Faye WebsterD.R.A.M. latest single, "WiFi," which comes from his newly released debut album Big Baby D.R.A.M., is a slow jam that gives a whole new meaning the phrase "Netflix and chill."
The rapper sweetly croons on the track, asking a mystery woman, later introduced as Erykah Badu, if she has a WiFi connection. "Do you got Wifi? 'Cause I ain't got no signal on my phone, we in these hills and we all alone," D.R.A.M. asks at the beginning of the song.
Badu's response to D.R.A.M. in the song includes the lyrics, "Boy, I got WiFi. And my service is nice at that. And it comes at no price at that. Let me know where your iPhone at."
D.R.A.M.'s debut album, Big Baby D.R.A.M. is available to purchase and stream now.
Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesNever mind that it was Frank Ocean's label's fault it happened -- Kanye West says he's boycotting the Grammys because Ocean's latest projects, Blonde and the visual album, Endless, aren't eligible for consideration this year.
You might recall Ocean's label, for reasons not really made clear, missed the deadline to submit Ocean's albums for consideration this year. But it takes more than a silly detail like that to keep Kanye from sounding off. Fan-recorded video of his show Saturday night in Oakland, CA, captured Kanye coming to Ocean's defense.
“The album I listen to the most this year is Frank Ocean’s album,” Kanye declares. “If his album is not nominated in no categories, I’m not coming to the Grammys. As artists we gotta come together to fight the bull****.”
The Grammy nominee eligibility deadline was September 30, after Ocean's albums were released. The Grammy nominees will be revealed December 8.
Christian LantryLecrae's latest single and its lyric video, "Can't Stop Me Now (Destination)," tells an inspiring tale of standing up to depression and doubtful thinking.
"It wasn't intended to be a single. But when people put their ears to it, they said man, people need to hear this perspective. It's me being raw, real and as transparent as I can be," Lecrae explains to Billboard.
The deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Philando Castile and Tamir Rice, whose name is mentioned in the song, also inspired Lecrae to create it.
"These men and boys represented people who could be my family: nephews, cousins, brothers. So it grieved me deeply. I found that when I spoke about this, there was a large contingent of people with whom I may have shared similar beliefs in terms of faith. But they were completely on the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of sharing my grief for the loss of these lives," he continues.
"So they lashed out and accused me of being political. That drove me to a place of deep despair and depression."
Lecrae is set to hit the road for his headline trek, The Destination Tour, You're Accepted, this fall. For more information and to purchase tickets, you can visit the artist's website, lecrae.com/tour.
Here are the confirmed tour dates:
10/25 -- Columbia, SC, Music Farm 10/26 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz 10/28 -- Norfolk, VA, Norva 10/29 -- Silver Springs, MD, The Fillmore 10/30 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza 10/31 -- Philadelphia, PA, The Living Arts 11/2 -- Toronto, ON, Danforth Music Hall 11/3 -- Niagara Falls, NY, Rapids Theatre 11/4 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues 11/5 -- Detroit, MI, Majestic Theatre 11/7 -- Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection 11/8 -- Milwaukee, WI, The Rave II 11/9 -- Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue 11/10 -- Chicago, IL, Concord Music Hall 11/12 -- Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall 11/13 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogarts 11/15 -- Chattanooga, TN, Track 29 11/16 -- Asheville, NC, The Orange Peel
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Roc NationIn a recent video of Kanye West dissing Jay Z at Saint Pablo concert in Seattle, Ye explains that his verse on Drake's track "Pop Style" was limited due to industry politics.
Well, Drake had something to say in response -- with a flurry of emojis within a social media conversation, captured by Rhymes with Snitch.
"Jay a snake because he didn't want to be fully on a song bc another artist was beefing with a artist that's under his management company? and apple is the main competition to his company? Are you stupid?" wrote a commenter.
"I said what I said. Jay is a snake," wrote another, to which Drizzy replied with the emojis of two eyes, a wave, an apple, a cow and smiling poo.
Jay Z has yet to reply to Kanye's controversial statements.
Harmony Gerber/Getty ImagesDavid Blaine is returning to primetime television in an all-new special where he will blow the minds of rap superstar Drake, NBA champion Steph Curry and comedian Dave Chappelle among other celebrities with his street magic.
