Run The Jewels Provide (Yet Another) Update On "RTJ4" Album

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Run The Jewels have provided yet another update on Run The Jewels 4. On Monday (January 20), El-P hit up his Twitter account and claimed the upcoming project will outdo all others.

“what if I told you me and @KillerMike just made our best RTJ album yet?” he wrote. “would you believe me? trick question it doesn’t matter if you believe me.”

Killer Mike retweeted the post with three devil face emojis.

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We’re up to something 😈4️⃣

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Run The Jewels originally teased a 2019 release date in December 2018, but the project failed to come to fruition before the start the new year.

“A month ago i quit smoking,” El Producto wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post. “a few months before that i got married. a few months before that i scored a film. a few months before that i got f tour. now i am in full RTJ4 mode and it felt like a decent time to start fresh on this app. don’t panic.

“before you even realize it there will be hundreds brand new photos me that i think i look cool in and when the time comes there will be snippets and goodies relating to the creation our next record (dropping in 2019).”

The veteran Hip Hop artists were holed up with Rick Rubin at his Shangri La compound working on the project last May. They promised they would “be back soon,” suggesting a 2020 release.

Then in November 2019, El-P shared another since-deleted tweet insisting “not a second” is wasted on the roughly 40-minute project.

“I can say at this point RTJ4 is about 11 jams, it’s under 40 minutes and not a second is wasted,” he wrote. “hopefully that helps tide the curious over for a minute while we finish up. big thanks to everyone waiting.”

The third installment  Killer Mike and El-P’s collaborative effort, the aptly titled Run The Jewels 3, arrived in 2016.

Kendrick Lamar To Headline London’s BST Hyde Park Festival In July

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London – Rap superstar Kendrick Lamar is set to headline the BST Hyde Park Festival this summer on July 5, according to Billboard. Fans are anticipating the return the Top Dawg Entertainment artist who hasn’t released a project since 2017’s DAMN. It’s been rumored that Lamar will release a rock-influenced album this year and possibly debut it at the festival.

James Blake and Alabama Shakes singer Brittany Howard will also be on the Sunday (July 5) show with the 13-time Grammy Award winner. The BST concert series launched in 2013 and now spans across two weekends with six concerts in total. Taylor Swift, Pearl Jam and Rita Ora, among others will also take the stage for the festival.

Tickets for general sale will be available Friday (January 24) at 10 a.m. AmexUK cardholders can purchase tickets presale now. Other performing artists will be announced at a later date. The festival from 2018 featured Stevie Wonder, Black Eyed Peas, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Lionel Richie and more.

Lamar has been pretty quiet on the music front for most 2019 though he did appear on Beyoncé’s Lion King album. Also, last July he welcomed his first child with fiancée Whitney Alford. The couple met and began dating at Compton’s Centennial High School over 13 years ago.

#DXCLUSIVE: Denver's HunidRack6 Rolls Through With "Mopsticks Chopsticks" Video

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HipHopDX Premiere – Denver-based rapper HunidRack6 has unveiled a new video for “Mopsticks Chopsticks.” The bass-heavy single comes from his forthcoming Bag Fase 2 project, which serves as the aptly titled follow-up to 2019’s Bag Fase. 

“I’m excited for the release Bag Fase 2 because I’m ready to show a broader audience what I can do with my music and how diverse I get with my sound,” the self-proclaimed “King Of Colorado” tells HipHopDX. “I’m creating a new lane for myself and for artists like me while still telling my story and making good music.”

Known for promoting a healthy lifestyle, the burgeoning artist is just getting started. According to a press release, he’s planning to launch a smoothie show soon in an attempt to learn how to control and manage his anxiety based on the food he puts in his body rather than the more traditional ways managing (i.e. prescription pills).

As part HunidRack6’s journey, he ten juices and makes smoothies on Facebook Live ten while providing tips on how to implement healthier foods into one’s diet.

Watch the “Mopsticks Chopsticks” video up top.

Calvin Harris reveals new project and announces two new singles!

