Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have arrested and detained Grammy-nominated rapper, 21 Savage, government name Abraham-Joseph, early Sunday morning. The arrest took place during a targeted operation in Atlanta. The agency is claiming that 21 is actually a U.K. citizen who has overstayed his Visa for the past 13 years.
ICE spokesman Bryan Cox: “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested unlawfully present United Kingdom national Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph AKA ‘21 Savage’ during a targeted operation with federal and local law enforcement partners early Sunday in metro Atlanta.” https://t.co/G0WlPymYIr
“We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with the authorities to clear up any misunderstandings,” lawyer Dina LaPolt stated, “Abraham-Joseph is a role model to young people in the U.S., especially in Atlanta.”
According to the Associate Press, it turns out 21 entered the U.S. legally in July 2005 when he was 13, but has remained in the country illegally since his visa expired in July 2006, ICE spokesperson Bryan Cox said in an emailed statement.
It was learned from an ICE official that back when 21 was arrested in 2014 for felony drug charges, ICE was not yet aware of his immigration status and only learned later.
Reports from CBS News claimed that fellow Atlanta rapper Young Nudy, real name Quantavious Thomas, was the law enforcement’s original target for different reasons. Nudy was allegedly pulled over with 21 and two others in the car. Only after 21 was booked into the system did ICE take notice to his apparent U.K. roots.
It was later learned from DJ BJ, who works closely with both artists, that Nudy and 21 weren’t even in the same car, and platforms are stating that as fake news.
a couple days ago 21 savage adds an extra verse on the live performance of “A lot” speaking on flint and immigration. today he is arrested by ICE with claims that he is from the U.K. ay man i’m not saying this a set up but it’s highly questionable. pic.twitter.com/qyfYl7CmPk
Earl Sweatshirt announced on Wednesday an upcoming 31-day U.S. tour in support of his latest released album, Some Rap Songs. The tour is expected to kickoff in New Orleans on March 23, with a few acts like Black Noi$e, MIKE, bbymutha and more to perform as openers. The tour will run till May 6, with the final show ending in Atlanta. Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, February 1, 2019. You can see the full tour schedule above.
Along with his tour announcement, Sweatshirt dropped an almost nine minute short film, Nowhere, Nobody, on VEVO. Co-wrote and directed by Naima Ramos-Chapman and Terence Nance from HBO’s sketch series, Random Acts of Flyness, the picture opens up with Sweatshirt coaching a young basketball team to glory before transitioning into bizarre clips formulated to represent the album.
The film features about six songs from Some Rap Songs. You can view Nowhere, Nobody below:
Ahead of his Shady Records debut for his forthcoming album, Everything’s For Sale, Boogie keeps his fans anticipating with a 20 minute short film named after the album.
According to Complex, though directed by Riley Keough, Gina Gammell, and Malcolm Washington, the concept of the film came when Boogie discussed what he felt each song from the album represented on a visual level. The film contains a series of interwoven scenarios that each preview snippets of the album.
You can view the short film, Everything’s For Sale, below.
Though the actual issue of XXL wont officially be released until July 4th, fans can get the chance to see everyone perform at the XXL Freshman show at either the PlayStation Theater in New York City on June 28th, or at The Novo in California on July 12th.
According to XXL, this year will mark the 10th anniversary of their Freshman franchise. To celebrate, this coming issue will include 34 former freshman sharing their experiences and success stories since their covers; along with much more to look forward too.
Bryson Tiller’s latest studio album True To Self lands his first #1 spot.
Distributed a month earlier than its expected date of June 23rd, True To Self dropped on May 26th through Tiller’s Twitter account. The album was a follow-up to Tiller’s debut Trapsoul. Both have beenreleased through TrapSoul/RCA Records.
The Billboard charts rank the most popular albums of the week coming out of the U.S. based off aspects like traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums. True To Self earned 107,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 1, according to Nielsen Music. 47,000 of that sum was in traditional album sales.
Tiller’s No.1 spot will be posted on the new June 17, 2017-dated chart in full on the Billboard website on June 6th.
From bagging groceries and working at H&M to selling out festival venues with a deal from Interscope Records, this SoundCloud artist has become one of the hottest headliners of the era.
Unlike most of these new artists that have been popping up out of nowhere, 20-year-old Atlanta rapper Playboy Carti isn’t just some overnight success. Carti began from dropping his first mixtape, Young Mi$Fit under the name Sir Cartier, to landing rapper Key! and Awful records as mentors while still in high school. Since 2014, Carti’s been building his fan base from songs on the internet to eventually landing himself a meeting with A$AP Rocky at SXSW in 2015.
What gave Carti his first breakout moment was his song “Broke Boi” which now has over 25 million plays. Stardom truly fell upon Carti later in 2016, with features on a few of Lil Uzi’s tracks along with a feature on “Telephone Calls” from A$AP Mob’s album Cozy Tapes. By 2017 Carti had already toured the country with some of the hottest names in Rap, and since became the popular yet mysterious phenomenon he is known by today.
