Wizkid’s ‘Made In Lagos’ Creates History, 1st Afican Album To Go Gold In US

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Wizkid’s album “Made In Lagos” has been certified Gold by the RIAA.

The Nigerian singer continues to set the trend as he earned a new milestone on Monday (August 29) as the only artist from the continent of Africa to earn a Recording Industry of America Association (RIAA) Gold certification for his album Made in Lagos.

The Nigerian Afrobeat singer-songwriter is a four (4) time Grammy nominated artist, and he won his first Grammy award for “Brown Skin Girl” for his credits on the track by Beyonce.

At the 64th Grammy awards held earlier this year, Wizkid was nominated for Best Global Music Album for Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition.

Wizkid was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Global Music Performance for the Platinum-selling track, “Essence” featuring Tems.

Wizkid earned his first United States RIAA Gold certification for the Grammy-nominated single “Come Closer,” featuring Canadian rapper Drake.

Earlier this month, he earned his second RIAA Gold certification on August 8th with Beyonce’s “Brown Skin Girl,” which features him and Blue-Ivy Carter.

In the meantime, Wizkid continues to make a name for himself with notable collaborations.

The artist is featured on Chris Brown’s “Call Me Every Day,” which was released on Brown’s ‘Breezy’ album. The song peaked at No. 103 on the Global Billboard 200 chart and also charted in several other countries, including the Netherlands, New Zealand, and South Africa, and several charts in the UK, including the UK Singles and Hip Hop/ R&B chart.

The song also climbed the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at No. 76, while it also dominated the Billboard US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at No. 20.

The singer also seemingly reacted to the new RIAA certification as he shared posts shared by fans announcing the album’s latest accomplishment.

Wizkid’s new EP, More Love Less Ego, was released on August 5th on streaming platforms. The project features 6 tracks with guest features from Vaito and Marickelz.

Skeng Expecting First Child With Girlfriend Bebe, Hosts Baby Shower

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Skeng is set to become a father as the 21-year-old dancehall artist and his girlfriend, only known as Bebe, hosted their baby shower over the weekend.

Videos of the baby shower show the artist dressed in a white long-sleeve button-down shirt and blue acid wash jeans and wearing a pair of spectacles while he held Bebe’s hand. The young mother-to-be also wore a white knee-length dress that barely showed the silhouette of her baby bump, which is said to be in the final trimester.

On her Instagram account, Bebe shared several videos of the intimate moment. One video showed off the deco, which included hints as to the gender of the baby. The cake, which looked like chocolate cake, had a Michael Jordan logo on the side with the soundtrack to Nicki Minaj’s “Moment 4 Life” playing in the background.

She also shared another selfie video with her and Skeng. “Mini Mommy & Daddy Love You,” she captioned a post.

The couple also showed off their matching Jordan 1 sneakers. Not much is known about Skeng’s baby mother except that she owns a hairdressing business.

Skeng has not publicly reacted to the latest development, but the artist has been enjoying his moment as he reposted several videos of fans enjoying his latest collaboration with Nicki Minaj.

The “Do We Have A Problem” rapper hopped on Skeng’s “Likkle Miss,” and the song was released on Sunday (Aug 28).

Nicki Minaj had previously teased that she was a fan of the artist as she has been listening to him for a while now. Skeng, whose real name is Kevon Douglas, shot to fame over the pandemic even though Jamaica’s entertainment sector was shut down for almost a year.

Skeng started in music in 2019 shortly after graduating from high school and has seen success in his career from his hits “Gvman Shift,” “Protocol,” “Taliban,” and “23 London.”

Lil Baby Spoil His Friend James Harden With $250k Cash For His Birthday

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What’s a quarter million dollars between rich friends? Nothing, as Lil Baby was recently seen on video gifting his close friend and NBA star James Harden $250,000 for his birthday over the weekend.

Harden showed that he doesn’t need the cash, considering he brought in his 33rd birthday on a yacht in Marina Del Rey, California, with a star-studded event last Friday, August 26. He was surrounded by other big names in the NBA and hip-hop world, including Kevin Durant.

Lil Baby did not attend that event but showed up sometime after to let Harden know that he definitely did not forget his birthday.

In the video, which has been making the rounds, Lil Baby can be heard saying, “I ain’t have time to get you nothing. I know you ain’t low on no money or nothing,” before handing Harden a Goyard bag packed with the cash.

