Lil Baby is putting a jeweler on blast for selling him a fake watch.
Taking to Instagram, the “On Me” rapper showed off his new Patek Philippe Nautilus 40th Anniversary watch, which he purchased from celebrity jeweler Rafaello and Co. for $400,000.
However, the FakeWatchBuster Instagram account informed him that he was sold a fake and noted the differences between a genuine Patek Philippe Nautilus 40th Anniversary timepiece and the one in Lil Baby’s possession. “He got scammed and most probably he paid 400k for that, he should take back his money and blast who sold that fugazi,” wrote the account.
After getting word that he was scammed, Baby slammed Rafaello for selling him a fake. “Now @rafaelloandco y’all Kno better then to sell ME of all people a FAKE Or anything that could be called a FAKE!” he wrote. “I stand on my name the same way y’all should ! Ain’t no such thing as a mistake when that money involved !! Don’t Fuccin Play Wit me Cause when I’m on that I’m on that.”
Rafaello later issued a lengthy apology, saying he did not know the watch was counterfeit. As a make good, he refunded Baby the $400,000 and also gave him four diamond rings.
“I personally want to apology to Lil Baby for not doing my due diligence when selling him the Patek watch,” he wrote on Instagram Stories. “I should’ve inspected the watch after purchasing it from the dealer. I take full responsibility for not doing my job properly. I personally would NEVER knowingly sell him or anyone else anything that is not 100% authentic.”
Rafaello plans to investigate how he was sold a fake watch in the first place. “I have known Lil Baby for a while and there is nothing fake about him – especially his jewelry and watches,” added the jeweler, who’s been in business for over 20 years. “I want to personally apologize to Lil Baby for what has transpired.”
He continued, “Bottom Line. We stand on our name just like he does, that’s why got 4 rings for FREE and his money back because we didn’t do our home work on the watch and we take full responsibility for that. But let me be clear it didn’t happen intentionally.”
Wack 100 is at it again.
The notorious manager for Ray J and Blueface claims he is in possession of a second Kim Kardashian and Ray J sex tape. But he doesn’t plan to release it to anyone but Kanye West.
“Kanye, holla at me, bro,” he said while speaking with “The Bootleg Kev Podcast.” “We got part two on the laptop and it’s never been seen. We’d love for you to have it. It’d be a great, personal private NFT.”
Wack claims the explicit tape, which dates back over a decade, was longer and “more graphic and better than the first one.”
Wack said he would give the unreleased tape to Kanye and not charge him since he has four children with Kim. “I would never give it to anybody but Kanye ’cause it’s the mother of his children,” he said. “Because it’s Kanye, I probably would give it to Kanye.”
When asked if his client Ray J would feel the same way, Wack 100 said Ray J is a “great guy” and would probably agree. “I think we would probably gift that to him, if ever that day was to come. He got children by that woman.”
Added Wack, “That’s for him. We can’t put that out there in the world like that. It’d be disrespectful.”
In 2007, adult film studio Vivid Entertainment paid a reported $1 million to acquire rights to the original video tape, which was shot in October 2002 while Kim and her then-boyfriend Ray J were on vacation in Mexico. The film, entitled Kim Kardashian Superstar, reportedly netted $100 million in 10 years.
“I don’t regret anything I’ve done. Not even the sex tape, it’s shaped me into the person I am today and helped me find The One,” Ray J told The Daily Mail in 2018.Continue Reading
Playboi Carti is being sued over an unpaid jewelry bill.
Celebrity jeweler Eliantte & Co. filed a lawsuit in New York claiming that the Whole Lotta Red rapper owes him $97,063.75. According to TMZ, the outstanding bill is for two custom necklaces that Carti ordered back in September 2020.
Eliantte designed a 14-carat white gold diamond rosary chain and a diamond tennis chain for Carti, which cost $197,063.75. Eliantte claims Carti made a $100,000 payment in January, but has yet to pay off the balance despite repeated demands. He is now suing to get what he’s owed.
Carti, who has been teasing his new project Narcissist, has not responded to the lawsuit.
A Los Angeles judge has denied bail to one of Pop Smoke’s alleged killers.
Christopher Darden, the attorney for Corey Walker, requested bail on behalf of his client, one of four individuals accused of murdering the late rapper. According to The Shade Room, who was in the courtroom on Friday, prosecutors said Walker’s case was not applicable for bail based on the law.
The judge agreed and denied the bail motion for Walker, who will remain in custody until trial. The judge also noted that prosecutors had decided not to seek the death penalty.
Walker, 20, was arraigned in August and is facing a maximum sentence of life without parole. He was the sole adult suspect at the time of Pop Smoke’s death. He and three juvenile males are accused of killing the Brooklyn MC during a home invasion robbery in the Hollywood Hills in February 2020.
During a preliminary hearing, prosecutors said Walker had scouted the house earlier and knew the teens planned to rob Pop Smoke at gunpoint and take his jewelry after seeing his social media earlier in the day.
Walker is set to appear in court next month and the trial is expected to last a total of 3-4 weeks including jury selection.
