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Big Sean reveals details about his new album, 'Detroit 2'

Def Jam RecordingsAfter three years, Big Sean is finally ready to release his next album.

The Detroit rapper joined DJ Khaled on Instagram Live to share some details about Detroit 2, the long-awaited follow-up to 2017's I Decided

"It's pretty much done," Sean told Khaled, "I’m just putting final touches on it."

Khaled pushed for Sean to reveal more specific details about the album's featured guests. Without giving away too many details or even an album release date, Sean hinted at a J Dilla beat on the album.  He also revealed his industry friends -- such as J. ColeKendrick Lamar and Travis Scott -- have already previewed the cover art for the album, which he hopes is the equal to his 2012 mixtape, Detroit.

"I’m praying that this album touches people and we blessed enough to see success," Sean shared with Khaled. "My thing is, I want people to feel the vibration of it and rise to their success though, more so than anything."

Sean added, "The most satisfying thing is to see the people who you helped along the way change the world with you."

After Detroit 2's release, Sean has big plans to push harder for fellow Detroit artists, and to establish his own record label.

By Rachel George
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Beyoncé sends Megan Thee Stallion flowers to celebrate their Billboard #1 "Savage" remix

Emilio CoochieBeyoncé gifted Megan Thee Stallion with a congratulatory bouquet of flowers to celebrate the duo's hit, the "Savage remix," which topped Billboard Hot 100. 

The Houston hottie revealed the pink and white flowers bouquet of flowers she received from Queen Bee on her Instagram story, writing "Thank you, queen [Beyoncé].

The track marks Megan's first-ever Billboard Hot 100 record, and a seventh for Beyoncé.  Megan also revealed the single had hit number one on the Urban and Rhythmic Radio chart. 

"Hotties we are number 1 on the Hot 100 for the first time ever," Megan shared on Instagram. "We did it," she wrote, followed by four crying emojis and "Thank you, God." Megan also promises this won't be the last time she tops the charts.

Megan received tons of love in the comments from Lil Nas XLizzo, song producer J White Did ItMalibu MitchKash Doll, and more. Even Houston rapper Slim Thug chimed to say "Congrats boo."

"Savage" appeared on Megan's Suga EP earlier this year, peaking at number one on the Digital Song Sales chart.

Congrats Megan and Bey!

By Rachel George
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Diddy, Ashanti, Cardi B and more react to the death of the George Floyd: "Things have to change"

ABC/Lorenzo BevilaquaDiddy, Ashanti, Nas, and more celebrities have expressed their horror, outrage and anger on social media in connection with the death of George Floyd, the man who died shortly after being apprehended by Minnesota police on Monday.

Diddy shared a viral video of the incident on Instagram, which shows an officer kneeling on the neck of a handcuffed black man, later identified as Floyd, who pleads that he cannot breathe.  Diddy captioned it, "AMERICA THE WORLD IS WATCHING," adding the hashtags #GeorgeFloyd and #EnoughisEnough.

The video sparked protests in Minneapolis on Tuesday, as well as a national outcry.

Ashanti, in disbelief that the incident happened just one day after Memorial Day, when we celebrate our nation's heroes, shared a still shot from the video, and called the incident "a cold, inhumane, soulless, cowardly act."

Nas paid respect to Floyd, sharing a video of Floyd spitting some "real spill" and "words of wisdom," while advocating to reduce youth access to guns. 

Singer Letoya Luckett said she was still at a loss of words after her "13th attempt at writing a caption" on Instagram. 

Meanwhile, Jeezy took a more aggressive approach, describing the incident as "Modern-day slavery," and writing on Instagram, "They won't stop till we stop them."

Cardi B wrote on Instagram, "Enough is Enough!" while sharing a photo of Floyd.

"What will it take? A civil war? A new president? Violent riots? It's tired! I'm tired! The country is tired!" she added. "You don't put fear in people when you do this, you just show how coward you are and how America is not the land of the free!"

She then doubled down on Twitter, writing, "Not three, not five but almost 15 minutes of a cop['s] knee on a man's neck while handcuffed. It's so sickening. Things have to change."

Common's nonprofit organization Imagine Justice tweeted an image of a flag that read: "A man was lynched by police yesterday." 

The four police officers on the scene were fired by Minnesota police on Tuesday.

By Rachel George
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Tory Lanez and Meek Mill mourn the loss of their friend and late rapper, Houdini

ABC/Randy HolmesMay we offer prayers to Tory Lanez and Meek Mill, who are both mourning the loss of Toronto rapper Houdini.

