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We Might Finally Get Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V: Here’s Why

Fans have been waiting for Tha Carter V for nearly six years, which is an eternity in the rap game. Luckily, it seems like we’ll finally get to experience the album after it was reported that Lil Wayne has settled two ongoing and often contentious lawsuits.

On May 23, Wayne’s attorney, Howard King, filed that they want to dismiss the lawsuit against Universal Music, according to The Blast and confirmed by Pitchfork. Allegedly, Universal settled for “well over $ 10 million,” and Wayne’s deal with Cash Money is done, The Blast reports.

Karen Civil, who has worked closely with Lil Wayne in the past, gave an update on the settlement on Twitter.

“A portion of the information released today is true, a settlement has been reached, but the dollar amount being disclosed is false,” Civil wrote. “Lil Wayne’s PR team will send out a statement shortly with accurate updates.”

The first lawsuit was aimed at Cash Money, Birdman, Ronald “Slim” Williams, UMG Recordings, Inc., and Universal Music Group, Inc. for breach of contract. In the second lawsuit, Wayne was reportedly looking for $ 40 million in damages from Universal Music Group, Inc. and SoundExchange, Inc., for profits he didn’t receive from Young Money artists Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Tyga.

In a 2012 interview with MTV News, Wayne revealed that he planned to retire after Tha Carter V.

“Because I know y’all want me around for a little bit, and Carter V is my last album,” Weezy revealed. “Man, I’ve been rappin’ since I was 8 years old. I’m 30 now, man. That’s a long time, man.”

Unfortunately, his legal troubles blocked the album from ever seeing the light of day. However, Birdman did tell Rap-Up earlier this year that, “I’m guaranteeing you gon’ get [Tha Carter V] this year.”

Guess he wasn’t joking.

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Chloe x Halle Spill The Life Advice They Got From Beyoncé

Chloe x Halle and Wyclef Jean stopped by the TRL studio and kept it ~100~ about the power of collaborations and partnerships with other artists. So, uh, does either of them want to be my mentor??

Coming from a position that virtually nobody else in the world could relate to, Chloe x Halle shared what it’s like to work directly with and get guidance from Beyoncé, as the duo is signed to her label. The most important part, according to Bey? Wait for the world to catch up and don’t dumb yourself down for anyone. Chloe x Halle’s music might not be traditionally mainstream, but that’s perfectly fine because their real fans will find them.

Wyclef Jean also stopped by and told Sway Calloway the story of how DJ Khaled got permission to sample parts of Santana’s “Maria Maria” when putting together “Wild Thoughts,” last year’s summer smash that featured Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. I think I just lost count of how many legends were involved in the making of one hit song! TRL airs on weekdays at 8:00am ET!

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Kanye West’s Apology To Kim Kardashian On Ye ‘Meant A Lot’ To Her

One of the most vulnerable moments on Kanye West’s recently released album, ye, is “Wouldn’t Leave.” On the song, the father of three apologizes to his wife for making the controversial statement on TMZ that slavery was “a choice.” During the first verse, Kanye raps, “My wife callin’, screamin’, say we ’bout to lose it all / Had to calm her down ’cause she couldn’t breathe / Told her she could leave me now, but she wouldn’t leave.” Now, in a new interview with ET, Kim Kardashian has opened up about hearing the song for the very first time.

“Did I talk about it? Did I scream about it? Did I cry about it? Did I fight about it? Yeah,” Kardashian admitted. “That’s not stuff we put on social media, but yeah, we have those moments. That was the one song that he didn’t really play for me until last minute, so I heard that last minute and it meant a lot to me. But yeah, we have different views sometimes, but that’s my husband, you know?”

In the same interview, Kardashian gave some insight into the creation of ye, revealing that her husband scrapped the project and started over just weeks before it was set to be released.

“I was in the room for making all of the songs and hearing things, and it’s a really fascinating process, especially since he scrapped his whole album and redid it in the last two weeks and just came up with all new songs,” she said. “I left to go home for, like, two days and then I come back and it was a whole new album. It’s fascinating to see the process.”

Ye is headed toward a No. 1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100. On Monday (June 4), the Chicago rapper took to Twitter to thank fans for supporting the project.