Carti dropped his debut album Playboi Carti back in April, getting major buzz from fans, to fellow artists, to media outlets. Singles off the album have broken into the Billboard Top 100 like “Magnolia” receiving attention as a memeable anthem. With a new mentorship from A$AP Rocky and the success he’s already gotten from music to breaking into fashion and acting, Carti is in an atmosphere of success right now.
Maybe SoundCloud artists do have a future in the industry, if they work as hard as Playboi Carti that is.
Pro Era’s Nyck Caution drops some heat just yesterday to keep the fans entertained.
About a month ago, Caution remixed XXXTENTACION’s single “Look At Me” as a teaser for what’s about to come. Turns out according to OnSmash, He plans to drop his new album Nyck @ Night along with fellow Pro Era member, Kirk Knight, sometime next month.
In the mean time, Caution has left us with some remixes over a few of Kendrick Lamar’s tracks off DAMN. From both you can expect serious word play as Caution bodies his verses with sick rhymes to keep the fans anticipated. for what he has in store with his album. If it’s going to be anything like his previous album Disguise The Limit, then we won’t be disappointed.
You can listen to the “Element x DNA” Remix below.
The wait has been crucial, but the time is finally here, well, almost at least.
It was on March 23rd when Gorillaz announced their new album to be released through Parlophone and Warner Bros. on the band’s official Instagram. Ever since then, material has been dropped. Maybe to keep the public satisfied, but what it’s really done is make everyone anticipate “Humanz” even more.
Singles from the album have been released over the course of a few weeks with features like D.R.A.M. and Vince Staples on “Andromeda” and “Ascension“. “Saturnz Barz” ft. Popcaan and “We Got The Power” ft. Jehnny Beth sum up all four tracks that were released on March 23rd along with the Instagram post.
Other tracks that are already out for pre-order on iTunes are “Let Me Out” ft. Pusha T & Mavis Staples, as of April 6th; “The Apprentice” ft. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Zebra Katz & RAY BLK released today; and “Hallelujah Money” ft. Benjamin Clementine which was released back in January with an official video.
The biggest so far is the announcement of their North American Tour. Taking place in July through October with shows in Boston, Washington, Toronto, Los Angeles, and many more. Big names from their album are expected to make guest appearances in different cities as well.
Once again, “Humanz” is expected to be released this coming Friday on April 28th. Hope you’re as excited as I am.
You can now pre-order the Deluxe Edition through iTunes!
Here’s the track list below in alphabetical order:
Andromeda (feat. D.R.A.M.)
Ascension (feat. Vince Staples)
Busted And Blue Carnival (feat. Anthony Hamilton)
Charger (feat. Grace Jones)
Circle of Friendz (feat. Brandon Markell Holmes)
Halfway to the Halfway House (feat. Peven Everett)
Hallelujah Money (feat. Benjamin Clementine)
Interlude: Elevator Going Up
Interlude: New World
Interlude: Talk Radio
Interlude: The Elephant
Interlude: The Non-conformist Oath
Intro: I Switched My Robot Off
Let Me Out (feat. Mavis Staples & Pusha T)
Momentz (feat. De La Soul)
Out Of Body (feat. Kilo Kish, Zebra Katz & Imani Voshana)
Saturnz Barz (feat. Popcaan)
Sex Murder Party (feat. Jamie Principle & Zebra Katz)
She’s My Collar (feat. Kali Uchis)
Strobelite (feat. Peven Everett)
Submission (feat. Danny Brown & Kelela)
The Apprentice (feat. Rag’n’bone Man, Zebra Katz & Ray BLK)
Ticker Tape (feat. Carly Simon & Kali Uchis)
We Got the Power (feat. Jehnny Beth)
The first lineup for Riot Fest 2017 has been revealed!
The Windy City festival will be following up after Coachella’s complete domination over California. Returning acts like Wu-Tang Clan, Queens of the Stone Age, Action Bronson, Vic Mensa, M.I.A., and many others are scheduled to perform at the three-day takeover.
Riot Fest 2017 will be held September 15th through the 17th at Douglas Park in Chicago, Illinois. 25 more bands are expected to be listed on the lineup as well. According to HYPEBEAST, official announcements for who they will be have yet to be heard.
Pinole, California native P-Lo is proving his talents as a rapper and vocalist with up-coming full length project More Than Anything.
Already known as the go-to producer for the HBK music group with members like Iamsu!, Sage the Gemini, and Kehlani; P-Lo is no bystander in this game. Providing back tracks for big name artists throughout the West Coast, along with out-of-town attributes in the past, P-Lo wants to now make a name for himself as a full fledged artist.
More Than Anything is expected to show a whole new side to his image. Coming off with his new single, “Always” is a catchy tune reflecting on the ups and downs of relationships. Fellow Bay Area talent Rexx Life Raj is featured along with CAL-A.
According to Fader, More Than Anything is supposed to show all the layers P-Lo carries as a human and an artist. Though the project is on the way, it has no release date; but stay tuned for more information.