Lizzo, Lil Nas X & Beyoncé’s 2020 Grammy Nomination Eligibility Cleared Up

It’s hard to believe, but 2019 is about to come to a close. Before we know it, it’ll be Grammy season. The nominees for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards (which will be held on Jan. 26) will be announced tomorrow morning (Nov. 20) and people are curious whose names will be popping up. In order to make some good guesses, it must be determined which artists are eligible for which category first. The general criteria for eligibility is that the music must have been released between Oct. 1, 2018 and Aug. 31, 2019, but there may be some exceptions this year. 

LIZZO

One the biggest artists 2019 was surely Lizzo, meaning people are expecting her to snag some golden gramophones. However, she poses a peculiar case. While her breakthrough occurred this year, she released her debut album, Lizzobangers, in 2013. Taking this into consideration, could she still qualify for a Best New Artist nod? According to Billboard, Lizzo will be permitted to compete for this award, even though she doesn’t meet the criteria having released less than 30 songs prior to the eligibility year. The Grammys will loosen the guidelines for her because her projects before this year’s Cuz I Love You were released on “small independent labels”, hence “they didn’t really allow the artist a fair chance at breaking through.” Lizzo’s #1 hit, “Truth Hurts” also raises some questions because it was shared as a single back in 2017. Lizzo is in luck there too because it has never been submitted to the Grammys for consideration before and appears on an album released during the eligibility period. Similarly, since Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams” wasn’t nominated in any categories last year, he will be eligible to win Best New Artist in January. 

LIL NAS X

Another toss-up concerned where Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” should fall. No song in recent memory produced a greater public debate regarding which genre it should be classified under. While a Record Of The Year nomination seems guaranteed, the Grammys were faced with difficult decisions regarding which smaller categories it would be nominated for, given its ambiguous genre and multiple versions. According to Entertainment Tonight, the Grammys screening committee will place the “Old Town Road” remix with Billy Ray Cyrus in the category  Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, rather than one for rap or country. It wouldn’t be too surprising to see LNX receive a Best New Artist nomination either. 

BEYONCÉ

While Queen Bey didn’t release any original solo projects this year, she curated The Lion King: The Gift and put out the live album, Homecoming. Thankfully, both these projects will be up for nomination. ET says The Lion King soundtrack is expected to compete for Best Pop Vocal Album, while Homecoming could duel against Solange’s When I Get Home for Best Urban Contemporary Album. Either these albums may also be nominated for Album the Year, which could pit Beyoncé against Taylor Swift once again. Swift’s Fearless beat Bey’s I Am… Sasha Fierce in this category back in 2010. Another likely candidate for AOTY is Billie Eilish, who, at 18, could claim Swift’s title as the youngest-ever winner this award (Swift was 20 when she won for Fearless). 

Ari Lennox May Be Quitting Music To Join The Army

Dreamville songstress Ari Lennox is understandably very emotional right now. After releasing her stellar album Shea Butter Baby this year, she expected to be recognized by her favorite awards show: the Soul Train Awards. She told all her fans about her disappointment last night, saying that she really wanted to walk away with a win. Although she expects to be snubbed, Soul Train is the one platform that she believed would see her talent. Now that she’s been rejected by them, she doesn’t know what to do with herself and it looks like she may be considering a career change.

Ari Lennox May Be Quitting Music To Join The Army
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Hopefully, Lennox is just being a little overdramatic but, after expressing her feelings post-Soul Train Awards, she’s not willing to sell out and is possibly thinking leaving the music industry. She continued her string tweets, responding to fans and hinting at her musical departure. “You know what I realized? People who genuinely fuck with me understand my frustration,” started Lennox before replying to one fan who wanted a Christmas album from the star. “Naw I quit,” she said.

She then expanded on her thought. “I’m not selling out. So I quit. To all those annoyed with me, you got it. I won’t lose my mind over this shit. I will save my sanity first. I’ll join the damn army.”

The energy that she and Summer Walker have been releasing into the universe is pretty damn similar. We hope these two queens can be comfortable in the industry. They’re both incredibly talented and deserve their props. Ari, please don’t quit!

