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Cardi B Wins $1.25 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Blogger

Cardi B Wins $1.25 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Blogger

Cardi B has emerged victorious in her defamation lawsuit against a gossip blogger.

The rapper sued Latasha Kebe, better known as Tasha K, in March 2019 for spreading false information about her online, including claims that she had contracted multiple STIs, used drugs, and worked as a prostitute.

After a week-plus long trial in federal court, Tasha was found liable on all three claims of defamation, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She has been ordered to pay Cardi $1.25 million, consisting of $1 million for “pain and suffering and/or reputational injury,” and $250,000 for medical expenses, according to Rolling Stone.

In her YouTube videos, which received millions of views, Tasha said Cardi’s baby might be born with intellectual disabilities, insinuating that Cardi was doing drugs during her pregnancy.

While taking the stand, Cardi broke down in tears as she described to the jury how she felt about the false claims.

“I felt extremely suicidal,” Cardi told the court. “Only an evil person could do that shit.”

After the verdict was announced, Tasha K released a statement on Twitter. “My Husband, Attorney’s, & I fought really hard,” she wrote. “I want to thank them for their long hours and sleepless nights. Winos it’s only up from here. See y’all in a few days.🥂🙏 Back to work.”

Tasha also faces punitive damages, which will be determined at a hearing on Tuesday.

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Kanye West Says He Returned Unreleased Ray J Sex Tape to Kim Kardashian

Despite their divorce, Kanye West is still looking out for Kim Kardashian.

During an interview with Hollywood Unlocked, Ye revealed that he secured an alleged unreleased sex tape featuring his estranged wife and her then-boyfriend Ray J.

“I went and got the laptop from Ray J myself that night and then got on a red eye,” Ye said. “I met this man at the airport and got on a red eye, came back, delivered it to her at 8 a.m. in the morning.”

Back in September, Ray J’s former manager Wack 100 claimed he was in possession of a second Kim Kardashian and Ray J sex tape, which was longer and “more graphic and better than the first one,” and didn’t plan to release it to anyone but Kanye.

“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,” he told Ye. “I would never give it to anybody but Kanye ’cause it’s the mother of his children.”

Kanye claims that Kim got emotional after he brought her the tape. “I gave it to her and she cried when she saw it. You know why she cried when she saw the laptop? Because it represents how much she’s been used. It represents how much people didn’t love her and just saw her as a commodity.”

He went on to describe Kim as the “most transacted upon human being other than Santa Claus or Jesus Christ.”

While he and Kim may no longer be together, the “Eazy” rapper said that family remains his priority. “At the end of the day, I’m Jesus gang. I’m about family, just me and my kids’ mom, we’re not together. But I’m still gonna be the best dad,” he said. “But when you do little nuances… I’m not tryna be like Jackie Robinson where you tryna spit on me while I’m tryna hit a home run.”

Earlier in the interview, he addressed Kim’s new boyfriend Pete Davidson, claiming he was offended when she kissed the “SNL” star during her hosting gig in October, months after Kim filed for divorce.

“People intentionally do things to be mean and hurt you and to be playing games, and then culturally it’s OK.” he said. “How you gonna bring me to ‘SNL’ and kiss the dude you dating right in front of me? Any everybody’s like, ‘Oh, that’s cool.'”

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Ella Mai Announces New Single ‘DFMU’

Ella Mai Announces New Single ‘DFMU’

Ella Mai is back for another round.

The Grammy-winning singer has announced the first single from her long-awaited sophomore album. “DFMU” is set to arrive at streaming services this Friday, Jan. 28, she announced on Twitter.

“DFMU. 1/28. the sophomore era has arrived,” she tweeted.

This marks the first music from the “Boo’d Up” hitmaker since “Not Another Love Song,” which was released in October 2020 and was certified gold.

She has been in the studio working on the follow-up to her self-titled 2018 debut, which will showcase her evolution. “Everything on my debut album was pretty much about love…I just turned 25, I’m growing up, I’m maturing, I’m turning into a new woman,” she told Billboard in a 2019 interview. “Just the new chapter and everything that I’ve been experiencing in this last year, it’s been crazy.”

While she readies her next hit, her 2018 smash “Boo’d Up” has been certified 7x platinum by the RIAA, while “Trip” is now 5x platinum.

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Nicki Minaj Reportedly Readies New Single with Lil Baby

The Queen is coming.

Nicki Minaj may be returning with new music as soon as next month. According to The Sun, she has enlisted Lil Baby for her new single, reportedly titled “Do We Have a Problem?” A “raunchy” video has already been shot for their collaboration, which is set to debut in the next few weeks.

“Nicki is ready for a comeback and has got Lil Baby on board for her track, called ‘Do We Have a Problem?'” says a source.

“She has been hard at work in the studio over the past year and is hoping this can help gain her some momentum again. The video has been made to shock fans and she looks incredible, so it is all systems go.”

The Lil Baby collaboration wouldn’t come as a complete surprise. Back in October, Nicki joined the Atlanta rapper on stage during his “Back Outside Tour” in L.A.

Nicki continues to ready her fifth studio 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 last year. “This album will definitely be my best album of all time thus far.”

2022 is shaping up to be a big year for Nicki, who is also planning to debut her HBO Max documentary series.

