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Watch Drake’s Surprise Performance with Future at Wireless Festival

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The Boy is home.

Drake made a surprise appearance at Wireless Festival in London on Friday (Sept. 10). For the first time since the release of Certified Lover Boy, the Toronto rapper returned to the stage during Future’s set at the U.K. festival, where they performed their CLB collaboration “Way 2 Sexy” for the first time, along with their 2020 hit “Life Is Good.”

Drake also treated his British fans to “Laugh Now Cry Later,” while the screen behind him read “Hey Wireless The Boy Is Home,” inspired by the billboards that appeared across the globe in the days leading up to the release of CLB.

This marked Drake’s first live performance since the pandemic began. There was speculation that he would appear at Wireless after he was seen boarding a flight with Future. While in London, the Oxo Tower changed its lights to read “OVO” in honor of the 6 God.

Certified Lover Boy is set to debut at No. 1 on next week’s Billboard 200 with over 600,000 equivalent album units, marking the biggest week of 2021.

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Watch Little Simz Perform “Woman” on Fallon

Little Simz was the musical guest on last night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She performed “Woman,” a track from her upcoming album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert. It was Little Simz’s U.S. late-night TV debut. Watch the performance below.

Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is out September 3 via Age 101. The album was announced earlier this year with the release of the lead single “Introvert.”

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‘Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)’ Rapper Silento Indicted on Murder Charges

UPDATE (8/16): The rapper Silento (real name Ricky Hawk) was indicted by a grand jury on four charges, including murder, in connection with the shooting death of his cousin, Billboard reports. The rapper was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. It’s unclear when Hawk will next appear in court.

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Silento, the rapper known for his 2015 viral hit “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” was arrested Monday, February 1st, for the alleged murder of his cousin, Frederick Rooks.

The DeKalb County Police Department in Georgia confirmed the arrest in a statement, saying Silento — real name, Ricky Hawk — was booked into the DeKalb County Jail and charged with murder. Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hawk was being held without bond as of late Monday.

A representative for Hawk did not immediately return Rolling Stone’s request for comment.

Today, Ricky Hawk, 23, was arrested for the murder of his cousin Frederick Rooks, 34. On January 21, the DeKalb County Police Department investigated Rooks’ death after he was found shot on Deep Shoals Circle. Hawk is in the DeKalb County Jail charged with Murder. #WeAreDKPD pic.twitter.com/AfaA8CtXgx

— DeKalb County Police Department (@DeKalbCountyPD) February 1, 2021

The shooting allegedly took place early in the morning on January 21st, with a police officer responding to a person shot call at around 3:30 a.m. According to an incident report, the officer found Rooks dead with multiple gunshot wounds to the face and leg, and at least eight bullet casings in the street.

Investigators collected information and footage from the security cameras of several nearby residents. Video footage captured at least one gunshot, while there was also footage of several vehicles fleeing the scene at high speeds

While the police had no suspects at the time, the DKPD statement reads: “[A]fter a thorough investigation, DKPD detectives identified Hawk as Rooks’ cousin, and the person responsible for Rooks’ murder. Investigators are still working to uncover the motive for the shooting.”

Hawk rose to prominence in 2015 with his debut single, “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” which became a viral hit and sparked a popular dance craze. While he’s continued releasing music as Silento, he’s yet to score another major hit.

As the AJC notes, Hawk was arrested twice in one week last August on domestic violence and gun charges in California. And in October, he was booked in Georgia for allegedly speeding on the highway at over 140 miles per hour; at the time, he claimed he was speeding because he was being followed.

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Watch DMX’s Young Daughter Perform a Song She Wrote for His Memorial Service (Video)

This one got us. During a memorial for DMX on Saturday, one of the late rapper’s young children took the stage and performed a song of her own that we’re pretty sure would’ve made her father proud.

Even better… she apparently wrote it herself. “I’m growing, I’m learning to hold my head, my daddy’s still holding my hand so I gotta stand up,” she rapped confidently. See some of it below (which appears to mimic DMX’s “Slippin’”):

DMX aka Earl Simmons died earlier this month at the age of 50, six days after suffering a heart attack.

Saturday’s Celebration of Life event, which was streamed on DMX’s YouTube channel, was limited to just friends and family due to New York’s COVID-19 protocols. In attendance were his 15 children and their mothers, as well as fiancée Desiree Lindstrom and ex-wife Tashera Simmons.

The family will hold a private funeral on Sunday.

A new song performed by DMX was released one week after his death off the soundtrack for Epix drama series “Godfather of Harlem.”

Readers can listen to the posthumously released DMX song, “Been to War” by clicking here.

Produced by Epic Records, a division of Sony music Entertainment, the track is one of from the second season of the Forest Whitaker-led “Godfather of Harlem,” which premieres Sunday on Epix. The show stars Whitaker as the infamous ’60s crime boss Bumpy Johnson.

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Watch the DMX Memorial Service at Barclays Center

The memorial service for the late DMX was held today at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Though the in-person event itself was limited to friends and family due to COVID-19 restrictions, the memorial was broadcast live online via DMX’s YouTube channel. Watch the archived recording of the proceedings below.

