Top News – Pt.4

May 2018

Nick Grant has returned with a brand new mixtape titled Dreamin Out Loud. The project is the follow-up to the skilled MC’s Return Of The Cool, which dropped last year.

Grant’s latest work was originally scheduled to be released in 2017 but got pushed back. After the delay, the 14 track-tape has arrived with guest appearances by DJ Khaled, DRAM and Yo Gotti.

Check out the Dreamin Out Loud stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Nick Grant's Dreamin Out Loud

1. BJ’s Intro
2. ’96 Bulls
3. Nicky Bomaye f. DJ Khaled
4. All in Stride
5. The Switch Up f. Yo Gotti
6. Bleu Cheese
7. Save the Trilldren
8. Father Figure
9. The Funeral
10. Lincoln Apts.
11. Gentlemen’s Paradise f. Bhess
12. Gucci Plug f. DRAM
13. Black Woman f. Stacy Barthe
14. The Ode f. Sonyae Elise

(The previous version of this article was published on May 8, 2018 and can found below.)

In a social media world where artists’ activities are front and center for the world to judge, people often get distracted from the music. But Nick Grant has been able to deliver music to his fans over the years without getting caught up in any overly sensationalized headlines. He’s about to keep his momentum going with his Dreamin’ Out Loud project, which is set to drop on May 18.

Since around August of last year, Grant has been posting to his Instagram with #DreaminOutLoud. Through his singles “’96 Bulls” and “The Switch Up,” it became apparent the hashtag was the title of his upcoming project. In the last day or so, he’s posted snippets of new songs from the mixtape, as well as the cover art and the release date.

In a recent interview on TuneIn, Nick explained the meaning behind the title of the tape as his realization of making it this far. His says his success and praise from respected artists like JAY-Z, Lauryn Hill and Andre 3000 were unexpected.

“The title stems from dreaming out loud because it was a long grind to even get to this point,” he said. “It was at least 10 years to get to this point. So when I get here, everything just happened so fast.”

He also talks about his love for jazz musician Joe Sample, working with Organized Noize, and going harder than ever now that his foot is in the door.

Check out Nick Grant’s most recent Instagram posts below.

Nicki Minaj Relocates Strip Club Appearance Due To “Overwhelming” Ticket Sales

Nicki Minaj Relocates Strip Club Appearance Due To "Overwhelming" Ticket Sales

Nicki Minaj stans who were hoping to get a glimpse of their idol after her Saturday Night Liveperformance in New York City aren’t going to see her in the strip club.

The promoter for the party told The Blast that the “Barbie Tingz” rapper was originally supposed to host an SNL after-party at the legendary Scores strip club in the Chelsea district, but when the ticket sales became “overwhelming,” the party was moved over to the Highline Ballroom, an upscale live-music venue on the border of the Chelsea district and the West Village.

In contrast to Scores, which only has a capacity of a few hundred people, the Highline Ballroom can hold up to 700 people.

And even though fans are hopeful she’ll use the Highline Ballroom opportunity to get on stage and perform a few songs, she’s not contractually obligated to do so. She’ll be hosting the party, while DJ Clue and DJ Reach provide the tunes.

Tickets for the event are available now, and their prices start at $40 for women and $60 for men. The table next to Minaj costs $20,100 per ticket.

Anyone who purchased a ticket for the Scores event will have their ticket honored by the Highline Ballroom.

Lil Baby is a relatively unknown commodity at this point, but his new project Harder Than Ever seems poised to change the perception.

The Quality Control artist’s new release is stacked with high-profile guests, including Drake, Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Offset and Starlito. Production comes from heavy hitters such as Southside, Wheezy and Earl The Pearll.

View Lil Baby’s Harder Than Ever stream, cover art and tracklist below.

(The previous version of this article was published on May 17, 2018 at 7:05 a.m. PST and can found below.)

With another crop of new music dropping every Friday, Lil Baby is making sure he has everyone’s attention turned toward his upcoming new album, Harder Than Ever. On Wednesday night (May 16), he posted the tracklist for it on his Instagram to give us an idea of the production and guest features.

The 17-track project features Young Thug, Moneybagg Yo, Starlito, Gunna, Lil Uzi Vert, Hoodrich Pablo Juan and Offset. It will also contain the track “Yes Indeed” — known briefly as “Pikachu” — featuring Drake. Production will include beats from Southside, Tay Keith, Wheezy, Quay Global, Turbo, DJ Durel, Earl the Pearll and more.

Although he’s only been rapping for a little over a year, Lil Baby has already been in the good graces of OVO and the Atlanta rap scene with some help from his management company, Quality Control.

According to a Noisey interview, one of QC’s co-founders, Pee, has known Lil Baby since he was a teenager and always believed he could turn into something special.

Harder Than Ever drops on May 18. Check out the full tracklist below.

lil baby harder than ever tracklist

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

Stalley Completes “Tell The Truth: Shame The Devil” Series With “Vol. 3” EP

Stalley Completes "Tell The Truth: Shame The Devil" Series With "Vol. 3" EP


Stalley’s Tell The Truth: Shame The Devil series has reached its conclusion. The Ohio-repping MC wraps things up by dropping the third and final volume of the EPs.

Tell The Truth: Shame The Devil began last October as the beginning of Stalley’s post-Maybach Music Group career and continued in February with Vol. 2. The final EP in three-part series, Vol. 3, includes seven tracks with Skyy2ys making the lone guest appearance.

Check out Stalley’s Tell The Truth: Shame The Devil Vol. 3 stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Stalley Vol. 3 EP

1. Cleanse
2. Life’s Great
3. Chains Mr. T
4. Open Book
5. Sunk in Seat
6. Dimensions f. Skyy2ys
7. Cry a Little

Drake Spotted Walking The Streets Of Toronto With A Potential New Bae

Drake might have himself a new girl.

Drake has always kept things mysterious in his relationships, as rumors of him dating RihannaJennifer Lopez, or Serena Williams never really manifested with anything but that. The latest girl in Drake’s orbit was English singer, Raye, but it seems that there might be a new girl in town.A track suitted-out Drake was spotted yesterday in Toronto, walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman, wearing a red tube top and some black air forces. While the woman’s identity isn’t 100% confirmed, sources believe her to be model Malaika Terry. Her most recent Instagram photo places her in Toronto at least five days ago, so it’s highly likely that it’s actually her.

If they are together, then Drake is really doing well for himself. If they aren’t, it’s not clear what exactly they’re doing together. While they don’t seem especially close in the video or the pictures they have together, it’s not like he’s trying to keep the two of them being together a secret. Drake is media savvy enough to know what kind of reaction pictures like these will generate, so maybe he’s playing some kind of long con.

Or this is all just overthinking it, and Drake found himself a new bae before his next album drops in June. What do you think of Drake and Malaika together? Do you think he could do better? Check out the two of them walking down the street together below.

Kurtis Blow Says Future “Should Get More Respect Than He Does”

Future has one of the legends singing his praises.

Kurtis Blow is the man that brought us “The Breaks” and “If I Ruled the World” and for that, he goes down as a legendary hip-hop MC. The 58-year-old recently hopped on Reddit to talk about the current landscape of hip-hop and acts that he thinks deserves more recognition.Answering questions from other Reddit users, Kurtis explained how his success in the genre is a dream come true for him. “I am actually proud to be in hip-hop,” he wrote. “It is the #1 genre in the world. 25% of all music streamed is hip-hop, and everyone involved should get the credit and the props, and my hat goes off to everyone involved who made it the success it is today.”Of course, lots of Reddit users wanted to know his thoughts on current hip-hop emcees and Kurtis named Kenrick Lamar as a favourite “new school rapper” and cited Future as an underrated cat. “I’d say Future should get more respect than he does,” he added. “He’s an incredible rapper that doesn’t get the credit he deserves. Maybe even David Banner, whose activism doesn’t get enough attention.” He was even open to the idea of a collab adding: “Future, call me! I’m down.”When asked about his opinion on artists such as Young Thug, Kurits said: “To each man his own. We are all blessed with a talent given to us by God. Let that man live!”Throughout the whole conversation with fans and hip-hop heads, Kurtis maintained a positive attitude to every question and only time will tell if Future gives him a ring.

Tory Lanez Previews Booming New Single In Impromptu Studio Session

Tory Lanez never stops working.

