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V Exclusive! T.I. Says He's Feeling '110%' About His New Music

T.I. is only looking forward in life. The mistakes that he made in the past are no longer a part of the road that lies ahead of him.

Taking his freedom as a blessing, Tip has used every bit of star power to expand on his growing brand. VIBE spoke with the rapper at the New York City screening for his new reality show T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle on VH1. Featuring all six of their children, the couple allowed cameras into their most private places and affairs.

On the red carpet, VIBE’s Dec/Jan cover artist explained how he’s been getting back into his groove since returning home from prison.

“I will say this, when you are in circumstances like that, the creative process, it all derives from your inner spirit,” T.I. says on how prison affected his music.

Tip says incarceration did hinder his creative juices a bit but is having no problems in laying down new tracks now that he's home.

“It kind of kills a piece of your spirit. So it makes the creative process a little more difficult,” T.I. says of his time served. “I could write down ideas. I might have some thoughts on word play. I might have a few punchlines. I might have a idea of hook. But it’s not until I get my back into my life and I get back into my element that I can fully create. And be 110% again, which I am now.”

Check out T.I. on the cover of VIBE Magazine.

 

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Rich The Kid Introduces His New Group, 83 Babies With "No Cap" Video

Back in 2013, Coach K of Quality Control brought a buzzin' rap trio through to the VIBE offices. Migos' "Fight Night" was a club hit and "Versace" with Drake was ruling the game. He announced Quavo and Takeoff, but the third member looked different from the pics we saw previously. "This is Rich The Kid," he stated calmly. "He's rolls with us." Rich wasn't known heavily at that point, but what we determined by his easy going nature and ability to network was this kid is a star, or soon will be.

The smartest thing about that whole scene was how Coach K did a great press run for the Migos as a trio, even with Offset locked up at the time. Having Rich The Kid roll with them accomplished the mission of keeping the Migos' look as a trio annnnd establishing another new artist at the same time. As the relationship didn't materialize as Rich being on Quality Control, it provided the youngin' valuable knowledge on the game and how to do roll outs and such. Thus, Rich The Kid's own Rich Forever Music label being born a few years ago. With enormous success on his own with hits and tours under his belt, the New York native turned Georgia repper started signing up talent. Most notable acts Famous Dex and Jay Critch signed with Rich bolstering his start up company (established in 2016) to fast recognition.

Now in the same way that Rich was introduced to VIBE, 83 Babies are following suit. A few months ago the North Carolina trio, with strikingly similar sounds to Migos', came through the office with a visiting Rich The Kid, who was playing our team some of his unreleased album cuts. We got a chance to kick it with Lil Tony, Set It Off and Young Boss Tevo for a sec. With their minds taking in the atmosphere, we learned that they were in a tug-of-war state as various labels were vying for their talent. Judging from the Rich announcement of 83 Babies being signed to Rich Forever Music this past March, the fellas made their choice.

With co-signs from the Migos and many others, 83 Babies have a clear shot at success. The trap rap "No Cap" single and video finds the group stating just who they are in their music, real dudes that happen to rhyme. Slated to open up on Rich The Kid's "The World Is Yours 2" tour, the three MCs will learn about traveling the country for fans that have never seen you up close. We are sure they are more than ready.

Watch their newest video above.

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Mrs. M Releases Video For First Ever English Track "Tasty," From VIBE's 'Urban Asia Vol. 2'

Mongolian MC Mrs. M has just released the video for "Tasty," her first-ever song in the English language, and she's making it count.

"Tasty," which is produced by Silverstrike and mixed by Pro Era's Nastee, shows Mrs. M living lavishly with furs, chains, champagne, fast cars, and rooftop shots with a beautiful Mongolian skyline as the backdrop. The video is a perfect match for Mrs. M's confident, melodic bars. The song is the latest single from Urban Asia Vol. 2, the second installment of a series of Asian hip-hop compilations released in a partnership between VIBE and the Hong Kong-based label B2 Music.

“I’m so excited to release my first English single 'Tasty' and to work with Nastee from Brooklyn’s Pro Era, and Silverstrike in Hong Kong. Growing up listening to Hip-Hop and R&B music in Mongolia we never dreamed of such things," Mrs. M said with excitement in an interview with CelebMix. "I sang and rapped in Mongolian because we are a small country, and I didn’t think we can go past that. We just make this music for ourselves. We only watch U.S. artists on YouTube and follow the new sounds, and never think we can be connected to places like Brooklyn. I really love the internet because it connected me to all of this.”

Urban Asia Vol. 1, the first compilation from VIBE and B2, was released in May 2018, and has songs by Edison Chen, MC Yan, Thaitanium, Bohan Phoenix, the Higher Brothers and Jackson Wang.

Watch the video for "Tasty" above.

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DJ Khaled And SZA Become Warriors In His "Just Us" Video

Today (May 17) is clearly DJ Khaled's day and he's got a lot to share with the world. Not only did his new album Father of Asahd drop today—once again executive produced by his son, Asahd—but the producer, rapper and hype man turned the release into a surround-sound affair.

In the midst of heading to MTV to share gems about the making of the album, he also spent the day releasing multiple videos. In addition to releasing visuals for "Higher" (Nipsey Hussle's last video appearance) and "Celebrate," featuring Post Malone and Travis Scott, Khaled also shared the flick for "Just Us," featuring SZA.

In the elaborate Joseph Kahn-directed and Dave Kemp-produced video, SZA and Khaled assume the roles of gladiators over a beat that samples OutKast's heralded "Miss Jackson." Upon release, SZA expressed her gratitude for being part of the project.

 

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