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Weekly Wrap-Up [2/18/18 – 2/24/18]

Weekly Wrap-Up of your favorite trending topics the week of February 18th-24th. TheOriginalChatman.com.

SPOILER ALERT: Most of these trending topics are about “Black Panther”!

Happy Sunday everybody! Who’s seen Black Panther? Better yet..the question I SHOULD be asking is who H A S N ‘ T seen Black Panther yet? Man ohhh man—this film is making a killing in the box office. I hope it does so for the rest of the year tbh. This entire wrap-up contains news about the movie, no spoilers or anything, so please enjoy what you see! #WakandaForever 

Sun. 2/18

1. Sylvester Stallone releases the movie poster for “Creed 2.”

  • Sylvester Stallone took to his Instagram (@officialslystone) to share a fan-made poster for the upcoming sequel to CreedCreed 2.
  • If you may recall, the original film follows the footsteps of Adonis Creed, the son of deceased boxer Apollo Creed— played by Michael B. Jordan. Check out the poster below!
  • According to IMDB, Adonis Creed will face Viktor Drago, the son of Rocky Balboa’s old nemesis, Ivan Drago.

[Source: ComplexIMDB]

Mon. 2/19

2. Lupita Nyong’o honors her Black Panther co-stars Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan by imitating their latest magazine cover photo shoots.

  • As Black Panther‘s box office success continues to break records, the one thing also growing with time is the bond between the film’s cast members.
  • Lupita Nyong’o paid homage to her Black Panther co-stars Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman as she re-created Michael’s GQ photo shoot and Chadwick’s photo shoot for Rolling Stone
  • Sidenote: Lupita….if you’re single, please don’t afraid to slide in my DMs on (@thechatmanjay/ @theoriginalchatman) Instagram. I promise I don’t bite!♥

Photo Credit: Vernon Francois (@vernonfrancois)

[Source: Twitter]

Tues. 2/20

3. Will Smith congratulates the cast of Black Panther in a celebratory Instagram video.

  • A co-sign from Will Smith must mean you out here killing the game!
  • Earlier this week, he took to Instagram to name drop and congratulate the entire cast of Black Panther—as the film deserves endless amounts of praise according to Smith.
  • Smith claims he was “damn near got brought to tears.” He adds on, “I’m proud and I’m excited, damn near giddy.” Feel free to check out Will Smith’s full-length heartfelt expression to the Black Panther cast below.

I want to share something that Nelson Mandela said to me. . He said, “With the type of fame that you have attained it is important when you encounter your fans that you — Reach Your Hand Out and let them Feel Your Flesh. You have to prove to them that you are REAL — because people can not aspire to anything they do not believe is Real.” . So I say to you, Congratulations! Enjoy this Transcendent Moment. Go into the streets… Touch them… Let them know that you are real! . @chadwickboseman, @michaelbjordan @lupitanyongo @letitiawright @danaigurira @danielkaluuya @im.angelabassett @andyserkis @winstoncduke @sterlingkbrown @rmorrison @therealstanlee @ludwiggoransson @iamruthecarter #blackpanther . With Pure Delight WILL 🙂

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[Source: People, Instagram (@willsmith)]

5. Ryan Coogler writes letter to fans of Black Panther.

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Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. Photo Credit to Jerod Harris/Getty Images.
  • As I mentioned earlier, a huuuuuge majority of this wrap-up is related to Black Panther. If you’ve made it this far without growing tired of me rambling on about the movie, I owe you big time!
  • Long story short, the brilliant director behind the movie, Ryan Coogler, penned an emotional letter to Black Panther fans and it just made every other negative thing in the world temporarily not matter. While the letter is a tad lengthy, Coogler basically expressed his gratitude while also admitting he didn’t expect the film to perform so well. The lesson here boys and girl is to NEVER underestimate yourself!

Here is the full letter from Coogler himself, posted from Marvel’s Instagram (@marvel):

I am struggling to find the words to express my gratitude at this moment, but I will try.

Filmmaking is a team sport. And our team was made up [of] amazing people from all over the world who believed in this story. Deep down we all hoped that people would come to see a film about a fictional country on the continent of Africa, made up of a cast of people of African descent.

Never in a million years did we imagine that you all would come out this strong. It still humbles me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film- But to see people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to our posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theaters– often moved me and my wife to tears.

For the people who bought out theaters, who posted on social about how lit the film would be, bragged about our awesome cast, picked out outfits to wear, and who stood in line in theaters all over the world– all before seeing the film…

To the press who wrote about the film for folks who hadn’t yet seen it, and encouraged audiences to come out…

And to the young ones, who came out with their parents, with their mentors, and with their friends…

Thank you for giving our team of filmmakers the greatest gift: The opportunity to share this film, that we poured our hearts and souls into, with you.

Sincerely,

Ryan Coogler

P.S. Wakanda Forever 

 

 

Thurs. 2/22

6. Chris Tucker confirms a fourth installment of Rush Hour in the making?!

  • I’m here for it! 

[Source: Moviefone]

Fri.Sat. (2/23 and 2/24)

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Photo Credit to Getty Images

7. According to multiple sources, mainly Snapchat, Kim Khardashian and Kanye West will appear on an episode of Celebrity Family Feud.

  • On Saturday, Kimye showed us a behind-the-scenes look of the iconic couple slated to appear on an episode of Celebrity Family Feud.
  • So much for that Jay quote, “Nobody wins when the family feuds…”!

[Source: XXL]

Thanks for keeping up with me and my weekly wrap-ups!

-TheOriginalChatman™

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Marvel’s “Black Panther” (spoiler free) review! #WakandaForever

Check out TheOriginalChatman’s spoiler-free review of “Black Panther.”

 Check out TheOriginalChatman’s S P O I L E R. FREE. review below! 

As I left the theater earlier this evening, I heard the final words from some guy echo  behind me that Black Panther was “not too much” and “not too less.” Furthermore, he shared with his friend that the movie itself was “just right.” I’d be hard pressed to disagree.

Black Panther follows the events after the death of T’Chaka, leader to fictional African nation Wakanda. Wakanda disguises itself as a poor third-world country; however, within its secretive holographic barriers is a country more technologically advanced than the outside world. The country’s main resource, vibranium, is a metal that absorbs any kinetic energy vibrations into it. T’Challa, T’Chaka’s only son, follows lineage as the new Black Panther and new king to Wakanda, vowing to protect its land and people from outside sources.

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Photo Credit Marvel Studios

Within minutes of the film’s opening, you’ll notice that Wakanda is visually stunning to experience on the screen. It’s such a beautiful setting you’ll forget it doesn’t actually exist. Furthermore, Marvel and director Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale StationCreed) bring a whole new light surrounding Africa. Hollywood typically has a tradition of undermining the overall cultural aesthetic of Africa, hugely ignoring its customs and other cultural elements. From the wardrobe the actors wear to traditional dances and rituals resembling real African traditions, Coogler pays homage to a place often overlooked by others. 

Aside from the visuals I gotta be honest and say….every. single. actor. DELIVERS! Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan‘s respective roles as T’Challa and Killmonger have ambitious motives. On one hand, T’Challa balances his duties as king as he deals with his own personal demons. On the other, Killmonger is quite possibly the first Marvel villain we feel sympathy for.

Let’s not forget the ladies also. Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong’o characters Oloye and Nakia are so badass that they damn near steal the show as members of T’Challa’s all-women security force, the Dora Milaje. Meanwhile Letitia Wright represents as Shuri, the tech-saavy teenage sister of T’Challa. These characters tell an important narrative, especially in the superhero genre. Black Panther provides an opportunity for the female cast members to shine outside of basic supporting roles or love interests.

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Photo Credit: Marvel Studios

Finally, there’s two points that briefly need to addressed.

  1. Black children can feel powerful, positive reinforcement when they are properly represented on the big screen. Ryan Coogler and Marvel do an amazing job of accomplishing this feat with this movie.
  2. On the surface, Black Panther is a superhero film. Yet it also serves as a strategically-placed reminder—which isn’t too politicized, so no worries! —  of the sociopolitical problems underprivileged black people continue to face in the world today.

Thanks for reading TheOriginalChatman’s™ review of Black Panther! Feel free to drop a comment or two below. Don’t forget that it’s #WakandaForever. Until next time!

 

 

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Weekly Wrap-Up [Feb. 5th-9th]

“I took a hiatus, now I’m back on you haters!” (Hov voice/Hov laugh)
Not a real Jay quote as far as I know. TheOriginalChatman.com!!

“I took a hiatus, now I’m back on you haters!” (Hov voice/Hov laugh)

P.S. Not a real Jay-Z quote, as far as I know. Anyways, check out the weekly wrap-up for the second week of February brought to you by TheOriginalChatman.

