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Meek Mill Gets A Taste Of Freedom In Powerful ‘1942 Flows’ Video

While Meek Mill remains locked up, his team continues the “Free Meek” campaign with the release of his new video for “1942 Flows,” a reflective track from last year’s Wins and Losses.

The poignant clip begins with a fictional scene of Meek leaving prison and confronting a horde of reporters. He speaks candidly about his so-called freedom, saying, “I feel like a free slave, you know? I feel like I’ve been targeted by certain people. Just being out on the streets and knowing somebody can take your freedom at any time.”

“My freedom on the line,” he adds at one point. “Unfortunately, I made mistakes when I was younger. It’s trailing me for the rest of my life.”

The rest of the video is largely comprised of footage of scenes from Free Meek Mill rallies — featuring a cameo from Rick Ross — and it ends with the chants of protesters demanding his freedom. It’s an emotional watch, given Meek’s current situation, but it’s also a powerful plea for justice that demands to be seen.

Meek is currently serving two to four years in prison for probation violations. Last week, Judge Genece Brinkley denied the rapper’s bail request, but the Philadelphia District Attorney has since filed a motion saying he wouldn’t oppose Meek’s release on bail. The decision now rests on the Supreme Court.

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Morning Bop: Enjoy This Very Special RAYE Day

Welcome to Morning Bop: each AM, we’ll be providing you with a blast of the latest music news headlines along with the perfect song you need to start your day. Monday’s #MorningBop is “Distraction” by RAYE because it’s the top of the week so make it count!

While you crank that up, here are seven trending news stories to keep tabs on today:

  1. Drake soundtracked the weekend with “Nice For What”

    This music video deserves to be displayed in the MOMA.

  2. Hinds’ I Don’t Run album is out now on Mom + Pop

  3. Hop Along finally dropped Bark Your Head Off, Dog

    The album title alone has my full attention.

  4. CupcakKe shares a video for the G Herbo remix of “Who Run It”

  5. The Get Up Kids return with “Maybe”

    The single is fresh off the band’s forthcoming Kicker EP due out on June 8 via Polyvinyl Records.

  6. Death Grips reveal the album artwork for Year of the Snitch

    A compelling and creepy cover indeed!

  7. Listen to Liz Brasher’s new song “Outcast”

    Because fitting in is overrated anyway.

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Is Cardi B’s ‘Bickenhead’ Her Next ‘Bodak Yellow’? And More Moments From Invasion Of Privacy

Bodak Bar: “I took pictures with Beyoncé, I met Mama Knowles / I’m the rose that came from the concrete in the Rolls”

“Best Life,” featuring Chance The Rapper, is Invasion of Privacy‘s first great album cut. It isn’t as club-ready as “Bickenhead,” as worldly as “I Like It,” or vulnerable like “Thru Your Phone,” but it doesn’t need to be.

The genius of “Best Life” is the way it positions Cardi next to Chance. The Chicago artist doesn’t outrap Cardi like he tends to do and he might not have been able to considering how hard the former Love & Hip Hop actress spits throughout the album. Instead of lyrical competition, the low-key song allows for both rappers to get inspirational while collectively geeking out about how they met Beyoncé.

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Aminé Snatched Your Wig And Wore It In His “Campfire” Video

Last year, Aminé made it known that he should not be mistaken as an average rapper with his standout album Good For You. The Portland MC has some of the smoothest bars to ever grace your ears and his songs are catchy AF. Today, Aminé formally announced his epic return with an Injury Reserve-assisted single called “Campfire” and the self-directed music video is a total riot. In it, he and Injury Reserve channel their inner Cosmo and Wanda as they rock some cute pink and green wigs while cruising around the wilderness in a whip with an energetic crew.

The wordplay on this track will definitely keep you stimulated, as Aminé endorses Oprah for president and claims that his “Spidey-senses tingle” when he’s surrounded by fake people. At one point, the boys get into a hilariously heated argument about the proper pronunciation of the word “rural”—-I’m not sure what the significance is, but the official definition pops up at the end of the visual which leads me to believe that it’s a sign. Fingers crossed that this new release is an indication that Aminé will be dropping a follow-up project soon!

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Morning Bop: Mosh The Day Away In The Name Of Arctic Monkeys

Welcome to Morning Bop: each AM, we’ll be providing you with a blast of the latest music news headlines along with the perfect song you need to start your day. Friday’s #MorningBop is “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” by Arctic Monkeys because we don’t put enough respect on Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not‘s name but it is a CLASSIC.

While you crank that up, here are nine trending news stories to keep tabs on today:

  1. Yellow Days unveils a groovy visual for “The Way Things Change”

    Pastels for spring? Truly groundbreaking! Seriously though, this is a really dope design concept.

  2. Arctic Monkeys announce new album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

    Save the date, it’s coming on May 11!

  3. Jon Waltz’s “Money” is about to be your new direct deposit theme

    The Memphis rapper has another hit on his hands.

  4. Alina Baraz releases a video for “I Don’t Even Know Why Though”

    Oh, and the singer on the rise just surprised dropped a new project titled The Color of You on Mom+Pop!

  5. Sinéad Harnett returns with her seductive new single “Body”

    I’m pretty sure that the feelings this song evokes are NSFW right now.

  6. Listen to Haley Heynderickx’s Folkadelphia Session

    Her Townes Van Zandt cover will rock your whole world.

  7. Cuco shares his new single “CR-V”

    The bouncy track is featured on his forthcoming EP Chiquito due out on May 4.

  8. Jakob Ogawa unveils “Velvet Light”

    The Norwegian singer-songwriter is a real smoother operator on this slinky single.