According to Canada's CP24 News, a 21-year-old was fatally shot outside the Toronto Entertainment District on Tuesday.  The victim was later as identified as Houdini, whose birth name is Dimarjio Jenkins.

"I’m trying, and I can’t fight the tears from falling," Tory wrote on Instagram, reacting to the news.  "I can’t even find the words for a speech right now...all he wanted to do was live!  [This] don't even feel real. [They] really shot the young legend," he continued in another post. 

Meek Mill shared a photo of Houdini on Instagram, declaring he "Rocked with [the] young bull [and his] vibe as a person." 

According to CP24 News, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders believes Houdini was "targeted" in a drive-by shooting that also injured a teenage boy and an adult woman. All three victims were treated at a local hospital, where Houdini ultimately passed away. An unidentified suspect was also allegedly sitting in his car for 40 minutes, before a witness reported hearing between six and 10 gunshots before police arrived.

There have currently been no arrests made. 

Houdini just released his Hou Woulda Thought (Deluxe) album, featuring singles like "Pay for Love" and "Gary Coleman," following the project's initial release in 2019. 

Rest in Peace, Houdini.

By Rachel George
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'The Oval' stars Ed Quinn and Kron Moore explain why Tyler Perry is the key to their show's success

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Ed Quinn and Kron Moore serve as the President and First Lady on Tyler Perry's hit BET series The Oval.

The White House drama, which follows a dysfunctional First Family and the staff who tends to them, was an instant hit among viewers, becoming the number one scripted cable series in the key demo of ages 18-49.

Quinn tells ABC Audio the show's unbelievable success is a direct result of Perry's hard work.

"Most shows have so many people working on them and a lot of times fighting over them, that when you have someone like Tyler-- who's the writer, the creator, the director and the studio... you're gonna get the best chance to stay on the air," he says.  "And then Tyler's history. The fan base that he has built. The people that are so loyal to him."

Quinn says working with a man like Perry doesn't happen every day, so -- as the veteran of the group -- he tells other actors to not take the opportunity for granted.

"We have literally won the grand prize," Quinn says. 

"'Put your head down. Love what you do every day,'" he continues, recalling his advice. "You don't understand the politics that we're not gonna have to deal with and the opportunity we're gonna get because Tyler Perry's name is in the title.' It's a blessing in this business."

Moore agrees and adds that Perry's gift of creating unpredictable characters also helps to bring in viewers.

"I was a little bit trepidatious going into the character and not really knowing how she would be received," Moore reveals. "But now that I know people love Victoria, and all of her insanity... next season is going to be so crazy. So I'm looking forward to it." 

The Oval airs Wednesday nights.

By Candice Wiliams
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Lucky Daye celebrates the one year anniversary of 'Painted' with another "Roll Some Mo" remix

RCA RecordsIn honor of the one-year anniversary of his debut, Painted, Lucky Daye releases another remix to his Grammy-nominated single, "Roll Some Mo," following last year's remix with Ty Dolla $ign and Wale. 

The New Orleans singer took to Instagram to share the new remix of his 2018 hit while announcing new projects in the works. 

"Before I drop my next project(s), I want to celebrate the success of my Debut LP Painted," he wrote

Daye has cultivated his own funky sound that provides the perfect blend of New Orleans soul and 70's funk music with a modern take of R&B. His 2019 project, Painted, earned him a Grammy nomination for Best R&B album, including two nominations for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance, for "Roll Some Mo."

Though Lucky Daye is thankful for the love and support he's received thus far in his career, he's ready to accomplish so much more.

"Just to do that in one year, being able to touch so many people, I feel like we’re getting closer,” he told VIBE earlier this year. "It’s come back around, for sure, [but] there’s way more to accomplish."

He continues, "I plan on having at least eleven albums, and I feel satisfied, kind of, but this is the beginning."

"I just started, it’s the first day," Daye adds.

By Rachel George
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Future's 'High On Life' lands at #1 on Billboard while Jacob Latimore's 'C3' tops iTunes R&B charts

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Future’s High on Life has officially landed at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, marking his seventh number one album. 

"7 number 1 albums. Lucky Me," he wrote celebrating the news on Instagram. The album joins the list of Future’s fellow number one albums, including last year’s Future HNDRXX Presents: The WIZRDHNDRXX, a self-titled album in 2017, Evol and 2015’s What a Time to Be Alive and DS2.

