G Herbo Calls Joyner Lucas 'A Fucking Clown' Over Juice Wrld Comments

Filed by Bunny RobertiBunny Roberti

Chicago, IL – Joyner Lucas has evidently struck a chord with G Herbo. A day after Lucas blamed Juice Wrld’s death on “rappers who glorified drugs,” Herbo hopped on Instagram to throw in his two cents.

In his comment, Herbo explained Lucas had no idea what kind demons Juice Wrld was wrestling and slammed him for suggesting the late rapper was simply trying to blend in with everyone else around him.

“He a fucking clown,” he begins. “Niggas don’t know what niggas going thru! Niggas ain’t tryna be cool shorty was on top the fucking world you think he was tryna fit in??? If that Shit was easy shorty would’ve quit!! Shorty ain’t seen nun this shit coming!!! He ain’t see millions coming from fame coming nun that shit!!

“I got 50 homies dead On my granny nigga been shot beein the streets over 10 years my life been addicted to Xanax lean x pills Percocet still smoke weed everyday all day til this day!” 

The Chicago-bred rapper then admitted he’s had his own struggles and chastised Lucas for even broaching the topic.

“I was BLESSED with a strong enough mind to quit that lean & other shit whenever I want! I been to Detox twice!! That shit a daily process!! Juice made some the best music in the world with his own style he ain’t have to fucking fit in!!

“Niggas be having to self medicate!! He was a star!! He can’t go on stage thinking about the demons he fighting in his head… I can speak about this shit on & on man but this shit always deeper than what you see so don’t speak on SHIT if you can ‘t say I once done it or I RELATE to it!”

He concluded his rant with a middle finger emoji.

However, Lucas told a fan he did understand what Juice Wrld was experiencing, writing, “I never said juice world glorified them. I knew what juice spoke about. Poor kid was depressed and went thru a lot so he used drugs as a outlet.

“Its this generation music that glorified drugs and made them cool so kids like him and other kids abuse them. It’s a cycle dude. Smh.”

Although an ficial cause death is still pending, Juice Wrld reportedly swallowed a handful Percocets before his death.

The pilot his private plane had called authorities to report there were multiple guns onboard. When the plane landed at Chicago’s Midway Airport on Sunday (December 8), the FBI and FAA were waiting to search the plane. That’s when Juice Wrld was said to have ingested the pills.

He collapsed and went into a seizure shortly after. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

50 Cent Warns Nick Cannon Over Eminem Diss: "I Oughta Kick You In Your Ass"

Filed by Jenette DanieleJenette Daniele

50 Cent and Eminem’s friendship stretches back years, so it’s no surprise the Power mogul has Em’s back in his latest feud with Nick Cannon.

On Tuesday (December 10), Fiddy shared an Instagram photo Eminem’s face with the words, “Believe in restoring the game. Even if it means destroying all the players” written across the front it.

In the caption, 50 essentially questioned how Cannon could be so brazen to think he could fire shots at an ordained rap god.

“I don’t understand to save my life why someone would pick a fight with EM,” he wrote. “He is a different kinda animal, I haven’t seen a motherfucker come close to beating him man. hey Nick that shit was trash, I oughta kick you in yo ass when I see you PUNK!” 

Cannon returned with a meme his own, which featured a scowling Samuel L. Jackson and nothing more. He will presumably address the situation on his Power 106 FM show at some point this week.

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Em reignited his beef with the Wild ‘N Host last week on Fat Joe’s song “Lord Above” featuring Mary J. Blige. During his verse, he took shots at both Cannon and his ex-wife Mariah Carey.

“I know me and Mariah didn’t end on a high note/But that other dude’s whipped-that pussy got him neutered,” he spit. “Tried to tell him this chick’s a nut job before he got his jewels clipped/Almost got my caboose kicked/Fool, quit /You not gonna do shit/I let her chop my balls f too before I lose to you, Nick.”

From there, Cannon made a few comments about the song on his radio show then returned with “The Invitation” diss track and insinuated Em was gay — which Slim Shady clearly didn’t like. He responded Twitter on Monday night and demanded an apology.

