A Fan Says Cardi B Works Harder Than Offset & Cardi Isn’t Having It

Just because Cardi B is getting her bread up doesn’t mean she’s the only one feeding her family.

On Sunday, the Grammy-winning rapper got into a seemingly heated argument with a Twitter user who claimed, “Cardi really be keeping the lights on at her and offset house, she stay working and he be……”

Cardi clapped back on Twitter by sharing her man’s busy schedule. On Saturday, Migos kicked off the beginning of the 2021 college football season with a performance for ESPN’s College Gameday in Atlanta. Earlier this week, the 29-year-old MC celebrated the finale of his HBO Max streetwear competition show The Hype. And on Monday morning (Aug. 30), he rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange to commemorate independent music publishing company Reservoir Media — which signed Offset to a global publishing deal in 2017 — going public.

“My man literally perform this mornin for college game day ,performing later on again tonight after celebrating the [finale] of his HBO [show] last night  flying in tomorrow to ring the bell Monday on a investment. You must got my n—a confuse wit them N—as you f—in and maintaining,” she wrote in his defense.

But the influencer explained how she was being more snide with her comment while understanding why Cardi clapped back at her. “Okay i was being a lil shady to offset cause he a cheater. but i was also saying just she really stayed booked in busy, she be everywhere! but she should defend her husband!!!” she replied. “Hope we still cool after this Cardi.”

The “Be Careful” rapper seemed to be willing to put the nail in the coffin on this one. “It’s cool girl @jiggyjayy2 u were just loud and wrong so I had to clock it… but I’m seeing you being attacked now in the name of Offset when it’s clearly because you’re pretty and popular and I can relate to that,” she replied before asking: “So let’s have lunch on set?”

See their exchange below.

Martina McBride on 5 of Her Biggest Hits & 30 Years in Country Music

It’s been 30 years since Martina McBride signed her first recording contract with RCA Nashville.

Since then, the golden-throated McBride has landed 31 songs in the top 20 of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, including such No. 1s as “Wild Angels,” “A Broken Wing,” “Blessed”  and “I Love You.” In addition to upbeat love songs, McBride has fearlessly tackled difficult subjects such as domestic and child abuse, taking topics that other artists avoid to the upper reaches of the charts.

To celebrate the anniversary, Sony Nashville released a double vinyl package Greatest Hits: The RCA Years on Aug. 20. (McBride’s last studio album for RCA was 2009’s Shine). Additionally, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled the new exhibit Martina McBride: The Power of Her Voice last month honoring the multiple CMA and ACM Award winner. The display runs through next August and includes awards, stage wear, handwritten lyrics and personal artifacts.

McBride, who is on select dates with Blake Shelton through Oct. 2, picked five favorites among her hits and shared with Billboard her memories about what made the songs so special for her.

“Independence Day” (1994)
I knew I wanted to record this song immediately. Halfway through the first listen I claimed it as mine. Looking back, it was kind of a ballsy move, I guess…to record and release this song. But at the time I just had a passion and conviction that it was the thing I needed to do. It’s kind of hard to explain my reaction to it. I recognized the brilliance of the songwriting immediately and also felt a connection with this mother and child. I haven’t heard anything else that sounds like it to this day.

“Wild Angels” (1995)
I have always loved the energy of this song and the melody. This was my first No. 1 song. I remember we landed in Dallas and found out it went No. 1 while we were walking through the airport. The album version has a laugh at the beginning from my daughter Delaney, who was not quite a year old at the time.

“A Broken Wing” (1997)
This song just felt really special the first time I heard it. I felt like it would empower someone who needed to hear it. I still haven’t heard a song about emotional abuse that is quite this direct. So many people ask if the woman jumped out the window in the second verse. I never interpreted it that way, but I can see now how it could be. I prefer to think of it as a metaphor for her leaving and claiming her freedom.

