Big Boi & Sleepy Brown Shut Down Andre 3000 Album Rumors: "Lies"

For all you who were thrilled at the prospect having another Andre 3000 album on the horizon, you may want to rein in your excitement. Days ago we reported on Inglewood, California rapper Thurz’s recent chat with Real 92.3’s Home Grown Radio. There was a moment when Thurz was asked what artists he was surprised to meet in person and he mentioned that “3 Stacks,” or Andre 3000,” stopped by Dr. Dre‘s studio while Thurz was there.

The hosts questioned if the Outkast rapper was working on new music and Thurz confirmed that Cupid Valentino has an album on the way. This news not only caused an explosion chatter at the radio station, but online as well. Reports Andre 3000’s forthcoming project circulated quickly, but during a visit to Atlanta’s Majic radio station’s Ryan Cameron Uncensored Speak show, Big Boi and Sleepy Brown called the information “lies.”

Both artists laughed at the story. “He was probably playing some music, but he’s not working on a record,” Big Boi said. “He’s been recording songs for years. Kinda recording, kinda just stacking up, but structured record? Not yet.” Sleepy Brown added, “The story is that he was in the studio with Anderson .Paak when Anderson .Paak was working on his thing and he played him some songs to see if he wanted to work on one them. I guess that guy was in there and] heard the songs.”

Big Boi shared that his Outkast collaborator is currently in Philadelphia shooting a television show. “He personally hit us and said, ‘Look mayne, if I was gon’ do this, y’all be the first to know,'” Sleepy Brown added. The Dungeon Family apparently keeps in contact by texting each other every day, so they sorted that out as soon as the rumors hit the streets. Check it out below.

Young M.A. Stops By Funk Flex To Drop A Ruthless Freestyle: "I’m a GOAT…"

It’s been two years since Young M.A. has dropped a project, but she made sure everyone would be waiting on their toes for her debut album by dropping singles and freestyles. Last August, a deadly five-minute freestyle from the Brooklyn MC on the L.A. Leakers radio show circled the Internet. Even when she’s making songs that get us dancing – like her recent single, “BIG” – it’s clear that bars are always a priority. Today, she stopped by Funk Flex’s studio to knock us out with some more rhymes f the top. She raps on two beats in a comfortable conversational tone. With diamond grills slurring her speech, she spits: 

“Tryna go head up with me, car collision
I can murder any you rapper from start to finish 
My drink devil, but I get high likes God’s position 
When life threw me a rod, n***, I started fishing
My palms started itching, got that drive like when you start the engine
I’m a GOAT, but I’m hardly mentioned”

Young M.A. is making up for her lengthy hiatus by dropping her 21-track album, Herstory in the Making, on September 26. Regarding the project, she said, “You’re gonna get the truth. You’re gonna get the cocky joints, the slick talk joints where I talk my talk, but then I’m gonna get personal. Real personal. That’s why this album is called Herstory In The Making, because it’s about all sides me.”

As she’s starting to hit all the hip hop radio stations for her promo run, the topic her uality has been coming up in conversation, as it ten does. However, when visiting Hollywood Unlocked yesterday, she made clear that she’s tired being labelled as a “lesbian rapper.” Young M.A. is just a rapper, and one the best out at that.  

Le’Veon Bell’s Baby Mama Hints At Relationship With Antonio Brown

Another woman has come forward with details about her relationship with Antonio Brown, but she isn’t accusing the All Pro receiver any wrongdoing. The issue here is that the woman, Cherise, is Le’Veon Bell’s baby mama.

Cherise responded to a series questions on her instagram story recently, during which she hinted at a relationship with Bell’s former Steelers teammate. For instance, when asked directly about “getting down” with AB, Cherise would only confirm that her week was “Boomin,” an obvious play on Brown’s favorite slogan. She also described her love for the Rolls-Royce Wraith, a car that Brown owns – although that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re smashing.

In addition to hints about AB’s Wraith and her “Boomin” week, she also tagged Foxborough, Massachusetts as the location in one her recent photos. Check out the screen shots her recent IG story below.

Le'Veon Bell's Baby Mama Hints At Relationship With Antonio Brown

Le'Veon Bell's Baby Mama Hints At Relationship With Antonio Brown

Le'Veon Bell's Baby Mama Hints At Relationship With Antonio Brown

Le'Veon Bell's Baby Mama Hints At Relationship With Antonio Brown

Cherise’s alleged involvement with Antonio Brown comes amid numerous ual assault allegations against the 31-year old receiver, including a lawsuit filed by is former trainer. The NFL is currently investigating the claims, and Brown has maintained his innocence from the start.

