Post Malone Hopes To Drop New Album In 2020

Post Malone conquered 2019 with his third studio album, Hollywood’s Bleeding. It birthed another No. 1 single for him, “Circles”, and broke all kinds streaming records. Before that project dropped, Post was already one the biggest music artists in the world, but it solidified his status as a hit-making machine. After reaching this level success, it’s understandable that he doesn’t want to let his foot f the gas. 

In an interview with Rolling Stone about his new partnership with Doritos, Post said that, after he wraps up the second leg his North American “Runaway” tour, he “hopes] to have a record out for the fans in 2020.” 

Post Malone is the face Doritos’ new flavor, “Flamin’ Hot Limon.” Its cleverly-titled campaign, “Post Limón”, premiered during the Grammy Awards on Sunday night. While Post’s song with Swae Lee, “Sunflower”, was nominated in two categories (Record the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance), he didn’t end up winning either. Good thing he skipped out on attending the ceremony in favor some downtime. “I’m taking it nice and easy,” he told Rolling Stone. “I needed a little break because I’ve been partying a little hard, so it feels good to be back home and playing Call Duty. I’m going to take some R&R and get some beauty sleep so my body and voice doesn’t suck on tour. If I go to L.A. I’ll get into trouble.”

Tyler, The Creator Says Grammy Win Feels Like ‘Backhanded Compliment’

Tyler, The Creator is celebrating his first Grammy win.

Last night, he took home the award for Best Rap Album for IGOR at the 62nd annual Grammys. During his acceptance speech, he thanked Pharrell and his mother, who joined him on stage. While speaking with reporters backstage, Tyler said he had mixed emotions about the win.

“I’m half and half on it,” he said. “On one side, I’m very grateful that what I made could just be acknowledged in a world like this, but also, it sucks that whenever we–and I mean guys that look like me–do anything that’s genre-bending or that’s anything, they always put it in a rap or urban category, which is–I don’t like that ‘urban’ word. That’s just a politically correct way to say the n-word to me.”

He added, “When I hear that, I’m just like, ‘Why can’t we just be in pop?’ Half of me feels like the rap nomination was a backhanded compliment. Like, ‘Oh, my little cousin wants to play the game, let’s give him the unplugged controller so he could shut up and feel good about it.’ That’s what it felt like a bit.”

However, he is still grateful to be recognized. “But another half of me is very grateful that the art that I made could be acknowledged on a level like this when I don’t do the radio stuff, I’m not played in Target, I’m in a whole different world than what a lot of people here listen to.”

Tyler also hit the Grammy stage for the first time for a fiery medley of IGOR hits, “EARFQUAKE” and “NEW MAGIC WAND,” featuring Boyz II Men and Charlie Wilson.

His fellow nominee Meek Mill congratulated him on the award along with his “boyfriend” Jaden Smith.

The L.A. native also paid tribute to Kobe Bryant, who died hours earlier in a helicopter crash. “That news was heavy, especially just being in L.A. and just being here at the Staples Center,” he said. “Within a short period of time between him and Nipsey—if you’re from Los Angeles and depending on what sector you’re in, like that shit is really, really heavy. We take an L tonight and rest in peace to Kobe, that hurt, but also we took a win just being from Los Angeles and taking that home. So it’s mixed emotions.”

Ice Cube Reflects on Kobe Bryant’s Death

The hip-hop community is mourning Kobe Bryant.

A day after the NBA legend, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., Ice Cube reacted to the devastating news. In an interview with ESPN, the L.A. native remembered the Lakers champ.

“Kobe is some of the glue that holds L.A. together,” said a somber Cube.

He also revealed that he texted Kobe upon hearing about his death from a friend. “To see if he would hit me back,” he said. “And when I didn’t get it back, you don’t immediately start to worry ’cause he’s Kobe and he always get back sooner or later.”

While his city and the world is in mourning, he especially grieves for Kobe’s family. “I just toss and turn all night thinking about Vanessa and his daughters, thinking about his mother, and his father, his sisters, thinking about Vanessa’s parents, just everybody in his immediate life that loved him, what they lost. I know what we lost as fans.”

Cube said he looked up to Kobe, despite the fact that he was younger. “Me personally, I don’t have too many heroes that’s younger than me, and that was one of ’em,” he continued. “It’s profound but I think more about his family and I hope the city wraps their arms around the family and embrace them as much as they embraced Kobe ’cause the family’s gonna need it.”

A heartbroken Cube also expressed his sadness on Twitter, writing, “I can’t believe that my hero and friend is gone too soon. I’m numb.”

