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Common To Serve As “Guide” During Starbucks’ Racial Bias Training

Starbucks is gearing up for their racial bias training on May 29 and they’ve released a preview video of what can be expected during the training session, which will shut down all Starbucks stores on that particular day. Various videos will be shown to Starbucks employees, and rapper/actor Common will serve as one of the guides, along with Starbucks President and CEO Kevin Johnson. “So to get things going Kevin will welcome teams. And Common, one of our guides, will help folks start exploring their own identities,” says the narrator in the preview video. In his portion of the video, Common speaks on “Helping people see each other fully, completely, respectfully.” After two African American men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks in April, the coffee chain swiftly drew criticism from ...

Eminem & Nicki Minaj Incite Relationship Rumors

Now that Nicki Minaj‘s Queen album has been delayed by roughly two months, the rap superstar evidently has more time to troll fans on social media. After she posted a clip of herself rapping to her verse on YG’s “Big Bank” track, which has a Slim Shady reference, a fan asked if she was dating Eminem. Ummmm is Nicki Minaj dating Eminem?? pic.twitter.com/xUL1qvAcAZ — emeliö (@em_haas) May 25, 2018 After Minaj replied with a simple, “Yes,” Em chimed in with, “@nickiminaj girl you know it’s true,” a possible reference to the 1989 Milli Vanilli single of the same name. Minaj kept the perceived gag going with, “@eminem babe I thought we were gonna keep it on the low til the wedding. Yikes. I’ll talk to you when I get home.” Fans jumped to the conclusion that the two rap titans were a couple beca...

Jaden Smith Teams Up With Nicky Jam For “ICON” Remix

The name Nicky Jam may not mean much to English-speaking Hip Hop fans — yet — but LatinX fans know he’s a hugely popular reggaeton artist who just dropped the official FIFA World Cup anthem with Will Smith and Diplo. But the erstwhile Fresh Prince isn’t the only member of the Smith family the Boston-born hitmaker has decided to collaborate with, as he’s just teamed up with Jaden Smith for a remix to “ICON” on the Roc Nation Latino label. The video for the “ICON” remix was shot in the streets of Colombia and the original song was featured on Jaden’s debut album SYRE, which currently has more than 250 million U.S. streams and peaked at #24 on the Billboard 200. The original version of “ICON” has received more than 100 million streams to date and got parodied by Jaden’s dad.

Drake Spews Scorpion Venom At Pusha T & Kanye West On “Duppy Freestyle”

Drake just dropped a bombshell diss track aimed at Pusha T titled “Duppy Freestyle.” The OVO Sound boss shared it on his SoundCloud, Instagram and Twitter accounts on Friday afternoon (May 25). The track comes only a few hours after Pusha’s “Infrared” was released on his new album DAYTONA, which was perceived to be shots aimed at the Toronto superstar and Cash Money CEO Bryan “Birdman” Williams. “Your hooks did it/ The lyrics pennin’ equals to Trump’s winnin’/ The bigger question is how the Russians did it/ It was written like Nas but it came from Quentin,” Pusha spits on the cut. In response, Drake begins his “Duppy Freestyle” with the words, “I’m in shock. The nerve. The audacity,” then proceeds to attack Pusha with line after line. “Must’ve had your Infrared wrong, now your head on the ...

Phoenix City Officials Take Down Park Design Sketch After Finding Hidden Drake Meme

Earlier this week, city officials in Phoenix excitedly revealed design plans for a renovation of Margaret T. Hance Park — only to have to issue a retraction once they discovered it featured a hidden Drake meme. Drake (né Aubrey Graham) notably got his start acting in Canadian teen series Degrassi: The Next Generation as Jimmy Brooks, a character who became paralyzed after a school shooting. A promotional photo of Drake as Jimmy sitting and smiling in a wheelchair has since become a meme around the web.  A hawkeyed Reddit user noticed the image of Drake sitting right in the middle of the park’s design sketch, which prompted officials to remove it from their website and social media accounts. A new sketch — minus the meme — has since been posted online. This is the second t...

Wu-Tang Clan to Celebrate Debut’s 25-Year Anniversary by Performing Album in Full & Making New Music

“When you come to our show, you want some food for thought, and we’ve got our aprons on,” Inspectah Deck tells Billboard. Wu-Tang Clan is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its landmark debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), this year by playing the album in its entirety — and creating new music. Group members tell Billboard that Ghostface Killa is helming a new Wu-Tang album, the group’s sixth overall and the follow-up to last year’s The Saga Continues. “He’s putting that together as we speak,” Masta Killa says. “There will be another Wu-Tang Clan album. We’re working on that right now, and hopefully it’s ready right with the 25th anniversary.” Inspectah Deck confirms that Wu-Tang majordomo RZA is “super...

