Rihanna Performs "Consideration" and "Work (feat. Drake)" at The BRIT Awards 2016

Rihanna is enjoying a lot of success from her eighth studio album, Anti. She took the stage at The BRIT Awards 2016 to perform the opening track, "Consideration" and also the hit single, "Work." Drake joined her on the stage for the latter and they picked up right where they left off from the music videos. Check out the performance above.

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Music Video: Rihanna- "Work (feat. Drake)"

Rihanna and Drake have had amazing chemistry for a long time now and they've showcased it in videos like "What's My Name?" and "Take Care." Well, now they've added two more videos to that list. Rihanna has finally revealed the anticipated video for her Drake-assisted single, "Work." The video comes in the form of two videos: the first is a turnt up twerk party directed by Director X, a frequent Drake collaborator, and the second keeps it a little more sensual in visuals directed by Tim Erem. Both videos are amazing and see Drake and Rihanna getting very close; check the videos out above. Anti is in stores now.

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40 Sheds Some Light on 'Views From The 6'

Noah "40" Shebib, Drake's longtime friend and producer, sat down with The New York Times last week to discuss Drake's upcoming album—Views From the 6. Check out the interview here and read a portion of it below.

“It’s going to be what everybody expects and wants from Drake and from us,” Mr. Shebib said. “A lot of introspection, very vivid. He’s discovering new flows, new cadences, new patterns.” As for the music, “I’m trying to find ways to pull more untraditional sounds in, to push the boundaries a little further.” The overall approach may be the same as the one that the duo has finely honed, but still, Mr. Shebib said, “Something about it should be special.”

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Drake's "Summer Sixteen" vs. Meek Mill's "War Pain"

Drake released the first single from VIews From The 6 this past Saturday. "Summer Sixteen" takes a few more shots at Meek Mill and even features some shots at Tory Lanez. The peculiar thing, however, is that Meek Mill released a response diss, "War Pain," 15 minutes later. How would Meek have known what Drake was going to say? Did Drake send him the song ahead of time. There's no way Meek just wrote and recorded a quick response because he was at a Sixers game when it dropped. Something's going on here, but this round brought us a lot. Apparently, Drake checked into the same hotel as Meek when he was in Toronto and played "Back To Back" through the floor above Meek's room...This beef will never end lol. Gotta give this round to Meek though. Check out "Summer Sixteen" here and listen to "War Pain" below.

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Stream: Rihanna- 'Anti'

Rihanna's eighth studio album—Anti—has finally arrived. After releasing the album's single in the Drake-assisted track, "Work," the album became available for streaming exclusively on TIDAL and will remain exclusive to TIDAL for a week. Also, a select number of free album downloads will become available tomorrow (1/29) if you can make it through Rihanna's mobile experience at antidiary.com. The CD will then drop next Friday on February 5th. So TIDAL users, stream the album here and peep the tracklist below.

1. "Consideration" featuring SZA
2. "James Joint"
3. "Kiss It Better"
4. "Work" featuring Drake
5. "Desperado"
6. "Woo"
7. "Needed Me"
8. "Yeah, I Said It"
9. "Same Ol’ Mistakes"
10. "Never Ending"
11. "Love on the Brain"
12. "Higher"
13. "Close to You"

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Tracklist: Majid Jordan- 'Majid Jordan'

Majid Jordan's self-titled debut album is set to be released on February 5th and they have just revealed the tracklist. With Drake as the lone feature, it seems the duo plan to let their talent carry this album and I'm excited for the results. Check out the tracklist below.

1. “Learn From Each Other”
2. “Make It Work”
3. “My Love” (Feat. Drake)
4. “Small Talk”
5. “Pacifico”
6. “Shake Shake Shake”
7. “Love Is Always There”
8. “Warm”
9. “Something About You”
10. “Day And Night”
11. “King City”
12. “Every Step Every Way”

-AO

Top 15 Albums/Mixtapes of 2015

It has been a pretty great year for hip-hop and R&B fans. Kendrick Lamar delivered yet another classic album. Dr. Dre delivered his final album and it was impressive. Janet Jackson returned with a very cohesive effort. Adele returned from her four-year hiatus to dominate the charts and that's just the beginning. As 2015 comes to an end, it is important to reflect on those projects that made a lasting impression. The following list represents my favorite hip-hop and R&B albums/mixtapes from 2015. Unlike my Top 40 list, I also tried my best to rank these albums based on their merit. I hope you enjoy the list and these projects as much as I did. I'll see you in 2016!

To hear me talk about these projects in detail, check out Episode 18 of my podcast!

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1. To Pimp A Butterfly- Kendrick Lamar

 

2. Ego Death- The Internet

 

3. Surf- Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment

 

4. 25- Adele

 

5. Rodeo- Travi$ Scott

 

6. Summertime '06- Vince Staples

 

7. Beauty Behind The Madness- The Weeknd

 

8. You Should Be Here- Kehlani

 

9. Wildheart- Miguel

 

10. Tetsuo & Youth- Lupe Fiasco

 

11. Dark Sky Paradise- Big Sean

 

12. If You're Reading This It's Too Late- Drake

 

13. DS2- Future

 

14. The Album About Nothing- Wale

 

15. Compton- Dr. Dre

 

Honorable Mentions:

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Unbreakable- Janet Jackson

T R A P S O U L- Bryson Tiller

But You Caint Use My Phone- Erykah Badu

SremmLife- Rae Sremmurd

What A Time To Be Alive- Drake & Future

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Top 40 Songs of 2015

It's that time of year again! This is one of my favorite posts of the year as I get to look back at all the music we've received and pick my favorites. While the American Top 40 and the Billboard Hot 100 charts list the most popular and commercially successful songs in the country, my list is much more of a journey. Focusing solely on hip-hop and R&B, this list captures my favorite songs from those released in 2015. After making it through this list, I guarantee you will be abreast of the hottest songs from this year. So without further ado, enjoy my Top 40.

