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Premiere: Electronic Soul Duo Equals Debut New Single “Triumph” From Their Forthcoming Album

Hailing from Hackney, electronic soul duo Equals are premiering their new single “Triumph”, taken from their forthcoming album 1997 (which...

J. Cole’s New Album ‘KOD’ Is Here

After J. Cole made some noticeable changes to social media accounts this week, fans began speculating that the North Carolina rapper was gearing up to...

Ariana Grande Returns With New Single “No Tears Left to Cry”

Ariana Grande’s comeback is in full swing. After several rumors and a slew of online teasers, the 24-year-old singer has delivered a new single called “No...

Khalid Teams Up With Ty Dolla Sign and 6lack on “OTW”

It’s been a blessed day for Khalid fans. Just hours after he dropped his collaborative track “Lovely” with Billie Eilish, the 20-year-old singer returned...

Rae Sremmurd Joins BURNS and Maluma on New Track “Hands on Me”

Though we’ve yet to receive a release date for SremmLife 3, Rae Sremmurd has kept fans satisfied with a steady flow of new music. On Thursday night, the...

Is This Hip-Hop’s True Golden Age? Plus, Terry Crews and Smoke DZA | Open Late With Peter Rosenberg

On this week’s episode of Open Late, Peter Rosenberg sat down with Terry Crews for a conversation that covered the actor’s life and career,...

Premiere: Flosstradamus Links Up With Smokepurpp for “MVP”

Before hitting the stage at the third annual HDYFEST, trap DJ Flosstradamus has given fans a new track featuring fellow Chicago-native Smokepurpp. “Happy...

KYLE Shares Cover Art and Release Date for Debut Album ‘Light of Mine’

KYLE’s long-awaited debut album will arrive next month. Less than a week after his Coachella performance, the West Coast artist hit up social media to...

Lil Yachty Bought a $250K Chain That Once Belonged to Cam’ron

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Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic Tour’ Has Already Made $240 Million

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Premiere: Electronic Soul Duo Equals Debut New Single “Triumph” From Their Forthcoming Album

Hailing from Hackney, electronic soul duo Equals are premiering their new single “Triumph”, taken from their forthcoming album 1997 (which lands on April 27). Having sung backing vocals for the likes of Amy Winehouse, Quincy Jones, Mark Ronson and the Gorillaz in the past, it is now time for these two to take centre stage. Filled with smooth, soulful vocals, “Triumph” serves as the perfect opening track for the album, acclimatizing you to their sound and paving the way for what you can expect from the rest of the project.

Listen exclusively below.

J. Cole’s New Album ‘KOD’ Is Here

After J. Cole made some noticeable changes to social media accounts this week, fans began speculating that the North Carolina rapper was gearing up to release new material. Hours later, Cole confirmed his latest project, KOD, would arrive on 4/20.

On Thursday night, Cole unleashed KOD on all major streaming services. Stream it on Apple Music/iTunes or below via Spotify.

Because it was a relatively abrupt release, there was initially a lot of mystery surrounding Jermaine’s fifth studio album; however, it was eventually confirmed that the project would tackle the ongoing issue of drug abuse. For one, KOD was an abbreviation for “Kids on Drugs,” “King Overdosed,” and “Kill Our Demons,” as confirmed in the album’s newly released trailer. The 1-minute and 43-second video explained the relevance of each title, thus confirming the album’s exploration of substance abuse on both societal and personal levels. The use of an alter ego named kiLL edward also suggests the project will be at least partly told from a perspective that isn’t Cole’s; the rapper reportedly took this approach for 2016’s 4 Your Eyez Only.

The album’s cover art, which was created by Detroit’s Sixmau, includes the following disclaimer: “This album is in no way intended to glorify addiction”; however, it’s initially unclear what kind of message Cole is trying to convey. If it’s not glorify drug abuse, is it condemning it? Well, it seem the rapper is letting the listeners decide: “The rest of the album I leave to your interpretation,” Cole tweeted just hours before KOD’s release.

