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This week in Hip-Hop, Diddy released a trailer for his new music video; Kendrick Lamar and Alicia Keys team up for a new song to be featured in Spiderman 2; 50 Cent releases a new song featuring Trey Songz; and the Wu-Tang Clan will release only one copy of their secret album.
Diddy has changed his name back to Puff Daddy and released a trailer for his new music video, "Big Homie." The song features French Montana and Rick Ross. However, the star-studded music video, features cameos by A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill, 2Chainz and even Puff Daddy's son, to just name a few.
Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar join forces in a song to be featured in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. "It's On Again" was produced by Pharrell Williams and will be on the film's soundtrack, which will be released on April 22, less than two weeks before the May 2 premiere of Spider-Man 2. Complex Magazine reports that a music video has already been shot for the song though an exact release date for the clip has not been announced.
The release of 50 Cent's fifth studio album, Animal Ambition, is only two months away but 50 gave his fans a taste of the new record with a new song. "Smoke" premiered on iHeartRadio earlier this week and features vocals by Trey Songz. It was also produced by Dr. Dre. According to Complex Magazine, the song was co-produced by a frequent collaborator of Dr. Dre, Dawaun Parker. Listen to it below.
The Wu-Tang Clan's upcoming album, The Wu - Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, has been secretly recorded for the past few years. Finally, the group is prepared to release the album but in a very unique way. “We’re about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before,” says Robert “RZA” Diggs in an interview with FORBES. “We’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of music. We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.”
The plan is to send the album on a tour, as an exhibition for fans to hear the music. Each exhibition will cost somewhere between $30 & $50 and visitors will go through extensive security to make sure that no one re-records the album. After the tour, Wu-Tang Clan will make the album available for purchase at a price somewhere in the millions. According to the album's website, The Wu - Once Upon A Time In Shaolin will be presented in a "hand carved nickel-silver box designed by the British Moroccan artist Yahya."
There is no word yet on when the tour will begin.