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Pusha T Joins Line of ‘Succession’ by Adding Rap to Nicholas Britell’s TV Theme

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Pusha T Joins Line of ‘Succession’ by Adding Rap to Nicholas Britell’s TV Theme
After being inundated with requests from fans, composer Nicholas Britell decided to remix the the original main title theme for “Succession.” Hip-hop star Pusha T has added rap vocals to the show’s instrumental theme, creating a new track titled “Puppets (Succession Remix),” released two days before the “Succession” season 2 finale air date Oct. 13.

Britell earned a 2019 Emmy for his original main title theme. It sets the tone for the HBO drama that explores power and money while telling a story about a family overseeing one of the world’s biggest media and entertainment conglomerates.

“It was an honor to be asked to put a verse on the iconic theme to ‘Succession.’ It’s awesome that one of the hardest beats of the past couple years came from a TV score,” Pusha T said in a statement. “I was excited at the opportunity to put my spin on it. I
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Pusha T Raps About Family and Money in 'Succession' Theme Remix "Puppets"

The theme song for HBO's corporate family drama Succession won an Emmy last month for outstanding main title music and has likely been caught in viewers' heads since the series debuted last year.

Ahead of the second-season finale this Sunday, viewers have another version of the track to tide them over until the show returns for season three. 

Rapper Pusha T and theme-song composer Nicholas Britell have remixed the song for Pusha T's more hip-hop heavy version, "Puppets."

The rapper told Vulture that he found out about Succession from his manager, who told him that the rapper reminded him ...
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‘Succession’ Composer Nicholas Britell Talks Creating the ‘Flava’ That Was Kendall’s Rap

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‘Succession’ Composer Nicholas Britell Talks Creating the ‘Flava’ That Was Kendall’s Rap
If you’re a fan of “Succession” and you have taste, then you most likely still have Kendall “Ken.W.A” Roy’s (Jeremy Strong) rap about his father Logan “L to the O-g” Roy (Brian Cox) stuck in your head. The song, the glory, and the second-hand embarrassment occurred during an episode that aired two weeks ago (“Dundee”), but just because we’re heading into the season finale doesn’t mean it will be forgotten anytime soon. Or ever.

That’s because the musical concoction was cooked up by the same man that’s provided us with the earworm that is the “Succession” opening theme and the rest of the series’ score: composer Nicholas Britell.

Britell—who is notably also Barry Jenkins’ go-to composer, having worked on “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk”—spoke with TV Guide about being a part of this now definitive moment in television
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‘Succession’ Super Fan Pusha T is Remixing the Show’s Theme Song

Pusha T loves the family business. Throughout Clipse’s 2002 debut, Lord Willin’, the Thornton brothers spun tales about the inner workings of the drug trade and their place within its lineage. Pusha’s brother No Malice eventually grew conflicted about the turmoil he enacted upon his friends and family and turned to Christianity, while Terrence only seemed to get more enamored by the life. From there, Pusha T’s stories of strategic manipulation grew and grew, along with his undying love for rapping about selling cocaine. So it’s not
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Future 25: Pharrell Williams, Artist and Festival Founder

Future 25: Pharrell Williams, Artist and Festival Founder
In April, when Pharrell Williams put together Something in the Water — an event in his hometown Virginia Beach, Virginia, that featured performances by Travis Scott, Anderson .Paak, and Pusha T — he went out of his way to emphasize that it was not, in fact, a music festival.

“This is a community festival,” he said. “I wanted everyone — corporations, artists, community leaders, the City Council — to participate and express themselves.” Something in the Water, which drew 35,000 fans, showed a way forward for artist-created festivals, which can be a powerful antidote to corporate,
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Inside Kanye West’s Album (and Film) Premiere in Detroit

Inside Kanye West’s Album (and Film) Premiere in Detroit
The 2,000 people inside of Fox Theatre on Friday night were feverishly excited. Eager stans followed Kanye West wherever he appeared; to the stage, underneath his balcony, to the soundboard. Security struggled to keep fans out of the aisles, in their sections, or even on the ground. “Get off those seats! You are not at home,” one guard yelled from the row, flashing a light inside the dark theatre. West would never perform, but no one seemed to care.

“We’re going to show y’all three things tonight,” West told
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Drake Releases New Chune, Isn’t With the Paigon Chit-Chat

Over a year ago, Drake went full grime. The part-time rapper, full-time method actor broke out a British accent, co-opted London slang, and mimicked the hand movements of his UK idols during a freestyle on Link Up TV. It was a month removed from Pusha T’s “The Story of Adidon,” showing the first crack in Graham’s previously impenetrable, success fortified armor, and the momentary loser of the beef had something to prove.

