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Dover, DE – Eminem isn’t backing down following criticism for his use of a “gunshot sound effect” at the 2018 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Slim Shady used the pyrotechnic concussion once again during his performance at the 2018 Firefly Music Festival on Saturday (June 16). But this time around, he had a warning message for fans.

“If you are easily frightened by loud noises or offended by explicit lyrics, you shouldn’t be here,” the message reads.

Eminem was criticized on social media last week for using the pyrotechnic concussion at the Bonnaroo Festival. Some attendees said they were scared by the “gunshot sound” due to the regularity of mass shootings in the U.S.

Paul Rosenberg, the longtime manager of Eminem, later responded to the controversy by clarifying what the noise was and noted its frequent use in Slim Shady’s live shows.

“Contrary to inaccurate reports, @Eminem does not use gunshot sound effects during his live show,” Rosenberg wrote on Instagram. “The effect used by Eminem in his set at @bonnaroo was a pyrotechnic concussion which creates a loud boom. He has used this effect — as have hundreds other artists — in his live show for over 10 years, including previous US festival dates in 2018 without complaint.”

Eminem has seemingly been unphased by it all, even having some fun with another polarizing part of his performances ahead of the Firefly Festival gig.

In an Instagram post shared on Saturday, the rap superstar joked about performing his entire set in the accents that frustrate some of his listeners.

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Nas’ 11th studio album, Nasir, has arrived on TIDAL and Apple Music.

The Queens legend unveiled the project on Thursday night (June 14) at a waterfront listening party under the Queensboro Bridge in New York City.

Executive produced by Kanye West, the seven-track album boasts contributions from The-Dream, Puff Daddy, 070 Shake and The World Famous Tony Williams. It also boasts production from Che Pope, Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat, Plain Pat, BoogzDaBeast, Andrew Dawson and E*vax.

Super producer Mike Dean was evidently working on it until the 11th hour. In an Instagram video posted on Thursday, he wrote, “Nas. Coming soon.”

Reactions to the album have been mixed — some praised it for the superior production while others chose to boycott it after Nas’ ex-wife Kelis accused him of physical abuse in a recent interview.

Nonetheless, Escobar season has arrived.

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It’s only been a week since Future unloaded the official Superfly soundtrack, but that hasn’t stopped the trendsetting Atlanta rapper from doubling up. On Friday (June 15), Hendrix unloaded vol. 2 of the star-studded album, with this iteration including another set of speaker-thumping bangers supporting the 2018 remake of the classic 1972 crime drama.

Checking in at 10 tracks, volume 2, which is really just a set of additional songs added onto the original soundtrack, includes appearances from Rick Ross, G Herbo, Young Thug, French Montana, Smif-n-Wessun, Rico Love, Rich The Kid, CyHi The Prynce, and, of course, Hendrix himself. Needless to say, these folks only add to what was already a dense collection of slappers that already featured the talents of 21 Savage, Lil Wayne, PartyNextDoor and more.
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Future’s role in producing Superfly was first announced back in January, and though it might have seemed random to some, the Free Bandz boss has always had a knack for meshing his own cool with myriad sounds to mold inventive audio aesthetics. This quality rings through loudly on both editions of his Superfly soundtrack.

Check out both volumes of the Superfly soundtrack for yourself below.

Superfly Soundtrack Tracklist

1. “If You Want It” — Sleepy Brown featuring Scar
2. “What’s Up With That” — Future featuring 21 Savage
3. “No Shame” — Future featuring PartyNextDoor
4. “Walk On Minks” — Future
5. “Tie My Shoes” — Future featuring Young Thug
6. “Stains” — Future
7. “Show My Chain Some Love” — Future featuring Young Thug
8. “R.A.N.” — Miguel
9. “This Way” — Khalid x H.E.R.
10. “Bag” — Future featuring Yung Bans
11. “Drive Itself” — Future featuring Lil Wayne
12. “Money Train” — Future featuring Young Thug and Gunna
13. “Nowhere” — Future

