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The Drake Effect 2017: XXXTentacion & SahBabii

There's two new rappers all up in the online mix with Drizzy Drake. 

At this point we all know Drake's past issues with Meek Mill have to do with the Philly rapper's accusations against the 6 God for using ghostwriters. Since then, there have been others who have accused Drizzy of stealing and ripping off other artists --- including Mr. Vegas, D.R.A.M., and now the incarcerated rapper from Florida, XXXTentacion.

Earlier in the year, Drizzy premiered one of his latest tracks, reportedly, from the upcoming More Life project during his Boy Meets World Tour. The Broward County, Florida rapper along with his fans instantly made claims about Drake stealing his flow -- particularly from one of his most popular songs, “Look At Me”.

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Things further heated up after a recent interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra host DJ Semtex where he explains his thoughts on the accusations and vehemently denies them.

“The other day, I dropped this song with Giggs and I’m seeing all this s**t on my IG under some random picture of people being like, ‘F**k you, you took this kid’s flow’ or whatever. I’m like, ‘What’s happening to me right now?’ So I’m trying to read and figure out who they’re talking about. I find out who they’re talking about,” he explains.

“So I go and find what song they’re talking about, and I listen to it and I’m like okay, I see where people could draw this comparison off of the first two lines, whether it be cadence or the rhyme pattern or whatever,” Drake continues. “It’s crazy that people think that after all this time, after all I’ve been through, that I’m the type of person […] to go and take that and make it my own. I’m not stupid, I’m not a shit person like that.”

READ: Drake “Doesn’t Want” His 2017 Grammys, “Feels Weird” About Category Wins

After a series of nasty and heated tweets from XXXTentacion, he then reached out to XXL for an exclusive interview where he responded to Drizzy’s interview.

“If Drake is gonna take the flow, and I don’t know if he legitimately did, but if that is the situation, at least reach out to a ni**a, help a ni**a out in this situation, and then if you want to run off with the flow, then run off with the flow, but I’m going through a lot right now, so it would have been nice if before that happened to me, for Drake to have reached out to me personally,” he told XXL.

If one listens very close to both songs it is hard to say whether or not Drake actually bit from XXXTentacion when his own flow his extremely similar to many of his contemporaries such as Lil Uzi Vert, Playboy Carti, and at times, Migos.

Could Drake have really stolen a flow that technically does not belong to anyone in the first place in this isolated incident or could this be him ‘riding the wave’ like he’s done on several occasions? That’s strictly up for the listeners to decide.

“Look At Me” has reportedly cracked into the Billboard Top 100 while XXXTentacion remains incarcerated on charges stemming from allegedly assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.

In the meantime, Drake continues to put a spotlight on rising artists, similar to his work with Migos and Fetty Wap, as he hops on the remix of rising ATL rapper SahBabii’s single “Pull Up With Ah Stick”. The two linked up in London thanks to fellow ATLien, Young Thug. In a recent interview, SahBabii talks about meeting Drake and how he ended up doing the remix.

"He said he gonna throw a verse on that motherf***er," SahBabii said. "S**t gonna go way up."

READ: Drake On Meek Mill Beef: “It’s Not Something That I’m Proud Of”

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Nicky Jam And Ozuna's "Te Robare" Video Transports Them To Another World

Nicky Jam and Ozuna are on a mission to get the girl they want at all costs. A black and white montage serves as the backdrop for their playful new video for their latest single, “Te Robare,” which translates into the mischievous: “I’ll steal you.”

Throughout their performance, a bevy of beautiful women have brief interludes that go from talking in a vaporized infused telephone booth to breaking into a sexy dance group sequence. "We are very happy to be able to share this new single with the fans of the reggaetón genre, we are sure that they will enjoy this song as much as we do,” Nicky said in a press release.

Despite the video featuring a slew of women, it's worth noting that it looks sexy but classic. Jam prides himself in creating this type of imagery in his visuals. In 2017, he told Billboard, "Our audience is so broad that we have to make videos where women look beautiful and conservative and are treated with respect because the videos are seen by kids and adults," he said. "Other reggaetóneros who do what they do are targeting one audience. They don’t have the same responsibility we do."

