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(The New York Times) – Ronald Khalis Bell, who with his brother and some neighborhood friends formed the jazz-funk-R&B band that became Kool & the Gang, and who was the lead writer on its biggest hit, the omnipresent feel-good song “Celebration,” died on Wednesday at his home in the Virgin Islands. He was 68. His […]

(Variety)- J Balvin and Roddy Ricch have dropped out of MTV’s Video Music Awards on August 30. Per Variety, the decision came about as a result of “logistical hurdles” due to an increased concern for health and safety. Balvin told fans he was recovering from COVID-19 on August 14, saying, “My message to those that follow me, young fans, […]

The 21-year-old rapper drops off a boastful debut. (New Hip Hop)-She’s grown since her days on The Rap Game, and after years of waiting, fans have officially received Mulatto’s debut studio album, Queen of Da Souf. The 21-year-old rapper has received flack for declaring herself to be southern royalty, but she’s argued that no one kicked up this […]

(XXL) – Pharrell and Jay-Z join forces once again to bring their fans new music with a message. On Friday (Aug. 20), P and Jigga released their first single in years titled “Entrepreneur.” The Neptunes-produced track, which is officially released by Pharrell, finds the two artists preaching about Black ownership. “You gotta let go (Let go)/If you want to fly take […]

(Fox News)-More than a month after she was shot in the feet after a party in the Hollywood Hills, Megan Thee Stallion said for the first time Thursday night that fellow hip-hop star Tory Lanez was the person who pulled the trigger July 12. “Yes … Tory shot me. You shot me and you got […]

(Page Six) – Quinn Coleman, also known as “DJ Spicoli,” died suddenly on Sunday of unknown causes at age 31. He is survived by his father, Randy Coleman, and mother, Debra Lee, the former CEO of BET. “Quinn was a loving son, brother, cousin and friend, a passionate DJ and A&R executive with a bright […]

(Hyperbeast) YBN Cordae has officially dropped the YBN tag from his artist name following the collective’s disbandment. Now only known as Cordae, the young rapper’s name change appeared on his Spotify and TIDAL artist pages, as well as his Instagram and Twitter (except for the actual username) accounts. The collective’s split was announced by YBN Nahmir in early August 2020 without explanation, simply stating that “They left this YBN […]

(CNN) Drake has officially dethroned Madonna, thanks to a little help from DJ Khaled. According to Billboard, the rapper has broken the record for the most top 10 hits in the history of the Billboard Hot 100.His appearances on DJ Khaled’s “Popstar” and “Greece” have entered the Hot 100 at no. 3 and 8, respectively. Those […]

(Billboard) Logic is bidding farewell to music, but not without one last album. The hip-hop star unveiled his final album, No Pressure, on Friday (July 24). “Officially announcing my retirement with the release of ‘No Pressure’ executive produced by No I.D. July 24th…,” he tweeted last week. “It’s been a great decade. Now it’s time to be a […]

Pretty Ricky’s Spectacular Smith accused Tory Lanez of illegally sampling two songs from the R&B group’s 2005 album, Bluestars. Spectacular then commented on an Instagram post showing the tweet. “you should have just stole it like Grind On Me and Your Body,” he wrote. “Why stop now …. Just keeping it 2 Virgils.” Tory was quick to respond in an […]