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K. Michelle and Keyshia Cole Squash Beef, Tease Joint EP

K. Michelle and Keyshia Cole are putting the beef behind them.

The R&B singers haven’t always seen eye to eye, exchanging the occasional subliminal on social media and in interviews, but it’s all over, according to K. Michelle. On Friday, she announced that the two had put their differences aside and were on good terms following a Clubhouse chat where they made up and even sang together.

“So last night on clubhouse was a great moment for the culture. Me and @KeyshiaCole squashed any little misunderstandings we had like adults and sang songs together all night,” she tweeted.

The Memphis songstress also announced that the two may record a joint project. “Y’all might even see a joint EP,” she teased.

So last night on clubhouse was a great moment for the culture. Me and @KeyshiaCole squashed any little misunderstandings we had like adults and sang songs together all night. Y’all might even see a joint EP🤭🙄👍❤️

— K. Michelle (@kmichelle) February 26, 2021

I’m just all about positivity and making great music with some great people❤️

— K. Michelle (@kmichelle) February 26, 2021

K. Michelle is turning over a new leaf and doesn’t want any more drama in her life. “I’m just all about positivity and making great music with some great people,” she added.

Their beef dates back eight years ago when K. Michelle was being compared to Keyshia early on in her career. In a 2013 interview with Majic 102.1, K. Michelle addressed the feud. “There’s absolutely nothing going on with Keyshia Cole; I don’t know what her problem is with me, but I have no problem with her,” she said. “I want to see her succeed. I love her new record, but the blows being thrown on Twitter have got to stop; we’re two grown women, two Black women, and we need to come together.”

Meanwhile, both women are working on new solo projects. K. Michelle has been in Nashville recording a country album, while Keyshia recently dropped her new single “I Don’t Wanna Be in Love.”

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6ix9ine Sued by Stripper Over Alleged Champagne Bottle Injury

6ix9ine Sued by Stripper Over Alleged Champagne Bottle Injury

6ix9ine is being sued by a stripper who says she was on the receiving end of his flying champagne bottle.

Alexis Salaberrios sued the “ZAZA” rapper on Friday (Feb. 26), claiming she was left bloody after being hit with the bottle while working at Miami strip club Gold Rush Cabaret on Feb. 20. In the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, she alleges Tekashi threw a “deadly object with intent to commit serious bodily injury.”

Her attorney, David M. Tarlow, claims that 6ix9ine threw the bottle because someone in the club called him a rat. But instead of hitting his intended target, the bottle missed and struck Salaberrios in the head. The alleged injury landed her in the ER, where she received several staples to close a head wound.

6ix9ine Champagne Injury

She also accuses the club of not having enough security around Tekashi, who she says has a “propensity for violence.” After the injury, she alleges that the club’s employees escorted 6ix9ine out of the building and pressured her not to call police, but she ignored them and reported the incident to cops. She is suing Gold Rush Cabaret for gross negligence, and Tekashi for aggravated battery.

6ix9ine has denied his involvement in the bloody incident. The rapper’s lawyer Lance Lazzaro tells TMZ that it’s just a ploy for money. “There are video cameras in the establishment. It’s an attempt to shake him down. If he is served properly, we will immediately move to have it dismissed,” said Lazzaro.

Meanwhile, 6ix9ine is facing more potential legal action. Meek Mill’s lawyers recently sent him a cease and desist letter, demanding that he remove the video for “ZAZA” which features footage from his confrontation with the Philly rapper.

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Big Sean Shows Off Ripped Body

Big Sean is making big gains.

The Detroit rapper has been hitting the gym hard over the past year. A shirtless Sean took to Instagram to show off the fruits of his labor, flexing his toned arms and six-pack abs. He achieved his ripped body with the help of his trainer, Jerry Ford. The 32-year-old also shared a picture of himself circa 2013 when he was much skinnier, a reminder to keep going.

“Had to start catching up to my potential…Last pic a reminder to myself to keep this shit up,” he captioned the slideshow.

In March of 2020, he opened up to Men’s Health about his exercise regimen, which included four weekly workouts consisting of boxing, weight training, and chains. “You have to make it a priority,” said Sean. “This is time to myself. That’s one thing I’ve realized I wasn’t getting enough of.”

For New Year’s 2019, he made a resolution to change his lifestyle and committed to it. “I wanted to boss up my life,” said Sean, who was once 125 pounds on the verge of depression. “I said, ‘I’m changing my life and making it a habit.’ ”

He traded late-night junk food for protein-rich meals and hired Ford to make sure he stayed accountable. In addition to his chiseled abs and ripped arms, he’s gained what he calls “confidence stamina” onstage. Plus, the interval cardio has even helped with his raps.

“I find myself not running out of breath,” revealed Sean. “I get to deliver words closer to how they sound, as opposed to spitting them out.”

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Bryson Tiller Readies Collaborative Album ‘When Stars Align’

The stars are aligning for Bryson Tiller’s next album.

Fresh off the release of the deluxe edition of Anniversary, the R&B singer is readying his next project–When Stars Align. The collaborative effort will find Tiller working with some of his favorite artists.

While he won’t reveal the guest list just yet, he’s excited to share it with fans. “I’ve already started it, got the tracklist, I’m working on it. Got a lot of people I’ve been working with, just trying to see who I align with,” he told Page Six. “I’m really excited about that project because I love to collaborate and have wanted to do it more.”

Anniversary (Deluxe), a follow-up to his October album, features a collaboration with Big Sean (“Still Yours”), along with the previously-released “Outta Time” with Drake, a longtime Tiller supporter.

