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Kelis Chronicles Alleged Physical Abuse By Her Ex Nas

After nine years, Kelis is ready to tell her side of the story. In a new interview with Hollywood Unlocked, Kelis describes an allegedly abusive relationship with her former husband, Nas, while they were still married.

“There was a lot of mental and physical abuse,” Kelis said. “I probably would’ve stayed longer had I not been pregnant, because I really did love him and because we were married. We weren’t dating. We were married.”

Kelis went on to describe how Nas’s drinking contributed to the alleged physical altercations.

“Did he hit me? Mmhmm,” she said. “Did I hit him back? Mmhmm. It was because he would black out. He would drink too much. He drank way too much. He’ll never admit it.”

The Tasty singer then revealed she almost came forward in 2009 after seeing the photos of Rihanna after Chris Brown assaulted her.

“I remember so clearly when the [Rihanna] pictures came out…’cause I had bruises all over my body at that time,” Kelis said, while starting to tear up. “I wasn’t ready to walk. I just wasn’t. I’m not weak. I’m really private. I don’t like people knowing my business. I felt like, ‘This is my partner. I chose this. We’re gonna do this. We’re gonna make it work.’ I stayed for years after that.”

Nas and Kelis got married in January 2005 after two years of dating. In 2009, she filed for divorce while seven months pregnant with their first child. Nas’s 2012 album, Life Is Good, dealt with the repercussions of his highly publicized divorce on songs like “Bye Baby.” During a 2009 “RapFix Live” episode, the Queensbridge MC discussed the fallout of their marital split.

“No one’s exempt from people probing into your life once you get into the game,” Nas explained. “So [the divorce] put a lot of my business out there, man. People weren’t thinking I was making that kind of money, and now they knew.”

Watch Kelis’s entire new interview below.

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Chance The Rapper Denounces Donald Trump After The President Tweets His Support

Today (April 27), Chance the Rapper apologized for controversial statements he made in the wake of Kanye West’s infamous support of President Trump. This week, the Coloring Book rapper posted two tweets that received a fair amount of backlash. Chance stated that “Black people don’t have to be democrats,” while also calling Kanye the “Same Ye from the VMAs, same Ye from the telethon.” It didn’t take long for Trump to send out a supportive tweet, which included Chance.

The gesture seemed like the breaking point for the young rapper. After quote tweeting Trump with a “Nah that ain’t it yo,” Chance elaborated on the week’s events.

“I didn’t speak up because I agree with what Kanye had to say or ’cause I fuck with Trump,” Chance wrote. “I did it because I wanted to help my friend and ’cause I felt like I was being used to attack him. Unfortunately, my attempt to support Kanye is being used to discredit my brothers and sisters in the movement and I can’t sit by and let that happen either.”

Chance continued his message by distancing himself from the president and his beliefs.

“I’d never support anyone who has made a career out of hatred, racism, and discrimination,” he wrote. “I’d never support someone who’d talk about Chicago as if it’s hell on earth then take steps to make life harder here for the most disenfranchised among us.”

Chance went on to promise that his apology will be seen in his actions and dedication to advocacy. He concluded his statement by addressing that he should’ve shown support for Kanye by directly messaging him, instead of going to Twitter.

“We have to talk honestly about what is happening and has been happening in this country and we have to challenge those who are responsible, as well as those who are giving them a pass,” Chance finished. “If that happens to include someone I love, someone who is my brother-in-Christ and someone who I believe does really want to do what is right, it’s not my job to defend or protect him. It’s my job pick up the phone and talk to him about it.”

Read Chance’s entire message on Twitter.

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Kanye West’s New Song ‘Lift Yourself’ Is Here, And It’s Mostly About Poop

Kanye West has made his musical return, and there’s no way it sounds like anything you might’ve predicted. Unless, that is, you guessed that his first new song since 2016 would be about poop.

On Friday night (April 27), the Chicago rapper — who’s been causing drama all week with his divisive, Trump-supporting tweets — tweeted the link to his website, which now auto-plays a song called “Lift Yourself.” The majority of the track features a chorus of soulful voices singing, “Lift yourself up on your feet, let’s get it on.” Almost two minutes in, ‘Ye speaks over the track, saying, “They don’t realize though, this next verse, this next verse though, these bars, watch this.” He then launches into a “verse” in which he mostly raps a variation of, “whoopdedy-scoop, whoopdedy-whoop-scoop-poop,” followed by an abrupt end. You just can’t make this shit up.

Hours before the song’s release on Friday, West teased “Lift Yourself” by tweeting, “I’m going to drop a song with a verse that will bring Ebro the closure he’s been seeking.” Ebro, of course, is the radio host Kanye’s been semi-feuding with all week. He also added, “the bars,” with a ton of fire emojis to really drive his point home.

