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According to Canadian news, the government will introduce a bill next April that will formally legalize the recreational use of Marijuana by July 1st, 2018. Provinces within the country will be able to grow up to 4 plants, with a minimum age requirement of 18. In addition, the Provinces will also decide how the marijuana is distributed and sold, as well as setting the price.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ran on a platform of legalizing marijuana in an effort to keep drugs “out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals.” What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.
Drake’s back on top. This week, The Boy’s More Life has scored him his seventh number 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with 505,000 units moved in its first week. The release has also set Spotify and Apple Music records as the most streamed album in history. Congrats!
Source: Rap radar
Tupac Shakur’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony next month might just have a Death Row Records reunion vibe. The late icon’s former labelmate Snoop Dogg is leading the tribute in honor of his “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” collaborator, according to TMZ.
Meanwhile, Dr. Dre is reportedly in talks to also join the ceremony. The legendary producer is apparently close to signing on and insiders say that the tribute will feature at least three songs, including “California Love.”
Snoop and ‘Pac had a friendly relationship that included “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.” However, ‘Pac reportedly shunned Snoop for not beefing with Puff Daddy and The Notorious B.I.G. at the height of his Bad Boy feud. “Me and him clashed, because [radio host Angie Martinez] asked me on the air, ‘How do you feel about Puffy and Biggie?’ And I said what I felt. ‘They my homeboys. I love ’em,’” Snoop told “Sway in the Morning.”
Still, Snoop said he saw ‘Pac after he was shot in Las Vegas. “Last time I saw him, he was laying in the bed, holding onto his last breath.”
‘Pac’s relationship with Dre had similar ups and downs. The duo worked together on “California Love” and its classic cinematic video. However, once Dre started stepping away from Death Row, Shakur taunted Dre. On “To Live and Die in L.A.,” 2Pac said the song was a “California Love” sequel, “without gay ass Dre.”
Tupac will be inducted into the Rock Hall along with Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes, Joan Baez, and Electric Light Orchestra on April 7 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
Over the weekend, while filming the video for David Guetta’s “Light My Body Up” with Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj took a moment to reflect on an early encounter with her mentor.
The Instagram caption began with lyrics from her “Go Hard” freestyle off 2009’s Beam Me Up Scotty. “Tell ’em I’m the ninja, Weezy is my sensei,” she raps on the track. “So I call him Splinter, faster than a sprinter.”
Young Money’s First Lady recalled reciting the line in front of Weezy. “I’ll never forget saying this line from one of my Mixtapes to Wayne maybe 8 or 9 years ago,” she wrote. “He’s on the freestyle with me called ‘Go HARD.’ it was my first time listening to it WITH him in the same room. Same studio right here in Miami.”
So how did Wayne react? “He looked me dead in the eyes and in that (whisper voice), he smiled & said ‘I fuk wit it Nic, but the only thing is that… Splinter was a RAT. And we don’t FUK wit no RATSSSSSSS’. – FKN GOAT @liltunechi YOUNG MONEY TIL DA DEATH OF ME!!!!!!”
Nicki and Wayne remain tight, collaborating on her latest singles, “Changed It” and “No Frauds.” They recently shot a video for the latter — a collaboration with Drake — as well as Guetta’s “Light My Body Up.”
All of this appears to be leading up to Nicki’s next album, the follow-up to 2014’s The Pinkprint.
Following features with Wiz Khalifa, Belly, and Rick Ross, Young Thug unleashes a solo loosie, “Best Thing of All Time.”
With his trademark style, Jeffery praises his girl for her “best” qualities and offers to change her lifestyle over a trap-infused beat. “You the best thing of all times,” he sings. “You the best thing of all nights / You the best thing in all skies / You the best thing on this flight…I’ma take you off of that regular flight / Put you on a private flight.”
Later, Thugger has an intriguing shoutout to Rick Ross, who recently beefed with his Rich Gang mentor Birdman. “I’ma take a ride with the wheel,” he raps. “I just wanna ride for Renzel / Saved a ni**a life by the bell / 305, check the heat.”
It’s unclear where “Best Thing of All Time” will land. The song follows a slew of Thug’s featured appearances, including Belly’s Zack-assisted “Consuela,” Rozay’s Wale-assisted “Trap Trap Trap,” and his 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, and PnB Rock collab, “Gang Up.” Last month, Thugger also teamed up with Birdman on their Rich Gang collaboration, “Bit Bak.”
