If you’re anything like us, we see an interesting headline during our daily scroll—pause to read it—but then keep scrolling without reading the actual story. So at the end of each week, we’re rounding up all the buzziest, news-worthy headlines you might have missed. Think of it like the “saved” feature on Instagram but for news instead of aesthetically pleasing photos. Quavo shares an emotional tribute to Takeoff in a new single, Rihanna’s documentary is reportedly done, and Lil Wayne officially becomes a Pro Skater—this is what you missed.
Quavo Reflects on Takeoff’s Death in New Song and Video “Without You”
It’s been a little over two months since Takeoff passed away and aside from sharing a letter on Instagram addressed to Take, Quavo has kept his head down. This week, Quavo shared a melancholic single reflecting on the loss of his nephew and group member. For those who don’t know, Quavo was Takeoff’s uncle and the two of them were raised in Atlanta by Quavo’s sister. Their debut album as a duo, Only Built for Infinity Links, was released shortly before Takeoff’s passing and the nickname “Unc & Phew” refers to their familial relationship. Over a somber beat, Quavo melodically sings, “Tears rollin’ down my eyes / Can’t tell you how many times I cried / Days ain’t the same without you / I don’t know if I’m the same without you”. The song arrives with a black and white video showing Quavo smoking in the studio, deep in thought, while the song plays. He refers to Takeoff as an angel, which echoes the words of his tribute, and reflects on Takeoff’s existence in the galaxy paying homage to Takeoff’s solo debut album, The Last Rocket. The song is one of Quavo’s most emotional to date, referencing Only Built for Infinity Links in the line “Unc and Phew until infinity” and his beginnings with Takeoff by saying “I wouldn’t have got it out the mud without you”. Takeoff and Quavo’s rise to fame began with their cousin Offset as the ubiquitous hip-hop group Migos. They popularized the triplet flow, which Takeoff’s technical skills and rapid-fire cadence were essential to, and inspired a whole generation of rappers. It’s impossible to quantify the loss of Takeoff for Atlanta rap, hip-hop as a whole, and his family—specifically Quavo and Offset.
Rihanna’s Long-Awaited Documentary Is Done
Yes, you read the title right. There is a completed documentary on Rihanna, and no, we’re not okay. During the six-year hiatus that she took from music, we have all been dying to know what she’s been up to. And yes, we know that she’s been girl-bossing, building her business empire with Fenty Beauty, Fenty Skin, and Savage X Fenty, and most recently, nurturing her newborn baby boy with A$AP Rocky. However, bad girl RiRi’s mysterious demeanor and desire to keep things private generate great intrigue. Now, we might actually have some questions answered with this up-and-coming documentary which follows Rihanna’s ascent into fame. The director of the doc, Peter Berg, reported that the documentary is done, and there is just one more thing to check off the to-do list: RiRi’s seal of approval. “It’s done and sold, and Amazon’s ready,” Berg responded when asked about the progress of the doc, “Waiting for [Rihanna] to approve it.” Rihanna is nothing if not a perfectionist, and given that the documentary records such a large chunk of her public career, it only makes sense for the singer, artist, and business mogul to take her time reviewing before signing off. If we have to wait five more years for a documentary, so be it because as true RiRi fans, we want her to do things on her own terms. In the meantime, we can count on seeing her perform at the Super Bowl LVII halftime show next month.
Future Takes to the Seas in “Back to the Basics” Video
Future’s back with the music video for “Back to the Basics,” and let’s just say it is anything but. The release notably marks the ninth visual from his chart-topping, platinum-certified, and Grammy-nominated album, I Never Liked You. Directed by X Skeeboe, we see the rapper take to a stunning house by the sea and then to a yacht, surrounded by beautiful women. As he casually raps his verses and enjoys his time at sea, he emanates endless charisma and confidence. It’s all very on-brand for the toxic king. I Never Liked You dropped back in April 2022 and “Back to the Basics” is the closing track on the original album; some fans speculate whether this will be the last piece of visual for the project. Since then, he has released an extended and instrumental version of the album. Although Future has yet to any forthcoming new music, he is set to headline Rolling Loud California in March alongside Playboi Carti and Travis Scott. He has just kickstarted his One Big Party Tour with “Future and Friends” which marks his first headlining trip in more than three years. Special guests include Trippie Redd, Kodak Black, Polo G, EST Gee, Babyface Ray, and more. Safe to say, this year will be anything but basic for Future.
Lil Wayne Becomes Official Pro Skater
After a decade of openly loving skateboarding, Lil Wayne is entering his pro skater era. He began touting a board at the age of 29 and quickly became serious about “living that [skater] lifestyle,” according to an interview back in 2012. And oh, Weezy wasn’t joking. To be “fully committed” to skating, he has since purchased a private skate park with ramps that he can fit in the recording booth, launched a skatewear line called Trukfit, and released a mobile skating game SQVAD Up—all in the name of his beloved hobby. To officiate his long-running relationship with the sport, he received his first “pro model” board at the cusp of the new year. For all the non-skaters out there, a pro model board is simply a skater board with the rider’s name on it, and obtaining one is often seen as a sign of ability and achievement. Lil Wayne’s board features a photo of him along with some of his favorite rap lyrics, gifted to him by his videographer for Young Money Skate, Phil Lopez. Pro skaters Torey Pudwill, Keelan Dadd, and Yosef Ratleff were also in attendance to show their support and co-sign the occasion. Unbeknownst to the surprise, Lil Wayne was seen with a big smile plastered on his face as he examined the custom skateboard. He went on Instagram to express his gratitude, saying, “THANK YOU, GANG!” Another gift that had Weezy wheezing was his plaque for his first diamond RIAA certification. In December it was announced that his 2008 hit “Lollipop” surpassed 10 million equivalent unit sales in the U.S., making it one of under 100 Diamond-certified songs to date.
Miley Cyrus’ New Album ‘Endless Summer Vacation’ is Dropping on March 10
For those of us who are still stuck in our new year’s lull, Miley Cyrus is here to help you snap out of it. While hosting her second annual Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party, alongside her godmother Dolly Parton in Miami, she revealed her new single “Flowers” will be dropping on January 13th. With a new single, usually comes a new album and Miley is no exception to the rule. Her forthcoming album, Endless Summer Vacation, is set to be released on March 10th. The announcement was teased with a video of Miley singing “I can love me better” and posters plastered with lines like “I can hold my own hands” and “I can buy myself flowers.” While fans are excited about the self-empowering sentiment imbued in the promotion, they were quick to point out the obvious: the release date. March 10th also happens to be Miley’s ex-husband Liam Hemsworth’s 33rd birthday. Are Miley and Lana Del Rey on the same wavelength? Lana recently and infamously put up a single billboard for her new album in her ex’s town, after making the album announcement on his birthday, and her new album shares the same release date as Miley’s. For those who aren’t familiar, Miley and Liam tied the knot back in 2018 but filed for divorce less than a year later because, as Miley put it, there was simply “ too much conflict” in their turbulent relationship. Nevertheless, Miley’s since moved on and upwards with her life, focusing on herself, and this forthcoming album. Described as a “love letter to LA,” Endless Summer Vacation is “a reflection of the strength she’s found in focusing on both her physical and mental well-being.” Miley has always been a sonic shapeshifter with the ability to find her voice in country, pop, hip-hop, and rock spaces. We’re excited to see what magnificent beast she will shapeshift into with this new album.