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?

Listen now below.

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.

— Twenty-three years ago, Snoop Dogg made his acting debut as he starred in the short film, Murder Was the Case, also creating the soundtrack.

Murder Was The Case

On this day back in 1994, Death Row Records released a bit of a treat for fans of hardcore West Coast Hip-Hop with the short film and soundtrack, Murder Was the Case. Snoop Dogg held the starring role as well as headlined the soundtrack while Dr. Dre and Fab Five Freddy directed the project. The 18-minute film recounted the fictional death of Snoop Dogg (played as himself) and his resurrection following a deal he made with the devil.

As Snoop Dogg intended, Murder Was the Case, revealed a side of the streets that couldn’t be shown on general music video platforms. In an interview regarding the film Snoop Dogg said,

“Videos, kind of limit us. MTV, BET, they only let you play so much of what you do… When we go in the studio [to make our songs] we make them hardcore and straight from the streets. So, this video is like a dedication to that… staying true to what we do, saying that we ain’t going to stick to making rated PG videos. This one is a rated R video just like the song is. It’s just real. It’s actuality.”

Still, behind the apparent violence, explicit dialogue, and sexually lewd behavior, Snoop Dogg makes it clear that he simply does what is necessary to make it through another day in the hood.

While the short film is only 18 minutes long, it has been padded with performances, interviews, and music videos including “Gin and Juice” and “Doggy Dogg World”. You can also find countless other important figures in the film and the included music videos including, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, Pam Grier, John Witherspoon, John Amos, and late comedians Ricky Harris and Charlie Murphy.

Check out the full movie including interviews, performances, and music videos below.

Written by DJ Robinson