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|Tue, April 23, 2019 at 7:35 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Tell us how you really feel, YG! While performing at Coachella just a week ago, YG debuted his new single "Stop Snitchin'" with a large, projected image of Tekashi 6ix9ine. The bulk of the Compton rapper's set was dedicated to his late friend Nipsey Hussle, but for those few moments, YG let it be known that he thinks "snitch n*ggas" are "b*tch n*ggas."
His mention of 6ix9ine is, of course, a reference to the rapper's current legal case where it's rumored that his cooperation with federal investigators has led to the arrests of a number of his associates. As of today, there have been six men who have pleaded guilty in the racketeering case stacked against them, and while there have been a handful of celebrities who have spoken out against the rainbow-haired rapper, YG is one of few to target Tekashi so blatantly on wax.
Meanwhile, "Stop Snitchin'" will be featured on YG's forthcoming record 4REAL 4REAL that's scheduled for release on May 3. During his Coachella performance, the rapper told the audience that he delayed dropping his record because of the unexpected death of Nipsey. "It was supposed to come out on Friday but I got some f**ked up news that my n*gga had passed on me and sh*t," he said. "So it's like, I ain't even know how to motherf*ckin' walk and talk. I couldn't get out the bed..c My life was f**ked up, my sh*t's still f*cked up. The only reason I'm up here is because I've been drinking a whole lot of motherf*ckin' tequila. But my n*gga gone, I gotta deal with this sh*t."
You got caught with some sh*t
With your best friend and your clique
Y'all got caught hittin' a lick
Everybody went down 'cause you snitched
Whoever raised you ain't do a good job at that
Ayy, whoever raised you need to get slapped
Karma is a b*tch and she gon' get you, n*gga, just like that
'Cause once a b*tch n*gga, always a b*tch, facts
|Tue, April 23, 2019 at 7:04 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Understandably, Lauren London has been quiet on social media. Since the time that her lover and partner Nipsey Hussle was murdered, all of London's Instagram posts have been focused on him, their relationship, or his legacy. Today, she broke from the mold to promote her new show, a BET series that she stars in titled Games People Play.
London shared a photo of herself alongside her co-stars in a promotional photo for the show while writing, "Love and Respect to the cast and crew. Tune in tonight 10pm to watch Games People Play @bet." She ended the brief message with a nod to Nipsey by adding, "Love y’all 💙🏁."
Not long before Nipsey passed away, London sat down with The Grio to talk about her new series. In Games People Play, the actress plays the part of a wife who married her high school sweetheart. In the blink of an eye, they go from a normal, happy pair to a power couple after her husband is drafted into a pro-basketball league.
“I feel no fear," she said of her role. "Usually I do, but no, not this time, Usually the roles I’ve done before like really fun and sassy and you know kind of surface roles,” she says. “This was a broken wife and a woman and I feel like I’m 34, I have kids and I have lived some life that I can put into this into a woman.” Adding, “Being a mother has changed my outlook on life and I think that naturally filters into my work."
|Tue, April 23, 2019 at 6:30 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
'Tis the season of Megan Thee Stallion, because the Houston rapper is staking her claim in hip hop. The 24-year-old artist has been around for a few years, but she seems to have burst onto the rap scene in 2019. Her single "Big Ole Freak" has been making waves, so much so that Trey Songz even tried to shoot his shot on social media. Her ever-growing fan base can't get enough of her twerking videos and freaky lyrics, and if you think Megan Thee Stallion is a handful now, just wait until her alter ego "Hot Girl Meg" comes along with the release of her forthcoming album, Fever.
Fever was set to drop this month, but after her mother unexpectedly passed away, she delayed it further. “I definitely have to pray and spend a lot of time by myself when I can,” she told Billboard. “Sometimes, when you’re doing too much, things get overwhelming. So I just have to calm myself down and think, ‘What would my mama want me to do?’"
There have been a number of artists who have rallied in Megan's corner including her "bestie" Q-Tip who “always encourages me to be myself and not let anybody change me,” Solange who Megan met and became friends with, and SZA who supports her at every turn. However, while many women have supported her give-no-%&$#s attitude, Megan shares that many men have attacked her on social media for showing too much skin or behaving too sexually.
“It really shows how insecure a lot of these dudes are,” she says. “Half the time it’s an up-and-coming rapper who’s trying to get a reaction so somebody can check out their music [instead]. Or some dude that’s probably been hurt before by a girl who looks like me. Or maybe a guy that I didn’t [direct message] back in 2013? I don’t know what it could be, but that’s just not my problem.”
