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Chance The Rapper Reveals Kanye West Is Producing A 7-Song Album For Him

Remember when Kanye West once rapped, ”doing five beats a day for three summers” and it felt like hyperbole? Well, he’s produced 35 songs for himself, Kid Cudi, Pusha T, Nas, and Teyana Taylor in the span of a month, and now Chance the Rapper has revealed that West might also be producing an entire album for him.

“I’m in dry erase board mode, so I’m organizing and kind of trying to structure. But what’s cool is Ye’s kind of got me in a mode of understanding just your ability to multi-task and work on different things. He’s always been on that,” Chance said on the season finale of Open Late with Peter Rosenberg. “Because of his ability to work on multiple projects, I’ve been actively working on the project with Childish [Gambino]. I’m going to do a 7-track [album] with Ye.”

The rumored Chance/Childish joint project has been discussed in some capacity for the past six years, and now the Chicago rapper has divulged just how close to completion it actually is.

“I’m 30 percent on everything that I’m working on, at least 30 percent,” he continued. “Supposed to be working on [the Kanye album] in July. So I don’t know. … We got six songs that are all fire, but I think the album’s going to be more than 14 songs. I think it’s going to be a full thing.”

If Chance can pull off both a Kanye-produced album and a collaborative project with Childish Gambino in 2018, he might deserve the MVP.

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The 5 Most Shocking Moments From Drake’s Scorpion

Drake’s new album Scorpion is a sonic fable. It isn’t clear if Graham ever read the story of The Scorpion and the Frog, but the tale of the arachnid who requests a trip across the river on an amphibian’s back perfectly parallels the rapper’s current predicament. Over the course of 25 tracks, he seems to grapple with fighting against his nature or succumbing to it. In the original fable, the scorpion ends up piercing the back of the frog and contributing to both of their demises. Thankfully, it doesn’t seem like Drake is comfortable going out like that.

Drizzy has been here before. On More Life‘s outro, “Do Not Disturb,” he demonstrated a sense of clarity about beef and the way it twists and contorts artistry — “Yeah, ducked a lot of spiteful moves / I was an angry yout when I was writin’ Views / Saw a side of myself that I just never knew / I’ll probably self-destruct if I ever lose, but I never do.” Scorpion isn’t self-destruction, but it does arrive at a time when Drake isn’t quite in control of his narrative.

Scorpion clocks in at 90 minutes, and much of that time deals with the fallout of Pusha T’s Drake-dissing “The Story of Adidon.” A majority of the project’s A Side concerns itself with sending potential shots at Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music, numerous bars defending his choice to keep his son out of the public eye, and pitching Graham as the eternal underdog.

Below are the most shocking revelations on Scorpion and what they mean in the context of Drake’s career.

  1. He Raps About His Son… A Lot

    Standout Lyric: “I wasn’t hidin’ my kid from the world / I was hidin’ the world from my kid” — “Emotionless”

    As far as baby reveals go, Pusha T emphatically rapping, “You are hiding a child, let that boy come home,” was great for him and horrible for everyone else involved. So much of Scorpion is concerned with correcting the narrative that Graham is — in Pusha’s words — “a deadbeat.” There’s even a line on “8 out of 10″ where Drake spits, “The only deadbeats is whatever beats I been rappin’ to.”

    Elsewhere on the album, “March 14″ finds Drake coming to terms with having a child with a woman he met twice and admitting that he’s only seen his son once. In this case, the reality of the situation is more brutal than anything Pusha T said.

  2. Guess Drake Wasn’t A Fan Of The Kanye Albums

    Standout Lyric: “All sevens, no sixes, rest easy, get some shut eye” — “8 out of 10″

    The genius of a Drake subliminal is trying to identify his intended target. On “8 out of 10,” he seems to throw shade at the five albums Kanye produced in 2018. “Nonstop” sees Drizzy calling out rappers “pullin’ gimmicks ’cause they scared to rap,” which is a two-pronged barb — the first part of the lyric likely references the strategy of G.O.O.D. Music’s release schedule, while the second sounds like an indictment of West using writers like CyHi The Prynce, Chance the Rapper, and even Drake to help with his latest solo album.

