Lil Wayne Releases ‘No Ceilings 3’ — Stream

UPDATE: You can stream or download the new mixtape below (direct link to Datpiff here)

Stream the full tape via YouTube (or download it on this link):

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The first No Ceilings came at a unique time for Lil Wayne. He was fresh off of Tha Carter III, releasing Rock music to roll out Rebirth and preparing to serve time at Rikers Island. It dropped on Halloween of 2009 and the reception to it was insane.
It’s mentioned right up there with Dedication 2 and Da Drought 3 as one of Wayne’s best tapes and we think it’s one of the best of all time.
The second left something to be desired. It dropped in the summer of 2015 when Weezy was fighting his battle against Cash Money and it didn’t have the same impact as the first. The wave was changing a bit.
Earlier this year, Wayne put out a shortened version of the first instalment on streaming services and around the same time came the announcement that we were getting a No Ceilings 3 at some point. It will arrive in around half an hour but before then, we have the track list.
It’s hosted by DJ Khaled, who hasn’t been on a Wayne mixtape for well over a decade now. Features include Drake, Young Thug, Cory Gunz and more. Any guesses about what instrumentals some of these are?

— .KP.datPiff (@KPdatpiff) November 28, 2020

Listen to Black Thought’s New Song ‘American Heartbreak’ Feat. Ledisi

New Black Thought is always welcome.
The legendary rapper released his latest album Streams Of Thought, Vol. 3: Cane & Abel in October featuring 13 songs. It was a product of his first major solo deal with Republic Records. Today, the Roots emcee unveils a new track, ‘American Heartbreak’ which can be heard in the closing credits of HBO’s Between The World and Me, an adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ celebrated book, Between the World and Me.

The book was written as a letter to Coates’ teenage son and recounts the author’s experiences growing up in Baltimore’s inner city and his growing fear of daily violence against the Black community. The narrative explores Coates’ bold notion that American society structurally supports white supremacy. Listen to the song below.

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Sabrina Claudio and The Weeknd Share ‘Christmas Blues’ Collaboration

Sabrina Claudio rings in the holiday season with her new EP Christmas Blues.
Inspired by her love for the holidays, the soulful 8-track soundtrack features Claudio’s take on Christmas classics like “Oh Holy Night” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” as well as five original songs including the sultry single “Warm December.”
The Puerto Rican/Cuban songstress also teams up with Alicia Keys on “Winter Time” and The Weeknd, who appears on the seductive title track.
On their smoldering duet, Sabrina cozies up with Abel, who shares his naughty plans. “If I had one wish, I’ll take you down by the tree,” sings the XO crooner. “‘Cause all I want is you and me.”

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“My intention behind creating and indulging into a Christmas album was to attempt to shine a small light through an incredibly dark year for as many people as I can reach,” Sabrina explained. “If I have the opportunity to bring a sense of happiness, nostalgia, or calmness to someone with this album, that’s all I could ever ask for. I’m also just a sucker for Christmas time and Christmas music!”
Christmas Blues is the first project from Sabrina since her third album Truth Is, which was released in October 2019.
Stream Christmas Blues below.

Young Thug Says He ‘Never Paid Attention’ to André 3000

André 3000 may have achieved legendary status, but that doesn’t make Young Thug a fan.
During a recent appearance on T.I.’s “ExpediTIously” podcast, T.I. likened the Outkast icon’s style to Thugger, but the similarities were lost on Thug, who claims he has never paid him much attention.
“I can’t rap you two André 3000 songs,” he said, according to HipHopDX. “I ain’t never paid attention to him. Never in my life.”
T.I. brought up Thug’s relationship with another legend, Elton John, who Thug worked with on 2018’s “High.” Tip encouraged Thug to reconsider and extend an olive branch, but Thug didn’t seem interested.
“The difference between Elton John and André is, Elton John like to kiss ass, [where] André likes his ass kissed,” he said. “He’s just more of a fan type of ni**a, to the point it’s like, ‘Ni**a, let’s do music!’ He’s like, ‘Ni**a, bet.’ André more like, ‘Yo, this is his secretary.'”

T.I. insisted that André was an “ally,” prompting Thug to respond, “He’s who ally?” He continued to throw shade at Three Stacks: “Why don’t you rap like him? You don’t talk like him, dress like him, look like him. You ain’t trying to portray none of that.”
It’s unclear where Thug’s disdain for André 3000 comes from. In a 2017 interview with Complex, 3000 complimented the YSL rapper.
“He’s exciting,” said Dre. “There’s no box. He’s all over the place. To do those things he does, you have to have big fu**in’ balls. It’s almost harder than the guy who’s portraying hard, you know? It’s kind of mind-fu**ing people. It’s saying, ‘Don’t get too comfortable with me.’ That’s one of my mottos: Don’t let people get too comfortable with what you’re doing.”
Thug is now working on Slime Language 2, the sequel to his 2018 compilation, which was slated to drop on Black Friday.

