YouTube’s Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen, who began his storied career as the road manager for Run-DMC, took a lot of heat after appearing in an image with a MAGA-hat wearing Kanye West. In the photo, he gave the “OK” sign, one which has been linked to alt-right memes.

In a new interview with Pitchfork — discussing the launch of YouTube’s new streaming service — Cohen struck down the notion he was supporting the alt right, and explained how the infamous photo came to light.

“Isn’t that scuba for when you’re in the water, and you’re all good?” Cohen asked, noting that he was not aware of the symbol’s connotations. As he explains, the photo was merely an organic moment and not a staged moment he thought would end up on social media.

“I was on the way to the restroom, and there was [Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge], and Kanye was coming out, and he said, ‘Oh wow, we’re all together. Let’s take a photo,’ Cohen said. “I thought he was going to take a photo and send it to Lucian and myself. I had no idea that he was going to put that on social media.”

The former head of 300 Entertainment was in Calabasas because Ye wanted to play him music, which he says was amazing. “I don’t love his politics, but I was impressed with the music. I think he’s doing himself a disservice by not leading with the music.”

Read the full interview here.

Jamie Foxx Explains How He Taught Diddy To Party With $400 & How He Met Kanye

Jamie Foxx has the best stories.

It’s hard to believe that Jamie Foxx was ever strapped for cash. Even in his mid-twenties, Foxx was already starring in his own sitcom, The Jamie Foxx Show, and making audiences around the nation laugh. Still, Foxx claims that he had to teach mogul P. Diddy how to party on a budget back in the early 2000’s.While sitting down with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, Foxx told a long story that has several twists and turns. The journey begins when Foxx attended a party thrown by P. Diddy. “I would hang out and watch him throw parties,” Foxx admits.  “He threw a party and said ‘Yo playboy, this party costs a million and a half dollars.’ I’m like, ‘you are out of your mind.'” Jamie then went on to show the Bad Boy creator how to party on a budget. “I said ‘Puff, I will throw you a party for 400 bucks that will rival this party,'” bragged Foxx.Diddy took him up on his offer, and Foxx invited “200 of the coolest people” he knew at the time. “I said ‘Puff, look over there on the dinner table, I got Kentucky Fried Chicken. I put it in a nice plate. I got Coca-Cola, I put it in a pitcher. We are at 208 bucks and we are killin’ it right now,'” Foxx joked. The comedian/actor/musician went on to state that Missy Elliot, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and The Neptunes ended up joining the party. West, who was unknown at the time, ended up convincing Foxx to record “Slow Jamz” during the party, and the rest is history. Check out the entire hilarious anecdote, featuring Foxx impersonating his party guests, below.https://hnhh.co/youtube-embed/zj7jVB-ZnZg?show_controls=1&playlist=&autoplay=

Lil Baby’s “Harder Than Ever” To Feature Drake, Offset, Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert & More

Lil Baby’s “Harder Than Ever” drops tonight at midnight.

Lil Baby is getting ready to take over the streets tomorrow with his anticipated new project Harder Than Ever, and now we finally know who’s going to be on it. On Wednesday night, the ATL sensation decided to hop on Instagram and share the official tracklist to his forthcoming album, and there’s some nice features.

Containing 19 tracks in total, the follow up to last years Too Hard tape will feature guest appearances from Drake, who appears on the previously heard single “Yes Indeed,” OffsetYoung ThugLil Uzi Vert, Gunna, Moneybagg Yo, Hoodrich Pablo Juan, and  Starlito. Meanwhile production will be handed by the likes of SouthsideWheezy, Tay Keith, Quay Global, and Turbo, among others. Led by the songs “Southside” & “Yes Indeed,” look for the album to be filled with plenty of hood tales, contagious melodies, and Lil Baby’s unfiltered truth as well.

Peep the official tracklist (below) and check back later tonight at midnight to hear the full thing. What record are you most anticipating hearing?

Tracklist:

1. Intro
2. Spazz

3. I’m Straight
4. Exotic (Feat. Starlito)
5. Yes Indeed (Feat. Drake)
6. Leaked
7. Bank (Feat. Moneybagg Yo)
8. Cash
9. Southside
10. Throwing Shade (Feat. Gunna)
11. First Class
12. Right Now (Feat. Young Thug)
13. Life Goes On (Feat. Gunna & Lil Uzi Vert)
14. Transporter (Feat. Offset)
15. Fit In
16. Boss Bitch (Feat. Hoodrich Pablo Juan)
17. Never Needed No Help

Ciara Talks Marrying Russell Wilson After Split With Future: “It Was God’s Timing”

Ciara did her necessary steps to be in a healthy marriage with Russell Wilson.

Ciara had us dancing the “1, 2 Step” over a decade ago and now the singer is embracing her mother duties to son Future and daughter Sienna and her wife duties to husband Russell Wilson. In a recent interview with Essence, Ciara admits that when she ended her engagement to her former fiance, rapper Future, she had to take time to reflect and understand herself and what she really wanted.“I took a moment to pause and to really reflect on the journey and where I was at that moment of even looking at love again,” she tells the publication. “I think that it’s really important for [women] to know exactly what we want and be clear about it and also be patient.”She explains how she would write down what she wanted, so her vision would be more real. “I’m a believer in seeing it, speaking it, and writing it down,” she explains.“I didn’t know I was going to meet my husband when I did, and that was really a blessing and I believe it was God’s timing. But I was patient and was willing to be still for as long as I needed to have the best partner I could have in my life.”

Kevin Gates Teases New Music On Instagram

Kevin Gates Teases New Music On Instagram

The Bread Winners’ Association rapper didn’t share any track titles or release dates, but dropped some fresh bars across the posts, “I done changed lanes/ I ain’t miss a beat/ Praise to Allah/ Made it out the clink,“ he raps in the first clip. Then, “So focused I ain’t checkin’ the comments/ Want smoke? Go relocate your momma/ Been broke, had to come up from grindin/ Sold soap, had to come up no options,” he raps over a Yung Lan-produced beat.

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The Louisiana native was released from prison in January, and had been relatively quiet since. After months of Instagram silence, he made his comeback last Monday (May 7), with some videos flexing his jewelry and showing a family meal. 

His wife, Dreka Gates, posted a video to Kevin’s Instagram apologizing to fans on May 4, revealing that the Illinois Department Of Corrections has prevented her busband from leaving the state, saying he isn’t even allowed to come home to California where the two share a home. “We’re doing everything in our power to work this out,” Dreka said.

Gates has missed several concerts as a result of his travel limitations, including a set at this past weekend’s Rolling Loud in Miami.

Hip Hop Album Sales: Rae Sremmurd’s “SR3MM” Makes Top 10 Billboard 200 Debut

Hip Hop Album Sales: Rae Sremmurd's "SR3MM" Makes Top 10 Billboard 200 Debut

Although Rae Sremmurd’s triple album, SR3MM, made its debut in the Billboard 200’s Top 10 for the week ending May 10, it’s Post Malone who continues to the dominate the chart.

Malone’s sophomore album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, has hit #1 for a second consecutive week.

Elsewhere, J. Cole’s KOD makes a short leap to #2 from its #3 position last week despite a 35 percent decline in sales, Leon Bridges’ Good Thing makes a big debut at #3, and the Black Panther soundtrack and Migos’ Culture II round out the Top 10.

Post Gets An Encore

https://www.instagram.com/p/BiYMTvvBJzZ/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=8&wp=625&rd=hiphopdx.com#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A1294.6999999985565%7DFor the second week in a row, Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys has nabbed the Billboard 200 crown. With 192,655 total album equivalent units (23,664 in pure album sales and a streaming count of 240,693,746), it was still enough to take the #1 spot — even with the 58 percent slump in sales.

Beerbongs & Bentleys has been smashing records since its April 27 release. Last week, Malone broke the record for the most simultaneous Hot 100 hits, which The Beatles had held since 1964.

Real Crowd Pleasers

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SR3MM serves as the follow-up to 2016’s SremmLife 2, which debuted at #7 upon its initial release.

Nickel Nine Makes Debut

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Book Of Ryan serves as the follow-up to Nickel Nine’s 2016 album, Layers, which debuted at #22 and marked the first album of his to hit #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 05/10/2018

Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.

  1. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — #1 — 192,655 (23,664) [240,693,746]
  2. J. Cole — KOD — #2 — 68,230 (12,828) [80,860,377]
  3. Leon Bridges — Good Thing — #3 — 66,135 (8,575) [9,048, 089]
  4. Cardi B — Invasion Of Privacy — #4 — 61,780 (5,420) [78,007,963]
  5. Rae Sremmurd — SR3MM — #6 — 56,955 (5,157) [73,597,207]
  6. Various Artists — Black Panther: The Album — #9 — 29,619 (4,522) [33,432,716]
  7. Migos — Culture II — #10 —28,708 (1,524) [37,909,883]
  8. Post Malone — Stoney — #11 — 28,157 (2,323) [36,114,638]
  9. YoungBoy Never Broke Again — Until Death Call My Name — #12 — 28,085 (845) [38,152,382]
  10. XXXTENTACION — ? — #13 — 27,804 (655) [38,777,971]

Jim Jones’ Security Team Involved In Brawl Outside Massachusetts Club

Jim Jones' Security Team Involved In Brawl Outside Massachusetts Club

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Video has surfaced of a recent brawl involving Jim Jones. The Dipset member was outside of a club in Springfield, Massachusetts when an altercation occurred between his security team and some unknown men on Sunday morning (May 13).

According to TMZ, Jones was leaving Club Zone after hosting an event at the venue. In the video, he can be seen taking pictures with some fans while a loud argument is taking place. Seconds later, a punch is thrown and a fight breaks out in the street. Someone can be heard telling Jones not to get into the fray and one member of his team is seen holding him back.

TMZ reports that police eventually arrived at the scene but no arrests were made. Jones has told HipHopDX that he wasn’t involved in the fight.

50 Cent, who has been taunting Jones in recent weeks, tweeted out footage of the brawl on Monday (May 14).

“Damn Boy they popped on Jimmy, get the strap,” he wrote.

