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Alicia Keys to Host Grammys for Second Year

Alicia Keys is back for another round.

After making her hosting debut earlier this year, the 15-time Grammy winner will return to host the 62nd annual Grammy Awards next year.

“At first, I did think last year was a one-time thing, but when the opportunity came back around, there was no question about returning as host,” Keys said in a statement. “Last year was such a powerful experience for me. Not only did I feel the love in the room, but I felt it from around the world and it confirmed the healing and unifying power of music.”

Added Recording Academy President/CEO Deborah Dugan, “From Best New Artist recipient to Grammy Award host, Alicia Keys has been a beacon of artistry within the music community for more than two decades. Last year was a testament to her compelling creativity and we are thrilled that she will return to the Grammy stage as our host.”

Keys, who won her most recent Grammy for Best R&B Album for Girl on Fire in 2014, is gearing up to release her seventh studio album next year. Earlier this month, she released the remix to her Miguel-assisted single “Show Me Love” featuring 21 Savage.

The nominees for the 62nd annual Grammys will be announced on Nov. 20, while the show airs Jan. 26 on CBS.

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JAY-Z Had ‘Some Influence’ in Colin Kaepernick’s NFL Workout

JAY-Z may be bringing Colin Kaepernick and the NFL back together.

On Tuesday, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback announced that the NFL had reached out to him about a workout this weekend.

“I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday,” tweeted Kap. “I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.”

Now NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reports that JAY-Z potentially used his “influence” with the league to sway teams into reconsidering the ostracized quarterback, who was drummed out of the league for kneeling during the national anthem three years ago.

“I am also told that JAY-Z–who has been working with the NFL on some social justice initiatives–was involved in this and pushed this idea to some extent,” said Rapoport.

He also noted that this is not part of Kaepernick’s settlement with the NFL, nor did he ask for this in his settlement.

In August, JAY-Z announced a music and social justice partnership with the NFL, which included a $400,000 donation to two Chicago charities as part of the newly-launched Inspire Change program.

However, the partnership was met with backlash from some who saw the move as betraying Kaepernick and profiting off his struggle. Diddy for one shared his support for his fellow mogul and remained hopeful that he will bring change to the NFL. “I’m also proud of my brother JAY Z for showing how it should be done!” he wrote. “It’s time to play chess not checkers, I believe he is going to do some incredible things.”

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The Game Debuts ‘Stainless’ Video with Anderson .Paak

The Game teams up with Anderson .Paak in the video for “Stainless,” the second video from his upcoming album Born 2 Rap.

Directed by Aaron “A.G.” Green, the visual finds the Compton rapper cruising through L.A. at 2 a.m. in his custom blue Lamborghini with Nipsey Hussle’s face painted on the hood. He meets up with the Oxnard crooner in a parking lot and rides down Sunset with his stainless by his side. In one scene, he also recreates his iconic Documentary album cover.

Produced by Big Duke, “Stainless” follows “West Side” off Game’s ninth and final album Born 2 Rap, due Nov. 29 via his newly-launched Prolific Records.

While he received some backlash for “exploiting” Nipsey’s phrase, Game says he was only paying tribute to the Crenshaw rapper. “The use of the word ‘Prolific’ by myself is only my way of helping to carry on my bro’s legacy,” he said.

Head West with Game and Anderson below.

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Rihanna Claps Back After Being Questioned About Album Status

Rihanna fans may have to keep waiting for new music.

Despite rumors that a new album will drop this year, Rihanna’s schedule isn’t letting up. On Wednesday morning, the multi-hyphenate mogul took to Instagram to apologize for not being around due to her overwhelming workload.

“To all my friends/family/coworkers who I have yet to get back to in the past months…please forgive me,” she wrote. “This year has been quite an overwhelming one, and I’m working on that ish called Balance. brb.”

While some fans were understanding, others reminded Rihanna that she still hasn’t released an album in nearly four years. “Where’s the album heaux?!!!” commented her stylist and Fenty junior creative director Jahleel Weaver.

