Friday, March 24, 2017

Kendrick Lamar Drops Bars and Bars and Bars On “The Heart Part 4” [LISTEN]

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Kendrick Lamar is back like cooked coke crack. Tonight (March 23), the Compton rapper dropped a new song called “The Heart Part 4.”

Don’t worry, the song is full of bars.

After a quick beat change, K. Dot snaps. “My fans can’t wake for me to son your punk ass and crush your whole little sh*t/I’ll Big Pun your punk ass you a scared little b*tch,” he spits. “Tiptoeing around my name ni**a ya lame and when I get at you hoe don’t you tell me you was just playing.”

The marauding beat is a tapestry for fierce lyrics to put his peers on notice. “So damn great motherf*cker I’ve died, what you hearing now is a paranormal vibe,” adds.

Listen to “The Heart Part 4” below or cop right here via iTunes. This is for the culture.


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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gorillaz Announce New Album, Drop 4 New Videos

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It’s been six years since the Gorillaz have beaten their chest on some dope tracks but today the British band have returned with a bag full of treats for their fans.

After just announcing their fifth studio album, Humanz, and causing a ruckus with an impressive list of guest features on their track listing including the likes of De La Soul, Vince Staples, and Pusha T, the group comes through with an animated short titled Saturnz Barz (Spirit House) for their cut with the same name.

But that’s not all. Making up for their long hiatus, Gorillaz have released three additional songs and videos to further appease their hardcore fan base who’ve waited patiently for the four-person team to return.

Check out the videos along with the tracklist after the jump and let us know if you’ll be checking for Humanz come April 28.

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10 Things We Learned From ILOVEMAKONNEN’s Interview With FADER

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ILOVEMAKONNEN has spoken out at length, for the first time he came out as gay. Also for the first time since those awkward statements Migos made about him.

ILOVEMAKONNEN hasn’t been on many people’s radars since his hit “Tuesday” came and went. He seemed to reach his peak when Drake sought him out to sign him to his OVO Sound label, remix the song and eventually get nominated for a Grammy. But after that, he did not duplicate the success of the single, fell out of favor with OVO and has just lived his own life ever since.

Part of living his life was coming out as gay earlier this year. Many joked “we already knew that,” but for the artist sometimes referred to a just Makonnen it was a statement to the world that he wasn’t hiding from who he was or anyone else for that matter.

In a story for the FADER, the formerly Atlanta-based artist is found living in Portland, a world away from the rap life. In the interview, he was asked about his crumbled relationship with Drake and OVO as well as his thoughts on former “friends” Migos equating his coming out to a “f*cked up” world and later apologizing for their remarks. To let him tell it, he wasn’t really bothered by the remarks. He actually kind of agrees with Quavo’s stance on not being homophobic, but not because he happens to have a song with Frank Ocean.

“Hell nah, they ain’t got no problem with gay people,” Makonned said. “They f*ckin’ song is “Versace”! Like, the f*ck! N*gga, [Gianni] Versace is the gayest n*gga. They ain’t got issues with him, why they got issues with me?”

Here are some more things we learned.

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He Feels OVO Only Signed Him Because They Needed A Hit Song

Makonned revealed that he never really had much of a relationship with Drake or the label except for the time they recorded the “Tuesday” remix and video.

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T.I. And Safaree Samuels Traded Some Low Blows On Hip-Hop Squares [VIDEO]

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Things got a little tense between T.I. and Safaree Samuels during a taping of VH1’s new game show Hip-Hop Squares.

Some cutting room footage from the show has surfaced online. Here we have T.I. sending some jabs at Safaree about his love life, specifically his former relationship with Nicki Minaj.

The clip starts off with T.I. make jest of Safaree‘s current casting on Love And Hip-Hop.

“I thought his hip-hop love had done went over,” he said.” I ain’t thought he had a hip-hop love no more.”

Safaree didn’t back down though.

“You need help writing lyrics to your raps because your lyrics are kind of subpar,” he shot back.

For good measure, he sent another shot at comedian Lil Duval who was snickering at T.I.’s comments.He then aimed his next statement at comedian Lil Duval and stated, “My dick is bigger than you so you can’t say sh*t.”

