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    Meek Mill Ft. Young Chris - House Party

    Meek Mill Ft. Young Chris - House Party Clean

    Meek Mill Ft. Young Chris - House Party Dirty

    Meek Mill Ft. Young Chris - House Party Intro Clean

    Meek Mill Ft. Young Chris - House Party Intro Dirty

    Meek Mill Ft. Young Chris - House Party Instrumental

    Raw, gritty and talented describe the lyrical talents of Rapper Meek Mill. His skills are so natural that he has a flow like no other. Born May 6, 1987 under the astrological sign of Taurus, Robert Rahmeek Williams adopted the rap name “Meek Mill” after family and friends from his neighborhood kept referencing him by his middle name. Meek is coined as the latest rap phenomenon to come out of the city of Philadelphia...

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    Fat Joe Ft. Chris Brown - Another Round

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    Fat Joe Ft. Chris Brown - Another Round Dirty

    Fat Joe Ft. Chris Brown - Another Round Instrumental

    Terror Squad Founder & CEO Joseph “Fat Joe” Cartagena is gearing up to release his highly anticipated 9th album Jealous Ones Still Envy 2 J.O.S.E 2 on October 6th, 2009. His salacious new single “Aloha” featuring Pleasure P and Rico Love claimed the #2 most added to urban radio within two weeks of its initial release. J.O.S.E 2 along with Fat Joe’s other albums celebrates unmatched ingenuity, talent and endurance in this ever-changing industry...

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    Mary J Blige Ft. Drake - Mr Wrong

    Mary J Blige Ft. Drake - Mr Wrong Clean

    Mary J Blige Ft. Drake - Mr Wrong Instrumental

    When her debut album, What's the 411?, hit the street in 1992, critics and fans alike were floored by its powerful combination of modern R&B with an edgy rap sound that glanced off of the pain and grit of Mary J. Blige's Yonkers, NY, childhood. Called alternately the new Chaka Khan or new Aretha Franklin, Blige had little in common stylistically with either of those artists, but like them, she helped adorn soul music with new textures and flavors that inspired a whole generation of musicians...

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    Marsha Ambrosius - Late Night Early Mornings

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    Marsha Ambrosius - Late Night Early Mornings Instrumental

    Shortly after the end of her gold-selling R&B act Floetry, singer, songwriter, and producer Marsha Ambrosius — whose biggest claim to fame as a writer is Michael Jackson's Top 20 hit “Butterflies” — signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath label...

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    Slim Gutta - Trap Out (Produced By C Sharp)

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    Slim Gutta - Trap Out (Produced by C Sharp) Dirty

    Given the name “Slim Gutta” when he was younger from his home town neighborhood of Alabama. After putting out mixtapes underground in Alabama for almost a year. He moved to Atlanta to record a couple songs with engineer C-Sharp in College Park where he bumped in to Big Wayne C.E.O of “DON’T SLEEP ENTERTAINMENT”...

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    B.o.B Ft. Lil Wayne - Strange Clouds

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    In spite of the plethora of rap artists who emerged from Atlanta during the late 2000s, B.o.B — who was only 17 when he signed his first major-label record deal — was still unique. His borderline eccentricity and artistic mind, belied by his music's conventional Dirty South appeal, raised his stock above his Southern comparisons and welcomed comparisons to OutKast, specifically that group's offbeat half, André 3000.

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    Wale Ft. Miguel - Lotus Flower Bomb

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    The self-proclaimed "Ambassador of Rap for the Capital," Wale (pronounced "wah-lay") was able to transcend his local sensation status and become a national rap contender using go-go-inspired hip-hop as the vehicle for his clever wordplay and music. Olubowale Victor Akintimehin was born in Washington, D.C., in 1984 to Nigerian immigrants who first arrived to America five years prior.

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    Tity Boi aka 2 Chainz - Spend It

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    2 Chainz brings you his newest single produced by Drumma Boy. "My next mixtape is scheduled to drop on 11 / 1 /11…if youve been following me for a while you know i was the hottest nigga in the city without a gangsta grillz, well now i have teamed up with DJ Drama to bring you my next mixtape T.R.U. REALigion!!"

