BRS Kash Enlists DaBaby & City Girls on Explicit ‘Throat Baby’ Remix: Listen

BRS Kash is certainly an artist to lookout for in 2021 as his single ‘Throat Baby’ aka ‘Go Baby’ continues to rise on the charts after initially gaining popularity in 4th quarter of 2020.
The Atlanta rapper is prepping the release of his new project Kash Only which drops on Friday across all platforms. It will feature 12 tracks including the official ‘Throat Baby’ remix with City Girls and DaBaby which BRS is unveiling a day in advance tonight.

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The explicit song also has a very interesting video on the way (watch a preview above) but until then, you can listen to the audio below. Will this take the song even higher on the charts? Let’s see.
“In the clubs they don’t know about throat baby, they know about “Go Baby”. So when a lot of folks figure out that I’m saying throat, the backlash is going to be like “oh my god, he’s been saying this the whole time?”. The backlash is something new everyday, because folks are just starting to figure out what I’m saying. We kinda knew it was going to happen, I mean it is what it is. If you feel offended by it, it means you probably was doing it and you’re just scared to be open about it,” he told HHNM in an exclusive interview last month.

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In addition, BRS Kash is also dropping another track from the project, ‘Kash App’ featuring Queen of the South, Mulatto. Press play below.
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Lil Wayne Shares New Song ‘Ain’t Got Time’ Feat. Fousheé: Listen

Lil Wayne definitely is riding high on the big relief that he’s got this week. He received a pardon from Trump on his way out of the office which means he won’t have to serve a sentence for the firearm and drugs case stemming from a year ago at an airport.
He has dropped a surprise new song tonight titled ‘Ain’t Got Time’ without any prior notice. The track features singer Fousheé whose vocals on a Sleepy Hallow track went viral on TikTok last year, leading to over 25 million views. Listen to the slow tempo track from the Young Money boss below.

A few days ago, Weezy also dropped a new version of his ‘Green & Yellow’ song for the Green Bay Packers.

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Drake Announces That ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Has Been Pushed Back

We were all looking forward to the release of a brand new Drake album to kick off the year. In a trailer for Certified Lover Boy that dropped back in October, the rapper announced that it would be out in January and every New Music Friday of the new year since, fans have waited patiently, refreshing the streaming services to check if it was out.
Unfortunately, Drake takes to Instagram with some disappointing news tonight. He posts on his IG story that his recent time has been dedicated to recovering from a recent injury and that he’s only just regained focus on the album, so it won’t be out this month after all.

At the end, he adds that he looks forward to sharing it with us this year, so who knows how long we’ll have to wait. A Valentines Day release always seemed perfect considering the rollout, but perhaps that’s far too soon. We’ll keep you updated regardless.

Big CEO Reportedly Shot Dead At 20 In Memphis

Tennesse rapper Big CEO reportedly died in a shooting in his Memphis hometown this week as reported by local news station WMC5. He was just 20 years old.

Big CEO Dies In Memphis Shooting
Big CEO, born name Jonathan Brown and formerly known as Baby CEO, received some notoriety as a 14-year-old when he posted a video of himself holding guns and rapping about drugs and gangs. Police haven’t released details on the shooting that claimed his life.

A young rapper from Memphis known as Baby CEO has been shot dead. A source confirmed the death of the rapper whose given name was Jonathan Brown, WMC-TV reported Wednesday. Memphis police have not officially released the name of the shooting victim or details about the incident, WMC said. They said they responded to a call at about 10 p.m. Tuesday and pronounced Brown dead at the scene. (New York Daily News)

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Big CEO was affiliated with Chicago rapper Fredo Santana and the Savage Squad. Fredo Santana died in 2018 from a seizure, exactly 3 years to the day Big CEO passed.

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Details In YFN Lucci Murder Case
In a separate situation, Atlanta rapper YFN Lucci recently turned himself in to Georgia authorities. The platinum-selling MC is a suspect in a murder case, the details of which are becoming more clear. Lucci is also facing charges for weapons and gang activity.
UPDATE: According @Atlanta_Police Rayshawn Bennett (YFN Lucci) has turned himself in and is currently at the Fulton County Jail.
YFN Lucci Dropped New Video While Police Were Looking For Him
Lucci put music over everything – even an arrest warrant for his possible connection to a recent murder. The hip-hop star surprisingly released his new “Rolled On” music video hours after the criminal case went viral.
The official video for “Rolled on (feat. Mozzy)” off of “Wish Me Well 3” out now.

