On the heels of her divorce from Kendu Isaacs, her manager and husband of 10 years, veteran   R&B songstress Mary J. Serving as her 13th official studio album, the 14-track   offering finds features from Quavo, DJ Khaled, Missy Elliott, Prince Charlez, Kaytranada and Kanye West, who appears on one of the album’s singles, “Love Yourself.”   As the album opener,   it most likely serves as a theme for how Blige has managed to get through this trying time. Blige’s Strength of a Woman album   stream, cover art and tracklist below. Blige has channeled all of her pain, sadness and anger into one, cohesive project   —   Strength of a Woman. Kaytranada
Strength Of A Woman
Hello Father Previously released songs also include “Thick Of It” and “U + Me (Love Lesson).”
Check out Mary J. Kanye West
Thick Of It
Set Me Free
It’s Me
Glow Up f. Quavo, DJ Khaled & Missy Elliott
U + Me (Love Lesson)
Indestructible
Thank You
Survivor
Find The Love
Smile f. Love Yourself f. Prince Charlez
Telling The Truth f.

concious. “‘This world is not right,” Takeoff added before Quavo made a quick clarification, “We ain’t saying it’s nothing wrong with the gays.”
Those comments resulted in some heavy backlash for the Atlanta group, but   they made sure to clean up their wording in a statement, apologizing and declaring their love for   everybody, gay or straight. She is truly trash and desperate pic.twitter.com/A00M9qhpcy
— #Persist ❄️ (@MadamClinton) April 26, 2017

yo @katyperry change your bio to "artist. pic.twitter.com/4CQO4N2D5P
— MIGOS™ (@Migos) February 8, 2017

Despite the apology, Katy Perry fans are upset about “Bon Appetit,” which is slated for a Friday (April 28) release. Compliments of the chef: 4.28.17 👩🏼‍🍳 pic.twitter.com/zG3m2ex0Ws
— Katy Perry (@katyperry) April 26, 2017

A Rolling Stone profile published in February   caught Quavo, Offset and Takeoff making a few unwarranted comments on record regarding iLoveMakonnen coming out as gay. “That’s because the world is fucked up,” Offset chimed in. Jesse (@BitchOuttaOrder) April 27, 2017

really @katyperry…I'm shook…didn't you know better?…Your career is over and you need some homophobic ass rappers to stay relevant…
— What a dump 🚬 (@WhiteBoyCode) April 27, 2017

@PopCrave @katyperry @Migos @QuavoStuntin katy perry is fake sooooo pic.twitter.com/nnn19Grg0t
— idk (@LoLolWhoAreYou) April 27, 2017

@WlTNESSUS @PopCrave @katyperry @Migos @QuavoStuntin …that katy faked being woke and she's no activist
— JOANNE ANGEL (@jtolentinoii) April 27, 2017 Apparently, fans were expecting an Ariana Grande collab instead. accepts lgbt award and supports homophobia."
— Niels 🌈 (@NielsDelRey) April 27, 2017

@PopCrave @katyperry @Migos @QuavoStuntin Her "woke" era is over
— ali/is@PressPlayClay (@GodgaStan) April 27, 2017

@katyperry idc if it's not featuring Ariana but MIGOS invented homophobia please baby delete this🌈
— MileyLegend (@MileyMeowtz) April 26, 2017

Katy Perry having a homophobic rapper on her new song shortly after being awarded a Human Rights Award… 🤢
— St. This is Katy's "woke" era but she is working with homophobic Migos? activist. “They supported him?’” Quavo is quoted as saying during the interview. Internet – Katy Perry had just earned the National Equality Award at the Human Rights Campaign gala in March, championing LGBTQ rights and now a month later she’s catching heat from her fans for working with Migos on her new single “Bon Appetit” due to the rap trio’s past remarks about homosexuality.

The lawyer, Thaddeus Culpepper, quickly   denied that he said any such thing — once again shrouding one of Hip Hop’s most mysterious casualties in darkness. Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Anderson. This was my thing. And this is the only reason why he died, he interfered in something he had no power in.”
Mob James is not the first person to speculate that Anderson was involved in Tupac’s death. Watch the full interview with Mob James here: However, he publicly denied any involvement in Tupac’s death and claimed he was a fan of ‘Pac’s music. A recent interview with former Death Row affiliate Mob James appears to have shed some light on Tupac’s killer, backing up claims that the legendary rapper was killed by a young South Side Crip member Tupac had brawled with earlier on the evening of the shooting: Orlando Anderson. Tupac was hanging with us. They just killed Tupac. We decided, basically, it’s on. “His name started coming cause he was taking credit for it,” James, a former member of the Blood gang known as The Mob, says. “He started tell people he did that. Just last month, reports emerged that Suge Knight’s lawyer signed an affidavit claiming that Knight’s ex-wife was the one behind Tupac’s infamous and tragic death. We couldn’t have that.”
“If Tupac would have stand to the side and watched, and if Suge would have said, ‘No you my money, you ain’t finna   get in no fight, get over there,’ Tupac would be still alive right now in the day. Anderson himself was killed in an unrelated shootout at the age of 23 in 1998. Everybody was looking at this as The Mob let Tupac get killed. Anderson had previously been named as a suspect in the   investigation, including by former LAPD detective Greg Kading, whose findings are chronicled in the movie Murder Rap.

