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- Alex Zidel

Juelz Santana was supposed to come home last week but, as his wife Kimbella says, "some shit happened" and his release was delayed. Fortunately, the 38-year-old rapper didn't need to wait too long, staying behind bars for another week before things were sorted out. According to Kimbella, he will be coming home today.

Four hours ago, Juelz's wife posted a video on his page, telling the world that she was waiting outside of the prison waiting for her husband to be released.

"Juelz was supposed to get released last Tuesday but some shit happened," she said. "But we're outside of the prison now and he's gonna be released any minute. And I'll leave it all up to him when he gets out. Stay tuned!"

Kimbella looks like she couldn't be happier to welcome her man back home. 

Juelz was previously scheduled to end the year in prison, being granted a February 2021 release date. His legal team has been fighting hard for him though, shaving some months off of his sentence.

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He is currently serving time for fleeing from the airport, where he was arrested for carrying an unconcealed weapon in his bag. At the time of his arrest, he ran out of the airport and left his bag, wallet, and identification behind.

Welcome home, Juelz!

- Mitch Findlay

Yesterday, Jay-Z made a move to bolster his streaming catalog, moving to bring three beloved cult classics onto TIDAL for fans to enjoy. And while the trifecta isn't technically new, it does feel appropriate to shine a light onto these deep Jigga Man cuts. Especially for those who have grown accustomed to hearing him labeled a GOAT without fully comprehending the scope of what he's accomplished. Despite having no shortage of polished bangers to his name, the Sauce Money and Memphis Bleek assisted "From Marcy To Hollywood" is the epitome of raw rap music, pairing the emcees with a simple yet effective boom-bap beat.

"Old heads said I thought more like a soldier than a leader, In order to succeed I had to slow my speed up," he reflects, in his opening bars. "Didn't listen to stuff took another puff of the cheeba / They said believe us or not trust is something you earn, with every mistake you make back to us you return." It's cool to see Jay-Z speaking on his days as a hustler, without being so far removed as to feel like a "back in the day" type of reflection. For those who do have a TIDAL subscription, be sure to give "From Marcy To Hollywood" a listen, if only to experience some golden-age Jay-Z alongside two of his former collaborators, Memphis Bleek and Sauce Money.

QUOTABLE LYRICS

As a youth I used to hold the weed upOld heads said I thought more like a soldier than a leaderIn order to succeed I had to slow my speed upDidn't listen to stuff took another puff of the cheebaThey said believe us or not trust is something you earnWith every mistake you make back to us you return

- O.I.

At least 20 armed federal officers drove up to YouTuber Jake Paul’s home in Calabasas on Wednesday morning.

TMZ obtained footage showing the FBI enforcers in tactical gear riding armored trucks.

The warrant affidavit has been sealed, and there are no available details regarding the raid as of yet due to the fact that the matter is part of an ongoing investigation.

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In May, Paul was caught with a group of looters at a closed shopping mall in Arizona. He did not participate in any actual looting, but he was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly.

Paul has also received criticism recently for the large parties he has been throwing during the pandemic, during which public health precautions for corona such as face masks and social distancing have not been practiced.

Calabasas Mayor Alicia Weintraub made a comment regarding Paul’s parties: “They’re having this large party, no social distancing, no masks, it’s just a big, huge disregard for everything that everybody is trying to do to get things back to functioning.”

Check out the TMZ footage below.

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- Mitch Findlay

YoungBoy Never Broke Again is a fascinating artist, all things considered. At the age of twenty, the Baton Rouge rapper has already amassed a truly impressive collection of gold and platinum plaques, distributed evenly for the most part. It's even more impressive an accomplishment considering that he never quite broke into the mainstream eye, instead relying on a loyal fanbase ready and willing to run up his streaming numbers; consider that for a time, YoungBoy was the reigning king of YouTube.

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Now, with his wall already lined with dozens of RIAA certifications, the appropriately named young boy has officially added another four to the collection. "Untouchable" has gone Platinum, "No Smoke" has gone Platinum, AI Youngboy has gone platinum, and "No 9"  has gone gold. It's a testament to the longevity of AI YoungBoy, which was released in July of 2017 when he was even younger a boy than his name might have indicated. One thing is for sure, however -- at this rate, he truly won't ever be broke again.