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Pusha T Previews New Music, Says ‘Album of the Year’ Is Coming

Pusha T Previews New Music, Says ‘Album of the Year’ Is Coming

King Push is coming.

As fans anxiously await his new album, Pusha T previewed a brand new song during Paris Fashion Week. In the video clip, Pusha can be seen rapping along to the unnamed track at a party with Ye and Julia Fox.

“Young Gs like we Hov and Puff,” he raps in one clip, while shouting out Missy Elliott in another: “Missy was the only misdemeanor.”

Julia Fox revealed that Pusha recently shot a music video for a collaboration with Ye. “There was a music video shoot, a Pusha T video shoot. Ye did his thing because he’s in the song with Pusha,” she wrote in a blog entry for Interview.

Pusha also cleared out his Instagram and shared a photo of Lana Del Rey with cocaine over her face, along with another video clip teasing his new music.

Pusha is readying the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2018’s Daytona, which will include production from Kanye and The Neptunes.

“The album of the motherfu**ing year is coming,” he told Complex. “A Pusha album takes a long time. It takes a long time to put this shit together, but when it comes together, ain’t nothing fu**ing with it. We stamping that on everything. I don’t care what they say, how they act. I don’t care how viral they go, none of that. Nothing is fu**ing with it. I’m on some one thousand percent rap superhero shit, man.”

According to Pusha’s manager, Steven Victor, the album will drop “sooner than you think,” and fans are speculating that it’s titled It’s Not Dry Yet following a leak on YouTube Music.

Another unreleased Pusha track was also previewed during the KENZO fashion show. That song is expected to appear on NIGO’s upcoming I Know NIGO project, which drops March 25.

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Ari Lennox Says She Wants to Be Dropped By Her Label

Ari Lennox Says She Wants to Be Dropped By Her Label

Ari Lennox is feeling the pressure.

The R&B songstress has threatened to quit music after facing criticism on social media. “I want to be dropped from the labels. I’m done and tired,” she tweeted on Sunday (Jan. 23).

Earlier in the week, the “Pressure” singer did an interview with South African podcaster Mac G, who asked her a blunt question about her sex life. Lennox was taken aback, while the interviewer suggested that he was referencing a lyric from one of her early songs, “Pop.”

“I just feel slow and ambushed and blindsighted,” Lennox tweeted after the interview was released. “Just because I happily and freely sing/write about sex don’t make any kind of creepy disrespect warranted. I clearly was in immense shock and hate that I didn’t react differently.”

She received backlash from some Twitter users who blamed her for bringing the question upon herself. She also said she was done doing interviews and vowed to never visit South Africa. “South Africa! Y’all got it!!! Heard you loud and clear. This won’t be a place I will ever visit,” she wrote in a since-deleted tweet.

The Dreamville signee went on to share her frustration over the constant judgement and scrutiny she faces on social media.

“I’m always ‘complaining’ but my twitter drama is the only thing blogs repost. I’m my best and worst publicist,” she added. “People ‘complaining’ about me ‘complaining.'”

“sm is a traumatizing unhealthy place. You are only accepted here if your perfect and seemingly happy at all times. When every single life knows that’s not realistic. People cry, people complain, people are mad in real life. I just never cared to be a fake ass bitch.”

However, she admitted that she was not drama free. “I am problematic it’s all karma,” she wrote. “And when I said I felt like this was my karma. I’m aware I’ve said some incredibly insensitive and dumb ass shit in the past. No need to keep reminding me of the regret I feel every day.”

She also had a message for her critics who continue to put her down. “Christ sakes. I realize I have no hits. I realize you all can live without hearing my music. I realize my complaining is so aggravating to y’all . I don’t ask blogs to post me when I’m at my worst. You judgemental self hating parasites wouldn’t last a day as a signed artist.”

Added Lennox, “Complaining that I’m complaining about the shit I’m going through meanwhile in real life you’re just as unhappy just as fucked up. You crying in the car too. Somebody calling you insensitive and dramatic too. You could never be honest about your demons.”

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Gunna Reveals Why Drake Collaboration Didn’t Originally Make ‘DS4EVER’

Gunna is revealing why his Drake collaboration was held up.

Their song, “P power,” was slated to appear on the original version of Gunna’s chart-topping album DS4EVER, but was noticeably absent when the project was released on Jan. 7.

In an interview with Complex, Gunna reveals that the song, originally titled “Pussy Power,” was delayed over clearance issues. The Metro Boomin-produced track features a sample of Donna Summer’s “Could It Be Magic,” but they were unable to clear it in time to make the original album.

“I originally sampled Donna Summer,” Gunna said. “I don’t even know her, because I’m so young. But she was a legend and her estate couldn’t get back in time for my album.”

He eventually got clearance and “P power” was added to the album on Jan. 13, the final day of the tracking week.

DS4EVER, which also features appearances from Young Thug, Future, Chris Brown, 21 Savage, and Chlöe Bailey, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The fourth and final installment in Gunna’s Drip Season series is expected to drop to No. 2 in its second week.

Gunna has even more superstars on his wish list of collaborators. “I could do a song with Adele or Ariana Grande,” he said. “I could do a song with Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys. The list goes on, for real.”

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Kodak Black Welcomes Daughter

Kodak Black Welcomes Daughter

Kodak Black is a girl dad!

