Ashanti Verzuz Keyshia Cole Historic Numbers Revealed

R&B singer Ashanti knows numbers don’t lie. The veteran crooner has come forward to celebrate breaking into new Verzuz stats territory with a history number of people tuned into her battle with fellow entertainer Keyshia Cole.

Ashanti’s Verzuz Numbers Are Historic
The New York native went to her Instagram page to geek out over the stats. Ashanti shared a snapshot showing over 6 million IG Live people tuned in this past Thursday.

“A NEW RECORD WAS SET!!!!! With a total of 6 million Instagram live users 1.2 at one time!!! With over 8.1 MILLION PEOPLE TOTAL!!!! Thank you so much to everyone that tuned in and supported us throughout the cancellations and postponements we appreciate you 🙏🏽❤️ GO STREAM MY NEW SINGLE 2:35 (I want you) NOW!!!🔥🔥🔥 @verzuztv @applemusic @therealswizzz @timbaland @keyshiacole”

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Keyshia Cole’s New Single
This week, Keyshia Cole went to her Twitter page to break new music news to fans. Barring any setbacks or delays, her new anthem will arrive in early February.

“2.5.21 // New Single ‘I Don’t Want To Be In Love'”

View this post on Instagram A post shared by SOHH (@sohhdotcom)Keyshia Cole’s new single is coming.Earlier in the week, Ashanti went to her social media pages to unload a new chune. Ashanti’s “2:35 (I Want You)” became available following Thursday night’s Verzuz battle.

“2:35 ( I want you) available everywhere now!!!! 🔥🔥🔥 link in bio produced by @jrocthaghost art work by @oliver.berrywhite @liltuneshi”

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Keyshia’s new song played moments before Ashanti premiered her “2:35” to fans. There was initially no exact drop date or details on when the anthem would arrive.
Following two COVID-19-related delays, Ashanti and Keyshia Cole were finally able to film their VERZUZ battle, which was originally slated for December 12. The first postponement was announced after Ashanti tested positive for the virus. The second delay was in response to rising COVID numbers in the nation, as well as the recent unstable events in Washington D.C. Tonight, the singers finally went head-to-head in a battle of the hits. Both Ashanti and Cole played new songs, as well. Following the VERZUZ match, Ashanti released a new song called “235 (2:35 I Want You).” (Pitchfork)

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Cole nearly crashed the Internet with a huge Verzuz cameo. Keyshia started up her unforgettable “Love” anthem and moments later, her perceived rap rival O.T Genasis hopped onto the screen as they both laughed and crooned a portion of his Crip-themed version.

O.T. Genasis makes an unexpected and well-received cameo during the Verzuz battle between Ashanti and Keyshia Cole. Cole showed the world they’re on solid terms after appearing to clash in late 2019 when he released his Crip-inspired “Love” remix.
The Entire Verzuz Rounds Playlist
The battle went head to head with classic throwbacks. Ashanti and Cole dug deep into their solo classics and made sure to deliver on ample duets. Check out some of our favorite hard-hitting rounds and decide who you think really won.
Round 1:
Keyshia Cole: I Changed My MindAshanti: Happy
Round 7:
Keyshia Cole: Playa Cardz Right [ft. Tupac Shakur]Tupac Shakur: Pac’s Life [ft. T.I. and Ashanti]
Round 8:
Keyshia Cole: LoveAshanti: Rain on Me
Round 11:
Keyshia Cole: Heaven SentAshanti: Baby
Round 20:
Ja Rule: Always on Time [ft. Ashanti]Keyshia Cole: I Don’t Wanna Be

Kanye West Goes Off on Chance the Rapper in Unreleased Video

Chance the Rapper and Kanye West’s friendship turned hostile at one point.
Damon Dash has shared never-before-seen footage of Chance’s visit to Kanye in Wyoming while Ye was finishing his album last July. In the 30-second clip, Chance can be seen calmly approaching Kanye before Ye gets up and starts screaming at him. However, it’s unclear what triggered his outburst.
“Sit yo ass down and listen to the album or leave,” Kanye appears to tell Chance at one point.
In the documentary, which has since been removed from YouTube, Damon Dash explained that Chance was there to check on Kanye’s well-being. “Chance, because of what he was reading, he came through just to check Kanye,” said Dame. “They got into it but they worked it out. At the end of the day, Chance is there just to be a friend.”