Lakeith Stanfield Drops Charlamagne Tha God Diss ‘Automatic’ After Receiving ‘Donkey Of The Day’

Lakeith Stanfield’s beef with Charlamagne Tha God has resulted in a diss track. After the radio host gave the star of Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You the “Donkey of the Day” for criticizing The Breakfast Club last week, the 28-year-old actor responded by taking aim at Charlamagne in a song titled “Automatic.”

The Charlamagne vs. Stanfield saga began when the latter called out The Breakfast Club and a few other media outlets for being anti-black. In a since-deleted Instagram post, the Atlanta cast member slammed the popular radio show as well as The Shade Room, Lipstick Alley and WorldStarHipHop.

“It’s a fact that a lot of these platforms are usually or tend to be feeding grounds for negative reinforcement toward BLACK ‘nonconformists,’” he wrote. “They bolster faux vanity and hold a white supremacists scope over black men and women often highlighting negative attributes and downplaying mind expanding ones. They serve as bottomless coward consumption pits and digital, audio, or otherwise slave mentatilty museums. @ all you want.”

Charlamagne reacted on an episode of The Breakfast Club by declaring Stanfield the “Donkey of the Day” and condemning claims of the show being anti-black.

“You can say any and everything about me,” he said. “I’ve damn near heard it all about myself online, but what you won’t do is ever fix your lips to call one of my platforms, especially The Breakfast Club, anti-black … I don’t know what the hell Lakeith Stanfield is talking about, but I do know myself, Charlamagne Tha God, in the nine years that I’ve been on this Breakfast Club, I strive every day to be the perfect balance of ratchetness and righteousness, alright. There isn’t another show out there that goes from Byron Allen to Blac Youngsta like it’s nothing.”

He continued, “Lakeith Stanfield, don’t you ever fix your raggedy-ass mouth to call the author of Black Privilege — because I truly believe it is a privilege to be black — anti-black, OK? Ask all those white people who call up every day complaining about me saying ‘cracka ass cracka’ or ‘mayonnaise’ or why everything gotta be black or white.

“Ask them if I’m anti-black. Don’t ever fix your mouth to call a brother like me anti-black because young king, I know for a fact you don’t take the chances that I do every day in the name of blackness. That’s exactly why you didn’t call out any white media outlets, because your publicist, your agent and those Hollywood executives you work for would have had a fit. You would’ve never taken that chance.”

Stanfield fired back with his “Automatic” single, which featured cover artwork of Charlamagne as a racist caricature and a line directed at the outspoken personality.

“I’m black, I’m Atlanta, I’m the Hall of Fame/Insecure, you afraid, you’s a Charlagmagne/Bitch, that pussy shit that runs yo lips I’m born to trip/I’m mixing up my blood with drugs and guns and gangsta Crip,” he rapped.

Stanfield also addressed Charlamagne’s comments about him in a video posted on social media, playing clips of the “Donkey of the Day” segment and addressing the radio host’s arguments.

Watch that response below.

Chris Brown and Drake Win Big at Soul Train Awards

Chris Brown and Drake were the big winners at the BET 2019 Soul Train Awards.

Their Indigo collaboration “No Guidance” received three awards including Song of the Year, Best Dance Performance, and Best Collaboration Performance at the 32nd annual awards show, which aired lived from the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

Brown led with eight nominations, followed by Drake with seven nods. While nether was in attendance, a grateful Chris took to Instagram to thank fans for their support. “THANK YOU GOD !!! THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ME ❤️ I LOVE YOU. It means the world to me,” he said following Sunday’s win.

Six-time nominee Lizzo took home two awards for Video of the Year for “Juice” and Album/Mixtape of the Year for Cuz I Love You.

Other winners included Summer Walker, who won her first-ever award for Best New Artist. The “Playing Games” singer, who recently canceled her tour dates due to social anxiety, was on hand to accept the award. “Thank you so much. I didn’t expect this,” she said.

