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New Music: Common 'Speak My Piece'

If you sample The Notorious B.I.G.'s voice, one has to be an above average MC. And, today, legendary rapper Common released the No I.D.-produced track---which samples B.I.G. The song "Speak My Piece." is the second track off Com's forthcoming album, Nobody's Smiling. The first single was the Vince Staples-assisted "Kingdom."

Nobody's Smiling, which is entirely produced by No I.D.,, is slated for an July 22 release date. You can preorder Nobody's Smiling here.

"Speak My Piece" can be purchased on iTunes.

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Come To Yonkers With Styles P In "Brand New" Video

Styles P is coming off the release of his S.P. The Goat: The Ghost of all Time. The veteran rhyme-slinger is still putting in work.

After recently dropping a loosie titled, "Brand New," the L.O.X. member unveiled the song's video. Shot by Benjie Filmz, SP the Ghost takes us past Uptown to the Yonkers. Keeping to his usual g-code, the rapper born David Styles shares rules to manhood and moral guidance, while reminding you that he'll still catch a fade with anyone willing to indulge.

Last year, after the release of his G-Host album, Styles P spoke to us about dealing with his aggressive persona.

"So, I always had the idea, before I even thought I could make it rapping, my shit was: 'how am I going to get this bread? 'How am I going to get to this next block?' It's that kind of mentality that gives you a warrior mentality. I gotta do what I gotta do--I’ll light this shit off, or I’ll poke this man. I’ll do whatever I gotta do to survive. But you have to learn that doesn’t make you more of a man. It doesn’t make you less of a man. It’s an aspect that you have to deal with."

"It’s exhausting. It’s too exhausting," Styles said about always being aggressive. "Going over there with my strap,  getting my other strap. What the fu*k am I doing? I have kids. I have a home. Why am I even going to this place if I got to go like that? Enjoy your freedom, enjoy the air, enjoy money, enjoy family, enjoy just fu*king being able to not worry. I used to hate not having a gun on me. For years, I’ve never not had two guns on me. That sh*t was wearing me down--mentally. And it even starts to attract energy you don't need."

Watch the video above.

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Sheff G Contemplates Life In Brooklyn In "Feel Ah Way" Video

Recently, Brooklyn's newcomer Sheff G blessed fans with music visuals for his contemplative record, "Feel Ah Way."

With Nimi Hendrik behind the camera lends, G finds himself cruising through his borough of Brooklyn, in the back of a Maybach, while contemplating his life, staying sucka free, and calling out boys who really aren't about that life.

The Haitian and Trinidadian MC rap career got a boost back in 2017 with the release "4 Them Racks"  featuring partner-in-rhyme Sleepy Hallow. "4 Them Rack's" was followed by "No Suburban." Fast forward to 2019, Flatbush-bred is coming off the release of The Unluccy Luccy Kid.

Sheff G's music is packed with a mindset that says in this neighborhood anything can happen at any given moment. If you know you know.

Watch the "Feel Ah Way" video above.

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Danny Brown Breaks Down His Past In New Video For "Best Life"

Danny Brown dissects the past in his new video for “Best Life,” a song off his latest album uknowhatimsayin¿

Directed by Augustin Vita, the music video complements Brown’s verses about growing up in Detroit with a potent mixture of profundity and humor. As the Midwestern rapper rolls through the beat, the camera seems to follow a group of four kids from childhood to young adulthood, chronicling a life of video games, birthday parties, family fights, hustling to get by and run-ins with the cops.

Brown released uknowhatimsayin¿ in October, marking his fifth LP and first since 2016’s Atrocity Exhibition. The album was executive produced by Q-Tip and featured appearances from Run the Jewels, Blood Orange, JPEGMafia and Obongjayar.

Brown is nearing the end of a North American tour in support of uknowhatimsayin¿ His next show show will take place Monday night, November 11th, in Philadelphia, while the run wraps November 19th in Montreal.

Last month, VIBE spoke with Danny Brown about his new album, and what A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad told him.

“Ali Shaheed Muhammad (of A Tribe Called Quest) was the first person to tell me, ‘You’re like the Richard Pryor of rap. You need to dig into that and study, Rich,’” Brown recalled. “Some sh*t you don’t have to say the way you say it, you can say the same thing wording it the right way and get an exciting reaction. A lot of times, I used to say sh*t for shock value. Richard Pryor was saying things for shock value, but it still had depth to it. That’s what I was going for.

“I feel like that's the best emotion to have while listening to a song, is to just laugh at some sh*t. The only thing other than that is crying. To make a motherf**ker laugh at a song, that’s hard.”

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