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New Music Fridays: Ghostface Killah, Conway, JPEGMAFIA And More

This week sees Wu-Tang royalty pleasing long-time fans, a new LP from one of rap's most subversive voices, more free heat from the Griselda camp, and a Brooklyn veteran tackling the desecration of culture in his hometown. Read below for more on this week's New Music Friday.

Ghostface Killah – Ghostface Killahs
As Hulu airs the new original series Wu-Tang: An American Saga, one of the pillars of the Clan shows that he's still kicking. Ghostface Killah is releasing his 13th album, Ghostface Killahs, today. He's released two singles this year, "Conditioning" and "Party Over Here," and as is often the case with the rapper known as Tony Starks, he's keeping it in the family: guests include Wu-Tang members and affiliates such as Method Man, CappaDonna, and Inspectah Deck, along with previous collaborators Sun God, Shawn Wigs, and Solomon Childs. Apple Music | TIDAL

Conway The Machine – Look What I Became
Fans of Conway The Machine have been anxiously waiting for his debut studio album on Eminem's Shady Records since he announced his deal with the label in March 2017. And as he's been in the lab cooking up, he's continuously released music, with nearly half a dozen mixtapes over the past year and change. Today, he continues that string of drops with the Look What I Became EP, his third drop of the year. The project is full of the gritty, corner-dwelling hip-hop his fans love him for, with guest appearances from his Griselda cohorts Benny The Butcher and Westside Gunn, along with Jim Jones, Dave East, El Camino and Amber Simone. Apple Music | TIDAL

JPEGMAFIA – All My Heroes Are Cornballs
JPEGMAFIA has built a reputation and fan base from his experimental production and provocative, humorous lyrics and song titles, along with lending his sounds to Denzel Curry, Injury Reserve, and more. Peggy's latest album All My Heroes Are Cornballs, however, is "a meticulously sequenced record where anger frequently gives way to tranquillity – and vice versa," according to one early review. We haven't given it a listen yet ourselves, but we're excited to see what he has up his sleeve. Apple Music | TIDAL

Von Pea – City For Sale
Von Pea has been an indie rap staple for years, primarily known as a member of beloved Brooklyn rap trio Tanya Morgan. But today he's going solo dolo for City For Sale, an album that tells the story of the gentrification of his home city. "City For Sale is a breakup album. A relationship album. Instead of a woman it's about my hometown...YOUR hometown...your old way of living," he said about the album on his Bandcamp page. "Growing apart from a place, from people, from who you once ... The overall narrative is for any person that feels unfamiliar in a space that was currently familiar to them. This album is me finding my new comfort zone because I have to." Apple Music | TIDAL

Jahshua Smith – They Don't Love You Like That
Detroit lyricist Jahshua Smith has previously branded his music as Pro Black Cool, a combination of his fly Detroit energy and sociopolitical awareness that stems from his Motown family lineage and sense of black history. But on They Don't Love You Like That, the follow-up to The 4th Wall (2016), he gets his most personal yet, pairing his usual sensibilities with songs that chronicle surviving a massive car crash and moving back to Detroit after years in New York City. "I want people to recognize even when they feel a lack of love, the most powerful love comes from themselves," Smith told VIBE. "This is my self-love letter after coming home and almost losing myself." Apple Music | TIDAL

Emeli Sandé – Real Life
Scottish R&B singer/songwriter Emeli Sandé has returned with Real Life, her first studio album since 2016's Long Live The Angels. While her last project dealt with her divorce and other personal battles, according to Belfast Telegraph, her new record is more uplifting and confident. "The main themes on the album are freedom and survival, and I wanted the message of love to run throughout every song," she said. Apple Music | TIDAL

Shari Marie – Reflection
Shari Marie is 21 years old, but she looks to share a lifetime of experiences on Reflection, her new album executive produced by Grammy winning producer Swagg R' Celious (H.E.R., Kehlani, Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo). As she says in a press release: "“This is my first album ever and I can’t even describe how proud I am of the body of work created. It pulled so many emotions out of me and helped me during different situations while making it. Reflection is honest and real. I addressed old relationships, haters who didn’t wanna see me win and some of my family hardships. I’m excited to see how the music will impact the fans.” Apple Music | TIDAL

