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Allow me to talk my (stan) shit for a moment: B.O.B. is prepping his fans for the May release of his sophomore album Strange Clouds and just dropped the tracklisting which boasts appearances by NICKI MINAJ, CHRIS BROWN … and TAYLOR SWIFT, among others. Bobby’s versatile and this album is definitely proof of that. I’m excited because I love B.o.B. – would totally marry him if that was ever an option, just sayin’.

1. Bombs Away feat. Morgan Freeman‬
‪2. Ray Bands ‬
‪3. So Hard To Breathe ‬
‪4. Both Of Us feat. Taylor Swift‬
‪5. Strange Clouds feat. Lil Wayne‬
‪6. So Good‬
‪7. Play For Keeps ‬
‪8. Arena feat. Chris Brown and T.I.‬
‪9. Out Of My Mind feat. Nicki Minaj‬
10. Never Let You Go feat. Ryan Tedder‬
11. Chandelier feat. Lauriana Mae
12. Circles ‬
‪13. Just A Sign feat. Playboy Tre‬
‪14. Castles feat. Trey Songz ‬
‪15. Where Are You (B.o.B vs. Bobby Ray)‬

Be sure to cop Strange Clouds May 1st when it hits stores and digital retailers everywhere.


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Today is a particularly busy day in the music industry and I’m sure it’s overwhelming for you because there’s just so many new albums to choose from – don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

The MF Life, Melanie Fiona: This sophomore effort from one of Canada’s finest is bubbling over with her life’s experiences over the past three years since her debut album, The Bridge, was released. I attended her album release event Monday night and I can tell you that the girl has been through some things. She’s better now and has a wonderful project that chronicles the good, the bad, and the grimy. For features from Nas to B.o.B and production from the likes of No ID, T-Minus, Infinity and more, The MF Life features Mel flexing her versatility musically while baring her soul lyrically. The Jack Splash-produced “Wrong Side Of A Love Song” is especially poignant; I distinctly remember seeing tears in her eyes as she performed this, so it’s definitely a powerful experience to take in the song and this album. Check her out today!

The MF LifeiTunes :: Amazon

Unexpected Arrival, Diggy: The wonderkid from rap royalty is officially striking out on his own with his debut album and the tweens are in an uproar – but so are their older brothers and sisters. UA shouldn’t be stock piled into the “teenybopper kid rapper” category so suddenly; it’s obvious he’s passionate about his craft and has a great team that supports his vision. He’s smart and it shows in his lyrics; he also knows his place and keeps his sound friendly to his demographic, which is also his age group. Diggy gives you what you’re seeking from him, regardless of who you are or what you’re seeking; you want to fall in love with him and for him to feel the same way? “Do It Like You”; you want him to get lyrical and give you a glimmer of hope for the next generation of rap? “88”; you want an alternative sound that takes about five steps left from the average (typical) hip hop beat? “Hello World”. Get the picture? Get the album.

Unexpected ArrivaliTunes :: Amazon :: Spotify 

Half Naked And Almost Famous, Machine Gun Kelly: Cleveland’s most laced up wild boy is providing the soundtrack to doing hoodrat things with your friends – and we’re not against that at all. 2011 was a huge year for him and 2012 has proven to be pretty great so far as well: Half Naked And Almost Famous is a five-song EP that provides the soundtrack to an exclusive documentary of the same name that will premiere on his website chronicling the highs and lows of the last twelve months. Maybe we’ll get to see video of him snatching his boss Diddy’s door … a girl can dream, I suppose. He waits no time calling on his fellow Bad Boy label mates for assistance, snatching up Cassie for “Warning Shot”, but it’s “See My Tears” that eloquently puts the EST movement in so many words that those who are new to this may understand. MGK is very fan-oriented and this EP is dedicated solely to them. A rager with a heart, how awesome is that!

