Today (March 31st), the powers that be at Epic Records announced they release Xscape, the first album featuring unreleased songs by Michael Jackson.  

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Epic’s Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid executive produced Xscape, which will include eight unreleased songs that were reworked by producers like Timbaland Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome “Jroc” Harmon and John McClain.

Another words, this album is gonna rock!  The title of the MJ album is taken from one of the tracks on the LP, originally written and produced by Michael Jackson himself and Rodney Jerkins in the studio together. Xscape will be released in Standard and Deluxe editions.

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The deluxe edition will have the eight unreleased songs in their original form before they were “contemporized” for the Standard version.  Tomorrow, both editions will be available for pre-order (April 1st) on iTunes, with a hard copy of the LP dropping May 13th.

The song “Xscape” was originally leaked back in 2002 and was rumored to have been recorded for Michael’s 2001 Invincible album.  Listen to Xscape now and tell us what you think!

Finally, in an update on the Benzino shooting, for starters the reality star and Hip Hop Weekly CEO is lucky to be alive after his own cousin attempted to murder him this weekend.  Long story short, the star was shot while driving in his mother’s funeral procession in Boston Saturday afternoon.  It wasn’t an accident either.  Police say, his cousin rolled up on the side of him and opened fire, striking Zino twice.  Get a complete rundown on what happened click here.

In the meantime, Benzino gave his first interview since being shot saying, “Money brings the worse out of people. When I grew up it wasn’t like this. People had genuine love for each other. We live in age of social media now, and there’s no genuine love cause you really don’t know who you’re taking to half the time.”  Here's a look at the rest of the interview below:

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