  9. Saba connects with Chance The Rapper on “LOGOUT”

    CARE FOR ME is out right now, go stream it!

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A$AP Rocky Wants You To Know He Kisses To Frank Ocean’s Blonde

A$ AP Rocky’s new single “A$ AP Forever” is perplexing for a couple of reasons. Last night (April 4), the Harlem rapper premiered the song along with “Distorted Records” on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Rocky dressed in a crash test suit wakes up in a bedroom where masked individuals observe him.

Thankfully, Rocky doesn’t mind being a test subject. He does get to have two phones, keys, a puppy lamp, weed, and a photo of Martin Luther King Jr in his room. If the scientists are grading the young artist on his rapping skills, he did a marvelous job.

Rocky’s mystifying Tonight Show performance only amplifies the incomprehensibility of “A$ AP Forever.” First, the song samples Moby’s “Porcelain,” which will undoubtedly get the ’90s heads excited. Second, the song is lyrically interesting for what Rocky decides to focus on. “A$ AP Forever” is less about the mob being eternal and more about Rocky adjusting to fame, fearing an early grave, and battling dark thoughts.

At least, Rocky admits he and his significant other, “kiss to Frank Ocean and Blonde,” which is highly relatable. After Rocky’s singular verse and chorus, the song gives way to the “Porcelain”-sampling outro.

It is hard to pinpoint where A$ AP Rocky is going musically. Last week, he released the Blocboy JB-assisted “Bad Company,” which is far closer to the popular trap-focused rap of today than “A$ AP Forever.” Before these two tracks, he’s dropped an alternative rock song and one about Uber drivers. Wherever the At.Long.Last.A$ AP-rapper is going, only he truly knows.

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Morning Bop: We Don’t Listen To This “Jealous” Remix Enough

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Cardi B’s ‘Bartier Cardi’ Video Is A Decadent Dream Of Furs And Half-Naked Men

Last night (April 2), Cardi B dropped the video for “Bartier Cardi” featuring 21 Savage. The surrealist and opulent vision is directed by Petra Collins who is known for what The New Yorker calls a ”dreamy, hyper-feminine aesthetic.” Throughout the video, the Bronx rapper is decked in luxurious furs as she raps in a mansion full of male eye candy and women counting money next to candy.

21 Savage is briefly kidnapped and forced to look at television screens that show nothing but static. Thankfully, the Atlanta rapper doesn’t seem to mind. 21 is either really into BDSM or potentially has a form of Stockholm syndrome.

Finally, a ”Bartier Cardi” visual wouldn’t be complete without a cameo from Offset. The video keeps it PG and avoids putting any anatomical regions on the Migos member. Guess Cardi and Offset will have to wait a little longer to “sell that porn.”

Last week, Cardi revealed that her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, is dropping on Friday (April 6). Recently she’s been teasing fans with updates like her rendition of Cheetah Girls anthem “Cinderella” and releasing her third single, “Be Careful.”

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Jaden Smith Has A Very Important BROCKHAMPTON Update For You

Last week, BROCKHAMPTON dropped a lookbook for a fresh line of SS18 merch and formally announced that they signed a record deal with RCA. Coming off of those exciting developments, the boy band has offered a preview of material off their fourth album PUPPY in a short clip titled “LET’S GET MARRIED.”

The video features Jaden Smith, who recently dubbed himself as a new member of the group in a text with BROCKHAMPTON leader Kevin Abstract. (A few months ago, Jaden also flexed his acting talents by co-starring in Harry Hudson’s short film Can Cowboys Cry.) There’s really not much to the clip: Jaden stands alone in a parking garage and unenthusiastically introduces himself before announcing that BROCKHAMPTON is on the RCA roster… but I feel like Jaden Smith announcing personal life updates is an unexplored marketing opportunity I would gladly pay money for.

According to Romil, the snippet of the song that plays during the last 10 seconds of the video was created about 10 minutes before they released it. The track also features Ryan Beatty on vocals. Kevin recently tweeted that the concept for PUPPY is to “bring back the feeling of running around public pools tryna impress someone u thought was hot and Ciara was playing super loud!”

BROCKHAMPTON’s new line of merch will be available to purchase from their webstore today starting at 12pm ET. PUPPY is expected for release this summer and my body is 100% ready for it. In the meantime, revisit BROCKHAMPTON’s insane performance of “BOOGIE” on TRL.

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Iggy Azalea Shares How A ‘Mental Retreat’ Helped Pull Her Career Back From The Brink

Iggy Azalea isn’t where she once was. The “Fancy” rapper’s fall from grace is well-documented. Fights with hip-hop legends like Q-Tip, tone-deaf comments about appropriation, and battles with her former label Def Jam derailed her career. In a candid interview with Billboard, Azalea describes how a trip to a mental retreat helped her deal with anger issues and reckon with the importance of her mental health.

“I’ve never really sat down and had an honest conversation with professional people,” Iggy said. “It was good to say something to somebody who could give me the tools and information on how to make my life manageable when I’m feeling those things. So it was really useful — I’m glad that I went.”

Later in the interview, the Australian artist voices her hope that the music industry creates programs to help celebrities deal with the pressures of fame.

“I really wish there was more of an infrastructure within the music industry to make sure that the artists have people they can go to,” Azalea said. “Like physical therapists in sports. The teams have people looking out for [players], that make sure they’re okay in every element, and the music business doesn’t have that — they just throw you out there. You get used to it and you’re still successful, but it’s a lot to deal with.”

Iggy also discusses how her “Savior” co-star Quavo, Demi Lovato, and Kesha are the only artists who have been there for her during this difficult time. Read Azalea’s entire interview with Billboard here.

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