“I met @champagnepapi at the Apple Store in the Beverly center in 2008. The chain, made by jeweler to the stars Ben Baller, was delivered to Drake in Manchester as he continues his tour of the United Kingdom, and the Canadian rapper looked bloody well chuffed with the new piece, as the Brits would say. I was picking him up from the airport, getting him cars, trees and showing him my city like a real big homie does. From that day on I fucked with The Boy heavy. Baller also shared some reflections on his history with Drizzy. More life and more jewels to come bro #OVO #TheBoyMeetsWorldTour #IFANDCO #StoneIsland
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Drake shared some shots of him in the chain, as well as a CeeLo at the Grammys-inspired meme. It felt like that southwest commercial, Wanna get away? and we lost communication… So 9 years later were here in Manchester U.K. to finally have our full circle moment. #SoFarGone dropped and shit hit the fan. According to TMZ, the chain is made from almost a kilo of gold and is adorned with black, green and yellow diamonds. @lilduke60 and me out here every night doing road ??
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UK Town Benny dropped off a classic @benballer @teo_rivetti @tiarivetti
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Me and my chain are just here to collect the trophies for Work and Anti…howbowdah
A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Feb 12, 2017 at 9:57pm PST #SoFarGone dropped and shit hit the fan. I back stepped off that stage dumb fast? Then #ThankMeLater, then #TakeCare and He would take me on tour to be apart of the show giving out chains to random girls in the audience. Then #ThankMeLater, then #TakeCare and He would take me on tour to be apart of the show giving out chains to random girls in the audience. I was picking him up from the airport, getting him cars, trees and showing him my city like a real big homie does. The video that Ben Baller shared to his Instagram shows the chain sparkling as it’s removed from its packaging. More life and more jewels to come bro.”

I met @champagnepapi at the Apple Store in the Beverly center in 2008. One time at a sold out show in San Jose, Drake forgot where we were because he screamed out ‘LA what’s good???!!!!’”
“And that Bay Area crowd boo’d ?LOUD?. I back stepped off that stage dumb fast ? In 2012 I started my family and he became the biggest superstar in the ? and we lost communication… So 9 years later were here in Manchester U.K. It didn’t come cheap, though, TMZ has reported that the chain cost around $100,000. It felt like that southwest commercial, Wanna get away? to finally have our full circle moment. In 2012 I started my family and he became the biggest superstar in the? One time at a sold out show in San Jose, Drake forgot where we were because he screamed out "LA what's good???!!!!" And that Bay Area crowd boo'd ?LOUD?. A video has emerged of Drake trying on his new chain and it’s the kind of thing that a pirate’s dreams are made of. From that day on I fucked with The Boy heavy.

if beyoncé pulls a live birth right now it's game over
— Chris Melberger (@chrismelberger) February 13, 2017

I hope Beyoncé plans to give birth on stage
— ?SORRY NOT SORRY? (@SORRYNOTSOORRY) February 13, 2017

…and Beyoncé will now give birth on stage #Grammys
— PK Creedon (@PK514) February 13, 2017

I would not put it past Beyoncé to just give birth right now on stage
— Brendan Clancy (@BrendanClancy) February 13, 2017

Beyonce's about to give birth onstage and blow everyone's mind. Imma need you to relax.. (@curatedbymike) February 13, 2017

Beyoncé ended holding her baby bump, but the audience didn’t need much reminder that the megastar is pregnant. your fav can't hum. I am convinced every other performance is trash by default because Beyoncé has set the standard so high. Shortly after the performance, she won the award for   Best Urban Contemporary Album. — mike from 79th. Los Angeles, CA – We have learned to expect nothing but an epic show from Beyoncé when she chooses to grace   her fans with a television performance. will she be able to perform at the #GRAMMYs?? #GRAMMYs
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) February 13, 2017

But were quieted   when she wowed everyone with this seemingly perilous chair tilt. Vorwerk (@bvorwerk) February 13, 2017

Beyonce said she gon take her time and we gon deal. — NASA boy (@kurtisrai) February 13, 2017

America doesn't deserve Beyoncé. The world doesn't deserve Beyoncé. So is Beyoncé gonna sing or
— Benjamin A. Some viewers were impatient with Bey’s slow introduction. Reminiscent of her 2011 MTV Video Music Awards where she announced she was pregnant with Blue Ivy, Bey gave her whole Grammy performance with twins in tow. this is art ?
— sunflower ? samurai (@nudahli) February 13, 2017

And here are some more jokes that didn’t fit anywhere else. you almost gave me a heart attack with that chair ? #GRAMMYs
— CamilaaInc (@camilaainc) February 13, 2017

Beyoncé's #Grammys chair tilted back & I lept at my TV to catch her like pic.twitter.com/qWMI0kAINT
— Sam White (@samwhiteout) February 13, 2017

ill never trust anything more than Beyonce trusts this chair not breaking pic.twitter.com/MTA4TziJJa
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) February 13, 2017

CAN YOU IMAGINE BEING THE PERSON IN CHARGE OF TIPPING A PREGNANT BEYONCE BACKWARDS TOGSKGJIORJTPKQ
— Another Round (@anotherround) February 13, 2017

TO ALL THE PREGNANT BEYONCÉ LOVERS PLEASE DO NOT TRY LEANING BACK IN A CHAIR THE RESULTS WILL NOT BE THE SAME YOU ARE NOT BEYONCÉ #GRAMMYs
— Ray Slay (@_RayK47) February 13, 2017

When beyonce chair started leaning back pic.twitter.com/9ANezozQbJ
— ITS MY BIRFDAY 포매션 (@beyoncehatesme) February 13, 2017

