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Drake, The Weeknd & Pop Smoke Biggest Winners At 2021 Billboard Music Awards

The Billboard Music Awards lived up to its hype and produced a magical show with some well-known artists walking away the big winners of the night. Even though the event featured some pre-recorded performances, the energy of the entertainment was not lost.

Drake took home the most coveted prize of them all when he was named Artist of the Decade. He and his 3-year-old son, Adonis, accepted the award together. He also became the most decorated Billboard Music Award winner ever as that trophy took him to 29 wins. Drake shared the moment with his family and friends at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with his son Adonis holding his hand.

“I wanna dedicate this award to my friends, to my longtime collaborators … to my beautiful family, and to you,” he said. It should come as little surprise that he claimed the title as the decade’s best considering his first song that made the Billboard Hot 100 chart came in 2009, and he’s largely dominated the charts since that time. He has the record for the most songs ever on the chart, with 232 entrees. Of those 232, 45 were Top 10 hits on the Hot 100 and 22 were No. 1s on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart. Drake was also named top streaming songs artist.

Fans knew they were in for a good show as DJ Khaled, H.E.R., and Migos came together to deliver an electrifying collaborative effort. Doja Cat and SZA also joined in on stage with their mega-hit “Kiss Me More,” even though it was to an empty hall. The biggest winner of the night was The Weeknd, who was present to accept his 10 awards. It must have been a great feeling for him, considering earlier this year, he was snubbed by the Grammys when he wasn’t nominated for any of the awards in his genre.

He also had the most nominations of the night with 16. He took home some big accolades like the top artist, top male artist, top Hot 100 song for “Blinding Lights” and the top R&B album for “After Hours” as well. He paid homage to his parents and fans for giving him the inspiration to carry on with his career.

“I wanna take this opportunity to thank you, my parents,” he said before adding, “I am the man I am today because of you. And thank you to my fans, of course. I do not take this for granted.”

Pop Smoke was also honored posthumously with five awards. The late rapper was recognized as the top new artist and top rap artist. His debut album “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon” claimed the top rap album and top Billboard 200 album. His mother, Audrey Jackson, was on hand to accept the awards.

“Thank you to the fans for honouring the life and spirit of my son, so much that he continues to manifest as if he was still here in flesh,” Jackson said.

The award show also dedicated a moment to another fallen rapper, the ever impactful DMX. DaBaby and Swizz Beatz dedicated a moment to the rappers that died recently. Swizz Beatz was very close with DMX and has kept working with his estate to ensure that his last album, Exodus, will be released later this month, May 28. Another winner on the night was Houston rapper and activist Trae Tha Truth who copped the Change Maker Award. Throughout his speech, he called for racial equality and ended his speech by adding: “We still gon’ need justice for Breonna Taylor.”

The Award show was also the platform used by Alicia Keys to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her breakout debut album “songs in A minor.” She treated viewers to some tracks from the album, including her monster hit “Fallin’.” She was introduced by former first lady Michelle Obama.

Pink, who has now become known for her glorious stage show performance, had her 9-year-old daughter join her on stage as they performed a gravity-defying set. Pink walked away with the Icon award.

“Willow, you nailed it. I love what I do and I love the people that I get to do it with, and we’re pretty good at what we do, but it wouldn’t matter if no one came to see us and play with us. So all you guys out there … thank you for coming out!” she said at the end of her performance.

Other big winners at the show included Bad Bunny and BTS, with won four awards each. The former rapper now turned rock singer Machine Gun Kelly won top rock artist and top rock album.

“I released my first mixtape 15 years ago and this is the first big stage I’ve ever been invited to accept an award on. To the box that society keeps trying to put me, you need stronger material because you can’t keep me in it,” he said.

Other notable artists like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, and Kanye West won honors, but they did not attend.

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Swizz Beatz Confirms DMX Posthumous “Exodus” Album Drops May 28

DMX posthumous album is coming May 28.

Hip-Hop fans were heartened to learn that before his unfortunate death on April 9, DMX had been putting the final touches on his highly anticipated eighth studio album. While many remained unsure about the status of the album, X’s team, along with Swizz Beatz, have confirmed that the rapper did finish it and announced earlier today, May 10, that the album will be dropped later this month.

The album titled Exodus, also the name of one of DMX‘s sons, is expected to drop on May 28. “5/28 EXODUS IS COMING [X] THE ALBUM,” Swizz posted on Instagram, alongside the album’s accompanying black-and-white cover art shot by Jonathan Mannion.

