The Weeknd Teases Fans With New Project and Brazil Concert Promising “Never-Before-Seen Production.”

The Weeknd Releases "Sacrifices" Video from New Album 'Dawn FM'

The Weeknd is picking back up where he left off with new content and a surprise concert on the way. The Toronto pop star just announced a show in Brazil that promises a “never-before-seen production.” We know The Weeknd is different, so making a point to say this must be more than just hype. 

Get this, to add to his announcement, he dropped a video teaser or sorts giving insight into his upcoming project. So Variety reports that this will be the third and final chapter in his “After Hours” / “Dawn FM” trilogy. Okay, we see you!

Last year, the hint was made to media outlets that this, if it is in fact the final installment, might include a visual component, maybe even a film. The visual ends with a cryptic message: 

“There are three chapters in this tale.”

This upcoming project has come with the caveat of pushing the boundaries of The Weeknd’s creative vision where he blends music, visual art, and immersive storytelling in ways many artists today just don’t place the same amount of time and effort these days. 

Check out his teaser on The Weeknd’s IG and tell us what you think.

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Irv Gotti Faces Civil Lawsuit Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct, Threatens to Counter Sue

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This week, Irv Gotti, co-founder of Murder Inc., was hit with a civil lawsuit accusing him of sexual misconduct. The lawsuit, filed by a Jane Doe in Miami-Dade County, alleges that Gotti forced the plaintiff to perform oral sex on him in public places multiple times over a two-year relationship, resulting in significant mental anguish.

However, Gotti is pushing back strongly against these accusations and is considering legal action of his own. A representative for Gotti reacted to the lawsuit on Thursday, claiming that the lawsuit was filed after Gotti refused to comply with the plaintiff’s alleged attempt to extort money from him. The representative described the lawsuit as containing “a single page of ‘facts’ which are unsworn to, sparse by any measure, and which Mr. Gotti categorically denies.”

In response to the allegations, Gotti’s representative emphasized his longstanding respectful relationships with women, highlighting that he has been surrounded by strong women his entire life, including his mother, five sisters, and daughter. The statement also noted that the top employees at his company are women, and that his relationships with women have been characterized by mutual respect, honesty, and empathy.

“The allegations represent an affront to women who have truly suffered abuse,” the representative added. They also stressed that Gotti’s reputation is at stake and that he will vigorously fight the “baseless claim” in court. Additionally, Gotti is considering filing a countersuit for defamation.

This legal battle comes at a time when public figures are increasingly being held accountable for their actions, and the outcomes of such cases are closely watched by both the public and the media. As the case progresses, more details are likely to emerge, shedding further light on the nature of the allegations and Gotti’s defense.

Thoughts?

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SOURCE SPORTS: Kansas City Royals’ Tyler Tolbert Shares His Dirty South-Centered Playlist Courtesy Of Black Baseball Mixtape

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This week’s exclusive playlist comes from the versatile Tyler Tolbert, the multi-purpose player drafted by the Kansas City Royals organization back in 2019. The 26-year-old plays multiple positions, including second base and shortstop in the infield and has proven to be a stellar center fielder in the outfield. He’s played next to the likes of Maikel Garcia in Single-A ball and Michael Massey in High-A, so the Royals have had him pegged all 2024 as the next on deck.

After being drafted by the Royals in the 13th round of the MLB Draft in ’19, Tolbert played at Quad Cities until 2022, where he left with a .224 batting average, boasting 4 dingers and 36 RBIs in 116 games. He followed up with a season, where in just 32 games, Tolbert racked up 12 RBIs, 15 stolen bases and 38 hits.This year, Tolbert, has been playing for Double-A Royals affiliate the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, where he’s averaging .327/.338/.665 with a .239 overallaverage at the plate.

As a Birmingham native, there’s no question why Tolbert’s playlist is so laden with the South, with artists like Future, Lil Baby and Moneybagg Yo on heavy rotation. Check out the playlist below with all of Tolbert’s favorite tracks courtesy of Cheats and the Black Baseball Mixtape!

