The Ultimate Rap League (URL) launched its latest Ultimate Madness 3 tournament back in April with both expected and surprising results. Round two of the battle rap showdown takes place Saturday night (May 8) as the competitors prepare to unleash their best bars at a chance to snag a $100,000 cash prize from Drake himself.
The preparation and turnaround time was a swift ordeal as the winners of the opening round last battled on April 24 live via the Caffeine app. In round two, the lineup is another star-studded list of rising battle rap wordsmiths and established veterans who have graced a number of big stages during their careers.
Saturday’s Ultimate Madness 3 Round 2 lineup is as follows:
At this stage of the game, the hunger should be high for all involved and the added incentive of the cash grab to go along with the bragging rights comes complete with an appearance at the URL’s upcoming Night Of Main Events (NOME) show this June.
Check out the teaser for round two of the Ultimate Madness 3 tournament. Click here for more information.
Real talk, would you trust your woman to spend time alone with Drake Diesel? Even if it was to get a record deal? We thought not, but someone did and it went exactly as you’d expect it to, allegedly.
Over the weekend the Certified Lover Boy artist was accused of being a homewreckin’ snake by a man named Jamie Sun, who said the Canadian crooner slept with his former fiancé, singer Naomi Sharon. Taking to IG to spill the tea (and picked up on Reddit), Sun described how a “world star” celeb hit up Sharon to offer her a record deal and then flied the couple out to meet them, and began recording vocals for Certified Lover Boy.
In the IG post Sun described the encounter with the “world star” before revealing that suddenly the trust was gone and he had “knifes” in his back and heart.
While he never named names, Jamie got the buzz going when he made a Drake reference in an IG post stating “I don’t drink champaign papi.”
If this is true, Drizzy ain’t sh*t for this one. Since Sun put Sharon on blast for allegedly creeping with the King of The North, the comments have been turned off on her IG page as y’all know social media users would have their own knives out for her. To be fair though, we just noticed her now because of the allegations so having the comments turned off might’ve been something she’s been doing.
Peep Naomi doing her thing below.
She’s pretty good actually. No wonder she caught Drake’s ears and eye. Y’all know he likes them thick.
Neither Noami nor Drake has responded to the allegations, but Sun seems convinced that it went down between the two. He’s since stated that he’s moved on from the 8-year relationship and “with the healing I want to be together with.”
In the end what we got from this is that if Drake wants to sign your girl to a record deal, just say no or break-up with her because it may not end well.
A shooting turned deadly inside a Louisville nightclub where area rapper Jack Harlow was in attendance. The incident left one person dead and another injured after an apparent argument took place inside the establishment.
According to local outlet Courier-Journal, the shooting took place early Saturday morning (May 1) at the Vibes Restaurant and Ultra Lounge as part of a Kentucky Derby weekend event. As reported by the outlet, officers arrived at around 1:30 a.m. at the nightclub and discovered a woman was dead from a gunshot wound with another man suffering from non-life-threatening injuries.
As spotted by TMZ, Jack Harlow was in the building enjoying the scene as captured by an attendee’s smartphone. Off to Harlow’s right, the video clip shows a man and a woman arguing, and suddenly, a gunshot goes off while the partygoers scramble. It isn’t known if the victim of the shooting is the woman in the video. We will not share that video here due to its graphic nature.
LMPD officials say that they’re on the lookout for the suspect who carried out the shooting and is asking the public to assist with the investigation.
Burna Boy has been bubbling as an artist since releasing his debut studio album L.I.F.E. back in 2013. Fresh from winning a Grammy Award for his latest set Twice As Tall, the “AfroFusion” artist talks up his still blazing career, how he’s transformed the musical landscape, and what It means to be a leader for his generation.
Sitting down with British GQ, the entertainer born Damini Ebunoluwa Ogulu spoke with the publication from his home of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. The piece opens up with the prideful moment when Burna won the Best Global Music Album award at the 63rd Grammy Awards show and the celebration that ensued. Burna’s acceptance speech made sure to center those within his nation and all of Africa.
The interview pointed to the fact Burna hasn’t truly opened up in interviews, preferring to let his songs speak for him and provide insight into his life. As the sound of AfroFusion became Burna’s trademark, so did his fame around the world rise. It is amazing to note that Burna’s style of music has crossed over to western ears but it should be expected when the music is as rhythmic as the style he employs.
As evidenced in the interview, Burna Boy realizes what he represents to his Nigerian brothers and sisters, and it appears he’s ready to accept the responsibility.
