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1GoDjTv Live 8:29:00 PMYNNNNN12N060A7FE3-D8BA-4B5C-BF6E-0CACBE5B9993radioblogsvideosphotosmoretab_icon_microphonetab_icon_newstab_icon_videostab_icon_picturestab_icon_moreNewsMorePhotosRadioVideosdjbosslady CUBE ADMITS HE 'DOESN'T LIKE' WATCHING OTHER RAPPERS BEEF by djbosslady0, 8 May 2024 21:52 GMTIce Cube isn't a fan of watching rappers beef with each other, though he also understands that it's a part of the game. Last month, before things got intense between Kendrick Lamar and Drake, he joined Canada's E-Talk for a conversation about feuds in Hip Hop. At the time of the interview, K. Dot had already fired the first shot on Metro Boomin and Future's "Like That," following which J. Cole issued then rescinded a response to Dot with "7 Minute Drill." The Los Angeles native, who famously beefed with his former N.W.A crew back in the day and dropped one of the most scathing disses of all time with "No Vaseline," has matured a lot over the years as he stated that he doesn't like the dangerous route a lot of rap beefs take as they escalate. "Beefs are volatile. You always have to be careful that a beef doesn't turn into a murder," he said. "Back in the day, you'd do a diss record, but it would stay somewhat in the Hip Hop community. Now, it's all over the world. All walks of life know what's going on. And some people can't really take that kind of humiliation. I don't really like seeing rappers beef. "I don't think it's necessary to have a great career. But it happens! Hey, it's part of the game and I think when you in a beef, you can't really hold back. It's like being in a fight - you can't really half-punch; you gotta go all the way." HHDX YouTube Video Player - Play ButtonYoutube Video - Ice Cube Admits He 'Doesn't Like' Watching Other Rappers Beef Even less enthusiastic about the beef in question is Questlove. The Roots drummer sternly criticized the hotly-contested rap battle in an Instagram post earlier this week, going as far as to declare that Hip Hop is "truly dead." Kendrick Lamar & Drake Feud Deemed 'Best Rap Battle' Yet 'Corny' By Charlamagne Tha God RELATED NEWS KENDRICK LAMAR & DRAKE FEUD DEEMED 'BEST RAP BATTLE' YET 'CORNY' BY CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD MAY 6, 2024 The veteran drummer's issues lie with the way both rappers have conducted themselves over the back-and-forth, dragging each other's family members into the feud by making scandalous and unsubstantiated allegations on their respective diss songs. "Nobody won the war," he wrote. "This wasn't about skill. This was a wrestling match level mudslinging and takedown by any means necessary - women & children (& actual facts) be damned. "Same audience wanting blood will soon put up 'rip' posts like they weren't part of the problem. Hip Hop truly is dead." Challenging both MCs to step their game up morally, Questlove added in the caption: "Here We Are Now...Entertain us?"312471NEWS LIVERADIO RADIONEWS HIPHOPNEWSblogs/5-2024/312471-news-liveradio-radi-s.jpgTRAVIS SCOTT'S ASTROWORLD LAWSUITS HAVE ALL BEEN SETTLED, WITH ONE EXCEPTION by djbosslady0, 8 May 2024 21:50 GMTTravis Scott's 2021 Astroworld festival tragedy resulted in 10 wrongful death lawsuits against the rapper and a myriad of companies, but they've almost all been settled. According to a report published by ABC News on Wednesday (May 8), just one case is currently pending while all others - including one that was set to go to trial this week - have been confidentially settled. The final lawsuit was filed by the family of 9-year-old Ezra Blount, the youngest person killed at the concert. Last month, a judge denied the Houston rapper's motion to be dismissed from the Astroworld lawsuits. District Judge Kristen Hawkins issued her ruling without explanation, meaning that the civil suits will be permitted to move forward. If found liable, Scott and Live Nation will be facing a court-ordered payout of billions of dollars in damages to the victims. In March, Cactus Jack's attorneys argued that the responsibility for the fans' safety lies with event organizers and the venue's staff. Travis Scott Announces New 'Circus Maximus' Tour Dates Across Europe This Summer RELATED NEWS TRAVIS SCOTT ANNOUNCES NEW 'CIRCUS MAXIMUS' TOUR DATES ACROSS EUROPE THIS SUMMER MAY 8, 2024 "Like any other adrenaline-inducing diversion, music festivals must balance exhilaration with safety and security-but that balance is not the job of performing artists, even those involved in promoting and marketing performances," lawyer Daniel Petrocelli wrote. "Which only makes sense: Performing artists, even those who engage in certain promotional activities, have no inherent expertise or specialized knowledge in concert safety measures, venue security protocols, or site-design." He continued: "When, during festival planning, concerns arose about the risk of a stampede occurring in the festival site, the Scott defendants supported festival organizers' efforts to eliminate that risk by agreeing to remove certain rides and other attractions at the site. Then, when the Scott defendants were told to end the show after Mr. Scott's guest performer finished performing, they did just that-ending the show as directed." While Travis remains a part of the legal proceedings, Drake has been dismissed from the plaintiff's claims. Earlier this year, the rapper's attorneys requested that he have his name removed from the suits while claiming that he was not involved in the even't planning. In April, NBC News reported that Judge Hawkins approved the request. Several companies such as Apple Inc. as well as Scott's Cactus Jack Enterprises and LaFlame Enterprises had similar requests denied. Last year, a grand jury declined to bring criminal charges against the "Sicko Mode" rapper over the tragedy. That decision took place about a month after Houston Police issued a nearly 1,300-page report detailing its investigation.312470NEWS LIVERADIO RADIONEWS HIPHOPNEWSblogs/5-2024/312470-news-liveradio-radi-s.jpgPAPOOSE DEFENDS RAP LYRICS FROM BEING USED IN COURT IN POWERFUL NY STATE CAPITOL ADDRESS by djbosslady0, 8 May 2024 21:48 GMTPapoose is among the many Hip Hop figures who are advocating against the use of rap lyrics as evidence in court, and he has now taken his efforts to the New York State Capitol. During a meeting with local politicians that took place on Tuesday (May 7), the veteran rapper made a case for the AB127 bill that seeks to limit "the admissibility of evidence of a defendant's creative or artistic expression against such defendant in a criminal proceeding." "America has a problem with violence, not Hip Hop," he argued. "Hip Hop is the only thing that gave us a way out, away from the negativity." In the caption of an Instagram post about the gathering, he wrote: "Today we visited the capital to fight for change on a very important issue. I used my tracks titled "Law Library" as a reference. In New York, the music industry is a significant contributor to the economy and culture. With over 202,000 jobs created and a substantial $19 billion contribution to the state's GDP, music plays a vital role in New York's prosperity. "The state boasts a vibrant community of approximately 130,000 songwriters, highlighting the depth of musical talent within its borders. In response to these pressing concerns, nearly a dozen Assembly members, led by Assemblywoman Cruz, have introduced AB127. Passing AB127 would limit the use of a defendant's creative work in a trial, ensuring artists are able to express themselves freely without fear of reprisal from the justice system. A companion bill, SB1738 passed the Senate