Ski Mask The Slump God Unfollows XXXTentacion Amidst Abuse Allegations


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It appears that rapper Ski Mask The Slump God is distancing himself from friend and frequent collaborator, XXXTentacion, amidst X’s recent abuse allegations, as fans have noticed that Ski Mask has unfollowed XXXTentacion on Twitter.

Just months ago, the two rappers were almost one in the same. You couldn’t hear Ski Mask’s name without hearing XXXTentacion as well. But now that Ski Mask is starting to make a name for himself and land some big collaborations, it appears that the bad press that comes with XXXTentacion may be too much for him. Whether or not this is the true reason, distancing himself from XXXTentacion may not be the worst thing for Ski Mask right now.

Stream Ski Mask The Slump God’s Lil Yachty and A$AP Ferg assisted track, ‘No Tilt’, below.

P!nk Brings Her “What About Us” Tour to Chicago’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre


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After a three year hiatus of live performances in North America, P!nk returned to the stage for a huge sold-out show at Milwaukee’s 50th Anniversary of Summerfest. Just 90-miles south though, Pink’s Chicago fans were left wondering, “what about us?”

And tonight Pink answered that question, as she traveled to the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park, IL for a special Chicago performance, and one of her select few dates all year. The ‘Raise Your Glass’ singer did not leave her Windy City fans disappointed, as Pink got the party started on a Saturday night, while delivering a memorable set that will tide the city over until her next visit.

Not only did she bring her talented crew and catalog of hits along for the ride, but she brought her sass, charisma and her high flying acrobatics, to put the cherry on top of an already great night.

Check out our photos from tonight’s performance below.

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Russ Discredits Chance The Rapper’s Success by Fueling Industry Plant Rumors


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When asked to directly name an industry plant by Complex’s Everyday Struggle co-host DJ Akademiks, rapper/producer Russ admitted his eyebrows are raised when it comes to whether or not Chance The Rapper is an industry plant. The ‘What They Want’ artist wouldn’t directly say whether or not he thinks Chance is a plant, but he certainly tried to make the case.

“Your coming out party, your debut mixtape when you have 25,000 follows, you have Jake One beats and Justice League beats and Twista, and Ab-Soul on the video. That type of shit, it definitely raises my eyebrows.”

In Russ’ defense and to put things in better context, he does mention that he fucks with Chance and his people, he is a fan of Chance’s music and told the Everyday Struggle cast that Chance is a very smart person, but all while subtly putting an asterisk on all of Chance’s accomplishments, hinting that Chance has potentially had a secret big label backing the entire time.

But as anyone from Chicago will tell you, Chance’s come up was not overnight. Only in the past year or so has Chance been frequently headlining major festivals throughout the world, while becoming a household name. While Russ cites Acid Rap as Chance’s debut mixtape, it was Chance The Rapper’s 10 Day mixtape which came first, and really started to build a buzz in the city of Chicago and elsewhere.

The success of that project then led to a huge opportunity for Chance as he then was invited to join Childish Gambino on his sold-out tour. Sure, maybe your grandmother didn’t know what a “Chance The Rapper” was at that point, but Chance was doing a number of supporting dates and headlining college shows throughout the Midwest to introduce himself to fans.

Chance’s come up is more than impressive, especially when doing it without a major label backing, but to discredit his success by hinting that there is no way he isn’t secretly being promoted by some big name music executives is crazy. Also, wouldn’t an industry plant get a little more love from Top 40 radio? Besides his features, it’s still relatively rare to hear a lot of Chance The Rapper when you tune in.

Watch Russ’ sit-down with Complex’s Everyday Struggle crew below, and check out his discussion on industry plant at the 14-minute mark

G-Eazy Recruits A$AP Rocky and Cardi B for “No Limit”


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With one of the more unexpected, but entirely awesome, collaborations of the year, G-Eazy has recruited the pretty mother f*cker A$AP Rocky, and the hottest new artist in rap, Cardi B, for his new track ‘No Limit’.