Cardi B took home the Rhythm & Bars Award for “Money,” H.E.R. was named Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and Beyoncé won the Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award for “Brown Skin Girl,” which she shared with her daughter Blue Ivy Carter.

The 2019 BET Soul Train Awards featured performances from Wale featuring Jeremih and Kelly Price, Queen Naija, K. Michelle, SiR, Boyz II Men, Luke James, BJ the Chicago Kid, and more. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis received The Legends Award and Yolanda Adams was honored with the Lady of Soul Award.

See a full list of winners below.

Best New Artist
Summer Walker
Lucky Daye
Mahalia
Nicole Bus
Pink Sweat$
YK Osiris

Soul Train Certified Award
Trevor Jackson
Ciara
Daniel Caesar
Fantasia
india.arie
Kelly Rowland

Best Gospel/Inspirational Award
Kirk Franklin
Bebe Winans
Donald Lawrence
Erica Campbell
Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Tori Kelly

Rhythm & Bars Award
Cardi B, “Money”
21 Savage feat J. Cole, “A Lot”
DaBaby, “Suge”
J. Cole, “Middle Child”
Meek Mill feat. Drake, “Going Bad”
Megan Thee Stallion feat. DaBaby, “Cash Shit”

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist
H.E.R.
Ari Lennox
Beyoncé
Lizzo
Mary J. Blige
Summer Walker

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist
Khalid
Anderson .Paak
Bruno Mars
Chris Brown
Daniel Caesar
Tank

Album/Mixtape of the Year
Cuz I Love You, Lizzo
Shea Butter Baby, Ari Lennox
Indigo, Chris Brown
Ella Mai, Ella Mai
I Used To Know Her, H.E.R.
Free Spirit, Khalid

Song of the Year
“No Guidance,” Chris Brown feat. Drake
“Before I Let Go,” Beyoncé
“Shot Clock,” Ella Mai
“Talk,” Khalid
“Juice,” Lizzo
“Girls Need Love (Remix),” Summer Walker feat. Drake

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award
“Brown Skin Girl,” written by Beyoncé Knowles, Carlos St. John, Adio Marchant, Shawn Carter, Stacy Barthe, Anathi Mnyango, Michael Uzowuru, Ayodeji Balogun, Richard Isong (Beyoncé feat. Saint Jhn, Wizkid & Blue Ivy Carter)
“Hard Place,” written by H.E.R., David Harris, Sam Ashworth & Ruby Amanfu (H.E.R.)
“Juice,” written by Theron Thomas, Sam Sumser, Sean Small, Eric Frederic & Melissa Jefferson (Lizzo)
“Make It Better,” written by Brandon Anderson, William Smokey Robinson, Alaina Chenevert, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Daniel Manman Farid Nassar (Anderson .Paak feat. Smokey Robinson)
“No Guidance,” written by Christopher Brown, Aubrey Graham, Anderson Hernandez, Josha Lewis, Michee Lebrun, Nija Charles, Teddy Walton, Noah Shebib & Tyler Bryant (Chris Brown feat. Drake)
“Talk,” written by Howard Lawrence, Guy Lawrence & Khalid Robinson (Khalid)

Best Dance Performance
Chris Brown feat. Drake, “No Guidance”
Beyoncé, “Spirit”
Danileigh feat. Chris Brown, “Easy (Remix)”
Lizzo, “Juice”
Normani, “Motivation”
Teyana Taylor, “WTP”

Video of the Year
Lizzo, “Juice”
Alicia Key, “Raise A Man”
Beyoncé, “Spirit”
Childish Gambino, “Feels Like Summer”
Khalid, “Better”

Best Collaboration Performance
Chris Brown feat. Drake, “No Guidance”
Ari Lennox feat. J. Cole, “Shea Butter Baby”
Beyoncé feat. Saint Jhn, Wizkid & Blue Ivy Carter, “Brown Skin Girl”
Cardi B & Bruno Mars, “Please Me”
PJ Morton & JoJo, “Say So”
Ty Dolla $ign feat. J. Cole, “Purple Emoji”

Interview: Yung Baby Tate Flexes Pop Prowess At Red Bull’s Camp Ahead Of New EP

Atlanta, GA – Bit by bit, Yung Baby Tate is steadily paving her own road to stardom. Growing up around music as the daughter of soul singer Dionne Farris, the emerging artist has become a hot-pink force through her hustle, intoxicating stage presence and ability to combine power-punch raps with breezy pop hooks.