“He sent me the song a minute ago—maybe a year ago,” revealed Bryson. “I liked it a lot. When I was getting towards the end of making Anniversary,’ I was like, ‘I got to get Drake on here, he’s a part of the story.”

In addition to When Stars Align, Tiller is working on his long-awaited album Serenity, which will be divided into three parts—rap, R&B, and pop. “Over the years, I realized how much fu**in’ music I had for Serenity, all this different shit, so Serenity is not one album, it’s three albums,” he previously told fans. “It’s three volumes of the albums–one is a rap album, one is an R&B album, and then one is a pop album.”

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Ice Cube Claims Warner Bros. Refuses to Make More ‘Friday’ Sequels

Free Friday.

Ice Cube took to Twitter on Friday, claiming that the powers that be at Warner Bros. have “hi-jacked” the Friday franchise and refuse to make more sequels. He also tried to drum up support for his movement, using the hashtag #FreeFriday.

“#freefriday from the jaws of Warner Bros. who refuses to make more sequels,” he tweeted. “They have hi-jacked the happiness of the culture.”

#freefriday from the jaws of Warner Bros. who refuses to make more sequels. They have hi-jacked the happiness of the culture. pic.twitter.com/eryjR7zKs1

— Ice Cube (@icecube) February 26, 2021

Fans had a mixed response to his announcement. While many wanted to see another installment in the Friday series, others felt that Cube should leave the beloved franchise alone. “God, do we really need more of those movies though?? They’re classics,” tweeted one fan.

God, do we really need more of those movies though?? They’re classics.. Why not just leave ’em and work on something else?

— regs (@regularregs) February 26, 2021

We need last Friday at least

— The Maestro (@Dirklerxstprat) February 26, 2021

The first Friday was released on April 26, 1995, grossing $27 million worldwide. It was followed by a pair of sequels, 2000’s Next Friday and 2002’s Friday After Next. The movie also inspired an animated series, which aired on MTV2 in 2007 and lasted 8 episodes.

Earlier this month, the N.W.A. rapper dropped his new song “Trying to Maintain,” his first solo music since 2018’s Everythang’s Corrupt. He has also joined forces with Snoop Dogg, Too $hort, and E-40 to create a group called Mt. Westmore, with an album expected this year.

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Travis Scott Feeds 50,000 Houston Residents Amid Winter Storm

Travis Scott is giving back to his hometown following the devastating winter storm.

The Houston native and his Cactus Jack Foundation have teamed up with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner to provide meals to 50,000 residents who have suffered from the freezing conditions. The hot meals were distributed as part of an emergency food program on Friday (Feb. 26).

According to TMZ, the Cactus Jack Foundation has been working with local agencies and restaurant owners to get the meals to those still recovering from the storm, which left millions without water or power. Deliveries of food and bottled water are being made across the city all day.

Travis is known for his goodwill. Just before Christmas, the charitable rapper hosted a holiday toy drive in Houston, where he gave away 2,000 toys to elementary school students. His foundation also recently launched a scholarship program to help teens further their education.

In the wake of the winter storm, other Houston natives including Beyoncé, Solange, and Trae tha Truth have stepped up to help their fellow Texans. Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD Foundation, along with Adidas, provided $1,000 relief payments to those impacted by the storm.

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Kanye West Spent $12.5 Million of His Own Money on Presidential Campaign

Kanye West’s failed presidential campaign cost him millions.

PEOPLE magazine reports that the billionaire rapper-designer spent $13.2 million on his 2020 bid for the White House, which breaks down to approximately $200 for every vote.

Of that amount, West put in $12.5 million of his own money while collecting more than $2 million in outside contributions, according to his final Federal Election Commission report.

He raised a total of $14.5 million to fund the campaign, which he announced just 122 days before Election Day. In the end, he only got his name on 12 state ballots and earned about 66,000 votes nationally.

“He isn’t versed enough politically,” said a former West campaign operative. “He figured that by doing it on his own, he could control his own media. But he has so much other stuff going on in his life that has nothing to do with politics that the distractions are there.”

West launched his campaign on July 4, 2020 under the “Birthday Party.” More than $7.5 million was spent on “ballot access,” including $1.28 million in payments to Atlas Strategy Group, owned by Republican strategist Gregg Keller. The money also went toward legal fees, online video production to promote his campaign, and “Kanye 2020” merchandise.

Additionally, public records show he spent $210,544 on a two-page ad in The New York Times, which ran one week ahead of the election, and $918,130 on campaign apparel on Election Day.

He ultimately conceded on Nov. 3 with about $1.3 million in the bank, but his presidential aspirations may not be over. Along with his concession, Ye announced a potential run in four years, tweeting, “KANYE 2024.”

KANYE 2024 pic.twitter.com/Zm2pKcn12t

— ye (@kanyewest) November 4, 2020

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Justin Bieber Announces New Album ‘Justice’

Justin Bieber is out for Justice.

The singer has announced his sixth studio album, available March 19. He revealed the cover art while explaining the inspiration behind his latest body of work.

“In a time when there’s so much wrong with this broken planet, we all crave healing—and justice—for humanity,” said Bieber. “In creating this album, my goal is to make music that will provide comfort; to make songs that people can relate to, and connect to, so they feel less alone. Suffering, injustice and pain can leave people feeling helpless.”

