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Drake’s juggernaut narrowly edged out Youngboy Never Broke Again’s Sincerely, Kentrell in the fifth closest race in RS 200 history. For more, check out: (Source)

Like a few other big stars, Post Malone has his own festival. In 2018 and 2019, Posty headlined versions of his own Posty Fest. This year, he’s bringing it back and making it bigger. The 2021 edition of Posty Fest is coming to the area outside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas this month. Unlike previous years, this one is spread over two days, running 10/30-31. The lineup is a weird one.

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Four years ago, this column posed a question: “Can WizKid Conquer The US Pop Landscape He Helped Create?” At the time, American pop music was sounding increasingly African, in no small part thanks to the smash success of Drake’s chart-topping WizKid collab “One Dance.” With “One Dance” and a handful of other tracks on his Views album, Drake — always savvy about interjecting himself into whatever trends he sees popping off — incorporated elements of the Afrobeats sound (not to be confused with Afrobeat), a catchall term for a network of seemingly infinite subgenres that thrives in cities like Lagos, Accra, and London. WizKid —- born Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun in Lagos 31 years ago — has long been a superstar in West Africa and throughout the diaspora, and he was a natural choice to lend “One Dance” an air of authenticity.

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Tee Grizzley’s Built for Whatever grabbed the week’s biggest debut For more, check out: (Source)

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In Rod Wave’s video for his single “Tombstone,” an adorable little kid sits by himself, watching TV. The kid’s father is passed out on the couch. His mother is at work. Later on, that kid sits through a tense dinner that turns dangerous when the father gets abusive. Then we see that same kid walking down a sunny sidewalk, lost in thought, oblivious to the police who have just pulled up behind him and pointed their guns. Later on, after this kid has been murdered, we learn that he was deaf. He couldn’t hear the cops’ instructions. As the video ends, we see the child’s father, in a white tunic, laying him down at a riverside, as CGI vines encircle him. Rod Wave himself doesn’t take part in this whole narrative. Instead, he stands alone, baleful, on a snowy hillside, talking about his own tribulations. As an emotionally manipulative gutpunch, this video is basically Dancer In The Dark, played out in three minutes. It exists to make you feel things. It worked on me.

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