To be clear, Drake proved nothing, but the swing remains entertaining. The nearly 3-minute freestyle felt
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Kendall Jenner and More Stars Officially Sued Over Fyre Festival Payments

Kendall Jenner and More Stars Officially Sued Over Fyre Festival Payments
More than two years after Billy McFarland and Ja Rule promised to redefine the music festival experience with Fyre Festival, the fallout continues. According to court documents obtained by E! News, Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski and more stars are officially being sued to recover money allegedly paid to them for their role in promoting the infamous event. Migos, Blink-182, Lil Yachty and Pusha T were also hit with complaints, which were filed this week in New York's U.S. Bankruptcy Court by the event's trustee, Gregory Messer. The trustee is seeking to recover money paid to talent agencies, performers, vendors and other entities...
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Kim Kardashian Teases Track List for New Kanye West Album ‘Jesus Is King’

Kim Kardashian Teases Track List for New Kanye West Album ‘Jesus Is King’
A new Kanye West project was teased on Kim Kardashian’s Twitter on Thursday. On a yellow notepad, written in black ink, the title “Jesus Is King” can be seen above 12 possible song titles. The proposed date on the pad is September 27th.

The release of a religion-themed West album is something Kardashian has teased before. Last year, she announced that Yandhi was set for a release on Black Friday 2018. That album never arrived. Rolling Stone has not confirmed Jesus Is King‘s release date or track list.

One of
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How Pusha T Secured the First Lauryn Hill Feature in Years

How Pusha T Secured the First Lauryn Hill Feature in Years
1511 days, 36,264 hours, 2,175,840 minutes, and 130,550,400 seconds passed from the last time Ms. Lauryn Hill released recorded music, until the release of “Coming Home” on Wednesday. Pusha T still seems in disbelief that the elusive Hill said “yes” to giving him a feature. Sonically, “Coming Home” is the antithesis of the sinister and nihilistic coke raps that the Daytona rapper has spent the past two decades turning into high art. Built on a cacophony of bright whistles and a pitched-up vocal sample, the Kanye West, Mike Dean, and Charlie Heat-produced song
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Pusha T, Lauryn Hill Unite on Kanye West-Produced New Song ‘Coming Home’

Pusha T has released his latest track “Coming Home,” produced by Kanye West and Mike Dean and featuring a rare guest appearance by Ms. Lauryn Hill.

On the track, Pusha T speaks to black disenfranchisement and the struggle to achieve freedom: “I’m speakin’ to the soul of my black native bros/Who ain’t get to go to school like a J. Cole/Who ain’t have a silver spoon or a bankroll/Who weren’t taught the golden rule, but they made due.”

In conjunction with the release of “Coming Home,
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Hear Pusha T’s New Kanye West-Produced Song ‘Sociopath’

Pusha T teams with frequent producer Kanye West on his minimal, droning new song “Sociopath.” Throughout the track, the Good Music rapper takes a laid-back approach — shouting out a woman’s exquisite taste and marveling over charcuterie boards — over echoing vocals, 808-styled cowbell and booming synth-bass.

“New jewelries/ New taste levels, shit, she be schooling me,” Pusha T raps. “I got a chick that’ll master your card/ Nice with the Visas, passports is art.” Kash Doll pops up with a brief guest spot in the second verse, countering all of Pusha’s lines.
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Pusha T Weighs in on the Removal of His Latest Drake Diss

Pusha T and Lil Wayne were set to be on the sixth installment of Rick Ross‘s “Maybach Music” series. The collaboration was pitched as a ceasefire between two rappers who have spent the better part of a decade trading subliminals back and forth, to the point that Wayne’s protégé, Drake, inherited the beef. The animosity between the two dates back to Pusha’s days in Clipse, the each accusing the other of stealing their style, and sparring over their stylistic influence over hip-hop.

Earlier this week, during an
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Meek Mill Is Still a Star, But He’s Also a Symbol

Meek Mill Is Still a Star, But He’s Also a Symbol
On a balmy Chicago night, standing over a crowd of suburbanites buzzed off too much Bon & Viv spiked seltzer and cheap weed, Meek Mill was buoyantly free from the systemic strictures that have plagued the bulk of his adult life. In late July, the Pennsylvania Superior Court threw out a 2008 drug and gun conviction that has reared its head again and again, granting him a new trial and judge. It’s a complicated situation, but lately there have only been positive steps as of late.

