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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Chris Brown Debuts ‘Heartbreak on a Full Moon’ Chain

Posted by YeezysWorld on 2:23 PM

Chris Brown is shining. To celebrate last year’s double album Heartbreak on a Full Moon, the R&B crooner gifted himself with an iced-out chain and pendant.

The sparkly piece features the album cover’s bleeding heart over the moon, a play on the title. Adding to its realistic qualities, the veiny heart even has a sheen to it.


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Jeweler to the stars Elliot Avianne was responsible for the chain. In the past, he’s also created pendants for Travis Scott, Migos, Metro Boomin, Lil Uzi Vert, Big Sean, Future, Playboi Carti, and Cardi B. Last year, Brown went to Avianne for a special piece designed to look like his French bulldog, which he placed around the puppy’s neck.

@chrisbrownofficial Got His Frenchie Some Eliantte ๐Ÿ’Ž #BigDog

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Brown is also shining in the studio. He can be heard on Remy Ma’s latest single “Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown),” and has teased collaborations with Scott Storch and a mixtape with Jacquees.

Video: Nipsey Hussle – ‘Grinding All My Life/Stucc in the Grind’

Posted by YeezysWorld on 1:33 PM

Nipsey Hussle is all about the grind.

Hot off his YG collaboration “Last Time That I Checc’d,” the Crenshaw spitter drops two new videos from his Victory Lap LP in the form of “Grinding All My Life” and “Stucc in the Grind.”

The two-for-one clip starts off with “Grinding All My Life” and it features a day-in-the-life perspective. The Cali rapper starts off his day counting money, then heads out to ship orders, before hitting the bank and checking in on his Marathon Clothing store.

Nip uses the track to speak on a Las Vegas incident that allegedly took place in 2011. “You creamed them punks,” he tells an associate. “After all that lookin’ tough, all he seen was stomps / 50 Cent and Mayweather fleed the scene with us, true story.”

Following “Grinding All My Life” is “Stucc On the Grind,” a video filled with luxury. Nip starts the visual by flipping through channels and rhyming inside of an empty closet in a beautiful suite, but the video also works as a detailed look inside of a sleek BMW 750i.

Featuring “Rap Ni**as” and “Last Time That I Checc’d,” Victory Lap is due Feb. 16.

Quavo Has Been Making Beats for Kanye West

Posted by YeezysWorld on 12:37 PM

In between recording Migos’ Culture II, Quavo has been in the studio with Kanye West. While fans might expect ‘Ye behind the boards, it’s actually been the other way around.

“I did a couple beats for Kanye,” Quavo revealed during an interview with Los Angeles radio station REAL 92.3. “Me and [DJ] Durel.”

Huncho, who prefers to use Fruity Loops to make his instrumentals, said that crafting beats for Kanye allowed him to get a glimpse into Yeezy’s work as a producer, as well. “It’s crazy,” he added. “He got a crazy different feel. He got all his old shit that he came, that he had coming in making beats…He still uses his original keyboard and he still has old hard drives, old samples, and beats.”

In the past, the two have collaborated on tracks like Yo Gotti’s “Castro” and the star-studded “Champions.”

Elsewhere during the interview Takeoff shared his love for wrestling and Offset said the group shouldn’t be excluded from top artist discussions simply for being a collective. “When they be saying the top, there be some flops on there,” he said. “I don’t see the gang on there. Something wrong. It’s a cheat code to keep us out. You can’t keep us out though.”

Culture II is due Jan. 26.

Preview Jhenรฉ Aiko & Rae Sremmurd’s ‘Sativa’ Remix

Posted by YeezysWorld on 11:32 AM

Last week, Jhenรฉ Aiko announced that Slim Jxmmi was set to appear on her Swae Lee-assisted single “Sativa” off Trip. Now, the Rae Sremmurd MC unveils a preview of his addition.

“I didn’t mean to keep her waiting,” he sings. “I hope I reach your expectations.”

The remix will be companied by a video, which is set to debut Monday (Jan. 22). “got [Jxmmi] on the new version of ‘Sativa’ so now it’s a full-on Jhenรฉ Aiko x @RaeSremmurd thang ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿป‍♀️ song + video coming Jan. 22 #sativavideo.”

This will be the latest single off Jhenรฉ’s September album Trip, which features appearances from Brandy (“Ascension”), Big Sean (“Moments”), John Mayer (“New Balance”), and Kurupt (“Never Call Me”), among others.

The remix is good news for Rae Sremmurd fans, who are anticipating the group’s forthcoming SremmLife 3. Swae Lee has also recently teased his solo debut Swaecation, Vol. 1, which is due “in less than a month.”

