Big K.R.I.T. Drops Yet Another Surprise EP "Trifecta"

Big K.R.I.T. has been dropping surprise projects over the last few weeks, and he continues the trend with another EP. Trifecta follows Thrice X and Double Down, and completes the numeric narrative that K.R.I.T. has been following. There may be more EPs coming, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. For now, Trifecta is the perfect finale for an impressive creation. 

The EP begins with “4 Tha Three,” which could be a radio single. The chorus is catchy and the beat fits into the imaginary pocket of commercialized qualities. “1 Oh Oh” slows the vibe down with a honey sweet sample and mellow mystical pianos. K.R.I.T. reflects on a relationship that survived rough waters and matured into something else altogether. Still, through all the struggles, his lover kept it 1-0-0, or “1 Oh Oh.” The EP ends with “Energy,” which stands out as the best song on Trifecta. It finds the perfect balance between smooth and hood, and K.R.I.T.’s flows are pristine over the jumpy production. 

Maroon 5 Reportedly Can't Find Guest Performers For Super Bowl Show

Colin Kaepernick is several seasons removed from playing in the NFL, but his definitive kneel is still sending ripples through the organization. Several artists have turned down the opportunity to perform during the Super Bowl, which is the most viewed event on television. Millions upon millions tune in to watch the Super Bowl every year, giving the headlining artist an unprecedented amount of publicity. Although Rihanna may have passed on the show, Maroon 5 took the job soon after. Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Ripple Of Hope AwardsAccording to a source for US Weekly, Maroon 5 “is having a lot of trouble finding guests” to join them on stage. The Super Bowl takes place in Atlanta on February 3, and there have been rappers from the hometown that the group can enlist. Jermaine Dupri is still in support of the Super Bowl being in his city, and thinks the event should be used as a platform to send a powerful message. Maybe Dupri and Adam Levine haven't connected yet.The source continues on to state “No one wants to associate themselves with the NFL” in light of the Colin Kaepernick collusion case. Maroon 5 has reached out to Cardi B, but the "Bodak Yellow" rapper has declined the offer.  “As of today, she’s not,” says the source. “She’s been going back and forth, but it’s a no right now.”

Colin Kaepernick is several seasons removed from playing in the NFL, but his definitive kneel is still sending ripples through the organization. Several artists have turned down the opportunity to perform during the Super Bowl, which is the most viewed event on television. Millions upon millions tune in to watch the Super Bowl every year, giving the headlining artist an unprecedented amount of publicity. Although Rihanna may have passed on the show, Maroon 5 took the job soon after. 


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According to a source for US WeeklyMaroon 5 “is having a lot of trouble finding guests” to join them on stage. The Super Bowl takes place in Atlanta on February 3, and there have been rappers from the hometown that the group can enlist. Jermaine Dupri is still in support of the Super Bowl being in his city, and thinks the event should be used as a platform to send a powerful message. Maybe Dupri and Adam Levine haven’t connected yet.

The source continues on to state “No one wants to associate themselves with the NFL” in light of the Colin Kaepernick collusion case. Maroon 5 has reached out to Cardi B, but the “Bodak Yellow” rapper has declined the offer.  “As of today, she’s not,” says the source. “She’s been going back and forth, but it’s a no right now.”

Kanye West Says Drake Called & Threatened Him

Kanye West is using his favorite platform to drag out his feud with Drake. Earlier today (December 13), Kanye took to Twitter to call Drizzy out for ducking him and playing industry games. Apparently, ‘Ye must have just heard the sub that Drake threw at him on French Montana’s “No Stylist.” The G.O.O.D. Music creator continued to rant until it abruptly ended with him suggesting that Drake had finally called him. He threw in a spiteful tweet about not clearing a sample that Drake had requested as well. 

All was quiet for just a few hours until Kanye returned to Twitter to claim Drake threatened him. He also suggests that if anything happens to his family that Drizzy should be the number one suspect. While Drizzy may be flexing his muscles on the ‘Gram these days, it’s highly unlikely that the “Finesse” singer will be coming after anyone’s family. Kanye also claims that Drake paid people to disrupt Pusha T’s show in Toronto, and says that one of the stage rushers is currently in critical condition. Somehow, Drake’s line about having a bigger pool than Kanye got dragged into the conversation too. Kid Cudi’s mental health, Drake’s Kanye influence, Tekashi 6ix9ine, religion, and Travis Scott are all brought up by Mr. West during the rant as well. As this continues to unfold, we’ll keep you updated.

