The Weeknd slams the Grammy’s

The Weeknd Accuses Grammys of 'Corruption' Over Nomination Shutout - Variety

Not long after Grammy nominations were announced Tuesday morning the Weeknd took to Twitter to share his thoughts about the award ceremony.

In said tweet, the “Blinding Lights” singer said, “The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…”

This tweet comes following the MTV Video Music Awards where The Weeknd not only performed but won several awards and nominations. Despite this being the case, The Weeknd was completely absent from the Grammy’s 2020 bill.

Many have found this strange, including the Weeknd himself. This year the Canada-born crooner released his first full length project in four years. The leading single that came before it “Blinding Lights” broke several records on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart. Not only was the single his seventh number one on the chart, which made him the artist with the most number ones on the chart’s history, it also stayed on the chart for record-shattering 36 weeks.

The Weeknd is not the only one today who had choice words to share about the Grammy’s. Nicki Minaj also took to Twitter reflecting on a previous time she felt snubbed by the Grammys after the release of her debut album Pink Friday.

It was also announced this month that The Weeknd is set to perform in the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime show next year. While some have speculated that this may have something to do with his Grammy snubs no official statement has been made confirming or denying this rumor.

Kanye West throws in the towel for 2020 election

Kanye West the Atlanta-born rapper turned presidential candidate took to Twitter last night as the ballots were being counted officially conceding in the election whilst proclaiming, “KANYE 2024.”

According to Deadline, West garnered over 60,000 votes in the 12 states where he appeared on the ballot.

Here’s an official state-by-state breakdown from the AP:

Arkansas: 4,040
Colorado: 6,254
Idaho: 3,631
Iowa: 3,202
Kentucky: 6,259
Louisiana: 4,894
Minnesota: 7,789
Mississippi: 3,277
Oklahoma: 5,590
Tennessee: 10,216
Utah: 4,344
Vermont: 1,265

West was a latecomer to the election announcing his bid in early July. In an interview with Forbes, West announced he would be running under an independent party known simply as “The Birthday Party” effectively renouncing his prior support of President Donald Trump.

His initial platform was primarily focused on his personal biblical ideals. In the same interview with Forbes, West denounced vaccines, abortion and the death penalty.

West would later officially reveal his platform on his official website kanye2020.country, which focused on religious freedom, equality and peace.

During this period, West made headlines due to his health, rhetoric and constant push to be recognized as a legitimate candidate. In the states where he was not on the written ballot, West encouraged his followers to “WRITE IN KANYE WEST.”

On election day, not only did West reaffirm he had never voted before but he also confirmed he would be voting for himself and himself only.

While Kanye certainly gained a lot of notoriety from his campaign as it turns out he was not the most popular third party candidate of this election. Jo Jorgensen who was running under the libertarian party according to the AP received 1,604,519 total votes as of today.

With that being said these numbers are very little compared to the 70 and 67 million voted held by Biden and Trump respectively. Only time will tell what these numbers will translate to in the real election.

Tyler, the Creator encourages his younger fans to vote

Grammy-award winning rapper/singer Tyler, the Creator uploaded an unexpected video on IGTV Monday afternoon urging his younger fans to vote in this year’s election.

“Please, please, if you are young, and your f******g back don’t hurt, go to them polls and cast a f*****g vote,” said Tyler.

Tyler, The Creator who’s real name is Tyler Okonma, has been known in the past for his immature and exaggerated character. While the rapper has voiced his political and social opinions before, never before has he directly asked his fans to do something of this nature. “I know I’m the last person y’all should ever take advice from,” Tyler admits, “but I’m reiterating what everyone else is saying.”

Okonma continues his message while addressing the current social climate: “Y’all was posting black squares and protesting from y’all phone, and rights this, and canceling everybody, n***a pull up. Y’all want a new DA? Pull up.”

According to the Washington Post, in 2016, roughly 43% of registered voters did not fill out a ballot. A year later, Pew Trusts released a study that revealed 62% of unregistered voters weren’t asked to register at all.

