Mahershala Ali dropped some fire bars during an interview and we now demand to know if we’re gonna get an album or nah.During an interview at the this year's Toronto International Film Festival, television personality Amanda Parris asked the “Luke Cage” star to spit somethin’ and he delivered a flawless freestyle.That time I asked Mahershala Ali to drop some bars live on stage with no warning and he delivered 🔥🔥🔥(Part 1)#TIFF18
pic.twitter.com/7LPyTsTv1R— Amanda Parris (@amanda_parris) September 12, 2018(Part 2) of Mr. Mahershala Ali’s 🔥 on the spot verse at #TIFF18
pic.twitter.com/FDQECUOVq1— Amanda Parris (@amanda_parris) September 12, 2018The 44-year-old is best known for the roles he plays on camera and being the first Muslim to win an Oscar. But before he had Hollywood shooketh with his impeccable acting skills, he stood behind the mic as Prince Ali. According to US Weekly, Ali started record label Eye5 Recordings and dropped the Corner Ensemble mixtape in 2006. The following year, he released the Curb Side Service album.The "Moonlight" star spoke candidly about his love of hip-hop in 2016. Dude even has a cat named after Nas.“I love hip-hop. It’s such an appendage for me. It’s something that’s always shaped my experience out in the world. I always make mixtapes for every character that I’m playing,” he told GQ.Based on that freestyle, Prince Ali still has it and he needs to drop us a lil somethin’ somethin.’Liking this content? Check these out:Trailer Released For Mahershala Ali In 'Green Book,' On True Story Of Unlikely 1960s-Set FriendshipSurprise! HBO Releases Trailer For 'True Detective' Season 3 Starring Mahershala Ali‘Green Book’ Pushes Past Generic Storytelling To Present A Stunning Tale Of Race Relations In The...
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill turned 20 years old on August 25, 2018, and, like many others, I found myself listening to the album, falling back in-step with my favorite tracks. It was like catching up with an old friend who I still texted every now and then, but had yet to have the heart to heart we both deserve, whether due to time, life or both. So, when I settled into the listening session with a glass of wine, my notepad and rapt attention, I was ready to go deep.As I sat, allowing the music to wash over me and reflect on the lessons it’s taught me, I could not help but think about how incredibly lucky we are to have had the honor of receiving this masterpiece. Lauryn Hill’s gift to the millions of girls, who would become women and mothers, and shape this world, was that she gave us her everything on this album – even more than we could have hoped to receive — and yet, we, her audience, have always begged for more.We have wanted her to perform it for us, unchanged from the CDs and vinyls we played in our youth; we have lamented when she showed up late to performances. But, if we were really listening in 1998, we would not have been all too surprised with what happened after this album’s release. Still, it is evident in our expectations that, though we listened and fell in love with the album, we always remained unaware of what Lauryn has always known: that kind of magic cannot be recreated.To her credit, Ms. Lauryn Hill has never tried to recreate it, instead, she has given us varying levels of genius, works that – once out of the shadow of Miseducation – would stand as amazing projects in their own right. But they are in the shadow, and what a shadow it is. Not only for its critical acclaim and regard within the industry, but for its place in the hearts of its fans – this is where the shadow looms the largest.It is said that “the songs of your youth are the songs that come to define you”; if that is the case, then Miseducation defines a generation. It is the album we grew up on or the one that grew with us, as the soundtrack to our first heartbreak in our teens, to the one that cut the deepest in our 20s – to the shifting of cultural perspectives and the changes that come with success – The Miseducation does something albums rarely achieve: it grows with the audience, in both meaning and direction, while remaining unchanged from its original context.That is what true art does: it shifts the gaze of the viewer, or in this case, listener, so that one must simultaneously contend with the magnitude of its greatness while also acknowledging that even in embracing the genius, we have still only ever scratched the surface. In other words, this has so many uncovered layers that 20 years in, we are still only at the beginning of what this album means (as I'm sure people will refer to Solange’s A Seat at the Table, Beyonce’s Lemonade, and Janelle Monae’s Dirty Computer, when their moments come).The Miseducation is the album that made me fall in love with music, fostering my love for hip-hop soul; it’s the reason I learned to play the guitar when I was 12, came to peace with who I saw in the mirror, grew wings I didn’t know I needed and found strengths I didn’t know I had in the moments I needed it most – and it has done that for a generation of women who woke up and saw a dark-skinned woman with dreadlocks and natural beauty amplified to the highest point. Long before black girl magic was a hashtag, Lauryn Hill personified it. In fact, I could never fully articulate what the album has meant to me and for women who look like me, but what I can do is share with you the lessons it taught me, then reinforced, throughout seminal moments of my life.Here are my lessons in healing:1. Find inner peace and the strengths to live for yourself and make