#JUSTICE the album March 19th. Pre-order now: https://t.co/VSc6FCWSVs pic.twitter.com/MpYt7jKeYd

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) February 26, 2021

Suffering, injustice and pain can leave people feeling helpless. Music is a great way of reminding each other that we aren’t alone. Music can be a way to relate to one another and connect with one another

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) February 26, 2021

This is me doing a small part. My part. I want to continue the conversation of what justice looks like so we can continue to heal

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) February 26, 2021

He hopes to bring healing through his music. “Music is a great way of reminding each other that we aren’t alone. Music can be a way to relate to one another and connect with one another,” he added. “I know that I cannot simply solve injustice by making music, but I do know that if we all do our part by using our gifts to serve this planet, and each other, that we are that much closer to being united. This is me doing a small part. My part. I want to continue the conversation of what justice looks like so we can continue to heal.”

Justice, which follows 2020’s Changes, has already spawned a trio of singles including “Holy” with Chance the Rapper, “Lonely” featuring Benny Blanco, and “Anyone,” which all currently reside in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Ahead of the album’s release, Bieber will take the stage at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, airing live on March 13.

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Jhené Aiko Drops New Song ‘Lead the Way’

Jhené Aiko lends her voice to the soundtrack to Raya and the Last Dragon.

“Lead the Way” was written by Jhené and Oscar-nominated composer James Newton-Howard, and appears in the end credits to Disney’s upcoming animated film. With its uplifting message, Jhené delivers a magical theme song to accompany the epic adventure.

Jhené, who considers herself a “Disney kid,” jumped at the opportunity. “The number one thing was I heard dragon, and I love dragons. I have a big dragon tattoo on my back. I was born in ’88, which is the year of the dragon. And I just think it’s a beautiful, mystical creature that is just so many things, symbolizes so many things for me, personally,” she told Apple Music. “I’ve always had this little fantasy of being a Disney princess, voicing one, or like being the character. And so this was the closest that I’ve gotten, so I was pretty excited.”

She was given creative freedom to make a song that embodies the film. “I wanted to make Disney proud, because I grew up on Disney,” she added. “And yeah, it’s special. Where I live right now, they’re just put up a big billboard for the movie. So I was just like, ‘Look at that. Look at life.’ Just happy.”

The music video, directed by Raya and the Last Dragon director Carlos López Estrada, will be released next month. Meanwhile, Jhené is nominated for Album of the Year and Best Progressive R&B Album for Chilombo at the Grammys, which will air on March 14.

Raya and the Last Dragon will be available on Disney+ and in theaters on March 5.

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Stream Bryson Tiller’s ‘Anniversary (Deluxe)’ Album

The celebration continues.

Five months after releasing his Anniversary album, Bryson Tiller re-ups with the deluxe edition. In addition to the original 10 songs, the deluxe features five bonus tracks including the Big Sean-assisted “Still Yours,” “Losing Focus,” “7:00,” and “Like Clockwork,” for which he also released a video.

According to the Louisville singer, the songs did not make the original album due to time constraints. “We just was running out of time so it was just like, ‘All right. Let me just put this to 10 songs, I mean for now.’ I just felt like that was just the way it should’ve been,” he told Apple Music. “I’m really excited about it. It’s fun, because there’s a lot of more upbeat vibes on there.”

The original Anniversary was released on the fifth anniversary of his debut album Trapsoul in October, and spawned singles including “Inhale” and “Always Forever,” plus the Drake collaboration “Outta Time.”

Next up, Tiller plans to release his three-part Serenity album. “I recorded so much music for it that it ended up having to be a three-part album,” he said. “That’s going to be something different that I’ve never done before. I plan on making an R&B album, a hip-hop album, and a pop album.”

On March 18, Pen Griffey will perform music from Trapsoul and Anniversary during an immersive concert in his hometown of Louisville, which will stream via Moment House.

Listen to Anniversary (Deluxe) below.

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Listen to Pop Smoke’s New Song ‘AP’

Long live the Woo.

One year after his death, Pop Smoke continues to shake the room. The late Brooklyn rapper’s unreleased track “AP” appears on the soundtrack to the upcoming movie Boogie, in which he also stars.

“AP, spicy / I bust a check in my Nikes / Am I killa? Might be / Two tone, icy,” Pop growls over the drill beat. “Talk to me nice / Or don’t talk at all.”

The song originated as a collaboration with Rich the Kid, who previewed the song back in April 2020 when it was called “Nikes.”

Pop Smoke makes his posthumous acting debut as Monk in the coming-of-age film Boogie, directed by Eddie Huang. Both the soundtrack and film arrive March 5.

Meanwhile, his debut album Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon remains in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 seven months after its release. And a collaboration with Bobby Shmurda may be up next.

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YG and Big Sean ‘Go Big’ on New Collaboration

“Go Big” or go home.

YG and Big Sean come together on a new collaboration off the soundtrack to the highly-anticipated sequel to Coming to America. The triumphant anthem finds the “Big Bank” collaborators back in their bag, exchanging motivational bars over blaring horns. The Compton rapper shows out on his verse, while Sean Don counts his blessings.

“I got the girl that you smash in your head / ‘Cept she givin’ me head and she naked too,” he raps. “She know the name, she know all the rumors, she want to see if it’s all fake or true.”

The soundtrack to Coming 2 America arrives March 5, the same day the film hits Amazon Prime Video. Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall reunite in the long-awaited follow-up to the 1988 comedy classic, which also stars Leslie Jones, Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, James Earl Jones, and Teyana Taylor.

Additionally, Big Sean can be heard on “Still Yours” off Bryson Tiller’s Anniversary (Deluxe) album.

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Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak Announce ‘Silk Sonic’ Joint Album

Guess who’s back again?

After an extended hiatus, Bruno Mars is joining forces with Anderson .Paak to form a new duo called Silk Sonic. Taking to social media on Thursday night, Bruno announced that the first song from their upcoming joint album will arrive Friday, March 5. The project will also feature “special guest host Bootsy Collins.”