In related news, Jhenรฉ and Big Sean are still going strong. Recently, the couple showed off their love at Dior Homme’s Autumn/Winter 2018 show during Paris Fashion Week.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Drake Drops Two New Tracks, ‘God’s Plan’ and ‘Diplomatic Immunity’

Posted by YeezysWorld on 3:39 PM

The 6 God is back. On Friday night, Drake unleashed his surprise EP Scary Hours, comprised of two tracks, “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity.”

“God’s Plan,” co-produced by Noah Shebib, Cardo, and Boi-1da, finds Drizzy reflecting on a different kind of woes: “Bad things / It’s a lot of bad things / That they wishing on me.”

On “Diplomatic Immunity,” produced by Boi-1da and Nick Brongers, Drake raps about SZA (“I just pulled up on Solana’s show / The girl’s a natural”), the Billboard Awards (“I claimed 13 out in Vegas”), and his relationship with Jennifer Lopez (“2010, when I lost my halo / 2017, I lost a J.Lo”).

The hip-hop mogul, who recently extended his partnership with the Raptors, has been in Toronto recording the follow-up to last year’s More Life.

Stream Scary Hours below.

Ed Sheeran Announces Engagement

Posted by YeezysWorld on 2:24 PM

Ed Sheeran has found his “Perfect” girl. The pop sensation has announced his engagement to Cherry Seaborn, his girlfriend of nearly three years.

Taking to Instagram, the 26-year-old chart-topper announced the big news. “Got myself a fiancรฉ just before new year,” he wrote. “We are very happy and in love, and our cats are chuffed as well.”

Sheeran has known the 24-year-old risk advisory consultant for quite some time. “I’ve known Cherry since I was 11,” he told People in March. “She worked on Wall Street in New York, and I had like six shows [around New York in 2015]. It was around then, and we reconnected. I went on tour again, and then I went to Taylor’s 4th of July party. I was texting [Seaborn], and she was like, ‘I’m in Rhode Island at a 4th of July party,’ and I was like, ‘So am I.’ I kinda said to Taylor, ‘Can I invite one of my old schoolmates?’ The rest is history.”

In December, he told Ellen DeGeneres that they bonded over peculiar cats. “She’s really cool,” he said. “We have two cats [Calipo and Dorito] but they’re both really, really strange creatures. They kind of sit up like humans. It’s really strange. You’ll walk in and they’ll be looking at you.”

Sheeran has made reference to Seaborn on various songs, including “Perfect.” “We were just kids when we fell in love, not knowing what it was,” he sings on the track. “I will not give you up this time.” On Swift’s “End Game,” he adds: “Knew her when I was young / Reconnected when we were little bit older, both sprung.”

Congrats to the couple!

New Music: Fat Joe & Dre – ‘Pick It Up’

Posted by YeezysWorld on 1:34 PM

After getting “So Excited” last year, Fat Joe and Dre head to the strip club on “Pick It Up.”

Inspired by Tupac Shakur’s “Ambitionz Az A Ridah” from 1996’s All Eyez On Me, the club banger is an ode to exotic dancers who show off their moves for that paper.

“I love a boss bitch makin’ moves,” raps Dre of Cool & Dre fame, who also handles the chorus. “The type to buy her own fuckin’ shoes / I love the ones that make the money moves / While you at it, cop a ni**a something too.”

After Dre handles the melodies, Don Cartagena provides his verse. “I like to be in the pussy but never being a pussy,” he raps. “I peeped you on that ‘Gram and you be slingin’ that pussy.”

To go along with the track, Joey Crack and Dre dropped a strip club-themed video featuring a bevy of lingerie-clad models in Las Vegas. Between scenes in front of a casino and in private rooms at a gentlemen’s club, the video pauses for a politically-charged moment.

Actress Tiffany Haddish addresses the devastation that has taken place in Puerto Rico in a telethon-like setting. Joe, who’s been an outspoken figure in relief efforts, plays the Kanye West role beside her.

“Donald Trump don’t like brown or black people,” he says. Once the camera cuts off, Haddish replies: “What the fuck was up with that, man? You trying to get us shot?”

DJ Khaled, Rihanna, & Bryson Tiller to Perform at Grammys

Posted by YeezysWorld on 12:30 PM

Major key alert! The Grammys have added another one, or rather, another three performers for this year’s extravaganza. DJ Khaled, Rihanna, and Bryson Tiller are set to perform at Music’s Biggest Night.

The “Wild Thoughts” trio joins a star-studded roster of previously-announced performers, including Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Cardi B, SZA, Childish Gambino, Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid, Lady Gaga, U2, Miley Cyrus, and Merit Award recipient Elton John.

Taking to Instagram, Khaled announced the performance with glee. “I dreamed and worked hard for this opportunity and TRUST ME I’m gonna take this to the next level,” he wrote. “I can show you better than I can tell you!!”

Of the three, Rihanna is the only nominee this year. The singer is up for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for her “LOYALTY.” collaboration with Kendrick Lamar.

