March 20, 2018

Review Category : TMZ Music News

Lil Snupe Suspect #2 Arrested For Fatal Shooting

A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder of Meek Mill protégé Lil Snupe.

Edrick O. Stewart, a 21-year-old resident of Monroe, Louisiana, was booked into the Winnfield City Jail on charges of manslaughter Wednesday (July 3), according to a statement released to MTV News by the Winnfield Police. Originally, Snupe's suspected killer, 36-year-old Tony Holden turned himself into authorities on June 25 and was charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Authorities are not releasing any further details on Stewart's involvement in the homicide at this time, but they did release a photograph of the accused. No bond has been set for Stewart at press time, but one is expected, as Holden, who is currently being held at another facility, was granted a $2 million bond that he was unable to post.

The shooting death of Lil Snupe (born Addarren Ross) at the Maplewood Apartments at 1901 South Jones Street in Winnfield, Louisiana, was the result of an altercation that erupted during a private video-game session a friend's apartment. The R.N.I.C. MC was in town visiting from Jonesboro when he was fatally shot twice in the torso.

Snupe was laid to rest at Jonesboro-Hodge High School in his hometown of Jonesboro, Louisiana, on June 29. Among the hundreds of mourners in attendance was Meek Mill, who had signed the promising 18-year old rapper to his Dream Chasers imprint on the spot late last year.

"I'm never one to talk at funerals," Mill said when presented with a resolution from Jonesboro ...

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Jay-Z Goes ‘H.A.M.’ On Twitter, Says <i>Magna Carta</i> May Be Fourth Best LP

What started out as a pretty normal Twitter Monday got a jolt when the usually inactive Jay-Z popped up, randomly responding to fans for a few hours.

Prior to Monday (July 8), Hov suggested that he had met his "yearly allotment" of digital entries back on June 17, but with his Magna Carta Holy Grail album officially hitting stores on Tuesday, Jay shockingly hopped onto Twitter to answers some pressing — and some not so pressing — questions.

"Wait, isn't poaching elephant tusks illegal, though? #Oceans #MagnaCarta," editor Alvin Blanco asked before Hov volleyed back for his first tweet of the day: "yeah, so is lying about American history, but I def digress. *my laugh."

While Jay loves Magna Carta, he wouldn't go as far to say that it's his best album, after all the man has so many to choose from. "Do you think MCHG is your best work," asked @Beyonce_Miami, who we suspect has zero relation to Jigga's wife.

"[Hard to beat RD, BP1, TBA. It can fight for 4th #factsonly]," he replied referencing his 1996 debut Reasonable Doubt, 2001's The Blueprint and 2003's "The Black Album."

When asked if he would recruit his dear friend the Notorious B.I.G. if he were still alive still alive, Jay seemed to get a bit emotional. "@thebeginnin Would BIG be on the #MCHG if he was here ?? [Are you going for tears???? wow.oh, sorry, absolutely. BK style]," he said before adding that he shot "6 pieces of art" (read: music videos) for the album.

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Miley Cyrus’ ‘We Can’t Stop’ Gets Cleaned Up By Rebecca Black

Former viral-video sensation Rebecca Black has emerged from wherever she's been hiding — home school? Kathy Beth Terry's house? That sad place where dreams go to die? — with a brand-new cover of Miley Cyrus' salacious summertime hit

Of course, given her age (just 16) and her squeaky-clean persona, Black's not getting as down-and-dirty as America's reigning queen of twerk ... so instead of bumping and grinding against dudes with smoking crotches, RB simply sings the song, accompanied by a guy named "Jon D," who has very nice teeth and is almost certainly a youth minister. She's also replaced some of Miley's more, uh, not questionable lyrics with appropriately PG material, so "To my homegirls here with the big butts/Shakin' it like we at a strip club" becomes "To my homegirls here, living it up/Feeling alive and are in love," and Cyrus's "trying to get a line in the bathroom" line is removed entirely.

Instead, the focus is placed solely on Black's singing abilities — you can tell she's really going for it when she closes her eyes — which have definitely improved from her . And sure, that's not going to make for a particularly compelling bit of viral fodder — here's about the best thing we can say about Black's song: it's a sanitized, slightly sleepy ballad that really serves no point, but certainly doesn't offend , either — we suspect that's not the point. This is essentially a de facto audition tape (for just what, we're not ...

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Tomorrowland 2013 Trailer: The Moon, The Stars And An EDM-Loving Wizard

The trailer for Tomorrowland 2013 hit the Internet on Monday (July 8), and the three-minute-plus clip makes good on its "ninth magical chapter" promotional copy with a wizard-like character whose fascination with planets is set against a backdrop of a full moon and a sky strewn with stars.

And while the three-day fest kicks off on July 26 in Boom, Belgium, the video, seemingly titled "The Arising of Life" borrows from another time and place. In addition to the otherworldly trailer, fans also got a preview of this year's Tomorrowland theme song when festival performer Pete Tong played it on Friday's episode of his BBC Radio 1 show.

A thumping, high-energy track, "Chattahoochee" was produced by headliners Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, who have been capturing the festival's uniquely international feel for the past three years with anthems like ("Chattahoochee" will be available on Beatport on July 22.)

Tomorrowland will offer stages for every EDM taste, including sets by Tiesto, Nervo, Steve Aoki, Zedd, Afrojack and former Swedish House Mafia members Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso and Axwell. While MTV News won't get a peek at the Belgium festival grounds until the festival's start on July 26, our 2012 private tour should give a hint at what might be in store.

And as the voice in the 2013 trailer reminds us, "Just because you haven't seen something, doesn't mean that it doesn't exist!"


