Jay Park & Hit-Boy Shut Down Los Angeles For "K-Town" Video

Los Angeles, CA – Roc Nation artist Jay Park teamed up with producer wunderkind Hit-Boy for his latest slap dubbed “K-Town.”

The Ask About Me rapper first released the track on May 17 and returns with the full video treatment for the banger, complete with an armored truck full of cash, a Karaoke party and the full backing of a cameo from Hit-Boy. According to the director Jack Begert, they had a dope time shooting the video throughout the entire neighborhood of Koreatown.

“Got to shut down one of my favorite neighborhoods in LA for Jay Park K-TOWN music video w/ Hit-Boy,” Jack wrote on Instagram.

“Shout out to my dude Jay for hanging out the back of the armored truck Joker-style.”

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Got to shut down one of my favorite neighborhoods in LA for @jparkitrighthere 🚀 K-TOWN music video w/ @hitboy … Shout out to my dude Jay for hanging out the back of the armored truck Joker-style… 🎥🎭💫 movie next!!! ———— Producers: @camsanter @showmesutton @sobelstacks Co-Producer: @neal_farmstrong DP: @jsbaron Edit: @neal_farmstrong @jackbegert 1st AD: @travisbknight 2nd AD: JaColbi Johnson 1st AC: @shawfisher 2nd AC: Anthony Goodman Steadi: @steadiserg PD: Cody Fusina, Alec Faught, Andrew Caso Gaffer: @etgomez88 BBE: Jesse Lee Key Grip: Rob Padilla BBG: Michael Moore Swing: @chentedale Styling: @madbadting MUA: Elizabeth Hill Artist Styling: @fakegirlcrush Artist MUA: @inlatefall Stunt Coordinator: Eddie Watkins Co-Stunt Coordinator: Eddie Watkins Armored Truck Driver: Cole Mckay Rigger: Sean Christopher Casting: @millticketceo Colorist: @christopher.c.ripley Label: @charlesvacay, @supremestreet PA: Case Huebel, @heemgreen, @marcodinero A @psychofilms Production

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The release of “K-Town” arrives just weeks after Jay Park dropped two bombs on his fans when he shared that he was receiving the “Game Changer” Award from Smithsonian APAC, in tandem with the news that he planned to retire in a few years.

“I’m gonna retire in a couple years,” he wrote in tweet. “This is a promise to you guys and myself. Not a lot of space for guys like me left in this game.”

Hit-Boy also recently celebrated a milestone of his own as the artist turned 32 on Tuesday, (May 21). He shared a moment from his celebration of life to Instagram on Wednesday, (May 22) simply saying, “G day was bless.”

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Watch the full video for “K-Town” with Jay Park and Hit-Boy above.

#DXCLUSIVE: Diego Money Rolls Through With "Lt. Dan" Video

HipHopDX Premiere – Diego Money is on a roll. After celebrating his upcoming release with a Green Tape Release Party in Los Angeles last month and plotting the launch of his own strain of weed, the Texas-bred artist is back with a visual for “Lt. Dan.”

The video precedes the release of Green, which features Famous Dex on two songs, including “Know Us” and “Can’t Hang.”

Diego came up as a member of the IceWater Division, a group of Soundcloud rappers from Dallas. That relationship eventually led to Diego’s collaborations with Lil Yachty, Dex and Thouxanbanfauni.

Green is expected to arrive on Thursday (May 24).

In the meantime, check out the “Lt. Dan” video above and pre-order the project here. 

Dennis Rodman Accused Of Slapping Man Across The Face At Birthday Party: Report

What’s been going on with Dennis Rodman lately? Just weeks ago he was accused robbing a Newport Beach, California yoga studio twice, and now it’s being reported that he’s shown a man “what the five fingers said to the face.” TMZ Sports has obtained a report that states Rodman was celebrating his birthday by hosting a shindig at the Buddha Sky Bar in Florida on May 17. A man named Jeff Soulouque told the Delray Beach Police Department that he was an attendee at the event when all a sudden Rodman “unprovokedly turned around and smacked him.”

According to Soulouque, the retired NBA star immediately apologized for the hit and to make amends, invited Soulouque out to dinner the following evening. It must have been one helluva slap because later on, Soulouque was in so much pain that he visited a hospital where he was diagnosed with a left corneal abrasion. On May 18, he decided to file a police report.

Dennis Rodman Accused Of Slapping Man Across The Face At Birthday Party: Report
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A witness to the incident named David Lee Roth—no, not the singer Van Halen but another guy with the same name—corroborated the alleged victim’s story. The police report reads, “Roth stated he was about twenty feet away and he saw Rodman turn around and open hand smack Soulouque two times.” Investigators are hoping that the Buddha Sky Bar has surveillance footage the evening that shows whether or not Soulouque is being truthful. Meanwhile, Rodman’s lawyer told TMZ Sports that his client is innocent.

“I’ve spoken with people who were with Dennis the entire night the alleged incident at Buddha Sky Bar,” he said. “No one saw any such incident occur and Dennis was sober the entire night. Currently the matter is in its preliminary stages but we fully expect after a thorough investigation that no such incident will be substantiated. Dennis denies any such incident occurred.

