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- Milca P.

This week, Rich Brian shared his latest "Kids" track, an ode to the rapper's growth in recent years and a testament to his quest to craft timeless tracks. In the clip, director Sing J. Lee visualizes the support that Brian raps of his native Jakarta, Indonesia and kicks off a strong road toward his The Sailor solo outing.

February of last year marked his Amen full-length album before 88rirsing's com[pilation Head InT he Clouds outing arrived in July. Since them, Brian has been announced as a headliner alongside labelmate Joji for the Head In TheClouds Festival.

So far, the new path that Rich Brian issued with his name change last year is shaping up to give the young emcee the legacy he's hoping to create. For now, get into the "Kids" music video up top.

 

 

- Milca P.

In a new track, German-bred artist Ufo361 reaches across the way to tap Gunna for the assist on his latest "On Time" track. The song is the sixth single to lead into Ufo361's forthcoming Wave album, the fourth of his catalog.

Produced by The Cratez, listeners will find Gunna in his element over the trap-laced beat as Ufo361 relies on harmonic delivery to keep the track solidly afloat. It's an exciting entry that crosses borders and adds an interesting new layers for fans of either artist.

In addition to Gunna, Ufo has also been posted in the studio with Future as of late. Most recently, the German star revealed that his collaboration with the Hot Boy pundit did not make the final cut for his Wave album, promising to deliver on it with the next album roll out.

Quotable Lyrics

Diamonds shine, no flash, I pop a lot of tags Louis Virgil rags, my Tesla don't need gas Pullin' out the lot, got a brand new paper tag Baguettes in my watch, VVS's look like glass 

-Gunna

- Milca P.

Cassie continues her string of loose drops, returning this week with her "Speaking Of" track. The song arrives as the latest release of her #FreeFridays series and on it, the songstress coolly purrs over the Chris N Teeb-produced backdrop to detail the need for specific attention: "I picture myself on you when I'm not with you/And baby that's all I really wanna do, is be on you."

The trail of releases is all set to lead into Cassie's long-awaited sophomore album if all goes as planned. It will mark the first full-length album from the singer since her 2006 self-titled debut.

"I would say that my creative process has changed since working with a new team," Cassie recently told L'Officiel of the creative process behind her new music. "I feel supported so I make decisions based on what’s best for me. I used to spend the most time overthinking the smallest things and always worrying about how people felt that I neglected how I really felt and what would make me happy. I wasn’t creating from the heart. I’m still making sure that things are well thought out, but I’m doing what makes sense for my life. I’m just a woman coming into my own learning to trust myself. It’s empowering."

Quotable Lyrics

I can cool you off with this water babe, you let me knowDo you want a taste of flavor, baby let's goWe don't have to argueI don't wanna argue with youBaby I just wanna heart you

- Milca P.

The end of June marked the arrival f Larry June's Mr. Midnight full-length offering. The end result wasna 10-track offering with appearances from Jay Worthy and Curren$y and now June returns with a new clip to visualize project track " Feeling Good Today."

The track is produced by Cardo and comes attached to a Creating  Paradise-directed clip that finds Larry flexing his storytelling chops as he floats over the backdrop to describe an ideal day: "It was a clear afternoon, the hoes was out/Slidin' up, cashmere, bro just got out/Bought him shoes and clothes, a zip of 'dro/A couple hundred dollars then he knocked him a go."

Watch the full clip up top.

- Milca P.

After sharing his Wayy 2 Kritical project, K Camp continues to support the effort with a new music video for project selection "Suicide." The track has resonated as a particular among fans, with comparisons drawn to early catalog favorites of the southern hitmaker.

In its new clip, things take a rather minimal approach which K Camp assuredly recited, " I'm with the gang, we making it work/Pour up the paint, we sippin' that syrup/Look how I came, this drip is superb/Play with my name, you gon' get hurt."

The video follows after the energetic clip for "Lottery" and continues something of a winning streak as K Camp issues as an official return. Get inot the clip up top.

- Milca P.

Saturday evening, Angelina Jolie surprised fans with an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con along with her castmates for Marvel's upcoming The Eternals film with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirming that the film, and Phase Four of the MCU along with it, are slated for a November 2020 debut.

Feige introduced director Chloe Zhao onstage to be joined by Jolie who will play the role of Thena, along with castmembers that include Game of Thrones' Richard Madden starring as Ikaris, Salma Hayak as Ajak, Kumail Najiani playing Kingo, Bryan Tyree Henry as Phastos, and Lia McHugh playing Sprite.

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“This movie will allow those who have never felt represented in movies, in this case superheroes, to be represented. I love my diverse family,” Hayek noted of the film during the panel.

In the comics, originally created by Jack Kirby, the Eternals are the results of alien experiments conducted on ancient humans. While they look like normal human beings, they carry around superhuman abilities that include the typical myriad of super strength, mind control, teleportation, and shape-shifting among others.

While the Eternals traditional nemeses arrive in the form of the Deviants in the comics, the introduction of South Korean actor Ma Dong-seok as the villain Gilgamesh in his North American debut suggests that they may not play too large of a role in this film.

 

 

- Cole Blake

According to a Variety report, Larry Sanitsky, a producer on the original It miniseries from 1990 is allegedly suing Warner Bros. Pictures for a breach of contract. Sanitsky, along with his now-deceased partner Frank Konigsberg, acquired the rights for the Stephen King book back in the 1980s through their company Telepictures. The company eventually merged with Lorimar, at which point the two left but apparently signed a deal to be made a "non-exclusive executive producer" on all future projects under the It name. Herein lies the basis of Sanitsky's suit. 

Sanitsky claims that he has never been consulted by the studio about the It film adaptations and now seeks ten percent of all net profits from both films. For reference, in 2017, It grossed over $700 million worldwide. He also claims that the studio has been intentionally underreporting profits and withholding payouts. Warner Bros. stopped issuing profit statements on the 1990 miniseries in 1995 and in March when they issued their first since that time, it was revealed that the producers were owed $1 million. 

Warner Bros. has yet to comment on the suit.

It Chapter Two is scheduled to release worldwide on September 6th of this year. Watch the trailer for the upcoming sequel below.

- Chantilly Post

Netflix has only been spewing good news lately since season three of Stranger Things pulled in the most streams the platform has seen, while numerous new movies and series are announced every day. Unfortunately, you have to experience the lows to enjoy the highs and such is the case for Netflix since its Q2 numbers aren't so high. 