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    Stuicide Ft. La Da Boomman - We On

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    Bad Boy StuiCide AKA Bad Boy Stu / StueaZy, Is A New Artist Hailing from Raleigh , NC , He Has many names as well as the most well rounded sound fusing the best elements of Hip Hop and R&B sound with a Rock feel, And a mixture of multiple types of techno and dub step. At times Music With So Much Heart and Soul that any listener is sure to identify with.

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    Eric Allen - Ciroc Life

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    Eric Allen from Decatur, Alabama. My debut hit single is entitled "Ciroc Life" Whats up Diddy!!! My music has its own style and is different from all other artists. Music has become more than a talent for me, it’s a lifestyle.

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    Birdman Ft. Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne - Y.U. Mad

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    When he's doing business, Cash Money Records CEO Bryan Williams uses his real name, but when he grabs the mic to spit Dirty South raps, Williams goes by the names Birdman or Baby. Williams formed Cash Money in 1991 with his brother Ronald "Slim" Williams. Releases by B.G., the Hot Boys, Juvenile, and many others built the Cash Money empire into a Dirty South powerhouse.

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    Lady Antebellum - Just A Kiss

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    Formed in 2006 by Charles Kelley (brother of singer/songwriter Josh Kelley), Hillary Scott (daughter of Grammy-winning country artist Linda Davis), and Dave Haywood, Lady Antebellum makes contemporary country music that relies on the trio's rich harmonies and impeccable instrumental skills.

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    Big Korey - Bill Gates

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    If you live in the Atlanta area, you know all about Big Oomp Camps' youngest in charge: Big Korey. Big Korey is the son of Big Oomp, founder of Big Oomp Records, an independent label that has supported acts such as Flo Rida, Plies, Ludacris, and DJ Unk.

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    Jelly Roll - 7Day$

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    Jason Deford (D.O.B. 12-04-1984) is Nashville/Antioch TN. born rap artist B.K.A. JELLY ROLL A.K.A. Fat Man Jones. JELLY's career began much like some of the all time "GREATS" (CANIBUS, KRS ONE, JAY Z, & EMINEM) as a freestyle and battle rapper.

    Rick Ross Ft. Nicki Minaj - You The Boss

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    Tattooed with pictures of AK-47s, Miami's six-foot, 300-pound rap figure known as Rick Ross embraced his city's reputation for drug trafficking on his debut single, "Hustlin'," in 2006. While Atlanta and Houston artists were establishing their cities as Southern strongholds, Ross aimed at putting Miami back in rap's national spotlight.

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    Tha PHounDation Ft. Lil' KeKe - Grind Like Mine

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    Tha PHounDation is an extremely talented Hip Hop Crew. Each member brings different aspects to the group that makes them successful.

    A’one Sauce-A-Relli is a producer/rapper that brings a lot of instrumentals with him. He is the president of a production company called Block Bleedaz Muzik.

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    Waka Flocka Ft. Drake - Round Of Applause (Remix)

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    Waka Flocka, also known as Waka Flocka Flame, is a Southern rapper associated with Gucci Mane and his So Icey Entertainment enterprise. Born Juaquin Malphurs on May 31, 1986, in Jamaica, Queens, NY, he moved to Riverdale, GA, at age nine and later based himself in Atlanta, GA, where he launched his rap career.

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    Waka Flocka - Round Of Applause (Produced By Lex Luger)

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    Waka Flocka, also known as Waka Flocka Flame, is a Southern rapper associated with Gucci Mane and his So Icey Entertainment enterprise. Born Juaquin Malphurs on May 31, 1986, in Jamaica, Queens, NY, he moved to Riverdale, GA, at age nine and later based himself in Atlanta, GA, where he launched his rap career. He cites influences that include Eazy-E and Lil Jon in addition to Gucci Mane. He was taken under Gucci Mane's wing, and was added to his Brick Squad collective, which also includes OJ Da Juiceman, Frenchie, and Wooh da Kid. Waka Flocka made his solo mixtape debut in 2009 with Shoot Me or Salute Me, the first of numerous mixtape releases that year. Also in 2009 he scored his first commercial hit with "O Let's Do It" and was featured on the song "Bingo" on Gucci Mane's hit album The State vs. Radric Davis.