With Memories Don’t Die still fresh in our minds, Tory Lanez is taking no breaks as he continues to work towards greatness. It’s one thing to make it in the music industry and it’s another to stay there. The Canadian singer has had his ups and downs over his career but Tory is now enjoying major success as a musician. While Toronto may have once only been considered as Drake‘s stomping ground, Tory and a flurry of others have claimed the 6ix as their home. With a fully Spanish album on the way, the Torontonian is still focusing on the sound that made him famous, teasing yet another banger on his Instagram.From the sounds of this one, it appears as though it could be the next big track for Tory Lanez. While he certainly has a capability for creating hits, his sound is still somehow undervalued by some as he consistently works hard to prove himself to everybody doubting his talent. Noting that he brings his studio with him everywhere, Tory had a late night working on the previewed song as he says it details the sound of Austin, Texas at 3:24 AM. This comes just a few days after he teased an upcoming single with Ozuna for his Latin project.Although only a few seconds were played, this track sounds like it has the potential to be one of Tory’s biggest songs yet with the booming bass and formulaic hook. What do you think of what you hear so far?

The Weeknd Scrapped An Album Of Upbeat Songs Before Dropping His Latest EP

“My Dear Melancholy,” was almost something much brighter.

The Weeknd caught everybody by surprise when he dropped his latest EP, My Dear Melancholy,. The project promised a return to the darkness exemplified by his earlier work of the Trilogy, and the project ended up debuting at the top of the Billboard charts, making it his third consecutive number 1 album.Apparently, we almost got a completely different project out of the Weeknd, but the darkness in his heart caused it to scrap it. In a recent interview with Time Magazine, the “Starboy” singer confessed that he had an entire project ready to go of songs that were much more on the positive end of the spectrum.”Prior to Melancholy, I had a whole album written, done,” he says. “Which wasn’t melancholy at all because it was a different time in my life.” This tape was created, presumably, when he and Selena Gomez were still a couple, and therefore the breakup between the two might have caused Abel to go back to his old ways.”It was very upbeat—it was beautiful,” Weeknd continues.While there are rumors that he and his old flame Bella Hadid are back in a relationship, that doesn’t mean we’ll be hearing those tracks from The Weeknd any time soon.”I don’t want to perform something that I don’t feel,” says The Weeknd. If asked if we’ll ever hear the songs off the project, he replies, “Never.”As for the dating rumors, Abel admits in the article that he is “without a doubt” still single.

Anderson .Paak Debuts “Bubblin'” & Says Dr. Dre Is Taking Him To “The Next Level”

Anderson .Paak Debuts "Bubblin'" & Says Dr. Dre Is Taking Him To "The Next Level"

It’s been roughly a year and a half since Anderson .Paak dropped an album but he’s finally jumping back in the mix with a new track titled “Bubblin’,” the follow-up to “Til It’s Over.”

The Yes Lawd! artist sat down with Zane Lowe at Beats 1 Radio to chop it up about collaborating with Dr. Dre at Aftermath Records and what “Bubblin’” means to him.

“’Bubblin’’ is just a whole lot of fun,” .Paak explains. “I had the beat from Jhalil Beats and Antman Wonder. Jhalil sent me a pack of beats, you know 50, 60 beats. I loved them all. I was just writing to all these beats and that was one of them that I just loved off top.”

“It sounded like some black 007 action adventure high speed chase type of music. Originally I was trying to get Lil Sims to rap on it first because she was in the studio too. I remember trying to get other people on it, then eventually I just wrote on it. It took me a couple of days. I did it. I started it in L.A. and I finished it in New York. And it was just one of them ones. It gets the energy going, gets the blood going.”

Anderson Paak - Bubblin - B1WR

After releasing Yes Lawd! on Stones Throw Records with producer Knxwledge as NxWorries,.Paak made the jump to Aftermath Records after working with Dre for several years. He’s been absorbing as much as he can from the pioneering Hip Hop mogul.

“He’s got a whole lot of trust in me,” he explains. “He let me just run free. He told me just do your thang. I would love to be a part of it. He told me, do I have to be part of it, no, but I really want to be. I was like you’re definitely going to be a part of this, bro. And we’ve just been going back and forth with this music man for over two years now and just getting the right album that we really feel proud of.

“He’s been very instrumental to taking it to the next level. That’s the whole point when you’re working with a really good producer, you let them produce. It’s dope, we got a lot of mutual respect for each other. He’s in there producing beats. He’s in there producing melodies, writing, ideas on sequencing, everything. Just the biggest help just having him as the filter, everything. It’s like whatever we need. Ideas for the videos, all that. We breaking everything down with the big homie.”

Listen to “Bubblin’” below and the entire chat here.

Jennifer Lopez Recruits Cardi B & DJ Khaled For “Dinero”

Jennifer Lopez Recruits Cardi B & DJ Khaled For "Dinero"

Nearly 20 years after Jennifer Lopez declared that “Love Don’t Cost A Thing,” the Bronx singer/actress is now about her “Dinero” on her latest record.

On the newly released “Dinero,” J.Lo enlisted the help of two current colossal figures in music: Cardi B and DJ Khaled.

Heavily Latin-influenced, Lopez switches between English and Spanish as she sings her way through “Dinero.” The self-proclaimed Trap Selena then rounds out the track with a bouncy verse, rapping, “Two bad bitches that came from the Bronx/ Cardi from the pole and Jenny from the block.”

In an Instagram post uploaded prior to Thursday’s (May 17) release of “Dinero,” Lopez revealed that the music video for the record is dropping soon. the Bronx chanteuse reportedly set to release a Spanish-language album, “Dinero” could serve as one of the songs featured on the project.

Lopez is also scheduled to perform at the Billboard Music Awards, which air this Sunday (May 20).

Wale Signs New Deal With Warner Bros. Records

Wale Signs New Deal With Warner Bros. Records

LOS ANGELES, CA – After a string of consistent project releases, Wale has formally found himself a new home at Warner Bros.

“I felt their passion, commitment, and enthusiasm from day one,” he said in an exclusive statement to Complex. The signing comes just months after he — from what is known — amicably split from Atlantic, with whom he’d spent six years. alluded to the situation on a song titled “Negotiations,” which appeared on his second of two 2018 EPs, Self Promotion. “Yeah, mind racin’/Negotiatin’ my situation/I burned bridges I can’t repair, so been fly lately,” he rapped.

On the same song, he also references what may have been parting words between himself and the label. “I’m I’m bad business, the rap industry thinks I’m crazy … the gatekeepers, they hate me say I’m militant,” he raps.

His fallout with Atlantic seemed to be written on the wall, amid poor/declining album sales — with Shine moving just a little more than 25k units in its first week.

For a label that counts acts streaming behemoths like Bhad Bhabie to its roster, numbers like that spell flop in capital letters. Combine that with beef and what many have seen as a poor attitude, and the rapper began to look like a liability.

Still, Wale has been able to keep his sales consistent and live dates in support of the album remained packed.

With two extremely promising EPs thus far in 2018 and a very respectable catalog in his name, Warner Bros. clearly sees the vision. Label co-chairman Tom Corson proclaimed Wale to be a “pillar in the hip-hop community and beyond,” in a statement. “Wale is truly a force to be reckoned with, and we look forward to a successful partnership for years to come,” he added.

“They believed in my vision wholeheartedly, and I am ready to show and prove,” Wale says. He joins like DVSN, Mac Miller, PartyNextDoor, and recent Warner Bros. signee Lil Pump.

A new album is expected later this year.

J. Cole’s “KOD” Album Certified Gold

J. Cole's "KOD" Album Certified Gold

As of Monday (May 14), J. Cole’s recently released KOD album has been certified gold by the RIAA, which means the album has sold over 500,000 equivalent units.

The accomplishment comes less than a month after Cole dropped KOD on April 20.

In its first week, KOD moved 396,628 album-equivalent units, which was the biggest sales week of 2018 at the time.

In addition to its gold status, KOD debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart upon its release — Cole’s fifth consecutive project to hit the top spot. After three weeks, the album is currently in the #2 spot on the chart.

KOD also broke a Spotify opening day record with 4.2 million streams in its first day, although Post Malone’s Beerbongs and Bentleys surpassed it shortly after.

This latest news surrounding Cole comes days after he announced his KOD Tour with Young Thug, which is scheduled to kick off in Miami on August 9. The tour will go on to make stops in Boston, Detroit, Nashville, Las Vegas and more.

Donald Glover’s “This Is America” Choreographer Shares Dance Tutorial & Influences

Donald Glover's "This Is America" Choreographer Shares Dance Tutorial & Influences

In celebration of Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” music video reaching a staggering 100 million YouTube views, the video’s choreographer Sherrie Silver has shared a step-by-step tutorial for the choreography.

