Everything We Know About Kanye West's Yeezy Season 5 Fashion Show
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Are you ready for Kanye West's newest fashion show?

The rapper-designer will be unveiling Yeezy Season 5 on Wednesday at 3 p.m. for Fashion Week, but details about the show have been shrouded in mystery. But during E! News' Grammys pre-show Sunday, Kris Jenner gave some tiny details to Ryan SeacrestBrad Goreski and Kristin Cavallari about what fans can expect from Kanye (especially in terms of celebrity appearances).

"There's been a rumor that he's not coming [to the Grammys] for various reasons, but the truth is he's got a big fashion show in New York because it's New York Fashion Week right now," Kris explained. "And my entire family is back there. Kim [Kardashian] and some of the kids—Khloe [Kardashian]— are on their way tomorrow. And Kendall [Jenner] and Kylie [Jenner] and a few others are there I can't even count anymore.

Kanye West, Blond Hair

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"Kanye's back in New York City preparing for his big fashion show this week," she continued. He's got a lot of work to do. He wishes he could be here."

Yeezy Season 4's show took place on Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park Roosevelt Island, a location far removed from Fashion Week's typical locales. Yeezy Season 3 debuted at Madison Square Garden. Yeezy Season 5's show tomorrow, however, will take place at Pier 59, a more traditional Fashion Week venue, indicating that it will probably be a more low-key affair than his Roosevelt Island show that sparked controversy when its casting call requested "multiracial women only."

Tomorrow will also be a big day in that it marks one of Kanye's first official public appearances since canceling his Saint Pablo Tour and entering the hospital for exhaustion. Although rumors started to swirl about his marriage to Kim, a source told E! News that they're doing just fine.

"They are working on getting stronger and more solid as a married couple," the source said. "This is an exciting time for Kanye and he is really looking forward to this presentation. The Kardashians will be there to support him, including his leading lady Kim. Kylie and Kendall will also be there."

Part of Kanye's preparations includes dyeing his hair platinum blond. He's been playing with his hair color since he was released from the hospital, first choosing a darker shade of blond in December and then opted for a more rainbow-style 'do. But come Wednesday, the "Famous" rapper could unveil something entirely different.

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The man behind Iconic hip hop photos
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Chi Modu: The Man Behind the Lens of Some of Hip-Hop’s Most Iconic Moments
By Amarachi Nwosu in Art & Design
Published in April 2017

For Nigerian-American photographer Chi Modu, imagery goes beyond showing a lifestyle; it is about telling a unique story that brings the viewer closer to his subject’s truth. From photographing legendary artist like Tupac, Biggie and Nas to traveling the world and documenting the daily life of people in Yemen and India, Chi has created a unique lane for himself with a body of work that puts him in legendary status with no questions asked.

His journey to maneuvering the hip-hop scene came after working at The Source as the photo director during the 90’s. Chi explained “I started with Source in 1990 when it was really starting to bubble up and get bigger. I went to the office on a tip that they were looking for people to work for them. When I got to the office, it was a really nice energy and buzz. For me, they were really doing something important for that time and I wanted in.”

Despite being a first generation American growing up in a Nigerian household, which is usually traditional in career choices, Chi took risks and created a path that was not common for people of his background. “I had a very American experience, but I was still raised in a Nigerian house. When I was younger, the pressure for first generation American kids with Nigerian parents was even more. There was no artist to look up to and show your parents as an example because these guys did not exist yet. It was really on us to break what our parents know.“

Between the early 90’s and late 80’s, hip-hop was still a very new genre to mainstream media. MTV was still heavily Rock based and it was very difficult for rappers to get play on primetime networks. This marked an era of DIY style that relied on passion and hard work. “People ask me all the time what is the difference between then and now. For me, things were a little more fun then because we were groundbreaking. Now the ground has been broken and you’re not really going to impress me with a fancy car or a private jet, because I have already seen it. Back then; even getting a Mercedes was a big deal. We appreciated it more because it was harder on the come up. The music is reflective of that too.”

