Kanye West’s name change is official

Kanye West’s name change is official
He’s legally changed his name to Ye.

By Jordan Darville

October 18, 2021

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Kanye Omari West has changed his legal name to his longtime moniker of Ye, according to a TMZ report. West first filed the paperwork with a Los Angeles judge in August, and today his request was approved.

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And, as Stereogum points out, Kanye had a fairly full weekend. He was the musical guest at the wedding of Alexandre Arnault and Geralde Guyot in Venice, where he performed “Flashing Lights” and “Runaway” through a cumbersome-looking Venetian mask. It kinda reminds me of Eyes Wide Shut, and I’m hoping that whole look doesn’t become a trend for the rich and famous.

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Prior to the wedding, Kanye was spotted at an airport in Venice wearing a white mannequin-looking mask. Big weekend for Kanye and masks, overall! Hopefully, this isn’t leading to one of his underbaked political statements. See it all below.

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Kanye performing "Runaway" last night at Alexandre Arnault and Geralde Guyot’s wedding in Venice. (10.16.21) pic.twitter.com/4WwxHsBEX1

— Kanye Media (@KanyeMedia_) October 17, 2021

Kanye performing "Flashing Lights" last night at Alexandre Arnault and Geralde Guyot’s wedding in Venice. (10.16.21) pic.twitter.com/AriRIBgnwA

— Kanye Media (@KanyeMedia_) October 17, 2021

Watch Kim Kardashian West roast Kanye West on SNL

Watch Kim Kardashian West roast Kanye West on SNL
Kim Kardashian took her first Saturday Night Live hosting gig as an opportunity to roast her nearest and dearest.

By Shaad D'Souza

October 10, 2021

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Kim Kardashian West hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time ever this weekend. She did a good job! An admirably game host, she appeared in every single sketch, including a particularly weird Bachelorette parody featuring Chris Rock and John Cena, and a sketch making fun of her sister Kourtney’s relationship with Travis Barker and friendship with Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox. Kardashian West also took her monologue as an opportunity to roast current and former members of her own family, making fun of her mother Kris’ business acumen, her sisters’ plastic surgery, and, on a couple of occasions, her ex-husband Kanye West. After riffing on West’s failed political career, Kardashian West made a joke about their divorce, pinning the blame on one thing in particular: “his personality”. Watch the entire monologue, including a couple of very strange OJ Simpson jokes, above.

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Kanye West Dropped Chris Brown From ‘Donda’ 2.0 In Latest Album Update

Kanye West has removed Chris Brown completely from the ‘Donda’ album, which he has updated with a newer version which includes alterations to quite a few tracks.

Chris Brown was featured on the song “New Again” in the background vocals, but he was replaced by Kanye’s vocals and a choir replacing his hook. Brown had previously reacted to being cut from Ye’s album after its release.

Chris Brown threw subliminal shots at Kanye West via Instagram Stories after his verse was removed from “New Again.”

Breezy called West a “whole h*e” in a message shared on his IG Story. The R&B singer and the G.O.O.D. Music rapper previously worked together on The Life of Pablo song “Waves,” and had seemed to have a good relationship with Brown, even excitedly shared that he was going to be featured on Donda when Kanye West had earlier contacted him.

However, he wasn’t pleased with being edited from the song and posted to his Stories- “Kanye a whole hoe,” after the album was released. Brown later deleted the post and said instead, “Nah he tweakin.”

In the meantime, it seems that Kanye, who had said his album was released by Universal without authorization, is not done with the fine-tuning as he has also upgraded several tracks as he removed vocals and replaced himself in the verses.

One of the songs, “Keep My Spirit Alive,” saw him removing singer KayCyy’s vocals and replaced with West singing the verse instead.

Meanwhile, he tweaked some songs like raising the “Jail Pt 2”, which features Marilyn Manson and DaBaby, and improving on the mixing of songs “God Breathed,” “Junya,” and “Come to Life.”

Meanwhile, the recent updates which mirror Kanye’s behavior with his 2016 Life of Pablo album come ahead of the Netflix trailer for a documentary focussed on West.

Kanye West recently link up with Diddy while sporting a shirt with Marilyn Manson imprinted on it.

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Kanye West removes KayCyy and Chris Brown from Donda

Kanye West updates Donda, removes guests
Kaycyy and Chris Brown are out, more bass is in.

By Shaad D'Souza

September 28, 2021

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As is his wont, Kanye West has updated his latest album a matter of weeks after it was initially released. As Hypebeast reports, a Reddit user by the name of PyroDZN has noted distinct changes between the version of Donda currently on streaming services and the one released, the most notable being the removal of KayCyy’s chorus on “Keep My Spirit Alive” and Chris Brown‘s hook on “New Again”. Finding the new version has proven to be something of a chore: both versions seem to currently exist on streaming services; when I tried to listen to the changes on my Spotify, I could only hear the old tracks, and only found the new tracks by going directly to the album page, embedded below. In addition to the removal of KayCyy and Brown, there appear to be minor cosmetic changes to the rest of the record — new mixes on “God Breathed”, “Come To Life” and “Jail pt. 2”, and more bass on “Junya”. On Twitter, KayCyy seemingly responded to the changes, before deleting his tweets: “If u heard me u heard me … if u didn’t … […] My spirit living regardless.” Listen to the whole thing below.

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Kanye West is in the studio with Post Malone and Fleet Foxes

Kanye West is in the studio with Post Malone and Fleet Foxes
Kanye West, Post Malone and Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold are hanging out, listening to Fleet Foxes.

By Shaad D'Souza

September 26, 2021

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Mere weeks after the release of his tenth studio album Donda, Kanye West is back in the studio with some unlikely guests. As Stereogum points out, Akademiks posted a video to Instagram yesterday of West and Post Malone listening to Fleet Foxes’ “The Shrine / An Argument”. As Stereogum’s James Rettig notes, the pair weren’t just listening to Fleet Foxes alone; the band’s Robin Pecknold was also present, as evidenced by a photo from Pecknold’s Instagram story, viewable here. Post Malone is a noted Fleet Foxes fan, as he has mentioned in on Twitter and as seen in Akademiks’ video.

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Donda was finally released on August 29, a year and change after it was first announced and a matter of weeks after West first began previewing the record at listening parties around America. The record features West’s long-awaited reunion with Jay-Z, as well as collaborations with DaBaby and Marilyn Manson, Pop Smoke, Baby Keem, Lil Durk, Travis Scott, and more. Watch the Instagram clip of West in the studio with Post Malone below.

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Watch the trailer for Netflix’s revealing new Kanye West doco

Watch the trailer for Netflix’s revealing new Kanye West doco
JEEN-YUHS, a 20-years-in-the-making doco about Kanye West, is dropping next year.

By Shaad D'Souza

September 26, 2021

Netflix has released the first preview of JEEN-YUHS, its 20-years-in-the-making documentary series about Kanye West. In the preview, West and Mos Def rap an impassioned acapella version of “Two Words”, their classic collaboration from West’s debut album The College Dropout. Shot over two decades by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah, the creators of West’s “Through The Wire” video, JEEN-YUHS was supposedly bought by Netflix for $30 million, although that figure is contested. Although West allowed Simmons and Ozah access to film, the rapper himself is not creatively involved with the project, meaning that the film has a level of editorial independence often unprecedented for celebrity documentaries. Watch the clip of JEEN-YUHS, set to be released some time in 2022, above.

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Popcaan Wasn’t Feeling Kanye West’s Yeezy Kicks While Sneaker Shopping In The UK

Popcaan stays loyal to Drake and not even Kanye West famous Yeezy kicks he will not support.