“My d*ck is bigger than you so you can’t say sh*t.”

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11 Things We Learned From Future In Billboard

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The success of 2016 has clearly followed Future into 2017. After co-headlining the Summer Sixteen Tour with Drake, last year, Future dropped two critically acclaimed albums just a week apart this past February which hit the Hip-Hop world like a comet a la Deep Impact.

Billboard recently caught up with the ATL rapper and gave his fans some more insight into how Future got started in the rap game and just how much his family played a part in not only his success but the success of the ATL rap scene in general.

Yeah, he talked about Ciara, too.

Here are the 11 things we learned from Future in Billboard.

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Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta Star Erica Dixon Arrested After Traffic Stop [VIDEO]

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Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star Erica Dixon aka Scrappy’s baby mama was arrested after a traffic stop. According to police, she tried to flee the scene.

Reports TMZ:

Former “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Erica Dixon was damn near yanked out of her car by cops after she allegedly fled the scene of a traffic stop.

The video starts with a street scene, where Erica had just been pulled over for speeding. She says she accepted the ticket, jumped in her car and started driving, but it’s clear cops believe she was still being detained and just started to flee.

You then see a cop car roar up to her car and cops then jump out to confront her.

Although there were a gang of officers, white and Black, they seemed to give her a lot of room to sound off. Dixon was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. It goes without saying, we gotta hear both sides.

Dixon was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. It goes without saying, we gotta hear both sides.

Watch the footage of the encounter below.

 


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Nia Long Allegedly Was A Nightmare To Work With On The Set Empire

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Nia Long didn’t win any friends during her time on the set filming for the Fox network hit series, Empire, and was reportedly a nightmare to work with if the chatter is true. According to a new report, Long clashed with Taraji P. Henson to the point of silent standoffs and was also said to be routinely late to film scenes with her co-stars.

TMZ exclusively reports:

Nia Long was such a nightmare on the set of “Empire” … the hair and makeup folks lodged an official complaint against her, and Nia also threatened to sue the show over an improper goodbye … this according to well-placed production sources.

Multiple people — cast, crew and production people — tell TMZ Nia was disrespectful and unprofessional throughout her run on the show.

We broke the story … Nia and Taraji P. Henson were at war with each other because Taraji was irate over the way Nia treated the staff, and it got so bad producers were trying to figure out how to shoot scenes with the two of them where each actress did their part separately. It was so tense neither would speak to the other.

According to the outlet, the show’s hair and makeup staff filed just one work-related complaint and it was connected to Long. TMZ’s sources also added the Long was “habitually late” and often had Henson and Terrence Howard waiting 30 minutes or more to film a scene. The waits were so long that producers had to place a stand-in for Long for Henson and Howard to rehearse.

Long’s reps told TMZ that the claims are false and said that the timing of the news is suspect because the show returns to airwaves this week.

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Future Opens Up About Cutting Back On Drugs And Becoming A “Cornball” For Ciara

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In his cover story with Billboard magazine Future spoke on the changes he felt were forced upon him while dating pop princess Ciara.

After making history becoming the first artist to ever have two back-to-back #1 albums two weeks in a row, it was only right that Billboard put Future on the cover of their print magazine.

The expansive interview talks about Future‘s long list of accomplishments over the last few years including the aforementioned back-to-back #1 albums Future and Hendrxx, as well as the $80 million dollars the Summer Sixteen tour he co-headlined with Drake brought in, making it one of the biggest tours in Hip-Hop history. All of which can be credited to him staying true to himself. Something that may have not been the case during the time he was dating his ex-fiancee, Ciara.

Future‘s fans remember that era vividly as he put out what’s probably his least popular album Honest around that time. But he remembers it as a time when he was changing who he was as a person.

Billboard writes:

Future insists he’s in a good place. “I feel like everything happened for a reason,” he says. “I’m happy with life now. I’m happy with life, period, even with the end of a ­relationship being…” He trails off, and when he starts up again the tone is more defiant. “I’m just not going to settle for anything, you know? Even in my life now, I know I can be a better person. I ain’t giving up on myself, so if you give up on me, I ain’t got nothing else to say for you. Because if you give up on ­something that’s real, it wasn’t real to you.”

