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Now that the album is finally finished it’s back to Good Fridays.

While we anxiously await the official release of Kanye’s new album, the man of the hour took to Twitter with another monologue capped off by a new Good Fridays track “30 Hours.” You’re still on the clock for T.L.O.P., Ye….

[Video Statik KXNG – “I Hear Voices”

Posted: February 12, 2016 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Statik Selektah and KXNG Crooked has joined forces to create a new group known as Statik KXNG. Their debut self-titled project is now officially in stores and being stream on Spotify. For their new video, the duo takes a stroll through the streets of NYC.

You can also purchase the project on iTunes.

 

[Video] Torae ft. Phonte – “Clap Sh*t Up”

Posted: February 10, 2016 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Torae continues to drop heath the third video off his latest album Entitled. The Coney Island native pays homage to the city that raised him while Phonte wraps up matters with a very tough verse. The clip is directed by Pixel Motiv Media.

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One good trolling deserves another. Following Martin Shkreli’s Breakfast Club interview where he vowed to “smack” Ghostface Killah, the Wu-Tang legend put together a 11-minute retort this afternoon. After some initial basic clowning, Ghost gets semi-serious by addressing the controversy surrounding Shkreli’s company upping life-saving AIDS medication from under $20 to over $700. While the video is too long for my taste, you’ll realize that its main reason is to hawk a new product called “Wu Goo.”

The below video has already went viral and earned Ghost a visit to Fox News (which you can also watch below). This is Hip-Hop in 2016, y’all.

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Freddie Gibbs – “Money, Cash, Hoes”

Posted: February 9, 2016 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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As the cover implies, Freddie Gibbs is in pimp mode with this sinister, piano-driven reinterpretation of Jay Z’s 90 track of the same name. Gibbs’ latest, Shadow of a Doubt, is in stores now. Production via The Beat Bully.

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Roc Nation Sports has confirmed Andre Ward will make his official light-heavyweight debut on March 26 against Sullivan Barrera in 12-round bout at Oakland’s Oracle Arena.

The fight has featured several missteps, starting with Ward withdrawing from a date on the undercard of Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez due to a left knee injury last November. Later, the fight was stalled over money as Barrera held out for a larger purse. For the last month, Barrera has taunted Ward over Twitter, causing the former super-middleweight kingpin to have extra motivation for this matchup.

“I don’t really have much to say other than this. On March 26, it will be very simple. I’ll be in a new weight class against a tough opponent but I’m coming with the same approach,” said Ward. “I’ll be in great shape and ready for battle. Sullivan Barrera has had a lot to say lately and I love it. He’s going to have an opportunity to back up every word that he has spoken. These are the type of challenges I like and on March 26, it’s go time.”

The 33 year old Barrera was in line to become the mandatory challenger for WBA/WBO/IBF champion Sergey Kovalev, who has a tentative agreement to face Ward by year’s end on HBO pay-per-view. Either foe is a formidable task for the undefeated Cuban, who’s most notable victories are against Karo Murat (KO5) and Jeff Lacy (TKO4). In the end, Barrera decided Ward was the more lucrative and sure-fire option.

“We as a team had a tough choice to make – crash the party by taking out Ward first or wait for the mandatory and take out Kovalev,” Barrera explained. “We decided that the time is now. Ward will fall first and then we will go after the belts.”

The bout airs live on HBO with tickets on sale today via ticketmaster.com

Ciara Sues Future in $15 Million Dollar Defamation Lawsuit

Posted: February 9, 2016 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Ciara has opened a $15 million dollar lawsuit against Future, accusing her ex and child’s father of libel and slander.

Per TMZ Sports, the suit alleges Future (Nayvadius Cash) has used his recent music, social media and interviews falsely claim Ciara is keeping him from their son, also named Future. The lawsuit also accuses the rapper of making false criticisms about Ciara’s aptitude as a mother.

“This bitch got control problems … I gotta go through lawyers to see baby future … the fuckery for 15k a month,” Future tweeted in January.

In addition to the money, Ciara is requesting that all tweets addressing or alluding to her be deleted and a gag order enforced on family matters.

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Ciara has had enough. Look, musicians are usually given a bit a leeway to put breakups into their music. Nas and Robin Thicke are recent examples. Decades go, Marvin Gaye used that motivation to drop a classic in Here, My Dear (ironically, Marvin got sued by his ex-wife for being too detailed about their relationship).

So is Ciara being petty or is this justified? I’m leaning towards the latter. Calling your child’s mother a “bitch” in public is just classless, plus these issues aren’t confined to a song or two. Future is voicing it in music, interviews and his own social media. And now that Ciara is engaged, it’s understandable why she’d want this business closed off to prying eyes.

Is Future going to end up paying $15 million? Highly unlikely. But expect a settlement of some kind where he’ll keep his mouth shut about Ciara and Russell Wilson.