“As promised, when we hit 100 million views, I promised I’d drop the tutorial,” Silver says at the start of the video. (As of last check, the video had passed 128 million and was still rapidly rising).

In the nearly seven-minute video, the 23-year-old Silver provides tutorials on the South African Gwara Gwara, another dance originating in the Ivory Coast, and several other moves.

Silver previously spoke with Glamour magazine about her work on the much-discussed video.

Given that several dances in the “This Is America” visual are of African origin, Silver spoke on the importance of highlighting their history as she teaches them.

“As I said, I don’t believe in just teaching a dance. I believe in teaching where it comes from as well,” she explained.

T.I. Brushes Off Public Drunkenness Arrest As “Small Potatoes”

T.I. Brushes Off Public Drunkenness Arrest As "Small Potatoes"

T.I. has run into trouble with the law yet again. According to AP News, he was arrested outside of his gated community in Henry County, Georgia around 4:30 a.m. on May 16 for public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, and simple assault.

He addressed the arrest on his Instagram Live, brushing it off as “small potatoes.”

According to TMZ, T.I. and a friend attempted to enter the gated community without a key, causing an argument with the guard. Once they were allowed in, T.I. returned to continue their disagreement. At this point, cops were called in and arrested T.I. and his friend. The guard said he wasn’t physically attacked but feared that he might get hit, which is enough to constitute simple assault in Georgia.

AJC reports that T.I. has paid a $2,250 bond and has been released. His friend remains behind bars for an outstanding warrant.

T.I. has most recently been in headlines for his appearance on Kanye West’s “Ye Vs. the People” and his dispute with Gucci Mane over who had invented Trap music.

Man Sues Cardi B & Offset Over Post-Met Gala Beatdown

Man Sues Cardi B & Offset Over Post-Met Gala Beatdown

A professional autograph seeker is suing Cardi B and Offset after claiming the couple’s security team beat him up outside of a Met Gala after-party.

Giovanni Arnold, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, was captured on video hounding Cardi for an autograph before an altercation took place on May 8. Footage showed him on the ground being attacked by multiple people after he taunted Cardi and Offset, who denied his autograph request.

According to TMZ, Arnold claims Cardi told him, “Fuck outta here nigga, I will slap the shit out of you” outside The Mark Hotel in New York. Offset allegedly told him, “Shut up, bro, before a nigga beat you out here.”

The lawsuit, which was filed by attorney Daniel Szalkiewicz, says three of the Hip Hop power couple’s bodyguards attacked Arnold after he tried to de-escalate the situation. Video of the incident appears to contradict his assertion though. In the clip, he can be heard saying, “I’ll take all your money, bro. Please beat me up. Please brother. Please be a fool.”

Arnold was taken to the hospital following the altercation. He claims to have suffered injuries to his face, back, neck and body.

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

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.”

“The Rapture” Soundtrack Drops Friday With New Music From T.I., Dave East, & More

The soundtrack to the Netflix documentary series comes this Friday.

Netflix’s recent documentary series, The Rapture, gave viewers an in-depth lookinto the creation process behind some of the game’s top artists, including LogicT.I., and Dave East. Co-produced by Mass Appeal‘s Sacha Jenkins, the show also reflects on the changing culture of hip-hop.For instance, in Logic’s episode, he speaks on what real hip-hop means to him. “That’s always so funny, there’s this stigma like ‘what is hip-hop, what’s not hip-hop?’,” said Logic. “Hip-hop is diversity. Hip-hop is acceptance. Hip-hop is love. Hip-hop is peace, love, and positivity.”If you were a fan of the show, or just a fan of hip-hop in general, the official soundtrack for the show has been announced, and will be dropping this Friday on Def Jam Records.The soundtrack will feature new music from artists focused on the show, including T.I., Killer Mike, Dave East, G-Eazy, 2 Chainz, and Nas. The project will be short, at only 6 songs, with one of them, Logic’s “State of Emergency” featuring 2 Chainz, already appeared on his Bobby Tarantino II mixtape. That being said, there’s still 5 songs of guaranteed heat coming this friday, and its hard to say no to a new T.I. or Nas song.The full tracklist is as follows:1. G-Eazy – Let Me Work
2. Dave East Feat. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – Gold Digger
3. T.I. Feat. Rapsody – Care To Say About It
4. Dave East Feat. Nas – Nycha
5. Killer Mike & 2 Chainz – Black Power, White Powder
6. Logic Feat. 2 Chains – State of EmergencyCheck out the cover art below.

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Def Jam Recordings


🚨 The soundtrack w/ @Logic301 & NEW music by @Nas @2chainz @DaveEast @rapsody @KillerMike @Tip @G_Eazy & @ArtistHBTL will be available this FRIDAY 5/18! 🚨

via @DefJamRecords & @MassAppealRecs

J. Cole Says Drake Wasn’t Too Happy When “KOD” Broke His Streaming Record

J. Cole got a text from Drake when he broke the rapper’s streaming record.

J. Cole recently paid a visit to Power 105 to sit down with Angie Martinez in a detailed conversation following the release of the rapper’s fifth studio album KOD.In a preview of the new interview, the subject matter happens to fall on Drake, You, know, the guy that J. Cole bought copies of his Born Sinner album with all those years ago.Well, when KOD dropped, the project managed to break a few records, some of which may have encroached on some of the titles held by Champagne Papi on a few streaming platforms, and apparently, Drake, clearly joking, didn’t take the news well and hit Cole’s line about it.”Yeah he text me and said I hate you,” Cole said in one of the snippets played by Martinez over the air. While Drizzy holds the crown for many things, the record in question may be on the 24-hour streaming record that Cole broke, racking up 36.7 million first-day streams on Spotify and 64.5 million on Apple Music, surpassing Drake’s Views by nearly one million streams on Apple Music.

The KOD outro “1985 (Intro to ‘The Fall Off’)” also broke the first-day streaming record on Spotify previously held by Taylor Swift when its figure of 4.2 million eclipsed her 3.8 million for “Look What You Made Me Do.” Drake’s God’s Plan which arrived via Scary Hours on Janury 20th still hold the record for the most single-day streams on Spotify ever though after earning 4.7 million streams on January 22nd.

The full interview will be made available to the masses Wednesday morning.

Jennifer Lopez Says She Was Told To “Lose A Few Pounds” At Start Of Career

“This is who I am. I’m shaped like this.”

Jenny from the Block has always been known for her curvaceous body, most specifically her booty that has always been the talk of the town. “[Lopez’s booty] is great. It’s a work of art. It’s something that will go down in history,” Diddy once said of his ex-girlfriend’s asset. With how much love J. Lo has gotten over the years, it’s hard to believe there was as a time that she was asked to change her looks. In a recent interview with In Style, the 48-year-old says Hollywood wasn’t as accepting of her body.”I got a lot of flak for it from people in the industry,” she tells the publication. “They’d say, ‘You should lose a few pounds,’ or ‘You should do this or do that.’ It finally got to the point that I was like, ‘This is who I am. I’m shaped like this.’ Everybody I grew up with looked like that, and they were all beautiful to me. I didn’t see anything wrong with it. I still don’t!”Jennifer is now loved and praised for her physique and she admits that she puts a lot of work into maintaining her beloved frame.”So many people have come up to me over the years — famous people, people I meet on the street, fans, everybody — and they say that very thing: ‘Thank you so much. I have the same type of body. I used to think I was fat, but now I feel beautiful,'” she explains. “My generation was very much focused on size 0 models. It was just so unattainable for most normal people, including me. My mom and my grandmother were the ones who drilled into me, ‘This is how we are, and this is what’s beautiful.'”

J. Cole’s “KOD” Goes Gold In A Mere 24 Days

“KOD” is now a RIAA certified Gold Record.

J. Cole & KOD‘s ascent to the top is rubbing a few people the wrong way. When it passed Drake‘s Views for an overall streaming record, the two entered a playful exchange via text message. The interaction exposed a modicum of bitterness on the part of Drake, who feels somewhat entitled to sole ownership after years of campaigning at the top. Surely, KOD‘s success directly coincides with increased usership patterns on streaming services, but it also speaks to public perception. KOD is not only well regarded by Cole’s peers as a return to grace, but as of yesterday, has achieved Gold status according to the RIAA.KOD isn’t J. Cole’s first entry into the Gold club, by any stretch. It is however the shortest period of elapsed time between release and certification, a mere 24 days. His previous album 4 Your Eyez Only, earned the distinction in 33 days, Forest Hills Drive in 44 days, Born Sinner in 57 days, and Cole World: The Sideline Story in 73 days, all of which went to receive Platinum plaques and counting.The RIAA has filed 11 total J. Cole song and album entries into its backlog, 1 Gold and 10 Platinum. KOD is thereby headed in the same direction; Not too shabby for a rapper coming off the heels of an indefinite hiatus. KOD is also the rare album in today’s saturated scene with zero flyers, or cameo appearance. One can assume he is living up to the Messianic title he never asked to be born out of.

DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar & Migos Lead 2018 BET Awards Nominations List

The 2018 BET Awards nominations have been announced.

Next month, a grouping of hip hop’s finest will congregate in Los Angeles for the annual BET Awards. the network has demonstrated that the ceremony is by far their sticking point, as is the Freshman Class for XXL. Leading the charge with a total of 6 nominees will be DJ Khaled, followed by Kendrick Lamar with five and Migos & SZA with four each.Khaled’s haul comes as a bit of a surprise considering the year that was. Voters appreciated “Wild Thoughts” and the curation of his album Grateful. Kendrick Lamar is up against himself in the “Album of the Year” category for his work on Black Panther and Damn. A few of the albums up for silverware were dropped in 2018, such as Culture II where as the vast majority were selected from the year that passed. Dej Loaf for one, is nominated for “Best Female Hip Hop Artist” after a relatively dormant year on the scene. There is no rhyme, nor reason, come award season.The 2018 BET Awards will air on June 24th at the Microsoft Theater. Stay tuned for announcements regarding the night’s festivities and the expected list of performers. The nominees are listed below:Best Female R&B / Pop Artist Award
KehlaniBest Male R&B / Pop Artist Award
Bruno Mars
Chris Brown
The Weeknd
Daniel CaesarBest Group Award
A Tribe Called Quest
Rae Sremmurd
Chloe x HalleBest Collaboration Award
Bruno Mars f/ Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”
DJ Khaled f/ Rihanna and Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
DJ Khaled f/ Jay ZFuture & Beyoncé – “Top Off”
Cardi B f/ 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi”
French Montana f/ Swae Lee – “Unforgettable”
Kendrick Lamar f/ Rihanna – “Loyalty”Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award
Kendrick Lamar
DJ Khaled
Jay Z
J. ColeBest Female Hip Hop Artist Award
Cardi B
Nicki Minaj
Remy Ma
Dej Loaf
RapsodyVideo of the Year Award 
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow”
Bruno Mars f/ Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”
DJ Khaled f/ Rihanna and Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”
Kendrick Lamar – “Humble”
Migos f/ Drake – “Walk It Talk It”Video Director of the Year Award 
Benny Boom
Director X
Ava DuVernay
Chris Brown
Dave MeyersBest New Artist Award 
Daniel Caesar
A Boogie Wit Da HoodieDr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award 
Lecrae f/ Tory Kelly – “I’ll Find You”
Snoop Dogg f/ B Slade – “Words Are Few”
Ledisi and Kirk Franklin – “If You Don’t Mind”
Marvin Sapp – “Close”
Tasha Cobbs Leonard f/ Nicki Minaj – “I’m Getting Ready”

The Best International Act Award 
Booba (FRANCE)
Cassper Nyovest (SA)
Dadju (FRANCE)
Davido (NIGERIA)
Distruction Boyz (SA)
Fally Ipupa (DR CONGO)
Tiwa Savage (NIGERIA)
Stefflon Don (UK)
Stormzy (UK)

Best Actress Award
Tiffany Haddish
Lupita Nyong’o
Issa Rae
Angela Bassett
Letitia Wright
Taraji P. Henson

Best Actor Award 
Chadwick Boseman
Michael B. Jordan
Donald Glover
Sterling K. Brown
Denzel Washington
Daniel Kaluuya

Young Stars Award
Yara Shahidi
Ashton Tyler
Caleb McLaughlin
Lonnie Chavis
Marsai Martin
Miles Brown

Best Movie Award
Black Panther
Girls Trip
A Wrinkle in Time

Sportswoman of the Year Award
Serena Williams
Venus Williams
Skylar Diggins-Smith
Candace Parker
Elana Meyers Taylor

Sportsman of the Year Award 
Stephen Curry
LeBron James
Kevin Durant
Dwyane Wade
Odell Beckham Jr.

Album of the Year Award
Kendrick Lamar – Damn
SZA – Ctrl
Jay Z – 4:44
Migos – Culture II
Kendrick Lamar and Various Artists – Black Panther: The Album
DJ Khaled – Grateful

BET Her Award
Janelle Monáe – “Django Jane”
Lizzo – “Water Me”
Mary J. Blige – “Strength of a Woman”
Remy Ma f/ Chris Brown – “Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)”
Chloe x Halle – “The Kids Are Alright”
Leikeli47 – “2nd Fiddle”

Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award
SZA f/ Travis Scott – “Love Galore”
Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow”
Kendrick Lamar – “Humble”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Migos f/ Nicki Minaj and Cardi B – “MotorSport”
DJ Khaled f/ Rihanna and Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts”

Ghostface Killah Announces String Of European Tour Dates

Tony Starks is heading overseas for some European action.

If you don’t consider Ghostface Killah one of the most innovative, imaginative writers in hip-hop, you might need to do some self-evaluation. Long has the Supreme Clientele legend held it down on the mic, bringing forth an extensive collection of high quality material to the game. His mere presence in the Wu-Tang Clan is enough to cement his legacy, but Ghost’s solo output has brought in into the upper echelon of rap penmanship.Now, it would appear that Tony Starks will be taking his show on the road, heading overseas for a fifteen-date European tour. Throughout the journey, he’ll be joined by longtime associate Killah Priest; together they will hit stops in Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden, The United Kingdom, Switzerland, Hungary and more. For a full list of dates, check out the itinerary below.Unfortunately, there’s no news of any North American tour, so local Ghostface fans will have to keep patient. In the meantime, revisit one of his classics and catch up on one of the game’s most brilliant contributors.5/30 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
5/31 – Copenhagen, Denmark
6/1 – Borlange, Sweden
6/2 – Aarau, Switzerland
6/7 – Norwich, United Kingdom
6/8 – Hull, United Kingdom
6/9 – Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
6/10 – Ticino, Switzerland
6/11 – Newcastle, United Kingdom
6/12 – Glasgow, United Kingdom
6/13 – Bristol, United Kingdom
6/14 – Manchester, United Kingdom
6/15 – Leeds, United Kingdom
6/16 – Budapest, Hungary
6/17 – Vienna Austria

Flatbush Zombies Ask Fans To Bring Water For Flint at Michigan Tour Stop

Flatbush Zombies have a special request for Michigan fans.

Flatbush Zombies have put out a PSA for their fans in Michigan. Already embarking on their See You In Hell Tour, the crew will be stopping in Detroit, Michigan Tuesday night (May 15th) and have asked fans to help out with the water crisis going on in just 70 miles up north in Flint.Performing in front of a crowd at Detroit’s Royal Oak Theatre, Flatbush has asked fans to bring cases of water to help Flint, assuring the first 250 people who arrive with their donations with a poster signed by the group.”Michigan, we are asking our fans to please bring a case of water to the show at the Royal Oak Theater to help with water issues in Flint. The first 250 fans with cases will receive a signed show FBZ poster! Thank you,” reads the message.

It was revealed earlier in the year that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) was spending up to $22,000 a day on bottled water to combat the water crisis in Flint. The whole situation first came to light in 2014 when the city decided to cut costs by relying on the Flint River rather than the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department for its water supply. The water failed to be properly treated, pulling lead from the city’s pipes, exposing the population to the metal.

Flint spent millions of dollars upgrading the city’s infrastructure and switched back to the Detroit water supply, and while the MDEQ ruled that the water had dropped below the federal lead limit, tests at some of the city’s schools revealed that lead results were still above the federal limit. The city’s schools have not used tap water since 2015 and continue to provide students with bottled water.

Nicki Minaj Claims She’ll Be Shooting A Movie With Tina Fey

Nicki Minaj is salivating at the thought of working with Tina Fey.