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Calvin Harris just gave us some amazing news. The music producer recently took to his socials to announce that he will be launching a brand new project this Friday, on January 24th, when he will also be releasing two brand new singles, called “Hypnagogic (I Can’t Wait)” and “CP-1.”

You can check out his announcement below and stay tuned for this Friday!

Oprah Winfrey Denies Siding With Russell Simmons After Leaving Documentary

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Oprah Winfrey stepped down from her role as executive producer on a forthcoming documentary about Russell Simmons earlier this month. The doc, titled On The Record, reportedly centers around Simmons’ sexual assault accuser Drew Dixon.

On Tuesday’s (January 21) episode CBS This Morning, the talk show host mogul clarified her separation from the project has nothing to do with Simmons, despite receiving both “public and private” pressure to abandon her role.

“This is not a victory for Russell,” she said. “I unequivocally say that I did not pull out because Russell. This is not a victory lap for him. I cannot be silenced by a Russell Simmons after all I’ve been through.”

Simmons was vocal about his disdain surrounding Winfrey’s initial involvement. In a lengthy Instagram post, the Def Jam Recordings co-founder explained he was blindsided due to their longstanding friendship.

“Dearest OPRAH, you have been a shining light to my family and my community,” he began. “Contributing so much to my life that I couldn’t list a fraction it in this blog. I have given you the gift meditation and the groundbreaking book ‘THE POWER OF NOW’ we bonded to say the least. This is why it’s so troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentary.”

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Dearest OPRAH,you have been a shining light to my family and my community. Contributing so much to my life that I couldn’t list a fraction it in this blog.Ihave given you the gift meditation and the groundbreaking book”THE POWER OF NOW “we bonded to say the least. This is why it’s so troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentry. I have already admitted to being a playboy more (appropriately titled today “womanizer”) sleeping with and putting myself in more compromising situations than almost any man I know. Not 8 or 14 thousand like Warren Beatty or Wilt Chamberlain, but still an embarrassing number. So many that some could reinterpret or reimagine a different recollection the same experiences. Please note that ur producers said that this upcoming doc was to focus ONLY on 3 hand chosen women. I have refused to get in the mud with any accusers, but let’s acknowledge what i have shared. I have taken and passed nine 3-hour lie detector tests (taken for my daughters), that these stories have been passed on by CNN, NBC, BUZZFEED, NY POST, NY MAG, AND OTHERS. Now that you have reviewed the facts and you SHOULD have learned what I know; that these stories are UNUSABLE and that “hurt people hurt people”. Today I received a call from an old girlfriend from the early 1980s which means that they are using my words/evidence against me and their COMMITMENT/ (all the claims are 25 to 40 years old) It is impossible to prove what happened 40 years ago, but in my case pro exists what didn’t happen, mostly signed letters from their own parents, siblings, roommates, band members, interns, and in the case 2 your 3 accusers,their own words in their books. Shocking how many people have misused this important powerful revolution for relevance and money. … In closing, I am guilty exploiting, supporting, and making the soundtrack for a grossly unequal society, but i have never been violent or forced myself on anyone. Still I am here to help support a necessary shift in power and consciousness. Let us get to work on uplifting humanity and put this moment and old narrative behind us

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Shortly after Simmons’ post, Winfrey announced she parted ways with the documentary’s directors over creative differences. According to TMZ, she believed more work was needed to “illuminate the full scope what the victims endured.”

She added, “It has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision.”

Despite Winfrey’s exit, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering are pressing forward.

“Revealing hard truths is never easy, and the women in our documentary are all showing extraordinary strength and courage by raising their voices to address sexual abuse in the music industry,” Dick and Ziering told Deadline last week. “While we are disappointed that Oprah Winfrey is no longer an Executive Producer on the project, we are gratified that Winfrey has unequivocally said she believes and supports the survivors in the film.”

On The Record is expected to debut at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday (January 25) in Park City, Utah.

Trick Trick Has A Threatening Message For Yelawolf

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Yelawolf was recently caught in Royce Da 5’9’s crosshairs on the song “Overcomer,” which finds the Slaughterhouse MC calling the Alabama-born rapper a “punk ass” and “pundit vulture.”