But RiRi was not here for it and jokingly clapped back, “I don’t need this kinda negativity in my life! BLOCKT.”

Fans have been patiently awaiting Rihanna’s ninth album, dubbed R9. “I like to look at it as a reggae-inspired or reggae-infused album,” she recently told Vogue. “It’s not gonna be typical of what you know as reggae.”

The world’s richest female artist has been busy growing her $600 million empire, which includes her Savage X Fenty lingerie line, Fenty Beauty, and Fenty brand partnership with LVMH. Last month, she released her 504-page photo book.

“I have been trying to get back into the studio. It’s not like I can lock myself in for an extended amount of time, like I had the luxury of doing before,” she said. “I know I have some very unhappy fans who don’t understand the inside bits of how it works.”

But despite her other endeavors, she will never turn her back on music. “Music is, like, speaking in code to the world, where they get it. It’s the weird language that connects me to them,” she said. “Me the designer, me the woman who creates makeup and lingerie–it all started with music. It was my first pen pal-ship to the world. To cut that off is to cut my communication off. All of these other things flourish on top of that foundation.”

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Kodak Black Sentenced to 46 Months on Federal Weapons Charges

Kodak Black will remain in jail.

A Miami federal judge sentenced the South Florida rapper to 46 months in prison Wednesday on weapons charges, according to the Miami Herald. His sentence is considerably less than the maximum 10-year sentence he was facing.

The state had asked for 46 to 57 months, while Black’s lawyers were pushing for 37 to 44 months or less, court records show.

Before his sentence was handed down, Kodak accepted responsibility for his crimes. “I’m sorry for the actions that led me for where I’m standing,” said the 22-year-old rapper. “I do take full responsibility for my mishap.”

In August, Black pleaded guilty to making false statements on federal forms when he purchased firearms at a weapons store in January and again in March.

“Young people do stupid things,” U.S. District Court Judge Federico Moreno told Black. “But the problem is that you’ve been doing stupid things since you were 15.”

While behind bars last month, Black was involved in a prison fight at Miami’s Federal Detention Center that left one guard hospitalized. He allegedly attacked a corrections officer, who must undergo surgery after Kodak grabbed his testicles.

Kodak is also facing two pending federal criminal cases including a 2016 alleged sexual assault in South Carolina which carries a maximum 30-year sentence. The other involves drugs and weapons that were found in Kodak’s car as he tried to enter Canada from the U.S. for a show in April.

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Kehlani Opens Up About YG Relationship on ‘You Know Wassup’

Kehlani pours her heart out on her new song “You Know Wassup.”

The singer opens up for the first time since her boyfriend YG was seen getting cozy with another woman outside a nightclub on Halloween.

“Why I gotta beg to be chosen over your vices, over your liquor?” she asks on The Rascals production. “Why I gotta ask for flowers / I deserve roses / I deserve bigger / I know you’re trying to change, but is it all worth the wait?”

A vulnerable Kehlani admits that it’s been a roller coaster of emotions. “I watch your demons cause me drama / Now I’m triggered / All this drama / You’re embarrassed and in shock and we still in love.”

But despite the pain he’s caused her, she still loves the Compton rapper. “And I still tell the world I’m in love with you / ‘Cause I ain’t ashamed to say / Got your name tatted on my wrist / Any bitch got a bone to pick, you know whose phone to hit.”

Kehlani goes on to profess her love for YG and even reveals plans to take his last name. “You’re still my love / You’re still my heart / That’s still my dick / Still wanna be Mrs. Jackson,” she sings. “Waited five years to be on the team / Look damn good fuckin’ with me.”

Last month, video surfaced of YG seemingly kissing a mystery brunette in his red Lamborghini after leaving Todd Gurley’s Halloween party in L.A. He later addressed the cheating allegations, saying he was drunk, but did not kiss the woman.

“He was drunk, got carried away and it was very regretful for putting himself in that situation and hurting Kehlani,” his rep told The Shade Room. “He has no romantic connection to the girl, just a drunken moment carried away.”

