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John Legend feat. Chance the Rapper – “Penthouse Floor”

R&B star John Legend and one of Hip Hop’s current favorites, Chance The Rapper, come together to grace their listeners with a melodious new track “Penthouse Floor.”  Chance drops another solid verse with his trademark imaginative flow as John Legend croons picturesque lyrics over funky bass and strings.

Listen to the song, which will be available on Legend’s new album, Darkness and Light, due out December 2 below.

Album Stream: Rick Ross – Black Market

“I’m really setting this album to be possibly the pinnacle album of my career,” Rick Ross expressed earlier this year in an interview.  With two mixtapes Black Dollar and Renzel Remixes under his belt this year, Rozay finally drops Black Market and has features galore including NasMariah CareyJohn LegendFuture, and Chris Brown.  Stream the album below.

Video: Robert Glasper – “The Worst” (Jhene Aiko Cover)

Check out  Rober Glasper‘s rendition of Jhene Aiko‘s “The Worst” below.  The Jazz pianist will be dropping an album of covers recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood last December.  Songs by Kendrick Lamar, The Roots, John Legend and Bilal will also be included on the work fittingly called Covered.

Hip Hop News 2/23

Common and John Legend win Oscar for Best Original Song. (Read More)

Drake takes shots at Chris Brown during his Aukland show .  Chris Brown  disses him on  on The Breakfast Club saying he doesn’t mess with Drake and refers to him as a “corny singing rapper.”  (Read More)

Jay Z and Beyonce are renting a $35 million L.A. mansion.  (Read More)

Jim Jones and Game are working on joint album called Certified Gangsters.  (Read More)

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Juicy J ponders retirement.

Ahmad Givens of VH1’s reality show Real Chance of Love dies of colon cancer at age 33.  (Read More)

Cipha Sounds has signed a management deal with Roc Nation. (Read More)

Amber Rose responds to Kanye West‘s “30 showers comment” via Twitter.  (Read More)

Hip Hop News 2/5

Doctors advise Bobby Brown to take Bobbi Kristina off life support. (Read More)

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Bobby Shmurda‘s bail package has been withdrawn, and he will remain in jail. (Read More)

Lil’ Wayne has announced “The Free Weezy Album”.  (Read More)

Beyonce will perform a Selma Tribute with Common & John Legend at the Grammys. (Read More)

Suge Knight was released from the hospital and was treated for a potentially fatal blood clot. (Read More)

Ghostface Killah calls out disrespectful audience member and crowd assaulted him.

Dot-A-Rock, a member of pioneering hip-hop group the Fantastic Five, has passed away. (Read More)

Hip Hop News 1/26

After dropping “FourFiveSeconds” with Rihanna & Paul McCartney, Kanye West is rumored to release a 7-Track EP featuring Big SeanPusha T, John LegendJay ElectronicaCommonQ-Tip, and Pharrell soon.  (Read More)

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A quiet memorial service for A$AP Yams was held yesterday at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel in New York (where Aaliyah and The Notorious B.I.G. were also put to rest). (Read More)

Lil’ Wayne is reportedly planning to sue Birdman for $8 million in advances and is still trying to leave Cash Money.  (Read More) 

Big Sean‘s new album Dark Sky Paradise is due 2/24 and will feature Lil’ Wayne, Kanye, DrakeJhené Aiko & more. (Read More)  He also plans to start his own label.

Bobby Shmurda‘s gun charges will be dismissed, but he still faces a slew of other charges.  (Read More)

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Nipsey Hussle has sold 60 copies of his $1,000 mixtape, Mailbox Money. (Read More) 

Raekwon and Ghostface Killah will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx with a documentary about the album. (Read More)  

A$AP Rocky’s upcoming album will be co-executive produced by A$AP Yams and Danger Mouse. (Read More)

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 12

Did you know?… 

120. Gucci Mane plays James Franco’s rival drug dealer in the movie Spring Breakers and fell asleep during his sex scene. 1

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119. Pharrell was in a group with Timbaland and Magoo called SBI (Surrounded by Idiots).

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118. J. Cole produced Kendrick Lamar’s “HiiPower” and marked their first collaboration together.  “His production is crazy, man. The first time we locked in, he played about 10 beats. I wanted 11 of ‘em,” Kendrick says of J. Cole. 2

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117. ODB co-produced The Wu-Tang Clan’s “Da Mystery Of Chessboxin’.” 3

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116. Kobe Bryant had a cameo in Destiny’s Child “Bugaboo” video.

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115. Master P was the first rapper to make $100 million and the first to own all of his masters. 4

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114. According to his Twitter, Warren G would like to teach  a Hip Hop class at CSULB, USC, OR UCLA. 5

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113. Wyclef Jean had a song with The Rock called “It Doesn’t Matter.”

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112. The day Frank Ocean came out as bisexual, he attended John Legend’s 4th of July barbecue. 6

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111. Trick Daddy has discoid lupus, but refuses to take medication for it. 7

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References:

1. [Complex Magazine http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2013/03/gucci-mane-was-actually-sleeping-during-his-spring-breakers-sex-scene]

2. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HiiiPoWeR]

3. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enter_the_Wu-Tang_(36_Chambers)]

4. [XXL Magazine http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2007/08/master-p-1998-man-of-the-year/]

5. [Warren G’s Twitter [https://twitter.com/regulator/status/316582566998188032]

6. [TIME Magazine http://time100.time.com/2013/04/18/time-100/slide/frank-ocean/]

7. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.8832/title.trick-daddy-refuses-treatment-for-lupus]

Random Hip Hop Facts Part 9

Did you know?…
90. According to Rolling Stone, A$AP Rocky’s style mixed with high and low fashion used to get him and the A$AP crew accused of being gay.

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89. Leonardo DiCaprio and director Baz Luhrmann attended Jay-Z’s “No Church in the Wild” studio session.  “Leonardo and I were lucky enough to be present in a recording session over two years ago as Jay-Z was recording ‘No Church in the Wild,’ and the collaboration grew from there,” Luhrmann stated referring to Hov (who executive produced and recorded original music for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby). 1

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88. One of Ludacris’ favorite songs growing up was “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” by the Geto Boys.

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87. Big Sean’s mother was an actress and even took acting classes with Denzel Washington. 2

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86. Juicy J used to take his Oscar for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” everywhere – including strip clubs.

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85. Nas was almost suffocated while he was shooting his I Am… album cover.  In order to make the iconic mask featured on the cover, the photographer, Danny Hastings, and his crew put a clay mold on his face and poked air holes so he could breathe, but he almost suffocated after clay got lodged in his nose. 3

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84. Eminem is one of the top 20 Donkey Kong players in the world. 4

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83. Busta Rhymes sampled the Psycho score for his track “Gimme Some More.'”

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82. Redman used to play the drums in church as a kid. 5

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81. John Legend played the piano on Lauryn Hill’s “Everything Is Everything.” 6

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References:

1. [http://hiphopwired.com/2013/03/14/no-church-in-the-wild-is-what-got-jay-z-involved-with-the-great-gatsby/]

2. [Complex Magazine http://www.complex.com/music/2011/08/big-sean-my-complex-interview]

3. [http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.15285/title.photographer-almost-suffocated-nas-on-i-am-cover-shoot]

4. [http://donkeykongblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/eminem-donkey-kong-scores.html]

5. [http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Redman.aspx]

6. [Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everything_Is_Everything_(Lauryn_Hill_song)]