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Drake Announces New Album Is Finished, Says It’s “On The Way… For Anyone In The Way”

It was three weeks ago on Sound 42 that Drake told the world that he was going home to get the album mixed. That meant that it was the home stretch and the album could come out almost any week. Now, on this week’s Fry Yiy Friday, Drake made an appearance and gave us an even bigger announcement about the album.He said the album is finally finished. “Album’s ready… album’s cooked, looking forward to delivering it to you… Certified Lover Boy on the way and that’s for anyone in the way.”The last part of that quote is interesting, because there’s a chance that he’s talking subliminally about Kanye West, who is of course set to drop DONDA next week, or so he says. Perhaps Drake is set on that date and was talking to Ye, or perhaps he just meant it generally. Either way, we know now that the LP is finished and he’s confirmed that the album will be out by the end of the summer, so we’re at most, seven weeks away.Check out the clip below.ok y’all here’s the screen recording of what he said😭 pic.twitter.com/QFsDBs7L4G— izzy (@izjaded) July 31, 2021

Glasses Malone Says Lil Nas X Is a ‘Puppet for White Supremacy’

July 30, 2021
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Glasses Malone is weighing in with his own bizarre theory about Lil Nas X.
A week after Nas debuted his much-talked-about video for “Industry Baby,” Malone took to Twitter to speak out against the openly-gay rapper, claiming that “white supremacy” is to blame for his music and videos.
“lil nas x isn’t a puppet for the lgbtq+,” wrote the West Coast rapper. “he’s a puppet for white supremacy…”
He went on to declare Nas’ music as “corny.” “dude just a cornball….. old town road was corny (as much as I liked it),” he said, “but he is getting even more corny.”
Added Malone, “hopefully he grows out if it.”

lil nas x isn’t a puppet for the lgbtq+
he’s a puppet for white supremacy….
— Glasses Malone (@gmalone) July 30, 2021

dude just a cornball…..
old town road was corny (as much as I liked it)
but he is getting even more corny
— Glasses Malone (@gmalone) July 30, 2021

His tweet caught the attention of Lil Nas himself, who dismissed the wild claim. “day 7 of the industry baby video and now lil nas x is *spins wheel* the symbol of white supremacy,” he wrote.

Malone also shared his opinion about other high-profile gay artists including Frank Ocean, Elton John, and Sam Smith, saying that unlike Nas, they are not corny.

sam smith is gay but not corny
— Glasses Malone (@gmalone) July 30, 2021

elton john is gay but not corny
— Glasses Malone (@gmalone) July 30, 2021

One fan responded with their own suggestion about what Malone meant by “corny.” “we all know what you mean by corny. quiet and suppressing their sexuality,” wrote the Twitter user.

we all know what you mean by corny. quiet and suppressing their sexuality 🙄
— 🌈seokwonjinho🤠 (@btsgay_) July 30, 2021

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The Weeknd Clears His Instagram, Hinting That His New Era Is Here

A lot of fans like to talk about their favourite artists albums as specific eras for them and one thing that’s great that The Weeknd does is embrace that fully. He’s open about starting and finishing eras for each albums which includes not only his music, but his entire aesthetic.For weeks now, he’s been hinting that we’re in the final stages of the current era, tweeting things like “the dawn is coming”. A couple of weeks back, he even tweeted about his latest music, saying that he was getting there with it and confirming that it’s a full body of work.really proud of this one. wow…— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) July 13, 2021If you’re an Abel stan, you know that a big part of an era ending is when he wipes his IG, clearing everything that was previously on it. Last night he told fans to say their final goodbyes and here we are. The singer has cleared his Instagram completely. It looks like we could be getting a new album as early as this summer, but definitely before his tour kicks off next year.

Lil Wayne Gets Massive Young Money Chain

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Young Mula, baby!
Lil Wayne is adding a glacier to his neck. The Young Money boss has commissioned celebrity jeweler Eliantte for a massive chain featuring his company logo. The iced-out pendant is shaped with the YM initials and covered in sparkling diamonds.
“Tune ain’t playin,” said Eliantte, who recently designed a charm necklace for Cardi B and Offset’s daughter Kulture. He is also responsible for Lil Uzi Vert’s infamous $24 million pink forehead diamond.

