French Montana is making more waves.

As he gears up for his new album They Got Amnesia, the Coke Boy is stirring controversy by taking credit for putting on rappers including Chinx and Lil Durk.


However, his comments didn’t sit well with Durk, who seemingly responded by dismissing French’s claim. “A ni**a said he made me that’s the biggest cap……” he captioned his Instagram slideshow.

Durk was affiliated with French’s Coke Boys crew, but never actually signed to the label. “It was just like brotherly love,” he told VladTV of their relationship in a 2018 interview. “He didn’t build me up.”

However, in retrospect, Durk said he would have signed to French. “If I had the head on my shoulders back then, smart enough to make my own decisions like I do now, I would have did it ’cause he showed me shit that I always wanted to see or I always wanted to do.”

French is gearing up to release his new album They Got Amnesia on Nov. 12. On Friday, he dropped his single “I Don’t Really Care,” produced by Boi-1da and Lil CC. In the video, he makes reference to Childish Gambino, The Weeknd, Eminem, and Cardi B.

History has been made.

Two of hip-hop’s living legends, JAY-Z and LL Cool J, were officially inducted into the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Saturday (Oct. 30).

JAY-Z, who earned his spot in his first year of eligibility, received recorded tributes from President Obama, Diddy, LeBron James, Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, Jamie Foxx, Usher, and Pharrell, plus Beyoncé and Blue Ivy.

Dave Chappelle then emerged to honor Hov. After briefly addressing the ongoing controversy surrounding his Netflix special (“I would like to apologize…I’m just fu**ing with you”), the comedian got serious for a moment.

“You embody Black excellence, how great we can be,” he told JAY-Z, according to Rolling Stone. “When Barack Obama was running for president, I sat in an arena in Columbus, and watched you influence the crowd and make sure we’re unified and vote as a body. I understand who you are. And I understand what you do and I am very grateful for your contribution to this art. And I am honored to be the ni**a that gets to say, ‘My ni**a, welcome to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.’”

With his mother Gloria Carter looking on, JAY-Z paid respect to his inspirations including LL Cool J, KRS-One, and Chuck D, and thanked his Roc-A-Fella Records business partners including Damon Dash (“Shout out to Dame, I know we don’t see eye to eye, but I can never erase your accomplishments”).

During his induction speech, he reflected on his 25-year career and shared a story about getting a call from President Obama prior to the 2012 election.

“He called me and he said, ‘You know, it’s the fourth quarter. We’re down two. I need you to assist me, give me the ball, I’m Michael Jordan and I’ll get this done. I need you to go to Miami, Philly, Atlanta, and Ohio.’ And I thought like, ‘Man, hip-hop was really an agent for change and how amazing is its reach that this man is calling me to help out when he campaigned…I thought, ‘Ni**a, I’m Michael Jordan.’ That’s what I really thought.”

He continued, “That just shows me the power of hip-hop, the power of these heroes who let me know that these things are possible. Shout out to Kendrick [Lamar], who is a beautiful person. Hopefully [I’m showing the] next generation that anything is possible.”

LL Cool J, who was rejected by Hall of Fame voters six times, received his own star-studded salute from Dr. Dre. “He’s hit that unique space that crosses and bridges generations; the rare artist beloved by you, your mama and all of your kids all at once,” said Dre. “How ’bout that? How many artists in the rap game are relevant after 30 years?”

LL took the stage for what Rolling Stone called “one of the best Hall of Fame moments in history.” The performance began with 1987’s “Go Cut Creator Go” and “Going Back to Cali” before Eminem surprised the crowd and traded bars with his idol on “Rock the Bells.” Jennifer Lopez also showed up for their 2003 hit “All I Have” before LL capped things off with “Mama Said Knock You Out.”

Other Rock Hall inductees included Tina Turner, who received a musical tribute from H.E.R. and Christina Aguilera, and Carole King, who was honored by Jennifer Hudson. The three-hour ceremony will air Nov. 20 on HBO and HBO Max.

Meek Mill threatened to walk off a plane after an encounter with what he calls a “racist” flight attendant.

The Expensive Pain rapper boarded a private jet on Friday (Oct. 29) shortly before he was confronted by a crew member, who accused him and his crew of smoking weed. In video shared to his Instagram Story, Meek can be seen sitting on the plane and addressing the man.

“We just stepped on here 30 seconds ago,” he tells the attendant, who claims he smelled weed.

After realizing that he had offended his passengers, the attendant apologized. “I’m gonna try and fix this problem,” he tells Meek.

But Meek was not satisfied with his response and threatened to walk off the plane. “Let us get off the plane. I don’t feel safe on this plane,” he tells his crew.