The 23-year-old Atlanta native dropped her debut album GIRLS in February along with a short film of the same name. Also this year, Tate co-wrote and was featured on the Revenge Of The Dreamers III song “Don’t Hit Me Right Now” alongside Bas, Cozz, Guapdad 4000 and Buddy.

At the end of October, the rapper/singer/producer released the first offering and title track of her forthcoming Camp EP. Tate continued the project’s rollout with a lively performance — also called Camp — at the Red Bull Music Festival Atlanta on Saturday (November 9).

The show’s colorful set displayed giant mushrooms, beautiful outdoor scenery and a bubblegum-pink tent that cascaded down from the ceiling. Festival attendees came dressed to impress and screamed for Tate while rocking platform heels, loud animal prints and neon hues.

“The aesthetic was like summer camp, but over-the-top, extraordinary, out-of-this-world,” Tate told HipHopDX.

Throughout spurts of impressive dancer-backed choreography, multiple wardrobe changes and casual struts toward the stage’s stripper pole, Tate was joined by several of her GIRLS collaborators. Mulatto, BbyMutha, Queen Key, Baby Rose and more made it to the stage, performing their own tracks and tag-teaming GIRLS cuts.

“With most shows, you have to wait for the whole show to see the artist that you came to see,” Tate explained. “So, we did it a bit different to make it a curated experience for the artists and the [fans].”

She says that same kind of perfectly-polished, louder-than-life energy can be expected on her forthcoming project. In an interview with DX, Tate details her jaw-dropping Camp performance, the new direction she’s taking with her EP, her hopes for fellow female producers and more.

HipHopDX: Congrats on your new single, “Camp.” Your Red Bull Music Festival Atlanta performance was also called Camp, so what is the significance of camp to you?

YBT: So, “Camp” is not just about summer camp. It’s also about the aesthetic of camp, like the over-the-top, extraordinary, larger-than-life type of thing. So, we mixed both of those for the show. And that’s basically what the song is, the EP and the show.

HipHopDX: You dropped your debut album GIRLS earlier this year. You went in a different direction than your BOYS EP in terms of having a lot of features — in particular, lots of dope female artists. For your next project, do you think you’ll want to include several collaborations again or go back to the solo route like you did with BOYS?

YBT: So, for Camp, there’s no features on this EP. But I’m definitely looking to do more collaborations with my next project ’cause I just really enjoy working with like talented and dope artists. I think that they bring something more to the song and to the project as a whole. So yeah, the next project for sure. But Camp is all me!

HipHopDX: Do you have a release date in mind yet for Camp?

YBT: I don’t have a release date yet; it’s still a lot in the works.

HipHopDX: Is there anything you can tell us about it?

YBT: It’s going to be next-level. I think I bring a certain level to the things that I do, so definitely on this project it’s gonna be very next-level and something new that I haven’t really done before. But it’s fun. For right now, I’m focusing on “Camp,” the single, and that’s basically the idea of what the EP will be.

Interview: Yung Baby Tate Flexes Pop Prowess At Red Bull's Camp Ahead Of New EP

HipHopDX: What was being a part of the Revenge Of The Dreamers III and the Dreamville writing sessions like?

YBT: The Dreamville session was the first time that I’ve been in a collaborative songwriting environment. That was the first time I’d ever written for someone else, so it was a really dope, very fun experience. Kind of like a challenge — not like it was hard, but something to kind of build off of.

HipHopDX: Are you signed to Dreamville or still independent?

YBT: I’m still independent. There are some labels interested right now, but I’m still independent. I’m not signed to Dreamville.

HipHopDX: Do you prefer the flexibility of being independent or are you ready to join a label?