Earlier this month, Pop Smoke’s Brooklyn gravesite was vandalized and the perpetrators may have tried to remove his casket. His mother, Audrey Jackson, shared photos from the aftermath of the destruction on Instagram.
Fat Joe is giving Ja Rule his flowers.
Following their Verzuz battle earlier in the week, the two went live on Instagram where Joe reflected on Rule’s reign in the late ’90s/early 2000s. Joe showered the Murder Inc. rapper with praise, even going so far as to call him the Drake of his era.
“With no disrespect to your hip-hop roots, you’re a pop star,” Joe told him. “I always tell everybody, you was the Drake before the Drake. You had hit after hit after hit after hit.”
Ja responded by giving props to the Certified Lover Boy. “Drizzy one of the GOATs,” he said as Joe wholeheartedly agreed.
While shooting the breeze on IG Live, Fat Joe & Ja Rule were discussing last night’s battle. When speaking, Fat Joe told Ja Rule “You was the Drake before Drake.” Y’all agree or nah? (:@gettyimages) pic.twitter.com/VQee2rl90X
— TheShadeRoom (@TheShadeRoom) September 16, 2021
From 1999 to 2005, Ja dominated the charts with hit after hit including “I’m Real (Murder Remix)” and “Ain’t It Funny” with Jennifer Lopez, plus “Always on Time” and “Mesmerize” with Ashanti, which he performed during Tuesday’s Verzuz.
“For the youth who’s tuned in, they don’t realize that this guy Ja Rule had a run like Drake for those years, like just hit, hit, hit, hit…” Joe recalled.
“And we ain’t even play the R. Kelly record,” added Ja, referring to 2004’s “Wonderful” collaboration with the embattled singer.
During their Verzuz matchup, Ja surprised viewers by bringing out Ashanti, Lil Mo, and Vita, while Joe was joined on stage by Remy Ma and Nelly.Continue Reading
SpotemGottem has been hospitalized following a drive-by shooting.
The 19-year-old rapper from Jacksonville, whose real name is Nehemiah Harden, was reportedly leaving the studio on Friday morning (Sept. 17) when he was shot. Details remain scarce, but according to unconfirmed reports he was shot at least five times. His current condition is unknown.
“SpotemGottem was the victim of a drive-by shooting this morning, leaving the studio,” his lawyer said in a statement to Complex.
SpotemGottem is best known for his single “Beat Box,” which went viral and spawned the “Junebug Challenge,” as well as remixes from DaBaby and Mulatto.
He was arrested in July on felony gun charges after police found him inside his hotel room with an AK-47. He was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and accessory after the fact to a felony.
UPDATE: TMZ reports that SpotemGottem was shot multiple times in a Miami road rage incident that occurred around 3 a.m. Friday. The rapper was riding in the passenger seat when another vehicle pulled up alongside them and shot up the car at least 22 times on the driver’s side. SpotemGottem suffered gunshot wounds to both legs and was taken to a local hospital in stable condition. He is expected to make a full recovery.Continue Reading
Four years since her debut album, Sevyn Streeter returns with Drunken Wordz Sober Thoughtz.
The R&B singer-songwriter taps into her emotions on the intoxicating 15-track album, which includes the previously-released singles “Nasty Girl” with BIA and “Guilty” featuring Chris Brown and A$AP Ferg, plus appearances from Jeremih, Lucky Daye, and Lavish.
“I’m definitely not the same woman I was on my last project as I am now because I’ve been under the influence of a million different emotions,” Sevyn said during an interview with “The Joe Budden Podcast.” “It’s about being under the influence of a multitude of emotions and writing from all those spaces.”
Drunken Wordz Sober Thoughtz, which was released independently, follows Sevyn’s 2017 debut Girl Disrupted. She has also lent her pen game to superstars including Ariana Grande (“The Way”) and Chris Brown (“Yeah 3x,” “Fine China”), as well as Brandy, Kelly Rowland, Fantasia, and Tamar Braxton.
Stream Drunken Wordz Sober Thoughtz below.
50 Cent is weighing in on Ball Gate.
Nicki Minaj continues to cause a firestorm after claiming that her cousin in Trinidad refuses to get the COVID-19 vaccine because his friend suffered swollen testicles and became impotent after being vaccinated.
“My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent,” Minaj told her 22 million Twitter followers on Monday. “His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding.”
My cousin in Trinidad won’t get the vaccine cuz his friend got it & became impotent. His testicles became swollen. His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding. So just pray on it & make sure you’re comfortable with ur decision, not bullied
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 13, 2021
During his appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” Nicki’s friend 50 Cent had a laugh while weighing in with his own theory about why Nicki’s cousin’s friend’s wedding was called off.
“You didn’t look at the details of that situation,” 50 said. “The details said he was about to get married. I think his testicles… It could be from the bachelor party. Why nobody thought about the bachelor party?”
The hip-hop mogul suggested that the friend blamed the vaccine for his wild night. “If you had a really good bachelor party and stuff start swelling, it was Pfizer,” he joked. “Definitely was Pfizer.”
In addition to the memes and jokes, Nicki’s comments have triggered an international backlash. Health officials including Trinidad and Tobago’s Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh have condemned the “false” claims.