When asked about Brown’s situation earlier this week, Bell told ESPN’s Dianna Russini that AB is a good dude.

“Sometimes, it’s kinda hard to overcome when a lot negative things are happening or when people are saying a lot negative things about you,” the running back said Brown. “It’s like a snowball effect. It happened to me when I had my suspension. I don’t ever wanna get too low on myself. I hope Antonio’s doing the same thing. If I had to give him advice, that’s what I’d give him.”

Bell added: “If you know AB personally, you’ll know that he’s like, a good person. He’s not really trying to harm anybody. Maybe there’s something he wants and he’s trying to achieve it. He might go a different way about it than other people would but, it is what it is.”

How The Lil Uzi Vert Fit Pic Changed The Instagram Game

Lil Uzi Vert has always been a sort all-encompassing rap prophet to both masses fans and aspiring rappers alike. He’s embodied, and in a way, been a crucial link between commercial rap, mumble rap, soundcloud rap, emo rap and course, rappity-rap. With his unique way relaying relatable themes, like the emotions involved in heartbreak, alongside name-dropping big or else entirely obscure designers in his lyrics, he’s managed to tune us all into a new way expressing ourselves fashion. About a year or so ago, Uzi started posting pictures his outfits on his Instagram account in a new, simple yet avant-garde way. The pictures were seemingly taken on an iPhone– no need for a pressional photographer– with little to no editing or filtering. Each was, instead, well lit and detail-focused. When Instagram introduced the gallery post feature, Uzi took advantage and the result was so undeniably Uzi– from the styling, to the perfected and particular poses, to the focus on details– there was, and is, no way anyone could reproduce the Uzi Fit Pic without his influence clearly felt.

Scroll through your Instagram feed right now, you can see Uzi’s influence across the board. He basically introduced a new way to flex; which is a central part any rapper’s marketing and image. In the end, we could even argue that stars like Rihanna and Kylie Jenner, who aren’t even rappers, are using the Uzi Fit method for some their photos. 

There are so many artists, and so many ways to take Uzi’s method and individualize it, so for the sake continuity we decided to set some slight parameters as to what a Lil Uzi style fit pic entails.

They are:

  1. Shot on an iPhone
  2. At least 3 photos in one post
  3. Some sort close-up/detail shot
  4. Shoe shots (jewelry can substitute but the close-up on the shoes is what really makes it an Uzi Fit moment) 
  5. Just for fun: Varying angles

Let’s start out with some examples.

Lil Uzi Vert

Big Bags.

The Mega Goyard, the Goyard Super, the Oversized Goyard, it’s all heart stopping; the way he print mixes the Damier with the monogram is tres chic.

These next few feature the classic Uzi Anime pose: legs together, shoulders squared, smile otherworldly, bright, surreal yet slightly uniform-like fits. And angles, course. A variety. 

One the most classic signs an Uzi original are the inclusion a non-clothing items that also matches the fit like:

Mini Donuts 

Balenciaga Magazine

Rihanna

Let’s start out with Rihanna because she’s absolutely killing it right now in the fashion game. These iPhone shots, the blur, the perfect imperfection and the partial shoe shot are all exactly what we never knew we wanted from Rih, but Uzi must have known all along. 

Kylie Jenner

Kylie has more than a few examples although this one is the winner in terms our established ground rules (above). She has the multiples, the shoes visible, there are some mid close-ups, and accessories are present although not overtly presented as a flex. Honestly though, Uzi’s influence on one the biggest influencers currently isn’t that surprising. 

Kodie Shane

A lot the women in the game are particularly good at aligning drip and personality– adding their own touches to the Uzi style photos. Kodie Shane’s big personality always shows through in her stylistic choices and poses.

Trippie Redd & Coi Leray

Trippie is great with the “angles” factor an Uzi Fit type post. One thing that makes Uzi’s Instagram slides stand out are the fact that the shoe shots are angled. It’s not a straight street style shot, the shot is flying, the shot is moving and we get to see some crazy shoes.

Coi Leray, Trippie’s girlfriend, has arguably some the best style any artist out right now. She takes advantage every opportunity to showcase her fits and the way she puts them together are always wild. The balance y, tomboy, shoes and charcoal are all present in this first look:  

This shot really shows creativity and takes the selfie to the next level in a very Coi way. The surroundings are luxe but not staged, the poses are casual but thought out the details the fit are never lost:

SmokePurpp

We’ve got to give Smoke his props strictly for the amount twinkle, the black leather to match the all black fit and his finesse with getting the shoes into the shot as well. 

Gunna 

Gunna is definitely unique in his style and his presentation. From baby blue Goyards, to opting for a video component; Gunna knows how style the whole photo honestly.

