Music Lists

Slept On: The Latest In Rap (May 14, 2021)

Here are some records worth talking about

Berner

J. Cole has finally returned.

And while thats all anyone can talk about, there was plenty of other great releases today. Jermaine released The Off-Season, his first new work since 2018. For those in need of something a little smoother, Jorja Smith also released a fresh new EP today titled Be Right Back, and The Black Keys returned with Delta Kream. Additionally, there was also a handful of great underground records that hit the shelves today. Here are this week's most slept on records.

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Music Lists

11 Songs That Address Mental Health

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, here are a few songs to help those afflicted feel less alone

DMX

Mental health issues are regularly dissected across a plethora of music.

So in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we've compiled a list of some of the most raw and transparent songs surrounding depression, anxiety, and everywhere in between. Here are some of the best songs to help remind you that you're not alone and that mental health is a widespread topic that needs to be discussed more transparently.

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MUSIC

The 7 Most Tatted Up Rappers

No, Post Malone is not on this list

Boonk Gang

No, Post Malone is not on this list.

Post Malone is of course one of the most tatted-up musicians out right now, but he is also not a rapper. But similarly to rappers, Posty's tats are exclusive to him and are just as famous as the man behind them. Whether it be Gucci Mane's ice cream tattoo or the Game's LA Star, rappers have made some pretty gnarly tattoo choices over the years. Here are some of the most tatted-up rappers out right now.

Lil Skies

Lil Skies

When Lil Skies entered the scene back in 2016, he was easily one of the most tatted up rappers of that upcoming class. He has since upped the ante even further, covering his entire body and nearly his entire face in ink.

He got his first tattoo at 16 in honor of his friend who was hospitalized and deathly ill with meningitis. "Tomorrow is another day but it's not promised" was tattooed on his shoulder, and from there he just continued collecting ink. On his face, he has his mom's name, a gorgeous shaded rose, and some Japanese text, spelled backward, right under his eyelids. As of 2021, both sides of his face remain covered with too many tats to list at this point.

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne

The legendary emcee has collected some of the craziest ink over his long career. He's got veins crackling through his forehead. He's got blacklight lips and stars that glow in the dark tattooed on his neck and behind his ear. He's got stitches trailing down his left cheek, along with a handful of small tats that look like they were just doodled on, and that's just on his face.

Caskey

Caskey

Caskey

Inked Magazine

The Cash Money signee was another rapper who was severely tatted up right at the jump. In fact, his first hit was fittingly titled "Tats on My Neck," which broke down how his mama hates his tattoos. These aren't poorly designed street tats either; Caskey sports some of the most impressive ink around across his body.

He's got a massive Native American figure across his stomach and chest and an equally large Buddhist monk covering his back, with coinciding skulls across his shoulders. This past year, he also shaved his head and got the top jaw of an animal skull added while the bottom half covers his jawline and chin. The tattoo was so daring that it spawned a whole article in Inked Mag.

"I saw this movie Apocalypto and in that movie, there's a warrior ruler who wears a detached animal raw around his chin," he said. "I thought that was the coolest thing ever and it would be cool to have jaws on my head that made it look like this entity is eating me."

Stitches

Stitches

Stitches

The tattoos carved across Miami rapper Stitches are more infamous than the emcee himself. Some may even argue that his ludicrous tattoos kickstarted his career. The stitched smile across his mouth, the cartoonish AK-47 across his right cheek, the stars on his ears, the "fuck a job" script across the side of his skull: It's altogether rather sinister. Recently, Stitches got an even more striking tattoo across his cheek: a gory tear that makes it look like his face is peeling off.

Boonk

Boonk Gang

Boonk Gang

The internet personality-turned-rapper is another ridiculous entertainer whose tattoos are as notorious as he is. Boonk, otherwise known as Boonk Gang, got his first tattoo of his mom's name when he was just 16. Across his face he has a sketched black heart on his cheek, a crown over his right eyebrow, and the handicap toilet sign right between his eyebrows, among other ridiculous tats.

Kid Ink

Kid Ink

Kid Ink

His name is Kid Ink for a reason. The LA-based rapper has some of the most impressive ink in rap, and he's spoken on it extensively. Some highlights include a cool Frankenstein tat across his left bicep, the Batman symbol under his left eyelid, and a lightning bolt under his right. But his chest and back are where his signature pieces lie. LA is engulfed in flames across his stomach, and a Pirate Elephant with two samurai swords envelops his back. However, his most famous piece is his dual chest piece portrait tat of his mother and grandfather on each pec.

Lil Peep

Lil Peep

Lil Peep

The late Lil Peep sported some of the most unique tattoos in hip-hop. The Cry Baby tattoo above his right eyebrow reminded him not to cry when he looks in the mirror. The "get cars" and "die young" tattoos inked atop his forehead are almost too on the nose now. He had Lisa Simpson freaking out on his neck and of course his signature anarchist symbol on his left cheek. All in all, Lil Peep's tats can never be replicated, as they were all totally unique to him.

TV Features

Ellen Will Finally End Her Talk Show

The host said after 19 seasons and dismal ratings that she is finally calling it quits

Ellen

After 19 seasons, an explosive workplace scandal, and a loss of over a million viewers, Ellen announced today that she's finally calling it quits with her talk show.

With more than 3,000 episodes in the can, Ellen told the Hollywood Reporter that the show will end after the 2021/2022 season. "When you're a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged – and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, It's just not a challenge anymore," Ellen told THR on Wednesday.

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MEGADETH Breaks Silence on Underage Grooming Accusations Against Bassist

David Ellefson is accused of sending explicit messages to a minor

David Ellefson

MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson has been accused of grooming and seducing an underage fan.

Over the weekend text exchanges and explicit video calls between the legendary metal bassist and a young girl leaked everywhere online. Ellefson called the situation "certainly embarrassing," but added that the materials were "taken out of context and manipulated to inflict maximum damage to my reputation, my career, and family."

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Interview: Kendra Erika Breaks Down Her Process

The "Pure Love" singer sat down for an exclusive interview with Popdust

Rafael Paiva

Kendra Erika describes her new hit track "Pure Love" as "the bonafide cruise control song."

"It's excellent for a spontaneous drive," Kendra explained to Popdust, who premiered the track back in April. "'Pure Love' is for anyone that is looking for something smooth to listen to and vibe on. It sets a real nice tone, and puts you in a state of fluidity to start the day or unwind at night."

The singer stopped by Popdust for a candid interview on her rise to stardom and touched on her background, her next moves, and finding happiness.

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