“Concrete Angel” (2002)
If I remember right, I had heard this song for the previous album. I hesitated to record it because I thought it might be too heavy. But in the end I followed my gut, which was telling me I needed to do it. It has become one of the most streamed and watched songs in my entire catalog. I think, in the end, it’s a healing song for many.

“This One’s for the Girls” (2003)
It can be difficult to find an uptempo song with substance. I love the way this song hits on different stages of life. It’s really timeless, I think. I look out and see young girls singing it at the top of their lungs when I perform it live. Sometimes I see a couple of generations of women sharing the experience of the song. That’s really cool.

R&B/Hip-Hop Fresh Picks of the Week: Evann McIntosh, Lil Zay Osama, Grip & More

It’s Monday, so you know what that means! Indulge in the freshest new releases of the week, from the meditative melodies of Dutch-Afghan singer Ferdous, to Elujay’s problem-solving alternative R&B rhythms. And if rap is more your speed, we’ve got the midwest covered with Detroit’s own Allstar JR and another all-star, Chicago rapper Lil Zay Osama.

Don’t forget to share the wealth with our Spotify playlist, linked below.

Reggie Becton feat. Ryahn, “So High”

Reggie Becton can do no wrong in his orange beanie. The PG County artist is back with another single, and this time around, he taps Florida singer Ryahn for a flowy duet on “So High.” The pair are convincing lovers as they finish each other sentences and sing about their desires to be around one another. Becton will also be embarking on a fall tour alongside singer Grace Weber starting at the end of October.

Elujay & HXNS, “1080p”

On “1080p,” Elujay is searching for a resolution both literally and figuratively. Produced by HXNS, the song fuses elements of alternative R&B and dance as Elujay sings about wanting to see 1080p, seeking clarity with his lover.

Destiny Rogers feat. Flo Milli, “Simon Say”

California singer Destiny Rogers and Alabama rapper Flo Milli always get their way — as the two make crystal clear on their new single “Simon Say.” Released via RCA Records, the song subtly embodies the boss energy the Rogers intended to evoke. “This song is about being a boss, knowing what you’re capable of, and not letting anyone hold you down,” she writes in the description under the song’s visualizer on YouTube.

Allstar JR, “Sumthin”

All-star JR is maintaining Detroit’s distinct, gritty sound with his new track “Sumthin.” The song is a single off of his new mixtape Get a Bag or Go Home 3, the third in the series. Allstar JR recently created buzz on Twitter with his Icewear Vezzo-assisted hit “Ice Bag.” There’s something to be said about Detroit rap right now, and Allstar JR is proving to be a mainstay.

Grip, “Momma Told Me!”

On “Momma Told Me!,” Grip is in his fullest form. The Atlanta rapper snaps on the standout track from his debut album I Died For This!?. “N—as be sayin’ I fell off, well let’s get it back poppin’/ Talkin’ s–t but when they see me, it’s ‘Grip, aye when yo track droppin’?,” he raps for the song’s opener.

Lil Zay Osama, “Danny Block”

If the booty in the opening scene of Lil Zay Osama’s video wasn’t bouncy enough, you can count on the track’s 808s to do the trick. On “Danny Block,” Osama (whose moniker itself is inspired by his hometown’s “Chi-raq” image) is menacing, making sure his enemies know exactly who they’re dealing with. All the while, Osama remains aware of the risks associated with his rhymes, rapping, “I hope this song right here don’t get in the hands of the feds.”

Fresco Trey, “Fresh Off A Heartbreak”

Everyone falls in love sometimes, including Fresco Trey. The Memphis rapper is “Fresh Off a Heartbreak” in his latest single and like his new tattoo says: love is, indeed, scary. Trey chronicles his girl’s complaints (“I been drinking all night/ She said you gone drink your life away/ Baby girl I might”) while boasting about his rags-to-riches achievements with a melodic approach. 

