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A$AP Rocky Reveals Entire Testing Tracklist With Frank Ocean, Kid Cudi, And More

It’s an exciting time for hip-hop heads. Not only is Pusha T releasing his Kanye West-produced Daytona on Friday (May 25), but A$ AP Rocky’s Testing album will arrive as well.

With just a few hours to wait until fans can listen in full, Rocky has revealed the album’s tracklist and production credits — and to say it’s stacked would be an understatement. Skepta and Boi-1da are among the producers involved, while the roster of featured artists includes FKA Twigs, Dev Hynes, Playboi Carti, and Kodak Black. Two of the most intriguing posse cuts are “Brotha Man” with Frank Ocean and French Montana, and “Purity” with Ocean and the legendary Ms. Lauryn Hill. The tracklist also teases the previously released single “A$ AP Forever” featuring Moby and a newly credited appearance from Kid Cudi.

Check out all the newly teased tracks in the Star Wars-style video below.

To hype up Testing even more, Rocky linked up with Beats 1′s Zane Lowe to break down the features on his third studio album.

“I mean, sparring with Frank is the best training you can get,” Rocky said about Ocean. “I love it because it’s art at its purest form and when we are in the studio, aware of the environment, there’s no egos, man. It’s really like just friends, just honestly sparring and trying to make the best of the best, and get the best out of each other.”

He continued, “We’ve got a Kid Cudi feature on there. I was just fucking stoked about that. … Now, finally, within my career, I could just showcase that, and show people, like, yo, these are the people I grew up with, these are the people I admire.”

The feature-heavy Testing arrives on Friday (May 25). The wait is almost over!

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Fans Think Nicki Minaj Is Dating Eminem After Her ‘Big Banks’ Verse

Nicki Minaj loves her punchlines, and her latest one is either an expert troll or… yeah, it has to be trolling. Today (May 25), YG released “Big Banks” featuring Minaj, 2 Chainz, and Big Sean. The subject matter of the Mustard-produced song is all there in the title, but it’s Nicki who goes slightly off topic. During her verse, she spits, “Back to back Maybach, stack the Ms / Told ‘em I met Slim Shady, bag the M / Once he go black, he’ll be back again.”

When a fan asked Nicki on Instagram if she was dating Eminem, she replied with a simple, “Yes.” However, the Queens rapper is known to joke around with her fans, especially on social media.

Could a Nicki and Em union potentially work? In an infamous 2017 Vulture interview, Eminem shared that he was on Tinder and discussed how the dating world is treating him.

“It’s tough,” Mathers said. “Since my divorce I’ve had a few dates and nothing’s panned out in a way that I wanted to make it public. Dating’s just not where I’m at lately.”

The Barbz have had a particularly stressful week after the “Chun-Li” rapper announced she was pushing back her album Queen. Depending on how much you ship Slim Shady and Minaj, this is great news.

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Pusha T Pokes At Drake’s Ghostwriting Allegations On ‘Infrared’

Pusha T has never seen a beef he didn’t want to keep alive. On “Infrared,” the Virginia rapper decided to throw more gasoline on his long-simmering tension with Drake, Lil Wayne, and Birdman.

“It was written like Nas, but it came from Quentin,” Pusha T raps as he makes light of the ghostwriting allegations that have surrounded Drizzy since his beef with Meek Mill. The president of G.O.O.D. Music keeps the pen hot when he aims at Weezy and Baby’s recent issues with each other.

Oh now it’s okay to kill Baby
Niggas looked at me crazy like I really killed a baby
Salute Ross ’cause the message was pure
He see what I see when you see Wayne on tour
Flash without the fire
Another multi-platinum rapper trapped and can’t retire
Niggas get exposed, I see the cracks and I’m the liar?

Pusha T’s animosity toward Cash Money dates all the way back to 2006. Clipse sent subs at Wayne on “Mr. Me Too,” referencing what they saw as jacking in response to a Vibe cover story that saw Wayne in similar Bape clothing. Wayne fired back during a 2006 Complex interview.

