UPDATE: Kanye later took to Twitter to explain why he visited Trump Tower, although — to be fair — we fail to see how they could’ve tackled any really important issues in only 15 minutes. See those tweets below.
We won’t stay on this too long: Kanye West, fresh out of hospital, has decided to continue his pro-Donald Trump campaign by visiting the American president-elect in the now-highly-guarded Trump Tower. He then stopped to take a picture.
The eight instalment of the highly-coveted Fast & Furious series is almost upon us. Above lies a new trailer for The Fate of the Furious, which stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and Jason Statham…Charlize Theron also makes her debut in the action film.
During the latest episode of OVO Sound Radio, Drake’s manager Oliver El-Khatib announced to the world that More Life (which was supposed to be released this month) has been pushed back to 2017. No word on exactly why, especially since recent releases (ex. Drake and 21 Savage’s ‘Sneakin’) have been sitting pretty comfortably on the charts.
Here’s a curveball for your week: Financial Times is reporting that Spotify is in advanced talks to buy Soundcloud. Very interesting given the fact that 1.) rumours of Soundcloud being bought aren’t new, and 2.) the massive Spotify is still looking for money from elsewhere (another rumour claimed that Spotify is looking for a billion dollar exit strategy as well).
If anything, this would certainly be a gigantic push for Spotify, which would increase it’s catalogue and make is more palatable to basement/bedroom artists and producers. It would also widen what was looking like a closing gap between Spotify and competitor Apple Music.
Stay tuned for more…as of right now, neither Spotify nor Soundcloud has had anything to say about the possible acquisition.
No surprise here: TMZ has reported that Russell Crowe won’t be seeing any charges stemming from his “fight” with Azealia Banks. According to the D.A., Crowe physically tossing the New York emcee out of his hotel room was “justified to prevent the imminent violence threatened by Banks.”
Earlier this year, Myron Yarde — who was known as the aspiring rapper Mdot — was tragically killed…now, it’s been revealed that three teenagers — Fauz “Mags” Richards, 19, and two youths aged 15 and 16 — have been found guilty of manslaughter. They were initially acquitted of murder.
In addition, New Cross residents Charlotte Edmonds, 32, and Jamie Kennedy, 31, were convicted of perverting the course of justice. During the trial at Old Bailey, the events that led to the death were broken down (source):
Myron had lent his bike to his friend Leoandro Osemeke, 16 – who was himself later fatally stabbed in an unrelated incident in nearby Peckham – who had ridden it to the rival Monson neighbourhood to buy pizza, the court heard. After Leoandro arrived in Monson, the bicycle was snatched.
It was said that Myron armed himself with a machete as he and a group of friends ventured into Monson to get the bike back. The court heard that the youngest defendant lured four of them to Camplin Street, where Richards lived. There, that same defendant was said to have taunted Myron, telling him: “What you gonna do? My olders are here now.”
All three defendants, who the court told were armed with a flick-knife and two kitchen knives, cornered Myron, who was backed up against a wall as two of his friends ran off. According to Myron’s remaining friend, who tried to stop the killing, the victim tried to lash out at Richards before being stabbed.
As is life, once your star brightens, the drama will come. In this case, it’s with rising beatsmith Menace, who’s most known for producing Desiigner’s iconic hit single ‘Panda’…after earning a GRAMMY nod for the track, another producer — Raws — amped up was seems to be a long-standing campaign against Manace, claiming that he stole ‘Panda’. You can see the tweets below and judge for yourself.
Listen you guys want me to entertain bullshit but all of a sudden I get Grammy nominated & the hate begins but read the tweets and god bless pic.twitter.com/6iK9thCLEr
This week, Kanye West continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons following his recent release from hospital. Here’s the latest:
Much like sister Khloe was with her ex-husband, it’s now being reported that Kim Kardashian wants a divorce following Ye’s full recovery. She also allegedly wants to keep the children post-divorce. Being that they’re currently living in separate houses (and, you know….they’re reality stars and need constant drama to make money), this could be a possibility.
Some good news: it’s also been revealed that Kanye is currently in his home studio crafting new music with the likes of Pete Rock…out of that, we even get to see what looks like a draft tracklisting for the previously-announced Turbo Grafx 16. You can see that and some in-studio clips below.
This Friday will see the release of J. Cole’s new (surprise) album 4 Your Eyez Only; for now, we get to check out the tracklisting from the project below, which (at least currently) sees no features. Being that this was also the formula he took with 2014 Forest Hills Drive, we can only expect the project — which is available for pre-order — to receive an amazing response.
Interestingly enough, ‘False Prophets’ nor ‘Everybody Dies’ made the cut…you can, however, purchase the songs via iTunes.
BONUS: Anthony Supreme — the artist who made the artwork — spoke on working with J. Cole. You can also see that below.
Congrats are in order for The Weeknd: last week, the Canadian star managed to shatter Spotify’s record for the most streams in a day, banking 40 million for his new album Starboy (and accompanying singles). The previous record holder was David Bowie with 36 million streams. In addition, he also broke Spotify’s global record for first-week streams with 223 million, knocking out even Drake for the number 1 spot on the streaming service.
Adding in all streaming platforms, that weekly number jumps to 400 million and counting. Whoever said that streaming is destroying the music industry is wrong; it’s simply forcing it to evolve with the new generation of tech-forward artists.
Months after seemingly airing out her grievances with her label, SZA speaks with Complex about her forthcoming album (wherever that sits and waits) as well as what she plans to due following that album’s release:
I’ll probably just do something different, something visual, probably film… I’m really frustrated, and I’m kind of over it. I have a lot of anxiety and there’s a lot going on in my life.
As far as TDE?
I don’t have any issues with my label. My label has been nothing but supportive of everything I’ve wanted to do.
You can check out the full feature over at Complex.