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Prodigy of Mobb Deep Passed Away at 42

Prodigy of Mobb Deep Passed Away at 42

Earlier, My Instagram notifications from all my favorite hip-hop sites had kept going off left and right. Normally I causally check them, and swipe to the left to make them disappear. However, after repeatedly seeing photos with Prodigy’s face in the notification bar, I knew something was up.

The hip-hop world just lost a legendary emcee today.

Prodigy, one-half of legendary New York rap duo Mobb Deep, passed away at age 42.

Currently, he was on the “Art of Rap” tour in Las Vegas with Ghostface Killah, Onyx, KRS-One, and other artists. Although the official cause of death hasn’t been verified, sources close to Prodigy suspect he died due to sickle cell complications, something he’s faced since birth.

A publicist for Mobb Deep sent a statement to XXL quoting this: “We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”

The full statement can be read here.

Fellow Queens rapper was the first one to reveal the devastating news to the world with an Instagram post saying, “QB RIP KING  P. PRODIGY FOR EVER.”

🙏🏾 QB RIP King P. Prodigy 4 Ever

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[ALBUM REVIEW] “True to Self” x Bryson Tiller

Check out THE ORIGINAL CHATMAN’s review of Bryson Tiller’s sophomore effort, True to Self.

This Friday (June 23rd), would mark the original release date of Bryson Tiller‘s sophomoric effort, True to SelfBryson Tiller must really have the juice like that with his label RCA Records due to him dropping the album a whole MONTH early—May 26th to be exact.

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To be honest, I really rock with Bryson Tiller. Ever since his Fall 2015 debut with the infectious T R A P S O U L lead single “Don’t”,  I knew Tiller would stick around and continue making waves in the evolving world of R&B.

Let me begin with the album title: True to Self. After the first few full-length listens, it’s apparent Bryson is still adjusting to his newfound fame while still dealing with his rocky love life. 

Nothing new is under the sun when rappers sing; however, when singers lay down rhymes and really well at that? Priceless. Tiller has some legit bars all over on tracks such as “Self Made”, “High Stakes”, and “Before You Judge.”

Personally, I partially feel some tracks on True to Self  sound the same; however, the samples that influence the album’s best tracks (I’ll let y’all decide which songs are the best) will surprise you the most. Sample credits are included from ’90s artist like Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige, and SWV. Marsha Ambrosius and Ice Cube even make minor musical influences on the album.

Despite the various musical influences, I admit some songs have similar sounding structures which can be credited to Kentucky producer Nes. Nes produced nine of the nineteen songs from True to Self. Check out the full production and sample credits here at Complex.

What did y’all think of True to Self? Blow up my comments sections and let me know!

-♠TheOriginalChatman♠

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Pro Era Records Announces Third Annual “Steez Day” Festival

Pro Era Records Announces Third Annual “Steez Day” Festival. In addition to Pro Era, A$AP Mob, XXXTentacion, Ab-Soul and others will be there. This year it’ll be back in New York. Tickets go on sale this Friday.

It’s been 5 years since we’ve lost one of the greatest emcees to ever grace this Earth.

Courtney Jamal Dewar Jr., better known as “Capital STEEZ” from the Brooklyn rap collective Pro Era, was the heart and soul of the group.

To honor his passing, Joey BadassKirk Knight, and the rest of the Pro Era family have thrown the “Steez Day” Festival since 2015.

Today, Pro Era announced the line-up for the third annual Steez Day which will be back in New York. Check out the flyer and line-up below.

The 3rd Annual #STEEZDAY Festival – July 7th | NYC Tickets on sale this Friday! Art by @Kidsuper

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Tickets go on sale this Friday. Will you be there?

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Kendrick Lamar Returns to Twitter Praising the Success of His Fellow Peers

Kendrick Lamar returned to Twitter to praise Hov, Nipsey Hussle, and 2 Chainz on their recent power moves in the game.

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Kendrick Lamar recently returned to Twitter yesterday (June 19th) to celebrate poer moves made by his fellow rappers.

Yesterday (June 19th) , Kendrick Lamar returned to Twitter praising all the exciting hip-hop news that happened these past few days.

First and foremost, taking a note from Hov’s Twitter, Kendrick showed love to JAY-Z (who officially stylizing his name this way according to Pitchfork) for being the first rap artist inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame last week.

Furthermore, Kendrick shouted out Nipsey Hussle for his “black business moves.” Nipsey recently cut the ribbon on his Marathon Store in Los Angeles last weekend.