Ariana Grande Returns With New Single “No Tears Left to Cry”

Ariana Grande’s comeback is in full swing.

After several rumors and a slew of online teasers, the 24-year-old singer has delivered a new single called “No Tears Left to Cry,” as well as a music video for the track. 

The track arrives months after Grande concluded her Dangerous Woman World Tour, which was interrupted by a May 2017 terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena. “No Tears Left to Cry” marks Grande’s first original solo record since the tragic bombing; which is why the anticipated release stirred so many emotions amongst her enormous fan base. Grande previewed the track at a recent listening party in London, where fans were reportedly brought to tears. A source told the Blast that several attendees “openly wept” after hearing the song. However, it’s important to note that the song isn’t specifically about the deadly tragedy.

“No Tears Left to Cry” is said to be the lead single off Grande’s upcoming fourth studio album—her first full-length release since 2016’s Dangerous Woman. The “Break Free” artist began teasing the project in the fall of 2017, more than a year after she reportedly began working on it.

“I’m going to be in the studio because I love it, and I want to create,” she told Billboard. “I started an album already a year ago, over a year ago, but I want to keep creating, and it’s not done yet. So I’m going to take my sweet ass time, so I’ll be rested and ready to go again as soon as possible.” 

Well, it sounds like she’s finally ready to take over the charts again.

You can stream “No Tears Left to Cry” now on Spotify. 

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled as more information about Grande’s next studio album rolls in.

Khalid Teams Up With Ty Dolla Sign and 6lack on “OTW”

It’s been a blessed day for Khalid fans.

Just hours after he dropped his collaborative track “Lovely” with Billie Eilish, the 20-year-old singer returned with another record called “OTW” featuring 6lack and Ty Dolla Sign.

The single, which was initially teased late last month, finds the artists doting on their significant others and making promises of constant support. 

Ty raps:

Put you in Provocateur Girl, I made you need it more

You said you left your ex, that dude was always gassy

You said before me, you ain’t never been this happy

You took an L with him and winning ever since (ever since)

You hit my phone, I’m on my way, I got some plans, yeah, yeah

You can listen to “OTW” now on Apple Music/iTunes or via Spotify. 

It’s unclear if the song is a standalone drop or if it’ll appear on a full-length project. The single arrives more than a year after Khalid shared his critically acclaimed debut album American Teen, and just weeks before he kicks off his North American Roxy Tour in Portland, Oregon. 

6lack is also gearing to hit the road for Chris Brown’s Heartbreak on a Full Moon Tour. The trek begins June 19 in Seattle and will conclude August 4 in Las Vegas.

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And although Ty just ended his Don’t Judge Me Tour, the Beach House 3 rapper is now preparing to join G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert, YBN Nahmir, P-Lo, and Murda Beatz on the Endless Summer Tour. The 32-city tour will commence July 20 in Auburn, Washington, and will include stops in Phoenix, Austin, Toronto, Virginia Beach, and Atlanta, before wrapping up September 8 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Rae Sremmurd Joins BURNS and Maluma on New Track “Hands on Me”

Though we’ve yet to receive a release date for SremmLife 3, Rae Sremmurd has kept fans satisfied with a steady flow of new music.

On Thursday night, the Mississippi duo dropped a new track called “Hands on Me” with L.A.-based producer BURNS and Columbian singer Maluma.

“Maluma and Rae Sremmurd both wanted to jump on it immediately,” BURNS told OnSmash. “The cadence was a natural lyric with rhythm and melody. Then, it became a crazy combination of artists on one record. I’m amazed we were able to put it together!”

“Hands On Me” dropped just two weeks after BURNS shared “Angel,” and one month before Maluma delivers his third studio album F.A.M.E.

Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi have also recently shared a handful of tracks within the past couple of months, including “Hurt to Look,” “Brxnks Truck,” “Powerglide,” “Guatemala,” and “Close” featuring Travis Scott.

