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Baby Keem Performs “Family Ties” At 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards

Baby Keem put things in formation with an epic performance of his smash hit, “Family Ties,” at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards, fanning the flames with a fiery set for the ages.

Rocking an old school bubble jacket and surrounded by an army of dancers, Keem held court while delivering his lines in an emphatic fashion, showcasing his skills as a young, yet seasoned performer with the ability to move the crowd at his whim.

While the lack of a Kendrick Lamar spotting quickly dashed the dreams of those hoping to see Keem joined by his Compton counterpart, his absence took nothing away from the 20-year-old’s performance, as he gave those in attendance and viewing from home even more reason to keep him on their radar.

Baby Keem’s 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards performance is the latest win in the runaway star’s breakout year, as he’s risen from a promising newcomer into one of the most acclaimed newcomers in the genre.

Releasing his debut album, The Melodic Blue, this past September, the Cali native scored a Top 5 debut on the Billboard 200. In addition to Kendrick Lamar, the album includes guest appearances from Don Toliver, Brent Faiyaz, and Travis Scott, who co-stars on the standout cut, “Durag Activities.” Keem also recently appeared alongside Scott on Kanye West’s DONDA cut, “Praise God,” which earned him his second Top 20 hit.

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‘A Different Type of Thrill’: Behind the Scenes with Offset at Balenciaga’s Paris Fashion Week Presentation

Offset is known for many things. He’s one-third of the hip hop group Migos, husband to rapper Cardi B, father to five children, designer behind label Laundered Works Corp, and now, model for Balenciaga after making his debut during the brand’s Paris Fashion Week presentation over the weekend. While the “Culture III” hitmaker walked his first runway back in 2018, he cites this experience as being far more meaningful. “Demna [Gvasalia, Balenciaga’s creative director] actually personally requested me so it was an honor to be able to work with him and the entire brand — he’s a great creator,” Offset tells Vanity Fair.

Every season, designers are tasked with how they can reinvent themselves and come up with new ways to present their collections. Balenciaga’s Summer 22 presentation was no different, as it was shown in two parts, beginning with a Hollywood-style red carpet where a mix of models and friends of the house including Ella Emhoff, Lewis Hamilton, Dev Hynes, Elliot Page, along with Offset, paused on the runway before being escorted into a theater for a screening of the short film, The Simpsons I Balenciaga

“They didn’t set it up like a normal runway, it was more like something that I already knew and was relatable to me. It was a red carpet vibe, and then you sat down and watched the red carpet and how fast they turned it around. By the time I’m sitting down, I’m watching myself walk the red carpet. That was amazing, the production on it was crazy. It was more like an award show, so it gave it a different type of thrill,” Offset says.

Between performing and his high-profile relationship with Cardi B, Offset is used to being in the spotlight. But crossing into fashion, where his music has been used as a source of inspiration, this felt like new territory. As for how he prepared to become part of Balenciaga’s innovative presentation? “I prayed!” Offset says. “I prayed to God that I get the task done. That I get it completed and I was successful with it and it turns out to be a beautiful show.”

Videographer & Editor: LABRANCHE Gregory

Creative Directors: SheShe Pendleton, Offset

Project Coordinators: Phreshy, Afrikaa

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Cardi B goes green in Paris, rocks meme-worthy catsuit with frilly bonnet

October 3, 2021 | 5:11pm

It’s not easy being green.

Cardi B made quite the statement while out and about in Paris, France, on Sunday, rocking a quirky bright green look that fans couldn’t get enough of on social media.

The catsuit, designed by Richard Quinn, consisted of a skintight top that zipped up in the front with a frilly bonnet and sleeves that turned into gloves.

The unique piece also featured pleated parachute pants that completely covered the 28-year-old rapper’s feet – much like a onesie would – and a flattering waist line that accentuated her enviable curves.

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Cardi B’s Richard Quinn ensemble featured a bonnet that tied under her chin.
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Unsurprisingly, Cardi’s latest Paris look immediately drew comparisons to everything from vegetables to plants to Kermit the Frog on social media.

Some Twitter users joked that her ensemble resembled the sunflower onesie Will Smith once wore in an episode of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” while others said it reminded them of Dipsy from “Teletubbies.”

“She cute always but that look like a Teletubbies outfit,” one user wrote after seeing Cardi in the high fashion getup.

“Somebody. Please… Photoshop her into sun baby from Teletubbies,” another wrote.

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All eyes were on the rapper as she stepped out in this high fashion look on Sunday.
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In harsher comments, one person argued that Cardi was giving off “Baby Bop” vibes (from “Barney & Friends”) while another said she looked like a “green booger.”

Thankfully for Cardi, the comments weren’t all bad online. Many of her fans said they were digging the look despite it being one of her more bizarre fashion choices.

