Lil Uzi Vert, Jeezy & Missy Elliott Conquer This Week’s "FIRE EMOJI" Playlist

This week’s edition the FIRE EMOJI playlist begins on a subtler note than last. The new entrants represent a wide field interests, beginning with Missy Elliott‘s submission  “Throw It Back” in a year where she’s been on the receiving end the greatest plaudits imaginable for musicians in North America, whether it’s through her enshrinement in the Songwriter’s Hall Fame, or simply the way she’s bandied about in conversation. Adding her to your barbershop Top 50 is a good place to start; kudos to her for turning back the clock in the week that was Sunday the 18th through Saturday the 24th August.

This notion second or third chances remained consistent throughout the week. Yo Gotti, himself a veteran type by most people’s standards, kept his rep going strong by mixing with the new generation- “Pose” his collaboration with Lil Uzi Vert earning him a spot above other deserving candidates. Elsewhere, Jeezy and Rick Ross figure in the conversation as well, f the strength “’06” – as did Moneybagg Yo, Wiz Khalifa, Peewee Longway, Tyga, Brockhampton, Lizzo and DaBaby for an ensemble cast like no other in recent memory. Enjoy your listening and be sure to follow all HNHH Spotify playlists below


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Ariana Grande’s Lawsuit Over "God Is A Woman" Has Been Dropped

As reported back in February, Ariana Grande has been facing a lawsuit over her “God is a Woman” music video for many months now. Finally, that suit has been dropped. According to The Blast, Las Vegas-based artist, Vladimir Kush and his company Kush Fine Arts Las Vegas filed a notice voluntary dismissal, effecting ending his suit against the pop-star. 

The notice reads, “Plaintiffs VLADIMIR KUSH and KUSH FINE ARTS LAS VEGAS, INC. hereby give notice that the above-captioned action is voluntarily dismissed against all Defendants, with prejudice, as the parties have reached a resolution.”

Originally, the fense stemmed from a shot soon after the one-minute mark in her music video. A woman appears inside a fire atop a candle in the sky. Kush believes this idea was stolen from a painting he finished twenty-years-ago. The piece was apparently copyrighted in 1999 and 2000. The amount for which he was suing is unspecified. Alongside Grande, Universal Music Group, the video’s director, producer, and production company were all listed in the suit. 

The case, as well as all charges that have been filed against the aforementioned parties, will be dismissed. Check out the music video for Ariana Grande’s “God is a Woman” below.

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).

Nipsey Hussle’s Family Launches Neighborhood Nip Foundation

In the wake of Nipsey Hussle’s death, the rapper’s family has launched the Neighborhood Nip Foundation.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the foundation will continue Nipsey’s efforts in his community, including creating opportunities for young people who are hoping to break into music.

It was inspired by Nipsey’s own involvement in the Watts Towers program, which gave the then-teenager access to a recording studio for free.

“We used to talk a lot about [what the Watts Towers program] meant to him. A push, a little help can go a long way, and that’s what this foundation will 100% be about,” said Hussle’s brother, Samiel Asghedom. “The foundation will be aligned with everything Nip believed in and what helped him.”

Nipsey Hussle's Family Launches Neighborhood Nip Foundation

Atlantic Records, who partnered with the rapper’s All Money In imprint to release his debut album Victory Lap last year, has already made a six-figure donation.

“They wanted to be the first to donate,” said Asghedom. “It’s important we let people know that.”

Atlantic Records chairman and CEO Craig Kallman and chairman and COO Julie Greenwald said, “Nipsey will be forever missed, but his courageous, generous spirit lives on in his incredible music and the impact he made on the community. Nip’s love for the generation coming up behind him is a big part of what’s inspiring this foundation, and we’re proud to celebrate his life by supporting his legacy.”

Before his death, Nipsey was working with PUMA on a collaborative collection with his Marathon Clothing brand. The collection will be released Sept. 5, with 100% of net proceeds going to the Neighborhood Nip Foundation.

“Nipsey always put his community first and we know he wouldn’t want it any other way,” said PUMA in a statement. “He was a visionary who believed in the power of optimism, inspiration and action and The Neighborhood Nip Foundation will continue his legacy as a champion of the people.”

