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Kevin Gates Returns With 'Chained To The City' EP

Free Kevin Gates. 

Kevin Gates has made his is official return to hip-hop. Today (May 16), the Baton Rouge, La native unveiled Chained to the City, his first project since his release from prison in January.

The 3-song EP finds the Luca Brasi rapper sticking to his original script: dropping lines about his hardships, and telling extremely personal stories involving those in his immediate circle.

Chained to the City comes a couple days after the "IDGAF" MC posted a few snippets on his Instagram account.

I done change lanes #imhim

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In related KG news, the rapper was released on parole from East Moline Correctional Center in Illinois on Jan. 10, after serving nine months on a 30-month sentence for felony gun possession. With this, Gates hasn't been able to perform nor travel, and he's allegedly taking legal action.

According to AllHipHop.com, the rapper born Kevin Gilyard filed a lawsuit against John R. Baldwin, the Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections and Ned Shwartz, who is a parole officer for the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Stream Chained to the City below.

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Drake's 2019 OVO Summit Is Coming to Canada In August

Drake's upcoming OVO (October's Very Own) Summit finally has a set date.

The initiative between Drake's lifestyle brand and the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) will take place Friday, August 2 in the rapper's hometown of Toronto.

The summit is described as "an immersive conference for Canadian creatives and lifestyle entrepreneurs looking to grow their careers, hone their skills and make a lasting impact on the creative economy in Canada."

 

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OVO fans and RBC clients will receive exclusive offers. Although details from the summit are sparse, they have promised to provide guests with "one of a kind offers, exclusive access, experiences, and creative content."

While the summit may have a date set, Drake's other OVO event, the OVO Fest, has yet to release its dates. The Toronto Raptors Global Ambassador first teased the famed event would return this summer, but for now, any buzz surrounding his brand has been directed toward the summit.

At the Raptors' NBA Championship parade, Drake confirmed his fans can expect to see OVO Fest up and running this year. "I hope that [the Raptors] will join me this year," the 32-year-old said. "'Cause we're bringing OVO Fest so I hope we can go crazy."

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Premiere: Aja Is Shaping Their Raps With Confident Candor On "I Ain't Left"

Sometimes you have to remind folks you're the s**t. This is heard throughout Aja's latest single, "I Aint' Left."

The track contains their reliable swaggy confident nature along with bits of dominating lyrics. Speaking to VIBE, Aja reveals the track is a response critic who has questioned their pretty successful career. "'I Ain't Left' is about people giving me negative feedback on things they know nothing about and saying I don't deserve to make my dreams come true as an artist," they said.

"A lot of people told me to write about my struggles as an up-and-coming musician who's creating a new blueprint for queer artists coming from reality TV, and this track is what came out of it."

A fan favorite from the ninth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars Aja captivated screens and unleashed their rap persona in 2017. A self-identified nonbinary queer artist and performer who's pronouns are "they/them," Aja has proved their lyrical abilities while going bar for bar with the sharpest talent in the industry like CupkakKe and Rico Nasty.

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Aja recently dominated the Wynwood Pride's LGBTQ music festival last weekend.

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