Royce followed up with a few other insults Instagram after Yelawolf responded to the diss in a since-deleted Instagram post.

Now, Trick Trick — who has a long history with Eminem — appears to be stepping up to bat for Royce with a message for Yelawolf.

In two since-deleted tweets, the Motor City native said, “Sell out another one…ASAP. And PLEASE Bring ALL your wolves,” a reference to Yelawolf’s original caption.

While Royce hasn’t gone on record to confirm what exactly started the beef, it’s possible he believes Yelawolf is racist, hence the “David Duke” slight. On “Overcomer,” he mentions Kid Rock — who has been accused having racist tendencies — and suggests it wouldn’t be surprising if Yelawolf was caught hanging out at Kid Rock’s house.

“Yelawolf this is your first and your last pass,” Royce spits. “I ain’t gon’ put it on blast, your punk ass know what this about/You think it’s ’bout being loud or tryna be hostile/Till you get found face down on the ground outside Kid Rock house/Though you a vulture pundit, I hope you get sober from this/Men lie, women lie, so do numbers.”

Revisit the song below.

Kygo reveals release date for his Avicii tribute track!

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As you all know, last month, an Avicii tribute concert took place. Among the artists that played during the event, there was also Kygo, who shared his tribute track for Avicii, alongside Sandro Cavazza. Well, now it looks like the production will ficially be released, seeing as Kygo has just revealed on his Instagram page that the single will be out on January 24th.

This is for sure a tune you will want to listen, so make sure to stay tuned for this Friday!

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January 24th.. This one is special ❤️

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Tomorrowland announces the 2020 stage hosts!

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Are you guys excited for Tomorrowland? The festival will be returning this year to Boom, Belgium for two weekends, going from July 17 until July 19 and then from July 24 until July 26 and promises to be another edition for the books. Just recently, the organizers have decided to share this year’s stage hosts and they range from Smash The House and Glitterbox, all the way to Pussy Lounge and Mainstage.

You can check out all the stage hosts below and if you haven’t gotten your ticket until now, make sure to grab yours here.

Tomorrowland announces the 2020 stage hosts!

Nipsey Hussle's 2020 Grammys Tribute Includes Performances By YG, Meek Mill & More

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Los Angeles, CA – The 2020 Grammy Awards will include a special tribute to the late Nipsey Hussle. On Tuesday (January 21), Grammys’ executive producer Ken Ehrlich revealed the tribute will entail performances by several Nipsey’s close friends and collaborators, including YG, Meek Mill, Roddy Rich, DJ Khaled, John Legend and Kirk Franklin.

“An activist, entrepreneur and rapper, Nipsey Hussle had a lasting impact on not just his community, but also the culture at large,” Ehrlich said in a press release. “There is no denying the influence he had and his legacy will be felt for generations to come.

Th”We are honored to bring together this amazing group artists to celebrate Nipsey’s life and pay tribute to his many contributions to music. It’s sure to be a memorable performance.”

The Grammys will be broadcast live from the Los Angeles Staples Center on Sunday (January 26) with Alicia Keys serving as host. Additional performances include Tyler, The Creator, H.E.R. and Aerosmith with Run-DMC. 

Nipsey earned a posthumous nomination in the Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song categories for “Racks in the Middle” with Hit-Boy and Roddy Ricch. The John Legend and DJ Khaled collab “Higher” featuring Neighborhood Nip is also nominated for Best Rap/Sung Performance.

Nip was shot and killed in front his Marathon Clothing store on March 31, 2019. He was just 33 years old.

Artist Makes Kanye West Portrait Solely Writing His Name

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An Australian artist made a hand-drawn portrait Kanye West by repeatedly writing his name. The the artist, who goes by the handle @alx.n.ria, posted a video on Saturday (January 18) highlighting the creation process for the artwork.

The clip begins with her writing out Kanye’s name using a pen on a blank sheet paper. This is followed by more writing over presumably several hundred notations his name, before the portrait is revealed in full.

