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joey bada$$ claims he's a better rapper than 2pac 'bar for bar'

Joey Bada$$ has claimed he's a better rapper than Tupac Shakur, but says he means no disrespect to his favorite rapper of all time. In a video interview with Genius that ran Tuesday celebrating the end of Black History Month, the 22-year-old Bada$$ asserted he could beat the late icon in a rap battle.  "I already know I'm a better rapper than Tupac is," he said. "That's just facts. One-on-one battle, I'll flame 'Pac."On Wednesday (March 1), Bada$$ clarified his remarks on Twitter, saying he was referring to skill alone -- "not accolades or influence."In the Genius interview, Bada$$ gave context to his hefty claim, saying, "I believe every generation that comes after has the opportunity to outshine the previous generation. Because they gave you their best. Now, they set the bar. It was like

michelle obama praises chance the rapper's donation

Former First Lady and education activist Michelle Obama praised fellow Chicagoan Chance the Rapper after he announced a $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools.Yesterday, Chance held a press conference at Westcott Elementary School on Chicago's South Side, where he spoke about a "call to action" to help support arts education in Chicago's schools. Last week, Chance met with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to discuss education funding, but the Grammy award-winning rapper left the meeting "frustrated." "Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positioning," Chance said in his press conference.The rapper's news was met with positivity across various social media platforms — most notably from Michelle Obama herself. In a tweet, she thanked Chance for being "an example of the p

what are justin bieber, chance the rapper, and migos all doing on dj khaled's mu

DJ Khaled is already known for his extensive collaborations with other icons, but his next song and music video might just pack the most star power in one place yet.The producer's Instagram feed is currently chock-full of guest appearances from Chance the Rapper, Migos, Lil Wayne, and Justin Bieber. They all seem to be shooting a music video together in support of Khaled's forthcoming 10th album, Grateful, though the details, as he puts it, are still "top secret."Here's what we do know: Justin Bieber looks happier than he's been in months, especially when he's running laps around Khaled for no real reason. Chance the Rapper is wearing a hoodie with horses on it in one photo. And Khaled's son Asahd is executive producing the whole thing like he did with "Shining." The kid already has great

waka flocka flame found not guilty of gun charges

A lawyer for rapper Waka Flocka Flame says a jury has found his client not guilty of charges filed after a handgun was found in his carry-on bag during a security scan at Atlanta's airport.The rapper, whose real name is Juaquin Malphurs, was arrested in October 2014. He faced charges including carrying a weapon in an unauthorized location. Defense attorney Drew Findling said a Clayton County jury took less than half an hour Thursday to acquit his client following a four-day trial.Findling said he's extremely happy with the jury's decision. He said the defense had maintained from the beginning that the whole thing was a mistake; that the rapper had accidentally taken his wife's bag to the airport without knowing the gun was inside.

chance the rapper buys out entire theater to offer free 'get out' screening

Those in the Chicago area who have yet to see Jordan Peele's Get Out could catch it for free, courtesy of Chance the Rapper. His praise of the race-conscious horror film, which topped the box office on its opening weekend, is so high that he apparently bought out all the tickets for Sunday's (Feb. 26) showings at a local theater to give people a chance to see it at no charge."DID I NOT TELL YALL #GETOUT WAS INCREDIBLE!! BEST FILM ACROSS ANY GENRE IN AWHILE GO SEE IT TODAY!" the rapper tweeted. "I bought all the tickets to #GetOut at Chatham Theatre on 87th Just pull up with ID and enjoy the movie."As pointed out by Pitchfork, the movie theater's website shows the 5:30, 8:00 and 10:30 p.m. showings of Get Out are sold out."All day guys, come thru! Bring whoever, it's free I just want you to

silento held in uae over business dispute

The American rapper known for his hit song "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" has been stopped from leaving the United Arab Emirates over a business dispute.A court ruling issued against Silento in the city of Al Ain and seen by The Associated Press on Thursday orders the 19-year-old Atlanta artist to pay a local promoter 300,000 dirhams ($81,500) after he did not perform two scheduled shows.The Feb. 20 judgment places a travel ban on the rapper, whose real name is Ricky Lamar Hawk, and orders him to surrender his passport to the court until the case is settled.Jenna Kadhum, who represents Silento in the Middle East, disputed the allegations against the performer and accused the promoter of failing to live up to his end of the agreement."Silento did not cancel any shows at all," Kadhum said. The ra

