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'Blonded' Delivers Renditions Of A$AP Rocky's "RAF" With Verses From Frank Ocean

Two new tracks and a his beloved Aaliyah cover? Thank you, Frank.

“Please don’t touch my RAF,” will be a phrase echoed out of the mouths of every trap beat-loving hip-hop head for five reasons– A$AP Rocky, Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, and Frank Ocean.

The Blonded radio host along with Vegyn and Roof Access, debuted two versions of the track on Monday's episode (May 15). Whether you prefer a more emotional and energy-fused verse from the artist or a relaxed one, Frank has served you both.

The hosts played everything from Shawty Pimp to LCD Soundsystem, the band that replaced him on the Sasquatch! Festival lineup. The singer thanked the artists along with The Beatles, who helped him through writers block during his Blonde creative process.

On the track labeled, “Version 1” below, Ocean raps, “Mix the ravioli, stuffed with the diamonds right, right/We don’t have the same problems.” While on “Version 2,” he utilizes his voice to play more with the beat, rhyming, “RAF dragging on the floor, b***h, flame thrower in it, in it/I’m torching the road with these Gucci Flames/Stuck to the pavement, they glued.”

And in case, you’re like me and had no clue what RAF is, the song refers to a menswear designer, Raf Simons. The menswear brand has collaborated with Adidas on sneaker designs that will run anywhere between $300 to $415. For the Fall 2017 season, Simons graced the Calvin Klein runway for the first time as Chief Creative Officer, with former experience including Christian Dior.

So, basically, they’re talking bags –something we all can aspire to.

Frank Ocean also circulated his previously-released cover of Aaliyah's "At Your Best (You Are Love)." It's safe to say this episode of Blonded delivered a range of sonic blessings.

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Jaden Smith Paints The City Pink "Again" In New Video

Jaden Smith released the brand new music visuals for his record, "Again," featuring his alter ego SYRE.  The song is taken from his latest album ERYS, which dropped earlier this year.

Here, in the new visuals, Jaden uses his typical pink-colored theme, as the video kicks off with him spray painting his pink car with his MSFTS imprint before breaking out into a dance on top of the car.

The rapper seems to be sporting a new triangle-shaped face tattoo on his right cheek, which is probably just for the video, and may or may not be a reference to that illuminati-pyramid he was building in his parents backyard.

In other Jaden Smith news, the actor is slated to play a young Kanye West in Omniverse, an anthology that examines perception through the eyes of Mr. West.

Watch the video above.

 

 

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Cardi B performs on day 1 of Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on September 14, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Cardi B's Latest Freestyle Fuels Anticipation For Sophomore Album

Cardi B is sparking more anticipation for her next album thanks to her latest freestyle. On Monday (Nov. 19), the rapper dropped some bars on Instagram to hold fans over until the release of her sophomore project.

"Just a little something something... hair on healthy," she captioned the freestyle over Cam'ron's classic track, "357." Keeping it natural and raw, the Bronx native posts up in front of Cap'n Crunch and a Costco box full of Vienna sausages to drop her freestyle about the wins and losses she's taken this year.

"I be in the mansion, you be in my mentions / I came right out the trenches to the top of the charts / Lost friends on the way / This s***t is breaking my heart / 'Bout 30 seconds in I'm like where do I start / I don't act I'm a hustler just playing my part,"  she spits.

If anything, this can be a hint to fans that she's gravitating back towards her hip-hop roots, an element heavily heard on her debut album, Invasion of Privacy. In a recent interview with Billboard, Cardi talked about her new album and curiosities about its direction.

"There's certain music that I want to do, but I feel like, [are] people interested in that? I feel like things have changed. It's more like a twerk sound going on right now," she said. "It's just like, 'Should I just do my music around that?' But I cannot just go with what's hot. I still gotta go with what I want to do."

Cardi has no problem adapting to popular music. She's worked with the likes of Selena Gomez on DJ's Snake's "Taki Taki" with Ozuna in 2018 and took her guest spots to another level in 2019 by working with Ed Sheeran ("South of The Border"), Lil Nas X ("Rodeo") and French Montana ("Writings On The Wall"). She also dropped a show-stopping video for "Press" over the summer.

But at the end of the day, Cardi's new music is coming first. "My album is on my mind 24/7,"she said. "It's practically all I'm focusing on."

Enjoy her freestyle (and sleek blowout) below.

 

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Just alittle something something ......hair on healthy.

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Royce Da 5'9" "Black Savage" Video Is A Celebration Of Black Style

The NFL is still engulfed in the Colin Kaepernick controversy, however, the league is moving forward with its "Songs of the Season" series. Over the weekend, Royce da 5'9" released the music visuals for "Black Savage," featuring T.I., CyHi the Prynce, Sy Ari Da Kid and White Gold.

The new video takes place in a stylish mansion, where the MCs celebrate life as black men in America while showing off their black elegance by wearing sharp, two-piece suits. Fellow-Slaughterhouse member Kxng Crooked makes a cameo in the video as well.

Jay-Z and the NFL recently announced Inspire Change, a non-profit organization, back in August. One of the programs from the organization is Songs of the Season. Song of the Season will run throughout this year's NLF season and will showcase artists who will create a song for NFL promotions each month during the season.

Each song will debut during an in-game broadcast. Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor, and Rapsody were the first Inspire Change advocates this season.

It's rumored that Nicke Nine is working on his eighth studio album. Over the last few years, Royce has released some of the best music of his career, which includes albums like Layers, Book of Ryan, PRhyme, and PRhyme 2.

Watch the "Black Savage" video above.

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