After Nicki Minaj wraps up the European leg of The Pinkprint Tour, she’s heading back stateside and passing through Canada and bringing some friends (and a bae) along for the trek. Tinashe, Dej Loaf, Rae Sremmurd and her boo Meek Mill will be accompanying the Young Money rapstress on the the 19-city road trip. Kicking off July 17th, Nicki will leave her pink print in cities like Dallas, Miami, Brooklyn, Toronto, Atlanta and Charlotte. Look out for added dates and peep the tour stops below.
Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly dropped a week before its scheduled Mar. 23rd release and it’s dominating hip-hop conversations across the coasts. But the Compton emcee was not the only mastermind involved in the creative process. Singer Bilal made two guest appearances ( “Institutionalzed” and “These Walls”) on the 16-track effort and was also credited on being behind the scenes for four other tracks.
XXL caught up with the Philly native to explore his involvement in K. Dot’s sophomore effort.
Last month, it was announced that a film depicting Drake’s humble beginnings would hit select theaters on Mar. 19th. It was assumed that Drizzy was involved in the project, Homecoming: The Lost Footage, since he’s the main character but he has revealed on Twitter that he has nothing to do with the film.
Raekwon has been cheffin’ up some new music and has released the cover art and tracklisting for his seventh album, Fly International Luxury Art. The 15-track release has appearances from fellow Wu-Tang Clan spitter Ghostface Killah, A$AP Rocky, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, French Montana, 2 Chainz and more. F.I.L.A drops on Apr. 28th.
Rihanna’s fashion career is still one the rise. After being the face of Balmain’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, snagging countless Vogue and W covers and becoming the creative director over at Puma, she is now the face of Dior, WWD says. RiRi is the first black woman to star in a campaign for the brand.
Time is winding down and Kendrick Lamar’s sophomore effort is on its way. To Pimp a Butterfly is due out Mar. 23rd and the good kid has unveiled the tracklist, which has 16 songs. There are no appearances from his Black Hippy brethren or his west coast heroes on this one.
Nobody wants to see Kanye and the President fight, but the pair disagree over whether or not the man in the highest office of the nation has called Hip-Hop’s most polarizing figure’s home
Wu-Tang Clan members Method Man and RZA had different opinions on the group’s Once Upon A Time In Shaolin album. RZA wants to make the project exclusive, auction it off to the highest bidder, and keep it from commercial use for 88 years. Meth has expressed he thought waiting nearly nine decades for the public to hear the music was “stupid.”
Along with having a new album on the way, Rihanna also has a documentary about her career in the works, according to Deadline.
Director Peter Berg has just launched his own production company, Film 45, and the Rihanna documentary will be one of the first projects released. The production, which Berg will direct, will be modeled after Don’t Look Back, the documentary that gave fans a look into Bob Dylan’s life.
Apparently, California emcee Game is in the mood to publicly chastise a few people. After first calling 40 Glocc a snitch, the “Hate It Or Love It” performer also had words for this week Safaree Samuels (aka S.B.).