The Game and Lil Wayne Team Up on ‘A.I. with the Braids’

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The Game returns for Black Friday.
One year after the release of his album Born 2 Rap, the Compton kingpin links up with Lil Wayne on his new single “A.I. with the Braids.”
Over the hard-hitting beat, produced by Mike Zombie, Game pays tribute to NBA legend Allen Iverson and addresses his former G-Unit affiliate 50 Cent. The two seemingly squashed their beef when they ran into each other at a club in 2016. “They wanna know what I whispered in 50’s ear / G-Unit, motherfu**er, the real Ghost is here,” raps Game.

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“A.I. with the braids is almost single handedly responsible for most if not all trends you see in hip-hop and professional sports these days…” said Game. “Every kid including myself wanted to be Allen Iverson, from the baggy jerseys with the diamond chains, to the designs in his braids & whole swagger. Girls were in love with him and he was pound for pound the best player in the NBA. A.I. went from being my idol as a kid to being my brother in real life, so it’s only right I pay homage.”
This marks Game’s first single since last year’s Born 2 Rap, which was supposed to be his final project.
In related news, 50 Cent said he would be open to a Verzuz battle with Game under one condition. “He can’t play no records with my voice on it,” 50 told Big Boy.

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NLE Choppa Previews New Song Feat. 50 Cent: Watch

UPDATE: 50 reveals via Instagram that this will serve as the theme song to his upcoming POWER based show, Raising Kanan.

NLE Choppa has a good work ethic, which you can’t do without in today’s times if you want to make it big commercially.
The rising Memphis rapper released his From Dark to Light project on his 18th birthday (11/1) at exactly 11:11am CST. On it, he explored “dark thoughts and emotions, embarking on a spiritual journey that leads to hope and light” and offered 13 songs in total. Big Sean and Ink were the only two guest appearances.
But it looks like he has more music on the way (perhaps a deluxe version?) and he’s enlisting a heavyweight. The rapper previewed an unreleased song, tentatively titled ‘Make Money’, on his Snapchat on Thursday where you can hear 50 Cent on the guest vocals over a smooth beat sampling Keni Burke’s’s 1982 classic ‘Rising To The Top‘.
50 brings his vintage singing-rap flow on it which will surely make his fans happy. Interestingly, he has previously dropped a freestyle over the same sample too. Take a listen to the preview below.
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Snoop Dogg Shares Holiday Song ‘Doggy Dogg Christmas’: Listen

Snoop Dogg usually likes to release something around the holidays so even though 2020 has been trash, he wasn’t going to break his tradition.
The legend brings his Santa inspired raps over a West Coast beat with his latest offering ‘Doggy Dogg Christmas’. Listen below.

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New Music: Young Thug – ‘Take It To Trial’ (Feat. Gunna & Yak Gotti)

Young Thug recently talked about readying two albums at the moment.
“I’m doing the Slime Language 2 album,” he told T.I. during an appearance on the ExpediTIously podcast. “I’m putting that shit out, then I’m putting out my album, Punk. I might put out two albums though, because I want to start anew. You know, sometimes the relationship will get out. I just wanna start a new relationship with my label. Let’s start a new one.”

It looks like he has kicked off the campaign tonight with the first offering, ‘Take It To Trial’ featuring his close associates Gunna and Yak Gotti. Listen to the Wheezy produced track below. Slime Language 2 serves as a sequel to the YSL compilation from 2018 which aims to showcase music from artists signed to his imprint.

The Weeknd Joins Sabrina Claudio on New Song ‘Christmas Blues’

Sabrina Claudio has released a Christmas album entitled Christmas Blues.
The R&B singer’s 8-song album features covers of three holiday classics along with five of Claudio’s original Christmas songs, with guest appearances from The Weeknd and Alicia Keys. The first single from the album, ‘Warm December’ dropped last week.

Sabrina said that the album was created “a beginning of this summer with the intention of bringing a sense of peace, nostalgia, and/or happiness even if the feeling only lasted for the length of a song.” She also thanked Alicia and Abel for agreeing to be featured on it, through Instagram. “To @aliciakeys & @theweeknd, thank you for believing in this intention ♥️ my god, never could i have imagined that two of the most influential figures in my life & journey as an artist would be accompanying me on an album i did purely out of the desire to shine a tiny light through an incredibly dark year.”

The Weeknd appears on the title track — stream the full album below.
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Busta Rhymes Releases Another Deluxe Edition of ‘ELE 2’ Album

Busta Rhymes is not done yet. The rapper has released another deluxe edition of his latest album ELE 2 (Extinction Level Event 2).
The original came out on October 30th, featuring guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Rapsody, Rick Ross, M.O.P, Mariah Carey, Rakim and even Ol Dirty Bastard. He then reloaded it with four additional songs, which included the previously released Eminem-featured track, ‘Calm Down’.

He has now put out another edition with four more tracks, taking the total number on the album to 30.

Statik Selektah Releases Star Studded New Album ‘The Balancing Act’: Stream

Last week, Statik Selektah announced that he would be releasing his new album The Balancing Act on November 27th via Mass Appeal/Roc Nation/Showoff.
The acclaimed producer kick started the campaign last month with his single ‘Keep It Moving’ featuring Nas, Joey Badass & Gary Clark Jr. He then followed it up with the ‘Play Around‘ single feat. Killer Mike, 2 Chainz and Conway The Machine. The full album has arrived tonight.