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MTV VMA Moonman Reinvented By KAWS

The 2013 MTV Video Music Awards are coming to Brooklyn, and the borough's most influential artist is helping them feel right at home.

Internationally famous artist and provocateur KAWS has redesigned the VMAs' Moonman award, giving the silver spaceman his first facelift in 30 years. And for a guy who's reinterpreted everything from Mickey Mouse to the Michelin Man, not to mention worked with top brands like Nike and Marc Jacobs, taking on the Moonman was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.

"It's such a strong, iconic thing. Everyone sees the Moonman and knows right off the bat what it is," KAWS told MTV News. "When I was first invited to do the project, I knew that I didn't want to create something new entirely, I wanted [to do] something you see that's immediately KAWS and immediately Moonman; people just get it."

KAWS first rose to fame in the mid-90s with his graffiti tags and guerilla-style re-workings of bus stop advertisements — he'd literally pick locks to replace ads with his own work — around New York City, but he's lived and worked in Brooklyn for nearly a decade now ("I remember coming over to Brooklyn to paint and it seemed like a playground," he said). And in that time, his bold, street-indebted work has won over the art world and earned him legions of admirers, including Kanye West and Pharrell Williams.

He's also crossed over to the mainstream — one of his most iconic characters, Companion, flew in last year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade alongside the likes of Buzz Lightyear and ...

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Tom Ford Is ‘Flattered’ By His Jay-Z <i>Magna Carta</i> Namecheck

Jay-Z has received a lot of hefty thumbs-up for Magna Carta... Holy Grail — from the likes of Courtney Love, who sanctioned Hov's use of Nirvana lyrics, to The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Reverend June Osborne, who allowed the album artwork to be displayed next to the original Magna Carta. Now, Jay can add another endorsement to the pile — this time from Tom Ford, who was "completely flattered" by his Magna Carta namecheck.

Jay-Z drops a lot of fashion references on his new album, including Givenchy on "Picasso Baby," Herme on "Oceans" and Gucci on "BBC." No designer, however, got as much love as Tom Ford, who scored an entire track under his name, replete with further namechecks.

Ford was apparently tickled by his ode, telling Billboard, "I mean, come on, who would not want a Jay-Z song named after them?"

This is not the first time Jay's name has been tied to Ford's. Hov sported the designer in his and Justin Timberlake's video as part of the designer's The 20/20 Experience partnership with JT. Ford created looks for the as well, along with the album artwork.

In addition to being a savvy rapper, Jay has always been a brand advocate — the most recent addition to his endorsement ouevre being Samsung devices. Hov aligned himself with Samsung for the release of Magna Carta, dropping the album on July 4 before its July 9 wide release date exclusively on Samsung phones via a specialized ...

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Drake’s ‘Versace’ Remix Was ‘Crazy’ For Migos

Migos may be relative newcomers to rap, but the Atlanta trio already has a gang of fans — maybe none bigger than October's Very Own Drake.

"He came up to us and he started naming songs off the mixtape. That was crazy, if Drake came up to you naming songs of your mixtape, how you gon' feel?" TakeOff told MTV News, recalling the time the group met Drizzy backstage at Atlanta's Hot 107.9's Birthday Bash on June 15.

Migos is composed of TakeOff, Quavo and Offset, who was in jail at the time of the interview. Their breakout mixtape, Y.R.N. (Young Rich N---as), dropped on June 13 and features stand-out tracks like "Bando" (an ode to selling drugs out of abandoned building), the super-repetitive "Hannah Montana" and the Gucci Mane-assisted auto-tuned "Dennis Rodman." Still, it's the Drake remix to "Versace," which has had fans in a frenzy since Drizzy dropped it on June 22, a week after meeting Migos at Birthday Bash.

Without the guest verse, the Zaytoven-produced bouncy banger has all the right ingredients for a summertime hip-hop hit. The sparse keys, rolling drums work beautifully with the infectious chorus, which is just a repetitive chant promoting the luxurious clothing brand: "Versace, Versace, Versace."

The added Drake verse was the icing on the southern-baked cake. "Versace, Versace, Medusa head on me like I'm 'luminati/ This is a gated community, please get the f--- off the property," Drizzy starts off spitting before ending: "I'm trying to give Halle Berry a baby and no one can stop me."

"We kept ...

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Paris Hilton’s New Music Gets A Thumbs-Up From Birdman, Lil Wayne

Hard to believe that Paris Hilton is signed to the record label that built its empire off street-bred artists like Juvenile, B.G. and Lil Wayne, but in May it was announced that the Hilton heiress has joined Cash Money, and Birdman couldn't be more excited.

"Honestly, I don't think people know how talented Paris is. I just left from her house she was playin' me some music and we were meeting," the Cash Money CEO told MTV News last month, when taking a break from a Los Angeles recording session where he was finalizing his upcoming Rich Gang album.

The actress announced the deal back in May and hopes to have her sophomore LP out later this year. Her first album dropped in 2006, but Hilton says that this new LP will be different from her initial pop offering. "It's really going to be house music," she told Showbiz 411.

Birdman certainly has an ear for talent. Not only has he groomed Lil Wayne from a kid rapper to a global rap master, his roster boasts a lineup that includes Nicki Minaj, Drake, Tyga, DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes and Ace Hood. He's also recently added Limp Bizkit, Christina Milian and EDM act the Stafford Brothers into the fold and he absolutely stands by Paris.

"She got a record we're about to come out with and she's very talented. You know she's already somethin' special as an entrepreneur and everything that she do," he said. "But on the music side, I'm super excited. We all — me, Wayne, everybody — ...

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