The rapper welcomed his daughter, Queen Yuri Kapri, on Friday (Jan. 21), sharing the big news with his fans on Instagram.

“I was released from prison 2 years early and my daughter enter this world,” Kodak wrote before gushing about his baby girl. “It’s a blessing. Queen Yuri Kapri is heaven sent she blessing me she has every lil thing that I was missing … I’m dam near perfect but she is …”

According to TMZ, Queen’s mother is real estate agent Maranda Johnson. She and Kodak met four years ago and they started dating before deciding they wanted to have a baby.

This is the second child for Kodak, who also has a 6-year-old son, King, from a previous relationship.

It’s been one year since Kodak was released from prison after his sentence was commuted by former President Donald Trump. “What a coincidence I’m home a whole year finally after not being able to be free a whole year since I was 14 !!!! It’s lit,” he added.

In a video, he also thanked Trump for freeing him. “I wanna thank Donald Trump, the honorable president,” he said while wearing a red MAGA hat. “Without him, I wouldn’t be here with y’all.”

Kodak is currently enjoying success on the charts with his single “Super Gremlin,” which is No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Julia Fox Says She’s Not Dating Kanye West for Clout

Julia Fox says she’s not dating Kanye West for clout.

During the Friday episode of her “Forbidden Fruits” podcast, the Uncut Gems star responded to those who think she’s dating the billionaire Yeezy mogul for a come-up. While she admits to being an “attention seeker” when she was younger, the now 31-year-old claims she could care less about fame today.

“People are like, ‘Oh, you’re only in it for the fame, you’re in for the clout, you’re in it for the money.’ And it’s like, ‘Honey, I dated billionaires my entire adult life. Let’s keep in real,'” she said. “And secondly, no, I really don’t [care]… I just care about making my art and putting things into the world.”

She added, “That is more thrilling to me now than like eyes on me. I couldn’t care less.”

Fox also addressed the viral video of her partying with Ye, Madonna, Antonio Brown, and Floyd Mayweather earlier this month in West Hollywood. “I was actually supposed to be at dinner for just Madonna and I. All of these other celebs crashed [the party],” she said.

The couple started dating after meeting on New Year’s Eve in Miami. During one of their first dates, West surprised Fox with a room full of designer clothes. They did a photo shoot for Interview magazine in which they were seen kissing and making out on the floor of the hotel suite.

“I met Ye in Miami on New Year’s Eve and it was an instant connection,” Fox said. “His energy is so fun to be around. He had me and my friends laughing, dancing, and smiling all night.”

The actress continued to gush about their budding romance. “Everything with us has been so organic. I don’t know where things are headed but if this is any indication of the future I’m loving the ride.”

There has been speculation that Ye is dating Fox to make his ex Kim Kardashian jealous, however, he did shout out his new girl on his “Eazy” collaboration with The Game, where he raps, “And my new bitch bad / I know Illuminati mad.”

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Kanye West Hints at Collaboration with Nike and Jordan Brand

Kanye West may be linking up with the Jumpman.

The Yeezy mogul has fans excited over a potential collaboration with Michael Jordan after he posted a photo of the Jumpman logo on Instagram Friday.

He also reposted a comment from the NBA legend’s son, Marcus Jordan, who proposed a meeting between Ye, DJ Khaled, and his father. “Let’s make THAT convo happen,” Marcus wrote on Khaled’s IG.

Ye was seemingly down with the idea, captioning his post with the eyes emoji.

Kanye has had a partnership with adidas since 2013 after parting ways with Nike.

On his 2015 single “Facts,” he proclaimed “Yeezy just jumped over Jumpman.” He later apologized to Jordan. “I’m sorry Michael Jordan I love and respect you,” Ye tweeted in February 2016. “My beef was with [former Nike CEO] Mark Parker. I respect you so much!”

During his interview with “Drink Champs” in November, Ye said that MJ was upset with him over “Facts.”

“Jordan still won’t meet with me,” he said, according to Complex. “I’m trying to meet with Michael Jordan, it’s like ‘Man, it’s a song, man.'”

Meanwhile, Ye recently hit the studio with DJ Khaled. According to Khaled, their “anthem” will also feature another mystery guest.

“@kanyewest vocals secured,” he wrote. “Watch what I do next. Dj KHALED feat YE and ? ? ? ?”

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Kevin Gates Reveals That He Contemplated Suicide

Kevin Gates Reveals That He Contemplated Suicide

Kevin Gates is opening up about a traumatic time in his life.

The rapper says that he became so depressed that he almost took his own life in December 2020. During an interview with the “Big Facts” podcast, he made the startling revelation for the first time.

As a provider for others in his life, he “wasn’t happy” and felt he wasn’t being appreciated. As a man, he kept his feelings inside and instead was “suffering in silence.”

“We so busy being tough and harboring all this resentment and emotions and all that you deal with… That pressure was on top of my head, I was like, ‘Man, I quit,'” he said.

Before disabling his social media accounts, Gates posted a video of his daughter and sent what could have been his final tweet, which read, “To my Family and Friends Forget not my Teachings – I love you all – it’s OverWit.”

He had planned to go through with it after a visit to the gym, but upon leaving, he encountered a fan, who would unknowingly save his life. The man approached Gates and told him how his music stopped him from suicide.

