Congrats to 50 Cent: he’s reportedly been discharged from backruptcy court after paying off more than $22 million (£17.6 million) in debut. Apparently, he paid off $8.7 million out of his own pocket, along with $13.65 million he received thanks to a legal malpractice lawsuit against his former attorneys. Read more on the story here.
If you’re a fan of Danny Brown’s latest album Atrocity Exhibition, then you’re definitely a fan of Paul White, who produced most of that project. Now, the Lewisham-based producer is releasing a two-song EP with Danny Brown titled Accelerator, which contains the title track and ‘Lion’s Den’ (as well as instrumentals of both).
Pre-order Accelerator via Bandcamp before it’s release this Friday.
A director named Simon Amstell is preparing for the debut of his first feature film, titled Carnage: Swallowing The Past…the film is set in the not-all-that-distant utopian future (2067), where everyone is a vegan and the thought of consuming another animal is mind-numbing. What’s dope about this is that it happens to feature none other than Grime’s resident vegan Jme, who will be playing himself.
We wonder: will the animals that exist in this world be vegan as well? Will lions be bullying other herbivores for their plant-based meals?
Carnage: Swallowing The Past is set to premiere on BBC’s iPlayer this Spring. You can read more about it here. In related news, Jme also recently starred in Grim Sickers new visual for ‘Kane’, directed by Mike Skinner….you can check that out below.
Images source: Beyonce.com
UPDATE: Following the big reveal yesterday, Beyoncé has now liberated a bunch of pics from her “I’m pregnant” photoshoot (some of which include a fast-growing Blue Ivy). She also revealed some pics from when she was pregnant with Blue Ivy — the conspiracy theorists who believe that she was never with child will hopefully be checking this out as well. Check ’em out below.
Congrats to Beyoncé, JAY Z, Blue Ivy and their entire family! The fact that this was all kept secret is in itself incredibly amazing.
We guess this means that Beyoncé is well past the whole cheating thing…
In addition to Drake killing the stage overseas as part of his Boy Meets World tour, he’s also reconnecting with his Young Money comrades — the Canadian star recently revealed pics of him hanging out with Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. Always good to see that — despite issues between Wayne and Cash Money boss Birdman — these three are still pretty tight. We also can help but think about what Meek Mill is thinking (especially with the onslaught on memes heading in his direction).
Big news today: Stormzy — who has been on a social media hiatus since late last year — is finally ready to reveal his new album to the world. In addition to giving the initials of said project’s title a la A$AP Rocky (GSAP), we now know that the forthcoming release will feature appearances from Ghetts, J Hus, Kehlani, Wretch 32, MNEK (where has he been?), Raleigh Ritchie and — by way of an interlude — the legendary Crazy Titch. Very serious.
The revelation comes a day after mysterious billboards (one of which is above) surfaced in various locations around London…they all also give the same release date — 24th February.
Check out the tracklisting and billboard sightings below. This definitely looks to be Stormzy’s year.
— #MERKY (@Stormzy1) February 1, 2017
A STORM IS COMING pic.twitter.com/vUPc9QPVYK
— TasteMaker (@AbdiTV) January 30, 2017
— Official Charts (@officialcharts) January 30, 2017
Before the album drops 5th February), Big Sean took to social media to liberate the official tracklisting for I Decided., which sees appearances from Eminem (we really hope that the old Eminem is present), Jeremih, Jhené Aiko (as part of TWENTY88), The-Dream, Migos, Starrah and the Flint Chozen Choir. Check that out above and pre-order the album via iTunes.
Major congrats to Serena Williams, who has (once again) locked in her number one spot after beating her sister, Venus, to win the Australian Open (6-4, 6-4). It’s her 23rd major title, which now puts her above tennis legend Steffi Graf.
Check out her victory speech below.
DO. NOT. COUNT. JAY Z. OUT. EVER.
As can be seen above, Sprint has purchased a third of JAY Z’s TIDAL to the tune of $200 million (bringing the company’s value to $600 million). To add reference JAY Z purchased TIDAL two years ago for $56 million. Talk about a bounce back.
Read more on the new partnership here.
UPDATE: More details have been revealed regarding Taxstone’s involvement — according to federal authorities, the podcaster’s DNA was found on the gun that killed Ronald McPhatter (including on the clip, which makes it look like he even loaded the weapon). In addition, authorities are apparently using past threats Taxstone made in regards to Troy Ave, as well as apparent connections to the Bloods gang. This doesn’t look good at all.
UPDATE #2: Taxstone has reportedly posted bail (which was set at $500,000). He is also said to be on house arrest; despite this, he can continue with his podcast Tax Season until trial.
If you’ve been following this story since its inception, then this news story shouldn’t come as a surprise. It’s now being reported that New York presenter Taxstone has been arrested in connection to the Irving Plaza shooting that left a man dead. Currently, Troy Ave — who was also injured during the fracas — is facing charges as a result; many have speculated that the violence stemmed between Troy Ave and Taxstone.
You can read more on the arrest here.
Featured image: Getty
This morning, a shooter opened fire at the EDM-based BPM Festival in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, killing 4 (UPDATE: It’s not 5) and injuring more at the Blue Parrot club on the 10-day event’s closing night. The reasons for the violence isn’t yet known.
BPM organizers have released a statement via social media, which can be read in its entirety below.
It is with great sadness to share that police have confirmed reports of a lone shooter outside the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa Del Carmen earlier today, which resulted in four fatalities and twelve injured. The violence began on 12th street in front of the club and three members of the BPM security team were among those whose lives were lost while trying to protect patrons inside the venue.
The BPM Festival has been working closely with the local authorities (Seguridad Publica / Policia Turistica) throughout the festival to ensure public safety and security for all visitors. We are overcome with grief over this senseless act of violence and we are cooperating fully with local law enforcement and government officials as they continue their investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families and all those affected by these tragic events.
The BPM Festival Familia
This year’s (VO5) NME Awards have been announced, and Beyoncé leads with five nominations for her album Lemonade — best album, music moment of the year, best international female, hero of the year and best video (for ‘Formation’). Behind her is Skepta, who holds four nods — thanks to Konnichiwa — for best British male (Kano also happens to be in this category), best album, best track for Man, and best music moment.
The 1975, Bastille and Christine And The Queens also have four; Wolf Alice, Kanye West and Adele have three nominations.
Check out the full list of nominations here (where you can also vote, as NME awards are selected by you). The VO5 NME Awards 2017 takes place at the O2 Academy in Brixton 15th February.