“One of the reasons why we could not respond yesterday in real-time to Miss Minaj is that we had to check and make sure that what she was claiming was either true or false,” Deyalsingh said. “Unfortunately, we wasted so much time yesterday running down this false claim.”
In the wake of the controversy, Nicki says she was invited to the White House to discuss the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines. However, the White House denies that an in-person visit was offered and that they only wanted to connect her with medical experts including Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief COVID-19 medical adviser.
“Do y’all think I would go on the internet and lie about being invited to the fu**ing White House? Like what? Do you guys see what is happening right now?” Nicki told fans on Instagram Live.Continue Reading
Baby MONTERO is here!
Nine months later, Lil Nas X delivers his long-awaited debut album. In addition to the chart-topping hit “MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)” and “Industry Baby” with Jack Harlow, the 15-track set includes appearances from Megan Thee Stallion (“Dolla Sign Slime”) and Doja Cat (“Scoop”). The legendary Elton John guests on “One of Me,” while Miley Cyrus joins Nas on the closer “Am I Dreaming.”
“You’re getting a lot of stories about me,” the 22-year-old rapper told PEOPLE. “You’re getting a lot of stories about my past and where I want to be in my love life. But they’re also a bop. I feel like I finally found a great balance between being as real as possible within my music and making a hit song.”
MONTERO arrives along with a cinematic video for “That’s What I Want,” which Nas calls his “favorite video I’ve ever made.” In the opening scene of the STILLZ-directed clip, Nas plays a high school football player, who makes out with his teammate in the locker room. Later in life, he is devastated to find out that his crush is married with a kid. With tears in his eyes, Nas walks down the aisle at a church in a wedding dress before Billy Porter hands him a guitar.
Stream MONTERO below.Continue Reading
H.E.R. calls on Lil Durk for the official remix to “Find a Way.”
The song originally featured Lil Baby, but now Durk adds a new verse, where he reflects on his come-up (“I came from broke Durk to big Durk”) and his fallen friends, while H.E.R. brings it home on the hook: “No matter how much money we went through / We never let the paper change us.”
“Find a Way” can be found on H.E.R.’s album Back of My Mind, which also features Ty Dolla $ign, Cordae, Yung Bleu, and Chris Brown.
This weekend, H.E.R.’s Lights On Festival will return to the Bay Area. The two-day concert features performances from Erykah Badu, Bryson Tiller, Ari Lennox, Ty Dolla $ign, Keyshia Cole, and more.
Following the video for “Come to Life,” Kanye West debuts his latest for “24.”
The breathtaking clip, directed by Nick Knight, was partially filmed at Kanye’s second DONDA listening event at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium and finds Ye levitating above the stadium while wearing his black DONDA vest.
He floats out of the stadium and into the sky as his late mother looks on and smiles. “We gonna be OK,” sings Ye on the gospel-infused track while drifting through the clouds.
“24” is one of 27 tracks off DONDA, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 309,000 units, the second-biggest week of 2021.
T.I. and Tiny will not be charged for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2005 in Los Angeles.
According to legal documents, obtained by TMZ, prosecutors decided not to charge the couple because the case falls outside of the 10-year statute of limitations.
The accuser filed a police report earlier this year, alleging T.I. and Tiny drugged and assaulted her in early 2005 after the trio met at an L.A. club. She was then invited back to the couple’s hotel room where she claims she was raped.
The couple has denied any instances of non-consensual sex. “We vehemently deny ALL these disgusting, anonymous allegations,” T.I. said in January. “We ain’t never forced nobody, we ain’t never drugged nobody against their will, we ain’t never held nobody against their will, we ain’t never made nobody do anything.”
This follows allegations in Las Vegas where another woman claimed she was drugged and sexually assaulted by the couple in 2010 after meeting Tiny at the airport. The Las Vegas case also fell outside the statute of limitations, and no charges were filed.
In May, T.I. released his song “What It’s Come To” on which he addressed his numerous accusers. “I guess this is what it come to,” he said. “Extortion is that what you got yo mind on shawty? … Bet you thought that shit was sweet and I would pay in a week.”
In the wake of the accusations, VH1 suspended production on “T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle.”Continue Reading
Tyga is firing back after Nikita Dragun tried to “expose” him.
The YouTuber and beauty influencer shared a trailer for her new song “Dick,” which includes photos and screenshots of different men that allegedly tried to slide in her DMs, including one from Tyga that reads, “Text me.”
The word “DICK” is written over a phone number, insinuating that Tyga tried to hook up with the self-proclaimed “first trans pop star.”
After his name began trending, Tyga responded by denying the accusation. He retweeted a screenshot of the DM in question and explained that the conversation he had with Nikita was strictly professional.
“My company shot and directed a music video for her a while back that never dropped,” he tweeted. “Not sure why she added my likeness to this.”
He also clapped back at Nikita for trying to lie on his name, adding, “Ladies and gentlemen clout kills.”