on March 27. He added: "AB127 establishes safeguards to ensure music, literature, film, and other works of creative expression remain protected by the First Amendment. This legislation seeks to establish a systematic framework for the handling of lyrics in legal proceedings. It does not ban the usage of creative work in criminal proceedings; instead, it shifts the burden to the prosecutor who must prove the work is relevant and admissible. "Researchers and legal scholars have seen this practice apply, almost exclusively, to hip hop and rap. And while the legislation is not genre specific, it is impossible to ignore the detrimental impact the existing practice has had on certain Black and Brown artists practicing their craft. By providing clear legal guidelines on the admissibility of lyrics as evidence, AB127 aims to prevent the unjust weaponization of creative expression for prosecutorial purposes." Last year, Fat Joe defended Young Thug by claiming that he's lied in most of the songs he's released throughout his career. During a CNN interview with Gayle King, the Bronx rapper said it's a "travesty" that the Atlanta native's lyrics can be used against him in the ongoing YSL RICO case. "I've been rapping professionally for 30 years - I've lied in almost 95 percent of my songs," he began. "I'm being honest. I write like I feel that day. I'm just being creative. You couldn't build a jail high enough for the lyrics I've said on songs which are all untrue." Atlanta City Council Introduces Bill Seeking To Limit Use Of Rap Lyrics In Court RELATED NEWS ATLANTA CITY COUNCIL INTRODUCES BILL SEEKING TO LIMIT USE OF RAP LYRICS IN COURT JULY 12, 2023 The Terror Squad boss continued: "What I am is a family man, the person who gives back to my community all the time, opens businesses in my community. So the music would never amount to the actual person, Joseph Cartagena. What's even more horrible is that the district attorneys, they know those lyrics ain't real. They know that's creativity. But if it helps their case, they'll use it to put these guys in jail. "And here, we're having a fun show about it and discussion, but there really is six defendants in Atlanta who might spend the rest of their lives in jail for something that's totally not true. This is very serious. This destroys families." Soon after, he set the record straight about the above claim that had people questioning his authenticity. In explaining himself, he pointed out that MCs "move off of inspiration," switching between a range of emotions such as anger, love, peace and tranquility. "I had to say 95 percent of what I say is a lie so that they can understand that it's unfair to try some kids for the rest of their life with shit they might've not done," Joey Crack said. "What you gotta understand is that it's creativity [...] now if I say I use my imagination, my creativity in my music don't mean I ain't live a real fuckin' life in the streets."312469NEWS LIVERADIO RADIONEWS HIPHOPNEWSblogs/5-2024/312469-news-liveradio-radi-s.jpgFAT JOE JOINS FORCES WITH ZOEY DOLLAZ TO BRING MUCH NEEDED HUMANITARIAN AID TO HAITI by djbosslady0, 4 May 2024 01:48 GMTFat Joe and Zoey Dollaz have teamed up with Food For The Poor to bring some much-needed humanitarian aid to the embattled Haiti. According to a press release shared with HipHopDX on Thursday (May 2), the partnership will establish a relief fund, which will provide aid and essential supplies to families affected by the country's most recent humanitarian crisis spurred by nearly three years of civil unrest in the island nation. According to Axios, Prime Minister Ariel Henry stepped down from his position as of April 25, in response to the increasing incidents of violence in the island nation. Henry had assumed power following the assassination of then President Jovenel Mo se in July 2021. Under his leadership, Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince has seen escalating gang violence that came to a head on March 4, following a prison break at Haiti's National Penitentiary - which, per CNN, facilitated the escape of about 3500 of the facility's 3687 inmates. The country's leaders declared a state of emergency, which eventually led to Henry's resignation and the slow process of installing a provisional council to work towards stabilizing Port-au-Prince. At press time, however, the seaport and international airport in the capital remain closed. And while smaller airports in the cities of Cap-Haitien to the north and Les Cayes to the south are open, the import of commercial goods and delivery of humanitarian aid have been severely impacted. "My heart goes out to all the Haitians that are suffering because of this humanitarian crisis," the Terror Squad leader said, in a statement. "Many of my close friends are Haitian, so we've been watching this tragedy unfold and exploring the most efficient and effective ways to provide meaningful support. All relief items and financial contributions will go directly to Food For The Poor, so they can safely distribute the donations directly to the families in need." Fat Joe has established an Amazon Wish List of essential items that will be sent directly to Haiti, including baby formula, diapers, and wipes. In recent years, the Bronx native has established himself as quite the activist. Last month, he paid tribute to his son while continuing his efforts to raise awareness about neurodivergent children and the conditions they have to actively negotiate. On April 2, the Terror Squad boss shared a photograph of the World Autism Awareness Day logo along with a throwback photo of his 33-year-old namesake, Joseph Jr. "WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY Joey this one's for you [blue hearts emojis]," he wrote in the caption. Fat Joe Believes Kendrick Lamar Has Backed Out Of Drake Beef: 'I Think That's Over' RELATED NEWS FAT JOE BELIEVES KENDRICK LAMAR HAS BACKED OUT OF DRAKE BEEF: 'I THINK THAT'S OVER' APRIL 26, 2024 And back in June 2023, the "Lean Back" hitmaker posted a photo of himself shirtless while holding Joseph Jr. to declare his "unconditional love" for his son. 50 Cent subsequently hopped in the comments section and praised his former foe by writing: "This the coolest picture you ever posted joe. On some real shit!" The CDC defines the condition as a developmental disability stemming from variations in brain function. Individuals with ASD may exhibit unique behaviors, communication patterns, social interactions, and learning styles compared to others.311716NEWS LIVERADIO RADIONEWS HIPHOPNEWSblogs/5-2024/311716-news-liveradio-radi-s.jpgAL GREEN REACTS TO KENDRICK LAMAR SAMPLING HIM ON '6:16 IN LA' DRAKE DISS by djbosslady0, 4 May 2024 01:46 GMTAl Green is sampled in Kendrick Lamar's newest diss to Drake, "6:16 In LA," and it garnered a response from the legend himself. Released in the early hours of Friday (May 3), the Sounwave and Jack Antonoff-produced track samples Green's 1972 classic, "What a Wonderful Thing Love Is." Though he kept it simple in his post, Green shared the original song to his Twitter/X page shortly after K. Dot dropped "6:16 In LA." You can view it below. Just days after releasing the explosive "Euphoria," Kendrick Lamar dropped "6:16 in LA" - a play on Drake's timestamp song series - on his Instagram page on Friday (May 3). Rapping over the aforementioned Al Green sample, K. Dot fires off another barrage of shots at the 6 God, claiming that there are Judases among his disciples. "Conspiracies about cash, dawg, that's not even the leak/ Find the jewels like Kash Doll, I just need you to think/ Are you finally ready to play 'Have you ever?,' let's see/ Have you