The public had quite a bit to say after Adrienne Bailon married famed gospel singer Israel Houghton and became Mrs. Houghton. The Real's host had her name dragged through the mud as people accused her of carrying on an affair with Israel while he was still married to his first wife, Meleasa. On a recent episode of The Real, Adrienne spoke openly about the judgment she's received from church folks and feeling insecure when she visits her place of worship.
"They say ‘Come as you are,’ but do you make people feel that way?" she asked. "And I have found places and churches and incredible people who actually just don’t call themselves Christians, but they are Christ-like in the way they love people. So I’m grateful for that and I also don’t make excuses for myself. I’m not perfect." She also said the opinions of others have made her hyper-aware of the styles of clothes she wears, as she's regularly called out for showing too much skin.
"I’m not going to front, I try now even to be conscious of it,” she said. “Jeannie gets mad at me for it. She always tells me don’t change who you are. But I am conscious of it, not so much for myself but for my husband. Y’all could talk all you want about me, but you’re not going to talk about him. That’s how I feel, so I try to be mindful when it comes to him.”
Adrienne's comments come as a response to actress Meagan Good who told D.L. Hughley that she purposefully doesn't attend church that often. Good's husband, DeVon Franklin, is a best-selling author, motivational speaker, and part-time preacher, but because the actress hasn't felt welcome at church, she refrains from attending.Rachel Murray/Getty Images
"It’s unfortunate because we’re supposed to be the biggest lovers. And it’s like even if you disagree with someone or you don’t think what they’re doing is right, you’re supposed to mind your own business and pray for that person. Other times, you’re supposed to correct in love if that’s what God told you to do. And there was no correction in love. It was like a complete assault."
Singer R. Kelly is facing numerous cases in a handful of states but according to his Lawyer, he's remaining positive through it all. Attorney Raed Shalabi exclusively chatted with The Blast to discuss, as much as he could, the trials awaiting his client. There's an upcoming criminal trial in Chicago, multiple sexual assault cases, and federal investigations in New York surrounding tax evasion and sex trafficking.
"We're briefing him all the time and we're talking," Shalabi said. "With the court system itself, yes, he believes he's going to get a fair trial and things like that. However, he does realize the court of public opinion is not really on his side at this point. And that's kinda why he wants to get his side of the story across."Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images
"For the past couple weeks, I think that court of public opinion is changing, but not probably to the level of an even playing field yet just because of what's been going on with the Lifetime thing and things like that at this juncture." He also mentions that he's the attorney on one of Kelly's civil cases and says that one of the singer's accusers, Heather Williams, recently requested money. Shalabi lamented that she didn't ask for a restraining order or an apology, but she filed the lawsuit specifically to capitalize off of the current chaotic climate surrounding his client.
"Look at what these alleged victims are doing," Shalabi added. "Look at what books they're writing. Look at what lawsuits they're filing for money. That's the motive. It's clear." Shalabi also stated that Kelly's legal team has yet to come up with a strategy for his federal indictments because they're waiting for the feds' first move. Meanwhile, Kelly is reportedly planning a big comeback and has been working on creating new music in hopes of putting this legal headache behind him.
The beginning of 2015 would change the life Silentó who at the time was just a teenager. In January of that year, he released his debut single "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" on YouTube, a song that would go on to become an international hit inspiring a dance craze that spanned from coast-to-coast. The video currently boasts over one billion views, but Silentó's career doesn't end there. Now 21-years-old, the young artist has returned with his latest effort, a five-track EP titled SilentóMOB: The Doctor's Exclusive.
Previously, Silentó was thrust into the limelight, becoming a superstar because of one hit. Now, he's a young man who is realizing his artistry while developing creatively. The lead single from SilentóMOB: The Doctor's Exclusive is a song titled "Cards," a personal track where the Georgia artist both sings and raps about being known around the globe, but still having to "play your cards right" in order to make something of yourself. Yet, two standout tracks on the EP are "Right Now" and "Trenches" featuring BigSticcy, so make sure to give those a good listen.
"When you perform in front human beings in different countries all over the world, you think you have it all and believe you're one of the best in the industry," Silentó said. "However, I was young, naive, and didn't have the ability to create the music that I wanted the world to hear. I was subjected to one song. Now that I've seen what an impact one song can make, I'm able to use the fuel and ideation to create sounds that can resonate to everybody. I want my music to not only to represent what I went through, but inspire others through the music and most importantly have everyone be able to relate to it."
1. Cards (produced by Murphy Kid)2. Made It Out ft. SM Rek (produced by Joe Mclaren)3. Right Now (produced by SkyyBeats)4. Trenches ft. BigSticcy (produced by Big Nick)5. Pretty Ting (produced by Murphy Kid)
Filmed in Australia, British R&B singer Estelle and Denzell Williams co-directed the visual for her latest single "Lights Out." The slow grooving track drips with romance, flirtation, and summer vibes—and the artsy visual matches that energy perfectly. Estelle released her fifth studio album Lovers Rock back in September, and "Lights Out" is featured on the record alongside two previously released singles "Better" and "Love Like Ours" with Tarrus Riley.
The singer recently caught up with Ebony to discuss the importance of showcasing her roots on her latest effort. Born to a Grenadian father and Senegalese mother, Estelle was taught much about her heritage and ancestors while growing up in the U.K. Listeners can hear much of her cultural influences on Lovers Rock, especially through her collaboration with dancehall artist Konshens and Nigerian record producer Maleek Berry.
“They’re all artists who make the music and come from the places that the music originated from," Estelle said. "I think they are just as great and amazing as whoever is being popular appropriating [the sounds]."
'Cause there ain't no questionmy mind's always open for youI wanna be the one you run to yeahHeyCall it obsessionBut my body's calling for youI've fallen for you
When it rains, it pours, and lately, Kodak Black has been drenched. The 21-year-old rapper is currently behind bars in Florida after being arrested prior to his performance at the Miami hip hop festival Rolling Loud. This recent arrest reportedly stems from Kodak falsifying information when he attempted to purchase a firearm. His team has been working diligently to get him released on bond, but their efforts have yet to yield the result they desire. In turn, they've shared his prison mailing address, hoping that fans will send the rapper love as he awaits upcoming court dates.Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
However, not everyone is disappointed that Kodak is locked up. A concert promoter used the opportunity to serve the rapper with legal papers regarding a lawsuit that he filed against Kodak last month. According to The Blast, a man named Nicholas Fitts has accused the Florida rapper of not fulfilling his end of a contractual agreement. Fitts states that Kodak was scheduled to perform in New York on March 3, 2017, but pulled a no-show. They agreed that he would make up the show by performing a month later in April, but once again Kodak was nowhere to be found.
After failing to deliver twice, the promoter claims that they settled on a third date but that didn't happen, either. Fitts is seeking an excess of $500,000 in damages.