That said, he doesn’t seem to have the ­fondest memories of the attempts he made to adapt himself to the relationship with Ciara, including cutting back on weed and codeine and the rest of his lengthy pharmacopoeia. “They had me going the cornball route!” he says with a bitter little laugh. And anyway, Future notes that not even the women he’s writing about — clearly not all Ciara — will know who the tracks are really about. “What the people don’t ­understand is, I been kicking it with superstars when it comes to females for a minute — on the low-low with nobody don’t know-know.” At which point Future cracks a big grin and laughs.

 

Future has definitely rapped about his female conquests in the past. Lines from his song “Rent Money” from Future album fanned the flames on reports that he was messing around with Scottie Pippen’s wife.

Read Future’s entire Billboard story here.

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Nardwuar The Human Serviette Interviews Snoop Dogg, Talks Double-G Martha Stewart

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Out of a time-warp celebrity interviewer Nardwuar The Human Serviette just caught up with the Dogg father, Snoop Doggy Dogg and got the LBC representative to participate in one of his infamous 8-minute interviews while in SXSW.


After blessing Snoop Dogg with an unapproved Snoop Dogg chocolate bar (Snoop wasn’t mad tho) and a Cuban cigar that Snoop could split open and fill with some sticky-icky, Nardwuar got Big Snoop to answer a few random questions.

During the quick and entertaining interview, Snoop Dogg referred to Martha Stewart as “a double-G… a grandmother, and a good lady,” found out that some guys he hangs out with are actually members of the rap group Gangstas & Thugs, and that “Bushwick Bill was the first person to smoke a blunt with me.”

Check out the interview below and peep how Cam’ron reacted in his interview with Nardwuar last year.

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Iggy Azalea Drops New Single “More Bounce” [LISTEN]

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Iggy Azalea is back—even though she didn’t really leave. Swaggy P’s former fiancee drops her new single called “More Bounce.” 

The tune is off the Australian rapper’s forthcoming new album, Digital Distortion.

We’re just posting this for archival purposes, but do let us know what you think in the comments.


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McDonald’s To Sell Their Special Sauces In Canada

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As if dieting wasn’t already hard enough, McDonald’s as announced that it’s going to start selling the special sauces they use on their Big Macs, McChicken, and Filet-O-Fish.

Mickey D’s took to their Twitter page yesterday to fill in their customers on the upcoming move which for now is only going to be rolled out in Canada (Drake stay winnin’).

For the past few years McDonalds restaurants have been struggling like never before thanks to newer, healthier, and overall better burger joints such as Five Guys, SmashBurger, and Shake Shack. So it’s no surprise that the burger chain that the Happy Meal built is doing what it can to stay afloat in the market by selling their famous sauces.

Now it’s only going to be a matter of time before people start experimenting with these sauces on hotdogs, steaks, and maybe even during sex. Ew…

Canadian politician Norm Kelly is excited….

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Khalid Masood Is Who Carried Out London Attack, Islamic State Claims Responsibility

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London’s Metropolitan Police have named Khalid Masood as the man who carried out the attack in Westminster that left 4 dead yesterday (March 22). The 52-year-old was born in Britain.

Reports the New York Times:

The London police on identified him Thursday afternoon as Khalid Masood, 52, who had a long criminal history but no terrorism convictions. He had been living recently around Birmingham, England, where the vehicle used in the attack was rented. The police released few other details about him.

Hours earlier, addressing lawmakers who only a day earlier had been under lockdown, Mrs. May said the attacker was “a peripheral figure” who had been examined by MI5, Britain’s domestic counterintelligence agency, but who had not been “part of the current intelligence picture.”

Mrs. May said that officials were not ready to release the man’s name, but she added that “there was no prior evidence of his intent or of the plot” and that “our working assumption is that the attacker was inspired by Islamist ideology.”