Even Okonma himself confesses 2020 will be his first year voting since he became eligible in 2009.

Okonma not voting in the 2016 election came as a shock to some fans who noted that his brand, Golf Wang, released a shirt the same year that featured a superimposed a Hitler-style mustache over President Donald Trump’s lip with the text “We f****d up” printed at the bottom.

However, in the video Okonma doesn’t mention either presidential candidate. Instead, he gives affirms his opinion on educational reforms and the school system. “The s**t that I actually give a f**k about is more art in schools and more music classes in schools and them changing the curriculum,” says Okonma.

Okonma follows a long line of other celebrities and influencers encouraging their fans to vote in this year’s upcoming election. Many of them sharing resources for how to get their fans registered.

What effects this will have on the 2020 election are currently unknown but will likely manifest within the coming months.

Cardi B’s newest single draws criticism from conservatives.

Cardi B - WAP feat. Megan Thee Stallion [Official Audio] - YouTubeCardi B’s newest single “WAP” featuring Megan Thee Stallion has drawn equal amounts of praise and controversy from its lyrical content and racy music video.

Cardi B made headlines this week for releasing her newest single since 2019. WAP which stands for “wet ass pussy” is her first collaboration with 2019 XXL Freshman, Megan Thee Stallion and since its release has remained at #1 in the US as of Aug 8. Its lyrics are suggestive and the music video for it features both rappers seductively dancing in animal print lingerie alongside other female celebrities and live animals.

To many, the song has become a female anthem.  According to Genius, the song exudes “A pervading feeling of female empowerment and sexual liberation.” In such a short time its garnered widespread praise from activists and music fans alike. However, despite many coming to the defense of the song’s raunchy lyrics and accompanying video, that doesn’t mean it has come without criticism.

James P. Bradley, a republican politician, tweeted: “Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion are what happens when children are raised without God and without a strong father figure. Their new “song” The #WAP (which i heard accidentally) made me want to pour holy water in my ears and I feel sorry for future girls if this is their role model!”

In the same vein, conservative Political Commentator, Ben Shapiro, after reading through the song lyrics on his show, sarcastically said, “This is what feminists fought for. This is what the feminist movement was all about, and if you say anything differently it’s ’cause you’re a misogynist, see?”

The backlash from the single caused several to speak out in its defense including Cardi herself.

In a tweet particularly aimed at Shapiro, she said, “I can’t believe conservatives soo mad about WAP.”

A recent essay from Complex they described the importance of “WAP” saying, “Both Cardi and Megan are powerhouses of female sexuality, independence, and dominance. In a male-dominated genre that is often criticized for misogynistic wordplay toward women, the two rappers have never shied away from taking back the narrative of femininity in hip-hop.”

This is not the first time either rapper has come under criticism for their sexuality and character. Cardi B has been criticized before for her actions when she worked as a stripper and just last month Megan Thee Stallion voiced her distaste over people making fun of her recent issues with fellow artist Tory Lanez.

In a live stream before the release of the single Cardi said: “one thing when it comes to female rappers, people…. they drive you to the top and…. when you up there they wanna put you down.”

 

Doja Cat tested positive for COVID-19 after initially downplaying it

Doja Cat Tests Positive for COVID-19American singer and rapper Doja Cat revealed this week that she has tested positive for COVID-19 despite previous comments mocking the severity of the virus.

The news came out in an exclusive interview she conducted with Capital XTRA, during the interview she said, “I got COVID. Honestly, I don’t know how this happens…. and I don’t know how I got it but I got it.”

In the interview, she also revealed that has since recovered and no longer exemplifies any symptoms. “I’m OK now. It was a four-day symptom freak out but I’m fine now,” said Doja Cat.

The news was quite a shock to many, due to the fact that since the start of the pandemic the singer had previously downplayed the virus and ridiculed those who expressed concerns.

