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Ice Cube Has Major Bragging Rights On New Track "Only One Me"

You can say what you want when you have a career like Cube's. 

After being inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, there's practically nothing Ice Cube has to prove to anyone in the game. But just in case any of these rookies are unclear on how one-of-a-kind and influential Cube is, the rapper dropped a new single called "Only One Me," to set the record straight.

On the 3-minute track that holds an addictive bounce beat, Cube reflects on his lengthy career and all of the artists he's taught and inspired. "Taught Tupac how to keep it gangsta. / Showed Biggie Smalls how to release his anger," he raps. But he didn't take all the credit. Cube also name-dropped the old heads who came before him like Chuck D, Ice-T, and KRS. Then after a few bars, he goes right back to bragging. "Ice Cube, the name will live in infamy / As the young ni**a that invented Eazy-E / West Coast, b***h, yeah, that’s all me," he continues.

"Only One Me" is reportedly coming from the West Coast native's forthcoming album, Death Certificate: 25th Anniversary, which is due on June 9.  The new project will serve as the 25th edition in celebration of the 1991 classic's milestone. The original LP was considered especially influential during its time and held social and political relevancy following the Rodney King beating that occurred that same year.

Listen to Ice Cube's new track below.

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Apple Music To Release Megan Thee Stallion Mini Doc

Megan Thee Stallion has proven she's comfortable in her own skin with her provocative lyrics, catchy rhymes, and trendy style both on and off the stage. Now, the 24-year-old is bringing all her hotness to Apple Music.

The Houston native reportedly partnered with the streaming behemoth for a new short and according to Teen Vogue, the documentary will be available June 25.

"We are still expected to give you the bars, give you the look, give you the routine. This is me - Like I wanna be a rapper. This is it," the Fever artists says in her documentary trailer, released Tuesday (June. 18).

News of the forthcoming doc comes as Apple Music announced Megan will be featured as the UpNext artist for June. UpNext Radio highlights musician's on the brink of stardom across all genres.

Megan sat down with Nadeska on Beats 1 and discussed her rise to fame, her love for her hometown, and how her childhood crush helped kickstart her career. "I couldn't look weak in front of the boy I thought was cute," she said.

Teen Vogue also reports the documentary credits one of Megan's influence, her late mother who passed away from a brain tumor in April.

You can watch the Beats 1 interview below.

 

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XXXTentacion Friend And Affiliate Reportedly Shot In The Head

Christian Moore, a 16-year-old rapper and affiliate of the late XXXTentacion, was reportedly shot in the head over the weekend.

According to WPLG Local 10, the young man– who performs under the name C-Glizzy– was reported shot in the head on Saturday night (Jun. 15) in Pompano Beach, Fla. while leaving a store. His brother and friend reportedly tried to drive him to the hospital, but “lost control of their car” and hit a wall on an exit ramp on I-95.

“The group eventually made it to the hospital where Moore underwent hours of surgery to remove the bullet from his head,” WPLG reports. Moore was sent to Broward Health North to be treated for his injury. “Family members say Moore is currently sedated and is not talking.”

Moore’s mother says she is “expecting” and “hoping” that he will survive the gunshot wound he sustained. It is currently unclear what the motives behind the shooting are, and The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the circumstances.

XXXTentacion, who was friends with Moore, was fatally shot on June 18, 2018 in Florida as he was leaving RIVA Motorsports. He was just 20 years old.

UPDATE: @CGlizzyofficial’s mom tells me he is heavily sedated and not talking right now, but she is expecting and hoping that he’ll survive the gunshot wound he sustained to the head. Someone opened fire on him as he was leaving a store on MLK Blvd. in Pompano Beach yesterday. pic.twitter.com/BKXhFMslaz

— Madeleine Wright (@MWrightWPLG) June 16, 2019

 

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Tory Lanez Calls Out Colorism On Set Of New Music Video

Tory Lanez is calling out colorism in the music industry after experiencing a tough moment on the set of a new music video he was shooting. The Canadian artist alleged that the directors attempted to swap out a woman with a darker complexion for a model of a lighter skin tone.

The video shoot was apparently for Nafe Smallz's "Good Love" video. In a BTS clip that Lanez shared on Instagram on Sunday (June 17), the rapper appeared to be performing alongside a black woman. During their take, the video crew appeared to motion for another woman – who was noticeably lighter than the current stand-in – to enter the shoot. Lanez then appeared to stop the shoot, saying "she's already here... you look great though."

In his caption, Lanez highlighted the music industry's flaws and the continued problem with colorism. "This is an On-Going problem in our community of entertainment that needs to stop. As a black man, Sometimes I’m going to joke about the black community just like we all do. BUT WHAT IM NOT GOING TO DO IS ALLOW ANY OF THESE DIRECTORS TO DE-VALUE OUR BLACK WOMEN," he wrote. "Countless times I’ve seen directors swap out our women of color for women of lighter complexion, or women with straighter hair ETC. ... IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS ARTIST TO STAND UP AND NOT LET THIS HAPPEN .. it’s BEEN time to embrace our woman of color."

Despite Lanez's initial account of the situation, DJ Akademiks posted a series of Instagrams that refuted the rapper's claims. "The women who were in the #torylanez video and also the directors are claiming it didn’t go down the way Tory described it on Instagram," he wrote. One of the women also reported that Lanez staged the video to "to make it appear as if it had something to do with race."

It's unclear who is telling the correct version of the story at this time. Lanez has not commented on DJ Akademik's claims. See Lanez's post below.

 

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This is an On -Going problem in our community of entertainment that needs to stop . As a black man , Sometimes I’m going to joke about the black community just like we all do . BUT WHAT IM NOT GOING TO DO IS ALLOW ANY OF THESE DIRECTORS TO DE-VALUE OUR BLACK WOMEN ... countless times I’ve seen directors swap out our women of color for women of lighter complexion, or women with straighter hair ETC . ... IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS ARTIST TO STAND UP AND NOT LET THIS HAPPEN .. it’s BEEN time to embrace our woman of color #BlackIsBeautiful

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