Head to kanyewest.com to hear the song in full, and look out for more new music soon. The rapper recently announced that he has a new solo album arriving on June 1, followed by a collaborative project with Kid Cudi on June 8. Let’s hope he gives us some fresh bars that aren’t just about poop.

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Why Did Kanye Invite TMZ To His Office To Preview New Music?

Kanye West really does love Donald Trump, and no amount of texts from John Legend is stopping that. On Thursday (April 26), the Chicago rapper — wearing a pro-Trump “Make America Great Again” hat — teased new music for TMZ’s Harvey Levin. Over a minimal beat that sounds unfinished, Kanye spit a brief and provocative a cappella verse.

“Hopped off the Amistad and made ‘I’m a God,’ / It’s always a lituation when I’m involved,” Kanye proudly proclaims. Unfortunately, Yeezy’s rhymes do not feel like a lituation. Kanye’s first bar is likely referring to the Amistad slave rebellion. In 1839, 53 Africans revolted on the Amistad schooner as they tried to sail back to their homeland. The lyric is confusing considering West recently called slavery a trend on Twitter.

Kanye continues his verse by comparing parents to strippers and claiming the anonymous guardians teach white dominance.

See I say what they say when the mic is off
Parents are the strippers
Strip kids of they confidence
Teach white dominance
Question your common sense
See I been washed in tradition that Imma rinse

Over the weekend, Kanye shared he has a solo album and a project with Kid Cudi releasing in June. So this verse might appear on either project.

Kanye’s return to Twitter has been met with controversy. Snoop Dogg and Ice-T aren’t feeling West’s support of Donald Trump. Chance The Rapper and Kim Kardashian have gone out of their way to defend Kanye’s right to speak his feelings. Earlier today (April 26), Kanye leaked a conversation between him and John Legend and accused his former G.O.O.D. Music artist of manipulating his “free thought.”

The album rollout for Kanye’s seventh studio album has been a bizarre and exhausting ride. It is hard to tell where the rapper will go next from here.

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J. Cole Calls SoundCloud Rappers ‘Exaggerated Versions Of Black Stereotypes’

J. Cole didn’t pull any punches on “1985 (Intro To ‘The Fall Off’)”. The KOD closer finds the Fayetteville rapper taking shots at anonymous rappers who glorify stereotypical portrayals of African-Americans. Many people think Cole’s subliminals are for Lil Pump or Smokepurpp. However, in a new Vulture profile, Cole reveals his critique is meant for a variety of people.

“It’s really a ‘shoe fits’ situation — several people can wear that shoe,” Cole said. “Why you yelling at your show? You must feel attacked in some kind of way, must feel offended, and if you feel offended, then that means something rings true, something struck a chord. That’s cool with me. That’s all I ever want to do.”

Cole made a more pointed statement later in the interview about the caricatures many SoundCloud rappers paint of the black community.

“If you exclude the top three rappers in the game, the most popping rappers all are exaggerated versions of black stereotypes,” the Kids on Drugs rapper continued. “Extremely tatted up. Colorful hair. Flamboyant. Brand names. It’s caricatures, and still the dominant representation of black people, on the most popular entertainment format for black people, period.”

On “1985,” Cole describes why he believes a white audience wants to see negative portrayals of black and brown artists.

But have you ever thought about your impact?
These white kids love that you don’t give a fuck
‘Cause that’s exactly what’s expected when your skin black
They wanna see you dab, they wanna see you pop a pill
They wanna see you tatted from your face to your heels
And somewhere deep down, fuck it, I gotta keep it real
They wanna be black and think your song is how it feels

Recently, Cole has released two videos from KOD — “A.T.M.” and “Kevin’s Heart.” Both songs see the Dreamville rapper taking a close look at the addictive qualities of money, sex, and drugs. It’s safe to say Cole has a message to tell and he isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

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Morning Bop: I Could Honestly Listen To The Veronicas “4ever”

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Morning Bop: Hit The Road In The “Backseat” With Bali Baby

Welcome to Morning Bop: each AM, we’ll be providing you with a blast of the latest music news headlines along with the perfect song you need to start your day. Tuesday’s #MorningBop is “Backseat” by Bali Baby because it’ll rev you all the way up.

While you crank that up, here are three trending news stories to keep tabs on today:

  1. Watch this behind-the-scenes footage from the filming of Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left To Cry” video

    Can Dave Meyers direct my life too?

  2. Tyler, the Creator is dropping more GOLF le FLEUR* kicks

    The “Mono” collection will be available at Converse on April 26.

  3. Janelle Monáe is going on an official U.S. headlining tour

    Tickets for the Dirty Computer Tour go on sale starting May 4!

