Nipsey Hussle ‘Victory Lap’ Album Release Party Halted By Gunfire

Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap album release party came to an end by gunfire.

The Crenshaw rapper hosted an album release party for his debut LP Victory Lap at the World On Wheels in LA on Saturday Night. Nipsey Hussle reportedly bought the place last year so naturally, that’s where he would host his grand album release party. Sources say someone started firing shots in the parking lot just before midnight and one person was struck by a bullet and taken to the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition.

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Cops were quick on the scene but the shooter got away by the time they arrived, TMZ reported. The victim also refused to cooperate with officers leaving them without a clue about what went down. Partygoers thought that it was another mass shooting incident underway and some of them sound off on Twitter saying that everyone panicked. World On Wheels is an iconic roller rink located in Venice, Los Angeles. Nipsey Hussle helped the place get back up last year when he invested his personal money into it.

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Nipsey Hussle’s debut album Victory Lap was released on Friday amidst a lot of fan fair. The reactions so far from hip hop fans have been positive. The album features 16 tracks with guest appearances Marsha Ambrosius, Diddy, Kendrick Lamar, YG, and CeeLo Green.

Big Shot

Lyrics to ‘Big Shot’ by Kendrick Lamar:

The LP is due out February 9, and features two previously released tracks: the Kendrick/SZA collaboration “All the Stars” and the Jay-Rock-led posse cut “King’s Dead,” which boasts the almost-unbelievable lineup of Kendrick, Future, and James Blake as sidemen.

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Pray For Me

Lyrics to ‘Pray For Me’ by Kendrick Lamar:

Earlier this week, Lamar revealed the track list that features James Blake, 2 Chainz, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Future, Travis Scott, Vince Staples, Khalid, Anderson. Paak, Swae Lee, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and more. Executive produced by Top Dawg Entertainment, pre-order the project on iTunes now as the Black Panther film his theatres on February 12.

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JAY-Z Left Grammys Empty Handed But Still Got The Biggest Award

JAY-Z was completely snubbed at the 60th annual Grammy Awards in New York, almost.

Hov, who is one of the most decorated artists in the history of the Grammy, went home empty-handed at this year’s awards. The “4:44” rapper went into the ceremony the Madison Square Gardens with the most nominations, but lost on each of his eight nods to either Kendrick Lamar or Bruno Mars. In fact, K-Dot and Mars almost sweep every category they were nominated in.

Thankfully, the good folks at the Recording Academy recognized JAY-Z’s contribution to music the night before by honoring him with an industry icon award. But that was not enough to appease fans who were very vocal about their discontentment on social media on Sunday night. JAY-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, was this year’s Salute to Industry Icons honoree. The rap legend received a tribute performance from Alicia Keys and thus received the President’s Merit Award.

“We can pretend that we don’t care, but we really care, ’cause we seen the most incredible artists stand on those stages and we aspire to be that,” the rap mogul said while accepting the award. “So I was like, I have to be here. That is the idea for us to all get involved and to push this thing further. For the people that come before us, it’s our duty. It’s our duty to make sure that, you know, not only are we making the greatest art, that we upholding and supporting the things that’s super real. I’m super humble, and I’m super appreciative of the Academy and everybody here tonight.”

During her performance, Alicia Keys belted out some vocals to her collaboration with JAY-Z, “Empire State of Mind,” before performing some of his classics including “Dead President II” and “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem).” Jay also turned down a chance to perform at the Grammy’s as if he had an idea that he would be snubbed in the end. Nevertheless, it was a bit embarrassing to watch Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, and others accept one after another Grammy and Hov just sitting there.

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Watch Kendrick Lamar Intense Grammy Opening Performance

Kendrick Lamar opens the Grammy awards with an intense and well received performance.

The Compton rap legend kicked off his performance with “XXX” with his legion of masked dancers clad in military themed outfits while Dave Chappelle chimed in in-between takes to inject a little laughter. “I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a black man be honest in America, is being an honest black man in America,” the comedian said. The lights on the stage went out for a few seconds and when it came back on, rockers U2’s Bono and The Edge were on the stage to get some of the action.

Kendrick Lamar already picked up an early Grammy for Best Rap Song for “Loyalty” featuring Rihanna off his album DAMN. The TDE rapper is also nominated for Best Rap Album and Album of the Year. Stay tuned to for more updates.

Kendrick Lamar performance at the Grammys 2018

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J. Cole Says XXXTentacion Is “Actually Talented”

J. Cole is a fan of XXXTentacion and thinks that he is “actually talented.”

XXXTentacion is one of the fastest rising young rappers in the game over the last year thanks to his breakout hit “Look At Me.” Despite his success on the charts, a lot of hip hop fans sees him as another whack rapper, but there is an overwhelming amount of rap fans who followed his music. During a rare interview with No Jumper at Adam 22’s OnSomeShit clothing store in Los Angeles. We don’t hear from Cole very often so it’s always good to get his perspective.

