Doja Cat Has To Get Tonsil Surgery ‘ASAP,’ Which Will Impact Her Summer Plans

Doja Cat has kept exceptionally busy lately, but now it appears she will soon be forced to slow down. Over the past couple days, she has detailed some issues she has been facing with her tonsils, noting yesterday, “dr. just had to cut into my left tonsil. i had an abscess in it. my whole throat is f*cked so i might have some bad news for yall coming soon.”

Well, that bad news has come: This afternoon, Doja wrote on Twitter, “Hi guys. I wanted you to hear it from me first. Unfortunately I have to have surgery on my tonsils asap. The surgery is routine but the recovery is going to take awhile due to swelling. That means I have to cancel my festival run this summer as well as The Weeknd tour. I feel horrible about this but can’t wait for this to heal and get back to making music and create an experience for y’all.”

A positive takeaway to be had from this is it appears it may prompt Doja to reconsider some of her less healthy habits: Yesterday, she noted of vaping, “nah im too scared to hit it cuz my throat hurts so bad. i cried for hours. its not worth it. then its like imagine all that wierd poisonous sh*t in the vape seeping into the completely open wound in my throat like f*ck that. im hella young.”

070 Shake Calls On Christine And The Queens For A Full ‘Body’ Experience In Her New Single

070 Shake has a little more to say before she drops her upcoming album. Her new single “Body” is a whirlwind of sonic experiences, opening with a sultry nature before everything heightens and becomes frantic. Eventually, the song becomes simultaneously haunting yet beautiful but through the jarring transitions, the New Jersey artist and guest star Christine And The Queens vocally command the space with ease. David Andrew Sitek and Mike Dean contributed on the production side, the latter of whom also mixed and mastered the track.

“Body” is the third single from the 24-year-old’s upcoming sophomore album You Can’t Kill Me, following “Web” and “Skin & Bones.” You Can’t Kill Me, set to release on June 3, comes almost two and a half years after Shake’s critically-acclaimed debut album Modus Vivendi. The Def Jam artist burst onto the scene after signing with G.O.O.D Music back in 2016 before appearing on Pusha T’s Daytona and Kanye West’s Ye in 2018. 070 Shake earned her first chart entry in 2019, peaking at No. 12 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart as part of DJ Khaled’s “Holy Mountain,” also featuring Mavado, Buju Banton, and Sizzla.

Check out “Body” above.

Christine And The Queens is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

Mark Ronson, Damon Albarn, And Wale Assist Our Flying Friends With Their New Benefit Song ‘Bird Calling’

Damon Albarn may have devoted a significant chunk of his life to gorillas (rather, Gorillaz), but they’re not the only animals he cares about: He and a bunch of other artists contributed to For The Birds: The Birdsong Project, a five-volume collection of 242 recordings inspired by birds and their singing, with proceeds benefiting the National Audubon Society.

The first volume rolled out today and among the new songs is “Bird Calling,” a collaboration between Albarn, Mark Ronson, and Wale. Ronson offers some rhythmic, midtempo production while Wale carries the song with rapped and Albarn provides the hook.

Project organizers say, “The Birdsong Project is a community dedicated to the protection of bird life, and to the celebration of the joy and mysteries of birdsong. We believe that birds — no matter feather or flock — are precious and inspiring and fundamental to our world. That a world without birds would be a world without freedom and flight and song. We believe birds matter. Are endangered. And need our help.”

Elvis Costello, who contributes to the endeavor, adds, “This should be so very obvious; without birds we would be knee-deep in worms, swarmed by bugs, the trees bereft of song. The least we can do is raise our voices in praise or lament. I’m grateful to [producer Randall Poster] for asking me to join his magnificent flock.”

Listen to Ronson, Albarn, and Wale’s “Bird Calling” above.

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

Blueface And DDG Share The Lively ‘Meat This’ Video Ahead Of Their Upcoming Collaborative Project

Blueface and DDG have a strong respect for one another, and it goes without saying they both like to have a good time. The two young rappers join forces on the new video for their collaboration “Meat This” to remind us of their proclivity to enjoy life. Blueface and DDG find themselves in the company of many women at the club or collecting stacks of money and gold to fund their expansive lifestyles.

“Meat This” kicks off the lead-up to their upcoming full-length collaborative project set to release later this year. Though there is currently no name for the project or set release date, the union makes sense as Blueface and DDG previously traded verses on the remix to the latter’s Platinum-certified record “Moonwalking In Calabasas,” in addition to “BGC” and a snippet that has been titled “Rich Guy.”