The Balancing Act features additional guest appearances from Black Thought, Joey Badass, Jack Harlow, Jadakiss, Paul Wall, Smoke DZA, Bun B, Havoc and more. Stream it below.

The Game Shares Official Version of New Single ‘A.I. With The Braids’ Ft. Lil Wayne

The Game has dropped a new single ‘A.I. With The Braids’ where he reunites with Lil Wayne.
If you remember, this track actually leaked previously back in June last year and was supposed to appear on his last album Born 2 Rap but didn’t make the cut in the end. The title of the song is a reference to the iconic photo of former NBA star Allen Iverson getting his hair braided during a game.

On the leaked version, we heard two Biggie samples, ‘Dead Wrong‘ and ‘Get Money‘ but the the former has now been removed from the final product. Born 2 Rap was supposed to be Game’s “final” version but we already know how it goes with rappers and retirement. Listen to the track below.

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In April, it was reported that Game had lost the rights to his Born 2 Rap album to his sexual assault victim.
The judge in the case seized The Game’s newly established Prolific Records record label and his album. Priscilla Rainey was granted ownership of both of those and also “any and all rights, title, and interest” in any money, property or future payments due to the label.

Drake Slams Grammys After The Weeknd Snub

Drake is coming to The Weeknd’s defense.
Days after the “Binding Lights” crooner was surprisingly shut out of the nominations for the 63rd annual Grammy Awards, the Toronto rapper is voicing his thoughts about the Grammys and how the awards show continues to disappoint.
“I think we should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards and just accept that what once was the highest form of recognition may no longer matter to the artists that exist now and the ones that come after,” Drake wrote on Instagram Stories. “It’s like a relative you keep expecting to fix up but they just can’t change their ways.”
Like many, Drizzy thought The Weeknd would be a shoo-in for the major categories like Album or Song of the Year. “The other day I said @theweeknd was a lock for either album or song of the year along with countless other reasonable assumptions and it just never goes that way,” he added.

He also called for the start of a new award show. “This is a great time for somebody to start something new that we can build up over time and pass on to the generations to come.”
In a separate IG Story, Drake recognized Lil Baby, Pop Smoke, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Popcaan, saying they too deserved recognition. “Too many missing names to even name…” he said.
Drake, who has won four Grammys throughout his career, has had his issues with the organization in the past. Last year, while accepting the award for Best Rap Song, he seemingly took a shot at the Recording Academy.
“If there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to see your shows…You don’t need this right here…You already won,” he said.

“If there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to see your shows…You don’t need this right here…You already won”
—@Drake accepting Best Rap Song at the #GRAMMYs
— Rap-Up (@RapUp) February 11, 2019

The Weeknd put the Grammys on blast for shutting him out of all categories, despite the commercial and critical success of his album After Hours.
“The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…” he tweeted.

The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020

Collaboratively planning a performance for weeks to not being invited? In my opinion zero nominations = you’re not invited!
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020

Others like Kid Cudi also expressed their shock and disappointment after The Weeknd received zero nominations. “Abel was robbed man this shits weak,” he tweeted.
Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording Academy’s chair, later addressed the snub. “We understand that The Weeknd is disappointed at not being nominated,” he told CNN. “I was surprised and can empathize with what he’s feeling. His music this year was excellent, and his contributions to the music community and broader world are worthy of everyone’s admiration.”

Megan Thee Stallion’s Former Friend Fires Back with Diss Track ‘Bussin Back’

Megan Thee Stallion’s former friend is breaking her silence.
Following the release of “Shots Fired,” on which Megan accused her ex-BFF Kelsey Nicole of being in “cahoots” with Tory Lanez, Kelsey is firing back on a track of her own. On Wednesday night (Nov. 25), she dropped her surprise diss “Bussin Back.”
Over the instrumental for Tupac’s Biggie diss “Hit ‘Em Up,” Kelsey calls out the “Savage” rapper. “Couldn’t control your little feelings / Look what dick is costing you / It was all good, yeah, about a week ago / Shout out Bobby Shmurda, but this bitch is really tweaking, bro,” she raps.

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She denies reports that she was the one who shot Megan following a dispute in July. Kelsey was in the car at the time of the shooting. “If I was the one with the gun, you would’ve heard about a murder / Said her back was turned but that girl know who really hurt her / Never been a jealous friend and the people really know it.”
Later, she addresses accusations that Tory paid her to keep quiet about the shooting. “Imagine lying to the D.A. saying I took some hush money,” adds Kelsey. “Where I get this money from? / Bitch, you knew I was a hustler.”

She goes on to question Megan’s “Protect Black Women” mantra (“But you still a threat to me”) and accuses the Houston rapper of lying to her label (“Do they really know what happened?”), adding, “All you had to do was clear your best friend’s name.”
On her diss “Shots Fired,” off her debut album Good News, Megan put Kelsey on blast: “You offered Ms not to talk, I guess that made my friend excited / Now y’all in cahoots, you a puss in boots.”
After the song’s release, Megan seemingly responded to Kelsey, tweeting a series of crying laughing emojis.