Cardi B Finally Blessed the Streets With Latin Trap Remix of “Bodak Yellow”

Cardi B’s single Bodak Yellow is a banger and has definitely secured a spot on the list for song of the summer contender, but this morning the Bronx rapper released a “Latin Trap” remix of the hit, and it promises to rip up the charts.

Cardi B teased the remix at the Dominican Day parade in Manhattan on Aug. 13, where she sang the song in Spanish. Cardi B’s father is Dominican, and she said she made this Latin remix “to make my dad side of the family proud.” Cardi B switches between rapping in both Spanish and English throughout the song, and she’s joined by Harlem-based Dominican rapper Messiah El Artista who also flexes his bilingual bars.

The original Bodak Yellow track has reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the highest-charting single by an unaccompanied female rapper since “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj in 2014. This new remix might just help her rank even higher.

The remix is now available on all streaming platforms as well as for purchase on iTunes. Check it out below.

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Drake Challenges Himself to a 500-Week Billboard Hot 100 Streak

Drake's eight-year hangout session on the Billboard Hot 100 came to an end this week, but Drake is already looking ahead to the next chart challenge.

The OVO Sound co-founder was missing from the Hot 100 this week for the first time since “Best I Ever Had” hit the charts back in 2009. All told, Drake spent a whopping 431 consecutive weeks on the Hot 100. TMZ bothered Drake outside the Tao restaurant in Los Angeles Wednesday night, ultimately eliciting a three-word response to the news.

“I need 500,” Drake said, narrowly making it inside his vehicle before he had to suffer through the paparazzo's dripping-with-cringe follow-up question of “So what's next, Dancing With the Stars?”

Drake, by a substantial margin, currently boasts the most consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 since the chart's debut in 1958. The rest of the top ten includes Lil Wayne (326 weeks), Rihanna (216), Nicki Minaj (207), Jay Z (159), Katy Perry (139), and more.

This latest feat is far from the first time a Billboard record has been smashed by Drake. With the release of Views in 2016, he claimed 20 spots on the Hot 100. That record held until the release of this year's More Life, at which point Drake bested himself with 24 simultaneous chart appearances.

Drake's most recent solo single was “Signs,” which premiered back in June during Louis Vuitton's Paris Fashion Week show as part of an OVO Sound-curated playlist created for the line's Spring/Summer 2018 menswear reveal.

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Discuss Nicki Minaj Denying Cardi B Beef on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska discuss a number of the day's topics including Nicki Minaj denying any beef with Cardi B, Lil Uzi Vert speaking on Kodak, and much more. 

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Debate If Cardi B Is the Next Nicki Minaj on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska get into a packed slate of news topics, which includes a look at if Kodak Black was scammed by Master P, Irv Gotti's weird IG rant, Bieber sliding in DMs, and more. The crew also break down Cardi B's rapid success and if she's on track to be the next Nicki Minaj or a one-hit-wonder. 

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How Sickamore Went From Hustling Mixtapes to Crafting Platinum Albums With YG and Travis Scott | The Culture

Randall “Sickamore” Medford may not be a household name, but if you're anywhere near the rap game you know he's been an integral part of the success of hip-hop heavyweights like YG, Travis Scott, and more.

Now a senior music exec at Interscope Records, Sickamore continues to play a key role behind-the-scenes for established and up-and-coming acts alike, and based on his track record, you'd be wise to bet on what and who he's working with. In our new episode of The Culture, Jinx chops it up with Sickamore to find out how the Brooklyn representative turned his passion for music into a career hip-hop heads could only dream of.

A major turning point in Sickamore's journey can be traced back to his days of selling bootleg mixtapes on Canal Street in Manhattan, which then led to an A&R gig with Atlantic Records at the age of 21.

The jump from hustling to corporate didn't effect Sickamore's drive, who saw the transition as an opportunity to capitalize on something he always believed. “I wanted to show people that you could really be in it. You can be on tour, you can be engaged, you can find records. You can make something,” he explained. “You know how they always have that term for the culture? I understand it, but it's never been a point in my life where it's not been for the culture.”

Sickamore's path hasn't always been on a positive trajectory. Two years after joining Atlantic, he left to start an artist development company and managed Nicki Minaj early in her career. His ambitions spread him thin, though, to the point that he lost Nicki as a client. That moment, while disheartening, helped Sickamore refocus his goals.

Check out the full episode above, where Sickamore talks about building a special bond with YG, how Travis Scott's “Antidote” was initially a freestyle, and also shares a hilarious encounter he had with Drake. DJ Clark Kent and Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua also talk about their experiences working with Sickamore.

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Drake’s Latest Tattoo Is a Tribute to Lil Wayne

Fuck. I need to get a tattoo. Meanwhile, Drake is back with his latest inked tribute, this time paying homage to someone who's been undeniably instrumental in his success. That's right. Drake got a Lil Wayne tattoo.

The first proper image of Drake's latest act of body art was shared to Instagram Monday amid a flurry of photos from last week's Houston Appreciation Weekend event. Here's another shot of the Wayne tattoo:


A post shared by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Jul 24, 2017 at 7:58pm PDT

Wayne, of course, signed Drake to Young Money Entertainment in 2009 after a heated bidding war. The two have collaborated frequently, most recently alongside Nicki Minaj on “No Frauds.”

