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The Renaissance: 4 New Artists Bringing Harlem World Back

Once upon a time, Harlem rappers stood in the forefront of hip-hop. Entertainers from Harlem were easily identified via their impeccable fashion sense and natural hustler’s ambition. Diddy, M-A-$-E, Dame Dash, Cam’ron and Big L, those are just some of the greats hailing from the 212 borough. After the crash of the Dipset movement, though, Harlem as a whole lost its momentum. And while there’s been talks of a Dipset reunion, not to mention the fresh presence of Vado, it would take a wave of new kids on the block to resurrect the area as an industry force. Here, we run through the prospects responsible for putting Harlem back on the map.

AZEALIA BANKS
While N.Y. is her birthplace, the mermaid queen took her talents to the U.K., where her career initially took off. After gaining notoriety across seas, Banks returned to the states to capitalize on that success, with her single “212” capturing her funky style. While she focuses heavily on fashion and creativity, her lyrical abilities are not to be slept on. This girl can spit! See: her EP 1991, released this past Tuesday (May 29).

A$AP ROCKY
A$AP Rocky’s rough-and-tumble childhood influenced the 22 year-old Harlemite to jumpstart his rap career. Rocky made headlines last year after signing a reported $3 million dollar contract with Pologrounds/RCA Records, thanks to his sly Southern-dipped rhyme style. Make no mistake, though—he’s reppin’ Harlem all day. Similar to Dipset (and Odd Future), the A$AP Mob crew he totes along consists of both rappers and creative assets.

The “Google Me” singer first hit the scene when she appeared on MTV’s hit series, My Super Sweet Sixteen. After much speculation of signing recording contracts with several labels, Taylor put the rumors to bed last week, inking to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music imprint. Not only is TT respected in the fashion world, she put her money where her mouth is on her mixtape, The Misunderstanding on Teyana Taylor, while penning new tracks and covering songs like Drake’s “Marvin Room.”

VINNY CHA$E
Another multi-talented artist rising out of Harlem, Vinny Cha$e shouldn’t be mistaken with the Entourage character. Cha$e (peep the dollar sign) not only rhymes and stays laced in $wag, but also boasts a background in videography and directing. The Harlem head started out shooting music videos and behind the scenes footage for other big like Cam’ron and Juelz Santana. If Harlem ain’t back, at least the “$” is.

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Not Sicko Mode: Nick Cannon Says Travis Scott Isn't For The Culture

Nick Cannon takes great issue with Travis Scott performing at the Super Bowl but says for Big Boi, it's okay.

During a sitdown with TMZ's Raquel Harper, the host of Masked Singer said "I'm Kaepernick all day," but said Scott doesn't have enough "cultural equity" to perform during Super Bowl LIII halftime show.

"To me, I call it cultural equity. So we're not mad at Big Boi for performing at the Super Bowl. He's for the people," 38-year-old Cannon explained. "[For Scott] he has to walk gingerly."

Harper followed up and questioned Cannon, to which he further explained having a child with Kylie Jenner also reduced his "cultural equity."

"It's more about truly having integrity in your music and in your art form. The people you choose to interact with. The people you choose to procreate with. That decision wasn't for the culture. But we not mad at you," Cannon said.

Harper reminded Cannon he's dated a few white women in his past, to which Cannon then looked into the camera and shouted: "I love white women."

The New England Patriots will face off against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Feb. 3 for Super Bowl LIII. Maroon 5 along with Travis Scott and Big Boi are set to take the stage at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Out of respect for Colin Kaepernick, several artists declined to perform including Rihanna, Cardi B and JAY-Z who reportedly tried to talk Scott out of it.

After Scott agreed to perform, reports revealed he spoke with Kaepernick about the decision. Kaepernick's longtime girlfriend Nessa Diab took to social media to blast Scott and say it was a lie.

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Tupac's Drawing Depicting Sex With Then-Girlfriend Sells At Auction For $21,000

A wealthy man in his 60s is now the proud owner of a drawing of Tupac Shakur having sex with his then-girlfriend, which was drawn by the late-rapper while he was incarcerated in 1995.

According to TMZ, the erotic artwork sold for a grand total of $21,155.75 during the Steiner Auction. Per the report, 10 people bid on the art, which was drawn by Pac for his girlfriend Desiree Smith while serving time at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y..

The artwork also includes a hand-decorated envelope and a love letter written by the "Hail Mary" MC to his lady love. Steiner commented on the news of the NSFW artwork's auctioning via social media, with a tweet featuring three big-eyed shocked emojis. The Steiner Auction carries all sorts of memorabilia, with sports memorabilia being a huge draw for their site.

In April 2018, it was reported that the breakup letter form Tupac to former flame Madonna would be up for auction via the GottaHaveRockAndRoll auction house, in addition to other items from Tupac's personal life such as satin underwear and intimate photographs.

This sold for over $21K 😳😳😳 https://t.co/xhBvE9j5ha

— Steiner Auctions (@SteinerAuctions) January 21, 2019

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Drake And Tory Lanez To Embark On Joint European Tour

On March 10, Drake and Tory Lanez will embark on their first-ever joint trek dubbed "The Assassination Vacation Tour." The Toronto natives surprised fans with the announcement on Tuesday morning (Jan. 22), a joint venture that has been years in the making since the pair were once at odds.

Manchester, U.K. will be the first stop on the 22-dates tour throughout the continent. They’ll wrap up the excursion in Amsterdam on Apr. 26.

FIRST TIME EVER !!! ... @Drake & @torylanez .... Tickets on sale Friday !! pic.twitter.com/WKUAPPmEiq

— Tory Lanez (@torylanez) January 22, 2019

 

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ASSASSINATION VACATION 😈🏝 UK and EU tour tickets on sale Friday!!! Me and @torylanez w/ opening sound set by @tiffanycalver 🇬🇧 🇮🇪 🇳🇱 🇫🇷 🇧🇪

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Lanez and Drake have traded lyrically subtle jabs throughout the year. But 2018 proved to be a turning point between the two when Lanez shared that he and Drake were back on good terms during an interview with Beats 1’s Zane Lowe. The Memories Don't Die rapper noted that since their conversation, they have more in common than they previously thought.

“I think now that we spoke more it’s kind of like all of the things that he goes through I go through," he said. "I kind of go through probably on a way smaller scale because I’m not at that level in my career where he is, but I think there’s a lot of similarities between us as people that we probably just never thought was there before but at the end of the day it is, so that was a good moment.”

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