Madeintyo

Nike Shox deserve to be a big deal again, and Madeintyo kept the flex lowkey with an all black pair and a Good Charlotte tee. The second look is honorable mention for the pants alone. 


Even by the seemingly innocuous act posting more style shots, Uzi has taken the pressure f needing a constant string pressional images and, in turn, is sharing his drip in a very authentic way which speaks directly to his fans. Playing to Instagram’s strengths, namely the instant ability to create something, share it, and interact with people all at once, is what makes the influence his fit pics even more interesting. With the fashion world taking more calculated risks and searching for design talent in unconventional ways, it’s definitely exciting to think about what directions Uzi’s career could take in the future. 

Ultimately, Instagram feed curation is a big deal. Everyone wants to tell some type story with their feed, portray some kind image. Instagram has been a popping f point for so many designers, rappers, artists, writers and business people alike and they’re all trying to figure out what keeps their fans close. Uzi, by simply being himself, has won every time. Whether it’s through his dancing, his style, his music or his honesty, we all feel like we know the real him in some way. The Uzi Fit Pic is just an extension that. It’s perhaps most interesting to note the range artists that Uzi has influenced — and even the non-artists, the average influencer– from Swae Lee to Gnar, everyone is investing more time in curating their feed with a mix photography styles to show their audience a different sides themselves. 

Selena Gomez Is Producing Netflix Documentary 'Living Undocumented'

Selena Gomez is set to serve as an executive producer for Living Undocumented, a Netflix documentary series that will follow the journeys of eight undocumented-immigrant families.

The show’s first season will release on Netflix on October 2nd; eight real-life families volunteered to be filmed for the work. Netflix recently posted a two-minute trailer of the program, which had garnered about 40,000 views at the time of writing.

Living Undocumented‘s official description reads: “Eight undocumented families’ fates roller-coast as the United States’ immigration policies are transformed.” Living Undocumented is described as “provocative” and “emotional” by Netflix.

Predictably, many have come out in favor of Living Undocumented, while many others have voiced their opposition to the series.

Though Gomez continues to be involved in the music industry, she’s dedicated a large chunk of the last seven years to developing her acting career. She’s voiced Marvis in each of the three Hotel Transylvania films that have been released to date (a fourth is scheduled to hit theaters in 2021, and Gomez has already signed on to reprise her character).

This year, Selena Gomez has had roles in The Dead Don’t Die (which also featured Bill Murray and Steve Buscemi) and Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York. Gomez has provided her voice to Dolittle, which stars Robert Downey Jr. and will debut in theaters in 2020.

Stated in short, Gomez’s interest in the film and television industry isn’t new. Moving forward, it seems that the 27-year-old will continue to attach her name to projects that she finds personally interesting—even if she’s not part of the on-screen cast.

Gomez’s most recent studio album, Revival, dropped in 2015. The work received mostly positive reviews from critics and sold well. Selena embarked on the Revival Tour, a 55-show concert series, to support the album. She is reportedly working on a new studio album, but little reliable information has been made available.

Here’s a trailer for Living Undocumented.

 

Mac Miller Leaves $11 Million Fortune to Family and Friends

Mac Miller is leaving behind an $11 million fortune.

The late rapper’s estate has been appraised at about $11.3 million, which will be divided among his closest family and friends.

According to legal docs obtained by TMZ, Miller’s assets include his personal property and cash on hand. His friends will inherit a vast majority of his belongings, including his jewelry, while his family will get the rest.

Mac’s friend Bryan Johnson will receive all of his clothing and electronics, including his TV, laptop, and iPads. His other friend, Q Chandler-Cuff, is the benefactor of 20 pieces of jewelry, which is valued at several tens of thousands of dollars.

Musician and producer Dylan Rectenwald will receive Mac’s musical instruments and equipment, including a $5,000 guitar. Mac’s household furnishings, valued around $20,000, will go to someone named Jimmy Murton.

Mac’s family, including his mother, father, and brother, will receive over $5 million in bank and brokerage accounts, in addition to whatever else he had to his name.

Miller died from a lethal combination of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol at his home in Studio City, Calif. home on Sept. 7, 2018. Earlier this month, a Hollywood Hills man was arrested and charged in connection with Miller’s death. Cameron James Pettit allegedly supplied Miller with counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl.

