ABC News Urban

Columbia RecordsRapper Nelly is no stranger to going country.  He of course famously teamed up with Florida George Line in 2012 for a remix of the country duo’s “Cruise,” which appears on their Here’s to the Good Times album.

Since then, Nelly and FGL have shared stages and tours together.  Now they’re joining forces once again for the release of the rapper’s new banjo-inflected banger, "Lil Bit."

Speaking to Billboard, Nelly calls the decision to return to work with the guys of FGL a "no brainer," adding that this song may not be the last fans see of the two acts together in the near future.

"My relationship with them is super tight," he says. "We’ve done two tours together, we have a bunch of other tours planned, and things that we want to do...they’re family."

The country-meets-hip-hop tune is a fun and flirty ode to new romance. The song’s lyrics even appear to name-check modern country-rap star Lil Nas X, nodding to his 2019 megahit "Old Town Road" with a line referencing a "new town road."

Nelly also recently made another country cameo when he sang a verse on Kane Brown's "Cool Again" earlier this year.

"Lil Bit" comes off of Nelly’s upcoming EP, Heartland.

By Carena Liptak
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Courtesy of MonogramHip-hop mogul and billionaire Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter has launched his own cannabis line, Monogram. 

With its "careful strain selection, meticulous cultivation practices and uncompromising quality," the line seeks to "redefine what cannabis means to consumers today," according to a press release.

Monogram was launched in partnership with Caliva, the California weed company Jay-Z joined as chief brand strategist in July 2019. Jay's role at the San Jose-based company not only involves advising it on creative decisions, outreach efforts and strategy, but also advocating for the social justice issues related to weed legalization.

Monogram adds to Jay-Z's long list of business endeavors, which include the Tidal streaming service, the Ace of Spades champagne he shares with the Armand de Brignac brand, and of course his entertainment company Roc Nation, which caters to including music artists and sports athletes. 

In addition, Jay-Z also launched a new Tidal playlist called, "Monogram: Sounds from the Grow Room," which features hits such as Fela Kuti's "Expensive S**t," Bob Marley & The Wailers' "Kaya," and Outkast's "Vibrate."  You can also find the playlist at MonogramCompany.com.

Jay-Z is the latest hip-hop artist to enter the cannabis business, following Snoop Dogg, Moneybagg Yo, 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa, all of whom all have their own weed strains.

By Rachel George
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesGlobal superstar SAINt JHN has dropped off the music video for his latest single "Gorgeous" from his highly-anticipated third collection, While The World Was Burning.

The visual opens with the artist surrounded by a group of beautiful Black woman; then, he pulls up to a luxury mansion in his black Ferrari, wearing a silky pajama set.

In addition to the video's release, SAINt JHN also revealed the heavy-hitter track list for his new album, WTWWW. For his third "collection" of music, the Brooklyn rapper and singer enlisted features from Kehlani, DaBaby, Lil Uzi Vert, Future, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, J.I.D. and rap crooner 6lack. 

Meanwhile,  SAINt JHN is still reeling from his massively successful breakout 2016 single "Roses," which became a surprise smash after a remix by Imanbek was released last year. It's currently the longest-running song of 2020 on Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits.

Since then, he's collaborated with a number of artists, including Beyoncé, Usher, Meek Mill, Lil Baby and more, including his rock star mentor Lenny Kravitz.

Tune into The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Monday October 26th for SAINt JHN's daytime television debut.

(Video contains uncensored profanity.)

By Rachel George
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Def Jam RecordingsDave East has upgraded his Karma 3 mixtape with a deluxe version and eight new songs with the likes of Dej Loaf, G Herbo and Chris Brown.

The upgrade builds off the original 15-track Karma 3, which featured Mary J Blige, Trouble, Benny The Butcher, Trey Songz, Young Dolph, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and more. 

Dave East continues to solidify himself as one of today's most prolific rappers with his raw storytelling, forging relationships with legendary rap lyricists such as Method Man, The Lox rappers Styles P and Jadakiss, as well as Jeezy, who's featured on the "Handsome" remix.

In addition to the deluxe release, the New York rapper blessed us with the music video for his "Unruly," single featuring dancehall and reggae veteran Popcaan.

Karma 3 and Karma 3 deluxe mark the first new music from East since his 2019 debut, Survival. Executive-produced by his rap mentor, Nas, the album debuted at #11 on Billboard's200 albums chart. 

Dave East is also featured on the soundtrack to the new film, True to the Game 2, which hits theaters Nov. 6.  

