Russ Holds It Down With Respectable First Week "Zoo" Numbers

It’s no secret that people love to hate on Russ. Whether or not the animosity is genuine, or merely a misguided attempt at fitting into the status quo, the Zoo rapper has spent his career contending with near endless ridicule; it got so bad that some even wished he would have died in Mac Miller’s place. Yet while the anti-Russ narrative continues to reach disturbing heights, his fans have once again rallied behind his cause. The projected numbers are in, and Zoo has ficially solidified the rapper as a ble commercial presence. 

Though he won’t be able to dethrone Eminem from his repeat #1 spot, Russ’ latest effort looks positioned to push between seventy and eighty thousand first week units. Not entirely elite, but certainly above average, continuing his relatively low-key status. Such is the power his loyal fanbase, who previously pushed debut There’s Really A Wolf to platinum heights. It’s hard to say whether Zoo will be a repeat effort, but it’s a testament to Russ’ longevity in the game.

Love him, hate him, or simply love to hate him, Russ ain’t leaving the game anytime soon. Did you play a part in Zoo’s impressive numbers? Sound f below.

Justin Bieber Punches Man In The Face In Newly Surfaced 2016 Fight Footage

The Tobias Cannon lawsuit against Justin Bieber is still very much ongoing especially since new footage shows a birdseye view the incident where Biebs grabbed Tobias’ shirt and punched him. Tobias sued Justin after the June 8th, 2016 fight during the NBA Finals in Cleveland, claiming Justin became agitated after Tobias would not delete a photo Justin f his phone. 

In the video, it’s clear to see that Justin took Tobias’ glasses and put them on, Tobias took a photo, Justin looked at the photo, an exchange happened, Tobias walked away and Justin wasn’t having it. 

Tobias’ court documents state that Bieber made “threatening communications made in public in front a number people including racial epithets,” adding how he said the N-word. 

“It is disgusting to me to see this man lie and try to bring race into a situation to scare us into a payment again. He never said these things before because they never happened. This is a smear tactic to get money and it’s gross,” Justin’s manager Scooter Braun said the case. “Justin Bieber has done a lot stupid things in his past but what he has also done is apologize and own those mistakes. This most recent claim against him is completely false and a fabrication from a man who tried to push for money for the last several years.”

Check out the video below.

UFC's Darren Till Claps Back At Snoop Dogg: "You're A F*cking Bitch"

UFC fighter Darren Till suffered his first loss in 19 pro bouts in Saturday’s UFC 228 main event, losing by second-round submission to welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. And Snoop Dogg couldn’t have been happier with the outcome.

The 46-year-old rapper took to instagram during the fight, as he is one to do, to provide some colorful commentary in which he can be heard yelling for Woodley to beat Till’s “motherfucking ass.” According to MMA Fighting, Snoop also shouted “fuck Donald Trump” during the video, which suggests that he may be confusing Till with another Woodley nemesis, Colby Covington, who is a known Trump supporter. 

Till also took to his instagram account after UFC 228 and he had some words for Uncle Snoop. Till’s post reads, “Shit happens, well done @TWooodley. You will all see me very soon! @snoopdogg you’re a fucking bitch, Fuck You!!!”

Check out Snoop’s video, as well as Till’s rebuttal, in the instagram posts embedded below.

Merriam-Webster Announces New Additions To The Dictionary

Merriam-Webster announced new additions to the dictionary for 2018, expanding on the 840 new entries, many which you surely know. Merriam-Webster describes their choice to include new words as, “the addition new words to a dictionary is a step in the continuous process recording our ever-expanding language.”

The dictionary says they are highlighting the value mass education and inclusion by making sure that as soon as a word is spread throughout a certain subculture or majority, it is added to the dictionary. Tech words such as haptics, airplane mode, and Instagramming are being added, as are casual speech and abbreted words. Examples include marg (margarita), fav (favorite), rando (random), adorbs (adorable), avo (avocado), guac (guacamole), and the ever-popular, bougie (bourgeois).

Other words coming this year are hangry, mocktails, tent city, self-harm, Generation Z, Latinx, bingeable, TL;DR (too long, didn’t read). Which inclusion is the most surprising to you?