Lamar Odom Claims Ex-Wife Khloe Kardashian Beat Down His Side Chick

Former NBA star Lamar Odom has written a memoir and it’s gearing up to be a doozy. The 39-year-old is sharing the good, the bad, and the beatdowns in his forthcoming autobiography titled Darkness To Light. From 2009 to 2016 Odom was married to Khloe Kardashian, a union that was riddled with infidelities and strained by his drug addiction. In his memoir, he’s fering up all sorts stories, and one involves his ex-wife catching him cheating red-handed.

Odom reveals that back in 2012, he was in the thick his self-destructive behavior. He admitted to booking a room at the Los Angeles’ celebrity favorite Hotel Roosevelt, where he was joined by multiple “naked girls everywhere.” The party was topped f with copious amounts cocaine and marijuana, but the drug-induced good times didn’t last for long because his then-wife Khloe, her mother Kris Jenner, and their security “bulldozed” into the room. The hotel staff reportedly gave them a key.

Lamar Odom Claims Ex-Wife Khloe Kardashian Beat Down His Side Chick
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Radar Online has an exclusive excerpt from Darkness To Light where Odom says Khloe lost her mind and “pounced” on the first woman she saw. “Khloe’s beating the sh*t out one the girls who tried to protest. She’s dropping vicious blows all over the top this girl’s head,” he wrote. After the alleged beat down, Khloe ordered Odom to pack up his things while her security erased “all traces drugs” from the hotel room.

Apparently, Khloe goes had for her men, because that wasn’t the only time someone said she threw hands over an infidelity. Back in 2013, a woman by the name Polina Polonsky told Star magazine that she was at the Vagabond Inn with Odom. The pair were caught by Khloe who Polonsky said tried to “attack” her. That year, Khloe filed for divorce, and in 2015 both parties signed f on the split. However, before a judge could finalize the divorce, Khloe dismissed it following Odom nearly dying after being found unconscious in a Nevada brothel. She supported him through his recovery but filed once again and they were ficially divorced in 2016.

Odom’s memoir will be released on May 28.

KXNG Crooked Drops "The Weeklys Vol. 2" Project

KXNG Crooked, the host of HipHopDX’s new show Crook’s Corner, has been staying busy this year with the relaunch of his Hip Hop Weekly series. To help fans keep up with the constant barrage of tracks, the veteran MC has put together a second compilation of the songs.

After dropping Vol. 1 in March, Crooked is back with a new release titled The Weeklys Vol. 2. The project includes the last 11 entries in his Hip Hop Weekly series.

Check out Crooked’s The Weeklys Vol. 2 stream, cover art and tracklist below.

KXNG Crooked Drops "The Weeklys Vol. 2" Project

1. Bishop
2. Glock Away
3. Go Crazy
4. More Love
5. Live 4 It
6. Party
7. Earth Day N Tha Hood
8. Cadillac
9. The Calm Before the Storm
10. Storm
11. Good

Diddy Thinks "Father Of Asahd" Is DJ Khaled’s "Illmatic": Everything We Learned From CRWN

When you’re DJ Khaled, you’re faced at each moment with finding more bombastic ways outdoing yourself— more bangers, more glitz, more superstar collabs, and more bass. With his last album, Grateful, Khaled built on the hype a nascent Snapchat career to relaunch his brand into the meme and Twitter generation. Except Internet virality has a short shelf life, and it creates peaks that are nearly impossible to ascend a second time. So on his eleventh studio album, Khaled chose to turn inward, centering his album on his son, again.

Father Asahd is an album that taps every top-tier musician in the R&B and hip-hop worlds, along with many newcomers. Listen and you’re guaranteed to find some your favorite artists mingling in DJ Khaled’s house party, perhaps a little unwillingly. The musical side the DJ Khaled brand has begun to tarnish, but the man shrewdly capitalizes on hype and publicity, so alongside the album he has a released a documentary showing how this album came together over the course a year. The documentary was released exclusively and at a screening in New York’s Apollo Theater. TIDAL followed by a live interview with Elliott Wilson.

Here are some the major takeaways from the documentary.

Diddy Thinks "Father Of Asahd" Is DJ Khaled's "Illmatic": Everything We Learned From CRWN

DJ Khaled, his wife Nicole Tuck and their son Asahd attend Nickelodeon’s 2019 Kids’ Choice Awards – Jon Kopalf/Getty s

DJ Khaled says he’s crazy for trying (successfully) to get Beyonce on “Top Off”

It took a little persistence, and a little wine, for DJ Khaled to cajole Jay-Z into getting on his hit “Top Off.” In his interview with Elliott Wilson, Khaled admitted to taking two bottles wine “to the head” and then playing Jay-Z the track f his hit song, which at the time only included Future’s verse. After Jay-Z sent the verse back to him, Khaled had the temerity to take the request a step further. He hit Jay-Z back, asking for “the queen” to jump on the track.

Puff Daddy believes Father Asahd will become DJ Khaled’s landmark album

DJ Khaled counts Puff Daddy among his biggest influences, as a musician, a businessman, and a father. So when Khaled sat Puffy and Nas down to listen to the album’s “You Stay,” which flips Puff Daddy’s “Señorita” he was visibly on edge waiting for the patriarch’s blessing. After listening to the project and the accompanying music video, Puff Daddy proclaimed that Father Asahd would be DJ Khaled’s Illmatic, “your] Life After Death.” Oouf. Do you agree with that bold statement?