Mon. 2/5

1. Cozz’s new album Effected is on the way, so the Dreamville-affiliated rapper releases the album’s tracklist along with the release date.

  • While Top Dawg Entertainment (Kendrick Lamar, SZA) is tearing up the industry with its tours and imminent Hollywood takeover, the J.Cole-helmed label Dreamville is quietly making moves also.
  • Cozz’s new album Effected— a title paying homage to his first mixtape Cozz and Effect— will be available this Tuesday, February 13th. He’s already released two singles, “Badu” featuring Curren$y and “Ignorant Confidence.” Check out the album art below.

Source(s): Instagram (@cozz)/Twitter (@cody__macc)

2. Donald Glover appears in the first trailer for “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

  • Donald Glover is constantly balancing duties between music, film, and television like it’s nothing. No biggie, to be honest!
  • Originally, a teaser dropped on SuperBowl Sunday with the full trailer available for fan enjoyment the following day.
  • While Glover’s Lando Calrissian character doesn’t do much speaking in the Solo trailer, it’s assumed Glover supporting role will be one for the ages. Here’s the full trailer for the film. What does everyone think of the film’s trailer?

Source: Pitchfork

Tues. 2/6

3. Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s video for “All the Stars” continues to build anticipation for Marvel’s Black Panther.

  • Can we skip over other movies for the rest of 2018 and crown Black Panther as the best film of all time? No? Yes? Is my geek showing? I know the movie hasn’t been released yet, but my expectations are already out of this world!
  • Dave Meyers and The Little Homies (Meyers and Kendrick Lamar himself) blessed us with the official music video for “All The Stars”, the lead single from Black Panther The Album.
  • In the video, Kendrick and SZA are seen surrounded by literal black panthers, an aesthetic of bright colors and a biblical-like landscape similar to Wakanda, the fictional setting from Black Panther. Check out the visually stunning and wonderfully illustrated video below.

4. Bruno Mars proposes that the NFL take place in Atlanta next year, and that the half-time acts be prominent hip-hop artists from the past and present.

  • Taking one step ahead of everyone, Bruno Mars boldly proposes via Twitter that the 2019 SuperBowl honor hip-hop by allowing prominent artists of the city play the half-time show.
  • “NFL, you have the opportunity to celebrate incredible Hip Hop Artist from Atlanta next year. Outkast, T.I., Gucci, Lil Jon, Jeezy, Jermaine Dupri just to name a few. it would be the best party Tv has ever seen!”
  • While hip-hop has long transitioned into the mainstream, I find it hard to believe the NFL will allow any of Atlanta’s rap gatekeepers that Bruno tweeted about to actually be there. Not because they are sub-par as artists/performers, it’s just that hip-hop and the NFL seem like an unlikely partnership moving forward in already divisive political climate we live in.

Source: Billboard

Wed. 2/7

5. R&B/soul virtuoso Anderson .Paak promises a new album sometime this year!

  • It’s been two years since we’ve last received a solo project from Anderson .Paak.
  • According to .Paak, the album is in its mixing stages and will be released sometime this year, as he is still under the guidance of Dr. Dre and Aftermath Records.

Source: Fader

Thurs. 2/8

6. J.I.D. drops a music video for “EdEddnEddy” paying homage to the classic CartoonNetwork cartoon.

Fri. 2/9

7. “The Autobiography Of Gucci Mane” will be getting the movie treatment!

  • Gucci Mane’s life story will soon be known to casual and die-hard fans of Gucci!
  • Earlier this week, it was reported that the rights to The Autobiography of Gucci Mane were bought by Paramount Pictures.
  • Before the news was official, Gucci strongly suggested his book-turned-movie deal via Twitter.

Source: SPINThe Hollywood Reporter

Thanks for supporting me y’all! I have something special coming up soon, so be on the look out for that!

-TheOriginalChatman™

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Weekly Wrap-up [Jan. 22nd-26th]

Check out the weekly wrap-up of the hottest trending topics for the fourth week of January–here at TheOriginalChatman.com!

 

Happy Sunday everyone! Welcome to TheOriginalChatman’s™  GRAMMYs Edition weekly wrap-up for the final week of January. In honor of the Grammys, I’ve hand-selected topics regarding two potential winners for tonight. 7:30 on CBS, don’t forget! Will you be watching? This past week, a lot of great talent has made power moves within and outside the music industry. Also, Top Dawg Entertainment (home to Kendrick Lamar and SZA among others) will be putting on a mega tour with all its artists! CAN WE ALL AGREE THAT THIS WILL BE THE TOUR OF A LIFETIME THOUGH!?

Mon. 1/22

1. Childish Gambino signs a deal with RCA Records.

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Photo Credit: Getty Images
  • Modern day renaissance man Donald Glover, better known to the world as Childish Gambino, has signed a new deal partnering up with RCA Records.
  • Glover left his long-term indie label Glassnote Records over creative differences between him and Glassnote stemming from his 2014 album, Because the Internet.
  • According to Billboard, Glover’s new music will be released sometime this year. (Sidenote: SZA is also signed to RCA Records. If they happen to do a collab record, I would be here for it all the way!)

Source: Billboard

Tues. 1/23

2. Complex’s Everyday Struggle web show started a new season and new co-host!

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Photo Credit: Complex New
  • Exit stage right Joe Budden, and enter stage left Star!
  • Complex’s popular web series Everyday Struggle lost one-third of its Internet firepower when Joe Budden left the show amidst contract negotiations in late December.
  • The show still features Dj Akademiks as host, and Ndeska Alexis as moderator. Their new co-host is legendary New York radio personality Star of the Star and Bucwild Show.

Source: Revolt

Wed. 1/24

3. Quavo (of Atlanta rap trio Migos) announces his 6 favorite MCs list–and you’ll be surprised at the line-up.

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Photo Credit: ShotByCones via DjBooth.net
  • Rap veteran journalist Touré of Rolling Stone magazine sat down with the Migos last month and penned a cover story you can check out here.
  • Touré asked Quavo for his top five list, and he took it a step further and named six.
  • Here’s the list in order: Tupac, Biggie, Jay-Z, Eminem, Gucci Mane..and himself. Do you agree with the list, let alone ranking himself last?

Source(s): DjBooth, Rolling Stone

4. SZA appears in commercials for MasterCard and The Gap— all within one day!

  • SZA is making a name for herself with everything she touches. This week, the TDE songstress made an appearance in global ad campaigns for MasterCard and The Gap.
  • MasterCard uses her uniqueness to push the “Start Something Priceless” narrative, meanwhile The Gap celebrates their 50th anniversary alongside other cultural personalities including renowned producer Metro Boomin. Feel free to check out both ads  below.

Source: VibeComplex 

Thurs. 1/25

6.  Dreamville’s Cozz announces a new project releasing soon, titled Effected.  

Fri. 1/26

7. Apple will release a Animoji-related commercial for Donald Glover’s REDBONE duirng Grammy’s night.

Welp, that’s it! I’ll be back on Monday morning with a review of the 60th Academy Awards (the Grammys). Catch y’all next week!

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Weekly Wrap-up [Jan 8th- Jan. 12th]

Trending topics from the week of January 8th-12th. Read more on TheOriginalChatman.com!

 

 

Happy Sunday! Two weeks into 2018..how’s everyone holdin’ up with their resolutions? Personally, I abandoned resolutions and decided to break them down into long-term and short-term goals to be accomplished throughout the year. Anyways, this week was lit! Check out the trending topics for the second week of January.

Mon. 1/8

1. Christian Combs will serve as the newest model for Dolce&Gabana.

  • Rapper Christian Combs — whose father is hip-hop mogul/ icon Diddy — adds another title to his resume. Christian inked a deal as the new face of luxury fashion brand Dolce & Gabana. Combs had a previous relationship with the company modeling for them last summer and fall, so the deal with D&G naturally makes sense.
  • Christian shared the news on his Instagram.

Source: Page Six

                  2. Swedish retail company H&M has received criticism for its “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle” hoodie—modeled by a young black child.

  • Taking notes from last year’s Pepsi advertising hiccups, retail giant H&M caught hell when they released an ad of a young black boy modeling a green hoodie that said, “Coolest Monkey In The Jungle.”
  • As a result of their blunder, artists The Weekend and G-Eazy have denounced their partnerships with the retail company due to its offensive ad.
  • H&M issued a statement apologizing for its ” unintentional casual racism” vowing to prevent it happening again in the future.

