As one Philadelphia’s rising stars, Blac Papi has been making a name for himself with his video for “10 Toes Down.” Now, he pulls back the “Curtains” on his latest visual. In the black-and-white clip, directed by DevkamerA, Papi reflects on his come-up.
“Lately, I been puttin’ all this work in / Out the mud, but still puttin’ dirt in,” he raps. “Never see me out ’cause I be workin’ / Tryna cop a wheel with the curtains.”
He explained the inspiration behind the inspirational anthem. “The word ‘curtains’ in my mind symbolizes better days,” he told Rap-Up. “At the back every foreign car that I like such as the Maybach or a Rolls-Royce you find curtains, but it’s much bigger than a car, it’s the level life that we are striving to reach.
“The video touches on my focus when I first came home from jail and what I’ve accomplished a short two years later. The song is about being focused and consistent and not losing your concentration no matter what is going on around you. No matter the little progress you make as you go along on your journey, you never forget about the overall picture.”
Papi, who has opened for Cam’ron, 21 Savage, and Jeezy, is now readying his 9-track EP, Undeniable, for release on July 13 featuring collaborations with Juvenile (“Why They Hate Me”) and Poundside Pop (“Pop Shit”). See the tracklisting below.
Trayvon Martin’s life is the subject “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story,” which is set to debut this month on the Paramount Network.
Executive produced by JAY-Z, the six-part documentary series recounts the life and legacy Martin, who was shot and killed in 2012, and whose tragic death gave rise to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
The series was co-directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, and produced by Shawn Carter and The Cinemart, the Peabody Award-winning team behind “TIME: The Kalief Browder Story.”
Martin’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, Angela Rye, Reverend Al Sharpton, Angela Davis, and Carmelo Anthony are among those featured in the docuseries.
“Rest in Power” premieres Monday, July 30, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Watch the trailer below.
Cardi B is back on top.
The Bronx rapper scores her second No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “I Like It,” her collaboration with Bad Bunny and J Balvin. She also enters the history books as the first female rapper with two No. 1s. She previously topped the chart with her debut single “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” which reigned atop the chart for three weeks in October.
Cardi B passes four female rappers who previously topped the chart with one No. 1 each including Lauryn Hill (“Doo Wop (That Thing)”), Lil’ Kim (“Lady Marmalade”), Shawnna (“Stand Up”), and Iggy Azalea (“Fancy”).
The song appears on Cardi’s debut Invasion Privacy, which opened atop the Billboard 200 in April. She is the first artist to earn two Hot 100 No. 1s from a debut album since Macklemore & Ryan Lewis did it with “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” f 2012’s The Heist.
Meanwhile, Bad Bunny and J Balvin earn their first Hot 100 No. 1s. Prior to “I Like It,” Bad Bunny reached No. 36 with “Te Bote,” while Balvin peaked at No. 3 with “Mi Gente” featuring Willy William and Beyoncé.
Teyana Taylor’s updated album has been put on hold.
A “completed” version her 8-track sophomore album K.T.S.E. was expected to arrive over the weekend, but has now been delayed indefinitely.
A fan on Twitter asked her where the album was, to which Teyana responded, “I guess we ain’t getting one” with the shrugging emoji. She also retweeted several comments from anxious fans awaiting the release.
According to Teyana, the delay is due to clearance issues. For now, she plans to leave the album as is and debut the extended songs through her visuals. “A lot clearance issues, shit takes time,” she explained. “At this point I will leave album the way it is & will just debut the extended records thru my visuals!”
During an interview with Real 92.3’s “Big Boy in the Morning” last week, Teyana said a completed version was on the way with additional vocals and tracks, including “We Got Love.” “Saturday, Sunday, you’ll hear the complete version the album, which is the reason why it’s been a lot mixed reviews because everybody’s like, ‘The album sounds incomplete,’” she said. “It’s because those missing verses.’”
It’s unclear if and when the finished album will arrive, but Teyana is set to hit the road with Jeremih starting Aug. 3 in Tampa, Fla.
KYLE ventures into space in the out–this-world video for “To the Moon.”