With the photos of a certain someone going viral, the pics were used as artwork for “Big Bird,” the new single. The New Orleans rapper’s main target became none other than Kim Kardashian, and now he’s stepping it up even further with a full diss track that uses a photo of Mrs. Turk (aka one of Cash Money’s original Hot Boys) recently hit Instagram to speak out against fake asses in a series of posts. Looks like Kendrick Lamar isn’t the only one speaking out against surgical beauty enhancements. Targeting all of those ladies who aren’t being true to themselves, Turk has one for them. Kanye West for the song’s artwork, even though the track targets “all of those ladies who aren’t being true to themselves.”

Legs Don't Match #BigBird 🐤🐤🐤🐤🐤🐤🐤🐤🐤🐤🐤Song In My Bio
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When Her Ass Hurting From Getting Her 2 ND Round Of Pudding In Her Ass #BigBird 🐥🐥🐥🐥🐥🐥🐥🐥🐥Download #BigBird Single Now Link In My Bio Hot Boy Turk knew he would hurt some feelings, coming into this one, and he’s okay with that. A post shared by Official HotBoy Turk (@hotboyturk_32) on Apr 26, 2017 at 1:37pm PDT

In “Big Bird,” Turk trashes   women who get   silicone injections, rapping, “Ass used to be flat, now that ass too fat, need to get your money back, ’cause your legs don’t match.”
Listen to Turk’s “Big Bird” below.

Kelly’s longtime fictitious beef with Ron Isley made for deliciously fun music, it seems the acclaimed singer — who has a long track record of controversies — has trouble with a real “Mr. Jackson, MS – While R. In the song, Kelly has an affair with a woman named “Asia” who’s also married. If you’re actually curious, you can see the actual lawsuit documents here. With controversy dating back to his illegal 1994 marriage to a then 15-year-old Aaliyah, a sex tape scandal which was savagely roasted by The   Boondocks, or his recent relationship with 19-year-old Halle Calhoun, this seems like a drop in the bucket. He says, though, that it was more likely a way for her to continue her affair. Biggs.” In this case, it’s Kenny Bryant, a Hinds County, Mississippi, deputy who’s suing Kelly for an alleged affair with his wife. In fact, sleeping with wives is something he explores many times throughout his discography. To make matters worse, Kenny claims that Asia contracted Chlamydia from the singer during a period when the two were not sexually active. Childress reportedly convinced her husband to relocate to Atlanta under the pretense that it would be beneficial for his career. Bryant says the relationship between the singer with his wife, Asia Childress, began before their marriage in 2012, but that Childress had defiantly claimed that it was over for good. In the lawsuit, Bryant claims that the alleged ordeal caused him “emotional, psychological and financial loss.”
This could be a case of art imitating life; “I promise I will do all the words to this song” is an actual line from the song “Showdown,” off   the double-platinum 2003 album Chocolate Factory. However, it has allegedly lasted five years. Kelly has yet to publicly comment on the allegations — or the lawsuit — but considering his past allegations, it may be hard for onlookers to give him the benefit of the doubt.

joey badA$$   – “good morning Amerikkka,” “For My People” & “Temptation”
Brooklyn rap hero Joey Bada$$ showed up at The New York Times offices to perform material from his new album, All-American Bada$$, for a   Facebook Live event. Although there is still no word on exactly when her full-length album, CTRL, will arrive, this should slightly pacify fans for now. was the latest highlight of Funkmaster Flex’s popular freestyle series. travis scott   – “love galore”

TDE’s sole female artist, SZA, has resurfaced with a video for “Love Galore” featuring Travis Scott. Phresher f. young thug & Wale   – “trap trap trap (Live)”

Rick Ross, Wale and Young Thug were the musical guests on Wednesday night’s (April 26) episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where the trifecta of rappers gave an explosive performance of “Trap Trap Trap” from Rozay’s new album,   Rather You Than Me. lil uzi vert   – “do what i want”

Lil Uzi Vert keeps the music coming with another new video, this time for “Do What I Want,” which comes from 2016’s   The   Perfect Luv mixtape. Directed by Picture Perfect, the black and white visuals find the trio linked up with their entourage as they get rowdy. j.i.D. WANT MORE? The DX Digest for Thursday   (April 27) is off and running with Joey Bada$$’s live performance at The New York Times offices, where he performed several songs from his All-Amerikkan Bada$$ album. Directed by Diego Cruz, the video throws all kinds of elements into it, including boomboxes, puppies, dominos, and wads of money on fire. jim jones, Papoose & DOn Q   – “feel a way”

Following his Wait A Minute EP, Phresher has returned with a video for “Feel A Way” featuring Jim Jones, Don Q and Papoose. Jay Idk – “OMW”

After announcing he was teaming up with Adult Swim for his next album, Jay IDK has rolled through with a new single “OMW,” which features production from Mike Hector and Nate Fox. Rick Ross, Young Thug and Wale’s stint on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon   falls in the second slot while Lil Uzi Vert’s video for “Do What I Want,” Phresher’s visual with Jim Jones, Papoose and Don Q, and Jay IDK’s “OMW” round out the Top 5. – “freestyle056”

Dreamville rapper J.I.D. sza f. Scroll even further for more music from J.I.D., SZA and Travis Scott, Joey Purp, Little Dragon, and Earlly Mac. During a tour stop in New York, he stopped by the Hot 97 studios to spit “Freestyle056.” Over Biggie’s “Who Shot Ya” and Screwball’s “F.A.Y.B.A.N,” he goes in for over seven minutes. Check out Wednesday’s edition here. The Hip Hop-friendly Swedish dream-pop duo has worked with everyone from Future, De La Soul and Big Boi   to Bishop Nehru and Killer Mike. Directed by Nabil, who directed Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA,” the video is an intimate look at her love life. Like he says, Phresher is so rich, even his dog house has a backyard. Joey Purp   – “gucci link (Gyalchester freestyle)”

