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Buju Banton Discusses "Steppa" Single And Working With DJ Khaled

Banton's last studio album, 'Before the Dawn,' was released in 2010.

Buju Banton is on track to release a new album following his "Long Walk To Freedom" tour. While on the road, the legendary reggae singer performed his classic hits from "Untold Stories" to "Champion." Now, he's ready to share a new single for 2019 dubbed "Steppa."

In a statement shared with VIBE, the 'Til Shiloh artist defined the title of the song, noting "when we say Steppa we don't mean Shotta. A Steppa is different from a Shotta. A Steppa is a guy or girl stepping towards progress. A Steppa is not out here robbing and killing people, those people we call Tekkas and Shottas. We a step for the better, step because we want progress." Banton's last studio album, Before the Dawn, was released in 2010.

While he has his own personal records underway, Banton also dished on his partnership with DJ Khaled for the latter's Father of Asahd album, which debuted earlier this year. Banton is featured on "Holy Mountain" which finds the famed artist giving thanks to God and remaining grateful for his many blessings.

"DJ Khaled is my family, my bredda so working with him is always a joy more time don't even feel like work," he said. Upon his release, Khaled was one of the main artist's that voiced his support for Banton, even visiting Jamaica to meet with the star.

Stay tuned for an official release date for Banton's highly-anticipated album.


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Champagne Papi hit fans with his second single in a matter of months.  “Laugh Now, Cry Later” arrived on Friday (Aug. 14) along with a cameo-heavy music video.

In the visual, Drake lives out his dream of being a professional athlete, complete with an oversized “draft day” suit (à la LeBron James in 2003). The 33-year-old rapper also shows off his range as both a dramatic actor (he sheds a tear, or two) and comedic actor.

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NO I.D.’s Entire Music Catalog Acquired By Hipgnosis

Chicago super producer NO I.D.'s entire music catalog has been sold to Hipgnosis. The company acquired 100% of the Grammy winner’s global copyrights and publishing royalties, including writer’s income, Billboard reports.

Founded by music veteran and artist manager, Merck Mercuriadis, Hipgnosis is a British music IP investment and management company “established to offer investors a pure-play exposure to songs and associated musical intellectual property rights.”

“Not many have the best intentions for the artist and the creators,” No I.D. said in a statement. “Merck and the Hipgnosis team have shown that they are a safe home for the songs that score our lives.”

Born Earnest Dion Wilson, the Windy City native -- and longtime producer for Jay Z and Kanye West -- has worked with a long list of recording artists including Jhene Aiko, Common, Big Sean, Killer Mike, Drake, Young Jeezy, Vince Staples, Rihanna, Rick Ross, and more. His extensive catalog includes “Run This Town,” “I Used to Love HER,” and “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune).

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The inspiring music video ends with a note of motivation from Ciara, “To all my Young Rosa’s and Young Luther’s keep marching. Don’t stop fighting for what you believe in. To all my Black Queens and Kings, continue to plant and spread seeds of love, hope and pride in your tribe. Everything you need to survive and thrive is rooted in you. Stay rooted.”

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