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Lil Uzi Vert Drops Release Date, Cover Art & Tracklist For "Luv Is Rage 2"

Lil Uzi Vert’s highly anticipated Luv is Rage 2 project is evidently coming at midnight on Friday (August 25), according to an Instagram post the Philly rapper made on Thursday (August 24).

“Tonight at 12 ….2 the album ®. OKAY BYE ,” he wrote in the caption, which was accompanied by the cover art.

Although the album has 16 new tracks, Luv Is Rage 2 is light on features. The Weeknd pops up on “Lil Uzi Vert” and Pharrell jumps on “Neon Guts.”

Lil Uzi previously released the viral single “XO Tour Llif3”  in March, which was named one the Top Songs 2017 (So Far) by HipHopDX. He also teased the track “For Real” in an Instagram video last December.

Luv Is Rage 2 marks the full-length follow-up to 2016’s The Perfect Luv tape and is the sequel to 2015’s Luv Is Rage. 

Check out the cover art and tracklist from the divisive artist below.

Lil Uzi Vert Drops Release Date, Cover Art & Tracklist For "Luv Is Rage 2"

1. “Two”
2. 444+222″
3. “Sauce It Up”
4. “No Sleep Leak”
5. “The Way Life Goes”
6. “For Real”
7. “Feelings Mutual”
8. “Neon Guts” f. Pharrell Williams
9. “Early 20 Rager”
10.”Lil Uzi Vert” f. The Weeknd
11.”Pretty Mami”
12.”How To Talk”
15.”Dark Queen”
16.“XO Tour Llif3″

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RTJ's Killer Mike & El-P Want You To Call Out "The Bullshit"

Omaha, NE – After an ominous lightning storm descended on Run The Jewels‘ headlining set at Omaha, Nebraska’s annual MAHA Music Festival on Saturday (August 19), Killer Mike and El-P were forced to cut their set three songs early.

Although a black Cadillac Escalade was waiting outside their trailer to whisk them away before the rain started, the two outspoken MCs still took some time to discuss the current social and political landscape in America.

Mike, an Atlanta native who just launched a merch line essentially mocking the Confederacy, has been vocal about his political stances. Together, El Producto and the Outkast affiliate fered intelligent solutions to the ever-growing rift in the current political climate.

“As a black person, what I’ve always seen my white friends do is call out the bullshit when we’re not in the room ‘cause that’s when it really counts,” Mike told HipHopDX. “People in this country — whether through good manners or they’re just smart enough — know when not to fend others. But it’s just important to call the bullshit out when they’re not in the room when it’s just you and the people from your group or whatever power group.”

“For men, that’s men, and sometimes for white people, it’s white people,” he continued. “I think that’s important. Most people don’t want to be fucked up. If you take 10 racists in the room, seven those are just people who have a hard time befriending people.”

Friendship is at the core what makes Run The Jewels work. After Mike was introduced to the former Definitive Jux head honcho by Adult Swim’s Jason DeMarco in 2011, El-P signed on to produce Mike’s 2012 solo project, R.A.P. Music. They didn’t know it at the time, but that album was the beginning what would become RTJ, a group that grew out a genuine affinity between its members.

But what RTJ represents is far more powerful than what they could’ve predicted.

“We aren’t mad about it inspiring people because I would love to see kids in this country overcome … we’re given racism, classism and suspicions one another,” Mike explains. “We’re kind given that by our parents, aunts and bigger society. I’m happy to see kids coming up using our friendship and saying, ‘You know what? We cool.’ But that’s not why we’re friends. We’re just fucking friends.”

“We were friends first, but the power the symbolism doesn’t escape us, especially in these times,” El added. “But it’s a byproduct a genuine friendship. With all the complications and arguments and all the fucking this and that, and misinformation — you can’t really talk away friendship. You can’t talk away love. There’s no argument that says it’s historically wrong or right, you see two human beings up on stage and I think, yes, we now know that means something to people. Like I said, this is just the reality our friendship. This is just the truth.”

