Scott Dudelson/FilmMagicOn the heels of the video release for the single "Still Brazy," Def Jam rapper YG is back with another visual treat, this on for his track "Word Is Bond."
Directed by 2Tone of the Los Angeles street wear brand Born X, the glossy video is set in the streets of Tokyo and features both Japanese and English subtitles -- the English ones being humorously overly formal like bad translations, not literal versions of the lyrics. Fellow rapper Slim 400, who is featured on the single, makes a lively appearance in the clip.
Last week, YG released his remix track "F*** Donald Trump," featuring Macklemore and G-Eazy, highlighting their distaste for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
ABC/Heidi GutmanBobby Brown's baby daughter finally has a name -- and it's something else. Brown and his wife,Alicia Christine Etheridge, have named their new child, Hendrix Estelle Sheba Brown, reportsTMZ. It is unknown if Hendrix was named after iconic musician, Jimi Hendrix. Etheridge gave birth to Hendrix on July 21 at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Brown was seen and heard crooning along to the song "My Girl" not long after Hendrix was born.
Hendrix is Brown's seventh child and the couple's third. The former husband of Whitney Houston lost his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, one year ago this month.
Ted EmmonsFantasia Barrino's new album, The Definition Of..., is out today, but the American Idol winner reveals that she was ready to end her music career if her label hadn't supported her.
Fantasia admits it's been a struggle for her to get to a place where she's content in life and in music. Now the newly married singer says she's truly happy because she started focusing on herself. "I'm at that place where I'm like do what makes you happy. For so many years I didn't do that, I forgot about myself," she tells ABC Radio.
It's been three years since Fantasia's last album, Side Effects of You, and the singer says we've ever heard before from her. "I call it rock-soul. The soul is in me. That will never leave that will never go away. I don't want it to. Um, but the rock-soul is just a little bit of jazz and rock and pop and blues and country and that's what I put into this album," she tells ABC Radio.
Even with the support of her fans, Barrino confesses it's been a "fight" to get her music heard, and says she was willing to quit the music business if it didn't happen.
"But I had to stand for it, because I felt like deep down inside...that is where my heart was going, and I was telling [my record label] that if I can't do what I feel then I just quit! I quit!" Barrio exclaims. "I've been doing this for too long. I've been fighting for too long. I've been through too much, so if you can't let me go in and be who I am and follow my heart, then I don't want it anymore."
ABC/Randy HolmesThe sky's the limit for Weezy! Rapper Lil Wayne showed his support for Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, after a line from her Democratic National Convention speech Thursday night appeared to mirror the title of his No Ceilings mixtape and lyrics of the song "The Sky's the Limit."
"After all, when there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit," Clinton said. That same evening, Wayne told TMZ that he was "very cool" with Clinton using his lyrics in her acclaimed speech, even though he hadn't yet heard her speech. "I f**** wit' Hillary," he said.
On Friday, Weezy tweeted, "Go Hillary! I hear ya out there."
Santiago Felipe/Getty ImagesThey're back! Ja Rule and Ashanti are going on a joint tour beginning in August. On the Natural Born Tour, the rapper and R&B singer will look to duplicate the musical magic they made on hit singles such as "Always On Time," "What's Luv?" and "Mesmerize" in concert. Rule tweeted a picture of the two and wrote "NATURAL BORN HITTERS TOUR!!!" on his Twitter page this Thursday.
Many of Rule and Ashanti's collaborative singles climbed the Billboard charts in the early 2000s -- "Always on Time" peaked at number one on the Hot 100 in 2002, "Mesmerize" made number two spot on the Hot 100 chart in 2003 and "Wonderful" peaked on the Hot Rap Songs chart at number two in 2004.
The 11-date tour will begin on August 25 at New York City's Playstation Theater and make its way to major cities such as Philadelphia and Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now and here are the dates:
8/25 -- New York, NY, Playstation Theater (8:00 p.m. ET and 11:30 p.m. ET) 8/26 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Electric Factory 8/27 -- Richmond, VA, The National 8/30 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox at the Market 9/01 -- Los Angeles, CA, Club Nokia 9/02 -- San Francisco, CA, The Warfield 9/03 -- San Diego, CA, The Observatory North Park 9/04 -- Santa Ana, CA, The Observatory 9/08 -- Tampa, FL, The Ritz Ybor 9/09 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre 9/10 -- New Orleans, LA, Joy Theater
ABC NewsRespect key! DJ Khaled's ninth studio album, Major Key, has finally arrived today. The record producer and Snapchat superstar told ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday that the album was specifically created for and inspired by his loyal fans. "This album represents my fans...they inspired me to make this album," he said.