Check out those responses below.

#DXCLUSIVE: 1TakeJay Details 'G.O.A.T' Mixtape & Working With Mustard

Filed by Ellamae AlewineEllamae Alewine

Los Angeles, CA – Compton’s 1TakeJay has risen up the ranks following his SoundCloud rap beginnings. Since the release 1TakeBoyz’s debut mixtape 1TakeMovement in 2014, Jay has delivered solo efforts such as 2019’s Over Like October EP and landed major guest spots, including one on Mustard’s Perfect Ten album.

The Cali-bred rapper has positioned himself favorably as the decade comes to close, receiving more recognition beyond the West Coast and dropping his G.O.A.T. mixtape to wrap up the year.

HipHopDX caught up with 1TakeJay in the midst his pop-up at The Hundreds flagship store in Los Angeles and discussed a range topics including his latest mixtape, his musical reach and much more.

HipHopDX: What was the motivation behind releasing the G.O.A.T. project?

1TakeJay: It’s like, I’d call it a mixtape. Just a body work to just get out there for the fans but still let ’em know what’s going on — it ain’t no bullshit. But yeah, album for sure coming later.

HipHopDX: Can you describe to us your intentions behind the title for the project. What does it mean to you?

1TakeJay: Of course when everybody sees G.O.A.T., they gone think greatest all time, but I’m going to let ’em think what they want because you know people going to be talking shit like, ‘Oh he ain’t no great’ this and that. So just to get people talking, just lowkey strategic. And then, it don’t mean that at all, so I’m going to put out the meaning like a little later. But to give people a hint, my music is fun and mostly about girls; like girls like to dance. I like to talk about girls a lot because girls like to dance to my shit, so it’s female inspired for sure.

#DXCLUSIVE: 1TakeJay Details 'G.O.A.T' Mixtape & Working With Mustard
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HipHopDX: And that female inspiration definitely shows on tracks like “Hello” and “I Like Bitches,” which are two your more popular songs right now. I wanted to ask a little about those tracks specifically and how you feel they represent your unique style?

1TakeJay: I feel like it’s just genuine. Really, my music is like how I talk on the daily so it just naturally comes out like that — like the slang, I guess the shit-talking. I don’t even call it rap, I call it “shit-talking” music but in a fun way. And I really focus on beat selection, I’m really hands-on. Like that beat (“Hello”), I orchestrated it. I didn’t make the beat, but I sit down with the producer and tell them exactly how I want it. And I don’t know, really the beat will give me the vibe what the song is going to be about really. I just start putting together thoughts in my head and then just go from there.

HipHopDX: Two tracks that really stood out were “Arco 2” and “Fucked Up.” Can you share a little bit about why you felt like it was important to include these records?

1TakeJay: Really, I made it about five months ago and then when I first made “Fucked Up”], I was just telling my producer — like typically I do more like West Coast beats, turnt up, higher BPM. But I wanted to do kind like a trap sound because I’m a wild ass person, so I wanted to bring that to life. And then shit, I heard the beat and then really that’s the first thing I thought, just a vibe. Because I like getting in mosh pits and shit like that, so that was really where that vibe came from.

HipHopDX: It’s really interesting to see you do a song like “I Like Bitches” then turn around and do a song like “Fucked Up.”

1TakeJay: Aye! I’m all around. You feel me? I could steal a nigga’s girl or you can catch me in the moshpit.

HipHopDX: I think it’s interesting that you say that because you are truly all around. I know you are from the Westside the city, but what’s it like being able to tap in with rappers from all over like Blueface or Shoreline Mafia or FrostyDaSnowmann or AzChike?

1TakeJay: I don’t gangbang, so that’s why I’m not limited. I can go where I want to go and work with who I want to work with — I fuck with everybody. I feel like it’s really better because there are no restrictions as to where if I was like a gang member, it’d be politics on certain stuff. But I feel like it’s better to not gangbang because you are not limited. Literally, when I hear the beat, how I distinguish myself from everybody else is whatever comes in my head, that’s what’s coming out. And I don’t pay attention to what nobody else got going on. I just do my thing.

