Drake is set for the release of his (double?) album Scorpion, a judge has denied Meek Mill a new trial, and there’s new music from Florence! Vote, bet, and win on those stories and more in our weekly roundup of all the latest music buzz and drama.
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With the impending release of Scorpion on Friday, this is a big and rare shaky moment for Aubrey, coming off a vicious beef and poorly-received singles. After chart-toppers like God’s Plan, Nice For What, Walk It Talk It, Look Alive all hit before March (when things were going better for Drake), it already feels like we’ve had a lot of Drake in our lives in 2018. And with the slew of G.O.O.D. Music releases, and The Carters surprise Everything is Love collab (among others), it’s felt like a jam-packed month of June for mainstream rap. All of this begs the question: do we really need or even want more Drake music right now? Well, like it or not, Drake seems to think the answer is very much yes, as billboards have popped up promoting Scorpion as a double-album.
In addition, fans are eager to learn if Drake will mention the Pusha-T spat in his new tracks. As we know, their beef escalated when Pusha responded to Drake’s Duppy Freestyle with the searing The Story of Adidon, and Drake (with the help of J. Prince and Kanye) has laid low since (besides an unrelated Degrassi-themed music video). Will Drake finally fire back at King Push? And if not, will Drake at least address Pusha’s claim‘s about fathering a secret child?
In other music news…
If a Drake double-album doesn’t particularly interest you, Florence and the Machine are back! Their first album since 2015, High as Hope, is set for release this Friday, and the singles, Hunger and Big God, have us eagerly awaiting a full record. To make matters better, collaborators on this record include Sampha, Jamie xx, and Kamasi Washington.
On Tuesday, a Pennsylvania judge rejected Meek Mill’s argument for a new trial, after the state’s Supreme Court released Meek on bail from his prison sentence in April. The rapper is currently touring and just released a powerful track, Stay Woke (feat. Miguel), which he performed at the BET Awards. His lawyers will surely appeal the ruling, but will they be successful in their challenge?
Finally, Kanye West and Tidal are facing an $84M fraud lawsuit over 2016’s The Life of Pablo. A fan, Justin Baker-Rhett, alleges that ‘Ye and Tidal tricked listeners into subscribing to the streaming service, claiming that Pablo would be exclusively available on Tidal, when in fact the album eventually popped up on other platforms. (Also, this is not the only trouble Tidal is currently involved in regarding fraudulent claims.) Will Kanye and Tidal have to pay up?