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In a press release about the upcoming album, Swizz showered praises on the fallen rapper making special mention of the number of lives that he touched during his lifetime.

“My brother X was one of the most pure and rare souls I’ve ever met,” he said. Swizz, who also executive produced the album, added: “He lived his life dedicated to his family and music. Most of all, he was generous with his giving and loved his fans beyond measure. This album, X couldn’t wait for his fans all around the world to hear and show just how much he valued each and every single person that has supported him unconditionally.”

DMX went back to the Def Jam label in 2019. The last time he recorded anything with them was over 17 years ago, in 2003, when he released Grand Champ. During an interview with Drink Champs earlier this year, he confirmed features with Griselda and the late Pop Smoke. Industry rumors indicate that some other features could include Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Usher, and Alicia Keys.

Over the weekend, it was revealed that his eight-year-old daughter, Sonovah Hillman Jr., might also land a spot or two on the album. She captured the hearts of many when she put her own spin on her father’s “Slippin’” at his celebration of life memorial.

Snoop Dogg also revealed while speaking on Hot 97 recently that in April, DMX chose to stay in Los Angeles following their summer 2020 Verzuz battle to finish the album.

“He actually did his whole album at my studio when we finished Verzuz,” he explained. “He never left, he stayed in L.A. and rented my studio out and did his whole album. I cooked for them, I laid it out for them. I made it feel like mi casa es su casa. That was the best moment, that he felt comfortable enough to do his album at my spot and he didn’t leave until it was done,” he added.

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Ashanti Gives Update On Her COVID-19 Diagnosis, Says Mom Out Of Hospital

Ashanti says she’s feeling much better after testing positive for Covid-19 and that her mother is out of the hospital and her dad, who also contracted the virus, is doing well.

Ashanti is updating fans on her progress after the artist tested positive for the coronavirus and had to cancel her Verzuz battle with Keyshia Cole until the New Year. In a post on Instagram, Ashanti thanked her fans. “I just wanted to thank you so much for all of your thoughts and prayers. I’ve gotten so many calls, texts, emails, and DMs checking in on me and my family and I’m super grateful for that.”

The 40-year-old singer and songwriter has been recovering at home as she rides out the viral infection. She added that she is feeling much better, and she’s also thankful for her mother, who was also sick with the virus, as well as her father. “Thanking God my mom is out of the hospital and my dad is doing well.”

She continued, “needless to say this will be a very different Christmas…but still filled with gratitude and love.”

Ashanti and Keisha Cole will face off on January 9, 2020, in what’s being touted as the best ladies night in music to come. The Verzuz series by Timbaland and Swizz Beatz will see the two artists going head to head as they deliver their discographies during a three-hour session online.

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Jeezy Explains How Recent Gun Violence Inspired Gucci Mane Truce

Jeezy says some recent gun violence involving rappers like King Von and Mo3 inspired his truce with Gucci Mane.

This year has been fraught with bad news for everyone, and the hip hop community, in particular, has endured a wave of violence that has inspired several old school artists to speak out with words of warning for the new generation of rappers. Fresh off of an amazing kickoff to the second season of Verzuz, Jeezy stopped by The Breakfast Club to talk about his own reaction to the recent string of murders in the rap industry and how these events inspired him to make peace with his long time enemy, Gucci Mane.

“I just had to make a decision,” Jeezy said, referring to his voluntary collaboration with Gucci for their Verzuz battle. “It’s going to be about what I see going on and how I can contribute and let people understand it’s bigger than us.”

Jeezy went on to specifically mention the recent murder of King Von during a shootout outside of an Atlanta nightclub, saying, “For all the things you see, that King Von thing really touched me. I know Durk well and it was surreal to get that call. Them kids. It ain’t gotta be that way. It was a lot of that.” He also mentioned the two most recent shootings to make the headlines, adding, “What happened to Mo3, what happened to Boosie. It was a crazy weekend.”

Jeezy and Gucci had a highly publicized beef involving the shooting death of Jeezy’s friend and an affiliate in the early 2000’s, but the two ATL icons decided to put the past behind them and focus on the music this week when they agreed to go head to head on Timbaland and Swizz Beatz’ quarantine-inspired platform, Verzuz. The battle had more than a couple of jabs, but ultimately the men ended on a peaceful note and showed the world that reconciliation is possible.