Chance reportedly flew to Wyoming to talk to Kanye following his bizarre behavior last summer, but Ye was apparently not having it and lashed out. While Chance has not addressed the video, he did like two tweets that may provide more context into the situation.

This was around the time Kanye was dealing with his public struggles with bipolar disorder and claimed that his wife Kim Kardashian and mother-in-law Kris Jenner tried to have him committed to a mental institution. Justin Bieber, Dave Chappelle, and Damon Dash also flew to Wyoming to visit Ye.
Chance has shown his loyalty to Kanye in the past. In July 2020, he shared his support for Kanye’s ill-fated presidential bid, only to receive backlash. “And y’all out here tryna convince me to vote for Biden. Smfh,” he tweeted. “Yall trust Biden more than yall trust Ye. I think I understand why, I just don’t feel the same way.”

I finally got the answer now. I understand. Yall trust Biden more than yall trust Ye. I think I understand why, I just don’t feel the same way.
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) July 13, 2020

The “Ultralight Beam” collaborators were also planning a joint album that has yet to be released. They were scheduled to start recording the project in their hometown of Chicago in the summer of 2018.
“Kanye West is like my first image of a free Black man in the industry, and I’ve just always loved him for that,” Chance told “Windy City LIVE” in a 2018 interview. “Loved his music, loved his creativity, loved his voice, loved his fearlessness. Working under him, working with him on his albums is crazy.”

Keyshia Cole Addresses Verzuz Drama, Apologizes for Being Late

Keyshia Cole and Ashanti’s Verzuz broke records, but it didn’t come without some drama.
Following Thursday’s battle, Keyshia took to Instagram Live with Elijah Blake to address her hour-plus tardiness and reveal what transpired behind the scenes.
She started off by thanking her fans for tuning in to “the highest-rated Verzuz” before issuing an apology for not appearing on-camera sooner, which she attributed to technical difficulties.
“I want to apologize for not sitting my ass in that seat, because I was there and I should’ve sat down,” she said. “I should’ve just sat in the seat, no matter if I felt like the visual wasn’t clear or they said my music wasn’t gonna be right or whatever it was.”

She was backstage in her dressing room when O.T. Genasis informed her that the picture wasn’t clear and she could end up in a situation like Teddy Riley. “I was really skeptical about that,” she said while expressing her fears. “I don’t want to go on and they not see me and I’m looking blurry, the connection is not right and everything like that.”
The Oakland songstress was waiting for the technical issues to be resolved before she appeared on camera, but many fans noticed that something was off when she finally did make an entrance. “I wear my heart on my sleeve. I’m Keyshia Cole,” she said.
Keyshia, who admits that she was nervous for the first three songs, also addressed reports that she was “sauced up.” “That’s not true. That’s a known fact that you can’t really be sauced up while you’re trying to sing and hit notes.”
During the two-hour livestream, she brought out surprise guest O.T. Genasis to sing “Love,” putting an end to their internet feud. “We both apologized. It’s all good. Nobody wanna focus on hate and not liking one another for 2021,” sad Keyshia, who credited O.T. for advising her not to appear until the connection was fixed.
Despite the drama, Verzuz drew its highest viewers yet on Instagram, with over 6 million tuning in, and another 1.6 million on Apple Music. Keyshia also debuted her new single “I Don’t Want to Be in Love,” which hits streaming services on Feb. 5.

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Saweetie Unloads A Batch Of Stunning Outdoors Modeling Pics

West Coast rapper Saweetie is slaying and she knows it. The hip-hop star has blessed social media with some new looks from a photo shoot appearing nothing short of goddess-like.

Saweetie’s Beach Modeling Goals
The California native hopped onto Instagram and didn’t hold back. The pics featured a variety of poses including some looks at herself

“chanaynay 🖤 Bodysuit : @hausofpinklemonaid Glasses @chanelofficial Scarf @chanelofficial Hat : @gladystamezmillinery Photographer – @raenbadua Make up – @deelishdeanna Hair – @ninajhair Stylist – @wilfordlenov”

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Saweetie’s beach modeling goals highlighted in new pics.
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Saweetie’s Bikini Goals Spark Positive Feedback
Earlier in the week, the California native went to her Instagram page to share the eye-opening shots. It didn’t take long before some of her high-profile celebrity pals including City Girls’ Yung Miami and Aoki Lee Simmons co-signed the pics.


