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The rapper’s latest album contains some offensive lyrics aimed at singer Rita Ora.
Rapper A$AP Rocky has attacked singer Rita Ora in a track off his new LP, At. Long. Last. A$AP, directing some very offensive and misogynistic rhymes at the British singer. It’s unclear why the rapper has chosen to target Ora on the track, as the pair had appeared to be friends and were never even rumoured to be an item.
ASAP Rocky has some nasty words for Rita Ora.
On ‘Better Days’ the 26 year old Harlem native raps, "I swear that b**ch Rita Ora got a big mouth/ Next time I see her might curse the b**ch out/ Kicked the b**ch out once cause she b**ched out/ Spit my kids out, j***ed up all in her mouth and made the b**ch bounce.”
New acts have been announced for the New Look Wireless Festival taking place in London this July.
Wireless Festival goers will be delighted to hear that new acts have been announced for this year's line-up. London's biggest pop festival is looking better than ever with some explosive first announcements.
The weekend of the 3rd-5th July 2015 will feature some of the UK and beyond's finest artists performing at Finsbury Park in London. Among new additions are A$AP Rocky, Mary J. Blige, Major Lazer, Stromae, Partynextdoor, Netsky, Robin Schulz, Tinashe, Rae Sremmurd, Collie Buddz and Pusha T.
Sam Smith admits his lyrics are always deeply personal.
Having already won a string of MOBO Awards and a Brit alongside the buzz of his number one debut album and subsequent hit singles, Sam Smith is somehow avoiding letting this whirlwind of success go to his head.
Sam Smith landed Favourite Male Pop Artist at the AMAs
Sam Smith appeared at the 2014 American Music Awards on November 23rd where he was nominated in two sections: Favorite Male Pop/Rock Artist and Kohl's New Artist Of The Year, spectacularly winning (to no-one's surprise) in the first category. The 22-year-old was waylaid on the red carpet to discuss just how he feels being a multi-Platinum selling popstar.
Continue reading: American Music Award Winner Sam Smith: My Music Is My Diary
Head to the continent for a festival experience of a lifetime with Spain's Primavera Sound, Denmark's Roskilde Festival and France's Rock En Seine to name a few.
We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.
The continent is home to some of the most unique music events in the world and, looking at what's on offer this year, it seems that the festival season is the best time to experience cultural diversity to the nth degree. Whether its sun or snow you're after, rock or dance music, indoor or outdoor, Europe has it all and with the summer quickly approaching, it's time to get on a plane and take the best vacation of your lives as we guide you to the most exciting countries you can hope to visit this year.
- Pukkelpop (August 14th - 16th): This Belgian weekend remains seriously cool having first began in 1985 and always playing host to some of the world's best alternative music with early performers including Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Nearly 30 years on, Pukkelpop maintains its excellence with 2014 seeing the likes of Clean Bandit, Gogol Bordello and Die Antwoord on the bill.
- Tomorrowland (July 18th - 20th and July 25th - 27th): If you want to feel like you've entered a fantasy world for a weekend (or two), Tomorrowland is definitely for you. Taking place in the town of Boom, you'll be rocking out against a backdrop of incredible art installations of gargantuan proportions - it really isn't a sight to be missed.
Continue reading: Head To Europe This Year For The Best Summer Festival Experiences!
Celebrities make their way through the streets of New York to attend the Jeremy Scott Spring/Summer 2014 New York Fashion Show.
Paris Hilton and her sister, Nicky Hilton, share some quality time together whilst posing for photographs outside the New York Fashion Show. Paris opted for a 'little black dress' featuring quilted leather sleeves to accompany her black handbag and extended black lattice boots, whilst New York city born Nicky Hilton showed her love for the city, wearing a 'I Heart Nueva York' slogan tank top with tiny leather hot pants and red Valentino shoes. The sisters drew an impressive crowd from photographers and fans that they were happy to pose for.
American rapper, A$AP Rocky swiftly made his way through the crowd presenting his oversized shirt and shorts combination before quickly greeting a member of the organising team and entering the building. Nicki Minaj broke the fashion show's golden rule, wearing a black, skin tight crop top with golden spots from her own collection! She was photographed next to current boyfriend Safaree Samuels wearing equally eye catching turquoise trousers and floral jacket design.