“We gotta break these double-standards and get women to loosen up a bit,” Megan continued. “We gotta show them that we can do what we want to do how we want to do it. If someone doesn’t like it, they can get to stepping.”
|Tue, April 23, 2019 at 5:57 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Taking a break from going off on The Shade Room and accusing them of only sharing negative reports about her family and her friends, Cardi B continued to air out her grievances on social media. She's asked the publication not to mention her name at all, but although they respected her wishes, earlier today she went on a social media rant claiming that TSR attacks her friends and associates instead.
This sparked another point for Cardi to make as she shared on Instagram that non-urban media outlets have turned to capitalizing off of the controversy surrounding urban celebrities because urban blogs have raked in lucrative incomes from negative reports. "People be in the comments like, 'Oh why are they making documentaries about R. Kelly? Why are they making documentaries about Michael Jackson?' Well, let me tell y'all why. Because y'all make people feel like it's okay to do so."
Cindy Ord/Getty Images"Why wouldn't a white Caucasian person try to capitalize from the drama that happens in the urban and the black entertainment business, when black blogs, black-owned blogs capitalize off they own drama and problems. You don't see Donald Trump," she continued. "You don't see Charlie Sheen sh*t going viral every year, every so. 'Cause they don't give a f*ck anymore. Back in the day, TMZ used to report about Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, all these Caucasian celebrities, all these celebrity actors. Now, all they do is post about hip hop artists, people that's in the black entertainment business because black blogs capitalize off of black entertainer's drama."
Although we can see her point, to be fair, Donald Trump is the President of the United States and is both dragged and hailed in the media almost every minute of every day. And Charlie Sheen, well, his "Tiger Blood" days are behind him, and he's pretty much lived a quiet life doing whatever it is that Charlie Sheen does. Angelina Jolie is a United Nations ambassador with a hoard of children, and both she and Brad Pitt have been in the headlines as of late now that their divorce is official.
Also, the influence of hip hop culture is undeniable as is transcends borders that that society has created. There are people, worldwide, who know more about famous rappers than they do their elected officials. Non-urban-centered blogs know this, so they piggy-back off of the hip hop media to bring in those readers. However, well-balanced news sources are most effective, and at the heart of Cardi's rant, that's all that she wants.
|Tue, April 23, 2019 at 5:09 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
In a controversial move, Essence magazine featured a man on the cover of their magazine for Mother's Day. Yet, for a magazine that caters to a female demographic, most readers accepted seeing Sean "Diddy" Combs sharing the cover feature with his three daughters D'Lila, Jessie, and Chance. We previously reported on what Diddy had to say about holding down the Combs household without the help of his ex and mother of three of his biological children, Kim Porter, following her unexpected death in November 2018. Diddy has raised Quincy, Kim's son with Al B. Sure, and is also the father to Justin, whose mother is Misa Hylton, and to Chance, whose mother is Sarah Chapman.
He's jumped feet first into single dad mode and has shared more of his home life with fans on social media. His Instagram is filled with images and video clips of himself with his three teen daughters, including their epic moment when they danced backup for Diana Ross during the Motown legend's recent star-studded birthday. The music mogul told the magazine that his family has leaned on one another for support during their times of grieving, mourning, and celebrating Kim's life, but he says he still worries about his girls.
"One day I asked them how are they being so strong," he said. "They said that, in a weird way, their mother had taught them how to deal with death. About six years ago, Kim’s mother [Sarah Porter] was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, and we moved her to L.A. She passed away about a year and a half later, so the girls saw their mother deal with losing her mother. Now, ironically, they are teaching me how to deal with Kim’s passing.
In the months following Kim's death, family, friends, and strangers shared kind messages about the former model and mother of It’s a testament to who Kim was, how she touched people, the grace and poise she had, the way she changed a room as soon as she entered. She was unforgettable. That day turned my world upside down."
He also shared a few of the last words he had with Kim. "Three days before she passed, she wasn’t feeling well. She had the flu, and she sent the kids over to my house so they wouldn’t get sick. One night I was checking on her, and she was like, 'Puffy, take care of my babies.' She actually said that to me before she died."
|Tue, April 23, 2019 at 4:25 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
After sharing clips of this video on Instagram, Lil Uzi Vert dropped the full visual for his single, "That's a Rack." He released the track earlier this month after teasing fans that he was readying two new songs following the controversy with his label. The #FreeUzi campaign garnered support from famous friends and fans alike as Uzi claimed that his label, Generation Now, was preventing him from releasing new music.