Drake is a known fan of tattooed tributes. This year alone, the OVO Sound co-founder has inked his respects to his former Twitter handle, the sounds of Sade (twice!), and his More Life project.


🇸🇪🇨🇦 “More Life” 🌸🐝@champagnepapi #bishoprotary #nocturnalink #inkeeze #radiantcolorsink #morelife

A post shared by Art👈🏼 Tattoo👈🏼Laser👈🏼 (@niki23gtr) on Mar 18, 2017 at 3:38am PDT

Lest we forget, Drake's growing collection also includes a lion head, an “unruly” flaming skull, a portrait of his father, and a shark that matches one of Rihanna's tattoos.


Camo shark for my dear friend @badgalriri Also… I just found out you can zoom on IG- enjoy 🙂

A post shared by Bang Bang Tattoo (@bangbangnyc) on Sep 1, 2016 at 10:33am PDT

I think I'm going to get a tattoo this week. 

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Meek Mill Takes Aim at Nicki Minaj on New Album ‘Wins & Losses’

Meek Mill’s newest album Wins & Losses has just been released, and there’s some tea boiling on a bunch of tracks. Said tea is in reference to Meek’s former romantic partner—none other than Nicki Minaj—and their tumultuous relationship.

In a statement Meek wrote, “Wins & Losses is my new album and I'm just breaking down the wins & losses of my life.” The Philly rapper seems to be doing just that.

In “1942 Flows,” Meek makes mention of the Minaj situation. He raps“Niggas talking shots, can't stop me, they ain't real enough/Cut her off, act like she's dead and it's killing her.” He continues, “Try to crucify me like I'm Jesus the way she cross me.”

Meek then picks up where he left off, continuing to address Nicki in the third verse, “Bloggers in the frenzy, truck to the Bentley/Ain't doing no interviews, I'm busy, nigga we litty/So when you see me out don't ask me about no Nicki/Fuck I look like, telling my business on Wendy.”

He makes another mention of his ex in the final verse, “Heard that bitch say she cut me, I was like adios/In the field, knock 'em down, it look like dominos.”

Meek brings up Minaj and their extinguished romance yet again on the track “Never Lose,” referencing what seems to be Nicki's Remy Ma diss track “No Frauds” and her Kanye West collaboration “Monster.” Meek raps:

“Soon as I win, they all clapped and applaud/I seen my dawgs turned their backs, it was slow/I seen that bitch turn her back like a fraud/You turn your back, you can't come back no more/Shown the real monster, just cuttin' them off/Just when they thought, they was laughing at me/I was just sittin' back laughin' at y'all/From battlin' with Reed to rapping with Ross/To packing famous bitches at the awards/Rags to riches on the tag of the car.”

There's what seems to be one more mention of Nicki on the song “Fuck That Check Up.” “Ever put a pop bitch on the block list?” Meek asks. He also makes reference to a “bitch” who left him with a “heavy heart” on the appropriately-titled “Heavy Heart.”

On Thursday, Meek made an appearance on Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning. He spoke on “Shether,” Remy Ma’s fiery Nicki Minaj diss track. On the song, Remy rapped “Coke head, you cheated on your man with Ebro/I might leak the footage of you sniffin' them ski slopes.” Awkward. Meek also discussed the Safaree Samuels and Drake beefs he was embroiled in.

Mentioning that he recently turned 30, Meek remarked, “I be on some positive, grown-man, get-to-the-money type vibe. What can you do? You gonna be Instagramming and Tweeting and throwing shots popping shit forever? We gotta live real life, too. It’s two sides to that. I think people be getting caught up in the twilight zone, they forget that it’s OK to put your phone down.”

Listen to Meek Mill’s newly released third solo studio album Wins & Losses over at Apple Music and peep the tea for yourself.

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Break Down New Lil Uzi Vert Songs on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska run through the day's news, which includes the fuckery from the Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor press conference, Remy Ma getting mad at 2 Chainz because of his Nicki Minaj feature, new Lil Uzi Vert songs, and more. Later, the crew open up about HBO's The Defiant Ones documentary and list some rap docs they would love to see. 

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Meek Mill’s Crew Reportedly Warned Safaree to Stay Away From BET Awards

With each day that passes, it seems like there's a new development in the Meek Mill vs. Safaree Samuels feud. After claims emerged Safaree was jumped by the crew of the Philadelphia native, it wasn't long before we had footage, denials from Meek himself, and the Game stepping in to instigate even more nonsense.

As it turns out, this confrontation had been brewing before Friday's incident, at least according to TMZThey claim Safaree received a message from Meek's crew well before BET Awards weekend got started, telling him to lay low or suffer the consequences.

Safaree clearly wasn't having that, and chose not to go into hiding just because Meek was threatening to start something. The rest is history, of course.

New reports also claim the beef between Meek and Safaree isn't simply about their mutual connection to Nicki Minaj anymore. The war of words has supposedly gotten increasingly personal, carrying on for over a year at this point. You would think they both might have something better to do than continue dragging out some petty nonsense, although Meek continues to play coy when asked about the dust up.

“Ain’t no beef,” he said over the weekend. “I’m a boss. I’m a don. I don’t even fight. I don’t even know how they got us confused with that type of stuff, man.”

A neutral observer would probably disagree with that assessment. In the meantime, Meek spent the rest of his BET Awards weekend promoting his new video for “YBA,” and we'll have to wait and see if they can both move on and focus on everything else they each have going on.

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