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ILoveMakonnen Says He & Drake Are "All Good Now"

 

ILoveMakonnen speaks on his past issues with Drake and OVO

 

The past few years have been rough for ILoveMakonnen, but much like Soulja Boy, he's gearing up for a major comeback. At the top of the month, he came through alongside Gucci Mane for the single, "Spendin'." Makonnen's dealt with a few setbacks over the years in both his personal and professional career. He was dropped from OVO and in 2017, he lost his good friend Lil Peep. In a recent interview Real 92.3 LA, he opened up about numerous topics including his current relationship with Drake.

 

ILoveMakonnen gave a detailed account of what led OVO to drop him from the label. Makonnen signed to OVO following the success of "Tuesday" and the subsequent remix featuring Drizzy. Makonnen explained that while he was signed to OVO, old tweets would resurface bashing Drake. He revealed that he ended up speaking to OVO and Drake about the tweets.

 

However, he revealed a former member of his crew hacked his account Tumblr and made other disparaging comments towards the OVO camp.

 

"There was another time when my account got hacked by somebody and they said, 'Fuck OVO, fuck this, fuck that,'" he said. "I ain't gotta make no excuses up, somebody really was out here trying -- they wasn't rolling with the crew no more type of shit." 

 

He explained how his Tumblr was connected to his Twitter which is why the statements were on both of his accounts. However, things between Makonnen and Drake are all good now.

 

"We all good now, I mean I ain't on the label no more but it's all love," he said. However, he did reveal that the hack wasn't the sole reason OVO parted ways with him, but it did play a factor in it. "You know how shit already kinda rub you sideways, and then like you would never got to talk about [it], we would never patch it up and then Akademiks start making videos and shit." 

NFL Championship Weekend Preview: Who Will Make It To Super Bowl 53?

 

A look at this Sunday's big games.

When the NFL season started, it was hard to predict who would make it this far and be one of the four remaining teams that still have a shot at the Super Bowl. Of course, the Patriots are usually a safe bet, but it’s hard to believe many people had Kansas City, the L.A Rams, and the Saints competing for a Lombardi trophy.

 

Each game will see a younger quarterback go up against a Super Bowl winner, while all four teams have some of the best offenses in the league. Both matchups pit a first seed against a second seed. There are no underdogs anymore. These are the four best teams the NFL had to offer this season.

 

With such an important weekend upon us, it would probably be a good idea to take a look at each matchup and see how these teams stack up against each other.

NFC Championship

 

Los Angeles Rams at New Orleans Saints, on Fox at 3:05 p.m. EST

 

The first matchup of the weekend will be a battle of the offenses. Drew Brees and the Saints will be looking to head back to their second Super Bowl since 2010, while Jared Goff and the Rams are trying to prove themselves as an up and coming powerhouse in the league.

 

Earlier in the season on November 4th, the Saints defeated the Rams by a score of 45-35. With a total of 80 combined points, the game lived up to the hype when it comes to just how dominant both these teams are on offense. Goff had 391 yards in that game and threw three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Brees had four touchdowns and threw for 346 yards. It was a back and forth game for the ages and football fans have rightfully been salivating over the possibility of a rematch.

 

On the offensive side of the ball, the Rams have a slight advantage despite being outscored by the Saints back in November. The Rams scored 32.9 points per game which ranks them second in the league in scoring. They were also second in total yards per game, third in rushing yards, and fifth in passing yards. The team’s running game was led by Todd Gurley who had 1042 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. All stats courtesy of nfl.com.

 

The Saints are no slouch, ranking third in points per game with 31.5. While the team puts up a ton of points, they do it in fewer yards. At 379.2 yards per game, they ranked eighth in the league, while putting up the sixth best rushing offense and 12th best passing offense. Running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram were a dynamic duo for the Saints this season and were a huge reason for their offensive success. They combined for 20 touchdowns and over 1400 rushing yards. All stats courtesy of nfl.com.

 

Defensively is where both teams start to fall apart. The Rams gave up 24 points a game in the regular season, while also forfeiting 358.6 yards per game. Those totals were good enough for 20th and 19th in the league respectively. If the Saints really want to expose the Rams, it will have to be with the run, as the Rams have the 23rd ranked rush defense in the league, giving up an average of 122.3 yards. Their passing defense was average, ranking 14th in the NFL. All stats courtesy of nfl.com.

