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Teyana Taylor says her retirement announcement was her last resort after she begged her record label owner, Kanye West, to drop her -- and he refused.

Teyana clarified that her retirement from music was a warning to her record label.

The R&B star took to Instagram on Friday, Dec. 4, to say she felt "super under appreciated as an artist." She added: "I'm retiring this chapter of my story with the comfort that i can depart with peace of mind seeing that all the hard work & passion put in was indeed loved & supported somewhere in the world!"

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Teyana returned to Instagram for a Live session in which she told fans:

"The majority of what that post was to warn my label who I’ve been signed to for almost 10 years. Everything that you guys see of me, everything that I put out, everything that I do is 100 per cent me. There's no gun to anybody's head to do anything that they don’t want to do. So yes, I am going to feel under appreciated if I'm putting in 110 per cent and my label is giving me - they’re reciprocating, what, 10 per cent of that."

She claimed she asked her label - G.O.O.D Music/Def Jam - to drop her on more than one occasion, adding:

"The crazy part about it is I asked Def Jam to drop me on almost 10 different occasions, straight to their face, up in the building, at the table. Like, 'Yo, just drop me, because at this point, I can't let this kill me.'"

Teyana's headline-hitting antics was all the buzz this weekend. Her "retirement" was prompted after she was left stunned when her critically-acclaimed June release, The Album, failed to receive a single Grammy nomination for the 2021.

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R&B star Teyana Taylor has apparently given up on becoming the next Monica of the music industry. She is hanging up her microphone after expressing her frustration at life as a "super under appreciated" artist.

The "Lose Each Other" singer was left fuming last month when her critically-acclaimed June release, The Album, failed to receive a single nomination for the 2021 Grammy Awards.

She took to Instagram on Friday, Dec. 4, to share her Spotify statistics for 2020, which revealed her music had been streamed 162.8 million times by 15.2 million listeners in 92 countries.

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Thanking fans for their support, she said, "Wow, who did that? Y'all did that! Thank you..."

However, Teyana, who is signed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music, expressed her struggles to be recognized as a force in the music industry as she announced her plans to retire.

"I ain't gone front in times of feeling super under appreciated as a artist, receiving little to no real push from the 'machine', constantly getting the shorter end of the stick, being overlooked, I mean the list (goes) on and on lol.."

She added:

"I'm retiring this chapter of my story with the comfort that i can depart with peace of mind seeing that all the hard work & passion put in was indeed loved & supported somewhere in the world!"

Teyana, who turns 30 on Dec. 10, went on to suggest she wasn't quitting the entertainment industry altogether, adding:

"To all my supporters from day 1 & all my new ones I love you and I thank you for everything & don't worry y'all know all hustlers have the understanding that when one door closes another will open...either that or I'm pickin da locks petunia!!! So wassup".

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Toronto rapper CHROMAZZ dropped a Megan Thee Stallion diss track title "Marcus Thee Stallion."

CHROMAZZ is the latest to fuel the rumor that Megan was born a man. We don't know what to believe.

CHROMAZZ disrespects Billboard's Rapper of the Year, by defending her fellow Torontonian, rapper Tory Lanez who faces attempted murder charges after allegedly shooting Megan in the foot following a 4th of July party at Kylie Jenner's crib.

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CHROMAZZ isn't the only one taking shots at Megan. Meg's ex-best friend Kelsey Nicole (right) -- who was in the SUV when Megan was allegedly shot -- also dropped a diss track calling out the Houston rapper.

Why does everyone hate Megan?
 

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Beyonce is going for gold at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards in 2021 after leading all artists with nine nominations, including 2 for Record of the Year.

"Black Parade" and "Savage" (Remix) with Megan Thee Stallion has landed Beyonce a double mention in the top category, while the former will also compete for Song of the Year, as well as Best R&B Performance and Song.

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"Black Is King," the visual accompaniment to The Lion King: The Gift - the superstar's soundtrack for her 2019 Disney remake, is shortlisted for Best Music Film, and "Brown Skin Girl" is up for Best Music Video.

Additionally, the "Savage" (Remix) is nominated for Best Rap Performance and Song.

The nine nominations make Beyonce the most-nominated female artist in Grammy Awards history with 79 over the course of her career, during which she has won 24.

The 2021 Grammys look to be a big night for the ladies with Dua Lipa, Taylor Swift, Brittany Howard, Phoebe Bridgers, Fiona Apple, Jhene Aiko, and Billie Eilish among the multiple nominees.

