Jadakiss Names The Top 5 Voices In Rap In The First Clip From Uproxx’s ‘Fresh Pair’

While Jadakiss has long been considered one of hip-hop’s most underrated figures, he’s also got one of the genre’s most recognizable voices. His gravely tone has graced some of rap’s most beloved hits for nearly three decades, as demonstrated by his standout performance in The Lox’s Verzuz battle with The Diplomats, and he’s still a favorite go-to for a feature verse for contemporary artists who need his signature sound to bring some New York grit to their own work.

In the upcoming debut episode of Uproxx’s newest show, Fresh Pair, Jadakiss breaks down his own top five voices in hip-hop with hosts Just Blaze and Katty Customs. It’s a fascinating look into one of the most underrated facets of rap success from one of the most successful but underrated artists in the business.

“Nobody never asked me who I think got the top five or top three or any kind of voices,” he exclaims before settling into deep thought. “It took me a while… [to learn] how somebody’s voice can add on to what they bring to the table.”

He cites a few classic MCs as influences to his own unmistakable tone, but we won’t spoil it here. You can check out his answers in the video above and catch the full episode of Fresh Pair on Wednesday 9/28 at 3 pm ET / 12 pm PT.

Joyce Wrice Seeks Revenge In Her Feisty Video For ‘Iced Tea’ With Kaytranada

They say success is the best revenge, but for Joyce Wrice, it’s going to take a lot more than a hit single to avenge her past lovers and enemies. She much rather get it back in blood with cool sword tricks, cute outfits and surprisingly pressed hair for kicking butt all day.

Wrice is steadily riding the wave of releasing notably one of the best R&B projects last year, Overgrown. Even though she released “Iced Tea” with the help of production by Kaytranada back in March, her momentum hasn’t slowed down since.

Now, the fan favorite has a half-anime, half-motion picture set of visuals to accompany the groovy ditty. The visual is directed by Xavier Tera and creative-directed by Ashley Bone. It stars Wrice seamlessly blending aspects of her Japanese and Black cultures amid a dance number in the rain with a few other ladies. Dancing in the rain is a common R&B video theme that’s been missing in heartbreak videos of today. It’s great to see slip and slid efforts of Usher in “U Got It Bad” and Ray J’s “One Wish” acknowledged and cherished.

Dancing aside, anyone on Wrice’s revenge list should be very afraid. Peep the video above.

Jack Harlow Will Co-Host ‘The Tonight Show’ When His Tour Comes To New York City

Jack Harlow’s star continues to rise. After performing at and co-hosting the MTV VMAs, the Louisville native is stepping into another new role: Late-night host. Harlow will co-host next Thursday night’s (October 6) episode of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon when his Come Home The Kids Miss You tour hits New York City. According to a press release, he’ll help Jimmy deliver the episode’s monologue, introduce musical guests Quavo & Takeoff, and interview the night’s guest Dwyane Wade.

Harlow kept flying high in 2022 as he released his sophomore album, Come Home The Kids Miss You, after racking up his first-ever career No. 1 alongside Lil Nas X for “Industry Baby.” Harlow’s follow-up single, “First Class,” repeated the feat, giving him his first-ever No. 1 as a lead artist, and achieved the impressive accomplishment of returning to No. 1 a few weeks later, making three weeks in total. He also secured his first lead acting role in the remake of White Men Can’t Jump and got his own meal at KFC.

Even the bumps in the road have turned into victories for Jack. After accidentally insulting scores of R&B fans with his surprise at Brandy and Ray J’s relation, he recruited the elder Norwood to perform her fiery freestyle over “First Class” with him at the BET Awards.

Catch Jack Harlow as co-host of The Tonight Show on 10/6.

Jack Harlow is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

Kid Cudi Drops The Tracklist For His ‘Entergalactic’ Album, Which He Insists Is ‘Not A Soundtrack’

Kid Cudi’s passion project Entergalactic premieres on Netflix in just a few days on September 30, and the album, also entitled Entergalactic, hits streaming platforms the same day. He revealed most of the album was made three years ago but that the Kenya Barris-assisted series is the “greatest piece of art” he’s ever made.

It’s a joy to see Cudi honing in on his pursuit of happiness amidst his ongoing social media feud with Kanye West and Mike Dean. Maybe we’ll have the pleasure to read all about those complicated relationships and others in his upcoming memoir.

We’ve heard the single off the new album featuring Ty Dolla Sign, “Willing To Trust” and well…an alleged leaked album with nothing but fart sounds on wax. But don’t fret because Cudi has released an official tracklist that we can trust.

