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Meet Aggy Abby the all-around female boss in Drake’s new video

When it comes to influencing it seems as if Aggy Abby runs the game. The proof is in the bio, fam, as it reads “i influence.

Still, it seems as if the stylish engagement connoisseur has all eyes on her as she has garnered more fame after making more than a cameo in Drake’s new video for his hit song “Laugh Now Cry Later.

Arriving at the Nike World Headquarters with the lightskin king in a Maybach concept car was only a tasty tease as thirsty onlookers couldn’t help but question: Who da fug is that baddie in the whip with Drake tho?

Poss, it’s Drake’s latest cuff but the pressing thoughts didn’t stop there. She seemed too swaggy in the video to just be some random vixen. And after doing some deep research, we found that she’s an absolute boss.

At 27 she’s made her way from the city of Newark, through the military, and onto one million different feeds. It wasn’t an easy glo-up as Abigail “Aggy Abby” Silva has been grinding since 2013.

In a 2017 interview with Llero, she said, “It started back in 2013, and I was in the military on my way of processing out…”

“I like to speak my mind, and when I was in the military, I didn’t really have too many people to talk to, so when they came out with the ability to make videos on Instagram, I was like, ‘Okay, well, f-ck it. I’m just going to speak my mind on Instagram.’”

And even in garnering hundreds of thousands of followers, she remained humble and genuine even when opportunities came knocking at her door.

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Even back in 2017 she carefully curated the possibilities she wanted to procure.

“I was just going with the flow with everything. I was just taking opportunities as they were coming to me. Some things I had to say no to just because it didn’t feel right, it wasn’t genuine, or it wasn’t in my lane.”

Beyond her million man following on IG, Aggy Abby has got the numbers on YouTube. At just about 90,000 subscribers she’s been documenting her life for some time now.

From Aggy Abby in boot camp…

To Aggy Abby in labor,

Her fans have been there for it all.

Her content doesn’t stop there. The avid entrepreneur also has an Only Fans account, baby. Just last month Aggy Abby couldn’t help but flex the fan’s support in an IG post that has since been deleted.

In under 24 hours, she flexed over $20,000 in subscriptions, around $400 in tips, and just over $5,000 in revenue from messages alone. All for a total payout of $26,000 in straight-up racks.

And somehow we copped the proof though.

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Things are looking up for the influencer and best believe we’re all here for her come up. Never stop grinding!

“Show them the rawness. Show them that you can live this Instagram fame and get money, but at the end of the day, you still come home to family and live a regular life. Everybody’s human at the end of the day. No matter how many followers you have, everybody still bleeds the same type of blood,” said Abby.

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Drake pays $350k in sexual assault settlement: Here’s why no one cares

Details have emerged that Drake paid out $350k to Laquana Morris, also known as Layla Lace, this past November in a settlement where she accused him of sexual assault.

If you remember, Pusha wasn’t the only one accusing Drake of hiding a kid. Similar accusations came forth in 2017 after Drake and Morris had become intimate during the UK leg of his Boys Meets World tour.

While Drake admits the encounter, he always maintained that everything was consensual. However new revelations of him shelling out $350k to the alleged victim paints a new narrative, or at least it should.

Sexual harassment? Settlement? In this here 2019? Under any other circumstance, a report divulging such explosive accusations, even if not proven true, in this era we live in alone, should garner, at the very least, a number one trend on Twitter.

Although they aren’t indictments, we’ve seen this before. Like Bill O’Reilly, who had legal settlements totaling a reported $45 million and Harvey Weinstein, who reached a tentative $44 million deal to resolve lawsuits. What about our current sitting president and his dealing with porn star Stormy Daniels?  All that guap for what? It’s not like money absolves guilt too.

With #Metoo #TimesIsUp and other progressive movements, you’d think there’d at least been a cancel Drake campaign. What happened to “believing women?”

However, Mr. OVO has been virtually unscathed by this scandal and there’s only one reason why. Drake is responsible for too many of our favorite memories to let him go that easy.

We’re talking about a man who’s hit, “Best I Ever Had,” debuted on the chart in 2009, and went an unprecedented run of 431 consecutive weeks on the Hot 100. We’re talking about “HoustonAtlantaVegas,” “Controlla” and the co-rapper of WATTBA.

