Months after bodying Drake’s “Free Smoke” and Future’s “Mask Off,” Dave East pulls up to DJ Clue’s radio station and takes on Playboi Carti‘s infectious, Pierre Bourne-produced hit “Magnolia.” Check it out for yourself below.
“Magnolia” is pretty much the banger of all bangers in 2017, so it was always going to be interesting to see how someone like East, an MC beloved by rap classicists, would handle it. Using an airtight flow, East attacks Pierre’s instrumental with some intimate details from his personal life.
“Adolescence traumatic, you see my uncle was a coke fanatic/Let him borrow my bike, he told my mom that I let him have it/I know the feeling, losing close friends, tragic/Shit keep happening, money can’t change nothing but my address,” he spits over the track.
As you can see, East had no trouble adjusting to an instrumental that’s about as far away from his typical selections as you can get. It’s this sort of malleable flow that’s helped enable his rise in the industry, and should propel him even further in the future.
With their Cozy Tapes 2: Too Cozy mixtape set to arrive August 25th, ASAP Mob serve up a new single called “Feels So Good” just before their debut performance of the song on Jimmy Fallon.
If that wasn’t enough, ASAP Rocky, ASAP Ferg, ASAP Nast, ASAP Twelvyy, and ASAP Ant also decided to unleash an official music video with the help of AWGE.
Rich Chigga is having an amazing breakout year in music, and while fans are still awaiting a full project from him, the Indonesian rapper is giving us some visuals to tide them over. The comedian and entertainer, who gained popularity from his viral satirical videos, releases the music video for his “Glow Like Dat” record.
The colorful visuals show Chigga in a slew of different settings, including a field of sunflowers, laying on a floral floor, banging on some bongo drums, as well as lighting up to smoke in the beginning. The turnt up record also sees the “Who That Be” hitmaker earning affection from some anonymous hands that rub his cheeks, which appear to have some lipstick marks on them.
At the end of HBO‘s Game of Thrones Season 1, Daenerys Targaryen gave birth to three dragons at the Dothraki sea, the largest and most aggressive of them being Drogon, who was named after Daenerys’ late Khal husband Drogo. The video above shows Drogon’s evolution from a just-hatched little one, to learning his first breath of fire, to destroying the Lannisters troops in a few breaths. Throughout the seasons, we see also see the strength of dracarys, a.k.a dragonflame, and its role in the overall plot of the narrative.
The Last Jedi isn’t the only bit of Star Wars goodness on tap for a release before year’s end. Coming this November is Battlefront II, which will not only boast a new single-player campaign, but the dogfights Star Wars fans know and love. Now, as we get closer to the highly anticipated game’s upcoming drop, EA has offered up the best look yet at those aforementioned dogfights.
Check out the game’s latest trailer above to see X-Wings, TIE Fighers, and more in action and look for Battlefront II to be available November 17.
Following a White Nationalist protest that turned ugly in Charlottesville, Virginia, Donald Trump send out some very mixed signals in two back-to-back statements last weekend. If that weren’t enough for his detractors to get incensed over, he then undid any positive reinforcements by going off on what is now seen as a Nazi-defending tirade during a press conference in New York City on Tuesday. Now, the President of the United States is back to the same train of thought, this time using some guilt tactics to express his disappointment that symbols of the Confederacy are being removed.
In several tweets that he posted on Thursday morning (August 17th), Trump stated that he was thought it was “so sad” that the history and culture of the United States was being “ripped apart” by those who have been removing Confederate statues and other monuments devoted to honoring or celebrating values and traditions that are now seen by many Americans as, at the very least, offensive to minorities. Trump also added that, while you “can’t change history,” you can “learn from it.” He applies the current line of thinking, in terms of removing any physical manifestation or reference that can be seen in public to Robert E. Lee or Stonewall Jackson, to something that could harm the images or former Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Both of those men were also slave owners at one time in history.