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The streaming service lost approximately 130,000 subscribers in America in the second quarter of the year. Such a dramatic drop is the first hit the company has taken since it first began and the decline is seemingly in part to the rise in membership costs. “Our missed forecast was across all regions, but slightly more so in regions with price increases,” CEO Reed Hastings wrote in a shareholders letter. “We don’t believe competition was a factor since there wasn’t a material change in the competitive landscape during Q2, and competitive intensity and our penetration is varied across regions.”

Reed even addressed the loss of Friends and The Office, two very popular shows for subscribers. “Much of our domestic, and eventually global, Disney catalog, as well as Friends, The Office, and some other licensed content will wind down over the coming years, freeing up budget for more original content,” he added. “From what we’ve seen in the past when we drop strong catalog content (Starz and Epix with Sony, Disney, and Paramount films, or second run series from Fox, for example) our members shift over to enjoying our other great content.”

- Kyle Rooney

Nike has a trio of old school Cortez sneakers in the works, each of which is inspired by a piece of Nike history from when the brand was just getting started.

For instance, the original Nike swoosh, created by Carolyn Davidson, appears on one of the Cortez '72 silhouettes, while the other two serve as a nod to alternate brand names and logos that Nike creator Phil Knight discussed in his memoir, "Shoe Dog."

All three sneakers stick to a "White/Varsity Red/Game Royal" color palette, featuring the original Nike Cortez construction mimicking what the kicks looked like when they debuted in 1972. In addition to the familiar Nike swoosh, one of the kicks comes equipped with a "Dimension Six" logo, while the third sports a Peregrine image.

The Nike Cortez "Shoe Dog" Pack will reportedly release overseas at spots like Atmos Tokyo on Wednesday, July 24, which means a stateside release likely isn't far off. Each pair will retail for $120. 

Check out some additional photos in the IG posts embedded below, and stay tuned for official release info.

- Cole Blake

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, has lost his spot has the world’s second-richest person after a successful year from French billionaire Bernard Arnault. Arnault is the CEO of the multinational luxury goods conglomerate LVMH whose subsidiaries include Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Sephora, Fendi and more. After a boost of $39 billion from last years earnings, Arnault’s net worth now sits at $108 billion, notching ahead of Gates’ $107 billion. LVMH reached double-digit growth in both sales and profits in 2018. The company also announced Rihanna would be the first woman to launch an original brand at LVMH.

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You may remember Arnault from his €200 million ($224 million) donation to the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The Cathedral suffered structural damage after a fire and Arnault was particularly saddened by the news. Arnault, along with the billionaires behind Kering and L'Oreal were able to pledge €500 million ($565 million) in total.

In all fairness, Bloomberg has reported that Gates’ $35 billion in donations to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the cause for his fall. Gates had been ranked as the second-richest person in the world for seven straight years prior to today. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos still holds the title of the richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $125 billion.

- Milca P.

This month, flying under the radar was the release of Ann Marie's debut Pretty Psycho album, the Chicago songstress's impressive foray into the current landscape of R&B via Interscope records. While it is her official arrival, it marks Ann Marie's second full-length output of the year, coming in after her Tripolar 2 project from January.

Featuring appearances from names that include Calboy, Jeremih, Sonta and Q Money, the new project effectively introduces a sultry and affirming new voice as Ann Marie delicately masters a balance of grit and sensuality in one go. Catch the cinematic new clip for project standout "Throw It Back" before diving into the full Pretty Psycho effort down below.

- Milca P.

This time last year marked the arrival of Popcaan's Forever album, making way for one of the year's better outputs across genres and now the Jamaican superstar returns with a new music video to attach to project standout "Body So Good."

Directed by Tom Gould, the new clip takes a page out of Hype Williams' book to pay homage to the signature opening scene of Belly as Popcaan and company navigate through a strong presence of black lights.

The new clip is a fitting commemoration of the album and also conveniently underscores the introduction of his Alkaline diss track "Stray Dog" to streaming services. If you're keeping up, the track originally appeared two years ago at the height of the two stars' spat in response to two tracks that Alkaline aimed at Poppy, targetting his friendship with and subsequent co-sign from Drake.

 

- Kyle Rooney

Adidas is showing love to English football club Manchester United with a special edition "Manchester Rose" UltraBoost OG. The special edition kicks, set to release in limited quantities on July 25, pay homage to Man U's first-ever FA Cup victory back in 1909.

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The Adidas UltraBoost OG Manchester Rose opts for a predominately black build, including the Primeknit, laces, Boost cushioning and outsole, with the only form of contrast appearing through the eye-catching rose on the tongue, as well as the graphically printed insoles. The premium UltraBoosts come equipped with a black leather lace cage that nods to Man U's history, featuring “110 Years,” “Manchester Rose,” and “1909_2010” detailing.

Priced at $250, the Adidas UltraBoost OG Manchester Rose will reportedly be available at select Adidas retailers, including SNS, on July 25.

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- Milca P.

Nyck Caution has popped out with anew single, sharing his latest "Warning Signs" offering. A full play off of the emcee's namesake, the new cut finds Nyck alerting the opposition properly: "My last name not for show its a warning sign."

The track is Caution's first solo offering of the year. Elsewhere, though, he's made standout appearances this year on Marlon Craft's Funhouse Mirror and shared his part on Beast Coast's Escape From New York album.

Currently, the whole set of Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, and The Underachievers are making a strong trek on the Escape From New York tour with stops jam-packed throughout the summer as things close out on August 25th in Baltimore.

Quotable Lyrics

When I'm in the room they so quietNothing really they can say now Been down and I stay down B-Been around like a Greyhound Been wild then I stay wild Just caught another body what's the days count?

 

- Milca P.

The first half of 2019 has proven to be a monumental season for breakout star NLE Choppa. January marked when the 16-year-old would break out with his "Shotta Flow" single, effectively going on to serve as the face card of Steve Stoute's United Masters distribution service and carving out a lane as yet another voice within the South's arguable monopoly of hip-hop.

Since then, Choppa has gone on to flip "Shotta Flow" in a Blueface-assisted remix while also giving fans a part two, and in the spirit of maintaining that momentum, the Memphis emcee is back with "Shotta Flow 3." Per usual, the new track is attached to an energetic music video that finds Choppa posted with a hefty set as he and his crew execute myriad of moves, even upping the ante to hitting the "Woah" mid-air before belly-flopping into a pool. 

