Travis Scott Reveals ‘AstroWorld’ Cover

With AstroWorld just days away, Travis Scott has revealed the cover art for his new album.

Shot by famed photographer David LaChapelle, the whimsical artwork shows kids at an amusement park with Travis’ giant gold head as the main attraction. A similar inflatable gold head has appeared atop buildings and landmarks including L.A.’s Amoeba Records, Atlanta’s Magic City, Times Square, and Minute Maid Park in Travis’ hometown of Houston.

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The album was named after the defunct theme park in Houston. “They tore down AstroWorld to build more apartment space [in 2005],” Travis told British GQ Style. “That’s what it’s going to sound like. Like taking an amusement park away from kids. We want it back. We want the building back. That’s why I’m doing it. It took the fun out of the city.”

Earlier in the week, Travis revealed the post-apocalyptic trailer for the follow-up to 2016’s Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. He has been in the studio with collaborators including NAV, Gunna, Don Toliver, Sheck Wes, Allen Ritter, Amir “Cash” Esmailian, Frank Dukes, Sonny Digital, WondaGurl, and Wheezy.

The park opens Friday, Aug. 3.

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Jennifer Lopez to Receive VMA Video Vanguard Award

Jennifer Lopez will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

The pop icon will be honored for her contributions over the past 20 years, and also take the stage to perform live for the first time at the VMAs since 2001.

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“With a legacy that spawns over two decades, Lopez is one of the most iconic and influential multi-hyphenates across music, film, television, fashion, business and philanthropy,” said MTV in a press release.

J.Lo, who is nominated for two VMAs this year for her Cardi B and DJ Khaled-assisted single “Dinero,” joins a prestigious list of past Vanguard recipients including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Guns N’ Roses, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Rihanna, and P!nk.

During an interview with Sway Calloway on Facebook Live, J.Lo spoke about joining her idols including Michael Jackson and Madonna. “Their videos inspired me to do the videos that I did,” she said. “So now to be 20 years in and here and winning this award, it’s mind blowing.”

The 2018 MTV VMAs will air live from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, at 9 p.m. PM ET/PT.

Source: www.rap-up.com

French Montana Robbed During Home Invasion

French Montana was the victim of a home invasion robbery.

According to TMZ, at least two armed robbers broke into the rapper’s Calabasas crib, which is located in a guard gated community, early Tuesday morning (July 31).

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Law enforcement officials were summoned to French’s mansion around 9 a.m., several hours after the crime occurred. French and others were reportedly home at the time. It’s unclear if anyone was injured, but no one was hospitalized.

It’s unknown what, if anything, the thieves took. Cops are still investigating and don’t have any suspects yet.

French purchased the 7,229 square-foot compound from Selena Gomez, who sold it for $3.3 million in 2016 after the house became a frequent target of stalkers.

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HOT TOPICS RUNDOWN: July 31, 2018

Lindsay Lohan Docu-Series Set for 2019!

A post shared by Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) on Jun 29, 2018 at 6:34am PDT

It’s official! A Lindsay Lohan reality show is coming to TV thanks to MTV. Lindsay’s new unscripted docu-series will take place in her beach club and resort in Mykonos, Greece. The show will detail Lindsay’s day-to-day work at her beach club, which features amenities such as a spa, restaurant, and a club that functions during the day and night. Lindsay is currently taping the new series and injured her foot on set Monday July 30, according to Daily Mail. Dina Lohan told Us Weekly that Lindsay’s sister Ali Lohan will sing the theme song for the show.

The show is expected to premiere in 2019.

Demi Lovato Remains Hospitalized after Apparent Drug Overdose

Following Demi Lovato’s apparent overdose last week, multiple reports confirm she remains in the hospital due to complications. A source told TMZ “she is under the care of medical experts and is expected to make a full recovery.”

Since Demi’s hospitalization, her ex-boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama has reportedly been by her side to support her recovery. A source told ET, Valderrama “visits Demi every day he can, and has spent hours with her and her family” and he is “shattered” by the apparent overdose. Though they remained friends, the former couple spent six years together before splitting in 2016.

Is Naomi Campbell Pregnant?!

