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Nick Grant Tells Us How He Turned Inspiration From A Will Smith Movie Into A Song

1974′s iconic Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman is one of the sport’s all-time bouts. Before the pair squared off for eight rounds (ending with Ali toppling Foreman), local spectators in the crowd chanted their support for Ali, the underdog, in their native Lingala, “Ali Bomaye!” — translation: “Ali, kill him!”

This rallying cry has since become a go-to mantra in hip-hop, including for The Game in 2012, and now for South Carolina up-and-comer Nick Grant — the MTV PUSH artist for the month of September.

As he told MTV recently, he first encountered the phrase while watching Will Smith’s portrayal of the legendary boxer in 2001′s Ali. So he updated it with his own name for a song he called “Nicky Bomaye.”

“I just took that based on my position of the game and how I want to compete and contribute and always just want to be the best,” Grant told MTV. “Because that’s what hip-hop was based on from the start.”

He continued the boxing theme by calling DJ Khaled, whose trademark motivational maxims feature on the studio version of the track, the Mickey and/or Apollo Creed to his Rocky. “He’s encouraging me and talking me through it because in this time, I’m one of the guys that’s pushing that heavy and trying to put it back into the culture where people start to respect it again,” he said.

Watch Grant break down the meaning behind the song above. Then watch his full performance of “Nicky Boyame” below.

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Travis Scott Shares How Houston Artists From Pimp C to Mike Jones Pushed Him To Make Astroworld

Travis Scott had one of the most explosive, electric, and entertaining performances at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. The “Sicko Mode” rapper brought his vision of Astroworld to Radio City Music Hall with a rollercoaster car, a giant golden inflatable head, and pyrotechnics. Before the ceremony, Scott briefly discussed how Houston hip-hop influenced the ultimate goal of Astroworld.

“That’s like one of the most major points I wanted to do for the album was just, like, bring that sound to Houston and make it go worldwide,” Scott said. “Everybody from Houston, from Paul Wall to Mike Jones to Lil Flip to Lil Keke to E.S.G. to the whole S.U.C., all these people. Bun B, Pimp C — all these people created a culture and a sound for Houston and made it worldwide. I just want to continue what they started, you know? Make sure people don’t ever forget the name Houston.”

Another significant aspect of Travis Scott’s third studio album is the real-world theme park — Six Flags AstroWorld – that influenced the project’s aesthetic. The park opened on June 1, 1968, and is fondly remembered by generations of Houstonians. Unfortunately, it was closed down on October 30, 2005. In a Houston Chronicle article from that period, Jim Dannhauser, the chief financial officer of Oklahoma City-based Six Flags, succinctly described the reasoning behind the park’s closing: “While attendance has gone down, the value of the land has gone up substantially.”

AstroWorld’s demise didn’t hit Travis until he was older and realized he could no longer go back.

“At first it didn’t really set in stone what they was actually doing to the city until I was older,” he shared. “I was like, ‘Woah, we actually don’t have this place,’ when I wanted to go back when I was like 18 or something. It’s like, wow we don’t have it. That’s when it hit me. “

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Here’s Why Trans Model Amanda Lepore Was Removed From Travis Scott’s Astroworld Cover

Travis Scott’s third studio album, Astroworld, is on the eve of its release. However, the album art — shot by photographer/director David LaChapelle, who’s worked with musicians ranging from Britney Spears to Elton John — has been at the heart of a controversy regarding accusations of transphobia this week.

On Instagram Wednesday (August 1), legendary transgender model Amanda Lepore shared a photo of the album cover, which featured her in the carnival scene. However, when Travis later posted the photograph to his own accounts, Lepore was absent.

“It was great being part of @david_lachapelle’s incredible photograph of @travisscott’s album cover but I’m curious why I’m not on the picture @travisscott posted,” Lapore wrote. “A girl can’t help it. Too distracting for the eyes. Upstaged everyone in the photograph. Oh well……….. I love @david_lachapelle and @travisscott Love and kisses.”

Now, LaChapelle is responding on Instagram to the growing outrage. “No Amanda was taken out because she just upstaged every one lol,” LaChapelle told one follower.

“Everybody wants to explain everything with some phobia or whatever,” he said to another fan. “This is just a case of something else she can’t just can’t seem to control lol ain’t nothing to do with hating.”

