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ATL Jacob, 23, started making beats in high school so that he could rap over them. His dark and mellow production style soon caught the attention of frequent collaborator Future and the rest was history. This year alone, Jacob ran up his price tag by crafting Kodak Black’s comeback hit and standouts from Kanye West’s Donda 2 album, among others. Here, the platinum-selling beatsmith and Atlanta native speaks with XXL about his recent wins in rap.

“Super Gremlin” by Kodak Black has been sitting cozy in the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 all year. How did you put that beat together?

One of my friends, Baby Jambo, sent me a pack of samples that he chopped up. And that was one of them. So, I did my thing. I laid it out and put some drums on it. I called Kodak up one night. That was the last song we did for the night. He ain’t even finish it. He just smiled and said, “I’ma finish this one tomorrow. This one [is] hard.” So, he already knew what it was going to do.

What’s the backstory on the Donda 2 cut “Pablo” by Kanye West featuring Future and Travis Scott?

“Pablo,” I made that one with this producer team FnZ. They did the loop, but I had made the beat. The beat was actually sped up. Kanye had this idea to morph the beat and slow it down where it still stretched like that, but it still hits. So, shout-out to Kanye for that idea, too. It was different, you know? I feel like that’s Kanye’s first club song in a long time.

What was it like working with Kanye?

It was actually very motivational, just the process and experience because he works so differently than everybody else that you’ll work with. Working with him is like you’re just learning new things. It be kinda funny, though. He’ll be like, “These drums are crazy! Now let’s take them all out.” And it be like, “I thought you liked the drums!” So, it’s just an experience.

What’s your favorite part about your working process with Future?

He’s not picky. You can work with certain people and they’ll go through so many beats and be like, “Oh, this one is a hit. Let me do this one.” He’s not like that. It’s more of like, “Damn, this one is different. Let me try this.” He’s willing to try everything as long as it sounds good. And I love that because nobody knows what a hit song is. You can work on a song so hard and it could not be a hit. That’s my brother, for sure.

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Travis Scott is set to headline his first shows since the 2021 Astroworld Festival tragedy.

On Wednesday (April 27). Primavera Sound announced the lineups for its festivals in the South American cities of Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Santigo. Travis Scott is listed as one of the headliners for all three events. The trio of three-day festivals all take place in between Nov. 4 and Nov. 13. Travis' first performance at the festival would happen on Nov. 6, a day after the 1-year anniversary of the mass casualty event that was the 2021 Astroworld Festival, which claimed 10 lives and led to dozens of lawsuits.

LaFlame seems to be slowly getting back into things. Back in December, there were rumors that Travis Scott would make his return at the 2022 Rolling Loud Miami Festival in July. However, Travis was not on the lineup for the South Florida show when it was announced.

Last month, Travis performed for the first time since the Astroworld tragedy at a private pre-Oscars house party in Bel Air, Calif. According to a TMZ report published on Wednesday, Travis has been scheduled to perform at E11even Miami nightclub on May 7.

There were questions as to how long it would be before Travis Scott would get booked in the wake of the 2021 Astroworld Festival. One lawyer believed the Texas rapper would have a hard time getting booked due to the colossal insurance fee a venue or promotor would have to foot in order to get Travis on the bill. As a go-around, all incurred charges could be allocated to Travis.

Check out the ad for the Primavera Sound Festival below.

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Kylie Jenner has revealed the name of her and Travis Scott's newborn son.

This afternoon (Feb. 11), Kylie posted an Instagram Story with the text "Wolf Webster" with a white heart emoji over a grey background, confirming the name of their son.

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It was this past Sunday (Feb. 6) when Jenner announced the birth of her and Scott's second child together. She posted a black-and-white photo of a child's hand holding a newborn's wrist on her Instagram. The child presumably being the couple's 4-year-old daughter, Stormi. As People reports, a rep for Jenner confirmed to them the baby's gender as male.

Scott replied to Jenner's post with a series of heart emojis.

Scott's name was most recently in headlines yesterday (Feb. 10) after Kanye threatened to pull out of Coachella if Billie Eilish didn't apologize to Travis. The problem with the demand was that it was misdirected. Kanye posted a screenshot of a misleading headline that claimed Eilish called out Scott when she stopped a recent show in order for a fan to get an inhaler.

Eilish never mentioned Scott's name.

Regardless, Ye posted the screenshot and his terms. Eilish soon replied in a comment by simply saying, "Literally never said a single think about Travis. Was just helping a fan."

It remains unclear if West will still be performing at Coachella or not.

Scott has also been in headlines recently for being seen at a recent listening party for Kanye's upcoming Donda sequel album. It is speculated that La Flame will be on the album in some capacity.

See him below in a post from Yung Lean, alongside Ye, Drake and Baby Keem.

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UPDATE (Feb. 10):

Billie Eilish has responded to Kanye West's request for an apology, denouncing that she was alluding to Travis Scott at a recent show when she helped a fan. Last November, Scott was called out for reportedly neglecting the needs of his fans while many were being injured due to a crowd surge at Astroworld festival the same month.

On Ye's Instagram post, in which he called her out, she wrote, "literally never said a thing about travis. was just helping a fan."

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ORIGINAL POST:

Kanye West has called out pop star Billie Eilish over a recent instance where she stopped a show to help a fan.

This afternoon (Feb. 10), Ye posted on Instagram a screenshot of a headline alleging Billie Eilish called out Travis Scott while stopping a recent show to help a fan who needed an inhaler. Eilish never actually mentioned Travis' name or addressed him in any way, but Kanye appears to have fallen for the misleading headline.

"COME ON BILLIE WE LOVE YOU PLEASE APOLOGIZE TO TRAV AND TO THE FAMILIES OF THE PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES," he wrote. "NO ONE INTENDED THIS TO HAPPEN TRAV DIDN’T HAVE ANY IDEA OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING WHEN HE WAS ON STAGE AND WAS VERY HURT BY WHAT HAPPENED AND YES TRAV WILL BE WITH ME AT COACHELLA BUT NOW I NEED BILLIE TO APOLOGIZE BEFORE I PERFORM."

The show in question took place at Atlanta's State Farm Arena on Feb. 5, which is a part of Billie's Happier Than Ever the World Tour that is ongoing until April 9.

Following the mass casualty event that took place at Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival last November and claimed 10 lives, it was announced that Travis would no longer be headlining Coachella festival in April. Instead, Billie Eilish and Kanye West are serving as La Flame's replacements. However, it appears that Travis' fans may get to see him perform after all seeing as though Ye said in his IG post directed towards the 20-year-old artist that he'll be accompanied on stage by Travis Scott.

The Houston rapper has yet to address any new performances after the catastrophic event at his own hometown festival last November that has resulted in backlash and billion of dollars in lawsuits, in addition to the 10 fatalities caused by a massive crowd surge.

Some reports claimed that Travis didn't stop the show although people were in the midst of suffering injuries while he was on stage.

Kanye's latest Instagram post comes on the heels of a series of uploads shared regarding him not being given the address to his daughter Chicago's birthday party last month until Travis Scott informed him, his eldest daughter North being on TikTok against his will, Ye's seemingly tumultuous divorce from his estranged wife Kim Kardashian and much more.

In other Kanye related news, he shared a second IG post today in response to a social media user saying the rapper is "off the meds."

The person's comment, presumed to be under Yeezy's recent IG post, said, "Man's off the meds album gonna go crazy."

Ye captioned the upload, "THE WORLD IS RACIST SEXIST HOMOPHOBIC AND CRAZY PHOBIC AT OUR CORE ITS CHEAP AND DISMISSIVE TO SAY IM OFF MY MEDS ANYTIME I SPEAK UP PHOBIA IN THIS SENSE DOESN’T MEAN BEING AFRAID OF IT MEANS NOT GIVING POWER TO LETS BE MORE CONSCIOUS AND NOT WRITE EACH OTHER OFF SO EASILY."