Jones is currently on tour promoting his new album Wasted Talent, which dropped in April.

Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” Debuts At #1 On Billboard Hot 100

Childish Gambino's "This Is America" Debuts At #1 On Billboard Hot 100

As the Childish Gambino/Donald Glover episode of Saturday Night Live was airing on May 5, Glover’s musical alter-ego was also debuting an enthralling video for “This Is America.”

Over the last nine days, the visual is sitting at 112 million YouTube views, while the song itself has been streamed over 160 million times across various platforms. Subsequently, the track has made its Billboard Hot 100 debut at #1.

Directed by Hiro Murai, who frequently works with Glover on his hit FX show Atlanta, the video earned 85.3 million views in its first week on YouTube. According to a press release, that marks the biggest first week debut of any video this year, which helped land the song at #1 on the YouTube Songs chart in 11 countries, including the U.S., U.K. and Australia.

It’s also tied for the fifth fastest music video to reach 100 million views in YouTube history.

“This Is America” isn’t tied to any particular Gambino project but he’s currently working on his follow-up to 2016’s Awaken! My Love, which is expected to be his final album. 

Revisit the “This Is America” video above.

Hip Hop Week In Review: Childish Gambino, Spotify’s “Hateful Conduct” Policy & Big T’s Death

Hip Hop Week In Review: Childish Gambino, Spotify's "Hateful Conduct" Policy & Big T's Death

HIPHOPDX – This week in Hip Hop, Childish Gambino released a music video for “This Is America,” creatively encapsulating what living in America is like in 2018. Spotify also launched a “hateful conduct” policy and had R.Kelly and XXXTENTACION’s music removed from their playlists. Lastly, Houston lost “Million Dollar Hook Man” Big T, known for his contributions on Lil Troy’s 1999 hit “Wanna Be A Baller,” after he suffered a heart attack.

Childish Gambino Delivers Compelling “This Is America” Music Video

Childish Gambino upped the ante with his artistry with the release of his politically charged music video for “This Is America.” The visual creatively depicts what life is like in America 2018: accessible technology coupled with the instantaneous satisfaction from social media likes to distract from social issues such as racism and gun violence.

“This Is America” makes use of common ad-libs from today’s most popular rap stars such as Young Thug, 21 Savage, Slim Jxmmi, BlocBoy JB and Quavo. It also features TDE princess SZA in the video. Since its release, the video has accumulated over 100 million YouTube views.

The video has obvious symbolism throughout and addresses the state of the United States politically and socially.

Read DX’s deconstruction of Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” here.

Spotify Removes R. Kelly & XXXTENTACION From Its Playlists

The Time’s Up movement employed a #MuteRKelly campaign and called on every large corporation associated with him to stop doing business with him, and it appears Spotify has stepped up to the plate by removing his music from their curated playlists under their new “hateful conduct” policy.

“We are removing R. Kelly’s music from all Spotify owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations such as Discover Weekly,” Spotify said in a statement. “His music will still be available on the service, but Spotify will not actively promote it.”

They also removed XXXTENTACTION’s music as well. Both artists have been accused of assaulting women either physically or sexually, but neither have been convicted.

Read more about Spotify’s new policy here or check out DX’s editorial about why it may pose problems in the future.

R.I.P. Houston Rapper Big T

https://www.instagram.com/p/BieRAANlDp6/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=8&wp=500&rd=hiphopdx.com#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A3547.49999998603%7DOn May 7, the Houston Hip Hop community said good bye to Big T, also known as The Million Dollar Hook Man. The man behind the infectious choruses of so many popular Houston songs, more notably Lil Troy’s 1999 hit “Wanna Be A Baller,” passed away after suffering a heart attack.

Many publications mistakenly used photos of Chicago battle rapper Big T in their obituaries, causing confusion.

T’s funeral was held Saturday (May 12) afternoon and attended by close friends and family.

Read more about Big T’s passing here.

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DXclusives: George Clinton & The Underground Report

George Clinton Is Retiring From Touring Because He “Funked Too Hard”

HipHopDX’s Kyle Eustice spoke with George Clinton recently and the 77-year-old funkmaster revealed he’s done with touring. However, he’ll still remain at the board producing records.

“I’m going to miss just [touring],” Clinton tells HipHopDX. “I’ve been practicing letting the band do it though and directing but I’m going to have fun still producing the albums and keeping the concepts going. They got the new fresh energy and they’ve been killing it for the last two years. I feel good, I feel safe. I have to do it. I got the pacemaker put in, so I have to pace myself anyway [laughs].”

Read the full interview with George Clinton here.

Underground Report: 7 More Must-Listen Tracks For Hip Hop Heads

DX’s Justin Ivey gathered music released from seven independent artists that you might have missed in April. Among them are NBHD’s “Godspeed Ahead” and The Doppelgangaz “Slay Bellz.”

Check out the full report here.

What We Know So Far About Ice Cube’s “Last Friday”

What We Know So Far About Ice Cube's “Last Friday”

It’s been 16 years since we watched Craig (Ice Cube) and Day-Day (Mike Epps) attempt to recoup their stolen rent money on Christmas Eve. Now, after many years of speculation, it appears the fourth and final installment of the popular Friday franchise — titled Last Friday — is becoming a reality.

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Details about the film’s plot and cast are scarce, with the official IMDB page only listing Cube and Epps as cast members. However, here’s everything we know this far about Last Friday.

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“They were all unknowns at the time,” Cube said. “Now, they’re household names.”

In a recent interview with DJ Vlad, Witherspoon discussed the original Friday — noting he and the other cast members were only paid $5,000 each for their roles — and spoke about how the budget for a new one would be astronomical in comparison to the original, which cost just $2 million and took only 20 days to film.

Sadly, it appears that one of the franchises most memorable characters, Chris Tucker’s Smokey, will likely not appear in the film. It’s widely known that money was the primary factor as to why he walked away from the franchise, eventually landing multi-million dollar paydays for his blockbuster Rush Hour trilogy.

“If I could’ve gotten a three-picture deal for $20 million each, I would’ve been right there with him,” Witherspoon told DJ Vlad.

It was recently announced that a fourth Rush Hour is in the works, which could conflict with filming Last Friday. But never say never.

“I’m definitely gonna look at it and see if it works, ‘Cause I never say never,” Tucker said of his return on ESPN’s The Plug Podcast earlier this year. “I definitely want to check it out. If it works, it’s a possibility.”

If the IMDB entry is to be believed, the film will finally come to fruition next year.

Live Stream: Travis Scott, Migos, Future Perform At Rolling Loud Miami

Tune in now.

The Rolling Loud Festival in Miami is currently underway. Whether or not you were able to make it out to the huge rap event, you’ll be able to catch all the performances via live stream. Future, Travis Scott, Migos, Chief Keef, Gucci Mane, Lil Pump, Metro Boomin, Wiz Khalifa, Trippe Redd, Rick Ross, and Post Malone, are just a few of the many names who will be appearing across the High Hemp, Audiomack, and Moster Energy stages this weekend. You can stream the performances as they happen via Revolt. Find the full list of set times, via the Miami News Times, below.High Hemp Stagehttps://revolt.tv/embed/watch-rolling-loud-miami-2018-livestream-stage-1Audiomack Stagehttps://revolt.tv/embed/watch-rolling-loud-miami-2018-livestream-stage-2 Monster Energy Stagehttps://revolt.tv/embed/watch-rolling-loud-miami-2018-livestream-stage-3Saturday, May 12High Hemp Stage
10:45 p.m. Travis Scott
9:15 p.m. Migos
8:20 p.m. Surprise Guest
7:15 p.m. Gucci Mane
6:45 p.m. Metro Boomin
6:05 p.m. Lil Pump
5:25 p.m. Chief Keef
4:45 p.m. Famous Dex
4:05 p.m. Princess Nokia
3:25 p.m. Lil Skies
2:55 p.m. Wifisfuneral
2:25 p.m. Maxo Kream
2 p.m. J.I.D
1:40 p.m. Cuban Doll
1:15 p.m. Danny Towers
12:55 p.m. Larry League
12:35 p.m. Otown Marco
12:15 p.m. Bri StevesAudiomack Stage
10:30 p.m. Wiz Khalifa
9:15 p.m. Surprise Guest
8:15 p.m. Nav
7:30 p.m. Rich the Kid
6:45 p.m. Belly
6:05 p.m. Lil Xan
5:25 p.m. Trippie Redd
4:50 p.m. Smokepurpp
4:25 p.m. EarthGang
4 p.m. SahBabii
3:40 p.m. Molly Brazy
3:20 p.m. Omen
3 p.m. Jack Harlow
2:40 p.m. Pardison Fontaine
2:15 p.m. Barachi & Fatboy Shaw
1:15 p.m. Marty Grimes
1:35 p.m. Nate Dae
1:10 p.m. Johnny Oz
12:50 p.m. Gat$Monster Energy Stage
10:15 p.m. Fetty Wap
9:30 p.m. Trick Daddy & Trina
8:45 p.m. Tee Grizzley
8:15 p.m. Lil Baby
7:50 p.m. Vocaine
7:25 p.m. Prettyboy Fre$h
7 p.m. Nick De La Hoyde
6:35 p.m. Hoodrich Pablo Juan
6:10 p.m. Yung Bans
5:45 p.m. Ball Greezy
5:20 p.m. Trill Sammy
4:55 p.m. Smooky MarGielaa
4:30 p.m. Comethazine
4:10 Woop
3:45 p.m. Skeet Blak
3:15 p.m. Corner Boy P
2:45 p.m. Big Baby Scumbag
2:20 p.m. Chxpo
1:55 p.m. Swaghollywood
1:30 p.m. NellSunday, May 13