HipHopDX: How did you end up on the intro to the Perfect Ten album? Did you two already know Mustard?

1TakeJay: We had made music before prior to that, it just hadn’t dropped yet. He really just texted me the beat and was like, “Yo, you fuck with this?” And I was like, “Oh yeah, that shit is hard.” And he told me to write something to it and was like, “how long is it going to take you, like a couple days?” and I was like, “Nah, I’ll have that shit done like tonight.” I did that shit quick, pulled up the next day, we recorded that shit, and we just knew. Like first, when I pulled up on him, I rapped it. I didn’t record it, I just rapped it first and everybody was fucking with it like, “Yeah that shit hard!” — and then we recorded it and was just fucking with it even more.

HipHopDX: How did it come together with the exclusive album merch collaboration with The Hundreds?

1TakeJay: Growing up, I always wore The Hundreds, so that was really kind dope. It really started from them just like fucking with me like — you know brands reach out to artists or influencers or people with a following just to fuck with the brand. It really was just like, “Come down to the store, we fuck with your movement, we gone give you some gear and shit.” And then they gave me shit, and then they just been fucking with me ever since.

But it just came up naturally from them fucking with me and me fucking with them since I was young. Like why not? I already wear the brand — I feel like that’s hella dope, I would have never thought no shit like that. I’m coming in here buying they shirts when I’m a little and then now to collab with them on some shit.

Stream 1TakeJay’s G.O.A.T. mixtape below.

Interview: Fabolous Talks 'Summertime Shootout 3,' Favorite JAY-Z Verse & Chasing A Classic Album

Filed by Joe NoletteJoe Nolette

New York, NY – In March 2018, Fabolous was caught on camera engaging in a domestic dispute with his longtime partner Emily B and her father in the driveway his Englewood, New Jersey home. It was a bad look for the Brooklyn-bred rapper as the clip shed light on the ugly, domestic issues between him and his wife.

Fab, who normally carries himself in a calm and collected manner, drew negativity and criticism all over social media for his violent actions towards his loved ones. The moment became a blemish on his storied career and he knew he had to make a change. In the time since that incident, Fab experienced a level growth and maturity in his personal life that serves as the backdrop to his latest release, Summertime Shootout 3.  

The third entry in Fabolous’ notable mixtape series — featuring Chris Brown, Tory Lanez, Ty Dolla $ign and more — is the first many for the 42-year-old rapper. It’s his first mixtape to release on digital streaming platforms, and it’s the first project where listeners get to hear a little bit Fabolous’ story.

“I wanted to share things that I was going through,” he tells HipHopDX. “I grew up and I wanted to take some time to vent and get some my thoughts out.”

Fab, while sticking to his guns with the lyricism, gets introspective on tracks like the Roddy Ricch-assisted “Time,” where he learns how to become emotionally available towards his loved ones, and “Too Late” featuring Jeremih, which focuses on him mending broken relationships and becoming a better family man. 

Being vulnerable is foreign territory for Fab and it’s not the only new thing he is embracing in this era his career. He’s taking all the issues that plagued him in the last few years and taking on a new role — telling his story so that others can use for guidance to solve their problems.

“For me, making music is, at the same time, a thing that I need to do because it starts becoming like not just therapeutic for me but also therapeutic for listeners,” he says. “I want to help them get through their tough times and doubts.”

HipHopDX spoke with Fabolous about Summertime Shootout 3, his growth and maturation, transitioning into the digital streaming era in music, if he’s chasing a classic album to validate his legacy, his favorite JAY-Z verse and more.

HipHopDX: You have 20 years in this game. How are you feeling?

Fabolous: I’m feeling good, you know what I’m saying? Of course, with how long I’ve been doing this you know I’m just starting to tell my story. For me, it’s like taking it easy and feeling comfortable doing what I do. So most the time I’m not even thinking about trying to outdo or what I’ve done in the past. I’m all about moving forward and continuing to make music that speaks directly from me.