There's drama on the set of The Chi and it's not in front of the camera. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Straight Outta Compton actor Jason Mitchell is at the center of allegations of misconduct. The publication states that Mitchell has been fired from Showtime's The Chi and an upcoming film Desperados that's set to premiere on Netflix. In addition, Mitchell's agent and manager have also dropped him as a client.
THR says that actress Tiffany Boone, who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the Showtime drama, is just one of several actresses who have complained about Mitchell. He's been accused of sexual harassment as well as making Boone feel unsafe when they've filmed scenes together. Boone's fiancé, Marque Richardson of Netflix's Dear White People, reportedly had to come to set when Boone was forced to work one-on-one with Mitchell. When THR asked Boone to comment on the allegations, she declined.
The publication goes on to report that Boone told producers that she would no longer work with the actor so, at her request, she was released. However, apparently, there were complaints from other actresses as well, culminating to Mitchell's team cleaning house. Sources told THR that his Desperados co-stars Nasim Pedrad, Anna Camp, and Robbie Amell, complained about him, too. Mitchell had not yet filmed Desperados and has been replaced by New Girl actor Lamorne Morris.
To help celebrate his 41st birthday, rapper Max B released his first song in eight years. The Harlem artist linked up with friend and collaborator French Montana to deliver "Hold On" early Tuesday morning, a track that pays homage to Sade's "Nothing Can Come Between Us." Fans haven't received any new music from Max since his 2011 effort Vigilant Season, but it looks as if there will be more to come as the year rolls on.
The rapper has been incarcerated at the East Jersey State Prison since 2009 after being found guilty of nine counts including murder conspiracy and robbery. He was sentenced to 75 years in prison. Authorities alleged that Max ordered his ex-girlfriend and his stepbrother to rob two men at a New Jersey hotel. One man was ambushed in the room and restrained with duct tape while the thieves awaited the man's partner to return. When he did, he was reportedly shot execution-style in the head. Max, his ex-girlfriend, and his stepbrother were all arrested and charged a week later.
Back in April, French Montana suggested that Kim Kardashian wanted to help get Max out of prison. "Me and Kim was talking about getting Max B home from jail," he explained. "'Cause she's doing the whole thing with...So, like for her to even reach out and do that I felt like that was powerful."
It was an emotional day in court on Monday for Tanisha Foster, the mother of Nipsey Hussle's 10-year-old daughter Emani Asghedom. There has been an ongoing custody case over Emani between Nipsey's sister Samantha Smith and Foster, and on Monday a judge ordered that the child should remain in the custody of her aunt.
Smith previously stated in court documents that she wants "to ensure the continued stability for Emani and ensure that she will be able to maintain her current and ongoing relationship." Foster accused Smith of basically kidnapping Emani, saying that she “unlawfully took the minor and as of this date, despite objectors demand, refused to return the minor to Objector.”
There is another court date set for July and Larry Lewellyn, Foster's lawyer, told TMZ he's working with Nipsey's family on a visitation schedule. According to the publication, Foster began crying in front of a judge after sharing that she hadn't seen her child in months. The judge allowed the mother and daughter 20 minutes together.
Following Monday's ruling, a cameraman caught Foster leaving the courthouse. "I'm pissed off," she tells the paparazzo while keeping her cool and repeatedly saying "God bless" to him. He hounds her for a response before letting her be on her way.
Long Beach, California rapper O.T. Genasis is bae and he isn't afraid to tell you why. He first dropped his "Bae" single at the end of 2018, a song whose title suggests that the 31-year-old would be bragging about his lady. Instead, listeners got an earful of O.T.'s grandeur as he rapped about why he's everything a woman wants and needs.
For the remix, the rapper grabs fellow rappers E-40, Rich The Kid, and G-Eazy to give their additions to the single. Each artist falls in line as they talk about why they're the greatest as they boast about having money, being famous, and being desired by women. Meanwhile, O.T.'s career has been making waves, especially following his hits like "Cut It" and "CoCo." Beyoncé even remixed his track "Everybody Mad" for her iconic Coachella performance. His affiliation with the Kardashian-Jenners has also placed his name in headlines as he's dating Khloe Kardashian's best friend Malika Haqq. Apparently, she's really "bae." Check out the remix and let us know what you think.
Fat fly n*gga I'm baeLet a play through get up out the wayWhen I was broke I mighta been an ugly ducklingNow that I'm papered up they want me to be they husband
Over the weekend, Little Future celebrated his 5th birthday, eliciting public congratulatory messages from his parents, Ciara and Future—and his stepfather Russell Wilson. The NFL star wrote a loving message about the five-year-old as he shared a photo of the two go-kart racing, and Future shouted out his love and shared an image of his son rocking the Rolex he bought for him with a caption that quoted Meek Mill's "Dreams and Nightmares."
Future's expensive gift to his young son made the rapper the target of social media criticism, but the "Where Ya At" artist is used to it. Recently he's made headlines following the birth of his alleged sixth child by Instagram model Eliza Reign. If she proves that her child is the rapper's daughter, that will make the baby girl his sixth child with a sixth mother. As it's been an intense few weeks with his name in the headlines, Future fired off a series of tweets questioning those who constantly share all their personal information with the public, saying they might as well work for the blogs instead of giving up the information for free.
"How much u get paid a week for telling your business to social media??" he wrote. "These blogs should put y’all on payroll. Working for free all day is slavery. Let’s focus on uplifting each other for free of charge if u really want to make a difference.. keep them bad vibes to yourself. If I’m happy I kno u could b happy too. Love yourself 1st and be able to live with every decision u make with no excuses." This could just be a general statement for anyone who attempts to keep themselves relevant or it could a subliminal tweet a certain someone.
Child star Aaron Carter sang his way into the hearts of millions back in the year 2000 when he dropped his hit single "I Want Candy," a track that he would later perform at Michael Jackson’s anniversary celebration at Madison Square Garden. Carter developed a friendship with Jackson and throughout the years has been questioned about the late singer due to accusations from others regarding alleged sexual abuse. In 2004 the singer, whose brother is Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, was in his late teens and told PEOPLE, "Michael and I have been friends for three years...Nothing happened between me and Michael. We didn’t sleep in the same room, we didn’t share a bed. We have a normal friendship. There’s nothing sexual to it."
Carter hadn't deviated from that narrative until recently following HBO's Leaving Neverland documentary. It's been revealed that the entertainer will be a cast member on the next season of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition and he's speaking on his relationship with Jackson. In a green-screen interview clip from the show, Carter explains, "Michael was a really good guy, as far as I know, a really good guy. He never did anything that was inappropriate," before adding, "Except for one time. There was one thing that he did that was a little bit inappropriate."
Back in April, Carter promised to talk more about his "experience" with the music icon. "To be honest, after seeing everyone’s story unfold, I was a little aggressive when I talked about it at first. I mean, everyone has their own stories and everyone has their own situations so I can’t really take away from that," he told TMZ. “In regards to that situation, I actually have my own experience that happened with Michael, so I'mma be talking about that in the future."