This is also why Chi feels the landscape surrounding hip-hop affects how photographers capture artist. While Chi is known for shooting artist like Nas in his bedroom at the age of 17 in Queens bridge and Method Man getting his hair braided at his girlfriend’s house in Staten Island, not many photographers today are seen capturing artist in intimate settings. Chi explained “People are best in photographs when they are really true to who they are. These days, some artists are more about their brand than who they are. But, brands don’t live. People live. Even within your brand you have to let some of who you are out. Look at Tupac, he is vulnerability and strength. That’s why he stays. It can’t just be every picture at the after party tossing money and opening a bottle. That’s actually boring. You have to give more to keep your audience’s attention.”

Chi recognized the value of authenticity and visual collateral early in the game and saw a gap that needed to be filled. While he knew the importance of documenting the history of hip-hop, he didn’t realize just how impactful his images would be on the world stage. “It’s crazy because at the time we were perceived as the bad kids, so it is amazing to see hip-hop be able to impact the world and be apart of pop culture. And I travel and see it first hand, so that is definitely one of the more shocking things. Because when you work, you work in a bubble so you don’t really know how it’s affecting the world until you move.”

After decades of using his craft as a way to keep moments alive, Chi has traveled the world and reminds people of the importance of visual documentation. While we all recognize the people in front of the camera, it is important to understand that the people behind also play a key role in shaping the history that is remembered. “I knew that 20 years later, that is when my work would really matter to people. I knew that I could shoot it for a magazine but it would eventually become old and after old comes iconic.”

For more on Chi and his book Tupac Shakur Uncategorized make sure you visit his website.


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Snoop Dogg Preps New LP 'Neva Left'

Rapper pairs upcoming LP with cover art featuring classic 'Doggystyle'-era photo

Snoop Dogg has announced the impending arrival of the rapper's latest album 'Neva Left.' Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic


Snoop Dogg has announced the impending arrival of the rapper's latest album Neva Left.

"Throughout the years, I’ve had my hands in a lot of different projects, but music has always remained at my core. This album reflects every phase of me throughout my career," Snoop Dogg said in a statement. "I'm excited for ya'll to hear this new project that highlights the evolution of the Dogg."

The cover art for Neva Left, due out May 19th, features a classic photo of Doggystyle-era Snoop standing next to a sign for California's Route 187. The shot was photographed by Chi Modu.

Fans who preorder the 16-track album will receive an instant download of the rapper's "Mount Kushmore," the LP's first single featuring Redman, Method Man and Cypress Hill's B-Real.

It's unclear whether Neva Left will feature Snoop Dogg's recent singles "Promise You This" and "Lavender," which was paired with a controversial mock assassination video that drew the ire of Donald Trump as well as Marco Rubio.

Earlier this month, Snoop Dogg inducted his friend and collaborator Tupac Shakur into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with an emotional acceptance speech.

"When I sat down to gather my thoughts about my label mate, my homie and my brother – there's one thought that kept coming back to me. Tupac, the actual HUMAN BEING," the rapper said at the Brooklyn ceremony.

"And while many remember him now as some kind of thugged out super hero. Tupac knew he was only human. And he represented this through his music like no one before. It's a fact he never shied away from. He wore it like a badge of honor."


Nicki Minaj Vs. Remy Ma: Rap Queens' Beef History Explained
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Tags: battle beef rap queens hiphop winners loser lovers friends enemies rivals

nd Terror Squad MC Remy Ma viciously reignited a decade-long feud. The public beef that started in 2007 seemingly expired when Ma was incarcerated on multiple charges in 2008. Since Remy Ma's release in 2014, time has only soured feelings between the rappers, as evidenced by Remy Ma's "Shether," a diss track aimed at Minaj. Here's a cheat sheet on the rap queen battle: 

Nicki Minaj started the feud in 2007.

