Chance the Rapper Cancels Upcoming North American Tour

Bad news for all the Chance the Rapper fans out there: Chance has ficially canceled the Big Tour. 

Chance explained the decision in a new Instagram post, citing family time and scheduling. He wrote, “Hey guys I’ve decided to cancel the Big Tour. I know it sucks and its been a lot back and forth with reschedules and rerouting, but it’s for the best. I’m gonna take this time to be with family, make some new music and develop my best show to date. I’m deeply sorry to anyone with a ticket who has supported me this past decade by coming to a show and rocking out with me and I feel even worse for anyone who was planning on making this their first Chance concert. Thank you all for an amazing year, and a huge thanks to my team and family for being so strong through this whole year. I promise to come back much stronger and better in 2020 and hope to see some you guys there. I truly love you and God bless.”

The tour was originally scheduled to kick f on February 8th in New York City and give Chance the opportunity to perform 34 shows across North America, promoting his newest album, The Big Day.

No further details have been given at this time.

Meek Mill Has A Message For Anyone Claiming He Switched Up On Them

It’s a common theme in rap music that artists press the continuity their identities before and after the fame. There’s a fear that once the checks clear and commas are added to the bank statements, it might all get to their heads. How do you balance all that praise and success with humility? How do you split your time between chasing the bag and maintaining your oldest relationships? While it may be an easy attack to level at a celebrity that they are too caught up in the fast life to remember their roots, it is likely ten an unfounded claim. You could imagine someone saying this purely out jealousy and resentment, rather than actual abandonment. Well, Meek Mill has a word for all those inclined to play the “you changed” card. 

Meek recently sat down for an hour long conversation with Charlamagne Tha God in the The Bahamas – where he is working on his next project – to discuss everything that has gone down in his life since his Grammy-nominated album, Championships, dropped in November 2018. Meek took a moment to call out the people who have tried to call him out for switching up on them and brought to light a financial dimension the issue. “N****s changed. When I was broke no one used to ask me for money. Now, people ask me for money. They be like, ‘You changed.’ I be like, ‘Nah, you never used to ask me for money, so, technically, you changed.’ I never was the guy people called when somebody die.”

Pusha T clearly thinks Meek hit the nail on the head with his take on the situation because he retweeted the video and wrote, “Meek speaking up for us victims… Keep Meek safe at all costs.” Watch the full conversation with Charlamagne below. 

Lil Uzi Vert Brings "Futsal Shuffle 2020" To The Stage For First Time At Rolling Loud LA

Last Wednesday, Lil Uzi Vert asked his Twitter followers what day Rolling Loud Los Angeles was, so he could make sure to drop his new song, “Futsal Shuffle 2020” in time (as if he didn’t know the festival was merely two days away). On Friday, Uzi delivered on his promise and dropped the song which we’ve been hearing the same snippet for weeks now

Not only did we get a song, but a challenge – a dance challenge, to be precise. “Futsal Shuffle” calls on us to step as furiously and swiftly as we possibly could to its entrancing synths. Uzi first previewed the track – which serves as the lead single f his forthcoming album, Eternal Atake – with an instructional dance video. The Philly rapper took the rapid footwork displayed in that video to the Rolling Loud stage on Saturday night. The crowd cheers him on as he does the dance that’s sweeping the nation. His stomps are accentuated by bursts fire and anime visuals play behind him before the beat reaches its momentous drop. Rolling Loud also shared a clip him giving a lit performance the fan-favourite, “Do What I Want”. 

Since we love Uzi dancing so much, we compiled a complete history all the times he shared his skills with us and brought us joy

Juice WRLD Becomes Most-Streamed Artist In America Following His Death

Juice WRLD’s passing shook the hip-hop community to its core. It was reported that Juice WRLD overdosed after swallowing multiple pills in order to hide them from the police. This has caused many rappers to give up taking pain killers, something that is long overdue in a culture that went from celebrating drug dealers in the 90s to praising drug takers in the last decade. According to Rolling StoneJuice WRLD has become the most streamed artist in America following his passing. 

