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As promised, Drake delivered his new album, Certified Lover Boy, without much fanfare or bizarre stunts.

The 34-year-old rapper dropped his first full length release since Scorpion in 2018 - on Friday - almost a year late due to the pandemic.

Standout collabs on the album include rappers Jay Z and mumble rapper Travis Scott.

CLB also includes features with Giveon, Lil Durk, Kid Cudi, Future, Yebba, Young Thug, Lil Baby and 21 Savage.

On "Fair Trade," Drake and Travis seek loyalty from women in their lives and they don't mind losing friends to achieve loyalty.

    "I don't know who love me, but I know that it ain't everybody
    I can never love her, she a busy body
    Baby, if you want me, can't be turnin' up with everybody, nah

    Can't be f*ckin' on just anybody, yeah
    I got feelings for you, that's the thing about it, yeah
    You know that it's somethin' when I sing about it, yeah."

In a post on his Instagram Stories, the rapper described his sixth album as, "A combination of toxic masculinity and acceptance of truth which is inevitably heartbreaking." He also dedicated the album to late Instagram models Nadia Ntuli and Mercedes Morr who both died this year.

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Ahead of the release of the record, Drake's mom Sandi Graham sent him sweet and encouraging notes.

Her message on Tuesday, Aug, 31, reads:

"To: Lover Boy Three days more we're counting down, for us to hear the best. Everyone's excited, cause you're nothing like the rest. Three more days my pookaroo I couldn't be more proud of you! Loving mom."

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Beyonce and Jay Z are catching heat for their "embarrassment of riches" pose with a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting in an ad campaign.

Tiffany & Co. launched a modern love campaign featuring Beyonce and Jay Z, according to Eurweb.com.

The luxury jewelry retailer included a never-before-seen Basquiat painting in the campaign.

In one image, Jay Z, who has an obsession with the late painter, is sitting in an armchair while Beyonce poses in a curve-fitting black dress.

Tiffany's executive vice president Alexandre Arnault stated:

"The investment will be pretty impressive. It's our biggest campaign. Also, it's the only year-long campaign that we have. It marks a clear evolution of what we’ve been doing from a creative standpoint."

 
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Jay Z and Beyonce are known for their champagne tastes and vulgar displays of material wealth.

Black Twitter slammed the couple for posing with a Basquiat painting -- since the painter was an anti-capitalist who loathed pretentious displays of riches.

One Twitter user wrote:

"Jay Z (a venture capitalist) ironically rocking a Basquiat (famous anti-capitalist, anti-colonial artist) look while investing in ankle monitors, while Beyonce rocks Tiffany (Blood) Diamond is Neo-Colonialism in Blackface."

Another user wrote: "Ohhh so Jay Z is tryna look like Basquiat. Ok....."

A third person tweeted:

"Basquiat would hate Jay Z. or at least talk some f*cken sense into the guy. anyway not my problem."

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Kanye West held a listening party for his long-awaited 10th studio album, Donda, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Thursday, July 22.

His estranged wife, Kim Kardashian and their four children attended the album listening party.

The album was named for Kanye's late mother, Donda West.

According to reports, Kanye was still mixing the album in Atlanta late Thursday, which explains the delayed start of the event.

He was spotted backstage at the stadium working on last-minute tweaks. He invited rappers Plaiboi Carti and 2 Chainz to add verses to the album on Thursday. Which likely means the album will not be ready for release on Friday.

The event finally got underway around 9:30 p.m., as Kanye strolled onto the white stadium floor wearing a red bubble jacket with matching red tank top and latex pants.

The highlight of the unfinished album was Jay Z's verse on "Guess Who's Going to Jail Tonight." Jay Z reportedly recorded his verse at 4 p.m. today.

The album reviews were all bad on Twitter and Reddit.com.

One Reddit user wrote:

"As a HUGE Kanye stan, this was f--king horrible. Idk how anyone is defending this."

Another Reddit user wrote:

"Remember when you saw the Sha'carri commercial and thought 'oh shit when the beat drops on this track, its gonna be crazy'. Well, that's every song. And the beat never drops."

And a third Reddit user wrote:

"this album was so bad that the only way you could save it is by calling it "avant garde."

Watch the full listening party below.
 

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Jay Z showed support for his wife Beyonce's Adidas x Ivy Park line by modeling a shorts set.