Polo G fell into the number two spot with his debut The Goat, beating his previous effort, Die a Legend, which debuted at number six in 2019.

Meanwhile, Lil Baby’s My Turn climbed to the number three spot, ahead of Drake’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes and DaBaby's still-charting Blame it on Baby, which was released in April. 

In R&B news, Jacob Latimore celebrated his latest album, C3, which grabbed the top spot for R&B albums on iTunes. "Ladies & Gentlemen C3 is the #1 R&B Album In The World!" he wrote on Instagram. "Thank you all."

Latimore's compilation features his last three albums, Connection 1, Connection 2 and Connection 3.

By Rachel George
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Quavo reveals Lil Wayne inspired him to finish high school

Eric Lars Bakke / ESPN ImagesCongratulations to Quavo Huncho, who received his high school diploma last week.

The Migos rapper credits Lil Wayne for inspiring him to continue his education and graduate from Berkmar High School in Lilburn, Georgia.

During an interview on Lil Wayne’s Young Money Radio show, Quavo opened up about who inspired him to go back to school.

"I was doing stuff for the community and the school and everything. The school was always involved and just me being considered like a dropout, you’re not really an alumnus," Quavo said, sharing a clip from the interview on Instagram.

His response prompted Lil Wayne to share that he, too, had dropped out of high school at the age of 14 but eventually went back to obtain his diploma and go to college.

"You was most definitely one of my inspirations for going back to school," Quavo told Lil Wayne. 

"That’s love right there," Lil Wayne humbly responded, after realizing he inspired Quavo’s plans to follow in his footsteps. 

"He Went To College I’m Otw!" Quavo captioned the video. 

But that credit can also be shared with Quavo's girlfriend, Saweetie, who obtained her bachelor’s degree in business at the University of Southern California.

Checkout Quavo and Migos on "Need It" with YoungBoy Never Broke Again, the first official single from their upcoming album.

By Rachel George
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Tracee Ellis Ross discusses fulfilling her "childhood dream" in upcoming film, 'The High Note'

ABC/Bob D’AmicoTracee Ellis Ross makes her musical debut in her upcoming film, The High Note.

On Tuesday's Good Morning America, Ross said she's always loved singing, so when this project came around, it was a perfect fit.

"I mean, I was doing pretty good with the TV and the acting and all that, and then this role came along and that childhood dream that has been just been waiting in there to get out got to do her thing," Ross said.

The actress, who plays a superstar singer named Grace Davis in the film, said she was "in love" with the role.

"To... be able to sing live in front of an audience -- even though they weren't ticket holders, they were just background -- was just really thrilling for me," she shared. "I absolutely loved it. I love being in the studio too, so I have a new passion."

The new role was "worth the risk," she shared. The message of the film also resonates with Ross, who took a leap of faith by showing her musical talent.

"No matter the stage, the place in your life, it is never too late to go for your dreams, never too late to go after your passions," Ross said.

One critic that already approves of Ross' vocals is her mother, the legendary singer Diana Ross.

"She cried. She was like, 'Finally!'" Ross said on her mother's reaction to her taking on the musical role.

"I have an incredibly supportive mom who really allows her children to find their way, and I think she knows when there's things we really want to do but we haven't done them so she felt really -- she's just really supportive and really proud," Tracee said. "It's exciting."

The High Note is available for digital purchase on May 29.

By Haley FitzPatrick and Candice Williams
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Nicki Minaj teases new music with Major Lazer, Mr. Eazi and A$AP Ferg

Minaj: Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC ImagesWho's ready for more Nicki Minaj?

Fans are excited to hear new music from Nicki Minaj, especially after Major Lazer previewed a smashing collaboration between the two over the weekend.

The track serves as the follow up to "Yikes," and features the same dancehall-reggae influence as Major Lazer's 2017 collaboration with Nicki and PARTYNEXTDOOR, "Run Up."

Diplo previewed the song, which features reggae artist Mr. Eazi, during the group's Lazer Zoom party on Sunday. 

This preview comes weeks after music producer DJ Clue also previewed a snippet of an unreleased track with Nicki and A$AP Ferg. The two previously teamed up on the remix to Ferg's 2017 hit, "Plain Jane."

And that's not all. According to the rumor mill, following their previous "Fefe" collaboration, Nicki Minaj may also be featured on Tekashi 6ix9ine's next single, that's set to be released this Friday, May 29th.