Directed by David Camarena, the gravity-defying clip opens with the 25-year-old rapper in a spaceship. SuperDuperKyle and his SuperDuper space crew dance on board before landing on the moon. Donning a metallic spacesuit, KYLE explores the surface the planet and later floats through space in a red convertible.
“To the Moon” is a single f KYLE’s debut album Light Mine, which was released in May. He is currently touring the country with Logic on “The Bobby Tarantino Vs. Everybody Tour,” which continues through Aug. 3.
Blast f “To the Moon” with KYLE.
Beyoncé once again proved why she’s in a class her own after a stage malfunction left her stuck in the air on Saturday (June 30).
After performing “Young Forever” with JAY-Z during the end their “On the Run II Tour” stop in Warsaw, Poland, the floating stage malfunctioned. Stagehands scrambled to help the couple make an exit as the credits rolled behind them.
Always a pressional, Bey made the best the moment by performing some quick dance moves to keep fans entertained until an emergency ladder was eventually brought in. Mr. and Mrs. Carter safely made their way f the stage as the crowd continued to cheer.
The superstar couple will continue the European leg their “On the Run II Tour” through July 17 in Nice, France before kicking f the North American leg on July 25 in Cleveland.
Drake may be hiding the world from his son, but the world is getting a first look at his baby boy.
After confirming paternity rumors on his new album Scorpion, alleged photos the child have surfaced, reportedly taken shortly after Sophie Brussaux gave birth. The mother is seen wearing a hospital bracelet and kissing her baby in one the tagged Instagram pics, which was uncovered by Gossip in the City ( DJ Akademiks).
Drake addresses his son, reportedly named Adonis, on two tracks f Scorpion. “Yesterday morning was crazy,” he raps on the closer “March 14.” “I had to come to terms with the fact that it’s not a maybe / That shit’s in stone, sealed and signed / She not my lover like Billie Jean, but the kid is mine.”
According to Drake, he only met his son once on Christmas Day. “I only met you one time, introduced you to St. Nick,” he raps. “I think he must have brought you like 20 gifts.”
The Mariah Carey-sampled “Emotionless” also makes reference to fatherhood. “I wasn’t hidin’ my kid from the world / I was hidin’ the world from my kid,” raps Drake.
Despite alluding to a tumultuous relationship with the mother (“Hopefully, by the time you hear this, me and your mother will have come around”), Drake has reportedly been financially supporting Adonis and Brussaux.
Drake is mourning the loss Canadian rapper Smoke Dawg, who was reportedly shot and killed in Toronto on Saturday night (June 30).
The Scorpion rapper posted a heartfelt message on Instagram Stories along with a photo them performing together on stage. “All these gifts and blessed souls and inner lights being extinguished lately is devastating,” wrote Drake. “I wish peace would wash over our city. So much talent and so many stories we never get to see play out. Rest up Smoke.”
Smoke Dawg, who was a member the Halal Gang, supported Drake on his “Boy Meets World” European tour in 2017. He had success with his hit song “Still” three years ago, and collaborated with the likes French Montana and Skepta.
The 21-year-old MC died in a shooting outside Cube Nightclub in Toronto on Saturday evening. According to police, three victims suffered serious injuries during the incident. One the male victims later succumbed to his injuries and died in the hospital, the Toronto Police Operations Center announced on Twitter. Two suspects may have fled in a black SUV or a white car.
Canadian spoken word artist Mustafa the Poet confirmed the tragic news, tweeting, “Smokey is gone, may our prayers follow him to heaven.”
Iggy Azalea is heating up the summer with new music.
The Aussie rapper has revealed the cover art for her long-awaited EP S.T.S (Survive the Summer). The dark and provocative artwork finds Iggy bathed under red lights while dressed in a netted bodysuit and lace mask as two hands grab her breasts. A single white rose is placed between her hands.
According to Iggy, the project was delayed after a shift in executives at her label Island Records. “My record label, Island records, is changing presidents this month,” she tweeted last month. “We have to allow time for everyone in the company to re-organise, its a big change! Im really happy to welcome the new Island Records president, cant wait to release this EP with him leading the team!”