Lil Nas X ft. – Panini (DaBaby Remix)
After the record-breaking success of "Old Town Road," breakout star Lil Nas X has moved on to the next with his single "Panini" with a performance at the MTV VMAs and a music video. And this week, he's released a remix of the song with rookie of the year candidate DaBaby – and awarded a Twitter user $100 for correctly guessing the guest. Apple Music | TIDAL

Jhené Aiko – "Trigger Protection Mantra"
Jhené Aiko has gotten back into the swing of releasing new music over the past year with a few freestyles, but her new "Trigger Protection Mantra" is more of a meditation tool than anything else. Her tweet about the song simply says "headphone recommended," and rightfully so, as the song is a peaceful, immersive escape from daily stress. The YouTube link below provides more information about the song's healing properties, revealed by Aiko's sound healing mentor Jeralyn Glass. Apple Music | TIDAL | Spotify

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – "Mood Swings"
Since the release of his last full-length album in late 2018, A Boogie has been making cameos with the likes of 2 Chainz, Khalid and his homie Don Q. Now, the week that he was axed from the Power theme song for the original version, he's dropped his own new joint: "Mood Swings," a single from his next album. "Mood Swings" sees him popping sh*t, getting freaky with his best friend, and warning his enemies. Apple Music | TIDAL

Big Boi, Sleepy Brown and CeeLo Green – "Intentions"
Big Boi and Sleepy Brown have been a formidable team for years now, collaborating on tracks with each other via Outkast and on Big Boi's material, and performing together whenever Big Boi has a show. The duo have now decided to make an album together, and the funky first single "Intentions" has fellow Dungeon Family member CeeLo Green joining in. All of them sound just as beautiful and well-coordinated as always. Apple Music | TIDAL

French Montana ft. Gunna – "Suicide Doors"
French Montana is always prone for a hit, and his new song with Gunna, "Suicide Doors," sounds like another one. Armed with a beautiful Harry Fraud production, French and Gunna trade celebratory, boastful and melodic rhymes. Apple Music | TIDAL

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New Music Fridays: Pete Rock and Skyzoo, Gang Starr Ft. J. Cole, DaBaby And More

For today's New Music Fridays, New York City hip-hop from past and present both represent heavy in the release schedule, while one of rap's rookies of the year and a new Young Money artist also make strong impressions.

Skyzoo and Pete Rock – Retropolitan Rappers have spoken for years about wanting to "bring New York back," but Skyzoo and Pete Rock take the task personally on their new album Retropolitan. Skyzoo said that joint album “came from a feeling of necessity. The album is both a love letter and a wakeup call to the city of New York. In an age where hype dominates reality, FOMO supersedes integrity and gentrification has supplanted tradition, this album is screaming for NYC to wake TF up---even as Pete & myself thank the city for all it’s done for us at the same time." Their single "Eastern Conference All-Stars" with Conway The Machine, Benny The Butcher, Westside Gunn and Conway has been getting obsessive listens over here, so we're excited to hear the rest of the album by the elite Brooklyn wordsmith and the GOAT level producer. Apple Music | TIDAL

Kemba – Gilda Since changing his name from YC The Cynic, Kemba has built much of his buzz in recent years with stunning freestyles – namely an impromptu performance with and cosign from Kendrick Lamar in Brooklyn, and a bar-heavy freestyle on Hot 97 with host Peter Rosenberg. But his Republic debut Gilda – named after his recently deceased mother – showcases both his exquisite bar work, a vulnerable singing voice, and a willingness to distort his vocals to convey the whirlwind of emotions that comes with such painful loss. The album features appearances by Jagged Edge, RL of Next, Smino, Chris Scholar and Portugal, The Man, along with production by Black Milk, Brasstracks, and Kemba himself. Apple Music | TIDAL

Boosie Badazz and Zaytoven – Bad Azz Zay Boosie Badazz released two projects in 2018 – Boosie Blues Cafe and Savage Holidays – and he's taking time away from his hilarious IG live appearances to drop another album, Bad Azz Zay, produced by Zaytoven, the Atlanta producer known for his collaborations with Gucci Mane, Usher, and Future. The album clocks in at 13 tracks and 41 minutes, with one feature from Tokyo Vanity. Apple Music | TIDAL

