Tuesday, May 31, 2016

#CelebNews Pharrell Williams To Partner With Chanel!

Pharrell Williams is prolific, whether it his music or his 

fashion endeavors. As for the latter, the Neptunes producer 

is partnering with Chanel. 

Reports Hypebeast:

Chanel has teamed up with the visionary for its most recent Métiers d’art 2015/2016 collection. While the French fashion house has yet to reveal further details, Pharrell’s recent day-trip to Paris suggests that we can
expect a line of things that enhance your summer experience. Chanel unveiled a cryptic video of Pharrell giving a tour of the design process behind the collection last March, and teased some forthcoming pieces that the star ostensibly had a hand in creating.

Will their wears come in big & tall sizes or nah?

Check out footage of Pharrel kicking it with his Chanel folks 


#OfficialNewVideo 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne - Gotta Lotta

***ON THE RISE*** Macio Kason (@macioZ_sky) Brings More Heat With Time & Place Macio Ft. J.WiLL!

With his campus and many fans anticipating his next single, rapper Macio Kason drops "Time & Place" just in time! For this track Macio linked up with  artist J. Will to bring this record to life. The track was just released a May 27th and already has been gaining major buzz. Check out "Time & Place" below! 

#NewListen Gucci Mane - "First Day Out The Feds" [Prod. By. Mike Will Made-It]

#OfficialNewVideo Fetty Wap - Wake Up

#NewListen O.T. Genasis - Cut It (Remix Part 2) ft. Lil Wayne & T.I.

Friday, May 27, 2016

***FREE AT LAST*** #CelebNews Gucci Mane Is Out Of Jail! Many Excited For New Music!

Word is that he is headed to a halfway house. More later.


TMZ Reports:
Gucci Mane is finally free … getting sprung from behind bars 4 months early. 
The rapper’s lawyer, Drew Findling, tells TMZ Gucci was released Thursday morning from an Atlanta prison. We’re told he already has a home just outside the city. Findling says the rapper will be on house arrest for a few months and will then be on probation.
Findling filed a motion months ago stating Gucci hadn’t received credit for previous time served, and it looks like the judge agreed since he’s out early.
Sources close to Gucci Mane tell TMZ he’s also ready to get back in the rap game.
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#OfficialNewVideo King Louie - How We Settle That

#NewListen Remy Boyz - "Broke Boi" Freestyle 2016

#OfficialNewVideo DJ Drama Ft. Chris Brown, Skeme & Lyquin - Wishing

#NewListen Trey Songz - "3 times In A Row" (TREY MIX)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

#CelebNews First Institute of Hip Hop Entrepreneurship Set To Open In Philadelphia This Fall

It’s one thing to learn how to make music like Dr. Dre. But it’s another to learn how to get money like him. The Institute of Hip-Hop Entrepreneurship hopes to teach the latter.
Created by Little Giant Branding agency co-founder Tayib Smith [pictured], the Institute of Hip-Hop Entrepreneurship will be a nine week program offering weekend courses where students will be learning from and working alongside entrepreneurs, musicians and technologists, who will teach courses infused with their own experiences. No lectures, no traditional tests.
Instead of working towards getting a good grade, students will be molded into being able to pitch their business ideas to investors. The school will be geared towards people who have the ambition to succeed, but come from underserved communities.
CNN reports that Smith is still in the early stages of getting the program running, but is expecting the first class of 36 students to be ready by this fall. The institute was recently awarded a grant of $308,000 by the Knight Foundation, which specializes in funding innovative concepts designed to improve underserved communities.
IHHE is the latest effort where Hip-Hop related businessmen are using education to improve lives. Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine made headlines for founding an academy named after them at the University of Southern California that will push students into careers in technology and business. Sean “Diddy” Combs also entered the education arena recently by announcing that he was opening a charter school in Harlem.