Lil Uzi Vert Explains Why He Quit Music In Rare Interview

Philadelphia recording artist Lil Uzi Vert is an interesting character. He is unlike anybody else in the rap game. His personality is eccentric and he rarely opens up to the public, leaving an air mystery about him. For the last couple years, Uzi’s musical releases have dramatically slowed down and with so many issues at his label, his decision to quit music made sense. The young artist was frustrated and figured that he could no longer fulfill his prophecy, choosing to find a new path. We’re all still waiting for Eternal Atake and, given the fact that he’s released a duo new singles this year, it may still be on the way. Rarely does Uzi ever run press. This week though, a new interview has been published by GQ about the “XO Tour Llif3” superstar and he’s revealing his true passions to the world.

If you take a quick look at his social media accounts, you’ll see that Lil Uzi Vert is one the best-dressed men in the entire music industry. He boasts about having no stylist and, as the publication notes in their introductory statements, his hotel room regularly looks like a tornado hit the center a high-end Bergdorf Goodman shop. He told the interviewer about his love music, revealing why he’s still battling forward.

“I like making music, and I like making people happy,” said Uzi. “But the music is whatever, bro. I really do it just to make my family happy. Like, it’s just something for my family to talk about.”

When he was asked about his decision to stop creating music, he got quiet but still responded. “I dunno, just how I felt. That’s all,” he said. “I just wanted to be more normal.” His head is still screwed on straight though and it’s all for a larger goal. “The ultimate goal is buying a Bugatti,” said Uzi about his purpose in life.

Tory Lanez May Work With 6ix9ine In The Future: "I Kinda Miss That Guy"

Prior to Tekashi 6ix9ine taking the stand in his kidnapping trial on Tuesday, there were plenty his fellow artists who swore f ever working with him. Some have written him f completely while a handful others continue to support the New York rapper who has turned into a federal informant. During Tekashi’s testimony, it was revealed that the rapper became a source for the government the day after he was arrested he and named f his associates, their crimes, and even stated that fellow rapper Trippie Red was a gang member.

This news shook up the hip hop industry as Tekashi’s trial has been a topic conversations for the better part a year, but before he was pegged to be a snitch, the 23-year-old collaborated with friends to deliver popular hits. Nicki Minaj, Fetty Wap, Murda Beatz, A Boogie with da Hoodie, Anuel AA, Bobby Shmurda, Casanova, 50 Cent, Young Thug, Lil Baby, Gunna, Kanye West, and Tory Lanez have all locked down singles with 6ix9ine. Many those artists have kept the incarcerated rapper at arm’s length since his arrest while others have vowed never to work with him again. Tory Lanez, however, never says never.

In a conversation with Complex, Lanez was asked if, when 6ix9ine gets released from federal custody, he would work with the rapper once more. “I mean, I really don’t know,” he began. “I don’t know how he’s gonna feel when he gets out jail. I don’t know what he’s got going on in his life. Personally, whatever it is, music is music, bro, at the end the day. However it happens for him. As a person, bro, and regardless whatever he did, I kinda miss that guy. That was my n*gga. He’s a funny guy. As a person, he was a funny guy. Maybe n*ggas won’t say that or won’t say…I really just don’t care. I don’t give a f*ck about how people view me. N*ggas don’t like me already. I don’t care.”

Lanez then presented an example using himself as the target. “God forbid I kill somebody tomorrow and I go to jail and y’all look at me as a murderer for the rest my life. That doesn’t change the songs that I made. It doesn’t change the way I had you rockin’. It doesn’t change…you felt this way about me. If I did something that deteriorated the way that you felt about me, that’s that.”

Lanez did say that he can’t identify with Tekashi’s circumstances because he would have never put himself in that position. However, for those that do, they know what they’re getting themselves into and with those choices comes following a certain set rules to keep things hush-hush. Check out a clip Lanez speaking about Tekashi 6ix9ine and his full interview with Complex below.

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Backstreet Boys’s Nick Carter Accuses Brother Aaron Of Threatening To Kill His Wife

In the past, the Carters have let their family dramas play out in front the world, even with reality television cameras rolling. Child singer Aaron Carter has returned to television to air his dirty laundry on WeTV’s Marriage Boot Camp: Family Edition and shares that not only does he struggle with addiction, but he also has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and a multiple personality disorder.

Aaron’s older brother, Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, is preparing to welcome his new baby into the world with his wife Lauren. During this time, Nick is making sure to go to great lengths to ensure their protection, and in a tweet, the singer shared that both he and his sister have filed restraining orders against Aaron.

“After careful consideration, my sister Angel and I regret that we were required to seek a restraining order against our brother Aaron today. In light Aaron’s increasingly alarming behavior and his recent confession that he harbors thoughts and intentions killing my wife and unborn child, we were left with no choice but to take every measure possible to protect ourselves and our family. We love our brother and truly hope he gets the proper treatment he needs before any harm comes to himself or anyone else.”