My company shot and directed a music video for her a while back that never dropped .Not sure why she added my likeness to this. https://t.co/lMbI6SPTeZ
— T-Raww (@Tyga) September 16, 2021
Ladies and gentlemen clout kills
— T-Raww (@Tyga) September 16, 2021
Lil Nas X’s debut album Montero drops tonight featuring Doja Cat, Elton John, and Megan Thee Stallion.
But there are two artists he was unable to get on the project. On the eve of his album release, the “Industry Baby” rapper stopped by “The Breakfast Club” where he revealed why Nicki Minaj and Drake weren’t available.
According to Nas, Nicki didn’t reply to his feature request. He didn’t say why, but it could be because of his past. Nas once ran a Nicki Twitter stan page @NasMaraj, but he only admitted to it after the success of “Old Town Road.”
Lil Nas X says he tried to get Drake and Nicki on his album but was unsuccessful pic.twitter.com/kXaNovZNQp
— GlockTopickz (@Glock_Topickz) September 16, 2021
His denial did not sit well with Nicki or her Barbz. “It was a bit of a sting when you denied being a barb, but I understand,” she once tweeted. “Congratulations on building up your confidence to speak your truth. @LilNasX.”
the generous queen, i love u. and i’m sorry i did that in a time where u were already getting so much bandwagon hate. i felt so bad, hoping u wouldn’t see my denial. i was just so afraid of people finding out about me and losing everything before i even got a chance. pic.twitter.com/3kgJctDJt1
— MONTERO (@LilNasX) June 17, 2020
He later addressed his love for her on his song “Sun Goes Down,” which includes the lyrics, “I’d be by the phone / Stanning Nicki morning into dawn / Only place I felt like I belonged / Strangers make you feel so loved, you know?”
Drake, however, did reply to Nas’ request, but was unable to do it because he was still working on Certified Lover Boy. “He said he’s down to do something, but it’s just not the right time,” he said.
Nas revealed that he wanted Drake on his song “Dolla Sign Slime,” which ultimately includes a guest verse from Megan Thee Stallion.
Montero also features the hit singles “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and “Industry Baby” with Jack Harlow, plus a collaboration with Miley Cyrus.Continue Reading
Does Ashanti want that old thing back?
The R&B singer and her ex-boyfriend Nelly are sparking reconciliation rumors after they reunited for the first time in six years at Fat Joe and Ja Rule’s Verzuz event on Tuesday. Joe brought out Nelly to perform their collaboration “Get It Poppin’,” while Ashanti joined Ja on stage for their many hits. Towards the end of the live-streamed battle, Nelly walked up to Ashanti and hugged her just before the camera cut away.
— Kathleen Francois, MSW, LCSW, LCADC (@katfrancoislcsw) September 15, 2021
While going live on Instagram with Ja Rule, Fat Joe, and Remy Ma the next day, Ashanti was asked about a possible reconciliation with her ex.
“Listen, there’s nothing happening,” said Ashanti. “Now look, this is the crazy part. I had no idea he was gonna be there and I haven’t seen him or spoken to him since we broke up. Six years or something? So, I didn’t know what to expect.”
Ja then asked if there was “something still there,” prompting Ashanti to respond, “Stop playing with me, Ja.”
But there’s no chance of the former couple getting back together because Ashanti is off the market. When Ja told her that Nelly was single, she responded, “But I ain’t.”
However, there’s no animosity between the exes. “I didn’t know what to expect, but it was positive,” Ashanti said of their conversation.
Ashanti and Nelly started dating after meeting at a Grammy press conference in 2003 and broke up a decade later.
At one point, Nelly had even expressed interest in marrying Ashanti. “I think you really have to be friends first. It’s not about how long it takes,” he told Rap-Up in 2010. “I’m not a person that wants to get married more than once. If I’ma do it, I’ma do it. You’re dying if you leave me.”
Ashanti was recently romantically linked to Flo Rida, but she did not say who she is currently dating. In 2019, Nelly broke up with his girlfriend of five years, Shantel Jackson.Continue Reading
Nicki Minaj’s vaccine tweets have caught the attention of the White House.
On Wednesday (Sept. 15), Nicki claimed that the White House contacted her to arrange a visit in the wake of comments she made about her cousin’s friend’s testicles becoming swollen after taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
“The White House has invited me & I think it’s a step in the right direction,” she told her 22 million followers. “Yes, I’m going. I’ll be dressed in all pink like Legally Blonde so they know I mean business. I’ll ask questions on behalf of the ppl who have been made fun of for simply being human.”
Nicki said she had accepted the invitation and would go and ask questions on behalf of those who are skeptical of the vaccine. “I’m doing it, babe. If you guys have questions you’d like me to ask, leave in the comments. You’ll see it in real time with full transparency,” she added.
The White House has invited me & I think it’s a step in the right direction. Yes, I’m going. I’ll be dressed in all pink like Legally Blonde so they know I mean business. I’ll ask questions on behalf of the ppl who have been made fun of for simply being human. #BallGate day 3 https://t.co/PSa3WcEjH3
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 15, 2021
I’m doing it, babe. If you guys have questions you’d like me to ask, leave in the comments. You’ll see it in real time with full transparency. https://t.co/ABrAjdI1qE
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) September 15, 2021
However, the White House is denying that a visit had been offered and says it only offered Nicki a phone call with medical experts after she posted inaccurate claims about the COVID-19 vaccine, which received backlash.