Source: USAToday

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Image via H&M/Associated Press

Tues. 1/9

3. Kendrick Lamar reveals a sneak peek into his shoe deal with Nike. 

  • Kendrick Lamar teamed up for his first signature deal with Nike in the Cortez Kenny 1. K.Dot originally debuted the kicks on Monday’s CFP National Championship in Atlanta.
  • Sporting a white leather upper with red stitching and identical DAMN. branding, the Cortez Kenny 1 drops on January 26th, and retail price is $100. Will you be getting a pair?
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Image via Kendrick Lamar’s Instagram (@kendricklamar)

4. Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, is currently the world’s richest man. He pays it forward literally in the best way possible!

  • Bezos donated $33 million  for college scholarships to ‘Dreamers’, a group of illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents.
  • The donation was made in his father’s name who fled Cuba at 15 and went to college in the US.

Source: AOL

Wed. 1/10

5. The Black Eyed Peas return with new music after a seven-year hiatus.

  • Their newest single, “Street Justice” is in the same vein as their 2003 big hit, “Where’s the Love”, and serves as an ode to several of America’s socioeconomic issues such as discrepancies in the school system, gun violence, and prison reform. 
  • Watch the video/purchase the single here.

Source: Okayplayer, LA Times, and Black Eyed Peas official site

Thurs/Fri. 1/11 – 1/12

  • Ryan Reynolds reveals the new release date of Deadpool 2 will be May 18th instead of June 1st.
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According to Ryan Reynolds, the new release date for “Deadpool 2” is May 18th. The film was originally slated for a June 1st release. Image via Reynolds’ Instagram, @vancityreynolds
  • Top Dawg Entertainment pushed out another release from the soundtrack for Marvel’s Black Panther. The latest cut “King’s Dead” is by Jay Rock featuring Kendrick Lamar, Future, and James Blake. Check it out here.
  • The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which also happened to be her 47th birthday too! 

That’s it for the second week of January! Thanks for tuning into TheOriginalChatman.com. Catch y’all next week!

-TheOriginalChatman™-

 

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Weekly Wrap-up [Jan 1st- Jan. 5th]

TheOriginalChatman covers trending topics that took the Internet by storm for the first week of January.

For 2018, I have big plans for TheOriginalChatman™ brand. I’ll slowly reveal them as the year goes on, so be on the lookout! Until then, I’ll be blogging as much as I can during the week. Whenever posts are absent during the week, I’ll be blogging what you’ll be reading shortly: TheOriginalChatman’s Weekly Wrap-up. Check out the trending topics for the first week of January.

TUES. 12/9

1. Justin Timberlake announces new album, Man Of The Woods.

  • JT is looking to make 2018 his year! Five years after his two-part album The 20/20 Project, his new album Man Of The Woods drops on February 2nd—which is two days short of this year’s Super Bowl.
  • In a promo clip for MOTW , Timberlake cites this as his most “earthy” album ever as he runs thru snow-covered forests. Production is from superproducers Timbaland and The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo).

Source: Billboard

2. Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” has been renewed for a second season.

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Photo Credit: David Lee/Netflix
  • Spike Lee’s 1986 breakthrough film, She’s Gotta Have It (which chronicles a Brooklyn artist as she tries to juggle relationships with three different men), got the Netflix original series treatment over the Thanksgiving break. The first season aired on the popular streaming service with ten episodes.
  • Season two–which will be produced by Lee and his wife Tonya–will be two episodes shy of it’s ten-episode original season.

Source: Variety

3. Cardi B is the third artist in history to have her first 3 songs simultaneously inside Billboard Hot 100.

  • The Love & Hip Hop: New York reality TV star turned rapper keeps on winning!
  • “No Limit”, “Motorsport” and “Bodak Yellow” hit Billboard’s Hot 100 chart at numbers 4, 7, and 10, respectively. Cardi shared the news on her Instagram page.

  • Essence Ventures, LLC acquired Essence Communications from Time, Inc. which means that…
  • Essence Magazine has returned to being a fully black-owned company again!

Source: The Grio

THURS – SATURDAY [1/11 to 1/13]

  • Donald Glover’s FX comedy series Atlanta will be back for season 2 on March 1st. He also welcomed his second child this weekend also.

Source: Variety

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of FX network
  • Kendrick Lamar and the TDE (Top Dawg Entertainment) camp will curate the soundtrack to Marvel’s Black Panther film which premieres on February 16th. 
  • Listen to the first track off the album called “All the Stars” featuring Kendrick and label mate SZA below.

Source: Stereogum

That’s it for the first week of January! Of course there were other prominent stories, but the these were the ones that stood out the most to me. Catch y’all next week!

– TheOriginalChatman™ –

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Beyoncé, Eminem, The Weeknd, Travis Scott and more to headline Coachella and Governor’s Ball 2018

Three days into 2018, Coachella and Governor’s Ball have released their 2018 artists line-ups. Are y’all excited or could you care less?

Happy New Year everyone! Three days into 2018, and two big name music festivals have released their artist line-ups for their spring and summer shows. Music festivals come and go, but two of the greatest festivals out there are Coachella and Governor’s Ball.

Last year, she was pregnant with twins. This year she’s one of three major Coachella headliners. Beyoncé is back like she never left. Fresh off the heels of his latest album RevivalEminem will headline The Governor’s Ball in addition to Coachella. The Weeknd will also join forces with Em and Bey at Coachella’s Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Mark your calendars for April 13-15 and April 20-22. Check the full line-up below.

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Image via Twitter (@coachella)

Returning to Randall’s Island Park in New York City, The Governors Ball Music Festival will be June 1st-3rd. Travis Scott is headlining while other notable artists include N.E.R.D.2 Chainz,DRAM, BROCKHAMPTON, Khalid, and several others. The poster below details more Governor’s Ball artists. What does everyone think of the line-ups for both festivals? Let me know in the comments below!

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Eminem Calls On Beyoncé for “Walk On Water”

Eminem releases the Beyoncé-assisted track “Walk on Water” from his upcoming ninth album rumored to be titled “Revival”. Is the song HOT or not? Chime in the comments below!

Eminem and Beyoncé team up for “Walk on Water”, a song ripped from Em’s upcoming ninth album rumored to be titled “Revival.” Just as a heads up, the song is more of a ballad than Eminem’s Trump-bashing fiery freestyle he released at this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards. Sound off in the comments to let me know if the track is hot or not.

Source(s): Rolling Stone

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Lil Uzi Vert Teams Up With Nav for “Wanted You”

Lil Uzi and Nav (from the XO camp) team up on “Wanted You.” Is the track HOT or NOT? Sound off in the comments!

 

I’m gonna be honest…I may not be the biggest fan of Lil Uzi Vert; however, I must admit  that his album slaps in the whip now and then. Luv is Rage 2 charted at number one on the Billboard 200 with his hit song “XO Tour Llif3.” In addition to “XO Tour Llif3”, Uzi released his follow-up single “The Way Life Goes” which chronicles the same vein as “Tour Llif3”—a failed relationship.

Furthermore, with an assisted verse from Nicki Minaj, she helped Uzi take the song to new heights. Minaj took to Instagram to preview a snippet of her “The Way Life Goes” verse and bam—it’s now an official remix.

The charismatic Philly rapper isn’t slowing down. Uzi and XO artist Nav released “Wanted You” on Thursday night, a heavily auto-tuned track dedicated to a bitter relationship that shouldn’t have happened. Listen to both tracks below and sound off in the comments if they’re hot or not.

Sidebar: The sample from Uzi’s “The Way Life Goes” is from a 2015 song called “Landslide” by Oh Wonder, an R&B duo from the U.K. I’ve been bumpin’ their eponymous album and it’s pretty solid. Feel free to check it out!

Source(s): Wikipedia, RESPECT., XXL

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21 Savage Releases Video for “Bank Account”

21 Savage finally releases a visual for “Bank Account” which features a Mike Epps cameo. Check it out here on TheOriginalChatman.com

I got 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 cents in my bank account…in my bank account!”

21 Savage finally releases a visual for his summer smash hit “Bank Account” from his debut album, Issa. There’s a pretty awesome cameo in it too! Actor and comedian Mike Epps fits the bill for the “Bank Account” cameo and we see Mike pull no stops out for him just being naturally hilarious.

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Image by Vegas Giovanni for Billboard

Long story short, Mike Epps is delivering a teddy bear to an office building while 21 Savage and his crew prepare for a heist–which ironically is inside the same building Mike within. Check out the visual below and let me know if you feel it or not.

Without spoiling the twist, this is definitely a clip that’s as hilarious as the shift is unexpected. It’s also just dope to see “Bank Account,” which was without a doubt one of the early picks from the album when it dropped, get a proper video treatment. It also shows different sides to 21’s character.

