Nas On "The Lost Tapes 2" Vibe: "Songs Sound Different Because I’m Different"

New York, NY – Nas held a private listening event for the next installment of his Lost Tapes series at the Mass Appeal Headquarters in Soho Manhattan on Tuesday (July 16).

Like the original, The Lost Tapes 2 features unreleased tracks that didn’t make previous Nas albums (16 in total). Some heavy-hitter producers such as Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, No I.D., Pharrell, RZA, Hit-Boy and Pete Rock contribute to the project.

Mass Appeal and Def Jam came together to present a preview of all Nas’s new project has in store. Chicken sliders and macaroni and cheese were catered by his restaurant Sweet Chick, while Hennessy (to who Nas is a brand ambassador) provided cocktails for guests.

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Nas later took to the stage to introduce the project saying, “Each one sounds different than the last one, this one is definitely different because I’m different. And we been doing stuff, from the Hip Hop Is Dead album that didn’t make it, the Untitled album that didn’t make it, Life Is Good album that didn’t make it and all this stuff in between.”

He continued, “And that’s what it really is and I appreciate you being here checking out the shit that got kicked to the side, the scraps. We mix it up for you and thank you to all the producers who fucked with. I got some of the greatest producers in the world to just do shit for me and it was just a blessing and an honor.”

Statik Selektah then dove into the project, playing track after track as the audience vibed out to the compilation of songs. At the end of the night, Statik displayed a golden cassette tape.

He also revealed that several of these tapes would be placed around Manhattan and the first person that finds the tapes gets exclusive access to Nas’ official Lost Tapes 2 party on Friday (July 19).

Follow Mass Appeal and Def Jam’s Instagram pages for the drop of the exact location of the cassette tapes.

Check back with DX for the official album stream.

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Megan Thee Stallion Welcomes Jada Pinkett Smith To The Hot Girl Club

Megan Thee Stallion is the founder the term “hot girl summer” which means she gets the right to oversee the applicants who claim they are giving f the heat this season. “Being a Hot Girl is about being unapologetically YOU, having fun, being confident, living YOUR truth, being the life the party etc,” Megan wrote when explaining the definition

Megan Thee Stallion Welcomes Jada Pinkett Smith To The Hot Girl Club
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We just posted about Jada Pinkett Smith’s stunning Instagram share that sees her tanning on a yacht, with a caption that declares her as yet another hot girl for the summer. Just moments after it’s been posted, Megan has come through to welcome Jada to the club, commenting: “Hot Girl Jada has entered the chat,” with tons heart-eye emojis. 

Megan Thee Stallion’s has rubbed f on people in a loving way. We just posted about Miley Cyrus who shared a clip to her Twitter that saw her twerking to Megan’s music, clearly co-signing the Houston raised rapper along with Nicki Minaj who announced her thirst for the “Cash Shit” rapper. The 24-year-old was understandably on 2019’s XXL Freshman list and as per her freestyle for the publication, there’s no denying why she got the chosen spot.    

Jada Pinkett Smith’s Living Her Best Hot Girl Summer Vacationing On A Yacht

If you haven’t already heard, this summer is also known as the hot girl summer which means hunnies everywhere are throwing on their best fits and posting up on Instagram letting everyone know that they too are contributing to the heat. The term was coined by Megan Thee Stallion who jumped on Twitter yesterday to explain the meaning in full. “Being a Hot Girl is about being unapologetically YOU, having fun, being confident, living YOUR truth, being the life the party etc,” she wrote

It looks as though the term has made its way to Jada Pinkett Smith who’s currently vacationing with her family over in Greece and Italy. The 47-year-old shared an image to Instagram, that sees her posted up in a two-piece string bikini smiling wide in the direction the sun, while the rays accentuate her toned frame.  

“I’LL take that joyful hot girl summer thank you🌞✨” she captioned the image. 

Jada has previously discussed her confidence and how she smiles at herself in the mirror every morning, grateful for overcoming the various life battles. 

