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U-God Returns With Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, & DJ Green Lantern On "Epicenter"

U-God becomes the "Epicenter" of rap with his Wu-Tang brethren.

The return of the Shaolin Warriors wouldn't be complete without the voice of U-God. The Staten Island OG was noticeably left out of the Wu-Tang Clan's most recent LP The Saga Continues due to his own legal issues with the iconic rap collective. However, in light of the 25th anniversary of Wu-Tang Clan's debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), U-God is ready to make his own comeback this year.

After dropping his 18-track mixtape Bring Back The God II> earlier this month, U-God releases his brand new single "Epicenter," which features his Wu brothers Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, and Jackpot Scotty Wotty. In the song produce by DJ Green Lantern, the seasoned rhymer sticks to his classic flow while claiming his place in the spotlight as the "epicenter" of the rap game. Rae, Deck, and Wotty follow suit and stand by their longtime cohort as they drop knowledge over a hard-hitting yet slightly vintage instrumental.

"Epicenter" serves as the first offering from U-God's fifth studio album Venom, which is set to drop on March 30. It also comes ahead of his upcoming memoir RAW: My Journey Into The Wu Tang that's slated to hit bookstores everywhere on March 6.

Make the best of your Wu Wednesday and push play on U-God's new single "Epicenter" below.

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Drake's 2019 OVO Summit Is Coming to Canada In August

Drake's upcoming OVO (October's Very Own) Summit finally has a set date.

The initiative between Drake's lifestyle brand and the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) will take place Friday, August 2 in the rapper's hometown of Toronto.

The summit is described as "an immersive conference for Canadian creatives and lifestyle entrepreneurs looking to grow their careers, hone their skills and make a lasting impact on the creative economy in Canada."

 

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OVO Summit tickets will be available at 11AM via @frenzy.app. For more information on how to purchase please visit octobersveryown.com/RBC.

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OVO fans and RBC clients will receive exclusive offers. Although details from the summit are sparse, they have promised to provide guests with "one of a kind offers, exclusive access, experiences, and creative content."

While the summit may have a date set, Drake's other OVO event, the OVO Fest, has yet to release its dates. The Toronto Raptors Global Ambassador first teased the famed event would return this summer, but for now, any buzz surrounding his brand has been directed toward the summit.

At the Raptors' NBA Championship parade, Drake confirmed his fans can expect to see OVO Fest up and running this year. "I hope that [the Raptors] will join me this year," the 32-year-old said. "'Cause we're bringing OVO Fest so I hope we can go crazy."

Tickets for the OVO Summit are on sale now on the Frenzy app.

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Premiere: Aja Is Shaping Their Raps With Confident Candor On "I Ain't Left"

Sometimes you have to remind folks you're the s**t. This is heard throughout Aja's latest single, "I Aint' Left."

The track contains their reliable swaggy confident nature along with bits of dominating lyrics. Speaking to VIBE, Aja reveals the track is a response critic who has questioned their pretty successful career. "'I Ain't Left' is about people giving me negative feedback on things they know nothing about and saying I don't deserve to make my dreams come true as an artist," they said.

"A lot of people told me to write about my struggles as an up-and-coming musician who's creating a new blueprint for queer artists coming from reality TV, and this track is what came out of it."

A fan favorite from the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars Aja captivated screens and unleashed their rap persona in 2017. A self-identified nonbinary queer artist and performer who's pronouns are "they/them," Aja has proved their lyrical abilities while going bar for bar with the sharpest talent in the industry like CupkakKe and Rico Nasty.

Currently, Aja is reading their next EP, ALL CAPS for Friday (June 28). The project is a follow up to their debut album BOX OFFICE. 

The Brooklyn native connects with fans, their struggles as it deals with race, gender and sexual identity, class, and sexuality. They have become an impactful figure in the LGBTQ+ community as well as an international role model.

Aja recently dominated the Wynwood Pride's LGBTQ music festival last weekend.

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Listen to "I Ain't Left" below.

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Chris Brown And Justin Bieber Create A Self-Love Note On "Don't Check On Me"

Chris Brown and Justin Bieber have joined forces once again with the release of their new single “Don’t Check On Me.” The love note is an ode to not succumbing to an ex's advances or falling victim to the “I miss you, how are you?” text. For the pair, once it’s done—it’s done.

The Biebs and Brown have collaborated in the past. In 2014, images of them in the studio surfaced. And you may remember in 2011 when they dropped “Next To You.”

According to Complex, Justin is getting ready to release new music since his last album Purpose, which dropped in 2015. He was recently spotted in the studio with his wife Hailey Baldwin.

 

 

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It’s interesting to see and hear what Bieber is coming out with next, considering the tumultuous couple of years he’s had with mental health. In a previous interview with VOGUE, he revealed he was depressed during his "Purpose Tour."

“I haven’t talked about this, and I’m still processing so much stuff that I haven’t talked about," he said. "I was lonely. I needed some time.”

“Just thinking about music stresses me out,” he continued. “I’ve been successful since I was thirteen, so I didn’t really have a chance to find who I was apart from what I did."

Listen to "Don"t Check On Me" above.

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