Watch the full video for “Bank Account” up above.

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Dvsn Will Bring “The Morning After” To A City Near You!

Y’all rockin’ with Dvsn’s new album “The Morning After”? They’re going on tour starting January! Let me know if y’all are buying ticket in the comments!
-TheOriginalChatman

 

The R&B duo of Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85—better known as Dvsn (pronounced “division”)– will be bringing “The Morning After” to a city after near you. Fresh off releasing their sophomore album of the same name, the OVO-affiliated group will bring the heat live with their singles from Morning After such as “P.O.V.”, “Mood”, and “Don’t Choose.”

The tour will begin January 21st in Vancouver. From there, it’ll stretch across North America touching major cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and more. They’ll pick back up the tour early March running thru London, Paris, and Amsterdam just to name a few additional European stops.

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 10th. Check out Dvsn’s tour flyer on their Instagram account below.

🌆🌎Tour! Tickets on sale Fri Nov 10th 🙏🏾

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Let me know if y’all are copping tickets for the tour! Sound off in the comments below!

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N.E.R.D. Reveals Tracklist For New Album “No_One Ever Really Dies” After Appearance At ComplexCon

N.E.R.D. has a new album on the way with features from Rihanna, Gucci Mane, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and more.

Supergroup N.E.R.D. —which consist of Chad Hugo, Shay Haley and Pharrell— announced their fifth album “No_One Really Dies” at Complex’s second annual ComplexCon over the weekend. The convention kicked off in Long Beach, California. After releasing the Rihanna-assisted single and video for “Lemon”, the trio has kept up the momentum by releasing the tracklist for their new album. Feel free to watch the video for “Lemon” (check out below). Their new project has no release date as of yet!

1. Deep Down Body Thrust
2. Lemon f. Rihanna
3. Voilà f. Wale & Gucci Mane
4. 1000 f. Future
5. Don’t Do It f. Kendrick Lamar
6. Kites f. M.I.A. & Kendrick Lamar
7. ESP
8. Lightning Fire Magic Prayer
9. Rollinem 7’s f. Andre 3000
10. Lifting You f. Ed Sheeran
11. Secret Life of Tigers

Are y’all excited for the new album? Sound off in the comments below!

Source(s): HotNewHipHopHipHopDX

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Kanye West Appears Onstage next to Kid Cudi in Chicago

TheOriginalChatman is back with all new content! I’ve decided to cover last night’s reunion between Kanye West and Kid Cudi during Cudi’s Chicago show on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.

Welcome back Yeezy!

As one of the world’s biggest Kanye West fans (don’t debate me either, guarantee you won’t win…), it brought me joy seeing ‘Ye appear onstage in Chicago next to Kid Cudi during Cudi’s show. Outside of random sightings, this is the first time we’ve seen ‘Ye actually perform. The pair performed Kanye’s Saint Pablo standout hit “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1.” Watch footage of the performance below.

Last November, the Chicago heavy-hitter indefinitely postponed his “Saint Pablo” tour which happened to be inflamed with controversy. From publicly endorsing Donald Trump to criticizing Jay-Z and Beyoncé during a slew of fiery onstage rants, the result for West left him hospitalized for exhaustion.

Chance the Rapper was an integral force in setting the Twittersphere in frenzy after tweeting, “Kid Cudi brought out Kanye in Chicago.”

Fingers crossed 2018 will be the year of more YEEZY SZN (“Yeezy” SZN)!

Source(s): Entertainment WeeklyHipHopDX

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Pablo Escobar’s Brother Is Suing Netflix Over ‘Narcos’ For $1 Billion!

Roberto Escobar vs. Netflix for the winning bid of $1 billion–will Netflix have to hand it over?

Imagine having one of the most popular shows on the biggest streaming service on the planet. Next, imagine someone wanting to short you out of one BILLION dollars because they ask you to put some respek! on their name.

Unfortunately, this is a real scenario with real people. Pablo Escobar’s brother Roberto de Jesus Escobar Gaviria is threatening Netflix and their popular crime-drama series Narcos with a copyright claim for $1 billion—-that’s billion with a B!

According to documents obtained by the Hollywood Reporter (feel free to glance it over for the specifics), Escobar’s brother filed a lawsuit demanding the large sum of money for using the Medellín cartel founder’s name and story without permission from himself or the family.

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Wagner Moura as ‘Narcos’ season 1 and 2 protagonist, Pablo Escobar. Photo image from official ‘Narcos’ Facebook page.

Being the boss that he is, or once was, Roberto claims “it is very dangerous” to film any movies in Colombia without the family’s blessing. Asking Netflix to ante up $1 billion is an extremely bold move. Not one to sell himself short, Escobar expressed that he wants the show to be closed down all together if he’s not awarded the $1 billion he’s asking for.

Do you think Roberto Escobar has a right to tell Netflix to pay up? Sound off in the comments below!

Source(s): VICEThe Hollywood Reporter

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle–REVIEW

I just came home from seeing Kingsman: The Golden Circle. What follows is a honest spoiler-free review of the film starting Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and more.

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Similar to music, sports, or anything else pop culture related— sequels usually (but not every time) suck. However, Kingsman: The Golden Circle serves as a direct hit to its predecessor, Kingsman: The Secret Service. What makes the franchise so amazing is that it stands out from other spy film franchises such as 007 or The Bourne Identity. Although these franchises are great in their own way, the Kingsman relies on a less serious tone while also packing a punch with its brand of humor and action style.

Here’s a quick synopsis from IMDB:

When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

The main character is named “Eggsy”, so I shouldn’t have been surprised when new ones were woven into the story with names such as “Tequila”, “Champagne”, “Whiskey” or “Ginger Ale.”

In The Secret Service, character development was a necessity to push the plot forward. Regarding The Golden Circle—not so much. In my opinion, backstories or any type of character motivation was lazily meshed through for the sake of focusing on the action. 

Also, Julianne Moore as the villainous “Poppy” was a weird choice that didn’t sit right with me–but I ended up enjoying the movie and didn’t put too much thought into it as the film progressed.

Be sure to check out Kingsman: The Golden Circle sometime this weekend. Let me know what y’all think!

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Converse Will Drop A New Line of Kicks Made of ACTUAL Jerseys!

Converse and the NBA will be dropping new NBA-influenced kicks to match the jerseys on 9/29! Cop or drop? Read more info on TheOriginalChatman.Com!

Anybody who knows me, knows that I’m not much of a sneakerhead; however, I’ll drop some bread if I’m really feeling the overall aesthetic of a certain pair of kicks. With that being said, I  have to let everyone know about the new line of kicks Converse is ready to drop within D A Y S so like myself, you too can make an informed decision if you want these kicks or not.

According to Complex’s sister site Sole CollectorNike and its sister company Converse (Nike bought the legendary footwear company by in 2013 for $305 million–via The New York Times) are slated to drop new sneakers on Sept. 29th, the same day Nike’s NBA Connected Jersey is being released. The Converse NBA collection is composed of the Gameday, Legend, and Franchise versions of the shoe.

Here’s a quick summary of each variation of the Converse NBA collection:

The Chuck ’70 NBA Gameday

  • Individually numbered
  • Limited to 250 pairs
  • Made of authentic NBA jerseys
  • Backed with a leather lining. Leather interior features NBA logos plus the collaborative Converse x NBA woven labels under the shoe’s tongue.

The Chuck ’70 NBA Legend

  • For the “sophisticated fan”
  • Amazing leather upper
  • Highlights the winning legacies of the the Boston Celtics, the Chicago Bulls, the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks.

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The Chuck NBA Franchise

  • Represents 13 teams with embroidered logos 
  • Screen-printed details on the shoes’ uppers
  • Each outsole displays the given team’s city influence
  • Will include Nike’s signature Lunarlon sockliner and micro-suede internal lining strictly for comfort purposes.

As mentioned before, next Friday (Sept. 29th) is when Nike and Converse will bring us the heat with its new merch promoting the upcoming 2017-2018 NBA season. Will you guys cop or drop the merch when it releases? Sound off in the comments below!

Source(s): Sole CollectorNike.com

 

 

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Rap Lyrics Land A Georgia Middle School School Teacher in Hot Water Over An Assignment

A Georgia middle school teacher is in hot water this week after using Kodak Black lyrics for a school assignment. Read more on TheOriginalChatman. Don’t forget to like, share, comment and mostly importantly–subscribe!

I remember waaaaaay back in fifth grade, my English teacher Mrs. Fairman (at least I think that was her name!) handed us a in-class assignment with lyrics from Eminem’s classic fight song, “Lose Yourself.” I can’t quite remember the specific instructions of the assignment, but I vividly remember reading the lyrics in class thinking that at the time she was probably the coolest teacher I’ve had in my adolescent life.

