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Is 2 Chainz a Last-minute Feature on Kanye West’s “DONDA”

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2 Chainz stepped into the mobile studio backstage at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

As we all know, Kanye West is the king of last minute additions and changes. During his Wyoming sessions back in 2018, he was said to have put last minute touches the projects minutes before their release. When he dropped TLOP in 2016, he altered ad-libs on a few songs after the album’s release.

After everyone but Ye has spoken about his album, he is set to premiere it at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Thursday. Last Sunday, he held a listening event in Las Vegas.

DONDA, named after West’s late mother, will reportedly feature Lil Baby, Travis Scott, Baby Keem, Post Malone, Griselda and more.

It looks like Yeezy is teaming up with another frequent collaborator and friends, 2 Chainz. The Grammy-Award winning rapper took to socials early Thursday, teasing his alleged appearance on DONDA.

“Soon as we landed from Greece we pulled up on…..IYKYK,” tweeted Chainz.

2 Chainz also announced recently that he is hanging up his Trap music Jersey for good. Whether this is true or not, Tity Boi has given fans some trap classics.

Maybe he’ll bring that same feel with his appearance on DONDA. Kanye West’s DONDA premiere can also be streamed on Apple Music at 8 pm ET.

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Kanye West & Drake Are Allegedly “Friends Now”

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Kanye West and Drake have apparently mended their longstanding beef, per Karen Civil.

Back in 2018, Drake and Pusha T began their infamous rap beef, where the Good Music rapper dissed Drake on his album’s outro, “Infrared.” The album was one of five albums exclusively produced by West during his Wyoming sessions.

“Infrared” was followed by Drake’s “Duppy Freestyle,” which lead Pusha T to counter with “The Story of Adidon.” The latter revealed that the OVO honcho had a son, which was unbeknownst to the public at the time. The back and forth diss tracks, in addition to Ye’s release of “Lift Yourself” in an alleged troll effort to Drake after reportedly promising him the track, led to public discord between the two.

Ye began to take to Twitter alleging that Drake sent alarming threats to him. Drake’s Scorpion album was filled with subtle jabs at Ye in response to the previous events. In addition, Ye urged Drizzy to “calm down your light skinned” on “No Mistakes.”

Back in March, Drake released a 3-track EP, Scary Hours 2. On the Lil Baby assisted track, “Wants and Needs,” he says he should probably “link with Yeezy, I need me some Jesus.” His line led many to think he was ridiculing his newfound image Christian image. In this effort, Ye vowed to never make secular music again.

Well according to digital strategist, Karen Civil, the two legendary superstars are “friends now,” in response to LowKey’s theory.

The journalist and influencer “put money on” Drake dropping CLB to clash with Ye’s DONDA release date. Ye is set to release his 10th studio album on Friday.

While the theory seemed farfetched, it is not totally out of question. Karen Civil’s statement was later backed by Drake’s Instagram.

Drake currently follows Kanye on Instagram but unfollowed Justin Laboy after supporting Ye’s album promotion efforts. While it is confusing, to say the least, neither party has responded on the matter.

Kanye West will premiere DONDA at Mercedes Benz Stadium in ATL Thursday prior to its July 23 release.

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Jack Harlow, Latto and Saweetie Team Up With Sprite for Live Stream Concert Series

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It is no surprise that Jack Harlow is one of Hip-Hop’s brightest young stars. The Kentucky native rose to prominence in 2020 with his JetsonMade produced, hit single, “What’s Poppin.” The track was arguably the song of the Summer in 20202, which led to the release of his gold-certified debut album, Thats What They All Say. The album featured Lil Baby, Chris Brown Adam Levine, a posthumous Static Major and more.

The 23-year-old rapper is gearing up to hit the road for his now sold-out “Creme De La Creme Tour” this Fall. The tour is set to begin in Orlando on September 8th.

Before the road festivities begin, he is teaming up with Sprite for their latest, Live From The Label (LFTL) Concert Series.

“When Sprite reached out, we jumped at the opportunity,” said the “Route 66” rapper. “The brand has a history of cool. I associate them in a positive and fly light, so I look forward to building with them.”

The LFTL Concert Series kicks off on July 29th with ATL rapper Latto, followed by Saweetie on August 12th. Jack Harlow will close out to series on August 18th for the grand finale.

“I love the confidence they (Latto and Saweetie) project,” he says in admiration of his fellow headliners. “They are extremely talented and I love seeing women succeed in our art form (of music). It’s a beautiful thing.”

The LFTL campaign will also shed light on upcoming artists. Jack Harlow will be joined by Ryan Trey. Harlow cites Bryson Tiller as the source for his discovery of Ryan’s music

“I’ve been familiar with him for a while, so I think it’s a dope opportunity to show my taste in music,” said Jack. “He has a great voice and ear for beats so I’m excited to see as he continues his career.”

