New Music: Kamaiyah feat. Quavo & Tyga ‘Windows’

Gas, break, dip, shake. Kamaiyah rounds up Quavo and Tyga for her West Coast banger “Windows.”

Over the trunk-rattling bassline, the Oakland MC reps her Bay Area roots and calls out the culture vultures. “Everything that we do get stolen,” she raps on the Trackademics and Drew Banga-produced track. “If you don’t f**k with us and you really are against us / Motherfu**er, stop stealin’ our culture.”

Quavo goes “Michael Myers with Kamaiyah,” while T-Raww adds some star power (“Bitch, I’m a star / All I need is one take”).

“Windows” is the first offering from Kamaiyah’s upcoming project on 4Hunnid/Interscope Records. She can also be heard on “Do Not Disturb,” a standout off YG’s new album 4REAL 4REAL.

A video for “Windows” will premiere Tuesday.

Chris Brown Disses Karrueche’s Boyfriend Victor Cruz

Chris Brown wants that old thing back.

The “No Guidance” singer is stirring up more controversy after leaving comments on the Instagram page for Victor Cruz, who is now dating his ex Karrueche Tran. In response to a photo of the former NFL player and “Claws” star boo’d up, Brown left a comment insulting Cruz’s style.

“No shade boo, BUT PLEAS STLYE HIM. He look like he shopping off the manikin and trying to bargain wit the sales manager. Retired wrestler spanks. IM FUCKING AROUND … good bless,” he wrote, adding, “No shade … Just minor.”

It didn’t stop there. Breezy continued to clown Cruz for the way he dresses. “Nothing bad or major. UPGRADE HIM SIS,” he said. “I’ll take him around to style him. NOT HATE. He just need some game spirit.”

Before deleting the comments, he took one more shot. “Peace love and joy. JUST PLEASE UPGRADE YA MAN BOO.”

Brown also posted on Instagram Stories, where he seemingly revealed that he still has feelings for Karrueche. “Is it a sucka move to think about your ex?” he asked before deleting the post.

Chris and Karrueche broke up in March 2015 following reports that Chris fathered a daughter with another woman. “Listen. One can only take so much. The best of luck to Chris and his family. No baby drama for me,” tweeted Karrueche, who started dating Cruz in late 2017.

Chris is gearing up to release his new album Indigo on June 28 and also hit the road this summer on his “INDIGOAT Tour” with Tory Lanez, Ty Dolla $ign, Joyner Lucas, and Yella Beezy.

Twitter (& Drake) Explodes After Toronto Raptors Win 1st NBA Title

Oakland, CA – NBA fans were on the edge of their seats as the Golden State Warriors took on the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night (June 13).

As the fourth quarter came to a close, the Raptors were leading the Warriors by one point with 18.5 seconds on the clock. But the Warriors — who won the title last year — were unable to close the gap and wound up losing with a final score of 114-110.

Naturally, Twitter exploded with reactions to Toronto’s victory and many were vocal about wanting to see Drake’s reaction. The 6 God was watching the action from Jurassic Park in Toronto and has been one of the most outspoken supporters of his home team.

In video captured of the moment the game was called, Drake clearly couldn’t contain his enthusiasm.

At the end of the game, the Warriors’ Stephen Curry congratulated the Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard, who was also named MVP of the NBA Finals for second time in his career.

Hip Hop had something to say about the Raptors’ first championship in team history.

Check out the reactions below.

Netflix Crafting Video Games Based On Its Shows

Netflix is continuing to expand its entertainment empire with video games based on its original series. Stranger Things 3: The Game, which is based on the acclaimed sci-fi horror show, will be available for purchase July 4 — the same day the new season premieres.

The popular streaming service is also planning the same for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series, which is a prequel to the Jim Henson movie from 1982. The game is scheduled to be released later this year.

Netflix isn’t creating or producing the games though; the company is licensing the characters to outside studios.

“We’re looking for opportunities to extend the universe of these shows and films into other mediums,” Chris Lee, director of interactive games at Netflix, said during a panel at the 2019 E3 expo. “To me, it was really obvious to try to do that into video games.”

The streaming giant first licensed a Stranger Things mobile game in 2017. A new mobile game is scheduled to launch in 2020.

Netflix is using Stranger Things and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance as a test for future potential releases for its other shows. The games will be available on most of the major gaming consoles, as well as PC.

Watch The Full Music Video From Miley Cyrus’ "Black Mirror" Character Ashley O

The new season Netflix’s Black Mirror has surely been watched in full already. Season five came equipped with just three episodes and the final the trio features none other than Miley Cyrus starring as Ashley O, a pop star whose fame is controlled by her overpowering aunt. The pop songs performed by Ashley O are reworked Nine Inch Nails songs. 

