Missy Elliott Makes Triumphant Return With "Throw It Back" Video

Not even 24 hours after its release, Missy Elliott’s new “Throw It Back” video has already amassed over 3.5 million YouTube views. It’s safe to say the inimitable Misdemeanor has been missed.

Presented by The Goldmind and Atlantic Records, the colorful, eye-popping visual finds Missy front and center as she “throws it back” with a crew of talented dancers. It also features a cameo from Teyana Taylor who kicks off the video as host to the “Hall Of Missy.”

“Throw It Back” is one of five fresh cuts from the Iconology EP, Missy’s first project in 14 years.

The new video arrives only days before the Grammy Award-winning artist will be honored at the 2019 MTV VMAs with the Video Vanguard Award, the first female MC to ever accomplish this feat.

Missy made history once again when she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June.

Watch the “Throw It Back” video above.

Watch a Trailer for Travis Scott’s Netflix Documentary ‘Look Mom I Can Fly’

Travis Scott is bringing Astroworld to Netflix.

After announcing the project with a surprise pop-up in his hometown, the Houston rapper has debuted the trailer for his Netflix special, Look Mom I Can Fly.

The documentary, which was shot in the months surrounding the release of his chart-topping album Astroworld, chronicles his journey to superstardom and includes footage from his live shows and home videos from his childhood.

The trailer opens with La Flame performing for a small crowd at a show in 2014 before watching the same footage in present day. He is then seen raging in front of a crowd of thousands while fans their share testimonies (“He saved my life,” says one).

The 85-minute film, directed by White Trash Tyler, also features highlights from Travis’ life and career, including him becoming a father and performing at the Super Bowl. His girlfriend Kylie Jenner and their daughter Stormi also make cameos.

Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly hits Netflix on Aug. 28. Watch the trailer below.

99% of Americans Don't Care About the Headphone Jack

A survey of over 3,000 smartphone owners found most Americans don’t care about the headphone jack.

Ting — a mobile virtual network operator (MNVO) — conducted the survey.  Only 1% of those who responded said the headphone jack is a top-three feature for them. The question was asked to over 3,640 respondents.

The survey asked participants to rank the three most important features they consider when choosing a new phone. Respondents could pick from a pre-selected list of options like price, camera, battery, storage space, specs, operating system, headphone jack, and cool factor.

Only 1% of respondents picked headphone jack as one of the three most important factors.

So what did smartphone buyers rate as the most important factor when choosing a new phone? Unsurprisingly, 35% of respondents said the price was the main factor.  30% of respondents picked operating system as an important factor.  The third-most picked option was specs at just 14% of the votes.

Despite a lot of hand-wringing and noise, it seems as though smartphone buyers in the U.S. are doing just fine without the headphone jack.  Most smartphone manufacturers are , anyway.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launched last week , spelling death for the rest of the Android world. Samsung was the last major manufacturer hold out for the technology. Now that phones cost over $1,000, it’s much easier to get someone to .

Even though Bluetooth audio is objectively worse than good old analog wires, most consumers don’t care.  Heck, even the cool factor option scored 2%, which means more people care about having a cool phone over a conventional jack.

One interesting point from the survey is that most people keep their old devices. 46% recycled them to children, while 28% said they use their old phone . You know, the old phone with a headphone jack for easy listening. Funny world we live in, isn’t it?

Adidas Yeezy 500 “Bone White” Debuts This Weekend: Release Locations

Next up for Kanye West‘s ever-growing Adidas Yeezy line is the “Bone White” Yeezy 500, set to release this Saturday, August 24. Men’s sizes will retail for $200, while kid’s and infant sizes check in at $130 and $100, respectively. 

The “Bone White” Yeezy 500 features the familiar mesh, leather and suede construction, equipped with reflective detailing and a cream outsole beneath the chunky midsole. 

Click here to check out the full list retailers that’ll have the kicks in stock.

Adidas Yeezy 500 “Bone White” Debuts This Weekend: Release Locations

Adidas Yeezy 500 Bone White/Adidas

In addition to the “Bone White” colorway, Adidas reportedly has plans to release a “Stone” Yeezy 500 as well as a “St Vision” colorway this Fall. Rumors suggest that the first Yeezy Basketball sneaker and newly unveiled Yeezy 500 High could also make their debut in 2019, but Adidas has not yet announced ficial details.