The new special, David Blaine: Beyond Magic, has been two years in the making and is a follow up to 2013's David Blaine: Real or Magic special in which the magician surprised celebrities with his signature brand of street magic.
Blaine is set to executive produce the project with Emmy Award-winner Matthew Akers as director.
David Blaine: Beyond Magic airs November 15 on ABC and will feature some of the most recognizable celebrities in the world including, Johnny Depp, John Travolta, Patrick Stewart, Emma Stone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Chelsea Lauren/WireImageIn the current midst of the controversy surrounding Azealia Banks and actor Russell Crowe, the rapper took the time to write an apology letter to former One Direction singer Zayn Malik, after calling Malik several derogatory names on Twitter earlier this year.
The letter, posted to Azealia's Facebook account, begins with the artist writing "There are no words that can fully express how sorry I am. Recent events have taught me the importance of taking accountability for one[']s actions. I want and need to say I am sorry, I was wrong."
"As a black woman, in America, I sometimes forget that there are words and comments that hurt other communities. at times, I am so consumed by my own struggle, and the struggle of my race, that I forget to consider the hardships other minorities continue to endure," Azealia continues.
"Zayn, I think you are enormously talented and 'Pillowtalk' is an incredible song. I wish you success, love and happiness in all your personal and professional endeavours. Throughout my transgressions you remained a gentleman and I applaud you for displaying class and maintaining a level head."
Prior to writing her letter to Zayn, Azealia revealed on Facebook that she intends to press charges against Russell Crowe, over claims that the actor assaulted her, spit on her and called her the n-word during an intimate party in his Beverly Hills hotel room last Sunday.
ABC/Fred LeeChance the Rapper's new music video for his inspirational single "How Great" is a stripped down, black-and-white one, filmed completely on an iPhone.
The visual features the artist, Chance's cousin Nicole, Jay Electronica, pop group Francis & the Lights and a gospel choir.
Before its debut, Chance tweeted that he was "stalling" on even releasing the video at all, writing, "It's so different from my other videos. idk if this is one of those videos everyone will love instantly lol."
Chance recently performed as one of the headlining acts at the Keep a Child Alive Black Ball fundraiser concert in New York City, hosted by Alicia Keys.
Jeff Vespa/WireImageTamar Braxton is once again sending cryptic messages to her frenemy Toya Wright, whose comments on their feud have gone viral.
Tamar's latest comment? "Some of ya'll work my damn nerves."
Wright, who addressed the rift between her and Braxton in her new book In My Own Words... My REALity, has accused Tamar of intentionally keeping her from appearing on The Real.
Tamar, who has yet to officially call out Toya by name, responded within hours of Toya's remarks hitting the net.
"Some of y’all work my damn nerves," Braxton shared on Instagram.
"I’m just trying to live my life drama and stress free. But I can understand how most of you don’t understand my JOY. God bless you all and may your dreams come true." She then deleted the comment, but it was captured by the Jasmine Brand.
Next, the singer posted and then deleted, "If you ever find yourself talking about me, make sure you finish off with ‘she doing her thing though!’"
Tamar's response on social media comes after Wright's explanation of her issues with Braxton. As Toya told ABC Radio, "I didn't go there to take her job [on The Real], I didn't go there to be disloyal, I didn't go there to be a backstabber or whatever, because my loyalty has never been questioned by real friends."
Courtesy of Songwriters Hall of FameMany of music's most celebrated songwriters have been nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, including some of rap, R&B and funk's best artists.
In the non-performing category, two of the nominees are Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and songwriting duo Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.
Babyface is known as a solo artist, but is being recognized for the hit songs he's written for others, including Toni Braxton's "Breathe Again" and "Another Sad Love Song," Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" and "I'll Make Love to You" and Whitney Houston's "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)."
Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis' songwriting talent gave the world smash hits like Janet Jackson's "Escapade" and "Control' andBoyz II Men's"On Bended Knee."
In the "Performing Artists" category, Shawn "Jay Z " Carter and Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Bell and George Brown of Kool & the Gang are nominatees.
Jay Z has been nominated for writing hit tracks such as "Empire State of Mind," "Crazy In Love," the lead single from his wife Beyoncé's 2003 debut solo album Dangerously in Love and "99 Problems."