The Cleveland native called upon the likes of 2 Chainz, Don Toliver, Steve Aoki and Dot Da Genius on this one and promises Entergalactic the album is not to be mistaken for a soundtrack to the Netflix special but yet another Cudi offering to enjoy after his long hiatus; He wrote in response to a tweet, “NOT A SOUNDTRACK.”

Ty Dolla Sign is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

Smino Shares The Release Date For ’90 Proof,’ His Upcoming Song With J. Cole

We last heard from St. Louis rapper Smino earlier this month, when he released the Phoelix-produced single “24-8.” It was the first new solo song from him since he’d announced his upcoming third studio album, Luv 4 Rent — his first since leaving Interscope for Motown in 2021. The iconoclastic rapper has been pretty cagey about his new album since then, but today, he finally revealed some new information about its upcoming single. Titled “90 Proof,” the new song will also feature J. Cole. Earlier this month, he previewed the slow-burning single on St. Louis radio while streaming with fans on Instagram Live.

Although Smi’s been relatively quiet on the solo tip since dropping “I Deserve” last year, he hasn’t been in complete hibernation. Early this year, he reconnected with Chicago rapper Saba and 6lack on Saba’s Few Good Things single “Still,” linked up with British singer Tiana Major9 on “2 Seater,” and appeared on albums by Lucky Daye, Syd, and Earthgang.

Although Smino’s last album, Noir, came out nearly four years ago, he hasn’t left fans hanging. In 2020, he used the free time provided by quarantine to record a surprise mixtape, She Already Decided. It has since been removed from the internet — officially — but we’re sure you’re can still find it if you’re hungry enough. In the meantime, you can look forward to Luv 4 Rent in October and its lead single, “90 Proof,” dropping this Friday.

J. Cole Was A Walking Bucket During A Recent Black Ops Basketball Session

J. Cole is a dual-threat. The Dreamville founder has expertly balanced his hoop dreams and rap dominance over the years, but Cole was all ball and commanded the floor in one of Chris Brickley’s Black Ops Basketball sessions during New York Fashion Week earlier this month. Brickley, a sought-after basketball trainer, posted Cole’s highlight reel to Instagram.

“J a bucket,” Indiana Pacers guard Buddy Hield praised in the comments. “In the Kobe’s too!!” added Minnesota Timberwolves big man Eric Paschall. (Cole was crossing dudes up in the Nike Kobe 8 “What The Kobe” sneakers, for reference.)

NBA players aren’t just fans of Cole; they’re peers. The North Carolina-bred icon played professionally for the Rwanda Patriots in the Basketball Africa League for three games in 2021 before suiting up for the Scarborough Shooting Stars of the Canadian Elite Basketball League for a similarly short stint earlier this year. The 37-year-old left the team in early June to go on tour.

To start September, Cole was revealed as the first-ever rapper to grace the cover of NBA 2K, starring on the cover of NBA 2K23‘s “Dreamer Edition.”

“Three and a half years ago, when he dunked during one of the breaks of the All-Star Weekend Saturday Night, J. Cole, said, ‘Ronnie, I’d love to be in MyCareer and help think about the ideation around that,’” 2K digital marking director Ronnie Singh told Complex in an interview published earlier this month, explaining the origin of Cole’s 2K23 involvement. “I worked with our team on bringing this to life, but it was very fitting to work with him. When we put out that tease [of the 2K23 cover], everybody thought it was going to be another basketball player.”

There’s a strong argument to be made that it was a basketball player.

Baby Tate Unveils Her ‘Mani/Pedi’ Tracklist Which Includes Features From 2 Chainz And Kali

After dropping the “Yung” from her moniker and making a few profile-raising moves, Uproxx cover artist Baby Tate is ready to release a new mixtape sure to keep her star on the rise.

The project is called Mani/Pedi and it’s due on September 30. Tate, who recently signed with Warner Records after previously releasing her projects under Issa Rae’s Warner imprint, Raedio, has been subtly promoting the project since late last year, dropping the “Pedi” video last October and following up with fan-favorite singles such as “S.L.O. (Slut Him Out),” “Dancing Queen,” and “Ain’t No Love.”

In addition, her career advancing moves since releasing After The Rain include joining the cast of Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta, as well as a string of high-profile collaborations with fellow Atlantans JID (“Surround Sound” featuring 21 Savage) and Landstrip Chip (“Wrong Way“). She also shared a series of fire freestyles which included her “Extendo Verse” from “Surround Sound” and verse for the viral TikTok trend, “Period Ahh Period Uhh.”

