With one of the biggest releases of the day, Nav has effectively returned from his musical hiatus. The Toronto rapper joined Lil Uzi Vert in his early retirement, deciding last week that the game needed him to come back. He eased himself back in, dipping his toes into the ocean with the Brown Boy EP. Along with the limited collection of songs, Nav also announced that he would be making an official return to the game the following week, revealing his latest album Bad Habits to the world. There were a few obstacles to avoid on the way to today, namely an uncleared Lil Uzi Vert feature, but Nav officially made it to March 22 and dropped one of the most popular projects of the week. It's been getting praise from all corners with one surprising name on the artist's growing list of co-signs: Nas.
Obviously, the similarity in their names makes this situation even funnier. However, it's even more baffling to consider Nas being a fan of Nav, the XO rapper who speaks almost exclusively about his VVS diamonds and sexual conquests. Their styles are worlds apart but somehow and someway, Nas became a fan of the young Canadian, extending his co-sign on Instagram.
"@nav back at it again! Salute bro!" wrote the hip-hop legend next to a photo of Nav's album cover. His retirement only lasted a couple of months but it is nice to see the kid striving again. Obviously, it's a bittersweet moment for OGs like Nas too. Do you think we'll ever hear the unlikely duo of Nav and Nas on a track together?
Cardi B Receives Co-Sign From Country Superstar Reba Mcentire
Ain't no one throwing across the time period "Okurrr" until they're a real Cardi B fan and such appears to be the case for nation singer, Reba Mcentire. In a brief video posted to Twitter, Reba is seen sitting backstage and when a person tells her that the present's prepared for her she busts out her greatest Cardi B impression: "Okurrr," she says.
Speaking of nation music, Cardi B not too long ago carried out at Texas' Houston Rodeo and dominated by pulling in probably the most attendees the present has ever seen with 75,580 company. Cardi posted a video to her Instagram of her standing backstage subsequent to a picture of Selena, with a caption detailing how the photograph alone gave her the drive to hit the stage and sing to her adoring crowd.
"I used to be so sick yesterday ya don’t even know ! I had such a foul migraine I needed to get a health care provider backstage to present me two photographs and ain’t rehearsed trigger I been working all week and ain’t actually know what I used to be getting myself into till I obtained within the venue," she wrote.
"Im OD honored for all of the love Houston gave me!"
Machine Gun Kelly Is A Big Fan Of Pete Davidson Dating Kate Beckinsale: "I Love That Sh*t"
MGK is a fan.
We're all nicely conscious that Pete Davidson is in a relationship of some type with actress Kate Beckinsale who's 20-years his senior. Despite the truth that Kate's ex-boyfriend (one other youngin' who's 23-years-old) instructed Pete to "run" and "watch out" concerning Kate, the couple are nonetheless at it and Pete's finest pal, Machine Gun Kelly is a fan.
TMZ caught up with MGK not too long ago and requested him what his ideas have been on Pete and Kate. "I really like that shit...that shit's tight" he instructed the paparazzi, including how he additionally loves older ladies. It apparently solely took MGK 15-seconds to "determine" her out when it got here to her intentions along with his pal, however he co-signs her as "nice."
As for Kate's apparent love for youthful males, MGK says it is as a result of youthful guys "rock."
Pete and Kate have been first noticed on the high of February holding palms whereas out within the streets and their romance was confirmed after they could not maintain their palms off one another at a latest hockey sport. Pete's ex, Ariana Grande, additionally co-signed their relationship calling it "so cute."
Nas Gives Gunna A Heartfelt Co-Sign: "Keep Shining Young Star"
Real acknowledge actual, as they are saying.
There isn't any disputing that Nas is among the finest lyricists to ever contact a mic. With an unlimited discography, a bonafide basic, and several other wonderful albums to his identify, Nas' standing is undeniably that of an icon. In that sense, his phrases carry a notable weight, particularly the place co-signs are involved. As it occurs, the Queensbridge OG seems to have taken an curiosity in Gunna, who dropped off his model new Drip Or Drown 2 venture right this moment. Nas took to Instagram to supply some sort phrases to Gunna, additional validation that actual certainly acknowledge actual.