Astroworld drops tomorrow (August 3). Hopefully the album doesn’t conjure up anymore controversy.

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M.I.A.’s New Documentary Traces Her Rise From Refugee To Pop Star

If ever there was a pop star impossible to pigeonhole into one particular box, it’s M.I.A., the musical maverick behind hits like “Paper Planes” and “Bad Girls.” That’s exactly why the upcoming documentary about her life, identity, and career, MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A., is so eagerly anticipated — and on Thursday (July 19), the film got its first official trailer.

The doc, directed by Steve Loveridge, chronicles M.I.A.’s life growing up in civil war-torn Sri Lanka. She eventually fled to Britain with her family at age 11, using art as “medicine” along the way.

“I had to deal with the fact that I was different and I was an immigrant,” the 43-year-old recalls in the trailer. “Music was my medicine. It just blew up so quickly. I lived through war, came as a refugee that is now a pop star. What are the goal posts?”

Along with exploring the roots of M.I.A.’s music, the trailer also delves into the artist’s political and social activism. She’s long been an outspoken (and, at times, controversial) voice for human rights and multiculturalism, and with the Trump administration’s controversial immigration policies currently under fire, her doc is bound to be an essential watch. In fact, she’s already offered to share the project with Trump himself:

MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. debuted at Sundance earlier this year and is due for release in the U.S. on September 28.

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The 5 Most Shocking Moments From Drake’s Scorpion

Drake’s new album Scorpion is a sonic fable. It isn’t clear if Graham ever read the story of The Scorpion and the Frog, but the tale of the arachnid who requests a trip across the river on an amphibian’s back perfectly parallels the rapper’s current predicament. Over the course of 25 tracks, he seems to grapple with fighting against his nature or succumbing to it. In the original fable, the scorpion ends up piercing the back of the frog and contributing to both of their demises. Thankfully, it doesn’t seem like Drake is comfortable going out like that.

Drizzy has been here before. On More Life‘s outro, “Do Not Disturb,” he demonstrated a sense of clarity about beef and the way it twists and contorts artistry — “Yeah, ducked a lot of spiteful moves / I was an angry yout when I was writin’ Views / Saw a side of myself that I just never knew / I’ll probably self-destruct if I ever lose, but I never do.” Scorpion isn’t self-destruction, but it does arrive at a time when Drake isn’t quite in control of his narrative.

Scorpion clocks in at 90 minutes, and much of that time deals with the fallout of Pusha T’s Drake-dissing “The Story of Adidon.” A majority of the project’s A Side concerns itself with sending potential shots at Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music, numerous bars defending his choice to keep his son out of the public eye, and pitching Graham as the eternal underdog.

Below are the most shocking revelations on Scorpion and what they mean in the context of Drake’s career.

  1. He Raps About His Son… A Lot

    Standout Lyric: “I wasn’t hidin’ my kid from the world / I was hidin’ the world from my kid” — “Emotionless”

    As far as baby reveals go, Pusha T emphatically rapping, “You are hiding a child, let that boy come home,” was great for him and horrible for everyone else involved. So much of Scorpion is concerned with correcting the narrative that Graham is — in Pusha’s words — “a deadbeat.” There’s even a line on “8 out of 10″ where Drake spits, “The only deadbeats is whatever beats I been rappin’ to.”

    Elsewhere on the album, “March 14″ finds Drake coming to terms with having a child with a woman he met twice and admitting that he’s only seen his son once. In this case, the reality of the situation is more brutal than anything Pusha T said.

  2. Guess Drake Wasn’t A Fan Of The Kanye Albums

    Standout Lyric: “All sevens, no sixes, rest easy, get some shut eye” — “8 out of 10″

    The genius of a Drake subliminal is trying to identify his intended target. On “8 out of 10,” he seems to throw shade at the five albums Kanye produced in 2018. “Nonstop” sees Drizzy calling out rappers “pullin’ gimmicks ’cause they scared to rap,” which is a two-pronged barb — the first part of the lyric likely references the strategy of G.O.O.D. Music’s release schedule, while the second sounds like an indictment of West using writers like CyHi The Prynce, Chance the Rapper, and even Drake to help with his latest solo album.

