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|Tue, November 19, 2019 at 11:58 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
It's hard to believe, but 2019 is about to come to a close. Before we know it, it'll be Grammy season. The nominees for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards (which will be held on Jan. 26) will be announced tomorrow morning (Nov. 20) and people are curious whose names will be popping up. In order to make some good guesses, it must be determined which artists are eligible for which category first. The general criteria for eligibility is that the music must have been released between Oct. 1, 2018 and Aug. 31, 2019, but there may be some exceptions this year.
One of the biggest artists of 2019 was surely Lizzo, meaning people are expecting her to snag some golden gramophones. However, she poses a peculiar case. While her breakthrough occurred this year, she released her debut album, Lizzobangers, in 2013. Taking this into consideration, could she still qualify for a Best New Artist nod? According to Billboard, Lizzo will be permitted to compete for this award, even though she doesn't meet the criteria of having released less than 30 songs prior to the eligibility year. The Grammys will loosen the guidelines for her because her projects before this year's Cuz I Love You were released on "small independent labels", hence "they didn't really allow the artist a fair chance at breaking through." Lizzo's #1 hit, "Truth Hurts" also raises some questions because it was shared as a single back in 2017. Lizzo is in luck there too because it has never been submitted to the Grammys for consideration before and appears on an album released during the eligibility period. Similarly, since Juice WRLD's "Lucid Dreams" wasn't nominated in any categories last year, he will be eligible to win Best New Artist in January.
LIL NAS X
Another toss-up concerned where Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" should fall. No song in recent memory produced a greater public debate regarding which genre it should be classified under. While a Record Of The Year nomination seems guaranteed, the Grammys were faced with difficult decisions regarding which smaller categories it would be nominated for, given its ambiguous genre and multiple versions. According to Entertainment Tonight, the Grammys screening committee will place the "Old Town Road" remix with Billy Ray Cyrus in the category of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, rather than one for rap or country. It wouldn't be too surprising to see LNX receive a Best New Artist nomination either.
While Queen Bey didn't release any original solo projects this year, she curated The Lion King: The Gift and put out the live album, Homecoming. Thankfully, both of these projects will be up for nomination. ET says The Lion King soundtrack is expected to compete for Best Pop Vocal Album, while Homecoming could duel against Solange's When I Get Home for Best Urban Contemporary Album. Either of these albums may also be nominated for Album of the Year, which could pit Beyoncé against Taylor Swift once again. Swift's Fearless beat Bey's I Am... Sasha Fierce in this category back in 2010. Another likely candidate for AOTY is Billie Eilish, who, at 18, could claim Swift's title as the youngest-ever winner of this award (Swift was 20 when she won for Fearless).
|Tue, November 19, 2019 at 11:36 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Continuing his stellar annual campaign, Machine Gun Kelly is capping off his joint tour with Young Thug by copping himself a brand new, very expensive gift. Many believed that after his feud with Eminem, he would be a goner but MGK survived instead of simply fading away, actually becoming even more of a star. Surprising a ton of hip-hop fans, Kellz spent the entire year on movie screens, red carpets, album charts, and stages doing his thing. This has been the best year in his career and he's building momentum to continue into the new decade. Now, he gets to ride into 2020 in style.
David Becker/Getty ImagesWith the end of the Justin Bieber Big Tour, Machine Gun Kelly decided to treat himself with some of the money he made while on the road. Stopping by the car dealership, the Ohio-born artist opted to walk away with a purple Aston Martin sports car, laying down on top of his new whip and marvelling at all he's accomplished. "Bought myself an end of tour present," wrote the star before showing off some exclusive merch he and Thug designed for the final stop. Almost as if he coordinated his car's paint job to the new t-shirt, Kellz went for purple tones on both.
Take a look at the gorgeous ride below and let us know how you feel about MGK in the comments.
|Tue, November 19, 2019 at 11:27 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Skinnyfromthe9's latest drop opens with a woman flirtatiously telling the rapper: "Damn OB, you went crazy on this one." Despite this catchy opening line, Skinny is arguably his most tame on this track, as he delivers the theme of identifying fake friends as toxic forces in his life with a noticeable calmness. Rapping with soft, auto-tuned-emotion over a simple yet infectious beat, Skinny calls out all the traitors he's surrounded by in lines like "Talking bout some loyalty, they got none," and "They gon' love you then they switch because of jealousy."