“I wasn’t celebrating because of myself,” he tells me. “It was almost as if I’ve broken a mental cycle of our people. Because our people have been very mentally oppressed to feel like they can’t do certain things and that certain things are unreachable. You are what you think, at the end of the day. [It is] time to start thinking about ourselves, not what the society said we should be or what our limitations say we should be. I’ve come from Port Harcourt, the bottom of the map in Nigeria, and now I’ve become a champion. It may not mean anything to someone else, but to me, and to us, it means more than you can imagine.”
The entire piece is a worthy read. Check out the full chat at Britsh GQhere.
The National Football League and Kid Cudi have teamed up to create a one-of-a-kind Starter pullover jacket to commemorate the 2021 NFL Draft, taking place April 29-May 1 in Kid Cudi’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.
The symbolic Starter jacket showcases the NFL Shield, all 32-team logos, and Kid Cudi’s Moon Man logo in a mix of embroidered and chenille patches. The jacket features an all-over logo design, a hidden front pocket, an elastic waistband and cuffs, and a hood with drawstrings. Additionally, we get toggle closure on the neck. This piece is made of crinkled nylon material with poly satin lining for the interior.
This drop is a 180-degree turn from the rapper’s very polarizing fashion choices when he recently appeared as the musical talent on Saturday Night Live. As a tribute to Kurt Cobain, he sported a Virgil Abloh designed dress that featured a floral print that resembled the infamous dress the Nirvana frontman once wore.
“Virgil designed the dress for me. I told him I wanted to show love to Kurt w a floral print sundress and this man made a masterpiece. Thank You @virgilabloh ur a f***in genius!! Love you man we did it!!!” Cudi wrote on Twitter.
The Kid Cudi x NFL limited-edition Starter jacket is available now. You can purchase here at a price of $275.00 USD.
Travis Scott has kept a lower profile of late after last dropping a project in 2019 with the collaboration album JackBoys. While he preps his latest studio album in Utopia for a 2021 release, the raging star announced the return of his Astroworld Festival for this coming November in Houston.
On Friday (April 30), which also happens to be Cactus Jack’s 29th birthday, Scott shared that the festival is on its way back with an expanded two-day format.
The event will hit H-Town’s NRG Park in the fall on November 5 through November 6, kicking off a weekend that will leave lasting memories for Scott’s legion of fans and for any concertgoers who miss the feel and energy of the live show due to the pandemic robbing many of that outlet for over a year and change.
The theme for Astroworld 2021 is “Open Your Eyes To A Whole New Universe” and the lineup will be meticulously curated by Scott himself and fans can expect to see rock star energy from all performers and set designs that will match the expectation of fans.
As the festival’s headlining act, Scott won’t disappoint in terms of performance and theatrics and while we don’t know yet who will join Scott on the Astroworld stages, his address book is stacked with some of the game’s best and brightest.
Passes for Astroworld Festival 2021 will be available on May 5 at 10 AM CT at AstroworldFest.com. Two-day General Admission and VIP packages will be available. Portions of the ticket sales will go towards the Cactus Jack Foundation which supports the educational endeavors of young people.
Check out the trailer for Astroworld Festival below.
The announcement of Apple’s AirTag was met with a lot of positive reactions, but its best feature is seemingly its most concerning one due to a potentially dangerous loophole.
If you’re that person who always seems to misplace things like your keys, then Apple’s AirTag is the perfect investment for you because the device helps you precisely track down missing items or even your pets with the help of tracking software and your iPhone, of course.
When the tracking device was first announced, Apple made sure to address possible misuse of the AirTag in the form of potential stalking but, as with anything it does, was very vague with the details in regards to privacy protections built into the system. The issue with the AirTag is that it could be an affordable tool for abusers to keep tabs on their victims, being that one AirTag only costs $29, with a four-pack costing $99.
Now, normally if someone places an AirTag without your knowledge, your smartphone is supposed to send you an alert telling you that an active AirTag is in your area or on you. The alert is supposed to come rather quickly for iPhone users when you arrive at your home address or a location you frequently visit if you happen to have an unknown tag on you. But it could take up to three days for that same message to be sent to Android users.
FastCompanyshared concerns from a nonprofit that focuses on the issue of domestic violence.
“Technology often comes with unintended consequences, explain representatives from the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), a leading nonprofit with the goal of ending violence against women. NNEDV sits on advisory boards for Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Uber and has consulted for both Google and Apple in the past (but not on AirTags). The organization’s representatives say that while Apple AirTags are a cheap, easy-to-use product to find a lost item, they are also a worrisome surveillance tool that could be leveraged by an abuser to discreetly track a partner. An AirTag simply needs to be slipped into someone’s bag or jacket pocket to track exactly where they go.”
“So abusers who live with partners using Android can constantly pair and re-pair an AirTag so that it won’t set off an alert, a problem so core to the design of AirTags I’m skeptical it can be fixed with a software tweak.”
