track   “Redbone.” He revealed that there’s an alternate version of the song, which was deaded by his mother or grandmother. Like I usually do. I think it’s about catching a vibe. People just want excellence … There really is no genre anymore, so you just have to make something new,” Childish Gambino said. We’ll see what happens. Video of Childish Gambino discussing Atlanta,   Awaken, My Love!, and a collab with Chance The Rapper, is above. But yeah, we actually sat down in the studio and were talking for a little bit. “A lower tone. Gambino later provided some insight into his Awaken, My Love! “I think genre’s dead … People just want quality. I think my mother or grandmother was like ‘I love the beginning.’ And I was like ‘I really wanna carry the happiness of that beginning.’”
The Atlanta star also just won awards for Best New Series and Best Comedy Series at the Writers Guild Awards   this past weekend. #roscoeswetsuit
A post shared by Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) on Jan 2, 2017 at 4:16pm PST

Gambino explained that with the pair’s busy schedules, timing is the biggest factor. “There’s a whole ‘nother version of the song where I’m singing in a lower register,” he said. Hawaii then LA, back to work. “I mean, we definitely met up before,” Gambino said. We’re both busy but I think when he has like a moment we’ve been sitting down and just working together. The two set off speculation that they were working on something   together after Chance shared a photo to IG   in the first days of 2017. He declared that genre is dead, and revealed that listeners are more interested in receiving “quality” music from artists. And then I felt like the way I was singing it just didn’t shock you. And I listened to it for a long time and I just felt like … the beginning of the song felt so good. “I don’t know if I’ll see him again now that he’s won a Grammy. It didn’t give you that feeling. I really like the EP he just put out … We have to find a time to sit down together.”
In addition to speaking on his FX series Atlanta,   which he confirmed won’t be out again until 2018, Gambino elaborated on the idea of music genres. Atlanta rapper/singer/actor/comedian/director   jack-of-all-trades Donald Glover (AKA   Childish Gambino) called in for an interview with Big Boy’s Neighborhood   and touched on a medley of topics, including a possible collaborative project with Chance The Rapper.

BUT ON SUM REAL SHIT HOMIE WORKS HARD & IS VERY TALENTED AND DESERVES ALL OF HIS SUCCESS! I'M NOT MAD AT HIM FOR BEING MAD AT ME.. ALL I WANT IS MY PERCENTAGE WE AGREED UPON., NOTHING MORE NOTHING LESS! Those reports proved false and the two Atlanta rappers are still battling it out in court. Rocko took to Instagram Wednesday (February 22) to clear the air about the lawsuit, which he first filed in June seeking $10 million, claiming Future breached the contract he signed in 2011 with A1 Recordings. I'M NOT OUT HERE TRYING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ANYONE. Over the weekend, rumors circulated that the two had settled their lawsuit and Future was going to give Rocko all of the royalties from his next two albums, which would presumably be   FUTURE   and the upcoming   HNDRXX. ?1️⃣ (@rocko2real) on Feb 22, 2017 at 7:08am PST

Future countersued Rocko a few months after the original lawsuit was filed, saying that the exec was the one who owes him money for   recording costs and advances. Future poked fun at Rocko   during a Twitter Q&A on Tuesday amid their ongoing legal battle. FUTURE & I COULD'VE SAT DOWN LIKE MEN AND SETTLED THIS EASILY AGES AGO. WHEN I POST HIS STUFF ON MY PAGE IT'S OUT OF GENUINE SUPPORT! ONLY REASON IT'S EVEN A LAWSUIT IN PLACE IS BECAUSE HE SAID LET THE LAWYERS HANDLE IT.. PRE-ORDER HIS ALBUM! I WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT MY BOY REGARDLESS! TRUTH BE TOLD I'VE ALWAYS BELIEVED IN LIL BRO THAT'S WHY I SIGNED HIM.. NO FUNNY SHIT I DON'T EVEN ROCK LIKE THAT.. I UNDERSTAND HE FEELS A WAY HELL I WOULD TOO IF I WAS SUED.. Rocko says that he and Future could have talked things out, but the   Dirty Sprite 2 rapper said to “let the lawyers handle it.” He says he only wants his fair share and still has nothing but respect for Future, even encouraging his fans to pre-order   HNDRXX. The two were reportedly working on a joint album back in 2013 and have collaborated on multiple singles, including ““U.O.E.N.O.” NOT SURE WHAT HIS REASONS WERE BUT I RESPECT IT.. — DA DON

