Posts Tagged ‘Rapper’

Cardi B Celebrates Becoming The First Female Rapper With Two No. 1 Hits

Cardi B is back on top!

With her bilingual banger “I Like It” topping this week’s Billboard Hot 100, the mama-to-be just made history as the first female rapper to score multiple No. 1 hits. As you probably remember, Cardi previously topped the chart last summer with her breakout hit “Bodak Yellow,” which made her the first solo female rapper to get a No. 1 since Lauryn Hill in 1998.

Per Billboard, Cardi is now the first artist since Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to score two No. 1s from a debut album. As if dominating the rap game wasn’t enough, she’s also the first female artist in any genre to have more than one No. 1 single on her debut album since Lady Gaga did it with The Fame in 2008.

*Everybody* likes this news, especially Cardi — in a video posted to Instagram on Monday (July 2), she repeatedly screams “number one!” while simultaneously scolding her hubby, Offset, for driving too fast. “I can’t believe it! I’m too excited, my adrenaline is rushing and shit,” she said, adding, “Now we’re just waiting on baby girl!”

In a second video, the Invasion of Privacy rapper admitted that she was once skeptical about whether or not the J Balvin and Bad Bunny-featuring “I Like It” would resonate with fans.

“It’s so crazy because… you know, I always loved this record, but I ain’t gonna front, I slept on it,” she explained. “I slept on this record because two verses on this song — J Balvin and Bad Bunny’s parts — are in Spanish, and I figured not all my fans know Spanish. But y’all made it happen and I’m so happy. I’m so thankful.”

Congrats to Cardi and her loyal Bardi Gang for making history once again!

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Chance The Rapper Reveals Kanye West Is Producing A 7-Song Album For Him

Remember when Kanye West once rapped, ”doing five beats a day for three summers” and it felt like hyperbole? Well, he’s produced 35 songs for himself, Kid Cudi, Pusha T, Nas, and Teyana Taylor in the span of a month, and now Chance the Rapper has revealed that West might also be producing an entire album for him.

“I’m in dry erase board mode, so I’m organizing and kind of trying to structure. But what’s cool is Ye’s kind of got me in a mode of understanding just your ability to multi-task and work on different things. He’s always been on that,” Chance said on the season finale of Open Late with Peter Rosenberg. “Because of his ability to work on multiple projects, I’ve been actively working on the project with Childish [Gambino]. I’m going to do a 7-track [album] with Ye.”

The rumored Chance/Childish joint project has been discussed in some capacity for the past six years, and now the Chicago rapper has divulged just how close to completion it actually is.

“I’m 30 percent on everything that I’m working on, at least 30 percent,” he continued. “Supposed to be working on [the Kanye album] in July. So I don’t know. … We got six songs that are all fire, but I think the album’s going to be more than 14 songs. I think it’s going to be a full thing.”

If Chance can pull off both a Kanye-produced album and a collaborative project with Childish Gambino in 2018, he might deserve the MVP.

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Chance The Rapper Explains What An Otterbox Has To Do With Love On ‘Forever Always’

Here is a brief list of what love constitutes for Chance the Rapper: waking up early, making bacon, patience, perseverance, waiting, dating, and needing a better OtterBox so the calls won’t drop. Guess love sometimes means protecting your phone from all types of cracks, dings, and your regular wear-and-tear.

Peter CottonTale’s “Forever Always,” also featuring Rex Orange County, Daniel Caesar, Madison Ryann Ward, and Yebba sees the Chicago MC waxing poetic about the trials and tribulations of love over sweet and soft production from CottonTale.

CottonTale has been a longtime collaborator of Chance’s, contributing four tracks to 2013′s Acid Rap and touching almost every track on 2016′s Coloring Book. Additionally, the keyboardist and producer makes up one-fifth of The Social Experiment, the Chance-affiliated band who released Surf. In a 2015 interview with The Fader, Chance described that each member of the group is more than their instrument.

