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As if getting kidnapped and beaten wasn’t bad enough, Tekashi 6ix9ine’s now getting jacked for his beats.

Rick Ross and Omelly have decided to take 6ix9ine’s biggest hit for their own in their clip to “Gummo” the duo get their Ruff Ryde on and storm the streets with two-wheeling and ATV riding goons. That Ruff Ryde reference went over many a millennial’s heads.

Back at the ranch Lil Yachty visits his white fans in the burbs while Trippie Redd burns on some trees in the woods for their visuals to “66.”

Check out the rest of todays drops including work from AZ, A.B.Y.SS and Lamone, Tonedeff, and more.






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As we continue to mourn the loss of the “Queen Of Soul” Aretha Franklin, tonight presents an opportunity to know the woman behind the legendary voice. Airing tonight (Aug. 16) on TV One, Urban One founder Cathy Hughes spoke with Franklin for a candid discussion on her life, music and much more.

TV One On One: Aretha Franklin airs tonight on TV One at 8PM ET, and immediately after, the network will air Aretha: Franky Speaking.

Aretha: Frankly Speaking” chronicles the professional and personal life of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. While Franklin’s music topped the charts and became the soundtrack of American culture, she struggled with the reality of being a teen mom, losing her father to a violent home invasion and two failed marriages. Through rarely seen videos and photos, viewers get an insider perspective on the powerful impact Franklin had during the civil rights movement, the women’s movement and her influence on Martin Luther King, Jr. The one-hour special also features exclusive behind-the-scenes stories of iconic songs like “Respect,” “Natural...

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Even though she dropped out of the 24K Magic tour Cardi B will still hit the stage this summer for a very special set. She has been confirmed for a VMA performance.

On Tuesday, August 15 MTV announced via Twitter that the “I Like It Like That” rapper will kick things off for the 2018 Video Music Awards. “WANNA PARTY WITH CARDI? @iamcardib will open the #VMAs. You don’t wanna miss this. August 20th at 9p on @MTV” 

WANNA PARTY WITH CARDI?@iamcardib will open the #VMAs. You don’t wanna miss this. August 20th at 9p on @MTV — Video Music Awards (@vmas) August 15, 2018

The news took many of her fans by surprise as Bardi made it clear she is focusing on being a mother to her...

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Teyana Taylor clearly was not with the sh*ts. After announcing yesterday that she was leaving the tour she was co-headlining with Jeremih, today (August 16) she declared she is back on the tour, while he co-headliner is out.

Taking to Twitter, she relayed that the Later That Night Tour has now been rebranded the Keep That Same Energy On Aisle VII Tour. Besides a Toronto date that will be rescheduled, all the other dates are the same.

You can’t ever say Teyana Taylor doesn’t look out for her fans.

#LaterThatNightTour will now be the #KTSEOnAlseVII TOUR. Toronto will be rescheduled for later this week & All other dates will remain the same. I will also keep @DaniLeigh on as my special guest I promised y’all I would work it out regardless.#womenempowerment #LevelUp — TEYANA M.J. SHUMPERT (@TEYANATAYLOR) August 16, 2018

No word from Jeremih, unless the below counts. We suggest he keep...

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It’s good to be Travis Scott right now. Aside from being a chart topping rap star he’s also secured the future franchise of the Kardashian clan as his babymama, he’s got his own fire retro Jordan silhouette, and now the Houston rapper has been tapped to serve as the executive producer for the NBA 2K19 soundtrack. Is there nothing this man can’t do?

The announcement came in a video for the videogame franchise which features Laflame and LeBron James talking about the Astroworld artist’s new executive duties and what it means to him.

“It means a lot. It reaches a lot of people in different communities. Just to be in the game and just to inspire people is dope.”

Talking about his love for the game itself, Scott admits that “I play 2K all the time, play with my homies mostly. I picked up 2K a year or two ago, but it became a super addiction.”

Check out the video and peep the songs that Travis Scott’s going to be curating below. Soundtrack srteam below, as well.

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Travis Scott has been in the midst of a $100,000 cash giveaway to his fans to celebrate the success of his new album, Astroworld. Although Cactus Jack’s original ask was for fans to submit lyrics from the record, the Houston rapper opened up his wallet to a fan who needed help in arranging a funeral for his mother.

TMZ reports:

Peter Valdriz, who replied to Travis’ $100k Twitter giveaway announcement Tuesday — in which fans were encouraged to tweet their Cash App tag with lyrics from “Astroworld” for a chance to get money. Peter pleaded his case by saying the dough would help with his mom’s funeral cost.

Minutes later … the rapper sent him $800 with a personal message saying he hopes it helps.

Peter tells TMZ … his mother passed away last week after a battle with a brain virus and complications that followed. He says the gift from Travis came on what would have been her 52nd birthday and will go toward the expenses for her funeral next week.

Valdriz added that others...

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It seems Fat Joe’s money isn’t good everywhere. The Bronx rapper recently left a high profile restaurant when they tried to snub him over fashion policy.

Last week, Joe and friends stopped in at a Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Greensboro, North Carolina for a bite to eat. Unfortunately, he didn’t get to enjoy their signature filet as management had an issue with how one of his associates was dressed.

