Killer Mike stopped by HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher this week and was asked about JAY-Z’s recent alignment with the NFL. The Run The Jewels MC made it abundantly clear he’s all for the Roc Nation mastermind’s decision to link up with the pressional football league.
He told Maher it will ultimately lead to former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick getting a tryout and doesn’t take away his fight for social justice reform.
“JAY-Z’s play — I believe — not only gives us a seat at the table … it doesn’t destroy what Kaepernick kneeled for,” he said. “What he kneeled for was proper treatment us by state agent, by police. That does not end with him getting a job. The same way him kneeling is not an insult to the military.
“It is, as an American, asserting your first amendment rights, saying something is wrong … I believe if JAY-Z becomes a team owner, Kaep gets his tryout.”
The newly minted Hip Hop billionaire’s move has created controversy among both fans and peers.
Freddie Gibbs blatantly stated, “Fuck Colin Kaepernick” as he defended Jay, while Kaepernick’s girlfriend and radio personality Nessa expressed her disappointment in Hov’s bold business move.
On Monday (August 19), Funkmaster Flex said he confirmed with Jermaine Dupri that Jay had discouraged the So So Def boss from getting too deeply involved with the NFL, making his decision to work with them even more perplexing.
Get ready you guys, because it looks like Swedish House Mafia are planning their biggest show yet for this weekend’s edition Creamfields. The festival’s organizers have recently taken to Twitter to unveil the news, saying that the show will be so huge, that even the production for it will take a full day to install. The guys will be playing an extended set on Sunday, starting with 21:15 PM.
Check out the announcement below and stay tuned for what promises to be an amazing spectacle!
Cedric Gervais and Chris Willis build on super hit ‘Would I Lie To You’ with super-funky disco single: ‘Turn Your Love Around’!
House music folklore suggests that love can’t turn around, but Cedric Gervais thinks differently. In collaboration with Chris Willis, the Miami-based, Grammy-winning dance music icon proudly presents a huge disco anthem called ‘Turn your Love Around’. The song is inspired by George Benson’s disco classic the same name, and follows in the footsteps their previous collaborative smash hit with David Guetta: ‘Would I Lie To You’.
Making clubbers across the globe leave marks on the dance floor simply because they can’t stop moving, ‘Turn Your Love Around’ features none other than Chris Willis, David Guetta’s go-to guy for a club smash able to wreck the airwaves simultaneously. After his dramatic vocal entrance prepares an ominously keyed standf, the instrumental invites everyone to get themselves worked up to the massive disco flourishes that end up cushioning the blows by simply being too damn funky. Heavy rotation awaits. You can check out the single below and let us know what you think!
One Holland’s most renowned artists Jay Hardway delivers a fresh instant classic in the shape ‘Counting Sheep’. With his characteristic melodic approach, working up compelling and infectious hooks, it’s already a DJ’s favorite, supported by many greats out there, and destined to turn into a true festival anthem.
‘Counting Sheep’ never gets boring with Jay Hardway! The Dutch phenomenon presents a surprising groove, cool and electronic, ready to hypnotize any crowd it hits. Add to this his innovative sampling vocals and trademark melodic approach, and you’ve got a sure shot Jay Hardway classic in the making. Check out the single below and let us know what you think!
Rapsody has been doing her thing in the game for many years now, but for some reason, she was once deemed one of the most slept on talents of our time.
But all of that is certainly about to change with the release of her upcoming third album entitled “EVE”.
Rapsody’s recognition has certainly skyrocketed in the last year, with stars like Cardi B shouting her out. And with talent like hers, it’s safe to say that the world will soon know and love the fascinating emcee as much as her hardcore fans do. Rap stopped by the Breakfast Club on Tuesday and dished on everything from working with Queen Latifah to her thoughts on Jay-Z‘s partnership with the NFL. And in true Rapsody form, she kept ish all the way real.
Hit the flip for 10 things we learned about Rapsoday from her Breakfast Club interview.
Brooklyn’s Wais P is teaming up with producer Statik Selektah for a collaborative album titled Chinchilla, which is due out this fall. To continue the LP’s rollout, the duo is premiering their video for the lead single “You Never Know” featuring Haile Supreme on HipHopDX.
“The track is pivotal in the release structure this project ’cause it symbolizes my release from prison and the uncertainty your freedom and the blessings that holds,” Wais tells DX. “I’m lucky to have the amazing otherworldly production from Statik Selektah and A&R direction from Termanology.”
He adds, “Filming the video was important. Thanks to director] Nyj the Official because I wanted it to be gritty and have a distressed feel. I did not want it to be clean, I wanted that dirty just coming home feel and ready to give the people bars and be competitive and have them be waiting for what’s next from me.”
