Madonna Defends Tidal and Hints Upcoming Changes In New Interview

Jay-Z’s music streaming service Tidal launched with a ton of A-list co-signs from Kanye West, Daft Punk and Rihanna. Despite the star-studded launch in March, the company has faced a slew of public relation and technological problems since its inception. While Jay took to Twitter in April declaring that the service is doing “just fine,” the service has gone cold on the Apple App store and has been virtually lost in the music streaming conversation as Spotify and the recently [...]

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Tyler The Creator is now Banned from Australia

Odd Future members just aren’t having much fun with or in Australia lately. Tyler, The Creator tweeted this afternoon that he’s been banned from entering the country and thus canceled his upcoming tour dates. Over the weekend, Earl Sweatshirt punched a fan on stage in Sydney after they rushed behind him during his performance. Tyler didn’t specify exactly why he was banned, but he did mention Twitter user, Coralie Alison, Director of Operations at Collective Shout, which started a petition [...]

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Lil B Admits To Being Transphobic, Says He Needs To Learn How “To Accept”

Lil B has never been afraid to be himself, or admit his own faults (and political beliefs) on his Twitter account. Tonight, in a confusing moment, The Based God jokingly (?) said he wanted to be considered transsexual to sneak into the women’s restroom. This ill advised tweet unsurprisingly got Lil B a lot of backlash from fans, and this is where things got interesting; as he goes on to admit his transphobia and his struggles to overcome the lack [...]

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Bobbi Kristina Brown Dies at 22

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Georgia. She was 22. In a statement to ET, the Houston family wrote, “She is finally at peace in the arms of God. “We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.” On Jan. 31, Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in her bathtub. She was taken to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, [...]

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Styles P Reveals His Daughter Committed Suicide in Heartbreaking Instagram Post

Please enable Javascript to watch this video Styles P shared some tragic news with the world yesterday when he revealed that his daughter committed suicide last month via a heartbreaking letter that was posted on his social media pages. In the letter, Styles reflected on the importance of family, and how even though he’s seen a lot of personal success through his career, he says that none of it matches the love that he’s felt from his family and loved [...]

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Tech N9ne’s Music Helps a Car Crash Victim Learn to Speak Again

For years, critics and fans have celebrated rap music’s ability to give a voice to the voiceless. Kansas City MC Tech N9ne recently was able to do so in the most literal way when a fan on the long road to recovery after a ghastly car accident that left him in a near vegetative state was able to become responsive and regain the use of his vocal chords thanks to Tech’s music. Kyle Pinelli was a studious Virginia teenager when [...]

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The Rap Gods Don’t Want Chief Keef’s Hologram Concert to Happen

Chief Keef wasn’t going to give up on pulling off a hologram performance to raise money for the violent deaths of Glo Gang’s own Capo and 13-month-old Dillion Harris. For whatever reason, Keef can’t catch a break. The New York Times reports that Keef’s latest attempt at a hologram concert was shut down by police after warnings from the mayor’s office that Keef couldn’t appear digitally at Craze Fest in Hammond, Ind. This festival was his third try after being [...]

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Donald Trump Is Leading the Race, According to Poll

Donald Trump isn’t going away, he’s actually winning, according to a new poll by CNN. It begs the question, what does this billionaire, custom-hat-loving, Internet cat meme of a presidential candidate have to say before people stop supporting him? Since suggesting that John McCain, who spent five years as a prisoner in Vietnam being tortured in ways that left him disabled for the rest of his life, was not a real war hero, Trump’s support has gone up, according to [...]

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Dog the Bounty Hunter Explains What it Will Take to Get El Chapo

Dog the Bounty Hunter has captured thousands of small-time drug offenders in his time, but he’ll leave the hunt for the head of one of the world’s deadliest drug cartels for someone who’s more qualified, the TV star tells Fox 411. They asked him about the hunt for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, who escaped from prison recently through an elaborate tunnel. “He probably would be out of my league,” said Dog, whose real name is [...]