Seven years after her untimely and shocking death, fans may be able to see Whitney Houston—or at least her hologram—on tour. The late singer was found unresponsive inside her suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel during Grammy weekend in 2012, and since that time Houston's estate has been procuring business dealings to keep her memory, and career, alive. Pat Houston, Whitney's sister-in-law and former manager, recently spoke with The New York Times and told them that the world can expect to see much more of Ms. Houston in the years to come.
"Everything is about timing for me," Pat said. "It’s been quite emotional for the past seven years. But now it’s about being strategic." Houston's death, which was ruled to be an accidental overdose of a cocktail of medications paired with cocaine, further sullied the singer's reputation that was the center of addiction rumors, especially during her relationship with R&B star Bobby Brown. However, Houston was a record-breaking, chart-topping icon whose vocals were unmatched.Kevin Winter/Getty Images
"Before she passed, there was so much negativity around the name; it wasn’t about the music anymore," Pat stated. "People had forgotten how great she was. They let all the personal things about her life outweigh why they fell in love with her in the first place." Houston's vault is overflowing with unreleased music, and her estate is reportedly in talks to ink deals for a Whitney Broadway musical and a Vegas-style production.
“The hologram has taken precedence over everything,” Pat said. Hologram shows aren't new, as artists like Maria Callas, Roy Orbison, Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson, and Frank Zappa have already taken center stage. According to NYT, the Houston hologram will belt out her hit tracks while backed by her original band and backup singers—including her brother Gary, Pat Houston’s husband.
There has been hype surrounding the release of Rick Ross' Port of Miami 2 album for years. DJ Khaled teased that the record was "coming" back in March 2018 and by August, Rozay himself let the world know that they should expect new music from him sooner than later. "12 yrs ago today I released my debut album ‘Port of Miami’..today I’m putting final touches on ‘Port of Miami 2’ which will be coming soon!" he wrote on Instagram.
Yet, fans are still awaiting the rapper's forthcoming album or at least a date for its release. However, earlier today Ross and crew dropped the Port of Miami 2 Freestyle, a straightforward, minute and a half presentation that's meant to give us all a taste of what's to come. The style is signature Ross with his hoarse delivery and lyrical prowess. This latest offering suggests that P.O.M. II may be hitting the streets sooner than later, so check out the freestyle and let us know what you think.
Talkin’ all white like the popeType of money bring Bill Cosby backA different world nothin' for my college catsI respect you n*ggas buildin’ all the appsBut it’s time we raise the ceilings in the traps
It was believed that Monica wasn't going to speak about her split from former NBA star Shannon Brown on reality television, but the singer opened up on a recent episode of T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle. Back in March, it was announced that the 38-year-old mother of three filed for divorce and as the premiere date of the VH1 show approached, there was much speculation regarding how much Monica would reveal about her break up.
The "So Gone" singer shed tears as she spoke about her recent transition without getting into detail about why her marriage fell apart. "I think a lot of my life changes have become so complex and difficult. I had two children. I stayed in that relationship a long time, and he was a loss on both levels," she said of her ex-fiancé Rodney 'Rocko' Hill. "Then I finally met my husband and then I had my daughter, and it was good that he was athletic like the boys, so they had their own bond...and then now that’s a loss. It’s been some rough weeks these last few weeks."Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images
"Things in my personal life have been changing a lot, and it has not been easy," Monica added. "I cannot lie. My personal relationship is taking a major toll on me. I’m feeling it every day. I’ve been keeping everything to myself and I feel overwhelmed...I’m everybody’s go-to, and I think it makes people think I’m pretending to be perfect when in actuality, I just don’t believe in pausing. 'Cause it’s like you pause and you get stuck."
Since the arrival of DJ Khaled's Father of Asahd album, we've been treated to a handful of video treatments for some of the hottest tracks. From "Wish Wish" featuring Cardi B and 21 Savage to "You Stay," DJ Khaled's previous words on how his album will take over have proven to be true.
Another video has arrived for the Meek Mill and Lil Baby assisted tune "Weather The Storm," that sees the trio head to church for some gospel remedies. The latest video is the seventh offering from the album, which surely means there's more to come considering the tape is stacked with 15-tracks.
"This is my 11th album so I’m making sure that I’m evolving," Khaled told XXL. "But at the same time, I’m changing the game. I’ve been watching the game. I felt like a lot of good music came out but only a handful of the great shit [has come out]. So, with Father of Asahd, everybody, I mean everybody will have to go back in the studio and analyze what they are doing and analyze how they are going to give it to the world."
HBO's Game of Thrones is officially over after a strong eight-season run. We've already rounded-up some reactions from the show's final episode after Emilia Clarke defended the ending. Now another star, Kit Harington, has echoed the same sentiments as Emilia, this time not dropping any spoilers for anyone who hasn't seen the questionable ending.
“Whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their judgment on it, in my head they can go fuck themselves,” Kit told Esquire. “Because I know how much work was put into this.”Charles McQuillan/Getty Images
Kit detailed hows he's not meaning "to sound mean about critics" but the show means a lot to him and doesn't deserve being dragged. “A lot of jobs, everyone goes back to their apartments at the end of the day. They have their lives and they have their families and they have their girlfriends or boyfriends back home,” he detailed. “I think part of what made [‘GoT’] successful was the fact that we got on like a family. Everyone who came in was welcomed into the family.”
As we previously posted, a petition to remake the final season has been created and it's really sitting at over one-million signatures.
The last time we posted about someone's Harvard Business school acceptance it turned out to not be true. However, we think that the latest acceptance by Ciara to the Ivy League school is based on truth. PEOPLE details how the "Body Party" singer has been accepted into the Ivy League’s Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports program.
According to Harvard's official website for the course, admittance is granted after "a selective process based on your professional achievement and organizational responsibilities."
"I always dreamt of going to college, but by God’s grace, my music career took me on a path that I’m so thankful for. This week I got accepted into Harvard! Words cannot describe my excitement! Thank you @anitaelberse for a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend @Harvard BEMS," Ciara wrote on Instagram next to a photo of her rocking a Harvard crew neck.
Ciara recently opened about the prayer she used to score her husband, Russell Wilson. “I prayed for a God-fearing man; I prayed for discernment; I prayed for wisdom, to really learn from the wisdom that I gained from the experience I was going through. I prayed for a man that loved kids because obviously, me having my son— if you’re going to love me, you [have to] love him," she said.
As we know, Alice Marie Johnson is the former prison inmate who was granted clemency after Kim Kardashian went to the White House to speak with Donald Trump about prison reform. Alice was the first person Kim got released and since then she's helped at least 17 inmates with low-level offenses see the light of day.Karwai Tang/Getty Images
TMZ recently spoke with Alice Marie Johnson about Kim and how she's received backlash since announcing her plans to become a lawyer. As we assumed, Alice is nothing but proud of Kim for everything she's done and is about to do. "Kim took a great risk at the time, with going to the White House in terms of her brand. As you know, celebrities who were going were not being treated very well on social media," Alice explained.