Rae Sremmurd, who have already begun working on Sremm4, said their next album is going to be their greatest project to date.

“It’s the best music we’ve ever made. Of course we’ve still got SremmLife 1 and 2 flavor, but we’re giving y’all shit y’all never heard from Rae Sremmurd before,” Swae told Billboard last month. “It’s just gonna be a surprise—every song you hear you’re gonna be like, ‘Damn, what the fuck?’ And all the production is crazy, you got Mike Will Made-It and EarDrummers ringing off the whole album. A couple more people too, crazy features. It’s gonna be a big deal, it’s history. The world never heard this, it’s gonna be a big statement—triple disc from a group.”

Now if they’d only announce a release date.

Until then, listen to “Hands on Me” via Apple Music or Spotify. 

Is This Hip-Hop’s True Golden Age? Plus, Terry Crews and Smoke DZA | Open Late With Peter Rosenberg

On this week’s episode of Open Late, Peter Rosenberg sat down with Terry Crews for a conversation that covered the actor’s life and career, including a special moment he remembers from before Kendrick Lamar became one of the most notable rappers in the game.

“Years ago, like 2004 BET Awards… probably a little later than that. I’m walking with my wife and see this little kid in a hat, the whole deal. I’m like, ‘OMG!’ I hit my wife, ‘Becky! Becky! That’s Kendrick Lamar.’ Now he had a mixtape out, Section.80, and I said this dude is the future of hip-hop. [Kendrick] was like, ‘Me? You know me?’ I said, ‘Bro, I work out to you. You are the future!'”

Crews also opened up about coming forward with sexual assault allegations against WME partner Adam Venit.

Smoke DZA, Bodega Bamz, and LevyGrey also came through for a turnt up performance of “The Hustle.” The record is off DZA’s new album, Not for Sale, which is available to purchase April 20 on iTunes and other retailers.

For the roundtable discussion, Rosenberg linked up with Complex Editor-in-Chief and VP of Content & Development Damien Scott, Miss Info, and Mouse Jones for a debate about whether we’re living through hip-hop’s Golden Age.

Check out the full episode, featuring Araabmuzik on the MPC, above, and follow Open Late on Twitter and Instagram.

Premiere: Flosstradamus Links Up With Smokepurpp for “MVP”

Before hitting the stage at the third annual HDYFEST, trap DJ Flosstradamus has given fans a new track featuring fellow Chicago-native Smokepurpp.

“Happy holidays, HDYNATION,” Flosstradamus said a statement for Complex. “This is a little something special for all the HDY MVPs out there.”

Several remixes of the single, appropriately titled “MVP,” have made their way onto the internet within the past several months; however, this official version tones down the electro vibes in favor of high-energy hip-hop elements, including Smokepurpp’s braggadocious lines and infectious “MVP” chant.

You can listen to the track above.

Flosstradamus will perform at the 2018 HDYFEST this Friday (April 20) at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, Colorado; it was previously scheduled at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. You can read the statement on the venue change below. The rest of his performance schedule can be found on his official website.


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I’M DEVASTATED, BUT IN TRU HDY FASHION THE SHOW MUST GO ON AND HDYFEST WILL NOW BE MOVING TO THE FILLMORE AUDITORIUM.


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TICKETS PURCHASED FOR RED ROCKS WILL BE HONORED AND OTHER TIX WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR OR [INSERT TICKET LINK]


REFUNDS ALSO AVAILABLE AT POINT OF PURCHASE.

“MVP” arrives two months after the DJ released his 24hrs-assisted banger “2 Much,” and just one week after Smokepurpp rolled out Bless Yo Trap, his collaborative project with Murda Beatz.

KYLE Shares Cover Art and Release Date for Debut Album ‘Light of Mine’

KYLE’s long-awaited debut album will arrive next month.

