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Hip-Hop Music Round-Up (05/30/10)

Posted by - 08:35 AM on 05/30/10
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08:35 AM on 05/30/10
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Thanks to Roshan for putting this together.

Hip-Hop Music Round-UpThis week's top hip-hop/rap/R&B albums according to Billboard.com:

1. Nas & Damian Marley - Distant Relatives
2. Usher - Raymond v. Raymond
3.B.o.B. - The Adventures of Bobby Ray
4. Janelle Monae - The Archandroid
5. Reflection Eternal - Revolutions Per Minute
6. The Black Eyed Peas - The E.N.D.
7.Ludacris - Battle of the Sexes
8. Alicia Keys - The Element of Freedom
9. Toni Braxton - Pulse
10. Monica - Still Standing

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News:

Check the tracklisting for Eminem's upcoming album, Recovery.

A man was recently acquitted for the murder of rapper Dolla.

Hmm, Lil Kim has joined Roc Nation.

Trina is starting a cosmetics line.

The week of May 18th saw its lowest Soundscan sales of all time.

Nas and The Roots were among several artists tapped for the Levis Pioneer Series. The Nas cover of Slick Rick's "Hey Young World" was released this week. (Check the downloads.)

Read M.I.A.'s cover story for Complex here.

The lineup and dates for Rock The Bells has been announced. The list includes:

-Wu-Tang Clan performing 36 Chambers.
-Slick Rick performing The Adventures Of...
-KRS-One performing Criminal Minded
-Rakim performing Paid in Full

and Wiz Khalifa, Clipse, Big Sean, Murs+9th Wonder, Yelawolf and many more.

The real Rick Ross is suing the rapper for his name. BAWSE.

GZA, RZA and Rakim all spoke out about their recent Rock The Bells announcement.

Dre's Detox single was delayed because of Eminem. Speaking of which, he's set a deadline for his album.

The Nas and Kelis divorce is official.

Lupe Fiasco is driving from Chicago to Los Angeles in order to raise awareness for a variety of issues.

Unreleased Guru material may see the light of day. If Solar puts it out, DO. NOT. BUY.

Some no-namer dissed Common, among other rappers in a song called "I Fucking Hate Rappers."

For his upcoming album King Uncaged, T.I. has confirmed collaborations with Eminem and Lady Gaga.

50 Cent lost 55 lbs for some movie that'll tank.

Chiddy Bang is going out on tour.

Kanye West, Cypress Hill and Michael Moore are among several stars who joined the protest against the Arizona Immigration Law.

T.I. thinks Drake will break 500k in his opening week. Thoughts?

Alicia Keys is preggers with Swizz Beatz' kid!

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This week's videos:

Music Video: Consequence - Life is Short + mp3

Live: Nas + Damian Marley - Two songs on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Music Video: Ludacris - Sex Room f. Trey Songz + mp3

Music Video: Flying Lotus - Heave(n) [Unreleased]

Music Video: B.o.B. - Camera [unofficial]

Live: Janelle Monae - Tightrope on Ellen + mp3

EPK: XV

Music Video: Big Boi - Shutterbugg + mp3

Music Video: Reflection Eternal - So Good + mp3

Live: Reflection Eternal + The Roots - Ballad of the Black Gold live on Jimmy Fallon + mp3

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This week's downloads:

Kanye West - Power [He's back.]

Free EP: Jahmal Tonge of The Carps - To Mitigate Friends and Lovers

Nas - Hey Young World [Slick Rick cover; recorded for Levis Pioneer Sessions]

Gil Scott-Heron - New York is Killing Me f. Mos Def [Remix]

Game - Everything Red f. Lil Wayne [off R.E.D. Room; No DJ drops]

Shawn Crystopher - I'm G.O.O.D. f. GLC [new song]

Ne-Yo - Beautiful Monster [new single; Libra Scale]

Donnis - More Fire [off of Fashionably Late, upcoming mixtape]

Royce Da 5'9 - My Own Planet f. Big Sean [Street Hop Deluxe Edition]

Hollywood FLOSS - She Said [new song; local rapper, good friend - if you like what you hear, feel free to cop his record, House of Dreams. Dude's a good man and deserves your support]

Madvillain - Papermill [part of an Adult Swim premiere]

Estelle - Fall in Love [Two versions: a. featuring Nas b. featuring John Legend]

Mixtape: Rick Ross - The Albert Anastasia EP

Bun B - Just Like That f. Young Jeezy [off of Trill OG, Bun B's upcoming album]

Blu & Exile - So Perfect [unreleased]

Freddie Gibbs - Rock Bottom f. Bun B [off of Straight Killa No Filla]

[Drake had several leaks from Thank Me Later this week:]

Drake - Unforgettable f. Young Jeezy
Drake - Miss Me f. Lil Wayne
Drake - Fireworks f. Alicia Keys
Drake - Light Up f. Jay-Z
Drake - Shut it Down f. The-Dream

[T.I. had a big week too. Two new singles from King Uncaged and a mixtape]

T.I. - Yeah Ya Know (Takers)
T.I. - Got Your Back f. Keri Hilson

Mixtape: T.I. - Fuck a Mixtape

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Albums hitting the shelves this week:

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Albums out now:

Shad - TSOL
Common - Go! Common Classics
Cam'Ron - Present Heat in Here Vol. I
Rihanna - Rated R Remixed
Scarface - Dopeman Music

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Contributors: themostdeplete

Any feedback is welcome. The best way to get at me is through my blog, www.weworemasks.com. You can keep up with us there during the week if you miss us way too much. If you have any hate mail, love notes, ideas, suggestions or submissions for next week's round up, feel free to get at Roshan at weworemasks@gmail.com or weworemasks on twitter. We won't bite.
09:04 AM on 05/30/10
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love this roundup.
09:47 AM on 05/30/10
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Holy fuck I would love to see the Wu going 36 chambers, if I wasn't such a broke uni student I'd be booking flights now.
09:56 AM on 05/30/10
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Glad distant relatives is getting the recognition it deserves
10:02 AM on 05/30/10
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can someone fix the formatting on the billboard top 10 plzzz? thanks!
10:02 AM on 05/30/10
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Is it just me or is Kanye's voice really thin now? :/ it bothers me.
10:12 AM on 05/30/10
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can someone fix the formatting on the billboard top 10 plzzz? thanks!

Fixed. That usually formats itself when I copy and paste, don't know why it didn't this week.
10:37 AM on 05/30/10
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Is it just me or is Kanye's voice really thin now? :/ it bothers me.

That song is definitely not mastered. It drops to itunes on june 8th, so I'm hoping they fix the levels.
10:48 AM on 05/30/10
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I need to buy Distant Relatives...

Great round-up!
11:37 AM on 05/30/10
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I hope Drake breaks 500,000. Would be awesome for his debut
12:48 PM on 05/30/10
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be9xqF7pKV0


The hook for "Talkin 2 Myself feat. Kobe" has leaked.
02:45 PM on 05/30/10
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stoked for new T.I. not stoked that he 's working with gaga.
03:15 PM on 05/30/10
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LOL, Drake's definitely not going gold the first week. That Rock the Bells lineup is LEGENDARY, but I think Eric B should be out there with Rakim to perform that record.
03:16 PM on 05/30/10
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I need to buy Distant Relatives...

Great round-up!
Get on that. You won't regret it.

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