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards is set to air live from New York’s Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Lorde Says Cardi B Deserved More Grammy Nominations

Posted by YeezysWorld on 11:32 AM

Cardi B may be nominated for two Grammys this year, but Lorde says that’s not enough.

The pop songstress, whose Melodrama is up for Album of the Year, heaped praise on the Bronx rapper in her Billboard cover story. “Cardi B should have gotten a nomination in one of those big categories,” she said. “She kind of defined 2017.”

But Cardi isn’t complaining about her two nominations for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves).” “Two of them !! Thank you Lord. I couldn’t be more grateful,” she said upon learning she was nominated.

Last month, she also spoke about the nominations on “The Tonight Show.” “I already feel like a winner,” she said. “I never thought me. I already won. What’s good?”

Aside from her two nominations, Cardi is set to perform the remix to “Finesse” with Bruno Mars at this year’s show.

Hosted by James Corden, the 60th Annual Grammy Awards is set to air live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

Fredo Santana Dead at 27

Posted by YeezysWorld on 10:45 AM

Fredo Santana, Chicago rapper and cousin to Chief Keef, died from a fatal seizure on Friday (Jan. 19), according to several reports. He was 27.

The drill rapper, who’s worked with Childish Gambino, Travis Scott, Juelz Santana, and Kendrick Lamar, was found dead on the floor of his Los Angeles home by his girlfriend, as per TMZ.

Santana, who’s struggled with lean addiction, was recently hospitalized due to liver and kidney issues. Lean has been said to cause seizures in the past.

“I’m getting back to normal sorry to all my fans turbo bandana will not be dropping tomorrow due to my health issues,” Santana wrote back when he was hospitalized in October. “Thanks for everyone who prayed for a ni**a. I wouldn’t wish this on my worse enemy.”

Fredo’s reported death has led to an outpouring of support and condolences from artists, including Drake. “๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข Rest In Peace Santana,” he wrote on Instagram, while Travis Scott added, “Rip to my dawg. Rest up easy love you bro.”

Just days before his death, Fredo said he was working on his “favorite project” thus far. “Walking Legend 2 is my favorite project an I only got 7 songs done so far,” he wrote. “๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ…… can’t wait to it’s finished an complete.”

Santana is survived by an 8-month-old son.

R.I.P. Fredo Santana.

๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข Rest In Peace Santana

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Drake Drops ‘Scary Hours’ EP

Posted by YeezysWorld on 2:36 AM

The 6 God is back. On Friday night, Drake unleashed his surprise EP Scary Hours, comprised of two tracks, “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity.”

“God’s Plan,” co-produced by Noah Shebib, Cardo, and Boi-1da, finds Drizzy reflecting on a different kind of woes: “Bad things / It’s a lot of bad things / That they wishing on me.”

On “Diplomatic Immunity,” produced by Boi-1da and Nick Brongers, Drake raps about SZA (“I just pulled up on Solana’s show / The girl’s a natural”), the Billboard Awards (“I claimed 13 out in Vegas”), and his relationship with Jennifer Lopez (“2010, when I lost my halo / 2017, I lost a J.Lo”).

The hip-hop mogul, who recently extended his partnership with the Raptors, has been in Toronto recording the follow-up to last year’s More Life.

Stream Scary Hours below.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Yams Day Ends in Violence

Posted by YeezysWorld on 7:19 PM

Yams Day, which was supposed to be a celebration of the late A$AP Yams, ended in chaos after violence broke out at the New York Expo Center in the Bronx on Thursday (Jan. 18).

Approximately two hours into the show, while A$AP Rocky was on stage, a fight broke out somewhere in the venue, according to the New York Daily News. This resulted in a stampede and the cancelation of the show, according to witnesses.

Anthony Bell, a 23-year-old concertgoer from Brooklyn, described the scene. “It was super packed and we couldn’t tell what was happening,” he explained. “You could hear there was a fight, and it definitely sounded like there were gunshots.”

“Everybody started running, and then it calmed down and there was a little pause,” he added. “But then you could hear chairs being thrown again and I heard that gunshot sound again, so I was headed for the door.”

It’s unclear how many altercations broke out, but footage started spreading on social media shortly after the event was canceled. A few clips show several men involved in confrontations. Another video features Rocky escaping a stampede and what looks like smoke or dust. The NY Daily News reported “combatants brawling” with “bats and long pieces of wood or metal.”

The New York Police Department had no reports of gunshots, but acknowledged that the event faced a “crowd control” issue.

Controversial rapper Tekashi69 was rumored to be a part of the mayhem, but he took to social media to say that he was not involved. “Nothing BUT the up most RESPECT for this man,” he said under a photo of Yams. “This is not about me, it’s about YAMS. People will always mix my name up with something. This is the internet and this is what comes with fame. All I can do is sit here and explain stuff to you guys. I had nothing to do with tonight’s disaster. I went live and posted it so you guys can see. THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME THIS DAY IS FOR YAMS.. Nothing but love and condolences to ASAP.”