“Wait, cause come get me 😩😍😍🔥” -Yung Miami

“Stunning 🖤” -Gabrielle Union

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“The mirror is everything sis 😍” -Cassie

“This is heavenly” -Aoki Lee Simmons

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Saweetie Speaks On Cardi B Collaboration
During a recent conversation with Atlanta’s V-103 radio station, Saweetie made it seem like a much-needed Cardi B collaboration was actually in the works. Saweetie let it be known how hard their song would go if they linked up.

“I can [hear that] too. That would tear the club up, okay?! I think that would be cute. I think that would be a special moment as well. I can’t wait to collaborate with her!” (V-103)
Much-Needed Migos Collaboration
Saweetie and Cardi are both dating members of Atlanta rap group Migos, so perhaps one day a massive group track could be in the works. Regardless, she spoke on making music with her boo Quavo.

“So we haven’t had the time because we’re so busy, but I told him, ‘This next record…’ Like ’cause the last two records, three records we did together – the beat was already made. I feel like my best work comes from sitting in the studio with the producers and making the record with them so I definitely want to sit in the studio with my boo and create something from scratch, from the ground up. So if we’re able to make that in time, he will be on the album.” (V-103)

Iggy Azalea Shows Off Her Modeling Goals In New Fashion Flexes: “The Universe Has Been Repaying Me”

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is all about the fashion drip. The hip-hop star takes a moment away from music-making to share some fresh shots of herself looking nothing less than stunning.

Iggy Azalea Slays In New Fits
The blonde bombshell went to her Instagram page and didn’t hold back. Iggy shared shots of herself rocking various outfits while also showing a now-signature hairstyle.

“Lately the universe has been repaying me ☺️”

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Iggy Azalea’s Self-Love Motivation
A few days ago, Azalea went to her IG page with a stunning shot of herself rocking a matching blue top and bottom. She also urged followers to share a pic of feeling themselves too much.

“Post that pic feelin yourself ‘too’ much, that you really love but are worried about what ppl might think… this is your sign! Let me know in my comments if you did… so I can come gas you up in yours too 😝 I got time 💖”

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Iggy Azalea (@thenewclassic)Iggy Azalea’s self-love motivation.Hours prior, Azalea shared a similar shot of herself rocking the same hairstyle and delivering vixen vibes.

“Taking advantage of the 🌞 in this lil @fashionnova set.”

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Iggy Continues Calling Out Playboi Carti’s Side Chick
The drama involving the Grammy-nominated rapper and her child’s father, Playboi Carti, recently dominated headlines. Iggy publicly put the Atlanta artist on blast, along with his alleged side chick.
“Let’s air some more sh*t out, Miss Brandi! Because I’ve had more people come forward to tell me more information about this whole sh*t and how deep it goes so let’s get into it. Are you ready for the next chapter? What I’m hearing is that while I was in Brazil last December and Jordan [Playboi Carti] was in Miami recording in the Hit Factory, little Miss Brandi, you and your friend, whose profile name I will get, were both in the studio but he wasn’t f*cking you yet, Brandi. He was f*cking your friend. Apparently, y’all are real tight and go everywhere together. He was f*cking your friend and you were there with her for ‘friend support’, right? Now, I have always wondered how it got out last year that I was pregnant and having a boy. So, what I’m hearing now is the reason why that came out is because Brandi’s friend who was getting f*cked in Miami while she was there by my man at the time got f*cked raw and my man started freaking out, saying, ‘I’m having a boy! I’m having a boy! This can’t happen! She’s gotta take a Plan B!’ I guess you took the Plan B, right sweetie, because there’s no other baby I assume, but you both were already in the mix in December while I was five months pregnant and you very much knew that this man had a full girlfriend, lived in a house with her, and was having a boy.”
Another Massive Explosion
The same week, Azalea went to her social media pages including Twitter and Instagram to let loose a ton of receipts. Iggy shared a slew of private messages she had with Carti showing him allegedly declaring his love for her and vowing to one day marry her.
“I’m lying tho right girls? And I have so many stories like this. Brandi. Knock it off girls talk babe. Y’all can delete or take an L tomorrow as a team it’s up to you!!!”
Following the initial explosion, Iggy returned to Twitter and suggested the drama is now over.
“They deleted their comments. Smart. … I’ve spoken to my bd and as fucked up as this sh*t’s been… it was for the best because now sh*ts aired out & gonna change for the better w my son. That’s all I wanted. … I hate to see the bad part of me have to come out at times because I’m really just a baby angel 🤷‍♀️😇”

