Earlier this week, Drakeannounced that he's bringing Migos on tour later this year for the Aubrey and the Three Amigos Tour. Now, as Pitchfork points out, it's been announced that the already massive tour has seen the addition of new dates.
Extra shows have been added to stops in Toronto, Chicago, New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles. The tour will start July 26 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will run through until November 17 with a show in Atlanta, Georgia.
With Drake's new album Scorpion set to drop in June just before the tour kicks off, it's looking like it's going to be another huge summer for the 6 God. Tickets for the extensive tour are now on sale.
Aubrey and the Three Amigos Tour:
07-26 Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
07-28 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
07-31 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
08-01 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
08-10 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
08-11 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
08-12 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre
08-14 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
08-17 Chicago, IL – United Center
08-18 Chicago, IL – United Center
08-20 Chicago, IL – United Center
08-24 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08-25 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08-27 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
08-30 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
08-31 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
09-04 Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
09-07 Boston, MA – TD Garden
09-08 Boston, MA – TD Garden
09-12 Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
09-13 Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
09-15 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
09-18 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
09-21 Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
09-22 Miami, FL – AmericanAirlines Arena
09-24 New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
09-26 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
09-27 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
09-29 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
09-30 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
10-05 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
10-06 Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
10-08 Phoenix, AZ – Gila River Arena
10-12 Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
10-13 Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
10-14 Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
10-16 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
10-17 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
10-26 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
10-27 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
11-01 Seattle, WA – Tacoma Dome
11-03 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
11-04 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
11-06 Edmonton, Alberta – Rogers Place
11-16 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
11-17 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
Dripping in sauce and covered in cheese, veal parmigiana is not only a staple of Italian-American cooking, but one of the world’s great comfort foods. At Emilio’s Ballato—a last vestige of Manhattan’s old-school Italian eaters—the veal parm is a dish made to appease the New York appetite: breaded, pan fried, and coated in a heavy blanketing of melted buffalo mozzarella. Each night, the restaurant’s executive chef, Anthony Vitolo, prepares the plate-sized cut of meat as if he’s cooking for his extended family. And though Emilio’s Ballato is often slapped lovingly with the label of “red sauce joint,” the trattoria excels well beyond the basics of marinara and meatballs. Still, as restaurants around the city continue to embrace the high-end and haute, the veal parmigiana at Emilio’s Ballato is a must-try for Italian food-lovers the world over.
Monday, the 6 god announced dates for the Aubrey and the Three Amigos Tour. The tour is currently scheduled to span five months, with a final two-date stint in Atlanta set for Nov. 16 and 17. New York and Los Angeles are fortunate enough to have the lineup for four straight nights in August and October.
For a more reader-friendly list of dates, see below. Pre-sale tickets will be available starting Tuesday. Regular tickets for normals hit the usual outlets Friday.
July 26 – Salt Lake City
July 28 – Denver
July 31 – Kansas City
Aug. 1 – Minneapolis
Aug. 10 – Toronto
Aug. 11 – Toronto
Aug. 14 – Detroit
Aug. 17 – Chicago
Aug. 18 – Chicago
Aug. 24 – New York
Aug. 25 – New York
Aug. 30 – New York
Aug. 31 – New York
Sept. 4 – Montreal
Sept. 7 – Boston
Sept. 8 – Boston
Sept. 12 – Washington DC
Sept. 13 – Washington DC
Sept. 15 – Philadelphia
Sept. 16 – Nashville
Sept. 21 – Miami
Sept. 22 – Miami
Sept. 24 – New Orleans
Sept. 26 – Dallas
Sept. 29 – Houston
Sept. 30 – Houston
Oct. 5 – Las Vegas
Oct. 6 – Las Vegas
Oct. 8 – Phoenix
Oct. 12 – Los Angeles, the best city in the world
Oct. 13 – Los Angeles again
Oct. 16 – Los Angeles once again
Oct. 17 – Los Angeles one more time
Oct. 26 – San Francisco
Oct. 27 – San Francisco
Nov. 1 – Seattle
Nov. 3 – Vancouver
Nov. 4 – Vancouver
Nov. 6 – Edmonton
Nov. 16 – Atlanta
Nov. 17 – Atlanta
Over the weekend, Oliver El-Khatib premiered Drake's new Lil Baby collab on OVO Sound Radio. During the show, Oliver declined to reveal an official title or landing spot for the new track. At any rate, stream it below:
According to TMZ, a man who trespassed onto Rihanna’s property—and allegedly stayed the night—was tased and arrested by police on Thursday morning, after the alarm company notified authorities RiRi’s system might have been tampered with. Fortunately, the singer recently flew to New York to attend the Met Gala, presumably the reason she wasn’t home that night.
