Feb 2015 27


Harlem’s bad girl Azealia Banks is ready to hit the road once again, this time to support her debut album, Broke With Expensive Taste. The album, which was released digitally back in November has received rave reviews and is critically-acclaimed one of the best albums of 2014. A physical copy will release to retailers on March 3rd via Prospect Park Records.

Banks will also return to this year’s Coachella Festival with performances on April 10 and 17.

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Feb 2015 27


Two of Virginia’s hottest hitmakers Missy Elliott and Pharrell Williams joined forces once again in the studio this week to work on some new music together. Missy, who returned to the stage last month at the Super Bowl as a surprise guest on Kary Perry’s set recently been working on her forthcoming new album with Timbaland. It will be her first album in nearly a decade, since 2005’s The Cookbook.

“VA! 2 up 2 down! Me & my fam @Pharrell hard at work,” said Missy.

The two shared the stage recently at the 2014 BET Awards when Pharrell surprised the crowd, bringing out Elliott to perform “Pass That Dutch” during his opening set.

Feb 2015 26


Drake breaks Billboard history, yet again, by breaking his own record. For March 7th, Drake will chart 21 songs on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts, breaking a record he tied last week when he charted 14 songs. Among these 21 songs, 17 songs are from his latest album, If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late.

So, that means every single track is featured on the chart.

Every. Single. One.

2015 is going way up for the 6 God.

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Feb 2015 25


Graciously kicking and harmoniously screaming her way into 2015, Chris Brown protégée Sevyn Streeter hits the scene with her new single, “How Bad Do You Want It (Oh Yeah).” Gaining placement on The Fast & The Furious 7, Streeter keeps up with the films’ fast-paced theme, hitting listeners with an EDM inspired horn and bass backdrop, while also showing her versatility, and willingness to explore music of all types.

“It gives you a rush. It’s just crazy energy,” Streeter explained in an interview with Rap-Up. “I’m excited to be apart of that whole franchise. I’ve been a fan of Fast and Furious for forever, so to be a part of Furious 7 is cool.”

The soundtrack will be in stores mid-May, and the film releases April 3.

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Feb 2015 25


Swapping the mixing board for the microphone with a couple high class friends in tow, Pittsburgh native Tommy Brown drops his first single, “Trippin’ On Me,” a club friendly hit that measures up nicely with the southern bounce heard controlling the latest airwaves. Producer of T.I.‘s “New National Anthem,” Brown knows a thing or two about Atlanta‘s sound, and steps out on his own to prove that he can run with the best of them. Procuring the talents of Travis $cott and crooner Eric Bellinger to round out the trio, the gentlemen each take their turn discussing the ills of the “insecure woman,” making sure she’s aware that fault is equally in her corner.

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