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New Music Friday: Gucci Mane, SOB X RBE, Cam'ron, Young Thug And More

This week's new music includes Cam'ron, Gucci Mane, a deluxe version of Young Thug's latest, and more.

It's been an emotional roller coaster in hip-hop this week. Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Popa Wu passed away. The cause of the 63-year-old's death has not been revealed. Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced to two years in a federal prison; meanwhile, NBA Youngboy avoided jail time after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges; and someone leaked an A$AP Rocky sex tape, which spurred Twitter-heads to toast the Harlem native's stroke game.

But on the music side of things, music lovers are blessed today (Dec. 20) with albums from veteran MCs Cam'ron, Gucci Mane, Too Short, and the late Sean Price. Millennial artists Young Thug,  SOB X RBE, and NLE Choppa released projects, as well as Doe Boy, and others.

Cam'ron – Purple Haze 2
Children raised in the early 2000s are really excited today: Dipset's general Cam'ron released a personal narrative in the form of Purple Haze 2. The 16-song album serves as the follow-up to 2004's Purple Haze. Led by the single "Believe in Flee," PH2 features Jim Jones, Max B, Wale, Mimi, Shooter and Disco Black. On PH2, and Killa shares untold stories about the Notorious B.I.G., Suge Knight, Wu-Tang Clan, and others. Apple Music|TIDAL

Gucci Mane – East Atlanta Santa 3
One of the hardest working men in the hip-hop, Gucci Mane returns with the third installment of East Atlanta Santa. This week, Guwop got the ball rolling with catchy “Jingle Bales.” EAS 3 comes after the June release of Delusions Of Grandeur, and Woptober II, which dropped in October. Previous Gucci's Christmas efforts The Return of East Atlanta Santa was released in 2016. In 2014, East Atlanta Santa mixtape was released on Christmas Day. Apple Music|TIDAL

SOB X RBE – Strictly Only Brothers
Bay Area rap outfit SOB X RBE fell through with the brand new Strictly Only Brothers, the follow-up to this year's Family Not a Group, a collaborative effort with producer Hit-Boy. SOB caps out at 15 tracks, including the single “Legend” and their latest freebies, “Ain’t Got Time,” and "Sensei." Strictly Only Brothers is the first full-length album featuring their updated lineup. SOB X RBE revealed that Lul G was no longer part of the group. He was later arrested for murder. Apple Music|TIDAL

NLE Choppa--Cottonwood
At the top of the year, newcomer NLE Choppa created a nice situation for himself with his flaming single, "Shotta Flow." This sparked a bidding war between labels, and the Memphis native settled with Warner Records. To celebrate the reportedly $3 million deal, today (Dec. 20), the 17-year-old released his brand new EP, Cottonwood, named after the Memphis block that bred him. Cottonwood consists of nine songs and features the Blueface, who appears on the "Shotta Flow (remix)." It's also rumored that Choppa's proper debut is slated for a late January 2020 release. Apple Music|TIDAL

Doe Boy-Streetz Need Me 2
Freebandz artist Doe Boy released his album Streetz Need Me 2, a sequel to 2016’s Streetz Need Me mixtape. The 15-track effort, executive produced by Future, features collaborations with Future, Young Thug, YG, Lil Durk, Gunna, Key Glock, NoCap and comedian Mike Epps. For production duties, the Cleveland-bred called on Nard & B, Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Yung Lan, Pi’erre Bourne, and others.  Apple Music|TIDAL

Too Short-The Vault
Bay Area veteran Too $hort released a brand new album titled The Vault, a follow-up to The Pimp Tape, which was released in November 2018. Short's 21st studio LP comes with a brief of eleven songs, and features the late Pimp C, comedian Mike Epps, Mistah F.A.B. and Dangerous Crew members Shorty B and PeeWee are among the guests featured on the album. Apple Music|TIDAL

Sean Price & Lil Fame-Price of Fame
Only God knows the heat the late Sean P is sitting on. Today (Dec.20), he and M.O.P.'s Lil Fame via Duck Down Music released Price of Fame, the rapper's second posthumous release. The 11-song project is produced by Fizzy Womack and features Rockness Monsta (of Heltah Skeltah), Smif-N-Wessun, Conway the Machine, M.O.P., Guilty Simpson, and others. Apple Music|TIDAL

Young Thug – So Much Fun
Young Thug is back with the deluxe version of his latest album, So Much Fun. The original release marked the Atlanta rapper’s first No. 1 on the Billboard 200. This deluxe package includes new features with Travis Scott, and Gunna, plus all three artists together on the popular remix of “Hot.” The extensive 24-song opus includes appearances by Lil Baby, Juice WRLD, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Quavo, Future and J. Cole. Wheezy, Pi’erre Bourne, T-Minus, and others handled instrumental duties. Apple Music|TIDAL