Despite the politics regarding the current landscape of rap, one thing fuels rap music more than anything. Lyrics! While some rap artists don’t rely heavily on super lyrical content, there’s no doubt that lyrics can be a powerful force to be  reckoned with—if used correctly.

This was the intention for a Bethune Middle School teacher in DeKalb County, Georgia when she asked students to put a positive spin on the song lyrics of “Drowning” for a school assignment. The song—which peaked #38 on Billboard’s Hot 100 earlier this summer—is originally A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie‘s but includes a feature from controversial Florida rapper Kodak Black.

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Image via Kodak Black’s official Facebook page.

According to ABC Atlanta-affiliate station WSBTV, the lyrics in question stem from Kodak Black’s verse.

I ain’t Jamaican, b*tch I’m Haitian, but I got them shottas

She call me daddy, but I ain’t her motherf*cking father

Crishana Wright, a mother of a student at Bethune, spoke out about the assignment to WSBTV. “It was really against everything that I try to teach them.”

The school’s superintendent released a statement calling the assignment “inappropriate, unacceptable and contrary to our standards.” Furthermore, they revealed to WSB that the teacher responsible for the assignment “has been removed from the classroom and will be held for such poor judgment.”

Although I firmly believe hip-hop can be used as learning tool, my biggest concern here is that the teacher failed to realize young minds, especially those of sixth graders, are extremely delicate with the information and knowledge we fill their heads with. There are several examples the teacher could’ve used to relate to her students with.

Thoughts? Comments? Questions? 

Feel free to drop them below!

Source(s): HipHopDx, WSB-TV

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John Mayer Attempted to Shoot His Shot with Nicki Minaj–Did He Land It?

 

I’m pretty sure a lot of guys—celebs and non-celebs alike—have tried shooting their shot with the self-proclaimed Queen of Rap, Nicki Minaj. I mean who could blame them, right? 

Recently, a not-so-regular guy by the name of John Mayer confessed via his Twitter that he spends “an inordinate amount of time” thinking if Nicki would love him or crush him. Not necessarily in those words, but you get the gist. Check out Mayer’s tweet from Friday night. According to an article from Complex, he’s a changed man regarding his thoughts on interracial dating that go all the way back to 2010.

If Mayer and Minaj actually were a thing in the foreseeable future, it could possibly jeopardize her friendship with Katy Perry, seeing as how Perry and Mayer dated for a while a few years back.

Celebrities going for each other may not exactly be breaking news; however I though we could all use a break from the bleak reality of hurricanes and other political mishaps from our government.
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John Legend To Develop Music Competition Series for Netflix

John Legend and former NBC exec Jeff Gaspin have teamed up to bring Netflix’s first music competition series, “Rhythm&Flow.” Read more on TheOriginalChatman.Com!

Although John Legend is currently on tour promoting his latest album Darkness and Light, he will use his creative prowess to develop a music-based program for Netflix. According to Varietythe show—titled Rhythm & Flow—will be the first of its kind for the giant streaming service. Rhythm & Flow‘s format of an unscripted talent competition pits rappers against each other while also shifting focus on soul and R&B music.

John Legend is slated to team up with former NBC network executive Jeff Gaspin. Both Legend’s Get Lifted Film company and Gaspin’s Primary Wave Entertainment will produce the competition series. Both men previously collaborated on the WGN America cancelled slavery drama, Underground.

Legend’s team-up with Gaspin is a smart move. Gaspin is responsible for having developed  VH1’s “Behind the Music”, NBC’s “The Apprentice”, “The Biggest Loser”, and “The Voice” in addition to and Bravo’s “Project Runway.”

No official word yet if John Legend will play another role on the show besides producer.

Let me know in the comments if you’re looking forward to Rhythm or Flow!

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Will Smith Says Barrack Obama Gave Him the Green Light to Portray Him In A Movie

According to Will Smith, Barrack Obama gave him the green light to play him in a future movie role. It’d be a hit for sure!

I don’t know about y’all, but I definitely miss Barrack as our president. He exemplified the embodiment of grown man swag–plus he was the coolest president ever on so many levels! It’s only a matter of time before we are blessed with a movie focused on his life as the 44th POTUS.

While not currently official, Will Smith shared with The Late Late Show host James Corden that Barrack Obama granted Smith the permission to portray him in a movie role in the future. It was during Tuesday’s (August 8th) debut episode of Corden’s wildly successful Carpool Karaoke segment—which is now a stand-alone show on Apple Music—in which Smith jokingly revealed the news.

“I talked to Barack about it. He told me that he felt confident that I had the ears for that role.” Watch the first Carpool Karaoke episode below!

 

 

 

 

 

Source: The Fader 

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Kelly Rowland and Syd to Collab for Rowland’s Next Album

Kelly Rowland and Syd to Collab for Rowland’s Next Album. Read more info on TheOriginalChatman. As always like, share, comment, and provide feedback!

The beautiful and extremely talented Kelly Rowland hasn’t dropped a new album since 2013’s, Talk A Good Game. However, she still has her foot deep within her music.

Recently on a Beats 1 radio show, Rowland discussed her upcoming music, and even mentioned a collaboration with someone in the industry whose been gaining a lot of traction lately. The collaborator will be none other than Syd, the lead singer of The Internet (the Odd Future affiliated soul-R&B band). Apparently Kelly is a huge fan of Syd’s voice and her music.

According to Rowland, she thinks everything about her voice “is just so effortless”  which allows her to be sucked in while Syd sings. She used the hit Internet song “Girl” as a reference to express her fandom for the leading lady.

Besides her love of all things Syd, Kelly discussed the delay in new music while also dabbling on finding a neutral ground between youth and older age. “I’m in this really glorious time where I’m receiving a lot of information and I feel like I have to give that back out too.”

I’m sure once Kelly and Syd release their collab together, our ears will be blessed with amazing music. Also, minor spoiler alert! On last night’s episode of HBO’s Insecure, Syd made a cameo on the show! I was lowkey excited, yall!

Want to listen to the full Beats 1 Radio Show? Click here!

Source: Blavity 

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The ‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise Reinvents Itself As A Live Tour

The ‘Fast and Furious’ Franchise Reinvents Itself As A Live Tour. Read more info on TheOriginalChatman.Com!

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No doubt, the Fast and Furious franchise will be one of the greatest and most remembered franchises of all time. This past Wednesday, one of the biggest stars from the franchise made an announcement via Facebook that sparked new life into F&F.

According to a video posted to his official Facebook page, Vin Diesel will be part of a live Fast and Furious world tour. Could you imagine jumping from car to car while in motion? Or driving exotic cars through buildings!?

You probably won’t get the chance to jump in a car and experience the stunts firsthand; however, once the tour comes to an arena near you, you’ll be able to witness the potential hype surrounding the tour. Watch Diesel make the announcement in the video below.

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“I am in New York, believe it or not, and we are filming something that is going to be pretty state of the art,” said Diesel, “something no one’s ever seen before, which is a live show. I think it’s first going to be showed at the O2 Arena in London, but it’s going to go all over the world and we’re really excited about it.”

Variety says that the live world tour will be produced by Universal Studios. The tour reportedly is slated to recreate some of the biggest stunts in the history of the series.

The live tour details are still under wraps. Be sure to check it out January 2018 in an arena near you.

Source(s): Complex, Variety

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Big Boi Blesses A 5-Year-Old Paralyzed Child With A Gift

Big Boi Blesses A 5-Year-Old Paralyzed Child With A Gift

Antwan Big Boi” Patton, one-half of legendary rap duo Outkast, has done a good deed that is enough to warm anyone’s heart.

Back in April, five-year-old Abriya Ellison was shot by an unknown shooter while playing in her bouncy castle. Although Ellison survived the tragic incident, it left her paralyzed from the waist down. Once hearing of the Georgia native’s story, Big Boi began to reach out to Ellison and her family.

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Image via Channel 2 News/WSBTV Atlanta

Abriya was gifted with a bulldog puppy that will be trained to be her service dog, courtesy of Big Boi’s Pitfall Kennels.

WSB Atlanta asked what she’d name her new puppy enthusiastically shouting, “King!”

The Atlanta news outlet also mentions Big Boi and his brother James will cover the animal’s vet care. Meanwhile, Patton will pay Ellison’s GoFundMe needs while also giving her a handicapped-accessible bathroom.

