CARDI B AND OFFSET ANNOUNCE BIRTH OF BABY GIRL KULTURE!

Cardi B is making mommy moves to Bardi baby! The 25-year-old rapper (whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar) and husband Offset of Migos welcomed their first child together, daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus, on Tuesday, July 10, Cardi B announced on Instagram Wednesday alongside a nude maternity photo. Kulture :’)...no better feeling ?????? A post shared by Cardi B Official IG (@iamcardib) on Jul 11, 2018 at 12:20pm PDT Kulture ! Anything else woulda been basic ???????????Okrrrrrrruuu!???????? A post shared by Cardi B Official IG (@iamcardib) on Jul 11, 2018 at 5:52pm PDT The little girl was born on Tuesday. She is Cardi B’s first child and the Migos rapper’s fourth. The two rappers secretly tied the knot in September 2017 and threw off fans the following month when Offset publicly proposed to Cardi, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, on stage with a diamond ring said to be eight carats. via https://pagesix.com/2018/07/11/cardi-b-gives-birth-to-baby-girl-with-offset/ https://people.com/babies/cardi-b-offset-welcome-daughter-kulture-kiari/

DRAKE’S ‘SCORPION’ IS MAKING HISTORY

One day after its release, Drake’s 25-track double album has reportedly shattered the global opening day streaming record on Spotify. According to reports, Scorpion was streamed 132 million times worldwide on its first day. Drake's 'Scorpion' has broken the global Spotify record for biggest opening day (~132m album streams on 6/29).— chart data (@chartdata) June 30, 2018 The record was previously held by Post Malone’s sophomore album beerbongs & bentleys, which earned 78 million streams on its opening day on April 27. Drake’s #Scorpion is being streamed over 10 million times per hour on Spotify ???????? pic.twitter.com/R2UsLefcYw— Rap-Up (@RapUp) June 29, 2018 After surpassing 300 million worldwide streams within its first 24 hours, the 25-track set was streamed over 435 million times in the U.S. from June 29 through July 1. The double album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America upon its release. SCORPION is already RIAA certified platinum. ???? pic.twitter.com/L5vLfnRYLL— Word On Road (@WordOnRd) July 3, 2018 In addition to his platinum certification, Drake has reached another RIAA milestone. He was named the Top Digital Song Artist with 142 million digital singles to date. ICYMI @Drake ???? has 55 new song certifications and is now the Top Digital Song Artist ???? #drake142million #RIAAtopcertified pic.twitter.com/rF4bOEtwYU— RIAA (@RIAA) June 29, 2018 Scorpion is also on track to become Drake’s eighth consecutive No. 1. All seven of his previous full-length albums have debuted at No. 1. via: www.rap-up.com

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: 10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SHANTI DOPE

1. Sean Patrick Ramos, a 17 year-old rapper, born April 15, 2001 and popularly known as Shanti Dope. 2. The name Shanti Dope meanwhile is borne of the influence of his father, who was a practitioner of Krishna Consciousness. Shanti is the sanskrit word for “peace,” which, alongside “dope” could mean “Peace is my natural drug.” This call for peace, given songs that actually speak of injustice and inequality, that insists on discussing the state of the nation, is what sets him apart from many rappers his age. 3.He started writing verses in 2013 following the footsteps of local rappers who use songwriting as a way to tell stories. 4.His first long verse got him into rapper Smugglaz 2015 album Walking Distance. Listen to the song below: 5. Along with Smugglaz, he counts as influences Loonie, Ron Henley, and Gloc-9 whose wordplay, context, rhymes, and narratives he aspires for in his own work. 6. He's being mentored by one of his greatest influences Gloc-9! According to the breakout rapper, he's been listening to the records of his "Master Gloc" since he was child! 7. He released a new EP called Materyal and its lead single called “Nadarang” went straight to the top spot of a major music streaming service's viral chart. The song reaches 21 million views (and counting) on Youtube! 8. His new song 'ShantiDope' featuring Gloc-9, has obvious approval of a passing of the torch, from one great rapper to the next big name in the industry. Gloc 9: Andami dami daming maiingay dun sa amin O kay tagal ko na nag-iikot para hanapin Kung sinong sumusulat at humihingang malalim At 'di hilaw ang kanin kapag siya ang nagsasaing Dapat karapat-dapat sya pag-iiwanan mo Dapat karapat-dapat sya pag-iiwanan mo 9. Gloc-9 is admittedly a big fan of the teen. 10. His most favorite Gloc-9 albums includes Matrikula, Mga Kwento ng Makata, Sukli and Rotonda.