Watch Wais and Statik’s “You Never Know” video above.
In honor the craze surrounding the war between who has the better chicken sandwich: Popeyes or Chick-fil-A, we implore you to let us know which rap song has the best lines about the famed chicken establishments.
Check out the selection chicken raps below.
Migos — “Stir Fry”
“Dance with my dogs in the nighttime (wro)/Trap nigga with the chickens like Popeye’s (Popeye’s)/Money changin’ colors like tie-dye (tie-dye)/I’m just tryna get it, I ain’t tryna die (no).”
Clipse — “Popular Demand (Popeyes)”
“Mami you miss me, don’t you?/Haters, wish you could hit me, don’t you?/Heh, you should call me uncle/I understand, I’m back by popular demand/That new CL fly/Outside Popeyes eating chicken and fries/Yeah, come holla at your uncle/I understand, I’m back by popular demand.”
Lil Wayne f. Drake — “Family Feud”
“Don’t get my credit declined, give all the credit to Moms/ I flipped the bird at the Bird – hey, what’s for dinner? Popeyes/These chickens got bird flu, and they chirp, chirp too/Always sung, never flew, these boys Hot Girls too.”
Geto Boys — “Mind Playing Tricks On Me”
“Reached under my seat, grabbed my popper for the suckers/Ain’t no use to me lyin’/I was scareder than a motherfucker/Hooked a left into Popeye’s and bailed out quick/If it’s goin’ down, let’s get this shit over with/Here they come just like I figured/I got my hand on the motherfuckin’ trigger.”
Kanye West — “30 Hours”
“Expedition was Eddie Bauer edition/I’m drivin’ with no winter tires in December/Skrrt, skrrt, skrrt, like a private school for women/Then I get there and all the Popeye’s is finished, girl/You don’t love me, you just pretendin’/I need a happy beginnin’, middle and endin.”
A Tribe Called Quest f. Andre 3000 — “Kids…”
“Kids, say I’m the shit/I’m Chick-fil-A nuggets, McDonald’s french fries/The spicy Popeye’s and Red Lobster biscuits/And girls scout thin mints.”
Lil Wayne — “Curtains”
“Okay I’m straight at you, no ricochet/That pussy boneless, that’s Chick-fil-A/I fuck with real riders and they tickets paid/For them dead presidents, we will start digging graves.”
Aminé — “SHINE”
“I fuck up like everyday, I fuck up in every way/I fuck up like when I pull up on Sunday at Chick-Fil-A/My-my dark twisted fantasy, beautiful insanity/When the rain pours, I’m the one you call your canopy.”
Rich Brian — “Occupied”
“All these protocols, I’m slowly turnin’ to a diva man/I’ma beat the runner’s ass if he ain’t got my Chick-fil-A (Chick-fil-A)/Never like to brag, but I do it in my raps.”
Logic has evidently decided to reveal his baby news on his own terms. According to Bobby Tarantino’s new “No Pressure Freestyle,” he and his fiancée Brittney Noell are expecting a baby boy.
“And I’m havin’ a little baby,” he says at the end the track. “Surprise, it’s a little baby boy. Fuck TMZ, they can’t get the scoop on that shit. Welcome little Bobby to the world one time.”
The “No Pressure Freestyle” arrived on Monday (August 18) and finds Logic spitting over a flip The Pharcyde’s “Runnin.”
The swipe at TMZ is likely in reference to a recent story the celebrity news outlet ran announcing Logic and Noell had applied for a marriage license.
Logic’s divorce from Jessica Andrea was finalized late last year. The couple reportedly separated in February 2018 and specified “irreconcilable differences” in the court docs.
In a statement Logic shared to Twitter in March, he assured his fans they were “better as friends,” but Andrea was reportedly left “shocked and devastated” once Logic told her he was happier being single.
The couple married in October 2015.
— Bobby Bestseller (@Logic301) March 20, 2018
“We gone keep smashing, Keep cashing, diamonds keep flashing, money keep stacking,” she captioned on Instagram. “Couple more days & we back acting up!”
On June 25, 2018, JT, born Jata Johnson, was arrested and charged with aggravated identity theft. It’s alleged that between September 2016 through April 2017, JT spent more than $1,000 using three different peoples credit cards and was sentenced to 24 months in a Tallahassee prison, according to The Blast.
In May, she was denied an early release from prison ahead her scheduled emancipation in December, despite pleas from her legal team.
It’s not clear the exact date JT will be freed from prison, but a “couple days” hints that it should be before December. Following her release, she will have to complete one year probation.
