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Cardi B Already Knows How She’ll Handle The Stripper Conversation With Her Daughter

Cardi B is unabashedly real in a music industry that seldom thrives on that rare and specific quality. The Invasion of Privacy rapper recently showed off her intimate baby-bump photo with Offset for the cover of Rolling Stone, but that isn’t the only surprising portion of the profile. In her interview, Cardi describes how she will handle speaking with her daughter about stripping as a profession.

“I’m going to tell her everything. Everything,” Cardi said. “You have a choice. I could maintain you. I could spoil you if you go to college. Or if you want to be independent, go ahead.”

Cardi then details how she would discuss the subject of stripping if it is a job her daughter wanted to pursue.

“When you a teenager and you 18, 19, you can’t get no job that pays you more than $ 200 a week,” she continued. “You want to become a stripper? ‘Cause I became a stripper ’cause I ain’t have no choice. You gonna be getting your ass smacked by n—– that have less money than you, less of an education than you, but they going to feel like they better than you because they feel like you need them. You want to live like that? That’s how I’m going to talk to my kid.”

Tough conversations with her daughter aren’t the only things the “I Like It” star has to worry about right now. Earlier in the interview, Cardi briefly discusses how she hopes to juggle motherhood with the challenges of touring with Bruno Mars starting in September.

“What I envision is my tour bus has my own personal room, and I just want to be with my baby,” she said. “Only time I don’t have my baby with me is when I’m getting my hair done, makeup done, performing. I don’t want to miss one second. I don’t want to miss no smiles, I don’t want to miss no new movement, I don’t want the baby to confuse me and the babysitter.”

Read Cardi B and Offset’s cover story at Rolling Stone.

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Kanye West, J. Cole, And More Pay Tribute To XXXTentacion

Controversial rapper XXXTentacion died Monday (June 18) at the age of 20 after being shot in South Florida. The young rapper’s ascent was plagued and partially indebted to his ongoing legal troubles. The “SAD!” artist served jail time and faced a slew of charges, including a domestic violence case dating back to 2016.

His propensity to troll the hip-hop elite coupled with his provocation of critics made him one of rap’s most contentious figures. Since news of his shooting and death, many in the hip-hop community have taken to social media for an outpouring of support.

One of XXXTentacion’s closest friends and fellow South Florida rapper Ski Mask the Slump God took to Instagram to post a picture of his fallen associate. In October 2017, Ski Mask distanced himself from the “Look At Me!” rapper after claiming he threatened his family on Instagram. However, in one of the most surprising moments at 2018′s Rolling Loud, the two rappers hit the stage together. At one point during the performance, XXX told Ski, “Yo bro, I love you, bro.”

One of the more surprising condolences comes from J. Cole. In X’s 2017 XXL Freshman freestyle, he dissed the Fayetteville MC with the lines, “Don’t understand why J. Cole talkin’ ’bout false prophets / But didn’t mention higher-ups / Change your name to Amber Cole / These fucking entertainers is playing it by the rules / Sucking government dick for safety to stay cool.”

Despite X’s freestyle, in a January interview with Adam Grandmaison of No Jumper, Cole called the South Florida rapper “talented.”

“This got me fucked up,” Cole tweeted today. “RIP X. Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. God bless his family, friends and fans.”

Perhaps the most high-profile response came from Kanye West. While the Chicago rapper has never collaborated with X, he did share that he is inspired by the South Florida artist.

“Rest in peace,” Kanye tweeted. “I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing.”

Read the rest of the music world’s reactions below.

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Jimmy Wopo, Rising Pittsburgh Rapper, Dead At 21

Jimmy Wopo, an up-and-coming Pennsylvania rapper, was fatally shot in Pittsburgh. He was 21.

WPXI confirmed that Wopo was involved in a shooting in Hill District on Monday (June 18). Taylor Maglin, Jimmy’s manager, also revealed in a Facebook post that his client and friend had passed. The Jordan Kobe rapper is the second high-profile death of a rapper today after the shooting of XXXTentacion.

Born Travon Smart, Wopo first exploded on the scene with the viral success of his song “Elm Street.” Brash, nihilistic, and full of dark humor, his music reveled in chaos, while celebrating the prospect of escape from his dangerous past. Throughout music videos like “Scrilla” and “First Day Out,” he’d proudly show off his hometown and the people who reside there.

