Drake, Lizzo, A Tribe Called Quest, Mac Miller & More Flourish On Obama’s 2019 Summer Playlist

Former president Barack Obama is back with his annual summer playlist and this year is just as diverse as ever. Obama tweeted out a screenshot of the 44-track sonic adventure on Saturday morning (August 24).

“With summer winding down, here’s a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, some fast, some slow. Hope you enjoy.”

From Drake’s “Too Good” collaboration with Rihanna and The Spinners classic “I’ll Be Around” to Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino and Oumou Sangaré’s “MOOD 4 EVA”and Lizzo’s “Juice,” Obama’s tastes are all over the place.

Obama, who’s always been outspoken about his love for Hip Hop, also included Lauryn Hill’s classic “Doo-Wop (That Thing),” SZA’s “Go Gina,” Mac Miller and Anderson .Paak’s “Dang” and — yep! — Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’ massive hit, “Old Town Road (Remix).” 

And for those Hip Hop purists, A Tribe Called Quest’s “Can I Kick It?” and Erick Sermon’s “Music” featuring Marvin Gaye is on the list as well.

Check it out above (obviously).

Jackboy Released From Jail, Says Police Boasted "We Got Kodak, You Next" During Arrest

In the direct aftermath his arrest, Jackboy’s reps attempted to pitch a proper narrative social media, before recanting on the post some hours later. The Sniper Gang affiliate was arrested on Thursday for allegedly tampering with evidence and holding a controlled substance on his person (marijuana). He was also booked for a parole violation and other vehicle-related fenses, charges he and his team have openly discredited, up to this minute.

Jackboy lept on Instagram Live this morning to fer his followers a little context into his arrest since they’d left the field void since pulling their written statement. According to Jackboy, the ficers who booked him insinuated that he and Kodak Black were walking targets, whose arrests were mandated TOGETHER.

“You know what they said when they pulled me over? They said, ‘We got Kodak, you next,'” Jackboy says in the below video. “I said this shit crazy. I was like, ‘Look, man. I don’t know what y’all got against Sniper Gang, but we not beefing. Y’all the police, we not beefing…Stop doing this. We not beefing, bruh.'” 

Before providing his IG audience with the anecdotal rundown, Jackboy declared himself free and totally unencumbered by the law. “Fresh out jail,” he proclaimed. “I’m gleeful. I’m back. I’m talking ’bout expeditiously.” 

A$AP Ferg & Chance The Rapper Freestyle Over Classics By OutKast & Jay-Z: Watch

Having both completed full-length projects in recent weeks, A$AP Ferg and Chance The Rapper were in rare form when the opportunity arose for them to flex their chops on Sway in the Morning. As the narrative went, Ferg was in the studio recording with Sway when Chance The Rapper and his entourage entered the establishment for reasons unknown.

Right away, Ferg had the bright idea putting Chance to work, in a two-person freestyle session with an episodic storytelling arc. “We got the richest n—as in Chicago in here right now,” Ferg said upon seeing Chance in the building. He then suggested they do the aforementioned freestyle, to which Chance The Rapper responded. “I’m so ready for that, let’s do it.”

Chance and Ferg’s interplay went as well as one would expect, with the Harlemite repping everything from his father D-Ferg to veteran battle rapper Murda Mook, himself a product Harlem, NY.

“That was before you was listening to gospel music,” Ferg rapped, hoping to incite his partner into a lyrical rapture . “And that was when you used to be rockin’ to it, on the tour bus.”
“I’m married now/Don’t get carried now, don’t get carried away,” Chance interjected in full-swing. “I got the ring, shout out to my bae.”

Check out both freestyle rounds in the above video, as well as Ferg’s dolo interview with Sway – before Chance The Rapper entered the frame. Listen to Floor Seats here.

Gervonta Davis & Ariana Fletcher’s Breakup Gets Messy On Social Media

The on-again-f-again relationship between boxing champ Gervonta Davis and girlfriend Ariana Fletcher is unraveling on social media. Ariana, who shares a son with ex-boyfriend G Herbo, hasn’t been shy displaying her relationship with Gervonta to the world. Both parties have shared videos and photos their intimate moments, however, when things go south, the arguments are a social media soap opera.

