Drake and Future Tease ‘What a Time to Be Alive 2’

Drake and Future’s What a Time to Be Alive 2 may be in the works.

On Thursday night (April 4), Drake brought out Future during his “Assassination Vacation Tour” at London’s O2 Arena. While backstage after the show, Future took to Instagram Stories with Drake, where they revealed that they are cooking up new music, a possible sequel to their 2015 collaborative project What a Time To Be Alive.

“What’s that? We gotta cook that up. That two,” said Drake while holding up two fingers in the video. Future responded, “It’s already cooked. Top secret.”

Just last month, there were reports that the FBGOVO duo was working on What a Time To Be Alive 2. According to OnSMASH, the project is already complete and features new music that was not left over from their past recording sessions.

There had first been rumors of a WATTBA sequel last year when Future teased an unreleased Drake collaboration on Snapchat. “I got 20 damn Kylies,” Future rapped in the clip (via XXL) before Drake added, “I got 20 damn Kendalls / Young slim baddies and they’re in Vogue / I got 20 fuckin’ Gigis.”

The original What a Time to Be Alive dropped in September 2015 featuring production from Metro Boomin and Southside. It opened at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum.

Today, Future also teamed up with Vevo to release the official live performances of “Promise U That” and “Call The Coroner” off his latest album Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD. Watch below.

Childish Gambino May Release Rihanna ‘Guava Island’ Project Next Weekend

More details are emerging around Childish Gambino’s mysterious project with Rihanna.

In August 2018, the rapper-actor and pop superstar were seen shooting a secret film project in Cuba. Later in the year, Donald Glover previewed a teaser of their cinematic collaboration during his PHAROS Festival in New Zealand.

Now it looks like the project, tentatively titled Guava Island, will see the light of day as soon as next weekend. Fans have recently noticed that Spotify has been teasing the Guava Island release with ads on the streaming service. As Complex points out, the RapCaviar playlist is being “presented by Guava Island.” One ad features audio of a guitar before Gambino says, “I’ll see you at the show, everyone.”

The ads have been promoting an April 13 release date, the day after Gambino is scheduled to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif.

There are reports that the project could be a visual album including a film co-starring Rihanna. It’s unclear if she is also involved with the music. Last month, Crack magazine reported that cinematographer Christian Sprenger (“Atlanta”) had listed a project called Guava as a “visual album” on his résumé.

The film, directed by Hiro Murai (“This Is America,” “3005”), was shot in Havana and also stars Nonso Anozie and Black Panther‘s Letitia Wright. Glover and Rihanna reportedly play lovers and partners in crime in the action/crime thriller.

In early 2018, Glover announced that he would retire the Childish Gambino moniker upon the release of his upcoming fourth studio album. He also revealed that his “This Is America” tour would be his last.

During an interview at the Grammys in February, Glover collaborator Ludwig Göransson (“This Is America”) told “Extra” that he had been “working closely with Donald for a little while.”

Mastering engineer Mike Bozzi also hinted at more music to come. “We’ve been in the studio working on new songs, and [Glover’s] got another vision that he’s working out,” he said. “I can’t tell you when it’s coming out but something big is coming.”

Lil Nas X Taps Billy Ray Cyrus for ‘Old Town Road (Remix)’

Following the explosive success of “Old Town Road,” viral sensation Lil Nas X teams up with country legend Billy Ray Cyrus on the remix to his genre-bending hit.

The “Achy Breaky Heart” crooner (and father of Miley Cyrus) adds a verse to the Atlanta rapper’s country-inspired rap track, which is currently No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“I’m gonna take my horse to the Old Town Road / I’m gonna ride till I can’t no more,” sings Cyrus on the remix. “Baby’s gotta have a diamond ring and Fendi sports bras / Ridin’ down Rodeo with my Maserati sports car.”

The “country trap” song, which has racked up over 70 million global streams to date, charted on the Hot 100, Hot Country Songs, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts before Billboard pulled it from the country charts.

