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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’ Sees 236 Percent Spike Following Pulitzer Win

Posted by YeezysWorld on 7:21 PM

Well, damn. On the heels of a historic Pulitzer Prize, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. shoots up the charts. The heralded album saw a 236 percent spike in sales following the news, according to Billboard.

The week after the Pulitzer announcement, K-Dot sold 11,000 copies of his latest album. The week before, he sold 1,000. Overall, the LP moved 1.1 million copies since April of last year, when it dropped via Top Dawg Entertainment, Interscope, and Aftermath.

Song sales also jumped by 29 percent with 11,000 digital songs sold. Meanwhile, U.S. on-demand streaming of its songs went up by 25 percent. That moved its total from 21.6 all the way up to 26.9 million.

All of this was enough to move DAMN up the charts. It catapulted from 20-13 on the Billboard 200, 12-8 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and 11-7 on the Top Rap Albums chart.

Kung Fu Kenny made history with his Pulitzer Prize in Music for DAMN as the first rapper and first non-classical or jazz artist ever to win the award.

Up next, Kendrick is leading TDE on “The Championship Tour,” which kicks off May 4 in Vancouver.

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J. Cole Teases ‘KOD’ Deluxe Edition, ‘The Fall Off,’ & KiLL Edward Albums

Posted by YeezysWorld on 6:39 PM

While shattering streaming records, J. Cole is also prepping the deluxe edition of his latest album KOD. In a rare occurrence, the Fayetteville rapper took to Twitter to confirm the news.

“First version of album was done in 2 weeks. Final version of KOD that got released took 6 months total,” he wrote. “KOD deluxe will be album in its original 2 week form. Plus couple extra scenes that didn’t make final cut.”

Cole’s use of the word “scenes” could imply a visual is on the way. However, that remains unclear.

Cole went on to say that he self-produced the entire album, except for “Kevin’s Heart.” “@TMinus_Music blessed me with that at the perfect time,” he wrote. “Thank you my boy.”

KOD ends with “1985 (Intro to ‘The Fall Off’).” Many believe that it signifies Cole’s next album will be titled The Fall Off. When asked what he can share about “The Fall Off,” Jermaine said he is “Workin on it.”

Apparently, Cole was working on The Fall Off prior to KOD. Plus, he was crafting an album as his alter-ego, kiLL edward. “Was working on the fall off [before KOD],” he wrote. “And helping kiLL edward with his album. @killhisways but he don’t tweet a lot.”

Elsewhere during the impromptu Q&A with fans, Cole revealed his favorite KOD tracks. “Window Pain. Then Brackets and The Cut Off. Check back with me it will change,” he wrote. His favorite line? “One thing about the men that’s controllin’ the pen that write history… They always seem to white out they sins.”

Yesterday, Cole opened up in another rare manner. After avoiding in-depth profiles for years, he spoke to Vulture about his new album, depression, and more. “We live in a society where all this drug use is normalized,” he said of his album’s anti-addiction theme. “It’s okay, it’s fucking encouraged, it’s fucking promoted. You turn on the TV — you feeling down? Of course I’m feeling down, I’m a fucking human being. Try this. Whatever this thing is. Like, nah, how about you actually feel sad and figure out what the fuck it is that got you feeling sad, so you can work on that?”

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Travis Scott, Logic, & Lil Yachty Celebrate Kid Cudi

Posted by YeezysWorld on 5:27 PM

Before Kid Cudi drops his Kanye West joint project Kids See Ghost, Apple Music celebrates the Man on the Moon’s career. Travis Scott, Logic, and Lil Yachty are among the stars who pay tribute to Cudder’s legacy on “‘The Influence of Kid Cudi.”

La Flame celebrated his idol’s versatility. “I idolize Kid Cudi a lot,” he said. “That’s like, my favorite artist. I think he can go bar for bar. Some people think JAY-Z is the best rapper. I feel like he can compete with that and still have his own wave. I fuck with him because he always had his own lingo. He created a world for kids like me, who wasn’t just the ultimate drug dealer. He created that vibe and that planet, where you can mack on bitches and still be smooth, and still feel like you’re the king scientist. Not everyone is as real as their music is. That artist comes once every decade.”

Later, Bobby Tarantino honored Cudder for opening up about mental health in his music. “That dude inspired me to talk about anxiety or mental health, or all these things,” he explained. “He was the dude that was like, ‘It’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to talk about these things, and go through these things.’ Especially now, because like I said, I’ve been made to feel terrible about being emotional, which is, to me, it’s almost like a neanderthal. It’s such a backwards way of thinking. I had that just through his music, in general.

“He’s the reason why I always introduce myself as Bobby,” Logic added. “When he came up to me and was like, ‘Hey I’m Scott,’ it was amazing. Like, ‘No you’re just a dude. You’re right. And you just taught me that.’ When you step to the mic, you’re a god, you’re the bomb, you’re the best, you’re the greatest alive.”

Meanwhile, Lil Boat said he grew up respecting his authenticity. “I’m one of the biggest Kid Cudi fans of all time,” he explained. “He was one of the only artists making the music at the time for like, emotional people going through something, or just taking dream journeys, like the real creative kids who are in the world. And he had that dope sense of style. He was like a guardian angel, like a tour guide throughout life. Most stuff is hidden, life is fraudulent and people just fake things. People fake like they like people, fake like they’re happy. People fake like they want to be somewhere. In the midst of all that, you have someone who’s just being 100 percent real.”

Stream “The Influence of Kid Cudi,” which features a playlist of essential songs and interviews with artists he’s inspired.