Chicago’s Joey Purp has taken on Drake’s More Life standout “Gyalchester,”   and given it his own special touch in the form of “Gucci Link.” Throughout the track, he   flips the chorus “Hermes link/ Ice blue mink” to “Gucci link/ Polo sheets.” This is the first offering from the   Leather Corduroys rapper since   January’s “You Don’t Get Me High No More” with Phantogram and A-Trak. The song is simply to announce he’s on his way. Earlly Mac – “1 of 1”

Detroit native and Big Sean affiliate   Earlly Mac has taken his K. The song celebrates his newfound freedom that his successful rap career has afforded him, and finds him basking in the sun on a Caribbean trip while playing all kinds of games. Reed-produced single from Cousin Trap 2, “1 Of 1,” and given it the visual treatment. Little Dragon   – “celebrate”

Little Dragon finally unleashed its fifth studio album, High Season, last month and is back with a new video for “Celebrate,” one of the project’s singles. With reporter Andrew Chow fielding questions from fans in between songs, Joey performed “Good Morning AmeriKKKa,” “For My People” and “Temptation.” Check out all three above. rick ross f.

“Same Set”
7. “Bonnie”
6. “Hot Sauce”
3. “Self M.Ade”
5. Monica
4. 1. After announcing she was locked and loaded with two new EPs early last month, Young M.A has finally released the first one titled Herstory. The 25-year-old has   also delivered a slew of   brutal freestyles that put her unwavering passion for rhyming in the spotlight while marking her breakout year. “M.A Intro”
2. “JOOTD” Feat. Check out the stream, cover art and tracklist below. Boasting seven fresh tracks, including the previously released “Hot Sauce,”   the EP has a sole feature from R&B superstar Monica on the song “JOOTD.”
The Brooklyn rapper has catapulted to notoriety after the monumental success of her 2016 single, “OOOUUU,”   which earned her a slot at the   2016 BET Hip Hop Awards, and appearances on big name   radio shows like Power 106’s LA Leakers and Sway In The Morning. “Ooouuu” (Bonus Track)

Eager ears will be pleased to hear that D.C. I wondered why I'm not where I want to be. In an Instagram post uploaded earlier today (April 27), which is still present on the rapper’s IG, Wale stated that “If all goes well #SHiNE drops tonight.”

My whole life I chased, I dreamed, I yearned. The project was first announced in January 2016, during a pre-show for former President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. I've wrote stories I've made hits I've dropped jewels .. Before revealing the news, he referred to the feat as “something that ain’t never been done.”
“I want to do something that ain’t never been done. Maybe I was wrong all along? Shine is officially out on Friday. I've seen people I made family stab me in the back in broad day lite (we gon see u soon 😊). I’ma put my album out on Friday, yo. If all goes well #SHiNE drops tonight …
A post shared by Wale (@wale) on Apr 26, 2017 at 10:54pm PDT

Whether Shine is released this Friday or next week, it   will serve as Wale’s fifth studio album. Shine was initially intended for release next Friday (May 5), and it appears that even the rapper’s label was unaware of his plans to drop the project tomorrow. I've been lied to. I'm tryna focus on the people who TRY to understand me .good and bad .I'm constantly evolving , learning .. MC   Wale has announced that he wants to drop his latest project, titled Shine, this Friday (April 28). 🚨 🚨   one last thing… 'SHINE' IS DROPPING THIS FRIDAY, y'all heard it straight from @Wale 🚨 🚨 pic.twitter.com/ezNnsG4sC5
— Genius (@Genius) April 27, 2017

I spoke to my brother @wale and got him to move his album release date up from 5/5 to 4/28. I ain't waitin no more. Wale shared the news of an early release for Shine   during a conversation with Genius on Wednesday   (April 26). letting go of perception is a process that I've dedicated this round to .Im totally dedicated to the people who understand me right now. pic.twitter.com/DjhSrA9oY4
— Rob Markman (@RobMarkman) April 27, 2017

Despite Wale declaring that the release date has “officially” changed, there is the possibility that Wale jumped the gun on an early release. Wale reportedly attempted to persuade his label, Atlantic Records, to drop the album early, in an upload he made to Instagram, which was later deleted. I realized around "ground hog day" maybe there is nothin I can do. @GENIUS ain't it? Fuck it,” Wale said after a conversation with Genius’ Head of Artist Relations, Rob Markman. Watch the   full stream of Wale’s discussion with Genius below. In the past two years.

Beyoncé: No, Blue has her own money. Beyoncé shared eight photos Wednesday   (April 26), but it was one lone image that fans immediately deemed meme-worthy. The twins will have fried chicken, catfish nuggets, fries, mac & cheese, red beans & rice." pic.twitter.com/RoPc0mYcpJ
— dad (@animalfriespls) April 27, 2017

The restaurant struggles of the average, non-Beyoncé person also received some shine. In the photo, a woman hovers over Beyoncé as the Houston songstress physically points out something that appears to be listed on a print menu. pic.twitter.com/0QAZ6oV83y
— Bishop Petty (@_KingBlack90) April 27, 2017 Bold. (@Keelectric_Lady) April 27, 2017

"Who is "Gratuity" and why am I paying for her food?" pic.twitter.com/UGGmZZMjo0
— Simple. With this latest batch of memes, fans took the opportunity to lampoon Beyoncé’s celebrity as they gave their best attempt at deciphering what the singer said in her encounter with the woman. "I only had an appetizer & a water…" pic.twitter.com/o3OqzVjAWv
— eric ✌🏾 (@thetrillgent) April 26, 2017

