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Kendrick Lamar And Pharrell Join Forces On 'Creed II's "The Mantra"

Ahead of its second bout in theaters on Nov. 21, a song off Creed II's soundtrack has entered the ring.

Ahead of its second bout in theaters on Nov. 21, a song off Creed II's soundtrack has entered the ring. "The Mantra" provides instrumental space for Kendrick Lamar and Pharrell to exercise their wordplay and catchy hook capabilities.

The melody is produced by Mike WiLL Made-It, who crafted the majority of the sequel's soundtrack. The sought-after beatsmith called upon artists from different moments in hip-hop like Crime Mobb and Juicy J to Gunna and Vince Staples. R&B stars like Ari Lennox and Ella Mai might also change the soundtrack's tempo with their effortless vocals, but these artists aren't the only creatives that recorded original music for the film.

Creed II's co-star Tessa Thompson also displayed her vocals for a song titled "Midnight." Earlier this year, Thompson said the film's writers carved out a space for her character of Bianca to showcase her talents.

“We’ve just had a lot of conversations around how we can try to give this character, Bianca, her own agency and how we make sure that her voice is really present in it,” Thompson says to VIBE. “Even if she doesn’t occupy tons of page space, the page space that she does occupy feels really vital. Some of that has to do with her being able to articulate where she’s coming from. I think the only time I would ever feel mad is if I feel she’s not taking agency in the way that I hope that she would.”

Listen to "The Mantra" below.

READ MORE: ‘Creed II’ Reinstates Familial Importance, Carves Space For Characters To Expand

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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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A$AP Ferg Teams Up With City Girls And ANTHA On "Wigs"

A$AP Ferg is ready to dominate the summer with a new album and twerk-ready jams like his new single, "Wigs" featuring City Girls and ANTHA.

Produced by Frankie P (J.I.D., Cam'ron, Meek Mill), rambunctious single gives us yet another song to add to the hot girl summer playlist. The track is a follow up to "Pups" featuring A$AP Rocky. Collaborations might be the mission for Ferg this year as the rapper and painter teamed up with Redline to release a limited edition BMX-style bike. A$AP Ferg edition apparel will also be sold. The creative has successfully partnered with Adidas twice with his Trap Lord brand. He's also joined forces with Hennessy to sell a cocktail kit inspired by a drink he called the "Hennessy Uptown" in 2018. Tiffany & Co. made the Harlem native the face of its "Believe in Dreams" campaign as well as a brand ambassador last year.

But the rapper isn't the best graces with everyone. Asian Da Brat was originally on the track was reportedly replaced with a verse from Yung Miami. "I got mad love for @ASAPferg but him taking me off “WIG” was a big mistake  I BODIED THIS S**T IN MY SLEEP," Asian said in a tweet early Tuesday (June 25).

I got mad love for @ASAPferg but him taking me off “WIG” was a big mistake 😂😂🔥 I BODIED THIS SHIT IN MY SLEEP pic.twitter.com/74WvmLhs3i

— Asian Da Brat (@AsianDaBrattt) June 25, 2019

Ferg hasn't said anything about the collaboration but did share with Zane Lowe his music plans for the summer. "I'm just giving you all a little air right now, but the door's about to get slammed open, and it's going to be so much new music, so much new visuals," Ferg said on Beats 1 Radio. "I've been shooting videos, I've been creating music, I've got a whole project done, and finished, and I'm about to unleash. You know, it's going to be crazy, July is looking very nice to release some things."

Listen to "Wigs" below.

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