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Cardi B’s Former Manager Sues for $10 Million

Posted by YeezysWorld on 4:42 PM

Cardi B’s manager is making “Money Moves” of his own in the courtroom. Klenord “Shaft” Raphael is suing Bardi for $10 million, claiming he launched her career, according to TMZ.

Raphael started working with Cardi in 2015 and claims responsibility for her connection to VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop.” Additionally, he says he taught her the industry’s ins and outs and provided his personal team of writers and producers for her chart-topping smash, “Bodak Yellow.”

Moreover, Raphael is accusing Cardi of defaming him by telling her fiancé Offset and others that he was robbing her. In December, Raphael says that Offset sent him an angry text. “[U] better stop play acting like u don’t know u taking her sh** from her u a snake,” Offset allegedly wrote. “U can’t hide from me N**** and u not bout to play my WIFE.”

“Since discovering Cardi B in 2015, Shaft has played an integral role in developing her music career and public image,” Raphael’s rep explains. “While he is proud of their successful collaborations as she evolved from Instagram influencer to music megastar, Shaft is disappointed by her actions to freeze him out of her career, which are detailed in the complaint. Shaft is confident that his lawsuit will validate his conduct and substantiate his legal claims.”

Bardi and Offset are currently awaiting their first baby, who is due in July. Earlier today, Bardi also canceled a series of summer shows, but she will return for Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic World Tour” in September. Her debut album Invasion of Privacy topped the Billboard 200 in its first week out.

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Exclusive: Royce da 5’9” Reveals Eminem & Logic Collaborations

Posted by YeezysWorld on 3:19 PM

Royce da 5’9″ is reloaded. Fresh off the release of last month’s PRhyme 2 with DJ Premier, the Detroit rap legend is readying his new album The Book of Ryan, which will reunite him with his Bad Meets Evil partner-in-rhyme Eminem.

Slim Shady guests on a song called “Caterpillar.” “The basic theme of the song is, ‘Don’t disrespect the caterpillar to praise the butterfly,'” Royce exclusively tells Rap-Up. “Marshall falls a little bit more into that category than I do, but both of us are caterpillars. A lot of times, you’ll praise these guys but gotta tear us down…But where do you think his style came from?”

As if that bar-fest wasn’t enough, Royce tapped another intricate rhymer for the show-stopping remix. “Logic is on the ‘Caterpillar’ remix,” he reveals. “He’s spitting that brutal honesty and he spit for like 50-something bars. It’s one of those shut-the-internet-down-for-a-couple-of-days verses for sure. I’m proud of him for that one.”

Aside from Eminem, Logic, and J. Cole (“Boblo Boat“), The Book of Ryan will also include features from Pusha T, Fabolous, Jadakiss, T-Pain, and Boogie. Most importantly, Royce says the album will consist of his most evolved work to date.

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“This is the perfect me to share with people,” he adds. “It’s not the negative me across the board. I still got a little bit of an edge, but I’m grown. I’m thinking right, I’m sharp, and I’m not stuck in a chamber where I’m just making dark music. I’m sober and able to be as introspective as possible. It’s the perfect time for me to open up.”

“Another reason I’m saying this is a better time for me to go this introspective to give you this particular album here, is because I’m a master now of storytelling,” he adds. “I’m very, very good at being able to balance these different things that I’ve been able to learn to do over the years just as an artist and paint a picture for you.”

The Book of Ryan is due May 4.

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Exclusive: Royce Da 5’9” Reveals Eminem & Logic Collaborations

Posted by YeezysWorld on 2:30 PM

Royce Da 5’9″ is reloaded. Fresh off the release of last month’s PRhyme 2 with DJ Premier, the Detroit rap legend is readying his new album The Book of Ryan, which will reunite him with his Bad Meets Evil partner-in-rhyme Eminem.

Slim Shady appears on a song called “Caterpillar.” “The basic theme of the song is, ‘Don’t disrespect the caterpillar to praise the butterfly,'” Royce exclusively tells Rap-Up. “Marshall falls a little bit more into that category than I do, but both of us are caterpillars. A lot of times, you’ll praise these guys but gotta tear us down…But where do you think his style came from?”

As if that bar-fest wasn’t enough, Royce tapped another intricate rhymer for the show-stopping remix. “Logic is on the ‘Caterpillar’ remix,” he reveals. “He’s spitting that brutal honesty and he spit for like 50-something bars. It’s one of those shut-the-internet-down-for-a-couple-of-days verses for sure. I’m proud of him for that one.”

Aside from Eminem, Logic, and J. Cole (“Boblo Boat“), The Book of Ryan will also include features from Pusha T, Fabolous, Jadakiss, T-Pain, and Boogie. Most importantly, Royce says the album will consist of his most evolved work to date.

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“This is the perfect me to share with people,” he adds. “It’s not the negative me across the board. I still got a little bit of an edge, but I’m grown. I’m thinking right, I’m sharp, and I’m not stuck in a chamber where I’m just making dark music. I’m sober and able to be as introspective as possible. It’s the perfect time for me to open up.”

“Another reason I’m saying this is a better time for me to go this introspective to give you this particular album here, is because I’m a master now of storytelling,” he adds. “I’m very, very good of being able to balance all of these things that I’ve been able to do over the years as an artist and paint a picture for you.”

The Book of Ryan is due May 4.

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John Legend Urges Kanye West to Reconsider Trump Support, West Refuses

Posted by YeezysWorld on 1:18 PM

Kanye West’s political controversy continues. Today, the rapper shared a text message exchange with longtime friend and collaborator John Legend about his professed love for President Donald Trump.

