Exclusive: T-Pain Says Chris Brown’s ‘Heartbreak’ Is His Favorite Album of 2017

T-Pain hearts Chris Brown’s Heartbreak on a Full Moon.

During a recent visit to Rap-Up HQ, the Rappa Ternt Sanga didn’t have to think too long to explain why Breezy’s 45-song double album was his favorite of the year. “My favorite album of 2017 would probably be Heartbreak on a Full Moon,” he said. “For sure. Chris Brown, definitely, guaranteed.”

Brown’s prolific output helped make that decision easy for Pain. “There’s enough to pick from,” he explained. “You’re gonna like most of that album, but even if you don’t like most of the album, you’re gonna like an album’s worth of that album. There’s for sure 12 songs on there that you’ll like. You can’t go wrong. You cannot not like a big chunk of 45 songs. You’re gonna like an album’s worth of it so there’s no way to lose on that album. There’s no way to not like that album.”

Teddy and Breezy have close ties, including past collaborations like “Best Love Song,” “Bring It Back,” “Classic You,” and “Get Down.” In 2011, T-Pain also explained their bond during another interview with Rap-Up. “I think my relationship with Chris is better than anybody else,” he said. “I don’t think I chill or bond with any other artist like that.”

T-Pain has big plans for 2018. After releasing his final album on RCA with OBLiVION, the Thr33 Ringz ringmaster is excited for the new year. “2018, you can expect not a lot, not a ton of T-Pain, but a good amount,” he said. “More than you’ve seen lately. There’s a lot of things in the plans.”

Those plans include three tours and two more albums, including the long-awaited Stoicville: The Phoenix. “Stoicville is like a passion project for me,” he said. “I didn’t put out Stoicville because the label wouldn’t have treated it right.”

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Report: Drake to Perform at Snapchat’s $4 Million NYE Bash

Drake could be closing out the year with Snapchat. The 6 God has reportedly been tapped as a surprise performer at the tech giant’s lavish New Year’s Eve party in Los Angeles, according to TMZ.

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel has reportedly shut down major parts of L.A. Live for a reported $4 million, renting out several venues in Microsoft Square, including Microsoft Theater, Katsuya, Lucky Strike, Tom’s Urban, Conga Room, and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill.

Insiders claim that the event will be a global celebration of the company, with employees flying in from all over the world. Snapchat’s permit allows them to host 5,000 quests, have a 105-foot DJ tower, and feature pyrotechnics.

Drizzy has not yet been confirmed as the performer. “We’re excited to celebrate a transformative year as a team,” said the company. “Evan is personally sponsoring the night’s performance.”

Last year, Drake brought in the new year at Hakkasan in Las Vegas, where he toasted to his enemies and More Life.

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G.O.O.D. Music Teases New Year’s Eve Release

G.O.O.D. Music might be up to something. The label has sparked speculation over new material by updating its website and creating a new SoundCloud page.

The label’s website now has a clock running at the bottom of it, seemingly hinting at an upcoming release. Meanwhile, the verified SoundCloud account has many wondering if new music is on the horizon.

G.O.O.D. Music affiliates have been teasing Cruel Winter, a compilation project from the label’s artists, for quite some time. Last year, Yeezy dropped the highly-anticipated project’s presumed lead single, “Champions,” featuring Gucci Mane, Desiigner, Quavo, Travis Scott, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and Yo Gotti.

That same year, Travis Scott said that he would executive produce the effort, which he claimed boasted appearances from Kendrick Lamar and Kid Cudi. However, the project never came.

In May of this year, CyHi the Prynce told Rap-Up that Cruel Winter was slated for a Christmas release. “I think we can [expect it this year],” said CyHi. “Once my album comes out and it takes off, I can get [Travis Scott] back in there and we’ll finish it up. It could be this…maybe Christmas.” His debut album, No Dope on Sundays, dropped in November, but Christmas came and went without Cruel Winter.

By August, Kanye and Cudi were rumored to be working on a joint project in Japan. Director Coodie Simmons would later post a photo of himself, West, Cudder, and artist Takashi Murakami with the caption: “Coming Dec. 31st! #EVERYBODYWINS #GODisGREAT.” It’s unclear what release he was hinting towards, but many took that to mean that Cruel Winter or the alleged joint project between Cudi and Kanye would drop before 2018.

If G.O.O.D. Music does ring in the new year with new music, it wouldn’t be the first time. In 2014, Yeezy dropped “Only One” featuring Paul McCartney and in 2015, he unleashed “Facts.”

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SZA’s ‘The Weekend’ Tops R&B Songs Chart

SZA’s final weekend of 2017 ends with a celebration, as the Top Dawg Entertainment songstress earns her first No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B Songs chart with “The Weekend.”

It’s a historic win for the soulful songbird and for women in R&B. With this feat, she becomes the first woman to top the chart since Rihanna did it with “Needed Me” in October 2016.

Much of the song’s ascent comes from digital sales, according to Billboard. The rise arrives on the heels of her “Saturday Night Live” appearance, where she performed “The Weekend,” and it also climbs to the top just one week after SZA released the Solange-directed music video.

Initially, the song was simply an album cut off SZA’s acclaimed debut album Ctrl, but “The Weekend” became a runaway smash. It even went platinum without being released as an official single. “YO YALL TOOK A SONG THT WASNT A FUCKING SINGLE AND MADE IT PLATINUM!!!??” tweeted SZA. “AHH I LOVE U MORE THAN CHEESE! THANK U 4 THE BEST BDAY GIFT EVER.”