DJ Khaled has essentially become an executive producer on his own albums

Although Khaled got his start as a DJ and continues to be listed as a producer on his albums, the documentary portrayal his artistic process never shows the man himself behind the computer. Instead, Khaled has become a celebrity curator, telling his sound engineers (whom deserve a lot credit) and collaborators the kinds arrangements and sounds he wants to hear on each track. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, but it was refreshing to see Travis Scott jump into the production chair and do the work on his own contributions to the album with a verse on the song “Celebrity.”

Khaled is a loving father, but it’s still hard to see how the album connects to fatherhood

Large portions the documentary are devoted to scenes Khaled and his wife, Nicole Tuck, doting on their son, the album’s namesake. For all the photoshoots and time spent introducing his son to Khaled’s celebrity friends, we never get to hear Khaled’s thoughts on fatherhood, on the role his son has played in his life, the way it has changed his music. When asked, he’s prone to throw some platitudes at you and suggest that the answers are to be found in the content his verses, but a successful articulation the issue remains elusive.

Nipsey Hussle continues being honored in DJ Khaled’s projects

When DJ Khaled released the music video for the song “Higher,” he did so in honor Nipsey Hussle, who is featured on the song and appeared in its music video. Prits from the single’s release will go directly to supporting Nipsey Hussle’s children. DJ Khaled devoted a moment his documentary to describing how the song came together. Following a long conversation about minority ownership and systemic racism, Nipsey Hussle recorded his verse, which DJ Khaled said contained the exact same ideas and content that they had discussed just minutes before.

DJ Khaled’s musical ambitions have grown to an international scale

Khaled knows his biggest strength: He is just ingratiating enough, and just trustworthy enough to produce hits, that every performer will give him a shot— and more than ten it works out for everyone involved. In creating the song “You Say,” DJ Khaled revealed that he deliberately sought to reach out to the Latino world and “touch people’s soul and bones,” hence his collaboration with J Balvin. Just as crucial to this album were Sizzla and Buju Banton, who literally took this project to Jamaica. “I felt like I was in Kingston, but in my studio,” Khaled said after recording Sizzla’s track. The documentary includes footage DJ Khaled shooting his music video for the song “Holy Mountain” and mingling with locals in Jamaica. 

Amber Heard’s Final Texts To Johnny Depp Revealed: "I Have Nothing But Love For You"

In the latest news concerned with Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s messy divorce, Johnny Depp shared what he claims was his final text from Amber Heard. In court papers filed in Fairfax County, Virginia and obtained by Daily Mail, Depp also claims to have spoken with a number Heard’s former partners about her alleged history abuse (even detailing an incident between Heard and her ex-wife which resulted in the actress having to spend a night in jail).

Heard said in her text to Depp that the two could “do this or undue sic] this as we see fit. You and I have the control. And love each other.” Another text read: ‘I thought you filed for divorce]. You said you were going to and said goodbye.· I’m sorry if I’ve hurt you. I have nothing but love for you.’  

Amber Heard's Final Texts To Johnny Depp Revealed: "I Have Nothing But Love For You"

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However, as Depp pointed out, that sentiment didn’t last long. “When I did not accede to her demand for money, Ms. Heard publicly accused me domestic violence, seeking and receiving a temporary restraining order against me when appearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, May 27, 2016 with a first-ever-seen prominent bruise and cut on her face that she claimed resulted from being hit in the face by a cell phone thrown by me and further facial battering from “some appendage” mine on the evening May 21, 2016,” wrote Depp in his declaration. Depp insisted that the “domestic violence allegation was untrue, and Ms. Heard’s purported injury was staged.’

Depp also spoke an incident that happened ten years ago, which involved Heard and her then-wife. “Ms. Heard was arrested in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in 2009 after police ficers observed her committing domestic violence against her then-wife Tasya Van Ree,” wrote Depp. He continued to detail how Van Ree had asked police to arrest Heard, but that the prosecutor declined to charge her “only because neither she nor her victim were residents King County, Washington, but not before Ms. Heard spent a night in jail and appeared before a judge in court.”

Amber Heard's Final Texts To Johnny Depp Revealed: "I Have Nothing But Love For You"

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The actor went on to admit that he had spoken to others who were involved in similar situations with Heard. “Several women who have been in a relationship with Ms. Heard have come forward to share their personal experiences brutal violence and other abuse at the hands Ms. Heard,” revealed Depp. “My advisors have and continue to interview these victims, who remain deeply fearful Ms. Heard, and to collect evidence from these victims.”

The declaration also detailed why he believed Heard was acting this way, placing the blame on pills. “While mixing prescription amphetamines and non-prescription drugs with alcohol, Ms. Heard committed innumerable acts domestic violence against me, ten in the presence third-party witnesses, which in some instances caused me serious bodily injury,’ stated Depp. “Multiple  these commissions violence against me she has even admitted to under oath.”

The way things are going now, it’s looking like this he-said-she-said situation is going to be dragged on a little longer, with both parties continuing to make opposing claims. Who do you guys believe?

What’s The Best Kanye West Era?

Kanye West is an undeniably enduring artist. His continued relevance, while undoubtedly partially fueled by controversy, is remarkable in its longevity as compared to most pop artists. While the general crowing usually amounts to “I like the old Kanye,” (a criticism West has poked fun at himself on later records) in reference, more ten than not, to his critically lauded and culturally ubiquitous debut The College Dropout and its follow up Late Registration, as West’s career developed he became more experimental and arguably more influential. Rather than ranking his albums from best to worst, as is the general practice music blogs internet-wide, we’re here to answer a question less specific but perhaps more qualifiable; What is the best Kanye era?

