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- Erika Marie

Proud papa Chris Brown can't get enough of his kids. Fatherhood clearly treats Chris Brown well, and after gushing over his son Aeko early Tuesday (May 26) morning, he did the same for his daughter Royalty Brown later that night. Wednesday (May 27) marks Royalty's sixth birthday, and we can only imagine the festivities C. Breezy has planned for his firstborn. The doting dad posted a loving birthday message to his daughter just an hour ahead of her big day.

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"YOU ARE THE BEST PART OF ME!!!! DA QUEEN.... WE GOING UP..... I WANT THE WHOLE WORLD TO KNOW! HAPPY BIRTHDAY @missroyaltybrown ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕," Chris penned in the caption of his Instagram post. The singer shared two photos: one black and white picture that shows him holding Royalty in his arms, and a second image from years ago where Chris and Royalty can be seen bowling together.

Years ago, back when Royalty was just a year old, Chris spoke with E! about how he'd been adjusting to fatherhood. "It's actually great. It's very humbling. You know, it's very calming," he said. "I think I was a lot, you know, rambunctious, very hyper as a kid but now seeing that 10 times over, my daughter's kinda like mellowing me out." Check out Chris Brown's posts below.


- Erika Marie

Even after death, Tupac Shakur has maintained a reputation of being a gangster rapper. The poet, activist, and art school student was more than the street life persona he often displayed lyrically or in music videos, but because of how he died—in a drive-by shooting after a Mike Tyson fight in Las Vegas—some people will only view Tupac Shakur as just another hardcore rapper whose life was cut short due to gun violence. Actor Michael Jai White spent quite a bit of time with Tupac when the young emcee was alive, and he told VladTV that not all was what it seemed when it came to the rapper.

In a recent interview, Michael Jai White revealed that he is an avid pool and snooker player, and he shared stories of how he would hang out with other celebrities and play for money. "Tupac and I would play... And what was interesting is that, from my perspective, it was kind of a weird thing with Tupac," he said. "We would play or we'd hang out, and people would say, 'You know your friend looks a lot like Tupac.' Nobody ever thought it was him because the side of him that I knew was so different from what the whole gangster thing."

"I speak the way I speak, no matter who I'm with, right?" Michael Jai White added. "I think that encouraged Tupac, that side of him that was goofy, he felt like, 'Oh, I can just be myself.'" According to White, he and Tupac would do "goofy sh*t" like have multiplication math challenges. "He would be a different kind of dude, but then we would be playing and then all of a sudden he would go back into, 'Yeah n*gga.' [I'd be like] 'Somebody black must have walked into the room. Yep, there it is.' He would turn that on and off." Watch Michael Jai White talk about Tupac Shakur's ability to quickly code-switch below.

- Erika Marie

A quarantine is no excuse for Cardi B not to flex for social media. The rapper has been enjoying her family time indoors under COVID-19 "Safer-At-Home" orders as she's been keeping herself safe along with her husband Offset and their little girl Kulture. Recently, Cardi shared that even with social distancing orders in place, she'd linked up with one of her favorite tattoo artists, Jamie Schene of Union 3 Tattoo, to finish up an elaborate, floral backpiece. 

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Since the ink healed, Cardi hasn't stopped posing for Instagram in her barely-there garb. Just the other day she rocked a Fashion Nova string bikini, and she returned on Tuesday (May 26) to strike an uncomfortable pose next to her swimming pool. Cardi B was once again donning a bikini, this time in black, and she looked as if she had her glam squad on deck to make sure she was on point from head to toe. The rapper made sure to tell her followers that they should appreciate the post because she went to extra lengths to get the perfect shot.

"I suck the sh*t out my stomach for this pic so appreciated," she penned in the caption. With over two million likes, we think people are loving it. Check out Cardi B's bikini shot below.

- Erika Marie

This is a monumental moment for Megan Thee Stallion. The rookie rapper has had a whirlwind two years as she's risen through the ranks to become one of the most sought after artists in the industry, and it was recently announced that she received her first No. 1 single. With the help of Beyoncé, who hopped on the remix to "Savage," Megan Thee Stallion has reached a goal that she previously only dreamed of accomplishing. To help celebrate, Beyoncé made sure that Megan felt special.

Megan Thee StallionTommaso Boddi / Stringer / Getty Images

Megan Thee Stallion posted a Boomerang video of her floral arrangement from Bey along with a card that reads, "Congrats on your number on queen, Love B." Over the clip Megan wrote, "We did that, thank you queen." Meanwhile, in another post on her Instagram page, Meg showed off her acting skills by remaking a scene from Scary Movie. It's obviously one of her favorites because she penned in the caption that she's still wishing for a role in another installment of the series, if the opportunity ever presented itself.

"I wish they still made 'Scary Movie' so I could be in it 😂 I love Brenda !!! @tiktok," the rapper wrote. Check out the posts below.

- Erika Marie

People will do anything to get that Magic Hour, or Golden Hour, glow, including Ciara. The very-pregnant mom is glowing all on her own, but she just had to make sure that her at-home photoshoot had the perfect lighting. The singer posted a few baby bump pictures to her social media accounts, but what she didn't know was that her husband, Russell Wilson, was lurking in the shadows, watching as she posed for the Gram while standing on a chair in their patio.

Russell Wilson, CiaraAmy Sussman / Staff / Getty Images

"What the hell she doing?" Russell joked as he secretly filmed his wife. "She over here sittin' on this damn chair. Nice, expensive chair, too, first of all. And she out here pregnant and all, trying to take a photo. She don't even know I'm [here]." Then, Russell playfully confronts Ciara. "What in the world are you doing?... What people would do just for a photo!"

Ciara told him that she was trying to find the light because the sun was setting, to which he answered that she is the light. "You know what, things have gone too far," he said as she laughed at him. Check out all of Ciara and Russell Wilson's married cuteness below.

- Erika Marie

In an effort to prove just how quickly false information can be spread, President Donald Trump has been accused of murder. Over the weekend, Trump shared a controversial tweet about host and former congressman Joe Scarborough, accusing him of killing a woman. “A lot of interest in this story about Psycho Joe Scarborough," the president wrote. "So a young marathon runner (Lori Klausutis) just happened to faint in his office, hit her head on his desk, & die? I would think there is a lot more to this story than that? An affair? What about the so-called investigator? Read story!”

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Later, Lori Klausutis's husband wrote a heartfelt letter to Twitter asking them to remove Trump's tweets because they were false accusations and he didn't want his wife's name used in some political ploy. According to the husband, Lori had a heart condition and the medical examiner determined that there was no foul play involved in her death, but Twitter refused to take down the messages. It seems that the public has taken justice into their own hands and launched a series of false allegations of their own, as a parody account sparked a false information fire that took off.