“I hope you’ll reconsider aligning yourself with Trump,” wrote Legend, according to West’s screenshot. “You’re way too powerful and influential to endorse who he is and what he stands for. As you know, what you say really means something to your fans. They are loyal to you and respect your opinion.”

Legend went on to explain how this might impact West’s legacy. “So many people who love you feel so betrayed right now because they know the harm that Trump’s policies cause, especially to people of color,” he added. “Don’t let this be part of your legacy. You’re the greatest artist of our generation.”

West, who has been wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat in support of Trump, seemed undeterred. “I love you John and I appreciate your thoughts,” he replied. “You bringing up my fans or my legacy is a tactic based on fear used to manipulate my free thought.”

“Think freely,” Legend replied. “Think with empathy and context too. Your words and actions have consequences.”

West went on to say that these posts represented more than just a text message exchange. “I tweeted the John text to show that there are people around me that disagree with me and voice their opinion,” he added. “I respect everyone’s opinion but I stand my ground.”

Legend has been a vocal opponent to Trump throughout the election and his presidency. His video for “Penthouse Floor” even depicts a Trump supporter with a “Make America Great Again” cap. “The defining trait of Trump’s campaign and political profile was his embrace of white supremacy,” Legend added on Twitter. “He made it clear every time he spoke. Some serious cognitive dissonance to ignore that for the other x% you might find appealing. I guess I agree with >1% of anyone’s thoughts though.”

West’s wife Kim Kardashian tried to defend him on social media. “When he spoke out about Trump… Most people (including myself) have very different feelings & opinions about this,” she continued. “But this is HIS opinion. I believe in people being able to have their own opinions… He never said he agrees with his politics.”

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Cardi B Cancels Summer Shows Due to Pregnancy

Posted by YeezysWorld on 12:33 PM

Cardi B is taking a break from her live performances. After back-to-back weekends at Coachella, Bardi has decided to nix a series of concerts this summer due to her pregnancy.

Taking to social media, the Invasion of Privacy chart-topper revealed that D.C.’s Broccoli City Music Festival on Saturday (Apr. 28) will be her final performance before she gives birth.

“Broccoli Fest will be my last performance for a little while,” she explained. “Shorty keep growing and I be lookin’ like I’m moving and everything, but in reality, a bitch barely can breathe. I want to thank y’all for understanding. I’ll be back for the Bruno Mars tour.”

As a result, Bardi canceled shows in Texas, Florida, Norway, and Ireland, as well as a festival spot at New York’s Panorama Festival. Tonight, she will perform at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in Las Vegas. She is reportedly expecting her first child in July, and plans to return to the road with Bruno Mars on his “24K Magic World Tour” in September.

Cardi won’t be getting too much time off. She took to Twitter to explain how she’ll be grinding through it all. “Okay so i might be off from doing performances for a couple of months but in the meantime imma be working my ass off,” she wrote. “So many songs, features to do .Working on a lot of deals i sign up for and most importantly nesting. Im already overwhelmed from the new work.”

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Kanye West Freestyles About ‘White Dominance’ & Slavery

Posted by YeezysWorld on 11:45 AM

Kanye West previews new music. In the midst of the controversy surrounding his love for President Donald Trump, Yeezy invited TMZ founder Harvey Levin to his office, where he dropped a freestyle about slavery and “white dominance.”

“Hopped off the Amistad and made ‘I’m a God,'” raps Kanye while wearing Trump’s red “Make America Great Again” hat. “It’s always a lituation when I’m involved / I say what they say when the mic is off…Parents are the strippers, strip kids of their confidence / Teach white dominance / Question your common sense / I’ve been washed in tradition that I’ma rinse.”

It’s unclear whether this song will appear on any of Kanye’s upcoming releases. West plans on dropping new projects from Pusha T, Nas, Teyana Taylor, himself, and Kids See Ghost (a joint effort with Kid Cudi) between May and June. Each project will feature 7 songs produced entirely by Kanye. West’s LP won’t be exclusive to any streaming platform, according to the report.

Recently, a source told TMZ that West has been acting erratically following business moves. “Harvey Levin of TMZ your hearing from your future president,” West tweeted. “Let’s be friends. Please never use the word erratic to describe a person who is economically and psychologically empowered.” TMZ now says the erratic claims are “off base.”

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Video: Travis Scott & Quavo – ‘Black & Chinese’

Posted by YeezysWorld on 9:34 PM

Following a leak, Huncho Jack (aka Travis Scott & Quavo) unleashes the official video for “Black & Chinese” off their collaborative album. The DAPS and Quavo-directed clip, which switches between black and white and yellow hues, finds the rappers living the life, chilling in a mansion while bikini-clad models parade around. They splash in the pool as Quavo and Huncho perform their fiery verses on the rooftop.

The Southside-produced song can be found on last year’s joint album Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Travis is now readying his third solo album AstroWorld, as well as a collaboration with Kanye West and Lil Uzi Vert. Meanwhile, Quavo is working on the Glacier Boyz joint album with Migos and Gucci Mane.

Watch “Black & Chinese” below.

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Kanye West Reiterates 2024 Presidential Plans

Posted by YeezysWorld on 8:42 PM

Kanye West still has presidential dreams. After praising conservative commentator Candace Owens and professing his continued love for President Donald Trump, Kanye West hints at a 2024 run for president.

On Tuesday (April 24), Yeezy reminded followers of his previous promise to run in 2020, which he revealed on stage at the 2015 VMAs. Now, it seems that he’s eyeing a 2024 run for the White House.

“2024,” he tweeted before sharing some of his presidential plans. “When we become president we have to change the name of the plane from Air Force one to Yeezy force one…yes I said we.”

