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Nardo Wick Recruits Lil Durk, 21 Savage & G Herbo For ‘Who Want Smoke? (Remix)’: Listen

Florida rapper Nardo Wick is making waves in Hip-Hop.The 19-year-old, who blew up off of his single ‘Who Want Smoke’, returns with a remix to the viral hit and gets a little help from rappers Lil Durk, 21 Savage and G Herbo. Nardo shared a preview of the track, which will also be accompanied by a Cole Bennett-directed music video.All three rappers deliver on each of their guest verses, while sticking to the theme that Nardo laid out on the original version of ‘Who Want Smoke?.’ With over 60 million streams, the Jacksonville native had the opportunity to perform his hit single during Lil Durk and Lil Baby’s tour stop in Orlando.In addition to receiving cosigns from Future and Coi Leray, ‘Who Want Smoke’ has made the Top 25 on Mainstream Hip Hop Radio. With his unique sound and rapid-fire bars, Nardo Wick is well on his way to becoming hip-hop’s next big star!Listen to ‘Who Want Smoke? (Remix)’ below.

Justin Bieber Releases ‘Justice Complete Edition’ Feat. 3 New Tracks: Stream

Justin Bieber fans are eating tonight. The “Peaches” singer went on Twitter and his Instagram Stories earlier this week to tell fans that three new tracks from his most recent album, Justice will arrive on Friday.Three new songs have now been added to the “complete edition” of Justice which is now available everywhere. Technically speaking, they have been out on the internet before as ‘Hailey’ and ‘Angels Speak’ appeared on the Japanese edition of Justice, while ‘Red Eye’ was included as a bonus track on his European webstore alternate CD. ‘Angels Speak’ was also offered as a bonus track on the Target edition of the LP.3 unreleased songs FRIDAY. RED EYE, ANGELS SPEAK, HAILEY. pic.twitter.com/yksCvGd7GU— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) October 6, 2021The latest edition comes about 6 months after the Canadian superstar unveiled a deluxe edition back in March with guest appearances from Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert and DaBaby. JB’s new documentary, Justin Bieber: Our World also arrives on Amazon Prime today along with a music video for ‘Ghost’.[embedded content]“Justin Bieber: Our World takes viewers backstage, onstage and into the private world of the global superstar as he prepares for a record-breaking New Year’s Eve 2020 concert. After a three-year hiatus from a full concert, Bieber delivers an electrifying performance on the rooftop of the Beverly Hilton Hotel for 240 invited guests -and millions of fans across the globe watching via livestream,” the synopsis reads.

Don Toliver Releases ‘Life Of A Don’ Album Feat. Travis Scott, Baby Keem, More: Stream

UPDATE: The album is now here for streaming everywhere. Check it out below.Previous story:Don Toliver signed with Cactus Jack Records in 2018 and has had a steady growth ever since, forming his own fan base over the years. Last year, he put out his debut album Heaven or Hell, but it went a little under the radar, perhaps due to the fact that it came out right around the start of the pandemic.I worked all my life for these moments. I might not be sleep. But I’m Alive. LIfe Of A Don Tonight. Hate me or Love me. Take it Or leave it.— DON TOLIVER (@DonToliver) October 7, 2021Tonight, the Houston rapper will drop his second album, Life Of A Don. A few hours ahead of the release, he puts out the track list for the project. He tweeted it out without features, but the version of the track list on Apple Music reveals that Travis Scott is on there twice along with Baby Keem, Kali Uchis, HVN and SoFaygo. Check it out in full below and stay tuned for the official album release tonight.!!!LiFE OF A DON TONIGHT!!! LETs GO!!! 🌹🤧🏆❤️‍🔥👨🏿‍🚀🌺🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/xzbjfftOS9— DON TOLIVER (@DonToliver) October 7, 2021