On Friday, it was clear that things weren’t going well between the two when Ariana asked for photos herself with the boxing star be taken fline. “Can any pages that have any pictures me and gervonta remove everything please,” she wrote on Instagram. “Anything that has my name attached to his please remove me from it. He was a mistake.”

Gervonta Davis & Ariana Fletcher's Breakup Gets Messy On Social Media
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She wasn’t finished airing out her dirty laundry as she suggested Gervonta asked for the gifts he once gave her. “Everything the n*gga took back I text my stylist to pull again to go buy myself. I ain’t f*cked up about it, never been. Word to my son.” People online told her to keep her business to herself, but she wasn’t trying to listen. “Don’t tell me what to say on my sh*t when a n*gga get on this b*tch every other week playing with me on this sh*t and I don’t say sh*t,” she wrote. “I let him have this sh*t but now MFs out they body.”

Ariana then made a suggestion her own, stating that she would earn the title being petty if she asked Gervonta to pay her back bond money and lawyer fees that may be in connection with the boxer’s recent arrest. She also hinted that she and Gervonta got into an argument at four o’ clock in the morning and things got intense. The mother Gervonta’s child, Dretta, jumped into subliminally tweet a little shade to Ari, and that turned into a social media tit-for-tat that resulted in Dretta’s Twitter account being suspended. Young love.

Cardi B’s “Muscle” Arrested By Feds For Selling Crack

New York, NY – A man who allegedly helped Cardi B deliver a strip club beatdown last year has been arrested. According to Page Six, alleged Brooklyn gangbanger Jefferey Bush was taken into custody on Thursday (August 22) for selling more than $12,000 worth of crack.

Authorities reportedly raided his house on Thursday morning and discovered a bag “believed to be crack,” pills, weed, a scale and nearly $15,000 in cash.

Bush pleaded not guilty at an arraignment in Brooklyn federal court later that day and is currently being held without bail. Prosecutors insist his connection to the Grammy Award-winning rapper makes him a “flight risk.”

“Based on the defendant’s profit from just the crack sales … as well as the celebrity connection with [Cardi B], he has myriad means at his disposal to enable his flight,” a detention memo states.

Prosecutors explained in court documents that Bush is a known member of the 5-9 Brims Bloods street gang. He stands accused of slinging a total of 280 grams of crack in Williamsburg at least six times between February and April.

Last August, Bush was with Cardi and her entourage at Angels Strip Club in Queens when they allegedly hurled bottles of champagne at two female bartenders and slammed one of their heads into the bar. Cardi believed one of the women had slept with her husband Offset.

In June, Cardi pleaded not guilty to assault charges stemming from the 2018 brawl.

Cardi is facing 12 charges, including two counts of felony attempted assault with intent to cause serious physical injury. Other charges include misdemeanor reckless endangerment, assault, criminal solicitation, conspiracy and harassment. If convicted, she could face up to four years in prison.

Bush, on the other hand, is expected back in court on September 10.

Nike Kobe 4 “Birthday Pack” Collab Releasing Today: Details

Nike and Undefeated are celebrating Kobe Bryant’s 41st birthday today with a special edition “Birthday Pack” sneaker collection, featuring four different Kobe 4 Protros.

According to Sneaker News, the four-pack Kobe 4s will first be available as a complete set  Undefeated.com starting at 2pm ET today, August 23. It is believed the sneakers, priced at $180 each, will also be available Nike.com on Saturday morning in honor Mamba Day. As you’d expect, these sneakers are going to sell out instantly so make sure you’ve got all your phones, tablets, laptops etc. ready to rock at 2pm ET today.

The four kicks are inspired by Team Kobe members Giannis Antetokounmpo, Devin Booker, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Kuzma. All  the Kobe 4s feature a patent leather construction with “8” and “24” branding on the heels as a nod to Kobe’s uniform numbers.

Continue scrolling for a closer look at each colorway.

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Wendy Williams Cancels 4 More Tour Stops; Atlanta Stadium Issues Statement

Wendy Williams For the Record…Umm Hmm! tour has completely tanked since she’s now cancelled four tour stops. She first rescheduled some shows at the top the month and was seen partying until early hours in the morning instead. Two weeks later her New Jersey tour stops were cancelled due to “conflicting schedules” and now another set shows in Atlanta are f the docket. 

