Chris Brown Officially Off Probation, Rihanna Assault Case Closed

Over six years after Chris Brown assaulted Rihanna following a pre-Grammys party, the singer is officially off probation. The judge overseeing Brown’s case made the decision at a hearing in Los Angeles Friday, ruling that the X singer had finally satisfied the conditions of his sentence before closing the assault case against Brown,…

XXL’s Songs of the Week (March 14 – March 20)

  It feels like only one thing happened this week, right? The impending physical release of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly feels like a formality; check Twitter, check Metacritic, check the stereo systems of passing cars. But there were returns from Future, who announced the sequel to one of his most beloved mixtapes, Dirty Sprite, and Earl Sweatshirt, who revealed that he’ll be dropping a surprise album, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t… Read more »

Listen to GRiZ Feat. Talib Kweli, ‘For The Love’

Talib Kweli links up with Detroit’s own DJ/Producer/Musician, GRiZ (aka Grant Kwiecinski), for a new track. “For the Love” is a smooth jazzy record that finds Talib spitting rhymes over sick horns. “I stay winning because losing is not part of my constitution,” raps the Brooklyn native. The track is off GRiZ’s Say It Loud, his upcoming fourth studio album, due out March 31. The album will be a pay-what-you-want… Read more »

Listen to Jhene Aiko, ‘Living Room Flow’

Neo soul star Jhene Aiko has debuted yet another sultry slow jam called “Living Room Flow.” In the song, the pint sized singer expresses love for her partner and interest in getting creative with sex positions.”If these walls could talk, they’d say pick me up and put me on ‘em / This bed’s way too soft, its time to get off, but keep it going,” sings the West Coast native. This… Read more »

Chris Brown Is Off Probation

Getty Image Chris Brown is officially off of probation. He went on Twitter to share the big news. IM OFF PROBATION!!!!!!!! Thank the Lord!!!!!! — Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) March 20, 2015   TMZ reports that the probation department backed off its recommendation to throw CB in jail and submitted a “glowing report” to the judge . Chris has finished his 1,000 hours of community service also. Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin officially closed… Read more »

XXL Freshmen 2015: Rich The Kid Pitch [Video]

XXL Freshmen 2015 is coming and the freshman hopefuls are gearing up to possibly make this year’s class. With the10th Spot voting happening now, we have to let the potentials tell us why they should appear on this year’s cover. The budding Atlanta native from Quality Control Music—the same label that houses Migos, OG Maco, Miloh Smith, Skippa Da Flippa, and Johnny Cinco—is one of the hardest working artists in hip-hop…. Read more »

Faith No More Keyboardist Plans ‘Sasquatch Love Story’ Opera

A single-act opera that Faith No More keyboardist Roddy Bottum wrote will get its premiere in Brooklyn next month. Sasquatch: The Opera tells the story of how the daughter of a family who offers “Bigfoot Tours” of their town runs away with a real yeti. “Part folklore, part love story, the opera…

Meet Chief G-Shock Designer Ryusuke Moriai

Last week, XXL had the pleasure and opportunity to meet with Chief G-Shock Designer, Ryusuke Moriai during his stay in New York City. With over 30 years of experience in the watch industry, Mr.Moriai joined the Casio brand as a timepiece designer in 1985. Ten years later, he became the expert of the G-Shock design, and is now in charge of the direction of the G-Shock and Pro Trek brands… Read more »