‘Fortnite’ Semi-Pro Drake Lost $5,000 to Ninja in a Rematch

After Drake and Fortnite player Ninja’s record-breaking stream in March, the two joined forces once again on Tuesday night. However, this match was much more significant: Drizzy promised he would give Ninja $5,000 if he won the match. Less than a minute later, Ninja secured the W. “I’m a man of my word, I got you,” Drake said.

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Fortnite has been on the tip of every video game and rap fan's tongue after Drake and Travis Scott linked with Ninja and JuJu Smith-Schuster to play the survival game, where at least 100 players battle each other at the same time.

The soundtrack for Tuesday night’s contest—which was Drake and Future’s song “Big Rings”—caused Ninja to suggest that Drizzy “put some Fortnite lingo in the album, or something.” He sounded already prepared to rap about the game, on the condition that developer Epic Games gives him an emote, or an in-game dance of Drake’s choreography from the “Hotline Bling” video.

Drake responded, “It has to happen,” adding, “It’s just got to be the right way. I say when Epic Games gives me the ‘Hotline Bling’ emote, then I’ll do it.”

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In April, Epic Games announced a Fortnite dance contest, where the first place winner would get their dance featured in Fortnite as an emote. In order to enter, people had to submit a video of themselves performing original choreography to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, along with the hashtag #boogiedown. Submissions ended on April 10.

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Tiffany Haddish Says a Man Died After She Gave Him ‘Booty Action’ on the Dance Floor

Tiffany Haddish can make people laugh until they cry, but at least one time she might have made a man dance until he died.

While on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Haddish explained that before she was on her way to becoming a comedic legend, Haddish worked as an “energy producer” at bat mitzvahs where she was tasked with getting “the party hype.” During this time she would tell jokes, emcee, and even coordinate choreographed routines.

But in one instance, she grabbed an “older gentleman,” who Haddish guesses was in his '80s, to shake a leg.

“I got up and said, 'Come on, grandpa. Let's dance,” and I grabbed him by his tie and we was dancing and stuff and having a good time. And then I decided to turn it around on him and drop it like its hot, give him that booty action.” But when the faces around her shifted from happy to grave, that's when Haddish looked behind her to see that the “older gentleman” was no longer behind her but lying on his back on the floor.

“They ended up taking him to the hospital, and he passed away,” Haddish said. “I didn’t want to dance no more. I felt like this ass is deadly. You know like my moves are killer, I got killer moves. I didn’t dance for months.”

But that all changed when the man's daughter reached out to thank her and say that was the “happiest they'd seen him.” Their check and tip didn't hurt either.

While on the show, Fallon also congratulated Haddish on breaking three TBS premiere records with The Last O.G. “My goal in life is to make history. You know I always wanted to be the first black woman to do something. I'm killin' it.”

Along with The Last O.G.'s record-breaking stat, Haddish was the first black female comedian to host Saturday Night Live and is slated to be the first black woman to host the MTV Movie & TV Awards. Bucket list, checked.

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Watch Big Sean Give Halsey Love Advice in “Alone” Video

Break-ups can be heartbreaking, but a night at a dance club can help make it better. Unless it just so happens to be the same nightclub your ex-lover goes to, like in Halsey's “Alone” video with Big Sean and Stefflon Don.

“Never underestimate the power of a broken heart,” tweeted Halsey with a link to the song that comes off of her sophomore album, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.

The clip, which Halsey co-directed with Hannah Lux Davis, kicks off with Halsey in a glittery sheer leotard as she heads to an underground club. But as she rocks the stage at the party, she sees her ex on a balcony—with her doppelägnger.

That's when Big Sean steps in with a pep talk on love. “Damn, you know I relate to you more than fam/So I won't sit around and let you sink in quicksand,” he raps. “Cause baby, you been living life inside a bubble/When the last time you had somebody hug you?/Hold up, when the last time you had somebody love you?/Hold up, when the last time you love someone who love you?”

When the song dropped last month, Halsey went to Twitter to show love to her featured guests.

“This record is a BANGER. You guys have no idea. 🤘🏼 I rarely do collaborations or add features to songs. These guys took this song to a new level,” read her tweet.

Halsey's “Alone” video comes ahead of her final leg of her North American tour which kicks off in July. Afterward, she's scheduled to head overseas for the worldwide tour which will cap off in London in September.

 

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Drake’s Record-Breaking ‘Fortnite’ Sesh Could Birth an In-Game “Hotline Bling” Celebration

After Drizzy spent the wee hours of Thursday morning playing Fortnite: Battle Royale with Twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins—breaking the record for most concurrent viewers of a solo stream—the game’s developers seem eager to add a “Hotline Bling” emote feature to the game in the Canadian rapper’s honor.