While on an Instagram Live Doja Cat said, “I’m gonna get corona and then I’m gonna get a Corona, cuz I don’t give a f**k about corona, b***h. It’s a flu!”

She later added, “”I’m not scared. Y’all are p*ssy, period. You just take some Mucinex and drink water and tea and sleep — that’s all you gotta do. Y’all are so scared of some damn corona.”

Today, the CDC reports that there have been over 4 million cases and more than 146 thousand deaths in the U.S. alone.

Doja Cat has been in the limelight a lot recently due to a previous controversy she had back in May. When an unreleased song she made that prominently featured the racial slur “dindu” surfaced on the internet.

The song stirred a lot of debate in her fan base as many saw the abundant use of the slur as offensive. She later apologized for the song calling it “an attempt to flip its meaning” but acknowledged it “was a bad decision to use the term” in her music.

Doja Cat has not made any public statements regarding her previous comments about COVID-19.

Details surrounding Megan Thee Stallion’s shooting becoming shady

torey and meg.PNGMegan Thee Stallion has spoken out again amidst a shooting that occurred Sunday morning that allegedly involves Canadian singer Tory Lanez.

On Wednesday night Megan Thee Stallion revealed she was “grateful to be alive” following a trip she made to the hospital that week over “gunshot wounds” she had suffered as a result of a “crime that was committed” against her. A press release made by the LAPD revealed that rapper Tory Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, was arrested that same night and that “One person was transported to the hospital and received medical treatment for a foot injury.”

Today, Megan took to twitter delivering some more thoughts about the incident. In the tweet, she slams those who took the situation disingenuously and went on to say she was “hurt and traumatized.”

Many other sources have since come out to reveal key details about what occurred that night. Page Six reported that a source had told them explicitly that Peterson had fired shots from within the vehicle both he and Megan were in.

Peterson was only charged with carrying a concealed weapon that night and he has not yet been named a suspect in the shooting.

Peterson posted $35,000 bail and was released from police custody on Thursday morning. He is scheduled to appear in court in October and has not made an official statement on the matter.

 

“Pretty Boy” actor reveals key details about future Joji material

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88rising poster boy Joji released a snippet of a song titled “pretty boy” on a personal channel back in early April and the actor from the music video just revealed some new details about his future projects.

The song is accompanied by retro-looking visuals featuring an actor with heavy prosthetic makeup driving a convertible around the hills of Malibu. The description of the ambiguous video simply reads “NOT SONG.”

Naturally many fans began to speculate on what the song was for, whether it was an unauthorized single for his upcoming sophomore album Nectar or just a one-off snippet. Joji in the past has been known to shamelessly tease new tracks to his fans in rather enigmatic ways. However, the actor featured in the video who simply goes by “SHW BOY” has revealed a few details about the snippet.

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The actor posted a behind the scenes video featuring a close up of the prosthetic makeup he wore. In the comments to said post, he answered a few questions left by “Pretty Boy fans.”

One user asked if there would be a full release of the song and the actor confirmed there would be. Another asked if the actor would be willing to work with 88rising again to which he gave an enthusiastic “absolutely.” Finally, when asked if the actor would appear in any future 88rising/Joji projects the actor was a bit vaguer and responded, “you will soon find out :)”

While fans may not know the true nature of the pretty boy snippet there are certainly a lot of things fans don’t know yet.

It’s likely the answers will soon come when Nectar officially releases in September.

Lana Del Rey sparks controversy from recent statements about criticism.

Lana Del Rey Defends Controversial Instagram Comments: Update ...Originally written on May 26 2020 when this was relevant.

American singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey has drawn controversy from a recent Instagram post made late Wednesday night last week where she name drops Top Billboard artists like Doja Cat, Beyonce, and Nicki Minaj.

In said post, she begins with the question, “Now that Doja Cat, Ariana, Camila, Cardi B, Kehlani and Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé have had number ones with songs about being sexy, wearing no clothes, fucking, cheating, etc — can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money — or whatever I want — without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorizng abuse??????”

