Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Talk R. Kelly’s Controversial Career on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska run through a daily dose of news topics that includes yet another underage girl accusing R. Kelly of sexual abuse, plus Taylor Swift possibly using Kanye West again. During the episode, Budden gets emotional when talking about mental health in hip-hop and everything that comes with the struggles of depression. 

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Judge Throws Out Former DJ’s $3 Million Lawsuit Saying Taylor Swift Cost Him His Job

Former radio host David Mueller's lawsuit against Taylor Swift has been thrown out by a Denver judge. Mueller insisted that Swift's allegations that he had groped her cost him his job and ruined his career. He was seeking $3 million in damages. U.S. District Judge William Martinez handed down the dismissal on Friday. 

Swift's civil suit against Mueller over the groping, which has been ongoing for four years, stems from an incident that took place in 2013 during a meet-and-greet following a concert in Denver. Swift testified that Mueller “grabbed my ass underneath my skirt. It was underneath my skirt.” Swift also remarked, “He did not touch my hand. He grabbed my bare ass. He stayed latched on to my bare ass…as I moved away from him visibly uncomfortable.” Mueller denies he assaulted the massively popular singer. 

A photo from the event seems to support Swift's allegations.

Taylor symbolically counter-sued the former DJ for $1. Swift's attorney J. Douglas Baldridge remarked, “She’s just trying to tell people out there that you can say no when someone puts their hand on you. Grabbing a woman’s rear end is an assault, and it’s always wrong. Any woman—rich, poor, famous, or not—is entitled to have that not happen.” Swift testified that a “light switched off in my personality” after the assault. 

The groping case against Mueller is ongoing. 

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Taylor Swift Testifies in Sexual Assault Trial: ‘He Latched on to My Bare Ass’

Taylor Swift testified Thursday in the trial for her civil suit against David Mueller, a DJ from Denver who Swift says groped her under her skirt during a meet-and-greet in 2013. This is the first time Swift has taken the stand in the case, despite the fact that it's been ongoing for more than four years. 

Swift was clear and concise in her testimony. “He did not touch my rib,” Swift said in court, according to TMZ. “He did not touch my hand. He grabbed my bare ass. He stayed latched on to my bare ass… as I moved away from him visibly uncomfortable.”

“It was a very shocking thing that I have never dealt with before,” the pop star added. “He grabbed my ass underneath my skirt. It was underneath my skirt.” 

Mueller denies that he inappropriately touched Swift. However, he appears to have forgotten that meet-and-greet events are, by definition, an opportunity to get a photo with the artist—and there’s pretty damning photographic evidence. TMZ unearthed the photo in question, and while it might not prove anything definitively, the photo does show Mueller’s arm in a pretty awkward angle.

The defense claimed Swift’s accusations are false because she continued the meet-and-greet after the alleged assault took place. Mueller’s lawyer claimed she could have taken a break from taking photos with fans, as if that somehow would have changed the situation or made it go away. 

For her part, Swift said she continued the meet-and-greet because she did not want to disappoint her fans. To the claim that she should have “taken a break,” Swift fired back, “And your client could have taken a normal photo with me.” 

The whole case began after Swift accused Mueller of groping her back in 2013. As a result, Mueller lost his job. In 2015, he filed a lawsuit against Swift, seeking to regain his lost wages, which amounted to $150,000 a year; he claimed her statement was the reason he lost his job. In a symbolic act, Swift counter-sued for only $1, hoping the mere act of taking a stand would be “an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts,” as reported in Spin.

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Kendrick Lamar Shares Thoughts on Wack Rappers, Ghostwriting, and Drake’s Music

This year belongs to Kendrick Lamar. For the latest chapter in the Damn era, Lamar appears on the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone. The instaclassic interview sees Lamar reflecting on his recent successes and the state of the world around him, while also answering lighter inquiries about his favorite Drake songs and his unknowing involvement in Taylor Swift's public feud with Katy Perry.

 

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At the top of the interview, Lamar is asked to reveal his vices. For Lamar, the biggest vice is being addicted to the chase of his work. “It turns into a vice when I shut off people that actually care for me, because I'm so indulged spreading this word,” he told writer Brian Hiatt. “Being on that stage, knowing that you're changing people's lives, that's a high.”

For Damn, Lamar said, the initial goal in the studio was to make a “hybrid” of good kid, m.A.A.d city and To Pimp a Butterfly. “That was our total focus, how to do that sonically, lyrically, through melody—and it came out exactly how I heard it in my head…It's all pieces of me ,” he said.