The flight attendant can be seen opening the door, but it’s unclear if Meek actually got off the plane. He did say that he was looking to book another flight from NYC to Atlanta.

In his caption, Meek called the flight attendant a “racist pussy,” adding, “His energy from when we walked up, I knew he racist.”

Earlier in the week, Meek made headlines after he called out his record label, claiming he hasn’t received money from his music. “i haven’t get paid from music and i don’t know how much money labels make off me!!!!! i need lawyers asap!!!” he wrote.

Will Smith is opening up about a recent dark period in his life.

The actor reveals that he contemplated suicide while filming his upcoming YouTube Originals docuseries, “Will Smith: The Best Shape of My Life,” in which he sets out to lose 20 pounds in 20 weeks after gaining weight during quarantine.

“This began as a journey to get into the best shape of my life,” the King Richard star says in the trailer.

However, he admits the process also took a toll on his mental health. “When I started this show, I thought I was getting into the best shape of my life physically, but mentally I was somewhere else,” he continues. “I ended up discovering a whole lot of hidden things about myself.”

At one point, Smith tells his family that he thought about taking his own life. “That was the only time in my life that I ever considered suicide,” he says as his wife, Jada Pinkett, and three kids, Taj, Jaden, and Willow, look on.

Things got so bad that he even considered quitting the show. However, after many hours in the gym, he was able to transform his body and mind, going from the worst shape to the best shape of his life.

Smith’s six-part unscripted series premieres Nov. 8 on YouTube. He plans to reveal even more in his upcoming memoir. “I’m writing my book and it’s like exposing my life and so many things that people don’t know about me,” he shares.

R. Kelly has new legal counsel.

The embattled singer has hired Jennifer Bonjean, the New York-based attorney who won an appeal of Bill Cosby’s sex abuse case, to represent him as he appeals his racketeering conviction.

Bonjean, whose legal career began in Chicago, filed her appearance in Kelly’s case in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, where Kelly was convicted last month of racketeering and sex abuse charges.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Bonjean will push for a new trial. However, if that’s denied, she will appeal before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Bonjean is responsible for Cosby’s appeal of his sex crimes conviction in Pennsylvania, which ended with his release from prison. She said she’s “looking forward to getting familiar with the record” in Kelly’s case and believes he is a victim of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

“I am becoming increasingly concerned with how the government is abusing the RICO statute in order to plead around the statute of limitations and essentially put people’s entire lives on trial,” said Bonjean, who also represents NXIVM sex-cult leader Keith Raniere. “It’s becoming a formula for the government. You have a right to defend yourself against specific allegations.”

Kelly, 54, was convicted on Sept. 27 of charges including racketeering, sex trafficking, and the sexual exploitation of a child. He faces anywhere from 10 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced on May 4.

Kelly is also facing charges of child pornography and obstruction in Chicago. The jury trial is slated to start Aug. 1, 2022 and is expected to last three to four weeks

The Fugees are not quite ready to hit the road.

The legendary hip-hop group consisting of Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Pras Michel has delayed its reunion tour to 2022. In a post on their official Instagram account, the trio announced plans to add more dates when the trek kicks off early next year.

“Dates for our upcoming Fugees 25th Anniversary Tour are moving to early 2022 to ensure the best chance that all cities on the tour are fully open so we can perform for as many fans as possible,” the group said in a statement. “With so much excitement around the reunion tour, we are also happy to announce that we will be adding more cities and dates! Full details coming soon along with some SPECIAL announcements!”

The international tour was slated to commence Nov. 2 in Chicago and stop in cities including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, Paris, and London before heading to Africa, with the final shows in Nigeria and Ghana in December. The Chicago show has been moved to March 2, while the L.A. concert will now take place on March 27. New dates are available on Ticketmaster.

This marks the Fugees’ first world tour in 25 years and first shows in 15 years to celebrate the anniversary of their 1996 album The Score. In September, they reunited to perform a pop-up show for Global Citizen Live in New York City.

“I decided to honor this significant project, its anniversary, and the fans who appreciated the music by creating a peaceful platform where we could unite, perform the music we loved, and set an example of reconciliation for the world,” said Ms. Hill, while Wyclef added, “I am grateful once again, that God has brought us together.”

Yung Miami is looking for a rap freak.

One half of City Girls dropped her solo single “Rap Freaks” on Friday on which she raps about having sex with over a dozen of hip-hop’s biggest names including Diddy, Lil Baby, DaBaby, 50 Cent, Lil Durk, Tory Lanez, and Megan Thee Stallion.

