Dec
18
Drake Reps Raptors at ‘Drake Night’

Drake

Drake put on for the 6 while hosting the second-ever “Drake Night” at the Toronto Raptors’ game on Wednesday. The Canadian rapper, who is the team’s global ambassador, was courtside at the Air Canada Centre as his team took on the Brooklyn Nets.

Drizzy introduced the players including Terrence Ross and Amir Johnson and coach Dwane Casey with some hilarious jokes.

During halftime, Raptors’ DJ 4Korners took the court and spun a set full of OVO hits including “Trophies,” “Schemin’ Up,” and “The Motto.” They gave away an OVO varsity jacket and OVO Canada Goose vest to a couple lucky fans. Those in attendance took home a limited edition Raptors x OVO T-shirt.

“This is just another way for me to let the city know how much they mean to me and these guys are doing such an incredible job this year,” Drake told ESPN. “The unity, the sense of family, the energy coursing through the city, it’s given me a real purpose.”

He joked about Kevin Garnett (“He took the Z-Quil, he stayed home”) and Joe Johnson (“He’s got my haircut. He’s too old for that”), and played announcer as he described the action on the court. “I’m too biased to be an announcer,” he joked.

“Drake Night” was a success as the Raptors defeated the Nets with a score of 105-89.

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Dec
18
Rick Ross Talks 85-Pound Weight Loss on ‘GMA’

Rick Ross

The Bawse woke up bright and early for a visit to “Good Morning America” on Thursday. The hip-hop heavyweight sat down with “GMA” correspondent Sara Haines and shared how his CrossFit RossFit training program helped him shed a whopping 85 lbs.

He decided to make a change to his lifestyle after he suffered two seizures two years ago. “I woke up from that and I was like, ‘Wow, I really need to re-evaluate what I’m doing,’” said Rozay, whose second album this year, Hood Billionaire, debuted at No. 6.

As part of his new diet, he traded alcohol and soda for pears (“Shout out to the pear”) and has been getting more sleep.

Some of the ladies miss the overweight Rozay, but he knows the change is for the better. “I feel I’m fat boy forever. I’m going to always be a fat boy. But it most definitely was just something I had to do,” he said.

One thing that hasn’t changed is his music. “My music comes from the heart, that comes from my mindset,” he said. “After I sit down and absorb this great interview, it’s something that’s gonna come to me that I can put into a record.”

Watch a much slimmer Rozay open up about his dramatic weight loss.

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Dec
17
Nicki Minaj Gets Emotional Over Breakup with Safaree Samuels

SB and Nicki

Love hurts. Nicki Minaj has managed to keep her personal life private. But she got emotional while discussing her breakup with her boyfriend of 12 years, Safaree “ScaffBeezy” Samuels.

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Dec
17
New Music: Chris Brown & Tyga – ‘Ayo’

Ayo

Christmas comes early for Chris Brown and Tyga fans. Over four years since releasing their Fan of a Fan mixtape, the “Deuces” duo returns with “Ayo,” the first single off their upcoming joint album of the same name, due next year.

The fellas holla at the shorties with the “real hair” on the bouncy banger (think “Loyal”). Tyga kicks things off, declaring himself the “black Richie Rich,” while Breezy thirsts for Ice T’s wife Coco (“This don’t concern Ice”) and recalls his stint in rehab (“Rehabilitation just had me worried ’bout fu**in’”).

In addition to Fan of a Fan, Tyga plans to release The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty independently early next year.

He will join Chris and Trey Songz on their “Between the Sheets Tour,” which kicks off in January.

Drop the top and ride out to the club-ready cut below.

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Dec
17
Rap-Up TV: Ty Dolla $ign Taps Kendrick Lamar, R. Kelly for New Album

Ty Dolla $ign has had an incredible year, and he’s looking forward to an even bigger 2015. The “Paranoid” hitmaker is planning a March/April release for his long-awaited debut Free TC. But the project, named after his brother who is behind bars, represents more than just an album.

“It’s for a purpose,” the Taylor Gang member told Rap-Up TV. “He’s locked up for something that he didn’t do. It’s many people out here that get injustice, as you’ve seen Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, everything that’s happening on the news right now. It has a purpose. It’s gonna be the biggest album of 2015.”

The Diplo and DJ Dahi-produced first single “Stand For” is already gaining spins, and he’s assembled an all-star roster of talent including Jagged Edge, YG, Wiz Khalifa, and R. Kelly, who appears on a record called “Actress.”

“It’s definitely a jam and I can’t wait to see what it does out here in these streets,” he said.

His fellow Cali native Kendrick Lamar also guests on the aptly-titled “L.A.” “It’s like an anthem for L.A. It’s gonna be crazy,” he said. “Kendrick is the homie and I hope I can get on his new project.”

Following the album’s release, Ty plans to embark on his “Free TC” tour.

Plus, find out how he plans to spend Christmas and his New Year’s resolution.

Dec
17
New Music: Gunplay f/ Rick Ross – ‘Scuffed Timbs’

Scuffed Timbs

Bang bang. Gunplay will kick off 2015 with the release of his debut album Living Legend. The Florida rapper teams with the Bawse himself, Rick Ross, on his brand new single “Scuffed Timbs.” The MMG labelmates keep it G as they trade bossy verses over the Timbaland production.

Tune in to “Good Morning America” on Thursday for an interview with Rozay.

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Dec
17
YG Reacts to Grammy Snub, Calls Out ‘Wack’ Albums

YG

Despite releasing one of the most acclaimed rap albums of 2014, YG was not nominated for any Grammys. The Compton rapper spoke out about his snub during an interview on Power 106.

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