Despite what happened to her, the rapper took note of Abriya’s positive spirit and energy in an on-camera interview with WSB Atlanta.“She’s been through a lot and to see how strong she is now, that was just like ‘Oh my goodness.’ She’s definitely inspiring and it just touched our heart, so we’re just trying to do what we can do to help.”

Check out video of the interview here.

Source: WSB Atlanta, HipHopDX, AJC.com

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Will Packer and Aaron McGruder To Develop Alt-History Series for Amazon: ‘Black America’

Will Packer and Aaron McGruder To Develop Alt-History Series for Amazon: ‘Black America’

 

I’ve never watched HBO’s Game of Thrones, but after last week’s news on the Internet about GoT creators developing an alt-historical based show called Confederate in which the southern states seceded and slavery is legal, it may be difficult for me to get into Thrones now.

In what seems like a direct response to Confederate, Will Packer (Think Like A Man franchises, Ride AlongGirls Trip) and Aaron McGruder (best known for his comic strip turned Adult Swim series The Boondocks) are developing Black America for Amazon Studios.

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Side by side photos of Will Packer and The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder. Image via Rex/Shutterstock.

In the same arena as Confederate, Black America also serves as an alt-history series where newly freed African-Americans create a sovereign nation called New Colonia from the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama as reparations from slavery. 

Previously under wraps, the Black America team decided to reveal the project’s premise. According to Deadline, HBO’s announcement of Confederate was the right time for Packer and McGruder to move forward with their brainchild of a project. “It felt this was the appropriate time to make sure that audiences and the creative community knew that there was a project that preexisted and we are pretty far down the road with it,” Packer told Deadline. Packer even says there are few black Americans today who haven’t considered the concept of reparation.

Furthermore, we can thank activist April Reign (the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag creator) for spearheading the #NoConfederate trending Twitter hashtag.

What are everyone’s thoughts on Confederate and Black America, respectively?

Source(s): DeadlineVariety

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Joey Badass and Logic Freestyle on His Instagram

Joey Badass and Logic link up for an impromptu freestyle session during some downtime on the Everybody Tour.

#ICYMI!!!

On Tuesday (Aug. 8th), Logic and Joey Badass posted a video of them vibing out during an impromptu freestyle session. The session was posted to each rapper’s Instagram page, respectively.

Freestyle sessions with my homie @joeybadass

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If you thought they were just hanging out by random, think again. Joey and Logic are currently on tour promoting their albums, All-Amerikkkan Bada$$ and Everybody, the same name of the tour. Although a fire freestyle between both artists, who wouldn’t love to see an actual collaboration flourish from them both?

The Everybody Tour began on July 7th in Salt Lake City and will continue until August 26th where it will conclude in Toronto. Feel free to check out the rest of the tour schedule here.

August 10 – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
August 12 – Kansas City, MO @ Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
August 13 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Theater
August 14 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 16 – St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
August 18 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion
August 19 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
August 20 – Detroit, MI @ Meadowbrook Amphitheater
August 23 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion
August 24 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion
August 26 – Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach

Source(s): Pigeons and Planes

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HBO’s ‘Insecure’ Has Been Renewed for a Season 3!

Despite it’s current second season run, fans will be happy HBO’s Insecure has been renewed for season 3! The hit comedy will also compete with fellow comedy series Ballers, which has also been renewed for a fourth season.

Straight from the Twitter of Issa Rae— we’ll be getting a season three of her hit HBO comedy series Insecure!

Although currently in its second season run, this is great news for those of us who are still undecided as to whether we’re #TeamIssa or #TeamLawrence.

Insecure follows the narrative of Issa and Molly, her best friend, as they navigate their relationships at work and in the love department. The premise of season 2 we witness the rocky relationship (or what is left of it) after her breakup with boyfriend Lawrence who has already moved on yet still has lingering feelings for his ex.

HBO has also renewed Ballers for a fourth season, the Dwayne Johnson-helmed project which is currently in its third season.

 

 

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Movie Review: Girls Trip

Check out The Original Chatman’s review of Girls Trip!

Ever since the inception of The Hangover franchise, there has been a slow yet steady rise of films in which we witness a group of friends get into some sh*t they can’t get themselves out of; however by the film’s end, the main conflict is resolved. After watching Girls Trip tonight, I can definitely say this—- Girls Trip is far from being another Hangover (no shade)! 

 

First of all, the chemistry of  the protagonists is amazing. Jada Pinkett-SmithQueen LatifahRegina King, and Tiffany Haddish portray four college friends who reunite at the annual Essence Festival after five years of not seeing one another.

Lisa (Pinkett-Smith), Ryan (King), Sasha (Latifah), and Dina (Haddish) were sorority sisters back in the day part of their own little crew called the “Flossy Posse.” For the most part, every comedy in the same lane as Girls Trip has similar character tropes that are played out (i.e. the outlandish comic relief, the serious one, the peacemaker, and the one friend that has beef with the main character).

What makes Girls Trip refreshing is the generic chemistry between the four ladies. Most buddy films attempt to create chemistry between co-stars that comes off as hurried. The cast of Girls Trip deliver as friends in real life.

Additionally, each lead reveals a level of vulnerability often not reserved for comedies. Within the first ten minutes, comedian Tiffany Haddish’s star-power is apparent and her role demands attention that is careful not to diminish the storylines of the other characters.

Finally, four black female leads in a movies is super dope! Despite more a few more dick jokes than I could handle, Girls Trip is a trip you’ll definitely enjoy from start to finish!

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Cozy Tapes Vol. 2 Is On The Way!

A$AP Mob’s follow up to Cozy Tapes Vol. 1 is on the way!

ASAP Mob is shaping up to drop the second installment of Cozy Tapes with Cozy Tapes Vol. 2ASAP Rocky confirmed it Saturday afternoon with this tweet. The project has only spawned two tracks thus far: “Wrong” with Rocky and Ferg, and “RAF” featuring Rocky, Playboi Carti, Frank Ocean, Lil Uzi Vert, and Quavo.

In addition to Cozy Tapes Vol. 2 on the way, ASAP Twelvyy’s debut studio album 12 will be out next Friday, August 4th (8+4 =12). That’s lowkey genius!

2017 belongs to the Mob!

Source(s): Complex

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[WATCH]: Kendrick Lamar Drops Rihanna-Assisted Video for “LOYALTY.”

Kendrick Lamar drops another visual from his double-platinum album, DAMN. From “HUMBLE.” to “DNA.” and “ELEMENT.” to “LOYALTY.” is there a common theme within Kendrick’s most recent videos? Watch “LOYALTY.” and see for yourself.

 

Fresh off the heels of bringing out J.Cole and Chance the Rapper to his Detroit and Chicago shows, Kendrick Lamar continues to keep us tuned into his every move.

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Although currently on tour promoting his most recent release DAMN, Kendrick continued to satisfy his fans by releasing the visual for the Rihanna-assisted track “LOYALTY.” As I mentioned in an older post covering his video for “ELEMENT.”, most Kendrick Lamar visuals have to be watched at least twice to understand the themes behind the music.

So imagine this: Ninjas (or at least I think what I think may be ninjas). Scantily-clad women representing temptation. Metal sharks under concrete road pavement. If you’re lost, I don’t blame you. Let’s break it down a bit further. Using the comments section for some sense of understanding (which is something I should do less of..unfortunately!), my interpretation is that each of these elements represents Kendrick trying to stay not only loyal to his woman (played by Rihanna), but to himself. Kendrick recognizes the more fame he achieves within the music industry, the more likely his moral values are inclined to disappear. The lyrics even speak for themselves. Watch the video below and let me know what yall think!

 

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Kendrick Lamar and Nas Discuss the Swizz Beatz-Timbaland Beat Battle

Kendrick Lamar and Nas Discuss the Swizz Beatz-Timbaland Beat Battle. Between the two producer giants, who do y’all think is #WithTheSmoke?

At its forefront, not only is hip-hop a young man’s game, it’s also a competitive sport in which rap adversaries go head to head with bars—the end result guiding us (the fans) to determine which is the best emcee.

Although emcees fighting for “the throne” in rap is nothing new, a beat battle between producers is something worth the surrounding hype. I’m not necessarily certain if beat battles have been around; however, a match-up between the legendary Swizz Beatz and Timbaland will definitely go down in the rap history books.

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Just a couple weeks ago (July 14), Swizz challenged Timbo the King to a beat battle. The challenge was offered during a Hot 97 promo run for the upcoming Mayweather-McGregor fight. 

Timbaland has since accepted the battle leaving both producers to prep for the epic battle via their Instagram accounts.