Nicki Minaj released the freestyle "Dirty Money" off her Playtime Is Over mixtape in 2007, which includes the line: "Tell that bitch with the crown to run it like Chris Brown" over a beat from Terror Squad's "Yeah Yeah Yeah." Minaj never confirmed the rumor that she was taking shots at Remy Ma, a Terror Squad MC. Remy Ma felt the line was a personal attack and confronted Minaj at a release party. 

Dating rumors did not help mend their friendship. 

On top of the lyrical drama, unfounded rumors began swirling in tabloids and gossip columns that Minaj and Remy Ma had been lovers. Both rappers denied that they had dated, though the lore became more intense when a video of a woman claiming to be Remy Ma's ex-girlfriend surfaced and she strongly resembled Minaj.

Remy Ma was in prison for six years while Minaj's career took off.

Ma served six years in Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, missing much of Minaj's rise. The feud remained dormant for that time, though the imprisoned MC addressed the mixtape party confrontation in an interview she did from jail. Upon her release, the rapper suggested the feud was over and congratulated Minaj on winning the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist Award at the BET Awards in 2016.

Remy Ma took shots at Minaj while restarting her rap career.

Since her release from jail, Ma freestyled over Minaj's "Truffle Butter" beat. She also imitated Minaj's "Monster" verse during a cypher. Remy Ma found real success without disparaging Minaj on the 2016 summer hit "All the Way Up" with Fat Joe. 

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The Story So Far Begin Recording New Album Tags: the story so far

Fans of the Story So Far— it’s time to get excited. Producer Sam Pura posted a photo on Instagram saying he’s in the studio with the band, working on album number four.

“Me and @thestorysofarca are going to be best friends with this console and studio for the next 4 weeks!!!” he says.

Pura, who has worked with the band on the last three records, explains that they are taking the recording up north, rather than at his California-based Panda Studios.

“It's the 4th record. It's time for a scenery and vibe change. We've made every record at Panda. It's our home and so close to home it's almost too convenient,” Pura says in reply to user @walker.atkinson_.

“So with this we have no distractions or commutes. Just fully immersed and committed to this for the next 4 weeks.”

He also tagged producer Garth "GGGarth" Richardson, Canada-based The Farm Studios and recording engineer Karl Dicaire, who are all likely having a part in the new record.

The Story So Far's self-titled was released back in 2015. Their debut record, Under Soil And Dirt, was released in 2011, and What You Don't See was released in 2013.

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Lil Yachty Claps Back At Joe Budden For Claiming He's "Not Hip Hop"

Lil Yachty went for Joe Budden after the OG expressed outrage over his "Teenage Emotions" album cover.

Lil Yachty's particular brand of music and style has often rubbed people the wrong way. Monday on Complex News, temper flared when Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks sat down to analyze Yachty's album cover for his debut Teenage Emotions. The "Pump It Up" rapper called Lil Yachty a "troll."

"I don't think that Yachty is hip-hop," Budden said. "I don't think that Yachty's label is hip-hop. When you're not hip-hop and you're trying to just troll or exploit, you get things like this album cover."

Budden then suggested that Yachty was gay or at least gay-friendly -- two men kiss on the cover on Teenage Emotions. He said the ATL rapper was ruining hip hop and "should not be accepted [...] in this culture." He also called Capitol Records "bum ass." Though DJ Akademiks was quick to dispel the notion that Yachty was gay, Budden persisted, saying he "looked a little fruity."

He claimed Yachty was catering to the gay market and added that the style worked well for Lil B a few years back when he put out I'm Gay.

Well, King Boat clapped right back at Budden on social media, referencing Lil B's harsh 2010 diss track "T-Shirts and Buddens." It prompted Budden to throw one more jab at the younger emcee.