High Hemp Stage
9:45 p.m. Future
8:30 p.m. Post Malone
7:30 p.m. 21 Savage
6:30 p.m. Rick Ross
5:50 p.m. Action Bronson
5:10 p.m. Ski Mask The Slump God
4:30 p.m. Roy Wood$
3:50 p.m. Pouya
3:15 p.m. SOB x RBE
2:40 p.m. Fat Nick
2:15 p.m. CupcakKe
1:15 p.m. Kodie Shane
1:35 p.m. Injury Reserve
1:15 p.m. Tyla Yaweh
12:50 p.m. Cuz Lightyear

Audiomack Stage
9:15 p.m. Lil Wayne
8:15 p.m. Lil Yachty
7:15 p.m. $uicideboy$
6:25 p.m. Machine Gun Kelly
5:35 p.m. YBN Nahmir
5:10 p.m. BlocBoy JB
4:45 p.m. Preme
4:20 p.m. Saweetie
3:55 p.m. Skooly
3:35 p.m. Sheck Wes
3:15 p.m. IndigoChildRick
2:50 p.m. Wolftyla
2:25 p.m. Lil Gnar
2 p.m. Thutmose
1:35 p.m. Tokyo Jetz
1:10 p.m. Famous Kid Brick

Monster Energy Stage
9:05 p.m. Juicy J
8:20 p.m. Moneybagg Yo
7:35 p.m. Yung Lean
6:55 p.m. Ugly God
6:15 p.m. Gunna
5:50 p.m. Kid Pac / Daddy2Live / Slimey Mojo
5:25 p.m. Glokknine
5 p.m. Robb Bank$
4:30 p.m. Zoey Dollaz
4:10 p.m. Lud Foe
3:45 p.m. Shoreline Mafia
3:20 p.m. Don Trip & Starlito
3 p.m. 03 Greedo
2:40 p.m. 1wayfrank
2:20 p.m. Bali Baby
2 p.m. Cassow
1:30 p.m. E Money One|11
1 p.m. Cmula

“Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta” Star Tommie Lee Order To Wear Alcohol Monitor

Tommie Lee will have to quit drinking, or she could be in serious trouble.

Tommie Lee, one of the stars of Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta, will be forced to put a stop to her drinking, unless she wants to go prison.According to TMZ, Lee was fittied with an alcohol monitoring ankle bracelet, as a condition for her bail on two open legal cases in Fulton County, Georgia, one of which was a DUI arrest from 2016, while the other stemmed from an incident where Lee allegedly threw hands at a jewelry store employee at a mall.An employee named Daniella reportedly got into an argument with Lee over her behavior, which was when the fight started. Police viewed security camera footage which showed Lee climbing around the counter in order to fight Daniella. As a result, Lee has been charged with battery with substantial harm.Until these cases are both resolved, ordered the judge, Lee isn’t allowed to consume any alcohol at all. She won’t be able to hide it either, as the device supposedly detects alcohol levels through sweat, and does so every 30 minutes. The cost of the machine isn’t covered by the court, so the $500 a month the machine costs to operate will have to come out of Lee’s pocket.If the ankle monitor seems harsh, she could have gotten off much, much worse, as sources say that prosecutors originally wanted to revoke her bond from her DUI arrest, due to the mall fight incident, but the judge instead opted for the monitoring device. No word yet on how long she’ll be expected to wear the device, but hopefully she stays on her best behavior.

Nicki Minaj Debuts Diamond “Queen” Chain In Advance Of Album

Nicki is going all in on the concept of her upcoming project.

Nicki Minaj has debuted a new chain that takes inspiration from the title of her upcoming fourth album Queen. The piece features the title spelled out in diamonds, as you can see in a photo shared on the rapper’s Instagram.

The piece is designed by Rafaello, who recently designed Travis Scott’s Astroworldpiece, as well as Yachty’s chain that originally came from Cam’ron.

Queen, the long-awaited follow-up to Nicki’s 2014 studio album The Pinkprint, is due out June 15th, as she announced on the Met Gala red carpet earlier this week. It is preceded by the singles “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz.” “Chun-Li” is currently at No. 50 on the Hot 100.

On Friday, Nicki was featured on Playboi Carti‘s new song “Poke It Out,” which appears on the rapper’s new album Die Lit. She also recently appeared on Post Malone‘s new album Beerbongs & Bentleys.

Nicki also revealed on the Met Gala red carpet that she and Madonna have a “secret coming soon.” However, she did not expand on what to expect from the two artists who previously worked together on “Bitch I’m Madonna” and “Give Me All Your Luvin’.”

Wiz Khalifa Does Not Want To Hear Drake’s “Nice For What”

Wiz Khalifa isn’t rocking with Drake’s latest single.

Drake‘s been dominating the charts over the past several months with his singles, “Nice For What” and “God’s Plan.” The latter held the top spot for eleven weeks straight before replacing himself at the top with the former. Everyone and their momma’s have been feeling both tracks and there’s no doubt that it got us completely excited for his upcoming album, Scorpion. “Nice For What” has been getting a lot of radio play lately and despite that, it seems like most people are still rocking with it, with the exception of one person.Wiz Khalifa is not rocking with Drake’s latest single, “Nice For What” and he made it very clear on social media. The rapper was cruising around and when Drake’s “Nice For What” came on, the rapper quickly told the driver to turn it off.”Yeah buddy, we in the Benz… Turn this off! Switch it,” he said to the driver with a laugh. “Good look. Play some G shit man.”

While it’s likely a joke, it’s clear that he wasn’t down to listen to the song. I mean, there’s a good chance that he finds it overplayed and probably heard it one too many times.

Hopefully, we’ll be hearing new music from Wiz Khalifa on the radio soon. He recently revealed the release date for his project is July 13th. We might be a little over 2 months away but it’s a good time for him to share some singles for us to ride to.

Alex Rodriguez Reponds To Jennifer Lopez’s Demands For An Engagement Ring

A Rod wont spill the beans on whether he’ll be getting on one knee for J Lo.

Alex Rodriguez found himself in somewhat of a tricky situation, after his boo, Jennifer Lopez, dropped her latest song “El Anillo,” which translates to “The Ring” from Spanish. The song features Lopez singing about the love of her life, but wondering when, if ever, will she be getting the ring from her beloved? Thus, all eyes are on Rodriguez, as the expectation of his proposal is heard around the worldIn an interview on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Fallon asks Rodriguez what his thoughts are about the song. Alex then tells an anecdote of him going to the studio with Lopez, and having her ask him to read the lyrics for the song. After he does, he tell her, “Babe, it sounds like they’re talking about us,” to which she responds, “Yeah. They made it for me.”However, A Rod isn’t one to give in so easily. When asked directly by Fallon when he’ll be bringing out the ring, Rodriguez dodges the question entirely, saying that Fallon will be the first to know when it actually happens.Marriage is a big commitment, so maybe making a pop song in a clever attempt to garner a proposal won’t necessarily always be a success. That being said, the two have committed to each other by moving in together into a brand new apartment in New York City. Should Rodriguez hurry up and propose, or is he doing the right thing by sitting back? Check out Alex Rodriguez’s interview on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon down below.https://hnhh.co/youtube-embed/S81CssCJUJw?show_controls=1&playlist=&autoplay=

Hype Williams Compares “This Is America” To Nas & Diddy’s “Hate Me Now”

Hype Williams reminisces on the impact of “Hate Me Now.”

Hype Williams is easily one of the more recognizable names when it comes to the evolution of music videos in Hip-Hop. The visual veteran is known for his trailblazing point of view, developing a recognizable aesthetic throughout the 90s and 2000s, directing for everyone from Wu-Tang, Usher, Tupac, A Tribe Called Quest, Missy Elliott, TLC, Big Sean, Drake, among Eminem among many others. The list easily goes on and on.Most recently while speaking on a panel with Red Bull’s Music Festival New York Director’s Series, the famed videographer took a trip down memory lane, touching on his iconic videos and naturally, his controversial video for Nas and Puffy’s “Hate Me Now” video came up in the discussion.Williams broke things down by first revealing that while still controversial, what we know to be the video is actually a “watered down” version of the original edit.“What you see here is the watered-down version of what went down,” he explains. “This is very important.” You’ll recall that we’ve known about an original edit that featured Diddy being crucified on the cross, but because of Puff’s faith, he axed the scene out of concern for blasphemy. He even infamously assaulted Nas’s manager Steve Stoute when that edit aired on MTV without his knowledge.He went on to compare the controversy stirred and the significance of the clip to the equivalent of what we’re seeing now with Childish Gambino’s recent “This Is America” video. “I want everybody to know that this video was probably, for its time period, the equivalent to what Childish Gambino just did.”He added: “The first edit of this video at this time had to be the greatest thing anyone has ever seen. Because of who Puff was and where he was going, he needed a release so he had no restraints filming this video. The things that he did and the things we filmed him doing were so radical when edited to this music, I couldn’t even describe it, but at this time, the greatest thing we’ve ever seen was Puff as a special effect, something that I feel is happening with Childish.”While Diddy moved away from the role, Nas did get crucified in the “Hate Me Now” video that we know now and the rapper told Rolling Stone in 2007 that he was willing to do it beause he wanted “to get back at all those people that don’t want to see a black man doing his thing.”Watch both clips and give us your take on Hype’s comparison.https://hnhh.co/youtube-embed/dKSJN3WWR3E?show_controls=1&playlist=&autoplay=https://hnhh.co/youtube-embed/VYOjWnS4cMY?show_controls=1&playlist=&autoplay=

#DXHitList: Cuban Doll, Shoreline Mafia & Rae Sremmurd Top This Week’s Spotify Playlist

#DXHitList: Cuban Doll, Shoreline Mafia & Rae Sremmurd Top This Week's Spotify Playlist

SPOTIFY – Cuban Doll revisited “Bankrupt” off her Aaliyah Keef mixtape and recruited Lil Yachty and Lil Baby for a dope remix, topping this week’s #DXHitList on Spotify. “Bankrupt” is an aggressive single produced by League of Starz and the features from Yachty and Lil Baby reinvigorate the previously released cut.

Shoreline Mafia’s “Musty,” an added song from the Los Angeles rap group’s ShorelineDoThatShit EP also hits the playlist this week. The newly signed Atlantic Records rapping quartet is slated to hit the road for their “Still OTX Tour” kicking off in Brooklyn on May 10. Definitely a group to keep your ears out for in 2018.