Beyoncé invented sitting in a chair #GRAMMYs
— Qygeh Tech (@QygehTech) February 13, 2017

beyonce delivered beautiful vocals while pregnant and leaning back in a chair. beyoncé: lol hold my purse
— Michael Rizzi (@MikeRizzi) February 13, 2017

Call me crazy, but im pretty sure @Beyonce is wearing one of my robes- WOOOOO! #CustomMade #Grammys
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) February 13, 2017 Isaac Newton: I present my universal law of gravitation theory
Beyoncé: I think not sweetie pic.twitter.com/eLbxJXwQOm
— FEIM (@FeimM) February 13, 2017

Beyoncé girl! #Grammys
— carter?? (@cartercostello_) February 13, 2017

how I feel after Beyoncé slayed my life pic.twitter.com/LTzhOmjjU3
— Daniella Perkins?? (@PerkinsDaniella) February 13, 2017

Beyoncé and this beautifully constructed performance, my lord .. Fun fact: I choreographed #Beyonce's number. — USABlackout (@USABlackout) February 13, 2017

Beyoncé is going to be the first person to give birth on the #GRAMMYs stage. After performing with Kendrick Lamar at the BET Awards, Queen Bey returned to give a rendition of “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” at this year’s Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 12). #grammys
— Larry King (@kingsthings) February 13, 2017

media: beyoncé is pregnant with twins!!! They even imagined the perfect ending to the performance: her giving birth. — HAVE MERCY (@HaveMercyMD) February 13, 2017

The overall sentiment was one of high praise for the singer whose   LEMONADE album is nominated for Album of the Year.

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Fat Joe and Remy Ma … nothing can stop them they’re …

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It’s a Family Affair For DJ Khaled…

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… And Diplo Too

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And last and never least, The Black Beatles

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Who do you think had the craziest outfit in Hip Hop and music from the Grammys 2017 Red Carpet? The 59th Grammy Awards red carpet did not disappoint when it came to artists entertaining us with their fashion sense (or lack of) and Hip Hop was definitely in the building this year. Los Angeles, CA – The biggest night in music is the perfect time for artists to make a statement and gain insta-fame. Embed from Getty Images

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2 Chainz is now a Grammy winner. Chance The Rapper was all smiles ahead of his anticipated big night. And that’s before one note is performed. Embed from Getty Images

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Charli XCX makes Vivienne Westwood look good.

Congrats Best New Artist winner @chancetherapper #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/oxkukX8hhY
— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) February 13, 2017

Congrats, @chancetherapper! The Chicago MC, whose debut mixtape 10 Day dropped in 2012, has seen his popularity skyrocket since the release of his Coloring Book mixtape. “I know people think independence means you do it for yourself. The project peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and also earned the top spot on DX’s Best Hip Hop Albums Of 2016. Los Angeles, CA – Chance The Rapper took home the prize for Best New Artist at the 2017 Grammy Awards, beating out Anderson .Paak, the Chainsmokers, Maren Morris, and Kelsea Ballerini for the honor. #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/aS1f6v7piM
— People Magazine (@people) February 13, 2017

I'm too pumped for @chancetherapper. More Love @champagnepapi
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"I hear you gotta sell it to snatch the grammy" pic.twitter.com/vwo9AklDHP
— Chance The Rapper (@ChanceActivity) February 13, 2017

When @chancetherapper shouts you out after winning his first Grammy. Amazing day!! #Grammys pic.twitter.com/UaBzvIuMsu
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) February 12, 2017

Check out Chance talking about that win below. Chance thanked God several times in his acceptance speech, as well as the team who helped him get to where he is today. So pumped that I made a Chance Counter. Chance has won 2 Chances, formerly known as #GRAMMYs. pic.twitter.com/nmwAKbNUCC
— Christian P. Bryant (@BryantCP) February 13, 2017

Chance the Rapper is the first black hip hop artist to win Best New Artist since Lauryn Hill #GRAMMYs
— Affinity Magazine (@TheAffinityMag) February 13, 2017

Chance also picked up Best Rap Performance for “No Problems” featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, which prompted a congratulatory message from Drake, who was nominated in the same category for “Pop Style.” The “No Problems” record also topped HipHopDX’s Most Lit Rap Songs of 2016. Independence means freedom,” he said.

Several nominees for Best Rap Album are skipping the show, with Kanye West expected to make good on his promise to boycott the awards if Frank Ocean wasn’t nominated (he wasn’t, in what was kind of a big deal) and Drake out on tour in Europe. More to come throughout the night.*
Here are the nominations. Congrats Best Rap/Sung Collaboration "Hotline Bling" @Drake #GRAMMYs
— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) February 12, 2017

Congrats Best Rap Song "Hotline Bling" Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (@Drake) #GRAMMYs
— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) February 12, 2017

Congrats Best R&B Performance "Cranes In The Sky" @solangeknowles #GRAMMYs
— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) February 12, 2017

*This is a live article. Congrats Best Rap Performance "No Problem" @chancetherapper Featuring @LilTunechi & @2chainz pic.twitter.com/ghyUKvoJow
— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) February 12, 2017

