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Justin Bieber releases first post-arrest music: Hear 'Broken' here!

Considering all the stories about hotboxing private planes and rejecting very reasonable plea deals for his DUI arrest, it’s easy to forget that Justin Bieber is primarily famous for creating music. His extra-curricular activities have eclipsed his work as of late, though he’s making attempts to shift the focus back on the tunes.

Thus, the arrival of “Broken,” Bieber’s first post-arrest song and a seemingly direct response to his latest tabloid turmoil. Over the weekend, Bieber’s DJ Tay James dropped a mixtape called We Know The DJ Radio 4which contains “Broken” and features a guest rap by Blake Kelly. On the track, Bieber repeatedly announces “I cannot be broken,” and opens the track with the line “I guess they want a reaction/ I ain’t gonna give it to ‘em.” (Don’t work too hard trying to resolve the logic of that line—just go with it.)

Listen to “Broken” below.  READ FULL STORY

The stellar new mixtape from Mike Will Made It, rap's hottest producer -- featuring Future, Miley, Ciara, and more

Rap producer Mike Will, who made the beat for “We Can’t Stop” and executive produced Bangerz, got Miley Cyrus revving her motorbooty in 2013.

But he’s no Svengali. To Miley, at least, he acted more like a consigliere: the close advisor whose gravitas balanced out her wilder impulses. (“We Can’t Stop” makes for such a transfixing party anthem because of its wistful undercurrent.) Of course, any decent consigliere helps plot chaos as much as they counsel discretion. Will’s latest mixtape, #MikeWiLLBeenTriLL, showcases the stormy impulses that draw artists to him, making for a dark but ridiculously entertaining tour through the back rooms of today’s rap. (You can download it free from DatPiff.)

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Busta Rhymes invites Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Q-Tip along for 'Thank You' video: Watch it here

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What do we do with Busta Rhymes in 2013? It’s been more than a minute since his peak years of mainstream relevance — his first big break came on A Tribe Called Quest’s immortal 1992 single “Scenario” — but 2012′s Year of the Dragon was surprisingly strong, and there are more hits than misses on his Catastrophic mixtape from last year.

The internet has also been fairly excited about his new tag-team tape with Q-Tip, thanks to the single “Thank You,” which lets Busta do his lightning-tongue thing over some groovy old school new soul funk. It features the best Q-Tip verse in years, plus drop-ins from Kanye West and Lil Wayne — both of whom also appear in the spartan but satisfying video that just dropped this morning.

Give the clip a spin below and marvel at Kanye’s unwavering stare during one of Q-Tip’s verses at the 2:37 mark. It’s freaky: READ FULL STORY

Angel Haze spins graphic narrative of sexual abuse on 'Cleaning Out My Closet'

“This might get a little personal—or a lot, actually.”

Rising rapper Angel Haze’s warning at the top of her new mixtape track “Cleaning Out My Closet,” which premiered yesterday, shouldn’t be taken lightly. The 21-year-old Brooklyn-based Detroit native borrows the beat from the Eminem track of the same name to lay out a graphic, shocking account of a lifetime of sexual abuse. It will be appearing on her forthcoming giveaway Classick, which will be unleashed on the Internet on Thursday.

Though she doesn’t name names, Haze lays out a harrowing, damning narrative about being raped at 10 years old, setting up a pattern of abuse that haunted her throughout her next decade. It’s a pretty intense listen, but it’s also one of the most bracing, intense, personal, and hard-hitting rap songs you’ll hear all year. Hear it below: READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj raps: 'I'm a Republican voting for Mitt Romney'

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have already been asked by several musical acts to stop playing their songs at Republican campaign events. Fortunately, they can count on one mainstream singer for political and musical support: Nicki Minaj. It appears the Trinidadian-born rapper and rumored soon-to-be American Idol judge is voting Republican this November, judging by the lyrics of her new NSFW duet with Lil Wayne. In “Mercy,” part of Lil Wayne’s new mixtape, Dedication 4, Minaj spits out,“I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney, you lazy b——s is f—— up the economy.”

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Azealia Banks releases 'Fantasea' mixtape as a free online download

It must be International “Get Free Music From Up-and-Coming Hip-Hop Artists” Week. First there was Ocean’s Tumblr stream, and now we’ve got Azealia Banks dropping her anticipated mixtape Fantasea for free via Twitter. Get the 19-track beast here and then return to the comments section below to let us know if the “212″ wunderkind is living up to your expectations.

Read more on EW.com:
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Tina Fey makes her rap debut on Childish Gambino's new mixtape 'Royalty'

How did you spend your Independence Day? Community star Donald Glover performed in London (TURNCOAT!) to celebrate the release of his brand new, absolutely free mixtape Royalty. Go ahead and download it here.

Royalty follows up Gambino’s 2011 label debut Camp, an incredibly accomplished compilation that ranked as one of the best releases of last year. Save for a few moments, the only voice heard on Camp was Gambino’s, but Royalty flips the script by inviting along seemingly everybody the rapper/comedian has ever met. The guest list includes Wu-Tang Clan icons RZA and Ghostface Killah (appropriate considering Gambino got his nom-de-hip-hop from the Wu-Tang Name Generator), a handful of fellow underground sensations (Danny Brown, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul), and even Beck, who raps as though he never stopped.

The re-emergence of Beck on the mixtape (he also produces two tracks) would be a pretty big headline were it not for the debut of a woman new to the rap game: 30 Rock creator and former Glover employer Tina Fey, who drops in on the album-closing track “Real Estate” and is in fact the last voice heard on Royalty. Give it a spin below (and skip forward to the 4:50 mark if you want to get right to Fey’s contribution).

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