Along with his numerous hit songs and charismatic personality, Popcaan is known for being brutally honest about his feelings. The Dancehall Deejay has been having a good time in London, giving fans a little more insight into his taste in sneakers.

Popcaan visited UK’s luxurious sneaker retailer, Kick Game, and was featured on the store’s YouTube page, capturing his private shopping spree without filtering the “Level Up” deejay’s likes and dislikes.

The YouTube page usually features other celebrities who give details on their preferences as they provide sneaker reviews. Popcaan was reportedly exclusively invited, and while there were no fans present (possibly due to the Covid-19 pandemic), Popcaan definitely uplifted the mood of staff members with his jokes and antics.

Of course, the deejay, who was accompanied by his older brother, would not hold back on what his preferences are and what he really is not fond of.

The “Firm and Strong” deejay praised England-based Jamaican footballer Raheem Sterling’s Clarks collection and demanded the brand.

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“Show mi di Raheem Sterling shoes dem. Get mi di Raheem Sterling shoes in dis place. Get dem inside here. That’s my bro!” he exclaimed.

However, Kanye West’s Yeezy did not get such positive feedback. The Unruly Boss did not hide his contempt for the brand.

“What the f**k is a Yeezy’s bro? Mi nuh know bout dat! Mi nuh know dem shoes deh. Dem shoes deh look like some alien shoes. I don’t feel those bro,” he said.

However, the deejay did hail a pair of slides as something he could wear, but to the river, and emphasized that he is not too fond of the name.

“I don’t do slide, fam. Mi love go river and dem ting deh mi can use dem yah…choose one a dem yah as one river shows. We can easy wid some Yeezy’s still but we nuh deal wid sliding,” he explained.

He was contented with a pair of Travis Scott X Air Force One Low Cactus Jack sneakers, Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Shadow 2.0, Union LA X Air Jordan 4 Retros in Guava Ice, among other cool sneakers.

Popcaan also insisted on buying fits for his “family” back home, and he fetched a pair of shoes for Jorja Smith, a British singer he had collaborated with on the track “Come Over.”

The 33-year-old also honored Buju Banton by selecting a T-Shirt flaunting the “Untold Stories” deejay’s face, and declaring him a “legend.”

“Buju mean music, he’s a symbol of the Jamaican industry. He’s family bro,” he said.

Popcaan also selected a sweatsuit and a TrapStar jacket from Drake and Nike’s NOCTA Apparel Collection.

At the end of the shopping spree, Popcaan paid a bill of £9,154.85.

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Kanye West Rushed ‘Donda’ To Drop Before Drake’s ‘CLB’ Says Collaborator Todd Rundgren

Did Kanye West rushed Donda so he could drop before Drake?

The G.O.O.D. Music rapper’s latest project has been met with mixed and drastically differing reviews. Some have argued it is his worst effort yet, while others think it is a masterpiece. Kanye West is anything but conventional, and it seems his album-making process is no different. He is notorious for stacking up collaborations from rappers, singers, and artists of all kinds, and it seems some people find this practice inconsiderate and inefficient.

In a new interview with UCR, multi-instrumentalist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Todd Rundgren admitted that he spent far too much time contributing to Donda, only to find that none of his work made the final cut.

“I have three albums worth of Kanye stems on my computer,” Rundgren said. “Because I kept getting called by Kanye to add vocals onto the record. When I got into the homestretch in July, I just said, ‘That’s enough for me. I have no idea whether and of this is being used.’”

Todd added that Kanye West is not very responsive to his collaborators, so he never knew what was being done with his work. Then he joked, “There is the possibility that I’m in there somewhere. There’s so much junk in that record!”

The musical legend went on to call Yeezy a “dilettante”, or a person who makes attempts to cultivate art without really committing to understanding it. Basically, he called Kanye a poser.

Even more scathingly, Rundgren claimed that Donda was rushed because Kanye wanted to beat Drake to the album drop punch.

“It’s because Drake was running the whole process,” he said. “He was too afraid that Drake would one-up him, so he hurried up and released the album the weekend before Drake could get his out. And in the end, Drake ate his lunch anyway.”

The Certified Lover Boy versus Donda debate continues to rage on, with many fans choosing CLB as the clear winner while diehard Kanye fans continue to defend Yeezy’s work at all costs. Clearly, Todd Rundgren is not one of them.

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Drake’s Certified Lover Boy debuts at No.1 with best first-week sales of 2021

Drake’s Certified Lover Boy debuts at No.1 with best first-week sales of 2021
The album moved 613,000 units in seven days, nearly twice that of Kanye West’s Donda

By Jordan Darville

September 13, 2021

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Drake’s sixth studio album Certified Lover Boy has secured the best first week sales of 2021 with 613,000 units sold, Billboard reports.

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Drake’s sixth studio album Certified Lover Boy has secured the best first week sales of 2021 with 613,000 units sold, Billboard reports. It’s Drake’s 10th No. 1 album and the biggest album debut since Taylor Swift’s folklore bowed with 846,000 units in August 2020.

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The debut of Certified Lover Boy bumped the previous No. 1 album, Donda by Kanye West, down one spot to No. 2. Donda moved 309,000 equivalent album units in its first week, at that point the biggest debut of 2021. While it appears that Drake nearly doubled Donda‘s debut, it’s worth pointing out that Kanye West released his album on a Sunday, giving it fewer eligible days for its first-week sales.

Still, the launch of Certified Lover Boy will likely do nothing to calm the feud between Drake and Kanye West. The two rappers began bickering in public after Drake’s verse on Trippie Redd’s “Betrayal” contained shots at West and Pusha-T. West responded with Instagram posts that promised to end Drake’s career and published his home address in Toronto. Later, Drake leaked a Kanye West song called “Life of the Party” featuring Andre 3000 in which Kanye directly addressed the beef — 3000 would later distance himself from the conflict and the song’s release.

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Anthony Fantano Is Not Impressed By Drake’s “CLB” Despite Chart Success

Anthony Fantano is not impressed by CLB and he’s not holding back in a review that left fans with mixed feelings. Drake’s latest album has been touted in competition against Kanye West’s Donda.

However, it seems that the music reviewer who critically assessed Donda at a 7/10 rating does not feel Drake’s Certified Lover Boy giving it a 3/10 score. Both albums have been pitted against each other by fans and even the artists themselves in a supposed beef which has been suspected to be all part of a large marketing scheme to sell music by Kanye West and Drake.

However, the first thing fans have done since the albums dropped was compare them side by side. It appears though that Drake’s album is the least favourite of the two or atleast that’s the case for Fantano who released his review days after CLB’s drop.

Fantano started his review by calling the album a “Certified snoozer.”

While he rated the overall album at a 3/10, he does agree that a few tracks like “Fair Trade,” “Yebba’s Heartbreak,” and “You Only Live Twice,” are good but he completely trashes the Future and Young Thug-feature “Way 2 Sexy.”

Fantano says the  album lacked creativity.

“Once again, I’ll sum this up by saying this is just a very uninspired record from Drake,” he says in the final moments of his review. “Not a whole lot going on here creatively. A few decent tracks here and there but nothing coming together into a great project here.”

Of course fans were divided on the music reviewer’s words with some agreeing with him and others disagreeing. Some however noted that the latest review of CLB cements the dominance of Donda over Certified Lover Boy.

