Bryson Tiller has been teasing us for quite some time with features and snippets. However, it looks like the singer is ready to give fans a solo offering, hopefully leading up to his highly anticipated third album, “Serenity.”
On Saturday, Tiller surprised fans with “For Nothing” featuring with QC youngster Lil Yachty. Yachty stays on brand with her heavily autotuned harmonization on the opening. Tiller’s sultry vocals enters with verse one, singing “She keep thinkin I need her/Tell the bitch I don’t need her.” Tiller was nominated for a Grammy this year alongside songstress, H.E.R. for Best R&B Performance for their collab, “Could’ve Been.”
Tiller and Yachty are definitely bringing the vibes this year. Take a listen below.
Nicki Minaj’s brother, Jelani Maraj, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after being found guilty for child rape. Judge Robert McDonald sentenced Jelani Maraj on Monday in a New York Court after he was found guilty several months ago.
According to TMZ, Maraj is guilty of predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child. His trial lasted less than 3 weeks. The Nassau County D.A. reportedly told TMZ at that time of the verdict, “We hope that today’s verdict will help the family in the healing process.”
Nicki Minaj never testified in court in spite of her brother’s defense team claims that she would. The only time she went to visit her brother in jail was reportedly once to support of her Mother.
We think it’s pretty safe to say that if you’re lucky enough to get Wiz Khalifa in your video then you’d better have some kush readily available for consumption.
Tyla Yaweh must’ve gotten the memo because for his Wiz Khalifa assisted visuals to “High Right Now,” he and Wiz burn enough trees to make Smokey The Bear shed a tear. That being said, how was Lil Yachty picked over Wiz for How High 2?! Oh yeah, the script was trash.
Speaking of movies, Doja Cat out here getting that soundtrack paper with a new clip for “Boss B*tch” off the Birds of Prey album. Summoning her inner Harley Quinn, Doja gets into all kinds of trouble whenever she ain’t turning up with her girls in the club.
Check out the rest of today’s drops and some joints you might’ve missed over the weekend including work from YBN Nahmir, Bizzy Banks, and more.
MSNBC reporter Alison Morris was like many an on-air journalist scrambling to cover the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna Bryant, leading to a slip-up that sounded to most like the n-word. 50 Cent caught wind of the alleged gaffe and has demanded that Morris be fired from her post.
The artist born Curtis Jackson didn’t spend a lot of time blasting Morris, who has been revealed to be a native New Yorker hence she clearly has heard the term New York Knicks in her lifetime.
Although she claimed before the segment that she doesn’t follow basketball, her jumbling of the Los Angeles Lakers, which sounded a lot like “Los Angeles N*ggers,” caught the attention of many. We’ve listened to the clip several times oursleves and we’re not hearing much, if not nothing at all, that sounds like “Los Angeles Nakers.”
“[D]id this b*tch just say that on air,” Fif questioned, later adding that Morris should be fired. Morris claims she was saying the word “Nakers,” mixing up the Knicks and Lakers’ team names but it’s hard to see how it computes. As of now, MSNBC hasn’t addressed the matter publicly but many are hoping a better explanation comes sooner than later. Until that happens, color Hip-Hop Wired and many of our peers and associates skeptical.
The 2020 Grammy Awards appeared on paper to be a major haul in hardware for Lizzo, who has earned her way into the hearts of many with her feel-good music. The Cuz I Love You superstar took home three trophies for her contributions, and many other stars in the making made a fine showing as well.
Lizzo took home two awards prior to the broadcast with the Best Urban Contemporary Album for Cuz I Love You, and Best Traditional R&B Performance for her “Jerome” track.
As we shared earlier, Tyler, The Creator took home Best Rap Album for IGOR, although, like Lizzo, the project itself defies simple genre labeling which the one-time Odd Future mouthpiece stated in a backstage presser.
