Chief Keef Pays Respect To Fredo Santana On 2nd Anniversary Of Death

Fredo Santana never had extreme mainstream success but as a leader in drill music, he played a major role in its proliferation across the world. The rapper’s life was cut short two years ago today when he died from kidney failure. The game hasn’t forgotten about him since his passing. His friends and family, in the rap game and out, have continued to carry on his legacy since his passing.

On the two year anniversary his passing, Chief Keef, Fredo’s cousin, took to Instagram to share a throwback picture the two back when they were younger. Keeping the caption simple, Chief Keef wrote, “Better smiles than Hard times.” DP Beats and Lil Reese both showed some love in the comment section Chief Keef’s post.

G Herbo also took to his Instagram Story where he showed love to the late rapper on his death anniversary. Sharing a photo Fredo seated on a throne, writing “Long live] Big Boss aka Trap God aka Real Savage CEO.” Last year, G Herbo hit the ‘Gram to raise awareness about people with PTSD, especially in a place like Chicago where death is prevalent in the Southside. This was partially inspired by Fredo Santana who explained months before his death that he was using drugs as a way to cope with his own PTSD.

Gunman Leaves 2 Dead, 5 Injured After San Antonio Concert Shooting

Two are dead and five are injured after a mass shooting at a local hip-hop concert in San Antonio on Sunday. The event took place at Ventura bar in the evening. According to ABC News, police were made aware a shooting and immediately made their way to the scene the crime. Police Chief William McManus is saying that the shooting was a direct result a dispute between two customers at the bar. Two men were in an argument and that’s when one them allegedly pulled out a gun and started firing. Police have yet to find the suspect.

“We’re working on that,” McManus said. “I’m confident that we will identify the individual and have that person in custody sooner than later.”

The concert featured various young hip-hop acts in the San Antonio area. This shooting came as a surprise to all them as one the main acts, RUZ, took to Twitter to condemn the shooter.

Mass shootings are an ever-growing trend in the United States as many stories similar to this one have been reported over the last few years. Hopefully, the authorities can find the suspect, sooner than later. 

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Anderson .Paak’s "The Price Is Right" Appearance Is His "Greatest Achievement"

As the annual Grammy Awards are approaching, CBS is doing lots music promotion and collaboration which includes the newly introduced Music Week on the network’s beloved game show The Price Is Right. The first musical guest is none other than Anderson .Paak who was all kinds excited to take the stage and showcase some his drumming skills, hosting skills and Showcase Showdown wheel spinning abilities.

The string episodes was filmed in December and includes appearances by Diplo, Haim, Meghan Trainor, and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump who will all pop by the studio to assist host Drew Carey with some on set tasks. “My @therealpriceisright episode finally aired!!! Easily one my greatest achievements. Thanks #priceisright I had a blast,” Anderson wrote on Instagram next to a photo him celebrating with a contestant on the show. 

Anderson has been nominated for two Grammys this year. His Ventura album may win him Best R&B Album while his “Come Home” collab with Andre 3000 may win him the Best R&B Performance. The award show takes place on January 26th and will have performances by Tyler, The Creator, Billie Eilish and more

Rich Homie Quan Says He Wants To Talk To Young Thug Before They Work Together

Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug were at one point musically connected at the hip but over time, their relationship dissolved. Many have urged the two to put their differences aside and get back to making music but that hasn’t happened and from a few things we’ve heard from Young Thug‘s end, it seems like there’s no chance in the foreseeable future that would happen.

In a recent interview on DJ Scream‘s Big Facts podcast, Rich Homie Quan discussed the possibilities working with Thugger again in the future. As he’s stated in the past, he is open to the idea working together but he explained that there’s a need for some dialogue between the two before they get in the booth.

“Like before we get to songs or anything, I just wanna see what bro mentally like because to this day, we still ain’t have no conversation,” he explained. “It was more like people around us talkin’ more than me and bro sittin’ down and having that conversation.”

When asked what he thinks got in the way their friendship, Rich Homie Quan blamed ego and the narrative surrounding them, especially within their respective circles.

Although RHQ is open to collaborating, Young Thug might not feel entirely the same way. A few months ago, Thugger suggested there wasn’t any coming back from what RHQ did to him which is perhaps related to Rich Homie saying Thug is with the “gay sh*t.” Additionally, Thugger’s director said that their feud runs “deeper than rap.”

Casanova & Pop Smoke Squash Short-Lived Beef

The Brooklyn Hip Hop scene got a little more unified as Casanova and Pop Smoke put an end to their beef.

After tensions between the two began to publicly surface in recent weeks, Casanova revealed he’s on good terms with Pop on Sunday (January 19). The Roc Nation artist posted a photo of his friendly interaction with his short-lived rival on Instagram.