Timbaland vs. @therealswizzz #challenge #accepted 👑 I'm #wit#da#smoke 💨

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Both super producers have campaigned the hottest names in rap— such as Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and Nas— about the outcome of the epic battle. Swizz caught up with Nas in a studio somewhere in which the Queensbridge legend calls Swizz and Timbo, “two top tier n-ggas going at it.” Nas didn’t give a clear answer on whose side he’s reppin’ but he encouraged the beat battle as “what the game needs.”

“Y’all both my brothers, so I just want to watch it go down,” he continues.

On the other side of the scale, Timbaland posted a video of Swizz chopping it up with Kendrick and Soulo. While Kendrick almost speaks a victory for Swizz into existence, he bounces back quickly by changing the subject. Watch what Kendrick says to Swizz regarding the battle and determine for yourself who Kendrick’s rollin’ with.

🙏🏾 @kendricklamar @therealswizzz #imwiththesmoke 🔥💨. #credits

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Swizz and Timbo just need to give us a date for this battle already. Both super producers are in it to win, no doubt. Whose everyone rooting for in the battle?

Source(s): HipHopDX

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PARTYNEXTDOOR Reveals Insane Collabs via Twitter

PARTYNEXTDOOR Reveals Insane Collabs via Twitter

PARTYNEXTDOOR practically does it all when it comes to music.

The OVO singer has penned hits for huge names such as DJ Khaled and Rihanna, meanwhile collaborating with everyone from Travis Scott to his frequent collaborator and OVO boss, Drake.

In case you missed it, on Thursday (July 20th), PND shook up the Twittersphere when he revealed three artists we’ve never seen him align with. The artists in question are Ne-Yo and T-Pain. Although trailblazers in their own right, I think the biggest name drop of them all is a future collab with Yeezy aka Kanye West. It’s been reported all over the Internet that Kanye is secretly working on a new album; however, no word on the street has popped out for a release date.

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Without a doubt, Party and Kanye’s song (whenever the two stars decide to drop it) will be a hit in the making. Check out PND’s tweetstorm below.

Besides the release of Colours 2 earlier this year, PND  has remained quiet dropping his own music. Once the new stuff drops, he’ll for sure be back to being the talk of the town.

 

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Beyonce’s Wax Figure Still Has People Pressed!

Beyonce’s Wax Figure Still Has People Pressed!

Happy Saturday everyone!

It’s no secret that Beyoncé is pretty much a big deal. She sneezes and literally the whole world will bless her. No shade.

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However, the shade was thrown heavily on the Internet on Wednesday (July 19th) when photos of a wax figure of Queen Bey was revealed. The wax figure, located in Madame Tussaud’s New York museum, received a slew of social media criticism after saying the statue looked whitewashed and didn’t capture the essence of the Queen.

Within the next day, Madame Tussaud’s removed the original statue claiming the issue was due to “the styling and lighting of her figure.”

On a personal note, I remember going to Madame Tussaud’s in Orlando a year ago, and the wax statue I saw definitely had zero resemblance to Beyoncé. Unlike the Beyhive, I wasn’t particularly offended; however, the power of her fans is TOO REAL. Madame Tussaud’s New York has since replace the criticized wax figure and updated it with a better one.

Peep the new statue here.

Source(s): HipHopDX, The New York Times

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Wiz Khalifa now has the most watched YouTube video of all time!

Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” has beat PSY’s “Gangnam Style” as the most watched YouTube video EVER with 2.8 BILLION views!

Wiz Khalifa‘s video for “See You Again”—which was dubbed as a moving tribute to the untimely death of actor Paul Walker—now has the most watched YouTube video of all time.

If you may recall, Paul Walker died in a deadly car crash as the filming of Furious 7 was wrapping up back in 2015.

According to The Verge via BBC News, Khalifa’s tribute song knocked PSY’s 2012 world-wide hit “Gangnam Style” out its title. “See You Again” has currently raked in more than 2,895,915,000 views!

Read more about it here at The Verge.

 

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Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ cast lands on Entertainment Weekly!

I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but I’m hype about a particular superhero film coming out in February! For those of us not living under a rock, I’m referring to Marvel’s Black Panther! No lie, as I’m writing this I’m realizing that Black Panther will ironically happen to sliiiiide its way into one of Black America’s biggest celebration of our people— Black History Month. We see you outchea Marvel, doin’ it for the culture!

Today, Entertainment Weekly previewed the front issue of their annual Comic-Con issue. According to Anthony Breznican, senior writer for Entertainment Weekly, it was practically a no-brainer for the Black Panther cast to appear on this special issue. Watch how Breznican and EW came to the decision here.

In this screen grab from Entertainment Weekly‘s Instagram, we see (l-r) Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, and Lupita N’yongo in full costume promoting the film.

Entertainment Weekly‘s annual Comic-Con issue lands on stands this Friday.

Source(s): Entertainment Weekly

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Joey Badass Dropped 3 New Songs Out of Nowhere!

Joey Badass Dropped 3 New Tracks Out of Nowhere!

While the rest of the world was grabbing their popcorn (and tea) trying to defuse the Rob Kardashian and Blacc Chyna beef (which oddly involved T.I.) which unfolded over Instagram and Snapchat, some really dope music from a respected emcee also dropped over the holiday weekend.

Joey Badass released the heat (July 5th) on his Soundcloud. “Love Is Only A Feeling”, “Too Lit”, and “500 Benz” are all produced by Statik Selektah. Recently, Joey and the Pro Era crew announced the third annual Steez Day festival which takes place in New York this year. Listen to the new Joey bangers and tell me how you feel about them in the comments section.

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Facebook Has Drones Successfully Deliver A Vision of Worldwide Internet Access

Facebook Has Drones Successfully Deliver A Vision of Worldwide Internet Access

Just last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced to the world that the social media networking site has 2 billion users. In addition to the 2 billion Facebook users, Zuckerberg also revealed aspirations to give 4 billion people— more than half the world’s population— something we all take granted for on a daily basis— internet access.

The internet access will be provided via drones. Sources from The Yuma Sun  reveal that Facebook successfully completed a drone flight in Arizona. The first test run ended in a crash a year ago.

In a Facebook post Zuckerberg wrote, “No one has ever built an unmanned airplane that will fly for months at a time, so we need to tune every detail to get this right.” According to Complex Aquila roughly weighs 1,000 pounds with a wingspan wider than a Boeing 747.

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No word yet as to when Zuckerberg and Facebook plan on actually accomplishing their goal of worldwide internet access.

Source(s)ComplexThe Yuma Sun

 

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Elysium Records is Logic’s New Music Venture

Logic’s next album might be his last; however, his departure from music isn’t here just yet. The 27-year-old emcee launched his own label called Elysium Records.

Dreamville. OVO Sound. MMG. G.O.O.D. Music.

What do these labels have in common? They’re all artist-owned music labels that are established enough to help other artists pursue their music careers. Although not a new concept, artist-owned music labels have been on the rise as of late.

We can now add Elysium Records to that list. Elysium Records is a new music venture for 27-year-old emcee Logic. This past Friday (May 30), Logic revealed and celebrated the launch of the new label. The Everybody rapper took to Instagram to share the news with fans saying, “This label is everything I’ve ever stood for.” Check out the full Instagram post here.

In a video from the Team Elysium YouTube channel, Logic shares his aspirations for Elysium. His artists—which he emphasizes are really like his family— include his wife Jessica Andrea, Big Lenbo, Damian Leman Hudson (whom appeared on Everybody‘s “Black Spiderman) and John Lihndal. The video detailing Logic’s new venture can be checked out below.

Are yall excited for Logic’s new label? Let me know how y’all feeling in the comments section.

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[WATCH]: “ELEMENT.” by Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar drops off another powerful visual from his fourth studio album, Damn. What do y’all think of the video?

 

Kendrick Lamar encapsulates art with every video. I’m not saying that as a fan of his work. I’m saying it because I believe it to be true.

The Damn rapper just released a video for “ELEMENT.” (*sings hook as I write this*) directed by Jonas Lindstroem and co-directed by The Little Homies. I literally just found via Google search that the group Little Homies consists of Kendrick and Top Dawg Entertainment president Dave Free!

With almost every Kendrick video, you have to pay attention and don’t blink..because you might miss something; however, I blame myself for gassing Kendrick and tricking myself into believing the visual was so abstract I missed something upon the first viewing of the video. 

Not gon lie though, I had to watch it again cuz you know! This particular visual may catch some of you off guard due to the slow-motion pace of the video. In the video, the balance between violence and inner-peace is contrasted as father teaches son how to fight, and Kendrick shhhhmacks the shit out a poor guy’s mouth, meanwhile he chases someone with a pool cue.

That’s pretty much how I interpret the visual. If yall have any other opinions, feel free to show some love to my comment section! Check the visual for “ELEMENT.” below.

