SZA Temporarily Removed From TDE’s Championship Tour Due to Vocal Injury

One of Top Dawg Entertainment’s biggest stars has been pulled from the label’s Championship Tour.

On Tuesday night, TDE president Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith went to Instagram to address SZA’s noticeable absence during the last several tour stops. Top Dawg revealed the songstress has been pulled from the trek until further notice, after she sustained a vocal injury.

“I have to take SZA off for a few days on the tour. Her vocal cords are swollen and she has to rest her voice to prevent any permanent damage,” he wrote. “We been monitoring her close and this is the reason she missed the Arizona and New Mexico dates.”

 

Championship Tour update…

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Top Dawg reassured his followers that the team has been monitoring SZA’s condition, and will provide updates as the come through.

“As for the dates she’s missed, we’ll figure out a way to make it up to you guys, “ he wrote.

Stay tuned as more information becomes available.

The Championship Tour kicked off earlier this month on Vancouver, and will include stops in Atlanta, NYC, Boston, and Toronto, before concluding June 16 in Pittsburgh.

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6ix9ine Claims He’s Featured on Kanye West’s Upcoming Album

Self-proclaimed troll 6ix9ine says he will make an appearance on Kanye West’s upcoming solo project. He also claims to have never taken a single L in his life—so of course, his credibility is questionable.

After arriving at LAX on Sunday, 6ix9ine caught up with TMZ to talk about his so-called successes, his large entourage, and his habit of “beatin’ the shit outta people.”

“I win at every battle I get into, you know what I’m saying?” he told the cameraman. “How many Ls have I took? I haven’t took not one L yet.”

Though that’s definitely debatable, we won’t get into all that right now. What’s most important is what 6ix9ine revealed at the end of the brief video. As he was making his way up the escalator, the paparazzo brought up ‘Ye’s forthcoming album; however, he before the man could ask his question, 6ix9ine interrupted with: “I’m on it! I’m on the album.”

“You are?” the cameraman asked in disbelief. “No doubt!”

“I swear,” the rapper said. “[Kanye] didn’t want me to tell y’all, but…”

It’s impossible to know if 6ix9ine is telling the truth right now. Earlier this week, the Brooklyn-bred rapper suggested Kanye’s recent controversies were nothing more than a publicity stunt. 6ix9ine also claimed he was on his way to see the G.O.O.D. Music boss for some meeting.

“I’m about to meet up with Kanye right now,” he told TMZ, before he was asked about ‘Ye’s backlash. “[…] He learned from Tekashi, like, ‘Yo, I gotta troll to get my sales up.’ He’s about to release an album.”

Kanye's album is slated to arrive June 1. He's expected to drop a collaborative project with Kid Cudi the following week.

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Taylor Swift-obsessed creepers have been particularly active this month.

According to TMZ, a man identified as Roger Alvarado was arrested Friday after he allegedly broke into the Swift's NYC townhouse. The suspect reportedly gained entry after climbing a ladder and using his hand to break a window. Though someone reportedly alerted authorities after witnessing the break-in, Alvarado apparently had enough time to take a shower in Swift’s bathroom before taking a little nap.

This story is equal parts scary and confusing.

After officers arrived at the residence, they reportedly found the man catching some Z’s in Swift’s bed. Alvarado was then arrested on charges of stalking, burglary, and criminal mischief.

Swift, thankfully, wasn’t home during the break-in. In fact, TMZ reports the 28-year-old singer has never lived in the townhome since purchasing it several months ago.

On April 10, it was reported that a man named Bruce Rowley was arrested for allegedly robbing a bank in Ansonia, Connecticut. Rowley told officers he committed the heist to impress Swift, and said he threw the stolen money over the singer’s fence for her to find. He also said he intended to donate some of the money to the Ansonia Police Department. (What!?)

Officers could not immediately confirm whether or not Rowley actually traveled to Swift’s home. He has since been charged with robbery in second degree and larceny in the fourth degree.

Justin Lilly was also arrested earlier this month after he was caught trespassing Swift’s Beverly Hills compound. According to TMZ, Lilly was sentenced to three days in jail and three years of summary probation.

But the creepiness didn’t end there. Last Saturday, 38-year-old Julius Sandrock was arrested outside Swift’s Beverly Hills home, where he was caught wearing a mask and rubber gloves. TMZ reports officers eventually searched Sandrock’s car, where they found “an empty gun holster, live rounds of ammunition, latex gloves, black gloves, a knife and multiple types of masks, black rope, Rx medication, and psychologist paperwork.”