(You can listen to each song via the Spotify stream or click the song title for Apple Music.)

1. "Alright (feat. Pharrell)"- Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly

2. "Hotline Bling"- Drake

3. "Trap Queen"- Fetty Wap, Fetty Wap

4. "Back To Back"- Drake

5. "F*ck Up Some Commas"- Future, DS2

7. "Special Affair"- The Internet, Ego Death

8. "All I Ask"- Adele, 25

9. "Piano Song"- Eryn Allen Kane, Aviary: Act 1

10. "Warm Enough (feat. J. Cole & Noname Gypsy)"- Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment, Surf

11. "Don't"- Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L

12. "Can't Feel My Face"- The Weeknd, Beauty Behind The Madness

13. "B*tch Better Have My Money"- Rihanna, Anti

14. "Blessings (feat. Drake)"- Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise

15. "Hello (feat. Andre 3000)"- Erykah Badu, But You Caint Use My Phone

16. "White Iverson"- Post Malone

17. "Oh My Dis Side (feat. Quavo)"- Travi$ Scott, Rodeo

18. "Know Yourself"- Drake, If You're Reading This Its Too Late

19. "Caretaker (feat. SZA)"- D.R.A.M., Gahdamn! EP

21. "March Madness"- Future

22. "Lift Me Up"- Vince Staples, Summertime '06

23. "No Sleeep (feat. J. Cole)"- Janet Jackson, Unbreakable

24. "The Line"- dvsn

25. "These Walls (feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat)"- Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp A Butterfly

26. "Jungle"- Drake, If You're Reading This Its Too Late

27. "Diamonds Dancing"- Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive

28. "Deep (feat. Lil Wayne)"- Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise

29. "The Matrimony (feat. Usher)"- Wale, The Album About Nothing

30. "Let It Burn"- Jazmine Sullivan, Reality Show

31. "Girl (feat. KAYTRANADA)"- The Internet, Ego Death

32. "Weight In Gold"- Gallant

33. "The Way (feat. Chance The Rapper)"- Kehlani, You Should Be Here

34. "a beautiful exit"- Miguel, Wildheart

35. "Antidote"- Travi$ Scott, Rodeo

36. "Summertime"- Vince Staples, Summertime '06

38. "100 Grandkids"- Mac Miller, GO:OD AM

39. "Exchange"- Bryson Tiller, T R A P S O U L

40. "Vice City (feat. Black Hippy)"- Jay Rock, 90059

Here's a playlist so you can listen to all of the songs and if you want to hear me discuss each song in detail, check out Episode 17 of my podcast!

Honorable Mentions:

"Scholarships"- Drake & Future, What A Time To Be Alive

"Say It"- Tory Lanez

"Heaven Only Knows (feat. Chance The Rapper, Lido & Eryn Allen Kane)"- Towkio, .Wav Theory

"Madonna (And Other Mothers In The Hood) (feat. Nikki Jean)"- Lupe Fiasco, Tetsuo & Youth

"Company (feat. Travi$ Scott)"- Drake, If You're Reading This Its Too Late

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Watch Anthony Hamilton & The Hamiltones Cover "Hotline Bling"

It's been a while since we've heard from Anthony Hamilton, but it seems he's also caught the "Hotline Bling" bug. Anthony Hamilton and his background vocalists, "The Hamiltones," decided to spontaneously cover Drake's "Hotline Bling" and they killed it. They took it to church and the harmonies are just priceless. Check it out above.

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Drake- "Hotline Bling" (Music Video)

Besides Drake's diss songs of Meek Mill, "Hotline Bling" has been Drake's biggest song of the year. It has been covered by many artists including the great Erykah Badu. Drake is looking to build off that and has released the music video. The video features Drake doing some hilarious dancing in front of various colorful and minimalistic backdrops. Check out the entertaining video above.

The video has been off and on, so if it doesn't play above, check it out here.

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Drake & Future's Collaborative Mixtape Is Now Available

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The rumors were true. Drake and Future have collaborated to make a new mixtape. What A Time To Be Alive was premiered on OVOSOUND Radio's 6th episode earlier tonight and is now available on iTunes. The mixtape is absolute FIRE. Drake and Future play off each other wonderfully and as summer officially comes to an end tomorrow, let this tape heat up your autumn. #FBGOVO

iTunes: Link

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Kehlani & Charlie Puth Cover Drake's "Hotline Bling"

Drake's new track, "Hotline Bling," has been covered by many artists recently but this is the most impressive. Kehlani and Charlie Puth teamed up to perform a duet of the Drake song and it's pretty amazing. Their harmonies and voices are beautiful and they take the song to another level. Check it out above.

-AO