Video: Meek Mill – ‘Left Hollywood’

Meek Mill explains why he “Left Hollywood” in the music video for his gritty new Meekend Music banger.

Over a thumping instrumental with a sped-up soul sample, the Philly MC drops autobiographical rhymes. “I had to get out of Hollywood and back to the trenches,” explains Meek. “They said they need me.”

For Mill, the trenches are somewhere in Philadelphia. Filmed just after midnight on May 2, the clip is a night shot of the city he calls home. Mainly, the MMG star walks and raps through a busy house, where money changes hands and the kitchen is hectic with workers.

Hanging with friends and riding bikes in a Metallica T-shirt under his khaki suit, Meek reflects on life’s tragedies while Dreamchasers’ Omelly handles the pot on the stove. “We just wanted some love,” he laments. “Momma working, daddy dead, I just wanted a hug.”

In honor of his 30th birthday on Saturday (May 6), Meek dropped his three-track EP Meekend Music featuring “Left Hollywood,” plus collaborations with Young Thug (“Backboard”) and A$AP Ferg (“$lay”).

Next up, Meek will hit the road with Yo Gotti on their co-headlining “Against All Odds Tour.” The 21-city run starts July 5 in Cleveland and ends Aug. 8 in Seattle.


Lil Wayne’s Goon Squad Tackles Stage Crasher

Lil Wayne’s goon squad strikes again.

After cutting a concert short because of a heckler, Weezy was forced to call on his bodyguards yet again, when one overzealous fan climbed onstage at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami over the weekend.

The man was promptly dealt with, even if he showed no intention of attacking Wayne. About six men swiftly tackled and removed the fan from the stage, avoiding any potential danger. Rapper HoodyBaby even appeared to kick the stage crasher. Meanwhile, Weezy continued his set.

Last month, Wayne abruptly ended a show after a fan threw a drink on the stage. His goon squad once again sprung into action to deal with the situation.

Weezy’s Rolling Loud appearance also made headlines this weekend, when he was photographed with Birdman’s children. The photos were posted by Baby and seen by some as an olive branch in the midst of their ongoing $51 million legal battle.

Tunechi earned his third No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with his DJ Khaled collaboration “I’m the One,” which also features Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, and Quavo.


Fresh Flavors Playlist, Vol. 1: Kendrick Lamar, Drake, SZA, & Majid Jordan

Here comes the fresh new flava in ya ear. In partnership with McDonald’s, we’ve crafted a playlist of “Fresh Flavors” that we just can’t get out of our heads, and that will keep your speakers lit through the summer days ahead.

Volume 1 kicks off with French Montana’s “Unforgettable” single featuring an irresistible hook from Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee, making it an early contender for song of the summer.

But DJ Khaled is giving French a run for his money with his chart-topping smash “I’m the One” featuring the all-star squad of Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne. The summer-ready video, featuring Khaled’s son Asahd, only adds to the fun.

Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” may have already topped the charts, but “DNA.” is hot on its heels. The DAMN. standout, which is currently in the Hot 100 top 10, has already spawned an epic video starring Don Cheadle.

SZA’s sizzling new jam “Love Galore” featuring Travis Scott has us all aflutter for her long-awaited debut album Ctrl, due this summer.

While it was released two months ago, Drake’s “Passionfruit” stays on repeat, but he’s not the only OVO Sound act in our rotation. Majid Jordan’s “Phases” is a feel-good vibe, while PARTYNEXTDOOR’s appearance on Zayn’s “Still Got Time” should serve as the soundtrack to your next house party.

Mary J. Blige’s new album Strength of a Woman may delve into her tumultuous divorce, but there are also some uplifting jams, like the anthemic banger “Glow Up” featuring Missy Elliott, DJ Khaled, and Quavo.

Stream the first installment of “Fresh Flavors” below and check back each week for more.

Fresh Flavors Playlist, Vol. 1

1. French Montana feat. Swae Lee – “Unforgettable”
2. DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne – “I’m the One”
3. Kendrick Lamar – “DNA.”
4. SZA feat. Travis Scott – “Love Galore”
5. Drake – “Passionfruit”
6. Majid Jordan – “Phases”
7. Zayn feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR – “Still Got Time”
8. Mary J. Blige feat. Missy Elliott, DJ Khaled, and Quavo – “Glow Up”


Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’ Tops Billboard for Third Week

King Kendrick’s reign continues with a three-peat. The Compton rapper’s platinum album DAMN. remains No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a third straight week.

DAMN. manages to keep the No. 1 spot with 173,000 units this week, including 57,000 traditional, 12,000 track equivalent albums, and 105,000 streaming equivalent albums. These are astounding figures for a third week marker, following whopping numbers in the past two weeks.

In its first week of availability, K-Dot’s third major label studio album shattered projections by moving 610,000 equivalent album units. The second week, DAMN.‘s figures surpassed 238,000.

This is also the longest K-Dot has spent at No. 1. He only had one week in the leadership position with last year’s untitled unmastered. and two weeks with 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly.

This week, Lamar had some competition from superstar releases. Genre-benders Gorillaz open at No. 2 with 140,000 units (115,000 traditional) of their first album in nearly seven years, Humanz. Meanwhile, R&B icon Mary J. Blige’s Strength of a Woman enters at No. 3 with 78,000 units (72,000 traditional), earning her 20th placement on the Billboard 200.

Elsewhere on the chart, Drake’s More Life drops 2-4 (68,000), Ed Sheeran’s ÷ falls 3-5 (50,000), Epic Records’ compilation Epic AF debuts at No. 6 (48,000), and Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic slips 5-7 (41,000).