Snoop Dogg Urged Lil Wayne To Participate In A Verzuz Battle

Lil Wayne could be participating in a VERZUZ battle, if Snoop Dogg has his way.

While many artists have taken part in the match-ups arranged by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, Lil Wayne has yet to put his own beats to the test against a competitor. Numerous fans would love to see Tunechi step into the virtual ring, and it seems that Snoop Dogg is one of them. The “Drop It Like It’s Hot” rapper was a guest on Wayne’s Young Money Radio show on Beats 1 and asked when the Grammy Award winner planned to star in his own music battle. “You the young GOAT! You birthed the second generation of rappers; you deserve to be in the race,” Snoop said.

Considering that Lil Wayne has been making hits for almost thirty years, there is quite the collection that he could draw on if he agreed to a VERZUZ showdown. The 38-year-old has three songs that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, 24 singles in the top 10, and five Grammys under his belt.

Wayne did not dismiss Snoop’s suggestion — on the contrary, he joked that if he were invited to participate, Swizz would have to force him to stop spinning tracks. “If they start me, they ain’t gon’ stop me,” he quipped. “They gon’ have to ring the bell, ‘Tune stop!’ I can’t stop.”

Neither rapper suggested who the “I Do It” star should go up against in a potential VERZUZ battle, but if Swizz Beatz or Timbaland is listening, they could be thinking that the two are big enough names to face off against each other. Snoop Dogg has expressed interest in taking part, previously telling Fat Joe that Jay-Z would be his ideal competitor as they were both at the top of their game around the same time.

Bounty Killer Saw Increase In Music Sales & Instagram Followers Since Verzuz

Bounty Killer saw a huge increase in music sales and followers on Instagram since his Verzuz clash.

The first Jamaican staging of the Verzuz challenge has come and gone, and like jolly St Nicholas during Christmas, it has left a ton of goodies. In keeping with the analogy, organizers Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, and Solid Agency presented a truly wonderful feast fit for the nearly half a million viewers that tuned in.

While Bounty Killer and Beenie Man should never be referred to as food, their performance last Saturday was truly sweet and satisfying. Both men pulled out some of their best getups, played and sung some of their biggest hits, and even showed off some of their best dance moves while battling each other in a small studio space. At the end of the battle, there was one clear winner, soundclash culture, and by large reggae and dancehall music.

Bounty Killer expounded on the topic while conducting a post-clash interview with CVM TV. “Jamaican’s started this clash thing, the rappers had battles but sound system spinning music is a Jamaican thing, so this is really the Jamaica vibes.” However, that was not the only good to emerge from the clash, as during the interview, Bounty Killer mentioned that he got a significant boost in Instagram followers since being listed as a contender.

The Warlord’s official Instagram page that can be found at @grunggaadzilla currently has almost 666k followers.

“The amount of followers I got since Swizz Beatz advertise me and Beenie I know what it was gonna be like,” mentioned Bounty while responding to a question about what it was like deejaying for a virtual audience.

He then revealed the staggering jump his account made in terms of followers, “I get 25,000 followers in 3 days, that’s history on Instagram, I never get 2000 people in less than a week. So I know the impact Verzuz TV has, so this is something big.”

The official Verzuz TV Instagram account also recorded a spike in its followers count when it moved from under 400,000 followers when the clash was first announced, to over a million followers approximately a day after the Jamaican showdown. Verzuz organizers celebrated the moment by sharing a poster similar in design to the one used to promote the clash between Bounty and Beenie.

Along with the boost in popularity, both men could see their visa revocations lifted, that is if the powers that be at the US Embassy heed to the cry of their fans both locally and overseas.

Rick Ross – BIG TYME Lyrics

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[Intro: Swizz Beatz & Rick Ross]
God, thank you
For blessing me for everything that you’ve blessed me with
They tried to see me down, but we way up
Oh this Swizz Beatz talking on a Just Blaze track
Rick Ross on the poetry
Ay, Just, this religious
God dammit, says
Just Blaze

