The new Hood Billionaire single finds Rozay collaborating with R. Kelly for a fresh combined sound on “Keep Doin That”. Look for the video to drop soon, well before the album hits in full on Black Friday, November 28th.
Chance made some noise this weekend, to say the least, as he closed down Lollapalooza as the hip hop headliner on Day 3, performing while the likes of Skrillex and Kings of Leon were in other areas of Grant Park. He brought out R. Kelly, Vic Mensa, and rocked a crowd said to be over 60,000 people. Now, you can relive or watch for the 1st time, Chance’s 75-minute set with his Social Experiment band. The familiar names are playing: Peter CottonTale, Donnie Trumpet, Lili K, and Eryn Allen Kane. Watch the Chance The Rapper Full Lollapalooza Set above and enjoy!
Chance brings out R. Kelly
Chicago loves its homecomings. And to help close out Day 3, Chance The Rapper took the Perry’s Stage one night after fellow Chicagoans closed out a day of the festival in Krewella. Chance dedicated his performance to Chicago and delivered by bringing out a surprise guest that loves the Chi as much as he does: none other than R. Kelly.
And wow, a surprise indeed as besides their hometown connection, there has never been any other public connection between one of Chicago’s finest stars with one of Chicago’s rising ones. Chance introduced the “Pied Piper of R&B”, who then followed with a three-song run of “The World’s Greatest,” “Bump N’ Grind”, and with everyone going hype, the “Ignition (Remix)”.
But that’s not all: Chance also brought out close homie Vic Mensa and performed his newest track “Wonderful Everyday #Arthur” that he released with Lollapalooza late in the week. Official video of the new track, plus “Chain Smoker”, found below.
Chance The Rapper “Wonderful Everyday #Arthur”
Chance The Rapper “Chain Smoker”
UPDATE: Official/CDQ is here.
J-Hud & Kellz?!
Yup, it’s happening. The Chi’s two biggest singers together is really all I need to say. On J-Hud’s new single too is a bonus, speaking to the push “It’s Your World” is about to get. Hudson premiered it on last night’s BET Awards and the single can be heard here:
R. Kelly guests with a verse and wrote the record with Hudson, with legendary house DJ Terry Hunter providing the uptempo beat. In fact, it has a modern, 80s mix feel to the song which is instantly appealing. This one was a great listen all the way through to the end when Kellz and J-Hud show off their range, belting and holding a note that is each equally impressive. No bad things to say about this one. Hopefully it hits the mainstream and contemporary audiences and is not held back by not being that “sound”, ya know?
A Dark Horse for album of the summer? Twista & Traxster have a jam-packed album ready for August 12th and today, the features are revealed to include R. Kelly, Wiz Khalifa, Chief Keef, Tech N9ne, and more. I’m looking forward to the Bulls references on “6 Rings” too.
1. The Dark Horse (feat. Tyme)
2. I Am Such a Mobsta
3. Devil’s Angel
5. Getting Paper (feat. Dra Day)
6. It’s Yours (feat. Tia London)
7. One More Joog
8. Crisis (feat. Tech N9ne)
9. Burnin (feat. Wiz Khalifa & Berner)
10. Want My Love (feat. DJ Victoriouz)
11. Nothing Like Me (feat. Gritz)
12. Me and You
13. 6 Rings
14. Throwin My Money (feat. R. Kelly)
16. No Friend of Me (feat. Chief Keef & Stunt Taylor)
17. Got Away
UPDATE: Just like that, Zendaya is reportedly out of the upcoming Aaliyah biopic. Soooo.. maybe this is a non-story for now…
Recently, it was announced that singer/actress Zendaya Coleman will play Aaliyah in a new, forthcoming Lifetime biopic. Today, more details surface that the biopic will detail the secret relationship between Aaliyah and R. Kelly. Maybe the young ones don’t know, but the two apparently got married when R. Kelly was 27 and Aaliyah only 15. Both Kellz and Aaliyah denied the marriage, but a marriage certificate falsely stating Aaliyah was 18 surfaced and made the marriage illegal, also annulled by her parents. So, looks like somebody’s gotta play Kellz, and that’ll definitely add some fun and intrigue to the biopic.
Via the New York Post:
“Aaliyah’s personal and professional relationship with R. Kelly will be explored with care in the film as we set out to depict her life with the utmost respect,” executive producer, Debra Martin Chase told The Post. “Above all else, it’s our hope to inspire an entirely new generation with her music and larger-than-life talent.”
The biopic is tentatively titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, based off the book Aaliyah: More Than a Woman. The biopic will show Aaliyah from 10 years old to her 2001 death in a plane crash at 22.
As we all know, Justin Bieber has been no stranger to Black people and Urban/Black music. With Usher as his mentor, collaborations with everyone from Mariah Carey to Future to R. Kelly to Chance the Rapper to Lil’ Wayne… the list goes on & on.
Recently, this footage leaked of a younger Bieber making a racist joke regarding Black people and chainsaws..
Similarly, today a new video has leaked of 14-year old Bieber singing a racially charged remix version of his song “One Less Lonely Girl” except this time, “Girl” has been replaced with “nigger.”
In response to the videos surfacing, Bieber has since issued an apology regarding the matter.
“As a kid, I didn’t understand the power of certain words and how they can hurt. I thought it was OK to repeat hurtful words and jokes but didn’t realize at the time that it wasn’t funny and that in fact my actions were continuing the ignorance. Thanks to friends and family, I learned from my mistakes and grew up and apologized for those wrongs. Now that these mistakes from the past have become public, I need to apologize again to all those I have offended. I’m very sorry. I take my friendships with people of all cultures very seriously, and I apologize for offending or hurting anyone with my childish and inexcusable mistake. I was a kid then, and I am a man now who knows my responsibility to the world and to not make that mistake again. Ignorance has no place in our society, and I hope the sharing of my faults can prevent others from making the same mistake in the future. I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say, but telling the truth is always what’s right. Five years ago I made a reckless and immature mistake, and I’m grateful to those close to me who helped me learn those lessons as a young man. Once again … I’m sorry.”
So the question at hand is do we prosecute Bieber for his extremely unacceptable behavior he displayed at a young age or do we forgive him and accept him as the man he is today? Though I don’t condone the use of racial slurs, especially ones pertaining to the African-American community, I do believe that people can change. Do I believe Bieber is a racist? Not at all. We have all said things that we probably regret or will regret at one time or another. It doesn’t excuse it, but it does show that none of us are angels. The only difference between the common person & Mr. Bieber is that he’s famous; We’re not.
He’s issued a seemingly genuine apology and from there, I think we should all move on from the topic.
And to Justin… be mindful of what you say when the cameras are rolling.