“As we have with others, we offered a call with Nicki Minaj and one of our doctors to answer questions she has about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine,” a White House official told NBC News.
On Wednesday evening, Nicki went live on Instagram to refute the claim and insist that a visit had been offered.
“Do y’all think I would go on the internet and lie about being invited to the fucking White House? Like what? Do you guys see what is happening right now?” she asked.
Nicki claims that her team got a call from the White House inviting her to meet with Dr. Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy.
She said she would rather not travel and suggested doing an Instagram Live. “But they have never taken that off the table for me to come to the White House,” she insisted.
During her 14-minute IG Live, she took shots at the Democratic Party and MSNBC’s Joy Reid, who she called an “Uncle Tomiana.”
She also posted a message on her Instagram Stories suggesting that Malcolm X would express vaccine hesitancy if he were alive today.
“Y’all gotta stop pretending to love ppl with backbones,” she wrote. “If Malcolm X were here, he’d be asking questions & most of y’all that holler ‘Black Lives Matter’ & ‘protect Black women’ would be telling them him to shut-UP & fall in line. Y’all say these ppl’s names but embody the spirit of a coward.”
After her controversial comments, she claims her Twitter account was suspended. “I’m in Twitter jail y’all. They didn’t like what I was saying over there on that block,” she wrote on IG Stories.
However, a spokesperson for Twitter told Vulture that they “did not take any enforcement action” on Nicki’s account.
Twitter has locked Nicki Minaj’s account in response to her tweets about the COVID-19 vaccine. pic.twitter.com/esMk2ju31U
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) September 15, 2021
Summer Walker’s protégé NO-1 NOAH debuts his latest video for “Bounce.”
On the bedroom-ready track, the R&B heartthrob seduces the ladies with his hypnotic vocals. “Holdin’ on your wig while I watch you do a split,” he sings.
NOAH brings his bouncy bop to life in the accompanying video, directed by Arman Mitchell. Surrounded by partygoers, he goes from a house party to the streets to the liquor store, never missing a beat.
NO-1 continues to make a name for himself. Last winter, he inked a deal with Summer’s label Ghetto Earth Records and dropped his single “Ridin for My Love.” He can also be heard on two tracks off Summer’s 2020 EP Life on Earth, “SWV” and “White Tee.”
Chlöe Bailey is not dating Future.
While going live on Instagram, Chlöe addressed the speculation and was seemingly puzzled by its origin. “I don’t know where that rumor came from,” she said.
She went on to compliment Future, but denied that they are a couple. In fact, the two have never even met.
“He’s a wonderful fella, love his music, I’ve never spoken to him a day in my life,” added Chlöe.
She also responded to another bizarre rumor claiming that she’s a member of the Illuminati. “One moment you all say that I talk about God too much and the next you say I’m selling my soul. Which is it, my loves?” she asked. “I love God so much and I love music, and I just have a lot of passion. That’s it.”
“I didn’t sell my soul, no,” she said with a laugh.
Following an introduction from her sister Halle, Chlöe delivered a show-stopping performance of her debut single “Have Mercy” at the VMAs on Sunday.Continue Reading
Frank Ocean is readying his return.
A new report from HITS Daily Double claims that the reclusive singer is in the process of shopping a new album, which is said to be “fu**ing great.”
Ocean has hired seasoned attorney Laurie Soriano of King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano to represent him as he takes meetings and plays music for executives. Since exiting his Def Jam deal following the release of his Endless visual album in 2016, Ocean has avoided doing business with the major labels. It’s unclear who he is meeting with as he plots his long-awaited comeback.
It’s been over five years since Ocean released his last album Blonde. Between 2017 and 2020, he released a series of one-off tracks including “DHL,” “In My Room,” “Dear April,” “Chanel,” “Cayendo,” and “Biking” featuring Tyler, the Creator and JAY-Z.
Ocean, who launched his luxury brand Homer this year, will headline Coachella in 2023. He was originally supposed to headline the 2020 festival alongside Travis Scott and Rage Against the Machine before it was canceled in the wake of the pandemic.
On Monday, he made a rare public appearance at the Met Gala where he walked the carpet with a mechanical baby in his arms.
The wait is over.
Meek Mill has announced that his fifth studio album Expensive Pain will arrive at streaming services on Friday, Oct. 1. Along with the title and release date, he has unveiled the artwork, which was created from an original painting by renowned artist Nina Chanel Abney.
— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) September 15, 2021
Expensive Pain marks Meek’s first full-length album since 2018’s Championships, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and included collaborations with JAY-Z, Drake, Cardi B, Future, and Ella Mai.
Meek recently received the Nelson Mandela Changemaker Award by PTTOW! (Plan to Take on the World) in honor of his criminal justice reform work.Continue Reading
Beyoncé celebrated her 40th birthday at sea.
The pop icon, who marked the milestone on Sept. 4, kicked off her birthday festivities by renting a $400 million mega yacht and sailing across the Mediterranean with her family. According to celebrity real estate blog HouseOfCelebs, the superyacht rents for a whopping $4.2 million a week.