50 Cent & Ja Rule Reignite Beef

Posted by YeezysWorld on 6:45 PM

50 Cent and Ja Rule have reignited their longstanding feud.

During a recent appearance on Los Angeles radio station REAL 92.3, the G-Unit mogul addressed the beef after his Den of Thieves co-star O’Shea Jackson Jr. said he couldn’t be a fan of Ja after 50 came out. “I done put him to bed,” 50 bragged.

Shortly after the interview went public, Rule York went on a Twitter spree. “Let’s be clear I mind my business,” he wrote. “but for some reason @50cent keeps my name in his mouth… I think he’d rather have my dick in his mouth lmao… #bitchassnigga #ticklebooty.”

From there, he went on a longer rampage, calling 50 Cent a “pussy,” and recalling a time when he was “beat up, stabbed, and shot.” He warned Jackson — who is also Ice Cube’s son — to “stay sucker free” and said that the G-Unit boss “ain’t killing nothing” and “ain’t letting nothing die.”

The fury continued with more tweets, in which Rule said 50 is his “student” and his “young paddawan.” “you owe me your life boy,” he added. “I own your soul @50cent and EVERYONE sees it now… your my bitch!!!” He also claimed that 50 is “trash” and that he only has “1 good album.” Finally, he issued a warning to 50 Cent: “don’t make me expose you #Ticklebooty.”

50 appeared to respond with a “Groundhog Day” post, writing: “When the checks stop and you go back to the hood, and everybody knows your broke…it’s not my fault.”

Video: Nipsey Hussle feat. YG – ‘Last Time That I Checc’d’

Posted by YeezysWorld on 5:49 PM

Following “Rap Ni**as” and “Been Down,” Nipsey Hussle reunites with his “Fuck Donald Trump” partner YG for “Last Time That I Checc’d.”

Directed by Sergio, the sleek visual is a ride around Los Angeles with Nip and YG. Police escorts behind him, Hussle rolls around and flexes out the passenger window of a white Lamborghini in an unbuttoned Dodgers jersey.

“I come through fly,” he raps. “No co-sign / I didn’t need radio to do mine / I done fine and I take my time.”

With Nipsey standing in front of a blue wall, YG stands beside him in front of a red one. Backed by a black Lambo, the 4Hunnid boss stunts on his own haters. “This that ‘I done made it out the gutter’ shit,” he raps. “Nip told you fuck the middle man, I told you fuck a bitch / Fuck wearing they clothes, I wear my own shit.”

“Last Time That I Checc’d” is the latest single off Nipsey’s debut album Victory Lap, which is due Feb. 16.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Reveal Daughter’s Name

Posted by YeezysWorld on 4:27 PM

And you say Chi baby!

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have finally revealed the name of their third child. According to the reality television star-turned-entrepreneur, their new daughter’s name is Chicago West, an homage to Kanye’s hometown. Her nickname will be Chi.

Kardashian shared the news on Friday (Jan. 19), simply writing “Chicago West” on her website. Chi was born via surrogate at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles on Jan. 15 and weighed 7lbs 6oz.

Chicago joins her older siblings North and Saint, completing the West trio of babies. Kardashian celebrated the moment with a subsequent tweet, writing: “North, Saint, & Chi.”

Shortly after Baby Chi’s birth, Kim wrote a letter of gratitude to announce her arrival, thanking her surrogate for making their “dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give.” She also thanked “doctors and nurses for their special care.”

The Wests opted for surrogacy for their third child because Kardashian suffers from a medical complication known as placenta accreta, which would have made a third pregnancy dangerous and potentially life-threatening.

Kim and Kanye have yet to share a photo of the baby. They have reportedly received offers up to $5 million for rights to the first picture, but the power couple is not looking to sell. Instead, they plan on sharing the photo themselves when they’re ready to do so.

Welcome to the world, Chicago!

Joey Bada$$ Performs Prince-Inspired ‘When Thugs Cry’

Posted by YeezysWorld on 3:34 PM

Nearly two years after Prince’s death at the age of 57, Joey Bada$$ offers up a tribute to the Purple One on Triple J’s “Like a Version.”

Backed by a live band and backup singers, Jozif Badmon performed “When Thugs Cry,” a rousing take on Prince and the Revolution’s “When Doves Cry” from 1984’s Purple Rain.

“Maybe I’m just like my brother,” he sings on the remix. “He’s never satisfied / Why do we shoot at each other? / This is what it sounds like when thugs cry.”

Joey isn’t the first rapper to flip Prince’s classic. The somber song has been sampled, remixed, and/or covered by a slew of artists, including Tupac Shakur, Ginuwine, Joe Budden, Bizzy Bone, and The Game.