YBT: I do enjoy it, but I think that when you want different results you kind of have to do things a little differently. And I want very large results, so I’ve kind of got to do a large thing. Being independent is cool. It’s like you can kind of do what you want, but I think I’d like a change.

HipHopDX: Several of the artists you brought to Camp — Baby Rose, BbyMutha, Kari Faux, Mulatto, Queen Key and UNIIQU3 — were also on your GIRLS album.

YBT: Yeah, it was the first time I’ve been able to get everybody in the same space! So that was really exciting.

HipHopDX: Was it your first time collaborating with them on GIRLS? Are you pretty tight with all of them now?

YBT: Yeah, I think that was the first time I have collaborated with everyone. I’m definitely very tight with Kari Faux, that’s one of my very good friends. But all of them are my good friends! Kari is kind of like my sister at this point.

Interview: Yung Baby Tate Flexes Pop Prowess At Red Bull's Camp Ahead Of New EP

HipHopDX: Not only do you write, rap, sing and engineer, you also produce. How and when did you learn to make beats?

YBT: I learned to produce my own beats when I was 10. There was like a guy at my church who was a producer and a rapper, and he asked me one day if I wanted to learn how to make beats, so he just taught me. After that, I didn’t go back to making beats until I was 13, and then from there, I’ve just been creating music.

HipHopDX: It’s super cool to see female producers. I feel like sometimes they’re underrepresented.

YBT: For sure. I feel like that can change though with more visibility. Women producers, I think that there are a lot out there, but people don’t know about them. Like even with me, people know me as an artist, but I also produce my own beats. So, I think I’ve pushed that door a little bit wider.

HipHopDX: Final thoughts?

YBT: I just wanna say, to my fans, thank you because I love them so much and they’re so supportive!

Lil Kim & Talib Kweli Talk About The Queen Bee Being Rejected By Feminists

Two Brooklyn icons collided when Talib Kweli and Lil Kim sat down to chat about the pint-sized emcee’s rap career. Kim was visiting Talib on his UPROXX show People’s Party, and the New Yorkers took a walk down memory lane as they revisited stories about Kim’s rise to stardom as well as mutual friends they both know in the hip hop game.

Lil Kim & Talib Kweli Talk About The Queen Bee Being Rejected By Feminists
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As with every Lil Kim interview, the topic her relationship with Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace is unavoidable. The rapper shared that she never missed his shows and would always be there when he was performing on the block. When they spoke about Diddy, Kim said that the first time she met him she was “mesmerized,” mostly because she was a huge fan Jodeci, a group who Diddy helped develop. She added that Sean Combs deserves the title “Godfather” and warrants more credit than people give him.

Elsewhere in the video, they spoke about feminism and how Kim was rejected throughout her career by certain movements because her raunchy lyrics. Kim said she was surprised by how fended people, especially women, were with some her imagery, most notably the photos where she was squatting down with her legs open. There are a few other gems between these two, so watch her entire episode with Talib below.

Summer Walker Says Her "Negative Comments" Are From Parents: "So Ignorant"

Summer Walker has been catching a lot heat for being vocal about her social anxiety. The 23-year-old “Playing Games” singer cancelled a handful her tour dates due to her mental health and even after she’s maintained her honesty with fans, she’s still pulling in a lot negative comments by users who say she doesn’t deserve to act that way and even calling her “slow.”

Summer Walker Says Her "Negative Comments" Are From Parents: "So Ignorant"
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Summer has now responded to some the hate, explaining how a lot her haters have children. “It makes me feel soo bad cause it’s clear that if the children are developing or struggling with any type mental disorder such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, it’ll be brushed to the side and will never receive any treatment because it’ll just be “an act,” she wrote on Instagram. 

She added: “These parents are probably so ignorant that instead reading up on symptoms they just whoop the child 🤦🏽‍♀️ sad, my shit started at 6 so yes kids have it to.”

Summer Walker took home the Best New Artist award at the Soul Train Awards and admitted in another Instagram post that she considered not attending due to anxiety but was thankful she did. 