Quotable Lyrics

My niggas they vicious, bitch I am a menaceLet's have a shootout like I'm in a scrimmageCatch up in the lab, like I was a chemistShot him in the teeth, they call me a dentist

 

- Milca P.

As he continues the campaign that leads toward his forthcoming independent Bury Me With Dead Roses album, Phora has returned with a new track in his latest "The Dream' offering. As has been his Modus Operandi with his mot recent drops, the California native shares a new clip to attach to the single.

In it, Phora delivers on a tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle as he and director 6th Element enter an alternate universe in which Phora does not survive the near-fatal freeway shooting that left him injured back in 2015. The video "is a reminder to critics as wells as fans alike to celebrate the people you value today because tomorrow isn't promised," writes a press release. 

Bury Me With Dead Roses arrives in a week. Until then, get into "The Dream."

Quotable Lyrics

And before you judge someone take a look in the mirrorBecause at any moment anything can happenNothing is ever promised, but you can just imagine how It would beSo I give the type of love I want for meCuz one day it'll be my last and it won't just be a dream I mean

- Nada Mesh

Last weekend we reported the case of the crooked Florida cop who had taken to planting meth in random driver's cars after pretending to search their vehicle. Right after that, news came in that an LAPD offcier had been charged with the rape of not just one, but two women, after results from a cold hit DNA test matched him. It seems as though cops out here are really trying their hardest to give substance to the term "f*ck the police." In news which is less serious than the past two stories, but still quite distressing, a police officer serving with London's Metropolitan Police Service, admitted to buying pornography whilst in the home of a recently grieving family, as reported by CNN

The family had been mourning the sudden death of their child, when 44-year-old Police constable, Avi Maharaj, took to buying himself some porn. He wasted absolutely no time, as he was actually even at their home, waiting for the undertaker to arrive when he made the purchase. Maharaj tried to cover his act when he falsified his attendance log, after an investigation was launched when the grieving family filed a complaint with the Metropolitan Police Service. He eventually had to come clean though, as he was clearly the only person on the property at the time, and he admitted to using their cable TV account to , spending an equivalent of $32 on the NSFW channels. In a statement of the incident, the Independent Police Complaints Commission's regional director Sal Naseem said: "PC Maharaj's behavior was shocking and even more so given he was guarding the property in the absence of the homeowner. Not only were his actions deceitful but he caused considerable distress for the family involved who were dealing with the sudden death of a family member." Maharaj is set to be sentenced for fraud (for trying to falsify his attendance log) in August, and will also face the music by being slapped with charges of gross misconduct.

- Nada Mesh

At the start of the month, a video of a woman licking the top of a tub of Bluebell Icecream, then putting it back in the freezer as she laughed and made her exit, went viral. After the video surfaced, and authorities caught notice, and proceeded to turn it into a legal case, citing that they did not take "food tampering" as a joke. It seems as though the bizarre incident sparked a trend of copycats, as just under a week later, news spread of a Florida woman taking her own interpretation one step further, by proceeding to urinate in a bucket that's used to churn ice cream, and spitting into containers of ice cream in a Florida store ... tf? Anyway, now, it seems as though copycats are getting creative, as one Texas teen has taken to conducting his own version of the unsanitary trend, as CBS7 has reported an incident whereby he took to spitting in a bottle of Arizona tea and returning it to the shelf.

At about 10 p.m. on Monday, Odessa police officers responded to United Family - the Albertson’s grocery store - after a security officer at the store reported that a 15-year-old boy "grabbed the drink, put his lips on it and returned it to the shelf." After the officer questioned the boy, he admitted to spitting in the bottle. Odessa police watched surveillance video of, what looked like, the teenager taking the Arizona Tea, before apparently taking a sip and then returning it to the shelf. Though the teen admitted to spitting in the drink to the officer before the cops arrived, he told police only that he had tasted the tea, but “then put it back because it was gross.” As stated by the affidavit, The 15-year-old was arrested, charged and transported to the Ector County Youth Center. 

- Nada Mesh

At one point during the year, it almost seemed as though we would never hear the end of popular children's song "Baby Shark." The incessant track was playing absolutely EVERYWHERE, from celebrity kid's birthday parties to the clubs (they played the song in the freaking club), to no end. Whenever things start to die down just a little bit, we are once again reminded that this track exists, and that it's probably going to pop back up every now and then, and well, we're just going to have to accept it. Even just recently, Ciara took to posting a video of her milly rocking to a remix of the tune, and while Ciara can make most anything look good, we have to admit it was pretty cheesy - maybe I'm just saying that because I still have the song in my head. Despite its tediousness though, the song admittedly continues to bring a smile to children all around the globe - so we can't complain toooo much - but now, news has arrived that for the first time ever it will be used for a bad cause.

Officials in West Palm Beach are hoping that if they play the track on a continuous loop, it's going to help prevent homeless people from sleeping on the patio of a city-owned rental banquet facility. For this reason, they've taken to playing the tune throughout the night at the recreational area. Additionally to playing "Baby Shark," the loop also features another popular kid's song: "Raining Tacos." Intended as just a temporary fix, the evil plan will just be put in place while the city works on formalizing hours for the facility, which they hope in turn, will help make trespassing laws enforceable.

- Nada Mesh

Soulful singer/songwriter, Leon Bridges, has followed his 2018 album by returning to what he knows best, releasing a new single, “That Was Yesterday.” The single arrives as Bridges' first preview of new music since his second album in 2018, Good Thing. Whilst he took on a groovier, RnB and funk sound on that album, he reverts to the sound he originally debuted on his first album, the critically acclaimed Coming Home. In fact, it was even revealed that the track had actually been written around the time that Coming Home was, something which makes sense as its vibe coincides with that of his hit single, the acoustic "River."

On this track, Bridges goes back to his OG, more genuine acoustic, and old-timey sound, as he takes a nostalgiac trip back to his humble beginnings, pondering on how drastically his life has changed since achieving fame, and how he hopes to stay true to his roots as he steers through life. “That Was Yesterday” is “a lil song from archives I wrote with my good friend Dan Wilson after the whirlwind that was the Coming Home album and touring cycle,” Bridges said about the song in a statement. The impossibly beautiful song absolutely drips with soul and melancholy - but the type that doesn't get you feeling sad afterwards, only contemplative on your own memories and life. Bridges' delivers his version of "I'm still Jenny from the block," with his lyrics, reminding us to stay humble ourselves, despite the successes we may one day face.

