Watch Kanye West’s Full ‘Hollywood Unlocked’ Interview

The full interview between Kanye West and Jason Lee has been released today.Over the last week or so, a few clips from the Hollywood Unlocked interview have been shared where he was talking about a recent incident with paparazzi (it wasn’t a “fan” he says), recent purchase of a home near Kim Kardashian to be around his kids, and more.In the full chat, he talks about issues with Kim Kardashian’s security who tried to keep him away from his kids, Big Sean and John Legend, the Drink Champs interview, Bernie Sanders refusing to meet with him (whereas he met with Cardi B), Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and more. Watch it below.A few days ago, Kanye issued a warning to the jeen-yuhs creators and Netflix, asking them to show him an edit of the documentary before it releases to the public.[embedded content]

Ella Mai Announces New Single ‘DFMU’

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Ella Mai is back for another round.
The Grammy-winning singer has announced the first single from her long-awaited sophomore album. “DFMU” is set to arrive at streaming services this Friday, Jan. 28, she announced on Twitter.
“DFMU. 1/28. the sophomore era has arrived,” she tweeted.

This marks the first music from the “Boo’d Up” hitmaker since “Not Another Love Song,” which was released in October 2020 and was certified gold.
She has been in the studio working on the follow-up to her self-titled 2018 debut, which will showcase her evolution. “Everything on my debut album was pretty much about love…I just turned 25, I’m growing up, I’m maturing, I’m turning into a new woman,” she told Billboard in a 2019 interview. “Just the new chapter and everything that I’ve been experiencing in this last year, it’s been crazy.”
While she readies her next hit, her 2018 smash “Boo’d Up” has been certified 7x platinum by the RIAA, while “Trip” is now 5x platinum.



Big K.R.I.T. Announces New Album ‘Digital Roses Don’t Die’ And Its Release Date

Big K.R.I.T. returned after a hiatus last week with his new single ‘So Cool‘ which received a mixed reaction but there’s some good news today for the fans for sure.The Mississippi rapper has announced the title of his new album called Digital Roses Don’t Die today and revealed that it will arrive on DSPs on Friday, February 18th. Check out the official artwork below.Back in August, he put 5 of his old mixtapes on streaming services for the first time.

Gunna Reveals Why Drake Collaboration Didn’t Originally Make ‘DS4EVER’

Gunna is revealing why his Drake collaboration was held up.
Their song, “P power,” was slated to appear on the original version of Gunna’s chart-topping album DS4EVER, but was noticeably absent when the project was released on Jan. 7.
In an interview with Complex, Gunna reveals that the song, originally titled “Pussy Power,” was delayed over clearance issues. The Metro Boomin-produced track features a sample of Donna Summer’s “Could It Be Magic,” but they were unable to clear it in time to make the original album.
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“I originally sampled Donna Summer,” Gunna said. “I don’t even know her, because I’m so young. But she was a legend and her estate couldn’t get back in time for my album.”
He eventually got clearance and “P power” was added to the album on Jan. 13, the final day of the tracking week.
DS4EVER, which also features appearances from Young Thug, Future, Chris Brown, 21 Savage, and Chlöe Bailey, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The fourth and final installment in Gunna’s Drip Season series is expected to drop to No. 2 in its second week.
Gunna has even more superstars on his wish list of collaborators. “I could do a song with Adele or Ariana Grande,” he said. “I could do a song with Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys. The list goes on, for real.”