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“All I said was I like Cardi more,” she explained via Instagram. “I’m allowed to say I like someone more than another person. There's no problem with that at all.” 

She also wrote, “I got love for both of 'em,” on top of the video, clarifying that she still respects Minaj as an artist.

Bhabie recently snatched a nomination for Top Female Rap Artist at this year's Billboard Music Awards, and when TMZ approached her about the nomination she expressed that she’s “already winning” by being nominated. The 15-year-old then said she thinks it’ll be Cardi who takes home the award. “Obviously Cardi is gonna win,” she said. “She really deserves it.”

She followed that up with some comments about why she prefers the up-and-coming Bronx rapper over rap royalty Nicki Minaj. “Cardi actually says stuff, Nicki just has attitude. So what. Big deal,” she said. 

 

Cardi recently dropped her album Invasion of Privacy, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. A week later, Nicki dropped her singles “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz” ahead of her forthcoming album. The two rappers have a history of some manufactured beef, mostly proliferated by fans (though there seems to be some truth to it), but Bhabie’s comments no doubt fanned the flames.

Bhabie has recently been caught up in some beef of her own, sparring with her nemesis, YouTube star WoahVicky. But in the meantime the teen meme turned rapper is focusing most of her energy on producing a reality TV show and headlining her first national tour.

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Following the show announcement, and also because Cole switched his Twitter profile pic, background, and Instagram avatar, many fans speculated the North Carolina rapper would be dropping some new music. It looks like those theories turned out to be true. 

Following the aforementioned performance, Cole jumped back on social media to reveal that he has a new album on the way and it's titled KOD. And to make it all sweeter, we aren't going to have to wait that long to be able to hear it. The project will be out on Friday, April 20, which, of course, is International Marijuana Day, or something like that. 

Cole reportedly played the album for those lucky enough to attend the NYC show. Brian “B.Dot” Miller shared the news on Twitter.

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Nicki Minaj Says Atlantic Told Her to Remove Cardi B Name-Drop on “MotorSport”

Nicki Minaj’s original “Motorsport” verse has surfaced online.

During an appearance on The Norte Show in November 2017, Cardi B confirmed Nicki’s initial verse on the hit Migos track was different than the final version. DJ Akademiks reported that the Pinkprint rapper was asked to alter her rap because Cardi, who is also featured on the record, was mad Nicki had mentioned her name in a line.

Well, we now know that the rumor was at least half true.

In the expertly timed leak—posted by DJ Akademiks—you can hear Nicki drop Cardi’s name:

I'm with a couple bad bitches that'll rip the party
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The final version replaced Cardi’s name with Quavo, which raises the question: Was Nicki trying to throw shade in her earlier verse?

Because Quavo was ultimately referenced in the line, many people have claimed that Nicki was simply giving a shout-out to Cardi, while also acknowledging her position in the rap game; however, others believe Nicki was attempting to put Cardi in her place by designating their respective roles and ranks.

After the original version surfaced, fans were left with many questions. If it truly was a diss, then why would Nicki feel comfortable replacing Quavo’s name with Cardi’s? On the other hand, if it was nothing more than a generous shout-out, why would she decide to take out the Cardi reference?

Nicki now claims she made the alteration at Atlantic Records’ request:

There have been a lot of whispers and controversies surrounding the “Motorsport,” specifically in regards to Nicki and Cardi’s relationship. Shortly after the track was released, people began speculating that Nicki was blindsided by Cardi's feature; however, Nicki claims she was informed about Cardi's contribution prior to the song's official drop. 

“I was on the song w/Quavo. No one else was on it. He called & asked if I think we should put Bardi on it, I said ‘ok let’s do it.’ The end,” she tweeted. “Migos weren’t even on it yet. Just Quavo. The conspiracy theories r just so tired. Relax. Breathe. Imagine me not knowing who on a song w/me.”

Though it seemed like there is no bad blood between the NYC rappers, Nicki recently told Zane Lowe she was hurt by Cardi’s reaction to the feud rumors.

“The only thing with Cardi that really, really, really hurt my feelings was the first interview she did after ‘MotorSport’ came out […] Up until this recent interview she did, I had never seen her show me genuine love in an interview,” Nick said. “I remember when I first came in the game, I would only be singing their praises and saying thank you. The first interview she did, it just hurt me because she looked so aggravated and angry, and the only thing she kept saying was, ‘I didn't hear that, she changed her verse.’ I was like, ‘What?’”

 

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