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Drake was courtside as the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks to advance to the NBA Finals during Saturday’s Playoffs.
The Raptors’ global ambassador dressed for the occasion, channeling Tupac Shakur’s iconic look from Above the Rim. Drizzy donned black jeans and a black hoodie with “100 Miles” written in cursive and a black bandana around his neck. ‘Pac wore the same outfit during the tournament scenes in the 1994 basketball film, where he starred as Birdie, a local drug dealer.
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Both Drake and Tupac’s fit was made by Toronto’s 100 Miles Clothing Brand, but it doesn’t come cheap. The hoodie, which is available in black and white, costs $200.
While Tupac’s team in the movie took an L, Drizzy cheered the Raptors to a victory. His home team won 100-94 against the Bucks and will face off against the Golden State Warriors in the Finals.
But not everyone was celebrating Drizzy’s outfit choice. “The disrespect to pac,” wrote one Instagram commenter, will another added, “Tupac wore it better tho.”
Earlier in the week, the Raptors presented the 6 God with a one-of-a-kind sports jacket covered in 235 handset diamonds. The custom outerwear was designed by Toronto tailor Garrison Bespoke and is valued at $550,000.
Meek Mill is putting a Las Vegas hotel on blast over claims of racism.
During his visit to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday (May 25), the Philly rapper was stopped by security, who would not let him enter the property. According to TMZ, security told Meek that if he got out of the car, he would be arrested.
“At this time, with the information we have, we’re refusing to do business with you. We have a right to do that,” said the hotel’s security officer, who told him he was “trespassing” on private property.
The security guard says that the decision to ban Meek is “way bigger than me,” before telling him that he will be “subject to arrest for a misdemeanor.” “I’m gonna be arrested for what? For being a rapper?” Meek Mill asked.
Meek, who was at the hotel for a Mustard concert, filmed the encounter and called out the hotel for their “racist” actions. “If you come from our culture you should never step foot in the cosmopolitan hotel they just really racist as hell …. something really has to be done in Las Vegas what they doing to black people!” he tweeted.
“They telling black rappers they are banned from properties they own without incident … they just told me I was trespassing and I will be arrested I stepped in that hotel once at a jayz party without incident!”
If you come from our culture you should never step foot in the cosmopolitan hotel they just really racist as hell …. something really has to be done in Las Vegas what they doing to black people!
They telling black rappers they are banned from properties they own without incident … they just told me I was trespassing and I will be arrested I stepped in that hotel once at a jayz party without incident!
Meek’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, tells TMZ: “We have learned that the Cosmopolitan maintains a list of African American recording artists who should be denied access for no other reason than than their culture and skin color. Such course of conduct constitutes discrimination per se, in violation of state and federal law, and exposes you to significant monetary damages.”
The letter also threatens legal action. “We urge you to promptly issue an apology to Mr. Williams and grant him immediate access. In the event you fail to heed this one and only warning, we intend to pursue all legal recourse against you.”
In statement to 3 News Las Vegas, The Cosmopolitan said, “As a matter of company policy, we do not comment on legal matters. Our guests’ safety and security always remains our top priority.”
The cosmopolitan hotel …. and it’s a few other hotels that be doing this to black entertainers because they don’t want too many blacks on they property! Vegas notorious for this too its not just me!!!! pic.twitter.com/HPySp2nh8h
Offset has announced that he is readying a deluxe edition of his solo debut album. Taking to Instagram, the Migos rapper revealed the regal cover art, which features a shirtless Offset with wings and tape covering his eyes.
It’s unclear when it will drop, but Offset captioned the photo, “FATHER OF 4 DELUXE OTW!”
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He also previewed one of the tracks that will appear on the deluxe, a collaboration with Gunna and Lil Uzi Vert called “Pink Toes.” In the teaser, Offset boasts about his lavish lifestyle including Richard Mille and Patek Philippe wristwear. “Pull up in the coupe and let the wings touch the sky,” he raps.
Father of 4 debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in February, featuring collaborations with J. Cole, Cardi B, Travis Scott, and 21 Savage.
Offset, Quavo, and Takeoff are also planning more Migos music. The group previously announced a January 2020 release for Culture III.
PUMA will continue its partnership with Nipsey Hussle, PUMA Brand and Marketing Global Director Adam Petrick announced earlier this week. The sportswear brand plans to release more products associated with the rapper in the wake of his death.
“We had a lot of things that were coming, and hopefully a lot of things we will still do with his estate,” said Petrick during The Wall Street Journal‘s Future of Everything Festival in New York.