  3. Did Drake Just Admit He Dated Bella Hadid?

    Standout Lyric: “My house is full of supermodels just like Mohamed Hadid” — ”Sandra’s Rose”

    Last year, rumors circulated that Drake dated Bella, which was awkward because the model famously dated Drizzy’s OVOXO brother The Weeknd. On Scorpion, Drake drops multiple hints that he may have had a brief fling with Bella. On “Finesse,” for example, he raps, “Should I do New York? I can’t decide,” which is a possible allusion to New York Fashion Week. He continues dropping clues by potentially referencing Bella’s sister Gigi: “You and your sister / Too hot to handle.”

    Something tells us Zayn might have a problem with that particular bar.

  4. The Blackface Controversy

    Standout Lyric: “They always ask, ‘Why let the story run if it’s false?’ / You know a wise man once said nothin’ at all” — “Emotionless”

    Drake already addressed the blackface controversy in a written statement, but the leaked photo still doesn’t sit well with many people. On “Emotionless,” he hints about why he didn’t speak up sooner — though wouldn’t that bar and his aforementioned statement constitute saying something?

  5. No More YMCMB?

    Standout Lyric: “Soon as this album drop I’m out of the deal” — ”Is There More”

    The era of YMCMB might finally be coming to a close. Scorpion has the potential to be the last album in Drake’s contract with Young Money/Cash Money, if his lyrics on “Is There More” are to be believed. And on “Survival,” he even references being “independent,” which might usher in a new era of lucrativeness for the “God’s Plan” rapper.

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Drake Was The Only Person To Get 21 Savage A Birthday Gift In 2016

Do you think 21 Savage is thanking Drake later for taking care of him on his birthday? Did the thoughtful gift give 21 more life? Hopefully, nothing is the same for the fledgling friendship between the two stars.

Apologies for the Drizzy puns, but the release of Scorpion is imminent. It can’t be helped.

In a recent interview with GQ, 21 told the magazine how Graham’s red Ferrari 488 rental was the only birthday gift the Atlanta rapper received for his 24th birthday.

“Drake brought me one [Ferrari] for my birthday to ride around L.A,” Savage said. “He the only one that got me something for my birthday that year. Don’t nobody else get me shit but Drake.”

Unfortunately, 21 doesn’t divulge why no one got him a birthday gift in 2016. Did no one think of getting him a monogrammed knife or gold-plated hockey mask? The “Sneakin’” star also showed additional respect for Graham later in the interview, describing how the Toronto MC uses his platform to shine a light on new acts.

“Drake just a genuine-ass good-hearted person,” he continued. “He did a lot of shit he didn’t have to do. He do a lot of shit for up-and-coming rappers, period. I don’t think he get his respect for that. Every fuckin’ year, he pull a new artist up. Ain’t no other artist on his level do that shit.”

Read the entire interview at GQ.

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Cardi B’s ‘Bronx Fairytale’ Came To Life At Her Lavish Baby Shower

The world is just weeks away from the arrival of Baby Bardi, and to celebrate, Cardi B and Offset threw a baby shower in Atlanta on Tuesday night (June 26). In true Cardi style, it was “A Bronx Fairytale”-themed, and it was just as lavish and lit as you’d expect.

The (not-so) newlyweds danced the night away amid bouquets of pink flowers and pink balloons, shown on Cardi and Offset’s Instagram Stories. The “I Like It” rapper also shared a pic of her and her hubby on Facebook, which shows him cradling her baby bump (peep the giant giraffe made out of flowers creeping over his shoulder). Unsurprisingly, the couple accessorized their gorgeous threads with heaps of icy jewelry.

Cardi B previously detailed plans for a vibrant baby shower in this month’s Rolling Stone cover story, saying, “I want a lit baby shower. My baby shower’s not starting at no 5:00. My shit is going to start at 9 p.m. because that’s how I celebrate, that’s how Caribbean people celebrate.”

Earlier this week, Cardi confirmed to the “nosey fucks” of the world that she and Offset actually got married back in September, ahead of their onstage engagement the following month. And while the couple definitely appears to value their privacy, at least they’re still letting fans in on some of the Baby Bardi hoopla.

Check out more fun-filled pics and videos from the shower below.