Built in 2019, the 450-foot long “Flying Fox” can accommodate up to 25 guests and comes with a 39-foot pool on the main deck, a movie theater, nightclub, elevator, and two helipads. While on board, 55 crew members will cater to your every need.
The 27-time Grammy winner shared a series of photos from her European getaway. She and JAY-Z raise a toast in one pic, while Queen Bey stuns in a lime green dress and heels in another. The couple’s 4-year-old daughter Rumi also makes a rare cameo alongside her parents in another sweet photo.
Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles-Lawson were also on board for Bey’s 40th birthday celebration. “Yes celebrate 40 years of hard work and sacrifice you deserve every bit of celebration,” wrote Ms. Tina, who shared photos from the luxurious trip, which included stops in Sardinia and Positano.
Blue Ivy also helped her mom ring in her 40th. She captured a slow motion video of her grandmother on the boat. “My beautiful talented Blue Ivy shot this Slo mo video of me!” wrote Tina. “She makes the best short films ( she got it from her mama).”
Get a closer look inside Bey’s $400 million yacht in the video below.Continue Reading
The Queen, Aretha Franklin, tops the list with her renowned classic “Respect,” followed by Public Enemy’s 1989 anthem “Fight the Power,” which RS calls a “manifesto for racial revolution and Black pride.”
There are also modern day classics like Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On” at No. 8. “‘Get Ur Freak On’ remains an anthem for freaks everywhere. And even after 20 years, it still sounds like the future,” writes the magazine.
Wow I am so TRUELY GRATEFULThis truly warms my heart if my heart could speak you’d knowSo HUMBLEDhttps://t.co/5V2QqJQYJp
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) September 15, 2021
Outkast’s Polaroid-shaking hit “Hey Ya!”—described as the “most universal pop smash of the early 2000s”—rounds out the top 10. The duo of André 3000 and Big Boi also appear at No. 39 with “B.O.B.”
Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” featuring JAY-Z scores a top 20 placement at No. 16. “The song emphatically announced her arrival as the era’s dominant pop power,” declares RS.
The top 30 also includes Prince and the Revolution’s “Purple Rain” (No. 18), Kanye West’s “Runaway” featuring Pusha T (No. 25), and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” (No. 29).
In 2004, Rolling Stone published its original list. The 2021 edition was decided by a poll of more than 250 artists, musicians, and producers including Megan Thee Stallion, Sam Smith, and Zedd, along with music industry executives and journalists.
See the top 20 below and the full list here.
Rolling Stone’s Greatest Songs of All Time
1. Aretha Franklin – “Respect”
2. Public Enemy – “Fight the Power”
3. Sam Cooke – “A Change Is Gonna Come”
4. Bob Dylan – “Like a Rolling Stone”
5. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
6. Marvin Gaye – “What’s Going On”
7. The Beatles – “Strawberry Fields Forever”
8. Missy Elliott – “Get Ur Freak On”
9. Fleetwood Mac – “Dreams”
10. Outkast – “Hey Ya!”
11. The Beach Boys – “God Only Knows”
12. Stevie Wonder – “Superstition”
13. The Rolling Stones – “Gimme Shelter”
14. The Kinks – “Waterloo Sunset”
15. The Beatles – “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
16. Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z – “Crazy in Love”
17. Queen – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
18. Prince and the Revolution – “Purple Rain”
19. John Lennon – “Imagine”
20. Robyn – “Dancing on My Own”
Just a day after announcing her new album Blue Water Road, Kehlani launches the first single “Altar.”
On the heartfelt track, produced by Pop Wansel, Kehlani pays tribute to loved ones who have passed away.
“So I put you on the altar / Stay just a little bit longer / Laid it out for ya / Thought I felt you before / Now you’re closer,” she sings, while Ambré and Jacob Collier provide background vocals.
In the video, which opens with a scene from the album trailer, Kehlani escapes to the countryside with Diovanna LaBeija, who also choreographed the video.
Kehlani dedicated “Altar” to her fallen angels. “to all those i have lost, all the angels i have gained, all those that walk with me with hands cracking my chest open, this is for you. i love you!” tweeted Kehlani, who has lost friends in the past couple years including Chynna Rogers and Lexii Alijai.
to all those i have lost, all the angels i have gained, all those that walk with me with hands cracking my chest open, this is for you. i love you! #ALTAR THANK YOU
— Kehlani (@Kehlani) September 15, 2021
Kehlani’s new album Blue Water Road, the follow-up to It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, is due this winter. “coming out of the rubble of It Was Good Until It Wasnt and into the light, on to the road. let’s have fun,” she told her fans.Continue Reading
Jermaine Dupri wants smoke with Diddy.
While Fat Joe and Ja Rule were facing off during Tuesday night’s Verzuz battle, Jermaine Dupri was eyeing his own competition. Taking to Twitter, the producer behind mega-hits for Mariah Carey and Usher challenged Diddy to a battle.
J.D. shared a photo of himself outside New York City’s Madison Square Garden where Fat Joe and Ja Rule were hosting their live-streamed battle.
