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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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Former Recording Academy Boss Says The Grammy Awards Are Rigged

Former Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan is accusing the Recording Academy of gender discrimination and sexual harassment, days before the 62nd annual Grammy Awards.

The 46-page complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Tuesday (Jan. 21), claims that the Recording Academy abides by a “boy’s club mentality”  and manipulates the Grammys voting process, among other allegations.

In the documents, Dugan accuses the Recording Academy of attempting to smear her reputation for speaking out against the alleged harassment, gender discrimination, unequal pay, and unlawful retaliation, that she claims to have endured. Dugan, who was recently ousted from her position, also accuses music lawyer Joel Katz of sexual harassment.

Katz “categorically” denied Dugan’s allegations in a statement through his attorney.

Dugan, the Recording Academy’s first female CEO, says she took over after former CEO Neil Portnow resigned “in disgrace after being caught making misogynistic remarks about women recording artists.” Dungan claims that her salary was significantly lower than her two male predecessors, and that she was later told to hire Portnow as a consultant for a $750,000 fee. The documents goes on to claim  Portnow's consultant contract was severed because he was accused of raping a female recording artist.

Portnow denied the rape claim which he called, “ludicrous and untrue.”

Dugan filed a HR complaint in December of 2019. She was put on administrative leave three weeks later. However, the Recording Academy claims Dugan was placed on leave over a bullying complaint from Portnow’s executive assistant. Dugan alleges that the Recording Academy attempted to work out a settlement with her before backing out at the last minute and giving her one hour to agree to a new deal. She later informed the company of her intent to sue.

Dugan's complaint outlines how women and minority groups have been “historically underrepresented” at the Grammys and within the Academy. For example, the docs note that only 10 black artists have won the coveted Album of the Year honor and that R&B artist are typically excluded from top awards in favor of country, rock and pop music. The docs point out some of the criticisms the the Grammys has received, including failing to honor black artists and a lack of diversity among winners. Eminem for instances, won Best Rap Album seven times despite the category being dominated by black artists. Also mentioned in the documents are Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who beat out Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Kanye West for Best Rap Album in 2014. Dugan used Drake and pop star Dua Lipa to support her claim that the show cuts acceptance speeches short if the artist criticizes the Academy.

Further in the docs, Dugan exposes the Grammys nominations process as allegedly being “ripe with corruption.” Submissions are voted on by 12,000 Recording Academy members all around the country. The selections are narrowed down to the Top 20 entries, which are then reviewed by “secret committees.” Dugan asserts that board members on the committees have relationships with recording artists, thus furthering an artist's chance of getting nominated.

“The Board also manipulates the nominations process to ensure that certain songs or albums are nominated when the producer of the Grammys (Ken Ehrlich) wants a particular song performed during the show,” the documents claim.

Click here to read Dungan's full complaint.

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Da Baby, Megan Thee Stallion And Roddy Ricch To Headline 2020 Broccoli City Festival

Broccoli City Fest is returning with a packed lineup. Da Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Rich and more, are billed to hit the stage as headliners of the annual DMV music festival.

Additional performers include, hometown artist, Ari Lennox, as well as Burna Boy, Doja Cat, Selection, IDK, Lucky Daye, and surprise performances, according to the lineup announced on Wednesday (Jan. 22).

BC Fest 2020 promises to be the “best one yet,” per a statement on the festival website. Besides music, the festival will feature a carnival, an interactive art space where patrons can take selfies, pop-up venders, VIP lounges, a curated cannabis experience (for the 21+ an older), a DJ tent and “more food and beverage options.”

Although pre-sale tickets sold out within hours of the lineup announcement. early bird passes were still available at press time.

Broccoli City Fest 2020 takes place in Washington D.C. on May 9. Check out the full lineup below.

 

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Nipsey Hussle Rumored To Receive Tribute At 62nd Annual Grammy Awards

This time last year, Nipsey Hussle attended the Grammy Awards as a first-time nominee. The Los Angeles native, who earned a nod for his long-awaited feature length studio album, Victory Lap, hit the red carpet alongside his daughter, Imani, and partner Lauryn London. Despite losing the category to Cardi B, Hussle's landing a nomination after years of grinding in the rap game, was a victory within itself.

“It ain’t expect nothing,” he told Big Boy's Neighborhood last last year of being nominated.. “It’s been some talk around it so if the list would’ve come around and I wasn’t on it, I wasn’t going to be disappointed.”

Two months after the award show, the 33-year-old rapper and entrepreneur was gunned down in the parking lot of his clothing store. Hussle's tragic death seemingly expanded his fans based an illuminated his legacy and influence, and according to a report from Hits Daily Double, the Grammys will pay tribute to the late recording artist during this year’s ceremony. It's unclear who will participate in the supposed tribute as  the Recording Academy has yet to confirm (or deny) the rumor.

Hussle also received three posthumous Grammy nods for Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap/Sung performance. The ceremony is expected to feature performances from Tyler the Creator, H.E.R., Charlie Wilson, Lil Nas X, BTS, Lizzo, and Aerosmith with Run DMC, and more.

The 62nd annual Grammy Awards air on Jan. 26 on CBS.

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