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    Money Jay - Go For It

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    After releasing the hit single "Death Row" Black Circle/Konvict Muzik recording artist Money Jay brings you the hot new single "Go For It". The Decatur, Ga raised artist dropped the mixtape entitled Me Money & Irene in the spring of 2011 with it's hit song "Blowing" which gained major popularity in the streets and has built anticipation from his fans on what's next.

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    Plies Ft. Jeremih & Ludacris - Just The Tip

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    Signed to Slip-N-Slide in 2004 after recording his first track, "Tell Dem Krackers Dat," the Ft. Myers, FL-based Plies built anticipation for his official debut album with a couple mixtape releases, along with an appearance on Trina's "So Fresh." He found some trouble when, during a performance at a Gainesville nightclub on July 2, 2006, an argument about set length escalated into gunfire. Two members of his entourage were convicted of attempted murder, while Plies and a third associate were charged with illegal possession of concealed weapons. Originally a featured MC on Akon's "I Wanna Love You," Plies was replaced by Snoop Dogg, quite possibly due to the altercation. His debut album, The Real Testament, which featured the single "Shawty," was released in August 2007. The year 2008 saw the arrival of two new albums, with Definition of Real dropping in June and Da Realist following in December. A year later the December release of the single “Medicine,” featuring Keri Hilson, announced the coming of the rapper's 2010 release Goon Affiliated.

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    PH Ft. Sammie - Till It's Over / Rolling Up

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    Heating up like a summer day in August, Miami’s hip hop sensation, PH, is joining forces with other local area artists to leave their stamp on the music scene. Generating buzz through internet, radio, and social networking outlets, PH founded the group BFAM (Brothers From Another Mother) to push their popularity to new heights throughout the greater Miami area. Relying on passionate ambition and inspired songwriting, PH is gathering attention from A&R representatives, recording new material, and performing at top notch local clubs throughout the area.

    Born in the Bahamas, but moving to sun drenched, fast paced Miami at the age of seven, PH dedicated his time to songwriting and creating music, which shines through in his talented, versatile style. Twisting hip hop, R&B, and pop together, PH uses life experiences and feelings to create a remarkably personal flow, making his music far more relatable than most other contemporary rap artists. PH has something to offer for fans all across the hip hop musical spectrum.

    It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the country experiences what South Florida is becoming to know as a staple among the club and nightlife community. Drawing crowds at Sobe Live, Nocturnal, Club Zone, Secrets, 90 Degrees, and many others in Miami and Ft Lauderdale, while receiving play at venues in Atlanta and Tampa, PH is quickly turning into an integral piece in the local music and party scene.