chance the rapper will meet illinois governor to talk chicago school funding

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and Grammy-winning artist Chance the Rapper plan to meet this week to discuss funding education in Chicago.The performer from Chicago, whose real name is Chancelor Bennett, said Monday on Twitter that he'll meet privately with Rauner on Wednesday. He says he's eager to hear Rauner's ideas.The Republican governor's official Twitter account responded, saying "Looking forward to hearing your ideas, too."Talk of the meeting started after Rauner congratulated the rapper via Twitter for winning three Grammy Awards earlier this month, saying the state "is proud that you're one of our own." Chance replied that he'd "love" to meet with Rauner.Chicago Public Schools is suing Rauner and state education officials, saying the way Illinois funds schools violates the civil righ

diddy wants people to rap notorious b.i.g. lyrics for new social media campaign

Diddy has big plans to celebrate the legacy of the late Notorious B.I.G.Diddy (born Sean Combs, later became Puff Daddy and reverted to P. Diddy, the nickname bestowed on him by his big bro), launched a social media campaign that will remember the influential rapper on the 20th death anniversary of his death. The 47-year-old Harlem-born hip-hop star and entrepreneur invites followers to rap their favorite Biggie verses and post it on social media with the hashtag #WeMissYouBIG. The clips that come in will get chopped up and edited into “something special,” he enthuses.To get things rolling Diddy shared a highlight reel of the artist, who he describes as the "greatest rapper" of them all.“Today is March 9th. Twenty years ago today we lost the greatest rapper of all time, The Notorious B.I.G

chance the rapper donates $1 million to chicago public schools

Several days after his "vague" meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (March 3) to discuss funding options for Chicago Public Schools, people's champ Chance the Rapper announced that he would be donating a million dollars to the CPS.On Monday (March 6) at Westcott Elementary School, the Chicago native expressed his disappointment in Gov. Rauner and placed the focus on the children during the press conference, which was live-streamed on Instagram. "While I am disappointed in Gov. Rauner, that will not stop me from doing all I can to support Chicago's most valuable resource: its children," he told members of the press.He said that his hefty donation was "made possible by my fans through ticket sales for my upcoming [Coloring Book] tour," in partnership with AEG, Live Nation and Ticketmaster

michelle obama thanks chance the rapper for public school donation: 'you are an

Chance the Rapper's gift of $1 million to Chicago Public Schools is receiving a whole lot of praise, including some very kind words from the former first lady of the United States. Michelle Obama tweeted thanking Chance for his announcement on Monday (March 6), calling him "an example of the power of arts education."She also gave props to the "Chicago community" the 23-year-old emcee is giving back to, saying it "gave us so much." Both Chance and Obama were born and raised in Chicago. See her tweet here:

chance the rapper loves get out so much he's taking people to the movies

Do you live in Chicago? Do you want to see Get Out (which, chances are, you probably do because it's great)? Cool! Chance The Rapper is such a huge fan of the movie that he bought out a cinema's whole day of showings so that you can go check it out for free.Chance took it upon himself to buy out every screening of the horror film at Chatham Theatre on Chicago's W. 87th Street on February 26. Yup. Every. Single. One. He's thinking about going back for seconds, too, as he's already seen it but may brave the crowds to catch it a second time at the Chatham.Get Out is the victor at the box office this weekend, as Jordan Peele's thriller has raked in over six times (!) its budget and earned $30.5 million in its first few days in theaters. Peele is already pinching himself over his directorial de

a$ap rocky stars in mercedes-benz 'get a job' spot

Before becoming a worldwide hip-hop sensation and fashion muse, rapper A$AP Rocky was a younger brother, growing up in Harlem, who experienced tragedy before finding his calling.For Mercedes-Benz's "Get a Job" spot, the rapper remembers his older brother, who was killed in a shooting at 20 years old, and his impact on his career path."I guess when you're young, you can be anything you want to choose," reflects Rocky in the promo for the CLA Coupe. "But as you get older, all those options start to narrow, and before you know it, every choice you make comes with a consequence. Whenever shit got rough, this beat was always there."He continued, "My brother moved on but the beat came back, pulsing through every vein in my body. My older brother Ricky was the one responsible for me growing up, a

