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Busta Rhymes and Eminem drop 'Calm Down'

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Earlier today, Busta Rhymes dropped a new single, “Calm Down,” which finds the head-banging hip-hop iconoclast facing off against fellow veteran MC Eminem over the span of nearly six minutes atop a clangorous beat by Scoop DeVille that’s based around a sample of Bob & Earl’s “Harlem Shuffle,” better known as the horn part from House of Pain’s “Jump Around.” As you might expect from two of the most verbose rappers in the game, the song is a relentlessly dense torrent of lyric-spitting that reaffirms some of the classic battle-rap values that have fallen out of fashion in recent years while avoiding getting bogged down in any “get off my lawn” old-man attitude.

Busa Bus talked to EW today in an exclusive interview about “Calm Down.” Below, hear the track and read what he has to say about the song and about the first time he heard Eminem rap.

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Astrolith and Cakes Da Killa get trippy with "Give It To Me" -- Exclusive

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Earlier this week, Brooklyn producer Astrolith dropped his Muscle Memories EP, a collection of five tracks that offer a compellingly skewed take on a wide range of styles spanning techno, jazz funk, and the kind of throbbing, old-school electro music you normally find on old VHS horror movies. For the lead single, “Give It To Me,” he teams up with infamous NYC party starter Cakes Da Killa (whose “Goodies” was one of the most criminally underappreciated jams of last year) to make a heavy-duty slab of weirdo future rap that deserves to go on heavy rotation all summer. Directors Mark Lovato and Gella Zefira have provided a video that matches the song’s eccentric sci-fi flavor, and we’re happy to have the exclusive premiere after the jump.

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Hear rapper Crown's new indie-flavored single 'Roam' -- Exclusive

Crown is a Brooklyn rapper with an old-school flow and a modern sonic sensibility that reaches well outside the range of the average throwback rapper. He’s backed by a band called the M.O.B. (short for “Message of the Blues”) that makes a big, dense sound that’s both rootsy and Roots-y.

They have a new album called All Rise coming out later this year. It’ll feature the song “Roam,” where he drops Biggie-inspired verses over a piano- and strings-driven beat with an indie-pop hook that makes for a breezy summertime listen. “The vibe of the song had me reflecting on the past and how far I’ve come,” he says. “No matter where I’ve been and where I’m going, you’ve always got to keep the positive thoughts pushing you forward.”

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Cloud rap pioneers Main Attrakionz return with 'Alphabet City' -- Exclusive

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Of all the microgenres that pop music has produced over the past few years, “cloud rap” is the one with the most evocative name, not to mention the most descriptive: It’s hip-hop that floats on hazy, vaporous beats with laid-back flows to match. It’s no surprise that some of the best stuff in the style comes from California, with its plentiful medical marijuana dispensaries.

Oakland duo Main Attrakionz is one of the leading cloud-rap groups, and their 808s & Dark Grapes II is one of the classics of the genre. Lately they’ve been collaborating with Sacramento rapper-producer Tynethys, and last fall they released a full-length eponymous mixtape together. The trio is back again with a new track, “Alphabet City,” which combines spaciness with swagger.

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Princess Superstar returns with 'Push You Away' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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New York City performer Princess Superstar was making hipster rap before hipsters were even a thing, and back in the early ’00s she played a crucial role in the city’s electroclash scene. These days she’s living a more sedate lifestyle as a mom on the Upper East Side and teaching kids hip-hop history and skills at a weekly class in Williamsburg. On July 15 she’ll drop an EP called I’m a Firecracker, her first official release since 2005. She’s also working on a reality show, I Love Princess Superstar, about her domestic existence and artistic comeback.

