The already strained relationship between Drake and Rihanna appears to be worsening, as the Canadian rap star has announced he will no longer perform their hit song “Work.”
During the opening night of the “It’s All a Blur: Big As the What?” Tour with J. Cole in Tampa, Florida, over the weekend, Drake informed the crowd that he would no longer sing the song, urging them to take on the task.
“I don’t sing this song anymore,” he declared while performing in a flying cage as “Work” began to play. “You can sing it for me.”
“Work” was released in January 2016 and featured on Rihanna’s eighth album, Anti. Produced by Boi-1da, the dancehall-infused track secured the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned nominations for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
This recent development follows Drake’s apparent references to Rihanna on his October album For All the Dogs. In the song “Fear of Heights,” he rapped about moving on from the past relationship, expressing sentiments like, “I’m anti, I’m anti/ Yeah, and the sex was average with you/ Yeah, I’m anti ’cause I had it with you.”
Continuing on “Another Late Night,” Drake called out Rihanna’s current partner, A$AP Rocky, with lyrics like, “I ain’t Pretty Flacko, bitch, this shit get really Rocky/ Damn, what? Dirty how I did him in the Wraith.”
A$AP Rocky seemingly responded to Drake on his Kid Cudi collaboration “WOW,” rapping, “These n-ggas can’t stomach me, gotta go get a mandrake.”
In February 2022, Drake unfollowed both Rihanna and A$AP Rocky on Instagram when the couple announced they were expecting their first child, adding another layer of tension to the ongoing saga.
Beyoncé Makes History as First Black Woman to Top Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart
Beyoncé has shattered records yet again, becoming the first Black woman to claim the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with her latest single, “Texas Hold ’Em.”
The groundbreaking achievement was announced by Billboard on Tuesday (February 20), alongside the revelation that another track from Beyoncé’s surprise drop, “16 Carriages,” debuted at No. 9 on the same chart.
Both songs were released unexpectedly on February 11, following their announcement during a Verizon commercial aired during Super Bowl LVIII. Beyoncé also disclosed that these tracks would feature on her upcoming album, Renaissance: Act II, slated for release on March 29.
The surprise release confirmed speculations among fans about Beyoncé’s venture into country music, fueled by hints such as her country-inspired attire at the 2024 Grammy Awards and lyrics from her 2019 single “Black Parade,” where she sings, “I’m going back to the South, where my roots ain’t watered down,” hinting at a country direction for Act II.
While Beyoncé’s camp has neither confirmed nor denied the trilogy rumors, there had been prior indications that the original Renaissance album was part of a larger narrative arc.
Days after their release, “Texas Hold Em” made history as Beyoncé’s inaugural entry on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, debuting at No. 54 with 1.1 million in audience via 100 stations at the format in the tracking week ending February 15.
Billboard’s data is drawn from around 150 country music stations across the United States, as surveyed by Mediabase.
“We immediately added it [in] a sub-power rotation, which is where we put top-trending new music,” remarked Bo Matthews, program director at KBAY San Jose. “I want people to hear it. One of the biggest artists in the world delivered a great country record for us to have fun with, and the song is really good.
“We are in the business of creating excitement for our listeners, and I’m embracing the moment. Plus, there is plenty of room for great artists, even from other genres. It’s a big country tent,” Matthews added, highlighting the genre’s evolving inclusivity.
2Pac Murder Suspect Keefe D’s Trial Delayed, New Trial Date Set
he trial for Keefe D, a suspect in the murder of 2Pac, has been postponed, pushing the proceedings back by several months.
As reported by ABC 13 in Las Vegas on Tuesday (February 20), Keefe D’s new attorney, Carl “E.G.” Arnold, requested the delay, citing the need for additional time to review the discovery materials related to the case.
Originally slated to commence on June 3, the trial is now rescheduled for November 4, following Arnold’s plea for an extension.
During a hearing on Tuesday, Arnold expressed confidence in his client’s eventual acquittal, stating, “He’s upbeat that he can possibly get out of here real soon.” Arnold emphasized the necessity for the prosecution to present evidence regarding the alleged firearm, vehicle, and Keefe D’s whereabouts in Las Vegas at the time of the incident.