ever thought that OVO is working for me?" he raps, responding to Drake's claim on "Push Ups" that he was being extorted by his former label boss Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith. "Fake bully, I hate bullies, you must be a terrible person/ Everyone inside your team is whispering that you deserve it/ Can't Toosie Slide up out of this one, it's just gonna resurface/ Every dog gotta have his day, now live in your purpose." Kendrick Lamar Hailed A 'Genius' For Hidden Shots In '6:16 In LA' Drake Diss RELATED NEWS KENDRICK LAMAR HAILED A 'GENIUS' FOR HIDDEN SHOTS IN '6:16 IN LA' DRAKE DISS MAY 3, 2024 Kendrick also accuses Drake of "harassing" people within his camp and trying to dig up dirt on him. "It was fun until you started to put money in the streets/ They lost money 'cause they came back with no receipts/ I'm sorry that I live a boring life, I love peace/ But war ready if the world is ready to see you bleed," he spits. "The Elohim, K. T. W. know you can't sleep/ These images trouble you, know the wires in your circle should puzzle you/ If you was street smart then you woulda caught that your entourage is only to hustle you." Kendrick even takes aim at Akademiks, who is not only a vocal Drake supporter but has served as the Toronto rapper's unofficial mouthpiece throughout the feud.311715NEWS LIVERADIO RADIONEWS HIPHOPNEWSblogs/5-2024/311715-news-liveradio-radi-s.jpgLIL BABY SIGNEE GETS 17 YEARS IN PRISON FOR ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTING TODDLER IN THE HEAD by djbosslady0, 4 May 2024 01:43 GMTLil Baby signee Dirty Tay has received a sentence of 17 years in prison after a shooting in 2022 that left a toddler fighting for his life. According to court documents obtained by HipHopDX, the aspiring rapper (real name Kentavious Wright) was officially sent to prison on April 26 after he took a plea deal. The charge - originally a capital felony, making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted of the top count - was reduced to a lesser felony, meaning he only has to serve 17 years behind bars. It is unclear whether Dirty Tay will be eligible for parole before the sentence is up. Check out the docket below. Dirty Tay released two albums, Way Bigger on the Low and Too Turnt Up, on Lil Baby's 4PF label in 2020, with his songs "Beast" and "Don't Wanna Do It" racking up over a million streams each on Spotify. The shooting took place on August 3, 2022, and involved a man and his three-year-old son being shot at while leaving the Off the Hook barbershop in southwest Atlanta. According to police, the father and son were driving down Peters Street when a Kia did a U-turn and began to follow them. The car pulled up alongside the passenger side at an intersection and multiple shots were fired, resulting in the child being struck in the head. The father estimated five shots were fired before the suspect drove to a fire station, with three 9mm shell casings being found at the scene of the crime. The child was rushed to the hospital and was stabilized hours after the shooting. Dirty Tay denied his involvement in the shooting in a post to his Instagram Stories. "I'm innocent the news is not always right don't bash me because of allegations," he wrote. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, police arrested 24-year-old Dirty Tay (real name Kentavious Wright) during a traffic stop on August 19, 2022, and booked him into the Fulton County Jail on a dozen counts. Lil Baby & Dreezy Shut Down Dating Rumors After Alleged Coachella Link-Up RELATED NEWS LIL BABY & DREEZY SHUT DOWN DATING RUMORS AFTER ALLEGED COACHELLA LINK-UP APRIL 16, 2024 The charges include a criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated assault, first-degree cruelty to children, and three counts of committing offenses listed in Georgia's Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act with the intent to gain membership or increase his status in a criminal street gang. Officers took Dirty Tay into custody alongside his girlfriend, who was found with a gun that police say belonged to the rapper. The arrest was caught on body-worn camera footage. Lil Baby has not commented on the sentencing.311714NEWS LIVERADIO RADIONEWS HIPHOPNEWSblogs/5-2024/311714-news-liveradio-radi-s.jpgRAPSODY & ERYKAH BADU DELIVER ODE TO LATE NIGHT LOVIN' ON NEW SONG '3:AM' by djbosslady0, 4 May 2024 01:41 GMTRapsody and Erykah Badu have teamed up for "3:AM," an ode to the joys of late night love. The track, which arrived on Friday (May 3), features both artists paying homage to the people that make them feel best. Rapsody spits: "You feel like a healer/ I know I'm imperfect/ Tho you make me feel like Jesus/ Or how God sees us/ Not afraid to show my insecurities like Issa," cleverly referring to Issa Rae's TV show Insecure. She adds: "Everything I hid you always peeped it/ When it's darkest we always attract/ The brightest people/ Baby, you a light/ You shift my whole world to the right/ Nothing left but." HHDX YouTube Video Player - Play ButtonYoutube Video - Rapsody & Erykah Badu Deliver Ode To Late Night Lovin' On New Song '3:AM' The duo first performed the song together at Badu's 53rd birthday celebrations in Dallas back in February. The song will be featured on the North Carolina-born rapper's first album in five years, Please Don't Cry. Rapsody announced the project in March, when she shared its release date, tracklist and cover art. "May 17th, Please Don't Cry. My fourth studio album," she wrote on Instagram. Rapsody then offered a hint at the album's concept, describing the journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance that she has embarked on since her last full-length release. "The last four years have been a beautiful, challenging, exciting, scary, journey back to self," she said. "A becoming. A reintroduction. An unveiling. An unlearning. A knowing. An unplugging. A welcome home. A reality check. "A love story with the reflection in the mirror. And I love her. She's raw. Imperfect. Real. Goofy. Intelligent. Cool as a cucumber. Patient. Kind. Mad. Emotional. Funny. Quiet. Swear she gangsta. Thoughtful. Grateful. Forgetful. Overwhelmed." She added: "Once a month she got an attitude. She cares deeply. Sometimes too much. She's a lot of things. She's complex. But, I think that's what makes her special. And I can't wait for you to get to know her. Love [kiss emoji] The Homegirl." Rapsody Reluctantly Addresses J. Cole Vs. Kendrick Beef & Shares Thoughts On 'TPAB' RELATED NEWS RAPSODY RELUCTANTLY ADDRESSES J. COLE VS. KENDRICK BEEF & SHARES THOUGHTS ON 'TPAB' APRIL 29, 2024 The album's tracklist includes collaborations with Lil Wayne, Hit-Boy, Baby Tate and Alex Isley, among others, across 22 songs. Rapsody's announcement was met with excitement from fans and peers alike, with Vic Mensa commenting on the post: "love you !!!!! GOD LEVEL." "Let's goooooo," fellow Roc Nation and Jamla representative Reuben Vincent wrote, while screenwriter/producer Lena Waithe added: "The perfect birthday present!"311713NEWS LIVERADIO RADIONEWS HIPHOPNEWSblogs/5-2024/311713-news-liveradio-radi-s.jpgDRAKE, KENDRICK LAMAR, EMINEM & MORE RETURNING TO TIKTOK AS UMG DISPUTE COMES TO AN END by djbosslady0, 2 May 2024 20:28 GMTDrake, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem are among the countless music industry titans who have had their catalogs restored on TikTok after Universal Music Group parted ways with the social media platform earlier this year. On Wednesday (May 1), both companies announced a "multi-dimensional licensing agreement" that will once again make UMG's entire discography available on the platform following a