Juice’s on-demand audio streams inflated 487 percent on Sunday to over 38.2 million in America, nearly 24 million more than any other artist. Songs by Juice WRLD accounted for four the top ren songs across streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.“Lucid Dreams” was the most-streamed song the day, with approximately 4.4 million audio streams, according to data from BuzzAngle Music. “Legends,” which features the self-prophesizing lyrics “What’s the 27 Club? / We ain’t making it past 21,” was fourth with 3.1 million streams. “Robbery” and “All Girls Are the Same” followed at seventh and ninth, respectively. Juice also had the top two albums on the day his passing when combining both digital and physical album sales. His 2018 debut album, Goodbye & Good Riddance, took the top spot with roughly 13,000 units, and 2019’s Death Race For Love followed with nearly 10,300 units.

Gucci Mane Channels East Atlanta Santa While Strolling Through NYC Streets

In 2014, we were introduced to Gucci Mane‘s Christmastime alter-ego, East Atlanta Santa, when he dropped a mixtape titled after it. In 2016, the festive figure resurfaced for The Return East Atlanta Santa. Throughout these holiday seasons, East Atlanta Santa’s existence manifested solely in Gucci’s music. But now, everyone’s favourite trap character has been brought to life. 

Guwop channeled East Atlanta Santa while strolling through the streets New York City this weekend. He wore a Santa hat and a white fur coat with a red shirt underneath. Of course, El Gato, The Human Glacier, also brought the “Brrrr” by rocking an icy chain around his neck. In a video he posted on Instagram, people shout his name and honk their car horns as he swaggers down the sidewalk. Others dressed in Christmas-themed attire are taken aback by how effortlessly Gucci stole their thunder. Children’s jaws dropped the ground as they discovered that East Atlanta Santa is actually real! Gucci’s been all about the positive vibes the past few years (aside from that whole DJ Envy debacle in October), but he really outdid himself by spreading holiday cheer like this. 

East Atlanta Santa remembered to treat himself with a Christmas present too: a diamond-encrusted Richard Mille watch. 

Taylor Swift To Headline Glastonbury 2020

Sunday afternoon, Taylor Swift announced through her Instagram that she will be headlining Glastonbury 2020. 

Alongside a selfie with a flyer for the event, Swift writes, “I’m ecstatic to tell you that I’ll be headlining Glastonbury on its 50th anniversary – See you there! 💋.”

It’s one a select number shows Swift has scheduled for the upcoming year. Currently, she has only four other US shows planned, two in Massachusetts and two in Los Angeles.

Earlier this week, according to Stereogum, Swift accepted the Billboard Woman the Decade award and called out Scooter Braun during her speech. “After I was denied the chance to purchase my music outright, my entire catalog was sold to Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings in a deal that I’m told was funded by the Soros family, 23 Capital, and the Carlyle Group,” she said.

She continued, “the definition the toxic male privilege in this industry is people saying ‘but he’s always been nice to me’ when I’m raising valid concerns about artists and their right to own their music” in reference to Braun. “And course he’s nice to you,” she said. “If you’re in this room, you have something he needs.”

Glastonbury 2020 is scheduled for June 24th through June 28th, 2020.

Tom Petty Heirs Settle Their Multi-Million Dollar Legal War

The widow of Tom Petty and his two daughters from a previous marriage have settled their long-running legal over the late singer’s assets and legacy.

The battle began in May of this year when the two daughters — Adria Petty and Annakim Violette — filed a $5 million lawsuit against Dana Petty. The two claimed that Petty’s widow was attempting to supersede the singer’s intention of giving the three “equal participation” into matters relating to Petty’s estate.

The dispute between the three had a tangible impact on Petty’s fans. It postponed both a posthumous collection of his songs entitled An American Treasure as well as a box set that was to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of Petty’s 1994 album Wildflowers.

While Rolling Stone says that they have seen documents that demonstrate that the three have settled their dispute, it is not clear at the moment as to what exactly this settlement is. What’s more, representatives of both the daughters and Dana Petty have yet to issue a comment in regards to the settlement.