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Big Sean Unleashes New Single “Yes” and Announces Sixth Album ‘Better Me Than You’

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GRAMMY®-nominated multi-platinum artist Big Sean has released his new single “Yes,” available now via Def Jam Recordings. This highly anticipated track arrives alongside the announcement of his eagerly awaited sixth album, Better Me Than You, set to be released on Aug. 9 and now available for pre-order.

Big Sean first announced the album on social media with the debut of the Better Me Than You trailer, setting the tone for the forthcoming project. Fans can expect a compelling blend of Big Sean’s signature style and innovative new sounds on this latest album.

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Benny The Butcher Drops New Track “Summer ’24”

Benny The Butcher Drops New Track "Summer '24"

Grammy-nominated and Emmy-award-winning artist Benny The Butcher, a prominent member of Buffalo’s Griselda collective, has released a new track titled “Summer ’24.” This comes nearly six months after the launch of his acclaimed Def Jam Recordings debut, Everybody Can’t Go.

After teasing the track on Instagram, Benny responded to fan enthusiasm by officially releasing “Summer ’24,” now available on all digital streaming platforms.

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Today In Hip Hop History: MC Eiht’s Debut Album ‘We Come Strapped’ Turns 30 Years Old!

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On this day in Hip Hop history, West Coast legend MC Eiht released his debut LP, We Come Strapped. Featuring his group Compton’s Most Wanted, this gangsta rap classic is one of California’s pre-G Funk hits. Riding the popularity that came from his breakthrough single “Straight Up Menace” featured in the film Menace II Society, this album took the rap game by storm creating a new star on the West Coast.

Coming off group success, MC Eiht was no rookie and knew exactly what putting out a good album entailed. We Come Strapped followed a simple yet effective formula resulting in its success. This project is straight and to the point; no drawn out skits, no filler, and no big name features. Aside from a cameo from Spice-1, Redman, and his fellow Compton’s Most Wanted members, the album is entirely MC Eiht spiting cold gangsta rhymes over DJ Slip’s jazzy, keyboard heavy production.

Commercially the project was quite a success, peaking at #5 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop chart. The album was certified gold shortly after its release and continues to sell copies today. This album serves as MC Eiht’s most successful project to date.

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Rakim Releases New Single “Now Is The Time” Feat. B.G., Hus Kingpin, and Compton Menace

Rakim Releases New Single "Now Is The Time" Feat. B.G., Hus Kingpin, and Compton Menace

Rakim, hailed as “The God Emcee,” has announced his first new project in 15 years, G.O.D.’s Network (Reb7rth). This highly anticipated album, set to release on July 26, 2024, showcases Rakim’s extensive talent in lyricism and production, marking his first project entirely self-produced.

The album’s lead single, “Be Ill,” features notable artists Kurupt and Masta Killa and has already garnered significant attention with its powerful lyrics and dynamic video. Following this, Rakim released the second single, “Now Is The Time,” featuring B.G., Hus Kingpin, and Compton Menace. This track is now available on all major streaming platforms, further building excitement for the full album release.

G.O.D.’s Network (Reb7rth) is set to include an impressive lineup of collaborations featuring the likes of Nipsey Hussle, DMX, Method Man, Prodigy, 38 Spesh, Skyzoo, Kool G Rap, Joell Ortiz, KXNG Crooked, and Planet Asia, among others. This extensive list of featured artists promises a diverse and rich listening experience, blending classic and contemporary hip-hop influences.

Rakim’s return to the music scene with G.O.D.’s Network (Reb7rth) is a momentous occasion for fans worldwide. The album will be available in multiple formats, including Digital, CD, Cassette, and Vinyl (both 12” and 7”), ensuring accessibility for all music enthusiasts. Fans can purchase the album through www.rakimpresents.com, courtesy of Holy Toledo Productions, Compound Interest Entertainment, RRC Music, and 1332 Records.

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LISTEN: Cardi B Curses Out Joe Budden, Calls Out Alleged Past Cocaine Habits

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Cardi B let Joe Budden have it. In a Spaces conversation, Cardi cursed the podcast host out for “talking shit” about her.

The most recent take from Bidden about Cardi came during his most recent podcast, which can be heard below:

And now we get to Cardi’s response…

“I gave you a lap dance two times at Starlets, you was high,” Cardi said. “High as fuck on coke nigga. I could smell that coke through your breath.