In addition to releasing new music, Nicky Jam is kicking off his "Intimo Tour 2019" on April 11 in Chicago and will go through the month of May. Watch the video for "Te Robare" above.

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Premiere: Tommie of 'Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta' Calls On Anthony Hamilton For 'Truth' Music Video

"With every trial is a testimony!" Tommie tells VIBE. "Here is mine."

With that, the The Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta star drops her new music video for "Truth." The song sees her recounting a lifetime of struggles - sexual assault, birthing her child in jail, homelessness, and more, while a soulful Anthony Hamilton sings a hook that congratulates her for how far she's come. The video, directed by illHD and Tommie herself, splits between its own storyline and vintage footage of her life.

“This is/was my real life! Beyond the lights. I wanted to share with the people the back story, my whole truth," Tommie said. "In doing so I hope to motivate others struggling with their truth to not be afraid and be inspired to not give up!”

Watch the video for Tommie and Anthony Hamilton's "Truth" above.

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Rich The Kid, Nav, And More Friday Music Releases You Need To Hear

Mar. 2019 was a pretty slow month, but we are back with a new list of the hottest Friday releases. From Rich the Kid to Nav and more, here are all of the Friday music releases that you need to hear below.

Enjoy!

Rich The Kid – The World Is Yours 2

Rich the Kid is back with The World Is Yours 2. The 16-track project features Offset, Big Sean, Tory Lanez, Gunna, Ty Dolla $ign, and more. The album also includes the pre-released singles, "Splashin'" and "4 Phones."

This is Rich the Kid's second studio album. It is a sequel to The World Is Yours, which was released in Mar. 2018.

Listen to Rich the Kid's new album below.

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Nav – Bad Habits

Nav's sophomore studio album is here. Bad Habits consists of 16 tracks and includes guest appearances by Meek Mill, The Weeknd, Young Thug, Gunna, and more.

Nav dropped the tracklist and video teaser ahead of the album's release. The preview includes behind-the-scenes footage of the rapper's past live concerts.

The album is completely produced by The Weeknd. Listen to Bad Habits below.

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Cantrell – DEVIL NEVER EVEN LIVED

With a memorable freestyle on Sway In the Morning and Mass Appeal's recently concluded Starting 5 tour under his belt, Albany, Ga. rapper Cantrell has settled down to release his sophomore EP, DEVIL NEVER EVEN LIVED. The second half of a two-EP anthology started with Stardust 2 Angels (2018), Cantrell's new project is anchored by the singles "Fo Five" and "Know It's Wrong" and shares heavy, internalized storytelling with hauntingly beautiful production.

“I wanted to go deeper into me, what I’ve come from, and how that may have shaped the young man that created Stardust 2 Angels,” Cantrell said in a statement about the album. “I wanted to show it all, the good and the bad that brought me to this point... I’m asking for listeners' time so they deserve that much, if not more.”

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Megan Thee Stallion – "Sex Talk"

Raunch and debauchery ensue in Megan Thee Stallion's newest single "Sex Talk." The track, which arrived early Friday morning (March 22), is sexy, empowering, and strong as the 24-year-old takes charge of her sexual nature in this single that puts a women's pleasure over a man's.

"Can I f**k ya to a trap beat? He said girl you tryin' to trap me?/Ah hell nah, ni**a no I ain't (What?)/You can hit that door, here go ahead leave," she raps over the bass-heavy beat.

"Sex Talk" is projected to land on the Houston rappers forthcoming album Fever, which is slated to hit streaming shelves in Apr 2019. Stream the Stallion's "Sex Talk" below.

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Jacquees ft. Lil Baby – "Your Peace"

Jacquees, or the King of R&B, as he likes to call himself, just released a new single featuring Lil’ Baby. “Your Peace” features Jacquees' signature sound and the Atlanta rapper riding on the R&B beat. Listen to the track to hear the two Georgia artists try to find peace with a special someone.

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