Ty Dolla $ign and Black Cobain at SOBs

Show Review: Ty Dolla $ign Heats Up The City At SOBs Show

While the Polar Vortex was sifting white powder all over the East Coast, rap&B singer Ty Dolla $ign came to the Left Side blazing (literally with joint in hand) for his performance at HOT97's Who's Next? showcase Wednesday (Jan. 22). A beanie and snapback-wearing crowd of youngsters piled into SOBs, eager to take in fresh talent and in some cases, put each other on notice.

"She doesn't even know who Ty Dolla Sign is!", one lady said aloud, referring to a presumably clueless bystander. Her friend's response gave a nod to Kevin Hart, "Well she's gonna learn today!"

The appetizers to Ty's set came in the form of Brooklyn MC Gliffics, New Jersey rep Tijon and Virginia lyricist Black Cobain. The former struggled to raise the energy levels, despite having a sidekick crooner, and resorted to bribing the crowd by offering up rolling papers out of his own pocket. Tijon infused the turn-up, waving the flag for underground indy artists, vouching for "rat kids becoming rat kings" followed up fellow crowdpleaser Black Cobain. Decked out in all-black-everything from his fitted cap down to his Timberland boots, the Board Administration signee delivered a bright set of reflective, lyrical, and charismatic tracks oozing with soul.

When it came time for the headliner, the stench of some yet-to-be-legalized weed wafted in the air, even creating a hazy entrance for TGOD's own. Ty wasted no time in jumping into his well-known cuts "My Cabana" and even little-known contributions, like the hook on YG's "Toot It And Boot It." He then launched into his Beach House EP, which has hit #2 on iTunes and #9 overall.

"God is good. Thank y'all for the support" said Mr. $ign.

His set doubled as a puff-puff-pass session as he shared his smoke with the crowd and offered mellow vibes with such cuts like "Irie" off his 2013 Beach House 2 mix tape, sans Wiz Khalifa.

With his Bombay Sapphire dry gin in tow, the L.A. native prefaced his final song of the night with, "This is the most successful song in my city" before cranking out his single "Paranoid." Despite the glorification of his vices throughout the track, Ty's worst behavior worked in his favor. The king of ratchet R&B left his mark on the city, leaving more heat than what he came with. —Tanay Hudson

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Thanks to Us, Jordan Peele has another blockbuster on his hands. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the highly-anticipated horror flick starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex, is expected to have a $64 million opening weekend at the domestic box office.

Peele’s sophomore horror film earned an impressive $7.4 million on Thursday (March 21) night previews, and is forecasted to take in about $27 million from Friday sales. The film is also on pace to knock Captain Marvel out of the No. 1 spot at the box office.

Once final numbers are tallied, Us will likely snatch the third-best opening weekend record for an R-rated horror film behind It, which brought in a whopping $123.4 million, followed by Halloween’s $76.2 million opening weekend last year.

Aside from rave reviews and a genius promo run that included simultaneous screenings in major media markets, Us earned a 95 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film, set in the mid-1980s centers around a family of four who set off on a vacation that finds them confronting some familiar faces.

Peele recently spoke to VIBE about casting Duke (our April 2019 cover star) in the role of patriarch, Gabe Wilson. “I have to have somebody voice what the audience was saying,” he said. “In the case of Get Out, it’s Rod, like, ‘How have you not left yet?’ [In Us], Winston is largely that voice. There’s one moment where Lupita [Nyong’o] takes a step into the unknown, where black people [will think], ‘I don’t know.’ But to have Winston say, ‘Aaaand she left. Your mother just walked out of the car.’ That’s all we need.”

Duke also opened up about the intricacies of his character. “His function isn’t to see through the veil. His function is to tell the absolute truth how he sees it,” explained the 32-year-old actor. “He’s sometimes there to say the things that other people don’t want to say, but he’s also there to make fun of things to keep it from not getting too heavy, even though it’s real. That was my job. [Peele] respected that. I like to lean into functions. If I’m going to be your antagonist, I’m gonna really push you. If I’m gonna be your clown, funny guy, I’m gonna do that.”

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Cardi B Explains Why She Wants To Trademark “Okurrr”

Cardi B hopes to secure as many “bags” as possible. In response to backlash and burning questions surrounding her decision to file to trademark “okurrr,” the 26-year-old rapper took to social media Friday (March 22) to defend her latest money move.

Since people tend to ask Bardi to use what has become her signature catch phrase, she figured that it was time to cash in. “You think I ain’t gonna’ profit off this sh*t? B*tch white folks do it all the motherf**king time,” she said. “So you gon’ be mad at me ‘cuz I want to get some motherf**king money?

“While I’m still hear I’ma secure all the fucking bags,” Cardi continued before adding that there are a “lot of ways to get rich” in 2019.

The Bronx native caught heat for wanting to trademark the word because she wasn’t the first to say “okurrr.” Cardi already revealed that she started using it after she heard Khloe Kardashian saying it, but the word was originally popularized in drag culture -- most notably by Rupaul’s Drage Race contestant Laganja Estranja, in 2014.

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Although Bundy caught criticism for her little character, which was deemed racist, she typically gets credit for bringing “okrrr” (different spelling) to the internet a full decade before Cardi made it mainstream.

No matter the origin, it looks like Cardi will be the only one profiting off of “okurrr.”


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West sued EMI in an effort to “gain freedom” from his contract, and to own his publishing. In the lawsuit, ‘Ye argued that his contract ended in 2010 under California law, which bars entertainers from being tethered to an agreement for more than seven years. The multi-Grammy winner, who signed the deal back in 2003, also accused the company of slavery because the contract doesn’t allow him to retire.

“Even if the contract were not lopsided in EMI’s favor (it is), even if its terms valued Mr. West’s artistic contributions in line with the spectacular success he has achieved for EMI (they do not), and even if EMI had not underpaid Mr. West what it owes him (EMI has), he would be entitled to be set free from its bonds,” the lawsuit reads.

EMI hit back with a countersuit filed in New York, instead of California. The suit pointed out that the 41-year-old rapper signed multiple contract extensions, in addition to accepting millions in advances.

According to The Blast, West and EMI now feel that putting a hold on the legal proceedings will be beneficial to both sides “and the Court by enabling the parties to engage in meaningful discussions in an attempt to resolve this action without having to incur the burden and expense of litigation and motion practice.”

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