Rihanna Previews New Music on Instagram

Rihanna is such a tease. With the world awaiting her eighth studio album, reportedly titled R8, Rih Rih took to her Instagram account yesterday (November 25) to give fans a brief 15-second preview. The caption reads “phuckin roun in da studio.” She sings: “Ain’t none of this sh*t promised, ain’t none of this promised.” Details on Rihanna’s next project have been scarce, although she’s reportedly worked with Ne-Yo, Stargate, DJ Mustard and Esther Dean. There’s no word on when R8 will be released.

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Prince Shuts Down His Social Media Accounts

Grand opening, grand closing. After joining Twitter last year and two months after launching a Facebook page, Prince has shut down his social media accounts. The videos from his official YouTube channel have vanished as well. Perhaps the artist formerly known as @3rdEyeGirl only made a foray into social media to promote his two 2014 albums, Art Official Age and PlectrumElectrum. Whatever the case, we’re only left with memories of The Purple One’s intriguing Twitter moments, like his epic selfie or ask rhetorical questions like “DID EYE ADD 2 MUCH PEPPER?”

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Chris Rock Declares Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy the Best Album Ever

Nas’s Illmatic. Snoop’s Doggystyle. Biggie’s Ready to Die. Dr. Dre’s The Chronic. Hip-hop has its share of undeniable classics, but according to Chris Rock, there’s one opus that trumps them all: Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. “It’s the best hip-hop record ever… the best album of the last 50 years,” Rock said in an interview with Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds. Comparing it to a Quincy Jones project, he says the album has something for everyone. “I think it’s better than Thriller and Purple Rain.”

Of course there may be a bit of bias—the 49-year-old comedian was promoting his upcoming film Top Five, which is co-produced by Jay Z and Ye, himself. Rock also voiced a skit from the MBDTF album. “He was throwing shit at me—try this, try that,” he remembers of his contribution to “Blame Game,” adding that he had “no idea” the song and its outro were shading Amber Rose. “I was in the booth for about two hours.”

Read it at XXL.