Congratulations to NBA, who shows no sign of slowing down his pace -- provided he can keep his head in the game, mindless to the distractions that seem to send him spiraling off course. Either way, he'll have plenty of loyal fans waiting to catch him when he falls. 

- Alex Zidel

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are currently on a vacation with their kids, which is said to be a last-ditch effort to save their crumbling marriage. Kanye confirmed months-old rumors during his South Carolina rally, claiming that he has wanted to get a divorce from Kim since her meeting with Meek Mill over prison reform. 

The couple famously has paparazzi follow them everywhere. They are one of the most newsworthy couples in the world but, as they work on their relationship, they are seemingly closing themselves off from the gossip blogs, choosing a spot that is reportedly so remote that it's virtually impossible to snap any photos.

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According to TMZ, the husband-and-wife duo traveled outside of the country, specifically choosing a spot that is being described as a "fortress." They chose the house specifically to avoid any involvement with the paparazzi. 

So far, we have not heard from Kim or Kanye as they spend much-needed time together. Not a tweet, statement, or anything else. Hopefully, that's a good sign.

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Kim and Kanye have been in the news for the last little while because of the difficulties they're having in their marriage. After he avoided Kim for weeks, Kanye finally allowed her to come to his ranch in Wyoming, reuniting with a tearful trip to Wendy's. Hopefully, they're able to save their bond.

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- Alex Zidel

Jaguar Wright has been making headlines after calling out The Roots, Erykah Badu, Common, Talib Kweli, Jill Scott, and more. She accused Common of sexual assault and also made some harsh claims about The Roots. It seems as though she was not finished there though because a new video is making the rounds on social media, showing the veteran recording artist speaking about The Roots and their affiliation with R. Kelly, accusing them of knowing that he was having sex with underage girls in the studio.

The neo-soul singer says that she was once told to remain silent after calling out how R. Kelly was always getting his driver to pick up girls from middle schools around the area.

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"I know how grimy these n***as is," said Wright. "I know how thirsty they are and I know nobody’s going to say nothing or do nothing, ’cause as long as you making people money, you can do whatever the fuck you want. Look at R. Kelly."

She goes on to claim that The Roots were well aware of R. Kelly's sexual activity with underage girls.

"The Roots was around when that n***a was in the A Room sending his motherfucking driver off to go get girls from-- what was that middle school?" asks Jaguar Wright.

She then recalled how she asked about it before allegedly being told to keep quiet if she ever wants to keep rising in the music industry.

"Everybody knew what the fuck was going on in that room but I was told to mind my motherfucking business if I wanted to keep my career," she added. "A member of The Roots told me, ‘That ain’t none of your business. That man makes people millionaires.’ You fucking thirsty bitches."

What do you make of Jaguar Wright's latest allegations?

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- Alex Zidel

Ryan Breaux, the younger brother of Frank Ocean, and his friend Ezekiel "Zeek" Bishop, tragically died in a car accident on Sunday. Their friends have been sending messages and sharing memories with the two as a tribute and now, model Kaia Gerber is joining the pack with her own post.

Sharing multiple photos and videos with Ryan and Zeek, Kaia remembered her two close friends with a heartbreaking message.

"Ryan and Zeek, my heart is so heavy right now," she wrote on Instagram. "I can’t put into words how grateful I am for every second I was lucky enough to spend with you. the two people who made me smile the biggest. I will never forget that. I can still feel you here. I can still hear your laughs. I promise to keep trying to smile for you, I love you both forever."

She ended by hoping that they keep each other safe in the after-life, always remaining close.

"Rest peacefully always by each other’s side," wrote Gerber.

Ryan Breaux was eighteen-years-old at the time of his death. Ezekiel "Zeek" Bishop was twenty. The two young men were classmates, driving in a Tesla before swerving off the road and crashing into a tree.

Rest in peace, Ryan and Zeek.

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- Aron A.

Migos' Takeoff is facing allegations of rape and sexual assault after a woman accused him of assaulting her at a Los Angeles party, TMZ reports Jane Doe is suing Takeoff for an undisclosed amount for sexual battery, assault, and emotional distress.

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According to the court documents, Doe claims that Takeoff made her feel uncomfortable at a party before raping her in a bedroom of the person that invited her. The woman said that it began while Takeoff stared at her throughout the party that night. Eventually, he allegedly offered her weed which she declined.

Jane Doe said things went left after Takeoff spotted her heading up to the room of the man who invited her to the party. She claims Take got upset as he spotted them and got into an argument with the man. 