Finally, Lamar didn’t mince words for Demetrius Shipp Jr.’s performance as Tupac in All Eyez on Me. Nicknaming him “Lil Meech”, Kendrick said he nailed the role as Tupac Shakur. 2 Chainz even appeared on Kendrick’s Lamar radar as he congratulated 2 Chainz for “snapping” on his new album Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.

K.Dot ended the tweet with “Rap run it 4ever!” which is pretty damn hard to argue with.

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Jay Z Used Twitter To Salute His Favorite Artists

Jay Z Used Twitter To Salute His Favorite Artists

 

 

 

 

Jay Z is a man of many words—with the exception of Twitter. Jay rarely uses his Twitter, so when he does, it is viewed as a special occasion.

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On Thursday (June 15), Hov released a string of tweets giving a huge nod to his favorite artists—new and old alike. The tweets followed his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

As a 47-year-old rapper-turned-mogul, we could all assume he has an understanding knowledge of Twitter; however, Hov admitted his thoughts were cluttered as he couldn’t figure out the reply button. He reeled us back in promising he wasn’t drunk.

Check the tweets below!

And then there’s more….

The fact that his wife, the great Queen B, and Obama both get a honorable mention as rappers…priceless!

Hov is the greatest of all time for this. Who else do yall think deserves to be inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame?

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Dj Khaled Reveals ‘Grateful’ Artwork; Drops New Drake-Assisted Track “To The Max”

Dj Khaled Reveals ‘Grateful’ Artwork; Drops New Drake-Assisted Track “To The Max”

 

DJ Khaled and Drake team up for the first time since Major Key‘s hit single “For Free.”

Despite Khaled screaming all over the Internet the now-famous chant: “ARE THE DRAKE VOCALS IN YET!?”, the new track between Khaled and the 6 God is fire!

The collaboration “To The Max” will be featured alongside the certified platinum  hit “I’m the One” for Khaled’s tenth studio album Grateful, which is slated for a a June 23rd release.

Listen below and as always let me know if the track is hot or not.

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Will Childish Gambino Make Any More Albums?

Will Childish Gambino Make Any More Albums?

How many actors in Hollywood have successfully done what Childish Gambino (real name Donald Glover) has done in their careers?

Don’t get me wrong…Hollywood is full of actors that dedicate themselves to several crafts outside of acting; however, none of them have had a strong cultural impact like Glover and his stage persona, Childish Gambino.

This past weekend, Gambino performed at The Governor’s Ball Music Festival, in which he made the announcement that Governor’s Ball is the only show he’s doing this year. Although that was a mildly exciting statement from ‘Bino, he saved the big announcement for the end of his show.

Naturally at one of the summer’s biggest music fests, Gambino played “Redbone” for the audience. However, it was the way he lead himself into the song that was dope in my opinion.  He used the “What ‘Redbone’ would sound like…” meme to incorporate the song into his setlist.

After finishing his setlist, he used the final moments of his time to tell the audience, “I’ll see you for the last Gambino album” which lead several audience members to scream “What!?” in disbelief.

For all things considered, it’s no huge surprise Donald is stepping away from making music. From being cast in major Hollywood productions such as the Lion King live-action remake and as a young Lando Calrissian in a Hans Solo Star Wars, and being all hands on-deck with FX’s Atlanta AND being a father sometime last year—music should take a backseat for him.

To be honest, I’d be content with just one final Gambino album–only if it’s done right!

 

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[WATCH]: “Kill Jill” by Big Boi feat. Killer Mike and Jeezy

Watch the video for “Kill Jill” by Big Boi feat. Killer Mike and Jeezy. The album “Boomiverse” is available June 16th.

Although André 3000 has kept us confused as to whether or not he will release a solo album, Big Boi continues to release music at an alarming and extremely entertaining rate.

The other half of legendary rap duo Outkast will release a new album Boomiverse next Friday (June 16). Until then, Big Boi has laced fans with the album art and tracklist also.

The new lead single “Kill Jill” featuring Killer Mike and Jeezy is a certified banger soon as you play it in the whip. Check out the Game of Thrones-themed video below and be sure to cop Boomiverse when it comes out!

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Big Boi 'Boomiverse'
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Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters Face Copyright Infringement Due To Use of Tupac Photos On Their Products

Forever 21, Urban Outfitters Face Copyright Infringement Using Unauthorized Tupac Photos

It’s no doubt that the legacy of Tupac will live on forever. From his music, to the brash truth he utilized in his interviews, to his cultural influences in and outside of hip-hop, Tupac lives on through us.

Furthermore, Tupac‘s legacy thrives thru merchandise featuring his likeness.