“You cannot be serious – look at #CardiB fashion detail – c’est magnifique!” one fan raved.

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Cardi B waved to photographers as they snapped her in the head-turning look over the weekend.
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Cardi has been busy making a splash at a handful of Paris Fashion Week events over the past few days, alongside her husband, Offset, 29.

Sunday’s monochromatic look was definitely a drastic change from her previous Paris looks, like the glam red feather and sequins outfit she wore in late September.

The New York City native also made headlines last month for her over-the-top Schiaparelli outfit, which featured gold-plated “nipples.”

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Wale to Release 7th Album, “Folarin 2” w/Surprise J. Cole Collabo

D.C.’s own Wale is back and better than ever after dropping a fresh track today with fan-favorite North Carolina rapper J. Cole “Poke It Out”. In addition to reuniting with Cole for a single, Wale has also announced a new album, Folarin 2.

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In 2019, his sixth studio album, Wow…That’s Crazy, earned the #1 single “On Chill” featuring Jeremih, which received a 2020 BET Award nomination for Best Collaboration.

Wale collaborated with Chris Brown for their hot summer single “Angles” earlier this summer. To date, Wale has procured four platinum singles, three gold singles, and two gold albums. His upcoming album Folarin 2 is set to be released on October 22nd.

Recently, Wale collaborated with Kash Doll for a summer scorcher.  The duo teamed up to deliver pure audio fire with their “Single & Happy” collaboration.

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Tyler, The Creator To Be Honored With Cultural Influence Award At 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards

Rapper Tyler, the Creator is set to receive the first-ever Cultural Influence Award at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards for his contributions as a musical and creative vanguard. As part of the new partnership between Rock the Bells and BET, the award will be presented to Tyler by rap legend LL Cool J, who spoke glowingly of the Odd Future founder’s impact over the past decade.

“At Rock The Bells, part of our mission is to bridge the gap of Hip Hop’s rich history to the present, which is why we are thrilled to team up with BET, a company that has always been at the forefront of Black culture,’” LL shared in a statement. “I am proud to honor Tyler, the Creator, with the first-ever ‘Rock The Bells Cultural Influence Award,’ which celebrates an artist who continues to break down the conventional boundaries of Hip Hop culture. His fearlessness and creativity speaks to the influence he’ll have on future Hip hop generations.”

In addition to the Cultural Influence Award, the three-time BET Hip Hop Award nominee is also up for four trophies this year including Best Live Performer, Hip Hop Artist of The Year, Hip Hop Album of The Year, and Producer of The Year.

Earlier this summer, Tyler released his sixth studio album, Call Me If You Get Lost, which debuted atop the Billboard 200, becoming his second consecutive album to achieve that feat. The Camp Flog Gnaw curator is also gearing up to hit the road for his Call Me If You Get Lost Tour, which will feature Kali Uchis, Vince Staples, and Teezo Touchdown.

The 2021 BET Awards will air next Tuesday on Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.

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Pitbull Says ‘F*** You’ to America Critics During Concert

Pitbull loves America and hates critics of the country he calls home and the “Timber” singer made those thoughts very clear at a recent concert.

The Cuban-American rapper—whose given name is Armando Christian Pérez—put it quite bluntly that he has no time for anyone who hates the United States.

“To whoever the f*** doesn’t like the United States of America, may god bless you but f*** you at the same time,” he said on stage in a clip that is being widely shared on Twitter today.

Although it is not clear which show the moment is from, some have commented to say the 40-year-old expresses similar sentiments at many of his shows.

“If you don’t like the United States of America, go back to the countries that we the f*** from and you’ll see how much you appreciate the United States of America,” he added, to rapturous applause.

He recently performed at the North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California in September as part of his 2021 I Feel Good Tour.

Newsweek has reached out to Pitbull’s representatives for clarification on when this show took place and for further comment.

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US rapper Pitbull performs during his “I Feel Good” Tour at Germania Insurance Amphitheater in Austin, Texas on September 12, 2021.
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The performer has been highly vocal about what it means to him to be a first-generation American and has spoken of his parents’ immigration from Cuba to the U.S.

“They knew what this country had to offer is that you could control your won destiny,” he said in 2015 per the Latin Post.

“You had opportunity. And you had the number one thing which was and which is freedom.”

Pitbull said that his grandmother once fought for Fidel Castro in the Cuban revolutionary war but later changed her views and sent her daughters to the U.S.

His mother came to America as part of Operation Peter Pan, a migration of 14,000 minors in the 1960s.

“So there’s a lot of history there,” he continued. “Definitely very deeply rooted and that’s why I appreciate every opportunity this country has to offer.”

In 2017, Pitbull said “This country was built by immigrants,” during an appearance on The View.

