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Vybz Kartel and Popcaan have not made peace despite some recent reporting.
The self-proclaim Worl’Boss celebrated his 42nd birthday on Sunday and a number of his past and current allies took the timeout to wish him a happy birthday on social media. We saw artists like Popcaan, Sean Kingston, Tommy Lee Sparta, Spice, and NotNice post images of Kartel while sending birthday greetings his way. Kartel liked all the posts except for Popcaan and fans took note and criticized him for it.
The Unruly Boss shout-out his former mentor twice during separate performances in the Caribbean over the holidays. But it’s his post on Instagram that causing some fans to speak out. “Popcaan you is a two face snake, you never go visit the boss not once but you trying to get a hype by posting this, leave the boss name out your bad mind mouth,” one fan wrote in the comments.
Sources inside the Gaza told Dancehall HipHop that Popcaan has yet to visit Vybz Kartel behind bars since his incarceration in 2011. We’re also told that he has in the past requested a visit but Kartel denied it. This is a clear sign that these two former friends, who had a father and son-like relationship, are not making peace anytime soon. The below images show Vybz Kartel liking posts from everyone while snubbing Popcaan.
“The boss like everybody posts except for yours yo no have no shame, come off a the man name and stop post up picture with the boss like you and him a friend,” another fan commented.
The Weeknd is the latest celebrity to sever ties with fashion company H&M over claims of racism.
Twitter erupted in anger on Monday after H&M posted an image from an ad showing a black kid wearing a hoodie with the words “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle Gym.” Folks started calling out the fashion brand for the racist gesture and The Weeknd, who has been doing business with the outlet for over a year now, quickly condemned the brand in a scathing tweet saying he will immediately stop doing business with them.
“Woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo. I’m deeply offended and will not be working with H&M anymore,” he wrote on Twitter along with posting the questionable image. The R&B singer, born Abel Tesfaye, started working with H&M last year by promoting gears from the fashion brand before he started collaborating on different pieces through his own XO brand. Sources close to the singer has indicated that he will continue to release new lines from his XO brand without a retailer behind it or through possible new partnership.
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) January 8, 2018
The Weeknd also currently has a partnership with Puma and his gears have been selling out fast. As for H&M, the company has since released a statement apologizing for the ad while vowing to get to the bottom of what really happened. “We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top,” H&M said in a statement (via USA Today). “The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States.We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”
Since the news went viral, the company has been getting hammered by celebrities and fans alike who are showing no mercy on social media.
Lil Yachty says he was left confused and devastated when the first week sales for his debut album Teenage Emotions came in.
While the year started out great for the “Peek A Boo” rapper, for the most part, 2017 was a devastating year for him as he became the fast of whack rap. The rapper, who is known for his positive way of life and always smiling, went through some dark days with some hip hop fans and industry commentators, like Joe Budden and Charlamagne Tha God, openly trashes him on their platforms.
One thing particularly hit home for Lil Yachty and that was his first week album sales for his debut project Teenage Emotions. The LP was released in May and sold something like 44,000 in the first week of release. While some may say those numbers are not that bad, others may argue that for mainstream hip hop those numbers represent the worst of the worst. Even Yachty himself told Interview Magazine that the numbers left him dumb-founded at best.
“When I first released my Teenage Emotions album I thought that shit was fire, as you should! Then the sales came back and it did 44,000 first week and I was devastated and so confused, I worked so hard,” the rapper revealed. “But I disconnected with my fans because I tried to do this other stuff, you know?”
Yachty says he himself thought that the album was exceptional, but the fans showed him that he is not always the best judge of his music. Nevertheless, he has a chance to undo the damages caused by that project with his upcoming mixtape Lil Boat 2.
While there is no release date for the project, Lil Boat announced on Instagram Live that he has wrapped up the recording process. So it’s now time for his label to do what they do best and market and release his next body of work.
Drake has surpassed 6 billion streams in one year for a second straight year as rap music continues to dominate mainstream music.
For the second year in a row Drake was the most streamed artist on the planet across all genre, and for the second straight year, he hit the 6 billion milestone. Drizzy is currently the only artist in the world to ever surpassed 6 billion streams in one year and he did it twice already, Variety reported. The only other artist who got close to the Toronto rapper’s numbers is Future who racked up 4.2 billion streams last year, a clear sign that hip hop world dominance is showing no signs of slowing down.
Music streaming has been seeing a massive growth with twice as many streams on any given day last year, 1.67 billion stream per day, when compares to 2016 which was averaging around 560 million daily streams. Streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify continues to see massive growth in the number of paid subscribers as fans move away from buying and downloading songs to just streaming them via their smartphones and other compatible devices.
There is still a bit of a fuzzy area when it comes to the reporting on Drake’s streaming numbers since Spotify announced last month that Ed Sheeran racked up 6.3 billion streams on the platform last year. We also know that Sheeran had the most streamed album with his LP Divide picking up 2,645,600 equivalent units. Not surprisingly, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” was the most streamed song of the year with over 1 billion streams with Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” being the second most streamed song when it picked up 979.3 million listens.
Last month, Apple Music reported that Drake’s playlist, More Life, was the most streamed album in 2017 on their platform, followed by Ed Sheeran’s Divide.
We also take a look at the makeup of Hip-Hop/R&B songs on the streaming charts and found out that 50% of the top 1,000 most streamed songs of the year was in the urban category. Hip-Hop/Rap made up 20.9% of the total streams last year making it the most listened to genre.
In December we got a new single from Dej Loaf titled “Big Ole Boss” and now she is hinting that her long-awaited album, Liberated, is ready.
The last solo body of work we received from Dej Loaf was her 2016 mixtape All Jokes Aside. Last year, she released a joint mixtape with Jacquees, F**k A Friend Zone. Though she has released at least four mixtapes and an EP since 2012, we’ve yet to get her long-awaited debut album. Last year she announced that she is working on a new project called Liberated but so far there have been no further details.
On Monday, Dej Loaf posted a preview of a new song on Instagram where she drops some hints about her upcoming album. “Express yourself it’s been building up gradually who ready for the album?” she wrote. In a recent interview with Paper magazine, she opened up about the pressure she has been feeling to deliver her best work yet.
“I think it’s been a year and a half since people have seen me,” she said. “I took that time off and I was working. You don’t know how they’re going to react. It’s definitely pressure, though. I just want to be who they saw me as, but also have them understand my growth in the music. That’s what I focused on this go-round.”
Listen to a preview of her new music below.