Gunna Receives Celebration Gift For His Album Being Certified Gold

Gunna is currently reveling in a well-deserved celebration, as he marks a significant milestone for his latest album, a Gift & a Curse. The rapper, known for tracks like “Bankin On Me,” and “fukumean,” recently shared a moment with his fans by sharing a video where he proudly displayed a case of Ace of Spades champagne adorned with the words “Congratulations Gunna.” This luxurious gesture was a testament to his remarkable success. The artist has recently been awarded a Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for a Gift & a Curse. This recognition signifies the album’s impressive achievement, as it has now officially surpassed the milestone of selling over 500,000 album-equivalent units.

In the realm of hip-hop, Gunna’s return to the industry has been a subject of discussion and debate. This is due to his involvement in the YSL RICO case, where some associated him with “snitching” on the YSL head honcho Young Thug. The case caused a lot of division among fans over whether to continue supporting him or not. However, as his recent accomplishments suggest, any doubts surrounding his return have substantially dwindled.

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Gunna Celebrates Going Gold

This remarkable feat is not solely attributed to luck but rather speaks to the unwavering support of Gunna’s dedicated fanbase. They stood by him through thick and thin, contributing significantly to the album’s triumph. Hits like “fukumean” and “back to the moon,” played a pivotal role in propelling the album to success. Adding to the excitement of this accomplishment, Gunna has also made a return to the stage. He made stops in Los Angeles and New York to perform songs from a Gift & a Curse, and gave fans the opportunity to further support and listen to the music from a live perspective.

In conclusion, Gunna’s recent achievements not only solidify his status as a resilient artist in the hip-hop landscape but also demonstrate the enduring support of his fanbase. As he continues to rise to new heights and explore fresh creative avenues, the future holds much promise for Gunna and his ever-expanding musical journey. What did you think of a Gift & a Curse? Stay tuned to HNHH and let us know below in the comments your thoughts.

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Fetty Wap Shares New Photos From Jail

Fetty Wap appears to be in good spirits despite his current circumstances. A recent photo circulating on social media captures the “My Way” rapper in a jail setting, wearing an all-blue prison uniform. He can be seen striking a pose alongside fellow inmates. This photo emerges in the wake of his conviction. He was handed a prison sentence for his involvement in drug trafficking activities spanning across the country. He admitted guilt to charges related to conspiring to distribute a substantial quantity of cocaine, a crime that has led to a six-year prison sentence.

Meanwhile, the legal team representing the rapper made efforts to present a more compassionate perspective. They asserted that Fetty Wap’s involvement in criminal activities was primarily a consequence of his substantial financial challenges. They argued that his actions were not driven by personal gain, but rather by a sincere commitment to provide financial support to individuals who depended on him. Remarkably, it’s a stark contrast to the pinnacle of his musical career.

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During a time when he was simultaneously achieving musical glory and dabbling in illicit activities, his chart-topping hit “Trap Queen” showcased his unique blend of singing and rapping. The track soared to the impressive position of No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 2015, cementing his status as a fast-rising star in the music industry. This huge achievement underscored his undeniable talent and the widespread appeal of his distinctive musical style.

The photograph from jail not only captures Fetty Wap’s resilience but also serves as a poignant reminder of the pitfalls that fame can entail. “He looks good,” one person wrote. “Forgot all about Fetty Wap,” said another. “Nobody looks good posted up in jail,” a different comment read. “They’re all locked up and looking like cages animals. Jail is disgusting. Life is too beautiful for anyone to be locked up like this.” Despite his current confinement, the rapper’s demeanor in the photo suggests a sense of acceptance. Perhaps a testament to his enduring spirit in the face of adversity. This situation points to the broader issue of artists’ responsibilities and the challenges they face in maintaining their artistic integrity while letting go of a former lifestyle. Stay tuned to HNHH for more Fetty Wap updates and music news.

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Swizz Beatz & Timbaland To Be Honored At 2023 BET Hip Hop Awards

Swizz Beatz and Timbaland will receive the Rock The Bells Cultural Influence Award at the 2023 BET Hip Hop Awards when the ceremony airs on Tuesday, October 10. LL COOL J, founder of Rock The Bells, will present them with the award. Fat Joe is set to serve as the host for the evening, marking his second straight year doing so.

Additionally, there will be a 30th Anniversary celebration in honor of Jermaine Durpi’s So So Def label. Its members Jermaine Dupri, Bow Wow, Da Brat, and Dem Franchise Boyz will all perform for it. Other performers throughout the night will include Offset, DaBaby, Fivio Foreign, GloRilla, and Sexxy Red.