"take this $2.75 charge off here, I actually told y'all to take that soda back and then l ordered a water with lemon." pic.twitter.com/oX1yvuJbxD
— XXII (@Ibelikeuhh_) April 26, 2017

Although none of the photos show Blue Ivy at the dinner, which was attended by Jay Z and DJ Khaled, the daughter of Bey and Hov and her apparent self-sufficiency did spur one particular meme. "I actually invented Lemonade so it should be free." pic.twitter.com/k8Yq3aGTLa
— blaria. (@sawngbyrd28) April 27, 2017

Beyoncé: Let me just have the…Waitress: How about I have them make everything on the menu and you can make a choice after seeing them! It’s also clear that Bey is telling the woman something as she peruses the options. Love. What was merely an outing to a plush restaurant for Beyoncé   hastily turned into an opportunity to gift the world with a new meme. pic.twitter.com/fxmHktctNg
— Holy Alejandro (@HolyAlejandro) April 27, 2017

"I, as Beyoncé, will just have vegan icewater.

It got to a point where it seemed like a lot of people weren’t focusing on it. This is just my opinion. “Patreon is revolutionary,” he says. A-F-R-O & R.A. The Rugged Man (“Freedom Form Flowing”), both of their verses tie into Gab’s respect for   lyricism. It’s a subscription to constant new music from the artist, and I’m really excited.”
Check out the “Gentrification Song” remix, cover art and tracklist below. Each month, fans will get a chance to get exclusive Gift of Gab songs. I am a fan of dudes who can spit. If you’re talking about the most positive, uplifting thing in the world, if you can’t spit, it’s still wack.”
For this particular album, Gab is taking a different approach and launching   it with Patreon, an online   platform that allows content creators to build their own subscription content service. “If you listen to it, the name of the song is ‘Freedom Form Flowing,’” he explains. “Lyricism is a lane in itself, but it’s a lane I love,” he adds. “It takes out the middleman and creates a direct consistent connection between the artist and the fans. “I’m a big fan of lyricism,” Gab tells HipHopDX. “It’s a craft that I really take seriously. He hopes his Patreon campaign will be a template for the way independent artists manage their careers, while helping those in need. Some people want to pit me against gangster rap because they feel like it’s a good guy/bad guy thing. I don’t care if you’re talking about being a gangster or murdering somebody, or you’re talking   about positivity. While on a tour stop in Frisco, Colorado, where he was performing at 9,075 ft. As many are well aware of, Gab has been waiting for a kidney transplant for several years. The Rugged Man
Gabman
The Gentrification Song
Aspire
The Gentrification Song (GKoop Remix)*
Aspire (Loop Mix)*

(*Bonus songs) “I’m a big fan of Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Kool G Rap — even the lyricists of today like Kendrick Lamar. Not to say it was ever fully gone, but I’m hearing a lot of rappers who really care about what they’re doing as a wordsmith.”
Comprised of eight new tracks, Rejoice! Ten percent of the earnings will go to the National Kidney Foundation. I’m on some ‘lyricism is back’ tip. with his Quannum Projects family — Latryx, Lyrics Born, Chief Xcel (the other half of Blackalicious), singer Joyo Velarde — he had some time to explain the title of his forthcoming EP, Rejoice! “If you listen to my verse and if you listen to A-F-R-O’s and R.A.’s verses, there are small references to political things — freedom, revolution. Period. comes with minimal features, but of the two on the album, A-F-R-O and R.A. Rappers Are Rapping Again!,   which he announced in January. Bowling Pins
Abominable
Freedom Form Flowing f. I understand some people’s reference points are different and sometimes it’s just about party music — there’s nothing wrong with that. Frisco, CO – As the sole MC for beloved Bay Area Hip Hop duo Blackalicious, Gift of Gab has risen to notoriety thanks in part to his impeccable rhyming abilities coupled with   undeniably   brilliant wordplay. Rappers Are Rapping Again!

Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. The trek kicks off July 12 in Phoenix, Arizona and wraps up in Los Angeles on August 6. These are issues that have to be brought together by like what Maya Angelou says ‘thinking about what we have in common’ … I think that Kendrick and Jay Z and Rihanna and the lucky people I’ve sat next to at these games, everybody that I’ve sat next to certainly appreciates that and every officer that I know does too.”
He also spoke about his long-time connection with K.Dot and his crew. We can’t police our way out of these issues. @SteveSoboroff You met the King ♔ and uoeno 😭😭
— Monica LeWhiskey (@Incognitah_) April 26, 2017

@SteveSoboroff @Staples @kendricklamar You know that guy is Kendrick Lamar right 😂😂😂
— La'Sha Evette (@LaShaEvetteTM) April 26, 2017

Someone should tell the LA Police Commissioner that IS #kendricklamar lol
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Soboroff later spoke with TMZ Sports to clarify his joke and to explain his ideas about creating healthy relationships between police and the community. are slated to join Dot on the tour. Los Angeles, CA – “[This guy]   helped me navigate the @Staples Center website to buy tix for @kendricklamar concert in August,” reads a tweet from Los Angeles Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff, which was attached   to a picture of him and K.Dot   seated courtside at the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz game Tuesday night (April 25). And I know his manager and some of the other folks around him consider me a friend. “[Kendrick] expresses through his art form his feelings, and I respect that, in Los Angeles, and I think he respects — or I hope he would respect — how seriously we take community policing and understanding people’s views. I’ve been there for a long time and done a lot of things to help in the community and I want to keep that up.”