“We’ll work with his family and we’ll support his kids,” added Petrick. “We’re going to continue to release some product that we’ve created with him. We’ve also got some charity activations that we’ll do to support what he was doing in Crenshaw, and trying to continue the work that he was doing through his foundation.”
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Prior to his death, Nipsey and his Marathon Clothing brand had collaborated with PUMA on a co-branded line of apparel. The first collection was set to hit stores this fall.
“Proud 2 Announce My 2019 Endorsement and Co-Branded collaboration w @puma & TheMarathonClothing is Fully Executed. 1st Collection Coming Fall 2019,” the Crenshaw MC wrote on Instagram prior to his death in late March.
“He was somebody that was doing great stuff, and he had this idea about how he could improve the community and how he could push for that,” said Petrick. “The concept of working with Nipsey just made sense.”
While promoting his new album 4REAL 4REAL, which he dedicated to Nipsey Hussle, YG reflected on the loss of his close friend. “I feel like the homie was Jesus Christ on Earth. I’m like, ‘Damn, Jesus Christ was my friend,'” said YG during an interview with REAL 92.3’s “The Cruz Show.”
After Nipsey was killed outside his Marathon Clothing store in March, YG says he has seen an outpouring from people, who claim they were down with Nipsey’s movement, something that doesn’t sit well with the Compton rapper.
“I’m glad I got to tell the homie how I felt about him when he was here ’cause it’s a lot of motherfu**ers that coming out the woodworks like, ‘Oh, Nipsey this. Nipsey this,'” he said. “It’s like you bitchass ni**as wasn’t doing none of this when the homie was here. Now he gone, you wanna come out and do all this weird shit. I hate that shit.”
He also revealed that he and Nip were collaborating on an unspecified project prior to his death. “Before the homie went to heaven, we was working on a project, from like January to March,” said YG.
He didn’t reveal exactly what they were working on, but did say that it’s not music-related. “No, it’s something different,” he added. “What we got, what we started to work on, I’m glad that that happened because it’s something that we both wanted to start doing that’s outside of music. And it came from a conversation like, ‘Bro, we gotta do this.'”
He promises that their secret project will eventually come to fruition, adding, “It’s mandatory.”
YG previously spoke about projects that he and Nipsey were working on, including a joint album called 2 of Amerikkkaz Most Wanted. “We had so much shit in the works. TV shows that was being written, A album ‘2 OF AMERIKKKAZ MOST WANTED’ that we tried to work on twice but it never got done,” he wrote on Instagram following Nipsey’s death.
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Meanwhile, YG is still grieving over the loss of his brother. “It’s crazy how life happened. The homie not supposed to be gone.”
To honor his friend, he has donated a portion of proceeds from his album to Nipsey’s children, 10-year-old Emani and 2-year-old Kross. “I put that ‘In Loving Memory of Nip’ on the album cover because I’m giving his kids a percentage of every song on the album. By time they get 18, from me, they gon’ have a bag,” he recently told Big Boy.
YG’s fourth album 4REAL 4REAL is out now featuring Meek Mill, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, G-Eazy, Kamaiyah, Boogie, and more.
Kanye West has avoided social media and the press as of late, but he opens up like never before in a rare interview with David Letterman for Season 2 of his Netflix series “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”
During the hour-long conversation, the G.O.O.D. Music mogul speaks on numerous topics including President Trump, his struggles with mental health, his parents, and his rivalry with Drake. The Daily Beast viewed the episode in advance of its May 31 premiere and calls it “one of the most coherent and engaging interviews Kanye has ever given.”
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While discussing his lyrics, Kanye alludes to Drake, hinting that he’s not allowed to speak his name. “An artist which I will not mention, because I’m not allowed to mention him or any of his family members…” says Ye.
An intrigued Letterman responds, “That’s fairly provocative.”
He then reveals that he is referring to Drake. “Well, we had a little beef last year,” adds Ye. “He has this line that I love that says, ‘I told my story and made history’—like made his story and made history. That’s what we do, we tell our story and then people relate to that story.”
The conversation turns to politics. Kanye, who met with Trump at the White House last fall, continues to defend his support for the president. “This is like my thing with Trump—we don’t have to feel the same way, but we have the right to feel what we feel,” says Ye, who also expresses sympathy for Trump voters who are “treated like enemies of America because that’s what they felt.”
He claims that wearing his “Make America Great Again” hat is “not about politics” but rather to take away the stigma of showing support for Trump. “Have you ever been beat up in your high school for wearing the wrong hat?” he asks. When Letterman asks who is doing the bulk of the bullying in America, he replies, “Liberals bully people who are Trump supporters!”