“We locked in and made an album. The band’s called Silk Sonic. First song drops next Friday 3/5,” Bruno tweeted, while Anderson added, “WE MADE AN ALBUM!! YALL GET THE FIRST SONG NEXT FRIDAY 3/5!! ROCKET EMOJIS AND ALL THAT!!!”

It’s been over four years since Bruno released his last album, 2016’s 24K Magic, while Anderson dropped Ventura in 2019.

In 2017, Anderson opened for Bruno on the European leg of his “24K Magic World Tour.”

See their big announcement below.

✨We locked in and made an album. The band’s called Silk Sonic. First song drops next Friday 3/5.✨ pic.twitter.com/kzCQ3f7NRa

— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) February 26, 2021

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Bobby Shmurda Talks Prison, New Music in First Interview Since Release

Bobby Shmurda is happy to be home.

The Brooklyn rapper was released from New York’s Clinton Correctional Facility on Tuesday (Feb. 23) following his 2014 arrest on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, reckless endangerment, and gun and drug possession. He celebrated his first day out at a welcome-home party with family and friends including Quavo, who flew him home on a private jet. GQ met up with Bobby for his first post-prison interview at a two-story penthouse in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood.

Shmurda, who will remain on parole until 2026, was in good spirits as he reflected on the past six years. “My spirit’s always gon’ be up,” he said. “I used to sleep next to people who had 40 to life. People who’ve been in there for 30 years and haven’t laughed–I’d have them crying all day. When you got good energy, no matter where you at, you can bring a smile to someone’s face.”

The once-limber rapper is looking swole these days, thanks to his daily lifting routine. His right hand remains in a brace, a reminder of prison life. “You know what happened,” he responded when asked about the injury. “Jail is jail.”

While incarcerated, he received tons of letters from fans include one that hit home. “It was 2016, I was in the box. A six-year-old girl wrote to me; she said I was her favorite rapper… That just let me know the kids are watching me, and I have to be a role model,” he said.

That’s when he knew he had to take his music career seriously. “I didn’t really care too much for it until I went to jail and I seen how the fans were loyal,” added Bobby. “I can’t name a week that I didn’t see at least 10 [pieces] of fan mail, throughout the whole bid.”

At one point during the interview, he received a FaceTime call from Meek Mill and the two commiserated over their shared experiences. “I’m done with that [jail] shit,” he told Meek, adding, “I’ll be light-skinned in Jamaica before I go back.”

Quavo, who has remained one of his most loyal friends, started planning for Bobby’s first day out six months to a year ago after one of their phone calls. “He had this dream: a jet, flooded out with his gang, his family, a couple vibes [read: women] for him,” said the Migos rapper. “It’s like his birthday today. Whatever he wants to do, we’re doing it.”

While in prison, Bobby started reading books about real estate, which has become his new obsession. “I only want to talk about real estate now. Ask anybody. [This morning] I said, ‘Quavo–real estate!’ and he’s like, ‘Chill, you just got out.’ They made me a monster now,” said Bobby. “You’re like an animal in a fu**ing cage. And you’re mentally a monster. Physically a monster. Spiritually a monster. They aren’t going to know what to do with you.”

Additionally, Bobby recalled the last conversation he had with Nipsey Hussle, which took place just one month before the Crenshaw rapper’s death. “I only had four or five conversations with cousin,” he said. “His mind was different. He was saying all the things we were going to do when I got out.”

New music is also on the way. While he wouldn’t confirm an album, he told GQ that “projects” are in the works. Plus, he hinted at a potential collaboration with the late Pop Smoke, saying he “has something cooking.” And don’t be surprised to hear a Shmurda feature on Migos’ forthcoming album Culture III.

Now that he’s out, Bobby has no plans on going back. “I know what y’all like. I know what y’all don’t like. Y’all don’t like to see young, Black rich ni**as. So I’m going to get real rich on y’all. I’m going to make it legit, though. They want to see you ni**as back selling crack. You know what I mean? Going to jail and shit. And I’m going to make it legit now.”

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Stream the Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West Mashup Mixtape ‘Good Kid Twisted Fantasy’

Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West collide on a futuristic new project.

DJ Toasty Digital, a 26-year-old internet DJ and Yeezy superfan, has released his Good Kid Twisted Fantasy mixtape featuring a mashup of two of hip-hop’s most beloved albums, Kendrick’s good kid, m.A.A.d city and Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

The 11 tracks consist of songs and samples from the acclaimed projects, starting with “GET MUCH HIGHER,” which uses the opening lyrics to “Backseat Freestyle” over the choir from “Dark Fantasy.” Other highlights include “MAAD WORLD,” fusing Kendrick’s “m.A.A.d city” rap over the “Blame Game” instrumental.

“They’re two of my favorite albums ever,” Toasty told Input. “Both came out at a time when I was getting really into making my own music, so they definitely influenced how I thought an album should be put together.”

The project even comes with its own backstory set in the year 2050 when the world is ending, and Kanye has been missing for 30 years. Kendrick travels into space with the mixtape serving as the soundtrack to his cryogenic sleep.

Stream Good Kid Twisted Fantasy below.

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Tory Lanez Denied Right to Speak Out on Megan Thee Stallion Case

Tory Lanez took an L in court this week when a judge ruled that he cannot publicly comment on his criminal case involving Megan Thee Stallion.

In January, the “F.E.E.L.S.” singer filed a request to be able to speak publicly about the July 2020 shooting, for which he pleaded not guilty to one count of assault with a semiautomatic handgun and one count of carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm in a vehicle.

According to Page Six, Lanez’s attorney, Shawn Holley, argued that the protective order barring him from talking was “unfair” since it does not also apply to Megan, who has spoken publicly about the case on social media.