 

As for the Saints defense, the Rams will have to go through the air to really expose them. New Orleans has the fourth-worst passing defense in the league, giving up 268.9 yards per game. The Saints killed the league on rush defense though, only giving up 80 yards a game which made them the second-best team in the NFL in that category. In terms of points allowed, the Saints were ranked 14th, giving up roughly 22 points per game. All stats courtesy of nfl.com

 

This game will most likely come down to the experience gap between these two squads. Brees and Saints head coach Sean Payton won a Super Bowl together back in 2010 and have the Championship pedigree required to make it back to the big game. Although, it will be interesting to see how Goff responds to the pressure of being a young quarterback in the biggest game of his life.

 

AFC Championship

New England at Kansas City, on CBS at 6:40 p.m. EST

 

Now no disrespect to the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints but let’s be honest...This is the game everybody has been waiting for. How could you not be excited? New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is considered by many as the best quarterback of all time. Meanwhile, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes racked up 50 touchdowns in his first full season in the league and is one of the most exciting players in the entire NFL.

 

Not only are both of these quarterbacks highlight reel machines, but they also produced one of the most exciting games of the year. Back on October 14th in a game in New England, both teams combined for 83 points, with the Patriots winning 43-40 on a last-second field goal. Despite losing, the game cemented Mahomes as one of the best young quarterbacks in the league. He finished the game with four touchdowns and two interceptions, along with 352 passing yards to boot. Brady came alive in the game as well, notching a touchdown and 340 yards.

Having just talked about these two teams and their offensive showdown from October, it’s no surprise that they both have some of the best offenses in the entire league. Starting with the Chiefs, they averaged 35.3 points per game which was the best in the league by three points. They also had the third-best passing offense and 16th best running game. They also averaged the most yards per game in the league, with 425.6. With numbers like these, it is absolutely no surprise that the Chiefs tore up the league this year. All stats courtesy of nfl.com.

 

The Patriots are no slouch themselves, scoring 27.2 points per game which was the fourth-best average in the league. Both the team’s running game and passing game were consistent, finishing fifth and eighth in the league respectively. Averaging 393.4 yards per game, the Patriots had the fifth best total offense in the entire league. Numbers aside though, Tom Brady has plenty of experience when it comes to playing AFC Championship games, so he’ll be more than ready to go toe-to-toe with Mahomes if the game becomes a shootout. All stats courtesy of nfl.com.

 

Defensively, the Kansas City Chiefs might be in trouble. They have the 31st ranked pass defense and the 27th ranked rush defense which will have Brady and his running backs James White and Sony Michel salivating. The Chiefs also gave up 26.3 points per game which ranked 24th in the league. With all these numbers considered, Kansas City will have their work cut out for them on Sunday. All stats courtesy of nfl.com.

 

While the Patriots don’t have a perfect defense, they are definitely better than Kansas City’s. They gave up the seventh most points per game with 20.3 while registering the 22nd and 11th best pass and rush defenses. While their defense is better than the Chief’s, they were still lit up by Mahomes and company just a few months ago so they’ll have to be careful come Sunday. All stats courtesy of nfl.com.

 

Just like the game between the Rams and the Saints, this game will most likely come down to experience and knowing how to win in high-pressure situations. Brady has been to eight Super Bowl games and has won five championships. Meanwhile, Mahomes played his first playoff last weekend against the Indianapolis Colts. 

 

Regardless, it is sure to be a fun game to watch, especially with Accuweather reporting some awfully cold weather come Sunday.

 

Who do you think is going to win this weekend and make it to the Super Bowl on February 3rd in Atlanta?

John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Address Kanye West's Twitter Rants

 

John Legend doesn't speak for Kanye West—and he doesn't pretend to, either.

 

But considering their close friendship, a Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen viewer called into the show Thursday night to ask he how he feels about the rapper's polarizing tweets.

 

"Yeah, well, you know...When I see some of it, I just shake my head," John admitted. "A lot of people that love Kanye, that love his music, they're like, 'I don't agree with a lot of the things he says.' And, you know, he loves it. He says what he's gonna say, and it's on him. It's weird, because I get asked about it all the time...I can't be accountable for what he's gonna say. Truly!"