The majority of awards have already been announced, with the marquee categories still being held until the live television broadcast. He also won the award for Best New Artist in a field that included Anderson .Paak. Featuring Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream – “Ultralight Beam”
Kanye West Featuring Rihanna – “Famous”
Best Rap Song
“All The Way Up” – Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared
“Famous” – Kanye West Featuring Rihanna
“Hotline Bling” – Drake
“No Problem – Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
“Ultralight Beam” – Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
Best Rap Album
Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book
De La Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody
DJ Khaled – Major Key
Drake – Views
ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face LP
Kanye West – The Life Of Pablo
Best Pop Solo Performance
Adele – “Hello”
Beyonce – “Hold Up”
Justin Bieber – “Love Yourself”
Kelly Clarkson – “Piece By Piece” (Idol Version)
Ariana Grande – “Dangerous Woman”
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey – “Closer”
Lukas Graham – “7 Years”
Rihanna Featuring Drake – “Work”
Sia Featuring Sean Paul – “Cheap Thrills”
Twenty One Pilots – “Stressed Out”
Best R&B Performance
BJ The Chicago Kid – “Turnin’ Me Up”
Musiq Soulchild – “I Do”
Rihanna – “Needed Me”
Ro James – “Permission”
Solange – “Cranes In The Sky”
Best Traditional R&B Performance
William Bell – “The Three Of Me”
BJ The Chicago Kid – “Woman’s World”
Fantasia – “Sleeping With The One I Love”
Lalah Hathaway – “Angel”
Jill Scott – “Can’t Wait”
Best R&B Song
“Come See Me”- (PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake)
“Exchange” –   (Bryson Tiller)
“Kiss It Better” –   (Rihanna)
“Lake By The Ocean” – (Maxwell)
“Luv” – (Tory Lanez)
Best Urban Contemporary Album
Beyonce – Lemonade
Gallant – Ology
KING – We Are King
Anderson .Paak – Malibu
Rihanna – Anti
Best R&B Album
BJ The Chicago Kid – In My Mind
Lalah Hathaway – Lalah Hathaway Live
Terrace Martin – Velvet Portraits
Mint Condition – Healing Season
Mya – Smoove Jones
See more nominees and winners here. Record Of The Year
Adele – “Hello”
Beyonce – “Formation”
Lukas Graham – “7 Years”
Rihanna – “Work”
Twenty One Pilots – “Stressed Out”
Album Of The Year
Adele – 25
Beyonce – Lemonade
Justin Bieber – Purpose
Drake – Views
Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
Song Of The Year
“Formation” — Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Chance will perform during the show and has already won Best Rap Performance for “No Problems” featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz. Drake’s “Hotline Bling” won for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, as well as for Best Rap Song, while Solange took home Best R&B Performance. ScHoolboy Q recently   said he’d probably pass on the show   unless his daughter wanted to check it out. Winners are in bold. Beyoncé led the pack of nominees with nine, while   Drake, Rihanna, and Kanye West scored eight nominations, and Chance The Rapper had seven. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
“Hello” — Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
“I Took A Pill In Ibiza” — Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
“Love Yourself” — Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
“7 Years” — Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)
Best New Artist
Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance The Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson .Paak
Best Rap Performance
Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz – “No Problem”
Desiigner – “Panda”
Drake Featuring The Throne – “Pop Style”
Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared – “All The Way Up”
ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West – “That Part”
Best Rap/Sung Performance
Beyonce Featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
D.R.A.M. Plenty of other Hip Hop and R&B notables are attending though, with   Chance The Rapper, Rick Ross, CeeLo, 2 Chainz, French Montana and many more already past the red carpet. The 59th annual Grammy Awards are here, although some of Hip Hop’s biggest stars most likely won’t be in attendance for the ceremony at   Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday night (February 12).

He goes on to tell a story about how when Jim Jones first met his still-girlfriend Chrissy Lampkin years ago, Jones was spending lots of money on her, buying her shoes and bags and the like. “I was dead wrong for this, I was dead fuckin’ wrong and this is where the whole shit collapsed at, this is where everything went all the way downhill. “It was just a joke. Cam’ron aired what basically amounted to a DIY episode of Love & Hip Hop   last night (February 11), taking to Instagram Live to tell his side of the story about his up and down relationship with fellow Diplomat Jim Jones. “I’m happy he’s happy. I’m being totally honest,” Cam says. I apologized about doing that I really do apologize.”
Cam says it was after that incident that Jones started having other issues with him over money and fame. Check it out in full below. He took that shit serious, b. “I want Jim to succeed,” Cam explained. Cam thought Lampkin was just another here-today-gone-tomorrow woman passing through Jones’ life, and made up some T-shirts to clown his crew-mate for spending cash on her. As per usual, Cam downplayed the beef he’s had with Jones over the years and sent some positivity over to the newest Roc Nation signee. In a nearly three-hour broadcast, the Killa Season   rapper responded to Jones’ emotional interview with Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97 from earlier in the week and gave his take on how things went down. I don’t know if he’s happy or not. The   T-shirts said “Tricky Ricky AKA Jim Jones Is A Trick” on the front, and on the back, there was a list of all their friends in jail, implying that the money was going to Jones’ new woman instead of helping their friends who were locked up. “I wasn’t trying to disrespect him because I didn’t know their relationship would grow to be what it was…” Cam explains. Cam had people wearing the shirts around the studio as a joke, but Jones didn’t find anything funny about it. Cam gives a detailed breakdown of their relationship in music before getting to what he thought was the catalyst for their issues. And to this day, I be man enough. I want him to win … I don’t got no beef with you … I really love you.”
Obviously this is just a small part of the picture that Cam paints over the lengthy video.