Now three albums deep into their RTJ catalog (Run The Jewels 3 was released in December 2016), Mike and El are aware the younger generation rap fans is going to grow up listening to their music. The fact it’s made by a black man and a white man is something they hope will have a positive impact.

“It’s cool to me to think there are kids coming up now that are going to have us as influences,” El said. “It’s not even that you know about it, but there’s a kid that’s simply more likely to get to know somebody that doesn’t look like him because he grew up like I did on music and culture multiple races.”

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Despite the tumultuous times, RTJ is confident there’s something positive bubbling up under the surface as a result the recent uprisings.

“If you look at the last two years marches, whether on media or on the ground, what you were seeing were black faces saying we’re being systematically oppressed and you saw a push back,” Mike explained. “What you have seen in the last two weeks in the aftermath  Charlottesville] is white faces versus white faces. I don’t mean versus in some grand pornographic scale violence, but I mean in the Civil Rights movement, the shift didn’t happen until whites said, ‘No this is wrong.’ I would say for the first time in my lifetime, I’m seeing white people challenge other white people in the streets.”

“The mass awakening in itself could be considered progress on its own at least on some spiritual basis,” El added.” I’ve always said that I don’t have much faith in the institutions mankind. I don’t have much hope for the current institutions mankind, but I do have hope for people. I do have hope for the spiritual institution humanity.”

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Solange Gets Weird With Upcoming Concert Line-Up

Solange announced a trifecta October concerts Instagram on Wednesday (August 23). Openers include Earl Sweatshirt, Flying Lotus, Sun Ra Arkestra and Chassol, a line-up the “Cranes In The Sky” singer is clearly anticipating. In the caption, she referred to it as the line-up  her “actual dreams.”

While Solange is traditionally straightforward with her R&B-flavored music, the eclectic bill proves to be an interesting selection artists, providing Hip Hop from the Odd Future alum, experimental instrumentals from producer FlyLo, otherworldly jazz and blues from Sun Ra Arkestra, and piano from French composer Christophe Chassol.

Solange performs at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. on October 1, and the following day, headlines the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The final show is October 20 at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California, though she noted “not all acts are on all dates.”

Although the D.C. show is already sold out, pre-sale tickets are still available for the NYC stop here and Berkeley here.

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XXXTENTACION Adamant Fake Hanging Wasn't A Publicity Stunt

Controversial Florida rapper XXXTENTACION took his antics to another level after he uploaded an Instagram video what appeared to show the musician hanging himself.

On Thursday (August 24), X took to Instagram to blast those who thought the disturbing clip was merely a publicity stunt when he says it was simply a preview an upcoming music video.

“if you thought I would ‘pretend’ to kill myself for a publicity stunt you’re fucking stupid,” X wrote in the caption.

The provocative clip, posted Wednesday (August 23), shows the top what looks like X’s head shortly before a dangling body is seen swinging from a tree branch.

Several fans the rapper quickly expressed concern, seemingly unsure the authenticity the grim visual.

X resurfaced on social media hours later to let the world know the scene was from a forthcoming music video and berated those who didn’t “catch on.”

“It was a prop for my music video,” X said in a livestream. “It was a piece the music video. Everybody needs to chill the fuck out. I was just trying to preview it. I didn’t know people would not catch on … I was in the middle shooting it, so I couldn’t explain myself … I’m not playing around with suicide. Especially since I had a girl kill herself in my fuckin’ hotel room. Not even two, three months ago.”

X is preparing to release his new album, 17, which he dubbed as a project to help those suffering from depression. 17 is expected to arrive on Friday (August 25).

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Action Bronson Threatening To Leak His Album Helped Get It Released

Action Bronson believes that taking matters into his own hands on Twitter helped end the delays his impending album.

In a recent interview with Complex, Bronson referenced a Twitter rant about the delays in releasing Blue Chips 7000 and threatening to leak it himself during his set at the Rolling Loud Music Festival.

In May, Bronson tweeted “PUT MY MOTHERFUCKING ALBUM OUT” and warned other artists to stay independent.

Explaining how effective this strategy was, AB said, “Everyone called me right away and everything started moving. Motherfuckers started moving their ass. It’s really crazy. Sometimes you gotta do things like that. That wasn’t the reaction I was looking for. I want people just to do things to do them.

