T-Pain Joins ‘Desus & Mero’ To Talk Most Poppin’ Strip ClubsT-Pain took a trip over to ‘Desus & Mero’ to talk to the boys about his impact in creating the entire trend of autotune. He also talks about getting his chain that said, “Big Azz Chain” because some random dude backstage dared him to–he had never bet him before and hasn’t seen him since. It wouldn’t be a T-Pain interview without talking strip clubs, and he explains the reason his favorite in Chicago shut down. He also discusses his problem with strippers in New York City.
‘The Life Of Pablo’ Has Set A Record Over The PondThings have been changing in the music game due to the way streaming has completely taken over. Records are being created and set by artists who are reaching certifications that were previously only accessible by selling physical albums. The latest artist to establish a precedent is no secret to setting records. Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’ is U.K.’s first album to go gold through streaming alone. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) usually gives gold certification to albums that move over 100,000 units, while platinum status is granted at 300,000 units. Kanye recently passed the former mark through streams of his album, which wouldn’t have been counted before the BPI included streaming in their sales figures in 2015. Here in the United States, ‘The Life Of Pablo’ went platinum back in April. That was a huge achievement, too, as it became the first streaming-only album to achieve platinum status. Congrats to the soon-to-be father of 3!
Safaree Doesn’t Think Nicki Is Actually Happy For CardiThe rumors of a feud between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B have been swirling since Cardi started to get any type of success (as normally happens between Nicki and pretty much any other female). Though it might just be media fueling rumors to pit women against each other, many people have claimed in the past that Ms. Minaj is constantly blocking other people’s shine to ensure hers lasts as long as possible. Whether that’s true or not can’t exactly be confirmed, but Nicki did wish Cardi a huge congratulations after “Bodak Yellow” reached number 1. There’s no way to tell if someone is sincere or not in a tweet, but would you blame Nicki for being a little salty that a fellow female came onto the scene and surpassed her own milestones so quickly? Safaree, Nicki’s ex-boyfriend of 10+ years, seems to think that her congratulations was a whole bunch of BS. The two former tings haven’t talked to one another, so it’s not any type of inside info that Safaree got from Nicki herself–but after being with somebody for so long, you would be privy to character traits that others aren’t. Safaree, with no hesitation at all, says that he knows Nicki isn’t happy that Cardi is getting so successful, and her well-wishes on Twitter were only to hide her bitterness. Yikes. Y’all agree with Safaree? And should he still be going on shows just to talk about his ex from years ago?
TRL’s Guest List Just Keeps Getting LongerDemi Lovato, Lil Uzi Vert, and Playboi Carti have been tapped to take the TRL stage as guest performers for the show’s first week premiere. They are joining the growing roster of other musical acts — including Ed Sheeran, Migos, Noah Cyrus, and PRETTYMUCH — for the daily live show’s first week on air. It was previously announced that the first episode of the show’s revival will feature performances from Migos and Ed Sheeran. TRL is set to premiere Monday, October 2 and will air live every weekday at 3:30 p.m. The tapings will take place in MTV’s newly renovated Times Square studio, an ode to the original beloved porgram. The hosting duties for this new installment will be rotated between DC Young Fly, Tamara Dhia, Amy Pham, Erik Zachary and Lawrence Jackson, while Liza Koshy and the Dolan Twins will act as content creators. Eva Gutowski, Gabbie Hanna and Gigi Gorgeous will serve as the show’s social media correspondents. Fans of the original TRL are waiting with bated breath to see if this comeback does the original any justice, and we’ll soon be able to see just that. One thing is for sure, it looks like every hot musical act will be in the TRL studios in the next few weeks, so that’s definitely something to look forward to.
Drake’s Dad Tattoos Son’s Face On HimFor anybody who might not have known that Dennis Graham was Drake’s father, there’s absolutely no denying it now. The proud daddy got Drake’s face prominently inked on his right arm, in a photo with Drake’s signature pout and freshly-sharpied hairline. Sources told TMZ that Drake’s dad met tattoo artist Money Mike at his birthday party and told him he wanted to get the ink to match Drake getting his dad’s mug shot tattooed on his arm in 2014. Money Mike went to Dennis’ house only a few days later and got him right with Drake’s face in a 4-hour session. He even did the tattoo for free. Dennis still has some work to do if he wants to catch up with his son’s tattoo addiction. Drizzy has the faces of Sade, his father, Lil Wayne, and a bunch more. Y’all feeling Daddy Dennis’ fresh ink?
A Boogie Stops By The Breakfast Club To Talk MusicA Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s new project, The Bigger Artist just dropped, and he stopped by The Breakfast Club to talk all about it, along with some other surrounding topics. He discusses having label issues throughout his time before and after getting signed, and how those problems get resolves to put out the final product we hear today. A Boogie explains that his real name is actually, “Artist,” so it’s a no-brainer for him to name his album after that. He also talks about what it’s like repping for New York, specifically The Bronx. With Card’s #1 single The Bronx is definitely on the map right now, but that doesn’t mean its easy trying to put on for your city.