Yesterday, West parted ways with manager Scooter Braun just weeks after splitting from his other manager Izvor “Izzy” Zivkovic. Kanye confirmed the reports this morning. “I no longer have a manager. I can’t be managed,” he tweeted. “I’m nobody’s ‘client.'”

He went on to say that he’s revamping his entire team. “Yes I got rid of my last lawyer why? Because he wouldn’t come to work full time,” he explained. “I also asked my last manager to come work full time for Yeezy of course the last lawyer and manager said no. So now I hired a CEO and a CFO and i have two full time lawyers as of now.”

This morning, West went on a Twitter posting spree, attacking TMZ, People, and The Shade Room over a variety of reports that claim he’s been acting erratically. He also claimed to have a $10 million bid for a Charlamagne Tha God interview. Read on for more quotes from his morning tirades.

On Fake News: “there’s been a lot of fake news so I just wanted to give you the facts. Yeezy will become the biggest apparel company in human history by working with the most genius level talents and creating product at an affordable price. I hired the head of supply chain from the Gap…We will reach the prices I’ve promised.”

On Yeezy’s Future: “We have 160 positions to fill by the end of the year. Yeezy will hit a billion dollars this year. It is the 2nd fastest growing company in history. It is a unicorn on its way to becoming a decacorn.”

On Footwear: “I am currently the single highest paid person in footwear. That means I make more money on shoes than Michael Jordan.”

On Media: “I follow the shade room. Please never try to play Ye. Harvey Levin of TMZ your hearing from your future president. Let’s be friends. Please never use the word erratic to describe a person who is economically and psychologically empowered. People magazine. Watch how you speak my name. You would love a pair of Yeezys. Don’t play yourself.”

On Charlamagne Tha God: “the Charlamagne interview just got an offer on 10 million. Yo @cthagod should we hold off for a hundred million??? Jay Virgil Obama Trump and Mental Health. Just a few things that were discussed. Charlamagne the new Oprah.”

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New Music: Stargate feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR, 21 Savage, & Murda Beatz – ‘1Night’

Posted by YeezysWorld on 7:37 PM

Stargate, the Norwegian producing and songwriting team behind some of pop’s biggest hits, brings together PARTYNEXTDOOR and 21 Savage for their new single “1Night.”

The trap-infused production, which also features Murda Beatz, is a celebration of one-night stands. PND supplies the hook and shouts out Drake, while Savage promises his girl the “best night” of her life, but he has no plans to settle down. “Savage getting married? Yeah, right,” raps Amber Rose’s ex.

During an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Stargate opened up about the collaboration. “We’re so excited to put this record out,” said Tor Erik Hermansen, one half of the production duo. “The whole reason we came to America in the first place was because we’ve always loved hip-hop. We grew up loving hip-hop, listening to hip-hop in Norway. I was in Oslo and Mikkel was in Trondheim and it was just a lifelong dream. So now to be able to, you know, years later come here and make the records that we really always wanted to make is really a full circle moment and a dream come true.”

Last year, Stargate released their solo single “Waterfall” with Pink and Sia. They are now readying a solo project and have 6-8 songs finished, including one featuring a “big global artist.”

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Janelle Monáe Reveals ‘Dirty Computer’ Tracklisting

Posted by YeezysWorld on 6:48 PM

Janelle Monáe is just days away from releasing her new album, Dirty Computer. But before she does, she has unveiled the tracklisting through an interactive password-protected website experience.

The star-studded 14-song set features a diverse cast of artists. Brian Wilson (“Dirty Computer”), Zoë Kravitz (“Screwed”), and Pharrell Williams (“I Got the Juice”) all lend a hand.

The late Prince was also a source off inspiration. “It’s difficult for me to even speak about this because Prince was helping me with the album before he passed on to another frequency,” said Janelle. “[His death was] a stab in the stomach. The last time I saw him was New Year’s Day. I performed a private party in St. Barts with him, and after we sat and just talked for five hours. He was one of the people I would talk to about things, him and Stevie Wonder.”

Additionally, Monáe’s website reveals what each song was influenced by. Her inspirations include Black Panther, Prince, Quincy Jones, “wack ass fuckboys everywhere,” “the dismal night” of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and President Barack Obama’s “A More Perfect Union” speech from 2008.

Yesterday, Monáe announced her “Dirty Computer Tour,” which will run from June 11 through Aug. 4. She also released the video for “I Like That,” which follows “Make Me Feel,” “Django Jane,” and “PYNK.”

Dirty Computer arrives Friday (Apr. 27).

Dirty Computer Tracklisting

1. “Dirty Computer” feat. Brian Wilson
2. “Crazy, Classic, Life”
3. “Take a Byte”
4. “Jane’s Dream”
5. “Screwed” feat. Zoë Kravitz
6. “Django Jane”
7. “PYNK” feat. Grimes
8. “Make Me Feel”
9. “I Got the Juice” feat. Pharrell Williams
10. “I Like That”
11. “Stevie’s Dream”
12. “Don’t Judge Me”
13. “So Afraid”
14. “Americans”

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6ix9ine’s Manager Under Investigation for Brooklyn Shootings

Posted by YeezysWorld on 5:44 PM

6ix9ine’s manager Tr3way is reportedly a person of interest under investigation in two separate shootings that occurred in Brooklyn over the weekend, according to TMZ.

Law enforcement officials say that Tr3way may have fired a shot inside of Barclays Center following an altercation with 6ix9ine’s rival Casanova and his camp during a boxing bout between Adrien Broner and Jessie Vargas. Earlier that day, cops say that Tr3way may have also fired two shots at a car that was trailing 6ix9ine’s vehicle. Police sources believe the shooter in both surveillance videos resembles Tr3way.

