Kaytranada Returns With 'Bubba' LP

Filed by Rene MayfieldRene Mayfield

Acclaimed producer Kaytranada is back with Bubba, his first LP since 2016’s 99.9%. The album serves as the follow-up to his Nothing Like U / Chances EP, which arrived in November 2018.

The RCA Records artist’s sophomore album includes 17 tracks. Pharrell, Mick Jenkins, GoldLink, Kali Uchis, SiR, Tinashe, Masego, Iman Omari and Estelle are among the guests featured on the project.

View Kaytranada’s Bubba stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Kaytranada Returns With 'Bubba' LP

1. DO IT
2. 2 The Music f. Iman Omari
3. Go DJ f. SiR
4. Gray Area f. Mick Jenkins
5. Puff Lah
6. 10% f. Kali Uchis
7. Need It f. Masego
8. Taste f. VanJess
9. Oh No f. Estelle
10. What You Need f. Charlotte Day Wilson
11. Vex Oh f. GoldLink, Eight9fly & ARI
12. Scared To Death
13. Freefall f. Durand Bernarr
14. Culture f. Teedra Moses
15. The Worst In Me f. Tinashe
16. September 21
17. Midsection f. Pharrell


Stormzy Releases 'Heavy Is The Head' Album

Filed by Kelli MichelsonKelli Michelson

Stormzy has dropped his sophomore album Heavy Is The Head. The LP arrives over two years after his Brit Award-winning debut Gang Signs & Prayer.

The Grime rapper’s latest work is comprised 16 tracks. Burna Boy, Ed Sheeran and H.E.R. are among the guests featured on the project.

View Stormzy’s Heavy Is The Head stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Stormzy Releases 'Heavy Is The Head' Album

1. Big Michael
2. Audacity f. Headie One
3. Crown
4. Rainfall f. Tiana Major9
5. Rachael’s Little Brother
6. Handsome
7. Do Better
8. Don’t Forget to Breathe Interlude] f. Yebba
9. One Second f. H.E.R.
10. Pop Boy f. Aitch
11. Own It f. Ed Sheeran & Burna Boy
12. Wiley Flow
13. Bronze
14. Superheroes
15. Lessons
16. Vossi Bop


KXNG Crooked Teams With Bronze Nazareth For 'Gravitas' LP

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KXNG Crooked has linked up with Wu-Tang Clan affiliated producer Bronze Nazareth for an album titled Gravitas. The duo’s 14-track project boasts collaborations with RZA, Ghostface Killah, Snoop Dogg, Royce Da 5’9, Benny The Butcher, Killah Priest, Ras Kass, DMX and Planet Asia, among others.

“It”s quality and quantity,” Crook tells DX. “I’ve been very active this year with the Hip Hop Weekly series, Menace II Sobriety EP, writing for the Wu-Tang Hulu series, releasing the 12-minute song ‘The Lost Rapper Experience,’ Crook’s Corner, etc. I have had so much to say this year and maybe it’s because I’m flirting with retirement. Maybe I want to get everything out me.”

He notes, “I didn’t know I could add more music to 2019 until Bronze showed up in Cali and reminded me Hip Hop’s golden era with his production. Fire. We did the project in two five-hour sessions for the most part. I couldn’t believe it.”

Check out Crook and Bronze’s Gravitas stream, cover art and tracklist below.

KXNG Crooked Teams With Bronze Nazareth For 'Gravitas' LP

1. Emperor’s Arrival (Intro)
2. Outer Limits f. Hus Kingpin & Killah Priest
3. From Slave Chains To Handcuffs f. Ras Kass, Bishop Lamont & Compton Menace
4. Still (Reprise)
5. I Can Still Remember…
6. Westside Willie f. Planet Asia & P.U.R.E.
7. Change Ur Beliefs f. Kevlaar 7
8. Precious Moments f. Snoop Dogg
9. French Connection f. Tristate & La The Darkman
10. Soul Drenched f. DJ Los
11. Get Me Rich (Outro)
12. Buck Shots (Remix) f. Ghostface Killah, Benny The Butcher & 38 Spesh
13. Kxng Shxt (Remix) f. DMX, Royce Da 5’9 & Statik Selektah
14. Fresh From The Morgue (Remix) f. RZA


Smokepurpp Drops 'Deadstar 2' Album

Filed by Jenette DanieleJenette Daniele

Smokepurpp has released his debut album Deadstar 2, a sequel to his 2017 mixtape Deadstar. The LP is executive produced by Mike Dean.