During the 30-minute talk, J. Cole says he went through a little period of blackout from hip hop and as a result, he only discovered XXXTentacion last year when the Lauderhill rapper got knocked out on stage by a rival rapper. “I found out about it last year, cuz I was so disconnected for so long to what was going on,” he said. “I been doing this sh*t for so long I’ve been rapping since I was twelve and making beats since I was fifteen and it took a lot to get from this point to that point so I got a little jaded… Last year, when the kid got punched onstage, it was clearly big enough to come to my realm. That leads me to hear some of his sh*t. I was like, ‘Damn. This ni**a’s actually talented.’”

That sentiment from J. Cole will surely resonate with XXXTentacion who has been working hard for months to convince hip hop that he has something significant to bring to the table. Cole is one of those rap elites who is always mentioned in the top five greatest of all-time debate so when he speaks everyone tune in.

During the interview, he also spoke about god and how he once questioned his own beliefs and how that helped him to become the person that he is today.

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Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd Collaborating On ‘Black Panther’ Album

Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd are joining forces for the upcoming Black Panther: The Album.

The TDE rapper and Tog Dawg are executive producing the project and now we are learning that The Weeknd will be making some contributions. The movie itself is gearing up to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest premiere this year with pre-sale tickets already sold out. Kendrick Lamar is hoping that the hype around the moving will fuel interest in the soundtrack and already it’s showing signs that it will.

There are a few singles off the project that has already been released including a cut that will be featured on Jay Rock’s upcoming album. Complex reported that Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd are putting together a collaboration for the soundtrack. There is no word yet on when the single or the album will arrive but definitely look out for it sooner than later.

K-Dot and The Weeknd have previously collaborated on the Canadian singer’s last album Starboy on the single “Sidewalks.” That track was a huge hit among fans of two of the biggest music stars in the world. The R&B singer posted a Black Panther artwork on his Instagram earlier this week, a clear sign that he has something coming on the project.

Aside from curating the Black Panther soundtrack, Kendrick is getting ready to go on tour with his labelmate SZA. Top Dawg Entertainment recently announced the “Top Dawg Entertainment Championship Tour” with the rapper and the singer as co-headliners. Lance Skiiwalker, Isaiah Rashad, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, SiR, and Ab-Soul are also on the lineup. The label will be announcing the tour dates soon but it’s looking like another blockbuster affair for K-Dot and the TDE camp who have been having an impressive run over the past few years.

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Rapsody Details How Kendrick Lamar Changed Her Life

Rapsody says working with Kendrick Lamar changed her life and career for the better.

The female rapper had a phenomenal year in 2017 and a big part of her success is attributed to Kendrick Lamar whom she worked with on his landmark album To Pimp A Butterfly. Now she is nominated for a Grammy awards for Best Rap Album for her latest project Laila’s Wisdom. She is the only female rapper to be nominated in the category this year. Aside from dropping her album last year, she released a handful of singles that did very well on the airwaves.

Speaking with Larry King in a recent interview, Rapsody details how Kendrick Lamar significantly impacted her career last year and put on a scale she never thought she would reach. “After I worked with Kendrick on To Pimp A Butterfly, it put me on a platform where he introduced me to a lot of people that necessarily weren’t paying attention,” the rapper said. K-Dot is also nominated in the Best Rap Album category for his album DAMN. “It feels good to compete with your friends, you can compete but in a healthy way,” she said.

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Rapsody also opened up about her impression of Kendrick Lamar as the face of rap music currently, telling Larry King that he is a fearless and humble rapper, who is not afraid to rap about anything he feels like. She says he first met the Compton rapper back in 2011 through producer 9th Wonder. They were both fans of each other at the time and Kendrick was a big fan of the producer.

As far as being the only female rapper nominated in the rap album category at the Grammy’s, Rapsody says it’s bittersweet because she grew up seeing a platter of female emcees in the 1990s and now it seems like there can only be one female mainstream rapper at a time.

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Travis Scott Disappointed About Grammy Snubbing “Birds In The Trap”

Travis Scott says he feels some type of way about the Grammy snubbing his album Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight.

The album was released in September of 2016 and debut at number one on the Billboard chart after selling 88,000 equivalent album units in the first week of release. In an interview with Billboard, Travis Scott spoke about the project not getting its due respect from the industry despite his rise in the business over the last few years.

“I worked so hard on Rodeo and Birds,” he said. “It might not have been recognized by the masses, but my fans always went hard. This year I’m on a mission to be heard.” Despite both albums selling well in the digital space, Travis Scott says he has failed to receive critical acclaim by not even getting a Grammy nomination for his work. Other artists have echoed similar sentiments about being snubbed by the Grammy’s while some of his other peers are getting the Grammy red carpet rolled out for them like JAY-Z and Kendrick Lamar who both lead the list of nominees this year.

As for why he didn’t get a Grammy nod, Travis Scott says he has no idea but hopes that one day he will get the respect that he thinks that he deserves. “Maybe nobody played them the album, I don’t know,” the G.O.O.D. Music rapper added.