Superfly Soundtrack Vol. 2 Tracklist

1. “Trappin’ So Hard”—Rich The Kid and Rico Love
2. “New Goals”—French Montana featuring Rico Love
3. “That’s How I Grew Up”—G Herbo featuring 21 Savage
4. “Rep Yo Click”—Lil Jon featuring Bangladesh, Freeway & CyHi The Prynce
5. “Please Forgive”—Lecrae, Sean Garrett and Crystal Nicole
6. “Capone Suite”—Rick Ross featuring Smif-n-Wessun
7. “Struggles”—Future featuring Sleepy Brown
8. “Find My Way Out”—HoodCelebrityy
9. “La Dueña”—A. Chal
10.”Georgia”— Future featuring Young Thug

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@MeekMill finally got to celebrate with the Philadelphia Eagles and performed with @RickRoss at their Super Bowl ring party

Meek Mill wasn’t able to see his hometown Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots at Super Bowl LII but the rapper did get to put on a show for the team during their recent Super Bowl ring party.

Skipping a visit to the White House, the Eagles held their ring party on Thursday (June 14) and made sure to have Meek Mill on hand. Joined by MMG boss Rick Ross, the two performed “I’m a Boss,” along with a few other Meek songs including “1942 Flows,” “Litty” and the team’s unofficial anthem, “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro).”

Meek even got to hoist the Super Bowl trophy and told the crowd if he had to pick a best night in prison, it was the day the Eagles won the Super Bowl. “If I ever had to say I had my best night in prison it was the day the Eagles won the fucking Super Bowl,” Meek shouted.

The rapper later got to party with a few of the team’s stars including Alshon Jeffrey, Zach Ertz, Torrey Smith and LeGarrette Blount. The Wins & Losses artist also wasn’t the only rapper in attendance, as Philly native Lil Uzi Vert was on hand as well.

While Meek was still behind bars, the rapper shared a message following the team’s Super Bowl win, wishing he could celebrate with the team and fans. “I wish my current situation was different, and that I could be with my brothers on that team, and the other Eagles fans, in celebrating this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he stated at the time.

The rapper will learn more about his fate next week when he meets with Judge Genece Brinkley for a June 18 hearing.

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It seems like Kendrick Lamar is looking to add acting to his considerable list of talents. The Compton rapper explained in an interview with BBC Radio on Thursday (Feb. 22) that he plans to appear in the next Black Panther film. He doesn’t mean just a little cameo, either. Kung-Fu Kenny wants to play the role of a super-villain on the level of Michael B. Jordan’s polarizing character Eric Killmonger.

“Come on, I got to now!” Lamar told Claro Amfo when asked if he’d make a cameo in the sequel.

Amfo then asked him what type of a character he’d like to play. K. Dot explained why he’d like to portray someone similar to Killmonger, who was played by Michael B. Jordan in the film.

“I really enjoy Killmonger’s character, just off the simple fact, you know, he was a villain but he came with some real [talk],” he noted. “He was a villain, but he was loved and misunderstood. So if I could, I’d play a Killmonger for sure.”

Kendrick shared that Killmonger was “loved and misunderstood,” and he’d go that route if given the choice. Lamar already had a heavy hand in the blockbuster film, crafting the movie’s soundtrack with spots for his TDE labelmates SZA, Schoolboy Q, and Jay Rock, as well as up-and-coming Bay Area rappers SOB x RBE.

Black Panther continues to run amok at the box office, with the film grossing another $108 million during its second weekend on screen, for the second highest second weekend of all-time behind Star Wars: Force Awakens. To date the movie has raked in more than $400 million in U.S. theaters and was soaring past $700 million worldwide as of Sunday (Feb. 25). The Lamar-curated soundtrack has been a huge success too, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 while receiving acclaim from fans and critics alike. In our review, HipHopDX gave it a 4.5 out of 5.

In a candid and in-depth exclusive interview, rap superstar Kendrick Lamar talks to Clara Amfo about THAT Grammy’s performance, his plans to cameo in the next Black Panther film, how he goes undercover when he’s in the UK and the music that’s inspired him. Check out the interview here.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09vg0qj

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Rising Memphis rapper Key Glock recently had a setback, but he isn’t letting that stop him from obtaining his bag. On Friday (Feb. 23), the Paper Route Empire rapper revealed to fans he’d broken his leg.