why jay z deserves to be the first rapper in the songwriters hall of fame

True hip-hop heads may spot the irony in Jay Z receiving a songwriter’s accolade, considering some of his most seminal work was never written down prior to recording. Like some of his contemporaries, the rap legend was known for stepping inside the studio booth and firing off whatever was on his mind. The difference between Jay Z and the rest, however, was what became of the product. Here is an artist who thus far has kept us hot for 20 summers through new releases and revisited classics. His music -- which early on straddled the line between drug rap and opulence -- has evolved and made its way into the mainstream frame of reference. He released an entire book dissecting the intricate parts of his lyrics. There is no other hip-hop artist more qualified to take this historical leap as the

chance the rapper donates $1 million to chicago public schools because ‘it’s wha

Chance the Rapper is putting his money where his mouth is by making a massive donation to Chicago Public Schools.Last week, Chance met with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to discuss the ongoing funding crisis for his native city’s public-school system. After the meeting, Chance told reporters that he was disappointed with Rauner’s “vague answers” but tweeted that, come Monday morning, “I’ll have a plan.”He wasn’t kidding around — Chance held a press conference this morning (March 6) to announce that he’s donating $1 million to CPS for arts and enrichment programs. The donation is funded by ticket sales from his upcoming tour and help from Live Nation, AEG, and independent promoters. He also plans to give $10,000 to a different Chicago public school for every $100,000 raised. The first reci

chance the politician

The rapper is spending his good will—and $1 million in ticket sales—on Chicago Public Schools.

seahawks' michael bennett to donate 2017 endorsement money after being inspired

Chance the Rapper's recent million-dollar donation to Chicago public schools has inspired stars beyond rap. Seattle Seahawks star Michael Bennett recently vowed to donate his 2017 endorsement money to the community."I was inspired by Chance the Rapper to ‘think bigger’ when he pledged one million dollars to Chicago kids and their school system. So, I’ll be joining him by investing in the future of our youth," he wrote in an Instagram post."I have decided to donate all of my endorsement money in 2017 to help rebuild minority communities through s.t.e.a.m programs, as well as initiatives that directly affect women of color in hopes that we can create more opportunities for our youth and build a brighter future."The defensive end -- who recently penned an essay for The Player's Tribune about

chance the rapper and his little brother join forces on a new song

Taylor Bennett’s new album, Restoration of an American Idol, is here, and as promised, it features a collaboration with his older brother, Chance the Rapper.The Bennett bros team up on “Grown Up Fairy Tales,” which also features Jeremih handling hook duty. Chano opens the piano-driven track, declaring, “I never will grow up,” a sentiment later echoed by Taylor on his lengthy, impressive, song-closing verse.In an interview with AllHipHop, Taylor revealed that the Mike Will Made It–produced collab dates back to Chance’s Acid Rap days.“It’s a song that Chance was supposed to put on a Mike Will Made It album around the time of Acid Rap. It’s one of my favorite songs,” the 21-year-old revealed. “When I got sick in New York, I had a blood clot. I felt so sick. That was the only song I could real

even chance the rapper has a super-regrettable tattoo

Chance the Rapper is only human, so of course he has a regrettable tattoo that he vehemently avoids showing off in public. But Katie Couric’s charms are apparently enough to get Chano to cave, as proved by the pair’s revealing new interview.Chano recently sat down with Couric at landmark Chicago eatery Harold’s Chicken Shack, where they munched on fried chicken while discussing everything from gun violence in Chicago to his signature “3” hat. When Couric politely asked about Chance’s one and only tattoo, the Coloring Book MC agreed to show it on-camera and share the story behind it.“It’s so stupid, I hate it. No one’s seen it,” he told Couric, while lifting his shirt to reveal the “get back to work” tattoo that sits above his heart. “It’s a backward tattoo. It’s a mirror tattoo, which is a

chance the rapper sits down with katie couric in new interview

Chance the Rapper will always have love for his hometown. In a new interview with Katie Couric, the MC dives deep into his Chicago roots at the city's legendary restaurant Harold's Chicken Shack. There, he discusses the origin of his "3" hat, fatherhood, his three Grammys and more.Earlier this month, Chance punctuated his monstrous run in 2016 by securing three Grammys, including one for best rap performance for "No Problem." For the "All Night" star, he's still in awe of his heartfelt performance alongside Kirk Franklin and Tamela Mann on Grammy night. "There's nothing like it. All of that time up until the Grammys was the craziest time of my life. You spend weeks and weeks working on a performance and once it happens, it just kind of bookends it. I just can't wait for the next preparatio