    Beyonce Ft. Kayne West & Andre 3000 - Party

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    One of the most recognizable characters in modern-day R&B, Beyoncé first rose to fame as the siren-voiced centerpiece of Destiny's Child before embarking on a multi-platinum solo career in 2001. Booming record sales, Grammy awards, movie roles, and a romance with rapper/CEO Jay-Z combined to heighten her profile in the 2000s, making the singer a virtual mainstay in the entertainment world. While some media outlets derisively championed Paris Hilton as "the next Marilyn Monroe," Beyoncé was a much better contender for the role, her glittering pop culture persona only matched by her success onscreen and on record.Born in Houston in September 1981, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles began performing at age seven, winning upwards of 30 local competitions for her dancing and vocal abilities. She also joined her cousin Kelly Rowland and classmates LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett in forming an adolescent vocal group. Mathew Knowles, Beyoncé's father and Rowland's legal guardian, signed on to be the girls' manager, eventually quitting his full-time job to focus on their efforts. This situation would ultimately lead to the creation of one of the most popular female R&B groups of all time — Destiny's Child.Destiny's Child gained momentum throughout the 1990s, appearing on Star Search in 1992 (under the name Girl's Tyme) and weathering several lineup changes before signing to Columbia Records in 1997. Four studio albums later, the group had officially become the best-selling female group of all time, with such smash hits as "Jumpin' Jumpin'," "Bills, Bills, Bills," "Say My Name," and "Survivor" bolstering the girls' momentum despite a continued string of lawsuits from former members Roberson and Luckett (who contested Mathew Knowles' management, claiming he withheld profits and unjustly favored his daughter and niece). In 2001, Beyoncé, Rowland, and replacement member Michelle Williams allowed themselves a break from the group to pursue individual solo careers. Before landing several movie roles, Beyoncé became the first African-American female artist and second woman ever to win the annual ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year Award. An appearance in the MTV drama Carmen: A Hip Hopera quickly followed, but it was her role as Foxxy Cleopatra in 2002's Austin Powers in Goldmember that established Beyoncé as a true Hollywood star.While her inclusion on the movie's soundtrack failed to chart nationally, Beyoncé's full-length solo debut, 2003's Dangerously in Love, reached multi-platinum status. Featuring collaborations with Sean Paul, Missy Elliott, OutKast's Big Boi, and romantic interest Jay-Z, the album spawned a total of four Top Ten singles and garnered the singer five Grammys. Destiny's Child reconvened the following year to release Destiny Fulfilled; upon completing the resulting tour, the group issued one final album, a greatest-hits compilation entitled #1's, and subsequently disbanded. Beyoncé turned her full attention to her burgeoning solo career, releasing the sophomore effort B'day in September 2006 and, three months later, turning in an award-winning performance for the movie musical Dreamgirls. The singer then embarked on the Beyoncé Experience concert tour, releasing a live DVD in November 2007.The following year proved to be another busy one as Beyoncé landed the role of Etta James in Cadillac Records, a musical biopic that explored the heyday of Chicago's Chess Records. Shooting commenced in February 2008, with Beyoncé also serving as co-executive producer. One month before the film's December release, the singer released her third studio album, I Am...Sasha Fierce. The double-disc effort emphasized her two distinct personalities, allowing Beyoncé to explore both mainstream sounds and traditional R&B. Some live releases followed. Released in 2009, I Am...Yours, a CD/DVD set, documented an August 2009 performance at Wynn Las Vegas, while 2010's I Am...World Tour, available in separate audio and video formats, was recorded at London's significantly larger O2 Arena (a few months after the Vegas program).

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    Tyrese Ft. Ludacris - Too Easy

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    R&B singer Tyrese Gibson — referred to as Tyrese — began his career at the age of 14, performing in local talent shows around his home in Los Angeles' Watts section; his big break came when he starred in a commercial for Coca-Cola, shortly followed in 1998 by his self-titled debut album for RCA. He followed three years later with 2000 Watts. I Wanna Go There appeared a year later, but it wasn't until late 2006 that he released his fourth album, Alter Ego. Also an actor, he has appeared in Baby Boy, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Four Brothers.

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    J. Cole Ft. Trey Songz - Can't Get Enough

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    In an era saturated with upstart MCs all vying for the coveted status of “next big thing”, the story of 24-year old North Carolina native J. Cole (born Jermaine Cole) is a refreshing exception to the quick route for fame and success. The first artist signed to Jay-Z’s new Roc Nation label, Cole made himself notable through a scholarly approach to the game – no small feat considering his Magna Cum Laude distinction upon graduating from St. John’s University.If his sudden christening by JAY-Z shocked the haters, their doubts were quickly refuted when J. Cole dropped his recent mixtape The Warm Up, as well as a coveted guest verse on JAY-Z’s Blueprint 3 with “A Star is Born”. Soulful and strong, J. Cole’s lyrics touch on everything from his upbringing in North Carolina to the poverty and hopelessness that affect his community. The mixtape encapsulates not just who J. Cole is as a rapper, but who he is as an artist and a person.Taking from his favorite artists a love for powerful storytelling with an intense inner-strength, J. Cole advanced to writing his own lyrics at 15, soon amassing stacks of notebooks filled with rhymes and observations. Without a DJ or producer to provide a beat, he industriously started creating his own using a beat machine given as a present by his mother. From then on J. Cole was constantly creating new music and lyrics leading to his current and flow.

