Loud Records Dropping ’36 Chambers’ Remake With ‘9 MCs From Today’

Later this year, Wu-Tang Clan's legendary debut album will turn 25. To celebrate the record's infallible legacy, Loud Records founder Steve Rifkind has revealed that Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) will receive a full-blown remake featuring “nine MCs from today.” 

Rifkind founded Loud Records all the way back in 1991, before selling the catalog to Sony in 2002. However, this year he's revived the record label in partnership with Legacy Recordings and RED Music, as Rolling Stone points out. To celebrate the relaunch of the label, which helped launch the careers of Wu-Tang, Big Pun, and Mobb Deep among countless others, Rifkind told XXL that he has some pretty big plans to celebrate 36 Chambers' 25th anniversary. 

“With Wu-Tang, we're gonna do a few things,” he told XXL. “We're gonna remake the album with nine MCs from today and each new MC will play a character in the original 36 Chambers. There's gonna be a major tour cause it's also Wu's 25[th anniversary].” While he didn't offer an idea of who we can expect to hear on the album's remake, it's an interesting proposition considering how important the album is in the overall canon of hip-hop history.

It's not entirely clear on if the tour he's planning will focus on the new rappers paying tribute to 36 Chambers or see the group's surviving members reunite, but it's an exciting idea for fans of Wu-Tang regardless. He also told XXL that there's plans to celebrate the anniversary of Big Pun's debut album, Capital Punishment, although plans for that are still in the early stages right now. 

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French Montana on Kanye’s Pro-Trump Stance: ‘I’m Not Feeling What He Doing’

Stopped by TMZ's cameras at an airport on Tuesday, French Montana explained that Kanye West is “family” but he can't support him for aligning with Donald Trump. Specifically, he's upset with Trump's plan to end the DACA program.

Asked if he'll be on Kanye's new album, French responded, “I don't know yet.” Unprompted, he went on to say, “But I'm not feeling what he doing with holding Trump down. I don't respect nobody who take away education from students. [Trump] took away education from millions of students. They don't have the DACA program. You know, this country was built on immigrants. Nobody's from here.”

French has been outspoken about his support for the rights of undocumented immigrants in the United States. He recently teamed up with MTV and a nonprofit called Get Schooled to launch a campaign called “We Are the Dream” that aims to provide resources to undocumented immigrants and help them get higher education.

Making it clear that he supports Kanye but is adamantly against Trump, French explained, “I love Kanye, man. I guess he got an album coming out. That's my big brother, you know. That's family. I could never go against him. But I just don't respect somebody like [Trump] that deports so many people and hurts so many families and takes away education from students. They don't deserve that, there's millions of them.”

Asked if he thinks the publicity around Kanye's recent comments will hurt him, French responded, “With this one, I'm not with it. I don't support Trump until he starts doing some better things.” 

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, French said, “I am one of tens of thousands of first- and second-generation immigrants that are having a significant positive impact on the United States. I am excited to lead others in this fight to ensure Dreamers connect with support they need to get to college and make their American Dream come true.”

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Cardi B Reveals Artwork and Release Date for Debut Album ‘Invasion of Privacy’

The wait is nearly over. Cardi B has revealed the artwork and release date for her debut album Invasion of Privacy. The long-awaited project will drop on Friday, April 6.

The “Bodak Yellow” rapper first told fans at the Made In America festival that her debut album would be out in October of 2017. When nothing dropped, she revealed it was a classic case of perfectionism at play. Even with a white hot career, the Bronx native revealed how she was feeling about creating her debut album and the “pressure” that was attached to the endeavor. 

“I got six, seven solid songs that I like [for the album], but I wonder if a month from now, I'm going to change my mind,” she told Rolling Stone. “It's not as fun to do music […] my mind doesn't flow as free 'cause I have so much on my mind,” she continued. “It's so sad to say, and I don't want to be the one to say it, but you gotta follow the trend. […] This generation loves to get high. They love to be on drugs. This is why they on that shit: They don't want to think about what you're saying.”

