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<i>Love & Hip Hop: New York</i> Recap – Season 8, Ep. 2: “Rubbed The Wrong Way”

Last night on Love & Hip Hop: New York, we watched Miss Judy delve deeper into the crazy mother in law storyline. We also had a chance to meet Mariahlynn’s bae James R. and Anais’s arch nemesis/Navarro’s lady, Ashley. Lots to talk about, let’s begin.

So Judy and Yandy’s relationship is still on the path to destruction, what with the constant conduct reports to Mendeecees, who’s sitting in a prison cell. “When I look on Instagram, I see Yandy in prerogative sic] clothes. Why you dress like that? What’s going on?”


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Balenciaga Dethrones Gucci As Hottest Fashion Brand In The World

Move over Gucci. Balenciaga is now ranked as the most popular fashion company in the world.

According to a new report published by Business Of Fashion, Balenciaga is now the hottest name in clothing. The findings are based on data pulled by Lyst; a search platform that tracks 4.5 million data points per hour from over 65 million annual consumers, five million products and 12,000 brands.

In the second quarter Gucci ranked first but the Demna Gvasalia-designed brand advanced two places to capture the number one spot in the third quarter. The trade publication attributes their success to “a new logo and colette residency kept the brand top mind, while Demna Gvasalia continues to design products that drive the fashion narrative online.”

This marks yet another style win for Balenciaga in 2017. Earlier this year the luxury fashion house set themselves apart from their competitors by what many see as pioneering the ugly / chunky sneaker trend with the release the Triple S Trainers. Additionally their futuristic looking Speed Trainer continues to flourish as one the hottest selling shoes.

BoF also reports that Virgil Abloh’s Off-White enjoyed hyper growth with a jump from 35 to 3. Other newcomers to the top 10 include Raf Simons, Moncler and Stone Island. You can view the list below.

Balenciaga Dethrones Gucci As Hottest Fashion Brand In The World

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Just Kidding: Diddy Didn’t Change His Name, Says “Just Joking” [VIDEO]

Game over. Sean “Diddy” Combs or Puff Daffy or Puffy or P. Diddy, etc. was just playing when he said he was changing his name to Brother Love. 

“Due to overwhelming response from the media out there, and just due to there not wanting to be any confusion,” he said in an Instagram post last night (Nov. 6). “I was only joking. Okay? I didn’t change my name.

Diddy did say “Love” is one his alter-egos, though.

Wait, some y’all believed him?



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ELEON – If It Ain’t Me | Hip Hop Songs

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Quavo Asks Disney To Cast Migos As The 3 Hyenas In “Lion King” Remake

Quavo seems to have caught the acting bug after appearing with Migos in Donald Glover’s hit FX series Atlanta. The rapper took to Twitter over the weekend to ask Disney to cast Migos in the upcoming remake the 1994 animated film, The Lion King.

Donald Glover and Beyoncé are already confirmed for the upcoming live-action movie, which is set for release July 19, 2019.

There is, however, a slight hiccup with Quavo’s idea: the three hyenas have already been cast. Florence Kasumba, Keegan-Michael Key and Eric Andre are set to play Shenzi, Kamari and Azizi respectively (the latter two characters were named Banzai and Ed in Disney’s 1994 film).

Nevertheless, considering the trio’s close ties to Donald Glover (and current popularity), there may be a glimmer hope for Quavo’s dreams yet.

Quavo is an avid film fan. During an interview with Beats 1 last month, the ATL feature-machine revealed he is currently writing a script for an upcoming Migos film.

“I always been watching movies and watching my favorite musician do movies,” Quavo said. “They used to really do that a lot in the ’90s. I’m a ’90s baby and all my favorite movies got all my dope artists in them … JuiceMenace II Society. All the Snoop Dogg movies. Master P movies – I Got the Hook-UpBaller Blockin, the Big Tymers movie. Even Ice Cube; Cube killed it! That’s what we’re trying to do right now and we’re looking into the script.”

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Avicii has created a video game titled, Invector

has partnered with Playstation for an exclusive video game dubbed, Invector. Unsurprisingly, Invector gives players a one a kind experience a musical “rhythmic game” centered around missions that are completed by syncing various elements in the game to the soundtrack’ss beat. The game was announced two years ago at the Paris Games Week conference, and allows players to embark on their own or take on the challenge with friends as each stage the game.

The game seems like a combination Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, and Mario Cart, where users drive around and aim to hit certain musical elements along the way. Although no ficial release date has been announced, Invector seems perfect for gamers who are also music lovers as it seamlessly combines world renowned producer, Avicii’s artistic curation with a fast-paced, engaging game design.