“I don’t see no fuckin’ Clipse,” Wayne said. “Come on man. Weezy, man. They had to do a song with us to get hot, B. “What Happened To That Boy?” C’mon B. Don’t do that, dog. This is a fucking legend you’re talking to right here. 14 years, B.”

In the ensuing years, there have been plenty of shots back and forth from Pusha T’s “Exodus 23:1″ and “H.G.T.V.” to Drake’s “Tuscan Leather.” However, 2016′s “Two Birds, One Stone” reheated the beef after Drake doubted Push’s drug dealing credentials. In an interview on Hot 97, Pusha T explained why he responded two years later.

“I feel like the Drake thing, more recently, was about the ‘Two Birds, One Stone’ record. A lot of talk about the record, or whatever the case may be,” Push said. “I guess, just speaking his truth, questioning my validity to the streets and so on and so forth within that verse. It’s fine. That’s what it was. But if we’re gonna question things…it’s my turn to question.”

Guess we will see if Drake takes the bait on Scorpion. Listen to “Infrared” below.

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Pusha T Reveals Why Kanye West Calls Him In The Middle Of The Night

Kanye West’s brand of leadership is very Michael Scott-esque. Yeezy seems like a kindhearted and familial boss who means well, but ultimately revels in the unbridled chaos of it all. In an interview with Power 105.1′s Angie Martinez, Pusha T opened up about his new album, DAYTONA, a potential tour with Nas, and updates on the rest of the G.O.O.D. Music roster. However, the most fascinating portion of the conversation arrived when Pusha described the challenges of working with West during the album making process.

“He [Kanye] changed my artwork last night at 1 a.m.,” Push said. “He changed my artwork at 1 a.m. ’cause he wasn’t feeling it.”

According to the G.O.O.D. Music president, the artwork for his album was completed and agreed upon by all parties. However, at the last minute Kanye decided the photos weren’t exactly what the world needed to see.

“[At] 1 a.m. my phone rings, no caller ID,” he continued. “‘Hey, yeah, I think we should change the artwork. I like this other artwork.’ Now this other artwork is 85 grand, right. I said, hey, I don’t want to pay for that and I wasn’t even going to ask you to pay for that. We picked what we picked. It’s here. It’s ready. [He said,] ‘No this is what people need to see to go along with this music. I’mma pay for that.’”

Kanye is reportedly producing four more albums in the coming weeks. Guess Kid Cudi, Teyana Taylor, and Nas are going to be getting a lot of early morning phone calls.

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SZA Is Benched From TDE’s Championship Tour After Injuring Her Vocal Cords

TDE’s star-studded Championship Tour has come to an abrupt — but hopefully only temporary — end for SZA.

On Tuesday (May 22), label founder Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith took to social media to explain SZA’s absence from the last few shows. He revealed that the CTRL singer has been pulled from the trek due to a vocal injury, writing that she’s been ordered to “rest her voice to prevent any permanent damage.”

“We’ve been monitoring her close and this is the reason she missed the Arizona and New Mexico dates,” he wrote. Top Dawg added that the singer will visit a doctor to determine whether or not she’ll be able to rejoin the tour, and promised to keep fans updated on her condition. He and SZA are also trying to find a way to make it up to fans who didn’t get to see her on the missed dates.

SZA retweeted Top Dawg’s statement but didn’t add any comments of her own.

The Championship Tour — which also features Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and more of the label’s talent — kicked off earlier this month in Vancouver. The arena trek is still slated to make stops in major cities like Atlanta, New York, and Chicago before wrapping in Pittsburgh on June 16. Here’s hoping SZA will make it back to the stage for at least a few of those dates.

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Drake Apparently Wrote ‘Nice For What’ While Playing Video Games

Drake’s “Nice For What” is an intricate tightrope act. The song produced by Murda Beatz balances a Lauryn Hill sample, New Orleans bounce groove, and an intro from Big Freedia, but manages to make the disparate parts coalesce into one grand vision. Surprisingly, the story of how the song came together makes it seem like all of that complexity wasn’t difficult to manage. In an interview on the Rap Radar podcast, Murda Beatz shared that he worked on the song with Drake while the rapper was playing video games.