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    Natasha Mosley Ft. Gucci Mane - Pretty

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    The root to Natasha Mosley's vocals stem deep within her family tree. The lineage goes as far back to the 1920-1930s when legendary blues singer Bessie Smith, who was her great grandmother's cousin, used to rock the mic as one of music's most influential figures. Now, Mosley looks to make the same mark in R&B. The 20-year-old songstress from Atlanta is the ‘round-the-way girl’ who started her singing career at the early age of 2. Never once did Mosley imagine all those countless hours studying Smith's career, or singing for hours on end, would later lead to being discovered by Atlanta businessman Isom Lowman, who signed Mosley to his label, ISO MUSIC. Mosley’s likability transcended across the city, captivating audiences with a powerful and sweet voice through numerous competitions including the Apollo in Atlanta, American Idol auditions and a talent search held by Grammy-winning singer Ne-Yo. She’s gained approval from the masses, dubbing her vocal range similar to Mariah with a cute-as-a-button resemblance of a youthful Lil’ Kim. But the whole package of Mosley’s talents has drawn even more comparison to the late singer Aaliyah. "Everybody wanted to be like Mary J, Brandy and Beyoncé," she says. "I want to be like them. I want to be known as the person who has the feel-

    good music, something they can bounce to. At the same time, I want people to be inspired through my music to get over the day’s humps. I want them to learn from my struggle and appreciate me for being me." Through a mutual friend at a birthday party, Mosley met Lazar Gray who eventually introduced her to producer/songwriter Tra Beats - a talent that is also signed to Iso Music Group. The two ultimately built a strong rapport between each other, as the two produced promising songs such as her new single, “Pretty” featuring Gucci Mane. In all, Mosley wants to be the positive light in people’s lives. “I just want people to feel good,” she says. “All my favorite artists made me feel really good about myself growing up. I want to be the one who brings that same great feeling to their hearts.”

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    Wiz Khalifa - No Sleep

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    Possessing a keenness that belied his age, Pittsburgh, PA, rap lyricist Wiz Khalifa came to be a rising star over the course of the late 2000s based on his young bravado and hardcore yet charismatic execution of rhymes. Consciously building up his city's hip-hop reputation, he sought out to create a sound that was uniquely Pittsburgh, relying on his East Coast (Jay-Z, Wu-Tang Clan), Southern (Three 6 Mafia), and other (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) hip-hop influences. A military brat, Khalifa, whose real name is Cameron Thomaz, was born in 1987 in Minot, ND. After his parents divorced when he was about age three, he lived in various places and military bases around the world before settling in Pittsburgh. He was constantly writing during that time and soaked up a great deal of knowledge from his globetrotting experiences. His first attempt at committing lyrics to paper happened around age nine, and at 12 he was already recording and producing his own records in his father's Oklahoma studio.As soon as he returned to Pittsburgh, Khalifa laid down the groundwork to begin a solo career and kept busy recording music in a local studio, called I.D. Labs, in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of the city. Khalifa stood out among the studio's regulars, prompting the I.D. Labs staff to offer him free beats and recording time, plus bringing him to the attention of Benjy Grinberg, a former executive assistant to L.A. Reid at Arista Records who had started up a new independent label, Rostrum Records. Signed to Rostrum, Khalifa built a buzz in Pittsburgh with a few singles, but he began to draw eyes and ears nationally during his senior year in high school with his first mixtape, Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania, in early 2006. And with the release of his independent full-length debut, Show and Prove, later that year, major publications, including Vibe, XXL, and Rolling Stone, featured profiles on the young rapper, projecting him to be the leading voice of Pittsburgh hip-hop. A regular staple on Pittsburgh radio, Khalifa was definitely living up to that prediction, going on to sell tens of thousands of mixtapes, not to mention tens of thousands of Show and Prove copies around the country. It was only a matter of time before the major labels came looking for the stand-out Pittsburgh rapper. In summer 2007, Khalifa and Rostrum hopped on board with Warner and cut his first major-label single, "Young'n on His Grind."

