Listen to XXXTentacion’s Posthumous Single ‘Royalty’

Over a year after his death, XXXTentacion’s music lives on. The late rapper shows his versatility on his posthumous single “Royalty” featuring KyKy-Mani Marley, Vybz Kartel, and Stefflon Don.

Over the sultry dancehall rhythm, produced by Jamaican producer JonFx, X pays homage to his Jamaican roots while his co-stars add some island flavor.

“Royalty” marks the first single off XXXTentacion’s upcoming album Bad Vibes Forever, which is set to feature some of today’s biggest artists. The project follows his posthumous release Skins, which debuted at No. 1 in November.

There are also plans for a documentary. Last month, his estate released a trailer featuring narration from X along with footage of him reuniting with friends and meeting fans.

New Music: Tory Lanez ‘Forever’

The One Umbrella summer continues.

One week after dropping “Melee,” Tory Lanez unleashes his latest track “Forever.” Over the Cassius Jay beat, the Toronto rapper celebrates brotherhood, loyalty, and unity—through ups and downs, legal drama, getting money, and beating cases.

“If shit get wild and you kill a ni**a / We bury and shovel together,” raps Tory. “I got you forever and ever / I got you through every endeavor.”

“Forever” follows “Melee” and “Broke Leg” with Quavo and Tyga. Tory plans to release even more music as he gears up for his long-awaited mixtape Chixtape 5.

He will join Chris Brown on his “INDIGOAT Tour,” which kicks off Aug. 20 in Portland.

Stream Iggy Azalea’s Album ‘In My Defense’

Five years since the release of her debut album The New Classic, Iggy Azalea is back with In My Defense.

The project, her first since going independent, marks a return to her mixtape roots. Leading up to the release, Iggy dropped several tracks and visuals including “Sally Walker,” “Started,” and “Just Wanna.” The 12-track set, which she describes as “aggressive but fun and high-energy,” also features appearances from Lil Yachty (“Hoemita”), Kash Doll (“F**k It Up”), Stini (“Big Bag”), and Juicy J (“Freak of the Week”).

Speaking with Nick Cannon on Power 106, the Aussie rapper opened up about the title. “When you’re a person that’s in the spotlight, a lot of the times just your day-to-day life is you defending yourself, especially on the internet,” she said. “So for me this album is just, In My Defense, if I had a platform to say everything that I wanted to say, this is what I would say in the conversation.”

Iggy will celebrate the album’s release with shows in Los Angeles tonight and New York on July 24.

Stream In My Defense below.

Howard Stern Is "Triggered" By O.J. Simpson’s Twitter Account

It’s safe to say that Howard Stern firmly believes that O.J. Simpson got away with murder. Twenty-three years ago, Simpson was acquitted murdering his ex-wife, 35-year-old Nicole Brown-Simpson, and her acquaintance, 25-year-old Ron Goldman. The two were stabbed to death in the outdoor walkway  Nicole’s Brentwood home. For those who believe in Simpson’s innocence, the murder has not been solved.

Ron’s sister, Kim Goldman, visited Stern’s Sirius XM radio show this week and spoke with Stern about Simpson joining social media. The shock jock made it clear that he holds Simpson responsible for the murders Nicole and Ron, and believes that Twitter should remove the former NFL star.

“I really feel for you and your family,” Stern told Kim. “I really got triggered because O.J.’s Twitter feed. Are you able to listen to that at all?” She replied, “I stomach it. It’s not something that feels great. I can’t really avoid it because it keeps coming up.” She also has a hard time watching Simpson enjoy his life. “I think when he, you know, the ‘yours truly’ and the laughing and the chuckling about everything, I just…that part is really hard to stomach, because I look at him and think rage, murderer, domestic violence abuser, it’s just hard for me to see him just enjoying the ‘good life’ like he likes to refer to it.”

“When somebody kills your brother, and they’re on the golf course, and they’re sitting there in their golf cart, living a life that, I mean, most people don’t get to live…it’s a pretty good life,” Stern said. “It’s got to be maddening. It’s insane.”

Following Kim’s appearance, Simpson shared a video on Twitter where he said, “Hey, Twitter world, it’s me, yours truly,” Simpson began. “You know, I know I’ve been away for a while, but I don’t know what’s going on with America. You know, today, I was told that this individual, let’s call him Person A, stated that he thought Person B should not have a right to public expression. What’s interesting about that is Person B years ago helped fight for person A’s right for freedom expression.” He then goes on to share his thoughts on the divide-and-conquer approach to politics. Watch both Simpson’s Twitter clip and Kim’s interview below. 