What's The Best Kanye West Era?

Kanye West performing in 2003 in New York City – Mark Mainz/Getty s

For the consideration “best,” rather than a subjective take on this writer’s favorite era, we will take into consideration a number factors. These factors are: critical acclaim, influence, social relevance, and the era’s importance relative to West’s career as a whole.

The eras will be defined as such-

-2004-2006,The College Dropout through Late Registration

-2007-2009,Graduation through 808’s and Heartbreak

-2010-2014,My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy through Yeezus

-2015-current day,The Life Pablo through Ye

The College Dropout and Late Registration, released in successive years, purified the production work Kanye had been doing for artists like Jay-Z before releasing his debut. They featured sped up soul samples, gospel elements, string sections and a keen-if controversial (and correct)-eye turned toward social and racial injustice. George Bush does not care about black people. These records ushered in an onslaught copycats and hangers-on mimicking Kanye’s backpack-toting, polo-wearing style. They were critical successes, though this would prove to be a consistent theme throughout West’s career.

Graduation and 808s and Heartbreak were West’s (mostly successful) attempts to reconfigure the pop landscape as a whole. Where Graduation is all exuberant pop production under raps both boastful and hopeful, 808s is a mournful album bordering on electronic music, a nearly rap free exploration Kanye’s introspection and sorrow following the death his mother and the dissolution his engagement to Alexis Phifer. Despite producing a massive first single in “Love Lockdown,” it was Kanye’s first record to receive mixed reviews. It has gone on to become a beloved piece work, and a signal what was about to come in the musical landscape.

What's The Best Kanye West Era?

Kanye West and then-girlfriend Alexis attend the Jeremy Scott Spring 2007 Fashion show – Mat Szwajkos/Getty s

After a weeks long stint releasing one-f collaborative singles that Kanye termed GOOD Fridays (after his label GOOD Music), Kanye released what many consider his masterwork. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a massive, paradigm-exploding piece pop maximalism and prog-rap. On it Kanye sounds tortured and reflective, maintaining his signature braggadocio while paradoxically poking holes in it at every turn. It was his most critically successful album, earning the coveted and elusive rating 10 from Pitchfork, and perfect marks almost across the board. He followed that album with Watch the Throne, a collaborative album with long time mentor Jay-Z. It was well-liked critically, and several the songs, not least all “N****s in Paris,” became cultural touchstones for years to come. Following Watch the Throne, he released an album songs featuring all the GOOD Music artists he’d signed. It was mostly ignored, with the exception the smash summer jam “Mercy.” To bookend this era, Kanye released the jarring, violent Yeezus. It confounded listeners but was beloved by critics. It produced a devoted following amongst Kanye fans, garnered very little radio success, and changed rap music for the foreseeable future.

Kanye took some time f after Yeezus, releasing a few singles like the brash “All Day” and the sweet, Paul Mccartney featuring “Only One,” an ode to both his mother and his newly born daughter. His long promised follow up to Yeezus seemed like it would never come. Then, with little fanfare, Kanye dropped lead single “Real Friends.” It enticed die hards and West classicists alike, as it sounded like a new take on old Kanye. A slightly belabored rollout his next album The Life Pablo followed, an album West termed a “living album” due to his insistence on constantly tweaking the songs on their digital and streaming platforms, the only mediums through which it was released. It played as a quality but scattershot tour through West’s oeuvre. Its most lasting song, opener “Ultralight Beams,” is notable mostly for the verse contributed by Chance the Rapper, though the song was an undeniably important moment Christ-like repentance for Kanye. For the time being. “Saint Pablo,” the tour that followed TLOP, was unceremoniously cut short as Kanye suffered a mental breakdown that slowly played out on(floating)stage. He proselytized about the greatness Donald Trump, threatened violence against the estranged Jay-Z, and generally fell apart. Shortly after the tour, he was hospitalized and diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

What's The Best Kanye West Era?

Donald Trump and Kanye West in the lobby  the Trump Tower, 2016 – Drew Angerer/Getty s

After a nearly two year fallow period, Kanye reappeared on Twitter invigorated and ready to spout nonsense. He big-upped the idiotic pseudo-intellectual and twitter provocateur Candace Owens, a noted black conservative who dabbled in dangerous topics racism denial and respectability politics. He continued his love affair with Trump. He went on TMZ and declared that slavery was a choice. He then dialed it back and admitted that much it was due to bipolar episodes. He released the short and confessional Ye shortly thereafter. It is a touching and problematic exploration Kanye’s experience  with the disease, and is his least well-reviewed album to date. It produced no singles– though it wasn’t designed to do so– and was followed by the similarly low-key Kids See Ghosts, a collaboration with longtime cohort Kid Cudi. Both albums were accepted by Kanye devotees, though the general public seemed not to take much notice.