“Somebody let @Diddy know I’m @thegarden right now ! And he gon need some training for me,” he tweeted.
— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) September 15, 2021
Less than an hour later, the Bad Boy hitmaker responded by rejecting the invitation, claiming that J.D. doesn’t have enough hits in his catalog to go up against him.
“Beloved you my ni**a but your arms too short to box with God!!! You aiint got enough hits,” tweeted Puff. “I’ll smash you with just biggie n Mary . But I do have the upmost respect on you as a musical legend.”
According to Diddy, his only worthy opponent is Dr. Dre. “Dre the only one can get in the ring w me,” he added.
Beloved you my nigga but your arms too short to box with God!!! You aiint got enough hits. I’ll smash you with just biggie n Mary . But I do have the upmost respect on you as a musical legend – Dre the only one can get in the ring w me . – LOVE
— LOVE (@Diddy) September 15, 2021
J.D. fired back by quoting Migos: “Don’t nothin’ get straightenin’ but straightenin.”
Don’t nothin’ get straightenin’ but straightenin
— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) September 15, 2021
Back in March, Swizz Beatz revealed that Dr. Dre was ready to battle Diddy, but backed out at the last minute over production concerns.
“When Dr. Dre wasn’t feeling the sound from Teddy Riley and Babyface, that hurt our heart,” Swizz told “The Breakfast Club.” “I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ Dr. Dre was at the Teddy Riley one. But he was supposed to come at the end and announce that he was gon’ do Verzuz that night.”
Added Swizz, “He got on the phone, he was like, ‘Man, I can’t be a part of nothing that sound like that, my legacy is quality.’ I was just like, ‘Oh, we just lost Dre’ … That one felt pretty crazy.”Continue Reading
Life is good.
In honor of his 48th birthday on Tuesday (Sept. 14), Nas celebrates Black excellence in the video for “Brunch on Sundays,” his collaboration with Blxst off his latest album King’s Disease II. Directed by Omar Jones, the feel-good clip finds Nas sitting down to brunch with his friends and family including LeBron James, Swizz Beatz, and Russell Westbrook on the rooftop of West Hollywood hotspot Catch.
Dressed in all white, the brunch crew—which also includes Blxst, Cordae, and Nas’ daughter Destiny—feasts on lobster, oysters, and waffles. The track’s producer, Hit-Boy, and his son also make cameos. At one point, Lil Rel Howery raises a toast to Nas, who he calls “one of the OGs in the game.”
“Brunch on Sundays” is a standout off King’s Disease II, which features appearances from Eminem, Lauryn Hill, EPMD, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, YG, and more.
Watch Nas celebrate his favorite day of the week.
G-Eazy was arrested Monday evening following a nightclub brawl.
The rapper and his crew allegedly got into an altercation with another group of men around 1 a.m. Friday (Sept. 10) at the Boom Boom Room in the Standard Hotel in New York. According to Page Six, someone in G-Eazy’s crew hit socialite Daniel Chetrit over the head with a bottle. The scuffle moved outside where G-Eazy allegedly punched another man in the head.
G-Eazy, born Gerald Gillum, was taken into custody on Monday at 5:30 p.m. and charged with misdemeanor assault for striking the alleged victim in the face, causing pain and redness. It’s unclear if anyone else was charged.
The man G-Eazy allegedly punched refused treatment. Chetrit, the son of real estate developer Joseph Chetrit, went to the hospital and had to get stitches in his head.
The arrest happened as celebrities were preparing for the Met Gala on Monday. G-Eazy is set to go before a judge at a later date.
In May 2018, G-Eazy was arrested for assault in Stockholm after he punched a security guard, and was allegedly found with cocaine.Continue Reading
After a series of delays, Kanye West’s DONDA finally arrived last month, just days before Drake’s Certified Lover Boy.
But the timing was no coincidence. Producer Todd Rundgren, who took part in the recording sessions for Kanye’s 10th album, claims that “Drake was running the whole process” and forced Kanye’s hand.
“My involvement went on for a year, and in the end I realized why they hurriedly wrapped the whole thing up and put out what is obviously really raw, unprocessed stuff,” Rundgren told Ultimate Classic Rock. “It’s because Drake was running the whole process. He was too afraid that Drake would one-up him, so he hurried up and released the album the weekend before Drake could get his out. And in the end, Drake ate his lunch anyway.”
Drake announced the Sept. 3 release date for CLB on Aug. 27. Two days later, Kanye dropped DONDA on a Sunday following his listening event in Chicago.
Upon DONDA‘s release on Aug. 29, Kanye claimed that his label, Universal Music Group, released the album without his approval. “UNIVERSAL PUT MY ALBUM OUT WITHOUT MY APPROVAL AND THEY BLOCKED JAIL 2 FROM BEING ON THE ALBUM,” he wrote, referring to his collaboration with DaBaby, which was later released to streaming services.