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    Gucci Mane Ft. Yo Gotti - Animosity (Produced by MikeWiLLMadeIt)

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    Radric Davis (born February 2, 1980), better known by his stage name Gucci Mane, is an American rapper. He debuted in 2005 with Trap House and followed with albums such as Hard to Kill in 2006, Trap-A-Thon and Back to the Trap House in 2007. In 2009, his second studio album The State vs. Radric Davis was released. Gucci Mane has released many other mixtapes as well!

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    Kreayshawn - Gucci Gucci

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    Kreayshawn was born in San Francisco, California and grew up in East Oakland, California. She is a third-generation Russian-American, and the daughter of Elka Zolot, a former member of the San Francisco garage punk band The Trashwomen. She has directed numerous underground music videos, and attended Berkeley Digital Film Institute with a full scholarship until she dropped out after a year

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    Toni Valli Ft. Charlie Boy Gang & Money Jay - Get Dis Money

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    Antonieo Robinson (born June 15, 1988 in Flint, Mi, USA) Now known as Toni Valli, was formerly known as A1 in his early raps. Antonieo “Toni Valli” Robinson grew up on the north side of Flint, Mi (65 miles north of Detroit) in the middle of a crime infested neighborhood filled with drugs & gangs. Watching the drugs pretty much destroy his family & take most of his childhood he decided to take a much different approach on life. Consuming most of his free time with music he began to study the legendary M.C. Breed (his brother in-law & also a Flint, MI native). In 2008 “Toni Valli” moved to Atlanta, Ga to work with the Legendary Artist right before his untimely death. “He taught me a lot about the music as far as recording, delivery, tone as well as the Do’s & Don’ts of the business side.” Toni Valli often speaks of him in his raps & interview’s & dedicates every show to the late great legend. He is currently finishing up his latest mix tape titled Spazzin Hosted by D.J. Substance, Klassic CEO of Fleet D.J.’s & D.J. Knight! You can check Toni Valli out @youtube.com/tonivalli, @facebook.com/tonivalli1, @twitter.com/toni_valli & be sure to download the hot new Single “Get This Money” feat: Charlie boy Gang & Money Jay.

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    Chris Brown Ft. Ludacris - Wet The Bed

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    In November 2005, Chris Brown’s Scott Storch-produced “Run It!” — a rewrite of Usher’s “Yeah!” — topped the Billboard Hot 100, making the 16-year-old singer the first male artist in over a decade to top the chart with a debut single. While there was nowhere to go but down, at least in terms of chart positions, the pop-oriented R&B vocalist was only getting started. By the end of the decade, he was one of the biggest active pop stars, with a clutch of Top Ten singles and platinum albums to his credit, along with constant comparisons to Michael Jackson and several acting roles on the side. His momentum slowed little when, in 2009, he pleaded guilty to assaulting girlfriend Rihanna — one of the year’s biggest celebrity news stories.Brown came from a small Virginia town called Tappahannock. Like a lot of kids born since the early '80s, he was initially into his parents' favorite music but eventually fell under the spell of hip-hop. Around the time he reached puberty, he discovered his singing ability and switched his focus away from MC'ing. A move to New York led to being discovered by Tina Davis, a Def Jam A&R executive who became the singer’s manager shortly after losing her position to the Sony-BMG merger. The Jive label, due in part to its track record with younger artists who had established longevity (like Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake), won the bidding war for Brown and lined up several production and songwriting heavyweights, including Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, Dre & Vidal, Sean Garrett, and Storch, for his self-titled first album. An immediate Top Ten hit when it was released in 2005, Chris Brown not only featured the number one “Run It!” but two other Top Ten singles in “Yo (Excuse Me Miss)” and “Say Goodbye.” Exclusive, released in 2007 and a bit of a departure from the squeaky-clean image displayed throughout the debut, was even more successful, featuring the number one single "Kiss Kiss" and two other Top Five hits. Yet another Top Five hit came with “No Air,” a duet with Jordin Sparks that appeared on Sparks' own self-titled album.In March 2009, Brown was charged with felonious assault of Rihanna — an altercation that had prevented his then-girlfriend from taking the stage at the Grammy Awards. Brown was scheduled to perform as well, but he did not appear and maintained a low profile for several months. A fairly substantial backlash resulted in Brown’s songs being pulled from rotation on several radio stations. Ultimately, however, it had little bearing on the progress of his music and acting careers; the week prior to the December release of his third album, Graffiti, the single “I Can Transform Ya” was already nearing the Top 20 of the Hot 100, and his acting roles — which had already included spots in Stomp the Yard and a recurring role on The O.C. — hadn’t shown any sign of drying up.