2-3 months after it come out.” He continued, “It’s not that it wasn’t put together quality wise, it’s not that it wasn’t quality beats and shit like that, it just didn’t capture the attention of the world. It’s what goes on in my life.”
Listen here. Jay Z gifted Big Sean with a Roc-A-Fella chain, telling Sean that he’d “earned it” (according to Sean). People are making it a diss because I guess they want it to be a diss. And I made that baby sit down … If you wanna play tough and act like you macho and you the big dog and you this, that, and the third, cool. Is it   DC4.5? “That’s 2012. People think if you don’t like something you’re dissing it. #ATBIMS. DX made a case for why each of these guys should win the coveted gilded gramophone on Sunday (February 12). It was a lot of rappers in the studio when me and Gucci was going at it. Nicki Minaj Loves Trolling Her Fans On Instagram
The Instagram shenanigans continue per usual and this week Nicki Minaj trolled her fans (like she usually does, followed by them hilariously cursing her out). Making The Case For The Best Rap Album At The Grammys
What do Chance the Rapper, Drake, De La Soul, Kanye West, DJ Khaled and ScHoolboy Q have in common? I’m hoping that I could be the person to say ‘How can we fix this? “I think that it could happen because I talk to both of them.” “This is not a diss to my father at all,” he says. “This how this shit work is how music goes, this is how you know your shit [is] good. I love Dre to death but it was wack,” Stat told Trent Clark, Justin Hunte, Jake Rohn and Marcel Williams. Meanwhile, Waka Flocka is in his feelings over Gucci Mane, so he put his emotions on wax in a song titled “Was My Dog.”
Waka, too, says this is “not” a diss track towards Guwop. Jay Z Gives Big Sean A Roc-A-Fella Chain
It’s like 1996 all over again. ?
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Then, India Love bared it all for her 21st birthday. She continued her passage unapologetically for being born how she is. has been well received since its release. I love Dre. DXClusives: Stat Quo & Mannie Fresh
During our DXLive segment this week, Stat Quo came through and blessed the team with his presence. Read more here. I get that Wayne gotta get his money, but I’m hoping that I could be the middle person that resolve it. Down forever. Whatever it is, a preview of one of his new songs sounds promising. The only reason it got where it was was because the movie was so phenomenal. Meek Mill also returned to Instagram —   again. And that’s no diss. They’re all Grammy-nominated for Best Rap Album. This time she shared a photoshopped pic of her looking very pregnant. This week in Hip Hop, DX makes the case for every rap album nominated for a Best Rap Album Grammy, Jay Z laces Big Sean with a Roc-A-Fella chain and Instagram posts involving Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill and India Love dominate headlines. “[Jay Z] gave me the Roc-A-Fella chain, the big boy,” Sean told Power 105.1’s Angie Martinez. ? y'all so childish Omgskibbidybopbopghjhddfnjj – I was gonna wait to share the news but…
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And yes, people actually believed she was pregnant. “I think they want it to be a diss. Read more here. He’s my everything. Check out our review. But it’s not. 50 Cent’s son Marquise Jackson dropped one, even though he says it’s not. “I’m kinda thinking, real talk I could be the medium. “How I came into this world: It wasn’t easy embracing big ass boobs at a young age while everyone around me wasn’t even developed yet,” she wrote on the first picture of a black and white nude photo shoot. I helped him [with the project] but that don’t mean it’s the shit just cause I helped, you know what I’m saying, WE fucked up!”
Mannie Fresh also spoke with DX and gave some insight on the whole Lil Wayne-Birdman debacle. “Shit was wack. But the streets gonna wipe your nose every time.”
Hear that one here. Gucci know how I feel about him. We also made our picks for the worst albums to ever get nominated in the category here. Dre’s Compton album and was very honest about his feelings toward the project. The Week In   Diss Tracks
The week wouldn’t be complete without diss tracks. This time with a mysterious announcement. Could the icy Roc chain be the first step in another collab between Jay and Sean? You dig what I’m saying? Read more here. Could they possibly kiss and make up? Mannie thinks so and he’s down for helping to heal the situation. “He told me, ‘You earned it.’ He gave it to me and said, ‘You earned it.’”
There’s also a Jay Z album on the way (allegedly). DX’s Victoria Hernandez connects the dots on   what that next album may actually sound like. Or something possibly titled “Down Forever”? Big Sean has been grinding since his debut on the rap scene, and his new project   I Decided. “I haven’t been cool with Gucci since my best friend got killed,” said in an interview with BBC Radio 1Xtra. He gave his thoughts on Dr. How can we all like sit at one table, break bread and do something epic again?’” Mannie said. Stay tuned Sunday night for our coverage of the awards.

Very much appreciated. Check out Frank Ocean’s 2013 Grammy Awards performance in the clip below. 12) at 8:00 PM EST on the CBS network. Technical difficulties, blah blah. The pair mentioned that Ocean’s Grammy performance in 2013 was “not good TV,” but say they supported his vision nonetheless by going on with the show. Thanks for the reminder. Portions of Ocean’s Tumblr post in response is as follows:
“Ok Ken (and David). Don’t you think I would’ve wanted to play the show to ‘redeem’ myself if I felt that way? As much as I hate to make you guys famous or even respond to you directly. You think that’s why I kept my work out of the Grammy process this year? Frank Ocean and the Grammy Awards are not on good terms right now,   with the R&B crooner opting to not submit his latest projects for consideration and questioning the relevancy   of the awards. Yea yea my 2013 performance at the Grammys was absolute shit. Producers for the show recently responded to Ocean’s negative outlook on the awards in an interview with Rolling Stone, and criticized Ocean’s 2013 performance of “Forrest Gump,” calling it “faulty.”
This has prompted a biting Tumblr post from Ocean, where he responds that the Grammys were faulty   for giving Taylor Swift’s 1989 Album Of The Year over Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly at last year’s awards. Hands down one of the most ‘faulty’ TV moments I’ve seen.”
The producers of the show also zeroed in on the wave of other notable names who are skipping the awards this year, including   Kanye West, Drake and Justin Bieber. Ocean wrote the Tumblr post in response to a   Rolling Stone podcast interview where the award show’s producer Ken Ehrlich and writer David Wild discussed Ocean’s decision to not submit his latest album, Blonde, for award consideration this year, amid other criticism. We all die one day and you’re old so fuck it. The 59th Annual Grammy Awards air tonight (Feb. 1989 getting album of the year over To Pimp A Butterfly. Fuck that performance though. …
“I’ve actually been tuning into CBS around this time of year for a while to see who gets the top honor and you know what’s really not ‘great TV’ guys? Ehrlich and Wild claimed that they’ve put out invites to several stars but said very few confirmed for varying reasons, although the pair held out hope that Bieber might make an appearance.