"Love seeing younger brothas work their means out the hood to make a greater life for his or her households," writes Nas, posted up alongside large Gunna on IG. "Much respect to @gunna on the brand new album launch. Keep shining younger star. Proud of u. Drip Or Drown 2." It's unclear how Nas and Gunna initially crossed paths, but it surely's clear that the OG has taken considerably of a mentorship function within the younger rapper's growth. Respect to Nas for holding it down for the brand new era.
While Nas and Gunna have but to collaborate on a file, Gunna isn't any stranger to the New York scene. The Atlanta rapper not too long ago connected with Dave East on the wonderful "Us," considered one of final yr's extra underrated deep cuts. Hopefully, Nas and Gunna can discover a while to hyperlink up within the studio. In the meantime, stream Drip Or Drown 2 proper right here.
Drake Reveals His Current Favorite Songs: Metro Boomin, Lil Keed & More
Drake tells the world simply who he is listening to.
It goes with out saying that Drake is a necessity in most individuals’s playlists. Young or outdated, male or feminine, the folks love Drake. The Canadian famous person loves to increase his co-signs to artists which can be simply beginning to get some buzz. From BlocBoy JB to Lil Baby and Gunna, Drizzy is used to lending a serving to hand. Today, he is about to spice up the streams of some artists by sharing their music on his Instagram story for the world to see. If ever you had been interested in what the most important artist on the planet is listening to, you’ve got come to the best spot.
The 6ix God began off his record with an important: Metro Boomin‘s “Borrowed Love” with Swae Lee and WizKid. The the rest of his picks could also be a bit stunning. Clearly, Drake remains to be digging deep to search out artists that he likes. Lil Keed’s “Water By G” acquired some main love with Dre Nello, Jai Paul, King Krule, and others all getting some love.
Usually, we are able to depend on OVO Sound Radio to offer us with a number of the tracks that Drake has been listening to however he most popular to share in a visible method this time. We’re positive every artist on the record is feeling on prime of the world proper now.
J. Cole Smitten With Cardi B’s "Middle Child" Co-Sign: "Made My Whole Week"
Cole will get the proverbial co-sign from Cardi B.
J. Cole discovered the requisite center floor for his assumed position as a cultural nitpicker. After labeling himself the present BEST on his new single "Middle Child," his rapper-peers have filed into two camps: worshippers and contenders. Yesterday, Tory Lanez seemingly took offense to Cole's self-adulation, prompting him to achieve for the Twitter megaphone, Pusha-T his different goal.
That being stated, you possibly can depend Cardi B amongst these within the worshipper column, along with her assertion that "Middle Child" is effectively too spicy. The reward did not go unnoticed; seven hours in the past J. Cole filed his response, tail in hand. "This made my entire week to maintain it a buck," he Tweeted in response, exhibiting indicators of a tightly wound "Cardi Crush."
As a precursor to his subsequent solo grind, and the much-lauded Revenger classes, "Middle Child" is Cole submission to the races. It's as if, J. Cole again to his messianic tendencies, would a lot moderately write a proverb, than calling anybody out individually. Needless to say, should you're a rapper who prioritizes merchandizing over musical output, Cole would love a phrase with you on the facet. And though Cardi B is a celebrated media darling for thus many causes, she nonetheless is aware of "an actual one" from a dud.
The A$AP Rocky Generation: How Flacko Influenced Modern Hip-Hop
Far from simply remolding The Dirty South’s sound or serving as a style icon, A$AP Rocky’s affect over present tradition runs deep.