Iggy and Tyga were recently seen shooting a video for “Kream” in Los Angeles. The track was reportedly produced by Mike WiLL Made-It and Ronny J and features Tyga. She previously shared a visual teaser and revealed the single artwork.
“First you get the money, then you get the power, respect,” raps Iggy on the snippet. “Hoes come next.”
Survive the Summer arrives July 6.
Scorpion is set for a record-breaking week.
After surpassing 300 million worldwide streams within its first 24 hours, Drake’s double album is expected to move 870-920,000 units in its first week, reports HITS Daily Double. Of that number, 275-300,000 are traditional sales.
Those numbers would easily put Drake at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, earning him the largest debut 2018 and the biggest first week sales since Taylor Swift’s Reputation in November (1.2 million).
Drake’s 25-track set has already shattered worldwide one-day records on streaming services. In 24 hours, Scorpion had over 170 million streams on Apple Music and it currently occupies the top 25 spots on Apple’s songs chart.
It also broke Spotify’s opening day global record for album streams with over 132 million streams, besting the previous record holder, Post Malone’s beerbongs & bentleys (78 million).
On Friday, the RIAA declared Drake its Top Digital Song Artist with 142 million to date, a number that will only grow in the coming days.
Nicki Minaj continues to give back.
The Generous Queen has announced the first group winners for her “Student the Game” college fund program. The 37 Twitter handles were revealed on her website MyPinkFriday.com on Friday (June 29).
The winners will have their college expenses including tuition, books, and living expenses paid for by the rap queen herself. According to the contest terms, all money will be paid to the school or lender after verification. The amount requested may be different from the amount given.
Some the winners took to social media to express their excitement after being chosen.
In order to enter, college students posted the amount requested on social media using the #StudentOfTheGame hashtag. Nicki and her team poured through the thousands entries to choose the winners, who were contacted direct message on Twitter.
Nicki previously gave out money for college expenses to over 30 students during an impromptu Twitter session with fans in May 2017. This led to the establishment her “Student the Game” scholarship initiative earlier this year.
If you weren’t one the lucky “Student the Game” winners, Nicki is also giving fans a chance to attend a listening session for her upcoming album Queen, due Aug. 10.
Atlanta-based rapper Palmtree Pyrex unleashes the video for his latest single “You Can Tell.” Noted for his uniquely raspy vocals and introspective lyrics, the track focuses on the adversities and successes that one encounters in the quest chasing their dreams. Pyrex reflects on the tumultuous journey that led him to the present day, finally getting the recognition that he deserves for what is shaping up to be a promising music career.
The track is a celebration what Pyrex has achieved since his early days. This is depicted through beautiful shots homes, cash, and cars that mimic the lush soundscapes. In addition to being surrounded by luxury, he is joined by beautiful women, living out what many would consider a dream. The video captures Pyrex’s essence and is a documentation what you can achieve if you just keep persevering. Gorgeous shots and subtle video effects enhance the beat and lyrics, while effectively capturing the meaning the song.
“You Can Tell” is Pyrex’s strongest work yet, and one that leaves fans anticipating what’s to come. You can keep up with Pyrex’s career and new releases by following him on Instagram.
Zayn is putting his spin on a ‘Yonce classic.
The former One Direction member gears up for his new album by covering Beyoncé’s hit f her 2003 solo debut Dangerously in Love. Over the mid-tempo melody (originally produced by Scott Storch), the pop heartthrob adds his own sultry vocals and ad-libs, while remaining true to the original.
The cover earned praise from his girlfriend Gigi Hadid, who tweeted, “I meeeaaannnnn,” along with heart eye emojis and exclamation points.
Zayn posted the song as a teaser for his upcoming album. “Album is on the way, he tweeted. “Got a few surprises for you too .. here’s a taster.”
He is now readying his sophomore album, the follow-up to 2016’s Mind Mine, which has already spawned singles including “Let Me” and “Entertainer.”
“I’m trying to keep it as mysterious as possible but there’s a plan with the roll out,” Zayn told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe in April. “It’s going to be different to I think anything anyone has done before.”