XXXTentacion Died One Year Ago Today

One year ago, news broke that Jaseh “XXXTentacion” Onfroy had been shot after shopping at Riva Motorsports in Deerfield Beach, Florida. A disturbing video began circulating amidst panicked speculation. Sadly, the clip revealed a bleak reality. The shooting was fatal. XXXTentacion passed away that afternoon, at the age 20. Though relatively new to the game, Triple X left behind a notable legacy.

His work with Members Only paved the way for a new lane SoundCloud rap. His pair released studio albums, 17 & ?, revealed an artist unafraid to take stylistic risks. He was an XXL Freshman. He contributed to charity, donating toys, musical instruments, and video games to foster homes. Despite his dark past and the disturbing allegations that loomed over him, XXX appeared ready and willing to change for the better. One tracking his career from the get-go would have noticed an upward trajectory; his petty feuds and mindless beefs were ultimately squashed, including a brief estrangement with his longtime best friend Ski Mask The Slump God.

XXXTentacion Died One Year Ago Today

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Like many controversial figures, XXX proved divisive in life. During his brief yet impactful career, few prominent artists openly co-signed him, with the exception Kendrick Lamar (he praised 17 and fought Spotify’s decision to remove X’s catalog), Joey Bada$$ (the pair were working on a collaborative mixtape) and PnB Rock, who forged a genuine friendship with the young Floridian. Upon his death, many seemed to publically sten toward him, as indicated by posthumous collaborations on albums like Tha Carter V and Kanye West‘s upcoming Yandhi.

Yet his followers remained loyal from the jump, emerging in droves to pay respect to the fallen rapper. To this day, Triple X is seen by many young fans as an era-defining legend, with his murder marking their first experience with losing someone from afar. Case in point, his single “Sad” is nearly eligible to go Diamond, a monumental feat in itself. Today, take a moment to look back on XXXTentacion and his brief yet impactful run. Rest in peace to another young rapper gone too soon. 

50 Cent Begins Feud With Adrien Broner: "I Blocked Your Ass"

Whenever 50 Cent‘s “Fty” senses start to tingle, you know there’s some bad news around the corner. The New York rapper has been on a tear as late, crossing paths with some the world’s most entertaining celebrities and demanding a percentage from them. During his new role as hip-hop’s resident debt collector, Fiddy has taken aim at Teairra Mari, Young Buck, Randall Emmett, Jackie Long, and so many more. His most recent spat against Bow Wow appears to be nearing an end so Fif needed to find a new target. He ended up settling on his good friend Adrien Broner, realizing that he might owe him some money.

The boxer took to social media to call out 50 Cent for blocking him on Instagram, telling him that he might need to borrow a million dollars soon. When news got back to Fiddy though, he was not impressed. “Fuck you AB, we still mad about that money you made us lose on the fight,” joked Curtis on his own page, rubbing in the loss. “Yeah I blocked your ass because you fucking up the money.” 

Commenting on his own post, Fif added some more, thinking it’s about time he gives Broner an ultimatum. “IM STARTING TO FEEL LIKE YOU OWE ME AB. So have something for me by Monday,” he wrote.

Uh oh. You better pay up AB because when it comes to 50 Cent’s wrath, you don’t want to be on the wrong side. Broner does pack a powerful punch though…

Kawhi Leonard Explains His Plans For NBA Free Agency

Heading into free agency, one the most intriguing stories will involve Kawhi Leonard the Toronto Raptors. Leonard just helped win the NBA Championship for the Raptors and picked up NBA Finals MVP honors in the process. He is a free agent this summer and the whole league is wondering if he will come back to Toronto or if he will go to Los Angeles where he grew up. There have been reports that the Lakers and Knicks are looking into the superstar while the Raptors are doing the most to keep him with the team.

During the championship parade yesterday, Leonard was asked about his plans for free agency and as you would expect from the Board Man, he’s not divulging too much information just yet.

Kawhi Leonard Explains His Plans For NBA Free Agency

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“I’m going to take the right time,” Leonard told Ian Harrison  the Associated Press. “You don’t need too many days to figure it out. We’ll see what happens. Once that time comes, then we’ll all lay the pros and cons out.”

If Leonard stays with the Raptors, the team has the opportunity to reach dynasty status especially with the Warriors depleted heading into next season. If he goes to the Clippers or Lakers, both those teams would become instant contenders.