Continue scrolling for some additional shots this weekend’s Yeezy release.

Adidas Yeezy 500 “Bone White” Debuts This Weekend: Release Locations

Adidas Yeezy 500 Bone White/Adidas

Adidas Yeezy 500 “Bone White” Debuts This Weekend: Release Locations

Adidas Yeezy 500 Bone White/Adidas

Adidas Yeezy 500 “Bone White” Debuts This Weekend: Release Locations

Adidas Yeezy 500 Bone White/Adidas

Adidas Yeezy 500 “Bone White” Debuts This Weekend: Release Locations

Adidas Yeezy 500 Bone White/Adidas

Adidas Yeezy 500 “Bone White” Debuts This Weekend: Release Locations

Adidas Yeezy 500 Bone White/Adidas

Adidas Yeezy 500 “Bone White” Debuts This Weekend: Release Locations

Adidas Yeezy 500 Bone White/Adidas

Future feat. Meek Mill & Doe Boy ‘100 Shooters’

Future season continues with his latest visual for “100 Shooters,” his collaboration with Meek Mill and Doe Boy.

The lo-fi clip opens with a burning motorcycle in front of a building as a Dior-clad Hndrxx raps in an empty swimming pool in his palatial estate while surrounded by gorgeous women. Meek reps Dream Chasers while Doe Boy puts it down for FreeBand Gang.

Future dropped the Tay Keith-produced track last month as part of his new music spree. Prior to that, he released his 7-track EP Save Me.

Next up, Future and Meek will launch their co-headlining “Legendary Nights Tour,” starting Aug. 28 in St. Louis. The 24-city U.S. trek also features special guests YG, Mustard, and Megan Thee Stallion.

Young Thug Compares New Album ‘Punk’ to Tupac

Young Thug is feeling like Pac.

Fresh off the release of So Much Fun, the prolific rapper has revealed plans for his next project Punk, which he describes as “more like Tupac.” During an interview with Rolling Stone, he explained the difference between the two projects.

So Much Fun is like nothing to be thought about. It’s only for fun purposes,” said Thug. “The name of the album is directly what it means. There’s no static to it. It’s just so much fun. I don’t even want you to think when you listen to this even if I’m saying a metaphorical bars or anything. I don’t want it to be nothing thought too hard about. I want it to be only party.”

He plans to dig deeper on Punk. “The difference from that and Punk is Punk is me letting them in on my real life,” he added. “Me letting them know all the situations I’ve been through. Opening up, letting the fans in, I feel like I never let ’em. I feel like I was always quit about certain things, because of people.”

He credits Tupac for inspiring his next body of work. “My best album would probably be Punk, because it’s more like real life. It’s more like Tupac,” he said. “Tupac could be one of the biggest rappers in the world, because he rapped what he rapped about. I had conversations with JAY-Z and he told me, ‘We gotta learn how to continue what Pac had going. Pac was a teacher. Pac teaches.’”

He continued, “This album Punk that I’m going to put out soon is probably going to be the best album, because it really teaches you, gives you life situations, it’s teaching I’m human. I am you. I am him. It’s very verbal. I think it’ll probably be the best album even though it’s not out.”

Additionally, the YSL Records boss is working on his Super Slimey 2 mixtape with Future, Lil Baby, and Gunna. “The impact that Lil Baby [and Gunna had] when they dropped [Drip Harder]. We always compared it like ‘Damn, there’s no such thing as a better duo, except those guys.’ Then these like our little brothers, for real,” he said. “We dropped knowledge on these guys and we feel like it’s just the right thing to do. Anything other than that is unacceptable.”

#DXCLUSIVE: Brazilian Rap Phenom NIKO IS Links With Curren$y For "3rd World Money" Video

HipHopDX Premiere – Brazilian artist NIKO IS has recruited Curren$y for his “3rd World Money,” video, which was shot partly in Texas, New Orleans and Florida. Directed by Trapsolutely, the visual finds the two veteran MCs chillin’ and smoking spliffs as they swap potent verses.

“Open new doors to perception,” NIKO says to HipHopDX. “How much does it take to feel rich? How much does it take to feel safe? Third world money, recorded with love and peace. Survival of the chillest. Cheers. I hope you live a 100 years.”