Since Kung Fu Kenny helped Soboroff buy tickets to his DAMN. Tour, perhaps we’ll catch him   turning up and singing along to “Alright” with a can of Pepsi. “I consider him a friend and I think he considers me a friend. #thisguy helped me navigate the @Staples Center website to buy tix for @kendricklamar concert in August pic.twitter.com/yW1XO9wyUQ
— Steve Soboroff (@SteveSoboroff) April 26, 2017

It’s hard to believe that Soboroff wouldn’t know that he’s sitting next to the man who has the #1 album in the country right now, but that didn’t stop   a few confused fans from failing to catch on to the joke.

— Young Thug ひ (@youngthug) April 27, 2017

Michael Thugger Jackson@Wale voice! Singing album this week…
— Young Thug ひ (@youngthug) April 27, 2017

E.B.B.T.G
— Young Thug ひ (@youngthug) April 27, 2017

EASY BREEZYBEAUTIFULTHUGGERGIRLS…. Everything Drake touches turns to gold these days (if not platinum), which is very good news for Young Thug, who took to Twitter Wednesday night (April 26) to reveal that his upcoming album has been executive produced by the Canadian superstar. It won’t be the first time that Young Thug and Drake have teamed up in 2017, with the ATL rapper featuring on the More Life tracks “Ice Melts” and “Sacrifices.”
As for how the new record is going to sound, Thugger has built up some   suspense by referring to it as his “singing album,” which suggests we can probably expect something a little different from E.B.B.T.G. — Young Thug ひ (@youngthug) April 27, 2017

As for a specific release date, there isn’t one yet… but there are only four days left this week. This stands for   Easy Breezy Beautiful Thugger Girls,   in case you were curious (and, yes, is a reference to the Covergirl jingle). Drizzy has apparently given the strongest cosign possible to Thugger’s new album, which could potentially be   titled E.B.B.T.G. — Young Thug ひ (@youngthug) April 27, 2017

@Drake will be EP'n my singing album..

“I couldn’t think of a better candidate than Trae because of all he’s meant to H-town music but also because of his years of humanitarian efforts. “It’s truly a blessing to be able to be recognized by a giant company like McDonald’s   for my community work and to team up on music also,” he said. 💯 HOUSTON WE DOING IT FOR YOU!!!!!! Houston We Made History Again!!!! “I think this challenge will be fun and interesting … stay tuned.”
Trae’s Grand Hustle boss T.I. Houston, TX – No doubt, Trae Tha Truth remains one of the most respected rappers to come out of Houston. GOD is Amazing!! Congrats 2 My Brother   @traeabn He Officially Closed A Deal & Partnered With McDonalds For The Community And For His New Album “ Tha Truth 3” pic.twitter.com/0kZxjr81rD
— T.I. #GreatfulAndHumble Special Thanx To Nancy Byron For Making It Happen!! I've Officially Closed A Deal & Partnered With McDonalds ….. “A dear friend who works in the record industry passed this huge promotional opportunity to me since I live in Houston,” Byron   said. I'm The First Rapper To Partner With Tha On The Music Side And Community And I'm From HOUSTON!!!! Real Ones Stand Up!!! His annual Trae Day celebration has become a   staple in the city, offering everything from school supply giveaways to free HIV/AIDS screenings. A post shared by traeabn (@traeabn) on Apr 26, 2017 at 9:00am PDT

Though the details on the partnership are scant, Trae did   shout out   popular   Houston   publicist Nancy Byron who has worked with everyone from Trae to Paul Wall. also celebrated the news with a congratulatory tweet. Thankfully, McDonald’s agreed.”
Trae provided a statement on the news as well. Now it looks like the upcoming third entry for Tha Truth series will find him getting support from the nation’s biggest fast food chain. P.S. (@Tip) April 26, 2017 Stay Tuned!!! In   an exclusive comment to DX, Byron   spoke about the opportunity. #Setting Tha BlackPrint To Motivate & For Others To Follow!! More To Come!!

The Champions Basketball League kicks off this Summer 2017 with 16   fully formed teams with the NY Gotham Ballers, Boston Rebellion, Philadelphia Glory, Miami Beach Kings, Orlando Juice, DC Challengers, Atlanta Speed and Detroit Powerdrive making up the Eastern Conference and Minnesota Storm, Cleveland Jammers, Chicago Hoopers, Houston Hustle, LA Superstars, Dallas Dunkers, Phoenix Power and SF Cyber Ballers [Editor’s Note: Who approved these names?] rounding out the Western Conference. “Champions Basketball League is a sports innovation for fans,” Snoop said in a press release that stated he was handpicked for his ability to “expand the visibility and fan interest of the league.”
“Champions provides exclusive and affordable access to world class basketball for fans. And fans are even able to own their own team, can’t wait to see what ya’ll do with that.”
Carl George (not to be confused with this guy), CEO of Champions Basketball League, chimed in, stating, “Snoop Dogg is at the forefront of pop culture and loved by millions across the globe, and has sold nearly 40 million records worldwide. So far, only the NY Gotham Ballers have unveiled their lineup with the likes of Kenyon Martin, Daniel Gibson and Shawn Marion among others representing on the roster. As of press time, he’s already more popular than David Stern. The newly created organization will pit recognizable names from former NBA stars together in 5-on-5 play to hold fans down as the active pros take their summer break — and Snoop will be its Celebrity Commissioner. For decades he has been an innovator with award winning albums, multiple films, lifestyle products, philanthropic efforts, TV shows and digital ventures – and we are thrilled that he will bring this depth to the League as we launch this summer.”
Upon its official tip-off, fans will be privy to $25 tickets as well as opportunities for meet-and-greet and a pre-game youth shootaround with the players. I’m looking forward to collaborating with the organization on unique ways to entertain fans and work with the league to secure celebrity partners in each of the major markets where Champions Basketball League will play this summer. For more information on the Champions Basketball League, visit www.champshoops.com. Los Angeles, CA – Snoop Dogg’s knowledge for all things football has been well documented but the legendary rap star is set to collect a check for being the head of the upstart summer pro hoops league, Champions Basketball League.