London On Da Track Declares Summer Walker The New ‘Queen Of R&B’

Jacquees and YK Osiris have tried to claim the title of “King Of R&B,” but London On Da Track has nominated another artist for a seat atop the genre’s throne. The multi-platinum selling producer has named Summer Walker as the “Queen Of R&B” following her win for Best New Artist at 2019 Soul Train Music Awards.

“Congratulations,” he wrote on Instagram. “The music speaks for u The anxiety makes u hard to read But to the ones that try to understand Would kno yo heart is an open book I wouldn’t want u to b no other way The spirits value you I value you So proud of you and your journey Best new ARTIST Queen Of R&B MyLove.”

London has an obvious bias since he’s currently dating Walker. He’s one of her main producers too, handling the majority of the beats on her debut album Over It.

Walker’s first LP, which dropped in October, debuted at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Over It also had the largest streaming week ever for a female R&B artist in terms of on-demand audio streams, topping a mark previously set by Beyoncé’s Lemonade.

London On Da Track Dubs Summer Walker The "Queen Of R&B" After Soul Train Win

Summer Walker took home her first trophy this past weekend at the Soul Train Awards when she won this year’s Best New Artist. The 23-year-old went up against Mahalia, Nicole Bus, YK Osiris, Pink Sweats and Lucky Daye. Despite Summer’s social anxiety that she’s been very open about in recent weeks (even canceling some tour dates because it) she graced the stage to say a few words thanking those that helped her to this very special moment. 

London On Da Track Dubs Summer Walker The "Queen Of R&B" After Soul Train Win
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Her boyfriend and sole producer her debut album Over It, was so proud that he made a sentimental post about Summer to his Instagram showing love to her first trophy. “Congratulations 🎊 The music speaks for u The anxiety makes u hard to read But to the ones that try to understand Would kno yo heart is an open book I wouldn’t want u to b no other way The spirits value you I value you So proud you and your journey Best new ARTIST 👩‍🎤 Queen Of R&B 👑🐍🐍 MyLove💚sic],” he wrote. 

Summer shared her Instagram that she was close to not attending the award show due to her anxiety. “BUT I pushed through my #socialanxiety today and I’m really glad I did ..cause the soul train experience is something any true music lover will never forget🖤,” she wrote

Marlon Wayans Avoids Jennifer Hudson Vs. Beyoncé "Better Singer" Question

Production for the forthcoming Aretha Franklin biopic is in full swing and fans are excited to see how the life the soul singing icon unfolds on the silver screen. TMZ recently shared a few paparazzi photos Jennifer Hudson, who stars in the film as the Motown legend, filming scenes with her co-star, Marlon Wayans. The pictures they shared were the pair acting out their on-screen kiss, so the next time the publication caught up with the actor, they wanted to know what it was like lip-locking with the American Idol alum.

“Amazing. Ever kiss an angel? I did,” Marlon jokingly said his J-Hud kiss. “Her breath was amazingly fresh. Her lips were like pillows. It felt like I was kissing a cloud. It’s everything that you would wish it would be and then some.”

I don’t want to let her know how good the kiss was…but I think I just did,” he added. “But it was probably up there with the top three kisses in my life.” When asked about what he likes the most about the singer, in true comedic fashion Marlon attempted to make things awkward. “She’s just a warm, sweet soul,” he stated. “And man, that voice? Yo, like, her voice? It’s weird. It actually gave me woody.”

During the conversation, Marlon is, little by little, trying to make his escape. He finally is able to get himself settled in the driver’s seat his car and just as he’s about to leave, the paparazzo asks him who has a better voice: Beyoncé or J-Hud? “Don’t compare black women,” he said flatly. “You ain’t gonna compare two queens and get me in a fight.” Then the camerawoman asked about Taylor Swift. He retorted, “Oh, they better than Taylor Swift!” Watch the exchange below.

Apple Music Launches Replay ⁠— Borrowing Spotify's Wrapped Playlist

Apple Music Replay is a new playlist that tracks your most popular tracks over the year. It’s similar to Spotify’s Wrapped ⁠— with one key difference.

