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THE WORD | Toronto Rapters Rename Practice Facility After Drake’s OVO Brand

Toronto native Drake continued to show love for his hometown on Wednesday night as the Raptors' training facility was renamed after his record label OVO. What was formerly the BioSteel Centre in Toronto is now named the OVO Athletics Training Centre. Drake reportedly has a key to Toronto's practice facility, and he has a stall in the Raptors' locker room at Scotiabank Arena.

THE WORD | Meek Mill and Nipsey Hussle are planning to work on a joint album

In a talk with 92.3 Los Angeles, Nipsey Hussle said that he's already working on a new solo album to follow up his studio debut “Victory Lap” and that he plans to drop a joint record with Meek Mill this summer.

He mentioned that the Meek Mill collaboration should drop in time for the summer and that putting together the album is just a matter of finding the time.

"We've been cutting ideas and just getting in. We got a couple records that's going to go off for the summer," he said. "It's not hard at all we just got to lock in and get the records done."

It will be interesting to see how this plays out, a joint project with two artists who are in their prime. Nipsey fresh of the The Grammy nomination, and since being released from prison its seems as if Meek is on another level. Releasing a classic project such as Champions. Not sure on a release date, but just know summer 2019 is already lit! 

THE WORD | CHANCE THE HUSBAND!

Over the weekend, Chance The Rapper got married to his high school sweetheart. Fans knew he was getting married, but we didn’t know when. Earlier last week, Chance posted a a Twitter thread on how he met his wife, giving us a trip down memory lane and showing us why they are relationship goals. With their fellow friends and family, The Bennetts celebrated their wedding the right way.

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THE WORD | J LO AND A-ROD ARE ENGANGED

J Lo and A-Rod are engaged after dating for a little more than 2 years and announced it on Instagram with simultaneous posts Saturday night. They each shared a pic of him holding her hand while showing off her MASSIVE new rock. No word on any wedding plans yet, but if the engagement ring is an indicator ... no expense will be spared.

Congrats!


THE WORD | YBN ALMIGHTY JAY GETS ROBBED IN NEW YORK

YBN Almighty Jay was allegedly robbed Friday night by a group of New Yorkers.

A video that appears to show Jay getting jumped Friday night has surfaced online. In the clip, he's seen running away while the narrator curses him out and rants about an alleged incident that took place on an elevator. Later, the rapper is seen sitting on the ground as assailants attempt to kick him, rob him, and curse him out even further. “Is that the YBN n***a? Take his chain!” someone yells, at one point.

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Early that day a video surfaced, a fight between YBN Almighty Jay and rapper lil Tjay. Its not clear to what started this altercation, but we are praying for YBN ALMIGHTY JAY. Hopefully this situation doesn’t escalate further.

THE WORD | DJ Akademiks Breaks Down YNW Melly Murder Charge "I Blame The Influence Of Chicago Drill Music "

D Akademiks mentioned on the Everyday Struggle Show on COMPLEX,  that he believes Drill music, a hardcore style of music that originated in Chicago is playing a huge part in reckless behave by young Hiphop Artists such At YNW Melly, Tay K, Kodak Black and the youth around America.

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THE WORD | SoundCloud Now Lets You Distribute Your Music to Spotify, Apple Music

SoundCloud is getting into the music distribution . SoundCloud Premier program, announced thats is will allow SoundCloud Pro or Pro Unlimited users to distribute their music to other platforms that aren’t SoundCloud, including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, YouTube Music, and other streaming services.

Artists that use the new SoundCloud Premier distribution feature “keep 100% of their rights, keep 100% of their distribution royalties from third-party services, and pay no distribution fees,” according to a press release. Find more information here.


THE WORD | Drake’s So Far Gone: Now available on all streaming services

Drake’s 2009 mixtape so far gone, is now available on all streaming services in honor of it’s 10 year anniversary. The Grammy award-winning artist released the project on February 13, 2009 shortly before his debut to mainstream. The tape consisted of classics like “Brand New”, “Ignorant Sh*t” featuring Lil Wayne, and “Lust For Life” 

Although the mixtape was very popular and well received from both the public and industry at the time of its release the mixtape couldn’t be added to streaming services until now due to the use of multiple sampled tracks. 

THE WORD | 21 SAVAGE SAYS HE WAS "TARGETED BY ICE IN HIS GMA INTERVIEW

Rapper 21 Savage (real name She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph) was arrested by ICE on Super Bowl Sunday, during the arrest it was discovered that the rapper was not a United States legal citizen. His visa expired when he was 7 years ago . After 21 Savage was released on bond from ICE detention centers , he sat down for his first interview. During a brief conversation on Good Morning America, Savage admitted that he felt his arrest “was definitely targeted.”

“I don’t think the policy is broken. I feel like the way that they enforce the policy is broken,” Abraham-Joseph said.

He described what he witnessed during the arrest. “I was just driving and I just seen guns and blue lights. And then I was in the back of a car and I was gone.” According to Abraham-Joseph, the authorities didn’t reveal why he was being apprehended, “They didn’t say nothing. They just said, ‘We got Savage.'”

THE WORD | NEW R.KELLY SEX TAPE, ALLEGEDLY SHOWS HIM HAVING SEX

Prosecutors investigating R. Kelly are looking into a newly surfaced video featuring the R&B superstar, lawyer Michael Avenatti told CNN.

CNN has seen the VHS tape that appears to show Kelly having sex with a girl who refers to her body parts as 14 years old. Avenatti, who is representing a man he calls a whistleblower against Kelly, says he handed the tape to the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Chicago last weekend.