West’s next project is a collaborative album with Kid Cudi, Kids See Ghosts, which drops this Friday (June 8). Hopefully he won’t scrap this one so close to the deadline as he did with ye.

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A$AP Rocky And Skepta’s Hometowns Collide In ‘Praise The Lord’ Video

A$ AP Rocky and Skepta show off their respective hometowns in the new video for “Praise the Lord (Da Shine),” and, as it turns out, New York and London aren’t that different after all.

Directed by Dexter Navy, the grainy, jet-setting clip features split-screen visuals that blend Rocky’s life in Harlem with Skepta’s world across the pond. Both rappers (Flacko in Dior chains and velour pants) are seen smoking, dancing, and being their generally charismatic selves as they wander their home bases with their loyal crews in tow. Their worlds eventually merge in the end, when they unite in Rocky’s native borough to cap off their catchy collab, which is built around a simple flute riff and an instantly memorable hook: “I came, I saw, I came, I saw / I praise, the Lord, then break, the law.”

The Skepta-featuring “Praise the Lord (Da Shine)” was produced by the grime rapper himself, and appears on A$ AP Rocky’s recently released third album, Testing. It also marks the second official video from Testing, following the trippy “A$ AP Forever” clip. Here’s hoping Rocky keeps the visuals coming.

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Everything We Saw At Kanye West’s Star-Packed Social Experiment In Wyoming

Kanye West is a master of the redemptive arc. As music industry titans filed into Diamond Cross Ranch on a crisp Thursday evening, the façade wasn’t hard to peel back. The same critics who claimed West was cancelled after calling slavery “a choice” were now in a bacchanalian haze watching caramel and chocolate horses roam in green tranquility.

For one fleeting night, West did what he does best. He sampled. Only this time the records he smashed together were in service of a social experiment. Where else could your average Wyoming citizen see Scott Disick yell to Kanye, “What’s going on with you?” Yeezy’s listening party did indeed turn “TMZ to Smack DVD.” The celebrity sightings were like a real-life version of Mad Libs unfolding — Jonah Hill chopped it up with Kid Cudi; Kim Kardashian shot the shit with 2 Chainz.

Bizarre, oddly brilliant, and in slightly bad taste, the event was a microcosm for Ye the album. The question that hung over the proceedings like a plague was simple: Was Wyoming our generation’s Jonestown, even if the Kool-Aid was seven soulful beats from the most influential artist of the last decade?

It wasn’t, but thankfully Chris Rock understood the jig. The legendary comedian joked that the crackling bonfire on a normal day would be the site of a Ku Klux Klan cross-burning. The juxtaposition between laughing media personalities and awkward chuckles from Wyoming residents was palpable.

“No black man has taken more advantage of his freedom than Kanye West,” Rock proclaimed through a feedback-drenched microphone. He wasn’t wrong. A collection of 150 people ascended the mountaintop to see if West’s first profession — the music — could win back that “freedom” or present his version of it.

On “Yikes,” Kanye raps, “That’s my bipolar shit, n—a what? / That’s my superpower, n—a ain’t no disability.” Before the album played, the Chicago artist walked the ranch, and seeing him field photo requests from fans and make small talk with various celebrities was akin to Superman facing his Kryptonite. West was cordial, but beneath each forced smile was the pain of an artist in the midst of a rebuild. The circus surrounding a man still battling mental illness made the lyrics even more visceral.

Kanye isn’t all right, but in person it is clear to see he is fighting to be. On “I Thought About Killing You,” West is talking about killing a mysterious person. As I flashed back to earlier that evening, it was clear that he might be talking about himself and the man who almost crumbled an empire with every misguided tweet. With his wife, Kim, by his side, Kanye huddled everyone around the fire to hear his stories of drug addiction, marital woes, and the sonic process of killing one’s demons.

Yeezy has wrought significant damage on the black community. No amount of free drinks, dry brisket, and free merch can change that. Every day millions of African-Americans are fighting for their lives and sadly can’t retreat to the snowy mountains of Wyoming to heal the pain of a country that won’t let them kneel, raise their hands, or speak out against the oppression creeping into their lives.