Rae Sremmurd dropped their ambitious triple-disc album SR3MM last week and among the songs placed on Swae Lee’s side of the album, Swaecation, is the intoxicating “Offshore” featuring Young Thug. It’s a calm collaboration between the two artists who have made use of their vocals to put forth a melodic track produced by Mike WiLL Made-It and Mars of 1500 or Nothin’. “Offshore” also happens to feature a smooth sample of Ye Ali’s “Oceans” off his 2016 album TrapHouseJodeci produced by Bizness Boi.

New tracks from City Girls, Ski Mask The Slump God and Dice Soho featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Desiigner top the #DXHitList as well as $ha Hef’s “Money Obsession” and Playboi Carti‘s new song with Nicki Minaj titled “Poke It Out.”

Listen and follow the #DXHitList below. It’s updated every Friday with the latest and greatest in Hip Hop music releases.

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Rihanna’s Stalker Admits He Trespassed To Have Sex With Her

Rihanna's Stalker Admits He Trespassed To Have Sex With Her

LOS ANGELES, CA – A man who broke into Rihanna’s Los Angeles home on Wednesday (May 9) was reportedly tased and arrested on Thursday (May 10).

According to TMZ, 26-year-old Eduardo Leon told police he was there to have sex with the Barbadian superstar but didn’t plan to use force to get his way.

Police reportedly said Leon found a way to disarm the security system, unpacked his bags, charged his phone and waited at least an entire day for RiRi to return to the residence.

Leon was taken into custody on charges of stalking, trespassing and residential burglary. He also broke into another residence on May 4 thinking it belonged to Rihanna, which is why police decided to add stalking to the charges.

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According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department website, Leon has multiple arrests.

He’s currently being held on $150,000 bail.

Ne-Yo Unveils “Good Man” Cover Art, Tracklist & New Single

Ne-Yo Unveils "Good Man" Cover Art, Tracklist & New Single

Three-time Grammy winner Ne-Yo is back at it again, teasing the cover art and track list for his seventh studio album, Good Man.

Along with launching the album’s pre-order on Friday (May 11), the R&B star has shared a new single, “Apology”, ahead of the album’s June 8 release.

He took to Twitter to explain the latest single, saying that it was written for the women he’s hurt.

The R&B star had already released singles “Good Man” and the Stefflon Don and Bebe Rexha-assisted “Push Back” in recent months, creating a buzz for the forthcoming project.

The 17-track effort features the likes of PARTYNEXTDOOR and Eric Bellinger, and is to be released via Motown Records/Compound Entertainment. It will also be available as a 20-track deluxe edition.

View the album cover art and track list below.

Good Man cover

Track Listing – Good Man

  1. Caterpillars 1st” (INTRO)
  2. 1 MORE SHOT
  3. LA NIGHTS
  4. NIGHTS LIKE THESE feat. Romeo Santos
  5. U DESERVE
  6. SUMMERTIME
  7. PUSH BACK feat. Bebe Rexha and Stefflon Don
  8. BREATHE
  9. ON UR MIND feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR
  10. BACK CHAPTERS
  11. HOTBOX feat. Eric Bellinger
  12. OVER U
  13. WITHOUT U
  14. APOLOGY
  15. OCEAN SURE feat. Candice Boyd and Sam Hook
  16. “The Struggle…” (Interlude)
  17. GOOD MAN

Bonus

18. Pour Me Up
19. Won’t Be Often
20. Reset The Night

Preorder the album here.

Teairra Mari Allegedly Smashes Up Boyfriend’s Car After Sex Video Leak

Teairra Mari Allegedly Smashes Up Boyfriend's Car After Sex Video Leak

Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood star Teairra Mari reportedly took revenge into her own hands when she allegedly smashed the windows of boyfriend Akbar Abdul-Ahad’s car on Thursday (May 10).

TMZ reports that Mari’s vehicular vendetta comes after the singer accused her boyfriend of posting revenge porn to her Instagram account.

Abdul-Ahad says he caught Mari in the act of smashing his windshield shortly after security at his North Hollywood apartment complex informed him of the act.

Mari allegedly used a metal rod from a bar stool to inflict the damage. She was said to be joined by Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood castmate Milan Christopher during the attack.

The attack on Abdul-Ahad’s vehicle comes the same week that a photo and video of Mari engaging in a sex act leaked online. Abdul-Ahad has denied responsibility for the leak.

In video uploaded to social media after the leak, Abdul-Ahad stated he believes it’s Mari’s ex who is responsible.

“You got everybody thinking it’s me. Tell the truth,” Abdul-Ahad said in video he recorded with Mari.

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Migos, Rich the Kid, Jaden Smith & More To Perform At 2018 Breakaway Music Festival

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN & COLUMBUS, OHIO –

As festival season continues, Prime Social Group has announced a Hip Hop star-studded lineup for the next two stops of their Breakaway Music Festival.

The Grand Rapids, Michigan show is set for August 24-25, and will host Migos, Rich The Kid, Smokepurpp, Flatbush Zombies, London On Da Track, Nessly, Shoreline Mafia, and more. Maxo Kream and Tee Grizzley will perform at the next stop, scheduled for Columbus, Ohio on August 24-26. Khalid and Jaden Smith are set to appear at both locations.

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The Breakaway Music Festival’s first 2018 date was in Dallas on April 7. After the Grand Rapids and Columbus stops, the brand will hold shows in Nashville, Tennessee and Charlotte, North Carolina in October. The lineups for the final two dates have not yet been announced.

Prime Social Group is an event production company based in Columbus, Ohio. So far this year, the group has produced nine events under their four different brands.

Tickets for the Breakaway Festival be purchased here.

 

The Weekend & Bella Hadid Are Reportedly Back Together

The Weekend and Bella Hadid have reverted to power couple status.

The Weeknd may be the most melancholic artist since dandies in the romantic era, but it would appear he’s not entirely void of happiness. Fans of Abel’s mystique have no doubt tracked his relationship status with utmost attention, as let’s face it, that’s what Stans do. To be fair, The Weeknd is the type of artist who wears his heart on his sleeve, and his ongoing relationships and breakups tend to have a profound effect on his music. For that reason, many were quick to dub his recent My Dear Melancholy EP a Selena Gomez centered album. He’s not afraid to catch feelings.As it happens, the ever watchful eyes over at TMZ seem to have a spy network deeper than Varys in Game Of Thrones. The publication actually caught The Weeknd overseas, where he’s been chilling in Cannes with old flame Bella Hadid. From the sound of it, the couple seem to be back on track. You can catch pictures of them leaving a party together here. The publication’s statisticians claim that Abel and Hadid haven’t been a couple for eighteen months, but as the old adage goes, absence makes the heart grow fonder.There’s no telling what might come of The Weeknd’s future musical direction. Perhaps his melancholic aura will fade, replaced by, at the very least, a tepid ennui. Baby steps.

Xzibit Sued For Allegedly Marketing Pesticide-Laced Cannabis

Xzibit is facing legal action over claims he falsely marketed the “Brass Knuckles” vape line.

According to a report obtained by TMZXzibit has been slapped with a lawsuit for contaminating a Cannabis oil he helped put on the market. The plaintiff Ignacio Lee alleges that X’s Brass Knuckles branded THC Concentrate Vape Cartridges are laced with pesticides. Lee claims that within months of using the product he began experiencing fatigue, headaches, nausea, chest pains, shortness of breath, wheezing and difficulty in breathing.Ignacio was first alerted to the product by Xzibit’s outreach to hip hop fans. Brass Knuckles has been predominantly marketed on Instagram and other Social Media outlets. X’s campaign included an assurance “Our oil is clean,” and a guarantee the product is “COMPLETELY pesticide AND contaminate FREE.”Aside from compiling a list of symptoms, Ignacio hired an independent lab to conduct a third party liability test, all before seeking legal council. The results of the testing revealed “detectable levels of pesticides.” Therefore, Ignacio decided to advocate on behalf of the concerned, and all consumers touched by the case. He is never the less seeking a payout for his troubles, as well as an order prohibiting Xzibit from marketing his product as “contaminant free.” By all accounts, the product has been a runaway success before this lawsuit came to light, with Xzibit increasing his distribution network in the month of March, we’ll see to what effect.

Kyle To Feature Kehlani, Khalid, 2 Chainz & More On Debut Album “Light Of Mine”

Kyle’s debut album “Light Of Mine” arrives next week.

Nearly two years after blowing up with his multi-platinum hit “iSpy,” Kyle is finally arriving with his debut album Light of Mine. It was late last month that the rapper announced the project’s arrival date, setting it for May 18th, and now he’s returned with a full track list for the effort.In total, Light of Mine is held down with fifteen tracks. You’ll find previously released cuts including the aforementioned “iSpy” with Lil Yachty, his solo “To the Moon,” the Kehlani-assisted “Playinwitme,” and the most recently released “Ikuyo,” featuring 2 Chainz and Sophia Black.In September of last year, Kyle revealed to HNHH that Light of Mine would be centered on overcoming depression, explaining that it would structured like a book of sorts, providing a deeper chapter the further you go along.”Most people have perceived my brand and my personality as this guy that just is so happy, he has no cares in the world. I think that especially now with “iSPY” they don’t really see the whole picture,” he explained. “This album is kind of a step-by-step instructional guideline of how I overcame my depression, and how you can overcome yours, if you just listen to my story and hear my experiences.”On the project, you’ll also find an appearance from Alessia Cara who, alongside Khalid, has experience with penning resonating tracks about mental health, and legendary a cappella group Take 6 with a look on the second track “Coming, Going?”Sound off with your thoughts down below on the new track list and features.

Childish Gambino Yet To Check “This Is America” Response: “I’m Really Sensitive”

Childish Gambino opens up to Jimmy Kimmel.