See Kanye's second IG post below.

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Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner have officially welcomed their second child.

On Sunday (Feb. 6), the youngest Jenner sister shared a black-and-white image on her Instagram page, which appears to show a child's hand holding onto a newborn baby's wrist. It can be presumed that the hand holding the newly born baby belongs to La Flame and Kylie's 4-year-old daughter, Stormi.

"💙2/2/22," Jenner wrote as the caption for the photo, indicating the child was born on Feb. 2 and is presumably a boy.

News emerged last summer that Kylie was with child. In August of last year, a source revealed that she was in the "very early stages" of her pregnancy and was unsure of the gender at that time. A due date was not known either.

Travis and Kylie welcomed their eldest child on Feb. 1, 2018, and maintained secrecy with that pregnancy, announcing the birth of Stormi in a lengthy Instagram post dedicated to informing her fans about her introduction to motherhood.

"I'm sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions," Kylie began in the post. "I understand you are used to me bringing you along on all my journeys. My pregnancy was something I chose not to do in front of the world. I knew for myself I needed to prepare for this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress free and healthy way I know how."

Kylie shared the announcement of Stormi entering the world on Feb. 4, 2018, although she had given birth days prior.

XXL has reached out to a rep for Travis Scott for comment.

Congratulations to both Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner on welcoming a healthy new baby.

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Travis Scott is currently the subject of hundreds of lawsuits in connection with the deadly 2021 Astroworld Festival. Some lawyers who have looked over the case believe it will be hard to prove the Houston rapper is at fault.

To date, over $3 billion worth of lawsuits have reportedly been levied against Travis, Live Nation and other parties affiliated with the catastrophic show. "I think it'd be a stretch to put this on [Travis Scott]," Nick Rozansky, attorney at Brutzkus Gubner Rozansky Seror & Weber, who is unaffiliated with the case, told Yahoo Finance in a story published on Nov. 19.

Attorney Bryan Sullivan of Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae also agreed with that assessment, specifically in the $750 million lawsuit recently filed by Houston lawyer Tony Buzbee on behalf of 125 victims. Sullivan, who is also unaffiliated with the case, believes proving Travis to be liable will be difficult in court because a plaintiff would have to prove Travis incited the violence directly. Therefore, things like past behavior and lyrical content are "not enough" to stand up in court. "You can be a very violent person in an area where there was a fight, but not have thrown a punch," Sullivan said. "The law requires him to engage in specific conduct that incited the incidents…What did he do at Astroworld that night? That's the question the courts will be asking."

Sullivan concluded that Travis "likely will be dismissed from the case" as long as no more damning evidence comes to light.

While Travis may not see a major hit in his pockets from the lawsuits, Rozansky believes Travis may have a difficult time getting booked in the future without many stipulations. Instead of the venue or entertainment company footing the bill for additional security and special insurance, "all of those costs would be reallocated to Travis," according to Rozansky.

In the wake of the tragic festival, which claimed 10 lives when a large section of the 50,000 people in attendance surged forward crushing dozens, Travis and his team have been doing what they can to address the situation. The rapper has refunded the paid attendees as well as paying for the funerals of those who died. He is also offering to pay for therapy for those who lived through the catastrophe.

An investigation into who is at fault is still ongoing. Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña has come out and said Travis should have stopped the show once he saw the mass disruption in the crowd. Reps for the rapper have countered that Travis had no authority to end the show. Public Enemy's Chuck D recently came to Travis' defense, saying the fault of the disaster should not fall on the rapper.

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Travis Scott is offering major support to the families of the lives lost and the individuals impacted by his Astroworld Festival this past weekend.

The Houston rapper announced this afternoon (Nov. 8) that he will be covering all funeral costs for the eight people that died as well as providing additional aid to those affected by the mass casualty that took place at his annual concert at NRG Park in his hometown on Friday (Nov. 5).

As previously reported, eight people died—ages ranging between 14 and 27 years old—and dozens were hospitalized following day one of Travis' Astroworld Festival. The second day of the festival was canceled.

The deaths and injuries were caused by a crowd surge, which compressed people towards the stage, causing many to be crushed. There were also around 50,000 people in attendance.

Additionally, La Flame has teamed up with BetterHelp to offer free one-on-one online therapy, and is working in tandem with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), MHA National (Mental Health America) and MHA of Greater Houston (Mental Health America) to help guide those seeking proper mental health services following the devastating occurrence.

The Cactus Jack Records founder notes that he remains diligent in his efforts to assist Houston, city law officials and first responders to "respectfully" and "appropriately" assist the attendees and families of those involved in the tragic event that took place on Friday.

On Saturday (Nov. 6), Travis Scott released a statement regarding the calamity that ensued at his show.

"I am absolutely devastated by what took place last night," the statement read. "My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival. Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life. I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need. Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for the immediate response and support. Love You All."

Travis will also be issuing refunds to all attendees of Astroworld Festival and has canceled his performance at Day N' Vegas this Saturday (Nov. 13).

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Travis Scott is facing additional lawsuits following the mass casualty event at his annual Astroworld Festival that took the lives of eight people, hospitalized 25 individuals and injured others over the weekend. Drake, who performed at the event, and Live Nation Entertainment have been included in these lawsuit as well.

According to a report from CBS News on Monday (Nov. 8), three lawsuits were filed against Travis, Drake, who made an unannounced appearance at the show, and Live Nation on behalf of at least three concertgoers who say they sustained injuries at the jam-packed concert in Houston Friday night (Nov. 5). Two of the lawsuits are seeking $1 million separately in damages.

A civil lawsuit filed by an individual named Kristian Paredes against Travis Scott and Drake accused the collaborators of negligently inciting "a riot and violence," also claiming that Live Nation did not provide sufficient security and medical personnel for the event.

The legal filing additionally said that Travis "had incited mayhem and chaos at prior events."

In the lawsuit, Paredes "felt an immediate push" before "the crowd became chaotic and a stampede began." This transpired when Travis Scott began to perform.

The suit added, "Many begged security guards hired by Live Nation Entertainment for help, but were ignored."

Paredes has reportedly "suffered severe bodily injuries" that according to the lawsuit "had a serious effect on the Plaintiff's health and well-being" stemming from the pandemonium at the concert.

The lawsuit also said, "Some of the effects are permanent and will abide with the Plaintiff for a long time into the future, if not for his entire life."

 

Texas attorney Thomas J. Henry is representing Paredes, who attended the catastrophic event. According to a press release, Henry is "actively investigating the failings at Astroworld and is providing immediate consultations to all injured victims as well as to families who had loved ones hurt or killed at the concert."

Henry also said in a statement, "There is no excuse for the events that unfolded at NRG stadium on Friday night. There is every indication that the performers, organizers, and venue were not only aware of the hectic crowd but also that injuries and potential deaths may have occurred. Still, they decided to put profits over their attendees and allowed the deadly show to go on."

Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump is representing another victim, 21-year-old Noah Gutierrez. Crump said on Sunday (Nov. 7) that he expects more lawsuits to be filed on behalf of additional victims this week.

Crump said in a statement, "We are hearing horrific accounts of the terror and helplessness people experienced—the horror of a crushing crowd and the awful trauma of watching people die while trying unsuccessfully to save them. We will be pursuing justice for all our clients who were harmed in this tragic and preventable event."

Concertgoer Manuel Souza, who was injured during the chaos, filed a lawsuit as well, which includes Travis Scott, Live Nation Entertainment, concert organizer ScoreMore and numerous other companies involved in the festival. Souza is seeking $1 million in damages.

As previously reported, a crowd surge ensued during La Flame's performance on Friday night (Nov. 5), particularly when Drizzy took the stage, resulting in attendees "compressing" towards the stage.

Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña confirmed the casualties, hospitalizations and injuries Saturday morning (Nov. 6) during a press conference, saying that there was "panic" that began to cause injuries.

