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Robin Thicke Reunites with Pharrell on ‘Take Me Higher’

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Nearly eight years since topping the charts with “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke reunites with Pharrell Williams on “Higher.”
On the funky bop, produced by The Neptunes hitmaker, the R&B crooner brings the feel-good vibes. The uptempo track, which samples Kool & the Gang’s “Ladies’ Night,” will be featured during ESPN and ABC’s coverage of the 2021 NBA season.
Earlier this month, “The Masked Singer” judge released his soulful single “Beautiful.” Both tracks are set to appear on Thicke’s first album in over six years, On Earth, and in Heaven, due Feb. 12 under his Lucky Music label in partnership with EMPIRE.
“I feel like I’m finally the person I set out to be. I’m able to laugh at anything, which I’ve realized is the greatest superpower,” Thicke said. “I’ve fully embraced it, and nothing has been better for my soul. When I saw the phrase On Earth, and in Heaven, I realized that’s what I’m singing about: the people who aren’t here and the people who are here that made me who I am. This music is the sunshine coming out after the rain.”

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YBN Nahmir Enlists 21 Savage on ‘Opp Stoppa’ Remix: Listen

Cordae may not a part of the YBN crew anymore with Nahmir and Almighty but that doesn’t mean the rest of the crew won’t continue with the business.
YBN Nahmir is here tonight with his new single ‘Opp Stoppa’ where he enlists the services of 21 Savage. The song has previously been out where Nahmir rode solo but 21 is certainly a good choice to have on the release, as the instrumental is right in his lane. Press play below.

Rich The Kid Shares New Single ‘Nasty’ Feat. Mulatto, Flo Milli, Rubi Rose: Listen

Raunchy songs have always been in when it comes to Hip-Hop but it feels like quarantine pushed that even further in recent times.
Rich The Kid has returned with a brand new single ‘Nasty’ tonight as he kickstarts his 2021 campaign. For the explicit track, he has recruited three of the breakout female rappers right now: Mulatto, Flo Milli and Rubi Rose. Each one of them holds their own over the catchy Buddah Bless-produced instrumental. Listen below.

Earlier this week, Rich the Kid released the video for his single ‘Split’ which was filmed during a trip to the Bahamas earlier this month. Back in November, he dropped a joint album with NBA Youngboy, Nobody Safe.
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BRS Kash Releases Debut Project ‘Kash Only’ Ft. DaBaby, City Girls, Mulatto: Stream

BRS Kash is one of the new Atlanta artists who is set to rise to the forefront in 2021, thanks to his infectious single ‘Throat Baby’ which is spreading like crazy.
Yesterday, the LVRN artist debuted the official remix to his hit single where he recruited City Girls and DaBaby. The new version should help catapult the song further on the charts but that’s not where all the focus should be. Kash has released his debut project Kash Only tonight, via Interscope Records and he’s got some solid songs on there.

The 12 track project features additional guest appearances from Mulatto and Toosii, in addition to top notch production from Jetsonmade among others. Stream it below.

In our exclusive interview last month, he explained why he changed his name from Kash Kash to BRS Kash. “I’ve always had the name Kash Kash ever since I was in Middle School. Since that point, I didn’t know about trademarking the name or copyright so I was just running with it. So as business started to get more serious, we found out that someone already had that name trademarked under the entertainment side. So if I would’ve ran with the name, our codes would’ve got mixed up and it probably would’ve went to him. What I did was add the BRS in front of name, and what the BRS stands for Bankroll Society. Bankroll society is basically a society of people getting money, like me and my friends, and it’s also my entertainment. So as far as branding my name; I wanted to brand my entertainment at the same time so I named myself BRS Kash,” he said.