New Pusha T Song Debuts During Nigo’s Kenzo Fashion Show: Watch

As we wait for Pusha T to start the campaign for his next album, a new song from the rapper has been previewed today.Nigo’s first co-ed collection for Kenzo’s FW 2022 took to the runway at Paris Fashion Week this Sunday, 23 January on the last day of men’s fashion week in Paris and during the show, a new track from Pusha was played while the models showcased the latest pieces. In attendance were the rapper himself, along with Tyler, The Creator, Kanye West, Julia Fox and Steven Victor.New Pusha T from Nigo’s Kenzo FW22 runway show 👀— Kurrco (fka Squirt Reynolds) (@Kurrco) January 23, 2022It is not clear whether this track will appear on Pusha’s new album or is lifted from Nigo’s forthcoming LP I Know Nigo. It was revealed back in December that Tyler, The Creator, Pusha T, ASAP Rocky, Pharrell and Kid Cudi will appear on Nigo’s first album in two decades so there’s a chance that this song is taken off the same.Nigo’s appointment at Kenzo, the brand founded by Kenzo Takada in 1970, makes him the first Japanese designer to helm the brand since Kenzo-san, and one of only two Asian creative directors at European luxury maisons. You can see a detailed report on Vogue.

Jay-Z & Jonathan Mannion Settlement Over ‘Reasonable Doubt’ Images Fails, Lawsuit Goes to Trial

Jay-Z and Jonathan Mannion have failed to reached a settlement over Jay’s objection to the photographer’s alleged exploitation and selling the rapper’s photos without his consent.It was reported last June that the rap mogul was filing a lawsuit where he claims that Jonathan Mannion and his company Jonathan Mannion Photography LLC were exploiting his name and likeness without permission. He alleged that Jonathan has his image and name all over his website where he sells photos and other items shot during the Reasonable Doubt era for thousands of dollars.The two parties’ settlement talks have failed and the lawsuit will now head for trial. “Plaintiff Shawn Carter and Defendants Jonathan Mannion and Jonathan Mannion Photography LLC participated in a mediation before the Honorable Terry Friedman (Ret.) on January 5, 2022,” the court filing reads, according to documents obtained by AllHipHop. “The parties were unable to reach an agreement to resolve this case.”The case will proceed in court and the trial date is scheduled for July 22, 2022 since the two could not come to an agreement to resolve the matter.“It’s ironic that a photographer would treat the image of a formerly-unknown Black teenager, now wildly successful, as a piece of property to be squeezed for every dollar it can produce. It stops today,” Jay had mentioned in his original complaint.Mannion had moved to dismiss the claims in August, 2021, calling Jay-Z’s filing a “vitriolic complaint filled with false insinuations of exploitation.” He argued the claims were preempted by the Copyright Act and precluded by the First Amendment.

Kodak Black Welcomes Daughter

Kodak Black is a girl dad!
The rapper welcomed his daughter, Queen Yuri Kapri, on Friday (Jan. 21), sharing the big news with his fans on Instagram.
“I was released from prison 2 years early and my daughter enter this world,” Kodak wrote before gushing about his baby girl. “It’s a blessing. Queen Yuri Kapri is heaven sent she blessing me she has every lil thing that I was missing … I’m dam near perfect but she is …”

According to TMZ, Queen’s mother is real estate agent Maranda Johnson. She and Kodak met four years ago and they started dating before deciding they wanted to have a baby.
This is the second child for Kodak, who also has a 6-year-old son, King, from a previous relationship.
It’s been one year since Kodak was released from prison after his sentence was commuted by former President Donald Trump. “What a coincidence I’m home a whole year finally after not being able to be free a whole year since I was 14 !!!! It’s lit,” he added.
In a video, he also thanked Trump for freeing him. “I wanna thank Donald Trump, the honorable president,” he said while wearing a red MAGA hat. “Without him, I wouldn’t be here with y’all.”
Kodak is currently enjoying success on the charts with his single “Super Gremlin,” which is No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Julia Fox Says She’s Not Dating Kanye West for Clout