Travis Scott has a new collaborative album out with Quavo, Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart and No. 1 on the Hip-Hop/R&B chart. He is currently working on his new album AstroWorld which is due in the spring of this year. His collaborator Quavo is currently getting ready to drop his new Migos album Culture 2, due this month. Perhaps AstroWorld will earn him his first Grammy nomination, keep your head up Travis.

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Jeezy Debut New Album “Pressure” Feat. Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole: Listen

Jeezy new album Pressure is currently available.

The 13 track album features an all-star lineup including Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Tory Lanez, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Puff Daddy, YG, Kodak Black, and more. K-Dot and Cole are featured on the new single “American Dream” while Rozay and Lanez came in on “Like Them.” The album Pressure is the follow-up to his 2016 project Trap Or Die 3 which earned him a lot of praises inside hip hop.

Jeezy first announced the album last month and shortly after he made the announcement on social media, he revealed the December 15th release date. “Pressure make diamonds baby,” Jeezy said about the album title during an interview with Sway. “They took that piece of coal that was at the bottom of the Earth and put everything on its shoulders, and it came out shining… Whatever you going through, if you weather the storm, and you figure everything out, you gon’ come out shining like this.”

The album is currently available for streaming on major music streaming services like iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, and more. Take a listen to the album below. Pay attention to the last single on the project “Snow Season.”

Big Sean Responds To Kendrick Lamar ‘The Heart Part 4’ On ‘Double or Nothing’

Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar beef is far from over, in fact its just getting started.

Big Sean has finally responded to Kendrick Lamar’s diss record “The Heart Part 4.” The G.O.O.D. Music rapper delivered his joint album with Metro Boomin, Double or Nothing, on Friday. The album has received mixed reviews among hip hop fans, but perhaps one of the biggest takeaways on the project is Big Sean jab at Kendrick Lamar. K-Dot unleashed a lyrical firestorm against BS in March of this year where he called him his son and a punk ass.

“”My fans can’t wait for me to son your punk ass and crush your whole lil sh*t, I’ll Big Pun your punk ass you a scared lil b*tch, Tip-toeing around my name n***a you lame,” the Compton rapper raps. At the time of its released, the song surprised a lot of hip hop fans who wasn’t sure who he was referring to. In case your still among those who are still in doubt, now you know for sure that K-Dot went directly after Sean Don ripping him while threatening to take down his career.

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On the album, Double or Nothing, Big Sean has a song “Big Bidness” featuring 2 Chainz where he finally responded to Kendrick Lamar. “Nobody sonning me, If am a sun, I’m the one you look up to F**k you,” Sean raps. Sean Don previously took a jab at the “HUMBLE” rapper on DJ Khaled’s single “Holy Key” giving fans a hint of his feelings towards his rival.

Double or Nothing is out now and you can stream it on Apple Music and Spotify. The album features some big names including Travis Scott, 21 Savage, Young Thug, and Swae Lee. While the vast majority of his fans have the project the thumbs up, Big Sean has been getting roasted on Twitter for a few lines that some folks thinks are either unacceptible or corny.

Kendrick Lamar Delivers ‘DAMN. Collectors Edition’ Album [Listen]

Kendrick Lamar is ending his massive year on a high.

The Compton rapper delivers a version of his chart-topping album DAMN for collectors aka DAMN. Collectors Edition. For this edition, he released the album with the songs in reverse starting with “DUCKWORTH” and ending with “BLOOD. There is already some conspiracy that he is trying to reveal the true meaning behind the album. This is a massive year for Kendrick Lamar who received seven Grammy nominations for the project.

The 14-track album features collaborations with Rihanna on “LOYALTY.,” U2 on “XXX.,” and Zacari on the single “LOVE.” During an interview with MTV in the summer, Kendrick Lamar opened up about why he decided to drop the album in reverse, saying he got the idea from fans. “I think like a week after the album came out, [fans] realized you can play the album backwards,” K-Dot said. “It plays as a full story and even a better rhythm. It’s one of my favorite rhythms and tempos within the album. It’s something that we definitely premeditate while we’re in the studio.”

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Fans can now listen to Kendrick Lamar’s album DAMN. Collectors Edition on Apple Music below.

Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole Gets Feature On Jeezy’s ‘Pessure’ Album

Jeezy reveals the tracklist for his new album Pressure and some big names can be found on it.

The album is set for a December 15th release date, the same day that Eminem is dropping Revival. Among the tracklist on Jeezy’s new 13-track LP are Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Trey Songz, WizKid, Kodak Black, Puff Daddy, 2 Chainz, Tee Grizzley, Rick Ross, Tory Lanez, Payroll Giovanni, and YG. The project is packed with an all-star cast with Jeezy going solo on only four singles.

Interestingly, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole are featured on the same track with Jeezy, “American Dream.” The upcoming single got tongues waging given that these two young rappers are often mentioned in the top five rappers alive debate. This marks the first time that Cole and K-Dot are working together on the same single. How did Jeezy make that happen? Well, he must have pulled some serious strings.