Comedian Trevor Noah will host the Grammy Awards on January 31.
 

Here is a partial list of nominees:

Album of the Year

Chilombo - Jhene Aiko

Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition) - Black Pumas

Everyday Life - Coldplay

Djesse Vol.3 - Jacob Collier

Women in Music Pt. III - HAIM

Future Nostalgia - Dua Lipa

Hollywood's Bleeding - Post Malone

Folklore - Taylor Swift
 

Song of the Year

Black Parade - Denisia Andrews, Beyonce, Stephen Bray, Shawn Carter, Brittany Coney, Derek James Dixie, Akil King, Kim 'Kaydence' Krysiuk & Rickie 'Caso' Tice, songwriters (Beyonce)

The Box - Samuel Gloade & Rodrick Moore, songwriters (Roddy Ricch)

Cardigan - Aaron Dessner & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift)

Circles - Louis Bell, Adam Feeney, Kaan Gunesberk, Austin Post & Billy Walsh, songwriters (Post Malone)

Don't Start Now - Caroline Ailin, Ian Kirkpatrick, Dua Lipa & Emily Warren, songwriters (Dua Lipa)

Everything I Wanted - Billie Eilish O'Connell & Finneas O'Connell, songwriters (Billie Eilish)

I Can't Breathe - Dernst Emile II, H.E.R. & Tiara Thomas, songwriters (H.E.R.)

If the World Was Ending - Julia Michaels & JP Saxe, songwriters (JP Saxe Featuring Julia Michaels)
 

Best New Artist

Ingrid Andress

Phoebe Bridgers

Chika

Noah Cyrus

D Smoke

Doja Cat

Kaytranada

Megan Thee Stallion
 

Record of the Year

Black Parade - Beyonce

Colors - Black Pumas

Rockstar - DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch

Say So - Doja Cat

Everything I Wanted - Billie Eilish

Don't Start Now - Dua Lipa

Circles - Post Malone

Savage - Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyonce
 

Best Music Video

Brown Skin Girl - Beyonce

Life Is Good - Future Featuring Drake

Lockdown - Anderson .Paak

Adore You - Harry Styles

Goliath - Woodkid
 

Best R&B Performance

Lightning & Thunder - Jhene Aiko Featuring John Legend

Black Parade - Beyonce

All I Need - Jacob Collier Featuring Mahalia & Ty Dolla $Ign

Goat Head - Brittany Howard

See Me - Emily King
 

Best R&B Song

Better Than I Imagine - Robert Glasper Featuring H.E.R. & Meshell Ndegeocello

Black Parade - Beyonce

Collide - Tiana Major9 & Earthgang

Do It - Chloe X Halle

Slow Down - Skip Marley & H.E.R.
 

Best Progressive R&B Album

Chilombo - Jhene Aiko

Ungodly Hour - Chloe X Halle

Free Nationals - Free Nationals

F*** Yo Feelings - Robert Glasper

It Is What It Is - Thundercat
 

Best R&B Album

Happy 2 Be Here - Ant Clemons

Take Time - Giveon

To Feel Love/D - Luke James

Bigger Love - John Legend

All Rise - Gregory Porter
 

Best Rap Performance

Deep Reverence - Big Sean Featuring Nipsey Hussle

Bop - Dababy

What's Poppin - Jack Harlow

The Bigger Picture - Lil Baby

Savage - Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyonce

Dior - Pop Smoke
 

Best Melodic Rap Performance

Rockstar - DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch

Laugh Now, Cry Later - Drake Featuring Lil Durk

Lockdown - Anderson .Paak

The Box - Roddy Ricch

Highest in the Room - Travis Scott
 

Best Rap Song

The Bigger Picture - Lil Baby

The Box - Roddy Ricch

Laugh Now, Cry Later Drake Featuring Lil Durk

Rockstar - DaBaby Featuring Roddy Ricch

Savage (Remix) - Megan Thee Stallion Featuring Beyonce
 

Best Rap Album

Black Habits - D Smoke

Alfredo - Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist

A Written Testimony - Jay Electronica

King's Disease - Nas

The Allegory Royce - Da 5'9
 

Best Pop Solo Performance

Yummy - Justin Bieber

Say So - Doja Cat

Everything I Wanted - Billie Eilish

Don't Start Now - Dua Lipa

Watermelon Sugar - Harry Styles

Cardigan - Taylor Swift

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Meek Mill's new single "Pain Away" ft. Chicago gangsta Lil Durk dropped on Friday. This is the first single ever rated 0 roses in Sandrarose.com history.