 

Considering how outspoken she is on Twitter, Legend's wife, Chrissy Teigen joked, "The roles are probably reversed in this!" That being said, she also understands the position West's wife, Kim Kardashian, finds herself in whenever he goes on a Twitter spree. "All you want to do is protect the person you love and be able to defend them at all costs. It really is tough, because we all have our separate identities. We believe different things," Teigen said. "As much as you love somebody, they're going to eff up sometimes and they're going to say weird things."

 

Kardashian herself spoke about West's tweets when she appeared on Monday's after-show.

 

"He goes through phases," she said. "You know, he made a good point the other day. He was like, 'Look, some people express themselves—whether it's about a person, like, in diss records'—and he's like, 'I've never done that. Some people see a therapist. Some people [do] this. To me, Twitter is my therapy, and it's legal. So, I'm not doing anything to hurt anyone. I'm not being irrational and doing something physical because I'm upset or frustrated...' He's like, 'People can end up in jail for the things that I'm thinking, but instead I just tweet it all. It might be 150 tweets, but that's how I get it out, and then I feel better, and then I'm over it for a while.'"

Wendy Williams' Return to Daytime TV Is Delayed Again

Wendy Williams isn't ready to return to her purple chair just yet.

The Wendy Williams Show viewers hoping to see the talk-show host on the small screen are going to have to wait a little longer.

E! News has learned the show will air repeat episodes the week of January 21 and will produce brand-new episodes with a variety of hosts starting the week of January 28.

 

"As Wendy Williams Hunter previously shared, she fractured her shoulder and has been on the mend. Over the past few days, Wendy has experienced complications regarding her Graves' Disease that will require treatment," The Hunter Family said in a statement on Instagram. "Wendy will be under the strict supervision of her physicians, and as part of her care, there will be significant time spent in the hospital."

 

The statement continued, "Despite her strong desire to return, she is taking a necessary, extended break from her show to focus on her personal and physical well-being."

 

During this week's shows, panelists including Don LemonCarson KressleyHeather McDonaldBevy SmithAshleigh BanfieldAli Wentworth and Mario Cantone have discussed "Hot Topics" in live episodes.

 

Debmar-Mercury, the media company that produces the show, expressed their full support for Wendy as she recovers.

 

"For over ten years, Wendy has been a vital part of the Debmar-Mercury family," their statement read. "We wholeheartedly support Wendy in this decision to take the time she needs and we will welcome her back with open arms the moment she is ready."

 

Back in December, the 54-year-old host looked visibly uncomfortable during her show that airs live from New York City. She would later acknowledge the "less than stellar show" and offered an explanation for her behavior.

 

"I'm on your TV screens every day wanting to spread laughter, entertainment and cheer," she wrote to her loyal Wendy watchers. "As I reported earlier in the week, I have a hairline fracture on my upper arm, which hurts like hell. I've never broken a bone or experienced a fracture in my life. In the key place where the fracture is, and trying to scurry around and do too much, I am now paying the price."

 

Wendy continued, "I promise you a better Wendy in 2019. I will get some much needed rest and healing over these next couple of weeks. (Yes I am definitely juicing over the next couple of weeks). Sorry again. I love you all!"

Cardi B Wants To Release A New Album Around "Invasion Of Privacy" Anniversary

 

Cardi B owned 2018. She broke records, toured the nation, triumphed in her rap feuds, and became the top female rapper on the planet. Her ascension to fame seemed to happen overnight, but Cardi was hustling in several avenues before her big break finally came. After such a busy year, what better way for Cardi to follow it up then with new music? The sexy and talented entertainer was hanging out on Instagram Live on Tuesday talking to fans, and she revealed that she has a new album in the works. If all goes according to plan, Cardi would like to release the new project around the same time that she dropped Invasion of Privacy last year, which was in April. A deluxe edition of Invasion of Privacy is also expected to touch down in 2019 as well.

 
"Of course, it's going to be an album in 2019," stated Cardi. "Hopefully, I can get my album done around the same time that Invasion of Privacy came out," she continued. "I don't know how possible that's going to be because I feel like I'm going to be extremely, extremely busy." Cardi's second album might be one of the most anticipated projects of 2019. 
Beyoncé and JAY-Z Challenge Fans To Go Vegan In New Book Intro

 

If you forgot to make a New Year's resolution this year, Beyoncé and JAY-Zhave you covered. In the intro to a new book, the couple urges fans to try veganism.