2 Chainz Reviving His Pink Trap House As A Haunted House For Halloween

When news broke out about 2 Chainz’ iconic Pink Trap House being torn down back in July, many, including myself, were devastated by the reports. It became an Atlanta landmark, giving locals and visitors a chance to take a quick photo and be part hip-hop history. Not only was it an integral part Chainz’ Pretty Girls Like Trap Music campaign, the trap house also served as a free HIV testing clinic last year. With Tity Boi now focusing on his upcoming effort, Rap Or Go To The League, all reports were saying the pink trap house would be demolished. Thankfully, the news was reversed as it has been revealed that it is being repurposed with a haunted twist.

Alongside some exclusive merch, 2 Chainz and 13 Stories Haunted House are giving fans a chance to purchase tickets to visit the inside the Pink Trap House, which has now been turned into a spooky hip-hop nightmare. The experience is being described as “a thrilling experience featuring some the most iconic scenes in urban classic films the 80s and 90s.” With several phases and different levels intensity, fans are given a chance to opt out the scary experience if they’re uncomfortable. However, would anybody opt out attacking zombies with custom artillery? The third section the hour-long tour has the experience ramped up even further as guests are blindfolded, depending solely on touch and sound to guide you to the end.

The Haunted Pink Trap House will open on September 21 for Halloween season, with a scheduled end date November 11. Obviously, space will be limited so we recommend you get your tickets early if you plan on making it out. Check out the details here and cop your tickets!

Lex Luger & Azealia Banks Plan A Comeback: "The Queen Has Spoke"

Although we can’t truly qualify his upcoming work a quintessential comeback, Lex Luger’s return is a significant shift in his career. The producer had to take a hiatus due to drug abuse issues. After being sober for a year, the artist declared an ficial return to music during an interview back in August. One the first things on his list seems to be a collaboration with Azealia Banks.

Lex posted a screenshot a text message conversation with Banks. The image he uploaded to his Instagram story shows his eagerness to make a collaboration happen as he has “so more” beats to send the rapper. According to the text, the emcee had already claimed one his beats, pleased with its flavor: ” This is my vibe. I want street rap beats. I gotta body these bitches once and for all. Tbh.”

 Lex Luger & Azealia Banks Plan A Comeback: "The Queen Has Spoke"

Banks, who reposted the screenshot to her own socials, might seem like an unlikely candidate for a joint track considering their past beef. Luger had put Azealia on blast for fering him 40 bucks for a beat during a disagreement over text. The online beef got heated to the point Banks wishing him death by an overdose. Considering his drug addiction issues, this comment isn’t likely to have been taken lightly. Somehow, they managed to squash the bad vibes and keep it moving, two years later. Perhaps they bonded on their unique experiences fading from the spotlight. 

Top Tracks: Machine Gun Kelly Scores Massive Debut With "Rap Devil"

We haven’t seen a song get this many hits in a long time. This past week, Machine Gun Kelly responded to the shots sent to his doorstep by Eminem on his new album Kamikaze with a diss track entitled “Rap Devil,” and it was far and away the most-viewed song the week. Like, we’re talking more than 10 times more people viewed it than the next-most popular track the week. 

Eminem and T.I. are tied for most appearances in the Top Ten this week with two apiece. New tracks barely missing out on spots include Kevin Gates and Don Toliver’s “Diva” remix (#13), Bobby Brown Jr.’s “Selfish” (#14), YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Young Thug, and Quando Rondo’s “Permanent Scar” (#17), and Queen Key’s “Diva” (#18). 

10. T.I. Feat Yo Gotti – Wraith

T.I. began rolling out singles from his upcoming album The Dime Trap this past week, and both songs in question debuted in the Top Ten. The first these is the Yo Gotti-assisted “Wraith,” which comes in at #10 in its first week out. 

9. Eminem – Venom

For all  Kamikaze‘s posing Eminem as an outsider, a maverick veteran the game, the album was anchored by “Venom,” a soundtrack cut from the forthcoming Marvel film about the comic book villain the same name. We waited to post this one until this past Monday, so it makes its debut this week at #9. 