three-month dispute. "This new chapter in our relationship with TikTok focuses on the value of music, the primacy of human artistry and the welfare of the creative community," the music corporation's chairman and chief executive officer Lucian Grainge said about the reconciliation. "We look forward to collaborating with the team at TikTok to further the interests of our artists and songwriters and drive innovation in fan engagement while advancing social music monetization." TikTok's CEO Shou Chew added: "Music is an integral part of the TikTok ecosystem and we are pleased to have found a path forward with Universal Music Group. We are committed to working together to drive value, discovery and promotion for all of UMG's amazing artists and songwriters, and deepen their ability to grow, connect and engage with the TikTok community." The joint statement also addressed the rise of artificial intelligence in music: "TikTok and UMG will work together to ensure AI development across the music industry will protect human artistry and the economics that flow to those artists and songwriters. TikTok is also committed to working with UMG to remove unauthorized AI-generated music from the platform, as well as tools to improve artist and songwriter attribution." The two companies failed to agree on a new deal relating to artist compensation and AI back in January, which in turn prevented a number of musicians from having their music on the social-media outlet. UMG alleged that the social-media platform accounts for "only about 1% of our total revenue," which they said was evidence of "how little TikTok compensates artists and songwriters, despite its massive and growing user base, rapidly rising advertising revenue and increasing reliance on music-based content". They also accused the outlet of trying to "intimidate" them by "selectively removing the music of certain of our developing artists" but keeping songs from better-known ones. Additionally, their letter said: "TikTok's tactics are obvious: use its platform power to hurt vulnerable artists and try to intimidate us into conceding to a bad deal that undervalues music and shortchanges artists and songwriters as well as their fans." TikTok replied with a furious statement of their own that read: "It is sad and disappointing that Universal Music Group has put their own greed above the interests of their artists and songwriters," the app wrote. Despite Universal's false narrative and rhetoric, the fact is they have chosen to walk away from the powerful support of a platform with well over a billion users that serves as a free promotional and discovery vehicle for their talent. CeeLo Green Sides With UMG In Split From TikTok: 'There's No Wrong Way To Do Business' RELATED NEWS CEELO GREEN SIDES WITH UMG IN SPLIT FROM TIKTOK: 'THERE'S NO WRONG WAY TO DO BUSINESS' FEBRUARY 3, 2024 "TikTok has been able to reach 'artist-first' agreements with every other label and publisher. Clearly, Universal's self-serving actions are not in the best interests of artists, songwriters and fans." Universal Music Group are one of the biggest record companies in the world, with several major imprints such as Interscope, Republic and Def Jam under its umbrella. Hence, the fallout affected numerous A-list artists, including Beyonc , Nicki Minaj, SZA, The Weeknd and Post Malone. Muni Long was particularly frustrated by the ordeal as she took to TikTok soon after to share her thoughts on the matter, suggesting that she was in therapy because it felt like her career was being sabotaged. "I mean, it's not like they are refusing to support my music until I prove that it's valuable by investing my own money, and maybe, possibly, lucking up on a hot TikTok trend or anything like that," she wrote, referring to her viral "Made for Me" challenge.311479NEWS LIVE RADIONEWSblogs/5-2024/311479-news-live-radionews-s.jpgSZA SAYS SHE'S ONLY CONSIDERED AN R&B ARTIST BECAUSE SHE'S BLACK: 'IT'S A LITTLE REDUCTIVE' by djbosslady0, 2 May 2024 20:27 GMTSZA isn't a fan of having her music categorized in a single genre as she believes it limits people from appreciating her full range as an artist. In an interview with Dazed published on Wednesday (May 1), the 34-year-old superstar discussed her image in the public eye and how she has been marketed in a way that doesn't justly reflect her material. "The only reason I'm defined as an R&B artist is because I'm Black," the New Jersey singer said. "It's almost a little reductive because it doesn't allow space to be anything else or try anything else. Justin Bieber is not considered an R&B artist; he is a pop artist who makes R&B, folk music, or whatever his heart desires. "I simply just want to be allowed the same opportunity to make whatever I want without a label, [without it being] based on the colour of my skin, or the crew that I run with, or the beats that I choose. I want "F2F" to be seen as what it is. I want "Nobody Gets Me" to be seen as what it is. I want "Kill Bill" to be seen as what it is." She added: "At the same time, it's nothing to get bent out of shape about, because it's just how people are processing you. As long as I don't process myself that way. I don't necessarily box myself into anything. I'm just trying to make music, trying to vibe out and enjoy the experience." Whereas SZA clearly has her qualms about how she has been presented in the music industry, she hasn't lost sight of how her fans continue to recognize her brilliance. Last month, she expressed her gratitude to her supporters for making her realize just how great of a song "Snooze" is, especially since she didn't initially see its charm. SZA & Keke Palmer To Recapture 'SNL' Chemistry In New Issa Rae-Produced Buddy Comedy RELATED NEWS SZA & KEKE PALMER TO RECAPTURE 'SNL' CHEMISTRY IN NEW ISSA RAE-PRODUCED BUDDY COMEDY APRIL 26, 2024 "I'm not gon lie snooze wasn't my favorite when I made the album but now it's my favorite hands down," she wrote on social media. "played it at the beach and it was noiiiiiiceeeee [teary eyed emoji]. I'm late but thank y'all for riding til I got some sense [laughing, heart hands and heart emoji]" Peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, the SOS cut was the only song to chart in the United States for every single week of 2023 in addition to breaking the record for spending the most weeks atop the R&B/Hip Hop Airplay tallies. "Snooze" also won Best R&B Song at the 2024 Grammy Awards and was recently named the greatest R&B song of the streaming era by Spotify.311478NEWS LIVE RADIONEWSblogs/5-2024/311478-news-live-radionews-s.jpgYOUNG GURU BREAKS DOWN KENDRICK LAMAR'S HIDDEN DRAKE SHOTS FOR YOUNGER FANS by djbosslady0, 2 May 2024 20:26 GMTYoung Guru has shared his thoughts on some of the Easter eggs in Kendrick Lamar's "Euphoria" diss aimed at Drake. The famed mixing engineer and producer took to Instagram Stories on Wednesday (May 1) to break down some of K.Dot's subliminal references for younger fans who may not register the references. He wrote: "I realize some of my young people and my students have never seen 'The Wiz.' If you came up in a Black household it was mandatory. The dance scene in Oz is incredible but it points out that pop culture is fake. The Wiz changes the colors and people just go along with it. Richard Pryor later admits that he is a fake and a phony." He added: "Teddy Pendagrass [sic] got into a car accident and had to live the rest of his life paralyzed in a wheelchair." The track, which arrived earlier this week, begins with a vocal snippet that sounds somewhat like gibberish, though when reversed, it's actually a clip from the 1978 film The Wiz. The moment in