Other celebrities have reacted to the news including Drake, Lil Wayne, Barack Obama, and Justin Timberlake, who penned a heartfelt tribute to his friend. “You have connected so many of us. The Mamba Mentality will last for all of time,” wrote the pop superstar.

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We met when we were both teenagers and bonded over our drive and process. I was in awe of what you could do with a basketball and knew your talent went beyond your physical gifts and stretched to your mentality. A mentality that I would take with me throughout my whole career and still use every day. As the years went by, I watched you do things that seemed humanly unimaginable. And, through ups and downs, championships and injuries, you still remained with an unwavering resolve about your mentality to remain fierce to competition. But, every time we would speak or text, something started to change… your patience and ease grew. And it inspired me to continue to grow for myself. Years passed, and the “old man” jokes would start to be traded back and forth. We both appreciated a good “ribbing.” We joked about “The Vino Club.” You nicknamed yourself ‘Vino’ to represent how one could age gracefully as a fine wine does. But, you never stopped aiming to inspire me. Your confidence in me was huge – it really affected me because I admired you so much. I don’t mean as one of the greatest athletes ever. I mean as a person. People sometimes can confuse a will to win with a lack of compassion. That wasn’t you. You had both qualities. The last conversation that we shared was about being fathers and what that meant. That was, beyond all the things that we could do in this world, our true legacy. Who our children are and what beautiful people they will become. And, I guess right now, without being able to find all the words, THAT father connection is what is most devastating for me. I am sending my love to Vanessa and your family and to the families of everyone connected in the mourning of this terrible tragedy. My heart is broken and my family lifts you up in our thoughts and prayers. Kobe… You have connected so many of us. The Mamba Mentality will last for all of time. I know that will be a source for me every day as it has been for so many days before. Your legacy is with us. It’s our responsibility to pass it down now. I hope you I can continue to make you proud, Vino. Champ, MVP, Legend, Hero, Inspiration, Father, Friend. I’m gonna miss you, brother. Mamba forever.

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Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Amber Rose, & Trina Send Love & Prayers To Vanessa Bryant

The world is still reeling from the unbelievable news that Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Marie-Onore “GiGi” Bryant, and seven others lost their lives in a fatal helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. The Sunday morning (January 26) tragedy is still difficult for fans, friends, and loved ones the Los Angeles Lakers legend to grasp, but the tributes to the fallen star, his daughter, and their friends have poured in from all around the world.

Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Amber Rose, & Trina Send Love & Prayers To Vanessa Bryant
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Murals have begun to pop up and cities have lit up buildings in purple and gold to pay their respects. The Detroit Pistons opened their game on Monday wearing black #24 Bryant jerseys, while NBA players have shared their disbelief that their friend and idol is no longer with them. This is a devastating loss for all families involved, but the Bryants are obviously being highlighted more than the others that died in the accident because their celebrity. A few friends and admirers the Bryants have taken a moment to share their public condolences to Kobe’s wife Vanessa Bryant who not only lost her husband but her second-born child.

“Still doesn’t feel real…still can’t find the right words. We miss you man! 🙏🏿💔,” Rihanna wrote. “May God have mercy on the Bryant family and the families all the souls we lost!” Trina asked that women come together for Vanessa. “Women, Wives, Mother’s ….Let’s Stand United For Vanessa Bryant,” she said. “Please Fight In The Spirit For Her. Fight like You Know The Road Ahead Is Tough. Fight Like Her Life Will Never Be The Same. Fight Like You Know That The Enemy Wants To Take Her Mind….Fight On Purpose…..Fight 💜”

Over on her Instagram page, Jennifer Lopez said she and fiancé Alex Rodriguez spent time just sharing their favorite moments they had with the late basketball icon. “We are all feeling sadness from this loss, but all I can think is that it is a grain sand compared to what Vanessa must going through right now,” she penned. “Vanessa, I pray for your strength and that God guides you each step the way through this unimaginable heartbreak. To the other families who are suffering from this unthinkable tragedy, may God be with you all.”

Amber Rose also shared her heartbreak for Vanessa. “As a mother I’m so devastated for Vanessa, her Daughters and their family,” Amber stated. “I sat and thought about my life without my Sons, my husband Alexander and my Family and literally couldn’t hold back my tears all day. Please let’s Pray for her as she is the Matriarch her Family. We Love you Vanessa 😥❤️🙏🏽 RIP Kobe Rip Gigi.”