Unfortunately, the Back Against the Wall artist’s career would be derailed numerous times, as a result of run-ins with the law. In October 2015, Wopo pleaded guilty to felony drug conspiracy charges and was ordered to serve three years probation. Additionally, the Pittsburgh rapper also pleaded guilty to a separate felony drug count, which held with it an 18-month probation. Unfortunately, Wopo would end up violating his probation in 2017 after leaving the state to take meetings with record labels, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In a 2017 interview with Complex, Jimmy shared the importance of the Steel City and what it meant to him emotionally.

“The city, it means a lot to me, and it means more to me now that I’m in control,” Jimmy said. “The shit that I do, my actions reflect on the city. Now I take it more serious how I represent where I come from, because more people watching.”

Later in the interview, Wopo detailed the wise words that he could impart upon the next generation of Pittsburgh stars.

“So I feel like, whatever you doing, anybody coming out in Pittsburgh, keep doing it. No matter if they supporting you or if nobody doing that shit with you. Keep doing that shit. That’s the only way you gonna make it poppin’.”

Below the music world pays tribute to Wopo.

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Nicki Minaj And Ariana Grande’s ‘Bed’ Might Make Pete Davidson Blush

Young Money artists must really adore their beds. First, Drake told us he only loves his bed and his momma, and now, Nicki Minaj’s “Bed,” featuring Ariana Grande, tells the tale of “thousand dollar sheets” and “strawberry lingerie.” Who can blame the YMCMB crew for loving their naps?

“Bed” is unique in that it finds Minaj going into her pop bag for the first time this Queen album cycle. Seductive, sultry, and sweet, “Bed” is a melodic affair with Nicki and Ari sharing singing duties on the hook. One of the more revealing moments of the song comes during the third verse, when Nicki references an upcoming collaboration with ZAYN, rapping, “He go insane on it, I put my fame on it / Coulda put ZAYN on it, but I put your name on it.” The Queens rapper has been teasing the collab for a while, and ZAYN has even confirmed that the song exists. Here’s hoping they drop it soon.

Another interesting twist is that “Bed” comes a day after Minaj’s ELLE cover story, in which she discusses her role as a sex symbol and how it affects her fans.

“In a lot of ways, I don’t know if I’m doing the same thing they’re doing, because I’m selling sex appeal,” Minaj said. “So I can’t look down on these girls. I may not be having sex with people, but I’m still selling sex appeal.”

She continued, “I just don’t know if girls who look up to me think that when I’m posting a sexy picture. I’m actually the antithesis of all of that. I’m more of, like, the snobby girl, like the ‘Uh, what’ type of girl. And I want girls to be like that.”

Even more exciting, Minaj and Grande have apparently already shot a video for “Bed” that should be arriving soon. Check out a teaser for the poolside visual below.

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Beyoncé And Jay-Z Just Made Everyone Go ‘Ape Shit’ With A Surprise Joint Album

This is not a drill: Beyoncé and Jay-Z just dropped an entire joint album without any announcement or hype whatsoever. Because it’s not like music’s most powerful couple needs album promo anyway!

Everything Is Love abruptly hit Tidal on Saturday afternoon (July 16) under the name The Carters. The collaborative album spans nine songs, clocks in at just over 38 minutes, and features both Bey and Jay on every track. One of those cuts, “APESHIT,” already has a full-length music video that’s also available on Tidal. The cinematic vid was shot on location at The Louvre in Paris, and was teased by Beyoncé on Instagram.

Rumors about a Bey and Jay collaborative album have long swirled, and they escalated in March when the couple announced their joint stadium trek, On The Run II. The tour kicked off earlier this month in the U.K. and begins its North American leg on July 25. Looks like fans are going to have a lot of new music to get them hyped before then.

If you don’t have a Tidal account — and somehow aren’t succumbing to the pressure to subscribe — you can listen to 30-second previews of the new songs below. Happy listening!

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Cardi B Flashes Her Bare Baby Bump On Dramatic Rolling Stone Cover

Baby Bardi isn’t even here yet and she’s already a cover star. On Friday evening (June 15), Cardi B surprised fans by unveiling her upcoming Rolling Stone cover, with features her fiancée Offset, a dramatic blonde wig, some serious body art, and her bare baby bump.