As Meek stood in the middle of the Lollapalooza stage,
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Tyler, the Creator’s ‘Butt Sex’ Freestyle Revives an Artform

There is no meeting of the minds more necessary to the good of the collective culture than Tyler, The Creator and Funkmaster Flex. The two men, both prominent figures in hip-hop for very different reasons, are diametrically opposed on almost every conceivable level, but work in the service of the same goal.

For the last decade, Tyler has embodied rap’s anarchic vanguard. Blogs, proponents of political correctness, donuts, cats, cooper black font: no one was safe. In contrast, Flex, in his role as an extraordinarily vocal gatekeeper, has calcified
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See Ybn Cordae Perform ‘Rnp’ With Anderson .Paak on ‘Fallon’

See Ybn Cordae Perform ‘Rnp’ With Anderson .Paak on ‘Fallon’
Ybn Cordae teamed up with Anderson .Paak and The Roots to perform his brand new single “Rnp” on The Tonight Show. The track, which comes off rapper’s forthcoming debut album, The Lost Boy, and was produced by J. Cole, dropped the same day as the late night performance.

In the clip, the two rappers trade fast-talking verses as they dance across the stage, backed by Questlove on drums. It’s an impressively high-energy performance with the pair building up to the chorus with a clever back and forth. They rap,
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Ybn Cordae Teams Up With Anderson .Paak, J. Cole For New Song ‘Rnp’

Ybn Cordae and Anderson .Paak trade whimsical boasts on new song, “Rnp,” which was produced by J. Cole. The new track will appear on Ybn Cordae’s forthcoming debut album, The Lost Boy, which will be released on Friday via Atlantic.

On “Rnp,” the pair’s rhymes playfully glide over Cole’s bouncy beats and slinky production. On the final verse, their lines ricochet off one another as they complete each other’s thoughts.

“We all all-stars, you hardly sixth string/Yeah, I had to ball hard to harvest these dreams/Swear to God,
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Wu-Tang Clan, A$AP Rocky Lead Rolling Loud New York City Lineup

Wu-Tang Clan, A$AP Rocky, Travis Scott, Meek Mill and Lil Uzi Vert will headline the first-ever New York City edition of hip-hop festival Rolling Loud. The 2019 event, set for October 12th and 13th at Citi Field, will also feature Dmx, Fat Joe, Young Thug, Action Bronson, Pusha T, Juice Wrld, Playboi Carti, Machine Gun Kelly, Yg, Gunna, Trippie Redd, DaBaby, Blueface, Sheck Wes and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie.

The lineup also includes Wale, Fabolous, Denzel Curry, Megan Thee Stallion, Rico Nasty, Dave East, Saweetie, Melii, Jay Critch, Young M.
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Paradigm Takes Full Ownership Of UK Music Agency Coda

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Paradigm has taken full-ownership of London-based music agency Coda, which will now merge into Paradigm.

The U.S. agency bought a fifty percent stake in the London outfit five years ago. Coda partners Alex Hardee, Tom Schroeder, James Whitting and Dave Hallybone will continue to lead the London office under the Paradigm banner. The London office will serve as Paradigm’s UK and European HQ.

Paradigm’s roster of music artists includes Halsey, Imagine Dragons, Janet Jackson, Billie Eilish, Kacey Musgraves, Tiësto, Liam Gallagher, Missy Elliott, Shawn Mendes, Sia, Normani, Zedd, Kenny Chesney, Jess Glynne, Above & Beyond, Machine Gun Kelly, Disclosure, Bob Weir, Years & Years, Charli Xcx, Estate of Johnny Cash, Bastille, Louis Tomlinson, Alan Walker, Sturgill Simpson, Buddy Guy, Old Dominion, and Hayley Kiyoko.

The agency said, “With Coda’s roster merging into Paradigm’s, the agency now also handles international representation outside North America for Bon Iver, Ellie Goulding,
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Freddie Gibbs and Madlib’s ‘Bandana’ Is the Sound of Two Rap Veterans at the Height of Their Powers

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib are two larger-than-life figures who carry diametric mystiques. Gibbs is the Rust Belt hero, the world-beating outlaw who bathes with snakes and has been serving impregnable street raps since 2009. Madlib is much more elusive but no less prolific—the perpetually shroomed-out producer who spends his days mining obscure samples from his vast record library that, as of 2014, weighed an estimated four tons. He is the closest thing in hip hop to an actual wizard.

Piñata, Gibbs and Madlib’s 2014 joint album, proved them to be a match made in heaven.
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