The closest that they ever came to working together was on Black Friday of 2015 when they both remixed each other songs. J. Cole rapped over Kendrick’s smash hit single “Alright” and the Compton rapper rapped over his counterparts single “A Tale of 2 Citiez.” That moved stirred up rumors that they are planning to drop a joint project but that never happen, but a collaborative single is good enough for now.

Pressure is the follow-up to Jeezy’s 2016 mixtape Trap or Die 3 which was released in November last year.

Pressure Tracklist:

1. “Spyder”
2. “Cold Summer” Feat. Tee Grizzley
3. “In a Major Way” Feat. Payroll Giovanni
4. “Floor Seats” Feat. 2 Chainz
5. “This is It”
6. “Bottles Up” Feat. Puff Daddy
7. “Valet (Interlude)”
8. “Respect”
9. “Pressure” Feat. Kodak Black and YG
10.”Like Them” Feat. Tory Lanez and Rick Ross
11.”The Life” Feat. WizKid and Trey Songz
12.”American Dream” Feat. J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar
13.”Snow Season”

#PRESSURE ?12/15 pre order Now #TrustYaProcess #SnowSeason

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Kendrick Lamar & JAY-Z Leads Grammy Nomination List 2018

Kendrick Lamar and JAY-Z lead the pack among the 2018 Grammy nominees.

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is just right around the corner and on Tuesday the Recording Academy announced the nominees and it came with some major surprises snubs. JAY-Z lead the nominees with eight nods including some coveted categories like Album of the Year for 4:44, Record of the Year for “The Story of O.J.” and Song of the Year for “4:44.” JAY-Z is one of the most decorated artists in the history of the Grammys with 21 wins and 74 nominations.

Kendrick Lamar came in right after Hov with seven nominations including Album of the Year for his critically-acclaimed album DAMN. and Record of the Year for “HUMBLE.” Over the space of his career, Kendrick Lamar has received 20 nominations and won 7. R&B singer Bruno Mars received six nominations including Album of the Year for 24K Magic and Song of the Year for “That’s What I Like.” His song “24K Magic” also received a nod for Record of the Year, a Grammy that he picked up back in 2015 for “Uptown Funk.”

Childish Gambino follows Mars with five nominations for his critically-acclaimed album Awaken, My Love!, and he is going up against the big guns in the Album of the Year category and Record of the Year for his single “Redbone.” Gambino also picked up a nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album.

See full list of 2018 Grammy Awards Nominations.

“Redbone” – Childish Gambino
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber
“The Story Of O.J.” – JAY-Z
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
“24K Magic” – Bruno Mars

Awaken My Love! – Childish Gambino
4:44 – Jay-Z
Damn. – Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama – Lorde
24K Magic – Bruno Mars

“Despacito” – Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)
“4:44” – Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson (JAY-Z)
“Issues” – Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter (Julia Michaels)
“1-800-273-8255” – Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson (Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid)
“That’s What I Like” – Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip (Bruno Mars)

Alessia Cara
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels

“Love So Soft” – Kelly Clarkson
“Praying” – Kesha
“Million Reasons” – Lady Gaga
“What About Us” – P!nk
“Shape of You” – Ed Sheeran

“Something Just Like This” – The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
“Thunder” – Imagine Dragons
“Feel It Still” – Portugal. The Man
“Stay” – Zedd & Alessia Cara

Kaleidoscope EP -Coldplay
Lust For Life – Lana Del Rey
Evolve – Imagine Dragons
Rainbow – Kesha
Joanne – Lady Gaga
÷ (Divide) – Ed Sheeran

“Bambro Koyo Ganda” – Bonobo feat. Innov Gnawa
“Cola” – Camelphat & Elderbrook
“Andromeda” – Gorillaz feat. DRAM
“Tonite” – LCD Soundsystem
“Line Of Sight” – Odesza feat. WYNNE & Mansionair

Migration – Bonobo
3-D The Catalogue – Kraftwerk
Mura Masa – Mura Masa
A Moment Apart – Odesza
What Now – Sylvan Esso

“You Want It Darker” – Leonard Cohen
“The Promise” – Chris Cornell
“Run” – Foo Fighters
“No Good” – Kaleo
“Go To War” – Nothing More

“Get You” – Daniel Caesar feat. Kali Uchis
“Distraction” – Kehlani
“High” – Ledisi
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars
“The Weekend” – SZA

“Laugh And Move On” – The Baylor Project
“Redbone” – Childish Gambino
“What I’m Feelin’” – Anthony Hamilton Featuring The Hamiltones
“All The Way” – Ledisi
“Still” – Mali Music

“First Began” – PJ Morton
“Location” – Khalid
“Redbone” – Childish Gambino
“Supermodel” – SZA
“That’s What I Like” – Bruno Mars

Free 6LACK – 6LACK
Awaken, My Love!” – Childish Gambino
American Teen – Khalid
Ctrl – SZA
Starboy – The Weeknd