Kool & the Gang received their nomination for writing "Get Down on It," "Celebration," "Fresh," "Joanna" and "Ladies Night."
The Songwriters Hall of Fame's Annual Induction & Awards Gala will be held June 15, 2017, in New York City. Members of the institution have until December 16 to submit their votes; the inductees then will be revealed at a later date.
To check out a full list of 2017 nominees and find out more about the event, visit SongHall.org.
Photo Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsD.R.A.M.'s debut album, Big Baby D.R.A.M., arrives at all digital and streaming retailers today.
The album, which features guest appearances from Young Thug, Erykah Badu and Lil Yachty, boasts the double platinum hit single "Broccoli" and popular tracks "Cash Machine" and "Cute."
D.R.A.M. is set to make his late night television debut to celebrate the release of his album on Conanon Tuesday, October 25.
The rapper also is gearing up for his Big Baby D.R.A.M. tour, which will kick off in Nashville on January 13.
Here is the track list for Big Baby D.R.A.M.:
"Get It Myself" "Misunderstood" featuring Young Thug "In a Minute/In House" "Monticello Ave" "WiFi" featuring Erykah Badu "Cash Machine" "Broccoli" featuring Lil Yachty "Cute" "Outta Sight/Dark Lavender Interlude" "Change My #" "Password" "100 %" "Sweet VA Breeze" "Workaholic" (Bonus)
According toThe Hollywood Reporter, Janet Jackson's 1986 hit single "Nasty" surged a surprising 250% in online streams, thanks to Wednesday's final televised presidential debate, during which Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a "nasty woman."
"Nasty" was Jackson's second single from her third studio album, Control, and is one of the superstar's most popular songs.
The song was also used in a recent video mashup via UPROXX, combining footage of Trump calling Clinton nasty during Wednesday's debate with Janet's iconic music video for the track.
NPG Records/Warner Bros. RecordsEver since Prince's death in April, fans have speculated about the future of the iconic singer's fabled vault of unreleased music. Well, it's coming soon...some of it, anyway.
Two albums, one due next month and one due next year, will mark the first recordings released since the singer's April 21 death.
November 22 will bring Prince 4Ever, featuring 40, count 'em, 40 of the Purple One's most beloved songs, from "When Doves Cry" and "Kiss," to "1999" and "Little Red Corvette," to "Sign o' the Times" and "Batdance."
Also included: "Moonbeam Levels," a previously-unreleased track originally recorded in 1982 during the 1999 sessions. It was later considered for inclusion another album that was never released. A 12-page booklet of never-before-seen Herb Ritts photos of Prince round out the package.
Early next year, a remastered and deluxe version of Purple Rain will arrive, and it's a project that Prince himself agreed to before his death. It'll come with a second disc of unreleased material, but details on that will be released later.
Here's the track listing for Prince 4Ever:
1. "1999 2. "Little Red Corvette" 3. "When Doves Cry" 4. "Let's Go Crazy" 5. "Raspberry Beret" 6. "I Wanna Be Your Lover" 7. "Soft and Wet" 8. "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad" 9. "Uptown" 10. "When You Were Mine" 11. "Head" 12. "Gotta Stop (Messin' About)" 13. "Controversy" 14. "Let's Work" 15. "Delirious" 16. "I Would Die 4 U" 17. "Take Me With U" 18. "Paisley Park" 19. "Pop Life" 20. "Purple Rain" 21. "Kiss" 22. "Sign 'O' The Times" 23. "Alphabet Street" 24. "Batdance" 25. "Thieves In The Temple" 26. "Cream" 27. "Mountains" 28. "Girls & Boys" 29. "If I Was Your Girlfriend" 30. "U Got The Look" 31. "I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man" 32. "Glam Slam" 33. "Moonbeam Levels" 34. "Diamonds and Pearls" 35. "Gett Off" 36. "Sexy MF" 37. "My Name Is Prince" 38. "7" 39. "Peach" 40. "Nothing Compares 2 U"
Marc Baptiste/Atlantic RecordsJanelle Monae just wants the American people to come together right now -- and believes that voting for Hillary Clinton would mark in big step in that direction, even if she isn't "perfect," says Billboard.
"Donald Trump is trying to build a wall. I'm trying to burn walls and build more bridges," she says.
