Juice WRLD’s final posthumous album is “in the works”

Juice WRLD‘s final posthumous album will arrive soon, as confirmed by the late rapper’s friend and Grade A Productions label head Lil Bibby.

Bibby shared a video of the rapper in the studio on his Instagram on Saturday (February 4) and wrote in the caption that he wanted the album to feel like “a celebration/party”.

“The Last Juice WRLD Album is in the works,” Bibby wrote. “Let’s celebrate the life of Juice. No more mourning, I want everyone that Juice loved while he was here to help celebrate, especially his fans who he loved!”

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He continued: “You guys have been the best fans an artist can have (Minus the death threats to Bibby). I’m not gonna complain but i’ll jus say this is not easy. We miss you, We love you 999 til the world ends.”

Juice WRLD passed away in December 2019 after suffering a drug-induced seizure at Chicago’s Midway airport, nine months after the release of his second album, ‘Death Race For Love’. He was 21.

Since then, a posthumous album called ‘Legends Never Die’ was released in 2020. His second posthumous album, ‘Fighting Demons’, arrived in December 2021. The following February, two previously unreleased Juice WRLD tracks were shared called ‘Go Hard 2.0’ and ‘Cigarettes’.

‘Fighting Demons’, which features guest appearances from the likes of EminemJustin Bieber and BTS’ Suga, was originally released to tie in with the HBO-produced documentary titled Into the Abyss.

Last summer, Chicagoan viral rap star Polo G used his main stage set at Reading Festival 2022 (August 26) to pay tribute to Juice WRLD.

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During his set, he asked his DJ to play Juice WRLD‘s ‘Armed And Dangerous’ in full, rapping along and inviting the crowd to do the same. Afterwards, he briefly gave an earnest “R.I.P J Dawg, man” to acknowledge the lost life of the influential rapper.

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Questlove on why Will Smith wasn’t in the 2023 Grammys’ hip-hop tribute

Questlove has explained why Will Smith didn’t appear in the hip-hop medley at last night’s Grammy Awards.

The musician helped to curate the performance, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of hip-hop’s beginnings and brought together some of the genre’s biggest names. Missy Elliott, Future and GloRilla were among the performers, alongside the likes of De La Soul, Lil Wayne, Public Enemy, Run-DMC and Salt-N-Pepa.

The performance featured snippets of numerous iconic songs, from the genre’s early days to now, and was introduced by LL Cool J, while Black Thought served as the narrator. Among the performances were Run-DMC’s ‘King Of Rock’, LL Cool J’s ‘Rock The Bells’, Queen Latifah’s ‘U.N.I.T.Y.’ and Missy Elliott’s ‘Lose Control’. Representing modern-day hip-hop, Lil Baby delivered a clip of ‘Freestyle’, while GloRilla helped bring things to a wrap with ‘F.N.F. (Let’s Go)’.

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Smith might have been expected to appear in the medley, but was noticeably absent. However, Questlove later explained his absence, and mentioned that he was “99.4 committed” to be a part of the performance.

“They started shooting Bad Boys 4 this week, so he couldn’t make rehearsals.” Questlove clarified to Entertainment Tonight. “He wanted to do it.”

Smith infamously slapped Chris Rock on-stage during last year’s Oscars ceremony following a joke about his wife Jada’s shaved head. At the time, Rock was about to present the award for Best Documentary, which Questlove went on to win for his film Summer Of Soul. The documentary celebrates the oft-overlooked 1969 music festival, The Harlem Cultural Festival.

Smith went on to apologise to Questlove as well as to Rock, his family and Rock’s family in an emotional video posted last July. “It really breaks my heart to have stolen and tarnished your moment,” Smith said to his “fellow nominees” in the video. “I can still see Questlove’s eyes. It happened on Questlove’s award, and you know, it’s like, ‘I’m sorry’ really isn’t sufficient.”

Following the incident, Smith resigned from the Academy in April 2022. He was later banned from all Academy events for 10 years.

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Rock joked about the Oscars slap during a stand-up set with Dave Chappelle in May, where he remarked: “I got smacked by the softest n***a that ever rapped.”

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Jay-Z will perform at this year’s Grammys in star-studded rendition of ‘God Did’

Jay-Z is set to perform at this year’s Grammys as part of a star-studded rendition of ‘God Did‘.

As first reported in Variety, Jay-Z will perform ‘God Did’ with DJ Khaled at the awards. The track is up for three nods on the night, including song of the year.

Reportedly joining them on stage will be guest artists Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and John Legend who all make guest appearances of the song.

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In a three-star review of the album ‘God Did’, NME called the record a “glitzy blockbuster of an album”.

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DJ Khaled. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Meanwhile, FutureMissy ElliottGlorilla and more are set to perform during this week’s Grammy’s tribute to 50 years of hip-hop.

Earlier this week, Questlove revealed that he’s co-curated the tribute in a new announcement video released on January 31, teasing that he’d been working on the tribute with some of the “biggest names” in hip-hop.

The performance will honour the 50th anniversary of hip-hop’s beginnings and will see a range of acts perform from the genre, across “its past, its present, its future,” according to Questlove.

In the video, Questlove said: “I’m really really thrilled to announce that there’s gonna be a special segment on the Grammy telecast, this Sunday night, honouring hip-hop’s 50th.

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“Can you believe 50? It’s going to be an absolutely amazing moment with some of the biggest names from the genre coming together to celebrate hip-hop history — its past, its present, its future.”