Half Naked And Almost FamousiTunes :: Spotify

Radio Music Society, Esperanza Spalding: Jazz bassist and 2011’s Best New Artist via The Grammys Esperanza Spalding is taking a different approach to singing the praises of her genre and while this may be risky, it fits well on her. Radio Music Society is a contemporary jazz album that maintains its instrumental foundation but boasts production that may reel in a few new fans. Q-Tip ring a bell? Yes, he’s produced and is featured on the LP that also includes appearances by Algebra Blessett, Lalah Hathaway, Becca Stevens and many more. RMS expands on the various forms of love and touches on an embattled generation faced with obstacles unparalleled to anything we’d ever experienced before. What’s even better about this album is that there’s a video for every single song – how many artists do you get that with these days? This is a great album that shouldn’t be slept on at all because it isn’t your typical jazz piece.

Radio Music SocietyiTunes :: Amazon

The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond, Various Artists: The critics are saying that this could be the biggest movie of our time – bigger than Twilight kind of big; Suzanne Collins, the author of the obsessively popular young adult book trilogy of the same title, is saying that the movie more than holds up to the stories; fans are saying that March 23rd will be a day that goes down in infamy as the greatest day ever … me included. It wouldn’t be right if there wasn’t an epic soundtrack to go along with such an epic movie, right? With a tracklisting that includes Kid Cudi, The Decemberists, Taylor Swift (twice), Arcade Fire, and The Civil Wars, one can only imagine what this film is going to be like. It’s a good thing we only have three days left until we see for ourselves!

The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And BeyondiTunes :: Amazon :: Spotify

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For the tween in you, here is some behind the scenes footage of rapper DIGGY as he shoots the album artwork for his debut album UNEXPECTED ARRIVAL – which is set to drop March 20th. You know you wanna watch it =)

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Check out the cover art to DIGGY SIMMONS’ debut album, Unexpected Arrival, which hits shelves March 20th. The tweens love them some Diggy and I’m not ashamed to say that I do, too! Shout out to Atlantic for getting it right with this kid. His Life Of A Jetsetter tour starts in a few short weeks, so take your little sisters and cousins to see him do his thing when they come to your town!


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I’ve never known this existed but I was JUST tweeting about how much love this album didin’t receive from the masses, so I’m posting it for you guys to check out. Very dope stuff being said; these guys are the greatest.

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We here at itstheCOOL are gearing up for June 28th when G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam/Finally Famous artist Big Sean will drop his debut album entitled Finally Famous. His official site just unloaded the official tracklisting on us and I am amped!

Here it is for your reading pleasure:

1. Intro – produced by Kevin Randolph & KeY Wane

2. I Do It – produced by No I.D. & The Legendary Traxster

3. My Last (featuring Chris Brown) – produced by No I.D.

4. Don’t Tell Me You Love Me – produced by No I.D.

5. Wait For Me (featuring Lupe Fiasco) – produced by No I.D. & Exile

6. Marvin & Chardonnay (featuring Kanye West & Roscoe Dash) – Produced by Pop Wansel & Mike Dean

7. Dance (A$$) – produced by Da Internz

8. Get It (DT) (featuring Pharrell) – produced by The Neptunes

9. Memories (Part II) (featuring John Legend) – produced by No I.D.

10. High (featuring Wiz Khalifa & Chiddy Bang) – produced by Xaphoon Jones

11. Live This Life (featuring The-Dream) – produced by No I.D.

12. So Much More – produced by No I.D.

13. What Goes Around (Bonus Track) – produced by No I.D.

14. Celebrity (featuring Dwele) (Bonus Track) – produced by Filthy Rockwell & No I.D.

15. My House (Bonus Track) – produced by Boi-1da

16. 100 Keys (featuring Rick Ross & Pusha T) (Bonus Track) – produced by Hilton and Brian Wright [WrighTrax Productions]

I literally squealed when I saw “Memories (Part II)” on the list! I can only imagine how it’ll sound since “Memories” [off Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG] is my favorite song off the mixtape. John Legend is my guy and I’m interested to see what No I.D. brings to the track and how it differs from KeY Wane’s original production.

The disc seems like it’s going to give us exactly what we want, so be sure to cop it when June 28th comes around!

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We finally get the first single off Big Sean’s HIGHLY anticipated debut album, Finally Famous, and it’s dope that CB was on deck to lend his vocals. “My Last” dropped on HOT 97 just minutes ago and is exclusively available as a stream on his Facebook fan page!

Download it here and request it on your local radio stations today.