According to Dexerto, there were over 600,000 viewers tuned in at one point, watching Drake and Ninja duke it out, with Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, infamous entrepreneur Kim DotCom, and rapper Travis Scott eventually joining in on the fun. It only makes sense, for the developers to realize the opportunities here—and to pounce on the idea of adding more Drake into the equation in the wake of this record.

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Now, in case you’ve forgotten what exactly a “Hotline Bling” emote might look like (but honestly, how could you, with the 6 God’s dance turning into a worldwide meme), check out this fan-made Fortnite-infused Drake video.

At the crack of dawn on Thursday, Reddit user Dylan_0202 shared his concept art for what an in-game Drake emote might look like. The exciting part of all this is that Epic Games’ community coordinator Christ Attalus responded to the redditor’s concept art, with a promising “Feedback noted,” shortly afterwards.

If you’re not an active Fortnite player, think of the emotes as the dance moves in Madden when a player accomplishes a play. They’re essentially there to taunt your opponents in the wake of their defeat—and what better subject for a braggy emote than a rapper? Braggadocio, swagger, and one-upmanship are essentially three of the main ingredients an emcee needs to stand tall.

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Kanye West’s Collaborators Come Together for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Panel | ComplexCon(versations)

Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a rare kind of classic album—the one where the story of its creation is as fascinating as the end product.

So it only made sense for former Complex CCO Noah Callahan-Bever, who went to Hawaii for part of the MBDTF sessions and wrote a cover story about the experience, to host a ComplexCon(versations) panel featuring some of Yeezy's collaborators. Malik Yusef, Hype Williams, Selita Ebanks, Rick Ross, Mike Dean, and Consequence all shared their stories. 

Yusef traced the album's beginnings back to the now-infamous Taylor Swift incident. The record, Yusef said, was “more of a spiritual thing than a musical thing. It was an energy that took place when [Kanye] made Taylor Swift famous… We went to this artistic, somber-esque mode.” He also shared the story of how “All of the Lights” ended up in the form we know it today. 

Hype Williams and Selita Ebanks discussed creating the visual aspects of the album. Hype mentioned writing the script for the Runaway short film, and then remembered what happened next. “Kanye threw away the script, which he always does,” the filmmaker said. 

Ebanks, who played the Phoenix, recalled improvising her famous dance sequence, and revealed that she got the part at the suggestion of a certain First Daughter

Rick Ross, Consequence, and Mike Dean closed things out by bringing the discussion back to the music. Ross recalled Kanye disliking the first draft of his verse of “Devil in a New Dress.” Mike Dean spoke about his role, spending week after week in a room with Plain Pat.  

“[We'd be] doing 30 parts a day for each song,” he remembered. “Take them downstairs, 29 would get deleted. Every day for eight months.”

You can see the entire conversation above, and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing more ComplexCon(versations) panels featuring the likes of André 3000, Lena Waithe, Ryan Coogler, Virgil Abloh, and more.

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Why Migos Left 300 Entertainment

Just as Migos—​alongside their label Quality Control Music—​began to rise through the ranks, 300 Entertainment swooped in to sign the Atlanta trio in 2014. However, instead of the deal leading to a fruitful relationship, the partnership soon soured, with behind-the-scenes issues culminating in Migos and Quality Control parting ways with 300.

In Complex's new cover story, Migos and Quality Control Music executives Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “Pee” Thomas spoke with Brandon “Jinx” Jenkins about the problems they had at 300, and what it took to make a clean break from the label.

“300 was the biggest hurdle. They tried to hold us against our will,” Offset says. “It wasn't never no in-house hurdles we ever had, like where it had been a problem. With 300, that was the biggest thing, going through times and situations with them.”

The hurdle, as Pee explains it, was preventing them from seeing a financial return on new releases. “For 18 months, we couldn't sell no product. Whatever that was already out, that was already on iTunes or whatever, that was cool, but anything that we was putting out, it was like we was shackled down.”

An example Pee points to is “Look at My Dab,” a Migos record that helped push the dance move craze into the public eye. While the song was making noise across the country, its success was stifled from the business end. “It was one of the biggest songs of that year,” he says. “We had the athletes doing it. You had the kids, everybody was doing it. But you ain't see it on iTunes, you see what I'm saying? We couldn't sell it. We couldn't stream it.”

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Pee continues, “We got a company saying, “Y'all can't put no music out. We ain't letting y'all sell nothing. We ain't letting y'all, until whatever.”

The struggle to take full control of their destiny played out in a legal showdown, and Pee estimates they spent around a half a million dollars in fees to get out of their contract with 300.

“As soon as we came to a [legal] agreement, we leaked 'Bad and Boujee,​'” Coach K adds. “The rest is history.”

Read and watch Complex's February cover story with Migos, Lil Yachty, Coach K, and Pee here.