By Rachel George
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Michael Tullberg/Getty ImagesGrammy-winning hitmaker Jermaine Dupri is dreaming of "Change" with his new single of the same name, which features Eric Bellinger, Ne-Yo, Johnta Austin, PJ Morton, Common, Gary Clark Jr., and more, including the Detroit Youth Choir.

Drawing inspiration from his 2001 record "What's Going On" with vocalist Bono of superstar rock band U2, JD put together a stellar group of singers.

"I started my quest in making this song back in June, using what Bono and I did with "What’s Goin On" as the blueprint," Jermaine wrote on Twitter. "I created "Change" [for] all Black Kings [and] artist I never worked with, new artists I feel are next and then just down right incredible vocalist."

Boyz II Men's Wanya Morris, Rotimi, Smokie Norful, Big Rube, Bryan-Michael Cox, Anthony Hamilton,Keedron Bryant, Jac Ross and Kirk Franklin are also featured on the track, which pushes the importance of being the change you want to see in the world.

Proceeds from "Change" will benefit the Social Change Fund, a charitable organization created by philanthropists and NBA superstars Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul, dedicated to empowering communities of color and advocating for the rights of all Black lives.

Jermaine Dupri is also expected to make an appearance during Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden's star-studded virtual "I Will Vote" concert on Sunday. Everyone's invited with the donation of any amount to the Biden/Harris campaign. 

By Rachel George
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Joyner LucasHere's new music to add to your weekend playlist. 

For his second project this year, ADHD rapper Joyner Lucas opens up about his adolescent years and his new "perspective on life" on his new album, Evolution.

"I just want to say that creating this project gave me a new perspective on life and the idea of evolving," Lucas wrote on Instagram. "Opening up about certain things Im going through or have gone through made me realize how much trauma I actually have."

Lucas uses music to "unapologetically express myself freely over beautiful instrumentation. I hope you enjoy," he continued. "As for me, I’m seeking therapy after this to help me heal from past trauma."

For Evolution, Lucas enlisted features from Rick Ross and Elijah JamesAshanti on "Fall Slowly," and Lyla and The Game on another inspiring track, titled "On This Way.

And after blessing other artists with #1 hits, Ty Dolla $ign returns with his new album, Featuring TyDolla $ign. Ty tapped big-name artists such as Burna BoyNicki MinajRoddy RicchKehlaniLil Durk and more to be featured on the album we didn’t know we needed.

"Your Turn" is a unquiely-crafted standout track on the album, featuring Tish Hyman, rap crooner 6lackand Musiq Soulchild.

Meanwhile, Dej Loaf makes her official introduction with her debut album, Sell Sole IIboasting verses from GunnaLil Uzi Vert42 Dugg, and Sada Baby, as well as Griselda artists Benny The Butcher and Conway The Machine.  The title is a nod to the Detroit singer-songwriter's 2014 mixtape of the same name.

Dej Loaf has been busy over the last few years with viral hits such as her breakout single, "Try Me," "Me U & Hennessy" and "Back Up," featuring Detroit 2 rapper Big Sean.

By Rachel George
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Maude LemaireBefore Whitney Houston was a global superstar, she was just a little girl from Newark, NJ. Now, her hometown is honoring her with a new mosaic mural.

Created by Newark-based artist Maude Lemaire, the massive mosaic, which is several stories tall, is currently being installed in Newark's Central Ward on the facade of a luxury apartment building called The William House, located at 45 William Street.

The mural is partly the project of the GRAMMY Museum Experience at Newark's Prudential Center.  The museum is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but you can see past exhibits online, including one focusing on Whitney, featuring her stage outfits, awards and more.

The timing of the mural is auspicious, considering that Whitney will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during an HBO/HBO MAX special premiering on November 7.  Among the special guests taking part: Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Gwen Stefani, Charlize Theron, Maroon 5's Adam Levine, Sean "Diddy" Combs and more.

By Andrea Dresdale
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Josh Brasted/FilmMagicJussie Smollett is bringing in some major stars for his directorial debut, B-Boy Blues.

According to Deadline, Smollett has cast Grammy-nominated recording artist LedisiP-Valley star Brandee EvansDavid Makes Man's Timothy Richardson and Thomas Mackie for his upcoming film which is an adaptation of James Earl Hardy's classic 1994 novel.

Written by Smollett and Hardy, the movie will follow the complicated romantic relationship between two Black men: Mitchell, a politically conscious magazine editor, and Raheim, a Harlem born and bred ruff-neck bike messenger.

Richardson and Mackie have been cast as the two leads, Mitchell and Raheim, respectively, meanwhile Ledisi will play Mitchell’s mother Ann Walker and Evans will play Mitchell’s assistant, Michi.