question comes from Richard Pryor's character, Herman Smith/The Wiz, who says: "Everything they say about me is true. I'm a phony." K.Dot took the internet by storm when he finally fired back at Drake on his blistering new diss song. The track finds the Compton rapper unloading on his longtime rival for several minutes in response to Drizzy's own diss records "Push Ups" and "Taylor Made Freestyle." Kendrick Lamar Fans Believe There's A Kobe Bryant Connection To 'Euphoria' Drake Diss RELATED NEWS KENDRICK LAMAR FANS BELIEVE THERE'S A KOBE BRYANT CONNECTION TO 'EUPHORIA' DRAKE DISS MAY 1, 2024 After opening with a sample of Teddy Pendergrass' "You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration," over which K. Dot refers to a "pathetic master manipulator" who is "paranoid," "spiraling" and "fabricating stories on the family front," the song kicks into life with a sudden beat switch. From there, Kendrick throws jab after jab - and even a few haymakers - at the 6 God, using everything from his parenting skills, alleged use of ghostwriters and rumored plastic surgery to his appearance, tough guy persona and attitude towards women as ammo. The Pulitzer Prize winner also accuses Drizzy of sending a cease and desist letter in attempt to have "Like That," his chart-topping collaboration with Future and Metro Boomin that reignited their long-simmering feud, taken down.311477NEWS LIVE RADIONEWSblogs/5-2024/311477-news-live-radionews-s.jpgCARDI B & OFFSET FUEL RECONCILIATION RUMORS WITH COURTSIDE DATE AT KNICKS GAME by djbosslady0, 2 May 2024 20:25 GMTCardi B and husband Offset have once again given off mixed signals about the nature of their relationship following a great deal of turbulence in their romance that ultimately lead to the two parting ways last year. On Tuesday (April 30), both rappers were spotted sitting courtside at Game 5 of the New York Knicks vs. Philadelphia 76s Playoffs game in Madison Square Garden. The two even seemed cheerful as the giant screens hovering over the wooden floor broadcast them to the cheering crowd. This, of course, isn't confirmation of the two reconciling, though it does point in that direction considering they have been spotted together before since their breakup in 2023. Check out the fan-recorded clip of both superstars at the basketball match below: Back in December, the "Bodak Yellow" hitmaker confirmed that she and Offset had broken up. The Bronx rap star made the bombshell revelation shortly after the Migos alum was accused of sleeping with Chrisean Rock by Blueface. The Georgia native immediately shut down the allegation and even the mother of his children didn't believe the claims, though she did admit that she perceived it "as a sign" for her to move on. "I've been single for a minute now," the 31-year-old said on social media. "I know today has been an eventful day. I don't pay mind to none of that. I don't care about none of that. I don't know if y'all been getting clues from me from my Lives, from my Stories, when I put certain music [up] or from my unfollowings. "When it comes to today's events, I don't think it's true. I don't care to find out because I've been single for a minute now. I have been afraid to - not afraid - I just don't know how to tell the world. But I feel like today has been a sign." Cardi B & Offset Reunite For Christmas With Their Kids Despite Messy Split RELATED NEWS CARDI B & OFFSET REUNITE FOR CHRISTMAS WITH THEIR KIDS DESPITE MESSY SPLIT DECEMBER 26, 2023 She continued: "The last time I got on Live, I kinda wanted to tell you guys, but I didn't know how to tell you so I changed my mind. But it has been like this for a minute now. "I want to start 2024 fresh, open. I'm curious for a new life, for a new beginning. And yeah, I'm excited! New look, new life, new everything [...] I've been going so hard for 2024 to go directly as I want it to. I feel like in 2017 I was single, and that's when I worked the hardest." Less than a month later, Cardi admitted she slept with Offset on New Year's Eve because she "needed some dick" that night. Furthermore, the duo were spotted at the same restaurant in Miami Beach on Valentine's Day back in February.311476NEWS LIVE RADIONEWSblogs/5-2024/311476-news-live-radionews-s.jpgPUSHA T 'AIN'T THINKING' ABOUT DRAKE BEEF, SAYS 'JOE BUDDEN PODCAST' HOST by djbosslady0, 17 Apr 2024 00:01 GMTPusha T's 2018 diss track aimed at Drake is arguably one of the most brutal attacks in Hip Hop history, so he is reportedly not too invested in the Canadian superstar's ongoing beefs with Kendrick Lamar's cohort. In a clip from the Joe Budden Podcast that began circulating online on Tuesday (April 16), co-host Ice revealed that the Clipse MC doesn't plan on getting involved in the turmoil, as he already has a win over Drizzy with "The Story of Adidon." Budden began by pointing out the risks the 6 God took by mentioning K.Dot's wife on his latest track, recalling how viciously the Daytona rapper hit back at for Drake doing that to him a few years back. To that point, Budden said that Drizzy even including the word "push" in the song's title ["Push Ups (Drop & Give Me 50)"] was bold considering his past with Pusha. Ice, however, said none of those minor details really matter to the Virginia native. "I talked to Push [for] about two hours Saturday - just laughing, just laughing," he said. "He ain't thinking about this shit, bruh. He's laughing; he got his already." In tune with the above claim, the 46-year-old MC recently laughed off Drizzy's current feuds quite publicly. "I just wanted to point out that after all these years of mob talk from Drake, nobody ever laid a finger on @PUSHA_T," a person wrote on Twitter earlier this month, to which the Grammy nominee replied: "Not a pinky nail... [crying face emoji]." Drake Fans Think He's Dissing Pusha T On 'For All The Dogs' RELATED NEWS DRAKE FANS THINK HE'S DISSING PUSHA T ON 'FOR ALL THE DOGS' OCTOBER 6, 2023 Drake and Pusha have been feuding for over a decade, exchanging disses on record. The tension between the two climaxed when Push released "The Story of Adidon" a few years back, on which he revealed his adversary had a child with a former adult film star. On the track, he raps: "You are hiding a child, let that boy come home/ Deadbeat motherfucker, playin' border patrol, ooh/ Adonis is your son/ And he deserves more than an Adidas press run, that's real/ Love that baby, respect that girl/ Forget she's a porn star, let her be your world, yuugh!" Though there haven't been too many developments in the Push v. Drake beef, Future, Metro Boomin and Kendrick Lamar dropped "Like That" in late March, on which the Compton MC devotes his entire guest verse to taking shots at Drizzy and J. Cole. The beef has since escalated a great deal, with Rick Ross, The Weeknd and A$AP Rocky joining the California native's side and Cole withdrawing from the beef after releasing a diss track of his own.309008NEWS LIVE RADIONEWSblogs/4-2024/309008-news-live-radionews-s.jpgGUNNA ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM 'ONE OF WUN' by djbosslady0, 17 Apr 2024 00:01 GMTGunna is gearing up for his next big move, as he has announced his plans to drop his fifth studio album soon. On Monday (April 15), the 30-year-old revealed the cover art of his next project, One of Wun: a painting by artist Calvin Clausell Jr. of the rapper with his face covered in a blue-and-white floral fabric. While no further details about the release date have been released thus far, the YSL rapper captioned an Instagram post revealing the artwork: "ONE OF WUN | ALBUM OTW." Check it out below: Gunna has already kickstarted the rollout for the new album with