Meek Mill isn't backing down, especially when it comes to protecting his loved ones.
On Tuesday morning, the Championships rapper tweeted that an unidentified white man had spray painted "racial remarks" on his grandmother's home. Meek shared with fans that the perpetrator had spelled out the word "ACORN" in graffiti on the South Philly residence.
The term is reportedly hate speech associated with the white power and neo-Nazi movement.
"The crazy part is this was a[n] all black neighborhood 20 years ago," Meek tweeted in the wake of the ordeal. "It was gentrified and now this! Just don’t let us catch you coward!"
A few hours later, the "What's Free" rapper shared footage of the vandal in the act and issued a warning.
"The funny part is we just bought this house...after it's remodeled more blacks coming soon," he said.
According to TMZ, the Philadelphia police have taken an official report and are now investigating the incident, which occurred on Monday night.
WireImage/Dave SimpsonJhene Aiko's latest effort, "Wasted Love Freestyle 2018," may provide some answers regarding her questionable relationship status with Big Sean.
Monday night, the Trip singer debuted the SoundCloud loosie on Twitter, accompanied by the caption “tis the season,” followed by a series of broken heart and vomiting emojis.
Over the dialed-down production, Aiko reflects on a former romance. which has led many fans to believe she is alluding to a breakup. “You became my life, I never realized," she sings. “You were my life. Without you by my side that just don’t feel right.”
The arrival of the mellow single follows news of Aiko covering up a tattoo of Big Sean's face with a large colorful depiction of a dragon last month. Aiko's new ink immediately triggered rumors that the formerly loved-up couple was on the outs.
If Aiko's freestyle is indeed about her relationship with Big Sean, it'll be the second song of 2018 inspired by the rapper. Ariana Grande's #1 hit "thank u, next" refers to their relationship, with Ari singing, "Thought I'd end up with Sean/But he wasn't a match."
ABC/Image Group LA As if Offset's publiccampaign to win back his estranged wife Cardi B wasn't enough, now the rapper's alleged father has jumped on the #TakeOffsetBack train.
On Monday night, a man by the name of Tony Cephus shared how the couple's unraveling drama has allegedly torn his family apart in a loaded Facebook post. It's not clear if Mr. Cephus is actually Offset's dad, whose birth name is Kiari Kendrell Cephus.
Multiple screenshots of the lengthy rant find Cephus blasting Cardi B for using social media to broadcast her breakup with his alleged son.
“Right now, my family is going through a tumultuous time,” Cephus began the tirade. “What you see in the media is only the tip of the iceberg. Social media is a powerful tool, but certainly no place for family situations; however, our youth, specifically my son’s wife doesn’t understand that."
Cephus added, "She seems to want to take everything to social media without regard to the devastation it has on others, past present and future or specifically what it does to the other children.”
While Offset's alleged dad admitted that the rapper "has done his share of dirt," he continued to take jabs at Cardi B. According to Cephus, the Grammy-nominated rapper is "a hot headed female that thrives off of social media attention." He also claimed Cardi released the first photo of daughter Kultureon Instagram “out of spite.”
Cephus further revealed that he decided to go public with this information in order for people to “get a glimpse” of his life.
“My whole family is in an uproar right now and I can’t fix it,” he wrote. “I would not wish this on anyone. I would give anything to go back to simply being a school teacher and coach.”
She writes, "After settling in at home from a beautiful trip to South Africa and India, I am still in awe that 7.1 BILLION dollars was raised to aid Global Citizen in its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty...the money raised will help improve education, healthcare, sanitation, women’s rights, and countless other causes for millions across the globe."
The singer continued, "I felt so much positivity and pride in the audience at Global Citizen: Mandela 100. Madiba, Johannesburg, and all of my African sisters and brothers, we hope we made you as proud as you all make us. South Africa was an extraordinary trip for me and my family."
Bey then went on to share a series of photos that highlighted her stylish steez during her trip, writing“Thank you to the talented African designers who kept me feeling fresh. Y’all go so hard.”
David LaChapelle Travis Scott has expanded his Astroworld: Wish You Were Heretour. The new leg of the trek, which gets underway January 25, in Vancouver, concludes March 24 in Charlotte.
Travis shared the news with fans, via Instagram, on Monday afternoon. "LEG 2," the "Sicko Mode" rapper captioned a promotional photo, along with ticket purchase information.