She said that she ended up going into the bedroom to wait it out but Takeoff entered that began touching her inappropriately on her butt. From there, she said Takeoff forcefully pushed her facedown onto the bed and began raping her. After he was done, he left the room immediately, according to Jane Doe's filing.

The woman said she went to a nearby hospital after she got over the shock of the incident. She said the hospital staff can corroborate that there was physical evidence of forceful rape. She also said that the medical staff reported this to LAPD.

We'll keep you posted on any further updates. 

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- Mitch Findlay

The art of storytelling has been celebrated in hip-hop, and rightfully so, as a well-told tale allows an emcee to flex their authorial prowess. In fact, some of the genre's most revered songs involve storytelling, and it's no coincidence the best lyricists can spin a yarn as good as anybody. No stranger to the process himself, Slaughterhouse alumni KXNG Crooked recently took to Twitter to name some of his personal favorite storytellers, a list that spans across generations of lyricists.

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"I can’t choose just one," admits Crook, forever engaging in hip-hop discourse with fans and followers. "Cube, Ice T, Scarface, Slick Rick, Nas, Andre 3K, Em, Pac, KRS, G Rap, Kendrick, Big.. The list of rappers who have at least one or two masterful storytelling songs is long." A fair list,  one that speaks to his own personal taste while also covering the objective ground. In a perfect world, Crook would come through with some of his favorite songs -- though he probably would gladly acquiesce, if asked nicely. 

Of course, he isn't exactly a slouch in that department, having proven himself time and again as a world-class lyricist. Therefore, his list does carry a certain weight, as one arranged by a voice of authority tends to do. Check it out for yourself below, and be sure to give KXNG Crook a follow for more engaging hip-hop discussion. 

- Alex Zidel

600Breezy is making headlines as he plans to move forward with the release of a diss track against FBG Duck, the rapper who was pronounced dead this week after a drive-by shooting.

We'll start this out by sending our condolences to the family of FBG Duck, the rapper who tragically passed away after a shooting in Chicago. One of his opposing rappers, 600Breezy, is moving ahead with his plans to release a diss record against the deceased rising star, calling him out and actually predicting that he would be shot dead.

"Go pick your homie up, bitch ass n***a," says Breezy in the preview. "Them n***as dead on the fucking block/Fat bitch, them diss songs gon' get you fucking shot/Took a few already, next time, your bitch ass in the box."

The comments to the post, which was shared on Instagram, are going after 600Breezy for choosing the most disrespectful time to come through with this record. This probably should have been scrapped. At the end of the day, people are mourning the loss of a son, friend, family member, and more. FBG Duck will be missed by tons of people.

As previously reported, FBG Duck was killed after a drive-by shooting this week. RIP.

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- Mitch Findlay

In December of 2018, we moved to highlight the work of Seattle's Real Life, who made the cut on our ongoing Three Artists You Should Hear series. Now, we're happy to premiere Real Life's brand new video for "Tried," a melodic single that puts his impressive vocal chops on display. Fueled by an old-west-inspired chord progression, the visuals mirror that aesthetic to an extent, taking place in a picturesque field at sunset. Lo-fi and minimalist in nature, it goes to show that a powerful performance can go a long way. 

“I wrote this song about walking through the fires in our lives that we can’t avoid forever and realizing shit will never be perfect but it was never suppose to be," explains Real Life, speaking exclusively with HNHH. "As much as this songs about someone else, it’s a self-reflection. We tend to gravitate towards people with the same scars. But man with the state of the world right now, I felt a weird parallel which gave the song a lot more meaning to me. All we can do is try."

Wise words to leave on -- be sure to give Real Life a chance, and check out the brand new visuals for "Tried" right here. Are you going to be putting him on your radar?

- Aron A.

Freddie Gibbs is one of the few rappers that easily adapts to any type of production. You can throw him over a loop of a soul sample or some left-field electronic beat and he'll find a pocket for himself. Today, he teams up with Machinedrum for their brand new collaboration, "Kane Train." Machinedrum, who came up in the early 2000s as a prominent figure in the electronic scene, brings massive horns to meet equally big drums for the track. With a name like "Kane Train," Freddie Gibbs comes through with that plug talk and cocaine-fueled bars for this triumphant anthem.