Donald Glover, moonlighting as Childish Gambino, made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night to speak about the gravity of his “This is America” video. The video which was released last Weekend has been received as an important relic of our times by many cultural critics. The video features a series of visual references pertaining to America, or at least a failed Nation-Building experiment in the eyes of Glover.Glover wins plaudits for defining Masculinity and Blackness on his terms, in the guise of a performance piece. He deflected seriousness by engaging with Kimmel’s banter. He even sheepishly agreed when Kimmel suggested the highest honor was in passing “Hamster on a Piano” for total views.Eventually guest and host decided to get serious and tackle the serious commentary commentary elicited by “This is America.” Glover although “speaking” in a pointer manner throughout the video, and thematically on his show Atlanta, has been reluctant to view the public’s response.”Some friends have sent like a couple (articles) but to be real, I haven’t been on the internet since Thursday night before Saturday Night Live,” he said to Kimmel when asked what to make of the public’s reaction. Glover is by all accounts vulnerable to criticism, like anyone else. He admits “I don’t want to be in the mix.. it’s bad for me. I’m really sensitive.” It’s difficult to come out flying after “taking up the cross.” “This is America” is a document far more unaffected than we’d come to expect from an artist in Glover’s position.https://hnhh.co/youtube-embed/Am6NHDbj6XA?show_controls=1&playlist=&autoplay=https://hnhh.co/youtube-embed/VYOjWnS4cMY?show_controls=1&playlist=&autoplay=

Playboi Carti Surprises Fans With “Die Lit” LP

Playboi Carti Surprises Fans With "Die Lit" LP

Playboi Carti decided to treat fans with the surprise release of his new album, Die Lit.

The platinum-selling artist has been leaking songs of late, but now he’s officially dropped a follow-up to his self-titled debut. Carti’s latest LP features Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Chief Keef, Bryson Tiller, Skepta and Pi’erre Bourne, among others.

View the Die Lit stream, cover art and tracklist below.

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Playboi Carti's Die Lit

1. Long Time – Intro
2. R.I.P.
3. Lean 4 Real f. Skepta
4. Old Money
5. Love Hurts f. Travis Scott
6. Shoota f. Lil Uzi Vert
7. Right Now f. Pi’erre Bourne
8. Poke It Out f. Nicki Minaj
9. Home (KOD)
10. Fell In Luv f. Bryson Tiller
11. Foreign
12. Pull Up
13. Mileage f. Chief Keef
14. FlatBead Freestyle
15. No Time f. Gunna
16. Middle of the Summer f. Coldhearted
17. Choppa Won’t Miss f. Young Thug
18. R.I.P. Fredo f. Young Nudy
19. Top f. Pi’erre Bourne

Rapper Young Lo Denies Rape Involvement At Alleged Chris Brown Sex Party

Rapper Young Lo Denies Rape Involvement At Alleged Chris Brown Sex Party

Rapper Young Lo — real name Lowell Grissom — reportedly had a few choice words for Gloria Allred. The high profile attorney is currently representing a woman claiming Grissom raped her multiple times during an alleged drug-fueled sex party at Chris Brown’s house.

Grissom was at Brown’s home at the time of the alleged incident but according to TMZ, Grissom says he had nothing to do with any alleged crime.

Grisssom’s attorney Anthony Willoughby reportedly said, “Lowell vehemently denies these false and defaming accusations originated last year, ending with no arrests, no proof, an inconclusive rape kit and after a police investigation — no charges filed.”

“This civil lawsuit is a blatant attempt at a money grab and to harm the reputation of my client while encouraging PR noise for Gloria Allred while she exploits this young woman for her own financial gains and public persona.”

In Allred’s recent press conference, she called the sexual assault case “one of the most horrific” she’d ever seen.

Brown has yet to address the situation publicly.

(The original version of this article was published on May 9, 2018 and can be found below.)

A woman who was allegedly raped at Chris Brown’s home in February 2017 is reportedly taking legal action against the R&B star.

According to TMZ, Brown is being sued by a woman going by Jane Doe who says not only was she raped by one of Brown’s friends but also forced to perform oral sex on a menstruating woman.

The legal docs claim Brown supplied cocaine, ecstasy and weed, and that the woman’s phone was confiscated upon arrival at his recording studio. She alleges Brown’s friend forced women to have sexual contact with Brown and Lowell Grissom (also known as rapper Young Lo).

The unidentified woman hired hotshot attorney Gloria Allred to handle the case.

During a recent press conference, Allred explained, “When she arrived at the studio, her phone was taken away from her. She was told that Brown did not want anyone to have their phones in the studio. Our client alleges in the lawsuit that she was forced to go to Brown’s home because she perceived that she would only be able to retrieve her phone there.

“Brown handed each female guest, including our Plaintiff, a clear pill filled with white powder and instructed them to take it to have a ‘good time.’” But the woman says she declined.

Allred went on to explain her client felt “intimidated” by the multiple guns in the house, aggressive behavior by some of Brown’s guests and the general atmosphere in Brown’s home.

“While she was at Brown’s house, she was the victim of horrific sexual assault,” Allred continued. “It’s one of the most horrific sexual assault cases that I have ever seen and our client Jane Doe has been severely traumatized.”

The legal docs also state Grissom held the woman against a washing machine and raped her for a second time. Once she was able to leave the home, she says she went to a rape treatment center and reported it to the authorities.

Neither Brown or Grissom have addressed the allegations publicly.

 

Gucci Mane, Desiigner, MGK & Fetty Wap Headlining Swisher Sweets Pack Tour Stops

Gucci Mane, Desiigner, MGK & Fetty Wap Headlining Swisher Sweets Pack Tour Stops

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Trusted cigarillo brand Swisher Sweets is putting plenty of smoke behind their Swisher Sweets Artist Project, which closed out 2017 with a bang with a New Year’s Cardi B performance in New Orleans.

For the new wave of upcoming shows, the proven talents of Gucci Mane, Desiigner, MGK a.k.a Machine Gun Kelly and Fetty Wap have been enlisted for various Swisher Sweets Pack Tour stops along the nationwide movement.

On June 16, Desiigner will take on the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, Fetty Wap will appear at Detroit’s St. Andrews Hall on July 14, MGK will play at the Theatre of the Living Arts in Philadelphia and come August 17, Gucci Mane will rock his hometown Atlanta crowd at the Buckhead Theatre on September 22. MGK is also slated for another spot date on October 20 at the Numbers Nightclub in Houston.

Buzzing artists La’Britney, Chill Moody, Q Money, Ponce De’Leion, Dice Soho, Charles Bryan, Taylor J, Lil Freaky, Iman, Snap Dogg, Kelechi and Snap Smith will support various Pack Tour stops along the way as part of the Swisher Sweets New Talent Class of 2018.

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Check out the official website for even more information on the Swisher Sweets Pack Tour.

Young Thug Confirms Next Childish Gambino Album Is The Last

Young Thug Confirms Next Childish Gambino Album Is The Last

Young Thug recently sat down with Spotify for their “Scrolling In The Deep” segment and confirmed two very important things: yes, that is him on Childish Gambino’s “This Is America”and Childish Gambino’s next album will be his last.

“[Childish Gambino] got in touch with Reese LaFlare. I think they cool, friends or whatever. He told him to come to the [studio]. He said he has a song for me for his last album.” Thug said. “I tweeted one time, I was like, ‘I bet I be on Gambino’s last album.’ I’m on his last album, it’s crazy. He’s really not making music after this.”

Though many rappers have returned after announcing their retirements — including one who switched up in a matter of hours — if Gambino sticks to his promise, he’ll be bowing out at the height of his success. His new “This Is America” video is getting attention from all corners of the mainstream media and has generated almost 50 million YouTube views since its release on May 5. Meanwhile, his FX show Atlanta has been generating rave reviews.

Oh, and Young Thug also mentioned in the clip that he and Future have each other’s names tattooed on them.

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Watch the full clip below.

TIDAL Denies Creating Fake Streams For Beyoncé & Kanye West

TIDAL Denies Creating Fake Streams For Beyoncé & Kanye West

In a statement provided to HipHopDX, TIDAL has denied allegations in a new report by Norwegian newspaper Dagens Næringsliv, which claims the streaming service manipulated user data to create millions of fake streams for Beyoncé and Kanye West.

Last year, the outlet reported that JAY-Z’s company allegedly inflated its subscriber numbers.

“This is a smear campaign from a publication that once referred to our employee as an ‘Israeli Intelligence officer’ and our owner as a ‘crack dealer,’” a TIDAL spokesperson told DX. “We expect nothing less from them than this ridiculous story, lies and falsehoods. The information was stolen and manipulated and we will fight these claims vigorously.”

Music Business Worldwide has translated much of Dagens Næringsliv’ latest article into English, summing up its main accusation: “Beyoncé’s and Kanye West’s listener numbers on TIDAL have been manipulated to the tune of several hundred million false plays … which has generated massive royalty payouts at the expense of other artists.”

The report claims to have discovered an illicit hard drive containing “billions of rows of [internal TIDAL data]: times and song titles, user IDs and country codes.” Although TIDAL has denied the legitimacy of the data, the newspaper says it matches the information received by record labels on all the dates in question. The outlet reached out to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, who conducted its own investigation of data and determined a gaming of the system occurred. “We have through advanced statistical analysis determined that there has in fact been a manipulation of the [TIDAL] data at particular times,” NTNU’s Center for Cyber and Information Security said. “The manipulation appears targeted towards a very specific set of track IDs, related to two distinct albums.” The albums in question are Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo and Beyoncé’s Lemonade. More than 150 million duplicates of tracks from West’s album were allegedly played at the same time using real users’ accounts. Dagens Næringsliv says more than 1.3 million subscribers were manipulated.

The newspaper claims the faking of streams for Beyoncé’s LP was more elaborate. “The duplicates are logged at different times, differ from one user to the next, which makes them more difficult to detect.”

Despite this change, a repetitive pattern was still discovered by NTNU’s Center for Cyber and Information Security, which found tracks being restarted at the same second and millisecond. CCIS uncovered 170 plays of Lemonade and its accompanying video album following this specific repetition.

