fbpx
  • hotnewhiphop
  • uproxx
  • hiphopdx
- Madusa S.

Back in October, Blac Chyna made headlines for storming out of an interview with Adam 22 for the No Jumper podcast after he asked her about her previous relationship with Bow Wow. Angry at him for "bring weird with her," the new artist left the interview after just 18 minutes. In an interview for VladTV, the podcaster got candid about what he calls "the most bulls*it ass interview."

During his interview for VladTV, DJ Vlad begins by bringing up the topic of plastic surgery before asking the No Jumper host about his experience interviewing the 32-year-old socialite. "I tried to interview her," he explained. "The whole thing lasted 18 minutes. Whatever is on Youtube is the full thing." 

When asked about why she stormed out, the podcaster responded, "Well, it all started cus she walked in and she wanted to use the bathroom and I mean, my space is in a warehouse so the bathroom is like, pretty akin to any warehouse you've ever been to, it's not the worst," he explained. He went on, "She takes one look at it and she's just like 'no,' I'm not doing it and she's so pissed," while offering her an option to use the restroom at McDonald's or Starbucks.

They continued on with the interview, with Adam22 adding, "I already knew this is not the energy to be going into an interview with, you know, if she had sat down and done a good interview and actually showing the version of herself that I'm sure exists... she came in and gave me the most bullsh*t ass interview and I couldn't believe it."

He then went on to explain his experience interviewing Amber Rose the following week, praising the 37-year-old model for her kind manners and genuine personality. 

Check out the full clip of Adam22's interview with Blac Chyna above. Also, be sure to refresh your memory with the original interview below as well.  

[via]

- Alex Zidel

Rihanna is an absolute icon, and she's going to continue doing iconic sh*t forever and always. On today's history-making day, marking the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, Rihanna felt like doing her part, taking a picture of herself taking out the trash and offering her services to the Biden-Harris administration.

"I’m just here to help," she wrote on Instagram, adding, "#wediditJoe". In the picture, Rihanna stands tall in a pair of kitten heels, rocking a bodysuit with an "end racism" t-shirt over it. She covered her eyes with some dark shades and layered a few choker necklaces.

Previously, Rihanna offered massive praise for Biden and Harris after they delivered their victory speeches in November. "The faces of history makers, boundary breakers, and WINNERS!! CONGRATULATIONS to you both, and mostly to the American people," she tweeted after the election. "So much work to do, so much hurt to undo! Let’s GO! I’m so proud of you America!"

A year before her congratulatory message was sent out, RiRi was critical of Biden and his message about "poor kids" being just as talented as white kids. "Whoa! And he's convinced he said something great here," she wrote in August 2019. "Even when they fake it, the truth about how they feel about us is blatant!"

While Joe Biden likely isn't her preferred choice for President, Rihanna is celebrating the fact that Trump is officially out, gladly taking out the trash they left in the White House. 

Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

This week, Rihanna shared photos from her summertime visit to Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Read about that here.

- Madusa S.

As people all across America tune in to watch today's inaugural ceremony for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, live reactions to the ceremony poured in across social media platforms everywhere. Earlier in the day, the internet fawned over former first lady Michelle Obama's Sergio Hudson look at today's events, while the internet mocked Donald and Melania Trump for presumably departing the White House with no Barron in sight. Perhaps the most exciting moment for the internet, however, was the fresh set of Bernie Sanders' memes deriving from the event.

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

The Vermont socialist Senator elected to forgo a formal overcoat and dress coat in favor of a warmer jacket a bit more suitable for Winter conditions in his home state back in New England. He paired the parka with hand-knitted mittens while carrying a large manila envelope with a mailing label tucked under his arm as he searched for his seat. "Berniedressedtostandonlineatthepostoffice," joked freelance writer Clare Malone. 

One user wrote, "I wanna be Michelle Obama but I know I'm a Bernie Sanders," comparing Sanders' look to Michelle Obama's snazzy plum-toned matching set. Pigeons & Planes even edited the former presidential candidate onto the album covers of good kidm.A.A.d city, The College Dropout, and Views. 

