By Danielle Chelosky Over a length of five years, companions and bandmates pulled musician Bartees Cox Jr. Aside to tell him, You need to quit those bands you’re in and begin your own. “I had countless companions who were like, dude, what are you doing? You’ve got concentrate on your own stuff,” Bartees recalls as we talk on the phone early in September. “I was like, no, it..

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If the reports are true, Nicki Minaj just became a mommy! And although specifics are scarce now, TMZ reports that the rap queen and her partner, Kenneth Petty, welcomed a baby into the world, though no further data — including the baby's sex — has come through just yet. People and Us Weekly have also confirmed the news. Both report that Minaj gave birth yesterday, September 30, i..

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In the past month, we've heard Kanye West on two new songs and seen him donate $2 million to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. We've also seen him announce (again) a 2020 presidential candidacy bid, despite reportedly filing no actual paperwork. Yet Kanye is Kanye, and with his Travis Scott group effort "Wash Us in the Blood" also came the announcement ..

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Yesterday (June 30), Kanye West dropped a little bit of a surprise: a new rap song that once again embraced the abrasive edge of his 2010s output. And today (July 1), he's kept that momentum rolling thanks to a featured appearance on a clubby new track from Ty Dolla $ign that wouldn't have sounded all of the way out of place on 2016's The Life of Pablo. It's called "Ego Death," and ye..

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In a GQ profile earlier this year, editor-in-chief Will Welch broke down some of the assignments Kanye West had banked, including a song called "Wash Us in the Blood." Unlike West's 2019 output, based nearly entirely around his Jesus Is King gospel album and Sunday Service choir assemblies, it featured, according to Welch, "hard drums and Yeezus-like industrial horror noises that rout..

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Megan Thee Stallion's "quarantine girl summer" is turning out to be the hottest season of all. The Houston rapper had her first No. 1 single, and also a EP reach the best 10. It was all capped on Sunday (June 28), any time as soon as she delivered a sexy (and political) efficiency for the socially distant BET Awards. Megan's pre-recorded efficiency started with her newest single, ..

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As much as 2019 felt like Megan Thee Stallion's summer, mid-2020 has already yielded the ascendant Houston MC her first No. 1 single, a teeny new puppy, and new EP that hit the best 10. Right now, it's all about ladies in the Hood," her follow-up single to "Savage" that dropped at midnight on Friday (June 26). On it, Megan updates Eazy-E's classic "Boyz-n-the-Hood" for the Instagram ..

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Earlier this week, J. Cole dropped the song "Snow on tha Bluff," which seemed to target Chicago rapper Noname for a tweet in which she called out "y'all preference top selling rappers" for their silence throughout a time of mass protests and demonstrations calling for racial justice. In a follow-up tweet thread, Cole clarified that he had respect for Noname, urged his fans to follow h..

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within the past few weeks, as demonstrations in all 50 states and abroad have gone hand-in-hand with a slate of new protest music, artists like Denzel Curry, YG, and H.E.R. have released new songs that grapple with police brutality and racial injustice. On Tuesday night (June 16), J. Cole released a sparse new song called "Snow on tha Bluff." It doesn't take aim at the police, nevert..

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A Forbes headline from earlier this year declared that "Kanye West is currently officially a billionaire (and he really wants the world to know)." This was further backed up by the magazine's new "The Celebrity 100" list it unveiled today (June 4), placing West because the highest-paid musician in the world and the second-highest paid celebrity. (Notably, he placed only below his fami..

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He might've began beyond the scenes, although Breland's country-rap/R&B prowess is currently front and center. The chameleonic songwriter and powerhouse vocal talent is the artist in back of the infectious hybrid viral hit "My Truck," a point of pride he makes clear early in the video as soon as, grinning a prankster's smile, he pushes a cowboy lip-synching his song out of the frame. ..

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Future, known supporter of masks while in a unprecedented global time where they're more needed than ever before, had originally titled his eighth studio album Life Is Good. "It's about life and being good and just enjoying life," he told XXL earlier this year. That album is officially out as of today (May 15), including a new video for "Tycoon." Yet it is no longer titled Life Is Go..

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