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J. Cole‘s KOD album was released last Friday and the fanfare around the record has been pouring in since it was unveiled to the masses. On the closing track, “1985,” it was rumored by some to be a track taking shots at rising young rappers Smokepurpp and Lil Pump, and at a recent Smokepurpp show, fans chanted “F*ck J. Cole” in unison.
The moment went down this past Friday (April 20) at Atlanta’s Buckhead Theater. It wasn’t readily understood why the crowd broke into the chant, or if Smokepurpp helped lead it.

Although Cole never mentions anyone’s name in the song, some are assuming the lines were aimed at the two Florida rappers. There seems to be some history between Smokepurpp and Cole, and Lil Pump released the “F*ck J. Cole” diss track last year.

“I heard one of em’ diss...

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Beyoncé returned to the Coachella stages to once more slay for the masses, but it appears that what we all witnessed last week was none a one of one. According to a tweet from Questlove, who was onstage, Queen Bey did the exact same set, although this one wasn’t streamed live as before.

Although the setlist was the same, Beyoncé did it differently with the outfits. They were all still designed by Balmain but this time employing a lot more silver in her looks and later a magenta sweatshirt and denim shorts for one of her outfits. Special guests included her...

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A shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House restaurant left four people dead and another four suffering from injuries. The assault was stopped when a customer rushed the gunman, snatched away an assault rifle, which prompted the man to flee on foot with barely wearing any clothes.

Local outlet News Channel 5 reports:

It happened around 3:25 a.m. Sunday at 3571 Murfreesboro Pike near Hobson Pike.

Metro Nashville Police Department officials named 29-year-old Travis Reinking, from Illinois, as a person of interest in the shooting, saying the vehicle the gunman used was registered to him.

Police said Reinking drove his pickup truck into the Waffle House parking lot around 3:18 a.m.. He sat in the truck for a few minutes before getting out and immediately shooting and killing two people outside of the restaurant with an AR-15.

Officers said he then went inside and shot and killed another victim.

The outlet adds that the customer, also 29, was able to wrestle the gun from Reinking’s hands and tossed it away. Reinking left the area after she shed a coat and was not wearing any clothes...

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The loss of talented all-around musician Prince Rogers Nelson two years ago on this date still has a heavy effect on his fans and past collaborators. Across social media, the Purple One was honored as is fitting for a star of his caliber and discography.

Earlier today, the trending topic #RIPPrince began cropping up on Twitter and Instagram with folks sharing loving thoughts, images, songs and the like. Prince was just 57 years at the time of his passing, which was brought on by complications related an overdose of pain pills. A new wrinkle in the case developed just this week when it was revealed the singer was given a faked prescription that was thought to be Vicodin.

While the tragic circumstances of Prince’s passing will forever be a point of contention, most are choosing to remember him...

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Kanye West‘s return to Twitter was celebrated by fans who missed his presence online, but now some of those same supporters are probably hoping he’ll go away again. After tweeting out Saturday a supportive message for conservative pundit Candace Owens,  Black Twitter has been raging to the point Owens’ name began trending.

“I love the way Candace Owens thinks,” West tweeted early Saturday morning (April 21), getting a big response from the right-wing MAGA crew who saw this as an epic cosign of their ideals. But that was soon met with backlash as some in the Black Twitter space have highlighted that Owens has used her platform to express anti-Black and homophobic views. Owens herself responded to Yeezy’s tweet, stating that she wants him to “wake up the Black community.”

We’ve collected some of the responses, although it’s pretty clear this is one of those classic Kanye moments where he says his first...

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Before we get into this, if you’re not following KXNG Crooked AKA Crooked I on Twitter, you’re missing out on one of the most active accounts on the service full of daily gems. Now that’s out of the way, the big news is that the West Coast wordsmith has announced he’s leaving Slaughterhouse but says there’s no bad blood.

Crooked took to his IG page to break the news, saying in so many words that the group’s inactivity and his own desire to get moving onto music is the reason but wants the team that remains to keep winning. Group member Joe Budden has said repeatedly he’s done with rhyming as he’s off into the media side of things. Royce Da 5’9 is still dropping projects and Joell Ortiz still has joints in the can. The last song the quartet appeared on with one another was “Chopping Block” from Royce’s Bar Exam 4 mixtape.

Peep the video announcement below.

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R. Kelly is at a legal crossroads as recent allegations of operating a sex cult and passing on an STD to a Dallas woman have recently surfaced, adding to already mounting troubles for the R&B singer. It has come forth that Kelly’s lawyer, an assistant, and his publicist all quit amid the chatter of the claims.