8. Eminem Feat. Joyner Lucas – Lucky You

Another late debut for another Kamikaze cut, this one being “Lucky You,” on which Em calls upon likeminded stylistic fspring Joyner Lucas for the assist. This album cut debuts at #8. 

7. Logic – Everybody Dies

As Rick and Morty explained to us earlier this year in the runup to Bobby Tarantino 2, there are distinct differences between Album Logic and Mixtape Logic. Those are once again apparent on “Everybody Dies,” a track from his upcoming YSIV (aka Young Sinatra 4), which is a lot less thematically heavy than it seems on paper. This one debuts at #7. 

6. G-Eazy – Bad Boy

The sole holdover from last week’s Top Ten, G-Eazy’s “Bad Boy” is here again most likely due to its odd relevance in the MGK/Eminem beef. Eazy’s song, itself an MGK diss, was technically released before Kamikaze and its own MGK diss, making for a weird beef triangle between the three white rappers. In its second week out, “Bad Boy” is down two places from #4 to #6.  

5. T.I. Feat. Meek Mill – Jefe

The second the two aforementioned T.I. album cuts that arrived this past week is “Jefe,” which is probably higher up on the chart than “Wraith” due to the involvement Meek Mill as well as producer Bangladesh, whose beats have become more a rarity these days. “Jefe” debuts at #5. 

4. Jacquees – Trip (Quemix)

As many others have also done in the past few months, Jacquees fered up a remix (or, in his case, “Quemix”) Ella Mai’s sleeper summer hit “Boo’d Up” this past week. He chose to retitle his “Trip,” and unfortunately it’s been removed from SoundCloud sometime over the past few days. Nevertheless, the remix debuts at #4. 

3. Tyler, The Creator – PUFF

A year after Flower Boy lit up the summer, Tyler The Creator’s spent his 2018 warm season releasing one-f freestyles. In the past, he tackled popular beats new songs, but for his latest fering, “PUFF,” he repurposed his own source material, namely Cherry Bomb‘s “Blow My Load.” THis one debuts at #3. 

2. Kanye West & Lil Pump Feat. Adele Givens – I Like It

In one the more bizarre turns in what’s already been a bizarre year for Kanye West, his latest song is a horny collaboration with Lil Pump that came along with a video that features both rappers looking like Minecraft characters. “I Like It” debuts at #2.  

1. Machine Gun Kelly – Rap Devil (Eminem Diss)

For whatever reason, diss songs always play huge on HNHH, but usually not this huge. MGK’s “Rap Devil” racked up a whopping 520,000+ views in under a week, which is a good 480,000 more than its closest competitor, “I Like It.” Clearly, the song debuts at #1. 

J. Cole's Inaugural Dreamville Festival Cancelled

Raleigh, NC – J. Cole was forced to deliver some bad news on Monday (September 10). The North Carolina native hit up Twitter to let his fans know the inaugural Dreamville Festival has been cancelled, due to Hurricane Florence.

“Mannn. Due to this Hurricane heading to NC, we have to cancel Dreamville Festival,” Cole wrote. “We’re working to get another date, but right now safety is most important. I appreciate everybody that was headed to rock with us. 30,000 + were expected.”

Cole’s team issued an official statement a press release.

“Due to safety concerns regarding dangerous weather, we are extremely saddened to announce today that the inaugural Dreamville Festival 2018 is being cancelled,” the statement reads in part. “Our team has been working tirelessly with officials from the City of Raleigh, along with our State and Federal Partners, among others, to monitor the potential negative impact of Hurricane Florence.

“With the current weather-related information at hand, we have together decided to cancel this year’s event for the ultimate safety of both the local citizens and festival attendees … Rest assured, we are doing everything in our power to make this event happen at a later time.”

Anyone who purchased a ticket is eligible for a refund.

“All ticket holders will be 100% refunded for the costs of their tickets,” the statement continued. “That refund process has already been initiated through our ticketing partner, Ticketfly, for all attendees who purchased tickets through their website.”

The Dreamville Festival — which boasted headliners such as Young Thug, SZA, J.I.D and Big Sean — was scheduled to take place in Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday (September 15).

