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New Music Friday: Gang Starr, Michael Kiwanuka, Earl Sweatshirt And More

This week sees a triumphant return by Gang Starr and new music from the likes of Michael Kiwanuka, Miguel, Earl Sweatshirt, The Game, and more.

Now that hip-hop fans have had some time to fully digest Kanye West's latest offering Jesus is King, we have more turns that will hopefully bless ears and speakers. DJ Premier has brought Gang Starr back to life with the duo's first album in nearly two decades, Earl Sweatshirt released an unexpected project, and The Game and Young Thug both released new singles. Look below for more new music released this week.

Gang Starr – One of the Best Yet
With iconic records like “Mass Appeal,” “Above The Clouds” and “DWYCK,” Gang Starr is one of the most revered rap groups of all time for their creations from the 1980s through the early 2000s. Now, 16 years after their last album, DJ Premier has revived the group, bringing back his signature productions and breathing new life into unreleased vocals of the late Guru. One Of The Best Yet reminds the potency of Guru’s lyricism, while pairing him with previous Premier collaborators like Group Home, Jeru The Damaja and Freddie Foxxx, while also bringing aboard contemporary acts like J. Cole and Nitty Scott. – William E. Ketchum III
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Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
Michael Kiwanuka blew us away with his stirring video for “Hero,” inspired by the Black Panthers. His third album, Kiwanuka, reunites him with Danger Mouse and Inflo, and showcases beautifully soulful, distinctive vocals and melancholy lyrics. Future listens will unpack all that it has to offer, but an early listen shows potential as one of the year’s best. – WK
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Miguel – "Funeral"
Miguel has an EP on the way, and "Funeral" is the first single and the title track. "I'm releasing more music all the way into the new year but "Funeral" is the perfect song to get it started," he said. "I've been exploring darker tones and themes for some time, this song whets the imagination for what's to come." Apple Music | TIDAL

