Kanye West Announces Late 2020 Presidential Run & Elon Musk Endorses Him

Kanye West has done a 180… again. The polarizing billionaire announced his urge to run for president in 2016, but retracted his 2020 bid after falling in line behind Donald Trump. Now, it appears Kanye is stepping back out of line. The rapper took to Twitter to announce that he is running for president in 2020. It seems like a worthless late entry, but a co-sign from Elon Musk has Kanye West feeling hopeful. “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,” ‘Ye tweeted. “I am running for president of the United States 🇺🇸! #2020VISION”

Fellow mogul Elon Musk retweeted West’s tweet with a message of endorsement. “You have my full support,” wrote Musk on Twitter. West recently turn to Christianity which has been somewhat refreshing for fans. ‘Ye’s music has devolved back into soul samples and electronic interference, two styles he used heavily in the 808 & Heartbreak and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy days. West’s alignment with Christian music has also helped him to launch a new persona, one that apparently would like to get into the oval office. With the election only a few months away, it may be too late for Mr. West to make a true impact. Still, we are assured his voice will be a big part of the election conversation over the next few weeks. 

 

Freddie Gibbs & Rick Ross Tease “Scottie Beam” Video In Miami

Freddie Gibbs dropped one of the best projects of the year with Alfredo. The Alchemist produced masterpiece has a bunch of bangers, but “Scottie Beam” has been buzzing more than others. The Rick Ross featured track is a smooth and classic journey, and now it is getting the video treatment.

On Saturday (July 4), Gibbs hopped on Instagram to share pictures of himself and Ross shooting the “Scottie Beam” video. The two rappers appear to be having an amazing time in Miami, despite the ongoing pandemic. Shots of a classic Chevy and gorgeous women make us feel like this video will be as cinematic as the song. “Coming soon to a theater near U,” Gibbs captioned the pictures. We can’t wait for this one to touch down. 

Gibbs has been in the headlines recently for his ongoing feud with Akademiks. “I would definitely not let a rapper selling 30,000 think he can flex on me,” stated Akademiks. “Sorry, buddy. I’ve been working in this game for too long,” The back and forth has escalated over the past week, but Ak had to sit himself in time out after being suspended from work due to his comments about Chrissy Teigen.

Chevy Woods Been On It “Since Birth”

Taylor Gang representer Chevy Woods has touched down with a new project. Since Birth is a full-body album, running for 15 songs.  The Pittsburgh rapper employs his familiar melodic flows to weave through gorgeous productions. Wiz Khalifa and Tdot illdude are the only features on the album, allowing Woods to roam free over most of the project. 

Woods came through earlier this Summer with “Hands on the Dashboard,” which gave fans a taste of what was to come. The song sticks out especially during the ongoing protests against police brutality. The depth and growth Woods showcases on this song highlight his overall evolution as an artist on this project. Since Birth is Chevy’s official debut studio album, although has has blessed us with plenty of original bangers for awhile now. Stream the album everywhere today. 

Bassnectar Retires From Music After Multiple Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Electronic DJ Bassnectar, born Lorin Ashton, is stepping out of the music industry after years of sexual misconduct allegations finally hit their peak. “I am stepping back from my career and I am stepping down from my position of power and privilege in this community because I want to take responsibility and accountability,” he wrote in a statement. “I feel intense compassion for anyone I may have hurt. I truly hope you allow me a chance to work together toward healing.”

EDM.com reports that Bassnectar’s statement comes amid constant allegations being exposed on the Instagram account @evidenceagainstbassnectar. The multiple accusations range from coercion to dating underage girls. 

Even though he is backing out of music, Bassnectar claims that he is innocent. “The rumors you are hearing are untrue, but I realize some of my past actions have caused pain, and I am deeply sorry,” his statement continues. “I am handing off our nonprofit Be Interactive to a diverse team to continue without my involvement moving forward. Sometime in the future I may share more thoughts on these matters, but for now, please take care of each other and I wish you all the brightest future.”

World’s No. 1 Club ‘Destroyed’ By Cyclone

While facing the hardships of the coronavirus pandemic, Green Valley, the world’s No. 1 club by way of DJ Mag’s rankings, has suffered a literal blow. The club steeped in a jungle was ravaged by a cyclone that struck southern Brazil on Tuesday. 

A picture that Green Valley shared on Instagram on Wednesday shows its outdoor stage torn to the ground. But the post also included an old photo of the club popping with the hashtag #voltaremosmaisverdes, Portuguese for “we will return greener,” and a caption indicating plans to rebuild. 

“Great stars have already risen on our stages, and we have the best moments with people equally in love with electronic music: you!” states the caption, according to a translation. “Today, the scenario we see is different. And despite the sadness, we are receiving great affection.”

Green Valley expressed gratitude for “countless messages of support” from those within the dance music industry. 

“This gives us even more strength to rebuild not only our physical structure, but to reaffirm our purpose,” the club wrote.

Green Valley won first place in DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs poll in 2020, capturing the title for the third straight year. It is the only club to achieve a consecutive three-peat at No. 1, and has topped the chart five times, including 2015 and 2013. That is quite a feat for a venue that began in 2007 as a makeshift tent in an open airfield—hosting house and techno titan Carl Cox. It has since offered a spectrum of genres including big room, deep house, electro house, house, progressive house, tech house, and techno.

Cox is quoted on the venue’s website as saying there is “nothing similar” to it and, “if I had a club, it would be exactly like Green Valley.”

‘Devastating’ Damages

In a statement obtained by DJ Mag, Green Valley confirmed that the cyclone that swept through the state of Santa Catarina with more than 100 kilometers per hour winds for several hours “destroyed the main stage of the nightclub.” 

