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WATCH: Tyler, The Creator Breaks Up With His Boyfriend in New Music Video For “A BOY IS A GUN*”

“Take your hoodie off / Why you hide your face from me?
Make your fucking mind up / I am sick of waiting patiently.
How come you the best to me? / I know you the worst for me.
Boy, you sweet as sugar; diabetic to the first degree.”

The opening bars from Tyler, The Creator’s latest single “A BOY IS A GUN*” are clearly about a male lover, but it’s his new music video for the IGOR album cut that visually confirms his stance on same-sex relationships.


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After rapping about “kissing white boys since 2004” on the Flower Boy standout “I Ain’t Got Time!,” the debate on Tyler’s actual sexuality has been a topic of discussion by his global fanbase and the industry alike. However, whether he’s trolling to challenge the epidemic of homosexuality in Hip-Hop or he’s actually somewhere on the spectrum, the truth is that he’s one of the biggest advocates for LGBTQ representation in rap and his support doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon based off his new WOLF HALEY-directed (aka himself) music video. The cinematography overall is rooted in a ’60s-style aesthetic, from the retro ‘fits and dream-like filter to Tyler’s Twiggy-inspired blonde wig. From the artsy vibes to the inclusive narrative, we say he nailed it with this one.

Watch the new music video for “A BOY IS A GUN*” by Tyler, The Creator above, and stream IGOR right now on all streaming platforms.

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WATCH: Amazon Music Pays Homage to The Notorious B.I.G’s Debut Album With ‘The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die’ Doc

Our love for The The Notorious B.I.G. will always be just that — big! Who would’ve thought that 25 years ago, a guy self-described as “Black and ugly as ever” would go on to become one of the most revered emcees to ever touch a mic by kicking off his career with a debut album we all know and love as Ready To Die. The LP was universally acclaimed from jump — we even had to bump it up from our original 4.5 rating in ’94 to a perfect Five Mics score back in ’02! — and the appreciation hasn’t faltered in the time since its release.

Now, Amazon Music is taking time to show Biggie’s arrival album its proper dues with a mini doc that you can watch right now.



The doc includes words and recollections from those who were there from the beginning, including Mister Cee who submitted BIG’s first mixtape to The Source‘s former “Unsigned Hype” editor Matty C. The rest is of course history, leading to a feature in our March 1992 publication (Issue #30) that would go on to officially put him on the rap map and, well, a legend was born!

The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die is narrated in part by the slain rapper himself, and even comes with an extra Amazon Music component that you can activate by saying “Alexa, play ‘The Birth of Biggie.’” Technology, man!

Watch The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die by Amazon Music above. R.I.P forever, B.I.G.!

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Yasiin Bey Will Return to His Mos Def Roots With a ‘Black on Both Sides’ 20th Anniversary Concert in Brooklyn

Yasiin Bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def, has made some classic albums in his decades-spanning career. However, one that stands out prominently for Hip-Hop fans is his first LP, Black on Both Sides. To celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary next month, the GRAMMY, Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated rapper will soon be performing the entire album live during a homecoming show of sorts in the city that birthed him.



The album, first released by Rawkus and Priority Records on October 12, 1999, spoke to a handful of social issues, whether it saw Mos calling for Black people to shine their light on the world (“Umi Says”) or being an early supporter of water preservation (“New World Water”) that we now see people like Jayden Smith fighting passionately for today. The show will go down at Brooklyn Steel, with an opening set by ’90s rap duo Camp Lo. A chance to hear “Ms. Fat Booty,” “Mathematics,” “Brooklyn” and “Luchini AKA This Is It” all in one night? Sounds like a night to remember!

The 20th anniversary Black on Both Sides concert by Yasiin Bey/Mos Def goes down on November 3 at Brooklyn Steel starting at 8PM (doors at 7PM), with tickets scheduled to go on sale this Friday (September 13) at 10AM EST. Cop your advanced tickets soon by clicking here.

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The Abstract! Q-Tip Will Be at Bonhams New York Showcasing His Personal Art Collection

Q-Tip has always been known as “The Abstract” of his rap collective we all know and love as A Tribe Called Quest, and now he’s proving exactly why by curating a special art exhibition at legendary auction house Bonhams New York.