Asked about being “on some level” a pop artist, Lamar gave an insightful answer sprinkled with wink-winks:

It gets tricky because you can have that one big record, but you can still have that integrity at the same time. Not many can do it…wink-wink [laughs]. Still have them raps going crazy on that album and have a Number One record, wink-wink. Call it whatever you want to call it. As long as the artist remains true to the craft of hip-hop and the culture of it, it is what it is.

Lamar also gave his official definition of a “wack artist,” originally referenced on the Damn track “Element.” According to Lamar, a wack artist is someone seeking approval by using other people's art and chasing other artists' versions of success. “Everybody's not going to be able to be a Kendrick Lamar,” he said. “I'm not telling you to rap like me. Be you. Simple as that.”

And elsewhere, Lamar shared his thoughts on ghostwriting, which has obviously been a hot topic in rap in recent years. He said that he feels it's impossible to consider yourself one of the best rappers if you use a ghostwriter to create your songs. “I called myself the best rapper. I cannot call myself the best rapper if I have a ghostwriter,” he said. “If you're saying you're a different type of artist and you don't really care about the art form of being the best rapper, then so be it. Make great music. But the title, it won't be there.”

Hiatt and Lamar later touched on “Humble,” Trump, Drake (“I got a lot of favorite Drake songs”), Beyoncé, Future, his relationship with Bono, fielding acting offers, and—seriously—a ton more.

Read Lamar's full Rolling Stone interview, featuring photography by Mark Seliger, right here.

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A Recent History of Kanye West’s Music Leaks

Truth be told, music leaks every day, and while some artists' pre-release material might move the news cycle for a bit, no one can dominate a conversation quite like Kanye West. Over the years, his leaks have become the thing of legend, with entire sections of the internet dedicated to cataloging the build-up of new Kanye music, watching it evolve from demos and pre-release material to the finished product (or, in the case of The Life of Pablo, the songs' evolution).

This is something to ponder as we try to figure out what his most recent leaks will end up being. Boasting features from Young Thug, Migos, and ASAP Rocky, the songs have been teased for over a year, with no clear cut indication on where they'd end up. Judging by Kanye's leak history, we might not even get the same songs that we heard this week.

Let's look back at Kanye West's leaked track history in recent times.

May 28, 2010: No one man should leak all that “Power”

Long before we knew what a powerhouse of an album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy would turn into, Kanye fans were just hoping he was on his way back toward traditional hip-hop after 2008's 808s and Heartbreak.

When “Power” leaked in the spring of 2010, it was all the evidence we needed to declare Kanye was back. There weren't a whole lot of changes in the song in the time between the leak and the album's final release, but the initial product was so good that it didn't really matter.

May 31, 2013: Q-Tip introduced us to “Mama's Boyfriend”

A track by the name of “Mama's Boy” had been rumored amongst Kanye fans for years, and was allegedly rapped a capella at the Facebook offices during the promotional tour for MBDTF. It didn't end up on the album, and a fake version would eventually surface on the internet in 2011.

Mercifully, Q-Tip freed what sounds like a final version of the song titled “Mama's Boyfriend” while lecturing at the Red Bull Music Academy in 2013. The upbeat snippet didn't sound like it would have fit on MBDTF, but at least it was finally confirmed to be a real track.

Aug. 12, 2014: Someone recorded “All Day” on their phone

The fight to be first on the internet is real, and it was part of the reason “All Day” hit the streets long before the scheduled release date. The leaked version was reportedly unfinished, and Kanye claimed to continue working on the song until March 2015.

Despite the shoddy quality and incomplete nature of the original “All Day” leak, it managed to rise to No. 1 on Billboard's Twitter Trending 140 for five hours. That's the power of Kanye in a nutshell.

March 11, 2015: Kanye thinks Kim Kardashian is “Awesome”

Kanye first played this song for a Met Gala crowd way back in 2013, but it took another two years—and a stolen Kanye laptop—for this song to hit the internet. “Awesome” is believed to be a salute to his wife, Kim Kardashian, but the response to the song was nothing like the title.

Fans have warmed up to Kanye's use of Auto-Tune over the years, but things went into overkill on this one. “Awesome” was never released officially, and maybe that's for the best.

April 11, 2015: Kanye's got the “Midas Touch”

Dropping seemingly out of nowhere, this gold-themed song was speculated to be a reference track for Rihanna, in the same vein of her song “Bitch Better Have My Money.” Her name is all over the track, and Kanye was working together with Rihanna at the time, with their song “Four Five Seconds” releasing months prior to the “Midas Touch” leak.