Page Six reports that someone in Don Cartagena’s group was wearing track pants which is a no-no at the NC location per policy posted on their website.  “BUSINESS CASUAL. PROPER ATTIRE REQUIRED. Kindly remove your hat when entering the restaurant. Thank you for not wearing: Gym wear or sweat pants, tank tops, clothing with offensive graphics or language, midriff-baring outfits, or exposed undergarments.”

According to a source the pricey eatery still tried to accommodate Joey and his party but to no luck. “They were offered a private dining room in order to solve the issue and give them privacy, but chose not...

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Stormzy is no stranger to opening his wallet to the less fortunate, and now he’s done so once again via a new scholarship program he’s started. The London-born Grime rapper helped two Black teens with their entry into the hallowed halls of Cambridge University.

The Mirror reports:

Stormzy , 25, was speaking at his former school the Harris City Academy in Croydon, south London, where A-level students are opening their results.

The rapper told BBC Breakfast: “If you’re academically brilliant don’t think because you come from a certain community that studying at one of the highest education institutions in the world isn’t possible.”

The scholarship aims to encourage the admission of more black students to top universities, after none got into Cambridge University between 2012 and 2016.

Two successful Cambridge applicants this year and two next year will have their fees paid for by the scholarship.

Stormzy revealed in the chat that he too wanted to study at Oxford or Cambridge, but obviously, his music career took off.

Salute to Stormzy for...

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After months of being teased on social media and various sneaker websites, this Saturday sneakerheads will finally get the chance to own a pair of the Air Jordan IV “Raptors”‘s edition.

This is the first time that the classic Jordan silhouette will be featuring the black, red and purple colorway that made the Jordan VII an instant classic and the hype for this release has been building since it was first teased on on social media late last year. Truth be told anytime a black and red retro Jordan colorway drops it’s going to be a hit. Add a splash of purple to that mix and there ain’t no telling what’ll happen. The only thing missing from this was the OG “NIKE” logo on the heels instead of the Jumpman logo.

No word on whether this colorway will be as hard to get as the Travis Scott “Cactus Jack” Jordan IV’s, but even if it’s a mass release we’re sure they’ll still be hard to come by.

Check out pics of the Air Jordan IV ‘Black & Court” colorway below and let us know if you’ll be ponying up $200 for a pair when they...

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Rihanna will be making her return to the big screen very soon if new rumors circling around are true. The Barbadian superstar is allegedly on the set of a film with Donald Glover, tentatively titled Guava Island according to a bevy of reports.

Cuban publication Vistar reports:

Rihanna’s stay on the island coincides with what appears to be the filming of a movie titled Guava Island, where the singer shares a cast with American actor and comedian Donald Glover. According to sources close to the magazine, the director of this film is in charge of the director Hiro Murai and the actors Nonso Anozie and Letitia Wright also participate.

The film had as locations some little crowded places of the capital, among them, the textile factory of the Alamar municipality and the Abreu Fontán Social Circle in Miramar.

Photos of the pair have been surfacing online but neither star has confirmed the rumors. A photo of Game Of Thrones actor Nonso Anozie was also shared and Black Panther‘s Letitia Wright reportedly is on set as well.

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Aretha Franklin, the indisputable Queen of Soul has passed away. She was 76. 

Franklin’s cause of death was pancreatic cancer. She died this morning in her Detroit home, surrounded by family.

After starting as a Gospel music prodigy as a young girl, she transitioned to secular music, laying the blueprint for future stars like Whitney Houston and Beyonce. Among her plethora of accolades were 18 Grammy Awards.

The outpouring of love on Twitter for Aretha Franklin has been enormous and will continue, rightfully so.

Rest in power, Queen. Check out some of the love she is receiving online from her peers, celebs and fans below.

Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I've ever known. #Aretha — John Legend (@johnlegend) August 16, 2018 RIP Aretha Franklin — Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) August 16, 2018 Rest...
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Today I join my community, my industry and the world in mourning the loss and celebrating the life of my dear sister, friend, and ally, Aretha Franklin. I send my love and offer prayers of grace and peace to the members of her family, her friends and colleagues who walked alongside her and shared her with tens of millions of fans around the world.

I have so many fond memories of Aretha. Throughout her career, I was blessed to share her music and her iconic story. I am humbled to have been a part of her journey and to have served as an eyewitness to the evolution of her artistry and the formation of her legacy.

For more than 60 years, Aretha Franklin shared her gift and touched the world. She was a musical pioneer whose voice defines an era, amplifies a sound and reflects the range of who we are as black people. It is no wonder that Rolling Stone Magazine listed her as number one on its list of “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.”

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Aretha’s music commanded “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” and that song not only became a rallying cry during the civil rights movement...

Nicki Minaj may have just alley-ooped her ex a check via her slander. Safaree Samuels has allegedly been offered an endorsement deal by Hair Club for Men. 

You know Hair Club for Men, the company that offer sufferers of male pattern baldness a reprieve from their retreating hairlines.

