Wiz Khalifa: Still Rolling ‘Rolling Papers 2’
Wiz Khalifa dropped a new track, “More and More” from his hotly anticipated new album Rolling Papers 2, but in an exclusive interview with Billboard he said that he’s still working on the album. “It’s almost ready. I’m still recording,” Khalifa explained at the Doritos #MixArcade Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on June 15. “It’s like a process. I record a lot of songs and then I go back and put the album together out of that.” The “Black and Yellow” rapper said his inspiration for his new album is “pretty much everything that I do throughout the day.” Khalifa did say that the album would be out before he and Snoop Dogg head out on The High Road tour in late July.
Kelly Osbourne’s Indecent Proposal
Reality star Kelly Osbourne, the daughter of rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his manager wife, Sharon, proved to be the secret weapon at the Babes for Boobs auction to benefit the local chapter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in Hollywood on June 16. Osbourne had just auctioned off a date with former NFL player Brandon London when she put herself on the block. “You never know what could happen on our night out,” she told the crowd, adding: “I will show you my vagina.” The pitch worked. Osbourne fetched the highest bid of the night — $5,000 — from a woman. The winner may want to ask Osbourne for an update on her parents’ marital drama. At the event, she told a guest, “My mom and dad are together right now.”
?Soho House: Malibu Blues
The Soho House’s new Malibu location, the Little Beach House, is now open for business and music industry titans like Jimmy Iovine didn’t wait for word-of-mouth to spread before setting up shop. Sources tell us that the Interscope chairman and Apple Music honcho, who bought a Malibu beachfront compound from producer Marcy Carsey in 2015 for $60 million, has been camped out there on a near-daily basis. Also expected soon are Dr. Dre, who owns a beachfront mansion nearby, as well as L.A. Reid, who is renting a Malibu house this summer. The space — an art-filled, two-story spread on Carbon Beach with indoor and outdoor dining options and 10,000 square-feet — has been an instant hit thanks to its mellow beach vibes, a source says. The buzz kill? Some insiders are frustrated at Little Beach House’s rules that require members be residents of a beach community and even current Soho House members must reapply to gain access to the standalone membership community in Malibu. A source adds that the current waiting list is approximately six months. Soho House doesn’t comment on numbers due to general privacy policies. –Chris Gardner
Rae Sremmurd Thump Trump
Atlanta hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd has gone on record as opposing Donald Trump’s politics, but not enough to stop singing its 2015 song “Up Like Trump,” which celebrates the presidential hopeful’s wealth and style. Instead, the pair, who have expressed support for Bernie Sanders, struck a compromise. At the Doritos #MixArcade Electronic Entertainment Expo at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on June 15, Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi preceded their performance of the track by leading the crowd in a “F— Donald Trump” chant, just as they did at South by Southwest in March. Their rep did not respond to a request for comment.
Chance The Rapper Sees His Exes At T2
Chance the Rapper had a little fun at the expense of his exes at Take-Two (T2) Interactive’s E3 kickoff party on June 13. The Chicago rapper, who performed at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood, opened his set by dedicating his track “Baby Blue” to “all my exes out there,” adding, “I see several of them in the crowd.” It’s unclear whether any of the artist’s former girlfriends were in the audience, but if they were, they probably weren’t happy with the dedication. The opening rhymes of “Baby Blue” are “Why you always all on my back?/Why you gotta do me like that? / Why you gotta act like a bitch when I’m with you?/ Baby girl I’m blue.“
The rapper also performed “Everybody’s Something,” “Summer Friends,” “Planes” and “Angels,” which left the crowd’s celebrity contingent with smiles on their faces and Chance seemingly in need of a drink. “If you see me at the bar I like Jameson shots,” he said before exiting the stage. “I love you all; play some video games.”
A version of this article originally appeared in the July 2 issue of Billboard.