Beginning today, American Express card holders can purchase tickets to the show; the sale for the general public goes live on Dec. 20 via Ticketmaster.
Additionally, fans who have previously purchased tour merch will receive an exclusive code via email granting them access to the second leg's wide range of t-shirts, hoodies and more.
Here are the tour dates:
1/25 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena 1/27 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center 1/29 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome 2/4 -- San Diego, CA, Pechanga Arena San Diego 2/6 -- Las Vegas, NV, T-Mobile Arena 2/8 -- Los Angeles,CA, The Forum 2/11 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center 2/13 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center 2/17 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 2/18 -- St. Louis, MO, Enterprise Center 2/20 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse 2/21 -- Chicago, IL, United Center 2/22 -- Milwaukee, WI, Fiserv Forum 2/24 -- Columbus, OH, chottenstein Center 2/26 -- State College, PA, Bryce Jordan Center 2/28 - Buffalo, NY, KeyBank Center 3/2 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden 3/3 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center 3/5 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre 3/7 -- Toronto, ON, Scotiabank Arena 3/9 -- Hartford, CT, XL Center 3/12 - Washington, DC, Capital One Arena 3/14 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 3/15 -- Orlando, FL, Amway Center 3/17 -- Tampa, FL, Amalie Arena 3/20 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 3/22 - Atlanta, GA, State Farm Arena 3/24 -- Charlotte, NC,, Spectrum Center
ABC/Rick Rowell The muddled debate over the reigning "king of R&B" has apparently reached Bobby Brown's radar.
Spawned nearly two weeks ago by Georgia crooner Jacquees, the conversation continues to pick up steam with a word from the original "bad boy" of the genre. On Monday night, TMZcaught up with Brown outside of a Los Angeles eatery to hear his opinion on the Cash Money signee's bold proclamation.
"They want the title, they gotta battle me," the "Don't Be Cruel" singer began. When asked if he was still the king of R&B, he responded matter-of-factly, "That's where it was said."
Brown continued: "To me it's like... you want the title, battle me. Live on stage. Me versus anybody. It doesn't matter who it is."
While the R&B vet didn't hesitate to shoot down Jacquees' claim, Bobby also made sure to highlight a few notable acts, including Chris Brown and Usher.
"Chris Brown's a bad boy. Usher's a bad boy," Brown said. "I think, if anybody deserves the title it would be one of them."
"I turned 50. So, I need to relinquish the title anyway," he added. "I'd give it to Usher. That's like my son. He's that good."
Diddy, Tank and Keith Sweat have also spoken on the matter, in addition to the fans across the nation who have shared their opinions via social media.
Decked out in a yellow suit and transparent top, Cardi admitted getting her shot wasn't easy. "At first people didn't wanna play music on the damn radio," she vented. "A lot of these deejays was sleeping on me, you know what I'm saying? So I had to keep on making music until I find the right one that's gonna make them catch the eyes on me."
"Because you know I'm funny...I'm saying some people just think everything is a joke and it's like 'hee-hee-hee-hee.' Yeah, but I'm not laughing today. I want you to take this serious. But they wasn't. They were frontin' on the kid, yerrr?"
Cardi also explained she finds driving scary, but that doesn't stop her from owning some of the finest cars in the world, which she says are mostly for her to pose in. Corden gave her a driving lesson that didn't go well at all, until he got back behind the wheel and tried to expose a new audience to her music: an exercise class at a Los Angeles senior center.
There, the pair performed "I Like It Like That" for an elderly crowd that was particularly enthusiastic -- especially an older man named Gunter who asked the newly single star if she's looking "for a significant other."
Prince Williams/WireImageThe Lifetime docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly, was unveiled on Monday night during a private screening at A&E's New York City headquarters.
In a lofty conference room, in Midtown Manhattan, the first two episodes of the six-part series were put on display as activists and members of the press took on the jarring details of R. Kelly's controversial persona.
Filmed in the style of a timeline documentary, the first episode begins by exploring Kelly's childhood in his native Chicago during the 1970s. It is here that viewers gain a sense of what may have ultimately driven the "Bump n' Grind" singer to prey on young women. The following episode then dives into the singer's legal troubles, beginning with his highly-publicized child pornography case in 2008.
