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Coachella 1017: Gucci Mane Calls On Diddy, Migos, Rae Sremmurd & Lil Yachty

Gucci Mane flourishes with big guests at California's biggest music festival. 

Gucci Mane's well-earned Saturday night (Apr 15) set at Coachella 2017 was a true display of his showmanship and overall influence on Atlanta hip-hop. While he's widely regarded as one of the South's best A&Rs, Guwop wanted to make sure everyone not familiar with his talent was hip after this event.

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With his longtime collaborator Zaytoven playing the cut in the DJ Booth, Gucci controlled the Sahara tent crowd like a true music conductor---and started the show with his verse from his Drake assisted single, "Both." Then Wizop went right into the first song he recored after he was released from prison in 2016, "First Day Out." By this time, the tent was packed wall to wall---meaning no one well was getting in or out until the Atlanta legend was finished with his trap poems.

Rihanna, Travi$ Scott, The Weeknd, French Montana and Drake were all spotted backstage taking in the show like day 1 stans. Guwop also kept his performance moving with early fan favorites like "Bricks," "Freaky Gurl" and of course "Wasted." The rapper's secret "Lemonade" served as an additional refreshment to quench the thirst of sweltering fans in the desert heat.

This all lead to the moment when Gucci figured it was best to invite a cast of his young disciples onstage to further show his O.G. status to the young audience. Lil' Yachty was the first to touch down with "1 Night," which then spilled over into Rae Sremmurd and Migos joining the show. The all-star Atlanta posse brought the energy up with "Bad & Boujee." The very first performance of "Black Beates" with Swae Lee, Slim Jxmmi and Gucci was something that should be hailed as one of Coachella's most important moments of all time. Lil' Boat, Quavo, Offset and Takeoff also performed their collaborative track "Peek A Boo" altogether.


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Big Gucci had one more trick up his sleeve for the grand finale, and this one did not come from his hometown. To close it out, New York City's Diddy graced the stage for an abridged Bad Boy Reunion tour set. He bumrushed the stage with his show-stealing verse on Waka Flocka's 2009 hit "O Let's Do It (Remix)" , and continued to dance cheerfully to a string of memorable singles. He bounced around to "I Need A Girl (Remix)," "Mo Money Mo Problems," "All About The Benjamins (Remix)," and more.

However, the man of the hour wasn't going to let the curtain close without paying homage to one of Atlanta's unsung heroes, Shawty Lo. The Bowen Homes rapper passed away in late 2016. Knowing that his ol' friend would have been smiling while watching him onstage, Guwop dedicated an a capella version of "First Day Out" to the late rapper.

For a guy who formerly spent his days trapped in a jail cell, performing at Coachella might have once been an event only fathomable when he closed his eyes at night, but now know the possibilities are endless for one Gucci Mane LaFlare.

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Gucci Mane, XXXTentacion, & More Friday Releases You Need To Hear

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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