Considering the qualifying factors previously established and the subsequent analysis, it is clear (to this writer) that the best Kanye West era is the 2009-2014 era. It produced Kanye’s most compelling work, the peak his notoriety, and his critical apex. The beautiful and expansive MBDTF pulses with revolutionary ideas and explodes into brilliant supernovae never explored in music-let alone rap music-before. It is somehow both experimental and accessible, Kanye remaking the form before our eyes. He infuriated the public for years prior to its release (hello Taylor Swift), then holed up in Hawaii with a team collaborators including Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and longtime producer Mike Dean, and came back with a more than sufficient fering; an all out classic that served as a look to the future and a map Kanye’s soul.

Watch the Throne was massive, world beating and, most importantly, fun as hell. The subsequent tour was a huge success, a bacchanalian celebration Kanye and Jay’s not yet soured relationship, as well as their  successes, both solo and as creative partners. It’s still one Kanye’s most celebratory listens.

What's The Best Kanye West Era?

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Yeezus is, arguably, Kanye’s most important album. After years success and public approval, he zigged. He assembled a flawlessly dark and confrontational album with production that sounded like deranged lumberjacks ripping apart steel drums with a rusty chainsaw while dirty synths soundtrack their destruction alongside songs like “Hold My Liquor,” which sound so mired in primordial sludge that Kanye seems to rap from the thick it, covered in ooze and gasping for air. It is thrilling, self destructive, endlessly inventive and crushingly unique. At the end this evocation personal hell, Kanye closes the album with “Bound 2,” a soulful and sunny track that serves as a winking assurance to the audience. “Don’t worry,” he seems to say, “I can still pull this shit f too.”

The 2009-2014 era produced three memorable albums, one collaborative clunker, endless critical praise and furious public speculation. Most notably, it operates as a microcosm Kanye’s psyche and career as a whole. It is bookended by his two extremes, the two poles he would later come to embrace and, admirably, seek help to control. MBDTF changed the world, but Yeezus changed Yeezy forever.

What’s your favorite Kanye era in our breakdown above? Sound f in the comments.

Cardi B Cancels Performance Due to Surgery Complications

Cardi B has dropped out of her performance at a Memorial Day Weekend concert in Maryland due to complications from recent cosmetic surgeries.

The “Money” rapper was set to headline the 92Q Spring Bling Festival on Friday night in Baltimore, but had to cancel after experiencing complications from her recent liposuction and breast augmentation. According to TMZ, it become so bad that she is unable to perform.

Her doctors have recommended that she takes a couple of weeks to let the swelling go down and for her body to fully recover.

Cardi has been going non-stop, performing at festivals including Rolling Loud Miami and the launch party for her Fashion Nova collection. But the heavy workload is seemingly taking a toll on her body.

During her performance at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis on May 5, the 26-year-old rapper admitted that she shouldn’t be on stage. “I shouldn’t really be performing,” she told the crowd. “I should have canceled today because moving too much is gonna f**k up my lipo. But bitch I’m still gonna get this motherfu**ing money bag, let’s go!”

Cardi has been open about her plastic surgery. “I still feel like I got a lot of love handles right here,” she said following the birth to her daughter Kulture in July. “It’s not much but it’s like—I’m used to having, like, a real tight stomach … I might just get a little lipo, you know what I’m sayin’.”

Organizers for 92Q’s Spring Bling have already announced a makeup date of Sept. 8 for the festival, which also features Yo Gotti and Blueface. All tickets are transferable for the new date.

Inside Kylie Skin’s Launch Party: Pink Sushi and Roller Skates

Kylie Jenner was supported by the whole Kardashian/Jenner clan on Tuesday night as she launched her new skincare line, Kylie Skin, in Los Angeles. Despite recently receiving major backlash for the harmful properties one her brand’s products, the walnut scrub, she appeared to be in good graces as she documented the whole affair on her Instagram.

The 21-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star has previously proved that she goes all out on themes for parties, and a peek inside this party saw that she certainly didn’t hold back this time, showing a stunning attention to every detail the night from the star.

The party was held in a skating rink, and guests – including Madison Beer, James Charles, and celebrity hairstylist Tokyo Stylez – enjoyed spinning around in skates all night, whilst being treated to an abundance treats. The theme this time was pink (to match the packaging her new brand), and Kylie did not hold back at all. Guests were treated to an excess munchies, including pizza, cheesy fries, cupcakes, ramen and sushi, all which were either pink in color, or in pink packaging embellished with the logo “Kylie Skin.” The beverages the night were also predictably on brand, sticking to the pink color scheme by way flower petal toppings.

As with any Kardashian bash, the party was intricately documented on social media with the whole fam – minus supermodel Kendall, who was headed to Cannes at the time – sharing stunning snaps. 

Denzel Curry Announces Forthcoming Album "ZUU" Release Date

In 2018, Denzel Curry took hip hop by storm with his Billboard 200 charting album TA13OO, and following his critically-acclaimed release is his sophomore effort ZUU that’s set to drop on May 31 on Loma Vista Recordings. The Florida spitter recently delivered his blazing single “RICKY,” a track named after his father that was paired with an accompanying, backyard brawling visual in tribute to his brother. His unique artistry is refreshing as Curry bends from the norm and creates a lane for himself while taking hold his eccentricities without allowing them to become f-putting.

The lyricist has been hailed by newcomers and established artists alike as they clamor to collaborate with the flourishing artist. With ZUU, it’s said that listeners will find Curry “returning to his South Florida roots both sonically and thematically.” The rapper is fresh f performing at Miami’s Rolling Loud festival and beginning May 29 he’ll be touring with Billie Eilish throughout North America until July 13. In late July and August, he’ll be hitting the road with $uicideBoy$. Back in December, the rapper also revealed that he’ll be embarking on a headlining European tour and tickets for those shows will go on sale this Friday.

