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Geto Boys' Bushwick Bill Passes Away At 52

Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill has passed away, the Associated Press confirms. Bill reportedly passed away on Sunday (June 9) after suffering from pancreatic cancer. He was 52 years old.

Earlier this past weekend, false reports surrounding Bushwick's death hit the Internet. Fellow Geto Boys' member, Scarface, along with other hip-hop leaders shared tributes on social media, but Bill's son's released a statement refuting reports that his father had passed.

Bushwick Bill, born Richard Stephen Shaw, was raised in Brooklyn where he was a b-boy and graffiti artist. He rose to notoriety in the late 1980s as a dancer named "Little Billy." He later went on to pioneer the Texas hip-hop group, Geto Boys along with Willie D and Scarface. Bill's most notable songs include, "Size Ain't Sh*t" and "Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta."

In May 2019, Bushwick Bill announced that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Although he initially kept it a secret from his group mates and his fans, he said that he came forward to hopefully help someone else. "I just want people to be aware so that when they set dreams and goals, they're healthy enough to fulfill it and live," he told TMZ in May 2019.

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Ed Sheeran Taps Cardi, 50 Cent, H.E.R. And More For New Album

Ed Sheeran is commissioning a star-studded roster for his upcoming album, No.6 Collaborations Project. 50 Cent, Cardi B, Khalid, Meek Mill, H.E.R., Travis Scott, Stormzy, Young Thug, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and PNB Rock are among the packed list of collaborations.

The British pop crooner released the track list last month, but debuted the full list of features via Instagram Tuesday (June 18).

Sheeran teams with Chance the Rapper and PNB Rock for the recently released single “Cross Me,” and Bieber on an acoustic offering of his new single, “I Don’t Care.”

“I’m a huge fan of all of the artists I worked with on the album,” the singer-songwriter said in a statement according to Rolling Stone. “Whether I’ve been following them since the beginning of their careers, or had their albums on repeat, they’re artists that inspire me and all bring something special to each track. Can’t wait for you to hear it!”

No. 6 Collaborations Project is due out July 6.

See the track list below.

 

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Thanks to all the amazing artists I’ve worked with on this record for sharing your talent with me. No.6 Collaborations Project comes out on July 12, hope you like it as much as I do @travisscott @thegr8khalid @camila_cabello @iamcardib @chancetherapper @pnbrock @stormzy @yebbasmith @justinbieber @eminem @50cent @youngthug @theuglygram @ellamai @paulolondra @santandave @hermusicofficial @meekmill @artisthbtl @skrillex @brunomars @chrisstapleton

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Lizzo Recreates 'Sister Act 2' For Performance At MTV Movie & TV Awards

Lizzo brought us back to the '90s with her recreation of the iconic "Joyful Joyful" scene from Sister Act 2 for her performance at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

The Cuz I Love U musician performed her hit "Juice" on a stage solo, as a backstage director told her backup dancers offstage to "get rid" of their church robes, in an homage to the 1993 film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Lauryn Hill. Throughout her energetic performance, the dancers showed their skills, and Lizzo even led the audience in an interpolation of "Oh Happy Day."

Lizzo's major label debut LP was released earlier this year to a positive response. She told Rolling Stone that staying authentic has helped her grow as an artist, and that her album is a reflection of her personality.

“When I have to make decisions, I always choose honesty and I always stay true to myself, because I know at the end of the day that is what’s going to remain,” she reportedly said. “That is what’s going to be the legend: That I was true to myself and that I honored every person by staying truthful to them.”

Watch her wonderful performance above.

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DJ Khaled speaks on stage for Pandora x DJ Khaled: Father Of Asahd Sound Of Summer Kick-Off on May 22, 2019 in New York City.
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DJ Khaled's 'Father Of Ashad' Has Been Certified Gold

DJ Khaled has struck gold with his new album, literally.

The producer's 12th album Father of Ashad has been certified gold, selling an equivalent of 500,000 records. In a press release to VIBE, Khaled's team says the album is the “the fastest full-length record to be minted gold this year”  by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The RIAA also confirmed the news on their site, adding it to its most recent gold and platinum honors for the month of June.

The album is also one of only three full-length projects of 2019 to be certified gold. The others include Tyga's Legendary and Sebastian Yatra's FANTASÍA. 

Khaled's streams from the album reportedly exceed half-a-billion, with singles like "You Stay" with J Balvin and Meek Mill as well as "Jealous" with Chris Brown heating up radio.

The producer was a heap of drama last week when his sportsmanship was questioned after he lost the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 to Tyler, The Creator's critically-acclaimed album, IGOR. Both projects were tied to fan merchandise with Tyler selling IGOR lawn signs and Khaled, cases of energy drinks. After Khaled's album debuted on the chart after Tyler's, rumors swirled that he would take legal action against the publication.

While there seems to be no proof of a lawsuit, Khaled did celebrate on social media the album's No. 1 position on the Hip-Hop/R&B Albums chart.

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