In a photo posted to the Ivy Park Instagram page, the nearly 60-year-old rapper posed wearing an orange Ivy Park shorts set and a white East Hamptons bucket hat.

The father-of-5 received praise from Instagram followers.

"Okay Grandpa we see you," one follower wrote. While another fan tweeted, "IKDR!! Supportive husband, we love to see it."

A third user wrote: "She said here wear my gear like I rep your chain."
 

Beyonce, 40, gave fans a taste of the all-orange line in June. The simple line includes pieces ranging from swimwear to gym clothes.

The studio singer has recruited her daughter, Blue Ivy and celebrity friends to model her pieces. She pays them by sending boxes of Ivy Park products.

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Trick Daddy claims Beyonce Knowles-Carter can't sing a note. He also said her husband, Jay Z purchased some of his hit songs.

The OG rapper and reality TV star made the shocking claims on the Clubhouse app.

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Trick Daddy said Beyonce's vocals are enhanced by studio trickery, and that she still takes vocal lessons.

"Beyonce ain't trying to get back into music and nothin' like that. Beyonce don't write music, and barely can sing her motherf---ing stuff. Beyonce can't sing! Man, I watched my godmama train Beyonce -– give her vocal lessons all her career."

Trick Daddy also suggests some fraudulent activity behind Jay Z's career.

"Imma pop an opinion right now: Beyonce is to R&B what Jay-Z is to New York. That’s why they together. Jay Z ain’t ever won the greatest rapper alive. Who ever put him on the level of that? New York lost Biggie, they needed a hero. They wanted to be the mecca of hip-hop, and they just handed it over to Jay Z. You go back and you do the history of record deals and all that. Man, DMX was doing 10-15 million an album. Remember, Jay Z changed his name 3-4 times."

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Trick Daddy, 47, accused Jay Z, 51, of purchasing his hit record, "Big Pimpin'."

"The first time y'all ever heard of Jay Z, he got a record with some ni--as from down south called 'Big Pimpin'. And they'll tell ya'll right now, Jay Z's Southern... But they ain't gon' tell you Jay Z bought the motherf---ing song after the b---h got big. Ain't nothing about that record is no east coast, New York record! Nothing about that. And at that time, what east coast n---a came and got a n---a from the south to do a record with him, man?"

 

 

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Jay Z is suing the legendary hip-hop photographer who shot his debut album cover, Reasonable Doubt.

The rap mogul is suing Jonathan Mannion and his company, Jonathan Mannion Photography LLC, claiming Mannion is exploiting his name and image without the rapper's consent.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, Jay says Mannion has Hova's name and likeness plastered all over his website and sells enlarged photos of Jay-Z for thousands of dollars each.

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In court documents obtained by TMZ, Jay Z claims Mannion demanded tens of millions of dollars when he asked him to stop selling the photos.

Jay claims Mannion is making an "arrogant assumption that because he took those photographs, he can do with them as he pleases."

Actually, he can do whatever he pleases.

As the photographer, Mannion owns the exclusive copyrights to the photos -- so he doesn't need Jay Z's permission to sell the pictures.

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Jay hired Mannion in 1996 to shoot the cover for his debut studio album, Reasonable Doubt. He said Mannion took hundreds of photos and Roc-A-Fella Records used some of the photographs for his album covers and paid Mannion a modest sum for the use of the photos.

Jay-Z claims Mannion continues to prominently display his image on the landing page of his website, where he sells Jay-Z pics and merchandise for millions of dollars.

Jay is annoyed that Mannion continues to eat off his name and image by selling his most famous photographs. The rapper claims he has strict control over his name, likeness, identity and how his persona are used.

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Jay grumbled it's "ironic" that a photographer would take advantage of a once poor "Black teenager, as a piece of property to be squeezed for every dollar it can produce. It stops today."

He is suing to stop Mannion from selling anymore of the photos, and wants him to fork over any of the profits he's made off his likeness.

However, unless Jay Z can prove he purchased the exclusive rights to the original photos, he can't tell a photographer what to do with his photos.

Mannion will likely win the lawsuit, because the rapper is too cheap to pay the photographer for the exclusive rights to the photos.

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Rapper Jay Z was spotted leaving Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica after dining with friends on Wednesday. The 51-year-old father-of-5 kept his style simple casual.