“I think in a perfect world, no one would be able to say anything,” Holley told the judge at the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles on Thursday (Feb. 25). “My goal is to be fair.”

Holley also accused Megan’s attorney, Alex Spiro, of publicly commenting on the case. “I don’t know how I can sit idly by when the complaining witness and her lawyer speak to the media,” she added.

In the end, the judge decided to keep Lanez’s protective order in place. “We have two high-profile celebrities named as the defendant and the alleged victim in this case,” the judge said, noting that “the last thing I think anyone wants” is for social media to become part of the evidence in the case.

At the hearing, Holley also alleged that one of the witnesses in the case has been “intimidated” by Megan, but the judge dismissed speaking about those “new issues” any further.

Last month, Megan called out Tory on Twitter following false reports that his charges had been dismissed. “Bitch you shot me AND MY STORY NOT CHANGING AND BITCH YOU GOING TO JAIL,” she tweeted.

Tory has maintained his innocence on social media and in his music. If convicted, he faces up to 22 years in state prison.

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Report: Drake to Release ‘Certified Lover Boy’ by April

The wait for Certified Lover Boy may soon be over.

Drake’s long-awaited album has been delayed several times, but a new report suggests that the project will arrive by April. While going live on Twitch, DJ Akademiks claimed that he spoke with the Toronto rapper, who told him that CLB is nearing completion.

“Drake told me that it’s gonna be dropping before April,” said Akademiks. “So he’s not waiting until summer to drop his shit…April, or before.”

Drake’s sixth studio album was originally due last summer before being pushed to January 2021. According to Akademiks, Drake is in no rush and will announce the album’s release in advance. “He spent so much time on this project. He’s not trying to put out a surprise project. He’s gonna let people know at least a week before.”

Last month, Drake revealed that he had planned to release the follow-up to 2018’s Scorpion in January, but he was still recovering from his knee injury.

“I was planning to release my album this month but between surgery and rehab my energy has been dedicated to recovery,” he wrote. “I’m blessed to be back on my feet feeling great and focused on the album, but CLB won’t be dropping in January.”

In the meantime, Drake has been holding fans over with his collaborations with Drakeo the Ruler (“Talk to Me”), Yung Bleu (“You’re Mines Still”), and Bryson Tiller (“Outta Time”).

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Post Malone Covers Hootie & the Blowfish’s ‘Only Wanna Be with You’

Post Malone returns with his first new music of 2021.

The singer drops a cover of Hootie & the Blowfish’s “Only Wanna Be with You” in honor of the 25th anniversary of Pokémon. Posty puts his spin on the 1995 hit, while even incorporating sound effects reminiscent of the original Pokémon video game.

He will perform the “Pokémon 25 Version” during the Pokémon Day 25th anniversary celebration and virtual concert on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. EST. The show can be viewed for free on the official Pokémon YouTube and Twitch channels, and on Pokémon’s 25th anniversary website.

The original “Only Wanna Be with You” was released over 25 years ago as part of Hootie and the Blowfish’s breakthrough album, Cracked Rear View. It peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Meanwhile, Posty is readying his “uplifting” new album, which he has been recording during quarantine in Park City, Utah.

“I’m working on an album now. There’s so much to say in these times that will give people hope and hopefully uplift people’s spirits. Because it’s a dark time in America. It’s a dark time in the world,” he told WSJ. Magazine in July. “I wanted to take more steps outside of my comfort range and make music that I think-to me-is some of the best I’ve made.”

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Lady Gaga’s Dog Walker Shot, French Bulldogs Stolen

Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and her two dogs were stolen.

The Los Angeles Police Department said a man was shot during a robbery before 10 p.m. in Hollywood on Wednesday (Feb. 24) and was transported to the hospital in stable condition. The male suspect took Gaga’s two French bulldogs, named Koji and Gustav, using a semi-automatic handgun and fled the scene in a white Nissan.

According to TMZ, three dogs were being walked and two were taken by the gunman. It’s possible the gunman did not act alone and did not know the dogs were owned by Lady Gaga.

While the victim was getting treated by paramedics on the sidewalk, he was cradling a third dog. Gaga’s bodyguard was later seen removing the black bulldog, named Asia, from the victim’s arms to comfort it.

Gaga, who is reportedly extremely upset, is offering a $500,000 reward for the dogs’ safe return, “no questions asked.” Anyone who has the dogs can email KojiandGustav@gmail.com to retrieve the reward.

The dog walker appeared to be alert and talking to first responders. He was taken to the hospital and is “recovering well.”

The singer has been in Rome filming a new movie. An investigation is ongoing.

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6ix9ine Takes Shots at Cardi B

6ix9ine Takes Shots at Cardi B

6ix9ine is back to trolling and no one is safe.

Just days after reigniting his beef with Meek Mill and Lil Durk, the controversial rapper is coming for Cardi B. In an Instagram Story posted Wednesday (Feb. 24), Tekashi took a thinly-veiled shot at the “Up” rapper.

“If I took women to hotels, drugged them, and then robbed them, would I be canceled?” he asked his followers, while prompting them to respond “yes” or “no” via a poll.

6ix9ine IG

His comments are a reference to Cardi’s confession from March 2019, where she claimed that she used to drug and rob clients who tried to pay her for sex when she worked as a stripper.

“I had to go strip, I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you want to f**k me? Yeah, yeah, yeah, let’s go to this hotel,’ and I drugged ni**as up, and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do,” said Cardi while on Instagram Live. “Nothin’ was muthafu**in’ handed to me, my ni**a. Nothing!”