13 on the Billboard 200 Charts after a No. Fort Lauderdale, FL – Kodak Black just can’t seem to stay free enough to consistently enjoy rap stardom, and his career is in jeopardy once again. The state of Florida is pushing for the maximum eight-year sentence while his legal team wants him to be released. The Sun-Sentinel reports that Judge Thomas M. 3 debut back in March. I was like, ‘This is ridiculous.’” Kodak was found not guilty of battery. It hasn’t been a promising day for #FreeRapper campaigns. Lynch made the ruling that will inevitably be handed down come May 4 when the “Lockjaw” creator is sentenced. The officer also admitted there was credible video footage of Kodak and the accuser hugging. Kodak’s attorneys, Gary Kollin and Allan Stephen Zamren, had argued that their rapper client was actually conducting rapper business during the visits to the strip club and the boxing match, while other defense witnesses claim they made honest attempts to let his probation officer know of his whereabouts. This latest saga in the teenage   rapper’s life publicly came to an apex earlier in the week when it was discovered his belching was the catalyst for him being booted from an anger management class. The former manager of the club, Baljit Singh, contradicted the accuser’s testimony, saying, “Nothing happened. The nature of Kodak’s violated probation stemmed from his August 2016 trial where he was placed on one year’s house arrest, and given five years probation, community service and anger management classes over armed robbery and false imprisonment charges. The 19-year-old rapper from Pompano Beach, Florida, who was born Dieuson Octave, was found guilty Wednesday (April 26) of parole violations stemming from a trip to a Miami-Dade strip club, a boxing match in Ohio and other unauthorized rendezvous that proved to be more trouble than they were worth. Take These Shackles Off So I Can Dance…
— Kodak Black (@KodakBlack1k) April 19, 2017

The latest string of arrest drama has stunted Kodak’s major label debut, Painting Pictures, which has since fallen to No. Elsewhere in Cook County, IL, Kevin Gates is mentally preparing for a 30-month sentence stemming from an illegal weapons charge. In the case of the February 2017 strip club incident, a Miami-Dade police detective took the stand to reveal that a bartender at Club Lexx   alleged that Kodak assaulted her.

A quick scan of Pump’s Twitter timeline shows the rapper retweeting praise from his fan base and consistently promoting himself and Smokepurpp. With over 183,000 followers on his Soundcloud page, 86,000 Twitter followers, and 455,000 Instagram fans, the movement certainly appears strong. Cole” throughout the brief preview of the   track. Cole with a new diss track. Cole,” was teased on social media and the record finds Pump hurling all sorts of “bitch ass” and “ugly ass” insults towards the multi-platinum rap star. Producer $ki Mask The Slump God is also credited for the online hit. Whether or not this attempt to call out J. At any rate, the stage is set for quite an interesting battle if the Dreamville boss decides to respond. Back in February, Lil Pump and Smokepurpp   dropped their track “Movin” produced by Denzel Curry and Ronny J., the latter of whom collaborated with   XXXTENTACION in the past. The song, “Fuck J. Pump has aimed shots at J. Miami, FL – Lil Pump, a rising rapper out of Miami, Fla., has aimed his sights on one of Hip Hop’s most adored stars in J. A 2016 video for the track “Lil Pump” is another major smash for the rapper, racking over 2, 700,000 views and counting. The track, produced by frequent collaborator Smokepurpp, doesn’t really go far beyond the very literal title   over a typical trap beat. Cole is just a ruse for attention or another line drawn in the sand between so-called “mumble rappers” and the “lyrical, miracle, spiritual” set remains to be seen. FUCK J COLE
— Lil pump (@Lilpumpjetskiii) April 2, 2017

Lil Pump is better then j cole dont @ me
— Kriz (@stopkrizz) April 26, 2017

@smokepurpp @Lilpumpjetskiii pic.twitter.com/A6uoCMwfNW
— 💯💎Mark Garcia💎💯 (@redgoblin03) April 25, 2017

  Pump can be seen in the clip bobbing his head and mouthing the chorus, “Nigga, Fuck J. Cole in times past via social media, but the new song has been the most aggressive shot thrown thus far.

He   was denied bail last week. 😳🙏🏼🚨® pic.twitter.com/IncWzVETgR
— SFTY (@WelcomeSFTY) April 26, 2017

Kevin Gates gets sentenced 30 months 😳😳😳 That's a helluva setback 😔😔😔
— Eric ET Washington (@Ewash1984) April 26, 2017

Kevin gates sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail smh
— Mike Green (@Trill_Mike68) April 26, 2017 Check those out below. After being transferred from Polk County Florida to Illinois, he appeared in court on Wednesday (April 26) to face the consequences. Several   people also took to Twitter to express their feelings on the most recent sentencing. kevin gates being sentenced to prison for 30 months is not what i like to see
— brendan 🌹 (@as7ronau7) April 26, 2017

Damn they gave Kevin gates 30 months off that weak ass case he expected to release in 2019…..smh shits brazy bra
— 2L&N CEO Manolito🕊™ (@manolito100it) April 26, 2017

Kevin Gates Sentenced to 30 Months for Gun Charge, Expected Release 2019! Members of the rap community rallied around the rapper last month, including Gucci Mane and French Montana, who offered their unwavering support. After serving 180 days in jail for kicking a female fan during a 2015 Florida concert, the troubled Baton Rouge, Louisiana rapper turned himself over to authorities again,   over a warrant for failing to appear for a 2013 weapons charge originating in Cook County, Illinois. His lawyer also told TMZ that he was “pleased with the result of 30 months” considering the charges could have landed Gates behind bars for up to 10 years. Gates pleaded guilty to the charges and received 30 months in prison and will be transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections, reports TMZ. More bad news for   Kevin Gates.