Anthony Fantano said his least favorite song on CLB is Way 2 Sexy, which makes sense considering his egg head ass is one of the ugliest and least sexy MFs I've ever had the discomfort of seeing in my entire life

— Rogan is Ariana Grande's intern ?? (@stream_blonde) September 7, 2021

Los is getting owned while trying to defend CLB by Fantano? pic.twitter.com/fwDTNsmnbI

— Deku (@Jonah8981) September 7, 2021

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— Zak – ????? ???? (@TheRealZiko) September 7, 2021

anthony fantano being on the verge of falling asleep while listening to clb is so funny to me idk why pic.twitter.com/djgnf9xMDd

— pngmafia (@zaydotpng) September 4, 2021

LMAOOO fantano gave CLB a 3 AHAHAHH OBVIOUSLY it was so mid but melon thought its way lower than mid lmao

— Timothy smarty (@timrodad) September 7, 2021

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Drake’s “CLB” Eclipses Kanye West “Donda” Streams In 3 Days

Drake’s new album, Certified Lover Boy, has outperformed Kanye West’s, Donda, album in just three days after release.

It’s only been about a week, but it seems like Drake has notched ahead in the battle of the veterans against Kanye West. The two albums Certified Lover Boy by Drake and Donda by Kanye West have been the subject of fierce debate on social media as fans try to assess which album will come out on top.

The streaming numbers form a big part of the debates, with many saying that Drake may easily beat Kanye West in that regard because of his worldwide appeal. So far, they’ve been proven right. The latest figures indicate that between Friday and Sunday, CLB got 430 million on-demand audio streams in the United States, beating out Donda’s less than 423 million streams in its first eight days.

The stats are according to Rolling Stone’s metrics, which confirmed that it took Certified Lover Boy just three days to surpass Donda’s eight-day streaming totals. Even though the numbers so far crown Drake the winner of this war, Donda seems to be the more talked about the album on social media.

That’s mainly because of how well it is still performing, including some record-breakers. For example, two tracks from Donda, “Hurricane” and “Off The Grid,” both made their debut appearance on the Billboard Hot 100’s Top 10 this week.

Added to that, “Hurricane” has officially been chosen as the first single from the album. That decision may put Kanye in heavier rotation on the airwaves.

What will help Kanye’s cause as well is the fact that he seems to be trending for various reasons recently. This may push more people to take in his music. Most recently, it was revealed how he dismissed an engineer working on his album after he was late to a recording session.

According to a part of the conversation revealed by DJ Akademiks, Kanye is alleged to have told the engineer, “Stop texting. Go find God,” after he apologized.

What are your thoughts on the two trending albums at the moment?

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Shenseea, Buju Banton Makes Billboard Hot 100 Debut Thanks To Kanye West ‘Donda’

Shenseea and Buju Banton makes their Hot 100 debut this week thanks to their feature on Kanye West new album Donda.

Kanye West continues to shatter records with his new album “Donda” and the Jamaican stars, as well as others, who contributed to the project are also getting world-class exposure. The Shenseea feature “Pure Souls” and Buju Banton‘s feature “Believe What I Say” landed both artistes a spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week making it their first appearance on the chart. Both Jamaican stars received writing credits for their respective parts on the album, Shenseea with her melodic background vocals and Buju with his vocals and prose rendition.

“Pure Souls,” which also features Roddy Ricch landed at Number 52, and “Believe What I Say” landed at Number 28.

Shenseea was also featured on a second song of the 27-track album titled “Ok Ok Pt. 2,” where she had much more to say in a lengthier and fiery verse. This song did not make the Billboard Top 100 chart but has been making strides on other charts, as it was ranked at Number 56 on the Rolling Stone’s Top 100 songs this week.

Shenseea’s manager and perhaps her biggest cheerleader, Romeich Major, took to Instagram to congratulate his artiste, expressing his delight over the recent development.

He shared a screenshot of Billboard Chart’s Twitter post announcing that 23 of Kanye’s songs from the Donda album made the Hot 100 this week.

In his caption, he wrote, “So proud of my #shenyeng swear just 5 years and you are doing so much greatness for your music and culture.”

“@shenseea hits Billboard chart today. I keep feeling prouder and prouder each day keep working keep pushing and be the best you can that only will count,” he added.

Shenseea had expressed gratitude on numerous occasions to Kanye West for believing in her and having her on his album. Among other achievements, the project also debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

The exposure comes as Shenseea prepares for the release of her debut album that should drop sometime this year.

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The songstress continues to make historical moves, as she is now the first female Jamaican artiste in 19 years to make the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She now joins the likes of Lady Saw (now Minister Marion Hall) and Patra.

Buju Banton, on the other hand, had a few Billboard successes in the past from his albums “Voice of Jamaica,” “Til Shiloh,” “Unchained Spirit,” and “Friend For Life,” which scored positions on other Billboard chart categories.

In the album’s first week of release, the single “Pure Souls” registered over 11 million streams across DSPs, while the single “OK OK Pt 2” received over 7.4 million streams.

Both Shenseea and Buju Banton are currently getting ready to release new albums with the dancehall princess recently revealing that her debut album is done.

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T-Pain Details How Kanye West Stole His ‘Corny’ Steve Steve Urkel Line

T-Pain shared some details about how Kanye West blindsided him and jacked a line from one of his songs.

T-Pain has been busy on his Twitch stream, and no one’s safe! At least not anyone who has been foul to the “I’m Sprung” artist as he details events after events from the past or just funny recollections that his fans are ready to eat up.

The artist’s latest disclosure has some anger at Kanye West, who is accused of blatantly stealing one of T-Pain’s lines and using it in his 2010 track, “Dark Fantasy.”

In the song, a slick-tongued Kanye West name-drop “Family Matters” character Steve Urkel on the “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” track, “Dark Fantasy.”

However, the line was not Ye’s original idea since a similar line was used by T-Pain, but he was told by Kanye it was “corny,” leading to him dropping it.

The “Buy U A Drank” singer claims Ye stole the concept for the Urkel line after hearing him sing a similar lyric on his song “Danger.”

“Let me talk about a time that one of my ‘corny’ lines got stolen,” T-Pain said. “I’m so prepared for this and I love this. Bro, Kanye stole one of my corny lines. I couldn’t believe it. Kanye stole one of my corny lines after he told me it was corny. I don’t think he said it better. I don’t think anything happened that [made] his… better than mine… because mine was out,” he said on the Twitch Livestream.

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He added that he was letting Kanye listen to his mixtape because he valued his expertise in music when Ye turned around and stole the line.

“I was working on Watch the Throne and I was so proud of my new mixtape that I had coming and it was mostly rap,” he continued. “There was a lot of rap on my shit and I was showing Kanye my shit to be like, ‘Is this good rap?’ I really wanted his fucking opinion. I was dying. It’s fucking Kanye bro, you know what I’m saying?”

T-Pain said he shared the supposed corny line to Kanye -“I got beef like two burgers, you ni**as win slow and I’m smarter than Steve Urkel.”

He said he knew it was corny, and Kanye West also told him the same.

“Now, keep in mind the Winslow family, right? Corny as fuck. I knew it was corny when I said it,” T-Pain admitted. “Kanye confirmed it. He was like, ‘Don’t ever say anything like that.’ Then after that, one of his bars was, ‘Too many Urkels on your team, that’s why your wins low.’ And I was like, ‘Did this ni**a try to get me to not say my shit so he could say it?’ … I was like, ‘Bro, that’s my bar.’ He looked at me and he was literally bobbing his head, grabbing his chin, and when I said that line he looked at me and said, ‘Don’t say that.’”

T-Pain says he’s learned a valuable lesson to believe in himself and even his corny lines.

