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Soca imbues the listener with a sense of freedom and puckish abandon, but for those that make a living off it, the genre’s never-ending fête can sometimes be creatively limiting. The annual carnival in Trinidad, and the tour of international carnivals that follow through the rest of the year, require a steady stream of reliable…

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Nobody really knows exactly what happened between Jay-Z and Dame Dash when the Roc-A-Fella record label they founded with Kareem “Biggs” Burke and grew into a hip hop juggernaut was sold to Island Def Jam a decade later. The friends and longtime collaborators stopped working together, and, in Dash’s own words, have only seen each other a couple…

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Throughout the week, there was speculation that Beyoncé was attending “top secret rehearsals” leading up to the 2016 VMAs. Earlier tonight, MTV confirmed that Beyoncé would perform during the night’s events. After being introduced by Serena Williams, Beyoncé chose to recreate her hour-long visual album LEMONADE into a medley for the stage. The singer played “Pray You Catch Me,” “Hold Up,”…

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Kanye West is officially on the road. Yeezy kicked off his 39-date Saint Pablo Tour in Indiana Thursday, where he debuted an entirely new set design that involved floating above the crowd. E! News caught up with Kanye after the show, and the “Famous” rapper exclusively dished all about the audience-centered style of his concert. But…

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As the war amongst music streaming services rages on, Pandora has added a highly respected musician to its ranks: Questlove. Officials announced Wednesday that The Roots drummer would serve as the company’s strategic advisor as well as its first-ever artist ambassador—marking a huge milestone for the service, as it attempts to compete with names like Apple Music and…

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(Billboard) DJ Khaled is securing the bag with a major gig. The prolific DJ/producer and Snapchat extraordinaire will be bringing his major keys and then some to the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards as a host for Sunday night’s pre-show and a correspondent for the main event alongside Charlamagne Tha God and Lizzo from MTV’s Wonderland. “The VMAs is a show I’ve always wanted to be a part…