The writing is on the wall. Nicki Minaj is all set to make a triumphant return this summer with her upcoming Queen album; while details are scarce, we’ve already got a taste of the sonic direction via singles “Chun-Li” & “Barbie Tingz.” Should you enjoy those, you’ll no doubt find much to love about Nicki’s homecoming. Plus, it’s entirely possible that Minaj will be debuting a new song (allegedly her “favorite track“) during her appearance on the Saturday Night Live season finale, which is set to air on May 19th.It’s evident that Nicki is excited by her upcoming stint on the legendary series, where she will hold it down as musical guest. In the interim, she has decidedly gone full fangirl, sharing an intriguing post on Instagram. While this may very well be hyperbole, Nicki’s excited caption seems to suggest that her and Tina Fey will be collaborating on a “movie.” Check it out below.”@SNL SEASON FINALE W|THE ONE & ONLY TINA FKN FEY. GOTTA BE FKN KIDDING ME. OMG. SHE & I are shooting our movie after Saturday’s show airs,” writes Minaj. “Yikesssssssssssss. Get ya whole fkn LIFE HOES!!!! In fact, that’s the name of the movie.” Perhaps Queen is set to have a cinematic counterpart; it wouldn’t be the first album to come equipped with an accompanying film. If that is indeed the case, it would be surprising if it actually went on to be titled “Get Ya Whole Fkn LIFE HOES.” Either way, we’re here for a Tina Fey/Nicki Minaj collaboration.

Drake Invites Fans To Tour His Pre-Show Lounge & More In VIP Tour Package

You can get a closer look at Drake’s touring lifestyle with his VIP tour package.

Drake hasn’t even kicked off his forthcoming tour but it’s pretty evident that he’s about to have the tour of the summer. Drake and Migos announced their “Aubrey & The Three Amigos” tour which is set to kick in July. Migos have been killing the game for the past year and some change while Drake’s getting ready to drop his forthcoming album, Scorpion in June. With tickets set to go on sale to the public soon, they’ve unveiled the VIP packages which will give fans a better insight to how they’re living while on tour.Drake’s VIP tour packages for the upcoming “Aubrey & The Three Amigos” tour will give fans a unique opportunity to check out his pre-show tour lounge, among other perks. There are two different types of VIP packages. Both of them will give buyers a premium reserved ticket in the first 20 rows of the lower bowl, a VIP laminant and lanyard and a merch bundle. However, the first package will give buyers priority entry to the venue on the night of the show and access to the pre-show tour lounge. The second package will give fans a dedicated VIP entrance to the venue.If you’re a Drake stan, this is probably something you might be interested in. Peep the packages below.PACKAGE 1
VIP1 – Tour VIP Experience includes:
* One (1) premium reserved ticket in the first 15 rows of the lower bowl (exact location provided at the time or purchase)
* Access to Drake’s pre-show tour lounge (enjoy hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and VIP only activities before the show)
* One (1), VIP only, tour merchandise bundle (shipped to you after the show)
* One (1), commemorative VIP laminate & lanyard (provided at the show)
* Priority entry into the venue the night of the show
* Access to on-site VIP representativePACKAGE 2
VIP2 – Tour Ticket Bundle includes:
* One (1) premium reserved ticket in the first 20 rows of the lower bowl (exact location provided at the time or purchase)
* One (1), VIP only, tour merchandise bundle (shipped to you after the show)
* One (1), commemorative VIP laminate & lanyard (provided at the show)
* Dedicated VIP entrance into the venue the night of the show
* Access to on-site VIP representative[VIA Billboard]

Stream Kevin Gates’ Surprise EP “Chained To The City”

He’s back! Kevin Gates releases a new 3-song EP called “Chained To The City.”

Even though Kevin Gates is a free man right now, he hasn’t been able to leave the state of Illinois yet due to a strict travel ban that was put on him. So as a result, he hasn’t been able to see his family and it’s messing with his paper as he’s been forced to cancel a ton of his shows as well. Trying to move on from it though, Gates has been teasing new music on his Instagram page over the past few days, alluding to a new project possibly being on the way, and it turns out the assumption was right. With the clock striking midnight on Wednesday, Gates decided to surprise fans with a new EP called Chained to The City.

Laced with only 3 songs, the follow up to last year’s By Any Means 2 contains tracks like “Change Lanes,” “Vouch,” & “Let It Sing,” which all address his recent incarceration & current no-travel ban despite being a “free man.” It serves as first official release since getting out of jail back in January.

Available now on iTunes, fans can stream the project for free thanks to the good folks at Spotify. Take a listen and let us know what you think.

Flo Rida Put On Blast For Referring To Son With Brain Disease As “Evil F-cking Child”

Flo Rida has allegedly rejected his special needs son, referring to him as an “evil f-cking child.”

Flo Rida has been around for a minute, creating catchy hits that are primarily directed at a radio audience. While his name has not been thrown around much as of late with the peak of his success coinciding with the late 2000’s, Flo has still managed to bring his brand of pop-rap to the table with “My House” doing numbers in the last few years. While he may have the formula for creating a radio single, he allegedly does not want anything to do with bringing up his son Zohar Paxton according to the baby’s mother Alexis Adams.Adams is claiming that the artist has entirely neglected their 19-month-old son Zohar Paxton because of a brain disease he is suffering from. The child has a rare condition called hydrocephalus, causing fluid to abnormally accumulate within cavities of the brain. According to the Daily Mail, Alexis claims that Flo Rida refers to him as an “evil fucking child,” refusing to have any part in his upbringing. Apparently, Flo has only interacted with his son once, rejecting him during a recent surgical procedure. Adams states, “Flo Rida has only seen his son once during the paternity test but kept his shades on and his back turned. They were in the same room. He didn’t try to hug Zohar, nothing. It was very cold.”While the artist is reportedly paying for Zohar’s medical insurance and a monthly amount of child support, Adams is requesting more help from Flo Rida as she does not feel the current amount is sufficient for a special needs child.

Jay Rock Drops “Win” Single During Championship Tour Spree

Jay Rock Drops "Win" Single During Championship Tour Spree

LOS ANGELES, CA – Top Dawg Entertainment’s Championship Tour is in full effect and as the team currently burns up Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jay Rock has unleashed a new single by the name of “Win” to get his 2018 album campaign underway. A few weeks ago, TDE CEO Anthony Tiffifth hinted that a new project was in the making (and even an Interscope signing) and the latest record appears to be the first official taste of the upcoming full composition.

The TDE point guard’s last complete project arrived in the form 2015’s 90059.

“For those who been waiting I appreciate yo patience #TDE,” Rock assured his fans on Instagram, adding the song’s lyrics “u either with me or against me hoe” to the caption.

The record also features subtle background vocals from Kendrick Lamar, who collaborated with his longtime friend on Black Panther: The Album via the single, “King’s Dead.”

Stream Jay Rock’s “Win” down below.

Kanye West Reveals Potential Tracklists For Nas, Pusha T & Kid Cudi Albums

Kanye West Reveals Potential Tracklists For Nas, Pusha T & Kid Cudi Albums

Kanye West has been relatively quiet on social media since making the trek back to Wyoming finish several albums he’s set to deliver this year.

In a video uploaded to Twitter on Tuesday (May 15), ‘Ye shares what looks like partial tracklists to multiple projects, including his solo album, the Kids See Ghost collaboration with Kid Cudi, Nas’ upcoming LP and Pusha T’s record.

During the 25-second clip, we only see the back of West as he nods his head along to the beat and notes he’s playing on the keyboard in front of him. But the dry erase boards in the background are more intriguing.

Under the “YE” column for his solo album, which is expected to arrive on June 1, he has “Extacy” and “Wouldn’t Leave.” Under the “KIDS” column, he has seven tracks listed, including “Feel The Love” and “Ghost Town.”

To the far right, under the “PUSH” column, it lists titles such as “How Do You Respond” and “Sociopath,” while the “NAS” column has the word “Everything” written underneath it.

Pusha’s King Push is expected to arrive on May 25, Nas’ album is scheduled for June 15 and the Kids See Ghost collab is anticipated on June 8.

Fabolous Pens Mother’s Day Tribute To Emily B Following Domestic Abuse Incident

Fabolous Pens Mother's Day Tribute To Emily B Following Domestic Abuse Incident

Fabolous and longtime partner Emily B have seemingly put their tumultuous past behind them. On Monday (May 14), the Friday On Elm Street rapper wrote a belated Mother’s Day tribute to her alongside a family photo.

“Happy Mother’s Day to the woman who has given me the best gift I could ever receive, Family,” he wrote. “I love you for life @emilyb_ P.S. – these selfies are courtesy of Emily & I had to wait til she sent them to me so don’t troll me about being a day late, yall know how women are wit their selfies.” was arrested on March 28 after he turned himself in to an Englewood, New Jersey police department for the alleged assault of the mother of his two children. He was booked for aggravated assault and making a terroristic threat.