NTNU’s Professor Katrin Franke said it’s “highly likely” the streaming manipulation was done by TIDAL as opposed to an outside force hacking the system.

Cardi B Feigns Blindness Over Post-Met Gala Beatdown

Cardi B Feigns Blindness Over Post-Met Gala Beatdown

Though everyone saw the up-close-and-personal footage of the beatdown of an autograph seeker outside a post-Met Gala 2018 party earlier this week, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper is claiming ignorance — and feigning blindness.

“I’m legally bliiiiiind,” she sings for the TMZ camera. “I’m legally blind, sir.”

A member of her entourage can then be seen shooing the cameraman away, asking him to “leave her alone” because she’s a “pregnant lady” who worked “really hard” today.

The initial reports about Giovanni Arnold, a professional autograph seeker, suggested that Cardi B’s security gave him an unprovoked beatdown after he requested a signature from the Bronx native.

Later, however, the reality seemed to be very different: a longer video shows Arnold heckling Offset after being refused autographs and begging him to “beat him up” — an offer some apparent Migos affiliates eventually obliged.

The New York Daily News also reports Arnold will likely file a lawsuit.

“Our client was beaten to a pulp for requesting an autograph,” said attorney Daniel Szalkiewicz. “Our client was held in the hospital overnight for observation. The videos clearly show this was not an act of self-defense. The assailants fled the scene to avoid being arrested for their savage attack. “No fan should ever be treated in this manner, and words never justify violence.”

KRS-One, Ice-T, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon To Headline 2018 Art Of Rap Festival

KRS-One, Ice-T, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon To Headline 2018 Art Of Rap Festival

Following the 2012 release of the Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap documentary, co-director Ice-T and Mick Bentson decided to take the concept on the road and turn The Art Of Rap into a full-fledged tour. Now, the classic Hip Hop-flavored concert/festival is expanding with what’s promised to be the biggest lineup yet.

With over a dozen acts already booked — including Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Big Daddy Kane, Naughty By Nature, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, KRS-One and EPMD — the fourth annual event will continue to celebrate Hip Hop culture with all the elements represented.

In addition to the headlining acts, b-boying, graffiti expos and DJing will be on display throughout the festival grounds.

“The Art Of Rap cares about break dancers, graffiti artists, MCs and DJs,” co-founder Mick Bentson tells HipHopDX. “So while people are alive, The Art Of Rap will have you on the show. It’s not just for the classic artists. It’s for the art of rap — from beginning to today.

“The Art Of Rap is for the culture of Hip Hop. For those who really want to relive the times they remember this music and bring those who don’t understand this music, The Art Of Rap is the place to go.”

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Prodigy performed his last Mobb Deep show during The Art Of Rap Las Vegas tour stop before unexpectedly passing away last June and Bentson is just glad they had that opportunity.

“The Art of Rap works with artist while they are still living,” he says. “We do not wait until an artist passes way so we can talk about how great they were. We worked with Mobb Deep for three years. We loved the group before they had the turmoil in their family.

“BET waited until Prodigy passed away to do a tribute and they had never even invited them to a show or invited them to sit in the audience. Same with Craig Mack and Luvbug Starski who was one of the first people who said ‘Hip Hop’ before there was Hip Hop. We want to work with artists while they’re still here.”

SNL Writers Break Down Donald Glover’s “A Kanye Place” Skit

NEW YORK, NY – Saturday Night Live writers Sudi Green and Fran Gillespie spoke in a behind-the-scenes video, released on the SNL Youtube channel, about writing and producing the “A Kanye Place” sketch.

The acclaimed skit was part of last week’s internet-breaking episode hosted by Donald Glover.

Green and Gillespie originally wrote the skit as a live sketch, but realized during the Wednesday table reading there were too many moving parts. Given that it was a parody of Paramount’s recent horror film, A Quiet Place, they decided the best course of action would be to film it. The cornfield set was built indoors, on a soundstage, in under 24 hours and the sketch was shot on Friday afternoon. “The moment you walk onto set, that’s like my favorite thing,” shared Green, “because you wrote this thing, and it’s all very abstract, and then hours later you walk onto set, and it’s like ‘oh my God!’.”

Although it was a parody sketch, the writers and directors were dedicated authentically matching the various Kanye-related fiascos to the beats and atmosphere of the film. American Sign Language (ASL) translators were brought in during production to ensure that the actors were signing correctly during a portion where they communicated non-verbally.

The “Creating Saturday Live” interview for “A Kanye Place” can be found below while the original sketch is up above.

Teairra Mari Addresses Revenge Porn Hack On Instagram

Teairra Mari Addresses Revenge Porn Hack On Instagram

LOS ANGELES, CA – Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood star and R&B singer Teairra Marí is stepping out in front of an ongoing social media scandal that depicts the 30-year-old in a sexual act.

“Recently my social media was compromised by someone who I felt was deserving of my love and trust. That person proved to be untrustworthy and posted footage of what in the moment was private and sacred.

“Moving forward, I recognize the need to be more cautious and discerning. My hope is for women to remain strong and dignified when they find themselves having to address hateful and juvenile acts by former lovers who find it difficult to act in an adult manner.”

She concluded, “Revenge Porn is a crime in California and I will be in pursuit of justice.” Mari went on to thank her former LHHH co-star, Milan Christopher for having her back during her moment of trouble.

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Sadly, Marí isn’t the only LHHH star whose had to deal with this particular issue this year. Nicki Minajs ex-boyfriend, Safaree Samuels had his private business leaked all across social media back in February.

Ty Dolla $ign & 21 Savage Are All About “Clout” On New Single

Ty Dolla $ign has recruited 21 Savage for a brand new track called “Clout.” The platinum-selling singer and Slaughter Gang rapper do some bragging and boasting, telling listeners they aren’t ready for this level of clout.

The single will appear on the deluxe edition of Ty Dolla $ign’s Beach House 3, which is scheduled to drop on Friday (May 11). The album, which was originally released last October, will feature six new tracks — including the Gucci Mane and Quavo-assisted “Pineapple.”

Watch the “Clout” lyric video above and download/stream the song here.

JAY-Z Delays SEC Case With No-Show In Court

JAY-Z Delays SEC Case With No-Show In Court

U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe isn’t happy with JAY-Z. Hov was scheduled to appear in federal court on Tuesday (May 8) to testify about the Iconix Brand Group but didn’t show up.

“This testimony has been delayed for five months and I do not intend to tolerate any more delays,” Gardephe said, according to CNBC.

JAY was issued a subpoena in November 2017 then again in February 2018 by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC says he hasn’t provided any dates for a court appearance.

In an affidavit filed on May 7, Hov claimed he was rehearsing for a world tour in California, and therefore, couldn’t appear in court in New York.

The Iconix Brand Group is currently under investigation by the SEC for alleged federal securities law violations in their financial reporting. Iconix acquired Rocawear from JAY-Z for $200 million in 2007. He has maintained publicly-disclosed partnerships with Iconix through his former brand, according to the SEC.

Alex Spiro, JAY’s attorney, previously called the SEC investigation into Iconix a “celebrity witch hunt,” according to USA Today.

50 Cent Says Goodbye To Instagram

50 Cent Says Goodbye To Instagram

THE GRAM – 50 Cent has mastered the art of social media trolling but now, it appears he’ll have one less platform to use for his trolling ways. On Wednesday (May 9), the Powermastermind said he’s ditching the Instagram in favor of Twitter.

“I’m leaving IG, I’m going back to Twitter,” he captioned a photo of himself raising a glass. “They take shit down without notifying me. #censorthesenuts.”

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Fiddy’s announcement comes two days after the Hip Hop mogul jokingly got into it with A$AP Rocky on the ‘Gram. After the Queens-born rapper made fun of Rocky’s designer clothes, Rocky clowned him right back.

“FIF DRESS LIKE HIM N EMINEM GOT THE SAME STYLIST,” Rocky wrote.

50 is extremely active on both platforms but for now, fans will have to find him on Twitter if they want to keep up with his latest shenanigans.

Hip Hop Stars Nicki Minaj, Childish Gambino, 2 Chainz, Migos & More Illuminated Met Gala 2018

Hip Hop Stars Nicki Minaj, Childish Gambino, 2 Chainz, Migos & More Illuminated Met Gala 2018

NEW YORK, NY – The Met Gala 2018 once again pushed the boundaries of fashion with this year’s theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

Rihanna, Amal Clooney, Donatella Versace, Anna Wintour and Stephen and Christine Schwarzman all combined forces for hosting duties and the event rolled out its red carpet to several Hip Hop stars such as 2 Chainz (who proposed to his longtime girlfriend), Childish Gambino a.k.a. Donald Glover, Migos, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, who finally announced her new album’s name and release date.

For 60 years, New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art — the largest art museum in the United States — has been the center of Met Gala’s festivities, which is annually held on the first Monday of each May.

Take a look how Hip Hop flourished at Met Gala 2018 down below.

2 Chainz: The Soon-To-Be-Husband

Nicki Minaj Is Ready For A New Album (And Apparently The Red Wedding)

This Is America — And Donald Glover

Wakanda Forever

Jaden Smith’s Just A (Gold) Icon Living

Travis Scott & Kylie Jenner Made A Stormy Entrance

Migos Went As Themselves For Halloween

Cardi B Kept It Classy With Jeremy Scott & Nicki Minaj

Janelle Monáe: Clean Computer

All Hail The Queen Of Hip Hop Soul

SZA Had Complete CTRL Of Her Fashion Sense

P. Diddy & The Family — Who You Know Do It Better?

J To The L-O

Zendaya’s Armor Was Undeniable

Kim Kardashian Went Solo Dolo Because Kids See Ghost

Rihanna Won The Evening In Pope-Inspired Margiela

R. Kelly Videotaped Shopping With Alleged Sex Cult Victim

R. Kelly Videotaped Shopping With Alleged Sex Cult Victim

As the one-year anniversary of Buzzfeed’s story on R. Kelly’s alleged sex cult approaches, new video from TMZ shows a seemingly unfazed Kelly out with one of his reported victims.

