V Exclusive: Day26 Speaks On "Let It Go," A Comeback Without Que And 'A New Day'

Over years ago, minus hip-hop collectives, music groups had lost their place on the charts to the point of inorganic inception. Just ask Day26. The R&B group had its start on a reality show, grabbed Billboard's coveted #1 spot and is now reemerging to show that bands are not extinct. With the buzz track "Let It Go" sending the 'net into a bit of a shock yesterday, singing quartet Will, Brian, Rob and Mike chopped it up with VIBE about their time away from recording, their feelings about taking this journey without Que and potentially snagging Nicki Minaj. -Niki McGloster (@missjournalism)

VIBE: Where the hell have you guys been? The fans miss you!
[Laughs] From day one that the band was made, we basically hit the ground running. You know, to recording the first album, to touring, to doing various shows and we had no down time. So we pretty much took this time off to lay back, enjoy our families and really get the direction we’re supposed to go in with this album and things like that. Other than that, we’ve just been working.

That’s good, and I think all artists need that time away to have the life experiences to write about, you know. And something very major that happened while you guys were off the scene was Q leaving Day26. How does it feel to release a track and to reemerge without him?
It feels good! [jokingly]
[All laugh]
Will: You know, of course it’s different because we did come into this altogether, but at the end of the day, it was just creative differences. However, we’re about to keep it moving and just continue to support each other as we all have success in the future.

I know that there were creative differences, but, personally, does it feel like there’s a missing link?
Real talk, we all had a chemistry as brothers when we first clicked and got picked as a group, but there are still four of us here and we still got that brotherly bond, so it still feels good. We still moving, and we ain’t gon’ stop. We got everything that we need right here. Not saying that we don’t need him, but we got everything we need right here, so we’re real confident about the move that we’re making right now.

Cool, so let’s get into this music. What was the inspiration for “Let It Go?” Obviously, the strip club [laughs], but what was the motivation behind it?
You know, one of Day26’s biggest problems, and I think we all feel this, is when we go to clubs, the DJ would have the hardest time trying to find a record to put on while we’re there. As singers, it’s cool and people respect us for singing, but we wanted to take it to the club. It’s real DJ-friendly; we walk into the club and he just spin it because we in the place.

Dope. You want to make sure that when you step out to King Of Diamonds or Sin City or wherever, people can rock with y’all. Now, many, if not all of you, are taken men. How often are you hitting the strip club?
All the time. We live in the strip club! [laughs]
Robert: I just left the strip club.

This is no lie; I just left happy hour!
I’m always in the strip club.
[All laughs]

So what is your response to the fans who are craving the Day26 who gave them “Co-Star” and “So Good?” I know you, Will, were responding to a lot of the people on Twitter.
Yeah. It just sometimes takes people a little time to catch onto it. But you gotta understand this: As singers, we’ll never lose that element. We were in love with our first and second album just as much as everybody else, if not more. However, what they have to understand is that we’re never going to fall far from that. This is our third album, and we’re growing. We’re evolving and going to different areas of our lives, so we want to try a couple different things.
Brian: Yes, and I will say this. Honestly, this is not our first single. This is just a buzz single to get the people ready for what Day26 has to offer. Showing growth, showing something different. You’re not going to get your typical first album, Day26 album. You’re definitely going to get some sangin’ because we some singing ass niggas, but at the end of the day, we want to show people like, hey, we’re not the teeny-bop group that people think we are. We’re not all squeaky clean and shiny; this is who we really are.

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J. Cole Reveals Details For 2nd Annual Dreamville Festival

It’s going to be a “legendary” 2020 for Dreamville fans. J. Cole’s second annual Dreamville Festival will return to Raleigh, North Carolina next year, the Grammy-nominated rapper announced on Twitter on Tuesday (Dec. 10).

The 2020 Dreamville Festival goes down on April 4, at Dix Park. The lineup, which features Dreamville artists and more, will be revealed at a later date.

Last year’s Dreamville Festival welcomed 40,000 people, according to The News & Observer. Performers included Ari Lennox, Bas, Earth Gang, SZA, Big Sean, Rapsody, Young Thug, 21 Savage, and 6LACK.