with two new singles. In February, he dropped "Bittersweet," on which he seemingly extends an olive branch to his former Drip Harder collaborator Lil Baby, with whom he had been trading shots in past months. "You my dawg, I don't care if we fall out, I never could diss you," he spits early on in the song, which marked his first offering since his 2023 album A Gift & A Curse. A month later, he once again fired back at allegations of being a snitch on a new collaboration with Offset titled "Prada Dem." On the track, which hit streaming services in mid-March, the Atlanta rapper spits: "I set the trend, I'm a trendsetter/ I'm not a rat, still gettin' cheddar." Gunna has been batting off accusations of being disloyal ever since he took a plea deal in the RICO case against his and Young Thug's YSL collective back in December 2022. The "fukumean" hitmaker entered into an Alford plea, meaning he pled guilty to a single racketeering conspiracy charge while maintaining his innocence on that same charge as a form of self-preservation. Gunna Offers Reluctant Update On What Fans Can Expect On New Album RELATED NEWS GUNNA OFFERS RELUCTANT UPDATE ON WHAT FANS CAN EXPECT ON NEW ALBUM JANUARY 11, 2024 He was also subsequently released from jail while Thugga, who is currently on trial, remained behind bars without bond. Following his plea deal, he said: "While I have agreed to always be truthful, I want to make it perfectly clear that I have NOT made any statements, have NOT been interviewed, have NOT cooperated, have NOT agreed to testify or be a witness for or against any party in the case and have absolutely NO intention of being involved in the trial process in any way." He also addressed Young Thug directly on "I Was Just Thinking" last year and rapped: "That's four walls talkin' to you, tellin' you you gone/ Only I done cri d, 'cause this feelin' for my bro (King Slime)/ And you know my mind, you done watched that n-gga grow/ I know you hear the lies, it's your lil' brother, my folk/ Yeah, I had popped out, but don't let 'em say I told."309009NEWS LIVE RADIONEWSblogs/4-2024/309009-news-live-radionews-s.jpgCARDI B & SEXYY RED TO TOP STACKED BET EXPERIENCE LINEUP THIS SUMMER by djbosslady0, 16 Apr 2024 23:59 GMTCardi B and Sexyy Red have been named as part of an all-star lineup for the BET Experience, which is set to take place this summer. The network's official website made the announcement about the lineup on Monday (April 15), wherein they revealed that the BET Experience will take place from June 26 to June 28, 2024. In addition to having a full comedy lineup featuring performances from Michael Blackson and Tiffany Haddish, the two female rappers will join the likes of Davido, Gunna, The Roots, Common, Queen Latifah, and the Jungle Brothers for musical performances. Tickets are on sale now, and they can be purchased here. Cardi B and Sexyy Red seem to have a mutual respect. Back in December, the "Bodak Yellow" rapper was seen twerking in a black bodysuit to Sexyy Red's smash track, "Bow Bow Bow (F My Baby Dad)." At one point, the "Bodak Yellow" rapper looks back at the camera, smiles, and sticks her middle finger his in the air while yelling, "fuck my baby dad!" The unidentified camera person can be then heard saying, "you heard her!" They also were the victims of near-identical AI scams back in November. A tweet shared by user NateRuns on November 21 revealed that a digitized version of the St. Louis native's voice had been used to advertise "free money" - wherein the would-be Sexyy Red claims that "the government be handin' out stacks to y'all," in what appears to be a stimulus check scam. "Ummm does sexyy red know a company is using her voice to steal peoples info???" he wrote. Sexyy Red quote-tweeted the video and wrote, "My lawyer bout to have a field day." Cardi B made legal threats of her own after spotting a video which featured an AI-generated version of the "Bodak Yellow" rapper's voice saying nearly the same thing as the AI-generated version of Sexyy Red's voice. Sexyy Red Does Comic Nicki Minaj Imitation As Collab Talk Swirls RELATED NEWS SEXYY RED DOES COMIC NICKI MINAJ IMITATION AS COLLAB TALK SWIRLS APRIL 7, 2024 Taking to X (formerly known as Twitter) on November 22, Bardi shared the clip which dubs her fake voice over a real video of her. "Yo it's ya girl Cardi and I'ma show you how to put $16,000 in your pocket right now for free!" AI Cardi says in the clip. "So pay attention! The state's handing out these stacks to every single one of y'all. You don't even need a job! It's all part of a stimulus-style program to help Americans get back on their feet. They're sending out these health spending cards re-loaded with that green every single month!" In her retweet, Cardi wrote: "AI is crazy smh....another lawsuit that fell right on my lap...I love easy money."309007NEWS LIVE RADIONEWSblogs/4-2024/309007-news-live-radionews-s.jpgYG & BOXER DEVIN HANEY REVEAL REASON THEY ATTENDED DIDDY'S PARTIES by djbosslady0, 12 Apr 2024 00:24 GMTYG and boxer Devin Haney have shared the sole reason they attended Diddy's parties, though one was noticeably more comfortable with the conversation than the other. In an episode of the 4HUNNID PODCAST that aired on Wednesday (April 10), the two-weight world champion explained why he was attracted to the fabled events, and was also asked to speak on his upcoming opponent, Ryan Garcia, rocking a t-shirt that featured a photo of Diddy and Haney posing shirtless together. He said: "Diddy had a bunch of hoes at the house, I made my way to the house...Man there's hoes everywhere, and we know that Diddy got some parties." YG's co-host Stevie again brought up the t-shirt, and the 4HUNNID CEO immediately tried to deescalate the situation, saying: "Man, that's gonna be a good fight." Haney then asked the rapper if he had been to a Diddy party, and YG confirmed that he had. "I be there with the bitches and all that," he said. Check out the clip below, which begins at about the 31:30 mark. YG and his 4HUNNID label have been making moves in the music space as well. Earlier this month, the label announced a new venture with BMG, effectively ending his previous deal with Epic Records. In a statement to Billboard, the Cali native revealed that the deal was "officially official." "BMG is making big waves in the industry right now," YG said to the outlet. "This partnership will take my music to new heights. The BMG team understands the vision for my music and business. Excited for what's to come and the future of my brand." YG Professes Love For Saweetie Onstage At Rolling Loud RELATED NEWS YG PROFESSES LOVE FOR SAWEETIE ONSTAGE AT ROLLING LOUD MARCH 16, 2024 "Our partnership with YG isn't just about music; it's about expressing his voice, embracing his vision, supporting his entrepreneurship, and helping amplify his next movement," added Tim Reid, BMG SVP of repertoire & marketing, in a statement to the outlet. YG's previous partnership with Epic Records to exclusively release, distribute, and market new music from the Los Angeles-based independent record label was launched in 2020. "Me and my team have been doing innovative, legendary stuff for years-helping keep the West Coast alive," YG said via press release at the time. "Now, Epic comes through at the best possible time with a platform for our expansion. I'm proud of this opportunity and will make the most of it."308327NEWS LIVE RADIONEWSblogs/4-2024/308327-news-live-radionews-s.jpgPOLO G ARRAIGNED ON GUN POSSESSION CHARGES AFTER LEAVING WEAPON IN NYC HOTEL ROOM by djbosslady0, 12 Apr 2024 00:24 GMTPolo G (real name Taurus Bartlett) has landed in trouble again after being caught