Ashanti Returns with New Single ‘2:35 (I Want You)’

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Hot off her Verzuz battle with Keyshia Cole, Ashanti returns with her seductive new single “2:35 (I Want You).”
The R&B princess turns up the heat on the breathy slow jam, which she debuted during Verzuz. “‘Cause ooh, my body beggin’ for you / Ain’t no mistake, you the truth / And I can’t wait till we ooh, we ooh,” she sings.
It’s been seven years since Ashanti’s last album, Braveheart. “2:35” marks Ashanti’s first release since 2019’s “Pretty Little Thing” with Afro B. Last year, she teamed up with DaBaby and Megan Thee Stallion on “Nasty” as well as Joyner Lucas on “Fall Slowly.”
Earlier in the evening, she faced off against Keyshia Cole in their long-awaited Verzuz battle, which was delayed after Ashanti contracted coronavirus last month. During the three-hour event, which streamed live on Apple Music and Instagram, the ladies went back and forth with 20 of their biggest hits. Keyshia also debuted her new single “I Don’t Wanna Be in Love.”

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DaniLeigh Responds to Controversy Over ‘Yellow Bone’ Song

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DaniLeigh is coming under fire for her new song “Yellow Bone.”
On Thursday (Jan. 21), the “Lil Bebe” singer shared a snippet of the track on Instagram. “Yellow bone, that’s what he want,” she sings in the clip while donning a blonde Marilyn Monroe-inspired hairstyle.
But the song was not well received, with many fans calling her out and accusing her of promoting colorism. “DaniLeigh lost me with that ‘Yellow Bone’ song,” tweeted one fan. “Yall still makin songs that enforce colorism and fetishization of light skinned ppl in 2021?”

In the comments, the 26-year-old Dominican singer responded to the controversy. “Why I can’t make a song for my light skin baddies??” she wrote. “Why y’all think I’m hating on other colors when there are millions of songs speaking on all types… Why y’all so sensitive & take it personal… Gahhhh damn.”

Taking to Twitter, DaBaby’s girlfriend continued to defend herself. “Congratulations y’all gotta another thing to say about me when u hate … it’s all good,” she tweeted. “Only God can ‘cancel’ me… that shit don’t mean shit to me bc the people around me are the ones that know my heart and intention and real life … I’m sorry if I offended u.”
Amid the growing backlash, she added, “Ima keep letting God bless me .. while y’all sit back and judge me && sit behind y’all lil phones and type shit about another woman .. y’all all HATERS.”

Congratulations y’all gotta another thing to say about me when u hate … it’s all good .. only God can “cancel”me… that shit don’t mean shit to me bc the people around me are the ones that know my heart and intention and real life … I’m sorry if I offended u .
— Danileigh (@DaniLeigh) January 21, 2021

Ima keep letting God bless me .. while y’all sit back and judge me && sit behind y’all lil phones and type shit about another woman .. y’all all HATERS
— Danileigh (@DaniLeigh) January 21, 2021

And I said is what he want !!!! Not what the world want … I’m talking bout myself … stop playing w me .
— Danileigh (@DaniLeigh) January 21, 2021

DaniLeigh’s name has been trending as social media continues to weigh in on “Yellow Bone.” See some of the reactions below.

Dani Leigh lost me with that "Yellow Bone" song. Yall still makin songs that enforce colorism and fetishization of light skinned ppl in 2021? Being Light Skinned is NOT a personality trait, and sad to say, it's honestly all some of yall got, which is tragic. #DoBetter
— Missy was on the LIIIVE JaQuel!! (@Uri_Mercury) January 21, 2021

Have all the celebrity PR reps been fired? Do they still exist? Because I know Danileigh didn’t get on social media to promote a song that says “yellow bone that’s what he want”, and then call people sensitive. I know I didn’t just see that! pic.twitter.com/z5sncLjNpp
— Khris (@Kamikaze_Khris) January 21, 2021

I’m a light skin women and I promise you we don’t need anthem …it’s weird sis ‍♀️
— ✨Affirmationbae✨ (@affirmationbae1) January 21, 2021