Listen to Lil B - T Shirts and Buddens (Joe Budden Diss) by EverythingOnDeckBased #np on #SoundCloud

— lil boat kot* (@lilyachty) April 25, 2017
My Mood 🎶🎶🎶

— lil boat kot* (@lilyachty) April 25, 2017
Mood …. nigga lol

— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) April 25, 2017
That Lil B diss still hard all these years later tho lol

— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) April 25, 2017
On his podcast Tuesday, Budden apologized to Yachty fans, perhaps putting a quick end to the beef. For now.

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Jay Z Has Pulled His Catalog From Spotify
Category: Music Licensing

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Jay-Z attends 2017 Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch at Owlwood Estate on February 11, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for Roc Nation)

This weekend, Jay Z fans around the world found themselves in a bit of an odd situation when they went to listen to the media mogul online. The rapper has removed much of his catalog from Spotify, the world’s most popular streaming service, and so far, it’s not entirely clear why.

The hip-hop star has always had his extensive discography available for streaming on the platform, but this weekend, something changed, and now only a few items are left. Hit singles that feature the industry titan, such as his collaborations with Kanye West as The Throne and tracks fronted by other acts that feature Jay are still playable, but all of his solo studio albums have vanished. Fans can still listen to his joint albums, such as two he recorded with R. Kelly and a mashup EP he and Linkin Park released in the early aughts, but none of his own records are playable.

Interestingly, if the goal was to make fans miss his biggest singles, that might not wind up happening, as many of them are still playable, despite the fact that the albums they were initially released on are not. Jay’s 2010 compilation The Hits Collection Volume One, which features popular songs like “Run This Town,” “Encore,” “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” “99 Problems” and plenty of others that his most ardent supporters would likely miss the most, is still streamable.


This aversion to Spotify is new for Jay, who despite owning and operating a competitor, hasn;t focused on publicly fighting against the Swedish streaming giant. While the rapper’s camp hasn’t yet commented on the move, it appears that the hip-hop legend is trying to give his millions of fans another reason to at least check out his Tidal service, where his music is still available. The company has been struggling ever since it launched a few years back, as it has only managed to sign up about three million paying users, which pales in comparison to Spotify’s 50 million.

It is also possible that Jay is following in pop star Taylor Swift’s footsteps and that the removal of his content is his way of protesting the company’s free, ad-supported tier, which some big-name acts have complained about. Spotify recently revealed that it will begin windowing some new albums in the near future, only allowing paying subscribers to listen for the first two weeks, but for Jay Z, that might not be enough, and he may not want anybody listening to his creations for free. By pulling much of his music from Spotify, Jay could be telling the world that if they want to hear many of his chart-toppers, they are going to have to pay for that pleasure.



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Tags: Hip-Hop Rap
Chance the Rapper Plans 'Magnificent Coloring World 2' Event in Chicago



Ten months after Chance the Rapper took Chicago-area fans on a fantastic voyage into his Magnificent Coloring World, the rapper will host a second event this weekend at an undisclosed Windy City location.

Exploring Chance the Rapper's Magnificent Coloring World

'Coloring Book' rapper turns Chicago-area brewery into celebration of childhood

"I'm only sending invites to the folks who know all the words," Chance the Rapper tweeted Thursday of the event. "Check your emails tmw AM."

On Friday, Chicago-area fans began receiving emails from SoundCloud notifying them of their invitation to Magnificent Coloring World 2. The streaming service selected worthy fans by identifying "0.001% of Chance's listening fan base," since the rapper's Coloring World was a digital-only release.

No other details regarding Magnificent Coloring World 2 were revealed, although Chance the Rapper remarked on Twitter, "I'm praying that I could get just one person from @netflix to come to Chicago for the next two days."

In May 2016, a week after Chance dropped his Best Rap Album Grammy-winning Coloring Book, the rapper transformed Chicago's Goose Island Brewery into a Willy Wonka-esque carnival complete with an oversized chessboard, a test-your-strength hammer, Connect 4 and a football toss."

While Magnificent Coloring World presented fans with a bonanza for the senses, it didn't actually provide a Chance the Rapper performance as the event instead featured Coloring Book played over the brewery's sound system.




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