#PowerTakesMSG: 32 Photos From Last Night’s Star-Studded World Premiere That You HAVE To See

Filed by Rene MayfieldRene Mayfield

Last night, the cast and creators of Power came through to Madison Square Garden with a world premiere that was unlike any other!

Prior to the first episode of season 6 airing — which, by the way, was unbelievable — 50 Cent put on an entire concert full of surprise guests. Trey Songz, YFN Lucci, Lil Mo, Snoop Dogg, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Alicia Myers, OT Genasis, Davido, and more performed, not to mention 50’s set full of throwback hits. The crowd was also star-studded, as Busta Rhymes, Ms. Tina Knowles-Lawson, J.R. Smith, Dapper Dan, Victor Cruz, and more were in the building.

After an amazing mini-concert and the full first-episode airing, Omari Hardwick, Joseph Sikora, and the rest of the cast capped the night off by thanking the fans, 50, Courtney A. Kemp, and Mark Canton for making it all happen.  More pics from the red carpet and party on the flip. Oh hey, Uncle Snoop!

EXCLUSIVE: Omari Hardwick Breaks His Silence On That Friendly Beyoncé Moment Social Media Misinterpreted

Young Thug Thinks Lil Wayne Is A Spoiled Millionaire

Filed by Bunny RobertiBunny Roberti

Los Angeles, CA – Young Thug sat down with Big Boy for an interview on 92.3 FM The Real Los Angeles earlier this week to discuss his upcoming collaborative project, Super Slimey 2. During their conversation, the 28-year-old ATLien explained why he believes Lil Wayne isn’t a Thugger fan.

“I don’t think that nigga like me,” he said. “He don’t like me. I think it’s because he just been with Birdman his whole life and he’s just so spoiled to the point where it’s like … he’s really spoiled. He’s been a millionaire, he’s been a superstar since he was 9 years old. So he don’t know nothing but his way. The reason why he dislikes me] probably has nothing in the world to do with me.”

The platinum-selling rapper also set the record straight regarding his sexuality.

Anyone who remembers the cover art for 2016’s Jeffery remembers the controversy surrounding his choice clothing. In the photo, he’s rocking a purple Alessandro Trincone dress, leading many to assume he’s gay.

“If people think I’m gay, they already misjudged,” he told Big Boy. “I’m the straightest man in the world. I hate guys. What the fuck you talkin’ bout? I’m not even having no threesome with one. That’s it.”

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Elsewhere in the interview, Thug praised Lil Nas X for coming out once again, showed his support for YFN Lucci and explained why he will never make another song with Rich Homie Quan.

Check out the clips below.

Kygo has raised over $110,000 for LGBTQ organizations!

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Back in June, Kygo was present in New York, during Pride Month, to play at UTOPIA. This particular event was created to benefit numerous LGBTQ organizations and it looks like it was incredibly successful. That is because the event raised $110,000, money that will be donated to various LGBTQ charities and institutions. During the event, Kygo also debuted his Whitney Houston collab, which has become a real success.

Get ready to be amazed by Cosmic Gate’s “The Wave 2.0”!

Filed by Joe NoletteJoe Nolette

Now here’s one you may have heard before… Or for that matter maybe not, as within Cosmic Gate’s oeuvre, ‘The Wave’ is considered more ‘in-the-know’ than a CG ‘classic’ or ‘anthem’ in their conventional sense. ‘The Wave 2.0’ isn’t a renovation, reboot, overhaul or anything quite so easy to put a pin in.

Next to its 2003 model, ‘2.0’ cuts an unmistakable cooler prile. Curtailing the tempo, Nic & Bossi have phrased its 303 in a different manner, leaving it with a leaner, more progressive feel at its outset. Its bass is still plenty tenacious though and its beats maintain their distinctive march, while at its peak it pivots to give it a barbarous, industrial-strength, distortion-laden tech texture.

