42 Dugg Taps Sexyy Red To Deliver “N.P.O.”

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Detroit rap star 42 Dugg has teamed up with Sexyy Red to bring in the summer with “N.P.O.”, a bass-heavy anthem under the CMG Records/4PF/Interscope Records umbrella. Between fire verses from two of the Midwest’s finest, the hook spells it out and the video speaks for itself; “She ain’t got no panties on.”

“N.P.O.” is the latest taste of 42 Dugg’s forthcoming album 4eva Us, Neva Them, which is scheduled for an Independence Day release. On the catchy single, Dugg flexes about the finer things in life, rapping, “Chanel link with the pearls on it / I don’t care how much it cost, I said my girl want it.”

Red feeds right into Dugg’s energy, spittin’, “You ain’t got no money for me, b**** don’t even call my phone / A** phat nails done, and my weave super long.”

In the Young Chang-directed video, Dugg and Red do it up ostentatiously in Miami, showing off foreign cars and blinged out jewels from the day throughout the night, with all the women, including Red, showing why the song is called “N.P.O.”

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Duane “Keefe D” Davis to Post $750K Bail Ahead of Trial for Murder of Tupac Shakur

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Keefe D will have bail before he faces trial for the murder of Tupac Shakur.

According to KTNV, Keefe D, legally named Duane Davis, alerted the court of his ability to pay the $750,000 bail to get out of jail. He will appear for bail hearing today (June 25). Davis had been in jail since September.

Previously, Keefe D announced that he would not be taking the stand to testify in his own defense. This decision comes despite a long-hidden confession from Davis concerning the infamous 1996 murder being submitted into evidence at his trial.

As reported by The Sun, Davis, who has previously confessed to his role in orchestrating Tupac’s assassination, has chosen to invoke his Fifth Amendment right, which protects individuals from self-incrimination. Despite having made multiple confessions to law enforcement in the past, Davis now refuses to answer questions about his involvement in the crime.

The 60-year-old former Compton drug dealer has reportedly expressed frustration with feeling “fitted up” over the murder and has decided to remain silent in court. His attorney, Carl Arnold, confirmed that Davis will not give evidence, opting to let his previous confessions speak for themselves.

Davis’s decision comes as a surprise to many, especially considering his previous cooperation with law enforcement. He had previously made confessions to both the LAPD in 2008 and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police in 2009, believing he was immune to prosecution due to a “proffer” deal. However, Davis now faces the possibility of life imprisonment if convicted.

Despite his refusal to testify, Davis remains confident in the strength of his case. Arnold stated that Davis believes the case is “winnable” and has never sought a plea bargain. The burden now falls on prosecutors to prove Davis’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Arnold also plans to subpoena Tupac’s friend and rap mogul Suge Knight to testify in the trial. While Davis may not be taking the stand, the courtroom drama surrounding Tupac’s murder trial is far from over.

Thoughts?

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Joe Budden Thinks He Kicked Off the ‘Take Down’ of Drake

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Joe Budden is laying claim to starting the effort to get Drake out of the paint.

Speaking in a Spaces conversation on X, Budden credits his onslaught of disses to Drake in 2016 as a start to the slow “take down” of Drake. Those disses, aligned with his podcast rants, assisted in igniting the run of his now I’ll Name This Podcast Later, which was renamed The Joe Budden Podcast.

“It may sound narcissistic, but I don’t think any one man takes down Drake,” said Budden. “I think I passed the baton to Push, I think Push passed the baton to Kendrick, and the job is done now.”

In May, Joe Budden examined the Kendrick Lamar and Drake beef as it currently stands. Speaking with Akademiks, Budden says he is over it, and Drake is tired.

“I’m over it. Drake sounds exhausted,” Budden said. “I want the battle to end after ‘Not Like Us.’ I learned today I like Drake on offense and not defense.”

You can hear it below.

“The Heart Pt. 6” from Drake sounded like his last entry in the beef with Kendrick Lamar. He even raps in the middle of sexual assault jabs, “I don’t wanna diss you anymore, this really got me second guessing.”

You can hear it all below.

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André 3000 Announces Fall North American Tour in Support of ‘New Blue Sun’

André 3000 Announces Fall North American Tour in Support of 'New Blue Sun'

Following the release of his critically acclaimed solo album “New Blue Sun” on Epic Records, André 3000 has unveiled a North American tour set for this fall. The instrumental album, co-produced with Carlos Niño and featuring a talented ensemble including Nate Mercereau and Surya Botofasina, marks a new sonic territory for the celebrated artist.