The Highest Earning Rappers This Year Might Surprise YouForbes’ list of the highest paid hip-hop artists always looks pretty similar at the top. Just like last year–even though he’s not so much an artist anymore–Diddy finds himself at the top with $130 million dollars earned. Of course, his and all other artists’ revenue isn’t only from music. As a matter of fact, it would probably be a safe bet to say most of the more lucrative avenues for these artists isn’t from streaming or album sales, but other deals. Number 20 on the list is Lil Yachty, who at 20-years-old brought in $11 million this year. He got there by performing live over 100 times, and snagging endorsement deals with Sprite, Target, and Nautica. Rick Ross and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are tied for the 18th/19th spot, both making $11.5 million. Ross made some of his money through his Wingstop and Checkers franchises, while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis made a majority of theirs touring together. Swizz Beats is the next highest earner bringing in $14 million, partly due to his new gig at Bacardi’s creative director. Number 17 is Lil Wayne, who brought in $15.5 million from touring and a deal with Samsung. Right above him is labelmate Nicki Minaj who raked up $16 million through endorsements with MAC and T Mobile, and her guest verses. Snoop Dogg’s career is still going strong, coming in at number 15. He made $16.5 million this year from his show, Martha And Snoop’s Potluck Dinner, his Youtube interview series, and his cannabis lifestyle platform, Merry Jane. J Cole brought in $19 million from touring, playing festivals, and having very highly performing streams and album sales. At number 12 is Birdman, making out with $20 million, with artists like Drake, Nicki, and Wayne, it’s no surprise he’s on the list. Kanye West brought in $22 million, touring and playing festival dates before the tour’s untimely cancellation. He also has his Adidas deal along with high-grossing merchandise pop-up shops that helped him stay earning. Next on the list is Future with $23 million, DJ Khaled with $24 million, and Pitbull with $27 million. Future’s streaming numbers are 2nd in hip-hop only behind Drake, Khaled has deals with Champs, Apple, and expensive DJ gigs, and Pitbull sells out arenas internationally. Number 7 is Wiz Khalifa with $28 million, who made bank with his own strand of weed and an accompanying app. Kendrick Lamar is next on the list with $30 million–his already double platinum album DAMN. contributed to that income, but the rapper also earns over $1 million with every single tour date. The top 5 starts with Chance The Rapper, making $33 million through his deals with Apple and Kit Kat, along with touring. Right above him is Dr. Dre with $34.5 million, not as big as his $620 million payout from Apple in 2014, but he still gets money from them as well as royalties for his large catalog. Number 3 is Jay Z, who made $42 million this year from signing a huge touring deal with Live Nation and playing a number of festivals throughout the summer. Drake comes in at number 2 with a whopping $94 million, with money from huge tours, being the highest streaming artist, and deals with Apple, Nike, and Sprite. As previously stated, Diddy comes in at number once again this year with $130 million for things like his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour and Ciroc.
The Long History Of Young Dolph And Yo Gotti’s RelationshipYo Gotti has inarguably received more mainstream success in the past couple of years than any other artist from Memphis. Especially with his most recent single, “Rake It Up” with Nicki Minaj peaking at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, Yo Gotti is hotter than he’s ever been. Young Dolph is another rapper from Memphis, and though he may not be a household name, he’s undoubtedly some serious competition for Gotti as the king of Memphis. He’s a self-made millionaire who often boasts about his refusal to sign to anyone, and the musical accomplishments he’s made without a label is indeed impressive. On Tuesday, Young Dolph was shot multiple times on the corner of Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles, California. Though Yo Gotti was initially taken in as a person of interest–and it has been said that the shooting happened as a result of the two artists staying in the same hotel and getting into an argument–Corey McClendon, one of Gotti’s supposed associates, ended up actually being arrested. If you’re new to the Dolph/Gotti beef, or even if you’re fans of both and just aren’t sure where exactly their feud began, here’s an extensive timeline of the tumultuous relationship between the Memphis rappers:
Roc Nation Auctioning Made In America Memorabilia For Hurricane ReliefIn an effort to help those affected by this year’s hurricanes, Roc Nation will host an auction with memorabilia from this year’s Made In America Festival. Items will be signed by artists from the label like Jay Z, J.Cole, and Pusha T.⠀⠀
The pieces up for auction include a jacket with handwritten signatures from the likes of Jay Z, Migos, J. Cole, and Pusha T. The jacket is reportedly worth $3,000, but could obviously go for a lot more. Other jackets to be auctioned off include the Liberty, Freedom, and Tidal jackets with signatures from Cardi B, Vic Mensa, 21 Savage and more–so it looks like the signatures aren’t just limited to those on Roc Nation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In addition to the auction, Tidal and Vic Mensa recently partnered with Music Cares to host a pop-up show in Los Angeles to gain supplies and donations for hurricane victims. Each concert-goer is required to bring toiletries or school supplies to gain entry and all concert proceeds will be donated to the various regions affected.