No action. In 2009, he was charged with assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna following the Grammys. Ima take this dub. I’m out.”
Of course, Soulja was referring to a recent restraining order filed by Brown’s ex-girlfriend,   Karrueche Tran. Chris take this L, nigga. Soulja taunted Brown on Twitter before Breezy officially called the fight off, saying the controversial R&B singer was scared. This wouldn’t be the first time he’s been accused of violence toward women. Not about that life. “Can’t believe this nigga scared to fight me sign the contract Bitch Ass nigga set up the boxing match,” he wrote in the multi-tweet rant, continuing with, “Nigga talked all that Shit just to back down and not sign the paper work. Don’t wanna hear about this ever” and “Now we all know Chris a Bitch don’t bring this shit up to me ever again. Everybody suck my dick. Looks like after over a month of anticipation, HipHopDX was right. According to Tran, Chris Breezy physically assaulted her by punching her in the stomach and pushing her down some stairs. He can’t be 100 feet of this girl. “This nigga wanted to fight me over this girl and she just put a restraining order on this nigga. Deandre Way’s   onslaught   against Brown isn’t stopping anytime soon. Facts.”
According to a new video, Mr. Then again, who needs a fight when you’re on tour with 50 Cent, Fabolous and a host of others. He ain’t wanna see these hands. “This shit ain’t funny, but it is,” said Soulja in an Instagram video. The Soulja Boy and Chris Brown fight isn’t happening.

The LP celebrated its 20th anniversary   in June. The induction ceremony will be held June 15 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Legendary songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers announced the inductees today (February 22) on   CBS This Morning after it was revealed Hov was nominated for the honor back in October. He’s changed the way that we cry.”
“He has changed the way we listen to music.” —@NileRodgers on Jay Z becoming first rapper inducted into 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame #SHOF
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 22, 2017

Warner/Chappell Chairman & CEO Jon Platt, who revolutionized the music publishing industry by making producers foot the bill for samples, allowing songwriters to retain more of their own money, also released a statement about the importance of Jay Z   being the first rapper named as an inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The exec has followed Hov’s career from the beginning, as he signed the rapper right after the release of his 1996 debut project. “Since his debut album,   Reasonable Doubt, was released over two decades ago, it’s been an incredible honor to work with the greatest MC of all time as he continues to achieve the unprecedented,” Platt says. If inducted, the mogul would become the first rapper to enter the esteemed music organization. All of us at Warner/Chappell can be immensely proud that it is Jay Z, who has made this historic moment possible with his revolutionary body of work.”
Other inductees in the Class of 2017 include Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds (co-founder of LaFace Records with L.A. “Today, his songwriting is celebrated with a new, landmark achievement: being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. With this announcement, Jay is also the first rap artist to ever be inducted into the SHOF. After voters turn in their official ballots in November, the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held June 15 in New York City. Jay   is the first Hip Hop artist to be nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which songwriters become eligible for after writing hits for 20 years. “It’s great.”
Rodgers continues by explaining the impact that Jigga has had on the industry as a whole. Reid),   Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (songwriting duo for Kanye West, Drake, Mary J. (This article was first published October 20, 2016 and is below.)
Jay Z   has been nominated for the prestigious   Songwriters Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2017, the Associated Press reports. “He’s changed the way that we have fun. Jigga’s 1996 album Reasonable Doubt   began his trek into superstardom where he’d release favorable hits such as “Hard Knock Life,” “Empire State Of Mind” and “Big Pimpin’,” among many others. Shawn 'Jay Z' Carter has become the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame! Blige and more) and Motown Records founder Berry Gordy. “He has changed the way that we listen to music,” he shares. This is an enormous accomplishment for Jay, as well as on behalf of fellow hip-hop songwriters everywhere, as he takes his place alongside past inductees and legends, ranging from Bob Dylan to Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye to Lennon & McCartney. Congratulations to JAY Z (@S_C_) for being nominated in to the 2017 @SongwritersHOF. Roc Nation took the time out to congratulate its founder on Twitter. #SHOF
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 22, 2017

Jay Z   is being acknowledged for his extensive career — artists are eligible after they have been songwriting for 20 years — and pushing the boundary of what is considered “classical music.” Rodgers explained why it took so long for a rapper to be recognized by the Hall, which was established in 1969.
— Roc Nation (@RocNation) October 20, 2016

Other nominees in the running for the Songwriters Hall of Fame   include George Michael, Madonna, Bryan Adams, Vince Gill, Babyface, Max Martin and Kool & the Gang. “Jay Z is in a space where even though he’s had more pop albums than anyone else, because he did it through rap, which is not traditionally considered the pop music scene,” he says. New York, NY – Jay Z   is the first rapper to be named as an inductee for the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