On Monday (April 24), the “No Problems” rapper performed at San Diego’s Valley View Casino for his Be Encouraged Tour and basically clowned eight of the most popular music labels by reconstructing their logos into something more comical and crude. All this while tauntingly showing off   the three Grammys he won this year   for Best New Artist, Best New Album for Coloring Book and Best Performance for “No Problem,” which featured his buddies 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne. Back in March, Chance disclosed on Twitter the extent of his relationship with Apple, who doled out half a million dollars for exclusive release rights to Coloring Book. Chance The Rapper has disrupted that mindset with his success and is potentially ushering in a new ethos for upcoming artists: you don’t need a label. Perhaps his astute business moves will make doing   independent music your own way the new normal, just as long as you still have your creative freedom and don’t   relinquish your publishing to a large corporation. Many have questioned how Chance got to be so successful. The 24-year-old was named one of   TIME’s 100 Most Influential People this year, and in the magazine’s blurb, fellow Chi-town rapper Common wrote,   “I’m glad Chance followed his dreams. I never felt the need to correct folks on my relationship with @apple but now that more people have tried to discredit my independence.. #chancetherapper #beencouragedtour
A post shared by Torrey Hager (@creativebz86) on Apr 25, 2017 at 12:24am PDT

During Chano’s production he was backed by a giant video screen that flashed the new label signage. Doubters have incessantly called him an industry plant, pointing at his father’s ties to the Obama family and also questioned his relationship with Apple Music and Jimmy Iovine. @apple gave me half a mil and a commercial to post Coloring Book exclusively on applemusic for 2 weeks https://t.co/dMWwptrHHH
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 17, 2017

That was the extent of my deal, after 2 weeks it was on SoundCloud for free. San Diego, Ca – It used to be that getting signed to a major record label meant you were on. I hope he always does.”
But Lil Chano’s trek to independent success hasn’t happened without stark criticism. Only time will tell. — Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 17, 2017

I wanna clear things up. The Be Encouraged Tour is slated to continue throughout the rest of this year, wrapping up October 3 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. I needed the money and they're all good people over there https://t.co/5kIhv0YaKS
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 17, 2017

Despite the disclosure, some are still doubtful of Chance’s “true” indie status. Previously, artists would have had to put their work up for sale, which is something the Chicago musician has never felt compelled   to do. Sony turned into Phony, Def Jam Recordings to Don’t Join Recordings, Aftermath Entertainment to   Can’t Do Math Entertainment, Warner Music Group to Wiener Music Group, Virgin to Villain, Motown to No Crown, Epic to Edick and Universal to Undiverse. Chance has   become known for his staunch belief in freedom from record labels and has found much success in it. Those are three awards Chance wouldn’t have been able to win if the Recording Academy hadn’t   changed its rules to allow streaming-only titles to be counted   for nomination. Some astute fans have pointed out that Iovine’s Interscope Records wasn’t included in the lineup of music labels he clowned.

#runthejewels #outkast #rapfan pic.twitter.com/MdmdcJ7Z2n
— Trackstar the DJ (@djtrackstar) April 26, 2017

“Dre and Big both showed up separately to say what’s up after the show, but somehow wearing the same Jordans,” he said. Neither would surprise me.”
Killer Mike rose to prominence alongside the Outkast duo on songs like “Snappin’ and Trappin” from 2000’s Stankonia and “The Whole World.” In fact, the Atlanta native even   earned a Grammy Award in 2003   for the latter,   which took home the   golden gramophone for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group. Whatever’s going down between them will hopefully benefit Hip Hop purists and music fans alike in the very near future. (The verse ended up being   for Big Boi’s solo album). I’m pretty certain everyone loves the idea, but if/when it happens, it’ll come about naturally. Speculation began to swirl after Killer Mike and Big Boi both posted a photo to their individual   Twitter and Instagram accounts that featured André 3000, Big Boi, Mike and his   Run The Jewels counterpart El-P together in one room. This is one of those "how do I possibly caption this" type situations. “We mostly talked about Big Boi’s upcoming album and the ‘Kill Jill’ joint with Mike, and the fact they were wearing matching Jordans,” Trackstar explained. Run The Jewels’ DJ, aka Trackstar The DJ, who was   in the room when the photos were taken told HipHopDX that while he was supportive of a collaboration between the four MCs, he couldn’t confirm anything concrete. Still, Outkast reunion rumors have been squashed in the past, most recently when a rep for André said there was “no [Outkast] news to report” in September 2016 after Gucci Mane mistakenly claimed he was in the studio   for them. “I don’t know if they had talked and knew each other was coming, or if they just communicate telepathically. For now, check out the photos above and daydream. Die-hard Hip Hop fans, of course, were praying it was an indication they are   all working on a top secret project together, but in reality the photo was taken just after RTJ performed at a private show for Vevo at Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City on Tuesday (April 25). “I can’t really add anything more encouraging than whatever they’ve all already said. Mike’s caption to the photo read: “Ain’t nobody fucking with my clique!!!!!!!”

