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21 Savage, Rae Sremmurd, Jojo And More Friday Releases You Need To Hear

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The holiday parties are coming to an end, and the rest of 2018 is rapidly winding down. Even so, we still have a little more time left for new music releases.

From 21 Savage to Rae Sremmurd and A Boogie, here's what you should be listening to now. Check out our full list below.

21 Savage – I AM > I WAS 

After somewhat of a late start, 21 Savage's dropped his new album I Am > I Was. The album was originally supposed to drop earlier this month, but 21 later tweeted that he "forgot" to put it out.

The album includes the pre-released track "Immortal," which was originally debuted on the Mortal Kombat 11 video game.

In celebration of the LP's release, 21 launched an interactive exhibit called "Motel 21" in Atlanta. The exhibit allows fans to explore themed rooms while sipping on Ciroc-based beverages. Each room will feature custom art created by Antwanette McLaughlin and Skye Williams. Fans will also be given a $1,000 gift card provided by Amazon, Get Schooled, Juma and 21's Leading by Example Foundation.

Listen to I Am > I Was below.

Jojo – Jojo (2018)

In a pleasant surprise to fans, Jojo has reworked her debut studio album with new vocals nearly 15 years after the album was originally released.

The singer announced the news in a series of posts on social media on Thursday (Dec. 20). If you remember, the album includes the hit single's "Leave (Get Out)," "Baby It's You," "Weak," and "Never Say Goodbye."

The original 2004 project debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, selling 95,000 copies in its first week. It is also certified platinum.

Listen to the re-recorded version of Jojo below.

Rae Sremurd – Sremm Christmas

Rae Sremmurd are back just in time for the holidays. The rap duo dropped their first holiday album, entitled Sremm Christmas. Producer Mike Will Made-It initially announced the album a few days before its release.

The two previously dropped two singles, including the melodic "Christmas at Swae's" and "Nothing For Christmas" which showcase Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi's individual talent and group dynamic.

The album comes behind the triple-disc album Sr3mm, which the group dropped in May 2018. Rae Sremmurd also teased a Sremm 4 project sometime in 2019.

Listen to Sremm Christmas below.

A Boogie – Hoodie SZN

A Boogie dropped his 20-track album, Hoodie SZN featuring guest appearances from Juice Wrld, Offset, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Young Thug, PnB Rock, Don Q, and Queen Naija.

The album includes the pre-released track "Startender" featuring Offset and Tyga, "Swervin" with Tekashi 6ix9ine, and "The Reaper." The album artwork features Boogie hiding his face under a hoodie as he sits in the pouring rain.

Liste to Hoodie SZN below.

The-Dream – Sextape Vol. 1-3

The-Dream is tackling a rather large feat with the release of his three-part project, Sextape Vol. 1, Vol. 2, and Vol. 3. The album is 40 songs long with no apparent features.

Of the new project, Dream said he wanted to create a body of work that explored the theme of love. "My goal with the start of this series is to liberate the lives of those who seek love, lust and honesty," the singer said in a press statement about the album's inspiration. "This is me and my lover’s ongoing diary – truly an unapologetic treat to the world of R&B."

Listen to Sextape Vol. 1, Vol. 2, and Vol. 3 below.

NBA Youngboy – Realer

NBA Youngboy is back with his new project Realer. The mixtape features appearances from Lil Baby and Plies.

Realer follows the release of his debut studio album, Until Death Call My Name, which dropped in Apr. 2018. NBA Youngboy was reportedly arrested in Feb. 2018, for an alleged assault and kidnapping. Despite his arrest, he promised fans a new mixtape.

Listen to Realer below.

Eric Bellinger – "Kisses On Christmas"

Just in time for Christmas, Eric Bellinger has released his new track, "Kisses On Christmas. Bellinger showcases his vocal range on the sultry, R&B single as he vies for the attention of a special loved one. The song also samples a snippet of Donny Hathaway's 1971 holiday track, "This Christmas."

"Could've splurged out, spent a check / 'Cause I know you like finer things / But you don't want none of that babe / I gave her kisses on Christmas," he sings.

Listen to "Kisses on Christmas" below.

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Lil Wayne's 1999 Rap Notebook Is On Sale For $250K

If you have $250,000 laying around and fancy yourself a Lil Wayne fan then you can own his rap notebook from 1999.

Weezy was about 17 years old and part of the beloved rap group the Hot Boys when he penned his lyrics for songs "We On Fire" and "I Feel."

The owner of the notebook told TMZ he found it inside a car once owned by Cash Money. As a dealership employee, he rummaged through the backseat and located the prized possession.

Photos of the notebook show water damage, which the owner said was nearly destroyed during Hurricane Katrina.

The notebook was stored in a box in his garage and when the Category 5 storm hit, he evacuated. When he returned much of his belongings were destroyed except for the book. Moments In Time will reportedly handle the sale of the rare find.

Moments In Time has sold several hip-hop artifacts. In 2017, the company sold three pages in which the beloved rapper penned the lyrics to his classic "Dear Mama." Each page priced at $25,000. The company also sold the vehicles Biggie and Pac were killed in.

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Keri Hilson Says New Music Is Coming Summer 2019

Keri Hilson is making a comeback. After a lengthy hiatus, the singer announced that she will be releasing new music this summer 2019.

Hilson shared the exciting news with her fans on Instagram on Sunday (Mar. 24). "Today marks 10 years since the release of my first studio album, 'In A Perfect World,'" she wrote in the caption of a photo herself. "I didn’t mean to be gone so long, I only needed my real world to be perfect...It is now. Thank you for your patience. The wait is over. I’m ready. Summer 2019."

It's definitely been a long time coming for Keri. In Feb. 2019, the singer explained her absence from the music scene, attributing it to mental health concerns. "I've lost some pivotal characters in the process of stepping away for my wellbeing," she said at the time. "Though I was prepared for the possibility that some wouldn't understand or lose faith in me as an artist while I dealt with the trials of my life, it still hurts. But I accept the fact that some relationships have just run their course."

It's unclear whether Hilson will be coming out with a single or a full LP at this time. Stay tuned for more announcements in the months to come.


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Today marks 10 years since the release of my first studio album, “In A Perfect World...” I didn’t mean to be gone so long, I only needed my real world to be perfect...it is now. Thank you for your patience. The wait is over. I’m ready. Summer 2019.

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Dr. Dre Promptly Deletes IG Post Bragging About Daughter's USC Admission

Dr. Dre thought he was sharing a "Proud Dad" moment on Instagram when he posted about his daughter getting accepted into the University of Southern California, but instead, he wound up the center of social media attack.

The tech mogul's deleted post reportedly bragged about his daughter Truly Young being admitted to the university "on her own," which was a subtle joke referencing the alleged college admissions bribery scandal. "My daughter got accepted into USC all on her own," he joked. "No jail time!!!"

The college admissions bribery scandal accused a number of parents of paying more than $25 million to a fake college admissions counselor to bribe college officials and inflate test scores.

While Dr. Dre was not one of the parents named in the court case, fans reminded him that he donated a whopping $70 million to USC. The donation was made in partnership with producer Jimmy Iovine in 2013 to create the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology, and the Business of Innovation.

Dr. may have deleted the post, but the damage was already done. Check out a screenshot of his post below.


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