HipHopDX: Summertime Shootout 3 isn’t a regular mixtape. It’s the first you’re releasing where the digital streaming era is at its peak. What are some the things that were hard to adjust to transitioning into the streaming game?

Fabolous: I don’t think it was really hard to adjust to. It was really just what was going on and adapting to that, you know? Like you said music is being digested mostly through digital now so that’s what I kind kept in mind putting the project out. I also saw that playlists were becoming what mixtapes used to be and I kept that in mind with actually ranging and making this project. I wanted to give it a playlist feel because I just felt like putting this out was the new mixtape.

HipHopDX: These days there’s no real distinction between what’s an album, mixtape, or EP. Summertime Shootout 3 is a mixtape but feels like an album too. Was that intentional?

Fabolous: Yeah, definitely because what I was speaking on within the project but also as you said, the lines have been blurred a little bit in terms what a project is. Albums used to take a long time to come out. You had to have a certain amount records to have an album or you needed to do songs in different lanes to have a well-rounded album. Now it’s blurred and even mixtapes started to blur because people would drop mixtapes and have them formatted like albums.

For someone to drop something I can’t really tell what it is because you know mixtapes before were freestyles or stuff that was flipped. It was a wide range different things but it was still freestyling. It wasn’t structured like an album. Now everything is formatted the same way. It’s just what you title it honestly.    

HipHopDX: Summertime Shootout talked about a relationship. Part two was the bounce back from that relationship. Besides telling your own story, what’s the story you’re telling on part three?

Fabolous: It’s the back and forth between those two topics on the first two tapes. It’s the back and forth a relationship and the back and forth leveling up. It’s a play on words.  When I say it’s the coldest summer ever, summer is always looked at as a good time but there are times where you’re no longer with someone and it’s not a good time. There are times where you look at summer and there’s a lot going on and then there’s nothing going on. It’s the back and forth between good and bad, hurt and pain, right and wrong. But I feel at the same time I’m also deciphering my story. I wanted to share things that I wouldn’t have before and share my experiences that may help somebody else get through a time that they’re going through. All those were apart my process with this one. 

HipHopDX: One those records that have you sharing your story to help others is “Time.” What’s something you would want to change about your career if you were able to rewind time?

Fabolous: That’s an interesting question because people would always say they would change something but I feel this is exactly what was supposed to happen. I don’t know if changing something could alter me even being where I’m at now. Like me being able to talk to you on this phone right now. It’s hard to say there’s something you would change because all those experiences, all those ups and downs, and all those things I’m talking about that associate with Summertime Shootout doesn’t change the makeup who I am today. 

I think there are certain things I might have thought through a little better or like gave it the time but like I said my original answer to that question would be just let things be as God put them to be. I don’t want to try and change anything that was written because I’ll change my whole story.

HipHopDX: You’re giving out a lot gems to your listeners on “Frienemies” and “Too Late” while still dropping some fiery bars. How do you find the balance between giving your listeners advice from a veteran’s perspective while rapping as if you still have something to prove?

Fabolous: That’s part the challenge for me as an MC. It’s like being able to sprinkle some medicine on the candy type thing you know what I mean. Like you tell your story but also keep it a vibe. Be creative but not be too much over people’s heads. It’s part the challenge for me. So there’s no real recipe I think. But when I make a record or I’m putting together a lyric, I’m keeping all those factors in mind. I want people to be able to relate to this quote or catch this line or sometimes I want people to feel this certain way so let me change the cadence. To each his own I guess.

HipHopDX: You’re rapping relentlessly on tracks like “Cold Summer” and “B.O.M.B.S.” We know what you can do with words so what else is there for you to do now or prove in Hip Hop?

Fabolous: I’m taking this time now to tell a little bit about my story. The bars are just taking on the challenge being a writer and a creative. But I want to tell my story. That’s one the keys to giving people a project what you’re going through because you could be indirectly helping somebody else get through their issues and problems. 

