New York, NY – Mary J. Blige has been given a role in the third season of MTV’s limited Scream series. According to a press release, Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment will executive produce. The Grammy Award-winning R&B legend joins the previously announced all-star cast, which includes Keke Palmer, Tyler Posey, Tyga and C.J. Wallace. Scream is set in Atlanta […]

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Aretha Franklin’s legendary voice is rightfully the center of most remembrances of the Queen of Soul. But her almost unparalleled run as a recording artist is a marvel unto itself: She was the first female artist to place 70 songs on the Hot 100, and she’s tied with Stevie Wonder for the most No. 1s […]

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New York, NY – Before Travis Scott hits the road on the recently announced Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour, he decided to treat himself to some new ink. On Thursday (August 16), La Flame shared a photo of New York-based tattoo artist Scott Campbell going to work on his scalp. “Getting tour ready,” he wrote […]

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Nassau, New Providence – As Mass Appeal continues to power through with its Hip Hop Turns 45 celebration, N.O.R.E. has stepped in the arena (no Gang Starr) to rattle off his top five Hip Hop songs of all time. It should come as no surprise the Lefrak legend’s pick of the litter is unanimously East […]

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The most satisfying approach to Aretha Franklin’s monumental body of work is chronological. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t jump ahead and cherry-pick any song you like. They’re all good. They’re all inspiring. They all display her astounding virtuosity. But to get a feel for her dynamic growth as an artist, start at the […]

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When she’s not composing for contemporary dance and theater productions, short films and performances, Başak Günak, also known as Ah! Kosmos, makes her own music. As a solo performer or accompanied by a guitarist, she has performed at several festivals in Europe and Japan and supported acts such as Sigur Rós and Jonny Greenwood’s Junun Project. Her first release, Bastards, introduced the […]

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Reese LaFlare’s first studio album has touched down on streaming outlets. The former Two-9 member’s self-titled debut is comprised of 14 tracks, including his “Drip Like That” single. LaFlare’s LP features collaborations with Pusha T, Young Thug, Ty Dolla $ign, Gunna, Smokepurpp, Yung Bans and Vory. Check out the Reese LaFlare stream, cover art and […]

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Stefflon Don aims to expand her reach beyond the UK with the release of her new mixtape, Secure. The British rapper’s latest work features 16 tracks, including the single “Lil Bitch.” Future, DJ Khaled, Popcaan and Sean Paul are among the guests on the project. Check out Steff’s Secure stream, cover art and tracklist below. […]

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Fort Worth, TX – Even though rapper Tay-K has been locked up at the Tarrant County Lon Evans Correction Center for over a year, that’s not keeping him out of trouble. According to the Star-Telegram, the North Texas teenager was allegedly caught with a cellphone last month and has racked up another felony. Sheriff’s officials […]

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Wyclef Jean has returned with a new single titled “Letter To Canibus” featuring — that’s right — Canibus. Despite their tumultuous history, the two MCs have evidently made peace. Their contentious relationship stretches back over two decades, when Canibus was signed to Clef’s Refugee imprint. Clef was enlisted to produce Canibus’ debut album, 1998’s Can-I-Bus, and […]

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Harlem, New York – After already adding his twist to kicks like the Ventilator and the DMX Run 10, the longstanding partnership between Harlem staple Cam’Ron and Reebok continues with the official release of the Fleebok 4s — a revamped take on Allen Iverson’s iconic Question sneakers, which turned 22 this past June. Adorned with […]

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Gospel is the most American music. It is a music of perseverance, of adapting to strange new land, of faith in the capacity to overcome insurmountable hardship. It is the unintended side effect of slave masters nudging displaced African captives toward Christianity, where they saw their own struggles mirrored in the travels of the Israelites […]

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While a few Ariana Grande fans complained that Aretha Franklin had inconveniently scheduled her death, the songstress herself took time to pay respect to the late Queen of Soul even on the eve of her new album’s release. While she was originally scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show briefly to promote her album Sweetener […]

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Ariana Grande’s eagerly anticipated fourth studio album Sweetner has arrived, and it’s got everything: lowercase titles, that Pete Davidson song, Missy Elliot, Pharrell, and Nicki Minaj. Grande did decide to add Davison’s last name to the title of the song about him because, as she tweeted, “i like the way it looks i love his […]

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Say Anything frontman Max Bemis released something of a loving manifesto today, in conjunction with the announcement that the band would not tour to support or the release of their forthcoming, and possibly final, album. Oliver Appropriate will be the band’s 10th studio album, and the process of making it took a toll on Bemis, […]

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When Aretha Franklin sang, everyone who listened felt the purest version of heartbreak, love, or joy. Whichever way she wanted to bend your heart, she could. Hers is the pen behind some of American music’s most enduring songs, but when she decided to cover someone else’s, she took it in exciting, emotional, and usually jaw-dropping […]

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When it comes to Aretha Franklin, the clichés are all true: She was larger than life. Her voice was the centerpiece of any room it floated through. She was able to succeed through multiple seismic shifts in music without losing her center. Looking at this survey of photos, most of which are of Aretha in […]

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New York, NY – Hot 97’s Funk Flex is taking his beef with Cardi B to another level by claiming the platinum rapper paid for radio spins. On Wednesday (August 15), the record-breaking rap star hopped on Instagram Live to address rumors she paid people to show her music love. The new mom explained her frustration with […]

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