  3. Did Drake Just Admit He Dated Bella Hadid?

    Standout Lyric: “My house is full of supermodels just like Mohamed Hadid” — ”Sandra’s Rose”

    Last year, rumors circulated that Drake dated Bella, which was awkward because the model famously dated Drizzy’s OVOXO brother The Weeknd. On Scorpion, Drake drops multiple hints that he may have had a brief fling with Bella. On “Finesse,” for example, he raps, “Should I do New York? I can’t decide,” which is a possible allusion to New York Fashion Week. He continues dropping clues by potentially referencing Bella’s sister Gigi: “You and your sister / Too hot to handle.”

    Something tells us Zayn might have a problem with that particular bar.

  4. The Blackface Controversy

    Standout Lyric: “They always ask, ‘Why let the story run if it’s false?’ / You know a wise man once said nothin’ at all” — “Emotionless”

    Drake already addressed the blackface controversy in a written statement, but the leaked photo still doesn’t sit well with many people. On “Emotionless,” he hints about why he didn’t speak up sooner — though wouldn’t that bar and his aforementioned statement constitute saying something?

  5. No More YMCMB?

    Standout Lyric: “Soon as this album drop I’m out of the deal” — ”Is There More”

    The era of YMCMB might finally be coming to a close. Scorpion has the potential to be the last album in Drake’s contract with Young Money/Cash Money, if his lyrics on “Is There More” are to be believed. And on “Survival,” he even references being “independent,” which might usher in a new era of lucrativeness for the “God’s Plan” rapper.

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BROCKHAMPTON Return From Brief Hiatus With Emotional ‘Tonya’ Performance

BROCKHAMPTON’s June 20 performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was always going to have a dark cloud hanging over it. It marked not only their first late-night performance, but also their first public appearance since the group parted ways with Ameer Vann amid sexual misconduct allegations.

The group took the opportunity to perform “Tonya” featuring Jazmine Sullivan, serpentwithfeet, and Ryan Beatty. The BROCKHAMPTON members sat on the floor with crossed legs and wore coordinating flannels as a screen behind them played a video of boys playing at the beach. The metaphor of innocence and reminiscing about better times was powerful, albeit not subtle.

One of the more eye-opening moments of the performance came from Kevin Abstract. During his candid verse, the band’s leader potentially alluded to the Ameer controversy, rapping, “I’ve been in my feelings on an island in the dirt / I feel like brothers lie just so my feelings don’t get hurt / I said, I’ll try vacationin’ / I’ll try to run away.” Abstract’s lyrics are similar to a press release issued from the group which stated, “We were lied to, and we’re sorry for not speaking up sooner.”

The performance was also notable because it revealed that the group changed the name of their album from Puppy to The Best Years of Our Lives. It hasn’t been announced when BROCKHAMPTON will release their next album, but it does look like they are returning to the stage, according to Consequence of Sound.

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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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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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Cardi B Reveals The Sex Of Her Baby And 4 More Juicy Revelations From New Interview

Cardi B has always been candid about the pressures of fame, and now the “Be Careful” singer is opening up about potentially going to therapy.

“People used to be like, ‘maybe you should do therapy,’” Cardi stated. “And I used to be like, uh-uh, colored folks, we don’t need none of that. We just go to church, and we pray about it. And then it’s just like… I think it’s a little bit more than that. I don’t want people to think I’m not enjoying this moment, [but] it’s just a lot to handle.”

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Is Cardi B’s ‘Bickenhead’ Her Next ‘Bodak Yellow’? And More Moments From Invasion Of Privacy

Bodak Bar: “I took pictures with Beyoncé, I met Mama Knowles / I’m the rose that came from the concrete in the Rolls”

“Best Life,” featuring Chance The Rapper, is Invasion of Privacy‘s first great album cut. It isn’t as club-ready as “Bickenhead,” as worldly as “I Like It,” or vulnerable like “Thru Your Phone,” but it doesn’t need to be.

The genius of “Best Life” is the way it positions Cardi next to Chance. The Chicago artist doesn’t outrap Cardi like he tends to do and he might not have been able to considering how hard the former Love & Hip Hop actress spits throughout the album. Instead of lyrical competition, the low-key song allows for both rappers to get inspirational while collectively geeking out about how they met Beyoncé.

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