Shortly after the screening, director Dream Hampton expounded on how she developed the first two episodes of the series. "We got a chance over six episodes to do a lot of different things," she began. "I knew it was important to establish who he is, in terms of his personal life."
She continued, "Those [first] two episodes were very challenging for me. Watching some of these links has been devastating. It's been a really dark time."
As previously reported, Surviving R. Kelly features in-depth interviews with over 50 people including John Legend, Wendy Williams, Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Kelly, former girlfriend Kitti Jones, singer Sparkle and Kelly’s brothers Carey and Bruce Kelly.
The three-night event premieres January 3, 2019 at 9 p.m on Lifetime. It will continue on January 4, and conclude on January 5.
Miller MobleyMeek Mill has never been one hold to back, especially when it comes to speaking his truth.
On Sunday afternoon, the Championships rapper threw open the Twitter gates with an #AskMeekquestion-and-answer session which didn't leave much to the imagination. A fan initiated the open forum by asking Meek about his ex-girlfriend Nicki Minaj and her new beau Kenneth Petty. The Philly native, however, didn't appear too fazed by the controversial romance.
"I don’t feel nothing ... and I don’t know that man to judge him ... I went to check him out on her page and found out I was blocked," Meek wrote in response to the fan.
Furthermore, the Maybach Music signee offered a bit of insight into the difficulties of his year-long prison stay. He revealed that worst part was "not being able to go home of course," but added, "that cold metal toilet...I’m picky about my toilets...and I was sad it was a toilet 3 feet away from my bed."
Meek also alluded to more explicit topics. He admitted, "When you get old you start getting freakier it’s a fact."
ABC/Image Group LAIt was the apology seen around the world, but now fans are raising questions as to the legitimacy of Offset's campaign to win back Cardi B.
As previously reported, during Cardi's set at the Rolling Loud festival on Saturday night, the Migos front man ambushed her and begged for her forgiveness. But some fans are now questioning whether the gesture -- complete with dozens of roses -- was simply a publicity stunt.
As proof, they point to the actions of Cardi's publicist Patientce Foster. In footage captured backstage at the festival, Foster is seen leading Offset onstage during Cardi's set.
On Sunday night, however, Cardi made it very clear where she stands with Patientce. According to Cardi, her publicist has played a vital role, not only in her life but also in the lives of her estranged husband and daughter Kulture.
"Y'all expect me to be okay with y'all dragging her because y'all don't agree with some s***?" she said during an Instagram live video.
Cardi continued, "She was trying to help a man that was telling her like, 'Yo, I love my wife. Please help me get my wife.' She told me what happened. I'm not gonna let y'all drag my b**** for that."
KDS EntertainmentJacquees is doubling down on his "king of R&B" pronouncement -- even if it means slighting veteran R&B crooner Keith Sweat in the process.
Saturday night, the Lost At Sea singer rubbed shoulders with Sweat backstage at a radio holiday show and things took a left turn rather quickly.
In footage captured by TMZ, of the awkward encounter, a camera man is seen approaching Sweat to hear his thoughts regarding Jacquees' recent comments. But before the "Nobody" singer can relay his answer, he's interrupted by a cry of surprise by someone in Jacquees’s camp, who alerts the Cash Money singer to the conversation that is taking place.
It doesn’t take long for Jacquees to rush to the camera and once more assert: “I’m the king.” He continues, “This the king from back then. I’m the king for right now. This Keith Sweat. Big Sweat. But, it’s 'Big Q.'”
As soon as Jacquees is done, however, Sweat supplies the cameraman with a rebuttal of his own: “I’m still getting that bag. I don’t know what he’s talking about.”
Before dashing away, Jacquees offers one comment, reiterating, "I’m the king." Sweat is left pondering what just took place, as his team advises TMZ to move along with their cameras.
But, it appears as though there were no hard feelings: Hours later, Jacquees shared a photo alongside Sweat via Instagram, along with the caption: "We got into it earlier, we family now."
FilmMagic for dcp via ABC/Jeff Kravitz/AMA2018When Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" was first released by in 1994, it wasn't eligible to appear on the Billboard Hot 100. Well, it's really making up for lost time now.
Mariah's holiday hit has just become the highest-charting Christmas song on the Hot 100 in 60 years, as it rises from number seven to number six. The last time a Christmas song ranked higher on the Hot 100 was in 1958, when "The Chipmunk Song" by David Seville hit #1.