Nicki Minaj Clears Up Rumors Regarding Blac Chyna & MEGATRON

Every since Nicki Minaj teased “Megatron,” fans have been impatiently waiting for her to drop new music. “My name is #Megatron,” Minaj tweeted on Monday. “What’s your #TronName? I’ll shout out some my faves on #QueenRadio this Friday.” The Barbz swarmed her with their new names, all fitted to help increase the hype around her next single. Days ago, Minaj also shared behind-the-scenes clips and images her next music video—and things looked as if they were getting a little steamy.

One series photos showed the rapper in a red room with a man as they were filming a sexually-charged scene. Matching with the red light theme those photos was Blac Chyna who, on Monday, dropped a few images herself on a similar looking set and captioned one photo with the word “Megatron.” This left many fans to wonder whether or not Chyna had linked with Minaj for the video, but before the rumors spun too far out control, Minaj made it clear that her video would roll on sans Chyna.

“Chyna isn’t in the MEGATRON video,” Minaj wrote on Instagram. “She was just showing love, which I greatly appreciate. Congrats on the new show mama!” The rapper sent out kissing emojis before ending her message by saying she may have Chyna as a guest on Queen Radio this Friday.

Toronto Raptors Parade Shooting Leaves Four Wounded

Tens thousands people gathered onto the streets Toronto to watch their NBA Championship team be honored with a parade. The Raptors—and Drake—drove through hoards screaming, adoring fans who wore their favorite Raptors gear and clamored for a glimpse the famous sports figures. It was a cheerful, light-hearted afternoon until gunshots rang out in the crowd. Original reports stated that one person was injured, but NPR now sayd that emergency responders tended to the wounds four individuals.

Thankfully, none the injuries reported were life-threatening and the four people were treated at local hospitals. According to police, they were able to quickly identify and arrest three suspects in connection with the shooting. “We do have people arrested with firearms, and that’s the start the investigation,” Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders told reporters. He then asked witnesses to come forward with any information. The motivation behind the shooting was not revealed.

When the gunshots rang out, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Toronto Mayor John Tory, and Raptors players were onstage. Sportscaster Matt Devlin was hosting the event and alerted the crowd that something serious had happened. “I want to make sure everyone stays calm,” Devlin said. “This is serious. Everyone stay calm…There is an emergency being dealt with.” Andrew Singh, a witness, said “we just saw the girl drop to the floor and the guy running f,” Singh told the AP. “All I heard was, ‘bop bop bop.'”

Anderson .Paak Delivers Freestyle While Visiting Funkmaster Flex At HOT 97

His soulful singles have captured the hearts R&B lovers worldwide, but don’t get it twisted: Anderson .Paak’s freestyle skills are nothing to play with. The hip hop artist has visited his share radio stations where he’s fered to show f his lyrical abilities, and the latest to get a taste what Paak’s working with was New York’s Hot 97. Paak visited Funkmaster Flex to drop some bars and his flow seemed flawless…aside from a few hiccups on the beat.

While Paak was spitting his freestyle, there were some jumps on the tempo. The rapper was able to recover on multiple occasions, but he couldn’t hold in his frustration. Some have argued that it was just the song and no fault to DJ Juanyto who was in the booth and responsible for playing the beat, while others have slammed Juanyto for messing up Paak’s performance. On Funk Flex’s blog, they shared that the loop was downloaded from the internet so it wasn’t necessarily the DJ’s fault.

Meanwhile, Paak has been tearing up festival stages and performing non-stop since the release his last record Ventura. Check out his freestyle with Funkmaster Flex below and let us know your favorite lyrics.

Nelly Says New EP Will Be Produced By Country Group Florida Georgia Line

It’s about time that we received new music from Nelly, and the “Country Grammar” rapper has revealed that his next project is in the works. During a recent interview with Atlanta’s hit radio station V-103, Nelly announced that he’s readyinig the release a new EP. He didn’t give up too many details regarding what fans can expect with the album, but he did share that country duo Florida Georgia Line would have a hand in it.

Before speaking on the project, Nelly shared his plans for the next few months. “This summer I’m going on tour with me, TLC, and Flo Rida. We got the Whole Lotta Hits tour coming out real soon. We’re gonna have a whole bunch fun with that. I also got an EP coming out that’s on a whole ‘nother side that’s executive produced by Florida Georgia Line. It’s on some whole other stuff, so yeah. We still movin’.”