It should not be lost on anyone who knows Skinny that he has been involved in plenty of scandals, all of which he has addressed in a recent Instagram video. In his apology, Skinny acknowledges that he has been reckless and irresponsible in the past, pointing to the bad influences in his life as the sources for his own bad behaviour. "I gave a lot of negative things energy. People who didn't deserve my time and energy. I let them get the best of me," Skinny notes. It is these "negative people" and the time he wasted with them, that he seems to be alluding to in "Don't Cry."
In the chorus, Skinny belts out with a distinct passion: "Don’t cry for me when I’m gone/Don’t cry, you wasn’t there from the start/Don’t cry when you see that I’m gone/Don’t cry I don’t want any of your love." The message, then, becomes clear: Skinny is done with the backstabbers, and this track, along with the inherent pledge in his apology video to do better indicates that, without this negativity, it's only up from here.
And if we ever get caught up you know I'll never fold
I remember all them nights that I was in the cold
I was locked inside my basement I was writing songs
I’m not stopping ’til I see that f*cking Grammy gold
|Tue, November 19, 2019 at 11:13 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Tomorrow would mark Phife Dawg's 49th birthday. The rapper passed away in 2015 but his legacy lives on through A Tribe Called Quest and his peers in the industry. To celebrate the rapper's life, Consequence dropped off a brand new single today titled, "No Place Like Home." Consequence explained that the two worked on the song at the beginning stages of when A Tribe Called Quest began working on their final LP, We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service. Unfortunately, Phife Dawg passed but Consequence still felt like the world deserved to hear the song at the right time.
"I always knew I wanted people to hear this record but it just felt like the timing had to be right. This year it feels right... The one thing I know about Phife is that he’s a rapper’s rapper. The best gift I could give him for his birthday this year is to let the world hear the “5 Foot Assassin” 1nce Again! Happy Birthday Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor. Love Cons, Deisha, Mom, Dad and all The Questers Worldwide," he said in a statement.
Straight legends in the Q, we live and die for the mic
Stick together like them Haitian folks in Cambria Heights
Queens, son, the home of the Mets, A Tribe Called Quest
|Tue, November 19, 2019 at 11:03 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
YoungBoy Never Broke Again possibly has some extra money to play with now that he allegedly kicked his mother out of her home... The fast-rising Baton Rouge rapper is nothing short of problematic, finding his name in the news for lawsuits, arrests, accusations, and much more. On the other side of the spectrum, he can be considered one of the most consistent artists in the rap game. Each release is as dope as the last and his streaming numbers are pure mayhem. Basically, for the last year, YB has been on top of the YouTube charts with little interruption. He cycles through his romantic partners pretty quickly, looking for love in all the wrong places. Selfishly, we can say that we get good music out of his break-ups. However, we just want to see the kid happy. He's officially dating a new woman and, in order to win her over, he bought her a fresh new Porsche.
Erika Goldring/Getty ImagesAccording to an unconfirmed report by DJ Akademiks, superstar rapper YoungBoy Never Broke Again is already spoiling his new boo with some wheels. A video was shared to the social media commentator's page, showing a silver whip with a red ribbon and bow attached to the top. As always, the comments are an absolute mess but YoungBoy isn't letting that affect him. He's just going to continue getting his money.
Do you think he finally found the one or will he be regretting this decision tomorrow?
|Tue, November 19, 2019 at 10:57 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
LaMelo Ball has been making plenty of waves in the NBL this season and in 2020, he will be drafted into the NBA. As of right now, he is projected to be a top-five pick and has the potential to go quite high. In a recent report from Mirin Fader of Bleacher Report, Ball's rise to basketball stardom was documented and he opened up about his goals and aspirations.
At one point in the interview, Ball made some pretty bold claims including how he feels about himself in relation to Lonzo and how at one point, he was hoping to be a football player.
Ian Hitchcock/Getty ImagesPer Fader:
"The first time they met, Brooks told LaMelo, “Your brother’s really good,” referring to Lonzo. LaMelo stared at him and said, deadpan, “I’m better than him.” He also believes he can play in the NFL right now: “Swear to God, I can be an NFL quarterback!” Any such dreams were squashed, though, when LaVar said the fashion-conscious, sneakerhead teenager would have to closet his sneakers and wear cleats all day every day of ninth grade if he wanted to play football."
Lonzo has had his ups and downs so far in his career so it's not surprising to see LaMelo make such a claim. Regardless, only time will tell which Ball brother is the better player.
|Tue, November 19, 2019 at 10:48 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Supreme has reportedly been hit with a lawsuit from Montana-based apparel company ASAT Outdoors, who alleges that the popular streetwear brand deliberately stole their copyright-protected camo design.