As previously reported, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" wasn't eligible to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1994 because it wasn't commercially available as a single, and Billboard's rules back then prohibited any such song from charting on the Hot 100. Those rules eventually changed and now, every year since 2012, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has returned to the chart. Last year, it finally broke into the top 10.
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" is now also Mariah's highest-charting hit since 2008, when "Touch My Body" hit #1.
Finally, by reaching #6, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" has surpassed the ranking of two other modern-era holiday songs, which both reached number seven: 2000's "Auld Lang Syne" by Kenny G and 1990's "This One's for the Children," by New Kids on the Block.
ABC/Randy HolmesSnoop Dogg has seemingly had enough of Kanye West's Twitter antics.
In the wake of Ye's recent, lengthy tirade against Drake, as well as against Ariana Grande, Snoop shared his two cents on the matter in a video posted to his Instagram.
"Is y'all getting tired of Kanye West and these tweets? 'Cause I am," the veteran rapper said while Drake's "From Time" played in the background. "I see why n****, you and Donald Trump hangout. N****, y'all tweet like a mother******."
He continued, "I think that n**** need Dr. Phil or Maury ... You know what? That n**** need Jerry Springer."
Snoop further criticized 'Ye for addressing Drake over social media, even advising the Chi-town native to "get your a** off your phone [...] and go holla at that n**** in real life."
"Stop telling the whole f****** world what you're going through. We don't give a f***!," Snoop concluded.
Kanye has surprisingly remained relatively mum so far regarding Snoop's comments.
ABC/Image Group LA Offset is pulling out all the stops to win back Cardi B.
Saturday night, the Migos affiliate offered a very public olive branch to his wife -- by crashing her set during the Rolling Loud festival in Los Angeles.
In a fan-captured video, Cardi is seen preparing to perform when stagehands abruptly interrupt her set to roll out dozens of roses which spell out "Take Me Back Cardi." Shortly afterwards, Offset appears on stage to deliver an apology.
"I just want to tell you, I'm sorry bro in front of the world. I love you," Offset says into the microphone over the roaring crowd. "Whatever I gotta to do to show you. I will."
The audience was naturally split over how to take the overture, with a few fans booing while others pleaded with Cardi to "take Offset back."
Cardi, however, didn't appear to be too thrilled by the spectacle. Hours later, the "Money" chart-topper took to social media to address her fans and their attempts to defend her. And from the looks of it Cardi, has had enough of the criticism being spewed at her ex.
"Right, wrong, or indifferent, I don't want people to just keep doing f*** s***, saying f*** s***. Violating my baby father is not going to make me feel any better, because at the end of the day, that's still family," Cardi said in a video posted on Instagram.
Sunday morning, the aftermath continued with Offset offering up a response of his own.
"All of my wrongs have been made public," he tweeted, "I figure it’s only right that my apologies are made public too. A n**** was just trying .....thank god I ain’t got no balloons sheeesh."
Atlantic RecordsTank is among R&B's most revered voices.
Over the course of his extensive career, the "Maybe I Deserve" crooner has worked with the likes of Jamie Foxx,Keyshia Cole and the late Aaliyah. The formula to his longevity, however, doesn't necessarily come down to his songwriting ability but rather his business acumen.
In an introspective sit-down, with theLA Times, the seasoned producer expounded on how he's managed to remain a fixture in the landscape of R&B for over two decades. “As older artists, we have to understand the game has changed,” Tank told the publication. "Go to Spotify, see your streaming numbers, talk to your fans."
He added, "It’s important to understand different things you have to do to get yourself in a space where you can be a part of something that didn’t exist 20 years in the game."
In the age of the streaming era, Tank was admittedly frustrated by the lack of attention contemporary R&B artists were receiving on a mainstream level. And, in an effort to produce what he felt would appeal to today's generation, while also staying true to his unique sound, “When We" was spawned. Since it's release, last year, the record has topped the adult R&B charts and gone platinum. It has also amassed over 30 million streams on Spotify.
“I wish I could say I masterminded the whole thing, but that would be a lie,” Tank said of the career milestone. “Where we are today, people don’t have to be programmed by radio."
"The fact that people have more control over their listening habits -- they can search out music and make their own playlists -- it’s giving R&B a real shot again.”