Recently, two major retail companies have landed themselves in hot water for doing that. This past Wednesday (May 31), Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters were handed a copyright infringement lawsuit by photographer Danny Clinch. Clinch claims that both retailers and various third parties such as Amaru Merchandising (Tupac Shakur’s official merchandise licensing company) used his photos of the late rapper to create products without his consent.

Clinch’s photo of Tupac landed on a 1996 cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

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Clinch is asking to be accurately compensated for use of his photos on the products; meanwhile asking that any remaining inventory to be destroyed.

This wasn’t the first time Forever 21 faced copyright infringement (i.e. ripping of Kanye’s “Saint Pablo” merch and Rihanna’s Fenty Puma line).

Should Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters run up a check to Clinch, or nah?

Leave your comments below!

Source: HipHopDX, Consumerist

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Tyrese Continues To Tease Us With A Potential “Baby Boy” Sequel

Tyrese Continues To Tease Us With A Potential “Baby Boy” Sequel

Some movies shouldn’t have sequels…for a good reason too! As iconic the movie Baby Boy is, I honestly believe the world can go without a sequel. How we are feeling doesn’t stop Tyrese for still pushing for a sequel to come to the light.

Here’s a quick timeline of everything Tyrese has said about the possible sequel.

Sequel to Baby Boy coming soon….. #BabyBoyComingOfAge shout to @johnsingleton

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April 30th: Tyrese showed us an Insta-vid of the famous Baby Boy scene of Jody and Yvette arguing as they walk down the stairs outside Yvette’s apartment.

May 1st: The hashtag #BabyBoy2ComingOfAge was captioned under a picture of a car that resembles Yvette’s from the movie. Tyrese shouted out John Singleton, while challenging his Instagram followers to quote their three favorite lines from the original movie.

Today, in a since-deleted Instagram post, Tyrese continued to egg us on with a movie poster of all the characters from the first film. On the poster, Taraji P. HensonVing Rhames and Snoop Dogg made appearances. How can everyone make a return to the film if Rodney, Snoop Dogg’s character, died in the first movie?

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What are yall’s thoughts on a potential Baby Boy sequel? Leave your comments below! As always, don’t forget to subscribe to my content. Thanks for rockin’ with me thus far!

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Irv Gotti Will Team Up With 300 Entertainment

Irv Gotti Will Team Up With 300 Entertainment for a Brand New Mysterious Deal

Murder Inc. was one of the biggest music labels in the early to mid-2000s. The label spawned stars such as AshantiJa RuleLloyd, and Charlie Baltimore. The label’s founder and CEO Irv Gotti announced earlier on his Instagram that his label is expected to go thru a major revival with some major players in the music industry!

Now, it looks like Irv decided to share the news with everyone.

Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles of 300 Entertainment (acts included Migos and Lil Yachty among others) have a new partnership with Gotti’s Murder Inc; however, the type of deal between the three parties is unbeknownst to the general public.

 “Me. Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles. Back at it again.  Everyone get ready for some dope music.”

Gotti has already signed two acts to his label, Boogiie Byrd and Atlanta duo Fitted Circle. Irv will also executive produce a new series on BET titled “Tales” airing next month.

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2 Chainz Releases Cover Art + Tracklist for “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music”

2 Chainz Releases Cover Art + Tracklist for “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music”

It’s been a while since we’ve last got an album from….. 2 CHAINZZZZ!

Recently, 2 Chainz revealed album art and tracklist for his next project, “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music.” The cover’s artwork features an abandoned bruised-up pink house surrounded by thunder and an incoming tornado. Not quite sure of the significance behind the art and the album title, but I gotta say it’s pretty fire for an artist such as 2 Chainz.

Here’s the tracklist below:
1. Saturday Night
2. Riverdale Rd
3. Good Drank [feat. Gucci Mane & Quavo]
4. 4 AM [feat. Travis Scott]
5. Door Swangin
6. Realize [feat. Nicki Minaj]
7. Poor Fool [feat. Swae Lee]
8. Big Amount [feat. Drake]
9. It’s A Vibe [feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Trey Songz & Jhené Aiko]
10. Rolls Royce Bitch
11. Sleep When U Die
12. Trap Check
13. Blue Cheese [feat. Migos]
14. OG Kush Diet
15. Bailan [feat. Pharrell]
16. Burglar Bars [feat. Monica]

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Movie Review: “Baywatch”

Check out TheOriginalChatman’s movie review of “Baywatch.”

Welcome to  ♠The Original Chatman’s♠  FIRST EVER movie review! Stay tuned for more in the future!

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope y’all enjoyed the Memorial Day weekend!