[Verse 1: Rick Ross & Swizz Beatz]
Surviving R. Kelly, registered pedophiles (Damn)
Tried to feed all my niggas and spread the cheddar ’round (God damn)
Gotta castle in Cali where I quote the Qu’ran
It’s a mansion full of gods ’til I pass the baton
I bow my head (Bow my head), you know what’s next (Wooh)
I say my prayers (Wooh), hands across my chest (God damn)
Breaking shackles, I’m that nigga disobeying his master (Oh)
Paper chasing, standing still is a fuckin’ disaster (Oh)
Emmett Till (Emmett Till), cement shoes (Damn)
Can I live? My mamma rent due (Wooh)
Penal systems come to the Source, Benzino of C Notes (Oh)
G don’t wanna see it unless it’s Moschino (Wooh)
It ain’t really real until it’s a kilo (Damn)
I just spoke to Meech, I think I’m Pacino
(Say it again)
I just spoke to Meech, I think I’m Pacino (Ross)

[Chorus: Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz & Both]
Big time, I just do it big time (Hey)
All my niggas really do it big time (God damn)
Lil’ niggas, but we do it big time (Big time)
Started with a nickel rock, now I’m big time
Big time (Big time), big time (Say What)
Looking in the mirror, nigga yeah you’re big time (Ladies and gentleman)
They hated on you, dawg but you’re big time (God dammit)
Talk behind your back ’cause you’re big time (God dammit)
Big time (Wooh), big time (Wooh)
You a bad bitch, shawty but you’re big time
Yeah, you got small feet but you’re big time (Hey)
Bad bitches, big time
Real niggas gotta do it big time (Big time)
Two seater (Woohoo), big time (Oh)
Throw the keys to the bitch, nigga big time
Big time, big time, big time, big time, big time
My momma gotta come to me because I’m big time (Wooh)
Big time, real nigga, big time (Hey)
I don’t give a fuck, bitch ’cause I’m big time (Big time)
Til the day I die, I swear to God I’m big time
Amen (Amen Ross)

[Verse 2: Rick Ross & Swizz Beatz]
I pray somebody tell you ’bout these bumpy roads (Woo)
Only maps to follow is your bible quotes (Yes)
And all them things your grandmother and father spoke (Yes)
I watch your actions not just captions in the shit you post (Jesus)
Cappin’ on niggas, that shit’ll get you smoked (Oh)
But if you rap a lil’ different, that shit’ll get you more (Woo)
Just like baggin’ them nickels up and down different coasts (Ah)
I be stackin’ them tickets, I’m tryna sit with HOV (Oh)
I be stackin’ my tickets, I’m tryna sit with HOV (A billi’)
I was washing the dishes, but now I get to toast (Woah)
I’m the talk of the bitches while they sippin’ mimosas (What’s up?)
We could gossip ’bout the digits, discuss a few numbers (Talk to me)
Too many losses inside the trenches, don’t let this become us (Wow)
Big time, Maybach Music (God damn)
I just got a crib in Chile to chill a few summers (God damn)
Or catch me out in Haiti, still running up numbers (God damn)
If I look into your eyes, then I made you a promise
Miami Heat, I rep like my name was Udonis (Damn)

[Chorus 2: Rick Ross, Swizz Beatz & Both]
Looking in the mirror, nigga yeah you’re big time (Damn)
They hated on you, dawg but you’re big time (Oh)
Talk behind your back ’cause you’re big time
(Wo wo wo wo wo)
Big time (Big time), big time (Hey)
You a bad bitch, shawty but you’re big time (What’s up)
Yeah, you got small feet but you’re big time
Bad bitches, big time
Real niggas gotta do it big time
Two seater (Woo), big time
Throw the keys to the bitch, nigga big time
Big time (Woo), big time
My barber gotta come to me because I’m big time
Big time (Woo), real nigga, big time (What’s up)
I don’t give a fuck, bitch ’cause I’m big time
Til the day I die, I swear to God I’m big time

[Outro: Swizz Beat]
I know you’re big time
It’s your time to shine

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Diddy & Drake Are Hip-Hop’s Highest Earners Over Last Year

Diddy and Drake made a lot of money over the last year, more than $220 million combined and are undoubtedly the Hip-Hop Cash Kings.

The two rap titans are by far the highest earners in hip hop this past year, according to Forbes magazine. Sean “P. Diddy” Combs made a whopping $130 million, Drake made $94 million, JAY-Z made for himself $42 million, Dr. Dre raked in $34.5 million, and Chance the Rapper made $32 million who round out the top five. So you can see Diddy is leading the pack by far and is one step closer to being hip hop’s first billionaire with a current net worth of over $800 million.