#OfficialNewVideo Young Dolph - "Attic"

***ON THE RISE*** #OffcialNewVideo Richie Wes (@RichieWes) Shows Ya What His Side Is Like In "Westside"

Chicago's native RICHIEWES debuts his first music video "Westside" off of his highly anticipated mixtape "F.A.M.E." Shot/edited by Crishonne Givens (@juicykray_) of LostSouls Films. The "Westside" visual is the upcoming of RICHIEWES as he lives day to day aiming to become a successful artist. "Westside" shows the reality of living in the hood of the Westside of Chicago, and how one has to inspire themselves to live outside of the inner-city neighborhood. Check it out below!

#NewListen Meek Mill x Fabolous - "All The Way Up" Remix

#OfficialNewVideo Sir Michael Rocks "How Are You So Calm"

#NewListen Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) - Dec 99th – Tall Sleeves

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

#CelebNews 50 Cent’s Power Season 3 Air Date Revealed!

50 Cent has another reason to brag. His hit television show Power is set to return to the small screen on July 17. 

The Queens rapper/entrepreneur made the announcement on social media via his Twitter page. 

The self-proclaimed “best show on TV” is entering its third season after a record breaking second season two premiere. That episode of Power earned the title of being the Starz network most-watched episode of an original series. 

The show is also making some changes. It will be moving from its usual Saturday night slot to Sunday nights at 9 p.m. EST. This season will consist of 10 one-hour episodes. 

Initially 50 Cent mocked FOX’s Empire to bring attention to the show. But, the show has been able to perform well with no gimmicks. The show may even be fairing better than Empire these days as their second season was met with mixed reviews for most of the year. 

#OfficialNewVideo Blac Youngsta - "Drug Lord"

***ON THE RISE*** #NewListen CJ Run (@CJEIGHRUN) Displays Courage and Story-Telling With "Listen To The KIds" Project!

CJ Seymour aka CJ Run is an 18 year old British rapper/singer-songwriter based in Champaign, Illinois.  CJ Run just released a Project entitled Listen To The Kids. 8 songs drawing inspiration from everything that has happened to her in the first year of college: first college party, coming out and struggles of being LGBTQ and feelings of hope and hopelessness. As a native of the UK Cj's music takes influence from British artists such as Lily Allen, Arctic Monkeys, Skepta and others of that nature. Check out "Listen To The Kids" below! 

#NewListen ILoveMakonnen - "Break That Sh!t Down" (14 Minute Freestyle)

#OfficialNewVideo Santigold - “Chasing Shadows”

#NewListen G Herbo - "Back On Tour" [Prod. By DJ L]

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

#CelebNews The Game To Star In New A&E Television Series The Streets Of Compton

The Game is returning to your televisions this summer to star in A&E’s 3-part docuseries Streets Of Compton.
Fresh off of celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his debut album The Documentary and the success of its 2016 sequel, The Game is sticking to the script he’s created for himself.
This June he will be staring in A&E’s Streets Of Compton documentary series.
Per release:
Streets of Compton chronicles the city’s history and illustrates how the iconic music, culture and style that came out of the area in the ‘80s and early ‘90s were influenced by the drugs, gangs and political turmoil of the time. Additional exclusive interviews with current and former Compton residents include actress Niecy Nash, comedian Paul Rodriguez and musicians Lil Eazy-E, DJ Yella, Arabian Prince, DJ Speed, Tha Chill, MC Eiht, AD, Payso and Problem. The Game’s mother Lynette Baker, father G.A. Taylor and manager Cash Jones as well as Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard Williams and former Black Panther Robert Johnson are also interviewed. Other Compton notables featured in the docuspecial include Mayor Aja Brown, former mayors Omar Bradley and Eric Perrodin; former Compton Councilwoman Patricia Moore, members of the Compton police department gang unit; gang experts and many more.
Similar to how his mentor Dr. Dre created the Compton album to be a soundtrack to Straight Outta Compton, The Game will be dropping an 11-track album to accompany film.
This is The Game’s latest foray into television. From 2012 to 2014 he starred in his own reality show, Marrying The Game on Vh1. And how could we forget his television debut on Change Of Heart in 2000.