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    Rihanna - Cheers (Drink To That)

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    Rihanna established her dance-pop credentials in summer 2005 with her debut smash hit, "Pon de Replay," and continued to demonstrate hit potential in subsequent years (e.g., "S.O.S." in 2006; "Umbrella" in 2007; "Disturbia" in 2008). However, it was the singer's third album, Good Girl Gone Bad, that made her a full-fledged international pop star with a regular presence atop the charts. Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty on February 20, 1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados, she exhibited a certain star quality as a young child, often winning beauty and talent contests. Because she lived on the fairly remote island of Barbados in the West Indies, however, she never foresaw the sort of stardom that would later befall her.That stardom came courtesy of a fateful meeting with Evan Rogers. The New Yorker was vacationing in Barbados with his wife, a native of the island, when he was introduced to Rihanna. Rogers had spent years producing pop hits for such superstars as *NSYNC, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Kelly Clarkson, Laura Pausini, and Rod Stewart, and he offered the talented Rihanna a chance to record. Along with Rogers' production partner, Carl Sturken (the other half of Syndicated Rhythm Productions), Rihanna recorded several demos that sparked the interest of the Carter Administration that is, the newly appointed Def Jam president Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter. This led to an audition, and Rihanna both received and accepted an on-the-spot offer to sign with Def Jam.Come summer 2005, Def Jam rolled out "Pon de Replay," the lively leadoff single from Music of the Sun. Produced almost entirely by Rogers and Sturken, the song synthesized Caribbean rhythms with urban-pop songwriting. "Pon de Replay" caught fire almost immediately, climbing all the way to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and contesting the half-summer reign of Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" atop the chart. The debut album spawned one other hit, "If It's Lovin' That You Want," which also broke the Top 40. Rihanna's follow-up effort, A Girl Like Me, saw even greater success and spawned three sizable singles: a chart-topper ("S.O.S.") and two Top Ten hits ("Unfaithful," "Break It Off").Rihanna's third album, 2007's Good Girl Gone Bad, continued her success while signaling a change of direction. Whereas her past two albums had been imbalanced often weighed down by faceless balladry and canned Caribbean-isms Good Girl Gone Bad was a first-rate dance-pop album, stacked with several chart-topping singles and boasting collaborations with Jay-Z, Ne-Yo, Timbaland, and StarGate. The lead single, "Umbrella," shot to number one, as did "Take a Bow" and "Disturbia." Its success turned Rihanna into one of the planet's biggest pop stars.Rated R was released in 2009 during the wake of a physical altercation with romantic interest Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to felony assault. The album's lead single, "Russian Roulette" written with Ne-Yo was one of the year's most controversial singles, and it set the tone for the singer's new, dark direction. Rated R peaked within the Top Five of the Billboard 200, while another one of its singles, "Rude Boy," topped the Hot 100. Rated R: Remixed was released in the spring of 2010 and featured ten tracks from the album revamped for the dancefloor by Chew Fu. Loud, Rihanna's fifth studio album, followed in November and was led by the StarGate-produced "Only Girl (In the World)."

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