The Alamo Records artist’s first studio album serves as the follow-up to May’s Lost Planet 2.0 project. The 17-track LP features collaborations with Denzel Curry, Moneybagg Yo, Trippie Redd, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Skies and Lil Pump.

Check out Smokepurpp’s Deadstar 2 stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Smokepurpp Drops 'Deadstar 2' Album

1. The Matrix
2. Red Bottoms
3. Stevie
4. What I Please f. Denzel Curry
5. Ariba
6. All For Me f. Trippie Redd
7. Past the Moon Interlude
8. Lightspeed
9. Fill the Room Up f. Ty Dolla $ign
10. Reckless
11. Dirty Dirty f. Lil Skies
12. Floor Seats – Yet
13. Left Right f. Lil Pump
14. On Purppose
15. Robbin Robbin
16. Pop 1 f. Moneybagg Yo
17. Audi II


#DXCLUSIVE: Yelawolf Recalls First Eminem Song He Heard & Raps The Lyrics

Filed by Jenette DanieleJenette Daniele

Hollywood, CA – Yelawolf has been a fan Eminem since the ’90s. During a conversation with HipHopDX, the former Shady Records artists recalled the first time he heard Marshall Mathers’ music.

“The first time I heard Marshall was on a Rawkus mixtape,” he said. “This is back when 411 Video Magazine] skate videos was where I was getting a lot underground Hip Hop.”

He continued, “Somewhere through there, I heard Marshall. I was like, ‘Is that a white boy? That sounds like a white boy. It wasn’t just the accent and the style, it was the content… I just started digging through to try and find more.”

Yelawolf also revealed “Any Man” was the first song he heard by Eminem before spitting the lyrics perfectly.

“‘Cause any man who would jump in front a minivan/For 20 grand, a bottle pain pills and a Mini Thins/Is fucking crazy,” he rapped.

In addition to “Any Man,” Yelawolf noted he’s a big fan Eminem’s Slim Shady LP track “Role Model.”

Check out the entire interview clip above.


YoungBoy Never Broke Again Channels ‘Bad’ Michael Jackson In ‘Dirty Iyanna’ Video

Filed by Ryan FerroRyan Ferro

YoungBoy Never Broke Again released the latest single f his new project AI YOUNGBOY 2, titled “Dirty Iyanna”. The Baton Rouge rap star flipped Michael Jackson’s iconic hit “Dirty Diana” while delivering an emotional, expressive performance.

The cut features YoungBoy’s harsh lyrics about a trifling experience with an ex, possibly referring to the rumored relationship with Floyd Mayweather’s daughter, Iyanna Mayweather. He raps over an interpolated version MJ’s classic, with minimal Hip Hop drums and percussion playing against the instantly recognizable guitar chords from the original.

The release is also accompanied by a music video that emphasizes the strife in YoungBoy’s relationship. Directed by Louie Knows, the video shows a young ski-mask-wearing woman breaking into YoungBoy’s guarded compound while he plays video games. She evades a pair heavily armed guards before smashing the windscreen and later slashing the tires his expensive black Maybach — the same crime he accused his ex doing to him.

AI YOUNGBOY 2 recently reached #1 on the Billboard 200 charts, selling over 110,000 units in its first week. The mixtape is the rapper’s first chart-topping project, marking a successful follow-up to his 2017 RIAA gold certified “AI YOUNGBOY.”

Check out the other hit singles from AI YOUNGBOY 2, “Self Control” and “Make No Sense.”

And see exactly what inspired YoungBoy’s performance in the classic MJ original below and his reaction to having his tires slashed.


Houston Rockets Invite Lizzo To Shake With The Cheerleaders

Filed by Kristina ClearKristina Clear

Houston, TX – Lizzo continues to shine even if her critics despise her recent moves. The “Truth Hurts” singer was invited by the Houston Rockets on Wednesday (December 11) to strut her stuff with the Clutch City Dancers.

