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Maluma Opens Up About His Favorite Rapper, New Album & Working With Jason Derulo

Colombian superstar Maluma joins Ebro Darden on Beats 1. 

Maluma's ride to the top has been nonstop thanks to international hits like "Sin Contrato" and his long list of A-list collaborations. As he prepares to hit the road for his 21-city U.S. tour next week, the Colombian singer is more than ready to tackle what's heating up stateside. Recently joining Jason Derulo on Coca Cola's 2018 World Cup song "Colors," Maluma is simultaneously dead focused on dropping his third studio album, F.A.M.E.

"I've been working on the album for three months," Maluma said to Ebro Darden in the clip below. "It means 'Faith, Alma (Soul in Spanish), Music & Essence. I think you guys are going to like it. It's very Latin and I also have very different rhythms. I had the pleasure to work with Jay Cash, Vinylz, and I have another surprise with Jason DeRulo."

Ahead of the album release in May, Maluma stopped by Beats 1 to talk to Ebro about the project and so much more. In addition to their Spanglish joint for the 2018 World Cup, the "Chantaje" singer also plans to debut another song with Derulo, which will appear on his upcoming album. F.A.M.E is set to hold fresh collaborations with a wide range of international artists such as Shakira and French Montana, who appears on Maluma's latest single "G.P.S."

"I was in Miami recording with Kevin [ADG] & Chan, the Rude Boys," said the 23-year-old. "They're like my producers. I've been working with them since I started my career. They had this rhythm. I was like, 'sounds great, but I need something from the American world. French, he was my friend them and I asked him if he wanted to do it. I sent him the song and he said that he loved it. So he just cut it, and he killed it."

Maluma also opened up about working for the World Cup after spending eight years of his life playing fútbol. He then described meeting Shakira for the first time through WhatsApp, and linking up with her in Barcelona to record "Chantaje" and their latest single "Trap." The kicker from this entire exchange is when Maluma revealed his favorite rapper: "I love Ja Rule."

Watch more on Maluma with Ebro's Beats 1 interview below.

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Nipsey Hussle’s Los Angeles Clothing Store Vandalized

Nipsey Hussle’s The Marathon Clothing Store has reportedly been hit by vandals. Multiple store windows were busted out, and some merchandise was looted from the storefront, The Blast reported on Tuesday (Nov. 17).

Cell phone footage shared by The Shade Room shows people cleaning up broken glass from outside of the store, which became a memorial location and tourist attraction after the 33-year-old rapper was gunned down in the parking lot in March 2019.

 

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The flagship clothing store, located in a strip mall near the neighborhood where Hussle grew up, temporarily closed last year. David Gross, Hussle’s business partner, later accused the Los Angeles City of Attorney’s office of working to shut the store down.

While the store is listed online as being open for business, the company phone number was out of service when VIBE reached out on Tuesday. Nonetheless, fans can cop TMC merchandise on the store’s website, including “FTD” shirts and masks that went up for sale after Y.G.’s 2016 single (featuring Hussle) landed back on the charts following the 2020 president election.

Besides selling clothes and other gear, the Marathon brand has expanded into cannabis, and recently announced a collaboration with Cana Farms dispensary.

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Jeremih Remains Hospitalized With COVID-19: “He’s Not Out Of The Dark Yet”

Jeremih is currently hospitalized with COVID-19, and while his vitals are stable, the R&B star isn’t out of the woods yet. Adam Smith, a member of the “Don’t Tell 'Em” singer’s management team gave a health update on Tuesday (Nov. 17).

“He’s not out of the dark yet,” Smith shared with V103.1’s The Kenny Burns Show. “Any progress is better than no progress. He’s stable but he still has a [ways] to go before anything. We’re not out the dark, but God is the light.”

Smith added that Jeremih’s mother wants fans to take the disease seriously and to pray for her son. “He’s still in ICU, but we do have the best of the best working on him.”

According to Smith, several people in “high places” have reached out to help, including fellow Chicago native, Chance the Rapper.

Please if you can take a second to pray for my friend Jeremih, he is like a brother to me and he’s ill right now. I believe in the healing power of Jesus so if you can for me please please say a prayer over him

— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) November 14, 2020

Diddy also stepped up to link Jeremih’s team with UCLA medical professionals that have been consulting doctors at the hospital where the 33-year-old recording artists is being treated.

“[Jeremih] has a lot of people in a lot of high places that really want to put their resources together to help,” Smith continued before addressing 50 Cent’s social media post about Jeremih.

Thank you for 🙏🏿praying for my boy Jeremih he is responsive today, doing a little better. pic.twitter.com/BjtzmpFp7J

— 50cent (@50cent) November 16, 2020

“This isn’t for content,” noted Smith. “50’s the homie…[Jeremih] got a lot of love for 50, but 50 can be insensitive. And we really do want people to know [Jeremih] is getting better, kind of. But [Jeremih] really wants the prayers. Not just ‘yo I’m paying for you.’ No! Stop and pray. Pray for his strength, pray for his healing, pray for his family.”

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Megan Thee Stallion Announces Release Date For Debut Album ‘Good News’

Update: 9:30 PM EST (Nov. 17, 2020) — SZA, City Girls, Popcaan, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Beyoncé, and more will be featured on Megan Thee Stallion’s Good News album, according to the track listing that she unveiled on Tuesday (Nov. 17).

“GOOD NEWS” #GOODNEWSMEGAN pic.twitter.com/GeWH8zdCZj

— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) November 17, 2020

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To say that Megan Thee Stallion has had an crazy year would be an understatement, and she’s wrapping things up with a little Good News. The Houston  Hottie’s debut album will arrive later this month, she announced on Thursday (Nov. 12).

“Through such a rough year, I thought we all could use a little good news,” tweeted Meg. “My official album Good News drops on Nov. 20th.”

THROUGH SUCH A ROUGH YEAR I FELT LIKE WE COULD ALL USE A LIL GOOD NEWS 📰 MY OFFICIAL ALBUM “GOOD NEWS” DROPS NOV 20TH ! Pre save tonight @ midnight #GOODNEWSMEGAN pic.twitter.com/7mDZLP1cQ6

— HOT GIRL MEG (@theestallion) November 12, 2020

The album release date comes over six months after Megan and her 1501 Entertainment label boss Carl Crawford battled in court over the release of her Suga EP. In the end, she won the right to release the project, though its unclear if Meg and the label settled discrepancies with her recording contract.

Label issues aside, Megan made a name for herself in 2020. The 25-year-old rapper landed her first No. 1 single, with the Beyonce-assisted “Savage” Remix, proceeds of which benefitted covid-19 relief efforts in their hometown of Houston, and secured another big collaboration teaming with  Cardi B on her chart-topping single, “WAP.”

The Houston native also released the Eazy-E inspired single “Girls in the Hood,” and “Don’t Stop” featuring Young Thug.

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