“We were chillin’ at Drake’s house,” Murda said. “We’re playing [NBA] 2K, and we came up with the idea to get like a female artist, to sample a female artist. So I asked my manager Cory, like, ‘Yo, what do you think?’ He’s like, ‘[Lauryn Hill's] “Ex-Factor” and then Drake’s like, ‘Oh, what part?’ And we picked the part, chopped it up, I made the beat while he was playing 2K.”

Murda also revealed that the first pass at the song was written in under two hours.

“He sat there,” Beatz continued. “Wrote the shit in front of me. Cut the shit in front of me. Yeah, we had the shit done, beat and song, probably like hour and a half.”

Murda Beatz is having a phenomenal year. He produced “Motorsport” for Migos and “I Do” on Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy, along with an entire tape for Smokepurpp. Hopefully when Scorpion drops, there are a few more Murda concoctions.

Watch the entire interview on Tidal.

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Morning Bop: Years & Years Is The Cure For Breakup Blues

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Diplo, French Montana, And Lil Pump Team Up For Some Deadpool 2 Dubstep

One look at the Deadpool 2 soundtrack song list — where Céline Dion coexists with the 2017 unplugged version of a-ha’s “Take on Me” — reveals a great deal about how music is used in the film.

“Welcome to the Party,” the dubstep-bursting latest offering from the film’s soundtrack, is perhaps another preview of the film’s tone. Here, Diplo enlists French Montana and Lil Pump (with a feature from newcomer Zhavia) for a low end-heavy, festival-ready celebration of, well, party stuff.

That’s likely why its release was accompanied perfectly by a motion graphic of Deadpool himself, decked out in a flower crown, dancing around like a goon and living his best life.

Between French’s musings on being high and Pump’s rapid declarations of self (“Make a bitch do jumpin’ jacks like she was an acrobat / Got these bitches lookin’ at me crazy ’cause I got face tats”), “Welcome to the Party” is a barnburner that I can only assume accompanies a massive shootout scene complete with slo-mo stunts and colorful carnage.

Because that’s what Deadpool 2, a 2018 film whose soundtrack features Run the Jewels, Skrillex, and Cher, is clearly all about. Check out the song and its ridiculously appropriate video above.

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J. Cole Explains Why He Felt ‘A Certain Type Of Way’ When Kanye Called Him

Why Did J. Cole Stop Drinking?

KOD, or “Kidz On Drugs,” is an album that deals with the hardships of addiction. In one of the most vulnerable portions of the discussion, Cole shared what led him to set aside alcohol.

“I would have never even thought the day would’ve came where I stopped drinking, because to me it wasn’t even a big deal,” he said. “But this is when I noticed it was a big deal, because when I tried to go out that night and, like, not drink, I could feel the pull and the tug.”

Cole continued to discuss how his body was giving him clear signals that he needed to stop.

“Putting myself in these situations and when I noticed that pull and that tug,” the “ATM” rapper said. “That my body, my mind was telling me like, ‘Yo, damn, I want to have a drink.’ That’s what let me know something is there”

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Mac Miller Reportedly Arrested For DUI

Mac Miller was reportedly arrested in the San Fernando Valley for a DUI and hit and run on Thursday (May 17). According to TMZ, the Pittsburgh rapper hit a power pole in his 2016 G-Wagon and fled the scene before cops arrived.

In the past, Miller has been open about his struggles with addiction and how it informed projects like 2014′s Faces. During a 2017 interview with W Magazine, Mac discussed his sobriety and the weight of being so open with it.

“I’ve spent a good time very sober and now I’m just, like, living regularly,” Mac said at the time. “I think it’s important. I don’t believe in absolute anything, but I think not sharing that type of information, because it becomes like, ‘Oh he’s sober, oh he’s not, oh he has a beer, oh my god.’”

Miller continued to describe how he’s become more reserved when talking about his struggles.

“I just realized some things are important to just keep for yourself,” he said. “That was a learning experience. But it was important to let everyone know that I wasn’t doing fucking crazy amounts of hard drugs. That was good to get out there.”

Miller’s bail is reportedly set at $ 15,000.

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