DJ Khaled Teases New Drake Collaboration

DJ Khaled and Drake are up to something.

Just a day after he and his wife welcomed their second son, the We the Best mogul got right back to work. He hopped a plane to Toronto to link up with the 6 God at his new 35,000-square-foot Toronto mansion.

“WHEN GREATS CONNECT AND REAL FRIENDS/BROTHERS CONNECT . It’s always GREAT energy !” Khaled wrote on Instagram.

He also shared video of them playing basketball on Drake’s OVO court. “It was a tie,” he said.

During his 24 hours in Toronto, they also managed to find time to hit the studio. “It’s amazing what you can get done in 24 hours. I can’t wait to share these moments and real life Story wit you,” said Khaled before adding “DECADE SECURED” in a subsequent post.

Roc Nation’s Lenny S shared another photo of them in the studio along with more details about their recording sessions. “New Year. New Album,” he said. “The only problem with this session is deciding what monster to leave with!!! Stay Tuned!!!!!! By the way, @champagnepapi niiiiiiiiice house, I mean mansion, I mean estate, I mean, Embassy. Well, you get it.”

Khaled and Drake already have a history of hits. They previously teamed up on songs including “I’m On One,” “No New Friends,” “For Free,” and “To the Max.”

Khaled is taking no days off. In addition to readying the follow-up to last year’s Father of Asahd, he will perform his Grammy-nominated song “Higher” during a tribute to Nipsey Hussle at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday (Jan. 26).

dvsn Drops New Single ‘A Muse’

dvsn returns with their first new music of the decade.

The OVO-signed duo of Nineteen85 and Daniel Daley takes it nice and slow on its new single “A Muse.” The stunning track features an interpolation of Lonnie Liston Smith’s “A Garden of Peace,” which JAY-Z also sampled on “Dead Presidents.”

“I want your body in a million ways / Nobody ever makes me feel the same as when I’m with you,” they sing on the sweet serenade.

“A Muse” follows last year’s “No Cryin” with Future. Prior to that, they dropped “Miss Me” and “In Between” in July. 2020 is shaping up to be another big year for dvsn, who is readying their first project since 2017’s Morning After.

Griselda Announces "What Would Chine Gun Do" Tour Dates

It’s been a minute, but the Griselda movement has finally mobilized. Not long after Westside Gunn secured himself a shiny new passport, the Buffalo-bred trifecta ficially announced a slew North American tour dates. Spanning across ten stops and a variety well-spaced out dates, the ficial What Would Chine Gun Do tour has all the makings a lavish and exclusive affair. Check out the full list dates below, beginning with a mid-February launch date in Atlanta.

If you’re interested in copping tickets to any the dates, head over to the ficial Griselda website and purchase to your heart’s content. While this is definitely a promising start, we can only hope a new batch dates emerges in the near future. We already know Westside, Conway, and Benny are looking to solidify their chokehold on the game, and what better way than to shut shit down in a live capacity?

“I don’t even have to explain myself anymore get your fuckin tickets!!!!!! This is a Movie, This is an experience, This is HISTORY,” writes Gunn, in the ficial IG announcement. Is Griselda rolling through a city near you? If so, sound f in the comments. 

Feb 16th – Atlanta GA, Masquerade Heaven
Feb 20th – Boston MA, Paradise
Feb 21st – Hartford CT, The Webster
Feb 22nd – Providence, RI, The Strand
Feb 23rd – Baltimore MD – Soundstage
Feb 26th – Detroit MI, St. Andrews
Feb 28th – Chicago IL, Patio Theater 
Feb 29th – Minneapolis MN, Varsity
Mar 5th – Denver CO, Summit
Mar 6th – Los Angeles CA, The Novo

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U.S. Army Discredits Text Messages Claiming Recipients Have Been Drafted For War

Plenty Americans across the country have been receiving text messages informing them that they have supposedly been drafted into the U.S. army, after the fear a war with Iran spreads. Following the death Iranian General Qassem Soleimani as a result an airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump, tensions have been heavily rising between Iran and the U.S., leading many to believe that World War III is just around the corner.

It looks like some scammers saw these increasing anxieties as the perfect opportunity to attempt to trick people into thinking they’ve been drafted into the army, by sending out text messages to random numbers. Many have taken to the Internet to share the messages they’ve received, some texts informing the recipient that they are required to report for “immediate departure to Iran,” while others warn the recipient that they will “be fined and sent to jail for minimum 6 years” if they don’t respond to the message. Many  these concerned citizens were so alarmed by the messages, they resorted to contacting their local military recruiting fices and even, in some cases, the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. The bombardment panic has caused the U.S. Army to release a statement, assuring everyone that the messages are completely fake: “U.S. Army Recruiting Command has received multiple calls and emails about these fake text messages and wants to ensure Americans understand these texts are false and were not initiated by this command or the U.S. Army.” Nobody’s going to get legitimately drafted over text, and according to Complex, it’s unlikely that a draft would happen at all. “A draft can only be enacted in extreme circumstances,” and a war with Iran, which hasn’t even ficially been declared, “wouldn’t meet the criteria for the country to rely on involuntary military service.”