Broderick HunterLandon G. WoodsonMichael JacksonJr.Marquise VilsonJabari ReddBrian LucasHeather B.Erik WilliamsOtis WinstonTiesha ThomasJahleel KamaraAndre VirgoBry’Nt BaileyIlara Phoenix Williams, and Sampson McCormick have also been added to round out the cast.

As previously reported, Smollett will also co-produce the project under his recently formed SuperMassive Movies banner. 

B-Boy Blues is currently in production in New York.

By Candice Williams
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Universal Music GroupToni Braxton has released the music video for her single, "Gotta Move On," featuring H.E.R.

The visual find a couple in love one minute and arguing the next, detailing the many stages of relationship on its last leg.

"No hesitation, you keep me waiting / Saying you're on your way/ Oh, but I supported, even ignored it When you had me waiting all day /Ooh, I got it bad," Toni sings. "I just gotta move on."

H.E.R. also makes an appearance in the video -- not to sing, but to flex her seemingly effortless guitar skills. Last month, the Grammy-winning vocalist became the first Black woman to have her own signature guitar with the famous guitar brand Fender. 

"Gotta Move On" hails from Toni's latest album, Spell My Name, which secured her ninth #1 single, "Do It,on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs chart.

By Rachel George
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Icy/Artistry Records/Warner RecordsMulti-platinum selling rapper and entrepreneur Saweetie is back with her new single "Back to the Streets," featuring Jhené Aiko.

The "Icy" rapper has traded in her "old" dudes for her new man, Quavo, so she's sending all the [eff] boys back to where they belong. "Ride around town till I leave / I gave that boy a round and sent him back to the streets," Saweetie raps. "Like la-da-dee-da-dee-da / Yeah, I send him back to the streets."

Songstress Jhené seems to be having her own "level-up" moment, singing "Sent you back to your old hood/ On hood, baby this is for your own good / I can't be stuck / I wish you luck though / Consider yourself blessed / You got to [mess] with the baddest."

Saweetie and Aiko become two whimsical Tinkerbell-like fairies flying around in the song's animated music video. 

"Back to the Streets" was co-produced by Timbaland and will be featured on Saweetie's highly-anticipated, forthcoming debut album, Pretty B**** Music, which stands for "Boss. Independent. Tough. CEO. Hyphy."

Saweetie has started an entire movement with her "Icy University" YouTube series, where she gives viewers business and entrepreneurial advice, encouraging all women to define their pretty. 

Following the success of her latest #1 hit single "Tap In" and the remix featuring fellow hitmakers DaBaby, Post Malone and 2020 XXL Freshman Jack Harlow, Saweetie was nominated for New Artist of 2020 at the People's Choice Awards, airing Sunday, November 15 on E!

By Rachel George
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Kenneth Matthews / P Music Group, Inc.Music legends Charlie Wilson and Smokey Robinson share their harmonious duet "All of My Love."

The music video follows a couple spending time together, in-between shots of the iconic duo singing in their stylish suits. Robinson went for a bright and shiny green suit while Wilson went for a red bow-tie look. 

The visual shifts from color to black-and-white with both legendary artists singing the chorus, "If all of my love just ain't enough / Then take all my heart, my soul, my money, my gold, whatever you want."

In an interview with People magazine, the Gap Band singer expressed his excitement about full-filling his "lifelong dream" of working with the smooth-sounding Smokey Robinson.

"Being a lifetime fan and growing up with the greats of Motown, working with Smokey fulfilled a lifelong dream of mine," says Wilson. "I was in awe of how cool and smooth he is."

Wilson recalled yelling, "Get 'em Smokey!" in between scenes while shooting the song's video. But his "favorite memory" came from the studio session where they recorded "All of My Love."

"We sat together and he told me some amazing stories," Wilson shared. "When he was recording his parts, I was listening in freaking out like, 'I got Smokey Robinson on my record!'"

By Rachel George
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Amanda Edwards/WireImageWhile some recall puberty for being an awkward and uncomfortable time in their life, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson says he is extremely grateful to have gone through it.

Posting a throwback Thursday photo of his 11-year-old self, the Jumanji actor opened up about how his father influenced his dreams of becoming a pro wrestler.

"A lil’ throwback action to 1983, when I was 11 years old - I used to LOVE putting on my dad’s wrestling trunks, boots, jacket and championship belts - dreaming of one day becoming a pro wrestling champion," Johnson, 48, reminisced.

In the photo, pre-teen Rock poses with his hands on his hips sporting two of his father Rocky Johnson's belts, one thrown over his shoulder and the other proudly fastened around his waist.  The only other garments the future wrestling star is wearing are his dad's white spandex trunks, blue puffer jacket and knee high white boots.