'moonlight' oscar-winner mahershala ali used to be a rapper

Mahershala Ali's skills span beyond acting. Apparently, the Oscar Award-winning thespian and Moonlight star is a pretty talented emcee. A decade before his winning for supporting actor Sunday night, Ali was the Bay Area rapper Prince Ali and released two albums with the Hieroglyphics crew's record label Hieroglyphics Imperium. Speaking with GQ last year, the actor discussed his first memory of hip-hop and how it's affected his acting: "My first moment where I felt like I couldn't live without this music [laughs] was when I heard Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick's 'The Show' on the radio station in the Bay Area and I'm twelve years old," he said. "I sat by the radio station the whole weekend changing the dial from different radio stations to see if they would play 'The Show.' I felt like my hea

chance the rapper added as headliner for 2017 essence festival

Chance the Rapper is the latest headliner addition to this year’s Essence Festival. The newly minted Grammy winner will make his Essence Festival debut when he joins fellow headliners Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige and John Legend at the annual event, which returns to the Superdome in New Orleans on June 30-July 2.More than 40 acts will perform this year, including the following new additions that now complete the full lineup: No Limit Records’ Mystikal, Mia X and Silkk, plus BJ the Chicago Kid, Daley, Elle Varner, Emily Estefan, Gallant, Kelly Price, Leela James and Rhonda Ross.The full weekend concert slate is as follows:2017 Mainstage Artists: Diana Ross, Mary J. Blige, Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Ari Lennox, Chaka Khan, India.Arie, Jazmine Sullivan, Jill Scott, Master P, No Limit Record

commission music, home to madeintyo, lil dicky and more, partners with bmg: excl

BMG has partnered with Commission Music to release new music from the latter’s roster, which includes MadeinTYO, Lil Dicky, 24Hrs andDJ Envy. The first release under the new pact is MadeinTYO’s “Skateboard P” featuring Big Sean, which is available now. MadeinTYO will also be a special guest on Big Sean’s I Decided tour that kicks off March 17 in Houston.Commission Music was founded by artist managers Anthony Martini and Doug Neumann in 2015. Since then, the company has scored an RIAA platinum-certified single with MadeinTYO’s 2016 breakthrough hit “Uber Everywhere.” Prior to that, comedic rapper Lil Dicky bowed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Rap Albums chart with his debut album Professional Rapper. The 2015 project, which features the platinum single “Save Dat Money,” also entered at No. 1 on th

usa drama 'unsolved' reveal castings for tupac shakur and biggie smalls

USA Network has found its Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.Marcc Rose and Wavyy Jonez have been cast as the iconic rappers, respectively, in the drama pilot about their unsolved murders, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.Unsolved: The Murders of Biggie and Tupac (working title) is a scripted true crime serial that chronicles the two major police investigations into the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.Rose will play Shakur, a poet, actor and rapper who was as brilliant as he was self-destructive. He was shot and killed in Las Vegas in 1996, and his murder still remains unsolved today. The actor reprises his role from the 2015 hit film Straight Outta Compton, in which he made his acting debut. He is repped by ICM.The pilot marks the first acting role for Jonez, who was discovered af

dj khaled teases collaboration with justin bieber, chance the rapper, migos and

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how do migos feel about their success? “#1-ish”

How does it feel to have a No. 1 album, a No. 1 song, and sold-out shows around the world? If you're Atlanta rap trio Migos, the answer is pretty amazing — or, as Offset puts it, "I feel number-one-ish!"The name of their new album, CULTURE, is meant to impress. "We want you to pay attention," Quavo says. "Like, yeah, we said it. We is it. This is what we are. Listen to it.”These days, almost everyone's onboard Team Migos. At a recent Los Angeles performance, they were joined by Chance the Rapper, Lil Yachty, 2 Chainz, YG, and Ty Dolla $ign to perform their smash single "Bad and Boujee."Watch MTV News' mini-documentary below, and read our cover story on Migos's miraculous year.

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