This is following years of criticism she’s faced over her music’s subject matter. Some fans and critics alike have scrutinized her music for glorifying unhealthy relationships and toxic tendencies. For instance, according to genius, her notorious song “Cola” details her promiscuity rather blatantly but was later heavily probed for its mention and exaggeration of a “Harvey Weinstein” like character.

Regardless, Lana believes that her music has “really paved the way for other women to stop ‘putting on a happy face’ and just be able to say whatever the hell they wanted to in their music.”

Her response ends with her announcing her new projects even though she precedes it by saying that they don’t really have “anything to do about much.”

The response to her post drew a lot of praise and disappointment from onlookers and fans. As with anything on the internet, Lana saw many people criticizing her response. Some took offense to her only naming women of color in her response even going as far as calling Lana Del Rey as “racist” and “entitled.”

The story also began trending on Twitter causing some to begin the #lanadelreyisoverparty.

Of course, all of this attention caused the 34-year-old singer to make an official four-part addendum via her comment section. In her response, she touched at the many accusations people had made toward her: “Bro. This is so sad to make it a WOC (women of color) issue when I’m talking about my favorite singers. I could’ve literally said anyone but I picked my favorite fucking people. And this is the problem with society today, not everything is about whatever you want it to be…I don’t care anymore but don’t ever ever ever ever bro- call me racist because that is bullshit.”

The only official response from any of the artists Lana publicly name-dropped came from Doja Cat who in a now-deleted comment said, “gang sunk that dunker.” The response is rather cryptic but some have said it’s a possible reference to the early wave of fans who came to the defense of these artists without reading or understanding the situation. With that being said, no official explanation has come from Doja Cat herself.

It should be noted that not long after Lana’s original post Doja Cat came under fire herself for visiting online chat rooms full of alleged alt-right members and for an unreleased song titled “Dindu Nuffin.” These allegations originated from a Twitter post who alleged the “Say So” singer was taking part in racist behavior. She has since denied any sort of racist narrative or intent on Instagram Live and said in a recent text post, “That’s not my character, and I’m determined to show that to everybody moving forward.”

If the narrative behind these stories proves anything it’s that many people aren’t ready to have a conversation about topics like this. Despite what the Grammy-nominated singer wanted many official publications have denounced the actions of Lana Del Ray stating her post is simply ploy in order to gain more relevancy. Others have come to her defense and agree with her stance on the unfair criticism she’s received since her official debut album released back in 2012.

Regardless of what others have said, Lana Del Rey has doubled-down on her previous sentiments and shows no intention of going back on her word. How this will affect the release of her forthcoming album and future collaborations however, cannot be said for sure.

How to find new music during the corona season

Study finds listening to music has negative impact on creativity ...Happy quarantine season everyone. I’m currently writing from my soft bed, listening to tunes I’ve already heard thousands of times over. So I figured now is the right time to find something new. Around this time last year, I gave everyone three tips on how to find new music in the flooded market we call the industry. Now here I am again, a year later, back for another installment of this possibly-annual series. Without further ado, let’s get started.

  • Listen to featured artists’ solo music.

Features are the backbone of many albums, more specifically Hip-Hop and Pop records, the two most popular genres out there right now. So many artists spend thousands of dollars every year to get one person on their record and typically it’s for good reason. Whether it’s a contractual agreement or something is organically grown, in most cases, features on records can make a track, that much better. This is why if you end up liking the feature you should try getting into that artist too, provided you haven’t already of course.

In my own experience, this is how I got into artists like Don Toliver and Dababy, the ladder of which has been so prolific on features its starting to become a joke in the Hip-Hop industry. However, both artists have a pretty decent selection of solo works under their belt. I know for a fact I wouldn’t have tried to get into their music if I hadn’t heard them on someone else’s track. Sometimes it’s scary to jump into someone new blindly, so think of features like a test to see if you enjoy the way a particular artist sounds.