“We all bleed the same blood, we all breathe the same air, we all put our pants on one leg at a time,” he added. “And when we start figuring that out, is when we can really understand that we’re really not that different. We’re really more similar than we believe.”

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Wale and J. Cole Collab Coming Soon

Rappers J. Cole and Wale have had a low-simmering rivalry, but the two might finally be coming together to unite fanbases. Wale posted a tweet that suggests the two will be dropping a song together tomorrow.

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Wale and J Cole had tension between them in the past.  

Cole has allegedly made references to Wale being too focused on chasing clout and recognition instead of making music for his fans.  Wale has posted and deleted some pretty aggressive shade aimed at Cole following a George Floyd protest. 

Nevertheless, the beef seems to have been squashed with Wale tweeting a picture of himself and Cole with the caption, “Folarin x Cole World. 3pm Tmrw.”

Drake Gives Cole Honor

J. Cole invited Drake and Future as guests during the opening segment of his Off-Season Tour stop in Miami.  After they performed their #1 hit “Way 2 Sexy” Drake took a moment to give J. Cole his flowers, calling Cole “one of the greatest rappers to ever touch a mic.”

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Snoop Dogg Expands NFT Collection With $3.9 Million (1300 ETH) Digital Art Purchase

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Snoop Dogg Expands NFT Collection With $3.9 Million (1300 ETH) Digital Art Purchase

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Rapper and music producer Snoop Dogg purchased an NFT for $3.9 million.

Snoop – whose real name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr – has been quite active in the crypto and NFT spaces recently, with this purchase marking his latest venture into the industry.

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Earlier this week, rapper and music producer Snoop Dogg purchased an NFT for $3.9 million. Snoop – whose real name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr – has been quite active in the crypto and NFT spaces recently, with this purchase marking his latest venture into the industry.

The NFT in question is “Some Asshole”, – a piece of art developed by rising artist XCOPY. Snoop had purchased the token on the SuperRare marketplace, under his pseudonymous alias “Cozomo de’ Medici.” The rapper tweeted this purchase through his alias’ Twitter account, adding that it was the first character piece NFT to be published by XCOPY.

Data from SuperRare showed that the NFT has moved between owners for about a year now. It was first sold for 25 ETH (about $8,200 at the time) in September 2020, then again in March for 100 ETH – about $181,000.

The sale marks the latest for XCOPY, whose art has become quite the in thing. Just last week, data from DAppRadar showed that a customer had spent 1,000 ETH – about $2.9 million at the time – on another piece from the artist, called “All Time High in the City.”

Celebrity Endorsements Pour in for NFTs

As for Snoop, the sale further cements the artist as a collector and crypto enthusiast. Snoop revealed himself to be Cozomo de’ Medici last week, much to the excitement of industry enthusiasts. The collector’s wallet currently holds a little over $17 million worth of NFTs, showing Snoop’s appreciation for digital art.

The rapper has been making waves in the NFT space for a while now. In April, he collaborated with the artist behind the famous 2011 Nyan Cat meme for an NFT collection, netting 14,3 ETH – about $33,000 at the time – in an auction on OpenSea. Additional open-edition NFTs of the collection – called “Nyan Blunt” and “Hazy Nyan Cat” – remained on sale for 0.42 ETH on April 20th – the day set aside to celebrate marijuana consumption and legalization. In total, the tokens sold over 200 collections, bringing in 90 ETH combined.

Celebrities moving into the NFT space has become a growing trend in the industry this year. Besides Snoop, several other notable people – and even some of the world’s top brands – have either launched or purchased NFTs directly from marketplaces.

Late last month, NBA superstar and 3-time champion Stephen Curry splurged 55 ETH on a Bored Ape Yacht Club NFT. The athlete spent a reported $180,000 on the piece, copping it from OpenSea. Curry has since signed a partnership with top derivatives trading platform FTX, with some reports suggesting that he might even have an ownership stake in the exchange.

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Offset And Other Celebrities Help With A.J. Johnson’s Funeral Expenses

The family of actor and comedian A.J. Johnson will now be able to lay him to rest with the help of Offset and other industry names. Johnson’s widow Lexis Jones Mason shared to the media that the Migos rapper was one of several celebrities who reached out with funds after she said she was unable to pay for her late husband’s funeral.

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Offset was among a few celebrities that donated to the star’s service after his widow started a GoFundMe and voiced her feelings about receiving a low response. Other celebrities like Lil Rel Howery and Michael Blackson also chipped in on the Atlanta’s rapper reported $5,000 donation.

New York rapper Cardi B and Offset are proud parents – again. The hip-hop couple has publicly acknowledged the birth of their second child together.

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A Woman That Has Greater S3xual Experience Than You Is Not Worthy Of Commitment

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