Thursday, April 30, 2015

***FRESH KICKS FOR THE STREETS*** #CelebNews Rihanna’s First Puma Campaign Unveiled [PHOTO]

Many Rihanna fans and sneaker heads alike have been waiting on the anticipated Puma brand release the super star diva has attached her name to. Reports revealed: What Rihanna can accomplish as a creative director and brand ambassador for Puma remains to be seen. We do, however, receive the first look at the singer’s inaugural campaign today. 

Revealed on Twitter, the ad introduces Puma’s Pulse XT, which Rihanna sports with a visor and and hoody both featuring the brand’s logo. Puma’s tagline, “Forever Faster,” can also be seen on the image. Peep the ad below. Also, be sure to check out Hip-Hop Wired’s assessment of why Rihanna will be Puma’s saving grace.


***DOPE VISUAL*** #OfficialNewVideo 5th Ward JP ft. Kirko Bangz - "Too Many Bosses"

#NewListen French Montana Ft. Chinx & NORE - "Off The Rip"

#OfficialNewVideo Bamboss - "Grown Man Shxt" ft. Dubz D [Filmed & Edited by @SaoudKhalaf_]

***STREET BANGER*** #NewListen Tree + Crack - "I Just Want My Bread B!*ch"

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

***IMPORTANT ISSUES*** #CelebNews Hip Hop Industry Heavy Weights Speak Their Thoughts On Baltimore Uprising! [PHOTOS]

If you've turned on the tv, scrolled through social media, turned on the radio or picked up a news paper, chances are you've heard about the uprising in Baltimore, MD. Whether some agree its good or bad thousands of people have been protesting and rioting in the streets of West Baltimore in rage of the unlawful killing of Freddie Gray. HipHopWired reports: It’s bigger than Freddie Gray. Though the 25-year-old man’s tragic death was undoubtedly the tipping point, the pot of anguish, hopelessness, and frustration had been stirring in streets of West Baltimore long before this uprising began.

Fortunately, some of Hip-Hop’s biggest voices have been empathetic to this fact. Using social media as home base for support and mobilization, our favorite wordsmiths, producers and cultural figures have expressed sentiments ranging from calls to end the violence to wholehearted support of those taking the streets by storm to inquiries about how to aid those in need.


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***STRAIGHT HEAT*** #OfficialNewVideo Sevyn Streeter - "4th Street"

#NewListen Rich The Kid - "Keep It 100" Ft. Fetty Wap [Prod. by Zaytoven]

#OfficialNewVideo J.Y. - "Buddy" feat. Fetty Wap

***BANGER*** #NewListen Alessia Speaks - “Here”

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

***GIVING BACK*** #CelebNews Terrence J Blesses His Old College North Carolina A&T State University With $100K Endowment!

Terrence J. presented his old college North Carolina A&T State University with a BIG FAT CHECK!!! Terrence “J” Jenkins, co-anchor of E! News, actor and author, returned to his alma mater North Carolina A&T State University on April 24 to present a $100,000 endowment. Executives from NBCUniversal, the parent company of E!, joined Jenkins for a day of networking and professional development at the University.
In Jenkins’ honor, the department of journalism and mass communication declared April 24 ‘Terrence J Day.’ Campus events included a mentor’s breakfast and “Let’s
Talk,” a networking session featuring Terrence J and moderated by N.C. A&T State alum and Vice President of News at NBC10 Philadelphia Anzio Williams.
“I am truly humbled to return to my alma mater and be in a position to give back to the same department and University that helped steer me on this incredibly rewarding career path. I’m inspired by the great work that NBCUniversal has contributed to N.C. A&T State and I am thankful to be able to work together with them on these important programs,” remarked Jenkins.
In March 2014, NBCUniversal established a partnership with N.C. A&T State to further develop initiatives to direct graduates of historically black colleges and universities into media careers. NBCUniversal donated $50,000 to N.C. A&T’s department of journalism and mass communication tosponsor the National Association of Black Journalists Multimedia Short Course held at N.C. A&T State and will continue a partnership with the university for four years.
“We are proud to join Terrence on this special day and continue our partnership with N.C. A&T State, which help prepare and equip students with the necessary tools to succeed in the competitive media industry,” said Craig Robinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal.
NBCUniversal’s internship program, Campus 2 Career, one of the top 10 internship programs in the country according to Glassdoor, will also help in the initiative by linking students to positions within NBCUniversal, including news, research, TV programming and public relations. Campus 2 Career historically has strong relationships with HBCU’s like A&T, and has recently increased its presence on campus. NBCUniversal is recognized as one of the industry’s leaders in developing new talent and pursuing comprehensive, multiyear plans to recruit, retain and develop diverse employees and executives in every area of its business.
YOU GO BOY!... Congrats Terrence J and keep giving! 