#DXCLUSIVE: Brazilian Rap Phenom NIKO IS Links With Curren$y For "3rd World Money" Video

 

“3rd World Money” was produced by Thanks Joey and recorded partly in São Paulo, Brazil. It comes from NIKO’s latest project UNIKO, which boasts features from longtime collaborator Talib Kweli, Tego Calderon and, of course, Spitta Andretti, among others.

Watch the “3rd World Money” video up top and revisit the UNIKO album stream below.

Jidenna Delivers "85 To Africa" LP

Jidenna has dropped a new album titled 85 To Africa. The “Classic Man” creator’s latest work is the follow-up to 2017’s Boomerang EP and his first studio LP since The Chief, which was released that same year.

The Epic Records artist’s sophomore album features 11 songs. Guests include GoldLink, Fela Kuti’s son Seun Kuti, Mereba, St. Beauty and Mr. Eazi.

View Jidenna’s 85 To Africa stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Jidenna Delivers "85 To Africa" LP

1. Worth The Weight f. Seun Kuti
2. 85 To Africa
3. Babouche f. GoldLink
4. Tribe
5. Sou Sou
6. Zodi f. Mr. Eazi
7. Sufi Woman
8. Vaporiza
9. Pretty & Afraid
10. Jungle Fever
11. The Other Half f. St. Beauty & Mereba

Powers Pleasant Drops "Life Is Beautiful" EP Featuring Joey Bada$$, G Perico & More

Pro Era DJ/producer Powers Pleasant has stepped into the foreground with his debut EP Life Is Beautiful. Powers first told HipHopDX about the eight-track entry during a Joey Bada$$ show in Denver last year and now, it’s finally come to fruition.

Boasting features from Joey, G Perico, Buddy, A$AP Ferg, IDK, Denzel Curry and The Underachievers, among others, the project is a wild rollercoaster ride of West Coast gangsta rap, East Coast boom bap and raw, in-your-face anthems.

As for the title Life Is Beautiful, Powers chose it very carefully.

“It’s a reminder to stay positive and to see the best in everything and not get brought down by things that might not be positive,” Powers tells DX. “It’s about keeping your eyes on the prize through the sun and the rain.

“‘Life is a beautiful’ is a common thing I used to say a lot. People would think I was saying it for everyone else, but a lot of time I was saying it to myself, to see the beauty in everything. There’s definitely been some challenges and some ups and downs, but me saying that consistently and doing that got me through it.”

Combined with the cover art — which was inspired by Malcolm Browne’s iconic photo of a self-immolating monk — the project is a well-thought-out juxtaposition of the positives and negatives of life.

“That’s me in the photo actually,” he says. “That’s funny. Nobody really notices. That [photo] was the inspiration for the cover, and I think I’m kind of a pyro so I think fire is cool. The monk, positivity and protest — it’s a lot of different things in one. Then there’s the skull in the background and it’s kind of distorted.”

The album’s lead single, “Can’t Fucc Wit It” featuring G Perico and Buddy, recently got the video treatment and the song itself is a clear standout. Powers says he made the beat in one night.

“I was at a session with G Perico and it was my first time working with him,” he explains. “I’m from New York, but he came through like super L.A. with the Jheri curls dripping and a shower cap on. He’s like 100 percent himself.

“So, he came in and I think I was playing some beats. It was cool and he rapped over one beat. It was dope, but I was like, ‘Nah, I gotta to give him some real crazy West Coast shit.’ I just fed off the energy of his vibe and I made that shit in one night.”

Powers, who just signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV, has his eyes firmly set on the future.

But for now, check out the Life Is Beautiful album stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Powers Pleasant Drops "Life Is Beautiful" EP Featuring Joey Bada$$, G Perico & More

  1. Sway’s Intro
  2. Vintage Chanel f. Joey Bada$$ & Kirk Knight
  3. Please Forgive f. Denzel Curry, IDK & Zillakami
  4. Can’t Fucc Wit It f. G Perico & Buddy
  5. Pull Up f. Joey Bada$$ & A$AP Ferg
  6. Hit My Line f. Jay Critch, Joey Bada$$ & AKTHESAVIOR
  7. Purified f. Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly & Aaron Rose
  8. Pull Up f. The Underachievers & Joey Bada$$ (Beast Coast Remix)

MTV’s Accused Of Stalking With Upcoming Show "Ghosted"

Being ignored by a romantic interest is something nearly everyone has experienced at least once. In today’s lingo it’s called being “ghosted,” and it has become its own cultural phenomenon. People can go from texting every day with a partner to receiving radio silence from someone they’re dating. It leaves the lovelorn with unanswered questions, and MTV is hoping to bring the confrontation element  Catfish to another series with their show MTV’s Ghosted: Love Gone Missing.