‘BollyHood’ Rapper Raja Kumari Performs At Inauguration

The inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris has been full of firsts. Indian-American rapper Raja Kumari‘s performance at the virtual inaugural ball was monumental, considering that Harris is the country’s first VP of Indian descent.

Raja Kumari Represents India At Inauguration
Grammy-nominated Raja Kumari took part at the AAPI Inaugural Ball, a virtual event held the day before Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ historic inauguration. The multi-talented artist, who calls her style “BollyHood,” has collaborated with the likes of Iggy Azalea, Tyga and Gwen Stefani. She went to Twitter to speak on her inauguration performance.

“So honored to be part of this historic moment! Thank you AAPI for inviting me to perform at the 2021 Inaugural Ball!”

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Ja Rule is Pumped For Kamala Harris As VP
New York rapper Ja Rule is big proud of Kamala Harris. The hip-hop veteran recently stepped forward to reveal why he’s most excited about Harris’ historic victory.

The rapper and father of a Hampton University graduate said, “You don’t even have to put ‘black’ in front of it. I think that’s a major accomplishment in itself . . . and she went to Howard, an HBCU [historically black colleges and universities]. Which I love. I know my daughter Brittney is even more happy . . . so lotta love in the air. That’s all we really want. That’s all we ask for this election. We just want to bring some love and decency back to the country.” (Page Six)

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Cardi B Shuts Down Presidency Conspiracy Theories
New York rapper Cardi B recently hit up her Instagram page and kept things a buck. The rap heavyweight shared recent footage of herself interviewing President-elect Joe Biden ahead of election day and singled out major media outlets and personalities for coming at her.
“Couple of weeks ago I was getting chewed up by Trump supporters over this interview especially by miss Candace who has been degrading my name for 2 years straight. I was so nervous for this interview especially because it was on zoom and not in person but it was important for my followers to get to know our running candidate and future president. Republicans like Candace, Shapiro, Fox news made fun of me ,talk so much sh*t about me and my song WAP. They said Biden use me as a pawn then weeks later we seen a list of rappers and artists that Trump was trying to reach out to and to pay for support a list that included my name. I never got payed a dollar from Biden I just wanted to get to know him and open my fans up to the importance of voting.Im so proud of all these celebs who uses their platform and for the people who went out and voted WE DID IT! Don’t let nobody down play you for what you doing that’s how they try to take away your power .YOUR POWER IS YOUR VOICE!Congrats Biden! Your family here, and in Heaven are very proud of you! Also congratulations to Kamala you made history!” -Cardi B’s Instagram
Hip-Hop Celebrates Joe Biden’s Victory
The entire hip-hop community came forward to celebrate Biden and Harris winning the election and ending President Donald Trump‘s run as head of state.

Funk Flex Calls Out JAY-Z + Roc Nation Over Donald Trump Pardon: “How Does Everyone Feel About This?”

Legendary hip-hop DJ and radio host Funkmaster Flex has questions. When Roc Nation CEO Desiree Perez‘s name surfaced among those who received pardons from outgoing president Donald Trump, Funk Flex grew curious about the details of Perez’s past.

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Desiree Perez is currently the CEO of JAY-Z‘s Roc Nation. Back in the 1990s, she was convicted on drug charges and allegedly worked with federal authorities to bust other criminals after getting caught. Funk Flex promised on his next radio show to talk about that part.

“Congrats to JayZ and Roc Nation Ceo on the Donald Trump Pardon! MONDAY 7PM WE GOT A STORY TO TELL! #JustMyOpinion (Guys if I can’t go to the brunch I understand) I NEED TO GET MY FACTS IN ORDER BEFORE I DISCUSS! I NEVER NEW THIS UNTIL TODAY???? HOW DOES EVERYONE FEEL ABOUT THIS?”

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Desiree Perez Speaks On Presidential Pardon
In the time since her conviction, Perez has worked for criminal justice reform and social justice. After being pardoned, she gave a statement to Billboard.

“I’m grateful to have received a pardon and to have formally closed that chapter of my life in the eyes of the law. I have taken full accountability for my mistakes from 25 years ago, but I also take tremendous pride in my personal growth, perseverance and accomplishments since then. This pardon reinforces my lifelong commitment to advocate for criminal justice reform and social justice initiatives.”

