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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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Alexander Dreamer released his debut album Dancing With The Devil last week and received positive response from listeners. It is definitely one of my favorite projects out right now. I recently had a chance to chat with the talented 20 year producer-rapper from Columbus, Ohio about his start in the game, equipment he uses for his production, influences, future plans and more. Get to know him better below because this guy is the future.

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Singer Polina has created hits in the EDM world with artists like Kaskade, Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki and Tiësto but it’s the writing and singing credits on Eminem’s ‘Legacy’ which is keeping her in the news.

The Moscow born, New York raised singer lent her silky vocals on the chorus of the Marshall Mathers LP 2 standout which is one of our favorite tracks on the album. HHNM recently chatted with the talented artist about her roots, the background story behind ‘Legacy’ and her upcoming projects.

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Multi-platinum recording engineer Steve Baughman

Recording engineers live a crazy life. These people are literally the first people to ever hear a song when it is being created in the studio and are privy to some incredible amount of information that never comes out in general public. Most of the times, they are not even allowed to speak on the sessions they had with artists to maintain the sanctity of their relationships.

A few days ago, I had the chance to talk to multi-platinum recording engineer and mixer Steve Baughman who has worked with artists like Michael Jackson, Prince, Eminem, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Destiny’s Child and countless more. Just a brief look at his discography will blow your mind. Mind you, it’s not easy to take out information from people of this profession but I did manage to talk intimately on a lot of topics including studio sessions with the artists named above.

We also discussed the magic moment when he recorded ‘In Da Club’ with 50 and Dre in the studio, why there is a delay in release of Street King Immortal, his future endeavors and more.

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A few days ago, I had the opportunity to talk to multi talented producer, rapper and instrumentalist Black Milk which was our second sit down in three years. The Detroit emcee who is currently on a North American tour is set to release his new album No Poison No Paradise on October 15th and was kind enough to divulge details regarding the sound of it.

He also discussed what he’s doing different this time, the possibility of a future collaboration with Eminem, why he usually ends up not working with mainstream artists, if he considers himself underrated and much more. Enjoy the read.

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Kidd Kidd has come some way from his violent street days in Downtown, New Orleans. Born Curtis Stewart, he was signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money imprint a few years ago, making an appearance on his Billboard hit ‘Mrs. Officer’ which also featured Bobby Valentino. Things didn’t really work out after that and he went indie for a while, releasing his album The Reallionaire with the support of music mogul Sha Money XL in 2011.

A few months later, he connected with 50 Cent while he was in New Orleans shooting an upcoming movie. Soon after, 50 announced that he’s signed Kidd to his G-Unit Records imprint. The rapper is currently prepping the release of his new mixtape Street Fame which is due later this month and I had the chance to talk to him about the project, how he plans to bring G-Unit back into relevance, his current relationship with Sha Money, how he felt about being left out of final version of ‘We Up’ and more.

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