Gashi – Gashi Libyan lyricist Gashi has spent the last few years racking up streams and building up his fan base with songs like "Safety" with DJ Snake and "Creep On Me" with French Montana and DJ Snake. This week, off the momentum of the G-Eazy-assisted single "My Year" performing in the top 40, Gashi releases his self-titled debut with RCA Records. He showcases his various musical influences across 16 tracks and 51 minutes. Apple Music | TIDAL

Euro – Don't Expect Nothing Providence, Rhode Island rapper Euro first introduced himself to the masses with an appearance on "Live Life," a song from Lil Wayne's Dedication 5 mixtape. After paying dues and dropping loosies over the years, he's releasing his debut album Don't Expect Nothing under Secret Weapon Entertainment and Empire, with Young Money's backing. He reunites with Tunechi on "Talk 2 Me Crazy," and other album highlights include "A Billion Dollars," "Georgia" and "More Life, More Luv." Apple Music | TIDAL

Gang Starr featuring J. Cole – "Family and Loyalty" It's been more than 15 years since Gang Starr's last album, and nine years since the rap half of the group, Guru, died of cancer. But after a cryptic voicemail from Nas on DJ Premier's phone surfaced earlier this week, DJ Premier has released a brand new single from the legendary duo. "Family and Loyalty" features DJ Premier's timeless scratches and focused, thematic lyrics by a posthumous Guru. And after a year and a half of bodying every guest appearance in sight, J. Cole continues his run with another passionate, multisyllabic 16 that he says will be his last feature. Apple Music | TIDAL

DaBaby – "INTRO" DaBaby has had a hell of a year in 2019: his hit "Suge" has made him a star, and guest appearances with the likes of Megan the Stallion and J. Cole. But after dropping his solo album Baby On Baby earlier this year, it appears that another is on the horizon with the release of "INTRO" this week. Over a soulful beat by DJ Kid, DaBaby gives a heartfelt breakdown of his humble beginnings, his rise to success, and his continued aspirations. Spotify | Apple Music | TIDAL

Casanova "Stay Wit It" Casanova has had a hot summer: "Coming Home" showed his romantic side with a cameo from Chris Brown, and the Fabolous-assisted "So Brooklyn" has taken his hometown by storm, inspiring rappers around the world to rap over it in the #SoBrooklynChallenge. Now, he's released a new song called "Stay Wit It," announcing an Oct. 11 release date for his album Behind These Scars. Apple Music | TIDAL

Lucky Daye – "Buying Time" With his The Painted Tour beginning tonight (Sept. 20) in Portland, Ore., Lucky Daye released "Buying Time," a smooth, guitar-tinged song outside of his album Painted that was released earlier this year. Apple Music | TIDAL

Aaron Rose – "Pyramids" Pro Era lyricist Aaron Rose, formerly known as A La $ole, has released his new single "Pyramids" with a knocking, atmospheric backdrop by A Silent K and high-energy bars by Aaron. The song appears on Aaron Rose's upcoming album Rozart, which will be released through Pro Era Records.

Th1rt3en - "Palindrome" Th1rt3en is the trio of Pharaohe Monch, Daru Jones and Marcus Machado – and in preparation for their upcoming performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on Saturday, Sept. 21, they've released the song "Palindrome." The record showcases Monch's unreal lyrical abilities, as he plays with palindromes – words that read the same backward and forward. Watch the video below to keep up.

Mickey Factz - Enigma "Y'all know what I do to lyrics. Why I gotta do a gimmick just for you to get it?" On the self-titled song from this three-song EP, Bronx lyricist Mickey Factz ponders that, sick loved ones, and other pressing issues. Mickey is a rapper's rapper, and that's clear from these songs: the wit, wordplay and flows are always precise, and this is a solid sampling of his skill set. Apple Music | TIDAL

Cantrell – "I’m So Georgia YAKWTFGO" After impressing us with his video for Devil Never Even Lived single "WaY BaCK," Mass Appeal lyricst Cantrell has continued his #FreeShxtFriday series with his take on Casanova and Fabolous' "So Brooklyn."