The Replay playlist offers musical highlights to users, including the most listened artists and tracks. The customized playlist can be shared with friends and family. All Apple Music subscribers can view their current Replay playlists at replay.music.apple.com.

If you’ve been subscribed to Apple Music since the beginning, you can see each year’s data. Spotify’s Wrapped is a similar concept, offering an end-of-year recap on your user-generated analytics.

Spotify’s Wrapped summary is only available at the end of each year, while Apple Music Replay is available all year long.

The data insights offered by Replay are updated every Sunday on Apple Music. On the one hand, it’s interesting to see that data at a glance, but I think Spotify’s wrap-up approach is excellent.

It’s nice to look back at the end of the year and be surprised by the trends you see. Unfortunately, it only calculates streams from January 1st to October 31st. Apple’s consistently updated numbers do paint a more accurate picture for the user.

The multi-year playlist available year-round is an interesting feature. But it also serves to illustrate just how driven music streaming can paint a picture of you. Both Spotify and Apple Music have this feature now ⁠— which service is next to follow?

Remember back in 2015 when the world was absorbed with ‘Trap Queen’ by Fetty Wap? Maybe not, but all the streaming music services do.

How long will it take before someone’s are ‘leaked’ as a way to embarrass them? We’re already in a world where old yearbook photos and tweets can cost people their jobs for being resurfaced. I don’t think it’s quite The Onion material anymore to imagine how listening data could be used nefariously.

Lil Kim Reminds Everyone She Hated Naturi Naughton In ‘Notorious’

Hollywood, CA – Lil Kim hasn’t been shy about her disdain for The Notorious B.I.G. biopic Notorious over the years. But during a recent sit-down interview with Hollywood Unlocked, she reiterated what made the film so cringeworthy for her.

First and foremost, she was unhappy with Naturi Naughton’s portrayal of her.

“I’m going to touch on this briefly ’cause I think everybody already knows my answer to this, but I hated everything about that movie. I hated it. Wasn’t involved in it. I actually had to get my lawyers involved in which I ended up getting a check from it — that was the only reason why, whatever. But it was greenlit and shot without my permission. Everybody knows this already. We talked about it. 

“How do you even pick somebody [Naughton] — because I’m sorry. That wasn’t … I was not OK with that … I would have never picked her. Never, ever, ever. She has nothing in common with me. Nothing. We have nothing in common. No, seriously … And I don’t like the way she’s been disrespectful about it because I wasn’t even basically blaming her. But she did a whole documentary coming at me. I’m like, ‘What the heck is this?’”

Kim continued, “I’m like, ‘OK boo. You don’t want this smoke.’ Cause at the end of the day, I really could really go there. But I been letting her … Because her thing is, she just wanted me to be OK with it, but if I’m not OK with you playing me in the role, either you’re going to do it — ’cause I can’t tell you not to take a role and get your money, right? — but don’t say ‘Oh, I love her’ this, that and the third when you were like, ‘I don’t care what she think. I’m going to still do this movie.’

“So basically, you’re doing it without my stamp of approval. So you’re doing it for a check or you’re doing it to come up. That’s fine. But don’t make it seem like I’m hating on you because I don’t want you to do it … All of that talk she did on the documentary, I felt it was very disrespectful.”

Naughton appeared on an episode of TV One’s Uncensored in April and discussed Kim’s criticisms of the film.

“I would never take on a role of real person that is alive and well and not try to speak with them and reach out,” she said. “Let’s clear the record. At the time, there was a manger who was managing Kim. I called, I left multiple voicemails …  I was at the production office in Brooklyn, Kim comes off the elevator, I happen to be there for rehearsal. Huge, beautiful fur. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, the queen is here.’ She walks right by me with her crew. She goes into the director’s office. They close the door.

“All I hear is, ‘What the fuck?!’ They’re arguing. They’re yelling and I’m like, ‘I hope this is not about me.’ But it was. I guess there was some miscommunication about the casting process. But again, I’m just an actress. I was just hired to do a part. So I was hoping and praying. I reached out phone. I was there, that time in person.”