The two have been inseparable this year and have been spotted multiple times enjoying each other’s company. In fact, Lil Baby and other rappers like Travis Scott have been seen in attendance at quite a few of Harden’s games.

Some media outlets have also noted that on many occasions since the start of the year, Harden has been spotted leaving as soon as training was finished or right after his games to go and hang out with Lil Baby.

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Harden has also come under scrutiny for his long partying hours, which was again highlighted in February when a last-minute studio session with Lil Baby, Lil Durk, and Meek Mill at his home in Houston turned into an all-nighter. According to reports, they partied until Harden had practice on the same day.

“They all called me like, ‘Yo, we about to pull up to Houston.’ Baby, Durk, Meek. They all come to the house [from] Atlanta, like two in the morning. I gotta go to practice in the morning! They come in the studio and I’m up with them the whole time,” Harden is quoted as saying.

He then explained that he had to leave right from the studio at 7:30 a.m. to get to practice.

Even though it may seem like he is just partying, it seems that Harden is way more into rap music than many people know. For example, he is listed as an executive producer on Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s joint album The Voice of the Heroes.

It’s been confirmed that he was involved from the beginning and that many of the sessions were recorded at his home studio. He even shared that his involvement with rap music has helped him on the court.

“Leaving all-night studio sessions going straight to practice with the songs they made gave me a newfound motivation. The Voice and The Hero two killers at the top of their game the collaboration only seemed right. I just hope the same impact they have on me, they have on the world,” he said in another interview.

It looks like Harden’s friendship with Lil Baby and his affinity for rap music isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Missy Elliott Keeps It Classy In Response To Nicki Minaj Barbz Attacks

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Nicki Minaj Barbz have been dragging Missy Elliott after the rapper asked a question they interpreted as her shady the Queen Radio rapper.

Missy Elliott had shared a tweet earlier this week on Wednesday, but it seems that the Barbz recently got wind of the tweet where Missy asked fans to define a hit versus a classic. “I have a question…Is there a difference between A Hit & A Classic record or no?” she tweeted. “And if so what is this difference?”

Coincidentally, Missy Elliott asked the question at a time when Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl” snagged several record and historical achievements.

The song, which debuted on Billboard No. 1, also saw the greatest solo debut for a rapper in recent decades and also had the biggest global and U.S Spotify solo debut ever.

Fans appeared to think that Missy was shading Minaj, and many left acrimonious tweets directed at the “Work It” rapper.

“B**ch fall back! Don’t ever disrespect them like that! All hail to the Queen of innovation!! If it wasn’t for Missy, there will be no Nicki or Cardi B’s,” one fan wrote.

“Missy Elliott always have something to say surrounding Nicki Minaj indirectly,” one fan wrote. “I see her dirty spirit. It’s been like that for years. Give it up mama,” one person responded in the comments.

“Missy you 51, you had a great run buts it’s over, go live in your authentic truth,” another added.

Some also accused her of being messy. “Missy so miserable and messy b**ch don’t let me get started these old b**ches really mad and miserable go pay ya rent and stay in ya bum ass place these old and new school b**ches make me sick!!! Nicki can’t win from either generation of female rappers.”

Meanwhile, many also tried to shade her as they claimed that the “Get Your Freak On” rapper did not have any hits.

“A Hit is what you have YET to have. ‘Super Freaky Girl’ by Nicki Minaj is A Hit. Classics are ‘Moment 4 Life’, ‘Only’, ‘Itty Bitty Piggy’, etc. You signed by Atlantic, right Messy Missy? Tell them to buy you a hit like they did for Cardi,” one shot back at the rapper.

Missy’s post was liked twelve thousand times and received thousands of replies and quotes.

Some of her fans came to the rescue as they called out the Barbz for being insecure and attacking Missy.

“B**ch fall back! Don’t ever disrespect the like that! All hail to the Queen of innovation!! If it wasn’t for Missy there will be no Nicki or Cardi B’s,” one person told a Nicki fan.

“Missy elliott is unproblematic and never had any issue or feud with any other rapper Nicki fans are just desperate,” another pointed out as the two rappers recently reacted after she was announced to be the recipient of the MTV Vanguard award.

“Anybody saying Missy Elliot don’t have classics don’t know hip hop and not because your a fan of an artist means you know music,” another fan said.