In the caption, the artist showed love for the music icon and subject her work, saying, “WORD • KANYE #kanyewest ~ Kanye is a legend.”

Following the video, the artist posted an image showcasing the finished portrait once more in all its glory.

“IM NOW TAKING PRE-ORDERS FOR LIMITED EDITION PRINTS Kanye West,” she wrote in the caption. “DM me if you would like one!”

She added her appreciation for her newfound fans, saying, “Thanks again for all the support!! Will be responding to all your messages shortly! #kanyewest”

While many followers acknowledged the young artist’s skill with the pen, others reacted by tagging Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian and mother-in-law Kris Jenner. It’s not clear whether the portrait has graced Kanye’s eyes yet but @dominicanprince said, “I think Kanye West himself would want to purchase this!”

The artist has made several other portraits Hip Hop contemporaries using her name-writing approach, including Tyler, The Creator and A$AP Rocky. Her prile says she’s “working on a series that (she’ll) be posting end 2020.”

Alicia Keys Announces "ALICIA" Album Ahead Of 2020 Grammys

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15x-Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys has announced her next album — the simply titled ALICIA.

The  veteran singer/pianist and upcoming host the 2020 Grammy Awards announced the news Instagram with a photo the album’s cover art. In the caption, she revealed the project will arrive on March 20.

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#ALICIA The Album 3/20

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Keys released another single from the project called “Underdog” earlier this month. The video for the track has already amassed over five million YouTube views.

The song follows the previously released singles “Time Machine” and “Show Me Love,” which earned Keys a record-extending 11th No. 1 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs airplay chart.

ALICIA serves as the follow-up to 2016’s HERE and marks her seventh studio album. Throughout the course her career, Keys has sold millions albums. She earned her first No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit in 2001 with “Fallin,” which was taken from her debut album, Songs In A Minor. 

As previously noted, Keys will step up as host at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (January 26). It will be her second time holding down the role.

She will also embark on a world tour in support ALICIA. The run kicks f on June 5 in Dublin, Ireland. She heads back to the United States on July 28 for a show in Jacksonville, Florida before continuing on her North American route. The tour wraps up on September 22 in Miami.

Find more information here and check out the dates below.

Alicia Keys Announces "ALICIA" Album Ahead Of 2020 Grammys

Screwball Rapper Hostyle Has Passed Away

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Screwball rapper Hostyle has died at the age 47. According to a tweet from R.A. The Rugged Man, fellow Screwball member Blaq Poet confirmed the news on Sunday (January 19).

“DAMN… the worst news ever,” he wrote. “I just found out my people HOSTYLE from SCREWBALL passed away. I just got f the phone with Blaq poet, he confirmed. Screwball brought the Legendary, Street anthems. Legendary shit. That was my man. REST IN PEACE my bro.. This is crazy.”

Screwball’s ficial Instagram page also noted Hostyle’s passing on Monday (January 20).

“Deeply sadded to annouce the passing our brother HOSTYLE,” the post read. “Thank u to everyone who has reached out.”

Hostyle, born Frederick Ivey, was a founding member the Queens Hip Hop group. The members the collective — Hostyle, Blaq Poet, Solo and K — released three albums during the course their career, beginning with 2000’s Y2K: The Album, which featured production from DJ Premier, Marley Marl, Godfather Don and Pete Rock and the singles “Who Shot Rudy?” and “H-O-S-T-Y-L-E.”

Loyalty arrived in 2001 and their last project, Screwed Up, was released in July 2004. That same year, Hostyle released a solo project called One Eyed Maniac featuring Marley Marl, R.A. The Rugged Man and Big Noyd.

He later appeared on DJ Muggs’s 2000 Soul Assassins II, Infamous Mobb’s 2002 Special Edition and Cormega’s 2007 album Who Am I?.

Tragedy struck in 2008 when KL, Blaq Poet’s cousin, died an asthma attack.

As press time, no cause death has been revealed. HipHopDX sends our condolences to his friends, family and all who loved him.