Ed Sheeran – Don’t

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This boom-bap-influenced new leak from Ed Sheeran’s X was first teased to the masses during a Beats By Dre advert (which, incidentally, also gave fans a better idea of the record’s creation).

X drops 23rd June; those who preorder the project will receive the above track immediately. In related news, Ed Sheeran will be dropping new music all this week as a lead up to X‘s release.

A$AP Mob – Hella Hoes (Video)

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After hearing the new single, A$AP Mob quickly follow-up with the official visual to the ratchet-to-perfection ‘Hella Hoes’ (pretty NSFW), which features Twelvyy, Ferg and Rocky on the verses and Nast on the hook. Eye spy plenty of cameos from Peewee Longway, L.E.P. Bogus Boys, 2 Chainz and more.

If you missed their freestyle session on Funk Flex’s show, you can enjoy that here. L.O.R.D. is on the way.

Andre 3000 Is Working On A New (Solo) Album

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During Saturday’s festivities at this year’s Governor’s Ball Festival in New York, Hip-Hop Wired managed to run into none other than one-half of OutKast, Andre 3000. The previous day, he and Big Boi shut down the stage as a main act, a far cry from the lackluster performance that went down at Coachella.

The chance encounter occurred when Mr. Benjamin wandered into a media era — around the same time Jack White got on stage to tear s*** down (Andre reportedly called White his “hero”). Although he declined an interview, he did answer a huge question: Andre ‘3 Stacks’ revealed that his official followup to The Love Below is still on the way.

Humourously enough, this revelation wasn’t completely void of some skepticism; Hip-Hop Wired apparently overheard a member of the media stating that they’ll “believe it when [they] hear it”.

Simply put: please, please let this man tell the truth and drop an album that that it does not go the way of Detox. What isn’t helping is the fact that he gave no release date and pretty much stated that you can’t rush perfection when further prodded.

We shall see.

Sidenote: He was also spotted chatting with Chance The Rapper (before/after attending Childish Gambino’s set). Another hopeful collaboration.

Skepta & Boy Better Know – Tim Westwood Interview

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Following a dope performance and with the best of Boy Better Know in tow, Skepta speak to Tim Westwood backstage at the Forum about the performance (which also brought some of Meridian and Bloodline on stage together), his new single ‘That’s Not Me’, his forthcoming album Konnichiwa, the state of Grime music and more.

This was obviously the same show that Cam’ron was schedule to perform, but didn’t due to apparent ‘Beef’.

Versace Debuts World Cup T-Shirt…For £410

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For all the rich folks who’ll be enjoying the World Cup in Brazil from your private seating area, this is for you: Versace (Versace Versace….sorry, I couldn’t help it) has revealed a special edition T-shirt honouring the sports event, and all you need is £410.

For that cartel drug lord in the Summer look, head over here. You can also check out their description below:

To celebrate the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Donatella Versace has created a special t-shirt that combines the passions of football with the vivid iconography of the Versace DNA. A brand new Versace baroque print is created using the colors of a Brazilian carnival, decorated with repeated images footballs and flowers. Gold chains and leopard print add luxury, while silhouettes of football players connect the glamour of Versace with the sportsmanship of Brazil. At the heart of the t-shirt is the iconic Medusa head, with a special Versace rock twist.

Drake – 0 To 100/The Catch Up

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A recent visual just revealed Drake previewing this track in Los Angeles….before we could hit post, the song reveals itself in full (thanks to October’s Very Own).

‘0 To 100’ is produced by Boi-1da with additional production from 40 and Nineteen85. This might be the most gangsta track he’s released thus far….as far as that other, more reflective sounding gem that follows (‘The Catch Up’), we’re not sure if it also comes courtesy of the same production. Even more important, can we expect a new project from the great Canadian sooner than we expected?

Prince Performs 3 Shows In 5 Hours In Belgium (Video)

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Prince tends to do things differently when it comes to performing music, and last night was certainly different. Show attendees were rejoicing in Brussels, Belgium, when Prince and his 3RDEYEGIRL outfit played not one, not two, but three live performances at 400-capacity club Botanique.

Each show was unique in itself, as the great one mashed together new tracks (from his forthcoming album PLECTRUMELECTRUM), greatest hits and everything in between into three very different setlists, giving each crowd their own special experience. What did repeat throughout the entire show were continuous messages promoting love and universal acceptance for everyone and everything, no matter the race, gender, creed, etc.:

I was born a little different than other princes… Remember, Brussels: Whether we’re together or not, take care of your beautiful city where everyone counts. Together we can fix anything!

In typical Prince fashion, fans weren’t allowed to film or take pictures of the event (obviously, some folks got through that policy), to which at east the majority obliged (“Thank you for letting us see your faces without the interference of technology!”).

You can check out a much more detailed review from the show(s) here (translation is needed).

Wiley – You Know The Words

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Mistajam just blessed his listeners with the new single from Wiley, ‘You Know The Words’, which is apparently the first track from his forthcoming album (which may or may not still be titled Snakes & Ladders. Personally, I’m a bigger fan of the more aggressive, Grime-oriented Wiley (this one could certainly be a Summer hit, though, much in the same vein as ‘Reload’ or ‘Can You Hear Me’ from The Ascent).

The single is released 20th July (preorder here).

Ab-Soul’s ‘These Days…’ Release Date; ‘Stigmata’ Video

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The day is nearing when Ab-Soul releases his forthcoming new album, and we now know exactly when. After a mini-contest of sorts, These Days… will be hitting iTunes 24th June.

The Carson emcee also revealed both his artwork, which will probably ruffle a few feathers here and there (read: we love it), and his new visual for ‘Stigmata’, sans Action Bronson and Asaad (full song here). Check out the visual below:

Finally, he spoke to LIFE+TIMES on what fans can expect from the album, as well as how he put his latest single together (including the Nas reference on the hook). You can read that write-up in full here; an excerpt or two is added below.

L+T: What’s the meaning behind your album being titled These Days…?
AS: Originally, I didn’t want a super conceptual title. I didn’t want to freak anybody out. A lot of people do like that concept-driven perspective and that’s cool, but I just wanted to loosen up a bit. I wanted to make the overall concept broader. I wanted it to be like a time capsule to represent where I’ve been between my last project and this one.

I recorded the majority of it at Mac Miller‘s house, so you know that was just crazy. It was great recording, but I just couldn’t wait for [it’s eventual release].

L+T: What should listeners take away from These Days…?
AS: Balance. Variation. A spice of life. I want to try and touch as many bases as possible. I want something on there for everybody. There will be a lot of references to the vibe of today, the sound of today and the subject matter of today.

One more thing: Ab-Soul knocked up Yaris Sanchez? If this is true, wow!

Pele’s Son Edinho Sentenced To 33 Years In Prison For Drug Trafficking

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43-year-old Edson Cholbi do Nascimento (better known as Edinho) has been sentenced to 33 years in prison for offences related to money laundering and drug trafficking.

The retired goalkeeper was first arrested back in 2005 and, in addition to already having served time, he had also been linked with well-known drug dealers in Santos, Brazil.

The third son of legendary footballer Pele (from his first marriage), he previously for Santos and was part of the team when they reached the Brazilian league final in 1995; he currently works as a goalkeeping coach.

Pele has most notably denies charges against his son after visiting him back in 2006, stating that there was no evidence present to hold in. Edinho himself denied being a drug trafficker as well, claiming that he was nothing more than a drug addict.