Sadly we live in a world where acts of senseless violence continue to plague our communities. On Friday Dwyane Wade’s 32 year old cousin Nykea Aldridge was fatally shot and murdered while pushing a baby stroller in Chicago’s Parkway Gardens. Aldridge was clearly at the wrong place at the wrong time, when two men began to open fire hitting her in the head and arm. Although she was not the initial target she was later pronounced dead at the hospital, and now four kids will forever live without their mother.
My cousin was killed today in Chicago. Another act of senseless gun violence, four kids lost their mom for NO REASON. Unreal. #EnoughIsEnough. The city of Chicago is hurting. We need more help and more hands on deck. Not for me and my family but for the future of our world. The YOUTH!
This is something that didn’t start today, this is something that isn’t going to end tomorrow, hopefully,eventually, we can stop it.
On Saturday August 20th Christmas came early when the world was found drooling over their iphones and androids due to the long and highly anticipated sophomore album. As a result of the torture Ocean put us through, crazed fans lost their sanity when Frank Ocean blessed the hip hop spectrum with his visual album titled “Endless”, music video to intro “Nikes”, and surprised pop up shops located throughout New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London. Ocean’s team handed out free copies of his initial title LP, Boys Don’t Cry. The exclusive magazine also included the 17 track LP Blond with features from Kanye West, Beyonce, the late David Bowie, Kendrick Lamar, and Andre 3000. This elaborate magazine was far from disappointing; its size could be compared to a Vogue magazine which contained essays, poetry, and photos by many high ranked artists in the industry such as Yeezy himself.
The Grammy award winning artist disappeared from the face of the Earth. After four years of speculation to whether Ocean could ever redeem himself has truly come into fruition.
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Free tickets, free drinks, a view of some of the newest and dopiest art pieces plus live performances, you had me at the word free.
Last week Swizz Beatz held his national The Dean Collection also titled No Commission event geared to appreciate the aesthetics of a range and diverse culture of arts around the globe. Each artist was able to display their artwork for free and was given 100% of the sales which went straight back to the artists. If you weren’t there I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but getting lit isn’t one.
Throughout Thursday and Sunday Swizz Beatz entertained his guests with drinks (sponsored by Bacardi), food, special guests, and an overall good time. Live performances and special guests varied from Asap Rocky, Fabolous, Pusha T, Remy Ma, Fat Joe, DMX, Young Thug, Angie Martinez, and etc. This private event took place in Bronx, New York where artists and entrepreneurs from fashion, music, and art enthusiasts were able to network while spreading the importance of art to young millennials via social media. To top it off this event hit home for Swizzy because he grew up in the Bronx, guests were able to see the same projects that raised him on the Ferris wheel. While being interviewed by Angie Martinez from Power 105.1 he had this to say: (more…)
Meet the three girls that defines black girl magic with their diligence, melanin, and gold medals Simone Biles, Michelle Carter and Simone Manuel. In Rio, Brazil during the 2016 Olympics a gymnast, shot putter, and swimmer have all epitomized the true definition of remaining committed towards chasing your dreams.
Simone Biles is presently the first woman ever to be the all around world champion 3 years in a row. Biles unmatched dance and hardcore work ethics have astonished the judges and has given credits the opportunity to rename Biles the best female gymnast. Biles standing at 4 foot 9 inches and only being 19 years old has been linked to becoming the first gymnast since 1974 to win four consecutive all around titles at the U.S. National Championships. She has won fourteen championships medals, (ten being gold) the most ever won by any American female gymnast.
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Troy Ave was given the green light by his lawyer Scott Leemon to sue concert venue Irving Plaza and promoter Live Nation on behalf of their security’s negligence, which ended with Ave getting shot in the leg and the murder of his bodyguard/friend Ronald “Banga” McPhatter.