“BEFORE WE ATE WE GOT SOMETHING OFF OUR CHEST… WHO YALL THINK WON?” he wrote in the caption.

Issues between Casanova and Pop emerged earlier this month when the latter previewed a new song on Instagram. In the post, Pop labeled his fellow Brooklyn native “Trashanova.”

“YALL OLD NIGGAS BETTER PACK IT UP,” he wrote. “THIS AINT NO TRASHANOVA SHIT NO SCARY L SHIT YALL KNOW THE WOOS RUN THE CITY YALL NIGGAS COULD NEVER BE ME #straightshit #Wooshit #doublegshit #Ripclovergz #ripshyste #ripyola #riprohan #ripdonald.”

The brief beef prompted peacemaking efforts from Meek Mill, who tried to play mediator Twitter.

“Y’all Brooklyn niggas be beefing wit each other too much lol,” he wrote. “Stop pumping that shit too if you not involved ….. let them guys get they money and if you official and you around say something!”

While the beef with Casanova is in the rearview mirror, Pop still has some trouble brewing in his life. Last week, the up-and-coming artist was arrested for allegedly transporting a stolen 2019 Rolls-Royce Wraith from California to New York.

Pop, whose real name is Bashar Jackson, pleaded not guilty to interstate transport of a stolen vehicle. He was released on a $250,000 bond.

Manchester Mayor Calls Eminem’s ‘Unaccommodating’ ‘Deeply Disrespectful’

Manchester, UK – An Eminem album wouldn’t be complete with a little controversy.

Shortly after Slim Shady surprised his fans with Music To Be Murdered By, his 11th studio album, Twitter lit up with reactions to the song “Unaccommodating,” which includes the line, “I’m contemplating yelling ‘bombs away’ on the game/Like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting,” a reference to the deadly 2017 bombing. 

The lyrics are followed with the sound of an explosion. Now, Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is joining the public outcry.

Burnham said in a statement to BBC, “This is unnecessarily hurtful and deeply disrespectful to the families and all those affected.”

The mother of Martyn Hett, who died in the attack, weighed in on Twitter.

“Feels like he is piggybacking on the fame of Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber and says distasteful things about other celebrities,” Figen Murray wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “Not clever. Totally pointless. And before all Eminem fans pounce on me, I am not interested and will not engage.”

Russell Hayward, Hett’s former partner, also expressed his disappointment with the song Twitter.

“It’s disappointing but not surprising that #Eminem would use controversial lyrics about the Manchester bomb, dragging the victims’ families & Ariana back into a very dark time,” he said. “Not sure how popular he is these days but I hope any success he gets from the back of this is worth it.”

Despite the lyric, another song on Music To Be Murdered By called “Darkness” finds Em advocating for gun control. He also encouraged people to donate to the victims and victims’ family of the Manchester bombings in May 2017.

“Join me in helping Manchester victims & their families,” he wrote on Twitter. “Make a donation to the @BritishRedCross and @MENnewsdesk.”

Eminem’s ‘Music To Be Murdered By’ Album Poised For Historic Billboard 200 Debut

Eminem’s surprise album Music To Be Murdered By is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week and in the process, make Billboard history. According to HITS Daily Double, Shady’s 11th studio effort is projected to move between 300,000 and 325,000 album-equivalent units.

If the project does indeed top the Billboard 200, it will make the Detroit-bred rap god the first artist to earn 10 consecutive No. 1 debuts in U.S. history. Em is currently tied with Kanye West, who earned his ninth consecutive No. 1 debut with 2019’s Jesus Is King.


First week sales of Music To Be Murdered By will likely land between 2018’s Kamikaze (434,000 units) and 2017’s Revival (267,000). The project could do more considering it’s been a heavy topic of conversation on social media.

The song “Unaccommodating” featuring Young M.A sparked controversy for its line about the 2017 Manchester bombing that took place during an Ariana Grande concert. The video for “Darkness” was also a popular topic. The song and subsequent video addresses the 2017 Las Vegas shooting and finds Em advocating for gun control.

Music To Be Murdered By arrived on Friday (January 17) and boasts features from Royce Da 5’9, Black Thought, KXNG Crooked, Q-Tip and more.

Swae Lee Reveals What He Hopes To Do At The Super Bowl One Day

Thanks to some phenomenal play from the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, both teams are now in the Super Bowl which will take place on February 2nd in Miami. These two teams are truly the best in the NFL and fans can’t wait to see who comes away with the big win. There are plenty big festivities planned including the halftime shoe and National Anthem. This year, the halftime show is being performed by Demi Lovato who is making a comeback following her overdose in 2018.

There are plenty musicians who would love to be in Lovato’s position, including Swae Lee Rae Sremmurd. During a recent interview with TMZ, Swae Lee admitted that he would love to sing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Of course, he’ll have to wait until next year if he wants to do it.