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Hip-Hop Heavyweights Receive Trump Pardons
Some other notable names in hip-hop received pardons from the 45th POTUS in his final days in office. Lil Wayne, Kodak Black and Death Row Records co-founder Michael “Harry-O” Harris along with Perez were legally cleared and/or had their sentences commuted in their cases.
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West Coast rap manager Wack 100 is saluting Donald Trump coming through clutch for the self-proclaimed best rapper alive. The hip-hop executive has come forward to acknowledge buzz about the soon-to-be former head of state’s pardon of Lil Wayne.
“Now that’s Gangsta @realdonaldtrump 👌🏾 #WhoopBidness”Wack 100 salutes Donald Trump.

Lil Wayne’s Lawyer Says Trump Support Wasn’t Done for Pardon

Lil Wayne was among the 143 pardons and commutations issued by Donald Trump in the final hours of his presidency.
The Young Money rapper met with the president during a campaign stop in October at a time when Trump was trying to improve his standing with Black voters. He tweeted a photo with Trump and shared his support for the president’s criminal justice reform efforts, prompting backlash from some of his fans.
Just weeks later, Wayne was charged with illegally possessing a firearm after agents discovered a .45-caliber handgun during a search of his private plane in December 2019. He pleaded guilty and was facing up to 10 years in prison at a sentencing originally scheduled for later this month.

Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership. He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done. 🤙🏾
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) October 29, 2020

However, Wayne’s looming gun charge, which had been under investigation for nearly a year, was not the reason for his meeting with Trump, says his lawyer Bradford Cohen. In an interview with The New York Times, Cohen acknowledged that while it may have ultimately helped the pardon decision, it was not why Wayne supported Trump during his re-election campaign.
“It never hurts that someone gets a full understanding of an individual when they’re just looking at a piece of paper,” said Cohen. “In hindsight, I guess it worked out.”
Cohen, who applied for a pardon right after Wayne was charged in November, said that his client was “thrilled” with the president’s decision. Wayne’s application was supported in letters from NFL legend Deion Sanders and Brett Berish, the CEO of Sovereign Brands.
Cohen, who represented Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, also successfully advocated for Kodak Black. The “Tunnel Vision” rapper was serving a 46-month sentence for falsifying paperwork to obtain a firearm, but his sentence was commuted. He could be released from a federal prison outside of Chicago as soon as today.
Taking to Twitter, Kodak thanked Trump for commuting his sentence. “I Want To Thank The President @RealDonaldTrump For His Commitment To Justice Reform And Shortening My Sentence,” he tweeted. “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.”

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

Joey Badass Releases New Song & Video ‘Let It Breathe’ — Watch

Last summer, Joey Badass returned with a three pack of new singles in ‘The Light’, ‘Shine’ and Pusha T collaboration ‘No Explanaition’. They were the first we’d heard from him in a couple of years. You can stream them here.
Since then, he’s made a couple of other appearances on other songs, but tonight he’s back with a brand new single. Joey puts out ‘Let It Breathe’ which is produced by Statik Selektah. That pair just doesn’t miss. Joey sounds like he’s hit a new stride, we can’t wait for the album.

Watch the music video below.
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Drake Delays ‘Certified Lover Boy’ Album Release

Certified Lover Boy won’t be dropping this month.
Drake has decided to delay the release of his highly-anticipated album. Taking to Instagram Stories on Wednesday (Jan. 20), Drizzy announced that he had planned to release CLB this month, but he’s been focused on his recovery from a knee injury.
“I was planning to release my album this month but between surgery and rehab my energy has been dedicated to recovery,” he wrote. “I’m blessed to be back on my feet feeling great and focused on the album, but CLB won’t be dropping in January.”

He did not reveal a new release date, only saying that the follow-up to 2018’s Scorpion would arrive sometime this year. “I’m looking forward to sharing it with you all in 2021,” he added.
This is the second time the project has been delayed. In October, Drake announced that his sixth studio album would arrive in January. Prior to that in May, he was eyeing a summer release.

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Earlier this week, Charlie Puth claimed that the album would be dropping this Thursday, Jan. 21, but the tweet was deleted.
Drake underwent knee surgery back in October after he reportedly tore his ACL, but he’s on the mend. He recently returned to the gym, sharing a photo from his workout. “10 weeks post op I’m grinding for recovery EVERYDAY,” he wrote.
Earlier this month, he reportedly shot a music video with Meek Mill in the Bahamas.

Sean Paul Calls Out JAY-Z’s Past Insecurities Toward Him + Beyoncé Working Together

It seems like New York rap icon JAY-Z might be the jealous type. Reggae superstar Sean Paul recently talked about his unforgettable “Baby Boy” collaboration with Young Hov’s then-girlfriend, now-wife Beyoncé and revealed a shocker about the music icon’s attitude toward him.

Sean Paul Says JAY-Z Got Jealous
In an interview, Sean Paul said JAY-Z was jealous over their 2003 collaboration. He spoke about why he rarely performed the track with her live, chalking it up to Hov not wanting him around his then-bae.

The Temperature artiste was speaking with radio announcer Wesley “Burgerman” Burger in an interview on the Two Live Crew program on Radio Jamaica on Thursday when the host brought up the subject midway through the discussion. Burger told Sean Paul, “One a di time when Baby Boy did come out, mi did vex yuh nuh, caw mi a seh a wha happen to dem people deh ova suh?   Like dem nuh rate our artiste, you know dah likkle video suppm deh.  Mi neva feel good bout it enuh, but mi a seh, mi like how di General (Sean Paul) deal wid it though.” “Yuh si weh you seh?  You neva feel comfortable.   Me neva feel comfortable needa, but mi jus use my diplomacy all di while an guh roun any likkle obstacle weh me have inna life,” Sean Paul responded. (Dancehall Mag)
Paul took things a step further and suggested JAY didn’t like the idea of other – presumably men – around his eventual wife.

“To me, dat man (Jay-Z) neva want you around dah lady deh yuh nuh,” Burgher said, to which Sean Paul responded: “Yes, to me that was something that was apparent at the time,” before adding: “Wi know that artistry is artistry suh a nuh everytime dem ting deh gwan.” (Dancehall Mag)

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Funk Flex Goes At JAY-Z
Hot 97 radio veteran Funk Flex recently went at Young Hov about his insecurities. During a recent conversation, he full blown attacked the music icon and went at him for how he responds to criticism. Funk said that the reason Hov isn’t on social media is because of his sensitivity. He roasted Jay and didn’t hold back, also claiming the New York rap legend has fake social media burner accounts. Funk did, however, admit there’s no real beef toward Young Hov and promised he was telling the truth.

“You know why he’s not on social media? Because he’s the most sensitive motherf*cker on the planet and he can’t take n*ggas in his comments telling him the truth! Okay? Okay? He can’t take it. He can’t open up social media. You know what JAY does? He watches social media from a fake page. Okay? It’s not [personal] but I’m giving you the truth!”

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Funk Flex Compares Drake And JAY-Z
Outside of the social media talk, Funkmaster is naming his greats. He’s put Drake up at almost the top of the list, but has spoken out about why he doesn’t get the #1 spot. In the same conversation, Funk Flex said Drake would’ve passed JAY-Z in his book if several reference tracks, songs that are used for comparison to as somebody goes along making their own track, didn’t surface years ago.

“He’s too versatile, his melodies, he has the bars, and he had the songs. If those reference tracks had never happened, Drake would have been my favorite artist of all time. He would have surpassed JAY-Z in my book. If there was no reference [tracks].”
Funk Flex Reveals 2009 Drake Freestyle Details
Funk also revealed Drizzy didn’t write his 2009 freestyle on Hot 97. The performance is now infamous due to the fact that Drake read lyrics off of his Blackberry phone at the time of the freestyle.

JAY-Z Launches $10 Million Fund for Minority-Owned Cannabis Startups

JAY-Z is putting $10 million into a fund for minority-owned cannabis startups.
The Roc Nation mogul wants to diversify the marijuana business by investing in cannabis companies owned by minorities, who have been disproportionately affected by the war on drugs and excluded from the multibillion-dollar legalized pot market.
“It’s really unbelievable how that can happen,” JAY-Z told The Wall Street Journal. “We were the ones most negatively affected by the war on drugs, and America has turned around and created a business from it that’s worth billions.”
JAY-Z is starting his fund with $10 million in seed money received as part of the $575 million acquisition of two California-based cannabis companies–CMG Partners Inc. and Left Coast Ventures Inc.–by Subversive Capital Acquisition Corp.
In October, Mr. Carter launched his own cannabis brand Monogram, which will be a joint venture with the merged company, named TPCO Holding Corp.
The fund will be run by JAY-Z and Roc Nation CEO Desiree Perez, who received a pardon from Donald Trump on the last day of his presidency. It will invest as much as $1 million in each of the chosen cannabis startups.
“I wanted to do something in a real, concrete way, where I do my part,” added JAY-Z.
The cannabis market has become a booming $20 billion legal business and could surpass the $70 billion market for U.S. wine by 2030, according to an estimate by New York investment bank Cowen & Co.

