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People Are Freaking Out Watching Drake And Travis Scott Play Video Games

Who knew celebrities like Drake and Travis Scott are normal humans who do normal human things? Today (March 15), the internet went crazy after Drake joined famous Fortnite player Tyler “Ninja” Blevins to play the friendly survival video game.

Fans could see the “God’s Plan” rapper and Ninja play on the popular live-streaming video platform Twitch. Ninja is one of the most famous people on the platform, which led to an Instagram follow by Drake, reports Kotaku.

However, the fun didn’t stop there. Travis Scott and JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Pittsburgh Steelers joined to ratchet up the chaos. At one point, Scott goes, ”God’s plan, let’s get it,” when Graham revives him in the game. The proceedings looked so fun that Logic, Post Malone, and Lil Yachty all had something to say about the game on Twitter.

According to CNET, the stream broke the all-time concurrent viewers record on the platform with 600,000 people checking in to watch a virtual Drizzy and La Flame. The previous record was 388,000 views logged by Dr DisRespect.

Of course, a viral Drake moment wouldn’t be anything without fans, celebrities, and Twitch itself turning the event into memes.

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How Swae Lee’s Producer Gave Him The Sauce For His First Solo Song

On February 28, Swae Lee emerged from his chrysalis with “Hurt To Look.” Since 2014, the public has watched Lee transition from the prepubescent sugar rush of Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone” to the nocturnal adrenaline spike of “Black Beatles” two years later. He’s brought titans of pop like The Weeknd and Future into his world. Lee’s pen inspired a nation to get into “Formation.” His hook was literally and figuratively “Unforgettable.”

What many may not know is that Andre “Bizness Boi” Robertson along with Fwdslxsh and EY helped create the bed for Swae to so expertly flex on “How To Look.” The 30-year-old spent years building toward this moment. In 2011, his grandmother assisted the then-aspiring producer in his move from Milwaukee to Atlanta. Over the course of three years, Bizness worked with artists like T.I., Lil Scrappy, and Trae the Truth. In 2014, his relocation to Los Angeles led to work with PartyNextDoor (“Don’t Run,” “You’ve Been Missed,” “Don’t Know How”) and 6Lack (“MTFU”).

It takes a village to build a pop star, and Bizness is helping lay a solid foundation for the Rae Sremmurd star-turned-soloist. In an interview with MTV News, Bizness Boi reveals the origins of “Hurt To Look” and describes what it is like to collaborate with Swae Lee.

MTV News: How did you first connect with Swae Lee?

Bizness Boi: So my homie Jon Wells — he’s a DJ for them. He was just listening to me and Ye Ali’s [L.A.-via-Indiana rapper-singer] music. Basically, they heard it. They was on a tour bus. Rae Sremmurd was on a tour bus. Then Swae Lee was like, “Yo, who is that?” Then he let ‘em know. He’s like, “Yo, who making these beats?” Jon hit me like, “Yo, Swae and them are loving your beats. Can you send a pack?”

So I started sending beats to Jon, and Jon would forward them over to Swae Lee. Then Jon was like, “Send them straight to Swae Lee now.” So I was sending, sending, sending beats. So I DMed [Swae Lee] one day. I was just reaching out to him. I was like, “Yo, I’m gonna send you a pack today.” He hit me back like, “Yo, I love your beats. You already got two on my album.” I was like “Oh, OK.”

MTV News: How did “Hurt To Look” come about? Was it something that you had in mind for Swae Lee? What was the origin?

Bizness: When I work with artists, I like to give them new sounds and new types of beats, basically. Just so they can step outside their box. Just push themselves.

I was sending him all types of beats. He gravitated to the newer sounding — I don’t want to say pop beats, but, like, the single that just dropped, more of those types of beats he was gravitating to. The “Hurt To Look”-type sound, just something different from the Rae Sremmurd stuff.

MTV News: Have you gotten a chance to get into the studio with him and see how he records and writes?

Bizness: Yeah, when we came back from OVO Fest, he invited me over. ‘Cause we was like, “We’re flying back today.” Me and my manager were flying back that night. He’s like “Yo, as soon as you touch down, pull up to the crib.” I pulled up. I was doing beats.

He actually records himself. He know how to record himself, do all the effects and everything. Basically, he if like a beat, he’ll just load it up and then put the phone right there and press record and go in.

MTV News: What do you think it is about your production — Swae Lee ghostwrites, so does PND — that attracts them?

Bizness: I just understood throughout my journey, once you work with writers and R&B artists, artists period, it’s our job as producers to make the most melodic or simple beats possible, if that makes sense.

If you put too much in the beat, it kinda takes away from their creativity, because they’ll be restricted on melodies and stuff like that. So when I make beats, I try to keep it minimal, but real standout-ish.