Summer Walker Previews ‘Come Thru’ Video with Usher

Summer Walker is coming through with a brand new video.

The R&B sensation is set to debut the long-awaited video for her Usher collaboration “Come Thru” on Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST. In advance of the premiere, Summer has shared a 15-second teaser, which finds her sitting on top of a car and riding on the back of a motorcycle.

“This video is something special, you guys are in for a treat,” tweeted her label Love Renaissance.

Summer brought out Usher to perform the song, which samples his own “You Make Me Wanna…,” for the first time during her “First and Last Tour” at L.A.’s Novo in November.

“Come Thru” appears on Summer’s debut album Over It, which remains in the top 10 on the Billboard 200. The record-breaking project, which earned the largest streaming week ever for an R&B album by a woman, has already spawned videos for “Playing Games” and “Girls Need Love.”

Dave Grohl Brings Out Surviving Nirvana Members For Reunion Show

Saturday night, Dave Grohl and fellow Nirvana bandmates Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear reunited for a one-f benefit concert in Los Angeles, according to Spin.

Performing at Art Elysium’s Heaven Is Rock and Roll gala, the group was joined by Beck and St. Vincent. 

The set was only five songs in length and included some Nirvana’s most popular tracks. The night began with “Lithium,” followed by “In Bloom,” “Been a Son,” and “Heart-Shaped Box.” The performance was capped f with a cover David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World,” which Nirvana famously covered during their MTV Unplugged in New York set.

For “Heart-Shaped Box,” Grohl introduced his 13-year-old daughter who helped the group perform by taking lead. 

This is the third time the band has reunited in recent years, having performed at the Rock and Roll Hall Fame induction ceremony in 2014 as well as at Cal Jam 2018.

Nirvana released three albums (Bleach, Nevermind, and In Utero) during their seven active years. Their explosion onto the mainstream after the release their 1991 album, Nevermind, helped launch grunge into a world-wide known genre that defined the sound the ’90s and put Seattle on the map as a music scene.

Drake’s OVO x Air Jordan 4 Sample Gets Its Best Look Yet: Photos

Drake has had a longstanding partnership with Jordan Brand that always seems to produce some dope sneakers. While some these shoes have made it to the market, there are plenty others that were left on the cutting room floor. One those models was the OVO Air Jordan 4 that is known for its paint splatter aesthetic. Samples this shoe go for a lot money and are rarely seen in public. Thankfully, the Instagram user @hanzuying recently came through with some detailed photos the sneaker.

As you can see, the sneaker has a similar color blocking to the Air Jordan 4 “Bred” although the pain on the back heel is red, white, and black paint splatter. Meanwhile, the black suede on the upper is made a more premium material as the aforementioned “Bred.” From there, OVO and prayer hand logos can be found on the insole. You can even find a gold OVO own on the inside the back heel tag.

Since these are a sample, you’ll never see them on store shelves so if you were hoping to cop, you’re out luck. Let us know in the comments below how you feel about these. 

The Grammys' $86,000 Lawsuit Against Its Program Printer Gets Tossed

Earlier this month, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) decided to sue the longtime printer of its Grammy Awards programs — for $86,000.

Sometimes, only the lawyers end up winning.

After firing its longtime printing partner, FX Group, LLC, Grammys organizer NARAS (aka the Recording Academy) decided to file a lawsuit for $86,000 in damages. According to the complaint, FX failed to pay an $86,000 bill to NARAS as part of a complicated printing agreement that broke down.

Of course, $86,000 isn’t nothing… though when it comes to pricey lawyers, it’s pretty close.  At the time, we joked that NARAS was probably going to end up paying its attorneys at Proskauer Rose LLP $87,000 to win the case.  Now, that snide observation is probably close to the reality of the situation — if not a whole lot worse.

According to a legal filing shared with Digital Music News this week, a federal judge has quickly tossed the entire lawsuit on jurisdictional grounds.

Perhaps Proskauer Rose tossed this case to its first-year law school grads for practice, though the blunt dismissal only took four days.  “The Court dismisses Plaintiff’s Complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction,” U.S. District Court judge for the Central District of California curtly .