Luckily for Cardi, artists like J. Cole know exactly how she feels. “Cardi b I seen your breakfast club interview, loved it,” he tweeted. “Don’t put all that pressure on your album. You already won. Just drop & repeat.” Later on, the two met in person. Footage emerged of an attentive Cardi soaking in Cole’s sage advice. 

Then, while giving her acceptance speech at the 2018 iHeartRadio Awards, Cardi shared an update on her oft-delayed project. “My album will be coming in April. Yessir, April. Stay tuned motherf—. Owww.”

She wasn't lying.

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Here’s Why 21 Savage Is No Longer Wearing Jewelry

Jewelry will no longer be a part of the 21 Savage aesthetic.

In a recent tweet, Stone Mound Meezy—21's manager—said the “Rockstar” chart-topper “no longer wears jewelry.” Instead, Meezy said, 21 wants to make things like buying houses and investing in businesses “cool” for young artists to do.

These tweeted goals arrive just after 21 announced a joint tour with his “Rockstar” collaborator Post Malone. The tour, kicking off April 26 in Portland, boasts support from SOB x RBE and Paris on select dates. Tickets are now available.

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Since dropping Issa Album and his Offset x Metro Boomin collab Without Warning in 2017, 21 has appeared on tracks by Big Sean, Rich Brian, Casino, and more. In December, he linked up with Cardi B for “Bartier Cardi,” which eventually peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this year. Speaking on his successes with Rolling Stone last year, 21 recalled how he reacted when Epic Records realized they had made one hell of a mistake by not signing him sooner. “When I came into the [Epic] office [the second time] I'm like, 'Yo, you gotta pay an extra fee cause you ain't sign me in the beginning,'” he said.​

Earlier this month, 21 was the inspiration behind Amber Rose's Valentine’s Day-themed Spotify playlist. The mix includes theme-appropriate tracks from Pharrell Williams, Frank Ocean, Jill Scott, Teddy Pendergrass, and more.

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Ryan Coogler Reveals How Kendrick Lamar Got Involved With ‘Black Panther: The Album’

The anticipation for Marvel’s Black Panther flick is getting stronger and stronger each day. But perhaps equally anticipated is the film’s soundtrack produced Kendrick Lamar and his label Top Dawg Entertainment.

In the days leading up to the release of Black Panther: The Album, director Ryan Coogler spoke to NPR about the project and how the TDE crew eventually became involved. He revealed that the initial plan was for Kendrick to contribute only a few songs to the film; however, the rapper’s role became much greater after he was given an extended look at the movie.

“I've been a massive Kendrick fan ever since I first heard him, since his mixtapes, and I've been trying to track him down,” Coogler said. “Eventually I caught up with him a couple years ago—first with Anthony 'Top Dawg' Tiffith, who runs his label, and then later on sat down with him and Kendrick and just spoke about much his music affected me. He talked about my movies that he had seen, and we said if the opportunity comes, we'd love to work with each other on something.”

Shortly after K-Dot completed his fourth studio album Damn, Coogler reached out to the rapper to discuss his involvement.

“To Marvel's credit, they really supported the idea of getting some songs from him,” the director explained. “At first, he was just going to do a few songs for the film, and then he came in and watched quite a bit of the movie, and the next thing I know, they were booking a studio and they were going at it.”

TDE producer Sounwave told NPR that the team had started working on the album during Kendrick’s Damn Tour last summer, and that about half of the soundtrack’s concepts were developed while on the road.

“[During] The Damn Tour, we probably came up with 50 percent of it — the production, the hooks and ideas,” he said. “When we got back from the tour in September, that's when we were able to execute our ideas and reach out to people we respect and whatnot … kind of just put the stamp on it. So, I want to say those two months was the most vital on that tour, in terms of creative process.”