Gibbs is steadily riding the wave of his latest project, The Alchemist-produced Alfredo that dropped earlier this year. Another AOTY contender. Check out Machinedrum's new single, "Kane Train" with Freddie Gibbs off of A View Of U out Oct. 9th.

Quotable LyricsBitch, it's Young Corleone, Soprano, Baby TonyStraight out that Eastside, my breakfast was eggs and fried bolognaCan't politic if you neutral, I fuck with members onlyI pull up barefaced with choppas, bitch I ain't sendin' homies

- Alex Zidel

If you ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes at an 03 Greedo show, all you've got to do is listen to the rapper's new single "Baccstage" with Ron-RonTheProducer, Shordie Shordie, and Wallie the Sensei.

Following the release of "Home VLone," the Los Angeles rapper is back with another track to lead into his project's release. Although he's currently in prison on drug charges, having been denied parole this year as he serves a 20-year sentence, the Grape Street veteran has still been contributing to the sound of the West Coast, dropping tons of anthems during his time behind bars. He is said to have recorded thousands of bangers prior to his sentence.

Load It Up, Vol. 1, Greedo's collaborative project with Ron-RonTheProducer, is due out later this month. Let us know what you think of "Baccstage."

Quotable Lyrics:

Baccstage, tapped out, I give her backshotsFat face, blue hundreds in my G-StarButton up, button down when I'm cutting upHit the exotic dope too much, I hurry up and cut her off

- Alex Zidel

Lil Keed is getting ready to release his new album Trapped On Cleveland 3, which the fans have been waiting on for over a year. Ensuring that he produces an album that can withstand the test of time, the YSL Records standout artist has just unveiled the tracklist and, at first glance, it looks like it'll definitely live up to expectations.

With only a couple of days before the release of TOC3, Lil Keed has officially let the world in on what they can expect come Friday, dropping the tracklist on Instagram.

Complete with nineteen songs and executive production from Young Thug, this one is looking to be a defining piece of Lil Keed's catalog. Features include Travis Scott, Young Thug (a few times), Gunna, Lil Baby, Future, 42 Dugg, and Ty Dolla $ign. With that kind of line-up, people will be expecting a lot from Keed's new album. Thankfully, he seems to have what it takes to back up the hype.

The singles released ahead of the new album have each been solid, including "Fox 5" with Gunna and "She Know" with Lil Baby.

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Trapped On Cleveland 3 drops at midnight tomorrow. Are you going to be giving it a play?

- Mitch Findlay

Though Snoop Dogg's run at Death Row is the stuff of legends, his tenure at No Limit should not be forgotten. In fact, Snoop would be the first to admit that joining Master P's squad all but saved his career, instilling within him principles of ownership and entrepreneurial prowess. Another interesting impact the transition had was on his sound -- never had a west coast artist dove headlong into Southern tradition, and so successfully as Snoop's 1998 about-face.

The resulting album, Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told, remains an interesting one to unpack. Lined with No Limit guests like Fiend, Mystikal, C Murder, and Master P, it may very well be the most sonically unique project of his career -- and that's saying something. Yet there were some ties to his previous life, namely in the shape of "Gin And Juice II," a sequel that some might not even remember hearing. Retaining its predecessor's funkadelic vibe, Snoop leaves the party days behind, instead offering a more calculated (almost menacing) performance. Despite the Doggystyle classic's legendary reputation, "Gin & Juice II" stands as an excellent, and clearly underappreciated chapter in the Snoop Dogg story.

QUOTABLE LYRICS

I'm too fucked up off that G-I and juiceC-I get loose, n***a what ya'll wanna doI got a crew, but I choose to roll soloEspecially on Sundays dippin in my low-lowConvertible top spot for the GlockI ain't fuckin with the hen dog, so toss out the sauce hot

- Alex Zidel

According to the majority of hip-hop fans, Machine Gun Kelly walked away from his Eminem feud with the loss. However, he's definitely winning in life today, flexing his relationship with Megan Fox all over social media.

For the last little while, Machine Gun Kelly has been showing his followers just how much love he has for the stunning actress, who he has been dating for several weeks. Fox recently separated from her husband Brian Austin Green and, almost instantly afterward, she landed in the arms of the rock star. 

Sharing a new picture on her Instagram and turning off comments, Megan Fox reciprocated the love with MGK.