This is not Wayne’s only big purchase. Earlier this year, he bought a $15.4 million house in Hidden Hills, Calif. The 12,135-square-foot modern farmhouse sits on 3.26 acres with 7 beds and 7.5 baths.
The 38-year-old rapper also recently denied rumors that he is married. He told Nicki Minaj that he remains single following his relationship with model Denise Bidot.

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Nicki Minaj in Talks to Host ‘Real Housewives of Potomac’ Reunion

Move over Andy Cohen.
Nicki Minaj is in discussions to take over hosting duties for Bravo’s upcoming “Real Housewives of Potomac” reunion special. The “Whole Lotta Money” rapper spoke it into existence when she shared a trailer for the reality series featuring a remake of “Moment 4 Life,” and joked about playing host.
“I’ll be hosting the reunion,” wrote Minaj, who is a “RHOP” superfan. “lmk what y’all want me to ask chile.”

But while she may not have been serious at the time, her joke caught the attention of Bravo’s Andy Cohen, who seemingly offered her the gig. Nicki shared a text message conversation from her publicist who spoke with Cohen about the idea.
“Andy Cohen said he would gladly give up his seat to have you host the Potomac reunion,” the PR rep wrote to an excited Nicki, who responded, “YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS I WANT TO DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Plans are in motion to tape sometime in October. This would be the first time that someone other than Cohen has hosted a “Real Housewives” reunion.
Minaj, who hosted her own “Queen Radio” show on Apple Music, is already preparing for the job by binge-watching all the “Real Housewives of Potomac” episodes. “We finna get into some thangz hunty,” she said, adding, “My questions will be well thought out, too. Mixed with funny & epic, of course.”
She also provided an update on her long-awaited fifth album. “Barbz, plz don’t send me a million comments about the album & doc chile just lemme have my moment,” said Nicki. “We almost there. Promise. Not lying this time. Love you.”

Kanye West to Host Second ‘DONDA’ Listening Event

DONDA is coming back to Atlanta.
Kanye West is reportedly planning to host a second listening event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 5, the eve of his album release.
According to TMZ, Ye and his production team have booked the venue for another DONDA album release. Stadium employees have been hired and plan to work it the same as last week.
But he doesn’t want to repeat himself. The Yeezy visionary is reportedly brainstorming ideas to make the second event different. CAA and Live Nation are also applying pressure because they don’t think it will be as easy to sell tickets if it’s a repeat of the first experience. Some possible ideas include a new stage design or musical arrangement.
During last week’s sold-out listening party, Ye debuted tracks featuring Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Pusha T, Travis Scott, and Roddy Ricch, as well as a surprise collaboration with JAY-Z. The DONDA livestream was a huge hit, breaking the Apple Music record with 3.3 million viewers. Kanye’s estranged wife Kim Kardashian was in attendance, along with their kids.
Kanye has been living at Mercedes-Benz Stadium while he finishes his long-awaited album, which has been delayed to Aug. 6. Earlier this week, he shared his modest living quarters inside the 71,000-seat stadium.
UPDATE: Def Jam and Live Nation have officially announced “The DONDA Album Release,” which will be held at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 5 at 9 p.m. ET. Balenciaga designer Demna Gvasalia will oversee the creative direction. It’s unclear if the event will be live-streamed like the last one.
Tickets are priced between $30 and $75 and go on sale Monday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. ET.

Tickets on sale Monday, August 2 @ 10AM EST! #DONDA
— Def Jam Recordings (@defjam) July 30, 2021

Kanye West Set to Host Another ‘DONDA’ Event in Atlanta on August 5

The rumors were true. Kanye West is holding another event to promote his new album DONDA at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 5th in Atlanta.The date for the event has been locked but ‘Ye and his team are still brainstorming how to make it stand out from the previous one he did last Thursday, reports TMZ. As published previously, Kanye broke the Apple Music global live stream record for the listening after 3.3 million tuned in to watch the session.There is no word on how Kanye plans to make the listening different from the previous one where he just played unfinished songs from the album for the audience while walking around the stadium.DONDA is currently slated to release on August 6th but with ‘Ye, you never know if it will stick.

Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ Named Best Music Video of All Time by Rolling Stone

In honor of MTV’s 40th anniversary, Rolling Stone has ranked the 100 greatest music videos of all time and Beyoncé’s “Formation” tops the list.
The magazine calls the Melina Matsoukas-directed visual “a striking commentary on significant moments in Black American history” as it debuted during Black History Month in 2016.

