Trippie Redd Speaks About Not Being Included on “God’s Plan” and Hints at Future Drake Collabs

Drake's new single “God's Plan” is the No. 1 song on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for the third week in a row. Producer Boi-1da says he “instantly” knew it was going to be a smash, and Drake is now calling the accompanying music video “the most important thing I have ever done in my career.”

Basically, less than a month after its release, the song is already a massive hit and a huge success to everyone involved. It would feel horrible to miss out on an opportunity like that, right? Ask Trippie Redd. Before the song's release, most fans assumed the buzzing Ohio rapper would be on “God's Plan” when snippets of an early version played by Trippie's DJ leaked online after it was played at a New Year's party.

No one knows for sure why Trippie didn't end up on the final version of the song, but his DJ said, “Snippet was out for too long. Since last year. New Year's gained it too much traction. Trippie only finished half his verse so I'm guessing Drake wanted to capitalize off the buzz. Him and Trip got plenty shit together they good.”

On Thursday, a fan commented on Drake's Instagram post and tagged Trippie, writing, “You missed a MASSIVE opportunity.”

Seemingly unconcerned, Trippie replied, “You right I'm not gone be salty about it tho I got plenty of time to have the opportunity again.” Then, he alluded at future collaborations with Drake by adding: “1400/OVO”

Since the release of “God's Plan,” more footage of Trippie Redd in the studio with Drake and 40 has surfaced. Trippie also told Big Boy he has more songs with Drake: “They're in the works, they still need to be mixed and mastered.”

So, while it must have been a disappointment to miss out on his first No. 1 hit, it sounds like Trippie will have more opportunities for an OVO collaboration in the future—building on a wild 2017 that saw collabs with DRAM, Travis Scott, Swae Lee, and more. He also teased a song with Lil Wayne recently, which you can hear below.

 

Trippie Redd previews new song featuring Lil Wayne. How does it sound to you?

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It Sounds Like Takeoff and Carnage Have a Joint Mixtape Headed Our Way

It’s no wonder Migos considers themselves the “biggest group ever.” This week alone, the Atlanta trio released their highly anticipated Culture II album, launched an apparel collection at Bloomingdale’s, and will potentially walk away with multiple Grammys on Sunday. It’s clear Migos is on top of the world right now; however, it sounds like one of its members is gearing up to release a side project. And, no, we’re not talking about Quavo again.

On the same day Culture II dropped, DJ/producer Carnage announced he and Takeoff had a collaborative mixtape in the stash. He announced the project on social media, accompanied by a screenshot of his and Takeoff’s Facetime conversation. 

Carnage linked up with Migos for his 2015 debut album Papi Gordo. The hip-hop EDM producer also released a number of collaborative projects throughout last year: one was the Young Martha mixtape with Young Thug, and the other was the Step Brothers EP with G-Eazy. Carnage is also preparing to release another studio album in the upcoming months, which he says is filled with big-name features, including Takeoff.

“I’m really excited. I put a lot of time in to it,” he said on Power 106’s The Cruz Show this month. “I have a mixture of, like, everybody. You’re going to be blown away.”

While we wait for more information about Takeoff and Carnage’s joint effort, you can check out Culture II on Apple Music and iTunes. The album has already received plenty of love from a wide range of fans as well as the restaurant chain Wingstop. (LOL.)

Gucci Mane also appeared to enjoy Culture II, as he referred to Takeoff as his favorite rapper shortly after the album dropped. 

 

Culture 2 out @yrntakeoff my fav rapper now!!!

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Erykah Badu Faces Major Backlash After Talking Positively About Hitler

During her Everyday Struggle visit back in November of 2017, the world got to see the free-spirited Erykah Badu in all of her glory. And while she references the public's perception of her relationship with rappers (“That I take rappers to the sunken place” is how she describes it) in a new conversation with Vulture, heads are reacting to her comments on Adolf Hitler and Bill Cosby more than anything.