Now that Uzi's retirement from hip hop is officially over and fans await Eternal Atake, his "That's a Rack" visual looks as if it's taking an artistic nod from Kanye West's "Runaway." In Uzi's latest visual, he's the only man featured as women support his artistic vision throughout various scenes. In one, he stands atop a piano in a room filled with naked women who are only covered by musical instruments. In another scene, he performs as nearly nude women, who are smeared with blue paint, dance and pose; and in the last, he and his lady friends stand in a room of mirrors. It will be interesting to see how Uzi follows up this release, but fans are certainly excited to see him back in the game.
|Tue, April 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Gunplay's been gearing up for the release of his forthcoming project ANMLSHLTR with the release of numerous remixes of popular tracks. Although he did remix Blueface's "Thotiana," he's predominantly remixing tracks that feature Drake. He previously dropped off a remix to "Look Alive" before tackling Travis Scott and Drake's "Sicko Mode." Now, he returns with another freestyle over a Drake-featured track.
Gunplay clearly rocked with the production that Drake was using in 2018. Gunplay came through with his remix of Lil Baby and Drake's top 10 single "Yes Indeed." Gunplay delivers hard-hitting bars over the Wheezy production while detailing his Carol City upbringing.
Aside from ANMLSHLTR, he's also been teasing the release of two other projects, 16/16’s and All Bullshit Aside, which are set to arrive later this year.
We tourin' with warrants while cases is open
I call up my lawyer, he said, 'are you jokin'?'
I told him go chill and go pop him a pill
'Cause the bail on the way, I won't stay for a moment
|Tue, April 23, 2019 at 3:38 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
VL Deck's been steadily buzzing through the streets of Atlanta over the years but 2018 was when he began make serious waves beyond his region. He released a ton of music last year including his collaborative effort with Youngboy Never Broke Again, Kane & O-Dog. Now, he's returned with his latest project titled, Trap Pastor.
VL Deck is back with something new for the streets. The rapper released his latest project, Trap Pastor this week which consists of 12 tracks. VL Deck enlists some help for the project, although he does hold down the majority of it on his own. His Kane & O-Dog collaborator, Youngboy Never Broke Again, appears on "I Know." 21 Savage makes an appearance on the previously released single, "Stash It" which arrived in early 2018. VL Deck also enlists Young Scooter and Ola Runt for the tracklist.
Check the project below.
|Tue, April 23, 2019 at 3:27 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
After Coachella wraps up every year, you already know that festival season is getting closer. Over the past few weeks, more festival have been unveiling their line-ups and it looks like there's bound to be several festivals that fans need to attend. HARD Summer Festival recently announced their line-up which will include Kid Cudi as its headliner.
HARD Summer 2019 will be one for the books. Taking place on August 3rd and 4th, the annual festival has enlisted Kid Cudi as its headliner for the 3rd while Major Lazer holds it down as the main act on August 4th. The festival also includes many other prominent names in hip-hop including Sheck Wes, G Herbo, Lil Mosey, JPEGMAFIA, Juice WRLD, Gunna, Mustard, Dream Doll, Soulja Boy, MadeinTYO, and many others.
The announcement to have Cudi as a headliner comes a few days after his performance at Coachella. The rapper performed both weekends of the festival and later appeared with Kanye West during the one-off "Sunday Service" performance. It's unsure what Cudi has in store for this year but we're hoping the influx of summer performances indicates that a new project is set to arrive this year. He's still riding the wave of 2018's Kids See Ghosts, his collaborative project with Kanye West that dropped a week after Ye.
Check out the full festival line-up below.
|Tue, April 23, 2019 at 2:53 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Jordyn Woods seems to be doing just fine without the backing of the Kardashian clan. Earlier this year, she found herself engulfed in one of the biggest controversies of 2019 so far after reports emerged claiming that she hooked up with Khloe Kardashian's ex, Tristan Thompson. She was exiled from the Kardashian-Jenner clan, later moving out of Kylie's home. She spoke on the incident on Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talkbut during a panel at Nigeria's Homecoming Festival, Woods seemingly addressed the controversy again.
Jordyn Woods has been relatively low key over the years but the Tristan Thompson scandal placed a major spotlight on her name. She faced a lot of criticism while also being championed by others but the negatives always stand out. Woods explained how she felt bullied by the world after the scandal broke out.
"My little sister was bullied in school and I wanted to show her that I was bullied by the world," Woods said. "I understood for the first time what it’s like being a black woman — in a just society, how we can be so disrespected and nobody can really understand to that extent until you have to live it.”
Her relationship with the Kardashians might be strained right now but Woods, as well as her mother, have made it clear that they have no hard feelings towards Kylie.