Following the deadly event, Travis Scott, who has expressed his devastation regarding the incident, will reportedly be issuing refunds to all Astroworld Festival attendees. He has also canceled his headlining performance at Day N' Vegas Festival, which is scheduled for this Saturday (Nov. 13).

XXL has reached out to a rep for Travis Scott, Drake, Live Nation and Thomas J. Henry for a comment.

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Travis Scott will be issuing refunds to all attendees of his Astroworld Festival, which ended in tragedy this past weekend.

According to Variety on Monday (Nov. 8), Travis will reportedly be reimbursing concertgoers who attended his annual Houston event that left eight dead and 25 others hospitalized.

La Flame also won't be hitting the stage for his scheduled set at Day N' Vegas Festival this upcoming weekend in Las Vegas. Travis was booked as a headliner for the two-day event and was supposed to perform on Sat., Nov. 13.

A source confirmed the Astroworld Festival refunds and Day N' Vegas Festival cancellation to XXL this morning.

A source close to the rapper described him as being "too distraught to play."

On Friday (Nov. 5), after months of prepping and teasing, Travis Scott held his Astroworld Festival at NRG Park in his hometown of Houston. However, things took a turn for the worse once a crowd surge occurred during his performance, causing fans to compress towards the stage around 9 p.m.

Hundreds of attendees at the event, which reportedly had somewhere near 50,000 people present, were stuck in the surge. The festival, which was officially declared a mass casualty event, ended in eight deaths while 25 people were hospitalized. Of those two dozen individuals who were transported to the hospital, 11 suffered cardiac arrest.

The eight deceased attendees range in age from 14 to 27 years old.

According to a report from TMZ on Sunday (Nov. 7), only six of the eight deceased victims have been identified.

Travis Scott released a statement regarding the tragic loss this past weekend, "I am absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival. Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life. I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need. Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for the immediate response and support. Love You All."

Travis is also facing several lawsuits in connection to the mass casualty event.

XXL has reached out to a rep for Travis Scott and Day N' Vegas Festival for a comment.

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The first of presumably many lawsuits to come has been filed against Travis Scott, Live Nation Entertainment and others in the wake of the mass casualty event that left eight people dead and 25 hospitalized at the 2021 Astroworld Festival over the weekend.

Yesterday (Nov. 6), concertgoer Manuel Souza filed a lawsuit in Harris County District Court in Texas against Travis, Live Nation Entertainment, concert organizer ScoreMore and several other companies involved in the festival, reports Billboard. The lawsuit claims this tragic event was predictable and could have been avoided. “Defendants failed to properly plan and conduct the concert in a safe manner,” Souza’s attorney, Steve Kherkher, wrote in the complaint. “Instead, they consciously ignored the extreme risks of harm to concertgoers, and, in some cases actively encouraged and fomented dangerous behaviors."

The suit goes on to allege the organizers “made the conscious decision to let the show go on, despite the extreme risk of harm to concertgoers that was escalating by the moment.” Kherkher adds, “Eventually, due to defendants’ active decision to let the show go on, the scene devolved into a complete melee, resulting in the needless, untimely death of at least eight people and injuries to scores of others.”

The complaint puts much of the blame on Travis Scott as well. “This kind of behavior has long been encouraged by the festival’s founder and main performer,” the suit continues. “His express encouragement of violence has previously resulted in serious violence at numerous past concerts.”

Souza also names Scott’s Cactus Jack Records, LLC and several of related entities as defendants in the lawsuit. He is seeking at least $1 million in damages.

XXL has reached out to Travis Scott's team, Live Nation, ScoreMore and Souza's attorney for comment.

What was supposed to be a joyous event at NRG Park in Houston ended shockingly with eight people dead and hundreds of others injured on the first day of the festival, Nov. 5. Things reportedly turned bad when the crowd began to push forward around 9:15 p.m. Hundreds of concertgoers were caught in the surge and many were trampled and crushed. At 9:38 p.m. officials declared the situation a mass casualty event. The show wasn't completely stopped until 10:10 p.m., according to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner who spoke at a press conference yesterday along with other local officials.

Three-hundred people were treated by onsite medical personnel throughout the entire day of the festival, and after the mass casualty event was declared, 25 people were transported to local hospitals. Eleven of those hospitalized were said to have suffered cardiac arrest. A person as young as 10 years old was admitted to the hospital in critical condition. The ages of the eight people who were killed in the scrum range from 14-27 years old. Their causes of death are pending autopsy reports.

Travis, who released a written statement about the tragedy yesterday, has faced some backlash as video has surfaced that shows him continuing to perform despite seeing signs that their were issues in the crowd. Travis' partner Kylie Jenner has stated Travis had no idea of the extent of the chaos. "I want to make it clear we weren't aware of any fatalities until the news came out after the show and in no world would have continued filming or performing," she wrote in a statement on Instagram on Sunday (Nov. 7).

Officials are adamant that they shut things down as quickly as they could. "Something that was important," Houston Chief of Police Troy Finner told reporters yesterday. "The mayor said it, but I want to hit it again," Finner said. "9:30 [p.m.], right there, that's when a few people started going down. Our people stepped up and immediately went to the producers and told them, 'Hey, people are going down.' This show ended at 10:10 p.m. So I just wanna acknowledge that."

Finner also stated that the incident has been turned into a criminal matter, after confirming there was some validity to rumors that people may have been injected with drugs before on during the melee.

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Houston officials have come out with more details in the aftermath of the 2021 Astroworld Festival, where eight people have been confirmed dead, at least two of whom were teenagers.

During a live press conference that lasted nearly an hour on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 6), Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and others addressed the press. Turner revealed the ages of those who lost their lives at the concert when hundreds of people got crushed after the crowd surged toward the front of the stage. "This remains a very active investigation," Turner said. "We want to be very, very sensitive to the families. We are talking about people who were 14, 16, 21, 23, 27 [years old]. Look, that's painful on any front. So, we want to be very, very sensitive to that." As of press time, authorities have not been able to notify the next of kin for two of the eight deceased victims.

One of the victims has been identified as a ninth grader at Memorial Senior High School in Houston. A 10-year-old who was injured at the show is also in critical condition.

The press conference also revealed the tragedy is now being investigated as a criminal act. Chief of Police Troy Finner addressed reports that people in the crowd were being injected with drugs. “We do have a report of a security officer, according to the medical staff that was out and treated him last night, that he was reaching over to restrain or grab a citizen and he felt a prick in his neck," Finner told the press. "When he was examined—he went unconscious—they administered Narcan. He was revived and the medical staff did notice a prick that was similar to a prick that you would get if someone’s trying to inject."

"I also want to call out to the community," he added. "Kids and young individuals who were out there, if you seen something, say something. This is now a criminal investigation that's gonna involve our homicide division as well as narcotics, and we are going to get down to the bottom of it."

As previously reported, tragedy struck on the first day of Travis Scott's 2021 Astroworld Festival held at NRG Park in Houston on Nov. 5. Around 9:15 p.m., a huge swath of the crowd of 50,000 attendees began to surge toward the front of the crowd, causing a situation where hundreds of people started to get smushed and trampled. It took about 15 minutes to stop the show. In that time, chaos was occurring in the crowd. Video that has surfaced from the chaotic scene shows concertgoers scrambling to free themselves in the mass of people. Some shots show a more grim scene of people laid out on the ground or being carried out by security. Over 300 people were attended to by onsite medics, with 25 people being taken to the hospital. Of the 25, 11 are said to have suffered from cardiac arrest. The cause of death of the deceased are still pending an autopsy report.

On Saturday afternoon, Travis released a statement about the tragic incident. "My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival," it reads. "Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life. I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need. Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for the immediate response and support. Love You All."