“The song is country trap. It’s not one, it’s not the other. It’s both. It should be on both,” Lil Nas X told TIME in response to the controversy. “I believe whenever you’re trying something new, it’s always going to get some kind of bad reception.”

Prior to the song’s release, Cyrus tweeted his support for X. “Been watching everything going on with OTR,” he told the 19-year-old. “When I got thrown off the charts, Waylon Jennings said to me ‘Take this as a compliment’ means you’re doing something great! Only Outlaws are outlawed. Welcome to the club!”

Lil Nas X Taps Billy Ray Cyrus for ‘Old Town Road (Remix)’

Following the explosive success of “Old Town Road,” viral sensation Lil Nas X teams up with country legend Billy Ray Cyrus on the remix to his genre-bending hit.

The “Achy Breaky Heart” crooner (and father of Miley Cyrus) adds a verse to the Atlanta rapper’s country-inspired rap track, which is currently No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“I’m gonna take my horse to the Old Town Road / I’m gonna ride till I can’t no more,” sings Cyrus on the remix. “Baby’s gotta have a diamond ring and Fendi sports bras / Ridin’ down Rodeo with my Maserati sports car.”

The “country trap” song, which has racked up over 70 million global streams to date, charted on the Hot 100, Hot Country Songs, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts before Billboard pulled it from the country charts.

“The song is country trap. It’s not one, it’s not the other. It’s both. It should be on both,” Lil Nas X told TIME in response to the controversy. “I believe whenever you’re trying something new, it’s always going to get some kind of bad reception.”

Prior to the song’s release, Cyrus tweeted his support for X. “Been watching everything going on with OTR,” he told the 19-year-old. “When I got thrown off the charts, Waylon Jennings said to me ‘Take this as a compliment’ means you’re doing something great! Only Outlaws are outlawed. Welcome to the club!”

Miguel Drops Spanish EP ‘Te Lo Dije’

Miguel has been teasing a Spanish-language project since 2012 and today he delivers with his new EP Te Lo Dije.

The five-track set consists of Spanish remakes from his 2017 album War & Leisure, including the previously-released “Banana Clip” and “Sky Walker,” plus a Spanish duet of “Carmelo Duro” featuring Kali Uchis. Other collaborations include “Criminal” with Spanish rapper C. Tangana and the title track “Te Lo Dije” (“Told You So”) with Grammy-winning Mariachi band La Flor De Toloache.

In 2012, the Mexican-American singer shared his Spanish aspirations. “I want to be able to write an entire song in Spanish, but I’m practicing my Spanish now just so I can get it,” Miguel told Power 106. “Songs in Spanish are so poetic. I think that’s one of my favorite things about Latino music, and the rhyme scheme is completely different. So I’m really nervous to do it, I don’t want it to be bad, but I’m really excited to do it.”

Miguel previously teamed up with Natalia Lafourcade on the Oscar-winning “Remember Me (Dúo)” off the soundtrack for Disney/Pixar’s Coco.

Stream Te Lo Dije below.

Stream Khalid’s Sophomore Album ‘Free Spirit’

Two years since his Grammy-nominated debut American Teen, Khalid returns with his highly-anticipated sophomore album Free Spirit.

The 21-year-old El Paso singer showcases his evolution and freedom on the 17-track set, which includes the Hit-Boy-produced “Self,” “Don’t Pretend,” “My Bad,” and the Disclosure-produced lead single “Talk,” plus a collaboration with John Mayer (“Outta My Head”). Two cuts from his 2018 EP Suncity—”Better” and “Saturday Nights”—are also included, the latter as a bonus track.

“I wrote American Teen at 17 years old,” Khalid told Zane Lowe on Beats 1. “Now I get to release this at 20-21, so it’s a completely different mind frame.”

The album arrives alongside a companion film of the same name, directed by Emil Nava. “This album is the culmination of all of the growth and experiences I have gathered over the past two remarkable years,” said Khalid. “I have been in the studio pouring my soul and spirit to create a body of work that I hope speaks to each and every one of you.”