“I have to say something stupid on Twitter, and then I get phone calls like, ‘That really hurt me.’ Yeah, go fuck yourself, it hurt you. Go make something happen. Why would that hurt you? Come on, dog. Get it together. What are you signing me up for? Let me go if you’re not going to fucking do the right thing by me. What’s the point?”

Action Bronson had even more harsh words for record labels throughout the interview, saying, “Unless they can help you, they suck. Unless you’re a humongous artist and you’re doing pop songs and hit songs, it really sucks. But for me, all I care about is putting out the project the way I made it.”

Despite his complaints about labels, he did say that Blue Chips 7000‘s delay was more about waiting to get the album’s samples cleared. Of the 14 tracks he wanted on the final version, 13 made it past the lawyers.

“Out 100 percent, 93 percent the samples on the album] got cleared, so I can’t really be too upset. But the one I that I did lose was heartbreaking,” the rapper said.

Blue Chips 7000 comes out Atlantic Records on Friday (August 25). Check out the video for “The Chairman’s Intent” below.

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A$AP Ferg Confirms A$AP Bari Is Still Part Of A$AP Mob

New York, NY – A$AP Ferg appeared on The Breakfast Club on Wednesday (August 23) and addressed the sexual assault allegations facing fellow A$AP Mob member A$AP Bari. The VLONE designer was caught on video harassing a nude woman for allegedly sleeping with his assistant.

After the video surfaced, Ferg, Playboi Carti and A$AP Rocky publicly called him out but didn’t completely distance themselves from the controversial figure, which led to much speculation about Bari’s status. Ferg cleared up the situation and confirmed Bari is still part the team.

“We had to kind sit him down for a second,” the Trap Lord artist explained. “We don’t condone that kind behavior. Everybody is familiar with what happened. The allegations — It’s fucked up. It’s a fucked up thing and I don’t condone that kind shit. I was raised by a bunch females, my moms and everything like that, and I wouldn’t want to see that happen with anybody from my household.”

When asked about his thoughts on Rocky calling Bari a “bitch” during a show, Ferg believes it was well deserved, calling the actions “a bitch move.” He also expressed frustration with a lesser-known member tainting the reputation the entire Mob.

“He’s not the known face,” Ferg added. “It’s me, Rocky, it’s Twelvyy. We are all the rappers and whenever they showed that video or spoke about it on YouTube, it was like ‘Shabba Ranks‘ b-roll in the back my video and it’s like damn, I ain’t have nothing to do with that shit. I’m on tour, making music, but what happens is you’re just guilty by association.”

Watch Ferg’s full interview with The Breakfast Club above. The Bari discussion begins at the 7:14 mark.

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Colin Kaepernick Donates $34K To J. Cole's Dreamville Foundation

Fayetteville, NC – Colin Kaepernick may be out a job with the NFL, but that’s not stopping his generous humanitarian efforts.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback donated $34,000 to J. Cole’s Dreamville Foundation, according to reporter Darren Rovell.

Kaepernick also donated $33,000 each to New York’s Lower East Side Girls Club and 100 Suits For 100 Men.

The Dreamville Foundation is based in Cole’s hometown Fayetteville, North Carolina. According to its site, the non-prit organization aims to “bridge the gap” between the worlds opportunity and the urban youth in the city.

Although the specifics Kaepernick’s donation weren’t revealed at this time, a statement issued on his behalf said the details will be divulged in the near future.

“Colin will be helping to fund a couple new projects in development which he is very excited to support,” the statement read. “Colin will be releasing details the projects in development in the coming weeks.”

Cole has been a longtime supporter Kaepernick, who famously protested the national anthem by kneeling while it was played during the 2016 NFL season. Many people believe the quarterback has been blackballed from the NFL due to his social activism.

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Tyler The Creator Announces U.S. Tour & Releases New Song "ZIPLOC"

Tyler The Creator is hitting the road again.