Read through all their messages, and more, in full below.

Chrissy Lampkin Watches 2011 VH1 Clip Where She Proposes To Jim Jones: "That Was A Lot"

Fifteen years together and Chrissy Lampkin is still hopelessly in love with rapper Jim Jones. The couple was the catalyst for Love & Hip Hop which, in turn, has become a global reality television phenomenon with multiple spin-f series. However, Jim and Chrissy decided to leave the show early on after filming became too much for Jim to handle.

Chrissy Lampkin Watches 2011 VH1 Clip Where She Proposes To Jim Jones: "That Was A Lot"
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In a move that stunned fans, after seven years living their lives away from cameras, Jim and Chrissy returned to Love & Hip Hop New York to not only share their intimate moments with viewers but to clean up some unfinished business. Their relationship has been the subject scrutiny over the years as both Chrissy and Jim have proposed to one another, yet they’ve never walked down the aisle. They even had their own series Jim & Chrissy: Vow or Never, but somehow the exchange “I dos” never occurred.

In early December 2019, Chrissy told the ladies  The Real that tying the knot isn’t a priority for her anymore as she’s in a good place with Jim. VH1 decided to spice things up on Monday by sharing a reaction clip that shows a present-day Chrissy watching herself propose to her man on the show back in 2011. In the clip, she planned to do a burlesque dance before popping the question but decided to scrap the y moves at the last minute.

“You know, I never watched this,” Chrissy said. “Yo, you see his mother’s face? My little hands were shaking.” She also said that there were “so many guys” that “cursed me out about this scene.” Apparently, their girlfriends bought them rings, as well, because their ladies decided not to wait on proposals. 

“That was a lot,” she said after watching the clip. “I felt the love. I felt the nerves. I saw his mother’s behavior. Um, it as weird and I’m not in that space anymore. But that’s okay, I still love him. The love is still there. The importance marriage, I think I’ve put on the back burner because I think people need to be whole as individuals before they come together for a union.” Check out her clip below.

Dame Dash Still Livid With Attorney Chris Brown & His Breath: "I Wanna Give Him Peppermints"

Dame Dash’s resurgence to the forefront the culture has been filled with highlights and unfortunate mishaps. The producer and multi-business owner recently got the opportunity to sit down with one the greatest boxers all-time in Mike Tyson on his podcast, Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson, and recently rekindled his alliance with The Breakfast Club. However, the Dame Dash Studios-owner has run into conflict with WeTV and ual assault charges spearheaded by an attorney by the name Chris Brown (not the 30-year-old R&B sensation). 

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Chris Brown is the attorney currently representing three different clients that are targeting Dame Dash on various allegations. Later this week, the Roc-a-Fella co-founder will have to appear in court in regards to a case involving copyrights to the film, Mafietta, Dash produced, and Chris Brown will be representing Dash’s opposition. 

Page Six, ran into Dame Dash on multiple occasions including a birthday party for DuJour’s Jason Binn at the Cipriani Wall Street where Dusko Poppington decided to take multiple shots at the attorney stating:

“This is Chris Brown’s third case against me in less than 12 months.” Dash then continued taking jabs at Chris Brown’s halitosis, “(I’d like to) do something about (Brown’s) breath… give him a bowl peppermints.”

The clothing company entrepreneur also took shots at Brown’s fresh saying:

“Every time he files a lawsuit, his suits get worse. I’m so uninspired by his energy and his outfits. The lack taste to be in court for something this minor and then have to look at this type s–t is disgusting to me. He should have the proper respect to dress when I am in the room. If you’re going to try and rob me, just do it fly.”

Dame Dash claims he’s being unethically harassed by Chris Brown and his clients. Stick with HNHH as the Dame Dash vs. Chris Brown saga unfolds and check out a clip from Dame Dash’s mental health reality show, Healing is Gangsta below. 

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Selena Gomez Claims Justin Bieber Was Emotionally Abusive During Their Relationship

With Selena Gomez‘s, Rare (2020), displacing Roddy Ricch from the top spot on the Billboard Hot 200 Albums chart this past week, the 27-year-old should be celebrating the success her first solo album in five years since 2015’s Revival. However, that might not be the case as the “Same Old Love” recently sat down with NPR to discuss the creative process and inspiration behind her latest musical fering. Unfortunately, some the aspects behind her artistry were inspired by the emotional abuse she suffered in her past relationship with pop phenom and ex-boyfriend, Justin Bieber

When discussing Gomez’s lead single, “Lose You To Love Me,” the interviewer eluded to the fact that Justin Bieber was the inspiration to the song, leading to Selena Gomez dropping a bombshell revelation about the couple’s relationship that came to an end in March 2018. Gomez revealed that during their stint together, the “Yummy” singer was emotionally abusive towards her. An excerpt from the interview reads:

“Interviewer: “Lose You To Love Me” is your first No. 1 song f this album — tell me about this song.