With the release ’20 Years Forward Ever Backward Never]’ moving ever closer (out 08.23), this is ‘The Wave’ that’s going to take you there! You can check out the single below! 

Morgan Freeman Recall His Crash Landing, Gerard Butler Proclaims 50 Cent Dropped The Ball – Extra Butter – Angel Has Fallen

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Gerard Butler is back as Mike Banning in the third installment of the “Has Fallen” franchise, this one called Angel Has Fallen. Morgan Freeman has moved up the political ladder and is now president of the United States as President Allan Trumbull, and Banning having saved the previous president from death twice is set to be promoted to director of the secret service. He is feeling the effects of the job having saved the world in Olympus Has Fallen and London Has Fallen So now he is hooked on pain meds and suffering from a bad case of insomnia. That sounds like the prefect remedy for a hostile take up by set up.

This week on Extra Butter with Xilla Valentine we sit down with Gerard Butler to get a glimpse at his thought process on doing the third installment of this film. His first thought was “No, I’m not doing it.” Adding, “We went through a bunch of ideas. I’m not going to stand up and make a stupid movie that doesn’t mean anything but if you can take it in another direction that you still get all the fun and the characters that you have in the first one but turn it on its head and go a little deeper.” Gerard feels like this movie holds its own as a stand-alone movie, while keeping the action and tension that leads up to the twists of the plot and story.

We also get to sit down with Nick Nolte and Morgan Freeman on this episode where they both reveal the time when they had a very bad day. Morgan goes deep and talks about the time when he crashed his plane. “I was about 27,000 feet in the air realizing that my landing gear was wrecked and I was going to put this jet down somewhere.” Surprisingly he jokes about it calling it a really bad day.

We are glad Morgan is still here to add his talents to Angel Has Fallen. Overall this is another good installment of this franchise that gives you all the action and story that you need as it sprinkles in some of the great acting moments from Nick Nolte and Morgan and this is another very entertaining Gerard Butler movie.

Marshmello Becomes First "Person" To Dance On Wing of In-Flight Plane

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was just added to the Guinness Book of World Records for becoming the first “person” to dance on the wing of an in-flight plane. Setting the fuggin world on fire. Wild, I know. And I think it may have something to do with Marshmello being from Area51 and not actually being a “person”. I mean, I’m not a philosophizer or whatever, but, scientifically… This is impossible. Right? Mello looks like a gazelle out there on that wing. Like a young Chris Brown. Like a young Bieber.

Marshmello Dances

Photoshop is a crazy bitch isn’t she?


Interview: Big K.R.I.T. Is Only Battling Himself These Days

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Big K.R.I.T. is hitting the road next month for his From The South With Love Tour. The southern MC/producer is traveling across the country in support his new album K.R.I.T. Iz Here, which dropped in July.

HipHopDX recently shared Part 1 our conversation with K.R.I.T. as he discussed his latest LP and much more. In Part 2, K.R.I.T. shares some behind-the-scenes info about the making K.R.I.T. Iz Here and recalls how executive producer Rico Love challenged him on the project.

Krizzle also tells DX why he’s moved beyond competing against his rap peers, assesses his career ahead K.R.I.T. Wuz Here’s 10th anniversary and reflects on the responsibility being a torchbearer for Mississippi Hip Hop.

HipHopDX: You previously mentioned Rico Love’s heavy involvement in this album, and I think it really shines on songs like “Addiction” and “Obvious.” Listening to those, they sound like tracks that could take f and become hit singles. What was Rico able to get out you as an artist?

Big K.R.I.T: I was at a music conference with Rico like a year ago — actually a year to the day we dropped the album. So, it was July 12, 2018. Rico pretty much challenged me in front 500 people. He was like “Man, I feel like you’re doing a disservice to your supporters by not making bigger music that you could make and] getting out your comfort zone.” He felt like I belong up there with my peers, the Kendrick Lamar’s and J. Cole’s. He wanted to see me there. I’m on stage, Mase is on stage too, and there’s all these up-and-coming amazing artists and everybody’s talking. I’m like, “Wow.” I told him, “Man, you know what? You’re right. Let’s go!”

