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Kanye West shared a photo of his windowless room at Atlanta's $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The 44-year-old rapper reportedly pays $1 million a day for his living quarters inside a locker room. The bare space features high-traffic carpeting and access to a toilet stall and shower next door.

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Kanye's new pad at the stadium is not much larger than a college dorm room or a jail cell at the nearby Fulton County lockup in downtown Atlanta.

The spartan living quarters includes a twin bed with a white comforter, a wall-mounted television, an open locker containing a few outfits, a suitcase, a small storage locker that doubles as a nightstand, and a digital clock on the cinder block wall.

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Stadium officials shared an Instagram photo of Kanye's Donda Studio at the stadium.

Kanye brought in a chef to provide nutritious meals for him and his small entourage while he puts the finishing touches on the Donda album, named for his late mother.

According to sources, Kanye never left the stadium after his sold out album listening party on July 22.

The album reviews were less than stellar and, ever the perfectionist, Kanye installed a studio at the stadium to finish the album.

He was so upset over the poor reviews, that he didn't change his clothes for three days.

Kanye hopes his meager accommodations at the stadium will inspire him to release a classic album like 2004's Grammy Award-winning College Dropout.

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Kanye West is reportedly living at Atlanta, Georgia's $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium while working on his Donda album, now scheduled for release on August 6.

Kanye is reportedly putting the finishing touches on the album at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta where he hosted a listening party on Thursday, July 22.

According to a Twitter user, the rapper ordered 10 beds for himself and his entourage as they pulled all nighters to finish the album.

The father-of-four reportedly built a studio space and living quarters inside a locker room. He even brought in a chef to prepare meals in the locker room.

Despite having access to showers in the locker room, Kanye has reportedly not changed his clothes in several days.

The 44-year-old producer was spotted walking around in the stands during Saturday's Atlanta United soccer game at MBS. He wore the same clothes he'd worn two days earlier.
 

On Saturday, an Atlanta resident shared a photo on Twitter of the rap star wearing the same red YEEZY GAP puffer jacket and red pants he wore to Thursday's listening event. He also wore a stocking mask over his face.

The user captioned the image: "So apparently Kanye West is still walking around Mercedes-Benz Stadium in his #DONDA release party fit."

Kanye canceled his planned July 25 performance at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami, Florida, as he continues to tweak his album.

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Kim Kardashian and her four children have arrived to Kanye West's DONDA album listening party in Atlanta -- but Kanye is still not in the building.

The event started at 8 p.m. It's 9:28 p.m. and the crowd is growing restless inside the sold-out Mercedes Benz stadium in Atlanta, as fans await Kanye's appearance at his album listening party.

Not much is going on. The crowd has been chanting and cheering whenever a vehicle arrives at the stadium.

Watch the full listening party below.
 

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Kanye West will host a listening party for his long-awaited new album, Donda, at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

The rapper and mega producer will play tracks from the album, named after his late mother, for paying fans on Thursday, July 22.

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The cover art from the album was unveiled on Monday, July 19, just before tickets for the album listening party went on sale.

Kanye, 44, has hosted elaborate album parties for The Life of Pablo album at Madison Square Garden in 2016 and he flew journalists and celebrities to his ranch in Wyoming for his Ye listening bash in 2018.

A few tracks from the Donda album leaked online over the weekend.

Donda marks West's first album since the release of gospel hit Jesus Is Born in 2019.

Meanwhile, it was reported that Kanye produced Lil Nas X's new single, "Industry Baby," which drops on Friday, July 23.

Kanye is in the midst of a divorce from reality TV star Kim Kardashian, 40. The ex power couple share four children - daughters North, 8, and Chicago, 3, and sons Saint, 5, and 2-year-old Psalm.

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The 44-year-old rapper reportedly reunited with Kim and their children to visit the Asian Art Museum on Saturday.

An insider said the former couple had bodyguards with them but no nannies or other help.

Speaking to E! News, the source said:

"They were excited to be there, and everyone seemed to be getting along great between Kim and Kanye. They were there for the kids as the museum is a very family friendly environment, and this specific exhibit brings out the childlike wonder in us all. By all accounts they were gracious, appreciative, and had a great time!"

Kanye is reportedly disappointed that his relationship with Russian model Irina Shayk, 35, isn't generating buzz like he'd hoped.

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Normani's provocative single "Wild Side" featuring Cardi B is struggling on the Spotify chart.

The single, released on July 16, dropped like a rock out of the Spotify Top 100 and currently sits at No. 147.

"Wild Side" is the lead single off Normani's upcoming untitled debut solo album.

Normani played a stripper in the music video for "WAP" by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion.

Cardi, who is pregnant with her second child, returned the favor by playing a stripper in "Wild Side."

The song contains a sample of Aaliyah's single "One in a Million" (1996).

The video was choreographed by Sean Bankhead who also choreographed Normani's "Motivation."

Normani, 25, is best known as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony.
 

"Wild Side" featuring Cardi B

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(L-R): singers Carl Thomas, Donell Jones, and Dave Hollister are joining forces to form a new R&B supergroup.

The R&B veterans, who each peaked in the 1990s and early 2000s, have come together to form The Chi, a nod to their native city of Chicago, Illinois.

The singers each broke the news to fans via social media, alongside a photo of their new group.

Donell Jones wrote:

"New R&B Group 'The Chi'... Yesssss it's happening! The level of music and songwriting will be impeccable and you already know the voices! It's only right for us to come together and represent Chicago and R&B to the fullest (sic)."