“He was like, ‘Man, I was worried about you because you had disconnected your Instagram and your Twitter, like, the world needs you,'” he said. “‘Your music done kept me from committing suicide so many times.'”

Gates confessed to him that he was about to take his own life. The man cried and told him, “If you do that, so many people gon’ take their own life ’cause you all we got. Your music is the only thing that make this crazy world make sense.”

He waited three days before realizing that he had so much to live for. “Through that course of events, when I disconnected my Instagram and stopped making comparisons to my life and other people’s highlight films and just started living for me, really appreciating the good things about myself… That’s what really had shook me all the way back.”

He also realized the difference between social media and reality. “I had built it in my mind that ‘don’t nobody f**k with me.’ No, the world love me. Everybody love me, but you’ll get on Instagram and be like, ‘Man, don’t nobody f**k with me,'” he said before adding, “The only thing that can make you happy is fixing what’s internal.”

He hopes that by sharing his story he can help others. “If I only help one person with my story with everything I’ve been through, then I’ve served my purpose.”

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Fugees Cancel Reunion Tour

The show won’t go on.

The Fugees have officially canceled their reunion tour. In a statement released on social media Friday, the legendary hip-hop group—consisting of Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Pras Michel—said that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for them to proceed with their tour dates.

“We anticipate and understand disappointment but our anniversary tour will not be able to happen,” the group said. “The continued Covid pandemic has made touring conditions difficult, and we want to make sure we keep our fans and ourselves healthy and safe.”

This would have marked the trio’s first world tour in 25 years to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their 1996 album The Score.

“An idea sparked to honor and celebrate this 25th anniversary of The Score but we see now it may not currently be our time for revisiting this past work,” they continued. “We’re grateful for the special night we did get to share with some of you in New York, with that rare live moment.”

However, they did not rule out a future tour. “If opportunity, public safety and scheduling allow, we hope to be able to revisit this again sometime soon. THANK YOU for all your love and support throughout the years.”

The Fugees 25th Anniversary Tour was originally set to kick off in November before it was postponed until early 2022. In September, the trio reunited to perform a pop-up show for Global Citizen Live in New York City.

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TWENTY88 Returns to the Studio

TWENTY88 Returns to the Studio

New music from TWENTY88 may be on the way.

Big Sean and Jhené Aiko reunited to work on new music. Earlier this week, Sean shared a video on his Instagram Story of himself in the studio with his girlfriend. It’s unclear what they’re working on, but fans are hopeful for a sequel to TWENTY88’s debut album.

Back in September 2020, Sean announced that the duo was planning a second album. “Are you guys working on a new TWENTY88 album?” asked a fan in a Reddit Q&A, to which Sean responded, “It’s in the works :).”

TWENTY88’s self-titled debut was released in April 2016 and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200.

Speaking with Hot 97, Sean shared what it’s like to collaborate with his girlfriend. “Collabing with [Jhené] is like one of the easiest things ever. When we both are in the mood, ’cause when you in a relationship, it’s like sometimes you can be irritated with each other,” he said. “Over nothing too.”

Sean, who released his What You Expect EP in October, recently reunited with Kanye West following their beef and has been spotted in the studio with Game and Reason. He has also been announced as a performer for Coachella in April.

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Mary J. Blige Reveals ‘Good Morning Gorgeous’ Tracklist

All hail the Queen.

On Feb. 11, Mary J. Blige is set to return with her 15th studio album Good Morning Gorgeous

The R&B icon, who recently celebrated her 51st birthday, has revealed the tracklist. In addition to the previously-released title track and “Amazing” with DJ Khaled, the 13-song set include appearances from Anderson .Paak, Fivio Foreign, Dave East, and Usher, who duets with MJB on the closer “Need Love.”

Her experiences of the past several years have inspired the project, which follows 2017’s Strength of a Woman.

“Wait till you hear it, it’s gonna blow everybody’s mind,” she told Tamron Hall. “And it’s because it’s something I had to do, and something I had to say when I was in my darkest, darkest moments in that life, to build myself up to this person that I can see and accept my nose, accept my eyes, accept my cheeks, accept all the things that I used to hate.”

Two days after the album’s release, Mary will join Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar for what’s sure to be an unforgettable Super Bowl Halftime Show.

Good Morning Gorgeous Tracklist

1. “No Idea”
2. “Love Will Never”
3. “Here With Me” (feat. Anderson .Paak)
4. “Rent Money” (feat. Dave East)
5. “Amazing” (feat. DJ Khaled)
6. “GMG Interlude”
7. “Good Morning Gorgeous”
8. “Come See About Me”
9. “On Top” (feat. Fivio Foreign)
10. “Love Without The Heartbreak”
11. “Failing In Love”
12. “Enough”
13. “Need Love” (feat. Usher)

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Kanye West Demands Final Approval of ‘jeen-yuhs’ Netflix Documentary

Kanye West is calling out the creators of the upcoming Netflix documentary jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy.

Taking to Instagram on Friday, Ye demanded final approval of the three-part documentary before it hits the streaming service next month.

“I’m going to say this kindly for the last time,” he wrote. “I must get final edit and approval on this doc before it releases on Netflix. Open the edit room immediately so I can be in charge of my own image. Thank you in advance.”

jeen-yuhs, which was filmed over the course of 20 years, was helmed by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah, who directed two of West’s first music videos, “Through the Wire” and the third iteration of “Jesus Walks.”