Project Youngin, “Love Don’t Love Nobody”

It seems heartbreak is on everyone’s minds, as Florida’s own Project Youngin laments his own betrayal in love. “A broken heart cause more pain than a broken bone that’s solid,” he raps over an emotional trap beat. In the visual, Youngin peers into his living room, watching as his love steals a stack of cash from him — and later, he leans against a window with a gunshot wound to the chest. As Janet Jackson says, that’s the way love goes.

Evann McIntosh, “TECTONIC PLATES”

On today’s episode of alternative R&B, we’re joined by up and comer, Evann McIntosh, live from their Kansas bedroom. While an unlikely origin story for a rising R&B crooner, the suburban star pulls influence from a variety of genres and artists, including Prince and Billie Eilish. McIntosh wrote “Tectonic Plates” on a flight home from Los Angeles, and was inspired by her love for the city.

Ferdous, “Tolerate”

Dutch-Afghan singer Ferdous delivers heavy life lessons wrapped in lightweight melodies on his latest single, “Tolerate.” The track feels meditative thanks to a single note loop throughout the instrumental, embellished with minimal percussion and a dark bassline.

Billboard Buys: Get These Top-Rated Noise-Cancelling Headphones for $59

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Kacey Musgraves Announces ‘Star-Crossed’ Tour

Kacey Musgraves will soon bring the songs from her upcoming star-crossed album to fans across the United States, when she launches her star-crossed: unveiled headlining tour, promoted by AEG Presents, on Jan. 19 in St. Paul, Minn.

The 15-city tour includes a stop at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Feb. 11, 2022, and concludes Feb. 20 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Along the way, she’ll also visit Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and more. King Princess and MUNA will join as supporting artists.

The tour marks Musgraves’ first slate of headlining shows since her Oh, What a World tour wrapped in October 2019.

Musgraves’ fourth studio album star-crossed comes out Sept. 10. She recently released the album’s title track as well as the follow-up “Justified.” Alongside the album, Musgraves will release a film by the same name.

For star-crossed, Musgraves reunites with collaborators Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk, who also worked with Musgraves on her 2018 album Golden Hour, which earned a Grammy in the coveted all-genre album of the year category.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m. via kaceymusgraves.com/tour, where you can find a full list of dates.

See the trailer for the film star-crossed below:

How Capella Grey’s ‘No Rules’ Mantra Led to Breakthrough Hit ‘Gyalis’

For Capella Grey, his music and New York City are pretty much synonymous. The sounds of uptown, for example, have always filtered into his musicianship, from the language he uses in his raps to the swaggering tempos he employs. The Bronx native, 26, says it was New Yorkers who championed his music so hard that it went from turntables in the club to spots on numerous Billboard charts: “They tell the DJs, ‘This is what we’re rocking with all summer. Play this song. Play it again. Play it again, as a matter of fact.'” And it’s the unpredictable, ever-changing brand of chaos that only New Yorkers can make look cool that defines his breakout song “Gyalis,” which doesn’t conform to traditional song structure, instead shaking things up before listeners get comfortable with any one moment.

Though the song’s roots are firmly planted in New York, its branches are steadily spreading across the country. “Gyalis” marks his first entry on the Billboard Hot 100, where the song currently sits at a No. 71 peak in its third week on the chart, while reaching a new high at No. 9 on Hot R&B Songs. And with a new record label home in Capitol Records, a recent music video for his breakthrough hit and planned remixes for the track on the way, national recognition appears to be on the horizon — though he maintains that he’ll always remain true to New York hip-hop culture. “There’s a whole bunch of places from [uptown New York] that shaped my sound and everything about how I do music, and as a man,” he says.

Below, Grey tells Billboard about the song construction of “Gyalis,” why he wanted to include its famous Juvenile sample, his upbringing and more.

How did “Gyalis” come together?

I was in L.A. at the time. I made the beat and got in the booth real quick, and after I recorded on it, I added a little more to the beat and then recorded on it some more and mixed it on my laptop. It just popped in my head, it wasn’t too much of a buildup or anything like that. When the “Back That Azz Up” sample plays in the club, it’s a big moment. Turning that into a whole uptown type of feel, I felt like that really shook the room. Once I got the inspiration for it, I just went for it.