By Rachel George
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SZA teases a new project with unreleased music from the last six years

RCA RecordsSZA is back to teasing fans about new music, with no release date.

On Monday, the TDE signee is planning a "music dump," which could be a compilation of unreleased music from the last six years.

"So like a music dump..similar to a photo dump but not an album," she tweeted Monday. [Does] this concept make sense to anyone? Has anyone ever done it? Asking for me.”

SZA revealed the music dump will feature "20 [songs] from over the course of the last six years."

The "Love Galore" singer is also letting fans pick the songs they want to hear, asking them on Twitter to share their favorite snippets for a "collective effort."

According to SZA, proceeds from the song will be donated to charity. "Definitely trying to sell it for charity…too many ppl hurting to make a dollar right now," she tweeted.

SZA was recently featured on Justin Timberlake's "The Other Side," from Trolls World Tour, and teamed up with The Weeknd and Travis Scott last year for "Power Is Power."

Her debut album, CTRL, earned five Grammy nominations and produced singles including "The Weekend," "Doves in the Wind," and Garden (Say It Like Dat).

By Rachel George
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Azealia Banks blasts Nicki Minaj, Doja Cat and Cardi B in a raunchy Instagram rant

Banks: Andrew Benge/Redferns via Getty ImagesAzealia Banks is at it again, reigniting old beefs and starting new ones with some of the hottest artists in the music industry.

On Monday, the Harlem rapper called out Nicki Minaj for her silence amid the #DojaCatIsOverParty controversy on social media, other than to celebrate the success of her collaboration with Doja Cat on the "Say So" remix.

In case you missed it, Twitter canceled Doja Cat after video footage of her engaging in racist chat rooms resurfaced online over the weekend. Hollywood Unlocked captured videos of the chat rooms that appear to show Doja, whose mother is white and father is black South African actor Dumisani Dlamini, using racial slurs.

Along with the video, fans also addressed Doha's controversial song, "Dindu Nuffin," which fans believe mocks police brutality and the death of Sandra Bland, an unarmed black woman who was found hanged in her cell while in police custody in Texas in 2015.

Though Doja Cat has since apologized and explained herself in a lengthy post on Instagram, Azealia Banks wants Nicki to tear her down on Queen Radio, just like she did Cardi B in 2018. 

"Another thing that I find funny is Nicki...for all the [damn] mouth you have for Cardi B for talking about black women, and now you quiet because you got your little number one with this white [girl]," Banks said.

"You shoulda got right on that Queen Radio, and you put [her] in the ground where she belongs."

Azealia adds, "Put [her] down in the South African emerald mine where she belongs."

By Rachel George
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Cardi B promises new music will be on the way "very, very soon"

Cardi: Nicholas Hunt/Getty ImagesNew music from Cardi B is on the way.

According to HipHopDX, the "Press" rapper joined Instagram Live over the Memorial Day weekend to let fans know to look out for her new single.

"My single is coming very, very soon, OK guys," Cardi said during the live on Saturday. "My single is coming when I lose weight. Never!"

Other than the single "Press," Cardi hasn’t released a full project since her triple-platinum album Invasion of Privacy, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Cardi's relatable coronavirus rant remix also landed in the top 20 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales chart in March.

Cardi B has been showing out during the quarantine, slaying in her colorful wigs and revealing an enormous back tattoo that was done in under 60 hours in 10 cities, according to her tattoo artist.

By Rachel George
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'Bruh''s Monti Washington explains why his "relatable" character of Bill hits close to home for viewers

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Monti Washington is helping to serve up the drama in the first season of Tyler Perry's BET  comedy Bruh.

In the male-centered series, Washington plays Bill, an architect and self-proclaimed ladies man who decides he wants his ex-girlfriend back after she gets engaged to a new man. Washington tells ABC Audio that his character is "definitely.. relatable."

"I think every man-- especially if you are in your 30s like I am-- has had that moment where you're like, 'Ugh, did I mess up? Did I let one get away?" And I think a lot of dudes can relate to that."

But it isn't just the men who identify with Bill, Washington says women have also expressed strong feelings about his problematic character.

"I know a lot of women, even at this moment going on Twitter and even on my DMs, [are] like, "Your character, I don't like him," he says. "Because a lot of women have gone through, 'I've given my heart to a man and he doesn't take care of it. And then once I get over him, he wants to come back into my life.'

"I think a lot of women can identify with that experience," he continues. "And so the women have kind of been getting on me."

However, Washington believes his character is more complex than that. The actor says Bill also has a "relatable" sensitive side.