The Canadian culture shifter has had ladies’ hearts from the jump and summers on smash like clockwork. It’d be foolish not to believe that the court of public opinion would afford his graces they wouldn’t other stars.

And, to be clear, Layla’s story doesn’t exactly hold up.

After going public on social media saying that she was pregnant by Drake and appearing on a SiriusXM to confirm the rumors, Drake’s lawyers asked for a paternity test, which she refused.

After the baby gimmick didn’t work, Morris and her legal team fabricated a story that Drake raped her. In the police report, she stated that “she was raped, forced to perform oral sex and falsely imprisoned in Drake’s hotel.”


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That’s when he and his lawyer filed against Morris for civil extortion, fraud, emotional distress, abuse of process and defamation, which was settled.

“The filing made by Drake against Layla Lace has been resolved, with Layla avoiding going to trial by agreeing to a stipulated judgment which prohibits her from repeating past statements she made against Drake,” Drake’s attorney Larry Stein said in a statement to TMZ last year.

“Drake and his team are satisfied with this outcome and while Drake appreciates the support he has received, he asks that his fans and the media allow both parties to move on with their lives.”

However, due to the new findings, thanks to the complaint Morris recently filed against her own attorney with the New York Attorney Grievance Committee obtained by The Blast, shouldn’t we be handling Drake and this entire situation a little differently?

Although the complaint violates the settlement between Morris and Drake, it shows that he indeed gave her money despite denying all allegations. Additionally, it exposes explicit details of what took place.

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According to the complaint, Morris states:

“I, Laquana Morris signed a retainer agreement with Alexander Cabereiras on January 23, 2018. I explained to him that I was sexually assaulted by the rapper Drake.”

Morris then gives explicit details and explains, “How Drake forced me to perform oral on him. It wasn’t your ordinary oral it was more so a fetish where he measured a cup and demanded that I spit in the cup until he had measured it…

“Afterward, he dumped the spit on my face repeating, ‘I wanna see your face messy.'”

Morris also states, “Being that the incident happening in Manchester UK I had to file a police report over there. I called the Manchester Police Department in June 2017.” Subsequently, Drake was investigated by authorities in the UK based on Morris’ complaint and the rapper was eventually cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

Still, the lead investigator sent Laquana an email explaining that the reason he wasn’t prosecuted is that they couldn’t secure a “100%” conviction, which, sadly, is the case for many women who really have gone through it. According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), for every 1,000 rapes, 993 will go unpunished.

I mean, look, I like Drake just as much as the next guy. But if we’re being honest, there wasn’t a rush to judgment nor call for his cancelation because of the music he makes. We may never really know what happened in that hotel room in the UK that night, but Drake deserves more a little more accountability regardless.

Is Drake the real MVP of the Finals? Breaking down his troll tactics vs. the Warriors

Drake has been a fixture court-side throughout the NBA post-season, often acting outrageously — and sometimes even inappropriately — in support of his Raptors (he is their “global ambassador”).

He has also gleefully trolled the stars of the Warriors, wearing referential outfits; exchanging words with players and posting incessantly on social media.

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For example, after Game 1, he posted on Instagram that he was offering “Steph Curry Hair Lint” on e-bay with the username “DraymondShouldntWear23.” His latest victim was Green again, with the rapper Instagramming a picture of a past questionable fashion choice by Green after a Game 4 Raptors win.

Not to be outdone, the Warriors have responded with some shade of their own.

With so much back-and-forth pettiness, it’s hard to keep up. Here is a definitive account of Drake’s feuds with the Warriors throughout this NBA Finals.

1. Drake calls Draymond Green “Trash” after Game 1

Sporting a Dell Curry Raptors jersey, Drake seemed to yell “trash” at Green following the Raptor’s 118-109 win in Game 1.

In a post-game conference, Green seemed irritated with a question about Drake and clarified that their interaction was not a “scuffle,” since that would require them actually getting physical.

Draymond later came to Drake’s defense, calling the hype around their exchange an “overreaction.” Green pointed to Drake’s superstar status as the reason for the heightened attention surrounding their beef.