Kanye, who has been off medication for nearly a year, also discusses his battle with mental health. “When you’re bipolar, you have the potential to ramp up and it can take you to a point where you start acting erratic, as TMZ would put it,” says Ye. “If you guys want these crazy ideas and these crazy stages and this crazy music and this crazy way of thinking, there’s a chance if might come from a crazy person.”
The interview takes an emotional turn as Kanye reflects on his mother Donda West, who passed away more than a decade ago. “This would have been the funnest time of her life,” says the father of four as his wife Kim Kardashian looks on. “To have those kids running around that house and being able to, like, go and buy them toys.”
He also shares a memory of his mother giving him a multicolored bear shortly before she died because of his love for Takashi Murakami. “I was sort of like, I don’t want that. That ain’t no Takashi Murakami bear and stuff like that,” he says. “And then she passed a few weeks after and I did everything I could to find that bear and place that bear on top of all the Takashi Murakami stuff I had in the house.”
Letterman’s interview with Kanye starts streaming next Friday, May 31.
The freaks come out at night. Hot off the release of his fourth album 4REAL 4REAL, YG dances with the devil in the sinister video for the Mustard-produced standout “In the Dark.”
After sipping some Tequila Diablo, the 4Hunnid boss is transported to a party in hell. Surrounded by flames, horned creatures, and contortionists, he watches and even partakes in some of the debauchery. But soon the fun takes a twisted turn as blood fills the dance floor and the devil tries to strangle him.
“I’m in the dark goin’ brazy / I’m in the dark doin’ 20 past 80,” raps YG. “I’m in the dark, it’s a movie, Scorsese / I’m the dark, that’s how life been lately.”
4REAL 4REAL is available now featuring collaborations with Meek Mill, Tyga, Ty Dolla $ign, G-Eazy, Boogie, Arin Ray, and more.
Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, the R&B veteran brings the heat with the raunchy remix to his hit single featuring Chris Brown. Over a sample of Keith Sweat’s “Twisted,” the fellas bring the nostalgia and passion as they croon to their ladies on the steamy Hitmaka production, which also features Feather and Rahky.
“Fu**in’ you with a purpose / You like when I do you dirty,” sings Tank, while Breezy adds, “I had to tell the driver pull the curtains / Can’t see me do your dirty.”
Tank and Chris previously teamed up on a series of tracks including “Take My Time,” “#BDAY,” “Foreplay,” and the remix to “Back to Sleep.”
Turn the lights down low and get “Dirty.”
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Following the release of his Summer Nights EP in March, Cosha TG drops the video for his Timbaland-produced single “Live It Up.”
The clip documents a day in the life of the burgeoning Chicago singer-rapper, who is signed to Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group/Def Jam. The 21-year-old, born Marcus Lindsey, shows off his signature style and “melodic flow” as he hits the streets of L.A. with his crew.
Speaking to Rap-Up, Cosha revealed the inspiration behind the carefree anthem. “‘Live It Up’ was me enjoying the present moment and speaking my future into existence,” he said. “‘Live It Up’ was the first song I made off my EP Summer Nights. I was fresh off the plane, thinking, ‘Next time it’s gonna be a jet…’ Uber’d to the studio and said, ‘Next time I’m gonna take the Corvette.’ It’s just about enjoying the present and envisioning the future.”
After releasing his debut single “Out the Gym” in 2015, Cosha attended college before leaving school to pursue his music career full-time. He signed to Good Vibes Forever in 2017 and joined Mosley Music in 2018, where he released his six-track EP Summer Nights.
Just nine months after dropping Stay Dangerous, the Compton rapper returns with his fourth album 4REAL 4REAL. In addition to the singles “Stop Snitchin” and “Go Loko” with Tyga and Jon Z, the 14 tracks include appearances from Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign, G-Eazy, Kamaiyah, Valee, Boogie, Arin Ray, and DaBaby, who guests on the remix to “Stop Snitchin.”
The album was originally set to arrive as a surprise release on April 12, but was delayed following the death of Nipsey Hussle. “When the shit happened with the homie, I’m like, ‘Damn. I can’t put my album out. I can’t be promoting this shit,'” YG told Big Boy on REAL 92.3.
Excuse my wack ass album rollout promotions, I ain’t been in the mood to do none of that shit since they took my brother! But “The Marathon Continues” – 4REAL 4REAL! WESTSIDE
The project, which was recorded prior to Nipsey’s death, closes with the tribute “My Last Words,” taken from YG’s speech at Nipsey’s memorial at Staples Center.
Some of the proceeds will benefit Nipsey’s children, 10-year-old Emani and 2-year-old Kross. “I put that ‘In Loving Memory of Nip’ on the album cover because I’m giving his kids a percentage of every song on the album,” said YG. “By time they get 18, from me, they gon’ have a bag.”