"The way Bill is down for his bruhs, like we're there for each other," he says.. "I think... in a group of friends, there's always a few people who are willing to do more for their bruhs. And I think Bill kind of brings that." 

Bruh, also starring Mahdi Cocci, is now available on BET .

By Candice Williams
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Rihanna reflects on music career as "Pon de Replay" turns 15

ABC/Lou RoccoBoy, how time flies. Sunday night marked the 15-year-anniversary of Rihanna's debut single "Pon de Replay" and prompted the trending hashtag #15YearsOfRihanna.

The 32-year-old singer took a moment to join in on the social media celebration and thanked her fans, who are affectionately referred to as Navy, for honoring the song that started her music career. 

"Thank you for all the love on this hashtag today! Man this is trippy," she in an Instagram story. "Feels like just yesterday I was shaking in the hallways of Def Jam waiting to audition for Jay[-Z]."

She continued, "Pon de Replay is where it all began....15 years later and I'm here because God led me to you, and you guys have held me up, supported me, tolerated me, loved me, kept it too real with me, and we gon always be connected because of that!"

The Fenty Beauty creator added, "I love you Navy, and I cherish you. I'm so grateful to be gifted you as my fans and family."

"Pon De Replay" was released on May 24, 2005, and was the lead single off of Rihanna's debut studio album Music of the Sun. She has since gone on to release seven studio albums.

The singer has teased her highly-anticipated ninth album studio album, dubbed "R9," but has yet to announce a release date. 

By Danielle Long 
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Megan Thee Stallion and Chloe x Halle curate Spotify playlists for 2020 graduates

Courtesy of Megan Thee Stallion via SpotifyMegan Thee Stallion and Chloe x Halle joined Spotify to help students celebrate their milestone year with artist-curated playlists for the 2020 graduating class. 

The ladies, along with the Jonas BrothersLuke CombsRemi Wolf and Chelsea Cutler curated playlists around their music. 

Of her playlist, Megan says, "I’m excited to share my 'Class of Savages' playlist with this year's graduates, I know how hard my hotties worked to reach this milestone and now it's time to celebrate!"

Megan's "Class of Savages" playlist includes songs by Megan Thee Stallion, BeyoncéRoddy RicchChris BrownJuvenileUGKDaBabyDom Kennedy and more, including both remixes of "Savage."

Chloe x Halle takes us back a bit on their "Class of Ungodly" playlist featuring Jill ScottSoulja BoyFlorence  The MachineOutkast’s "Rosa Park," CeCe WinansAlicia Keys and, of course, their latest single, "Do It."

Look for Bill WithersBruno MarsBoyz II MenBazzi and more on the Jonas Brothers' playlist

Along with the playlists, Spotify Yearbook includes the #GraduateTogether playlist for the Class of 2020 commencement celebration, hosted by the Lebron James Family Foundation, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, and XQ Institute. 

By Rachel George
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Mariah Carey, Babyface, Robin Thicke and more honor legendary music executive Andre Harrell in a special tribute

Kris Connor/Getty ImagesBy RACHEL GEORGE, ABC News

Celebrities like Mariah CareyCharlamagne Tha God and more came together to virtually celebrate Andre Harrell during BET's A Tribute to Andre Harrell Sunday night.

The legendary music executive and founder of Uptown Records, who died May 7 at age 59, launched the careers of Mary J. BligeAl B. Sure, Heavy D & The BoyzMonifahThe Lost Boyz and more in the 1990s and is credited for the success of Sean "Diddy" Combs.

Pharrell Williams was among the first to speak during the special, thanking Andre for changing history through sound. 

"I would not be here as a musician if it were not for him recognizing what was in Teddy Riley, if it were not for him recognizing what was in Puff [Daddy]," Pharrell said.

"That was his talent," he added. "He could look at you and see how you would inspire the world."

Tyrese Gibson was next up revealing an upcoming movie role as singer Teddy Pendergrass -- a role he claims said Andre predicted he'd win an Oscar for.

The tribute also reminded viewers of Harrell's role in film production working on movies such as Chris Rock's Good HairHoney with Jessica Alba, and hit series New York Undercover, followed by a special appearance from Lee Daniels.

Naomi Campbell appeared expressing her gratitude for Andre and being able to experience "a very rare human being with the biggest heart."

Kathy Sledge also paid tribute singing Sister Sledge's "Thinking Of You," while Mariah Carey shared that she had been looking over old photos of them together, remembering Andre's "humor and uniqueness."