Julia Fox says she’s not dating Kanye West for clout.
During the Friday episode of her “Forbidden Fruits” podcast, the Uncut Gems star responded to those who think she’s dating the billionaire Yeezy mogul for a come-up. While she admits to being an “attention seeker” when she was younger, the now 31-year-old claims she could care less about fame today.
“People are like, ‘Oh, you’re only in it for the fame, you’re in for the clout, you’re in it for the money.’ And it’s like, ‘Honey, I dated billionaires my entire adult life. Let’s keep in real,'” she said. “And secondly, no, I really don’t [care]… I just care about making my art and putting things into the world.”
She added, “That is more thrilling to me now than like eyes on me. I couldn’t care less.”
Fox also addressed the viral video of her partying with Ye, Madonna, Antonio Brown, and Floyd Mayweather earlier this month in West Hollywood. “I was actually supposed to be at dinner for just Madonna and I. All of these other celebs crashed [the party],” she said.
The couple started dating after meeting on New Year’s Eve in Miami. During one of their first dates, West surprised Fox with a room full of designer clothes. They did a photo shoot for Interview magazine in which they were seen kissing and making out on the floor of the hotel suite.
“I met Ye in Miami on New Year’s Eve and it was an instant connection,” Fox said. “His energy is so fun to be around. He had me and my friends laughing, dancing, and smiling all night.”
The actress continued to gush about their budding romance. “Everything with us has been so organic. I don’t know where things are headed but if this is any indication of the future I’m loving the ride.”
There has been speculation that Ye is dating Fox to make his ex Kim Kardashian jealous, however, he did shout out his new girl on his “Eazy” collaboration with The Game, where he raps, “And my new bitch bad / I know Illuminati mad.”

Kanye West Hints at Collaboration with Nike and Jordan Brand

Kanye West may be linking up with the Jumpman.
The Yeezy mogul has fans excited over a potential collaboration with Michael Jordan after he posted a photo of the Jumpman logo on Instagram Friday.
He also reposted a comment from the NBA legend’s son, Marcus Jordan, who proposed a meeting between Ye, DJ Khaled, and his father. “Let’s make THAT convo happen,” Marcus wrote on Khaled’s IG.
Ye was seemingly down with the idea, captioning his post with the eyes emoji.

Kanye has had a partnership with adidas since 2013 after parting ways with Nike.
On his 2015 single “Facts,” he proclaimed “Yeezy just jumped over Jumpman.” He later apologized to Jordan. “I’m sorry Michael Jordan I love and respect you,” Ye tweeted in February 2016. “My beef was with [former Nike CEO] Mark Parker. I respect you so much!”
During his interview with “Drink Champs” in November, Ye said that MJ was upset with him over “Facts.”
“Jordan still won’t meet with me,” he said, according to Complex. “I’m trying to meet with Michael Jordan, it’s like ‘Man, it’s a song, man.'”
Meanwhile, Ye recently hit the studio with DJ Khaled. According to Khaled, their “anthem” will also feature another mystery guest.
“@kanyewest vocals secured,” he wrote. “Watch what I do next. Dj KHALED feat YE and ? ? ? ?”

Fugees Cancel Reunion Tour

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The show won’t go on.
The Fugees have officially canceled their reunion tour. In a statement released on social media Friday, the legendary hip-hop group—consisting of Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Pras Michel—said that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for them to proceed with their tour dates.
“We anticipate and understand disappointment but our anniversary tour will not be able to happen,” the group said. “The continued Covid pandemic has made touring conditions difficult, and we want to make sure we keep our fans and ourselves healthy and safe.”

This would have marked the trio’s first world tour in 25 years to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their 1996 album The Score.
“An idea sparked to honor and celebrate this 25th anniversary of The Score but we see now it may not currently be our time for revisiting this past work,” they continued. “We’re grateful for the special night we did get to share with some of you in New York, with that rare live moment.”
However, they did not rule out a future tour. “If opportunity, public safety and scheduling allow, we hope to be able to revisit this again sometime soon. THANK YOU for all your love and support throughout the years.”
The Fugees 25th Anniversary Tour was originally set to kick off in November before it was postponed until early 2022. In September, the trio reunited to perform a pop-up show for Global Citizen Live in New York City.
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The Fugees Cancel Reunion Tour