Meek Mill singing with auto tune is cringe-worthy. He's not even trying anymore -- not that he was a great rapper to begin with.

This track is a terrible waste of a perfectly good sample from Tony! Toni! Toné's hit single, "It Feels Good."

The music video contains the obligatory stacks of cash, drugs, luxury vehicles and diamond chip chains. Absent are the scantily clad women. Maybe the video budget wasn't big enough to include them.

As you know, Philly rappers chased Meek off social media and banned him from North Philly for telling them to put their guns down amid a series of killings involving underground rappers.

"I'll get all the main big artist in Philly a deal if they put them bodies behind them and squash them beefs," he said. "I hear about ... got some hot young bulls from my city but they all beefing! And that's just a idea but I'll push thru with my city if y'all make it thing! It's like 5 clicks that’s talented but they deep in! And get they most attention when they beefing!" he continued.

Rapper Poundside Pop responded: "ITS TIME FOR YOU TO PICK A SIDE….. IS YOU ZOO OR NOT N***A???? ..."You is from 63rd bro, whatever that is. You not from North bro. You banned bro."
 

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Rapper Saweetie reached a milestone in her career with her highest debut on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

A week after earning her third RIAA certification for her single "Tap In," Saweetie's "Back to the Streets" premiered at No. 76 on Billboard's Hot 100.

The song, off her upcoming Pretty B*tch Music album, is her highest debut ever on Billboard.

Saweetie, best known as rapper Quavo's girlfriend, earned ridicule and scorn when she urged women to throw away their men if they don't splurge on a Birkin handbag.

The coveted Hermès Birkin bags retail for over $20,000. But gently lived-in Birkin bags can be found on eBay or other sites for less than half that.
 

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Village People lead singer Victor Willis has asked U.S. President Donald Trump to stop playing "Y.M.C.A." and "Macho Man" at campaign rallies.

Videos of Trump dancing to the hits went viral online earlier this month.

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In an interview with BBC News, Willis (pictured far left) said the group objected to Trump using their disco classics - although he admits they can’t legally stop him since the campaign legally licensed the hit songs for use at his campaign rallies.

"I don't endorse Trump, I've never endorsed Trump, nor has the Village People," Willis said. "Donald Trump does what Donald Trump does. I've never seen him actually put his hands up and make the Y.M.C.A. He's changed it to M-A-G-A or something."

On Saturday Night Live last week, a Weekend Update segment focused on the subject of Trump - in a segment in which Keenan Thompson played Willis, singing a version of "Y.M.C.A." that demanded he stops playing the song.

Other musicians who have objected to Trump's use of their music include Elton John, Neil Young, and The Rolling Stones - with representatives of the estates of Tom Petty, and Prince also raising objections.

All of the artists who object to Trump playing their songs are Democrats or their allies.
 

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T.I. vs. Jeezy’s Verzuz battle may not happen if Jeezy doesn't pay off his old debts.

According to AllHipHop, Jeezy owes his old music producer Shawty Redd $105,000 for producing the beats that made him a hip-hop superstar.

Shawty, 39, is recognized as one of the pioneers of trap music. In addition to other hip-hop classics, he produced Jeezy's album Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101 (2005).

Shawty made it clear on his Instagram live that Jeezy owes him $105,000.

"Since the ni**a think he bigger than me. I want to see you go against T.I. with all them records," Shawty said. "Jeezy getting sued soon as he play my music on MF Verzuz... I'm suing your ass. Period. Period!"

Shawty also worked with T.I., Gucci Mane, Pastor Troy, Snoop Dogg and Bun B.

Shawty said he will file a lawsuit if Jeezy or T.I. uses any of his songs during the battle.

Hopefully, Jeezy can come up with the money before the Verzuz season premiere on Nov. 19.
 

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Ashanti turns 40 today. The curvy singer celebrated her birthday with friends in Antigua and Barbuda.

"Reflecting on the blessings," Ashanti captioned a post that shows her relaxing on a yacht in an emerald sea.

Ashanti was born Ashanti Shequoiya Douglas on October 13, 1980 in Glen Cove, New York. Her mother was a dance teacher and her father was a former singer.

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Ashanti's mother, Tina Douglas (pictured), discovered her full singing potential when she overheard Ashanti singing Mary J. Blige's "Reminisce" at age 12.

