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On today's episode, Lyric talks about the success of Everyday Struggle, and Tony puts Google Assistant to the ultimate test: take a selfie on command. Later, Beija shows off her new jacket, and Hadaya teases Pigeons and Planes' new show Hounded. Check out the first episode with Wyclef Jeanhere.
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.
When we first started making video content, one of our first ideas was to pair rappers with exotic animals. We quickly learned that getting permission to handle exotic animals in New York City is not easy, so we moved onto the next best thing: puppies. What came of combining puppies and rappers is Hounded, our new show where puppies interview the guests—but it's not as cute as it sounds. These puppies aren't asking fluffy questions, and things get pretty intense quickly, as you'll see.
Hounded, presented by Old Spice, premieres on the Pigeons & Planes YouTube channel on September 27, and our first guest is Wyclef Jean, who got deeply personal in episode one. Watch the trailer above, and stay tuned.
Young Thugdropped his Beautiful Thugger Girls album over the weekend, with the release seemingly coming out of nowhere. Late Saturday, Thugger gave a brief explanation for the timing of his release via Twitter.
“I dropped E.B.B.T.G on 2PAC'S bday because I'm the #newPAC,” Young Thug wrote. “I feel like I am the thug he didn't get to become #SoImGoinFinishWhatHeStarted.”
From Max B calling himself “Biggaveli” to Kodak Black releasing Lil B.I.G. Pac, and Troy Ave naming an album NuPac, there are several examples of artists invoking the name of the late Tupac Shakur to promote their projects.
June 16 marked not only the late Shakur’s birthday but an official Tupac Shakur Day recognized by Oakland, California Mayor Libby Schaaf. One can point to a rather direct correlation between Shakur’s frequent practice of calling himself a thug and using the acronym T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. and Young Thug’s rap moniker.
However, many took issue with the statement. Shakur fans and Young Thug supporters found themselves clashing in Thugger’s mentions after he posted the tweet.
Young thug is the greatest musician to ever walk this earth
This wouldn't be the first time Thugger has name checked one of his influences. Jeffery was peppered with the rapper's inspirations, with artists like Swizz Beatz, Wyclef Jean and Kanye West working their way into song titles. Young Thug’s Beautiful Thugger Girls is available for purchase and streaming now.
Wyclef Jean was mistaken for an armed robbery suspect and handcuffed by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies early Tuesday morning, TMZreported. Wyclef and two passengers were first pulled over by deputies at approximately 1:30 a.m. in West Hollywood. According to TMZ's law enforcement sources, the vehicle “matched the description” of a car used in an armed robbery. Wyclef was also reportedly wearing a similar bandana, which Wyclef said was removed by authorities.
Wyclef shared videos of the incident on social media, saying he was “treated like a criminal” and handcuffed before being asked to identify himself:
Though Wyclef repeatedly mentions “LAPD” in his account, TMZreported Tuesday that LA County Sheriff's deputies were actually the ones cuffing him. The actual suspect was reportedly apprehended around the same time.
The LA County Sheriff's Department confirmed to Entertainment Tonight later Tuesday that Wyclef was “detained” for approximately 10 minutes before being released:
(1/2) @LASDHQ confirm to @etnow that @wyclef was “detained” this am in West Hollywood. Saying he matched description & vehicle in a robbery.
Having already collaborated with Wyclef Jean and reaching #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart, Xenia Ghali is a quickly rising star in the scene. Her most recent release, “Places,” came out on her own independent record label Funky Sheep Records and further demonstrates that Ghali is a name to remember.
The track begins soft, pierced with Raquel Castro’s lustrous vocals. The chords carry the listener into a groove that gets your body ready to dance. The bass filled drop is all you’d hope from a dance hit. Combining deep house elements with a little groove, Ghali creates an audio atmosphere that is hard to tear yourself away from.