"Achingly Beautiful Boy... My heart is yours," she wrote as her caption. In the photo, the couple covers their lower half with towels following a joint shower. The thirst trap isn't the first time we've seen them flaunt their relationship in limited clothing. As they were still rumored to be an item, Megan popped up in MGK's music video for "Bloody Valentine," rocking a towel in behind-the-scenes footage.

Do you think that Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox will turn out to last a long time or is this just another fling for the rapper, who is notorious for his short-term relationships with actresses and models?

- Mitch Findlay

It seems as if every time a rapper begins to find commercial footing, the police come a-knocking. For Detroit rapper 42 Dugg, who has been steadily rising throughout the past few months, it would appear that his past is indeed coming back to bite him. TMZ reports that Dugg was arrested on Monday morning for an incident that transpired two months ago, when he reportedly fled police in a suburb near Detroit. According to Oakland County's chief assistant prosecutors Paul Walton, police pulled over Dugg's Chevy Tahoe at the beginning of June, only for the rapper to peel off and flee the scene.

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The report indicates that the car was a rental, and cops proceeded to track it to a promoter. It didn't take long for them to find out that Dugg was actually the promoter's client, and surveillance footage later caught him physically driving the car in question. Once they managed to catch him, he was charged with the third-degree felony of fleeing a police officer. Despite being released on a $200,000 bond, Dugg was forced to wear an ankle monitor to ensure he doesn't attempt to flee again. 

As of now, he's facing up to five years in prison -- though it's unlikely he'll be seeing such a hard sentence. He's also at risk for a $1,000 fine and a suspended license should he indeed be found guilty. Dugg is scheduled to appear in court this week, where this one is expected to be resolved entirely. Check an eye out for further developments as they occur. 

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- Alex Zidel

It's official. Kelis is expecting her third child, showing off her pregnancy test result and announcing her bundle of joy to the world.

"Chef Kelis - table for 5 please," wrote the recording artist on Instagram. "We’re adding one more!"

Kelis has two children already, Knight and Shepherd. She has been keeping things low-key, moving to a farm two-and-a-half hours away from Los Angeles and managing it with her husband. Now, she's got a third baby to take care of as she awaits their arrival.

"As a Black mother, there are so many things to consider during this time in your life, especially during the crazy times that we live in — from what we eat, to how we live and love," wrote Kelis about how important it is to know how to take care of yourself and your body. "This is the time we must take for ourselves without apologies, especially when we still live in a country where Black women historically have had the highest maternal mortality rates."

She went on to announce her partnership with First Response Early Result.

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"So for me, self-care has become paramount, particularly in the beginning stages. Knowing your body and what it needs, being able to be still and quiet enough to hear what it tells you," she said. "That’s why I used a First Response Early Result test as it can tell you if you’re pregnant 6 days sooner than your missed period."

Congratulations to Kelis! We can't wait to meet the latest addition to her family.

- Alex Zidel

King Combs was involved in a car accident, getting hit by another driver who was arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence.

Diddy's son, Christian Combs, suffered minor injuries in the accident. It happened shortly after midnight in Beverly Hills. He was driving his red Ferrari when a Tesla collided into his whip. The driver was reportedly speeding down Sunset Boulevard. King Combs' car looks to be completely totaled but both drivers were thankfully alright. King suffered minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital.

A video has surfaced from the scene of the accident, which shows the Tesla driver being asked to complete a field sobriety test. He reportedly did not pass the test and was arrested for driving under the influence. 

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Just hours before the crash, King Combs posed with the red Ferrari on Instagram Stories. Hopefully, insurance is able to cover the cost of repairs.

This is the second time that King has been involved in a car crash in the span of a year. Back in October 2019, he was also in a crash with his brother Quincy.

Thankfully, he's alright. he has not issued a statement about what happened. Send some positivity to King today.

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- Mitch Findlay

While the ongoing pandemic has wreaked havoc on the music industry, one of the saddest casualties might very well be the retirement of the radio freestyle. Lest we forget, radio freestyles were one of the most surefire ways to receive a healthy serving of BARS, as you already know emcees stepping up to the plate weren't about to phone it in. For Funkmaster Flex, who happens to be enjoying his fifty-second birthday today, those very BARS were one of his primary sources of sustenance. Though it's unclear as to how he's getting on without them, Royce Da 5'9" took a moment to reflect on one of his station's glorious moments. 