Read More: Timbaland Details What Fans Can Expect From “Verzuz” Season 3

Swizz Beatz & Timbaland At Rolling Loud

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – JULY 23: Timbaland and Swizz Beatz attend day 3 of Rolling Loud Miami at Hard Rock Stadium on July 23, 2023 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Romain Maurice/Getty Images)

The award for Swizz Beatz and Timbaland comes as they continue to prepare for a third season of Verzuz. Timbaland recently confirmed in an interview with AllHipHop that season 3 will kick off by the end of 2023. “Verzuz is still a baby,” he told the outlet in September. “It was something that was built in the pandemic that’s now a household name. Look how you saying it. Now we back open. To make it have the longevity that we need it to have, we have to reorganize the ship.”

He continued: “I believe that we’re gonna drop some good ones before the end of the year. We’re trying to get at least one good one before the end of the year to recalibrate what Verzuz is going to be in the future.” As far as other awards at the 2023 BET Hip Hop Awards, Marley Marl will receive the I Am Hip Hop Award, and LL COOL J and Rakim will team up for a performance in his honor. The BET Hip Hop Awards ceremony will air at 9:00 PM, ET on October 10. Be on the lookout for further updates on the show on HotNewHipHop.

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Sexyy Red Tells Theo Von About The Watch Drake Bought Her

Drake has been gifting generously all summer throughout his “It’s All A Blur” tour. Last month he surprised one of the breakout rap stars of 2023. He hooked Sexyy Red up with a diamond Cartier watch that has fans online drooling. “Thank you Drakeeeeeeee ice me df out den big boss sht I appreciate dat big dawg,” Red said in the caption of an Instagram post showing it off. While many fans saw it as some kind of romantic gesture, especially after Drake called Red his “rightful wife” earlier this year, that doesn’t appear to be the case. In a recent interview, Red revealed that none of the rappers she’s met so far have made any moves on her romantically.

During another new interview, this time with Theo Von, she shows off the watch even more. In the clip, they both absolutely gush over how uniquely indulgent the piece is. Fans in the comments of a repost of the clip make pretty similar jokes as almost any video including Sexyy Red. “Theo Von interviewing Young Thug something I wasn’t expectin,” the top comment reads. It’s yet another reference to how many people think Thugger and Red look a lot alike. Others made similar jokes like “Drake missing thugga.” One commenter turned it on its head, comparing Theo to recent Hot 100 sensation and breakout star Peso Pluma. “For a quick second, I thought Sexy was getting interviewed by Peso Pluma,” his comment read. Check out the entire clip below.

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Sexyy Red Showing Off Drake Gift

Sexyy Red has been releasing pretty prolifically recently. She’s dropped a string of new singles in the past few months following her debut album Hood Hottest Princess earlier this year. She’s still getting traction out of the record as well dropping a remix of one of its deep cuts with Lil Durk last month.

Sexyy Red is also included on the soundtrack for the HBO show Rap Sh!t‘s second season. She teamed up with Raedio on the single “No Panties” from the soundtrack. What do you think of Sexyy Red’s new interview clip showing off a watch Drake gave her? Let us know in the comment section below.

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2Pac’s Brother Reacts To Theory Diddy Was Involved In His Murder After Keefe D Arrest

2Pac’s brother, Mopreme Shakur, has responded to Keefe D’s arrest and the theory that Diddy may have been involved in the killing of the legendary rapper. Addressing the situation on The Comedy Hype News Show on Monday, Shakur admitted that it feels like his brother is “being vindicated.”

“I don’t have to do anything. This individual [Keefe D] mentioned [Diddy’s] name. Law enforcement has a job to do. Will they do it? It does feel like Pac is being vindicated because back in them days when things were going down everybody thought he was crazy,” Shakur said. “He may have not expressed it properly but that don’t mean he was wrong. Ya dig? So we’ll see.”

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Mopreme Shakur At 2Pac’s Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star

Mopreme Shakur at the star ceremony where Tupac Shakur is honored with a star on the Hollywood. Walk of Fame on June 7, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)

He further said: “I’m fortunate enough to have my freedom. I consume media. I’ve seen interviews — these interviews they speak of that they used to land this indictment on this dude I’ve seen em’ and he’s saying things I got questions about. [Keefe D] mentioned certain people that may be accomplices so at this point in the game somebody’s accountable. Are they gonna make everybody he’s talking about accountable?” Check out Mopreme Shakur’s full comments on The Comedy Hype News Show below.

Mopreme Shakur Addresses Diddy Rumors

Shakur was referencing the numerous interviews Keefe D has done about 2Pac’s murder during the years. He’s mentioned Diddy’s name in them several times. In the wake of his arrest, a video of Keefe admitting his concerns about being jailed while speaking with The Art of Dialogue has resurfaced online. Las Vegas police finally arrested Keefe D on September 29. He will appear in court for his arraignment on Wednesday, October 4. Be on the lookout for further updates on the case on HotNewHipHop.