#OfficialNewVideo Skepta - "Shutdown"

#NewListen Jadakiss - “Young, Gifted & Black Freestyle” [LISTEN]

#OfficialNewVideo Von Coleman - "High SWAGGG" [Prod. By Bitoy Beatz] |Filmed By @HigherEnt

#NewListen MWTG - "Never Forget Us" Ft. 7pM & Residue Reed

Monday, April 27, 2015

***THUGS NEED LOVE TOO*** #CelebNews Did You Know Young Thug Is Now Engaged To A Beautiful Woman!

Looks like rapper Young Thug has got bit by the love bug too. Young Thug who has been in the press lately for his beef with Lil Wayne is now in the spotlight for something positive. Young Thug has now joined the list of recently engaged rap stars. Other raps stars that are now engage include J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar just to name a couple. Via HipHopWired: Even if he did get booed this weekend, we can assume Young Thug is a relatively happy man. The Atlanta rapper recently confirmed that he is engaged, after all. 

Reports MTV News:
We assumed that Young Thug had gotten engaged after he shared some telling Instagram posts, but we couldn’t be exactly sure. Well, during an interview released Wednesday (April 22), the MC finally confirmed the rumors.
“Yes,” Thugger told AllHipHop during an interview at his April 17 listening party.
While Thug gears up for wedding bells, the rapper’s also had to deal with rumors of a Rich Homie Quan feud – especially after he called him “Bitch Homie Quan” during a March concert.
“He had to focus on his career,” Thug said of Quan. “That’s something that he had to do. He didn’t have to do it, but he did it. I understand why he did it.”

#OfficialNewVideo Fashawn "Higher" - Official Video

#NewListen Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment - “Planes” (remix) [LISTEN]

#OfficialNewVideo Tech N9ne, B.o.B & 2 Chainz - “Hood Go Crazy”

#NewListen Scoe - "Yola" [Prod. by Rawbeatzz]

Friday, April 24, 2015

***BIG WIN FOR THE DR.*** #CelebNews Dr. Dre Wins Lawsuit Against Death Row Records For Digital Rights To The Chronic!

The doctor is always right!... Well in Dr. Dre case that's true. Dr. Dre Just won a big case against his old label Death Row. HipHopWired reports: Dr. Dre may have lost a lawsuit against Death Row Records last year, but he’s since emerged the victor by regaining 100 percent of the proceeds from online sales for his classic debut, The Chronic. 

According to HipHopDX, a federal judge ruled in favor of the prestigious Apple employee (real name Andre Young), that WIDEawake Death Row Records holds no ownership rights to the digital sales of the album and U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder felt like it was time for the injustice to end. 

Feeling vindicated, Dre’s attorney Howard King released a statement through the Associated Press which read, “For years, Death Row Records forgot about Dre when they continued to distribute his music digitally and combined his hits with weaker Death Row tracks in an attempt to elevate the stature of their other artists,” King wrote in a statement. “We are gratified that the federal court has unambiguously declared that Death Row has no right to engage in such tactics, and must hold all proceeds from these illicit distributions in trust for our client.” 