As part of the same Triple J performance, Joey also performed one of his own tracks. Taking the stage with the band behind him again, the Pro Era MC rocked out to “Temptation” from his 2017 album ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$.

Joey also unleashed “King to a God” with Dessy Hinds. The boom-bap track offers dramatic samples and guitar licks, for Jozif’s punchline-heavy bars and a reference to MF DOOM. “I sell rhymes like dimes and leave MFs doomed,” he raps. “Since my first tunes, I’ve been raising hell from the tomb.”

Jay-Z to Be Honored at GLAAD Media Awards

Posted by YeezysWorld on 2:30 PM

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, also known as GLAAD, is set to honor JAY-Z with a special recognition at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards. Hov will be commemorated for the 4:44 song “Smile” and its music video, which depicts his mother Gloria Carter’s journey as a single mother and as a lesbian.

“Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian,” he raps on the track. “Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian / Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate / Society’s shame and the pain was too much to take.”

The song also finds JAY accepting his mother’s lifestyle. “Cried tears of joy when you fell in love,” he adds. “Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her / I just wanna see you smile through all the hate.”

Hov’s mother Gloria Carter also opens up about love on the outro. “Living in the shadow,” she says. “Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live? In the shadows people see you as happy and free because that’s what you want them to see, living two lives, happy, but not free.”

She also offers some advice: “Life is short, and it’s time to be free. Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed. Smile.”

Speaking to The New York Times’ T Magazine last year, JAY explained what his relationship with his mother has been like. “We never spoke about it until, like, recently, now we start having these beautiful conversations, and just really getting to know each other,” he said. “We were always good friends but now we’re really great friends. You know. And we were just talking as friends. And then she was sharing that she was in love. She can be herself [now]. She doesn’t have to hide for her kids or feel like she’s embarrassing her kids. It was a much different time then. [Now] she can just live her full life, her whole life, and be her.”

Miley Cyrus, Halsey, Kesha, and Sam Smith are also among the nominees at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards ceremony, which will be held in Los Angeles on April 1 and in New York on May 5.

Swae Lee Announces Solo Debut ‘Swaecation, Vol. 1’

Posted by YeezysWorld on 1:30 PM

Swae Lee is going on a Swaecation.

After breaking out as a solo star with French Montana’s “Unforgettable” and Jhenรฉ Aiko’s “Sativa,” one half of Rae Sremmurd confirms that his debut solo album, Swaecation, Vol. 1, is due “in like less than a month.”

Recently, a fan asked when his R&B album would drop. “This will be Swaecation Vol 1 as well as some on melodies on SremmLife 3,” he replied. “know I won’t leave you guys hanging.”

When probed for a release date, he added: “Definitely in like less than a month confirmed.”

Last year, Swae teased high-profile collaborations, hitting the studio with Kendrick Lamar and Tory Lanez.

This year will also likely see the release of SremmLife 3. In the past, the duo has said that it will drop in January, but no official announcement has been made. Preceded by “Perplexing Pegasus,” the effort is set to follow 2016’s sequel.

Machine Gun Kelly to Play Tommy Lee in Motley Crue Biopic

Posted by YeezysWorld on 12:30 PM

Machine Gun Kelly is set to transform into legendary drummer Tommy Lee for Netflix’s upcoming Mรถtley Crรผe biopic The Dirt.

Gunna celebrated the news on social media. “and it’s finally announced,” he wrote. ” excuse me for being crass but….HOLY FUCKING SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT!!!!!!!”

Jeff Tremaine (Jackass) is set to direct the film, which was written by Rich Wilkes (xXx) and Tom Kapinos (“Californication”). Chris Nilsson, Steve Kline, and Rick Yorn are executive producing, while Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen, and Allen Kovac are producing (per Variety).

MGK’s brother is also part of the cast, according to Kellz. “i got the movie to hire my little bro as my drum teacher,” he tweeted. “kept it in the family. i WILL learn the drums and finish the new album before we start filming.”

The Dirt has moved around from studio to studio but has now found its home at Netflix. It will be based on the band’s 2001 autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. Members of the Crรผe will be on board as co-producers.

Gunna isn’t leaving music behind. He recently said that he expects his next album to catapult him to an arena tour. “the bloom album + this next album were meant to be played in sold out arena’s,” he wrote. “that’s all i day dream about. it’ll happen. and i won’t be able to stop smiling.”

Exclusive: Justine Skye Talks ‘Ultraviolet,’ PARTYNEXTDOOR, & JAY-Z

Posted by YeezysWorld on 11:39 AM

Justine Skye is ready to show off her “fearless” personality on her debut album Ultraviolet. The R&B songstress recently visited Rap-Up HQ to discuss the long-awaited project, which arrives today via Roc Nation Records.