"But Kim said she didn't care, she always wanted to see me free and whatever that took she was going to do it. I'm so proud of her for following her passion. My case has awakened something in Kim."
Alice further explains how her case was a catalyst to wake up Kim's true passion, something she's very serious about. Alice's memoir After Life: My Journey From Incarceration To Freedom is now available with a passage written by Kim herself.
The West family now have a Sunday ritual that involves Kanye West leading a gospel choir to sing renditions of his tracks and others that speak to the heart. Sunday Service is by no means a new event, but this past Sunday was a special one according to Kim Kardashian. According to posts made by Kim, the weather forced people to perform inside but there was a certain magical presence.Raymond Hall/GC Images
"There’s so many videos from today’s Sunday service I want to share with you guys. The rain forced us inside but it was magical. No mics, no band, no speakers but it was perfect," Kim wrote on Twitter.
In another post made to her Instagram, Kim detailed how Sia's "Elastic Heart" was sung, leaving everyone in tears. "Not a dry eye in the room today. The choir sang Sia's Elastic Heart song and changed the words to a gospel song," Kim explained.
The joyful energy could have something to do with the arrival of Kim and Kanye's fourth child, who they've named Psalm West. Kim shared the news to Instagram, captioning a screenshot from Kanye blessing her on a wonderful Mother's Day.
"Beautiful Mother's Day. With the arrival of our fourth child. We are blessed beyond measure. We have everything we need," Ye wrote.
Being a Northerner himself, Tory Lanez seemingly knows that the summer months are here and while things haven't heated up quite yet, it's coming soon. With that being said, people are going to need a summer anthem and fans in Toronto (and Brampton) would love to represent an artist hailing for the area. The latter is probably the reason Tory has come through with an announcement, detailing how his next single will be a banger, featuring the likes of Quavo and Tyga.
The "4 Me" music maker shared an image to Instagram that sees him looking all kinds of happy. "The smile u make when you about to drop the SUMMER ANTHEM on the 31st of this month .. and it FEATURES @quavohuncho & @tyga #BrokeLeg ... THIS ONE IS GOING PLATINUM IN THE FIRST 10 SECONDS," he captioned the photo.
If the song is a true hit as Tory claims it will be, we're left wondering what kind of woman will be into it most - "regular" girls or "famous" girls. If you can remember, Tory shared a few statements about the latter and how he'd "take a regular girl" over a famous girl any day.
"Difference is a regular girl...mad lowkey," he shared with his fans. "Don't be around all the n-ggas. Don't call every n-gga that she's fucking 'bro.' Don't gotta shake her ass on the gram for some likes. Don't gotta worry bout every rap n-gga in her DM."
Regular girl or not, Tory's going to want everyone to bust down to this one.
Wranglers are far from the world’s most popular jeans, but something about the brand just seems to resonate with artists. Everyone from the likes of Mac DeMarco to Lil Nas X has sung the denim brand’s praises in the past. The latter artist’s surprise hit “Old Town Road” has permeated culture to the point that we’re all regularly name-dropping the jeans every chance we get. People young and old can be seen mouthing the lines “My life is a movie, bull ridin’ and boobies, cowboy hat from Gucci, Wrangler on my booty,” at all manner of events — from pumping gas to waiting in line for groceries.
For his part, Lil Nas X is making the most of his surprise hit, as he should. Recently, he teamed with Wrangler for a special collaboration that pays homage to both the brand and the song that made them kind of cool.
Starting today, Wrangler will carry a limited-edition capsule collection with Lil Nas X that features four graphic t-shirts, and — of course — a whole host of denim products, from cut-off shorts to slim and bootcut jeans, and a denim button down. The collection’s price ranges from $39-$149, so this is about the only artist and brand collaboration that won’t totally break the bank.
The graphic t-shirts range from simple to flashy, with a plain black shirt with OTR printed in a Western-styled font on the sleeve, to a busier multicolored rearing horse print, as well as a white shirt that utilizes the traditional Wrangler logo. The jeans are constructed from heavyweight twill denim and come in either a cowboy-friendly bootcut style or a more modern skinny fit. Just about everything from the collection features a play on the “Old Town Road” title or make mention of Lil Nas X in some way — so if you aren’t a super fan of the song, this probably isn’t the collection for you.
Check out the full collection below and head over to Wrangler’s online store if you want to grab a pair of jeans for the “Old Town Road” super fan in your life. Items from this collection will surely make their way to a thrift store, so future generations can make them cool again while wondering what the hell “Old Town Road” even was.
For more “Old Town Road” check out the new music video which features cameo performances from Chris Rock, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diplo, and Vince Staples.
On Friday, Megan Thee Stallion released her debut album Fever. Coming in at just over forty minutes, the project is 14 tracks of serious bars. Throughout her rise to mainstream popularity in the last few years, the last thing in question has been the 24 year old’s rapping ability. In her new cover story for The Fader, however, Megan revealed that she thinks her skills on the mic are graded on a different scale than those of some of her male peers.
“They criticize you harder than they criticize men,” the rapper told Lawrence Burney. “If I was out there making little noises like Uzi and Carti be making, they would not rock with that. And not saying that they don’t be going hard, because we definitely finna turn up to both of them, but if it was a chick, like — no.”
To Meagan, this double standard has been made all the more clear by contemporary hip-hop’s push towards a more repetitive, lyrically stripped-down style. The “Big ‘Ol Freak” rapper seems to have found this trend somewhat disconcerting. “To see that it changed from something that I love so much to what’s going on right now really blew my mind,” she said. “Like, we not rapping no more?”
Fever is out now through 300 Entertainment.
Charlotte rapper DaBaby is just beginning his breakout into mainstream stardom, but it seems he could already be in some legal trouble, as a recent performance in Boston turned into a violent confrontation for the 27-year-old and his security, leaving a local rapper in a serious coma. The rapper, Don Trag’s mother told Boston’s CBS affiliate that he was only trying to get a picture with the emerging star before he hit the stage at Centro Nightclub, but was thrown into a headlock and punched repeatedly in the head by DaBaby’s security guards.
Don Trag was treated at Lawrence General Hospital and signed himself out, but collapsed at his mother’s home and was taken to another Boston-area hospital. “Every time he stands, he falls down, so they’re doing CTs and cat scans,” said his mother, Nerlande Saladin. Police are investigating, but according to TMZ, witnesses are refusing to give statements, complicating the investigation.
Saladin told news sources that DaBaby’s team “could’ve killed him” when they started swinging “because they hit him in the head a lot. His eye is all bloodied… It’s just so sad to see my son like that.” She says she’s contemplating hiring a lawyer but is focused more on Trag’s recovery at the moment. Police have not charged DaBaby or his team with a crime.
Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, along with City Girls and Teyana Taylor, were the subjects of a tour rumor after it was announced that Cardi would be holding a series of concerts in upstate New York called Femme It Forward celebrating women in hip-hop. However, it appears that eager fans will have to wait until the end of the summer instead as Cardi was forced to postpone the concerts due to “circumstances beyond her control.”