A version of the cover had previously leaked on the internet, but Cardi took matters into her own hands by sharing the official pic on Instagram. “I guess it was too much to ask to wait until the official July release of our @rollingstone cover!” she captioned the post. “This cover is so special to me and means so much! … My daughter made it to the Rollin Stone cover!!!!”

This is the second RS cover for both Cardi B and Offset — she previously fronted the October 2017 issue, while he was on the February 2018 issue with the rest of Migos. It is, however, the cover debut for Baby Bardi, who’s reportedly due this summer. Cardi confirmed she was pregnant while performing on Saturday Night Live back in April, giving her bump a dramatic TV debut.

The Cardi-covered issue of Rolling Stone is due to hit newsstands on July 2. Between that, her daughter’s impending arrival, her upcoming nuptials, and “I Like It” heating up the charts, it’s safe to say Cardi’s roll isn’t slowing anytime soon.

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Drake Still Isn’t Over That Girl Who Said He Couldn’t Sing On 2 Chainz’s New Song

Drake has an excellent memory. On 2 Chainz’s “Bigger Than You” featuring Quavo, the Canadian rapper references a time when people weren’t as excited to hear him break the melodies out — “‘Member shorty told me she thought the raps good, but the singing’s off.’”

Considering the previous bar mentions a time when he had a pre-paid phone it is safe to assume this was probably anywhere between 2007 – 2009, where Drake was first coming into his singing voice on projects like So Far Gone. What is the chance this is the same girl who told Drake he’d never be “as big as Trey Songz” on “From Time?”

Thankfully, “Bigger Than You” isn’t all about women who said Drake needed to work on hitting the correct notes. Quavo handles the hook, which is about warning fans he’s on “baller alert,” while the fine ladies are on “caller alert.” 2 Chainz also blesses us with the punchline, “Chain so big, should have came with a kickstand,” which same.

In February, Chainz announced the release of his next album, Rap Or Go To The League, in front of a blimp. On Instagram, the Atlanta rapper described the theme of his fifth studio album would center on race relations and the stereotypes he faced growing up.

“With the height of racial tensions across America I felt I should do my part in explaining some of the brain washing formulas used in my community,” Chainz wrote. “This album not only touches on those who did succeed thru entertainment but those who didn’t! Welcome to Rap or Go TO THE LEAGUE!”

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Nicki Minaj Gets Candid About What Being Single Meant For Her New Album

One can learn many things from a breakup, like the joys of sending reckless DMs or eating alone at a restaurant as you sneer at everyone condescendingly judging you. For Nicki Minaj , she learned that single life can actually be super inspirational. In her latest cover story for Elle, Minaj discussed what it was like being single for the “first time in my life” and how that affected her upcoming album.

“I went through a moment where I got to know myself again, and then I went through a moment where I got to know myself as the rapper again,” Minaj said. “And then I locked [myself] in the studio” — see? — and I didn’t want to leave. Spiritually, I’ve experienced more growth in the last six months of my life, of my career, than I have in the last eight years.”

In the past, Minaj has been linked to Safaree Samuels, Meek Mill, and, most recently, Nas. The two New York rappers reportedly split in late 2017, according to TMZ.

Elsewhere in the interview, the “Chun-Li” rapper described the challenges of being in relationships and how she got through the transition of being on her own again.

“I remember feeling like I could do anything at one time in my life and somewhere along the line, I just started second guessing myself, for whatever reason,” she said. “As soon as I realized that I could actually live and breathe, and eat and sleep, and walk and talk without having a boyfriend, something clicked in me.”

Minaj’s latest song, “Rich Sex,” is about why one shouldn’t have intercourse with brokies and fits nicely into the discussion she had during her cover story. Hopefully, when Queen arrives on August 10, fans will get a more complete look at Nicki’s thoughts about relationships, breakups, and everything in between.

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Childish Gambino Surprising Students With A Performance Of ‘This Is America’ Gives Us All The Feels

Donald Glover and Chance the Rapper just proved that “The Worst Guys” can also be the best guys. Yesterday (June 11), Glover surprised a room full of Chicago youth at OpenMike by performing Childish Gambino’s “This Is America.” As social video reveals, as the beat to the song started playing, the auditorium erupted as students rushed to the stage, while Gambino broke out his signature dance from the video.