Despite the sentimental snap, Johnson had a major issue of his younger self's un-sculpted chest and cracked in the caption, "Only thing I forgot to wear was my training bra!!"

The father of three then referred to his past self as "afro [chest]," joking he was "gonna be late for school!"

Johnson signed off his throwback Thursday photo with the hashtag "#thankgodforpuberty."

Of course, his fans were quick to thank the Rampage actor for providing them some much needed inspiration for their Halloween outfit this year.

If fans do decide to dress up as 11-year-old Rock, this won't be the first time someone parodied one of his old looks.  Last year, the actor's pal Kevin Hart trolled Johnson by trick or treating as a 90's Johnson, complete with a fanny pack, chunky watch, black turtle neck and chain necklace.

By Megan Stone
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic Start spreading the news… New York aka Tiffany Pollard is returning to VH1.

On Thursday, the network confirmed with Page Six that Pollard will take part in a one-off reunion special hosted by Vivica A. Fox, titled I Love New York: Reunited.

As fans may remember, Pollard, 38, first rose to fame in 2006 after she vyed for the heart of rapper Flavor Fav on VH1's Flavor of Love. That was followed by multiple spin-offs, including two installments of her own dating show I Love New York. 

I Love New York: Reunited will gather the reality star with some of her favorite past contestants as they "revisit the show’s greatest moments, break down the biggest heartbreaks, and dive into how the cast members’ lives have evolved through the years."

I Love New York: Reunited is scheduled to air on November 23 at 8/7C on VH1.

By Danielle Long
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Mike Coppola/VF19/Getty Images for VFVanessa Bryant is saying farewell to one of the properties she owned with her late husband Kobe Bryant

For just $1.995 million, the investment property she and the NBA legend purchased in 2013 could be yours, according to the Los Angeles Times

The Tuscan-style home was built in 2003 and is located in Irvine, California in the gated community of Summit at Turtle Ridge -- just a few miles from Vanessa's primary residence in Newport Coast. 

The 2,300 square foot, single-story residence has 3-bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms and the interior is filled with dramatic wooden features like beam ceilings. It also includes a fireplace and a limestone kitchen with Spanish tile backsplash. Meanwhile, the exterior boasts a charming brick design with a fireplace, and in-ground spa. 

The real estate move comes nine months after Kobe and their 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, died in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California. 

By Danielle Long
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Aidan Monaghan/NETFLIX © 2020Wunmi Mosaku admits she had to dig deep to play her His House character Rial, a woman who is haunted by the ghost of her daughter and other refugees lost at sea.

"I found playing her quite extraordinary because she's just different from me," Mosaku tells ABC Audio. "I'm not as composed."

In the Netflix horror film, Mosaku and actor Sope Dìrísù play a married couple who react very differently to the paranormal activity going on in their temporary housing. While Sope attempts to ignore the spirits, Mosaku seems attentive to them. The actress says Rial's reaction is nothing like her own.

"Like I am someone who would run for the hills," Mosaku jokes. "Like... Jurassic Park is scary for me."

Even though Mosaku admits Rial's behavior and reactions are very surprising, the Lovecraft Country star said she loved the challenge of playing an unpredictable character.

"I really love Rial because she dealt with this whole haunting in such an unusual way," Mosaku says. "Whereas someone would probably respond how Bo does in his fear, and like push it away, saying 'It doesn't exist.' Rial's like, 'What are you gonna say, let me hear.' She like listens to this thing and she's just feels fearless to me."

It's that fearlessness and confidence that Mosaku says ultimately attracted her to the role.

"There's just something about her that's just so intriguing and... [her] humor," she says. "She's the first to make a joke. She's also so in sync with her husband that she knows that he's no longer the same person. She knows that he's changed. And she's waiting for him to kind of get to that realization too."

His House is now available on Netflix.

By Candice Williams
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



ABC/Stewart CookChelsea Handler just made her ex 50 Cent a pretty generous offer.

On Monday, the 45-year-old rapper publicly backed President Donald Trump after seeing that American's earning over $400,000 a year could potentially have to pay 62% in taxes under Joe Biden's proposed tax plan.

"WHAT THE... (VOTE ForTRUMP)," he tweeted. "IM OUT... I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62% are you out of ya... mind."

In response, Handler threw a bit of shade, commenting, "You used to be my favorite ex-boyfriend."

The Power star replied with a plea for Handler not to let politics get between them but, instead of agreeing to disagree on the topic, the comedian proposed another option -- to take of the tax bill for him. 

