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Ransom – “Contempt”

Posted: October 20, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Enjoy this quick loosie equipped with effortless bars from Ransom. The soul-sample production and Ran’s flow (which has a classic Jay Z feel) is a potent combination. And that ending leaves you wanting more:

You ain’t gotta try and hear it/ They streamed all of your dreams/ And monetized your spirit.

Considering the video for “J.A.M.A.L.” dropped less than a week ago, Ransom may be gearing up for new a project.

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[Video] Mya Returns with the Sensual “Ready for Whatever”

Posted: October 20, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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We missed you, Mya. The veteran singer is jumping back in the spotlight with her new sultry visuals for “Ready for Whatever.” The song is in the vein of what you’re hearing on the radio these days, but it’s executed well. If you listened to this blindly, you’d assume you’re hearing a new or younger artist (I’ll concede that may be a bad thing depending on your musical tastes).

Mya is just one year removed from her Sweet Jones EP. Do we have another project on the way?

[Video] Princess Nokia – “Bart Simpson x Green Line”

Posted: October 9, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News

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A day in the life of Princess Nokia can be quite eventful. She navigates school, love and the streets in her double feature visuals for “Bart Simpson” and “Greenline.” You get a strong feel for the innocence and problems of teen life as the eclectic princess endures being a school social outcast and a young woman experimenting sexually. There’s a nice nod to Larry Clark’s Kids movie with Nokia and her fellow young women discussing their sexual history. The second half of the video takes you back in time via Nokia’s fashion and accessory choices (peep the camera they’re using).

These tracks can be found on Nokia’s 1992 Deluxe reissue.

[Video] Young M.A – “Same Set”

Posted: August 3, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Young M.A and the Red Life crew are down in Miami enjoying the good life in the new visuals for “Same Set.” M.A’s little dance on the bike is killing me. Her latest, the HERstory EP, is available now on all streaming platforms.

 

[Video] Playboy Carti – “Magnolia”

Posted: July 10, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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With Jay Z having listed it as one of his 4:44 inspirations, ATL’s Playboy Carti has finally unleashed some visuals for his massive hit “Magnolia.” Special effects abound as Carti acts out the chorus on the streets of NYC. Look out for an appearance from A$AP Rocky. Carti’s self-titled debut is available on all streaming platforms.

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Nothing to see here, just A$AP Rocky doing surgery to repair Tyler the Creator’s mutilated face. Directed by Wolf Haley, Tyler’s latest delivers the surreal imagery we’ve become accustomed to. Stay tuned for the slick R&B beat switch that would make The Internet proud.

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The Everyday Struggle crew are involved in yet another rapper confrontation. And this time, DJ Akademik wasn’t the target.

It all started with a  standard red carpet interview with Migos. The trio, never known to be the most expressive during interviews, seemed immediately on guard due to Akademik’s kicking off things by referencing the “running joke” of Takeoff being left off the group’s smash single “Bad & Boujee.” Things got more awkward as Akademik’s appeared to not hear or couldn’t make out the group’s Georgia drawl, and Budden suddenly interjected to cut the interview short.

As he left, he brushed by Offset and dropped the mic right in front of Quavo (while mouthing off, no less). As expected, the group took it as disrespect and stood up, prompting their entourage to swarm.


Fighting at award shows? Real Hip-Hop is truly back! In all seriousness, this was more posturing than anything else. Yes, I’m aware that the Migos once Superman-punched a fan from the stage, but 99% of the time rappers are not trying to get their hands dirty. The Migos’s money is a little longer these days, so they were ready to let the goons handle Budden.

Joe confirmed on Twitter this morning that his beef was indeed with the Migos and not his co-host’s questioning. Budden went on to call the trio “sassy.” Say what you want about Budden’s well-documented L’s (like the Raekwon incident), but he’s also on camera confronting folks one-on-one to resolve any tension (see Consequence).

Was Budden unprofessional? Absolutely. But you don’t watch Everyday Struggle or listen to his podcast looking for objective news. You do so because he’s unfiltered, much like Charlamagne and Star’s fanbases.

Still, being unfiltered doesn’t necessarily protect your jaw. Unless Complex cuts the security check, it might be time to start taking bets on who gets snuffed first this summer between Joe and Akademiks.