As more details became available, it was revealed Fab had knocked out two of Emily’s teeth. According to, Fab punched the former Love & Hip Hop star seven times in the face, “causing severe damage to her two front teeth,” which led to their removal. He then threatened her father and brother, saying he “had a bullet” for them.

The couple was reportedly spotted at Coachella roughly a month later.

Questlove To Curate “4U: A Symphonic Celebration Of Prince” Tour

Questlove To Curate "4U: A Symphonic Celebration Of Prince" Tour

The Prince Estate has greenlit a tribute tour in honor of the late music icon titled 4U: A Symphonic Celebration Of Prince.

Curated by The Roots’ drummer Questlove, the set will be performed by the Wolf Trap Orchestra with additional contributions from a live band and several vocalists. They will reimagine a mixture of Prince’s classic songs and deeper cuts pulled from his expansive catalog.

The 4U Tour marks the first and only official tour to be approved by the Prince Estate. According to the tour website, “4U will present the music of Prince like never before, with a full orchestra … highlighting many of his greatest hits alongside lesser known gems.”

Questlove is a well-known fan of The Purple One and upon the singer’s 2016 death, Quest wrote a detailed Instagram post outlining what made Prince Hip Hop. tour kicks off on September 6 in New Brunswick, New Jersey and wraps up on October 21 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Check out the tour dates below and purchase tickets here.

September 6 – New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre
September 8 – Washington, DC @ Wolftrap
September 9 – Richmond, VA @ Altria Theatre
September 11 – Norfolk, VA @ Chrysler Hall
September 12 – Charlotte, NC @ Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
September 13 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheatre
September 14 – Asheville, NC @ Cellular Center
September 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheatre
September 19 – Buffalo, NY @ Buffalo Center for the Arts
September 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre
September 21 – Binghamton, NY @ Anderson Center
September 22 – Lynn, MA @ Lynn Memorial Hall
September 24 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
September 25 – Columbus, OH @ Ohio Theatre
September 26 – Nashville, TN @ Jackson Hall (TPAC)
September 27 – Nashville, TN @ Jackson Hall (TPAC)
September 28 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
September 29 – Cleveland, OH @ State Theatre
September 30 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
October 2 – Huntsville, AL @ Von Braun Center
October 3 – Gainesville, FL @ O’Connell Center
October 4 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Broward Center
October 5 – Tampa, FL @ Sun Dome
October 6 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theatre
October 7 – Orlando, FL @ Dr. Phillips Center
October 10 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe
October 11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre
October 12 – Louisville, KY @ The Palace
October 13 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
October 14 – St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre
October 16 – Midland, TX @ Wagner Noel
October 17 – Dallas, TX @ Music Factory
October 18 – Houston, TX @ Smart Financial Centre
October 19 – San Antonio, TX @ Majestic Theater
October 21 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

Wiz Khalifa & Rae Sremmurd Heading On Dazed & Blazed 2018 Summer Tour

Wiz Khalifa & Rae Sremmurd Heading On Dazed & Blazed 2018 Summer Tour

Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd will be blazing across North America this summer.

The rappers have announced, via a press release put out by Live Nation, they’ll be co-headlining a summer stadium tour dubbed the Dazed and Blazed Tour.

Lil Skies and O.T. Genasis will serve as supporting acts during various dates.

The announcement follows Rae Sremmurd’s triple album release and Khalifa’s announcement that Rolling Papers 2 will finally drop on July 13.

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning May 18, and can be purchased through Live Nation’s official website. The 27-date tour will kick off on July 21 at Detroit’s DTE Energy Music Theatre, and will conclude on August 30 at the Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, Arizona.

Both artists will have VIP tickets available through their respective websites beginning on May 15.

See all the dates for the Dazed & Blazed Tour below.

Sat Jul 21

Detroit, MI

DTE Energy Music Theatre

Sun Jul 22

Cleveland, OH

Blossom Music Center

Tue Jul 24

Toronto, ON

Budweiser Stage

Wed Jul 25

Saratoga Springs, NY

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Thu Jul 26

Burgettstown, PA

KeyBank Pavilion

Sat Jul 28

Cincinnati, OH

Riverbend Music Center

Sun Jul 29

Chicago, IL

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*

Tue Jul 31

Noblesville, IN

Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

Thu Aug 02

Coney Island, NY

Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island*+

Sat Aug 04

Holmdel, NJ

PNC Bank Arts Center*

Sun Aug 05

Hartford, CT


Tue Aug 07

Mansfield, MA

Xfinity Center

Thu Aug 09

Bristow, VA

Jiffy Lube Live

Fri Aug 10

Camden, NJ

BB&T Pavilion

Sat Aug 11

Virginia Beach, VA

Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

Sun Aug 12

Raleigh, NC

Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Tue Aug 14

Pelham, AL

Oak Mountain Amphitheatre

Wed Aug 15

Jacksonville, FL

Daily’s Place

Thu Aug 16

Tampa, FL

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds

Fri Aug 17

West Palm Beach, FL

Coral Sky Amphitheatre

Tue Aug 21

Atlanta, GA

Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Thu Aug 23

Houston, TX

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Fri Aug 24

Oklahoma City, OK

Zoo Amphitheatre

Sat Aug 25

Austin, TX

Austin360 Amphitheater

Sun Aug 26

Dallas, TX

Dos Equis Pavilion

Wed Aug 29

Albuquerque, NM

Isleta Amphitheater

Thu Aug 30

Phoenix, AZ

Ak-Chin Pavilion

Kevin Gates Solidifies Jail Comeback With 3-Song “Chained To The City” EP

Kevin Gates Solidifies Jail Comeback With 3-Song "Chained To The City" EP

Just mere days after previewing new music on his Instagram page, Kevin Gates has released his first batch of music since being released from prison in the form of the Chained To The CityEP.

The three-song project includes the opener “Change Lanes,” which was streamed on Instagram and “Vouch,” where the Baton Rouge native vents about Cash Money not signing him during his come up days.

Chained To The City marks the first Gates project since September 2017’s By Any Means 2, which was released during his nine-month prison bid for a well-documented battery charge.

And fans should probably anticipate more music dropping from his stationary position. He missed out on the epic Rolling Loud 2018 Festival due to his travel limitations as a result of his probation.

But as all the intangibles sort themselves out, the Chained To The City EP can be streamed below.

kevin gates chained to the city

Desiigner Details Origins Of His Adlibs & Hypes "Ocean's 8" Cameo

Desiigner Details Origins Of His Adlibs & Hypes “Ocean’s 8” Cameo

In today’s Hip Hop landscape, only a select few artists have earned the fan loyalty that allows them to put out one album a year and stay in listeners’ collective psyches. For everyone else, being prolific is a necessary component of relevance.

For 21-year-old Desiigner, hits like “Panda” and “Timmy Turner” set him on course for A-list status. Then, as it often does, life threw a wrench in the whole plan. His father was dianosed with cancer, which hit the pause button on making music.

As his pops progressed with treatments, Desiigner hit the road with Steve Aoki, whose father also battled cancer. The two forged a bond and when they came off tour, the G.O.O.D. Music artists was blessed with some great news.

“I owe a lot to Steve Aoki for just keeping my spirit going,” Desiigner told HipHopDX at his EP release party in Los Angeles. “He told me about his father and how his father had passed away from it so we really was bonding while we were on tour together. We were just praying for pops and after the tour, he wound up beating the cancer. It definitely made me appreciate life more and appreciate time more just knowing that time is my only competition.”

More than two years after his breakthrough single “Panda” was released, Desiigner finally dropped his debut EP L.O.D. and is now prepping a full-length album titled Sidney. A lot has changed since the Bed-Stuy native burst onto the scene. There’s been an influx of pharmaceutical mascots and an abundance of face tattoos.

New York’s latest sensation, Tekashi 6ix9ine, is already claiming the city’s crown. Desiigner is cool with the current landscape though and says the people ultimately determine who’s the top dog.

“[The fans] know what time it is,” he said. “I done sold 15 million, I done did what I’m doing. Let [6ix9ine] do him. Y’all know what time it is. The supporters are gonna show who [the King of N.Y.] is. He got his supporters, he’s in his own world. Me and him don’t make the same type of music but let him do him. He bigging his self up. He got nice inspiration.”

One thing that hasn’t changed for Desiigner is his adlibs. His ability to roll his “R’s” is something he developed as a child and remains prevalent in his music, as heard on L.O.D.