In November, SZA was nominated for five Grammys, including Best New Artist, Best R&B Performance (“The Weekend”), Best R&B Song (“Supermodel”), Best Urban Contemporary Album (Ctrl), and Best Rap/Sung Performance (“Love Galore” featuring Travis Scott).

Celebrating the Grammy nods and her career thus far, SZA beamed on Instagram. “This entire thing puts my wildest dreams to shame. I️ dunno what to say cause I️ dunno how to accept its even happening to me,” she wrote. “lol ? I’ve never won anything in my life even until this week (THANK YOU SOULTRAIN AWARDS!!) it all just feels strange somehow BUT IM SO OVERWHELMINGLY GRATEFUL FOR THIS STRANGENESS!!”

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Nas Claims Kelis Has Been ‘Hostile’ in Custody Battle

Nas and Kelis are at odds in their ongoing custody battle over their shared son Knight.

The Queens rapper claims that his former wife has been “hostile” and uncooperative when it comes to working out an amicable custody agreement over their 8-year-old, as per TMZ.

Legal documents indicate that Nasir Jones is requesting time with his son on the first, third, and fifth weekend of every month, from Friday after school through Monday morning. Up until now, he claims that the Kaleidoscope songstress has dictated the place, time, location, and duration of the visitations.

Nas and Kelis dated for two years before tying the knot in 2003. By 2010, they were officially divorced.

Before their divorce was finalized, the couple already started what would be a lengthy legal battle. In 2009, they argued over child support and spousal support.

Their separation also influenced much of Nas’ 2012 album, Life Is Good, which was inspired by the ill-fated public relationship.

Despite any of their legal battles, Nas has spoken highly of Kelis following their divorce. In 2012, he called her “an amazing woman.” “Shout out to Kelis,” he said. “That’s the mother of my child and she’s great and everything is good.”

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Tamar Braxton Addresses Vincent Herbert Spousal Assault Arrest

Tamar Braxton and Vincent Herbert’s divorce saga led to an arrest on Christmas Day.

Herbert was arrested for spousal assault over the holiday and released on $20,000 bail, according to TMZ. However, Braxton says the arrest stemmed from alcohol and jealousy and not physical abuse.

“While celebrating the Christmas holiday as a family, after a few drinks and some jealousy, things got a bit out of hand, which is common for most families during the holidays,” Tamar told the website, adding, “There was no physical interaction between Vince and I on Christmas. While I do not appreciate his lack of respect for our family and him allegedly impregnating another woman, I cannot paint him as a vicious abuser.”

Afterwards, Braxton posted a video of herself listening to Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable,” prompting viewers to think it was about Herbert, a theory she vehemently denied shortly afterwards. “That post was not for Vincent Herbert,” she said. “I still love Vincent Herbert. He’s my best friend. He’s my son’s father. I will always hold him down and I will always love him. What will be will be.”

Despite all of this, Braxton had some less than kind words for Herbert and the woman that is allegedly having his next child. “Vincent Herbert is Having a baby and his Whore decided to let me know about it tonight,” she wrote. “That stupid broke ass whore should check public records on Christmas before she goes through with it!! He called back (despite of his protection order) begging and lying…..like he’s hanging out with joe and Rocxi (from BET) oh yeah.. that’s creditable.. no shade.. however, before u judge me know the FACTS!! He’s a real piece of work!” Braxton ended the post by calling him a “liar.” “2018 is a FRESH start,” she wrote, “and if i can leave this liar u can leave yours too.”

Yikes this tea hunty! #TamarBraxton #VincentHerbert

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Tamar filed for divorce from Herbert in October following nine years of marriage. Less than one month later, her mother claimed that she feared Herbert would hurt her daughter.

Shortly afterwards, Braxton revealed the reason for the divorce. “I told myself I would do whatever it took to keep my family together,” she explained, “to see a smile on someone who has seen us smile on their face hoping we could offer them hope,faith,Love& dignity that I once possessed. But the truth is all of those things are NOT within the marriage of Tamar & Vince…at least not anymore.”

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Lil Wayne Announces ‘Dedication 6: Reloaded’ Mixtape

Okay, Weezy’s reloaded. On the heels of Dedication 6, Lil Wayne dropped a surprising remix of JAY-Z’s “Family Feud” with Drake. Now, it appears that song is part of a wider D6: Reloaded project that’s on the way.

“Ok I’m Reloaded,” Wayne wrote on Instagram, a nod to Hov’s classic Pain in Da Ass skit on the intro to “Brooklyn’s Finest” off Reasonable Doubt. Along with new Dedication 6: Reloaded artwork, Wayne’s caption hints at a New Year’s release. “Happy New Year,” he added.

HotNewHipHop reports that Trippie Redd may be on the new version of the mixtape, while Future and Juelz Santana are also projected to be on the Reloaded edition, according to LilWayneHQ.

Dedication 6 arrived on Christmas Day and included revamps of Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA.,” Lil Uzi Vert’s “XO TOUR Llif3,” and 21 Savage’s “Bank Account.” It also featured appearances by Nicki Minaj, Gudda Gudda, Euro, Cory Gunz, and HoodyBaby.

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