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Aquemini, Stankonia, ATLiens, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below–these are the albums we grew to know and love thanks to a pair of cool, trendy, and offsetting rappers that made up the dynamic duo of Outkast! There has never been a time when we were not happy to hear one of their tunes anywhere, you could always feel a little piece of Atlanta with you no matter where you were.

Well that feeling might just end as it seems Andre 3000 has hinted he is retiring from rapping!

via Complex

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Outkast, (l-r) Big Boi & Andre 3000

 In an interview with Complex, the Atlanta icon sat down to discuss his inspirations for the collection and his current attitude towards creating music…

During the conversation, André 3000 said that he’s more motivated by the collaborative processes of acting and fashion design, as opposed to making music. “I work better with other people,” he said. “I clearly see that now. Like, I haven’t put out an album in years, but if Frank Ocean or Travis Scott calls and says, ‘Hey, man, I want you to be a part of this,’ it’s like I have a goal, a target. When I’m on my own, I’m sitting around twiddling my thumbs.”

Despite this realization, he said that the thought of a new album with his oldest collaborator, Big Boi, still doesn’t inspire him to get behind the mic. “It’s really just an excitement thing, and where I am in life,” he explained. “I kind of like not being a part of [rap], now that I’ve done it…Even with Outkast — if we never do another album, I’m totally fine with that. When I was 25, I said I don’t want to be a 30-year-old rapper. I’m 42 now, and I feel more and more that way.”

We really hope Andre is not leaving the game! He is one of rap’s most creative and legendary rappers. Music just got a little less interesting…

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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Truly Legendary! “Brandy Verzuz Monica” Reaches Over 1.2 Million Viewers!

Brandy and Monica gaves us the “Verzuz Battle” we have been waiting for! The two legendary singers who rose to fame as adolescents in the nineties are now fully grown women with rivaling musical catalogues and a history of personal beefs.

However, tonight, Brandy and Monica settled their issues–off-screen of course–and reached over 1.2 million viewers with their highly anticipated Verzuz Battle, creating a moods and moments none of us will ever forget!

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Brandy and Monica gaves us the “Verzuz Battle” we have been waiting for! The two legendary singers who rose to fame as adolescents in the nineties are now fully grown women with rivaling musical catalogues and a history of personal beefs.

However, tonight, Brandy and Monica settled their issues–off-screen of course–and reached over 1.2 million viewers with their highly anticipated Verzuz Battle, creating a moods and moments none of us will ever forget!

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Back and forth the ladies delivered hit after hit and bop after bop; which had many Generation X-ers and Millennials reconnecting with their childhood. From Brandy we heard hits like “What About Us?,” “Brokenhearted (the Wanye duet),” “Sittin’ On Top Of The World,” and more. Meanwhile Monica came just as heard with classics like “So Gone,” “4 U I Will,” “Everything To Me,” “First Night,” and more.

Naturally, the ladies dabbled in fun shade; reminiscing on the alleged slap down Monica gave Brandy in their youth, and their aforementioned off-screen heart to heart to clear the air. They apparently had not spoken to each other for eight years.  Nevertheless, their honesty and ability to forgive one another was endearing and an excellent example of how two people in a longstanding feud can heal one another.

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 Honestly, their Verzuz Battle left us wanting a joint album from them. Brandy and Monica are magic together, and this is the closest match up in the history of the Instagram Live series. To us, there was no clear winner.

The positive commentary and feedback from thousands of celebrities and influencers; and over a million fans shows we definitely need R&B to make a comeback. The singers we have grown to know and love are good for more than just features and hooks. Brandy and Monica PLEASE go on tour! We will definitely buy tickets!

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As She Should…Jojo Pulls Tory Lanez Collaboration from Deluxe Version of Her Album!

The girls are sticking together when it comes to canceling Tory Lanez. Singer, Jojo, has opted to remove her collaboration with him off the deluxe version of her album.

After Megan Thee Stallion confirmed Tory Lanez indeed shot her, a fan reported he heard Tory was removed from the album, and Jojo confirmed it with a tweet:

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The girls are sticking together when it comes to canceling Tory Lanez. Singer, Jojo, has opted to remove her collaboration with him off the deluxe version of her album.

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Jojo at arrivals for MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) 2015 – ARRIVALS 1, The Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theatre L.A. Live), Los Angeles, CA August 30, 2015. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough

After Megan Thee Stallion confirmed Tory Lanez indeed shot her, a fan reported he heard Tory was removed from the album, and Jojo confirmed it with a tweet:

Tory appeared on Jojo’s club banger, Comeback, from her latest album, Good to Know. You can check it out below.

We are here for Jojo’s decision to bar Tory from the album. His actions were misogynistic and toxic.

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“Baby Mama!” Brandy is Back w/ New Single, featuring Chance The Rapper!

Brandy, AKA “The Vocal Bible” is back with a new single, “Baby Mama,” for mothers worldwide!  The new single features award winning artist, Chance The Rapper, and was released via collaboration between Brand Nu Entertainment and Entertainment One (“eOne”).

Just in time for Mother’s Day, “Baby Mama” speaks on Brandy’s journey raising her own daughter, Sy’rai, as well as mothers working to support their families.

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Brandy, AKA “The Vocal Bible” is back with a new single, “Baby Mama,” for mothers worldwide!  The new single features award winning artist, Chance The Rapper, and was released via collaboration between Brand Nu Entertainment and Entertainment One (“eOne”).

Just in time for Mother’s Day, “Baby Mama” speaks on Brandy’s journey raising her own daughter, Sy’rai, as well as mothers working to support their families.

via Press Release

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The single is currently available on digital platforms worldwide and will be impact radio on May 4. The song premiered this morning via iHeart Media stations across the country, and will be played every hour on the hour today until 10 PM local time.

“It takes a village to raise em’, we don’t do it all by ourselves…This song ain’t just for me, it’s for every mama yeah…Every day I breathe it’s for my little mama…I’m every woman and a baby mama.”

Brandy says, “My new single is about embracing the strength and fortitude needed not only in motherhood, but in life.  I’m am thrilled that Chance joined me on this track, and I hope my fans find it as uplifting as I intended it to be!”

Following the single’s release, BET will premiere the official “Baby Mama” video on Monday, May 4 via, BET JAMS, and BET SOUL, and BET.com beginning at 12 noon ET.   Directed by Derek Blanks, with creative director Frank Gatson, the video features a glowing and vibrant Brandy. 

“Baby Mama” is the follow-up to Brandy’s GRAMMY-nominated, hit single with Daniel Caesar, “Love Again,” which soared to #1 on the Urban AC chart late last year.

Since emerging with her 4x-platinum self-titled debut album in 1994 (released when Brandy was only 15-years-old), this trail-blazing pioneer has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and is ranked one of the best-selling female artists in American music history by the RIAA, having sold over 11 million albums in the United States. During her reign she recorded five albums: In 1998 – Never Say Never (1998), Full Moon (2002) Afrodisiac (2004), Human, and 2012 – Two Eleven (2012). Brandy has also earned scores of awards, including a Grammy, an AMA, two Soul Train Music Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, three Billboard Awards, four MTV Awards, six Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, two Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, and four BMI Awards.

“Baby Mama” will be featured on Brandy’s highly anticipated forthcoming album out later this year.  Fans can stay updated on new music and more by logging onto www.4everbrandy.com.

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We have to say we love Brandy’s new single! It is a true bop and only goes to show that she still has it! She and Chance are quite the dynamic duo.

What do you guys think of “Baby Mama” sound off in the comments’ section below!

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