T.I. has announced his new album Trap's Open, which is the second installment in the Paperwork trilogy. "The first installment, The Motion Picture, it was supposed to be cinematic, it was supposed to be nostalgic," said Tip while promoting his film, Get Hard. "This next one is going to be unapologetically gangsta. It's trap music."
Brandy is reportedly prepping to make her Broadway debut in the role of Roxie Hart in the classic show Chicago. The singer/actress will hit the stage at New York's Ambassador Theater to play the devious housewife starting on April 28. News of Brandy's new role hit social media via the show's official Instagram page.
Ne-Yo dropped the new song "Every Day With Love" featuring Sonna Rele. The song, which was released in partnership with McDonald's imLovinIt24 campaign, sees Ne-Yo duetting with Motown Records' Rele (who sings the theme song for the new Disney film Cinderella). Ne-Yo used fan-submitted lyrics to build on the song.
Sam Smith is scheduled to play a set at the 2015 Lollapalooza taking place in Chicago's Grant Park starting Friday, July 31 to Sunday, August 2. His set will take place on Saturday. Other acts performing at the event include Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence & The Machine, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Bassnectar and The Weeknd.
The-Dream and Vantrease are featured on T-Pain's new track "Let Your Hair Down." "Go straight to the floor with it / Go and do it like a stripper on the pole with it / Go'n roll to the left, go'n roll to the right / Now back it up like a truck," sings T-Pain on seductive Auto-Tuned the track.
Ester Dean has released her new EP Miss Ester Dean, and it can be streamed on Soundcloud for free. Dean dropped the new six-song clip while currently opening for Nicki Minaj on her Pinkprint tour through Europe. She can also be seen in the musical comedy Pitch Perfect 2, which hits theaters on May 15. Dean made her acting debut in the first installment.
Kendrick Lamar recently took over the streets of L.A. to present a mobile concert. The "Poetic Justice" gave a surprise performance while riding on the back of a moving truck on Tuesday night. An hour before the event Lamar alerted his fans to meet him at two locations at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. For the performance Lamar cruised down Sunset Blvd. and ended at the Reebok Lounge.
Drake has been brought in by Sotheby's auction house to curate music for an exhibit. The Toronto rapper will be selecting the soundtrack to the auction house's upcoming exhibit of black modern art, which will feature works by artists including Rashid Johnson, Kara Walker, Glenn Ligon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Wangechi Mutu and Nick Cave.
T.I. has released "Lil Bit," a cut featuring Chris Brown which will appear on DJ MLK's Good Night Don't Exist in ATL 6 mixtape. "I told em all in the hallway, listen / Pop some of this and y'all gonna get it / You don't f**k with a b***h ain't my type / Let that hooker take your shine, snatch your flashlight," raps Tip on the cut.
Usher has released "All Falls Down," a new cut featuring a guest spot from Chris Brown. Over a delicate beat, Ush broods over a lost lady. "The song that we did together, I think it answers a lot of questions," Usher told REVOLT last year. "There's a lot mystery I think about a lot of things and the reality is we all are human," he explained.
Chris Brown is no longer on probation. The R&B star was hit with five years felony probation after his 2009 beating of then girlfriend Rihanna. "IM OFF PROBATION!!!!!!!! THANK THE LORD!!!!!!" Breezy wrote on Twitter. Brown violated the terms of his sentence in 2013, which landed him in jail for two and a half months. More recently, a judge revoked Brown's probation.
Kendrick Lamar thanked his fans who showed up at a Compton area signing of his sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly. "I wanna say thank you. Thank you for believing in me since day one. I've been doing my thing on the underground scene for years, you know, proud to be putting out any albums," he said at the signing, according to the local ABC affiliate.
In a new book, Lil Wayne says that Drake slept with his then-girlfriend while he was away in prison. While serving time at Rikers Island for gun possession in 2010, Weezy claims Drizzy visited him and confessed to having sex with his girl, saying, "Yeah, it's true. Don't f**k with her like that cause I did f**k her."
Fabolous has released a version of Mad Lion's track "Take It Easy." The rapper adds a 1990s freestyle touch to the original dancehall rap track, changing the lyrics and adding his own flow to the track. He raps, "I said too many swag raps and not enough rhymes / Too many watches and not enough time / But today I got time cuz' goodnight to you lames."
Jennifer Hudson took part in the season finale of Fox's hit drama Empire.
Hudson and Juicy J performed the song "Whatever Makes You Happy," which appears on the chart-topping soundtrack of the show. In addition to showcasing her powerful pipes, JHUD played a music therapist/gospel singer in the episode.