The tour will kick off in New Orleans, including performances at renowned venues such as The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, the John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts in Washington D.C., and BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday, June 28th, at 10 a.m. local time.

Fans can expect an immersive experience showcasing André 3000’s innovative approach to music, blending improvisation with a celebratory atmosphere. This tour is a must-see for music enthusiasts eager to witness André 3000’s artistic evolution firsthand.

NEW BLUE SUN – LIVE IN CONCERT

September 19 – New Orleans, LA – Orpheum Theater 

September 21 – Dallas, TX – AT&T PAC – Winspear Opera House

September 22 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater

September 25 – Houston, TX – The Hobby Center For The Performing Arts

September 27 – Albuquerque, NM – Kiva Auditorium 

September 28 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Arts Center

October 1 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys By The Bay 

October 2 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre

October 4 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theatre

October 5 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

October 9 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater 

October 11 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre 

October 14 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 

October 16 – Salt Lake City, UT – Eccles Theater 

October 17 – Denver, CO – Ellie Caulkins Opera House 

October 19 – Minneapolis, MN – Northrop 

October 21 – Chicago, IL – The Salt Shed

October 22 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Cathedral Theatre 

October 25 – Brooklyn, NY – BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

October 30 – Boston, MA – Boch Center Wang Theatre

November 1 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia presented by Highmark

November 2 – Akron, OH – Akron Civic Theatre

November 8 – Richmond, VA – Altria Theater

November 9 – Washington, DC – The Kennedy Center

November 12 – Durham, NC – DPAC

November 14 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre

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Boosie Cuts Off Ankle Monitor, Reveals Gun Charges Been Dropped

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Boosie Badazz‘s San Diego gun charges are officially behind him. That means he is no longer on house arrest. In a video on Instagram, Boosie cuts off his ankle monitor before jumping into the pool.

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Shaboozey Announces 2024 ‘Where I’ve Been, Isn’t Where I’m Going’ Headline Tour

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Country music’s hottest rising star, Shaboozey, has announced the first leg of his 2024 “Where I’ve Been, Isn’t Where I’m Going” headline tour, with a series of shows across the United States. This multi-city trek follows the success of Shaboozey’s critically acclaimed Billboard 200 charting album, WHERE I’VE BEEN, ISN’T WHERE I’M GOING.

The tour will kick off in Minneapolis and include stops in major cities such as Chicago, Toronto, Boston, New York, Atlanta, Nashville, and more before concluding in Winnsboro, South Carolina. Shaboozey will be performing in his largest venues to date, showcasing his latest hits, including the 2X RIAA-certified platinum country anthem “A Bar Song (Tipsy),” which has been hailed as the song of the summer.

Artist presale tickets and a VIP program will be available starting Tuesday, June 25th, at 10 a.m. local time. The TikTok presale will begin on Wednesday, June 26th, at 10 a.m. local time, followed by the local presale on Thursday, June 27th, at 10 a.m. local time. All presales will conclude on the same day at 10 p.m. local time. Public tickets will go on sale on Friday, June 28th, at 10 a.m. local time.

Fans can look forward to an unforgettable experience as Shaboozey brings his unique blend of country music to stages nationwide. With his chart-topping album and electrifying performances, this tour is set to be a milestone in Shaboozey’s burgeoning career.

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Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘MEGAN’ Album to Feature UGK, Victoria Monet & More

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Megan Thee Stallion’s new album, MEGAN, will be released this Friday. Ahead of the release, Hot Girl Meg has released the tracklist, revealing that UGK, GloRilla, Victoria Monet, and more will join her on the 18 tracks. You can see the full tracklist below.

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Tim Hinshaw’s Free Lunch Enters New Strategic Partnership with AEG Presents

Tim Hinshaw's Free Lunch Enters New Strategic Partnership with AEG Presents

AEG Presents, a global leader in concert promotion and artist development, announced a strategic partnership with Tim Hinshaw and his creative studio, Free Lunch. This announcement follows the successful “The Pop Out – Ken & Friends” Juneteenth concert at the Kia Forum, presented by pgLang and Free Lunch. The event, streamed on Amazon Music—Hinshaw’s current client—broke the record for the most minutes watched of any Amazon Music production.

Tim Hinshaw, an undisputed leader in the music and creative agency landscape, will focus on securing and marketing hip-hop, R&B, and gospel tours for AEG’s Global Touring division.

“I’m honored that this chapter started with Kendrick Lamar’s ‘The Pop Out—Ken & Friends,’ an iconic moment for LA and Hip-Hop,” said Hinshaw. “Partnering with AEG is a natural next step for Free Lunch. I have been very fortunate in my career to play a role in delivering some of the most unforgettable live music experiences for the culture and look forward to continuing that success with Rich and the whole AEG team moving forward.”

