Rick Ross says he wasn’t allowed into Buckingham Palace

Rick Ross has expressed his upset after being denied entry into Buckingham Palace after a visit to London.

On his Instagram story, Ross explained how he tried to get into the royal residence, but was denied entry. In a tongue-in-cheek post, the rapper joked that not even his illustrious CV was enough to gain access to the palace.

He wrote: “Alright so y’all saw me go to Buckingham Palace. I pulled the homie to the side and told him you know, who I was, the Biggest Bawse. And for one of the first times in a long time that didn’t get me in. It didn’t get me through the gates.”

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Ross joked that he forgave the person who denied him entry after he directed him to a local luxurious restaurant.

“I didn’t get to sit at the table,” the rapper went on. “But what he did do was refer me to a spot and they said they’d be waiting on me and I can pick the lobster I wanted to eat so I forgave him.”

Earlier this year, Freddie Gibbs enlisted Ross for a new collaborative single, sharing a punchy cut titled ‘Ice Cream’.

The track was produced by Kenny Beats, and is built around a sample used by Wu-Tang Clan‘s RZA and Raekwon for the latter’s 1995 single, also titled ‘Ice Cream’, which appeared on his ‘Only Built 4 Cubin Linx’ LP.

Gibbs and Ross pay homage to Raekwon’s ‘Ice Cream’ throughout their cut, notably in the accompanying music video. In it, we see Gibbs riding around in an ice cream van, mirroring footage from Raekwon’s ’90s clip.

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Elsewhere, Ross made headlines in December last year for walking out during an interview under the guise he was going to use the bathroom. The rapper was just over half an hour into an interview on The 85 South Comedy Show when he went to use the bathroom but didn’t come back, with the hosts informed off-camera he’d left to catch a flight.

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Listen to Kaytranada and Anderson .Paak’s new collaboration, ‘Twin Flame’

Producer Kaytranada has teamed up with Anderson .Paak for a new song called ‘Twin Flame’.

It comes with a slick, nineties inspired video that .Paak directed himself. The pair can be seen performing alongside one another in the video on an elevated platform, in a disused warehouse. Beneath them, people are dancing throughout the song.

On Instagram, the raapper wrote of the track: “Linked back up with my brother @Kaytranada for another classic banger. Twin flame song and video out now!

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“PS: Thanks for trusting me to direct this one an shout out to my amazing team who made it possible.”

Check out the song and the video here:

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Recently, Anderson .Paak joined BTS on drums during the K-pop band’s ‘Proof: Live’ online event.

The livestream saw the band introducing the rapper for their rendition of ‘Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment In Life), the lead single from their new anthology album ‘Proof’.

Afterwards, .Paak spoke briefly to the band, telling them his thoughts on the track: “I love it, it reminds me of church, it’s great. It’s fantastic,” he said. He also revealed that it was his son, Soul Rasheed, who first introduced him to the K-pop group. “He’s a big fan, so he made me a fan, and ever since I’ve been obsessed. I’ve been ARMY ever since.”

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Yet To Come’ and the album ‘Proof’ were both released on June 10. The record is a 48-track compilation that includes many of the boyband’s hit singles, from ‘Boy With Luv’ featuring Halsey to their debut single ‘No More Dream’.

It’s not the first time .Paak has appeared as a surprise guest drummer. During the Super Bowl, he made an appearance during the Half Time show alongside Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J Blige and 50 Cent.

Meanwhile, Kaytranada is supporting The Weeknd in the middle of the North American leg of his tour.

The jaunt, which began in early July, will see support on select dates from Snoh Aalegra, Kaytranada and Mike Dean after Doja Cat was forced to cancel all her 2022 live dates, including festival shows and her tour with The Weeknd, to recover from tonsil surgery.

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Lady Leshurr calls out Cardi B over ‘Cheap Ass Weave’ sample

Lady Leshurr has called out Cardi B for using a sample from her song ‘Queen’s Speech 4’ on one of her tracks.

The sample went on to appear on Cardi’s 2015 track ‘Cheap Ass Weave’, which Leshurr has now called her out on for allegedly not giving her a credit or a single penny in royalties.

The exchange began with Leshurr tweeting a follower: “You mind asking Cardi if she can break me off a likkle change she used my beat/idea before her big break and is now a millionaire and I got paid 0. (sic)”

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Cardi then hit back saying: “I made like 2 dollars of that song ….you want the other dollar?” before Leshurr said she was more “mad” about not receiving a credit.

She added: “Would b nice but tbh I just wanted my credit & it’s mad I had to tweet banter 4 a response when I dm u years ago about it.

“I was cool wen I thought it was just YT cover but it’s on streaming sites as ‘cheap azz weave’ nw & urs comes up b4 mine so yes dollar & credit pls.”

