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.
On Jay-Z‘s excellent “A Million and One Questions,” the Brooklyn superstar playfully asks “Is he gon’ ever fall off” to which most know the answer by now. After delivering yet another powerful string of bars on DJ Khaled’s “SORRY NOT SORRY” track, fans are propping up Hov and rightfully so while also giving his track partner Nas some shine too.
First, let’s share the lyrics from “SORRY NOT SORRY” below:
Sorry, that’s another B/Haters still ain’t recover from the other B/Mm, that’s a double B/Nah that’s a triple B, can’t forget ’bout the other Bey (Hey)/It’s the white gloves for me/Hater know not to touch me, I’m with the f*ckery (F*ck with me)/Humbly (Humbly), nah, respectfully/I’m a project baby, f*ck y’all expect from me (Technically)/’Merica’s disrespect for me/You killed Christ, you created religion, unexpectedly/Circular ice on Japanese whiskey, on my mezzanine/Overlookin’ the City of Angels, the angel invested in things
Thus far in 2021, this is the second major appearance of Jay-Z on a track, the first being “What It Feels Like” featuring the late Nipsey Hussle from the Judas & The Black Messiah: The Inspired Album project.
While it might be a long shot if we’ll ever get a follow-up to the excellent 4:44,Jay-Z is solidified in the eyes of many.
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.
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.
Last night DJ Khaled finally released his much-hyped album, Khaled Khaled, and to accompany the drop he came through with visuals for the first single off the project, “Sorry Not Sorry.”
Featuring Hip-Hop icons, Nas and Jay-Z, the track also incorporates the vocal talents of James Fauntleroy and Harmonies by The Hive. For the visuals to the dope cut, Nas, Jay and Khaled get their grown man on by styling in high-end tuxedos while toasting to decades of success and reminding everyone they’re still not to be played with.
“Its white gloves for me/haters know not to touch me, I’m with the f*ckery (f*ck with me),” Jay matter-of-factly states. Real talk, we believe him. You can take the man out of Brooklyn but you can’t take the Brooklyn out the man.
It’s hella dope to see Jay and Nas on a track together again as it shows they’ve come a long way from their drama and the first collaboration, “Black Republican.” Yeah, a title like that in 2021 would have social media outraged one way or another regardless. Just sayin.’
Check out the visuals for “Sorry Not Sorry” below and let us know if you’re f*ckin’ with this or not.
T-Pain, the Call Of Duty master that he is, might not be the savviest person in the world when it comes to social media tools. The “Rappa Ternt Sanga” just discovered a hidden folder for direct messages on Instagram and shared his findings in a hilarious fashion.
By way of a TikTok video, Tallahasse Pain shows off the long list of celebrity direct message requests from folks in the same business as he is.
“I was today years old when I found out about the request folder on Instagram that’s full of celebs trying to reach me,” T-Pain’s caption read with a helium-tinged voiceover effect and the artist’s making an amused face.
Folks such as Fergie, YBN Nahmir, Viola Davis, Diplo, Keri Hilson, and even entities like Nickolodeon all attempted to reach T-Pain unbeknownst to him.
As T-Pain added in the captions, he assumed that any time someone sent him a DM that it would go to the main folder. However, if you’re not following people or they’re not following you, the messages will sometimes get grabbed by the request folder.
“I apologize to everybody on this list and the hundreds of others I couldn’t fit in this video,” T-Pain shared in the caption.
One can only imagine the massive amount of bags and potential collaborations that T-Pain missed out on over the past few years but hopefully, this gets the ball rolling creatively so he can mend some of those mistakenly broken bridges. Also, T-Pain, hire a social media manager pronto!
Netflix has been churning out a high amount of content monthly, and many anime fans were anticipating the release of Black samurai series, Yaskuke, with Lakeith Stanfieldvoicing the lead. Released on Thursday (April 29), fans on Twitter seem to be approving of the show thus far.
The fictionalized tale of the Black servant to an Italian missionary adds elements of magic, mischief, and mecha, although the real-life version of Yasuke’s story was just as astounding. A Japanese warlord, amazed by the size of Yasuke, named him a bodyguard and bestowed upon him the rank of samurai, the first foreign-born and Black person to do so.
We haven’t seen the series yet so we’re going to Twitter to capture some of the reactions, spoiler-free at that.
Source: Netflix / Netflix
Be sure to check out Yasuke for yourself and comment if you’d like to tell us what you thought. Keep scrolling for the reactions.
Sen. Tim Scott is usually trotted out by the Republican Party as an example that America has shed its racist past due to him earning one of the top elected positions in the land. Scott, who is Black, claimed that progressives have called him names like “Uncle Tom” and the “N Word” but then goes on to say America isn’t a racist country.
President Joe Biden held his first address with the United States Congress, laying out a number of ambitious plans while also highlighting some of the challenges and triumphs made by his administration in the wake of COVID-19, civil unrest, police reform discussions, and economic upheaval that is still ongoing.
CNN uploaded the address to YouTube, which can be viewed below.
Thursday (April 29) marks the 100th day of President Biden’s time in the White House, and many of the moves he’s made since taking office in January have been examined at length with criticism coming from Republicans and many on the right along with a few of Biden’s fellow Democrats who too had some issues with some of his moves.
The Republican Party’s response came from Sen. Scott of South Carolina, a Black man who boldly declared in his rebuttal that, “America is not a racist country.”
In Scott’s estimation, Biden’s call for many measures that progressives and liberals believe in is splitting America apart. There was also the typical talk that the response to COVID-19 and the closing of schools robbed children and the working public of normalcy they’ve grown used to. But what was baffling is Scott claiming progressives have called him a racist slur, which no real progressive would ever do.
“I get called Uncle Tom” and the N-word — by ‘progressives’! By liberals! Just last week, a national newspaper suggested my family’s poverty was actually privilege because a relative owned land generations before my time,” Scott said.
Scott then leaned into his stance that America isn’t racist and said, “it’s backwards to fight discrimination with different discrimination.”
He then goes into defending his side’s call for voting laws reform in some phantom attempt to stop cheating at the polls, a claim from the Republican Party that holds less and less merit over time as the evidence of voter fraud doesn’t add up to the belly-aching from conservatives and Republicans about voting.
“This is not about civil rights or our racial past. It’s about rigging elections in the future,” Scott fired off.
We don’t need to share any more of Sen. Scott’s speech to know that he’s selling the lie that progressives would call him a slur and that his party’s claims to right the imbalance of voting laws are about anything other than making a process that was largely error-free in the last major election despite all the tricks employed by former Blowhard-In-Chief, Donald Trump.
If you must, Sen. Tim Scott’s rebuttal can be viewed below. Keep scrolling to see responses from all sides on Twitter.
It’s been a few months since Lil Baby’s Megan The Stallion assisted “On Me” hit the airwaves and got the people to bouncing. Now that the single is certified gold, it’s time for a video to accompany the commercial hit.
For the visuals of their collaboration “On Me Remix,” Lil Baby and Megan utilize CGI to place them on icy mountains and active volcanoes. A song of fire and ice forreal, b.
From the new school to the OG teachers, Snoop Dogg returns to give everyone a taste of how far Hip-Hop done came as he gives us the retro vibes for his clip to “Look Around.”