TMZ obtained the court documents and they show that Aaron must stay 100 feet away from Nick and his family. Aaron has responded to the restraining order news by releasing a slew tweets. He claims that there is a cover-up somehow involved and mentioned that his brother was accused rape and abusing his ex-girlfriend, Paris Hilton. Aaron even mentions the #MeToo movement and Michael Jackson. Check out just a handful the dozens tweets below.

Mac Miller’s $11M Fortune Reportedly Divided Between Family & Friends

Los Angeles, CA – Mac Miller reportedly left behind roughly $11.3 million. According to TMZ, the late rapper’s fortune will be divided between his friends and family.

Legal docs state Miller’s family gets more than $5 million in assets, including bank and brokerage accounts. Miller’s trust gave specific instructions to put his most personal items in the hands of his closet friends.

A friend named Dylan Rectenwald will get all of Miller’s music equipment and instruments, including a $5,000 guitar. Another friend, identified as Q Chandler-Cuff, will also get 20 pieces of jewelry, valued at tens of thousands of dollars.

Miller’s house furniture will go to Jimmy Murton, while Bryan Johnson will receive all of his clothing and electronics such as his TV, laptop, and iPad.

Miller died at 26 from an accidental overdose on September 7, 2018.

Cameron James Pettit, Miller’s alleged drug dealer, was arrested and charged in connection to Miller’s death earlier this month. He’s accused of supplying Miller with the counterfeit oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl that directly contributed to his death.

Instagram DMs between Pettit and other people who were reacting to Miller’s death were included in the official criminal complaint.

“I think I should probably not post anything … just to be smart,” Pettit allegedly said in one of the messages. When asked how he was doing, Pettit allegedly replied, “I am not great … Most likely I will die in jail.”

Pettit’s arraignment is set for October 11.

WWE Announces Draft Details For Raw, SmackDown Live Superstars

The WWE is making some major changes in the coming days and weeks, starting with NXT’s move to a live, two-hour format airing on the USA Network starting Wednesday, September 18. A few weeks thereafter, SmackDown Live will make it’s debut on Fox, as the show switches to Friday nights beginning October 4.

Once those new television deals are ficially f and running, the WWE will shake things up with a two-night draft, splitting up the roster superstars between Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live.

The company is planning to kickf the draft on the October 11 edition SmackDown Live, which will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The draft will then continue on the October 14 edition Monday Night Raw taking place at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

On both nights, Superstars from both the red and blue brands will appear along with personalities from FOX and NBCUniversal, who will announce select picks from each brand. 

The rosters are still split up from the last draft but the introduction the “Wild Card Rule,” permitting select superstars to float between Raw and SmackDown, has drastically blurred the lines which brand each wrestler represents. Things should return to form sometime in October with the announcement the upcoming draft.

Top Boy Soundtrack: A Who’s Who

London is not all just “pip-pip cheerio”, as seen in the latest Netflix original Top Boy. UK’s music scene has made waves in the past but never quite as significantly as we’re currently seeing. More and more UK artists have gained prominence in the North American market, and whether you like it or not, Drake had something to do with it. 

On OVO’s Top Boy soundtrack, Drake and the OVO team curated 17-songs road rap, UK hip-hop, grime, and UK Drill. Some the names are considered high-prile in the U.K., while others are still on the come up, but whatever the case is, the majority them are being formally introduced to international markets because the Top Boy soundtrack.

With the hype surrounding the show at an all-time high, we’ve broken down everything you need to know about the artists involved in the original soundtrack.


Nafe Smallz 

Nafe Smallz might be a name that got on your radar this year through his stand-out performance on Skepta’s “Greaze Mode” but his breakout has been years in the making. The Luton-bred artist first made noise in 2013 following the release his debut project, New Years Eve Special. After picking up some steam within the underground grime and hip-hop scene, he dropped f his second project, Ozone Music in 2015. That, along with his appearance on Charlie Sloth’s “Fire In The Booth,” helped launch his career to a national platform.

Smallz sound leans more towards the controversial U.K. hip-hop and drill sound than grime, although the influence does peak out at times. His sing-rap delivery shares similarities to the regional sounds coming out North America — specifically Atlanta, Chicago, and Toronto. 

Much like how Top Boy captures the hierarchy London’s housing projects, Nafe Smallz depicts a similar story while describing the highs and lows to make it to the top the food chain. Nafe Smallz contributes twice on the soundtrack. “Riding On E” is a reflection the rise to becoming the Top Boy while “8 Missed Calls” is delivered from first-person perspective becoming one.