For the better part of 2016, Gucci Mane’s   return to mainstream notoriety was nothing short of spectacular. His stint in prison presumably armed him with the ambition to give it everything he had and his grind’s clearly worked. Now, the Atlanta native is hitting the road for his first   headlining run, the TrapGod Tour, which kicks off April 5 at the House of Blues in Boston and wraps up May 6 at JMBLYA in Austin, Texas. From the Woptober mixtape and countless guest appearances to his two studio albums, Everybody Looking and The Return Of East Atlanta Santa,   Guwop (real name Radric Delantic Davis) seemingly cannot   be stopped. Check out the tour dates below and purchase all things Gucci here. April 5 @ House of Blues – Boston, MA
April 6 @ Oakdale Theatre – Wallingford, CT
April 9 @ Terminal 5 – New York, NY
April 12 @ Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL
April 13 @ Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
April 14 @ The Fox Theatre – Detroit, MI
April 15 @ Coachella – Indio, CA
April 16 @ The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
April 17 @ The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
April 18 @ Theatre of the Clouds – Portland, OR
April 20 @ Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
April 22 @ Coachella – Indio, CA
April 24 @ Express Live! – Columbus, OH
April 25 @ Theliacouras Center – Philadelphia, PA
April 26 @ Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
April 27 @ Echostage – Washington, DC
May 2 @ Fillmore – Miami, FL
May 5 @ JMBLYA – Dallas, TX
May 6 @ JMBLYA – Austin, TX

Mainly, it seemed like Future was eager to answer questions about his fellow artists. Beginning with Migos, he said that he’d like to collab with them and that their upcoming tour together “could be the start of something very special.”
Future also said that he has a strong creative bond with Young Thug, explaining   that whenever the pair enter the studio together they come out with at least 1o songs. You police.”
.@diggyfreshhoe #AskFuture
— FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) February 21, 2017

All in all, we can expect to Future to continue to collab with rappers of all stripes — but it seems any further collaborations with   Rocko aren’t coming anytime soon. That’s what it is, a tag-along nigga.”
.@teeyahwayans #AskFuture
— FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) February 21, 2017

In a pretty funny momeny, Future was asked if he really keeps the Draco in the bookbag, Future laughed and shouted “No! At the end of the day, we making hits, we making history. When niggas go broke, they do dumb shit. I don’t know what’s going on. Future took to Twitter on Tuesday evening (February 22) to drum up hype for his new self-titled album (and its immediate follow-up that’s dropping this Friday) and answer his fans’ questions. .@QueezyD318 @youngthug #AskFuture
— FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) February 21, 2017

Future also took shots at former collaborator   Rocko, who this week was rumored to have settled a lawsuit against Future, with false reports claiming that 100% of Future’s next two projects would go straight into Rocko’s pocket. @fentyiz #AskFuture
— FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) February 21, 2017. No, police! If a nigga wanna be a part of history, you gotta do something to tag along. “We working, we richer than ever. @billionbaby6 #AskFuture
— FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) February 21, 2017 Asked by a fan if he dropped this album in order to pay Rocko that money, Future was emphatic:
“No way in the fuck am I doing that for him,” said Future, laughing off the rumors. Check out some more of Future’s answers below:
.@TopHuncho #AskFuture
— FUTURE/FREEBANDZ (@1future) February 21, 2017. Rocko has denied this is the case, and addressed the lawsuit again Wednesday morning.

Copenhagen, Denmark – Since Lil Uzi Vert secured   his first #1 Billboard single with Migos’ hit “Bad and Boujee”   there has undeniably been even more attention on the Philly rapper, and he’s using the opportunity to share his appreciation for his fellow new wave rappers on Twitter. The “Money Longer” rap star is currently touring with The Weeknd and Bryson Tiller overseas. ✊?
— Ugly God (@UglyGod) February 20, 2017

??? gang
— Lil pump (@Lilpumpjetskiii) February 21, 2017

— MAKE OUT HILL – XXX (@xxxtentacion) February 21, 2017

— Hoodrich Pablo Juan (@Hoodrich_Pablo) February 20, 2017

Shout Out To Vro @LILUZIVERT
— $ki Mask (@THESLUMPGOD) February 21, 2017 #luvisrage2
— Uzi London ?☄️?® (@LILUZIVERT) February 20, 2017

And @youngthug for being way too ?
— Uzi London ?☄️?® (@LILUZIVERT) February 20, 2017

S/o @Hoodrich_Pablo ??
— Uzi London ?☄️?® (@LILUZIVERT) February 20, 2017

S/o @SahSahBitch for the same beliefs LILS♉️???®
— Uzi London ?☄️?® (@LILUZIVERT) February 20, 2017

Here’s everyone that returned the love. — Uzi London ?☄️?® (@LILUZIVERT) February 20, 2017

S/o toooooo KO @kodieshane ?. “I’m in both [world emoji]s my Young niggas need more credit I fuck wit y’all and that’s all dat matters … keep Flexing,” Uzi wrote in one tweet. Lil1600 ?
— Uzi London ?☄️?® (@LILUZIVERT) February 20, 2017

I'm in both ?s my Young niggas need more credit I fuck wit y'all and that's all dat matters … keep Flexing. Check out Lil Uzi Vert’s tweets with every shoutout below. Playboi Carti, Young Thug,   21 Savage, Ugly God,   Ski Mask The Slump God and XXXTENTACION, who recently called out Drake for biting his style,   are among the many rappers from the younger generation that Uzi Vert shouted out on his Twitter. @LILUZIVERT Niggas Like Us Gone Change The World ???
— SahBabii 666™ ? (@SahSahBitch) February 21, 2017

