NEW MUSIC — DJ Khaled, ‘They Don’t Know About Love’

DJ Khaled has teamed up with Jay Z, French Montana and the headliners of MMG (Rick Ross & Meek Mill) for his new track, ‘They Don’t Know About Love’. This is a usual lineup for Khaled except this time around he adds Jay Z to the mix. Take a listen to the track below:

Rick Ross Scores 5th #1 Album

slsTdiRThe numbers are in from last weeks music releases and Rick Ross trumps all. Rick Ross’, Mastermind, lands in at #1 on the Billboard 200 making this his 5th #1 on the chart. It sold $179K in the release which is less than that of his 2012 album, God Forgives, I Don’t, which sold $218K in its first week. His 2010 album, Teflon Don, has been his only album not to take the #1 spot. He joins DMX and 2Pac with 5 #1 albums, Nas & Kanye tie for 6, Eminem has 7 and Jay Z leads the pack with 13.

Rick Ross wasn’t the only one worth mentioning for chart position. Pharrell, Lea Michele , and Ashanti all made it in the top 10. Pharrrel’s sophomore album, G I R L, came in at #2. ‘Happy’ still tops the charts and with 490K downloads this week it becomes the highest selling digital sales track since Katy Perry’s,’Roar.’ Lea Michele debuted at #4 with Louder and Ashanti’s Braveheart came in at #10 rounding off the list.  Braveheart is now Ashanti’s 5th top 10 album.

Upcoming Albums — Future x Meek Mill x Kendrick Lamar

future-honest-coverFuture recently released the new artwork upcoming album titled, Honest, formerly titled Future Hendrix. In an interview with ELLE he talked about the new direction of the album:

I started going in another direction after I made the ‘Shit’ record. It just flipped the whole album. I got in a whole other mood when I went in the studio. I just started recording, recording, recording as much as possible. I just got in a great zone. I was able to capture the best moments. It helped me make a classic album. It’s just going to be very timeless.

The album and previous artwork were expected to be released 11.26.13, but has since been delayed. There’s no word on when the album, or track listing, will surface.

meek-millMeek Mill is up at bat for his sophomore album set to be titled, Dreams Worth More Than Money. The title coincides with his 2012 debut, Dreams and Nightmares. In an interview with Rap-Up he briefly discussed what fans could expect on the album:

You can expect just quality music. You know me, I’m a street rapper. I come with that street shit, so I’m just comin’ with that onanother level right now and takin’ them to a different place.

The album is set to drop sometime this summer. No official date just yet.

BlackHippyFollowing his Grammy and All-Star performances, Kendrick Lamar has announced that he has a new album in the works as well as a joint album with Black Hippy (Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock). His yet to be titled album was set to be released sometime in September. In the recent Kendrick / Schoolboy Q Billboard cover story, this was written at the end of the article.

In 2014, TDE hopes to lock and load its most ambitious slate of releases: Rashad and the label’s first nonrap signing, New Jersey-based female singer-songwriter SZA, will be coming with albums, as will original team members Jay Rock and Ab-Soul. Meanwhile, Free thinks the long-awaited debut from Black Hippy – the supergroup featuring Lamar, Q, Rock and Ab-Soul – is likely to appear in 2014; Tiffith indicates that TDE is planning to release a new Lamar album this coming September, too.

Single Review: Omarion, ‘You Like It’

There have not been many Omarion songs I have liked as of late. I’ve been a fan since his B2K days and regardless of how his career or lack there of as a solo artist has been he has talent and a great voice. Since his last album he’s signed with YMCMB and released ‘I Get It In,’ but it  was more of a hip hop track. Since signing to MMG he’s been on a few tracks alongside MMG teammates, but there was nothing I really liked. In this track he sampled DeBarge, ‘I Like It,’ and I LOVE this track. The beat is not the traditional ballad, but it’s the new ballad that a lot of artists use which includes more bass and it’s a little more upbeat. I love his voice on it and he not only samples the beat in a way, but he’s more so sampling the lyrics.

I like the comb your hair. I like those stylish clothes you wear. It’s just the little things you do that show how much you really care.

Debarge, ‘I Like It,’ 1982

Kudos to him for making the sample work in a tasteful way. He has confirmed that his new album will be titled, Sex Playlist. This will be his first album release on MMG and a followup to his 2012 mixtape, Care Package. Check out the trailer below:

Video Review: Ashanti x Rick Ross ‘I Got It’

I reviewed this song (while still on Tumblr) in November of last year and the video is just now surfacing. Before then I hadn’t reviewed any Ashanti music since March of 2013 and that track was titled ‘Never Should Have.’ Ashanti’s catalogue has been one filled with ballads more than club songs. When I heard ‘Never Should Have’ I was excited to hear more. After initially listening to ‘I Got It’ I was not impressed at all. The song is a great marketing approach for Ashanti to get more radio play, but the vocals & concept is just boring and the same old thing every one else is doing. The video happens to be the same.

First off, this video is one of the most provocative that Ashanti’s ever released. The lyrics to the song I’m not a fan of. There’s nothing special about them. I’m not a fan of Rick Ross. I’d have to say my favorite scene was the choreo routine in and out of the ‘plot’ of the video. The plot you ask? She has whatever a guy needs, no need to emphasize hence the title ‘I Got It.’ The choreo that she was doing was basic as well. Ashanti’s never been a dancer in my eyes, but she looked FAB doing whatever she was doing and that asymmetrical cut is PERFECT on her.

The song is catchy and I could see it getting played on the radio. Had Ashanti not added Rick Ross, eh, not so much. I’m interested in seeing what else is on this album. From the two different tracks released it could be a mixture of ballads and a few club bangers. Braveheart hits stores March 4th. Check out the track listing here.