M.I.A. New Video: “XXXO”

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Check out a significantly less controversial new video from M.I.A.,  at least compared to the gruesome “Born Free” video. Our girl Maya has traveled a long, bumpy road to the release of her album /\/\/\Y/\ , but she’s still going strong and sticking with the GIF animation theme in her “XXXO” video. If you haven’t already, check out the “XXXO” remixes featuring Jay-Z and more remixes by Riton and SBTRKT.

Video by Hugo: “99 Problems”

Born in England and raised in Thailand, Hugo is a new artist signed to Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation label, and he’s put a spin on “99 Problems” that  no one saw coming. Like it or not, it’s a drastically different twist on the classic Jigga track that has the chance to bring the song to an entirely new audience. This is a single off of his upcoming album, Old Tyme Religion, which Hugo believes to be as mainstream as anything out there now – almost like an artful twist on pop and rock.

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New Single by Bilal + MP3

Bilal, the Philadelphia born, Grammy nominated artist who has collaborated and performed with the likes of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Erykah Badu (he performed on her tour June 8th in Philly), and The Roots, is releasing his third studio album, Airtight’s Revenge,  on September 14th. Although classically trained and jazz-influenced, Bilal says this next album will be an eclectic mix of “jazz, hip-hop, soul, blues, and experimental free music.” To tide us over before the release of his much anticipated album, here’s a free MP3 download of his song, “Free.” The song will not make an appearance on Airtight’s Revenge, but it’s the first time the fully mixed and mastered version of this song has been released for download. Check it out and see what you think.

Bilal – “Free” [MP3]
 


M.I.A.: “XXXO” Remixes feat. Jay-Z

M.I.A.’s “XXXO” has been remixed with a feature from none other than Jay-Z! Check out the Ben Allen version below, and stream more versions by Fulton Yard here. Stay posted for the hotly-anticipated album /\/\/\Y/\, coming soon.


“XXXO” feat. Jay-Z (Main Mix):

 



Gilles Picks the Winners

gilles-radioCatch up on the GPWW with his 2009 recap: Gilles picks the best of the past year, including Jay Z ft Alicia Keys, Q Tip, Robert Glasper ft Bilal, N’Dambi, Quantic and his Combo Bombaro, plus some new favorites like Shafiq Husayn ft Fatima, Ryan Leslie ft. Pusha T, Theophilus London, Dam-Funk and more.

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