While JT has been locked up, Yung Miami has been holding it down. Their sophomore album Girl Code dropped in November, they had a huge breakout moment with Drake’s No. 1 hit “In My Feelings” f Scorpion and also made a big splash with their “Twerk” video featuring Cardi B. Not to mention, Yung Miami also further cemented City Girls’ pop culture influence with the term “flewed out,” got pregnant by producer Southside and avoided injury in a drive-by shooting.
Soon #FreeJT will be #JTFree.
Lil Nas X’s record-setting streak on the Billboard Hot 100 has come to a conclusion. Billie Eilish’s song “Bad Guy” claimed the top spot on this week’s chart, ending the popular “Old Town Road” single’s 19-week run at No. 1.
“Old Town Road” fell to No. 3 on the Hot 100 but maintained its No. 1 position on some other charts. The single is still atop the Streaming Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts for its 20th consecutive week.
Lil Nas X publicly congratulated Eilish Twitter.
“congratulations to billie eilish!!” he wrote. “u deserve this!!”
congratulations to billie eilish!! u deserve this!!
— nope (@LilNasX) August 19, 2019
With its streak coming to an end, “Old Town Road” ficially set the record for longest-running No. 1 song on the Hot 100 at 19 weeks.
The previous high mark was 17 weeks, which was originally achieved by Mariah Carey’s Boyz II Men-assisted track “One Sweet Day.” Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s collaboration “Despacito” later tied the old record, which was broken this year by Lil Nas X.
Eilish spent the past nine weeks at No. 2 before surpassing Lil Nas X. She is the first artist born in the 2000s to reach No. 1 on the Hot 100.
Listen to “Bad Guy” and “Old Town Road” below.
Krane is marking his return this year in 2019 with a brand new single. Entitled “Tell Me Why”, the track is his first original release of 2019 and is to be featured on his forthcoming sophomore , due out on Dim Mak later this year.
It’s been a awhile since we’ve heard an original from this artist, but I think the wait was well worth it. “Tell Me Why” takes you on a nostalgic and sentimental ride full of bouncing grooves and smooth vocals courtesy of Malika. Although Krane has been quiet as of late I think we can all see that he has been hard at work developing some truly captivating works.
Make sure to check out Krane’s new single “Tell Me Why” below..
Beyond Ross and Redd, other notable Hip Hop debuts for the week included Lil Tjay (No. 38), Ugly God (No. 46) and Blueface (No. 48).
Rozay Sets Sails
Rick Ross wasn’t able to secure the sixth No. 1 album his career with Port Of Miami 2. The Maybach Music Group boss had to settle for No. 2 after selling 79,587 total album equivalent units compared to Slipknot’s 117,655 units for the week.
Although Rozay couldn’t match his previous peak, Port Of Miami 2 is his seventh Top 5 LP. He also had the week’s second-best pure album sales, moving 24,684 copies.
An Exclamation Point For Trippie Redd
Trippie Redd’s latest album ! helped him match his career-high mark on the Billboard 200 by debuting at No. 3. The Caroline Records artist previously peaked at No. 3 with last year’s A Love Letter To You 3 mixtape.
Redd scored another Top 3 release by selling 50,508 total album equivalent units. Only 6,652 those copies came from pure album sales.
The Blueface Blues
Blueface’s hit single “Thotiana” cracked the Top 10 the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year, but he wasn’t able to replicate that success with his first studio project for Cash Money Records. The West Coast rapper’s Dirt Bag EP entered the chart at No. 48.
Without a hit like “Thotiana” featured on the release, the EP only moved 12,314 total album equivalent units. Blueface didn’t get much support from pure album sales either, selling just 370 copies.
Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 08/15/2019
Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.
1. Rick Ross — Port Of Miami 2 — No. 2 — 79,587 24,684] (67,515,266)
2. Trippie Redd — ! — No. 3 — 50,508 6,652] (61,681,523)
3. Chris Brown — Indigo — No. 6 — 35,589 3,351] (41,171,153)
4. Lizzo — Cuz I Love You — No. 7 — 32,879 4,258] (33,456,239)
5. Drake — Care Package — No. 8 — 31,253 2,066] (36,779,118)
6. Khalid — Free Spirit — No. 9 — 30,064 2,910] (35,375,607)
7. Lil Nas X — 7 — No. 10 — 29,313 277] (37,144,290)
8. NF — The Search — No. 12 — 28,312 5,876] (30,281,285)
9. Dreamville & J. Cole — Revenge Of The Dreamers III — No. 13 — 26,400 361] (36,195,055)
10. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — No. 15 — 23,387 1,201] (29,949,868)