The Week in Music Politics:
Rapper Wiz Khalifa angered Medellin, Colombia this week by posting a photo to Instagram smoking marijuana next to late-drug lord Pablo Escobar’s grave. According to CNN, Medellin’s Mayor, Federico Gutierrez, commented to the local media calling Wiz Khalifa a “scoundrel.” Asking Wiz for an apology, he said that “instead of bringing flowers to Pablo Escobar, he should have brought flowers to the victims of violence in this city,” adding that Khalfia was “not welcomed back.”
People have taken to social media on both sides of the argument expressing criticism “for paying tribute to the notorious Escobar, who unleashed a murderous wave of violence in Medellin in the late 1980s and early 1990s,” while some support Khalifa pointing out that “Colombia fills its pockets making series about the life of Pablo Escobar, but are indignant when Wiz Khalifa take him flowers #hypocrites.” Wiz Khalifa has yet to comment on the controversy.
Also, The Who’s Roger Daltrey had some comments about the recent election for NME, mocking Trump’s “fucking haircut!,” asking him to “wash his mouth out,” and claiming that the Democrat’s failed because “a dead dog would have won against her [Hillary Clinton].”
In other news, Rihanna is going to be honored by Parsons School of Design on May 22 for empowered young women and championing the “recent alumni on a number of occasions by wearing their designs,” says Parsons’ executive dean, Joel Towers. Vibe reports that her Clara Lionel Foundation will host its third annual Diamond Ball in NYC this September, which aims to raise money for global health and education. She was previously honored with Harvard’s Humanitarian Award for setting up a breast cancer treatment center back in her hometown of Barbados.
Wow, Rihanna’s awesome.
The Week in Music Beefs:
XXXTentacion, a nineteen-year-old rapper who’s been in and out of jail over the past year for robbery and assault with a deadly weapon, has called out Drake in his first post-jail interview. Most were keen to notice the similarities in Drake’s flow on “KMT” from More Life and XXXTentaction’s from his single “Look at Me,” but no one seems angrier about it then XXXTentacion himself. ““I fuck with Drake, Drake’s a genius,” he told Miami’s 103.5 radio, but he followed praise with condemnation:
“I think Drake’s a fuck n***a, as a man. He’s not a man. I think he’s a bitch, that’s a bitch move. Especially when I was in jail facing life. If Drake would’ve came to my bond hearing, you know what I’m saying, that would’ve made my fucking day. If he had showed that he’s a hospitable person and that he’s really in this s— for the culture, rather taking my shit, running off with it and then putting it on his album, then he would’ve gotten my kudos, gotten my respect. I would’ve let him hop on the remix and take 100 percent royalty rate. I would’ve done it. I would have respected him for being a real n***a.”
Now we wait for Drake to talk about it in a diss song where he tries to cover his ass I guess because he never addresses someone in person.
Trey Songz commented that Nicki Minaj “didn’t have sh**” before he collaborated with her on his 2010 hit “Bottoms Up,” to which Nicki responded by reminding him who opened for her on her ThePinkPrint Tour: none other than Trey Songz himself. Defeated, Trey Songz hasn’t said a word on the matter since. Nicki Minaj, on the other hand, just signed a modeling contract with Wilhelmina.
Father John Misty isn’t too happy with how the behind-the-scenes song-writing world works. He told the Los Angeles Times:
“I could show you songs I’ve written pretty much front to back [for other artists],” he added. “Then you get these emails that are like, ‘OK, here are the lyrics — your contribution is in blue, and so-and-so’s is in pink’. And it’s like three pink words in a field of blue. But that’s a co-write.”
He also spoke on Ed Sheeran’s approach to songwriting, saying:
“I’m not doing what Ed Sheeran does. It’s not this cynical approach: ‘I know what these idiots will like… if I made an effort to write the way he does, it would be cynical”
Green Day is pretty pissed that the Oakland Raiders are moving to Las Vegas in 2020. Billboard reports that on stage at Joe Louis Arena, Billie Joe Armstrong told the crowd, “We come from the ‘Detroit of California’ — only we no longer have a football team… F–k Las Vegas!”
The Week in Music #NoRoleModelz:
In reference to J. Cole’s track “No Role Modelz” off the platinum-with-no-features record 2014 Forest Hills Drive, the following is an account of musicians and artists that left us all disappointed with their behavior this week:
Migos have yet again offered words on their homophobic comments regarding fellow Atlanta artist Makonnen. “Our words were twisted,” they told TMZ, seconds before Offset immediately responds to the question of if they’d ever play a gay club with: “Nah. Salute everybody who choose their route, I just ain’t gon’ do that.” Quavo however said that he’d “pull up” if the pay was the same, but I don’t know why the pay wouldn’t be anything but what it normally was just because it was a gay club.