“It was all in school man,” he recalled. “I remember in school my homeboys used to ask me how I rolled my tongue. It was in third grade. I used to [roll my tongue] and then as time went on, everybody started asking me ‘How you do that shit?’ And I just wound up putting it in my music and intertwining it in my stories of us growing up.

“Coming from Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, you hear gunshots and all that, so I just give it that feeling and give it that ‘rrrrrrr-ah.’ So when you feel that and you feel the drums and you feel the cadence, you feel everything and it becomes a part of the music as an instrument. I use it more as an instrument now.”

With such a big personality, Desiigner isn’t limiting himself to music. In fact, his break into Hollywood is coming in the form of one of the most star-studded films of the year.

“I’m in Ocean’s 8 coming up,” he noted. “I can’t talk too much about the part, but I’m in Ocean’s 8. Big movies. I’m making moves in all areas of the entertainment business, fashion world, real estate, everything. I’m growing up. 21st birthday just passed. You’re watching Desiigner grow and become a man. L.O.D. out now. Make sure y’all run that now. Make sure y’all go crazy on that. Sidney coming out real soon.”

DMV Rapper Q Da Fool Signs To Roc Nation

His Zaytoven-produced “100 Keys” EP is due out soon.

Q Da Fool has signed with Roc Nation, reports Billboard. The Maryland rapper is preparing to release an EP titled 100 Keys for the label, which be produced entirely by Atlanta legend Zaytoven. “Working with Zaytoven on this EP has been a dope experience for me,” he told the magazine. “I mean, Zay is a legend in the game and when he sent me the first set of beats, I knew then that this 100 Keys EP was going to be a classic project for me.”Roc Nation also announced the signing on their official Twitter account.

Along with the announcement of the signing, Q has released the first single from the project, which arrives along with a video. Watch it below.

Artists that are currently among Roc Nation’s roster, either signed or managed by the company, include J. ColeRihanna, The-Dream, Mariah CareyT.I.DJ MustardDJ Khaled, and more.

Top Tracks: Future, Chance The Rapper & King Louie’s “My Peak” Debuts At #1

As is only right for a song called “My Peak,” Future, Chance, and King Louie’s new song debuts at #1.

Although Future hasn’t given us an official project yet this year, he’s been far from absent from the game. He showed up all over DJ Esco’s recently-released Kolorblind tape, and in addition to numerous guest appearances on others’ songs, has dropped his fair share of singles/loosies. His latest is an intriguing one, a collab with two Chicago rappers, and it’s clear how hungry his fans are for new music, as that song easily hits #1 this week.All in competition for “hippest rapper out,” Playboi Carti, Travis Scott, and Lil Uzi Vert all notch two appearances apiece in the top ten this week. New tracks barely missing out on spots include Zaytoven, T.I., Pusha T, Rick Ross, and Yo Gotti’s “Go Get the Money” (#11), Wale‘s “Salary Kaep” (#12), Rae Sremmurd and Zoe Kravitz’s “Anti-Social Smokers Club” (#13), and Ty Dolla $ign and Wiz Khalifa’s “Drugs” (#14).—-10. Ace Hood – UndefeatedSince breaking free from his We The Best contract, Ace Hood has been generous with the new tunes, the latest of which arrived via Trust The Process 2: Undefeated last Friday. A day before the album dropped, Ace shared the title track/lead single, which debuts at #10. Styles P – Do Not Disturb (Ghost)Styles P has been relatively quiet this year, especially considering his usual rate of freestyles. Luckily, he ended the drought this past week with “Do Not Disturb,” a sub-two minute take on Drake’s song of the same name. It debuts at #9.8. Playboi Carti Feat. Lil Uzi Vert – ShootaAfter a drawn-out rollout for his debut album, Playboi Carti opted for a much faster strike the second time around, delivering Die Lit out of nowhere last Friday. “Shoota” finds him linking up with longtime pal Lil Uzi over a beat from that dude’s frequent collaborator Maaly Raw. It debuts at #8. Childish Gambino – This Is AmericaThe song that everyone seemed to be talking about last week, Donald Glover’s “This Is America” stands in contrast with both his earliest work as Childish Gambino and his more R&B and funk-tinged last album under the moniker. The politically-charged track, which features ad-libs from Young Thug, 21 Savage, and others, debuts at #7. Travis Scott Feat. Kanye West & Lil Uzi Vert – Watch

Lil Uzi’s second appearance this week comes on a huge track from Travis Scott’s upcoming album Astroworld, a lead single by the name of “Watch.” Whereas Carti enlisted Uzi’s main man Maaly Raw for a beat, here Uzi goes in over production from Carti’s beat guy, Pi’erre Bourne. In its second week out, “Watch” is down two places from #4 to #6.

5. Drake & Lil Baby – Pikachu (No Keys)

It had been a while since Drake debuted new music on OVO Sound Radio, but as is usually the case when that happens, the new material quickly rose up our chart. Despite only arriving on Saturday, his new collab with Lil Baby, “Pikachu (No Keys),” debuts at #5.

4. Playboi Carti Feat. Travis Scott – Love Hurts

Completing the game of two degrees of separation they’ve played with Lil Uzi Vert this past week, Carti and Travis’ second song comes in the form of a collaboration with each other. “Love Hurts” arrived before we even knew about Die Lit, and in its second week out, it’s down three places from #1 to #4.

3. Ty Dolla $ign Feat. 21 Savage – Clout

This past Friday, Ty Dolla $ign continued his excellent track record of album re-releaes with a new version of Beach House 3 that added some excellent bonus tracks onto the original tracklist. One of them is the 21 Savage-assisted “Clout,” which arrived before the album’s re-release and debuts at #3.

2. Royce Da 5’9″ Feat. Logic & King Green – Caterpillar (Remix)

Appearing in the #2 slot lat week was “Caterpillar,” a track from Royce’s new album Book Of Ryan that featured a surprise appearance from Eminem. Appearing in the exact same slot this week is a remix of the track featuring none other than Logic, who was rumored to be on the original. This version debuts at #2.

1. Future Feat. Chance The Rapper & King Louie – My Peak

Featuring a very intriguing trio of rappers, “My Peak” arrived last week with little other info of its origin or placement on future projects. Somewhat unsurprisingly, it’s been taken down since. People have clearly been looking for it though, as it debuts at #1. Good luck hunting.

Joe Budden & Diddy Officially Announce REVOLT TV Deal

Joe Budden has officially solidified his deal with Diddy’s REVOLT TV.

For many, Joe Budden endeared himself during his brief but memorable stint as one of Everyday Struggle’s inaugural hosts. Paired with DJ Akademiks, Joe’s brash and hilarious personality made for some iconic moments. Unfortunately, the cheque failed to be cut, and Budden and Everyday Struggle ultimately parted ways. A while back, rumors swirled that Budden would be joining forces with Diddy‘s REVOLT TV, with some reports indicating that a massive paycheck was coming Joey’s way. While those rumors never officially materialized into something concrete, Billboard has reported that the union has indeed been made public.“Finally, Joe Budden is officially part of the REVOLT family,” says Diddy, in a statement.  “Joe has an authentic approach and he’s never afraid to speak the truth. His many talents deserve a platform that pushes the culture forward and we are excited to produce next-level content with him.” As it happens, Budden will be joining REVOLT as the host and producer of a new show called State Of The Culture; according to this report, the show will premiere later this summer.Budden has also responded to the news, stating ““It was important to partner with a company that recognizes the growing need for our voices and ideas to stream freely without interruption. That was a much prettier way to say, we bout to be with the shits. “Thank you to my business partner Ian Schwartzman and REVOLT for the opportunity to highlight my brutal honesty, passion and integrity.  I love REVOLTING!! Together, we will continue to take this thing to heights unseen.”For those actively seeking more Budden, expect his upcoming endeavor to feature “raw, unfiltered, and informative debates and interviews where Budden digs deep with prominent celebrities, artists and personalities.”

Nicki Minaj Shows Love To Future & Young Thug On Instagram

Nicki hit the club with the two rappers after her surprise appearance at Rolling Loud.

If it wasn’t already clear, Nicki Minaj let the world know how much she appreciates Future and Young Thug on Instagram today. Posting a picture of herself and the two Atlanta rappers, she captioned the post with an enthusiastic “Them >>>>>>>>>.” The picture comes from a club event Nicki hit up with Future after her surprise appearance at the rapper’s headlining Rolling Loud set Sunday nightAccording to The New York Daily News, Nicki and Future stayed by each other’s side most of the night, and also got on the mics to hype up Minaj’s new single “Chun-Li,” which she had performed at the fest earlier.

