Kanye West- "Real Friends/No More Parties in LA (Snippet)"

It is officially Yeezy season. Via the tweet below, Kim Kardashian confirmed that Kanye will be releasing new music every Friday, similar to his 2010 G.O.O.D Friday series. After releasing "Facts" last week, this week sees the release of "Real Friends" and a snippet of "No More Parties in LA" which features Kendrick Lamar. This is definitely the Kanye we've been waiting for and not the one who's been delivering subpar features on other artists' songs for the past few months. It is not clear if these songs will appear on SWISH or if they are songs that won't make the album, but one thing is certain, Fridays are about to be LIT.

-AO

Big Sean- "Play No Games (feat. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign)" (Music Video)

Big Sean is on a roll with his music videos as of late. He has delivered his fourth music video in a couple of weeks with the visuals for his Chris Brown and Ty Dolla $ign-assisted track, "Play No Games." The video is very creative as it mimics the set and visuals of the classic show, Martin. See how close Sean got to the original above.

-AO

Lupe Fiasco- "Deliver (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)" (Music Video)

Lupe Fiasco has delivered (no pun intended) a very compelling music video for his Ty Dolla $ign-assisted track, "Deliver," off of his upcoming album, Tetsuo & Youth. The video depicts a story paralleled by the theme of the song where pizza restaurants do not deliver to certain neighborhoods because of how dangerous they are. As always, Lupe delivers some thought-provoking material. Tetsuo & Youth drops on January 20th. Enjoy.

-AO

XXL 2014 Freshman Class Roundtable (Parts 1 & 2)

The XXL Freshman Class Roundtable discussions are one of my favorite parts of the XXL season. Featured above are parts 1 (Kevin Gates, Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Isaiah Rashad & August Alsina) and 2 (Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign & Lil Durk). They all discuss hip-hop and how it is categorized in the media and otherwise and how they view hip-hop. Stay tuned for updates on the last installment. Enjoy.

-AO

XXL revealed their 2014 Freshman Class today and it’s full of recognizable names. The list consists of Chance The Rapper, Rich Homie Quan, Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Durk, Kevin Gates, Troy Ave, Vic Mensa, Lil Bibby, Jon Connor, Jarren Benton (People’s Choice) and August Alsina. They switched things up and added R&B to this year’s list and I’m ok with that. I’m gonna go ahead and endorse Chance, Vic, August, Isaiah, and Jon Connor. I’ll continue my regular routine and pretend all the other artists don’t exist. Even though I don’t mess with anything Lil Durk does, it’s good to see four Chicago artists on the list. Can’t wait for the cyphers and roundtables. Enjoy. 
 -AO

XXL revealed their 2014 Freshman Class today and it’s full of recognizable names. The list consists of Chance The Rapper, Rich Homie Quan, Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Durk, Kevin Gates, Troy Ave, Vic Mensa, Lil Bibby, Jon Connor, Jarren Benton (People’s Choice) and August Alsina. They switched things up and added R&B to this year’s list and I’m ok with that. I’m gonna go ahead and endorse Chance, Vic, August, Isaiah, and Jon Connor. I’ll continue my regular routine and pretend all the other artists don’t exist. Even though I don’t mess with anything Lil Durk does, it’s good to see four Chicago artists on the list. Can’t wait for the cyphers and roundtables. Enjoy.

-AO