"Donald Trump killed his personal assistant, Carolyn Gombell, in October 2000," a "God" account wrote. "He strangled her because he'd gotten her pregnant and was threatening to tell the press. Then he bribed NYPD Police Chief Bernie Kierik to cover it up. IT'S TIME TO INVESTIGATE. #JusticeForCarolyn." Soon, tens of thousands of people began retweeting conspiracy theories about Carolyn Gombell. The woman doesn't exist, but it didn't matter; "#JusticeForCarolyn" became a trending topic on Twitter for hours before people realized it was all a crude joke. It does prove, however, how quickly misinformation can spread throughout social media, even if it comes from the president, so that lesson was received loud and clear. Check out a few tweets below.

- Erika Marie

Most people who have endured the COVID-19 test have complained that it's utterly painful. Videos have circulated showing healthcare workers shoving long, slender swabs up patients' noses, and some who have gone through the testing process have been seen writhing in pain. Not Chrissy Teigen, however. The model, actress, author, and mom recently shared a video of herself receiving a COVID-19 test, and according to Chrissy, it "tickled."

Chrissy Teigen quickly received backlash, and one person even told her that her cavalier attitude about the experience would cause tens of thousands of people to opt not to get tested. In response to the messages she was receiving, Chrissy shared a topless photo of herself to Instagram where she revealed that the reason why she was being tested for COVID-19 was that she would soon be undergoing surgery to remove her breast implants.

"Hi hi! So I posted myself getting a covid test on the twitter, as I’m getting surgery soon. A lot of people are understandably curious (and nosey!) so I’ll just say it here: I’m getting my boobs out!" she penned in the caption. "They’ve been great to me for many years but I’m just over it. I’d like to be able to zip a dress in my size, lay on my belly with pure comfort! No biggie! So don’t worry about me! All good. I’ll still have boobs, they’ll just be pure fat. Which is all a tit is in the first place. A dumb, miraculous bag of fat. ❤️" Check it out below.

- Erika Marie

The rap community is mourning yet another loss of a rising young star. According to multiple reports, Toronto rapper Houdini was shot and killed in the downtown area of the Canadian city. A news report by CP24 stated that the shooting occurred outside of a hotel in broad daylight, injuring three people including Houdini, who was later identified as the fatality. Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders called the attack "brazen."

The two other victims injured in the gunfire were a 15-year-old boy and a 27-year-old woman who were both listed as being in critical and serious condition, respectively. Witnesses told police that there were approximately six to 10 shots fired. The Entertainment District is known to be an area frequented by pedestrians and high in foot traffic, so for this to happen in the middle of the day is unusual. Chief Saunders also told reporters that the unidentified suspects may have waited in a nearby vehicle for upwards of 40 minutes for the victims to arrive to their car. Once Houdini and the other male victim were at their vehicle, the suspect's vehicle reportedly made a U-Turn, a shooter jumped out of the passenger side and opened fire, returned to the vehicle, and sped off. The woman who was injured in the shooting is said to have been an innocent bystander.

"The suspect vehicle was actually facing northbound at one point in time and then came around and started shooting at the victims, in this particular case, as they were about to get into their vehicle,” Saunders said. “That vehicle is not here either. So we're trying to locate both vehicles: the victims’ vehicle as well as the suspects’ vehicle." Authorities are hoping that the public will help in identifying the person or persons responsible.

Meanwhile, Tory Lanez openly grieved the death of Houdini on social media. "I’m trying , and I can’t fight the tears from falling .. i can’t even find the words for a speech right now .. YALL TOOK MY F*CKING N*GGA AND ALL HE WANTED TO DO WAS LIVE !!!!!! #RIP Houdini 4 Ever !" Check out a few reactions below. We send our heartfelt condolences to Houdini's loved ones during this difficult time.


- Erika Marie

As the masses are growing more frustrated with this COVID-19 quarantine, people are finding inventive ways to circumvent the six-feet social distancing pandemic rules. We've watched on the news as people have stormed the streets in protest as they complain of wanting businesses to reopen, but government officials remain skeptical, especially considering we're living in unprecedented times. Many of our favorite artists have taken to their social media platforms, including Instagram Live that has become a fan favorite, to show off their wild hair and gray beards, but DJ Khaled is making sure he stays pampered— safely, of course.

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Recently, DJ Khaled became a meme after a photo of him looking a little rough during quarantine made the rounds. "THEY DONT WANT ME TO GET A HAIRCUT SMH ! I will get haircut I will figure it out soon lol," he wrote over the photos. "Im get my Barbour a space suit stay tuned!" It looks as if he's gotten things squared away because Khaled shared a video of himself receiving a pedicure. His hair looked like he's had things taken care of up top, as well.

His pedicurist, however, had to do their job in a head-to-toe hazmat-like suit. Check out DJ Khaled getting pampered in his "new norm" below.

- Erika Marie

As tens of thousands of people took to various social media platforms to call for the cancelation of Doja Cat, Ebro Darden stepped forward with an alternate solution. The radio host posed a question to the public that wasn't received warmly, at all. "Instead of canceling Doja Cat for having some weird fetish and identity issues," Ebro said. "Possible to uplift her and show her that being Black is beautiful? Im assuming she had no Black culture in her suburban wasteland and her white Mom couldn't help her. And chat rooms." 

Doja CatAaron J. Thornton / Stringer / Getty Images

It didn't take long for people to swarm in to chastise the Hot 97 host for erring on the side of positivity, and he discussed the controversy on his radio show. "I'm assuming she didn't have any black culture in her suburban wasteland. Her white mom probably couldn't help her so she got some identity issues and you off in chatrooms, so clearly there's some—if you like being called the n-word...maybe she loves that. Maybe that turns her on or some weird thing. I didn't know what was going on. I didn't know what she was into. But clearly there was some sort of mental identity something."

Ebro added that because his mother is white, as well, the comments from the public were especially scathing. Then, Ebro addressed Doja Cat's Instagram Live last night (May 25) where the singer once again attempted to explain herself. According to Ebro, Doja came across as "mean." He added, "Yo fam, you sound mad defensive. You got something you need to deal with." Watch the discussion below.

- Erika Marie

No matter how long a basketball player has averaged on the court, if their NBA team wins a championship, they're being fitted for a ring. Throughout NBA history, some players have found themselves as the target of scrutiny for flaunting their championship rings when they weren't instrumental in bringing home the trophy, but many have argued that teams both win together and lose together. Matt Barnes, however, goes by a different creed, and he recently admitted that he refuses to accept his 2017 championship ring.

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While on his All the Smoke podcast recently, Matt Barnes discussed his 2017 win with the Golden State Warriors—a win that he doesn't count. "I came in when [Kevin Durant] went down, playing a consistent 20-25 minutes. The game KD comes back, I get hurt maybe a week before the playoffs and I’m out of it. Worst ankle sprain of my life. I'm not healthy until the end of the second round," Barnes said. As a "vet," he didn't expect them to change the rotation. "I'm just going to sit here and be a super vet and cheer these motherf*ckers on. Talk to people when they need to be talked to and just enjoy the ride. We did win it...I don't count that as a championship."