Freudian – Daniel Caesar
Let Love Rule – Ledisi
24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Gumbo – PJ Morton
Feel The Real – Musiq Soulchild

“Bounce Back” – Big Sean
“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
“4:44” – JAY-Z
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
“Bad And Boujee” – Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert

“Crew” – Goldlink feat. Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
“Family Feud” – JAY-Z feat. Beyoncé
“LOYALTY.” – Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna
“Love Galore” – SZA feat. Travis Scott

“Bodak Yellow” – Cardi B
“Chase Me” – Danger Mouse feat. Run The Jewels & Big Boi
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
“Sassy” – Rapsody
“The Story Of O.J.” – JAY-Z

4:44 – JAY-Z
DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar
Culture – Migos
Laila’s Wisdom – Rapsody
Flower Boy – Tyler, The Creator

Baby Driver – (Various Artists)
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 – (Various Artists)
Hidden Figures: The Album – (Various Artists)
La La Land – (Various Artists)
Moana: The Songs – (Various Artists)

“City Of Stars” – Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone
“How Far I’ll Go” – Auli’i Cravalho
“I Don’t Wanna Live Forever – ZAYN & Taylor Swift
“Never Give Up” – Sia
“Stand Up For Something” – Andra Day feat. Common

Calvin Harris
Greg Kurstin
Blake Mills
No I.D.
The Stereotypes

“Up All Night” – Beck
“Makeba” – Jain
“The Story Of O.J.” – JAY-Z
“Humble.” – Kendrick Lamar
“1-800-273-8255” – Logic feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid

You can see the full 2018 Grammy list here.

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Damn.’ Tops Rolling Stone Best Albums Of 2017

Kendrick Lamar is soaring high on Rolling Stone list of 50 Best Albums of 2017.

There are very little folks who would disagree that Kendrick Lamar drops one of the best, if not the best, albums this year, DAMN. So it should come as no surprise that Rolling Stone named the project the best album of the year. The LP sold 603,000 album-equivalent units in its first week to open at the top of the Billboard 200 chart in April of this year. It went on to top the chart for four non-consecutive weeks and has since sold over 800,000 traditional album units and over 2 million album-equivalent units.

The album DAMN. has already picked up an American Music Award for Favorite Album Rap/Hip-Hop Album and a BET Hip Hop Award for Album of the Year. The project is also one to watch for the upcoming Grammy Awards. With the release of DAMN, Kendrick Lamar cemented his place as one of the top five rappers of this generation, a topic that is a constant debate in hip hop culture.

Further down on Rolling Stone’s list of 50 Best Albums of 2017, Migos album Culture ranked number nine following an impressive run this year as trap music begins to gain more traction in the mainstream. JAY-Z’s critically acclaimed new album 4:44 ranked number twelve and some of the rap legend’s fans are not too happy about that and think the project should at least be top five this year. “Hov’s 4:44 is easily top five albums this year, no way some of these pop artists drop a better project that Hov please revise this list,” one fan wrote.

SZA’s Ctrl came in at number twenty, while Drake’s More Life came in at number 27 just one place higher than Vince Staples’ Big Fish Theory. Chronixx is the only reggae artist to make the list with his Chronology album ranking 48.

Future Gets Feature On Taylor Swift New Album

Future lands a guest spot on Taylor Swift new album, Reputation, due this Friday.

The Freebandz emcee and Ed Sheeran are both featured on the second single on the project, “End Game.” Future has been having a busy year with three albums released so far this year including his joint project with Young Thug, Super Slimey. In February, he released two albums in two weeks, Future and Hendrxx, which both debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Additionally, he has been a guest feature on a number of other artists projects including songs with Chris Brown, Jadakiss, Lil Durk, Tory Lanez, and WizKid.

Taylor Swift has collaborated with rappers in the past like Kendrick Lamar and B.O.B. Her new album Reputation drops on Friday, November 10th and Future and Ed Sheeran are the only guest artists on the highly anticipated project. This will be the first time that Future Hendrix and Taylor Swift are working together and also the first time that the Atlanta rapper is working with Ed Sheeran.

Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tracklist:

1. “…Ready for It?”
2. “End Game” Feat. Ed Sheeran and Future
3. “I Did Something Bad”
4. “Don’t Blame Me”
5. “Delicate”
6. “Look What You Made Me Do”
7. “So It Goes…”
8. “Gorgeous”
9. “Getaway Car”
10. “King of My Heart”
11. “Dancing With Our Hands Tied”
12. “Dress”
13. “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”
14. “Call It What You Want”
15. “New Years Day”

3 days until #reputation

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“New Freezer” Rich The Kid and Kendrick Lamar Drops Some Fire In New Video

This winter will be chilling. Rich The Kid and Kendrick Lamar drop some fire in their new video “New Freezer.”