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Future Lands His First Number One Album With ‘Dirty Sprite 2′

If you’ve noticed an overwhelming sense of calm emanating from practically everyone you’ve encountered this week, just know the uniformed mood is no accident. The world has been listening to Dirty Sprite 2, bathing in its caffeine-free utopia with Shutterstocked glee. Don’t believe us, #FutureHive detractors? Simply consult the current Billboard 200 — featuring 199 albums crushed beneath the weight of Future’s DS2 haul of 147,000. This marks Future’s first number one album, proving — as we have repeatedly warned [...]

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Trap Star: Jeezy Cleans the Streets of District 4 in Atlanta

At 8 a.m., you would never expect a rapper to show up this early to anything, but it was a special occasion for Jeezy. Volunteers of all ages gathered at Rosa L. Burney Park this morning to help in a neighborhood clean-up of District 4 in Atlanta. In continuing the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101, Jeezy and his Street Dreamz Foundation kicked off their series of community events by making the streets tidier [...]

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Watch Earl Sweatshirt Knock This Fan Out for Crashing His Stage

Just like Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt is protective of his stage and the people who try to bum-rush it. During the Sydney, Australia stop last night at Max Watts on The 2015 Ready To Leave Now Tour, a fan thought it would be funny if he tried to hug Earl from the back. Nope. That shit isn’t gonna fly, fam. Someone from the crowd caught Earl handling the kid with a mean left hook that immediately took him down. Afterwards, [...]

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Listen to PARTYNEXTDOOR’s “No Feelings” f/ Travi$ Scott

Drake, now the reigning champion of surprise-dropping exclusives, unleashed a (very) hot new PARTYNEXTDOOR track featuring Travi$ Scott during the second episode of his Beats 1 radio show OVO SOUND. Travis Scott, finally actual days away from Rodeo, brings some of his finest brandishing to the track — a perfect compliment to PARTYNEXTDOOR’s ethereal mood structures. Of course, “No Feelings” doesn’t mark the first collaboration between Scott and PND — as the two have a brief but lucrative history of [...]

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Listen to Drake’s “Right Hand”

Catch your breath, because the new Drake didn’t stop with “Charged Up.” During the second episode of OVO SOUND Radio on Beats 1, Drizzy also unveiled “Right Hand” — a less diss-driven track just in time for the tail end of summer.

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Listen to Drake’s New Song “Hotline Bling”

Drake’s OVO Sound radio show on Beats 1 is a must-listen. The program is only in its second show and Drizzy has already shared a half a dozen exclusives, the latest being “Hotline Bling,” which may sound familiar. If you’ll remember, a preview of a song from Drake recently surfaced at his barber’s wedding, which people believed to be a remix of D.R.A.M.’s “Cha Cha.” We now get the full version in all its glory. Check it out above.

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Meek Mill Responds to Drake’s OVO SOUND Diss Track “Charged Up”

Just minutes after Drake unleashed a marathon of soul-spurring exclusives on the second episode of his Beats 1 show OVO SOUND including a subliminal diss track tentatively titled “Charged Up,” Meek Mill has responded with a pair of brief, emoji-assisted statements.

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Charged Up: Meek Mill Didn’t Damage Drake’s Career, He Energized It

One of the coolest X-Men villains is a guy named Sebastian Shaw. Wikipedia succinctly describes his powers as, “the ability to absorb energy and transform it into raw strength.” I thought of Sebastian Shaw tonight as Drake ran his Meek Mill diss track back for the fourth fucking time in a row on OVO Sound Radio. (Blame Saturday morning cartoons. Certainly don’t blame the trash X-Men film that features Kevin Bacon’s mediocre turn as Shaw.) The song is called “Charged [...]

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Booker T Says He’s “Shocked” by Hulk Hogan’s Racist Comments, Wants the N-Word Eradicated

Ever since word of Hulk Hogan’s extremely racist rant hit the newswire this morning, wrestling fans have been waiting for two things: Hogan’s apology (which dropped rather quickly) and word of any WWE talent making comments about it. But with the WWE’s preemptive scrubbing of Hogan’s likeness from their website, it’s safe to assume they’d rather their talent not speak out about this, for PR reasons. Or maybe they were just waiting for Booker T—who is one of the coaches [...]