Where the ladies were set to hit the stage at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview and Saratoga Performing Arts Center this weekend, the show organizers Live Nation announced that the concerts would be put on hold until the end of the summer. Both concerts will now take place instead on Friday, September 6 at SPAC and Saturday, September 7 at the Amp.
Meanwhile, Cardi, Megan, and City Girls are all having huge years so far with Cardi appearing on DJ Khaled’s new album on the 21 Savage-featuring song “Wish Wish” while her own hit single with Bruno Mars, “Please Me,” continues to ride the charts. Megan just dropped her own heavily-anticipated album, Fever, to rave reviews, while City Girls recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of their debut album, Period, with the release of the video for “Careless.” With a full schedule of festival appearances for the summer, all three acts will likely be plenty busy until Femme It Forward finally strikes.
It looks like there is yet another “Baby” to add to the ever-growing list of rappers who’ve tagged themselves with that infantile moniker, but this one is setting himself apart from the rest in some very eye-catching ways. Haiti Babii, who hails Oakland by way of Stockton, California, first caught the public’s eyes and ears with a dizzyingly quirky freestyle on LA radio which went viral for its, shall we say, “unconventional” delivery.
Stopping by Real 92.3’s Bootleg Kev & DJ Hed show, Haiti dropped jaws and baffled internet commenters who couldn’t make heads or tales of his stop-and-start, onomatopoeia-laden verse, oh which he modulated everything from his cadence to his voice, dropping down into a Muppet monster register and pitching up to a calling-dog whine. Yet, in the middle of the freestyle he rattled off a series of assonant, rapid-fire rhymes that said, yes, he could rap like an absolute beast if he had to, he just likes playing with the form more than trying to impress with rigid technicality.
And so he does on his first single since his freestyle first blew up, “Blue Dragon.” On a simple, self-produced beat, Haiti Babii contorts his voice and flow like putty, using every conceivable pocket of rhythm and note of his considerable vocal range. The Far-East-themed video may draw some heat for dabbling in stereotypes, but it’s also visually striking, evoking imagery from a Chinese New Year-esque celebration, right down to the paper dragon marching through the background while Haiti raps in a straw hat.
The 21-year-old rapper’s unorthodox delivery calls to mind both Bay Area faves like E-40 and genre table shakers like Young Thug. Considering how strongly both of those examples has imprinted their uniqueness on the rap game, don’t be surprised if the latest Haiti Babii single takes over the airwaves this summer.
Ty Dolla Sign is back in album mode and dropped off the first single from his upcoming album on the latest episode of Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio show today. It’s called “Purple Emoji” and it features J. Cole, who is also gearing up for the release of new music this year. “Purple Emoji” is Zane Lowe’s World Record for the day. Check it out above.
“Purple Emoji” is the first-ever collaboration between J. Cole and Ty, which is as surprising as it makes perfect sense. Although Ty is well-known for his hook work on numerous other rappers’ hit singles, J. Cole has been notoriously reserved about doing features, so much so that his recent spate of guest verses for 21 Savage, 6lack, Jay Rock, and more was considered a huge, carefully-considered career move for him, as he felt he needed to get out of his comfort zone.
Meanwhile, Ty’s collaborative gifts were actually utilized to their full potential in 2018 when he and Jeremiah formed the group MihTy to release a collaborative project that found the two gifted songwriters bouncing off each others’ styles perfectly. While it’s been two years since his last solo release, Beach House 3, he’s kept himself in the limelight with appearances on other artists’ hit singles including last year’s breakout hit, “OTW,” with 6lack and Khalid. Earlier this year, Ty contributed to Kehlani’s While We Wait EP on the upbeat single “Nights Like This.”
The latest video from DJ Khaled’s guest-packed album, Father Of Asahd, is here to showcase a pair of fiery feature performances — literally. Cardi B and 21 Savage join Khaled to deliver their “Wish Wish” verses amid flaming tableaus that reflect the heat of their respective bars and Tay Keith’s punishing beat.
Besides all the pyrotechnics, there are some impressive motorcycle stunts, a conspicuous placement for Cardi’s Fashion Nova line, and 21 Savage in a tech trenchcoat that you just know he was broiling in between takes — especially with all the jets of flame going off around him while he raps.
“Wish Wish” is just one of a seemingly endless supply of Father Of Asahd videos that began dropping on Friday, beginning with the John Legend and Nipsey Hussle-featuring “Higher” and including “Celebrate,” featuring Post Malone and Travis Scott, and the Outkast-sampling “Just Us,” with SZA. The album also includes Khaled’s 2018 single “No Brainer” with Chance The Rapper and Justin Bieber, as well as “Top Off” with Future and Beyonce.
Khaled capped his blowout release weekend with a pair of star-studded performances on Saturday Night Live which included medleys featuring Big Sean, J Balvin, Jeremih, Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, and SZA.
Father Of Asahd is out now via Epic Records.
Cardi B is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music.
It’s been pretty much all wins for Logic lately. His Supermarket book was successful enough to make him the first rapper to have a New York Times best-selling novel, and he recently released a new album, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind. That is performing well for him as well: On the Billboard 200 chart dated May 25, the album debuts in the top spot, making it Logic’s third No. 1 album of his career.
During the week ending on May 16, Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind earned 80,000 equivalent album units earned, with 24,000 coming from album sales. The album’s songs generated 73.93 million on-demand audio streams, which made it the most-streamed album of the week. Logic previously reached the top of the chart with his 2017 album Everybody and his 2018 mixtape Bobby Tarantino II.
To achieve the top spot, Logic fought off competition from Billie Eilish, whose album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? remained in the No. 2 spot with 68,000, as well as from Khalid, whose Free Spirit also held steady at No. 3 thanks to 46,000 units.
Logic is grateful for the accomplishment, and he shared a simple thankful message on Twitter in response to the news:
Thank you pic.twitter.com/p2bHgJmZcl
— Bobby Bestseller (@Logic301) May 19, 2019
Read our review of Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind here.
Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind is out now via Def Jam. Get it here.
Kodak Black’s legal troubles continued when federal prosecutors reportedly linked him to a March shooting in Pompano Beach. TMZ reports that the prosecutors have charged Kodak with illegally buying three guns and using them in a shooting in the Florida neighborhood in which he grew up.
According to the case being assembled against Kodak, the rapper purchased a Mini Draco pistol, a Sig MPX K 9mm pistol, and a Sig P238 .380 pistol for $3,518.71, and that upon responding to the scene of the shooting, police found the MPX K with Kodak’s fingerprints on it, along with a live round that jammed during the shooting. Authorities believe that the intended target was a rival rapper — the target’s house was sprayed with bullets, but miraculously, no one was hit.
Prosecutors say police found a wrecked Porsche Panamera rented by Kodak abandoned 14 miles away from the scene of the shooting. They downloaded its GPS data to find that it had been in Pompano Beach at the time of the shooting. For the time being, Kodak has not been charged with a crime in the shooting itself, but was recently released on bond on charges that possibly stem from it, including lying on the gun application for the pistols that were allegedly used, for which he was arrested in Miami ahead of his Rolling Loud performance.
