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Morning Bop: You Can’t Not Love A Tinashe & Ryan Hemsworth Collab

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Morning Bop: Prepare To Get Addicted To Diamond White

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Morning Bop: Have A Savage Day The Ciara Way

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Gucci Mane Is Officially Getting A Biopic

One of the most influential rappers of the last decade is finally getting the biopic he deserves. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane is being turned into a movie. Paramount Pictures and Imagine Entertainment are coming together to adapt The New York Times bestseller to the big screen.

In September, Gucci Mane sat down with MTV News correspondent Gaby Wilson to discuss what inspired him to write an autobiography.

“My engineer suggested it, you know, when I was away. And then it was just something I guess to kill time. When you’re in prison, you don’t got nothing but time. You know what I’m saying? I just reflect on my life, and I just started writing. Next thing I know, 30-40 pages was down, and I was off and going.”

Later, Gucci revealed what he learned about himself during the writing process.

“I learned that I can be more than a rapper. I learned that I really feel I have a future in writing books if I wanted to do that.”

The only question that remains is who will play Radric Delantic Davis? Will Gucci pull an Eminem in 8 Mile and play a version of himself, or will an unknown with a heart of Guwop gold mesmerize us?

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Cardi B Was Attacked By A Cheetah While Filming Her ‘Bodak Yellow’ Video

Cardi B may talk up a big game, but the dependably fierce rapper met her match on the set of her “Bodak Yellow” music video last year.

In a new interview with Genius, director Picture Perfect discussed the difficult, Dubai-set video shoot, which involved filming with a few wild animals. There was a camel — which Cardi gamely mounted, bloody shoes and all — and a cheetah, who ended up being way less of a team player than they had hoped.

“I didn’t know how hard it was gonna be to get a cheetah out there,” Picture Perfect said. “We shot this scene we didn’t use, and he attacked Cardi in that scene.”

At the 1:51 mark in the video below, you can see the raw footage he’s referring to. Cardi stands a couple feet away from the wild cat, holding him by a leash. Then, in the middle of rapping her verse, the animal snaps at her and she immediately calls out, “No no no, come hold him!”

In the end, the crew secured another cheetah who was sedated after a heavy meal of “about six pounds of deer meat” (yum). He was so chill, in fact, that Cardi was able to pet him on the head (you can see that shot in the video’s final version). Picture Perfect also talked about wanting to put a cheetah next to Cardi in a car — but thankfully he had a change of heart about that.

“She’s a trooper, man,” he said. Seems like an understatement!

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Busta Rhymes Talks Peter Dinklage & Janet Jackson On TRL

It hasn’t even been a week since the Super Bowl, but we’re all still thinking about the Doritos commercial where Game Of Thrones star Peter Dinklage skillfully lip-syncs Busta Rhymes’ iconic verse on “Look At Me Now.” As it turns out, Busta was seriously impressed with Dinklage’s rap skills, revealing that the actor even spit some bars of his own on set. Like anyone with a pulse, Busta is a HUGE fan of Thrones and may even have more in the works with the man behind Tyrion Lannister.

In honor of Throwback Thursday, the rapper reflected on some of his major career highlights, like performing with Eminem at MTV’s Spring Break in 1998 and collaborating on “What’s It Gonna Be?!” with Janet Jackson. His close friend and collaborator Bangladesh also made a surprise appearance to share some fun stories from the past.

Later on, Busta was joined on stage by R&B artist Ravyn Lenae, who recently finished touring with SZA and is set to drop her Crush EP tomorrow. EDM mastermind Steve Aoki also dropped in after just getting back from Germany, where he performed at the first-ever rave in zero gravity. After discussing the future of music videos, Steve also filled us in on his “Mic Drop” remix with BTS officially going gold before caking a fan in the face, because why not?

Ravyn closed out the show with an intimate performance of her latest single “Sticky.” (Fun fact: Ravyn’s “boo thang” is a member of her band!) Avoid FOMO and re-live the moment in the video below. TRL airs on weekdays at 4:00pm ET!

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Big Sean Will Let Fans Pick The Setlists On His New Tour

For his next tour, Big Sean is jogging fans’ memories and serving up an “unfriendly reminder” that he’s a decade deep in the rap game.

On Wednesday (February 7), Sean announced his Unfriendly Reminder Tour, a 31-city North American jaunt with special guests Playboi Carti, Shy Glizzy, and GASHI. In a cool twist, the Detroit rapper is taking a whole new approach to the outing by opening up his catalog and letting fans pick his setlists.

“Before I step into this new chapter of music, I was really sitting and reflecting on the past ten years and all we’ve accomplished,” he wrote on Instagram, accompanied by a throwback-heavy tour trailer. “I had to go back in and listen to all the old mixtapes and albums, and I was like damn man a lot of this stuff didn’t get the true shine.”

He continued, “So with the platform I have now, I thought it would be perfect to revisit a lot of the old music as well as the new classics on my next tour. But I’m gonna give you guys the opportunity to chose my setlist on this tour. Can’t wait to hit the road.”

Ahead of each city’s tour date, fans will be able to cast votes on Sean’s website for the songs they want to see him perform. Also, in select cities, the available tour merch will be customizable, allowing fans to have a wholly unique concert experience.

Last year, Big Sean released two albums: I Decided and the Metro Boomin collab Double or Nothing. Now, he’s working on his fifth studio album — but first, Unfriendly Reminder will take him on a fan-steered trip down memory lane. See the full list of dates below, and visit Sean’s website for ticket info.