Glasses Malone Recreates Tupac’s Murder From His Killer’s Perspective: Watch

Nobody has ever been charged for the murder Tupac Shakur. One the most tragic moments in hip-hop history took place in 1996 when the rapper was murdered in Las Vegas, getting gunned down in a drive-by shooting. There has been a lot written about that fateful night and while many assume that Orlando Anderson is responsible for firing the fatal blow, it’s impossible to confirm that fact. Glasses Malone took it upon himself to recreate Tupac’s final night on the planet in his latest song, going through the events September 7, 1996 and explaining the story as if he were Anderson.

Glasses Malone Recreates Tupac's Murder From His Killer's Perspective: Watch
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In a new video titled “2Pac Must Die,” 39-year-old Los Angeles rapper Glasses Malone takes on the role Tupac’s murderer. The clip starts out with a gunshot, showing a man lying lifeless with blood on his hands before being transported to the hospital. We’re then brought to Orlando Anderson’s place residence where he hops in a car, smokes a Swisher with his friends, and heads to the Mike Tyson fight. To get the full backstory, we then see Anderson six weeks before the fight inside a Foot Locker snatching away somebody’s Death Row Records chain. Finally, Anderson gets jumped in a Las Vegas casino and plans his retaliation, which ends in the drive-by that ended Tupac’s life.

Watch Glasses Malone’s recreation the story below and let us know how you like the song.

YouTube Remains Silent on Whether Relatively Unknown Indian Rapper Badshah Actually Broke Taylor Swift and BTS' Respective Most-Viewed Records

According to Sony Music, an Indian artist on its roster single-handedly broke Taylor Swift and BTS’ respective YouTube record.

Or so it seems.

Currently, Taylor Swift’s single ‘Me!’ holds the 24-hour most-viewed record with 65.4 million.  Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ had previously reached 55.4 million views within 24 hours.

Among bands, BTS currently holds the record for most views within 24 hours on YouTube for ‘Boy with Luv’ featuring Halsey.  Fans viewed the video 74.6 million times.

Sony Music in India claims Badshah’s music video for ‘Paagal’ – pagal in Hindi means bizarre or fantastic – easily shattered both records with over 75 million views within 24 hours.

There’s just one problem.  YouTube has yet to acknowledge the views.

So, what’s going on?

Does YouTube count AdWords clicks?

Explaining how he accomplished the feat, Badshah shared his secret.

We worked hard for this [record and] promoted it worldwide.  And what some people call fake views are not fake views.  They’re Google AdWords.  It’s a way of promoting your video.  We bought AdWords all around the world so that people could see the video all around the world.

Confirming the feat, Shridhar Subramaniam, President of Sony Music of India and the Middle East, proclaimed,

This is an unprecedented feat and we’re very proud.  This will go down [in] history as Badshah becomes the first Indian artist to reach 75 million views in 24 hours.

Yet, the popular video platform has yet to respond.

Making things more ‘pagal,’ Badshah’s music video failed to appear on YouTube’s Global Music Charts for the week of July 5th-11th.  This means the video platform may not count clicks generated by its parent company’s AdWords.

In addition, according to Billboard, the popularity of ‘Paagal’ has notably slowed down.  Reaching 74 million views within 24 hours, fans viewed BTS’ ‘Boy with Luv’ 87.4 million times in its debut week.  Meanwhile, Swift’s ‘Me!’ had added 63.8 million more streams.  After reaching 76 million views, ‘Paagal’ has over 100 million views after launching on July 10th.  This isn’t a bad number, but not exactly record-breaking.

Outside of India, people have yet to hear of Badshah.  On YouTube Insights, the top 10 cities are either in or close to India.  ‘Paagal’ has also yet to top his No. 1 Top Song on the video platform – ‘Koka’ with 34 million views.

 


Featured image by Sony Music Indian (YouTube screengrab).

Roddy Ricch Recalls Trapping Out His Granny’s House In His Freshman Freestyle

Roddy Ricch has a gift. He’s easily one the most melodically-superior rappers to have emerged in the last few years, proving that he has the ear and the voice to deliver endless hits. Time will tell where Roddy’s career takes him but all the 2019 XXL Freshman Class members, he’s being scouted extremely favourably. Industry insiders seem to believe that the Compton spitter has what it takes to be the next big thing in the rap game and so far, he’s done everything in his power to prove them right. The journey continues through his stand-out appearance as part the XXL Freshman Freestyles.