Little a couple of yr after the seminal Paid In Full, Rakim Myers was born in Harlem, New York. Sparked by his mom’s unrequited love for hip-hop, A$AP Rocky’s childhood have been soundtracked by a nutritious diet of the icons that left their very own imperishable manufacturers upon the artwork type. By the time he’d reached his adolescence, Myers was already on the lookout for solace from the ordinary risks of 116th & Morningside and located it in the identical medium that had christened him. Slightly shy of a decade since hovering to worldwide acclaim, Flacko’s place is solidified in hip-hop and has led to a profession that’s outlined by a aware and unconscious penchant for trendsetting. Expressed in not solely the appreciable deserves of his personal materials however the pervading affect that they’ve had upon friends and aspiring MCs alike, Rocky finds himself in rarefied air as his improvements will be appreciated in real-time moderately than solely retrospectively.
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In the lead-up to the discharge of his fourth solo venture Testing final May, Rocky verbalized the notion of his persisting impact on hip-hop throughout an interview with Desus & Mero. Tasked with replying to Funkmaster Flex’s claims “bunch” of artists had stolen his fashion, Rocky noticed his lasting contributions as two-fold:
“To get within the sport, you gotta have like braids or dreadlocks, gold enamel, charisma, You gotta have style sense. Everybody tries to at the very least have one, proper? Before us, there was folks in style and whatnot, however it was usually solely like Kanye or Pharrell, or Puff earlier than them. Now, that is commonplace. You’ve gotta have some kind of freshness. We introduced that again into hip-hop. Aside from style goes, simply the best way that, like, the monotone or the best way I’d pitch my voices, simply the nuances or my beat choices or the best way I produce songs, I really feel like a number of children that come up now inherited that.”
Rather than harbouring any resentment in direction of artists that had re-appropriated components of his id, Rocky remained composed, remarking that hip-hop has been “been wanting as much as me from the beginning.”
To definitively chart his affect in each of those realms, it’s essential delve again to the embryonic days of his profession and the sound which bridged the hole between Harlem and the Dirty South. When Love.Live.A$AP arrived in 2011, it positioned a renewed emphasis on the promethazine-laden wooziness that had largely light from hip-hop’s populist glare. A breakout launch for the A$AP Mob, the report side-lined its hometown’s boom-bap and the osmosed sound of Dipset infavour of the languorous haze of Houston’s chopped and screwed. The sound, highlighted by early favorites “Purple Swag” and “Pe$o,” was not with out its detractors, who both felt he had no cultural declare to it, or else, that he had bit it from his Raider Klan’s frenemy SpaceGhostPurrp, however it makes him and the Mob no much less integral to the “cloud rap” wave that’s nonetheless being explored to today. The imprint of Rocky’s early work with producer Clams Casino, typified by his means to trip the beat, his penchant for vocal manipulation and the syrupy, blissed out high quality of the instrumentals, will be traced in tracks from Post Malone, Lil Peep, Yung Lean, 21 Savage , Brockhampton and others, whereas his collabs with Juicy J, Project Pat and UGK have all helped to make him an unlikely champion of Southern rap.
Even within the days previous to his main label acquisition, his propensity for high-end style was among the many focal factors of his bars. Claiming that “Raf Simons, Rick Owens, normally what I’m wearing” as early as “Peso,” the rise of this “Margiela Madman” introduced quite a few manufacturers into hip-hop’s vernacular and– as illustrated by Genius— triggered a large improve of their market share. Beyond the gold enamel and Goyard, these attributes solely account for a part of the puzzle that ensures he’s repeatedly held in excessive esteem, at a time when profession longevity is more and more laborious to realize. Beyond dissembling hip-hop’s wardrobe and ushering in new designers, a part of Rocky’s attraction is in his means to play the tastemaker like few else. His standing as an entrusted connoisseur, which comes on the idea of immense respect for a variety of music, from UK trip-hop to Portishead to “60’s psychedelic shit,” implies that the Flacko co-sign carries immeasurable weight within the fashionable business,
Before he had the clout to tangibly put rappers on, the need to align himself with and rejoice greatness was clear on his main label debut LengthyLiveA$AP. Over a sinister Hit-Boy manufacturing, Rocky stepped into the sector with Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Big Ok.R.I.T, Danny Brown, Action Bronson and Yelawolf for the unimaginable posse minimize “1Train.” A who’s who of hip-hop’s foremost lyricists at the moment, this onus of constructing his tasks right into a makeshift artistic commune continued to realize momentum within the years to return. Capable of pre-empting what’s subsequent, a major instance of his willingness to advertise expertise comes on A$AP Mob’s Cozy Tapes 1 & 2. Far from simply being a platform for the mob itself, the tracklisting options numerous artists which have gone on to blow up in stature since: Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, MadeintoYo and Key! Alongside appearances from his long-time kindred spirits repping BeastCoast, resembling Flatbush Zombies and Pro Era’s Kirk Knight and Nyck Caution, he additionally gave Skepta the US shine a complete yr previous to Drake’s More Life interlude with “Put That On My Set.” A pattern that bled into his current AWGE DVDs that included a freestyle session with Ski Mask The Slump God, his pivotal function within the improvement of Playboi Carti from Atlanta MC to worldwide phenomenon attests to his hands-on means to assist worthy expertise blossom.
