course of his career, Drake has made many references to “Energy.” “Energy” is a living organism, a live wire, ever present.  At some point, we are all held accountable for our actions and the energy we put out into the world.  In laymen’s terms, there are levels to this shit.  A pecking order if you will. And in that quest to be ordained, someone who was once considered a friend becomes foe and tension (real or otherwise) always permeates.
Joe Budden believes in energy.  His energy is just different.  Joe gets enough attention; he is not looking for it; and certainly not from Drake.  This “beef” started in the 6 and now we here. While the industry seems to lack and hold Drake accountable for his energy---Joe Budden embraces the challenge! 
Lots of different views, this is Joe Budden’s.  You can thank him now, or you can thank him later. 
In conjunction with “Making A Murderer” (Part One), Joe & araab also premiered the first single, “Flex,” f/ Fabolous & Tory Lanez from their forthcoming Rage & The Machine collaborative project with Pitchfork as well.

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Joe Budden Destroys Drake with New Diss Song and Hints Meek Mill Might b...

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Tory Lanez: "I am the best performer of all time" (16BARS.TV)

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Behind The Boards: Axlfolie

Axlfolie spends time with REVOLT and breaks down some of Kendrick Lamar’s greatest hits in this episode of Behind The Boards.

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Usher - Crash

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