They have your attention. Last night in Beverly Hills at Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy party, the couple attended the event together and posed for the red carpet. Beverly Hills, CA – Despite being divorced, Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose have shown time after time that they know how to act civilized in the public eye. Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose are back together. The Recording Academy and Davis teamed up to debut a special Instagram portrait booth with appearances from Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Rita Ora and more, and stars honored Prince during a blitz of performances. But it was Wiz and Amber who stole the social media reactions when they purposefully put on some PDA in front of the flashing lights. Facts
— Ms. Stress (@RadioMels) February 12, 2017

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Welp. Now I and die and rest peacefully! ?
— DONTÉ (@DotDotDonny) February 12, 2017

If Amber and wiz are back together I will not be a happy bunny
— dream seller (@_TiraMissu) February 12, 2017

Amber & Wiz ??
— Santos (@ChynnaDemi) February 12, 2017

I love the idea of Wiz and Amber getting back together but hell will freeze over before I call my ex. Why ain't you hit my line @wizkhalifa
— Jaleel ? (@iAintPenny) February 12, 2017

Amber & Wiz are messing with my heart like
— ? (@zola567) February 12, 2017

When did wiz khalifa and amber rose get back together? Wiz and Amber back? — Joey Villagomez (@JoeyDaClown) February 12, 2017

*Sarcasm* Mission accomplished. If not for the sake of their soon-to-be-four-year-old son but for their underlying love for one another.

rip #AlJarreau. A few days ago, I was asked to describe Al to someone who knew of his success, but did not know him as a person. His hits include the theme song to the 80s TV show Moonlighting, “We’re In This Love Together” and singing alongside countless stars on the “We Are the World” record. — go ronnie. There was no 3rd. Mom played his vinyl. His records were also used as the sample base for rap stars such as De La Soul, Little Brother and Three Six Mafia over the years. (@TIRON) February 12, 2017

RIP Al Jarreau. #LookToTheRainbow His European Live Lp is essential listening. Following the reports of his death, his publicity team released a statement via his website. Song was just his tool for making that happen. Whether it was emotional pain, or physical discomfort, or any other cause of suffering, he needed to put our minds at ease and our hearts at rest. Several members of the Hip Hop community and entertainment world reacted to his death early this morning. He will be missed. Los Angeles, CA – Just days after retiring from a nearly 50-year streak of touring, Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Al Jarreau has passed away at the age of 76. Rest In Peace Al Jarreau ???? pic.twitter.com/PQubGykqbY
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) February 12, 2017

Once upon a time… a dream came true for me and I jammed out on percussion with the greatest jazz vocalist of… https://t.co/MCtdTc4AAK
— Mark Batson (@Markbatsonmusic) February 12, 2017 At rest now. Al Jarreau passed away today, February 12, 2017. One of the most creative vocalists EVER. His 1st priority, far ahead of the other, was healing or comforting anyone in need. Love & prayers 2 his family & fans. The Great Al Jarreau. U were EVERYTHING Jazz & beyond with an unrivaled improvisational genius. He was to turn 77 approximately one month later on March 12. ?? https://t.co/zghXsyA0cY
— Wally Sparks (@djwallysparks) February 12, 2017

We've lost another music great. Saluting Al Jarreau. breakin away really held my childhood down. A photo posted by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on Feb 12, 2017 at 9:46am PST

"We're in this love together." Bright words for dark days. I responded with this: His 2nd priority in life was music. Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1940, Jarreau would go on to release more than 20 projects and amass seven Grammy Awards throughout his career. pic.twitter.com/XylxkaAILe
— Chaka Khan (@ChakaKhan) February 12, 2017

RIP Al Jarreau #BlackExcellence
— Consequence (@ItsTheCons) February 12, 2017

rest in peace al jarreau. I mean Great. On February 8, Jarreau checked into a Los Angeles hospital due to exhaustion and remained there until his death earlier this morning. RIP to the legendary Al Jarreau: https://t.co/wKKZaH2oq4
— Phonte (@phontigallo) February 12, 2017

Rest in power, @AlJarreau. His voice made me happy. He needed to see a warm, affirming smile where there had not been one before. pic.twitter.com/staFXGBhOD
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 12, 2017

So crazy that they're both gone. RIP
A photo posted by Nasir Jones (@nas) on Feb 12, 2017 at 9:41am PST

One of my all time favorites.

WE ain’t goin!!! to stand in solidarity with the imposing former player. On Friday (February 10), the announcement was made that Oakley would be banned from entering Madison Square Garden. #OGOakley” to go along with the post. Fans from all walks of life stepped up in defense of Oakley and he has since reached out via Twitter to thank those who have spoken up in wake of the arrest. What that means exactly isn’t known, but it appears Tip is asking people to not support the team or that he himself will no longer attend games for the duration of Oakley’s banishment from the arena. I will be holding a Press conference next week Let’s go Knicks,” tweeted Oakley on Friday. Despite Oakley’s contributions to the squad, he has been banned by owner James Dolan, which led T.I. I love NYC I LOVE the Knicks that you for all your love .. I want thank all in players and pass NBA players as well as family and friends for all your love and support
— Charles Oakley (@CharlesOakley34) February 11, 2017 He followed that tweet for by thanking former and current NBA players for also stepping up for him. “I love NYC I LOVE the Knicks [thank] you for all your love .. Last Wednesday (February 8), New York Knicks legend Charles Oakley was involved in a shoving match with Madison Square Garden security that eventually led to his arrest. Oakley was allegedly booted from the arena for making inappropriate   comments during the game, which prompted the response from the arena’s security staff. I will be holding a Press conference next week Let's go Knicks
— Charles Oakley (@CharlesOakley34) February 11, 2017

T.I.’s stance was made known via his Instagram account, which featured a photo of Oakley with the caption reading ““If HE can’t go.

