Playboi Carti Has Locked Into ‘Album Mode’

Playboi Carti had a lot of wins in 2017. Since releasing his self-titled debut mixtape in April, the Atlanta rapper has hopped on records by ASAP Mob, Lana Del Rey, Lil Uzi Vert, and more. He’s also kicked off a U.S. tour, starred in Adidas “Faces of Crazy” campaign, and appeared in Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 list.

So what’s next for the 22-year-old “Magnolia” artist? Well, from the looks of it, he’s in the studio working on his long-awaited debut album.

Newly surfaced video shows Carti behind a mixing board, presumably listening to new material. The footage is captioned “Album Mode.” Check it out below. 

There aren’t any details available yet about the project, and no one involved has so far confirmed anything. As of now, fans can only cross their fingers and be patient.

Carti is also expected to drop a collaborative project with fellow SoundCloud rapper Uzi Vert. Several months after the tape was teased, one of its reported tracks surfaced online. The cut, which appears to be titled “Squad,” suggests the joint project is right around the corner. 

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Playboi Carti Reportedly Avoids Charges After Domestic Battery Arrest

The alleged physical exchange between Playboi Carti and his girlfriend that took place at Los Angeles International Airport in July is unlikely to end with any official charges for the rapper.

Police records indicate the incident was sparked by a verbal altercation between Carti and his girlfriend. One witness agreed with Carti’s allegations of being slapped in the face, while a witness who alerted police said Carti’s girlfriend had red marks on her chest from Carti pulling her by the backpack straps. Despite the somewhat muddled reports of what exactly happened, the outcome will probably not include formal charges.

TMZ has learned the L.A. City Attorney will not file charges but instead hold an informal hearing with the rapper and his [girlfriend] to discuss how best to avoid what went down back in July at LAX,” TMZ reported.

The TMZ report aligns with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s official policy on how charges are determined and filed, which states that a deputy district attorney reviews cases brought to the District Attorney’s Office by local law enforcement agencies. In Carti’s case, that would likely be the LAPD or airport security. The report would then be “reviewed in light of current law and whether the case presented by the agency can be proven in court beyond a reasonable doubt.”

If TMZ’s speculation is correct, Carti may simply get a warning. It’s also possible both parties may be required to enter some type of counseling program on healthier ways to manage potential conflicts.

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Playboi Carti Reportedly Arrested for Misdemeanor Domestic Battery in L.A.

 

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Playboi Carti was arrested shortly after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport Thursday for misdemeanor domestic battery, TMZ reported. Police sources claimed to TMZ that witnesses told them Carti first started arguing with the woman—who is reportedly Carti's girlfriend of three years—as they were leaving their terminal, then the two started “pushing each other.”

Once outside, Carti allegedly have grabbed her by her backpack before forcing her into an Uber vehicle. Carti posted a bail of $20,000 and was released Friday morning, according to the report. The woman was not arrested. Carti has not publicly commented on the alleged incident.

According to a police report cited by TMZ Friday afternoon, the argument began with Carti telling the woman to call her mother “but she didn't want to.” Carti then allegedly snatched her phone and grabbed her by the backpack. Carti claims she hit him, but left no injuries. Witnesses say he was slapped in the face. One witness, who made the initial call to authorities, claims to have seen a “red mark” on the woman's chest from Carti pulling on the backpack. Cops reported seeing no physical injuries on either involved party.

A representative for Playboi Carti did not immediately respond to Complex's request for comment.

Playboi Carti's nationwide tour with Young Nudy and Pi'erre Bourne kicks off Saturday in Seattle, Washington and wraps up in Denver, Colorado Aug. 29.

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Rick Ross Addresses Birdman Beef, Talks Carmelo and La La Anthony Relationship Trouble

Rick Ross recently stopped by the Complex office for a session of Complex Live where he chopped it up with Speedy about plans for Port of Miami 2 and working with Chris Rock.

It sounds like those waiting on the sequel to Ross' debut album won't have to wait till long as the veteran MC said Port of Miami 2 may come this year, which could potentially mark the second time he's dropped two albums in one year.

