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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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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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Stream NBA YoungBoy’s ‘Colors’ Mixtape

YoungBoy Never Broke Again returns with his first project of 2022.

The Grammy-nominated rapper drops his latest mixtape Colors. Aside from a collaboration with Quando Rondo on “Gangsta,” YoungBoy goes at it alone on the 20-track deluxe edition, which includes “No Switch,” “DC Marvel,” and the bonus track “Flossin.”

Ahead of the album’s release, he released six tracks including “Bring the Hook,” “Fish Scale,” and “Emo Rockstar.”

YoungBoy, who is currently on house arrest after serving time on a weapons charge, continues his prolific output. In September, he dropped his chart-topping album Sincerely, Kentrell, which was followed in December by his collaborative album with Birdman, From the Bayou.

His collaboration with DaBaby, “HIT,” is also available on streaming services.

Stream Colors below.

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Shenseea and Megan Thee Stallion Team Up on ‘Lick’

Shenseea continues her international takeover, teaming up with Megan Thee Stallion on her infectious new single “Lick.”

The Jamaican superstar brings the dancehall vibes on the Murda Beatz-producer banger, which samples Pupa Nas T and Denise Belfon’s “Work,” while the newly-single Hot Girl turns up the heat on her nasty verse.

“He addicted like it got a little crack in it / Suck it like a crab leg,” raps Meg, who fanned out upon meeting Shenseea last summer.

Along with the song, the ladies have debuted a steamy video, which features plenty of eye candy and girl-on-girl action.

“Lick” is the first single off Shenseea’s upcoming debut album, ALPHA, due March 11. She can also be heard on Kanye West’s DONDA.

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Adele Postpones Las Vegas Residency

One day before her Las Vegas residency was set to kick off, Adele has announced that she has had to postpone all dates.

In an emotional video, shared on Twitter, a teary-eyed Adele revealed that a last-minute decision was made to delay the show because it wasn’t ready in time.

“I’m so sorry, but my show ain’t ready,” she told her fans. “We’ve tried absolutely everything that we can to put it together in time and for it to be good enough for you, but we’ve been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and COVID.”

Half her crew tested positive for COVID-19, causing major disruptions. “It’s been impossible to finish the show. And I can’t give you what I have right now and I’m gutted. And I’m so sorry it’s last minute,” she continued.

The residency, titled “Weekends With Adele,” was set to begin Friday, Jan. 21 at the Colosseum of Caesars Palace and run through April 16. Tickets for the 24 shows sold out minutes after they went on sale last month.

Adele profusely apologized to her fans who traveled to see her this weekend. “I’m so upset and I’m really embarrassed and I’m so sorry to everyone that traveled again,” she added. “I’m really, really sorry. I’m really sorry.”

She and her team are already working to reschedule all the dates and more information will be released soon.

“I’m gonna finish my show and I’m gonna get it to where it’s supposed to be,” she said. “It’s impossible. We’ve been up against so much and it just ain’t ready.”

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Akon Sued for $4 Million by Former Business Partner

Akon’s former business partner is suing the singer for refusing to pay him $4 million.

Music executive Devyne Stephens, who helped launch Akon’s career, claims he is still owed $750,000 and at least $3 million in royalties, according to an amended complaint filed in the 2021 Manhattan Supreme Court.

As part of the terms of their 2018 settlement agreement, Akon agreed to pay Stephens $3.25 million over the course of four years but he still hasn’t paid the final installment of $750,000.

In documents, obtained by Page Six, he alleges that Akon sabotaged his relationship with Atlantic Records in order to get out of paying Stephens royalties for four future albums while signed to a “major” label.

Akon claims he shouldn’t be responsible for Stephens’ 20 percent of royalties since he is now under BMG Records. However, Stephens argues that Akon is still under obligation to pay the royalties since he allegedly intentionally breached his contract with Atlantic and since BMG “by any objective metric, is a ‘major’ record label.”

Akon has spent the better part of a decade frustrating Stephens’ attempts to obtain large amounts of money which Akon unambiguously promised in contracts to pay Stephens,” state the court documents.

This is the third time that Stephens, the former vice president of Akon’s Konvict Muzik label, has taken Akon to court. In 2017, Stephens sued the “Don’t Matter” singer for $150 million in unpaid fees.

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