#OfficialnewVideo Jo Rodeo x Future - "Come Wit Me"

***ON THE RISE*** #OfficialNewVideo Marko Rack$ (@Markoracks) Continues To Grind With New Music!

Marko Rack$ a Chicago Native has been performing and writing music since 2001. Being a victim of poverty growing-up Marko never had what it took, financially, to push his music career to the next level. Now 29 years young Marko is on a mission, A mission to be heard. The talented rapper recently dropped his project Bro God EP available on TIDAL, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, and Google Play. Check out his latest video "Money Long" below!

#NewListen Ameriie - "Every Time" ft. Fabolous

#OfficialNewVideo Wiz Khalifa - "So Much"

#NewListen YG Ft. Drake & Kamaiyah - "Why You Always Hatin"

Monday, May 23, 2016

#CelebNews Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book First Streaming-Only Album To Hit Billboard 200

Chance The Rapper is making history on his own terms. The Chicago MC’s latest mixtape…actually, album, is the first streaming-exclusive album to chart on the Billboard 200 album chart. 

According to Billboard,  Chance’s album was streamed the equivalent of 38,000 album units its first week out. The project was released exclusively through Apple Music, and it generated 57.3 million streams (1,500 streams = streaming equivalent album). 

Chance’s album, which was released on May 13, will debut at no. 8 on the Billboard 200 when is properly published tomorrow (May 24). 

Coloring Book will remain an Apple Music exclusive until May 27. While it will then be available on other streaming services, there is no word on whether or not the album will be officially be available for sale. 

Not bad for an independent artists, although with moves like this, Chance may not even count. Check out the Apple Music ad for Coloring Book below.

#OfficialNewVideo Birdman - "Stunna"

***ON THE RISE*** #OfficialNewVideo Effeno (@MrEffeno) Drops 'Ain't Gotta Lie' ft A.O.S.

Terrell WIlliams a.k.a Effeno just released his second single/music video from my coming project T.E.E. The emcee links with fellow artist A.O.S. for this video. What also makes this video special is that is was directed and edited by HyBasem3NT and the artist himself Effeno. Check out 'Ain't Gotta Lie' below! 

#NewListen Joey Purp Ft. Chance The Rapper - 'Girls @' + 'iiiDrops'

#OfficialNewVideo RZA & Paul Banks - "Love + War" ft. Ghostface Killah

#NewListen Tyga - "Cash Money"

Saturday, May 21, 2016

#CelebNews Lil Wayne Gets His Own VH1 Reality Series!

Lil Wayne will now join the dozens of entertainers and celebrities before him with the announcement of his own unscripted television series. The show, Lil Wayne’s House, will reportedly air on VH1 at a later unconfirmed date according to an artist on the Young Money label.

HHDX reports:

The news of the show comes via Young Money’s Stephanie Acevedo, who speaks in a Facebook video with plastic surgeon Dr. Miami about the venture.

“We just got a contract with VH1,” she says. “We’re going to be doing a reality show that we’re gonna be shooting in July in LA.”

Acevedo gives insight into the storyline of the program, which seemingly will feature the Young Money roster. Other artists signed to the label, besides heavyweights Drake and Nicki Minaj, include Chanel West Coast, Cory Gunz, Lil Twist and Mack Maine.

“It’s just basically us coming together as artists,” she says, “as a family, collaborating. Wayne’s gonna be our mentor.”

Young Tunechi has exhibited comfort in front of the camera in recent ads for Samsung and the like, and his personality has shined via his Weezy Wednesday video blog. Time will tell if Lil Wayne’s House will be a smash, but the concept of the show does appear promising.

#OfficialNewVideo Alicia Keys - "In Common"

***ON THE RISE*** Jane Weyes (@JaneWeyes) Takes Us On A Journey In "Night Moon"!

Chicago native, Jane Weyes, is a nineteen-year-old musician and songwriter. In 2015, Jane took her music career to Memphis, TN for a year. Jane has transitioned from poetry, to singing, to rap continuing to exemplify her creative versatility. Now that she is back home, her sole mission is to make music with a meaning and a purpose and continue to learn more about herself through her craft. Check out her smooth single "Night Moon" below!