A recent study from Pornhub says millennials are less into breasts than their elders. Hooters, the boob-friendly restaurant and bar chain, has been in a business slump for years, and this might be why. So the company is shutting down some of its locations to restrategize.
A new patent (pictured below) shows that Motorola may be working on a self-repairing display for a new smartphone. The device is envisioned to use a “shape memory polymer” instead of glass, which should be able to reshape itself and return to its original composition when heat is applied to the scratched area.
The heat would come from the phone itself and enter a low-power mode while in the process via an app. The tech could allow the smartphone to analyze the display’s structure, spot anomalies, and effectively fix any problems by remolding itself with heat as close to its original form as possible.
The patent mentions the process is lengthy and could be done overnight in a specifically-designed dock. It’s also worth mentioning that the tech doesn’t apply to cracked screens. Motorola already offers shatterproof displays with its Moto Z Force lineup of phones. LG also made a self-healing smartphone back in 2013 called the LG G Flex, mostly distributed in Korea, although its screen was made of glass.
Today, Kanye West’s merchandise line for his Life of Pablo tour was nominated for a Beazley Design of the Year Award by the London Design Museum.
Honoring the world’s best designers in six different categories—fashion, digital, graphics, products, architecture and transport—the Beazley Design Awards pick one winner out of the six categories. Joining the likes of Kanye for the nomination is sportswear company Nike, American manufacturer Levi’s and Google. The Swoosh is being nominated for the brand’s first “Pro Hijab” for female Muslim athletes. Levi’s in partnership with Google will be nominated as well for the prestigious award for its launch of the first smart jean jacket back in May of last year.
Kanye’s Life of Pablo merch was originally released in August of 2016 in partnership with Bravado. Opening up 21 pop-up shops across different cities of the world, the Life of Pablo merch was quick to sell out at every location, with a few pieces making their way to Kanye’s Yeezy Supply website.
The winner of Beazley Design Award will be announced in early January of 2018. In the meantime, all nominated designs can now be seen on display at the Beazley Design Museum.
Tyler, The Creator‘s fans are still digesting his new Flower Boy album and some of the messages that it portrays, but the biggest topic of discussion is based around his sexuality. Following some eye-opening lyrics on the project, the Odd Future co-founder is stirring the pot once more in a new interview, where he says he had a boyfriend when he was 15.
Tracks on Flower Boy such as “I Ain’t Got Time” and “Garden Shed” have had fans questioning Tyler’s sexuality, but during his recent interview with Koopz Tunes, he reveals he had a boyfriend in his teen years. He also says that his “open-minded” attitude is nothing new for him.
“Open-minded now? I had a boyfriend when I was 15 in fucking Hawthorne, nigga,” Tyler explains. “If that’s not open-minded, then I don’t know what the fuck that is.”
Soon after the tidbit started picking up attention online, Tyler tweeted about how it was simply a figure of speech and that he was actually “single at 15.”
Also in the interview, Tyler breaks down some of Koopz’s favorite songs on Flower Boy, including “Glitter,” while also going through tracks from other artists. The California native praises Pharrell’s verse on French Montana’s “Bring Dem Things,” sharing his shock over the super-producer wanting to buy a second Ferrari out of boredom.
“Solid Pharrell verse,” Tyler says. “Solid nine. I love that song. ‘Think about the LaFerrari Coupe/1.8 the option is the roof.’ He already has a LaFerrari. It started at 1.8, that car goes for $4 million now. Based on the amount of money he has, he’s thinking about getting a second one now. It starts at 1.8 again, just because it doesn’t have a fucking roof. He is a weird black man who is talking about buying vehicles out of boredom.”
Listen to the full hour-and-a-half-long segment with Tyler, The Creator above to hear more.
XXXTentacion‘s music takes you back to a place of teenage angst and rebellion, especially when played at high volume. As that may be, to hear the 17 rapper’s songs in a church full of worshippers would probably be the last place most would expect, but two Canadian teens decided to try it out, anyway. One was arrested in the process.