Ain't Nobody fucking with my clique!!!!!!!! Ice Cold jumped on Frank Ocean’s “Solo (Reprise)” and A Tribe Called Quest’s celebrated album, We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your service, on the track “Kids” last year, while Big Boi has been staying busy working on his forthcoming project(s). 23 years ago today #SouthernPlayalistic Dropped 4-26-94 crazy Coincidence me and 3000 wearing Matching J's last night #23 #Outkast pic.twitter.com/0DYk40wakI
— Big Boi (@BigBoi) April 26, 2017

Outkast famously reunited for a handful of shows in 2014 and took part in the Dungeon Family reunion concert last September, but have been working on their separate solo careers ever since. He’s also scheduled to appear on Big Boi’s forthcoming solo album, Boomiverse,   so it would make perfect sense if the four Hip Hop heavyweights teamed up for something. A post shared by Killer Mike (@killermike) on Apr 25, 2017 at 9:50pm PDT

Daddy Fat Stacks also posted an image with a caption that celebrated 23 years of   Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, and the fact he and André coincidentally showed up wearing the same Jordans. Unsurprisingly, I am firmly in favor.”
Trackstar also revealed it was most likely pure chance that André and Big Boi were in the same place at the same time.

50 Cent – “Statue Of Limitations”

After dropping “Gang Gang” with Maino and “Mask Off” during an episode of   LA Leakers, Uncle Murda   makes a swift return with “Statute Of Limitations” featuring 50 Cent. Titled “Shang Hai,” the visuals puts the Richmond, California rapper in a peaceful garden reflecting on his current relationship situation. WANT MORE? Hawthorne and Jake are still pushing their latest album, Tuxdeo II. the combine – “Dime City”

Los Angeles-based duo The Combine has released a video for “Dime City,” which finds MC Triune and singer E.Q. Tuxedo   – “thank you”

Tuxedo, the rowdy Stones Throw duo comprised of Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One, shared a special track for Record Store Day over the weekend, “Thank You,” as a limited edition 45″. – “Shang Hai”

IAMSU! Watch both videos above. Dressed in a high school letterman jacket, he sails through both tracks with ease. The DX Digest for Wednesday (April 26) finds teenage singer-songwriter Khalid’s acoustic versions of “Coaster” and “Angels” in the top slot while Uncle Murda and 50 Cent’s collaborative track, “Statute Of Limitations” sits comfortably in the second slot. reflects on love, Locksmith questions his “Sanity,” and T-Pain flexes his confidence on “See Me Comin.” For good measure, we’ve also thrown in some new material from Max Gertler and The Combine. Yellow Claw f. T-Pain   – “see me comin”

Produced by Dre Moon and X-Plosive, T-Pain’s new loosie, “See Me Comin,” revolves around the topic of confidence. The song serves as a warm-up for his upcoming project, The Chang Project, which arrives this Friday (April 28). Locksmith – “sanity”

Locksmith is on the brink of having the same type of work ethic as the unstoppable Gucci Mane. The Bay Area MC is consistently pumping out new material and now he’s back with another fresh visual for “Sanity.” Directed by J Million, the video follows “Agenda,” “Nobody” and “Neck Pillow.” The song originally comes from his Olive Branch album. Luckily, this loosie just hit the ‘net and can be heard above. MAX GERTLER – “SUPERMAN”

After garnering some attention for his most recent full length project, DI$NEY, Brooklyn rapper Max Gertler swoops in with “Superman.” Over a bouncy, self-produced beat, the 21-year-old artist throws out some goofy one liners, proving he clearly enjoys what he does. Juicy J & Lil Debbie – “City on Lockdown”

Taken from Yellow Claw’s latest album, Los Amsterdam,   certified banger “City On Lockdown” features Three 6 Mafia vet Juicy J and pint size Bay Area cyclone Lil Debbie. Further down, Yellow Claw recruits Juicy J and Lil Debbie for “City On Lockdown,” IAMSU! UnclE Murda f. Although he hasn’t released a proper album since 2011’s Revolver,   apparently his next project, Stoicville, is in the works. IAMSU! Nef The Pharaoh   – “bling blaow”

With features from SOB and Slimmy B of RBE, Nef The Pharaoh’s new single, “Bling Blaow,” brings the funk with its catchy beat and ridiculous hook. Directed by Chito Floriano, the calming visuals coincide perfectly with the melancholy nature of the track. The song comes ahead of The Lenny Grant Story, which is supposedly dropping later this year. takes meditation to a whole other level in his latest video. The X-Ecutioners’ DJ Boogie Blind and his 5 Minutes of Funk routine, Tuxedo’s “Thank You” and Nef The Pharaoh’s “Bling Blaow” complete the Top 5. Coupled with Triune’s emotionally charged, real life raps and E.Q.’s smooth vocals, it’s clearly a match made in heaven. For the subsequent partly-animated video, Debbie styled herself for the many adventures the trio has around Los Angeles that might just involve some booty-shaking. Don’t make them hit you in that Waffle House (or at 50’s show). posted up in front of graffiti-laden buildings and delivering their signature style of Hip Hop. Check out Tuesday’s edition here. Dj Boogie Blind   – “5 minutes of funk”

As a member of The   X-Ecutioners turntablist crew, DJ Boogie Blind is constantly flexing his impeccable scratching skills whenever he gets a chance. The New York-based DJ stopped by Hot 97 for an episode of Funkmaster Flex’s 5 Minutes of Funk series, where he put on a flawless show for nearly 15 minutes. Khalid   – “Coaster” & “Angels”

El Paso, Texas native Khalid is back with a double dose of visuals for the acoustic versions of “Coaster” and “Angels.” The teen R&B crooner was performing music   for the new VEVO series, Stripped, and pulled most of his material from his recent album, American Teen.