This is not the first time Tekashi has tried to start beef with Cardi. He famously named her as a member of the Bloods gang while testifying during his racketeering trial in September 2019. In exchange for cooperating with the feds, he was released from prison early.

Cardi has not responded to 6ix9ine’s latest comments. Meanwhile, he continues to feud with Meek Mill following their run-in in Atlanta earlier this month. Meek’s lawyers have threatened legal action after Tekashi included footage from their confrontation in his video for “ZAZA.”

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21 Savage and Metro Boomin Drop ‘Glock in My Lap’ Video

Savage season continues.

21 Savage and Metro Boomin deliver their first visuals of the year for their Savage Mode 2 standout “Glock in My Lap.” The duo hits the streets in the dark and deadly clip, which features a cameo from the song’s producer Honorable C.N.O.T.E. The terrifying night unfolds as they come face-to face with a chainsaw-wielding assailant, but he’s no match for the Savage crew, who draws their guns and riddles him with bullets.

“Glock in My Lap” follows the videos for “My Dawg” and “Runnin” off 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’s gold-certified album Savage Mode 2, the sequel to their 2016 mixtape.

21 Savage is now plotting his next move. He recently asked fans what they want to see from him this year.

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6ix9ine Reveals 60-Pound Weight Loss

6xi9ine is opening up about his dramatic weight loss.

Following the release of his album TattleTales in September, the controversial rapper went MIA from social media. Now he explains that his absence was because he was “going through a lot in life” and was overeating, causing him to balloon to 204 pounds. He reflected on his weight loss journey, sharing a series of before-and-after photos.

“SO the real reason I LEFT Instagram and MUSIC for 6 months is because in September I was the biggest I ever got .. I weighed 204 pounds and I was kinda going through a lot in life and I was just constantly eating and eating,” Tekashi told his 23 million Instagram followers.

He decided to take some time away from the spotlight and focus on his health. He shed over 60 pounds and currently weighs 140 pounds. “I told myself to put the music to the side and focus on myself and here I am today 60 pounds lighter at 140,” he revealed.

He did not say how he lost the weight. However, it was previously reported that he had to be hospitalized after overdosing on Hydroxycut, a dietary supplement that helps with weight loss. He allegedly took two Hydroxycut pills and drank a coffee, which “increased his heart rate and caused him to sweat excessively.”

Tekashi also took a brief break from trolling to share some inspiring words with his fans. “IN LIFE everyone needs a break, in the chaos of everything that is going on in your life, tell yourself ‘ I control what happens in my life’ do NOT let anyone tell you that things you want it’s not possible, that’s FALSE! YOU WANT IT GO GET IT ! OWN THAT SHIT !” he said before adding, “I AM AND FOREVER WILL BE THE KING OF NEW YORK CHECK THE FUCKING STATS !!!!!!”

Last week, Tekashi showed off his slimmer physique in the video for his new single “ZAZA.” The clip also features footage from his infamous confrontation with Meek Mill, which prompted the Philly rapper’s lawyers to issue a cease and desist letter demanding the video’s removal from YouTube.

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Eminem Celebrates 1 Billion Streams of ‘Lose Yourself’ on Spotify

Eminem is marking a major milestone.

Back in October, the rapper’s 8 Mile single “Lose Yourself” hit 1 billion streams on Spotify, becoming the first hip-hop song from the 2000s to cross the threshold.

On Wednesday (Feb. 24), Marshall Mathers celebrated his latest achievement in a video shared across his social media channels.

“You can do anything you set your mind to, man… #LoseYourself is over 1 billion on @Spotify,” Em tweeted along with a video highlighting “Lose Yourself’s” other accomplishments.

You can do anything you set your mind to, man… #LoseYourself is over 1 billion on @Spotify pic.twitter.com/KtSOzbJK8q

— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) February 24, 2021

“Lose Yourself” was originally released in 2002 as part of the 8 Mile soundtrack. It became Eminem’s first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, winning two Grammys and an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2003. Last year, he delivered a surprise performance of the song at the Academy Awards.

“Lose Yourself” is not Em’s first song to cross the 1 billion mark on Spotify. He previously hit 1B streams with “‘Till I Collapse” from his 2002 album The Eminem Show.

Two other Eminem songs are also approaching 1 billion streams. According to The Detroit News, “Without Me” has 757 million streams on Spotify, followed by the Rihanna-assisted “Love the Way You Lie” with 751 million streams.

Additionally, his “Rap God” music video surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube last year, his third video to join the Billion Views Club, following “Not Afraid” and “Love the Way You Lie.”

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Meek Mill Sends Cease and Desist to 6ix9ine Over ‘ZAZA’ Video

Meek Mill is not happy with his unexpected appearance in 6ix9ine’s latest video.

On Friday, 6ix9ine released his “ZAZA” music video featuring footage from his recent confrontation with Meek outside an Atlanta club. At one point, Tekashi zooms in on the Philly rapper’s face and adds his own commentary: “It was at this moment that he knew he fu**ed up.”

The same day the video debuted, Meek’s legal team fired off a cease and desist letter to the head of 6ix9ine’s label, Create Music Group, demanding that CMG “immediately removes the video from YouTube, other streaming sites, and all other public platforms, without further comment or disparagement toward our client.”

If they don’t comply, Meek’s lawyers have threatened to pursue litigation against Tekashi’s label CMG as well as “secure compensatory damages” based on revenue generated from the video. The explicit clip, which currently has 33 million views, has been unlisted from YouTube but is still viewable.

Despite the legal threat, 6ix9ine shared the cease and desist letter with his 23 million Instagram followers while calling Meek a “bitch.” In his caption, he continued to taunt his rival: “HOW YOU START SOMETHING YOU CANT FINISH????? HE WANT TO BE TAKEN OUT THE VIDEO BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE LAUGHING AT HIM.”