Netflix reportedly paid $30 million for the documentary. While Ye is not creatively involved in the production, he allowed himself to be filmed by Coodie & Chike for the past two decades.

The “intimate and revealing” series explores the rapper-turned-billionaire’s formative days trying to break through and his life today as a global brand and artist, with appearances from JAY-Z, Pharrell, and Kanye’s late mother, Donda West.

In an interview with Variety earlier this week, the directors revealed they had final cut approval over the documentary.

“I said, ‘Dude, you have to trust me.’ And he did, 100%,” Simmons said. “Mind you, when his team and the business-people have gotten involved, they’re of course going to have their say. But I needed to tell this story. It’s not about making Kanye likable or not. The footage doesn’t lie. What makes the film special is that it’s not something definitive; it’s his journey through my vision.”

jeen-yuhs is slated to premiere virtually at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday (Jan. 23) before streaming on Netflix starting Feb. 16.

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Stream NBA YoungBoy’s ‘Colors’ Mixtape

YoungBoy Never Broke Again returns with his first project of 2022.

The Grammy-nominated rapper drops his latest mixtape Colors. Aside from a collaboration with Quando Rondo on “Gangsta,” YoungBoy goes at it alone on the 20-track deluxe edition, which includes “No Switch,” “DC Marvel,” and the bonus track “Flossin.”

Ahead of the album’s release, he released six tracks including “Bring the Hook,” “Fish Scale,” and “Emo Rockstar.”

YoungBoy, who is currently on house arrest after serving time on a weapons charge, continues his prolific output. In September, he dropped his chart-topping album Sincerely, Kentrell, which was followed in December by his collaborative album with Birdman, From the Bayou.

His collaboration with DaBaby, “HIT,” is also available on streaming services.

Stream Colors below.

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Shenseea and Megan Thee Stallion Team Up on ‘Lick’

Shenseea and Megan Thee Stallion Team Up on ‘Lick’

Shenseea continues her international takeover, teaming up with Megan Thee Stallion on her infectious new single “Lick.”

The Jamaican superstar brings the dancehall vibes on the Murda Beatz-producer banger, which samples Pupa Nas T and Denise Belfon’s “Work,” while the newly-single Hot Girl turns up the heat on her nasty verse.

“He addicted like it got a little crack in it / Suck it like a crab leg,” raps Meg, who fanned out upon meeting Shenseea last summer.

Along with the song, the ladies have debuted a steamy video, which features plenty of eye candy and girl-on-girl action.

“Lick” is the first single off Shenseea’s upcoming debut album, ALPHA, due March 11. She can also be heard on Kanye West’s DONDA.

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Adele Postpones Las Vegas Residency

Adele Postpones Las Vegas Residency

One day before her Las Vegas residency was set to kick off, Adele has announced that she has had to postpone all dates.

In an emotional video, shared on Twitter, a teary-eyed Adele revealed that a last-minute decision was made to delay the show because it wasn’t ready in time.

“I’m so sorry, but my show ain’t ready,” she told her fans. “We’ve tried absolutely everything that we can to put it together in time and for it to be good enough for you, but we’ve been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and COVID.”

Half her crew tested positive for COVID-19, causing major disruptions. “It’s been impossible to finish the show. And I can’t give you what I have right now and I’m gutted. And I’m so sorry it’s last minute,” she continued.

The residency, titled “Weekends With Adele,” was set to begin Friday, Jan. 21 at the Colosseum of Caesars Palace and run through April 16. Tickets for the 24 shows sold out minutes after they went on sale last month.

Adele profusely apologized to her fans who traveled to see her this weekend. “I’m so upset and I’m really embarrassed and I’m so sorry to everyone that traveled again,” she added. “I’m really, really sorry. I’m really sorry.”

She and her team are already working to reschedule all the dates and more information will be released soon.

“I’m gonna finish my show and I’m gonna get it to where it’s supposed to be,” she said. “It’s impossible. We’ve been up against so much and it just ain’t ready.”

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Akon Sued for $4 Million by Former Business Partner

Akon’s former business partner is suing the singer for refusing to pay him $4 million.

Music executive Devyne Stephens, who helped launch Akon’s career, claims he is still owed $750,000 and at least $3 million in royalties, according to an amended complaint filed in the 2021 Manhattan Supreme Court.

As part of the terms of their 2018 settlement agreement, Akon agreed to pay Stephens $3.25 million over the course of four years but he still hasn’t paid the final installment of $750,000.

In documents, obtained by Page Six, he alleges that Akon sabotaged his relationship with Atlantic Records in order to get out of paying Stephens royalties for four future albums while signed to a “major” label.

Akon claims he shouldn’t be responsible for Stephens’ 20 percent of royalties since he is now under BMG Records. However, Stephens argues that Akon is still under obligation to pay the royalties since he allegedly intentionally breached his contract with Atlantic and since BMG “by any objective metric, is a ‘major’ record label.”

“Akon has spent the better part of a decade frustrating Stephens’ attempts to obtain large amounts of money which Akon unambiguously promised in contracts to pay Stephens,” state the court documents.