Barnes added that his ring is sitting in the office of Raymond Ridder, the Golden State Warriors' Vice President of Communications. "I got a free ride, I got a free ring...I don't count myself as an NBA champ." Watch the episode in its entirety below or catch Barnes's commentary on his championship ring around the 1:09:00 mark.

- Aron A.

Brooklyn's own Medhane is back with his latest project, Cold Water. For those of you who haven't been paying attention, the Brooklyn MC has been releasing project after project in the past few months with Cold Water marking his third of the year so far. With 10 tracks in total, his new project includes appearances from KeiyaA, Maxo, Navy Blue, and Jadasea with production being handled by Chuck Strangers, AFB, Stoney, Bori, Play Haze, and many more. 

Peep the full tracklist below. 

Off Tha Strength f. KeiyaA (prod. ohbliv)No Cap (prod. ohbliv)Late (prod. AFB)All Facts (prod. Playa Haze)New Drip (prod. Alexander Spit)Live! (prod. Chuck Strangers)TRS f. Navy Blue (prod. Navy Blue)Na Fr (prod. Alexander Spit & Super Miles)Watch My Step f. Jadasea (prod. AFB)Truth & Soul (prod. AFB)Full Hands f. Maxo (prod. Stoney)Im Deadass (prod. iblss)Dont Fuck Around (prod. Bori)Bun Down Babylon (prod. ohbliv)On Me/You (prod. Bori)


- Erika Marie

Every celebrity had a life before they became household names, and Affion Crockett is taking fans on a stroll down memory lane. The comedic actor is known for his roles in Soul Men, For the Love of Money, A Haunted House (1-3), Baggage Claim, Man & Devin go to High School, Charlie's Angel's, and Dance Flick, but not many people know that early on in his career, Affion Crockett was bustin' a move on Soul Train as a regular dancer from 2000 to 2003.

Affion CrockettArnold Turner / Stringer / Getty Images

The comedian revisited his dancer days in a segment for BET and talked about moving from his home state of North Carolina to Los Angeles back in 1998. He learned how to dance from watching films like Breakin' and Beat Street, as well as keeping himself glued to music videos that came out in the 1980s. He idolized Michael Jackson, so Affion went on to study ballet, jazz, and even martial arts, fusing everything together to come up with his moves.

"Honestly, if I was old enough, I would have wanted to be on Soul Train back in the '70s," Affion Crockett said. "But by the time I got to L.A., I was already a comedian. I wanted to be on Soul Train because it was TV, it was something to do, it was historic. I ended up getting on there and it was fun!" He approached production and let them know that he was a comedian coming from Def Comedy Jam and had no aspirations of being a professional dancer, so Affion told them he wanted to "be a character." So, he decided not to take things too seriously and became this animated dancer to stand out.

Watch his clip below as he also recalls meeting Fabolous and Lil Mo when the pair of artists performed "Superwoman."

- Aron A.

The past few months have shifted the course of humanity moving forward. Coronavirus, as it stands, is still claiming thousands of lives across the world with no vaccine in sight yet. Despite this, Gorilla Zoe is back with his latest project appropriately titled Vaccine. Though it feels like it's been a while since we've heard from Gorilla Zoe, he has been seriously active with his new project serving as his third official project of the year following April's 31 Days Of COVID-19 and Summer Of The Flying Saucer earlier this month. Not sure what has inspired the sci-fi themes in his recent bodies of work but truthfully, life is feeling like a sci-fi film anyways so it all works out.

Check out Gorilla Zoe's latest project below. 

- Aron A.

Gucci Mane hasn't really had an artist under his wing since his release from prison that took off like many of his other protegees. Even with the launch of 1017 Eskimo, Gucci's attempts to really set up the roster as one of the hottest in hip-hop hasn't worked like it once did. However, that could change soon, especially with the addition of Ola Runt, the latest artist to join the label.

Runt returned with a brand new banger earlier today titled, "Dead Dock." The rapper's latest single follows the release of "Mobbfather" earlier this month. Runt's vocals are volatile as he stretches it with animation and onomatopoeias and tales of the street life. The production is equally grim as the subject matter itself but Runt contorting his vocals enhances the maniacal feel.

Peep the track below.

Quotable LyricsWhere you at? Jumped off that porchI made my hood hot, call 12 I got the torchShout out to my momma, she ain't have no abortionI gotta pay them lawyers, bih, dem bodies in the court

- Erika Marie

All Amy Cooper had to do was put her dog on a leash, but instead, she became a trending topic on Twitter. Known now as "Central Park Karen," Amy Cooper was walking her dog in the wooded area of Central Park called The Ramble. It's a place where people like Christian Cooper (no relation to Amy) likes to go to birdwatch. As a rule, in order to preserve the area and keep wildlife safe, dogs are required to be leashed in the Ramble area. When Christian saw Amy's pup unleashed, he asked her to comply with the rules. She refused, but he came prepared. He had dog treats with him to offer them to pups of people who didn't obey because no dog owner wants to see their pet running away from them toward a stranger.

Most people leash their dogs and go about their business, but Amy Cooper decided to not only argue with Christian, but to tell him that she planned on calling the police. She said she was going to tell officers that she was being threatened by an African-American man, even though Christian was the one demanding that Amy move away from him. As he records her from a distance, Amy speaks with dispatch and pretends to be in distress as she changes the tone in her voice as if she's about to be attacked. All the while, she was so concerned with framing Christian for a possible assault that she didn't notice that she was choking her dog. When she placed the whimpering dog on a leash, Christian left.

After the video quickly went viral, Amy Cooper's dog that she rescued back in 2018 was returned to the non-profit she adopted him from. Now it's being reported that Amy has been fired from her job at investment management company Franklin Templeton. She later issued an apology.

“I sincerely and humbly apologize to everyone, especially to that man, his family,” she told WNBC. “It was unacceptable and I humbly and fully apologize to everyone who’s seen that video, everyone that’s been offended … everyone who thinks of me in a lower light and I understand why they do.” She added, "When I think about the police, I’m such a blessed person. I’ve come to realize especially today that I think of [the police] as a protection agency, and unfortunately, this has caused me to realize that there are so many people in this country that don’t have that luxury."


- Aron A.

Toronto's Lil Berete has made international waves in the past few years. The rapper's project Icebreaker was an introduction to the young star who only began bubbling up in his city a few years back. Since then, he's established himself as one of the hottest new artists in Canada right now.

In the past few months, Lil Berete's unleashed a few singles following the release of 1 Way Out in 2019, seemingly preparing for the release of another project. Today, he dropped off his latest single, "Treacherous." An emotional banger, Berete's voice is filled with pain over the melancholic production. Berete's revisits troubled times in the hood as he was coming up in poverty.