Adele Opens Up About Her New Album, Divorce, & Dating Rich Paul

Hello, again.
With a new album imminent, Adele reemerges on the November covers of both the U.S. and British editions of Vogue.
In her interview for the U.S. magazine, the 33-year-old singer opens up about her new album, rumored to be titled 30, her “Year of Anxiety” including her divorce, and her new boyfriend, sports agent Richard Paul.
In the six years since her last album, 25, Adele split from her husband of two years, Simon Konecki. They have a nine-year-old son, Angelo.
“I was just going through the motions and I wasn’t happy,” she said of the couple’s divorce, which was finalized earlier this year. “Neither of us did anything wrong. Neither of us hurt each other or anything like that. It was just: I want my son to see me really love, and be loved. It’s really important to me.”
But they remain on good terms. Konecki lives across the street from Adele in a house she bought for him, and they share custody of Angelo.
“I realized that I was the problem,” Adele said. “Cause all the other albums are like, You did this! You did that! F**k you! Why can’t you arrive for me? Then I was like: Oh, shit, I’m the running theme, actually. Maybe it’s me!”
However, she wouldn’t necessarily describe this album as a divorce album. “It was more me divorcing myself,” she said. “Just being like, Bitch, fu**in’ hot mess, get your fu**in’ shit together!”

While in the kitchen of her Beverly Hills home, she previewed some of her new music including the lead single “Easy on Me,” described as a “gut-wrenching piano ballad,” which includes the lyrics, “Go easy on me baby / I was still a child / Didn’t get the chance to / Feel the world around me.”
Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On served as a “very big reference” on the album, and she credits Tyler, the Creator and Skepta for inspiring her to incorporate voice notes. “I thought it might be a nice touch, seeing as everyone’s been at my door for the last 10 years, as a fan, to be like, Would you like to come in?” she said.
Other collaborators include Max Martin, Shellback, Ludwig Göransson, Tobias Jesso Jr., and Greg Kurstin (“Hello”).
“It’s sensitive for me, this record, just in how much I love it,” she shared. “I always say that 21 doesn’t belong to me anymore. Everyone else took it into their hearts so much. I’m not letting go of this one. This is my album. I want to share myself with everyone, but I don’t think I’ll ever let this one go.”

Adele’s love life has also been in the headlines after she was seen courtside at the NBA Finals with her new boyfriend, LeBron James’ agent Rich Paul. While the two were friends for a while, they didn’t start dating until the beginning of this year. “He was always there, I just didn’t see him,” she said of Paul, whom she met at a party a couple years ago.
“I was a bit drunk. I said: Do you want to sign me? I’m an athlete now,” she recalled of their first encounter. “He was dancing. All the other guys were just sitting around. He was just dancing away.”
With Paul, she feels a sense of security. “I don’t feel anxious or nervous or frazzled. It’s quite the opposite. It’s wild,” she explained. “I’m a 33-year-old divorced mother of a son, who’s actually in charge. The last thing I need is someone who doesn’t know where they’re at, or what they want. I know what I want. And I really know what I don’t want.”
She also reflected on her 2017 Grammys acceptance speech, where she paid tribute to Beyoncé. After winning Album of the Year over Lemonade, Adele went to Beyoncé’s dressing room.
“I just said to her, like, the way that the Grammys works, and the people who control it at the very, very top–they don’t know what a visual album is. They don’t want to support the way that she’s moving things forward with her releases and the things that she’s talking about.”
When asked why Beyoncé deserved to win, she said, “For my friends who are women of color, it was such a huge acknowledgment for them, of the sort of undermined grief that they go through. For her to nail that on the head, and also bring in the entire globe? I was like, This album is my album, she just knows what I’m going through. That album was not written for me. But yet I could still feel like, This is the biggest gift.”