Naomi Campbell’s boyfriend Skepta might have spilled the tea on Naomi’s pregnancy. On Monday July 30, Skepta shared a sonogram photo on Instagram. The ultra sound labeled “Baby Adenuga” was taken the same day Skepta, full name Joseph Junior Adenuga, shared the photo.

A post shared by Skepta (@skeptagram) on Jul 30, 2018 at 8:41am PDT

Earlier this year, 48 year-old Naomi Campbell confirmed to British GQ that she’s dating 35 year-old Skepta. In May 2017, Naomi told The Evening Standard that she thinks about having children all of the time. “But now with the way science is I think I can do it when I want… I do want a father figure. I think it’s important… It’s the way I feel today.”

Naomi has neither confirmed nor denied the pregnancy rumors.

Bow Wow’s Quitting the Rap Game for GameStop

Bow Wow is ranting again, and this time he told fans he’s done with rapping! Someone on Twitter posted a photo of Bow Wow surrounded by women with the caption, “Once a cheater, always a cheater… He’s been in the club the last [two] nights being real friendly. Even kicked my friend and me out his section because we was recording, it ain’t like he’s big time.” Hours later, Bow Wow clapped back. “I dont do cameras u stupid bitch!… Come in my section recording! So we shut your bright ass camera down u got mad so u tweet my bitch. I’d pay a bitch 1000 to slap the lacefront off yo dusty ass! This goes for the rest of you hoes! LEAVE ME AND MINE THE F—K ALONE.”

Much of the rant has since been deleted, but Bow Wow shared statements such as, “Ima quit all this sh*t… Downsize my home. [Sell] everything. And go to work at gamestop. I’d probably be the happiest man in the world. Trade my cars in and buy a PROBE.” He continued his rant, “I’m cash apping all my money away today. So if you want some free money y’all can have it… lets see if you think money makes you happy.”

A post shared by Bow wow (@shadmoss) on Jul 30, 2018 at 8:00am PDT

Bow Wow showed followers he followed through on his word by sharing a screenshot of $500 being sent to a fan. He captioned the photo, “Sending my fans money today! I dont want it. This money is evil. Maybe yall can do some good with it… enjoy! Ive already started cash apping. You dont have to like me or love me just know im paying you guys back for all the bs ive put you through. I owe y’all.”

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Video: Wale feat. Jacquees – ‘Black Bonnie’

Wale celebrates black women in the cinematic video for “Black Bonnie,” his Jacquees-assisted single.

The Yasha Gruben-directed clip is a testament to black love and stars Wale (Clyde) and his Bonnie as they chase their dreams together throughout history. In one scene, Wale takes the throne alongside his queen in a village in Africa. With the love of his life by his side, they lead the Black Panther movement. The video ends with a flashback, as Clyde meets his Bonnie for the first time in a coffee shop.

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“I definitely see you as my best friend, confident, and co-defender,” says Wale. “Forever my ride or die.”

“Black Bonnie” is a single off Wale’s March EP It’s Complicated. The D.C. rapper has been in the studio every day for the past two months and is now readying his sixth full-length album for release on MMG/Warner Bros. Records later this year.

Source: www.rap-up.com

Rich the Kid's 'R.I.P.' Post Concerns Fans

Rich the Kid concerned fans on Tuesday (July 31) after posting a R.I.P. message on Instagram that read, “R.i.P. Rich the kid 1992-2018.”While many are questioning whether the rapper is actually alive, others are guessing that the post was about Rich changing his name.
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The Carters “Black Effect” In Philly

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The Carters are good on any boulevard. Including any in the City of Brotherly Love. Last night, JAY-Z and Beyonce’s OTR 2 tour made its way to Philly’s Lincoln Financial Field, where they performed “Black Effect” for the very first time.

Since Paris (July 15) and D.C. this past weekend, they have incorporated “Ape Shit” into their set list, which may indicate additional performances of tracks off Everything Is Love for the remaining U.S. leg.

In related news, JAY-Z and Philly Mayor Jim Kenney met for the first time at a private meeting backstage prior to the show. Last week, both parties came to an agreement to keep the Made In America festival in the city after it was previously announced talks to relocate the event.

 

Source: Rap radar