Looks like Carti season is upon us.
Playboi Carti has created a lot of buzz over the past year or so with co-signs from established rappers like A$AP Rocky, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert. Yet, despite the hype, the Atlanta spitter’s announced project has yet to drop. Things might be about to change as early as next week though.

Friday, Barti launched a countdown many think suggest he’s dropping Cash Carti at midnight on April 14. On his official website, http://cashcarti.com/, a countdown appears on a red screen. His label Interscope recently revealed that it would be a full-fledged album and not a tape as previously thought.

In the past few weeks, Cash has teased his fans with a couple of mini surreal clips showcasing unreleased music. He’s also released two songs featuring Lil Uzi Vert: “Woke Up Like This” and “Lookin.”

J. Cole‘s devoted fanbase now has more fuel to add to the fire that is the “platinum with no features” meme. As revealed by J. Cole’s own Instagram account earlier today, the Dreamville rapper’s Forest Hills Drive follow-up, 4 Your Eyez Only, has gone platinum… without a single featured artist or guest appearance. “Congrats to @realcoleworld 4 Your Eyez Only is now Certified Platinum by the RIAA,” reads the caption on J. Cole’s official announcement. Released on December 9 of last year, 4 Your Eyez Only delivered ten new songs from Cole and featured production from Boi-1da, Frank Dukes, Vinylz, Cardiak, Elite and more. Considering the fervor behind J. Cole’s last platinum plaque, one can expect the online response to be just as passionate this time around.

Besides his latest LP, J. Cole has a 4 Your Eyez Only documentary on the way. Last month, J. Cole also lent his beat-making abilities to a new J.I.D and EarthGang track.

Kendrick Lamar has now finally clarified what April 7 stands for: the announcement of his new album. The project will release April 14. The project is officially available for pre-order, and while Kendrick has yet to also reveal the tracklist, we know it will feature 14 songs, including “Humble,” produced by Mike Will Made-It. Interestingly enough, the current title of the album listed on iTunes is ‘ALBUM,’ though this may be similar to his rollout for To Pimp a Butterfly. When he revealed the release date and pre-order for that one, the title was listed as ‘[Untitled].’We also currently don’t have cover art for the project, but that feels like it could change in the next few days.

Bobby Shmurda appeared in court today for charges stemming from a contraband case back in 2015. The troubled rapper received a 4 year sentence concurrent to the 7 year sentence he is already serving.

Two weeks ago, Kendrick Lamar rapped on his song “The Heart Part 4“: “Y’all got ’til April the 7th to get y’all sh*t together.” After much speculation, Lamar has finally clarified what the date stands for: it is the announcement of his new album. The project will drop on April 14, the same day he is scheduled to do his headline performance at Coachella. Although the tracklist has yet to have been announced, it will feature 14 songs including the Mike WiLL Made-It-produced “HUMBLE.” The project is now available for pre-order via iTunes.

Kodak Black found himself in even more legal trouble this week, as he was accused of assaulting a woman at a Miami strip club earlier this year. The rapper, who just released his debut album, is currently in jail, facing a different charge of criminal sexual conduct dating from just over a year ago.

USC’s annual Springfest was shut down before headliner Rae Sremmurd ever hit the stage due to safety concerns from overcrowding. Travis Scott and Migos were also on the bill and were kicked off stage by police.

Late last week Florida rapper XXXTentacion—whose real name is Jahseh Onfroy—was released from jail in his home state after pleading no contest to charges of home invasion and aggravated battery with a firearm. These charges stem from a November 2015 incident in which he allegedly entered the home of Che Thomas and robbed him at gunpoint. The deal to withhold adjudication of the charges essentially means that the disposition of the crimes he is charged with committing will be suspended, provided he successfully completes a six-year probationary period under court mandated conditions. Among a series of requirements, the probation order states that Onfroy will not violate any law, possess a firearm or weapon, associate with any persons engaged in criminal activity, or visit places where drugs are used. If he manages to complete this strict probation, the charges will effectively disappear and Onfroy’s record will be clear.

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