Kamaal has been collecting artwork from the likes of Nina Chanel Abney (seen above), Harmony Korine, William Villalongo and Fred Brathwaite, the latter who the Hip-Hop masses may know better as Fab 5 Freddy. Select pieces that will be featured in the show include modern works spanning from 2013 to 2018, one in particular being Richard Prince’s “Untitled” from 2015 that ATCQ used three years ago as the album cover for their final album We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.

Here’s what Tip had to say to Bonhams exclusively about his upcoming art show:

“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to showcase and recognize some of the most talented artists that have inspired me personally and professionally. This would not have been possible were it not for Bonhams’ generosity and commitment in sharing my collection to the public. My hope is that this exhibition will encourage visitors to learn something new, be inspired, and discover the brilliance of some of these incredible emerging artists.”

Q-Tip, The Abstract

The show will run for two weeks starting on September 20 and ending on October 4. Also, the exhibition is free of charge and open to the public.

For more information, and to preview the pieces featured in ‘Q-Tip: The Collection,’ head over to Bonhams to learn more.

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All Falls Down: Kanye West’s “Dome Homes” Demolished Due to Noise Complaints & Permit Violations

When news broke last month that Kanye West was building dome-like concept homes in his Calabasas neighborhood, the idea seemed pretty neat and innovative overall at the time. However, it now looks like the whole thing was ill-fated from the beginning and has since been demolished for the most part by the City of Los Angeles.



TMZ, who also broke the original story, now reports that noise complaints from neighbors and the “minor” fact that ‘Ye never got the proper permits to start building in the first place led to the downfall of his otherwise genius idea. As of now, only one tower is still standing, as seen above in the video report by CBS LA, and even that one will have to be torn down before the September 15 deadline put in place by the L.A. County Department of Public Works.

In addition to regulation violations, Kanye and crew were reportedly doing construction for more than 12 hours on Saturdays — it’s against the area’s 8AM – 5PM building policy — and even working on Sundays, which isn’t allowed at all. Hey, maybe the new Wyoming property he just bought will be the new home for his dome community.

Do you think Kanye West is getting unfair treatment for a plan that could change the community, or did he bring this on himself for not following the proper procedure? Let us know your thoughts over on Facebook and Twitter!

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Welcome to Wyoming! Kanye West Drops $14 Million USD to Purchase ‘Monster Lake Ranch’

For those that loved Kanye West’s ye album from last year, you might agree that he does some of his best work while being isolated in the far out lands of Wyoming. Thankfully for Team Yeezy, it looks like the Chicago-bred rap king will be spending way more time out there to record new music as he reportedly just bought a massive property located in the city of Cody.



Jetting around on ATVs a few days ago, as seen in the clip above, Kanye seems to be getting more in tuned with being a man of the mountains. The property that he purchased is called Monster Lake Ranch, and comes with eight lodging units, a pair of freshwater lakes, a restaurant, event center and meeting facilities for all those important DONDA meetings, as TMZ exclusively reports. The specs are spacious to say the least: more than 9,000 acres make up the property, with 4,500 of those that Kanye can now claim as his own and the remaining being leased from the federal government. Reportedly, Ye didn’t even have to pay the full $14 million USD that Monster Lake Ranch is worth. Steal!

Kanye West’s new Wyoming residence is reportedly where he’ll be finishing up his new album, Jesus Is King. Let’s pray for another banger this time around!

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WATCH: Curren$y Keeps the ‘Hot August Nights’ Going in New Video For “Must Admit”

Curren$y dropped some fire with his latest EP Hot August Nights back in August, and it looks like the N’awlins-bred emcee is extending the summer vibes into September with a new music video for the mixtape cut “Must Admit.”



“Cheeky” in more ways than one, the visuals were handled by director Yuset Pozo and shows Spitta Andretti in a position that everyone wants to be in during the last leg of summer — rooftop vibes, FTW! From calling in a barber to get him fresh before the night’s shenanigans, to hosting a few poolside video vixens with barely-there bathing suits on, the Southern indie rap all-star definitely knows how to cap off the season on the right note. Being that in past years we got used to getting mixtapes by the droves from Spitta, Hot August Nights being his only solo delivery of 2019 makes this a moment worth appreciating, especially for those who rep that Jet Life daily.

Watch the new music video for “Must Admit” by Curren$y above, and stream Hot August Nights on streaming platforms and websites like Datpiff.

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Exclusive: Boi-1da Breaks Down Rémy Producers and Crowns Ovalord as East Regional Season 6 Winner

“It feels great to win tonight!”