“In under five minutes, Beyoncé moves from a plantation-style house where the Black denizens are the masters not the slaves to the top of a sinking police car,” writes the magazine. “If Beyoncé’s self-titled visual album established her as one of the greatest artists of all time, her surprise-released ‘Formation’ video (and ensuing album Lemonade) marked her as one of the most important.”
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Elsewhere in the top 10 is Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” at No. 4. “It’s a clip that rewards dozens of viewings,” says RS of the video, which references viral dances and the 2015 shooting in a Charleston church.

The Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” comes in at No. 6, followed by D’Angelo’s 2000 video “Untitled (How Does It Feel?),” where the R&B icon puts his glistening naked body on full display—”The concept is at once a creative shrug and a stroke of genius.”
Michael Jackson’s iconic “Thriller” is absent from the list, but “Billie Jean” lands at No. 10. “It still defines music video at its peak of cultural and emotional impact,” says RS of the 1983 clip.
The list also includes Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” (No. 12), Missy Elliott’s “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” (No. 16), Prince’s “Kiss” (No. 18), Young Thug’s “Wyclef Jean” (No. 22), JAY-Z’s “99 Problems” (No. 23), 2Pac and Dr. Dre’s “California Love” (No. 27), Drake’s “Hotline Bling” (No. 32), Kanye West’s “Bound 2” (No. 34), and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” (No. 82).
See the top 20 below and the full list here.
1. Beyoncé – “Formation”2. Johnny Cash – “Hurt”3. Madonna – “Vogue”4. Childish Gambino – “This Is America”5. New Order – “The Perfect Kiss”6. Beastie Boys – “Sabotage”7. D’Angelo – “Untitled (How Does It Feel?)”8. Peter Gabriel – “Sledgehammer”9. Guns N’ Roses – “November Rain”10. Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean”11. George Michael – “Freedom ’90”12. Beyoncé – “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”13. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”14. A-ha – “Take on Me”15. The White Stripes – “Fell in Love With a Girl”16. Missy Elliott – “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)”17. Duran Duran – “Hungry Like the Wolf”18. Prince – “Kiss”19. Radiohead – “Paranoid Android”20. DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels – “Nobody Speak”

DaBaby Fires Back After Questlove Cancels Him

DaBaby won’t go quietly.
Following his controversial set at Rolling Loud, the rapper continues to field criticism from his fellow entertainers including Dua Lipa, Elton John, and Questlove.
The Roots drummer shared a hypothetical lineup for his Summer of Soul festival and DaBaby’s name was crossed out. While DaBaby was once on his dream list of performers, he is canceling him in the wake of his homophobic comments.
“I’m especially not here for any savagery (if you’re lost: Google the idiocy of the crossed out),” wrote Questlove. “I’m not trine be all performative smurf & create a social flogging or start some click bait headlines. That’s missing the point. But right is right & his actions are wrong. Somebody Gotta say it: Homophobia/Transphobia/Xenophobia/Misogyny/Racism——this should go w/o saying is morally wrong.”
He continued, calling DaBaby’s rant “fu**ed up and wrong.” “I had to say something. Again I’m not doing this for ‘what do you want a cookie bro w your ‘love ye one another’ posts?——-black people already have a code about publicly criticizing so I’ll admit i was slow to do this because I mean he don’t know me from Adam. So this will prolly get marked as ‘old hater’ territory. But man…..that shit was not cool at all.”

DaBaby responded by claiming that he doesn’t know who Questlove is despite performing with him and The Roots on “The Tonight Show” in 2019.
“I ain’t even tryna be funny when I say …. I do not know who dis ni**a is dawg,” he wrote on his Instagram Story. “& do not care about loosing [sic] you as a fan my boy @questlove. You or any other ni**a who wanna play follow the leader. This superstar you was a fan of is stand up ni**a, Yeen never seen one of these huh?”

He went on to call out his detractors while boasting about his influence. “These ni**as really think they gone influence people to stop fuckin w/ the INFLUENCE,” he wrote. “They go crazy about what I say not yall. I got da influence and the nuts ni**a. Y’all ni**as cheerleaders.”
On Twitter, DaBaby said he has plans to retire from rap and become an “icon.” “I was tryna be a rapper for like one more year God ready for me to be a ICON now,” he wrote. “This what I asked for I proudly accept the challenge lets get it.”