Shortly after Buzzfeed’s bombshell story was published, Joycelyn Savage, one of Kelly’s allegedly “brainwashed” victims revealed in a video interview with TMZ that she was not being held captive by the singer, despite her family’s beliefs.

And this week, months after her TMZ interview, Savage was spotted out shopping with R. Kelly in newly surfaced video. The shopping excursion took place at a mall in Kelly’s hometown of Chicago on April 28.

The woman doesn’t appear to be in any distress as the two casually stroll from store to store.

The latest involving R. Kelly comes following a controversial week for the crooner.

On Friday (May 4), Buzzfeed reported that two new women have come forward with accusations of sexual abuse.

Additionally, a phone call between Kelly and a woman he allegedly gave an STD to when she was 19 years old surfaced. The woman, now 20, has filed a criminal complaint against the singer.

Kelly has previously denied all allegations of misconduct.

Daz Dillinger Obliterates “Sellout” Kanye West On “True To The Game Pt. 2”

Daz Dillinger Obliterates "Sellout" Kanye West On "True To The Game Pt. 2"

Daz Dillinger isn’t done with Kanye West. After blasting ‘Ye for his endorsement of Donald Trump earlier this month, the West Coast gangsta rap vet is back with a blatant Yeezy diss track, “True To The Game Pt. 2.”

Over the instrumental for Ice Cube’s Death Certificate track, “True To The Game,” Tha Dogg Pound rapper delivers brutal bars interspersed with audio clips of Trump, West and TMZ producer Van Lathan who famously challenged West during his “free thought” rant on TMZ Live.

“On TMZ, but they don’t care,” he raps. “They’ll have a new nigga next year/See you out in the cold, no more white fans, and no more souls/So you might have a heart attack/When you find out black folks don’t want you back.”

On Cube’s 1991 original, the N.W.A legend takes aim at rappers like Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer for being sellouts. Much like Cube, Dillinger accuses West of not staying true to the culture and giving Hip Hop a bad name.

Although Dillinger said West filed a retraining order on him following Dillinger’s “Crip Alert” on ‘Ye, it’s clear the West Coast O.G. isn’t worried about any repercussions that come with obliterating West on wax.

Bryson Tiller Blames Depression For “True To Self” LP’s Lack Of Hype

Bryson Tiller Blames Depression For "True To Self" LP's Lack Of Hype

Bryson Tiller recently credited depression as one reason why his sophomore album True To Self, which was released in May 2017, didn’t do well “statistically.”

Tiller’s statement on his experience with depression came roughly one week after a back-and-forth between himself and several fans on Twitter. One fan even said the singer “fell off” musically.

According to Tiller, he was depressed before True To Self was made and it played a role in the final product for his sophomore effort.

“1. i was depressed before i made that album and you can hear it in the music 2. statistically, we didn’t do that great because of it.. and 3. depression ended in 2017 and i been workin hard ever since. stay tuned,” Tiller tweeted on Monday (May 7).

Tiller previously referenced being in a “dark place” during a December 2017 interview with Tim Westwood.

“I was in a dark, dark place after TRAPSOUL, so I don’t know, I wanted to start over and I just don’t feel like I made it yet,” Tiller said.

Despite Tiller referencing underperforming statistics, his breakthrough album TRAPSOUL only sold 22,000 copies in its first week compared to True To Self moving more than double that amount with 47,000 copies sold. True To Self also debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Lil Wayne To Celebrate 10th Anniversary Of “Tha Carter III” At Lil Weezyana Fest

Lil Wayne To Celebrate 10th Anniversary Of "Tha Carter III" At Lil Weezyana Fest

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Later this year, Lil Wayne will celebrate the 10th anniversary of his chart-topping album Tha Carter III at the fourth annual Lil Weezyana Fest. The event is scheduled to take place on August 25 at Champions Square’s Bold Sphere Music in his hometown of New Orleans.

Although the full lineup has yet to be released, Wayne announced the festival’s return through his Instagram account, which included a Carter III-inspired flyer.

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“Lil Weezyana Fest is renowned for its all-star special guests and surprise performances. Past guests have included: Drake, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and New Orleans natives The Hot Boys and Big Freedia. 2018’s lineup of special guests should be equally as spectacular,” a press release for the event reads.

In the decade since Tha Carter III’s initial release, it remains Wayne’s most commercially successful album. The multi-platinum LP spawned two of the biggest songs of his career: “A Milli” and “Lollipop.” Guests on the critically-acclaimed project included JAY-Z, T-Pain, Babyface and Busta Rhymes.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased now from LiveNationChampions Square and Ticketmaster.

Lifetime Developing R. Kelly Cinema Revolving Around Sexual Abuse Claims

Lifetime Developing R. Kelly Cinema Revolving Around Sexual Abuse Claims

The multitude of sexual abuse and misconduct allegations against R. Kelly will be explored in two projects being developed by Lifetime. The network has announced a documentary series and feature film based on Kelly’s alleged offenses as part of its Emmy-winning Stop Violence Against Women campaign.

“What we’ve seen — in the last year in particular — is the tremendous power of women’s voices when given the opportunity to share their truth,” Lifetime’s SVP of Unscripted Development and Programming Brie Miranda Bryant in a statement. “But there are important stories still untold, stories of bravery, resilience and defiance that demand to be heard. This is one of those stories.”

The untitled docuseries and movie are being produced by Joel Karsberg and Jesse Daniels of Kreativ Inc.

“We’ve been working for over a year to bring forth the stories of these women,” Karsberg said in a statement. “We are proud to team with Lifetime to shed light on these stories as well as an industry that has looked the other way for so many years.”

Veteran Hip Hop journalist dream hampton will serve as an executive producer for the documentary, which will feature the stories of survivors of Kelly’s abuse.

“Some very brave black women have trusted us with their stories, their truth and their trauma,” she said in the press release. “They are survivors and I’m honored to share their stories with the world.”

No release date for either project has been set at this time. Kelly was previously portrayed by actor Clé Bennett in Lifetime’s Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B biopic, which was released in 2014.

Johnny Depp Allegedly Wilded Out On Tupac & Biggie Thriller Set

Johnny Depp Allegedly Wilded Out On Tupac & Biggie Thriller Set

LOS ANGELES, CA – Hollywood A-lister Johnny Depp has endured his fair share of unfavorable headlines over the past couple of years and his latest alleged outburst on the set of the upcoming film, Labyrinth is just adding on to the bonfire.

The movie chronicles the life and times of late LAPD detective Russell Poole, most famous for his immense interest in The Notorious B.I.G.’s 1997 murder.

According to Page Six, multiple sources relayed to the publication that Depp, 56, was “smoking and drinking all day on set” and attacked a location manager while screaming, “I’ll give you $100,000 to punch me right now!”

The alleged scuffle was said to have been brought forth by Depp’s willingness to keep cameras rolling after a permit expired during a scene he was directing. It involved two of his friends cast as a cop and homeless man.

“The producers kept asking for the time to be extended,” a source claimed. But when Labyrinth director Brad Furman stepped in, yelling, “Tell that to Johnny Depp!” citing the scene was a wrap, the location manager had to face the wrath of Jack Sparrow in the flesh.

“He was 6 inches away, yelling, ‘Who are you? You have no right!’” the source claimed Depp bellowed. It was then Depp was reported to attempt to punch the location manager in the ribs but the punch was so frail, it failed to inflict any damage — or pain.

Page Six obtained a statement from Furman, who dismissed the incident.

“Johnny Depp is a consummate professional, great collaborator and a supporter of other artists,” the statement read. “He always treats the crew and people around him with the utmost respect. Movies can be stressful, and nonevents often become exaggerated. We all love stories — there isn’t one here.”

Poole passed away in 2015 at the age of 58 as he was in preparing a tell-all book about everything he learned investigating the Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls murder investigations.

He was recently portrayed in USA’s miniseries Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. by acclaimed actor Jimmie Simpson.

Kim Kardashian Details Why Kanye West Was Noticeably Absent From Met Gala

Finishing up five albums will take up a lot of your time.

While he made time to visit the TMZ offices last week and cause a scene with his comment about slavery sounding “like a choice,” Kanye West appears to have locked himself in the studio once again to finish up his ambitious goal of dropping five albums next month. Last night’s Met Gala saw many of the industry’s famous faces show up but there were some notable ones absent from the celebration. As she usually makes one of the grandest entrances on the red carpet, Beyoncé relaxed on vacation and although Kim Kardashian was decked out in head-to-toe Versace, her husband was surprisingly not by her side.In years past, Kanye and Kim have put together some of the most memorable looks from the New York City-hosted Gala but Ye was nowhere to be seen last night. Many believed that the controversy surrounding his recent comments had caused him to take a step back but, thankfully, Kim cleared up the real reason why her partner was not by her side. After Ye tweeted a photo of his wife in her stunning gown, the reality starlet responded, “Love you babe wish you were here with meeeeee but you’re only finishing up 5 albums 😂🔥😂❤️.”As he works on his album alongside Teyana Taylor‘s, Pusha T‘s, Nas‘ and a collaboration with Kid Cudi, Kanye has a lot on his plate right now. Stirring things up last week, the artist has the liberty of taking some time off now since people are still discussing his controversial comments on a major scale.

Kim Kardashian West

@KimKardashian

Love you babe wish you were here with meeeeee but you’re only finishing up 5 albums 😂🔥😂❤️ https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/993714095638495232 

Lifetime Greenlights R. Kelly Allegations Original Movie & Docuseries

The films will be focused on “the women under R. Kelly’s toxic spell.”