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Twin Sister Rap Duo Cam & China Team With Barclay Crenshaw for “The Baddest”

23-year-old twins Cam & China are making some of the best rap music in Los Angeles. Coming from Inglewood, they released a self-titled EP last year, packed with beats that slap and lyrics that don't hold back on anything, whether its their disdain for the fakes or their own self-confidence They have more music, videos, and shows in the works for 2018, but first comes this booming collaboration with Barclay Crenshaw, which is the alter ego of successful dance music producer/label head Claude VonStroke. Watch the video for “The Baddest,” featuring a vintage Rolls Royce and some wild tattoos, above. Learn more about how the track came together below.

“Last year I released an album under Barclay Crenshaw of all alternative hip-hop futuristic type stuff,” Crenshaw tells us. “This is the next step in that project. I want to continue on this path and see where it takes me. My first love is hip-hop. Even though I got really into house and techno I always knew I would come back to old school hip-hop and weird beat music.”

He adds, “I really like the energy of Cam and China. They were amazing to work with. They are fun and they have great skill on the mic. The whole session in the studio was easy going and very creative. It really was a collaboration of ideas to make this track.”

Cam adds, “We want women to feel confident when they hear this, despite any negativity thrown your way on a day to day basis whether it’s being compared, bashed, talked about, bullied, unappreciated, disrespected, slept on, or looked down on. Always walk with dignity and move with grace. I hope this motivates women from all ages to work hard, never settle, and more importantly never remove your crown for no one. Show them who’s the baddest. What this track symbolizes to us is that women are powerful when we stick together.”

“I also think it’s a great time for black women, women in general are making history and setting trends,” she continues. “For example Cardi B, Issa Rae, Rihanna, Gabby Douglas, Tiffany Haddish, Michelle Obama, Viola Davis, Loretta Lynch to name a few. I think the time is now and time is up.”

Barclay Crenshaw Tour Dates:

4/12 The Majestic Theater, Detroit, MI
4/13 Elsewhere, Brooklyn, NY 
4/15 Coachella Weekend
4/18 Cervantes Masterpiece, Denver Co 
4/22 Coachella Weekend
4/24 The Independent, San Francisco CA

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Gus Dapperton: Reimagining the Rock Star

When Gus Dapperton's Yellow and Such EP dropped last month, much was made of two things: his dancing and his fashion. 

In one sense, it was to be expected. Dapperton's bowl cut and glittering eyeshadow are sure to turn heads, and his dance moves are a focal point of both videos he's recently shared (“I'm Just Snacking” and “Prune, You Talk Funny”). What the fashion editorials often missed, however, is the quality of the music. 

Since moving to Philadelphia, Dapperton has, in his words, “honed in.” The 20-year-old is committing himself to music full-time for the first time, fronting a band that includes his little sister. He's the oldest member and de facto leader of the group, which is currently on its first international tour.

The last couple of years have moved quickly—it wasn't too long ago that Dapperton was still growing up in Warwick, New York, a farm town that provided Gus with all the back roads and talent shows he needed to get creative. After gaining some local notoriety, he started school in Philadelphia, studying music technology until the play counts started to skyrocket last year. Gus decided to focus on music full-time shortly thereafter. 

The focus hasn't wavered. When we caught up with him, Gus wanted to practice. So we booked some time in a dance studio, he called up a professional, and in between, we talked about what it means to be a rock star in 2018. Watch our latest Music Life above, and get familiar with Gus' music here

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Who Is Billie Eilish?

Over the course of 2017, Billie Eilish went from a precocious high-schooler who wouldn't stop singing to one of mainstream music's most exciting new voices. Her dontsmileatme EP was a crack of lightning against our musical landscape, eight tracks of dark, scrappy pop that revealed Billie's talents as a songwriter—and her fascination with morbidity. But the EP was also a family affair: Billie's brother Fineas provided most of the production, and the songs were largely written in their parents' roomy Craftsman home in Los Angeles' Highland Park. 

The 16-year-old singer was homeschooled by equally creative parents, both of them actors that encouraged Billie's early interest in dance and horseback riding. She's always been a singer, but it wasn't she and Fineas uploaded “Ocean Eyes” that the musical aspirations started to come to life. That was in November of 2015, and the success that has followed swept the whole family up in its current.

Luckily, they were prepared—Billie has the right people around her, and since signing to Interscope, she's become one of the label's most sought-after acts. By the time we visited the family's house in L.A., Billie had paired with Vince Staples on the “watch” remix and cooked up some unreleased heat with IDK and Denzel Curry

For now, however, Billie Eilish's creative base remains in Highland Park. It's somewhere between the treehouse built by her dad (he made this ladder, too), the aerial trapeze in the backyard (her mom teaches circus lessons on the side), and the hidden wall of her bedroom, where Billie scrawls ideas in black marker. It's home, but it's also headquarters.

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