in possession of an automatic weapon while he was visiting the East Coast. On Thursday (April 11), New York Post reported that the 25-year-old rapper has been arraigned on charges of criminal possession of a firearm as well as criminal possession of a weapon in the Manhattan Criminal Court. The issue stems from a stay at the Dominick Hotel in the Lower Manhattan neighborhood of SoHo, during which a maid found a loaded Glock with 10 bullets in his room. Authorities were subsequently alerted about the piece. "This man is 100% serious in terms of his work, in terms of his professionalism," the Chicago native's attorney said while making a case for him being spared from bail. "He has absolutely no incentive to flee because he has a career he's built." Contrarily, prosecutors argued that the "Finer Things" hitmaker is at flight risk given his past criminal record, which includes arrests for kidnapping, assault and robbery. Judge Kevin McGrath ultimately settled on a cash bail for $25,000 and set a court date for June 4. Last year, Polo G was arrested for gun possession following a raid on his Southern California home, for which he was booked in late August along with his brother Trench Baby, who was hit with a robbery charge. Polo G's Brother Charged With Murder Over Drive-By Shooting RELATED NEWS POLO G'S BROTHER CHARGED WITH MURDER OVER DRIVE-BY SHOOTING NOVEMBER 20, 2023 The Los Angeles Police Department told TMZ that the raid was in response to a previous report that alleged Baby robbed a man in Granada Hills during a music video shoot. According to the report, he allegedly drew a handgun with an extended magazine on the victim when he arrived, demanding the latter empty his pockets and wire money to him. The pair apparently had a previous working relationship. As for Polo, he was booked for illegal possession of the short-barreled rifle that was allegedly used in the aforementioned robbery. Additionally, cops said numerous firearms were recovered from his property during the raid. Images of the recovered firearms recovered leaked online soon after, showing a small arsenal of rifles, machine guns, pistols and a shotgun, among other items.308328NEWS LIVE RADIONEWSblogs/4-2024/308328-news-live-radionews-s.jpgBABY TATE ADDRESSES NICKI MINAJ & LIL KIM COMPARISONS IN 'ON THE RADAR' FREESTYLE by djbosslady0, 12 Apr 2024 00:23 GMTBaby Tate is addressing the critics who have accused her of copying the likes of Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim in the past. In her new freestyle with On The Radar, published on Wednesday (April 10), Tate clarified that she has been inspired by the two legendary rappers, among others - as she was born in 1996. "Hold on, bitch I'm blown/I just got up on the internet, they said I'm a clone/Now I was born in 1996/So of course it's some shit I done picked up on/They say I blink like Nicki, dress like Kimmy/Get real freaky on the track like Missy/Cocky like RiRi, rough like E-V-E/But I don't understand why n-ggas won't let me be me!" Later on the track, she pays homage to many other women who came before her, including her mom, Dionne Farris of the group Arrested Development. She also calls attention to the fact she's only being compared to other Black women in rap and not other artists like white women or Black men. "It's none of my concern anymore/'Cause I waited patiently for my turn at the door/So I'ma keep it open for the ones that come after/While I give thanks to the ones from before/Once again that's Nicki, Kim, Missy, RiRi, Eve, Dionne, Lauryn, Left Eye, Kelis/Unfortunately 'cause I'm Black that's all they see! "But if I wasn't, what would comparisons be?/Huh, Madonna, Gaga, Gwen Stefani/And since I'm a woman they don't see Kendrick in me/They don't hear the Ye and they don't see the P/Like if you finna do it, do it equally!" HHDX YouTube Video Player - Play ButtonYoutube Video - Baby Tate Addresses Nicki Minaj & Lil Kim Comparisons In 'On The Radar' Freestyle Following the release of her From The Block freestyle on February 8, some Barbz felt that Baby Tate's animated delivery and her look, which incorporated a wig with bangs, were a direct bite off of Nicki Minaj. "Sounds like you have potential but looks like you biting Nicki Minaj's style too much. You'll always be compared to her if you don't develop your own look and mannerisms," one fan wrote. DX Rising Star Baby Tate Shares How Her Cousin Helped Her Find Confidence To Rap RELATED NEWS DX RISING STAR BABY TATE SHARES HOW HER COUSIN HELPED HER FIND CONFIDENCE TO RAP MAY 24, 2022 Tate responded: "Nicki Minaj is not the first or LAST person to blink their fcking eyes, tilt their head, or be in a general sense ANIMATED in rap or any other genre. I am a THEATER GIRL. I am and will forever be animated, silly, goofy, have fun and fully express that the way I so CHOOSE. If you in your limited mind can only see someone else when I do that, it's not on me. I'm Baby Tate. PERIOD." She then added more on Twitter/X after another critic told her she should just pay homage to Nicki. "I did. When I first came out. It's 2024 & I'm on my 9th year in the game babe," she wrote. "YALL LATE as to who I am and that is not my fault or responsibility to guide you through the education of Baby Tate. Do ur own research, leave me alone!"308326NEWS LIVE RADIONEWSblogs/4-2024/308326-news-live-radionews-s.jpgNICKI MINAJ'S FATHER'S KILLER WANTS RAPPER TO BE DEPOSED IN $150M HIT & RUN LAWSUIT by djbosslady0, 10 Apr 2024 22:51 GMTNicki Minaj's father was tragically killed in 2021, and his killer now wants the MC to be deposed in a $150 million lawsuit. According to an exclusive report published by RadarOnline on Tuesday (April 9), Charles Polevich has asked for the court's permission to depose the rapper as part of the wrongful death lawsuit that Minaj's mother filed against him as he was driving the car that killed Robert Maraj. He wants the"Super Bass" hitmaker to take the stand in relation to claims she has made about her childhood and her father being abusive to her mother. In a newly filed motion, Polevich's lawyer said Carol Maraj was recently deposed over the course of two days, most recently on December 15, 2023. About it, he said: "The deposition involves questions wherein the issue of domestic abuse is discussed. [Carol] acknowledges that statements related to the topic of domestic abuse were made...but [Carol] does not offer meaningful responses regarding the veracity of the statements made." Nicki's father was killed in a hit-and-run a little over three years ago, following which Polevich was sentenced to one year in prison by Judge Howard Sturiun in Nassau County, New York. He previously pled guilty to a pair of felonies - leaving the scene of an incident without reporting it and tampering with physical evidence - and had his license suspended for six months. Additionally,he had to pay a $5,000 fine. The 72-year-old was initially facing a maximum of seven years in jail, but the judge stood by his promise of sentencing him to one year behind bars. Maraj was struck by a vehicle on Long Island on February 12, 2021 while walking northbound between Roslyn Road and Raff Avenue. He was rushed to a hospital in critical condition but succumbed to his injuries. He was 64 years old at the time of his passing. The driver fled the scene and eventually surrendered to Nassau County Police three days later after law enforcement found the car in question with an altered appearance. Eminem Opposes Deposition In 'Shady' Trademark Battle With 'Real Housewives' Stars RELATED NEWS EMINEM OPPOSES DEPOSITION IN 'SHADY' TRADEMARK BATTLE WITH 'REAL HOUSEWIVES' STARS DECEMBER 29, 2023 