SZA – “twoAM” (audio)

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Top Dawg’s reigning songstress SZA flipped Drake and PND’s “Come and See Me” into a sultry serenade of her own. Echoing the chorus, she works through the pangs of being a side piece, even though she can’t get enough vitamin D. Listening to “twoAM” at 2 a.m. is its own experience, but even if you can’t stay up that late, her beautiful voice commands attention any time.

Drake Releases Two New Singles — Hear ‘Pop Style’ & ‘One Dance’

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Surprise! Drake dropped not one, but two brand new singles titled “One Dance” featuring Wizkid & Kyla and “Pop Style” featuring Jay Z and Kanye West. The newly debuted songs are Drake’s second and third single off his upcoming album Views from The 6.

The singles follows up “Summer Sixteen,” which Drake premiered back in January on his Beats 1 show OVO Sound Radio. Consequently, Drake joins forces with The Throne, the group Jay Z and Kanye West created in 2012 for their Watch The Throne album. Even though Jay Z only contributed a single bar and some ad-libs, it’s still pretty major since Jay Z hasn’t been featured on a song in over a year. Additionally, “One Dance” features Wizkid, who is one of Nigeria’s biggest artists, and follows in the Dancehall footsteps of Drake’s number one single “Work” with Rihanna.

The stream is no longer available, but the links to iTunes are below:

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PartyNextDoor – Come and See Me (Feat. Drake)

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The OVO camp is buzzing absolutely everywhere right now. Drake and his OVO sound team surprised the lucky fans at SXSW this past week, but wait there’s more! PartyNextDoor also unveiled his new collaboration with Drizzy himself. This new track “Come and See Me” features the signature ambient production from Noah “40”. The simple beat gives both PartyNextDoor and Drake room to freely flow. OVO is the only team that always kills it even on the most simplest of drum patterns, so of course this song is gonna be a hit. We are all still waiting for more information on Drake’s Views From The 6. You can listen to “Come and See Me” below.

 

Work – Rihanna (feat. Drake) [Video]

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The Internet stopped when Rihanna released her latest song “Work” as the first single to her latest album Anti. Today she finally gave us a video. Scratch that. She gave us two videos. The Director X video was up first, set at The Real Jerk, a place where wining is king and everyone is sweaty, but Drake is somehow comfortable in a sweatshirt. Rih Rih definitely paid tribute to her island roots in this clip. Next came the Tim Erem-directed portion in a small room, with just Rihanna and Drake, who mostly sits down until it’s time for him to rap and do his “Hotline Bling”-esque hand gestures. Who designated Drake as the man to get danced on by beautiful A-list women in their videos? He’s one lucky man. Watch the videos below.

Drake- “Summer Sixteen” and Meek Mill w/ “War Pain”

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Over the weekend, Drake hopped onto OVO Radio to debut “Summer Sixteen” and boy, is a doozy. No one is safe on this new track where the Canada rapper goes in on anyone that has slighted him in recent memory. Tory Lanez, President Obama, Kanye West (what is UP with those two?), and of COURSE, Meek Mill. Drake also took a moment to announce that the long awaited Views From the 6 is due in April of this year.

BUT: Fifteen minutes after Drake dropped his track Meek Mill dropped “War Pain,” a diss track that responds to “Summer Sixteen” almost line by line.   Coincidence? Meek claims that one of Drake’s “ghostwriters” passed him the lyrics before the release, giving him ample time to write up the track.

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With this song being the final punchline of Meek’s second 4/4 EP , this smooth move put Meek back in the game and gave him some of his street cred back. Seems like it’s time to take sides again. Check out Meek’s response below.

2016 Grammy Nominations

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Feel sorry for anyone who tried to release a new single/project today; today’s buzz was all about the Grammy nominations. Particularly because of recent upsets in rap categories (Macklemore over Kendrick, Iggy even being nominated, etc.) rap fans have been on edge for the past couple of years about nominations and winners. This year however, people seem generally pleased. Seemingly to make up for a past snub, although actually just because of a fantastic album, Kendrick Lamar leads everyone with a stunning 11 nominations. That’s not just in the rap categories; Kendrick has more nominations than any other artist this year, with Taylor Swift and The Weeknd unsurprisingly coming in next with 7 each.

Other notable nominees include Flying Lotus (of course featuring Kendrick Lamar) for Best Dance Recording with “Never Catch Me,” and Kehlani and The Internet, each with nominations for best Urban Contemporary album. Kehlani’s nom is especially impressive considering the fact that You Should Be Here is technically a mixtape. Hiatus Kaiyote (!), Jeremih, and of course The Weeknd stand out in the Best R&B Performance category, and everything you’d expect to appear in the rap categories is pretty much covered. One surprise is Drake’s “Back To Back” for Best Rap Performance, which felt like just an Internet-hyped diss track. Apparently the Academy felt differently. Perhaps the most difficult category for hip-hop fans is Best Rap Album. We don’t talk enough about how incredible this year was for rap music. Forest Hills Drive. IYRTITL. To Pimp A Butterfly got rave reviews from pretty much every publication. Anything Nicki Minaj spits is fire. And a Dr. Dre comeback after 15 years?! Much deserved for every artist nominated, and it’s going to be a tough one. Let’s just hope that unlike last year, the rap categories are televised. These artists have had way too much of an impact on 2015 to not be recognized. Check the rest of the nominees here. The Grammy Awards will be held on February 15th, 2016.

Mike Tyson Stops By The Tonight Show and Sings Some Drake

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Mike Tyson is a cultural icon. He’s one of the best boxers of all time, he’s acted in various feature films and he has his own TV show, Mike Tyson Mysteries, on Adult Swim, which he stopped by to promote on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Hilariousness ensued, as expected. Watch the gentle giant perform a brief rendition of Drake‘s “Hotline Blink” below and catch the season two premier of his show this Sunday, November 1 on Cartoon Network.

Drake & Future – What a Time to Be Alive

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After weeks of speculation, hype, fake covers and praying, Drake and Future released official cover art and went on Beats 1 radio to live stream their collaborative project What A Time to Be Alive. Each of the artists have already released a large amount of their own work this year. Drizzy dropped If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late back in February and has kept a steady flow of tracks coming in on OVO Radio (thanks Meek.) Future released DS2 not too long ago, and let’s not forget 56 Nights. The collaboration is 11 tracks, mostly produced by Metro Boomin. Countless tuned in yesterday to listen, while simultaneously producing some hilarious memes. The project has gotten mostly positive feedback, but there are still a few naysayers. That’s no surprise, since the whole tape was made in such a short period of time. There is also a lot of conversation about what this means as far as Drake’s contract with Cash Money.

Drake said this about the album:
“I went to Atlanta for 6 days a couple weeks ago in the hopes of doing some songs. When you get around it’s like a vortex… that guy could probably outwork anybody right now. He has a natural work ethic that just it’s tough to make someone make 4, 5 songs a night and not want to match it. I went to Atlanta, we went made some songs, and made an entire tape, which is a blessing.”

You can get it on iTunes. Check out the track list below.

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The Weeknd – Tell Your Friends (Drake Remix)

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Over the weekend, Drake gave us his spin on The Weeknd’s track “Tell Your Friends,” a song off The Weeknd’s latest album Beauty Behind the Madness. It’s not so much a remix, as it is Drake just using the instrumental from the original song for his 16 bars and some singing. The freestyle shows Drake keeping up with his habit of hopping on someone else’s wave. Still, after listening you can’t help but want to evolve…take a listen.