According to the Brampton Guardian, two young, “well-dressed” men took it upon themselves to interrupt an evening mass last Wednesday, Aug. 9. at St. Eugene Mazenod Church. Witnesses say the they came in through a side door around 7:40 p.m., with one making his way to the microphone to blast XXXTentacion’s biggest single, “Look At Me,” on his cellphone. Members of the congregation were fearful of what would happen next and called the police, restraining one of the teens until they arrived. Resident Peter Maka emailed the Brampton Guardian and wrote the incident was “unprecedented and has shook our community,” with hopes that the news would be picked up nationwide.
The 16-year-old who was held by the church has since been charged with mischief to religious property, disturbing a religious service and breach of recognizance. There’s currently no information on the second teen involved.
Motor City has always been front and center as a staple in music culture. From the early days of Motown to the years with Eminem and D-12, Detroit has always produced legendary figures in music. Now one of the city’s legends behind the scenes has a new cooking show themed around Hip-Hop.
The show is founded by Brian “Champtown” Harmon, who once signed Eminem to his record label and who was also instrumental in launching Kid Rock’s career, remains a driving force on Detroit’s thriving Hip-Hop scene as artists like Big Sean, Dej Loaf and others continue to carry the torch for this blue collar city.
But now Champtown and his wife Keysha have a new venture with their cooking show called “The Itiszzz.” Featuring Detroit legend James “The Blackman Harris” aka “Coonjuice Man” and Fairport Tuff as co-hosts, “The Itiszzz” show brings a family vibe, while Champtown interviews guests and his wife cooks.
The city may have taken a financial hit when it filed for bankruptcy in x of y, but Detroit has been making a comeback in a major way according to Champtown.
“People from all over the world are taking advantage of the cheap housing market in the city, where houses that are in need of a little TLC can be found for as low as $2,000 bucks,” he said.
Champtown has always put his street block and zip code on the map throughout his rap career and continues to do so, as he opens his doors to his home, inviting celebrities, and legends of the hood to eat good drink good and talk sh*t.”
Champtown also sees the show as a way to show that the Black family is still in tact regardless of what the narrative is in the media and amongst naysayers.
The family of Eric Garner is set to receive almost $4 million in payments from the city of New York, according to new claims from lawyers involved with the case. After previously approving a $5.9 million settlement in July 2015, the New York Post is reporting that payments are starting to be distributed to pivotal members of Garner’s family.
Bringing together over 3 decades of music, DJ Quik and Scarface and SugaFree all rocked the Microsoft Novo stage in LA’s downtown last week right next to the Staples Center.
Adorning a red polo and bright red shoes, DJ Quik took the stage to a hype crowd with tons of energy.
The highlight of the show had to be when all of the guys took the stage and you had DJ Quik, Sugafree and Scarface on the stage at one time with a live band.
Of course Scarface performed the classics like “My Block” and SugaFree performed his hit song, “Why U Bullshittin’, but Quik stole the show with his epic performance of songs.
After Quik put out critically acclaimed music, including Rosecrans, his recent collaboration with fellow LA rapper Problem, it was recently announced that Quik will also be doing a collaborative album with Scarface.
Regarded as one of the pioneers of Southern Hip-Hop, Scarface came onto the scene as one-third of the Geto Boys and brought the attention of the hip-hop community to his hometown of Houston, as well as the South as a whole.
Little do many know, but Scarface went on to become the head of Def Jam South and launched the careers of several southern rappers, including Ludacris
Check out some fan clips below!
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Three-time Grammy winner DJ Premier, one of the definitive architects of New York hip-hop, brought a new type of life to NPR’s Tiny Desk: their first concert helmed by a DJ.