Sunday night, I went to the movies in what felt like forever. In true movie theater fashion, a slew of potential hits (or misses) arrive at the theater around the same time, causing a dilemma on what to watch.

Baywatch was my choice for the night. Here’s my honest spoiler-free review of it below:

Baywatch stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (The Fate of the Furious)Zac EfronPriyanka Chopra (ABC’s Quantico), and Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas).

Dwayne Johnson plays Lieutenant Mitch Buchanan, the leader of Florida’s Emerald Bay lifeguard team. Mitch and his fellow lifeguards, which are of course beautiful women in skin-tight swimsuits, host the annual lifeguard tryouts in which only three recruits can join the Baywatch team.

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However, things are not as they seem on Emerald Bay when flakka, a synthetic drug begins washing up on the beach’s shore. Additionally, the funding for the Baywatch team is threatened to be cut off—henceforth Efron’s character Matt Brody, a two-time gold-winning Olympic swimmer, comes forth as the public relations savior to keep the Baywatch team from disbanding.

 Priyanka Chopra channeled her inner James Bond-villian for her role, demanding a grand presence similar to her role as Alex Parrish on Quantico, however with more comedic input than what we’ve seen her act out on screen.

Usually when comedy blockbusters are released, all the funny jokes and punchlines are revealed within the trailer. This was the opposite of Baywatch. The funniest moments of the movie came from Matt and Brody constantly bumping heads with each other. Throw in a bunch of stunts on water-skis and all-terrain vehicles, and the movie is definitely a hit for the summer.

Check out the movie trailer below and go see Baywatch in theaters now!

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Wiz Khalifa Receives Flack Over Memorial Day Tweet

Wiz Khalifa Receives Flack Over Memorial Day Tweet

If there’s any lesson to be taken away from Twitter— it’s this— “The tweets is always watching.

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This past Sunday (May 28), Wiz Khalifa was slandered all over the Twittersphere after he tweeted what he believes Memorial Day means to him. Wiz tweeted, “Memorial Day is about getting sh-t faced and eatin’ bbq.”

Naturally, after the tweet was sent out, several other Twitter users responded with slander towards Wiz’s Memorial Day comment.

MMA fighter and stand-up comedian Gerald Harris was one of the first to blow up Wiz’s mentions with this:

After being grilled over his tweet by Harris and others, Wiz replied with, “Didn’t mean anything rude, that was just my way of saying sometime people rather focus on the good times than the bad,” he wrote.

Do y’all think Wiz deserved the slander over his Memorial Day tweets? Leave a comment down below!

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Netflix’s “The Get Down” Has Been Cancelled

Netflix’s “The Get Down” Has Been Cancelled! What are everyone’s thought about this?

For those of you who haven’t heard by now… the ground-breaking hip-hop origin storytelling series The Get Down has been cancelled!

Deadline was the first to report the news.

Baz Luhrmann, famous for 1996’s Romeo + Juliet, 2001’s Moulin Rouge, and 2013’s The Great Gatsby explained in a lengthy Facebook post why the series won’t be returning for a new season. Luhrmann confirmed the news when he expressed the show being “unlikely” to go back into production.

Although he poured a lot of love and energy into this project, he also reveals he had to be true to himself. “The simple truth is, I make movies. And the thing with movies is, that when you direct them, there can be nothing else in your life.”

Read the complete statement from Baz below.
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Just the entire first season of The Get Down, which was broken into two parts, was reportedly the most expensive Netflix show ever, totally around a flashy price of $120 million.

Sources: ComplexDeadline

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Justin Beiber Previews A Remix to K.Dot’s “HUMBLE.”

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Fresh of the heels of the newly-minted # 1 star-studded Dj Khaled track “I’m the One” featuring, QuavoChance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne, the Biebs recently previewed new music—or at least a new remix to a certain Kendrick Lamar song that has been tearing up the airwaves.

That’s right, you guessed it! Justin Beiber hopped on the “HUMBLE.” beat. Did he do his thing? The snippet was released Tuesday (May 23rd) while The Bieb was kickin’ it at 1 Oak nightclub in NYC.

Check out the video below. The other half of the video shows Beiber hangin’ with Riff Raff and committing to an extremely dry ass Shmurda Dance. Bobby Shmurda would NOT be proud….

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Gucci Mane’s “Drop Top Wop” Drops Friday!

Gucci Mane’s “Drop Top Wop” Drops Friday!

Gucci Mane has steadily claimed his spot back in the rap game with an amazing level of consistency—maintaining guest features while still releasing projects of his own (last year’s Everybody Watching and East Atlanta Santa albums).