This is the third time that Stephens, the former vice president of Akon’s Konvict Muzik label, has taken Akon to court. In 2017, Stephens sued the “Don’t Matter” singer for $150 million in unpaid fees.

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NBA YoungBoy Reveals ‘Colors’ Tracklist

YoungBoy Never Broke Again returns with new music tonight.

Hours before the release of Colors, the tracklist has been revealed. The 20-track mixtape only includes one collaboration with Quando Rondo on “Gangsta.” Otherwise, the Grammy-nominated rapper goes solo on songs like “No Switch,” “DC Marvel,” and the bonus track “Flossin.”

This marks the first project from YoungBoy since From the Bayou, his collaborative album with Birdman, last month. In September, he released his solo album Sincerely, Kentrell, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Meanwhile, his new collaboration with DaBaby, “HIT,” is now available on streaming services.

Colors arrives at midnight. See the tracklist below.

Colors Tracklist

1. “Long Love”
2. “Bring It On”
3. “No Switch”
4. “Smoke One”
5. “2Hoo”
6. “DC Marvel”
7. “How You Been”
8. “Expensive Taste”
9. “Cage Feelings”
10. “Dis & That”
11. “Gangsta” feat. Quando Rondo
12. “Know Like I Know”
13. “Bring the Hook”
14. “Fish Scale”
15. “Emo Rockstar”
16. “Emo Love”
17. “Snow Bunny”
18. “Foolish Figure”
19. “I Got This”
20. “Flossin” [Bonus]

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Pete Davidson Finds Kanye West’s Threats ‘Hilarious’

Pete Davidson is laughing off Kanye West’s threats.

Kim Kardashian’s new boyfriend is not worried about Ye wanting to “beat [his] ass,” according to a new report.

“Pete thinks it’s totally hilarious,” an insider tells Page Six. “Not just that — he thinks the whole [tabloid drama with him, West and Kardashian] is hilarious. He loves it.”

On his “Eazy” collaboration with The Game, Ye raps, “God saved me from that crash / Just so I can beat Pete Davidson’s ass.”

Pete has reportedly beefed up security in the wake of the threats. “Pete isn’t worried about Kanye, but he is concerned about the massive fanbase that Kanye has. His devoted followers listen to his songs and act upon them. That’s why Pete is now using security,” a source tells Radar Online.

Jake Paul said he would be joining Ye and coming after Pete, who made a series of jokes at his expense during the YouTuber’s boxing match with Ben Askren last year. “Kanye & I on his ass now. Soon to get slapped,” Paul tweeted.

Despite the drama, Ye’s diss has only strengthened Pete’s relationship with Kim. “The whole craziness with Kanye last week has brought Kim and Pete closer,” another source tells Page Six.

Last week, Ye claimed that Kim stopped him from entering her home with their kids because Pete was there. However, a source close to Kim says that the “SNL” comedian has yet to be introduced to her kids.

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Jeezy and Jeannie Mai Reveal Baby’s Name

Jeezy and Jeannie Mai Reveal Baby’s Name

Baby Jenkins has a name.

Jeezy and Jeannie Mai are introducing the world to their baby, Monaco. In a video posted to her YouTube account, the new mom revealed that the couple’s first child together was named after the city in the French Riviera where they made their relationship official.

“It’s the first place that Jay and I traveled to when we were dating,” Jeannie said, while giving a tour of Monaco’s nursery. “And it’s the first place we ever established what was going on with us.”

On the wall is a framed photo of a bridge in Monaco where she and Jeezy had a three-hour talk about their vision for the future. Jeannie returned to that same bridge by herself and FaceTimed Jeezy, and they had the “best date night talk.”

In honor of the luxurious city, Monaco already has his own Bentley “just like daddy.” “The theme of the nursery is what Monaco is about–family, moments, traveling, discussions…key points in my life and Jeezy’s life that brought Monaco here,” she explained.

On Jan. 11, “The Real” co-host announced the arrival of their bundle of joy. “I asked God for a life of love and happiness. He sent me my family,” she captioned a photo from the delivery room. “Baby Jenkins is here.”

Mai previously said she would not be learning the sex of her child before birth.

“That makes things more exciting rather than defining the baby with pink skirts or blue corduroy shorts,” she told WWD. “I’m getting everything because I want the baby to have options. It’s very awakening to see how much you put your baby into very specific stereotypes, based on whether or not you know it’s a boy or a girl.”

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Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar Team Up in Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Trailer

Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar join forces in an epic trailer ahead of next month’s Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show.

Directed by filmmaker F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton, Friday), “The Call” finds all five performers coming together for the first time as the world awaits what could be the greatest 12 minutes in music entertainment.

The cinematic clip opens with Em battling his alter ego Slim Shady when he gets the call from Dre. Snoop is cruising through L.A. in his lowrider when Dre rings him up, while MJB is on set of a photo shoot. Kendrick can be found furiously writing rhymes at his desk to the tune of his hit “HUMBLE.,” and the newly-single Dre takes a stroll on the beach.

It ends with them meeting up at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. in anticipation of the most-watched musical performance of the year on Feb. 13.

The trailer, scored by Emmy-nominated music director Adam Blackstone, features each artist’s biggest hits including “Rap God,” “The Next Episode,” “Family Affair,” “HUMBLE.,” “Still D.R.E.,” and “California Love.”