“Three days won’t work if you’re going home every day to the same person tracking you. . . . That’s a learning space [that] hopefully Apple will consider and work to build in protections with that threat model,” says Corbin Streett, technology safety specialist at NNEDV. “[Apple] is thinking about the threat model where it’s a stalker who is walking by someone on the street they don’t know—that stranger danger model—but what about when it is the person you come home to every day?”
It definitely sounds like something Apple needs to address immediately.
One of the greatest MCs ever is making sure the newbies do the math. Ghostface Killah is challenging the new generation to do right by the culture.
As spotted on Vulture, the Staten Island legend recently conducted an interview with New York Magazine-run pop culture website. In it, he discusses his lengthy career from his favorite verse (“Impossible” off Wu-Tang Forever) to his favorite pair of Wallabees (“When it comes to Clarks, you got to have a crispy pair, an all-suede crispy pair. You can’t really, really, really go wrong, just as long as the sole is gummy. A gummy sole.”).
He also discusses his approach to the unique lyricism on the seminal Supreme Clientele.
“When I was rhyming on “Nutmeg” and “One” on Supreme Clientele, I made a style that I couldn’t even tell what it was. I just wanted to use some words that sounded good with each other and everybody’s trying to decipher what I mean when, really, I don’t even know what it means because I had no beat,” Toney Starks explained.
“But something said, ‘Make a record. Write a verse real quick just putting words together, whether they mean something or not. Just put them together.’ That’s what I did with “Nutmeg” and “One.” But it was “Nutmeg” that set it off.”
He also revealed that he appreciates some of the newer rappers but he definitely made it clear that some have to do their research.
“I’m all for these young Black kids getting money and doing what they do, but musically, I think that becoming a rapper now, you should know the history, know now who the Spoonie Gees and Sugarhill Gangs was, the Wu-Tangs and the Biggies, all that,” he said. “Grand Puba, all these guys. You need to know these people. You got to add to that. We got bodies of work. Mobb Deep, Nas, Wu-Tang, Jay-Z, we got bodies of work.”
Even though she released one of the best projects in 2018 Teyana Taylor didn’t feel comfortable at her recording home. She now says she left the game due to G.O.O.D. Music’s lack of support.
As spotted on Yahoo! Entertainment, the Harlem native is shedding more light on why her critically acclaimed album K.T.S.E. was her last. During a recent appearance on Sip ‘N Smoke, she revealed to Cam Newton her decision to retire from the music industry.
“At the end of the day, I’m a mom first,” she explained. “A mom, a wife, a woman. And I think for me, I put in a lot of work. I work very, very hard. So, if you feel unheard and unseen—like how I said earlier with my husband. He sees me, he hears me. I take that sh*t serious. Everything that I do. So if you’re my husband, or I’m signed, everybody that I’m aligned with should see me. They should hear me. They should feel me. If you don’t see me, hear me, or feel me, it’s a dub for you.”
“And I felt like the label wasn’t really hearing me and seeing me,” she continued. “I felt underappreciated. So, for my mental health, my mental well-being, for my kids, let me just put this on ice for a little [bit]. It’s not that I retired permanently. It’s more like, I just don’t feel like I want to move another inch for a company.”
In a recent sit-down interview with Tony A. Da Wizard on Roadium Radio, the OG Hip-Hop legend explained his beef with the comedian turned game show host and where it stems from.
Reminiscing about the time Steve was hired at 92.3 The Beat in Los Angeles to give OG Hip-Hop host Big Boy some competition, B-Real remembers Harvey constantly talking down on Hip-Hop music in the hallways.
Detailing how he too was working at The Beat doing the Soul Assassins mix show, Real recalls the time Harvey began working there and recognizing him due to his career as a “famous comedian.”
“But, we also knew him because he was overtly against Hip-Hop. He would speak against it, ‘Man, f*ck that sh*t ain’t music… Y’all don’t know how to talk to women and y’all be disrespecting the women and all this violent sh*t.’ Like just keying in on all the negative and not the positives.”
Yeah, that sounds about right.
Continuing to explain his stance on Harvey’s disdain for Hip-Hop, B adds “He’s sh*ttin’ on something that saved a lot of Black and Brown lives and that should be something that he celebrates because you’re a part of that in some indirect way,” B-Real opined.
He even pointed out how Harvey took a few more shots at Hip-Hop after the Earth Wind & Fire and Isley Brothers Verzuz that he hosted a few weeks back saying, “‘You see Hip Hop ain’t got this type of swag and blah, blah, blah. You ain’t gon’ see fly songs like this on some Hip Hop.’”
We wonder if Steve Harvey’s going to address this at all. Probably not but you never know.
Peep the comments at the 1:43 mark and let us know your thoughts on B-Real’s take.