‘No Limit’ has Rocky on the hook and hot verse from Cardi B as Young Gerald’s track also pays tribute to the Three Six Mafia’s classic 1999 record, ‘Slob On My Knob’. Although we’re not sure if ‘No Limit’ will get as much replay value as Juicy J’s classic track, we definitely wouldn’t bet against the trio of Cardi, G-Eazy and Rocky.

Stream G-Eazy’s new Cardi B and A$AP Rocky track ‘No Limit’ below.


Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival Shares Full Schedule: Justin Timberlake, Eddie Vedder & More


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While we had an amazing time at Bonnaroo to kick off the summer months ago, just about an hour away Tennessee boasts another epic music festival to kick off the fall, that definitely rivals Bonnaroo with its impressive lineup. And minutes ago the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival shared its full 2017 schedule.

On Saturday, September 23rd, fans in Franklin, TN will enjoy afternoon sets from Sinclair, The Shadowboxers, Nikki Lane, Better Than Ezra and more, to warm things up for some of the night’s bigger acts like Walk The Moon, Gary Clark Jr. and of course the night’s big headliner, Justin Timber, who serves as a partner to the music festival.

Then, to wrap up the 2-day festival on Sunday, September 24th, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder will headline Pilgrimage after artists like Ryan Adams, Mavis Staples, Fitz and the Tantrums, Joseph and more bless the stage. While every great music festival has its conflicts, fans will be happy that they’ll have no problem getting to enjoy a large majority of their favorite artists throughout the weekend.

And if you slept on getting tickets, don’t miss out this time, because the festival has released its final round of General Admission tickets. Fans can pick up their festival passes at Pilgrimage’s official website now.

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Corbin (Spooky Black) Drops Debut Album “Mourn”


Formerly known at Spooky Black, Thestand4rd’s Corbin has released his debut album, Mourn. Opening with his single ‘Ice Boy’, the 10-track LP is a true showcase of the Minnesota singer/songwriter’s voice and talents.

And a new album isn’t all that’s going on for Corbin, as he is hitting the road in just a few days to embark on his big co-headlining tour with Shlohmo, which will make stops in Los Angeles, St. Paul, Madison, Los Angeles and more. Tickets for the tour are on sale now at

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Photos: Jay Z Delivers a Memorable Headlining Performance at the Budweiser Made In America Festival


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Jay Z’s Made In America festival is Hov’s favorite music festival, and although he admits he is bias, he gave tens of thousands of fans in Philadelphia reason for MIA to be their favorite as well. Performing cuts from his new 4:44 album, as well as his biggest hits and a surprise appearance from Damian Marley, and then delivering an encore performance of B-sides to a complete different stage, Jay Z delivered for the City of Brotherly Love.

Jay Z is a legend, and he only helped cement that status last night. While not necessarily known for his live performances, it’s a shame, because Jay Z is a master of putting on a great show.

Check out our photos from last night’s performance below, and peep the dates for Jay Z’s forthcoming 4:44 Tour at

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New Music: Taylor Swift Builds Momentum with the Release of “Ready For It?”


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Are you ready for it? From her forthcoming studio, Reputation, Taylor Swift has released the second single from her highly anticipated LP. Titled ‘Ready For It?’, Swift’s new track is the follow up to her Kanye West aimed record, ‘Look What You Made Me Do’.

With the announcement of Reputation (currently slated for a November 10th release), her first new solo single in years, the awesome visuals for ‘Look What You Made Me Do’, a new ticketing system that foreshadows a forthcoming tour and now a second single from the upcoming project, Taylor Swift is building up the momentum at an enormous rate. We can’t wait to see what Taylor has in store for fans next.

Stream Taylor Swift’s new single ‘Ready For It?’ below.

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Dounia Releases Her Self-Directed Music Video for “Shyne”


R&B newcomer Dounia has released the visuals for her addictive single ‘Shyne’. Singing about her climb for success, and the ups and downs that come with it, the self-directed music video follows a day in the life of the Queens native.

Telling The Fader earlier this year, the record is about “shyning on the people who were undeservingly handed a pedestal.” And with her EP coming soon, Dounia is looking to rise above everyone on the pedestal and make “Dounia” a household name in the R&B world.

Watch the music video for ‘Shyne’ below, and stream the track now on Apple Music and Spotify.
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