It's another strong effort from Berete. We're looking forward to hearing what he has in store in the coming months.

Quotable LyricsAnd I got some knowledge, yeahBut I ain't go to college, yeahGo about my money, I can't worry 'bout no politicsOh you think you on one, but my shooters on some other shitChicken with some noodles, I was really living treacherous

- Aron A.

Swizz Beatz and Timbaland's Verzuz battles have been one of the hottest things on Instagram these days. The megaproducers have lined up several incredible "battles" between iconic pairs. Some haven't necessarily gone as well as others but overall, fans have been able to celebrate artists that they've held close to their hearts for ages. Last night, Jagged Edge and 112 went up against each other while other Verzuz battles have included Beenie Man vs. Bounty Killer and Erykah Badu vs. Jill Scott, among others.

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Even though there have been pairings with Southern giants, Bun B's proposed battle among Houston and Memphis' titans -- UGK and MJG. He took to Instagram where he requested Swizz Beatz and Timbaland to organize a virtual "battle" to celebrate their respective catalogs. 

"@therealswizzz and @timbaland are open to having us on @verzuztv y’all. They just wanna see that the people want it. So tag them in my comments. Then repost the pic by @willo_hdesign to your page and story and tag them again. Let’s get the word out," Bun B captioned the post. 

Though we haven't heard a response yet, Bun B would be representing and continuing to carry the legacy of the late Pimp C who died in 2007. Hopefully, Swizz and Timbo catch wind of Bun's comments and bring this proposal to life.

Check out Bun B's post below. 

- Erika Marie

Cancel Culture has had quite the week. After chopping down Lana Del Rey's tree following her open letter, Doja Cat began to trend over allegations that she was anti-black. Now, The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon has found himself in trouble with the public after a Saturday Night Live skit that he participated in back in 2000 went viral. In it, Jimmy Fallon wears blackface to impersonate fellow SNL alum Chris Rock.

Jimmy Fallon BlackfaceTheo Wargo / Staff / Getty Images

Fallon didn't waste any time with issuing a formal apology on Twitter. "In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface. There is no excuse for this," he wrote. "I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable." The response to Fallon's apology has been overwhelmingly supportive as many people have stated that a 20-year-old comedy sketch shouldn't be used against the talk show host.

According to Deadline, the full skit was removed from NBC platforms immediately following the cancelation of Megyn Kelly Today after she was booted for her controversial remarks defending blackface Halloween costumes. A portion of Jimmy Fallon's SNL skit was reposted on YouTube last year, and for some reason picked up steam in the last few days on Twitter. Check it out below.


- Erika Marie

More information about the Ahmaud Arbery case has been revealed as it's being reported that the incident is now being investigated as a federal hate crime. Back in February, Ahmaud Arbery was jogging in his Glynn County, Georgia neighborhood when he was chased down by two white men with guns. He was confronted on the road and murdered in the street. For months, his killers, father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael, respectively, went unarrested or charged with any crime. It wasn't until a graphic video showing the violent incident was leaked to the public that the outcry forced the District Attorney's office to take the two men—along with William Bryan, the man behind the camera—into custody.

Ahmaud ArberySean Rayford / Stringer / Getty Images

According to CBS News, the Arbery family's legal team is also looking into why there was a delay in prosecuting the culprits involved. The McMichaels maintain their stance that Ahmaud was a suspect in a string of robberies in the neighborhood, yet, reports have stated that there were no thefts on record. Bryan claims that he was at home when he saw the McMichaels chasing Ahmaud down so he just decided to follow and record what he saw.

The McMichaels have been charged with murder, party to murder, and aggravated assault, while Bryan faces charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. Bryan has also stated in interviews that he had nothing to do with the crime and was afraid because he was receiving death threats. He further contended that he was just a witness.

Two DAs have recused themselves from the case after their personal relationships with Gregory McMichael, a former police officer, were called into question. The Department of Justice will investigate the attorneys, as well.


- joshua kellem

In anticipation of his headlining “Brandon Banks” tour, Maxo Kream released the visual to “She Live” today. The album cut is the sixth track from Maxo’s second solo album Brandon Banks, which was released in July via RCA Records.

She Live pic.twitter.com/CTpf31Ve0H

— PUNKEN (@MAXOKREAM) September 10, 2019

From the video’s onset, Maxo appears before 14 beautiful women in a parody of romance reality show Flavor of Love before the camera cuts away to Megan Thee Stallion paying her own homage to the VH1 series in the same manner. As Maxo and Meg spit their verses, several of the women from the opening scenes are namedropped and cut away to, putting faces to their names.

“Yellowbone Tina, dark skin Keisha, hood b*tch, she gon’ set it off like Latifah,” Maxo raps, as the camera cuts to the women named. “Bad b*tch down in Miami like Trina, bougie b*tch, only ride Benz or Beamer / B*tch named Katrina, tell me, have you seen her? Hurricane p*ssy so wet, call FEMA.”

Maxo’s “Brandon Banks” tour will start October 16 in New Orleans, Louisiana and end a month later, November 17, in El Paso, Texas.

You can watch “She Live” in the clip above and purchase tickets for Maxo’s tour here.

- joshua kellem

Jpegmafia‘s third solo album All My Heroes Are Cornballs isn’t out until Friday via EQT Recordings, LLC, but that didn’t stop the Los-Angeles-based artist from releasing a new song this week. Tuesday, Jpegmafia rolled out single “Beta Male Strategies”. The track is the third track on Jpegmafia’s 18-track effort and second single. Over a hazy, sharp beat with melodic vocals sprinkled in, Jpegmafia spends his verses mocking “keyboard warriors,” or those who express their feelings online.


its out there. friday u get the shaft pic.twitter.com/EpMjMLT4E7

— JPEGMAFIA (@darkskinmanson) September 10, 2019

“Aight, we gon’ do it like this,” Jpegmafia raps on the second verse. “Say what you said on Twitter right now / You only brave with a board and a mouse / You wasn’t talkin’ when I put you in the ground / Don’t leave the house / Don’t get capped by a n***a in a motherf*ckin’ gown.”

Jpegmafia’s All My Heroes follows up his critically-acclaimed 2018 album Veteran. The album will feature Kenny Beats, DJ Dahi, James Blake, Jeff Tweedy, and Hannibal Buress, most notably. Next month, Jpegmafia will take his album on the road as part of his ‘”JPEGMAFIA Type Tour”.

You can listen to “Beta Male Strategies” in the clip above, and purchase tickets for Jpegmafia’s tour here.

