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DJ Khaled Talks Possible Collab With Nas & Kanye West (Pg. 2)

So as an artist on Cash Money, do you feel any added pressure for We The Best Forever to become a commercial success with the likes of Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj putting out platinum plus albums? 

I don’t feel pressure at all. With my albums, it’s a little different than what they do. When you buy a Khaled album you will expect to hear an “I’m On One” and other crazy collaborations. I’m not worried about record sales. Do I want to sell a lot of records? Of course I do. But people have to know my history. I’m 7 to 8 million singles sold in my career. So all my records that have dropped have been no. 1 independent albums. And now I’m running with the majors. I’m the guy that dropped “We Taking Over,” “All I Do Is Win,” “I’m So Hard,” “Out Here Grindin’’ and “Go Hard” and of course all of the remixes to those records. My main thing about my albums is I want all my singles to go platinum plus. And if that influences the record sales, then great.

Is it more important to be hot/influential or commercially successful?

I can tell you one thing. When you jump into someone’s car they are playing my record. When you turn on the radio they are playing my record. When you walk into a club they are playing my record. It’s all about being hot, relevant and making money.

What direction, musically, are you taking We The Best Forever?

This is a special album. Birdman told me I could put as many singles as I want out. I never had that luxury. When I would make my other albums I would record two to three records I wanted to put out to radio. And the rest I would put out to the clubs and to the streets. But this album is so singles-driven. I have some records featuring artists that I’ve never worked with before. And I’m coming with a new sound.

Who are some of the artists that you reached out to?  There’s been some talk that Kanye West will be making an appearance.

Me and Kanye are talking. It’s coming out amazing. But overall, these songs are hits. I never worked with Mary J. Blige, but we have an amazing record together. I’ve never worked with Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, or Cee-Lo Green, but they are all on the album. And of course you got Wayne, Drake, Birdman, Jeezy, and Ross…all the usual suspects.

Will we see that new Nas collaboration that has been buzzing about?

Me and Nas are still on the creative process. He was on my last two albums. We are talking to get a new song done. I think it’s pretty close. The list of the artists on We The Best Forever is amazing, but the records are hits. The album will drop in July, and I’m still hunting down Eminem. It’s the right time to ask for him. This is my fifth album, so I should be on his radar.

You’ve taken some flack over your career for not being a traditional hip-hop producer. Do you think that’s a misconception? 

Well, in the beginning of my production career I would be on the MPC 60, the keyboard with the turntables on the side and sampling records. That’s how I started…as a producer. But the bigger I got I expanded the team and got young guys around me so I could orchestrate the situation. It was the smart move because no one is going to hustle as hard as me.

Looking back on your career, what has so far been your favorite highlight?

I got to see Big Pun put out the smashes that he did. I got to be in the studio with him. And another highlight was working on “Lean Back” with Fat Joe and Scott Storch, which was recorded in my house studio. I’ll never forget that day. We were coming up with the choruses and we had all this energy. We knew it was a hit. It was easy to make and we knew it was a special song. Fat Joe…that’s brother. I always tell people besides both of us being in the music game we are really friends. I’ve been down with him since his first album. I look up to him.

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Dave Chappelle Personally Provides Tickets To Couple Who Were Scammed On Craigslist

One couple's Valentine's Day was made thanks to Dave Chappelle after they were scammed out of $500 dollars on Craigslist trying to buy the tickets to see the comedian.

Diedra and Eddie Dickens story was brought to light by WBTV on Wednesday (Feb. 13) when the couple shared how they were robbed online. In an effort to surprise her husband for Valentine's Day, Diedra attempted to buy tickets to see Chappelle on Valentine's Day after hearing he would perform in their hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. After she was unable to find tickets on Ticketmaster, she tried Craigslist where she found a perfect match for her and her husband, who would've needed a wheelchair accessible seat.

“They were seats one through four so those would be great because I could put my husband in seat one at the end of an aisle and that kind of good stuff,” she said.

But after sending $500 via Apple Pay to the seller, she never heard back. Diedra filed a police report after she was unable to get in touch with the seller.

“I was having good faith and it cost me $500,” she said. “You have no empathy or goodness, or I don’t know, maybe no soul."

After their story was shared on the local news, Chappelle's team caught wind of what happened and decided to surprise the couple on Thursday (Feb. 14), who decided to have dinner with friends.