— bby shyne (@kodieshane) February 21, 2017

Shoutout to you, dawg. S/o @playboicarti ?????®
— Uzi London ?☄️?® (@LILUZIVERT) February 20, 2017

S/o @21savage
— Uzi London ?☄️?® (@LILUZIVERT) February 20, 2017

S/o @xxxtentacion
— Uzi London ?☄️?® (@LILUZIVERT) February 20, 2017

— Uzi London ?☄️?® (@LILUZIVERT) February 20, 2017

S/o @KodakBlack1k
— Uzi London ?☄️?® (@LILUZIVERT) February 20, 2017

S/o @UglyGod ?
— Uzi London ?☄️?® (@LILUZIVERT) February 20, 2017

S/o @Lilpumpjetskiii.

— John Legend (@johnlegend) February 21, 2017

The show, which premiered in 1996, would   have been too late for the 38-year-old singer’s childhood cartoon   sessions. Arthur already proved the source of near-infinite meme-worthy content in 2016, and Twitter users were on-hand to provide that sweet content once more. Chrissy Teigen has officially won at both memes and marriage in one fell swoop. Was he around when I was a kid? As for John, his main reaction seemed to be utter confusion, tweeting his wife to tell her that he has never even heard of “this Arthur character.”
@chrissyteigen I hadn't even heard of this Arthur character til now. But this week proved that even internet heroes like John Legend aren’t safe from memes, when one keen set of eyes   pointed out that the “All Of Me” singer looks a little like the titular aardvark from PBS’   Arthur. The original tweet has over 75,000 RTs (and counting). John Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen have achieved legendary status on Twitter, not only as #relationshipgoals, but as masterful trolls of people like Donald Trump and Piers Morgan. @jenevamonique1 @sowahblanket
— b s t f r n d ☥ ? (@bstfrnd__) February 20, 2017

The prize for the best meme of all, though, goes to Chrissy Teigen who absolutely savaged her husband with this meme:
John when you tell him he looks like Arthur
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 21, 2017

There is no recovering from that.

No one was struck by the bullet, but the entourage member was detained and placed in custody with the Las Vegas Police Department. At one point, someone in Kingston’s crew reportedly pulled a gun and let off a lone shot. An encounter between “Beautiful Girls” crooner   Sean Kingston and Migos   turned physical yesterday (February 21), according to various reports. Additionally, hours before the alleged assault happened, Migos and Kingston appeared to be on good terms in a video shared on social media. Although neither Migos nor Kingston have issued any official response to the incident, Quavo did share a photo with his middle finger up on Instagram earlier Wednesday (February 22). The members of Migos are not wanted by the law   at the time of publication, but police are interested in speaking with the group about the encounter. TMZ   says that Sean Kingston was beaten “badly” after running into Migos at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Los Angeles rapper The Game, who previously beefed with Kingston, offered up a dose of sarcasm in a photo he uploaded to Instagram. #PressPlay: #Migos and #SeanKingston seem to be playing nice earlier today ? (view previous posts) via @swaggcreator
A post shared by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on Feb 21, 2017 at 8:39pm PST

Migos and Kingston both bounced following the altercation, but police eventually caught up with Kingston during a traffic stop. The rap trio allegedly kicked the singer and stomped him on his head. Why is #TheGame going in like this ??? #SeanKingston #PettyWap
A post shared by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on Feb 21, 2017 at 6:33pm PST

Migos jumping Sean Kingston ?
— BearKnee (@BernyBurns12) February 22, 2017

When no one got the video of migos jumping Sean Kingston
— Enrique ??? (@NoLacknEnrique) February 22, 2017

I saw Sean Kingston trending & thought he died but turns out all he did was get jumped by Migos
— Freda Fatz (@ThoughtsByJae) February 22, 2017 Though details remain scant, the brawl is said to have gone down over comments made about rapper Soulja Boy. TMZ says the Miami songster   was questioned but not arrested. M I D D L E F A N G A C U L T U R E Out Now
A post shared by QuavoHuncho (@quavohuncho) on Feb 22, 2017 at 4:10am PST

Given the bizarre nature of the alleged beatdown, the social media reactions have been swift.