On the bar side, that’s just where I come from. I come from the mixtape class so records like “Cold Summer” was me setting the tone and getting the project on a certain level. “B.O.M.B.S.” is just going back to mixtape Fab and being like alright now that I set the tone, let me get back on my bullshit kind thing and do what I do.

HipHopDX: You have the Summertime Shootout series, The Soul Tape series and the There Is No Competition series. How would you rank those from least favorite to favorite?

Fabolous: I really like The Soul Tape series. I love the instrumentation behind it and the soul samples. Even the perspective I was taking when I was making the project. I like each series for what they were though. I think There Is No Competition came from a place where Mixtape Fab is from. I didn’t follow the same guidelines that I had making an album so that’s where that series grew from. When I made albums, a lot the time, I had to make a certain song for radio or a certain song for this or that and that drove me to make There Is No Competition where I could just be free again. I love the Summertime Shootout series because it’s just a body work that’s really connecting vibes with bars. You can’t get that in a lot places it’s either one or the other.

HipHopDX: Where do you feel you’re at in this stage your career. Do you still feel underrated?

Fabolous: I don’t really feel underrated like what the actual meaning is. Sometimes I feel like I’m underappreciated but I don’t want to subject myself to a rating, to be completely honest. I try to stay from feeling or thinking I’m underrated. I really just like to think certain people value certain things and that’s with anything.

HipHopDX: On top people feeling that you’re underrated they also feel you don’t have a classic album. With over 20 years under your belt are you chasing a classic album to validate your legacy?

Fabolous: That’s another thing that’s in the eye the beholder for me. Every album I go in making something that speaks to me. At the beginning my career, I was making a lot. I was making songs, putting them together and delivering the project. But towards the latter part my career, I would really try to theme and tune into what I wanted to do and who I wanted to do it with. I started to make albums that were better curated to speak for me. 

But like what’s classic and what’s not is up to the people. Of course, there are certain albums that the masses will say is classic and there are certain albums that are debatable if they’re classic. Some people look at it as classics and some people don’t. For me, I always try to make an album that speaks for me the most and I think it’s not even up to the artist to say it’s a classic or not. The people speak on whether it touched them, moved them or even shifted the culture. Until those things happen then you can’t say ok I’m doing something.

HipHopDX: We recently celebrated the birthday one your idols and good friends, JAY-Z. What’s your favorite verse by him?

Fabolous: That’s hard, man. Hov has put out so many great verses into the universe man. To name just one f the top my head? The joint he did with the Lox and DMX. 

HipHopDX: You’re talking about “Blackout” f DMX’s Flesh My Flesh, Bood My Blood?

Fabolous: Yeah, it was kind like that old school type joint. Jay came in at the end and said: “I’m a monster/I sleep whole winters; wake up and spit summers/Ghetto nigga, putting up Will Smith numbers.” That was a different Hov than the one we have today, course, but that was one my favorite joints. 

HipHopDX: You entered this decade with a new mixtape in the form The Soul Tape. Along with Summertime Shootout 3, how are you entering this new decade coming up? People are saying they have to wait another five years for a Fabolous project.

Fabolous: I know I can’t listen to what people are saying. I definitely want to get out more music and now you can do that in different ways. You can put out EPs and mixtapes and singles. I’m definitely going to take advantage how this digital streaming platform has opened up music. 

Solarstone Presents Pure Trance Vol. 8, Mixed by Solarstone & Activa

Filed by Alvera CastaldoAlvera Castaldo

It’s come a long way, baby! When the first ‘Pure Trance’ was released in November of 2012, the genre’s landscape was remarkably different. Nefarious hands had again been at work – cynically drip-feeding poppy-pollutants into trance’s system. Inorganic quick-hit sugar highs that threatened its otherwise rich ecosystem, someone had to stand up, blow the whistle and become the countermeasure.