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Aww smile, Chris! He’s got plenty reason to do so: his mixtape tracks “Deuces” and “No Bullshit” took over 2010, topping the Urban/Mainstream chart, his pop hit “Yeah 3X” is quickly becoming a favorite of people all over the country, and his fifth studio album F.A.M.E. has an official release date of March 22nd.

On February 12th, though, he can now add an appearance on the acclaimed sketch comedy show, Saturday Night Live, to his list of achievements. After years of tearin’ up the charts, Chris finally has the opportunity to perform on the same stage that legends such as Jay-Z, U2, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and others have blessed over the show’s 36 year stint.

This is a major milestone for the 21 year old, so be sure to tune into NBC February 12th at 11:30PM/10:30 CST. Who knows, maybe we’ll get an awesome digital short with him and The Lonely Island…

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CUDDERisBACK … On Twitter, That Is

My Twitterverse just got a million times better this afternoon when Cleveland MC Chip Tha Ripper announced that his ace, Kid Cudi, was officially back on Twitter. I would have doubted it, but Cudi’s tweets tell the truth.Go follow him at <strong>@wizardcud </strong>[click the title above] and keep an eye out for tweets regarding his rock project <em>Wizard</em>, which he’s hoping to drop this summer.He’s also said that the film for my favorite song off <em>Man On The Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager</em>, “Maniac”, will release this year as he, Cage and director Shia LeBouf want to solidify its perfection. Nothin’ wrong with that.



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COMMENTARY: WHERE’S THE BEEF? – Artists Leave Much To Be Desired Regarding Singles And Videos

Don’t you hate when an artist drops such a live album but leaves much to be desired when it comes time to drop a single and shoot a video for said single? Yeah, it burns my biscuit as well. Sadly, I see this happening to three artists in particular and it makes me sad. Let’s hash this out because something needs to be done:

Drake’s Thank Me Later: Released on June 15th, you would think that Drake’s initial excitement for his debut album would have driven him to keep the momentum going his first two singles started in the spring and summer. True, “Miss Me” dropped and a video followed but it noticably got a lot less play than “Over” and “Find Your Love”. It was obvious that would be a single because of Wayne’s feature but they had WAY more options for singles including “Fancy”, which had a video but Drake didn’t like it. That’s all well and good but that setback definitely halted the TML train and it looks like he has no interest in trying to rectify it, sadly.

Of course the fans suffer at the end of the day. I always saw a video for “Unforgettable” and he seemed excited to bring that to life as a personal ode to Aaliyah, but we’ve heard nothing else about it. Time will only tell but I can already tell you how this story will end: in about three months, we’ll be hearing a new single from Drake’s sophomore album Take Care. I’m not a pessimist; I just tell it like it is.

Trey Songz’ Passion, Pain & Pleasure: So the Petersburg native picked up where “Say Aah” left off when he released “Bottoms Up” as a first single off his fourth album. I guess that was a wise choice; I’m not a party song person so it made me no nevermind one way or another. Following up with the slower “Can’t Be Friends” was definitely a decision I supported and I saw big things for this single. I actually was shocked when the song — and the album, for that matter — was shut out of the Grammy nominations recently announced. Anyway, if I were an executive at Atlantic (Lord knows they need to call me…), instead of choosing the sexually charged “Love Faces” as the follow-up to Trey’s summer hit, I would have picked something slower and more meaningful like “Please Return My Call” or my personal favorite “Made To Be Together”. We get that the mainstream portion of the industry only know of Trey because of his image as a budding sex symbol but why can’t we dispel this faction by showing the public that he’s about more than slapping skin and grinding pelvises? That shit is getting ancient and he’s putting himself in a box he does not need to be in. The songs I picked are sound choices that could go over well on radio; they both boast mature sounds that could get him steady play on the urban adult contemporary stations and once you’ve cracked that market, you’re in there. It’s as equally influential as the young urban market that everyone’s trying to get into.

