Freeway - Freedom Of Speech (Mixtape) Freeway - Freedom Of Speech (Mixtape)
Freeway releases his new mixtape 'Freedom Of Speech.'

V Playlist: Freeway, Wu-Tang Clan x Kool G Rap, Troy Ave, Murs x 9th Wonder, Theo Martins, Vince Staples x Michael Uzowuru, Jonathas

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1. Freeway - Freedom Of Speech (Mixtape)
Freeway lets his voice be heard on his latest project, as made apparent with the opening track "F.O.S." (featuring Jim Jones' mother Mama Jones on the intro). With some slick wordplay, Don Cannon taking over hosting duties, and production that'll have you nodding along to every song, it's definitely good to hear new Free in our speakers again. Standout tracks include "Go Get It," the boom-bap-inspired "Beards R' Us," "We Up," and the Indian flute-sampled "Dinars."

2. Wu-Tang Clan & Kool G Rap – "Rivers Of Blood"
Based on the names featured, you'd think this would be a "fresh-out-the-90s" banger. However—most likely due to the fact that this will appear on the eclectic Man With The Iron Fists soundtrack—what you get is almost alternative/rock, blues, and cowboy shoot 'em up inspired hip-hop mixed all in one. Overall, it definitely makes for an interesting mash-up.

3. Troy Ave - "Us (Key Mix)"
There's nothing really that popped off about this "Key Mix," but he did add his own spin to the track. We'll give him credit for that.

4. Murs & 9th Wonder – "It's Over"
With 9th delivering yet another hot beat, and Murs spitting massive fire, we really have nothing but good words about this one. One word in particular that comes to mind though is "dope."

5. Theo Martins - Wonderland (EP)
This EP takes hip-hop and mashes it up with elements of R&B, pop, and even dance (as heard on the track "Blue Valentine"). The mix of genres definitely makes for an interesting listen. "Star Fox," "Prisms," and the titled track "Wonderland" stood out to us the most.

6. Vince Staples & Michael Uzowuru - Winter In Prague (Mixtape)
Winter In Prague definitely has a "cold" feel, almost dark at times. The appropriately titled mixtape plays with elements similar to those of Odd Future—which isn't surprising, seeing as they're affiliated with each other. If you like your music a bit dreary with a hint of comedic appeal, check this one out for sure. Standouts include the opener "Winter In Prague," "Twitch," and "Black Oprah."

7. Jonathas - "Written in Stone"
It looks like The Voice birthed one talented dude. "Written In Stone" is smooth, seductive, and plays on the nature of R&B. Not a bad start, at all.

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Another week, another list of Friday music releases. The week's of 2018 are dwindling, but there is a little more time left for some last-minute music releases. From Gucci Mane, to XXXTentacion, and Ice Cube, here are the albums and singles that you need to hear.

Gucci Mane – Evil Genius

Gucci Mane's 13th studio album is here. The rapper dropped his new project, Evil Genius, featuring an all-star list of talent, including, Quavo, Kevin Gates, Lil Skies and 21 Savage. The LP also features production by Metro Boomin, Murda Beatz and Southside.

The latest music drop marks the perfect finish to an eventful year for Guwop. He previously dropped DropTopWop, Mr. Davis, and El Gato The Human Glacier this year. Even so, the rapper suggested that he wants to make a bang with Evil Genius.

"I think this time, this album was like the first time I kind of had more fun making the records," he said during an interview with Beats 1. "With the intentions of just going in the studio and just had fun and this is what came out. But before, I was kind of going and expressing myself, talking through the mic, like I had a lot of my chest. This album was like, let's find the best beat, make the best song and put it out."

XXXTentacion – Skins

In celebration of XXXTentacion's posthumous album, Skins, his estate and friends through a livestreamed event at 9p.m. EST, featuring Trippie Redd, PnB Rock, Ski Mask the Slump God, Matt Ox and more.

