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If you’ve heard latest projects from Chinx and Fabolous, you have definitely heard about Velous. The singer-rapper-producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from upstate Kingston, NY has been steadily making a name for himself in the industry with his talent. He recently earned placements on Fabolous’ album The Young OG Project and Chinx’s Cocaine Riot 5 mixtape.

Velous is also known in the circles for reportedly producing Kanye West’s long awaited single ‘All Day’ from his upcoming 7th studio album. In an exclusive chat with us, he confirmed the production credit for the first time while also revealing that the song now sounds different from the leaked snippet which came out a few months ago. He also clears up confusion about him producing a song for J. Cole and talks about signing with French Montana’s Coke Boys imprint, working with Fabolous and more.

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Ludacris is back and he sounds hungry. In between doing his Luda Verses, the Platinum selling and GRAMMY award winning rapper & actor released his 6 song EP Burning Bridges last week exclusively on Google Play. The quality project took people who had written him off by surprise.

Before Luda reprises his role as Tej Parker in Furious 7 on April 3, 2015, he will be releasing his 8th studio album Ludaversal on March 31, 2015. He has some pressure on him to deliver but the man sounds ready. We recently caught up with him to chat about fan reaction to Burning Bridges, why his fans need to grow with him, what we can expect from Ludaversal, what rappers from the new generation he’s digging and more.

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Kid Ink is flying high on the success of his two singles — ‘Show Me’ and ‘Main Chick’ which appear on his much acclaimed major label debut album My Own Lane. The L.A. rapper started off as an indie artist, creating a major following in the underground scene. He then graduated to a major label situation by signing with RCA last January.

While in L.A. and about to fly to Montreal to perform at the Osheaga music festival, he hopped on the phone with us for a quick chat about his success, his upcoming plans and more.

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Dawaun Parker may not be a name that strikes you immediately but if you’re a credits reader and pay attention to detail, the name can not be missed. Dawaun Parker has been signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment as a producer and songwriter for many years now. From producing hit records for 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Jay Z & more to co-producing nearly every song on Eminem’s Relapse, Dawaun has been in the studio with the best of the best.

His latest outing is 50 Cent & Trey Songz’ latest single ‘Smoke‘ for which is credited as a co-producer. We had the chance to speak to Dawaun about his contribution to the song, how it’s like to work with Dr. Dre, allegations that Dre doesn’t produce his own beats, whether Detox will ever come out, working with his artist Phil Beaudreau, building his own company AoE and much more.

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King Los is a free agent right now, having announced his departure from Diddy’s Bad Boy Records yesterday on Sway In The Morning show. The talented MC held a listening session last night at the Quad Recording Studios in NYC for his upcoming mixtape Zero Gravity II which is due out on March 24th.

HHNM was able to to do a quick chat with Los to discuss his decision to move away from Bad Boy and his plans for the future.

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Ashanti may be best known for her self titled debut album which spawned the number 1 single ‘Foolish’, went Gold first week and won her a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B album. But the truth is that she has put out consistent, well defined R&B music ever since then.

Her 5th album, Braveheart hit stores yesterday (March 4th) through her own imprint Written Entertainment with support from eOne music. The album features contributions from Rick Ross (on 1st single ‘I Got It’), French Montana, Jeremih and Beenie Man. And while she was on her promo campaign, we were able to chat with her for a few about the album, being a CEO of her own label, her favorite songs on the album, upcoming music with Ja Rule, possibility of working with 50 Cent, whether she gets tired over media asking her about Nelly, ghostwriting for other artists and more.

And oh yes, I openly told her I had a huge crush on her.

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