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Snoop Dogg Boasts About His Whips on 'My Carz' (Produced By J Dilla)

Snoop Dogg My Carz

Snoop Dogg’s new album, Coolaid, formally drops on Friday (July 1) but he’s been releasing several tracks from the LP to get fans interested in the project. The hip-hop vet’s newest loosie is “My Carz,” a track produced by the late and great J Dilla.

The electro hip-hop-infused production is not entirely new. The late studio maestro used the beat on “Trucks,” which currently appears on the just-released The Diary album. Also, the song samples Gary Numan’s classic 1979 track, “Cars.”

As for the lyrics, the Doggfather is simply boasting about his fleet of whips and chicks he likes to rotate on the daily. "My carz, they hot / My paint is wet / My bitches, they bad / And that's probably why you're mad," he rudimentarily spits.

"My Carz" is not the best Snoop Dogg performance, but it's good to hear the hip-hop vet rap over a  Dilla beat despite it being a very dated J Dilla beat.

You can cop Snoop Dogg's Coolaid album via iTunes. Peep the track below.


Listen to Snoop Dogg's Song "My Carz" Produced by J Dilla

Lalah Hathaway Gets Reflective in 'Mirror' Video

Lalah Hathaway Mirror Video

Lalah Hathaway tackles self-love in her new video for “Mirror.” The song is taken from her latest effort, Lalah Hathaway LIVE.

In the visual, the Grammy-winning songbird, sings an uplifting message for those who hide behind their inner mirror and judgmental thoughts.

“Sometimes you gotta make the mirror your best friend / And maybe then, you’ll find some peace within,” she sings. “Stop hiding yourself, love yourself when no else can,” she sings.

In an interview with Essence, the 47-year-old songbird said the ballad has helped her overcome some of her nagging self-doubts that has prevented her from expressing herself musically and personally.

"[The song] has gifted me with the keys to being okay, to understanding myself, to accept myself, to love myself, to live in my own truth," she said.

Watch Lalah Hathaway's video below and appreciate the singer's endearing message of self-love and positivity.


Watch Lalah Hathaway's "Mirror" Video


On a Memory Bliss: P.M. Dawn’s Attrel 'Prince Be' Cordes Dies at 46


Prince Be Dead At 46


The year 2016 has been one of the most mournful years that I can remember. So many of my musical and cultural heroes  have passed away this year. Today, June 18, we lost another Prince.

It’s with great sadness that I bring you news of the death of another influential figure in hip-hop. P.M. Dawn co-founder/rapper Prince Be has passed away at the age of 46. According to PEOPLE, Prince Be died of kidney disease at a hospital in New Jersey.

Prince Be (real name Attrel Cordes) formed P.M. Dawn with his brother, Jarrett Cordes, known as both DJ Minutemix and J.C. The Eternal, in 1988 in Jersey City, N.J.

The rap duo became only the third hip-hop act ever - and first black rappers - to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1991 with their single, "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss," which utilized a sample of Spandau Ballet's "True." They achieved commercial success with their debut album, Of the Heart, Of the Soul and Of the Cross: The Utopian Experience in 1991.

P.M. Dawn's second album, The Bliss Album...?, was another gold-selling success thanks to the LP's classic ballad, "I'd Die Without You," which anchored Eddie Murphy's romantic comedy, Boomerang.

P.M. Dawn would go on to release three more albums together, but none of them would reach the commercial success of their previous efforts. Cordes and his brother would eventually split up.

Unfortunately, Prince Be will also be remembered for his infamous run-in with KRS-One. As the urban legend goes, KRS and his crew ran up onstage and shoved Prince Be off and performed "The Bridge." This is in response to an interview in Details magazine where Prince Be said "KRS-One wants to be a teacher, but a teacher of what?" Needless to say, the Blastmaster wasn't feeling that and confronted P.M. Dawn on their own turf. "I answered his question," KRS-One later told USA Today. "I'm a teacher of respect."

After the duo separated, Prince Be's health started to decline stemming from his ongoing battle with diabetes. He suffered a stroke in 2005 that paralyzed the left side of his body, and his one of his legs was amputated below the kneecap.

"Prince Be Rest In Peace forever more, Pain from Diabetes can't harm you anymore," Cordes' cousin and P.M. Dawn member Doc G wrote on the group's Facebook page following Cordes' death. "My Heart is at Peace B-Cuz U suffered so long, Tell Grandma I said Hi & Stay Blisstatic & Strong."

The Roots drummer Questlove also posted a heartfelt tribute to Prince Be who he called the "Brian Wilson of hip-hop."

"Eccentric. Rich. Textured. Talented. A Sad Beauty. Melancholy....Genius? 3 Dimensional?" he wrote in referenced to Prince Be's songwriting and musical style.

Prince Be leaves behind his wife, Mary, and three children Christian, Mia and Brandon.

I want to send my deepest condolences to Cordes’ family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Watch P.M. Dawn's "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss" Video

Watch P.M. Dawn's "I'd Die Without You" Video

P.M. Dawn's "Looking Through Patient Eyes"

Lion Babe Drops Summery Single 'Endless Summer,' Announces New Mixtape



With the official start of summer just around the corner (June 21), it’s time for artists to drop some music that’s perfect for the warm weather. Enter: Lion Babe. The New York duo just announced title of their new mixtape, which is called Sun Joint.

The first single from the project is the summery tune, “Endless Summer.” The collection boasts 11 songs and is being described as a feel-good mixtape with a variety of sounds including “soul, funk and electronics and earworm melodies.”

The project will also feature "Jungle Pussy" on one track and co-production from DJ Dahi on another. There's also two guest appearances from Angel Haze and Raury.

The Sun Joint mixtape, which will be available on June 21, is the follow-up to their debut album Begin, which is easily one of the best albums of 2016.

You can catch Lion Babe on tour this summer. To peep their itinerary, head over to
Listen to Lion Babe's Song "Endless Summer"

Kanye West Hitting the Road on Saint Pablo Tour in August


Kanye West is embarking on his first tour in over three years this summer. Yeezy has announced dates for The Saint Pablo Tour in support of his celebrated album, The Life of Pablo.

The North American trek will launch on August 25 in Indianapolis, Ind. and will hit over 40 major cities including New York for two shows (Sept. 5 and 6), as well as Atlanta, Miami, Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, Minneapolis and Los Angeles. The tour will wrap up on Oct. 29 in Las Vegas.

This will be a treat for Kanye fans as this will be the first time the 39-year-old rapper will perform songs from TLOP. No supporting acts have been announced but it wouldn’t be a total surprise if a couple of G.O.O.D. Music artists join Yeezy onstage (*cough* Desiigner).

Hopefully, we won’t see anything that happened a couple of weeks ago when Kanye attempted to do a pop-up show at New York’s Webster Hall and a riot ensued with thousands of fan destroying cars and property.

If you are an American Express Cardmember, you can cop tickets starting today (June 14) at 10AM through Friday at 10PM ET. Tidal members can grab them starting Thursday (June 16) at 10AM. Tickets for the general public will go on sale Saturday (June 18).

To check out Kanye West's full tour itinerary, head over to Live Nation.