KanyeWest's latest string of tweets roped in singer Ariana Grande on Saturday.
Early Saturday morning, the Kids See Ghosts lyricist shared a screenshot of a tweet penned by Grande in which she jokingly chided Kanye in the midst of his Twitter tirade against fellow rapper Drake.
The tweet, sent Thursday and now deleted, read, “Guys, I know there are grown men arguing online [sic] right now. But Miley and I [are] dropping our beautiful, new songs tonight. So, if y’all could please [sic] just behave for just like a few hours so the girls can shine that’d be so sick. Thank you.”
While most online users took the comment in stride, Kanye was clearly offended by the singer's sense of humor.
“I know Ariana said this to be cool and didn’t mean no harm but I don’t like even slightest level of slight commentary from someone I know loves and respects me,” Kanye captioned the screenshot.
"All of this foolishness weighed on my mental health...I got love for you but until you’re ready to really make sure everyone’s ok don’t use me or this moment to promote a song,” Ye added.
Hours after catching wind of Ye's tweets, however, Grande responded to the rapper on Twitter, “With all due respect, I don’t need to use anyone to promote anything. It was a joke which I understand now was probably insensitive."
She continued, "I apologize if I was in any way triggering and hope you feel well today.”
Following that exchange, Ariana's ex-fiance Pete Davidson praised Kanye on Twitter for speaking openly about mental illness. He then posted a note on Instagram that indicated that he might want to harm himself, and subsequently deleted his entire Instagram account.
That set off a series of events which ended with the NYPD performing a "wellness check" on Davidson at the SNL studios, Grande showing up there and offering Davidson her support, and apologizing again for her tweets.
Early Saturday morning, the Migos front man took to social media to plead with the "Money" rapper for forgiveness. "I want to apologize to you Cardi, you know I embarrassed you. I made you look crazy," Offset said in a video posted to Instagram.
"I was partaking in activity that I shouldn't been taking in and I apologize for breaking your heart, breaking our promise, breaking God's promise, and being a selfish messed up husband."
He continued, "I love you and Kulture. I want to spend Christmas with you. I wanna be able to spend the rest of my life with you."
Unfortunately for Set, his pleas have apparently fallen on deaf ears; he has yet to receive a public response from Cardi.
As previously reported, the Grammy-nominated artist broke off her relationship with Offset amid cheating rumors earlier this month. The Atlanta hitmaker, however, has been adamant in his attempt to mend their marriage.
ABC/Image Group LA Offset is the last of the three Migos expected to release his solo effort, but it appears that the rapper has failed to deliver. And, one fan theory points to his recent marital woes with Cardi B as the reason.
Early last month, the Atlanta lyricist shared a cryptic tweet which led many of his fans to believe that a new project was in store. "12-14-18," the tweet read leaving room for assumption. On Friday, however, there was no mention of any album via his social handles.
But, according to a handful of Offset fans his very public break-up with Cardi has distracted the "Walk It Talk It" artist from delivering new music. Early Friday morning, Twitter was filled with a hailstorm of reactions after the project was nowhere to be found.
"Offset been crying about Cardi so much he forgot to drop the damn album," one social media user tweeted.
As previously reported, Cardi announced her split from Offset on social media amid rumors of infidelity.
Juan NavarroJustwhen it was safe to assume the dust had settled, regarding the heated "king of R&B" debate, ToryLanez has now formally challenged Jacquees for the title.
The Toronto-bred lyricist apparently joined in on the conversation during a recent concert, telling Jacquees to reach out to him directly. "Man tell that n***a Jacquees to holla at me one time. Tell that n***a holla at me no autotune," Lanez tells the audience in a fan video captured from the performance.
While the "Talk To Me Nice" rapper has previously collaborated with the Cash Money Records signee, it appears his challenge is all in friendly competition. In the wake of his comments, which prompted responses from Trey Songz, Tyrese and Tank, Lanez even defended Jacquees via social media.
"The last time I saw Tyrese, the n***a was beefing with The Rock and he was putting out a rap album," Lanez commented during a recent Instagram Live session. "Now, you wanna come over here talking about some R&B to the young n***as."
As previously reported, Jacquees proclaimed himself to be the "king of R&B right now" on Monday which spawned the seemingly never-ending debate.