Adele Reveals Tyler, The Creator Inspired Her to Use Voice Notes on New Album

Adele is finally coming back. The singer almost broke the internet when she announced her comeback single ‘Easy on Me’ earlier this week, which releases October 15.The UK singer has now done a cover story with Vogue where she opens a bit about being gone from the public eye, process of creating her new album, what kind of sound we can expect and much more. “I never redo my vocals. Never. Never ever,” she says, stressing that demos are always the best takes.In her interview, she revealed something interesting. She was inspired by artists like Tyler, The Creator and Skepta to use voice notes on a song from her new album. The article reads: “The song ends with bits of a raw, teary voicemail she left for a friend. She was inspired to incorporate voice notes by Tyler, the Creator and the British rapper Skepta, she explains. “I thought it might be a nice touch, seeing as everyone’s been at my door for the last 10 years, as a fan, to be like, Would you like to come in?”Back in 2011, Adele called Odd Future “refreshing” and even posted Tyler’s breakout song & video ‘Yonkers‘ on her blog.Easy On Me – October 15 pic.twitter.com/7HRvxAfEqy— Adele (@Adele) October 5, 2021Adele also talked about being heavily inspired by Amy Winehouse and how her death affected her. “It really offended me. I picked up the guitar because of Amy’s first album. She means the most to me out of all artists. Because she was British. Because she was amazing. Because she was tortured. Because she was so funny. I’m not having these people I don’t know take my legacy, my story away from me, and decide what I can leave behind or what I can take with me.”Adele loves the success of her record breaking single ‘Hello’ but says she is not interested in creating another one similar to the hit. “But I don’t want another song like that. That song catapulted me in fame to another level that I don’t want to happen again. I’m not saying I’ve got ‘Hello’s in my pocket. I was just conscious that I didn’t want my story on this album to sound like that.”

Cordae Returns with New Single & Video ‘Super’: Watch

Cordae has been teasing the release of his new album From a Bird’s Eye View for a while.With the release of his new single ‘Super’ today, it looks like things are in motion towards something concrete. The talented emcee previewed the song earlier this week, announcing that the full version will come out on Thursday. Right on time, the solid track is here along with its music video.The impressive clip, directed by Arrad, really catches the attention of the viewers and you can tell that a lot of effort (and money) was put into it. Watch it below. Two days ago, Cordae dropped an impromptu freestyle over Drake’s hit ‘Way 2 Sexy’.[embedded content]

Nas Shares New Song & Video ‘Big Nas’ Prod. by Hit-Boy: Watch

Nas and Hit-Boy continue their epic run with their new song ‘Big Nas’.The collaboration was announced a couple of days ago via an Instagram post. “New music, new content, new programming/I ran the gamut/Got my hands in everything like kids with bad manners,” Nas spits in the brief 15-second clip over a beat from Hit-Boy. The full song, which is a collaboration with Masterclass, is now here.Nas himself doesn’t appear in the official video for the song which you can watch below. It’s also been announced that the legendary rapper will be doing a MasterClass workshop beginning Oct. 14 but details surrounding that are still scarce. Check out ‘Big Nas’ below.In August, Nas called Hit-Boy his “Quincy Jones” and hinted at possibility of another album together.[embedded content]

Kelis Releases Comeback Single ‘Midnight Snacks’: Listen

It has been approximately seven years since Kelis released any original music but she’s back today.The ‘Milkshake’ hitmaker recently announced that she will be releasing her new single ‘Midnight Snacks’ on October 8. “This has been a long time coming,” she first teased the release on Sept. 26 with the artwork of the single on her Instagram, captioned, “I’m just sayin’.”The new midtempo track from the Harlem native is now available on DSPs (currently only out in select international markets). The singer-turned-chef also launched a contest for her fans to give away boxes of midnight snacks and a signed copy of her cookbook.This has been a long time coming… Midnight Snacks is dropping this Friday!! Pre-save: https://t.co/o0lsjzzRi9 pic.twitter.com/isEOqkiJ8H— KELIS (@kelis) October 5, 2021“When you go to pre-save [the single], you’re also eligible to enter to win one of my exclusive midnight snacks gold mine boxes” from her brand, Bounty&Full. The artist will be choosing three winners, but one lucky winner will also get a signed copy of her cookbook My Life on a Plate: Recipes From Around the World.Listen to the song below. Kelis’ husband Mike Mora recently revealed that he’s suffering from stage 4 stomach cancer.

Joyner Lucas Unveils New Song ‘Late To The Party’ Feat. Ty Dolla Sign: Listen

Joyner Lucas has been on a little run lately.Apart from the controversy where the accused media maven Karen Civil of charging him $60,000 for consultant services and not following up on the deliverables, he has been busy dropping music consistently. After ‘Dreams Unfold‘ with Lil Tjay and ‘Your Heart‘ with J. Cole, he is back today with another one.This time, he has the company of the talented Ty Dolla Sign on the song ‘Late To The Party’ where he experiments with his flow (and even his voice). He sounds quite different on the vocals here for some reason — we almost thought for a second it was somebody else — but overall, it’s quite a good listen.There is no word yet if he’s planning to release an album soon. Press play below.

Lil Wayne Releases Surprise New Song ‘Ya Dig’: Listen

A couple of weeks ago, there were reports that a new song from Lil Wayne called ‘Ya Dig’ was scheduled to release anytime soon.This song is finally here for our listening pleasure. According to diehard Weezy fans, ‘Ya Dig’ was recorded around 2008-2009 era but never saw the light of day. It has been released through Republic records today but there is still no word as to why such an old track has been unveiled on streaming services out of nowhere.However, we’re pretty sure Wayne fans are not complaining about it. Listen to ‘Ya Dig’ below and in case you missed it, peep his latest joint project with Rich The Kid, Trust Fund Babies here. The veteran rapper also recently assisted Papoose on his new song ‘Thought I Was Gonna Stop‘ produced by Timbaland.[embedded content]

Prince Jackson Weighs In On Drake and Michael Jackson Comparisons

Watch the throne.
Social media was buzzing over whether or not Drake is as big of a star as Michael Jackson after the OVO boss broke the King of Pop’s chart record when nine songs from Certified Lover Boy landed in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 last month.
“Way 2 Sexy,” “Girls Want Girls,” “Fair Trade,” “Champagne Poetry,” and “Knife Talk” all occupied the top 5 spots, tying Drake with The Beatles and besting MJ’s 37-year-old record for most top 10 hits on the same album, which he set with Thriller in 1982.
“Is Drake in 2021 now as big as Michael Jackson or The Beatles at their peaks?” asked Billboard, sparking a Twitter debate amongst fans.

Michael jacksonReminder of his record:
🏆 Best-selling thriller album of all time (120 million)
🏆5 best-selling albums of all time
🥇N • 1 of the Charts since he was 11 years old
👑 Most successful artist of all time
Drake doing better? 🤭 pic.twitter.com/vktrhAiwXg
— M.queen9 (@Mari___lord) September 18, 2021

He isn't as big as Michael..he's bigger than Michael and that's a fact
— Sarkcess (@SARK_PROMO) September 18, 2021

Now the King of Pop’s son, Prince Jackson, is weighing in on the debate. While he acknowledged Drake’s success, he said no one will ever be able to compare to his late father.
“I mean everybody has their own definition of great, and all respect to Drake everything that he does,” Prince told TooFab. “But what my father and my family accomplished, in the time that they did it, is very unlikely never to be matched again.”
Drake compared himself to MJ on Certified Lover Boy. “Not sure if you know but I’m actually Michael Jackson / The man I see in the mirror is actually goin’ platinum,” he raps on “You Only Live Twice.”
The Toronto rapper posthumously collaborated with Jackson on “Don’t Matter to Me” off his 2018 album Scorpion, which featured vocals from MJ’s previously unreleased session with Paul Anka.

