If Only Camila Cabello’s Romance Were As Transfixing As The Love That Inspired It

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Camila CabelloIt’s one of the most exhilarating, terrifying human experiences: a friendship suddenly accelerating into an all-consuming passion. Maybe you’ve secretly fantasized about it, or maybe it hits you out of nowhere. Either way, sparks fly, hormones surge, and you give yourself over completely to this burgeoning obsession. You feel loopy and elated all the time. More »

The Wild Ride Of Rap Music In The ’10s

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Drake-and-Future“From doing records from sampling, I started learning the science about what happened to soul music,” the Alchemist told me 13 years ago. One evening, at New York’s Baseline Studios, I sat in a backroom full of ancient, dusty records, and I listened to the Alchemist and Just Blaze talk about disco. The … More »

2 Men Convicted At Trial On Tekashi 6ix9ine Testimony

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6ix9ineTwo men were convicted Thursday in a racketeering case featuring the testimony of Tekashi 6ix9ine, the rapper whose decision to cooperate put him in danger while in jail and made him a target of social media ridicule by other artists labeling him a “snitch.” … More »

SHAED’s “Trampoline” Is The Latest Pop Hit Smuggled Through Rock Radio

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SHAEDBecause my car is not new or fancy enough to display song titles and artist names when I listen to the radio, I sometimes find myself Shazam-ing while driving. Most recently, while blaring my local Top 40 station, I encountered a minimalist electronic pop song accented with finger snaps, sighing background harmonies, occasional outbursts of … More »

Tekashi 6ix9ine & The Bizarre Spectacle Of Rap On Trial

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6ix9ineFourteen years ago, I sat in a federal courthouse in Brooklyn and watched Irv Gotti’s lawyer call Ja Rule a fake crook. Irv Gotti, the founder of Ja Rule’s Murder Inc. label, was on trial, alongside his brother Chris Lorenzo, for money laundering. Prosecutors were claiming that the two brothers had used Murder Inc. as … More »

6ix9ine Testifies That He Ordered A Hit On Chief Keef, Names Cardi B & Jim Jones As Gang Members

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6ix9ineLast year, less than a month after narrowly avoiding being required to register as a sex offender, the rapper and controversy magnet Tekashi 6ix9ine (born Daniel Hernandez) found himself in legal trouble all over again. Arrested on firearm and racketeering charges and facing a possible life sentence, 6ix9ine More »

6ix9ine Explains His Lyrics In Court, Says Trippie Redd Is Also A Gang Member

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6ix9ineTekashi 6ix9ine has been cooperating with federal prosecutors and took the stand in court today to testify against two gang members from his former crew at Manhattan’s Thurgood Marshall Courthouse. As the AP reports, 6ix9ine — real name Daniel Hernandez — testified against Aljermiah Mack and Anthony Ellison, described as high-ranking members of … More »

YG – “Stop Snitchin”

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YG-Stop-SnitchinWe don’t hear too much about Tekashi 6ix9ine these days. That’s probably because Tekashi 6ix9ine is in jail. Earlier this year, while facing a possible life sentence, the 22-year-old Brooklyn rapper pleaded guilty to nine different charges, including racketeering and firearms. As part of a plea deal, 6ix9ine is reportedly cooperating with authorities, … More »

Tekashi 6ix9ine Pleads Guilty To Nine Counts

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Imprisoned rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine (born Daniel Hernandez) reportedly pleaded guilty on Saturday to nine counts in his criminal case and will cooperate with the government into their probe of a violent street gang, according to New York’s NBC4. The network reported that the guilty plea was entered over the weekend, but the records … More »

Travis Scott’s Dual #1s And The Storied History Of Chart Chicanery

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Travis ScottEverything’s coming up Travis Scott. This week, four months after it came out, Scott’s album Astroworld returned to the top of the Billboard 200 for a third week. Meanwhile Astroworld’s big hit, the Drake collab “Sicko Mode,” completed a 17-week climb to #1 on the Hot 100 singles chart. Scott, the … More »