Black Panther: The Album includes appearances by everyone from SZA and the Weeknd to James Blake and Travis Scott to Vince Staples and Jorja Smith. The film’s score was helmed by Coogler’s previous collaborator Ludwig Göransson, who is best known for his work with Childish Gambino. This fact made many fans wonder: Why wasn’t Childish included on the soundtrack?

Though the “Redbone” artist didn’t receive a credit on Black Panther: The Album, it turns out he did contribute to the film’s sound. Rolling Stone’s film critic Peter Travers pointed this out in his recent review, in which he applauded the composer’s work as well as the various hip-hop artists who assisted him.

“[…] It's fair to mention Ludwig Goransson's rousing score with hip-hop song contributions from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Sam Dew, Vince Staples and Childish Gambino,” he wrote.

We’ll have to wait and see just how big Childish’s contribution was.

As we wait for the album to drop, you can check out some its previously released singles here. Black Panther: The Album is set to release this Friday (Feb. 9), one week before the film hits U.S. theaters. 

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Offset Apologizes for ‘Queer’ Lyric: ‘My Passion for Fashion Has Lead Me to a Lot of Gay People’

Offset is currently on the receiving end of major backlash after people noticed a particular line in his verse on YFN Lucci’s song, “Boss Life.” The song has been out since December, but the visuals for the track were released this week, which attracted more people to the song who finally heard one of Offset’s controversial lines: “Pinky ring crystal clear, 40k spent on a private Lear/60k solitaire/I cannot vibe with queers.”

The “I cannot vibe with queers” line has stirred up a lot of feelings. For the record, the dictionary definition of queer means strange or odd, but it has for several decades been used in slang to mean gay (in fact, it was specifically selected because it meant strange, so that the word could be used in a derogatory manner). Nowadays, it has become a politically charged term often used by people who want to identify as part of the LGBTQ spectrum but without subscribing to a specific label (the Q in LGBTQ stands for queer.)

Many people pointed out the hypocrisy in the line: at the same time that Offset claims he can’t “vibe” with gay people, he constantly wears designer clothing made by gay men and profits off a business that was, at least in part, built by people who identify as queer.

In addition, some pointed out that Migos have caught heat for homophobic comments in the past. In a February 2017 interview with Rolling Stone, Quavo said the “world is f*cked up” because Makonnen’s fans supported him after he came out as gay; he also suggested their fellow Atlanta rapper had damaged his reputation and credibility by coming out. They later issued an apology. In March, Quavo was asked about his reaction once again, and among other things, said: “I got a record with Frank Ocean. That closes my case.”

Finally, Hennessy Carolina, who is Cardi B’s sister, is a lesbian. Cardi B and Offset got engaged last year. 

But among all the outrage, there were still some people who defended Offset. Many decried how quick everyone is to call out anything that is remotely offensive these days, while others wondered if the word is even that bad, or if Offset used it offensively.

Following the controversy, Offset took to his Instagram to apologize. He claims he really was using the word in its original sense, that is, to mean strange or odd. “I got love for all people,” he wrote. “I'm not in a place where I'm hating like that.”

He went on to say: “My passion for fashion has lead me to a lot of gay people.” He also insisted he has “mad respect” for them. He was looking for words that rhymed, and found that queer not only rhymed but thematically fit in with the rest of his verse.

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Cardi B Is in No Rush to Finish Her Debut Album

We probably shouldn't expect Cardi B's debut album anytime soon.

For the latest update on the still-in-progress untitled album, Cardi B confirmed Sunday that she's taking her time to craft something that feels “right.” As previously teased, Cardi added that she's finished multiple songs for the debut that were later shelved because she didn't think they were album-worthy. “I have a lot of pressure on me,” Cardi tweeted:

When a fan posited that she should host private listening sessions for the album to crowdsource feedback, Cardi revealed she's considered doing exactly that:

Cardi has made similar comments before, most notably in her recent Rolling Stone cover story. She said she has “six, seven solid songs” she feels are album quality, though she admitted her opinion of them could very well change within a month. “It's not as fun to do music,” she said. “My mind doesn't flow as free 'cause I have so much on my mind.”