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From Kendrick to Drake, Hiatus Kaiyote is Already in Your Hip-Hop Music Library

Hiatus Kaiyote is a name you may not immediately recognize, but the Australian four-piece has a sound you’ve heard.

In the two years since its release, the neo-soul outfit’s sophomore album Choose Your Weapon has been sampled all over hip-hop’s most critically and commercially successful projects. With a complex, GRAMMY-nominated album, a Q-Tip co-sign, and placements on More Life and DAMN., the group has quietly snuck its way into the music libraries hip-hop fans everywhere.

Effortlessly blending neo-soul and progressive jazz, Choose Your Weapon is a dense record, redeemed by moments unbelievable beauty. Hiatus Kaiyote makes music in the same vein as other neo-soul greats, but with the ideas and energy a four-piece band. Their most recent album is 70 minutes long, and each song can inhabit three different soundscapes across varying tempos and directions.

Choose Your Weapon is filled to the brim, almost cluttered, with ideas. “Molasses,” the album’s most exciting track, lulls you in with a gentle tempo before launching into several very different directions, culminating in a wild, Flying Lotus-esque outro. “Shaolin Funk Motherfunk,” the first taste the rest the album, is similarly insane.

After an invigorating, ethereal intro and a st introduction to Nai Palm’s vocals, the song kicks into a soulful groove. The track bends and warps with seemingly no direction, but every different melody and key change is as captivating as the last. The groove in these tracks is perpetual, but more than anything, “Molasses” and “Shaolin Funk Motherfunk” are inspiring.

Choose Your Weapon is a massive project, but it has moments true brilliance. These moments have fered producers a treasure trove samples to chop, and they’ve since pieced together an fering the group’s versatility throughout popular hip-hop music.

Drake fans were introduced to the group when Boi-1da sampled a pitched-up version “Build Your Ladder” on “Free Smoke,” the opening track on More Life. After the project playlist was released, video Drake singing along to Nai Palm’s gorgeous verse in the back his limo was posted to the artist's Instagram—quite the co-sign.

Anderson .Paak fans came across the group when 9th Wonder built “Without You,” the Rapsody-assisted track on Malibu, with a flip “Molasses.” But the band’s exposure to hip-hop fans hit a fever pitch when 9th (clearly a big fan) sampled them on “DUCKWORTH.,” the potent final track on DAMN.

Hiatus Kaiyote is a sampling producer’s dream. They’re versatile, groovy, and unpredictable, and they make the type neo-soul that inspires both awe and creativity. Hip-hop’s ability to absorb other sounds is part what has always made the genre so captivating.

The art sampling exposes us to all kinds new music, and it reflects the inspiration our favorite artists. Sampling allows us to get in a producer’s headspace, and Hiatus Kaiyote is a group influencing that. Which is to say, you’ve probably heard them already.

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Valuable Mistakes: How I Turned Freestyling Outside the GRAMMYs into a $50,000 Check

This is the second entry in our new series Valuable Mistakes, in which artists share, in hindsight, a killer mistake that proved to be valuable. Our latest feature is written by Jersey-born Jewish rapper Kosha Dillz, who has released four albums over the past 12 years, including 2016 LP, What I Do All Day And Pickle.


My name is Kosha Dillz and it turns out that the most valuable mistake my career was actually never a mistake—I just thought it was.

2015 was a stellar year for my career. I got booked on the Vans Warped Tour, I went viral for getting hacked by ISIS, and I was coming f a strong release for my latest full-length album, Awkward in a Good Way, on Murs’ Label 316. At the same time, the album's producer, Jesse Shatkin (aka Belief), was also working with Sia.

While creating what might be his last hip-hop album with me, their song "Chandelier" reached the entire planet.

Unfortunately, as Jessie started producing records for massive bands, I found myself rapping outside the Roosevelt Hotel on Hollywood Blvd. to make some extra cash. I made some tips here and there, randomly connecting with Jared Leto, A$AP Yams and a writer from LA Weekly, but, by and large, I was mocked by all the “cool LA people.”

Knowing that things would take f that summer, I did what I had to do and made ends meet.

The same week I was selling physical copies my album hand-to-hand while freestyling about people's weird outfits, "Chandelier" earned three GRAMMY nominations. I thought, "Here's my big chance to be in the company all the GRAMMY schmoozing types."

