Eminem And Chance The Rapper Show Up For SNL Promo Prior To Tomorrow Night’s Show

Chance the Rapper, Eminem and Leslie Jones came forward for an SNL promo video prior to tomorrow night’s show that’s already promising to be a must see for hip hop fans. Chance the Rapper will be hosting the show whereas Eminem will be performing two tracks off of his upcoming new album Revival.

Em’s newest track to air “Walk on Water” came out to mixed reviews; the track features Beyonce but has a more melodic tone than many are used to from the lyricist emcee. Taking an introspective look at Eminem’s most recent work, the piece is self-critical, and were it not for the harder hook at the end, one might think the entire album was the same tone.

The promotional clip for tomorrow night’s much anticipated SNL show features three different segments- the first part had Leslie Jones playing a game of telephone with Eminem that left Chance the Rapper in the middle.

Yo Chance, ask Em why he won’t battle me,” she asks. After Chance passes the message, Em simply responds, “Because she’ll win.

Later on Eminem feigns confusion over Chance the Rapper’s name, as Eminem is the musical guest for the evening, which leads to a hilarious back and forth between him and Leslie Jones to come up with a new name for Chance. Among the better names were Chancer the Dancer, Chance the Hotty, Chance the Poet and Chance Encounter- it doesn’t appear Chance is in the market for a name change any time soon though.

Eminem is expected to perform Walk on Water in tomorrow’s SNL show, however he’ll also premier a brand new song off the project that has primarily been built off of speculation. Eminem hasn’t spoken about the project, which was expected to leak/ release today, November 17th- so far the project hasn’t seen the light of day, however with hope it’ll see the light of day next week.

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T Pain Chops It Up With The Breakfast Club, Blaims Himself For Unpaid Carter III Dues

Mannin’ up is always the goal, but so few actually have the humility to call up and do or say what’s right- in this instance, T Pain can be added to the list of big brass for airing out that it was actually his fault for not getting his Tha Carter III dues sooner.

With the release of T Pain’s new album Oblivion, he’s on the marketing circuit and hit up The Breakfast Club to promote the release of his new album, but also give his take on certain items such as the Birdman/Cash Money Lawsuit that have kept him in the news of late.

Claiming he’s owed over $500,000 in royalties for his work on Tha Carter III album, when asked about it in the interview T Pain actually seemed rather relaxed about the whole affair. T Pain’s Nappy Boy Productions is suing Young Money, but in the end he took the blame on himself for simply not demanding what was owed.

Me, I never pressed for it, I was never like yo where’s that check?” He adds simply,  “I dunno, it’s business man, it’s just happening. I waited long enough.”

Legal documents on behalf of Nappy Boy have already been filed, however T Pain has no idea when he’ll be receiving his cut- in fact he’s not even worried.

I’m still not pressing, I still haven’t talked to my lawyer about it.

The deal is, while he wants his money, he doesn’t want the whole affair to affect his relationships with Birdman or Lil Wayne, valuing their friendship more than up front holding both accountable.

It’s business, it ain’t got nothing to do with me and Bird’s relationship, with me and Wayne’s relationship. It’d be the same thing if the roles were reversed.

Breaking from the heavy stuff, T Pain took the rest of the interview to talk about his “BIG ASS CHAIN” and other shenanigans- apparently Pain regrets the purchase and at one point both melted down the chain, and lost it to boot. It’s all good though, reportedly he just has a load of chains around his house for his family to stumble over.

My wife always hits me, like, hey, I was cleaning up downstairs I found two chains.”

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Kanye West To Handle New Production For G.O.O.D. Music Albums

Long before TLOP and Yeezy’s ever hit the shelf, Kanye West entered the hip hop community as a producer. Before “College Dropput” dropped, Kanye West made a name for himself pioneering such sounds like the “Chipmunk Soul” that can be heard on Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint” album.

It’s been a minute since Kanye took time to produce, working more in front of the mic than behind the board, but according to Cyhi The Prynce, Yeezy is about to come back in a big way.

I got a project I’m doing with Ye that’s all produced by him. He’s doing it for every artist on the label,” Cyhi said. “Sean’s got one that will be executive produced by him. Pusha’s next album is strictly produced by him. Teyana’s [album] […] Kid Cudi’s, strictly. He does, like, ten beats a day […] we working on Ye album now, we working on my next one, and that’s about it.

What’s clear is that not only is Kanye back in the game producing albums for big names like Sean and Cudi, but that he’s spreading the love and putting in work for all the G.O.O.D. artists. What’s most exciting is to hear that Ye and Cudi are making music again after Cudi’s fallout.

Cyhi is on the promotional tour right now for his “Dope on Sundays” project which is officially dropping tomorrow- on top of that the rapper told Hall that he’s got several new projects in the pipes for fans down the road in the next 18 months.