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky Enjoy Date Night in NYC

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky’s relationship is going strong into the new year.
After spending the holidays together, the couple was spotted on a dinner date in New York City on Monday, Jan. 18. According to E! News, the singer and rapper, both 32, dined at popular Italian restaurant Emilio’s Ballato, which is owned by Katie Holmes’ boyfriend, chef Emilio Vitolo Jr.
“Rihanna arrived with a group of friends and met A$AP Rocky there,” said the source. “They entered the restaurant through different doors and tried to be discreet. A$AP Rocky entered behind a bodyguard and ducked inside quickly. Once everyone arrived, they sat together with a group of friends.”
They were there to celebrate the life of A$AP Yams. Each year, A$AP Rocky and friends host Yams Day in honor of the late A$AP Mob founder, but this year, a virtual celebration was held in the wake of the pandemic.
“Everyone gathered together for dinner and to share stories,” the source added. “There was lots of food passed around the table and laughter coming from inside. They stayed for over two hours before leaving separately. Rihanna left with friends and avoided being seen with Rocky.”
A year ago, Rihanna and Rocky first sparked romance rumors when they were spotted laughing backstage at Yams Day at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center following Rihanna’s split from Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel.
However, their relationship didn’t become serious until recently. For Christmas, Rocky traveled to Rihanna’s native Barbados where they enjoyed a Catamaran cruise with friends and family. In early December, they were photographed together on a nighttime stroll through New York City following a dinner date at NYC hotspot The Beatrice Inn just days earlier.
“They’ve been inseparable the past few weeks,” a source told PEOPLE last month. “It’s a new relationship, but they both seem very into it.”

Megan Thee Stallion Addresses “Fake” Reports That Tory Lanez Assault Charged Got Dropped

Megan Thee Stallion has addressed the reports going on social media on Thursday that the abuse charges against Tory Lanez have been dropped.
A couple of accounts on Twitter posted incorrect information from the court’s website which showed that the assault case against the Canadian rapper-singer was no longer listed. The L.A. County D.A.’s Office had charged Tory with 1 count of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, and 1 count of carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle in the case which left Megan wounded in her feet. Tory has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Tory has already posted $190,000 bond and been ordered to stay 100 yards away from Megan. He had denied the allegations on social media, saying that the truth will come out eventually. After a couple of journalists confirmed that the charges had in fact not been dropped (Tory’s team also confirmed), Megan took to Twitter and lashed out at the people running wild with the fake story.

a rep for Tory Lanez says it is NOT TRUE that charges against him in the Megan Thee Stallion shooting were dropped: “The blog that posted this info is wrong. I assume the docket hasn't been updated … The next hearing date is in mid-February.”
— Joe Coscarelli (@joecoscarelli) January 21, 2021

“Y’all can’t tell when shit fake news? Y’all still don’t see an ABUSER picking with me ? The first court date got pushed back bc of the inauguration but I can’t wait until the MF FACTS come out ! Bitch you shot me AND MY STORY NOT CHANGING AND BITCH YOU GOING TO JAIL,” she wrote in an angry tone.

AT THIS POINT IM GETTING ANNOYED ! STOP BELIEVING EVERYTHING YOU READ ON THE MF INTERNET. Imagine how I feel waking every day seeing people LIE and turn my trauma into a joke ? That whole team figures out ways to create doubt with my story every week and the media eats it up
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) January 21, 2021

“Y’all so believe black women and protect black women online BUT WHEN I LITERALLY SAY I GOT SHOT ITS CONFUSING,” she said in another tweet. The case is expected to be brought up next in middle of February.

Y’all can’t tell when shit fake news? Y’all still don’t see an ABUSER picking with me ? The first court date got pushed back bc of the inauguration but I can’t wait until the MF FACTS come out ! Bitch you shot me AND MY STORY NOT CHANGING AND BITCH YOU GOING TO JAIL
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) January 21, 2021

How tf I get shot now I’m the worlds biggest mf villain !? All y’all pussy ass niggas and pick me ass hoes GONE EAT YO MF WORDS
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) January 21, 2021

Y’all so believe black women and protect black women online BUT WHEN I LITERALLY SAY I GOT SHOT ITS CONFUSING
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) January 21, 2021

Megan Thee Stallion Says Tory Lanez Charges Not Dropped

Megan Thee Stallion is putting the rumors to rest.
Earlier today, it was reported that the felony charges against Tory Lanez had been dropped after someone visited the L.A. Court website and received a message of “no information found” when they searched the case.
Without verifying the information, some media outlets ran the story and claimed that Lanez had been exonerated.