The usually-prolific Thugger has not released a full project since last year’s Jeffery.
Drake’s More Life has already reached greater heights than Views.
A week after its release, the 6 God’s latest project has reportedly been streamed 300 million times worldwide — 50 million more than its predecessor did in its first week last year — on Apple Music alone, according to The Verge.
Republic Records also claims that More Life could be at around 600 million streams worldwide, counting all platforms. That’s because, unlike Views, More Life was not exclusively on Apple Music.
Still, much of the project’s Apple Music success can be attributed to Beats 1’s OVOSOUND Radio, where the effort was premiered. “What we saw on Drake’s radio show were TV numbers,” said Apple’s Jimmy Iovine.
Apple has not released specific listener numbers for Beats 1, but the company says that the figures are staggering.
“It’s the biggest radio station in the world,” added Apple Music’s head of content Larry Jackson. “There’s no way you’re going to find another station that has as many concurrent listeners and audience-wise as Beats 1, period.”
More Life is expected to top the Billboard 200 in its first week with 500-550,000 equivalent album units (200-250,000 traditional album sales). This could be the largest opening week since last year’s Views.
While Apple Music has benefitted from Drizzy’s latest, so has Spotify. More Life has shattered the record for best first-day streams for an album with 61,302,082 streams and it’s helped Drake break the best one-day streams for an artist record with 76,355,041 streams.
Wiley opened up to VladTV about the language barrier in U.K. hip-hop that makes it harder for rappers to cross over into the U.S. market. He explained that he is no longer chasing that dream because he wants to make music for the people who can understand his music right away and don’t have to look up meanings to his slang.
During the conversation, Wiley also spoke about how Skepta has gained notoriety with the help of Drake, but he pointed out that his millions of views on YouTube hasn’t translated to a large U.S. fanbase.
To hear more of what Wiley had to say, including his new album The Godfather, hit the above clip.
New York Knicks center Joakim Noah has been handed down a 20 game suspension for breaching the NBA’s anti-doping policy, it was announced on Saturday, March 25. The violation is said to be benign, with officials stating “after a thorough investigation, the National Basketball Players Association believes Joakim Noah did not intentionally or knowingly violate any policy of the CBA.”
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency reports that it picked up traces of a substance called Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator LGD-4033, which Noah has since admitted to ingesting in order to boost his testosterone. Noah has only played 17 games throughout the course of the 2017 season, due to injury. The one time Chicago Bull had surgery in late February, and could have been taking the over the counter drug, which has properties that are likened to anabolic agents, to speed up his recovery.
Fellow former Bull Derrick Rose, who is known for being injury prone, spoke with the press on the risk of taking over the counter supplements, stating “The supplements I take are from the team. I heard over the years it’s very tricky about what you get over the counter, especially things that’s over the counter, once they get in your system they can actually change when they’re in your system. That’s what I’ve been hearing but I don’t take them.”
Noah’s suspension stands to cost him between $2.45 and $2.75 million, as he will have to give up 1/110th of his salary for each game he misses this year, should he return this year, and/or 1/145th of his $72 million salary with the league’s policy changing in 2018. Noah was on track to rejoin the team by season’s end. His suspension could not go into effect until he is physically fit to be on the floor, thus the earlier he can be ruled healthy to play by physicians, the better, according to word floating around Knicks brass, as the team would like to get him to burn the suspension before beginning next season with a fresh start.
HBO has announced that it will soon be airing another J. Cole documentary.
“J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only, A Dreamville Film” will be the follow-up to the 2016 film that documented Cole’s intimate process as he completed his 2014 Forest Hills Drive project. On Friday, March 24, the cable premium network unveiled plans to premier the film on Saturday, April 15 at 10 p.m. Eastern time. As was the case with the Forest Hills Drive documentary, 4 Your Eyez Only will let fans into Cole’s world as he travels the state’s performing, but will also have a significant social slant.
“The documentary promises to illustrate how their struggles over viable housing, voting laws for felons, integration, and more mirror the frustrations felt across the nation,” it was reported by Entertainment Weekly.
J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only follows up the December release of the album, which was actually preceded by a documentary; a 40-minute short titled Eyez. The directing of both documentaries are credited to Cole himself and partner Scott Lazer.