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Lakeith Stanfield Apologizes After Releasing A Freestyle Filled With Gay Slurs

When Lakeith Stanfield isn’t playing Darius on Atlanta or transforming into a leading man for movies like Sorry to Bother You, he moonlights as a rapper. Stanfield is one-half of the duo MOORS with L.A. producer HH. Unfortunately, over the weekend his bars got him into serious trouble after many people took offense to a freestyle where he drops numerous gay slurs. In a video posted to Instagram and Twitter today (June 26), Stanfield apologized for the controversial lyrics.

“I make videos all the time, which I usually end up deleting soon as I make ‘em. I assume characters that have different viewpoints and different views on life and just different perspectives,” Stanfield says. “Some things my views are aligned with, and some things my views aren’t aligned with, and this character that you’ve seen is a character that I’m definitely not in line with and I definitely don’t believe those things.”

“So I just want people to know, like, coming from me, that I’ve never been homophobic,” he continues. “Have never agreed with homophobic thought or hatred toward anyone for that matter. I’m a person that moves in love and I want to promote and continue to push that.”

Twitter user @_BayBey shared the since-deleted original Instagram video where Lakeith debuted said “character.” Lyrics like, “Boy, you’re dressed like trash, you a eight-six / Take that choke chain back, that’s some gay shit,” and “F–, I don’t really like to brag, but I’m straight, rich,” are only some of the lines that have many offended.

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Cardi B Admits She Secretly Married Offset In 2017

Cardi B had enough of the rumors and set the record straight on her relationship with Offset. Contrary to popular belief, the Invasion of Privacy rapper has been married to her daughter’s father far longer than many knew. Earlier today (June 25), TMZ released Cardi and Offset’s marriage certificate, which revealed the two had been legally married since September 2017. In a Twitter statement, the “I Like It” rapper described why she chose to keep this fact secret.

“There are so many moments that I share with the world and then there are moments that I want to keep for myself,” Cardi wrote. “Getting married was one of those moments! Our relationship was so new breaking up and making up and we had a lot of growing up to do, but we was so in love we didn’t want to lose each other, [there] was one morning in September we woke up and decided to get married.”

One of the sweetest moments in recent hip-hop history is Offset proposing to Cardi B in Philadelphia on October 2017. The Bronx rapper goes on to thank her husband for giving her the special moment of being proposed to and fulfilling one of her dreams.

“I appreciated and love my husband so much for still wanting for me [to] have that special moment that every girl dreams of when he got down on his knee and put a ring on my finger and he did that for me,” she continued. “Well now since you lil nosey fucks know at least ya can stop saying I had a baby out of wedlock.”

Now can we all please give Cardi some privacy? Read her entire statement below.

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Meek Mill’s Powerful ‘Stay Woke’ Performance Doubled As A Tribute To Two Fallen Rappers

Since his release, Meek Mill has been on a quest to fight for criminal justice reform. Last night (June 24), the Philadelphia rapper took the battle one step further with the moving debut of his new song “Stay Woke” featuring Miguel at the 2018 BET Awards.

Mill began the performance rapping in a Philadelphia street as chaos unfolds around him. Over the course of the four-minute song, police officers arrest a group of black men in the street, a stray bullet kills a young girl, and Meek is surrounded by incarcerated men of color.

One of the most striking features of Mill’s performance was his wardrobe. The “1942 Flows” rapper was clad in a hoodie that paid tribute to XXXTentacion and Jimmy Wopo, two rappers that were both killed on last week (June 18). The lyrics of the song also shed light on Mill’s thoughts about hip-hop’s current generation. Meek starts the second verse off rapping, “Picture me ten years younger with some tats on my face / Taking a bunch of Xannys with the strap on my waist / Pointing at the camera like mama ain’t teach me manners.” He goes on to state that he “can’t judge” rappers like X and Wopo, but is merely trying to “understand them.”

Ever since Meek was released from prison, he’s been vocal about the injustice and inequities that first put him in the system and the decade-plus fight to get him out. In an interview with Lester Holt of Dateline NBC, Mill was direct about his current predicament.

“I don’t feel free, Mill said. “I ain’t feel free since I caught this case at the age of 19. I’m 30 now.”