Shortly after her parent's passing, Nicki took to her website to pay tribute to him, describing his departure as the "most devastating loss" of her life. "Tho I can't really bring myself to discuss the passing of my father as yet, I can say it has been the most devastating loss of my life."she wrote. Last year, she paid tribute to her father again in an Instagram post on what would have been his 65th birthday. "Happy Birthday Daddy," she wrote. "Miss u so much. So much. So so much. Rest In Peace. Oh my God."308140NEWS LIVE RADIONEWSblogs/4-2024/308140-news-live-radionews-s.jpgMEGAN THEE STALLION STRIPS DOWN COMPLETELY FOR SEXY 'WOMEN'S HEALTH' COVER SHOOT by djbosslady0, 10 Apr 2024 22:50 GMTMegan Thee Stallion has advocated for body positivity in her latest cover feature, baring it all to make her point. On Wednesday (April 10), Women's Health unveiled the main story of its latest Body Issue, which will hit newsstands on April 23. The profile is punctuated with photographs of the Houston Hottie wearing no clothes in a number of different settings. "I want to see myself grow and be better than I am right now," she told the outlet. "And I will. I know I will." Even though the "HISS" rapper is embracing her body with full confidence, she recently had to go on the defensive regarding her nose. During an Instagram Live stream from earlier this week, she denied ever having any work done on her nose in response to those insisting otherwise. Megan Thee Stallion Preps Fans For Game Show Appearance: 'Can't Wait For Y'all To See' RELATED NEWS MEGAN THEE STALLION PREPS FANS FOR GAME SHOW APPEARANCE: 'CAN'T WAIT FOR Y'ALL TO SEE' APRIL 9, 2024 "They be like, 'Oh my gosh, she got her nose done,'" she said. "Y'all hoes wish I got my nose done...Y'all hoes need to comprehend how much recovery surgery take. Y'all need to comprehend the recovery time surgery take." She added: "I've been in your shit since 2017. At what point in life I had time to lay down and let you hoes breathe? Keep up, hoe." Megan isn't the first Hip Hop figure to strip down for a photoshoot as Rihanna unveiled her new 'Savage Signature Script' collection earlier this month in a similar spirit. Last week, the Barbadian beauty took to Instagram to share a montage of clips in which she donned a powder-blue bra and panty from her latest Savage x Fenty drop. "bill this long.....put it on another room #savage," she wrote in the caption, referring to its aesthetic. "new 'Savage Signature Script' collection out now at" In a follow-up social-media post, Rih shared footage of her indulging in a day of leisure and racking up some hefty charges as she sported a honey-blonde bob. Similarly, Calvin Klein unveiled a campaign with Kid Cudi last year that featured the rapper and singer rocking their products with very little on. During an interview with Esquire, the "Pursuit of Happiness" hitmaker discussed the collaboration and said: "Man, I think what makes me feel confident is knowing that I'm truly myself at all times. I'm 100 percent unique, me. And I know that's what carries me into every situation. The fact that I love myself. That's really it. That's what gives me the most confidence in the world."308138NEWS LIVE RADIONEWSblogs/4-2024/308138-news-live-radionews-s.jpgJ. COLE CRITICS SLAMMED BY DREAMVILLE CAMP FOR 'SWITCHING UP' AFTER KENDRICK LAMAR APOLOGY by djbosslady0, 10 Apr 2024 22:48 GMTJ. Cole's controversial apology to Kendrick Lamar has drawn strong responses from around the Hip Hop community - and a few in particular have irked the rapper's Dreamville camp. In an outspoken post on X on Tuesday (April 9), longtime signee Omen took issue with artists who appeared on the label's chart-topping compilation album Revenge of the Dreamers III criticizing Cole's olive branch. "Watching all the opportunist that benefited from the ROTD3 stimulus package switch up is really entertaining. Keep that energy in person," the rapper/producer wrote. That sentiment was echoed by Bas, who shared a screenshot of a text message that read: "I've been told y'all n-ggas we the only family we got... but n-ggas always want to let the kids from across the street swim in our pool until they take a shit in it." He captioned the image: "the pool's closed," seemingly indicating that Dreamville would be cutting ties with those who have been critical of its founder and flagship star. While neither Omen nor Bas mentioned specific names, a handful of artists who contributed to ROTD 3 have been vocal in their disappointment over J. Cole's apology. Guapdad 4000, who appeared on five tracks across the standard and deluxe versions, wrote on X: "Well that just bummed me out , it's just rap man." He added: "Cole def just killed my spirit... but it's his happiness not mine , it's selfish to think other wise but I'm just a fan at the end of the day. If rap is not competitive I don't want to do it anymore." Reason, who is signed to Kendrick Lamar's former label Top Dawg Entertainment and has worked with several Dreamville artists, also expressed his bemusement: "Idk man, I just....idk." Meanwhile, fellow West Coast rapper Buddy made light of Cole's U-turn by retweeting a video of him Crip Walking while celebrating a Mortal Kombat-style victory which was captioned: "Kendrick Lamar in Compton after hearing Jcole Apoligized [sic] to him." Guapdad later addressed the controversy and denied Omen and Bas' tweets were aimed at him. "Gang not talking about me , y'all stop saying that," he wrote. "Guapdad can always say whatever he wants but n-ggas know my loyalty." J. Cole's apology came during his headlining set at Dreamville Festival this past weekend and was in response to him dissing Kendrick Lamar on "7 Minute Drill" - a rebuttal to K. Dot's own shots at him and Drake on Future and Metro Boomin's "Like That." "I'm so proud of [Might Delete Later], except for one part. It's one part of that shit that makes me feel like, man that's the lamest shit I did in my fuckin' life, right? And I know this is not what a lot of people want to hear," he admitted. 50 Cent Sends J. Cole Urgent Message After Kendrick Lamar Apology RELATED NEWS 50 CENT SENDS J. COLE URGENT MESSAGE AFTER KENDRICK LAMAR APOLOGY APRIL 9, 2024 "I was conflicted because: one, I know my heart and I know how I feel about my peers. These two n-ggas that I just been blessed to even stand beside in this game, let alone chase they greatness. So I felt conflicted 'cause I'm like, bruh, I don't even feel no way. But the world wanna see blood." Cole went on to praise Kendrick: "That shit disrupts my fucking peace. So what I want to say right here tonight is in the midst of me doing that, trying to find a little angle and downplay this n-gga's fucking catalog and his greatness, I want to say right now tonight, how many people think Kendrick Lamar is one of the greatest motherfuckers to ever touch a fucking microphone? Dreamville, y'all love Kendrick Lamar, correct? As do I. "I just want to come up here and publicly be like, bruh, that was the lamest, goofiest shit. I say all that to say it made me feel like 10 years ago when I was moving incorrectly. And I pray that God will line me back up on my purpose and on my path. I pray that my n-gga really didn't feel no way and if he did, my n-gga, I got my chin out. Take your best shot. I'ma take that shit on the chin, boy. Do what you do. "All good. It's love. And I pray that y'all forgive a n-gga for the misstep and I can get back to my true path. Because I ain't gonna lie to y'all, the past two days felt terrible. It let me know how good I've been sleeping for the past 10 years."308137NEWS LIVE RADIONEWSblogs/4-2024/308137-news-live-radionews-s.jpg