The rapper, 29, and singer, 24, went public with their relationship during New York Fashion Week in September. Kehlani shared several photos of them kissing and showing PDA while at dinner. “5 years in the making,” she tweeted.

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Summer Walker Cancels Tour Dates Due to Social Anxiety

Summer Walker is officially Over It.

The R&B singer has pulled the plug on the majority of her “First and Last Tour” due to her extreme social anxiety. She made the announcement Tuesday in a video on Instagram.

“I truly appreciate all the support and love. As you know, I have been very open about my struggle with social anxiety. I want to continue to be healthy and to make music for y’all, so I have decided to cut down some of the dates on the tour,” said the self-described introvert. “I hope you all can understand. I’m grateful for every single one of you, and I hope that you understand that wellness/mental health is important. All cancelled dates will be refunded asap. Thank you.”

The aptly-titled “First and Last Tour” kicked off last month. Twenty of the 29 remaining dates have been canceled. The nine cities that remain include San Francisco, Toronto, Chicago, Royal Oak, Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, and Atlanta.

On Saturday, Walker performed at Tyler, the Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival and headlined her own sold-out show at L.A.’s The Novo on Friday where she brought out Usher and Jhené Aiko. She addressed her anxiety while on stage.

“If anybody in here has social anxiety, I just wanna let you know that shit is real, but don’t let it stop the bag,” she said. “Don’t let it stop anything that you wanna do.”

Walker also received criticism for not hugging fans during her meet and greets. “For those who’re upset b/c I don’t give hugs idk what to tell you…I’m an empath, and that transference of energy from that many people each day would literally KILL me,” she explained. “So I ask you please respect my space in those moments.”

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I just want to say to all the fans who purchase meet & greets I really APPRECIATE y’all taking the extra time to meet me and share your stories. I tell everyone individually “thank you”, I spread love, we laugh & I give genuine compliments🖤 now for those who’re upset b/c I don’t give hugs idk what to tell you…I’m an empath, and that transference of energy from that many people each day would literally KILL me.. y’all may not understand what I’m talking about but for example… there’s a lot of people out here faking the funk with a smile on their face like they got it together but inside your actually suffering from some sort of traumatic experience, a loss, depressed, fearful, envious or whatever the case may be BUT I CAN FEEL IT. So I ask you please respect my space in those moments 🖤

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Walker’s debut album Over It opened at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 last month and set a record for the largest streaming week ever for an R&B album by a woman.

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West List Calabasas Condo for $3.5 Million

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are putting their Calabasas crib up for sale.

The superstar couple has listed the luxurious condo with a $3.5 million price tag. The 2,260 sq. ft. pied-à-terre is located in the new Avanti complex in downtown Calabasas and features three bedrooms and four bathrooms. According to Variety, Kim purchased the unit in August 2017 for $1.6 million and hired Vincent Van Duysen, the Belgian architect behind the couple’s Hidden Hills mansion, to design the minimalist interiors.

The open-concept living, dining, and kitchen area features high-end Gaggenau and Sub-Zero appliances, wide-plank European oak flooring, and soft shades of grey. There is a semi-private elevator with direct access to the suite as well as a covered deck for outdoor living.

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Kim’s mother Kris Jenner owns at least three other units in the Avanti complex, which are occupied by family members, including Jenner’s mother Mary Jo Houghton and cousin Cici Bussey.

Kim and Kanye have several properties in the area including a 320-acre tract of land in Calabasas, which they purchased in May 2018 for $6.5 million. They recently acquired a 1.5-acre ranch in Hidden Hills for $3 million that neighbors their 15,000-square-foot mansion in the guard-gated community.