The official Instagram account for the Astrowold Festival also released a statement. "Our hearts are with the AstroWorld Festival family tonight," the message reads. "Especially those we lost and their loved ones. We are focused on supporting local officials however we can. With that in mind, the festival will no longer be held on Saturday. As authorities mentioned in their press conference earlier, they are looking into the series of cardiac arrests that took place. If you have any relevant information on this, please reach out to @HoustonPolice. Thank you to our partners at the Houston Police Department, Fire Department and NRG Park for their response and support."

Live Nation Entertainment, the company responsible for organizing the Astroworld Festival, has released a statement as well. "Heartbroken for those lost and impacted at Astroworld last night," the statement starts. "We will continue working to provide as much information and assistance as possible to the local authorities as they investigate the situation."

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Although the year 2021 is almost coming to an end, your favorite rappers are gearing up to release new music in the coming months.

According to Sony Music's investors' documents, released on Oct. 28, hip-hop artists Travis Scott, 21 Savage, A$AP Rocky and more are planning to drop new music in the next six months. Other artists set to release their latest projects include French Montana, Future, the Black Eyed Peas, Chris Brown, Rick Ross and Alicia Keys.

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This list seems to be on schedule because Travis is expected to deliver his highly anticipated album Utopia this year. There's no official arrival date just yet.

Meanwhile, French announced today (Nov. 3) that he's offering his new album, They Got Amnesia, on Nov. 12. The title is likely in reference to critics who were clowning him last week over a Squid Game meme that suggested that no one knows any of French's solo tracks. Squid Game is a highly watched series on Netflix.

As for 21 Savage, his most recent project was the Spiral: From the Book of Saw Soundtrack, which he executive produced. The Atlanta rapper’s last solo album was his 2018 LP, I Am > I Was.

A$AP Rocky hasn’t dropped a solo opus since his 2018 effort, Testing. However, the Harlem, N.Y. rapper is working on a follow-up LP. During an interview with GQ back in July, Rocky said that his album, tentatively titled All Smiles, is 90 percent done. He described the release as a “ghetto love tale” and said it's “way more mature” than his previous efforts.

On the R&B side, Chris Brown jumped on his Instagram Story on Monday (Nov. 1) and shared an image to announce that something is coming on Nov. 11 (or 11/11). The singer has been teasing his next studio project Breezy, along with an accompanying short film, since this past summer.

In the meantime, check out French Montana’s new video for "I Don’t Really Care" below.

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Music is subjective in many ways. From a fan's opinion about an artist and the songs they create to what the lyrics mean, there are different perspectives used in interpreting that music, especially within hip-hop. As the genre expands and evolves to create a more widespread impact, sometimes the rhymes gets lost in translation when listeners mishear lyrics. This happens often with rapper's bars. A fixture of pop culture, hip-hop has become the dominant genre and that can mean a new fan of one song isn't privy to the nuances that lyrics embody. Even a rap loyalist for decades can get the message in the music wrong. There are plenty of hip-hop lyrics that have been misheard over the years. XXL went straight to the people to see what they've been getting wrong from the start, and some of the responses are hilarious. We asked Twitter what the most misheard hip-hop lyrics.

Some of hip-hop's biggest songs have lyrics that were frequently misheard. Future and Drake's 2020 single "Life Is Good," which was the No. 2 song on the Billboard Hot 100 at its peak is one of them. Twitter user @dglenn9000 thought he heard, "I'm in the loop with the voo, I'm in the loop with the woo" on the track—lyrics that definitely aren't there.

For @yuhSchimo, they thought "We got the soda" is a lyric from Fetty Wap's hit 2015 song "679" featuring Remy Boyz. which peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100 in 2015. The line Fetty actually sings: "And I got this sewed up."

There are also tracks widely regarded as classics that people struggle with. Twitter user @verbal_clap knows someone who thought the hook of OutKast's 2001 classic "So Fresh, So Clean" was "Aint nobody dope as me, I'm just so versatile," when its clearly is "I'm just so fresh, so clean."

Audio Two's "Top Billin," a legendary 1987 hip-hop single in its own right, has been at the center of debate due to a line that sounds like "Suckas that's down with me," but actually is "Suckas that's down with neither of us," according to @Smitty1973Greg and many others. The lyric works better the second way, but due to the way it's rapped, it's somewhat difficult to understand.

Check out some of the most misheard hip-hop lyrics according to the people on Twitter below.

T-Pain's "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')"

Lil Durk's "Granny Crib"

Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" featuring Alicia Keys

OutKast's "So Fresh, So Clean"

Lil Wayne's "Right Above It" featuring Drake

Audio Two's "Top Billin"

Young Thug's "Digits"

YoungBoy Never Broke Again's "Bout My Business"

Rick Ross' "The Devil Is A Lie" featuring Jay-Z

Fetty Wap's "679" featuring Remy Boyz

Future's "Comin Out Strong" featuring The Weeknd

Kanye West's "so Appalled" featuring Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz, CyHi The Prince, Pusha-T and RZA

Rod Wave's "Letter From Houston"

Jahlil Beats' producer tag as heard on Bobby Shmurda's "Hot N*gga"

Young Thug's "Stoner"

Lil Wayne's "Steady Mobbin" featuring Gucci Mane

Future's "Life Is Good" featuring Drake

Kanye West's "Praise God" featuring Travis Scott and Baby Keem

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Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner are reportedly expecting their second baby together.

Today (Aug. 20), TMZ reports that Kylie is currently in the "very early stages" of the pregnancy and they don't know the sex of the child. It remains unclear when a due date is expected at this time.

Travis and Kylie had their first child, Stormi, on February 1, 2018. Unlike this second time around, that pregnancy was kept a secret from the public.

The Jenner sister announced the birth of her and Travis' baby girl days later via a video shared on social media. In the caption for the Instagram clip, Kyle said, "I'm sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions. I understand you are used to me bringing you along on all my journeys. My pregnancy was something I chose not to do in front of the world. I knew for myself I needed to prepare for this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress free and healthy way I know how."

She added: "I appreciate my friends and especially my family for helping me make this private moment as special as could be. My beautiful and healthy baby girl arrived on February 1. And I just couldn't wait to share this blessing."

Back in May, reports emerged that Kylie and La Flame were back together after breaking up in October of 2019. The rumors claimed that the couple were actually in an open relationship and had a "non-exclusive arrangement."

The beauty entrepreneur later debunked the chatter about her and Travis Scott being together with the condition that they can also date other people. She didn't confirm or deny their relationship status.

XXL has reached out to a rep for Travis Scott for a comment.

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Following reports of Travis Scott and Meek Mill getting into an argument at an all-white party held by Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin on the Fourth of July holiday, video footage of the incident has surfaced online.

On Wednesday afternoon (July 7), a short video via the Twitter page @itswiseguyy hit the ’net containing footage of the verbal dispute between the two rappers, which occurred on July 4. Meek's voice can be heard in the clip, but neither the Philly native nor the Astroworld rhymer is seen as a large crowd of people are gathered together closely.

"Where is he at?" is heard in the beginning of the video. Moments later, Meek's voice yells, "Don't touch me, bro. I'm not touching nobody. I'm not even moving."

The clip is about 40 seconds long, however, a decent portion of it is inaudible. Travis' voice couldn't be deciphered in the video either.

The cause of the static is unclear, but rumors are circulating online that it involves Meek and a friend of Travis Scott's. However, this information has not been confirmed.

As previously reported on Page Six earlier this afternoon, Meek and La Flame got into a verbal altercation while at Mike Rubin's holiday event in the Hamptons. The DreamChasers Records CEO and the former 2013 XXL Freshman were supposedly pulled apart prior to things becoming physical and punches being thrown.

The all-white function was attended by Jay-Z, the City Girls, Lil Baby, NBA star James Harden and more.

Take a look below to see the footage from the incident.

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Looks like while a number of rappers and A-list celebs attended the all-white party in the Hamptons, N.Y. over the Fourth of July weekend, so did Meek Mill and Travis Scott, and things reportedly became tense between the two artists.

