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Ne-Yo’s new album Non-Fiction is in stores now and going by the early spins for me, I think this might be one of his best ones yet. The LP, which is on course to sell 35-40k copies (Sales Plus Streams) in the first week comes with a Target Special edition which features two bonus songs — ‘Worth It’ and ‘Body On You’. Add them into your playlist right now.

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Chance The Rapper and his band The Social Experiment are gracing the cover of The FADER’s 96th issue. For the cover story, writer Andrew Nosnitsky traveled to Chance The Rapper’s rented home in L.A. to know why the 21 year old has given up solo fame to collaborate with The Social Experiment so early in his career. Read the full story here.

On Chance’s mysterious role on Surf:
If they only wanna listen to the songs with Chance The Rapper, they’re gonna have to listen to the whole project cover-to-cover because I’m not gonna tell them which songs [he’s on]. The important thing is just to listen. Listen to the music, then send it to your grandma. – Donnie Trumpet, The Social Experiment

On Chance’s rumored collaboration with James Blake:
In late 2013, the pair announced plans to move into a house and record a collaborative album, though Chance admits the idea fizzled out at the last moment for reasons he himself seems unclear about.

On what it’s like to be in a band with Chance:
The most incredible thing is that Chance is so open to whatever everyone else thinks. He’s willing to put in all of his resources, all of his cards, everything on the table to make it work. – Nate Fox, The Social Experiment

teeflii starr

South Central Los Angeles rapper and singer TeeFLii has given us a few songs to jam to in the past year or so. The Epic Records signee will release his official debut album Starr on February 3 featuring guest appearances from plenty of West Coast stars in addition to Chris Brown and 2 Chainz.

Here’s another standout from the LP, the very classic West Coast sounding ‘Addicted’ with guest verses from both Snoop Dogg and DJ Quik. Stream it below. Pre-order Starr here.

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inspiration video

If you peep our Saturday Spotlight series, you should be already somewhat familiar with Pop Dollarz. The Bronx, NY rapper has released a dope visual treatment to one of  his standout tracks called ‘Inspiration’ which appeared on last year’s mixtape Musik For the Villains. Watch the Alon Sicherman-directed video below and stay tuned for more.

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juicy j asap rocky

A$AP Rocky’s sophomore album is one of the most anticipated projects of 2015. After releasing his debut album Long. Live. ASAP in January 2015, the New York rapper hasn’t been very active in releasing new music but got a lot of fans interested when he dropped ‘Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye II‘ on New Year’s Eve.

Things get interesting today as the news comes in that Juicy J will be co-executive producing the album. Juicy J also promised the album to be a classic. Let’s hope it’s at least something close to that.

2015 wireless fest

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After keeping everybody in suspense for a whole week, UK’s Wireless Festival has finally unveiled the full lineup for their 2015 edition which goes down July 3 to 5 at Finsbury Park, London. The three day fest will be headlined by Drake (Friday, July 3), Kendrick Lamar & Avicii (Saturday, July 4) and David Guetta & Nicki Minaj (Sunday, July 5).

Some of the other acts from the world of Hip-Hop and R&B include Joey Bada$$, iLovemakonnen, G-Eazy, Childish Gambino, Logic and August Alsina.

More acts will be announced in the coming days but for now, you can plan on buying the tickets starting February 3rd at 9 am.