The series will be hosted by The Bachelorette‘s Rachel Lindsay and recording artist Travis Mills. MTV states that “the two hosts] will help distraught individuals track down and confront a former lover, friend, or family member in an effort to uncover the harsh realities why they ‘ghosted’ them.” While all the intense emotions will, undoubtedly, be good for ratings, not everyone thinks that the premise is a good idea.

People began to question if tracking down someone who decided to disappear from a person’s life is just low-level stalking. The teaser trailer the show features people from all backgrounds who have been blocked or ignored, but because they’re so emotionally invested, they’ve reached out to the network to demand answers.

“Y’all are going way too far,” one person tweeted. “If someone ghosted you, then leave them be. That is them telling you that they do not want you to be apart their life for a particular reason.” There were many others who shared that sentiment. Check out the trailer, and a few reactions, below.

Leakers of Unauthorized and Fake Streams Are Making Upwards of $60,000

Bootlegs and fake uploads are a problem that has plagued digital music from its onset.

But according to a new report, the problem is now seriously affecting streaming platforms, with impostors posting music from famous artists under false names.  Some of these operators are now making huge sums of money.

According to a just-published exposé in Pitchfork, these impostors are using legitimate distribution services such as Tunecore to make this happen. Of course, a platform like Tunecore allows independent music artists to distribute their songs on streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music, though that opens the potential for wrongdoing.

While both the distribution services and the streaming platforms forbid the uploading of material owned by someone else, this hasn’t stopped the impostors from posting unreleased songs from top artists under bogus names and song titles.

“Artists face the possibility of impersonators uploading fake music to their official profiles, stolen music being uploaded under false monikers, and of course, simple human error resulting in botched uploads,” Pitchfork’s Noah Yoo writes. “Meanwhile, keen fans have figured out where they can find illegally uploaded, purposefully mistitled songs in user playlists.”

One unnamed impersonator cited in the report says that this past year Tunecore and DistroKid together paid nearly $60,000 for royalties on songs owned by others. The songs were streamed on both Apple Music and Spotify.

These songs belonged to artists such as Lil Uzi Vert and Playboi Carti. While the songs were eventually removed from the platforms, that did not stop the impostor from receiving significant payments, sometimes as much as $10,000 at a time.

Exactly where these songs are coming from is another matter.  These could easily be inside jobs, or outside jobs perpetrated by hackers or others.

In response, a spokesperson for Spotify said that they take intellectual property rights seriously, and do not tolerate the distribution of unauthorized songs. But Spotify also added that while some people may get past the protections that they have in place, the platform is continually updating and improving these protections.

In other words, this is a problem — and potentially one that’s growing faster than the industry realizes.

Jonathan Gardner, chief communications officer at TuneCore, said that, while they cannot comment on specific cases of infringement, the company proactively responds to any infringements and are committed to preventing such behavior.

“In addition to subjecting all uploaded material to a detailed content review process before it is delivered to any digital music service, it is also TuneCore’s policy to respond expeditiously to remove or disable access to any material which is claimed to infringe copyrighted material and which was posted online using the TuneCore service,” Gardner stated.

“While we cannot comment on any specific claims, we can say that TuneCore is committed to preventing our services from being used in connection with infringing or otherwise deceptive behavior.”

Philip Kaplan, CEO and co-founder of DistroKid, also would not comment specifically about the case but indicated that the company had recently introduced new technology to prevent the type of infringement cited in the report.

Apple declined to comment on the reports.