However, the two parties were not so tightly tongued during the dispute.

At this time, Alex Weingarten, who is an attorney representing Petty’s daughters, said, “Tom Petty wanted his music and his legacy to be controlled equally by his daughters, Adria and Annakim, and his wife, Dana. Dana has refused Tom’s express wishes and insisted instead upon misappropriating Tom’s life’s work for her own selfish interests. After countless efforts to resolve this matter amicably and out of court, we could no longer stand idly by and watch Dana disrespect Tom’s wishes, his music and his legacy.”

Adam Streisand, who is Dana Petty’s attorney, answered this by saying, “This misguided and meritless lawsuit sadly demonstrates exactly why Tom Petty designated his wife to be the sole trustee with authority to manage his estate. Dana will not allow destructive nonsense like this to distract her from protecting her husband’s legacy.”

Victor Oladipo Surprises Fans With "Masked Singer" Unveiling: Watch

Victor Oladipo is the midst a recovery from an injury sustained last year while with the Indiana Pacers. In his absence, the Pacers have struggled at times but the promise Oladipo’s return has filled the fanbase with some enthusiasm. Aside from the basketball court, Oladipo has shown interest in being an R&B singer and has shown f some sufficient ability. With this in mind, it shouldn’t be surprising that Oladipo would take part in a televised celebrity-based singing competition like “The Masked Singer.”

For those who don’t know, “The Masked Singer” is a show that sees numerous celebrities don some elaborate costumes and sing a particular song every single week. Oladipo was dressed as a monster called “Thingamajig” and got eliminated in the semi-final round which lead to his unmasking.

“Loved every moment this experience hope y’all enjoyed my gift,” Oladipo said. “Also sorry to everyone I lied to about it lol I had to keep the secret under wraps so please forgive me. BTW!! yes!! I do have more music coming soon!!! So be on the look out!!”

What did you think Oladipo’s time on “The Masked Singer?” Let us know in the comments below if you plan on checking out his music in the near future.

Video Interview: Yelawolf Talks Career Highlights, Working With Eminem & Making L.A. Reid Cry

Yelawolf stopped by the HipHopDX offices in Hollywood for an interview about his nearly 15-year career. During the conversation, he discussed how he needed to leave his hometown in order to truly find his place in Hip Hop.

He described in detail some of his early shows with Rittz, B.o.B. and Big K.R.I.T. At one show in particular, Yelawolf remembers a wild sequence of events happening that included singer Fantasia twerking on stage while he was performing and Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled and music business veteran L.A. Reid watching from the side stage.

“I remember this one show and there was about 1,500 to 2000 kids,” he says. “It was a sold out show. Fantasia from American Idol jumped on stage and started twerking. I had hair down to my waist. Lil Wayne was there, DJ Khaled was there, L.A. Reid was there… The show was just crazy.”

After that performance, Yelawolf was told the labels didn’t know how to proceed with his music.

“After the show, the word I got back was this is dope, but they didn’t know what to do with it,” he said. “They were like, ‘This is cool, but what the fuck is this?’”

Yelawolf details one moment in particular with Reid that helped define his career. Reid had asked Yelawolf to rap in front of his entire office when the two were in talks about a record deal, but he refused.

“The story to me is the most important part … I had already rapped in front of people in their offices before,” he said. “That shit never got me no record deal … It was a Thursday, I was performing the next day, a Friday at a sold out show at the Fillmore, opening up for Raekwon.

“If anybody  in that building or L.A. Reid wanted to see me perform, they could come to that show. I wasn’t about to rap in their office. ‘Are we doing the deal or not? No, we’re not doing the deal? Alright peace.’”

He continued by saying his manager wasn’t as impressed with the decision when they got in the elevator.

Shortly after that moment, Yelawolf wrote what he calls his most “meaningful verse ever” on a Waffle House napkin. The next time he was in Reid’s office, he recited the lyrics he had written after their previous encounter, which made Reid tear up.

Elsewhere in the interview, he provides some exclusive stories about Eminem, Machine Gun Kelly and more.