A$AP Rocky is charged with assault for violent actions at Made In America festival.
The rapper known as A$AP Rocky has been charged with misdemeanour assault after slapping a female fan, according to TMZ
The female who attended the Made In America Music festival claims to have been slapped by the 24 year old as he was walking through a crowd of fans and that she is suffered whiplash from the unprovoked attack. The rapper is said to have become agitated by several fans trying to rip his t-shirt off.
The alleged victim, made a formal criminal complaint with the District Attorney's Office on Wednesday. A spokeswomen for the Attorney's office confirmed that yesterday the charges in the complaint were approved, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
Continue reading: A$AP Rocky Assault Charge At Made In America Festival
He won't stop.
Kendrick Lamar got exactly what he wanted when he spat the now-infamous incendiary verse on Big Sean’s ‘Control.’ He told his fellow rappers – some of which he works with – that he’s out to outdo them in every way possible, and it caused quite a stir.
A confident Kendrick called out other rappers in the controversial verse
"Honestly I didn’t know there would be so much speculation behind it,” Lamar said to radio station Power 106, although the furore surrounding his lengthy verse will only move to help complete his mission. “I just wanted to rap. Anybody that knows me doing music, I wanna just rap." (Rolling Stone)
Continue reading: Kendrick Lamar Was Surprised At Control Verse Impact - Rapper Speaks Out
The hip-hop world has got some fire back in its belly.
It was the instant classic verse from Lamar that caused the stir, with the 26-year-old dubbing himself the "King of New York" and putting himself in the company of some of the game's very best.
"I heard the barbershops spittin' great debates all the time, Bout who's the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas," he spits.
Gossip blogger Perez Hilton, rappers Big Sean and A$AP Rocky, and photographer to the stars Terry Richardson are among the arrivals for Jeremy Scott's fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.
A$AP Rocky's UK tour dates have been announced which will see him perform four dates across England and Scotland.
Way back in 2011, A$AP Rocky was largely unknown, but with the BBC nominating him for "The Sound of 2012", he has since truly lived up to that moniker. Touring with Drake and Kendrick Lamar saw him rub shoulders with some of the other fastest growing names in his business and now he's bagged his very own tour. This follows the success of his first studio album Live.Long.A$AP which was released on January 15th.
Fans have been looking forward to the release of the dates for a long time. With four dates in the UK during May, most enthusiasts will be able to catch him somewhere. "For the past year I would give them dates to get them waiting," Rocky told Radio1's Newsbeat. "I couldn't imagine coming into the game telling people they're going to wait another year for a project."
Continue reading: A$AP Rocky Heading To The UK In May - Tour Dates Announced
Not even being leaked a month early could halt A$AP Rocky’s album Long.Live A$AP going straight in at the top of the US Billboard charts, and the rapper was understandably thrilled about it.
In what is a major label debut for the hip-hop artist, Long.Live A$AP went in at number one with sales of 139,000 copies – this in spite of the record being available on the internet up to a month before its official release. It was something Rocky was keen to point out as he spoke to MTV, commenting “Let's really think back on this, my joint leaked a month early. Like this is a crazy, this is a blessing, yo. The fact that we're sitting here talking about ... having a #1 album is just crazy alone because we leaked a month early ... a whole month."
The Pitch Perfect soundtrack and long-time loiterers Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars made up the rest of the top five, and Rocky enthused "They didn't have to go buy it because everybody listened to it for free. That means that people just really wanted to support. It must mean that the proof is in the pudding and people appreciate art again. I'm just thankful man." It’s the artist’s third LP and comfortably his most commercially successful yet, suggesting big things lie in wait.
Continue reading: A$AP Rocky No. 1 In The US Billboard 200 As Leak Turns Into Sales Deluge
Videos of the Week... Flanked with a letter to the fans, Justin Timberlake’s new song, ‘Suit & Tie’ featuring Jay-Z has the former ‘N Sync star bring sexy back once more. The “open letter to the fans” read: “…Back in June of last year, I quietly started working on what is now my next journey with that thing I love called music… I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.”
