Janelle Monae “Tightrope (Wondamix)” Video ft. B.o.B and Lupe

B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco, who toured together this last year, have teamed up with Janelle Monae on this chilled out, funky-with-a-hint-of-metal version of “Tightrope.” According to B.o.B himself, this is “one of the best collaborations of the year.” If you missed Janelle’s newest album, The ArchAndroid, make sure to grab yourself a copy.

NPR Interview: Lauryn Hill

After years of almost total silence from Lauryn Hill, she finally opened up to NPR about her music, why she left the game, and where she’s headed next. While her classic solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was groundbreaking in part because of her unique ability to sing over hooks she also rapped, she’s focusing now on “opening up [her] range, really sing more.” According to Lauryn, “Most people have never really heard me ‘sing sing sing’… if I do record again, next time perhaps it will be in an expanded context.” And for those have been missing Ms. Hill’s voice, she’s starting to perform again, including the Rock the Bells tour this summer. She told NPR, “I think it’s just time [to perform more], I’m starting to get excited again.”

Read the full interview here.

And watch Lauryn’s classic “The Ex-Factor” video above, just to remind you of exactly how dope she is, in case any of you forgot.

MIA: “XXXO” Remixes by Riton, SBTRKT, and Various

With M.I.A.’s new album /\/\ /\ Y /\ just around the corner, a second round of remixes for her “XXXO” single has been unveiled, featuring versions by Riton, SBTRKT, and Various. Check out Riton’s anthemic, piano-laced club re-rub below, and stream the other remixes here.

“XXXO” – Riton Re-Rub:

 

 

Big Boi: Sir Lucious Left Foot Preview + MP3

The much anticipated Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty album from Big Boi is almost here, but you can stream the entire album now on his MySpace and check out the video for “Shutterbug” above. Yes, we know the album leaked and so does Big Boi, who tweeted, “Hello good people, I know the album leaked, I don’t care if u download it, just support GREAT MUSIC July 6th!!!! Stank u.”

Download the new single “Tangerine” with T.I. from 2DopeBoyz here.

For die hard fans, BigBoi.com is offering limited edition bundles of the album, including a deluxe double-disc, ivory white vinyl, a limited edition T-shirt, and a custom GoodWood chain.

Pre-Order Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty on Amazon

New Album from Oceana Out Tomorrow

German-born and French-raised singer with Caribbean roots, Oceana joins soul music of the ’60s with modern beats and contemporary texts on her debut album Love Supply, in stores tomorrow, which features the infectious single “Cry Cry.” As the child of a musician, she had the chance to meet entertainers at a young age, including James Brown’s famous saxophonist Maceo Parker. It was Maceo’s push that made her take the leap to a career as a vocalist. Now using her personal experiences, she writes and sings lyrics about subjects that connect everyone: desire, love and life. Love Supply mixes a fine blend of pop, funk, R’n'B, and reggae for a well rounded, top quality record.

Stream the full album on AOL now!

Purchase on Amazon