“I think so many people make a big deal out of it. It is what it is… He’s a fan. He talks, and it gets more attention because he’s Drake. So many people are complaining about it, like, ‘You don’t let any other fan do that.’ Yeah, any other fan is just not Drake, so they probably shouldn’t be able to do that. That’s just kind of how the cookie crumbles.”

He added, “He’s worked his ass off to be who he is. I think we all know when you do that, you get more leash than others. I think there’s so much talk, and the NBA needs to — no, they don’t. He worked to be who he is. You should get more leash. But I don’t mind it. It’s fun for me,” brushing off their exchange.

2. Draymond then trolls Drake by tearing an OVO sweatshirt in the streets of Toronto

Two can play at this game, Drake.

3. Drake wears a “Where’s Kevin?” t-shirt to Game 2

Drake, of course, has been making petty fashion statements throughout the post-season, and Game 2 was no different.

He sported a t-shirt featuring Home Alone‘s Kevin McAllister, with the word “Kevin?!?” on the back, a reference to KD’s absence throughout the playoffs due to injury.

In a fun twist, Macaulay Culkin, who played Kevin in the 1990 classic, responded to the outfit.

It should be noted that during these finals, Drake, the ultimate bandwagon fan, has had to wear an armband throughout the finals to cover up his “30 gifted” and “35 snipe” tattoos dedicated to Steph Curry and KD.

His beef with KD dates back to at least 2016, when Drake bumped into the small forward during a post-game interview, following a 127-121 Warriors win over the Raptors. KD subsequently told reporters “I don’t give a damn about no Drake night.”

4. Klay Thompson said he wouldn’t be listening to some of Drake’s music

In a press conference before the start of the Finals, the small forward said he would be skipping “Hotline Bling.” Thompson said he was in ‘kill mode’ before the games, and seemed to imply that “Hotline Bling” was too slow or “soft” to get him hyped.

He noted that not all Drake songs were banned: “if it’s a bad song I’ll skip it. But if it’s one of his hits, I’ll play it.” Ouch!

When Thompson got a tech in Game 1, Drake smirked and made a gesture of talking on the phone, a clear reference to “Hotline Bling.”

5. The Warriors play “Story of Adidon” before Game 3

While Steph Curry warmed up, the Warriors played Pusha T’s Drake diss track — the one that revealed that Drake had secretly fathered a son, named Adonis, with Sophie Brussaux, a French painter and former “adult movie” star.

Drake would later confirm the rumors with his own song, “March 14,” where he lamented not having a “family unit” with the mother of his child.

Mallory Edens, the daughter of Bucks’ owner Wes Edens, had previously worn a Pusha T t-shirt to Game 5 between the Raptors and the Bucks. Drake responded by posting this Instagram story of her and making her face his profile picture.

6. Drake Posts a meme of Klay Thompson after Game 3

After the Raptor’s Game 3 win over the Warriors, which Thompson sat out due to injury, Drake posted on his Instagram story.

It’s an old picture Klay with multiple women, which honestly doesn’t really seem like too much of a roast.

7. The Six God loves watching Green getting T’d up in Game 5

In the last game, Drake seemed to delight in the 2016-2017 Defensive Player of the Year getting a technical foul for arguing a call in the second quarter, jumping out of his seat and fist-pumping wildly in Green’s direction.

His sixth technical foul of the post-season, Green is now just one away from being suspended from the finals.

With Game 6 back at Oracle Arena, will Drake make an appearance (and another pointed fashion statement)? Or will he sit this one out?

In Masai Ujiri we trust: Why this is the Toronto Raptors’ time to win it all

Tonight at 9 pm EST, the Raptors are set to face off against the Warriors, marking the franchise’s first-ever NBA finals appearance.

The road to get there has been thrilling, with Kahwi’s Game 7 buzzer beater against the 76’ers (the only Game 7 buzzer beater in NBA history) propelling the team to the Eastern Conference finals.

Thus, prompting a genuine burst of feeling from the team’s stoic (seemingly emotionless) superstar. FYI: The shot even earned the approval of ‘Bron.