“A district court may, and should, grant leave to amend when it appears that subject matter jurisdiction may exist, even though the complaint inadequately alleges jurisdiction.”

Whether NARAS decides to soldier onward with an amended complaint, or in a completely different jurisdiction remains unclear.  Of course, this stuff costs lots of money, regardless of who’s right, though FX Group now faces possible reputation damage following the filing and resulting press.  Assuming FX has a sound defense and reason for not paying NARAS the $86,000 bill, that could provoke a countersuit or spirited defense.

All of which carries a price tag that soars far beyond the $86,000-mark.

(If you’re interested in checking out FX’s last Grammys program, here’s a fun virtual tour of it).

 

 

 

Drake and The Weeknd Squash Beef

OVO XO are back together.

Drake and The Weeknd appear to be on good terms once again. The 6 God opened up about repairing their estranged relationship on his new “War” freestyle, which dropped on Monday night as part of Oliver El-Khatib’s mixtape, El-Kuumba Tape Vol. 1.

“OVO XO link up,” raps Drizzy before addressing their renewed bond. “And the boy that sound like he sang on Thriller / You know that’s been my ni**a / We just had to fix things, family, 6 things, we can’t split up.”

The reunion follows reports of a fallout between the “Crew Love” collaborators. Back in January, it was rumored that The Weeknd was taking shots at his fellow Canadian on Gesaffelstein’s “Lost in the Fire,” where he sang about hiding a child, a possible reference to Drake’s son Adonis. “And I just want a baby with the right one / ‘Cause I could never be the one to hide one,” he sings.

He also addressed an unresolved beef on Nav’s “Price on My Head.” “You beefin’ with yourself, tell the truth,” sings The Weeknd. “Ni**as on your side, they would ride for me too / Still wasting they time, tryna come for me too / I’m too busy, faded in Japan with the crew / With the crew, with the crew, with the crew.”

The Toronto natives last shared the stage at 2017’s OVO Fest, where Drake announced a potential OVO and XO collaborative project.

In November 2016, Abel spoke about his friendship with Drake. “He came in as my big bro and showed the world what I could do,” he told Beats 1. “From then on, he’s always been supporting me and I’ve always been supporting him. Behind the scenes, we’re still very close, but it’s cool that the world can see us doing our own thing. OVO XO will always be there.”

Drake Goes to ‘War’ on New Freestyle

Drake is “War” ready.

On Monday night, the 6 God unleashed a brand new freestyle as part of his manager Oliver El-Khatib’s collaborative mixtape with Kuumba International called El-Kuumba Tape Vol. 1.

On the three-minute track, Drizzy gets in his zone as he reflects on disses (“I don’t do well with people makin’ disses and makin’ threats”), beef (“Anyone I’m beefing with is a no name”), and his reconnection with The Weeknd.

“OVO XO link up,” raps October’s Very Own. “And the boy that sound like he sang on Thriller / You know that’s been my ni**a / We just had to fix things, family, 6 things, we can’t split up.”

In the wintery video, directed by Theo Skudra, Drake showcases his icy flow while bundled up in his Lance Mackey parka and white Moncler puffer jacket. He and his OVO crew ride snowmobiles and hit the slopes for some nighttime skiing.

More chunes are on the way. Just last week, Drake shot a video for a new song with Future, which may be off their What a Time to Be Alive sequel. He is also planning to release a new album in 2020.

Drake Reps Gucci Mane’s 1017 Movement In The South

Drake has affiliated himself with a variety acronym-based movements, ranging from his own OVO to his partner in crime’s FBG. Sometimes he even slides with the YSL boys, and other times he’s connecting with Guwop and his 1017 collective. While the latter is hardly an acronym, it remains an outside affiliate the 6ixgod all the same. A bond forged through the iconic Drake & Gucci Mane collaboration “Both,” it’s clear that Drizzy remains loyal to the East Atlanta Santa, especially given the Holiday Spirit that’s been going around late.

Drake Reps Gucci Mane's 1017 Movement In The South

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In the midst a Southern jaunt during which fast-food centric visuals with Future were laced in Atlanta and a voyage to Missippi went down, Drizzy took a moment to celebrate Gucci’s record label with a loyal caption. Adorned in a black sweatsuit and a Nike dad hat, Drake captioned the image with “1017,” providing no further context than that. Must be an energy thing, read between the lines accordingly.

While there’s no indication that Drizzy has been concocting music with Big Gucci or any his affiliates, it’s still cool to see him pay homage to a fellow hip-hop innovator. Would you be down for some Owl Bricksquad link-ups? 