The Odd Future founder has announced dates for a fall tour in support his latest album, Flower Boy. The Nuts + Bolts host kicks f the run shows with his Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, which begins on October 28. He’ll wrap things up on November 22 in Dallas, Texas.

As if the announcement wasn’t enough, Tyler also provided fans with a brand new song titled “ZIPLOC.” He kicks some rhymes over the title track from JAY-Z’s 4:44 album but keeps it brief with a 1:34 runtime.

Listen to “ZIPLOC” above and check out all Tyler’s tour dates below.

10-28 & 10-29 – Los Angeles, CA – Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival
10-31 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield Theatre
11-01 – Fresno, CA – Rainbow Ballroom
11-03 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
11-04 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre
11-05 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
11-07 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
11-08 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
11-09 – Kansas City, KS – The Truman
11-11 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
11-12 – Cleveland, OH – House Blues Cleveland
11-13 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
11-15 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
11-16 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
11-17 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
11-18 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
11-20 – New Orleans, LA – The Joy Theater
11-21 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
11-22 – Dallas, TX – South Side Music Hall

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Reggie Mills Is All About His Business As He Goes From Exec To Artist

One the perceived shortcomings younger artists is a lack business acumen — specifically centered around the inner workings the music industry. When Lil Yachty appeared to be in the dark about the specifics  how he makes all the cash he’s enjoying he almost gave Joe Budden an aneurism.

Artists who learn the ins and outs the business side the game typically prosper, and usually end up with fatter pockets and — ultimately — more long-term success.

New-school come-up Reggie Mills is on that path, and serves as a model that young artists could learn from (if they’re smart).

“When people meet me, they notice that I’m different,” Reggie told HipHopDX.

That difference people pick up on is the business sense he acquired while ascending from intern to VP Amalgam Digital between 2011 and 2015. Amalgam made a name for itself associating itself with artists like Lil B (early on), Wave God Max B, and post-Def Jam Joe Budden.

“I learned a lot about fundamentals,” he explains. “I was able to copyright my music properly and properly submit my music to the right places. But, in a nutshell, the experience opened my mind to the independent side the game … how to manipulate things and connect to people in the right way to further yourself without having to compromise or pay investments to other companies.”

Having worked with a solid list currently hot artists like Playboi Carti, UnoTheActivist, Smokepurpp — and having recently been in the studio with Travis Scott — Reggie has been building a steady name for himself. An artist throughout the entire experience being an executive, he’s now enjoying some well-deserved success.

His upcoming Reggie Flair Volume 2 compilation is looking like a career high. “It’s going to feature artists like XXXTENTACION, Ski Mask The Slump God, and D Savage,” he says. “We’re in the works getting something from Rihanna potentially for a reggae-type record. It’s going to be a real powerhouse album with a lot big collaborations.”

“I’m looking forward to putting out a lot new music in the next couple months into next year and showing my diversity and traversing into the pop scene,” he says. “I want to go global with this sound and just have a catalog music that everyone can appreciate.”

He also has a new collaborative project with former Prodigy affiliate Boogz Boogetz titled Squady Boyz EP slated to drop soon.

A big part the success he’s seen so far has been his ability to take his music directly to the people. Post-Amalgam, he’s managed to run his own company, which plans and manages tours and showcases at SXSW and NXNE that he also co-headlines.

“I’m in a position to go on tours, go to festivals, go to concerts with artists that are blowing up and then I’m able to co-headline it on top having my team doing all the stuff at the event,” he says.

He’s definitely in a great spot. With a current project out with Famous Dex, who he’s joined on multiple tours, and a stash music in the bag, he’s ready to leap. But his grand vision is to use his experiences as bricks to help build his empire.

“I see myself setting up a platform where I can put the next biggest artist on and help other artists stay true to themselves … help them independently be self-sufficient with their music and understand that the business side is as important as the music,” he says. “That’s my big thing.”

“I try to tell my peers that there’s a lot ways to work this industry … you have to sit down and plot it out and pencil down the plan and make sure that all your copyrights and all your things are settled for yourself and your music.”

Check out HipHopDX’s interview with Coach Q for more business tips for up-and-coming rappers.