Meanwhile, Missy later cleared the air after the commotion as she shared that she asked the question since she was having a debate with her producer.The rapper added that there was no shade behind her question,

“I love so many of yall answers,” she began. “This was a back & forth with my producer friends over music.Is there a difference between Classics & hits & he said it’s more preference. So y’all helped. A few chose 2 be hurtful but understand this came from a positive place,” she added.

Ginuwine Reacts To Becoming A Meme Frenzy, ‘I gotta stop calling myself Old’

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Ginuwine is not bothered by trolls who are making fun of his latest dance moves on the internet. The 90s R&B singer in fact shared that the latest jokes about his dance moves bring him new motivation.

On Friday, he shared a lengthy post where he said that he is turning the troll’s attention into cold hard cash.

The R&B icon was recently the subject of memes and jokes after a video of him performing went viral. The singer could be seen performing his signature abs-rolling sexy dance, but some people felt that he was no longer slim and light, and the dance move didn’t look good.

One person even went as far as likening the artist to the Family Guy character, Quagmire. However, according to Ginuwine, he is not fazed by the comments by rude people online.

“I was shooting TV stuff in Vegas that you will see in October (secret) But couldn’t respond to a lot of this internet cyber stuff,” Ginuwine wrote in a lengthy response on Instagram. “Phone been ringing, blogs calling, friends calling, WOW.”

The artist said that he’s grateful for the attention he is getting despite thinking that he was not like other artists nowadays.

“And for those who know me you already know I’m defiant as f**k so letsgetit!!!!” Ginuwine added. “I see I gotta stop calling myself the ole man lol I didn’t know I was still even news-worthy; Funny or not, my homies always tell me you don’t understand who you are G. Wow!!! Ok now I do, so it’s on. Thank y’all indeed.”

This is not the first time Ginuwine has caught flack for the dance moves. Many fans have been sharing the same dance routine at past events, but the “In Those Jean” artist continues to perform his platinum hit singles for fans along with his dance routine.

Judge Jay-Z Awarded $6.78 Million in Royalties Against Parlux Fragrances

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Jay-Z is adding to his vast fortune as a Manhattan court gave judgment in favor of the rapper against a perfume company that initially sued the rapper for millions in damages.

Jay-Z partnered with Parlux Fragrances in 2013 for his “Gold Jay-Z” cologne. The relationship with the parties, however, deteriorated, with Parlux suing the rapper a few years later in 2016.

Parlux had brought a $68 million lawsuit in October 2021 for damages. The company claimed that the New York rapper failed to promote the cologne in violation of their agreement, and as a result, the company suffered losses.

On Thursday, Jay-Z was awarded millions for unpaid royalties plus interest for the cologne Gold Jay-Z. The rapper appeared during the trial this week which culminated on Thursday with him being awarded the judgment.

The matter was presided over by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Andrew Borrok, who found that Parlux owed the rapper $6.78 million in unpaid royalties, including interest.

“We’ve been awarded and will be receiving the money as we should,” Jay-Z’s lawyer Alex Spiro said.

Parlux had been sued by Jay-Z in a counterclaim after bringing the initial lawsuit worth $68 million, which the jury declined to award.

Jay-Z had countersued for $4.5 million in royalties. The case took three weeks before the jury found neither side should be liable for damages.

Parlux previously lost its appeals case in February and was found to be liable to pay the rape for royalty payments due and owing going back to 2015. The amount of royalties was in dispute leading to Judge Borrok determining the amount owed.

According to a NY Post report, Parlux has filed an appeal on justice Borrok’s ruling.

Meanwhile, as he is as leaving the courtroom, a smartly dressed Jay-Z was asked by the press if he had comments on the matter. One person could be heard asking the rapper if he had “98 problems now,” to which he laughed.

“98, I like that,” he said as he cracked a smile while walking away with his lawyers.

Usain Bolt Shares The Motivation Vybz Kartel Gave Him At Age 18

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Usain Bolt and Vybz Kartel show each other support after their latest collaboration.

The sprint legend was recently regaled for his sprinting prowess in their new track “Touch The Sky” on the producer’s new project album, 9.58 Riddim. Vybz Kartel shared a video of Usain Bolt’s 200m world record as he announced the release of the track.

“[Usain Bolt] #touchthesky Great man! VYBZKARTELVEVO AND ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS NOW,” he wrote on Instagram.

Vybz Kartel transplanted the chorus from his track to the 200m race, which showed Bolt at one of the greatest moments of his career.