 

The book, The Greenprint: Plant-Based Diet, Best Body, Better World, was written by Marco Borges, Beyoncé's personal trainer, and in the intro, she and JAY-Z open up about how becoming parents changed their outlook on what they eat.

 

"Having children has changed our lives more than anything else,” they wrote. “We used to think of health as a diet – some worked for us, some didn’t. Once we looked at health as the truth, instead of a diet, it became a mission for us to share that truth and lifestyle with as many people as possible."

They added that more people adopting a plant-based diet would have "a profound impact" on the environment, adding that they want to "want to challenge you, as we challenge ourselves" to give it a try.

 

"We all have a responsibility to stand up for our health and the health of the planet. Let’s take this stand together. Let’s spread the truth. Let’s make this mission a movement. Let’s become 'the Greenprint,'" they wrote.

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Ella Mai Announces The Debut Tour 2019

Ella Mai is fresh off the release of her debut self-titled album and now she’s prepping for The Debut Tour, slated to kick off at top of 2019.

The “Boo’d Up” singer will begin her 39-city trek in native UK stomping grounds and wrap up in San Antonio, Texas in March.

 

Ella Mai has had an explosive year so far in 2018. Her debut album entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #5 with over 69,000 in equivalent album units sold, making it the largest first week for the debut of a female R&B artist, in more than four years.

Ella’s popular single “Boo’d Up” recently went quadruple-platinum and made history as the longest running #1 by a woman on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. Her single “Trip” broke into also currently sits in the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 and is certified gold.

Tickets for Ella Mai’s The Debut Tour go on sale this Friday (October 26). 

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Jeremy Reid, better know in the music industry as J.Reid; is a music producer from Decatur, Ga. 

Reid graduated from Stephenson High School in 2005 and attended college at Alabama A&M.
In 2006, he left college to pursue his career in music and started his own record label; Chevi Muzic, Inc. in Atlanta, Ga.

A skilled percussionist, pianist, vocalist & writer, Reid spent the last 13 years perfecting his craft as a multi-genre music producer working with various artist including; Jagged Edge, Zonnique, Webbie, Lloyd, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne.

His latest music production success has been credited on Nicki Minaj’s new album, Queen, released on August 10. 

Reid produced 5 songs on the album; Ganja Burn, Thought You Knew, Rich Sex, as well as her platinum hit song, Chun-Li & gold record, Barbie Tingz. 

“Queen” is currently #1 on iTunes in 82 countries. 

 

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La La & Carmelo Anthony Back Together

New year, same love!

Carmelo and La La Anthony announced their split back in April of 2017 but for some reason, even back then, it didn't seem as if it was the end all. “We’re good. I mean, we’ve been together for a really long time so we’re figuring out how to make it work for what is best for Kiyan and what is best for us,” she said at the time, adding: “Marriages are tough, and you know that. We all know that. It’s filled with ups and downs. We are just going through a time right now.”

 

The couple were spotted having the best time on new years, smiling and dancing with their son in Los Cabos, Mexico and it seems like their loved up holiday is continuing into the new year. La La shared an image on Instagram that sees her and Carmelo from back in the day signifying that they could very well be back together. 

 

"Best friends who were trying to figure this thing called love out," she captioned the photo. 

"I've had a couple moments where I've been close to a breaking point. But I have my son to live for; I can't be a great mom if I'm in the corner breaking down. I have to move forward," La La previously stated. "I'm not the first and I definitely won't be the last to go through relationship issues and marriage problems."

The Most Anticipated Albums Of 2019

 

2019 should be a great year for music. 

2019 is here, which means we have a whole 363 new days to be blessed with fresh music. 2018 was amazing when it came to releases. We got albums from Nas, Kanye West, Wale, Drake, J. ColeBeyonce & Jay-Z, Eminem, Pusha T, Nipsey Hussle, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj-- and that barely scratches the surface of the mainstream. It felt like legends and rookies all came out the gate swinging, giving fans endless new music to stream.

 

  You would think that with so many releases dropping in 2018, 2019 would be a slower year for new tunes as the industry recoups. Nope, not in the streaming era! We dug through all the speculated and scheduled releases to bring you a list of the most anticipated albums of 2019, although surely it is not a complete list. 