Wendy Williams Cancels 4 More Tour Stops; Atlanta Stadium Issues Statement
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Page Six reports that both Atlanta shows were set to take place at the city’s Symphony Hall on September 6th and 7th. The venue has provided a statement on their reason for the cancellation detailing how the “purpose the tour has been sidelined” by the numerous headlines. 

“We always want to be able to give the fans the best show ever. With that said, the same excitement, intensity and headlines that fueled Wendy Williams and Friends presents For The Record Umm Hmmm Comedy Tour has also fueled the cancellation the scheduled show,” the statement reads. “Unfortunately, the goal and purpose the tour has been sidelined by the headlines. The show may be canceled, but Wendy’s commitment and love for all the fans that support her and continue to support her never will. It is our utmost goal to return to the marketplace in the future. Ticket holders can receive refunds at the point purchase.”

We can only hope Wendy picks things up and her shows start bringing in the crowds she’s used to so no more cancellations are announced. 

Taylor Swift Confirms Her Intentions to Re-Record Albums 1-5

Taylor Swift is about to make life very complicated for music industry heavyweights Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta.

Earlier today (August 22nd), Taylor Swift confirmed during an interview with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” that she intends to re-record her first 5 albums so that she can gain control over the songs’ master recordings.
This follows earlier comments on “CBS Sunday Morning” indicating that re-recordings were happening.

During the “Good Morning America” interview, Swift indicated that her contract allows her to re-record the 5 albums beginning in November of next year, and this is when she plans to start the process.  She further indicated that she’s pumped up about the effort — and damn serious about doing it.

The re-recordings would likely flood platforms like Apple Music and Spotify, resulting in duplicate versions and lots of confusion.   The move, if successful, is almost guaranteed to diminish the value of the original catalog, and could spark legal warfare over Swift’s right to re-record.

Swift went on to say that she will be re-recording the music because she feels that music artists should have the right to their own music, which is currently not the case with her previous records.

Those recordings now belong to music manager Scooter Braun, whose Ithaca Holdings bought the rights to Swift’s recordings this past summer through the purchase of Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group. Ithaca Holdings reportedly paid $300 million for the purchase, with a large percentage of that price predicated on the long-term value of Swift’s intellectual property.

In reaction to the deal, Swift fumed at Braun in a Tumblr post, calling the deal her “worst-case scenario.” She also accused Braun of having previously bullied her through the actions of Justin Bieber and Kanye West, who are clients of Braun.

Swift will not have to worry about the ownership of her 7th album, which is called Lover and which will be released on August 23rd, as she told Roberts that she will have full control over its master recordings.

This news generated a burst of applause from Swift’s fans, who were watching the interview live in New York’s Central Park.

Taylor Swift is one of the biggest-selling music artists of all time. During her career, she has sold 150 million singles and 50 million albums. She has also won 10 Grammy Awards and numerous other awards and accolades, including being named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world on multiple occasions.

No response yet from Braun, Ithaca Holdings, or Scott Borchetta.

Schoolly D & Ice-T Are Finally Hopping On A Track Together

Ice-T notoriously gives credit to Schoolly D for masterminding gangsta rap anytime he’s asked about his introduction to the culture.

The Body Count frontman’s 1987 classic “6 In The Morning” was directly inspired by Schoolly D’s “P.S.K.” track, which he’d released two years prior.

During a recent interview with the Murder Master Music Show, Schoolly D talked about what that moment was like when he realized he’d invented a whole new genre of Hip Hop.

“After close to 40 years, when you said I created my own genre or sub-genre, I was like ‘Holy fuckin’ shit I did, didn’t I?’” he said. “I filled my own hole. It was conscious, but it wasn’t conscious. Just now,  you saying that, I realized how big it was.

“For somebody to realize that for themselves … they can fill a hole, but it wasn’t directed. It was like, this is who I am and the hole was filled. The hole existed and it needed me. It needed Ice-T. It needed Chuck D. It needed the Beastie Boys, but we didn’t know that. We were just being ourselves and the hole was filled.”

Schoolly D also reveals he’s sitting on a long-awaited collaboration with Ice-T called the “The Real Hardcore” featuring Public Enemy’s Chuck D and Slipknot’s Sid Wilson.