Less than a week after his Coachella performance, the West Coast artist hit up social media to unveil the cover art for Light of Mine. The project will include the previously released singles “To the Moon” and “Playinwitme” featuring Kehlani.

“Most people have perceived my brand and my personality as this guy that just is so happy, he has no cares in the world. I think that especially now, with ‘iSPY’ they don’t really see the whole picture,” KYLE told HotNewHipHop back in September. “This album is kind of a step-by-step instructional guideline of how I overcame my depression, and how you can overcome yours, if you just listen to my story and hear my experiences.”

Light of Mine is set to arrive May 18. Several weeks after the drop, KYLE will hit the road for Logic’s Bobby Tarantino vs. Everybody Tour. You can check out the full list of tour dates here.

Lil Yachty Bought a $250K Chain That Once Belonged to Cam’ron

Today, in incredibly important breaking news: Lil Yachty has a new chain. Once you’ve recovered from the shock, you may notice that his fresh ice has a hard-to-miss battery-powered spinning globe. If you’re a chain connoisseur, that chain should look familiar, because we’ve seen it before. According to TMZ, Lil Boat’s new chain used to belong to Cam’ron.


Lil Yachty bought the chain from Rafaello & Co. Jewelers in New York City after sprucing it up a little bit. Back in the 2000s, though, Cam’ron owned the piece of jewelry. At the time, it read “Killa Cam Harlem World.” Cam’ron eventually traded the chain in for other jewelry, and now it has made its way to Lil Yachty. 

The young rapper bought the chain before it was melted down, but changed the words on the  original chain to “Yachty’s World.” Besides the spinning globe, the chain boasts 150 carats of diamonds. It’s worth $250,000. 


Lil Yachty has been busy since he released the Lil Boat 2 mixtape last month. He’s released two new projects with Bhad Bhabie: the music video for “Count Me In” and the song “Gucci Flip Flops.” He also linked up with Smokepurpp, Offset, and Murda Beatz and has a verse on “Do Not Disturb.” More recently, he and Trippie Redd teased new music on Instagram and soon after released their remix of Three 6 Mafia’s “Who Run It.”

In short, Lil Yachty seems to be doing pretty well. The question is, though: is he doing well enough to be considered a better rapper than 75 percent of his peers, as he recently claimed

Bruno Mars’ ’24K Magic Tour’ Has Already Made $240 Million

Bruno Mars, who amicably quashed a lawsuit against him and Mark Ronson regarding their hit “Uptown Funk” recently, has been on the 24K Magic World Tour since March of last year. Sure, he’ll take a break once in a while, like when he needs to pick up a Grammy (or six), but this global string of concerts has been his primary focus for the past year—and apparently, it’s paid off handsomely. The tour has sold over 2.3 million tickets so far, bringing it’s current total overall revenue to a staggering $240 million. 

According to Billboard, Mars is the highest-grossing artists right now in terms of touring revenue. This is based on the $28 million in sales from Latin America and Australia concerts, which kicked off the tour’s second active year and brings the total to $240 million. This year, Mars started on January 31 with three Mexican stadium shows in Monterrey, Mexico City, and Guadalajara. With these three venues alone, Mars netted revenue of $15.7 million, comprised of 178, 989 fans in attendance. 

February reportedly saw Mars and his team of touring company professionals set up shop in Las Vegas, as part of his residency at the Monte Carlo Resort’s Park Theater, before heading to New Zealand. In March, it was Australia’s turn, with 14 shows lined up for Aussies. He sold out five shows in Sydney and made $9.2 million in one week, from 88,592 seats. The two concluding Australian shows at Perth Arena, adding to that number, made $3.4 million. 

As it stands, Mars is reportedly currently in Asia. He’ll tour there through mid-May when his European dates for the summer begin. To wrap this whole insanely impressive, money-making machine of a tour up, Mars and co. will come back home to the states this fall, and play the final shows at the end of October. Whatever headaches Mars might personally be feeling from lawsuits, the critical and financial success he’s increasingly garnered over the past few years is sure to place them in the backseat.