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Though many are placing pressure on Cardi to capitalize on the success of her breakout hit “Bodak Yellow” (and the string of hit features she's released since), others—including J. Cole—have advised her to ignore those expectations and just worry about the work. “You already won,” Cole told her in September. “Just drop and repeat.”

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Post Malone Says Justin Bieber Has Given His ‘Culty’ Church $10 Million

Post Malone’s recent feature in Rolling Stone was very revealing. We learned about his love for the Olive Garden, his extensive—and wildly expensive—loafer collection, and his “super religious” past.

In addition, we learned Malone's feelings about another super-religious person, his “genuine friend” Justin Bieber. The “Rockstar” rapper said that Bieber is “a fucking awesome, great dude,” but is concerned about the pop star’s relationship with the controversial Hillsong Church. 

“It's a total cult,” Malone said. “He's already given them, like, $10 million.” (A “source close to Bieber” denied that figure to RS.

On top of everything else, we found out that Malone is a gun-obsessed conspiracy theorist who might be preparing for the apocalypse. The 22-year-old rapper discussed his arsenal of weapons after writer Jonah Weiner noticed a copy of Guns & Ammo on his counter.

“I love shooting. The feeling is pure…inebriation. It's like hitting a punching bag to let off steam,” he said before showing off his collection of firearms, including an M14, a .44 Desert Eagle hand cannon, an M1911 pistol, and a couple of Glocks. “[…] They're fun, they're practical, and bad shit happens. If you hurt me, I'm gonna hurt you back […] The world is going to shit. They're taking away a lot of our rights. We have a shitty thing going on in the White House—I don't like Trump. But I don't think it's just him. Something's coming.”

His paranoia isn’t too surprising considering his interests in “alternative news” and “conspiracy shit.”

“There's crazy shit that goes on that we can't explain. Chemtrails and shit,” he said. “Like, they have a gun that gives you a heart attack, and they can't tell the difference.”

Malone also discussed his experience as a white rapper and the criticism he’s faced from the hip-hop community. He specifically addressed a 2015 incident in which Charlamagne tha God suggested he wasn't doing enough to help the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I wish I'd said, ‘What are you doing for Black Lives Matter?’ Some sassy shit to shut him up. Like, maybe my music's not the best, but I know I'm not a bad person, so you're just being a hater,” Malone said. “He's not a good person. He hates me because I'm white and I'm different.”

You can read the full interview at Rolling Stone’s website

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Travis Scott’s ‘AstroWorld’ Tour Will Feature Amusement Park Rides

Travis Scott, music's leading inciter of punk rock riots, has been in a plethora of headlines over the past few days. But all of them have nothing to do with his music, which is bigger and more ubiquitous than ever. In a new interview with Rolling Stone's Jonah Weiner, Scott—during multiple chats backstage on his recent tour with Kendrick Lamar—offered a slice of insight into his current creative process.

Scott has been working on new music while on the road, something that's clearly invigorated him. “Just chillin', recording,” Scott said of his current approach to cutting new tracks. “Formulating a story, the picture I'm trying to paint. It's fun making music on the road. I got a whole studio bus.”

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Scott's forthcoming AstroWorld, which still doesn' have a release date, takes its name from a now-closed amusement park Scott frequented when he lived in Texas. “It had a Dungeon Drop, Greezed Lightnin', Superman,” Scott said. “It was a way of life—fantasies, imagination.” For the eventual AstroWorld tour, Scott is planning to bring the amusement park vibe with him by literally surrounding himself with actual rides. “I don't know why it hasn't been done already—I think people just don't do shit,” he said. “Who makes stages these days that are cool?”

Elsewhere on the new music front, Scott has plenty of tracks already in the bag with Quavo. During a Migos interview with Montreality last week, Quavo—at around the 2:22 mark in the video below—said the joint album should drop soon. “We've been making a whole bunch of records; we got a lot of records together right now, we've probably got like 20 records, we just need to get some time and just sort 'em out,” he said.

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