Khalid will perform at Coachella next weekend before launching an arena tour in support of the album. The “Khalid Free Spirit World Tour” kicks off in Phoenix on June 20 and travels across the U.S. and Canada, wrapping in Miami on Aug. 17.

Stream Free Spirit below.

New Music: Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne – ‘I Will Not Break’

Over 10 years after topping the charts with their multi-platinum hit “Let It Rock,” Kevin Rudolf and Lil Wayne are back with a new collaboration called “I Will Not Break.”

Produced and written by Rudolf, the rock-rap hybrid features empowering lyrics from Rudolf and a spitfire verse from Weezy. “I’ve been in this game for years / It made me an animal,” he raps. “There’s rules to this shit / Follow ’em, I laugh at ’em.”

Speaking to Billboard, Rudolf opened up about reuniting with his former YMCMB labelmate. “Whenever I do something with Wayne it just feels, like, destined,” he said. “There’s just a chemistry. I don’t see him that often, but there’s just something about the combination that always feels like it’s destined to be. I don’t know how to explain it.”

The accompanying video was directed by graphic artist Fenwik. “I wanted a video saying something about where I came from and what I had gone through and where I am now,” explained Rudolf. “It’s about having whatever experiences, whatever scars, whatever life experiences I had been through.”

Upon its release in 2008, “Let It Rock” sold over 5 million copies and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. After releasing two albums on Cash Money, Rudolf moved to Nashville, where he co-wrote and played on Keith Urban’s “Little Bit of Everything.” He has since come back to Miami, where he is now working on a new album for release next year.

Nipsey Hussle Shooting Suspect Charged with Murder, Faces Life in Prison

Eric Holder, the suspect in the fatal shooting of Nipsey Hussle, was officially charged Thursday (April 4).

The L.A. County District Attorney charged Holder, 29, with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. The attempted murder charges are for the alleged shootings of the two other victims, Kerry Lathan and Shermi Cervabta Villanueva.

Holder was taken into custody on Tuesday following a city-wide manhunt. According to the LAPD, he approached Nipsey outside of his Marathon Clothing store before fatally shooting him and injuring two others.

Nipsey was at his Marathon store on Sunday to help out his friend Kerry, who had just been released from jail after 20 years, by hooking him up with with some new clothes. According to TMZ, Shermi was Kerry’s nephew and had driven him to meet with Nipsey.

Holder is being held in solitary confinement at a Los Angeles jail because police see him as a target. They will keep him away from anyone that may want to seek out revenge for Nipsey’s death.

Prosecutors have recommended Holder’s bail be set at $5 million. If convicted of murder, Holder faces between 25 years to life in prison.

TDE to Headline #REVOLVEfestival

TDE is taking over #REVOLVEfestival.

Top Dawg Entertainment has partnered with fashion retailer REVOLVE for the 2019 edition of its desert festival, which will take place April 11-14 in La Quinta. The TDE-curated lineup will include SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Zacari, and Reason, who will perform on Saturday night (April 13) on the TDE Stage, along with a special performance from 2 Chainz.

REVOLVE and TDE will also celebrate their partnership with an exclusive collection of REVOLVE x TDE merchandise available via REVOLVE.com starting April 15.

Now in its fourth year, #REVOLVEfestival also boasts a hip-hop-heavy lineup on Sunday (April 14) including Rae Sremmurd, Offset, Tyga, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Rich the Kid, Saweetie, and SAINt JHN.

Held at an exclusive location during the first weekend of Coachella, the desert party is one of the hottest tickets with an invite-only guest list including Kendall Jenner, Shay Mitchell, Olivia Culpo, Winnie Harlow, Joan Smalls, Chanel Iman, Draya Michele, and more.

Previous #REVOLVEfestival performers have included Chance the Rapper, Travis Scott, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Migos, YG, Snoop Dogg, and more.

Two More Plead Guilty in 6ix9ine Federal Case

Two more men have pled guilty in 6ix9ine’s federal racketeering case.

On Wednesday (April 3), Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones and Faheem “Crippy” Walter both entered guilty pleas. This brings the total number of guilty pleas in the case to five including 6ix9ine, his former manager Kifano “Shotti” Jordan, Jensel “Ish” Butler, Jones, and Walter.