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Kanye West Is Apparently Back On His Mountaintop Making Music

Kanye West famously recorded his 2010 album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, in Hawaii, and the stories of personalities as disparate as Rick Ross, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, and Nicki Minaj making music amid clouds of weed smoke are legendary. As West works on his new LP, reportedly in picturesque Wyoming, I can’t help but wonder: Are such revelries happening on this majestic mountaintop out west?

According to some recent updates from eagle-eyed Kanye fan accounts, the answer might be yes. And that’s exciting.

Above is a sample of the natural wonders by which West has apparently surrounded himself, along with a quick little snippet of his own head (complete with what looks like pink hair). Photos on fan accounts seem to confirm this, as well as Kim Kardashian’s presence out there too, doing some skiing.

But even more important than West’s hair or Kim’s slope work is who else has seemingly made the trek up to Kanye’s mountaintop creative kingdom (and it does seem to be creative, as per this shot of recording/editing software). In the past week or so, Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, Nas, A$ AP Bari, King Louie, and The-Dream have all been reportedly spotted in Wyoming, along with producers Jeff Bhasker, Wheezy, and Pi’erre Bourne.

Of course, just because all these talented musicians and writers happen to be in the same general location as Kanye at the same time he is doesn’t mean they’re recording with him. And even if they are, there’s no guarantee that their contributions will be made into final songs at all, let along songs that make it to a hypothetical eighth West LP.

But it still could mean that. And that’s good news, especially after West’s erratic behavior and eventually canceled Saint Pablo Tour at the end of 2016.

The last we heard from him, he popped back up on Instagram for a day — Valentine’s Day — as a grand romantic gesture for his wife. Maybe the next thing we’ll hear is a song or two — music he didn’t have to go all the way to Hawaii to make.

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Cardi B Proudly Reveals Her Album Is Dropping Very Soon

Last night (March 11), Cardi B proved once again that her charisma could take over any award show she goes too. Cardi started the iHeartRadio Music Awards off with a performance of “Bodak Yellow” and “Bartier Cardi” before walking away with the Best New Artist award. During her speech, she gave fans an update on when they can expect her long-awaited debut.

“My album will be coming in April,” said Cardi. “Yes, sir, April. Stay tuned, motherfuckers.”

The “Motorsport” star also took time out of her acceptance speech to thank her publicist, label, and fiancé Offset. However, it wouldn’t be a Cardi speech without a little bit of bite for her detractors.

“I want to thank my fans, Bardi Gang, because even when I’m wrong, they be like, ‘She’s still right,’” said Cardi. “I want to thank my haters too, because they be downloading my stuff so they can hear it and talk crap about it, but it benefits me.”

In a Beats 1 Radio interview with Julie Adenuga, the “Finesse” rapper described why she will always rap about her haters.

“I’m always gonna talk about them because I hate them,” said Cardi. “I hate y’all. I wish y’all catch something. … I’m not too cool to tell your fucking ass something. Like, how your fucking square ass is gonna talk about me?”

Guess we’ll have to wait until April to see what the anti-Cardi brigade has to say about an entire album of slander.

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Vince Staples’ New Song Has A Not-So-Subtle Message For All His Haters

Earlier this week, Vince Staples randomly launched a GoFundMe campaign to financially support his lifestyle. If all his haters helped him reach his goal of $ 2 million, he promised to shut up forever. Yesterday, the Long Beach rapper was crushed when he found out that his “early retirement” fundraiser was taken down, but after tweeting to Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres for help, the page was quickly reinstated. (Right now, he has raised almost $ 1500.) As it turns out, this was all promotion for his newly released single “Get The F*ck Off My Dick” which can be abbreviated as “GTFOMD.”

On the Ritz Reynolds and DJ Dahi-produced track, Vince eloquently fires back at every facet of the music industry from critics and journalists to record labels and award ceremonies. “This the sound I made, won’t nobody knock me off my wave,” he spits with confidence. Last year, Vince dropped Big Fish Theory which has been hailed by many as his most experimental album yet. No confirmation on whether or not “GTFOMD” means that a fresh full-length album is on the way, but I’m *very* into it either way. Raise your middle fingers in the air and bump the track below.

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Vince Staples Hates Everything On ‘Get The Fuck Off My Dick’

Today (March 9), Vince Staples released his thesis statement, “Get The Fuck Off My Dick.” The song presents the Long Beach rapper’s current conundrum — Vince Staples the brand has usurped Vince Staples the man.

In a December 2017 interview with Matthew Schnipper for Pitchfork’s In Sight Out podcast, Staples was asked if he was “more famous because of Sprite or because of rapping.” In classic Vince fashion, he was brutally honest.