Curren$y-Back at Burnie's
Curren$y returns with his 9th project of the year with Back at Burnie's, from his Weekend at Burnie's mixtape series. Back at Burnie's hosts features from Young Dolph, Fendi P, T.Y., Jean Lephare, Juicy J, and Rick Ross. Apple Music|TIDAL

J. Period – Best of J. Period
Hip-hop DJ and curator J. Period spent years making narrative-based mixtapes with the likes of Nas, Black Thought and Ms. Lauryn Hill, and now he's returned to remind listeners of his best work. His new EP has exclusive tracks and unreleased remixes with the likes of Common, Black Thought, Rakim, De La Soul, Talib Kweli, Buju Banton and General Steele. Apple Music | TIDAL

Lil Durk and Only The Family – Family Over Everything

After releasing the solo project Love Songs 4 The Streets earlier this year, Lil Durk has returned with his Only The Family Crew – King Von, Booka600, and Memo600 – for a group project, Family Over Everything. Other guests include Polo G, G Herbo, NLE Choppa and Lil TJay. Apple Music | TIDAL

Ro James – "Last Time"

Killy – "Vendetta"

Innanet James – "Hunnids"

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New Music Friday: Eminem, Mac Miller, Dreamville And More

Eminem fans were greeted with a pleasant surprise today, with 20 new tracks from the rap legend. But there's plenty of new music this week: Mac Miller fans are left with a final musical memory from him, Dreamville revamped their Grammy-nominated compilation, and Thundercat released a new single with Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington. Look below for today's New Music Friday.

Mac Miller – Circles The passing of Mac Miller in Sept. 2018 was one of the toughest losses that hip-hop has had in years, with the rapper/singer/producer’s kind spirit and immense artistic growth touching the lives of many. Today, his legacy continues with the release of Circles, his first posthumous album. According to a note from his family, Mac was “well into the process” of recording the Jon Brion-produced album, which was meant to be a companion piece to Swimming, the last album he released months before his death. Apple Music | TIDAL

Eminem – Music To Be Murdered By In the first major surprise release of the year, Eminem has surfaced out the blue with Music To Be Murdered By, the follow up to his 2018 surprise release Kamikaze. Eminem tweeted that the album was inspired by filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, and the 20-track final product has guest appearances by the likes of Young M.A., Juice WRLD, Black Thought, Q-Tip, Anderson .Paak, and a partial Slaughterhouse reunion. Apple Music | TIDAL

Dreamville – Revenge of the Dreamers III: Director's Cut The Dreamville crew’s Revenge of the Dreamers III compilation made history in 2018, uniting over 100 musicians from around the world for a “rap camp” in Atlanta and earning a Grammy nomination in the process. Now, they’re releasing a deluxe edition with an extra 12 tracks from the same lineup that made the first edition special. Apple Music | TIDAL

Thundercat - “Black Quails” Jazz maestro Thundercat announced a new album this week, and the beautiful first single “Black Quails” has him playing and singing alongside Steve Lacy (of The Internet) and Steve Arrington. Apple Music | TIDAL

2 Chainz ft. Future - “Dead Man Walking”

Bad Boys For Life Soundtrack Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reunited for the third installment in their hit Bad Boys buddy cop franchise, and DJ Khaled flexed his superstar rolodex for the film's soundtrack. Meek Mill, Rick Ross, City Girls, The Black Eyed Peas, Pitbull, Nicky Jam, and more make contributions. Apple Music | TIDAL

Stretch and Bobbito + The M19s Band – No Requests Stretch and Bobbito are largely known for hosting the Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show, a New York radio program from the 90s that welcomed many of the greatest rappers ever before they officially blew up. But they're music fans first, and their new album showcases their tastes to brilliant effect: the two DJs compiled a playlist of their favorite songs to DJ, and then they enlisted the handpicked M19s Band to play them live. Their foundation is hip-hop, but No Requests is a diverse set of Latin, afrobeat, samba, jazz, reggae and soul. Apple Music | TIDAL

Theophilus London – Bebey Theophilus London’s new album, Bebey, is “a celebration of self-love and represents a return to Theophilus' roots, inspired by his Caribbean heritage and the Brooklyn neighborhoods he grew up in, steeped in Dominican, Puerto Rican, Jamaican and his native Trinidadian traditions,” according to a press release. Tame Impala, Lil Yachty, Ian Isiah, Raekwon, Giggs, Ariel Pink, Gemaine, and Kristian Hamilton provide guest appearances. Apple Music | TIDAL

070 Shake – Modus Vivendi Many music fans discovered 070 Shake with her standout vocals on the G.O.O.D. Music run in 2018 with Kanye’s 2018 album Ye (“Ghost Town,” “Violent Crimes”), Pusha T’s Daytona (“Santeria”), and Nas’ Nasir (“Not For Radio,” “Everything”). Since then, the rapper/singer has been steadily taking her time to drop her G.O.O.D. Music debut, Modus Vivendi. Apple Music | TIDAL