“They had just that crazy, crazy sound combined with what Chuck was saying and it just had me stuck,” he says about Public Enemy’s debut project. Bum Rush the Show was the world’s introduction to a cast of characters that was Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Terminator X and Professor Griff. “I know N.W.A, that’s one of their major influences as far as making records. AMG recalls meeting the group at a show in Los Angeles and wanting to compliment Chuck D on his powerful rhymes. AMG, who’s worked extensively (and beefed) with DJ Quik, says that the Bomb Squad created a   “beautiful collage” with its production work and all of the elements woven into the LP. He’s like, ‘That’s Chuck D.’ I’m like, ‘The little dude right there?’”
Yes, the little dude right there was Chuck D, who has become iconic in his own way as the group challenged and empowered audiences with songs like “Rightstarter (Message To A Black Man).”
“It made you go pick up some books and understand what they weren’t teaching you in school,” AMG says of the track. That was the only record out that was killing it at the time. Perhaps the greatest reason this album is one to remember is because it gave birth to a whole new genre of rap. AMG says that   Yo! But his voice, I wanted a commanding voice. But records like that, you’re not going to get again, not at all.” Bum Rush the Show,   which celebrated its 30th anniversary yesterday (February 10). “I didn’t even have an idea of what I was going to do or if I was ever going to do music. In a time when social media wasn’t even a thought, fans had to learn about the members through other means. Bum Rush the Show‘s impact was felt across the country and Public Enemy’s work was just the foundation for an entire generation of the culture. The gold-certified rapper spits a few lines of “Timebomb” as he explains how he crafted his own sound growing up listening to Public Enemy. They had a cult following, which turned into massive success after popularity came. I was just a kid trying to rap. “It built what we call West Coast Hip Hop,” he says. “There’s a lot more to you than just what you thought, especially if you didn’t have that education.”

He emphasizes the influence of Chuck D’s flow on the album. “He’s like, ‘I’m not Chuck D.’ I’m looking at the biggest dude going like this gotta be the guy. “The pictures they painted, they still hold true today,” he says. Speaking with Unique Access Entertainment, AMG breaks down why the album is so special. Even though it wasn’t a grand commercial success, those are the best things, like cult movies. Yo! It wasn’t deep, but it was gonna be big and bold like Chuck D’s was.”
Other standout tracks include “You’re gonna Get Yours” and “Public Enemy No.1,” which AMG says “sounded like the best shit I ever heard in my life.”
Besides the fierce political content, he applauds the album for its production. He’s got the big voice. “I walked up to Terminator X, was talking to him like, ‘Man, what you said,’” he recalls. That was something to beat. “That’s when I was kind of developing my style,” he says. Public Enemy stormed onto the Hip Hop scene in the late 1980s and is now one of the foundational groups of the culture. Their sophomore output, 1988’s It Takes a Nation of Millions, has been called “the greatest Hip Hop album ever,” but the New York crew’s journey started with 1987’s   Yo!

The 42-year-old artist was on Fox Sports 1’s   Skip and Shannon: Undisputed   show and weighed in on the controversial stances taken by   Martellus Bennett,   Alan Branch,   LaGarrette Blount, Chris Long, Dont’a Hightower, and Devin McCourty. Now you have to look at all the major sports franchises and how this is going to play out. Watch the full interview in the clip above. It’s a lot of Latin players in the MLB. Nelly believes that this is just the start of similar protests to take place across the professional sports universe. You have to look at the demographics on a lot of the sports franchises.”
Nelly added, “You go to [the] NHL, you go to the MLB. How does [Trump’s administration] play with the global branding of the MLB? The St. “This is the beginning,” Nelly said. Louis rapper shared his insight on the protests by several Pats players to forgo the traditional visit to the White House in protest of President Donald Trump and his administration’s   policies. “This is gonna   get a lot worse before it gets better anytime soon and I’m talking all the way across the board. Los Angeles, CA – Nelly has proven his capabilities as a person who knows sports in times past and offered some of his measured opinion regarding the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. How does it go with the global branding for any sports franchise?”
After host Shannon Sharpe quipped that players in the NBA could be affected by the ban, Nelly retorted by saying because of the league’s largely black makeup, players who’ve won the NBA championship would also forgo the tradition of visiting the president in Washington.

He like, ‘Dolph ain’t paying us no attention. I would feel so out of place over there with some faggots.”
Toward the end of the conversation, Dolph said the   beef between the two could be squashed if Gotti would simply apologize “publicly” and if he doesn’t, he dropped an ominous piece of advice,   “He just needs to stay out of my way.” There’s a sense, however, that won’t be happening anytime soon. Nope. That ain’t Dolph. Nope. It really ain’t even a diss song, it’s just straight facts.”

He also explained his reasoning behind the track, which he says stemmed from Gotti trying to subtly diss him first in a couple of his recent mixtapes. In reference to the blatant diss track, “Play Wit Yo Bitch,” he said he should have named it “Truth,” and elaborated, “This the first diss song Dolph ever put out. “Sign with him for what?” he asked. He racking ’em up, going crazy, by himself. I wouldn’t even feel right. No. He ain’t paying no attention.’ He thought the coast was clear.”
When asked what initially sparked the animosity between the two Memphis rappers, Dolph speculated it was because of his refusal to sign with Gotti’s label when Dolph began to gain traction. Look what Dolph doin. “The last two tapes he done put out. Dolph getting them Ms. Atlanta, GA – While promoting his latest project, Gelato, Young Dolph dropped a bombshell during an interview with DJ Holiday on the Atlanta radio station, Streetz 94.5, where he addressed the most recent “situation” between the   “King of Memphis”   rapper and his predecessor Yo Gotti, and ultimately demanded an apology. I can’t do it. Check out the full interview above. His answer presumably won’t make things any better. “Hell naw it didn’t make sense. He thought the coast was clear, okay. “He did it two times,” he said. He know what I do. Cocaine Musik faggots.