Taking a moment to reply to a question posed by XXL -- "Who had the best freestyle of all time on his show?" -- Royce slid through with a clear and decisive answer. "That’s pretty easy," he declares. "Riq." He is, of course, referring to Tariq Trotter, known to most of his fans as Black Thought. You may recall that fateful day in December 2017, when Black Thought stepped into the booth to unleash ten minutes of awe-inspiring bars, leaving Funkmaster Flex contorting his face into expressions not even the most creative painter could have imagined. 

To this day, the epic freestyle has amassed over eleven-million views, quietly understood to be the gold standard of radio-delivered bars. And while Thought's lyrical onslaught will be studied by scholars for generations, we mustn't forget that Royce himself delivered a pretty impressive one shortly thereafter, matching Thought's pace with a ten-minute offering of his own. Happy birthday to Funkmaster Flex, and may we one day see our table set with a fresh serving of BARS -- lord knows we need it. 

- 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.

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— 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.

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

— JPEGMAFIA (@darkskinmanson) September 10, 2019

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

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

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

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

- Aaron Williams

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

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

— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 10, 2019

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

— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 10, 2019

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

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

- joshua kellem

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

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

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

- Aaron Williams

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

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

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

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

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

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

- joshua kellem

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

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

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

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

- Aaron Williams

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

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

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

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

- Carolyn Droke

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

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

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

— Joshua Mellin (@JoshuaMellin) September 8, 2019

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

— DIANE PATHIEU (@pathieuabc7) September 8, 2019

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

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

— Modern Notoriety (@ModernNotoriety) September 8, 2019

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

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

— Madeline Clauff (@MClauff) September 8, 2019

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

— 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐄𝐧𝐳𝐨𝐒𝐢𝐥𝐯𝐚 💛 (@BigPapiESilva) September 8, 2019

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

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

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

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

— DatPiff (@DatPiff) September 8, 2019

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

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

— marianna (@Mariannaz98) September 8, 2019

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

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

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

- Carolyn Droke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

— Twink Print (@goodsisnicki) September 5, 2019

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

- Steve Bramucci

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

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

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

- joshua kellem

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

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

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

- Aaron Williams

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

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

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

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

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

- joshua kellem

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

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

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

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

You can stream the song here.

- Aaron Williams

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

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

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

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

- Aaron Williams

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

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

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

- Derrick Rossignol

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

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

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

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

Watch the “Panini” video above.

- Aaron Williams

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

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

— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) September 4, 2019

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

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

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

- Aaron Williams

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

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

— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 4, 2019

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

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

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

- joshua kellem

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

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

Azealia banks attack lizzo pic.twitter.com/VPuxpmb2C5

— nicole145 (@nicole31556167) September 3, 2019

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

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

- Aaron Williams

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

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

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

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

"Simply Done," her debut single for the label, arrives following her signing with Westside Gunn in March.

The alleged victim, only identified as "Jane Doe," filed a lawsuit seeking damages.

The Philly singer also responds to Young Guru who defended Black Thought against ghostwriting allegations.

The Chicago rapper was murdered in broad daylight on Tuesday (August 4) in an affluent Windy City neighborhood.

The 25-year-old artist posted $20,000 bond and got slapped with a GPS ankle monitor as part of his conditional release.

The 'Chixtape 3' singer is actually just outside the NBA bubble 'Lovin' It.'

Before he passed, Juice tweeted he and the XO singer could make a diamond record.

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WARNING: Graphic footage and photos of the shooting's aftermath surfaced via social media.

UPDATE: 10 new tracks plus the Black Lives Matter remix of his hit single "Rockstar" featuring Roddy Ricch.

"When it comes to a virus in the world that is actively killing people, we’ve got to be a little bit more careful with what we say," he says.

Slim was signed to Aftermath in the late 00s but went to jail in 2013 and was later dropped.

Beginning in Fall 2021, 25 percent of the incoming freshmen class will receive Roc Nation Hope Scholarships.

It seems like fans should start getting ready for the Houston rager's next project.

But he won't be on the ballot in more than 10 states after missing multiple deadlines to qualify as an independent candidate.

While none of the songs are named 'Dead Presidents Pt. 1," longtime Jigga fans will be happy to have these.

"I ain't got nothing else I'm doing or passionate about but some change," he says. "I don't give a damn about a movie or a fucking record or none of that shit."

The comedic actress made the confession on an episode of Steve-O's "Wild Ride!" podcast.

The "TROLLZ" rapper evidently need to get some shopping done.