Creating a beat out snaps and the clanging  his jewelry, Roddy Ricch may have just delivered the most enjoyable freestyle his class. In fact, we want him to get in the booth right now, find a suitable beat and record this. He’s not spitting anything that pround but his recollection the times he used to trap out his grandmother’s house give us an eye into Roddy’s past. What brought him to this point? How did he become the talented up-and-comer that he is? Learn more in his freestyle.

During his Freshman interview, Roddy spoke about what it was like to work with Nipsey Hussle, his love for Future and his background in Christian rap. Pay attention to Roddy Ricch. He’s doing big things.

Jaden Smith, New Balance Announce Official Partnership

New Balance have ficially announced a fresh partnership with Jaden Smith.

Jaden first collaborated with New Balance earlier this month as part their “Runs in the Family” campaign that included an appearance by two-time NBA Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard, among others. Smith also laced up a colorful New Balance 650 for the cover his new album “ERYS” and has been preaching #NewBalanceOnly, so maybe we all should have seen this news coming.

That said, it remains to be seen if the Jaden x New Balance partnership will result in any special edition sneaker collabs. New Balance released the following statement regarding the partnership with Jaden (h/t Highsnobiety).

“As an iconic change-maker, Jaden exemplifies the New Balance brand philosophy fearless independence,” New Balance said in a statement. “His convention-defying work in fashion and music, coupled with his dedication to philanthropy and environmental awareness, speak to larger global issues and how they impact his generation. He uses his platform to engage youth and encourages them to be their authentic selves.”

Blake Griffin Puts Jimmy Fallon Through Post-Game Interview Test: Watch

Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night, where they discussed the eventful NBA f-season and Blake’s budding stand-up comedy career. 

The 30-year old All Star also shared his opinion about why people seem to think athletes are so stupid, which could certainly be featured as one the bits in his latest stand-up routine.

Griffin explains:

“After the game you have to do media and you have to sit at a press conference and answer questions. I think people always think athletes are like really stupid and it’s not that we’re stupid it’s that we’ve just exercised for two hours and there’s not really enough oxygen in our brains.”

He then proceeded to put Fallon through a little post-game interview test to prove his point.

The two also talked about being heckled on the court and where Griffin was when he found out that Kawhi Leonard was signing with the Los Angeles Clippers. Check out the interview in the video embedded below. The post-game bit comes at the 3:00 mark.

JXN feat. A$AP Twelvyy ‘Going Off’

JXN is quickly making a name for himself. After teaming up with A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Australia’s hottest new export connects with A$AP Twelvyy on his latest single “Going Off.”

In the wild video, the 25-year-old singer, born Jackson Brazier, arrives to the set with only four hours to shoot. But he can’t seem to focus on the task at hand and keeps drinking and goofing off while a PA tries to keep him in order. “She put me back in line quick / ‘Cause I’ve been on a wild trip / I’m going off again,” he sings.

After a wild night of partying, Twelvvy finally arrives to set three hours late. More chaos ensues and the video ends with JXN setting off the fire alarm before getting slapped in the face.

“Man, it was just a party. The concept we came up with Hype Republic was dope and we wanted it to seem fun whilst also conveying a kinda deep message in the song,” JXN told Rap-Up. “I really wanted it to not be taken too seriously, and with Twelvyy being such a legend, it was just a fun and easy shoot. The video makes you happy!”

A$AP Twelvyy added, “Sequel to this video to air on Netflix next year. Stay tuned. LOL.”

“Going Off” is JXN’s third single following “Red Lights” with A Boogie and “Solitude,” which have already amassed over 5 million streams.

Watch the ‘Hustlers’ Trailer Starring Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B

Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B are taking over the big screen.

The first trailer for Hustlers has officially arrived. In the action-packed clip, J.Lo plays an exotic dancer who shows off her impressive moves on the pole. She then leads a crew of savvy former strip club employees on a heist to turn the tables on their wealthy Wall Street clients.

“The game is rigged and it does not reward people who play by the rules,” says J.Lo’s character Ramona. “It’s like robbing a bank, but you get the keys.”

Cardi B, a former stripper herself, makes a quick cameo. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist), the all-star cast also includes Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles, Lizzo, and Usher.

Hustlers, inspired by the article published by New York Magazine entitled “The Hustlers at Scores,” hits theaters on Sept. 13.