“Dem a seh fi stay ina mi lane so mi touch the sky/Ay bwoy, you no a fi like me, mi nah cry/Ghetto yute mek we touch ‘e sky, mek we touch ‘e sky…Dem a watch di clothes yuh wear, di car yuh buy/D?m nuh wah yuh own nuh house pan ‘e hillside,” Kartel sings in the track.

Usain Bolt also responded in a comment as he also shared his own appreciation of Kartel and how inspired he was by Vybz Kartel, whom he met at a very young age.

Usain Bolt, Drake, and Popcaan

The Olympic sprint champion recalled a moment that he carried with him after meeting Kartel before his illustrious career began.

“I will always remember when I was 18 years old and met you for first time,” Bolt wrote. “I will never forget up a Mona [UWI Campus] when you told me that I would be the baddest athlete to ever forward from Jamaica.”

Kartel also responded, writing, “Where is the Lie!? Hard work & dedication bring you greatness Family. Mi see it longtime Eno, And mi did affi talk! member Real know Real!”

Vybz Kartel’s post was liked and commented on by several artists, including Busta Rhymes and even incarcerated dancehall artist Tommy Lee Sparta.

Bolt’s ‘9.58 Riddim’ is named after his iconic 100-meter world record. The album was released in July through Bolt’s own A-Team Lifestyle label and referenced his 2009 world record for the 100m race with an unbeaten 9.58 seconds.

Other artists on the album include Chronic Law’s “Money Fast, I Waata with “Different,” Quada with “Levels,” Ajji with “Own Don,” and Topmann with “Who Wi.”

Usain Bolt has been a fan of Vybz Kartel for years and always rep the Gaza, which is the name of Kartel’s fan base. In 2015, Usain Bolt caught some heat from some dancehall fans after paying the disc jockey at a party in Kingston to play Kartel songs and stop playing Alkaline. The sprint legend later said he thinks Alkaline is talented, but he reps the Gaza.

Around the same time, Alkaline released his hit single “Champion Boy” a track that some fans think he use to take a subtle jab at Bolt.

Now that Usain Bolt is a producer in the dancehall space, perhaps he and Alkaline can work together. The former athlete has already worked with some big names in dancehall including Christopher Martin, Chronic Law, I Waata, and Quada.

Vybz Kartel Profess Love For New Girlfriend Shares Photos From Prison

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Vybz Kartel says he is in love as he continues to share photos of his girlfriend following a recent prison visit.

The dancehall worl’boss is ensuring that no one has doubts about his new relationship after fans raised questions about a photo he shared where he is seen hugging a new woman. Vybz Kartel debuted his new girlfriend last month. He is seen hugging on to the Caucasian woman against a backdrop that is usually where prisoners take photographs with family members.

The artist has finally shared the woman’s Instagram name and handles and more photos of her proving that she is not a fiction or photoshopping woman but that she exists in real life.

On Thursday night, Vybz Kartel shared a photo of the slender woman who smiled as she took a photo outside of the Horizon Adult Remand Centre where Kartel is presently held as he serves a 35-year to life sentence for the murder of an associate.

The photo is accompanied by a soundtrack that the artist recently released, which seems to be direct lyrics aimed at her.

Vybz Kartel/Instagram

“God sent you for me, I know God sent you for me, that’s my true religion, am I forgiven, when mi lay down…” he sings in the short Instagram Reel.

The woman also leaves a response for Kartel as she echoes his words in the song.

“God sent you for me too #amazingconcept,” she wrote in the comment section, while Kartel responded, “what an Amazing Concept.”

A day before, Kartel shared a close-up photo of the yet unidentified woman to the same track, “True Religion,” which was recently released. He tagged the woman, and she had a response for him. “A WEEE DAT [heart emojis] OUR SONGG,” she said with heart eye emojis.

Vybz Kartel/Screenshot

It’s unclear Kartel’s love life status as the deejay has been incarcerated since 2011 for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. He is presently awaiting the outcome of his appeal to the Privy Council in England to determine whether he had an unfair trial.

Up to a few years ago, he appeared to still be involved with the mother of his children, Tanesha ‘Shorty’ Johnson, who would be seen in his prison photos. However, over the last two holiday periods, Johnson has not shared any photos of her family.

The two have been having issues since 2016, when he left a message via his Instagram profile that she was not allowed to conduct business on his behalf.

Vybz Kartel later released an album ‘To Tanesha’ in 2020, which sounded like he was recovering from their breakup. Neither has addressed the status of their relationship in a fulsome way.