During the interview, Rundgren also recalled Kanye’s chaotic creative process. “I’m one of the few artists not on Kanye’s album,” said the soon-to-be Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. “I have three albums worth of Kanye stems on my computer. Because I kept getting called by Kanye to add vocals onto the record. When it got into the homestretch in July, I just said, ‘That’s enough for me. I have no idea whether any of this is being used.’ You don’t get much feedback from him regarding what it is.”
Rundgren, who was brought in to work on DONDA by producer 88-Keys, went on to call Kanye a “shoe designer” and a “dilettante.” “Nobody would regularly make records like that unless they had stupid money to throw around,” he added. “Nobody rents a stadium to make a record in. Nobody flies in the entire world of hip-hop just to croak one syllable, just so you can say that everybody was on it.”
DONDA opened at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 309,000 equivalent album units before being dethroned a week later by Drake’s Certified Lover Boy, which sold 613,000 units and earned the biggest week in over a year.Continue Reading
Nicki Minaj is looking for new management.
The rapper has parted ways with her manager of two years, Irving Azoff at Full Stop Management. Sources tell Variety that the split occurred earlier this year.
She is now reportedly in talks with SALXCO, the management company headed by Wassim “Sal” Slaiby. SALXCO’s clients include The Weeknd, Doja Cat, French Montana, Bebe Rexha, Ty Dolla $ign, Brandy, and M.I.A. Sean “Diddy” Combs and Swedish House Mafia also recently joined the powerhouse roster.
Minaj signed with Azoff, who currently manages Lizzo, Roddy Ricch, and Gwen Stefani, in 2019 after accusing him of orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her.
“This Irving man allegedly launched a smear campaign against my tour. He allegedly contacted people in the media to say negative things about my tour,” she said during an episode of Queen Radio in August 2018.
Minaj has not commented on her management status. Prior to Azoff, she was managed by Cortez Bryant and Gee Roberson of the Blueprint/Maverick Management, who had represented her for the majority of her career.
She is now readying her highly-anticipated fifth album, the follow-up to 2018’s Queen. “I’m back to enjoying music. You know when you’re just back in your zone and your creativity is on high and you can just do it in your sleep. It’s magic again,” she told fans earlier this year. “This album will definitely be my best album of all time thus far.”Continue Reading
Nick Cannon was wildin’ out at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The multi-faceted star hit the red carpet at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center wearing a sparkly cropped vest with matching Timberlands and red dreadlocks. He even got on one knee and pretended to propose to Ashanti, making him a trending topic on Twitter.
Following Sunday’s spectacle, Cannon denied that it was him behind the disguise. “This ain’t me!! Y’all trippin,” he wrote in an Instagram post Monday before blaming his new rap alter ego, Murda Count Harlem, for the publicity stunt.
“Usually I don’t address this social media gossip but after my name was trending WORLDWIDE again for something I didn’t do, I have to say y’all trippin on this on!” he said.
He also used the opportunity to plug his upcoming daytime talk show, “Nick Cannon.” “I have a brand new Talk show coming out September 27th!” added Nick. “Why would I go to the VMA’s like this!? I heard this some corny new rapper named @MurdaCountHarlem I see no resemblance #respectfully.”
Ashanti was surprised to learn that it was Cannon in costume. “I didn’t even know that was u!!” she wrote on her Instagram Story alongside a photo of Cannon on one knee.
She even laughed when a fan suggested that the father of seven got her pregnant by kissing her hand. “Y’all better stop playin with me!!!!” she commented.
But Cannon’s fans weren’t fooled by the disguise. “Bruh that’s you without the [turban]. Respectfully,” wrote one, while another added, “We see your tattoos.”
It’s unclear if Murda Count Harlem has anything to do with Cannon’s talk show, but some fans want to see more. “Bring him to WildNOut,” said one fan.
Nick Cannon looking like he’s ready to put a Canon in Ashanti pic.twitter.com/wPiY0RmiRw
— TheShadeRoom (@TheShadeRoom) September 13, 2021
— TheShadeRoom (@TheShadeRoom) September 14, 2021
A new era begins.
Kehlani has announced that her new album Blue Water Road will arrive this winter. To accompany the announcement, she has shared a cinematic trailer.
In the minute-long clip, a wounded Kehlani limps down a rocky road with a bloody bandage on her knee. A dragonfly lands in the palms of her hands before bursting into flames and transforming into a dark figure that towers over Kehlani.
“BLUE WATER ROAD the album. coming this winter,” tweeted Kehlani. “welcome to my world.”
BLUE WATER ROAD
coming this winter.
— Kehlani (@Kehlani) September 14, 2021
Blue Water Road follows Kehlani’s last album It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, which was released in May 2020. The project debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and featured appearances from Jhené Aiko, Lucky Daye, and James Blake.
She hinted at a more upbeat tone on the album. “coming out of the rubble of It Was Good Until It Wasnt and into the light, on to the road. let’s have fun,” she tweeted.
coming out of the rubble of It Was Good Until It Wasnt and into the light, on to the road.
let’s have fun
— Kehlani (@Kehlani) September 14, 2021
On Monday, Kehlani attended her first Met Gala wearing Aliette with a “Farrah Fawcett meets Cruella Deville” hairstyle.
Met Gala 2021
— Kehlani (@Kehlani) September 14, 2021