During the memorial, the Sunday Service choir performed several gospel standards, with the late rapper’s children sharing remarks during one break between performances. Nas delivered a brief eulogy early in the program. Ruff Ryders label co-founders Waah Dean and Dee Dean spoke later, as did Eve, Swizz Beatz, and Jadakiss, with several members of the expansive hip-hop collective joining them onstage. 

As ABC7 reports, hundreds of motorcyclists drove through downtown Brooklyn in the leadup to the memorial, led by a Ruff Ryders monster truck carrying DMX’s coffin. “The Ruff Ryders 2 The Rescue: Ryde 4 Life” made its way from Yonkers Raceway south to Barclays Center through the day. Find footage from that below as well.

At 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday (Aprl 25), BET started airing their tribute to the late rapper titled BET Remembers DMX: Homegoing Celebration, streaming from a church in Brooklyn. The event included words of remembrance from family members, Swizz Beatz, Ruff Ryders, and more. At one point during the stream, it was announced that the New York State Senate is declaring December 18 (DMX’s birthday) Earl “DMX” Simmons day. 

Read our Afterword “Remembering DMX, Who Changed Rap Forever,” as well as “How DMX Found God.”

This article was originally published on Saturday, April 24 at 4:03 p.m. Eastern. It was last updated on April 25 at 6:49 p.m. Eastern.

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Watch the DMX ‘Celebration of Life’ Memorial at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

UPDATE (4/22): The DMX: Celebration of Life memorial at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center will livestream Saturday, April 24th at 4 p.m. EST via DMX’s YouTube page. However, due to Covid-19 protocols, the event will not be open to the public. The rapper’s funeral, Homegoing Celebration, will be livestreamed on Sunday, April 25th on BET’s YouTube page.

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A public memorial for DMX will be held at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Saturday, April 24th, the rapper’s manager confirmed to TMZ.

The specifics of the public memorial have yet to be determined, as the Covid-19 protocols and attendance limitations will keep the event more intimate than its arena setting. Indoor venues like Barclays are currently allowed 10% of their capacity.

Details regarding who will appear and how tickets can be purchased have also not been announced yet. A private funeral service for the rapper will take place at a New York City-area church the following day, Sunday, April 25th, TMZ reports.

DMX’s family opted to hold the memorial at Barclays Center despite an invitation from Yonkers mayor Mike Spano to have the event at the outdoor Yonkers Raceway in the rapper’s home county.

The rapper born Earl Simmons died April 9th at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York, after being admitted on April 2nd following a heart attack.

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Watch: U.S. ambassador’s rap celebrates Lunar New Year in Vietnam

Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink enlisted the help of one of Vietnam’s top rappers to record a celebratory rap for Tet – the Lunar New Year holiday.Feb. 9, 2021

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Watch Medikal “Nyame” Music Video Review

Rapper Medikal is one of the most trending artistes currently in the Ghana music Industry. He is also one of the top best rappers reining in the music space in Ghana. After releasing hit records in 2020 despite all the Covid-19 pandemic which affected every musicians worldwide, he has come out with his first and […]
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Watch Lil Yachty’s ‘In My Stussy’s’ Video With Vince Staples

Lil Yachty continues to release new music videos at a torrid pace with the arrival of the Vince Staples-featuring “In My Stussy’s,” the latest visual off the rapper’s Lil Boat 3.5.

In just the past two weeks, Yachty has already dropped videos for Lil Boat 3.5’s “Asshole” and “Royal Rumble,” a non-LP single that features six MCs from Michigan’s rap scene. Earlier this month, it was also announced that Lil Yachty would develop an action movie based on the classic card game Uno.

“I played Uno as a kid and still do today, so to spin that into a movie based on the Atlanta hip hop scene I came out of is really special. It hits close to home for me,” the rapper said of the planned film.

In addition to Staples, the deluxe edition of 2020’s Lil Boat 3 includes eight new tracks and features Future, Playboi Carti, Lil Baby, Oliver Tree and Cochise.

“In My Stussy’s” marks Staples’ first verse of 2021, and comes after an uncharacteristically quiet year for the rapper where he only appeared on a handful of tracks, including Terrell Hines’ “Get Down” remix. Staples’ last full-length release was 2018’s FM!

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Watch the trailer for Netflix’s ‘Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell’

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By Morgan Sung

See a new side of the Notorious B.I.G. in Netflix’s upcoming documentary Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell. 

Christopher Wallace, better known as Biggie Smalls, continues to be one of the most influential voices in hip hop more than twenty years after his untimely death. The rapper was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year in honor of his contributions to the music industry. His daughter and son, Tyanna and CJ Wallace, paid tribute to their father during the induction ceremony, crediting him as one of the “founders of hip hop.” 

“He was able to not just become the king of New York but the king of the culture,” Tyanna said. 

“Our father was one of the founding fathers of hip-hop,” CJ added. “He helped revolutionize what was a young art form for the Black community and the world.” 

Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell is produced in collaboration with Biggie’s estate, and features intimate footage shot by his best friend Damion “D-Roc” Butler that shows Biggie’s life before and during his rise to fame. In a press release, Netflix described the documentary as a “rendering of a man whose rapid ascent and tragic end has been at the center of rap lore for more than twenty years.” It shines a light on a side of the superstar that the public didn’t see, revealing challenges that Biggie faced in his personal life while blowing up in the music industry. 

Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell begins streaming on Netflix March 1. 

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