Here are some more of the funniest Bernie Sanders inauguration memes.

- Alex Zidel

Post Malone has been keeping busy during the pandemic, hunkering down in the studio and preparing his next studio album for release. According to the superstar artist's manager Dre London, we're in store for something special when it does release. This week, London took to Instagram to build hype for Posty's next moves.

Sharing a video of the rockstar artist casually strumming on an acoustic guitar, Dre London wrote, "I know [the world] waiting for that @postmalone musical fix! Stand by!! We planning to do a few special things during #2021."

The album was previously teased for a release last year, but the pandemic seems to have pushed back those plans. He previously had this to say about the body of work. 

"I’m working on an album now. There’s so much to say in these times that will give people hope and hopefully uplift people’s spirits. Because it’s a dark time in America. In the darkest of times, I’m just trying to make something beautiful out of it."

Posty says that the music is different from anything he's ever released, adding, "To be honest, I think everyone in America is going a little bit crazy sitting at home all day. So I’ve gone a little bit crazy, and I wanted to take more steps outside of my comfort range and make music that I think — to me — is some of the best I’ve made."

Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Post Malone recently donated 10,000 pairs of his sold-out Crocs collaboration to frontline medical workers across the country. He's also been teased for a possible collaborative album with Ty Dolla $ign, who said this during an interview: "Who knows if I might do it again. But I'm sure it's possible. Posty and Ty Dolla $ign album coming soon."

Stay tuned for Posty's next moves!

- Mitch Findlay

It's no secret that Fat Joe is a die-hard Eminem fan -- possibly even a Stan, in the eyes of some. For the most part, Joey Crack has been a vocal supporter of Slim Shady's greatness, having frequently praised the Detroit rapper's storied catalog. In fact, he's also shared a few interesting anecdotes stemming back from the Terror Squad's heydey, when the legendary Big Pun was still putting in work on the mic. As he and Remy Ma revealed, Pun was actively pursuing an Eminem collaboration, though it never came to pass as Pun died on February 7th, 2000. 

Fat Joe Big Pun

Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect/Getty Images

Yesterday, Fat Joe took a moment to chop it up with Bow Wow on Instagram Live, where he proceeded to ask his signature question -- the Top 5 best rappers of all time. After Bow Wow named his uncle Snoop Dogg, 2Pac Shakur, Ice Cube, LL Cool J, and Jay-Z, he clarifies that he was close to including Eminem. "I was going to throw Em in there," says Bow Wow, admitting that he's been noticing that rappers are hesitant to include Eminem in their top fives. "As far as lyricism and wordplay, I don't understand how dude can just rhyme words that don't rhyme, and he makes them rhyme."

Naturally, Bow Wow's praise triggers Fat Joe's own fandom. "Eminem is incredible, he's something else" says Joe. "You know and I know, if he wasn't something else, he wouldn't be where he's at. That man was so exceptional. I remember when Em's first album came out, we was in L.A for the Grammys. Me and Big Pun waited in line  -- and Pun was nominated for two Grammys, he was already double platinum -- and me and him physically waited in line at the Tower Records to buy Eminem's album."

"What happens is, one of the biggest misconceptions ever, is that all the other new white rappers that come up in the game, they feel they have to diss Eminem to get to another level," continues Joe. "They want to go to war with him even though he's still dead nice. The next Peurto Rican rapper don't gotta diss Fat Joe -- show me love, I'll embrace you!" 

Check out Bow Wow and Fat Joe's take on Eminem below, as captured by Shady Records fansite Southpawer. All things considered, it's refreshing to see Fat Joe still riding for Eminem after all these years -- it's no wonder the pair had such good chemistry on "Lord Above," a highlight when it dropped in late 2018

- Madusa S.