The interview is fascinating in its flow. The conversation that brought up Cosby, and later Hitler, started out as Badu speaking on her appreciation for XXXTentacion's work, and the idea of separating the person from the art they are making. “I love Bill Cosby, and I love what he’s done for the world. But if he’s sick, why would I be angry with him? The people who got hurt, I feel so bad for them. I want them to feel better, too. But sick people do evil things; hurt people hurt people.”

Badu follows up, acknowledging that, “I know I could be crucified for saying that, because I’m supposed to be on the purple team or the green team. I’m not trying to rebel against what everybody’s saying, but maybe I want to measure it.” That's definitely ruffling feathers, but as the conversation shifted, the interviewer asked her about Badu's perceived anti-Semitism based on an Israeli article quoting Badu's thoughts on Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

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“I’m not an anti-Semitic person,” Badu stated. “I don’t even know what anti-Semitic was before I was called it. I’m a humanist. I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler.” After being asked to clarify what she was saying, Badu said that Hitler was “a wonderful painter.”

When asked point blank what Hitler being a good painter (even if he wasn't) had to do with him being a “good person,” Badu explained “Okay, he was a terrible painter. Poor thing. He had a terrible childhood. That means that when I’m looking at my daughter, Mars, I could imagine her being in someone else’s home and being treated so poorly, and what that could spawn. I see things like that. I guess it’s just the Pisces in me.”

Which, as she said before, “Hurt people hurt people,” and while Badu chalked much of her comments up to her independent thinking, where she'd rather examine each case individually than align with the mentality of the many, that didn't stop Twitter from going ham about her comments.

What's interesting is that Badu might have given herself the best advice ever during the interview: “You asked me a question. I could’ve chosen not to answer.” Maybe some answers are best left unsaid.

Later Wednesday, Badu addressed the backlash on Twitter:

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UK Rapper/Singer Dylan Cartlidge Delivers a Much-Needed Message With the “Love Spoons” Video

UK rapper, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Dylan Cartlidge was inspired by all the negative in the world, but instead of reacting with anger or disappointment, he responded with a message of hope. “Love Spoons” is an uplifting song with a sense of urgency, and it's exactly what we need right now. Watch the new Katia Ganfield-directed video above, and read a short interview with Dylan below.

“Love Spoons” has a really positive message. What inspired that, and why is it important for you to share right now?​

I believe so strongly in hope above adversity, and this song was written in part as a response to all these horrific attacks that were happening around the globe, one after another. It was awful. The Orlando attack in particular really struck me, as I couldn't believe those people had been targeted for the way in which they express their love. So I combined the feelings and thoughts from this period with my own feelings on individuality and hope above adversity. Regardless of age, gender, skin color, sexual orientation, or background, being you is a key to truly finding happiness. I think now more than ever there's somebody somewhere that could do with hearing that.

Musically, this isn't like a lot of the current styles making the rounds right now. What music influences you?

Kid Cudi is basically my idol, being a rapper by trade I grew up listening to a lot of rap, R&B, soul, and mainstream chart music mainly but lived in a household as a child with a trance DJ and '80s pop fanatic for a good while but typically, Lupe Fiasco, Stromae, Olu, Kanye West, Cage, Mac Miller, The Cool Kids. I then joined a band when I was 16, and for the first time had openly experienced music with live instruments, guitars and riffs, bands like The Black Keys, The White Stripes. I've never looked back since, totally blew my mind, my musical horizons had been broadened.

What can you tell us about the music video for “Love Spoons”? Where was it shot, who are the people featured in it? Any stories from the shoot that you remember?

The video was shot by a wonderfully talented lady named Katia Garfield who's done videos for the likes of Childhood, Demob Happy, and loads of others. It was all shot on her super cool VHS camera in the seaside town I live in named Redcar. I'd gotten many friends, family, and people I knew involved to try and showcase as many forms of love as I could find, in all different relationships and people. I even roped my girlfriend Holly into it!