But the charges against Lanez remain. After the story began trending on social media, Meg blasted the false reports.
“AT THIS POINT IM GETTING ANNOYED ! STOP BELIEVING EVERYTHING YOU READ ON THE MF INTERNET,” she tweeted. “Imagine how I feel waking every day seeing people LIE and turn my trauma into a joke ? That whole team figures out ways to create doubt with my story every week and the media eats it up.”
A hearing was scheduled for Jan. 20, but it was delayed due to the presidential inauguration. “Y’all can’t tell when shit fake news? Y’all still don’t see an ABUSER picking with me ?” asked Meg. “The first court date got pushed back bc of the inauguration but I can’t wait until the MF FACTS come out !”
She also addressed Tory, vowing to see him convicted. “Bitch you shot me AND MY STORY NOT CHANGING AND BITCH YOU GOING TO JAIL.”
Added Meg, “Y’all so believe black women and protect black women online BUT WHEN I LITERALLY SAY I GOT SHOT ITS CONFUSING.”

AT THIS POINT IM GETTING ANNOYED ! STOP BELIEVING EVERYTHING YOU READ ON THE MF INTERNET. Imagine how I feel waking every day seeing people LIE and turn my trauma into a joke ? That whole team figures out ways to create doubt with my story every week and the media eats it up
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) January 21, 2021

Y’all can’t tell when shit fake news? Y’all still don’t see an ABUSER picking with me ? The first court date got pushed back bc of the inauguration but I can’t wait until the MF FACTS come out ! Bitch you shot me AND MY STORY NOT CHANGING AND BITCH YOU GOING TO JAIL
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) January 21, 2021

How tf I get shot now I’m the worlds biggest mf villain !? All y’all pussy ass niggas and pick me ass hoes GONE EAT YO MF WORDS
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) January 21, 2021

are you living under a rock ?! You think I brought this up today ?! AND IF I WANNA KEEP TALKING ABT ME GETTING SHOT I CAN TF ? https://t.co/6PRqnqkrOn
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) January 21, 2021

Y’all so believe black women and protect black women online BUT WHEN I LITERALLY SAY I GOT SHOT ITS CONFUSING
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) January 21, 2021

Trauma is real I’m still traumatized from loosing my mom dad and one of my grandmothers and on top of that being shot. I’m not open abt anything on the internet usually bc I like to keep my emotions private but I’m reaching my limit, Im going to keep staying positive.
— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) January 21, 2021

A rep for Tory Lanez has also denied that the charges against him in the Megan Thee Stallion shooting were dropped. “The blog that posted this info is wrong. I assume the docket hasn’t been updated … The next hearing date is in mid-February,” tweeted New York Times reporter Joe Coscarelli.
Back in November, Tory pleaded not guilty to one count of assault with a semiautomatic handgun and one count of carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle. He allegedly shot at Megan’s feet several times following a dispute in the Hollywood Hills. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 22 years and eight months in state prison.

a rep for Tory Lanez says it is NOT TRUE that charges against him in the Megan Thee Stallion shooting were dropped: “The blog that posted this info is wrong. I assume the docket hasn't been updated … The next hearing date is in mid-February.”
— Joe Coscarelli (@joecoscarelli) January 21, 2021

Kodak Black Released From Prison, Still Faces Sexual Assault Charge

Kodak Black is a free man.
The rapper, whose legal name is Bill Kapri, was released from a federal prison outside of Chicago on Wednesday, Jan. 20, after Donald Trump granted him clemency. He was serving a 46-month prison sentence for falsifying paperwork to obtain a firearm and served nearly half of that time.