Earlier in the day on Wednesday (January 19th) prior to the inauguration ceremony of President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris, Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump departed the White House for one final time. As they walked across the South Lawn to board Marine One and leave the nation's capital, noticeably absent from their exit was Barron Trump, the only child of Melania and Donald. 

Pete Marovich - Pool/Getty Images

While one explanation for the 14-year-old's absence could be that he simply did not need to be there and left already, that did not stop the internet from speculating that they had in fact "forgotten" their son back at the White House.  

One user wrote, "Yo, where's Barron tho? Did he escape?" Another joked, "Is Barron still in the White House like some sort of Home Alone situation," referencing to the memorable 90s classic Home Alone starring Macaulay Culkin as 8-year-old Kevin, who wakes up to his empty mansion after his parents accidentally leave for the airport without him. 

The family will be moving to Florida after leaving the White House, with Melania using her final days in the West Wing to map out her future. Barron will now attend school in Florida as well.    

Check out some more reactions to the Trumps departing the White House without Barron. 

- Alex Zidel

LeBron James is arguably the most popular name in sports, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to their seventeenth championship last season and looking to repeat this year. Off the court, he's always tapped into the hottest sounds in hip-hop, often using Instagram Stories to co-sign rising artists and established rappers alike. Most recently, he showed the world that he was a fan of Lil Durk's single "Stay Down", which features 6LACK and Young Thug. Unfortunately, the video upload ended up sticking to the internet for the wrong reasons.

While LeBron's handles are highly-superior on the court, he can't seem to grasp hold of song lyrics a lot of the time. He's historically messed up lyrics from Lil Baby, Pop Smoke, and many more. This week, he's being trolled for royally flubbing the lyrics to 6LACK's chorus in "Stay Down", seemingly singing "yabadabadodobo Old Navy" where the artist says "hoppin' out the car, no photos, baby". 

People have been getting at King James for his version of the song, having a laugh at his expense. However, 6LACK says that LeBron might have been onto something, reposting the viral video and adding his two cents.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by HotNewHipHop® (@hotnewhiphop)

"Maybe I wrote the lyrics wrong & he's the correct one," said 6LACK on TikTok. He said almost the same thing on Twitter, commenting, "The sureness made me question my own lyrics". 

Do you think 6LACK should advocate for Lil Durk to add LeBron James to the remix?

- Aron A.

One of the greatest MCs of all time will be linking up with the legendary Diamond D of the Diggin' In The Crates Crew for an ode to New York City. The rapper and producer announced that they would be releasing a joint project titled, Gotham: A Hip-Hop Love Letter To New York City. The album's due out sometime this year, though a release date hasn't been set. Until we get that, they've served up a new single to get us excited for what they have in store this year. The two teamed up for the single, "Far Out Bar Out" featuring A.F.R.O. Kweli and A.F.R.O. go bar-for-bar over the classic East Coast production.

Peep the single below and sound off with your thoughts in the comments. 

Quotable LyricsI'm never subtle and I love it when they fumble they wordsAnd start to mumble, and I'm still calm and humble

- Mitch Findlay

Russ has been one of the game's foremost advocates for the independent route, frequently praising the benefits of a self-owned catalog. In fact, there are many who have come to look at Russ as a welcome source of knowledge, the rare sort of artist who actively seeks to better the future of his fellow emcees. While that hasn't exactly converted all haters, many have taken to putting further respect on Russ' name, especially when he drops gems at such a frequent rate. 

Russ

Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

Today, Russ has come through to open up about a recent milestone he achieved, thanks to the release of his new single "UGLY" with Lil Baby. "imma be honest...gettin on a radio was the only element of bein independent that I didn’t really know how I was gonna conquer," admits Russ, flexing his latest accomplishment on Twitter. "This means A LOT. MOST ADDED. preciate everyone supporting" For those who don't know, he's referring to the fact that "UGLY" was the most-added single to Urban Radio, proving that Russ fans are among the most loyal in the game. 

