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Kanye West Hints at Collaboration with Nike and Jordan Brand

Kanye West may be linking up with the Jumpman.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Fugees Cancel 25th Anniversary of ‘The Score’ Tour Due To COVID-19

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According to a press release from The Fugees, their 25th Anniversary of The Score Tour has been cancelled due to the rising numbers of COVID cases around the country.

According to the release, “We anticipate and understand disappointment but our anniversary tour will not be able to happen.” It continued, “The continued Covid pandemic has made touring conditions difficult, and we want to make sure we keep our fans and ourselves healthy and safe.  An idea sparked to honor and celebrate this 25th anniversary of The Score but we see now it may not currently be our time for revisiting this past work.  We’re grateful for the special night we did get to share with some of you in New York, with that rare live moment. If opportunity, public safety and scheduling allow, we hope to be able to revisit this again sometime soon.  THANK YOU for all your love and support throughout the years.”

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Kevin Gates Reveals That He Contemplated Suicide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fugees Cancel Reunion Tour

The show won’t go on.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TWENTY88 Returns to the Studio

New music from TWENTY88 may be on the way.

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

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

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

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

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

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Mary J. Blige Reveals ‘Good Morning Gorgeous’ Tracklist

All hail the Queen.

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

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

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

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

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

Good Morning Gorgeous Tracklist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cali’s Smokers Club Fest 2022 Announces Lineup w/ Playboi Carti, Kid Cudi, and A$AP Rocky Headlining

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Cali’s Smokers Club Fest is rolling out its 2022 lineup and it’s lit.

The one-day festival announced it’s line up with featured headliners that include Playboi Carti, Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky, ScHoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, and of course the OG Wiz Khalifa. The released announcement flyer says Wiz will be performing the classic project, Kush and Orange Juice. While ScHoolboy Q will deliver a dose of nostalgia with Oxymoron.

Other notable talent set to blaze the stage include Curren$y, Lupe Fiasco, Wale, Rico Nasty, Joey Bada$$, Earl Sweatshirt, Dom Kennedy, Berner, Erica Banks, The Alchemist, Danny Brown and more.

The 2022 Smokers Club Fest is set for April 30th at the Glen Helen Amphitheater. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Monday.

Peep the full lineup below with your old and new faves. Is it better than Coachella? Share your thoughts with us on social media.

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Power Moves: Roc Nation Elevates Brett Yormark to COO

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Brett Yormark has been elevated to COO of Roc Nation. The announcement was made by Jay-Z’s longtime business partner and Roc Nation CEO, Desiree Perez.

Yormark has held the position of co-CEO of Roc Nation Unified and President of Business Operations & Strategy since 2019. Since then Yorkmark has facilitated major partnership deals including, American Greetings, Modern Luxury (EDITION), US Open and LIU, and establishing Roc Nation School of Music, Sports and Entertainment.

Roc Nation CEO, Desiree Perez shared, “There are few individuals that understand the essence of Roc Nation. Brett Yormark has proven to be a fearless leader and will be dynamic in the role of COO. His proven track record ensures that Roc Nation will be in a prime position to expand our business and influence in the years to come.”

According to the released statement, in the role, Yormark will provide leadership and strategic vision across Roc Nation verticals while continuing to develop and execute long-term organizational objectives to support the company’s continued growth.

“I am thrilled that Jay-Z, Desiree and the Roc Nation board have given me this opportunity and look forward to growing the company under their vision. Roc Nation is one of today’s most culturally rich, diverse and innovative companies. After the past two years working at Roc Nation, I have seen first hand that with determination and an entrepreneurial spirit, anything is possible,” Yormark shared of his promotion.

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[WATCH] French Montana Flaunts The MoneyBagg Yo Remix “FWMGAB” With New Visuals

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Some artists blur genres, but French Montana blurs borders. His inimitable fusion of classic East Coast rhymes, wavy pop swagger, and international ambition elevated him to the forefront of the game on a global scale. 2017 saw him ascend to superstar status with the blockbuster smash “Unforgettable” [feat. Swae Lee], which cemented him in the “Billion Club” for streaming and earned a nine-times platinum certification from the RIAA. Meanwhile, his sophomore effort, JUNGLE RULES, went and dominated the charts and his 2019 album MONTANAwas certified gold immediately upon release. He closed 2020 with the release of the long-anticipated CB5 (Coke Boys 5) mixtape, continuing a legacy he started over a decade ago. Now, he takes it to the next level with his latest effort They Got Amnesia.

Now, Morocco Montana recruits Memphis shot caller MoneyBagg Yo, who dropped the smash remix, but the video for “FWMGAB” remix gives the vibes that these two might collab on a full project. Women, water, and wads of cash show you what you get when you “FWFMAMBY”.

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