T.I. Officially Signs with Epic Records — and Drops Two New Songs

T.I. Officially Signs with Epic Records — and Drops Two New Songs

Epic Records (Sony Music Entertainment) has reached a deal with Atlanta rapper T.I. to publish the rapper’s future Grand Hustle projects.

T.I.’s 10th studio album, Dime Tap, will be available later this year.  But to celebrate the announcement, Epic is releasing two tracks immediately.

The first track, called ‘Jefe,’ features cocky verses and an appearance from Meek Mill.  The second song sees T.I. pairing up with fellow Southern rap star Yo Gotti in ‘Wraith’.

T.I. – Jefe (Feat. Meek Mill)

T.I. – Wraith (Feat. Yo Gotti)

Dime Tap is T.I.’s first studio album since the release of Paperwork back in 2014 in partnership with Columbia Records.  T.I. signed a distribution deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation in 2016, and subsequently released projects under the Grand Hustle and Roc Nation labels.

T.I. has sold more than 35 million singles and has won three Grammy Awards, 11 Billboard Awards, three BET Awards, and two American Music Awards.  His stewardship of Grand Hustle Records is responsible for the development of popular artists like Iggy Azalea and Travis Scott.

The Atlanta-based rapper is also the co-creator, producer, and star of a new BET reality competition series called ‘The Grand Hustle’.  In the show, T.I. chooses from 16 competitors seeking a chance to join the Grand Hustle empire.

T.I. also has an eye to social justice reform and has penned numerous op-eds published in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Huffington Post concerning police brutality and human rights issues.  His charity, Harris Community Works, is dedicated to helping underprivileged communities in urban neighborhoods.

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He is also a member of the Mayor of Atlanta’s Transition Team, which helps the mayor in advocacy efforts for the city.

Kanye West Shares Adorable Photo With Daughter Chicago

Kanye West made headlines on Monday after he went on a twitter rant and listed everything he wants to do for his hometown Chicago, Illinois in the near future. From putting in a Yeezy store & wanting to teach a course at the Art Institute Chicago to restoring the Regal Theatre & doing Chicago Comedy Jam, Kanye had a lot ideas he wants to do for his hometown, but that wasn’t the only love he gave Chicago. Hours after his initial plans were revealed, Kanye jumped back on Twitter and shared an adorable photo him and his daughter, who’s name is also Chicago.

Kanye can be seen kissing his 7-month-old baby girl’s forehead, while leaving the heart eye emoji’s in the process. Chicago, who was dressed in a little turtleneck, had quite the funny and serious look on her face, making it all the better.

This photo comes just days after Kim K shared another photo Chicago, but this time with her cousin True, Khloe Kardashian’s 4-month-old daughter with boyfriend Tristan Thompson.

Check out the adorable photo Kanye & Chicago (below). If you missed it, Kanye is coming f the release a new song with Lil Pump that dropped last Friday called “I Love It,” which you can listen to right here.

Drake Bootleg Merchandise Can Be Seized By Police: Report

Drake’s currently on the road for one the biggest tours the year, “Aubrey & The Three Migos” tour with Migos. Although there were a few delays and cancellations, Drake and Migos have been trekking throughout North America. Like most major tours, you could only expect bootleggers in front the venue trying to sell knock-f merchandise for the artist. However, anyone who tries to push bootleg Drake merch might have to face some repercussions. 

Drake and Live Nation are cracking down on bootleg merch vendors, The Blast reports. A judge has signed f on a motion filed by Live Nation that gives police the right to confiscate bootleg merchandise outside concert venues on the “Aubrey & The Three Migos” tour. 

“Typically, a ‘core’ group bootleggers will follow a successful concert tour a performer having the stature the Artist. The pattern is for the same bootleggers or their merchandise to reappear from one venue to the next. Typically, prior to a concert, these defendants appear, fering for sale infringing, inferior merchandise, particularly T-shirts, bearing the names and likenesses the appearing performer.” Live Nation explained in their request.  “This illegal merchandise seriously impairs sales authentic merchandise within the arenas, particularly because most the infringing merchandise is sold prior to the concert. Thus, each the unauthorized sales represents a lost sale and lost income to the Plaintiff.”

Live Nation claims that bootleggers keep their identity and intentions on the low until right before the show starts. They also gave pictures bootleg vendors selling knock-f merch outside the venues as part their request. However, they said that bootleggers typically refuse to give their identity or they give fake names and addresses.