They call me the ‘6 Goddess.’” Both Toronto natives, Drake has known Harlow for a while and even gave his model pal a shoutout on the   If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late track, “Know Yourself.”
“Got P Reign and Chubby and TJ and Winnie and woah,” Drake raps on the song. Lookin lookin ?
A post shared by ♔Don Pablo♔ (@winnieharlow) on Feb 15, 2017 at 11:54am PST

A post shared by ♔Don Pablo♔ (@winnieharlow) on Feb 19, 2017 at 6:28am PST

Sunday Funday ? @bambilegit
A post shared by ♔Don Pablo♔ (@winnieharlow) on Feb 19, 2017 at 12:44pm PST

?????? @thelovemagazine @burberry #loveme17 @kegrand
A post shared by ♔Don Pablo♔ (@winnieharlow) on Feb 21, 2017 at 4:52am PST

Additionally, Harlow was allegedly   linked romantically to producer and friend to Drake, Noah “40” Shebib. My first ever #WCW @winnieharlow #vitligo #inspiration #motivation
A post shared by Noah Shebib (@ovo40) on Apr 23, 2014 at 9:54am PDT

Which prompted a response from Harlow. “Jourdan Dunn and Adriana Lima were also at the bash but Drake only had eyes for Winnie … Winnie and Drake have always had a close friendship, with him even rapping about her on track ‘Know Yourself,’ but they looked particularly intimate on Saturday,” a source present at the club revealed to The Sun. The rumor mill has been buzzing rather consistently as of late when it concerns Drake and a future boo. Over the past month, he’s been spotted with multiple   models, including former WSHH Honey Rosee Divine and Swedish twins   Elizabeth and Victoria Lejonhjärta. A lot of attractive individuals from ? lol 6 Goddess @winnieharlow & 6 God @champagnepapi ?
A post shared by Brittany Renner (@bundleofbrittany) on Feb 2, 2015 at 11:49am PST

Although Drizzy and Harlow were spotted looking “particularly intimate” at London’s Libertine nightclub, a quick glance at Harlow’s Instagram account also shows that getting   “particularly intimate” is kind of her thing. Drake cozying up with another model has set the rumor mill on fire yet again, although the “proof” about this one is potentially dubious. The latest attempt to link Drake with a woman other than former fling Jennifer Lopez comes shortly after the Canadian superstar was spotted with model Winnie Harlow while at a club in London. In an August 2015 interview with Complex, the model addressed her connection to Drake, explaining, “I’m friends with his producer, 40, so I met everyone through him. In 2014, Harlow became 40’s first ever #WCW. Although the possible relationship between 40 and Harlow didn’t get nearly as much publicity as Drake and his faux baes, the two have shared the occasional social media post about the other. The push to get Drake in his next relationship has become all too real. I’m just like, the little sister.

During the outburst, Yeezy reportedly said   their music was   “overplayed” on the radio. Because I love Drake. Woodland Hills, CA – When Kanye West exploded into an angry rant during his Saint Pablo Tour last year, two of his targets were an unsuspecting Drake and DJ Khaled. When approached by a member of the paparazzi (read: stalker) in Woodland Hills, California on Monday (February 20), he was asked about the supposed feud between the two over allegedly saying Drake’s music is overplayed. “I think everybody has their own little things going on,” Drake said in an interview with Beats 1’s OVO Sound Radio. But they set that song up, bro.” The comments only seemed to confuse Drake. “I’m not really sure what he’s referring to half the time because, in the same breath, I went from working on a project with him to him sort of, like, publicly shitting on me and DJ Khaled for being on the radio too much.”
West, however, denies he ever said this. I love Khaled. “I agree with you, I think Drake’s overplayed bro,” the unidentified man said, to which West responded,   “I never said that.”

But didn’t he? “You know what it is, though? “Is it just me or did you hear that song [“For Free”] so many times?” Kanye said at a November 2016 show in Sacramento.

local-mu12 f. euroz   – “eyesoulated”

Las Vegas, Nevada rapper Euroz has teamed up with his longtime producer MLB for “Eyesoulated.” The song is free of a hook and packed   with nothing but solid bars. The track comes from his forthcoming project, My Life Changed, which is expected on April 20. Archival footage of Weezy as a kid in Hollygrove is also included in the brief video. KODAK BLACK & CASH ME OUSSIDE GIRL – “FACETIME VIDEO”

After suddenly popping up in his “Everything 1K” video, Kodak Black is once again entertaining the obnoxious 13-year-old “Cash Me Ousside” girl with a lengthy FaceTime video. The track comes on the heels of his They Forgot mixtape. Watch it above. After sharing “Picture Perfect” last week, the British artist pops up at NPR on an episode of the celebrated Tiny Desk Concert series. Dj premier & Miguel – “2 lovin u”

DJ Premier   just announced a new label, TTT (To The Top), and the first order of business was to release an alternate version of Miguel’s “Damned,” which comes from the 2016 album, Wildheart. Sliding in the   third spot is Your Old Droog’s comedic video for “Help” featuring Wiki and Edan while Lil Durk’s “Better” follows closely behind. It features some of the most asinine and banal conversation most likely ever captured on an iPhone. Edan & Wiki   – “Help”