Solange’s Letter to Jamaica Reveals Her Creative Process: ‘I’m Always Buzzing’

Dazed has published an essay from Solange that provides an overarching context about recording her follow-up to A Seat at the Table in Jamaica. She also provides some insight into her creative process and what we might expect from her next album. 

“And so, as I land in Kingston, like many times before, I feel out the vibrations of the land in which I am soon to ground with,” she writes. “It’s a familiar feeling. One I have grown to love deeply and want to feel again, and again. I make the drive.” Once she actually starts putting creative pieces together with the aim to construct new art, things get a bit messy. “When I am creating new work, I always feel a bit unbalanced,” she admits. “The circles get darker, my jaw a bit tighter, my hair less combed, my spirits more unaligned. I don’t sleep very well. I’m always buzzing. I am easily distracted.”

Solange’s essay/letter is comprised of seven sections, which take her from one part of Jamaica to another, ranging from Runaway Bay to Port Antonio, St Elizabeth, and more. The cyclical structure here is likely more than accidental, with Solange’s words and confidence in the form suggesting she knows exactly what she’s doing. Of course, Solange herself doesn’t always feel that way.

“I want to eat in silence, then try and record the vocals one more time to ‘Where do we go from here’,” she writes. “I have re-recorded them over like, four times. I am feeling insecure about not enunciating my words clearly enough for people to understand the lyrics. I take a walk and sit under the big tree.” Perhaps it’s insight like this here, into the creative mind that Solange wants her fans to understand, before they recklessly explore her upcoming work. The other side of the coin has Solange writing an entire paragraph on how much of an icon Grace Jones, a longtime idol of hers, truly is. 

Solange writes, “Mom. Dad. Icon. Artist. Mother. Cosmic Wonder. Waver of the Freak Flag. The First. The Only. Metallic Marvel. Earth Pioneer & Space Dweller. Thunder and lightening. Founding Father. Our Lady Mother of Avant Garde. A Priestess. Queen of lewks. Dazzling Muse of Many. Our Opulent Opis. None of us will even come close.”

As for her upcoming album, Solange thinks of what her heroes would think, and how she decides what’s what. “My demo names are always a trip and have little to do with the songs,” she writes. “This album, I might keep a few of them as real titles. We listen to a jam none of us even remember we made in the wee hours and wonder if its too esoteric. Then I wonder if Stevie Wonder would like it. If he happens to like it, I won’t worry so much about its life.”

Mostly, this essay is an ode to Jamaica, a place where Solange has spent previously spent time. It’s also a sacred place, of sorts, to her, and her creative energies. “I feel things really strongly, when I am here,” she writes

Head here to read the full piece. 

G Herbo Throws Shade at Montana of 300’s “Who Run It” Remix GoFundMe Campaign

Earlier this year, G Herbo appeared on K104FM and dropped a tight freestyle over Three 6 Mafia’s “Who Run It,” which Drake apparently loved so much he DM’d Herbo demanding he drop a full, studio-produced version. Not only did Herbo come through, but other rappers like ASAP Rocky, 21 Savage, and even Bhad Bhabie followed suit with their own remixes.

It appears fellow Chi-Town rapper Montana of 300 has plans to drop his own remix, but is demanding $15,000 from his fans on GoFundMe to do so—which G Herbo is less than impressed by.

According to XXL, Montana of 300 launched the fundraising page on Monday, which as of this writing has raised around $1,000. It’s unclear how long he’ll keep this up, and if the financial goal will even be reached, but Herbo reacted to the news on social media without naming Montana directly:

According to Herbo, this is not a respectable move. “Oh man, ya’ll got rappers out here opening GoFundMe’s and shit for ‘Who Run It’s’ and shit,” he said. “What the fuck is going on?”