TMZ published a video that appears to show one of the shootings. Witnesses say that Tr3way jumped out of the car and shot at a vehicle that was following them. 6ix9ine reportedly appears in the video wearing a hood, so his signature neon hair is not visible.

Earlier this week, 6ix9ine’s crew was also tied to another shooting at Casanova’s music video in the streets of Brooklyn. At least 10 shots were reportedly fired and two men were injured. Tekashi commented on a video of the shooting, writing, “You keep my name out your mouth: HOW YOU GETTIN SHOT AT IN YA OWN HOOD.” Casanova, who’s been feuding with Tekashi, denied getting shot at.

At press time, no criminal charges have been filed against Tr3way.

#casanova further clarifies the situation in the video that #6ix9ine posted

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Kim Kardashian Defends Kanye West, Says He’s ‘Years Ahead of His Time’

Posted by YeezysWorld on 4:21 PM

Kim Kardashian is standing by her husband. Following reports of “erratic” behavior and criticism over Yeezy’s love for President Donald Trump, his wife Kim K came to his defense via Twitter.

“To the media trying to demonize my husband let me just say this,” she wrote. “Your commentary on Kanye being erratic & his tweets being disturbing is actually scary. So quick to label him as having mental health issues for just being himself when he has always been expressive is not fair.”

She went on to say that his decision to part ways with his entire management team should not play into the mental health narrative. “Yesterday it was announced that Kanye had parted ways with some business people and media outlets made this about Kanye’s mental health. Rather than just a simple business decision. So I’m glad he tweeted about the state of his company and all of the exciting things happening,” she wrote.

While she distanced herself from his Trump comments, Kardashian celebrated his decision to speak freely about these topics. “He’s a free thinker,” she added. “Is that not allowed in America? Because some of his ideas differ from yours you have to throw in the mental health card? That’s just not fair. He’s actually out of the sunken place when he’s being himself which is very expressive.

“Now when he spoke out about Trump… Most people (including myself) have very different feelings & opinions about this,” she continued. “But this is HIS opinion. I believe in people being able to have their own opinions….
He never said he agrees with his politics.”

Finally, she celebrated her husband on his foresight and individuality. “Kanye will never run in the race of popular opinion and we know that and that’s why I love him and respect him and in a few years when someone else says the same exact thing but they aren’t labeled the way he is and you will all praise them! Kanye is years ahead of his time,” she added. “Mental Health is no joke and the media needs to stop spitting that out so casually. Bottom line.”

Just as Kardashian was defending him, Kanye kept tweeting. He posted an image of himself in Donald Trump’s signature red hat that reads “Make America Great Again.” Chief Executive Officer of Universal Music Group Lucian Grainge and YouTube’s Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen posed by his side. Later, West also bragged about the fact that Trump signed his “MAGA” cap.

Earlier today, the POTUS responded to Kanye’s flattering tweets. “Thank you Kanye,” wrote Trump. “very cool!”

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Kanye West on Donald Trump: ‘He Is My Brother’

Posted by YeezysWorld on 3:43 PM

Kanye West continues to show love for President Donald Trump. After seemingly confirming presidential hopes for 2024, Yeezy explained his adoration for the current POTUS and his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

“You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him,” he tweeted. “We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.

“If your friend jumps off the bridge you don’t have to do the same,” he added. “Ye being Ye is a fight for you to be you. For people In my life the idea of Trump is pretty much a 50 50 split but I don’t tell a Hillary supporter not to support Hillary. I love Hillary too.”

West, who plans to run for office in 2024, said he isn’t even political and that he doesn’t subscribe to any of the major parties. “I love when people have their own ideas. You don’t have to be allowed anymore. Just be,” he added. “Love who you want to love. That’s free thought. I’m not even political. I’m not a democrat or a republican.”

Later, he said his wife Kim Kardashian implored him to share this factoid. “My wife just called me and she wanted me to make this clear to everyone,” he wrote. “I don’t agree with everything Trump does. I don’t agree 100% with anyone but myself.”

In 2016, West also endorsed Trump. “If I would’ve voted, I would have voted for Trump,” he said, shortly before being hospitalized. “I don’t think his approach was just entertaining, because that trivializes it, I actually think that his approach was absolutely genius because it fucking worked.”

West later met with Trump to discuss a variety of topics. “I wanted to meet with Trump today to discuss multicultural issues,” he tweeted after the meeting. “These issues included bullying, supporting teachers, modernizing curriculums, and violence in Chicago. I feel it is important to have a direct line of communication with our future President if we truly want change.”

Critics compared West’s praise for Trump and right-wing conservative Candace Owens to “the sunken place,” a reference to Get Out. Yeezy joked about that when announcing albums recently, but he brought it up again today. “I’m all the way out the sunken place,” he said. “And I’m not scared anymore. I’m not scared of the media. I’m not scared of the past and I’m optimistic about the future. This tweet is in love not fear.”

West is working on a slew of projects this year, including his own solo album and a joint project with Kid Cudi as Kids See Ghosts. He is also producing albums by Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, and Nas. However, his professional life is going through many changes. He recently parted ways with his legal and management teams. “I no longer have a manager. I can’t be managed,” he tweeted earlier today. “I’m nobody’s ‘client.'”

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Jennifer Lopez Covers Drake’s ‘Teenage Fever’ at TIME 100 Gala

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Last year, Drake sampled Jennifer Lopez’s “If You Had My Love” for More Life’s “Teenage Fever.” On Tuesday (Apr. 24), J.Lo returned the favor by covering the song at the TIME 100 Gala.

