Kendrick Lamar is finally revealing the Black Panther soundtrack, and it’s full of future hits. Earlier this month, it was revealed that Grammy-winning rap artist Kendrick Lamar would be putting together a concept album as the soundtrack for Marvel’s Black Panther. Since then, two songs from the album were released, “All the Stars” by Lamar and SZA and “King’s Dead” by Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, and James Blake. On Wednesday, Lamar finally unveiled the rest of the track list for Black Panther: The Album, along with the official cover art. The album contains 14 tracks and features some of the hottest names in hip-hop, including Vince Staples, Travis Scott, The Weeknd, Khalid, and others.
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Jennifer Hudson will play music legend Aretha Franklin in an upcoming biopic. Music pioneer and mentor Clive Davis revealed the news over the weekend when he introduced her at his annual pre-Grammys gala. “When the biopic of the great Aretha Franklin is filmed next year, the artist anointed by Aretha herself to play her is the next performer,” said Davis. “Aretha personally told me that last week.” Davis helped launch both Franklin and Hudson’s careers. Hudson celebrated the news on Instagram, writing: “I don’t even know what to say …. look at God !#Arethafranklin u have no idea how humbled, I am!” Scott Bernstein and music producer Harvey Mason Jr. will produce the much-anticipated film.
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DMX was taken into custody at a Manhattan courthouse on Tuesday, January 29 for violating his probation. The East Coast rap vet, who has struggled with substance abuse over the years, was arrested for failing a drug test. He reportedly tested positive for opiates, cocaine and oxycodone, and the judge deemed him a flight risk. DMX was out on bail for his tax evasion case and ordered to complete drug rehab as part of his bail conditions. He had previously been arrested on 14 felony counts of tax evasion last July and posted $500,000 bail before pleading guilty last November. DMX’s attorney, attorney Murray Richman, said he’d like to get X back into a rehab program before he’s sentenced in March. If convicted, he faces up to 44 years in prison.
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Netflix is gearing up to premiere a new hip-hop documentary series called Rapture. The show, revealed via an official YouTube announcement, will dig into the lives of various artists. The first season of Rapture is then set to center around the likes of Nas, Logic, T.I., 2 Chainz, Just Blaze, Rapsody, Dave East, G-Eazy, and A Boogie Wit da Hoodie. Eight episodes will be featured in the inaugural season. Rapture arrives on Netflix March 30.
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Despite the recent success of Awaken, My Love!, which received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year, Donald Glover has confirmed his plans to retire Childish Gambino. Glover shared the news during a Q&A at Sunday’s January 28th Grammy Awards. Glover seemed optimistic in his decision to let Childish Gambino go, speaking on the power of endings. However, Glover still plans to release one more project. “I’m real appreciative of this,” Glover said. “And I’m still making another project right now. But I like endings. I think they’re important to progress.
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Lil Wayne has released Dedication 6: Reloaded, which comes stacked with features from Drake, Juelz Santana, Gudda Gudda, Lil Twist, Rich The Kid, and Marley G. The project, produced by DJ Drama, serves as the follow-up to the Dedication 6 mixtape that Wayne dropped last Christmas. Lil Wayne said the Dedication 6 mixtape had been split into two different projects. Back on December 29, Lil Tunechi took to Instagram to share the cover art for the D6 sequel, Dedication 6: Reloaded.
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The Grammy-nominated trio Migos’ new album, Culture II, is headed for a big first week. The sequel to last year’s original is on track to sell between 180,000 and 200,000 units in its opening week, with 30,000-40,000 in traditional album sales. The album currently has five songs in the top 10 of Spotify’s U.S. Top 50 chart and nine of the top 10 songs on Apple Music’s Top Songs chart. This should be enough to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. These numbers would exceed the first-week sales of Migos’ Culture. Culture II contains collaborations with Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Post Malone, Travis Scott, and Ty Dolla $ign.
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Russell Simmons is being sued for $5 million by a woman who claims Simmons raped her in 2016 while she was at his home. Aspiring filmmaker Jennifer Jarosik filed the lawsuit on Wednesday. The suit claims that she met Simmons in New York in 2006. A decade later, Simmons allegedly invited Jarosik to his home in Los Angeles when Jarosik claims he then propositioned her for sex. After she refused, she claims he became aggressive and pushed her onto his bed at which point Jarosik claimed Simmons “pounced on her while she was still in shock, and fear, and proceeded to rape her.” Simmons denies the allegation. “This allegation is absolutely untrue. I look forward to having my day in court – where, unlike the court of public opinion, I will have the ability to make use of fair processes that ensure that justice will be done and that the full truth will be known.”
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Iggy Azalea announced on social media Wednesday that she’ll be releasing new music soon. The Grammy-nominated rapper posted the artwork to her next single, “Savior,” which has a feature from Migos’ Quavo. The track is scheduled to be released February 2. Following the release of her debut album, The New Classic, which produced the multi-platinum hit song “Fancy,” she has struggled to get any music out. Her album titled Digital Distortion was supposed to be released June 30, but was pushed back and eventually shelved with no planned release at this time. Azalea has taken on other ventures in the mean time. She recently announced a partnership with the tech company Monster, which will air a commercial with the artist during the Super Bowl.
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Erykah Badu has found herself in the hot seat this week after she made some comments in a new interview with Vulture, which many people are deeming anti-Semitic and insensitive. In the new conversation, the singer suggested that she sees the “good” in Hitler and Bill Cosby. “I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler,” revealed Badu to interviewer David Marchese. Stunned by her remarks, Marchese asked Badu to elaborate on her answer, to which she responded: “Hitler was a wonderful painter.” Though Badu admitted that her opinions may go against popular beliefs, she remains adamant in her stance and refuses to budge, despite the risk of being “crucified” for her statements.
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