Denzel Curry Announces Forthcoming Album "ZUU" Release Date

Upcoming Tour Dates

5/24-5/26 Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
5/29 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium^
5/31 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center^
6/1 – New York, NY @ Governor’s Ball
6/2 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park^
6/4 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Great Saltair^
6/5 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater^
6/7 – Kansas City, MO @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena^
6/8 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory^
6/9 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom^
6/11 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage^
6/12 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell^
6/14 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion^
6/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ The MET Philadelphia^
6/18 – New York, NY @ The Rotop at Pier 17
6/19 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall^
6/20 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem^
6/21- Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater^
6/22 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
6/23 – Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park^
6/27 – Shepton Mallet, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
6/28 – Wretcher, BE @ Rock Wretcher
6/29 – Stockholm, SE @ Lollapalooza Stockholm
6/30 – St. Petersburg, RU @ Locals Only Festival
7/3 – Oslo, NO @ Kadetten
7/4 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
7/5 – Zamardi, HU @ Balaton Sound
7/6 – Dublin, IE @ Longitude
7/7 – London, UK @ Wireless
7/9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall
7/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall
7/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre^
7/13 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater^
7/14 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle
7/21 – Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
7/27 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA*
7/28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rawhide Event Center*
7/30 – Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory*
7/31 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center*
8/1-8/4 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/2-8/4 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga
8/7 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre*
8/9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Ford Amphitheatre*
8/9-8/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
8/13 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre*
8/14 – Milwaukee, MI @ Eagles Ballroom*
8/18 – Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre*
8/19 – Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom*
8/21 – Magna, UT @ The Great Saltair*
8/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall*

12/3 – London, UK @ The Roundhouse
12/5 – Dublin, UK @ The Helix
12/6 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
12/8 – Tilburg, NL @ 013
12/9 – Paris, FR @ Salle Wagram
12/10 – Brussels, BE @ AB
12/11 – Cologne, DE @ Carlswerk Victoria
12/13 – Hamburg, DE@ Docks
12/17 – Esch-Sur-Alzette, LU @ Rockhal Club

^ = w/ Billie Eilish
* = w/ $uicideBoy$

Pharrell Williams Delivers Rousing Speech To UVA Graduates, Hints About Abortion Ban

Everyone knows Pharrell Williams loves to represent Virginia to the fullest. Not long ago he put on his successful “Something In The Water” festival in his home state, and he recently returned to visit the graduating class the University Virginia. Hoping to inspire them with a moving speech, the 46-year-old music icon delivered a keynote address at 2019’s Valedictory Exercises that they’ll remember for the remainder their days.

Pharrell admitted that Virginia has a “complicated history,” a mention that is certain to include the legalization slavery and the white nationalist rally that ended in a murder back in 2017. Yet, he also stated that Virginians have gone on to do great things in a variety vocations, business endeavors, and artistic efforts. “Virginia has continued to produce icons, and I know that there are a bunch future icons in this room waiting to reveal yourself,” Pharrell said. “But my deep love for Virginia and for its people does not blind me to the fact that there is also troubled water here. In fact, my love for Virginia heightens my awareness that Virginia has a complicated history, a history that continues to shape the present.”

“The world needs you. In fact, I think the world could use a little more Virginia,” he said as the audience cheered. “We ended slavery—you would think we’d be tired telling other humans what they can and cannot do with their bodies. Haven’t we learned our lessons about trying to govern human bodies?” the musician asked as an obvious nod to the recent controversy surrounding Alabama’s abortion ban.

“I personally believe that positivity is something that we should bottle up because the world as we know it, and we see it, needs it,” he continued. “The good thing is your generation knows all this already. I am just here to nudge you again as you move on from classrooms to boardrooms. When I look out, I see thinkers, innovators, rule breakers. I see ambition. I see energy. I see bold, audacious dreams that are bound to disrupt,” he added. “History has been anticipating you. Don’t keep it waiting any longer, 2019…and definitely don’t fail to make your mark.”

Pharrell Williams Delivers Rousing Speech To UVA Graduates, Hints About Abortion Ban

Cardi B, Future & Tyga Help Make Montreal’s Metro Metro Festival An Instant Hit

With the success hip-hop festivals such as Rolling Loud, it’s no surprise that cities around the world have tried to recreate that energy with events their own. The newly-inaugurated Metro Metro Festival in Montreal, Canada is one such event, hopinh to bring the biggest hip-hop fans in the city together for two days exciting acts, not just limited to local talent, but some the strongest artists in the world.

First-year festivals can be hit or miss thanks to the assumed inexperience those who are putting the show together. Luckily for Montreal hip-hop fans, the festival was a masterclass in delivering on a promise set forth by the marketing team. With a healthy dose festival-goers, Metro Metro brought so much energy to Montreal’s Olympic Stadium that even the artists were impressed.

In just its freshman year, the festival was able to bring huge names to the stage with every single one putting on a memorable performance that left the crowd mesmerized. If you missed out on the action, here are some the best performances the weekend.