Tomorrow (May 26th), will mark a day to the year since Gucci left prison. To commemorate such a joyous occasion, Guwop will bless fans with Drop Top Wop, a new mixtape entirely produced by Metro Boomin. Earlier this month, Gucci teased the possibility of a joint effort between them via Instagram.

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The artwork for Gucci and Metro’s “Drop Top Wop” which is releasing this Friday.

Metro. Guwop. New tape 🚨 saynomo

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Drop Top Wop will boast 10 tracks with features from Rick RossYoung Dolph2 Chainz, and Offset. Check out the tracklist below. No surprise here…Gucci and Metro’s tape will be available at 10:17 a.m.

Y’all ready for this new Gucci or nah? Let me know what y’all think in the comments section. As always, don’t forget to share this post, and follow TheOriginalChatman.Com for more content!

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Ice Cube Confirms “Last Friday” On The Late Late Show!

Ice Cube Confirms “Last Friday” On The Late Late Show!

I don’t know about y’all….but I’ve been waiting for a new Friday movie every since the  news leaked about a fourth movie in the works came out years ago!

Since then, time has passed and we’ve seen people such as Ice Cube‘s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton) and comedian/Wild’n Out star DC Young Fly tease us with the possibility of playing the iconic roles of Craig and Smoky.

While the Internet has clearly chosen them for those roles, actual word on the real movie and its casting has been kept quiet..until recently!

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‘The Late Late Show’ host James Corden snaps a pic with Ice Cube and Jason Derulo. Photo by Terence Patrick for CBS.

Ice Cube sat down with singer Jason Derulo on Tuesday’s (May 16th) episode of The Late Late Show with host James Corden. Cube spoke about his Big 3 basketball league (ex-pro players in pick-up games with old school rules, including hand checking and trash talking), meanwhile Derulo confessed his admiration for the original Friday movie.

Derulo was thrilled  to be up close-and-personal with the N.W.A. legend as he said this about the classic stoner comedy, “Friday was one of my favorite movies of all time. I would watch it every single Friday, it was that serious.”

After talk of the OG Friday, Cube revealed that he’s working on the fourth movie now, making it the last one in the series. According to Billboard, Cube had this to say about the next Friday installment, “We were working on one right now. We’re gonna call it Last Friday.”

While Corden tried finessing his way into a role in Cube’s new project, and failed, the pair did get a bit physical as Corden and Cube playfully trash talked; Cube also displayed the art of hand-checking.

Oh yeah, Jason Derulo bust out some pretty fly-ass Michael Jackson moves too. Check it out below.

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Fox News’s ex-CEO Roger Ailes Passed Away at Age 77

Fox News’s ex-CEO Roger Ailes Passed Away at Age 77

Roger Ailes created Fox News from the ground-up. Serving as chairman and CEO of the company, Ailes created the controversial politically-charged channel while serving as president of CNBC in the early 1990s.

He eventually left CNBC, and the rest was history. Last summer, Ailes resigned from his company amid sexual allegations from Fox News Channel Host Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment lawsuit against him. Ailes denied Carlson’s sexual harassment allegations against him.

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Ailes’ career stretched five decades, not only reaching the political arena, but also dabbling in the entertainment field.

In a statement from wife Elizabeth Ailes, she says Roger was her best friend and a loving father to their son, Zachary. She even called him a patriot “grateful to live in a country which gave him opportunity to work hard, to rise-and to give back.”

Cause of death is unknown at the time. Prayers up for the Ailes family in this trying too.

Source: ABC News, CNBC

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Chris Brown Joins YouTube’s Elite Diamond Club

Chris Brown Joins YouTube’s Elite Diamond Club

Remember when Chris Brown was slapped with a restraining order ON HIS BIRTHDAY by his ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran? Although that was a smack in the face for Chris ultimately reminding him of his checkered past— as of late, there is a major silver lining for Brown!

Yesterday (May 17), Chris Brown used his Instagram (@chrisbrownofficial) to post a special letter from YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki. Wojcicki sent Chris the letter to congratulate his YouTube channel “movement” on reaching 10 million subscribers, in which Wojcicki compares his channel to the population of New York City.

According to Wojcicki, 10 million subscribers automatically land content creators into YouTube’s coveted Diamond Club. The Diamond Play Button is a pretty solid gift if I may say so myself! Check it out below.

Thank you YOUTUBE ❤️

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Other notable Diamond Club artists include EminemNicki MinajWiz KhalifaAriana Grande and more.

Chris Brown’s 40-track double album Heartbreak on a Full Moon is expected to drop later this year.