Revered as a lot for his foresight as he’s from a creative standpoint, the truth that his flippant remarks concerning the late XXXTentacion being the “hardest in Florida” on Instagram Live turned a information story solely attests to the ability of his seal of approval. Not solely restricted to hip-hop, Rocky has additionally cemented himself within the lore of Lana Del Rey’s profession and helped to ingratiate her to new trap-heavy sounds on Lust For Life tracks “Summer Bummer” and “Groupie Love.” Yet for all of those glowing endorsements, he will be simply as essential if the goal is correct. In a transfer that echoes his remarks about “too many pretend me’s,” from Gucci Mane’s “Cocky,” his verse on the Tyler, The Creator-assisted “Potato Salad” exhibits indicators of discontent with undeservedly gassed-up artists: “Then I take into consideration the state of rapping, All the freshmens within the courses, All the tremendous seniors mumblin’ and ramblin’, Mumblin and rappin’, mumble rapping?, I discover it laborious to search out precise expertise.” Quipped simply seconds earlier than he provides props to Kodak Black, it depicts why he feels so compelled to champion likeminded expertise and innovation simply as he did all these years in the past on “1Train.”
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In order to actually illustrate the influence of Rocky on the brand new breed of MCs, there isn’t a higher means than to get it straight from the horse’s mouth. In a 2018 with HNHH, A$AP Mob protégé Smooky Margielaa spoke of being awestruck by his presence: “At first, I actually couldn’t imagine it. Even being subsequent to Rocky, it was like oh shit. I used to observe him after I was youthful. Feel me? So it was loopy.”
While Smooky could also be 16, the identical uncontainable admiration spilled out from Famous Dex when requested about teaming up on final yr’s “Pick It Up”:
“They performed it once more. Guess who’s on there? A$AP Rocky. I freaked the f**okay out. Oh hell nah. It sounded 10 occasions higher and all the pieces. It was an awesome, nice look, and it’s an awesome, nice report. It’s an awesome search for me and my followers.”
“SHOUTS OUT TO ASAP ROCKY FOR BEING A PIONEER”, proclaimed Lil B last November and it’s an argument that’s changing into tough to dispute. Although his affect can’t be precisely portrayed with out the pivotal function of his late “spirit information” A$AP Yams being accounted for, it’s Rocky that has taken the founder’s ethos and disseminated it to the world ever since. Aside from serving as a creative inspiration or style icon, the Harlem MC informs hip-hop’s route by staying abreast of latest sounds and scenes in an effort to highlight what he feels issues. Where a lot of the outdated guard are actually centered on conserving their place within the hierarchy moderately than uplifting revolutionary acts, Rocky persistently goals to progress the style and this tact provides him an influence in contrast to most in fashionable tradition.
Soulja Boy Praises Travis Scott: "He Took Tyga's Bitch, I Love That N***a"
Does Soulja Boy have anger in his coronary heart?