Last month, Keefe D opted to replace his public defenders with Arnold, a Howard University School of Law graduate recognized in the legal community for his expertise, having been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.
Regarding bail, the presiding judge set a $750,000 cash bond in early January. Additionally, the judge ruled that if Keefe D can meet the bail requirement, he may be placed under house arrest, provided he wears an ankle monitor.
Earlier, Keefe D’s court-appointed attorneys had appealed for leniency, citing his poor health and assuring that he posed no flight risk. They had hoped for a bail amount not exceeding $100,000, considering his financial constraints.
Although Nevada permits capital punishment, prosecutors have indicated that they will not pursue the death penalty in Keefe D’s case if he is found guilty.
50 Cent, Drake, and The Game Among Celebrities Falsely Registered to Vote
A recent revelation has surfaced indicating that high-profile celebrities such as 50 Cent, Drake, and The Game were falsely registered to vote under the same address without their consent.
According to a report by The Houston Chronicle last week, records from the Harris County Tax Assessor’s Office showed that on August 15, 2023, names including those of the aforementioned artists, along with Trey Songz and Chris Brown, were submitted for voter registration in Texas. Notably, none of these individuals cast a ballot in the most recent elections.
The loophole in federal law allowed for this fraudulent activity to occur, as Texas doesn’t mandate individuals to provide identification, driver’s license, or Social Security Number during the registration process. Applicants are only required to provide legal names and birth dates.
The individuals behind this scheme listed each name under a residency in Katy, Texas, bypassing the requirement for further identification.
Moreover, the perpetrator(s) knowingly signed documents acknowledging the legal repercussions of their actions, including the possibility of imprisonment and fines for perjury under state and federal law.
“This is not fooling around,” commented UT Austin law professor Randall Erben, highlighting the severity of the situation. “These people are either committing high misdemeanors or felonies.”
While 50 Cent may not be eligible to vote in Texas, he recently caused a stir by suggesting his support for Donald Trump in the upcoming elections while criticizing New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ proposed program of distributing pre-paid debit cards to migrants.
In a now-deleted Instagram post, the G-Unit mogul expressed his confusion and frustration with the program, hinting at a preference for Trump as a solution to his grievances.
Snoop Dogg Finds Solace in Family Amid Loss of Brother
Snoop Dogg is navigating through a period of grief following the recent passing of his brother, and he’s taking a moment to express gratitude for the remaining members of his family.
The loss of Snoop’s younger brother, Bing Worthington, at the age of 44 has left a profound impact on the West Coast icon. On Tuesday (February 20), Snoop shared a heartfelt Instagram post, honoring his loved ones and acknowledging the support they’ve provided during this difficult time.
“Prayer n family getting my spirit bac in order. RIP @badabing33,” he captioned a video collage featuring his relatives, set to the backdrop of October London’s “Mulholland Drive.”
The post garnered support from notable figures such as radio host Big Boy, singer Monica, and actress Windi Washington, who all offered their condolences in the comments section.
Worthington, Snoop’s half-brother on his mother’s side, played various roles in Snoop Dogg’s career over the years. From tour managing to contributing to the album “Snoop Dogg Presents: Tha Eastsidaz” and even collaborating on business ventures like Snoop-branded skateboards and hot dogs, he was deeply involved in his brother’s endeavors. He also formed part of the rap duo Lifestyle.
In recent times, Bing co-founded a record label in Canada with Miguel Lopez, merging Dogg Records and Lopez’s Urban Heat. His passing comes less than two and a half years after the death of their mother, Beverly Tate, whom Snoop fondly remembered as an angel in an Instagram post from October 2021.
While the cause of Bing’s death remains undisclosed, his mother had been battling illness for some time. Snoop had previously reached out to his extensive network of friends, fans, and family, seeking prayers for her recovery. Responding to his call, figures like Jermaine Dupri, Warren G, Roxanne Shanté, Sheila E., Busta Rhymes, Xzibit, and Killer Mike expressed their support and offered their thoughts and prayers.
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