As for Montana, he maintains that the only reason he’s even asking for cash is that it isn’t worth stepping away from the production of his new album to spit a freestyle. “If you think I’m in NEED of $15K then u got life fucked up,” he wrote in the description of his Instagram post. “I said I’m not TAKING TIME AWAY FROM WORKING ON MY ALBUM, to go work on what y’all begging me to go work on (a remix that I can’t profit financially off of) unless I get paid first.”

He continued in a quite lengthy response to the recent criticisms, with an attempt to contextualize his activity as clearly as possible—even mentioning Drake. “But I’m very comfortable financially so that and none of that soul selling is necessary,” he wrote. “N don’t nobody else donate. We already got the names of who did and y’all be contacted. N for y’all Mfs that say dumb shit like “ALL HE DO IS MAKE REMIXES”…My “FIRE IN THE CHURCH” Album was #2 Album next to @champagnepapi ‘Views’ Album. AND I’m finna make my next album be #1. Watch My Moves.”

Yes, Beyoncé’s Second Coachella Performance Will Be Different Than Her First

Groundbreaking. Historic. Black. These are just a few words that can describe the monumental performance that was Beyoncé’s weekend one Coachella set. But just when you think Bey’s pulled out all the stops, it appears she’s got a few more things up her sleeve.

According to an exclusive report from Variety, one dancer says there are even more surprises in store for weekend two’s performance. “Yeah, we’re switching up a couple things, so there could still be a wow factor,” teased dancer Jo’Artis Mijo Ratti, who performed alongside Beyoncé last weekend.

Unfortunately, for all those watching at home, we won’t be able to witness this second rendition online. While the first performance was livestreamed, YouTube confirmed with Variety that this second one won’t be.

Last weekend Bey staged a Destiny’s Child reunion, brought Solange out on stage, and performed with her hubby Jay Z—with whom she’s about to go on a joint tour with for the second time. Jay Z was reportedly super involved in the months of rehearsals and planning Bey put into the epic performance. “I’m an underground man, so I never thought that I would be at rehearsals busting a move, and Jay Z is out here hyping me up,” Ratti recalled. “That’s crazy, I would have never thought it was a regular [occurrence] at her rehearsals.”

Ratti also talked a bit about what it was like to work with the Queen B. “She’s like an auntie,” he said. “Super-kind and very particular about what she wants. It made me do even better because I understand that she’s a real artist. She’s not just letting somebody take over her vision.”

It’s no surprise that Bey is meticulous, she’s a Virgo after all. She not only cared about how the performance would appear to the crowd, but how it would come across on the livestream for all the viewers at home. “We spent so many days just blocking for camera,” Ratti said. “There were so many people from cinematography coming in, rigs, the camera work was incredible. Their post-production is just as important as the on-stage performance, and they really took time to figure that out.”

Bey’s performance was undeniably black, and a display of the excellence and tradition that comes out of black institutions like HBCUs. Bey’s own mom, Tina Knowles-Lawson, expressed fear that the mostly white Coachella audience would be confused by the performance, but that didn’t stop the singer from doing a rendition of “Lift Every Voice,” widely regarded as the black national anthem.

“I believe the majority of black artists want to celebrate African-American history, invite people to a culture that is not exposed to the majority—to continue to push equality and fight for a cause that is now, kind of, not so subtle,” Ratti told Variety. “That’s what I believe she was trying to do.”

Sheck Wes Sparks One Up on New Song “Chippi Chippi”

Sheck Wes is back with a new track called “Chippi Chippi.”

On Thursday, the Harlem rapper and G.O.O.D. Music/Cactus Jack Records signee released the song via SoundCloud, where he provided a brief definition of the cut’s title: “To leave a place in a state of anger or irritation with the intention to smoke marijuana: ‘My teacher got me tight, I’m boutta Chippi Chippi.’”

Very 4/20-appropriate. 

You can listen to the song, produced by Redda, below. 

“Chippi Chippi” follows the release of “Do That” and Sheck’s viral hit “Mo Bamba”; the latter of which was, of course, dedicated to his good friend and basketball star Mohamed Bamba.