We trust the process has improved and Black men don’t have to rock an afro helmet. But anyway…

Safaree shared the news of his fortune, and a book deal, on Twitter.

Wow. woke up to a book deal offer for over 500k and an endorsement deal for a hair club for men and that was the 1st offer THANK YOU BABY
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Funkmaster Flex is reheating the beef between him and Cardi B, this time alleging that the rapper’s team engaged in payola. Flex claims Cardi’s manager offered cash for the veteran DJ to play the Invasion Of Privacy star’s music on his airwaves.

On the Instagram account of Level Up Hip Hop, a post featuring Cardi responding in frustration to a fan that she believes her records are being ignored or overlooked. She also addressed her issues with Flex, saying that the pair has beef because she parted ways with her old management team. In the comments, Flex hopped in to clear the air from his side.

“I think Cardi is a great entertainer and has great songs! I gave my opinion when she said she was “King of NY” and when I found out she didn’t write her own songs! I met Cardi and her management and I respected his and Cardi’s hustle! BUT LETS BE CLEAR.. CARDI’S TEAM AND MANY OTHER...

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R&B group 112 was back again but is now off again. Two members of the quarter have left the group. 

Reports TMZ:

We spoke to Mike and Slim who tell us Q and Daron recently split from the group after a disagreement that they just couldn’t resolve. They’re a bit vague on what exactly they were beefing over, but it sounds like it might be a legal issue … ’cause Slim says he’s being sued.

112 hadn’t put out a new album since 2005, so their loyal supporters were stoked in 2016 when they joined Diddy’s Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour and then released a 6th studio...

The murder case of XXXTentacion continues to build momentum on the prosecution side with all four suspects currently in custody. Prosecutors are demanding that the four men connected to the shooting that killed the rapper born Jahseh Onfroy provide DNA samples.

The Blast reports:

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, prosecutors want to take samples from Dedrick Williams, Michael Boatwright, Robert Allen and Trayvon Newsome, the four men currently in custody for the rapper’s murder.

The prosecutors are after blood, hair, fingerprints and other materials of their body and say gathering the materials “involves no unreasonable intrusion.”

They also want to swab for DNA so the results can be used to compare the findings from items in evidence.

A judge has yet to rule.

The men are facing charges of first-degree murder and robbery with a firearm. One suspect, Robert Allen, is requesting he be freed on bond to tend to his pregnant fiancee and return to a lawn care job.

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Source: NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 15: Quavo of Migos performs onstage during Day 1 of The Meadows Music & Arts Festival at Citi Field on September 15, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images for The Meadows Music & Arts Festival) 

After years of teasing a solo project, Quavo is finally on his way to delivering his dolo debut and we now have the visuals for his first single.

In “L A M B T A L K” one third of the Migos flosses in front of a gang of Lamborghinis before the herd of Italian luxury automobiles take flight on the freeway. We wonder if Quavo did this “L A M B T A L K” dance after hustling Drake out of those 10 G’s.

Speaking of G’s, TDE’s newest...

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While Cardi B stays home to attend to her newborn daughter Kulture, Bruno Mars has made sure his upcoming tour will not disappoint. He has revealed the acts that will sub in for Bardi.

On Tuesday, August 14 the pop star took to Instagram to announce who will hit the stage with him on the final leg of the 24K Magic tour. “I was really trying to make a cool tour poster once we got confirmation on who’s joining us on the finale of The 24K Magic Tour. But in my excitement I forgot I suck at arts and crafts.” The swipe revealed Ciara, Boyz II Men, Ella Mai and Charlie Wilson as the added talent via a homemade video with cutouts of the artists.

All four acts will not perform together each night but at select performances throughout the North American leg of the tour. The dates are as follows:

9-07 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center *
9-08 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center *
9-11 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center #
9-12 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center...

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Teyana Taylor is not a fan of Jeremih. The R&B crooner, who just popped up on the cover of Playboy, took to Twitter to air out the singer and announce she is leaving his tour.

The first tweet announced her departure from the Later That Night Tour.

“I’ve been extremely mistreated on this tour so on that note i will NO longer continue to stay on the #LaterThatNightTour because if I do ima end up knocking this n*gga out. I’m sorry to all who has already purchased tickets to see me I will make sure everyone gets refunded!,” she tweeted.

I’ve been extremely mistreated on this tour so on that...
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Shots were fired on the set of a video starring 50 Cent and Tekashi69 last night (August 14). It went down in Brooklyn, but none of the rappers on the set were a target, allegedly.

According to TMZ, witnesses say someone in a white Porsche, with New Jersey plates, rolled up and started licking off shots, possibly 11 in total. Per the authorities, the shells later found were from a 9mm firearm.

Besides 50 and Tekashi, other rappers on the scene included Uncle Murda and Casanova. The latter previously had a beef with Casanova that has been squashed, and coincidentally turned himself into police today (August 15) due to his alleged involvement in a woman’s assault in a Chelsea, NYC diner.

Per the New York Daily News, the video shoot went down in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Fortunately, no one was hit by the gunfire.

Considering all the aforementioned rappers, don’t expect them to cooperate with authorities when it comes to finding the shooter.