Brand New Birdman: Keen to capitalize even further on the buzz the botched Breakfast Club radio interview generated, Cash Money co-founder Bryan Williams, A.K.A Birdman, has announced a new album. The new record will go by the name ‘From Tha Briks’ and there’s even some tentative artwork for it, which even haters will have to admit is top drawer. And the album is just a few days from release if the Birdman post is to be believed. There’s good reason for taking Baby’s latest announcement with a pinch of salt. He had previously heralded a project in honor of his mother scheduled for release on June 24 but so far ‘Ms. Gladys’ hasn’t seen the light of day. Nor has the ‘Rich Gang Project’ which he announced at the same time.
Rich Homie Quan HHH gaffe: The VH1 Hip Hop Honors returned in dazzling style on Monday night as we reported earlier. What we excluded in the report was the way honoree Lil Kim saved Rich Homie Quan’s bacon after the Atlanta rapper forgot his lines during their collaborative performance. Kimberly was paying homage to her departed soulmate Notorious B.I.G, rapping her part of the Junior M.A.F.I.A hit ‘Get Money’ when she called out Quan. But after spitting the first two lines of Biggie’s timeless verse, RHQ’s mind went completely blank. Being the seasoned entertainer she is Lil Kim noticed his struggles and completed the verse but the blunder didn’t go unnoticed. Besides making himself the Breakfast Club’s ‘Donkey of the Day’, the 26 year-old became the subject of some hilarious memes. Quan has issued an apology though.
Fox ain’t mad atcha: Sticking to the Hip Hop Honors; notice any big female name in 90s rap that should have been onstage sharing the limelight with Missy Elliott, Salt-N-Pepa, Lil Kim and Queen Latifah? Yes, there’s Lady of Rage and Rah Digga, but if you’re thinking huge mainstream, platinum-selling rappers, it would have to be Foxy Brown. Her omission from the festivities didn’t go well with her fan base whose “overwhelming outcry” prompted the Ill Nana to post an emotional response on Instagram. She spoke for herself and another notable absentee, Lauryn Hill, claiming she preferred to be “held to a much higher standard”. Sour grapes? Or was she really grateful to VH1 for overlooking her? Read the full post below and see if you can read between the lines.
THANK YOU Beloveds!❤️❤️ So, I Awoke This Morning, Literally Oblivious To Our Fans Across The World’s TRENDING Outrage At (Reality Show Network) @VH1’s Non-Inclusion Of LAURYN HILL & FOXY BROWN. Anyone Recognized, (Whether The Contribution Big Or Small) I Applaud.👏🏾 Personally, I’d Prefer Being Held To A Much Higher Standard In My Walk, But Fans Went Ballistic; The PEOPLE Have Spoken! We’ve Been Blessed To Set The Bar At It’s Highest Heights; Most Notably Receiving The 2016 Historic “KEY”🔑To My CITY of BROOKLYN🏦…..Therefore, Humbly Speaking The CALIBER Of HONOR I’d Aspire To Are Those “UPPER ECHELON”. This Is VH1 Guys:)) Truthfully, The Only Accolade That Truly Matters To ME Is Of The MOST HIGH. Rest Assured, I’m In The Studio Perfecting This Incredible Return. Humbled And Blessed To Kill It Again! My Girl L BOOGIE (My Fav) And I, Have The Dopest Convo, Cracking Jokes In Our Caribbean Accents As She Prepares For An Amazing Overseas Tour. So, Actually Guys Let’s THANK @VH1👏🏾👏🏾 As We Are Definitely #TheDifference!!!! I LOVE MY FOXNATION! ❤️Fox! @platinumcamprecords @donpoohmusic @rachelnoerd💋
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Young Thug’s CK look: Calvin Klein has recruited numerous big-name artists in the past to model its wares. One of the brand’s endorsers for its upcoming fall line is Cash Money rapper Young Thug. Nothing unusual with that, apart from the fact that Thugger is modeling women’s wear. Here he is standing tall and proud in feminine attire as Jaden Smith did before him. Why? Because he thinks there’s no such thing as gender.
We’ll end the week on a nostalgic note as we savor Chance the Rapper’s performance at the close of the ESPY Awards. He gave an emotional delivery of a new song whose title we’re not sure of but borrows the churchy feel of ‘Blessings’ and ‘Angels’ from Chano’s latest release ‘Coloring Book’. Backing him were Social Experiment bandmates Donald Trumpet and Peter Cottontale as well as regular collaborator Jamila Woods. Sound bytes of some of Muhammad Ali’s most memorable inspirational quotes accompanied by flashing visuals of the boxing great at his prime give the group’s performance a poignant spiritual dimension.
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