Jack Harlow on Kanye West: “I think he sees himself as Mozart or Beethoven”

Jack Harlow has shared his thoughts on how Kanye West views himself and his music at this stage in his career.

Speaking in a new interview, Harlow was asked about West’s “doom aesthetic”, referring to his current fashion choices and the cult energy surrounding his recent stadium gatherings to promote new album ‘DONDA’.

“I think he sees himself as Mozart or Beethoven,” Harlow told GQ. “I think he’s worried, not about what it looks like now but what it will look like in 100 years.”

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The ‘Whats Poppin’ rapper continued: “Take what happened with the Taylor Swift situation: at the time it was all pitchforks, but now people treat that as iconic. I am always fascinated to see what he does next. This ‘DONDA’ roll-out, people are going to remember that for years.”

Elsewhere during the chat, Harlow revealed he “could be” releasing some music with UK rapper Dave sometime soon.

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Harlow also revealed that he and UK rapper Dave have collaborated on some music. CREDIT: Press

“The first time we met was in LA and then on the way back to London he flew to Atlanta and we went to the studio and worked on some stuff,” Harlow said. “I ordered him Waffle House for the first time…”

He continued: “Dave and I had one session in the studio but it’s open-ended. We kept in touch. I like his stuff as it’s really wordy, a lot like mine. Not many rappers are like that back home.”

Earlier this week, Kanye West‘s petition to legally change his name to his nickname, Ye, was approved in a Los Angeles court.

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Back in August, the rapper and producer filed documents to change his full name – Kanye Omari West – to the mononym.

According to TMZ, West has now been granted his name change, which means he will be referred to simply as Ye moving forward, and he will no longer have a middle name.

Meanwhile, Harlow has shared details of a phone call he had with Eminem, where the legendary rapper praised the rising Kentucky artist.

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Big Sean gets cloaked in 65,000 bees in music video for new single ‘What A Life’

Big Sean‘s new collaborative effort with Hit-Boy, ‘What A Life’, sees the legendary rapper get covered in 65,000 for its official music video.

Taking to Instagram overnight (October 23), Big Sean posted an image of himself covered by a swarm, confirming he really did go the extra mile for the clip. In a caption, he wrote: “In the song I said 100 B’s, but it was really 65,000 🐝’s on me.

“This not photoshopped neither. I HAD 65,000 Bee’s on me… love to the 🐝 hive. I just ain’t want y’all to think it was some damn effects or some shit 😂.”

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Aside from his brush with the busy hive, the music video for ‘What A Life’ is a woven feature of contrasting frames, each shot featuring Sean reflecting on an area of his life. Sean floats above a city skyline, raps in a darkened room wearing a black suit, gets chased by a hoard of would-be brides and more, as he reflectively raps on his successes.

Watch it below:

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Earlier this week, as part of the 122nd instalment of the Power 106 Los Angeles freestyle series, Sean dropped an almost nine-minute-long freestyle over four different beats.

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Referencing Kobe Bryant, the rapper also used Drake‘s ‘Love All’ and Kanye West‘s ‘Hurricane’, from his latest album ‘Donda’.

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Megan Thee Stallion announces forthcoming drop ‘Something For Thee Hotties: From Thee Archives’

Megan Thee Stallion has revealed she’ll be releasing a collection of freestyles and unreleased, archival tracks later this month.

Stallion shared a series of images of herself as a red devil to announce the drop, calling it a “gift to my hotties”.

“Freestyles y’all been asking for plus a few unreleased songs from my archives to hold y’all over for the rest of the year,” she wrote, adding, “if it’s over an original beat it will be there”.

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The drop is set to arrive on October 29.

Stallion has shared numerous freestyles of late, including ‘Tuned In Freestyle’, ‘Outta Town Freestyle’ and ‘Southside Forever Freestyle’, the latter of which arrived on her birthday back in February.