In a tweet posted by the Rockets’ ficial Twitter account, the team shared their admiration for Lizzo’s confidence. “Lizzo, we like your moves! You can have an open invite to come home to Houston and dance with Clutch City Dancers on the court any time,” the tweet read.

Lizzo, who moved to Houston when she was 10 years old, gleefully accepted the invitation with a tweet her own that read, “I’ll be there w/ bells on my booty.” The Minnesota Timberwolves even chimed in tweeting a picture Lizzo —who’s a big fan Timberwolves star Karl Anthony Towns — sipping a drink with the caption “She’s a Wolves fan. The thirst…”

The singer-rapper made headlines for arriving at a Los Angeles Lakers game in an outfit that exposed her fishnet stockings and backside in a thong. When the Laker cheerleaders performed a routine to her hit “Juice,” the jumbotron showed Lizzo twerking and showing her thong to the camera. Social media erupted with all types comments from full-on support for her daring outfit choice to fat-shaming.

Lizzo took to Instagram Live to chime in on the critics who bashed her for having a little fun. “This is who I’ve always been. Now everyone’s looking at it and your criticism can just remain your criticism,” she said in the live stream. “Your criticism has no effect on me, negative criticism has no stake in my life, no control over my life, over my emotions.”

On Wednesday (December 11), she was voted Time’s Entertainer the Year.


Wiz Khalifa Cracks YouTube’s Top 10 Videos Of The Decade

Filed by Malissa FranzMalissa Franz

With 2020 on the horizon and the decade dwindling down to a close, YouTube took a trip down memory lane and revealed its list the most-watched videos for the past four decades.

And a notable name on the list the 2010s is Pittsburgh’s own Wiz Khalifa with “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth, arguably one the most emotional tracks the movie and music industry has ever seen.

The music video for the smash hit has accumulated 4,324,374,180 views as press time, good for No. 3 on the list.

The iconic 2015 track, which was produced by Puth, DJ Frank E and Andrew Cedar, was written as a tribute to the late actor Paul Walker on the soundtrack for Furious 7.

It sent shockwaves through the internet after its release, becoming the first rap song to hit a billion views on YouTube in 2015, also earning multiple nominations at the 58th Grammy Awards: Song the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Written Song For Visual Media.

And for a short period time from July 10 to August 4 in 2017, it was outright the most-viewed video on YouTube, eventually being surpassed by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber with “Despacito.”

According to Billboard, the video averaged three million views per day in 2017 alone and wasn’t even on YouTube until a week after its Facebook premiere.

Check out the full list the most-watched videos on YouTube in the 2010s below.

  1. Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee
  2. Ed Sheeran – Shape You Official Video]
  3. Wiz Khalifa – See You Again ft. Charlie Puth Official Video] Furious 7 Soundtrack
  4. Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (Official Video) ft. Bruno Mars
  5. PSY – GANGNAM STYLE(강남스타일) M/V
  6. Justin Bieber – Sorry (PURPOSE : The Movement)
  7. Maroon 5 – Sugar (Official Music Video)
  8. Katy Perry – Roar (Official)
  9. OneRepublic – Counting Stars (Official Music Video)
  10. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud Official Video]


Young Dolph Reveals He & Juice Wrld Were Blood Cousins

Filed by Donte DishnerDonte Dishner

Young Dolph discovered Juice Wrld was actually his blood cousin at a Thanksgiving dinner in 2017 — and now, he’s letting the world know.

In an Instagram post shared on Wednesday (December 11), Dolph expressed regret over not getting to work with him before the 21-year-old’s untimely death.

“i feel awkward as hell makin this post on social media,” he wrote. “the world didn’t know that u was my blood lil cuzin. Shit, i didnt even know it my own self until 2017 when your uncle told me at thanksgiving dinner.

“i didn’t get a chance to fuk witchu how i had intentions to do and it’s killin me. One day my grandma called me and said ‘Yea, u know u got a cuzin up here in Chicago that do music. That’s my lil brother grandson.’ And now fast forward to THIS!” 