One song in particular, “On a Roll,” are lyrics from the rock band’s song “Head Like a Hole.” Since the episode has received all kinds reactions, it only makes sense that the network delivered an ficial video for the song, that’s actually quite catchy. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is a big fan the show and the creator, Charlie Brooker, got his blessing to rearrange the track. 

“Trent got it straight away,” Chirs said the track. “It was email and he was really happy pretty quickly.” 

“I think it’s an important story that needs to be told … such a realistic take on what it’s like working in the music industry,” Miley said the episode called ‘Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too.’

“It really portrays the overt exploitation artists and that numbers usually eclipse the creative most the time.” 

Chris Brown Still Creeping In Karrueche’s Comments, Trashes Victor Cruz

Chris Brown is surrounded by models on a daily basis and it’s currently unclear just who he’s dating. Several names have been thrown around and one thing that the majority them have in common is that they all look a little similar to one his ex-girlfriends. Karrueche Tran was relatively unknown before she started dating Chris Brown and when they broke up, they experienced a pretty ugly split. Accusations were thrown around with Breezy being called a stalker on a few occasions. He just can’t seem to get over his ex though because years later, he can still be found creeping in her comments every once in a while. Today, he slid in with some advice for her new man before swiftly deleting the posts.

Chris Brown Still Creeping In Karrueche's Comments, Trashes Victor Cruz
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Before they disappeared forever, The Shade Room managed to get some screenshots the absurd social activity. Victor Cruz posted a picture himself and his bae Karrueche when Chris Brown burst into the comments with a message to his ex. “No shade boo,, BUT PLEAS STLYE HIM. He look like he shopping the manikin sic] and trying to bargain wit the sales manager,” wrote Brown her current partner. He then fered to help him out himself, generously donating his time to take Cruz shopping. “UPGRADE HIM SIS.” I’ll take him around to style him. NOT HATE. He just need some game spirit.”

What do you think Chris Brown’s comments? Are they inappropriate or does he have a point?

Wale Jokes That He Wants To Be General Manager For The Wizards

Back in April, the Washington Wizards fired longtime president and general manager Ernie Grunfeld and haven’t hired anyone since. The NBA Draft is in exactly one week from today and the Wizards still don’t have a GM. This is a pretty big faux pas and when you think about how free agency starts on June 30th, you quickly realize just how in the hole the Wizards are right now. There doesn’t seem to be much progress in terms hiring anyone, although Toronto’s Masai Ujiri is one the people who could be pursued once the Finals are over. 

The Wizards in dire need a boss and there is one man who is ready for the job and that man is rapper Wale. Wale has been known to put on for the DMV and as a native Washington, D.C., he would be the perfect fan to make the decisions that will guide the franchise’s future.

“I would like to fill out an application,” Wale wrote on Twitter when one fan made mention the team’s GM woes.

Wale’s fans seemed to be pretty supportive his potential venture and while it probably won’t happen, it would certainly make the team more interesting. The Wizards have been a non-factor in the league for a while now so any kind big name hire would be refreshing.

If not Ujiri, the Wizards should definitely bring Wale on board. Can’t be any worse than Grunfeld.

DistroKid Partners With Audible Magic to Manage Fraudulent Activity

DistroKid has signed a major deal to help indie artists.

The digital distributor has inked a global partnership with Audible Magic.

Using the content recognition company’s software dubbed RightsRxTM, DistroKid will now verify new songs and albums uploaded on its distribution software.  The distributor will automatically cross-check content with those on Audible Magic.  The content recognition company claims to have a registry of over 20 million “media assets.”

This will help both companies combat the rising trend in “fraudulent artists.”  Most recently, uploaders have leaked unreleased and fake music on major music streaming platforms.  Affected artists include Beyoncé, SZA, and Rihanna.  A leaked Playboi Carti song dubbed ‘Kid Carti’ also reached No. 1 on Spotify’s Viral Top 50 chart.  The leaker used DistroKid to upload the track on Spotify.  Currently, you can find the track on YouTube.

The strategic partnership, state both companies, will ensure artist-uploaded content remains conflict-free prior to distribution on major music streaming platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music.  Following the Playboi Carti embarrassment, DistroKid says the global deal will help promote artist authenticity.  The distributor will also serve as the first digital distribution company to use Audible Magic’s detection tool, Broad Spectrum.  An extension of the content recognition’s company ContentID platform, Broad Spectrum identifies extreme manipulations of rate, pitch, and tempo using small clips of audio.

In response to leakers’ attempts to upload major artists’ unreleased music, DistroKid has also launched DistroLock.

The new service will allow musicians to register their unreleased audio files.  The distributor will encode a “unique audio fingerprint” onto Audible Magic’s registry.