“Situated on a hill and featuring a semi-open roof that made this venue truly unique, the high winds took hold and partially demolished the main runway, leaving it in shambles,” Green Valley stated. 

“As the live entertainment world continues to navigate the coronavirus pandemic, Green Valley has now faced an even more devastating situation,” the statement reads. 

The cyclone caused floods, landslides, knocked down power lines, and killed nine people. Green Valley stated it sympathizes with the affected people of Santa Catarina and thanked DJs, fans, producers, and partners who have mobilized.  

“We will shortly inform how you can take part in this recovery effort,” Green Valley stated. “We will once again, together, create more unforgettable moments.”

A post on Green Valley’s Instagram account the day after it was hit by a cyclone.

With so many clubs unable to weather the Covid-19 storm and closing for good, Green Valley’s determination to come back stronger than ever is heartening. The world’s top club could use some help, so stay tuned in to its social media accounts for updates on how you can lend a hand. 

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Bassnectar Steps Back From Career Following Sexual Abuse Allegations

After a long-standing role leading the charge of cancel culture, Bassnectar has recently been caught in the middle of his own pile of sexual abuse allegations. Earlier this evening Bassnectar announced in an Instagram post that he will be taking a step back from his “place of power and privilege” in the EDM community. The statement comes just days after he posted a private statement that claimed the rumors of sexual misconduct were untrue.

Bassnectar has been fighting several accusation for years, however, the recent resurgence has seemed to bring things to a head. A series of posts on Instagram detailed numerous accounts of abuse.

Additionally, Bassnectar’s most recent statement on the matter announced that he would be handing off his non-profit, Be Interactive, and stated his “intense compassion for anyone he may have hurt”. You can see his entire statement below.

Now, do we think this is really a “retirement”? Not really, but it’s a pretty good time to step away since there are no shows for the foreseeable future and he just released an album. We’ll see what happens whenever shows start running again.

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50 Cent Appears To Take Shots At Meek Mill: “How Do You Sign To A Correctional Officer?”

50 Cent had some fun on Friday night’s episode of Young Money Radio. As he was interviewed by Lil Wayne, the mogul discussed Pop Smoke’s upcoming album, his love for Nicki Minaj, and his tutelage under Eminen, among other topics. With Black Lives Matter being such a relevant topic right now, of course, 50 and Wayne touched on the climate of things here in America. This is when 50 took a moment to seemingly take shots at Meek Mill. 

“If you said to me, I’m not going to say who I’m talking about, right,” 50 began slyly. “I’m just gonna say, if you represent prison reform, how do you sign to a correctional officer and you managed by a snitch? Help me, help me with this man. I just look at certain shit and I go, ‘Wait, how is that?'”

Meek’s career took off after he signed to Maybach Music Group, which was created by Rick Ross. Ross and 50 have been at odds for years. 50 has constantly referenced Ross’ past, in which he was a correctional officer. The G-Unit boss also apparently brings Roc Nation COO Desiree Perez into the discussion as well. Perez allegedly became a witness for the DEA back in the 90s. Meek Mill is signed to Roc Nation management.

 

Star Wars “The Mandalorian” Cereal Touches Down With Baby Yoda Treats

The Mandalorian was a surprise hit for Disney after mixed reviews on their “Skywalker Saga” left the corporation in a tough spot. The show placed its bets on two things: the cuteness of The Child and the old school western aesthetic. It paid off, becoming one of the most-streamed series of all time. Of course, this has led to a plethora of marketing ideas, the latest of which is a cereal. 

After first being teased on Star Wars Day, The Mandalorian cereal is finally making its debut. General Mills is bringing this breakfast from a galaxy far, far away. The cereal highlights The Child, or “Baby Yoda,” and is inspired by Galaxy’s Edge. Fruity and sugary corn puffs are mixed with marshmallow pieces shaped like The Child. It’s much like a Star Wars remix of Captain Crunch with marshmallows. Of course, The Child graces the cover of the box, looking down on the cereal like he wants to eat it. This special edition breakfast food will probably sell out, and resale as collector’s items in the near future.

General Mills’ Star Wars The Mandalorian cereal will be available exclusively at Sam’s Club starting this month. There will be a follow-up release at Walmart stores, with no specific date announced.

 

Pop Smoke’s “Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon” To Debut At No. 1

The late Pop Smoke is about to have the biggest debut of his short career, as his posthumous album, Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon, is set to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The highly anticipated album experienced a few delays, but it proved to be worth the wait when it finally dropped on Friday (July 3rd). It looks like the album was a commercial success, as well, since it’s projected to debut at the top of the charts, marking Pop’s first No. 1 album.

According to Hits Daily DoubleShoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon is expected to push between 175K-195K album equivalent units, of which 27-30k are set to be from pure sales. The album is projected to rack up a whopping 200 million streams.

pop smoke Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon debut album no. 1 chart billboard 200Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images

While these numbers would be impressive for most artists, it’s even more incredible considering how recently Pop hopped on the scene. His most recent release prior to his tragic death in February was his mixtape, Meet The Woo 2, which moved 36K and debuted at No. 7. The stark difference between the two chartings just goes to show how much the people both love and miss Pop more than ever.

There’s also the important factor of who was involved with this album. With 50 Cent executive producing, and the likes of Future, DaBaby, Quavo, and more featuring, Shoot For The Stars was bound to reach a wider audience. Regardless, it’s a commendable feat, and something that everyone involved should take pride in. 

RIP Pop Smoke. We wish you could be here to witness your success skyrocket.

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