That was the first thing that Ovalord, winner of the Rémy Producers Season 6 East Regional showdown in NYC last night, had to say exclusively to The Source about coming out on top in the competition. He expressed his gratitude even further to us by stating, “It’s an inspiration seeing all these major producers like TRAKGIRL, Boi-1da, Illmind and even MILO giving me respect — it’s just dope. Rémy Producers has something great going on; it’s one of those platforms that gives producers the biggest spotlight and the ultimate support. I appreciate everything!”



The night capped off at PHD Lounge in NYC’s Meatpacking District last night (September 4), where droves of influencers and Downtown dwellers got an early start to their NYFW festivities by coming through to hear some fire beats. As Ovalord mentioned above, the night was spearheaded by super producer Boi-1da, who served as a judge alongside fellow renowned beat maker TRAKGIRL and Season Five winner MILO. Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club host DJ Envy served as host of the night, particularly when it came time to judge the finalists.

The prize included an opportunity to compete in the national finale in ATL, where all the regional winners will go head-to-head for the grand prize: a producers deal with So-So Def Records’ own Jermaine Dupri. Ovalord performed in front of a pretty tough crowd, which included Angela Simmons, comedian Gary Owen and singer Elle Varner.

We also got a chance to chop it up with Boi-1da after it was all said and done, and he broke down the competition as a whole and what exactly went into choosing the big winner of the night. Take a look below at what he had to say:


“I am excited to be a part of the 6th season of Rémy Producers. Serving as a Super Producer allows me to meet new talent and encourage them to strengthen their craft. It was the perfect opportunity to serve as a mentor, and I salute Rémy Martin’s commitment to the next generation. We were looking for beats that were unique, innovative, and hard-hitting, which is what tonight’s winner Ovalord brought to the competition. We want to hear originality and creativity; beats that we can feel confident about.”

Boi-1da, producer


Stay tuned for more information on Rémy Producers and the big finale event later this month by heading over to producers.remymartin.com. Check out the quick photo recap below, and as always drink responsibly if you’re legally able to do so:



Image: Rémy Martin

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WATCH: Lil Nas X Plays a Dancing Digital Stalker in His New “Panini” Music Video

Following the sci-fi-themed animated YouTube visuals for his hit single “Panini” when it first dropped earlier this summer, Lil Nas X has now unveiled an official music video for the song that’s just as tech-savvy and even features the beautiful Skai Jackson as his leading lady.


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Directed by YouTuber Mike Diva, the new “Panini” video takes us into a world that’s completely taken over by the “Old Town Road” hitmaker. Digital billboards, in-flight movies, 3D Beats by Dre ads — there’s literally no avoiding this guy, as Skai finds out quickly throughout the two-and-a-half minute clip. However, in this Fifth Element-inspired reality, it becomes apparent that Lil Nas X isn’t going anywhere and is just beginning to embark on his worldwide domination. Hmm…that sounds pretty accurate to how things are playing out in the real world, doesn’t it?

Watch the official music video for Lil Nas X’s hit single “Panini” above, and be sure to listen to his 7 EP on all streaming platforms now.

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Lizzo Now Has the No. 1 Song on Billboard Hot 100 With “Truth Hurts”

After turning heads with her live performance at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, pop/soul sensation Lizzo is capping off her summer with a bang by landing the number one spot this week on the Billboard Hot 100 with her two-year-old viral hit “Truth Hurts.”



The song’s release history plays out like a “little engine that could” tale. Actually, “Truth Hurts” didn’t even chart when it was first released back in 2017; the song resurfaced on the charts earlier this year after a surge in popularity following the success of her hit 2019 album Cuz I Love You. The song was then put on the deluxe version of the album as a bonus track, and over the past few months has become an anthem for anyone that enjoys feel-good music and aligns themselves with Lizzo’s overall positivity initiative. Lizzo herself was ecstatic about the feat, writing on IG in all caps, “THIS IS A W FOR ALL OF US. ANYBODY WHO EVER FELT LIKE THEY VOICE WASN’T HEARD. ANYBODY WHO FELT LIKE THEY WEREN’T GOOD ENOUGH. YOU ARE. WE ARE. CHAMPIONS.”

Congratulations, Lizzo! Watch the video for “Truth Hurts” below if you haven’t already, and go listen to Cuz I Love You on all streaming platforms:

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