(Photos + Video) Behind The Scenes: RJ x DJ Mustard ft. Rae Sremmurd – Hard Way

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I hit the set of RJ and DJ Mustard‘s video for “Hard Way” with Rae Sremmurd, and it was lit! YG was in the building as well as DJ Carisma and Haha Davis, and we had a real life party while shooting the scenes!

Check out some more pics of yours truly on set below, as well as the official interview and BTS footage I put together for REVOLT!
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Mixtape: Kamaiyah – A Good Night In The Ghetto

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Every so often I stumble upon some really dope music, and 21-year-old Oakland rapper Kamaiyah has definitely caught my attention. I’ve been hearing her songs “How Does It Feel,” “Swing My Way” and “I’m On” on fellow Bay native NEF The Pharaoh‘s Snapchat lately and was really feeling them. Unfortunately, I had no idea whose songs they were.

Fast forward to SXSW, I ran into Kamaiyah and her manager Brandon (who I know because he also manages YG,) and I put 2 and 2 together after she handed me a USB with her debut project, A Good Night In The Ghetto. Artists, take note – the USB was in the shape of an old school cell phone, and was by far the most memorable one in the sea of CDs and USBs given to me by musicians during my trip!

A Good Night In The Ghetto is minimal on features, but it does include YG, her Big Money Gang crew and Netta Brielle. Stream the project below!
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Mixtape: Cardi B – Gangsta B*tch Music Vol. 1

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Queen Cardi B was already an internet sensation before Love & Hip-Hop, thanks to her hilarious videos on Instagram, but now she’s a bonafide star. After releasing a couple of songs and teasing a few others on social media, the New York native has released her first official project, Gangsta B*tch Music Vol. 1.

I’ve seen some really great reviews over the last couple of days since the tape has been out, and even hearing a few snippets myself – I’m excited! Could this finally be the first GOOD music release that comes out of L&HH?!

“This mixtape signifies jumping out the window, taking a risk. The process has been amazing, but putting out my music for the world to hear is a super scary feeling, I just hope the world loves it as much as I do!” Cardi says. “I hope they listen to the words, and learn from the lessons and experiences I talk about in my music! I really hope they appreciate it! At the end of the day, I want young girls, and women to listen to the message! Its really simple, you can make it being yourself!”

Stream below, or download on iTunes or Datpiff.
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Music Video Box: New Visuals From Cardi B, Pusha T, Chris Brown + More!

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My spirit animal Cardi B is making her Love & Hip-Hop debut this month (although they kept her out of the premiere last night,) and simultaneously launching her music career as well. After delivering a surprisingly solid verse on Shaggy‘s dancehall record “Boom Boom,” Cardi drops her first solo track “Cheap Ass Weave,” a parody about…well, cheap ass weaves.

Before the album drops on Friday, Pusha T surprised fans with the visual to “Crutches, Crosses, Caskets” off of Darkest Before Dawn yesterday. Keeping with the theme of the title, the dark video sees Push on a carousel with some nuns, dressing like and taking part in activities that one wouldn’t consider too holy.

Check out these visuals below, plus new videos from OVO signee Roy Wood$, as well as Chris Brown.
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New Music: Shaggy ft. Popcaan & Cardi B – Boom Boom (Remix)

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Normally I steer clear of any music that features Instagram models and/or reality stars. Cardi B happens to be both, but for some reason – I just love her! She’s adorable and real and what you see is what you get, and surprisingly, her verse on reggae legend Shaggy‘s new song is actually pretty dope! I’m pretty sure she didn’t write it, though…but that’s neither here nor there.

Below, check out the remix to Shaggy‘s “Boom Boom” featuring Cardi B and Popcaan, and let us know your thoughts! Cardi‘s debut on Love & Hip-Hop begins on VH1 on December 4.
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#TBT Mixtape: The Diplomats – Diplomats Vol. 2

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Diplomats Vol. 2 was my introduction into the world of mixtapes, way back when in 2002. I was in the midst of my fascination with all things Dip Set, and was shopping on 125th Street (for my first time!), saw this on the street and the rest was history.

Vol. 2 came at the height of the guys’ beef with Nas, and features his infamous Power 105 interview (where he dissed them,) and includes their disses on songs like “Hate Me Now,” “Show You How” and “I Really Mean It.” (The latter itself wasn’t a diss, but Jimmy was sure to add his trash talk on the end.)

Listen to Cam, Jim and Juelz do their thing below!
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Mixtape: Lexii Alijai – Joseph’s Coat

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I’m excited about Lexii Alijai. I was introduced to the young Minnesota native earlier this year, when she appeared alongside Kehlani on her critically acclaimed mixtape, You Should Be Here. Spitting on the track “Jealous,” I was immediately intrigued by Lexii‘s delivery because of her coarse voice and no f*cks given attitude, and was even more intrigued when I saw on Instagram that she was a pint-sized pretty little thing! Definitely NOT what I pictured!

I’ve been keeping up with her ever since, and I’m pleased to finally have a full body of work from her with this weekend’s release, Joseph’s Coat. The 11-track project truly showcases Lexii‘s range, and she kept it simple with only 3 features: Elle Varner, Kane and bubbling West Coast artist/DJ Mustard signee, Shaun Sloan (who also happens to be Lexii‘s boyfriend.)

It’s hard to really get a scope of an artist when you’re basing them off of one 16 on a guest spot, and this project truly gives Lexii an identity. And I’m loving it! Stream Joseph’s Coat below and download the project here!
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