After singing Jodeci's "Talk to Me," Robin Thicke played a new song he was able to finish with Andre just one week before his passing. "So this is Andre [Harrell] approved with his final thoughts," he said before playing the track called, "Forever Mine."

Russell Simmons, Kimora Lee SimmonsQuincy Jones, and Maxine Waters were also on hand to share fond memories of Andre and send condolences to Andre's family. 

Babyface penned a special song to his dear friend before images of Diddy and Andre began appearing on the screen.

Harrell's son, Gianni, closed out the evening thanking fans and supporters for their love and prayers and celebrating those who contributed to his father's impactful legacy. 

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T-Pain declares "I am not a rapper," while Bryson Tiller supports his claim: "We’re just inspired by rap"

Leon Bennett/WireImageBy RACHEL GEORGE, ABC News

T-Pain and Bryson Tiller have sparked a major conversation on social media about being mislabeled as "rappers" in the music industry.

T-Pain is arguably one of the most influential musicians of the last 20 years, whether he’s singing, rapping, or using auto-tune. But he’s been able to shed the title "rapper," even with an album titled Rappa Ternt Sanga.

"I. AM. NOT. A. RAPPER,"  T-Pain proclaimed on Twitter. "Do people legit think 'I’m Sprung,' 'Stripper,' 'Buy U A Drank,' 'Bartender,' etc. are RAP songs?!"

"Some of them even have a rapper on [them]!! Do y’all for real think that’s me trying to rap? Have you heard rap?"

Bryson Tiller backed up T-Pain, sharing he’s dealt with the same challenge of being classified as something he’s not.

"We both deal with this bro," the TrapSoul artist responded on Twitter. "We’re just inspired by Rap music (as we should be because what’s life without rap music) but at the core, it’s R&B!! Rapper Turnt Sanga! Sanga Turnt Rapper! perspective."

Bryson made his imprint on the music industry with his 2015 number-one debut album, Trapsoul. He made us fall in love with tracks like "Exchange" and "Been That Way," and his breakout hit, "Don’t."

Check out Bryson's latest freestyle session on rapper Guapdad 4000's quarantine series, Rona Raps, and decide for yourself what he's all about.

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Mary J. Blige drops new single, "Can't Be Life," from her new film, 'Body Cam'


Mary J. Blige says this "Can't Be Life" on the new single featured on the soundtrack for her film Body Cam

Blige tapped a few of her longtime collaborators for the single, including Chucky ThompsonDenis RichBruce Miller, and songwriting vets such as Stacy BartheJimmy Cozier and Aaron Phillips

She believes the song serves as the perfect ending for the crime thriller, which speaks candidly to the current times. 

"And I was like, 'Wow, what a perfect song to end this with, because it can't be life," Mary tells ABC Audio. "This can't be life [when] our people being just killed and murdered... and we don't have a police system that can help us. ...So it's time to move to a higher vibration and try to do something different."

Blige stars in Body Cam as a police office who, after her partner's unexplained death, discovers police corruption in her department, while on a manhunt to find a supernatural killer.

The film also stars Nat Wolff and Anika Noni Rose, and is directed by Malik Vitthal, whose directorial debut, Imperial Dreams, won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

Body Cam is now available for digital purchase from Paramount Pictures..

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Teyana Taylor shares new videos for her singles "Made It" and "Bare Wit Me"


Teyana Taylor is on a roll, dropping two smashing videos from her upcoming album in 24 hours: "Made It and "Bare Wit Me." 

Last night, the crooning singer released "Made It," a dedication video to celebrate this year's graduating class who won’t have the opportunity to attend a formal commencement ceremony due to COVID-19. It's a feeling all too familiar for Taylor, who never had a formal graduation herself.

Teyana was already signed to a recording contract during her high school years, so she finished her studies via home schooling. Ultimately, she received her high school diploma inside of a local Starbucks. 

She praised the 2020 graduates on Instagram saying, "YOU MADE IT! Class of 2020 this is for you!"

Taylor also thanked the graduates who participated in the music video while wearing their cap and gowns.

"I truly appreciate you and [I’m] happy to celebrate YOU!!!," she wrote.

In addition, in preparation for her upcoming album titled THE ALBUM, Teyana let us know she will kill for love in the new gangster-themed video for "Bare With Me."

The visual features her husband Iman Shumpert as her love interest, whom she's seen shooting, and then smothering to death later on in a hospital.

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