Pitchfork exclusively reports:

Several members of R. Kelly’s inner circle have cut ties with the singer, it was revealed today. His spokesperson, Trevian Kutti, confirmed to Pitchfork that she no longer works with Kelly as of April 16. Additionally, BBC3 reports reports that both Kelly’s entertainment attorney, Linda Mensch, and his assistant, Diana Copeland, are no longer working with him. (Mensch also confirmed her resignation to Pitchfork.)

As Pitchfork notes, the BBC3 documentary, R Kelly: Sex, Girls And Videotapes, revealed that...

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Although the film has been out for over two months, a relatively robust life cycle for Hollywood movies, Black Panther is still shocking the world. In yet another milestone for the Marvel comics adaptation, King T’Challa and the gang’s film has grossed more than Iron Man, Thor, and the first Captain America films combined.

Vox reports :

On Thursday, the movie topped $676 million in the US, a number that surpasses the total theatrical grosses of Iron Man ($318 million), Thor ($181 million), and the first Captain America ($177 million) film — combined.

Of course, box office is only a measure of commercial success, and it can be dangerous to equate box office haul with cinematic greatness. But in the case of Black Panther, it’s well earned. It’s a terrific film, one that shatters stereotypes about race and gender in tentpole blockbusters, explores important ideas about black culture and Afrofuturism, and is a genuinely fun, well-made movie to boot.

So we already know that next week, Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman figures prominently in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War saga. But this all but ensures that a sequel...

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Kanye West’s return to Twitter has proven to be worth the wait. The rapper recently shared photos of multiple sneaker releases that will be hitting stores this year.

Yesterday ‘Ye blessed social media with a sneak peek at some upcoming YEEZY Boosts that are on the way. First, he shared a photo of a showroom with 20-plus pairs of 350’s in rainbow fashion.

Pull up in this bitch like — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 19, 2018

Then he shared two new colorways for the 500’s AKA “Desert Rats”.

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The memos of former FBI Director James Comey have been unleashed to the public, and what has been revealed might be confirmation that President Donald Trump focused his energies on the wrong things. What stood out in the memos Comey drafted after each meeting with Trump was that the former business mogul had a strange obsession with protecting his reputation and information leaking to the public.

CNBC writes:

In a February memo, Comey told Trump he was “eager to find leakers and would like to nail one to the door as a message.” As part of the search for leakers in the FBI, Comey expressed “the value of putting a head on a pike as a message.”

Trump’s suggestion was that “it may involve putting reporters in...


More light is being shed on how and why Prince passed away. The icon was supplied bootleg prescription pills.

Earlier this week, the Carver County courts announced that no criminal charges will be filed regarding his death after it was revealed he was medicating with fake Vicodin.

Prosecutors claim that Dr. Michael Todd Schulenberg wrote prescriptions for oxycodone in the name of The Purple One’s bodyguard. The pharmaceuticals in question contained fentanyl.

Prince’s autopsy revealed he died of a severe overdose of the synthetic opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin. While it has not been determined that Schulenberg was the source of the pills, the family physician has settled the case, stating in the agreement, “is neither an admission of facts nor liability”.

On April 21, 2016, the “When Doves Cry” singer was found dead in his elevator at his Paisley Park compound. Six days prior, he reportedly passed out on a plane due to complications from opioid overdose.

In other Prince news, his original version for “Nothing Compares 2...

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All across the globe, folks who are fans of the kush and leaf are undoubtedly toking up for the stoner holiday, 420. Now a mythical part of cannabis culture, the day wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t provide some of the top tunes from some of Hip-Hop’s well-known green enthusiasts.
Expect to see the usual suspects such as Method Man, Redman, Cypress Hill, Snopp Dogg, and the Kushed God himself, Smoke DZA. We’ve listed just 10 songs because we know you’re ready to light up and get to zooming, but do let us know if we missed one of your favorites in the comments section.

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Robbin’ Season has been a roller coaster ride. We never know where Donald Glover is going take us in these episodes and these last three weeks have been a great example of that. We went to a dark place with Darius and Teddy Perkins, Van hilariously trying to acquire a selfie with Drake and last night Paper Boi’s uneasiness with his newfound fame. 

Me, a fool: Oh boy I can't wait for Atlanta to make me laugh and forget about me worries#AtlantaFX these past few episodes: — that art kid (@MrPointdexter) April 20, 2018 Love how this show can go from comedy to straight up horror in the drop of a hat #AtlantaFX — Gary (@unneededsequel) April 20, 2018

In the episode titled “Woods” we once again follow Al but this time it’s not his time that won’t be hilariously wasted like his last adventure with his barber Bibby.