Earlier this year, Ross dropped Rather You Than Me, which featured a number of big name collaborations, none arguably bigger than Chris Rock. The legendary comedian popped up on two songs, and it turns out there's a lot more he said in the studio. “He went on a 20-minute rant,” Ross revealed. “I just took two lil' pieces out of it.” Definitely looking forward to what else Rock got off his chest.

Ross addressed his issues with Birdman, which he shared on wax in “Idols Become Rivals.” “A lot of people may have took that as a diss record, but for me, I hope homie took something from that, and I hope something good come from that.”

Rozay also made his bid for Carmelo Anthony to come to the Heat, and spoke on the relationship troubles between La La and the Knicks star. Check out the full video above.

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What We Know About the Police Killing of 15-Year-Old Jordan Edwards

The police killing of an unarmed black teenager in a Dallas, Texas suburb this weekend has activists and family members calling for the immediate firing and arrest of the involved officer. Mesquite High School freshman Jordan Edwards, according to family attorney Lee Merritt, was attempting to leave a house party Saturday with four other teenagers when multiple shots were fired into the vehicle. The local medical examiner's office ruled the death a homicide, with the Dallas Morning News reporting that he had been killed with a rifle shot to the head.

As new developments in the death of Jordan Edwards, including contradictory police accounts, arrive daily, let's take a look at what we know so far.

Jordan Edwards, 15, was reportedly doing what any teen would be doing on a Saturday night: hanging out with friends.

According to Merritt, Edwards and four other teenagers “heard gunshots” and decided to get in the vehicle and leave the premises. Edwards was not operating the vehicle. The teenagers then heard “someone cursing,” followed by three shots being fired into the vehicle. In a statement, the teen's family said his own siblings had to watch him die. “Not only have Jordan's brothers lost their best friend; they witnessed firsthand his violent, senseless, murder,” the statement said. “Their young lives will forever be altered.” In their initial statement, the Balch Springs Police Department said they had been called to the residence after receiving a “911 call reporting several underage kids drunk [and] walking around.” The teens in the vehicle, Merritt told the Morning News, had not been drinking and were not the teens referenced in the police call. Lisa Roberson, the mother of the teen who threw the house party “without her approval,” said there had also been no drinking at the residence.

Police initially accused those in the vehicle with Edwards of driving toward cops “in an aggressive manner,” then completely changed their story.

On Monday, the Balch Springs Police Department shared an updated statement with media outlets. The new statement contradicted the statement the department had released just one day earlier, in which the vehicle was alleged to have been driven toward the officers “in an aggressive manner.” Monday's release said the vehicle was actually “driving away from the officer” when the officer's weapon was fired. After reviewing body-cam footage of the shooting, police chief Jonathan Haber told reporters the shooting did not meet the department's “core values.” Merritt, speaking to the New York Times Monday, said this development was “a big deal” for the investigation moving forward. “The lone motive they had for the murder was that the vehicle was being used as a weapon, and now that is no longer there,” Merritt said.

The officer has not been identified.

The officer who shot and killed Edwards has not been identified. As of Monday, the officer was on administrative leave pending an investigation conducted by the Dallas County District Attorney's Office and the Dallas County Sheriff's Department. As noted by the New York Daily News, the fatal shooting does not follow the Balch Springs Police Department's policy on use of force. “We are declaring war on bad policing,” Merritt told reporters Monday. Though Haber cited body-cam footage in Monday's press conference, the footage is not expected to be released until the investigation has concluded.

It was announced on Tuesday afternoon that the police officer involved in the killing of Jordan Edwards has been terminated, and that a criminal investigation is ongoing.

The Balch Springs Police Department did not immediately respond to Complex's request for comment.

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Daft Punk Was Captured Without Their Helmets Before Returning Back to France

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Just after Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk won their 5 GRAMMY awards, the duo were set to return home to France. It seems though that TMZ was tipped off in regards to the duos departure to return home at LAX airport as they were captured without their helmets. As you can see from our other posts regarding Daft Punk without their helmets it definitely appears that Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo is on the left and Thomas Bangalter is on the right in this new photo.

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