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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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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!
On an unrelated note, 2 new posts go live @ 5 and 5:15!

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.”

🙏🏾 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.

♠-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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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!

♠-TheOriginalChatman♠

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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.