The Dreamville Festival will benefit Cole’s Dreamville Foundation and Dix Park Conservancy. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (Dec. 11) at 12 p.m. EST via

Besides the festival announcement, Cole celebrated the fifth anniversary of his Forrest Hills Drive album on Monday (Dec. 9). “A day late but. Forest Hills Drive just turnt [sic] 5 years old,” he tweeted. “I feel big big gratitude for the year spent making it and for all the love shown to it. S**t crazy thank you God.”


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Joyner Lucas Blames Juice WRLD’s Death On Rappers Who Glorify Drug Use

Joyner Lucas blames Juice WRLD’s death on fellow rappers who glorify drug use. Lucas tweeted his thoughts about Juice WRLD's passing on Monday (Dec. 9) writing in part, “He was a product of our generation of rappers who glorified drugs and made it cool.”

Lucas added, “[I’m] blaming [ya’ll] n**gaz for this s**t. All that lean and pills n**gaz glorify and talk about. You teaching the kids to do it. Smh you happy now? RIP @JuiceWorlddd. Gone too soon.”

Juice wrld was 21. He was a product of our generation of rappers who glorified drugs and made it cool. Im blaming Yal niggaz for this shit. 🤦🏽‍♂️ all that lean and pills niggaz glorify and talk about. You teaching the kids to do it. Smh you happy now?Rip @JuiceWorlddd. Gone too soon

— Joyner Lucas (@JoynerLucas) December 9, 2019

Lucas also shared a Juice WRLD interview where the Chicago native shares how Future’s music inspired him to start using drugs at 12 years old.

Rip young legend... To my generation, we gotta be accountable for the shit we glorify. Difference between juice & other niggaz is juice wasn’t proud of it. he talked about being ashamed of using. That’s art. I’m not mad at it. I’m mad hip hop for steering him in that direction.

— Joyner Lucas (@JoynerLucas) December 10, 2019

Juice WRLD, whose birth name was Jarad Anthony Higgins, suffered a seizure upon at Chicago’s Midway airport last Sunday (Dec. 8.). The “Lucid Dreams” rhymer was headed back home to Chicago after working over the Thanksgiving holiday, and celebrating one of the “best birthdays” ever last week.

Although an initial autopsy on the rapper’s body came back inconclusive, Juice WRLD reportedly swallowed several prescription pills as federal agents were confiscating drugs and weapons from the suitcases on the private plane that he was on, along with his entourage and girlfriend. According to the Chicago Tribune, Juice WRLD began convulsing and went into cardiac arrest at the airport. His girlfriend told authorities that he had a “drug problem” and had taken the painkiller Percocet. He was given a Narcam shot, which is administered in the case of an overdose, but pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Authorities found dozens of vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana, six bottles of prescription codeine cough syrup, two 9 mm pistols, a .40-caliber pistol, and ammunition in the bags on the plane. Two of Juice WRLD’s bodyguards were arrested at the scene for misdemeanor weapons and drug possession.

Juice WRLD was open about his battle with addiction to prescription pills and codeine, both in his music and beyond. Over the summer, he promised to get help for his drug habit in a tweet to his girlfriend. In addition to battling his sobriety, the recording artist was mourning the loss of his father who died earlier in the year.

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Lauren London Pays Homage To Nipsey Hussle In "Forever Stronger" PUMA Campaign

Lauren London is teaming with PUMA as she steps into next chapter in her journey.  London debuted “Forever Stronger” on Tuesday (Dec. 10), a visual campaign paying homage to her late boyfriend, Nipsey Hussle, and his indelible love for Los Angeles.

The 35-year-old actress created the emotional piece, which is described as a “creative vision Lauren wanted to bring to life to signify the continuation of her marathon alongside PUMA.”

Set around the streets of Los Angeles, London narrates the visual with a poem by Samantha Smith. “We are flowing, we are growing, we are open like the red sea,” reads one passage of the poem. “We walk through with confident uncertainty. We kneel here. We heal here. We open our hearts to the heavens. We use our tears to cleanse our canvas. The fear floods us, the love is electric.”

“Pain is the light,” the poem continues. “Pain is insight. The body hurts, but the spirit grows. The flesh is starving, while wisdom overflows. I got a question only Lord knows: does life break us twice?”

The campaign was directed by Danny Williams (Top Shelf Junior), edited by Matt Tolkin and produced by AJR Films. The musical score comes courtesy of Rance of 1500 or Nothin.'

PUMA previously collaborated with Hussle on capsule collection that was posthumously released in September. The collection sold out within 24 hours.

Watch London’s “Forever Stronger” campaign below.

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