#NewListen Cam'ron - "Oh Yeah" ft. Juelz Santana

#OfficialNewVideo Ariana Grande Ft. Lil Wayne - Let Me Love You

#NewListen Juicy J & Wiz Khalifa - "All Night"

Thursday, May 19, 2016

#CelebNews Drake Is Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist, Takes Out Justin Bieber!

Spotify, one of the many popular music streaming services vying for listeners’ attention, confirmed Wednesday that Canadian superstar Drake is its most streamed musical artist. The 6 God took out Justin Bieber from holding that top spot formerly and the music service is celebrating other high marks as well. 

As reported by Billboard, numbers found on the analytics aggregator Kworb helped solidify news that Drizzy blew past Bieber in the wake of the release of his latest Views record. Spotify confirmed the numbers to Billboard yesterday (May 18) and also boasted of 1 billion streams for its in-house curated playlists.

From Billboard: 

The milestone is especially impressive given the limited time that the whole of Drake’s new record, Views, has been available on the platform — less than a week. Its first two weeks were spent as an Apple Music exclusive, yielding a streaming record of 245.1 million listens in the U.S. during the record’s first tracking week. (That sum includes plays of the album’s songs on Apple Music, as well as the handful of songs from the set that were available at other streaming services like Spotify.) Views quickly sold more than a million copies (1.03 million) in two weeks’ time, and it is the first album released in 2016 to surpass 1 million copies sold. Only two albums have sold more than a million this year: Views, and Adele’s 25, which was released in 2015. In other Spotify milemarkers, the company has announced that its in-house playlists are generating over 1 billion streams a week. The curated lists include Rap Caviar, Baila Reggaeton, Get Turnt , Teen Party and Exitos de Hoy, among others. 

Congratulations to Drake! 

#OfficialNewVideo AraabMuzik Ft. Raiche - Chasing Pirates

***ON THE RISE*** #NewListen Artist Marleyy 76 (@marleyy76) Is Back With "#Stick2TheCode"!

Marleyy is a rising artist based out of Chicago, IL. He just dropped a new track titled "#STICK2THECODE". This is just my 4th song he has put out in rotation now, but while he may be new on the scene, he's managing to gain traction quick. Check out #Stick2TheCode below! 

#NewListen Bricc Baby - 'Trap Out The Uber' Ft. Chris Brown x ‘F It Up’ Ft. Kid Ink, 21 Savage & Reese


#OfficialNewVideo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - Dance Off Ft. Idris Elba

#NewListen T.I. Ft. Marsha Ambrosius - Dope (Prod. By Dr. Dre)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

#CelebNews Lil Kim & Faith Evans end Beef For Bad Boy Reunion Tour!

Time seems to heal all wounds. Faith Evans and Lil Kim appear to have buried the hatchet 20 years after it was found out Kim was sleeping with Evans’ late husband The Notorious B.I.G. 

When Sean “Diddy” Combs announced the 20th Anniversary Bad Boy Reunion concerts and then the tour that will follow, many wondered if all of the former artists on the label would put aside their beefs with the label founder. But, one conflict seemed to be overshadowed in the excitement. The one between Faith Evans and Lil Kim. According to an Instagram video posted by Faith, it seems like all is well, at least for now and for the tour.

You can see Evans playing the hypewoman for Lil Kim as she raps her lyrics on the 1995 Junior Mafia hit “Get Money.” The irony in the clip is that Kim’s lyrics were always assumed to be directed at Big for his cheating ways, and on top of that Biggie’s other other mistress Charli Baltimore was featured in the music video for the song. 

The history between these two goes back over two decades as Lil Kim was mentored by Evans’ husband The Notorious B.I.G. It had always been rumored that Lil Kim and Biggie were more than just musical allies and Evans found the truth with her own eyes [and hands] when she found Lil Kim in bed with her husband. 

Evans detailed the night she found out in her 2008 memoir Keep The Faith. 