Wale’s SHINE also makes its entry outside the top 10 this week at No. 17, selling a reported 25,000 units.

Billboard 200 Top 10

1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. – 238,000
2. Gorillaz – Humanz – 140,000
3. Mary J. Blige – Strength of a Woman – 78,000
4. Drake – More Life – 68,000
5. Ed Sheeran – ÷ – 50,000
6. Various – Epic AF – 48,000
7. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic – 41,000
8. Various – Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 – 40,000
9. The Chainsmokers – Memories…Do Not Open – 36,000
10. Willie Nelson – God’s Problem Child – 36,000


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Republican Legislator Says Nobody Dies From a Lack of Health Care Coverage

An Idaho congressman is under fire for remarks he made during a town hall meeting on Friday, May 5, in which he told a shocked audience that “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.”

Representative Raul Labrador has been crusading against federally subsidized healthcare for some time. In fact, he is noted for having drawn the same gasps and jeers when during an April town hall he said he doesn’t believe “that healthcare is a basic human right.” In speaking before constituents less than 24 hours after the GOP got the House to pass a bill that opens the door to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act, Labrador made the remark in response to an audience member posing that with his support of the GOP’s vote he is “mandating people on Medicaid accept dying,”

There have been numerous studies that disprove Labrador’s assertion, including one done by the American Journal of Public Health, which found that “lack of health insurance is associated with as many as 44,789 deaths per year in the United States,” and gauged that not having insurance raises a citizen’s risk of death by 25%.


Jared Kushner's Sister Accused of Bribery, Luring Chinese Investors

In a move that would seem to go back on President Trump’s promise to crack down on immigrants coming to the U.S. without having gone through the proper process for citizenship, and contradict his promise to get tough on how the country does business with China; Nicole Kushner Meyer, sister of Senior Adviser to the President, Jared Kushner, has promised to grant visas to foreigners who put big money up towards real estate development projects.

Kushner Meyer announced the proposal while speaking before a room full of Chinese investors at a Beijing Ritz-Carlton hotel on Saturday, May 6. While divulging the specifics of the plan, she mentioned the Kushner family’s luxury One Journal Square development in Jersey City as a site they may want to put their money into. Brochures for Kushner Meyer’s appearance even advertised the controversial EB-5 visa proposal, with a line that read “Invest $500,000 and immigrate to the United States.”

Kushner Meyer’s proposal is only the latest in several instances cited by ethics watchdogs as conflicts of interest displayed under the Trump regime. There is a provision in the Constitution known as the emoluments clause, which bans anyone in government from receiving gifts from foreign leaders, much less receiving such gifts in exchange for favors. Back in March Trump drew criticism when it was discovered that the Chinese government had approved nearly 40 trademarks for him, which got many wondering what kinds of projects he’s got going which might be the result of him using his office for personal gain.



Black Soldier Waves Confederate Flag at Parade For Dolly Parton

The town of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee threw it’s 32nd annual Dolly Parton Homecoming Parade on Friday, May 5, and while the entertainers, marching bands, festive floats, and military veterans who were promised to be in attendance, all showed up to honor the legendary singer, it might be noted that the American flag wasn’t the only one flying proudly along the route. And while there might have been red, white, and green Cinco de Mayo representations out in public around some of the nation’s diverse cities, there wasn’t a Mexican flag in sight at the Parton parade. But there were a few Confederate battle flags.

Video of what appears to be the main representative of the Confederacy to walk the parkway got out on social media over the weekend, and it began to spread quickly once the recording began to find its way into Black circles. That’s because the flag-barer at the 2017 Dolly Parton Homecoming was a hooting, hollering, Black man.

The 71-year-old Parton was indeed on hand and featured in an ideal sense as it’s Grand Marshall. She is known for having come back and contributed to her Sevier County birthplace throughout her 50-year career. And while Parton isn’t known for being a personal supporter of the Confederacy per se, many of the demographic of people among whom she was raised during her rural upbringing are. Thus the symbolism isn’t exactly out of place at the singer’s homecoming.

As the gentleman, dressed in the uniform of the Confederate soldier, travels along the route, the video picks up the voices of townspeople thanking him for his service. The person shooting the footage is heard asking that folks call New Orleans and request that they cease taking down historical Confederate monuments. As the recording comes to a close, the soldier and the cameraman engage, with the cameraman interjecting after the soldier asks a woman to talk dirty to him. “How’s walk faster? Is that dirty enough?” he tells the soldier.



Viral Sensations NickNPattywhack Witness a Fight

NickNPattywhack’s most popular video in recent memory features a lot less footwork, and a lot more hand work than fans of the viral duo are used to. Nick and Dan went live when a brawl broke out while they were dining at a Colonie, NY Denny’s in the early hours of Saturday morning, May 6. Danrue did throw down a little shimmy at the end of the recording, but that definitely wasn’t what got the video its 47k shares and nearly 3 million views on Facebook within one day of Pattiwhack posting it.

The recording starts off with it being apparent that some magnitude of violence is about to go down, with an imposing woman getting in the face of two separate men, before she is confronted by a couple of women of smaller stature. The group surrounding the parties involved, prior to them exchanging blow, appears to be a mix of friends, restaurant patrons attempting to deescalate the confrontation, and what looks like two security guards. Within moments tensions boil over, with fists being thrown, hair being pulled, and the sound of dishes crashing, as more than one fight appears to break out.

Throughout the melee, Pattiwhack continues to commentate in his signature voice, even as one of the women on the receiving end of a beating by two others falls at his feet. “I didn’t get my food yet baby,” he says at one point, before pulling his drink over. By the time all was said and done the restaurant had been turned upside down. Local news outlets that reported on the incident cite that no arrests were made.