Taking to Twitter, Kodak thanked the president and his supporters, which included Lil Yachty, Yo Gotti, and Lil Pump. “I Want To Thank The President @RealDonaldTrump For His Commitment To Justice Reform And Shortening My Sentence,” he tweeted. “I Also Want To Thank Everyone For Their Support And Love. It Means More Than You Will Ever Know. I Want To Continue Giving Back, Learning And Growing.”

I Want To Thank The President @RealDonaldTrump For His Commitment To Justice Reform And Shortening My Sentence. I Also Want To Thank Everyone For Their Support And Love.It Means More Than You Will Ever Know. I Want To Continue Giving Back, Learning And Growing. @DanScavino
— Kodak Black (@KodakBlack1k) January 20, 2021

The White House touted Kodak’s numerous philanthropic efforts. “He has committed to supporting a variety of charitable efforts, such as providing educational resources to students and families of fallen law enforcement officers and the underprivileged,” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. “In addition to these efforts, he has paid for the notebooks of school children, provided funding and supplies to daycare centers, provided food for the hungry, and annually provides for underprivileged children during Christmas.”
Kodak, along with Lil Wayne and Roc Nation CEO Desiree Perez, was among the 143 pardons and commutations issued by Donald Trump in the final hours of his presidency.
Despite his commutation, his legal woes are not over. The Florida rapper still faces a felony charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in South Carolina. According to TMZ, prosecutors are planning to “aggressively” proceed with the pending case against Kodak, who is accused of raping on an 18-year-old woman in a hotel room following a 2016 concert. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in state prison.

Lil’ Kim Says Teyana Taylor Could Play Her in Biopic

A Lil’ Kim biopic may be in the works, and Teyana Taylor is being considered for the role.
The rap icon has teased a potential movie based on her life. “I have a few offers. I have a secret but I can’t tell you,” Lil’ Kim told Essence in a recent interview. “It’s dealing with me and my life a little bit, kinda.”
Kim, who narrates season two of the BET+ series “American Gangster: Trap Queens,” says she sees her story being told in documentary and biopic form. “I want people to know the real Kim. All the stories that everybody else tells, chile, don’t listen to it,” she added.

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So who could step into the Queen Bee’s shoes? While she’s leaning toward an unknown actress, there’s one familiar name she would consider–Teyana Taylor.
“It can only be a girl that’s from the hood that I’m from,” said Kim. “I love Teyana, she’s my only other thought. There’s nobody else in the industry at all but Teyana. But, even before Teyana–I love Teyana, but she’s from Harlem–before Teyana, I would love to give some little girls from Brooklyn a chance so I can connect. Really connect.”
Teyana’s love for the Queen Bee is no secret. She paid tribute to the legendary Brooklyn rapper during a performance at VH1’s “Hip Hop Honors” in 2016.
“I went completely into my Kim bag in the mirror all day long. Eat, sleep, think Kim. STUDIED, appreciated her era!” Teyana said following the performance. “Thank you @lilkimthequeenbee for your inspiration, choosing me, believing in me and for knocking down the door for other young women that dream big.”
An announcement regarding the potential biopic will be made soon. “You’ll know in like another month. It’s gonna come out,” Kim teased.

Lil Wayne Drops New Song ‘Ain’t Got Time’

Just hours after being pardoned by Donald Trump, Lil Wayne is celebrating with new music.
On Thursday, the Young Money rapper unleashed his new song “Ain’t Got Time.” On the Fousheé-assisted track, he opens up about his arrest on federal weapons charges. Federal agents searched Wayne’s private jet during his December 2019 trip from Los Angeles to Miami and discovered a .45-caliber handgun.
“The feds, they hot on us, 100 on the thermometer / They raided my private plane / I went got one that’s more privater,” raps Tunechi before asking, “FBI arrest me, why? / They can’t nail mе so they just screwin’ me / I just try, try to hidе / Sometimes it’s hard to find time to be the good guy and still be someone.”