Major Key features many iconic names in rap and hip-hop, including Nicki Minaj, Jay Z, Drake and Kendrick Lamar. When asked about how he manages to get the best performance out of the artists he works with, Khaled explained that his energy in the studio is key. "When I get in the studio, I feel like I can bring the best out of every superstar, even though they're already great. But I feel like my energy, when I come in that studio, or if I get on that phone and say, 'Yo, I need that cloth talk, Jay Z, I need that cloth talk,' I come with...some of these concepts or these presentations that inspire."
You can stream, download or buy Major Key now. Here's the album's track list:
"I Got the Keys" (featuring Jay Z & Future) "For Free" (featuring Drake) "Nas Album Done" (featuring Nas) "Holy Key" (featuring Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar & Betty Wright) "Jermaine's Interlude" (featuring J. Cole) "Ima Be Alright" (featuring Bryson Tiller & Future) "Do You Mind" (featuring Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih, Future & Rick Ross) "Pick These Hoes Apart" (featuring Kodak Black, Jeezy & French Montana) "F*** Up the Club" (featuring Future, Rick Ross, YG & Yo Gotti) "Work for It" (featuring Big Sean, Gucci Mane & 2 Chainz) "Don't Ever Play Yourself" (featuring Jadakiss, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes & Kent Jones) "Tourist" (featuring Travis Scott & Lil Wayne) "Forgive Me Father" (featuring Meghan Trainor, Wiz Khalifa & Wale) "Progress (Movado)"
Larry Busacca/WireImageNotorious B.I.G.'s lyrics may have a second creative life on the small screen. TBS currently is developing a scripted series based on the late rapper's iconic words.
The series, called Think B.I.G., will showcase "the misadventures of an inner-city teen desperately trying to create a better future for his daughter and infant son." It's not clear if iconic songs from the late rap star, such as "Sky's The Limit," "Juicy," "Hypnotize" and "Big Poppa," will show up on the program or just inspire poignant story lines for many episodes. The new project is a part of TBS' aim to create original programming for widespread urban audiences, in a new creative partnership with content and media organization, Mass Appeal.
Biggie's mother, Voletta Wallace, will co-produce the television series.
Warner Bros. RecordsPrince's surviving family has announced that an official tribute concert in the late musician's honor will happen on October 13.
The live event will be held in the singer-songwriter's Minneapolis, Minnesota hometown at the U.S. Bank Stadium. Performers for the event have not yet been announced and tickets will be available to purchase in August.
Prince's brothers and sisters made a statement after the announcement saying that they "are excited for the opportunity to bring everyone together for the official family celebration of Prince's life, music and legacy" and "are honored by the artists who will pay tribute and grateful to those that have worked so hard to make this celebration possible."
Prince Williams/WireImageHere's a video to add a good laugh to your day -- rapper Plies posted a Facebook video of himself singing to Lukas Graham's hit single, "7 Years," and it's hilarious.
Plies sings along to the track's lyrics -- and comments on them -- while driving in his car, shaking his head and pumping his arm in spirited excitement. "Got damn he sung this m***********... I'm telling you now," he declares as the song plays on. "We thought we was bigger, boy!" he says later.
The Danish band is led by Lukas Graham Forchhammer, who has cited classic soul and hip-hop as among his influences.
Hachette Book GroupTyrese wants hip-hop artists, including DJ Khaled, Jay Z and Future, to talk publicly about police killings of black males in America. In a recent deleted Instagram post, captured by Global Grind, the recording artist questions why the stars of the "I Got the Keys" music video have not made any public statements regarding recent events.
"They scheduled a video.....I hope they've scheduled other meetings about the state of black men and WHAT we need to do to change the s*** that's going on........," he writes. "I'm scared for our future I'm especially scared of the most powerful black men and influential black men of our generation NOT finding time to take what's really going on more serious and align our minds and powers to directly affect change......I pretty much know everyone IN this pic so this ain't no sneak diss I don't need the attention trust me I'm good...... ."
After the post was deleted, the entertainer stated that he was not dissing the hip-hop artists, but that his call-to-action message was written to wake up all black people, famous or not. TMZ says that Tyrese plans to reach out to Jay Z "to come up with some kind of plan to help save black men from killing each other and winding up in jail."
Getty Images via ABCQuestlove is firing back at Bill O'Reilly for his recent remarks on slavery, in which the Fox News host commented that slaves who worked in the White House "were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government."