Pusha T and More Hip-Hop Stars React to Drake’s Diss Track ‘Duppy Freestyle’

Drake didn’t hold back on “Duppy Freestyle,” his response to Pusha T‘s diss track “Infrared.” Pusha, as expected, wasn’t so thrilled about the SoundCloud track. In the freestyle released Friday (May 25), Drake calls out Kanye West and GOOD Music by rapping, “Tell ’Ye we got an invoice comin’ to you/ Considering we just sold another 20 for you.” Pusha took to Twitter in response, tweeting, “Send the invoice for the extra 20…” The hip-hop community as a whole seemingly grabbed their popcorn to watch the feud unfold. Questlove, Crime Rhyme, Birdman and more took to social media to share their thoughts. See the tweets below. Send the invoice for the extra 20… https://t.co/41rd4OJeMF — King Push (@PUSHA_T) May 25, 2018 welp. http...

Ice Cube Weighs In On Kendrick Lamar Fan’s N-Word Controversy & NFL Anthem Policy

During a recent live performance of “M.A.A.D City,” Kendrick Lamar invited a white fan on stage to sing along, and then things got awkward. Ice Cube, for his part, weighed in on the matter for Australian TV, ahead of his appearance at the Sydney Opera House. We chat to @IceCube about his upcoming @SydOperaHouse debut, the power of ‘Bye, Felicia’, rappers inviting fans onstage, the NFL’s new national anthem policy and why he uses his platform to speak out. #TheProjectTV pic.twitter.com/JLkpc4Mycg — The Project (@theprojecttv) May 24, 2018 Speaking on a show called The Project, Cube told host Waleed Aly that Lamar should never have invited people on stage in the first place. “Don’t invite people on stage if you don’t want them to sing along … Everybody know what the songs are,” the founding ...

Quentin Miller Corrects Drake’s Kroger Line From “Duppy Freestyle”

While Quentin Miller has likely been minding his own business somewhere in Atlanta, Pusha T brazenly inserted his name into the first verse of his DAYTONA song, “Infrared,” in an attempt at continuing Meek Mill’s, Drake-don’t-rap-his-own-raps narrative from three years ago. “It was written like Nas but it came from Quentin,” Push spit on “Infrared.” The Drake-dedicated lines were a clear reference to that 2015 ghostwriting debacle ignited by Meek Mill, who at the time was upset over Drake’s “R.I.C.O.” verse off Dreams Worth More Than Money. In less than 24 hours, however, Drake unleashed a scathing response to Pusha T with “Duppy Freestyle to which he addresses his relationship with Quentin Miller. According to the OVO boss’ verse, he was only trying to help Miller elevate out of his gruel...

“Duppy Freestyle” Lyrics IRL: Drake Sends Good Music $100K Invoice For Aiding Pusha T’s “Career Reviving”

Toronto, Canada – In the closing lines of Drake’s now viral diss to Pusha T, “Duppy Freestyle,” the OVO mastermind quipped, “Tell [Kanye] we got an invoice coming to you/Considering that we just sold another 20 for you.” The fadeaway lyrics signified Drake predicted his SoundCloud drop (which, as of press time, has amassed more than two million plays in just a few hours) would bring even more attention to Pusha T’s newly released album, DAYTONA, which closed things out with the song “Infrared,” a clear swipe at Drizzy. Pusha T wasted no time responding amidst the Twitter fever, with the retort, “Send the invoice for the extra 20…” Send the invoice for the extra 20… https://t.co/41rd4OJeMF — King Push (@PUSHA_T) May 25, 2018 But like Drake rapped in on “Duppy Freestyle,” he was in album mod...

Drake Drafts Invoice Per Pusha T’s Request Following ‘Duppy Freestyle’ Diss Track

Drake and Pusha T are ready to get petty. Drizzy went all out in “Duppy Freestyle,” a diss track released Friday (May 25) in response to some lyrics in Pusha T’s “Infrared.” One line that particularly stood out was the mention of Kanye West, and the implication that Pusha’s album wouldn’t sell: “Tell ’Ye we got an invoice comin’ to you/ Considering we just sold another 20 for you.” Send the invoice for the extra 20… https://t.co/41rd4OJeMF — King Push (@PUSHA_T) May 25, 2018 The “God’s Plan” rapper apparently stayed true to his word, posting a photo to Instagram of an $100,000 invoice for “promotional assistance and career reviving.” The invoice is to the attention of Steven Victor, Def Jam’s executiv...

Drake Hits Back at Pusha T’s Diss Track With ‘Duppy Freestyle’: Listen

The longtime feud between Drake and Pusha-T just keeps on boiling. Just a few hours after Pusha’s “Infrared” was released with a subliminal line shading Drake, the “God’s Plan” rapper has a response of his own. “Infrared,” the closing song off Pusha-T’s latest project, Daytona, released Friday (May 25), features the lyrics: “Your hooks did it/ The lyrics pennin’ equals to Trump’s winnin’/ The bigger question is how the Russians did it/ It was written like Nas but it came from Quentin.” The verse was widely received as taking a shot at Drizzy using ghostwriters on his songs. On “Duppy Freestyle,” which Drake posted to Soundcloud later Friday, he opens with the words, “I’m in shock. The nerv...