That's all speculation, however, because there has been no indication since the leak about what the song was supposed to become. Consider this a partially-unsolved mystery.

Jan. 21, 2016: Miley Cyrus hops on “Black Skinhead”

Kanye loves boasting about his ability to mix untraditional combinations of artists—call him Kwa-li or Kwe-li, he'll put him on songs with Jay-Z—and putting Miley Cyrus on a song called “Black Skinhead” certainly qualifies. Cyrus sang lyrics from Tears For Fears' “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” while West switched up the delivery of his lyrics, mixing in Travis Scott vocals alongside a toned-down inflection.

Mike Will hinted the song was in the works dating back to 2013, and hopefully you took advantage of the leak when it finally emerged, because it's a difficult track to hunt down these days.

Feb. 18, 2016: Reddit user releases a whole lot of Pablo tracks

The Life of Pablo is more of a “living” album than a traditional release, and one rambunctious Redditor thought he'd join the creative process for Kanye's latest solo album. Just days after Kanye released Pablo, original or demo versions emerged, including the original version of “Wolves,” full versions of “Waves” and “Fade,” and new tracks like “Only One,” “New Angels,” and a remix of “All Day.”

Kanye wasn't shy about telling the public he had a whole lot of unreleased music in the vault during TLOP, but he didn't comment on this particular leak.

March 31, 2016: Apple Music accidentally leaks “Saint Pablo”

Rappers are always happy to tell you when a record label or third party screws the pooch, and Kanye had a case to make when “Saint Pablo” leaked in early 2016. Ye's link up with Sampha was accidentally posted on Apple Music for a few hours in March, taken down, and then eventually added to Pablo in mid-June.

It wasn't an unknown property when the tech giant let it fly—Kanye had been performing it at shows prior to the leak—but come on, Apple. You only had one job!

Oct. 6, 2016: A Young Thug-assisted version of “Famous” hits the net

Kanye's controversial Pablo track came under fire for targeting pop icon Taylor Swift, but an unreleased version of the song that surfaced later in 2016 changed the formula entirely. Rihanna and Swizz Beatz' vocals got dropped from the track in favor of Young Thug, and West name-dropped his ex, Amber Rose, rather than firing shots at Swift in the track's intro.

The Kanye-Thug collaboration sounded like it was unfinished, but I guess we'll never know—we're still waiting for an official release of this one.

June 4, 2017: Collaborations with Young Thug, Migos, ASAP Rocky, and Travis Scott surface

Individuals behind a site called Music Mafia allegedly hacked Drake's Twitter and afterward were able to get their hands on two songs from Kanye—”Hold Tight” featuring Migos and Young Thug and “Euro (Switch Hands)” featuring ASAP Rocky—as well as a preview of another track with Travis Scott. 

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LeBron James Previews Kendrick Lamar’s New Album ‘Damn’ and It Sounds Incredible

LeBron James is sharing previews of Kendrick Lamar's new album Damn. The previews popped up via LeBron's Instagram Story, just one day ahead of the hotly anticipated album's release. Of course, the clips are slowly but surely getting ripped and reposted to Twitter:

At the time of this writing, rips were also popping up on KanyeToThe and Streamable:

Mike Will Made-It, Sounwave, and 9th Wonder are among the producers Kendrick has assembled for his follow-up to last year's Untitled UnmasteredDamn also features collaborations with Rihanna, U2, Zacari, and more:

 

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The album's first single, the Mike Will and Pluss-produced “Humble,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. “Humble” gives Kendrick his fourth top 10 single and his first in a lead role, following his appearance on Taylor Swift's No. 1 single “Bad Blood” in 2015. The track's accompanying video was directed by Dave Meyers and the Little Homies (a.k.a. Kendrick and Dave Free):

Last year, LeBron's tweeted request for Kendrick to release Untitled Unmastered was followed just days later by the album's unveiling. “I think he's great,” LeBron said of Untitled Unmastered and his admiration for Kendrick's work, according to ESPN. “It's great to have family like that and people—even in different areas, not just in sports—that you can look to and hear for inspiration and things of that nature.”

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Taylor Swift May Be Launching Her Own Streaming Service

In 2014, Taylor Swift decided to remove her music from Spotify, saying that in her opinion, “the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work, and the financial value that artists (and their labels) place on their music when it goes out into the marketplace.” One year later, she held off on adding her fifth album, 1989, to Apple Music after their three-month trial run that would result in no funds going to writers, producers, or artists during that period. “I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company,” she wrote at the time.

While her music has since been added to streaming services, her defiance appears to be manifesting itself in a different way: a streaming service of her own.