“I’m on the runway / I don’t see a Tory in my lane / I’m with the savages / Ride a boat, sit on Megan’s face / Ride it like a Stallion,” declares Miami on the explicit track, which is also accompanied by a racy video.

“I wanna take a flight with Durk, f**k him and India,” she raps, referencing Durk and his girlfriend India Royale. “Tryna go Baby on Baby / If I could f**k ’em both, that’d be crazy.”

She goes on to name Future, Moneybagg Yo, and 50 Cent (“Many men wanna suck this clit, but I want 50 Cent”), but wasn’t as kind to Kodak Black. “I can’t even picture myself fu**in’ on Lil Kodak,” raps Caresha.

She also brings up her rumored boyfriend Diddy: “Took a jet to a private island / On a date with Diddy / I like bad boys, no ho shit / Diddy, let me put it in your face like them roaches / And put your rich ass to sleep, buenas noches.”

Yung Miami’s friend and collaborator Megan Thee Stallion couldn’t stop laughing upon hearing Miami rhyme “roaches” with “buenas noches.”

The song also drew comparisons to Nicki Minaj’s 2018 track “Barbie Dreams,” inspired by Biggie’s “Just Playing (Dreams),” which included lyrics about Drake, 50 Cent, and her ex Meek Mill.

Ice Cube has reportedly exited the upcoming movie Oh Hell No after refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the rapper-actor was set to star alongside Jack Black in the Sony comedy, but walked away from a $9 million paycheck after declining a request from producers to get vaccinated.

The film was slated to start shooting this winter in Hawaii with director Kitao Sakurai (Bad Trip). The cast was asked to get vaccinated prior to production.

Amid Cube’s departure, the film is pushing back its start date. Black is still attached to the project and Sony is reportedly looking to find a replacement for Cube.

Ice Cube has promoted mask-wearing throughout the coronavirus pandemic. In August, he donated 2,000 face masks to Bacone College in Oklahoma. In April 2020, he released “Check Yo Self Before You Wreck Yo Self” T-shirts, in which he donned a mask, with proceeds benefitting underfinanced hospitals and nurses in inner cities.

Oh Hell No is the second movie role that Ice Cube has left in recent months. He was also slated to co-star in the boxing movie Flint Strong, but is no longer involved for undisclosed reasons.

Big Sean released his new project on Friday, which also marks a new chapter in his career.

While promoting What You Expect, a 6-track collection with Hit-Boy, Sean revealed that he is no longer on G.O.O.D. Music and is now releasing music independently. The EP marks his first project via his own label, FF to Def Entertainment in partnership with Def Jam.

“By the way this the first project where I’m on my own label as well, no more lil dawg shit!!!! I bossed up! #DONLIFE,” he told fans.

When asked whether he was still signed to Kanye West’s label, Sean confirmed that he had to make the best decision for his career and go independent. However, there’s no love lost between him and Ye.

“That’s a forever brotherhood, but business wise, I had to start getting a bigger cut! I worked my way out that deal,” he tweeted.

Sean had been signed to G.O.O.D. Music for over a decade, where he released a total of six projects, starting with his 2011 debut album Finally Famous and his most recent album, 2020’s Detroit 2.

Last year, Kanye announced that he was giving back the 50 percent share he owned of his G.O.O.D. Music artists’ masters. At the time, Sean responded by thanking Ye, however, it’s unclear if he followed through with his promise.

Sean is now working on a new album, his first since leaving G.O.O.D. Music. “Album coming out crazy, it’s not done but I still felt like it was time to give the people who do f**k wit me n Hit some more music, love!” he wrote.

NBA YoungBoy is back home.

The rapper was released from jail on Tuesday (Oct. 26) after posting a $500,000 cash bond. The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed that he is no longer in custody. He had served seven months at a Louisiana prison in his federal gun case.

Following his homecoming, the first photo of him surfaced online. The 22-year-old MC appears to be in good spirits, smiling while posing with his arm around a young girl at an undisclosed location in Utah.

As part of the conditions of his release, YoungBoy must remain under home confinement in Utah and will be required to wear an ankle monitor. He won’t be allowed to leave the residence and only his family can live with him. Other restrictions include a ban on guns and drugs. He must also submit to drug testing.

YoungBoy was arrested in March following a pursuit with police. He had an outstanding warrant on drug and weapons charges from a September 2020 arrest in Baton Rouge. He pleaded not guilty to one count of felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession of an unregistered firearm and is awaiting trial.

While he was behind bars, he released his album Sincerely, Kentrell, which topped the Billboard 200. He reportedly welcomed his eighth child in late September.