[This article has been updated. The original version of this article was published on April 28, 2018 and can be found below.]

Ever the hometown hero, J. Cole has announced the first-ever Dreamville Festival which will go down in Raleigh, North Carolina — roughly a one-hour drive from the Fayetteville city limits where he grew up.

The one-day festival was birthed a partnership with own Dreamville Records and the Texas-based ScoreMore Shows. Both VIP and general admission tickets are on sale currently at www.dreamvillefest.com.

J. Cole's Inaugural Dreamville Festival Cancelled

Raleigh’s 300-acre Dorothea Dix Park will serve as the event’s location on September 15, 2018. Accompanying acts will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

The Dreamville Festival announcement is just the latest strategic marketing tool for the 33-year-old superstar, who broke both Spotify and Apple Music streaming records with his fifth studio album, KOD. The critically acclaimed project also marks the highest selling opening week of 2018.

“Our entire Dreamville team is proud to finally unveil today details about Dreamville Festival, something which has been a long-time dream for all of us, especially Cole,” Ibrahim “IB” Hamad, President of Dreamville Records President and J. Cole’s manager, says in a statement.

“We hope to give back to the community with a celebration of all the things that makes Raleigh and North Carolina itself so great – music, food, art, culture and more. This event will ultimately give Cole a chance to make a direct impact to the people that helped shape who he is today.”

Fans should take delight in knowing the inaugural Dreamville Festival will benefit non-profit organizations, Dreamville Foundation and Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy. ScoreMore Shows has a tenured history with J. Cole dating back to 2010 and most recently assisted with the 4 Your Eyez Only Tour.

The newly minted social media addict recently tested his KOD performance mettle ahead of the Dreamville Festival in Lagos, Nigeria (where he admitted the tongue-twisting title track pushed the boundaries of his breath control).

Take a look at the clips down below.

Remy Ma Hits Back At Joe Budden On Behalf Of Eminem Fans Everywhere

New York, NY – Remy Ma has criticized Joe Budden for his failure to respond on-wax to Eminem’s “Fall” diss, a track off Slim Shady’s recently released album Kamikaze.

Remy made the comments during the inaugural episode of Budden’s new REVOLT series State Of The Culture, which premiered on Monday (September 10).

“Is that because he actually dissed you and you have yet to respond yet ‘cause you mad pussy and you’re scared to death and you know he will flame you if you even try it?” Remy asked Budden after he slammed Em’s disses.

Following a brief laugh, Budden responded, “No, Remy. I like rap where people are saying things. That’s all. Machine Gun Kelly, regardless of what you think of his actual skillset, he had a lot to say.”

Ma replied, “No one really gives a fuck about what MGK has to say. We wanna know what are you gonna say?”

While he hasn’t responded on wax, Budden did offer a scathing retort to Eminem during last week’s episode of his The Joe Budden Podcast.

“I’ve been better than you this entire fucking decade,” he said. “You have not said anything for the better part of a whole fucking decade. You have rhymed a bunch of words.”

State Of The Culture airs every Monday at 5 p.m. PST on REVOLT’s digital platforms.

Watch the debut episode below.

Pump The Brakes: Kanye West Isn't Teaching At Chicago Art Institute

Chicago, IL – Despite Kanye West’s claims, students at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute won’t be getting a Yeezy-taught course. SAIC public relations director Bree Witt put an end to the rumors sparked by Kanye’s recent tweets.

“We’re flattered that Mr. West would have an interest in teaching emerging artists and designers at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,” Witt said in a statement to the press. “However, Mr. West is not currently teaching at SAIC, and at this time, there are no plans for him to do so.”

Kanye prompted speculation about his move into academia Twitter on Sunday (September 9). He also referenced teaching at the American Academy of Art, which is located in Chicago.

“I will teach a course at the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art,” he wrote.

According to Chicago’s local ABC affiliate, the American Academy of Art has refuted Yeezy’s teaching claims too.

Kanye appears to have a renewed interest in his hometown of Chicago. Last week, he visited the Stony Islands Art Bank. He also tweeted about plans to bring a Yeezy office to the city and reopen the Avalon Regal Theater.