In the Dave Free-directed cut, Rich The Kid shows off some dance moves as well as some ice cold jewelry fitting for the title of the single. He then rolls around the city in a car that is more fitting to be a space craft with neon lights and lots of cool gadgets. “Ooh, money way (money) / Diamonds, flexin’ (bling, woo) / I woke up rich, spend a grip on a necklace (yuh) / I put the plug on three way (plug) / Maserati go speed race (yeah),” Rich raps.

Kendrick Lamar came through racking a Kobe Bryant basketball jersey while driving a classic car. “Cocaine white, body look like Gentiles (Gentiles) / Rule of the day, get a view every day / Get a b**ch with a tan by the pool every day / Get a clip with a plan, give a jewel every day / I never sleep, I gotta eat, I gotta dance,” K-Dot raps. The scene with the abandoned pay phone in the middle of nowhere will grab your attention. The two rappers eventually met up at a Chinese restaurant where the Compton emcee raps with his takeout and chopsticks in hand.

Kendrick Lamar has been having a busy year and that worth ethics equates to having arguably the best rap album so far this year, DAMN. Rich The Kid has been also having a busy year with his Rich Forever 3 mixtape getting a lot of attention.

Nicki Minaj Wants More Respect and Kendrick Lamar Agrees With Her

Nicki Minaj wants more respect on her name and Kendrick Lamar seems to agree with her.

Nicki says that male hip hop fans should put some respect on her name just like they do her male counterparts. For the last few weeks. the Young Money rapper has been complaining bitterly about not getting the same respect as the male rappers in the industry even after creating a vast catalog and an impressive resume in music and fashion over the past decade. Today (October 25), she went on Twitter to offload some things off her chest.

In her first tweet, Nicki Minaj thanks Russ for heaping praises on her on Wednesday during an interview with Rap Radar’s Elliot Wilson and B. Dot. During a preview of the upcoming interview, Russ said what several other industry personalities have been echoing, that Nicki has not been getting the credit that she deserves. Minaj thanked him for the gesture and then went on to vent about getting the most hate from the male fans in the industry and even some of her male counterparts.

Related: Nicki Minaj Talks Male Counterpart: “I got to prove myself a hundred times”

“This was so nice of you my love, thank you,” she wrote. “In any field, women must work TWICE as hard to even get HALF the respect her male counterparts get. When does this stop?” She went on to elaborate that the great rappers in the industry have all collaborated with other great MCs of her era like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and J. Cole, three rappers who are often mentioned in discussions about the top five rappers of this generation. “The greats collaborated w/Drake, Kendrick & Jcole b/c they’re dope MC’s. They collab’d w/nicki cuz someone pulled a gun to their heads,” she added.

In another tweet that seems to be a shot at new rappers like Cardi B, Nicki Minaj she shouldn’t even be placed in the same sentence as these new MCs after being an OG for 10 years consistently putting out hit records. “Putting ppl in the same sentence as me after my 10 years of consistent winning. What are you teaching THEM? They’d never do this to a man,” she wrote.

She went and dug up an old tweet from Kendrick Lamar from 2010 where the Compton rapper said more males hate Nick than females. “Just realized. Moe ni**az hate nicki minaj than woman do. #yallniggazisreallypausewhenithinkaboutit,” K-Dot wrote.

People needa put more respect on @NICKIMINAJ name

— Russ (@russdiemon) October 25, 2017

In any field, women must work TWICE as hard to even get HALF the respect her male counterparts get. When does this stop?

— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) October 25, 2017

The greats collaborated w/Drake, Kendrick & Jcole b/c they’re dope MC’s. They collab’d w/nicki cuz someone pulled a gun to their heads… ??

— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) October 25, 2017

Putting ppl in the same sentence as me after my 10 years of consistent winning. What are you teaching THEM? They’d never do this to a man.

— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) October 25, 2017

Kendrick’s tweet from 7 years ago. This is so telling. And scary. I’d have to wear some baggy pants n timbs for men to openly give props.

— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) October 25, 2017

Nicki Minaj Talks Male Counterpart: “I got to prove myself a hundred times”

Nicki Minaj covers T Magazine’s Great Issue and she made some interesting revelations in her cover story.

Despite all the chatters about the female hip hop scene currently, Nicki Minaj is still very much the leading female artist in the genre, a title she earned herself with her hard work and dedication over the years. In her interview with Time, the Young Money rapper spoke in depth about her career including her upcoming album and her vast catalog.

“I kind of love that I’ve had to go through so many hurdles to get where I am because I feel like I deserve it,” she said. “I had so much going against me in the beginning: being black, being a woman, being a female rapper. No matter how many times I get on a track with everyone’s favorite M.C. and hold my own, the culture never seems to want to give me my props as an M.C., as a lyricist, as a writer. I got to prove myself a hundred times, whereas the guys that came in around the same time as I did, they were given the titles so much quicker without anybody second-guessing.”

Nicki Minaj and Drake broke onto the rap scene at the same time in 2009 when Lil Wayne signed both of them to Young Money/Cash Money. Other rappers like Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole broke onto the scene after the two Young Money titans and all three male emcees, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and J. Cole are often mentioned in the discussion about the top five rappers of this generation. Nicki Minaj, on the other hand, is often seen as just a regular rapper doing her thing, despite for years being the only female out there putting in the work.