The Roots drummer wrote in part on Instagram, "I dunno if that man's (never say his name) point is to troll at any cost whatsoever but his entire existence is...five steps backwards for any progress made in humanity."
O'Reilly's controversial commentary came in response to Michelle Obama's Democratic National Convention speech on Monday, during which the first lady spoke about the progress America has made, saying, "I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women, playing with their dogs on the White House lawn."
Quest continued, "But there is nothing more dangerous than a man in a suit pretending to be a journalist giving revisionist history on the ugliness that was slavery. What's so fun and lighthearted about being shackled? Being separated from your loved ones? Being molested and raped HOURLY, being branded with hot iron?...watch where you get your information from and the company you keep people."
After feeling the backlash, O'Reilly responded on Twitter, writing, "Far left loons distort tip about @FLOTUS statement that slaves built White House. She's correct & I provided facts." Later on his show, O'Reilly denounced "far-left media deceivers," explaining that his commentary was "one hundred percent accurate" and "provided context to Mrs. Obama's remarks."
Thaddaeus McAdams/FilmMagicFollowing Wednesday's news that all outstanding charges against the police officers facing trial in the death of Freddie Gray were dropped, David Banner said, "America has turned its back on black people," according to a release cited by XXL magazine The rapper continued to air his distaste of the verdict, believing that laws in America for black people are clearly different than those for police officers, says XXL Magazine.
"Apparently, the laws are not the same for the police," he continued. "We lose our lives; they get paid vacation. What are Black people to do about it is a better question!"
Banner is one of several hip-hop and rap artists who voiced their frustrated opinions of the decision by prosecutors in Baltimore to drop all charges against the three remaining police officers charged in the death of Gray. On Wednesday, rapper YGwrote on Twitter, "The police get away wit murder. #freddiegray," which was re-tweeted over 15,000 times.
After failing to win convictions in four prior cases against officers in connection with the incident, Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, decided that prosecutors could not win convictions in the remaining cases. Gray died while in police custody after he suffered a fatal spinal injury while being transported in the back of a police transport van.
Gaelle Beri/Redferns via Getty ImagesBritish rapper M.I.A. does not want her MTV. The vocalist slammed the network's Video Music Awards on her Twitter page Thursday, after realizing that the music video for her song, "Borders" wasn't nominated.
"MIA -- BORDERS is not included in the VMAs #hahahahahaha!! Racism sexism classism elitism #dontwantyourlane," M.I.A. writes. "#f***theVMAs we dont need their recognition!! Keeping our future on the books. checking on... ."
The recording artist's music video for "Borders," which she also directed, highlights the current worldwide refugee crisis. M.I.A. is known for her no-holds-barred lyrics and videos, which call attention to timely social issues and current world affairs.
M.I.A.'s fifth studio album, A.I.M., is scheduled to be released September 9.
Cash Money RecordsRapper-actor Bow Wow wrote some controversial thoughts on his Twitter page Wednesday, including telling his followers that voting eight years ago has caused him to feel disillusioned about voting in this year's election. And that's got fans wondering if he'll even cast a ballot this November.
When asked by a fan why he's not voting this year, Bow Wow replied, "I voted 8 yrs ago i experience it but i aint get what my vote did. Like i voted because it was the thing to do."
"They blinded they dont know the REAL behind the scenes work that goes on. I do. Thats why i just live my life man," Bow writes.
The television host's statements landed him a flurry of fan re-tweets and comments, especially when he declared that while he won't vote for Donald Trump, he will plan an overnight stay at any the Republican presidential nominee's hotels. "Yup. I like trump hotels so what they nice. As him running the country NO. Vote for him NO!," he says.
Bow Wow is currently on tour in Australia and New Zealand until early August.
Image Group LA/ABC"Queen of Hip Hop Soul" Mary J. Blige has reportedly filed for divorce from her manager husband, Martin "Kendu" Isaacs, reports TMZ. The divorce document notes that the split is due to "irreconcilable differences," and Blige has asked to for the judge to refuse Isaacs spousal support. Her rep released the following statement, confirming the divorce proceedings to ABC News, on Thursday:
"Ms. Blige is saddened to say it is true that she has filed for divorce, saying sometimes things don't work how we hoped they would...but, there is a divine plan and reason for everything. Mary will continue writing and working on her album, which is due out later this year, along with her world tour. She thanks and appreciates her fans for their support and love through this very difficult emotional time," she says.
Information about a prenup arrangement in the marriage is currently unknown. The couple married in 2003 and have no children.