Hasbro Toys Now Owns Death Row Records

Death Row Records has reportedly been acquired by the Hasbro toy company, the same entity responsible for several classic toys such as Mr. Potato Head, My Little Pony and G.I. Joe.

According to Rolling Stone, Hasbro announced on Thursday (August 22) they had purchased Entertainment One, a multimedia company that owns the children’s franchises Peppa Pig and PJ Masks.

eOne also has a music division, which just happens to be one of the largest independent labels in the industry. During this year’s first quarter, the company took in $30 million worth of revenue.

“Hasbro will leverage eOne’s immersive entertainment capabilities to bring our portfolio of brands that have appeal to gamers, fans and families to all screens globally and realize full franchise economics across our blueprint strategy for shareholders,” CEO Brian Goldner told Deadline. “We are excited to welcome eOne’s talented employees from around the world into the Hasbro family.”

eOne has owned Death Row’s catalog for several years. The company spent roughly $280 million to buy it in 2013, seven years after the legendary Hip Hop label was forced to declare bankruptcy.

Toys Against The World?

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.

Apple Music Tries to Kill Stale Playlists With 'New Music Daily'

Apple Music has launched a new human-curated playlist that updates on the daily.

The new playlist is called New Music Daily, and it aims to provide a look at the newest tracks in music. The debut lead single for the playlist is Taylor Swift’s “The Man,” from her brand-new album, Lover.

Apple will likely use the new playlist as a way to promote lead artists on a rolling basis.

The long-time playlist Best of the Week will cease to be now that New Music Daily is here. The old playlist was updated once a week on Friday. The new list will be updated daily with “new music you can’t miss from across the world and genres.”

The result is a more dynamic mix of tunes that will refresh daily. You can add the playlist to your library for automatic updates as the list changes. Apple Music currently offers a 3-month free trial if you don’t use the service, with Spotify recently matching the generous 90-day term.

But Apple is still far behind Spotify in terms of subscribers, and playlists offer one way to catch up. New Apple Music playlists like Rap Life and ALT CTRL have launched to compete with Spotify’s branded playlists. A big part of Spotify’s success can be attributed to the popularity of its playlists .
But playlists are only one theater in this war. The two streaming giants have duked it out in the past with and . Both services offer a bevy of exclusive music content and podcasts to entice users, though major labels like UMG have put the kibosh on restrictive exclusives.

Apple recently debuted a that features the most searched for songs using the Shazam service. Count that as another unique playlist that sets Apple Music apart from other services.

Despite a proliferation of smart tastemaking algorithms, many listeners prefer the human-curated touch of a playlist, which is supposed to be an intensely personal thing. Even Apple has taken shots at Spotify for its algorithm-driven playlist selection, though it .

Despite Getting Broiled, Scooter Braun Offers High Praise For Taylor Swift

Despite the bad blood between Scooter Braun and Taylor Swift — or perhaps because of it — Braun congratulated the singer on her latest album.

Braun made headlines after purchasing Big Machine Label Group, which stores the ultra-valuable recording catalog of Taylor Swift.   The deal was rumored to be worth $300 million and was orchestrated through Braun’s company, Ithaca Holdings, a move that enraged Swift.

In the moments after the deal, we quickly learned that Taylor Swift absolutely hates Scooter Braun.  Suddenly, Braun became Swift’s next ex-boyfriend, or some variation thereof, always an unenble role.

Swift took to Tumblr back in July to air her grievances about the deal, lamenting about the raw deal that took place.  “Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it,” she wrote.

Now, Braun is taking the high road by praising Swift’s recent album campaign on Twitter.

Regardless of what has been said the truth is you don’t make big bets unless you are a believer and always have been. Brilliant album with #Lover,” he wrote. “Congrats @taylorswift13. Supporting was always the healthier option.”

Despite Getting Broiled, Scooter Braun Offers High Praise For Taylor Swift

Lover is Swift’s seventh studio album and one that she owns exclusively. Now, Swift has confirmed her plans to re-record and re-release all of her earlier albums to regain her IP.