According to a report from Page Six on Wednesday (July 7), Meek and La Flame got into a verbal dispute at the event thrown by Philadelphia 76ers co-owner and close friend of Meek's, Michael Rubin. The former XXL Freshmen were supposedly pulled away from one another before the situation escalated and turned physical.

The outlet additionally claims that Meek Milly was particularly irate and could be heard yelling at the Houston native, even after Travis had walked away from the scene.

It's unclear which day the event took place, but it appears to have happened on either July 4 or July 5, based on numerous social media posts. And while the origin of the feud isn't confirmed at the moment, there is reportedly video footage of the verbal exchange. This footage doesn't seem to have made its way on the internet as of reporting time.

The incident supposedly happened around 1 a.m. and resulted in the party coming to an end.

Not only were Meek and Travis Scott in attendance, but Jay-Z, Quavo, Lil Baby, who performed, the City Girls and many more attended Mike Rubin's event as well.

Meek and the Cactus Jack Records founder haven't feuded in the past. However, the Philly rhymer has been at odds with a couple of his peers in the past including 6ix9ine and Drake. Meek and Drizzy Drake, however, mended fences later on after exchanging ominous diss records.

XXL has reached out to reps for Meek Mill and Travis Scott for a comment on this matter.

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Just days after Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner took their baby girl Stormi to Disneyland, reports are now circulating online that the former couple has rekindled their flame.

According to a report from TMZ on Friday (May 21), La Flame and the Jenner sister are back together, but there's a pertinent detail worth mentioning. They're supposedly in an open relationship and can date other people.

Sources say that Travis and Kylie have agreed to get back together, but have a non-exclusive arrangement.

The two reportedly called in quits back in October of 2019, after a two-year long relationship. At the time, insiders claimed they were trying to make things work romantically, but opted to put their shaky love on pause instead.

Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner welcomed their now-3-year-old daughter, Stormi, in February of 2018. About five months before Kylie gave birth, rumors were swirling of her pregnancy, which remained in secrecy until three days after the reality TV star actually gave birth on Feb. 1, 2018.

When the now-billionaire mom announced her pregnancy via Instagram, she penned a lengthy caption, which read, "I'm sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions. I understand you are used to me bringing you along on all my journeys. My pregnancy was something I chose not to do in front of the world. I knew for myself I needed to prepare for this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress free and healthy way I know how."

Around the time Kylie and Travis welcomed their daughter to the world, they also shared their journey to parenthood with fans via an 11-minute visual titled To Our Daughter.

The news of the former 2013 XXL Freshman and the Kylie Cosmetics CEO's new relationship status comes about two weeks after the Houston rapper released the tickets to his highly anticipated Astroworld Festival, which caused fans to go into a frenzy due to ticket prices starting at $300.

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The game's been missing Nicki Minaj. On Friday (May 14), the Young Money rapper makes her return with new music.

Nicki finally released her 2008 mixtape, Beam Me Up Scotty, to streaming services but with some additions. This version features some new songs including "Seeing Green" featuring Drake and Lil Wayne, "Fractions" and "Crocodile Tears (Remix)" with Skillibeng.

Following a four-month hiatus from social media, Nicki first announced the new music was afoot on Monday (May 10) via Instagram. She posted a photo of herself seemingly nude covered by pillows that was simply captioned "Friday." She's been continuously promoting the new music in. new posts on social media in the days leading up to its release. She also did an Instagram Live session in the hour before the mixtape dropped that included a conversation with Drake.

This is a welcomed sign from Nicki fans who have been fiending for music from Harajuku Barbie, especially after there were rumblings that she would retire in 2019. The last year-and-a-half has been a life-changing time for Nicki outside of music. Last September, she and her husband, Kenneth Petty, welcome their first child, a boy.

She also faced family legal issues in January of 2020, when her brother, Jelani Maraj, was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after being convicted of a predatory sexual assault. In February of this year, her father, Robert Maraj, was killed in a hit-and-run accident in New York.

During that timeframe, Nicki has only appeared sparingly on tracks, most notably making appearances on 6ix9ine's "Trollz," Mike Will Made-It's "What That Speed 'Bout!?" with YoungBoy Never Broke Again and releasing her own single "Yikes."

Now, the queen is back.

Listen to the updated version of Nicki Minaj's Beam Me Up Scotty mixtape below.

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Following the news that several of Lil Pump's cars, including his Rolls-Royce Cullinan, were broken into, fans started to find out what has been stolen from the 2018 XXL Freshman.

On Wednesday (May 12), TMZ reported that the 20-year-old rhymer's nail kit was stolen during a vehicle break in on Sunday (May 9). According to reports given to the media publication, Miami PD claims surveillance video caught the suspects looking inside the cars before smashing the left rear panel of the Range Rover and taking a $600 nail kit around 6 a.m.

Another suspect got into a Rolls-Royce Wraith through an unlocked passenger door, however, nothing was taken. A third suspect smashed the rear windshield of the Cullinan, which triggered an alarm that made the headlights and taillights flash. The burglars, who were reportedly scared off by car alarms and fled the scene by hopping over a fence, have not been arrested nor identified.

Pump is not listed in the police report, but his mother is named as the victim.

When the initial reports of the South Florida rapper's break in emerged on the internet on May 9, Pump hopped on Instagram to threaten the unidentified culprits who broke into his vehicles, which were initially believed to be two rides.

"Bro, I'ma catch you," Pump angrily yelled in the clip shared to the photo-sharing platform. Elsewhere in the video, Pump displayed the broken rear windows of two white SUVs parked in his driveway. "Whoever did this, I'ma catch you and I'ma blow your brains out, bitch. I'ma catch your ass, little nigga. Little bum-ass bitch. Step foot in my yard again. I want you to step foot in my yard. I'ma be up for three days straight. Come in this bitch. I fucking dare you. That's a free body for me."

Lil Pump recently started wearing acrylic nails earlier this year, but his new style has not been well received by everyone. In March, Kodak Black threatened to block Pump on social media if he didn't stop wearing nails.

"What's up, Lil Pump. I'm mad at you, lil bruh," Kodak stated in the video clip. "Don't be doing all that fingernail polish bullshit. Leave that for Lil Yachty. Don't do that shit, Lil Pump. See, when Lil Yachty do his shit, he be like, we don't know. But when you do that shit, Lil Pump, it's like you serious. Stop that shit, Lil Pump, or I'ma block you."

XXL has reached out to Lil Pump's team and Miami PD for comment on the vehicle break ins.

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J. Cole is turning his hoop dreams into a reality.

On Monday (May 10), ESPN reported Cole is ready to suit up for Rwanda Patriots BBC for the inaugural season of the Basketball Africa League. According to the report, Cole arrived in Rwanda over the weekend and his signing is expected to be made official on Thursday (April 13). Cole will have his first game on Sunday (May 16) against the Nigeria River Hoopers.

Local Rwandan news outlet The New Times shared video of Cole in Rwanda in what appears to be a gym on their Twitter account.

XXL has reached out to J. Cole's reps for confirmation.

J. Cole played high school basketball Terry Sanford High School in North Carolina in the early 2000s before walking on at St. John's University. He ultimately chose hip-hop but played heavy on hoop themes on early projects like his debut album, Cole World: The Sideline Story and The Warm Up.

More recently, speculation has been swirling that Cole wanted to get back on the court. Last August, Cole appeared in Puma commercial where he seemed to be training. Master P, who narrated the commercial, later said Cole was training for a shot at the NBA. "When I talked to J. Cole, he was like, 'You know, big dog you did it. What do you think I would have to do to make it happen?'," said P, who made the pre-season squads for the Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Hornets in the late 1990s. The same month, the Detroit Pistons offered the 36-year-old Dreamville rapper a tryout.

The basketball news comes as Cole is just a few days away from releasing his sixth solo studio album, The Off-Season.

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Travis Scott fans are not feeling the rapper's Astroworld festival prices for this year's festivities and they're making their feelings known.