Eight years on and while that peril’s not passed, its advance has been blunted, with many of its chancers moving on in search of something else to commercialize. As such the movement – forged and spearheaded by Solarstone, and having long since matured to include global club events, a much-loved weekly radio show and a triple-record label arsenal has, almost imperceptibly, transitioned. Vindicated – a battle largely won, it’s become less ‘mission’ and even more focused on the music itself.

Fresh from the release of his ‘3’ and ‘One’ , our Pure Trance sentinel Solarstone delivers his eighth annual, bringing another fitting close to this P.T. year. Joining him for 2019’s edition is a DJ & producer whose re-emergence is – essentially – a living, breathing result of the movement itself. After almost a decade away, Activa’s reactivation is as sure a sign as any of the scene’s brighter days renaissance. He commits an astonishing second disc of energized trance elevations to complement Solarstone’s assured-as-ever selection of the purest.


On his eighth Pure Trance compilation voyage, Solarstone says: “I’m delighted to present this year’s Pure Trance edition! I decided to focus on the lower BPMs this time, and bring in one of my favorite producers – Activa – for the higher tempo side of things, and the quality of tunage is really outstanding, full of innovation and creativity. I hereby invite you to join us on a wonderful journey focusing on melodic, emotive progressive & driving, uplifting pure trance music.”

On his participation in ‘Pure Trance Vol.8’, Activa said: “Pure Trance; the label, the club nights and the compilations are well established and have a strong and loyal following, so to be asked to mix a disc for the 8th installment was an honor, but a task that I knew I had to do right. I wanted to ensure that my mix was part of a bigger ‘whole’ and provide not just a journey on that disc, but a continuation of the journey from Rich’s mix while still keeping its own identity and sound.”

Eminem Angrily Responds To Nick Cannon's Gay Sex Allegations

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Shortly after Nick Cannon backed up his initial claims there is video Eminem giving another man oral sex, Slim Shady fired back on Twitter.

On Monday night (December 9), Em wrote, “U mad bro? Stop lying on my dick. I never had a chauffeur you bougie f*ck.” He concluded his tweet with a clown emoji.

The Wild ‘N Out host was the target Em’s wrath on Fat Joe’s new single “Lord Above” featuring Mary J. Blige. During his verse, he took aim at both Cannon and his ex-wife Mariah Carey.

As a result, Cannon launched his own missile in Shady’s direction with “The Invitation.” He made the bold gay sex claim in one his verses, spitting, “I heard your chauffeur got a video you sucking a cock/You paid him f then laid him f/Now who really the opps.”

Evidently, that was enough to arouse Shady from his slumber. Diss track up next? 

Joyner Lucas Criticizes "Rappers Who Glorified Drugs" Following Juice Wrld's Death

Filed by Rebecca RobertiRebecca Roberti

Many within the Hip Hop community have reacted to the untimely passing Juice Wrld, who died on Sunday (December 8). Joyner Lucas was among those adding his take on the tragic situation, placing the blame on rappers who glorify the use drugs in their music.

“Juice WRLD was 21,” Lucas wrote. “He was a product our generation rappers who glorified drugs and made it cool. Im blaming Yal niggaz for this shit. All that lean and pills niggaz glorify and talk about. You teaching the kids to do it. Smh you happy now?Rip @JuiceWorlddd. Gone too soon.”

A fan pushed back at Lucas’ critique questioning by claiming he didn’t know much about the late artist. Lucas responded by saying he didn’t mean the deceased rapper glorified drug use but asserted Juice was depressed and used them to cope.

“I never said juice world glorified them,” he noted. “I knew what juice spoke about. Poor kid was depressed and went thru a lot so he used drugs as a outlet. Its this generation music that glorified drugs and made them cool so kids like him and other kids abuse them. It’s a cycle dude. Smh.”

In the aftermath Juice’s death, details about his final moments have emerged.

Juice reportedly swallowed several pain killers in an attempt to hide them from the authorities at Chicago’s Midway Airport. He later suffered a seizure and collapsed at the airport before being pronounced dead at a hospital around 3:15 a.m.