His project MUDBOY is due out later this year. 

Rihanna Responds To A Fan Asking To Fight Her

Roc Nation’s Barbadian songstress Rihanna is an industry Jill-of-all-trades as the founder burgeoningly successful beauty line, global humanitarian, closet rap star, and one of social media’s many undisputed clap back queens.

So after a fan lightheartedly joked about wanting to fight RiRi, presumably over yet another new Fenty Beauty update shattering wallets everywhere, her response is reminding all other Instagrammers to comment with caution.

The fan left the comment beneath her promotional post for a Fenty Beauty Mother’s Day special where the ANTI songstress will allow fans to nominate mothers all over the world for a chance to win a glam makeover experience and some Instagram love.

One fan was so consumed with excitement to the point of wanting to get physical with RiRi, but only jokingly.

“I honestly wanna fight rihanna like deadass,” the fan wrote.

And like a bad gal should, RiRi squared up right in the comments section with her.

“Let’s just fight,” she responded.

Obviously, RiRi got the joke, too, and always shows love to the Rihanna Navy, even if the love does get a little tough here and there.  

You gotta love her.

See her response to the jumpy fan below.

Tamar Braxton Went Off On Live TV

Actor-comedian Deray Davis found himself on “Love & War” songstress Tamar Braxton’s war side when the two appeared among other industry luminaries for VH1’s Hip Hop Squares.

He learned a valuable and hilarious lesson that evening: don’t test Tamar’s vocal gift nor her gangster.

On the episode, Davis jokingly took a shot at Tamar after she asked for a self-introduction before the show kicked off.

“Ay, Tamar, are you gonna say it or lip-sync it?” he asked before a roaring response from the crowd.

The youngest Braxton sister didn’t catch the shade the first time, but when New York rapper Lil Mama repeated it for her, Tamar rose from her seat to exit her hip-hop square. Apparently, she wanted to see if he was going to repeat that one to her face.

“Oh, hold the f**k up, what we not getting ready to do…” she said while making her way down to Davis despite Terrence J’s attempts to hold her back. Tamar had some backup, too, as Lil Mama stood behind her to reassure that she “got her back” during the confrontation with Davis.

He hilariously copped a plea, backpedaling the statement and accusing the “Lip Gloss” rapper of stirring up drama. Judging by Tamar’s face, she wasn’t buying any of it, but she definitely got that self-introduction she’d been asking for.

The shenanigans between Davis and Tamar was all for kicks and giggles, but what a way to kick off the episode, wouldn’t you say?

See how Davis almost got chin-checked by the “The One” singer below.

According To Kanye West, J. Cole Is ‘Always Dissing Him

Rumors of discontentment between J. Cole and Kanye West spurred almost two years ago when the former dropped a shot-loaded “False Prophets” freestyle—but they were just that: rumors.

Charlamagne Tha God’s recent reveal might change that status from rumor to real, though, after he claims Kanye accused the Roc Nation prodigy of dissing him and his wife, Kim Kardashian.

In The Breakfast Club’s segmental “Rumor Report,” the radio trio discussed Cole’s forthcoming K.O.D. album dropping on Friday (April 20) and some of the theories surrounding it. The famously controversial voice of the radio crew shared a little more than a theory regarding Cole and Yeezy, though.

“Yesterday when I was talking to ‘Ye we had a conversation about J. Cole,” Charlamagne said before chuckling at what was to come next. “Remember when J. Cole put out the ‘False Prophets’ record? And he said that he feels like J. Cole’s always dissing him in records.”

Uncle Charla’s testimony is pretty credible considering that he and Yeezy were recently spotted leaving a private meeting together. He added that the GOOD Music founder also brought Cole’s “No Role Modelz” hit, where he raps about his rejection of reality TV women, into the conversation.

“He was like, ‘Who else out here in love with people from reality shows like me?’” he continued. “So, that was just an interesting thing.”

