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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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A$AP Rocky Will Reportedly Headline Rolling Loud NYC

The Rolling Loud hip hop festival will make its way to the Big Apple in October. Per the festival's social media pages, Travis Scott, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill, Lil Uzi Vert and the Wu-Tang Clan will reportedly headline the two day event.

Aside from the aforementioned artists, DMX, Fat Joe, Megan Thee Stallion, Rico Nasty, Young M.A., YG, DaBaby, and many many more will take to the stage at Citi Field from Oct. 12 to 13. Tickets are slated to go on sale via Ticketmaster on Friday (Jul. 26) at 10 a.m. EST.

The news comes on the third week of A$AP Rocky's incarceration. The A$AP Mob member and Harlem native was reportedly arrested in Sweden for allegedly assaulting a person on the street. Donald Trump, thanks to urging from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, is attempting to help free the rapper, however, it was reported earlier today (Jul. 22) that his efforts may make matters worse for A$AP.

Peep the Rolling Loud lineup below.

ROLLING LOUD NEW YORK 2019

ON SALE FRIDAY 7/26 @ 10AM EThttps://t.co/E246RhavwJ pic.twitter.com/byh1sE0542

— Rolling Loud (@RollingLoud) July 22, 2019

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Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" Ties Record For Longest-Running Number One Of All Time

For the 16th week in a row, Lil Nas X’s hit “Old Town Road” sits atop the Billboard Hot 100. This means that the track from the 20-year-old ATLien is tied for the longest-running No. 1 of all time.

According to reports, the single from the 7 EP ties Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s ”Despacito," as well as Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day” for the record. If he stays at No. 1 for one more week, he will be the first song in the history of American popular music to reign for an unprecedented 17 weeks.

The initial song made waves  earlier this year after getting the boot from Billboard’s Country charts for allegedly not implementing enough elements of the genre. Since then, “Old Town Road” has seen three featured artists on two separate remixes– Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug and Mason Ramsey. Last week, country music icon Dolly Parton hinted at hopping on the song’s next remix.

Do you think “Old Town Road” will set a new record next week? Sound off in the comments.

 

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LETS BREAK THE RECORD!! EVERY PLAY COUNTS!! 🐎⚡️

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Dreamville Announces Deluxe Version Of 'Revenge Of The Dreamers III'

Reaching No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts, Dreamville is celebrating the release of its 18-track project, Revenge Of  The Dreamers III, with sounds from Smino, EarthGang, Ari Lennox, Ty Dolla $ign, Omen, Guapdad4000, DaBaby, and more. An accompanying documentary also premiered with behind-the-scenes action of the historical collaborations.

Dreamville's president, Ibrahim Hamad announced on Instagram (July 20) that the brand new heat from the Revenge Of The Dreamers III studio sessions would be teased at ComplexCon in Chicago.

 

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If you in Chicago this weekend look for the Revenge Booth, new tunes off that deluxe for you to check out. Don’t ask me when the deluxe is coming neither, we working on it.

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Featured artist on the project, Omen, also posted on his Twitter to promote the super-sized joint-effort. "ChiCiti come through the puma booth and hear exclusive songs from the yet to be released Deluxe version of Revenge of the Dreamers 3," he wrote. "I'll also be sliding by the booth to chop it up with yall, see you there #complexcon #rotd3."

ChiCiti come through the puma booth and hear exclusive songs from the yet to be released Deluxe version of Revenge of the Dreamers 3. I’ll also be sliding by the booth to chop it up with yall, see you there ✊🏽 #complexcon #rotd3 pic.twitter.com/Txtuw2kjpt

— omen (@omen) July 19, 2019

Complex reports that Dreamville x Puma's ComplexCon Chicago release will include special appearances from Chi-Town bred rapper Dreezy, Dreamville's Ari Lennox and Omen, and R&B singer Ty Dolla $ign.

Bas, who appeared on multiple of the compilation's tracks insinuated in early July that a track he hopped on with Guapdad4000 and Dreezy wouldn't "stay unreleased for long."

Deluxe??

— Ibrahim H. (@KingOfQueenz) July 6, 2019

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