Quotable Lyrics:

No matter how far I comeStill know where I'm from, ohNever let it slip awayStill trying to figure outWhat the game is all about, ohSo I take it day by day by day

- Carolyn Droke

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NBA 2K and UnitedMasters officially unveiled the new NBA 2K20 soundtrack, the top-rated video game’s most extensive soundtrack yet. Artists such as Drake, Meek Mill, Billie Eilish, Post Malone, and the late Nipsey Hussle made the list.

The soundtrack released Saturday isn’t the final version, however. For the first time ever, NBA 2K20 will be adding music across genres to the catalog throughout the game’s season.

Along with the forthcoming tracks, NBA 2K20 and UnitedMasters will embark on a global search for new music. Beginning August 1st until September 15th, musicians can submit their track for review using the UnitedMasters app. Music will be reviewed by UnitedMasters’s founder Steve Stoute, 2K, and a panel of big-name celebrities. The best 10 songs submitted will make it to the NBA 2K20 soundtrack.

“Music is at the core of the NBA 2K experience, and each year, we work hard to deliver a soundtrack that reflects basketball culture and inspires 2K players,” said Alfie Brody, Vice President of Marketing for NBA 2K. “We wanted NBA 2K20 to showcase the best of the next generation of up-and-coming artists, and our global search with UnitedMasters gives these musicians a platform to reach the 2K community.”

The full track list was revealed Saturday at this year’s ComplexCon in Chicago.

- chloegilke

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If you’ve read any headlines over the last few weeks, you probably heard that ASAP Rocky was arrested in Sweden July 2 for gross assault. The rapper has been imprisoned since then, despite the efforts of the US State Department, Rocky’s lawyers, and, uh, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.

But ASAP Rocky is not the first rapper to have a run-in with the law in Sweden. G-Eazy was arrested in Stockholm last year for assault, possession of drugs, and use of narcotics. But while Rocky has been imprisoned for over two weeks, G-Eazy was able to strike a deal with prosecutors less than 48 hours after his arrest.

As reported by Complex, G-Eazy took to Twitter to defend Rocky. The rapper argued that the reason he was treated more fairly by Swedish authorities was the color of his skin.

This is the sad truth…The difference between me and Rocky’s treatment in Sweden brings to mind two concepts that disgustingly go hand in hand: white privilege and systemic racism. Let's call it what it is. He should not be behind bars right now. My heart goes out to @asvpxrocky pic.twitter.com/PHDrKsfiUF

— G-Eazy (@G_Eazy) July 20, 2019

“This is the sad truth,” G-Eazy wrote. “The difference between me and Rocky’s treatment in Sweden brings to mind two concepts that disgustingly go hand in hand: white privilege and systemic racism. Let’s call it what it is. He should not be behind bars right now. My heart goes out to @asvpxrocky.”

G-Eazy’s tweet was in response to an article from TMZ titled “”ASAP Rocky Treated Way Differently Than White Rapper.” Other celebrities jumped into the conversation sparked by the article, including Jada Pinkett Smith. “We got the message loud and clear Sweden,” Smith wrote. “Trust me … we got it.”

Hold it … G-Eazy got to strike a deal a day and half after possession of drugs and assault charges??? But you’re holding Rocky. We got the message loud and clear Sweden. Trust me … we got it.

— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) July 19, 2019

- chloegilke

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Lil Nas X isn’t the only rapper who knows how to crush a remix.

DaBaby‘s “Suge” is one of this year’s biggest breakout rap hits, and DaBaby has quickly become one of hip-hop’s most exciting new voices. It looks like the legends are taking notice of the Quality Control rapper’s talent. On an episode of her Queen radio show, Nicki Minaj premiered a new remix of “Suge.”

Ahead of the episode’s premiere on Power 106 in Los Angeles Friday evening, Minaj teased a new release that would thrill fans. “I’m excited about my surprise y’all 😩,” the rapper tweeted. And the “Suge” remix certainly doesn’t disappoint. Apparently the track was just recorded last night, but it doesn’t sound rushed or slapdash. If “Suge” was an anthem before Minaj jumped in, it’s doubly great with her feature.

World premiere droppin on @Power106LA soon 👀 @NICKIMINAJ said she recorded it last night …has a feature too…#QueenRadio #QueenTakeover

— Young Money (@YoungMoneySite) July 20, 2019

On the show, Minaj co-signed DaBaby. “I just think he’s super dope and he actually spits actual bars,” the rapper said.

Minaj also answered some fan questions surrounding her next album. Her last single, “Megatron,” was released last month, but the rapper is staying mum on details about her next project. “Y’all know damn well I’m not telling you the album name,” she laughed.

Listen to Nicki Minaj and DaBaby’s remix of “Suge” below.

- Aaron Williams

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Just when you knew the situation couldn’t get any stranger, Kanye West, the last true disruptor of culture, has gotten Donald Trump involved in ASAP Rocky’s Swedish jail drama. Trump sent a tweet this afternoon promising to come to Rocky’s rescue, using the powers of his office — and his unsecured cell phone, most likely — to advocate for Rocky’s release.

Just spoke to @KanyeWest about his friend A$AP Rocky’s incarceration. I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky. So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2019

“Just spoke to @kanyewest about his friend A$AP Rocky’s incarceration,” he wrote, making sure to include the dollar sign as the “S” in “ASAP.” “I will be calling the very talented Prime Minister of Sweden to see what we can do about helping A$AP Rocky. So many people would like to see this quickly resolved!”

WATCH: President Trump reveals First lady Melania Trump was the one who knew about A$AP Rocky's case. The president says his African American friends have urged him to help the rapper, who is being held in a prison in Sweden. https://t.co/ZSfSRCoMTL pic.twitter.com/0GiROAY1hg

— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 19, 2019

That’s right. Tax dollars and Trump’s time are going, not to resolving the concentration camp crisis or the opioid epidemic or walking back the toxic effects of The Donald’s openly racist attacks on duly elected members of Congress, but to publicity stunts to curry the favor of the hip-hop generation. Let it sink in. This is where we are now.