When officers arrived at the scene, they encountered a man who seemed to have stayed on Rihanna’s property overnight. If that isn’t creepy enough, the dude didn’t seem to understand why police officers had to arrest him for doing so—leading to the unfortunate tasing. While he was having a pretty rough week, Rihanna was busy impressing Met Gala attendees and hanging with Migos.
While it’s unclear if anything inside the home or on the property was damaged or meddled with, it appears that the incident is wrapped up and Rihanna can safely return home. Meanwhile, the eager unwelcome sleepover guest will be charged with residential burglary—a punishment that literally fits the crime. Surely, Rihanna would prefer the man in question would unfollow her in real life, as Drake did on Instagram this week.
Few pastries are more quintessential to the New York experience than the cannoli. Sweet, flakey, and filled with a thick ricotta cream, the Sicilian dessert is the platonic ideal of what fried food can be. Ferrara Bakery in Manhattan’s Little Italy has been churning out the pastry for over 125 years, since Antonio Ferrara first opened up shop on Grand Street in 1892. Now, fifth-generation owner Ernest Lepore is here to share the secret to making perfectly smooth and crunchy cannoli in Ferrara’s legendary kitchen. Whether they’re dragged through a vat of melted chocolate, or served plain with an espresso, cannoli are an inextricable component of Italian-American cooking in NYC. “I love cannolis, because it’s my family tradition,” Lepore says. “Sharing food is the way we say we love you, so we love to cook.”
On today’s episode of #OutofBounds, NBA front office veteran and ESPN analyst Amin Elhassan joins Gilbert Arenas and the crew to make sense of Utah’s surprise 116-108 win in Houston. Gil and Amin break down the defensive accomplishment of the Jazz — yes, even with James Harden posting 32 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists — and debate whether Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni is a good playoff coach or not.
Looking forward to tonight’s Cavs-Raptors Game 2, the panel predicts whether LeBron and Cleveland can grab another win in Toronto before wondering what’s next for troll Drake after his Game 1 altercations with Kendrick Perkins. Speaking of Perk, Amin gives the man his due for one of the NBA’s all-time best trash-talking quotes. Also, in the Celtics-Sixers series, can Philly’s young stars overcome the moment and Brad Stevens’ masterful coaching of the injury-depleted Celtics?
While Drake is getting all the attention after his tough talk with Perk, he’s not the only celebrity NBA fan who gets on people’s nerves. In “Top 5,” the panel runs down the Top 5 Most Annoying Celebrity NBA Fans, and even throws in a special honorable mention that’s sure to piss a bunch of people off.
In a recent ESPN interview, the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball gave himself a letter grade for his rookie season. Taking it a step further than his on-court performance, OOB grades Zo as a player, brand, and rapper, and measures it all against his immense hype. His report card may shock you.
Finally, with the Knicks reportedly trying to finalize the hiring of a new head coach this week after interviewing many diverse candidates — some extremely head-scratching ones among them — Amin explains how New York’s process is atypical for the league. He and Gil clarify what the woeful Knicks need to overcome a history of incompetence before everyone makes their picks for whom the team should hire.
In this week's episode of Talking Shop, star college football running back and now NFL draftee Saquon Barkley explains why he admires Hall of Famer Curtis Martin.
“I was a big Jets fan. Me and my dad used to watch Jets games all the time. Just his style of play, how he was. He was a workhorse,” Barkley says. “He's not mentioned with some of the top backs and I feel like he should be.”