During their heated exchange, Meek claims 6ix9ine ran up on him and tried to provoke a fight “for the love of a viral moment.” Meek says he spat on him and “almost smoked him” before he retreated. Meek appeared to respond with a 6ix9ine diss track, which includes the lyrics, “You a bitch, he a rat / He a fraud on the ‘Gram like ‘Who is that?'”

Meanwhile, 6ix9ine continues to fuel his beef with Lil Durk with a series of posts on social media.

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Chance the Rapper Sues Former Manager

Chance the Rapper is firing back at his former manager in a new lawsuit.

The Chicago rapper, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, is suing Pat Corcoran for allegedly exploiting his position and damaging the musician’s reputation by demanding kickbacks, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The lawsuit, filed Feb. 19 in Cook County court in Illinois, comes over two months after Corcoran’s company sued the rapper for $2.5 million in unpaid expenses and commissions, accusing his former client of ignoring his professional advice which led to the underwhelming success of his 2019 album The Big Day.

The new lawsuit from Bennett calls Corcoran’s filing a “gratuitous, fabricated narrative” and requests $1 million for each of the three counts: breach of fiduciary duty, interference that led to the loss of business opportunities and profit, and breach of contract.

“Mr. Corcoran has been paid in full under his management services contract with Mr. Bennett. Yet he chose to file a groundless and insulting lawsuit that ignores his own improper self-dealing and incompetence,” Bennett’s attorneys said in a statement. “Mr. Bennett has moved to dismiss the majority of that meritless lawsuit, and filed his own lawsuit to remedy the harm that Mr. Corcoran caused through his breaches of duty. Mr. Bennett trusts the legal system to reveal the truth of the parties’ relationship in due course.”

The pair began working together after the success of Chance’s second mixtape, Acid Rap, in 2013. Bennett called Corcoran a “marginally competent business manager” as well as a “bullying and abrasive self-promoter,” while alleging that Corcoran used “deception, intimidation, and verbal abuse” in an attempt to “advance his own separate business interests.”

Bennett claims Corcoran “effectively sabotaged” a deal that would have made him the “face” of music distributor UnitedMasters and tried to leverage a touring deal with Live Nation to benefit his own wine business, No Fine Print. He also accuses Corcoran of seeking kickbacks from merchandise vendors by threatening that Bennett would only hire the vendor in return for an equity interest in the company.

Additionally, Bennett disputes Corcoran’s claims surrounding The Big Day. Bennett says he spent “hours upon hours in the studio,” while Corcoran was “increasingly absent from his managerial role” and failed to come up with a marketing plan for the album. He also blames Corcoran for botching the release of vinyl orders, resulting in more than $1 million in refunds and free merchandise to disappointed fans.

Bennett, who terminated his relationship with Corcoran in April 2020, says his former manager has not transferred the chanceraps.com domain or turned over his fan mailing list to him. He is seeking a jury trial.

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Correct Your Posture With This Must-Have Ergonomic Office Chair

Correct Your Posture With This Must-Have Ergonomic Office Chair

Sitting for hours and hours at your desk, hunched over a computer can be grueling. And when you add a chair with virtually no back support into the mix, you can set yourself up for some serious problems down the road, whether it be lower back pain, neck and shoulder issues, tight hips, and more. 

While stretching and going for frequent walks can help ease the strain sitting for long hours has on your body, one of the best things you can do for yourself is invest in an ergonomic desk chair. And this one, designed by the brilliant minds at Yaasa, is one of the best you can find on the market. 

Designed to provide premium comfort and support, this desk chair will change the way you sit at your desk every day. From its headrest that provides incredible neck support to its breathable mesh backing, sitting in this chair feels like anything but work. And since you can seamlessly adjust its height and 3D armrests, you can create a truly customized sitting experience. Plus, it can support up to 286 lbs, allowing it to “move with you” as you sit in it, holding you comfortably in all the right places. 

Still not sure the Yaasa Ergonomic Office Chair can provide the proper support you need? Take a look at all the stellar things real users are saying about this game-changing desk chair online for yourself.

“This is a nice sturdy desk chair. Pairs well with my non-adjustable desk, but I really want to buy the Yaasa adjustable desk now too. So that will be my next purchase.” – Craig R.

“Really nice high quality office chair. Looks awesome in my home set up.” – Karla K.

“I shopped around for a chairs and somehow landed on Yaasa’s site. I went for it and haven’t looked back. Great buy.” – John R.

For a limited time, you can get your very own Yaasa Ergonomic Office Chair for just $359.99.

Prices subject to change.

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Travis Scott Says ‘Utopia’ Will Feature a ‘Whole New Sound’

Utopia is coming.

As he gears up for the next chapter of his career, Travis Scott covers the Spring 2021 issue of i-D, which was photographed at his home in Los Angeles by Spike Jonze.

The 28-year-old Houston rapper has kept a tight lid on details, but he opens up to one of his favorite directors, Robert Rodriguez, about the highly-anticipated follow-up to Astroworld, some of which he has been recording in Mexico.

“I never tell people this, and I’m probably going to keep it a secret still, but I’m working with some new people and I’m just trying to expand the sound,” says Travis. “I’ve been making beats again, rapping on my own beats, just putting everything together and trying to grow it really. That’s been one of the most fun things about working on this album. I’m evolving, collaborating with new people, delivering a whole new sound, a whole new range.”

