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DaBaby Announces ‘Kirk’ Album Feat. Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane And More

After a successful debut album run thanks in part to the platinum-selling single, “Suge,” DaBaby is gearing up to drop a new album. The 27-year-old rapper took to Instagram Tuesday (Sept. 24) to formally announce that his sophomore LP, Kirk, will be released on Friday (Sept. 27).

The 13-track album features collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Chance the Rapper, Gucci Mane, Migos, Kevin Gates, Lil Baby and more.

 

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Times up. #KIRK THIS FRIDAY💿 Available For Pre-Order NOW❗️

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The North Carolina-bred rhymer whose debut album, Baby on Baby, was released in March and has since been certified gold. Adding to his winning streak, DaBaby landed on XXL’s 2019 Freshman Class , his XXL freshman freestyle went viral, and he recently earned four BET Hip-Hop Awards nominations including Best New Hip Hop Artist and Best Hip-Hop Video for “Suge.”

Check out the Kirk tracklist below.

1. Intro
2. Off the Rip
3. BOP
4. Vibez
5. Pop Star (feat. Kevin Gates)
6. Gosep (feat. (feat. Chance the Rapper, Gucci Mane & YK Osiri)
7. iPHONE (feat. Nicki Minaj)
8. Toes (feat. Lil Baby & Moneybagg Yo)
9. Really (feat. Stunner 4 Vegas)
10. Prolly Heard
11. Raw S**t (feat. Migos)
12. There He Go
13. XXL

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Rapper And Model Chynna Has Died

Philly MC and model, Chynna has died, sources close to rapper confirmed.

The 25-year-old got her start in the industry after she signed to Ford Models when she was 14-years-old. On weekends, she'd travel New York City with A$AP Yams. It was the late Yams who inspired the "seasonal depression" rapper to pursue her music career.

In the 2013, made waves with her single, "Selfie," followed by the hard knocking "Glen Coco," before releasing her EP, I'm Not Here. This Isn't Happening in 2015. Two years later, Ms. Rogers released her EP, Music 2 Die 2 .

It's no secret that she struggled with opiate addiction. Back in 2017, the late rapper told VIBE that she was three years sober.

"I felt crazy. I didn't want to be a statistic. I didn't want to go out that way and people be like: 'I told you so," or glamorize it [drugs], because I don't feel like that," Chynna said to VIBE. "It was nerve-wracking to be open, but when you see how many more people who are dealing with the same thing, it's good to have some kind of example of someone you didn't expect to be going through it."

Chynna went on to explain how having a support system was instrumental in her battling addiction. "It was hard," she said. "I had to go away for a minute and I did detox, but it was a matter of having a really good support system of family and friends."

 

Damn it’s true 😔 her cousin confirmed on IG 😔😔😔 pic.twitter.com/S9yGblZjUc

— PSMIITH (@BoomFuego) April 9, 2020

 

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Cardi B And Fashion Nova Will Give Away $1,000 To Families In Need

Cardi B continues to back up her authenticity with actions. The Bronx native has joined forces with Fashion Nova to give away $1,000 every hour, for a total of $1 million, in an effort to assist people struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"Everyone has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic," Cardi said via press release. "Fashion Nova Cares and I have come with a way to help the many families in need."

Those looking for help cam visit www.fashionnova.com/cares, enter their email address, and phone number as well as their personal story, which is optional.

Fashion Nova will choose 24 winners each day, who will receive a $1,000 check.

 

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The Weekend Believes He Inspired Usher's 2012 Hit "Climax"

There's no denying The Weeknd's influence over today's string of moody/alternative R&B. The singer-songwriter has changed the scope of the genre with his mix of synths and dark lyrics but the artist believes he inspired one of the biggest artists in the genre in the process.

As the cover star of Variety's latest issue, The Weeknd discussed the success of After Hours, transitioning into mainstream music and his presence in R&B. While looking back on his classic 2010 mixtape House of Balloons, he noted how two years later he began hearing his sound in other artists.

“House of Balloons literally changed the sound of pop music before my eyes,” he said. “I heard ‘Climax,’ that [2012] Usher song, and was like, ‘Holy f**k, that’s a Weeknd song.’ It was very flattering, and I knew I was doing something right, but I also got angry. But the older I got, I realized it’s a good thing.”

But the resurgence of EDM in the early 2010s might've inspired Usher's hit single. "Climax" which went on to win the Grammy for Best R&B Performance in 2013, was produced by Diplo who looked towards house music and "Atlanta strip clubs" to create the track.

Speaking to The Guardian in 2012, Diplo discussed how he learned about Usher's musical palate which included an appreciation for genre-bending artists like Monsters of Folk and Grizzly Bear.

"The production actually started as a house thing with a chord progression that I wrote, but with some time in the studio alone, I was making a sort of "wildfire" beat out of it," Diplo said." The idea of pushing cut-off on a synth used so much in progressive house music but pulling back. I was making something like a minimal techno record with Atlanta strip clubs in mind."

He also shared how much Usher knew of his work outside of Major Lazer. "Usher knew about my first album on Ninja Tune, Florida," he added. "I was so surprised about how much these guys are into music beyond their normal lane. That is something that makes it very easy to work with him. Usher has the power to take a record into any lane. He's that big. He brought house music to the R&B crowds in America, and with "Yeah!" he brought synths to Atlanta hip-hop. I think he wasn't going to these producers for their sounds ... We all know what they do. Usher is a smart man, he has been doing this for long enough. He's using the producers instead of the other way around."

"Climax" ended up on Usher's Looking For Myself album, which played to all his strengths with dance tracks like "Scream," quiet storm jams like "Dive" and "What Happened To U" and the clubs like "Lemme See" with Rick Ross.

Legendary superproducer Max Martin also worked on "Climax" and would eventually work with The Weeknd on Beauty Behind The Madness standouts like "Can't Feel My Face" and "In The Night."

This isn't the first time the two have been compared to one another. The Weekend issued an apology to Usher in 2016 during the Billboard Music Awards after he mistakenly claimed to win the most awarded male R&B vocalist in the show's history. The Weeknd took home eight trophies including Top R&B Artist and Top R&B Album for Beauty Behind The Madness.

But Usher famously took home 11 trophies in the 2004 telecast for his magnum opus, Confessions including awards for Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, and Hot 100 Song of the Year for "Yeah!".

Elsewhere in the interview, The Weeknd also explained his decision to release After Hours in the middle of the novel coronavirus pandemic. “Fans had been waiting for the album, and I felt like I had to deliver it," he said."The commercial success is a blessing, especially because the odds were against me: [Music] streaming is down 10%, stores are closed, people can’t go to concerts, but I didn’t care. I knew how important it was to my fans.”

The album amassed 2 billion global streams in its first week and debuted at No. 1 in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K., Ireland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and New Zealand.

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