Earl Sweatshirt – Feet of Clay
A year after Earl Sweatshirt’s 2018 album Some Rap Songs, the eccentric, emotive lyricist has released Feet of Clay without as much as 24 hours notice. Earl describes the album as “a collection of observations and feelings recorded during the death throes of a crumbling empire.” The album is largely produced by Earl himself, with guest appearances by Mach-Hommy and Mavi. – WK
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Apollo Brown – Sincerely, Detroit
Usually, Detroit producer Apollo Brown likes to zone in with one or two rappers for projects: he's previously done LPs with O.C., Guilty Simpson, Rapper Big Pooh, and his group Ugly Heroes. But this year, he decided to do something different: a love letter to the hip-hop of his hometown. Sincerely, Detroit takes Apollo's signature golden era-influenced production and equips it with over 50 Detroit rappers: everyone from OGs like Slum Village, One Be Lo, and Elzhi, to younger acts like Clear Soul Forces, Chris Orrick, and Nolan the Ninja. Sincerely, Detroit is easily the largest, most comprehensive musical illustration of Detroit rap ever created. While listening to this, also purchase D-Cyphered, a collection of portraits by Jenny Risher and storytelling by Hex Murda that tells the story of Detroit's hip-hop scene. – WK
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Stalley – Reflection of Self: The Head Trip
On Head Trip, Stalley initiates a midwest to west coast connection by enlisting Los Angeles producer Jansport J. Two days before its release, the duo hosted an intimate listening session in New York City for die-hard supporters, who demanded repeated listens of highlights “Peppermints and Water” and “Hold It Up.” With only one guest appearance (a beautiful chorus by Kenneth Whalum), Stalley and Jansport lock in for a smooth, smart, retrospective nine tracks. – WK
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The Game Feat. Anderson .Paak – "Stainless"
The Game is readying the release of his final album,  Born 2 Rap.  As always, appetizers come before the meal. Today (Nov. 1), the Cedar Bloc Piru let loose his second single of 2019 with "Stainless." The Game has collaborated with Anderson .Paak on songs like "Room in Here," "Magnus Carlson," and Crenshaw/80s and Cocaine." Born 2 Rap is slated for a Nov. 29 release. – Darryl Robertson
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Westside Gunn – Hitler Wears Hermes 7
Westside Gunn returns with his seventh installment of Hitler Wears Hermes. The 16-track effort comes just before Griselda Records crew project, WWCD (What Would Chinegun Do), which will be released later this month. But on Gunn's latest body of work, the Buffalo MC tapped Griselda reps Conway the Machine, and Benny the Butcher to help with verses, as well as outsiders Curren$y, Fat Joe, Boldy James, DJ Drama, and others. Production is handled by Alchemist, Daringer, DJ Green Lantern, Statik Selektah, Animoss and JR Swiftz, among others. – DR
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Hoodrich Pablo Juan – DMV
Serving as the follow-up to this year's BLO: The Movie mixtape, Hoodrich Pablo Juan came through with his DMV (an acronym for Dope Money Violence) LP. The Alamo Records artist’s 15-track album features Gucci Mane, Wiz Khalifa and MPR Tito. Production is handled by Tay Keith, Zaytoven, Southside, TM88, Ronny J, Maaly Raw. – DR
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Rod Wave – Ghetto Gospel
Florida’s Rod Wave is currently on tour with Kevin Gates. But this didn't stop the Florida native from unleashing Ghetto Gospel, which is executive produced by Kevin Gates. Ghetto Gospel follows PTSD, released earlier this year. The 14-song track features only Gates and Lil Durk. – DR
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Young Thug feat. Travis Scott, and Gunna – "Hot (Remix)"
Young Thug surprised fans with the remix to "Hot" featuring Gunna and Travis Scott. The original version appeared on Thug's So Much Fun album. Recently, Thugga and Gunna performed “Hot” with the Temple University Diamond Marching Band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in late October. – DR
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Lupe Fiasco – "Hey Lupe"
Lupe Fiasco has partnered with his manager Charles "Chill" Patton for Chill's Spotlight, a playlist that showcases previously unreleased songs from their label 1st & 15th. This week sees the third single from the playlist, a song called "Hey Lupe." Chill recalled the creation of the record. "I got the beat from the producer and played it twice for Lu while we were riding in a white Suburban, 20 minutes later we made it to the studio and he immediately went in and knocked out the whole song — verses, hook, adlibs, etc. It was natural for him, but not so natural for me to see this, and I had been around some of the greats. This is when I knew he was a monster!!"

Killy – "Triple Helix"
Toronto artist Killy has been a star in the making since his 2017 hit "Kilimanjaro," and "Triple Helix" is another showcase of his talents.  Killy's trappy melodies float perfectly on top of production by WorkingOnDying collective member OogieMane (Drake's "I'm Upset", Lil Uzi Vert's "That's a Rack" and "Sanguine Paradise") and 16yrold (Sheck Wes's "Mo Bamba", Playboi Carti's "I Promise You"). Apple Music | TIDAL

Sheek Louch – Gorillaween Vol. 2
Sheek Louch’s Gorillaween mixtape returns for a sequel four years later. Here, the Yonkers MC shares 10 new songs, and guest verses from his brothers Styles P, Jadakiss, Dyce Payne and Whispers.  – DR
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Reginelli – Life After No Limit (Reloaded)
Former No Limit Records artist Reginelli released Life After No Limit in 2008, and today he released a "Reloaded" version with four extra tracks. Apple Music | TIDAL

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Premiere: Inayah Lamis Busts The Windows Out Of Toxic Love In Visuals For "Best Thing"

Breakups are never easy but let Inayah Lamis heal your heart with her cheeky video for "Best Thing." Inspired by true events, the Houston native sings about bitter feelings about love gone astray.

The emotional ballad is simple in production thanks to the presence of an acoustic guitar, allowing Lamis to show off her vocal chops. Reminiscent of 2000s R&B gems like "I Wished You Loved Me" by Tynisha Keli and recent classics like Tink's "Treat Me Like Somebody," Lamis finds the right words that almost anyone can relate to.