The Fugees have canceled their reunion tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their 1996 classic, The Score. Read the statement below.A seven-date North American was supposed to run starting November 2nd at the United Center in Chicago and wrap November 28th at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C before making stops in L.A., Atlanta, Miami and Newark. In December, the Fugees were to play shows in Paris, London, Nigeria, and Ghana. The dates for Nigeria and Ghana are TBA at the moment. The dates were later postponed but jokes were flying that the tour will eventually get canceled.The note cites the Covid-19 pandemic as the main reason for not going ahead with the planned tour. It also expresses gratitude for the reunion show the group performed in New York last September, the day after announcing their tour. “The continued Covid pandemic has made touring conditions difficult, and we want to make sure we keep our fans and ourselves healthy and safe. An idea sparked to honor and celebrate this 25th anniversary of The Score but we see now it may not currently be our time for revisiting this past work,” it reads.

Mary J. Blige Reveals ‘Good Morning Gorgeous’ Album Tracklist Ft. Anderson .Paak, Usher, Fivio Foreign, More

Mary J. Blige set to release her new album Good Morning Gorgeous on February 11th featuring the singles ‘Good Morning Gorgeous’ and the DJ Khaled-featuring ‘Amazing’.On Thursday night, the veteran singer also dropped another new song called ‘Rent Money‘ featuring Dave East. Today, we have the official tracklist for the album which will mark the first release under her new partnership with 300 Ent.Apart from the abovementioned guests, the album also features appearances from Usher, Anderson .Paak, and Fivio Foreign. Take a look below (via Rap-Up). Pre-order the album here.Good Morning Gorgeous Tracklist:1. No Idea2. Love Will Never3. Here With Me (feat. Anderson .Paak)4. Rent Money (feat. Dave East)5. Amazing (feat. DJ Khaled)6. GMG Interlude7. Good Morning Gorgeous8. Come See About Me”9. On Top (feat. Fivio Foreign)10. Love Without The Heartbreak11. Failing In Love12. Enough13. Need Love (feat. Usher)

Kanye Issues Final Warning to ‘jeen-yuhs’ Creators & Netflix: “I must get final edit and approval”

The highly anticipated Kanye West documentary on Netflix, jeen-yuhs finally has a firm release date of February 10th and we’re pretty excited about it.So far, it hasn’t been too clear how much Kanye himself has an involvement in the doc and its making but now one thing is confirmed: he hasn’t formally approved it yet. Taking to Instagram, Kanye issued a polite warning to the creators of the documentary and Netflix that he must see the final edit before it is released worldwide on the streaming service.“I’m going to say this kindly for the last time. I must get final edit and approval on this doc before it releases on Netflix,” he wrote, sharing an artwork for the film. “Open the edit room immediately so I can be in charge of my own image. Thank you in advance,” he continued followed by a smiley emoji.jeen-yuhs has been in the making for 21 years, and was helmed by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah (aka Coodie & Chike), longtime collaborators of Kanye’s. It will feature previously unreleased footage of the rap mogul. The film was set to premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival later this month but the in-person event has now been canceled due to rise of Omicron. It will now be held virtually.[embedded content]

Gunna Performs ’empire’ on Jimmy Fallon: Watch

Gunna’s latest album Drip Season 4 aka DS4EVER is being loved by fans, having snatched the number 1 spot on Billboard 200 chart from The Weeknd in a narrow finish.While still promoting the album, the rapper stopped by The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night to perform the song ’empire’. He does it just with some acoustics, keeping everything else to the side. Watch the intimate set below.[embedded content]

Mary J. Blige Enlists Dave East for New Single ‘Rent Money’: Listen

Last month, Mary J. Blige dropped two singles, ‘Good Morning Gorgeous’ and the DJ Khaled-featuring ‘Amazing’ along with announcing a new deal with 300 Entertainment.The veteran singer is back today with another new single called ‘Rent Money’ where she enlists New York’s Dave East for a guest verse. This is certainly a solid track and sets up her album Good Morning Gorgeous which is scheduled to be released on February 11, 2022, two days before Blige performs during the Super Bowl LVI halftime show at SoFi stadium.Listen to ‘Rent Money’ below and in case you missed it, watch the trailer for halftime show featuring her along with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar on this link.[embedded content]