French Montana Can’t Avoid Bernie Sanders Meme During Workout Goals: “Trainer Of The Year”

New York rapper French Montana can’t avoid Bernie Sanders. The hip-hop superstar has lit up social media with a hilarious sneak peek at the Vermont senator photobombing his workout goals.

French Montana Can’t Avoid Bernie Sanders
Montana went to his Instagram page with the priceless moment. The shot features him flexing major abs while getting bombarded in the background by the now-infamous Sanders meme.

“trainer of the year 😷#theygoinsayitsphotoshopped”

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French Montana’s Shirtless Flex
Recently, Montana went to his Instagram page with new footage of himself shirtless and showing off his abs. French even referenced people thinking someone made a duplicate of himself.


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Kash Doll Defends French Montana
A few weeks ago, Detroit rapper Kash Doll went to her Twitter page to speak up for Montana. She responded to a New Year’s Eve post suggesting people leave French in 2020 with rap artists including Tekashi 6ix9ine, Lil Xan and Trippie Redd.

“Nah French gave us too many classics to b on this list! It’s the audacity for me! 20years dnt forget”
Kash Doll Thirsts For Montana
The same week, a screenshot circulated online showing KD reacting to a shirtless pic of Montana. The comment even caught French’s reaction and sparked a flirty exchange.

“I land at 6 babe” – Kash Doll

“@kashdoll On my way juheardd” -French Montana

Floyd Mayweather Ethers Conor McGregor After Shocking UFC Knockout Defeat: “Con Artist McLoser”

Boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr. is blasting away at Conor McGregor. Money Mayweather has lit up social media to troll the prized fighter after his Saturday night knockout punch in his UFC pay-per-view fight.

Floyd Mayweather Trolls Conor
The sports star went to his Instagram page and didn’t hold back on going off on McGregor. Mayweather questioned how Conor could want to really make a name for himself in the boxing world when he couldn’t come up with a W in his own sport.

“I seen this post and my take on it is that the world knows Con Artist McLoser can steal everything from me and be loved but I’m hated. That just lets you all know that racism still exist. Just know, that bum will never be me or be on my level. I’m just built different, my mindset is on another planet, my skills are second to none, I’m a natural born winner and yes I talk a lot of trash, but every time I back it up! This is what they hate. It’s sad that you can be a poor black kid from the ghetto that has dealt with racism your whole life and work extremely hard to put yourself and your family in a better position, and most of the hate come from my own people. Connor cannot even win in his own sport, but talking about coming back to boxing to fight Pacquiao. Nobody wants to see that, it’s like my leftovers eating leftovers.”

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Floyd Mayweather trolls Conor.Despite taking the shocking loss by knockout punch, McGregor has since lit up Instagram with an uplifting message about returning to the octagon.

“Thanks for the support everyone! Was not my night/morning in there but a great contest to improve on. I’m excited at the blockbuster trilogy I now have on my hands. Dustin is a hell of a competitor and I look forward to going again. Elevating the leg and the spirit on my way home! God bless us all, happy Sunday ❤️”

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Conor McGregor’s Third Retirement
In June 2020, McGregor shocked the world for a third time by appearing to announce his retirement from MMA fighting. However, months later he returned to training and preparing for his bout.

“Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting. Thank you all for the amazing memories! What a ride it’s been! Here is a picture of myself and my mother in Las Vegas post one of my World title wins! Pick the home of your dreams Mags I love you! Whatever you desire it’s yours” -Conor McGregor’s Twitter
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Conor’s Winning Formula
The announcement came just months after winning a huge comeback UFC fight. Media outlets also considered the news being a possible negotiation tactic.