Your Old Droog, Edan and Wiki cleansed the palates of countless Hip Hop fans who were subjected to the Target commercial featuring Lil Yachty and Carley Rae Jensen’s flip of the classic DJ EZ Rock and Rob Base’s “It Takes Two” with their own version of the duo’s “I Wanna Rock.” They followed up with “Help” and are back with a video for the track, which finds the trio cleaning up the New York City streets. Little Simz’s Tiny Desk Concert, Jevon Doe’s “Ran Out” video, Narcotechs’ “Chicken Lo Mein,” visual and Slim Thug’s “Enemy” make the list in addition to music from Local-Mu12 and Euroz. We’ve even thrown in a little FaceTiming with Kodak Black and that cocky teenager responsible for the “Cash Me Ousside” meme because…why not? In a mere   one-minute, the Crescent City native talks about Louisiana’s deep sense of culture, feeling at home on stage in his city and being part of New Orleans’ musical fabric. Titled “2 Lovin U,” the song features Preemo on all the cuts and offers a much needed uptempo and uplifting rhythm. The video comes after his latest release, Welcome 2 Houston, which also features Paul Wall, Z-Ro and Kirko Bangz. Your old droog f. When she tells Kodak that she’s been talking to another rapper, he tells her, “You about to put that pussy on him.” Cute. little Simz- “npr tiny desk concert”

It seems Little Simz has hit her stride. The DX Digest for Tuesday (February 21) is all about love as Lil Wayne’s “Love Letter To Nola” and DJ Premier’s “2 Lovin U” with Miguel take the   top two slots. Jevon Doe F. Armed with a guitar, she performed three of her Stillness In Wonderland   songs during the event: “Poison Ivy,” “No More Wonderland” and “Picture Perfect.”
narcotechs   – “chicken lo mein”

Narcotechs are back with some more gritty bars and a video for “Chicken Lo Mein,” which finds members Dax (of MPIRE), Ark and Doza the Drum Dealer bragging about their victories. Helmed by Fokis, the track also features Torae and Brand Nubian’s Sadat X with production from Real McKoy. The offering comes after their Lil Yachty diss track, “Kick In La Puerta.”  
slim thug   – “enemy”

Taken from his 2016 Hogg Life 4: American King project, Slim Thug’s “Enemy” is finally privy to a visual treatment. Kap G & Tk Kravitz – “Ran Out”

Los Angeles-based artist Jevon Doe has returned with fellow Atlantic signee Kap G for the song, “Ran Out” and subsequent video. Pre-order the album here. lil Durk   – “better”

Chi-Town representative Lil Durk is about to drop his   Love Songs For The Streets   project and in anticipation of the album, he’s shared a little taste in the form of   “Better” coupled with a Joe Moore Productions visual. lil wayne- “Love letter to nola”
Produced by The FADER and Beats By Dre, a new short film featuring Lil Wayne serves as a “Love Letter To Nola,” the illustrious rapper’s hometown. Sadat x, Torae & Fokis- “Never Had”
The East Coast Hip Hop collective Local-Mu12 is gearing up to drop its second album, Everyday People, and have rolled through with “Never Had.” The song follows “Hood Rich” with Oh No and members Dana Coppafeel, The Manorail, and Stryfe.

Jay Z’s latest mogul move is starting a venture capital fund, business publication Axios reports. The pair is reportedly seeking a full-time investment partner and will be working loosely with San Francisco-based Sherpa Capital, which specializes in backing upstart technology companies. He’s also rumored to be working on a new album   and his wife Beyoncé is pregnant with twins. Jay Z is no stranger to investing in technology as he owns a share of streaming service TIDAL and he helped fund JetSmarter, a company that is being called the “Uber for private jets.”
Jay has been flexing his mogul muscles recently, signing a film and TV deal last September   that will see him bring the Kalief Browder story to the screen. Hov is teaming up with   Roc Nation‘s   president, Jay Brown, for the latest endeavor.

Apparently, it was “a legit thing,” but it’s not going down because “all the wrong people got in the way.”

A post shared by @chrisbrownofficial on Feb 21, 2017 at 12:22pm PST

Soulja Boy tweeted Sunday   (February 20) that CB wouldn’t sign the contract for the fight. You a bitch if I catch u out I'm still gon beat yo Ass u can't run from this shit pussy ass nigga u a hoe on the gang @chrisbrown
— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) February 21, 2017

Just cuz u ain't sign the contract don't mean I'm not gon punch you in yo Shit when I see u fuck boy @chrisbrown
— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) February 21, 2017

If u got a problem with what I'm saying u know where I'm at pull up nigga and u never gon get yo bitch back Draco said that @chrisbrown ??
— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) February 21, 2017

There were many, many reasons why it looked like the boxing match wasn’t going to happen. Don't ask me about the shit no more
— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) February 20, 2017

And later suggested he’d find a way to beat up his rival anyway. Chris brown manager call my manager last night sand said the fight is off and he's not signing contract. It also seems Brown has bigger problems to deal with, as his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran just filed a restraining order against him, claiming he threatened her life. 50 Cent, Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, 21 Savage and Kenyon Martin were all names linked to the event at one time or another and speculation ran rampant about the details of the main event fight. In an Instagram post he made Tuesday (February 21), the singer promoted his upcoming Party Tour before explaining   what led to the boxing match being called off. Chris Brown has declared once and for all that he’s not fighting Soulja Boy.

