The 13-track record has almost as many guest appearances as it does songs. Get ready for drop-ins by Diddy, 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez, Rick Ross, Kodak Black, Trey Songz and more. Then of course, there’s an eagerly awaited collaboration with Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole called “American Dream.”
Jury’s still out on how big Cole and Kendrick’s contributions are, but we’re definitely on team #fullverseplease.
Fans have been keeping their fingers crossed for a Cole/Kendrick joint album for like… ever, but this summer TDE co-president Terrence “Punch” Henderson crushed our dreams, tweeting that the record would “probably never” happen. Ouch. That being said, “American Dream” may be fans’ next-best-thing.
Despite Drake and Meek Mill's long history of beef, the Canadian rapper gave Meek Mill a shout out while performing in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday. While engaging with the crowd during a break in his performance, Drake spotted a fan wearing a “Free Meek Mill” t-shirt, to which he commented, “Free Meek Mill too. You right.”
Meek, who is serving out a seemingly unjust prison sentence for violating his probation, has a long history with Aubrey. After accusing Drake of failing to write his own music, the two went back and forth calling each other out for months. The Philly-native inspired Drake to clap back by releasing “Back to Back” in which he notoriously calls out Meek for piggy-backing on his (now) ex-boo Nicki Minaj's fame.
With all that behind them, Drake joins the numerous rappers who have shown support for Meek Mill as he serves a sentence many believe he doesn't deserve. In a New York Times op-ed, Jay Z explained that Meek's sentence is another example of the racial injustices that dictate the American criminal justice system. “What’s happening to Meek Mill is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day,” HOV wrote. Earlier this week, a large crowd gathered in Philly to show support for the Wins & Losses rapper, and both Rick Ross and PnB Rock were in attendance.
It's too soon to tell whether or not this shout out officially concludes the Drake/Meek Mill beef. However Drizzy does appear to be prioritizing calling out racist institutions, over upholding some petty drama.
While out at ComplexCon, Rick Ross sat down with Complex News' Speedy Morman to talk about one of the most important verses in his catalog: his song-closing bars on Kanye West's “Devil in a New Dress.”
“When I recorded that verse for the first time, he came in, heard it,” Ross recounted, “he told me he thought I could do better. And he walked out.” The MMG boss didn't let that moment deter him from delivering something special. “And then I wrote another one, and the second verse I wrote is the one you hear on the album.”
Check out the full interview above, where Ross also talks about standing up for Lil Wayne in the Birdman financial feud.
In celebration of the record’s seventh anniversary, The Pinkprint rapper reflected on her iconic verse and what it meant to collaborate with some of the biggest names in hip-hop. Nicki also mentioned the time she had to convince Kanye West to keep “Monster” on MBDTF, after he expressed his hesitation.
“Kanye called me to tell me Jay put a verse on this song & that he was still deciding if he would put it on his album,” she wrote on Instagram. “Haha. It was like an hour long call where I tried to convince him to let the song stay on his album. He felt this verse would end up being the talk of the album. I said: YOU’RE KANYE WEST!!!!”
She also admitted there was a minor disagreement when it came to her signature growl. Kanye wanted more, while Nicki feared it would be “overkill.”
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“Monster” debuted Sept. 21, 2010, on Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Friday music program; however, it didn’t get an official release until Oct. 23, about a month before MBDTF dropped. The song went on to receive a platinum certification as well as plenty of critical praise, with many people applauding Nicki as the track's standout. Pretty impressive considering she was featured alongside Jay Z, Rick Ross, and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.
Partynextdoor was arrested Thursday for alleged Xanax and Oxycodone possession. The OVO signee was arrested alongside friend Jerome Nevins by New York state troopers in Niagara County early Thursday morning, WIVBreported. PND and Nevins have been charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Troopers had been called to the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge at the request of U.S. Customs and Border officials, who had reportedly found the Xanax and Oxycodone after stopping PND's tour bus for a “secondary inspection” before allowing it into the U.S.
PND allegedly had Xanax and Oxycodone on him, while Nevins only had Xanax. Both were given appearance tickets for Town of Lewiston court.
A rep for Partynextdoor did not immediately respond to Complex's request for comment.
PND just dropped his newSeven Daysproject in September. The seven-track release saw guest appearances from Halsey and Rick Ross.
PND is currently on the road with Halsey as part of her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tour, which also features support from Charli XCX. The next scheduled date is Oct. 6 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. At the time of this article's publication, PND had not issued a statement on the arrest incident.
Back in July, O.J. Simpson was granted parole during a highly-publicized hearing in Nevada. But immediately after finding out his fate, he was ordered back behind bars to await his release, which caused a lot of the buzz surrounding him to die down.
That buzz is about to get ratcheted all the way back up in the coming days, though, as it appears Simpson is on the verge of being released back into society. According to a Nevada prisons official who spoke with the Associated Press on Wednesday, Simpson could be released from the Lovelock Correctional Center as early as Monday. He has been at the facility for nine years now serving out a sentence stemming from an armed robbery conviction.
Before he’s released from custody, Simpson will actually be moved from Lovelock to High Desert State Prison just outside of Las Vegas, according to Nevada Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Keast. He will then be allowed to leave that facility as a free man at some point, though prison officials are keeping the actual date and time of his release under wraps in an effort to avoid drawing media attention to the prison.
Simpson’s close friend Tom Scotto spoke with the AP and confirmed that Simpson will be released “shortly after” Oct. 1, but he declined to be any more specific than that. Once Simpson is freed, it’s unclear where he will go to live, but he's likely going to end up living somewhere in Florida.
It's been a long time coming, but the first episode of Hounded is finally here. When we first conceived of the show, we figured it would be easy. Puppies interviewing rappers? Who could say no?
Many months later, we have our first episode in the bag and ready for your eyes. Wyclef Jean, who is coming off some excellent collaborations with Young Thug and his twelfth studio album, is our first guest. The puppies had some twisted questions for Wyclef, but he stayed honest and survived the hounding intact. Watch the video above, and look out for new episodes every other Wednesday.