Soulja Boy is not achieved harshing Tyga's good identify, however not at the price of shedding his grip on actuality. In his try to emasculate Tyga on the Breakfast Club, Soulja unintentionally entered Travis Scott's identify into the dialogue, because of his affiliation with Kylie Jenner. As you may recall, Tyga as soon as dated Kylie Jenner, whereas the Kardashian heiress was however an itsy bitsy spider in her private growth.
The Breakfast Club hosts have been assured Soulja Boy would rise to his ft on the mere suggestion of a "bounce again" 12 months. "Tyga...Tyga...Tyga," Soulja shouted unabashedly, "The n***a who let Travis Scott steal his b*tch?"
That can be the final and solely time Soulja Boy ever spoke of Travis Scott or his child mom over the course of the interview. And to make issues much more awkward, Soulja Boy would later recant his assertion, a technique or one other, by suggesting that he "cherished" Tyga and was open to working with him sooner or later, as long as the "comeback" narrative does not pop up once more.
As for his name-dropping of Travis Scott, Soulja Boy touched on the topic with TMZ in his most popular function because the jester. "I really like Travis Scott," he stated whereas strolling the streets of NY throughout his press-run. "He took Tyga's bitch. I really like that n***a." Nothing Soulja Boy is at the moment spewing provides up (to something of substance), and but, we won't look away. And for the file, Soulja Boy is all for Travis Scott gathering that "Super Bowl" paycheck amidst the backlash.
A$AP Rocky Gets Major Love From Dwayne Johnson Ahead Of Yams Day 2019
Dwayne Johnson reveals Rocky and the A$AP Mob love forward of “Yams Day.”
Tonight marks the fourth annual Yams Day hosted by the A$AP Mob. It’s a bittersweet day for a lot of as buddies and followers commemorate the lifetime of the mastermind behind the mob, A$AP Yams. Ahead of tonight’s efficiency, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson gave A$AP Rocky and firm some love and apologized for not having the ability to make it out.
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A$AP Rocky obtained some main love from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on Instagram earlier at the moment. The rapper shared a video despatched to him by The Rock who sends his greatest needs to Rocky and the Mob.
“I’m sending my perfect needs to you Rocky as all of us come collectively tonight to have fun an honor: the lifetime of Rock’s greatest pal and a pal to many there within the viewers, A$AP Yams,” he mentioned earlier than leaping right into a “Rocky” chant for a quick second. “Have the most effective time tonight. Rock, sending you all types of affection and to the viewers there, sending you all types of affection as effectively. Have a tremendous evening and relaxation in like to A$AP Yams.”
Rocky posted the video to his Instagram video with the caption, “THANK U SOO MUCH TO THE ROCK WE LOVE U AND SORRY U COULDN’T MAKE IT THIS YEAR, THIS VIDEO MEANS SO MUCH , HAPPY YAM$ DAY.”
It’s uncertain precisely how their relationship developed, however there is a good likelihood Under Armour has one thing to do with it.
Tekashi 6ix9ine Shows Love For Lil Yachty
Tekashi 6ix9ine is seriously misunderstood, if you make him out to be anything less than a caring, humble, generous person, if you ask the man himself. The rapper took to Instagram this afternoon to air out this misconception. In support his argument, he posted an interview in which Lil Yachty sums him up as a "genuine dude." In full he describes Tekashi's actual demeanour with the following remarks:
"Even though he act like all this and all that, he is so genuine, he does not let that shit get to him."
Tekashi 6ix9ine returned the favour by shouting out Lil Boat 2, Yachty's brand new album, not before listing f his own accomplishments. He dedicated his success to his fans, owning up to the fact that they've been instrumental in helping him gain his notoriety. A notoriety that he is attained without an executive push, as he puts it. He next credits his family with being loyal to his cause, and for supplying with him unconditional love and support. Most importantly, he reiterates the same points that Yachty made in the video. All in all, it feels like a thinly veiled self brag but who am I to question authenticity?