In a week that marks the 25th anniversary of releases like the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique and EPMD’s Unfinished Business, Common and Cormega released new albums and a leak from T.I.’s next project rose to the top of HipHopDX’s Top 10. A Nicki Minaj featuring August Alsina remix follows closely at #2 and a bonus track from Wiz Khalifa’s Blacc Hollywood rounds out the Top 3.
Later on the list, some throwback Eminem is featured in the form of a DX curated list, Tiny releases a video for her new single, and verses from Nicki Minaj, Busta Rhymes, Juicy J, and Pusha T are compiled into a single remix.
T.I.’s “Stay” Leaks
Despite plans to release the song as a Samsung “exclusive,” a Paperwork track leaked in the form of “Stay” earlier this week. Speaking with Houston’s 93.7, T.I. explained the unofficial release of the song. “I think we were expecting for it to remain within Samsung consumers, and some kind of way someone was dishonest and it leaked,” he said before adding, “it’s for the best.”
Addressing the content of the song itself which may detail his own personal relationship, T.I. explained the songwriting process as “a fictional set of circumstances sprinkled with some reality” according to BET. “As much as people would like to associate it to things that are personal to me…the way that it makes better sense in my mind, if I kind of remove myself from it and just listen to the record and imagine as though I was creating a fictional set of circumstances, sprinkled with some reality,” he said. “It’s easier for me to conceptualize it that way, that way it don’t feel like people all up in my business.”
T.I.’s Paperwork is reportedly scheduled for release on an unconfirmed date in September.
Nicki Minaj Remixes August Alsina’s “No Love”
With the original version on the R&B singer’s debut album Testimony in April, August Alsina released a Nicki Minaj remix of “No Love” earlier this week. With Minaj making an initial adlib cameo during the introduction—“I swear this is my favorite song, I’m serious,” she says—the rapper returns with a short verse and some singing near the end of the track. “You can’t treat me like you treat them,” she raps, “Yes I am la crème de la crème / Yes I am from 1 to 10, 10 / You frontin’ in them streets sayin’ we just friends.”
Minaj has confirmed that her The Pink Print album will release before the end of the year but has remained hush on a specific date.
1 thing I know is that Nicki and I have the most amazing fans..To see yal squad up & be on my asss about releasing dis record is awesome!
— August Alsina (@AugustAlsina) July 21, 2014
Wiz Khalifa Releases “Blacc Hollywood” Track Featuring Snoop Dogg & Ty Dolla $ign
Set to be included as a bonus track on his upcoming Blacc Hollywood album, Wiz Khalifa released the DJ Mustard produced “You And Your Friends” early in the week. Recruiting a pair of familiar features in Snoop Dogg and Ty Dolla $ign, the song is the latest in a promotional lead-up to the Pittsburgh rapper’s scheduled August 19 release date.
The Blacc Hollywood track was released on the same day that Snoop Dogg announced a follow-up to his and Wiz Khalifa’s “Mac + Devin Go To High School.” The sequel to the 2012 original is slated for a January 2015 release according to Snoop.
Wiz Khalifa’s Blacc Hollywood is also scheduled to feature Curren$y, Chevy Woods, Project Pat, and Juicy J, an artist with whom both Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign feature on a single pulled from the upcoming “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” movie.
This Week’s Top 10
7. Tiny – “What The Fuck You Gon Do” [Video]