I’m So Georgia YAKWTFGO - #SoBrooklynChallenge #FreeShxtFriday @CASANOVA_2X pic.twitter.com/i0jN5lmw5L

— Cantrell (@iamcantrell) September 20, 2019

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Tekashi 6ix9ine performs at the 2018 Made In America Festival - Day 1 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 1, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Footage Of Tekashi 6ix9ine's Alleged Kidnapping Surfaces

A new video showcasing the kidnapping of rapper Tekashi69 last year in Brooklyn by his former Nine Trey Bloods associates has been obtained by The Daily News. Although we don’t see Tekashi or his accused kidnappers—Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Ellison’s friend who goes by “Sha”—we do hear the whole ordeal as they drive through the dark, rainy streets of Brooklyn.

When the footage of the kidnapping ends, the video transitions into scenes with Jorge Rivera, Tekahi’s driver, who attempted at following the vehicle in which he was kidnapped and retrieve the license plate number. We hear Rivera calling 911 in Spanish to come to Tekashi’s aid. Rivera immediately became a witness in the case.

The “FeFe” rapper’s alleged feud with Ellison came after a dispute over how the rapper (né Daniel Hernandez) would share all his earnings with the gang.

During his recent testimony at Manhattan Federal Court earlier this week, the 23-year-old recalled the kidnapping stating the gang members ended up going against each other. “The gang, it was divided. We’re all part of the same gang but we’re attacking each other,” Tekashi revealed.

Hernandez also detailed that the kidnapping began around 4 am ET when Ellison crashed a stolen car into Rivera’s Chevy Tahoe SUV at Atlantic Avenue and Bedford Ave on July 22, 2018.

According to Tekashi, Sha opened the door of the Chevy armed with a gun and demanded that he get into the car with him and Ellison. Ellison was allegedly armed as well. In the video, you can hear Tekashi trying to reason with Ellison about the situation.

“I put money in your pocket, bro, I’m scared, bro…I don’t know...everybody is saying extortion this, extortion that,” he said.

“I’m pleading with my heart...yo, don’t shoot,” Tekashi would later say in court about the incident.

Ultimately, after the rapper obtained several injuries from both Ellison and Sha beating him up and demanding that he say loud that he is no longer part of the Bloods gang, they came to a settlement. If Tekashi relinquished all of his jewelry, they would let him go.

“We came to an agreement. If I gave them the jewelry, they would let me go,” Tekashi said.

Eventually, the crew made it to his girlfriend’s home where they retrieved the jewelry. Later, Tekashi would allegedly escape from the backseat and get into a random car which dropped him off at a precinct.

During part two of his testimony, Hernandez also revealed other inner workings of the gang and their attempts to fatally shoot rappers like Cheif Keef, Casanova and Trippie Redd.

More details on the fate of Tekashi’s case are still pending. You can hear/watch the alleged kidnapping over at The Daily News.

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Premiere: Guaynaa Uses His Handyman Skills To Impress The Ladies In "Buyaka" Video

After releasing his hit single “ReBoTa,” Guaynaa is back with the cheeky visuals for “Buyaka.” With a crew of handymen in blue overalls, the 26-year-old is seemingly trying to seduce and impress a beautiful blonde haired young lady. As they perform for her and attempt at fixing the bad plumbing in her kitchen, Guaynaa (né Jean Carlos Santiago) charmingly performs the track laced with suggestive lyrics.

Santiago’s out of the box style seems like an anomaly among his peers which is refreshing. The artist told Billboard earlier this year that his stage name, Guaynaa, is a term used to describe a wealthy/high-class person in his native country of Puerto Rico. He also expressed how his parents are his main inspiration for his musical aspirations.

“There are many factors that inspire me as an artist. But, my family is my inspiration. My mom and dad are trovadores,” he said. “But, I really felt the inspiration after listened to other singers, like Residente. Growing up, I tried to imitate them and I realized that I have a true passion for music.”

Guaynaa's musical inspirations also come from some of reggaeton's other classic acts like Zion y Lennox and Julio Voltio.

Watch the video for "Buyaka" above.

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