Eminem Teases "Lucky You" Video As Fans Demand Machine Gun Kelly Response

Twitter – As the Hip Hop world awaits Eminem’s response to Machine Gun Kelly’s “Rap Devil,” Slim Shady is moving along with business as usual. On Monday morning (September 10), Em took to Twitter to announce his new video for “Lucky You” featuring Joyner Lucas was on its way.

“‘LUCKY YOU’ video with @JoynerLucas drops Weds. 1 pm ET,” he wrote.

Rap fans have been salivating at the thought of a potential retaliation from Shady ever since MGK delivered his bold diss track last Monday (September 3).

So far, Bizarre has been the most vocal about defending his former D12 group member.

On Monday (September 10), he shared a snippet Instagram of what is believed to be a MGK diss track.

In terms of Em’s reaction, fans have theorized one of Em’s recent Instagram Stories — which shows him playing Ms. Pac-Man for seven-minutes — means he’s getting locked and loaded behind the scenes.

MGK has two Ms. Pac-Man tattoos on his upper body.

For now, we’ll have to wait and see if anything materializes.

Until then, check out the “Lucky You” clip above.  

MGK Thanks Fans For Propelling "Rap Devil" Eminem Diss To Top Of iTunes

While Machine Gun Kelly awaits Eminem’s (inevitable) response to his “Rap Devil” diss track, it appears the Cleveland MC has nabbed the top spot of the iTunes US chart.

“I wanted to thank y’all for the number 1 this morning … y’all killed it,” he said Instagram video, adding WTF in the caption.

MGK also performed the song live to a crowd in Grand Rapids, Michigan over the weekend, noting this wasn’t a battle between Ohio and Michigan. Rather, it was “a battle between the past and the muthafuckin’ future.”

Eminem dropped the surprise Kamikaze album on August 31, which became his ninth chart-topping album in the US. It hit the top of the Billboard 200 chart with numbers that surpassed last year’s Revival album, and launched all 11 of its songs into the Hot 100.

Lord Jamar Responds To Eminem: "I'm Disappointed In This Little Diss"

Eminem dissing Joe Budden and Machine Gun Kelly has dominated much of conversation about the Kamikaze album, but Slim Shady took shots at many other rappers on the LP. One of his targets, Lord Jamar, chimed in on being called out during an episode of the Brand Nubian member’s Yanadameen Godcast with Rah Digga.

Jamar, who has often criticized Eminem in interviews and social media, revealed he was happy that “this muthafucka finally responded” and claimed “the gloves are off now” following Shady’s jabs on “Fall.” Rah questioned her co-host, asking if he could admit he had it coming.

“Of course!” he responded around the 10-minute mark. “I wanted this to happen. Because see, I’m a chess player, OK? So, if he didn’t respond, I win. And if he respond, I win. Either way, I win, OK? Because you are now doing what the fuck I wanted you to do. I have made you modify your behavior. I got into your psyche. You sat there and had to fucking sit down and try to think of some shit to respond to Lord Jamar’s jabs that you know you could not escape. It was just inescapable. Thank you DJ Vlad.”

Although Jamar was glad he provoked Eminem, he wasn’t impressed by the actual diss.

“Usually, he goes after soft targets,” he explained. “He’ll go after girls and shit like that. And to be honest, I’m disappointed in this little diss. Like, I think it was kind of wack for an Eminem verse … I was expecting something a little more wordier that we know Eminem for … I thought I’d get something much better.”

On “Fall,” Eminem also calls out Budden and Tyler The Creator by name. He takes Jamar to task in the third verse.

“And far as Lord Jamar, you better leave me the hell alone/Or I’ll show you an Elvis clone/Walk up in this house you own, thrust my pelvic bone/Use your telephone and go fetch me the remote/Put my feet up and just make myself at home,” Eminem raps.

Listen to Eminem’s “Fall” below.

Nicki Minaj Obliterates Cardi B: "She Built Her Career Off Of Sympathy & Payola"

Nicki Minaj returned for another wild episode of Queen Radio on Monday (September 10) featuring a quick call-in from Tekashi 6ix9ine and special guest Funkmaster Flex. During the show, she addressed the Cardi B fight over the weekend.