"By not voting or not voting for Hillary, you're voting for Trump. Do I think she's perfect? No. But we didn't ask previous presidents to be perfect."
Monae, who has also previously marched in solidarity with protesters for the Black Lives Matter movement, hopes that her political pursuits might help to encourage others to stop judging and start doing.
"I'm tired of the constant judgement we have to deal with. I want to do all I can to bring us together," Monae says.
Rick Kern/WireImageIn light of Azealia Banks' claims against Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, RZA has finally broken his silence, responding to the controversy on Facebook Thursday.
"Normally I don't respond to negative social media attacks towards me. Yet in this case of Azealia Banks I'm compelled to respond. Firstly I only wish the best for her and any struggling artist in this complex industry," he begins.
RZA then writes about his first interactions with Azealia in detail, stating that he "wanted her win," "advised her to stay focus, leave social media and tabloids alone" and never signed a label deal with the rapper.
As for the alleged hotel room altercation between Banks and Crowe, RZA, who invited Azealia to Crowe's Beverly Hills hotel party last Sunday, reports that she insulted many of Crowe's guests, threatened "to cut a girl in the face with a glass," which Crowe blocked, and never heard the actor call Azealia the n-word.
"I'm not trying to protect Russell from anything he is a man of his own Caliber. My art, talent and success speaks for it self and Azealia's recent slander of me and self victimization reflects the personality of the person that was in that room that night," RZA further explains.
"I have a wife, daughters, sisters and females on my staff so I protect women everyday. I pray none of them ever behave the way I witnessed Azealia Banks behaved that night," he writes.
L-R: Frank Ocean, Katonya Breaux Riley; Rick Kern/WireImageFrank Ocean finally broke his almost three-year interview silence -- to talk about the sneakers he wore to the White House state dinner for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini.
In an video captured by the Frank Ocean Daily, an interviewer asks Ocean about his decision to wear black-and-white Vans to the exclusive affair, in which he answers, "First time doing it. Probably because my first time here."
After some more prodding into his unique fashion choice, Frank says, "You can't think. You just have to do things."
The performer also was asked what he was most looking forward to doing during the night.
"Asking Obama if he had fun these last eight years," Frank replied.
Frank also said that he never expected to land in the White House for such a prestigious occasion, and with a witty sense of humor, told reporters hanging on his every word, "I think that explains the Vans."
ABC/Randy HolmesKanye West dissed Jay Z during his Seattle, Washington concert Wednesday night, stating that there will never be a Watch the Throne 2 collaborative album from the two rappers.
"That the reason I wasn't on this song, I wasn't on the song 'cause of Hov. 'Cause of some TIDAL/Apple b*******. And that s*** be getting me tight every time I perform this m***********," Ye ranted onstage in a video captured by a fan when introducing some unidentified number.
It also appears that Ye's simmering beef with Jay runs deeper than music, as the recording artist also talked about Jay's lack of support since his wife, Kim Kardashian-West, was robbed in a Paris hotel earlier this month.
"Don't call me after the robbery, and say 'How you feelin?' You wanna know how I'm feelin'? Come by the house. Bring the kids by the house. Like we brothers. Let's sit down," Ye says in a video posted by another fan.
In yet another video West also explained the drama regarding why his verse on Drake's track "Pop Style" was limited.
"And he was like, 'Oh s*** the throne is on this s***.' Then Jay thought about it and out of respect forMeek Mill he ain't wanna be on the track. And I said 'Look, I call Drake, I call Meek, I call y'all, we gotta squash this s***, we gotta let people have this song."
"It went into some Tidal... some s***, some political s***, some s*** about percentages on songs. I can't take this s*** bro!," Kanye finally declared.
Jay Z has not yet commented on Kanye's recent concert tirade.
Image Group LA/ABCDonald Trump's new catchphrase, "bad hombres," apparently left Nicki Minaj in a fit of laughter.
The rapper wrote a lengthy Instagram note after Wednesday night's final presidential debate, saying "Yo I'm cryin. Like this man really said 'bad hombres' at a crucial debate while running for President of the USA!!!! And pronounced it as hambre like he hungry. Like I'm cracking up laughing so hard."
Nicki continued to compare Trump to Will Ferrell's character, Cam Brady, from the 2012 movie, The Campaign and then ends her message, stating that Michelle Obama should run for president in eight years.