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PinkPantheress Net Worth 2023: What Is The Singer Worth?

Born in Bath, England, in 2001, the enigmatic PinkPantheress, whose real name remains a well-guarded secret, began her ascent into the music world with the kind of subtlety that belies her immense talent. Harnessing the power of platforms like TikTok, she introduced a fresh blend of drum ‘n’ bass meshed with UK garage sounds, offering nostalgia with a contemporary twist. Her music, often laced with samples from the early 2000s, resonates with both Gen Z and those yearning for the yesteryears. And while she might describe herself as just a girl with a mic and GarageBand, by 2023, her meteoric rise in the music world had translated to a notable net worth of $1 million, as highlighted by GorillaOverview.

Career Highlights & Accolades

FREMANTLE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 08: Pinkpantheress performs. At Falls Festival on January 08, 2023 in Fremantle, Australia. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/WireImage)

PinkPantheress’s entry into the music scene was nothing short of revolutionary. Songs like Break It Off and Passion didn’t just garner streams; they heralded the arrival of a disruptive voice in the UK music scene. Her debut mixtape, to hell with it, was a testament to her versatility, effortlessly blending genres and eras. With lyrics touching on themes of love, angst, and the myriad challenges of youth, she rapidly became the voice of a generation seeking authenticity. With its raw energy and DIY aesthetics, the mixtape firmly established her as a force in the indie pop realm, receiving rave reviews from critics and fans alike.

Personal Life & Highlights

AUSTIN, TEXAS – MARCH 14: PinkPantheress performs at Mala Vida on March 14, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Lorne Thomson/Redferns)

PinkPantheress, while captivating audiences with her music, has managed to maintain an aura of mystery around her personal life. Choosing to let her music speak for itself, she often avoids the limelight when not performing. It’s a rarity in today’s age of overexposure. Her decision to withhold her real name, too, reflects her desire to prioritize art over persona. However, she’s not entirely reclusive. Her active engagement with fans on social media platforms paints the picture of an artist deeply connected to her audience, understanding their joys, struggles, and dreams.

Business Ventures & Philanthropy

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 27: (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (L-R) PinkPantheress and Ice Spice. Speak onstage during the 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. On March 27, 2023. Broadcasted live on FOX. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for iHeartRadio)

While PinkPantheress’s primary domain remains music, her influence extends beyond. Her distinct style, merging vintage aesthetics with modern sensibilities, has made her a fashion icon in her own right. This has led to collaborations with brands and designers keen to tap into her unique vibe. On the philanthropic front, PinkPantheress uses her platform to amplify issues close to her heart. From supporting mental health causes to advocating for artistic freedom, she embodies the spirit of a new generation of artists — socially conscious and unafraid to challenge the status quo.

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SZA Praises Lizzo In Spite Of Workplace Harassment Accusations

SZA and Lizzo have long been both friends and collaborators. The two are notoriously big fans of each other. They worked together on a remix of Lizzo’s track “Special” earlier this year. That’s why the R&B darling was probably as shocked as anyone else when a lawsuit was filed against Lizzo earlier this year with damning allegations of workplace misconduct and harassment against the singer. The “About Damn Time” singer and her team were accused of bullying dancers for their weight and race and in one now notorious incident forcing the entire team through a grueling re-audition.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, SZA talked about all kinds of different things. One thing she didn’t want to address directly were the legal issues that Lizzo was facing, but she did comment on the singer herself. “I’m just saying, based on the values and the energy that I see in my friend, I just really think that she’s a beautiful person,” she began. It’s not a surprise to hear as many fellow performers like Beyonce and Grimes have also spoken positively about the singer’s attitude since the allegations emerged. “I just really pray that everybody recovers from this because everybody deserves to heal and feel safe and feel loved,” SZA continues. Check out the entire interview below.

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SZA Reaffirms Her Friendship With Lizzo

SZA is capping off an absolutely massive year by performing at this winter’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball tour. For the first time ever fans at home will get to watch as well. A supercut of various stops on the tour will air in December highlighting some of the major artists performing.

Last week, her new album SOS achieved a major chart milestone. It passed The Weeknd’s After Hours to become the longest-running #1 album in the history of Billboard’s R&B Albums chart. It’s another commercial milestone for an album that has been an absolute smash hit. What do you think of SZA’s comments about Lizzo given the allegations she’s facing? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Has The Musicians Union Ever Gone On Strike?

Thanks to the end of the WGA strike, late-night TV is back — and with it comes the return of musical guests to shows like The Tonight Show, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Of course, with the strike not so far in the rearview — and the SAG-AFTRA strike still ongoing — a music fan might wonder if any of the musicians’ unions has ever gone on strike, or ever will. Since there are two unions for musicians, the answer might not be as simple as you’d expect.