King also clarified the ruling saying that The Chronic will still be available other digital retailers but Death Row Records won’t be seeing nada from this point on. Dre helped co-found Death Row Records in the early 90s alongside Suge Knight but left in 1996 due to constant turmoil outside the music.

#OfficialNewVideo Freddie Gibbs - "Pronto" | Director Nick Walker [Produced by Mikhail & Pops]

#NewListen Hodgie XVII - "Thats Okay" [Produced By WAX]

#OfficialNewVideo RapFreak & Don Perrion - "Organic Leaves" [Shot by @TheDonAlexander]

#NewListen Jordan Bratton - "Prisoner" ft. Chance The Rapper

Thursday, April 23, 2015

***POWER COUPLE STRIKES AGAIN*** #CelebNews Jay Z & Beyonce Dropping Their Joint Album On TIDAL [VIDEO]

Fans get ready because Jay Z & Beyonce have decided to work on releasing a new joint album. HipHopWired Reports: DJ Skee has been relatively close to the Jay Z and Beyonce joint album development and once again, he’s revealing some exclusive information on the situation which suits the current climate of music. 

They’re releasing it on TIDAL because, of course. “The music business is at war again, this time with itself,” Skee began on his SKEE TV-closing “Red Pill” segment. His unequaled show has been trailblazing on its new home on FUSE TV and he gave an overview how the record industry’s landscape is venturing into the great unknown. 

“I first reported last year that Jay Z and Beyonce were working on a joint album, which by the way, is finally nearing completion, and my sources are saying it will be released

exclusively on Tidal,” DJ Skee says. But instead of harboring on the potential dynamics and glitz their custom platform would bring, Skee expounded on what history has shown us. 

“The risk here is the same thing that happened with Jay Z’s exclusive album with Samsung [2013’s Magna Carta Holy Grail]. A project that leaked [that caused] Samsung’s servers to crash unintentionally, making it ironically only available to people who illegally downloaded it. History has shown if you make something closed in, people will always find a way around it.” 

Skee also touched on the existing leading streaming services in Spotify, Pandora and Beats Music and how the marketplace is still pretty fragile for anyone to take risks to the point of no return. 

Watch DJ Skee discuss the upcoming Jay Z and Beyonce joint album via the “Red Pill” and also check out Action Bronson and O.T. Genasis perform their respective hits on the same airing. 


DJ Skee's The Red Pill - The Music Business Is At War Again, With Itself: Spotify, TIDAL and Apple

#OfficialNewVideo Chase N. Cashe - "Stop Playin" | Directed by Damir

#NewListen Raz Simone - "Why You On My Line"

***STRAIGHT HEAT*** #NewListen Twista & Do Or Die - “Aquafina”

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

***CHICAGO STAND UP*** #CelebNews Chi-Town Artist Vic Mensa Signs With Roc Nation!!!

Talent is being discovered throughout Chicago. The latest talented to get picked up is Chicago's own Vic Mensa. HipHopWired reports: In a move that should surprise no one, Chicago rap standout Vic Mensa has aligned his talents with Jay Z’s Roc Nation management. The 21-year-old multifaceted Hip-Hop artist had been highly visible as of late; appearing on “Wolves,” the alleged first cut off of Kanye West’s upcoming album and then quickly turning around with his own record featuring Lord Yeezus titled, “U Mad.”

Born Victor Mensah, the young musical prodigy has exhibited a level of versatility that has easily separated him from many of his peers in the same talent class. Between his knack for trippy visuals including the Wired 25 Best of 2014-charting “Down On My Luck” to his critically acclaimed INNANETAPE, his catalog is shaping up to be of unique quality in just the early stages of his career. 

On the performance front, Mensa has also established an impressive resume, nestling up to J. Cole and Wale in 2013 on the “What Dreams May Come” tour and a European tour with Danny Brown. He also appeared alongside Kanye West and Sia on Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary to perform the aforementioned “Wolves” and has also tackled the Wireless Festival, The Governors Ball Festival, the most recent Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival.