#OfficialNewVideo Boosie Badazz - Not My N*gga

***ON THE RISE*** #NewListen VV$ Rome (@WeTheVillains) Is Making Noise With Single "Beep"

VV$ Rome is a artist with something to prove! It's rare to see an artist actually come into the game and completely have their own sound, look, and feel. Many says he's the difference maker. "Beep" is his latest fun track, but also sends a warning to every artist in his way. "Beep" was written and produced by VV$ Rome. It's the first single from his debut EP, "Clarity" which will be released September 6, 2016. Check it out below!

#NewListen Mistah F.A.B - Survive ft. Kendrick Lamar, Crooked I & Kobe Honeycutt


#OfficialNewVideo 2 Chainz - 100 Joints

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

#NewListen Fetty Wap & Monty - Victor Cruz

#CelebNews Rick Ross To Launch Wingstop Scholarship Program!

Rick Ross, rapper and franchiser, has announced a partnership with the Wingstop Foundation to award scholarships to young people from urban areas, as well as Wingstop employees. 

Ross tells Bossip:

“To me, a company as huge as Wingstop, we’ve seen so much success doing what we’re doing, let’s take it to the next level. Let’s make ourselves that much more a part of the community…We see the drop out rates. We know what’s going on. So what’s the biggest thing that we could do? Wingstop as a company came together and put together an urban scholarship that’s for the underprivileged, that’s educationally based. That’s me talking to my audience. We need to hear this, and we need to bring all these ideas and concepts to the table and start as soon as possible.”

The Wingstop Foundation will award scholarships to young people from urban areas, as well as Wingstop employees, to pursue higher education. The nonprofit will also give grants to groups working to stop students from dropping out through education and mentoring. 

According to education advocacy group Grad Nation, high school graduation rates for low-income students are 74.6 percent, 14 percentage points lower than their non-low income peers, who graduate at a rate of 89 percent. 

And the high school drop out rate for urban youth now stands at 54 percent. Rick Ross is currently signed to Epic Records after ending a 10-year contract with Def Jam Records. Forbes reports that Ross earns at least seven figures from his Wingstop franchises. 

#OfficialNewVideo Tory Lanez - "Real Addresses"

***ON THE RISE*** #NewListen Amoré KING (@AmoretheKING) Drops "In The Moment"!

Amoré KING says he has one main goal musically... to "Restore The Feeling." Amoré KING  is representing Louisville KY.  Amore’s sound is multi-layered with a flavor that many describe as “smooth lyricism”. His grind has got him winning radio countdowns so many times they had to retire his records, co-signs from XM/Sirius on air personalities and dj’s, to producing many of his own/others records! Check out Amoré KING single "In The Moment" Prod. by Brute Life below!

#NewListen Famous Dex - "Im Crazy" Ft Rich The Kid & Lil Yachty

#OfficialNewVideo Dreezy - "Body" ft. Jeremih

#NewListen The Game - "Roped Off" Ft. Problem And Boogie

Monday, May 16, 2016

***COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU*** #CelebNews Diddy Announces Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour w/ The LOX, Lil’ Kim, Total & More!

The Bad Boy reunion concerts that go down in Brooklyn this forthcoming weekend are just the beginning. Sean “Diddy” Combs is taking his show on the road and going on tour this summer and fall with with OG Bad Boy acts including the LOX, Lil’ Kim and Total. 
Today (May 16), Diddy and Live Nation announced the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour. The tour kicks on August 25 in Columbus, OH at the Schottenstein Center and will hit cities like Detroit, Baltimore, Atlanta and Philadelphia before coming to a close on October 8 in Oakland at the Oracle Arena.
Besides the aforementioned, the roster of talent includes Mase, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112, Carl Thomas and French Montana. That’s a lot of hits to perform.
“This isn’t just a concert– this is a moment in hip hop and R&B history,” said Diddy via a press statement.  “The family and I are so excited to welcome fans into this once in a lifetime experience.  This tour is 20 years in the making, and is a celebration of the hits and the Bad Boy lifestyle. The Bad Boy Family has set the standard for concert excellence, and this 
tour will be a testament to that!”
The Bad Boy Reunion concerts this forthcoming weekend at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn are sold out. However, Puff Daddy & the Family will perform at Rockefeller Plaza this Friday, May 20 to launch the TODAY Show’s Summer Concert Series.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20 at                       www.livenation.comand www.ticketmaster.com.