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Drizzy Celebrates 6 Year Anniversary Of “Take Care”

Drake’s career has been a metric ton of commercial success the world over, vaulting him to legendary status of today; while Drake has had many critical successes since, many fans believe that his creative highpoint resides with his 2011-full length “Take Care.”

With as many radio hooks as there were points of deep introspection, the set of tracks together is a culmination of musical genius, and part of what has propelled his commercial success thusfar- after all these years, Drake is feeling a bit reminiscent of times past and took time out to celebrate the passing of the 6 year anniversary.

With an official image posted to Drakes IG page, we can see him staring down pensively at a sheet of paper that holds a rough draft of what would become the final tracklist. This rare behind the scenes look at the critical success shows off a noticeably younger Drake, with the rapper sporting a much thinner beard than his current incarnation.

Take Care was a landmark piece, but not just for Drake; T-Minus, The Weeknd, Just Blaze, Boi-1da, T-Minus, Noah “40” Shebibi and more were all involved in the sound of this album, adding their own lyrical genius to the tracks making it strong as possible. The album to date has sold over 4 Million copies, giving career returns to all those involved- the single sales themselves were what really gave Drake a true taste of commercial success.

Views, More Life and other Drake work may have impressive numbers, but Take Care was really the starting point for Drake’s dominance of the decade.

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New BAPE x Adidas Shoe In The Works For NBA All-Star Weekend Release

Bape has reached out to Damian Lillard and Adidas to bring out a special kick to the crowd; the Dame 4 collaboration is rumored to have a release date of this February, during the NBA All-Star Weekend. While official photos of the Bape x Adidas Dame 4 have not been released, some internal rendering have hit the net, giving fans and hopefuls a glimpse of what’s to come.

Official suggestion is that there’ll actually be two different versions of the new shoe, both featuring the classic Bape shark hoodie design, which can be seen highlighted around the Bounce cushioning and midsole.

Now keep in mind, there’s no guarantee that these is what the final product will look like- after all, this is an unofficial rendering. Neither Adidas nor Bape have confirmed the authenticity, however the drop of these shoes are expected in the mid-February time when the best of the best from the NBA invade LA.

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Hangout Festival 2018 Announces Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Lil Pump & More For Lineup

Colder weather invariably means an end to festival season, as outdoor concerts move indoors- while it may be the end for this year, it’s the beginning of when we’ll be hearing about upcoming lineups for 2018.

We regularly start to hear about new lineups around the Jan-May timeline, but Hangout Fest is reminding everyone that from the moment the holiday season is over and the snow melts, party and festival season is back in full force.

Announced today, Hangout Festival announced the lineup for their three day festival slated for May 18 through the 20th which already will see some of the hottest names in hip hop showing up. Hosted along the Gulf Shores Alabama beachfront, the vibe is a vacation feel that incorporates everything from rock and electronic to several of Top Dawg Entertainment’s biggest acts.

Kendrick Lamar will close out the 20th as the headliner for the last day of the festival, with SZA slated to perform the same day. Lil Pump is also set to take the stage on the 20th, while Blackbear and Dej Loaf set to perform on the opening date. Bones, Anderson .Paak, Free Nationals, Logic, NONAME, Cashmere Cat and others are scheduled on May 19th.

While hip hop heads should rejoice at this lineup, Hangout Festival will also see commonplace names like The Chainsmokers and The Killers, the latter of which will be headlining the opening day. Hangout Festival has been growing from its inception, with 2012 winning them the Pollstar Awards “Festival of the Year” award.

Tickets start as low as $259 for 3-day passes, and will go on sale this Friday.

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Drake’s New London OVO Store Opens This Coming Week

Drake fans across the pond can take heart- an official OVO store is officially opening up November 17th, just in time for holiday shopping.

Announcing the news via Instagram, Drizzy made clear the new shop will represent the brands’ boujee yet simplistic styling- the flagship store can be found @ 1C Poland Street in the Soho District, which happens to be the same as the Supreme & palace Store.

On the same day as the store’s opening, OVO central announced the new Ladies fashion line- sheik and sleek, this line features a new look is modeled by Bernice Burgos (among others), wearing a matching tracksuit. Ladies can cop the jumpsuits in black, pink and grey, along with long sleeve t’s, cropped sweatshirts, collards and cardigans are also available for purchase.

Another OVO Drake project is a newly unveiled pair of Jordan’s the OVO x Stone Island x Air Jordan 12’s, unveiled by The Shoe Surgeon in honor of Drake’s 31st birthday.

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This pair was re-crafted repurposing a jacket and denim from Stone Island. Utilizing the ribbing cuffs from the jacket to act as a sock type fit. And keeping the signature badge to button on or off the shoes. The Stone Island materials utilized are some of the most luxurious of textiles we have ever used.