‘Suit & Tie’ is a slick R&B number, timeless in the sense that it doesn’t feel like much time has passed since Timberlake last released any music (his last album came out in 2006). As a precursor to his expected album later this year, this is a pretty neat little taster of what to expect from Timberlake.
Long.Live.A$Ap is the major label debut from A$AP Rocky, a man who has made his name as much for his music as for his quick-with-the-fist lifestyle. Most fledgling artists treat industry showcases like SXSW as an opportunity to break into the big time. A$AP treated it as an opportunity for a scrap. Now, after something of a logistical struggle (it was originally supposed to have been released in September of 2012), RCA have managed to pull his first major studio album out of the bag.
It's a game of two halves, in more ways than one. Stylistically, the album plays out like a teenage tantrum. A$AP starts out bragging and hollering, on the title track, mainly about how he once didn't have a "pot to p*ss in," but now has a "kitchen full of dishes." It's a neat metaphor. It's neatly framed with a softly-sung refrain about living forever. It's ruined by a backdrop of violence and misogyny. It's worth noting at this point that every track on A$AP's is marked as Explicit. This is not an album for the easily-offended. In fact, even for the disaffected, the numb of sensibility and the open-minded, A$AP's gonna make you squint in disgust, at some point, you can pretty much bank on that. Like all the best tantrums, though, the braggadocio peters out in the end.
By track thirteen on this sixteen-track album, you'll most likely be wondering what all of the fuss was about, what you were so offended by and why you're still listening. Sixteen tracks is a big ask for a relatively new artist, to maintain quality over that length of time. Sixteen tracks is a big ask for an established artists, come to think of it. And sixteen tracks of A$AP Rocky is a big ask for the listener, too, whether they're a dedicated fan of Rocky or not. And somehow, we can't envisage your stereotypical A$AP Rocky fan having the most impressive attention span. Either way, by the end of the album, it feels as though A$AP Rocky's finally been sent to his room and is thinking about what he's done and trying to find a way to apologise, in order that he doesn't get grounded for the next month.
Continue reading: ASAP Rocky - Long.Live.ASAP Album Review
A step up to major label for A$AP Rocky for new album LongLiveA$AP doesn’t look to have halted his direction among the sometimes sniffy music critics at all.
Indeed, with his second full-length out this week, it looks like the pundits are willing him to ride gloriously into the charts this coming weekend. “His major-label debut proves he's more than a magnetic hedonist” wrote Entertainment Weekly in their superlative review whilst, in the UK, The Guardian wrote “Long Live A$AP's is frequently thrilling, a dense splurge of woozy electronics and samples, packed with lovely production touches.” Even the occasionally difficult Pitchfork were suitably impressed enough to give it an 8.5 out of 10 and a much-coveted ‘Best New Music’ tag. “LongLiveA$AP delivers on and even exceeds the promise of LiveLoveA$AP” they commented, adding “Like that mixtape, the album is a triumph of craft and curation, preserving Rocky's immaculate taste while smartly upgrading his sound.”
With Kendrick Lamar stepping up into the big leagues last year with his album good kid, m.A.A.d city, Rocky’ll be hoping to join his one-time touring partner in changing the face of rap in 2013. Alongside these two, the likes of Azealia Banks and Angel Haze have also been touted for big things, the US rap scene finally coming out of the doldrums after years of stagnation.
Continue reading: A$AP Rocky's New Album Is A Major Success
A terrifying prospect for most adult music fans this week, as the 23rd (yes, twenty third) instalment in the Kidz Bop series is released today. Parents beware, your favourite pop songs are up for the Kidz Bop treatment once more. Featuring child session singers, the Kidz Bop series records ‘child friendly’ versions of popular songs and this time around, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars get their songs all re-done with some pre-pubescent warbling over the top. All your favourite songs, then, as you never wanted to hear them. Unless you’re like, eight years old… and maybe not even then. Still, clearly someone’s listening. And buying. Otherwise they wouldn’t keep making them. And they wouldn’t have so many Gold certificates under their belts.
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