Latto and Saweetie will be joined by ChloTheGod and Summer Valentine respectively.

All three LFTL headliners will perform at the venue where their first-ever performance took place. For Jack Harlow, he’s taking it back to ATL.

HOW TO GET ACCESS TO THE LIVESTREAM

Be sure to grab a Live From The Label Sprite Bottle and scan the QR code to get access to the live stream concert, exclusive merch and more.

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Tory Lanez Dragged on Twitter After Claims He Was Framed in New Freestyle

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Tory lanez says he was framed.

Tory is once again trying to clear his name regarding the alleged shooting incident that involved Megan Thee Stallion.

On Monday, Lanez made an appearance on the Funk Flex radio show to deliver a freestyle over Cassidy’s “I’m A Hustla.” During the freestyle, Tory brushes off how Twitter tried to cancel him and claimed he was framed, which fans speculated is related to the alleged shooting with Megan last July 2020.

“Shout out to DaBaby, Roddy Ricch, and Lil Baby. What I’m about to say is gon’ sound a little crazy, but it’s true so don’t play me. Y’all all would have got your awards if they didn’t frame me!” He stated.

All three of the artist the “SKAT’ rapper named were indeed nominated for Best Rap Song during the Grammy Awards this year. Megan Thee Stallion took home the award with Beyoncé thanks to their Savage (Remix).

Check out a few reactions to the rhymers’ comments below.

This isn’t the first time the Canadian crooner claimed he was set up. He also made the accusations in his track “Money Over Fallouts,”

Lanez asks, “Gotta see a couple questions. How the f*ck you get shot in your foot, don’t hit no bones or tendons? How the f*ck your team is trying to pay me in some whole millions? I just lost like 10 million dollars because this cold business. But I got like 10 million followers that’s gon’ roll with me. Fans that support me because they know my heart.”

Tory Lanez has always maintained his innocence, however currently he is restricted from publicly speaking on the incident while charges are still pending.

Do you think they were snubbed for sympathy or Megan rightfully earned her Best Rap Grammy?

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Erykah Badu Announces Multiple 2021 Tour Dates

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Erykah Badu is hitting the road, multiple tour dates announced.

Erykah announced that she is going on tour and released a list of limited tour dates on Monday.

The neo-soul queen will kick off her tour on October 18, in Denver. She also plans to stop in New York City, Austin, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and Louisville.

Badu’s tour dates likely come as a relief to her fans after she confessed during an interview with the New York Times that she does not fancy touring.

“I didn’t miss it,” she said in reference to live shows. “I’ve always wanted to perform from my bed at home. I’m the laziest artist probably in Dallas. I never wanted to do the packing and going through the car and luggage and the hotel and, ‘What’s the password? What’s the internet?’ You get tired after years and years of doing it, you know?”

This news follows the recent announcement of Badu joining musical artist H.E.R. for H.E.R.’s Lights On Festival which takes place September 18, and 19, in Concord, California. Tickets for her solo shows go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 23.

With all our favorite musicians back on the road, which artist are you excited to see take the stage?

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Kanye West Will Host Another “DONDA” Album Listening Party

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Kanye West took over the weekend in Las Vegas with his private listening party for his forthcoming album DONDA. Many notable stars were present and raved about the new music from the Chicago rapper. 

Whoever missed the first event, will have another chance to get first dibs on Ye’s new album. Live Nation announced that West will hold a second listening party, but this one will be open to the public. The event will be happening this Thursday in Atlanta. 

“JUST ANNOUNCED: @kanyewest Presents: A Donda Listening Event at @MBStadium in Atlanta, GA this Thursday, July 22 at 8pm. Buy tickets beginning today at 2pm PT/ 5pm ET at https://bit.ly/2Uvoc3s

The hype and anticipation around DONDA is steadily increasing. Social media influencer, Justin LaBoy has praised the album and already named it “album of the year.”

Also saying “Kanye played his new album for me & @KDTrey5 last night in Vegas,” he tweeted. “Man listen! The production is light years ahead of it’s time, and the bars sound like he’s broke & hungry trying to get signed again. Any artist who plan on dropping soon should just push it back #Respectfully.”

It’s reported that DONDA will have verses from Lil Baby, Travis Scott, Post Malone, and Pusha. It’s also said that the project will still include some religious themes that were present throughout his previous release Jesus Is King.

Kanye’s press reps at Universal Music did not comment on the projected release date, nor did they comment on our request for confirmation that the artwork circulating around the internet is official.

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Snippets of Kanye West’s New Album Surfaces

Strip Club Bartender Alleges Kanye West Tipped Her $15K For Listening To Her

Kanye West shut down Las Vegas this weekend when he held a private listening session Sunday. He first made an appearance during Ice Cube’s Big 3 basketball games on Saturday.