“U Mad” has finally made its way on iTunes for consumer consumption and additionally, TIDAL has released an exclusive playlist curated by Mensa available here.

***BRAND SPANKING NEW*** #OfficialNewVideo J. Cole - "Wet Dreamz"

#OfficialNewVideo Dizzy Wright - "I Can Tell You Needed It" ft. Berner

#NewListen Rihanna - "James Joint (Interlude)”

#OfficialNewVideo Rage Tat - "Nemo Achida" | Directed by Cat Lacy

#NewListen Gif Par-City & Trey Songz - "Talk About It" (Unofficial Remix)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

***ALLEN IVERSON'S BACCCKKKK*** #CelebNews The Answer: Showtime To Premiere Iverson Documentary This May! [VIDEO]

Arguably one of the best point guards to ever do it, Allen Iverson's story it making it to the TV screen. IVERSON, a documentary detailing the highs and lows of NBA legend Allen Iverson, finally has a home on Showtime. Premiered during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, the film makes its cable television debut on May 16.

Narrated largely by Iverson himself, longtime fans of the explosive guard can expect a fully encompassing look at his life on and off
the court, as opposed the nuanced, albeit comprehensive look No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson provided on the court case that landed him in prison and nearly derailed his career.


IVERSON Launch Trailer | Premieres May 16th

***BANGER*** #OfficialNewVideo Lil Durk - "Like Me" ft. Jeremih

#NewListen Baby Flame - "Love Me Good" [Prod. By Supa Orland]

***WEEZY GOES HARD*** #OfficialNewVideo Lil Wayne - "Hollyweezy"

#NewListen Ty Money - "Rickey Killa" [Prod. by Ty Money & Y.F Beatz]

Monday, April 20, 2015

***PHARRELL'S 'DOPE' MOVIE TRAILER DROPS*** #CelebNews See A$AP Rocky’s Acting Debut In 'DOPE' Trailer [VIDEO]

Many are excited about the new movie DOPE which is executively produced by music icon Pharrell Williams. The movie is set to drop June 19th but the buzz is already making headlines. HipHopWired reports: A newly released trailer for the coming-of-age film DOPE arrives today, giving viewers an idea as to why it impressed so many critics at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. 

Actor Shameik Moore plays the protagonist, Malcolm, who alongside his partners in crime Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) and Jib (Tony Revolori), are college-bound nerds at their Inglewood high school. But somehow, the trio get involved with a local dope boy, played by A$AP Rocky. 

Zoë Kravitz, Rick Fox, Chanel Iman, Blake Anderson, Kimberly Elise, and more also have roles. 

Prepare to spot plenty of Hip-Hop influences in the trailer, as well as appearances from rappers Vince Staples (whose hilarious Twitter candor appears on screen) and Casey Veggies. 


DOPE - Official Movie Trailer - #DOPEMOVIE in theaters - June 19!

***DOPE VISUAL*** #OfficialNewVideo DayTona – “Poppin” [Prod. by Harry Fraud] | Director: ABFSC

#NewListen Fashawn, K-Young, El Prez & One2 – “Something About Mary”

***DEJ LOAF BRINGS THE HEAT*** #OfficialNewVideo DeJ Loaf - "Me U & Hennessy"

#NewListen Dave East – “No Coachella For Me”

Friday, April 17, 2015

***A CALL OF A LIFETIME*** #CelebNews Jay Has Been PERSONALLY Calling TIDAL Subscribers To Thank Them!!!

We've all at some point of time received a surprised call. Imagine getting a call from a Superstar. Via HipHopWired: Since the launch of music streaming service TIDAL, there’s been a lot of chatter regarding Jay Z‘s involvement and how hands-on the Brooklyn mogul would be. It appears that the rapper born Shawn Carter is going above and beyond his duties by personally calling TIDAL subscribers and thanking them for signing up.