“I got a message for all my fans,” he starts in an Instagram video posted to his feed. “Well, I got good news and bad news. You see the bad news. I fucked around and broke my leg last night on some dumb ass shit, some high shit. Tweakin,’ you know what I’m saying? But the good news is, I’m still doing every show. No cap. Pulling up in the wheelchair, with the gang. I do this shit for my fans. This shit ain’t stopping shit. I gotta go get my bag.”

Staying true to his word, he performed a sold out show at BLISS nightclub the same night. “This just something small to a GIANTI aint letting nothing stop me from getting mines ya dig?!” he captioned his explanation video. “AND TO ALL MY FANS don’t worry..I’m still pulling up and rocking shit.”

The Tennessee rapper has been blowing up on the scene, having recently inked a deal with Young Dolph’s indie imprint. Earlier this month, he released his new mixtape, Glock Bond. The new tape features production from Tay Keith, Sosa 808, Teddy Walton, Ramy On The Beat and DJ Squeeky.

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Tallahassee, FL – YoungBoy Never Broke Again aka NBA YoungBoy found himself on the wrong side of the law once again. The up-and-coming Baton Rouge rapper was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant on Saturday (February 24) in Tallahassee, Florida.

YoungBoy, whose real name is Kentrell Gaulden, was in Tallahassee to perform at The Moon nightclub. Police pulled over his tour bus for an unknown reason and realized he was a fugitive after running his name through their records, according to TMZ.

According to Leon County Sheriff’s Department inmate database, YoungBoy’s warrant comes from pending charges in Georgia. He’s reportedly facing charges of assault, weapons violations and kidnapping. He is due in court on Monday (February 26).

YoungBoy’s latest arrest comes at an inopportune time in his career. He’s been preparing for the release of his debut album, Until Death Call My Name, which is scheduled to drop on Friday (March 2) via Atlantic Records.

UPDATE: Surveillance video of an alleged altercation between YoungBoy and his girlfriend at hotel in Georgia has emerged online. The footage reportedly was the source for the arrest warrant. In an Instagram Live stream, his girlfriend Jania confirmed she’s the woman in the video but contends the two were “playing.”

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The younger brother of DJ Khaled’s soon-to-be wife was shot dead at an apartment in the Bronx on Sunday night (February 4), according to the New York Daily News.

Jonathan Tuck — the 25-year-old younger brother of Khaled’s fiancée, Nicole Tuck — was reportedly trying to purchase marijuana when he was shot in the face at around 9:15 p.m. local time. Tuck’s family refutes this report, with sources telling TMZ that he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The police believe Tuck had an argument with his attacker before the shooting. TMZ’s sources claim there was an attempted robbery and Tuck was shot while trying to defend himself. A 34-year-old man has been taken into custody, though no one has yet to be officially charged.

Tuck, who had a two-year-old daughter, died at St. Barnabas Hospital. Nicole Tuck and her mother reportedly rushed to the Bronx after learning of the shooting.

Brandon Davis, Tuck’s close friend and godfather to his daughter, said his family deserves to know what happened before his death.

“He’s a good guy,” Davis told the New York Daily News. “He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. There was no reason for him to be there … I just want to know what this was about. His mother deserves that. His father, his sister, his daughter deserves that. I hope they find the answer.”

Khaled, who was in Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII on Sunday, and his wife issued the following statement to TMZ:

“Our family appreciates the condolences from loved ones and friends … we are requesting privacy during this difficult time.”

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Migos and its follow-up to 2017’s Culture — the aptly titled Culture II — has dominated the Billboard 200 chart for the week ending February 1. Following closely behind is Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic, which saw a huge boost in sales after the Honolulu-born pop/R&B singer walked away with six Grammy Awards last Sunday (January 28).

Elsewhere on the chart, Rhymesayers MC Evidence and his new project Weather Or Not makes its modest debut on the chart at #187, and Eminem’s Revival drops to #16.

Migos released its highly anticipated album Culture II last Friday (January 26) and the project has entered the Billboard 200 chart at #1. Boasting 199,467 total album equivalent units sold (38,486 in pure sales and a streaming count of 224,593,278), the 24-song project marks the Atlanta trio’s second #1 debut.

