Vince Staples Calls R. Kelly a ‘Fool’

Vic Mensa isn’t the only rapper denouncing R. Kelly. Taking to Twitter, Vince Staples made a series of posts about the controversial R&B singer.

“This ni**a R Kelly is a fool,” he wrote, before posting a photograph of the Chicago crooner in his Pied Piper costume. “Look at this ni**a,” he added. “I can’t believe y’all call me weird. I ain’t never wore a super villain disguise & a headband.”

When fans tried to stick up for Kelly based on the music he’s made throughout his career, the Big Fish Theory rapper responded: “Since you love R kelly so much have him perform at your daughters next birthday party. No? Ok thought so … I don’t care if you wrote the Happy Birthday song if you pee pee on a 9th grade girl I’m never giving you a pass the jokes flying.”

Continuing his Twitter posts, Staples referenced an infamous video tape, which was said to feature Kelly having sex with and urinating on a 14-year-old girl. In 2008, Kelly was acquitted on 14 charges of making child pornography in a case that focused on that tape.

“I’m curious on why yall care so much he clearly aint care enough if he pee pee’d on a child on tape. The man pee pee’d on his own furniture,” he wrote. “Look, I won’t deny the music y’all don’t deny the pee pee. Deal? Cool.”

Vince’s comments follow a recent report, which claims that Kelly is holding women against their will in a “cult.” Kelly has denied these allegations and has said that he will continue on his current “After Party Tour.” However, his Oct. 6 concert at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater has been canceled for an undisclosed reason. Upcoming dates in Baton Rouge, Dallas, and New Orleans have also been canceled.


JAY-Z Footnotes Of “Adnis”

Could Have Helped You

In the latest chapter of his 4:44 Footnote series, JAY opens up on the trials and tribulations of his father, Adnis Reeves and making amends with him shortly before his death. The clip also features commentary from others discussing their personal experiences. Watch the “Adnis” video here.

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Watch JAY-Z’s ‘Footnotes of ‘Adnis”

Last week, JAY-Z dropped the long-awaited video for “Adnis,” a bonus cut from 4:44. Now, the Roc Nation boss unveils “Footnotes of ‘Adnis,’” the fifth episode of an ongoing TIDAL-exclusive series, which features interviews and anecdotes from various men.

Hov kicks off this chapter of “Footnotes” by sharing how his perspective of his father, Adnis Reeves—who the song was inspired by—changed after he reflected on his dad’s life story. “When you look at it through that scope, through that lens, you don’t look at it in such a harsh view,” he said. “You look at it like, ‘Man, life fucked you up. I’m sorry that happened to you. I wish you would have told me. I wish you could have said something to me. I could have helped you.”

After explaining the trials and tribulations that his father went through, JAY-Z went on to reveal that their final reunion came just a month before his dad’s death.

Elsewhere in the “Footnotes” episode, Chris Rock, Mahershala Ali, Bill Burr, Mack Wilds, DJ Khaled, and Kevin Hart share stories about their fathers. Meanwhile, Will Smith recalls an important lesson he learned from his daughter Willow, who shaved her head in order to end the “Whip My Hair Tour” early.

“Adnis” is one of three bonus songs on 4:44. Previously only available on the physical copy of the album, the tracks are now available on TIDAL.

Watch “Footnotes of ‘Adnis’” below.


Solange Joins Dave Chappelle’s Radio City Music Hall Residency

Solange is joining Dave Chappelle’s star-studded residency at Radio City Music Hall, which is scheduled to kick off this week in New York City.

Two new shows have just been added to a jam-packed month of performances. On one of those new dates (Aug. 22) will feature Solange as Dave’s special guest, performing songs from her critically-lauded album, A Seat at the Table.

Meanwhile, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, Colin Jost, and special guests have also been added to another new show on Aug. 12.

It’s shaping up to be a busy August for Chappelle, who kicks off his residency tomorrow with Lil Wayne and The Roots. After that, he will complete the week with assistance from Ice Cube, Common, Vince Staples, and Big Boi, all backed by the legendary Roots crew.

The rest of the month will continue with more star-studded dates at the famed New York venue. Special guests will include Chris Rock, Erykah Badu, Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Yasiin Bey, Talib Kweli, and more.

Chapelle’s residency is set to run through Aug. 24, when he will be joined by John Mayer and Lil Jon. The latter, who will perform a DJ set, was famously lampooned on the legendary sketch comedy program “Chappelle’s Show” while Mayer also appeared on the series.


Rae Sremmurd Readies New Single ‘Perplexing Pegasus’

Rae Sremmurd is about to soar with the release of “Perplexing Pegasus,” the lead single off their forthcoming third album SremmLife 3.

Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi have announced that the Mike WiLL Made-It-produced track will premiere on Friday (Aug. 4).

“We dropping #PerplexingPegasus this Friday,” tweeted the duo.

Fans have already heard previews of the forthcoming single, which features Swae Lee on the hook. “Jumped in a Pegasus,” he raps on the track. “All kinda reckless, the necklace / All kinda reckless, I flexed it.”

In 2015, Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi introduced fans to their sound on SremmLife. One year later, they released the sequel, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. So far, there is no release date for SremmLife 3.

Swae Lee teased SremmLife 3 and “Pegasus” earlier this month during an interview with Tim Westwood. “We got ‘Unforgettable’ going crazy and I got a whole album full of songs like that,” he said at the time. “Then, we got a whole SremmLife 3, the next project coming soon. We ’bout done with that mug already. ‘Bout to wrap it up …We might just throw out some turn-up songs. We got this song called ‘Pegasus.’ We might just throw that joint out. [It’s a] banger, produced by Mike WiLL Made-It.”