‘”JPEGMAFIA Type Tour” Dates: 10/14 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Pubrock 10/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teregram 10/16 – Oakland, CA @ The New Parish 10/18 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater 10/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club 10/20 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos 10/24 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater 10/25 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room 10/26 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry 10/29 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge 10/30 – Detroit, MI @ The Pike Room 10/31 – Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall 11/02 – San Diego, CA @ Dia De Los Deftones 11/04 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair 11/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church 11/06 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom 11/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg 11/09 – Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar 11/11 – Baltimore, MD @ Otto Bar

- Aaron Williams

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Rihanna just released the scorching trailer for her upcoming 2019 Savage X Fenty fashion show taking place tonight and from the looks of it, it’s going to be a night to remember. Have no FOMO if you’re not in New York for Fashion Week though; the show will also stream later this month on Amazon Prime as part of Rihanna’s partnership with Amazon. The trailer teased a star-studded evening featuring performances from from huge stars like ASAP Ferg, Big Sean, DJ Khaled, and Halsey, as well as a huge look for rising star Tierra Whack. Fat Joe and Fabolous are also scheduled to perform, to add some throwback appeal for all the uncles tuning in.

#SAVAGEXFENTYSHOW. SEPT 20TH. You have no idea how crazy of a show is coming to @primevideo !! Performances by @djkhaled @halsey @bigsean @Migos @fatjoe @asapferg @myfabolouslife & @TierraWhackpic.twitter.com/bE63HWMe4n

— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 10, 2019

and special appearances by @Caradelevingne @GiGiHadid @bellahadid @Normani @joansmalls @Lavernecox and SO many more! Strap in and shop the @savagexfenty collection now at @amazonfashion and https://t.co/cRui945Um2 😝

— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 10, 2019

The trailer also teased some “special appearances” by supermodels Bella and Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevigne, and Joan Smalls, along with singing sensation Normani and actress Laverne Cox, providing an interesting departure from the more conservative Victoria’s Secret show that Savage is clearly competing with. Savage was an instant hit for its inclusivity policy, marketing to a wider range of body types and using less conventional models in its promotions. When customers have pointed out issues with sizing ranges and the like, Rihanna herself has stepped in at times to address their concerns, contrasting sharply with Victoria’s Secret’s approach.

Combined with Rihanna’s ubiquitous international brand, Savage has become an instant hit and tonight’s show is almost guaranteed to make it bigger than ever. The show is set to stream September 20.

- joshua kellem

Rapsody‘s “Oprah” video goes back to the hood to showcase Black unity and power. From shooting dice with big-faced hundreds on the corner around a handle of Bumbu Rum to taking a homeless man on a joy ride with her in her Audi, Rapsody shows Black pride throughout her latest visual. Rapsody premiered the video on her Instagram account Monday.

In the video, Rapsody takes a homeless man to her food drive, the “People’s Free Food Program” — a reference to the food program originally started by the Black Panthers in the 1970s. The man receives a bag of groceries and a wad of cash from Rapsody before making off with a smile. Rapsody continues on with her day, popping Belaire at the grand opening of her Black-owned business. Scenes of the music video cut back and forth from Rapsody sitting down while draped in all black with an Oprah Winfrey quote above, “If you don’t tell them they won’t get told.” The message is clear: Black people helping each other will help everyone in the long run.

Rapsody’s “Oprah” visual comes on the heels of her “Nina” video. Both are a part of Rapsody’s third solo album Eve released via Roc Nation last month. In addition, Rapsody’s set to perform with Meek Mill for the NFL’s “Kickoff Experience” campaign, and she will tour with Big KRIT starting next week.

- Aaron Williams

In a new Complex cover story, emo-rap pioneer Kid Cudi reveals that not only is he working on new music, but that his next album will also be the soundtrack to a Netflix animated show he is developing with Black-ish creator Kenya Barris. Cudi calls the project a “new, fun, and exciting way to write music,” and says that it will come out next year.

When Complex interviewer Karizza Sanchez asks Cudi about his recent tweet that he has new music on the way, Cudi revealed that “a lot of the songs are about love and relationships.” He also detailed some of the specifics about the upcoming album, saying that it would be a narrative format using the show’s character as his voice.

I can’t say much ’cause the music isn’t gonna come out till next year. But I will tell you this: I’m working on a Netflix TV show, an animated TV show, and Kenya Barris is producing it. My next album will be the music for the first season of the show, and the music will narrate the story. So a lot of the songs aren’t really from the Scott perspective; they’re from the perspective of the character.

Cudi also says he’s working on another, separate show with Jordan Peele of Get Out and Us fame.

I had this idea for the show, and then it was like, how can we incorporate the music? How can we have the music be a part of the show? I initially wanted to make a visual album, but I was like, that’s been done before. How can we give it a little twist? How can we do something different? That’s how I came up with the idea for the show, Entergalactic. I’m trying my hardest to still introduce new sounds and push the envelope, sonically. So it’s still gonna be like everything that people love about Kid Cudi music. The only difference is that it’s gonna be told from a different perspective.

You can read the full interview at Complex. Kid Cudi also has upcoming roles in the new Bill & Ted movie, opioid crisis drama Dreamland, the next season of Westworld, and an HBO series from Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino titled We Are Who We Are.

- joshua kellem

Swae Lee’s ex-girlfriend was arrested after allegedly headbutting him, according to TMZ. The police were reportedly called to Swae’s LA home, where he and his ex-girlfriend Marliesia Ortiz had apparently had an argument which escalated into a physical altercation.

At first, Ortiz allegedly threw objects at Swae, according to police. After that, Ortiz struck him with her hands and went so far as to headbutt the rapper. The cause of the argument is unknown. Swae’s security kicked Ortiz out after things got physical, but it was actually Ortiz who called the police to his residence.

While on the phone with police, Ortiz said he sexually assaulted her, but admitted that she started the altercation that led to his house items being broken and her hitting him when the cops came. Ortiz was arrested for falsifying her accusations over the phone, though no charges related to the physical incident were filed. The LA City Attorney has decided to hold a City Attorney hearing with both parties over the incident at a future date. We’ll have more on this story as news develops.

Swae Lee’s gearing up for the release of his sophomore solo album and a tour with Post Malone this month. “Won’t Be Late” with Drake and “Sextasy” are a part of the album’s rollout.

- Aaron Williams

This past weekend, Lil Wayne‘s Lil Weezyana Fest took place at UNO Lakefront Arena with a crowd estimated around 15,000 concertgoers. According to The Times-Picayune’s NOLA.com, a large number of those concertgoers stampeded following Meek Mill‘s set, causing damage to the festival grounds, reports of injuries, and thefts of both cash and alcohol in the aftermath.

While police were unsure of what caused the stampede, speculating that false reports of gunfire or a fight set the crowd off, the results were inarguable. The chaos damaged concession booths and a medical tent near the stage, while cash registers and tip jars were stolen in the rush. Some attendees took advantage of the abandoned concessions to take bottles of liquor or pour themselves drinks.