“It’s really never been like, ‘Peter lay keys, Nico lay some horns, Nate put down some programmed drums, Chance write a rap verse,’” Chance said. “Every record has like 50 people on it. The idea is to make a singular, four-minute-and-30-second song that feels like a year’s worth of music.”

Listen to Peter CottonTale’s “Forever Always” 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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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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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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Lil Yachty Needs To Release His Other Collabs With Chance The Rapper

Lil Yachty might have the best the verse on Chance the Rapper’s 2016 album, Coloring Book. Chance thought as much. In an #AskYachty Twitter Q&A on Thursday night (March 15), Lil Boat revealed he has unreleased music with the rapper in the stash.

When a fan asked if Yachty would ever work with the Chicago rapper again, he had a simple answer.

“Got two unreleased songs with chance boom!” Yachty wrote.

When or where those Chance the Rapper collaborations come out is any guess. However, Lil Yachty did discuss with MTV News his upcoming tapes with Takeoff, Gucci Mane, and the rest of Migos.

“Takeoff is awesome,” Yachty said. “Gotta catch him when I can catch him. You know, it’s very hard, but when I do catch him, it’s awesome. He’s so funny. He pull me to the side all the time and he checks on me. He’s just an intelligent guy.”

“That’s very soon actually,” the Quality Control rapper revealed. “That’s very soon. Like After Lil Boat 2 drops, not long after.”

Yachty also used the Q&A to share that he didn’t mind missing out on Drake and Travis Scott’s video game session and his favorite lyric. Read the rest of Boat’s answers on his Twitter here.

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Morning Bop: Start Every Week Like You’re Chance The Rapper

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 “No Problem” by Chance The Rapper featuring 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne because it will instill the positive attitude you need to start this week off strong.

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

  1. Laverne Cox makes her music video debut with “Beat for the Gods”

    Excuse me, have you seen my wig floating around anywhere?

  2. Little Dragon returns with “Sway Daisy”

    I’m fine, I just can’t stop crying!

  3. Nicolas Jaar surprise dropped an album under the pseudonym A.A.L. (Against All Logic

    Stream 2012-2017 in full right now.

  4. Taylor Bennett drops “Minimum Wage”

    The track arrives a few days before the rapper kicks off his Restoration of an American Idol Tour.

  5. Pinky Pinky’s “Margaret” video is a blast from the past

    ’90s kids, prepare to get nostalgic for your youth.

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Chicago Rapper Fredo Santana Reportedly Dead At 27

Chicago rapper Fredo Santana has reportedly died, according to several of his friends and collaborators. He was 27.

The tragic news was first shared early Saturday morning (January 20) by Santana’s good friend Maxo Kream. “I’m lost for words right now,” he wrote on Instagram. “RIP a real Savage.”

Santana, born Derrick Coleman, helped usher in Chicago’s drill music scene back in 2012, alongside his younger cousin Chief Keef. He also founded his own record label, Savage Squad, where he released his debut album, Trappin’ Ain’t Dead, in 2013. Over the past five years, he churned out nearly a dozen mixtapes and albums, the last being 2017′s Fredo Kruger 2.

Santana had his share of struggles as well, suffering health issues ranging from liver and kidney failure to seizures. In October, he posted on Instagram that he was hospitalized with liver failure, writing, “I wouldn’t wish this on my [worst] enemy.”

Santana is survived by one son who was born in 2017. A cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Below, see tributes from Drake, Travis Scott, Action Bronson, and more of Santana’s friends, peers, and collaborators.

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Chance the Rapper Gets His Off-White x Air Jordan 1

Ahead of its official release next month, Virgil Abloh continues to seed his uber popular Off-White x Air Jordan 1 to his close personal friends. Fellow Chicago native Chance the Rapper is one of them, and “Lil Chano” recently received his customized pair.

Similar to earlier pairs Abloh has gifted, Chance sees his aforementioned nickname hand-written by Virgil at the midsole surrounding the “AIR” branding. Chance is the latest in a series of celebrities receiving and wearing the Off-White 1’s early. For more release details on the shoe, visit here.

Source: virgilabloh

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