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Russian supermodel model Irina Shayk hid her face as she dashed into her apartment building in New York City. The paparazzi camped outside her apartment after photos were taken of her vacationing with still-married rap mogul Kanye West in France. Irina, 35, and Kanye, 43, have been dating for months. His divorce from Kim Kardashian has not been finalized.

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Jennifer Lopez (center) looks on while her 13-year-old fraternal twins Emme and Max check their social media pages on their smartphones. The actress/singer took her children out for a bite to eat in Miami on Wednesday. JLo is reportedly looking for a home on the West Coast to be near her new love object, Ben Affleck.

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Deb Antney, star of Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta, was spotted at The Show Boat Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Wednesday, June 9.

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Justin Dior Combs and his girlfriend made an appearance at Zack Bia's bday bash inside Delilah in West Hollywood. Justin is the firstborn child of rap mogul Sean Combs.

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Billionaire New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft celebrated his 80th birthday with close friends at his Hamptons mansion over the weekend.

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Jay Z and Meek Mill, who reportedly received loans from their pal in the past, repaid their friend's loyalty by gifting him with a brand new Bentley.

Business mogul Michael Rubin, who owns a $50 million bungalow nearby, pitched in to pay for the luxury vehicle.

Hollywood mogul Ari Emanuel and his fiancee presented the octogenarian with a pedigree puppy.

After petting the puppy, Kraft was led out to his driveway where the blue Bentley was parked.

Kraft raised his hands over his head in surprise. Then he kissed Rubin on the cheek and embraced him. "How did you get it?" he asked Rubin.

"We have resources," Rubin responded.

Meek Mill posted a video of the special moment on his social media. He captioned the video, "Drop top bent for Kraft awwwwww lol hbd robert." Meek included 6 trophy emojis to represent the number of Super Bowls Kraft has won.

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After the intimate party, Kraft spent a quiet evening with his 47-year-old girlfriend Dana Blumberg, an Ophthalmologist from New York.
 

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Mariah Carey departed Jay Z's Roc Nation management because she was looking to downsize to a smaller boutique management firm, TMZ reports.

According to earlier reports, Mariah left Roc Nation after an "explosive" argument with Jay Z during a meeting about her future with the company.

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However, Mariah took to Instagram on Monday to deny reports that she had an explosive argument with her former boss.

Sources close to the situation tell TMZ that Mariah prefers to work with a smaller team that can devote more time to her. Unfortunately, Jay's powerhouse agency has too many cooks in the kitchen.

At Roc Nation, artists like Mariah could have 20 or more people working on marketing, social media, music, merchandise, etc. -- which created an impersonal environment and she simply wanted a more intimate team.

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TMZ's sources say Mariah and Jay Z actually decided a couple months ago to part ways amicably after working together since 2017.

Mariah reportedly signed with Range Media Partners, which also signed her manager Melissa Ruderman. Ruderman left Roc in early 2021 to become a partner in the music division at Range, and she will be working closely with Mariah.

The report prompted speculation that Ruderman lured Mariah away from Roc Nation to join her at Range.

Some of Range's other clients include big name actors Bradley Cooper, Jonny Depp, Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy and Keira Knightley.

Mariah will be Range's first bold name music artist.

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Mariah Carey says rumors of an "explosive argument" with Jay Z is not why she allegedly left Roc Nation.

Mariah signed a management deal with Roc Nation after dumping her longtime manager last year. But she is reportedly not pleased with the direction that Jay Z has taken her career.

The mom-of-two took to Instagram on Monday morning to deny reports that she had an "explosive" argument with the father of 5.

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"The only "explosive" situation I'd ever "get into" with Hov is a creative tangent, such as our #1 song "Heartbreaker"!! To the people who make up these lies I say "Poof! —Vamoose, sonofa*****"!"

According to The Sun, Mariah abruptly departed Roc Nation after a "heated discussion" with the rap mogul about her future with the company.

An insider said that Carey and Jay-Z's meeting was "explosive" and she stormed out of the meeting. Carey signed with Roc Nation in 2017.

The insider said Mariah "wants nothing more to do with him and has called it quits with Roc Nation."

"She will formally depart in the next few weeks. It is a shame because they had done some great work in the last few years. But this meeting couldn’t have gone much worse."

They say there's a kernel of truth in every rumor.