When it was announced that Hollywood was taking on R. Kelly by having Time’s Up join the boycott against him, it was uncertain what kind of impact that would have on his career or the allegations against him. Now, we’re starting to see the results of what happens when you make celebrities mad: they make movies about you.In the midst of a whirlwind of accusations, the Lifetime network has announced that they have greenlit not one, but two, original films about R. Kelly’s rumored sex cult, with one being an original scripted film, and the other will be an investigative documentary series.According to the press release, the films will focus on the stories of women who have “fallen under the toxic spell of R&B singer R. Kelly.” The films have apparently been in production for quite some time.”We’ve been working for over a year to bring forth the stories of these women,” said Joel Karsberg, CEO and Executive Producer of Kreativ Inc. “We are proud to team with Lifetime to shed light on these stories as well as an industry that has looked the other way for so many years.”Lifetime claims that the films will “lift the veil on the secretive inner world of R. Kelly, bringing to light the shocking allegations of abuse and twisted mind games.”Despite the myriad of accusations against him, R. Kelly has continued to remain professionally unaffected by anything. Whether or not these new Lifetime movies will change anything remains to be seen.Via [A+E Networks]

The Victim Of Cardi B’s Met Gala Beatdown May Have A History Harassing Celebrities

The individual beaten up by Cardi B’s security might have had a history.

The Met Gala is all about celebrities arriving in the most pristine outfits imaginable, and parading themselves in front of the camera for the entire world to admire their wealth and taste. The theme this year was “Heavenly Bodies,” but once the gala ends, all that godly shit goes out the window, as an over-enthusiastic Cardi B fan learned the hard way, when it was reported earlier today that Cardi B’s security had allegedly taken a fan to duff city after repeatedly hounding her for an autograph.Now TMZ had learned that this specific individual is a big fan of celebrities, and that police believe that he may have had a history with harassing celebrities, which Cardi’s security team may have been aware of when they allegedly decided to take action. A video captured by TMZ shows the man waiting outside the Carlyle Hotel in New York City, leaning over a fence to try and get Paris Jackon’s attention as she leaves the hotel. While she just brushes him off, he yells out at her to “stay black,” to which she responds with a raised fist in the air.The same photographer later shot the man getting loaded into an ambulance after suffering a beatdown.Asking celebrities for an autograph isn’t a crime, but they’re still people too. When you push people too much sometimes they get angry, and angry people who have teams of trained security guards aren’t the kind of people you want to be messing with if you want to keep all your teeth in your mouth.https://cdnapisec.kaltura.com/p/591531/sp/59153100/embedIframeJs/uiconf_id/6740162/partner_id/591531?iframeembed=true&playerId=kaltura-player-9999999999-76035214097183860&entry_id=0_f4yi7e47https://cdnapisec.kaltura.com/p/591531/sp/59153100/embedIframeJs/uiconf_id/6740162/partner_id/591531?iframeembed=true&playerId=kaltura-player-9999999999-19072337557654116&entry_id=0_e1iewrbp

J. Cole Announces KOD Tour

J. Cole Announces KOD Tour

When J. Cole released 4 Your Eyez Only in 2016, he revealed that he wasn’t in the right mental space to promote it properly since he had just gotten married and his baby son was on the way. But now it seems like he’s making up for lost time with the promotion of his latest album, KOD.

After breaking streaming records, hosting surprise shows in NYC and London, and announcing the first Dreamville festival, the latest development has been the announcement of the full national tour this summer and fall.

The tour is aptly named after the album and includes Young Thug on the bill. Tickets for the KOD Tour go on sale to the general public May 12 at 10 a.m. local time on Dreamville’s and Live Nation’s website. American Express Card Members and Spotify users will have access to pre-sales. Diehard fans will gain early access to ticket pre-sales on May 11 at 10 a.m. EST through the purchase of KOD bundles.

Check out the full tour announcement below.

Aug 9 – Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
Aug 11 – Tampa, FL – Amelia Arena
Aug 12 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Center*
Aug 14 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Aug 15 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Aug 17 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Aug 18 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Aug 21 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena*
Aug 22 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl SDSU
Aug 24 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Aug 29 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
Sep 2 – Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
Sep 4 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
Sep 5 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Sep 7 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Sep 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
Sep 10 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Sept 12 – Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena*
Sep 13 – Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at The BJCC
Sep 17 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Sep 18 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Sep 19 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Sep 21 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesar’s Arena
Sep 22 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
Sep 23 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
Sep 25 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
Sep 26 – Hartford, CT – XL Center
Sep 28 – University Park, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
Oct 1 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden*
Oct 4 – Toronto – Air Canada Centre
Oct 5 – Montreal – Bell Centre
Oct 6 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Oct 8 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena*
Oct 10 – Boston, MA – TD Garden

*Young Thug not performing

Desiigner Talks “L.O.D.,” “God’s Plan” Remix & G.O.O.D. Music

Desiigner is as hyped as ever about his new EP “L.O.D.”

As with most Fridays, today is stacked full of insane releases and one of the most intriguing has to be Desiigner‘s surprise EP, L.O.D. The Brooklyn-bred emcee has been on the shelf for a while with very few releases since “Panda” and “Tiimmy Turner” took off but Desiigner is looking to regain all the hype that had him touted as one of the next up. Signing with Kanye West‘s G.O.O.D. Music label and making an appearance on The Life of Pablo, many were expecting the young rapper to capitalize on all the chatter by imminently dropping his long-awaited Life of Desiigner. While we are still awaiting his debut album, Desiigner has dropped off a lethal new EP to hold us over.

We sat down with the Brooklynite for an exclusive interview where he spoke about the project and how it came about. Although many box him in as a New York rapper, he believes that people should open their minds further and come together for collaborations on all sides of the planet. Shouting out 6ix9ine, Jay Critch and Don Q in particular, the G.O.O.D. Music signee spoke on the differences he’s noticed between life on the East Coast and chilling in Los Angeles, remarking that “you don’t get dope like this” in Brooklyn. While the weed is undeniably better in L.A., he still has major love for his hometown, with a New York influence being heard throughout the project.

Desiigner claims that right now, “it’s the storm,” revealing that a lot is about to come out. From his plans in G.O.O.D. Music to his remix of “God’s Plan,” it looks as though we’ll be hearing a lot more from him coming up. Make sure to check out L.O.D. and let us know what you think.

Rita Ora Claims She Faced Discrimination At Roc Nation For Being A Woman

Rita Ora speaks her mind about her time at Roc Nation.

Rita Ora has been in the game for a very long time, but until recently it seemed as though she wasn’t releasing much in the way of actual music. Ten years after she signed with Jay Z‘s label, Roc Nation, Rita has some theories as to why.In an interview with the UK’s Sunday Times magazine, Rita feels as though her gender had something to do with her treatment at the label. “I want to find the right word here, and maybe this is my interpretation, but I do feel I got discriminated against because I was a woman,” said Rita. “I almost felt, maybe this is just my interpretation, I could have had a better chance if I’d been male.”Rita was originally signed to a five-record deal when he linked up with Roc Nation in 2008, but only ended up releasing a single project, her self titled debut album. Rita then sued the label in 2015, claiming that a revolving door of executives and constant changes in direction led Rita to having no relationships with anyone at the company. Rita was then counter-sued by Roc Nation, before they reached an out-of-court settlement.Since then Rita has had much more freedom to pursue her career, and has been dropping new music at a steady pace, including an upcoming girl power anthemfeature Cardi B, Charli XCX, and Bebe Rexha.As far as the discrimination is concerned, Rita doesn’t offer any more details. Both her and her former label will continue to go their separate ways.

Jada Smith’s “Red Table Talk” Covers “Issues Of The Heart” & What It Means To Be A Woman

Jada explains the true meaning behind her new Facebook series.

Jada Pinkett Smith’s new Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk has been getting a lot of attention lately since it’s really one of a kind. The show is hosted by Jada, her mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris and her daughter Willow Smith. Jada says the show will be about discussing the internal feelings, rather than the external feelings that are taking place in society with the political happenings. “I just want to dive into issues of the heart,” she tells Variety.The 46-year-old mother of two will be having her show filmed in her own home and she admits she was skeptical of the idea at first. “For me, what it’s about is to create and fortify safe space and have really unfiltered conversations because right now, in this day and age, the world is changing so much, and we’re trying to figure out how we can change with it, what do our relationships look like, how are we supposed to be parenting our kids, what does it mean to be a woman?” she explains. “Now we have so many options — so many freedoms — and there are so many ideas that need to expand and grow. So really for us it was just creating a place where we have permission to talk through that and giving permission for others to do the same.”The 10-episode series will air on Monday’s starting today (May 7th). Some of the guests include Tiffany Haddish, Gabrielle Union, and her husband Will Smith’s first wife, Sheree. “To me, all of these movements are geared towards us redefining what it is to be a woman and hopefully getting to a place where it can be an autonomous definition — because not every woman is the same,” she says. “I just feel like these movements are moving us into the direction of each individual woman having to ask herself what does it mean to be a woman for her? There’s no one answer.”Check out the premiere episode below.https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fredtabletalk%2Fvideos%2F560356131030533%2F&show_text=0&width=560

Rae Sremmurd’s “SR3MM” First Week Sales Projections Are Here

Rae Sremmurd’s latest triple-disc album is expected to move 55K to 60K equivalent album units.

One of the most high-profile releases from last week was Rae Sremmurd‘s long-awaited triple-disc album, SR3MM. Packaged alongside SwaeCation and Jxmtro, the group’s album has received a mostly positive reaction from our audience, currently being rated at 78%. The rest of the web seems to be rocking with it as well and, although its 27-track length is much longer than most other albums, SR3MM has some strong highlights keeping the tracklist evenly divided. The album surprisingly is not overwhelming as each section is kept to nine tracks apiece and there’s a fairly strong chance that the album will debut within the Billboard Hot 200’s top five this week.The project may have only released a few days ago but there are already first-week sales projections available predicting just how many copies the Sremm duo will sell. According to Hits Daily DoubleSR3MM is expected to move between 55K and 60K equivalent album units during its first week on the market. The album is narrowly being edged out by Leon Bridges, who dropped Good Thing on the same day. Bridges is currently projected to be the top debut of last week, moving up to 62K albums.While the number may not be as great as they wished, it is a notable improvement from Rae Sremmurd’s last full-length project, which moved 30K in its first week. Nearly doubling their first-week sales, the group is beginning to resonate more with fans around the world and, in due time, they’ll see their sales rise even further.

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