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Earl Sweatshirt Announces ’2015 Ready To Leave Now Tour’

Almost exactly four months removed from his latest album release, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside, Earl Sweatshirt has announced plans for a world tour. Sweatshirt is currently in New Zealand and will travel to Australia for a four-date stint before returning to North America as a part of “The 2015 Ready To Leave Now Tour.” Sweatshirt, joined by Remy Banks the whole way, will play Los Angeles on August 8th before heading to the East Coast later [...]

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Aaron Hernandez’s Case Cost Prosecutors $462,000

The prosecution really didn’t want to fuck up the trail of Aaron Hernandez. It was so dead set on not doing so that it ended up blowing almost half a million on giving him that life sentence. The Associated Press reported that prosecution spent $462,000 on convicting the disgraced tight end. Specifically, it spent $360,462.30 on overtime for state police and another $101,834.64 on travel, experts and other expenses. Was there a point that the prosecution hesitated and thought, “Whoa! [...]

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Bike-Riding Thieves Are Snatching iPhones on NYC Streets

Hold on tight to your precious, precious iPhone if you’re walking the streets of Manhattan. Bicycle-riding thieves are apparently snatching phones right out of people’s hands and pedaling away. The NYPD released surveillance stills (above) of two alleged thieves today, who police say robbed iPhones from women aged 24 and 28 in Midtown last month by riding up and grabbing the phones from their hands as they used them. These thieves don’t seem to be keeping any particular hours. One [...]

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Kim Kardashian Got Cornrows for Her Hype Energy Drink Campaign

Welp, here we go again. In new images from Kim Kardashian’s Hype Energy campaign, the star becomes the latest in the Kardashian-Jenner clan to sport cornrows. You may recall Kylie Jenner’s recent cornrow selfie from earlier this month—a move that resulted in much backlash from social media and Hollywood alike. The event triggered some major questions about racial issues, especially in regards to cultural appropriation. And Kylie’s not the only one. Kendall Jenner was also roasted on Twitter for wearing [...]

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America Has a Very Serious Gun Problem, and This Map Proves It

In the wake of Thursday’s movie theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, many pleas have been made regarding the necessity for increased gun control in the United States. With the massacres carried out by domestic terrorist and proud white supremacist Dylann Roof in Charleston, South Carolina and Mohammad Abdulazeez at a Navy building in Chattanooga, Tennessee still saturating the minds and hearts of many Americans, the theater shooting instigated by neo-Nazi supporter John Russel Houser tragically reaffirmed a stark reality — [...]

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Jay Z and Will Smith Are Producing an HBO Miniseries on Emmett Till

Jay Z and Will Smith’s healthy business relationship continues. Through their respective Roc Nation and Overbrook Entertainment companies, the pair have embarked on a number of co-producing efforts, most recently the Annie remake last Christmas. Now they’re back at it, this time on HBO. The pair are behind an upcoming miniseries that will tell the tragic story of Emmett Till, the 14 your-old African-American teen who was murdered and mutilated in 1955 in Mississippi for merely talking to a Caucasian [...]

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Bobby Shmurda Facing Seven Additional Years In Prison After Girlfriend Allegedly Gave Him a Knife

As Bobby Shmurda continues to wait for his upcoming trial in the fall, he is now facing the possibility of up to seven more years in prison after his girlfriend allegedly tried to sneak him a knife during a visit. Shmurda appeared in court yesterday to plead not guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges of promoting prison contraband, perjury, and criminal possession of a weapon, according to The Guardian. Previously, Shmurda turned down a plea deal for his prior gun [...]

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50 Cent Ordered To Pay Additional $2 Million In Leaked Sex Tape Trial

While he’s currently promoting today’s release of Southpaw, the new Jake Gyllenhal-starring boxing movie in which he also features, 50 Cent has been ordered to pay out an additional $2 million in punitive damages to the victim of a sex-tape leak he committed back in 2009. According to the NYDailyNews, a jury in Manhattan came to the decision as a compromise between the victim’s requested $15 million and 50 Cent’s lawyer’s suggested $700,000. “We had to compromise,” the jury foreman [...]

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