However, for a couple of hours, Kanye’s social experiment worked. At one point, I stood next to a man who said he taught Kanye kickboxing, and his wife. With a mouthful of ribs, we spoke like we had been friends forever. He remarked how it was amazing that West supposedly invited all of the members of the resort where he finished Ye to the festivities. We discussed his move from Florida to Wyoming and the adjustment it took. Who knows if any of this was true, but the moment wasn’t lost on me.

In Wyoming, the barrier between celebrity and fan dissolved. Before the album played, I walked up to an unassuming man in a grey hoodie. It was Kid Cudi. As my voice trembled, I told the Man on the Moon how his music got me through the pain of death. Scott warmly said, “No, that was always you.” It wasn’t fair to lay that at my idol’s feet, but his kind words perfectly illustrated that we’re not that different from Kanye. We’re all looking for love, whether we are multi-platinum-selling artists or fans disguised as reporters and social critics.

Maybe West wasn’t reborn in the fire Thursday night, but he didn’t need to be. There was never an “old Kanye.” What Cudi said to me could apply just as easily to West: “That was always you.”

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Cardi B’s ‘I Like It’ Video Features Shaved Ice And Bad Bunny Dance Moves

Can Cardi B have the song of the summer two years in a row? If “Bodak Yellow” is the reigning champ of 2017, then the release of the music video for “I Like It” featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin is making a claim for 2018.

The Eif Rivera-directed visual is like a Santana video married an early 2000s Sean Paul video and they stopped at a resort manned by Snoop Dogg and Pharrell’s “Beautiful.” In short, “I Like It” is fun in the way any video with random shaved iced, Cardi B rapping about eating Halal, and Bad Bunny dancing like this is his last day on Earth could be. In an interview with Billboard, Bad Bunny described how the track came together.

“I remember I got a call and they told me that they wanted me to participate in Cardi B’s album,” Bunny said. “They told me the track was a surprise, even for her. The producers were working on it. She didn’t know that track was being made…I loved the track from the beginning.”

Cardi B is in the process of one last marketing push for her album Invasion of Privacy before she goes on a brief maternity leave. Last week, she proved once again that she is the ”Trap Selena” on Jennifer Lopez’s “Dinero” and dropped the Kill Bill-inspired video for “Be Careful.” It is safe to say Cardi is leaving fans with enough musical gifts until her triumphant return on tour with Bruno Mars this fall.

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Drake Responds To Blackface Controversy In New Statement

Drake has finally responded to Pusha T’s scathing dis record “The Story of Adidon,” but not in the way most were predicting. Wednesday night (May 30), the Toronto rapper posted a statement on Instagram explaining the photo featuring him in blackface that Push used for the cover of his track.

“I know everyone is enjoying the circus but I want to clarify this image in question,” Drake wrote in an Instagram story. “This was not from a clothing brand shoot or my music career. This picture is from 2007, a time in my life where I was an actor and I was working on a project that was about young black actors struggling to get roles, being stereotyped and type cast. The photos represented how African Americans were once wrongfully portrayed in entertainment.”

Drizzy went onto explain that the photo, taken by photographer David Leyes, was part of a project aimed at showing the frustrations that he and his best friend felt as black actors.

“Me and my best friend Mazin Elsadig who is also an actor from Sudan were attempting to use our voice to bring awareness to the issues we dealt with all the time as black actors at auditions,” Graham continues. “This was to highlight and raise our frustrations with not always getting a fair chance in the industry and to make a point that the struggle for black actors had not changed much.”

Since the photo was revealed, many people traced Drake’s clothing in it to the streetwear brand Too Black Guys, which released a “Jim Crow Couture/House of Crow” collection in 2008. However, the brand’s founder, Adrian Aitcheson, issued a statement sharing that the company was not involved in the photo.

“Too Black Guys has a history of representing the black experience in an unapologetic way,” Aitcheson wrote. Although this was not an image from any of our photoshoots, we feel that Drake, who is a long-time friend of the brand, was brilliantly illustrating the hypocrisy of the Jim Crow Era.”

The current spat between Drake and Pusha T is one of the most ruthless in recent memory. Push’s “Infrared” reignited a seven-year beef, which Graham was happy to respond to on “Duppy Freestyle.” Unfortunately for Drake, a decade-old photo has quickly taken over the narrative. It isn’t every day that a rapper responds to beef with a written statement, but at this point, it was unavoidable.

