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Ludacris explains why his favorite guest verses are in the songs “Yeah,” by Usher and Lil John, “Made You Look (Remix)” by Nas, “Regret” by Letoya Luckett, “Baby” by Justin Bieber, and “Oh,” by Ciara.
The Atlanta Hawks are changing things up a bit and have brought hip-hop artist 2 Chainz on as the team’s new CEO before his performance at the March 27 game against Miami.
The numbers are in, and Kendrick Lamar officially has his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 charts. Even with a few hiccups in the release of Kendrick’s To Pimp a Butterfly, the album still had an impressive first week of sales, with 324,000 actual albums sold, and 363,000 if you include streams.
This was easily the highest selling album of the week, and obviously Kendrick’s biggest first week of his career. In 2012, Kendrick debuted at No. 2 on the charts with good kid, m.A.A.d. city selling 242,000 copies in the first week of release. 2015 is already off to a great start in terms of hip-hop sales, with Kendrick becoming the third rapper to hit the No. 1 spot this year, following Drake and Big Sean. Kendrick’s To Pimp a Butterfly album can be purchased on iTunes here. As a bonus, check out a vlog from TDE that follows Kendrick around following the release of the album.
Former entertainment lawyer Reggie Ossé breaks down the horrifying details of Weezy’s claims against Birdman and Cash Money.
King Kendrick returns March 23rd.
Quick recap: Performing twice at the Grammys and proving he’s as culturally divisive as ever. A year of expectations surrounding the Kanye x adidas line coming to a screaming crescendo. The most anticipated New York Fashion Week show in recent memory. A monstrous outdoor performance in numbing temperatures. A surprise cameo at Drake’s concert. Personally contributing to a massively successful sneaker launch by handing out pairs of Yeezy 750 Boosts to the morning’s first customers. Appearing on Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary special. Dude’s busy.
And yet, on a snowy Saturday, Kanye West still has the patience and enthusiasm to geek out over sneakers another dude in the Mercer Hotel lobby is rocking. Spying a pair of New Balance 696 “Re-Engineered” sneakers, the man who can literally move mountains reflects on a moment of recent vulnerability: “Those are the shoes that, when they came out, I was like, ‘Fuck! We already designed these.’ They have the exact same perforation, color palette; it’s the same situation.” When the New Balance owner suggests the Yeezy Boosts that Kanye is wearing are actually better, he replies, “In some ways.”
It’s a small moment in our conversation, but hearing Kanye West concede that the insanely hyped sneakers he created aren’t automatically the dopest kicks in the room is indicative of his extremely considered approach to music, design, and everything else. Nothing exists on a simple binary of good and bad. To Kanye, every aspect across the whole spectrum is worthy of a look, and it’s with this studied process that he creates, designs, and even converses.
It’s not what we’ve come to expect from the world’s top celebrities, and it is for sure a reason why he sought out a partnership that gave him the freedom to create how he needed to create. And so, “Yeezy Season 1” has finally touched down, and with Kanye fresh off presenting his full collection, we dove deeper with him on his reinstatement to the runway, and how he’s helping to shift the larger conversation.
Russell Westbrook is absolutely fearless on the court when he’s balling for Oklahoma City Thunder. That same instinct can be seen in his sartorial choices and design sensibilities, often exhibited during his pre-game walk to the locker room. Which is exactly why True Religion tapped him to be the brand’s new Campaign Creative Director. The position gives Westbrook free range to project his own creativity through the brand’s lens to create something bold and unique.
We caught up with the NBA All-Star at True Religion’s new flagship store in downtown Brooklyn, just outside Barclays Center, to discuss his new gig. He spoke about his goals for his partnership with the brand, as well as one of his biggest style influences. In the spirit of All-Star Weekend, we brought some folks up and let the crowd rate their outfits, with Westbrook giving the final “yay” or “nay.”
DJ Akademiks speaks on fans rehashing a Young Thug comment made months ago where he stated that he planned to name his next album ‘Carter VI’ despite the issues Lil Wayne are having with Birdman and Cash Money.
Even though he dropped Sorry 4 the Wait 2 earlier this week, Lil Wayne wants Tha Carter V out as soon as possible and he’s still anxiously trying to get off Cash Money, as well. TMZ is reporting that Wayne is taking Birdman to court and will sue him for $8 million in advances. Wayne claims that Birdman is violating their contract by withholding the release of Tha Carter V but, as we’ve reported earlier, Birdman claims he’ll release the album “in due time.”
CV has faced countless delays, and was supposed to drop on Oct. 28, until it was pushed back the day before. He’s been associated with Cash Money Records since the early ’90s, and has always maintained an extremely close relationship with Birdman over the years. His own label, Young Money Entertainment, is an imprint of Cash Money and back in April 2012, Wayne signed an additional four album deal with Cash Money, as well.
As the blowback from the massive sony hack continues, the leaked email conversations between Sony picture executives have complicated what is already a giant mess for the media entity. Most recently a leaked email from Sony Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper was made public and reveled his feelings toward Kevin Hart when the comedian demanded more money to promote an upcoming film on social media. Culpepper responded by writing about Hart’s demands, “I’m not saying he’s a whore, but he’s a whore.” Hart took to Instagram to finally respond about his brand and his career.