 

Kendrick Lamar orchestrated the Black Panther soundtrack, but the King of the West Coast didn't deliver a solo project in 2018. His TDE crony ScHoolboy Q was expected to drop an album in 2018, but the death of Mac Miller caused him to delay the project. Childish Gambino is presumed to release his final album in 2019, while Rihanna is slated to touch down with her first album in three years. Even rappers who did dominate 2018, such as Post Malone and Kanye West, are predicted to come through with new heat in the new year. From up-and-comer Blueface to the independent sensation Chance the Rapper.

 

 Here is our list of the most anticipated albums of 2019:

Valee

Smino-NNONAME-Saba

Run the Jewels

Earthgang

Vince Staples

Solange

Post Malone

Lil Uzi Vert

Sza

Offset

Schoolboy Q

Future

Joyner Lucas

Kanye West

Childish Gambino

Kendrick Lamar

 

Joyner Lucas Dragged For Showing R.Kelly Compassion On Twitter

 

This ain't the first time Joyner Lucas spoke his piece in a pre-emptive fashion, only to hit delete button as guilt set in. In a since-deleted Twitter post administered this morning, Lucas shared his unpopular opinion concerning R. Kelly lay in the face of adversity. "I know this has to be one of the hardest patches in your life right now @rkelly," Joyner Lucas opined.

 

"I'm literally watching the entire world condemn you and turn they back on you. I'm not saying you don't deserve it. All I'm saying is please don't hurt yourself or take yourself out. I'd still be sad," he added in closing.

 

Lucas was wise to distance himself from a subject with no bearing on his personal life; altogether different than his protective relationship with Chris Brown, with whom has a longstanding relationship lasting over 12 months. Nevertheless, Joyner's message to R. Kelly deserves an uncoding, for all its prevalence. It would be easy to assume that Joyner Lucas is actually siding with Kelly, when in reality, his position is relatively nuanced, to the point of ambivalence even.

 

The collective actions of a group preying on a single "evil-doer" become negative as a consequence of their near-sightedness. Joyner Lucas deleted his status updated because he could sense it was making things worse for all those concerned, specifically R. Kelly's alleged victims. Joyner would later administer a Tweet explaining his decision, in full-detail; 

"I took my tweet down because i felt like maybe I should of watched the documentary before commenting. I haven’t seen it yet. All I know is I wake up 1 day and everybody wishing dude go kill himself. Im the same dude who created A suicide awareness video. Imma watch the doc tho." 

Chris Brown Signs Historic New Deal With RCA Records

Chris Brown becomes one of the youngest artists ever to own their master recordings.

Somewhere in the world, Chris Brown is smiling right now. The artist may be one of the most controversial figures in music's modern history but he can also consider himself one of the most accomplished. There is no arguing that the man isn't talented. He's skilled in many facets of his work: singing, rapping, dancing, painting, directing... you get the point. After releasing his brand new single and music video for "Undecided" today, the recording artist has to be celebrating for several different reasons. For starters, he has successfully returned to the game after a quiet year. In addition to that, he's just signed a new record deal that will pencil his name down in history for years to come.

 

Breezy has spent over a decade in the industry and he's been around all sorts of crooked individuals. He knows to be careful and he knows never to let anybody take advantage of him. For that reason, he was able to negotiate a new deal with RCA Records that allows him to own all of his masters, making him one of the youngest artists ever to be signed to a major label and have that benefit. 

 

According to Rap-Up, RCA has issued a statement on the new partnership that reads, "This new deal structure between Brown and RCA Records, will undoubtedly enhance the release of new Chris Brown music, content, and much more throughout 2019 and beyond." Indigo will be the first album to release under the structure of his new deal. Congratulations, Chris!

Toni Braxton Is Having Major Money Problems

 

It's not an easy time for Toni Braxton.

First, she and Birdman signaled just after New Year's that they had called off their engagement and split. On Friday, it was reported that Braxton owes nearly half a million dollars in back taxes. Court records obtained by E! News show that last month, the Internal Revenue Service filed a lien against her, for more than $340,200 in back taxes for 2017, and that the State of California Franchise Tax Board also filed a tax lien against her for over $116,100. The total is more than $456,400.

 

Braxton has not commented.

 

In 2017, she completed her The Hits Tour and continued starring on the WE tv reality show Braxton Family Values.

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