He did, however, clarify that ‘Ye wasn’t addressing the alleged disses with malice, though. He even laughed about it, Charlamagne said.

No beef here, guys.

Listen to his Yeezy fun fact below.

Jennifer Lopez Has A Message For Cardi B

Jenny from the block posted a selfie with a message to hip-hop positivist DJ Khaled and the “Bodak Yellow” femcee.

“Tell @iamcardib and @djkhaled Khaled I’m on my way,” she wrote. “Gonna get this #DINERO.”

Now, on my way can be interpreted a couple of different ways. But fans’ best guess is that Jenny will be headed over to the studio for a banger that, hopefully, will arrive right on time for the incipient summer months.

The last time the two were spotted together was in 2017 at Tidal X Brooklyn’s star-studded show at Barclays Center. Presumably, it was the first time they’d met, and their photo-op was enough to cue up some excitement for a collaboration.

For the Bardi Gang, J. Lo’s message is just the icing on the cake.

See her hint at a Cardi collabo below.

Is This Fabolous’ Response To Domestic Violence Accusations?

Developments from hip-hop star Fabolous’ domestic violence incident is continuing to unravel with the latest update holding that he could potentially face jail time if found guilty of related charges.

The Friday On Elm Street rapper has yet to publicly address any reports connected to the case besides thanking those who have reached out to him amid the troubling times. His latest social media post, on the other hand, may be the response that fans have been waiting for.

Captured by The Shade Room, Fab took to Snapchat with a covert message regarding golden silence.

“Sometimes it is best to just be quiet and let God show people,” the quote reads.

For obvious reasons, fans have speculated that the post has come at a significant time and is responsive to the rumors and gossip being shared about his domestic situation with the mother of his children, Emily B, who has also remained tight-lipped.

Initial reports from Bossip claimed that Fab could be facing three to five years in state prison if convicted on several charges connected to the case. Other media outlets, who gathered information from the gossip site, increased that number to 10 years. None of the reports have gone officially confirmed by Fabolous, Emily, nor their respective teams thus far. It would then make perfect sense that the Loso’s Way artist speak out on the situation in this manner, even if only loosely.

See what could be Fab’s response to the grapevine in the post below.

The Game Has Thoughts On Fabolous’ Domestic Violence Case

Fabolous and Emily B’s domestic violence case remains a hot topic on gossip sites, blogs and internet-wide media coverage.

The public is also continuing to weigh in on the situation, but more aggressively after video footage recently surfaced of the couple’s domestic dispute related to the case. Compton rap star Game believes there’s a larger implication of Fab’s controversy that everyone is missing, though.

Game brought his thoughts to the Instagram comments section of The Shade Room, who posted news that Fab may see three to five years behind bars in the latest update surrounding the case. He began by sharing his point about the downfall of black families and condemning those who celebrate it.

“Another black family torn apart over social media…,” he said. “& look at everyone so happy to see them in shambles. Forget how this all plays out for their two young boys going forward or their daughter whose father figure was just plucked from the family picture by culture vultures.”

Game added that he feels the internet has a hand in skewing “people’s sense of reality,” and further believes that everyone has skeletons in their closet. After TSR revealed his comment in a follow-up post, the reactions filled up quickly in his Instagram notifications, and he trekked back to let it be known that he was not defending any wrongdoing.

“I never said the physical abuse was okay & as expected 9-% of the comments missed my point which was totally about the welfare of their children & our actions as ‘Gasoline on an already burning fire’……,” he wrote. He observed a similar reaction to Blac Chyna’s recent controversy where the mother of two was rumored to possibly lose custody of her infant daughter, Dream, following her involvement in an amusement park fight when a woman touched baby Dream’s hand.

“Keep allowing social media to breakdown black families…” he continued. “I was just sharing my opinion…as you were.”

How do you think Game’s point will hold up in the court of public opinion this time?

Read his initial response and clarification below.

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