One can only speculate that fans will receive a sound that’s more in line with Nelly’s 2004 Tim McGraw collaboration “Over & Over.” The rapper worked with Florida Georgia Line in the past when he hopped on the remix to their single, “Cruise.” Considering how Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” has dominated the charts, it wouldn’t be surprising to see more artists step into the country game. Nelly was one the firsts, so if he does go that route, it won’t be unfamiliar territory.

Back in 2015, it was announced that the rapper was working on his Heartland EP. “He’s a free agent on the label side now, and is working on a country-based Heartland EP, which should be really interesting,” Nelly’s manager told Billboard at the time. “He may be one the first hip-hop artists to jump into that space in an authentic way with Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw, so we think he has an opportunity to grow that base even more.”

 

Snoop Dogg Says He "Likes The Energy" He Gets From New Generation Of Young Fans At Live Shows

Snoop loves the kids! Rapper Snoop Dogg recently performed at KROQ radio station’s annual Weenie Roast concert at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California. The Long Beach rapper hosted a gig as DJ Snoopadelic as artists like Limp Bizkit and 311 took to nearby stages. While Weenie Roast isn’t necessarily for children per se, many people use the festival as a day to get their entire family together to watch some their favorite live bands. 

Snoop caught up with Billboard while backstage at Weenie Roast where the father four discussed what it’s been like performing for a new generation audiences, especially those that are barely in their teens. “I like the energy that I get from the kids, believe it or not,” the rapper said. “There was a lot kids that was here today. I seen like some 4-year-olds, 10-year-olds, 14-year-olds, and when they look at me, that’s what I’m looking for — the energy I get from them. Are they in amazement? Are they in tune? Are they energetic? Or are they just watching? The ones I seen today were into it. It’s like their parents was teaching them about good music and not having no boundaries and just playing good sh*t for kids, like my parents did for me.”

Snoop Dogg Says He "Likes The Energy" He Gets From New Generation Of Young Fans At Live Shows
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He also shared that he’s “universally accepted” when it comes to music because he was raised to admire a wide variety genres. ” I grew up with rock music, rap music, reggae music and whatever sound was in my neighborhood. If it was some Latinos that lived right here, we heard some Latino music,” Snoop said. “If it was some rockers I went to school with, we heard some rock music. And it was like all that collectiveness. And then coming to an event like today and seeing parents with their kids and seeing kids get a dose it, it’s only gonna breed the kid that understands music is the universal language all people. And there are no boundaries on music.”

Snoop’s next studio album—his 17th—is set to hit the streets on July 12 is rumored to be titled I Wanna Thank Me.

Akon & Partner Tricia Ana To Join "Love & Hip Hop Hollywood": Report

Could Akon be the latest rapper to join Love & Hip Hop Hollywood? The hit VH1 reality show has been shaking things up a bit with the cast, hoping to bring in some fresh blood in order to attract new viewers—and new drama. Over the last few days, there have been rumors floating around that the St. Louis singer was planning on making his reality TV debut on the upcoming season the show.

As soon as social media caught wind the information, the news spread like wildfire and was believed to be truthful. However, Akon adamantly denied the gossip and shared an image on his Instagram page that reads, “I am not joining Love & Hip Hop.” In the caption, he wrote, “Social Media is the Devil!!!”

Meanwhile, The Jasmine Brand claims to have exclusively reported that they’ve confirmed Akon and his partner, Tricia Ana, will be featured on the show. According to TJB, it hasn’t been revealed whether or not the 46-year-old artist will be a regular fixture, but he and Tricia Ana are set to make appearances. The status Akon’s relationship with Tricia Ana hasn’t been made clear as some people have called her his girlfriend while TJB states that she refers to herself as his wife and works with Akon’s Konvict Music as an A&R representative.

Master P Tells Hip Hop Artists To "Stop All This Beefin’"

Twenty-one years after the release the original I Got the Hook Up, the follow up is set to hit theaters. Next month, I Got the Hook Up 2 starring Romeo Miller, Tiny Lister, John Witherspoon, Clifton Powell, Luenell, Sheryl Underwood, Kyle Massey, D.C. Young Fly, and course Master P, will hopefully be a comedy that brings the laughs. However, P recently told Baller Alert that he also wants fans to pick up on the message behind the jokes.

“This has a message, even though it’s going to be funny. To be able to bring these social media stars, connect them with the Hollywood stars,” he said. “It’s going to be crazy. It’s going to be hilarious, but like I said, it’s got a meaning. This movie has a meaning, that’s what’s going to be different. It’s about gentrification. It’s about ownership. It’s about taking control and having a business in the ‘hood.” He added, “We need some laughter. Laughter heals all this negativity we been going through.”