Diddy is undeniably the Hip-Hop Cash King of the last decade and this year he added a lot more cash to his pocket thanks to his Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, his ownership stake in Diageo’s Ciroc vodka, and the sale of a third of his Sean John clothing line. That sale alone raked in $70 million for the hip hop mogul. Drake has had a hugely successful year both on the road and on digital media. He was the most streamed artist on Apple Music over the past year and he also made a lot of money from endorsement deals with Apple, Nike, and Sprite. The bulk of his $94 million was made touring for his Summer Sixteen Tour with Future and his Boy Meets World Tour in Europe.

JAY-Z and Beyonce are the first billionaire couple in hip hop but JAY-Z is pulling the most weight thanks to his $200 million deal with Live Nation and Sprint investing $200 million in TIDAL. Dr. Dre significantly increased his net worth when he and his business partner Jimmy Iovine sold Beats by Dre to Apple. That deal alone earned the rapper/producer a whopping #620 million back in 2014 which is the highest payday for any musician in history. Over the past 12 months, he made $34.5 million from royalties from his vast catalog and ongoing payment from Apple. Chance the Rapper banked a cool $33 million despite being an independent rapper who never sold physical copies of his albums. He distributes his music solely digitally. He also made some big bucks from endorsement deals with Apple and Kit Kat.

Check out the full list.

1. Diddy – $130 million
2. Drake – $94 million
3. Jay Z – $42 million
4. Dr. Dre – $34.5 million
5. Chance the Rapper – $33 million
6. Kendrick Lamar – $30 million
7. Wiz Khalifa – $28 million
8. Pitbull – $27 million
9. DJ Khaled – $24 million
10. Future – $23 million
11. Kanye West ($22 million)
12. Birdman ($20 million)
13. Swizz Beatz ($17 million)
14. Snoop Dogg ($16.5 million)
15. Nicki Minaj ($16 million)
16. Lil Wayne ($15.5 million)
17. J. Cole ($14 million)
18. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ($11.5 million, tie)
18. Rick Ross ($11.5 million, tie)
20. Lil Yachty ($11 million)

Nicki Minaj and Nas Couple Up For His 44th Birthday Party

Nicki Minaj and Nas are officially a couple and her fans are reacting with dismay on social media.

The pair has been rumored to be dating for months now but manages to keep things under wraps for the most part at least until now. Seems Nicki Minaj couldn’t wait for Nas big 44th birthday party to rub it into Meek Mill and Safaree Samuels faces. While they didn’t explicitly confirm that they are dating, the videos below speak for themselves. The vast majority of her fans are here for her dating the rap legend, but there are some trolls who are stirring things up on Twitter.

On Wednesday night, video footage of Nicki Minaj and Nas parading like a couple in the company of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. The New York rap legend celebrated his 44th birthday today (September 14) and Swizz Beatz celebrated his birthday yesterday, so it was a double birthday bash and an all Virgo season. During the birthday party for the hip hop star and the power producer, Nicki Minaj went on Instagram Live to give her fans a glimpse of whats going on in her world. In one segment of the video feed, you could see Nas treating her like a glazed donut by planting his tongue all over her neck and face.

Swizz even posted a video of himself and Illmatic rapper dancing while funk happy birthday played in the background. As soon as all the liquor kicked in it was time for the birthday cake, and by then Nas had his hands wrapped around Nicki Minaj and the smile on her face was beaming. “Virgo Nation as I pass off this Bday love to my big brother @Nas Happy Born Day King,” Swizz wrote on IG. “We lit it’s blessing to celebrate each other ! Shout all the other Virgos also too many greats to mention Zone.”

Back in May, Nicki Minaj and Nas were spotted having dinner at the famous Sweet Chicks Life restaurant in Brooklyn and that was when the dating rumors started. Some sources said then that their relationship was fake and was one big publicity stunt to sell more records, but are they still faking it and where did they go last night after Nas birthday party.

#PressPlay: #NickiMinaj parties with #Nas at his birthday party ? @nasnika_ @thecolewerld

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Virgo Nation as I pass off this Bday love to my big brother @Nas Happy Born Day King ! We lit it's blessing to celebrate each other ! Shout all the other Virgos also too many greats to mention ???????????????????? Zone !!!

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They cute #nas #nickiminaj ??

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Nicki and Nas singing ‘Tenderoni’ by Bobby Brown, to each other. ? pic.twitter.com/mNUgcHnHNV

— he (@IamRobDevon) September 14, 2017

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