MICHAEL JACKSON ON HIS NINTH DEATH ANNIVERSARY

Today marks nine years since we lost Michael Jackson, the undisputed King of Pop and arguably the King of Music altogether. Michael Jackson’s musical achievements are legend: the first artist to win eight Grammys in one night; the first artist to sell more than a million digital tracks in one week. La Toya shared a picture of the pair on Twitter and penned a moving message “We will always miss you! We will always love you!" We will always miss you!We will always love you!#MichaelJackson #KingofPop #Gonetoosoon #MJ #Music #songs #Dance #love #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/DqB36ZGX6p— La Toya Jackson (@latoyajackson) June 25, 2018 Michael Jackson fans are remembering the music legend. They gathered at Daley Plaza on Monday for a tribute to the music legend on the 9th anniversary of his death. On June 25th 2009 Jackson went into cardiac arrest at his home and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was 50 years old.The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office ruled that his death was a homicide caused by a lethal dose of the drug propofol. The singer left behind three children and a music career that spanned decades. Jackson is still known across the world for his chart topping and award winning songs such as Beat It, Thriller and Billie Jean. His innovative dance moves also influenced several well-known dancers. via: www.abc7chicago.com/entertainment/michael-jackson-fans-gather-for-tribute-on-9th-anniversary-of-his-death/3652858/ www.https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/michael-jackson-remembered-on-ninth-anniversary-of-death-37047519.html

