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Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Lobby White House for A$AP Rocky’s Release

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are working to free A$AP Rocky.

The couple has reportedly lobbied the White House to help release the rapper, who has been in Swedish jail for his alleged involvement in a street brawl. According to TMZ, President Trump is aware of Rocky’s situation Sweden and has his team working to get him freed.

Rocky was arrested July 2 over his alleged involvement in a street brawl in Stockholm. Swedish authorities plan to keep him in custody until July 19 while prosecutors decide whether to charge him for aggravated assault, despite video showing the alleged victim harassing and attacking him.

As soon as Kanye heard about A$AP’s predicament earlier this month, Kanye urged Kim to talk to Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who Kim previously worked with on her prison reform efforts. Kim informed Jared of the situation, and Jared took the info to Trump himself.

In addition to Kim and Kanye, Kareem Lanier and Pastor Darrell Scott of the White House’s Urban Revitalization Coalition, also helped connect ASAP’s management directly with Kushner through a phone call.

Trump reportedly told Kushner he believed A$AP was being held unfairly, and wanted to help. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now actively working to get A$AP out of jail, thanks in large part to Kim’s efforts. A State Dept. member was supposed to arrive in Sweden Thursday.

Despite Pompeo’s efforts, Swedish authorities remain unmoved and there is fear that prosecutors might delay their decision even further and keep A$AP in custody.

Meanwhile, his friends and fans have taken to social media to share their support. Over 600,000 people, including Diddy, Justin Bieber, and Meek Mill, have signed a #JusticeForRocky petition on Change.org to urge Sweden to release him


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Offset and Cardi B Perform ‘Clout’ on ‘Kimmel’

Offset and Cardi B bring “Clout” to “Kimmel.”

The power couple took over the streets of Hollywood while performing their Father of 4 collaboration on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Wednesday night (July 17). The Migos rapper stepped out of his car and onto his makeshift star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. While making his way down Hollywood Blvd., Offset performed the track while his social media stats were displayed on screen. Clout chasers, including Elvis Presley and Jason Voorhees, approached him for photos and followed him.

Fans went wild when his wife emerged from the car to spit her verse, wearing a colorful skintight bodysuit, before meeting up with her husband on stage to cap things off.

The couple also helped Kimmel translate the lyrics to “Clout” as part of his popular “New Lyrics for Old People” segment. Kimmel’s translation got the stamp of approval from the Hustlers star herself. “Some people don’t understand our lingo, and I think you would be really good…” said Cardi.


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Dr. Dre Lists Mansion for $5.25 Million

Dr. Dre is putting his mansion on the market.

The hip-hop tycoon has listed his longtime home in Woodland Hills, Calif. for $5.25 million. According to the Los Angeles Times, the 16,200-square-foot French country-style manor sits on more than half an acre in the guard-gated community of Westchester County Estates.

Built in 1987 and extensively updated, the eight-bedroom, 13-bath estate has an expansive gated driveway, four-car garage, and two kitchens, plus a 250-bottle wine cellar, movie theater, and an elevator. The family room includes a custom 150-gallon fish, while a grand lanai features a wet bar and an indoor jacuzzi.

The landscaped grounds hold an Olympic-sized saltwater pool, patios, and fire pit. A flat-screen television is built into the sitting area near the pool.

The 54-year-old founder and chief executive of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics, who Forbes named the second wealthiest rapper with $800 million, bought the home in 1999 for $2.35 million.

He owns multiple properties in the Los Angeles area, including a Brentwood estate that he purchased from Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen for $40 million in 2014. Last year, he purchased a Calabasas compound with a recording studio for $4.9 million. His real estate portfolio also includes a $4.7 Malibu mansion and a home in Pacific Palisades that he purchased for $2.25 million.

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Aubrey O’Day Calls Out Diddy Over ‘Making the Band’ Reboot

Aubrey O’Day is out for redemption.

Earlier this week, MTV and Diddy announced that they were bringing back “Making the Band,” and the former cast member is feeling some type of way about it.

During an interview with The Blast, the Danity Kane singer said she supports the reboot of the reality competition series, on which she and her bandmates got their start, but also wants MTV to give her and her “MTB” co-stars a new show.

“I’m happy when any new artist gets an opportunity to shine and to develop, but I do think that MTV needs to bring back, along with ‘Making the Band,’ a Danity Kane show with our family that we created on the network with Day26, Donnie Klang,” she said. “We won’t stop until we get it.”

O’Day, who appeared on “Making the Band 3” in 2005-2006, also took a shot at her former mentor for not finishing what he started. “But I think it would be really interesting to see Diddy repair what he broke on national television,” she said. “I think it would be really interesting for him to show the world that he can come full circle with redemption with all of us. I think he needs to finish what he started.”

She went on to blame the Bad Boy mogul for Danity Kane’s breakup. “There are many factors and there are many reasons why things started to not work, but the breakup came from his mouth,” said O’Day, who last saw Diddy in a Las Vegas club with Ray J. “It’s been ages since Ray J was relevant, so probably a long time ago.”

Three members of Danity Kane, including O’Day, Dawn Richard, and Shannon Bex, recently released their new single “Neon Lights” and are currently on tour. O’Day can also be seen on MTV’s reality dating show “Ex on the Beach.”


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Nas Teases ‘Lost Tapes 3’ and ‘Lost Tapes 4’

Nas fans have waited 17 years for the sequel to The Lost Tapes, and there may be even more unreleased music on the way.

During a listening session for The Lost Tapes 2 in New York City on Tuesday night (July 16), the Queensbridge icon revealed that he has enough material to continue the series.