Blueface has been enjoying the success of the November release “Chose Me” featuring the bubbling sensation Blxst, as it topped Triller Global Charts earlier this month. As for DDG, he tapped Gunna back in February for “Elon Musk.” With Blueface last putting out a project in 2020, and DDG 2021, this is an exciting new direction for the two.

Check out the video for “Meat This” above.

Post Malone Reworks The Original ‘Chip ‘N Dale: Rescue Rangers’ Theme Song For The New Movie

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, the new Andy Samberg and John Mulaney movie, made its debut on Disney+ today. Earlier this month, it was revealed that Post Malone got involved with the project by recording the movie’s theme song. Now that the film is out, so too is Malone’s theme. The tune is an approximation of Malone’s melodic pop-rap sound with hints of a rock influence here and there. Malone’s song isn’t actually an original, but rather a cover of The Jets’ theme song for the 1989 Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers animated series.

Beyond Rescue Rangers, Malone has plenty of experience with lending his musical talents to the big screen. The most prominent example of that is his and Swae Lee’s 2018 single “Sunflower,” the No. 1 single appeared on Malone’s album Hollywood’s Bleeding after first gracing the Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse soundtrack. Meanwhile, last year saw Posty cover Hootie And The Blowfish’s 1995 hit “Only Wanna Be With You” as part of Pokémon‘s 25th anniversary celebration. Hootie’s Darius Rucker admired the cover, as he tweeted, “The smile in my face will not leave for a long time. This is awesome. My bro @PostMalone bringing it. Hell yes man!!!!!!!!!”

Listen to Malone’s “Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers Theme” above. Also check out the original Rescue Rangers theme song from 1989 below.

Cardi B Talks About Her Responsibility To Speak On Politics With David Letterman

If there’s only one word to describe Cardi B, “outspoken” might be it. Whether it is the unbridled confidence she brings to her music or her social media interactions, the Bronx artist is never afraid to say what is on her mind. Where some public figures use that characteristic to disrupt, the “Bodak Yellow” artist opts to contribute her thoughts to everything from the WWE to the political climate of the country and world. So, the Grammy winner sat down with David Letterman in the newly released fourth season of his Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction to discuss her responsibility to speak on political matters and keep it separate from her music.

“I don’t really put a lot of political things in my music, but I used the f*ck out of my platform,” she tells the talk show legend. “And I have used my platform even when I was a dancer. Because you might think that people are not looking, but they are.”

Cardi B has made it a point to meet with both Senator Bernie Sanders and President Joe Biden in the last few years, which Letterman admired due to how it can impact her fans.

“I mean, I’m a hood chick, and I’m from the Bronx. A lot of people relate to me and follow me because they want to see how I’m dressed, they want to see my lifestyle. I feel like I have a responsibility to also share to them like, ‘Hey, while you here and you’re checking my outfit and checking my music, check out what’s going on over here in this part of the world.’”

Letterman’s fourth season of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction also features Billie Eilish, Kevin Durant, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ryan Reynolds, and Will Smith (whose appearance was filmed pre-slap).

Check out a clip of Cardi B’s episode above.

Cardi B is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

Azealia Banks Defends Cara Delevingne After The Billboard Music Awards: ‘That’s My Girl Thru And Thru’

The internet has been mad at Cara Delevingne, whose weird behavior at the Billboard Music Awards made headlines. This ranged from laying on the floor to take a picture of Doja Cat, DJ Khaled, and Fat Joe that ended up being a pretty low-quality photo, to playing with Megan Thee Stallion’s dress on the red carpet. Though Delevingne is practically known for her weird, eccentric presence, she was accused of fetishizing Black women.

In a surprising turn of events, Azealia Banks, after having a fan reach out and ask about the situation, came to Delevingne’s defense on Twitter.

She wrote, “Cara doesn’t have an obsession with with black women. It’s that upper crust English society full of fake white and jealous white hoes who were never as charismatic as she is that made fake friendships, tried sabotaging her every which way she moved and the intense jealousy. Of her older and extremely plain looking sister poppy that always made Cara feel sad and lonely. Poppy would always say mad back handed slick sh*t and tell Cara’s business to people in the industry and I always remember Cara literally traveling the world completely alone 4 years.”