According to TMZ, Taylor Swift is looking to start a site that will feature “non-downloadable multi-media content in the nature of audio recordings.” The site might not just be for streaming, though; the documents that feature her plan for a streaming service also include talk of a line of guitars, guitar picks, straps, and drumsticks, as well as plans to organize retreats, educational camps, and self-guided online courses. 

TMZ is saying that said site might be called “Swifties,” which I guess works if you're a fan of Taylor Swift like that.

The question is, will this be that big of a game-changer? There's no doubt that diehard Taylor Swift fans will be all about a one-stop shop for everything Swift (hell, it's what the Kardashians have done with their apps). But most consumers like the ability to get everything in one spot, right? Will Swift, at the very least, need to maintain having her music on the more recognized services like Apple Music and Spotify just to satisfy the demand?

Or, on the flipside, could this be the beginning of more artists (and even labels) taking the “Swift” approach and Kickstarting their own singular streaming services for their acts and/or brands?

Whatever the case may be, Taylor's on some real bold sh*t right now.

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Daft Punk Have 3:1 Odds Of Headlining Coachella In Beyonce’s Stead

After the announcement yesterday that Beyonce would not be performing at Coachella this year, the rumor began spinning at full force to try and figure out who would be taking her place. Guesses ranging from Daft Punk to Chance The Rapper have been dominating news feeds over the past 24 hours. Now, UK betting company Betfair has released odds on who will take over.

Stemming from the bevy of rumors surrounding their return, Daft Punk are clear favorites to take over, despite them not having been booked in the first place. Their last run at Coachella was actually in 2006, despite their live album being titled Alive 2007. It would still make sense for them to make an appearance, though.

Naomi Totten, a spokesperson for Betfair, said: “Rumours have been circulating about a tour for Daft Punk and what a spectacular way to kick off their revival than by headlining Coachella. With Beyoncé now officially very pregnant, she has had to rule herself out of the April festival and so all attention is now focused on who will be wowing the crowds in her absence.

Kanye West has been out of the spotlight since cancelling his ‘Saint Pablo’ tour last year and is likely itching for a comeback, the rapper is 7/1 joint second favourite with Lady Gaga who absolutely smashed her Super Bowl performance early in February. Beyoncé most famous fan girl Adele is also in the running at 50/1 but has always made it clear she isn’t keen on playing big festivals, so may be a nice fit but would be a surprising addition to the line-up.”

See the Betfair odds below.

Daft Punk 3/1
Jay Z 5/1
Kanye West 7/1
Lady Gaga 7/1
Green Day 15/2
The Weeknd 10/1
Rihanna 10/1
Bruno Mars 12/1
Katy Perry 12/1
Frank Ocean 12/1
Chainsmokers 12/1
Ed Sheeran 16/1
Taylor Swift 18/1
Justice 18/1
Drake 20/1
Coldplay 25/1
Solange 25/1
Clean Bandit 25/1
Dua Lipa 25/1
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man 33/1
Kygo 33/1
Zayn 33/1
Justin Bieber 50/1
Maroon 5 50/1
Robin Schulz 50/1
Martin Garrix 50/1
Ariana Grande 50/1
Adele 50/1
Major Lazer 80/1
Elbow 100/1
Donny Osmond 200/1

 

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Rita Ora Allegedly Kicked Off “America’s Next Top Model” Contestant For Dating Calvin Harris

Recent America’s Next Top Model contestant Krislian Rodriguez claimed she was voted off the show because judge Rita Ora was jealous that she dated Calvin Harris, according to a report from Celebuzz.

Soon into Season 23 of the reality series, Rodriguez was described by Ora as “oozing sex,” promptly leading to her removal from the contestant pool (in spite of the fact that this was a modeling show). Ora was even recorded whispering to one of her fellow judges, “I just think we’re making a mistake.” Some believe that she was referring to Rodriguez’s presence on the show.

After Ora dated Harris in 2013 and 2014, he was reported to have ended the relationship. Shortly after meeting Rodriguez during the shooting of his music video for “Summer,” they began dating, supposedly leading to feelings of resentment from Ora towards her.

Ora was on Watch What Happens Live when host Andy Cohen asked her about how tough it was to see her ex cozying up with another ex, Taylor Swift.

“I don’t really read magazines anymore that much, but to be honest it’s kind of like obviously,” Ora said. “But a usual break up you don’t really see your ex all over the place. But, you know, you just kind of take it with a pinch of salt and keep going with your own life and make the most of who you are.”

 

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Source: Rita Ora Allegedly Kicked Off “America’s Next Top Model” Contestant For Dating Calvin Harris