OVO & Takashi Murakami Reveal Surplus Collection: Release Details

Drake‘s “October’s Very Own” line has ficially announced their next collaborative collection with Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami will be available starting this Friday, December 20.

Dubbed the “Surplus Collection,” the range apparel consists  hoodies, tees, jackets and beanies in multiple colorways. Each the items are highlighted by the “Flower Owl” character that combines Murakami’s signature flower motif with the OVO owl.

Of course, none the items will come cheap. The beanies and t-shirts will run you $48 and $58, respectively, while the hoodies are priced at $268 and the M65 jacket checks in at $398. According to October’s Very Own IG post, all the gear will be available in-store and online OVO and Tonari no Zingaro (Kaikai Kiki Official Shop) starting December 20.

Take a closer look at some the pieces in the IG post embedded below.

Woman Who Sued Kevin Hart For Injury To Eye Socket Changes Her Case

Kevin Hart just can’t seem to dodge the lawsuits but luckily for him his latest case that came at the hands  Carmen Marrero, the woman who sued him after getting an injured eye socket from his body guard, has now changed her case. If you can remember, Carmen filed a lawsuit against Kevin in June after she was walking down 52nd Street and Eighth Avenue in New York City and Kevin’s security reportedly slammed her down leading her to sustain some injuries. 

Woman Who Sued Kevin Hart For Injury To Eye Socket Changes Her Case
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At first, Kevin denied such allegations, with his team stating how she assumed the risk but Carmen’s team clapped back with the following. “When you walk the streets New York you don’t assume the risk that an overzealous bodyguard will throw you to the ground and break your face,” they stated.

Page Six now reports that Carmen has decided to go after the security company the bodyguards worked for – Armor Bearer Protective Services, Inc. At the moment, Carmen is unaware who the guard is but the case is currently pending. “Marrero was violently contacted by defendant’s employee John] Doe without cause, provocation or justification while in the course his employment as an employee defendant Armor Bearer,” her lawyers stated. 

The case is ongoing.

Travis Barker Drops ‘Gimme Brain’ with Lil Wayne & Rick Ross

Travis Barker rocks with Lil Wayne and Rick Ross on their new collaboration “Gimme Brain.”

Tunechi kicks off the menacing slapper with a rapid-fire verse on which he name-checks Brad Pitt and Marilyn Manson before delivering the provocative hook: “Gimme brain, gimme brain, no dumb shit.” The Bawse then hits the “booty club” before laying down some regal rhymes over Travis’ drums.

Over the summer, Weezy teamed up with Travis and blink-182 on their co-headlining tour, and even released a mash-up of “What’s My Age Again?” and “A Milli.”

Wayne is now readying his long-awaited Funeral album for February, while Rozay has joined the cast of the upcoming Coming to America sequel.

Baka Not Nice Talks ‘Roller Coaster’ Journey, Signing to OVO Sound, & Drake’s Impact

Baka Not Nice is ready to take on the world.

After serving time in prison, the Canadian rapper is back home and focused on his career. In one of his first U.S. interviews with Rap-Up, Drake’s right-hand man reflected on his “roller coaster” journey—from behind bars to performing in the Bellagio fountains.

“I wasn’t expecting this to happen,” said Baka, who earned his first U.S. gold single with “Live Up to My Name.”

In the early 2000s, Baka was sentenced for crimes including armed robbery and assault. “What I went to prison for was not something that I did,” he explained. “I basically went to prison for my friend because I got 13-and-a-half years because I didn’t snitch.”

After winning his appeal and being released after eight years, he met Drake on set of Preme’s video for “In My Hood” in 2010, which was shot in his neighborhood of Galloway. “From that day, we’ve never left each other’s side. It was just real recognize real,” said Baka.

In 2015, Drake made it official by signing him to OVO Sound. “That made me feel amazing. That’s when I knew I was on,” he said.

Two years later, he joined Drake at the Billboard Music Awards for a performance of “Gyalchester” in Las Vegas’ famed Bellagio fountains. “That was probably one of the biggest highlights of my career,” said Baka. “There was no choreography, there was no practice. We took a boat, we went out there, we got on the stage, we did one run-through. The next one was it, that was it. We got a good chemistry together.”

Baka will forever be grateful to Drake for believing in him. “He gave me a chance. He gave me a shot to basically turn my life around, to do something positive, and that’s what I’m doing right now. That’s why I work so hard. I don’t want to let him down because he gave me a chance.”

Last month, Baka dropped a video for his celebratory single “Up.” His “My Town” collaboration with Giggs can also be found on OVO Sound’s Top Boy soundtrack.

Expect more big things from Baka in 2020, including a collaboration with his OVO boss. “You can definitely expect a big song very soon. It’s coming,” he teased.