Earlier today, Wiz Khalifa announced that he’ll be releasing the sequel to his 2011 album, Rolling Papers. The album will be titled Rolling Papers 2: The Weed Album. No word on a release date yet. Stay tuned for more details.
Unfortunately the Hip-Hop community is waking up to some very sad news this morning. It is being reported that Coke Boys rapper Chinx was fatally shot last night in his car just after 4 a.m. at Queens Boulevard and 84th Drive in Briarwood.
No other details as of yet except for a report by WABC-TV New York which you can check out here.
JAY Z REALLY wants Tidal to be your new streaming home. So bad that the GOAT has announced his ‘B-Sides’ concert in NYC on May 13th. The contest, which began this morning at 7:01am and ends on May 8th at 11:59pm, is pretty intriguing to say the least. In order to win two tickets, YOU sign up for Tidal, then curate a playlist focusing in on a certain set of rules. The playlist created will be judged on overall sequencing, incorporation of different genres of music and diversity of artist’s selected in your playlist. Personally, i think this is a brilliant idea but whomever is combing through these playlists and doing the judging has their work cut OUT for them.
In the event of a tie between Playlists, the Playlist with the highest score in the “Incorporation of different genres of music” category will be deemed a potential winner. In the event that there is still a tie, Sponsor will have an alternate judge review and judge the tied Playlist to break the tie. Sponsor reserves the right to not select one or more winners if, in its sole discretion, does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Playlists.
Terrence “J” Jenkins, co-anchor of E! News, actor and author, returned to his alma mater North Carolina A&T State University on April 24 to present a $100,000 endowment. Executives from NBCUniversal, the parent company of E!, joined Jenkins for a day of networking and professional development at the University.
In Jenkins’ honor, the department of journalism and mass communication declared April 24 ‘Terrence J Day.’ Campus events included a mentor’s breakfast and “Let’s Talk,” a networking session featuring Terrence J and moderated by N.C. A&T State alum and Vice President of News at NBC10 Philadelphia Anzio Williams.
“I am truly humbled to return to my alma mater and be in a position to give back to the same department and University that helped steer me on this incredibly rewarding career path. I’m inspired by the great work that NBCUniversal has contributed to N.C. A&T State and I am thankful to be able to work together with them on these important programs,” remarked Jenkins.
In March 2014, NBCUniversal established a partnership with N.C. A&T State to further develop initiatives to direct graduates of historically black colleges and universities into media careers. NBCUniversal donated $50,000 to N.C. A&T’s department of journalism and mass communication tosponsor the National Association of Black Journalists Multimedia Short Course held at N.C. A&T State and will continue a partnership with the university for four years.
“We are proud to join Terrence on this special day and continue our partnership with N.C. A&T State, which help prepare and equip students with the necessary tools to succeed in the competitive media industry,” said Craig Robinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal.
With the Entourage movie set to release in little over a month, Lebron James, who DID appear in the critically acclaimed series, has teamed up with the franchise to release a Lebron 12 Low colorway inspired by the original Entourage TV poster. The collaboration is set to release on May 7th. Oh and in case you haven’t heard, the new release date for the Entourage movie is now June 3rd!
So I thought Young Thug’s Barter 6 was a mixtape but according to 300 Entertainment it’s just a mixtape and his new album, Hy!£UN35, is set to drop on August 28th. Check out the official press release from Lyor Cohen of 300 Entertainment.
300 Entertainment recording artist Young Thug has announced the release of his new mixtape, BARTER 6. The collection, which marks the rapper’s first solo outing in more than two years, is available now at all digital retailers. Hy!£UN35, Young Thug’s long awaited debut album, arrives at last on August 28th. “300 is proud to present Young Thug! We believe he is a unique artist who will have a special place in the future of hip hop” – Lyor Cohen, 300 Entertainment
I don’t know what has gotten into Future lately but his relentless release of high quality music has been at an all time high. Yesterday, Future announced he will be dropping a new mixtape with Mike Will Made It titled, Ape Shit, no release date but expect it in the near future.
For the last week, the Internets have been up in arms about Hov’s latest “investment” (Hov copped for $56 million but is now valued at $250 million), Tidal, a new music streaming service that promises to improve the quality of music under all facets of the word. Not too long ago, The Carters, alongside J. Cole, Rihanna, Madonna, Daft Punk, Usher, Nicki Minaj and several other musical heavyweights gathered in Manhattan to declare music independence and raise their flag in the streaming service game.
Many in attendance and watching via Live Stream were elated to see such power on one stage but all shared the same thoughts surrounding the entire ordeal: What the FUCK is Tidal? From an overall judgement, we’ve gathered that TIDAL will give said artists who partner/side with the service will have more say so content wise and snatch more revenue (not sure how much different from Spotify, Pandora and BEATS). In an interesting move, Hovito has removed his first born, Reasonable Doubt from one of the competitors database (Spotify), while all his other projects sit comfortably (I’m listening to Kingdom Come as we speak).
To give music heads a better understanding of what Tidal actually is and what NEW purpose it will serve us in the future, Hov paid a visit to the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Mr. Z and Tidal executive, Vania Schlogel participated in a detailed Q&A lead by NYU professor Errol Kolosine who slung questions at Hov and Vania that were prepared by students. In this particular excerpt, Hov speaks on the immediate hate Tidal received after being revealed to the masses and even goes as far as addressing as NOT being present in Ferguson but present for Tidal. Interesting stuff.
JAY Z: I guess by having a conversation, and telling people what it is. That opinion came before we even explained what it was — “This thing is horrible! … What is it?” You know? You never hear Tim Cook’s net worth whenever he tries to sell you something. Steve Jobs, God bless, he had to have been pretty rich — nobody’s ever said, “Oh, the rich getting richer! I won’t buy an iPhone!” Yeah, right. It’s not about being pretentious; again, this is a thing for all artists. You pay $9.99 for Spotify, so why not $9.99 for Tidal. We’re not asking for anything else, we’re just saying that we’ll spread that money to artists more fairly. We’re not saying anything other than that, and we’re saying that we’re in a position to bring light to this issue. We’re using our power that way. And of course there are greater causes, of course. This is not mutually exclusive — there are other problems, real problems going on in the world. We don’t miss the problems; we try to take care of them all. Imagine the President: he has to take care of ISIS, gay rights, equal pay for women, discrimination — all at the same time! So, you can’t say “You started this site when you should be out in St. Louis!” It’s like, okay, J. Cole is out in St. Louis. I wasn’t in St. Louis, but I was in the governor’s office. Because, we can march all day long but if the laws don’t change, then we’ll be marching again and it’ll just be a different slogan on the shirt, and that’s a greater tragedy as well. Everyone has to play their part, everyone has to do different things, and it all has to happen at the same time.
Frank Ocean just announced via Tumblr that his new album, Boys Don’t Cry, is due out this July! Man, it feels like forever since he released his last album, Channel Orange, back in 2012.
LA’s Power 106 just announced the full lineup for their upcoming Powerhouse 2015 event! The event will include performances from Kanye West, Ludacris, Nipsey Hussle, Tech N9ne, Tinashe, and more. Tickets go on sale April 9th at 10:00 AM. Powerhouse 2015 will take place on May 16th.