“I know they’re corny, but if the right person says it, it’s not corny anymore apparently,” T-Pain said. “When a ni*a getting lifted to the fucking ceiling like a God with a light shining down on him and y’all ni*as is paying $50 for fucking chicken fingers to listen to a fucking unfinished album. Twice.”

Meanwhile, T-Pain is not the only one accusing Kanye West of stealing. A range of allegations against the rapper includes allegations that he stole his Donda merch designs from a black-owned company. He has also been accused by musicians from his ‘Sunday Service’ production of stiffing the staff and not paying them, and they’ve sued him for $30 million in damages.

Ye is also accused of allegedly stealing sneaker tech designs from a start-up company, and even once accused of stealing a gold earring during a Versace fashion show in 2018. His allegations of stealing performance ideas are also numerous such as Lorde accusing him of stealing her set idea in 2018.

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Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Debuts At No. 1, First Week Sales Reveal

Kanye West has the number one album in the United States.

The G.O.O.D. Music rapper’s new album Donda debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week after moving 327,270 album-equivalent units in its first week of release. Some 44,311 are from pure album sales.

There’s probably no fan of hip-hop right now who isn’t discussing Kanye West’s latest offering Donda. That’s whether it’s how much they love it, hate it, or are simply not impressed by it. As it is with the usual Kanye effect, everyone is discussing it in some way.

Kanye has also been trending because the album has been doing some very impressive numbers. In fact, Donda is set to be confirmed as the second-highest debut in Spotify history. At the top of that list is his recent rival Drake, who claimed that honor with his 2018 double album Scorpion.

He may not be able to wrestle away that top spot but he does have some good news on the horizon as his original projected sales are set to go up. Kanye’s Donda sales projections was initially increased from 300k to 350k. It eventually fell just short of the 350K mark, but well over the 300K projected.

The added fifty thousand is expected from traditional album sales. DJ Akademiks noted that given Yeezy’s decision to release the album on Sunday morning, he missed out on two full days of potential numbers. Kanye has since said that the album was released without his permission.

Of course, it would not be a Kanye release without detractors. He seems to simply attract that type of energy. Two of the more popular names to harshly critique the album include DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God.

DJ Envy, who admitted that he hadn’t yet listened to the album said, “Kanye is a clown. He is a clown and a circus. He is a clown and circus, and I’m ashamed of the people around him — Bu, Free, Pusha, [John] Monopoly … he is a clown.”

Charlamagne Tha God also had strong words calling it “exhausting” and also that it sounded “dated.” So far fans seem to appreciate Kanye’s latest body of work as is evidenced by the sales. Most of his recent releases have divided fans, it was the same with his 2013 release Yeezus.

If you haven’t yet listen to Donda, it’s available on all streaming platforms.

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Andre 3000 Distance Self From Kanye West Diss Track Leaked By Drake

Andre 3000 released a statement addressing a Kanye West diss track aimed at Drake in which he is featured on.

Things intensified on Saturday after Drake released a diss track – “Life of the Party,” that was supposedly dropped from the final Donda cut featuring Andre 3000 and Kanye West, who waylaid into Drake.

Apparently, the song was played at a private Donda listening party in Las Vegas but never made the cut until Drake released a version of the track during his DJ mix on Sirius XM on Saturday morning.

According to Andre 3000, the original track he wrote was more focused on honoring the spirit of the Donda album as he felt closer to the concept of the project, which was to honor Kanye’s late mother.

“A few weeks ago Kanye reached out about me being a part of the Donda album. I was inspired by his idea to make a musical tribute to his mom. It felt appropriate to me to support the Donda concept by referencing my own mother, who passed away in 2013. We both share that loss. I thought it was a beautiful choice to make a clean album but, unfortunately, I didn’t know that was the plan before I wrote and recorded my verse. It was clear to me that an edited ‘clean’ format of the verse would not work without having the raw, original also available. So, sadly, I had to be omitted from the original album release,” he explained in a statement via Complex.

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However, Andre 3000 continued that he was disappointed in how the track was released and did not include a Kanye diss verse.

“The track I received and wrote to didn’t have the diss verse on it and we were hoping to make a more focused offering for the Donda album but I guess things happen like they are supposed to. It’s unfortunate that it was released in this way and two artists that I love are going back and forth. I wanted to be on Certified Lover Boy too.”

The rapper added that he didn’t want to be caught up with the beef between Ye and Drake and noted that “I just want to work with people that inspire me. Hopefully I can work with Kendrick on his album. I’d love to work with Lil’ Baby, Tyler and Jay-Z. I respect them all.”

Drake and Kanye have been locked in a tiff fans are calling manufactured beef as the rappers go head to head over the release of their respective albums days apart.

Both Kanye with his Donda and Drake with his Certified Lover Boy were delayed as the rappers appeared to play chess in releasing them.

Leading up to the album releases, both Kanye West and Drake threw shots at each other. Drake’s first shot was via a collab with Trippie Redd “Betrayal,” in which he called out Kanye.

“All these fools I’m beefin’ that I barely know / 45, 44 (burned out), let it go / Ye ain’t changin’ sh*t for me, it’s set in stone.”

Kanye West later responded on social media with a now-deleted post of a group message where he appeared to threaten to sic Pusha-T on Drake.

“I live for this. I’ve been fucked with by nerd ass jock n****as like you my whole life. You will never recover. I promise you.” He then added Pusha-T to the group chat, and later in a separate post, he shared Drake’s address.

Drake has been everything but mum on Kanye’s shots and responded via ‘Certified Lover Boy’ , which was released on September 3.

In the track- “7 a.m. on Bridle Path,” Drake told Kanye: “Give that address to your driver, make it your destination / Instead of just a post out of desperation.”

Kanye for sure responded, but the track was apparently not to be released as a diss track.

Andre 3000’s verse on the song had remained untouched by it seems that Kanye used the heavyweight rapper to win his lyrical beef with Drake.

In the song, he notes, “I put Virgil and Drake on the same text / And it wasn’t about the matching arc’teryx or Kid Cudi dress / Just told these grown men stop it with the funny sh*t.”

He continued, “told Drake don’t play with me on GD / And he sent that message to everybody / So if I hit you with a ‘WYD’ / You better hit me with, ‘Yes sir, I’m writing everything you need.’”

It’s unclear how Drake got a hold of the song, but Kanye is yet to respond.

Drake meanwhile threw one last shot writing on his Instagram account “Waste Removal,” presumably in reference to Kanye West.

YOOOOOOO KANYE VERSE ON @Sound42 talking about the group chat with drake and Virgil.!! pic.twitter.com/AnyT8p4mrn

— V?I?C?T?O?R? (@KidHunxho) September 4, 2021

Drake is working on a collaboration with Nike x ACG called ‘NOCTA’ dropping in December; hence why Kanye threatens to hire the whole team

— ????????. (@StrappedHH) September 4, 2021

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Drake Trolls Kanye West With Soulja Boy’s Shades & Shares Heartfelt Note From His Mom

Drake put on his Soulja Boy shades to send a message to Kanye West while sharing a heartfelt handwritten message from his mother.

The Toronto rapper has been teasing the release of his much-anticipated album Certified Lover Boy from a hacker-type commercial announcing the album’s drop date to memes of pregnant women to beef with Kanye West.

September 3 is fast approaching, and Drake’s loyal fans aren’t the only ones waiting for his next project to drop. The artist’s mother has long been one of the most supportive people in his life, and when it comes to music, Drake has without fail mentioned how Sandi pushed him from he was a little boy to follow his dreams.

On Tuesday night, the “Started from the bottom” rapper shared a sweet note his mother sent him as she cheered him on while waiting for the album to drop.