However, the show eventually resumed with Travis Scott restoring a semblance of order with his set, while Lil Wayne brought out Future and surprise guests, hometown heroes Choppa and Cheeky Blakk. Unfortunately, no announcement was made referring to the disturbance, prompting some attendees to leave early. One was noted as saying: “My brother said to me and my cousin, ‘Run. Just run. I don’t know what’s happening.’ I turned around at one point to see what was happening, but everyone was running away. No cops were going toward” the origin of the stampede.

The 2019 edition of the Lil Weezyana Fest was the first at UNO Lakefront, moving from Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square in downtown New Orleans. The move allowed the festival’s organizers to increase the capacity by double and while growing pains for scaling festivals are to be expected, it seems the organizers were caught off guard by the new security needs.

- Carolyn Droke

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Kanye West returned to his hometown to spread his gospel music. The rapper hosted a Chicago edition of his weekly Sunday Service performance and offered free entry. He entranced the crowd with motivational words and several of his hit songs during the 90-minute event.

Though the event was free, attendees required tickets to gain entry. According to ABC 7 Chicago, these tickets sold out in less than an hour. Those who were lucky enough to snag one made sure they lined up early enough to get a good spot. Before the outdoor venue opened its gates, thousands lined the streets and braved stormy weather in order to get a chance to see the rapper.

Crowd waiting to get in to stage area for Kanye West Sunday Service in Chicago pic.twitter.com/DGpF5Y5emr

— Joshua Mellin (@JoshuaMellin) September 8, 2019

Line is getting LONG ahead of Kanye West’s #SUNDAY #SERVICE @ Northerly Island. #chicago #Kanye #West @kanyewest @KimKardashian @ABC7Chicago pic.twitter.com/LidjfOPGG2

— DIANE PATHIEU (@pathieuabc7) September 8, 2019

“Watch this. This is my city,” Kanye said to a security guard before parting the crowd himself.

Kanye West at Sunday Service in #chicago: “watch this, this my City” 🔥 pic.twitter.com/5RLw5qx56Z

— Modern Notoriety (@ModernNotoriety) September 8, 2019

Kanye maneuvered to the center of the crowd and rapped “Jesus Walks” with the help of several gospel singers.

I just first hand witnessed @kanyewest smile for 90 straight minutes 🤗🥰 #SundayService pic.twitter.com/z2fbXkklyL

— Madeline Clauff (@MClauff) September 8, 2019

@kanyewest Sunday Service🔥🔥🎶 pic.twitter.com/j3vwCsyqsC

— 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐄𝐧𝐳𝐨𝐒𝐢𝐥𝐯𝐚 💛 (@BigPapiESilva) September 8, 2019

Kanye surprised attendees by inviting another Chicago native, Chance the Rapper, to the stage to perform a rendition of “Ultralight Beam.” The crowd went wild as Chance rapped the verse, “I met Kanye West / I’m never going to fail.”

I MET KANYE WEST IM NEVER GOING TO FAIL! @chancetherapper #sundayservice pic.twitter.com/dy6yjj7M65

— PordLorno🎡🤠 (@JimTacticZ) September 8, 2019

Chance The Rapper performing ‘Ultralight Beam’ at Kanye West’s Sunday Service In Chicago. pic.twitter.com/P1IHqIoVSV

— DatPiff (@DatPiff) September 8, 2019

Watch more fan-captured footage of Kanye West’s Sunday Service below.

Kanye West Sunday Service is on another level pic.twitter.com/GRyctie1DL

— marianna (@Mariannaz98) September 8, 2019

I didn’t cry but my heart was so full , thank you for bringing this to us @kanyewest Chicago loves you 🤟🏽💙 #SundayService pic.twitter.com/JkWwUQgt6D

— jessi not nice 😈 (@PBM_Pretty) September 8, 2019

Kanye West has brought his Sunday Service event to several cities across America. His first public event was an Easter Sunday edition of his gospel service at Coachella. Kanye also brought his Sunday Service crew to perform a benefit concert in Dayton, Ohio.

- Carolyn Droke

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Last week, Nicki Minaj announced she would be retiring from music in order to start a family in a decision that shocked fans and the music community alike. Some responded with congratulations and others disappointment. Like 50 Cent, who wasn’t too happy about Nicki’s decision. The rapper took to social media, as usual, to share his opinion.

50 Cent posted a photo of Nicki and her new husband Kenneth Petty, saying he wishes the rapper would just take some time off rather than calling it quits. “Both these n*ggas crazy, but you know you gotta love it SOUTH SIDE. I don’t want Nicki Minaj to retire just take a break.”

Since making the sudden announcement about leaving her music, Nicki apologized to fans for the “abrupt [and] insensitive” news. Nicki promised that she’d further explain her decision on the next episode of Queen Radio on Beats 1. “I’m still right here,” she tweeted. “Still madly in love with you guys & you know that. In hindsight, this should’ve been a Queen Radio discussion & it will be. I promise u guys will be happy. No guests, just us talking about everything. The tweet was abrupt & insensitive, I apologize babe.”

I’m still right here. Still madly in love with you guys & you know that. In hindsight, this should’ve been a Queen Radio discussion & it will be. I promise u guys will be happy. No guests, just us talking about everything. The tweet was abrupt & insensitive, I apologize babe ♥🙏 https://t.co/eS0oHipwtg

— Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) September 6, 2019

Though Nicki just made the announcement about taking a break from music, she’s had these plans in line for years. In a 2015 interview, Nicki mentioned starting a family. She believes there is “a housewife somewhere” in her heart.

Well NM5 will be her final album for now. This better be HER BIGGEST ERA. pic.twitter.com/ayUXOpxJcN

— Twink Print (@goodsisnicki) September 5, 2019

In the same clip, Nicki said she would want to have at least five albums before she leaves to build a family, meaning her upcoming record will be her last for a while. “In terms of music, I would like to have at least five albums done so that I could come back and speak from a mother’s perspective.”

- Steve Bramucci

If you know anything about producer, rapper, and style icon 88-Keys — aka Charles Misodi Njapa — it’s that the man has stories. From meeting Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip at age 14 to crate-digging with Pete Rock to his lifelong love of Ralph Lauren’s clothes (he’s only worn Polo head-to-toe since ’93), 88-Keys has been at the center of some of the biggest moments in hip-hop and streetwear over the past three decades. Period.

In this episode of The Masters, host Eli Morgan Gesner sits down with the legend to talk about his rise in the late 90s hip-hop scene, his obsessions (both musically and stylistically), and working with legends from Kanye to Mos Def to the late Mac Miller. If you’re from that era or a student of history, you’ll want to check it out.

The Masters launches next Wednesday on Youtube.com/UproxxVideo and here, on Uproxx.com/Style.

- joshua kellem

While on their “Legendary Nights” tour with Meek Mill and Megan Thee Stallion, Mustard and Future have released their second music video together in as many months with “Interstate 10,” the fifth track on Mustard’s latest album, Perfect Ten.