Questlove went on to say that hip-hop’s “impact on our culture and our world” is “immeasurable” and described it as a “driving force in the music, in the culture.” He continued: “I’ve had the great privilege of co-curating this thing with The Roots and many many others that are gonna join us that night. So, you gotta see it.”

Now, the names of those performing has been revealed and it’s set to include Big BoiBusta Rhymes, Spliff Star, De La Soul, DJ Drama, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Flash, Grandmaster Mele Mel, Scorpio, Ice-TLil BabyLil Wayne, the Lox, Method ManNellyPublic EnemyQueen Latifah, Rahiem, RakimRun-D.M.C.Salt-N-Pepa, DJ Spinderella, ScarfaceSwizz Beatz, and Too $hort.

LL Cool J will also introduce the event, perform, and give a dedication.

The 65th Grammy Awards will be held at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on February 5, with comedian Trevor Noah on hosting duties for the third time in a row. Nominations were announced in November, with the likes of BeyoncéKendrick Lamar and Adele leading the way.

You can find out how to watch the Grammys here.

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Doja Cat says wants to make a hardcore punk record one day

Doja Cat has revealed that she wants to make a hardcore punk record one day.

In a new interview with Variety, Doja explained that she wants to explore punk as a genre more in the hop to make an all-out hardcore punk album one day.

“This is the manic part. I wasn’t gonna tell you. But I’ll just tell you now, because not talking about it is making me annoyed: I want to explore punk,” she told the interviewer. “But not pop-punk. I feel like we have enough pop-punk artists right now. And if there needs to be more, then let there be more, but I don’t think I’m the one to do it.”

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“I want to explore more of a raw, unfiltered, hardcore punk sort of thing. It’s just something that I’m doing for my own personal fun — getting some drummers and guitarists together. And I don’t even know if that’s gonna make it out there.”

Doja Cat
Doja Cat performs live in 2022. CREDIT: Mauricio Santana/Getty Images

The singer and rapper, who is nominated for five Grammys at this year’s awards on Sunday (February 5), also revealed to the interviewer that IDLES were her favourite band of last year.

The interviewer noted how during the photo shoot, she replaced the music “on the sound system with the British post-punk group Idles, [who] she plays on a loop for hours. They’re her favourite band of last year,” the interviewer explained.

Elsewhere in the interview, Doja went on to say she thinks she is discredited as a rapper in the music industry. 

Reflecting on her love of ‘Vegas‘, the Grammy-nominated song (Best Rap Performance) from the Elvis biopic and how it allowed her to return more to rapping, Doja told Variety: “That was one of the greatest experiences because everyone knows ‘Hound Dog’ [the Elvis Presley song from which it interpolates].

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“But I was able to give it my own spin. I went in and I was like, ‘Finally, I get to rap again.’ A lot of people discredit me, so it’s nice to just put another one in the fucking bucket for a great rap song.”

She added that she can’t blame casual hip-hop fans for regarding her as a dilettante. “I just got an award [from iHeartRadio] for a billion spins on the radio,” she told Variety, which is attributed to the popularity of her pop hits ‘Say So’, ‘Woman‘ and last year’s Grammy-winning ‘Kiss Me More‘.

“So with that alone, I’m constantly being shoved down people’s throats. I would be upset if I saw somebody who has kind of been fed to me as this pop-star girl with a fat ass making it to this level of rap icon, after I’ve only been watching them do disco shit and pop shit all the time,” she added.

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Listen to Glorilla’s fierce new track, ‘Internet Trolls’

Glorilla has shared a new track today (February 3) called ‘Internet Trolls’ – check it out below.

The 23-year-old rapper, who’s from Memphis, Tennessee, features in this year’s NME 100 – a round-up of the essential emerging acts for 2023.

Her latest single follows on from her recent collaboration with Moneybagg Yo on single called ‘On Wat U On’.

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Her latest new track is accompanied with a video directed by Troy Roscoe. Check it out here:

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Praising Glorilla in the NME 100 2023, Kyann-Sian Williams wrote: “In just eight months, Glorilla has achieved more than your typical rising star: after breakthrough single ‘FNF’ established her as a shit-hot name in the US rap world, while follow-up ‘Tomorrow 2’ – a party anthem that saw her team up with her “cousin” and mentor Cardi B – stormed the US charts.

“The latter song has since gone on to earn the 23-year-old a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance, proving that the love is undeniably vast for this southern hip-hop star.”

This weekend, Glorilla will perform at the Grammys, where she’ll take part in a celebration of 50 years of hip-hop alongside Missy Elliot, the Roots, Future, Lil Wayne and many more.

The performance will honour the 50th anniversary of hip-hop’s beginnings and will see a range of acts perform from the genre, across “its past, its present, its future,” according to Questlove.

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Earlier this week, Questlove revealed that he’s co-curated the Grammys tribute to 50 years of hip-hop.

“I’m really really thrilled to announce that there’s gonna be a special segment on the Grammy telecast, this Sunday night, honouring hip-hop’s 50th,” Questlove said. “Can you believe 50? It’s going to be an absolutely amazing moment with some of the biggest names from the genre coming together to celebrate hip-hop history — its past, its present, its future.”

Questlove went on to say that hip-hop’s “impact on our culture and our world” is “immeasurable” and described it as a “driving force in the music, in the culture.” He continued: “I’ve had the great privilege of co-curating this thing with The Roots and many many others that are gonna join us that night. So, you gotta see it.”

Meanwhile, Glorilla is due to hit the road for a US headline tour on January 27 – see the full schedule and find any remaining tickets here.

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