Nick Cannon Suggests His Eminem Gay Sex Diss Lyrics Are True

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Following Eminem’s diss on Fat Joe’s “Lord Above” single, Em’s target Nick Cannon returned fire with “The Invitation” on Monday (December 9). According to the Wild ‘N Out host, Slim Shady had some secrets he didn’t want out there.

“I heard your chauffeur got a video you sucking a cock/You paid him f then laid him f/Now who really the opps,” he raps on the song. He later suggested that particular line wasn’t based on fiction.

“FACTS!” Cannon tweeted. “His lawyers didn’t want that one out! They already on my line.”

During the same Twitter session, Cannon also claimed Eminem is a lone wolf. After a fan suggested Em get Slaughterhouse for a response track, Cannon said, “He don’t even fuck with them!! He has no friends!!!”

Eminem has been labeled homophobic for years. On his last album Kamikaze, he found himself on the defense once again after calling Tyler, The Creator a gay slur on the song “Fall.”

Of course, he’s well aware his reputation. In the 2014 film The Interview, Em makes a cameo appearance and jokingly comes out as gay but completely deadpans it.

“I’m more shocked that people haven’t figured it out yet,” he tells James Franco’s character. “I’ve been playing gay peek-a-boo for years. I’ve pretty much been leaving a gay bread crumb trail.”

Cannon apparently thinks he has pro this is true.

Cardi B Declares "I Feel Like People Are Just So Tired Of Me Winning"

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Cardi B opened up about the current pressure she’s facing in her career in a Vogue magazine cover story. While reflecting on the perceived disappointment her 2019 single “Press,” which peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, the Atlantic Records artist admitted she feels like many onlookers want to see her success stop.

“I thought ‘Press’ was fun and it was gangsta, and then because it didn’t perform as good as my other songs, people was like, Oh, she’s a flop; oh, she’s dying out,” she said. “This whole year has just been a lot for me. I feel like people are just so tired me winning. I will look for my name on Twitter, and it’s like hate tweets, hate tweets, hate tweets.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Cardi explained how the creation her sophomore album has been much harder than her debut Invasion Of Privacy. She spoke on the balancing act she’s faced with following her breakthrough LP, which won a Grammy Award and dominated the Billboard charts.

“The first time it was just me being myself,” she noted. “I didn’t even care if people was gonna like it or not. When I found out I did so good, I’m like, is this a big number? Everybody was like, yes, this is a huge number. So it’s scary because it’s like, now you got to top your first album, and then it’s like, damn. I wonder if people are gonna relate to the new things, to the new life, to the new shit that I gotta talk about now.”

Cardi added, “Music is changing. I feel like people just wanna hear twerk-twerk music, but it’s like, is that just a phase? I probably need a sexy song. I need a lot turn-up songs. I need a slow song, a personal song. And those are harder for me—I always need help when it comes to talking about my feelings. It’s hard for me to be st, period. So it’s a lot thoughts, a lot pressure. It’s really like a job.”

Check out more photos from Cardi’s Vogue photoshoot below.

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@iamcardib, who was born Belcalis Almánzar, has famously described herself as a “regula degula schmegula girl from the Bronx.” Her father is Dominican, and her mother is from Trinidad. She was a class clown who always dreamed being a famous rapper. “I don’t know what it is—I will never know what it is—but ever since I was young, people liked to hear me talk,” she says. “I was always that person, like, I didn’t really have a lot friends, but people was excited to see me in class because they knew I was funny. They was dying to hear a story from me." Tap the link in our bio to read our full prile on the star, written by @RobertJHaskell. Photographed by @annieleibovitz, styled by @tonnegood, Vogue, January 2020.

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Perhaps the central question dogging @iamcardib, one our four January cover stars, at the moment is how to sustain the breathtaking momentum that carried her from stripper to social-media phenom to reality-television star to world-beating rapper in less than five years. “Bodak Yellow,” her breakout single from 2017, became the first number-one hit by a solo female rapper in nearly two decades, since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998. Cardi’s subsequent debut studio collection, Invasion Privacy, was critically hailed and landed her a Grammy for best rap album, another first by a solo female rap artist. Tap the link in our bio to read Cardi's thoughts on her next album, politics, motherhood, marriage, and more. Photographed by @annieleibovitz, styled by @tonnegood, written by @RobertJHaskell, Vogue, January 2020.