Makonnen told The Fader “Y’all gots to do y’all. I’m gon’ always do me. I got no animosity towards y’all,” in response to Migos, but he did mention that they had to “save face” with their twitter apology.
The Week in Music Business:
Spotify has produced a web series that seems to be piggy-backing on the success of Carpool Karaoke called “Traffic Jams.” According to The Fader, the series will showcase a rapper and producer pair that will have to create a song while riding in the back of a car. The first episode is set to premiere on April 4th with T-Pain and Southside, followed by one episode per week featuring artists and producers such as D.R.A.M.. Joey Bada$$, Jidenna, E-40, Melo-X, Cardo, !llmind, Araabmuzik, and more. Watch the trailer below:
Jay-Z and the Weinstein Company have secured the rights to adapt two books on the Trayvon Martin shooting for film and a six-part docuseries according to Variety. The books are Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It, written by Civil Rights attorney Lisa Bloom, and Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, written by Martin’s parents. The Trayvon Martin story follows their recent docuseries on Kalief Browder and prison reform, as well as Weinstein Co.’s Fruitvale Station back in 2013, about the shooting of another unarmed young black man, Oscar Grant.
Spring Awakening‘s Michael Mayer and the upcoming Toy Story 4‘s Martin Hynes have come together with Pharrell Williams to create Atlantis, a musical that “is being described as a Romeo and Juliet style story (with a music element) inspired by Williams’ childhood in Virginia Beach, VA,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Some more Billboard records were broken this week by none other than Drake, who earned the Most Hits from a Solo Artist at 154 in total. Lil Wayne previously held the title.
Master P, an entrepreneur and rapper from New Orleans expressed his desire to be an assistant coach for the Pelicans, New Orleans’ NBA basketball team. “They need me to be an assistant coach,” he told TMZ. “I’m serious about coaching. Bring me in.”
The Week in Music Merch:
Kanye West’s Callabasas Collection was released via https://yeezysupply.com/, and sold out in under 5 minutes.
David Bowie’s NYC condo and piano are up for sale at $6.5million. Get your new home here, and see which grocery stores and public schools might be in the area.
The Week in Music Oddities:
Here’s a video of Sia singing “S is for Songs” on Sesame Street.
Adele told an audience in Auckland last night, according to The New Zealand Herald, that she may never tour again. “Touring isn’t something I’m good at. Applause makes me feel a bit vulnerable,” she said, “I don’t know if I will ever tour again. The only reason I’ve toured is you [the fans].” Apparently she had also turned down the offer to replace Beyoncé at Coachella 2017, who will be replaced by Lady Gaga, Consequence of Sound reports.
A giant mural of Stormzy appeared in Dublin this week. Stormzy posted a picture of it to his twitter writing: “Dublin, I don’t know who’s responsible for this but thank you and tomorrow is gonna be MAD. Kicking off the tour strong.”
Lupe Fiasco, the rapper, decided to show off his samurai sword skills on Instagram dressed in full with a real steel sword. According to an interview in MTV News back in 2010, Lupe said that he “did martial arts for, like, 20 years. My father was a Grand Master for, like, 40 years before he passed.” Watch his moves here that, according to a sword-instructor/expert interviewed by Noisey, are actually “pretty good!”
The Week in Music Obituaries:
Sib Hashian, drummer for the band Boston, has passed away. According to MSN, he was on the Legends of Rock Cruise playing with fellow ex-band member Barry Goudreau, former Foreigner singer Lou Gramm, former Beach Boy David Marks and former Kansas singer John Elefante at the time of his death. The “More Than a Feeling” drummer’s daughter Lauren Hasian, a singer-songwriter, just had a daughter with actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
The Week in Music Releases:
- Bob Dylan – Triplicate
- Freddie Gibbs – You Only Live 2wice
- Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
- Nelly Furtado – The Ride
- Kodak Black – Painting Pictures
- Julia Holter – In the Same Room
- Young Dolph – Bulletproof
Here’s Raekwon’s 10 Favorite Hip-Hop Albums of All Time, via Consequence of Sound. “It’s important man, it’s important.”
Lastly, watch Beyoncé FaceTime a fan suffering from stage IV cancer just days before she passed. Ebony Banks had started a social media campaign that got to the singer’s attention, who was able to call and fulfill Banks’ last wish during her time at the hospital: