Nicki Minaj Trolls Fans with New Album ‘Pick My Fruit Out’

It wasn’t April 1, but Nicki Minaj may have fooled her Barbz on Saturday (Oct. 8) when she “revealed” her new album title and tracklisting. With a series of tweets, she rolled out—or rather trolled out—the project.

It began with an album title and release date.

“Ok u know what I wasn’t gonna say anything but damn ya got it out of me,” she tweeted. “The album drops at midnight. it’s called #PickMyFruitOut.”

Wishful thinkers wanted to believe it was actually her fourth album announcement, but was it really? Nicki played along, unveiling the tracklisting and noting that “all the songs r named after fruit breh.”

Sure enough, the cuts on her tracklisting included the opener “Mango,” and joints like “Grapes” and “Kiwi.” There was even a “Bananas (Harambe Interlude)” and a song titled “Fruit Loops.”

Nicki got so detailed with it, she even announced her favorite song of the bunch. “The one I’m most excited about, however, is track #10,” she said. “It’s called ‘Ni**a toss my fruit salad’ and it features my favorite rapper of all time.”

Of course, the album never came and Nicki laughed it off, thanking fans who played along. “Love you sooooooo fkn much,” she wrote. “I been cryin laughin this whole time, btw… Good stuff #PickMyFruitOut.”

Fruit prank aside, fans have been waiting for a new Nicki LP for nearly two years. In March, she explained why. “I needed time to hear myself think again because where I left off with The Pinkprint was a little bit emotionally unstable,” she wrote. “Now, I want my happiness to be reflected in the new stuff.”

When the new project drops, it will mark Minaj’s fourth album, following 2014’s The Pinkprint, 2012’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, and 2010’s Pink Friday.


NYC Mourns The Death Of Activist/Emcee Daniel "Majesty" Sanchez

Social justice activists and Hip Hop artists from around New York City and areas far off in the Middle East and Latin America have been mourning the passing of beloved emcee/organizer, Daniel “Majesty” Sanchez since Friday night. Majesty, who for years was a mainstay in the conscious underground Hip Hop scene, and battled alongside some of the city’s most persistent anti-police brutality advocates. He was confirmed by members of his family to have passed on Tuesday, [October 4]. He was just 35-years-old.

Reactions poured in upon Majesty’s sister, Tania Deidan, breaking the news via social media. By nightfall, Friday, dozens of friends, fans, and frequenting members of the three-year-old Legendary Cyphers meet-up he established to allow locals an outlet to flex their freestyling skills had converged at Union Square Park to honor his memory. Tweets, Facebook and Instagram posts from the likes of La Tere, Rebel Diaz, C-Ray Walz, Hasan Salaam, Tonedeff, Immortal Technique, Spiritchild, Jay Smooth, Intikana, Omowale Adewale, and Rosa Clemente gave remorseful condolences. All spoke high admiration for the End Of The Weak MC Challenge host, and former G.A.ME and Justice Committee NYC member.

Majesty had been frequenting local cyphers and doing shows around the city’s five boroughs for close to two decades. For 10 of those years, he had evolved to operate as a change agent through his work doing Cop Watch in marginalized communities, filming police interactions in an effort that was largely responsible for legislators eventually abolishing Commissioner Ray Kelly’s unconstitutional Stop and Frisk policy.  Most recently, Majesty put in work supporting the families of police shooting victims Ramarley Graham and Akai Gurley. His work extended beyond U.S. borders, with his participation in campaigns to challenge imperialism and human rights violations in places like Palestine and Cuba. All the while Majesty remained active close to home, as a transformative member of the Latin Kings and Chosen 33 Chapter of the Zulu Nation.

The cause of Majesty’s death remains under investigation by his family and community. He lived his last days in Las Vegas, where he had relocated to work on his debut album, tentatively titled “The Rebirth of Alchemy.”



Donald Trump's "Grab Them by The P***y" Remarks Turned Into Song

Donald Trump’s infamous “Grab them by the p***y” soundbite made it to SoundCloud on Saturday [October 8], courtesy of producer Mike Dean, who remixed the snippet into a song released under the title, “Grab Em by da P***y.”