  • Look at charts

Be honest with yourself. Have you looked past the top ten spots of the Billboard Hot 100? Well if you haven’t, I highly recommend it. I can almost guarantee that you haven’t listened to every song or artist on the entire list. Charts like these help gain insight into what many people are listening to and if so many others enjoy these artists, there’s a decent chance you might too.

But you don’t have to just look at what’s charting overall. There are thousands of charts available for every nation and genre available. The amount of music trending and being shared is at an all-time high, which rankings constantly shifting and trends consistently evolving over time.

It’s perfect for trying to get into a new genre as well. I know personally I was lacking a lot of music in the country genre, but thanks to Billboards lists I was able to find a few artists I really enjoyed.

  • Follow music Twitter or Instagram pages

This is a technique I recently started employing and it has worked wonders for me. All across the vast scope of the internet are heaps of individuals dedicated to something. Whether it is music, movies or games. Any form of media likely has someone working tirelessly to promote the experiences they create.

What I recommend is seeking those people out. On Twitter, on Instagram, or even on a blog like this one. I follow a variety of pages online that give out music recs every day and I always take the time to get through them. Some of my favorite albums have come from recommendations from these pages and I couldn’t be happier.

While it’s true the times are bleak, it’s always a good idea to sit back and smell the roses. Appreciate the finer things in life as they say. However, I know the same as anyone its hard to find them sometimes. Whatever medium you’re interested in go out and seek more of it. Step out of your comfort zone. Learn something new about yourself.

Stay safe, stay home and wear a damn mask.

An A.I. created a Travis Scott song

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(Authors Note: My company never posted this article I did back when it was relevant so I am archiving it here.)

A recent experiment conducted by digital agency, space150, was able to recreate the lyrical content and production style of Houston rapper Travis Scott using artificial intelligence with eerie accuracy, according to Adweek.

Ned Lambert, executive creative director at space150 explained to Adweek how the project began, “We were sort of fascinated with like, ‘What if we tried to make a song—like an actual good song—by using AI and basically creative directing AI?’” What emerged from this simple idea was “Jack Park Canny Dope Man” a single which comes very close to recreating Travis Scott’s sonic and lyrical sensibilities.

It was written by an A.I. which was fed Travis Scott lyrics for several weeks before it began spitting its own rhymes in a similar style to that of Scotts. The melodies and percussion were created using additional neural network programs similar to those that analyzed his lyrics.

However, that doesn’t mean it didn’t come with a few kinks. Lampert told Adweek, “The bot kept talking about food.” A characteristic that is still somewhat apparent in the final version of the single.

Be that as it may, the vast majority of lyrics from the aptly titled TravisBott are pretty nonsensical, to begin with. As annotated by Genius, the A.I. wrote lyrics such as, “I was the bitch on the plane (Straight up)” and, “I don’t really wanna fuck your party food” and finally “I can’t eat all on this money now.”

The voice rapping the absurd lyrics in the official single was not A.I. generated however it was actually provided by fellow Texan rapper So-So Topic. According to the rappers Twitter, he said, “…lil clarification: an AI bot “listened” to 60 Travis Scott songs, then reproduced a 10,000 line song in his style that was then narrowed down to a 5-min cut of illegible lyrics. I got to observe and it was the weirdest thing I’ve ever been a part of. I’m rapping the lyrics.”

Lampert explained to Adweek the company had chosen Travis Scott because, “he is just such a unique artist and he has a unique sound and everything sort of has an aesthetic to it, both audibly and visually.” Perhaps some of that initial wonder has withered since the creation of this single but one thing is clear to Lampert, “the tech is not ready to handle a creative project on its own without some heavy human supervision.”

Regardless of its shortcomings “Jack Park Canny Dope Man” is a technical marvel and opens a new world of possibilities waiting to be explored.

The single is available on most streaming platforms and an official music video featuring a glitchy deepfake version of Travis Scott is accessible on space150’s official Vimeo.