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CEO Mark Zuckerberg says 2 BILLION people use Facebook–a MONTH!

CEO Mark Zuckerberg says 2 BILLION people use Facebook–a MONTH!
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In the social media age, the success of every social network you currently use is measured by one thing–its users.

On Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote a short letter on his public page revealing that his company now has 2 BILLION users. Although a huge accomplishment for Zuckerberg, he isn’t quite satisfied with the massive amount of users. He continued saying he wants to “bring the world closer together.” Read the full statement below:

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Zuckerberg’s aspirations for Facebook are a breath of fresh of air bringing attention to communities that need it the most. In a speech made in Chicago last week, he compared churches and Little Leagues to what he hopes Facebook will do in the future— help its users find a “sense of purpose and support.”

“A church doesn’t just come together. It has a pastor who cares for the well-being of their congregation, makes sure they have food and shelter. A little league team has a coach who motivates the kids and helps them hit better. Leaders set the culture, inspire us, give us a safety net, and look out for us.”

Kudos to Zuckerberg on making a splash in the world with Facebook!

Source: CNBC

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Alec Baldwin Will Return to ‘SNL’ to Portray Donald Trump Yet Again

Alec Baldwin Will Return to ‘SNL’ to Portray Donald Trump Yet Again

Donald Trump will have an excuse to have “Twitter fingers” again.

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Recently, Saturday Night Live alumnus Alec Baldwin  revealed that he will return to Studio 8H (where the legendary sketch comedy series is recorded) as our current commander-in-chief  Donald Trump—blonde wig, orange bronzer, and all—for a new season of SNL.

Despite the real Trump calling Baldwin’s impression of him “unwatchable”, it was Baldwin’s Trump and Melissa McCarthy’s [White House Press Secretary] Sean Spicer impression that catapulted SNL to its most watched season in 23 years.

Are y’all looking forward to Alec Baldwin play Trump again on SNL? Or are yall over it?

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Did You Catch Lavar Ball and Co. on WWE Raw?!

The Ball Family Made their “WWE Raw” debut last night–and it was epic!

For those of us not living under a rock, everyone should know by now about the first family of basketball— The Ball family.

Lavar Ball may be a bit overbearing at times, but that doesn’t stop him from keeping him and his sons Lonzo and LaMelo in the constant spotlight. The NBA clashed with WWE on Monday night.

Last night, the father and son trio made an appearance on WWE Raw which was taped at the Staples Center, a place where LaVar’s oldest son Lonzo will be spending a lot of time due to him officially being a Los Angeles Laker.

First and foremost, it was a perfect opportunity for LaVar to further promote The Big Baller Brand. Although LaVar is hated by most for his media antics, he shunned all that aside and entertained us all from the moment walked out to the wrestling ring. Clearly, it was his time to shine now.

Next thing you know, LaVar is shirtless acting a damn fool–and it’s the most entertaining thing ever.

Everything went south when LaMelo, the youngest of the Ball family, heard something that shouldn’t have been caught on the mic. In a friendly yet heated exchange in which LaVar challenges The Miz, LaMelo was heard saying, “beat that n-gga ass!” on WWE Raw— alive program by the way. Of course Twitter had a field day with it.

It was a major dub for the Ball family; however, the WWE was left to clean up the mess. A statement of apology was left saying this, “The inappropriate language used by a guest during the ‘Miz TV’ segment was not scripted nor reflects WWE’s values.”

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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.”

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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.

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.

♠-TheOriginalChatman-♠

 

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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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Weekly Wrap-Up [June 11th-17th]

Jay-Z and Beyonce dropped a joint album last night! While on tour! Oh yeah, some other things happened to. TheOriginalChatman.com

Welcome to a new installment of TheOriginalChatman’s Weekly Wrap-Up! Happy Father’s Day weekend to all the fathers and fatherly figures around the world! Here’s what happened this past week.

Mon. 6/11

1.  Jay-Z and Beyoncé reveal risque photos from their On the Tour Run II tour.

  • Without a doubt, Jay-Z and Beyoncé have been extremely influential in crafting the narrative behind the term “power couple.”
  • This week the pair granted fans access to some NSFW photos promoting the second installment of their On The Run Tour. 
  • Beyoncé looks effortlessly comfortable in these photos while Jay-Z looks..well..uncomfortable! Be sure to give your comments below about the new tour photos.

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2. PEOPLE Magazine reveal the scoop about Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s surprise engagement—after only weeks of them dating!

  • Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson (24) and pop superstar Ariana Grande (also 24) are engaged after weeks of dating. The engagement has been confirmed by People.
  • The month of May was a shaky time for both Davidson and Grande, as they both were somewhat fresh off breakups with their previous significant others.
  • Moments after the news went public, Grande tweeted a emoji-filled message full of bliss. Check out Grande’s tweet and the beautiful new couple’s Kodak moment below.

“i love u 🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈 sm 🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈 ok bye”

— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) June 11, 2018

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[Source: People]

Weds. 6/13

3. Drake reveals release date for his upcoming album, Scorpion.

  • The Drake-Pusha T battle is over…as far as we’re concerned.
  • 6 God took to Instagram earlier this week to reveal the album art for Scorpion, which drops on June 29th. Here it is below!
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Album art for Drake’s upcoming album, “Scorpion” slated for a June 29th release. Photo via Drake’s Instagram (@champagnepapi).

Thurs. 6/14

4. French Montana becomes a US citizen.

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  • According to multiple reports from Fader and TMZ, French Montana is now a U.S. citizen!

[Source: Fader]

Fri. 6/15

5.  Cardi B and Offset’s Rolling Stone photo-shoot was leaked early!

  • There’s no stopping the meteoric star power of Cardi B. Cardi has a busy summer schedule, on top of prepping to be a new mommy!
  • Despite her and Offset‘s Rolling Stone July cover being leaked early, Cardi put the cover on her Instagram and informed her fans that they’ll be having a girl!
  • Check out the cover below and be sure to hit up the comments with your thoughts.

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Sat. 6/16 – Sun 6/17

6.  Jay-Z and Beyoncé drop their joint album, Everything is Lovewhile currently on the second installment of their “On The Run” tour.

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Album art for Everything is Love.
  • Imagine being on a world tour with your superstar wife and dropping an album because you BOTH felt like it!
  • That’s exactly what Jay-Z and Beyoncé did last night via their exclusive streaming service, TIDAL.
  • The couple’s joint project, Everything Is Love, boasts only nine songs. They refer to themselves as “The Carters.” Stream it here to listen. 

 [Source(s): PitchforkHuh Magazine] 

Thanks for rockin’ with TheOriginalChatman! Be back next week! Don’t forget to check out my review of Superfly. Happy Sunday everyone!

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TheOriginalChatman’s review of “Superfly”

TheOriginalChatman brings forth a review of the 2018 reboot of the ’70s crime-drama “Superfly.” Read here.

Trevor Jackson breathes new life into a character from a previous era of blaxploitation films. Check out TheOriginalChatman™’s SPOILER-FREE review below.

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In the film’s reboot of SuperflyTrevor Jackson (Burning Sands, Grown-ish plays Youngblood Priest, a long-time drug dealer desperately looking to get out the life and bring his loved ones with him. In the film’s opening scene, his demeanor is calm, smooth, and calculated. His attitude turns up a notch when he calmly threatens a colleague for money he owes Priest.

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The rest of the film follows Priest and his best friend/partner Eddie (Straight Outta Compton‘s Jason Mitchell) as they attempt to make a clean get-away from their lavish life of hustling—if only it were that easy. They run into jealous rivals wanting to wipe them off the map, dirty cops, and more.

Without the original film’s gritty look and feel (side note: I’ve never experienced the first film, so I’m just making assumptions here!), the glitz and glamour immediately attracts audiences. Furthermore, not much different from superhero films, Superfly offers fantastic hand-to-hand fight sequences mixed with the typical gunfight here and there.

In my opinion, Priest is a good person wishing to turn his life around despite his life’s circumstances. The ultimate connection I’m trying to make here is that Priest illustrates the narrative of a urban legend/anti-hero climbing his way to the top and refusing to be a product of his environment—something much more realistic than heroes and villains battling it out. How much realer can it get than that?

Additionally, crime-dramas typically reach a point of vulnerability when characters express thoughts and feelings reflecting real life dilemmas. At one point in the movie, a scene highlights the societal effects of police brutality in its rawest form, which allows for a true depiction the other characters put on full display.

With the exception of a few predictable plot lines, Director X’s modern take on Superfly is the blockbuster event of the summer you don’t wanna miss! Hit up the comment section and give me your feedback on the film!