Gomez: I’m very proud it. It has a different meaning to me now from when I wrote it. I felt I didn’t get a respectful closure, and I had accepted that, but I know I needed some way to just say a few things that I wish I had said. It’s not a hateful song; it’s a song that is saying — I had something beautiful and I would never deny that it wasn’t that. It was very difficult and I’m happy it’s over. And I felt like this was a great way to just say, you know, it’s done, and I understand that, and I respect that, and now here I am stepping into a whole other chapter.

Interviewer: Saying goodbye to Justin Bieber, who I’m assuming you’re speaking about.

Gomez: You had to get the name in, I get it.

Interviewer: Do you look back on that time, and when you think about the parts your life that were painful, that you’ve kind moved on from, is that one the harder parts?

Gomez: No, because I’ve found the strength in it. It’s dangerous to stay in a victim mentality. And I’m not being disrespectful, I do feel I was a victim to certain abuse —

Interviewer: You mean emotional abuse?

Gomez: Yes, and I think that it’s something that — I had to find a way to understand it as an adult. And I had to understand the choices I was making. As much as I definitely don’t want to spend the rest my life talking about this, I am really proud that I can say I feel the strongest I’ve ever felt and I’ve found a way to just walk through it with as much grace as possible.”

While some personalities within the culture believe that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez conspired to remove Roddy Ricch from the Billboard throne, this discovery  emotional abuse in the Bieber/Gomez relationship might put those rumors to rest. Check out the full interview where Selena Gomez and NPR discuss her latest LP, Rare, mental health, Justin Bieber, and more below. 

Bumpa, Popular Dancehall Dancer, Dies While Performing Stunt On Her Head

In dancehall, dancers ten use stunts to captivate their audiences. Unfortunately, it’s reported that well-known dancer Roxanne “Bumpa” Evans lost her life while performing a stunt with one her Gladiator Dance partners named Momo. A video the tragedy was shared on Facebook showing the moment Bumpa reportedly lost her life.

In the video, Bumpa can be seen on her head with her legs in the air. She’s dancing upside down as she twerks and moves her legs in various positions. Urban Islandz News reports that Momo was supposed to leap over Bumpa in an acrobatic type move, but instead, Momo landed on top her fellow dancer. The weight caused the popular dancehall dancer to break her neck. 

Some reports stated that Bumpa was still alive immediately following the incident and would later lose her life at a hospital. The video shows a non-responsive Bumpa lying face down as a panicked audience tried to revive her. “I’ve seen other dancers attempt it and land on their hands, back and head and seriously injure themselves,” dancehall choreographer Stacy Xpressionz told the Jamaica Observer. “As you know, one dancer would go on their head and the other one would ‘chuck tru’ their legs and land. But what some people try to do is flick (flip) instead ’cause it’s easier. The thing is, it looks easy, but when you’re about to attempt it, you will see that it’s not really easy. You need to know the right techniques and you need a lot space before you jump. The truth is, me and Shelly (Callum, the other co-creator) have never seen anybody execute the move properly.”

Bumpa leaves behind two sons. Out respect for her loved ones, we aren’t going to share the video here. We hope you understand.

Meek Mill Reflects On His Nipsey/Kobe GRAMMYs Tribute: "This Will Never Look Right To Me"

Everyone is feeling the unexpected tragic loss Kobe Bryant, especially those who attended the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards last night (Jan 26) at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, otherwise known as the Black Mamba’s former stomping grounds as a loyal Lakers legend. For Meek Mill, who was tasked with paying tribute onstage to another fallen Cali legend, Nipsey Hussle, the feeling was almost too much to maintain. However, along with fellow hitmakers John Legend, Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled and Roddy Ricch, he pulled through to perform one unforgettable tribute to both  them that won’t soon be forgotten.

Reflecting back on the moment Instagram (seen above), Meek shared a touching flick all five men looking up at a monitor that broadcasted an image Nip and Kobe side by side. The fact they were able to add in Bryant at the last minute was a miracle in itself, although it never will truly feel right knowing that we lost two arguably the most influential people in today’s pop culture to unexplainable fates that still don’t seem real. We can only agree wholeheartedly in regards to Meek’s caption that reads, “NIPSEY X KOBE FOREVER! Even tho this will never look right to me.sic]” Our sentiments exactly. 