Rich Schaefer, President of Global Touring, AEG Presents, added, “Tim’s connection to Hip-Hop and R&B, whether it’s the music, the artists, or the culture, is unmatched. I am excited to bring someone of Tim’s stature on to help our team expand in an area we’ve already had so much success in. His spirit and energy will be a great addition to the Touring team, and we look forward to learning from him as we help build our business together.”

Tim Hinshaw is the Founder and CEO of Free Lunch, a multifaceted creative shop that bridges the gap between culture and corporate America. Before launching Free Lunch, Tim spent five years at Amazon as the head of Hip-Hop and R&B, leading the streaming service’s strategy and partnerships across these genres, including the global flagship brand, Rotation. In 2022, Tim brokered the exclusive livestream of The Big Steppers Tour: Live from Paris on Amazon Music and Prime Video, documenting Kendrick Lamar’s performance in Paris and commemorating the ten-year anniversary of good kid, m.A.A.d city. He also led artist negotiations for Amazon Music Live, a livestreamed concert series airing on Twitch and Prime Video following Thursday Night Football, securing artists like Lil Baby, A$AP Rocky, and 21 Savage.

Tim has also brokered deals for Amazon Music to stream significant hip-hop/R&B moments, including Tyler, The Creator’s CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST LIVE concert in Los Angeles, Kanye’s “Free Larry Hoover” concert, J. Cole’s Dreamville Festival from Raleigh, and Summer Walker’s homecoming show in Atlanta for Black History Month.

Before Amazon Music, Hinshaw created the Urban Music division at Fender Guitars and worked in music marketing for Vans. He started his career in music co-managing his brother, superstar songwriter Charles ‘Prince Charlez’ Hinshaw, which led to a joint venture label deal with Island Def Jam and a global co-publishing deal with Rondor/Universal Music.

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Anderson .Paak Teams with Lexus and Amazon Music for World Music Day

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In celebration of World Music Day, Lexus and Amazon Music have joined forces with 8-time Grammy Award-winning artist Anderson .Paak to launch a new campaign, “Destination .Paak – The Lexus GX Remix.” The campaign encourages fans to explore the outdoors and embrace life’s adventures. It features an exclusive remix and music video by Anderson .Paak, showcasing the all-new 2024 Lexus GX, along with behind-the-scenes interviews and interactive content with the artist. The campaign is available on destinationPaak.com starting today.

Fans will follow Anderson .Paak as he navigates California’s rugged and beautiful terrain in the 2024 Lexus GX, seeking inspiration to create a reimagined version of his original track, “Celebrate.” The 2024 GX, designed to inspire travel and exploration, combines elegant features, intuitive technology, and off-road capability, exemplifying Lexus’ commitment to luxury and performance.

Available on destinationPaak.com through August 31, 2024, the campaign offers exclusive content, including the “Celebrate” music video. In the video, Anderson .Paak embarks on a journey from a California garage, reminiscing about his career, and exploring the wilderness to find inspiration for his performance. The video showcases his reimagined rendition of “Celebrate,” brought to life amidst nature’s beauty.

Additionally, Anderson .Paak’s “World Music Day” Playlist, featuring his favorite genre-bending remixes, is available, offering fans a glimpse into the music that has influenced his career. The Lexus GX Gallery provides behind-the-scenes images from the music video set, highlighting the collaboration between Anderson .Paak and the 2024 Lexus GX.

In behind-the-scenes interviews, Anderson .Paak discusses his musical journey, finding inspiration in nature, and his work on the new NxWorries album with co-collaborator Knxwledge.

For more information on “Destination .Paak: The Lexus GX Remix” and the 2024 GX, visit www.destinationPaak.com, www.lexus.com/gx, and the Lexus Newsroom.

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Today in Hip Hop History: Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth Released Debut LP ‘All Souled Out’ 33 Years Ago

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33 years ago today [June 25], Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth unleashed their 1991 debut EP, All Souled Out, to critical acclaim. All Souled Out was a precursor to their official Elektra Records debut 1992’s Mecca and the Soul Brother.

All lyrics on the album are performed by C.L. Smooth with the exception of “The Creator,” which is a Pete Rock solo track. A deluxe edition of All Souled Out was released on February 18, 2014 on Traffic Entertainment Group, featuring the original six EP tracks, along with remix and instrumental versions of “The Creator” and “Mecca & the Soul Brother.”

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