Snoop Dogg’s Story Unfolds In New "I Wanna Thank Me" Movie

Is there anybody in hip-hop with a more compelling story than Snoop Dogg? Maybe so, but few have been as open as The Doggfather. Nearly one week removed from dropping f his latest studio album I Wanna Thank MeSnoop has enhanced the experience with another installment his new movie the same name. Following Part 1, which originally dropped on August 12th, Part 2 has ficially arrived to round out the narrative. Kicking f around the time Snoop was rewarded with a star on the Walk Of Fame, with footage the ceremony interspersed with various interviews.

The film also features clips from his turn on Undisputed, as well as studio footage, various escapades, and testimonies from Dr. Dre, Diddy, Usher, The D.O.C. and many more. Clearly, Snoop has nothing but love from his peers in the industry, and I Wanna Thank Me puts that fact on full display. Not to mention, the fact that he dropped this one for free on YouTube speaks to an integral side his character. Which is to say, Dogg is for the people.

Be sure to show some love for a genuine icon, and catch the latest part Snoop’s new documentary film below. How do you feel I Wanna Thank Me stacks up with his greater discography?

G-Eazy Drops 2 New Tracks with Ty Dolla $ign & T-Pain

G-Eazy is back with more B-Sides.

After dropping a trio of tracks in June, Gerald unleashes two new songs in his B-Sides series including the breezy summer jam “All Facts” with Ty Dolla $ign, plus the London On Da Track-produced “Got a Check” featuring T-Pain and the Bay Area’s own ALLBLACK and Offset Jim.

Additionally, G-Eazy debuts a baller video for his collaboration with Tyga, “Bang.” The rappers team up on the basketball court in the clip, which pays homage to Birdman and Lil Wayne’s “Pop Bottles” and Trick Daddy’s “Take It to da House.” Their team, the Tycoons, faces off against the Mobbers, while Tyga flirts with the cheerleaders off the court. In the end, they still manage to score a victory over the visiting team.

The visual also features cameos from Kirko Bangz, Minnesota Timberwolves’s center Karl-Anthony Towns, and a vocal cameo from E-40, who plays the announcer.

While G-Eazy readies a new album, he continues his B-Sides series, consisting of tracks from his current studio sessions that won’t appear on the forthcoming project.

Next up, he will hit the stage at Rolling Loud Bay Area in his hometown of Oakland on Sept. 28.

Hilary Clinton Tweets Out “Truth Hurts” Lyrics In Response To Lizzo

On Tuesday, Lizzo decided to tweet out a short clip various 2016 presidential hopefuls, including Hilary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, about to observe the national anthem at a Democratic presidential debate. However, instead the National anthem, the video features her hit-song “Truth Hurts” playing in the background.

“Why men great ’til they gotta be great? Woo,” Lizzo sings as Clinton, Sanders and others hold their hands over their hearts.

Well fast forward a few hours later to Wednesday morning, and Former Secretary State, Hillary Clinton, caught wind the video and decided to respond back to Lizzo with some lyrics her own.

“I just took a DNA test, turns out…” Clinton perfectly responded back with as she recites Lizzo’s opening verse.

It’s unclear as for why Clinton (or her team for that matter) chose to respond to this tweet in this way, but maybe it has something to do with empowering woman or their abortion rights?

In other political news, Cardi B just interviewed Bernie Sanders last week where they spoke on police reform, minimum wage, and health care. Check that out right here if you missed it.  

Larry Bird Doesn’t Approve Of Heavily-Tattooed Mural, Asks Artist To Change It

NBA Hall Famer Larry Bird has reportedly reached a compromise with Jules Muck, the graffiti artist responsible for the heavily-tattooed Larry Bird mural situated on a Fountain Square building in Indianapolis.

The mural, shown below, features Bird in his Indiana State uniform with tattoos all over his arms, neck and face, including a pair bunnies mating on his right forearm and a Celtics shamrock on his left bicep.

Bird’s attorney, Gary Sallee explained to the Indy Star that he hasn’t asked the mural to be removed – he just wants the tats erased. 

“Larry’s position is he has elevated himself from where he began to where he is now through a lot hard work. He has developed a brand that is marketable and he needs to protect that brand,” Sallee told IndyStar. “The mural, as originally painted, was a departure from that brand.”

“All his friends and 98% his players are tattooed. He doesn’t have any problem with tattoos,” Sallee said. “He just doesn’t want to be seen as a tattooed guy.” 

Muck has reportedly agreed to remove the tats, but will be keeping the “INDIANA” ink on the left forearm.