"New R&B Group 'The Chi'...," former Blackstreet member Hollister captioned his post. He explained they toyed with the idea of teaming up professionally for over a decade.

"The music... the voices finally coming together to give your ears and hearts what you've been waiting for...we started talking about this in 2009 and now the time has finally come. Brothas I count it an honor and privilege to Rep home with you both! LETS GO (sic)!"

And Thomas, who hasn't released any new music since 2011, simply stated, "Next up! 'The Chi' #soulmusic #R&Bmusic".

No word on when fans can expect new music from The Chi.

The new trio drew comparisons to R&B supergroup LSG, which consisted of vocal powerhouses Gerald Levert, Keith Sweat and former New Edition member Johnny Gill.

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Sadly, Gerald died of an apparent heart attack on Nov. 10, 2007 at age 40. His father, The O'Jays legend Eddie Levert (center) joined Sweat (left) and Johnny Gill (right) to perform at the 2007 Essence Music Festival.

Johnny was a successful solo singer before joining New Edition. He is best known for his steamy 1990 hits "My, My, My", "Rub You the Right Way", and "Wrap My Body Tight."

And many ladies lost their panties at Keith Sweat's concerts. He is best known for his hits "I Want Her", "Make It Last Forever", and "Keep It Coming."

LSG released their debut album titled Levert.Sweat.Gill. in 1997. The album was certified platinum with the chart-topping lead single "My Body."

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Rapper Biz Markie passed away in hospice care, his rep confirmed on Friday. he was 57.

Last month, rumors swirled that the beloved rapper had died. However his rep confirmed that Markie, real name Marcel Hall, suffered a stroke and was admitted to a hospice.

Biz Markie was best known for his beatboxing skills and his hit single "Just a Friend."

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"Just a Friend" was Markie's most successful single, reaching number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990. The single became a Top 40 hit in several countries and ranked at No. 100 on VH1's list of the 100 greatest hip hop songs of all time.

Markie was affectionately called the "Clown Prince of Hip Hop"

He was born in Manhattan, in the neighborhood of Harlem. He was raised on Long Island and began his DJ career in New York City nightclubs and later performed at colleges along the east coast.
 

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Jazmine Sullivan says making music in the recording studio is an "intensely personal experience" for her.

The R&B songstress opened up in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine about her songwriting process, which includes soul searching and channeling her personal drama into her music.

She is able to "talk about things that (she) wouldn't normally have talked about" through her music.

Toward the end of 2019, her mother, Pam, who once co-managed Jazmine's music career, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Jazmine also endured years in an abusive relationship that ended not long before the pandemic shut down the music industry last year.

"When I'm making music and I'm in a studio, it really feels so personal. I'm just literally telling my story, and it's for me. I know people are going to hear it, but it's just me getting out these thoughts and these feelings that are inside of me."

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Jazmine's EP album, Heaux Tales, released on January 8, 2021, is described as her "fourth and bleakest" album to date.

Heaux Tales won Album of the Year at the 2021 BET Awards, and spawned the hit songs "Lost One" and "Pick Up Your Feelings."

The EP is her first release since 2015's critically-acclaimed Reality Show.

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Themes on Heaux Tales include feminism, sexuality, classism, and body-shaming, which are all personal to Jazmine.

Among Jazmine's favorite songs on her 14-song EP is "The Other Side" - which tackles the contradictory body image feelings that women experience.

The 34-year-old Philadelphia native topped Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2008 with her debut album, Fearless.

The album was certified gold by the RIAA and spawned four singles, including "Bust Your Windows" and "Need U Bad."
 

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Bobby Brown and Keith Sweat are set to compete in the next Verzuz lip-sync battle competition on Thursday, as part of the essence Festival of Culture.

Sweat, 59, and Brown, 52, will take turns lip-syncing to their biggest hits, and fans will decide who came out on top.

Music producers Swizz Beats and Timbaland created the Verzuz battle competition to keep fans occupied during the pandemic lockdowns last year.

Bobby Brown was an original member of New Edition from 1981 until he went solo in 1985. His solo hits include "Don't Be Cruel", "My Prerogative", and "Every Little Step."

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Brown is best known for his marriage to the late pop icon Whitney Houston.

Keith Sweat is known for his hits including "I Want Her", "Make It Last Forever", "I'll Give All My Love to You", "Make You Sweat", "Get Up on It", "Twisted" and "Nobody".

The Verzuz will take place on Thursday, July 1, at 5 p.m. PT, 8 p.m. ET @ FITE on Essence.com.
 

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R&B superstar Tank's single, titled "Can't Let It Show" (R&B Money/Atlantic Records), has hit #1 on R&B radio stations around the country after 18 weeks on the charts.

Written and produced by Tank, "Can't Let It Show" samples Kate Bush's 1989 single, "This Woman's Work", which was covered by singer Maxwell in 1997.

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"Can't Let It Show" is Tank's fourth consecutive #1 hit, including songs "When We," "Dirty," and "I Don't Think You're Ready” off his wildly successful albums Savage and Elevation, respectively.

"Can't Let It Show" has already received over 3.6M views on YouTube.

Tank was a featured performer this past weekend that kicked off the ESSENCE Festival of Culture Virtual Weekend (June 25 - 27 and July 2-4) celebrating the excellence of the Black community.

In addition, he has hit the road with appearances in several cities across America, and fans can check www.therealtank.com for additional live dates.
 

Tank - Can't Let It Show

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