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Bryson Tiller Will Be “True To Self” With New Album; Drops Three New Tracks

Bryson Tiller Will Be “True To Self” With New Album; Drops Three New Tracks

It’s been a while since we’ve last heard from Bryson Tiller. As of yesterday, it appears Tiller is slated to drop his sophomore effort next month!

Tiller’s debut album, titled T R A P S O U L, was defined by the term and sub-genre he created from scratch— a soulful sound and style matched over trap-like beats.

Earlier this week, Bryson teased fans with more than what we expected, giving us the album art and title plus three new tracks.  True to Self will be Bryson’s second album slated for a June 23rd release.

"Somethin Tells Me" live on www.trapsoul.com JUNE 23 True to Self

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The three new tracks are titled “Honey,” “Somethin Tells Me,” and “Get Mine” featuring a verse from Young Thug.

Listen to the three new tracks from Bryson below.

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My New Album!

Y’all gon’ cop my new album when it drops, or nah?

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend everyone. For those of you who’ve kept asking me..I have great news for y’all! Yes, all the rumors you have heard are true! I’ll be dropping my first R&B album this weekend. Because I’ve received so much love before releasing it, I’ve decided to give it to y’all for the low price of FREE.99! Stream it on all available platforms.

Here’s the tracklist and album art and be sure to grab my album on February 32nd!

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  1. 22 Questions
  2. Mama, I Made It!
  3. Haters Gon Hate
  4. Hate Tha Playa, Not Tha Game
  5. Views from the 7
  6. Ballinnnnnn’
  7. I’ll Love You Better Than Your Lame Ex-Boyfriend
  8. He Just Mad He Can’t Match My Fly
  9. I’ma Like All Your Pictures On Instagram By “Accident” (Act Like I Neva Did It)
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Kendrick’s “DAMN.” Album is Certified Platinum!

Kendrick’s “DAMN.” Album is Certified !

There’s nothing Kung-Fu Kenny isn’t capable of of, as he slices up the competition again this week!

According to Interscope Records, Kendrick Lamar‘s DAMN. reached platinum status on Thursday (May 5th).

Interscope broke the news via their Twitter yesterday, while the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) declared Kendrick’s fourth effort as certified platinum less than a month (!!!) since its April 14th release. Lamar’s hot streak is still red-hot with astoundingly consecutive accomplishments.

Let’s recap all of Kendrick’s most recent accolades:

  • DAMN. is the first album of 2017 to go platinum
  • All 14 tracks appeared on the Billboard Hot 100
  • DAMN.  sold more than 600,000 units the first week, beating Drake’s More Life opening weeks sales by 100,000 units

The videos for “Humble” and “DNA.” are carving out more success for Kendrick too.

K. Dot torched the Coachella festival as a headliner this year— so something tells me we have yet to get the best of him as he prepares for The DAMN. Tour. The tour will feature D.R.A.M. and Travis Scott. Check out the dates below. Tickets can be purchased here.

Tour Dates:

July 12, 2017  – Phoenix AZ @ Gila River Arena
July 14, 2017 – Dallas TX @ American Airlines Center
July 15, 2017 – Houston TX  @ Toyota Center
July 17, 2017 – Duluth, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena
July 19, 2017 – Philadelphia PA @ Wells Fargo Center
July 20, 2017 – Brooklyn NY @ Barclays Center
July 21, 2017 – Washington DC  @ Verizon Center
July 22, 2017 – Boston MA @ TD Garden
July 25, 2017 – Toronto ON @ Air Canada Centre
July 26, 2017 – Auburn Hills MI  @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 27, 2017  – Chicago IL  @ United Center
July 29, 2017  – Denver CO  @ Pepsi Center
August 01, 2017  – Seattle WA @ Tacoma Dome
August 02, 2017 – Vancouver BC @ Rogers Arena
August 04, 2017 – Oakland CA @ Oracle Arena
August 05, 2017  – Las Vegas NV  @ T-Mobile Arena
August 06, 2017 – Los Angeles CA  @ STAPLES Center

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ScHoolboy’s Armed Robbery Case Is Dismissed!

ScHoolboy’s Armed Robbery Case Is Dismissed!

ScHoolboy Q dodged a major case that would’ve been extremely difficult to bounce back from.

Back in March, a felony armed robbery took place after a Los Angeles show of his.

The alleged victims followed ScHoolboy Q to an after party and claimed to be robbed at gunpoint. Here is where things get interesting. Earlier this week, the District Attorney chose to dismiss his robbery case–based on inconclusive evidence.