Travis Scott’s New Chains Called Bogus + “Bootleg” By Ben Baller: “That Piece Ain’t Official”

Houston rapper Travis Scott is drawing major attention over his ice. After getting a set of new chains, renowned celebrity jeweler Ben Baller has spoken out about them.

Ben Baller Calls Out Eliantte
Ben took to his Instagram to speak on Travis’ drip. He called out its creator Eliantte for capping about teaming up with famous jeweler Takashi Murakami for the Jesus-inspired pieces. Some think Eliantte has responded after putting a simple message on his own Instagram Story: “Jealousy will have you gossiping about a person you should be learning from.”

“Oh yeah. That piece ain’t official Murakami if he didn’t co-sign it or even know about it. Imagine making a piece without the actual artist’s blessing. That’s called ‘bootleg’.”

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Travis Scott’s Goosebumps Remix Is Must-Hear
The hip-hop superstar is helping everyone clock in those weekend goals with his signature sounds. The rap heavyweight’s classic “Goosebumps” 2016 anthem now has a remix circulating around the Internet. The throwback song has received the official green light from Scott for a remix. Despite having a buzz back in 2020, Scott and producer HVME have released the official version to the masses.

“Today I’m very happy because it’s official,” HVME said in an Instagram story post. The new version replaces the original’s droning hum with a sleek, deep-house groove. Listen just once, and it’s impossible to not get lost in the sway. The Houston rapper’s song was reworked by Spanish DJ and producer HVME in mid-2020 and racked up millions of streams. But it was only officially released Friday with Scott’s approval. (Houston Chronicle)

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Travis Scott Album Sneak Peek?
The release comes just days after Scott’s “Vision” and “Niagara Falls” (feat. 21 Savage) popped up – or rather leaked – on Spotify. Both songs were eventually removed from the streaming platform, but not before a lot of fans heard what could’ve been material from Travis Scott’s upcoming Utopia album.

Apparently someone hacked Travis Scott and it’s releasing leaks on his streaming platforms
Travis Scott Admits He Misses Live Shows
Travis misses the way things used to be, pre-pandemic. Recently, Cactus Jack went online to let it be know he misses raging with fans and being out there live on stage.

“Mannnnn I misss the STAGEEEEEEE Daaaaaaa Raggggeeee !!!!!”

Doja Cat Leaves TikTok: “I’m Deada** Not Fit To Just Take The Joke”

West Coast rap star Doja Cat is switching it up. The award-winning rap star announced she’s leaving a major social media platform due to the unnecessary hate and rudeness she gets sent her way.

Doja Cat Leaves TikTok
Doja Cat went to Twitter to announce she was taking a break from TikTok. She spoke with followers about the rude comments she get on her posts and how they were making her feel.

“i’m not comfortable making tik toks anymore i feel like something is wrong w me. y’all got me. :/ … they’re not even being hateful they’re just unintentionally gaslighting and i’m deada** not fit to just take the joke cuz i’ve actually struggled w sh*t before and i have a lot of fear in me so it just add up in the end when i read that kind of sh*t”

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Doja Cat Teases Tekashi 6ix9ine
The West Coast rapper might have come through with the most memorable verse on singer Ariana Grande and rap star Megan Thee Stallion‘s “34+35” remix with a nod to hip-hop troll Tekashi 6ix9ine. On the must-hear record, Cat playfully gets at 6ix9ine. Doja gets freaky with her lyrics and admits she’s all for the bedroom activities – minus Tekashi.

“I want that six nine, without Tekashi,” Doja raps. “And I want your body, and I’ll make it obvious/Wake up the neighbors, we got an audience/They hear the clapping, but we not applauding ’em/six o’clock and I’m crushing/Then it get to seven o’clock now he want it/When it hit eight o’clock we said f*ck it/Forget your girl, pretend that I’m her/Come make the cat purr/come make my back hurt aye/Making that squirt and rain and shower and spray/Now that’s perfect baby/We don’t sleep enough but I’mma keep you up/If you could keep it up”

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Doja Cat teases Tekashi 6ix9ine.Hours prior, Ariana went online to get fans hyped about her “34 + 35” remix.