But looking further back, the pieces were long set in place for the 6 God’s team to make a title run. Sportsnet traces General Manager Masai Ujiri’s six (what a coincidence!) moves that brought the Raptors to the Finals, going all the way back to 2013. The first move?

Swindling Knicks owner James L. Dolan into trading Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, their 2016 first-round pick and two future second-round picks for Andrea Bargnani, the Raptor’s sub-par first pick of the 2006 draft.

Bargnani last signed on to play for Spain’s Saski Baskonia, so you can see how well that trade played out for the Knicks. In another devastating deal for the Knicks, Masai Ujiri was also GM of the Nuggets, whose first move was to unload Carmelo Anthony into MSG.

Masai Ujiri also made a number of moves that provoked criticism from the Raptor’s fan-base and the media.

This includes firing coach of the year Dwayne Casey– who had led the Raptors to a franchise-record number of wins– and trading the team’s most popular player DeMar Derozen for Kahwi, who had only been able to play nine games the previous season.

But look where they are now. In another history-making stat, the Raptors are the first team to make the NBA finals without a lottery pick. Adding to the hype, Kahwi has scored 561 points in the post-season so far.

With the Raptor’s title run, Drake, who has been dubbed the Raptor’s “Rowdy Uncle” for his unruly court-side behavior this post-season, has a chance to break the eponymous “Drake Curse” that has dogged him for years.

As author Thomas Mitchell notes, we’ll soon find out “God’s Plan.”

Top Boy is back and Drake will be on deckie for the Netflix series

Top Boy is back!

Per Netflix, season 3 of the Drake executively produced UK crime drama is expected to return this Fall and fans can’t stop talking about it.

Top Boy is a critically acclaimed drama based around the lives of London drug dealers and street gangs that likens to the American classic series, The Wire. 

First aired in 2011, Top Boy ran for two seasons on UK’s Channel 4 but was eventually canceled.

It wasn’t until Drake stumbled across the drama on Youtube and fell in love that the series’ potential started to shape up.

In 2017, Scorpion artist decided to get involved, buying the rights to the show and pitching it to Netflix for two more seasons as it’s executive producer.

Taking to The Hollywood Reporter at the time, the OVO label head admitted the show’s “human elements” drew him in and that he was taken with its depiction of London as both beautiful and malevolent.

Netflix officials also noted that it was Drake’s passion for the series that “drove its resurrection.”

Although Drake is now at the helm, he’s bringing on the original creative team with  British rappers-turned-actors Ashley Walters and Kane Robinson. He’s also adding up and coming UK rapper Little Simz and UK album-chart topper Dave, as well.

The Hollywood Reporter gave a synopsis of the season:

The new 10-episode season picks up as Dushane (Walters) returns from exile to his home in London to reclaim his throne in the highly lucrative drug market. He teams up with Sully (Robinson), his spiritual brother, partner and sometime rival who is also returning to the same streets after his own form of exile — prison — comes to an end. Awaiting them both is Jamie (Ward), the young, hungry and ruthless gang leader whose ambitions leave no place for Dushane and Sully.

Six years is a long hiatus for a show but it might bode well for the series based off anticipation alone, especially now that Drake is expected to appear in the series.

Walters, who is one of the show’s primary actors, revealed to a UK publication when the reboot was announced that the Canadian actor would be well involved.

“We met up to start talking about the show and we are working out a role for him,” Walters told The Mirror.

“He loves acting, of course, he wanted a part. He’s going to be really hands-on and is getting stuck into it.”

Drake hasn’t acted in a role since Anchorman and because it’s on an assessable platform like Netflix, the show is destined to do numbers.

Drake is clearly dipping his hands in Hollywood this year as the Top Boy announcement comes after yet another drama that Drake is executive producing, this time for HBO.

Titled Euphoria, the series, which stars Zendaya, follows a group of high-schoolers in a classic coming of age story as they face sex, drugs, friendship, and social media.

All episodes of Top Boy‘s third season drop simultaneously on Netflix this fall.

‘You’ve already won’ Drake’s Grammys speech cut short, but still powerful

Last night Sunday, Feb. 11 was the 61st annual Grammy’s and as you probably witnessed, there were plenty of storylines that ensued.