I never thought Paper Boi would have...
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Black Panther and the world of Wakanda has captured the heart of the masses. Often included in the discussions of Black Panther, Howard University stands as a visual representation of a modern-day Wakanda. Former Howard University student Chadwick Boseman will deliver this year’s commencement speech as the next young leaders of tomorrow embark on new journeys as college graduates.

Boseman, who plays King T’Challa, has credited the university himself stating, “It is a Wakanda to a certain degree. There is definitely a lot of T’Challa there.

Boseman graduated from Howard University in 2000 and is returning after 18 years to deliver the speech for graduation. University President Wayne Frederick states that he is honored and it is a privilege to welcome back the 40-year old actor. Chadwick has built a career performing powerful, socially-conscious roles. He’s starred in 42 as Jackie Robinson, Marshall as Thurgood Marshall, and...

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It looks we can definitely expect a new album from Nicki Minaj in the near future. She has just been scheduled as a performer on one of NBC’s premier shows.

Onika will be the musical talent for the May 12 episode of Saturday Night Live; alumni Tina Fey is set to host. This is the third time the self-proclaimed queen of Rap will hit the SNL stage.

The announcement comes right on the heels her two singles “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz” which were released last week. The two tracks debuted on 93 and 82 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Even though she has yet to confirm a new project is coming, all signs point to her fifth studio effort. For the majority of late 2017,

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Danielle Bregoli, also known as struggle rapper Bhad Bhabie, got on the bad side of Nicki Minaj fans after she was recently named to the Billboard Music Awards nomination list alongside the Queens veteran. With fellow Top Female Rap Artist nominee also in the running for the award, the 15-year-old saw fit to tell TMZ that she thinks Cardi B is better than Nicki Minaj and stood by her comments in an Instagram story.

“All I said was I like Cardi more. I’m allowed to say that I like someone more than another person. There’s no problem with that at all,” Bregoli said, clarifying her comments in where she said Cardi B “actually says stuff” while Nicki Minaj is all “attitude.”

It goes without saying that the Internet has not been kind to the young rapper who essentially got famous for acting a plum fool on national television. We’ve got her words via DJ...

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J. Cole has unleashed his fifth studio album, KOD, and there was heavy anticipation from the moment it was announced earlier this week. Friday morning (April 20), the entire Cole World nation is rejoicing as their hero returns to the music scene along with a number of detractors who can’t help but throw shade at the moment.

With a total of 12 tracks, it is another J-Cole production affair with co-production coming from T-Minus and Mark Pelli on the “Kevin’s Heart” track. There are also the two curious features from kiLL edward on both “The Cut Off” and “FRIENDS” that had plenty of observers ready to dive into the mystery and if the North Carolina star discontinued the “no features” streak with his latest work.

We’ve got the reactions in from Twitter below and on the following pages, including some words from J....

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J. Cole just made a lot of folks’ weekend by guerilla styling his latest LP, KOD and with it a new clip in support of the project.

“ATM” finds the rapper getting his Busta Rhymes on and styling in various getups while having fun with some of his play dough to demonstrate that cash rules everything around him.

Meanwhile in Toronto Tory Lanez reminds everyone that things get real in Canada and gets into a shootout before finding himself on a soundstage with a particularly hypnotizing background model who stole the show in his clip to “Benevolent.”

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from A$AP Twelvyy, Valee, and more.







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God of War PS4 director, Cory Barlog definitely had his Chris Gardner moment like in the biopic Pursuit of Happyness. When you pour your heart and soul into something and see it’s being well received amongst your peers, of course, you’re going to be a bit emotional. 

This was the case for Barlog when it comes to his game God of War which was released to the world today. The reimagined version of the highly popular PlayStation exclusive is 5 years in the making. Barlog and the rest of the Sony Santa Monica team pushed hard to make this game possible. Upon the game’s release, Barlog recorded a video of himself going over the overwhelmingly positive reviews of the game and couldn’t hold back the tears.


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Google‘s answer to giving Android users a chat service on the level of Apple‘s iMessage and Facebook’s WhatsApp is on the way. The tech giant has decided to give up on making a better app and instead change the way you text each other completely with a new service simply called Chat.

Google has been working with phone carriers on the low to adopt the new technology in hopes of getting the service off the ground and get it to users on a global scale. Chat is based on and will use a standard called “Universal Profile for Rich Communication Services.”(RCS), Google hopes that their...