Watch DX’s full interview with Yelawolf above.

Billboard To Begin Counting YouTube Streams Toward Total Album Sales

According to The New York Times, starting January 3rd, Billboard will begin counting YouTube streams when calculating their album charts. 

YouTube streams will follow the same model as Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, etc with 1,250 clicks from paying users counting as one album sale and 3,750 from non-paying users resulting in the same. User-generated content will not be counted.

Deanna Brown, the president the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group said, “It’s an important part music consumption, and it’s time to recognize that.”

While YouTube is the most popular music streaming platform, according to Midia Research, it also has the lowest payout for content creators. As the Times explains, “Despite YouTube’s vast popularity, ad-supported outlets like it generated $760 million last year, while paid services like Spotify and Apple generated about $4.7 billion, according to the Recording Industry Association America.”

This is now the second major change Billboard has made to how it counts album sales recently. On November 26th, the company announced it would be revamping the way album bundles count towards total sales. They explained the changes in a press release saying, “Moving forward, in order for an album sale to be counted as part a merchandise/album bundle, all the items in the bundle must also be available for purchase concurrently and individually on the same website. In addition, the merchandise item sold on its own will have to be priced lower than the bundle which includes both the merchandise and the album. Further, merchandise bundles can only be sold in an artist’s ficial direct-to-consumer web store and not third-party sites.”

Brad Pitt Says He Spent Most Of The ‘90s Smoking Pot and Hiding Out

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Brad Pitt opened up about turning to marijuana at the height his career to escape the pressures fame. Brad said he was “too uncomfortable” following the massive success his films in the ’90s.

“I spent most the ’90s hiding out and smoking pot,” said Brad Pitt to NYT. “I was too uncomfortable with all the attention.” During that time, Brad was around 25 to 35 years old, and was coming f successes with movies like the Vampire, Seven, and Fight Club to name a few.

Thankfully Brad was able to turn a corner for himself after he recognized what he was doing. “I got to a place where I was aware that I was imprisoning myself,” Brad said on what made him stop. “Now I go out and live life, and generally people are pretty cool,” he added.

In other news, Brad Pitt was spotted attending one Kanye West’s Sunday Service ceremonies in LA a couple months ago and even praised Ye’s new music. “I think he was doing something really special there. It’s a pure celebration life and people. It’s really delightful. It really is”

Juice Wrld Laid To Rest At Private Open-Casket Funeral

Harvey, IL – Friends and relatives of the late Juice Wrld said their farewells during a private open-casket funeral on Friday (December 13). The services took place at the Holy Temple Cathedral Church of God in Harvey, Illinois near his hometown of Chicago.

Juice Wrld’s mother Carmella Wallace penned a loving tribute for the funeral program, which was obtained by TMZ. 

“My dear son Jarad, God trusted me to raise you and I poured all I had into you as the Lord guided me,” Wallace wrote. “We were inseparable and even though you left home early, we were always in each other’s hearts and always had a special bond.”

“We were always overjoyed to see each other, and you still called me ‘mommy’ as you hugged and kiss me when you saw me. Your love was pure and innocent, and your heart was genuine. You truly cared about people and wanted to make the world a better place. I am going to miss you dearly. Rest in peace my dear one; mommy loves you.” 

The program also included multiple black-and-white portraits of the 21-year-old, along with photo collages of Juice Wrld and his loved ones.

Juice Wrld died last Sunday (December 8) at Advocate Christ Medical Center after suffering a seizure at Chicago’s Midway Airport.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office is still working on an official cause of death pending several tests, including cardiac pathology, neuropathology, toxicology and histology. However, the multi-platinum selling artist reportedly ingested several Percocet pills prior to his death.

Juice Wrld’s siblings, Brian, Alyssa and Maya Wallace, remembered their brother fondly in the funeral program as well.

Opening with a Plato quote, they wrote, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, fight to the imagination and life to everything. Jarad, you brought life, light and laughter to everyone you met. We will carry you in our hearts always. We love you.”