Unfortunately, Judge Genece Brinkley did not immediately grant Meek and his attorneys a new trial after they presented evidence questioning the credibility of one of the officer’s involved in his original arrest, reports Billboard. The judge stated that she would rule in “due time.”

Listen to “Stay Woke” below.

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BROCKHAMPTON Return From Brief Hiatus With Emotional ‘Tonya’ Performance

BROCKHAMPTON’s June 20 performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was always going to have a dark cloud hanging over it. It marked not only their first late-night performance, but also their first public appearance since the group parted ways with Ameer Vann amid sexual misconduct allegations.

The group took the opportunity to perform “Tonya” featuring Jazmine Sullivan, serpentwithfeet, and Ryan Beatty. The BROCKHAMPTON members sat on the floor with crossed legs and wore coordinating flannels as a screen behind them played a video of boys playing at the beach. The metaphor of innocence and reminiscing about better times was powerful, albeit not subtle.

One of the more eye-opening moments of the performance came from Kevin Abstract. During his candid verse, the band’s leader potentially alluded to the Ameer controversy, rapping, “I’ve been in my feelings on an island in the dirt / I feel like brothers lie just so my feelings don’t get hurt / I said, I’ll try vacationin’ / I’ll try to run away.” Abstract’s lyrics are similar to a press release issued from the group which stated, “We were lied to, and we’re sorry for not speaking up sooner.”

The performance was also notable because it revealed that the group changed the name of their album from Puppy to The Best Years of Our Lives. It hasn’t been announced when BROCKHAMPTON will release their next album, but it does look like they are returning to the stage, according to Consequence of Sound.

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Chance The Rapper Explains What An Otterbox Has To Do With Love On ‘Forever Always’

Here is a brief list of what love constitutes for Chance the Rapper: waking up early, making bacon, patience, perseverance, waiting, dating, and needing a better OtterBox so the calls won’t drop. Guess love sometimes means protecting your phone from all types of cracks, dings, and your regular wear-and-tear.

Peter CottonTale’s “Forever Always,” also featuring Rex Orange County, Daniel Caesar, Madison Ryann Ward, and Yebba sees the Chicago MC waxing poetic about the trials and tribulations of love over sweet and soft production from CottonTale.

CottonTale has been a longtime collaborator of Chance’s, contributing four tracks to 2013′s Acid Rap and touching almost every track on 2016′s Coloring Book. Additionally, the keyboardist and producer makes up one-fifth of The Social Experiment, the Chance-affiliated band who released Surf. In a 2015 interview with The Fader, Chance described that each member of the group is more than their instrument.

“It’s really never been like, ‘Peter lay keys, Nico lay some horns, Nate put down some programmed drums, Chance write a rap verse,’” Chance said. “Every record has like 50 people on it. The idea is to make a singular, four-minute-and-30-second song that feels like a year’s worth of music.”

Listen to Peter CottonTale’s “Forever Always” below.

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Charli XCX Is On Her ‘Marilyn Monroe Shit’ In Lil Xan’s ‘Moonlight’ Video

Charli XCX has been getting her girl-power on in 2018, with features on Rita Ora’s “Girls” and Tove Lo’s “Bitches,” and an opening slot on Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour with Camila Cabello. But for her latest move, the Brit pop machine leaves her posse behind and goes for a midnight ride with Lil Xan in his “Moonlight” video.

Directed by Austin Peters, the nocturnal visual finds Charli on her “Marilyn Monroe shit” and having a drunken late-night adventure with her 21-year-old partner-in-crime. She warned us on her most recent song, “5 in the Morning,” that she’s a badass insomniac, and this vid only proves her point. Charli serves looks in a seedy motel room before linking up with Xan at an abandoned pool and on a joyride down the empty L.A. streets, discovering all the possibilities that pop up while the rest of the world is asleep. All the while, Xan shows off his softer side with the introspective hook, “Happiness is all that matters, this I hope you know.”

“Moonlight” appears on Lil Xan’s star-studded debut album, Total Xanarchy, which arrived in April and boasts additional features from Diplo, YG, Rae Sremmurd, and 2 Chainz. The Cali rapper has a new project, Heartbreak Soldiers, due out this summer.

For more on Xan, check out his most recent interview with MTV News below.

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