The original Culture debuted at #1 in 2017 with 131,193 equivalent album sales and was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2018 Grammy Awards.

Offset, Takeoff and Quavo recently announced they’ll be the musical guests on the March 3 episode of Saturday Night Live where they will join host Charles Barkley.

C U L T U R E I I O U T N O W

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Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 2/01/2018

Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection of album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.

  • Migos — Culture II — #1 — 199,467 (38,486) [224,593,278]
  • Bruno Mars — 24K Magic — #4 — 48,764 (21,690) [27,411,491]
  • Kendrick Lamar — DAMN. — #6 — 38,347 (10,302) [35,582,165]
  • Post Malone — Stoney — #8 — 33,703 (2,616) [42,060,797]
  • Khalid — American Teen — #9 — 26,553 (3,668) [30,578,638]
  • G-Eazy — The Beautiful & Damned — #11 — 25,510 (2,251) [29,972,582]
  • Lil Uzi Vert — Luv Is Rage 2 — #12 — 25,423 (845) [35,204,081]
  • SZA — CTRL — #14 — 22,629 (7,747) [24,776,997]
  • Lil Skies — Life Of A Dark Horse — #15 — 21,322 (595) [30,069,723]
  • Eminem — Revival — #16 — 20,732 (7,160) [16,454,323]
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Meek Mill’s case has become increasingly complicated since he was sentenced to two to four years in prison last November for probation violations. Meek’s legal team has accused Judge Genece Brinkley, who has overseen Meek’s case for the past nine years, of having a personal vendetta against the Philly rapper.

Now, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Brinkley and her newly retained attorney A. Charles Peruto Jr. have threatened to sue Meek’s attorneys for defamation of character, something Meek’s attorney Joe Tacopina welcomes.

“We look forward to a lawsuit from the judge and taking this to court where she will have to be deposed under oath and speak the truth,” Tacopina said in a statement to HipHopDX. “We are not shocked that Judge Brinkley has resorted to this tactic. She has filed 29 lawsuits, including lawsuits against the Hershey Estate and the Hershey Entertainment Resorts Company in Philadelphia Municipal Court, settled for $15,000 and claimed ‘trauma,’ ‘sleeplessness,’ ‘flashbacks,’ and ‘nightmares’ that she blamed on the hotel, where she had stayed for a 2012 judicial conference.

“Brinkley claimed that her emotional distress was triggered when she woke up in the middle of the night to find a housekeeper’s name badge in her bed,” he continued. “She also had sued The City of Philadelphia and tenants where she has tried to take advantage by using her title as a judge to intimidate them.”

But Peruto Jr. told the Philadelphia Inquirer he believes they have a “solid” defamation case.

“What you have is an organization — extremely wealthy — who wants to attack a sitting judge,” he said. “It’s ‘How much money can you throw at a case and make your allegations stick?’ Her reputation has been severely damaged within the last month. We absolutely believe she has an absolute solid case.”

Tacopina and fellow attorney Jordan Siev aren’t backing down. They are adamant they have enough evidence showcasing a pattern of Brinkley urging Meek to leave his Roc Nation management in favor of former manager Charlie Mack.

Earlier this week, Brinkley released transcripts that showed Meek’s probation officer — not Brinkley — was pushing Meek to go back to Mack. Meek’s legal team begs to differ and provided transcripts of their own showing Brinkley has been suggesting Mack since as far back as 2012.

“We won’t be intimidated, especially by a lawyer who visited Meek Mill days after he was sentenced and also called his defense team to try to get hired and offer him his legal services on this matter,” Tacopina says. “Additionally, he has changed his tune regarding his comments about paying $100,000 if the FBI concludes the judge did something wrong – his earlier comments to Law.com were that he would pay five years of his salary if the FBI ever investigated the judge. I guess he is withdrawing that bet now.”

Despite Tacopina and the rest of Meek’s legal team’s allegations against Brinkley, Peruto is confident she’s innocent of any wrongdoing.

“If there’s an FBI investigation against Genece Brinkley that concludes she did something wrong, I’ll pay them $100,000 out of my own money,” he said.

“It’s a lie.”

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