"Hey... I will pay your taxes in exchange for you coming to your senses," she wrote. "Happily! Black lives matter. That’s you... Remember?"

50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson, dated Handler briefly in 2010 after he appeared on her talk show Chelsea Lately.

The Get Rich or Die Tryin' artist received a ton of backlash over his original tweet with fans who accusing him of choosing personal gain over the greater well-being of the country. However, he also received support from the likes of well-known Trump supporters and political commentators Tomi Lahren and Candace Owens.  

Nonetheless, his current stance is ironic considering that he previously told James Corden he turned down $500,000 to perform at Trump's 2017 inauguration, saying, "Not all money is good money."

By Danielle Long
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Amy Sussman/BBMA2020/Getty Images for dcpWith less than two weeks before Election Day on Nov. 3, Lizzo wants you to vote early. 

Today, the multi-talented singer, actress and outspoken activist will hit the campaign trail in her Michigan home state, in support of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

She'll be speaking at a volunteer canvass and encouraging locals in her hometown of Detroit to vote early. Later, the "Good As Hell" singer will go to the community of Harper Woods, to have a conversation with young people about early voting. 

Lizzo recently appeared on Season 3 of David Letterman's Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, where the two discussed her Detroit roots and her work as a social and political activist, who champions for body-positivity and self-love.

"I'm sick of being an activist because I'm fat and Black," she said in a short clip from her interviewwith Letterman. "I want to be an activist because I'm intelligent. Because I care about the issues, because my music is good, because I want to help the world."

And don't forget, Joe Biden's star-studded virtual "I Will Vote" concert takes place on Sunday. Everyone's invited with the donation of any amount to the Biden/Harris campaign. 

By Rachel George
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Prince Williams/WireimageTip "T.I." Harris shares his Hype Wiliams-directed video for his new single, "Hypho."

The hypnotic visual displays black-and-white swirls and flashes, in between shots to T.I. and R&B newcomer Rahky

"Hypho" is one of T.I's standout tracks from his latest album, The L.I.B.R.A. The track samples the 1994 single, "Hypnotize" by the later rapper Notorious B.I.G.

The L.I.B.R.A., which stands for The Legend Is Back Running Atlanta, also includes guest features from his son Domani, John Legend, Jadakiss, Benny The Butcher, Rick Ross, and fellow Atlanta native Lil Baby.

T.I. is set to present an award at the 2020 BET Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 27th, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on BET.

By Rachel George
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Courtesy of NBCUniversalTyler Perry is thankful to have mended fences with his fellow filmmaker Spike Lee, who at one time called his work "buffoonery." 

In an interview with Variety, Perry says that Lee's comments really struck a sensitive nerve with him.

“If any criticisms stung, it would have been his, because I had so much respect and admiration for him,” he says.

"People's opinions are their opinions, but that doesn't negate the fact of the work that he's done. And he's due the honor of having a stage named after him and more than that," Perry continues, referring to one of his 12 Atlanta soundstages that carries Lee's name.

Perry says his reconciliation with Lee ultimately came after the Oscar winner saw his interview with Oprah where he talked about the legendary spat between writers Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. During that argument, Hughes referred to Hurston as "a perfect darkie."

Perry says that interview created the perfect opportunity for Lee to come to Atlanta and officially squash their beef.

“I opened the door. I said, ‘Come in here, so I can beat your [butt],’” Perry recalls, laughing. “And [Lee] said, ‘Fair enough.’"

"And we sat and we had a conversation," Perry says. "He laid out his views and his opinions, which I respected. And he heard mine, and he respected them. So we can both exist in the same world with very different views and opinions and still respect each other.”

By Candice Williams
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



Kevin Winter/Getty Images for dcpFormer Vice President Joe Biden plans to party all into net month's election -- virtually, that is. 

Ciara, A$AP Ferg, Jennifer Hudson and the Black Eyed Peas will be performing at the exclusive I Will Vote concert Sunday, October 25th. 

In support of Democratic presidential candidate Biden, the "grassroots concert" will feature a mix of live and pre-recorded segments from a number of stars including Pose actor Billy Porter and Hamilton co-creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Grammy-winning singers Macy Gray and John Legend are also among the musical guests who will appear. 

Biden and his wife, Jill, as well as vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, will also make an appearance. 

Joe Biden's "I Will Vote" concert takes places Sunday, October 25th at 8 p.m. EST. 

Fans everywhere can watch the performances and virtually attend the event by donating any amount of money to the Biden/Harris campaign.

By Rachel George
Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

0
comments



image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Entertainment
On Air Now
Hot HipHop
Hot HipHop
12:00am - 11:59pm
 
Weather