Migos f. Bruno Mars – “24K Magic” – 36,085 (1,083,619)
#4. Machine Gun Kelly has been sniffing at the #1 spot for the past two weeks with his single “Bad Things,” edging out the ultra-hot Migos’ smash “Bad and Boujee” by just a couple of hundred single sales on this week’s Digital Genre R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Kyle – “iSpy” f. Camila Cabello – “Bad Things” – 42,773 (596,076)
#2. The Cleveland star’s track sold 42, 773 units during the seven days leading up to February   2. Amine – “Caroline” – 28,381   (555,294)
#8. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”   – 24,448 (1,187,524)
See   last week’s Hip Hop Single Sales report   here. Daft Punk – “Starboy”   – 24,507 (1,282,413)
#10. The Metro Boomin-produced “Bad and Boujee” sold 42, 571 units   during the most recent sales cycle. Lil Yachty – 28,004 (129,539)
#9. The track sold 36, 085 last week as it remains at #3. Daft Punk – “I Feel It Coming” –34,243 (263,906)
#5. Migos Edged Out For #2
Migos’ mega-hit doesn’t feel like it’s going anywhere soon, despite a 16% decrease in sales and a drop to #2. Rihanna – “Love On The Brain” – 32,832   (570,698)
#6. Machine Gun Kelly Creeps To #1
A 3% increase in sales for MGK’s “Bad Things” featuring Fifth Harmony singer Camila Cabello hits the coveted #1 spot, switching places with Migos. Machine Gun Kelly f. The Top 10 R&B/Hip Hop   Single Sales For Week Ending 02/02/2017
#1. The Weeknd f. Drake – “Fake Love” – 29,049 (620,872)
#7. Rae Sremmurd f. The Weeknd f. Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” is still holding strong at #3, but continues to trail the Atlanta trio by a good margin despite the Culture artists seeing a double-digit drop in sales. Bruno Mars’ Lead Single Hits At #3
Despite a 8% drop in sales, Bruno Mars’ lead single from his third album of the same name, “24K Magic,” won’t let go of its hold on the charts. Lil Uzi Vert – “Bad And Boujee” – 42, 571 (544,454)
#3.

Tech N9ne)
Metal and Flesh (f. The latest offering from the Strange Music duo is made up of 18 tracks split into three parts with two bonus cuts on the deluxe version. Label boss Tech N9ne appears on “Rock Out”   while other features come from Murs, Rittz, Krizz Kaliko and Mackenzie Nicole. Catastrophic   Event Specialists   is   Ubiquitous and Godemis’ commentary on the current political climate as they touch on police brutality and other conflicts in society. Murs)
Scourge (Act III)
Deja Vu
Hero (f. JL, Joey Cool & Info Gates)
Same Same [Bonus]
Famished (Remix) [feat. Both members seek to empower their audience to find the strength within to make a difference in the world. PERSEPH1, Kutty Slitz, Trizz & J.L.] Calamity (Act I)
Combustible
Highlander
Rubble (f. Ces Cru will be joining Tech on his Strictly Strange Tour, a 68-show trek that starts March 22 in Omaha and concludes with a homecoming show June 4 in Kansas City. Ces Cru released its   Catastrophic Event Specialists album yesterday (February 10), the group’s first album since 2014’s   Codename: Ego Stripper LP. Mackenzie Nicole)
Hangout (f. Stream Ces Cru’s   Catastrophic   Event Specialists   album and see the cover art and tracklist below. Rittz)
Tidal Wavy
Average Joe
Entropy (Act II)
The Process (Guillotine)
Purge
Gridlock
Slave
Rock Out (f. Krizz Kaliko)
Ghetto Celebrity (f.

It’s about as thick as a dictionary.”
And still no visa. “I’m not sure if he was kidding or not, but it was nice to hear that. He knows my vision, he’s got my vision. The last text I received from him said something like, ‘Bro, I want you to be my producer forever,’” Menace says. “We’ve been able to text a bit. The musician, born Adnan Khan, is “very” frustrated at not being able to attend Music’s Biggest Night. “I’ve got the booklet with me, which details everything about me, which proves that I am, in fact, who I say I am, and that I’m the producer called Menace. “It’s been the check-ups the people in charge of reviewing visas have had to do,” Menace explains to HipHopDX. “I see it as an opportunity,” he says. “It’s the biggest award you can get, nothing’s bigger than a Grammy. But, the platinum-certified producer is confident that it hasn’t disrupted their creative process and   makes a lofty comparison for their chemistry. Producer Menace, on the other hand, did not have an option in the matter as he is stuck in the United Kingdom because he can’t get a visa. He is nominated for Best Rap Performance at the awards, which will be held Sunday, for his work on Desiigner’s   “Panda” and has yet to actually meet the Brooklyn rapper because he hasn’t been able to travel to the United States since selling the beat via YouTube in 2014 for $200. Manchester, GB – Frank Ocean and ScHoolboy Q aren’t attending the Grammy Awards ceremony by choice. It’s like how Future and Metro Boomin are.”
Stay tuned as Menace promises that once he finally gets to the United States is when the real work begins. I should have been there.”

