Trina Trends After Cardi B Uses Her To Defend “WAP” Raunchiness

Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion went on and released one of the most controversial songs and videos in recent rap history, getting picked up by politicians who are “worried” about the youth who could be influenced by their music.

We’ve seen Ben Shapiro recite the lyrics in cringe-worthy fashion and we’ve also seen a few Congressmen speak about the track.

Responding to all of the controversy, Cardi B asked her critics to check out some female rappers that have been even more raunchy in the past, naming Trina, Khia, and Jacki-O as just a few of the Florida rappers that paved the way for her to talk this explicitly. That was enough for the world to remember some of their craziest songs, ending with Trina becoming a trending topic on Twitter. Continue reading

Will Smith Reacts To “Fresh Prince” Spin-off “Bel-Air” Trailer

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is making a comeback as Bel Air, an hour-per-episode drama series based on Morgan Cooper’s popular fan film. Expanding upon The Fresh Prince’s 30 minute sitcom format, Cooper hopes to provide a deeper look at the emotions and personal and interpersonal conflicts that underpinned the original show.  

Cooper will be directing and co-producing Bel-Air, co-writing with Chris Collins (The Man in the High Castle, The Wire) who is also an executive producer and showrunner. The show will be produced by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Universal Television. The companies are reportedly managing a bidding war between streaming services including Netflix, Peacock, HBO Max, Amazon and Apple, all who are interested in hosting the show.  Continue reading

Fact Live: Loraine James

Our latest live session comes from one of 2019’s breakthrough artists.

For the second in in a new series of live sessions filmed behind closed doors by Fact at 180 The Strand, we invited Hyperdub’s Loraine James to perform a set, which draws on last year’s brilliant For You and I and earlier material.

The set includes live versions of For You and I standouts ‘Glitch Bitch’ and ‘Hand Drops’, as well as the 2018 track, ‘+44 -Thinking – Of – You – 01’, which James describes as “some of my favourite tracks to play live”. Continue reading

XXL Freshman Class 2020 Revealed: Lil Keed, Polo G, Jack Harlow, & More

Even more artists than usual are being celebrated in the 2020 XXL Freshman Class.

Generally only highlighting ten or eleven rap artists that are coming up and making some big noise as the stars of the future, XXL decided that this year would be different, bringing twelve artists to the core of the Freshman Class.

As we’ve been theorizing over who would be chosen to represent this year’s class, the publication has officially announced which artists are gracing the cover.

Dropping the new “Believe The Future” edition, the 2020 XXL Freshman Class was shown off with their new cover, including Polo G from Chicago, Fivio Foreign from Brooklyn, Lil Keed from Atlanta, NLE Choppa from Memphis, Rod Wave from Florida, Jack Harlow from Louisville, Chika from Alabama, Mulatto from Atlanta, Lil Tjay from The Bronx, Baby Keem from California, Calboy from Chicago, and 24kGoldn from California. Continue reading

1,800 Dior x Air Jordans Amongst Fake Sneakers Seized In Customs Border Bust

The pursuit for fly kicks has unfortunately led many into the dark and sad world of copping counterfeit sneakers. Just this week, officers for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection stationed in Texas seized over $4.3 million in fake shoes — 1,800 pairs ended up being the highly-coveted Dior x Air Jordan 1 collab.

Fake Dior Air Jordan 1 Sneakers Seized Raid $4.3 Million
Image via Nike

According to Complex, the shipment that was seized contained 60 boxes originally coming from Hong Kong and labeled as “Ball Golf” products. Customs and Border Protection Port Director Timothy Lemaux spoke on the nature of counterfeit products like the sneakers they seized, stating, “Counterfeiters trafficking in phony merchandise are not concerned about the American consumer or the damage their fake goods can do to our economy. CBP will continue to take every opportunity to intercept illegitimate goods and disrupt transnational criminal enterprises seeking to fund criminal activities with counterfeit or pirated merchandise.” Continue reading

We Need To Talk About Conrad Subs

Armed with a raw, bubbly old school jungle sound, Conrad Subs appeared to hurtle out of nowhere with his first releases in 2017/2018.

Turns out he actually hails from Ipswich. But, looking at his discography over the last two years, it does seem like he’s from another planet. An unstoppable breakbeat machine belching out gully smoke as he skids round corners way over the standard release speed limit. Program, Soulvent, Deep In The Jungle, Calypso, Nice Up, Delta9, Liondub International and Manchester’s Nuusic who’ve just dropped Conrad’s debut artist album Tides. Continue reading