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As a teenager, Ashanti wrote songs and performed in local talent shows. She got a small break as a child extra in Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992) and in Ted Demme's Who's the Man?.

But her first love was music. Ashanti began performing around the city and she eventually came to the attention of Bad Boy Records, Jive and Murder Inc., where she was noticed by Murder Inc. CEO and co-founder Irv Gotti.

Gotti asked her to write hooks for his label artists and to perform with them in duets.

Her duets on Fat Joe's "What's Luv?" and Ja Rule's "Always on Time" helped launch the songs up the charts, becoming two of the biggest hit songs of 2002.
 

Ashanti became the first female artist to occupy the top two positions on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart at the same time.

Following the success of her collaborations with Ja Rule and Fat Joe, Ashanti released her debut single, "Foolish", which contains a sample of the 1983 song "Stay with Me" by DeBarge.

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Ashanti's self-titled debut album, Ashanti, was released on Murder Inc. in April 2002 and debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart. The album was certified triple platinum in the United States and sold six million copies worldwide.

The album was a fan favorite, earning 8 Billboard Music Awards, 2 American Music Awards, and a Grammy Award in 2003 for Best Contemporary R&B Album.

In July 2003, Ashanti's sophomore album, Chapter II, also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 326,000 copies. Chapter II went platinum, selling over 1.5 million copies.

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In 2004, Ashanti began dating rapper Nelly and considered settling down to raise a family.

Ashanti and Nelly were the Beyonce and Jay-Z of their time. Fans couldn't get enough of the sexy couple. One fan made a scrap book filled with pictures of the hip-hop royal couple.

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Nelly and Ashanti ended their long-term relationship in 2014 after dating 10 years. Their union produced no children and Ashanti told friends she regretted not tying the knot with the St. Louis rapper, now 45.

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There were many rumors of cheating by both Ashanti and Nelly during their decade together. After the breakup, Ashanti earned a scandalous reputation as a home-wrecker.

Ashanti has been linked to Chink Santana (who was dating Keyshia Cole at the time); NFL player Darnell Dockett (who was married at the time), NBA star James Harden, comedian Michael Blackson, rapper Joyner Lucas, and more.

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Ashanti released 5 albums in her 18-year career. She was nominated for 8 Grammy Awards, winning a Grammy for her 2003 album Ashanti. She won 35 music awards in her stellar career, including 8 Billboard Music Awards and 2 American Music Awards.

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Johnny Nash, the pop and reggae legend whose cataracts inspired the smash 1970s hit song "I Can See Clearly Now", has passed away.

Nash died from natural causes at his Houston home, his son announced on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Born John Lester Nash Jr. in Houston, Texas, Nash grew up singing in church and by age 13 had his own show on a Houston television station.

Nash rose to local prominence with his first single "A Teenager Sings the Blues." Nash met and collaborated with peers Paul Anka and George Hamilton IV on "The Teen Commandments (of Love)."

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Nash was also an actor whose movie roles included 1959's "Take a Giant Step" (co-starring Ruby Dee) in which he starred as a Black high school student rebelling against how the Civil War is taught in the classroom.

Nash's acting career faded in the early 1960s, but he renewed his interest in music. Nash reportedly wrote his signature hit song "I Can See Clearly Now" after undergoing surgery for cataracts.

While the Grammy's snubbed "I Can See Clearly Now," the soon-to-be classic song was covered by artists ranging from Ray Charles and Donny Osmond to Soul Asylum and Jimmy Cliff.

Nash's newfound appreciation for Jamaica's reggae music genre led him to the Caribbean island where he was among the first non-Jamaican artists to record reggae music in Kingston.

While in Kingston, Nash met a young reggae singer-songwriter named Bob Marley through an introduction by fellow Wailers Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston.

Nash, who was the bigger star at the time, took Marley to London and convinced his manager and business partner Danny Sims to sign Bob Marley and the Wailers to their independent label JAD Records.

Nash recorded an early cover of Marley's song "Stir It Up," and the two singers also collaborated on the ballad "You Poured Sugar On Me," which appeared on Nash's I Can See Clearly Now album.

In the 1980s, Nash dropped out of the music industry, telling Jamaica's The Gleaner newspaper that it was "difficult to develop major music projects" without touring and promoting and that he preferred to be with his family.

Nash is survived by his son Johnny Nash Jr., daughter, Monica, and wife, Carli Nash.