Why the hell is no one listening to me? I swear, Atlantic ruined what made Ready so great by putting out songs like “Neighbors Know My Name” over album gems like “Black Roses”, “Jupiter Love”, “Love Lost”, or even “Holla If You Need Me”. What the fuck were they thinking? I have no earthly idea but they need to get it together. I knew “Love Faces” was going to be a single and I scoffed when I read the official press release announcing it. This shit is all wrong and what’s even worse is that they waited so long to put it out in the first place. “Can’t Be Friends” dropped in the summertime; why is “Love Faces” just being announced as the next single in December? I’ve yet to hear it on the radio which means that a video hasn’t even been shot for it yet. Anyone with sense knows that an album typically has a public life of about nine months, or a year if you’ve sold ridiculously high volumes of the disc. Passion, Pain & Pleasure dropped in September and about four months has passed between the singles. They’re so wrapped up in tours and endorsements over there that they’re abandoning the music that put them in this position in the first damn place, which shows how the music industry is all about business and nothing about the music anymore.

Trey’s never had a soft single since “Gotta Go”; why can’t he play that role once instead of this sex Adonis whose sole purpose is to pleasure every woman on the planet? I may be one of the only women out here who doesn’t think with her vagina every time Trey enters my brain because that shit doesn’t entice me. I want his label to peel back some layers and show this boy’s soul sometime. What use are the songs he records and puts on the album if he keeps putting out shit with the same subject matter over and over? Miss me with that bullshit.

Rihanna’s Loud: It’s actually pretty early to get on Rihanna about her single choices at this point because “What’s My Name” is JUST starting to die out finally. However, when I heard that “S&M” was a strong contender as the follow-up single I had to comment.

Like, for why?

I get she likes the song and it’s raunchy and all that good crap but I mean…for why? If I was the Bajan songstress, I would put out either “Cheers (Drink To That)” for its jovial good time subject matter (and I would have done this just in time for New Year’s – come on, that shit is the perfect song to sing at the bar) or go for the sure thing with “Raining Men” and call Nicki up to shoot the video. That would be a fun video, actually, even though I don’t love the song as much as I love the others.

After that, I would throw “S&M” out there if I had to but I’d keep going in the opposite direction and go with “California King Bed” or “Man Down”. Actually, I’d do both those songs and cancel out “S&M”. “Man Down” would be an epic ass video; she needs to film that whether it’s gonna be a single or not.

My issue with Rihanna, her people, and Def Jam is when it comes to her having hit albums and everyone loving her songs, they don’t capitalize on that. Dating all the way back to Good Girl Gone Bad, her label’s been fucking her selling potential all the way up. After “Hate That I Love You”, something either bouncy like “Sell Me Candy” or slow and cute like “Say It” should have been released. “Rehab” was a cool way to end the album…but I would have traded that for a “Sell Me Candy” video. Sorry.

With Rated R, I can’t even find the words to explain how much they fucked that one up. “Rockstar 101”? Really? “Te Amo”? For real? FUCK outta here! I would have scrapped them both and gone with “Fire Bomb”. If you ask anyone who owns the album, it’s guaranteed that they’ll say “Fire Bomb” was one of their – if not their absolute – favorites. Shit was just epic all around: her voice sounded great, it was an awesome concept, and the video would have murdered ANYTHING that dropped in the final quarter of ‘09, if filmed correctly. It showed vulnerability and told the story of every woman who’d ever had her heart broken by someone, including Rihanna herself. Why wasn’t this put out?

Notice how all three of those artists I just named all have endorsements with Kodak, among other companies using their image to sell you shit. Coincidence? On my part, it actually was but still. You see, labels have forgotten the main purpose of music: shit is a healer, it saves lives, it tells a story. Why would you water down an artist for the sake of a dollar? Who was the genius who said that this process labels follow was effective? All it’s doing is pissing me off. I can’t believe there are enough mindless drones out there who actively follow this formula but it frustrates me even more that consumers buy into this shit. You’re telling them that it’s okay to feed you bullshit and not listen to what you want like it’s okay and it’s not. YOU drive these artists’ careers so you should have a say in how shit goes down. Don’t let these eighty year old executives control what you, as a twenty something music savvy individual, see and hear.

The time to take control is now and these artists are even more brainwashed than the buying public is because they convince themselves that the label is leading them right or are sacrificing their voice for the sake of a check or potential control at a later date. I got news for you, honey; they don’t care about you and they’ll shit on you in the end so take your career in your hands and don’t let them take your integrity, sense, and voice away from you.

I’ll just continue to sit back with my Power-C Vitamin Water and watch as it dwindles.

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