“I had the track done and Ice-T said, ‘Send it to me and I will see if I can do something’ and later on that night, he sent back the lyrics and this muthafucka was stankin,” he explains. “When he sent me the lyrics, it was definitely magic and hard work. Then Chuck D heard that we did the song together. He called me and was like, Dude, what the fuck? I wanna be on the album.’

“When Chuck sent the introduction, it just became magic. It’s us talkin’ but us not talkin’ about the music made the music so much better. We needed to do something special. We wanted people to be like, ‘Goddamn that was worth 30 years to wait for! I’m happy that it happened.”

Pre-order the single here. 

YFN Lucci & Trey Songz Host A1 Pool Party In "All Night Long" Video

As summer comes to an undesirable end, YFN Lucci and Trey Songz reveal the steamy visual for smash hit “All Night Long” from Lucci’s most recent project 650Luc: Gangsta Grillz. Produced by Hitmaka, who also makes a cameo in the video, the three enjoy oceanic views from a mansion pool-party.

Following a speculated public breakup with singer/actress Reginae Carter, YFN Lucci can be seen in the video doing the minimum as Trey Songz gets handsy with his subject. Lucci wines and dines a love interest with breakfast in the morning, followed by a brand new Mercedes Benz.

Meanwhile, beautiful models occupy the pool wearing the bare minimum, as the rest enjoy the company of Trigga and Lucci two-stepping to the sounds of “All Night Long” overlooking the sunset.

YFN Lucci is set out to tour starting September in Mobile, Alabama and concluding in Atlanta, Georgia.

Watch the full video for “All Night Long” above.

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.  

Taylor Swift Is Re-Recording All of Her Old Albums — Just to Make Scooter Braun's Life Miserable

Taylor Swift didn’t appreciate it when her old masters were sold to the highest bidder.  Now, she’s doing something about it.

After Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) sold to Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings , Taylor Swift emerged as one pissed-off critic.  The reason, of course, is that Big Machine held the rights to all of Swift’s lucrative masters, and the singer had zero say on their sale.

It didn’t help that Swift bears extreme personal hatred for Braun — not to mention similar bad feelings towards Big Machine topper Scott Borchetta. Describing the sale to Braun as ‘my worst-case scenario,’ Swift also blasted Borchetta for striking the deal behind her back — without giving her an opportunity to wrest back control of her prized master recordings.

Now, Taylor Swift has collected her wits and devised a crafty revenge plan.  And it just might make Braun’s life miserable.

Earlier this morning, Swift dropped the bombshell. Instead of bitching about the deal gone sour, Swift is doing something about it — that is, create brand-new versions of songs from her six original studio albums.

In an interview clip shared with Digital Music News, Swift was asked by CBS Sunday Morning’s Tracy Smith whether she was planning to re-record.  In response, Swift assertively responded, “Oh yeah,” before affirming that she was “absolutely” heading back to the studio.

The interview is officially airing on — you guessed it — Sunday morning on CBS.

In terms of timing, Swift now has a little extra time to re-record.  On Friday, Swift is releasing her seventh studio album, Lover, her Republic/UMG deal.

This isn’t the first time the idea has popped up.

In fact, Digital Music News was one of several publications to raise the possibility.  After all, if Swift — or any artist — can technically record a cover of any published work, including her own.  The only issue is that most recording contracts have provisions prohibiting exactly this type of re-recording, for obvious reasons.

The clause is designed to prevent product confusion and block ‘revenge recordings’ by artists who are exactly in the emotional state that Swift finds herself.  If Swift were to start re-recording and re-releasing her classics, streaming platforms like Spotify could quickly get flooded with duplicate copies, diluting Big Machine’s original investment.

So it might be legally impossible — though not sure little things like ‘the law’ can hold back the fury of Taylor Swift.

More as this develops.

 

 

BTS Agency Big Hit Entertainment Posts Insane First Half Revenues

The first half of 2019 was very good to Big Hit Entertainment, the South Korean company that manages BTS.

Earlier today (August 21st) the company announced record revenues at its ‘Big Hit Corporate Briefing With the Community’ event, which was held in Seoul.

For the first six months of the year, the company had revenues of more than $166 million, which is only $12 million shy of the revenue they generated for the entire year in 2018. They also posted an operating profit of $33 million, which compares favorably to a full-year profit of $53 million in 2018.