Ariana Grande was spazzing on Twitter per usual, Alicia Keys’ unorthodox hosting brought in the hottest of takes, not to mention the inevitable snubs.

This year was no different as Drake became one of the many post-ceremony talking points when his acceptance speech for Best Rap Song was cut-off mid-speech.

His smash hit “God’s Plan” beat out the likes of Eminem, Jay Rock, Kendrick, and Travis Scott, but the OVO figurehead decided to use his moment to uplift the artists who did not win, who weren’t invited, and who may possibly place all their stock in the trophy he was holding.

However, the Toronto born rapper’s mic went mute after a pause and saying “But…,” leading many to believe the show producers intentionally pulled the plug —a fitting narrative that was given while he was in the middle of saying how awards don’t matter.

After starting by saying this was the first time in Grammy history where he actually felt like who he thought he was, he addressed everyone else:  

“The kids watching, those aspiring to do music, and all my peers that make music from their heart, that do things pure and tell the truth to know we play in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport. It is not the NBA…”

Drake’s speech continued,

“This is a business where sometimes it is up to a bunch of people that might not understand what a mixed race kid from Canada has to say… or a brother from Houston right there, my brother Travis. You’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you are a hero in your hometown. If there is people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here, I promise you, you already won.”

Optics do not tell the entire story and it’s a strong possibility that it was by accident that producers cut to another shot.

A representative for the Grammys clarified to Variety that producers did not intentionally cut off Drake but were under the impression that he had finished his speech.

“During Drake’s speech, there was a natural pause and at that moment the producers did assume that he was done and then cut to commercial,” said Sunshine Sachs’ Michael Samonte. “However the producers did speak with Drake following his speech and did offer him to come back on stage to finish whatever his thoughts were. But Drake said he was happy with what he said and didn’t have anything to add.”

Either way, Drake’s speech, cut-off or not, was dripping with gems.

As a music artist and someone who’s probably been on that side of the coin, Drake was spot-on in speaking to what it feels to seek value in awards — to see validation in trophies — and he wanted to shed perspective.

He’s right, at the end of the day, while their nice, the awards don’t matter. The real value is in the contentment of your fanbase and the tickets sold and in the authentic expression of self. Someone sitting at home really proud of their work yet feeling left out because they weren’t in his shoes at that given point in time needed to hear that.


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Drake joins the eSports industry: Why this is a big moment for gaming

In between dropping Scorpion, feuding with every rapper under the sun and having a kid, 32-year-old Canadian-born rapper Aubrey Drake Graham is now proud co-owner of a professional eSports organization.

The name of the brand is 100 Thieves and it’s a “lifestyle, apparel and esports” company headed by retired Call of Duty player Matt “Nadeshot” Haag according to the official press release.

Cleveland Cavaliers chairman Dan Gilbert and entertainment mogul Scooter Braun complete the circle of co-owners; in addition, Drake and Scooter will serve as ‘strategic advisors’ responsible for overseeing the company’s competitive gaming and apparel business

While the pairing of Drake and a gaming company may not make sense on paper at first sight, when you look into the money and popularity surrounding the industry it will.

Over the past 20 years, competitive gaming has flourished into one of the most rapidly growing industries in entertainment. The total global audience expected to reach 380 million by the end of 2018, according to Newzoo, an Amsterdam-based research firm.

Not only that, PwC (the accounting firm formerly known as PricewaterhouseCoopers) is estimating that revenue in the e-gaming market will grow drastically, rising to $1.6 billion in 2020 from $620 million in 2017.

So, much like every trend Drizzy and the OVO firm has successfully bid on — like, Afrobeat, the Migos and *insert winning sports team here* — e-gaming is actually a good move. But, Drake won’t be doing much of gaming anyway.

100 Thieves is listed as an eSports organization third, after “lifestyle brand” and “apparel” company. While headed by former number one Call of Duty player in the world, the organization associates more to a street brand than anything is looking to leverage different partnerships throughout the culture.

Drake already partnered with ith 100 Thieves earlier this year when he had gaming stations following him on his tour for Scorpion, and there have been clothing collaborations in the works.