McGregor returned to the Octagon in January at UFC 246, finishing Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in just 40 seconds. Considering this is the third time McGregor has done such a thing, not a lot of people are buying this as a legitimate retirement —‚and feeling that this is just a negotiation ploy. In fact, the previous two retirements were announcements via social media as well. (Fansided)
The Track Record
In the past few years, Conor McGregor has retired multiple times. The first one came in 2016 while he also retired as recently as last year.

The first time McGregor retired came back in 2016 during his rivalry with Nate Diaz. After the rematch between the two was pulled from UFC 200 due to McGregor not showing up for a media event, the Irish superstar retired…for all of a day. The rematch did end up taking place at UFC 202. McGregor then took to Twitter to announce retirement in 2019, once again during failed negotiations between himself and the UFC. Around the same time, it was reported that McGregor was facing his first of two sexual assault charges in Ireland. (Fansided)

Swizz Beatz & Timbaland Want To Do 2Pac vs. Biggie and Prince vs. Michael Jackson VERZUZ

As the VERZUZ platform keeps expanding, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland are coming up with even more ideas to take the movement even further.
On Friday (Jan. 22), the creators of the series appeared on ESPN2’s “Jalen and Jacoby” show to talk about their expansion to the sports world for the upcoming Super Bowl where the NFL has teamed up with Swizz and Timbo to curate four days of football VERZUZ battles. During the week of January 26 – 29, fans will be able to tune to watch highlights of their favorite athletes’ careers go against each other.

But they have more aspirations. When asked what their “holy grail” VERZUZ would be, they said they are trying to figure out how to make a Tupac vs. Biggie battle a reality. “My dream one, I want to figure out how to do Pac and Biggie in a way that the people is gonna really love it,” said Swizz, while Timbaland approved the idea. “I’ma call you later, Imma text you,” said Timbo.

Wait ‘til you hear this, @THEREALSWIZZZ and @Timbaland give us their “holy grail” @verzuzonline matchups:
— Jacoby (@djacoby) January 22, 2021

Timbaland went a step further and suggested a battle between two of the greatest musicians to live, Prince and Michael Jackson. Jalen Rose suggested a hologram battle but we’d have to watch and watch if they can actually make these events happen in reality. The latest VERZUZ that happened was between Ashanti and Keyshia Cole this past Thursday. If you missed watching, you can catch the highlights here.

[Saturday Spotlight] Zae Vibin + Roy Rutto

Welcome to another riveting edition of Saturday Spotlight!
2021 has already been off to an exciting start when it comes to the Spotlight. The submissions are piling on, the talent has become increasingly more polished, and artists emerging aren’t afraid to take their sound to places our ears have yet to witness. Every week, we review these entries in awe, as the pool for talent is only expanding. Whether you’re a local spitter, producer, or singer — Saturday Spotlight welcomes all. Let’s introduce our picks for this week.

Zae Vibin
Zae Vibin’s music comes from a place of pain and vulnerability curated by his experience in the trenches. The streets can provide as much as it can take away, and Zae has a vivid understanding of that. Throughout his songs, he details first-hand situations that have put his back against the wall, and the thoughts that spurred from those moments. As raw, and unfiltered his music appears, the menacing nature in Zae’s psyche adds an intensity unmatched in his verses. Like Chicago’s Polo G, Zae puts his heart on his sleeve and uses melody to tell his stories. On his track, “Keep Coming”, Zae writes another page to his story, discussing the fallouts of friendships, and everyday struggles. Zae puts the listener into his shoes, sharing the burdens that way heavy on his heart. Check out his track below:

Roy Rutto
Roy Rutto can capture his city’s essence and dealings, almost from a spectator’s eye. His music is conscious, aware of his surroundings, detailing the regular day in the life living in Orange County. Chilling in the park, scoring a gram of weed, and the pursuit of money seems to be the norm. On his single, “2 The Juice Pt. 2”, Roy welcomes listeners into his world of rowdy youth, using his skill and calm demeanor to tell the stories that revolve around his daily routine. The youth are pumped with the juice, diving into multiple situations headfirst without a second thought. Roy is a product of the west coast, using his music to paint vivid images of thick clouds of blunt smoke, fast cars, and palm trees. Of course, none of that doesn’t come without being harassed by the cops. Check out his track below:

Also peep his track ‘Seesaw’ which we have added to our Saturday Spotlight playlist on Spotify:

– by Anthony Malone and Navjosh
Through our artist discovery platform Saturday Spotlight, we have discovered some amazing talent in the past including Russ, Ty Dolla Sign, Mez, IDK, Victoria Monét and Trap Beckham to name just a few. In most cases, coverage on HHNM was their first look among media outlets. Find the submission guidelines here.
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Cardi B Compares Herself + Offset To Dragon Ball Z Animé Icons

New York rapper Cardi B might low-key have a love for animé. The hip-hop superstar has lit up social media to geek out over her marriage goals with husband Offset by referencing a couple of “Dragon Ball Z” icons.

Cardi B Salutes Dragon Ball Z
The “WAP” superstar hit up Instagram with a must-like shot alongside her king. She took things a step further with a salute to animé heads by referencing characters Majin Buu and Goku.

“Majin Buu & Goku”

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Cardi B salutes Dragon Ball Z.

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Cardi also shared a clip of herself rocking her stunning fit outdoors.
“Enjoy life”

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Earlier in the week, Cardi took to her Instagram to move her body to some reggaeton. Rocking just a tank top and a pair of black underwear, she left little to the imagination and delivered some serious Latina vixen vibes.

“I’m ready to go home 😏”

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Cardi B Stars In Assisted Living Comedy
Cardi B has conquered music, TV, social media and fashion, and now she’s coming for the movie industry. The Grammy-winning artist has booked her first lead role on the big screen, as she’s set to star in the Paramount comedy Assisted Living. In Assisted Living, Cardi B plays a thief who tries to hide from the cops and criminals chasing her by disguising herself as a senior citizen at her grandma’s nursing home. Think Big Momma’s House meets Sister Act. This isn’t Cardi’s first movie role, but this will be her debut as the lead character.

(Cardi B) made her feature film debut opposite Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu and Keke Palmer in Hustlers, the 2019 crime drama about strippers who turn the tables on their wealthy Wall Street clientele. She also secured a role in F9, the next entry in Universal’s Fast & Furious franchise.
WAP + Kodak Yellow Music Videos Costs Revealed
On Twitter, Cardi B recently revealed the cost of some of her most popular music videos. She said that “WAP” — featuring Megan The Stallion on the track, plus Kylie Jenner and Mulatto in the visual — cost $1 million to make, while the video for her first mainstream hit “Bodak Yellow” was a relatively cheap $15,000.

“Fun fact: Bodak yellow music video cost me 15 thousand dollars .I was in Dubai and I said …. I gotta fly picture (videographer) out here … BOOM BOOM BANG ! Ya know the rest … Money cost 400K, Please me Cost 900K , Wap Cost a M !”

Watch Eminem’s ‘Higher’ Video with Dana White Cameo

After initially teasing it yesterday, Eminem has released the music video for his song ‘Higher’, one of the standouts on his last album Music to Be Murdered By – Side B.
The video features footage from UFC courtesy ESPN and shows Shady rapping on the mic in the ring, while laying parallels between athlete and musician lives. It also features cameos from Dana White and ESPN’s Michael Eaves along with some fans all over the world. Watch the black and white clip below.

The video for the fan favorite song debuted during ESPN’s UFC 257 Countdown: Poirier vs. McGregor 2 earlier today (Saturday) but is now also available YouTube.
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Swizz Beatz Wants a Notorious B.I.G. vs. Tupac Verzuz

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Swizz Beatz is dreaming up the ultimate Verzuz.
During an interview with “Jalen & Jacoby” on ESPN2, the Verzuz creator shared the “holy grail” of matchups between two of the greatest to ever do it—The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur.
“My dream one, I want to figure out how to do Pac and Biggie in a way that the people is gonna really love it,” said Swizz, while Timbaland co-signed the idea, telling Swizz, “I’ma call you later.”

Timbaland also proposed another epic battle between two late legends—Michael Jackson and Prince. But it’s unclear how it would work. “I got a couple ideas. I’ma text you,” he told Swizz, while Jalen Rose suggested a hologram battle.
The Verzuz platform has already featured matchups between living legends like Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight, but this would be the first posthumous competition. Swizz and Timbaland have also teased a potential pairing of hip-hop icons Dr. Dre and Diddy.
On Thursday, Ashanti and Keyshia Cole celebrated ladies night with their long-awaited Verzuz battle, which was delayed twice before it finally came to fruition.