A$AP Ferg

Cardi B, Future & Tyga Help Make Montreal's Metro Metro Festival An Instant Hit
Brian Ach/Getty s — A$AP Ferg performs onstage at SOMETHING IN THE WATER – Day 2 on April 27, 2019 in Virginia Beach City.

If there’s one thing you need to know about an A$AP Ferg performance, it’s that the New York-born rapper will come through with an insane amount energy. At times, Ferg was getting so into his set that a member his team would swing by the stage, pass him a towel to wipe f any excess sweat forming on his forehead, and jet f. The man is passionate about putting on a good show and you can tell from the opening moments his performance.

With a few hits in his arsenal, predicting his set can be a little easy at this point. You know you’re going to hear “Nasty,” “Shabba,” and a few others. More likely than not, “Plain Jane” will finish f the show. With the release his brand new track “Pups” the week prior to the festival, Ferg practiced his performance the A$AP Rocky-assisted track, exhibiting tons intensity and inviting the crowd to interact with call-and-response gestures.

A$AP Ferg performed in the evening as a warm-up to stars like Cardi B, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, and others. With his hard-hitting rhymes and unmistakable energy, he ended up stealing the show.

– Alex Zidel


Tyga

Cardi B, Future & Tyga Help Make Montreal's Metro Metro Festival An Instant Hit
Scott Dudelson/Getty s — Tyga performs onstage during The Liftf presented by Power 106 at FivePoint Amphitheatre on May 18, 2019 in Irvine, California

Tyyyyyga? Tyga!? A few years ago, adding Tyga to a list the best festival sets would have been unthinkable. After his unpredictable comeback last year, the Californian has become more credible than ever before in his career. He’s managed to carve a very distinct lane for himself. For some reason, we’re all okay with T-Raw rapping about ass and money now. In fact, we’re more than just okay with it, we’re quite pleased. 

All those bangers were performed during his Metro Metro set too. Even those who don’t listen to Tyga on the regular were impressed by his set, which speaks volumes. Going back to his popular collaborations with Chris Brown, the rapper came through with “Ayo,” “Loyal,” and more. Much his recent catalog was on display too, with “Go Loko,” “Taste” and “Dip” keeping the crowd lit. Songs like “Hookah” served as nice throwbacks while others gave us a look into what T-Raw may be planning for 2019.

If you think about it, Tyga is arguably the perfect type artist to book for a festival. He’s got enough crossover hits to make even the least-interested person nod their head and if he goes deep enough into his repertoire, you can guarantee he’ll surprise you with some hidden gems that you forgot he even had a part in creating.

– Alex Zidel


Cardi B

Cardi B, Future & Tyga Help Make Montreal's Metro Metro Festival An Instant Hit
Thaddaeus McAdams/Getty s — Cardi B performs at Rolling Loud Miami 2019 at Miami Gardens on May 11, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

If you haven’t seen Cardi B live yet, you’re truly missing out. Yes, she’s brash and she ten divulges way too much information during her live-streams, but she’s a damn-good performer. The star recently signed on for an exclusive residency at the Palms in Las Vegas, which you can read about here, and she’s also becoming somewhat a festival mainstay. If you’re able to book Bardi, you know that your festival is pretty legitimate. Despite the infancy Metro Metro as a globally-known festival, the Montreal party managed to get some major names to perform for the audience thousands. One the biggest draws was Cardi B.

The Bronx-born rapper headlined the first night the festival and people made sure to stick around to watch her perform her hits. The majority festival-goers were unsure if she would even show up. She did appear, though, and on top that, she was on time, impacting the Canadian crowd just after 10:00 PM.

Performing her most well-known songs like “Money,” “Bartier Cardi,” “Bodak Yellow,” and others, the Grammy winner also dropped a slew her popular features. Her collaborations with Maroon 5, Pardison Fontaine and, course, her hubby Offset, were highlights her set. Cardi had one the most elaborate stage designs the entire weekend, hiring a crew to ensure everything was up to her standard. As the last performance the first night, she made sure people got their money’s worth and considering this was her first time rapping in Montreal, she seemed impressed by the rowdiness the crowd, who just couldn’t get enough her.

– Alex Zidel


Juice WRLD

Cardi B, Future & Tyga Help Make Montreal's Metro Metro Festival An Instant Hit
Paras Griffin/Getty s —  Juice WRLD performs in concert during “Death Race For Love” tour at Coca-Cola Roxy on May 12, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia

Coming f his brand new album Death Race For Love, Juice WRLD is one the hottest artists in the game right now. His unique emo-rock infused style has won over the hearts hip-hop fans, as well as people who might not otherwise be interested in hip-hop. His style elicits a feeling nostalgia from back when My Chemical Romance and The All-American Rejects were the biggest things on the radio.

Juice WRLD made sure to play all his biggest hits, including songs like “All Girls Are The Same,” “Hear Me Calling,” and “Lucid Dreams.” In addition to these songs, Juice made sure to play some his deeper cuts such as “Lean With Me” which helped keep the energy going. He even went into an emotional rendition XXXTentacion’s “Sad!” which had the crowd singing along the whole time.

One thing that was interesting about the performance is how Juice WRLD performs like a rock singer. He tends to stay in one place as the mic remains latched onto the stand. It makes his concerts feel like a healthy mix between a hip-hop show and a rock concert. Juice makes sure to sing every single note and doesn’t give in to the trend simply dancing to your own backing track. The Chicago artist makes sure you get your money’s worth out performances which in 2019, is truly admirable.