Plus, we all remember what happened when Drake hopped on Twitch to play Tyler “Ninja” Blevins in Fortnite and the response it had. There’s clearly a market to be tapped.

Unlike other gaming companies like Evil Geniuses and Cloud9, 100 Thieves looks to assist the already budding relationship between pop-culture and gaming culture. Drake just got in on the bottom floor.

While many may look at this acquisition as another culture Drake is vulturing, hopefully, what it does is break nerd stigma and ingratiate two separate worlds that have a lot in common.

Back at the launch of Street Fighter 5 in 2016, Lupe Fiasco beat Japanese competitive gamer Daigo Umehara, who was widely considered the best Street Fighter player in the world. While it may have been rigged, as Lupe pulled off the upset, it made for some great streaming and caused quite the stir.

With Drake’s new partnership, we could possibly see an influence that would have the number one gamer in the world also have the number one song in the world.

Until then we can only applaud Drake for securing another bag!

Why Lil Baby and Gunna’s ‘Drip Harder’ is already the best collab of 2018

Just days removed from it’s Friday, Oct 5th release, and Gunna and Lil Baby’s Drip Harder is already to the best collaborative effort of 2018.

Following a year when collab projects seemed to be forced the norm, 2018 has seen just a handful. And while Drip Harder may still have just dropped, I don’t want to hear about the ills of microwave consumption in music, needing time to digest bodies of work or any other elitist rules that comes with hearing albums.

You see, even before listening, by sheer hype alone, Drip Harder already rivals classic collaborations like W.A.T.T.B.A., and it’s largely due to the amazing year both Gunna and Lil Baby are having.

Lil Baby’s snagged a top five hit on the Hot 100 with his Drake-assisted smash “Yes Indeed,” and later debuted at No. 3 with his album Harder Than Ever in May.

Similarly, Gunna’s own Drip Season 3  garnered critical acclaim and the affection of many ever since its February release. His single “Oh Ok” featuring Young Thug and Lil Baby has accrued over 37 million views on YouTube and he single-handily coined the most inescapable term of 2018: “drip.”

So when it was announced that Lil Baby and Gunna were coming out with a collaborative project there was an instantaneous reaction of glee.

Arriving via Quality Control and Young Stoner Life Records/Motown, Drip Harder didn’t need a big promo push or much convincing to get the majority of the rap collective on board. Their history of work speaks for itself.

You can point to Lil Baby and Gunna back-and-forth on “Life Goes On” (feat. Lil Uzi Vert) which appeared on Baby’s Harder Than Ever for an example of the magic he and Gunna can create. The single spent six weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Baby and Gunna chemistry proved irresistible yet again on Young Thug’s “Chanel (Go Get It),” propelling Slime Language to No. 78. Then you have, of course, “Sold Out Dates” from earlier this year, which is a potential Song of the Year candidate.

Regardless of how good Drip Harder ends up being, the intersection of two artists who are both in the running for rookie of the year and who have arguably the hottest songs of the year is a moment in time worth mentioning.

Between their beat selection of isolated piano rifts and guitar chords behind the ATL trap 808’s and their run-on rapping style, they offer something that the game hasn’t seen in a while.


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When you think of dynamic duos, Gunna and Lil Baby are reminiscent of mixtape Spitta and Wiz or G Herbo and Lil Bibby. It’s special.

Now that Drip Harder is actually out real takes can be made apart from the anticipation that’s proceeded it. Although, I have a feeling it’s going live up to it. With a couple months left to go in 2018, this may just be the best collab offering of the year.

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Don’t want no smoke: Why Kanye apologizing to Drake is the smart move

After apologizing for his insensitive comments on slavery at Chicago’s WGCI radio station last week, it appears Kanye West is still feeling remorseful, taking to Twitter today (Sept 5th) to apologize to none other than Drake.

If you remember, Kanye came under question when sensitive information regarding Toronto rapper’s son was divulged during his back and forth with Pusha T.

Drake and Kanye had been working on music together at the time and it was the assumption that Kanye had to be the culprit. But he isn’t that’s not the case. “I did not have any conversations about your child with Pusha,” he writes.