Barely an hour after Mrs. May finished speaking, the Islamic State group issued a statement on the messaging app Telegram, declaring that the attacker was a “soldier” who “carried out the operation in response to appeals” to fight Western powers involved in military operations in the Middle East.

Whether ISIL’s claim is legit is still being determined.

Masood drove a car he rented onto the Westminster Bridge, mowing down pedestrians. Two civilians died of their injuries. After crashing into a barricade, he stabbed a police officer, Keith Palmer, who died of his injuries, before being shot and killed by police.

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Beyoncé Fulfills Cancer Patient’s Wish Via A FaceTime Chat

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A high school senior in Houston, Texas who is battling Stage 4 cancer got the thrill of a lifetime after Beyoncé spoke with the teen during a FaceTime chat. Ebony Banks, who has missed much of the school year while being treated, was the beneficiary of a concerted effort launched by her high school to make the dream meeting come true.

PEOPLE reports:

Banks — who attends Alief Hastings High School in Houston, Texas — has spent most of her senior year at MD Anderson Cancer Center fighting a rare stage four cancer, according to KIAH, a local news station. Earlier this month, the school district held a special early graduation ceremony for Banks, whose nickname is “Ebob,” in the hospital.

And as the ultimate graduation present, Banks’ friends and classmates created the hashtag #EBOBMEETSBEYONCE on social media so that she could meet with Beyoncé in an effort to help make one of her biggest dreams come true.

The campaign yielded its desired result with Beyoncé calling Ebony while at the hospital that’s treating her. The hometown hero told Banks “I Love You” and the emotion of the moment could be heard in a short video clip of the exchange.

Banks, a member of her school’s color guard, has been supported heavily by classmates and others at Alief Hastings, even hosting her graduation earlier this month at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Keep Fighting the best you can, Ebony. And how great was it of Queen Bey to make that call? Excuse us, our eyes are doing some water leaking thing right now.

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Issa Rae Makes Her Hollywood Movie Debut In Empress Of Serenity

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Issa Rae has gone from Youtube to HBO to movie theaters. The talented writer and actress has been cast to star in Empress Of Serenity alongside Saturday Night Live‘s Bill Hader.

Deadline reports:

Hader is aboard playing Sheldon, whose elaborate plan to win back his ex-wife is upended when he is guilted into a monthlong mega-cruise with his widowed father. Rae plays Michelle, a reclusive kindred spirit in the cabin next door who becomes both the aid and the obstacle in Sheldon’s plan.

Rae began building her resume with her highly popular The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl Youtube series. From there she went on produce several more Youtube series before inking a deal with HBO to create Insecure which is set to begin its second season in July.

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Ibn Ali, The Man Who Broke Up The Teen Street Fight, Honored By City [VIDEO]

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Try holding back your tears watching Ibn Ali get honored by Atlantic City, N.J. for his role in breaking up a teen fight in a video that went viral this week.

Millions of people have already seen the video where Ali seemingly appeared out of nowhere to break up a fight between two teenaged boys.

Thousands of people retweeted the video, one of them being LeBron James. Ali’s courage and wisdom in that situation was the feel-good story of the day. Up until now, no one really knew who he was, but now Atlantic City government is making sure he is never forgotten.

The city honored him on Wednesday for his valiant act. At a press conference, Ali fought back tears as he accepted the award alongside his mother and the two boys he stopped from fighting.

“I’m crying because this whole situation, it deepen saddens me,” he says. “The fact that it’s ‘unbelievable,’ this should be very believable. This should be a norm, this should be regular.”

He continued after inviting the two young boys to join him, “These two young men, they were going to fight, and decided not to. Not only did they decide not to fight, but they shook hands and displayed unity. These are teenagers, and adults in our community have a problem with this issue.”

He then thanked the boys and their parents for raising “men of reason.”

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Missy Elliott, A Tribe Called Quest, Run The Jewels Headline FYF Fest In Los Angeles

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Missy Elliott will be making another rare stage appearance this summer at the FYF Fest in Los Angeles.

Missy will be headlining a line-up that includes Frank Ocean, Solange, A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu, Run The Jewels, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Kehlani and more.