At first, a move to re-record seemed out of the realm of possibility.  But apparently Swift’s contract states that from November 2020 she can start .  Accordingly, Swift will re-record her first five albums to help take some of the wind out of .

Swift has been extremely vocal about the treatment she received from Big Machine founder and Braun. Now, the re-recording option offers a nice, high-profile game of payback, with Braun himself standing to lose hundreds of millions in long-term equity as Swift dilutes her catalog with duplicates.

The specter of earlier and later versions sitting side-by-side on platforms like Spotify — with Swift urging her fans to listen to the latter — is a nightmare scenario for Braun and his investors. Whether litigation is the next step is uncertain, though Braun and Ithaca may also attempt to cancel the deal with Big Machine given the prospect of extreme asset devaluation.

Swift is one of the best-selling artists of all time.

During her career, she has sold over 150 million singles and 50 million albums. She has 10 Grammy Awards under her belt, with countless other accolades. Time Magazine has named her one of the most influential people of the year on multiple occasions.

Most recently, Swift has advocated for and has begun voicing her political opinions after years of shying away from it.  Any way you look at it, Swift wields a lot of power — including the power to drastically complicate life for Scooter Braun.

Netflix’s September Additions: "Superbad," "Lord Of The Rings," & More

As the month August winds down, another helping binge-worthy Netflix content approaches. The month September looks to be a streaming friendly one with an ample number shows and movies scheduled to hit your computer screens, TVs, tablets, and phones. The list covers classic comedies, action movies as well as new seasons our favorite shows. 

Perhaps, most noteworthy is the addition both The Lord the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord the Rings: The Return the King. While The Fellowship the Ring appears to be absent, fans will definitely want to revisit this series. The books, written by J. R. R. Tolkien, were a major inspiration for George R.R. Martin’s A Song Ice and Fire (Game Thrones).

There are a handful classic comedies coming up as well. The timeless, Superbad, starring Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, and Seth Rogen will be ready to stream September 1st, as well as Adam Sandler’s, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. You can check out the full line-up below.

September 1

68 Kill

American Psycho (2000)
Dante’s Peak
For the Birds
Loo Loo Kids: Johny & Friends Musical Adventures: Season 1
Marvel’s Agents S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 6
Moving Art: Season 3
My Sister’s Keeper
Mystic River
Olmo & the Seagull
Open Season
Rebel in the Rye
Scream: Season 3
Serial Killer with Piers Morgan: Season 1
Spookley the Square Pumpkin
The Lake House
The Last Exorcism
The Lord the Rings: The Return the King
The Lord the Rings: The Two Towers
The Saint
The Taking Pelham 123
The Walking Dead: Season 9
Uncle Naji in UAE
You Don’t Mess with the Zohan

September 4

The World We Make

September 6

Archibald’s Next Big Thing — NETFLIX FAMILY
Article 15
Elite: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Hip-Hop Evolution: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

September 9

Norm the North: King Sized Adventure
September 10
Bill Burr: Paper Tiger — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Eat Pray Love
Shameless (U.S.): Shameless: Season 9

September 12

The Mind, Explained — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

September 13

The Chef Show: Volume 2— NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Head Count

Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
I’m Sorry: Season 2
Kabaneri the Iron Fortress: The Battle Unato — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Ranch: Part 7 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

September 14

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

September 15

Los Tigres del Norte at Folsom Prison — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Steal a Pencil for Me

Surviving R. Kelly: Season 1

September 17

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack Our Lives
The Last Kids on Earth — NETFLIX FAMILY

September 18

Come and Find Me

September 19


September 20

Between Two Ferns: The Movie — NETFLIX FILM

Daddy Issues
Disenchantment: Part 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Fastest Car: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates — NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY
Las del hockey — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

September 21

Sarah’s Key

September 23


September 24

American Horror Story: Apocalypse
Jeff Dunham: Beside Himself — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

September 25

Abstract: The Art Design: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Glitch: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

September 26

Explained: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Grandmaster

September 27

Dragons: Rescue Riders — NETFLIX FAMILY

El marginal: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In the Shadow the Moon — NETFLIX FILM
Locked Up: Season 4
Sturgill Simpson Presents Sound & Fury — NETFLIX ANIME
Vis a vis: Season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