“This album is kind of like another side of me,” says the Purple Unicorn. “It’s the side of me that you’ll see on stage, you’ll see out at a party, at the club. Just the more confident, fierce, after-a-few-drinks, saying anything on her mind, going for it. Justine Skyers is shy, nerdy, and very weird, very awkward. But this girl, on this album, is fearless.”

In addition to WizKid (“U Don’t Know”) and Jeremih (“Back for More”), Ultraviolet features two collaborations with PARTYNEXTDOOR (“You Got Me,” “Goodlove”), who encouraged her to express another side of her personality.

“I learned a lot from him,” Skye says of the OVO star. “He opened the door to push me to sing in a tone that I didn’t normally sing in. I was kind of scared. He was like, ‘You need to say things that guys would say. You need to speak like a ni**a. You gotta really get at them.'”

Looking back, Skye says she’s grateful for PND’s advice and guidance during the making of Ultraviolet. “I’m glad that he pushed me to that level,” she adds. “I love those songs…Every song is my favorite, but when I play them for people, they speak out.”

Her Roc Nation boss JAY-Z was also part of the process. “JAY is as involved as he can be,” she said, acknowledging his business ties and family duties. “He is very involved with his artists, giving advice, in the office, just chilling. It’s literally like a family.”

Money showers ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ @justineskye #RapUpHQ

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New Music: Leon Thomas feat. Buddy – ‘Favorite’

Posted by YeezysWorld on 12:34 AM

Leon Thomas has made his mark on music, television, movies, and even Broadway. Now, the multifaceted artist, actor, and Grammy-winning producer, who’s collaborated with everyone from Chris Brown to Post Malone to Toni Braxton, unleashes his debut single “Favorite” featuring Buddy.

Over a piano-laden track, the “Insecure” and Detroit star offers soothing vocals to his one and only. “You the only one I see now, you the only one I take out,” he sings. “I’ve been focused on the check, getting all that I can get, but I find my way to you somehow.”

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The track already bounces, but Buddy comes in and throws in some hip-hop flavor. “Your love’s explosive and it got me losing focus,” he raps. “You’re my favorite type of drug and I’ve been overdosing.”

Speaking to Rap-Up, Thomas said that the song is special and true to his life. “‘Favorite’ is a song about my journey in being exclusive with the girl of my dreams,” he said. “Every intoxicating encounter leaves me wanting more. I created this song at one of my best friend’s beach home in Venice. Shout out to Roofeeo Wes and Buddy for turning a post-lunch jam session into my first single. I hope this song inspires people to fall in love all over the world.”

After working with the likes of Ariana Grande, Zendaya, and Syd the Kid as part of his production group The Rascals, Thomas is planning to release his EP via Priority/Capitol Records, while continuing his multifaceted career as an actor and musician.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Kodak Black Arrested on 7 Charges

Posted by YeezysWorld on 11:22 PM

Kodak Black was arrested in Florida on Thursday (Jan. 18) on a series of charges.

According to TMZ, the “Roll in Peace” hitmaker, born Dieuson Octave, was hit with seven charges, including grand theft of a firearm, possession of marijuana over 20 grams, and neglecting a child. There are also two charges for possession of a weapon or ammo by a felon and two probation violation charges.

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The 20-year-old rapper happened to be on Instagram Live when cops entered his home and searched the property. They seized his cell phone in the raid.

This is not Kodak’s first run-in with the law. He was released from jail in June after serving 97 days of a 364-day sentence. He was released early for completing a voluntary life skills class behind bars.

Black was in the midst of serving a one-year house arrest sentence and had to get permission from his probation officer and the court before traveling. He could face serious jail time if the charges remain.

In October, he was also indicted on sexual conduct charges. The case is ongoing.

Stream Justine Skye’s Debut Album ‘Ultraviolet’

Posted by YeezysWorld on 10:27 PM

Justine Skye shines bright on her long-awaited debut album Ultraviolet.

The 10-track project boasts contributions from PARTYNEXTDOOR (“You Got Me,” “Goodlove”), Jeremih (“Back for More”), WizKid (“U Don’t Know”), and Hitmaka (“Back for More”), among others. It also showcases a new and self-assured side of the R&B songstress known as the Purple Unicorn.

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“This album is kind of like another side of me,” she told Rap-Up. “It’s the side of me that you’ll see on stage, you’ll see out at a party, at the club. Just the more confident, fierce, after-a-few-drinks, saying anything on her mind, going for it. Justine Skyers is shy, nerdy, and very weird, very awkward. But this girl, on this album, is fearless.”

Much of that can be credited to PND, according to Justine. “I learned a lot from him,” she said. “He opened the door to push me to sing in a tone that I didn’t normally sing in. I was kind of scared. He was like, ‘You need to say things that guys would say. You need to speak like a ni**a. You gotta really get at them.'”

