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Rye Rye continues to reap the rewards of her Interscope debut album, Go! Pop! Bang!, over a year after its release. She was nominated for the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist category at the 2013 BET Awards, which airs on June 30. And her song “Sunshine” appears on the soundtrack album, out this week, of the new Sofia Coppola film, The Bling Ring.

Also out this week: R&B singer Chrisette Michele’s new album, Better, which features an appearance from rising Baltimore hip-hop artist Kenton Dunson. The album’s closing track, “Can the Cool Be Loved?” features both Dunson and Bilal. Dunson will also be opening for Chicago’s Chance the Rapper at Hot 97’s Who’s Next? showcase at SOB’s in New York on June 20.

Baltimore producer J. Oliver also recently landed his first major-label album credit with the track “I Told Em” on French Montana’s new album, Excuse My French, out in May. J. Oliver is a frequent collaborator of French Montana’s Bad Boy Records labelmate Los, who also appears on “Ocho Cinco,” a bonus track on the album’s deluxe edition. J. Oliver is also an artist and recently released the solo single “Only One.”

Rickie Jacobs has stayed very busy since City Paper spoke to him a year ago (“Nothing But Net,” Music, June 13, 2012). In March, he released the acclaimed mixtape Songs for High School Kids, and this week will see the release of a new EP, Beautiful America. The video for the EP’s lead single, “Millionaire,” is already out, and Jacobs has recently been interviewed for online features by XXL and Interview magazines.

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