The release of Kendrick Lamar’s new single “i” tops HipHopDX’s most popular singles of the week list easily as the first solo release from the rapper in some time. Meanwhile, Game continues to prep a compilation album and released a new single featuring Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Soulja Boy, and T.I. Elsewhere, the still-developing story of Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose’s divorce continues to make headlines with the reasons behind the split becoming more public.
Chris Brown’s Kendrick Lamar featuring single dropped three spots to #4 after claiming the top spot last week, a snippet of a Kanye West and Mike Dean produced Tyga song is featured at #6, and a new Jay Electronica verse on Common’s “Kingdom” makes the list as well.
Kendrick Lamar Releases “i”
After a noticeable hiatus from releasing any solo material, Kendrick Lamar returned with a new single this past week. “i” features a prominent Isley Brothers sample and Lamar’s resounding positivity throughout, the hook bringing an “I love myself” refrain. “Finna run into a building, lay my body in the street / Keep my money in the ceiling, let my Mama know I’m free / Give my story to the children and the lesson they can read / And the glory to the feeling of the holy unseen,” he raps at the end of the song.
Promoting the record in an interview with Power 106’s Jeff G, Lamar explained his intentions with the song.
“I want to retract the word ‘single,’” he said. “I want to call things that I release ‘statements’ because this music is something that the world has to hear and it’s not only for me, but it’s for the stress. It’s for our livelihoods. When I want to come back on my release, I want to make sure I do just that and continue that.”
Game Enlists Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Soulja Boy, & T.I.
Game is scheduled to release his Blood Money Records Year Of The Wolf compilation album on October 14. The rapper let fans design the album’s cover, an image of his daughter with an illustration of a wolf, and went on to release his “Really” single earlier this week. “Really” is the third early offering from the record and the second with prominent features in tow. The Mekanics and OZ produced track features Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Soulja Boy, and T.I.
In quintessential Game fashion, his verse on “Really” is packed full of name-flips: “I’ll slaughter your house with five 9’s / Leave all of you niggas with crooked eyes / Got the Louisville Slugger, Big Papi Ortiz / Knockin’ every button off your buttoned up sleeves,” he raps.
Amber Rose & Wiz Khalifa Divorce
Less than a year-and-a-half removed from their wedding in July of last year, Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa divorced this week. Rose filed for divorce from the rapper, who recently earned his first #1 debut with Blacc Hollywood, citing irreconcilable difference. Rose later levied blame on Khalifa via Twitter, claiming that he was unfaithful during their marriage.
Khalifa will reportedly petition for visitation rights with son Sebastian, who was born in February of 2013. Rose will reportedly receive $1 million from the divorce settlement as per their prenuptial agreement. The same document requires that Khalifa pay more than $5,000 a month in spousal support to Amber Rose.
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