Jalen Rose Predicts Warriors’ Playoff Seeding For Next Season: Watch

With the departure Kevin Durant and an injury to Klay Thompson, it’s safe to say the Golden State Warriors won’t be the same team next season. The team has made it to the NBA Finals every single season for the last five years and when it comes to the upcoming season, not many people have them going very far. During Wednesday’s episode ESPN’s Get Up!, Jalen Rose fered his prediction for who will make the playfs in the Western Conference.

The former player said the Houston Rockets would finish first in the Conference, while the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers would round out the top 3. As far as the Warriors are concerned, Rose predicted they would make the playfs but would be a low seed.

“They’ll be in the seven seed. Steph Curry probably won’t play all 82 games for obvious reasons. Draymond Green is gonna be terrific this year in a contract season,” Rose explained. “Klay Thompson isn’t playing. D’Angelo Russell is gonna supplement them very well on the fensive side. But defensively, he and Steph in the backcourt are gonna struggle against the best guards in the Western Conference.”

Rose’s prediction is a bold one, especially since he claimed the Los Angeles Lakers would be the fifth seed despite the addition Anthony Davis and Boogie Cousins.

Where do you think the Warriors will end up this season? 

Lil Mosey Delivers Dazed Bars On Freestyle

At this point, it feels odd to thrust each XXL Freshman into an acapella freestyle, even if their approach to music detes from the delivery straightforward bars. Yet tradition can be important, the cypher remains one XXL’s main attractions for their annual freshman classes. The acapella joints, however, let’s call them hit or miss. Especially when more melodic artists step to the plate, a detion from their expected comfort zone. Yet Lil Mosey does not balk at a challenge, and made sure to rise to the occasion with some dazed bars.

“Just need new money don’t need no new friends,” raps Mosey, “2016 turned 5 to a 10, hundred round gun shoot a n***a in his face now, pull up on a n***a and leave him face down.” He proceeds to whip into a smooth flow in his closing stanzas, ending on with an emphatic “gang” and a glimpse at his chosen timepiece. While he’s not likely to elicit a cry “BARS” from Funk Flex, Mosey acquaints himself nicely to the format, raising interest as to how he’ll perform once the cypher rolls around.

Check out his brief freestyle below, and sound f – are you enjoying this rollout Freshman Freestyles? Or is it time for XXL to retire the segment altogether?

"It Chapter Two" Frightening New Theatrical Poster Arrives Ahead Of New Trailer

Pennywise will be returning to theatres this September for It: Chapter 2. More information on the film has been emerging over the past few months including the first trailer the film. Tomorrow, a new trailer for the film is set to be released at noon but the good folks over at New Line Cinema shared a brand new theatrical poster the film which might give you nightmares. Pennywise’s yellow eyes peer directly at you with “It Ends” written above his face.

The trailer they released back in the spring showed an older version Beverly Marsh visiting her childhood home when she visits Mrs. Gresh who’s actually just a form  It. Per the film’s websiteIt: Chapter Two focuses on the grown versions the Loser Club as they try to defeat It by any means necessary. “Because every 27 years evil revisits the town Derry, Maine, It Chapter Two brings the characters—who’ve long since gone their separate ways—back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events the first film,” the synopsis reads.

Andy Muschietti’s 2017 remake was met with critical and commercial praise following its release. It also marked a new all-time high in the box fice as the highest-grossing horror film all time. 

It Chapter Two is set to be released on September 6th, nearly two years since the release the 2017 remake. 

Shaq Explains Why He Wouldn’t Have Signed With Lakers Or Clippers

NBA Hall Famer Shaquille O’Neal made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night, where they discussed the eventful NBA f-season, specifically the number All Stars that made their way to Los Angeles. 

In regards to the moves made by the Lakers and Clippers, Kimmel asked Shaq which the teams he’d rather play for right now. His response: Neither  them.

“Not one those teams,” Shaq told Kimmel. “I’m from the era where guys wanted to compete and beat each other. So I would … go on a team that needs a superstar, and I’d teach them guys how to beat the superteams.”

However, when asked which team he thinks will have the better season, Shaq stayed true to the purple and gold.

“Listen, I gotta go with the Lakers,” O’Neal said, (h/t Bleacher Report). “However, L.A. has always been a very exciting city, but next year basketball in the city is going to be very exciting. … But I’m Lakers. Purple and Gold ’til I die.”

Kimmel also spoke with The Diesel about his hatred Charles Barkley, his new restaurant Shaquille’s, the menu item named after Kobe Bryant, working at McDonald’s, his son Shareef’s latest tattoo and more. Check out the full clip in the video embedded below.