YouTube Removes R. Kelly’s Channels

R. Kelly’s YouTube channels have been removed in the wake of his guilty verdict.
A week after the singer’s conviction on federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges, YouTube deleted two of his official video channels, which hosted his music videos. According to The New York Times, RKellyTV and Kelly’s Vevo account were removed on Tuesday in what YouTube described as an enforcement of its terms of service.
“We can confirm that we have terminated two channels linked to R. Kelly in accordance with our creator responsibility guidelines,” Ivy Choi, a YouTube spokesperson, said in a statement.
As part of its guidelines, YouTube may shut down the channels of people accused of very serious offenses if they have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes, and if their content is closely related to those crimes.
“Egregious actions committed by R. Kelly warrant penalties beyond standard enforcement measures due to a potential to cause widespread harm,” YouTube’s head of legal, Nicole Alston, wrote in a memo. “Ultimately we are taking this action to protect our users similar to other platforms.”
Kelly will no longer be able to use, own, or create YouTube channels, but it’s not a complete ban. The singer’s music is still allowed on YouTube through user-generated content, including covers of his songs, and on his own “topic” page.
Additionally, YouTube will continue to offer Kelly’s catalog on its audio streaming service, YouTube Music.
Last month, R. Kelly was convicted on all nine counts by a federal jury in New York, including racketeering, sex trafficking, and the sexual exploitation of a child. He faces decades in prison.
While deleting a channel for a person’s behavior in the real world is unusual, it is not unprecedented for YouTube. The Google-owned video platform has previously removed the channels of creators like FamilyOFive and Austin Jones, best known for his a cappella covers, who pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge.

Kanye West’s ‘Stronger’ Achieves Diamond Certification

Kanye West can add another feather in his cap.The superstar rapper’s single ‘Stronger’ has achieved Diamond certification for moving more than 10 million copies in the U.S. The song, which served as the second single from his third studio album, Graduation in 2007, had production form Kanye with an extended outro co-produced with Mike Dean.The synth heavy track featured a vocal sample of ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’ by French house duo Daft Punk and made headlines during the era because of reports that ‘Ye had mixed it over 75 times to come to a final version. ‘Stronger’ hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and even won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance at the 50th Grammy Awards.[embedded content]This marks Kanye’s first ever Diamond record. Congrats to him and the team.

Nelly Performs Medley of Hits at 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards

BET honored Nelly with the “I Am Hip Hop” award for his decades-spanning, chart-topping hits tonight at the Hip Hop Awards.The 46-year-old rapper talked to ET on the red carpet about the award before the event. “BET has been holding Nelly down since day one and they’ve always been behind me to this day,” Nelly told ET. “You know we’re talking 23 years later, it’s kinda a full-circle moment. So I’m just honored, man, and I’m thankful. I feel a little old but it’s OK.”[embedded content]After a break, Nelly returned to the stage and performed a medley of his hits with infectious energy, with special cameos from Paull Wall and Jermaine Dupri. Watch it below.[embedded content]

YouTube Bans R. Kelly’s Official Channels Following Sex Trafficking Conviction

YouTube has taken down two official channels linked to R. Kelly. After users started to notice a few of the uploads missing from the global music and video platform, YouTube confirmed the development in a memo.The world’s largest video service banned two channels belonging to the singer on Tuesday, following his guilty conviction for racketeering in the high-profile sex-trafficking case last week. According to a memo from YouTube’s legal team, the channels, R. Kelly TV and R. Kelly Vevo, are now offline. When users try to access a video on those channels, it gives a message that the “account has been terminated for a violation of YouTube’s Terms of Service.”Furthermore, Kelly will be prohibited from ever recreating a YouTube channel unless the ban is reversed, the company confirmed. “Egregious actions committed by R. Kelly warrant penalties beyond standard enforcement measures due to a potential to cause widespread harm,” YouTube’s head of legal, Nicole Alston wrote in her memo. “Ultimately we are taking this action to protect our users similar to other platforms.”YouTube will however, continue to offer Kelly’s catalog on its audio streaming service, YouTube Music. His music also continues to be fully accessible on other streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, TIDAL and Amazon Music.The sentencing in Kelly’s case is due on May 4th.