Missy has fallen back from performing and producing in recent years after she was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease. She has done spot dates and various international festivals but it wasn’t until she came out as Katy Perry’s surprise guest at the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show that she was “back.”

Many outlets are incorrectly stating that this will Missy’s first solo performance on U.S. soil in almost a decade. Wrong. She performed at Essence Fest in 2015. Guess that’s not on the mainstream’s radar.

Missy is also at work on her first solo album since 2005. Check out the entire FYF fest line-up below.

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White Man Took Bus From Baltimore To NYC To Kill Black Men

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James Jackson, an army vet and white man, came from Maryland to New York City with the intention of killing Black men. He managed to kill one before being caught. 

Reports the New York Daily News:

James Jackson, 28, rode a bus from Baltimore to New York Friday with the sole purpose of stalking and killing black men for a statement-making media spectacle, police said. He’s accused of fatally stabbing Timothy Caughman, 66, in Midtown on Monday night.

Cops said Jackson’s deep-seated racism stretched back more than a decade — to a time before he entered the military in March 2009.

Jackson ended up serving a little more than three years with the Army, bouncing from Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri to Fort Huachuca in Arizona before a tour in Afghanistan from December 2010 to November 2011, Army officials said.

According to police, Jackson is a member of a known hate group in Maryland.

Per the Washington Post:

“The reason why he picked New York is ’cause it’s the media capital of the world,” said William Aubry, assistant chief of the New York City Police Department. “And he wanted to make a statement.”

On Monday night (March 20), Jackson stabbed Caughman multiple times with what is being described as a small sword. The victim was able to make it to a police precinct for help. However, he died from his injuries in Bellvue Hospital.

Jackson surrendered to police on Wednesday morning (March 22) has been charged with murder. A hate crime charge should be forthcoming.

Now ask yourself, why is this not a national story yet?

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Suge Knight Hospitalized For Blood Clots

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Infamous record exec Suge Knight is in the hospital again. The Death Row Records founder is again suffering from blood clots. 

Reports TMZ:

We’re told Suge — who’s facing murder charges for running over someone in 2015 at Tam’s Burgers in Compton — is at USC Medical Center.

Suge has been in solitary confinement and has complained the conditions have compromised his health. He’s been in and out of the hospital while his trial drags on.

We’re told Suge is in stable condition.

Knight’s health has been an issue for quite some time now.

Considering his notoriety, don’t expect him to get much sympathy.

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Kendrick Lamar Hints At New Album With “IV” Instagram Post

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Kendrick Lamar has been in the studio working on his next album, and he may have dropped a hint about it on social media.

Lamar, who isn’t very active on Instagram compared to his other TDE teammates, just posted perhaps the most newsworthy photo he’s had since going to the White House.

The Compton rapper posted the number four in roman numerals.

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What could this vague post with no caption mean? Well, most are thinking that it means that his fourth studio album is on the way.

Unlike Drake and so many others, Kendrick has never been known to leave a months-long trail of social media morsels all the way up to the release date. If he’s bothering to post a hint, that must mean that it’s damn near finished and ready to go. But notice, he did himself a favor by not posting a release date or a “coming soon” quote. Fans would really go rabid then.

In an interview with the New York Times earlier this year, Kendrick spoke on the direction that he’s going in with the new music. He’s said that he’s focusing more on God than politics.

“I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore,” he said. “We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God. Nobody speaks on it because it’s almost in conflict with what’s going on in the world when you talk about politics and government and the system.” He later added, “Learning to accept it, and not run away from it, that’s how I want this album to feel.”

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WATCH: Run The Jewels – “Legend Has It” [VIDEO]

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If you are still actively snoozing on Run The Jewels, you are just not part of the culture. Killer Mike and El-P drop a video for “Legend Has It” off their critically-acclaimed Run The Jewels 3.

The rhyme superheroes are high on acid and spittin’ bars in a police station. The theme is “guilty until proven innocent” and in typical Run The Jewels fashion, it will get your third eye blinking.

Watch the Brian Beletic-directed video for “Legend Has It” below.

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