Bang Si-Hyuk, who is the CEO of Big Hit Entertainment, said at the event that the company is trying to create value in the music industry while expanding it.  Obviously upbeat on the earnings, Si-Hyuk also waxed about improving the lives of both those who work for the company and those who work in the music industry in general.

At the event, the company also announced various BTS-related news.

First, the company is planning the production of a BTS-themed drama in cooperation with a yet unnamed but successful production company. They also announced the development of a new BTS-themed video game, which will be developed in cooperation with a company called Netmarble.

This is part of a broader foray into gaming.  Just a few days ago, the company announced that they had acquired a Seoul-based music game company called Superb.

Big Hit Entertainment, which was founded in 2005, made news back in June when the Hyundai Research Institute estimated that the privately held company was worth more than $1 billion.  Yes, this means Big Hit is considered a unicorn by investors — as long as BTS stays healthy and functional (always a concern with boy bands).

As for BTS themselves, things could not be any better.  The famed boy band just completed a hugely successful international tour, which included an appearance on “Good Morning America” and strong concert revenues.  While the band is currently on hiatus, they are expected to be back in action sometime this fall.

Young Thug On His Sexuality: "I’m The Straightest Man In The World"

With the release his new album, Young Thug has been on everybody’s mind this week. The Atlanta-raised rapper is running significantly more press than usual, promoting So Much Fun and even announcing a new body work during his sit-down with The Fader. As we wait to hear more about Punk and when it’s scheduled to arrive, Thugger was a guest on Big Boy Radio this morning where he spoke his mind about all sorts things. He touched on some the major talking points in his career, including his relationship with Lil Wayne, and even cleared up rumors about his sexuality.

Although he’s been romantically linked to Jerrika Karlae for years, Young Thug has been plagued with rumors about his sexual preferences for just as long. Because how eccentric he is, Thug’s mannerisms are considered to be flamboyant by some, especially when he takes things to new levels by wearing a dress on his cover art. The recording artist has already addressed his sexuality in the past, telling media that he is heterosexual, but he felt the need to reassert himself again today.

“People judge me and people say I’m gay but it’s like, at one point, I probably had more hoes… you know what I’m saying? It’s serious,” he said. “So if people think that I’m gay, they already misjudged me. I’m the straightest man in the world. I hate guys, like what? Fuck you talking about? I’m not even having no threesomes with a guy.]”

At this point, Jeffery probably doesn’t even need to address his sexuality in a public forum. He’s made it abundantly clear that he’s into women so can we all just take his word for it?

Young Thug On Why He Thinks Lil Wayne Doesn’t Like Him: "He’s Just So Spoiled"

Young Thug’s debut album is finally out and for the first time in his career, it feels like the extravagant Atlanta rapper is being celebrated by a mainstream audience. With features from Gunna, Lil Keed, Future, J. Cole, Travis Scott, and many more, So Much Fun is on pace to become Thugger’s first-ever project to debut at the top spot on the Billboard 200 with some projections noting that it could move approximately 150K album units. Considering the fact that all Thug’s previous releases have had underwhelming first week sales, this is an amazing sign for the Slime God. This morning, he was a guest on Big Boy’s Neighborhood, speaking with the famed radio host about SMF and even touching on his idol Lil Wayne, about which he revealed some shocking news.

Young Thug On Why He Thinks Lil Wayne Doesn't Like Him: "He's Just So Spoiled"
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Given his suspect role in the 2015 shooting Lil Wayne’s tour bus, the history between Thug and Weezy is a little rocky. However, they appear to have not patched anything over because when Wayne was brought up in the conversation with Big Boy, Jeffery fered a genuine response. “I don’t think that n***a like me,” laughed Thug when he was asked about his current relationship with Tunechi. “He don’t like me. I think it’s because he just been with Birdman his whole life and he’s just so spoiled to the point where it’s like… he’s really spoiled. He’s been a millionaire, he’s been a superstar since he was nine years old. So he don’t know nothing but his way. The reason why he dislikes me] probably has nothing in the world to do with me.”

There doesn’t appear to be any beef bubbling between the two — Thugger did laugh during his response — but it might be beneficial for these two to pick up the phone and hash things out.