Rocky is, of course, currently being detained by Swedish police after a fight on the streets of Stockholm as prosecutors decide whether or not to go forward with a trial for assault. Rocky maintains that he was not the aggressor in the fight, although in the video of the fight that was posted to social media, it sure looks like he finished it. After reports that Rocky was being held in “inhumane conditions,” a public outcry led to a number of artists boycotting Sweden and a fan petition for his release, which garnered a half million signatures.

- Aaron Williams

Iggy Azalea has proven fond of remaking ’90s-era, cult classic, coming-of-age films featuring women ever since her original breakout with the Clueless homaging video for “Fancy” back in 2014. Now, she returns to that well one more time for the “F*ck It Up” video from her latest album, In My Defense. This time, she borrows inspiration from Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion, with Iggy taking on the role of Mira Sorvino’s Romy White ahead of her and Kash Doll‘s high school reunion.

The rest of the video is more-or-less a montage of the film’s fans’ favorite moments, finding Kash and Iggy twerking it out at home while getting ready for the reunion, then cruising the streets in their drop top, flirting with guys in passing cars and giving one poor dad a heart attack. They hit the drive-in diner for dinner, then pull up at the party to laugh behind their hands at all the former mean girls, who are now pregnant and bitter, while Iggy and Kash turn up on the dance floor with special guest Nikita Dragun.

In My Defense is only Iggy’s second full-length album after her hit debut, The New Classic. It’s out now via Bad Dreams Records / EMPIRE. Get it here.

- Aaron Williams

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Only four days after his trial for murder and robbery began and just three after pleading guilty to aggravated robbery, Texas rapper Tay-K has been found guilty of the 2016 murder of 21-year-old Ethan Walker according to NBC. Tay-K was tried as an adult, despite only being 16 years old at the time of the offense.

Tay-K now faces a sentence between five and 99 years in prison, after narrowly avoiding a possible mandatory charge of 40 years for capital murder. According to NBC, Tay-K did not show any emotion as he was being sentenced. Tay-K’s lawyer argued that, because Tay himself did not pull the trigger, he shouldn’t be held responsible for Walker’s death. However, the prosecution maintained that because he knew two of the six other associates with him at the time were armed, he knew that someone could be killed, making him complicit once someone actually was.

Tay-K also reportedly told police he heard voices in his head when he was arrested, which some interpreted as a bid for a possible insanity plea to avoid the more serious charge. Tay-K rose to infamy in 2017 after cutting his house arrest ankle monitor, going on the run, and documenting the experience as the viral single, “The Race.” Now, it seems, the race is over and in Tay-K’s case, nobody really won at all.

- Aaron Williams

With Quality Control Music‘s next compilation, Quality Control: Control The Streets Vol. 2, coming soon, the promo train is running full steam ahead to get the Atlanta-based label’s latest collection of singles in front of their voracious fans. Earlier this week, DaBaby and Lil Baby linked up for the song appropriately titled “Baby,” and now, Marlo, Offset, and Yung Miami of City Girls pitch the perfect pool party to plug their own splashy single, “Soakin Wet.” Check out the Edgar Esteves-directed video above.

Fittingly for a song titled “Soakin Wet,” the water theme runs throughout. First, the three rappers flex on a yacht (sadly, labelmate Lil Yachty does not make an appearance although Lil Baby does cameo in the pool scenes), then, the action shifts to a model-filled pool party sequence at a Miami resort as they continue to perform and show off their jewelry. Yung Miami actually gets in the pool, twerking on a pool float and showing off impressive balance by not flipping the thing over and ending up in the water. Miami’s been pretty busy carrying the torch for City Girls, even pregnant — she also appears in the video for YBN Nahmir’s “F*ck It Up,” twerking on a golf course.

While the video evokes the carefree days of summer, the actual song sound like more of an anytime, club staple, which will probably help the longevity of both the single and the Quality Control: Control The Streets compilation. Control The Streets Vol. 2 is due August 16 via Quality Control Music and Capitol Records.

- Aaron Williams

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A few months ago, Cardi B came under fire when comments she’d previously made during an Instagram Live stream resurfaced, causing her to be compared (disingenuously) to Bill Cosby and R. Kelly. While discussing her past as a stripper, the rapper admitted that, much like the plot of the upcoming movie Hustlers which Cardi also stars in, Cardi used to rob some of her customers after they were all drugged-up. The subsequent backlash had many on social media calling Cardi a rapist — a rumor which persisted, despite Cardi never admitting to anything of the sort.

It looks like Cardi finally reached her breaking point with the rumors, because earlier today she unleashed on Twitter venting about not only the falseness of the accusations against her, but also the hypocrisy of them. While defending herself by stating “I never harmed NOBODY OR PUT NOBODY IN DANGER,” she also reminded her followers that women in her situation generally face more danger than the men who patronized their services: “It’s a lot of sh*t that happens in the night life,” she said. “It’s a lot of time(s) a girl can end up in a situation and get rape(d), robbed, or kill(ed).”

In addition to again insisting that “Never did I f*ck NOBODY,” Cardi clarified that she herself never did the actual drugging, she only took advantage after her customers overindulged on their own and passed out. From the looks of some of the tweets, Cardi herself was possibly a bit inebriated while she was typing them, which would explain the somewhat garbled phrasing. Although Cardi later deleted the impassioned rant, HotNewHipHop was able to capture screenshots first. You can see the full screen capture below.

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Rap music is moving as fast as ever. Luckily, we’re doing the work to put everything in one place for you. This week was relatively light on releases, with videos for A$AP Ferg’s “Floor Seats” and yes, another “Old Town Road” remix. But that wasn’t all that was released. Here’s the best of the rest:

Lil Durk — “Bougie” Feat. Meek Mill

Lil Durk’s Love Songs For The Streets 3 project is officially out. One of the standout tracks from the project is “Bougie” an electric collaboration with Meek Mill. The flashy, braggadocious song shows the two talking, jewelry, and all the other finer things over a thumping instrumental.

Tierra Whack — “7/14/19 Freestyle”

Jermaine Dupri has been the ire of the internet for the past week after shortsighted comments he made surmising that every woman rapper sounds like a “stripper” rapping. Tierra Whack decided to shut JD down in the best manner possible: with bars. Whack jumped on Jay-Z’s “Jigga What” beat and unleashed a double-time flow in which she declared, “they hate to hear a girl rap / quick to say a girl wack / who the hottest in the world? It’s the girl Whack.”

Tory Lanez — “Forever”

The multi-talented Tory Lanez released “Forever” today, a loosie where the Toronto artist employed a range of flows in a freeverse fashion.