The video starts with a flash-forward of cops pursuing Mustard and Future, who are weaving in and out of lanes during a nighttime chase before cutting to the duo in a poolhall, smoking and joking while they plot out a heist. Eventually, the gang straps up with guns and heads out. While in the bank, one security guard is smacked with a chopper, while the other gets sniped at point-blank range. After securing the premises and ordering the banks’ occupants to the ground, Mustard and Future peel off like bandits with bags full of cash. Escaping through the back, the gang pushes a button to blow up the bank when the cops arrive.

Perfect Ten was released in June via Interscope, peaking at No. 8 on the Billboard 200. Currently, Mustard’s supporting Future and Meek Mill on the road as part of the Legendary Nights tour. The trio of rap artists collaborated on loose-single “100 Shooters” in July in anticipation of the aforementioned tour, and hung out with models in the song’s video.

- Aaron Williams

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After spending a decade as the queen of hip-hop, Nicki Minaj has apparently decided to abdicate her throne and take a stab at being a family woman. The “Megatron” rapper sent a tweet to that effect earlier today after previously congratulating Lizzo on going No. 1 and praising Rapsody and Missy Elliott‘s new projects.

I’ve decided to retire & have my family. I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, ❌ in the box- cuz ain’t nobody checkin me. ✅ Love you for LIFE 😘♥🦄

— Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) September 5, 2019

“I’ve decided to retire & have my family,” she wrote. I know you guys are happy now. To my fans, keep reppin me, do it til da death of me, ‘X’ in the box- cuz ain’t nobody checkin me. Love you for LIFE.” The announcement comes a little over year since the release of her most recent album, Queen.

Where Nicki’s announcement would have once left a huge void in hip-hop for female representation, today, there are dozens of new female rappers experiencing levels of success even Nicki herself never achieved. Many of the new female rappers taking over the game now count Nicki as one of their biggest inspirations. In recent months, Nicki even made efforts to pass the torch after begrudgingly doing so unofficially in late 2017 with her appearance on Migos’ “Motorsport” alongside eventual rival Cardi B. This year, Nicki not only praised other female rappers for carrying on her legacy, but also appeared with Megan Thee Stallion on “Hot Girl Summer.” She also represented for New York hip-hop with a guest verse on Pop Smoke’s burgeoning hit “Welcome To The Party.”

- joshua kellem

Denzel Curry is back with new music. On a new episode of Carole & Tuesday Wednesday, the show’s character Ezekiel performs Curry’s “Crash The Server” on his behalf in a scripted rap battle among the show’s characters. Curry waxes poetic on a nostalgic, soulful beat, continuing to raise his star with its appearance on a Netflix series.

“Prophet Ezekiel, AKA the prophecy,” Curry raps. “I had to give you my government so you’d know me properly / See this is my property, yet the system don’t give a damn / Take Mars, remove the S, spell it backwards, I’m a ram / This the jam.”

The song is produced by Flying Lotus. The duo previously collaborated on Flying Lotus’ latest album Flamagra released via Warp in May on the track “Black Balloons Reprise.”

“Crash The Server” unepectedly leaked online in July, but the song was always intended for Netflix. Flying Lotus performed the song during his set for Warp Records’ 30th Anniversary in June, with the tracklist’s credits attributed to Carole & Tuesday stating that the track was unreleased. “Crash The Server” joins “Psycho Criminal” and “Shawshank” as songs that Curry officially premiered this summer. Curry’s latest album Zuu was released via Loma Vista.

You can stream the song here.

- Aaron Williams

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It’s almost time for Tekashi 69 to take the stand as a witness in the racketeering case against his former Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods associates and according to Complex, Tekashi and the prosecution received a huge break in court earlier today when the judge ruled that the defense cannot bring up his previous sex crime conviction or the accusations of abuse leveled against him by an ex.

Tekashi was convicted of using a minor in a sexual performance in 2015 after posting an explicit video to Instagram of two men engaged in sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl. US Attorney Geoffrey Berman argued that mentioning the case could unfairly bias a jury against his potential testimony against the Nine Treys. Tekashi brokered a plea deal to testify against them in exchange for a reduced sentence in his own conviction for racketeering and other violent crimes.

The defense in the case wanted to use Tekashi’s later media statements about the sex case to cast doubt on the veracity of his testimony, given he “lied” about the case in the media on several occasions. The judge, Paul Engelmayer, ruled that the defense can only mention that 69 was previously convicted of a felony, but cannot mention the details of the case, nor can the defense bring up the more recent reports of abuse allegations against the rapper by his ex-girlfriend Sara Molina. Partial lyrics from his songs, however, will be permissible, since he mentions the gang and their violent activities in lines from songs like “Billy,” “Gummo,” and “Kooda.”

The trial will be on September 16, after one final pre-trial hearing on September 10.

- Aaron Williams

In the new video for Rexx Life Raj’s new video, “Moonwalk,” space ranger Kenny Beats has been missing since the 1980s, so it’s up to Raj to suit up and bring him back. Inspired by sci-fi, B movies, the “Moonwalk” video sees Raj complete a battery of tests before being launched to the moon to look for Kenny Beats, but when Raj gets there, he’s still unprepared for what he finds. Using clever camera tricks, green screen, and plenty of gravity-defying wire stunts, the video is an amusing companion to the vibey track, which also appears on the soundtrack of NBA 2K20.

Raj has been working on his upcoming album which is due later this year, dropping off the California Poppy and En Route EPs along the way. Whether “Moonwalk” is an official single or just a placeholder until the real rollout begins, it’s an excellent introduction to the Berkley, California rapper’s melodic style, featuring his signature wordplay and woozy flow. Lyrically, the track finds Raj spitting upper echelon lifestyle raps but working to remain relatable to the point of even joking: “Baggage claim like I work at Spirit, but it’s only Spirit so you can relate to it.”

For more Rexx Life Raj, check out his August single, “Grey Clouds & Raindrops.”

- Derrick Rossignol

After spending an amazing 19 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” finally lost its No. 1 spot. Now that the viral hit is no longer the top song in the country, Lil Nas X has shifted his focus to his other big single, “Panini.”

To kick off September, Lil Nas x apologized for the delay with the song’s video, writing, “sorry the panini video taking so long they are still editing the scene where i cry in the bath tub.” Jokes aside, Lil Nas X finally dropped the “Panini” video this morning, and while there’s no bathtub cry involved, there is a lot of Lil Nas X.

The video follows a woman in the distant future, a future where Lil Nas X is omnipresent, with his face on billboards and holograms everywhere. The protagonist tries unsuccessfully to escape Lil Nas X, and is eventually driven to take a flight out of the country. Even that doesn’t work, though, because as we learned during those 19 weeks of “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X cannot be ignored.