“To Lover Boy,” she addressed her son. “Three days more we’re counting down, For us to hear the best. Everyone’s excited cause you’re nothing like the rest. Three more days my Pookaroo. I couldn’t be more proud of you,” Loving Mom, she signed the note.

Meanwhile, Drake has been quiet for the most part in his beef with Kanye West. The two seem to have a beef after Drake addressed the rumor that Kanye was delaying ‘Donda’ and waiting to drop it the same day as Drake in a bid to outshine Drake’s album.

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Drake later dissed Kanye in verse on his collab “Betrayal” with Trippie Red, where he said whatever Kanye does has no impact on CLB.

On Tuesday, Drake took shots at Kanye once again as he seemingly takes the side of Soulja Boy, who has spent the last two days cussing at Kanye after he was left of the final cut for Donda. Big Draco has said he wanted to beat up Kanye and challenged him to a celebrity boxing match to deal with things.

Drake, on the other hand, shared a video of himself with a filter that had him wearing Soulja Boy glasses as he made the sound “womp womp.” Drake hasn’t otherwise spoken on the Kanye beef. However, he added the words – “CLB = GREATNESS FRIDAY,” to the video.

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Playboi Carti shares “Narcissist” tour dates

Playboi Carti shares “Narcissist” tour dates
The shows kick off in fall 2021.

By Jordan Darville

September 01, 2021

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After teasing something called “Narcissist” this week, Playboi Carti has finally revealed what it is: a run of 2021 North American shows running from fall to winter. It’s an expansive trek, spanning 43 dates in stadiums across the country. Tickets are available now on Playboi Carti’s website.

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Carti’s second album Die Lit dropped at the end of 2020. This year he’s featured on Trippie Redd’s viral hit “Miss The Rage,” Abra’s “Unlock It,” and “Off The Grid” and “Junya” from Kanye West’s just-released Donda.

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Playboi Carti 2021 tour dates

10/14 – Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium
10/15 – Charlotte, NC – Bojangles Coliseum
10/17 – Gainesville, FL – Stephen C. O’Connell Center
10/19 – Miami, FL – James L. Knight Center
10/20 – Orlando, FL – Orlando Amphitheater
10/22 – New Orleans, LA – Champions Square
10/23 – Houston, TX – NRG Arena
10/24 – San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
10/26 – Austin, TX – H-E-B Center
10/27 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
11/2 – Allen, TX – Allen Event Center
11/4 – El Paso, TX – UTEP Don Haskins Center
11/5 – Mesa, AZ (Phoenix) – Mesa Amphitheatre
11/6 – Inglewood, CA (LA) – The Forum
11/9 – San Diego, CA – Sycuan Stage
11/11 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
11/13 – Portland, OR – Theatre Of The Clouds
11/14 – Everett, WA (Seattle) – Angel of The Winds Arena
11/15 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Forum
11/18 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Saltair
11/19 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater (AEG)
11/23 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
11/24 – Chicago, IL – Credit Union 1 Arena
11/26 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
11/27 – St. Charles, MO (St.Louis) – The Family Arena
11/28 – Independence, MO (Kansas City) – Cable Dahmer Arena
11/30 – Indianapolis, IN – Indiana Farmers Coliseum
12/1 – Cincinnati, OH – BB&T Arena
12/2 – Canton, OH (Cleveland) – Canton Civic Center
12/4 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple
12/5 – Pittsburgh, PA – UPMC Event Center
12/7 – Lowell, MA (Boston) – Tsongas Center
12/8 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
12/9 – Toronto, ON – Coca-Cola Coliseum
12/10 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
12/14 – Hartford, CT – XL Center
12/16 – Kingston, RI – Ryan Center
12/17 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
12/18 – Washington, D.C. – DC Armory
12/19 – Philadelphia, PA – Liacouras Center
12/21 – Norfolk, VA – Chartway Arena
12/22 – Greensboro, NC – Special Events Center
12/23 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena

Shenseea Praised Kanye West For Career Boast After Getting 2 Features On ‘Donda’

Shenseea took time out her busy schedule to publicly thanked Kanye West for blessing her with two features on his new album, Donda.

The dancehall princess threw shots at those who are all about talk and never backing it up as she celebrated being among the few female artists to feature on the long-awaited album that was finally released on Sunday, August 29.

Shenseea shared her gratitude for being picked to be on the album and also being coached by Kanye West, who is regarded as a genius in the music and fashion industry.

“People will say they support me but SHOWING that support is what counts! @kanyewest I can’t thank you enough for it all! The insight, the exposure, opportunity, support etc…” Shenseea began.

“You could’ve picked any other female artiste but you chose ME! As you said “this is only the beginning” #DONDA…not 1 but TWO songs on this amazing album. God is great I know the Caribbean proud a me!! Which is your fave?? 1or 2????” she asked her fans on her official Instagram account.

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Shenseea featured on “OK OK Pt 2” and “Pure Souls” on the 27-track project that features a number of big artists like Jay-Z, DaBaby, Francis & the Lights, Playboi Carti, Lil Baby, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Lil Durk, Lil Yachty, Kid Cudi, Don Toliver, Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, the late Pop Smoke, Roddy Ricch and others.

Shenseea’s appearance was first teased at the album listening party in Chicago in which Kanye performed “Pure Souls,” in which Shenseea appeared on stage with Roddy Ricch and Marilyn Manson, who received production credits for the song.

Shenseea had shared Stories prior to the event that she had gotten dressed in her car while on the way to the event and that her all-black outfit was styled by Yeezy.

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Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Now Spotify’s 2nd Biggest Album Debut Behind Drake’s ‘Scorpion’

Kanye West’s Donda album is the second biggest album to debut on Spotify ever behind Drake’s Scorpion.

Following the surprise release of Donda on Sunday (Aug. 29), the album is already making history on the charts. According to Chart Data, the rapper’s tenth studio album clocked close to 100 million streams on Spotify in 24 hours, making it the second-biggest album debut in the history of the platform.

Ye replaces Post Malone for the No. 2 spot after the artist previously held on with 79 million streams in 24 hours for his album Beerbongs & Bentleys. Interestingly enough, Kanye West has only been bettered by his current rival Drake’s Scorpion from June 2018, which amassed 132 million streams in a day when it was released.

Kanye and Drake are reportedly beefing at the moment, and it was said that they would both release their albums on the same day (Sept. 3). However, Kanye West says Universal released his album prematurely and without his consent on Sunday (Aug. 29). Regardless of that hiccup, the album is already thriving as it has not only found instant success on Spotify but other streaming platforms as well.

Donda broke the record for going No. 1 in most countries on Apple Music. The album has nabbed the coveted top spot on the chart in 130 countries thus far, including the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France, and Brazil.

Featuring appearances from the likes of Jay-Z, The Weeknd, Lil Baby, Pop Smoke, DaBaby, Kid Cudi, Travis Scott, and more, Donda boasts 27 tracks. The most popular of which already appears to be the Hov feature “Jail,” which is also assisted by Francis and the Lights. The title debuted at No. 1 on the US Spotify chart with 4.277 million streams and is currently No. 1 on the US singles chart on Apple Music. Kanye claims the label also blocked “Jail pt 2,” which should have been a collaboration with DaBaby.

Donda’s immense first-day success has fans looking forward to what is to come.

.@kanyewest’s 'DONDA' earned almost 100 million first day streams on the global Spotify chart, the second biggest album debut of all-time.

— chart data (@chartdata) August 30, 2021

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Kim Kardashian Appears To Sub Kanye West Using Shenseea’s Lyrics On Donda

Kim Kardashian appearances to be sending some subliminal shots at Kanye West using Shenseea’s lyrics on Donda.