So, from that point on, it was about trying to get in the studio and playing him what I had at the moment. And then it was, “That’s cool. Let’s work with these people, let’s get in with these people.” Him and my manager were] really key components. The honesty level was f the grid. They’d say, “That’s you being safe. Let’s not be safe. That cadence is cool, but I think you can kick this a little bit different.” So, the outcome is me not only challenging myself but putting myself in a position as an artist where it’s like just be free.

I’ve been telling a very intricate story throughout my career. K.R.I.T Iz Here is its own thing, its own body work, its own music. It’s the happiness that I’m in now. It’s] the freedom that I have now, the independence that I have now and celebrating that. And growing as an artist and a human being. I wanted to showcase that.

HipHopDX: One line on this album that really stood out was on “Everytime” where you rap, “If I compete with me, there’s no second place.” At this point in your career, are you feeling like you are no longer competing against others? Instead, are you competing against your own legacy? You’re facing a high bar set by K.R.I.T Wuz Here and Return 4eva.

Big K.R.I.T: Definitely. Catalog-wise, I’ve dropped an enormous amount music and people still want to hear from me. They still wanna see my growth. People want to see me compete] with my peers, but when they get to talking about me, they’re bringing up K.R.I.T. Wuz Here or 4eva N A Day or Return Of 4eva, King Remembered In Time, 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time, Cadillactica, Live From The Underground. They’re naming my previous works, so I’m competing with myself. To me, it’s like I’m still in the loop. I’m still doing what I need to do. I’m just growing and people are growing with me.

Some people might not get some the subject matter that I’m on right now, but when they get older, they may get it. They might just be catching up on my past stuff now like, “Damn, he was rapping like this in 2010?” It’s making timeless music, that’s what it’s all about. It’s about people understanding I’m going to keep growing as I get older, and the subject matter is going to change. I’m happy right now. I’m not angry. I’m still competitive, but I’m just competitive because I want the song to be great. I’m proud all my partners out here making it happen. But my music is no theatrics, no stunts.

HipHopDX: Another collaborator I wanted to get your thoughts on was Yella Beezy. It was cool hearing you with him just because your respective fan bases probably didn’t expect to see you two ever work together. That’s why I liked it so much. What was it about Beezy that made you want to work with him?

Big K.R.I.T: The homie be going in! It made sense to me because I started f, bucket list-wise, working with my OGs. I worked with the people that I grew up listening to as an artist or just as a fan that got me through a lot turmoil with what I was dealing with in my life. Now, I’m in a position that I’m looking at some these young artists. They got their marketing plan together. They know how they want to be viewed. They doing they albums and they going in! They maybe know how to deal with the negativity a little bit better because social media and negativity are constant.

The homie made sense, and then he country! He got his own little swang to it. And he killed the hook. I’m just excited that I be out here and I’m just working. We rocking and the love and the support is there.

HipHopDX: I know a lot people were very excited to see you working with J. Cole. Was that something y’all cooked up when you were at the Revenge Of The Dreamers III sessions in Atlanta?

Big K.R.I.T: No, so crazy thing is I already had that record before that session. But I was able to … I mean, it’s in Atlanta at Tree Sounds Studios]. Shout out to Groove Chambers] and Mali Hunter] for all the love they showed me throughout the years. But yeah, Cole was there and I just was going just to be a part the energy. And it’s crazy, it was so many artists. It was young folk, it was some producers, OGs that pulled up, writers that I was rocking with that I’d never met or had the opportunity to chop it up with. And it was just like a dope thing as far as Hip Hop is concerned.

But the “Prove It” record was me finalizing the album and just being perfect for Cole to jump on. But it happened before all that, as far as me having the song. I sent it to him in the midst him probably trying to finalize the Dreamville project, and I’m just thankful that the homie had the time to actually jump on it.