“Interviews,” said Staples. “I’m more famous for interviews than either one.”

Arguably, fans, critics, and the media fell in love with the Big Fish Theory rapper, because of his sardonic and curmudgeonly persona. But what happens when the antics become bigger than the art?

“Get The Fuck Off My Dick” is a microcosm for how society consumes rap in the digital age. The irony isn’t lost that the same entity Vince attacks on the song — “VMA and Grammy snubbin’, not walkin’ through no clubs” — is the same one writing an article about him.

Over the course of almost four minutes, Vince throws shots at NPR, XXL, his record label Def Jam, fans, and other rappers. Some of the lines are purposefully ironic — “Missed the mark, I think my label need a marketin’ switch” — considering the GoFundMe campaign he launched this week is a perfect example of the viral impact of said marketing.

The absurdity of the situation is that the Ritz Reynolds- and DJ Dahi-produced track is one of Vince’s strongest and catchiest feats to date. However, the fervor for the track might not have been as intense without the surrounding antics. Staples is one of the most gifted artists of his generation, but even he is fighting against the static. Hopefully, “Get The Fuck Off My Dick” cuts through.

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Rick Ross Is Back To Being A Boss In First Photo After Reported Hospitalization

Rick Ross, a.k.a. Ricky Rozay, a.k.a. the biggest boss that you seen thus far, has returned. Today (March 8), the Black Bottle Boy returned to Instagram with a simple message, “Ain’t nothing like home

You Can Pay Vince Staples To Go Away Forever For $2 Million

Today (March 7), Vince Staples decided to let the haters put their money where their mouth is. The Long Beach rapper posted a link to a GoFundMe page titled “#GTFOMD” on Twitter. The purpose of the campaign is simple — pay Vince $ 2 million and he’ll “shut the fuck up forever.”

“We’ve got a lot of complaints about our recent show performances, energy onstage, production choice,” said Staples. “I think one person said, ‘It sounds like we’re rapping on robot video game beats.’ We would like to apologize for that.”

So what exactly does a hater’s donation get you?

“On GoFundMe.com, you can decide to donate to the cause of $ 2 million dollars, which will allow me to shut the fuck up forever and you will never hear from me again,” said the Big Fish Theory rapper. “No songs, no interviews, no anything. If not, you can choose to let me do what the fuck I want to do, when I want to do it. Get off of my dick, or fund my lifestyle. The choice is yours. Either way we appreciate you.”

The inspiration behind the GoFundMe page potentially come from the hilarious exchanges Vince had with a couple of fans in February who didn’t like his live performance. Staples agrees to move to Palmdale, buy a Honda, purchase a year’s worth of soup for his incarcerated friends, and get himself a puppy if he meets his goal.

The package is a great deal for people who loathe Vince, but decidedly one that his legions of fans aren’t that eager to help fund. Hopefully, he never makes his goal.

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If Rae Sremmurd Have It Their Way We’re Getting A Childish Gambino Collab Album

Fans are still waiting on the long-delayed Childish Gambino and Chance the Rapper mixtape, and now Rae Sremmurd are throwing their hat into the collaboration ring. In an interview with Billboard, the rap group described the potential sound of a Sremmurd and Donald Glover project.

“I got a laptop with about 1,000 bangers,” said Swae Lee. “I know Childish Gambino got about 2,000 or 3,000, who knows? We’re gonna come together and make a whole project like, “Redbone” and “Black Beatles.”

This week, Glover announced he is embarking on a North American tour with Rae Sremmurd starting in September. Later in the Billboard interview, Slim Jxmmi reveals how the two brothers connected with the Atlanta rapper.

“Childish Gambino is a cool guy, we linked overseas in a studio,” said Jxmmi. “I DJ’d one of his house parties one time. He’s just a cool guy and we got the same type of vibe, so you can expect good music to come out of this. It’s natural. We don’t gotta act, we can just be ourselves. He’s himself everywhere he goes, and we’re gonna be ourselves everywhere we go — so it’s just gonna be like two different shows, we from two different places.”

At this point it looks like Glover might have to put off retirement to fit in all of these projects.

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Steve Aoki & Lil Uzi Vert Are All About The Coins In “Been Ballin”

Nothing makes my heart race faster than TRL alums uniting to create something legendary. Steve Aoki and Lil Uzi Vert have done just that with their latest single “Been Ballin” and now there’s an official music video to capture the vibe of this dynamic collab.

Given that the song is about the perks of being a moneymaker, the visual shows exactly what the artists like to spend their paper on: all gold everything. (Is it just me or am I starting to see a theme here?) The track is featured on the producer’s latest album Kolony. Get a glimpse at all the coins and chains in the video below.

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