Vybz Kartel has been linked to the mystery female since 2018 when he was forced to respond to fans criticism.

Spice Break The Internet With ‘Tape Measure’ Video Teaser, Safaree Reacts

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Spice teases her new video “Tape Measure” leaving dancehall fans shook as the clip surpassed 1 million views within hours on Twitter, prompting a response from Love and Hip Hop star Safaree.

Spice is called the Queen of Dancehall for a reason. She has the ability to send shockwaves through social media because of her risque approach. She didn’t let fans down this time around either, as her 23-second long preview for her single “Tape Measure” left fans buzzing.

The “Go Down Deh” singer has been teasing about the video for her latest track for a few days now and did not fail to deliver. With just the teaser, fans can already guess Spice has something extra raunchy coming. Especially after she is seen in the clip measuring some male models’ eggplants literally.

“Bestie, this is for your eyes only. Tape Measure video drops this Friday,” she tweeted. The video is expected this Friday, August 26. She also uses her flamboyant style in the video, as she can be seen in a green wig and a body suit along with chains on her thighs.

The “Back Way” singer seems to be reclaiming her newfound freedom following her split with Justin Budd, who she recently accused of trying to cramp her style by controlling her.

The model in question in the video is adult entertainer Midnight Erotic, and it’s his package that was being measured.

Over on Instagram, Spice explained that she asked him what number he was on the tape measure, and he dropped his pants.

The Grammy-nominated songstress is giving fans a taste of her sophomore album, Emancipated. The track “Tape Measure” is the second single to be released from the album, which features nine tracks and so far has no collabs.

The first track to drop off of the album was “Clap Clap” on July 22. This album will be her first release since parting ways with VP Records and will be distributed by Stealth Music and United Masters.

The clip has been receiving mixed reactions from fans, with some male fans feeling disgusted by it while the females praised Spice for being innovative and taking risks. It’s very likely that the final video will be less graphic and more fit for YouTube audience. Still, Spice has already achieved her goal of creating a buzz ahead of the release of the music video and her sophomore album, Emancipated, which is due on Friday.

In reacting to the video going viral, Spice wrote, “So I woke up to this. 1 Million Views in 11 hours on Twitter, Now I have the most trending search on Google, Why unu broke the internet again like this Tape measure Video drops tomorrow and EMANCIPATED ALUBM RELEASE At MIDNIGHT.”

Safaree, who recently made headline for a leaked video, was one of the celebrities who reacted to the clip shared by Spice. “Spices new video really inspired me… my next video will be no limits,” Safaree tweeted.

Lil Baby 4PF’s Artist Dirty Tay Denies He Shot 3-Year-Old Boy After Arrest

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Kentavious Wright, otherwise known as Dirty Tay, a rapper signed to Lil Baby’s 4PF imprint, has been charged for the shooting of a toddler in Atlanta.

The 24-year-old rapper was arrested on August 19 for the shooting which occurred on August 3. Police have not disclosed what led to Wright’s arrest, but he is facing charges of criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated assault, and first-degree cruelty to children.

Wright is also facing gang-related charges in what sounds like an attempt at being initiated into a gang. According to police, Wright is facing multiple counts of committing crimes. Police say he committed the offenses to gain or increase membership in street gangs, which violates Georgia’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.

According to details of the arrest shared by Fox 5 Atlanta, Wright is accused of shooting 3-year-old Javon Jewell on August 3 at Peters and Chapel Street, where the boy’s father had taken him and another son to get haircuts.

According to details from a police report, the child’s father, Dajuan Jewell, observed a Kia motorcar driving wildly and doing a U-turn as it began to follow them as they left the barber shop. The car then drove up beside him at a stoplight on the passenger side when shots were fired at the occupants, leading to the boy being hit. His other son did not suffer any injury.

Family members of the little boy say that he had a bullet removed from his head and is hospitalized but expected to recover. It’s unclear if his present state of health or if he will have long-term damage.

It appears that Wright, who was being held at Fulton County jail, is now on bond.

On his Instagram account, he issued a strong denial.

“I’m innocent,” he wrote on Instagram Stories. “The news is not always right don’t bash me because of allegations.”

Dirty Tay statement

A bodycam video has been released showing Wright being arrested at a stoplight. The rapper and his girlfriend were both arrested by Atlanta PD after a gun believed to belong to Wright was found in her possession.