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Morning Bop: Kehlani Is “The Way” To A Good Day

Welcome to Morning Bop: each AM, we’ll be providing you with a blast of the latest music news headlines along with the perfect song you need to start your day. Monday’s #MorningBop is “The Way” by Kehlani featuring Chance The Rapper because she is the voice of reason that we need right now.

While you crank that up, here are six trending news stories to keep tabs on today:

  1. Rico Nasty casually drops a video for “Hit That”

    Rihanna needs to hire her as a brand ambassador for Fenty pronto.

  2. Le1f casually surprise dropped an EP

    Blue Dream is giving me LIFE.

  3. Rihanna announces her lingerie line Savage x Fenty

    Blaming my brokeness on Robyn.

  4. Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn are releasing a joint EP

    Apart arrives on June 1 via Capitol Music Group.

  5. Xiu Xiu and Mitski collaborate on “Between The Breaths”

    The song is featured on the soundtrack for the film How To Talk To Girls At Parties.

  6. Leon Bridges shares new song “Beyond”

    Good Thingis out on May 4 via Columbia Records.

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Fans Are Convinced J. Cole Is Taking Shots At Lil Pump On ‘1985’

J. Cole is 33. Lil Pump is 17. In hip-hop, that age difference might as well be a chasm as big as the Grand Canyon. Today (April 20), J. Cole dropped his fifth studio album, KOD. The project finds Cole taking a satirical look at modern hip-hop and the drugs, money, and materialism he feels fuels it. “1985 – Intro To ‘The Fall Off’” is one of the more pointed and antagonistic tracks, which finds the Fayetteville MC targeting an unnamed rapper who fans have determined is Lil Pump or maybe Smokepurpp.

During the track, J. Cole takes various pointed jabs. The beginning of his verse starts with the observation, “I’m fuckin’ with your funky lil’ rap name / I hear your music and I know that rap’s changed / A bunch of folks would say that that’s a bad thing / ‘Cause everything’s commercial and it’s pop now.”

Pump and Purpp have made it their mission to mess with J. Cole in a variety of ways. In April 2017, a song titled “Fuck J. Cole,” reportedly by Lil Pump made its way to the internet. Earlier this week, Smokepurpp joked that he had a standout feature on Cole’s album. In a January interview with Montreality, Smokepurpp referenced his trolling of the North Carolina rapper.

“Nowadays everything is kind of a troll,” Purpp said. “So people do know that [J. Cole tweets] its trolling, but if you don’t like we don’t care. Pump doesn’t care.”

Cole’s indictment of rap’s new generation speaks to some of Purpp’s assessment of the “OG-versus-new rapper” debate. Toward the middle of his verse the bars get more acidic as he raps, “They wanna see you dab, they wanna see you pop a pill / They wanna see you tatted from your face to your heels / And somewhere deep down, fuck it, I gotta keep it real / They wanna be black and think your song is how it feels.”

“1985″ isn’t the first time Cole has been critical of the rap landscape. On “Everybody Dies” many thought he took aim at Kanye, Lil Uzi Vert, and Lil Yachty. With lines like, “Bunch of words and ain’t sayin’ shit, I hate these rappers / Especially the amateur eight week rappers / Lil’ whatever – just another short bus rapper,” it isn’t hard to see why.

The recipient of Cole’s message may not be confirmed by the rapper. However, the message for the hip-hop community is coming through loud and clear.

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This Rapper Turned The Boy Meets World Theme Song Into A Banger

Who knew the universe needed a rap version of the Boy Meets World theme song? Apparently, Ski Mask The Slump God was aware of this glaring omission from reality and set to make everything right. Yesterday (April 19), the Broward County rapper released “SKIMeetsWorld.” The JamzTurnMeUp-produced beat samples the season one theme song by Ray Colcord. However, this sample is not to be confused with the season five through seven theme written by Phil Rosenthal.

“SKIMeetsWorld” might borrow heavily from the family-friendly ABC show, but the song’s content is enough to make Mr. Feeny squirm. Ski raps about his above-average sexual prowess using beloved children’s cartoons like Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder, and Toucan Sam. Approach the track cautiously if you’re afraid of getting your childhood ruined.

The original version of “SKIMeetsWorld” was supposed to feature Busta Rhymes. Ski Mask alluded to that fact in a recent interview with XXL.

“I got verse from Busta Rhymes for my song ‘Boy Meets World,’ Slump God said. “Super excited about it. The song is gonna be crazy and he killed his verse, so I can’t wait for y’all to hear it. Also, he’s hoping on other beats I have left over from Timbaland and then we gonna add him on those tracks, so it should be crazy. He’s going to be in the video for “Nationwide” as well because the video for that song is inspired by Busta Rhymes’ crazy videos from back in the days.”

Ski Mask’s next mixtape, Beware of the Book of Eli, is rumored to drop in April. Praying Topanga gets a feature.

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