On Monday night in New York City, rapper J. Cole threw a somewhat surprise concert for fans at the Gramercy Theatre. Having only announced it earlier on in the day via his social media accounts, Cole told fans to drop by the venue along with a set of rules: no phones, cameras, bags, press list or guest list, suggesting something big was going to be revealed.
Turns out Cole previewed his forthcoming album titled K.O.D., which according to Sony Music Entertainment’s Brian “B.Dot” Miller, could potentially stand for: Kidz on Drugz, King Overdose, or Kill Our Demonz.
Slated to drop this Friday, April 20, Cole also recently shared the K.O.D. tracklist and cover art designed by artist Kamau Haroon. Shortly after the cover was unveiled, Vibe sat down with the 22-year-old Detroit artist Haroon a.k.a. Sixmau to discuss the inspiration behind K.O.D.‘s cover art, his signature moves, and what it’s like working with Cole.
After an event-filled week and weeks of teasing fans with clips (via-social media) of a video shot in the Dominican Republic, controversial Brooklyn rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine finally releases the visual to his latest single “Gotti”. Gotti shows a more calm and melodic side to 6ix9ine, the video is completely left field of the rappers norm. Known for being rather spontaneous, 6ix9ine doesn’t disappoint as he keeps the youthful and creative energy going. The visual is filled with many effects, most notably a stunt that features Tekashi’s face on a woman’s body and vibrant rainbow frequencies. During the second verse, he channels his inner-Drake à la “God’s Plan” to display his humanitarian efforts as he’s captured kicking it in the slums of DR handing out money. It’s fair to say 6ix9ine has another instant Billboard charting record on his hands and a video thats going to be trending in gossip mills industry-wide.
Check “Gotti” out here:
After months of pregnancy speculation, rapper Cardi B finally revealed her growing baby bump while performing on the April 7 episode of “Saturday Night Live.”
Three days later, she revealed that she briefly considered terminating her pregnancy — then explained why she decided not to abort the baby she’s expecting this summer with her fiance, Migos rapper Offset.
“No, it wasn’t planned, it was just one night. It was a good night. It had to be that night,” she said during an April 10 interview on Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club.” (A video clip was posted by TMZ.)
When Charlamagne Tha God asked her if she considered abortion, she replied honestly. “Kinda, sort of, and then… and then I didn’t want to deal with the whole abortion thing,” she said before explaining why she chose to move forward with her pregnancy, which she learned about while still making her debut album, “Invasion of Privacy,” which was released on April 6.
“You know what, I’m a grown woman, I’m 25 years old,” Cardi said. “I’m gonna say this in the most humblest way — I’m a schmillionaire, you know what I’m saying? And I’m prepared for this.”