Shenseea received one of the biggest boosts to her career yet when she appeared at Kanye West’s Donda listening event in Chicago and getting featured on two tracks on the album. The 27-track album named after Kanye’s late mother was released on Sunday, August 29th, ahead of the proposed September 3rd release date. The album boasts numerous featured artistes, including Jay-Z, DaBaby, Lil Baby, Playboi Carti, Fivio Foreign, and Travis Scott, to name a few.

Shenseea is one of two females featured on the album, and she took to Instagram over the weekend to share her excitement and gratitude.

Kanye West wasn’t the only one in Shenseea’s corner, as Kim Kardashian-West, introduced Shenseea to her almost 250M Instagram followers. Kim shared the lyrics to Shenseea’s verse on “OK OK pt 2”. The verse speaks to the ending of a relationship, and perhaps it has reflected Kim’s feelings, as she had recently gone through a very public break-up with Kanye.

In the song Shenseea deejays:

“Then chat behind mi back / Nuh trust people, yah trust people / From dem eat the fruit, mankind tun evil / Get cut off, you will get cut off / Mi nuh ayar how much memories we / Have in the past / Yuh bruk up wit yuh ex, still in love, suh / Yuh single / Mi bruk up wid mie ex, him dead to me, I’m A widow / Get cut off, you will get cut off / Mi nuh cyar how much memories we have in the past (Hmm).”

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Despite the lyrics, there may be a rekindling taking place with Kanye and Kim. Numerous sources have cited that they may be working on their marriage. Angela Yee also reported on the matter on The Breakfast Club, speculating that while the divorce papers have been filed, Kim Kardashian may withdraw the petition.

Shenseea also reshared Kim’s post as well with accompanying clap hands and fire emojis. The “Run Run” singer is also featured on “Pure Souls” along with Roddy Rich.

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Chris Brown & Soulja Boy Take Shots At Kanye West Over “Donda” Snub

Chris Brown and Soulja Boy took turn blasting Kanye West after their verses were left off Donda.

Chris Brown is not pleased that he was taken off of Kanye West’s album Donda. The artist appears on one of the tracks, but it appears as though he expected to be on another track or tracks.

Brown had shared in July that he and Kanye West would be teaming up on the upcoming album. “DAT YEEZY AND BREEZY,” he had posted on his story.

However, it seems that Brown is not pleased that he was removed from the track “New Again’. He shared a comment on the situation in a post and deleted on his Instagram Stories.

“KANYE A WHOLE HOE,” he said in one Story. “Nah he tweakin,” another Story read.

Chris Brown speaks pic.twitter.com/lYtGn9x0ei

— Saycheese TV ?? (@SaycheeseDGTL) August 29, 2021

Brown isn’t the only one that’s slighted by Ye as Soulja Boy also shared his disappointment at not making the final cut for the album.

“This n***** Kanye smh. Tell homie don’t hit my phone no more,” Soulja Boy said in a tweet. “Idk how to feel, Kanye sent that song “remote control,” and I don’t hear my verse on it… hmmm f*** that n****,” he added in another.

He added several more tweets as he vented.

“That n**** Kanye weird af,” he said in one tweet before adding another- “F*** that my Kanye diss song finna drop im tired of sparing this clown a** n****.

This nigga Kanye smh. Tell homie dont hit my phone no more. pic.twitter.com/jAoumHDz4F

— Soulja Boy (Draco) (@souljaboy) August 29, 2021

Idk how to feel, Kanye sent me that song “remote control” and I don’t hear my verse on it… hmm fuck that nigga https://t.co/tGIGuO3Pnr

— Soulja Boy (Draco) (@souljaboy) August 29, 2021

The “Kiss me Thru the Phone” artist also shared screenshots of previous conversations that Kanye sent him asking him to collab for fashion and music.

“Yo it’s Ye. I love you bro. You’re a genius. Wana work with you on the new GAP campaign. And my new album,” a text supposedly from Kanye to Draco read.

“Ye. How are fam. Love u too bro. Thanks that means ALOT coming from u. I’m Down let’s wor on fashion and music,” Draco’s text responded.

The text conversation goes on with Kanye inviting Soulja Boy to come to Los Angeles to make music or tell Ye where he was so he can pull up. The texts were dated as far back as May and go on in an ongoing conversation to July 25, supposed around the time that Kanye rented out the Mercedez-Benz stadium to finish up his album after his first listening party on July 22.

Kanye West asked Soulja Boy to come to Atlanta, and the latter says he’s in LA but will make it down to Atlanta for the recording.

Apparently, they recorded for the song “Remote Control,” but Soulja Boy was later chopped from the song, which now appears on streaming platforms with Kanye alone.

Fans were also upset at another edit that appeared on the album. Apparently, Kanye also created a second version of “Jail” that he originally created with Jay-Z, but in the second version, he chopped off Jay-Z and replaced him with DaBaby. However, both versions of the song are available for streaming.

With the latest claim by Kanye West that his album was released without approval by Universal, it seems that the rapper is probably not done with the album and the features or the versions released might be changed to the collabs he shot.

Meanwhile, the latest shots fired by Brown may not be taken lightly by Kanye. The two artists have worked together previously on “Down” and “Waves,” both hits. However, the “forever” artist publicly criticized Kanye when he made his controversial comments about slavery and African-Americans in 2018.

“THIS MAN IS A CLOWN! OUR SONG JUST WENT PLATINUM BUT F** THAT! CMON BRUH, and if any flunkies gotta problem,, SEE ME… please! PLEASE BLACK PEOPLE,” Breezy said. “DO NOT FOLLOW THIS N**A ON HIS PATH TO DESTRUCTION! WHATEVER HELP U THINK I NEED…. GET IT FOR HIM ASAP! IMA FAN OF THIS MANS MUSIC SO WHAT HE SAYS IS LISTENED TO AND INTERNALIZED. WAKE THE HELL UP KANYE…. PLEASE. SLAVERY WAS A CHOICE? Whattttttt?”

However, the two made up, and Ye even gifted Kanye custom gear and later a luxury car in observance of Brown’s time and impact on the music industry.

Kanye West’s edits, on the other hand, might not be a mistake after all, as all of his moves are calculated and strategic.

Ye is known for his loyalty, particularly those who support him, like DaBaby, who he noted in leaked texts was the only one who publicly supported his run for President during the 2020 elections.

According to Kanye, he wouldn’t release his album without DaBaby’s feature just because of the support DaBaby previously gave him.

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Here’s the hilarious cover art for Drake’s Certified Lover Boy

Here’s the hilarious cover art for Drake’s Certified Lover Boy
12 pregnant emojis will reportedly adorn the cover of Drake’s sixth LP.

By Jordan Darville

August 30, 2021

Drake. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

 

Drake‘s new album Certified Lover Boy is out this Friday, and today Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson shared the project’s cover art. It consists of 12 pregnant lady emojis. Ridiculous, but also very Drake. See it below.

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Confirmed that’s the cover art. #CLB 9.3 pic.twitter.com/Y2L4BidP2X

— Elliott Wilson (@ElliottWilson) August 30, 2021

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Certified Lover Boy drops this Friday, September 3 after a nine-month delay caused in part by Drake’s leg injury. It’s out almost a week after the release of Donda, Kanye West’s tenth studio album, which dropped as Drake and Kanye reignited their feud.

Shenseea & London On Da Track Sparks Dating Rumors Spotted Shopping Together

Shenseea is again grappling with dating rumors following a video of her shopping with producer London On Da Track.