“Each time I collaborate with Dre, it seems to mark an important moment in entertainment history, from projects like Friday, Set It Off, Straight Outta Compton, to now the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show,” said F. Gary Gray. “As a super fan, I consider it an honor and privilege to authentically build and create this moment with five of the most legendary artists in music history. It’s been a blast!”

Dre is going all out to make sure his halftime performance is one to remember. He is reportedly spending millions of his own money to pull off an iconic show.

“The Super Bowl performance should be something special because [Dre] really wanna give the people what they want,” Snoop said during his appearance on “The Breakfast Club.” “This is an L.A. moment.”

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JAY-Z Wants to Pass a Law to Limit the Use of Rap Lyrics in Criminal Cases

JAY-Z is calling on New York lawmakers to pass legislation that would restrict when rap lyrics can be used as evidence during criminal cases.

In a letter, obtained by Billboard, the Roc Nation mogul urges lawmakers to support Senate Bill S7527, known as “Rap Music on Trial,” which would limit the admissibility of someone’s music in a criminal trial.

In addition to JAY-Z, the letter was signed by others including Meek Mill, Killer Mike, Fat Joe, and Robin Thicke.

The bill, introduced in November, would limit the circumstances in which any form of “creative expression” can be shown as evidence of a crime to a jury. If passed, prosecutors could only present such material to jurors if they can show that an expressive work is “literal, rather than figurative or fictional.”

“This reform is urgently needed,” wrote Alex Spiro, JAY-Z’s attorney, and Erik Nielson, a professor at the University of Richmond. “This tactic effectively denies rap music the status of art and, in the process, gives prosecutors a dangerous advantage in the courtroom: by presenting rap lyrics as rhymed confessions of illegal behavior, they are often able to obtain convictions even when other evidence is lacking.”

The letter cited a study that showed participants viewed violent rap lyrics as far more threatening than violent lyrics from a country song.

“No other fictional form, musical or otherwise, is (mis)used like this in courts,” Spiro and Nielson wrote. “And it should come as no surprise that the overwhelming majority of artists in these cases are young Black and Latino men.”

The legislation is part of a broader legal debate over when prosecutors can or should cite rap lyrics, a practice that can unfairly sway juries and have a disproportionate impact on Black men.

The bill has already passed a committee vote by an 8-4 vote, and now moves one step closer to a vote by the full New York State Senate.

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Iggy Azalea Selling Hidden Hills Home for $6.2 Million

Iggy Azalea Selling Hidden Hills Home for $6.2 Million

Iggy Azalea is leaving the ‘burbs behind.

The “Fancy” rapper is parting ways with her Hidden Hills, Calif. home, less than eight months after she bought it. According to Dirt.com, the single-story ranch house has hit the market with an asking price of $6.2 million.

Built in 1963, the 5,200-square-foot property boasts four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms on just over an acre of land. Described as the “perfect house for entertaining,” the open floor plan includes a gourmet kitchen with stainless steel Sub-Zero/Viking appliances, living room with vaulted ceilings, and a spacious four-car garage.

The outdoor grounds offer plenty of entertaining space, including a flagstone patio with fireplace and BBQ area, saltwater pool, sport court, and lemon tree orchard. The detached two-story guest house adds another bedroom and bath, plus a kitchen and a large loft.

Permits have also been obtained to “extend and remodel the front facade of the home and interior entry.”

Iggy bought the house for $5.2 million in June 2021 after moving from Atlanta, where she and her ex Playboi Carti lived. She had been raising their son Onyx in the exclusive gated community, where neighbors include Kanye West, Drake, Lil Wayne, Madonna, and the Kardashians.

Just days after moving into her new home, Iggy complained that one of her neighbors tried to “snitch” on her for doing construction.

Back in July, Iggy announced that she was taking a break from music following the release of her album The End of an Era.

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Wiz Khalifa, Rapsody, & Thundercat Pay Tribute to Mac Miller on His 30th Birthday

Mac Miller would have been 30 today.

In honor of the late rapper’s birthday, some of his closest friends and colleagues are celebrating his life and legacy. Rolling Stone has compiled a digital birthday card filled with wishes and memories on what would have been his 30th year.

Wiz Khalifa, who was once signed to the same label as Mac, recalled fond memories of their studio sessions.

“I miss you, man. Today would have been your 30th birthday, you were gone too soon,” wrote Wiz. “I remember our early days back at ID Labs in Pixburgh with E. Dan making legendary music. You were the young homie coming up so fast and representing the Burgh. We’ll never forget you, man. Love you, bro, happy birthday.”

Another one of Mac’s friends and collaborators, Thundercat, revealed the profound impact Mac had on his life.

“I’ve been taking your advice — sitting down and letting it happen, extremely sitting down and letting it happen,” said the bassist. “And goodness, I’m happy that I’ve gotten to know you and spend this time with you because your life changed my life. I hope that wherever you are, you’re still changing people’s lives.”

Rapsody remembered the Pittsburgh MC for his “light, heart, energy, gift, and love of fruit snacks.”

“Man, you kicked a door in for me early and we gon’ continue to carry your legacy through the doors we still walking through,” said Rapsody. “I still don’t like hummus, btw! I know you would’ve had the illest ‘Dirty Thirty’ celebration ever! I love you forever, Malcolm!”