This new clip comes shortly after Lil Nas X earned himself a CMA Award nomination for “Old Town Road,” which is up for Music Event Of The Year.

Watch the “Panini” video above.

- Aaron Williams

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Lil Nas X’s historical run at No. 1 on the Hot 100 was made even more historical when he came out as queer while “Old Town Road” continued to dominate the chart earlier this year. Naturally, the subject was raised during Nas’ appearance on the LeBron James talk show, The Shop last night, with Maverick Carter asking Nas why he came out when he did. Nas began to explain, but was interrupted by fellow guest Kevin Hart, who questioned why it should be a big deal. “He said he’s gay,” he replied, “So what?”

.@lilnasx speaks the truth about his choice to come out while at the top. More of The Shop on @HBO now! pic.twitter.com/wETNaPUU5t

— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) September 4, 2019

Nas tried to take the opportunity to elaborate, explaining, “It’s just like growing up… I’m growing up to hate this sh*t.” When Hart interrupted again, trying to undercut Nas’ point by questioning, “Hate what?” the “Panini” rapper subtly checked the gaslighting effort without acknowledging it, expanding on his earlier point. “Homosexuality,” he said. “Gay people. Come on now. If you’re really from the hood you should know it’s not something…. so it’s like for me, the cool dude with the song on top of everything, to say this any other time like I’m doing this for attention in my eyes. But if you’re doing this while you at the top you know it’s like for real and it shows that it doesn’t really matter.”

Hart was previously criticized online for past accusations of homophobia, prompting him to drop out of hosting the Oscars and issue an apology for his use of anti-gay rhetoric in his prior standup specials. Hart is recovering from back surgery after getting into an auto wreck over the weekend.

Lil Nas X is no stranger to controversy himself; earlier this year, he was also taken to task by the #LilNasXIsOverParty hashtag, which dredged up old, Islamophobic tweets from an old fan account he used to run. Like Hart, Nas also apologized, scrubbing the old tweets and acknowledging that he was wrong to make jokes at the expense of other marginalized groups.

- Aaron Williams

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Today, the Drug Enforcement Agency arrested a 23-year-old Hollywood Hills resident named Cameron Pettit for allegedly selling Mac Miller counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl before his death from overdose, according to LA’s Fox affiliate reporter Bill Melugin and other sources. Melugin tweeted a copy of a report from the DEA announcing Pettit’s arrest as well as the charges against him. A copy of the report can be viewed below.

BREAKING: DEA announces arrest of a Hollywood Hills man in connection to death of rapper #MacMiller. 23 y/o Cameron Pettit accused of selling #MacMiller counterfeit drugs containing fentanyl two days before he died of an overdose. Oxycodone, cocaine, & Xanax mentioned. @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/u1ojBsCoBU

— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 4, 2019

According to the press release, Pettit allegedly knowingly sold the pills to Miller two days before Mac died of overdose. Pettit was arrested by the DEA’s Fusion Task Force on a “distribution of a controlled substance” warrant this morning, and is expected to appear in court on Wednesday. The report states that Pettit agreed to sell Miller with oxycodone, cocaine, and Xanax, but instead gave him counterfeit oxycodone containing the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which is 50 times more potent than heroin.

Mac’s struggles with substance abuse were well-documented — most often, by Mac himself on albums like Watching Movies With The Sound Off and in interviews where he acknowledged that drugs were holding back his career. On latter albums such as The Divine Feminine and his final album Swimming, it seemed he was coming to terms with his issues, but was later arrested for drunk driving just before the release of Swimming, indicating that his struggle continued. Unfortunately, he was robbed of the opportunity to make a full recovery; hopefully, hip-hop can learn from his cautionary example.

Mac Miller is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

- joshua kellem

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Oops, Azealia Banks is clout-chasing again. Tuesday, Azealia Banks took to Instagram to post her opinion of fellow female artist Lizzo, while comparing her to Adele and Jasmine Sullivan. Seemingly unprovoked and in the comments section to an unidentified post, Banks engages in a conversation with users posting a series of opinions.

First, Banks equates Lizzo to Jasmine Sullivan with the latter not achieving the same feats, then she proceeds to imply that Lizzo, unlike Sullivan, is making a fool of herself. In a backhanded compliment, Banks says Lizzo is better than Adele, who both resemble each other to some extent, though Adele is Caucasian. Whether lost in translation or if it’s just a case of right message, wrong messenger, Banks says that they (referring to white people) better let Lizzo be a “big star” without having to do the “extra sh*t.”

Azealia banks attack lizzo pic.twitter.com/VPuxpmb2C5

— nicole145 (@nicole31556167) September 3, 2019

In her following post, Banks says she sees the body positivity angle that Lizzo is going for, but that it comes off as Lizzo “making a fool” of herself for “white America.” In addition, Banks says Lizzo isn’t talented, but that she’s new and listens to execs.

Piggybacking off of her second post, Banks uses Cardi B and Lil Nas X as an example of artists who are new and listen. For her finale fourth post, Banks flat-out says that Lizzo’s songs and her live set aren’t good, but in the same breath says Lizzo is talented. You can read Banks’ posts in their entirety above. Banks has attacked a slew of artists unprovoked in the past, including Lana Del Ray, Remy Ma, RZA, and Nicki Minaj.

- Aaron Williams

Conway The Machine is back with more of his signature, sinister, street slang on “Tito’s Back,” the lead single from his upcoming mixtape, Look What I Became… along with his Griselda Records cohorts Benny The Butcher and Westside Gunn. The Buffalo, NY rapper and Griselda founder’s new tape offers up a prelude to his upcoming Shady Records debut, God Don’t Make Mistakes, due out in October.

Over a brick-hard beat produced by Daringer, Conway, Benny, and Gunn do what they do best: Snarl and sneer their way through mean-mug verses sprinkled with silver-tongued punchlines and wise-guy wordplay. The way the trio makes rhymes ping-pong throughout their verses while still projecting the stone-faced menace of the grimy Buffalo streets they hail from is honestly impressive, with “Tito’s Back” delivering a sample of exactly the qualities that inured them to their growing audience and secured them a deal with Shady Records in 2017.

In the press release announcing the new track and mixtape, Conway says, “Look What I Became… is an appetizer before God Don’t Mistakes. I’m just staying on fire and keeping the streets feed and satisfied…. I came from the bottom, from nothing, and now I’m on a major label and making music with Eminem. This project is a blueprint of that.”

Look What I Became… is set for release on September 13 and will feature non-Griselda appearances from fellow New Yorkers Dave East and Jim Jones and production from Alchemist, DJ Muggs, and Statik Selektah.

"I wanted to give the fans and the people of the world something that would make them feel good in this time of turmoil," Biggavelli says.

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#DXCLUSIVE: "If you ain't coming with something that's repping who you really are then sit yo' punk ass down!" 

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