Business Insider UK got the exclusive scoop from TIDAL executive Vania Schlogel, who confirmed that Hov has been ringing up fans of the service. According to Schlogel, Jay Z is joined by a few other big names in doling out those personal phone chats. 

But it isn’t just Jay Z who has been calling Tidal subscribers. Jack White and several other high-profile musicians have also been calling their fans up to talk.
Musicians involved in Tidal are given their own accounts on the site which they can use to monitor who listens to their music, and to see statistics about how their albums are performing. Schlogel says that part of that system is the ability to see contact information of users so that musicians can get in touch with them directly.
Adding to the scope of Jay Z’s approach of how he’ll run the $56 million dollar venture, Schlogel adds that the mogul works on TIDAL daily and said that it was a “life project” for the business-savvy recording artist. 

So have you signed up for TIDAL yet? 

#OfficialNewVideo Rihanna - "American Oxygen"

#NewListen August Alsina - “Right There (Remix)” ft. Meek Mill

#OfficialNewVideo Emerson Windy ft. Pusha T. & P. Money - "Come Get It" (Official Video)

#NewListen Young Mistah - "Never Love" Ft. Hector Marciano [Prod. by King Poetic]

Thursday, April 16, 2015

***HOL UP, WAIT A MINUTE DID MEEK PUT A RING ON IT*** #CelebNews Did Meek Mill Pop The BIG Question To Nicki Minaj?!

They say when you love something don't let it go! We all know Meek Mill love him some Nicki Minaj. Via Bossip: Yesterday, Nicki Minaj posted this seemingly innocent photo of herself and rapper bae Meek Mill to the ‘gram. Soon after, many realized that she was wearing a BIG AZZ ROCK on the 3rd finger on her left hand, the hand normally reserved for engagement and wedding rings. 

Hold up, wait a minute… Did Robert “Meek Mill” Williams take a thug knee and ask Onika Maraj to become his trap queen??? Nicki did her part to pour gas on fire with a teasing and ambiguous tweet.

Neither Mill’s nor Minaj’s camp have confirmed any engagement, but it is not every day a woman is given a gigantic, heart shaped, diamond-encrusted ring that E!News estimated would retail for approximately $500,000.


Pic of Giant Heart-Shaped Ring—
15-Carat Diamond!

#OfficialNewVideo Earlly Mac - "Chaldean Talk" ft. Supakaine [Prod by: IcePic]

#NewListen OG Maco - "Good Gracious" ft Quavo [Prod. by Deko]

#OfficialNewVideo Jeff Chery - "I'm Sorry" | Shot By @AZaeProduction

#NewListen Jep Roadie - "On My Gravestone" (O.M.G)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

***FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE*** #CelebNews John Legend Fighting To End Mass Incarceration!!!

John Legend is taking a firm stance in the United States’ issue on mass incarceration and his solution is beginning with a new campaign with the multiyear initiative, FREE AMERICA. 

We have a serious problem with incarceration in this country,” Legend said in an interview, reports Huffington Post. “It’s destroying families, it’s destroying communities and we’re the most incarcerated country in the world, and when you look deeper and look at the reasons we got to this place, we as a society made some choices politically and legislatively, culturally to deal with poverty, deal with mental illness in a certain way and that way usually involves using incarceration.” 

In addition to visiting and performing at a correctional facility this coming Thursday in Austin, Texas, the Oscar/Grammy Award-winner will also visit a California state prison and co-host a criminal justice event with Politico in Washington, D.C., later this month, which also includes an appearance from Killer Mike.

“I’m just trying to create some more awareness to this issue and trying to make some real change legislatively,” Legend, 36 said.. “And we’re not the only ones. There are senators that are looking at this, like Rand Paul and Cory Booker, there are other nonprofits that are looking at this, and I just wanted to add my voice to that.”

Many artists talk political matters but few actually get around to walk down the line. Legend is obviously not included in that category.