Video: DJ Esco feat. Future – ‘Benjamins Burn’

It’s all about the Benjamins.

After dropping the OJ Simpson-inspired “Juice” video last month, DJ Esco returns with a new visual for “Benjamins Burn,” another Hendrix collab off Project E.T.: Esco Terrestrial.

The GT Films-directed clip doesn’t actually feature Future. Instead, it finds the “Coolest DJ in the World” busting trademark dance moves all over Las Vegas. Then, with a shovel in hand, he goes out into the desert to dig for treasure.

Wait until the end of the video to see how Esco’s plans are foiled and why he’s left empty-handed. The clip is “to be continued” so expect a sequel to follow.

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New Music: Mila J – ‘Down’

Mila J wants to be “Down” with you.

After dropping her Cali-centric 213 EP in June, the Los Angeles songstress unveils her brand new song “Down” exclusively on Rap-Up.

The ’90s-inspired track, which samples Brandy’s “I Wanna Be Down,” features finger snaps and underwater sounds, while Mila gets down with some melodic harmonies and vocal effects.

“I wanna be down with what you’re going through,” she sings on the familiar hook. “I wanna be down / I wanna be down with you.”

Listen to “Down” below.

But Mila J isn’t done with goodies for fans. She also released a behind-the-scenes look at the making of her “Kickin’ Back” music video.

“It’s just a really cool vibe,” she says while on set. “We’re just going for a real scandalous, a messy pink vibe.”

Want some laughs? Watch Mila’s version of “the new Set It Off 2016″ below.

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Safaree Samuels on Ghostwriters: Doesn't Matter Who Writes Your Stuff

Nicki Minaj’s ex Safaree Samuels doesn’t believe having a ghostwriter is a negative thing in the eyes of young hip-hop fans.

In a recent interview with Billboard, the rapper explained why he doesn’t think it’s a big deal if today’s rappers don’t write their own lyrics. “We’re in the era now where it doesn’t matter who writes your stuff because when you really think about it, people don’t even care what the artists is saying. The old school era cares about what people are writing but they’re not even the ones buying records. It’s these young people who are buying records, and they don’t care who’s writing the raps. But in the business, it’s more of a pride and ego thing, where people are like, ’Ain’t nobody gonna say they write my raps,’” he said.

Safaree, who claims he wrote for his ex-girlfriend Nicki Minaj said it’s more about the delivery than the actual content. “Then there’s some people who are like, ‘Yeah, write me a whole thing and I’ll take some lines from it.’ It’s all about delivery and however you put it out there, and that’s what matters. [Fans] don’t care about a songwriter or a ghostwriter. When someone’s going to buy a song that they like, they’re not asking who wrote it, they just like the song. That’s all behind the scenes and industry stuff,” said Safaree.

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Video: Trina – ‘Free (Freestyle)’

The Baddest Bitch gets blessed up.

Trina hops on DJ Khaled’s Drake-assisted “For Free” banger off Major Key, delivering a remix and music video too.

Cruising on a yacht in Miami, the bikini-clad rapstress reworks some of the 6 God’s Too $hort-inspired lyrics. “I go on and on,” she raps. “And I know you bitches mad that I last this long.”

Trina also uses the track to promise new material. “I fell off last year,” she admits. “But I’m up right now / Got that new money, new deal, Queen of the South.”

Last month, Katrina honored Missy Elliott at VH1’s “Hip Hop Honors.” Before that, she released “Overnight” and appeared on Luke Nasty’s 2 Chainz-assisted “Might Be (Remix).”

Sail out to Miss Trina’s freestyle below.

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Kid Cudi Completes Two Albums

Kid Cudi is about to blast off with new music.

The Man on the Moon announced that he’s done with two albums for 2016. Posting a photo of Usain Bolt, Cudder made this revelation: “Albums finished.”

In June, Cudder said he would be releasing two LPs this year. “One for the summer,” he tweeted, “and another for the fall.”

One of those is rumored to be titled Passion, Pain, & Dragon Slayin’, and he’s promised it will feature no “sad dark songs.”

In a series of tweets on Sunday, the WZRD added more teasers.

“Couldn’t feel more blessed right now,” he wrote. “I love yall so much man. Ima have some info this week about everything, release date, etc.”

Cudder already has A$AP Rocky’s support.

And he showed his fellow rhymer some love in return.

Cudi has been excited about these albums all year. Back in April, he promised that he would “dominate” 2016.

“People think that I’ve peaked,” he said at the time. “I haven’t even gotten a fucking nut off yet. I’ve been pre-cumming for the last eight years. I haven’t even ejaculated a full spew yet. So motherfuckers better get prepared.”

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