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Premiere: Thirstin Howl The 3rd Brings Brooklyn & Miami Together In His "Olde Gold Cipher" Video

The Brooklyn vet premieres his latest video for "Olde Gold Cipher" and speaks on the sudden passing of Prodigy. 

Thirstin Howl The 3rd has always gone above and beyond to represent for his two homes in Brooklyn and Miami, and his latest video is no different. Born in Brownsville, Howl spent the first half of his life going back and forth from his birthplace in New York to his grandparent’s home in Wynwood, FL, who relocated there after his father passed when he was 3.
During his young years, Howl founded the Lo Life crew, who became icons in New York hip-hop for their gritty rhymes, graffiti and of course dedication to Polo Ralph Lauren clothing and accessories. After he dominated the art of emceeing in Brooklyn, the Polo Rican brought the culture with him down to Miami.

“In the early 80’s I was already in New York involved in the culture but I never tried to break dance. When I came to Miami, we started practicing and I learned my breakdancing here. People in Miami were no joke when it comes to breakdancing.”

You won’t find Howl, aka Big Vic Lo, busting out moves on the cardboard box for his new “Old Gold Cipher” video. Instead, you’ll see how he makes Brooklyn and Miami appear so similar. In the music video, which is the first he edited himself, Howl rides his bike through the design district of Wynwood and also flaunts his Lo Life clothing line at “Grandma’s House” and in Downtown Brooklyn.

Over the years, Howl’s Wynwood home, also known as “Grandma’s House,” has been a hot spot for hip-hop with its artistic outdoor décor and popping annual parties for events like Art Basel. A portion of the video was shot in the backyard of Grandma’s House while the rest was shot in Downtown Brooklyn. “You just can’t tell,” Thirstin said about blending both locations together. “It really looks like the same place. It kind of looks like I connected both places in the video. People many didn’t know it was in two different locations.”

READ: Prodigy, Meyhem Lauren, & More Join Thirstin Howl The 3rd’s ‘Skillmatic’ Album

The video comes fresh off Howl’s most recent album Skillmatic, which dropped back in May. “Olde Gold Cipher” appears alongside major collaborations with Meyhem Lauren, his Lo Life crew Dak Lo and Rack Lo, and the late Prodigy, who raps on the title track. Howl had recorded their joint record just eight months before P died after sickle cell complications. He was caught off guard when his people began asking him about the Mobb Deep rapper’s sudden passing. But at the end of the day, he’s blessed that he got to work with him.

“We did that shit together,” said Howl. “One day he came by the crib in Miami. We been connected in New York talking about doing something but when he came out here, he actually came through to the spot. I had already did “Skillmatic” by myself. But when I was playing him beats and stuff… Even when I did “Skillmatic” I said to myself that it sounds like a Mobb Deep song. So when he came over, I took off one of my verses and put him on. He did the hook. I already had one but I let him spit the hook too. I was blessed to be able to work with him.”

Catch the world premiere of Thirstin Howl The 3rd’s video for “Olde Gold Cipher” below. RIP Prodigy.

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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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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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Premiere: Ilham Taps Arin Ray For 'Cycle Of Games' Video

Singer Ilham takes a sultry approach at R&B for her new single, "Cycle Of Games."

Partnering with Arin Ray to bring a masculine spin into this track about betrayal and heartache, the sensual track combines the smooth sounds of keyboard instruments and artificial beats to tackle the tough topics.

“We all go through patterns in relationships whether it's friendship, romantic or even a work relationship where it gets toxic and we usually don't notice until it's long overdue to leave," says the rising talent. "Where is the line drawn between weakness or strength? I felt to answer that question that I needed Arin Ray to add a male perspective to it all.”

In the Bobby Hanaford-directed clip takes a minimalist approach as the artists bring this track to life in an abandoned house. While duking it out, the pseudo-couple appears to try and connect with each other but their efforts may be for nothing.


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Coming in at just a little over four minutes, the vulnerable track attempts to "push the limits of social constructs, striving to make music that gives girls voices to speak up." Honoring the likes of inclusion, progression, and ownership of permission over their bodies and emotions, the young singer aims to be a new voice for the next generation.

"Cycle of Games" comes from the Queensbridge songstress' debut EP, 41-10, featuring Dave East and Arin Ray.

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