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Juice WRLD Reportedly Took Multiple Percocets To Evade Police Prior To Death

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Chicago, IL – Juice WRLD reportedly made a fatal decision as he was preparing to land at Chicago’s Midway Airport on Sunday (December 8). According to TMZ, several witness say the 21-year-old rap star ingested a handful the powerful pain killer Percocet in an effort to hide them from police.

The pilot the private jet Juice WRLD and his entourage were traveling in allegedly alerted authorities there were firearms on board, which is highly illegal. When they landed, FBI and FAA agents were waiting to search the plane.

That’s when the Chi-Town native is said to have swallowed the pills in his possession.

As Juice WRLD was walking through the airport, he collapsed as he went into a seizure. Paramedics reportedly spent roughly 40 minutes attempting to revive him but were obviously unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital around 3:06 a.m. local time.

An autopsy was performed on Monday (December 9) but toxicology, cardiac pathology and neuropathology tests are still needed before the Cook County Medical Examiner can determine an ficial cause.

Authorities discovered 70 pounds marijuana, three guns and a bottle codeine on the plane. Two his security guards, Christopher Long and Henry Dean, were arrested on weapons charges. Only one had a permit.

Juice WRLD was 21 at the time his death.

Lizzo Shares NSFW ‘Hustlers’ Photos & Jennifer Lopez Receives Golden Globes Nomination

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Lizzo provided her Instagram followers with more NSFW content, sharing some behind-the-scenes photos from her role in the Hustlers movie. The Atlantic Records artist’s latest thirst trap was posted a few days before Jennifer Lopez received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the film.

“BTS from @hustlersmovie I was so excited to post but I couldn’t bitch I just remembered I had these and had to post omgggg,” Lizzo wrote.

Lopez was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Hustlers, marking the first time she’s received a Golden Globe nomination in over 20 years. In 1998, she was nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture ― Musical or Comedy for her starring role in the biopic Selena.

On Monday (December 9), Lopez reacted to the latest recognition for her acting work Instagram.

“Could not be prouder to be recognized by the #HFPA,” she wrote. “Ramona was a complicated character and it was an honor and challenge to bring her to life. Hustlers was a labor love, sweat and perseverance written, directed, produced, edited and starring a group bad-ass women. I am proud and honored to represent them and this film!!!! @goldenglobes #HustlersMovie #Ramona.”

Hustlers, which was based on a 2015 New York magazine article, hit theaters in September. The movie tells the story a group strippers scamming wealthy men in the aftermath the 2008 financial crisis.

In addition to Lopez and Lizzo, the Hustlers cast featured Cardi B and Keke Palmer.

Watch the film’s trailer below.

Pusha T Reveals He & His Wife Are Expecting 1st Child

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Pusha T is evidently going to be a father.

On Monday (December 9), the Clipse MC shared an animated video to his Instagram that featured he and his pregnant wife Virginia Williams sitting in Santa’s sleigh surrounded by a Christmas tree, two dogs, presents and a fireplace. A tiny Santa hat sits on top Williams’ baby bump.

The sleigh reads: “Happy Holidays. Baby T Coming Spring 2020.” In the caption, he shared a snippet an unreleased track.

“Life goes on and babies born, and mines on the way,” he wrote. “couldn’t wait to say it in song …” – Self (unreleased).”

Williams shared the same artwork as well as a sonogram to her Instagram account and gushed about her pregnancy.

“Finally landed my dream job,” she wrote in the caption. “World, make way for BABY THORNTON! Arriving Gemini season 2020!! WE ARE OVER THE MOON!!!!!!!!!!!!”

Pusha and Williams tied the knot in July 2018 during a private ceremony at The Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Among those in attendance were Kanye West, Kim Kardashian-West and Pharrell Williams who played the role best man.