“I believe in my gift wholeheartedly,” Minaj said. “Sometimes I wake up and say, ‘I don’t know if I can do this anymore,’ you know? I’ve had those times. I’ve had those years where I’m just like, ‘Am I good enough?’” But then she wholeheartedly believe that she was meant to withstand what regular girls can’t.

Nicki Minaj is currently working on her new album but still hasn’t given any concrete details like release date and title. Nevertheless, she said its the most free she has ever been since her mixtape days to make the music that she wants to make.

You can read her full spread here.

Diddy & Drake Are Hip-Hop’s Highest Earners Over Last Year

Diddy and Drake made a lot of money over the last year, more than $220 million combined and are undoubtedly the Hip-Hop Cash Kings.

The two rap titans are by far the highest earners in hip hop this past year, according to Forbes magazine. Sean “P. Diddy” Combs made a whopping $130 million, Drake made $94 million, JAY-Z made for himself $42 million, Dr. Dre raked in $34.5 million, and Chance the Rapper made $32 million who round out the top five. So you can see Diddy is leading the pack by far and is one step closer to being hip hop’s first billionaire with a current net worth of over $800 million.

Diddy is undeniably the Hip-Hop Cash King of the last decade and this year he added a lot more cash to his pocket thanks to his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, his ownership stake in Diageo’s Ciroc vodka, and the sale of a third of his Sean John clothing line. That sale alone raked in $70 million for the hip hop mogul. Drake has had a hugely successful year both on the road and on digital media. He was the most streamed artist on Apple Music over the past year and he also made a lot of money from endorsement deals with Apple, Nike, and Sprite. The bulk of his $94 million was made touring for his Summer Sixteen Tour with Future and his Boy Meets World Tour in Europe.

JAY-Z and Beyonce are the first billionaire couple in hip hop but JAY-Z is pulling the most weight thanks to his $200 million deal with Live Nation and Sprint investing $200 million in TIDAL. Dr. Dre significantly increased his net worth when he and his business partner Jimmy Iovine sold Beats by Dre to Apple. That deal alone earned the rapper/producer a whopping #620 million back in 2014 which is the highest payday for any musician in history. Over the past 12 months, he made $34.5 million from royalties from his vast catalog and ongoing payment from Apple. Chance the Rapper banked a cool $33 million despite being an independent rapper who never sold physical copies of his albums. He distributes his music solely digitally. He also made some big bucks from endorsement deals with Apple and Kit Kat.

Check out the full list.

1. Diddy – $130 million
2. Drake – $94 million
3. Jay Z – $42 million
4. Dr. Dre – $34.5 million
5. Chance the Rapper – $33 million
6. Kendrick Lamar – $30 million
7. Wiz Khalifa – $28 million
8. Pitbull – $27 million
9. DJ Khaled – $24 million
10. Future – $23 million
11. Kanye West ($22 million)
12. Birdman ($20 million)
13. Swizz Beatz ($17 million)
14. Snoop Dogg ($16.5 million)
15. Nicki Minaj ($16 million)
16. Lil Wayne ($15.5 million)
17. J. Cole ($14 million)
18. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ($11.5 million, tie)
18. Rick Ross ($11.5 million, tie)
20. Lil Yachty ($11 million)

New freezer – Rich the Kid feat. Kendrick Lamar lyrics

Lyrics Rich the Kid – New freezer

Ayyy, new freezer
You know what it was when you synced up, ayy
Dat way, yuh, yuh, yeah dat way.

My b*tch too foreign, need a visa
I don’t need her
Pull up drop top with a eater
Two seater
New b*tch wanna f*ck to my AP
New freezer
I woke up thinkin’ ’bout bands
Hop off a jet to a check when I land
My b*tch too foreign, need a visa
I don’t need her
Pull up drop top with a eater
Two seater
New b*tch wanna f*ck to my AP
New freezer
I woke up thinkin’ ’bout bands
Hop off a jet to a check when I land.

Ooh, money way
Diamonds, flexin’ (flex, woo)
I woke up rich, spend a grip on a necklace (yuh)
I put the plug on three way (plug)
Maserati go speed race (yeah)
Drop a baby on a b*tch face (woah)
More ice flexin’ this way (ice)
We put the world on the wave (the wave)
Don’t give a f*ck ’cause I’m paid (woo)
More Act in a lemonade (Act)
The pharmacy knowin’ my name (my name)
I f*ck that b*tch ’cause she bougie (she bougie)
She suck my dick in the movies (yuh)
Trap jumpin’ like 23
She a foreign lil’ freak (freak).