The “She Belongs to the Game” rapper has decided to file a lawsuit three months after the annihilation on May 25 during TI’s headlining concert for Irving Plaza’s lack of security and for not properly checking guests as they entered the venue. According to multiple sources Troy Ave allegedly believes the security of Irving Plaza’s lack of competence while working on the clock is the main reason a gun was able to enter the venue. Although the Brooklyn rapper was charged with attempted murder from a surveillance camera showing Ave firing a gun, that charge was later dropped and his lawyer insisted he took the gun from the man who killed his friend “Banga”. (more…)
As you may or may not know, The 6 God just celebrated the 7th annual OVO Fest in his hometown of Toronto, Canada this past weekend. The Canadian pop star had guest appearances from the likes of Future, Rihanna, Popcaan, Kanye West, and other countless artists.
Fans were gazed by Drake and Rihanna’s flirty performances to Work, as well as Too Good, and was later able to turn up to the trap lord Future. And just when you thought this concert couldn’t possibly get any more lit, Kanye being his godly self delivered an important message before his performance. While the crowd was amazed at Yeezy standing on stage, he stated that he and Drake are coming together for a collaborative album.
Kanye blurted out,
Toronto, I got one question for you, Is you all ready for this album, I’m not talking about Pablo.
Later Drake came out on stage to clear up any confusion by saying,
What my brother was asking before was, are you ready if we make an album
And you can imagine how the crowd lost their minds from there. Take a look below. (more…)
The “I got broads in Atlanta” rapper is the viral topic of conversation after his follow up to No. 1 smash hit “Panda”. You may not be able to make out what he’s saying, but his catchy lyrics are memorizing. After being introduced to the hip hop industry with his iconic memes and remixes, Desiigner has marked his territory with his newly single “Timmy Turner”.
With the pressure of being inducted into the XXL Freshman class of 2016, Desiigner launched another banger for his fans and anticipated doubters with one freestyle. “Timmy Timmy Turner, he been wishing for a burner to kill everybody walking,” sings the rapper whose voice has been compared to the dirty sprite rapper Future. It seems Kanye was spot on when choosing the 19 year old Brooklyn native rapper to represent the G.O.O.D music family. With his first mixtape New English released with features from his own squad Pusha T, it may seem safe to say Desiigner isn’t a one hit wonder. While we have to anxiously wait for his next move to kill everybody walking we’ll gracefully break down his contagious hook to “Timmy Turner”.
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Congratulations are in order to newly parents Wale and long term girlfriend Chloe Alexis. The couple birthed their little bundle of joy, Zyla Moon Oluwakemi, yesterday afternoon.
The rapper has always opened up about his personal life in his lyrics. Like on songs such as ‘The Matrimony” where he reminisces on their previous miscarriage. And unfortunately for that reason Wale says that is why he kept the pregnancy a secret this time around.
He took to Instagram with a beautiful message after his babygirl was born.
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Joe Budden is ranting again but it isn’t over petty social media beef. The rapper is focusing in on pertinent issues that are taking place throughout our communities on his new freestyle track Freedom.
At the start of the video you’ll see the heartfelt clip of Philando Castile’s girlfriend crying in the car with her daughter in the backseat saying, “It’s okay I’m right here with you”. The beat drops and the rapper begins to demand freedom over Beyonce’s Freedom record from her new album Lemonade. Mentioning names such as Sandra Bland, Eric Garner and Alton Sterling.
Great job Joe!
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Teyana Taylor did not come to play with us last night!
The 25 year old slayed her Lil’ Kim tribute last night at the Hip Hop Honors. At the beginning of the performance Lil Mama and Dej Loaf did a great job at impersonating The Queen B in some of her most memorable wigs and outfits but in the end it was Teyana who ultimately stole the show.
To make the performance even more appealing, Teyana was accompanied by Bad Boy Records very own and some of Kim’s former label mates such as The Lox and French Montana.
When Teyana found out she was taking part in this tribute she was ecstatic about it. The singer took to her Instagram with an old video of her imitating and dancing to Mo Money Mo Problems in her old Miami condo. Under the video she wrote:
😂😂😭😂SHMOOD: when I found out that I will be doing the@lilkimthequeenbee tribute for the#VH1Honors 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾#LiLKimOneOfMyFavs #TakeThatTakeThat😭😭😭😭😭😂
And it showed. She nailed it!
In case you missed it you can catch the full performance below. (more…)