Swae Lee certainly has the voice for the Star-Spangled Banner so we’d be excited to see this actually take place. Members the hip-hop community rarely get shine when it comes to National Anthems which means Swae Lee’s inclusion would be groundbreaking. 

Let us know if you’d like to Swae Lee perform the anthem at the Super Bowl next year. Also, tell us who you think is going to win the big game.

The Game Comes To The Rescue After Kids Selling Candy Get Busted By Police

When The Game isn’t dropping f wise words wisdom with his weekly Nipsey Hussle motivation posts or doing some promo on his latest album Born 2 Rap, the Compton raised MC can be found helping the youth when they have an unexpected run-in with the cops. The Game (born Jayceon Terrell Taylor) was recently spotted outside  Beauty & Es restaurant, coming to the rescue a group kids who were selling candy. 

The Game Comes To The Rescue After Kids Selling Candy Get Busted By Police
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According to TMZ, a business in the area called the cops a group boys who were trying to make some cash f their candy sales. The Game saw that the youngins’ were being approached by the police and made his way over. The “How We Do” rapper gave the kids some cash – or as he stated in the video some “jewels.” Apparently, he gave them enough money to cover all their inventory and didn’t even take any their treats. 

Towards the end the clip below, where The Game explains the situation, you can see Freddie Gibbs coming through to make an appearnce and admitst that the “boys in the blue” are always on him as well. 

Trey Songz Takes A Break From Social Media & Deactivates Instagram

Anytime an artist decides to hop f Instagram or social media as a whole, it can be indicative a few things. Some may take it as an artist readying a new album while others hop f in order to avoid social media hysterics, especially when controversy strikes. It’s unclear what Trey Songz motive might be but the singer has ficially hopped f Instagram. As pointed out by TheShadeRoom, his Instagram has no posts and says “User not found.”

Again, there isn’t any concrete evidence or word why the singer decided to call it quits on the ‘Gram. It’s unclear if this is temporary or not but it should be noted that he also hasn’t been active on Twitter since late 2019, although his page is still up. It has been nearly three years since the release his last studio album, Tremaine The Album. He did, however, drop two mixtapes in 2018, 11 and 28. For all we know, he could very well be readying his eighth studio album.

His absence from social media might also have to do with a recent lawsuit he was hit with. Trey Songz was sued for $10M by a woman who accused him ually assaulting her at a nightclub on New Year’s Day 2018. It’s unclear if this actually plays a role in deactivating IG but it does add to the other allegations against him by other women. 

Drake Shows Love To "Some Of The Greatest Ever": MF Doom, Phonte & More

Drake might be the biggest pop star on earth right now but he’s ultimately a student hip-hop. Acts like Kanye West, Cam’ron, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne have clearly been influential in his sounds, as he’s admitted in the past, as well as R&B artists like Aaliyah, Sade, and Usher. However, he’s a student the rap game, first and foremost, and last night, he hit the ‘Gram to pay homage to a few artists that he might not credit as ten as he should for influencing him.

“Spent my night listening to some the greatest ever,” he wrote in the first eight Instagram Story posts where he showed love to a few artists he’s worked with in the past and some that are on his bucket list collaborators, apparently. Among them are Elzhi, Phonte, Dwele, Slum Village, MF Doom, The Roots, and Cody Chesnutt.

For those familiar with Drake’s ATF/October’s Very Own Blogspot days, the rapper has collaborated with several these artists in his early career. Not only has Drake called Phonte one his biggest influences but they also worked together on “Think Good Thoughts” alongside Elzhi. Dwele and Little Brothe also linked up with Drake on “Don’t You Have A Man.” He’s also sampled The Roots and Slum Village in some his recent work as well. 

As for MF Doom, the rapper has previously paid homage to the masked MC in the past while sparking speculation a collab in the works. Although that’s never been confirmed, Drake did rap over “Accordion” with Nickelus F back in the day.

Drake Shows Love To "Some Of The Greatest Ever": MF Doom, Phonte & More
Drake Shows Love To "Some Of The Greatest Ever": MF Doom, Phonte & More
Drake Shows Love To "Some Of The Greatest Ever": MF Doom, Phonte & More

UFC’s Dana White Reveals Plans For Conor McGregor’s Next Opponent

UFC’s cash cow Conor McGregor is back in the mix following his impressive return to the octagon at UFC 246 this past weekend, where he defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in under a minute. Even before McGregor’s TKO victory fight fans were giddy with excitement over who his next opponent could be, and the speculation has ramped up even more following the dominant performance. 

However, according to UFC President Dana White, there is only one option: Khabib Nurmagomedov. 