Consequently, TTT (To The Top) was born. On the Year End side, he’s putting the finishing touches on his collaborative album with West Coast gangster rap vet MC Eiht. “I found my old Compton shirt and I’m driving to a parking lot because the director said he needs to shoot me with the sky in the background. Every time my manager Ian and I handle business, he’s always like, ‘To the top, buddy. “He bought my whiskey and the next thing you know, here we are.”
For now, TTT will release a string of singles, including a new one from Torii Wolf, “Big Big Trouble,” and one from a group called Cherub from Tennessee. “He suggested an alternative label that would keep Year Round going, but we’d have a division where we put out stuff that’s more alternative, a little left field, R&B stuff — whatever,” he continues. “I’m actually driving right now to shoot my scratch scene for one of the MC Eiht videos,” he says. “He’s signed with RCA, so I had to get management and the label to say yes. While at SXSW in Austin, Texas several years ago, Preemo was posted up at a bar. Instead of it being Miguel featuring DJ Premier, we flipped it and said DJ Premier featuring Miguel. The two released their first collaborative single “1st” in May 2016. I wanted to keep that as is. I did all of the scratches on his album and we are about to do launch ‘GEAH’ campaign. He was surprised Miguel’s label, RCA, was open to the idea. However, the focus is on Miguel at the moment. He kept throwing names out and I didn’t like any of them. “I hear a voice like, ‘Yo what are you drinking?’ and I turned around it was Miguel,” he recalls. “Almost like Motown. New York, NY – Legendary Hip Hop producer and turntablist DJ Premier has launched another imprint, TTT (To The Top), a   wisely calculated next step in his impressive 30-year career. To the top.’ He said it so much, even though it got annoying. Usually, they say no to an indie, but they were totally cool with it. When it finally came to seeing the light of day, I told him he’s saying, ‘You’re damned to loving you,’ so why don’t we use ‘2 Lovin U?’ That way, it kind of makes it new.”
The collaboration started with a glass of whiskey. Although he established   Year Round Records in 2003, he wanted to have another way to release music that   was outside of his wheelhouse. We had to figure out a name. It doesn’t really catch.’ For some reason, it happened to click.”
He was also able to   confirm singer   Torii Wolf   as the first official TTT artist. “I asked if he was cool if we put it out,” he explains. “I wanted to have a label that would keep the street, gutter stuff in its own lane, one where I could release anything I wanted, how I wanted and where I wanted,” Preemo tells HipHopDX. Titled “2 Lovin U,” this incarnation is met with Preemo’s precise scratches and the updated title. To mark the inception of TTT, the Gang Starr pioneer has shared an alternate version of Miguel’s “Damned,” which originally comes from the singer’s 2016 effort, Wildheart. You’ll see a new Eiht video in next two weeks for sure.” “I had previous artists like the NYGz, part of Gang Starr Foundation family, Black Poets — stuff like that. He finally said, ‘How about To The Top?’ and I was like, ‘Eh, I don’t know about that either. He’s great manager, but not the best at names [laughs].

Brown posted a clip to Instagram Tuesday afternoon, vaguely addressing “this bullshit” and telling his fans not to listen to “what the people on the other side doing.”

A post shared by @chrisbrownofficial on Feb 21, 2017 at 12:22pm PST

Brown was given five years probation in 2009 for assaulting Rihanna. “Imma make you miserable. Imma chase that nigga out, Imma chase your ass around.” The Virginia artist made headlines a month ago when he posted an Instagram video admitting he was a jealous boyfriend. Karrueche says in her sworn statement in the case that he “told a few people that he was going to kill” her and “threatened to shoot” her as well as saying that if he couldn’t date her, then she was off limits to anyone else. Karrueche Tran has filed a restraining order against Chris Brown, TMZ reports. “If I love you, bitch, ain’t nobody gon’ have you,” he said. She also testifies that Brown physically assaulted her, including punching her in the stomach and pushing her down some stairs. The former flames have gotten into social media spats recently, but now the model is claiming that Breezy   took his anger too far.

We will select ONE   lucky winner and contact them via email so make sure you are using the correct email when leaving your   comment. To Enter To Win:   Comment below explaining why YOU should be the lucky winner of these tickets. To celebrate the occasion, we are giving away a $25 iTunes Gift Card to purchase a season pass toThe Breaks   AND a pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones! Her best friend and producer DeeVee (Mack Wilds) is working with rapper Ahm (Antoine Harris) who is currently under investigation by the police for murder. Get your Season Pass for VH1’s THE BREAKS now on iTunes! How far will these driven young people go to rise to the top of the hip-hop world? Nikki (Afton Williamson) lands a dream job as the assistant to the legendary and out-of-control Barry Fouray (Wood Harris). It is 1990 in New York City at the height of rap’s “Golden Age” of creativity, but corporate America has been hesitant to embrace the genre. We
“The Breaks” series picks up where the successful VH1 original movie leaves off. Are you exciting for VH1’s new original scripted series,   The Breaks,   which   airs Monday nights on VH1? Click the flame “fire” icon next to their comment to vote for them! Readers, help us out, see someone you think should win?

