Curren$y Releases Surprise EP, ‘Air Freshna’

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Happy holidaze everyone.

Quietly, New Orleans’ Curren$y has created a highly respected career. One of the more consistent artists in the game, Spitta is a mixtape wealth, liberally releasing new ones on the regular. To commemorate today’s holidaze, the “Elevator Music” rapper has dropped off a 4/20-inspired Ep, Air Freshna.

At only three-tracks long, Air Freshna is an enjoyable sample of Curren$y’s talents and staple hazy musical offerings. Additionally, Spitta announced via Instagram that he would be at House of Blues in New Orleans tonight, presumably to perform this new project.

Stream Air Freshna below:

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J. Cole Releases ‘KOD’

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It’s here.

Cole elated the hip-hop community with his surprise album announcement just a few days ago. After playing it for an exclusive group of first-come-first-served patrons in New York and London, Cole further contextualized his forthcoming release through tweets. He informed fans that his album, KOD, has three meanings: Kids on Drugs, King Overdosed, Kill Our Demons. Officially as of midnight last night, fans can now further interpret Cole’s work, as it’s now available on all streaming platforms.

Coming in at 12-tracks, 42-minutes, KOD is again a featureless project that will most likely go platinum given Cole’s stature and influence. (There are two tracks featuring a kiLL edward, but that is rumored to be Cole himself.) Juxtaposing hard-hitting beats with soulful melodies, KOD is a dynamic offering rich in conceptual depth. From tackling issues revolving around fame, hubris, drug abuse, coping with pain, and more, Jermaine effectively spreads his message while leaving room for fans’ interpretation.

KOD is J. Cole’s first album since 2016’s 4 Your Eyez Only.

Stream KOD below:

Smoke DZA’s ‘Not For Sale’ Drops Tomorrow

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The Kushed God is back.

It’s been over one-year since Smoke DZA’s last album release: the collaborative LP, Don’t Smoke Rock, created in tandem with the famed hip-hop producer, Pete Rock. Home to cuts like “Black Superhero Car” featuring Rick Ross and “Until Then” featuring Mac Miller, Don’t Smoke Rock is a sound addition to Smoke’s extensive catalogue. Tomorrow, Friday, April 20th, Smoke looks to add to that collection with his sixth studio album, Not For Sale.

Following his recently-released seven-track EP, Ringside 6, the Kushed God aims to further embed himself in hip-hop lore by offering fans a different perspective from their favorite weed advocating rapper. In a conversation with HipHopDX, Smoke told them, “It’s a personal project to me … It’s a new bookmark in the chapter of Smoke … It’s new experiences, a new vibe and a new Smoke DZA. It’s a new sound, but it still stays true to what I believe in.”

Already, Smoke has released three singles from this project, each different from the rest. Joey Bada$$ helped out on the album’s first single, “The Mood”; Dom Kennedy and Cozz jumped on the second one, “The Hook Up”; and most recently, Ty Dolla $ign lent his crooning skills to the amorous track, “The Love”. Judging by these singles, we have another hit DZA album on our hands.

Stream all of the Not For Sale singles below, and get ready for the album dropping tomorrow:

Freeway Bodies Funk Flex Freestyle

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Philly Freeway is back.

Philadelphia’s Freeway was once a major figure in the trending hip-hop narrative. Circa early-mid 2000s, Freeway saw his star rise thanks to albums like Philadelphia Freeway and Free At Last. However, due to health complications, Freeway has faded out of the spotlight. But on a recent Funk Flex freestyle, Freeway demonstrated that not only does he still have it, he’s intent on proving why his name deserves to be re-woven into hip-hop’s fabric.

Watch Freeway’s Funk Flex freestyle below:

Ms. Lauryn Hill Announces ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ 20th Anniversary Tour

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One of hip-hop’s greatest treasures is coming to a city near you.

It’s been 20-years since Ms. Lauryn Hill graced us with her iconic, culture-propelling album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Home to some of hip-hop’s greatest hits, like “Ex-Factor”, “Doo Wop (That Thing)”, and “Everything is Everything”, this 16-track masterpiece will forever be cemented in hip-hop lore. In celebration for this historic 20-year anniversary, Lauryn Hill will be taking it on the road for a 27-city tour.

The tour will kickoff on July 8th in Bristow, VA, and finish on October 5th in St Louis, MO. If she’s coming to a city near you, it will definitely be in your best interest to secure a ticket.

Check out the full tour list below:

July 8 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
July 11 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
July 15 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
July 18 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
July 20 – Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
July 25 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 26 – Raleigh, NC – The Red Hat Amphitheater
July 29 – Tampa, FL – Al Lang Stadium
July 31 – Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheater
August 2 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
August 3 – Atlanta, GA – State Bank Amphitheatre At Chastain Park
August 5 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
August 8 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
September 7 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
September 9 – San Diego, CA – Open Air Theatre
September 12 – Portland, OR – Portland Memorial Coliseum
September 14 – Vancouver, BC – Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park
September 15 – Seattle, WA – ShoWare Center
September 20 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 22 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
September 24 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
September 26 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
September 29 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
September 30 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
October 3 – New Orleans, LA – UNO Lakefront Arena
October 5 – St Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena

 

J. Cole Announces New Album

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KOD drops this Friday.

One of the industry’s most dualistically talented players, J. Cole, elated the music world yesterday with his exciting forthcoming album announcement, KOD. Again, the kid from Fayetteville, NC will construct a featureless project.

Revealed in a series of social media posts, coupled with his lowkey Gramercy Theatre listening party Instagram declaration, Cole said that KOD will be out this Friday, 4/20. A multi-faceted album title, according to Cole, KOD stands for kidz on drugz, kill our demonz, king overdose. This album comes as a surprise to the entire community, but considering that Cole spent just two-weeks on the estimated 12-track project, it seems like it might have been an ostensible surprise to Jermaine as well.

Keep your eyes peeled for KOD dropping this Friday.