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@juicewrld999 dam lil cuzz 😢. i feel awkward as hell makin this post on social media. the world didn’t know that u was my blood lil cuzin. Shit, i didnt even know it my own self until 2017 when your uncle told me at thanksgiving dinner. i didn’t get a chance to fuk witchu how i had intentions to do and it’s killin me. One day my grandma called me and said “Yea, u know u got a cuzin up here in Chicago that do music. That’s my lil brother grandson”. And now fast forward to THIS! I can’t believe u gone that fast waaay too early. WHY GOD? I didn’t even get a chance to put my lil cuzzo in da back the RR and give him all the game i wanted to give him, didn’t get a chance to pick him up in the Ferrari and kick shit wit him how I wanted to, didnt get a chance to drop the top on my Bentley and pull up on my grandma wit Juice in the car wit me, didn’t get a chance to po’ up in da lambo witchu like i wanted to, didn’t even get a chance to chop it up witchu and talk about our family history like i wanted to😢. Honestly i didnt care about doin any music together because we blood and music is my last concern. i was on the plane comin back home from Germany when i got this bad news and it FUKD ME UP! watch over your moms and the rest the family and tell God to make sure he save me a spot please. Matter fact, now that u wit God he can tell u all about my life, ask him about all the shit that i did to get to where I’m at. You the 🐐/DA YOUNGEST BiGGEST LEGEND OF ALL TiME! 9️⃣9️⃣9️⃣💙 #LengendaryJuice

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Juice Wrld died on Sunday (December 8) after suffering a seizure at Chicago’s Midway Airport. It took the entire Hip Hop community by surprise, including Dolph.

“I can’t believe u gone that fast waaay too early,” he continued. “WHY GOD? I didn’t even get a chance to put my lil cuzzo in da back the RR and give him all the game i wanted to give him, didn’t get a chance to pick him up in the Ferrari and kick shit wit him how I wanted to, didnt get a chance to drop the top on my Bentley and pull up on my grandma wit Juice in the car wit me, didn’t get a chance to po’ up in da lambo witchu like i wanted to.”

Dolph then revealed they never even got a chance to really get to know each other.

“I didn’t even get a chance to chop it up witchu and talk about our family history like i wanted to,” he concluded. “Honestly i didnt care about doin any music together because we blood and music is my last concern. i was on the plane comin back home from Germany when i got this bad news and it FUKD ME UP!

“watch over your moms and the rest the family and tell God to make sure he save me a spot please. Matter fact, now that u wit God he can tell u all about my life, ask him about all the shit that i did to get to where I’m at. You the /DA YOUNGEST BiGGEST LEGEND OF ALL TiME!”

The ficial cause death is still pending, but Juice Wrld reportedly swallowed several Percocet pills prior to the seizure in an effort to hide them from police.

The FBI and FAA were awaiting his private plane’s arrival after the pilot allegedly reported a gun onboard. Authorities discovered 70 pounds marijuana, three guns and a bottle codeine.


R. Kelly's Ex-Wife Suing Over 'Surviving R. Kelly II'

Filed by Ryan FerroRyan Ferro

Los Angeles, CA – Andrea Kelly is ready to press the button on legal action following a trailer Lifetime Television Networks released for Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning.

In a live segment with celebrity news outlet TMZ, the ex-wife the accused superstar announced her plans to sue Lifetime for including her in promotional content for the documentary. Throughout the two-plus minute video, Kelly asserts that she asked Lifetime to not reach out to her children and relatives regarding the documentary, and mentions her grievances with the “aftercare” the women who came forward with their allegations.

However, it seemed her biggest issue with the television network was its use her likeness in the trailer for the upcoming series in which she proclaims “vehemently” stating her unwillingness to take part.

“They have a lawsuit coming their way,” Kelly exclaimed when asked about the use her appearance in the trailer.

“I told them (Lifetime) I vehemently — I will not be apart , in any shape, form or fashion, I didn’t sign any release forms, I told them I will not film — I’m not putting my name on this documentary,” Kelly continues.

Should Kelly follow-through with her intentions, it won’t be the first time this year she is involved with litigation that is related to her ties with the degraded singer. In May, she was awarded $62,000 in back child support after R. Kelly appeared in a Cook County court and paid the debt in order to remain free.

Watch the full interview above.


Quality Control's Pierre "P" Thomas Accused Of 'Violently' Beating Lira Galore During Pregnancy

Filed by Yun PinkertonYun Pinkerton

Quality Control Music CEO Pierre “P” Thomas is facing some serious allegations. According to TMZ, the mother his child Lira Galore says Thomas “violently” beat her throughout the first eight months her pregnancy.