Fredo

Fresh f the release his debut album, Third Avenue, Fredo continues his reign in the UK rap scene with his appearance on the Top Boy soundtrack. Coming from Queen’s Park, London, he’s stated that he just wanted to give a voice for his ends, which he’s successfully accomplished. His debut single, “They Ain’t 100” arrived in 2016 along with the immediate rise U.K. drill and road rap as a whole. 

He continued to flood the streets with his subsequent efforts including his two mixtapes, Table Turn and Get Rich Or Get Recalled. Although the former arrived at the top 2018,  it wasn’t until October that year that he claimed his first number-one single on the charts with “Funky Friday” ft. Dave.

“Freddy” is a vicious and haunting depiction the roads in the U.K. He channels the energy Jamie with a tinge dark humor as he basks in luxuries that come with the gritty dirt the roads. 

Headie One

The UK drill scene’s caused nationwide controversies due to the rise knife crime in London and other places in England. Among those who’ve led the wave is Headie One. The rapper’s music is a direct reflection his real-life — he didn’t even take music seriously until his release from prison.

Although the sounds and themes in his music is a derivative Chicago’s drill scene, Headie One fers a more lyrical take on the genre. He’s still engulfed in controversies stemming from the genre. He was targeted in an alleged attack from a rival gang at the University Of Bedford in 2018. Shortly after, his concert at a prominent European venue in  London was shut down by police after they accused his music contributing to the rising rate knife crime in the capital.

Much like everyone else on the soundtrack, Headie One depicts the activities that go on in his area Tottenham — an area that’s produced UK rap royalty such as Giggs and Jaja Soze. “Hard To Believe” blends tales his incarceration and time on road, along with the paranoia and stress that comes with it, over a dry instrumental that compliments his cold delivery. 

M Huncho

Much like MF DOOM, M Huncho maintains a masked figure which makes him stand-out among his contemporaries. Over moody, trap-infused instrumental, his dazed, auto-tune-laden delivery makes the bleak reality the streets palatable even to the deaf ear.

The baklava-wearing rapper’s reason for keeping his identity under wraps has a lot to do with his own privacy but the music he makes is as personal as it gets. His woozy melodies blends with his nonchalant delivery about life on the streets and the risks that come with it.

Huncho’s debut album, Utopia arrived at the beginning the year which included an appearance from Nafe Smallz, among other UK rap acts. The album peaked at number 13 on the UK charts.

M Huncho’s contributions to the Top Boy soundtrack capture his own experiences from a single summer running the trap as well as the risks and paranoia that came with it.

Youngs Teflon

Although the soundtrack has a lot the vibrant energy the youth in UK’s grime and hip-hop scene, it also includes artists who’ve helped pave the way for the next generation. Youngs Teflon has been in the game for over a decade, adapting to the times and embracing the new waves as they come. He hasn’t broken into a mainstream market but his work’s solidified his legacy in UK rap. 

As an OG in the game, he’s witnessed the evolution both the genre and the streets. His music is both conscience and lyrical but he strays away from getting too preachy. Instead, he reflects on society’s structure that drives young Black youth towards the streets while also giving his own perspective from his experiences.

The latest season Top Boy tackles tons timely subject matter about the structure the drug trade, along with things like Brexit and gentrification. Teflon’s “Overseer” finds him appropriately detailing his environment from a bird’s eye view, including how the area he grew up in became unrecognizable due to gentrification.

Dave

Dave is U.K.’s rising king rap. In the past few years, his conscientious content has earned him praise across the board. His career initially caught international wave after Drake hopped on the “Wanna Know” remix that debuted on OVO Sound Radio in 2016. Although not necessarily known as a roadman himself, he was in close proximity to it because his older siblings who’ve spent time behind bars. That’s why he makes a concerted effort to provide a wider scope societal issues that impact the Black youths, especially when it comes to the cause and effect the street life.

2019 has been a huge year for Dave so far. He released his debut album, Psychodrama at the beginning the year to critical and commercial success. He’s also among the two artists featured on the Top Boy soundtrack that were cast in the show. Although brief, Dave made his acting debut as the maniacal incarcerated gang leader, Modie.

Dave, like Nafe Smallz, secured two placements on the OVO soundtrack. Both songs showcased Dave’s range as an artist. “Pressor X” is a braggadocious record that sounds partially influenced by Dave’s character in the show. He has a cold, bounce to his flow as he details the high-life. “God’s Eye” sits on the other end the spectrum. It’s a melancholic record where Dave details the streets as a never-ending game that he’s grown tired while watching his friends either die or sit in prison. He narrates it as if he’s barely managed to escape the fate while sitting at the top the food chain.