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Talib Kweli & El-P Recall Rawkus Records Taking A Chance On Underground Hip-Hop

Run The Jewels and Company Flow co-founder El-P is the latest guest on Talib Kweli’s The People’s Party Podcast, with co-host Jasmin Leigh. The two natives of Brooklyn, New York have plenty of history together, including Hip Hop For Respect. They were label-mates at Rawkus Records during an inflection point in both artist’s careers, making albums that galvanized an iconic underground Hip-Hop label that reached the mainstream. The two men relive some history from the mid-1990s when each hungry Hip-Hop artist found a home that was down to put out music by their respective groups. Ahead of the 30:00 mark, El-P remembers working at Lower Manhattan’s Tower Records with Co Flow band-mate Bigg Jus. Notably, some years later, Kweli recalls a job selling incense and oils outside that same Lafayette Street music store. El recalls Company Flow using Tower’s postage to ship demo materials to record labels. “We’d take our money that we earned there, and we’d go record at night,” he remembers of early songs like “8 Steps To Perfection” and others. The trio (also including New Jersey producer/DJ Mr. Len) had room on the 12″ recording. That birthed the eight songs on 1996 Official Records’ Funcrusher. “That was literally as simple as it was,” El says. “Why are we just putting a song and an instrumental on this piece of plastic? It’s gonna cost the same amount of money to put eight of these songs on here.” Talib Kweli Says The New Black Star Album With Madlib Is Done Talib brings up the years that followed. “[You and I] were signed to Rawkus at the same time. Black Star was more jazzy, melodic. We were in the same circles, in terms of crews, but sonically, not so [much]. Did you ever feel like there was a competition between Company Flow and Black Star? Because we were operating in the same spaces and sort of vying for the same fan-base, just different sides of people’s brain.” El responds with what appears to be a joke, “Nah. The only time I ever thought there was a competition was when you got to the B.D.P beat before me. I was like, ‘F*ck those dudes.’ I was mad about that one.” He is referring to DJ Hi-Tek’s “Definition” track for Black Star, which samples Boogie Down Productions’ “The P Is Free (Remix).” El continues, “I think my influences were really rooted in sh*t like B.D.P, and [Public Enemy], and Run-D.M.C., and old Schoolly D, and Fat Boys, sh*t like that, and Slick Rick—big, big Hip-Hop records with stabs. To this day, that’s kinda my thing.” Kweli then reflects, “Like, we weren’t as lo-fi as a Madlib, but it was definitely a warm, fuzzier thing that we were doing.” “For sure,” El agrees. “And that’s why it worked. That’s why we coexisted. Because, to be fair, it never felt like a competition. You were always doing your thing. The thing about that period of time, and that era, which was so special, is that there were so many people doing different sh*t. The ones that really stood one—the ones that ended up being some of the groups that we’d call defining of that era, I think Company Flow is included, and I know Black Star is, and I know there’s a couple others—everybody had their slot that they filled that created this picture. There’s a lot going on in this movement. There was. You remember the open mics and sh*t; everybody would get up and have a style, and everyone was into that different style.” Evil Dee Details What Led To The Demise Of Rawkus Records Talib continues, “For me, when I got to Rawkus, what was exciting about [the label] to me was [Missin’ Linx member] Black Attack was there, and Shabaam [Sahdeeq] was there, and Sir Menelik was there; I wasn’t familiar with Menelik, but I was familiar with Kool Keith, and Company Flow was there. Y’all established it before we got there.” “I feel like Rawkus co-opted this whole ‘independent as f*ck’ thing.” El responds, “I think that Rawkus certainly recognized it, and I think they had the ability to do something about it.” El says that Company Flow came up with the mantra while hand-designing artwork at a kitchen table using glue-sticks. It would eventually become a moniker in the late 1990s and early 2000s Rap underground. Kweli recalls being introduced to Rawkus co-founder Jarret Myer, who produces The People’s Party through then-Fugees affiliate John Forté. “I remember Jarret and Brian [Brater], these two white guys from Brown University, they came to the hood—they came to Crown Heights, and John Forté was there. Everybody was rhyming their ass off; everybody had a blunt and a 40 [ounce beer]. Everybody was trying to get a record deal, rhyming their ass off. At this point, I don’t even think that they had y’all yet. I remember John Forté being like, ‘Why ain’t you rappin’?’ I’m like, ‘This indie label sh*t? I’m trying to get to a major.'” The Reflection Eternal and Black Star co-founder continues, “A short two years later, now my girl is pregnant, now I lost my job. Mos Def [aka] Yasiin Bey comes to me, he’s like, ‘Yo, I think I’ma do a single with these Rawkus dudes.’ I’m like, ‘Jarret and Brian?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah; they gave me some money.’ I’m like, ‘They gave you some money? [Laughs] How much money they give you?’ My whole thought pattern changed.” El-P, J-Live & Breeze Brewin Rap At Fat Beats’ Grand Opening (AFH TV Video) “Meeting those guys, it was very interesting, and I think Jarret can attest to this. Basically, we were having a moment in the underground, but we had very quickly—through people like Stretch & Bobbito—we had started to get a lot of attention, just from the little music that we had put out.” An assortment of major and independent labels took an interest in the New York-New Jersey trio. “Rawkus were the ones who said yes to what we thought it should look like. We were like, ‘We want to do this, and we want to own the masters. We want a 50/50 deal. And we don’t want to promise more than one album, ’cause we don’t know how it’s gonna work out. At the time, these were ludicrous thoughts. At the time, there was no [artist leverage]. We went into these guys’ offices and said the same thing that we’d said to other [labels, and they agreed]. I think that was a really genuine place for us to jump off with that sh*t. Because if they’re in that head-space where they respect that idea, and they’re willing, also, to give us money, then these guys are serious. So when you say the co-opting of the [‘independent as f*ck’ mantra], I think what they did was they [finalized] or expanded the thought. We had the thought of ‘independent as f*ck,’ the thing that became a rallying cry in our collective. We helped define that attitude.” El expands, “There was no independent record label system for dudes like us. Either you were on a major or you just were going around to different places freestyling—Washington Square Park or Nuyorican [Poets Café]. There was no middle-ground. Rawkus became the first step for a middle-ground. [They were] the first people to recognize and say—and they felt the same way that I did, politically—’this stuff actually has a monetary future. We can actually sell this, and not take this and try and change it.'” He expounds that the label offered a step apart from the politics and nepotism of the old-guard label system. El-P and Company Flow broke from Rawkus. El launched Definitive Jux Records, another heralded 2000s imprint. Juss created Subversive, and Len opened his Dummy Smacks company. Talib, who remained with Rawkus until the label was sold, has co-founded labels, including Blacksmith and Javotti Media. While both El and Talib criticized their former label on wax at times, they seemingly look back at the imprint’s positive qualities more than 20 years after signing. 10 Things You May Not Know About Rawkus Records (Audio) Elsewhere in the interview, El-P describes Zack De La Rocha living and recording with him in the days following the Rage Against The Machine breakup. He also remembers Def Jux, and confirms that Rick Rubin is not producing Run The Jewels’ fourth album. Last week, Talib Kweli confirmed that Black Star’s sophomore album, which is reportedly produced by Madlib, is completed. Talib Kweli Rocks A Rawkus Records In-Store At Fat Beats (AFH TV Video) Videos from Rawkus Records-era Talib Kweli and El-P are available at AFH TV. We are currently offering free 7-day trials.

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Kanye West to Appear at Joel Osteen’s Sunday Service

Kanye West is bringing Sunday Service to Joel Osteen’s church.

The rapper will take the stage at famed pastor Joel Osteen’s popular weekend ritual on Sunday, Nov. 17. According to TMZ, Ye and Joel have become friends and talk regularly, especially following Kanye’s newfound connection to God.

Kanye is scheduled to appear at the televangelist’s 11 a.m. service at Lakewood Church in Houston. Kanye will have a conversation with Joel at the pulpit that will last between 20 and 30 minutes. Kanye and his traveling Sunday Service choir will return later to perform during Joel’s nighttime service.

Joel wants his congregation of 45,000 and his TV audience of 10 million to hear how Kanye has overcome significant adversity in his life. The service will also broadcast live on SiriusXM.

Kanye used to be about nothing greater than himself. Now it’s all about a higher power,” says a source.

Kanye’s gospel-rap album Jesus Is King debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming his ninth consecutive chart-topper. As part of his religious rebirth, he has vowed to not perform his secular music in its original form going forward.

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