#OfficialNewVideo Birdman - "Respek"

***ON THE RISE*** #NewListen J. Mood (@SCJMood) Schools Em' Through Rhymes In "Watch & Learn"

J. Mood is a 23 year old rapper/singer from Elloree, SC. Mood is currently an elementary school teacher in Chester, SC and hopes to use his music to provide young students with a positive role model. His debut EP Just In A Mood will be released this June. Check out this upbeat, fun, soulful hip-hop track "Watch & Learn" below!

#NewListen Chance The Rapper - "Grown Ass Kid" Ft Mick Jenkins, Alex Wiley & Cam O'Bi

#OfficialNewVideo Migos - "Say Sum"

#NewListen Erykah- Badu - "Badu Come And See Badu" - official BADU PARTY NEXT DOOR DUET REMIX

Friday, May 13, 2016

#CelebNews The Grammys Are NOW Considering A Category For Free Music

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, better known as The Grammys, are actually considering a category for free music.

The International Business Times is reporting that the The Grammys is considering revising their policy that only music available for commercial release [i.e. for sale, for money] can win the award.

But with free music, mainly mixtapes, making a roads for critically-acclaimed artists like Chance the Rapper to become popular, fans have begun to pressure the Academy to recognize them.

IBN reports:
The organization that runs the Grammy Awards said Monday it would consider revising its eligibility requirements in the wake of a growing effort to boost industry recognition for free music. Under its current rules, the Recording Academy only considers music released “commercially” and distributed in the United States to be eligible for Grammys, but the organization said it reevaluates its nominating process and considers changes to its categories every year.
“The Grammy Awards process is fluid and, like music, continues to evolve,” an academy spokesperson told International Business Times in an email. “As a peer-voted award, the awards process is also peer-determined. Each spring, music creators in the community work with Recording Academy staff to prepare and submit proposals, which are then reviewed by the Board and announced shortly thereafter.”

This announcement comes days after an online petition on Change.org titled Allow Free Music To Be Eligible For Grammy Nomination began circulating. A link to the petition was also tweeted out by Chance the Rapper. Despite reports, he did not create the campaign himself.
The petition written by Max Krasowitz says:
Ridiculously talented artists who are releasing free mixtapes and projects are not getting the recognition they truly deserve because the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences insists that to be eligible for a prestigious Grammy Award that the music must be “commercially released in general distribution in the United States, i.e. sales by label to a branch or recognized independent distributor, via the Internet, or mail order/retail sales for a nationally marketed product.
Hip-Hop by and large is perhaps the only genre where free music is common. Free mixtapes have built the careers of artists like Future, Drake, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar and many others. But, is this something that Hip-Hop really thinks it wants? Who’s to say that even with the rules being changed, that the Grammys, who will most likely consist of the same voters, won’t just find a way to reward the usual suspects?
If Eminem or Macklamore decides that they want to drop a mixtape, you don’t think they will win that Best Free Mixtape Album of the Year Award too? If the Grammy’s change the rules, will Free Music become it’s own genre with different categories? Or will it be a situation where rap, rock and pop music will be lumped together resulting in a free Katy Perry project sponsored by Cover Girl that wins the award?
The Association says that the revisions are being considered for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards and will announce changes, if any, in June.

#OfficialNewVideo Chuck Inglish x Blended Babies feat. Aston Matthews - "Chemdream"

***ON THE RISE*** #NewListen Maciao Kason (@MacioZ_Sky) Realses Hard Track "Bike" Ft., Moton!

Up and Coming artist Macio Kason is from Toledo, but currently lives south of Chicago. Although he recently started pursuing music his first year of college, the emcee has played guitar and bass starting since 5th grade. His influences range from jazz, reggae, house and hip hop. Check out his latest track "Bike" ft. Moton prod by Lowkey below!

#NewListen Chance The Rapper - “No Problem” ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

#OfficialNewVideo Soundz Ft. Quentin Miller - "Missing Heart"

#NewListen ScHoolboy Q - “THat Part” ft. Kanye West