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.
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.
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.”
Scorpion is making streaming history.
One day after its release, Drake’s 25-track double album has reportedly shattered the global opening day streaming record on Spotify. According to SpotifyCharts.com, Scorpion was streamed 132 million times worldwide on its first day.
The record was previously held by Post Malone’s sophomore album beerbongs & bentleys, which earned 78 million streams on its opening day on April 27.
As HotNewHipHop points out, Scorpion currently fills out the top 23 spots on Spotify’s U.S. songs chart and the top 12 spots on the worldwide chart. XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” sits at No. 13, while Drake occupies 14-18.
Drake has reportedly also broken the global record for most opening day singles streams for “Nonstop” with approximately 9.2 million streams, besting Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do.” However, XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” still owns the largest global single-day streaming record following his death. “Nonstop” has reportedly set the record in the U.S.
Spotify has been promoting Drake heavily on its platform. The streaming giant launched a “Scorpion SZN” global takeover in honor the new album, marking the first time a single artist has taken over multiple Spotify playlists on the same day. Additionally, Spotify revealed that the album was being streamed over 10 million times per hour upon its release.
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.
Bella Hadid is putting the rumors to rest.
Fans zeroed in on the 21-year-old model as the possible woman Drake raps about on his new album Scorpion. “Should I do New York? / I can’t decide / Fashion week is more your thing than mine,” he raps on “Finesse.”
“You and your sister / Too hot to handle / Things would get canceled / I would make time for you,” he adds, which some took as a reference to Bella’s older sister Gigi.
Last year, it was rumored that Drake and Bella were seeing each other. Drake reportedly threw Bella a 21st birthday party in October in New York City. But the relationship apparently ended in November when Drake “ghosted her,” according to Us Weekly.
Now Hadid, who previously dated The Weeknd, is denying that she hooked up with Drake. According to her, the two are just friends.
“Not me!! that’s disrespectful,” she tweeted in response to a story about the lyrics in question. “WHY CANT PPL BE FRIENDS W/o all the insinuation.”
While the Hadid rumors may not be true, Drake did confirm that he has a son on Scorpion. “She not my lover like Billie Jean, but the kid is mine,” he raps on “March 14.”
Sean Paul and Jhené Aiko turn up the heat on their island banger “Naked Truth.”
Over the dance floor-ready beat, Dutty Paul and Jhené exchange flirty verses. “Girl, I don’t wanna talk too much / I just wanna see your naked truth,” sings the dancehall icon, while Jhené responds, “I wanna call you up sometimes, whenever you cross my mind / Wanna go back in time / Good love is hard to find.”
Jhené gushed over their collaboration. “I was super excited to be asked to feature on this Sean Paul record,” she said. “I’ve loved his feel-good vibes and danced to his music for years!”
“Naked Truth” can be found on Paul’s Mad Love – The Prequel, a 9-track collection that also features collaborations with Migos, Dua Lipa, David Guetta, Becky G, and Ellie Goulding.
Uncover the “Naked Truth” below.