The order the judge signed f on now gives law enforcement the right to seize all merchandise and make the bootlegger pay a $5K bond.

6lack Previews J. Cole Collaboration Off Of "East Atlanta Love Letter"

It’s been nearly two years since the release 6lack’s debut album, Free 6lack. The one project put 6lack in a league his own with his moody blend hip-hop and R&B. 6lack created a massive hype for himself with Free 6lack without having any features on the project (with the exception the deluxe version which featured Banks & T-Pain). With East Atlanta Love Letter set to drop at the end the week, 6lack has now shared a snippet an upcoming track f the project.

Although the tracklist for East Atlanta Love Letter hasn’t dropped yet, J. Cole is a confirmed guest feature on the project. Earlier today, 6lack confirmed that J. Cole’s vocals finally came in for their collaboration and he gave fans a snippet what to expect. The track is slow and moody. 6lack shared a snippet his hook and a few bars from J. Cole’s verse. It’s not a lot but it’s enough to indicate that it’s sounding fire.

Aside from his Cole collaboration, 6lack’s took on a different approach on the rollout for his forthcoming project. He shared the release date with fans through customized postcards that he sent to 25,000 fans with the cover art and “Can I Ask You A Question About Love” written on the back. Yesterday, he shared a short video that featured Elton John, Majid Jordan, Davido and more answering the question that was initially printed on the postcards.

J. Cole's Dreamville Festival Is Cancelled Due To Hurricane Florence

Following the release his latest album, K.O.D, J. Cole announced that he would be hosting the first-ever Dreamville Festival in Raleigh, NC. At the time, he didn’t reveal the ficial line-up but fans were eager to find out what J. Cole had in store for his inaugural music festival. The festival was expected to take place this weekend but unfortunately, J. Cole has revealed that it’s been canceled.

J. Cole revealed that his inaugural Dreamville Festival won’t go on as planned this weekend. Due to warnings Hurricane Florence, Cole and the Dreamville team decided to pull the plug on the vent.

“Mannn. Due to this Hurricane heading to NC, we have to cancel Dreamville Festival. 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 wrote on Twitter.

The ficial Dreamville Twitter account also shared a statement about the festival’s cancellation.

“Our team has been working tirelessly with ficials from the City Of Raleigh, along with our State and Federal Partners, among others, to monitor the potential negative impact Hurricane Florence.” It read.

Although Cole and his team are working on solidifying another date for the tour, all ticket holders will be refunded 100% the costs their tickets. 

Peep the full statement from Dreamville below.

Future & His Baby Mama Brittni Are Looking Boo'd Up As Ever

Future typically keeps his personal life under wraps, especially when it comes to his relationships but lately, it appears that he’s back together again with the mother his child. Although they’ve had their ups and downs over the past few months, the two them are still going strong and it looks like they’re putting in the effort to make it work. Brittni recently shared photos her and Future looking super boo’d up and reminding everyone that cuffing season is essentially here.

Over the past few weeks, Brittni’s been showing f Future more and more on the ‘Gram and confirming that the two them are back together. Yesterday, she took to her Instagram story to share a boomerang herself tucking on Future’s dreads while he was asleep with the caption, “Get upppppp let’s gooooooo eat,” followed by a facepalm emoji. 

It seems as though Future was still feeling pretty tired to go out but he still did it anyways. She shared a photo herself with Future resting his head on her shoulder with the caption, “Chill.”

Future and Brittni have been spotted together on numerous occasions over the months. They hit a rough patch in the summer after Future was allegedly spotted creeping with another woman in Canada. Thankfully, they’ve worked their way through it and are still going strong.

Mac Miller's DUI Case Officially Dismissed: Report

Mac Miller passed away last week an apparent overdose. Since the rapper is no longer alive, the legal issues he was set to face are being dismissed.

In late August, Mac had been charged with a DUI that allegedly caused his car accident in May. The artist crashed his vehicle into a utility pole in San Fernando Valley. He literally walked away from the scene, with no real injuries. Legal authorities apprehended him after catching up to him on a nearby road.

The court was set to receive the entertainer this Tuesday. His arraignment is obviously canceled as he cannot appear. He has been removed from the docket and the ficial documents stipulating the dismissal his case will be filed later. This is all part the usual legal formality in the event a deceased suspect.

This news comes with another wave sadness as the car accident he survived could have set a whole different journey afoot for the entertainer. The legal system failed him in a way, along with other people who have died under similar circumstances. Although the cause Mac Miller’s death has yet to be confirmed, we can assume that a proactive support his health could have saved his life. 