Madlib and Oh No – The Professionals Recent years have seen all-time great producer Madlib enjoy critical acclaim after his two albums with Freddie Gibbs, and this year he's teaming up with his blood brother Oh No, a talented producer and rapper in his own right, for an album called The Professionals. Apple Music | TIDAL

Raekwon – The Appetition Three years after his stellar album The Wild, Chef Raekwon has teamed up with Red Bull to release The Appetition, a three-song EP of new songs with producers and songwriters from Red Bull Songs and created at Red Bull Studios in NYC. Apple Music | TIDAL

Tech N9ne – Enterfear Level 2 =One of the most prolific rappers of all time, indie or otherwise, Tech N9ne follows up his 2019 studio album N9NA with the EP ENTERFEAR Level 2. Apple Music | TIDAL

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New Music Friday: Future and Drake, Khalid, Megan Thee Stallion and Normani

With their first collaboration since 2016, Drake and Future clearly have the biggest song of the week - and the young, new decade - with "Life Is Good." Other releases include a new song from Grammy nominee Lil Baby, an LP by wrap up impresario Uncle Murda, and more.

Future and Drake – "Life Is Good" The two rappers behind the 2015 joint album What A Time To Be Alive had opposite outputs in 2019. Future released the album Future Hndrxx Presents: The Wizrd with an accompanying film, along with an EP called Save Me during the summer. Drake had a quiet year, but at the end of 2019 he began to satisfy fans again with an interview with Rap Radar and the song and video for a new record called "War." The two have jumpstarted the new decade with "Life Is Good," a track that showcases each of them talking sh*t over multiple catchy beat changes. In the hilarious music video (with guest appearances by 21 Savage, Mike Will Made-It, Lil Yachty and Big Bank Black), they take their hands at regular jobs as trash men, bakers, fast food restaurant servers, and more while pursuing their dreams as rap stars. Spotify | Apple Music | TIDAL

Lil Baby – "Sum 2 Prove" Lil Baby recently appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to perform his song "Whoa," and weeks before he sees the results of his Grammy nomination for "Drip Too Hard" with Gunna, he's released a new solo song called "Sum 2 Prove." Apple Music | TIDAL

Khalid – "Eleven" After a 2019 that saw him top the Billboard charts with his album Free Spirit, Khalid has started the new year with a single called "Eleven." In an interview with Apple Music, Khalid described it as "the perfect track to just play on your stereo, grip the wheel of your car, and just, I mean, just go where the wind takes you." He added, "My mom lives, breathes, sleeps R&B music, so I really feel like this is the ode to just people who came before me, and I really love the song. It reminds me of that Timbaland era and Aaliyah and music just felt so good. You just wanted to turn it on and just drive just to nowhere." Apple Music | TIDAL

Megan Thee Stallion and Normani – "Diamonds" Megan Thee Stallion and Normani have teamed up for "Diamonds," a highlight from the soundtrack for Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), a film that sees Margot Robbie reprising her role from the ensemble cast of DC's Suicide Squad. Apple Music | TIDAL

Alicia Keys – "Underdog" Alicia Keys enlisted the cowriting talents of Ed Sheeran for her new song, "Underdog." In an interview with Ebro on Apple Music, she said, "it couldn't be a better time for us to really recognize each other and each other's struggle and what it takes to actually get up every morning and decide to keep going. And we definitely need something that's just going to make us remember that we can. It's one of my favorite songs lyrically because it really... the rhythm of it is ill and it has almost this folksy vibe, but it also has this rhymey pattern in the vocals. And I feel like the story of it is ill, because I've always wanted to create, to put together, a story." Apple Music | TIDAL

Uncle Murda – Don't Come Outside Volume 2 Fresh off the 2019 version of his annual wrap-up and an appearance on MSNBC with journalist/hip-hop head Ari Melber, Uncle Murda has released his new album Don't Come Outside Volume 2. After showing gratitude with the single "Dear God I F**k With You" and teaming up with Tory Lanez for "62," we're expecting more street sh*t from the Brooklyn spitter. The album has him sparring with the likes of Benny The Butcher, Conway, Styles P, Dave East, and more. Apple Music | TIDAL

Mick Jenkins – The Circus The talented, thoughtful Mick Jenkins has followed up two projects in 2018 with his first EP of 2020, The Circus. Apple Music | TIDAL

Doe Boy – Streetz Need Me II Doe Boy, a signee to Future's Freebandz label, has released Streets Don't Need Me 2 with guest appearances by Young Thug, Young Thug, Key Glock and Lil Durk, with skits by comedian Mike Epps. Apple Music | TIDAL