The rap mogul was asked about his next business ventures, and P showed f his MoneYatti kicks as he talked about the importance brand ownership. “I think the most important thing for me, that changed my life was about ownership. None my family never had anything, and I said, ‘You know what, I need to be an entrepreneur,’” P stated. “I need to get to work. Everyone got 24 hrs, its what you do with your 24 hours. You gotta celebrate other people’s success, I started celebrating other people’s success, and I start being successful.”

P also had a few words for hip hop artists with aspirations being superstars: “Learn your business. Get out there, know hip hop business. Everybody want to be a star. Everybody want to be famous. But you know, I passed up a million dollars when I got in this game and I had nothing. To pass up some money to know your business, I turned that into hundreds millions. Don’t just get into it for the fame. And stop all this beefing. You don’t need to be beefin’. Leave that at the steakhouse. Be bout your money.”

YBN Cordae Teams With Chance The Rapper For "Bad Idea" Video

YBN Cordae has enlisted the help of Chance The Rapper to provide some visuals for their collaborative single “Bad Idea.” The track, which features a sample of Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway’s “Be Real Black For Me,” recently debuted on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio show.

“My brother Chance did it — killed the verse, murdered the verse,” Cordae told Lowe. “I really loved the song. It’s one of my favorite songs. We was both in Coachella. He just came up to me, showed love. I just told him he’s one of the people that inspire me. Took each other’s numbers down. I flew to Chicago actually to get the song done.”

He continued, “The opening lines to the song is, ‘I know myself far too well to be a stranger of pain.’ I freestyled that line. That’s like immediately what I thought of when I heard that beat. Meaning like I know what I’ve been through. Everything that I’ve witnessed, everything that I’ve been to act like I don’t know myself. And that’s really essentially what the song is about. It has like good home vibes, good summer vibes, like good nostalgic feeling to it. But like, not in a forceful way, ’cause I feel like now everybody’s bringing back the nostalgic way, but in a force. Like, it’s got to come natural.”

Cordae’s debut album The Lost Boy is expected to drop later this year. Fans can currently catch the Atlantic Records artist on his first headlining tour.

Watch Cordae’s “Bad Idea” video above. Purchase the track here.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Soundtrack Available July 12th

Rockstar Games has announced The Music of Red Dead Redemption 2 soundtrack is now available for pre-order.

The original soundtrack will drop on July 12th.

Fans who pre-order the soundtrack receive access to “Crash of Worlds” by Rocco DeLuca and “Table Top” by Daniel Lanois immediately. The collection of vocal tracks will release digitally on July 12th in collaboration with Lakeshore Records. Rockstar hasn’t announced any plans for a limited edition vinyl release like with the first game.

Red Dead Redemption 2 was one of the hottest video games released in 2018. Imagery from the game featured on Lil Nas X’s .

The RDR2 soundtrack is produced by 11-time Grammy winner Daniel Lanois, who created these tracks exclusively for the game. Lanois has worked with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Willie Nelson. Lanois says he was thrilled to work on the game, as it provided “a terrific compositional space, vast and covering a range of emotional textures.”

Vocal performances on the soundtrack include those from D’Angelo, Willie Nelson, Rhiannon Giddens, Josh Homme, and David Ferguson.

If you have Spotify, you can listen to the first two songs for the original soundtrack below.

Back when Rockstar Games released Red Dead Redemption in 2010, they also revealed an exclusive red vinyl soundtrack release. Hopefully, something like this will be available for fans of the sequel who prefer Arthur over John.

So far no plans have been revealed to do something similar for Red Dead Redemption 2, but there is another original score soundtrack on the way.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Soundtrack Available July 12th

 

Meanwhile, fans who are looking for something new to sample might be interested in Lil Nas X’s latest EP. The explosive country rapper is dropping a 7-song EP in collaboration with Billy Ray Cyrus. The new EP and will be released by Columbia Records on June 21st.

Maxo Kream Announces Major Label Debut LP "Brandon Banks"

Maxo Kream is prepared to release his first official album for RCA Records. The Houston-bred rapper revealed his debut LP, Brandon Banks, is scheduled to drop on July 19.

“This album is me telling the story of how I’m just like my dad except he was a scammer and I was a trapper,” Maxo said in a press release. “Despite his flaws, he was a great parent, always made sure the rent was paid, made sure I went to school, taught me right from wrong. I wasn’t raised to be a trapper, it just happened because of my circumstances. My relationship with my dad now is great – I used to be terrified of him growing up but now that’s my nigga. We’re like yin and yang.”