BET AWARDS: WINNERS AND PERFORMANCES

While all types of entertainment were honored at the ceremony, music was a major part of the festivities. Host Jamie Foxx kicked off the ceremony by telling viewers he was there to celebrate. He brought "Black Panther" star Michael B. Jordan to the stage and asked him to recite a line from the film. Check out Michael's sexy GIF from the BET Awards because it REALLY needs your attention. Winners: Best Male Hip Hop Artist Award Drake Kendrick Lamar (WINNER) DJ Khaled JAY-Z J. Cole Best Female Hip Hop Artist Award Cardi B (WINNER) Nicki Minaj Remy Ma DeJ Loaf Rapsody Best Male R&B/Pop Artist Award Bruno Mars (WINNER) Chris Brown The Weeknd Khalid Daniel Caesar Best Female R&B/Pop Artist Award Beyoncé (WINNER) Kehlani H.E.R. Rihanna SZA Best Group Award Migos (WINNER) A Tribe Called Quest N.E.R.D Rae Sremmurd Chloe X Halle Best New Artist Award SZA (WINNER) H.E.R. Daniel Caesar GoldLink A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Best Collaboration Award Bruno Mars f. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” DJ Khaled f. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” (WINNER) DJ Khaled f. JAY-Z, Future & Beyonce – “Top Off” Cardi B f. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi” French Montana f. Swae Lee – “Unforgettable” Kendrick Lamar f. Rihanna – “LOYALTY.” Video of the Year Award Drake – “God’s Plan” (WINNER) Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow” Bruno Mars f. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” DJ Khaled f. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” Migos f. Drake – “Walk It Talk It” Video Director of the Year Award Benny Boom Director X Ava Duvernay (WINNER) Chris Brown Dave Meyers Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award Lecrae f. Tori Kelly – “I’ll Find You” (WINNER) Snoop Dogg f. B. Slade – “Words Are Few” Ledisi & Kirk Franklin – “If You Don’t Mind” Marvin Sapp – “Close” Tasha Cobbs Leonard f. Nicki Minaj – “I’m Getting Ready” Album of the Year Award DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar (WINNER) CTRL – SZA 4:44 – JAY-Z Culture II – Migos Black Panther: The Album – Kendrick Lamar & Various Artists Grateful – DJ Khaled BET Her Award Janelle Monae – “Django Jane” Lizzo – “Water Me” Mary J. Blige – “Strength of a Woman” (WINNER) Remy Ma f. Chris Brown – “Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown)” Chloe X Halle – “The Kids Are Alright” Leikeli47 – “2nd Fiddle” Coca-Cola Viewers’ Choice Award SZA featuring Travis Scott – “Love Galore” Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow” (WINNER) Kendrick Lamar – “HUMBLE.” Drake – “God’s Plan” Migos f. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj – “Motor Sport” DJ Khaled f. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – “Wild Thoughts” Throughout the broadcast, there were more performances than awards given. Meek Mill, J. Cole, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg were among the many performers to grace the stage. Snoop Dogg is one of the coolest cats ever to emerge in the hip-hop world, and the legendary rapper proved that fact with his lively performance at the 2018 BET Awards. The rapper, who fittingly closed out the show, began his set with an early '90s classic -- "Who Am I? (What's My Name?)" The iconic single, which appears on Snoop's 1993 debut album Doggystyle, was the perfect opener, as the LP celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. He kept the crowd on their feet by delivering yet another all-time party favorite, 2000's "The Next Episode." Meek Mill premieres new track and pays tribute to XXXTentacion & Jimmy Wopo. Meek Mill pays respect to xxxtentacion and Jimmy Wopo at the BET Awards. pic.twitter.com/3Yww1qGQEJ— DJ Akademiks (@IamAkademiks) June 25, 2018 The Philadelphia rapper, who was released from prison in April, debuted his new single “Stay Woke”. Meek delivered some gripping bars about gun violence and mass incarceration. “We scream Black Lives Matter, but we still towing ladders,” he rapped on a stage depicting a street corner. All hail the Queen. Nicki Minaj took over the 2018 BET Awards with a medley of hits. Dressed in a red robe, she emerged to perform her top 10 hit “Chun-Li” with some kung-fu dancers. She then removed the robe to reveal a sexy red latex number for the first performance of the Lil Wayne-assisted “Rich Sex.” Looking dapper as usual in their bejeweled jackets and black skinny jeans, Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff hit the stage to perform their Culture II hit “Walk It Talk It.” Following “Kung Fu Fighting,” they launched into the Pharrell-produced “Stir Fry.” The Atlanta trio went on to win Best Group. During their acceptance speech, Offset thanked Cardi B, who is expecting their first child next month. “I thank my wife. You should thank yours,” he said. Watch their performance below: J. Cole made a surprise appearance at Sunday’s BET Awards. Following an introduction from host Jamie Foxx, the rapper delivered a powerful performance of “Friends” with Daniel Caesar. “I wrote this shit to talk about the word addiction,” raps Cole. “To my ni**a, I hope you listening / This is for the whole fucking Ville, I hope you’re listening.” “Friends” is a cut off Cole’s latest album KOD, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Listen closely or you might miss the message in @JColeNC's #BETAwards performance of 'Friends' with @DanielCaesar and @Wale! pic.twitter.com/NPmc0RFPxv— #BETAwards (@BETAwards) June 25, 2018 References: www.hiphopdx.com/news/id.47399/title.2018-bet-awards-winners www.https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8462442/snoop-dogg-gospel-medley-performance-bet-awards-2018?sessionid=pMn1TGHX1qccp17Pp8tAJZjNyVOB1njo_jN_qTJEF4g www.rap-up.com

CARDI B AND OFFSET POSE FOR ROLLING STONE COVER

The extremely, eight-months pregnant rapper gives us all a look at her luscious baby bump along with her fiancée, Offset. Cardi B posted the magazine’s upcoming cover to her social media on Friday. She poses semi-naked in an open ballgown, while Offset kisses her baby bump. Wearing a killer pair of heels, and an off-the-shoulder dress, which hangs completely open, the photoshoot is completely infused with her individual style, with the camera lingering on her peacock tattoo, which straddles her thigh. She took to Twitter to unveil the cover, billed as “a hip-hop love story". Tweeted Cardi B along with the image, “My daughter made it to the Rollin Stone cover.” I guess it was too much to ask to wait until the official July release of our @rollingston! Even tho it was leaked and suppose to be In gray fuck it !My daughter made it to the Rollin Stone cover Official release in Julyme ??ROCKSTARS @offsetyrn!You can’t break me ???????? pic.twitter.com/ZyHKM7D0eI— iamcardib (@iamcardib) June 16, 2018 Cardi B is currently designing her own line for Fashion Nova, which is due to be released in October 2018. Featuring over 80 different pieces, all designed by the rapper herself, the range will be Fashion Nova's first design collaboration. References: www.harpersbazaar.com/celebrity/latest/a21571537/cardi-b-rolling-stone-pregnancy-shoot-offset/
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