Stormzy drops a new freestyle for the adidas Originals by NIGO (Japan) release

After being featured on the latest adidas Originals by NIGO lookbook, burgeoning Grime artist Stormzy drops a new freestyle to commemorate this special occasion.
Titled “NIGO DUPPY,” the Croydon native’s 1 and a half minute freestyle is accompanied with the visuals above, that showcase him and his crew rocking some of the forthcoming collection’s apparel and footwear releases in and around London.
Look to purchase the latest collaborative release between the Three Stripes and Japanese style icon starting September 1.

M.I.A. releases “Matahdatah Scroll 01 Broader Than a Border” on Apple Music

My new song Swords was filmed in a Temple in India and we recorded the clang of the metal to make the beat at the same time as shooting these incredible girls. There’s ten more of these countries coming and I haven’t chased where to go yet, so who knows where this project will take me. Warriorswas shot in Cote d’Ivoire with a guy I saw in a YouTube video doing the most incredible dancing. I tracked down that exact guy, flew out there and played him the Warriors track. He did his thing for me. He is a spiritual warrior and communicates through dancing. It’s a lifelong commitment for him to be the designated spiritual body that channels that dance.

Matahdatah Scroll 01 is available now via Apple Music.

Wale x VILLA x ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Bottle Rocket”

7 Asian female emcees worth bumping on your stereos 

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Audrey Magazine: (by Arianna Caramat)

In a culture that’s been relatively dominated by a heterosexual male narrative, Hip Hop has been a hard place for women–let alone Asian American women–to truly dominate. As raptivist Aisha Fukushima once described to me, booty, bullets, and bling have countlessly been glorified by male rappers. I mean, take Big Sean’s “Dance (a$$)” for example. It’s blatantly written in the title.

But don’t give up on hip hop just yet! We have a list of strong Asian female emcees who are still under the radar but counter that male-driven narrative. Of course, they also prove women can keep it one-hundred.

Rocky Rivera (U.S.)

This thought-provoking, powerful spitter and Bay Area-native started out as an accomplished journalist before dedicating herself to her musical craft.

Suboi (Vietnam)

Hailing from Saigon, Vietnam, Suboi stands as the country’s number one female emcee and Queen of Hip Hop. Not to mention, she became the first Vietnamese artist to perform at SXSW.

Akwafina (U.S.)

Don’t be fooled by the comedic moniker! Akwafina’s tongue-and-cheek lines have been embraced by countless other women and celebrated as something good for feminism since her song, “My Vag,” went viral.

Yacko (Indonesia)

This emcee is a lecturer for an international college during the week, a rapper by weekend, and a full-time mother. With a full plate like that, Yacko still manages to be recognized as one of Indonesia’s most respected emcees.

Miss Ko (Taiwan)

This Taiwanese American emcee made the move from New York to Taiwan where she garnered a government grant to produce an album; however, all production was halted after an almost-fatal accident. After 2 years of healing and an album later, Miss Ko became the first female rapper to have a No. 1 album in Taiwan.

Ruby Ibarra (U.S.)

She may be fun-sized, but her raps will knock you out! Also a Bay Area local, Ibarra has started gathering national attention and is known for melding together English and Tagalog into her flows.

Yurika (Japan)

Yurika isn’t a stranger to the rap scene in Tokyo, she’s the emcee who’s spearheading the next generation of rappers in Japan. With her cuteness and juxtaposing hard flows, she caught the attention of the Dream Boy label and became their most recent signee.

Wu-Tang Clan x the POOL aoyama (Tokyo) Collection

Sony might take Beyoncé’s discography off TIDAL due to ownership dispute

JAY Z might have 99 problems, but Beyoncé and Sony are numbers one and two. Sony, who owns Beyoncé’s discography, is still in talks with TIDAL over the streaming service’s right to host its artist’s music. Reportedly, the Japanese conglomerate is asking for a huge sum of money from the service as a guarantee, and is threatening to take off Queen B’s content unless the amount is paid.

Ironically, Beyoncé is a co-owner of TIDAL and JAY Z’s wife, but it remains to be seen how this saga will unfold. Make sure to check out HYPETRAK for more music-related news.