As the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Barkley is positioned to make a major mark in the league. And while it may not be with the Jets like his idol Martin, he'll still get to pursue his dreams in his home state of New York with the Giants.
Later, Barkley shares how he was able to come up on a pair of Virgil Abloh x MoMA Air Force 1s. Check out the full video above, and if you missed Barkley's episode of Sneaker Shopping with Joe La Puma, watch it here.
Apparently, President Trump may be freaking out after his personal attorney Michael Cohen did not cooperate during investigations on the commander-in-chief.
On CNN’s State of the Union, Stormy Daniels's attorney Michael Avenatti said, “Mr. Trump and the administration have concluded what I've been saying for weeks. That Michael Cohen is in a lot of trouble and he's going to flip on the president.”
Earlier this week, it was reported that Cohen planned to plead the fifth if he was to be called to the stand during the Daniels trial against Cohen. In response, the judge in California on Friday gave Cohen a 90-day delay, considering he is under criminal investigation in New York and it is “likely” be will be indicted.
Avenatti thinks a recent National Enquirer cover implies that Cohen is ready to flip. The cover promised information on Cohen's “secrets and lies.” American Media is the parent company of The Enquirer, which is owned and run by friend and ally of Trump David Pecker. Avenatti said the cover is “the first effort on their part to undermine Mr. Cohen’s credibility so they can claim when he does flip that he’s a liar.”
Now Trump is in dismay, according to Avenatti. “It’s pretty transparent what’s going on here. Mr. Trump realizes he’s in a lot of trouble and he’s in panic mode.”
Trump has consistently denied any relationship with Daniels and knowledge of paying her. Avenatti also said that the president, “…directly contradicted the nonsense that Michael Cohen has been trying to sell the American people for the last three months. And that is that Michael Cohen went out and did the agreement on his own and raised the $130,000 on his own and that Mr. Trump never knew anything about it.” To Avenatti, this admission was “a critical mistake, and this is what happens when you’re undisciplined in litigation.” He continued, “You may be able to be undisciplined in politics, you may be able to lie to the American press and the people, but you can’t lie in litigation. It comes back and bites you every time.”
In clinical terms,Love & Hip Hop is a long-running reality franchise about the personal and professional struggles of figures in the music business. In colloquial terms, it’s a ratchet-reality soap opera with around 200 interwoven characters. Many of them exist at the periphery of the music industry; others have won Grammys, gone platinum, and crafted No. 1 records at some point in their career. In nearly every episode, there is an obligatory scene of one or more of them in the studio. But with very few songs released, we need to know: What exactly are they working on?
LHH is the cornerstone of Vh1. In 2017, the network had four of the top 10 unscripted shows on cable, and the Atlanta and New York editions were Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. And shows weren’t measured in “social engagement” before Love & Hip Hop started dominating Twitter each time an episode aired. All this to say, everyone is watching the show. Everyone is talking about the show. But no one is fucking with the music from the show.
In fact, for a program called Love & Hip Hop, only one featured personality from its cast is actually relevant for their current musical output: a former stripper with minimal prior rap experience named Cardi B.
And no one saw her coming.
When Cardi joined Love & Hip Hop’s New York cast in season 6 she was already a social media starlet with over a million followers on Twitter (she now has 2.8M). She was known for her personality, not any musical inclinations, and had retired from the pole two months before the season premiere on December 14, 2015. By that point Cardi had started making a whole living off club appearances. But Vh1 wanted to portray her as a silly exotic dancer languishing in a messy situationship.
“Yo, it’s so crazy, like, them motherfuckers [the producers] really doubted me. It’s like, why would y’all doubt me? Like, I have seven hundred thousand bajillion followers,” she told THE FADER in February 2016. “I’m telling them like, ‘Yo, I have a brand. I’m not even an artist and I fill out clubs. Three thousand, whatever the crap, I fill them shits out!’ But they didn’t care about that. They just wanted to make me look as the stripper, a struggling stripper.”
love & hip hop may help raise an artist’s visibility, but for all the wrong reasons when it comes to their actual artistry.