Brandon Banks will feature collaborations with fellow H-Town natives Travis Scott and Megan Thee Stallion. Production is handled by Mike Dean, Murda Beatz and Ryan ESL, among others.

Check out the album’s trailer and cover art below.

Maxo Kream Announces Major Label Debut LP "Brandon Banks"

Drake Confirms OVO Fest’s Return

Toronto, CA – Drake decided to share some big news while celebrating the Toronto Raptors’ 2019 NBA Finals victory at their championship parade on Monday (June 17).

Drizzy announced his OVO Fest will be returning this year and invited his hometown team to the event.

“I hope all these guys will join me this year because we bringing OVO Fest back, so I hope we can go crazy!” he announced to the crowd while speaking in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square.

Although OVO Fest didn’t happen last year, the multi-platinum recording artist hinted his annual concert series might return in 2019 during the Toronto stop of his Aubrey & The Three Migos Tour.

In May, speculation about OVO Fest’s return was also heightened when Drake offered tickets to Milwaukee Bucks owner Wes Edens’ daughter Mallory, who trolled the 6 God by wearing a Pusha T shirt to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The lineup and date of the next OVO Fest have yet be announced. However, it has typically taken place in August with the artists being revealed during the last week of June.

Past festival performers include The Weeknd, Eminem, JAY-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar.

Hip Hop Album Sales: Future’s "SAVE ME" Debuts In Top 5

Future’s SAVE ME EP couldn’t reach the top spot on the Billboard 200 due to some stiff competition, including the Jonas Brothers (No. 1) and Santana (No. 3). The Freebandz leader’s latest release reached No. 5, making it the highest-charting Hip Hop project of the week.

Newcomer Polo G was the biggest surprise though, landing at No. 6 with his debut album Die A Legend. Other notable Hip Hop debuts were Tyga’s Legendary, which became his best-charting album since 2015, and Tee Grizzley’s Scriptures LP, which secured the No. 20 spot.

Elsewhere, DJ Khaled and DaBaby maintained their positions in the Top 10 while Tyler, The Creator fell from No. 6 to No. 15. And further down the chart, Denzel Curry’s ZUU plummeted from No. 32 to No. 135 in its second week.

Future Debuts At No. 5

Earlier this year, Future earned his sixth No. 1 album with the release of The WIZRD. The influential artist couldn’t make it seven with his SAVE ME EP though, instead having to settle for No. 5.

Future had a tough hill to climb with new albums from the Jonas Brothers, Santana and Luke Combs also entering the charts for the week. In the end, he secured a Top 5 release off the strength of selling 41,529 total album equivalent units.

Polo G Cracks Top 10

Columbia Records may have found a new star in Polo G. The creator of the hit single “Pop Out” debuted at No. 6 with his first studio album, Die A Legend.

Polo’s success marked another example of streaming’s importance on the charts. He only sold 761 copies in terms of pure album sales but managed to move 38,028 total units thanks to his large amount of streams.

Tyga Returns To Top 20 For 1st Time In 4 Years

The comeback story of Tyga continues. After failing to chart with last year’s Kyoto album, Tyga made his way back on the Billboard 200 thanks to his Legendary LP.

The West Coast rhymer’s latest project hit No. 17 after racking up 24,524 total units in its first week. The album marks his highest-charting LP since 2015’s Fan Of A Fan: The Album collaboration with Chris Brown.

Top 10 Billboard 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 06/13/2019

Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.

1. Future — SAVE ME — No. 5 — 41,529 (5,469) [46,186,364]
2. Polo G — Die A Legend — No. 6 — 38,028 (761) [55,038,157]
3. Khalid — Free Spirit — No. 7 — 36,287 (4,654) [40,637,443]
4. DJ Khaled — Father Of Asahd — No. 8 — 30,874 (4,219) [33,239,378]
5. DaBaby — Baby On Baby — No. 9 — 29,200 (501) [41,108,760]
6. Lizzo — Cuz I Love You — No. 14 — 26,524 (3,080) [27,945,424]
7. Tyler, The Creator — IGOR — No. 15 — 26,195 (840) [35,404,011]
8. Tyga — Legendary — No. 17 — 24,524 (3,377) [26,816,291]
9. Post Malone — Beerbongs & Bentleys — No. 18 — 24,446 (1,199) [31,720,396]
10. Drake — Scorpion — No. 19 — 24,428 (861) [31,305,639]