SL

Although drill music wasn’t addressed in Top Boy, SL is a prime example when music and the streets collide. SL carries the same enigmatic presence as M Huncho in the sense that they both wear masks but that only gives them more space to provide an unfiltered depiction their hoods.

Formerly known as Slimz, SL’s been one the youngest artists from South London to make waves. He garnered a strong underground following in London through loose singles and visuals but it wasn’t until the release his 2017 single, “Gentlemen” that he was able to make waves across every hood in the UK. 

SL falls under the category UK drill but he’s pushed passed the genre itself and formed his own take on it. “Tropical Drill,” as he describes it, takes on brighter, more upbeat instrumentals while still tackling subject matters that you’d hear in drill, with his own commentary. 

SL has a dry delivery to his flow and a cold tone in his voice that sits atop a more vibrant production. “100 Thoughts” f the Top Boy soundtrack is far more grim than the production gives f. SL details climbing the ranks in the streets, running the ends while still trying to balance his own career in music and evade trouble.

AJ Tracey

AJ Tracey is another artist like Dave who’s had years under his belt but only recently broke out into the mainstream. His come-up in the game stems back to 2011 when he first began rapping as Looney but he broke into the market ficially in 2016. Through freestyles, EPs, and singles, he managed to break out into the market and gain international recognition in North America. His 2017 EP, Secure The Bag! established him even further as the next young artist to blow in the grime scene.

The grime scene — pirate radio, clashes, etc. — helped put AJ Tracey on the map but over the years, he’s carefully blended sounds UK rap, afro-fusion, and dancehall into grime for a more universal appeal. 

UK drill and UK rap are heavily highlighted on this project as its the current sound the streets in London, but AJ Tracey’s contributions shed light on the sounds thriving in the nightclubs in the city. The heavy electronic influence and sped up BPM captures encapsulates the sweaty rave culture that the UK is known for.

GHETTS

Ghetts is another UK legend who’s spent years putting in work for the grime scene. Stemming back to the mid-00s, Ghetts has released six mixtapes, two studio albums, and two EPs and became one the few grime artists to get recognition in America.  Although he first emerged in 2005, his first ficial studio album, Rebel With A Cause, only came out in 2014. He’s been nominated for BET Awards in the past. 

Ghetts is known for cut-throat lyrics that he intertwines into complex rhyme patterns over grime-based production. However, he isn’t limited to just grime, his projects have all included different influences that give him his own unique flair. 

Although he’s not a part the cast, he has worked with Kano, who plays Sully in Top Boy, on a few occasions.

Ghetts’ contribution to the soundtrack is a dark and foggy record that parallels his rise in the music industry to the streets. He does reflect on the impact the street on his own outlook the world and his own desensitization to the streets.

Avelino

Tottenham’s own Avelino has been getting praise across the board in UK’s rap scene. The rapper’s debut mixtape, Underdog Music helped put a spotlight on the then-budding artist in 2013 before he really broke down the door with the follow-up tape, Iconic Ambition that received praise from the gatekeepers in the grime scene.

Avelino has yet to release a debut album, despite the years under his belt but he’s received major acclaim from critics and veterans in grime. Wretch 32 has been a huge supporter his, even working with Avelino on a joint project.

2017’s “Energy” marked a major breakout moment for him. The song featured appearances from Skepta and Stormzy and eventually became the main song on the FIFA 18 soundtrack.

Avelino’s efforts on the Top Boy soundtrack come on the song, “Belly Of The Beast.” Avelino’s sing-rap delivery is on full display on this record as he delivers what could possibly be the most radio-friendly record on the soundtrack. With money at the forefront his mind, Avelino details the obstacles that he has to face in order to get paid, from dealing with opps to dodging federal agents.

Little Simz

Little Simz is undoubtedly one the most talented young artists in the UK music scene right now but she’s also slowly revealing her skills as a thespian. Simz and Dave are the only two cast members the third season Top Boy — not including Kano or Ashley Walters — that also have established music careers.

Simz career stems back to 2010 but it’s been in recent years that she’s received mainstream praise in the U.K. She released four mixtapes and five EPs before ficially releasing her debut album, A Curious Tale Trials + Persons in 2015.

She’s had a huge year so far with Top Boy only adding more fuel to her on-fire career. She released her third studio album, The Grey Area earlier this year followed by a subsequent sold-out North American tour.

Like Drake and Baka’s efforts, Little Simz’ “VENOM” was taken from her 2019 album. Although it doesn’t necessarily follow the themes in Top Boy, per se, she does detail coping with her own mental strains that parallels to many the characters in the show.