She also released ‘Thot Shit’ in June, and has linked up with a number of artists for collaborative tracks, such as DJ Snake, BLACKPINK’s Lisa and Ozuna for ‘SG’, and K-pop superstars BTS on a remix of their single, ‘Butter’.

Stallion was up for six awards at this year’s MTV VMAs, which took place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in September. She was nominated for Artist Of The Year, Video Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Collaboration and two Best Hip-Hop nominations, one for ‘WAP’ with Cardi B and one for ‘On Me (Remix)’ with Lil Baby. However, she didn’t take home any awards.

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Kendrick Lamar fans think new music is imminent as Spotify profile picture changes

Kendrick Lamar fans believe that long-awaited new music from the rapper could be on the way, after he changed his Spotify profile picture.

Fans have been anticipating the follow-up to 2017’s ‘DAMN.’ all year, and speculation was renewed in the summer after the rapper announced his final album for longtime label Top Dawg Entertainment in a letter to fans.

Speculation was then further fuelled when Kendrick registered a host of new songs with ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).

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Today (October 21), another hint that new music could be on the way has dropped, with Kendrick replacing his profile picture on Spotify, often a tell-tale sign that an artist is preparing to release new material.

Fans have taken the hint as a clue that the rapper’s first solo material in four-and-a-half years is imminent, taking to social media to share their excitement.

Alleged snippets of new music have also reportedly leaked online, while many fans are pointing to the ninth anniversary of his breakout album ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’ falling tomorrow (October 22).

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In his note announcing his final album for Top Dawg, Kendrick wrote: “I spend most of my days with fleeting thoughts. Writing. Listening. And collecting old Beach cruisers. The morning rides keep me on a hill of silence. I go months without a phone.”

It added: “Love, loss, and grief have disturbed my comfort zone, but the glimmers of God speak through my music and family. While the world around me evolves, I reflect on what matters the most. The life in which my words will land next.

“As I produce my final TDE album, I feel joy to have been a part of such a cultural imprint after 17 years. The Struggles. The Success. And most importantly, the Brotherhood. May the Most High continue to use Top Dawg as a vessel for candid creators.”

Kendrick is scheduled to headline the Day N Vegas festival in Las Vegas next month, and will perform alongside Dr. DreEminemSnoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige at next year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show.

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Young Thug says Mac Miller collaboration ‘Day Before’ was recorded one day before Miller’s death

Young Thug has revealed that ‘Day Before’, a collaboration with Mac Miller that closes Thugger’s new album ‘Punk’, was recorded just one day before Miller’s death in September 2018.

“I was with Mac the day before he died. He was at my studio. We did the song on my album. This shit’s so crazy but it’s coincidental,” Thug said in a recent interview with The Breakfast Club.

“He came to the studio, did the song. The next day he died. And the song that we did at the studio, the name of the song is ‘Day Before’. But the song is just about… women… It was like, flamboyant,” the rapper continued.

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“I think deep on that, because it’s like, is that a sign? At some point you want to know. At some point it’s like, have you ever just wished God could really just talk to you?”

Watch the full interview below – the conversation turns to Miller at around the 46-minute mark.

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‘Punk’, Thug’s second studio album, arrived last Friday (October 15). In addition to Miller, the album features collaborations with the likes of Drake, Travis Scott, Post Malone, A$AP Rocky, Doja Cat, Future, Juice WRLD and more.

In a five-star review of ‘Punk’, NME called ‘Day Before’ a “masterpiece” featuring a beat “made for Mac Miller’s voice”.

Thugger appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, joined by Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker for a performance of album cut ‘Tick Tock’.

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Last month marked the three-year-anniversary of Miller’s death from an accidental overdose. Kid Cudi, Kehlani, Thundercat and more paid tribute to the rapper to mark the occasion.

Last week, Miller’s mixtape ‘Faces’ arrived on streaming platforms for the first time. Originally released in May of 2014, the project features appearances from Schoolboy QRick RossThundercatVince StaplesMike JonesEarl Sweatshirt and more.

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