“Just take care yourself. To me, that’s the biggest beauty secret ever. It’s the deepest self-love,” she said. “When you love yourself, it shows. It’s such a process. It’s hard. It’s not one pill you can take. It’s not one thing you can do. It’s a process and a journey. And one day you wake up and go, ‘I’ve gotten to the next step.’ And one day, you go, ‘I’m (expletive) awesome.”

Stunna 4 Vegas & DaBaby Channel "Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" Visual For "Ashley" Video

Stunna 4 Vegas recruits DaBaby for a Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air-themed music video for his song, “Ashley.”

Comedically recreating some of the most memorable moments from the classic ’90s sitcom, Stunna and DaBaby deliver their versions of Will and Carlton in the Reel Goats directed-video.

The Billion Dollar Baby Entertainment members proceed to turn their luxurious estate into a wild party filled with Uncle Phil, Aunt Vin and Geoffrey doppelgängers, heavy twerking, a bit of croquet and of course the infamous “Carlton Dance.”

“Ashley” is the fifth song from Stunna’s 12-track debut, BIG 4x, to receive the visual treatment. The latest video from the recently released project comes on the heels of his Moneybagg Yo assisted visual for “Tomorrow.”

Watch Stunna 4 Vegas and DaBaby’s “Ashley” video above.

Cardi B & Offset Explain The Lyrics To "Clout" With Jimmy Kimmel

Cardi B and Offset‘s megahit “Clout” that came f Offset’s album Fatheris still getting replayed to this day due to the popularity and overall party vibe the track. The tune is still sitting on the Billboard 100 at #62 and it’s seemingly for that reason why Jimmy Kimmel invited the married couple to his show to get some feedback on the lyrics and his attempts at deciphering what they mean. 

Offset kicked things f by rapping his verse: “Straight out the streets to a penthouse/Miami beach/Yayo,” leading Jimmy to suggest what he thinks it means, getting it correct. “I came from humble beginnings, but now I own a condominium in Florida. Yayo,” he said.

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“Get the whip/Put it up for my seeds/No cure for the IG disease,” Offset rapped.

“Seeds are kids, right?” Jimmy asked. “So, I’m saving my money for my children, and I love Instagram—a lot.” Cardi B then came through with her line, getting sexually explicit: “Mouth still say what it wants to/Vagina still wet like a fat bitch.” Jimmy thought the verse was about “free speech” but Cardi let him know what it really meant. 

“No, it doesn’t mean that,” Cardi responded. “You ever heard that, like, big girls have better vaginas than skinny girls?” 

“Of course, course! My mother taught me that when I was young,” Jimmy said. 

Watch the full clip below.

JXN feat. A$AP Twelvyy ‘Going Off’

JXN is quickly making a name for himself. After teaming up with A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Australia’s hottest new export connects with A$AP Twelvyy on his latest single “Going Off.”

In the wild video, the 25-year-old singer, born Jackson Brazier, arrives to the set with only four hours to shoot. But he can’t seem to focus on the task at hand and keeps drinking and goofing off while a PA tries to keep him in order. “She put me back in line quick / ‘Cause I’ve been on a wild trip / I’m going off again,” he sings.

After a wild night of partying, Twelvvy finally arrives to set three hours late. More chaos ensues and the video ends with JXN setting off the fire alarm before getting slapped in the face.

“Man, it was just a party. The concept we came up with Hype Republic was dope and we wanted it to seem fun whilst also conveying a kinda deep message in the song,” JXN told Rap-Up. “I really wanted it to not be taken too seriously, and with Twelvyy being such a legend, it was just a fun and easy shoot. The video makes you happy!”

A$AP Twelvyy added, “Sequel to this video to air on Netflix next year. Stay tuned. LOL.”

“Going Off” is JXN’s third single following “Red Lights” with A Boogie and “Solitude,” which have already amassed over 5 million streams.

Miley Cyrus Gets Down & Dirty While Twerking To Megan Thee Stallion & Juicy J

Miley Cyrus was alone at home on a Wednesday night so what did she decide to do? She chose to bring the dance party to her crib. When all your friends are busy and you’ve got no plans in the middle the week, what’s better than an impromptu twerk video in your house? You probably thought dozens things that are better than that but for the former Hannah Montana star, she blended her workout goals with dance to have some fun with her fans.

The actress was once infamously known for her twerking skills, grinding up on Robin Thicke in an Award Show moment we’ve all tried to erase from our memories. Some may find her social uploads from last night to be cringe-worthy and others may find them hot. For Miley though, she was truly just having fun, sharpening her skills and dancing to popular Megan Thee Stallion songs. Her playlist included “Simon Says,” a collaboration between the Houston Hottie and one her idols, Juicy J. Cyrus dropped it down to the ground, supporting her body with her arms and wiggling her booty for her millions supporters to watch.

Watch the video below, DailyMail, and let us know what you think Miley’s moves in the comments.

Jermaine Dupri Recalls Almost Getting Into Truck With Notorious B.I.G The Night He Was Killed

Following the Soul Train Awards in 1997, artists and industry leaders came together at Vibe‘s afterparty at the side in L.A. That get-together was shut down early because over-crowding, so many the partygoers, including Notorious BIG and his crew, made their way out to their awaiting vehicles.

A little before 1:00 a.m. as he sat at a red light in the passenger seat a GMC Suburban, Biggie was shot and killed by unknown assailants. Of the four bullets that hit him, only one was fatal. Jermaine Dupri has a vivid memory when it comes to that fateful evening because, according to him, he almost got into Biggie’s truck that night.

“Everybody was there, it was like a party,” Dupri told PEOPLE. “Everybody was at this afterparty in L.A. and me and Big we just had a great relationship so we was just talking before the party was over. He was talking about going to this Outkast party. One thing that Big…once you was his friend, he was just looking out for you, always. We came outside and] his truck pulled up. My truck was still, I was still waiting for my truck and he didn’t want me to stand outside and wait ’til my car came. He wasn’t gon’ leave me just standing out there, so he was like jump in. As I was getting in, my truck pulled up. So it’s like that, that moment…it could’ve been, wow.”

He said the near-miss being the vehicle didn’t bother him, but the loss his friend tore him up. “Biggie leaving was like, crushing to me, though,” he stated. “Somebody so talented, such a great heart. Just to see that happen to them through this music situation. It’s crazy.” He added, “It happened so fast. ‘Cause even when the information came, I was pulling up to the Outkast party and somebody called me and was like, ‘Biggie got…’ I’m like, no way. That can’t be.” 

Ominously, Dupri ended the story by saying, “I do know what business I’m in, and I do know that this business has a dark side.”

Alda Events Argues Paul van Dyk Doesn't Have the Right to Receive $12.6 Million Awarded Following Near-Fatal 2016 Fall

Three years ago, Paul van Dyk fell off the stage at a music festival in the Netherlands.

The horrific fall, which nearly killed the German DJ, left him with a severe brain injury and damage to his spine.

Paul van Dyk – real name Matthias Paul – pinned the blame solely on Alda Events, organizers of A State of Trance music festival.

Taking them to court in September 2018, a courtroom awarded Paul $12,588,643.45 in damages, including medical bills and past and future lost profits.  Earlier this year, a judge ruled Alda didn’t design the stage “safe to stand on.”  The company also hadn’t warned the German DJ against standing on that portion of the stage.

Breaking down the ruling, Paul was awarded $2 million for future medical expenses, $1.2 million for lost profits between 2016 and 2017, and $2.5 million for losses in the next 10 years.  The judge also awarded the German DJ with $5.5 million for “other damages.”

Now, Alda has returned to the courtroom, seeking to overturn the ruling.

The real price of a near-fatal fall.

Filed at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Monday, ALDA claims Paul van Dyk never signed an underlying contract to perform at the 2016 music festival.

The company argued Paul didn’t have a legal standing to participate in arbitration.  He also can’t enforce the award.  His company, Paul van Dyk GmbH, signed an underlying agreement containing an arbitration clause.  The German DJ’s company should’ve first gone to arbitration for the damages following his near-fatal fall.

Organizers wrote,

The fact that petitioner Paul is a non-signatory and a non-party means that the arbitration agreement doesn’t extend to him, and no agreement to arbitrate exists between him and Alda.

In fact, adds the company, Paul van Dyk never showed the courtroom the arbitration agreement – which included negligence claims.

In short, Alda argues it doesn’t have to pay the $12.6 million.  Paul doesn’t have the legal right to receive it.

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Megan Thee Stallion Describes "Hot Girl Summer" After Ayesha Curry’s Fail

Earlier this year, Ayesha Curry found herself in the news for her comments about feeling desired by men she encounters in the street. Now, she’s back with some more wisdom for us all as she attempted to explain what a Hot Girl Summer is. The term has been thrown around for weeks, being popularized by musical acts Megan Thee Stallion and City Girls. Houston Hottie Meg can be given credit for making the phrase one the biggest things this year as City Boys and Hot Girls compete to see who will come out on top at the end August. Ayesha Curry’s definition the viral craze didn’t necessarily impress that many folks — in fact, it was lacking in many areas — so Megan Thee Stallion decided to elaborate on the true definition a Hot Girl Summer.

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Ayesha Curry seems to think it comes from a song performed by the City Girls and while Yung Miami and JT have been strong forces in enjoying their own Hot Girl Summers, Megan Thee Stallion should really be the one speaking on this. She explained her personal meaning the phrase on Twitter. “Being a Hot Girl is about being unapologetically YOU, having fun, being confident,living YOUR truth , being the life the party etc,” said the rapper.

Curry wasn’t too far f but she did need some help from the Houston native. Put some respeck on Meg’s name!

Lil Kim Explains The Significance Of "9" Title & Calls It A "Spiritual Awakening"

Fourteen years after Lil Kim released her album The Naked Truth, the Queen Bee returns with her latest effort, 9. The release this record has been shrouded in mystery as Kim has shared on social media that if it was up to her, would have already been in our hands. However, there have been some hiccups with her record label which has delayed the album, in turn frustrating the rapper.

Yet, the Girl’s Cruise star has pressed forward with all her projects as fans await more news about 9. During ESSENCE Fest, Kim gave insight into her forthcoming project by sharing why she decided to title her record with a number. “The name my album is 9,” she said, according to TheGrio. “I feel like I have to elevate as an artist. It’s for me and it’s also for my fans. I got things on there for them that I know they’re going to want to hear. I got to give them what I started f with because I can never abandon that, but at the end the day, I have to show elevation. Nine is a spiritual awakening moment for me.”

She added by explaining the significance the number nine throughout her life. “My baby was born June 9th,” Kim stated. “My baby can be the sweetest baby and then ‘Uh oh, there goes the Gemini.’ Biggie passed away on March 9 and then it’s 2019. And there were nine members in Junior M.A.F.I.A., that’s how it started. So, that number is very powerful for me. In this album, you’re gonna feel my spiritual growth. It’s still gonna be me though. I still have to give you the sexy, raunchy, fly, gangsta Kim.” Are you looking forward to 9?

Brooke Mueller, Charlie Sheen’s Ex-Wife, Spotted With Bags Full Of Drugs: Report

According to Fox News, Brooke Mueller, Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife, has reportedly relapsed. If you know anybody struggling with addiction, you know just how difficult it is to stay clean. There are demons inside you that try and guide you toward making bad decisions and once you get sucked into that sphere negativity, it can feel impossible to get out. We’ve heard stories from countless individuals about their own struggles with addiction and now, it would appear as though Brooke Mueller is using again after she was reportedly spotted carrying bags filled with drugs at a Rite-Aid.

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During a weekend trip to the Hamptons, Mueller reportedly appeared to be distraught at a pharmacy before begging somebody to help get her home. The stranger explained why he drove her back to her place. “We took her home because we thought she needed help,” they said, according to Page Six. “But once we were in the house, she opened her bags and she had so many drugs it was like ‘Scarface.'”

Apparently, the actress had white powder around her nose and when she arrived home, she asked the men inside why they were being so boring, urging them to “come party.” 

Mueller has struggled with her sobriety for years. Hopefully, she’s able to remain on the right track.