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He also pays homage to the late Juice WRLD: “R.I.P. Juice WRLD, wrote that on two cups / Cuz pour out a lil’ juice for him, shit gave me goosebumps / Ni**a been through too much, lookin’ in the rearview to see the future.”
Wayne was among the 143 pardons and commutations issued by Donald Trump in the final hours of his presidency. He was facing a 10-year sentence after pleading guilty to illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition as a felon, but he won’t be going to prison after the presidential pardon. Taking to Twitter, he thanked Trump and his lawyer Bradford Cohen who advocated on his behalf.
“I want to thank President Trump for recognizing that I have so much more to give to my family, my art, and my community,” he tweeted. “I also want to thank@bradfordcohen for working so diligently to secure another chance for me. Love!”
Wayne met with the president and publicly tweeted his support for him prior to the 2020 election. But according to his lawyer, his controversial endorsement was not done with the promise of a pardon.

I want to thank President Trump for recognizing that I have so much more to give to my family, my art, and my community. I also want to thank @bradfordcohen for working so diligently to secure another chance for me. Love!
– Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) January 21, 2021

Rowdy Rebel Joins Funk Flex on ‘Re Route’, His First Single Since Prison Release

The return of Rowdy Rebel since his prison release has certainly been exciting for Hip-Hop fans, especially those who are enthusiastic about New York.
The Brooklyn rapper was released from prison on December 15th after serving more than 6 years, due to an arrest stemming from his 2014 charges related to attempted murder, attempted assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. Since then, he has teased the release of new music by previewing some snippets on social media and hanging out with some of his friends including Funkmaster Flex, French Montana and others.

The GS9 member is now giving fans the first taste of new music with the song ‘Re Route’, his collaboration with Funk Flex with whom he’s always maintained a good relationship. It’s no surprise that he chose to perform over a Drill beat since that’s the pulse of Brooklyn Hip-Hop right now. ‘Re Route’ is expected to appear on Flex’s forthcoming album, due later this year — listen below.

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Playboi Carti Performs ‘Slay3r’ on Jimmy Fallon: Watch

Playboi Carti surprised a lot of music listeners when he moved 115k copies of his latest album Whole Lotta Red in the first week to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 last month.
The rapper received a big look last night (Jan. 20) when he performed track #7 ‘Slay3r’ live for the first time on television, on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Like his album, this performance may not be everybody’s cup of tea. Watch it below.

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Fat Joe Shares New Single ‘Sunshine (The Light)’ Ft. Amorphous’ Popular Rihanna Mashup: Watch

If you have been even slightly active on social media over the past few months, you must have certainly come across a young man named Amorphous lighting up your timeline with exciting mashups of popular songs.
The 23 year old DJ and producer from Philly has quickly garnered a huge following across various platforms as he continues to serve hot mashups of some of our favorite tunes. One particular mix he did of Rihanna’s ‘Kiss It Better’ and Luther Vandross’s ‘Never Too Much’ went more viral than others, receiving praise from countless biggies including LL Cool J, Oprah and MC Hammer.

Rihanna. Cleared. The. Sample.and i am credited alllll around. DAWG LIKE. 😭 pic.twitter.com/zVOeMXuGbm
— amorphous (@loneamorphous) January 20, 2021

KISS IT BETTER DESERVES. AND I GET TO BE PART OF IT'S SECOND LIFE LET'S GOOOOOO!!!!!! thank you for EVERYTHING @rihanna. can't wait to meet you!!! 🗣️
— amorphous (@loneamorphous) January 20, 2021

Fat Joe has now decided to enlist the mashup for his new single ‘Sunshine (The Light)’ which is available tonight everywhere. The new track from the New York legend features the original mix done by Amorphous with some added drums from regular collaborators, Cool & Dre.

Amorphous was obviously super excited when he shared the news, revealing that Rihanna was generous enough to clear the sample for the song. The music video shot in Miami and featuring a cameo from Amorphous, DJ Khaled and Diddy among others, has also been released. Watch the luxurious clip below.
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