And indeed, she played her part. In her now-legendary LHH video introduction, Cardi announced, “Hey, America, washpoppin’? You might know me as that annoying dancer on social media that be talking hella crazy, with the long nails and the big ol’ titties, but I’m just a regular, degular, shmegular girl from the Bronx.” We went on to see Cardi’s frustration over Power 105 radio personality DJ Self, whom she slept with occasionally, not playing her music. In her words, he was “the hottest DJ in New York or whatever” and she was willing to deal with him seeing other women so long as he helped get her music played.
See, for most of the show’s history, that was the dynamic: The men were the legitimate figures in the industry, and the women were around to jockey for their assistance or attention. Remember how Stevie J. constantly threatened to send Joseline Hernandez back to the strip club on Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta? Like no character before or after her, Cardi B. was able to flip the script.
To understand how disruptive Cardi was, we should rewind. The show’s earliest iteration, Keeping Up With the Joneses, centered around Dipset rapper Jim Jones, his longsuffering girlfriend Christine Lampkin, and outspoken mother, Nancy “Mama” Jones. But Jimmy became less interested after he released his most successful single, “We Fly High.” To save the show, manager Yandy Smith and her mentor, Violator Management co-founder Mona Scott-Young, bumpedJones down to supporting cast member, and elevated Chrissy and her friends to the main cast. Re-christened Love & Hip Hop, the show was now giving visibility to the women behind famous men in hip-hop.
Now, fast-forward: Cardi B. came on the show with a game plan, and it wasn’t to be behind anybody. Her cunning, singular focus is perhaps what allowed her to become the show’s unlikeliest success story. This theory makes more sense when you consider that Cardi quit after two seasons in order to pursue her music. She paused the shenanigans to go work on her craft, instead of posturing in the studio like many of the men we see every episode. Within months of leaving LHH, she released her second mixtape, signed a multimillion-dollar record deal, then released “Bodak Yellow.” And within a year of her last trip to Vh1, Cardi had a No. 1 record, two Grammy nominations, and multiple pop and hip-hop features dominating the charts.
Given her beloved personality, Cardi could’ve easily joined the likes of LHH mainstays Stevie J., Lil Scrappy, and Yung Joc, bouncing between spinoffs in reality TV purgatory. But unlike them, Cardi didn’t want chasing checks from Mona Scott-Young to be her ceiling. “A lot of the n***as on that show are cornballs, but it is what it is,” clairvoyant Cardi said in an interview right before she left the LHH.
That about sums up why no one who continues to appear on the show is likely to break through on the charts any time soon. LHH may help raise an artist’s visibility, but for all the wrong reasons when it comes to their actual artistry. We all agreed amongst ourselves that the franchise was fake, but it was a juicy lie that we enjoyed pretending to believe. Cardi’s contrasting authenticity made us step into the light.
Cardi could’ve easily joined the likes of LHH mainstays Stevie J., Lil Scrappy, and Yung Joc, bouncing between spinoffs in reality TV purgatory. But Cardi didn’t want chasing checks from Mona Scott-Young to be her ceiling.
Millions of people rallied behind her as a person—she could have sold us anything she wanted after that, lip kits or weave—but she chose to sling hits. Cardi didn’t blow up the day after she left, no. But she was persistent and converted momentum into clout. Some of the credible artists remaining on LHH, like Remy Ma and Trina, haven’t been able to figure this part out yet—even though both have albums on the way and purposefully steer clear of the drama by limiting their camera time. There appears to still be an understanding of their brand equity, which is something many of their peers seem to lack, but the reality of reality TV is that it’s a means to an end.
As we sit here in the afterglow of Cardi’s soon-to-be-crowned No. 1 debut album, her feature on Saturday Night Live, and third appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, we have to respect what she’s achieved. Cardi was an underestimated woman whose role on LHH was to orbit the “powerful” men, but yet she launched past them all. As a soon-to-be mother engaged to one of the hottest artists in the industry, she’s basically secured the love and the hip-hop without the cameras. It’s doubtful anyone else on the franchise can replicate those shmoney moves.