Fans woke up to the best news with the announcement of hitmakers Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, and Ariana Grande collaborating. The female artists are set to release a remix version of Grande’s “34+35” track tonight, according to Ariana’s Instagram. The collab was teased earlier this week when Grande posted a promotion graphic for the single with two people standing beside her but hidden.

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Ariana Grande’s New Remix
Grande’s must-hear remix stems from her fall 2020 album. Meg also recently put out her own studio release.
The new remix follows the music video for the original song, helmed by Director X and released in November. “34+35” features on Grande’s most recent studio album, Positions, which came out in October. Since then, she’s released a Christmas collaborationwith Mariah Carey and a Sweetener-era concert film for Netflix. Megan’s latest album Good News was also released last year. (Pitchfork)
The Initial Tease
The same week, Grande teased fans about the new remix. She went to her Instagram page with the ultimate sneak peek.

“Positions” singer Ariana Grande is teasing a new remix version of her popular track 34+35 and it has hip-hop fans beside themselves. According to the rumor mill, Grande’s collab partners might be fellow pop singer/rapper Doja Cat and the legendary Nicki Minaj. It was previously speculated that the trio would collaborate on a song called DNA, but Doja Cat shot the rumor down when she explained it was purely a fan-made rumor.

Macklemore Drops ‘Trump’s Over Freestyle’

As Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, Macklemore celebrated the end of Donald Trump’s presidency by dropping his “Trump’s Over Freestyle” on Inauguration Day.
He starts off by calling out the “high-fiving, MAGA white boys, drinking white claws” and the Capitol riots. “Double standard once the white folks went and tried it,” he raps. He also takes aim at the “liberals out there being silent while Black people dying at the hands of police violence.”
“I’ll give it to you pro Bono, U2 are the problem,” says the Seattle rapper before acknowledging his own white privilege. “Comfy in my privilege, like should I risk all this?”
He then declares, “Trump’s over! He lost / Social media kicked him off, he gone / Throw a party on the White House lawn, retire the liar / Impeach that orange ho, so long you’re fired.”
While he may be celebrating the end of the Trump era, Macklemore takes the opportunity to criticize the new president. “Biden my dog but he’s close to getting put down / Surprise! Another old white guy in the house / Who’s fine, we just hold our breath when he opens his mouth.”
His daughter Sloane also joins the “Trump’s Over” party, declaring, “Donald Trump is gone!”
Macklemore has been an outspoken critic of Trump in the past, appearing on the 2016 remix to YG’s “FDT.”

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Roc Nation CEO Desiree Perez Pardoned by Trump

Donald Trump issued more than 140 pardons and commutations in the final hours of his presidency.
In addition to Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, the 45th President of the United States granted a full pardon to Roc Nation CEO Desiree Perez, who was involved in a conspiracy to distribute narcotics, a conviction that is more than 25 years old.
“Since her conviction, Ms. Perez has taken full accountability for her actions and has turned her life around,” the White House said in a statement. “She has been gainfully employed and has been an advocate for criminal justice reform in her community.”
“I’m grateful to have received a pardon and to have formally closed that chapter of my life in the eyes of the law,” Perez told Billboard. “I have taken full accountability for my mistakes from 25 years ago, but I also take tremendous pride in my personal growth, perseverance and accomplishments since then. This pardon reinforces my lifelong commitment to advocate for criminal justice reform and social justice initiatives.”
Perez got her start as a part-time nightclub manager, booking JAY-Z to perform at one of her venues in 1996 before helping launch his inaugural 40/40 Club in Manhattan. In 2008, JAY-Z tapped Perez as COO of Roc Nation before promoting her to CEO of the company in 2019. Perez has also been involved in various social and criminal justice efforts including Meek Mill’s REFORM initiative.
Trump’s pardons also included Lil Wayne, who was granted clemency after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm, while Kodak Black saw his four-year sentence commuted for falsifying paperwork to obtain a firearm.
Additionally, Death Row Records co-founder Michael “Harry-O” Harris’ 25-to-life prison sentence for attempted murder and cocaine trafficking was commuted after lobbying from Snoop Dogg, among others.