DooWop — “Cap Flow” Feat. Lil Uzi Vert

Lil Uzi Vert and Chicago artist collaborated on “Cap Flow,” a churning ode to DooWop’s late brother Capo. The two take turns darting melodic verses over the sinister Chief Keef production.

Lil Skies — “Going Off”

Lil Skies has been relatively quiet this year, but the Waynesboro, Pennsylvania native is “Going Off” on his latest atmospheric track., where he has fun and lets us know with lines like, “I don’t make of these songs with a straight face.”

Murs & 9th Wonder — “High Noon” Feat. Rapsody & Reuben Vincent

Murs and 9th Wonder’s The Iliad Is Dead And The Odysseys Is Over will be released in a week. This week they delivered the latest single from the project which features Rapsody and Reuben Vincent trading bars along with Murs. The soulful track was produced by 9th’s 15-year-old daughter JDEAFBEATS.

Young Dolph & Key Glock — “Baby Joker”

Key Glock recently shared a picture of him as an adolescent with a then-aspiring Young Dolph. Glock’s rap dreams came true as well, as he signed to Dolph’s Paper Route Empire label off the strength of bangers like “Baby Joker,” their latest collaboration. The two artists paired the menacing track with a Next Friday themed video.

YBN Nahmir — “F*ck It Up” Feat. City Girls & Tyga

Last week, French Montana collaborated on “Wiggle” with the City Girls. This week the Miami act collaborated with YBN Nahmir, another party starter, for “F*ck It Up,” a thumper in which producer Hitmaka breathed new life into Juvenile’s “400 Degreez.”

Don Q — “Out Of Line” Feat. Jay Critch

A pair of New York’s young gunners collaborated on “Out Of Line,” featuring Don Q and Jay Critch. The two took turns dropping flashy, gritty bars over a mysterious, 808-driven instrumental.

Rich Brian — “Kids”

88Rising’s Rich Brian is reflecting on his growth on “Kids,” a coming of age track where the rapper once known for trolling as Rich Chigga notes that he’s now focused on “making songs that’ll probably outlive us for generations” over a triumphant beat.

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With the help of City Girls and Tyga, YBN Nahmir takes over a swanky country club in the video for his raunchy, ear-catching single “F*ck It Up.” Directed by Sara Lacombe, the video is a play on YBN Nahmir’s previously released single “Baby 8.”

Dropping Friday w/ 2 special friends of mine as features…been waiting a minute to give y’all this one 😈 #FuckitUp pic.twitter.com/CLvqifrCV1

— YBN NAHMIR (@YBNNahmir) July 16, 2019

The video starts with YBN Nahmir cruising around in a golf cart rocking custom-designed Nikes with his face on them. Meanwhile, Yung Miami of City Girls “stretches” for their golfing outing on islands of grass with stripper poles. Yung Miami’s verse cuts back and forth from the tennis court to her sitting on the front of a golf cart, while Tyga closes the song accompanying YBN Nahmir on the golf course.

The video arrives a month before the 19-year-old Atlantic Records artist heads overseas for shows in Europe and London. In addition, he’ll perform two shows in Canada in October. It’s been a wild 12 months for YBN Nahmir. Nahmir broke into the mainstream music scene with a series of viral hits ahead of the release of YBN: The Mixtape last year. Previously released single “Bounce Out With That” was certified platinum, while YBN Nahmir was placed on the 2018 XXL Freshman cover.

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- Aaron Williams

20-year-old Florida rapper Lil Pump, who once called himself the “most lyrical rapper of all time,” is back with a new single just five months after the release of his debut album, Harverd Dropout. On “Pose To Do,” Pump enlists seasoned party rap purveyors French Montana and Quavo to wonder “what I’m s’posed to do?” in response to all the attention they receive from female fans.

Produced by Mally Mall, the hypnotically looping trap beat brings out Pump’s bounciest flow as he brags about being surrounded by women, but only being interested in one. “She might be a thot,” he reasons, “But I’m a thot too.” Quavo provides the hook, while French bats cleanup, shouting out his incarcerated partner Max B and teasing that an album is “on the way.”

“Pose To Do” doesn’t seem like the start of a new album cycle — instead, it’s more of a reminder that Pump is still out there and capable of getting A-listers like Quavo to guest star on buzz singles, suggesting that when he does decide to release a new album, it could very well be loaded with even bigger names.

Lil Pump is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

- Aaron Williams

The partnership between Buffalo, New York’s Griselda Records and Eminem’s Shady Records has started to bear fruit, as Eminem links up with Griselda’s Conway on the latter’s new single, “Bang.” The single is the first from Conway’s long-awaited, upcoming solo album. Check it out above.

Beginning Conway’s leering menace and ending with Eminem’s frenetic reflection, the production team of Beat Butcha, Daringer, Eminem, and Luis Resto craft a beat that morphs and evolves to suit each rapper’s unique delivery. Where Conway’s verse has a measured pace and almost careless animosity to it, Eminem’s cadence dashes and skips through complicated clumps of wordplay as he reminisces about the good old days, when he was on top of the world.

Em’s been pretty busy of late, offering his services to a number of features in the past few months. He previously linked up with superfan Logic on “Homicide” from Logic’s Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind album, then he and 50 Cent popped up on “Remember The Name” from Ed Sheeran’s No. 6 Collaborations. At this rate, it seems as if it’s only a matter of time before he jumps on one of the half-dozen “Old Town Road” remixes supposedly in the works and really makes heads explode.

- Derrick Rossignol

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Last summer, Jay-Z had a big pop culture moment, but it wasn’t because of a new song or album or anything like that. Instead, he was photographed riding a Jet Ski, wearing a helmet and not looking thrilled about his predicament. As the internet tends to do, they thought the photo was hilarious and proceeded to meme the heck out of it. Jay-Z is a good sport, though, and now, a year later, he has referenced the viral moment in a new song.

Jay-Z the first man in history to look miserable on a Jet-Ski pic.twitter.com/zKSrTom4wb

— Cass Anderson (@casspa) July 4, 2018

Today marks the release of the Beyonce-produced album The Lion King: The Gift, and Jay-Z appears on “Mood 4 Eva” alongside his wife and Childish Gambino. During one part of his verse, he raps, “Helmet on a Jet Ski, you know the vibes.”