The “Bodak Yellow” spitter allegedly attacked both Nicki and former Love and Hip Hop: New York co-star Rah Ali at a Harper’s Bazaar party during New York Fashion Week.

Nicki referred to the incident as “mortifying” and “humiliating” and denies ever saying something negative about Cardi’s daughter Kulture, which is supposedly at the root of the melee.

“I was in a Gaultier gown — off the muthafuckin’ runway — and I could not believe how humiliated it all felt because we … made ourselves look — and I’ma get back, but before I go, I wanna say that I would never discuss anyone’s child. And it’s so sad for someone to pin that on me because I’m the bad guy and they’re gonna believe them.

“I would never talk about someone’s child or parenting … It’s so crazy to me that people always need to make Onika the bad guy. If you’re right in whatever you’re doing … just speak your truth.”

Nicki doubled-down with, “I just want people to know that Onika Tanya Maraj has never, will never … speak ill on anyone’s child. I am not a clown. That’s clown shit. The other thing is to tell the world something just because you look fucking dumb.

“You knew that when that footage came out, you was about to look fucking dumb, so your publicist — also looking fucking dumb — they hurried up and put out a statement.”

Nicki then reveals why she didn’t react and accuses Cardi of not earning her own success.

“I’m such a ill-ass bitch I didn’t even feel the need to defend myself that night,” she says. “I just want everybody to marinate for two minutes. .. But we did hear this woman say that nothing’s off limits … because she has built her career off of sympathy and payola.”

Barbie closes by suggesting Cardi has postpartum depression.

“The world gave you a blessing, of a beautiful bundle of joy, and the only thing on your mind after you gave birth was to attack people and to stop their bags … And you wanna let your publicist write something about stopping bags? Do you know what it is to sit in your room for hours and days at a time writing raps? You came into my fucking culture! I never had a DJ to play my fucking songs.

“This is about, get this woman some fucking help. This woman is at the best stage of her career and she’s throwing bottles and shoes?… You niggas don’t care until somebody’s fucking dead…. This shit ain’t fucking funny. You put your hands on certain people, you gonna die. Period.”

Despite the physical altercation, Nicki revealed she wont’ be pressing charges against Cardi. 

D12's Bizarre Prepared To Defend Eminem With Machine Gun Kelly Diss Track

Bizarre evidently wasn’t playing when he said the repercussions for Machine Gun Kelly’s “Rap Devil” diss track were going to be severe. On Monday (September 10), a video clip of one of Bizarre’s Instagram Stories started floating around featuring the D12 vet laying into Eminem’s current rival.

“Who the fuck got Bizarre involved/You know the crime was wrote unsolved/Show some respect/Ain’t mention nothin’,” he spits. “Fuck a machine/I hit with a tech/And I’m old and I’m wiser/And I’m cool and I’m higher/I’m higher than you.

“Tell Marshall I got this/It’s been six months since I’ve seen my therapist/Anybody see Mr. Kelly leaving Ohio?/Believe me, I’m ready/Ready for war, ready to fight/Let me calm down ’cause I’m just too hype.”

Em fired a shot at MGK on “Not Alike” from his surprise Kamikaze album. MGK initially celebrated the mention by popping a bottle of champagne but then returned a couple of days later with “Rap Devil.”

Once Em’s former D12 compadre caught wind of it, he issued a stern warning to Kelly, saying, “But boy … but boy, the repercussions … ooof … oof. Boy gonna do you something nasty. You better stop playin’ with that boy.”

While Shady has yet to respond with a diss track aimed at MGK, he got fans talking after he posted a seven-minute video of himself playing Ms. Pac-Man to his Instagram Stories. MGK has two Ms. Pac-Man tattoos on his upper body, leading many to believe Em is plotting and scheming behind the scenes.

MGK, on the hand, performed “Rap Devil” in Shady’s hometown of Detroit last week and created an entire line of merch surrounding the track.

For now, it appears Bizarre has something up his sleeve but we’ll have to wait.

In the meantime, check out the clip above.