As for the song itself, "UGLY" marks the first time Russ and Lil Baby have collaborated -- but perhaps not the last, given the success their Boi-1da-produced new single continues to see. Check out the rapper's celebration below, and be sure to sound off with your thoughts on the independent empire Russ has built since first entering the game. 

- Alex Zidel

Lil Wayne was one of the most prominent celebrity endorsements for former President Donald Trump during the 2020 election. The rapper posed for photos with the controversial President, co-signing his Platinum Plan for Black Americans. On Tuesday night, Trump used his final hours in the Oval Office to pardon over seventy people, including Lil Wayne, granting clemency to another seventy, including Kodak Black. Bradford Cohen, the shared attorney of Kodak and Wayne, has already issued a statement on their respective situations, but he's speaking out a second time to combat claims that Tunechi only endorsed Trump to get pardoned. 

Speaking with The New York Times, Bradford Cohen said that he helped organize the meeting between Lil Wayne and Trump, denying that it was a strategic decision for the rapper to endorse Trump to earn a Presidential pardon. Cohen claims that the meeting likely did help to sway Trump in deciding to pardon Wayne, but it was not the rapper's intention.

"It never hurts that someone gets a full understanding of an individual when they're just looking at a piece of paper," he said. "In hindsight, I guess it worked out."

Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Cohen goes on to say that Trump and Wayne shared a connection following their meeting. "I think they had a very strong connection," he added. "He’s in the entertainment world. He’s got a style that’s similar in terms of the way that he carries himself, and a lot of rappers and people in the industry relate to that."

Lil Wayne's pardon has been celebrated by some of hip-hop's greats, including 2 Chainz, Royce Da 5'9", Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, and more.

[via] + [via]

- Mitch Findlay

Today is a special day, as the legendary Questlove celebrates his 50th birthday. Having played an integral role in developing the iconic and genre-bending sound of The Roots, Quest has been widely hailed as one of hip-hop's most accomplished musicians -- and for good reason. Having amassed an incredible discography to his name, it's difficult to single out a specific track. However, there's something electric about The Roots Phrenology crossover classic "The Seed 2.0," on which Quest provides a sturdy backbone with plenty of swagger. 

Speaking of, "The Seed 2.0" is about as debonnair an anthem as they come, fueled by twangy guitar chords, a dominant bassline, and Quest's controlled drum work. Black Thought and Cody ChestnuTT hold down the vocal honors, the former's gravelly storytelling the perfect contrast to the latter's soulful vocals. "She want platinum or ice and gold, she want a whole lot of something to fold," raps Thought, his flow locked in an infectious scheme. "If you an obstacle, she just drop you cold cause one monkey don't stop the show." Though he doesn't provide any vocals, Quest's presence is certainly felt throughout, especially by way of his subtle yet impactful fills. 

Revisit "The Seed 2.0" now, and show some love to Questlove on his birthday!

QUOTABLE LYRICS

Little Mary is bad, and these streets she done ranEver since when the heat beganI told her "Girl, look here, calm down, I'mma hold your handTo enable you to peep the plan, cause you's quick to learnWe can make money to burn if you allow me to lay this game"

- Aron A.

Stepping out of one's comfort zone is necessary for growth. Following the release of May 2020's Intermission, West Coast vocalist and guitarist Deb Never trekked to London where she spent the next five months working on new music. And today, we're blessed to hear one of the first offerings from those sessions with "Someone Else." Never offers a dreamy soundscape that builds up as she gets deeper and deeper into her most vulnerable thoughts. Never enlists Jam City and Michael Percy, who Never moved in with in London, for the song's production who help transform the skeletal guitar arrangement into a deep drum-and-bass infused record. 

Check out the latest offering from Deb Never who also released an accompanying music video shot by Elif Gonen. 

Quotable LyricsDon't you carry onKnow we're worlds apartDarlin', I can play your favorite song 

- Alex Zidel

President Joe Biden was only sworn in a couple of hours ago but, already, he's busy in the Oval Office, revealing how he plans to spend his first day as POTUS.

Rob Carr/Getty Images

Becoming the forty-sixth President of the United States, Joe Biden isn't taking any days off, spending the rest of the afternoon attempting to heal the country of Trump's wrongdoings. Officially taking over the @POTUS Twitter account, Biden announced his first course of action as the leader of the free world.

"There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face," wrote Biden. "That's why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families."

Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images

His tweet was shortly followed by another, which included a video announcing that it was time "to move forward" and to "rebuild". 

Biden has a lot of hard work ahead of him, leading a country that has been ravaged by a deadly pandemic, as well as a surge in racism, xenophobia, and white supremacy in recent years. Hopefully, he stays true to everything he promised on the way to this point.

Last night, former President Trump spent his final hours in office pardoning over 140 people, including Kodak Black and Lil Wayne. Read more about that here.

- Aron A.

Trump has left the building, and brought his offsprings with him. The 45th president of the United States will go down as among the worst to lead the nation, even if you just focus on the past two weeks of his tenure in office. But it's officially over. Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States with Vice President Kamala Harris making history as the first woman, and the first person of South Asian and Black descent to be elected into national office. 

Of course, people have been ecstatic over the news, especially with Trump's exit. Just before leaving, Trump pardoned a list of a hundred or so people that included  Lil Wayne and Kodak Black. If at any point he won points within the hip-hop community, it was probably at that very moment. Too bad for him, it came hours before he actually left office. 

But the inauguration went down as yet another historical moment in American history, especially after the tension-ridden four years endured. Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez both hit the stage for performances with the former leading the Star-Spangled Banner. Twitter, of course, was filled with all sorts of reactions to the inauguration. Check some of them below. 

 

 

 

 

- Aron A.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were officially sworn in as the president and vice president of the United States of America. Their inauguration was vastly different than others. For one, Trump failed to show up, breaking tradition that has been carried with every president that came before him. We could point out several other ways that the Trump administration has affected this process but I won't waste your time.

There was a lot of swag at the inauguration this time around, especially in comparison to 2017. Beyond Lady Gaga's elaborate dress, it was a mysterious pair of Dior 1s that stole the show earlier today. Desus of Desus & Mero fame was among the first sneakerheads to observe the pair of Dior 1s as Sen. Amy Klobuchar delivered her speech at the inauguration. After further inspection, it turns out that the pair of kicks belonged to none other than Kamala Harris' nephew-in-law. Meena Harris, the VP's niece, confirmed that her husband donned the Dior 1s to the inauguration, though she didn't seem too pleased at the decision.

"@MeenaHarris is Nik wearing the Dior 1s?" Bobby Hundreds tweeted. "Yes smh," Harris responded. 

Along with Nikolas Ajagu's choice of footwear, many noticed that Joe Biden's granddaughter Maisey Biden was rocking the 1s Mid Sisterhood. 

The Dior Air Jordan 1s were being sold for $2200 upon its release but now have spiked up by thousands of dollars. While it might be a flex to wear them to the inauguration, it was Bernie Sanders that ultimately stole the show. 

- Mitch Findlay

It was only a matter of time before the rap game began responding to the last day of Donald Trump, but few expected that the first stone would be cast by Macklemore. And yet, the "Thrift Store" rapper has officially returned to wave a taunting bye-bye to the former President, who served one term in office before being defeated by Joe Biden. Though it's not often that Macklemore slides back into the booth, his fans will no doubt appreciate this latest dose of bars, provided they aren't staunch Trump loyalists, of course. For them, Macklemore makes it clear that he holds no fondness.

But they aren't the only people to catch his ire. "All you liberals that are out there being silent, while black people dying at the hands of police violence," he raps, calling out the hypocrisy sometimes exhibited by the left. "That care more about animal rights and recycling / and bicyling and the climate and toothpaste with iron / you too are complicit, you too getting brought up / give it to you pro Bono, U2 are the problem." In fact, Macklemore seems determined to level the playing field, deeming America "armed, dumb, and dangerous" as he makes it clear that Biden isn't the savior some make him out to be. Should you be curious in hearing the rapper's take on current affairs, check out "Trump's Over" right here.

QUOTABLE LYRICS

All you liberals that are out there being silentWhile black people dying at the hands of police violenceThat care more about animal rights and recycling And bicyling and the climate and toothpaste with iron You too are complicit, you too getting brought up Give it to you pro Bono, U2 are the problem

 

- Madusa S.

Earlier this week, Kyrie Irving finally came forward with an official statement regarding his absence from the Nets after rumors about his absence began swirling. After missing a total of seven games with the team, Irving told media that, "There’s just so many assumptions about what’s going on, and so many people feel like they know me best. They have no idea who I am." Adding that he was also dealing with personal and family issues, a new report from SportsNet New York's Ian Bedley is adding unresolved feelings regarding the Capitol Riots and the ruling in the Jacob Blake police shooting influenced his break

Al Bello/Getty Images

Begley claimed, "As an aside, I’m not going to try to guess as to why Irving left the club prior to their Jan. 7 game against the Sixers. Various reports have stated that he was upset over the riots at the Capitol Building on Jan. 6." He continues, "However, those familiar with Irving’s thinking said that the news that the Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake won’t be facing any criminal charges factored into his absence. That event, more so than the riots at the Capitol Building, contributed to Irving being away from the club, those people say."

The former Celtics star was allegedly more upset with the officer involved in Jacob Blake's shooting not facing any criminal charges. Jacob Blake was seriously injured by police officer Rusten Sheksey in Kenosha. On January 5th, it was announced the officers involved in the shooting would not be facing any charges but will remain on administrative leave.  

Irving was hit with a $50,000 fine by the NBA for violating the health and safety protocol by partying without a mask.  

[via]

- Mitch Findlay

J.I.D was easily one of the standout performers on Revenge Of The Dreamers 3, but it's admittedly been a quiet front for the acclaimed lyricist. True, it hasn't been entirely silent, as he's kept the ball rolling with a few features, a duet with Conway The Machine called "Ballads," and a standout freestyle cut or two. In reality, however, the fans have been eagerly awaiting to see what he's got up his sleeve on the album front, as it's been a minute since J.I.D has provided a thorough update.

 Scott Legato/Getty Images

And while not entirely thorough, the Atlanta rapper did come through to deliver an update on what's to come. Taking to Twitter, J.I.D wrote "The Forever Story," a clear signal that his saga is set to continue sooner rather than later. Whether or not this particular project will feature any of his previously confirmed work with No I.D remains to be seen, but we have all the faith that the Dreamville lyricist will continue to innovate and establish himself as one of the best lyricists spitting today.

So what do we actually know about J.I.D's upcoming music? For one, he and Benny The Butcher have discussed linking up, though it's uncertain as to whether or not that collaboration actually manifested. He's also got another cut with Denzel Curry in the stash, which may or may not find a home on The Forever Story -- otherwise, look for it on Denzel's own new project Melt My Eyez, See Your Future. Keep an eye out for more news on the new J.I.D album whenever he decides to share it -- will you be tuning in? 

- Madusa S.

During one of his final political addresses before he and Melania departed the White House for the final time, he played "Y.M.C.A." as he departed from the stage. Trump has previously used the song at other political events, including last November when he tweeted a video of himself dancing to the Village People hit song. Although the disco group has previously spoken out about not wanting the former POTUS to use the song for any of his political events, they are grateful that his tenure as president is over so there's no chance for him to continue this tradition. 

Speaking to TMZ, the group told the publication, "We asked him to cease and desist long ago. However, since he's a bully, our request was ignored." They allegedly have made it clear multiple times that they do not want the disgraced leader to use their biggest hit song, but he has not let up. 