Lil Pump Kicked Off Flight After TSA Allegedly Finds Drugs In Luggage: Report

It’s been a year filled with ups-and-downs for Lil Pump. While his career reached a new peak — collaborating alongside Kanye West and making his debut on Saturday Night Live — his legal issues impeded on his commercial success. The Miami rapper was detailed in Denmark for taunting a police officer which resulted in his show in Finland getting canceled. However, his troubles with the law aren’t over yet. According to reports, the “Drug Addict” rapper is currently talking to police after TSA allegedly found drugs in his luggage.

Lil Pump was kicked off a flight earlier today after he was allegedly caught with drugs in his luggage, TMZ reports. The rapper was flying from Miami to Los Angeles, but unfortunately, the flight never even left the ground. The rapper and his crew got on the flight before a flight attendant told them there was an issue they needed to deal with. The flight never pushed back from the gate and Pump and co. were kicked off of the flight. The rapper and his entourage were met by police offers at the terminal. TSA allegedly found a “significant amount” of drugs in a checked bag with Pump’s name on it. As of now, the rapper hasn’t been arrested or charge, but he is talking to the police.

We’ll keep you posted on any new developments regarding Lil Pump’s situation.

Metro Boomin & Southside Form New Production Duo "Icey Boyz"

While Metro Boomin was absent for the majority of 2017, he came back stronger than ever with the release of his debut album, Not All Heroes Wear Capes. The producer initially announced his retirement earlier in this year. Keeping to his word, Metro remained low-key while he wrapped up the project. Now, he’s linking up with another one of the game’s hottest producers to form a new production group.

Expect to see production credit from Icey Boyz everywhere in 2019. Metro Boomin and Southside have joined forces to form a new production duo under the name Icey Boyz. Metro took to Instagram to make the announcement.

“METRO BOOMIN & SOUTHSIDE NEW PRODUCTION DUO “SO ICEY BOYZ” ITS OFFICIAL,” Metro wrote alongside a photo of himself and Southside. “DROP SOME 🔥🔥🔥 IF YOU READY.”

The partnership between the two renowned producers shouldn’t come as a shock. The two of them have been producing alongside each other as far back as 2013. The two worked closely together on Future’s DS2 on tracks like “Groupies,” “Lil One,” “Stick Talk,” “Blow A Bag,” and “Kno The Meaning.” Their most recently documented collaborative effort was on the single off of Metro’s joint project with Big Sean, Double Or Nothing, “Pull Up N Wreck.” 

Keep your eyes peeled for new music from the two producers. Hopefully, we get to hear the first official Icey Boyz beat in 2019 if not earlier.

Tekashi 6ix9ine Federal Case: Certain Evidence To Remain Private

Tekashi 6ix9ine is currently sitting behind bars while his album DUMMY BOY continues to do numbers on the charts. The rapper could be sitting in jail for life if he’s convicted. It feels like there’s new information about his case that surfaces every day. The latest development in his case is the prosecutor’s decision to keep certain pieces of evidence away from the public.

Complex reports that the prosecutor in 6ix9ine’s case filed documents to keep certain evidence secret by issuing a protective order. Judge Paul Engelmayer approved the protective order which was issued on Tuesday (Dec. 11). The order reveals four negative effects of having certain pieces of evidence available for the public. For one, it could “affect the privacy and confidentiality of individuals” — likely a reference to the informant. Secondly, they said that it would ruin the government’s investigation of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, saying if the information is leaked, it “would impede…the Government’s ongoing investigation of uncharged individuals.” The third reason is that additional media surrounding the evidence could have caused a bias among potential jurors. Lastly, the defendants themselves aren’t given permission to make this information public.

If either of the parties violates this rule, they could be hit with a heavy fine, lawyers could be disbarred, or held in contempt of court.

The order means that solely the lawyers and defendants are allowed to look over the evidence, but they can’t share it or copy it. Once the trial is completed, the evidence must be given back to the government or destroyed.

DanO – “Blue Flame” Prod. By TyCo Beats

Nigeria born, New Jersey based rapper DanO delivers a brand-new banger, “Blue Flame,” that’s bursting with quotables, raw lyricism, and stellar production from TyCo Beats.

DJ Akademiks Blasts Ebro For Interviewing "Trash" Vic Mensa

DJ Akademiks is one of the most popular sources of news in the hip-hop community. He’s usually insanely quick to post things, letting his audience keep their finger on the pulse of the culture with him. However, he has some pretty strong opinions about certain rappers. His alliance with 6ix9ine is no secret. The two have been in many videos together and they seemingly have a close friendship. He’s also a big fan of artists like Kodak Black and the emerging Blueface. He’s been critiqued often in the past for his distasre of artists like Vic Mensa, who he openly bashes. When Ebro invited Vic onto his radio show to promote his upcoming album, Akademiks lost it during a live-stream.