Blige famously stated the benefits and disadvantages of marrying her manager in a 2014 interview with The Telegraph. "He always has my back -- he's going to fight to the death for Mary J Blige. The downside is that there's no separation -- it's on all the time," she said. "When you don't feel like answering to your manager, he's still your husband. If one of you doesn't want to talk about something right now, you have to respect that. And you have to respect each other's space."
VH1Ice Cube and VH1 are giving a hip-hop upgrade to the classic game show, Hollywood Squares, by introducing their new fall show, Hip Hop Squares.
The hip-hop themed show will feature the biggest names in rap, comedy and entertainment and will have celebrities test their knowledge of pop culture. Ice Cube and entertainment industry veteran Jesse Collins will executive-produce the series.
According to Cube, "Hip Hop Squares is going to be fun and spontaneous. Unlike typical game shows, viewers should never know what’s going to happen next. When VH1 asked us to join the producing team, we jumped aboard as we have had success with VH1, and we love their team, excitement and commitment to the show.”
ABC/Randy HolmesRapper Future has partnered with e-commerce website Fancy.com to create an exclusive pop-up shop, Future Hive, this August in New York City.
For one week only, the recording artist's boutique will house the latest exclusive apparel from his FreeBandz Clothing line, along with his collaborations with other fashion brands including Cease & Desist, John Varvatos and Moreca. The Varvatos collection will include custom artist designed leather jackets and the Moreca brand will offer a limited one-of-a-kind "Future" embroidered Luxury Weekender Bag.
"It's a thrill to work with Future and his creative director Fred Foster, on their retail concepts," saysJoe Einhorn, Fancy founder and CEO. "Most of all we are excited for the fans who will be able to get their hands on these awesome limited edition goods."
Future Hive will be open from August 2 to 8 in New York City's SoHo neighborhood, on 76 Wooster Street, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET.
ESPNNas is one of the executive producers of the new Netflix drama about the early days of hip-hop, The Get Down, which is scheduled to debut on August 12. Besides tending to his production duties, Nas reveals to Rolling Stone that he was in charge of writing every original rap lyric heard throughout the series, which was a big, different undertaking.
"This is an early style. This is the Seventies. This is a different style, this is not what I normally do," he says. "I placed pictures around myself of parties like Harlem World, the Roxy, jams out in the Bronx in the park, DJs like Jazzy Jeff on the turntables, of course Grandmaster Flash photographs everywhere, the Furious Five photographs around me. I just really went into that world."
When asked if he worked closely with the show's actors, Nas explains that he preferred not to. "I really didn't want to be that close. It's the same like with [my records]; I record songs and I don't really listen to them that much. I would see pieces of the rehearsals and stuff like that. If I sat down too close to it, I would've went crazy," he says.
In other news, the rapper teamed up with Erykah Badu for a new song called "This Bitter Land." Released on Wednesday, the somber single will be featured on the soundtrack for an film called The Land, executive produced by Nas and rapper Machine Gun Kelly.
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office reportedly will not pursue charges against Dr. Dre in connection with an incident at his home earlier this week, a spokesman for the DA said Wednesday.
Dr. Dre, born Andre Young, had faced the possibility of a misdemeanor charge of exhibiting a concealed firearm. The DA isn't pursuing due to a lack of sufficient evidence, The Wrap reports.
Monday, a motorist claimed to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that a man fitting the rapper’s description had pointed a gun at him while he was parked in front of Dre's Malibu residence. Dre had asked the man to move his vehicle away from his driveway.
Dre, who was handcuffed, searched and briefly detained by deputies, denied pulling a gun or threatening the driver, saying the motorist blocked his driveway. Dre told deputies the driver left but then returned, at which time Dre pulled out his phone to record the man.
No weapon was found at the scene.
According to the sheriff’s department, the driver “initiated a private person’s arrest of Mr. Young for misdemeanor brandishing a firearm.”
Mike Windle/Getty Images for Epic RecordsR&B recording artist Jidenna has released a new music video for his Afrobeat-tinged single, "Little Bit More." The clip features Jidenna and a mystery woman eyeing each other and dancing their cares away on an island paradise.
The Grammy-nominated artist, who's signed to Janelle Monáe's Wondaland Records label, topped many Billboard charts with his debut song, "Classic Man." Released last year, the track climbed to number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, number three on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart and number two on the Billboard Rhythmic chart. It was also nominated for a 2015 Grammy award in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category.
"Little Bit More" is available to buy and stream now via the usual outlets.