Cardi then fired back: “I don’t find the song on apple but if it’s on any streaming service I will be makin sure it’s takin down including YouTube. I will also make sure I send you your dollar.”

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The track is currently still on Spotify and YouTube.

The row comes after Kelis also claimed that she was sampled on Beyoncé’s new album ‘RENAISSANCE’ without granting permission.

The singer had alleged that her 2003 track ‘Milkshake’, which was written and produced by The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo), was sampled on a song called ‘Energy’.

Beyoncé has since updated the album, removing an interpolation of Kelis’ hit from the LP cut of ‘Energy’.

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Chance The Rapper responds to suggestion he’s flopped: “N****s was saying I fell off when I was in high school!”

Chance The Rapper has responded to suggestions online that his career has “fallen off”.

The rapper was talking to The Breakfast Club earlier this week when co-host Charlamagne Tha God asked him about how he deals with negative criticism of his work.

“How hard is it to not feed into criticism you may see of yourself online? Because there is a lot of chatter online that they like to say Chance the Rapper fell off, that’s their language,” Charlamagne asked him in the studio, the footage of which you can watch below.

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“Man. I don’t know,” Chance replied. “To me it’s like, I could do one of two things: I could either agree with it, or I could live my life. If I agree with it, then that means The Breakfast Club fell off, ’cause y’all don’t have people that fell off sitting in your chair I don’t think, usually. And so I feel like I gotta stay on my path.”

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He then went on to say that he was facing such criticism as early as high school, a few years before the release of his celebrated mixtapes such as 2013’s ‘Acid Rap‘.

“N****s was saying I fell off when I was in high school,” the rapper said. “I made four mixtapes! N****s was telling me in high school, ‘Your last tape was better.’ I’m like, ’N***a, I’m 15!’

He continued: “I can joke about it, but it is tough, but it’s like, I don’t know, what can I say? Tell people that my feelings are hurt?”

Chance explained that he doesn’t let nasty remarks get in the way of his career and that he intends to keep creating music independently for as long as he can.

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“I could listen to people that think about artists like they’re fucking Pokémon cards, like these commodified trading cards that’s like, ‘Oh, your fucking 2K rating just went down.’ Like, fuck them n****s, these n****s is lame as hell!” he said.

“They’ve never been on,” he added. “If I fell off, at least I was on.”

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Meanwhile, Chance has opened up about last year’s leaked footage of himself being yelled at by Kanye West, saying that the interaction made him “evaluate” their friendship.

In January 2021 a video emerged of Chance and West in the studio together for a ‘DONDA’ recording session. It appeared to show West — now legally known as Ye — growing increasingly agitated before lashing out at Chance, telling him to sit his “ass down and listen to the album or leave”.

The clip was part of a ‘DONDA’ documentary being made by Dame Dash. In his narration of the scene, Dash said Chance had come out to see West due to the publicity surrounding his declining mental health.

“I did come out there to check on my friend,” Chance confirmed. “Me and a lot of other people still have love for Ye. But he’s human, he’s not perfect. He was obviously going through it at that time … It made me evaluate my friendship with him, for sure. I had never been so close to him going through an episode.”

He added: “At the end of the day, I definitely love the dude. That’s my guy. It sucks that sometimes people can exploit a moment that is a genuine moment.”

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Peloton sued for unlicensed use of Cypress Hill and House Of Pain songs

Exercise equipment brand Peloton is being sued for the alleged unlicensed use of songs by Cypress Hill and House Of Pain.

A lawsuit has been filed against the company by Soul Assassins Inc. which is owned by Cypress Hill member DJ Muggs, according to Billboard.

It is alleged that Peloton used portions of Cypress Hill’s classic 1993 track ‘Insane In The Brain’ and ‘(Rap) Superstar’ (2000) during their workout regimes without obtaining a proper license.

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The suit also names House Of Pain’s ‘Jump Around’ (1992) as another song that Peloton used without permission. DJ Muggs produced that track and has a songwriting stake in it.

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Peloton was previously sued for copyright infringement in March 2019 by a coalition of music publishers that accused the company of playing songs by the likes of Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry without obtaining proper licenses. That lawsuit was settled in 2020.

“Peloton’s use of [the songs] in its work-out videos without a license from Soul Assassins is an outrageous, willful infringement because Peloton was sued by a group of music publishers in March of 20019 for doing the exact same thing,” the new suit filed on behalf of Soul Assassins Inc. read.

“Clearly … Peloton knew unequivocally that it had no right to use any musical composition in its exercise videos without first obtaining a license for one hundred percent of the song.”

Earlier this year, Cypress Hill released their documentary Cypress Hill: Insane In The Brain featuring rare archival footage and images of the group – originally comprising B-Real, Sen Dog, Eric Bobo, and Muggs – from their early beginnings when they performed in front of 16 people to their height, playing to more than 150,000 fans.

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