Pharrell Announces Lineup For 2020 “Something In The Water” Festival

Pharrell has decided to come through this week and share the star-studded lineup for next year’s “Something in the Water” festival.

Taking place between April 20th and April 26th in Virginia Beach, the 2020 event will feature performances from A$AP Rocky, Post Malone, Tyler, The Creator, Clipse, Chance The Rapper, Playboi Carti, Migos, Usher, Baby Rose, Buddy, Chad Hugo, EARTHGANG, Gunna, H.E.R., Jaden Smith, Lil Tecca, Kali Uchis, Metro Boomin, Migos, Nelly, Pop Smoke, Trey Songz, Wale, 6LACK and many others.

For those interested, tickets and VIP passes go on sale this Saturday, December 14th at 12PM EST at Peep the announcement (below).

In other news, Pharrell recently made news for recalling his time working with Mac Miller. Speaking on Mac, Skateboard P said: ”I just remember him being a fan music and wanting to go deeper and challenge himself. He was really independent in the rap game, but he liked Tribe and all the jazzy shit, and he liked a lot the stuff we did that’s jazz-influenced, rap records that had those kinds colors and chords. And he wanted to know more about it. He wanted people to know that there was way more to him than his indie-rap success.” Read all that and more right here.

N.O.R.E Calls Ja Rule The Game’s Most Misunderstood Rapper

Ever since the early two-thousands, after boldly going up against the Shady/Aftermath/G-Unit empire, Ja Rule has been nursing a damaged reputation. Not just when the scars were about to fully heal, the Fyre Festival occurred. Like that, Ja was a laughing stock in the public eye, even if he was ultimately acquitted any wrongdoing in Billy McFarland’s notorious blunder. For many, it didn’t matter that Ja had dropped hit after hit in his heydey, kicking f his run with Veni Vedi Vici and dominating the charts until 2002’s Pain Is Love. Memory has a funny way shifting over time, and before long, Ja’s music was brushed aside in favor the antics. 

N.O.R.E Calls Ja Rule The Game's Most Misunderstood Rapper

Perhaps its time to re-evaluate the narrative. To unravel the riddle wrapped in the enigma that is Ja. Speaking exclusively with HNHH, legendary rapper and host REVOLT’s Drink Champs N.O.R.E wasted little time in naming Ja Rule as the game’s most misunderstood rapper. “He’s a very funny guy,” said N.O.R.E, in our recent interview with the affable historian. “People just always give Ja Rule a hard time. That’s pretty much it. I think they think he takes himself too serious, and me knowing him personally, he doesn’t. At least on a Drink Champs platform, Ja Rule is misunderstood.”

Of course, he’s quick makes a key distinction. “I don’t know Fyre Festival Ja Rule,” he laughs. “I never met Fyre Festival Ja Rule. I know the other Ja Rule.” For more wisdom from Noreaga, be sure to catch the full interview right here. In the meantime, give an old Ja Rule album a spin. You never know – you might hear something you enjoy. 

Drake Pulls The "Do You Know Who I Am?" Card At Party: Watch

Drake is undeniably one the biggest artists in the world. Being a hit-making machine has earned him an immense amount clout, as evidenced when he got South Carolina producer, JetsonMade, across the Canadian border with some simple phone calls. However, even Aubrey Graham experiences humbling moments every now and then. Remember when he got booed f the Camp Flog Gnaw stage in November? That story came and went so quickly that you may have forgotten and it seems Drake did too because he was caught recently behaving like an almighty man. 

A video the 6 God at a party (or nightclub) shows him flabbergasted by the fact that a security guard wasn’t aware his stature. The security guard first leans in to ask Drake a question. While the question cannot be made out over the booming background music, based on Drake’s meme-worthy facial reaction and him responding, “Myself?”, one could guess that the security guard asked something along the lines “Who are you with?” After a moment the rapper pondering the ludicrousness the situation, he drops the infamous line, “Do you know who I am?” While Drake probably wishes he didn’t have to resort to asking this pompous question, he must’ve been too stunned not to.