UFC's Dana White Reveals Plans For Conor McGregor's Next Opponent

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Although fans would love a Conor McGregor vs Jorge Masvidal ‘BMF’ title fight or the trilogy with Nate Diaz, White says the Khabib rematch is the right fight to make. As we know, their first clash at UFC 229 in October 2018 ended with a massive melee and some lengthy suspensions after Khabib submitted the Irish superstar.

Their feud has died down considerably since then, but there’s no doubt that both sides would pick up right where they left f.

“We’re looking at Hagler-Hearns,” White said, per ESPN. “We’re looking at like Ali-Foreman, Ali-Frazier. This is a massive fight with global appeal. It’s the fight you make, it’s the fight that makes sense. It’s for the 155-pound title.

“If Conor and Masvidal fight, neither one them even has a title. Although Conor does want his BMF title. He doesn’t have a world championship. So Khabib is the fight to make. It’s huge for Khabib’s legacy, too. If he beat Conor McGregor, then he beats Tony Ferguson, then he beats Conor McGregor again, I mean this is how this kid, when he retires, he’s 30-something-and-oh and he’s beaten all the best.”

Of course, this is assuming the undefeated Lightweight champion retains his title against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 18. Should that be the case, White believes the McGregor-Khabib rematch could set a UFC record for most pay-per-view buys, and even rival the McGregor-Mayweather boxing match in terms prit. 

Rihanna Interviews Lena Waithe, Skylar Diggins & More For Special Edition Magazine

Rihanna is doing everything except releasing an album, but we appreciate all her creative endeavors. Her latest project is a special, limited edition issue  i-D Magazine, titled “Rihannazine”. To celebrate i-D‘s 40th anniversary, RiRi curated a “visually-driven” zine that highlights some her biggest inspirations within various streams culture. Some the women photographed and interviewed for the collection are Gigi Hadid, Lena Waithe, Deanna Lawsom, Zadie Smith, Alexa Demie, Paloma Elsesser, Adwoa Aboah, Yolanda Renee King, Roxanne Gay and Vanessa ‘Vanjie’ Mateo.

Rihanna posed the same set questions to all the ground-breakers featured in the issue, one them being: “If you could ask Rihanna one question, what would it be?” To this, writer and actor Lena Waithe replied, “I kind want to ask, ‘What are you afraid ?'” Recording artist Kelela kind  skirted the question: “What I’d just say to her is, ‘Thank you.'” Basketball star Skylar Diggins wondered, “How do you balance it all?”

You can pre-order a copy “Rihannazine” if you want to learn more about her influences and get the full experience. 

In other Rihanna news, she was spotted hitting it f with A$AP Rocky, just a few days after her reported breakup with Hassan Jameel.

Aaron Hernandez’s Fiancée Speaks Out Following Netflix Doc

Aaron Hernandez has been back in the news as late thanks to the latest Netflix documentary centered around his life titled Killer Inside: The Mind Of Aaron Hernandez. The documentary does a deep dive into his background and some the people he used to associate with. Of course, one those people was his fiancée Shayanna Jenkins. Jenkins was Hernandez’s ride or die while he was going through his murder trial. Jenkins did not participate in the documentary but she was certainly talked about a lot.

Jenkins has been through a lot emotional distress over the years and recently, she took to Instagram where she issued a message to all the people who have reached out to her over the last few days. Jenkins also stated that she plans to take a break from social media.

“I wanted to let all you sweet, sweet souls know I have to tried to read every message sent on IG and through email (positive and negative)…The amount support and positive energy is again unreal! I’m sure you will understand how imperative it is to take some time away from social media,” Jenkins wrote.

Have you seen the documentary? Let us know in the comments what you thought.

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Releasing In "Sulfur" & "Marsh" Colorways: First Look

Kanye West and Adidas reportedly entered the new year with nine different Yeezy Boost 350 V2s in the stash, and it looks like there will be much more than that when it’s all said and done. In addition to the “Earth” Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 and colorways such as “Flax” and Linen,” sneaker source Yeezy Mafia reports that there are also “Marsh” and “Sulfur” iterations in the works.

Official images both colorways have not yet been revealed but you can get a good idea what to expect from the first look shown below.

According to Yeezy Mafia, both the “Marsh” and “Sulfur” Yeezy Boost 350 V2s come equipped with a “sandstone-yellow” primeknit, which looks a lot like the aforementioned “Flax” and Linen” color schemes. The “Marsh” style features a matching yellow midsole, a brown sockliner and a grey outsole, while the “Sulfur” colorway opts for a gum outsole beneath the yellow midsole.

Both kicks are also highlighted by the familiar semi-translucent stripe that streaks across the knit upper. The “Marsh” colorway lacks the pull tab on the heel, but other than that it appears as though these sneakers are very similar in style.

A release date has not yet been announced by rumors suggest the kicks will be launching in the Spring. Stay tuned for more images and click here to preview the upcoming “Tailgate” colorway.