Last night we told you this Charlotte couple was scammed out of hundreds of dollars trying to buy @DaveChappelle tickets on Craigslist. Tonight we were there as DAVE HIMSELF hand-delivered the group tickets! Awesome! @WBTV_News pic.twitter.com/tHMElvDcZE

— Alex Giles WBTV (@AlexGilesNews) February 15, 2019

Shocked and amazed, the couple was thrilled to meet the comedy legend who hand-delivered real tickets to his show. He chatted and took pictures with the couple while sharing the importance of buying tickets from credible platforms.

"Someone on my team called me, actually last night, and told me about this situation and we thought it'd be fun to do that for someone for Valentine's Day," he said to WBTV, who helped him find the couple. "I didn't expect to be on the news doing it but I'm glad, that's good. It's good that people know to always get your tickets from reliable sources and take every opportunity that's presented to you to be kind, especially if it's something that's easy to do."

Here’s a portion of our interview with @DaveChappelle. Great quote - “Take any opportunity that’s presented to you to be kind, especially if it’s something easy to do.” @WBTV_News pic.twitter.com/3344hqrQ19

— Alex Giles WBTV (@AlexGilesNews) February 15, 2019

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Animated Music Video XXXTentacion's "Sauce!" Is Released

A video for XXXTentacion's "Sauce!" has been released with animated flair.

Directed and animated by Tristian Zammit, the video blends various styles of anime with images of the rapper floating in the air. The song stems from the late rapper's latest posthumous release, XXXTentacion Presents: Members Only, Vol. 4. The project features friends and supporters of the rapper like Ski Mask the Slum God and affiliates Flyboy Tarantino, Kid Trunks, Tankhead, Bass Santana and more.

His affiliates are currently on a Members Only vs. The World tour, kicking off last month in California and bowing in Boston March 10.

 

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This is XXXTentacion's second posthumous release since his death in June 2018. Skins was released with fans taking the album to the top of the Billboard charts, moving 132,000 equivalent albums. His tangled history with domestic violence has continued to play a part in the young rapper's legacy. At the Grammys, the 20-year-old's name wasn't included in the "In Memoriam" segment over his history of domestic violence.

Sources confirmed the reason to Variety while Academy president Neil Portnow previously shared thoughts on the possibility that XXXTentacion would or would not be included. The rapper's name was however on the longer list of late musicians on the Grammys website.

“I will tell you it’s a daunting challenge,” said Portnow. “We track those that we lose in our industry in any given year and then we have a process by which we go through it. Our on-air in memoriam — we’re lucky if we wind up [featuring] 10 to 15 percent of those we lose. Because it’s always hard choices. All of that is to say, I don’t have any answers for you now, but obviously, artists who were prominent and well-known by the public are people who are recognized and we’ll just wind up having to see how it plays out.”

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Childish Gambino Announces New European Tour Dates With H.E.R.

Childish Gambino has added a handful of international dates to his "This Is America" tour with fellow Grammy-award-winning singer H.E.R.

Announced through his creative agency and management team wolf + rothstein on Instagram Friday (Feb. 15), the dates will be a delight to fans in Paris and London. Gambino and H.E.R. will perform at the London's O2 Arena March 24 and March 25 and will reach Paris' AccorHotels Arena March 27. The announcement comes fresh off of the artists' big wins at the 2019 Grammys.

Gambino took home four gramophones including Best Music Video for "This Is America" as well as Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance. He also made history as "This Is America" was the first rap record to take home Record of the Year.

H.E.R.'s debut at the Grammys was just as bright as the VIBE cover star took home Best R&B Album for her eponymous double-EP. She also took home an award for Best R&B Performance with Daniel Ceasar for their lovely duet, "Best Part."

Speaking with VIBE, H.E.R. dropped a few hints about an upcoming European tour and plans to release her debut studio album.

“I’m so thankful for all the stuff that happened in 2018 and now 2019 is even crazier,” she said. “There’s so much going on, so many places that I’ll be going to that I haven’t seen, but I’m definitely going to drop an official album, a real album because the projects that I dropped weren’t even official. They were just EPs and it’s about elevation this year.”

Meanwhile, Gambino shared a piece of new music during his new Google Pixel 3 ad titled, "Human Sacrifice." The ad feature's the platform's latest "Playmoji" creation with Gambino dancing off against his.

Check out the tour announcement below and cop tickets here.

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