Jay Z Addresses The NFL Protests During His Miami 4:44 Concert

Jay Z’s 4:44 tour has been making noise ever since the ticket prices were announced, but that’s not the only reason the tour is turning heads- so far at every stop Jay Z has used his platform to address social injustices still rampant within America.

In the past Hov has spoken out against both Donald Trump and the Meek Mill controversy, but this is the first time Jay Z has straight vocalized his position on the NFL debate and the protests happening around the league.

Taking time between tracks, he laid out a message as to what the NFL Protests actually represent, rather than what many perceive them as. Before getting back to his flow, Hov dedicated the next song to anyone and everyone who’s been a victim of discrimination.

I want y’all to understand when people are kneeling and fists up, what they’re doing is not about a flag. It’s about justice, it’s about injustice,” Jay z said to the cheering crowd, “And that’s not a black or white thing, it’s a human issue. Everybody should feel the same way. If your 16 year old child left the house and didn’t come back, everyone should be affected. That’s not a black or white issue, that’s a human issue. That’s a young person who lost their life senselessly.

The timing of the message wasn’t a coincidence either; Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was in attendance that evening- while Ross has been extremely supportive of his players to date, however after a Trump twitter rant, Ross asked his players to stand for the anthem during games which a Military Band played the anthem.

Jay Z also took time to address the haters claiming that his tour to date wasn’t selling well; addressing the crowd at large, all 17-18 thousand of them Jay Z said what we all know- he “Can’t be Stopped.” Taking a closure look at the numbers despite early naysayers, the 4:44 Tour is clocking in at Hov’s highest selling tour to date.

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Kevin Durant Named GQ Magazine’s Champion Of The Year

GQ Magazine is announcing their Men of the Year awards, and out of nowhere come two big names” Colin Kaepernick and Kevin Durant.

Durant’s first year with the Golden State Warriors averaged him at 25.1 points, 8.3 rebounds & 4.8 assists- adding to his NBA Finals MVP award that came after the honor of winning his first NBA Championship.

Already in this year Kevin Durant is averaging 25.2 points per game, 4.9 assists and 7.5 rebounds, helping the Warriors achieve a 10-3 record.

From India Kevin Durant took time to discuss that game winning shot, the Golden State Warriors season so far, getting heckled by Rihanna, Jay-Z’s 4:44 and of course his now infamous tweets.

GQ Magazine also gave a shoutout to Colin Kaepernick, naming him “Citizen of the Year;” while Kevin Durant gave an interview (available this coming Thursday), Kap chose to remain silent. In place of an interview, GQ titled the article “Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced” gathering others comments on Kaepernick’s story and his impact upon our society.

As his public identity has begun to shift from football star to embattled activist, he has grown wise to the power of his silence.

Cole was quoted the following about Colin Kaepernick, and has been a vocal supporter of the former NFL player and his outspoken, if silent stance against inequality;

“Had (Kaepernick not taken a knee), this guy would be making millions of dollars right now. Period, point blank,” J. Cole told GQ. “And more important than the money, he was living his dream. He sacrificed his dream.”

Shortly after GQ Magazine unveiled the cover of their Men of the Year Magazine, Durant took to twitter to show his love for Kap, saying he was honored to share the cover with him- the Warriors will host the Magic tonight, and head to face off against the Celtics this coming Thursday.

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Post Malone & 21 Savage “Rockstar” Has Gone Platinum

Post Malone and 21 Savage have a right to feel on top of the world with the work they put in for Rockstar: the track has officially been certified Platinum by the RIAA, as of October 27th.

The piece has seen a lot of controversy, but what can’t be denied is the mainstream success thanks in part to the heavy playtime on the airwaves, and Apple Music heavily pushing the track. The Platinum certification came shortly after the track reached #1 on the charts, a position it maintained for a full 4 weeks which further earned it the distinction of the longest running #1 hip hop song of 2017.

Apple Music announced that the Rockstar shattered their previously held first week streaming record, with a total of 25 Million+ streams within the first 7 days it was out- since the release it’s made some monumental moves, despite backlash upon the initial drop.

Originally a fan called Post out for glamorizing the use of popping pills, in a nation that’s already rife with opioid overdose.

Post was able to cleanly diffuse the situation with the fan, with two sharing a moment at the end- what was even more controversial was Atlantic Record’s seedy method of artificially boosting plays. In a video that has since been removed from Youtube, Atlantic posted the hook of the song on loop, with a “buy” link in the description box below, upping the streaming and overall sale numbers even though it was a loop.

With those now behind us and the track certified Plat on its own hustle, hopefully this hurdle will be what pushes Posty and Savage to finally publish the video for Rockstar.

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