Speaking about the partnership, Vance Ikezoye, Audible Magic President and CEO, said,

In this day and age, it’s imperative for artists everywhere to register their content to not only claim ownership, avoiding impersonators, but to also ensure that they are being accurately credited and compensated.

Philip Kaplan, DistroKid CEO, added,

Until now, there hasn’t been a definitive way for artists to say, ‘this is my audio, don’t let anyone else release it.

This partnership with Audible Magic and the creation of DistroLock will help artists by ensuring that their original content is uploaded and distributed fairly, with accuracy and speed.

 


Featured image by DistroKid.

Playboi Carti Opens Up About Dating Iggy Azalea & New Album

Playboi Carti is opening up about his love life and new music.

As he gears up for his second studio album Whole Lotta Red, the 22-year-old rapper graces the Summer Music issue of The FADER. He invited the magazine to his home in Atlanta, which he shares with girlfriend Iggy Azalea.

The two met in 2018, while Carti was overseas on tour and moved in together by December of that year. “Once I started talking to her, I just cut off everybody,” he says. “It was over with.”

Their relationship remains strictly personal—they haven’t collaborated and don’t plan to. “That’s a whole ‘nother thing,” he says. “I support everything she does.”

Carti has created around 50 songs for Whole Lotta Red, some from his dining room table. “I could be done if I wanted to,” he says. “I’m just trying to top shit. I might make the hardest song ever tomorrow.”

The FADER heard some of the new music, including one where Carti says “RIP Yams” over an 8-bit beat. Another song “sounds like it could soundtrack a 2019 Miami Vice remake,” while other track titles include “Cancun” and a song that fans have been calling “Molly” or “No Stylist.” Trippie Redd and Gunna also make appearances.

With this album, Carti hopes to bridge the gap between his self-titled mixtape and his 2018 debut Die Lit, and become a household name. “It’s like I’m some best kept secret—f**k that,” he says.

He was also recently in the studio with Metro Boomin. “I got a whole ‘nother tape with this ni**a,” reveals Carti. “That’s why my head’s fucked up. This shit could go on my album, but if it goes on the album, then we gotta change the whole thing.”

These days, Carti spends most of his time in Atlanta by himself and only speaks to the same three or four people every day. “I don’t need no ni**as around me,” he says. “I be inspiring ni**as too much and they be taking from me. It’s only halfway. I don’t win.”

He has remained out of the spotlight and posts infrequently on social media, a deliberate decision. “Let me give it out the way I wanna give it out. I don’t say a lot, so when I do say something, I just want people to take me serious.”

Warriors Dedicate NBA Finals Rally Towels To Kevin Durant

Over the last five seasons, the Golden State Warriors have been the best franchise in the NBA as they’ve made five straight NBA Finals and have won three the last four titles. This time around, they’re having a much harder time in the Finals as they are down 3-2 in the series and will have an opportunity to tie it up tonight in Oakland. Interestingly enough, this is the last game that will ever be played at Oracle as next season, the team will be moving to San Francisco to play at the Chase Center.

The Warriors will be honoring the crowd with some rally towels tonight which bare the words “For Oakland.” In the post below, you can actually see that the Warriors are also paying tribute to Kevin Durant who is out with a ruptured Achilles. The word Oakland is laid out in such a way where the message also reads “For KD.”

Lovely Mimi From "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" Arrested At Casino For Possession Of Ecstasy: Report

Another Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star has found themselves on the wrong side the law. Nail salon owner and social media influencer Lovely Mimi was reportedly arrested at Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino in Cherokee County, North Carolina. The 28-year-old mother two was at the casino when she accidentally dropped an undisclosed amount ecstasy on the floor. A tribal police ficer took her into custody and she was charged with felony possession a Schedule 1 controlled substance.

Trappalachia reports that Lovely Mimi, real name Myha Thi Luong, was issued an unsecured $1,000 bond and signed herself out jail. If convicted, Mimi faces three to 12 months behind bars. The publication also states that this isn’t the first time that the reality star has caught a drug charge. She’s previously faced two counts drug trafficking, one charge possession marijuana, and one charge possession with intent to distribute. For that case, Mimi ended up only being prosecuted for the weed charge.

Lovely Mimi gained a cult following for her comedic videos on Instagram which have helped grow her fanbase to 2.7 million followers.

Meek Mill Judge’s Lawyer Loses Leaked Audio Suit Against Roc Nation, Amazon

The judge Meek Mill‘s case, Genece Brinkley, has been criticized by more than just the rapper. Her own attorney thinks that she’s been unfair towards the Dreams & Nightmares rapper. Charles Peruto Jr, Brinkley’s attorney, sat down for an interview that would be used in a documentary on Meek Mill produced by Roc Nation and Amazon. Following the interview, Peruto heavily criticized Brinkley for how she’s handled Meek’s case. He later sued Roc Nation and Amazon for violating the Wiretap Act, claiming his comments were made “f the record.” Unfortunately, a judge just handed him an L in that case.