Listen to Justine glow up below.

Video: Tinashe feat. Offset – ‘No Drama’

Posted by YeezysWorld on 9:24 PM

Skrr-skrr! Fresh off the release of “No Drama,” Tinashe links up with Offset once again in the dark and mysterious video.

Rocking bold and seductive looks, the blonde star keeps her dancing shoes on for the dramatic visual, breaking down sensual choreography in between brooding boxing footage.

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Offset pulls up for his verse, holding court in an abandoned smoky warehouse. Standing in front of grimy walls, the Migos spitter shows off the glaciers around his neck before linking up with Tinashe for the finale.

Tinashe recently teased three new singles, including “No Drama.” The other two tracks, “Me So Bad” and “Faded Love,” are slated to arrive soon. Each of the cuts is expected to appear on the highly-anticipated Joyride, which follows 2014’s Aquarius.

Bruno Mars’ ‘24K Magic World Tour’ Earns $200 Million

Posted by YeezysWorld on 8:36 PM

Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic World Tour” has proven to be quite magical. The global trek has amassed more than $200 million in earnings.

The latest figures have allowed Mars to top the Hot Tours chart this week, grossing $37.4 million from 408,443 tickets sold.

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The tour started out in Europe in March of last year and that leg of the jaunt ran through mid-June. Then came the tour’s North American stretch, from July through November. It concluded in Latin America in December.

Over the course of 115 headlining performances, Mars has sold 2 million tickets, grossing $200 million thus far.

But the show goes on. Bruno is set to go back on the road with a handful of appearances in the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand, followed by the Asian leg of the tour in April and May. He will round out the entire run in Europe in June and July, where he will also be performing festival dates.

This week, Mars’ Cardi B-assisted single “Finesse” reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Following “24K Magic” and “That’s What I Like,” the song grants Mars a special distinction, tying Mariah Carey and Beyoncรฉ as the only artist with three top 5 Hot 100 hits from each of their first three albums, according to Billboard.

Bruno and Bardi will perform the ’90s-inspired song at the 60th Annual Grammys on Jan. 28.

Migos Make Grammy Predictions, Talk Nicki Minaj & Cardi B Rivalry

Posted by YeezysWorld on 7:18 PM

As they prep for the release of Culture II, Migos is ready to win a Best Rap Album Grammy for the 2017 original.

Speaking with Beats 1, the trio of Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff said that they are deserving of the title over JAY-Z (4:44), Kendrick Lamar (DAMN.), Rapsody (Laila’s Wisdom), and Tyler, the Creator (Flower Boy).

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“Everybody dropped albums but the way everything fell into place, we made ourselves household names,” said Quavo. “We put too much extras around the album that involved the album to make it a bigger platform. You could just drop an album and keep it pushing but we worked the album.”

Despite thinking they’re frontrunners, Quavo said he feels like his stiffest competition comes from JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar. “JAY-Z’s album is the OG speaking game, soaking the knowledge from the youth and trickling down, to let them know how to run companies like bosses,” he explained. “Kendrick come in and talk about what’s going on in the world and making it sound good in the clubs. That’s the albums I think we’re competing against. Those two big dogs right there.”

Culture II is set to feature “MotorSport,” the blazing Hot 100 single that features rumored rivals Cardi B and Nicki Minaj. The two women appeared in the video for the song, but never in the same scene. When host Ebro Darden called that a “missed opportunity,” Quavo revealed that it was not for lack of trying. “They played themselves,” he explained. “We tried to create that moment.” Later, he added: “I feel like that record is still a moment, just the record alone. Hearing both of them on one song go at it.” Offset, who is dating Cardi B, concurred: “We made a moment for hip-hop again.”

Elsewhere during the interview, Quavo revealed that he plans on producing Takeoff’s solo album and that he wants the group to go on tour with Travis Scott and 21 Savage some day. They also revealed that there is no animosity with Joe Budden despite their past slights. Culture II is due Jan. 26, just two days before the Grammys.

Offset Apologizes for Using Gay Slur, Denies Homophobic Accusations

Posted by YeezysWorld on 6:31 PM

Offset claimed that he could not “vibe with queers” on his recent YFN Lucci collaboration “Boss Life.” Now, the Migos rapper is apologizing over his use of the gay slur, claiming that he did not mean to offend members of the LGBTQ community.

“I didn’t write the line about gay people,” he wrote in a statement on Instagram. “I have said before since these issues before that I got love for all people. My passion for fashion has lead me to a lot of gay people around me who I have mad respect for and we are very cool so I’m not in a place where I’m hating like that.”