On Wednesday (May 5), tickets for Travis Scott's third annual Astroworld festival went on sale at 10:00 a.m. CT, nearly doubling from the $179 price point in 2019. This year, access to the event started at $300 plus $65 in fees for the two-day general admission tickets. The two-day Stargazing VIP passes were $725 plus a $69 fee and the top tier tickets, the two-day No Bystander VIP ticket, were $1,000 with a $78 fee. All tickets are currently sold out.

Prospective festival-goers noticed the upcharge and hopped on Twitter to express their feelings about the payment increase.

"2 tickets to astroworld after tax comes out to 733$ I almost clicked submit/confirm then I thought about my kids and clothes I could spend that money on I gotta fire Travis Scott playlist anyways," one Twitter user wrote.

"The Astroworld experience ain't worth no 300 bucks, lmao. VIP is over 1000. That shit better come with a lap dance from Kylie, cause holy shit that's ridiculous," another person typed.

While fans were pissed about the ticket prices, La Flame's fete managed to sell out in less than 60 minutes. Some social media users even went on Twitter to resell their tickets at a higher price than the $300 general admission cost.

Travis' Astroworld festival pays homage to the Six Flags in Houston, which closed in October of 2005. The rhymer initially announced he would be reviving the theme park to incorporate a musical element in 2018.

Astroworld fest is set to take place on Nov. 5-6 in the rapper's hometown of Houston. The lineup has yet to be announced, but given the past acts like Gunna, Trippie Redd, Young Thug and more, it's pretty much guaranteed to be fire. Scott has, however, been confirmed as the festival’s headlining performer.

See more fans' comments about the Astroworld festival prices below.

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Speculation is swirling that Dr. Dre, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar might be working on new music together.

The buzz started when Grammy award-winning producer and Dre frequent collaborator, Fredwreck, posted a photo on Twitter along with the Dre, Em and K. Dot on Wednesday (April 28). He simply captioned the photo, "Beats n Rhymes 🎙 #shady #aftermath," which could simply be seen as a reference to him and Dre making beats and Shady and Kendrick being the MCs.

However, on Friday (April 30), former Death Row artist and Slaughterhouse member Kxng Crooked posted the same message from the photo on Twitter. "Beats & Rhymes," he typed, sans a picture.

That was enough to get fans into a frenzy. On Saturday (May 1), the photo began trending on Twitter with fans assuming Dre, Em and Kendrick had been working on new music. "So we’re getting a Dr. Dre album with possible Kendrick Lamar & Eminem on the same track???? Say ain’t so," one person on Twitter presumed.

"If Kendrick and Eminem rlly have a collab on Dr Dre’s new album I can die of happiness," another person commented.

Eminem and Kendrick Lamar first collabed on the track "Love Game" off Shady's 2013 album The Marshall Mathers LP 2. A new collab wouldn't be too far fetched. Speculation has been circulating that Kendrick Lamar may be dropping his long-awaited new album on May 7 after his label CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith put up a cryptic post on social media. Dr. Dre is also rumored to be working on a new album, the follow-up to 2015's Compton, with reports coming out that Eminem has been working with the iconic producer on the project.

See more Twitter reactions from people speculating about new music from Dre, Em and Kendrick below.

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It looks like rumors that J. Cole will be dropping his new The Off-Season mixtape in the near future may be true.

Late Friday night (April 30), the elusive MC shared an update on the project via his Instagram Story. The message was short but telling. "Just rode through the city to The Off-Season," Cole wrote. "Dawg. Too excited."

Cole's message comes just a couple days after reports of the project dropping in two weeks. On Wednesday (April 28), Dreamville artist Bas shared a social media post that had fans in a frenzy. The since-deleted post contained a photo of Cole in the studio along with the caption, "The Off-Season. Pack your bags. In two weeks." May 14 could be the possible release date for the highly-anticipated project. Cole's IG post only bolsters the evidence that his new release is coming sooner than later.

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The North Carolina rapper first announced the tape back in December 2020, signifying it should serve as a prequel to his upcoming sixth solo studio album, The Fall Off. He shared a checklist of items on IG, which included the title of his label album Revenge of the Dreamers III already crossed out.

The Off Season, It's a Boy and The Fall Off were next it order, with it's a boy possibly signifying the rap star has a child on the way. The post also had fans wondering if Cole would retire as he captioned the photo, "I still got some goals I gotta check off for’ I scram…."

If J. Cole's album did drop, it would be a big moment in hip-hop in a year that has had few. Cole's last solo album, KOD, came out three years ago and broke records on Spotify and Apple Music as well as debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

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J. Cole's most recent album, KOD, dropped just over two years ago in 2018. And now, the rumor mill is buzzing that his long-awaited sixth LP, The Fall Off, could be arriving soon.

Bas, who is signed to Cole's Dreamville Records, uploaded a post to Instagram last night (April 28), which began circulating online shortly after. The image, which has since been deleted, features a photo of a focused J. Cole in the booth. The IG post was captioned, "The Off-Season. Pack your bags. In two weeks."

The upload also included three head exploding emojis and a rocket emoji. It's unclear why Bas removed the social media post, but it doesn't look like Cole nor anyone else on the Dreamville team is confirming an impending release that might arrive in two weeks.

However, that doesn't necessarily mean the effort won't drop. In fact, the Fayetteville, N.C. rapper has been working on the album since at least 2018. On KOD, the outro "1985 (Intro to The Fall Off)" signified that Cole had another new LP in the works. He even released songs like "Middle Child" in 2019, as well as "Snow on the Bluff," "Lion King on Ice" and "The Climb Back" in 2020, which fans thought would be for The Fall Off.

The former 2010 XXL Freshman offered those few loose singles to seemingly hold fans over as they wait for a full-length album.

In 2020, Cole dropped "Snow on tha Bluff" as well as "The Clime Back" and "Lion King on Ice"—the latter tracks appeared on his two-song pack Lewis Street. While fans were eager for all three offerings, "Snow on tha Bluff" received criticism via social media. Many people called out J. Cole for misogyny in his lyrics. He was also accused of indirectly addressing Noname when he described a Black woman who was bothered by racism and police brutality, and its affect on the Black community.

Cole later addressed the critiques he received and appeared to take an unapologetic stance although he commended Noname for the work she's done within the Black community. Cole also admitted to not fully informing himself about the excessive police brutality that had transpired at the time, explaining that he "just be rapping."

Nonetheless, fans have been waiting for a new album from J. Cole for some time, so hopefully their patience hasn't been in vain. Let's also be optimistic that this isn't the last music from Cole as folks speculate retirement may come from the rhymer following the release of The Fall Off album.

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It has been 1,353 days since Kendrick Lamar released his fourth studio album, Damn, in 2017. Now, rumors are circulating that the rhymer could be dropping a project next week.

On Wednesday (April 28), Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith—the Chief Executive Officer of Top Dawg Entertainment—posted a cryptic message suggesting a wait is coming to an end on May 7, 2021. Tiffith shared a 19-second clip to Instagram earlier today with a loading bar symbol underneath TDE's giant logo, gradually loading to 100 percent. Afterwards, the video displays the date: "5/17/21." In the caption for the clip, Tiffith wrote, "5/7//21 THE WAIT IS OVAH!!!!!! #TDE."

Fans instantly jumped into Tiffith's comments demanding that Kendrick be the next TDE affiliate to drop a highly anticipated album. However, Isaiah Rashad, who hasn't dropped a project since releasing The Sun's Tirade in 2016, and SZA, who's been steadily releasing singles and videos in 2021, are also among the TDE artists fans want to hear from next.

One person responded to Top Dawg's IG post, which was also shared via Twitter, and said, "Kendrick not dropping. we need isaiah."

Another typed, "Y’all complaining about 'oh if it’s not Kendrick…. blah blah. Oh if it’s SZA….' Just shut up lol. Regardless of WHO on the TDE roster is dropping, just be happy were eatin’. Everyone on that label is incredibly talented and will drop some heat."