According to TMZ, after the robbery happened, the victims claimed they witnessed Q arrive in another vehicle as the crime went down. The victims revealed the TDE rapper “never participated in the actual robbery.” Q was assumed the mastermind due to his vehicle arriving as the robbery was happening.

With a severe lack of evidence and witness, the case was dismissed allowing ScHoolboy Q to walk away unharmed.

Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, TDE label boss says a new ScHoolboy album will be released after SZA drops hers–whenever that is!

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#TodayInMusicHistory: J. Cole’s “Truly Yours 2” Came Out 4 Years Ago

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J.Cole drops the second installment of his “Truly Yours” series before his “Born Sinner” album arrives.

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J.Cole dropped his second installment of the Truly Yours series.

While Chance was still climbing his way to music stardom with Acid Rap, J.Cole was practically already there with his yet-to-be released second album, Born Sinner.

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Four years ago today, “Truly Yours 2” was four months before J.Cole’s sophomore album, “Born Sinner.”

Truly Yours 2 served as an appetizer before Born Sinner. The 6-track EP saw Cole going back to the ferociously calculated and smooth flow he was famous for on his earlier projects dating back to 2010’s Friday Night Lights.

What are some of your favorite tracks from Truly Yours 2? Show the comments section some love!

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#TodayInMusicHistory – Chance The Rapper’s “Acid Rap” Mixtape Marks Its Fourth Year Anniversary

Chance the Rapper’s Stellar “Acid Rap” Mixtape Marks Its Four Year Anniversary Today

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Chance the Rapper‘s second mixtape, Acid Rap, came out four years ago today! If we’re keepin’ it a hunnit, I never would’ve thought Chance would’ve made it to the big leagues. Back in 2013 when Acid Rap dropped, the way his laid his vocals on tracks annoyed the hell out of me. His voice was cartoon-ish, yet still entertaining enough for the ever-changing landscape of rap music. But after a few listens, I couldn’t get enough of Chance’s music.

Please don’t misconstrue my statement as hate for Chance or his music. Furthermore, I never would’ve thought he’d finesse his way into being one of my favorite artists to win not one— not two— but THREE Grammys! Oh yeah, can’t forget this part…all without signing to a label (We all know how he feels about labels. Prime example being the catchy hook to Coloring Book‘s lead single “No Problem)!

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What’s your favorite song from Chance’s Acid Rap? In no order, mine are “Juice”, “Favorite Song”, “Everybody’s Something”, and “Acid Rain.”

Leave your answers in the comment below.

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Kendrick Lamar’s Mom Reacts To His Latest Album In The Best Way Ever

Kendrick Lamar’s mom congratulates him on his new album.

Roughly 2 weeks ago, Kendrick Lamar dropped his fourth studio album DAMN. via Interscope Records and Top Dawg Entertainment.

Never one to sacrifice his art for the sake of profit, Kendrick has delivered on every album since his 2011 studio debut Section. 80. 

DAMN. is aptly titled because once you get through the album you realize how damn GREAT Kendrick is at what he does. His growth as an artist is in his lyrical delivery, subject matter, and overall sound within each album.

Recently, all 14 tracks on DAMN. reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making Kendrick the fifth artist in history to do so after The Beatles, Drake, The Weeknd and Justin Beiber.

Nevertheless, these are minor accomplishments compared to receiving a text from your mom congratulating you on your new album. Below is a text exchange between Kendrick and his mom.

 

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Kendrick’s mom went “emoji brazy” and called her son’s latest work “bomb” with four “100” emojis after it. It turns out family being your critics can never hurt!

Be sure to stream DAMN. on all available platforms. Also, what are yall’s fave tracks from the album? Lately, I’ve had “PRIDE.”, “DNA.”, “FEEL.” and “DUCKWORTH.” on repeat!

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‘Power’ Fans…Season 4 Is On The Way!!! [MINOR SEASON 3 SPOILERS AHEAD]

Season 4 of the STARZ hit drama ‘Power’ will be arriving earlier than expected. The release date comes straight from show creator Courtney Kemp’s Instagram page.

#PowerTV fans, I have your exclusive look at the official Season 4 teaser. Catch the show all day 6/25 on @STARZ.

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‘Power’ fans— the wait for Season 4 is coming closer than we think!

Show creator Courtney Kemp released this teaser trailer on her Instagram earlier today. I SERIOUSLY NEED TO SEE THE FULL SEASON FOUR TRAILER THOUGH. Originally, the follow-up to season 3 was slated for a July 2017 release. That was last June when season 3 ended. Courtney and her team were trippin’ to think we’d wait peacefully to see how Ghost finesses his way out of jail for a crime he didn’t commit.