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THE WORD | LIL DURK REUNITED WITH HIS FATHER AFTER 25 YEARS

Lil Durk has finally been reunited with his father, who he calls Big Durk. Earlier this week (Feb. 12), the Chicago rapper tweeted that his pops Dontay Banks has been released from prison after he served nearly 25 years behind bars for selling crack-cocaine in Chicago back in the early 1990s.

Banks reportedly had up to $8 million dollars in his possession at the time of his arrest, and that money was seized from him and his associates by the FBI. In July 1994, The Chicago Tribune reported that Banks had been sentenced to life in prison. Banks served 22 years before he won his appeal. 

Durk kept his announcement about his father's release short and sweet, tweeting, "Big durk home !!!!💙"

THE WORD | DAME DASH APOLOGIZES TO JAY-Z, BIGGS AND JIM JONES

Most may know that Dame Dash , co-founder of Roc-A-Fella, and Jay-Z were business partners and really good friends. But what most people are unclear of, is how the two friends became foes. 

Well, after 15 years , Dame Dash decided to apologize to the rap mogul. Dame Dash also apologizes to Jim Jones and Kareem ‘Biggs’ Burke. 

THE WORD | Cardi B Becomes First Female Solo Artist To Win Best Rap Album At The Grammys

Cardi B made history Sunday night with the first Grammy win of her career. She took home Best Rap Album for Invasion of Privacy, the first time in Grammys history that a solo female artist has won the award. Cardi is only the second woman to receive the honor; Lauryn Hill took home the award as a member of The Fugees in 1997 for the group’s album The Score.

Taking the stage to accept her award, Cardi nervously joked, “Oh, the nerves are so bad. Maybe I need to start smoking weed.” On top of winning the Grammy, she shared light on her fellow nominee Mac Miller, who family went on record saying if he doesn’t win they’re rooting for Cardi B. she caption her post by saying “WE WON A FUCKIN GRAMMY”

The music industry and fans worldwide gave Cardi B so much love. Below see the love she got from the hiphop community:



THE WORD | Juice WRLD Announces Title & Release Date For New Album

Juice WRLD takes the crown for the biggest breakout year in 2018. The rapper already built a strong buzz on Soundcloud but after signing to Interscope records, he took over the rap game. "Lucid Dreams" was an inescapable hit, as was "All Girls Are The Same." Now, the rapper is gearing up to release his new project. He took to Twitter to announce the title and release date for the project.

A Deathrace For Love is Juice WRLD's official solo follow-up to Goodbye & Good Riddance, his major label debut. In 2018, he also teamed up with Future for their joint effort, WRLD On Drugs. The new project is set to drop in the middle of his tour with Nicki Minaj and Lil Xan. 

Chance The Rapper Is Hiring

Chicago's own  Chance the Rapper is looking for an intern. The Grammy-winner tweeted Monday afternoon he is hiring. No details on the day-to-day responsibilities or the pay range, but the experience could be priceless.

"More Life" gives Drake a well deserved break.

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Our weekend in music was given life with Drake's release of playlist "More Life." A compilation of various genres of rap and pop mixed into one extraordinary track list which features, Young Thug, Lil' Wayne, Quavo, PartyNextDoor, and more. 

The project- assumed to originally be released in December 2016- a 22 track collection of the Toronto raised artist in rarest form. It is one of the most international music based playlist released by a rapper in history. Vibes ranging from West Indies in his own Caribbean flare, a touch of UK, Giggs in No long Talk features, all mixed with Drake originality and the rap honoring trap wave, More Life is a diverse album contrasive to that of the old Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson crossovers. The most distinctive of each song is Drake's story and lyrical context in finding love, exonerating trust, and keeping his top spot in the music game. 

The drop of More Life led Drizzy ordained as the only artist with over 10 billion Spotify streams. A great notion given the praise from fans on social media.

The artist to succeed many evolutions in hip hop and pop genres, Drake has taken many tracks in More Life to deliver his feelings to his audience as truthful as over the past few years. Lyrically, we can tell Drake still deems no one trustworthy, has feelings for past exes, and wants to be the best to ever do it without bringing others down. He takes shots at Meek Mill going ghost in Free Smoke, "How you let the kid fightin' ghostwritin' rumors turn you to a ghost? Oh, you niggas got jokes." and what appears to be a Nicki Minaj reference in Ice Melts," Look, I want you to myself But I know you just left someone elseI know you did, he did a number on you.That must be why you move so icy." 

Drake is definitely an artist of his own genre as he has been for years reconciling from hip hop, a smooth R&B, and afro beats style, as he proclaims he can't be stopped, given last year's beef  with numerous artists from Pusha T, Kid Cudi, and of course Meek Mill. His views on the industry has become more hostile, not violent but defensive- understandable when you have a top spot you must defend the throne to carry a crown. The good thing Drake expresses in More Life, the industry won't tear him down, brought by Mama Graham in Can't have Everything as a voicemail recording inspiring him to aim high- referencing a famous Michelle Obama quote plays in closing "When others go low, We go high."

"You know, hon, I'm a bit concerned about this negative tone that I'm hearing in your voice these days. And I can appreciate where your uncertainty stems from, and you have reason to question your anxieties and how disillusioned you feel as well, feeling skeptical about who you believe you can trust. But that attitude will just hold you back in this life."- Sandi Graham

She assures her son of his inspiration to the world and how much she believes in the greatness that is Drake. This message could symbolize a new beginning for Drake, an ending of a chapter that started on top and ending in the same position with less associates, mature meanings, more enemies, and a head full of thoughts only to be released through his music for clarity. The Views author ended his "playlist" announcing his break away from the music world, no it's not the end for Drake, time off to get back to his old self may be just what the doctor ordered.

 “Take the summer off ’cause they tell me I need recovery. Maybe getting back to my regular life will humble me. I’ll be back 2018 and get you the summary.”