Video: LeToya Luckett – ‘In the Name’

After releasing two out of three chapters of her Back 2 Life mini movie series earlier this year, LeToya Luckett returns with the third and final installment, “In the Name.”

The 12-minute finale stars Thomas Q. Jones as LeToya’s leading man. Once again, he plays the role of her ex, who is trying to win her back while battling feelings for another former flame.

In this chapter, Luckett reiterates her feelings following a painful breakup. “You hurt me,” she tells Jones. “I don’t know what else to say. I put my all into us. I loved you with everything I had and I trusted you.”

Nevertheless, LeToya accepts his invitation to a ’90s-themed party, where their love is rekindled over laughter on the dance floor. In the end, Luckett winds up with Jones and the film closes with a final message: “Love Wins.”

Produced by Warryn Campbell, “In the Name” appears on LeToya’s album Back 2 Life, which arrived in May.

Next up, LeToya is set to join Mary J. Blige on select dates of her “Strength of a Woman Live” tour, including Detroit (Aug. 1), Atlanta (Aug. 8), and Los Angeles (Sept. 2).


Boosie Badazz’s Brother Allegedly Steals $360,000 From Rapper

Boosie Badazz’s brother was arrested and booked for identity theft and fraud charges after allegedly stealing $361,000 from the rapper’s Capital One bank account.

Earlier this month, the Baton Rouge rapper said that his driver’s license had been stolen two years ago and that his information was used to access his account. Although he didn’t reveal the alleged perpetrator’s name, TMZ reports that it was his brother, Taquari Hatch.

According to the latest report, Hatch made several wire transfers to different people, who then gave him cash. The largest transfer was reportedly for $80,000.

Hatch reportedly tipped off Capital One’s customer service when he mentioned having a wife. Since Boosie is not married, the fraud department started looking into the case, according to the report. Hatch was arrested last week and booked for identity theft and fraud.

However, Hatch has taken to social media to deny these allegations. “This shit sad,” he explained. “This shit fucked up. Bad things happen to good people. I was out the first day of what they accused me of. Everybody knows I’ve been getting impersonated…Boosie’s been getting impersonated. People running scams. They’re accusing me of wiring all of this money out of the account and then claiming that it was fraud. They arrested me because the phone that was used to do it is in my name. Why the fuck would I do all of this shit only off a phone that was in my name? I’ma get cleared of this shit real fast.”

Then, he went on to pose a question. “Ask yourself,” he said. “Why would y’all favorite artist send this to TMZ?”

In April, Boosie accused the police of stealing $1 million in jewelry. Shortly before that, he announced his forthcoming Tupac Shakur-inspired album BooPac.


Vic Mensa Freestyles Over Kendrick Lamar’s ‘HiiiPoWeR’

Fresh off the release of his debut album The Autobiography, Vic Mensa delivers a “HiiiPoWeR”-ed freestyle on “Sway in the Morning.”

Rhyming over the instrumental for Kendrick Lamar’s Section.80 closer, the Roc Nation MC kicked off his bars with Kung Fu Kenny-inspired lyrics.

“Visions of Malcolm X staring at me,” he rapped. “Out the window with the TEC, if it’s to protect my family / I stand over y’all, don’t mean you understand me / Sold grams hand-to-hand, I rap like I won a Grammy.”

Later, Vic gives a nod to K-Dot’s opening lines once again. “Visions of Huey Newton staring at me,” he raps. “I live my life behind these bars, I should be wearing khakis / I’m barely happy, my homie just caught a homicide / He tried to hang himself in a cell, he was traumatized.”

In 2011, Kendrick started two of his three “HiiiPoWeR” verses with “visions of Martin Luther staring at me” as part of the Section.80 closer. For his freestyle’s finale, Vic celebrated the J. Cole-produced song and plugged his LP.

“This always been a beat that I really, really fucked with,” he said. “Autobiography is out today / Like Frank Sinatra, did it my way / And never needed a verse from JAY-Z or Kanye.”

Featuring Weezer, The-Dream, Pharrell, Saul Williams, Pusha T, and Ty Dolla $ign, The Autobiography is out now. Recently, Mensa spoke with Rap-Up about the Malcolm X-inspired LP.

“It’s a human album,” he said. “It explores my humanity, mainly, and I leave that to the listener to make parallels to themselves. When I say that the album is my blood, sweat, and tears, and everything I’ve learned up to this point, it’s just because it literally is.”


A$AP Rocky Says A$AP Mob’s ‘Cozy Tapes Too’ Is Finished

The sequel to A$AP Mob’s Cozy Tapes is done, according to A$AP Rocky.

After teasing the album with two singles — “Wrong” with Rocky and A$AP Ferg and “RAF” with Frank Ocean, Lil Uzi Vert, Playboi Carti, and Quavo — Flacko says that Cozy Tapes Too is ready for release.


The project is the follow-up to last year’s Cozy Tapes, Vol. 1: Friends-, which was created in honor of the late A$AP Yams. It appears Vol. 2 was made with the same sentiment.

Released last year, Cozy Tapes, Vol. 1: Friends- featured appearances by Wiz Khalifa, Tyler, the Creator, Juicy J, Onyx, Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, and Skepta.

“It just features all of our friends and hip-hop associates and what-not, and people that Yams would have wanted,” said Rocky. “It’s an introduction to the new cozy wave. It’s really rap-punk meets alternative-underground.”

In support of the album, A$AP Rocky, Ferg, and the rest of the gang will hit the road on their “Too Cozy Tour,” which kicks off Sept. 23 in Lowell, Mass.