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Rapsody’s (@rapsodymusic) debut album “The Idea Of Beautiful,” dropped tuesday to the delight of her fans. Here Rapsody takes a minute to talk about what went into the album and defines what her idea of beautiful is.

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Word on the street is that 2 Chainz wore 3 chains to his album release party. Blasphemy! This post is really just an excuse to link to this hilarious article that catalogues every single time 2 Chainz has mentioned “your girl” in his rap career. Pretty great stuff.

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Duck Down recording artist Sean Price breaks down the details of his sneaker collection while attending the Kixpo Sneaker and Streetwear Expo that took place recently at Cowboys Stadium. Price tells us what he’s into, then lays out why he wouldn’t be caught dead in a particular pair of Shaqs or Ewings. Video filmed and edited by 13th Village for Duck Down Visuals.

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JD ERa (@JDEra) gives us a behind the scenes look into his upcoming video for “Mount Olympus,” off his No Handouts mixtape. The video drops officially on Thursday.

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The count down begins for the release of Trey Songz Chapter V. Watch the behind the scenes of his latest single Hail Mary featuring Young Jeezy & Lil Wayne. Hail Mary will be on his highly anticipated album.

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Watch Sir Michael Rocks in a video series capturing his moves through Chicago and abroad. It gives you a glimpse of his travels, recording, photo shoots and attractive women – it embodies the Lap Of Lux!

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Drake stopped by Much Music post OVO fest to wax poetic about the festival, the city, and the upcoming Aaliyah album that he’s executive producing. I know that this whole discussion is ancient news in internet years, but I want to add my 2 cents into the mix. I’ve seen way too many posts on the internet about how “Drake shouldn’t be producing beats for Aaliyah. ” Firstly, to everyone who thinks “executive producing” necessarily means making beats, you are completely wrong. For example, much to the chagrin of every person who lives in Detroit/has a soul, Charles Hamilton once listed legendary, deceased producer J. Dilla as an executive producer on his project.  This is, of course, despite the fact that J. Dilla had no involvement in the project, having had passed away a couple years before Charles Hamilton became a relevant human being. Similarly, Jay-Z was listed as an executive producer on Fort Minor’s (Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park) début rap album. Do you really think Jay sat in the studio and made beats for Mike Shinoda? Of course not. This is not to say that Drake won’t help out with the music. Of course he will. It’s an indisputable fact that the dude has an uncanny ear for R&B music. If you doubt it, listen to the song he co-wrote with Melanie Fiona earlier this year called “I Been That Girl.” Having spoken to people who work in the studio with Drake, I’ve been informed that he is a very hands on artist. He is very specific about the beats he likes and often gives producers input to make songs better. It’s worked well for his music, why not for Aaliyah’s? Often times, executive producing an album means getting the right people together to work on it. Every single one of DJ Khaled’s songs is based on this premise. Drake has the connections to do this. He’s worked with Timbaland before on the song “Say Something” and evidently knows him personally. I can’t be the only one excited about the prospect of songs co-produced by Timbaland and “40.” Seriously, has anyone HEARD the music “40″ has been making recently? He’s on another level right now. In fact, the production on Jojo’s “40″ helmed single Demonstrate would be absolutely perfect for an Aaliyah song. It’s almost as if the whole world has forgotten how dope Drake’s Aaliyah sampling song Unforgettable was.

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