 

Teeway

Teeway is a fairly unknown name, and truthfully, there isn’t much information about him out yet. He only broke out this year but with a placement on the Top Boy soundtrack, it seems like he has the potential to be the next to blow. He’s another product the UK drill scene that appears to still be knee-deep in the streets. Like M Huncho and SL, he also wears a mask to cover his identity in his music videos. His singles, “Tramp,” “Emergency,” and “Honda Civ” have racked up thousands and thousands views. It’s only a matter time until he really breaks out.

Teeway’s song, “Feeling It” appeared on the soundtrack. The production on the track has a dark tone to it but it has the drum patterns typically found in more upbeat genres like dancehall and afrobeat. The rapper’s song vividly describes the activities in his own hood which reflects the reality depicted in the show. 

Angela Simmons Stuns In Orange String Bikini Before 32nd Birthday

A few months back, Angela Simmons’ ex Bow Wow was trying to win her back in an attempt gone wrong since another one his side chicks smashed his car window and ruined everything. We can only assume that where ever Bow Wow is now, he’s probably wishing things worked out since Angela has shared a couple images on Instagram that’s the ultimate thirst trap. 

As seen below, Angela’s not ready for summer to be over yet since she’s seen posted up on a yacht in a two-piece string bikini striking a sexy pose. 

The series images seem to be accompanying a countdown to Angela’s 32nd birthday that lands on tomorrow, September 18th. 

A while back, Angela posted a video to her feed that had her explaining ways she gets over her issues and finds strength in God. A user responded to her feed asking just exactly what her issues are considering she seemingly has no money issues, can afford childcare and isn’t struggling to pay the bills.

 “It’s not necessary that I share all my personal issues. However, I am here to uplift. And I pray that you have a blessed day,” Angela wrote.  

6ix9ine Trial: Rapper Testifies Trippie Redd Is Part Of Five Nine Brims Gang

Tekashi 6ix9ine’s trial has ficially begun. Today, the controversial rapper is taking the stand to testify against the men that are accused kidnapping him last year. As we’ve known for nearly a full year, things are bound to get ugly and finally, updates are starting to roll in from the courthouse. Many which are being provided by Matthew Russell Lee the Inner City Press.

The rainbow-haired rapper was escorted into the courthouse just over an hour ago wearing prison blues when he was asked to answer some simple questions about his upbringing and his involvement in the case. One the first things that the artist, real name Daniel Hernandez, says is that he began cooperating with federal authorities the day after the Nine Trey Bloods were taken down. He goes on to identify a few the men in the room, including Anthony Ellison and Aljermiah Mack, before claiming he was a member the gang. 

After a few moments pass by, music is presented and played in the court. “GUMMO” gets called into question, especially with all the guns being displayed in the music video. Then, possibly the most interesting development the day took place. 6ix9ine threw Trippie Redd, his former rival, under the bus.

“Trippie Redd was part Five Nine Brims,” 6ix9ine reportedly told the judge. “It’s a diss song, toward like somebody I don’t get along with,” explained the rapper about “GUMMO” and Trippie.

Finally, 6ix9ine discusses the gang initiation process and his lyrics, noting that he was never personally initiated into Nine Trey. “I just had to keep making hits and giving financial support to the gang. Equipping with guns. Like, so they could buy guns,” he reportedly said. 

The trial is still underway. We will update you with all the latest developments.

Mac Miller’s Massive $11 Million Fortune: Who Gets What?

We’ve lost too many the greats in the last few years. Mac Miller‘s death hit us all pretty hard and we’re still learning how to process his absence in the rap game. The one-year anniversary his passing just happened and many his fans remembered the late recording artist through candlelight vigils and gatherings in his native Pittsburgh. After a full year mourning, his fortune will finally be divided among his friends and family and thanks to TMZ, people know who’s getting what.

Mac Miller left behind an $11 million fortune when he passed away, which will be divided among his loved ones. Calculating the value his personal property and cash on hand, new legal documents estimate that a lot his $11.3 million wealth will be going to his closest friends. The report notes that much his jewelry will go to his friend Q Chandler-Cuff while another buddy, Bryan Johnson, will be taking in the majority his electronics (laptops, televisions, iPads, and more.) 

Mac Miller's Massive $11 Million Fortune: Who Gets What?
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All Mac’s musical instruments and studio equipment will go to Dylan Rectenwald, another homie his. Of course, Miller’s family will be inheriting a ton money as well, totalling over $5 million in bank and brokerage accounts. 

Mac Miller passed away last year after an accidental drug overdose. The entire hip-hop community sends their well wishes to Mac’s family and friends as they continue to mourn his loss.