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He went on to claim that he used the term to mean “strange; odd,” based on one of the word’s definitions. “When I wrote that I was thinking of words that could rhyme with the others (here, lear, solitaire, bear) and I saw this definition about her having a queer feeling she was being watched,” he added. “It fit what I was thinking about a stalker creepy paparazzi situation. To me that ‘queer’ I don’t mean someone who’s gay. I mean lame people who film you, post it and stalk you. Lingo that means strange or odd.”

Nevertheless, Offset offered an apology. “I M S O R R Y,” he added. “I A P O L O G I Z E. I’m offended I offended anybody.”

This isn’t the first time that Offset has used the slur. In 2015, he also said the word during a freestyle on “Tim Westwood TV.” “We hang out with boss ni**as, don’t hang out with queers / We gon’ make them terrified, we might cut off his ear / Might cut off his neck, we don’t give a fuck / We doing anything for checks.”

This isn’t the first time that Migos has been accused of homophobia. In February 2017, Quavo and Offset shared their surprise after many people supported iLoveMakonnen for coming out as gay. “They supported him?” asked Quavo. Offset replied: “That’s because the world is fucked up.”

Shortly after those comments were criticized as insensitive, Migos apologized. “We feel the world is fucked up that people feel like they have to hide and we’re asked to comment on someone’s sexuality,” they wrote in a joint statement. “We have no problem with anyone’s sexual preference. We love all people, gay or straight and we apologize if we offended anyone.”

Cardi B Lands First Movie Deal

Posted by YeezysWorld on 5:33 PM

Cardi B is going from the Billboard charts to the big screen. The Bronx bombshell has just landed her first movie deal, according to TMZ. The motion picture is set to start filming in March, but the title and content of the film remain under wraps.

In order to participate in the movie, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper had to make some money moves, canceling gigs that would have earned her between $100,000 and $200,000. Her earnings for the film are not yet known.

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Speaking of movies, Bardi also stars in I’m Here Muthaf*ckas, a new TIDAL documentary about her rise from the Bronx and her trip to Miami for Moschino’s Art Basel bash. The film features G-Eazy, Paris Hilton, and Jeremy Scott.

“I wish that people from where I’m from could have these types of experiences,” she says in the mini-doc. “Experiencing art, experiencing the finer things in life, so they could feel free.”

It’s already shaping up to a be a big year for Bacardi. This week, the New York rhymer became the first woman with five simultaneous top 10 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, surpassing Beyoncรฉ who previously held the record with four.

Watch “I’m Here Muthaf*ckas” via TIDAL below.

New Music: Dreezy & 2 Chainz – ‘2nd to None’

Posted by YeezysWorld on 4:33 PM

Dreezy and 2 Chainz are “2nd to None.”

After “Spar”-ring with 6LACK and Kodak Black last year, the Chicago rapper enlists Tity Boi for a new banger about coming in first place at all times.

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Hairweave Killer handles the chorus, annihilating all competitors in the process. “I’m second to none, you nothin’,” he raps. “I’m next to a nun, she naked / No disrespect, my check long as a confession.”

Then, Dreezy boasts about her own prowess. “I ain’t trippin’ off no ni**a, bitch, no not at all,” she raps. “I post a pic and make ’em sick, got bitches loggin’ off / I’m taking blunts straight to the face, shit got me noddin’ off / Say I’m a headache but he just gon’ take a Tylenol.”

Later, Chainz comes back around with a verse. “Secret society, all we got is us,” he raps. “I know I’m blessed ’cause I don’t believe in luck / Looked in the mirror like, ‘You the only one I trust’ / And she ain’t even that cute, so I only look at her butt.”

Dreezy is working on the follow-up to her 2016 debut No Hard Feelings, while Tity Boi has hinted at a possible ColleGrove sequel with Lil Wayne.

New Music: Remy Ma feat. Chris Brown – ‘Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)’

Posted by YeezysWorld on 3:30 PM

Remy Ma and Chris Brown make magic on their new 7 Winters & 6 Summers collaboration, “Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown).”

Over a sample of Mint Condition’s ’90s hit “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes),” Breezy sings about his lover. “You’re my pretty brown eyes,” he croons. “I want you / I don’t need you in my life / But you’re my vibe tonight and I love you.”

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Boasting about her “brown skin poppin’,” Reminisce delivers a couple of show-stopping verses in celebration of her “up north glow.” “Body lookin’ like cinnamon,” she brags. “I’m running shit right now, I think I pulled a ligament.”

According to Remy, the song is meant to empower. “I just wanted to make something to let people know that you’re beautiful, you’re pretty,” she said. “You can be brown skin, dark skin, light skinned. None of that is what makes you pretty or beautiful. It’s what’s inside.”

“Melanin Magic” follows Remy’s Lil’ Kim-assisted single “Wake Me Up.” Both tracks are expected to appear on Ma’s forthcoming sophomore album, 7 Winters & 6 Summers, which is due early this year via Columbia Records.

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