Kodak Black is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music.
A few days ago, Kid Cudi said that he has new music coming out next year, and that he wants to take time to do things beyond music as well, writing, “New music next year!! Gonna work the rest of this year. In no rush to do anything right now. I dont drop albums every year anymore. Gotta give myself time to do other things. And relax!” He added in another tweet, “It’ll all make sense soon,” and sure enough, now we know at least part of what he was talking about: HBO shared a new trailer for the third season of Westworld, and Cudi is in it.
The moment lasts for about a second, beginning just before the one-minute mark: Aaron Paul, who is also in the new season, is in a glass-walled room, looking at somebody stand up off camera. That person is Cudi, who is wearing an orange jumpsuit as he puts his hand on the wall that separates them.
Once Cudi’s fans heard that he was in the trailer, they started posting about their excitement online, with some saying they’re instant fans of the show, and others insisting that Cudi’s role will make the ending of Game Of Thrones easier to deal with. Cudi himself even shared a pair of fan reactions:
— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) May 20, 2019
— Duvalin (@LaChinitaLyn) May 20, 2019
Watch the new Westworld trailer above, and check out more reactions to Cudi’s appearance below.
Lena Waithe Aaron PaulKid Cudi
— Yeetwood Mac (@GroovyNnam) May 20, 2019
— The Chosen One (@ixmeera_) May 20, 2019
Kid Cudi in the new Westworld trailer pic.twitter.com/mFhLgCTfyl
— GEE (@GeeSeeGhosts) May 20, 2019
— Peter Knudsen (@Pistol_Pete16) May 20, 2019
Kid cudi is in westworld ahhhhhh
— OLD MAN KAL’ (@GriftersLFO) May 20, 2019
— GEE (@GeeSeeGhosts) May 20, 2019
But in other news….. KID CUDI IS IN SEASON 3 OF WESTWORLD LETS GOOOO
— Cesar (@artbycs_) May 20, 2019
kid cudi is in the new season of westworld?!!?!!!!! pic.twitter.com/0VFTNx1ZeS
— averi camille (@averpee) May 20, 2019
kid cudi is on next season of westworld?? goodbye GOT
— bridget (@bridgiesmalls) May 20, 2019
aaron paul & kid cudi for westworld season 3???? pic.twitter.com/Sy3MEQnVMx
— Turner From The Pack (@ttruiett) May 20, 2019
Also Kid Cudi on season 3 of Westworld. pic.twitter.com/slsihaZQow
— Surrender to the Void (@Wafflematic) May 20, 2019
aight fuck game of thrones, they got kid cudi on westworld pic.twitter.com/6L1adqVtJ8
— jake (@JakeSangari) May 20, 2019
— Apple Jacks (@Wiz_Kid_Reyes) May 20, 2019
Keeping up with new music can be exhausting, even impossible. From the weekly album releases to standalone singles dropping on a daily basis, the amount of music is so vast it’s easy for something to slip through the cracks. Even following along with the Uproxx recommendations on a daily basis can be a lot to ask, so every Monday we’re offering up this rundown of the best music released in the last week.
This week saw Nipsey Hussle’s first posthumous song (alongside DJ Khaled and John Legend), as well as The National continuing their run as one of the most essential indie/rock bands of the past two decades on their new record, I Am Easy To Find. Yeah, it was a great week for new music. Check out the highlights below.The National — I Am Easy To Find
The eighth album from Matt Berninger and company is their most cinematic yet, both in terms of its sound and based on the fact that they released it alongside a short film of the same name. Longtime fans of the band should be pleased by the tracklist, as it features “Rylan,” a previously rare song that has become a favorite since the band first performed it in 2011.DJ Khaled — “Higher” Feat. Nipsey Hussle and John Legend
Nipsey Hussle was a star on the rise when he passed away, and sadly, he was taken while he still had plenty left in the tank. A few days before he death, he was filming a video with DJ Khaled and John Legend for a collaboration called “Higher,” and now, Khaled, with the blessing of Hussle’s family, has shared the clip. It’s a fitting tribute to one of hip-hop’s most beloved, and hopefully just the start of posthumous material from Hussle.Carly Rae Jepsen — Dedicated
For a long while, the status of the upcoming album from the finest in Canadian pop was a mystery, but now, Dedicated is here, and it shows Jepsen adding another gem to her increasingly impressive discography. Jepsen rides in multiple lanes on the album, borrowing influences from different categories of pop past and present, but it all comes together in a way that only Jepsen can deliver.
Read our review of Dedicated here.Charli XCX — “Blame It On Your Love” Feat. Lizzo
Charlie XCX is a modern pop master, so combine her with the rising star that is Lizzo, and odds are you’ll have a bona fide bop on your hands. That’s precisely the case here: Although more Lizzo beyond her one fun verse towards the song’s end would be welcomed, this is still an exemplary pop anthem as is.Tyler The Creator — Igor
Tyler The Creator has become a hip-hop auteur over his past few albums, and that’s a trend he continues on his newest. Based on the advance teasers, fans knew they had a diverse and fascinating record in store, and Tyler has delivered that. He also brought guests like Kanye West and Playboi Carti along for the ride, and what a ride to be on.Alex Lahey — The Best Of Luck Club
On her sophomore record, Lahey proves herself to be a captivating and vulnerable storyteller, like on “Am I Doing It Right?,” on which she undergoes deep self-reflection about her career path, and on “Unspoken History,” where she discusses a complicated relationship. For the record, on a personal level, I attest that the latter is one of the strongest songs of 2019 so far.
Read our review of The Best Of Luck Club here.Aminé — “Places + Faces”
It’s been a fascinating ride for Aminé since his debut/breakout 2016 single “Caroline,” and that’s the journey he documents on his fun new “Places + Faces Freestyle.” The video is a delightful slice of life as well, comprised of various bits of film shot while roaming the world in pursuit of his dream, a dream that he’s apparently living.Megan Thee Stallion — Fever
Over just the past few months, Megan Thee Stallion has emerged as an absolute hip-hop star thanks to her breakout December 2018 mixtape Tina Snow. Aside from a couple features, she is mostly by herself on the record, free to swim around in her enrapturing flows and demonstrate why she’s blown up as much as she has in such a short window.
Read our review of Fever here.Ryan Pollie — Ryan Pollie
Some of the best music comes from intense personal experience, and that’s something Ryan Pollie would know well. He made his new self-titled album while undergoing chemotherapy in 2018, and he emerged on the other side as strong as ever and with a vulnerable and impressive album. He said the process of making the album helped him get through hard times, and maybe songs like “Aim Slow,” in which he contemplates the challenges of humanity, can help others do the same.Chance The Rapper — “Groceries” Feat. TisaKorean & Murda Beatz
Ever since Chance The Rapper revealed he’d have a new album out in July, fans have been thirsty for new material, and now he has delivered with “Groceries,” a bouncy and thumping single featuring Texas rapper TisaKroean and Murda Beatz. If this is an indication of how Chance’s “owbum” is going to sound, July is going to be great. Bonus: If the song inspires you to dance super well, Chance might buy your groceries for a year.