Travis, who says he’s been “way more productive” during the pandemic, has been challenging himself to push the envelope. “It’s never about repeating myself, I’m just trying to make the next saga… each album is like a saga,” he adds. “There’s so much more ground I can cover, and I want to cover it, and I love the challenge of it. I want to make a fu**ing new sound. I might spend days banging my head against a wall trying to figure it out, but once I do it, it’s like ultimate ecstasy.”

He also credits his daughter Stormi, who joined her dad for the photo shoot, for influencing his music. “Fatherhood influences my job. It has a huge impact. It’s a major inspiration, you know what I’m saying? Especially Storm, she’s just acting like a kid. She’s always interested, she catches on and learns things and adapts to things so fast.”

He stopped short of revealing a release date for Utopia, only saying that it’s “coming soon.”

Meanwhile, Travis remains busy with his other ventures including his CACTI Agave Spiked Seltzer, which launches March 15. He is also hoping to bring back his Astroworld festival “around November.”

i-D’s “The Utopia in Dystopia Issue” will be available worldwide Feb. 25. Earlier today, La Flame celebrated the magazine’s release with fans at his i-D x Cactus Jack pop-up newsstand on Fairfax Ave. in L.A.

WHEEWWW Travis Scott had Fairfax shut all the way DOWN!!! 🌵😳🔥 Was y’all out there today⁉️pic.twitter.com/dfQygf2twD

— Power 106 (@Power106LA) February 24, 2021

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DaBaby Sued for Assaulting Property Owner

DaBaby is facing more legal drama.

The owner of a Runyon Canyon rental property filed a lawsuit on Monday (Feb. 22), alleging that the “Rockstar” rapper assaulted him and stole his phone when he tried to shut down an unauthorized music video shoot last December.

In the suit, obtained by Variety, Gary Pagar claims that DaBaby (real name Jonathan Kirk) rented the home on condition that no more than 12 people would be on site, in adherence with COVID-19 restrictions. However, Pagar alleges that DaBaby violated the terms of the lease and brought around 40 people to the property.

When Pagar, 64, went to the home to shut down the production, he alleges that he was attacked by an unknown assailant. Pagar says that DaBaby then got out of a car and chased him into the house, warning him not to call police. He then allegedly sucker-punched him in the mouth, knocking out a tooth and leaving him bloody.

“Mr. Kirk appears to think he’s a real tough guy,” the lawsuit states. “Mr. Kirk is wrong.”

The police were called before DaBaby fled the scene. Pagar alleges that DaBaby and his guests left thousands of dollars in damage, and have only paid a portion of the rental bill. A security camera was also allegedly destroyed to hide the fact that they had brought more than 12 people to the house.

In addition to being assaulted, Pagar claims he was spat upon and alleges that the assailants taunted him by tossing around his phone. Pagar is also suing DaBaby’s manager, Kinsza Virgil.

This is the latest altercation involving the Grammy-nominated rapper, who has been accused of assaulting and robbing a Miami club promoter and attacking a hotel employee who tried to take a picture of him. In March of 2020, he allegedly slapped a female fan during a concert in Tampa.

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Bryson Tiller Announces ‘Anniversary (Deluxe)’ Edition

Bryson Tiller is keeping the Anniversary celebration going.

The singer will release a deluxe edition of his latest album this Friday, Feb. 26. He made the announcement in a cinematic trailer featuring a new song that samples Mint Condition’s “Love Is for Fools.” The deluxe will contain five new songs including “Still Yours” featuring Big Sean, plus “Timeless Interlude Pt. II,” “Losing Focus,” “7:00,” and “Like Clockwork.”

Just last week, Tiller debuted a video for “Sorrows” off the original Anniversary album, which was released in October and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200.

NEW MUSIC THIS FRIDAY 💙 pic.twitter.com/xeBzihHL3D

— tiller (@brysontiller) February 23, 2021

Earlier this month, he told fans that a “complete” edition of Anniversary was in the works. “It was never finished to begin with. We had to hit that date so I got the rest of the songs on that bitch for y’all,” he said during a Twitch livestream.

Additionally, Tiller is working on the long-awaited Serenity, which will be a triple album featuring rap, R&B, and pop. “Over the years, I realized how much fu**in’ music I had for Serenity, all this different shit, so Serenity is not one album, it’s three albums,” he said. “It’s three volumes of the albums–one is a rap album, one is an R&B album, and then one is a pop album.”

On March 18, Pen Griffey will perform music from Trapsoul and Anniversary during an immersive concert in his hometown of Louisville, which will stream via Moment House.

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Tyga Steps Out with New Girlfriend Camaryn Swanson

Tyga Steps Out with New Girlfriend Camaryn Swanson

Tyga has a new boo.

The Well Done Fever rapper stepped out with his girlfriend Camaryn Swanson on Monday (Feb. 22). The couple enjoyed a day out at Walt Disney World in Florida with Tyga’s 8-year-old son King Cairo.

After keeping things low key, they made their relationship Instagram official, sharing photos from their Disney date on social media. Tyga can be seen with his hand around the 22-year-old model while snapping a masked selfie in front of the Magic Kingdom.

Camaryn shared the pic with her followers and captioned it with two heart emojis. The pair also showed PDA while coupled up on a private plane as Tyga lovingly scratches her chin.

Tyga and Camaryn Swanson

It’s unclear how long they’ve been dating, but the two have previously appeared together on social media. Earlier this month, Tyga surprised his girlfriend with a watch for her birthday.

Camaryn is an influencer and fashion designer from Miami with over 150,000 followers on Instagram and TikTok. She and her sister Elle Swanson also run the Meaning of Mine, a lifestyle and fashion company.

Tyga was previously in high-profile relationships with Kylie Jenner and Blac Chyna, the mother of King Cairo.

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