J.I.D celebrated Mac as a “true genius,” as well as a “genuine human being and a friend.”

Olu, one half of EarthGang, said Mac was the “first star” that the group ever collaborated with. “You didn’t ask for anything. You truly appreciated us as people, appreciated our music, and opened up your resources to us as a friend,” he said.

Mac’s mother, Karen Meyers, also shared a sweet photo of her and her son hugging on the beach. She captioned her Instagram Story with a series of red heart emojis.

Mac died of an accidental overdose on Sept. 7, 2018 at the age of 26. His legacy lives on through his music including his sixth and final album Circles, which was released in January 2020. In October, his Faces mixtape was released to streaming services.

For more birthday messages, visit Rolling Stone.

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Silk Sonic Announces Las Vegas Residency

Silk Sonic Announces Las Vegas Residency

Silk Sonic is setting up shop in Sin City.

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak have announced their first residency, “An Evening with Silk Sonic,” at Dolby Live at Park MGM in Las Vegas. The extended engagement kicks off with two shows on Feb. 25 and 26, followed by a series of dates throughout March. The first set of shows wraps April 2.

“Its happening! The sexiest party of the year! Them Silk Sonic Boyz are performing Live in Las Vegas!” tweeted Bruno.

Fans can purchase tickets via a pre-sale starting today. Tickets are priced at $125 and go on sale to the general public Friday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. PST.

The residency follows the release of Silk Sonic’s debut album An Evening With Silk Sonic, which was released in November and spawned the No. 1 hit “Leave the Door Open.”

Bruno Mars has previously been performing his own residency at Park MGM since 2016.

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Cardi B to Cover Funeral Costs for Bronx Fire Victims

Cardi B is stepping up to help those affected by the Bronx fire.

The rapper has announced plans to cover the funeral costs of those who lost their lives in a deadly building fire in her hometown.

“I’m extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who live and work there still,” Cardi said in a statement. “So, when I heard about the fire and all of the victims, I knew I needed to do something to help.”

“I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the families of the victims are experiencing, but I hope that not having to worry about the costs associated with burying their loved ones will help as they move forward and heal,” she continued. “I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy.”

The fire spread through a 19-story apartment building in the Bronx on Jan. 9, claiming the lives of 17 people and injuring many others. The victims, who ranged in age from 2 to 50, died of smoke inhalation. The blaze, New York City’s deadliest in three decades, was reportedly started by a malfunctioning electric space heater.

In addition to covering the burial expenses, Cardi has teamed up with The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to make sure that the families of all the victims would be included in her donation and “that the final wishes for their loved ones were met.”

“We are grateful for Cardi B, a real superstar on and off the mic, for granting some critical financial relief to families of the victims,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. “The city will be forever thankful to her and also to the grassroots donors and corporate partners who have been able to offer immediate support for our neighbors in need, to reestablish themselves during this difficult time.”

The state of New York also announced this week that it would be granting $2 million to a fund for the victims.

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Pardison Fontaine Addresses Megan Thee Stallion Breakup

Pardison Fontaine Addresses Megan Thee Stallion Breakup

Pardison Fontaine is breaking his silence following his split from Megan Thee Stallion.

Amid their reported breakup earlier this month, there was speculation as to what caused them to end their relationship. One media outlet claimed it was because Megan was abusive, suggesting she was a “mean drunk” who put her hands on her boyfriend.

But Pardi is putting the rumors to rest. Taking to his Instagram Story, he denied the domestic abuse allegations while blasting the false reporting.

“Stop this cap nobody puttin hands on nobody …(at least not in that way),” he wrote. “Been seein the break up rumors and was lettin y’all imaginations run ..but y’all gettin too crazy ….ain’t give ni**as a story so they made one … we really been on it double time.”

Just after the new year, the couple fueled breakup rumors after Megan cleared out all photos of the couple from Instagram. Fans also noticed that Megan didn’t publicly wish her boyfriend for his birthday on Dec. 29.

Back in February 2020, the “Savage” rapper confirmed that they were dating. There were even talks of marriage. “I do want to marry him… He want to marry me,” Megan said during a YouTube Q&A last June.

Megan has remained silent about the breakup. On Friday, she is to return with a new collaboration with Shenseea called “Lick.”

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Ryan Destiny and Keith Powers Break Up

Ryan Destiny and Keith Powers are calling it quits.

After four years together, the “Star” actress, 27, and Straight Outta Compton actor, 29, have split, reports PEOPLE.

“They’re taking time to focus on themselves and their emerging careers but are remaining close friends,” a source tells the outlet.

The two first met at a Teen Vogue party in 2015 before connecting over Instagram.

“For a minute we tried to hide it for numerous reasons, but as human beings sometimes you want to just shout to the world ‘I love this person and I’m happy!'” Destiny told We the Urban magazine in a 2019 interview. “We try to find a balance. I’m already a private person and very career driven so reminding people that I am my own person is important.”

Added Powers, “It is so important for our people to see healthy Black love. Whether it’s a relationship, marriage or even friendships. Black love gives us hope. When you see Black love flourish, it’s powerful.”

Last year, the couple showed off their chemistry in a Calvin Klein campaign. They also appeared together in Big Sean’s 2019 video for “Single Again.”

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