While the video doesn't mention Kendrick by name, the music executive confirmed back in May that Kendrick Lamar is returning to music in a social media post. Top Dawg wrote at the time, "Stay patient king Kendrick will return soon."

There have also been reports that Kung Fu Kenny is rumored to have completed a rock-influenced LP. Bill Werde, a columnist at Billboard, offered some insight into K-Dot's next project.

"Did anyone not named Beyonce release better, more meaningful back-to-back albums last decade than Kendrick Lamar? Are you interested to know that I hear from several friends that recording on the new album may finally be done? And that he’s pulling in more rock sounds this time?," Werde wrote in a tweet.

Scroll down to see more reactions stemming from Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith hinting at a new TDE release coming soon.

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Travis Scott's journey through the music industry has opened many channels for the rapper to achieve success. After earning a No. 3 position on the Billboard 200 with his debut album, Rodeo, in 2015, the Houston native rightfully achieved No. 1 status when his 2016 LP, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, debuted at the top of the 200 chart in September of that year. His 2018 album, Astroworld, was another significant milestone in his career after arriving at the No. 1 spot and spending more than 130 weeks on the chart. The three-in-one production showcased on the Drake and Swae Lee-assisted "Sicko Mode" highlighted how a song didn't have to stick to one formula to become a No. 1 hit. The Hit-Boy, OZ, Tay Keith, Cubeatz and Rogét Chahayed-produced track secured two 2019 Grammy Award nominations, adding to the rhymer's reputation for making quality songs and beats. His catalog has made him an inspiration for aspiring producers crafting Travis Scott type beats.

Three years since Astroworld and "Sicko Mode," La Flame has been non-stop. The 29-year-old rapper's most recent song releases have debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, continuing Travis' string of hits. The Kid Cudi collab "The Scotts" is a mid-tempo ode featuring electrifying synths, booming bass and an alarming blip that stays consistent throughout. Dot Da Genius, Plain Pat and Take a Daytrip are to thank for the production. Shortly after its arrival, both Travis and Cudi saw their hard work pay off, securing the No. 1 slot on the Billboard Hot 100, one week after its release on March 4, 2020.

That same year, the Cactus Jack founder earned his second No. 1 song in one calendar year with "Franchise" featuring Young Thug and M.I.A. in October of 2020. Chase B crafted the distorted bass banger.

Before that, Travis' "Highest in the Room" also landed at No. 1 in 2019. Mike Dean, OZ and Nik D are responsible for the flamenco-inspired trap beats, pounding kick drums and a spicy 808 signature that adds depth to the creation. "She fill my mind up with ideas/I'm the highest in the room," the rapper croons as ad-libs fold into the production, rounding out the track.

The kind of beats Travis Scott often relies on are full of the kind of rage-inducing energy that is showcased at his concerts. Moody synths, atmospheric production and beat drops are just some of the things you'll find. Go all the way back to 2013's "Upper Echelon" to feel the activity of the beat build up to rattling hi hats on Anthony Kilhoffer's production. 2014's "Mamacita" featuring Young Thug and Rich Homie Quan finds Travis, Metro Boomin and DJ Dahi sampling the guitar intro on Bobby Bland's (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right" throughout the booming track. 2015's "3500" with 2 Chainz and Future is more of a twinkling effort crafted by Travis, Mike Dean, Metro Boomin and Mano. Dean, Zaytoven and Allen Ritter shine on the variety of keys displayed on this one.

Mike Dean is the beatsmith who's worked on many of Travis' early hits, whether it's been adding to the production by way of guitars or keys or doing the engineering. Songs like "Biebs in the Trap," produced by Nav; "Pick Up The Phone" with Young Thug, coproduced by Vinylz, Frank Dukes, Allen Ritter and Dean; and "Goosebumps" featuring Kendrick Lamar, coproduced by Cardo and Cubeatz, all include Dean's magic touch. Every track features lighthearted hums led by slow instrumental intros before grandiose, stacked drums overpower the beat, leaving rowdy heart-pumping production in its wake.

With Travis Scott's steady stream of singles climbing to the top of Billboard Hot 100, aspiring producers have begun crafting production similar to his sound. Check out the latest Travis Scott type beats below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/zoejohnson/” rel=”author” title=”Zoe Johnson”>Zoe JohnsonPublished: March 24, 2021Sotheby’s (2)

From the outside looking in, the sneaker buying game is a tough business with bots—automated software that allows people to quickly purchase limited footwear—eating up Nikes premiere shoe-selling app SNKRS. Then, there are resell platforms that hike up shoe prices to more than three or four times their original value. And recently, Sotheby's auction house announced that they're offering up some coveted pairs of Jordan sneakers that rappers have collaborated with to the highest bidder, which will cost a grip as well.

After the success of selling hip-hop memorabilia and collectables, Sotheby's—the same auction house that sold The Notorious B.I.G. crown from the rapper's legendary "King of New York" photoshoot in 1997, which Jay-Z and Beyonce are rumored to have bought for nearly $600,000—announced on Wednesday (March 24) that they will be selling rare sneakers from partnerships with Nike/Jordan and rappers like Eminem, Travis Scott, Kanye West, Drake and DJ Khaled.

The Nike Air Jordan IV Retro Eminem x Carhartt, Nike Air Jordan IV Retro Travis Scott Purple, Nike Air Jordan IV Retro Eminem Encore with Marshall Mathers signed card, Nike Air Yeezy 2 Mismatch sample signed by Kanye West, Nike Air Jordan IV Retro Eminem Encore, Nike Air Jordan IV Retro Eminem Encore StockX version, Nike Air Jordan III Retro Father of Asahd and Nike Air Jordan III Retro "Another One" are all up for auction with bids ranging between $15,000 and $26,000 so far.

With bidding for these sneakers coming to a close on March 29, most of the bids have neared their projected selling rate.

For the most part, it seems like sneaker heads' success in regards to snagging limited-edition trainers at the shoe's original retail price is an art. Meanwhile, others are left spending hundreds and sometimes thousands to get their hands on rare sneakers.

Check out the bids for these rare sneakers on the Sotheby's website here and check out the kicks below.

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: March 17, 2021rapalert3 via Twitter

Despite the health concerns crowded spaces can bring amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Travis Scott fans are known to form a mob around him whenever he's out in public. And the recent event launch of his CACTI Agave Spiked Seltzer drink was no different.

In a short video clip that has been circulating online, the former 2013 XXL Freshman is seen inside a store being swarmed by fans as he slightly lowers his mask to ask the cashier the price of what appears to be a pack of Doublemint gum. The person who took the video wrote, "Just a goat buying some gum."

In a series of Instagram Story posts shared by marketing company MilkMoney yesterday (March 16), La Flame partnered up with Pink Dot, a prepared-to-order grocery store on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, on Monday (March 15) to host a release for his highly sought after CACTI beverage.

While at the convenience store, a mob of fans surrounded Travis Scott as he tried to purchase a pack of gum, while he sat in a CACTI delivery truck signing autographs, on the sidewalk as he told fans he wanted to take a group photo and more.

CACTI Agave Spiked Seltzer officially hit stores on Monday and has already begun selling out nationwide. The CACTI website sold out of all products in less than 12 hours. However, a restock is expected to happen at some point this week.

Stores carrying the beverage have even reported record-breaking daily sales. An unnamed online retailer has also reported that through their delivery platform, the newly launched drink has made up 54 percent of their total seltzer sales. Additionally, the retailer sold as many CACTI beverages in one day as their top performing alcohol does within a week.

The drink was made available at over 20,000 stores with more establishments to receive the drink soon. Over 1,000 stores in Los Angeles received CACTI and hundreds of stores are apparently requesting restocks of inventory. One grocery chain even noted that the drink sold four times more in one day than the leading hard seltzer competitor does at the store in one week.