Over the weekend, a short clip emerged on social media showing the “Trending Gyal” singer and Summer Walker’s baby daddy shopping in a store at the mall. Shenseea has been spending a lot of time in the States recently as she’s putting in work on her album and performing at several shows, including her appearance at Kanye West’s Donda listening event in Chicago on Thursday night.

Fans and followers of Shenseea can acknowledge that the deejay has a habit of shopping whenever she is overseas. Usually, she is shopping with her co-manager Romeich or with Rvssian. This time it seems fans were taken aback to see her shopping with London On Da Track.

While the talent of London on da Track is hard to deny, many social media users have labeled him as an “industry dude” (or ladies man) and a “deadbeat dad,” after the mothers of his children, including singer Summer Walker, continue to call him out for not taking full responsibility for his kids.

“Summer gonna be mad as hell lmao,” one person commented on the video. Another added, “the fact that females are attracted to men who don’t take care of their responsibility.”

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Still, others are adamant that Shenseea would never date London given his ‘reputation’ when it comes to relationships. “Shenseea not dumb,” one person stated simply.

Sources close to the dancehall diva told Urban Islandz that she has been working on new music with London On Da Track. We’re told that he has a heavy hand in the production of her upcoming album.

In June, Shenseea shared pictures of a late-night studio session with London On Da Track on her Instagram story. The producer is also managed by Wassim “Sal” Slaiby, who is now managing Shenseea.

As the “Bad Habit” singer gears up to release her debut album, London on da Track may have contributed to the production of the project.

“Sis new music gonna have some [fire emoji] beats!” one person said.

London on da Track has played a critical role in the production of some of the hottest songs over the last decade. These include “No Stylist” by French Montana and Drake, “My Type” by Saweetie, “Die Young” by Roddy Rich “Positions” by Ariana Grande, and “Lifestyle” by Rich Gang featuring Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug.

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So it could only be a good thing if the producer had done some work on Shenseea’s upcoming album.

In addition, Shenseea seems to, unfortunately, be susceptible to these types of rumors in recent months. In early June, rumors propagated that the “Blessed” singer did not only have relations with Drake but was pregnant by him!

She later addressed the rumors labeling them as “foolish.” She further explained why she had been taking a break from social media and music.

She explained that she was still grappling with the loss of her mother, among other things that were pulling her into depression. Shenseea has since pulled herself out of it and has since finished her debut album.

In April of this year, Shenseea also addressed accusations that she and her manager Romeich Major are in a relationship. She made it clear that those accusations are false, and she considers him as a brother.

Shenseea recently released the first single from her album, “Run Run.” She then became the first Jamaican to perform at Rolling Loud Miami and was one of three dancehall artists who performed at Summer Jam 2021 in New York. Most recently, Shenseea was spotted at Kanye West’s third “Donda” listening event, and also her vocals could be heard on the album’s single, “Pure Soul,” with Roddy Ricch.

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Drake Fans Vandalized Kanye West’s Childhood Home With CLB

Drake fans took matters in their own hands and vandalized Kanye West’s childhood home.

A photo of a nasty message left at the front of the property is going viral. The pictures of West’s home showcased posters saying, “45 44 BURNT OUT”, F*** JUSTIN LABOY,” and “CLB [certified lover boy] coming soon.” The posters were positioned on the steps. Justin Laboy is Kanye sidekick who dropped a lot of recent news about his new album, Donda.

Some of Drake fans are not in agreement with whoever vandalized Kanye West landmark property. Despite the two reigniting their age old beef, Rick Ross recently revealed that it’s not as serious as reported in the media and some fans maybe taking it a bit too personal. Ross revealed that it likely a case of iron sharpening iron for the two rap titans.

Kanye West’s childhood home is vandalized by Drake fans pic.twitter.com/ZsgxRPE7QN

— ????????. (@StrappedHH) August 28, 2021

Drake and Kanye West have been beefing for years, long-lasting, you could say. Drake used to idolize Kanye in the early days of his career. But, after “Find Your Love” came out, West disclosed in a 2013 interview that the song affected their relationship.

“I was fine with writing, ‘Find Your Love’ with Drake on his first thing until he got too big and that was the moment I had to adjust and deal with this new energy that’s taking over the room, right?” Kanye stated.

“And that’s around the time that your idols become your rivals, you make friends with Mike, but got to A.I him for your survival,” was Drake’s response to the interview.

Both artists were possibly aware of the fact that rap is a very competitive sport where the young often eat the old but developing a beef was probably not on the table.

Drake and Kanye went on to compete for years, with Drake namedropping the “Fade” artist in 2016 on “Summer Sixteen.” He raps, “Now I got a house in LA, now I got a bigger pool than Ye.”

Their back and forth competition continued with Pusha T taking shots at Drake on the Kanye West-produced Daytona. Drake responded to the song with his own diss track, “Duppy Freestyle,” whose lyrics were meant for both Kanye and Pusha T. “The Story of Adidon,” was then released by Pusha, who disclosed Drake’s secret child Adonis, which the Toronto rapper later confirmed on his album Scorpion.

Drake never acknowledged another diss track, but some rumors revealed it was out of the kindness of his heart as he was holding on to a song that could’ve destroyed Kanye and caused a lot of problems among their circle of friends. Some fans also wildly speculated that Kim might be the “Keke” who Drake mentions on the track, “In My Feelings.”

In recent years, speculation that the two have made up began because of the relative silence on both sides. Fans even noticed that the Laugh Now Cry Later rapper now follows West’s freshly re-activated Instagram account. But the twist is Kanye doesn’t follow Drake back.

Both Drake and Kanye West are about to go head to head if they keep their promise to drop their albums on the same day, on September 3rd.

Donda is the tenth studio album by Kanye. It is named after his late mother, Donda West.

Kanye West’s third listening party for his upcoming album Donda was held on Thursday (August 26) at the Soldier Field in Chicago, where Kanye rebuilt his childhood home-the childhood home that Drake’s fans have now vandalized.

Following his chart-topping album Scorpion, Drake is preparing to release his sixth album, Certified Lover Boy. As per the recent broadcast hacking, he’s dropping it on September 3rd, the same day as Kanye.

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Kanye West Sets Self On Fire & Remarries Kim Kardashian At ‘Donda’ Event

Kanye West was on fire, literally, at his Donda listening event on Thursday night as he remarries Kim.

Kanye West paid tribute to his estranged wife Kim Kardashian at his Chicago listening party Thursday with Kim shocking fans as she appeared at the end of the show in a white wedding dress and sparking speculations that the pair might be on the verge of rekindling their relationship.

Kim Kardashian-West filed for divorce from Kanye earlier in the year after what appears to be months of tensions between her and Kanye, who has since moved away from the couple’s marital home in Calabasas, California, to a ranch in Wyoming.

On Thursday night, Kanye delivered another sizzling performance at Chicago’s Soldier Field, where he gave fans another opportunity to listen to his 10th studio album and completed the experience with a setup of what was touted to be a replica of his childhood home but that which also resembled a church.

As the show moved on and the church was set on fire with Kanye later supposedly emerging from the embers, Kanye stood in front of his childhood home, where he was accompanied by controversial artists DaBaby and Marilyn Manson. He also brought on stage Shenseea who sang the chorus on one of his songs.

Shortly before the finale approached, Kardashian-West stepped out wearing a long white gown with a muslin veil as she walked across the stage to Kanye while traditional wedding music played.

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— Apple Music (@AppleMusic) August 27, 2021

Social media erupted immediately in reaction to the scene, showing Ye with a big smile on his face.