MadeinTYO – You Are Forgiven (Deluxe) MadeinTYO had had a busy last two years, with the release of his debut album Sincerely, Tokyo in 2018 and a 2019 that saw him touring with Billie Eilish, touring with A$AP Ferg, and appearing on Ferg's and Chance The Rapper's respective albums. He's beginning 2020 with a treat to longtime fans:  a deluxe edition of his 2016 mixtape You Are Forgiven, with nine new songs. Apple Music | TIDAL

T3 – "Relax (ft. Illa J, Frank Nitt)" Earlier this week, T3 spoke with VIBE about "Relax," the single from Mr. Fantastic, his first official solo project since closing down the legendary group Slum Village. "That’s a fun record. The concept is as Detroiters, we always feel like we have a chip on our shoulder because they are always counting us out for some strange reason. At this point, we don’t even get offended by it anymore. That makes us extra cocky sometimes because of that." Apple Music | TIDAL

Ty Farris – No Cosign Just Cocaine 3 Ty Farris is somehow one of Detroit's most underrated lyricists and one of its most respected at the same damn time: he doesn't have the level of popularity as other rappers from his city like Royce Da 5'9" and Guilty Simpson, but he's repeatedly proven that he can hang with them lyrically. No Cosign Just Cocaine 3 continues the consistent stream of output over recent years, and sees him showcasing what he says is "a perfect blend of ... the story telling and introspective songs from #NCJC1 combined with the witty and aggressive bars of #NCJC2." Stream the album below from his Bandcamp page, and buy a copy with merch.

No Cosign Just Cocaine 3 by Ty Farris

Moneybagg Yo – Time Served Shortly after announcing a deal with Roc Nation, Moneybagg Yo has released his latest album, Time Served. The 15-track project includes features by Lil Baby, Blac Youngsta, Future, DaBaby, Summer Walker, and Fredo Bang. Apple Music | TIDAL

Lil Mosey and Trippie Redd – "Never Scared" Lil Mosey and Trippie Redd draw inspiration from apocalypitic Mad Max vibes in their new video for "Never Scared." The catchy tune appears on Mosey's 2019 album, Certified Hitmaker.

Young Dolph – "Juicy" Young Dolph starts the year with a hilarious new video for "Juicy," a song from his 2019 joint album with Key Glock, Dum and Dummer.

Knxwledge – "Do You" Knxwledge is one of the most creative, prolific producers of the past decade, and he's beginning 2020 with a beautiful two-part instrumental, "Do You." We expect this to be the first of many releases from the California musician. Apple Music | TIDAL

Sy Ari Da Kid – "Aria" In advance of Sy Ari Da Kid's upcoming album, which features guest spots by the likes of T.I., Big KRIT and Cyhi Da Prynce, he releases a touching video for "Aria." The visual, directed by Dontell Antonio, laments on the amount of children without a father in the home, tells a story about a child in a tumultuous household, and shows Sy's love for his infant daughter. His upcoming album, It Was Unwritten, drops on Jan. 24.

Superhero Hip-Hop Pt. 1 – Various Artists VIBE Editor-In-Chief Datwon Thomas used his Twitter account to reach out to his followers to ask them that the best superhero hip-hop theme music. The result is this playlist, which has 30 songs by the likes of everyone from OGs like Puff Daddy, Jay-Z and MF DOOM to younger stars like the late Nipsey Hussle and Future. Listen to the playlist below on TIDAL.

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Salaam Remi Shares 'Do It For The Culture 2' Feat. Nas, Akon, Amy Winehouse And More

Veteran producer Salaam Remi gets a jumpstart on 2020 with a brand new project. The Grammy-nominated beatsmith blessed music lovers with the second installment of his Do It for the Culture series.

Led by singles "Find my Love" with Nas and Amy Winehouse, “Shake Dat Je’llo” with Joell Ortiz, and the reggae-laced banger from Akon dubbed, "One Time," DIFTC 2 caps out a 25 tracks.

On the lyrical side of things, the Queens-bred received verses from the likes of Busta Rhymes, Bodega Bamz, James Fauntleory, Gallant, Stephen Marley, and others.

Back in Sept., Remi spoke with You Know I Got Soul, where he discussed digging into his hard drive during the creation process of Do It for the Culture 2.

"I’m emptying my hard drive basically," Remi said to You Know I Got Soul. "Before the hard drive dies, let me just share some of the ideas I’ve had. I want to do music when I feel like it. Sometimes when I’m hired by a label and an artist to be their producer, then that’s a service job. I’m giving the paying customer what they want. With the Culture project, it’s all about what I want to do. It’s not about chasing whoever has the most followers that week. That’s cool, but this is just strictly how I want to do it," he continued.

Stream Do It For The Culture 2 below or over at Apple Music or TIDAL. 

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