“I don’t care when people talk shit about me, but you always talk shit about me. Out of nowhere. For the past two years this nigga has only talked bad things about me constantly. Why? Cause you got an interview?”

Cardi alluded to Joe Budden’s interview with Cardi’s rival Nicki Minaj.

“Nigga sat here in December and said I got into with my husband,” Cardi said. “For a publicity stunt, because this and that dropped.”

She closed with, “I ain’t fuckin Drake nigga. I ain’t going to write a nice paragraph, I’m going to come at you.”

You can hear Cardi’s full rant below.

Joe Budden would set the record straight for himself in tweets, including that he never received a dance from Cardi, has not done Coke, and will never speak on any part of her career again.

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Nelly and Ashanti to Star in New Reality Show

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Nelly and Ashanti are bringing their romance to reality TV. According to The Jasmine Brand, the two will begin filming their reality show in Nelly’s hometown of St. Louis. Pre-production is currently underway.

Earlier this month, Nelly and Ashanti held a lavish baby shower at Dolce & Gabbana in New York City. Fat Joe and others attended the celebration at the store. You can see the surprise moment below.

Two months ago, fans rejoiced as 90s power couple Ashanti and Nelly announced their engagement and the exciting news that they are expecting their first child together. The announcement took fans by surprise and brought a wave of nostalgia, as the couple’s rekindled romance has been a heartwarming journey to witness.

In an exclusive interview with ETonline, Ashanti revealed the intimate details of Nelly’s proposal, which caught her completely off guard. Describing the moment as “such a beautiful, intimate moment,” she shared that the proposal happened while they were watching TV in bed, dressed casually in his T-shirt and boxers. The simplicity and sincerity of the moment made it even more special. “I cried. I gave him the biggest hug and kiss ever,” Ashanti recounted. “I FaceTimed everyone I know… I was overjoyed and shocked and surprised and happy kind of like all in one.”

With a baby on the way, Ashanti confirmed that they plan to welcome their child before walking down the aisle. As for their wedding, the singer envisions a ceremony filled with sunshine, a beach, and palm trees. The couple’s journey to this point has been one of significant personal growth and development.

Reflecting on their relationship now compared to a decade ago, Ashanti noted the profound changes. “The growth has been like superb, you know, like on both ends,” she said. “We are both at a place where like before, sometimes we would argue and walk out, slam the door, and not talk for a few days.” Now, their approach to disagreements is much more mature and understanding. “Now,” she continued, “it’s kind of like, ‘All right, you good?’ You know, give me a kiss goodbye and it’s over… It’s not like holding on and bickering and we find out what the resolution is. We apologize… It used to take me a little longer to apologize.”

Ashanti emphasized the strong alignment they share in their passion for work and building a family. “We are so, so aligned,” she said, highlighting their mutual dedication and commitment.

As Ashanti and Nelly prepare for the arrival of their baby and their upcoming wedding, fans are eagerly following their journey, celebrating the love and growth that has brought them back together. Their story is a testament to enduring love and the power of personal evolution, making their reunion even more special for all who have watched them over the years.

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SOURCE SPORTS: A’ja Wilson Unveils Signature Nike Collection in Marie Claire

A’ja Wilson Unveils Signature Nike Collection in Marie Claire

A’ja Wilson gives fans a first-ever look at her Signature Nike Collection, A’One, in Marie Claire Magazine’s July Women in Sports Issue. Wilson showcases her signature Nike shorts and leggings in a stunning multi-page cover spread. She also stuns in high fashion pieces from Balmain, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Sportmax, Cartier, and Bulgari, all captured by photographer Chrisean Rose.

Reflecting on the rising interest in women’s basketball, Wilson says, “It’s like, New fans, welcome! Hello, I’m glad you guys are here! Take a seat, grab popcorn, because you’re in for a ride.”

“I feel like it’s just one of those things where you go back home and you have a hole in the wall [restaurant] and you’re like, Oh my God, I love this place, I know I can always go there and they know my order,” Wilson says. “And then all of a sudden this influencer goes there and is like, ‘Try the chicken tenders.’ And now the next time you go it’s flooded with people. It may be a lot of commotion…but at the same time, you’re so glad they’re getting this business.”

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