After singing a portion of her On the 6 smash from 1999, Jenny from the Block added Drizzy’s verse from “Teenage Feever.” She altered some of the lyrics, but mostly kept them intact. “Last night we didn’t say it, boy, but we both thought it,” she sang.

J.Lo wore a low-cut dress with slits to show off her sculpted figure for the medley. Then, with a little help from feathers, she executed a lightning-quick wardrobe change. That’s when she launched into “Let’s Get Loud” in a shimmering nude bodysuit.

Drake and Lopez reportedly dated in 2016. They even filmed a music video for their “Get It Together” collaboration before breaking up. The visual never came out and Jorja Smith replaced J.Lo on the track.

Lopez went on to date former baseball star Alex Rodriguez, who she attended the gala with on Tuesday. “Always feel so blessed to share special moments of my life with this beautiful soul,” she wrote. “Thank you @time for the honor and for an amazing night!!”

J.Lo was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2018 alongside Rihanna and Cardi B. Kerry Washington praised the singer-actress-businesswoman. “She made me believe that you could come from where we came from and achieve whatever you imagine is possible,” said the “Scandal” star.

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J. Cole Talks Depression, Married Life, & New Rappers in Rare Interview

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J. Cole speaks.

Hot off a record-breaking new album KOD, Cole World opens up about its drug-inspired concept in a rare interview with Vulture. “We live in a society where all this drug use is normalized,” he says. “It’s okay, it’s fucking encouraged, it’s fucking promoted. You turn on the TV — you feeling down? Of course I’m feeling down, I’m a fucking human being. Try this. Whatever this thing is. Like, nah, how about you actually feel sad and figure out what the fuck it is that got you feeling sad, so you can work on that?”

During the lengthy piece, Cole also credits Kendrick Lamar with KOD’s inspiration. “Kendrick’s [‘DAMN. Tour’] show gave me chills because I got to see what it was like to have a hit album performed, and it set off a desire,” he explained. “It was a recognition — like Oh, I’ll take that again. Like looking at a menu, I’ll have that again.”

Elsewhere, Cole shutters speculation about who “1985 (Intro to ‘The Fall Off’)” might be about. “It’s really a ‘shoe fits’ situation — several people can wear that shoe,” he explains. “Why you yelling at your show? You must feel attacked in some kind of way, must feel offended, and if you feel offended, then that means something rings true, something struck a chord. That’s cool with me. That’s all I ever want to do.”

The in-depth profile also features outside voices. Jermaine’s mom Kay Cole reveals her thoughts after hearing “Once an Addict,” which is about her alcoholism. “For him to tell it — does it hurt, it is a bit embarrassing? Yes,” she said. “But Jermaine was given a gift. Certainly he’s talented, intelligent, he’s a hard worker and perseveres. He was also given this gift of compassion. And patience. And unconditional love. Humans have been self-medicating since the beginning of time, but let’s talk why.”

Kevin Hart also co-signs “Kevin’s Heart,” which is all about his infidelity. “I thought it was dope,” Hart said on the set of the song’s video, which he starred in. “It wasn’t done from a hateful or spiteful place. It was done with a smart intent behind it, which I think a lot of Cole’s stuff is done.”

Cole, who is married with at least one son, also shared Dave Chappelle’s parenting advice. “He said: ‘You’ll hit another gear, you’ll hit a gear that you never knew you had when you have kids.’ It actually proved to be true,” Cole said.

Beyond these topics, Cole also talks about stereotypes, depression, and Lil Peep in the article. Read additional quotes from the story below.

On Boring Label: “Once I took control of my own shit, stopped giving power to other people for my happiness and success, it became like, Oh word, I’ll show you how boring I am. And it became another person to prove wrong.”

On Depression: “I didn’t like how I felt about my life [in 2014]. I’d been depressed for like three years. And I realized I was putting too much importance on what other people thought about me. Also, my mom going through her shit had a traumatic impact on me, and I never had a chance to process that shit. I just put my head down. I wasn’t having an honest conversation with myself.”

On Wife: “I’m a fucking successful rapper, who can literally at the drop of a hat go anywhere, do anything, have mad adventures. But there was no better decision I could have made than the discipline I put on myself of having responsibility, having another human being — my wife — that I have to answer to. Family can literally be the thing you always needed, bring balance and meaning and fuel your creativity, give you purpose.”

On Stereotypes: “If you exclude the top three rappers in the game, the most popping rappers all are exaggerated versions of black stereotypes. Extremely tatted up. Colorful hair. Flamboyant. Brand names. It’s caricatures, and still the dominant representation of black people, on the most popular entertainment format for black people, period.”

On New Rappers: “I’m now in a place where I can hear people and get excited, like this kid is dope as fuck. I wasn’t there before — everybody was trash.”

On Lil Peep’s Death: “The album is already a warning, and this kid dies while I’m sitting in the studio mixing the shit — do you know how creepy that was? That shit was heavy.”

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Video: Rae Sremmurd feat. Travis Scott – ‘CLOSE’

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Sremm and La Flame stay on the incline. After dropping their Travis Scott-assisted banger “CLOSE” earlier this month, Rae Sremmurd releases the eery video.

Directed by Mike Piscitelli, the haunting clip is actually a mini horror movie. The guys are all seduced by a beautiful woman, who turns out to be a zombie in disguise. One by one, each MC becomes a member of the walking dead community.

“Travis Scott did his thing for sure, man,” Jxmmi told Beats 1 of their collaboration. “Swae Lee came through with the crazy melodies, then I came through with the crazy verse. ‘CLOSE’ is one of those songs, gave me like an ’80s vibe.”