The Kardashians also reacted with Khloé Kardashian posting a Livestream video with the caption- “damn…… I’ve never seen anything this sick!!!!!”

Kylie Jenner also shared close-up photos of Kardashian-West, confirming for fans that it was indeed Kim since many at first were puzzled as to who the bride was.

Meanwhile, Kim’s appearance in a wedding dress might have been shocking, but it’s not the first time that she has been at Kanye’s listening party. Kim showed up at the first listening party in Atlanta in July in a full-on red outfit matching Kanye. She also had their four children North, 8, and Chicago, 3, and sons Saint, 5½, and Psalm, 2, in tow.

Meanwhile, there have been speculations about the state of the divorce proceedings, which have been uncontentious so far, with Kim neither asking for alimony or maintenance for the children. She did, however, ask for custody of the children and the home in Calabasas where she and the children reside.

On the other hand, Kanye filed paperwork to legally change his name from Kanye West to Ye.

According to PEOPLE magazine, even though Kanye won’t be using West, Kim might be keeping her husband’s last name.

“Although Kanye often has creative ideas that Kim appreciates, he also often changes his mind. He might like Ye now, but it’s hard to know if he will in the future… all the kids have the last name West, so Kim is keeping it as is. Kanye hasn’t asked her to change it either,” the magazine’s source is quoted as saying.

On the other hand, the source said the pair remained amicable amid the divorce.

“Kim and Kanye have a friendly relationship, oiit’s always been important to Kim to have a good relationship with Kanye. They are not getting back together though. Kim still appreciates Kanye’s business advice and guidance,” the source noted. “She is happy that they can hang out.”

It seems that the couple has moved past the trials in their relationship, but that hasn’t always been the case, as it was reported earlier this month that Kanye West became emotional and broke down during a private listening party for Donda in California in which he spoke about the pain he experienced from Kim filing for divorce. However, the supposed verse that purportedly dissed Kim was not shared with fans at any of the listening parties.

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Kanye West releases new album Donda (with the Jay-Z verse)

Kanye West releases new album Donda (with the Jay-Z verse)
The tenth album by Kanye West is finally here, and it clocks in at nearly 2 hours.

By Shaad D'Souza

August 29, 2021

Kanye West. Photo by John Canon via Universal.

 

Kanye West has released his much-anticipated tenth album Donda. First announced for a July 2020 release but hit with a year’s worth of delays, the project was slated for release on July 23 following Ye’s first livestream event at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The album was rescheduled to August 6 to coincide with a second livestream event but was delayed again; finally, after weeks of delays and a third livestream event at Chicago’s Soldier Field, the record is finally here — two days after that final livestream. Named for his late mother, the album is West’s first rap album since 2019’s Jesus Is King, and first full-length since Jesus Is Born, made with his Sunday Service Choir. Largely produced by West, the album features collaborations with Jay-Z, who is back on the album after being replaced with DaBaby on the record’s Soldier Field version, and more. As expected, it includes “No Child Left Behind”, a track first teased in a Beats commercial starring Sha’Carri Richardson, released earlier this week.

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Listen to Donda below.

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How to watch Kanye West’s third Donda livestream event

How to watch Kanye West’s third Donda livestream event
All the details on how to watch Kanye West unveil his 10th album Donda at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

By Shaad D'Souza

August 26, 2021

Third time’s the charm, right? After over a month of leadup and two preceding, increasingly ornate work-in-progress livestream events, Kanye West appears finally ready to release Donda, his much-anticipated tenth album. Tonight at 9PM CT (10PM ET, 7PM PT) West will unveil the album at Chicago’s Soldier Field, after two Donda livestream events in late-July and early-August that took place at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The earlier events, although implicitly billed as album-release events, never actually led to the official release of Donda; instead, they appeared to showcase albums that were still in some gestational stage. But all signs point to tonight being the one: earlier this week, West announced pre-orders for the Donda “stem player”, a sampler that comes pre-loaded with Donda that will ship in “Summer 2021”, aka by the end of the week. This third livestream also comes at the tail-end of a week that saw West try to legally change his name to Ye West. Two songs on the record have already been released in some form: the Dr. Dre-featuring “Glory” and “No Child Left Behind” were previously premiered in Beats commercials starring Sha’Carri Richardson. As with the prior livestream events, tonight’s Donda event will be livestreamed on Apple Music. Watch the whole thing go down tonight at Apple Music, and pre-save the record on Apple Music here.

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Kanye West announces third Donda public live event

Kanye West announces third Donda public live event
The show takes place in Chicago’s Soldier Field on August 26

By Jordan Darville

August 18, 2021

Kanye West. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia.

 

Kanye West has announced a new Donda live event. The show takes place on August 26 at 9pm CST at Soldier Field in Chicago’s South Side. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday, August 20. The announcement came via a post on West’s Instagram; see it below.

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Public listening parties for Donda, West’s as-yet-unreleased tenth studio album, began in July. The album was played in full at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on July 22, and while the project was scheduled to drop on the same day as the livestream, it never materialized.

Donda was pushed to August 6 to coincide with another listening party at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and reports emerged that Kanye had taken up residence in the venue to finish the album. The August 6 event was also livestreamed, but the album never dropped and a new release date was not shared.

Snippets of two songs, “No Child Left Behind” and “Glory,” have premiered in Beats ads starring track athlete Sha’carri Richardson.

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Read along with The FADER’s liveblog of Kanye West’s second Donda release party

Read along with The FADER’s liveblog of Kanye West’s second Donda release party
The show starts at 9:30 pm EST.

By The FADER

August 05, 2021

Kanye West. Photo by 13thWitness/Getty Images for Samsung.

 

The stage is set in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The crowd is gathering. The overpriced chicken tenders are frying. It’s go-time for the second album release party for Kanye West‘s tenth studio album Donda. The first event took place on July 23, and although the album was promised to come out after it was premiered in full, it was pushed back to August 6 and Kanye took up residence in the stadium to finish the project. While we wait to see if it does indeed drop at midnight, the second listening event is scheduled to begin at 9:30 pm EST tonight with a livestream exclusively on Apple Music. We’re tuned in, and you can follow along below. Keep refreshing to keep up:

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New Kanye West/Dr. Dre song “Glory” premieres in Beats ad

New Kanye West/Dr. Dre song “Glory” premieres in Beats ad
Sha’carri Richardson stars in the ad.

By Jordan Darville

August 05, 2021

THIS IS NOT A DRILL. 🚨 @kanyewest and @drdre link up for “Glory”. 🔥
Beats Studio Buds out NOW.
Tune-in to the DONDA livestream listening event tonight at 6:30 pm PT / 9:30pm ET exclusively on @AppleMusic for more…#LiveYourTruth #Donda pic.twitter.com/nVVuvBUgZb

— Beats by Dre (@beatsbydre) August 5, 2021

Beats by Dre have shared a new ad for their Beats Studio Buds, and the spot contains an excerpt of a new song by Kanye West and Dr. Dre called “Glory.” Watch it above. The ad stars Sha’carri Richardson, the track star who was also featured in the previous Beats ad which contained a snippet of the new Kanye West song “No Child Left Behind.”

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The clip shows Richardson training on the track field. It concludes with a message confirming Donda‘s midnight release, and sets a time for tonight’s livestream on Apple Music: “Donda drops August 6th. New Listening Event Livestream on Apple Music Tonight 9:30 pm ET.”

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In 2019, West and Dre announced Jesus Is King Part II, a sequel to West’s 2019 gospel album. Judging from the snippet of “Glory,” a collage of sliced-up gospel recordings, the song may have been born from those sessions.

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