They continued by explaining the legality of the situation, adding "Thankfully he's now out of office, so it would seem his abusive use of our music has finally ended. We hope to spearhead a change in copyright law that will give artists and publishers more control over who can and cannot use our music in the public space. Currently there is no limit to blanket licensing." The reason Trump is able to use their song is because of a copyright law that usually allows copyrighted songs in places like stadiums that have public performance licenses. 

The group rose to popularity in the 80s and are known for their on-stage costumes and suggestive lyrics after scoring numerous dance hits like "Macho Man" and "Y.M.C.A.," the latter of which was inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress. 

[via] 

- Mitch Findlay

Though not quite as elusive as fellow hip-hop titan Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole does maintain a certain level of mysticism in the way he moves. As such, his infrequent social media posts tend to garner extra attention, even if they ultimately don't pertain to his upcoming music -- though rest assured he's got plenty of that on the way, starting with the impending arrival of The Off Season. While we wait for an update on that front, Cole has come through to share a heartfelt congratulations to a personal friend and mentor of his -- Mark Pitts -- who recently secured the position of President of RCA Records.

J. Cole

David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns/Getty Images

"Proud of you big bro," captions Cole. "@bystormpitts For all that don’t know, this is the man that took me & my songs to jay-z and then guided me through the foggy jungle of the music industry. His accomplishments in this game are already hall of fame worthy, and still, every time I speak to him the passion feels fresh as if he’s just getting started. Thats a rare talent to possess. Congrats on the level up Gucc. Love you brother. Knock em dead!" 

Clearly, Cole has much love for Pitts, who appears to have been integral in landing him a deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation at the onset of his career. In addition to Cole, Pitts appears to have earned the loyalty of Busta Rhymes, who has lined the mogul's social media with words of encouragement and praise. On his most recent accomplishment, Pitts himself issued a statement on Instagram: "blessed and Highly Favored, Thankful and Feeling My MOM Shining on Me. This ain’t just for me, ITS FOR US!!!" Check out Cole's message below, and keep an eye out for more news on his impending flood of music, set to arrive at some point this year. 

- 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.

https://t.co/1TVHLUmEGs

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

Getty Image

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

Getty Image

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

Getty Image

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

Getty Image

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

Getty Image

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

Getty Image

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

Getty Image

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

Getty Image

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.

The Yonkers native's career dated back to the Clinton administration.

The embattled former reality TV star pardoned (or commutated) 143 people on his last full day in office, including Lil Wayne and Kodak Black.

The incident reportedly went down at a Miami paintball center on Tuesday (January 19).

Investigators accuse the rapper of firing a gun into an Orlando home last July as he was attempting to target another rapper.

The veteran journalist took a few notes from the Atlanta-based rapper's 2018 single "a lot" featuring J. Cole.

His brother Big CEO confirmed the death on Twitter, revealing the 20-year-old rapper had just started a family and disputing the notion he'd died from gun violence. 

HipHopDX's 2020 Hip Hop Producer of the Year nominee doesn't just let anyone into the studio.

According to Reuters reporter David Shepardson, the embattled former reality television star signed the official paperwork on Tuesday night (January 19).

The legendary designer outfitted him with 1993 vintage edition duds to recreate Pac's shots wearing the same outfits.

The 'Say So' artist is tired of people asking if she's okay when she's just being silly.

The Fayetteville native has also received praise from J. Cole and DaBaby in recent months.

It looks like Uncle Snoop's efforts to spring Michael "Harry-O" Harris from prison seven years early have worked.

The Queensbridge-bred legend broached the topic during a recent episode of Rick Rubin's 'Broken Record' podcast.

According to a tweet and delete from singer-songwriter Charlie Puth, the project could arrive this week.

There was reportedly an "honor system" to get COVID-19 tests before the rager.

The irony of his birthday falling on Donald Trump's final day in office isn't lost.

The eight-episode season tracking the infamous drug trafficking ring began shooting in Atlanta this week.

The OnlyFans account will be dropping content starting January 25th but fans can sign up now for $20.