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R. Kelly’s GFs Hire Osundairo Brothers’ Lawyer From Jussie Smollett Case

R. Kelly‘s girlfriends, who’ve also been alleged to be sex slaves, have been riding for the singer throughout the crazy allegations that came out over the past few years. From allegations  a sex cult in the singer’s home to the renewed controversies stemming from Surviving R. Kelly, they’ve maintained Kelly’s innocence. With the singer’s new federal charges, Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage have hired a lawyer that was connected to the infamous Jussie Smollett case from earlier this year.

According to The Blast, the lawyer who represented the Osundairo brothers in Jussie Smollett’s case has now been brought on to R. Kelly’s case as the attorney for Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage. Gloria Schmidt helped Abel and Ols Osundairo get through the case which resulted in the two dodging any charges in relation to the attack. Shmidt also spearheaded the civil lawsuit against Smollett’s team on allegations defamation. 

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Kelly’s first hearing in his federal case is today and both Clary and Savage are set to be there in support him. However, Schmidt will also be giving a press conference on behalf the two women after their court appearance.

The families the two girls have been trying to get into direct communication with their daughters for a minute but it’s been extremely difficult for them to get in contact with them. Gerald Griggs, the family’s attorney, said, “The Savage Family is currently in third party communication with Joycelyn Savage and would be open to speaking directly to her or a personal representative Joycelyn Savage.”

London Rapper Unknown T Charged With Murder

As reported by several sources, including the BBC, London rapper Unknown T has ficially been charged with murder. The drill rapper, whose real name is Daniel Lena, is being accused violent disorder and murder in the case 20-year-old Steven Narvaez-Jara. The young man was at Unknown T’s New Years Eve party this year when, in the early hours the morning, he was taken to the hospital with stab injuries. Steven was pronounced dead on the scene. A second man recovered from a stabbing at the same party.

Unknown T was arrested alongside two other men and all three are set to appear in a London courthouse on Thursday. According to the report, Narvaez-Jara was the first stabbing victim this year in London.

Unknown T is well-known for his record “Homerton B,” which established himself as one the strongest up-and-comers in the U.K. drill scene. He recently linked up with AJ Tracey on “Leave Dat Trap” and with WSTRN on “Medusa.” T received a co-sign from Drake, who brought him out during a recent stop in the United Kingdom. He has a very promising future ahead him if he’s able to get rid these charges. We will continue to update you with any upcoming developments in his case.

London Rapper Unknown T Charged With Murder
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StubHub Refunds $500,000 In Tickets Costs Following New York's Power Outage

On Saturday, New York City experienced a comprehensive blackout that affected 30 blocks of Manhattan and a substantial number of individuals.

Included in the latter were thousands of ticketholders; 27 different events, including Jennifer Lopez’s much-anticipated Madison Square Garden concert, were cancelled or rescheduled as a result of the power outage.

StubHub, the eBay-owned ticket marketplace, has now issued more than $500,000 in refunds to customers who planned to attend one of these events.  Importantly, these refunds apply to performances that were cancelled and not rescheduled — 25 of the aforementioned 27 will not be rebooked.  In those cases, ticketholders received a full refund.

The two shows that were rescheduled are Jennifer Lopez’s concert, which took place on July 15th, and Dave Chappelle’s stand-up comedy performance, which will go down on July 21st.  Additionally, StubHub indicated that clients who cannot make the new J-Lo concert date — after all, there’s a big difference between Saturday night and Monday night — will have the option to resell their tickets without paying a fee.

That isn’t a perfect solution, especially for people with restrictive schedules and limited time to conduct resales.  For StubHub, the measure represents a middle ground, with a power outage representing a contractual ‘Act of God’ that absolves most companies from liability.

As for the main cause of the power outage itself, officials have said that the mess began with a single malfunctioning cable, which failed to trigger the relay-protection system and proceeded to impact a huge portion of the Big Apple. The issue appears to have been fixed, but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stated that further changes and improvements need to be made by power companies to prevent future problems.

Jennifer Lopez is currently completing her fourth concert tour, It’s My Party; the name is meant to commemorate her 50th birthday, which will come on July 24th.  The 30-show tour began in Inglewood, California, and will cover most of the United States.  Additionally, stops will be made in Israel, Russia, Turkey, Spain, and Egypt, and the tour will wrap on August 11th.