Some of the artists mentioned are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music.
Finding the perfect gift for someone’s birthday is always challenging. Future thought he hit the mark when he gifted his five-year-old son a gold Rolex watch for his birthday. It was a touching and thoughtful move, but nearly all of Twitter was confused— possibly because most five-year-olds can’t tell time.
Future also shared a video of the Rolex unveiling. “Thanks,” was his son’s simple reply to the several thousand dollar gift.
Future gifted his son a Rolex for his 5th birthday pic.twitter.com/hjuZjOKnVT
— Hot Freestyle (@HotFreestyle) May 19, 2019
Twitter was quick to comment on the absurdity of the gift. Many users said his son most likely would have preferred an action figure or a toy.
Baby Future thinking about other 5 year olds playing with Legos and he got a Rolex for his birthday pic.twitter.com/8lHqbb0RwB
— Prop Joe (@coolstory_joe) May 19, 2019
All his homies got avengers toy sets and action figures, Baby future sitting on the playground with a goddamn Rolex on looking lost.
— Rodney Slim Rogers (@SLIMYEAYEA) May 19, 2019
Future: Here is a Rolex for your birthday!
Baby Future: pic.twitter.com/E2MQ1FZ8F6
— Hot Spot Mapper (@MapAnalyst) May 19, 2019
Other users thought the gift was an unnecessary flaunting of wealth.
Seeing Future buy his 5yr old a Rolex really pissed me off because that was not about the kid. You nighas can’t buy your kids love, respect and honor.
— Blessings (@DreadsNaBOHtie) May 19, 2019
Many people thought it was funny to give a watch to a child who isn’t old enough to tell time.
Baby Future’s gonna be wearing his Rolex still asking “Papa Russ what time is it” lmao
— sammi. (@sammwichh) May 19, 2019
Baby Future told Future he wanted to spend more time with him.. so he got him a Rolex??? pic.twitter.com/SzMvCPUL7y
— la loba (@vickto_willy) May 19, 2019
Battle of the dads!! Baby Future turned 5 and spent time with Papa Russ. He was also gifted a Rolex by dad Future at his birthday party. Does Baby Future have the best of both worlds? Should Future step up more? Is Papa Russ holding it down? #streetculturemedia #future pic.twitter.com/wdTI902ny5
— streetculturemedia (@streetculturem2) May 19, 2019
He looks happier in that pic with Russell than he did getting that Rolex from Future. Quality time > material things.
— béni. (@WrittenByTerry) May 19, 2019
Regardless of the price, Future’s son seemed to enjoy his gifts from both his dads.
Travis Scott has a long history of donating to charity. Ahead of his Super Bowl halftime show, he required the NFL to make a joint donation to an organization that fights for social justice and prison reform. The musician is now using his money to fight for affordable healthcare access by donating the proceeds of his Hangout Music Fest merch to Planned Parenthood.
The “SICKO MODE” rapper made the charity announcement on stage during his headlining set at the festival. “I wanna donate my net profits from my merch today to Planned Parenthood,” Scott said to the crowd. He then commented on Alabama’s newly passed abortion ban before transitioning into his song “Love Galore” with SZA. “We feel for those in Alabama. I love you all. I just want everyone to know that love is the strongest thing that we can have…So to anyone out there; man, woman. I wanna dedicate this song to you.”
Watch a fan-captured clip of the announcement.
Scott wasn’t the only musician to comment on the new legislature this weekend at Alabama’s Hangout Fest.Matty Healy, frontman of The 1975, made a passionate speech to the crowd, saying the lawmakers were “fundamentally uneducated” after commenting on how the law compares abortion to the Holocaust. “You are not men of God you’re simply misogynistic wankers,” Healy said before moving onto the band’s next song.
Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion is already in a songwriting credit controversy, just a few days after the release of her latest LP Fever. Megan was quick to squash the rumors with the help of Juicy J, who is credited on the track.
It all started when singer and social media personality Wolftyla tweeted that she had her first “placement” on Megan’s album, which she thought was “fire.”
— wolftyla (@wolftyla) May 16, 2019
— wolftyla (@wolftyla) May 17, 2019
Wolftyla then reposted Megan’s tracklisting on Instagram, adding that she “feel[s] blessed about this one. game changer. the future is female.”
In another post, Wolftyla said she’s “leaving little paw prints all over 2k19.”
Megan Thee Stallion caught a whiff of Wolftyla’s claim, and quickly squashed it. “I write all my own sh*t don’t let nobody gas you up like that,” the rapper wrote on her Instagram story. “That clout sh*t crazy,” she added.
Megan went on to clarify. “Like I said don’t nobody write my sh*t for me… so don’t try to insinuate you did… just be clear from the beginning. I didn’t even kno she had nothing to do with the song Juicy Jay say you ain’t write nothing,” Meg said. “Simon says shut tf up.”
Tyla took to Instagram live to play her reference track and explain her role in the songwriting process.
— Black Culture News (@blackculturenew) May 19, 2019
Meg responded on in her own Instagram live, calling Tyla a “random motherf*cker.”
Megan Thee Stallion goes live to clapback at Wolf Tyla’s “reference track” pic.twitter.com/E2HMHy41z3
— Black Culture News (@blackculturenew) May 19, 2019
Wolftyla tried to clear up her side of the story. “I never did take credit for writing [Megan Thee Stallion’s] verse,” she said. “I wrote the hook, the bridge, and named the song ‘Simon Says’ in January.”
Megan Thee Stallion and Juicy J seem to disagree with Tyla’s claims. “For the people who can’t read the OG JUICY J WROTE THE HOOK!”
Tyla had the last word when she posted a screenshot of a text conversation between herself and what seems to be Juicy J’s manager. The manager asks Tyla for her full government name so Juicy J could give credit to her for the song. The text exchange reads that Juicy sold the song to Meg to use in her album. Tyla ended her story with “But anyways happy Sunday. I still got nothing but love.”
Jay-Z and his Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life producer Timbaland are facing a whopping $2 million lawsuit over alleged copyright infringement on the track “Paper Chase.” According to TMZ, the lawsuit was filed by plaintiff Ernie Hines. Although the 1998 album Vol. 2 is one of Jay-Z’s most popular, Hines claims he only recently heard the song for the first time. The lawsuit, which is also against Roc-A-Fella Records and Sony Music, states Jay-Z and Timbaland used a sample of one of Hines’s soul songs from 1969 without his permission.
The soul track in question is “Help Me Put Out the Flame (In My Heart).” Hines says he never gave permission for its use and was never given any money.
