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Chance The Rapper Confirms John Mayer Collaboration

By Hypebeast

Last Thursday Chance The Rapper and John Mayer were spotted together on stage during Dave Chappelle‘s show at Radio City Music Hall, sparking rumours that the two artists may be potentially working together for an upcoming collaboration.

Recently, Chance signed onto Twitter to answer the burning question by offering an unequivocal “Yes” before John Mayer further confirmed it with a “CO-SIGNED” tweet. Chance also took the time to publicly extend an open offer to Bruno Mars for a collaboration, after learning of Mars’ desire to collaborate during a Twitter fan Q&A. The Chicago rapper retweeted Bruno’s tweet and responded “Let’s make it happen I already got choreo ideas.”

Chance The Rapper has worked with a wide range of artists with surprisingly different sounds to his music, with Future featuring on his track “Smoke Break” to Jay Electronica on the gospel remake of “How Great”, both appearing on his latest album Coloring Book. Mayer himself has long had a reputation for working amongst artists from all backgrounds, having previously worked with Kanye West on their collaboration “Bittersweet,” and lending his guitar skills to Jay-Z at Madison Square Garden.

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Lil Wayne Claims He Can Release ‘Tha Carter V’ Anytime

By Hypebeast

Lil Wayne and Cash Money Records have been fighting a lengthy legal battle over the release of Weezy’s album Tha Carter V. However the Young Money rapper has recently confirmed that this is not the case and he can release it anytime he wants.

During an interview with Q93’s Wild Wayne, Lil Wayne explains that the delay behind the album’s release is that he wants to do it the right way. Wayne states that the project is complete but he would like to wait until the drama with his label is put to rest before dropping the fifth installment to his album series. Wayne said:

“Carter V is ready to be listened to. It’s just gotta be listened to the right way and like I said, I’m not gonna give it to them wrong. [...] Of course you’re going to see Tha Carter V. I just don’t want to put it out the wrong way. Honestly, I can do what I want at any time. The fans deserve it to be right and that’s how it’s gonna be. I’ma make sure it’s right. I can drop whatever I want to drop. That’s why I keep dropping whatever I want to drop. But I’m not gonna give them Carter V the wrong way.” (Read More)

Gucci Mane Signs Two of Atlanta’s Best Rising Rappers to 1017 Eskimos

By Patrick Montes

Over the years, Gucci Mane has proven his abilities extend beyond the booth of his studio. Along with his own storied career, the Trap God has built a serious reputation as one of the game’s best talent scouts; from Waka Flocka Flame to Young Thug, Guwop has employed an eye for talent that’s almost unmatched. Now, following this year’s launch of his 1017 Eskimos venture with Todd Moscowitz’s Alamo Records and Interscope, the platinum veteran has added two more fast-rising new-school artists to his 1017 family.

After signing Ralo — and collaborating with him on a joint mixtape last month — to launch 1017 Eskimos, Gucci Mane and his label crew have turned to Hoodrich Pablo Juan and Lil Wop for the endeavor’s latest prospects. Guwop broke the news yesterday, taking to Instagram to announce the signing. “Welcome @lilwop17_ to the 1017 Family Newest member of #1017EskimoRecords,” reads one Instagram caption. “I’m proud to announce @hoodrich_pablojuan is officially 1017!!!!!! Money Power Respect #1017EskimoRecords Zone6 stand up!!!!”

In recent years, Hoodrich Pablo Juan has released several popular mixtapes, linking up with a “who’s who” of Atlanta hometown heroes along the way. As he has built his career, the Designer Drugz rapper has worked with artists such as Brodinski, Lil Uzi Vert, Rich the Kid, Jose Guapo, Quavo, Peewee Longway, and Metro Boomin. With the flood of new rappers pouring out from Atlanta, Pablo Juan has stood out as one of his region’s favorites.

A close affiliate of SoundCloud Rap’s man-of-the-moment Trippie Redd and one of Famous Dex’s cousins, Lil Wop — who is originally from Chicago — has quickly become one of the most promising young rappers to recently emerge from Atlanta’s ever-evolving scene. The Wopavelli artist has the potential to become one of 2017′s top breakout rappers, and even has an ice cream face tattoo that mimics his idol — and newfound label boss — Gucci Mane. (Read More)

Apple Music Is Set to Release Chief Keef Documentary, ‘The Story of Sosa’

By Nicolaus Li

Although Chief Keef turned down the opportunity to be the first-ever artist to sign a deal with Apple Music, the music platform recently announced it is set to release a documentary about the rapper. Titled, The Story of Sosa, the documentary will chronicle Sosa’s struggle before the fame and his place in hip-hop today. An in-depth look at Keef’s teenage incarceration, impact on the crime rate in Chicago and the role of flawed gun control on the rapper’s life will offer a never before seen look into the trials and tribulations of the Chiraq hero. The Story of Sosa is set to release on Apple Music December in celebration of the fifth year anniversary of Chief Keef’s debut album Finally Rich. (Read More)

The Artist Behind Tyler, The Creator’s ‘Flower Boy’ Cover Speaks out on the Process

By Jack Stanley

When Tyler, The Creator first announced his highly anticipated Flower Boy album back in July, he teased two album covers. One of those covers was designed by the rapper himself, but it was the other, by artist Eric White, that has emerged as the official album artwork. Eric White recently sat down with It’s Nice That to discuss his beginnings as an artist and what it was like to work with Tyler on the Flower Boy cover. You can read some of the highlights from the interview below, and head over to the It’s Nice That site if you want to check out the whole conversation.

On working with Tyler:

“Once his manager made the intro Tyler and I were in direct communication. We met in person initially to discuss his ideas for the project and he showed me some sketches he had done and a few photos he liked which evoked the mood he was going for. There was a lot of back and forth over text and on the phone for a few weeks, and when I had finished a pretty elaborate comp he came over to take a look. There was a little bit of fine-tuning after that, but once we got to a place where he was satisfied with it he left me alone until the painting was done. He’s still never seen the finished piece in person.”
On why he wanted to get involved:

“I’d been a fan of Tyler since the Odd Future days and I saw them play in New York in 2011. I’m always busy and usually behind on deadlines, but this seemed like a great opportunity that I didn’t want to pass up so I agreed to do it and I’m very glad I did.” (Read More)

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