He says people are always shocked when they find out he has never met Desiigner in person. He also wasn’t able to attend the BET Hip Hop Awards in October, where “Panda” was nominated for Track of the Year, but the Grammys weighs a bit heavier on him.

The classic crime movie will maintain the immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films, except it will be based in Los Angeles and focus on a Mexican immigrant. Training Day and The Equalizer‘s Antoine Fuqua was originally supposed to be the director of the film, but due to scheduling conflicts over creating a sequel to The Equalizer with Denzel Washington, he had to step away from the project. Some are not very happy about a remake, of the 1983 remake of Howard Hawks 1932 gangster movie, Scarface. Universal announced Friday (February 10) that a remake of Hip Hop’s favorite movie   Scarface is slated to debut the summer of 2018. — Jamal (@TrafalgarMal) February 10, 2017

WHY WOULD YOU REMAKE SCARFACE IT'S PERFECT
— Rickys Modern Life (@RickAutiello) February 10, 2017

Why they gotta remake scarface and oceans 11 pic.twitter.com/2yr9DbxGST
— p (@Liam2yeezy) February 10, 2017 “It touches on a more modern day, not just gangsterism but how everything moves now on the streets,” Fuqua said of the film in an exclusive with HipHopDX’s Editor-In-Chief Trent Clark in September. FUCK YOU HOLLYWOOD….We do not need a Scarface remake pic.twitter.com/rWmO5ydPch
— Sarah (@CloisForever23) February 10, 2017

Hell nooooo…. But if you fuck it up, you will be buried. pic.twitter.com/jj3puBI9y0
— Andy Parker (@mrandyparker) February 10, 2017

Nobody asked for a remake of that overrated/mediocre movie, Scarface. Four-time Academy Award winners Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, known as The Coen Brothers, will be publishing the script. Fuqua tried to coordinate where he could work on both Scarface and part two of The Equalizer,   Variety reports. The Pablos came and went. The film will be a Bluegrass Films and Global Produce production with the producer of the 1983 remake of Scarface,   Martin Bregman,   on board and Boardwalk Empire‘s   Terence Winter as the writer. We saw that. It’s rumored that Rouge One: A Star Wars Story‘s   Diego Luna will star in the film. pic.twitter.com/9uY6fA6Hij
— T_o (@T_oKool) February 10, 2017

#Scarface Remake? So what’s next?”
As word makes its rounds the Scarface will be remade, Twitter, of course, reacted to the news. The Scarface [from 1983], he couldn’t survive today. “How money moves now. El Chapo is about to go. I'll give it a chance. But Universal is currently searching for a new director. The film already has a release date for August 10, 2018. pic.twitter.com/ncKIhdwiHv
— Simply (@Simplyuntold) February 10, 2017

A #Scarface remake? on making a remake of #Scarface!!!!!

Bump it above. Badu is   up next, following one from   Karrueche. Badu throws in a couple of her tracks for good measure, including the contagious “Phone Down” and “I’ll Call U   Back.” Running over an hour in length, the 24-track mix is a decent cross-section of rap’s current climate that just happens to be thrown together by one of Hip Hop’s most beloved goddesses. Despite the fact 45-year-old Erykah Badu came up during Hip Hop’s golden era, the Dallas native clearly keeps a close ear to the street and has a firm grasp on what the kids are listening to these days. Ahead of the release of 2 Chainz’s   next mixtape, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, the colorful rapper has been enlisting various extraordinary female artists to craft playlists in his honor and Ms. The “trap&b” singer and self-proclaimed “unicorn,” who had plenty of trap notes on her 2015 offering, But You Caint Use My Phone, has curated a playlist for the Georgia kingpin, which includes music from artists such as Lil Yachty, Divine Council, Future, Mike WiLL Made-It, Young Thug, her baby daddy André 3000 (“Decemba” remix), the East Atlanta Santa —   Gucci Mane   — and of course, 2 Chainz.

Released on February 26, 2016, the duo’s sophomore album’s title, This Unruly Mess I Made, alluded to the shake-up the Caucasian duo had brought to Hip Hop and apparently, they’re not done taking a backseat in the spotlight. city at the Grammys.”
Macklemore himself added to the album’s infamy following the 56th Grammy Awards in 2014   when he texted Kendrick Lamar to tell him that his Compton competition was indeed superior to his own work and he posted the iMessage screenshots onto social media. Embed from Getty Images

Macklemore Says He Had “An Unfair Advantage Due To Race” At The Grammys
Featuring songs like “White Privilege II” — an open letter diatribe on race issues in the United States — and guest appearances from cultural heroes such as KRS-One, DJ Premier and Chance the Rapper, This Unruly Mess I Made was a precursor to the duo’s recent Grammy self-exile. Representatives for the rap group and the Grammys didn’t reply to the Associated Press emails seeking a comment. Although The Heist earned the group a pair of Billboard No. 1 hits, a platinum-certified album and four Grammys (the aforementioned Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song and Best New Artist), their big Grammy night almost never happened as the committee initially tried to stick them in the pop category due to the uncharacteristic commercial success as far as Hip Hop releases are concerned. Los Angeles, CA – For all its platinum and chart-chopping success, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ debut album, The Heist, will forever be known as “the album that beat good kid, m.A.A.d. In the HipHopDX review of the album, the group was cited for waiving “their rights as America’s token rap stars to be leveled with the more commoner rappers who work just as hard and sell less.”
And sell less it did. According to Nielsen Music, it moved 382,000 units (based on a combination of album sales, song sales and on-demand audio streams) in comparison to The Heist‘s combined 4.3 million units. According to a new report from the Associated Press, a person close to the Grammy nomination process speaking on the condition of anonymity revealed that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis voluntarily withheld the second studio effort from being submitted to potentially be recognized for Best Rap Album and maybe more. Most likely they were busy hunting for the leak to plug.