The Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. was vandalized this weekend by someone involved in the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
A lone vandal was caught on video spray painting the words “No Justice, Peace” and “Black lives matter” near the side entrance of the building, according to USA Today. A man called the police as the suspect finished one of the tag lines. Another person warned the vandal that authorities were on the way and they immediately fled the scene. The suspect sported a yellow shirt and wrote the name Van under the messages. Police haven’t caught the vandal, according to the latest reports.
The building itself was recently completed and had a soft opening in September. Trump’s real estate empire obtained a 60-year lease for the property which was once the site of the Postmaster General’s building. It’s scheduled to have its grand opening later this month.
That Shit Cray
Nearly 45 minutes into his set at the Meadows Music and Arts Festival in Queens, Kanye West cut his performance short due to a family emergency.
Hours later, it was reported that his wife Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris. According to CNN, Kim was locked in her hotel bathroom while five masked men dressed as police officers stole two cell phones and millions of dollars worth of jewelry. Thankfully, she was unharmed.
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Common wears many hats. Not only is he one of the most revered MCs in the game, but he’s also a celebrated actor, author, and Academy Award winner. Weeks before the release of his 11th album, Black America Again, Com chats with us about his new project, upcoming film roles, Ice Cube, Kanye West, J Dilla, classic albums, and more.Subscribe on iTunes here.
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Kanye West was forced to cut a festival performance short after his wife Kim Kardashian was held at gunpoint on Sunday (Oct. 2).
A Kardashian spokesperson issued a statement on the matter to several news outlets, confirming the harrowing incident.
“Kim Kardashian West was held up at gunpoint inside her Paris hotel room this evening, by two armed masked men dressed as police officers,” the spokeswoman said (via CNN). “She is badly shaken but physically unharmed.”
A Paris law enforcement official confirmed the news to the Associated Press. However, neither the spokesperson or the police would reveal any additional details at press time.
Kanye was in the middle of performing “Heartless” at The Meadows Music & Arts Festival in New York City on Sunday, when he asked for the music to stop. “I’m sorry,” he said. “Family emergency. I have to stop the show.”
The Meadows later confirmed his early exit and festival organizers, Founders Entertainment, issued a statement (via Billboard).
“Due to a family emergency, Kanye West was forced to end his performance towards the end of his set. We appreciate the great show he put on for fans to close out the inaugural Meadows Festival. Our thoughts are with West and his family.”
Kardashian is in Paris for Fashion Week along with her mother Kris Jenner and her sisters Kendall Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian. Earlier this evening, Kim attended a Givenchy show.
It’s unclear if Kim and Kanye’s children, North and Saint, were in the room at the time of the incident. Further details are unavailable at this time.
Solange’s new album has gotten raved reviews since its release on Friday. Directed by herself and husband Alan Ferguson, here are the artsy visuals for two of the favorites. Reserve A Seat At The Table here.
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In The Zone
As Dom Kennedy preps he release of his Los Angeles Is Not For Sale Vol. 1, he continues where he picked up from his 2013 track, “Dominic“. That’s that shit we talking about.
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Look What You’ve Done
The Weeknd brought his stardom over to ‘Saturday Night Live’ last night with a live rendition of his upcoming album’s title track, “Starboy”. Afterward, he returned for his latest single, “False Alarm”.
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Solange and Lil Wayne get “Mad” on their new collaboration off A Seat at the Table.
Despite the title, “Mad” is also mellow. Weezy lets off some frustration on his bars. “I used to rock hand-me-downs,” he raps. “And now I rock standing crowds / But it’s hard when you only got fans around / And no fam around / And if they are, then their hands are out.”
Meanwhile, Solange uses the track to vent, as well. “I ran into this girl,” she sings. “I said, ‘I’m tired of explaining’ / Man, this shit is draining / But I’m not really allowed to be mad.”
This isn’t the first time Solange and Weezy have collaborated. The two also teamed up on “ChampagneChroniKnightcap” off Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams.
A Seat at the Table has been getting rave reviews since its release. The Los Angeles Times called it “triumphant.” Complex deemed it a “black empowerment album,” and NPR celebrated it as “bold and beautiful.”
Beyoncé also praised her little sis. “Congrats to my sister on creating this beautiful work of art,” wrote Queen Bey. “I could not be more proud of you @saintrecords.”
Aside from Wayne, the album features a slew of stars, including Q-Tip, Sampha, The-Dream, BJ the Chicago Kid, and Kelly Rowland.
Curren$y speeds into October with his latest mixtape, Andretti 9/30.
The 8-track effort features Marcelo, Ty, Fiend, and Corner Boy P. With his trademark laid-back flavor, the prolific Spitta delivers what he feels is quite a versatile project.
“Got me feeling like 8Ball, MJG and Too Short was all on one tape, Lord,” he sings on the opening track, “All On One Tape.” “Got me feeling like Jay Z, AZ, Nas, Rick Ross, Scarface was all on one tape, Lord / Got me feeling like Tha Dogg Pound, Nipsey Hussle, DJ Quik, and MC Eiht was all on one tape, Lord / Got me feeling like OutKast, Cam’ron, and Lil Wayne, was all on one tape, Lord.”
It’s been a year filled with new music from Curren$y, who, among other releases, dropped Stoned on Ocean in June, Bourbon Street Secrets in April, and The Owners Manual in January.
Stream Andretti 9/30 below.
Meek Mill and Tory Lanez get lit once again.
The “Lord Knows” duo reunites on a new track rumored to be off Meek’s upcoming mixtape, Dreamchasers 4. Mill previewed the cut while driving recently, rapping along to Tory’s rhymes.
“They don’t wanna see the squad,” Lanez sing-raps in Auto-Tune. “They don’t wanna see the Wraith.” Then, he appears to repeat “litty again” throughout the hook, prompting some to believe that could be the song’s title.
A series of snippets from the forthcoming project have been surfacing online. In another video taken at a nightclub recently, it appears a DJ also premiered another DC4 track.
“I turn the lights out,” Meek raps on this cut. “All these young ni**as with me and they iced out / I had to stack it up and get my mom a nice house.”
On Friday (Sept. 30), Mill alluded to DC4’s pending release during a freestyle session at Hot 97. “I just got to dust a little rust off my shoulders,” he said at the time. “But DC4 on the way. We comin’ back through.”
During that freestyle, Meek referenced his ongoing beefs with The Game and Drake, two disputes that will also seemingly get addressed on DC4. However, fans can expect a change after this mixtape drops. In July, Mill promised not to “rap about extreme violence” after DC4’s release.
So far, the long-delayed project has no release date.