Although it seems unlikely that he didn’t hear Jay-Z’s song until 20 years later, Hines is 81-years-old and says he doesn’t listen to rap music. The credits on the track “Paper Chase” do explicitly state that “Help Me Put Out the Flame (In My Heart)” was used as a sample, which doesn’t particularly help Jay-Z’s case. Hines claims that he’s entitled to a large sum of money because the song has been played on many platforms, which explains why the lawsuit is listed for over $2 million.
Gucci Mane fans living in Canada will have to wait a little longer than expected to see the rapper perform live. That’s because he postponed his Live in Canada tour just a week after announcing it. The tour was originally scheduled for May but will now be pushed back several months.
A rep for Gucci revealed the rapper’s motivation for postponing his tour to TMZ. Apparently, he wants to make a lasting impression on his Canadian fans, so he is taking extra time to make sure he can put on a “bigger and better show.” The rapper has had difficulty obtaining a permit to perform due to his criminal record so the Live in Canada tour would be his first time performing in the country.
Gucci Mane will postpone his Canadian tour until September once his next album is finished. The extended date gives him time to plan a large production performance. The tour will make 10 stops in major cities like Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver. It is rumored that the rapper plans on making a tour stop in Toronto, which could possibly mean an appearance by Toronto native Drake. Gucci Mane plans to fully refund those who bought tickets for his May tour dates.
Meek Mill has been working closely with Jay-Z since his release from prison last year. Jay-Z supported Meek’s release and both the rappers have done extensive charity work aiming at prison reform. Meek and Jay-Z even started a foundation that seeks criminal justice reform. Meek has hinted that his work with Jay-Z will go a step further and add another big name to their roster. Meek said a new project is in the works with Jay-Z and Eminem.
In a tweet ahead of his SNL appearance with DJ Khaled, Meek Mill said that he was making “power moves” with Jay-Z and Eminem.
I’m making power moves wit jay & em #levels
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) May 18, 2019
It’s not clear if these “power moves” are musical or philanthropic in nature, but a team of the three rappers will surely make waves. Meek hasn’t worked closely with Eminem in the past, so this new project is intriguing.
Meek Mill made an appearance on Saturday’s SNL with DJ Khaled, SZA, and John Legend to pay tribute to the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. Khaled’s new album that dropped Friday, Father Of Asahd, had many big names featured including Jay-Z and Big Sean. All proceeds from Khaled’s most recent music video “Higher” with John Legend and Nipsey Hussle went to Nipsey’s children Emani and Kross.
After a fittingly over-the-top medley performance of his new singles “Jealous” and “You Stay” on SNL, super producer DJ Khaled returned to the stage with SZA, Meek Mill, and John Legend to deliver an exuberant follow-up medley performance of “Just Us,” “Weather The Storm,” and “Higher” from his new album, Father Of Asahd.
Khaled’s new album, Father Of Asahd, released just this past Friday with an auspicious lineup of artists including some of the biggest names in hip-hop, from Big Sean to Jay-Z to the late Nipsey Hussle. After working on the album for two years following the release of Grateful, Khaled released its follow-up without much fanfare leading up to it. Once it was out, though, he began the marketing push in earnest, releasing an avalanche of music videos, including ones for “Higher” with John Legend and Nipsey Hussle, “Celebrate” with Post Malone and Travis Scott, “Just Us” featuring SZA, “Jealous” with Big Sean and Lil Wayne, and “Holy Mountain,” which features dancehall legends Buju Banton, Sizzla, and Mavado, alongside GOOD Music newcomer 070 Shake. The album also included previously-released singles “No Brainer” with Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper, and Quavo and “Top Off,” featuring Jay-Z, Future, and Beyonce.
Father Of Asahd is out now via We The Best / Epic Records. Get it here.
When it comes to superproducer DJ Khaled performances, you can bet he’ll bring all the extras you could ever ask for. With his new album, Father Of Asahd, releasing just a day ago, he and a plethora of guest stars including Big Sean, Lil Wayne, Jeremih, Meek Mill, Lil Baby, and J Balvin hit the SNL stage to bring a medley of “Jealous” and “You Stay” to life.
DJ Khaled may have been relatively quiet in the lead-up to Father Of Asahd‘s May 17 release, but followed up with veritable deluge of music videos to promote the album once it had released. While the album included previously released 2018 singles “No Brainer,” with Chance The Rapper, Justin Bieber, and Quavo, and “Top Off,” which featured Jay-Z and Beyonce, the new videos that were released on Friday included “Higher,” featuring John Legend and Nipsey Hussle, “Celebrate,” featuring Post Malone and Travis Scott, “Just Us,” featuring SZA, “Jealous,” featuring Big Sean and Lil Wayne, and “Holy Mountain,” featuring 070 Shake, Buju Banton, Mavado, and Sizzla. Khaled’s performances tonight were announced to feature appearances from many of the artists who featured on the album, giving many of the featured artists an opportunity to flourish before the show’s massive audience and even returning Lil Wayne and Meek Mill to SNL for their second performances this season.
Father Of Asahd is out now via We The Best / Epic Records. Get it here.
SNL knows they don’t have the biggest season finale of the weekend. But there’s no reason they can’t profit off the competition. Early into the last episode of Season 44, Pete Davidson showed up in a pre-taped music video to a) show off his rap skills and b) crow his love for Game of Thrones. Thing is: Pete Davidson probably knows less about Game of Thrones than he does about Steely Dan.
And so Davidson’s Westeros rap was cut a bit short, with Kenan Thompson strolling out to call BS. They knew he didn’t know what he was talking about, and Davidson interpreted that as a demand to rap about a show he does like — which is not what Thompson was saying.
But Davidson went and did it anyway. And what’s his favorite show? Grace and Frankie, of course, the Netflix comedy that pairs Lily Tomlin with Jane Fonda as friends whose husbands left them to become their own couple. And why not? It’s a far more reliable show than Game of Thrones, right?
Davidson wasn’t alone. He was soon joined by the night’s musical guest DJ Khaled, who rapped things like, “It’s a nice show. DJ Khaled!” Soon Paul Rudd came out to sing about his favorite show: Yes, Grace and Frankie, particularly that episode where Frankie had a scooter accident. Sounds better than watching a show you literally can’t see.
There's no "beef" though.
Kimbella also posted a heartfelt message on Juelz's sentence.
He used to love her.
Wop was at Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals.
Twitter users are citing an old interview Nip did with Bootleg Kev that suggests Dre didn't support him.
Long live the Kang.
Plus, DaBaby's "Baby On Baby" LP cracks the Top 10.
A probation-violation hearing is scheduled for June 21.
Co-directed by Breezy himself.
No, it's not Khloe Kardashian.
”I heard the beat [and] I got a vibe,” Lavish tells HipHopDX.
He's currently in a Boston hospital.
So far, he hasn't been charged with any type of crime related to the alleged incident.
UPDATE: Case closed.
#DXCLUSIVE: The two also examine how "Sriracha" sparked the beef between Joyner Lucas and Logic.
There's a dispute over the "Fever" cut.
Fans got too rowdy.
And then the DJ started playing Lil Kim.