Watch a fan-recorded clip Meek’s tribute performance to Nipsey at the 2020 GRAMMYs below, and keep both these men and their families in your prayers: 

Camila Cabello Ghosted Shawn Mendes & Took Her Dad As Her Date To The Grammys

The 62nd annual Grammy Awards took place last night, with J. Cole, 21 Savage, and Tyler, The Creator all taking home awards in their respective nominee divisions. While the ceremony was eventful and full inspiring performances, one extremely well-known couple rarely acknowledged each other during the event held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes did not walk the red carpet together, sit alongside each other, or cross paths during the entire 2020 Grammy ceremony. 

Instead bringing her significant other as her date to the celebratory function, the “Havana” songstress opted to bring her father to the ceremony, despite the couple being nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for their collaborative efforts on Cabello’s chart-topping  single, “Señorita.” Camila Cabello also got the opportunity to perform her song “First Man” during the event, dedicating her performance to her father. 

While Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes seemingly ignored each other during the 2020 Grammys, all is well in their relationship which is currently in its honeymoon phase. In the Oct. 2019 edition  ELLE Magazine, Cabello spoke on how the two which their relationship was more private stating:

“I don’t know; people can say whatever they want to say. They can speculate, but at the same time, we are going to live our own lives, enjoy it, and fall for each other like nobody is watching. That is how I want to live. I never want to open the door for people to feel like they are involved. Like I said, I want it to be mine and his]. That’s why I’m so tight-lipped about it: because I want to protect it.”

Following the formal Grammy Awards presentation, the real festivities began when the couple reunited and turned all the way up drunkenly singing One Direction’s 2014 hit single, “Steal My Girl,” atop a table at a private Grammy after-party. Despite Camila Cabello still being under scrutiny for her recently resurfaced racist rant, she and her boyfriend have quietly moved on from the incident. Check out Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes singing “Steal My Girl” while standing on tables in the video provided below. 

H.E.R. Debuts New Song ‘Sometimes’

Fresh off her performance at last night’s Grammys, H.E.R. releases her powerful new single “Sometimes.”

The song serves as an inspirational anthem for anyone going through trying times. “Sometimes shit don’t go your way / And sometimes you gon’ have those days / And sometimes you’ll feel out of place / You can’t promise me it’ll be the same / ‘Cause sometimes change,” she sings.

She debuted the track during the 62nd annual Grammys, marking her second performance in a row. While she was nominated for five awards, she didn’t go home with any last night. But she won two Grammys last year for Best R&B Album (H.E.R.) and Best R&B Performance (“Best Part”).

“Sometimes” follows H.E.R.’s remix to “Slide” with Pop Smoke, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, and Chris Brown, which was released earlier this month.

Blackalicious MC Gift Of Gab Launches GoFundMe Ahead Of Kidney Transplant

Philadelphia, PA – Blackalicious MC Gift of Gab is finally just weeks away from receiving a kidney after being on the transplant list for the past seven years.

Ahead of the surgery, the Bay Area Hip Hop vet has launched a GoFundMe campaign in an effort to offset travel costs to Arizona’s Mayo Clinic and the expenses that will incur while he’s recovering. Those who donate to the GoFundMe campaign will receive a free Gift Of Gab EP called Offering.

“I am reaching out to my fans and people in general with this GoFundMe because once I get the transplant it’s going to be costly,” he wrote in the description. “I will have to pay to put myself up in a hotel close to the clinic for up to 6 weeks.

“I need to bring a caregiver out, rent a car, buy food, and not to mention I can’t work for six weeks and bills and rent at home don’t stop. Reaching out to all to help me get thru this.”

Since 2013, Gab has endured a grueling dialysis regimen that includes four sessions a week, ranging from three to four hours a pop. But even through all of his medical challenges, Gab has not only maintained a rigorous touring schedule but also a positive attitude, which he believes was crucial in getting him to this point.

“l’ll get the call any day to get a kidney and I am overwhelming grateful for all of the support thus far,” Gab tells HipHopDX. “Being on dialysis for me has been 90 percent mental. It’s all a state of mind. Luckily, even though it’s difficult and chaining at times, I’m still able to travel and do shows.

“That in itself has kept me going and kept my spirits up. You reach a point in life and say you something is either going to destroy you or make your stronger. I chose to make myself stronger.”