Glover and Chance’s relationship goes way back. The Chicago rapper opened up for Childish Gambino early in both of their careers and even teased fans with the possibility of a joint mixtape. Chance, along with the poet and activist Malcolm London, host OpenMike, which is a monthly event where Chicago high school students can present artwork to their peers and receive professional development. The monthly event honors “Brother Mike” Hawkins, who helped artists like Chance, Vic Mensa, and Saba first get their start at the YouMedia Lyricist Loft event.

Last week, FX announced that they ordered a third season of Atlanta. At an Emmys FYC screening and panel on Friday (June 8), Glover compared the upcoming season of Atlanta to one of Kanye West’s most successful albums.

“I align the seasons I think, to me, like Kanye records,” Glover told IndieWire. “I feel like this is our Graduation. This is probably our most accessible but also the realest — an honest version of it — and I feel like the most enjoyable, like the third album.”

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Lil Wayne And Meek Mill Were The Comeback Kids Of Summer Jam

A decade ago, Sha-Ron Prescott asked a question that would unknowingly plague rap fans for years: “Hey, Mr. Carter / Tell me, where have you been?” On a dreary Sunday night (June 10) at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, Lil Wayne emphatically waltzed through the drizzle and said “hello” like he never left. For a brief moment in a turquoise fur coat, I saw the man who made me believe he was “The Best Rapper Alive” emerge like a former welterweight champion. He was rusty but determined to take one more swing at the title.

But Sunday night’s Hot 97 Summer Jam was about the newfound freedom of two men. In a week, Weezy went from being reportedly released from a six-year lawsuit that derailed his career to hitting the stage on the 10th anniversary of his classic album Tha Carter III. Assured, confident, and muted, Wayne walked the stage as a man unshackled. That he was sharing the stage with Meek Mill — a rapper who was literally unshackled a few months prior — was serendipitous, to say the least.

Watching Wayne and Mill was bittersweet. Nothing is promised when it comes to black men, especially concerning the privilege to work unabated. The parallels between the two were uncanny. Wayne and Meek both saw gun charges and subsequent prison time halt their careers in 2007. While Wayne has been clear ever since, Meek’s been fighting the same fight for over a decade. During both of their sets, Lil Wayne and Meek Mill looked like men content to be workshopping their comebacks in front of their people — yes, black and brown.

When Meek Mill arrived like a bat out of hell with an ATV as his fiery chariot, it felt like this stage was where he always belonged. The pressure of surviving Philadelphia’s criminal justice system and the memeification of his image by Drake forced Mill to transform into something else, something better. His entire set, from “Dreams and Nightmares” to “1942 Flows,” was about one thing — inspiration.

The cocky MC I remembered performing “Rosé Red” in a University of Delaware auditorium in 2012 was now a preacher who treated the audience like his congregation. Mill was a man giving words of wisdom to people who looked just like him. His dreams were their own, and his fight to avoid a system built to keep him enslaved was a war that ravaged their families and friends as well.

In contrast, the stakes for Wayne were more insular. Ten years removed from the album that cemented his name in the rap pantheon, the New Orleans rapper could easily survey the musical landscape he helped create at his artistic peak in the mid-to-late aughts. The Future, Young Thug, and Lil Baby songs blaring out of the MetLife Stadium parking lot owed part of their existence to the path Wayne forged.

As he crouched to sing “Lollipop” in his signature croak, it shined like the blueprint it was always meant to be. His off-kilter, auto-tuned smothered sex anthem sounded alien in 2008. Now the song could be plugged between the latest Lil Uzi Vert or Gunna song on Rap Caviar, and it would sound at home. Weaving through hits like “A Milli,” it was like a talented fighter shadowboxing with himself, earning back goodwill that never should have escaped him.

Hip-hop is fickle. Rap fans have a tendency to forget our stars with the same speed a child forgets a toy a few days removed from Christmas. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s “Drowning” got more cheers than Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Poison,” which is understandable, no matter how much of a jam it is 28 years later. Regardless, Wayne and Mill proved you can’t snuff out legends. A decade ago, Sha-Ron Prescott asked where Mr. Carter had been. Lil Wayne replied, “Around the world and I’m back again,” and somehow that statement is truer now than it was then.

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