September 30

Gotham: Season 5
Mo Gilligan: Momentum — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

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Juice WRLD Fans Express Disappointment After He Doesn’t Show Up To Festival

It was almost a year ago when the Reading & Leeds Festival announced their 2019 line up. The two-day event planned to host artist like Post Malone, Billie Eilish, Stefflon Don, Foo Fighters, DaBaby, Yungblud, and Chicago’s very own Juice WRLD. United Kingdom fans couldn’t wait to purchase their tickets and see their favorite artists take to the stages, however, the hoards people waiting on Juice WRLD were left with disappointment.

According to NME, the 20-year-old artist was all set to begin his performance at 4:10 p.m. There was a DJ hyping up the massive crowd that was gathering together awaiting Juice WRLD to take to the stage, however, just five minutes later host Huw Stephens instead grabbed the mic and delivered a message. “We have an important announcement to make and we’re afraid it’s bad news,” he said. “Juice WRLD will not be able to perform today due to a flight issue.”

Before leaving the area, fans reportedly let their frustrations be known by booing the stage and storming social media with criticisms. Fans also shared that Lil Uzi Vert was supposed to perform as well, but he, also, backed out at the last minute. However, his name isn’t listed on the festival’s website.

Kodak Black’s Associate Jackboy Arrested After Trying To Swallow Marijuana: Report

If you’ve kept up with Kodak Black, then you should be familiar with Jackboy. He’s a 21-year-old aspiring rapper who is signed to Kodak’s label Sniper Gang, and while the “Expeditiously” artist has been behind bars, Jackboy has attempted to pick up where Kodak left f. However, TMZ reports that Jackboy was arrested in Florida on Thursday after a routine traffic stop went left.

The outlet states that ficers pulled over Jackboy because his BMW’s tinted windows. When they were speaking to him, police claim that the vehicle had a heavy odor marijuana and one ficer observed the young rapper chewing on a strange substance. Jackboy was told to get out  the car and to open his mouth, and it was then that he was reportedly found to be attempting to swallow marijuana. He was taken into custody and charged with possession marijuana and tampering with physical evidence.

According to XXL, Jackboy’s representatives pulled a post-and-delete move when they used the rapper’s account to explain what happened. “Before The Blogs Give ‘They Version’ For Clout! On His Way To Bring Football Equipment To The Youth Football Team @ Pompano Chief Park, Unforeseen Situations Took Place,” they reportedly wrote. “No, He Did Not Comment A New Crime! And He Says He Greatly Appreciate Each & Every One Of You & Lay Around For New Music Coming Soon. This Won’t Be Long.”

Common Explains Why He Decided To Never Use Homophobic Lyrics Again

Common is paraded as being a social activist who accepts people regardless their life choices, however, over a decade ago the rapper was called out for his lyrics. He had fans who championed his causes and appreciated his cultured worldview, however, there were some in the LGBTQIA community who didn’t appreciate his choice to use homophobic terms.

On his song “Heidi Hoe” he rapped “Homo’s a no-no, so f*ggots, stay solo” and on “Dooinit” he said, “N*ggas hate you, they ain’t paying you no attention / In a circle f*ggots, your name is mentioned.” In 2007, Common vowed to never again use words that were fensive to the LGBTQIA community, and during a recent interview with Clay Cane on SiriusXM Urban View for The Clay Cane Show, the rapper clarified the events leading up to that decision.

“Two guys who were gay came to me after a show and they said, ‘Common man, we love your music. We love your music. Your music touches us. But the fact that you using the word f*g is like, man, that hurts us,'” he recalled. “It was just like an awakening because it humanized everything that I was saying. I was only using the word ’cause it was part a culture that I grew up in. This is what we said. I didn’t even think about what the word meant and how it was affecting other people.”