“CLOSE” is set to appear on Rae Sremmurd’s triple album SremmLife 3, which will include Swae Lee’s Swaecation, Slim Jxmmi’s Jixmtroduction, and Rae Sremmurd’s SR3MM.

The new track follows a slew of singles from the project, including “Guatemala,” “Hurt to Look,” “Brxnks Truck,” the Juicy J-assisted “Powerglide,” and “Chanel” featuring Pharrell Williams.

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Video: Miguel feat. J. Cole – ‘Come Through and Chill’

Posted by YeezysWorld on 11:39 AM

After tapping Kevin Hart for “Kevin’s Heart,” J. Cole teams up with Miguel in the video for “Come Through and Chill,” the latest single off the crooner’s War & Leisure LP.

Directed by Kevin Calero, the clip is a behind-the-scenes look at a sultry video set. Cole and Miguel speak into pay phones while dancers vibe out to the Salaam Remi-produced vibes.

While standing on a stage, Cole offers political commentary. “Know you’ve been on my mind like Kaepernick kneelin’ / Or police killings, or Trump sayin’ slick shit,” he raps. “Manipulatin’ poor white folks because they ignant / Blind to the struggles of the ones that got the pigment / Lately I’ve been stressin’ ’cause it seems so malignant.”

In between those performance shots, sensual dance sequences, and behind-the-curtains footage, Miguel finds himself in a love triangle. After chilling on a bed and sitting in front of a stage, he closes out the clip with a threesome.

“Come Through and Chill” is the latest single from Miguel’s War & Leisure LP. The song first dropped in 2016 before coming back with verses from Cole last year.

Miguel previously praised his “Chill” collaborator. “He’s good energy,” he said at the time. “I think that’s one of things that as fans of music, we really care when someone can capture our energy and take what they’re feeling and translate it. He’s always been exceptional at that. And so when he comes on, as like you said, when I first heard his verse too, I was like see. And then what he’s saying is just spot on. I think that’s what it is. Beyond music, I fuck with Cole, he’s fucking with me. We’re friends on the outside of this. Yeah. It’s an honor to have him as a friend, not only in music, but in general.”

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Meek Mill Attends 76ers Playoff Game After Prison Release

Posted by YeezysWorld on 10:32 AM

Meek Mill had a thrilling first day out. After being released from prison on bail, the Philadelphia rapper was a special guest at the 76ers’ home playoff game against the Miami Heat on Tuesday (Apr. 24).

It was a celebration from the start. Sporting a Joel Embiid jersey, Meek rang the team’s Liberty Bell in a ceremonial pre-game ritual. Following an ovation, Mill sat courtside beside 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin and comedian Kevin Hart. They watched the Sixers defeat the Heat to move onto the next round in an exciting 104-91 win.

“I was just excited that he got to witness this because he’s always represented the city, and he loved this city so much,” Embiid told ESPN. “When he was in jail, I went to visit him, and he wasn’t feeling good. You could tell he was trying to hold on. So to be here and to kind of provide this opportunity for him because he’s been following us, for him to come to this type of game, this was a close-out game and we got the win, I was just happy.”

Earlier in the day, Rubin picked Mill up from prison in a helicopter as a way to honor one of his wishes. “Meek told me every day we talked, ‘I just dream about the heli picking me up,'” said Rubin. “He said, ‘That’s what I want.’ So when they released him, we said the helicopter’s gonna pick you up.”

Meek thanked many of his supporters and advocates following his release. “I’d like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time,” he said.

“While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive,” he added. “To the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice — not only for my case but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct.”

Now, Mill says he wants to resume his career and work towards getting his conviction overturned.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

JoJo Announces ‘Leaks, Covers, & Mixtapes Tour’

Posted by YeezysWorld on 9:31 PM

In between 2016’s Mad Love. and her next project, JoJo is hitting the road. The vocal powerhouse is taking fans down memory lane with her “Leaks, Covers, & Mixtapes Tour.”

Scheduled to kick off May 29 in Anaheim, the tour will hit cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Minneapolis before continuing across the U.S. for dates in New York, Atlanta, and Austin. Finally, the trek will wrap June 26 in Dallas.

“You have no idea how excited I am to sing these songs live for the very first time,” JoJo told fans. “This tour is especially for everyone who rocked with me when my hands were tied and my voice was silenced… thought it’d be mad fun to perform these songs since they were such a massive part of my life and you have always shown such passion for them.

“I wanted to keep the shows small and intimate so… get your tix now baebs,” she added. “I miss seeing you up close and I want to get that connection that inspires me so much while I’m working on NEW material for my next project. Just starting to put the set list together… what songs do you want to hear most?!”

JoJo is expected to showcase rarely performed material from her non-studio albums. She released two mixtapes independently, 2010’s Can’t Take That Away from Me and 2012’s Agápē, as well as two EPs, 2014’s LoveJo and 2015’s LoveJo2, before signing with Atlantic Records in 2014.

Last year, she split with Atlantic and partnered with Interscope, where she launched her Clover Music imprint.

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JAY-Z, Rick Ross, T.I., & Kevin Hart Celebrate Meek Mill’s Release

Posted by YeezysWorld on 8:37 PM

Meek Mill is coming home to love.

On Tuesday (April 24), the Philadelphia Supreme Court ordered his release after almost five months behind bars. Almost immediately, #MeekFree began trending, a nod to popular #FreeMeek hashtag that sprouted while the Philly rapper sat behind bars. Following his release, several public figures celebrated the news.