Why did you forgo a traditional song structure for the track?

When I make music, I try to just do what feels good. Once I’m done on [a] topic, I’m out. With “Gyalis,” there’s no hook, no bridge, no verse, no nothing, just vibes. It’s just a series of moments — I kind of produce like a DJ. Some people’s favorite part is the two and a half bars where I was rapping. Then it switched into this Caribbean vibe. The lingo switches to whatever. It just sounds like uptown. There are no rules to it.

How did growing up in New York City influence you as a musician?

I lived in the Bronx, I lived in [a] co-op, I lived near 241st [Street], I lived in Mt. Vernon — I just lived everywhere uptown. Growing up on the church scene, I got those musical elements. And being in NYC, there were a whole bunch of different artists that came up from the city that really inspired me on a hip-hop standpoint. I kind of write how I talk, so a lot of the lingo is really New York City. And even the tempo of it — the BPMs and stuff — be chilling. It just don’t sound like nowhere else.

Why do you think “Gyalis” was your breakthrough hit?

[New Yorkers] were calling it the song of the summer since February. If they like something in New York City, they aggressively like it and get behind it and support it for real. It took off organically. There was no viral dance, challenge or crazy hashtag that we created to get it going. The city just decided that this was the vibe it was going with.

You recently signed with Capitol Records. Why was that the right fit for you?

Capitol just understood the vision I was trying to go with [in] my music and my career — how I want to set it up, how I want to do certain things, [and] the different avenues I want to go into, whether it’s movies or all the other things I want to do. They understood the sound I was trying to build. They understood what I’m trying to do for New York City. They understood what I was trying to do for the culture, period. They weren’t trying to change it at all; they were trying to use whatever resources they had to amplify what I already had going on. I know mad artists that came in sounding one way and the label wanted them to look or sound a different way. But [Capitol] just loved what I had going on. It was a no-brainer.

What’s coming next for you?

The industry has been embracing me. Big celebrities and legends have been recording with me — there are mad remixes on the way. It’s looking like the year of “Gyalis.” There’s more music on the way. We just getting started. “Gyalis” is the tip of the iceberg. I want to bring [the culture] back to New York. I don’t like that when New York artists get lit, the first thing they do is turn up in other cities. Why not keep the energy here? Bring the vibes back to where hip-hop started.

A version of this story originally appeared in the Aug. 28, 2021, issue of Billboard.

Kehlani, Jacquees & More Artists Show Support to Louisiana During Hurricane Ida

Artists are sending their prayers and checking in with fans’ loved ones who are currently being impacted by Hurricane Ida in Louisiana.

The Category 4 storm barreling through the Gulf Coast comes at the same time as the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated Louisiana and nearby areas in late August 2005. On Monday (Aug. 30), the powerful tropical storm destroyed the Karnofsky Tailor Shop and Residence, which was once a second home to legendary jazz musician Louis Armstrong. According to the National Park Service, he used to live there with the Karnofskys, a Jewish family whom he worked for on their coal and junk wagons and who lent Armstrong money to buy his first cornet. A mural of fellow cornet player Charles “Buddy” Bolden, who helped pioneer the jazz genre, and his band that used to be on a nearby building no longer remains.

Much of New Orleans has lost power as there were 888,000 power outages on Monday morning, Entergy New Orleans CEO Deanna Rodriguez said in a press conference, according to NBC News. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell also said approximately 200,000 residents chose to stay at home rather than evacuate.

Kehlani and Jacquees sent their prayers to Louisiana, while Questlove asked his followers for updates on how their family members living in the state were doing. Beyoncé‘s BeyGOOD Foundation partnered with celebrity chef José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen to help provide 100,000 meals to those in Lousiana.

See how artists are reacting to Hurricane Ida below.