Click through the jump to stream her new track, “Push You Away,” and watch two clips from her new show. READ FULL STORY

AraabMuzik remixes Lana Del Rey's 'Summertime Sadness': Listen

NYC producer AraabMuzik is a virtuoso of the MPC whose freakish talent for making beats and remixing tracks on the fly has made him a jaw-dropping live performer in a field that often seems dominated by antisocial studio rats. In between blowing minds on stage he produces remixes that combine EDM’s electronic bombast with the sonic aggression of old-school NYC street rap, and just in time for both summer and the release of Lana Del Rey’s brand-new Ultraviolence, he’s dropped an arena-ready version of “Summertime Sadness” from her 2012 album Born to Die. It’ll appear on his upcoming mixtape For Professional Use Only 2, out July 15.

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The ridiculously prolific E-40 drops a new video for 'Bamboo'

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If you’ve been enjoying DJ Mustard’s string of bass-heavy, minimalist slappers that have been taking over the pop charts recently (among them Ty Dolla $ign’s “Paranoid” and Kid Ink’s “Show Me”) and you’re not already familiar with the work of Bay Area rap legend E-40, whose uncluttered aesthetic provided much of blueprint Mustard’s working from, now would be a good time to fix that. Next month, the ridiculously prolific rapper will release a four-album set called Sharp on All 4 Corners, his first release since last December’s three-disc set The Block Brochure: Welcome To the Soil, Pt. 4, 5, & 6. Which of course is the follow-up to the original trilogy, The Block Brochure: Welcome To the Soil, Pt. 1, 2, & 3, released allllll the way back in 2012.

Yesterday, he released a new video from the latest Block Brochure set. “Bamboo” is classic E-40 and a great jump-on point for new fans, with a typically stripped-down track, an effortless tongue-twister flow, and a tribute in the hook to bamboo doorknocker earrings, which are in style right now because they never really go out of style. For the video, he’s recruited a squad of dancers who do unreal things with their bodies without seeming to come close to breaking a sweat—which is what 40’s been doing with his raps for ages.

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Exclusive music video: K.Flay's hook-filled 'Thicker Than Dust'

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As big as hip-hop’s tent has gotten, Bay Area rapper K.Flay still stands out as something of an oddity: a Stanford double-major (psychology and sociology) who’s worked with Liam Howlett from ’90s electro-punks the Prodigy and toured with Icona Pop and Passion Pit.

After a stint on a major label, she’s gone independent for her new album Life as a Dog, which she crowdfunded through PledgeMusic. The album, out today, pairs spaced-out rap beats and chiming indie rock that K.Flay tops with her frequently tricky flows, making a chocolate-in-my-peanut-butter situation that should please rap-loving indie rockers, or the other way around.

After the jump, we have an exclusive first look at her new video for the uber-hooky single “Thicker Than Dust.”

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Exclusive: Open Mike Eagle's 'Doug Stamper' video featuring Hannibal Buress

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Open Mike Eagle is a very funny rapper from Chicago living in L.A. Hannibal Buress is a very funny standup comedian from Chicago living in New York City. Recently, they got together to make a video for “Doug Stamper,” a song from Open Mike’s new LP Dark Comedy (out now on Mello Music Group) named after Frank Underwood’s ruthlessly efficient (and possibly deceased) chief of staff on House of Cards. As you might expect, it’s very funny, with an advice-show setup that you might find genuinely useful—as long as you live in a small town and you’re in love with your cousin.

Mike says, “Hannibal and I commissioned secret focus groups on Black Twitter to come up with some raps that would be genuinely helpful. There’s a vicious rumour going around that Amy Poehler wrote Hannibal’s verse, but thats unfair and subtly racist. In memory of the God Doug Stamper.”

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Drake and Lil Wayne announce 'Drake vs. Lil Wayne' tour

Jay-Z isn’t the only rapper who can co-headline a tour with another superstar this summer.

Today, Drake and Lil Wayne announced their joint tour “Drake vs. Lil Wayne,” which will visit 31 cities in the U.S. and kicks off on August 8th in Darien, New York. This is first time that the two YMCB labelmates will top a bill together.  READ FULL STORY

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