Meek’s attorney Joe Tacopina addressed the news. “It’s so bittersweet,” he told TMZ. “It’s sweet, obviously, because justice has finally been served. Meek is going home to be with his family, where he belongs, but bitter because it’s taken this amount of time. This guy was unjustly convicted 10 years ago by a lying and corrupt cop, who was subsequently named a lying and corrupt cop by both the FBI and District Attorney. Then [he had] a judge who could not be fair and impartial, but really had to go to extremes to try to extract punishment from Meek to take this to a different level of unprofessionalism and a legal vendetta.”

Tacopina also seemed optimistic about the future. “We’re not worried that this case is ever gonna stand,” he said, “because the prosecutor and the defense both agree that the case needs to be dismissed for constitutional violations and overturned. He’s never going back to jail.”

Meek’s Roc Nation boss JAY-Z celebrated the joyous occasion. “Today, Meek Mill, a son of Philadelphia, is a free man,” he wrote. “He was incarcerated unjustly and caught in a probation trap for years by a broken system. Now we can celebrate his release. We thank every individual that has supported and fought alongside Meek every step of the way.”

Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, who picked Mill up from prison, said Meek will “more than likely” attend the organization’s playoff game against the Miami Heat this evening. The rapper may even ring the ceremonial bell, according to The New York Times‘ Daniel Victor.

Kevin Hart, who visited Mill with Rubin earlier today, also acknowledged his release on Instagram. “Meek Mill is Frrrrreeeeeeeee,” he wrote. “I just left from seeing him in jail with @michaelgrubin and we were just told that he is being released. Woooooooow……Stand Up Philadelphia!!!!!”

The New England Patriots also published images of Meek with owner Robert Kraft, who recently visited Mill in prison. “Justice for our friend,” they wrote on social media. “Finally free.”

Roc Nation also issued a statement about their client’s release. “As we have said all along,” they wrote, “Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail.” Meanwhile, Rick Ross posted a series of flexing emojis alongside Meek’s name, presumably to signify strength.

Meek’s collaborator A$AP Ferg rejoiced over the release during an interview with MSNBC. “Jail is where murderers and people who need to do hard time go, to sit down for a long time,” he explained. “He’s not that. He was outside making art and music…Doing things for people in his neighborhood. He’s not barbaric, a gargoyle. He’s a very wholesome human being.”

Reverend Al Sharpton also spoke about the case. “When I visited him in jail, he said, ‘Reverend, at 18, I was a criminal,’ but he became an entrepreneur, an artist, and a successful one,” said Sharpton, who celebrated Mill’s release.

T.I. commended Meek during a phone call, which he publicized on Instagram. “They made you a political prisoner to silence you,” he wrote in the video’s caption. “You stood tall and stayed SOLID!!! They can’t stop you now lil bro!!!! It’s almost OVER!!!”

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Kanye West Parts Ways With Manager Scooter Braun

Posted by YeezysWorld on 7:21 PM

Kanye West is parting ways with Scooter Braun. The G.O.O.D. Music boss is reportedly splitting from his management team amidst reports of his erratic behavior.

Insiders claim West hit Braun and his lawyers with an ultimatum, to work with him full-time or part ways. Braun, whose high-profile clients also include Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, declined, according to TMZ.

Sources also say that Kanye is “acting erratically.” They are quick to point out, however, that he isn’t on the verge of hospitalization.

West and Braun, who started working together in 2016, reportedly remain on good terms despite this apparent schism. However, Kanye wants to have an in-house crew work on his music. They may continue working together in the future.

In March, Kanye also walked away from his longtime manager Izvor “Izzy” Zivkovic, who he’d been working with since 2010. Earlier this month, a report claimed Kris Jenner started guiding Kanye West and Travis Scott’s careers. Soon, Kylie Jenner denied that her mother was taking on a management role in their careers.

West has a lot of music to promote. He produced albums for a variety of artists that are scheduled to arrive this year, including Pusha T (May 25), Nas (June 15), and Teyana Taylor (June 22). Additionally, he’s also dropping a new solo album (June 1) and a Kid Cudi joint project as Kids See Ghosts (June 8). He is also working on a philosophy book in real time.

Kanye’s political views have raised eyebrows in recent weeks. Many criticized his stance on President Donald Trump, who he apparently loves, and his celebration of right-wing conservative Candace Owens, who he recently praised.

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Rich the Kid Disses Lil Uzi Vert Again on ‘Who Run It (Remix)’

Posted by YeezysWorld on 6:39 PM

Rich the Kid and Blac Youngsta are the latest rappers to jump on Three 6 Mafia’s “Who Run It” instrumental. The guys deliver a new version of the classic with a few disses at opps.

Rich aims his verbal darts at Lil Uzi Vert in response to the latter’s own “Who Run It” freestyle. “Lil Uzi is a big bitch,” he raps on the track, before referencing Vert’s rumored ex-girlfriend Brittany Byrd.

“I just might fuck on Brittany,” he raps. “Too much internet talk gone get me / You ni**as can’t be serious / I know you a pussy like periods…How much of that check is you gettin’ when Drama, he take it, I’m curious / You ain’t a boss, ain’t richer than me, you must be delirious.”

This follows Rich’s “Dead Friends” diss track. Yesterday, he also released the song’s video, which depicts the death of a Lil Uzi Vert lookalike.

Blac Youngsta adds his own scathing verses to the freestyle following his own feud with Blac Youngsta. “They might fill your block up,” he raps. “Memphis we do walk-ups / Playin’ in the M, get shot up / Ask somebody ’bout us / Homicide who done it / Ask around the city, who run it?”

Several others have also released freestyles over Three 6 Mafia’s “Who Run It” instrumental. 21 Savage, Trippie Redd, Lil Yachty, A$AP Rocky, and G Herbo have all done homages to the banger.

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