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Hip Hop this week: Lil Pump pulled from FOMO lineup

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For 18-year-old rapper Lil Pump, the last month has been a hectic one, to say the least. His latest bungle with the law has seen him be picked up by police after being kicked off a flight in Miami for allegedly travelling with marijuana in his luggage. After getting into an argument with the pilot and then a further verbal altercation with police on ground, the luggage containing the drugs was found to belong to a member of his crew. 

Lil Pump was set to tour Australia for this summer’s FOMO Festival, alongside the likes of Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd and Kali Uchis, though he has been unable to secure an Australian visa and has been subsequently pulled from the lineup.

"Due to recent arrests and a failure to comply with Australian work visa application requirements, FOMO regret to announce that Lil Pump is not able to perform at FOMO 2019," a statement from FOMO read.

This month, he was arrested by Danish police and then got himself into even more trouble by taunting the officers via Instagram Live during the encounter, eventually having to cancel his show in Denmark. The FOMO tour arrives in Melbourne for a massive day out at Flemington Racecourse on Sunday January 13. More details via the festival website. 

It’s been over a year since Chicago rapper Vic Mensa dropped his acclaimed album The Autobiography, but this isn’t to say he’s been kicking his heels in the meantime. From touring with Jay Z and getting right into activism in his home city, Mensa has been here, there and everywhere getting his music out to fans. Most recently, he released his first taste of new music since The Autobiography, an EP titled HOOLIGANS. The eight-track offering features guest verses from the likes of G-Eazy and Ty Dolla $ign, while iconic vocalist Charlie Wilson also jumps on to spread some slick vibes. 

Again proving Mensa’s talent as a lyricist and his boldness when it comes to getting personal on his recordings, HOOLIGANS is a fitting follow up to The Autobiography, touching on addiction, love, mental health and more in an intense fashion. It’s out now via Roc Nation. 

It’s been a busy, busy time for Mississippi rap icon Big K.R.I.T. Releasing two surprise EPs already in 2018 in Thrice X and Double Down, K.R.I.T came through once more ahead of the weekend with the third in the series, aptly titled Trifecta.

With a sense of finality to it, Trifecta is short at only three tracks long, but listen to all three EP releases consecutively and you’ll find how brilliantly they complement one another. It’s the first batch of new music from Big K.R.I.T since 2017’s full-length album 4eva is a Mighty Long Time, so here’s hoping fans aren’t waiting too much longer for another studio record to show itself.