Trump has had one of the roughest weeks in presidential campaign history, with headlines suddenly exposing him having given kudos to his daughter being a “piece of a**” in an old Howard Stern interview, as recently as Sunday. The Trump campaign has been in a tailspin ever since he bombed in his first debate with rival Hillary Clinton some weeks ago. But it was the rearing of a private 2005 conversation [on Friday] that was captured on video, that landed hardest on his hopes for the oval office. In the recording he is heard speaking about women in a sexist manner which tests the boundaries of non-consent/rape, telling former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush, “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait … And when you’re a star, they let you do it. Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything,”

Dean, who has worked with such artists as Kanye West, Beyonce, Travis Scott, and Desiigner, has stated that he didn’t put the mix out to profit off of the debacle, but rather to sway voters. “DONALD TRUMP DOING WHAT HE DOES BEST!!!!,” he wrote in the caption of the audio post.



Clown Lives Matter Movement Budding, March Planned In Arizona

Professional clowns from around the country have begun attaching themselves to a movement that mirrors its name of Black Lives Matter. Clown Lives Matter was started on Facebook by Jordan Jones, who is otherwise known as Snuggles The Clown of Screamland Farms in Maryland. Jones created the page in hopes of disseminating a message that might restore the public’s trust and favor of clowns, in light of the recent hysteria generated by nation-wide encounters with clowns that have frightened some, and posed a threat to the safety of others.

“Everyone took this as a joke, but it’s really become serious now. I want all of these teenagers to know that It’s not a game anymore, you know? You’re ruining my job, and other actors around the world,” Jones recently told a news reporter.  “The other day I went outside for a photo shoot, and people were driving by taking pictures and saying they were going to call the cops, because they profiled me as one of the clowns in the woods.”

Over the past week several attacks on clowns have been reported, including the recorded beat down of a clown with a bat, that went viral, and the murder of a 31-year-old New Jersey man who stood by a highway dressed as a clown. The attacks come after a wave of clown sighting reports that began when the public gained knowledge of an incident involving clowns attempting to lure children into the woods in South Carolina, in late August. Since then the sightings have sparked a social media fad, which at times has involved criminal acts, with the slashing of a 7-year-old boys arm in Michigan, and numerous chases having occurred.

Now, supporters and entertainers whose livelihoods depend on the perception of clowns as approachable, are coming together to bring positive attention back to clowns. Nikki Sinn of Tuscan, Arizona has organized a Clown Lives Matter peace walk that will take place on Saturday, October 15.  “This is a peaceful walk to show clowns are not psycho killers,” the flier for the event promises, with Sinn reporting that at least 50 participants are expected, and will be strolling down 4th Avenue handing out balloon animals, flowers, and free hugs. As it turns out, the idea for a march has even begun to spread, with an FB event page now inviting the public to join a Clown Lives Matter march in Northern Jersey on the same day.



Uncle Luke Responds to Donald Trump's, 'Grab Them By The Pu**y' Comment

Miami artist Uncle Luke had a few choice words for Donald Trump’s comments about women and the Republican party. While Uncle Luke is known for his raunchy lyrics in rap, he doesn’t appreciate the party that’s bashed him for his use of language allowing their nominee to do the same. “Isn’t this the party that came after me the right wing conservative Republican Party… talking about we don’t wanna hear no we want some [pu**y]…I spent millions and millions of dollars dealing with this party?… I want my money back.”

Donald Trump is receiving major backlash after a video resurfaced of him talking in an extremely negative manner about women, and how he deals with them.

Check out the clip above.



Vince Staples Spits Black Lives Matter Bars On Hot 97

Vince Staples gave fans a couple of serious topics to build on, on Saturday [October 8], with a Funkmaster Flex freestyle that showed shades of a different artist than the one those just hearing about him had come to associate with violence and misogyny, over the past week. Invoking Black Lives Matter in the process, Staples called out rappers who spit solely about gang banging and focus their lyrics on themselves. He would eventually digress to reminding listeners that he’s still got his Long Beach hood pass, and can throw down if need be; but not before meditating on some of the social ills that the community struggles to overcome.