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Wiz Khalifa on Cam’ron, Cigarettes, and ‘Laugh Now, Fly Later’

Wiz Khalifa's new project Laugh Now, Fly Later dropped earlier this month, and he came by for a new episode of Trending Topics to speak about his favorite rapper in the world (Cam'ron), why people should smoke weed instead of cigarettes, and his close relationship with Curren$y.

Having come up during the peak of the blog era, Wiz also took a moment to share his thoughts on the current relevance of blogs: “I just think blogs definitely still matter as much as they did before, I just think the content is different. People have come up so many other ways, like SoundCloud. And now if you, like, piss on your homeboy while he's sleeping, you'll get popular on Instagram.”

During his visit, Khalifa also had a chance to make good on his promise (eight years later) to reward every blog and DJ for their support of Burn After Rolling with white papers:

 

8 years later, @wizkhalifa delivers. Thank u Wiz

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Thanks, Wiz.

You can watch the episode above and hear his new project Laugh Now, Fly Later below.

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A-Trak: The ComplexCon Interview

Ten years after its founding, Fool's Gold Records is stronger than ever. With a roster that balances household names like Danny Brown with new talent like Leaf and G-Worthy, what started as a label has grown into something much more.  

That much became clear when founder and legendary DJ A-Trak took over the P&P stage at ComplexCon. A parade of new voices graced the stage, and Jinx caught up with A-Trak backstage after the performance. Watch A-Trak's ComplexCon interview above to learn what it takes to run a successful label, where he earned his reputation as a DJ, and how festival culture changed everything. Catch up on the rest of our ComplexCon coverage below:

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Here’s Why People Think Drake Is Opening a New Restaurant in Toronto (UPDATE)

UPDATED 3:21 p.m. ET: It sounds like Drake might be out here diversifying his investments. 

Images showing an advertisement for what looks like a restaurant/sports bar named Pick 6 with the OVO insignia​ over it have appeared in Toronto's financial district. Pick 6's location used to house the Houston Bar and Grill. There hasn't been an official announcement or confirmation from Drake or his camp that whatever that is opening will in fact be a restaurant. But, it does seem like it's a good guess. 

 

#working #pick6 #dukester #nuffsaid #believethat @chubbsview

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This wouldn't be the first time Drake has been connected to the restaurant business. Back in 2015 Drake came up with the name for chef Susur Lee’s upscale comfort food eatery Fring's in Downtown Toronto. He even DJ'ed for the opening party, which was attended by high profile guests such as Serena Williams, Jaden Smith, and his mother Jada Pinkett.  

Drake is also investing in the green tea company called MatchaBar. The company, which is partnering with Whole Foods for distribution, is having its ingredients sourced from a family farm in Nishio, Japan. Matcha is a type of green tea leaf that is finely ground into a powder and contains a decent-sized dose of caffeine. 

Shortly after these rumors started taking off, a source close to the situation confirmed to Complex that claims of a new restaurant are simply not true.

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Judge Throws Out Former DJ’s $3 Million Lawsuit Saying Taylor Swift Cost Him His Job

Former radio host David Mueller's lawsuit against Taylor Swift has been thrown out by a Denver judge. Mueller insisted that Swift's allegations that he had groped her cost him his job and ruined his career. He was seeking $3 million in damages. U.S. District Judge William Martinez handed down the dismissal on Friday. 

Swift's civil suit against Mueller over the groping, which has been ongoing for four years, stems from an incident that took place in 2013 during a meet-and-greet following a concert in Denver. Swift testified that Mueller “grabbed my ass underneath my skirt. It was underneath my skirt.” Swift also remarked, “He did not touch my hand. He grabbed my bare ass. He stayed latched on to my bare ass…as I moved away from him visibly uncomfortable.” Mueller denies he assaulted the massively popular singer. 