A packed house of head-nodding journalists grooved through their lunch hour to a nine-song medley of iconic Premier productions while decompressing from the unrelenting grind of the news cycle. The set list rested on the undeniable footprint of Preemo’s classics, but this was more than just another DJ mix. His touring outfit, The Badder Band, overlaid Premier’s blends with an undulating electric bass courtesy of Brady Watt, a steady accent on the one from drummer Lenny Reece and boisterous horns from Mark Williams and Jonathan Powell.
But it was Premier who remained front-and-center, commanding the crowd like a true party rocker. With throwbacks ranging from Gangstarr’s “Step into the Arena” to an amped rendition of Jeru The Damaja’s “Da Bitches,” embellished by The Badder’s jazzy horns, Preemo concluded the set with a “Moment of Truth,” featuring the exalted rhymes of his posthumous Gangstarr partner, Guru.
Tiny Desk concerts are short by design, so naturally the format could barely scratch the surface of Premier’s vault of street anthems, done for the likes of the Notorious B.I.G., JAY-Z, Nas, Kanye West, Big L, M.O.P., Mos Def, Group Home, Jeru the Damaja, AZ, Snoop Dogg, and many more. Even after a career spanning almost three decades, the man born Christopher Martin has managed to stay authentic to his analog grit and sample-chopping integrity, as if he were still an underdog.
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Lil Wayne says that Carter V is Completely finished and he can drop it at anytime!
On Friday night, a Twitter user asked TDE co-president Terrence “Punch” Henderson about the highly anticipated joint project from Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole. His response crushed fan’s hopes of any collaboration.
Lil Wayne continues to tease his long-awaited album, Tha Carter V. Despite his lengthy legal battle with record label, Cash Money, Tunechi claims he has the authority over when the LP sees the light of day.
The Young Money rapper recently chopped it up with Q 93’s Wild Wayne for a phone interview and once again updated fans on the status of the project.
“Of course you’re going to see Tha Carter V,” Weezy said. “I just don’t want to put it out the wrong way. Honestly, I can do what I want at any time. The fans deserve it to be right and that’s how it’s gonna be. I’ma make sure it’s right. I can drop whatever I want to drop. That’s why I keep dropping whatever I want to drop. But I’m not gonna give them Carter V the wrong way.”
Wayne contends that the project is complete and waiting for the proper roll out. “Carter V is done,” he added. “It’s on the shelf, just ready to drop. I ain’t gotta do that. I move on and keep it moving and give them what I’m doing right now. Carter V is ready to be listened to. It’s just gotta be listened to the right way and like I said, I’m not gonna give it to them wrong.”
It appears Wayne is waiting for his label situation to be all the way fixed before he drops the fifth installment in his beloved album series. Who knows when that will be. Tune has been in litigation with Birdman for over two years.
Mystikal is facing sexual assault allegations once again in his home state of Louisiana. The Shreveport Police Department has charged the rapper with rape, according to reports.
Mystikal, born Michael Lawrence, was initially being sought after by police for the incident that is alleged to have happened on Oct. 22 of last year in a downtown Shreveport casino.
According to the report, investigators collected evidence at the scene matching Mystikal and 26-year-old Averweone Holman.
Holman was arrested in Killeen, Texas on Friday (Aug. 18) by U.S. Marshalls. There is a third person involved in connection with the alleged crime. Shreveport police are also looking for Tenichia Wafford, 42, of Harker Heights, Texas.
Police say she tried to persuade the victim to retract her story. She faces a charge of accessory after the fact to first-degree rape. Her bond is set at $200,000.
Mystikal and Holman have both been charged with one count of first degree rape. Their bond has been set at $2 million.
The rapper, 47, recently chatted with Rap Radar hosts Elliott Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller to discuss his song “Kill Jay Z.” The single off his latest album, 4:44, in which he sent a few jabs Kanye’s way. “It’s not even about a Kanye diss. It’s not a diss, I’m talking to myself the whole time,” JAY-Z said.