“If my Black lives matter, motherf***er stop the killing/ If my Black lives matter, motherf***er stop snitching/ If my Black lives matter motherf***er start business in your hood, instead of letting f***ing Starbucks in it,” Staples spit, before getting a little more personal, and militant. “If my Black lives matter then respect all women/ If my Black lives matter don’t neglect our children/ If my Black lives matter, if the police take my s**t with a pistol, don’t march, go kill ’em.”

Staples became the focus of national headlines earlier this week, when a white suburban mother who professes to be raising her children with a Christian upbringing, went viral with a rant against his song “Norf Norf.” The women explained having come across the Summertime single while switching radio stations in her car with her 11-year-old, and almost being brought to tears upon reading the song’s lyrics. After discovering how many people had responded to the woman’s diatribe with criticism, Staples came to her defense with a tweet that acknowledged her right to feel the way that she does, stating: “This misunderstanding of our community leads to miscommunication which we should convert into a progressive dialogue.”

While Staples’ lyrics are known to get as raw as the streets can digest them, his catalog consists of a diverse range of content. He is also known for being involved with causes beyond the music, as can be attested to by beneficiaries of the Greater Long Beach YMCA Youth Institute program that he helped get off of the ground to teach kids career and business skills.



New Music: The Game – ‘What Your Life Like’

The Game wants to know “What Your Life Like.”

After bombarding Meek Mill with disses, Chuck Taylor returns with an introspective track off his upcoming album 1992. Over a soulful instrumental, the Compton rapper reflects on his feud with 50 Cent, Dipset’s internal battle, and his background.

“What your life like?” he asks. “Mine’s ’bout getting money and bitches / ’64s and switches / Popping guns with my ni**as / What your life like? / Mine’s ’bout listening to Illmatic / In my grandmother’s attic tryin’ to spit above average / What your life like? / Mine’s ’bout shedding tears when Pac died.”

The song, which seems to have no direct connection to Beanie Sigel’s classic by the same name, is set to appear on 1992. So far, Game has already unleashed the Jason Derulo-assisted “Baby You” and “All Eyez” featuring Jeremih.

1992 is due Oct. 14. Listen to “What Your Life Like” below.


Jay Z, DMX, & Ja Rule Reunite at Beyoncé’s ‘Formation Tour’

Murder Inc. reunites…at least for a photo.

While most know Murder Inc. as Ja Rule’s former record label, the name also once belonged to a short-lived supergroup formed by Ja, Jay Z, and DMX in 1999. The trio has since gone through ups and downs, but all seemed well on Friday (Oct. 7) when they reunited at Beyoncé’s final “Formation World Tour” at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.

Backstage, Rule, Hov, and X bonded. They laughed and appeared to share stories and rhymes while hanging out in a greenroom. It was a throwback to their days as Murder Inc. and other great times, like when they joined forces on the “Hard Knock Life Tour” in 1999. It brought back memories of their only collaborations, “Murdergram” and “It’s Murda.”

DMX • Jay Z • Ja Rule • DJ Khaled #FormationWorldTour #FinalNight #Legendary ???

A photo posted by Rap-Up (@rapup) on Oct 7, 2016 at 7:27pm PDT

In fact, X is reciting lyrics to Jay’s verse off “It’s Murda” in a behind-the-scenes video that emerged from last night’s reunion. Despite that, however, the group never collaborated as a trio again.

@dmx, @ruleyorkcity and #JayZ #MurderInc #ItsMurda

A video posted by Rap Radar (@rapradar) on Oct 7, 2016 at 6:20pm PDT

In 2014, Rule York opened up about the tension that stopped the group from actually releasing an album.

“We couldn’t get X and Jay in the same room, from long ago, their storied [1994] battle on the pool table, guns out [and] all of that,” he told MTV News. “We tried to deliver that [group] album. It was a situation where egos all just played a part in its demise.”

But egos seemed to be placed to the side on Friday when Ja, Jay, and X posed for photos together ahead of Queen Bey’s “Formation” finale. Lenny Santiago, Senior Vice President of Roc Nation, summed up the moment on Instagram.

“The Final day of the Formation World Tour was nothing short of Epic,” he wrote. “The Jay, X and Ja reunion.. Wow.”