I’m thankful I was able to curate it in a way for him to talk about something that was personal to him. I don’t know the fan] Felicia personally, but now I know about her. We were] able to reverse the support and kind shine a light on the people that been there and always been grinding and telling people about us and our artistry and our music for years and shine a light on her. It just worked out. It was amazing.

HipHopDX: In regards to the closing track “M.I.S.S.I.S.S.I.P.P.I.,” I’ve always enjoyed your use acronyms. Is it a fun challenge as a lyricist to come up with things like that?

Big K.R.I.T: Definitely. But the thing about the “M.I.S.S.I.S.S.I.P.P.I.” record was Danja produced that and then he had DJ Camper on the keys and stuff. So, what happened was Danja played the record and I’m trying to write to it. I’m trying to write, but it’s just so jag and sporadic. I felt like I shouldn’t try to write. So, I did some freestyling first. Played it and came up with the verse. Then we made it more intricate, not necessarily to the grid but with the strings. So, we added adlibs and stuff.

Then at the end, I’m like, “Man, this is Mississippi!” It’s like I’m bringing you home, but it’s not like an aggressive thing. It’s not me being angry because you never been there — I’m showcasing it. At that point with the acronym, it was sitting down and thinking what’s a positive acronym for where I’m from? And maybe I’m so southern I sometimes scare ignorant people’s perception independence, I’m from Mississippi. And that was it. It was lit! It was the green light like, yeah, this is great.

And then Danja went back in and created all those drops and breakdowns. It just became this movie in a song. And yeah, I got to be the first person to have a positive acronym Mississippi. I’m sure it! That’s a lot letters, playa, that’s a lot letters.

HipHopDX: Indeed. You hit the high mark on that one.

Big K.R.I.T: Appreciate it.

HipHopDX: Speaking Mississippi, I’ve always seen you as the next guy after Crooked Lettaz to lead the charge for Mississippi on the national level. Have you ever felt like you had the pressure carrying the weight the whole state on your back at times in your career?

Big K.R.I.T: Yes, course. But then you realize I can’t change what’s happened in the south. You’ll see movies portray it a certain way or encounter people who’ve never been there before. Earlier in my career, I was frustrated like how you never been? But now, it’s like I’m from Mississippi and what I’m going to do is be a positive reflection it.

And there’s a lot other artists from Mississippi that’s putting on right now. Obviously, you’ve got David Banner. You got Rae Sremmurd. You got another one my homies, Big Sant. You got Dear Silas. There are artists out here that are putting on for Mississippi. You just got to find it.

The blessing is streaming has made literally everybody like the Wild West. If you are able to make quality music, music that’s jamming and you find your passion, people will listen to it. Everybody gonna go platinum eventually. It might be 20, 30, 40 years from now, but we all going platinum.

HipHopDX: I think that’s a great point. A lot artists from Jackson come to perform here in Baton Rouge and the level talent is impressive. There’s just a ton talent in Mississippi.

Big K.R.I.T: Yeah! I mean if you never been here before, you might not understand the grassroots it. But before we were out here touring Chitlin Circuit-wise, Boosie was coming through killing it. Webbie too! The south and being underground and being immersed in it, you build this foundation. People grow with you and become family.

It’s bigger than you as an artist because you have the opportunity to speak for everybody down there that may watch certain TV shows or they may see a comedy and somebody said something that doesn’t really reflect where they’re from, but it’s a joke. We become those voices for those people that don’t have the opportunity. Like naw, we’re educated. Naw, I got mine together. I got this old school ’cause I like it but that foreign in the garage!

HipHopDX: Obviously, K.R.I.T Iz Here is the connection to K.R.I.T Wuz Here, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary next year. What’s it like approaching such a big anniversary and have music that stood the test time like that?

Big K.R.I.T: Aw man, time flies first f. And then, this is a marathon. R.I.P. to the homie Nipsey Hussle. We out here and we’re creating because we love what we do, but we have a voice now. We have to grow. You go from seeing people at your show and then now, they’re a couple. Now, they got kids or they got married!

