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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Meek Mill at SXSW 2012 (more by Ryan Muir)
Meek Mill

There's never a lack of great hip hop shows happening in NYC. Today alone, we posted about Ratking (with Trash Talk), Dipset and Action Bronson so far. Here's a roundup of a few more:

Meek Mill, whose 2013 appearance at Power 105.1 Powerhouse saw him bring out Nicki Minaj, whose new album he appears on and who he might be dating, will return to NYC for a Power 105.1-presented show on February 12 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets are on sale now.

Smoke DZA, who already has a Studio at Webster Hall show (1/25) coming up, plays NYC two days earlier than that as well with DARK and Sonnie Carson at The Wick (1/23). Tickets are on sale.

An all-female lineup of Nitty Scott MC, Celeste and Chelsea Reject takes place that same weekend on January 24 at Acheron. Tickets are on sale. Nitty appears on the new single by LoVel, "College," which just got the video treatment today (dir. Llama). You can watch that below.

Another NYC female rapper, Junglepussy, was added to the previously-discussed Father show happening January 22 at Baby's All Right. That show is also with Glass Gang, and tickets are still available.

And one more: Awkwafina plays SOB's on February 16 with Lyricks, Rekstizzy, Decipher aka Danny Chung, Mike B and DJ Zo. Tickets are on sale.

The always-great Curren$y returns to NYC on March 5 at BB King's. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Friday (1/16).

Slaughterhouse's Joell Ortiz teams up with past collaborator Akon to honor the tenth anniversary of the murder of Akon's manager, Robert 'Screw' Montanez, on January 30 at Stage 48. Tickets for that are on sale.

California's Iamsu! and Atlanta's Rome Fortune are heading out on a tour this spring which hits NYC on April 24 at the Marlin Room at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates here.

Wiz Khalifa's been making an annual thing out of going on summer amphitheater tours, and 2015 will be no exception. But while these tours are usually with cool rappers like A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$ and Smoke DZA or Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign and Rich Homie Quan, this year it's with, uh, Fall Out Boy. If you're into that sort of thing, you have a few chances to see it in the NYC-area including Susquehanna Bank Center, PNC Bank Arts Center and Jones Beach. Tickets go on sale at noon on January 23.

Lastly, though he has no NYC date announced at the moment, Australian rapper REMI has announced he'll make his US debut at SXSW this year. You can get a taste of his quality avant-rap from the video for "Tyson," below. Hopefully he decides to hit NYC too while he's here.

Other previously-discussed hip hop shows coming up in NYC include Rae Sreummurd (tonight, 1/15), Joey Bada$$, Snoop Dogg / Puff Daddy, Lauryn Hill, Fetty Wap, PRhyme (DJ Premier and Royce da 5'9"), and still more. What else?

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by Andrew Sacher

VIcious Lies and Dangerous Rumors

As expected, there have been lots of (dangerous) rumors floating around about Big Boi's upcoming sophomore solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, which is due out December 11 via Def Jam (pushed back from November 13). He's now revealed what is (fingers crossed!) the official tracklist for the album and the guest spots are pretty exciting. Despite Little Dragon's initial guest spot having gone to Kelly Rowland a while back, the group actually appears on three other album tracks. The album's got plenty of love from the dirty south, like on "Gossip," which features veteran UGK and worthy newcomer Big K.R.I.T.; frequent Outkast/Big Boi collaborator Killer Mike appears on a track with Little Dragon; TI and Ludacris end up on a track together; and Sleepy Brown of Organized Noize, who produced a ton of Outkast back in the day is on one too. In more surprising (and also exciting) news, Wavves and Jai Paul are both on the album. As is A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, Kid Cudi, and others. You can check out the full tracklist below.

In related news, TI also revealed the tracklist for his much-delayed upcoming album, Trouble Man (due out 12/18), and it looks a bit different than the one we initially mentioned. The most striking difference is that the song sampling Gotye and featuring Kendrick Lamar is not listed anymore. But in more positive news, Big Boi's Outkast partner Andre 3000 is there on the song, "Sorry" (the one where he allegedly apologizes to Big Boi). Cee Lo Green, A$AP Rocky, R. Kelly, and more are set to appear too. The full tracklist is below. TI plays NYC on December 18 at Best Buy Theater (tickets).

Speaking of Big Boi and Little Dragon, they were hanging out together a bit before Halloween at a "costume party" (check out their costumes). A video of them together and those tracklists, are below.

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Thriller

On Tuesday Michael Jackson will release a 25th-anniversary edition of it. The expanded CD/DVD package will include the original nine-song album, one unreleased track from the original sessions, and five reworkings with contributions from contemporary artists that range from innocuous to downright damaging.

Associating with will.i.am, Fergie, Akon, and Kanye West is meant to lend Jackson credibility with today's urban music fans, but adding modern flourishes to a record like "Thriller" doesn't do anything to improve it. If anything, it diminishes the one unblemished chapter of Jackson's creative life. [The Boston Globe]

Further diminishment: that commercial with the dancing lizards.