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Kodak Black Celebrates Prison Release with New Song ‘Last Day In’

Kodak Black is fresh out the pen with new music.
Just days after his presidential pardon, the Florida rapper celebrates his freedom with his new song “Last Day In.” Over the three-minute track, a pensive Kodak reflects on his release from a federal prison outside of Chicago on Wednesday after serving nearly half of his 46-month sentence for falsifying paperwork to obtain a firearm.
“I dun made it out that fire like a firefighter,” he raps before thanking his lawyer, Bradford Cohen. “I told my lawyer, boy, I love you like a daddy.”

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Kodak, along with Lil Wayne and Roc Nation CEO Desiree Perez, was among the 143 pardons and commutations issued by Donald Trump on his final day in office.
“Trump just freed me but my favorite president is on the money,” Kodak raps before revealing how he plans to spend his first day out: “This my first day out, bitch, I want a head massage.”
He also shouts out Yung Miami of the City Girls (“Spent my ‘Christmas in Miami,’ yeah, Caresha Brownlee”), who starred in his music video, before reflecting on his journey to “creating a healthy and happy lifestyle” for himself. “I’m so proud of myself and how far I’ve come,” says Kodak.
Despite his pardon, Kodak still faces a felony charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in South Carolina. He is accused of raping an 18-year-old woman in a hotel room following a 2016 concert. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in state prison.

Kodak Black Celebrates Prison Release with New Song ‘Last Day In’: Listen

It was big news in the Hip-Hop world earlier this week when it was announced that Donald Trump had pardoned both Lil Wayne and Kodak Black on his way out of the office.
Kodak thanked Trump on Thursday through a tweet for letting him go. “I Want To Thank The President @RealDonaldTrump For His Commitment To Justice Reform And Shortening My Sentence. I Also Want To Thank Everyone For Their Support And Love,” Black posted. “It Means More Than You Will Ever Know. I Want To Continue Giving Back, Learning And Growing.”

I Want To Thank The President @RealDonaldTrump For His Commitment To Justice Reform And Shortening My Sentence. I Also Want To Thank Everyone For Their Support And Love.It Means More Than You Will Ever Know. I Want To Continue Giving Back, Learning And Growing. @DanScavino
— Kodak Black (@KodakBlack1k) January 20, 2021

The 23-year-old born, Bill Kapri, was serving a 46 month sentence after admitting in 2019 that he falsified information on federal forms to buy firearms from a South Florida gun shop. “He is out,” said the the rapper’s lawyer to Miami Herald. “His plans are to decompress for a period and take it all in. He is appreciative to the president and his team for giving him this chance.”
Kodak is celebrating his prison release with a new song called ‘Last Day In’ where he raps about his experiences and the relief of getting out. “Trump just free me but my favorite president is on the money,” he rhymes in his melodic cadence. Listen to it below.
Kodak still has a pending sexual assault case in Florence County, South Carolina against him which the prosecutors plan to pursue. He was charged with felony sexual misconduct after prosecutors said he raped an 18-year-old woman in a hotel room after a concert in 2016.
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Listen to Freddie Gibbs’ New Song ‘Daddy Loves You’, A Bonus Cut From ‘Alfredo’ Vinyl

Here is a new song from Freddie Gibbs, ‘Daddy Loves You’.
Freddie came into 2021 with a lot of feathers in his cap, as his album Alfredo with Alchemist was regarded as one of the best rap efforts of 2020 by many critics. The album, which features guest appearances from Rick Ross, Benny The Butcher, Tyler, The Creator and Conway, also earned him the much coveted “best rap album” GRAMMY nomination for this this year’s awards.

Some lucky fans have been able to get their hands on the limited edition vinyl and discovered that there’s a hidden bonus song on it called ‘Daddy Loves You’. On the mellow sample-heavy song, Gangsta Gibbs talks to his son about how he’d like him to grow up to be like Freddie’s doctor brother and not like the rapper who has lived an adventurous life. Listen to it below.
There is no word yet on whether this will be added to streaming services officially.
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