You start to realize people are creating memories with you, and you’re creating memories with them. You’re able to talk about these things and engage. And the hug means so much. The positive energy you need, it gives you that motivation to continue to write and to continue to make music. And I just feel blessed, brother, that throughout these years people not only seen me rap or make music, but I’m still connecting. It’s crazy.

Read Part 1 DX’s interview with K.R.I.T. here.

Heavy trap on Bassassin’s latest release “Make Money Everyday”

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With catchy vocals by La Chat, booming 808 basslines and energetic leads and percussion, “Make Money Everyday” is an excellent hype song, the tune building and dropping continuously all throughout the tune, keeping the energy level high all throughout the tune. The vocals give the tune some additional uniqueness and depth, making it feel more special and fresh. The mixdown is clean and the 808 bass powerful and deep on the drops. Definitely a big festival trap tune, so if you’re a basshead, make sure you don’t miss out on this one!

Nick Cannon Calls Eminem "Elvis On Crack" & Says White Women Are Hip Hop's Biggest Consumers

Filed by Bunny RobertiBunny Roberti

Los Angeles, CA – Nick Cannon was a recent guest on VladTV where he was asked about Lord Jamar’s claim that nobody in the hood listened to Eminem. While he didn’t initially answer the question directly, he eventually got to his point.

The Power 106 host started f by explaining how white women turn artists into superstars.

“It’s capitalism at the end the day,” he says in the clip. “Hip Hop music, the people that buy Hip Hop music are white people, specifically white girls. Like if you look at the actual demographics and how it all breaks down, well music in general. Even when you look at the streaming numbers.

“Women, number one, are the biggest connoisseurs when it comes to consumption. When you break down demographically how it all works — from the fanbases to the girls who buy tickets and are screaming in the front rows, they create the stars.”

He continues, “Us as guys, we sit back and we respect cats — we respect Nas, we respect Hov, we respect E-40 and Ice] Cube and we can sit there and talk about them, but we ain’t gonna go out and fanboy for the muthafucka. Fanning for somebody is where the money is.”

Finally, Cannon gets to Slim Shady and basically describes him as a marketing dream.

“When you get a blonde-haired white boy that is actually dope, that’s like the second coming Christ to the music industry,” he continues. “Because you gonna get all the credibility, like dude you can’t deny that he’s dope. He’ll get in front anybody, battle anybody. Then ,the fact it’s like, ‘Oh shit! I can sell and market this muthafucka like Pepsi? And he’s crazy and entertaining too? Oh, he’s a superstar. Oh he’s Elvis on crack.’

However, he does admit he and his friends weren’t really into Eminem when he first emerged.

“As much as I loved his approach, we wasn’t rocking with him like that,” he adds. “One thing I did know if you heard about an Eminem concert, it was gonna be flooded with women and those are the number one consumers the product.”

In May, Jamar told Vlad pointblank, “White people will crown Eminem king because he sold the most records out all rappers. But, when we go into every day life black people, people who are the originators this shit, we don’t fucking listen to Eminem.

“We don’t listen to Eminem. We don’t go to the gym and turn on Eminem. We don’t listen to him on the way to the club. We don’t play him in the club … now, corny places I can’t speak for that.”

The Brand Nubian MC is one several rappers Em dissed on Kamikaze, his tenth studio album. Check out Jamar’s original comments below.

Kanye West's Neighbors Call 911 Over Dome Construction Noise

Filed by Ellamae AlewineEllamae Alewine

Calabasas, CA – Police ficers reportedly showed up at Kanye West’s Calabasas home on Sunday (August 18). According to TMZ, a few his neighbors called 911 to complain about the construction noise coming from his property.

The neighbors reportedly said construction crews were working on several dome structures for more than 12 hours on Saturday (August 17). While the the city allows construction from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on Saturdays, it doesn’t allow Sunday construction.