April 12 – Orlando, FL – CFE Arena

April 14 – Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheatre

April 15 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place

April 18 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land

April 19 – Austin, TX – H-E-B Center at Cedar Park

April 20 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

April 23 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre

April 24 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

April 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre

April 28 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

April 29 – San Jose, CA – Event Center at San Jose State University

May 1 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theatre

May 3 – Vancouver, Canada – PNE Forum

May 5 – Edmonton, Canada – Shaw Conference Center

May 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Armory

May 9 – Kansas City, MO – Silverstein Eye Centers Arena

May 10 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium

May 11 – Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy

May 14 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

May 15 – Washington, D.C. – Anthem

May 18 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

May 19 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun

May 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing

May 22 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

May 25 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica

May 26 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park

May 27 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

May 29 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion

May 30 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion

June 2 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

June 3 – Toronto, Canada – RBC Echo Beach

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Will Smith Impersonating Jaden Rapping Proves Parents Still Don’t Understand

Who better to imitate Jaden Smith’s unique rapping than the man who helped birth him? Yesterday (February 7), Will Smith proved he still has the rapping spirit as he remade his son’s “Icon” video. Decked out in bleached hair, what looks like a gold spray painted chain, and some grills that are reminiscent of the aluminum foil ones made in school cafeterias, Will Smith does his best imitation of his son.

Adorable, hilarious, and slightly cringe-worthy, Will Smith’s video is embarrassing his son for a good reason. Jaden’s “Icon” reached 100,000 million streams on Spotify.

By the end of the video, Will gives a special shout-out to his son and his huge accomplishment.

“I’m proud of you, baby,” said Smith. “100,000 million streams, congratulations man. 100 million, congrats I love you.”

In December, the former Fresh Prince revealed in an interview the pride he has for Jaden and how his son inspires him.

“It is unadulterated freedom that I’m actually jealous of,” said Smith. “He is so absolutely [and] thoroughly comfortable being him in a way that I had 20 years ago. But what happens when you start to get successful [is that] you get worked into a lane [and] your lane starts to feel comfortable and it gets a little scary to come out when you’re not going to ring the bell, necessarily, that people want rung. When I’m watching Jaden and it’s like I just love that freedom. He’s inspiring me in a really unique and special way. As a parent, it makes me really proud.”

Now can we finally get an official collaboration between the rapping father and son?

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Can Rae Sremmurd Deliver A Speakerboxxx/The Love Below With Sr3mm?

Rae Sremmurd season is officially upon us. Last night (February 4), the group released “T’d Up,” the second single off their upcoming album, Sr3mm. Over a haunting Metro Boomin- and Swae Lee-co-produced beat, the brothers rap about being you guessed it “T’d up.”

The song falls in line with the maturation of the Rae Sremmurd sound. “T’d Up” is a nocturnal adrenaline rush as Swae Lee sings about being ticked off, while avoiding speed bumps. The new single will be featured in ESPN’s NBA campaign for the upcoming Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics game on February 11.

The group along with Mike Will Made It announced that Sr3mm will be a triple-disc split between a Rae Sremmurd side, a Swae Lee’s solo album Swaecation, and Jxmmi’s project Jxmtroduction. If the group is going to give us dark and hazy bangers like “T’d Up,” it will be interesting to see what they deliver on their solo efforts. Can Swaecation and Jxmtroduction live up to Speakerboxx/The Love Below, the 2003 album from their group-gone-solo forefathers, Outkast?

Swae Lee has already proved his pen game and melodies are undeniable on French Montana’s “Unforgettable” and Beyoncé’s “Formation.” Jxmmi has also been getting his solo game up featuring on songs with Juicy J and Gucci Mane. “T’d Up” proves that Rae Sremmurd is as strong as ever together, but the more intriguing question is what they have in store apart.

Listen to Rae Sremmurd’s “T’d Up” below.

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Meek Mill Was The Real Winner Of The Super Bowl

Meek Mill said it best, “I used to pray for times like this.” Tonight (February 4), the Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl in franchise history and the moment was soundtracked by one of the most inspirational songs in hip-hop history.

In November, Mill was sentenced to two to four years after a judge ruled that he violated his probation. However, his city’s football team kept his name alive in the locker room and on the field. In a statement to Bleacher Report, the incarcerated rapper described how much the Eagles being inspired by his music meant to him.

“It really lifted my spirit to hear the team rally around my songs because that’s why I make music — to inspire others and bring people together,” said Meek. “The Eagles have also motivated me with the way they’ve overcome tough situations and injuries to succeed this year.”

Here are some of the best Meek Mill reactions from celebrities, fans, and sports fanatics.

  1. Dance, Dance We’re Falling Apart To Halftime

    We wouldn’t be mad if Meek Mill was having a dance, dance revolution in his cell. The man deserves it.

  2. Kiss The Ring

    Please get Jacob the Jeweler on the line ASAP and make this happen.

  3. Free Meek Mill

    The “Dreams and Nightmare (Intro)” means so much to the Eagles and the city of Philadelphia that #FreeMeekMill is trending on Twitter.

  4. Prison Break

    Someone call Wentworth Miller.

  5. Future Mills

    This gets the award for the most heartfelt message of the night.

  6. Where Is Uzi?

    Somewhere a Hot Topic employee is helping Lil Uzi Vert decide his outfit for the upcoming parade. Wonder if he’ll give a shout out to his city’s other famous rapper.

  7. Yo, Adrian!

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