The night belonged to 18-year-old Billie Eilish, who swept all the major awards with the Record of the Year trophy for “Bad Guy, the Album of the Year award for her When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? release, the Song of the Year award for “Bady Guy,” and was named Best New Artist.”
Lil Nas X took home two awards, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for his smash hit remix of “Old Town Road” with Billy Ray Cyrus, and Best Music Video for the same track.
Beyoncé’s Homecoming took home the Best Music Film award the and Best Rap Performance award went to the late Nipsey Hussle for his track “Racks In The Middle” with Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy. 21 Savage’s J.Cole-assisted “A Lot” won Best Rap Song, and DJ Khaled won the Best Rap Performance award for the track “Higher” featuring Nipsey Hussle and John Legend.
Of their classic project Fantastic. The revamp titled Fantastic 2020 Vol 1 & Vol 2 is supported by a European tour that kicks off early February. In homage to original members T3, Baatin, and J Dilla the 18 piece Abstract Orchestra revamped classic J Dilla productions. In case you are unfamiliar with their work the Abstract Orchestra is credited with touring collaborations with the likes of John Legend & The Roots, Adele, Jamiroquai, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson and more. Check out the tour dates and artwork below:
Like most of us, we wished to have woken up from Sunday’s nightmare of, Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna’s tragic death. Bryant, 41 and Gianna, 13 were traveling to a basketball game at his Mamba Academy facility with 7 other passengers when his private helicopter lost control, ultimately crashing to the ground in Calabasas, CA Sunday morning. The devastating news instantly shook the world.
Kanye West took to his Midnight Sunday Service to pay tribute to the fallen icon, along with Chance The Rapper and Kirk Franklin.
West was more than a fan of Kobe’s greatness and it showed.
On “Swagger Like Us,” Ye raps:
“How it feels to wake up and be the sh*t and the urine? Trying to get that Kobe number, one over Jordan”
On Beyonce’s “Ego Remix,” Kanye raps:
“I had dreams of the league one day I play Kobe, or walk up to Puff and he’ll really know me.”
On April 13, 2016, Kobe Bryant played his final game as a Los Angeles Laker and professional basketball player. On the court, Bryant coined the term “Mamba Mentality,” after his nickname “The Black Mamba.” The sold-out Staples Center crowd, packed with celebrities, stars from all walks out of life and fans gathered to watch this global icon play his final 60 minutes of basketball. Kobe Bryant would put on a show to finish with a 60 point performance. Kanye West was in attendance. On that day, West wore a shirt dedicated to Mamba. “I Feel Like Kobe” after his “I Feel Like Pablo” merch.
In 2012, West was featured Bryant’s “Kobe Systems” campaign ad as well.
To say West was a fan of Bryant was an understatement. They embodied a similar mentality, the “Mamba Mentality.”
The Marathon Continues. Nipsey’s absence from the world after being tragically gunned down on March 31, 2019, is still being felt, but he got some roses by earning his first Grammy Award last night (Jan.27).
The posthumous award win came during a pre-televised segment of the 62nd Grammy Awards. Nipsey took home the Grammy for best rap performance for his track “Racks In The Middle” featuring Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy. The late rapper’s family accepted the award on his behalf, with an emotional speech from his grandmother.
“I wanted to thank all of you for showing all the love that I have felt for him all of his life and will always live in my heart. So thank you, thank you, thank you.”
The award came before the tribute performance that premiered a new song from Meek Mill, “Letter To Nipsey,” which also features Roddy Rich. It then transitioned into DJ Khaled’s John Legend, Nipsey Hussle assisted track “Higher,” which also won a Grammy for best rap/sung performance. Nipsey’s good friend YG and Kirk Franklin also contributed to the tribute that also showed love to Kobe Bryant as well.
“Racks In The Middle” was also nominated for best rap song but lost to 21 Savage and J. Cole’s “A Lot.” Nipsey Hussle earned his first Grammy nod back in 2018 for his critically acclaimed and now platinum album Victory Lap.