We was honored, blessed and fortunate enough to be able to do it and I thought this would be the perfect time to do it. During a homecoming bash at Bud Light Crew HQ, both Birdman and Mannie Fresh spoke to Billboard about their plans for the upcoming year. That’s my son and I love him, and we’ll make it happen.”
This year, Wayne not only promised   Tha Carter V,   but also   Funeral,   Velvet   and   Dedication 6. “You will get it this year,” he said. This includes their exclusive Apple Music documentary   Before Anything, which centers on Cash Money before the label’s success. Gladys,   and those from   Nicki Minaj, Drake and Lil Wayne, saying the three are “coming with their projects.”
And by Weezy, he means the long-awaited   Tha   Carter V. [I remember] the fame that come with the glory, all the numbers and the sales but the struggle, the obstacles, the situations, the shit that we been through — that would make a man.”
Birdman also gave a slew of updates on upcoming album releases on Cash Money including   Rich Gang 2,   his own solo project — his first in seven years —   Ms. I’ma make that work. New Orleans, LA – With   NBA All-Star Weekend taking place in New Orleans, it made sense for Cash Money to have some type of presence including a semi-reunion for the Hot Boys. “I thought it made more sense to put it out this year on our 20th anniversary,” Birdman says of the flick. “Me and Wayne will be aight. “Anybody that been in this business and this industry for 20 years with the same company, it just don’t happen.

and Migos’   Culture — each debuted at the #1 slot and were bumped down in the next sales cycle. Future apparently isn’t settling for just one album this month. Future didn’t have any lead singles for FUTURE,   but did release the video for “Super Trapper” yesterday. The reasoning for releasing two projects in such a short time, the site says, is that the Atlanta rapper and his label, Freebandz on Epic Records, want to have back-to-back #1 albums on the Billboard 200. FUTURE   is already projected to top the chart when the Nielson numbers are released Monday (February 27) with up to 155,000 equivalent album units. The new album is supposedly “more Rhythmic-leaning and radio-friendly” than the self-titled release. HipHopDX reached out to Epic Records to confirm the new Future album but had not heard back at the time of publication. He’s reportedly dropping another LP this Friday (February 24) — a week after FUTURE,   according to Hits Daily Double. Other Hip Hop projects to top Billboard’s 200 — Big Sean’s   I Decided.

The beef between the two appeared to reach new heights this week when Young 22 claimed he “was gonna spray that bitch,” during an encounter that allegedly took place over NBA All-Star Weekend. What you did? ‘What up 22?’ Fans or whatever. A   name change for Young 22 (formerly 22 Savage) has done little to quell his feud with rapper 21 Savage. “Niggas at my window. Ol’ bitch ass nigga,” 22 said in the video, which shows him submerging his chain in water. Black diamonds? I swear to God on everything I love. A post shared by DJ Akademiks (@akadmiks) on Feb 21, 2017 at 1:06am PST

Again, 21 Savage issued another clapback via comment, writing “How you big 22 and yo chain lil what are thoseee?? Not one to let a diss slide, Young 22 quickly fired back, uploading video challenging 21 Savage’s “fake chain” claims. “That’s for that nigga who say my diamonds fake … Bitch, you sound stupid. Lil broke ugly pencil head bitch.”
In other 21 Savage news, he’s prepping for his first headlining tour. “I got the 223 in the fuckin’ car,” Young 22 said. These same niggas that was right here hollering ‘What up 22.’ They go over there, they tell you I’m right chea. #young22 going at it with #21savage over if his diamonds is FAKE! In a video uploaded to social media, 22 claims that he   came across 21 Savage while driving through New Orleans. Matter of fact it is 21.’ So, I grab the 223. #IssaTour #21savage
A post shared by 21 Savage Fanpage (@21savage.fp) on Feb 21, 2017 at 7:30am PST I open the door. I’m in the car. I open the fuckin’ door. “So instead of killing me he got on here and made a video about it nigga sound like big SOULJA … If I ran my kids can die right now I ain’t even see this ugly ass fake chain wearing ass nigga,” 21 Savage wrote in the comments to Young 22’s video. You ran to your fuckin’ Sprinter van, ol’ bitch ass nigga … I was gonna spray that bitch.”

#young22 responds to #21savage
A post shared by DJ Akademiks (@akadmiks) on Feb 20, 2017 at 9:43pm PST

21 Savage soon responded to Young 22’s video, comparing the Baton Rouge rapper to Soulja Boy, and discrediting his story. And out the corner of my fuckin’ eye, I say that ‘That look like 21.