Has The Musicians Union Ever Gone On Strike?

As American Federation of Musicians, the union representing professional instrumental musicians in the United States and Canada, there is one strike on record: the 1942–44 musicians’ strike. This strike was predicated by disagreements over royalty payments with the major record labels. While musicians refused to record in sessions, they were still allowed to play live, allowing them to remain on strike for over two years, with the labels Decca Records, Capitol Records, RCA Victor, and Columbia eventually capitulating to the AFM’s demands. This strike in part helped cause the move away from big bands and the rise of vocalists.

Meanwhile, musicians covered under SAG-AFTRA’s music division have naturally gone on strike a number of times with the rest of their guild, including strikes in 1980, 2000, and the one currently taking place. In 1980, SAG (then a separate entity from AFTRA, which also struck in solidarity) boycotted the primetime Emmys, increasing minimum salaries and royalties for movies made for premium TV. In 2000, actors refused to appear in commercials, although many non-union actors scabbed for advertisers during that strike.

The current strike finds the guild negotiating for royalties from streaming and on limitations on the use of AI to reproduce their work. Given recent applications of the technology to music as well, one could imagine that this could also benefit musicians within the guild (and highlights the need for solo vocalists and smaller bands to start looking into forming their own union).

Kodak Black Disagrees With Boosie’s Comments On Tory Lanez’s Sentence

Kodak Black has disagreed with Boosie Badazz’s comments on Tory Lanez’s 10-year prison sentence for shooting Megan Thee Stallion. The Baton Rouge rapper had described it as a good deal and not that much time behind bars. “That’s a long ass time,” Kodak said in a clip circulating on social media, disagreeing with Boosie.

As for Boosie’s full comments, he said after the sentencing: “I think he came out good, bro, I don’t know how California work. I think he’ll only do five, that’s state time. S**t, in Louisiana? That n**ga would’ve did 40. A crime on a woman? Highly televised? 40, n**ga. No cap, n**ga. That n**ga would’ve got 40. I got 10 for third-offense marijuana, n**ga. Straight to Angola, n**ga. Not even off of rehab.”

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Tory Lanez Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

DELANO, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 19: In this handout photo provided by the California Department of Corrections, Tory Lanez, born Daystar Peterson, is photographed for a new booking photo at North Kern State Prison on September 19, 2023 in Delano, California. On August 8, 2023, Lanez was sentenced to 10 years in prison for negligent discharge of a firearm, assault with a semiautomatic firearm, and carrying an unregistered and loaded firearm in the shooting of Megan Thee Stallion. (Photo by California Department of Corrections via Getty Images)

Boosie continued, “He lucky he wasn’t in Louisiana, boy. I think state time, you don’t do nothing but half. Five years. He’ll do three years, a lil’ paper, he’ll be back out, you know, stronger than ever. Louisiana don’t play that, bro. A woman? Boy, you would’ve got 40, man. He ain’t gon’ do nothin’ but three years on that… I’d appeal it, but Louisiana don’t play that, bro… He gon’ be back. You can’t take his talent away, bro. He’ll be back.” Check out Kodak Black’s response to the comments below.

Kodak Black Addresses Boosie’s Comments

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Lanez was originally convicted on three counts for the incident back in 2022. They include first-degree assault with a firearm, discharge of a firearm with gross negligence, and having a concealed firearm in a vehicle – unregistered. Be on the lookout for further updates on his case on HotNewHipHop.

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Here Are The Musical Guests For ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ This Week

After 148 days, the Writers Guild Of America strike is over. The most immediate apparent change in light of that is this week’s return of late-night TV shows. That also means the return of late-night TV musical performances, so here are the artists taking the stage on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert this week.

Louis Cato — Monday, October 2

Cato, who took over as The Late Show‘s bandleader after Jon Batiste’s departure in 2022, was a natural choice to perform on the show’s first night back. He delivered a rendition of “Reflections,” the title track from his latest album.

Boygenius — Tuesday, October 3

This performance is perfect timing for Boygenius: The trio (Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker) just announced their new EP The Rest and they’re playing at the Hollywood Bowl later this month.

Japanese Breakfast — Wednesday, October 4

Michelle Zauner became a literary star over the past couple years with her successful memoir Crying In H Mart. Her latest Japanese Breakfast album is 2021’s Jubilee, so a song from that feels likely for her Colbert performance.

Thursday, October 5

As of this post, there is currently no musical guest listed for the Thursday episode, per TV Guide.

Friday, October 6

As of this post, the guests for the Friday episode have yet to be announced, per TV Guide.