There has been quite a bit of buzz surrounding the late rapper's new release. It's his first since his death in June 2018. The album features only one guest appearance from Kanye West. On the track, which is entitled "On Minute," Ye reportedly addressed abuse allegations brought against X. In support of the album, Kanye also released a Yeezy capsule collection, commemorating their single.

Since X's death he has been regarded as a young legend, gone too soon. His sophomore album ?  peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Listen to Skins below.

Ice Cube – Everythang's Corrupt

Ice Cube is make with Everythang's Corrupt. The album's only feature is OG rapper Too $hort.

Cube already got fan excited after released the one of the LP's single "Arrest the President." The track takes aim at President Trump's corruption and racist policies. The album's cover art features Cube holding a 100-dollar bill in his bloodied hands.

Everythang's Corrupt is Cube's tenth studio album and his first in eight years. It's a follow-up to 2010's I Am the West.

Sneakk Ft. YG & Tyga – "Spray"

New artist Sneak has joind forces with YG and Tyga to bring their new banger "Spray." It's Sneakk's first track released through Def Jam. The single definitely sounds like the new stripper anthem or the perfect track to ride down the block to.

Ahead of the single's release, the rapper's shared a teaser on social media featuring a behind the scenes look at their music video.

Michelle Williams – "Fearless"

Michelle Williams is back. The songstress – best known as a member of the popular girls group Destiny's Child – recently dropped a new solo record entitled "Fearless."

The pop record is an inspirational anthem, encouraging fans to face their fears and chase their dreams. This is a huge moment for Williams, as it is her first single in nearly four years. It also follows an overwhelming year for the singer, who got engaged in Apr. 2018, as well as publicly revealed her battle with depression and mental illness.

Listen to the new track below.

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Premiere: Fuego And A. Chal Take Over The Strip Club In "Dancin" Music Video

Dominican trap artist Fuego has created an ode to the art of stripping with his new single “Dancin,” featuring producer and R&B extraordinaire A. Chal. The visuals for the track are laced with bright blue club lights and brief salacious interludes of voluptuous young ladies dancing provocatively.

The two are seemingly in a never-ending party in efforts to promote strip club etiquette through their tantalizing lyrics. There's no denying that Fuego's sound is reminiscent of today's prominent trap artists like Migos and Future, but he packs in a Latino flair, like his contemporaries Bad Bunny and El Alfa. The Washington D.C. native's sound is similar, but it's worth noting he's been on the scene for a while, steadily etching his mark as his musical prowess rises within hip-hop and Latin audiences.

“For some reason, I've always wanted to do a sound that American hip-hop has, and then break that my way,” he tells VIBE. “When it comes to putting stuff together and making fusions of music, I've done it all my life. When I first started out, I did reggae beats, but I was rapping over them. There’s a little more urban, hip-hop sound in the Latin community. Before, it was mad reggae. It either had to be a tropical type song or reggaeton song. I've always wanted to come out with hip-hop music."

Watch the video for "Dancin" below.

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Noname Tells A Tale Of Black Boy Plight In 'Blaxploitation' Visual

Noname's first music video is better than expected as the artist takes on the topics of dangerous implicit biases toward young men of color.

On Tuesday (Dec. 4), the Chicago rapper/poet released "Blaxploitation," a standout from her critically acclaimed album, Room 25. Directed by Alex Lill (Sampha, Joey Bada$$,  Lil Yachty) and written by Noname, the short film includes homages to Blaxploitation films of the 70s through its the style of multiple frames at once as a toddler wrecks havoc on a small-scale version of Chicago.

The music video gives the metaphorical message of how the black boy is criminalized from the beginning of his life. Even in the joy of imagination, his existence is subjected to a criminal or as the townspeople deem him: a monster baby.

The 27-year-old singer will continue riding high off the critically and streaming success of her debut album Room 25 as she will embark on a 37-city trek across the country and Canada.

The Room 25 tour kicks off in Detriot on Jan. 2nd. Dates can be found here.

READ MORE: Noname To Replace ‘Room 25’ Album Art After Designer Abuse Accusations

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