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BROCKHAMPTON Part Ways With Ameer Vann Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

BROCKHAMPTON has been facing backlash from fans and the music community after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct came out regarding group member Ameer Vann. On Sunday (May 27), the collective announced that they were parting ways with Ameer in an emotional statement on Twitter.

“Ameer is no longer in BROCKHAMPTON,” the statement read. “We want to sincerely apologize to the victims affected by Ameer’s actions. We were lied to, and we’re sorry for not speaking up sooner. We do not tolerate abuse of any kind. This is not a solution to their suffering, but we hope this is a step in the right direction. We are going to cancel the remaining dates of our current US tour to go home and regroup.”

In early May, multiple women came forward to accuse Ameer of emotional and sexual abuse, in addition to claims that he had sex with a minor. In a series of since-deleted tweets, Vann denied any criminal wrongdoing, but did admit to disrespecting past partners.

“In response to the claims of emotional and sexual abuse: although my behavior has been selfish, childish, and unkind, I have never criminally harmed anyone or disrespected their boundaries,” Ameer wrote. “I have never had relations with a minor or violated anybody’s consent.”

On Instagram Live last week, BROCKHAMPTON founder Kevin Abstract apologized to fans for not addressing the allegations sooner. He also stated that the group’s upcoming album, PUPPY, would potentially be delayed. The group’s last show for the foreseeable future was at Boston Calling, where multiple members of the group broke down during their performance. At this time it isn’t clear when the group will resume touring.

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Here’s Why Fans Think Meek Mill And Drake Are Working Together Again

Looks like all beef isn’t forever. Meek Mill teased an unreleased song on social media this week, and many people believe it is hinting at a collaboration with onetime rival Drake. Over what sounds like a sample of The Notorious B.I.G.’s “What’s Beef,” Meek raps, “Is we beefing or rapping? / I might just pop up with Drizzy like…” Many fans are convinced that the “yeah” voice at the end of Meek’s line sounds very similar to the OVO head honcho’s.

Tension between Meek and Drake started rising in July 2015, when the Philadelphia rapper claimed that Graham employed a ghostwriter. Reference tracks by Quentin Miller for various If You’re Reading This Its Too Late tracks leaked. Drake then dropped “Charged Up” and “Back to Back,” sealing Meek’s internet coffin on the infamous OVO Fest meme screen. All in all, the entire debacle was messy.

In November 2017, Drake sent a positive message to Meek at the Melbourne, Australia stop of his Boy Meets World Tour. At the time, Mill was still incarcerated.

“I see you with the Adidas three-stripe,” Graham said. I see you got the ‘Free Meek Mill’ t-shirt. Free Meek Mill too, man. You right.”

Meek co-signed Drizzy’s olive branch when asked about the gesture earlier this month on The Breakfast Club after his release.

“He put good energy in the air,” Mill said. “What happened, happened. We moved past that, and I think we’ll have a conversation next time when we see each other and get it going. Keep it moving in life.”

Hopefully, “get it going” means the “R.I.C.O.” artists are back to making music together. We can all say “Amen” to that.

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Nicki Minaj Explains Why She Pushed Her Album Back

Nicki Minaj has been teasing a big announcement after canceling her recent appearance on Ellen this week. Considering your outlook on life, the reveal is either a blow for the Barbz or presents a silver lining. The good news is that Queen drops on August 10. Unfortunately, that means the album is pushed back from the original June 15 date.

“The album itself I think I want to put out on August 10,” Nicki said on Instagram Live. “I want to put out my second single, which I’m really, really excited about, and I want to now start an official countdown. I also want to do some things where I invite some of my actual fans to the studio and listen to the album and listen to the songs.”

The “Chun-Li” rapper previously announced the title and release date of her album at the Met Gala in classic Nicki fashion.

“I’m the bad guy and I wanted to make sure bitches knew that the bad guy is here,” Minaj told E! News in May. “Album dropping June 15th. It’s called Queen.”

Before the announcement, Nicki did tease fans on Instagram about her latest song, which looks to be the second single she references on Instagram. Minaj tagged YG, 2 Chainz, and Big Sean in a video with a caption that reads, “Big

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