She continued: “Lots of English society/media took advantage of that and there were plenty of times I would just hide Cara in my apartment for days at a time to make sure she got some deep sleep and some actual food and wasn’t just thrown out amongst the wolves like that. Everyone always wanted to use Cara for what they could get from her, and luckily for her – none of them got anything substantial. deep down I could tell she was (like me) so used to being told ur a bad person that she began to believe those things about her self and go out of her. Way to please people who saw her as an easy route to some fashion/British society clout… all of which they fumbled in the grand scheme of things. Cara and I just did normal stuff like dress up like mermaids, smoke spliffs and take naps. That’s my girl thru and thru.”

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

Watch Nipsey Hussle Develop A Marijuana Strain In The New ‘The Marathon (Cultivation)’ Documentary

Nipsey Hussle’s death shook up the world three years ago and every effort to honor his legacy has provided some needed comfort or joy. The latest piece of content surrounding the late Los Angeles native comes in the form of a YouTube documentary called The Marathon (Cultivation), which follows the Victory Lap artist throughout the process of he and his brother, Samiel Asghedom, developing their own marijuana strain called Marathon OG. The documentary arrives just under a month preceding the June 18 opening of The Marathon (Collective), a cannabis retail store in Los Angeles.

Though he is not here with us physically, rappers, celebrities and companies at every turn have paid homage to the trailblazer and kept his memory alive. Hussle posthumously earned two Grammy awards in 2020 for “Racks In The Middle” (Best Rap Performance) with Hit-Boy and Roddy Ricch, and DJ Khaled’s “Higher” (Best Rap/Sung Collaboration) alongside John Legend.

Hussle was fatally slain at the end of March 2019 in front of his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles. The rapper had just reached the peak of his career with the success and critical acclaim of his 2018 debut album Victory Lap.

Check out the documentary, The Marathon (Cultivation), above.

Nipsey Hussle is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.

French Montana Addresses The ‘Curse From The Kardashians’ On His New Song, ‘Alcatraz’

French Montana’s new song, “Alcatraz” features the rapper sharing small anecdotes over his life and career. Throughout the track, Montana proclaims, “I’m expensive every day, I ain’t free tomorrow.” Rife with metaphors, similes, and somewhat clever wordplay, “Alcatraz” is a typical Montana track.

Perhaps a standout line is where Montana likens himself to Kanye West, saying, “I feel like Ye through the car crash / Feel like Ye ’cause me and Ye killed the curse from the Kardashians.” In case you forgot, Montana and Khloe Kardashian dated on and off between 2013 and 2014.

Other one-liners may elicit a chuckle, like “Word to 112, my life ain’t peachy,” but lines like “She lied on her booty, that’s an ass cap / I asked her, what’s her sign, she said CashApp,” may trigger an awkward grimace. At the end of the song, Montana teased a new installment in his Mac & Cheese mixtape series, saying, “Ride big V’s like the G house / Montega in the flash, Mac & Cheese 5.”

The song’s music video, directed by Montana and Zay Jones, shows Montana rapping as police bag a body, and toward the end, the rapper is seen standing behind fire arranged in lettering reading “CB,” referring to Montana’s Coke Boyz crew.

Check out “Alcatraz” above.

Babyface Ray Is All About Loyalty In His Laid-Back Video For ‘Family Over Money’

Among all of the hip-hop releases that were shared in 2022 so far, Babyface Ray’s Face is certainly at the top of the list. The Detroit native released his debut album at the top of the year and it was filled with memorable moments like “6 Mile Show” with Icewear Vezzo, “My Thoughts 3/Pop’s Prayer,” and “Dancing With The Devil” alongside Pusha T and Landstrip Chip. Nearly three months after that project arrived, Babyface Ray is already back in action with a deluxe reissue for his impressive debut.

With the re-release of Face, Babyface Ray supplies eight additional songs to the album including “Family Over Money” which he dropped with a music video. In it, Babyface Ray enjoys a serene view from a luxury house while laying off raps focused on loyalty. The visual also displays clips of him performing on stage and recording in his in-home studio.

The deluxe release of Face adds features from Veeze, Baroline, Lucki, DJ Esco, and Lil Yachty to the project that was already highlighted by appearances from G Herbo, 42 Dugg, Wiz Khalifa, and others.

You can press play on the video for “Family Over Money” above.

Face (Deluxe) is out now via Wavy Gang/Empire. You can stream it here.

42 Dugg is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.