Mani/Pedi is out on 9/30 through Warner Records. Pre-save it here.

1. “Perfect”
2. “Ain’t No Love” Feat. 2 Chainz
3. “Do Better”
4. “Karma”
5. “Slut Him Out Again” Feat. Kali
6. “Differences”
7. “Mani”
8. “4lifers”
9. “What’s Love”
10. “Dancing Queen”
11. “Pedi”
12. “Yasss Queen”
13. “Honest”
14. “I Do” Feat. Slimwav

Baby Tate is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

Kanye West Previews New Music, Including A Collaboration With James Blake, In London

Kanye West has finally taken a break from his daily social media antics, from asking us all to band together to fight the Adidas and Gap machines to sharing the intimate details of his messy divorce with Kim Kardashian, to share a snippet of new music.

The last we heard from Ye was an underwhelming feature verse on Cardi B’s “Hot Sh*t” and a better ‘feature of the year’ contribution on “City Of Gods” with Fivio Foreign and Alicia Keys. But we have yet to hear any new music from Mr. West himself since Donda 2 was released back in February.

During his appearance in the UK for London Fashion Week, at what looks like an intimate event, Kanye leaves fans in a frenzy begging for him to play more of a head-bopper featuring London native James Blake.

Blake took to Twitter to address speculation that the song is not an “Always” sample but rather an entirely new track. In another tweet, Blake reveals that he also produced the song and received the best birthday gift ever. “It’s my birthday and kanye west is playing tracks we made I’m good for presents thanks,” he said, followed by a series of heart-faced emojis.

Hopefully, Ye will reveal more new music in the weeks to come instead of another black screen referencing losing his queen like London did Queen Elizabeth II.

Some artists covered here are Warner Music artists. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

DaBaby Sinks To A New Low With A Megan Thee Stallion Lookalike In His ‘Boogeyman’ Video

Remember when DaBaby was an exciting new artist that you just wanted to root for? Not only are those days long gone, but it also doesn’t look like they’re coming back. The North Carolina rapper seems determined to burn through whatever slivers of goodwill he has left with his new album Baby On Baby 2, starting with lead single “Boogeyman.” DaBaby already caught hell on Twitter for lyrics that reference having sex with Megan Thee Stallion and her alleged shooting by Tory Lanez, but he’s doubling down in the Nightmare On Elm Street-themed music video, which features an MTS lookalike reacting to the line.

Give him credit; the video has the same level of planning and budget he’s always put into his visuals. It has a horror movie/Scooby-Doo-inspired intro sequence in which a group of intrepid teens ventures into a creepy basement. DaBaby himself pops out as a Freddy Kruger-esque gremlin and chases the kids into the haunted house above.

But let’s be honest; it’s pretty bad form to mock someone you once counted a friend and collaborator after she was (allegedly) shot by another rapper. We already know he doesn’t think much of those allegations, but maybe it’s time for DaBaby to grow up.

Watch DaBaby’s “Boogeyman” video above.

Megan Thee Stallion is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

Pusha T Keeps The Fast Food Beef Between McDonald’s And Arby’s Going With ‘Rib Roast’

Pusha T is at it again. After penning the “Spicy Fish Diss” for Arby’s dissing McDonald’s’ Filet-O-Fish sandwich, the Virginia rapper once again takes aim at the fast food giant with “Rib Roast,” a Western-themed takedown of the Golden Arches’ beloved McRib. “McDonald’s, what you selling, mystery meat?” Push sneers. “Pop up and go away, what does history teach?” Somehow or another, he manages to make it through the whole thing without sneaking in a bar about cocaine… Growth?

For what it’s worth, Arby’s signing Pusha to be its official attack dog has proven to be pretty lucrative for Arby’s. According to an Apex Marketing estimate in March, the jingle/diss track was worth more than $8 million in advertising for Arby’s, whose previous tagline, “We have the meats,” has become pretty ubiquitous if not particularly enticing. It’s also proven a worthwhile endeavor for Pusha, who allegedly penned the “I’m Lovin’ It” jingle for McDonald’s for a flat fee and never got a royalty check. Considering he’s been after Lil Wayne for over a decade over who wore a hoodie first (and subsequently expanded that feud to include Wayne’s protege Drake), this whole fast food beef (heh) offers him the perfect excuse to exercise his petty and get paid for it.

Watch Pusha T and Arby’s’ “Rib Roast” video above.