Naughton added she thought maybe Kim took issue with her dark complexion.

“Maybe my look had something to do with it,” she continued. “Again, it started to replay the memories of 3LW saying I’m not good enough or because I guess she thought I was darker than the character should have been. I just wanted to have her blessing. I really did.

“To this day, I have nothing but love and respect for Lil Kim. she really is what spawned the careers of Nicki Minajs and Cardi B. They just took from that book and did it now. No disrespect to any of these artists. But please give her her just due. So for me, I have nothing but love and respect. And I hope that she knows I was honored to play her. And I hope one day she can see that and really know that.”

Revisit the Uncensored episode above.

Rihanna Stuns At "Queen & Slim" Premiere After Promise To "Balance" Work & Play

Queen & Slim debuted in Los Angeles last night and welcomed an array well-known acts to celebrate the film’s ficial arrival. We’ve already been blessed with the ficial soundtrack for the movie and now we’re here to bless you with Rihanna‘s red carpet look as she attended the movie’s release as well. 

The “California King Bed” singer wore a vintage get-up from London, instead her own Fenty creations, dawning a John Galliano dress from the city’s boutique, William Vintage.

Rihanna Stuns At "Queen & Slim" Premiere After Promise To "Balance" Work & Play
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More recently, Rihanna wrote a PSA to her fans on Instagram promising to become more blanced when it comes to her work life, personal life and seemingly her music life. “To all my friends/family/coworkers who I have yet to get back to in the past months…please forgive me. this year has been quite an overwhelming one, and I’m working on that ish called Balance. brb,” she wrote

By no surprise, a user asked Rihanna when the album will arrive, forcing her to respond: “I don’t need this kind negativity in my life! BLOCKT.”

Clearly, Rihanna’s taking the time she needs to pull everything together so when the album does arrive, it’ll be everything we were expecting and more. 

Rihanna Stuns At "Queen & Slim" Premiere After Promise To "Balance" Work & Play
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Vivica A. Fox Disses The Thought Of A ‘Set It Off’ Remake

Vivica A. Fox is not a fan of Issa Rae’s forthcoming remake of the 1996 cult classic film Set It Off

When asked about her thoughts on Rae’s reimagining on Entertainment Tonight Fox spurned the idea. “Leave it alone, there’s absolutely no reason to try to re-do it,” she said. “It’s been done and we did it so well that people are absolutely going to compare it to that and I think that’s her taking on a tremendous chore because that film has become a cult classic and some things are just better left.” 

The original Set It Off, directed by F. Gary Gray, took in a hefty $41 million gross on a $9 million budget at the box office. In the film, Vivica A. Fox, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Kimberly Elise star as four best friends who embark on a journey robbing banks successfully around the Los Angeles area.

Fox continued with her thoughts of remaking the film, and reboots in general, advising the actress to tap into the creative juices she’s shown on her hit show Insecure. “If you want to do a new film of girls robbing banks, create your own thing,” Fox says in the clip. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it if they do something that goes into the next chapter of the story. It’s when they try to recreate it and it’s already been done and that magic’s been captured in a bottle. It’s very hard to capture that.”   

Check out the interview in full above. 

Lauryn Hill Returns With 1st Solo Song In 5 Years ‘Guarding The Gates’

While Lauryn Hill has stayed busy touring for the 20th anniversary of The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, she hasn’t released a proper solo album since, well, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. 

But on Friday (November 15), the ex-Fugees member dropped ” Guarding The Gates,” her first solo single since 2014’s “Black Rage,” which she dedicated to the people of Ferguson, Missouri after Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer.

“Guarding The Gates” comes from the soundtrack for the Lena Waithe-scripted film Queen & Slim, which features the breakout star from Get Out Daniel Kaluuya and newcomer Jodie Turner-Smith.

The trailer for the film featured music from The Pharcyde and the soundtrack itself boasts music from Vince Staples, Megan Thee Stallion and Blood Orange, among others.

Queen & Slim hit theaters nationwide on November 27.

Revisit the trailer below and check out Hill’s song above.