A photo from the event seems to support Swift's allegations.

Taylor symbolically counter-sued the former DJ for $1. Swift's attorney J. Douglas Baldridge remarked, “She’s just trying to tell people out there that you can say no when someone puts their hand on you. Grabbing a woman’s rear end is an assault, and it’s always wrong. Any woman—rich, poor, famous, or not—is entitled to have that not happen.” Swift testified that a “light switched off in my personality” after the assault. 

The groping case against Mueller is ongoing. 

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Taylor Swift Testifies in Sexual Assault Trial: ‘He Latched on to My Bare Ass’

Taylor Swift testified Thursday in the trial for her civil suit against David Mueller, a DJ from Denver who Swift says groped her under her skirt during a meet-and-greet in 2013. This is the first time Swift has taken the stand in the case, despite the fact that it's been ongoing for more than four years. 

Swift was clear and concise in her testimony. “He did not touch my rib,” Swift said in court, according to TMZ. “He did not touch my hand. He grabbed my bare ass. He stayed latched on to my bare ass… as I moved away from him visibly uncomfortable.”

“It was a very shocking thing that I have never dealt with before,” the pop star added. “He grabbed my ass underneath my skirt. It was underneath my skirt.” 

Mueller denies that he inappropriately touched Swift. However, he appears to have forgotten that meet-and-greet events are, by definition, an opportunity to get a photo with the artist—and there’s pretty damning photographic evidence. TMZ unearthed the photo in question, and while it might not prove anything definitively, the photo does show Mueller’s arm in a pretty awkward angle.

The defense claimed Swift’s accusations are false because she continued the meet-and-greet after the alleged assault took place. Mueller’s lawyer claimed she could have taken a break from taking photos with fans, as if that somehow would have changed the situation or made it go away. 

For her part, Swift said she continued the meet-and-greet because she did not want to disappoint her fans. To the claim that she should have “taken a break,” Swift fired back, “And your client could have taken a normal photo with me.” 

The whole case began after Swift accused Mueller of groping her back in 2013. As a result, Mueller lost his job. In 2015, he filed a lawsuit against Swift, seeking to regain his lost wages, which amounted to $150,000 a year; he claimed her statement was the reason he lost his job. In a symbolic act, Swift counter-sued for only $1, hoping the mere act of taking a stand would be “an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts,” as reported in Spin.

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Drake Requested Jay Z’s ‘4:44’ at a Restaurant Because He’s All of Us

You don't live under a rock, and are therefore aware that Jay Z's 4:44 has generated a buttload of buzz in the 18 or so hours that it's been available on Tidal so far. Hov's 13th studio album has generated plenty of positive reactions from fans and public figures, a well as his peers

Speaking of peers, Drake walked into a Baltimore restaurant on Thursday night/Friday morning and requested that the business pump it out on their speakers, which certainly beats listening to it on the train or in a cubicle while pretending to get some work done.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the public listening party went down at Azumi at Harbor East (so if you're an area resident who decided to cancel your plans there at the last second you can now quietly say “Fuck, dude,” to yourself).

The Sun further reports that Drake was sitting out on the patio with five friends when at (or around) midnight he asked whoever runs the music to put Jay Z's newest album on. The restaurant, understandably, obliged.

“While we normally have our own DJ's music playing through the speakers, we were able to accommodate him and they listened to Jay Z's 4:44 album in its entirety,” restaurant group spokesman Joe Sweeney said to the Sun. “Several people walking along the Harbor East promenade approached him for photos and he was more than happy to take pictures with them.”

Sweeney also added that bartenders, servers and management made comments praising how nice Drake was. That would appear to include Twitter user @XOXOCandice, a Drake fan who put together an extensive Twitter thread about her chance encounter with him (we're talking nearly 40 tweets here):

Anyway, one can only wonder if he caught any subliminal shots or not.

 

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