It’s clear Drake has severed ties with the G.O.O.D Music CEO, dissing him while stopping through Chicago on his tour with the Migos and again on a forthcoming collaborative single with French Montana, “No Stylist.” “I told her don’t wear no 350s ’round me,” Drake raps during a newly-leaked snippet of the record.

Kanye’s apology tour could mean new music, or possibly that his return to Chicago is making him open up more than usual. He did reopen rumors on running for President on DJ Pharris’s  Power 92 Chicago this week. Who knows?

We may not know why someone with an ego as big a Kanye’s is doing all this apologizing, but we’d be amiss to not think anything of it.

Ye by himself is already a master marketer and now that he’s paired with Kim, everything he does must be second-guessed and scrutinized. Whether it’s to ensure a Drake feature on Chance’s project or a chess move for something bigger down the line, you cannot take anything Kanye does at face value.

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Either way, it’s going to take a lot more to winning back over the public after his disparaging remarks and shortsighted political views.

Only time will tell if Drake responds or gives Kanye the time of day, but, it does appear that he is not gotten everything off of his chest.

In the meanwhile, what we do know is that we’ll be hearing more of Kanye as he works on Chance the Rappers new album in Chicago.

Ty Dolla $ign’s 10 best features of 2018 (so far) proves he’s the GOAT

2018 has been one of the most entertaining years in recent hip-hop memory with more storylines than one can count, but Ty Dolla $ign being the stand-alone favorite for Sixth Man of the Year was one I didn’t see coming.

Born Tyrone William Griffin Jr., Ty Dolla’s run comes off as surprising, when you dig deeper you find that Ty has been the go-to for features for almost three years running.

Because the Cali-native is a true musician skilled multiple instruments with both an ear and understanding of chords, layering, and harmonizations, it makes him able to collaborate with literally everyone.

You can refer to his work on 2 Chainz’s traphouse love ballad “Lil Baby,” the pop mashup with Nick Jonas on “Bacon,” Wizkid’s “One For Me”, LeCrae’s gospel “Blessings,” or the minimal slap of Fifth Harmony’s “Work From Home,” just to name a few he’s done over the past.

In 2018 alone he dominated as the highlight feature of most of the summer’s blockbuster album releases.

Ty Dolla laid background vocals or verses on three out of seven tracks of Kanye West’s Ye, not to mention his involvement with other label releases.  He even managed to snag multiple placements on one singular Drake album — a feat that has never been done by a non-label mate of Drizzy.

His addition may be a full-length verse, like on Teyana’s “3Way” or subtle vocal reinforcements like on Drake’s “Jaded,” either way, it’s clear that the cat’s out the bag on Ty’s talent and his endless utility.

In an interview with The FADER earlier this year he spoke on his demand and how he handles it:

“At first I was just being the homie and every time somebody would ask me, I was like, ‘Yeah’. Then [my publicist] started complaining and other people at [Ty’s label] Atlantic like, ‘Yo, we need to save some of this shit for your shit.’”

With all the artist that see Ty Dolla’s worth one would expect that he’d be a much bigger artist, but to this day he’s yet to make that mainstream leap.

His 2017 album, Beach House 3, was slept on big time. It featured the Dream-assisted single “Love U Better,” which peaked at No. 20 on the Billboard 200.

Beach House 3 itself peaked at No. 11. Much like the album before it, Free TC, it received critical praise and has garnered Ty a cult following as a result. Whether Ty will ever reach that superstar status, or that he wants to, is left for the future to unfold.

Until then I’ve compiled my 10 favorites of Ty’s very prolific summer.

“Freee” | Kids See Ghost feat. Ty Dolla $ign

“3Way” | Teyana Taylor feat. Ty Dolla $ign

“After Dark” | Drake feat. Ty Dolla $ign

“Psycho” | Post Malone feat Ty Dolla $ign

“White Sands” | Migos feat Ty Dolla $ign

“Hey Up There” | Buddy feat. Ty Dolla $ign

“Wouldn’t Leave” | Kanye feat PARTYNEXTDOOR and Ty Dolla $ign

“Ex” | YG feat Ty Dolla $ign

“Jaded” | Drake feat. Ty Dolla $ign

“The Light” | Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign