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New Music: J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Migos, 21 Savage

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Today turned out to be bigger than expected. J Cole dropped his album, and let me just say I am simply blown away. We’ve known for a while that he isn’t like most rappers, but the growth, and overall quality level is just out of this world.

For the first time, he featured artists on his album, and they fit so perfectly. Verses from a personal favorite (Lil Baby) and one from someone I have kept my eye on (21 Savage), lets just say I was in for a real treat, and they delivered. From a lyrical aspect, this album puts things into a different perspective. It makes you think about choices made, possible outcomes, and so many more different life altering things. This album is simply labeled as a classic.

Nicki Minaj went on a week long “promo” if you will, hinting at dropping something today. From a series of naked pics, to glam shots, which she looks amazing, and tweeting about “Fractions“. All of this, just to release her mixtape “Beam Me Up Scotty” to music platforms. She added 3 songs to it. Let’s just call it what it is, underwhelming.

The mixtape included 3 new songs on it, and to be honest all of them could’ve been kept. They lack replay value. If you ask me, she got bodied by her younger self. The original mixtape is better than all the noise she put on those songs. She had a feature with Wayne and Drake, which for me, Wayne had the weakest verse. If you compare Wayne to himself about 10 years ago, it’s clear he’s declined. But if you compare him to his peers like Kanye, Jay Z and other GOATS…. he should probably stay out of the booth. Nicki and Drake both gave solid verses, but nothing spectacular. The other 2 new songs, they were just….they could’ve been kept in the vault.

21 Savage released an EP in support for the newest installment of SAW, “Sprial“. Not much to say, it’s 21. Nothing to write home about.

Migos is also back. They released the first single from Culture 3. Straightenin is the title. The song shows lack of growth. Same sound as before. The song is making no noise, and I imagine they might’ve struck some sort of deal to perform it as part of Khaled’s Billboard Music Awards set next week. I’ve always said, these musicians have to really take stock in the reality of who they are. If the failure of their solo music wasn’t a clear indication, this flop single should be. They’ve had a fun run, but the general public has moved past that sound.

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“Super Freaky Girl” gets moved to the Pop Categories at the Grammys… And Nicki “isn’t mad”

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According to TheHollywoodReporter,

Minaj originally submitted the track — which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in August — to the rap categories at the Grammys, but the decision was overturned by the Recording Academy’s rap committee, according to a source. That group determined that Minaj’s playful and pop-sounding song sampling Rick James’ 1981 classic “Super Freak” should compete for best pop solo performance instead of rap awards.

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In my honest opinion, this was the right move! The song was produced by a Pop producer and it was also promoted as a Pop song. This isn’t an attack on Nicki Minaj, as it has happened across all genres. Some of the more notable people to have this happen would be Kacey Musgraves, The Weeknd, Iggy Azalea, Lil Nas X and so many more.

However, Nicki took to twitter to share her thoughts, per usual:

At this time, Big Energy by Latto, hasn’t been announced which category it will be in. It will likely be in the running for the same Pop awards, based on the fact that Dr. Luke also produced it and the Remix featured Mariah Carey’s rendition of Fantasy, which was also nominated in the Pop category.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Official Trailer

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The official trailer has been released, and it seems to confirm Shuri as the new Black Panther in Black Panther: #WakandaForever. Tickets are also available for preorder!

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Aaron Fresh Premieres ‘ Tabanca ‘

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R&B showstopper Aaron Fresh has come a long way from when he was first introduced to the word back in 2010. The former Teen heartthrob made a huge splash with his Def Jam debut singles ‘Spending All My Time’ & ‘Dirty Girl’ which was in heavy rotation across BET, MTV, VH1 & Nickelodeon.  The Trini native was truly born to do this and as a kid watching some of his idols like Michael Jackson, Usher , Chris Brown & Machel Montano was all the inspiration he ever truly needed. When Aaron hit the stage his electrifying performances compared him to the greats the came before him which is exactly why Nick Cannon and so many others saw the star power in him. In no time he was co-hosting ‘The Night Life’ alongside Nick on Nickelodeon where the also gave him the opportunity to become a special celebrity correspondent on Teen Nick. It was clear that his star was steady on the rise, but as label politics changed his time at Def Jam was over, but that only fueled him to continue his success as an indie artist. Over the years he’s also found success as a songwriter working with K-Pop stars EXO and NU’EST which kept him fulfilled, but his fans were ready for him to return to music. Now he’s back and better than ever with the release of his latest single ‘Tabanca’ as he teamed up with Ronnie Young Jr and Micky Monday on the track. The buzz worthy single is just the re-introduction he needed to show the world his new and refreshing sound. Watch the accompanying video for the track which is only just a taste of so much more in store.

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