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Two Door Cinema Club, Azaelia Banks, And Green Day: What You Missed At The Reading Festival

Another year, another rocking late-August weekend at the Reading Festival. The annual U.K. festival stunned this year, with highly anticipate sets from the Foo Fighters, At The Drive-In, Kasbian and The Cure; roaring young acts like Azealia Banks, Odd Future and Florence + The Machines; and surprise appearances from Two Door Cinema Club and Green Day. We didn’t make it across the seas in time for the fest, but lucky for us those who did have got us covered. Didn’t make it either? Check out five sets from the three day fest that we wouldn’t have missed, courtesy of YouTube!

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Azealia Banks Has The ‘Good-Good, Yum-Yum’ In “Van Vogue”

Conversation around the Harlem bred rhyme spitter usually revolves around the controversy–mainly Twitter beefs. Lately Azealia Banks is working overtime to put the focus back in the music where it belongs. “Van Vogue” is a fetch video exemplifying why a new artist like herself has already garnered the attention of designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Alexander Wang. In front of a black backdrop Banks prances around spitting lyrics. At one point she’s floating in the water before voguing with black studded lipstick. Read more…

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Azealia Banks Doesn’t Care About Harlem Solidarity, Disses Jim Jones In “Succubi”

Azealia Banks drops diss track "Succubi"

Not that Azealia Banks didn’t clap back at Jim Jones on Twitter during their medium rare beef last week. She did. The beef quickly turned from medium rare to well done when the Harlem newbie hit the studio and dropped “Succubi” only days after Jones called her a “slore” on Twitter. A Harlem rapper battling a fellow Harlem rapper takes us back to 2004. Read more…

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Azealia Banks Twitter Beefing, Again, This Time With Nicki Minaj

Azealia Banks Beefing with Nicki Minaj

Apparently Azealia Banks didn’t read our plea for her to get out of her own way. The tally of her rap beefs is pretty meaty. The latest addition to the tally of Twitter wars Azealia has ignited is  Nicki Minaj. Earlier this week Azealia Banks tweeted, “I got invited to tour with Nicki Minaj in Europe but I cant go because I have to finish my album during that time.” Seems promising, right? Unless of course Azealia was telling a little white lie. Read more…

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Last Lap: Azealia Banks Declines The Invitation To Tour With Nicki Minaj

AZEALIA BANKS CAN’T COME OUT TO PLAY
Nicki Minaj invited Banks out on tour, but Banks declined so that she can finish her album on time. [Rap-Up]

OOPS! CNN CALLS SARAH PALIN A “STUPID GIRL”
The news network opened a segment about Palin and Chick-Fil-A with P!nk‘s classic kiss-off, “Stupid Girls.” They’ve since issued a statement insisting that, “The music selection was a poor choice and was not intended to be linked to any news story.” [Mediaite]

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Azealia Bank’s Fantasea Expected To Make A Splash, Complete With Mermaids

Fantasea Mixtape To Be Released Today

The wait is finally over for the release of Azealia BanksFantasea mixtape. At 12:00 p.m. EST the Harlem rapper will release the 19 track mixtape that has been pushed back more times than we can count. For the true A. Banks fans the mermaid themed mixtape will be well worth the wait. Despite the skepticism around whether she’d ever release her debut album (which has also been pushed back) or a mixtape, Banks continued to release dope music keeping the peaked interest of music critics and fans. In the interim she released the four song EP 1991, the video to “Liquorice” and songs from the eagerly awaited Fantasea. Read more…

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33 GIFs Of Famous Musicians Saluting The Stars And Stripes In Their Music Videos

It’s the 4th of July, which means that it’s time to wish another happy birthday to the US of A! In honor of our country’s 236th bday, we’ve put together this spectacular, über-patriotic GIF Wall featuring some of the music industry’s biggest stars paying salute the stars and stripes, everyone from chart legends like Bruce Springsteen and Madonna to up-and-comers like Lana Del Rey and Azealia Banks. Ain’t that America?
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Azealia Banks And Styles P Relish the Haters On “Nathan”

Self-proclaimed “vocalist” and rap game drop-out Azealia Banks is back on her spit game. The Harlem sensation posted a wily new track to her Tumblr over the weekend called “Nathan.” Trading verses with “literally [her] FAVORITE rapper” Styles P. over a jittery beat, she comes hard with her trademark wordplay, fleshing out that hot dog imagery from “Liquorice” and also also relishing haters with a clever riff on “nothin’” — as in, “you ain’t got nothin’.” “Burn ‘em, boil ‘em, grill ‘em, bake ‘em, nada no problem,” she raps with her trademark verve, just in time for this week’s festivities.

Banks’ much-anticipated mixtape Fantasea is slated for release on July 11th, a week later than it’s originally planned July 4th date. And according to her Twitter, we can expect one more cut before then: “Next and Last mixtape leak will be more dancey – more singey … More core Azealia Banks.” Heads up!

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Last Lap: Barack Obama Sings Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” (!!!)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA WANTS TO BE YOUR “BOYFRIEND”
And makes us wonder: would you rather have fondue by the fire with POTUS or the Biebs? We’ll take both, thank you! SWAGGGY! [YouTube]

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA PREPARE FOR LAST DANCE
The electronic dance music stars announced have announced, via their website, that their next tour will be their last tour. “We came, we raved, we loved,” they say. Amen. [MTV]

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Summer Jams: Bene Viera Picks Three Of Her Fave “Song of the Summer” Candidates

Song of the Summer

Along with cocktails on rooftops and sunbathing by the pool, summer grants the official ok to zip by in your car with windows down blaring music from the speakers. Whether hearing someone’s music blasting from their headphones on the A train, or eating outdoors at my favorite low-key Brooklyn cafe, I look forward to observing what music gets the people going. Only hours into the official first day of summer there are already countless songs that are on constant replay on iPods or car stereos. For whatever reason, warm weather tends to bring proper music odes to the beauty of the new season. Cheers to this summer being one of producing music that makes you feel something. Here are three songs that I plan to have in heavy rotation over the next few months…

NOMINATION: Meek Mill ft. Drake & Jeremih, “Amen”
EXPLANATION:
Summer time is when I indulge in rap music. The beats, instrumentation, samples and lyrics boost my energy for jam packed days. Unless you were a music journalist or a diehard hip-hop fan, it’s likely you hadn’t heard of Meek Mill at this time last year. That all changed with his successful single “I’m A Boss” and later the Dreamchasers mixtape. The buzz around the Philly rapper grew with praises of his storytelling ability in tracks from the mixtape like “Tony’s Story.” He signed to Maybach Music Group where his buzz blossomed due to his first mixtape, but it’s the followup, Dreamchasers 2, that was the real attention grabber. “Amen’s” church choir sound can be attributed to the organ, a common instrument that has been used in black church spirituals for forever. Although “amen, preach and church” are rattled off through the chorus, don’t expect to hear anything church-y. The only thing spiritual about “Amen” is its divine sound.

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