Beyoncé Brings Out Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, & Serena Williams at ‘Formation Tour’ Finale

Beyoncé goes out with a bang.

Capping off one of the year’s biggest worldwide treks, Queen Bey delivered a star-studded finale to her “Formation World Tour” on Friday (Oct. 7) at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.

Fans, including Frank Ocean, Hugh Jackman, Tyler Perry, Misty Copeland, and more, looked on all night as Beyoncé delivered show-stopping surprises, including appearances by Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Serena Williams.

#SerenaWilliams joined #Beyonce on stage tonight! #FORMATIONWorldTour

A video posted by Beyoncé (@beylite) on Oct 7, 2016 at 7:14pm PDT

With a career-spanning set, Bey was joined by her husband during “Drunk in Love” for a warm, playful, and sexy duet, one that included a hug and a kiss at the end. Meanwhile, K-Dot came through for the fiery “Freedom” while splashing in the water-filled set. Serena also surprised fans, acting as a dancer for “Sorry” in real life, much like she does in the song’s video.

Beyoncé x Kendrick Lamar on stage tonight! #FORMATIONWorldTour #Freedom

A video posted by Beyoncé (@beylite) on Oct 7, 2016 at 9:14pm PDT

This wasn’t originally set to be the tour’s finale. However, Beyoncé was making up for postponing this stop last month. During the set, she paused to thank the crowd.

“I have so much energy because of you guys feeding it to me,” she explained. “I really wanted to make this show special…This is definitely my dream right here. I dreamt that I would be doing this and I’m actually doing it, and I could not be here without you and your support.”

But even before Beyoncé’s set, the surprises arrived. DMX and Ja Rule were among those in attendance and prior to the show, they were photographed alongside Jay and DJ Khaled. Sans Khaled, it was a throwback to the trio’s days as Murder Inc.

Once Khaled hit the stage, he brought more surprises with cameos from Ma$e, T.I., Ja Rule, August Alsina, Young M.A., Fetty Wap, Remy Ma, The LOX, and A Boogie.

DMX • Jay Z • Ja Rule • DJ Khaled #FormationWorldTour #FinalNight #Legendary ???

A photo posted by Rap-Up (@rapup) on Oct 7, 2016 at 7:27pm PDT

First things first. B's boots are insanely dope. Lol. Next thing… Follow my snap: Kodaklens. Lol The Final day of the Formation World Tour was nothing short of Epic. The Jay, X and Ja reunion.. Wow. New artist like A Boogie & Young M. A. came through and blessed us. Not to mention Ma$e, DJ Mustard & Fetty Wop joined us for the 1st time as well and killed it. Thanks to The LOX too. This pic may seem random but the people in it are certainly not. It happened right before we exited MetLife stadium at 1am or something still on a high from the show. The artist in this pic like T.I., Remy and August came to several shows, held us down and performed just for the love. As did all the others. You can't buy that. The We The Best Team including Justin from Roc is in here as well who held Khaled down. DJ Nasty kept it together on the turntables even though we never followed the show script. Lol. Ivan for capturing the historic moments. Terrel & Smokes kept Khaled fresh to death. My brother, Jay, who we can't thank enough for standing on the side of the stage for every show and coached Khaled & I through the performances. He also took a pic with EVERY guest artist that came through. Lol. Applaud him for that. Steve Pamon, Melissa & Larry from Parkwood for making sure we were good!!!! Anyway, I'm not tryin to do any long dumb thank you speech. It's important for me to point out and thank those who work hard and deserve it. They often aren't acknowledged or applauded cause they're behind the scenes. Khaled, they said we couldn't do it. We showed them better than we could tell them. Kiko, I'm sick you not in this. I feel like I just came off a Michael Jackson tour. Lol. Beyonce is 1 of the greatest to ever do it.. Ever! Love you, B. Thanks!!! #TheFormationWorldTour #Beyonce #DJKhaled #WeTheBest #RocNation #Parkwood #Lemonade

A photo posted by Lenny S. (@kodaklens) on Oct 8, 2016 at 8:33am PDT

Queen Bey may be done with the “Formation World Tour,” but there could be more music on the horizon. Mr. and Mrs. Carter are rumored to be releasing a joint project in the near future.