– Alexander Cole


Future

Cardi B, Future & Tyga Help Make Montreal's Metro Metro Festival An Instant Hit
Matthew Sperzel/Getty s — Future performs on stage during the EDC Japan on May 11, 2019 in Chiba, Japan

Perhaps the biggest draw the entire weekend, Future graced the Metro Metro stage in style as he played his vast collection hits that span the better part the decade. Considering Future has remained a little bit more lowkey over the last year, it’s easy to forget just how many phenomenal songs he has. If you went to the concert to turn up to his biggest bangers, you definitely left the festival satisfied.

Future knows how to play to his strengths and that’s why it’s no surprise that he played songs like “March Madness,” “Jumpman,” “F*ck Up Some Commas,” and “Wicked.” For most the performance, Future was joined by two his dancers who brought a ton energy to the stage. What was nice about the dancers is that they have so much chemistry with Future, that even the rapper joined in on the fun during the peak parts his best songs. The crowd seemed to be impressed with the dancers as well, some people in the VIP area could be seen trying to mimic their moves.

One the best parts Future’s set was when he brought Juice WRLD back out for a rendition “Fine China” f their joint album WRLD On Drugs. Future paid respect to Juice WRLD as he told him to keep taking control the rap game. That’s when Juice returned the compliment, telling Future that he learned from the best. From there, Future closed the show by playing a collection songs from his latest album The WIZRD, including a crowd-pumping version “Call The Coroner.”

The Atlanta rapper finished f his set by thanking the raucous crowd which he claimed had “tried to kill him]” with their rambunctious energy. Future was the perfect ending to the first-ever edition the Metro Metro Festival.

If the festival can put on this type show next year, it will surely be a success for years to come.

– Alexander Cole

Donald Trump Jr. Wants To Run For Mayor Of New York

Political families, more ten than not, birth dynasties. Take the Roosevelts, the Kennedys, the Clintons, THE BUSHES – plus there’s no way for us to overlook those Rockefellers. This time however, it’s Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., who’s attempting to follow in the footsteps his father. Rumour has it that the eldest child the President would like to run for mayor. Of where you may ask? Well, where other than New York City?

The New York Post’s gossip column, Page Six, reports Tuesday that the President’s son is considering a bid to replace Bill de Blasio as New York City mayor. Though he’s attempting to fulfill his father’s lifelong dream getting his name on the mailbox at Gracie Mansion, the time may have passed for a Trump to steer New York City’s city government. The Trump name is now one and the same with the Republican Party, and NYC isn’t likely to elect a Republican, no matter which name follows the “R” on the ballot.

Donald Trump Jr. Wants To Run For Mayor Of New York

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Donald Trump Jr. would have to win the race to become mayor New York City to cause problems for Bill de Blasio who is, inexplicably, out on the trail campaigning for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, despite his lack  acclaim in his own city. De Blasio’s campaign, has been centered on attacking Donald Trump, and according to Politico, while that’s doing very little to attract people to his cause, it is sparking the flames a feud between de Blasio and the White House. “I’m a New Yorker. I’ve known Trump’s a bully for a long time. This is not news to me or anyone else here,” de Blasio states in his campaign video. “And I know how to take him on.”

Trump, after taking notice, took to Twitter to send out a clear message mocking the mayor: “The Dems are getting another beauty to join their group. Bill de Blasio NYC, considered the worst mayor in the U.S., will supposedly be making an announcement for president today. He is a JOKE, but if you like high taxes & crime, he’s your man. NYC HATES HIM!” Donald, Jr.’s brother, Eric, got involved too, getting into a pretty heated exchange with de Blasio on Twitter last week over claims that de Blasio’s “Green New Deal” was designed largely to punish successful corporations, fining companies like the Trump Organization millions to pay for a scheme socialist environmental policies. 

Though De Blasio claimed the green deal wasn’t personal, his fice tweeted out a list NYC-based Trump properties and how much each would be charged to finance the mayor’s new plan. This lead the exchange to get so heated, the President  eventually got involved, retweeting his son’s responses to de Blasio, including a tweet where Eric Trump accused de Blasio  letting New York City “go to sh*t.”

Denzel Curry Announces Listening Party For "Speedboat"

Florida rapper, Denzel Curry, took to Twitter last night to inform fans a listening party he would be hosting on 22 May for “Speedboat,” which he posted with accompanying cover art, featuring the rapper squatting and looking contemplative in front an orange background. Curry did not specify whether “Speedboat” would be a single or a whole album (given the fact he had not previously alluded to the possibility a new album any time soon), but fans are guessing the latter is probably the case.

The 24-year-old came out swinging on his 2018 release TA13OO, a record that earned him major critical acclaim. After recently releasing his brawling single, “Ricky,” as well as his collaboration with producer, Flying Lotus, on their new single “Black Balloons, Reprise” just this morning, he’s really proved that you should not be sleeping on him. 

Curry’s creative mind and rapid flows have come to define him as an artist, and fans now know to expect straight bangers – with his own unique, dynamic twist – from him. A look at our Top 10 Hardest Bangers list for the artist will give you a preview into the scope his talent, and his creative capabilities. So it’s really no surprise that most are anticipating the drop his latest album, and I definitely think it’s one to look out for.