Right off the bat, Ak goes in on Vic Mensa, saying, “Vic Mensa is fucking garbage.” He even went so far as to play a portion of Vic’s latest release, clowning him for trying to mimic 6ix9ine’s style. His anger was also directed at the radio host after Ak’s name was mentioned several times in the interview. He said, “Ebro you’re a real sucker for how you tried to conduct that interview. Vic Mensa, who is scum already, wasn’t even trying to say anything about people… yet you mention me three times in the interview. Ebro you’re fucking desperate.”

During the video, Ak speaks on how “old heads” perceive him and the new generation of hip-hop. Of course, this all happened as he was streaming a game of “Fortnite.”

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Dave B Links Up With Sango On "48"

Dave B continues to roll out new music ahead of his upcoming Bleu album. After hitting us with “Pretty” recently, the Seattle native decides to come through today and share his latest offering called “48,” which is inspired by Seattle great Ken Griffey Jr.

“Growing up in Seattle, one of my favorite athletes has always been number 24, Ken Griffey, Jr,” Dave B told HypeBeast. “And when Sango and I go in the studio I feel like you’re getting two Ken Griffey’s on one track which is insane. He creates the perfect soundscape that bridges the gap between my last album Pearl and the new music I’m making for Bleu. Can’t wait for you guys to hear more soon. Enjoy.”

Produced by Sango, listen to Dave’s rapid fire flow and let us know what you think.

Quotable Lyrics:

Summer time got shut down by the time I get back writing again
I could spend two weeks with the homies ‘fore she like me again
I don’t really need that much stuff I just be liking to spend
You say I need I need I need to make the floor touch your shins

– Dave B

Obie Trice Apologizes For Homophobic Rant In Defense Of Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart's decision to opt out of hosting the Oscars was met with polarizing reception. The comedian decided to step back from his hosting duties instead of apologizing for old homophobic tweets that resurfaced. Some people felt that Hart did the right thing while others condemned him for not apologizing to the LGBTQ+ community. Obie Trice recently defended the Philly native during a concert in Toronto while spewing homophobic and transphobic slurs. The video surfaced online before being taken down. He took to Instagram to apologize to his fans for his comments.Scott Gries/Getty ImagesObie Trice claims that he didn't say anything during his Toronto show to purposely offend anyone, but he did. In a video captioned "One Love," the rapper took to Instagram to issue an apology for his comments."First of all, I want to apologize to anyone I offended out there. I understand the different perspectives and, you know, not wanting to be call any slurs," he said before he attempted to defend himself. "But I'm a hip-hop artist and everything can't be taken so seriously. I didn't say anything last night -- the other night -- to purposely offend anybody. I have no bias towards the LGBTQ+ community. The gay people I know we bullshit like that with it, that's how we talk."During his show in Toronto, Canada, the rapper said, "The state's trying to bully you into respecting this gay shit. The state's trying to bully you into respecting this gay shit." He continued, "But we supposed to respect gay and they took my man Kevin Hart. [He] had to duck down [and] get off the Oscars because of this. All he wanted to do was the mothafuckin' Oscars."

Kevin Hart’s decision to opt out of hosting the Oscars was met with polarizing reception. The comedian decided to step back from his hosting duties instead of apologizing for old homophobic tweets that resurfaced. Some people felt that Hart did the right thing while others condemned him for not apologizing to the LGBTQ+ community. Obie Trice recently defended the Philly native during a concert in Toronto while spewing homophobic and transphobic slurs. The video surfaced online before being taken down. He took to Instagram to apologize to his fans for his comments.


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Obie Trice claims that he didn’t say anything during his Toronto show to purposely offend anyone, but he did. In a video captioned “One Love,” the rapper took to Instagram to issue an apology for his comments.

“First of all, I want to apologize to anyone I offended out there. I understand the different perspectives and, you know, not wanting to be call any slurs,” he said before he attempted to defend himself. “But I’m a hip-hop artist and everything can’t be taken so seriously. I didn’t say anything last night — the other night — to purposely offend anybody. I have no bias towards the LGBTQ+ community. The gay people I know we bullshit like that with it, that’s how we talk.”

During his show in Toronto, Canada, the rapper said, “The state’s trying to bully you into respecting this gay shit. The state’s trying to bully you into respecting this gay shit.” He continued, “But we supposed to respect gay and they took my man Kevin Hart. [He] had to duck down [and] get off the Oscars because of this. All he wanted to do was the mothafuckin’ Oscars.”

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