Evidently, ‘Ye didn’t get the memo.

Kanye West's Neighbors Call 911 Over Dome Construction Noise

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies responded at 7:30 p.m. that evening and found a construction crew working on one the domes.

Kanye created the prototypes to use as models for his vision an “egalitarian community,” but his crews didn’t get proper permits. Consequently, he was cited for violating the building code.

The G.O.O.D. Music boss was given the option to either get the proper permits or dismantle the four structures by September 15.

He decided to rip them all down, which contributed to the extra noise. The crews stopped working once police told them to and the matter was resolved peacefully.

Ja Rule Offering $10K To Fans Who Can Prove 50 Cent Isn't A "Pathological Liar"

Filed by Alvera CastaldoAlvera Castaldo

Ja Rule and 50 Cent have embroiled in a lightweight feud for years and it’s spilled over onto social media numerous times. Now, the Murder Inc. OG is fering $10,000 to anyone who has pro Fiddy is a pathological liar.

Earlier this year, 50 claimed to have bought 200 seats to a Ja Rule concert so they’d be empty, but Ja Rule is calling foul.

“This clown emoji] 50 Cent is the pathological LIAR,” he tweeted on Tuesday (August 20). I’ll cash app 10 bands to ANYBODY who has pics or footage said show bozo bought 200 tix to so it could be empty … I’ll wait… y’all believe anything goy they] tell y’all.”

Ja Rule followed up with another tweet featuring video footage a packed performance and called out Hot 97 for allegedly posting a bunk story.

“Goy ass nigga could NEVER… what’s my motherfucking NAME!!!” he wrote.

He added in a separate tweet, “Not y’all too. get it together @HOT97 this shit NEVER happened…I got 10 bands for anybody wit receipts lmao sheep.”

The two Hip Hop vets went at it last month after 50 claimed Ja Rule got thrown out SOBs in New York.

It didn’t take long for Ja Rule to fire back with a photo Drug Enforcement Agency paperwork naming Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson as the anonymous caller who had given police a tip about the Lodi Mack homicide.

50 hasn’t responded to Ja Rule’s latest jabs, but it should only be a matter time.

WELP: Spider-Man Will No Longer Be Apart Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe And People Are PISSED

Filed by Joe NoletteJoe Nolette

Spider-Man Will No Longer Be A Shared Property Between Sony And Marvel

Some pretty excruciation news was unveiled today for anyone who loves Marvel movies–and more specifically, the latest iteration of the Spider-Man franchise.

According to reports from Deadline, Disney and Sony have come to a stalemate in regards to Spider-Man. As a result, Marvel Studios–along with its president Kevin Feige–will no longer be producing the Spider-Man films. This news comes after the second installment, Spider-Man: Far From Home, became Sony’s highest-grossing film of all time.

The problem here, as most people would expect, is money.

While Disney was happy to take only a small percentage of grosses on Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home (in exchange for Sony allowing Marvel to use the character in Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame), a debate among executives began to take place about the character and it’s film’s future.

According to Deadline, Disney wanted to split profits 50/50 but Sony didn’t even entertain that offer with a counter.

As of now, two more Spider-Man films are reportedly in development with both director Jon Watts and star Tom Holland attached. On top of that, Sony has begun its own mini-universe thanks to hits like Venom and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, both of which have sequels on the way.

Certain rumors hint at the idea that Disney and Marvel were even hoping to help out with those films to further expand the crossover—but in the end, the studios simply asked for more than Sony was willing to give. Apparently, Sony feels it already has the big pieces in place, so the films will be fine without Kevin Feige.

But….that’s debatable.

This is most definitely a disappointing day for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They just inherited the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises thanks to the Fox deal, and for a short while, all of Marvel’s heroes were home. But now, it seems like Sony wants to take Spider-Man out on his own.

Check out some of the insane social media backlash that followed the announcement that Sony is taking Spider-Man back from Marvel: