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Highlighted by Drake & DJ Khaled‘s 3rd time at the rodeo, and Kid Cudi‘s first post-G.O.O.D. Music album hitting the shelves, this past week has been eventful to say the least. Thankfully, the Ray J “controversy” has died down a bit, and we can re-focus on the makings of what will surely be an eventful next few months. Every day it seems as if we get more credible rumblings about upcoming, almost mythical, Jay-Z and Kanye solo albums, reminiscent of 2007, when the two released Graduation and American Gangster within 60 days of each other. How could we forget Macklemore & Ryan Lewis who’ve reloaded the grenade launcher they’ve had aimed at the Billboard charts for the past 6 months with “Can’t Hold Us”. Nonetheless, among all the madness that is the music industry, there are a few things that can’t afford to be missed.

Though they won’t make Nothing Was The Same, Drake preps fans with the Rick Ross & Lil’ Wayne-assisted “No New Friends”, and a James Fauntleroy collaboration, “Girls Love Beyonce”.


Listen: Drake ft. James Fauntleroy – Girls Love Beyonce

Listen: DJ Khaled ft. Drake, Rick Ross & Lil’ Wayne – No New Friends

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Though its only been 3 months since the release of his inaugural MMG mixtape Electric Highway, Rockie Fresh is gearing to drop The Birthday Tape sometime next week. Two singles from it have already seen the light of day. Rick Ross, Lunice & Gunplay helped out.

Listen: Rockie Fresh ft. Gunplay – Rollin’

Listen: Rockie Fresh ft. Rick Ross & Lunice – Panera Bread


Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis may have the video of the year, thus far, with “Can’t Hold Us”, featuring Ray Dalton.

Watch: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Ray Dalton – Can’t Hold Us


The new version of Miguel‘s “How Many Drinks’, complete with a verse from Kendrick Lamar gets an energetic visual.

Watch: Miguel ft. Kendrick Lamar – How Many Drinks

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Daft Punk are back at it again, this time hooking up with Pharrell for “Get Lucky”. Random Access Memories coming soon.

Listen: Daft Punk ft. Pharrell – Get Lucky


With Owl Pharaoh coming soon, Travi$ Scott links up with his other label head and current label mate for new music.

Listen: Travi$ Scott ft. T.I. & 2 Chainz – Upper Echelon

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Funk Flex is back.

Download: Funkmaster Flex – Who You Mad At? Me or Yourself?


Joey Bada$$ announces new albums coming from him and the late, great, Capital STEEZ.

Read: B4.DA.$$ (Before The Money), and King Capital coming this summer.


Kendrick Lamar‘s going on tour…again.

Read: Kendrick Lamar announces good kid, m.A.A.d. city tour.


The Under The Influence Tour is back, this time Wiz Khalifa is bringing A$AP Rocky, B.o.B., Trinidad James, Joey Bada$$ & Smoke DZA along for the ride.

Read: The Under The Influence Tour 2013

-Khari Nixon (@KingVanGogh)