“As you can imagine, I’ve piled up a lot of songs since then,” he told the crowd (via Billboard). “So I got enough for a Lost Tapes 2 now. And a Lost Tapes 3 and a Lost Tapes 4.”

But first, The Lost Tapes 2 arrives Friday. The long-awaited sequel to 2002’s cult classic features unreleased tracks from Nas’ last four albums including Hip-Hop Is Dead (2006), Untitled (2008), Life Is Good (2012), and Nasir (2018).

In addition to the previously-released “Jarreau of Rap (Skatt Attack),” the album includes production from Pharrell, Swizz Beatz, RZA, No I.D., Hit-Boy, Pete Rock, and Kanye West, who helmed “You Mean the World to Me” for Nasir.


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New Music: Lil Baby feat. DaBaby – ‘Baby’

A year-and-a-half after releasing Control the Streets Volume 1, Quality Control is set to debut the next chapter in the series with Quality Control: Control the Streets Volume 2.

In advance of its Aug. 16 release, the label has dropped a pair of singles off the compilation including a collaboration with Lil Baby and DaBaby, aptly titled “Baby.” Over the Wheezy production, Lil Baby puts on for his city (“I’m really a millionaire, still in the projects”), while the “Suge” hitmaker boasts about his boss moves (“Baby CEO, shake the game like he Diddy”).

City Girls and Saweetie also team up on their Volume 2 collaboration “Come On.” On the DJ Durel-produced banger, the ladies show who’s boss while flaunting their sexuality. “Let’s make ’em spend it on us all night long / It’s time to get it,” they sing over the twerk-ready beat.

The compilation also features QC’s newest signee, R&B artist Layton Greene, who just dropped her debut video for “Leave Em Alone” featuring Lil Baby, City Girls, and PnB Rock.


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Watch the ‘Hustlers’ Trailer Starring Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B

Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B are taking over the big screen.

The first trailer for Hustlers has officially arrived. In the action-packed clip, J.Lo plays an exotic dancer who shows off her impressive moves on the pole. She then leads a crew of savvy former strip club employees on a heist to turn the tables on their wealthy Wall Street clients.

The game is rigged and it does not reward people who play by the rules,” says J.Lo’s character Ramona. “It’s like robbing a bank, but you get the keys.”

Cardi B, a former stripper herself, makes a quick cameo. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist), the all-star cast also includes Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles, Lizzo, and Usher.

Hustlers, inspired by the article published by New York Magazine entitled “The Hustlers at Scores,” hits theaters on Sept. 13.


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Chance the Rapper Announces Debut Album ‘The Big Day’

The wait is over.

Chance the Rapper is set to release his debut album, The Big Day, on Friday, July 26. During his appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last night, the Chicago rapper made the big announcement.

In exchange for Jimmy pre-ordering the project, he agreed to reveal the title and release date. “My name is Chance the Rapper and I will be releasing my debut album on July 26 entitled The Big Day,” he told the audience.

He also shared the cover art, which features his hand holding up a clear CD embedded with diamonds.

This will be the first time Chance has sold his music, which was previously available for free on streaming services. “I haven’t sold my projects before. A lot of my projects were free,” he explained.

The Big Day follows Chance’s 2016 mixtape Coloring Book, which won Best Rap Album at the 2017 Grammys.

In May, Chance dropped the Murda Beatz-produced “GRoCERIES” featuring TisaKorean. He has been previewing snippets from the album on social media, including one song that samples Brandy’s “I Wanna Be Down.”

The Big Day is now available for pre-order. Chance also plans to tour in support of the release.

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Video: JXN feat. A$AP Twelvyy – ‘Going Off’

JXN is quickly making a name for himself. After teaming up with A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Australia’s hottest new export connects with A$AP Twelvyy on his latest single “Going Off.”

In the wild video, the 25-year-old singer, born Jackson Brazier, arrives to the set with only four hours to shoot. But he can’t seem to focus on the task at hand and keeps drinking and goofing off while a PA tries to keep him in order. “She put me back in line quick / ‘Cause I’ve been on a wild trip / I’m going off again,” he sings.

After a wild night of partying, Twelvvy finally arrives to set three hours late. More chaos ensues and the video ends with JXN setting off the fire alarm before getting slapped in the face.

“Man, it was just a party. The concept we came up with Hype Republic was dope and we wanted it to seem fun whilst also conveying a kinda deep message in the song,” JXN told Rap-Up. “I really wanted it to not be taken too seriously, and with Twelvyy being such a legend, it was just a fun and easy shoot. The video makes you happy!”

A$AP Twelvyy added, “Sequel to this video to air on Netflix next year. Stay tuned. LOL.”

“Going Off” is JXN’s third single following “Red Lights” with A Boogie and “Solitude,” which have already amassed over 5 million streams.


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Watch Beyoncé’s Stunning Video for ‘Spirit’

Beyoncé rules her kingdom in the stunning video for “Spirit.”

The global icon debuts the epic visual for her Lion King-inspired anthem. The majestic clip was shot against the gorgeous backdrop of Havasu Falls in the Havasupai Reservation in Arizona and features Queen Bey in all of nature’s glory. She glows in a yellow dress in the desert, ravishes in red while wading in the river, and leads her dancers in a blue fringe jumpsuit. Blue Ivy also makes a cameo in between scenes from the Jon Favreau-directed film.

“Spirit” is the first release off The Lion King: The Gift. The soundtrack, a musical ode to the film, features new music from Beyoncé, plus collaborations with JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, WizKid, Pharrell, Tierra Whack, Jessie Reyez, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi, 070 Shake, and Blue Ivy.

“The soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my own interpretation of it,” Bey told Robin Roberts. “I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa.”

The Lion King: The Gift arrives July 19, the same day the film hits theaters.


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