I was tryna be a rapper for like one more year God ready for me to be a ICON now. This what I asked for I proudly accept the challenge 🙋🏾‍♂️ lets get it.
— DaBaby (@DaBabyDaBaby) July 30, 2021

Madonna also took to Instagram to condemn DaBaby for his “hateful remarks.” “People like you are the reason we are still living in a world divided by fear,” said the pop icon. “All Human beings should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, sexual preference or religious beliefs.”

Russ Continues Weekly Series with New Song ‘Fate’: Listen

The joke goes that Russ doesn’t put out a bad song but it’s actually true. He’s one of the most consistent artists we have today who you can always trust with quality.The Atlanta based rapper-singer, who has been holidaying in Europe at some beautiful locations with family, finds time to continue his weekly drop series with the song ‘Fate’. Listen to the solid record below.In case you missed it, peep his last release ‘Lake Como’ here. Also be ready for his new rap EP CHOMP 2 coming soon.[embedded content]

G-Eazy Unveils New Single & Video ‘At Will’ Feat. EST Gee: Watch

G-Eazy has been working on his new album for a while and launched a couple of singles including the Chris Brown featured & Mark Morrison sampled ‘Provide‘.After taking a short break, he is back today with his brand new offering, ‘At Will’ where he joins forces with hot on the streets emcee, EST Gee. The catchy production on the song comes from none other than Boi-1da while Walker Flocker directs the sharp music video. Watch it below.G has a few live performances on the way — peep all the dates here.[embedded content]

Ant Clemons Taps Ty Dolla Sign & 2 Chainz For New Song ‘Appreciation’

Ant Clemons is showing his appreciation.The rising R&B singer is joined by Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz for his sultry new single ‘Appreciation.’ He took to Instagram a few days ago and shared a snippet of the song.On the track, all three artists show their appreciation for the ladies in different ways, making it a perfect song choice for that late-night vibe. Clemons, who’s worked with Ty Dolla in the past on his debut album Happy 2 Be Here, is marking his first collaboration with rapper 2 Chainz.The Grammy winner has released a few singles this year, including ‘Section’ with R&B songstress Kehlani, and the mid-tempo track ‘Story of My Life’, the follow-up to the Justin Timberlake-assisted song ‘Better Days.’Listen to ‘Appreciation’ below.

DJ Premier & Wale Join Forces on New Song ‘Why Would I Stop’: Listen

A new collaboration between DJ Premier and Wale is here and we’re definitely enjoying the surprise.The two artists have collaborated on the song ‘Why Would I Stop’ which appears on the soundtrack to Mark Ronson’s new docu-series Watch the Sound, out today on Apple TV+. In the 6 part series, Ronson “examines sound creation and revolutionary technology used to shape music, and the lengths producers and creators are willing to go to find the perfect sound.” Watch a trailer below.[embedded content]The series features interviews with artists like Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, and Questlove, and additional songs on the soundtrack with Paul McCartney, Santigold, Diana Gordon and more — stream it here. This Preemo and Wale song is particularly nice because it features a more mellow than usual production from the legendary musician.Yes, it contains the classic scratches as well. Hear it below.[embedded content]

Tink Returns With New Album ‘Heat Of The Moment’ Ft. Jeremih, Kodak Black, More: Stream

Rapper and singer Tink is back with brand new music!The Chicago star releases Heat Of The Moment, the follow-up to her 2020 EP A Gift and A Curse. Just a few weeks ago, Tink dropped her single with rising superstar Yung Bleu titled ‘Selfish’, produced by Hitmaka and OG Parker.Heat of the Moment features appearances from Jeremih, Kodak Black, Yung Bleu and Davido, with Hitmaka as the executive producer. Tink also hinted at a music video on her Instagram page.The 26-year-old has hopped on a few collaborations this past year, including August Alsina’s ‘Soon As I Walk In’ and ‘Black Men Don’t Cheat’ by K CAMP with 6LACK and Ari Lennox.Stream Heat Of The Moment here.

Morray Releases ‘Trenches’ Remix Feat. Polo G: Watch

Earlier this year, Fayetteville, NC artist and XXL Freshman Morray released his mixtape Street Sermons. You can stream it here. On there is ‘Quicksand’ which is the song which first got him widespread attention. He followed it up with another big single called ‘Trenches’ and today, he puts out the official remix for that one.On there is Billboard chart topper Polo G and the pair have also released the official video to go along with it. It’s directed by Justice Silvera and you can check it out below.In case you missed it, check out our interview with Morray here. He talked about working on his debut album which he says he has over 125 songs recorded for.[embedded content]