Just when the rap world were mourning the tragic death of DMX, one of hip hop’s finest yet most underrated icons, Def Jam Records posthumously released the highly anticipated Exodus, the eighth studio album from the late rapper.

The tenacious artist, Earl “DMX” Simmons, who openly shared his struggles with mental illness and substance abuse, has the last chapter of his fervent story inked within Exodus. However, it’d be more fitting to deem Exodus a tribute rather than the ultimate culmination of a legacy; an album sounding more pieced together than it is authentically told by DMX himself.

With DMX‘s passing shortly before the completion of what was intended to be a revival album, Swizz Beatz pulled through to finish the artist’s final studio album –

Executively produced by Swizz Beatz, while released by Def Jam Records, Exodus reins in an elite collective of voracious artists for a paramount force featuring JAY-Z, NAS, The LOX, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Moneybagg Yo, Westside GunnBenny the Butcher, and more.

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When you combine one of the industry’s most sensual voices, Tory Lanez, with sampling from the crème de la crème of R&B hits made in the 2000s, what you get is a straight-laced, chart-topper: Chixtape 5.

Following months on-end of fans awaiting the well-hyped album, the Interscope Records‘ artist, “a proud student of 2000s R&B,” finally launched his exclusive project, an 18-track album dedicated to remaking the greats from the 2000s, and in less than two weeks from the release date of Chixtape 5, Tory Lanez crowns the second spot on the new Billboard 200 (right after Celine Dion).

Not only does Lanez remake the greats, he features the artists who birthed them. Chixtape 5 sees immaculate, honey-dipped links track-after-track between Tory Lanez and each original artist stepping in on the new remake of their classic.

Chixtape 5 features Jagged Edge, Jermaine Dupri, T-Pain, Snoop Dogg, Ashanti, Lloyd, Lil WayneChris Brown, Ludacris, Mýa, The-Dream, Mario, Trey Songz, Fabolous, Slim & Nyce… do we need to say more?

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With an insurmountable hustle evinced year-after-year throughout his beastly barrel of mixtapes, Harlem’s elite emcee, rapper-actor, Dave East, releases his long-anticipated debut studio album, Survival, and we’re smug to say – it’s nothing but the hip hop benefaction we’ve been waiting for.

Survival, the same-title album as his upcoming five-part Netflix documentary, Survival Seriessees an unshakeable East face-to-face with his many confronting chapters in the come-up to success, everywhere from the streets (“They Wanna Kill You“), homelessness (“Need a Sign“), and resisting temptation (“Devil Eyes“), to finally making it (“Mama I Made It“), and staying grounded by his source of inspiration, Kairi Chanel Brewster, his two-year old daughter (“Daddy Knows“).

In a recent interview with Big Boy TV, on why his debut album is called SurvivalDave East reveals, he spent five long years making music and didn’t make “a single dollar,” until his 2014 mixtape Black Rose caught the attention of the one-and-only, hip hop icon, Nas, who soon signed East to his label Mass Appeal Records.

Now, the 31-year-old Mass Appeal / Def Jam artist proves his astounding influence, from Survival to the big screen. Survival features an A1 artist roll: DJ Premier, J. Black, Nas, The Soul Rebels, Teyana Taylor, Rick Ross, The-Dream, Fabolous, Jacquees, Gunna, E-40, Mozzy, Lil Baby, Max B, DJ Clue, Ash Leone, Mad Rapper, and Snoop Dogg (in a special tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle).

Listen now below.