Gab is getting ready to drop a new solo project this year, which will mark the follow-up to 2017’s Rejoice! Rappers Are Rapping Again! Another installment of the Blackalicious album Imani is also right around the corner.

In the meantime, donate to the GoFundMe here. The goal is set at $8,000.

Swizz Beatz’s Son Stole The Show With Skeleton Face Paint At Grammys

Alicia Keys hosted last night’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, meaning her husband Swizz Beatz and their children were present in the front row supporting the “No One” singer. Viewers and attendees were quick to notice something unexpected in the front row in the form a man with skeleton face paint. It was soon realized that it was none other than Swizz Beatz’s older son Prince Nasir Dean, AKA Note Marcato. 

We can’t confirm what the 19-year-old’s intention was but the bold move pulled in lots reactions online. “Whoever the guy is in full skeleton makeup at the Grammys, is me. I stan.” 

Swizz has mentioned his firstborn son’s upcoming album Beach Bum Limbo on his Instagram before and we assume the whole look was a creative expression for his music moniker. “The origin my stage name stems from my self-development and self-discovery. Marcato is a musical instruction indicating a note, chord or passage to be played louder than the surrounding music.  That’s what I feel my music represents,” he previously told FRNDY LMRN in 2018. “My sound fits in the Hip-Hop, Musical Theater, and Pop genres the best.”

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Travis Scott, Post Malone & A$AP Rocky To Headline Rolling Loud Miami 2020

Rolling Loud has been expanding its reach across the globe. The hip hop-centric music festival now takes place in Northern California, Southern California, New York, Japan, Hong Kong, and has its European debut set for July. With this many iterations, it feels like Rolling Loud is occurring on a monthly basis. If you’re a fan rap, you know when it’s happening. Posts from artists and attendees flood your social media feeds, reminding you that you’re missing out on a wild weekend. Luckily, you can always be reassured by the fact that, if you missed one Rolling Loud stop, there will be another one not too far in the future with just as epic a lineup. 

The next Rolling Loud will take place at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium from March 8 to March 10. Its lineup was revealed today and it’s just as stacked as usual. A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott and Post Malone will serve as the weekend’s headliners. Each day is filled with a bunch established names and up-and-coming artists who are defining today’s hip-hop landscape. While many the acts on this poster are Rolling Loud veterans, Big Sean will be making his debut at this edition. Not to spoil any surprises, but Travis Scott, Pop Smoke, Don Toliver, Sheck Wes, Lil Baby and Young Thug all performing on Saturday raises the possibility them bringing JACKBOYS to a live setting. 

General admission and VIP passes for Rolling Loud Miami go on sale Friday, January 31 at 10 AM ET. 

Tyler, the Creator Calls Grammy Urban Category 'Politically Correct N-Word'

Tyler, the Creator is happy with his Grammy, but dissatisfied with its categorization.

Tyler, the Creator has mixed feelings about the Grammy Award he took home on Sunday for ‘Best Rap Album.’

In an interview, the 28-year-old admitted that he is “half and half” on the honor — appreciative because his latest album, Igor, was recognized on such a large stage, but not wholly satisfied with the Grammy Awards’ categories.  

He went on to voice his disapproval of the Recording Academy’s classification of Igor, saying: “Whenever we—and I mean guys that look like me—do anything that’s genre-bending or anything, they always put it in a Rap or Urban category.” Further, he criticized the “Urban” component of the award title by stating, “It is just the politically correct way to say the n-word to me… Why can’t we just be in Pop?”

Tyler, the Creator isn’t the only artist who’s unhappy with the Recording Academy and the Grammys.

Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, and Jay-Z boycotted the event, and Diddy gave a fiery speech at a pre-ceremony gathering, calling out what he believes is widespread unfairness in the nomination and selection processes. He said that this unfairness especially affects hip hop, which “has never been respected by the Grammys.” 

Many have criticized the Grammy Awards in the past, but this year’s ceremony was met with an unprecedented amount of controversy, chiefly because ousted Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan went public with damning allegations of corruption, ual harassment, a ual assault coverup, and more. True or not—the lawsuit she filed should provide more answers—Dugan’s serious accusations, particularly of vote-rigging, probably made it easier for Diddy and Tyler, the Creator to speak candidly. 

The televised portion of the Grammys was mostly free of controversy. The night’s biggest story was the stellar performance of Billie Eilish, who took home five awards, including the top (and final) four Grammys: ‘Best New Artist,’ ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Album of the Year,’ and ‘Record of the Year.’