Thug also shared a clip of Nicki from the after-party on his Instagram story.

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Young Thug via Instagram Stories.

Future and Nicki collaborated on the appended HDNRXX single “You Da Baddest” last year. Earlier this year, Nicki guested on Young Thug’s “Anybody.”

Nicki is preparing to release her long-awaited fourth studio album Queen On June 15th. She has yet to announce features for the project, but from the looks of things, we wouldn’t be surprised if Future or Thug wound up with a guest verse or hook.

Future and Young Thug have also been known to collaborate. Last year they released a joint album called SUPER SLIMEY.

Travis Scott & Nav Preview New Music On Instagram

Travis Scott and Nav are teaming up again.

It seems as though we’re getting new music from Travis Scott every day, not that we’re complaining. He’s recently made a stand out appearance on Playboi Carti‘s “Love Hurts” off his Die Lit album, dropped a fire track with Lil Uzi Vert and Kanye West, and recently previewed new Astroworld music during his Rolling Loud performance. Not to mention that the Astroworld album could honestly drop any day now.Now Travis is once again previewing even more music, this time with a past collaborator, Nav, and we’ll be hearing it very soon. Travis posted a video of the song playing in a dark studio, with Travis singing about Rambo and Lambos. In the caption of the post, Travis revealed some juicy details about the song, namely that it will be dropping this Friday, May 18th, as part of Nav’s upcoming albumReckless. The song will also be produced by OZ, who’s produced for artists like G-Eazy and Jeremih, as well as Big Foreign, who’s done production for Post Malone and Bryson Tiller.As most of you probably know, this wont be the first time that Travis and Nav have collaborated on a song, as Nav delivered the catchy hook about giving drugs to white girls on “Biebs in the Trap,” off Travis’ Birds In The Trap Sing McKnightalbum. Now Travis will be returning the favor with what looks to be a very high energy feature on Nav’s album. Check out the preview of the as-of-yet unnamed song down below.

Rae Sremmurd Discuss Their Favorite Verses From Nas & The Game

The Rae Sremmurd boys show love to some hip-hop legends.

In the wake of dropping their ambitious triple album Sr3mm, Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee continue their press tour with an appearance on Pitchfork’s “Verses” feature. The premise is simple – each artist opens up about a pivotal verse of their choosing.Slim Jxmmi reveals himself to be an old soul, holding it down with Nas & AZ‘s classic “Life’s A Bitch.” While Nas’ prowess goes without saying, many consider AZ’s opening verse one of hip-hop’s best. Jxmmi  “honestly I can’t tell you the first time I heard the Nas track was. I just know that as I got older and I kept listening to it, I could relate to it more,” says Jim. “Life’s hard man. We’re living in own personal hells or heavens.” He proceeds to rap along to AZ’s iconic verse, stating “he said so much shit, in a crazy way…He speaking so intellectually, it’s tight, but there’s so much swag in it too.”Swae Lee goes next, opting to pick The Game‘s verse from “Hate It Or Love It” off The Documentary. “It felt like you were overcoming something, it felt like royalty,” says Swae. “It made me feel like I was overcoming something.” Swae proceeds to reflect on the track’s chief contributor, opening up about his early days playing shows in LA. “One time we just went to the club, and The Game was at the club. He stood on the speaker, he was like, “yo man ya’ll need to fuck with these guys, these my lil homies man, these n***as hard! My daughter’s love their songs!”Check out the whole video below.

Teyana Taylor Airs Out Dancer Who Claims She Jacked The “Fade” Choreography

Teyana Taylor clears the air after Azealia Banks accused her of stealing choreography.

Azealia Banks is always stirring up the pot in some sort of way and recently, she managed to start off some sort of feud with Teyana Taylor. Banks accused Taylor of stealing the choreography for “Fade” from the same person who’s doing the choreography for her new video. After Teyana Taylor clapped back at Banks, the choreographer, Matthew Pasterisa, said that he didn’t receive any payment or credit for his efforts on the “Fade” music video, although he admitted he was grateful for the opportunity. Now, Taylor has responded to his claim in a lengthy Instagram caption.After Azealia Banks called Teyana Taylor out for allegedly lifting a choreographed, the dancer chimed in and explained his side of the story. Taylor then came through with a response to Pasterisa’s claim and essentially aired him out for not having “checked” Azealia Banks for her claim. She explained that the video was done spontaneously because that’s how ‘Ye gets down and explained that she never got credit for her contributions on Kanye’s “Dark Fantasy.” She later explained that she didn’t even get paid for the video either. She also revealed that they only used a “very small portion” of the choreography that they created together which was initially meant for Beyonce‘s “End Of Time.””IT WAS NEVER A SECRET THIS PORTION OF THE CHOREO WAS OLD AND WAS ORIGINALLY CREATED FOR BEYONCE! IVE SAID THAT IN EVERY INTERVIEW! And GO BACK AND READ YA OWN INTERVIEWS OF U ADMITTING WE CREATED THE CHOREO TOGETHER. U WANTED CLOUT HERE U GO,” She wrote.Peep the posts below.

Bellator President Says 50 Cent Has A “New Album Dropping In About 6 Weeks”

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50 Cent could be releasing a new album in 6 weeks according to Bellator President.

Over the past few days, rumors have been starting pick up momentum that 50 Cent could be trying to get a deal done with Bellator MMA to possibly get in the ring to fight. Many photos of 50 Cent & Ballator President, Scott Coker, have been surfacing online over the past couple weeks, with Fif even alluding to the rumor himself over the weekend, “if we can get this right, it would be big” he tweeted out.

Well following Saturday night’s fight, Bellator President was participating in a press conference where he spilled the news that 50 Cent is releasing a new album in about 6 six weeks.

“Yeah, he’s got a new album dropping in about six weeks,” Coker said when asked about his possible deal with 50 Cent. “It’s like, look, he loves MMA. And when a big star like that loves MMA and wants to be involved, it just makes a lot of sense. And he wanted to come and check it out. This was his first time to a Bellator fight,” he added.

Its unclear if Coker was just joking about the album release or if he knows something we don’t, but he definitely said it and would know right now.

Check out Coker’s comments around the 5:50 mark (below) and sound off in the comments. Are you even wanting to hear new music from 50 Cent?

Rihanna’s Home Intruder Charged With Felony Stalking & Burglary

The man who broke into Rihanna’s home last week is facing 3 felony charges.

In case you missed it, Rihanna’s Los Angeles home was broken into & burglarized last week by a man stalker who was hiding in her home for at least an entire day. The man was only found after cops were alerted by an notification that triggered the alarm. He even had the audacity to tell police he just wanted to have sex with the pop singer, and not rape her. However thankfully Rihanna was not home at the time of the break-in and no harm was done. The man of course was eventually arrested inside her home after being tasered and is now facing 3 felony charges.

According to TMZ, 26 year-old Eduardo Leon was set to face a judge Monday afternoon in L.A., but before he even could arrive to court, he was charged with stalking, burglary and vandalism, all three of which are felonies. He was also charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest as well.

To make matters worse, Leon allegedly broke into another home a week earlier, thinking it was Rihanna’s. He was booked for residential burglary and trespassing for that as well, before getting out.

This all comes while Rihanna is in the midst of launching her sexy new Fenty lingerie line, which has caused a lot of frustration on the side of fans. We’ll continue to keep you posted on Ri-Ri moving forward.

Desiigner Says He Has Something Coming Soon With Kid Cudi

Desiigner and Kid Cudi have new music on the way.

Even though Desiigner’s newly-released Life Of Desiigner project is still fresh in rotation, the G.O.O.D Music rapper is already giving his fans something else to look forward to. During a recent interview on Power 106 LA, the Brooklyn rapper was asked about the upcoming music from G.O.O.D Music & himself, to which he spilled the news that he’s got new music with Kid Cudi on the way.

After mentioning Cudi & Ye’s joint project being on the way, Desiigner said he had a special something for fans with Kid Cudi, alluding to a new track (maybe project?) coming soon.

“And I got something coming soon with my brother Cudi so. You know what time is it,” the Brooklyn rapper said. He didn’t clarify anything further about the presumed collaboration, but one might guess Desiigner is being featured on a Kid Cudi song, possibly off the Ye project or another random single?

Check out the clip of Desiigner talking about his Kid Cudi collab (below) specifically around the 1:45 mark. While you’re at it, be sure to check out out new interview with the man himself right here, where he reveals his favorite cartoons & admits his crush on “Kim Possible.”


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