Although it was common vocabulary in the culture he was raised in, Common said he had to rise above how others around him were speaking and behaving. “I had to grow into the courage and the strength within self to be like, man, I don’t care what my homies saying. I don’t care what these cats in hip hop saying, this is where I am with it. I’m not homophobic. I embrace people who are gay, who are a Christian, Muslim, Jewish. I’m open to human beings and life. So that being said, that was a real pivotal moment for me and changing my perspective. I went on to do a song called ‘Between Me, You and Liberation,’ actually, I did that song pre-2007. I just created this story how one my friends told me he was gay and how I had to deal with it and grown no matter what I still loved him as my friend and I felt like that was all apart the conversation I had with those gentlemen.”

Young Thug’s "So Much Fun" First Week Sales Revealed

Young Thug‘s been having So Much Fun this week, as you could tell. His latest project marks a new era in Thugger’s career, one where he’s finally embraced by the mainstream following years being a critical darling with a cult following sorts.  After a full week consuming the project, it appears that the rapper has the number one album in the country. According to Hits Daily Double, the rapper’s new album So Much Fun moved 127,508 album-equivalent units in its first week with 5,142 those coming from pure album sales. This falls on the lower end the sales projections for the project. Industry experts estimated that he was going to sell anywhere between 125K-150K. However, this is still a huge milestone in Thugger’s career.

Even though he’s only a week removed from the album’s release, the rapper has already unveiled plans for his next project. Punk is set to arrive before the end 2019 and said that it would be music that would be more a reflection himself in comparison to So Much Fun. So Much Fun is like nothing to be thought about. It’s only for fun purposes. The name the album is directly what it means,” he explained. “The difference from that and Punk is me letting them in on my real life. Me letting them know all the situations I’ve been through. Opening up, letting the fans in, I feel like I never let ‘em.”

Keep your eyes peeled for more information on that. 

Death Row Records Is Now Owned By Toy Company Hasbro

Just in case you thought 2019 couldn’t get any weirder, the toy company Hasbro, who’s responsible for classic toys such as Mr. Potato Head, Monopoly, and more, is now the owners the Death Row catalog. Yes, you read that correctly. The toy company now owns the catalog that consists records from Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Tupac, and many others — records that have sold millions upon millions. It’s strange to think about Hasbro, which is synonymous with childhood innocence, now is in possession one the most gangster labels in the history music.

Now, you might be wondering how this all happened. Per Rolling Stone, Hasbro purchased Entertainment One for $4B. Entertainment One is a general multimedia company that owns some the biggest franchises among children such as Peppa Pig and PJ Masks. However, Entertainment One is also a prominent hip-hop label that’s worked with just about everyone in the industry. A few years ago, in 2013, the music label itself dropped $280M to acquire the Death Row catalog after the label itself went bankrupt in 2006. 

Interestingly enough, it seems like the Hasbro CEO isn’t entirely aware  everything that he acquired with the $4B purchase Entertainment One. “The acquisition eOne adds beloved story-led global family brands that deliver strong operating returns to Hasbro’s portfolio and provides a pipeline new brand creation driven by family-oriented storytelling,” he said.

We wouldn’t necessarily describe Suge Knight as family-oriented, but maybe that’s just us. 

Atlantic Records Makes 6-Figure Donation To Nipsey Hussle Foundation

Los Angeles, CA – Atlantic Records gave a generous gift to the Neighborhood Nip Foundation reportedly in the sum of over six figures. The exact amount of the donation was not disclosed though payment was confirmed through Nipsey Hussle’s business partner and friend, Karen Civil to HipHopDX.

The announcement comes on the eve of his Puma signature shoe release scheduled in September — a deal he had in place before his untimely demise.

The Hip Hop Icon began a partnership with Atlantic Records in 2017 along with his All Money In label when he signed a multi-album deal.

“Nipsey is not only an extraordinary MC, but a true visionary and innovative entrepreneur,” Atlantic CEO Craig Kallman and COO Julie Greenwald said in a joint statement after his signing in 2017.

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They continued, “Over the past seven years, he has built an incredible brand that reflects his independent, non-traditional approach to what it means to be a creative artist in the modern music marketplace. We are thrilled and honored that he has chosen Atlantic as his label home.”

Since the Los Angeles prodigy was murdered in front of his Marathon Clothing Store in March, many fans have paid homage through supporting his clothing business.

The enterprise has amassed over $10 million from then. The physical location is temporarily closed while a Nipsey Hussle Tower is being constructed.