Bow Wow Opens Up About Lean Addiction Following Mac Miller's Death

Following Mac Miller’s apparent overdose on Friday, Bow Wow has opened up about his own struggles with substance abuse.

Bow Wow revealed shocking news on Twitter earlier today about his own struggles with addiction. The rapper revealed that during his time working on Face Off with Omarion, he was high f lean every single day.

“To the youth- Stop with these dumb ass drugs. Im going to let something out. When me and omarion worked on FACE OFF album. I was high f lean everyday! When yall saw me on BET going f on torae i was high f lean. My attitude everything changed.” he wrote on Twitter.  “The whole time i was on the UCP tour with chris I WAS SIPPING 4’s atleast 7 times a day. I was addicted until our show in Cincinnati.. i came f stg and passed out woke up in the hospital i was having withdraws.”

He revealed that his addiction to lean caused him to deal with extreme withdrawals and made him miss a show in Chicago and Baltimore on the UCP tour. The rapper revealed that while he was taping his show on BET with Omarian, he was high f syrup. His behavior was a reflection his use drugs, although the network tried to claim that he was dehydrated.

Peep his tweets below.

"Nipplegate" 2: Janet Jackson On Rumored Superbowl Halftime Return

Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake made headlines with their halftime show during the 2004 Superbowl. Although the incident happened over a decade ago, many people still remember the scandal. 

Many fans were upset about how Jackson bore most the weight the intense criticism that ensued. Some people felt that Timberlake should do something in order to make it up to his friend and restore balance.

An opportunity did arise when JT was fered this year’s halftime show during the same event that disintegrated his relationship with Janet. Inviting her to take part in the event might have been a way to ficially make amends in a public manner. Rumors this move had popped up last winter as people anticipated his performance.

The rumors may have been valid after all. Janet Jackson was asked whether the possibility her performing with her old collaborator at the time bore any truth.

The singer gave a slightly enigmatic answer: “I’ll just say this: there was a conversation.”

Quavo Throws A Perfect Curveball & We're Convinced He Can Do Everything

Quavo can literally do everything. If there’s something we can’t exceed at, let us know because we’re seriously drawing a blank. The Migos member is obviously a skilled artist considering the success he’s experienced with his group and as a featured musician and he looks to extend his artistry with a solo album coming out this month. As we wait for Quavo Huncho to ficially release, we’re reminded the rapper’s priciencies as an athlete with one simple video on his Instagram.

We all know Quavo can ball and he’s also been proven to be a pretty outstanding football player. However, if we told you that he was also a skilled left-handed pitcher, would you believe it? Quavo took to his social media platforms to alert the Atlanta Braves and all the MLB his pitching prowess, throwing a perfect curveball to strike out an imaginary batter. The artist tagged his hometown team and the entire league in his caption, which actually prompted a response from the MLB, hitting him with a “We see you.” Thinking all that he’s proven capable doing, Quavo could very well be a superhuman as he can hang with the best them creating melodies on the microphone as well as in a few different sports.

Is there anything that Quavo can’t do? Let us know in the comments.

Quavo Throws A Perfect Curveball & We're Convinced He Can Do Everything

Noname Confirms September Release Date For "Room 25"

Noname has graciously informed us when we can expect the release her highly anticipated project Room 25. The Chicago native took to her twitter to post the album’s artwork with a succinct and powerful caption: “ROOM 25 – SEPT 14.” 

Fans have been kept in suspense since July 2017 when it was first announced that she was working on a follow up to her critically acclaimed debut project Telefone. The artist did not specify when exactly the project would be released simply revealing that she would not be releasing new music “in a long time,” and it looks like the wait is finally over. 

Noname’s last project featured artists like Ravyn Lenae, Chance The Rapper, Smino, Saba, and Raury, and was rich and storied in its nature. Listeners were allowed a glimpse into the artists joys and sorrows as she detailed a life that had held moments  both great devastation and happiness. The project was poignant and melancholic, and the lyrics deeply poetic in their nature; addressing various issues including the black female plight. Born and bred in Chicago, Noname could not neglect to explore her experiences growing up in the city adding to the already compelling narratives within the project. 

We are definitely looking forward to the artistry she will bring to this next project, are you?

