The Real is coming back.
J. Cole has announced that his new single “Middle Child,” produced by T-Minus (Drake, Kendrick Lamar), will drop on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 9 p.m. EST. Taking to social media, Cole shared the announcement along with the cover artwork.
It’s unclear if “Middle Child” will appear on the upcoming Dreamville compilation Revenge of the Dreamers III or a project of Cole’s own. He had previously announced plans for a mixtape called The Off-Season, which is expected to precede his next album The Fall Off.
Just last week, he wrapped the recording sessions for Revenge of the Dreamers III, which took place in Atlanta over the course of 10 days, with artists including T.I., DJ Khaled, Wale, and Swizz Beatz. Dreamville co-founder Ibrahim Hamad took to Instagram Stories to preview a never-before-heard Cole track that may appear on the project.
Prior to today’s announcement, Cole cleared out his Instagram account and posted what may be the lyrics to “Middle Child.” The since-deleted posts read “I’m counting my bullets,” “I’m loading my clips,” “I’m writing down names,” and “I’m making a list.”
“Middle Child” follows Cole’s album KOD, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 in April. In August, he dropped his “Album of the Year (Freestyle).”
2 Chainz is gearing up for a big 2019.
In anticipation of his oft-delayed album Rap or Go to the League, the Atlanta kingpin warms fans up with his “Stay Woke Freestyle.”
Over the Buddah Bless production, which opens with a sample of INOJ’s “My Boo,” the “South Atlanta Don” brags about being “lit since age 15” and compares his bars to fentanyl.
“Look in the mirror, say I did it myself / But God right there, he know I needed some help,” raps 2 Chainz. “I seen ’em follow trends till they end up broke / Read a book, change they diet / Talkin’ ’bout stay woke.”
He is now putting the finishing touches on Rap or Go to the League, which he first announced in February 2018. “I have a few samples that need clearing so I can drop this mudafuca album on Dey azzzz,” he wrote on Instagram. “Im rappin like juggernaut on that bih !! Can’t wait for you to hear the growth and direction !!! Im sure people don’t know what to expect anyway.”
Watch the lyric video below.
Teyana Taylor is setting the record straight.
The K.T.S.E. singer has denied reports that she and her husband Iman Shumpert had a threesome with porn star Alby Ryder, which resulted in Ryder’s pregnancy. The Sacramento Kings guard has been leaving comments on Ryder’s Instagram page and Teyana has since disabled her Instagram account, which fueled speculation.
But Taylor, who shares a 4-year-old daughter with Shumpert, took to Twitter to shoot down the rumors. “I’ve never seen/touched that girl in my life,” said Teyana, adding that she deleted her IG because her label Def Jam would not drop her “WTP” video on time.
She continued, “Iman is not dumb he know I’d kill him End of story.”
Ryder, who gave birth to a daughter in late 2018, has also denied that Shumpert fathered her child. “Whoever is spreading these rumors just know ITS FAKE NEWS AND IT AINT HIS BABY,” she wrote on Instagram Stories. “I had my baby with the man I was dating and that man ain’t Iman.”
Teyana has been open about her sex life. She penned the song “3 Way” about threesomes on her latest album K.T.S.E. “I also wanted to create something to where, I feel like, a lot of the times, in society, we make it to where it’s always the guy that wants it,” she told Hot 97’s Angie Martinez. “It’s always like, it gotta be birthday or Christmas to get that. It gotta be a holiday to get it. But it’s like, listen, I think that my husband is extremely sexy. I love to explore. Call me Dora. I’m Dora the Explorer in my marriage. I’m Curious George.”
PnB Rock is behind bars after marijuana and a stolen gun were allegedly found in his home near Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 20).
According to CBS 3 Philly, police were called to the luxury townhouse the 27-year-old rapper was renting in Bensalem following “numerous complaints of loud parties and the constant smell of marijuana coming from the residence.” Investigators say they developed probable cause that Rock, born Rakim Hasheem Allen, was selling weed.
During a search of the home, authorities discovered four pounds of marijuana, scales, packaging material, over $33,000 in cash, and a stolen .40 caliber Glock handgun.
Allen was charged with possession with intent to deliver, possession of narcotics, receiving stolen property (for the stolen handgun), criminal conspiracy, and other related offenses.
Stephanie Sibounheuang, 27, who was also inside the home at the time of the search, was charged with possession of narcotics, receiving stolen property, and criminal conspiracy.
Both were arraigned and bail was set at 10 percent of $500,000. They were taken to the Bucks County Correctional Facility.
Over 20 years after “The Boy Is Mine” topped the charts, Sevyn Streeter and Justine Skye teamed up for a live rendition of Brandy and Monica’s classic.
While performing at the 2019 Trumpet Awards in Atlanta on Saturday (Jan. 19), the R&B starlets paid tribute to the song’s producer, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. Sevyn took on Brandy’s part, while Justine channeled Monica. They strut across the stage while exchanging sassy verses on the 1998 duet, which spent 13 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
“This was mad fun!” said Justine, who also performed Monica’s “Angel of Mine.” “Thank you @trumpetawards for having me be apart of the tribute to the lej @rodneyjerkins.”
Jerkins, who has also crafted hits for Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Toni Braxton, received the Music Excellence Award during Saturday’s ceremony, which will air Feb. 11 on Bounce TV. Other honorees included T.I., MC Lyte, and Dapper Dan.
Justine, whose single “Build” was released in October, is now working on a follow-up to 2017’s Ultraviolet, while Sevyn’s new album, Drunken Wordz x Sober Thoughtz, is due later this year.
Last night (Jan. 20) the Los Angeles Rams defeated the New Orleans Saints in epic fashion to advance to Super Bowl LIII, however, the victory wasn’t without its fair share of controversy, specifically in regards to a missed pass interference penalty late in the 4th Quarter.
And You Say Chi City?
Last month, Lil Wayne embarked on his four-stop I Ain’t Shit Without You tour, where he visited the winning cities including Houston, Atlanta, D.C. and Chicago.
Here, TIDAL takes a look back at the trek in this short-film featuring performances, behind the scenes look at commentary from fans across each stop.
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Dreezy’s got a whole bunch of Franklins on her new single.
Produced by DZL and Akeel Henry, the Chicago native bosses up and salutes the late Queen of Soul for the latest offering off her upcoming Big Dreez. Album drops January 25,
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Head up to Harlem with Smoke DZA and 183rd’s new project, Uptown. At 5 tracks, the EP includes collaborations with Vado, Manolo Rose, Bodega Bamz and Nyemiah Supreme.
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Recently, two documentaries related to the Fyre Festival that was set to take place in 2017 released. Since then, Ja Rule, who reportedly had a part in the festival has taken to Twitter to defend himself.