here’s why you’re not listening to lil wayne’s brand-new album

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there’s a good reason it didn’t land on your fourth of july playlist

Lil Wayne released a brand-new, full-length mixtape over the long weekend, perfectly timed for your patriotic backyard-BBQ rager. The Free Weezy Album (or FWA) is the rapper’s first since January’s Sorry 4 the Wait and features Young Jeezy and Wiz Khalifa. 

The title refers to Weezy’s ongoing legal battle with his label Cash Money Records and—while not a proper studio release—would be welcomed by all those fans waiting for new work from one of rap’s most talented and troubled artists.

Alas, you probably won’t be hearing it for a while, because of Tidal.

As part of the program of exclusive content promised when the Jay-Z backed streaming service debuted in late March of this year, FWA lives on Tidal and Tidal alone. The idea of exclusive releases seemed intriguing for that very brief period when the venture seemed like it might be a real, competitive alternative to Spotify. But with the subsequent departure of multiple CEOs, tepid user response, and the debut of Apple Music, it all seems rather pointless now. 

Tidal did next to no marketing for FWA, using the surprise-album strategy that worked so well when Beyoncé and others released unannounced music on iTunes and other platforms. The service’s small subscriber base, however, meant Weezy’s new drop made almost no splash on a weekend where it otherwise could have owned Bluetooth speakers everywhere. Frowny face icon, indeed.

So if you’re a subscriber, please cue it up and give it a listen. Alternately, if you’re a Tidal executive, take the album’s title to heart and free Weezy for the rest of us. Also, good luck. Seems like you need it.

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He announced the news today

On Monday, Bernie Sanders announced that he is running for president again, after he lost the primary in 2016 to Hillary Clinton. And although he was very popular during the 2016 election, his announcement is drawing mixed reactions online.

Many of his previous supporters, including celebrities like Mark Ruffalo, were excited about him joining the 2020 race, voicing their support of his announcement.

But others seem to want him to disappear, even pretending not to know who he is. And these reactions have turned out, in some cases, to be hilarious.

The lack of excitement for his announcement may be because of the recent allegations of sexual assault which apparently occurred within his 2016 campaign, and which he claims he didn't know about. It could also be due to his base, who supported him even after he lost the primary to the detriment of Clinton's campaign.

Some are also calling out the fact that Clinton has been effectively shunned following her loss, while Sanders seems to be being welcomed back with open arms.



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The pieces will take your athleisure look to the next level

American Apparel just dropped its first activewear line since the brand's relaunch last year, and I can already tell that these looks are going to make up my entire summer wardrobe.

The new line, called FORWARD, offers a variety of styles in lightweight fabrics like flyweight satin, which is an imitation of boxing gear; lame tricot; and cotton Spandex. All of the fabrics feature a four-way stretch, making the clothes "suitable for training but also designed for life outside the gym."

With the collection, American Apparel also launched an inclusive campaign called How We Play, which shows a diverse range of models, including blind Paralympic runner David Brown and curvy yoga instructor Luisa Fonseca.

The collection's styles offer a wide range of looks which will fit with just about any aesthetic, whether you're going hard at the gym or looking for a casual off-day outfit. Personally, I'm excited about the iridescent looks and the rainbow patterned bra and bottoms, which I will definitely be rocking at Pride this year.

The entire line is also super-affordable, capping out at $48, with most products priced in the $20-to-$30 range. You can shop FORWARD collection online, now.