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Kehlani On “SweetSexySavage” Anniversary: “Touring This Album Saved My Life!”

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“I healed with this music as a listener and performer.”

Kehlani‘s official debut album, SweetSexySavage, is one year old today, and the important date was not missed on the Bay Area singer. Sharing the album cover on Instagram, Kehlani thanked fans and reflected on the past year, which she said has been a time of healing. “Touring this album saved my life!!!” she wrote, remembering the place she was in at the time of release, less than a year after she reportedly attempted suicide and landed in the hospital. “In the middle of the album process my life changed forever!” After a few months break I came back to work on it but wasn’t the same girl. Didn’t recognize my new self in any of the music… but I had to finish. I didn’t have time. Ill admit, putting out this album was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done because on Jan 27th last year I ain’t really fuck with IT or ME.”

Later, she revealed that once she got on the road, she was able to feel like herself once again — both through her fans and the music of SSS. “Supported by y’all’s epic ass energy I uplifted myself every night with songs like “Too Much” and “Piece of Mind”. Found my strength again with Hold Me By the heart,” she wrote. “And what I’m most thankful for was ALL THE FUN (the rest of the damn songs lololol long ass album) This album wasn’t “You Should Be Here” deep, it was the most high spirited project I’ve made so far that I didn’t know I needed so much for myself. I healed with this music as a listener and performer.”

“This wasn’t a piece of a music it was a time stamp in my life,” she continued. “SSS was a bandaid, and the best one at that. I love y’all!

Read Kehlani’s full message below.

I started this album feeling like I had something to prove to the world, the mixtape had made some sort of wild history and the pressure was immense. In the middle of the album process my life changed forever!” After a few months break I came back to work on it but wasn’t the same girl. Didn’t recognize my new self in any of the music… but I had to finish. I didn’t have time. Ill admit, putting out this album was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done because on Jan 27th last year I ain’t really fuck with IT or ME. Touring this album saved my life!!! Supported by y’all’s epic ass energy I uplifted myself every night with songs like “Too Much” and “Piece of Mind”. Found my strength again with Hold Me By the heart.. and what I’m most thankful for was ALL THE FUN (the rest of the damn songs lololol long ass album) This album wasn’t “You Should Be Here” deep, it was the most high spirited project I’ve made so far that I didn’t know I needed so much for myself. I healed with this music as a listener and performer. Every night on that tour you guys gave me reasons to get better and b stronger. Every time you tell me this album changed something for you I get the wildest feeling because we’re in the same shoes. Thank you everyone who worked on this, but more importantly everyone who was there during this album process as a friend/family. This wasn’t a piece of a music it was a time stamp in my life. SSS was a bandaid, and the best one at that. I love y’all! I hope whatever you are doing makes you happy, I hope you fall in love with yourself if you aren’t already, and I hope the people around you remind you to keep pushing no matter what. Enjoy life, nothings as serious as it seems. LOVE! Happy 1 year Lil baby.

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Lil Pump Says He Won’t Sign For Under $15 Million

1-lilpump“New deals on the way, bitch!”

Lil Pump is newly independent, and if anyone wants to sign him, they’re going to have to make a generous offer. The Miami rapper’s Warner Bros. contract was recently voided, with Pump able to slip out of his deal due to signing as a minor (he’s currently 17). When a TMZ cameraman caught up with him in New York, Pump claimed he was looking for at least $15 million to sign another deal.

“New deals on the way, bitch!” he said. “If you ain’t got 15 [million], don’t talk to me, bitch! I don’t want no meetings unless you talkin’ 15 and up!”

Pump is said to have received a nearly $350,000 advance on his original Warner contract, but with the platinum-selling, top 3 Billboard hit “Gucci Gang” under his belt, he’s looking for a much bigger payday for his next venture. The initial report from Hits Daily Double stated that Pump’s team was looking for $8 million per album, while he’d been getting offers that sat in the $3-4 million per album range.

Both Gucci Mane and DJ Khaled have expressed interest in signing Pump. However, the rapper did not share any specifics as to who’s approached him. “I’ve talked to a lot of people,” he said.

In 2017, Pump released his self-titled debut project, which launched at No. 3 on the Billboard 200. It sold 46,000 equivalent album units in its first week.

Though he’s a relatively new artist, Pump is already a fairly recognized name in pop culture. Earlier this month, his hit, “Gucci Gang,” was parodied in an SNL skit with Pete Davidson and Sam Rockwell.


Black Thought & 9th Wonder Will Reportedly Release Joint EP

Following his viral freestyle, Black Thought is planning to release some music independent from The Roots.

Black Thought is working on an EP with seasoned producer 9th Wonderreports OkayPlayer. At a Friday night event called Black Thought Cinema Presents, the rapper is said to have announced a new project with 9th, which sounds like it will be the first of a few new releases from Thought. While the moment in which he made the announcement was not captured on video, the camera was rolling just a moment later: “It’s the first of a series of joints that I’m gonna be putting out called Streaming Thought. Be on the lookout for the music that we’re about to hit y’all with,” says Thought in a clip posted by Nodfactor.

 

In June of last year, Black Thought revealed that 9th Wonder, as well as Salaam Remi, would be working on The Roots forthcoming 12th studio album End Game. “Last October we had a writers’ retreat at Electric Lady Studios in New York City for about a week or so,” he said. “Within that time we got about a good deal of the groundwork of what’s to come for the record, End Game. I’ve been working, writing and recording on it since then.”

In 2016, Thought and 9th worked together on “Making A Murderer,” a single featuring Styles P of The Lox.

9th Wonder has released many collaborative projects over the course of his career, including efforts with Talib Kweli, Wale, Murs, Pete Rock, and Jean Grae, not to mention his run as the producer in Little Brother. Last year, he revealed he had recorded the equivalent of a 12-track album with TDE artist SiR.

No word on a release date for the EP or the long-awaited Roots album. Stay tuned for further details.567751471_1280x720


Nelly Files Countersuit Against Rape Accuser

nellyNelly has officially filed a countersuit against the woman who falsely accused him of rape.

Well it’s official. After we heard rumors last month that Nelly was going to countersue the woman who falsely accused him of rape, the St. Louis rapper did just that on Friday in Seattle. TMZ reports that Nelly filed the suit Friday, and claims that the accuser came onto him first, before lying about their sexual encounter to get him arrested.

Nelly’s suit states that Monique Greene made her way into his VIP section of the nightclub where he was headlining, and started coming onto him hard. Nelly says he then invited her to join him and others back on his tour bus. He says they had consensual sex on the tour bus, and Greene only got mad when one of his performers, which he told police was a backup dancer, entered the room to use the bathroom. At that point, Nelly says Greene got “aggressive and disruptive” and was asked to leave then. Greene called for an Uber and then called police to report the alleged incident which would eventually lead to Nelly’s arrest for rape.

nellFollowing his arrest though, Greene and her attorney made several statements on the Internet that falsely accused him of raping her. He says the statements were a clear and malicious attempt to get him prosecuted, which ultimately didn’t work.

In addition, Nelly says her claims cost him a lot of money too. He was forced to cancel a scheduled show and also damaged his reputation in the music business.