Public conversation surrounding CACTI Agave Spiked Seltzer was first sparked in September of last year. The Astroworld rapper had been hinting at the alcoholic beverage for a few days before he uploaded an image to IG promoting his song "Franchise" with M.I.A. and Young Thug, which contained bottles of the drink alongside Travis and his crew. There was a billboard for the seltzer as well.

Forbes reported in November of 2020 that Travis Scott was going to be launching a hard seltzer with AB InBev. The following month, Travis confirmed the venture.

By no means does the bag stop for Travis Scott.

See more images from Travis' CACTI launch in Los Angeles below.

CACTICACTI

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If you need any proof of the impact of Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode," look no further than its certified diamond status.

Off Scott's third studio album, Astroworld, the Drake-featured track quickly became a fan favorite and was put out as an official single three weeks after the album's release on Aug. 21, 2018. Produced by a band of producers including Mike Dean, Rogét Chahayed, CuBeatz, OZ, Hit-Boy and Tay Keith, the single includes one of the most memorable beat flips in recent memory. Three years after its release and the track still slaps like day one.

While we continue to wait for Travis Scott's long-awaited Utopia album, we revisit one of the biggest songs of the last decade.

Check out the lyrics to Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode" single below.

[PART ONE]

[INTRO: Drake]
Astro, yeah
Sun is down, freezin' cold
That's how we already know, winter's here
My dawg would probably do it for a Louis belt
That's just all he know, he don't know nothin' else
I tried to show 'em, yeah
I tried to show 'em, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Goin' on you with the pick and roll
Young La Flame, he in sicko mode

[PART TWO]

[VERSE ONE: Travis Scott & The Notorious B.I.G.]
Woo, made this here with all the ice on in the booth
At the gate outside, when they pull up, they get me loose
Yeah, Jump Out boys, that's Nike boys, hoppin' out coupes
This shit way too big, when we pull up, give me the loot
(Gimme the loot!)
Was off the Remy, had a Papoose
Had to hit my old town to duck the news
Two-four hour lockdown, we made no moves
Now it's 4 a.m. and I'm back up poppin' with the crew
I just landed in, Chase B mixes pop like Jamba Juice
Different colored chains, think my jeweler really sellin' fruits
And they chokin', man, know the crackers wish it was a noose
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[BRIDGE: Big Hawk & Swae Lee]
Some—Some—Some—Someone said
To win the retreat, we all in too deep
Pl—Pl—Playin' for keeps, don't play us for weak (Someone said)
To win the retreat, we all in too deep
Pl-Pl-Playin' for keeps, don't play us for weak

[VERSE TWO: Travis Scott & Uncle Luke]
Yeah, this shit way too formal, y'all know I don't follow suit
Stacey Dash, most of these girls ain't got a clue
All of these hoes I made off records I produced
I might take all my exes and put 'em all in a group
Hit my eses, I need the bootch
'Bout to turn this function to Bonnaroo
Told her, "Hop in, you comin' too"
In the 305, bitches treat me like I'm Uncle Luke
(Don't stop, pop that pussy!)
Had to slop the top off, it's just a roof, uh
She said, "Where we goin'?" I said, "The moon"
We ain't even make it to the room
She thought it was the ocean, it's just the pool
Now I got her open, it's just the Goose
Who put this shit together? I'm the glue

[BRIDGE: Travis Scott, Swae Lee & Big Hawk]
Someone said
Shorty FaceTimed me out the blue
Someone said
Pl—Playin' for keeps
Someone said, motherfucker—someone said
Don't play us for weak

[PART THREE]

[INTRO: Travis Scott, Drake & Lil Juice]
Yeah!
Astro, yeah, yeah
(Tay Keith, fuck these niggas up!)
Ayy, ayy

[CHORUS: Drake & Travis Scott]
She's in love with who I am
Back in high school, I used to bus it to the dance (Yeah)
Now I hit the FBO with duffels in my hands
I did half a Xan, 13 hours 'til I land
Had me out like a light, ayy, yeah
Like a light, ayy, yeah

[VERSE THREE: Drake & Travis Scott]
Like a light, ayy, slept through the flight, ayy
Knocked for the night, ayy
767, man, this shit got double bedroom, man
I still got scores to settle, man
I crept down the block (Down the block)
Made a right (Yeah, right)
Cut the lights (Yeah, what?), paid the price (Yeah)
Niggas think it's sweet (Nah, never), it's on sight (Yeah, what?)
Nothin' nice (Yeah), baguettes in my ice (Aw, man)
Jesus Christ (Yeah), checks over stripes (Yeah)
That's what I like (Yeah), that's what we like (Yeah)
Lost my respect, you not a threat
When I shoot my shot, that shit wetty like I'm Sheck (Bitch)
See the shots that I took (Ayy), wet like I'm Book (Ayy)
Wet like I'm Lizzie
I be spinnin' Valley, circle blocks 'til I'm dizzy (Yeah, what?)
Like where is he? (Yeah, what?)
No one seen him (Yeah, yeah)
I'm tryna clean 'em (Yeah)

[CHORUS: Drake & Travis Scott]
She's in love with who I am
Back in high school, I used to bus it to the dance
Now I hit the FBO with duffels in my hands (Woo)
I did half a Xan, 13 hours 'til I land
Had me out like a light (Like a light)
Like a light (Like a light)
Like a light (Like a light)
Like a light

[VERSE FOUR: Travis Scott]
Yeah, passed the dawgs a celly
Sendin' texts, ain't sendin' kites, yeah
He said, "Keep that on lock"
I say, "You know this shit, it's stife," yeah
It's absolute, yeah (Yeah), I'm back, reboot (It's lit)
LaFerrari to Jamba Juice, yeah (Skrrt, skrrt)
We back on the road, they jumpin' off, no parachute, yeah
Shawty in the back
She said she workin' on her glutes, yeah (Oh my God)
Ain't by the book, yeah, this how it look, yeah
'Bout a check, yeah (Check), just check the foots, yeah
Pass this to my daughter, I'ma show her what it took (Yeah)
Baby mama cover Forbes, got these other bitches shook
Yeah

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href=”//www.xxlmag.com/author/awoods/” rel=”author” title=”Aleia Woods”>Aleia WoodsPublished: February 23, 2021Kevin Mazur, Getty Images

The rumblings and murmurs pertaining to Travis Scott's Utopia album calmed a bit recently, but in a new interview, La Flame has revealed that he's currently working on the effort, which will have a sound unlike anything he's done before.

During a conversation with film director Robert Rodriguez for the Spring 2021 issue of i-D magazine, Travis explained, "I never tell people this, and I’m probably going to keep it a secret still, but I’m working with some new people and I’m just trying to expand the sound. I’ve been making beats again, rapping on my own beats, just putting everything together and trying to grow it really. That’s been one of the most fun things about working on this album. I’m evolving, collaborating with new people, delivering a whole new sound, a whole new range."

When Rodriguez asked about Travis Scott's approach to following up the success of his 2018 album, Astroworld, the "Sicko Mode" rapper remained confident. "It’s never about repeating myself, I’m just trying to make the next saga… each album is like a saga. You know, you’re one of my favorite directors. Everything you fucking do man," he said.

The acclaim of Astroworld goes without saying, but the former 2013 XXL Freshman doesn't feel any pressure to deliver an album that will be just as good, if not better.

"I don’t feel no pressure, except to keep the fans alive," he told the publication. "There’s so much more ground I can cover, and I want to cover it, and I love the challenge of it. I want to make a fucking new sound. I might spend days banging my head against a wall trying to figure it out, but once I do it, it’s like ultimate ecstasy."

Scott also revealed that he's still hoping to make his extravagant Houston-based Astroworld Festival happen later this year. Despite the current state of the pandemic, he remained optimistic, saying, "Hopefully we can bring it back at the end of this year. Around November."

While a release date for the album hasn't been shared yet, it's good to know that more music from Travis is on the way.

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