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Rihanna Declined Super Bowl Halftime Show In Support Of Colin Kaepernick

Maroon 5 will performing instead. 

The headliner for the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show has already been announced, but according to a new report from US Weekly, fans were very close to seeing Rihanna hit the stage. Although the singer was reportedly offered the gig, Riri turned it down in support of former NFL star and activist Colin Kaepernick.

According to US Weekly, the NFL was really gunning to book Rihanna for football's biggest day. Rihanna reportedly declined the offer due to Kaepernick's unfair treatment by the NFL, which stemmed from his 2016 protest of social injustice during the national anthem. Kaepernick has been blacklisted from the NFL and widely criticized by conservative Americans and Donald Trump. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is currently suing the NFL for colluding to prevent his employment in the league.

This wouldn't be the first artist to refuse playing at the Super Bowl. Last year, JAY-Z also declined to perform alongside Justin Timberlake in support of Kaepernick.

Rihanna isn't losing though. Rih's Fenty Beauty is on track to outsell Kylie Jenner's billion-dollar beauty brand, WWD reports. Additionally, the singer is said to be working on a reggae album.

As previously reported, Maroon 5 has been selected to perform at the Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, in Atlanta. Cardi B is also negotiating a solo performance, according to various reports.

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YG Hints At Follow-Up Song To "F**k Donald Trump"

Since Donald Trump's inauguration two years ago, YG has been a staunch opposer of No. 45. The Compton native has amplified his stance through public statements to recording his disdain on the 2016 single "FDT" which stands for "F**k Donald Trump."

Now, on Jan. 15, the Still Krazy rapper took to Twitter to alert the masses that the "FDT" follow-up is on the way. The message, which went viral with over 20,000 retweets, ignited a wave of excitement within fans. Although YG released another part of the song featuring G-Eazy and Macklemore, details are still a little murky as to the exact type of content or format his rumored melody will entail.

When the original "FDT" was released, YG claimed the Secret Service contacted his record label, Def Jam, to review more lyrical content on his album. In an interview with Rolling Stone, YG said, "The Secret Service started calling in about the song when it got released. The song didn’t release through Def Jam; we just leaked it. So then, weeks passed. I’m turning in my album and the song was. … It’s goin’ crazy. I saw that and I’m like, 'Damn. I need to put this on the album.' We had to censor damn near a big part of the song. But I did it because the record was important. I’m like, 'Man, this sh*t got to be on the album. F**k it.”

"FDT" was eventually turned into a national tour with the proceeds benefiting victims of police brutality. "Like, we was just trying to really make the tour mean something real besides the 'F**k Trump' thing, because I don't want nobody to think I'm just trying to do this to capitalize off what's going on and his name," he said. "It's like nah, like I'm really out here for the people. And I'm gonna show y'all in so many different ways."

FUCK DONALD TRUMP 2 BOMING SOON

— STAY DANGEROUS (@YG) January 15, 2019

Revisit the original song below featuring Nipsey Hussle.

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Lil Wayne And Childish Gambino To Headline 2019 Broccoli City Festival

The  Broccoli City Music Festival lineup has been announced, and the roster is pretty epic. Lil Wayne and Childish Gambino will reportedly headline the one-day music concert alongside a number of stellar hip-hop acts.

Teyana Taylor, Ella Mai, 6lack, Lil Baby, Gunna, Wizkid, City Girls, and YBN Cordae will also be performing at the event in Washington D.C. State of the Culture personality Scottie Beam and media personality Rodney Rikai will reportedly host the outdoor festival.

"Our top priority is making sure that as we continue to grow and evolve, we remain accessible to our community,” Broccoli City founder Brandon McEachern said in a statement to Billboard.

This is the perfect timing for the festival's headliners. Lil Wayne will likely perform his 2018 album Tha Carter V. Gambino is expected to be dropping his final studio album under his current stage name, and this concert will likely serve as one of his final performances before he moves on to another chapter.

As usual, the festival will also include a series of events, including the BroccoliCon, which will consist of a two-day conference featuring prominent leaders in the urban community, and a 5K run and fitness festival.

The 2019 Broccoli City Festival will go down on Apr. 27. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. EST through BCFestival.com.

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Soulja Boy Claims He Had Migos' "Versace" Beat Before Them

Soulja Boy stopped by The Breakfast Club on Wednesday (Jan. 16), where he set the record straight about his place in hip-hop history. According to Soulja, he doesn't get enough credit for being the Godfather of hip-hop and putting artists like Migos and Drake on.

During the interview, Soulja revealed that he actually had the beat to the Migos' breakout hit "Versace" before they did. "The Migos, that beat, ‘Versace,’ that was my beat. Zaytoven gave us the same beat," he stated. "That’s how me and Migos met.

He claimed that he used that beat for his song "Teach Me How to Swag Part II," which is reportedly on YouTube. "I called them n***as and I was like, 'yo n***a that’s my beat. What’s up with y’all n***as.'" he continued. "Oh my bad bruh, you know how Zaytoven do. He send every rapper in the game the same beat.' 'And I was like okay, you know what? We got to make some music together. We got cool off that. That was 2012, n***a. I knew the Migos before Drake did."

Charlamagne followed Soulja Boy's revelation by suggesting the rapper was the "Godfather of hip-hop," to which Soulja agreed. "On God I am. That's facts," he insisted.

Soulja Boy's latest comments come after the rapper shaded the industry for not giving him credit for influencing the game. During The Breakfast Club interview, the rapper also explained why he had the biggest comeback of 2018.

Check out a clip from his radio interview below.

 

Soulja Boy Just Wants His Credit pic.twitter.com/y3UmtvP6ym

— 2Cool2Blog (@2Cool2Blogggg) January 16, 2019

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