"The track “Best Thing” was birthed from a realtime heartbreak," she tells VIBE. "I went into the lab and wrote it while I was ending a relationship that had a strong hold over me. I literally cried in the booth as I was singing it. My hopes are that every woman or man that has been emotionally broken and taken for granted by a lover will feel comfort in knowing that leaving was the best thing they ever did for themselves."

Thanks to her around the way aura, the video plays off her personality with the presence of "Smakie Lamis" taking Lamis out of her sad girl feels over her deceitful partner, allowing her to hop in the whip and bust out some car windows–even if it's not her beau's car. Directed by Michelle Parker, the video also plays up Lamis' Houston swag as she rides around town in a candy green whip.

The budding singer knows how important her songwriting plays a role in her relationship with fans. Lamis previously shared a bit of her writing style with Refinery29, while opening up about the importance of body positivity.

"Anytime something impacts my life, I write it down and make a song out of it," she said. In her previous visuals for "Suga Daddy," the singer turned up the sexy for a good reason. "I've displayed my confidence as a chunky girl in this video. So many people have things to say about curvy, bigger girls. I feel like we're in a space now where we're able to finally have a voice and be free, and still be sexy. Particularly with the wardrobe, I wanted to show some skin, to show those curves, those back rolls, those fat little pockets I got underneath my chin and shit. I wanted to make sure I displayed that and rocked the hell out of it, confidently."

Lamis is gearing up to release her debut EP S.O.L.A.R. (Storytelling Over Lyrics and Rhymes) on Dec. 13. The singer hopes to share more stories her fans will appreciate and the masses will adore. Her come-up is a digital grassroots movement thanks to her remake of Ella Mai's "Boo'd Up" in 2018 leading to her debut studio single  "N.A.S.," an acronym for "Ni**as ain't S**t."


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Taking things up a notch, Lamis announced the #BestThingChallenge to welcome fellow sangers to show off their vocals.

Before diving into the challenge, enjoy the visuals for "Best Thing" below.

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Premiere: Lambo Anlo Praises Women Hustlers In 'Blac Chyna' Video

Stripper-turned-entrepreneur Blac Chyna is one of the more polarizing figures in black music and reality TV, but Washington DC artist Lambo Anlo pays homage to her in his new video.

On "Blac Chyna," Lambo uses melodic rhymes to tell the story of a woman who uses her hustle, her beauty and her body to go from "section 8 to a palace." He speaks from a place of admiration for her focus, and the visual is a one shot video that shows him playing piano as the backdrop for a crew of gorgeous women of different complexions.

"It's the story of a female who grew up in an impoverished environment, taking any step she can to get where she wants to be in life," Lambo Anlo told VIBE. "For the video, we wanted to showcase the various cultures and races of women that go through this same struggle."

"I wanted to make an intimate video that juxtaposes two different types of people in more of a veiled style than what's traditionally expected," director Dillon Dowdell told VIBE.

Yazid Britt, director for creative services and marketing at Rostrum Records, noted that instead of simply casting a lookalike of the song's namesake as the lead, they wanted to go deeper and connect with viewers.

"It was an easy suggestion to just place a literal version of Blac Chyna as the female lead, but in many cases people see themselves through celebrities and that's what we set out with director Dillon Dowdell. There is a Blac Chyna in every culture.”

Watch the video for "Blac Chyna" above.

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Jaden Smith Paints The City Pink "Again" In New Video

Jaden Smith released the brand new music visuals for his record, "Again," featuring his alter ego SYRE.  The song is taken from his latest album ERYS, which dropped earlier this year.

Here, in the new visuals, Jaden uses his typical pink-colored theme, as the video kicks off with him spray painting his pink car with his MSFTS imprint before breaking out into a dance on top of the car.

The rapper seems to be sporting a new triangle-shaped face tattoo on his right cheek, which is probably just for the video, and may or may not be a reference to that illuminati-pyramid he was building in his parents backyard.

In other Jaden Smith news, the actor is slated to play a young Kanye West in Omniverse, an anthology that examines perception through the eyes of Mr. West.

Watch the video above.



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