This is a pretty high-profile collaboration, and the rest of the The Gift album is stacked as well. Aside from these three, the record also features Blue Ivy Carter, Kendrick Lamar, Jessie Reyez, Pharrell, Tierra Whack, Wale, and others. Beyonce previously said of the album, “This is sonic cinema. This is a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip-hop and Afro Beat.”

Listen to “Mood 4 Eva” above.

- Derrick Rossignol

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Update: TMZ reports that at the request of Swedish prosecutors, ASAP Rocky will be held in prison for another week, until July 25, while they continue their investigation into allegations of assault made against him. Prosecutors reportedly want to keep Rocky in detention because they believe he is a flight risk.

The original post follows below.

Since July 3, ASAP Rocky has been held in Swedish prison while allegations of assault made against him are being investigated. Rocky was originally supposed to be held for only two weeks, but now he could be in detention for a bit longer. It’s being reported that Swedish prosecutors are requesting another week to investigate the case, meaning they want Rocky to remain in prison for a few more days.

BBC News reports that prosecutor Daniel Suneson said, “We have worked intensively with the investigation and need more time, until Thursday next week, in order to complete the preliminary investigation.” TMZ also reports that the original version of the Swedish prosecutors’ press release said ASAP Rocky would be indicted, but a revised version released shortly after only said that more time is needed to investigate.

Rocky’s detention hearing is expected to happen today, and he and two others in the case may face charges of abuse, assault, and attempted assault.

This news comes after reports that Kim Kardashian asked Jared Kushner to help free Rocky. Last night, Kardashian confirmed the report by tweeting, “Thank you @realDonaldTrump , @SecPompeo, Jared Kushner & everyone involved with the efforts to Free ASAP Rocky & his two friends. Your commitment to justice reform is so appreciated.”

Thank you @realDonaldTrump , @SecPompeo, Jared Kushner & everyone involved with the efforts to Free ASAP Rocky & his two friends. Your commitment to justice reform is so appreciated 🙏🏼🤞🏼 https://t.co/Ym1Rzo5Z6c

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 18, 2019

Below, check out T.I. speaking on People’s Party With Talib Kweli about how Rocky’s Swedish experience might change his opinion on activism.

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The only thing cooler than cool is a 10-part AMC miniseries created and starring Jason Segel. At least according to Andre 3000, who is reportedly joining the cast of said miniseries, Dispatches From Elsewhere.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the AMC miniseries will play out in 10 parts, with Segel directing the first episode and staring in the lot of them. And according to the report, Benjamin will play a part in a drama about, well, a mystery.

“Dispatches…” is drama about a group of people who stumble onto a puzzle hiding behind everyday life and discover an ever-deepening mystery.

Andre Benjamin, AKA Andre 3000, is certainly no stranger to acting, as he’s appeared in basically every Outkast video ever and a few movies, most notably 2005’s Four Brothers and the following year’s Idlewild. He has dipped his toes into TV, though, hilariously writing a song on an episode of Big Mouth according to IMDB. My Furry Valentine is a classic, but you should probably expect something a bit more classy on AMC.

He’s known for being a bit of a recluse as of late, and in a recent profile he described his crippling anxiety that impacted how he was perceived on the silver screen. But since we last saw him playing a flute in airports to the delight of onlookers, it’s safe to say he’s ready for whatever spotlight comes with prestige television.

[via Pitchfork]

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Brockhampton is a phenomenally productive group: Since 2017, they’ve already released four albums, and lately, they’ve been teasing a fifth. Earlier this month, they teased something called “Ginger” in a quick media video that featured a snippet of new music. Still, the clip didn’t make it clear what “Ginger” was, but now it’s been confirmed in a new teaser video that Ginger is the name of the band’s fifth studio album.

This afternoon, the group shared a new teaser video, which starts zoomed in on a flashing gallery of the bandmembers’ faces as new music plays in the background. In the final frames of the 24-second clip, it is revealed that the album is indeed called Ginger, and this it is set to be released in August.

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— BROCKHAMPTON (@brckhmptn) July 18, 2019

In a recent interview, Kevin Abstract compared the new music to Outkast, saying, “We want to make a summer album. Feel-good. Not too sad and like, ‘Oh, our life sucks,’ just more like, ‘Just enjoy what’s in front of you.’ […] Something we’re doing is putting those type of lyrics — like this shit is trash, anxiety, depression, all that stuff — taking those type of lyrics and putting it on a song that a bunch of people could dance to or something. It’s just like ‘Hey Ya!’ My favorite song ever. It’s basically that.”

Watch the teaser above.

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It appears that Kid Cudi is devoting a good chunk of his time nowadays to expanding his IMDb page. He’s apparently going to have a big role in the upcoming Bill And Ted movie, and now it’s been announced that he’s involved in another project. Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino is making a new HBO series called We Are Who We Are, and Cudi is one of the show’s stars.

Chloe Sevigny and Alice Braga are Cudi’s co-stars in the eight-episode limited series, which is a coming-of-age story about a pair of American teenagers in Italy. HBO announced the show with a new Instagram account that features photos of the cast.

Cudi, of course, has a fleshed out acting career already. He has prior experience at HBO thanks to the short-lived series How To Make It In America. He also starred alongside Scott Aukerman in one season of Comedy Bang! Bang!, and he’s set to appear in the upcoming season on Westworld.

He’s surely also thrilled to be working with Guadagnino, since he was enamored by Timothée Chalamet’s performance in Call Me By Your Name. Last year, Cudi was asked on Twitter who his favorite artist was, and he responded by tagging Chalamet, which had the actor over the moon. They apparently hit it off, as Cudi spent his birthday this year with Chalamet (and Pete Davidson and Kanye West).

- Aaron Williams

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Tyler The Creator has come a long way from his “kill people, burn sh*t, f*ck school” days as the rabble rousing leader of the Odd Future collective. It’s easy to see the ways in which he’s mellowed out from Bastard to Igor, as both his sound and persona have matured. So easy, in fact, that Tyler himself pointed out the difference during an enlightening interview with Zane Lowe today, telling the Beats 1 Radio host he feels if he’d started later, he could be a “god” in music.

i always imagine if i refined my first four albums like i did my last two. man….

— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) June 24, 2019

“I think everyone’s dumb until they’re 25,” he joked. “If I had started making music at 24, if I started at Flower Boy, I would be a God.” Although Lowe does try to make a case for Tyler’s first few albums, Tyler expands on his theory, pointing out exactly what it was he thought made them less interesting than Flower Boy or Igor: “If it was sixty or sixty-five percent cool, it was thirty-five percent of ‘Dammit Tyler, just shut the f*ck up. I didn’t realize I should stop yelling on songs till I was 24. I was like, ‘Why the f*ck didn’t ya’ll tell me to stop f*cking yelling all the damn time?'”

Tyler also revealed that Jack White made an uncredited appearance on Igor, reflected on fame and how “dark” his last album is, and how his relationships have remained solid throughout the duration of his career. He also jokes that he “ruined so many songs” on Igor thanks to his gruff voice. You can check out the full interview above.

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Police have raided Compton rapper YG‘s home in the Hollywood Hills looking for evidence regarding a shooting that occurred in Compton earlier this month. TMZ reports that the LA Sheriff’s Department acquired a search warrant in connection with the shooting, which involved a chase and left one bystander dead.

The shooting occurred July 3 in Compton as someone inside an SUV registered to YG fired shots at a deputy, injuring the deputy and killing a nearby pedestrian. YG was apparently not involved in the shooting, saying: “I was nowhere near the scene of this incident and had been in a recording studio all day in Hollywood. I was there until after midnight on the 4th of July and didn’t learn of these events until after they happened.”

Authorities confirmed July 8 that an SUV connected with a chase and shootout with deputies that left a man dead in Compton was registered in the name of YG. https://t.co/gMk4bLjauH pic.twitter.com/VZvBaL3KXP

— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) July 18, 2019

Four men have been detained during the search, but have yet to be identified, and the report is unclear whether they are being arrested or not. YG was reportedly not on the premises when deputies arrived. The SUV used in the shooting is reportedly a company car, registered in the name of Keenon Jackson (YG’s real name) with an address in Sherman Oaks, according to NBC Los Angeles. Compton deputies initially pursued the vehicle for suspected reckless driving, when someone inside opened fire with a high-powered rifle. During the exchange of gunfire, 65-year-old Compton resident Rickie Cornell Starks was shot and killed. One deputy was struck in the arm, while the suspects were trailed to nearby Inglewood, where they fled on foot. One was arrested; the rifle was not found.

- Aaron Williams

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There are a lot of expectations riding on this week’s release day in hip-hop. Two of the upcoming projects expected to redeem their respective rappers. Another needs to overcome the sophomore slump to further establish a burgeoning star who continues to assert his credibility among hardcore fans, but who has yet to come through with a breakout hit. And the last is the latest in a longstanding line of collaborative albums between two underground legends, which leaves it a long-shadowed legacy to live up to as one of those legends passes the reins to his prospective heirs. Check out the latest in hip-hop below.

Iggy Azalea, In My Defense

It’s been five years since Azalea’s last full-length project, which was also her debut. While The New Classic was commercially successful, Iggy herself has taken quite the battering in the public eye. After being accused of cultural appropriation, having an album shelved, getting a tour canceled, switching labels, and embracing a newfound aesthetic borrowed from the queens of Drag Race, Iggy appears ready to come back on her own terms with In My Defense. Led by the folk song-sampling “Sally Walker,” Iggy retains her high-fashion swagger, but now it’s paired with a self-deprecating, campy sense of humor that might just serve her well as she bats back at her critics and salutes her long-suffering fans.

Maxo Kream, Brandon Banks

Houston, TX is home to a constantly percolating hotbed of talent, but the city’s last brush with widespread acclaim came over a decade ago, with the wave of Swishahouse associated spitters who brought chopped-and-screwed culture to MTV. Now, however, there’s a resurgence of rappers hailing from Houston, including both popular stars like Travis Scott and underground heroes like Le$. Somewhere in the middle lies Maxo Kream, who debuted with the critically-acclaimed Punken last year. On both Punken and his latest, Brandon Banks, Maxo masterfully splits the difference between the harder, street-oriented subject matter that keeps him rooted to Houston’s seedy underbelly, and the sort of speaker-thrashing beats that will draw new listeners in droves to hear what he has to say over them.

Murs, The Iliad Is Dead And The Odyssey Is Over

Murs is multiple decades deep in a well-respected, winding rap career that includes underground classics, beloved collaborations, and a staunchly independent musical philosophy. That mentality is what drove the LA rapper to complete five collaborative projects with North Carolina producer 9th Wonder, and it’s likely behind the return to the creative well. But this time, something is a little different: 9th Wonder’s got a production collective, The Soul Council, who are just as deft at the construction of crisp, funky sampled beats for Murs to rap over. It’s a change that has him sounding revitalized and more energetic than ever.

Nas, The Lost Tapes II

Nas’ original The Lost Tapes compilation from 2004 has been called his best album since Illmatic (although, come on, it’s clearly It Was Written), so The Lost Tapes 2 has some massive shoes to fill. Not only is the onus to living up the original’s legacy hovering over this latest project like the Sword of Damocles, the album also bears the weight of course-correcting the veteran rapper’s career after last year’s Nasir fell short of expectations. If that seems like a tall order for one project to fill, it probably is. But that’s how it’s always gone for Nas, whose projects are regularly greeted with the same level of expectation as an NBA No. 1 draft pick to have a Hall of Fame career — even though that’s rarely how things pan out.

While “Jarreau Of Rap (Skatt Attack)” may have starting things off awkwardly, there’s still a chance The Lost Tapes 2 reaches the heights portended by its title. After all, Nas’ albums rarely, if ever, sound much like their singles would lead you to believe, so maybe the murderer’s row of top-tier producers on the tracklist have crafted some all-time jammers. If that’s the case, though, the next question Nas will have to answer is why he keeps cutting all the good songs from his albums and giving us Chris Webber.

Steve Stoute & Co. made the announcement at ComplexCon in Chicago.

Some things are better left unsaid, even if you think it's funny.

Of course, Michael Rapaport didn't hold back either.

Before Hollywood had the Prince of Wakanda, they had Akeem and Semmi from Zamunda.

Even though 45 offered to vouch for the A$AP Mob rapper's bail.

The "False Guidance" LP drops this summer.

UPDATE: It's looking like the A$AP Mob rapper will be indicted.

UPDATE: Dairy is thy enemy.

UPDATE: He still faces another capital murder charge.

Featuring a Jaden feature.

Irv Gotti was caught in the crossfire too.

“We hit the studio, and this was the first song I played him,” Angelo King explained via a statement.