The music and fashion mogul appeared to walk in with Dreamchasers artist, Vory and Respectfully Justin host, Justin LaBoy, who took to Twitter after hearing Ye’s new album. He was also joined by NBA star Kevin Durant.

Kanye West album is really done,” tweeted Justin. “When it drops this week, we probably not going to listen to anything else for a while.. Let me go enjoy all the current artist I’m listening to until then. God bless #Respectfully”

Although no phones were allowed in the Vegas listening session, someone was able to do so and snagged two snippets. One of the songs features Dying For My Bitch rapper, Baby Keem.

The general consensus around the alleged album is Kanye’s record with Lil Baby. Many are calling it a club banger, applauding Lil Baby’s exceptional performance. It is safe to say the 4PF CEO understood the assignment, per usual.

Those who attended the event have speculated a number of additional features on the album including Travis Scott, Post Malone, Grisela, and more. Tickets for the DONDA listening party in ATL at Mercedes Benz Stadium went up for sale at 1 pm. The announcement immediately crashed the site. Peep the DONDA cover art below.

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Unreleased ASAP Rocky Song Previewed In New PacSun Ad

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As of late, ASAP Rocky has been in his bag. The Harlem rapper just collaborated with the shoe company Vans, and now has a new partnership with PacSun.

Now we can expect new music from Flocka as PacSun released a new video ad featuring unreleased music from ASAP Rocky

On July 8, PacSun named Rocky the first-ever guest artistic director for them. In a statement released on Thursday, Rocky spoke on the partnership. 

“This partnership is special to me because it’s a collaboration that combines my roots, A$AP Worldwide, and some of the most respected heritage brands that have roots in both the sportswear and lifestyle worlds,” he said. “Together with PacSun, we will be releasing several limited-edition collections that are both nostalgic and forward at the same time.”

ASAP Rocky killed two birds with one stone with the PacSun campaign because it also displays the Vans capsule collection.

It’s been all win and power moves for the leading member of the A$AP Mob. He has his beautiful queen Rihanna, next to him, he’s doing fashion collabs, and now we’re getting to the music. He announced in May that his forthcoming album, All Smiles was 90 percent completed. Rocky will also be headlining Governors Ball 2021 taking place in September, in New York City.

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ICYMI: Black Tik Tok Creators Are On Strike

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#BlackTikTokStrike creators demand credit.

If you’re wondering why we haven’t seen a new viral dance, it’s because the main ones responsible for making them have all put a temporary holt on their creations.

Black Tik Tok content creators are frustrated with the social media app using them for their liking and not giving them the proper acknowledgment. As a result, they all went on strike and are refusing to create new dances on the app until they’re properly credited and compensated.

The #BlackTikTokStrike, which has extended into its third week, isn’t asking users to drop the app, instead, its purpose is to share videos calling out what they say is “preferential treatment” for white creators who receive millions of views by performing dances they appropriated from Black creators.

Megan The Stallion’s new song “Thot Sh*t” is the first song to receive this treatment. On June 20, Black Tik Tok creator Erick Louis posted a video set to the new Megan Thee Stallion song. In the :15 second video, Louis, 21, fakes like he’s about to dance to the track as the words “MADE A DANCE TO THIS SONG” are shown on the screen above his head. Rather than dancing, he holds up both middle fingers as the text displayed on the screen changes to say, “SIKE. THIS APP WOULD BE NOTHING WITHOUT [BLACK] PEOPLE.” Louis’ video has been viewed more than 426,000 times since it was posted on Friday.

The strike began in late June and, as of Thursday morning, the hashtag has been viewed on TikTok more than 3.6 million times.

What are your thoughts on the #BlackTikTokStrike ? Are you in support of black content creators receiving credit for their choreography?

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DMX Mural Unveiled at Calcagno Houses, Yonkers, New York

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DMX mural in hometown is paying tribute to the late rapper.

On Tuesday, artist Floyd Simmons unveiled a mural of DMX in Yonkers, New York.  The massive tribute is located on  a wall near the Calcagno Homes on School Street, the same public housing where X once lived. 

In a statement, Simmons said he was grateful for the opportunity to pay tribute to the Ruff Ryder.

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DMX Mural

This follows the reports of DMX’s cause of death last week.

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, died from a cocaine-induced heart attack, which prevented circulation to his brain.

“It was cardiac arrest for a period of time, so there was no circulation to the brain,” said a medical examiner’s office rep, who also added X’s regular cocaine use ultimately leading up to his death.

“His death literally happened immediately because the brain was dead,” the source added. “So obviously, there were a number of days where he was on ventilatory support and so forth in the hospital. However, he was diagnosed brain-dead early on…He never woke up from [a] coma.”

DMX was taken off of life support after being in a coma for almost a week before being taken off ventilation systems and pronounced dead on April 9. He was 50 years old.

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