My b*tch too foreign, need a visa (woo)
I don’t need her (b*tch)
Pull up drop top with a eater (skrrt)
Two seater (skrrt)
New b*tch wanna f*ck to my AP (AP, ice)
New freezer (ice)
I woke up thinkin’ ’bout bands (bands)
Hop off a jet to a check when I land (woo)
My b*tch too foreign, need a visa (b*tch)
I don’t need her
Pull up drop top with a eater (yeah)
Two seater (skrrt, skrrt)
New b*tch wanna f*ck to my AP (b*tch)
New freezer
I woke up thinkin’ ’bout bands (what up?)
Hop off a jet to a check when I land.

Big shot, hollup, wait
Peanut butter insides
Look, outside
Cocaine white, body look like Gentiles
Rule of the day, get a view every day
Get a b*tch with a tan by the pool every day
Get a clique with a plan, give a jewel every day
I never sleep, I gotta eat, I gotta dance
I Milly Rock when I get that advance
How can I shop with like 64 M’s?
Talkin’ to Top about business again
He want a lot with new Bentleys again
I want some top from like two sets of twins
Twinny twin twins, yeah, yeah
Ayy, b*tch (b*tch), where your friends? Yeah, yeah
(Hollup) Switch (hollup) she want in, yeah, yeah
Ball ’em in, fallin’ in bundles of flowers like Parliament
Never know, big dawg like ours.

My b*tch too foreign, need a visa (woo)
I don’t need her (b*tch)
Pull up drop top with a eater (skrrt)
Two seater (skrrt)
New b*tch wanna f*ck to my AP (AP, ice)
New freezer (ice)
I woke up thinkin’ ’bout bands (bands)
Hop off a jet to a check when I land (woo)
My b*tch too foreign, need a visa (b*tch)
I don’t need her
Pull up drop top with a eater (yeah)
Two seater (skrrt, skrrt)
New b*tch wanna f*ck to my AP (b*tch)
New freezer (woah)
I woke up thinkin’ ’bout bands (what up?)
Hop off a jet to a check when I landdd.
Rich the Kid lyrics
Video freezer

L2B – Home lyrics

I’m prolly faded when I hit the scene,
Please don’t disturb me while I’m in my zone.
I’m tryna pull up in something you aint never seen,
While riding through my city feeling right at home,
I let ’em know, I hold it down,
Hold it down, hold it down, down, down,
I hold it down, hold it down,
Hold it down, down, down,
I hold it down, hold it down,
Hold it down, down, down
I hold it down, hold it down,
Hold it down, down, down.

[Verse 1]
I’m from New Haven City, I don’t have another home,
I be chillin’ right by Yale, next to Skull and Bones.
Come along with me to see a real artist in his zone,
Alone, in his own mind, trying to write another song,
Hypnotized by the music whenever it comes on,
Hardworking and talented, I kill two birds with one stone,
Making sure my story will never go untold,
Let the drama unfold ’cause my heart has gone cold,
First place reservation, got that spot on hold,
If she can hold a conversation and she’s hot, I’m sold.
Something like Midas, everything I touch turns gold,
I don’t slow down, keep it moving like I’m on the run though.
Got used to ballin’ out, like Rajon Rondo,
Me and the team going all out, tell me where’d the time go?
It aint nothing, got a problem, have it handled pronto,
End your career with one song, you’ll be another John Doe.

I’m prolly faded when I hit the scene,
Please don’t disturb me while I’m in my zone.
I’m tryna pull up in something you aint never seen,
While riding through my city feeling right at home,
I let ’em know, I hold it down,
Hold it down, hold it down, down, down,
I hold it down, hold it down,
Hold it down, down, down,
I hold it down, hold it down,
Hold it down, down, down
I hold it down, hold it down,
Hold it down, down, down.

[Verse 2]
Man, the rap game lacks originality these days,
All these songs sound the same, talking about
Stealing your chick, and being rich,
It’s as if they got nothing else to say,
It’s hard to differentiate these dudes when
They’re all doing their best impression of Drake.
The styles repetitive, I mean how much can we take?
Most of you rappers sound dumb,
There’s not much more I can say.
I’m such a perfectionist with this, I can’t afford a mistake,
So I’m here to inform you that I’m more than a basic artist,
I’m already great.
I’m sick of corny rappers acting like you’re leading the way.
Ya’ll aint leading shit,
Lead the way in the kitchen and make me a PB & J.
They say Kendrick Lamar set the bar for being lyrical huh?
When really he stands out ’cause every other rapper you hear sucks.
Lyrics, I don’t hear much. Talent, I don’t hear enough,
Your music only sounds bearable while I’m wearing ear plugs.
It’s hysterical, my style is incomparable, plus,
I just care way too much to let all you wack rappers “Turn up!”

I’m prolly faded when I hit the scene,
Please don’t disturb me while I’m in my zone.
I’m tryna pull up in something you aint never seen,
While riding through my city feeling right at home,
I let ’em know, I hold it down,
Hold it down, hold it down, down, down,
I hold it down, hold it down,
Hold it down, down, down,
I hold it down, hold it down,
Hold it down, down, down
I hold it down, hold it down,
Hold it down, down, down.