Meek Mill Judge's Lawyer Loses Leaked Audio Suit Against Roc Nation, Amazon
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After careful review, U.S. District Court Judge Gerald McHugh ruled in favor Roc Nation and Amazon. “This case arises out a ‘hot mic’ situation where an attorney made candid and embarrassing comments about his client without realizing that he was still being recorded,” Hugh wrote in the case file. “Having reviewed the record, I conclude that the material facts this are undisputed, and that Plaintiff’s wiretap actions cannot survive as a matter law. According, I grant summary judgment for Defendants.”

Peruto’s statements were leaked onto the internet which is what stemmed the suit in the first place. He sued Roc Nation and Amazon last summer, claiming they unlawfully recorded his comments which he claimed were f the record.

Hazel-E Claims Beef With Yung Miami Is Squashed, Alleges JT’s Also Pregnant

Hazel-E found herself in a rift with City Girls over their song “Act Up” a few weeks ago. The Love & Hip Hop star accused the Miami duo ripping f her song, “Actin’ Up,” among other things, which not only caught City Girls f guard but everyone else that paid attention to the feud. Needless to say, the terms “reach” and “clout chasing” were thrown around, especially since Hazel-E actually thought it was a good idea to release a “diss track.” 

Southside and Yung Miami were evidently ready to square up with Hazel-E but she insisted that she would rather handle the beef with bars. She then compared their beef to Jay-Z and Nas which, you know, falls under the definition a “reach.” However, the real reason she didn’t want to fight Yung Miami is that she’s known about the pregnancy this entire time.

Hazel-E took to Twitter to essentially call f her beef with the City Girls with a long-ass iPhone note. “Rose Burgundy] called from jail & told me Careesha was preggo by that hoe ass n***a Southside] and that’s why he was going dumb, protecting his,” she wrote. She continued to say that she was going to put it in a “second diss track” (because the first wasn’t embarrassing enough?) but decided against it. “I decided to keep that info to myself, as well as JT’s pregnancy.” It’s unsure how she knows if JT’s pregnant but take that last statement with a grain salt.

“In the TMZ interview I coulda dropped it then and said she can’t fight because she is preggo, I still said I wanted to keep it on wax. This new generation needs to put some respect on the OG’s,” she added.

She later sent her congratulations to Yung Miami on her pregnancy before admitting she’s a fan their song, “Throw Fits.”

Peep her post below. 

Kemba Walker Generating Interest From Knicks & Lakers: Report

Kemba Walker will be eligible for a five-year supermax contract worth $221.3 million this summer. Walker has stated in the past that his heart is with the Charlotte Hornets and that his priority in the fseason would be to resign with the team he has spent his career with. While Hornets fans will be happy to hear about his allegiance to the team, it should come as a surprise to no one that there are plenty teams throughout the league who are looking at pursuing Walker in free agency.

During an ESPN Mock Draft special on Tuesday night, basketball insider Adrian Wojnarowski spoke about the free agent period and which teams are interested in Walker. There are some pretty high prile teams on the list including the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, and the Dallas Mavericks. 

Walker can only sign the supermax deal with Charlotte as other teams can only give him a maximum four years at $140.6 million. Should the Hornets give him the full supermax, it would come as a shock if he didn’t sign it on the spot.

The Hornets star is one many huge stars on the free agent market this Summer. Should he decide to relocate, he will surely help in reshaping the NBA for next season.

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Drake Shows Love to Kevin Durant After Injury

Drake was in his feelings after Kevin Durant’s injury during the NBA Finals.

Despite their rivalry on the court, the Toronto rapper was visibly shaken up after seeing the Golden State Warriors small forward suffer a serious Achilles injury during the second quarter as the Warriors took on the Toronto Raptors during Game 5 on Monday (June 10).

While some Raptors fans cheered, Drake appeared to be devastated for his friend. As Durant hobbled past him, the 6 God reached out and grabbed his shoulder while trying to console him. At one point, he even appeared to mouth the word “f**k.”

Durant will have an MRI to confirm if his Achilles tendon is torn and will miss the rest of the Finals because of the injury. On Tuesday morning, Drizzy took to Instagram to send KD some words of encouragement.

“Was tough for any of us to even enjoy that game tonight after seeing this transpire. Praying for our brother,” said Champagne Papi. “That’s my only concern tonight is your well being. ‘The game needs me’ is an understatement when it comes to 35. Please wish the best for this true warrior.”

He also chided a Canadian Instagram account for celebrating KD’s injury. “Nah bro we can’t rock with this post,” he wrote in the comments. “Take this down.”

Despite the injury, the Warriors still managed to defeat the Raptors 106-105.