The end of season 3 left us with so many cliffhangers that if we were pushed to the edge anymore, we probably would’ve fell to our deaths! What’s gonna happen to Ghost’s son Tariq? Will Kanan kill him? Will Tommy take over the business now that Ghost is in jail?

Make sure you watch season 4 of POWER on June 25th, only on STARZ.

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Everything Frank Ocean Has Been Up To Lately

Who would’ve thought that Frank Ocean would bless us with two albums last year–and STILL drop more heat after releasing them?! I for damn sure didn’t. To be honest though, I still have to set time aside to explore Frank’s visual album Endless.

For those of y’all who aren’t keeping up, back in February, Frank Ocean started his ‘Blonded’ Radio Show on Beats 1 Radio on Apple Music.

Since then, we’ve received six new Frank joints all stemming from his ‘Blonded’ radio show, one of them being an update of the Endless track “Slide on Me” featuring a Young Thug verse.

Here’s a quick update on all things Frank Ocean:

March 10th, 2017– “Chanel

The song is somewhat of an ode to the French fashion brand Chanel and its logo–a dual side “C”. The dual-side logo is symbolized to represent Frank’s sexuality, a topic taboo for some but not foreign to Frank’s music.

February 24, 2017: “Slide”

Slide” is a major collaboration produced by Scottish DJ/producer Calvin Harris featuring Frank and Migos. According to Genius, the song illustrates a wealthy lifestyle wanted by those wishing to live within more affluent means.Image result for calvin harris slide cover art

Harris originally teased snippets of “Slide” on his Snapchat just days before the song’s release. Believe it or not, the song is a future hit for all your upcoming summer-time vibes!

April 8, 2017: “Biking”

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Frank recruits Jay Z and Tyler the Creator to create the mind-wandering single “Biking.” Ocean has created music with Tyler and Jay Z on separate occasions; however, this marks the first track they’ve all done together. Simply stated, the song is about riding bikes meanwhile Hov uses the song as a metaphor about life among other things.

April 24, 2017: “Slide on Me” feat. Young Thug

“Slide on Me” originally came from Ocean’s Endless album. Yesterday via his Blonded radio show, “Slide on Me” was re-released this time featuring a Young Thug verse.

April 22/24, 2017: “Lens” and “Lens V2” featuring Travis Scott

“Lens” marks the third song after “Biking” and “Chanel” released via Blonded. “Lens” follows a common thing of self-discovery vs. how Frank is viewed through the eyes of his friends and family.

Before I wrap this up, I just want to thank you Frank for continuing to bless us with more of your musical GENIUS. Honestly, he could releasing random songs without an album and I’d be content with that..as all of us should!

Stream all of Frank’s new songs on all available platforms such as Apple Music, Tidal, and Spotify.

#ICYMI: Happy Belated Bornday to the Greatest Of Our Time–Kendrick Lamar!

Kendrick Lamar Just Turned 30! What are your top 5 favorite songs from his catalog and why?

I know I’ma whole day late, but I have to wish one of my favorite artists out right now a huge Happy 30th Birthday–to Kendrick Lamar! You don’t know me personally; however, I can honestly say  I’ve felt every word you put into every lyric. K.Dot…you changed the game for the better by putting everyone on their toes with this rap sh-t!

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To celebrate Kendrick’s/K.Dot’s/Kung-Fu Kenny’s 30th birthday, here’s a list of my top 5 favorite songs by him—in no particular order, mind you.

 

Kendrick’s ode to killing your favorite rapper is a classic. It was on this particular song where he used the double-time flow he would soon perfect on various songs and other projects in the future.

 

2. “B-tch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” (Section.80)

*screams “BITCH DON’T KILL MY VIBE!” excitedly and carefree in the middle of a conversation*

3. “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” (good kid, m.A.a.d. city)

A lot of his best songs are taken from personal experiences growing up in Compton, CA. Kendrick is no stranger to story telling on his albums–but this one is so important because of the perspective used to illustrate Kendrick’s childhood trauma in a dangerous environment. If you wanted to start listening to Kendrick now, I’d recommend you start with this song!

4. “m.A.a.d. city” (good kid, m.A.a.d. city)

“YAWK YAWK YAWK YAAAAWK!”

Enough said.

5. “Money Trees” (good kid, m.A.a.d. city)

The sample. The hook. The verse from fellow TDE member Jay Rock. Virtually everything about this song—following adolescent Kendrick’s pursuit of money as a means to escape poverty—captures Kendrick’s ability to translate his life story and transform it into someone else’s story.

 

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