The legal documents reportedly state Thomas physically abused her on at least five different occasions. During one the alleged attacks, she claims Thomas punched her in the face, slammed her to the ground, started choking her and then punched her in the head multiple times, resulting in knots. She also says Thomas dislocated her finger when he yanked her ring f it. 

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In August 2018, Lira reportedly accused Thomas beating her and trying to make up for it with a $50,000 SUV. Two weeks later, she says Thomas smashed the vehicle’s driver side window during a “violent altercation.”

He then allegedly repossessed the SUV, took her name f the title and put it in his name instead. A week after that, she says Thomas fered her $50,000 not to call the police.

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TSR STAFF: Tanya P.! @Tanyaxpayne _____________________ Whew! Roommates, this is a lot. It looks like things have gone sour between #LiraGalore and #PierreThomas, better known as ‘P,’ the CEO Quality Control. According to @TMZ_TV, Lira who shares a child with P is accusing him abuse during her pregnancy and is reportedly seeking $15M in damages. ______________________ In legal documents obtained by #TMZ, Lira describes 5 separate instances where P allegedly beat her up. In one alleged attack, she claims he punched her in the face, then threw her on the ground and choked her. She alleged he punched her so many times that she got knots on her head. ________________________ She also alleges that P dislocated her finger by trying to rip f the engagement ring he gave her. As far as the other alleged attacks, she claims it was routine that he—hit the link in the bio to read more! (📸: @tmz_tv, @gettyimages)

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Lira, who was previously engaged to Rick Ross, also spoke out about the alleged abuse in several Instagram Stories last December, writing in part, “I’m tired being bullied & disrespected when I’ve been nothing but nice to you and respected those around you. I never asked for none the money, cars, rings, bags, etc. These are all things you came at me with!!”
Quality Control's Pierre "P" Thomas Accused Of 'Violently' Beating Lira Galore During Pregnancy

Thomas requested joint custody their child in May. But Lira has since filed these recent documents, demanding sole physical custody the child on the grounds he “has consistently demonstrated physically violent, emotionally abusive, irrational and erratic behavior.”

Lira is asking for at least $15 million for her pain and suffering.


The Game Recalls Pulling Gun On Suge Knight & '60 Gangsters'

Filed by Rene MayfieldRene Mayfield

Los Angeles, CA – Suge Knight is a notorious figure in the 90s West Coast rap game. The co-founder and former CEO the infamous Death Row Records has always went about his business a certain way, whether it’s sending death threats  text message or even crashing his car into a former associate.

In an interview with Nick Cannon, who has also taken on the responsibility penning Knight’s autobiography, The Game looked back at a moment after what he says would be the 2004 Vibe Awards in which he earned the rap mogul’s respect.

“I’ve been face-to-face with Suge with guns drawn, on both sides,” said the Born 2 Rap artist on Power 106 FM in Los Angeles. “Suge rolled up on me one time after the Vibe Awards after-party with like 60 gangsters. He wanted to press for something I said in my song about him, which I said it because I’m from Compton. I’m really from Compton. And I felt like Death Row and Suge and that whole era took so many lives that didn’t get mentioned in the city. A couple those was friends and big homies. So I said a few things about Suge that he didn’t like and they rolled up on me.”

25 years old at the time, The Game refused to let Knight and his entourage intimidate him.

“I drew my gun on all them and I held my own. And from that day forward, it was nothing but respect from Suge,” said the former G-Unit rapper. “I throw jabs sometimes, mainly ’cause I can and everybody knows that I’m an asshole sometimes, so that’s what I do. I talked to Suge from the inside and he does have a different perspective on life and he should have a different perspective on life because where else do you go from here with being how you used to be? Suge’s gotta be 50 plus.”

The beef was squashed from there as The Game went on to praise Knight for his work and the imprint he left on the industry.

“We can’t take away what he did give, the Tupac] albums, the Snoop albums, the whole Death Row.”

Knight is currently serving a 28-year sentence stemming from a manslaughter charge as a result a hit-and-run in 2015 which killed Terry Carter, co-founder Heavyweight Records.