According to court documents obtained by Complex, Walter pleaded guilty to two counts: violent crime in the aid of racketeering and a firearms offense in connection with an armed robbery in Manhattan in April 2018.

In a statement, Walter’s lawyer Edward Sapone acknowledged his defendant’s guilty plea. “Mr. Walter is to be commended for having the courage to honestly and publicly admit his wrongdoing,” Sapone told Complex. “By his acceptance of responsibility, he has put the old behind him as he starts a new life that his children can be proud of. He looks forward to demonstrating to Judge Engelmayer the compelling reasons why the minimum sentence of 60 months is the right sentence.”

The same day, Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones entered his guilty plea. Jones was known as the “godfather” of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, making him the highest-ranking member on the streets, according to the New York Daily News.

6ix9ine’s former manager, Kifano “Shotti” Jordan, a high-ranking member of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, faces a minimum prison sentence of 15 years in connection with the robbery and discharging a firearm during a shooting at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

In February, Tekashi pleaded guilty to nine federal charges including hiring a hitman to kill Chief Keef and distributing drugs. The 22-year-old rapper struck a deal with the feds in an attempt to lighten his sentence. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January 2020.

Nipsey Hussle’s Philanthropy to Be Entered Into Congressional Record

Nipsey Hussle will go down in history.

Congresswoman Karen Bass, who represents California’s 37th District including South L.A., has announced plans to have the rapper’s humanitarian efforts recorded into Congress’ permanent record.

“I will be heading to the House Floor next week to formally enter Nipsey Hussle’s contributions to South Los Angeles into the Congressional Record where it will be a part of United States history forever,” Bass tweeted on Wednesday (April 3).

The 33-year-old rapper, whose nickname was “Neighborhood Nip,” was celebrated for his work in the community of South Los Angeles. The day after he died, he was scheduled to meet with LAPD Chief Michel Moore and Police Commission President Steve Soboroff to discuss gang violence prevention.

There has also been an online movement to name the intersection of Crenshaw and Slauson, where Nipsey was killed, to “Nipsey Hussle Way” in “honor of a community icon.” The petition on Change.org has more than 380,000 signatures.

In the wake of his death, Nipsey’s peers including ScHoolboy Q, Machine Gun Kelly, and YG have decided to delay their single and album releases out of respect for the slain rapper. “I was dropping a Surprise album April 12th,” tweeted YG. “But man Now that we gotta deal with Big bro goin to heaven I will not drop the album this month.”

Video: Anderson .Paak feat. Smokey Robinson – ‘Make It Better’

Following “King James,” Anderson .Paak teams up with Motown legend Smokey Robinson on the latest single off his upcoming album Ventura.

The soulful track, produced by Alchemist and Fredwreck, is accompanied by a music video directed by Andy Hines (Big Sean, Logic). In the romantic clip, Anderson chronicles the highs and lows of a relationship.

Speaking to Zane Lowe on Beats 1, .Paak opened up about co-writing the song with Robinson. “He’s still got it. He came through. He said, ‘You gotta make it nice, baby. You gotta say something sweet to her, baby. If you want her to fall in love, you gotta make love to her with your words, man,’” he said. “My original was like, ‘It’s easier to run away than to eat what’s on your fucking plate,’ and he was like, ‘No baby. What in the hell? No, no.’ And then he came back. He said, ‘Burn me a disc, one with the instrumental, one with the lyrics. Ima come back. Ima have it ready for you.’ Came back, ‘It’s easier to run away than to look at what would make you stay.’”

Ventura, the follow-up to November’s Oxnard, arrives April 12. Executive produced by Dr. Dre, the album also features André 3000, Jazmine Sullivan, Brandy, Nate Dogg, and Lalah Hathaway.

In support of the album, Anderson will kick off his “Best Teef in the Game Tour” on May 17 with Thundercat, Earl Sweatshirt, Noname, Mac DeMarco, and Jessie Reyez on select dates.