According to The Fashion Law, ASAT specifically took issue with Supreme's "Tribal Camouflage" pattern that was used on pricey jackets, pants and hats in Supreme's Fall/Winter collection. Judging from the photos seen in the tweet embedded below, it certainly looks like ASAT has a point here.
Per The Fashion Law:
"According to the complaint that ASAT Outdoors LLC filed in a New York federal court this week, Supreme’s corporate entity Chapter 4 Corp. is on the hook for copyright infringement for its “unauthorized reproduction and public display” of a copyright-protected camo design that is “owned and registered by” Stevensville, Montana-based ASAT."
As a result, ASAT is seeking any profits that Supreme made from the sale of the "Tribal Camouflage" or “statutory damages up to $150,000 per work infringed for [Supreme’s] willful infringement of the design,” whichever is greater, according to The Fashion Law.
|Tue, November 19, 2019 at 10:46 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Tory Lanez dropped his album, Chixtape 5, on Friday and it would be most accurately categorized as R&B. He sings alongside many of this century's R&B legends, including T-Pain, Jagged Edge, Mya, Ashanti, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown and The-Dream. When discussing the project on HOT 97's "Ebro In The Morning", he suggests that moving over to the R&B sphere was the right move due to rap being "in a horrible place" right now.
When asked to expand on why he felt this way, Tory argued that rap music currently sounds formulaic. "Rap has gotten into a repetitive place," he said. "There's this one sound that sounds like it's out of an automated box. It's like, 'Let's just go in on it: put a bunch of auto-tune on it, hood n**** beat, hood n**** song, it's good to go.'"
Manny Carabel/Getty ImagesThe Canadian artist acknowledged that he has definitely benefited from borrowing other people's sounds too, but he thinks there's a point where it all becomes too cookie-cutter. "Of course we all draw sounds and inspirations from each other. I been one of the people who've done that too... but I feel like when everybody starts to sound the same and I keep hearing the same drum and the same kick and the same snare and the same hi-hat and the same patterns, it gets to the point where I start saying this shit's in a bad place right now."
Ebro lists Polo G, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie and Roddie Rich as examples of artists who still manage to carve out their own sound while drawing influence from others. Tory agrees that these artists could be considered as exceptions, but he goes on to discuss how many rappers have copied Young Thug to a fault. "I think Thug is responsible for 75% of the rap style that's going on right now and I don't think we shed enough light on Thugger for that." He then commends Thug for calling out all the people who copied his swag on his recent hit, "Hot".
Watch this conversation take place at the 10:30-mark in the video below.
|Tue, November 19, 2019 at 9:38 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
LaMelo Ball is the youngest of the infamous Ball brothers and in some people's minds, he is the best one of the bunch. While many may find this to be a bit of a stretch, it has the potential to be the truth. Heading into next season, many believe that LaMelo could end up being a top-five pick in the draft and in some circles, he may even go number one. As of right now, he's playing overseas in the NBL and has had multiple opportunities to show off just how good he is.
In a new article from Bleacher Report, LaMelo's manager, Jermaine Jackson, spoke about how the league and some brands have been exploiting him before he officially gets his bag in the NBA. In fact, Jackson used some strong words that he didn't particularly enjoy using.
Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images"People done made money off this kid for years," Jackson said. "I don't really want to use the word, but it's damn near like he's a prostitute."
Ball is well aware of his draft stock but finds a lot of the attention he has gotten has led to some misconceptions. "People don't know me, know me as a person. They don't know what I've been through," Ball said. "People don't look at you as a human. People look at you as a dollar sign."
As Ball makes his way into the league, it will be interesting to see if he can live up to the hype.
|Tue, November 19, 2019 at 9:38 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Luh Kel broke out this year with the success of his single, "Wrong." It made serious waves, eventually landing on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart earlier this year. The single received a Gold certification from the RIAA but that was solely the success of a song. Without a full project underneath his belt, people have been wondering what he's capable of. Over the weekend, he unleashed his debut project, Mixed Emotions. Strapped up with twelve songs in total, the St. Louis native showcased his potential to be the next breakout R&B star. Luh Kel holds down the entirety of the project on his own but he does enlist some help from PnB Rock, Jay Gwuapo, and IV Jay.
Peep Luh Kel's new project below.