In the single, the Tidal founder raps: “I know people backstab you, I feel bad too/ But this ‘f— everybody’ attitude ain’t natural/ But you ain’t the same, this ain’t KumbaYe/ But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye/ You gave him 20 million without blinkin’/ He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f— was he thinkin’?/ ‘F— wrong with everybody?’ is what you sayin’/ But if everybody’s crazy, you’re the one that’s insane.”
During his Rap Radar sit-down, JAY-Z continued, “I’m not talking about Kanye when I say, ‘You dropped out of school, you lost your principles,’ I’m talking about me!”
However, some of Kanye’s past comments did make the husband of Beyoncé upset.
“You got hurt, because this guy was talking about you on a stage,” JAY-Z said referencing West’s infamous Sacramento concert rant last year. “But what really hurt me, you can’t bring my kid or my wife into it. … We’ve gotten past bigger issues, but you brought my family into it, now it’s a problem with me.”
Adding, “You know it’s a problem because me and him would have been talked about it, been resolved our issues. And he knows crossed the line. He knows. And I know he knows. ‘Cause we’ve never let this much space go between one of our disagreements and we’ve had many. That’s part of who we are.”
At the November 2016 show, West called out Bey and Jay, referring to the now-infamous 2009 incident when he interrupted Taylor Swift’s Video Music Awards acceptance speech to say that Beyoncé deserved to win.
“I went down seven years on behalf of you. Beyoncé, I was hurt because I hear that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won Video of the Year over me and over ‘Hotline Bling,’” West said, alluding to the “Formation” singer’s win over him and Drake at the VMAs in August 2016. “In my opinion — now don’t go dissing Beyoncé, she’s great. Taylor Swift is great. We are all great people. We are all equal. But sometimes we be playing the politics too much and forget who we are just to win.”
He also took some time to directly address his Watch the Throne collaborator, saying: “JAY-Z — call me, bruh. You still ain’t called me. Jay Z, I know you got killers. Please don’t send them at my head.”
Also in the Rap Rader interview, JAY-Z opened up about his current relationship with sister-in-law Solange Knowles, whom he had a post-Met Gala elevator fight with.
“We’ve always had a great relationship… We’ve had one disagreement. Before and after, we’ve been cool,” he clarified. “That’s my sister. Not my sister-in-law, no, my sister. Period.”
The Kanye-Kid Cudi collaboration of our dreams might be on the way: a full-length project.
After he was arrested for reckless endangerment for popping a wheelie on a dirt bike in New York City on Thursday night (Aug. 17), Meek Mill is avoiding felony charges for the case. According to TMZ, prosecutors decided against pursuing the charges after they arrested him for footage he posted to Instagram Live.
The Wins & Losses rapper’s attorney, Joe Tacopina, spoke with reporters, where he shared his outrage over the arrest, commenting that he was not even given a traffic ticket at the time of the wheelie, even though cops were already present.
“In my 26 years in this system, both as a prosecutor and a defense lawyer, I’ve really never seen a case like this,” Tacopina states. “I really haven’t. You know, you have a situation where a guy literally popped a wheelie for 10 seconds on the street with no one else around, and the police were there. That’s very important. The police were there and saw it that night, and they didn’t arrest him. They didn’t charge him with reckless endangerment. They didn’t even give him a traffic ticket.”
The attorney also explains that the “Whatever You Need” MC was the only one arrested for the incident, even though there were eight other people “doing the same thing” with him.
“What’s very telling about the police department’s intent here and how they viewed this is that they had 22 police cars [to] arrest Meek Mill on a traffic violation,” he explains. “I mean, I think when John Gotti was arrested, there were about four police cars. It just goes to tell you what’s in their state of mind. I mean, it was ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous.”
Although Meek is avoiding felony charges for the bike tricks, he is expected to face “some sort of misdemeanor” instead.
Stay tuned for more updates on Meek’s case in New York City as details emerge.