Eminem Secures Two Top 10 Hits With "Lucky You" & "The Ringer"

Eminem’s Kamikaze has been touted as a return to form by many fans, and while no traditional single preceded the drop, the rapper still managed to land his biggest commercial hits in years. And, in what might be a refreshing twist for day-one fans, Em’s latest singles eschewed the pop-formula that permeated his early albums, instead putting his lyrical prowess firmly in the spotlight. The move paid dividends, as Billboard confirms Eminem’s Joyner Lucas collaboration “Lucky You” and introduction “The Ringer” both found their way in the Hot 100’s top 10, at number six and eight respectively. 

It’s a big milestone for Em, who saw his last top 10 single with 2014’s “The Monster,” which kept in line with the aforementioned crossover formula. Clearly, the masses appreciated Eminem’s lyrical onslaught, with both selections featuring excellent rhyming from the legendary rapper. Not only that, but chartdata points out another milestone, finding Eminem entering the ranks an exclusive club. Apparently, Em joins Travis Scott, Drake, J. Cole and Ed Sheeran as the only artists to have two simultaneous songs in the Hot 100 top ten. 

Congratulations to Eminem, who has continued to prove detractors wrong with this latest accomplishment. Read our review  Kamikaze here. 

Cardi B's Team Vehemently Denies Nicki Minaj's Claims That She Paid For Radio Play

The Nicki Minaj and Cardi B beef is still very much ongoing, especially since Nicki hopped on her Beats 1 radio show today to talk about the infamous brawl that went down this weekend. We’re not exactly sure how things started, but it ended with a shoe thrown at Nicki’s head and Cardi with a bruise the size a golf ball on her forehead.

Nicki didn’t take any kind high road during her broadcast today, claiming how Cardi’s career was built f “sympathy and payola.” Nicki’s statements haven’t even been in the hands the media for more than two hours and Cardi’s team has clapped back telling The Blast that Cardi has never paid any radio station money or material items to play her music, calling the accusations “absolutely false.”

The source did admit that Cardi’s former manager, Klenord “Shaft” Raphael (who is now suing her) did “harass and bother” DJ’s to play the “Be Careful” rapper’s tunes, but that was not Cardi’s plan – and may have been one the reason’s he’s cut from the team. Cardi’s team calls Nicki’s allegations “ridiculous.”

Keep it locked on the site for more updates on the matter. 

Nicki Minaj Says Cardi B Will Get Killed If She "Puts Her Hands On Certain People"

When it was announced yesterday, we already knew that Queen Radio would be an unmissable episode. Considering all that has gone down this weekend between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, it was evident that she would speak on the situation but Minaj came with a level intensity that we didn’t expect. The latest episode has the beef between Cardi B and Nicki reaching an all-time-high as Nick came through with the receipts, calling people that have feuded with Cardi in the past and insisting that she disrespects black women by calling them “monkeys and roaches.” The episode was filled with drama but in a particularly intense moment, Nicki seemed genuinely confused and frustrated why Cardi is so concerned with her, implying that she will get killed if she keeps attacking people.

New York Fashion Week has been pretty eventful so far and the moment that most people are talking about is Nicki’s fight with Cardi. Speaking on the incident, Minaj yells that the “Bodak Yellow” songstress should really be more careful who she chooses to mess with. She said, “This is about ‘get this woman some fucking help.’ This woman is at the best stage in her career and she’s out here throwing bottles and throwing shoes!? Who the fuck is gonna give her a fucking intervention? You n—as don’t care until someone is dead! You n—as want someone to fucking die until y’all stop… until y’all stop this bullshit. You put your hands on certain people, you gon’ die. Period!”

Nicki seems concerned at how the whole debacle is being made out to be a joke because, in her eyes, there’s nothing funny about what happened. In fact, she seems completely disturbed by Cardi’s behavior.

Mac Miller's Cause Of Death Has Yet To Be Confirmed According To Medical Examiner

Twenty-six-year-old Mac Miller tragically passed away on Friday and despite claims his death being the result a drug overdose, reports from The Blast say his autopsy resulted in a “deferred” cause death. The exact reason for Mac’s sudden passing will be revealed once the toxicology report is complete. The L.A. County Medical Examiner reported to the publication that Mac’s autopsy was completed on Saturday but it will need to be further investigated. 

When Mac was found at his Studio City home there were no outward signs abuse and sources told The Blast that it could have been an accidental drug overdose or even a natural death. “Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age 26. He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans. Thank you for your prayers,” his family stated. 

Mac’s hometown  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will be holding a vigil in his honour tomorrow, September 10th at 7 PM. The event will take place at Blue Slide Park, the place Mac named his debut album after, which is a portion Pittsburgh’s sprawling Frick Park.