Much to my dismay, when I contacted Jesse about a ticket, he informed me he only had one extra and he was taking his mom. All good. Later that week, I contacted a fellow rapper friend by the name Mega Ran, who I knew consistently attended GRAMMY functions. If anyone could score me a ticket, it was Mega Ran. 

I decided to PayPal Mega $300, begging him to snag me a ticket. Unfortunately, I was too late. Even though he was a GRAMMY member, he couldn’t get me a ticket.

"Sorry man," he replied.

Damn.

I just wanted to rub shoulders in a nice suit with the other “suits.” 

My roommate at the time, Lonnie, a former cab driver turned rehab mogul, told me, “Don’t be a bitch, Rami, you should go and rap outside the GRAMMYs!”

Given that Lonnie was the same guy who told me to get Pro Tools in 2012, which directly led to me landing a placement for my "Celluar Phone" record in a Bud Light Super Bowl commercial—a move that financially changed my life—my gut said he was right.

Everyone I knew told me it was a terrible idea and that I was making a huge mistake. But I did it anyway. 

And as insane as that all sounds, indirectly, it paid f.

I was kicked f the lot four or five times by security after freestyling about Paris Hilton, but in addition to meeting "Weird Al" Yankovic and making $40 in tips, I was able to shake hands with an agent from William Morris. Jesse didn’t win any GRAMMYs that evening, but, I thought, "At least I landed a meeting at William Morris." 

Sadly, that meeting didn't amount to much, but roughly one month later, I got an email from Chevrolet, which stated I needed a SAG card because "My face would be used in a 'We use real people, not actors' national commercial."

I literally said three words on camera ("Pretty bomb dude!") and they only caught the back my head, but that commercial made me $50k. Right place, right time.

Thanks to some humility, I went from trying to attend the GRAMMYs to earning more than an independent, entry-level record deal.

For me, street performing wasn’t about street performing; it was about doing the opposite what everyone but Lonnie (and my gut) thought was a good idea. If you don’t listen to your gut, you'll never win.

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Lil Yachty Candidly Admits He Went “Mainstream” to “Get This Money, Bro”

Shortly after the release his major label debut, Teenage Emotions, Lil Yachty took to social media to issue an excuse for his paltry (considering his buzz) first-week sales.

"They don't understand me," he wrote on Instagram.

Almost exactly five months later, Yachty is still issuing excuses for his disappointing debut, but this time around, with hindsight and perspective in his back pocket, it appears he's being honest. 

"A lot people feel like I went mainstream. I guess I kinda did, but in the biggest way though. I think I went mainstream in the biggest way. I tried to keep it cool, though. I tried to make it still be cool... but] man, I had to get this money, bro," Yachty told Adam22, the host the No Jumper podcast. "I fuck with SoundCloud and fucked with the wave, but I had to go up and get this money. I'm at another level, bro. I had to boss up and get this money. If you have to do what you gotta do and a lot people don't understand it or get it or want to understand it." 

Thanks to two very successful projects (Lil BoatSummer Songs 2), both which were released on SoundCloud and racked up millions plays, Yachty quickly established himself on the platform, rising up beyond a cult favorite with an underground movement and into a household name. Endorsements from Sprite, Nautica, and (especially) Target further solidified Yachty as a friendly mainstream fixture, alongside his transition from mixtape streams to radio-friendly collaborations with Diplo, Charli XCX, Kyle, Macklemore and songs like "Bring It Back." 

While all Yachty's projects have featured a split between his more aggressive rapping and his bubbly, Auto-Tuned crooning, his highly-anticipated debut Teenage Emotions was his most polished to date, with the starkest contrast between his two musical personas. With an even newer crop SoundCloud stars quickly taking control the conversation around what's buzzing, Yachty's decision to chase the money and go "mainstream" caused many his initial fans to shift focus.

With record deals from Quality Control, Capitol and Motown, Yachty did what he thought he needed to do, musically, to further appeal to a wide-ranging mass audience, but as it turns out, his decision turned fans away and put a major halt in his buzz. As Monday, Yachty isn't among the top 200 most-streamed artists in the world across Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube.

Say what you will about Yachty's music—and I've never been a fan his work myself—but it's hard not to applaud his very open and candid comments surrounding his success, his failures, and his motivation. We'd all like to believe that creatives pursue work in the arts in the name and love for their craft, but the truth is that many are strictly money motivated.

If some the greatest, most revered athletes  all-time can admit they played not for the love the game but in spite it, why can't a rapper essentially say the same thing?

For his next release, Lil Boat 2, the Atlanta native says he plans to go back to his roots, making the music that put him in a position to succeed in the first place.

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