decisions from your heart."And every time I try to be, what someone else thought of meSo caught up, I wasn't able to achieve"We know from the title track that the answers to everything and anything exist within you, no matter what. This is a theme often repeated throughout the track and project, especially on "Zion" when she sings, “Look at your career they said … but instead, I chose to use my heart.” This is yet another reminder that so many people are going to have opinions about what you should do with your life, but at the end of the day, it is your life and you’re the only one that will have to answer for the choices you make along the way. So, make sure you’re running the race you want to run and not the one everyone else thinks you should.2. Don’t give up your personal power for an unworthy lover.When she sings, “I loved real, real hard once, but the love wasn’t returned,” I feel in it the depths of my soul, because at one point or another, we’ve all had the ghost of an unrequited love echo in our steps after we finally found the strength to walk away. This theme is echoed through the project, and as we learn later on "Ex-Factor," "I Used to Love Him," and "Tell Him," walking away from the kind of love that convinces you that you are never enough, opens the doors to the love of self, which tells you what the heart was screaming all along: You are more than enough.3. Progress may come slowly, but change will come eventually.I learned this important lesson in listening to "Everything is Everything" (which is possibly my favorite track on the album, but PLEASE don’t ask me to choose). I first heard the song when I was 13 and unwilling to accept deception instead of what is the truth (see what I did there?). It was a call to arms that became my war cry. For a 13-year-old black girl questioning everything around me, this song let me know it was OK to ask the questions, dream bigger than my circumstance and believe that I would somehow make my dreams a reality, despite all the odds stacked against me. The theme was revolutionary in 1998, but is as relevant today as it was at the time of release.“Sometimes it seems, we’ll touch that dream,but things come slow or not at all.And the ones on top, won’t make it stopso convinced that they might fall.Let’s love ourselves and we can’t failto make a better situation.Tomorrow our seeds will growall we need is dedication.”Ms. Hill touched on themes that our generation is finally starting to enact. Progress, though slow and daunting at times, is being made from Black Panther, HBO’s Insecure, conferences like AfroTech and companies like Blavity, creating safe spaces for blactivists who are taking our fights off the frontlines and into boardrooms of VC firms, production offices and record labels, demanding equity. To the covers of magazines and the companies launched for us by us about us, we are demanding a change of the old guard and refusing to settle for anything less.The fight for independence and this generation’s core competency of understanding our worth was started long before we were even thought of, with a little girl, skinny legs, a press and curl, and mother who always thought she’d be a star. Thank you, Ms. Lauryn Hill for this album, work and legacy.We are forever indebted to you for sharing it with...
Amid an eventful week, Nicki Minaj remembered to drop her “Barbie Dreams” music video.The colorful video features Minaj in bright outfits with matching technicolor wigs to go along with them. The Trini rapper was accompanied by a few puppets who resemble several famous faces including Drake, Lil Wayne and DJ Khaled.Nicki Minaj turns rappers into puppets in new Barbie Dreams video. No shoe throwing though. pic.twitter.com/CtNN6sDvoP— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) September 11, 2018 The music video has drawn mixed reactions from the culture. The Barbz feel like their queen slayed.I JUST CAN'T TAKE THIS SO EASY!!!! QUEEN NICKI IS SNATCHING SOME WIGS AGAIN!!!! WOOOOOOO! #BarbieDreamsVideo
pic.twitter.com/QODD9GDunO— Barbie Dreams 👛 (@donwaldjennerr) September 11, 2018This Barbie Dreams video brought me back to ‘09 Nicki Minaj when I first met her. 😢😢😢
COLOR! WIGS! OUTFITS! ZOOM UP SHOTS TO THE EYES! STUTTERING BACKGROUND! BARBIE! ROMAN!
I can’t. I CAN NUUUUUUUUH 🔥🔥🔥 #BarbieDreamsVideo
pic.twitter.com/wZjYPBp3W9— Oliver TwiXt (@HeIsOliverTwiXt) September 11, 2018Ok so Nicki just slayed every look in Barbie Dreams video pic.twitter.com/52FgXMZf6i— Nae-Nae 😈 (@Naeeee_Elaine) September 11, 2018hello hi yes boss sorry I'm late for work I've been watching the Barbie Dreams music video on repeat in the lobby for half an hour 🤷🏽♀️🙃🤷🏽♀️😂— PETTY LABELLE (@IceNineKilledMe) September 11, 2018
While others seemed underwhelmed.So Nicki looks beautiful in the Barbie Dreams video and the quality is stunning. But aside from Chun Li & Barbie Tingz, every video has just been her awkwardly showing off her body with half concepts. BD video coulda been great & hilarious if it focused on just the puppets.— Sorry Bout It (@JRodEsShady) September 11, 2018Barbie Dreams video was kinda disappointing. Now , she looked AHMAZING. Her wigs were slated, her makeup was banging and her body was absolute goals. However, for such an epic song, I expected more than video photo shoot. It could have been saved for the song’s second half.— BangtanSonyeonDAMN! (@Edwn_ah) September 11, 2018The video for Barbie Dreams was boring lets be honest. Aside from some good outfits and hairstyles it was bland. No amount of muppets cod have saved it.— Gus (@HoueMaisLaMode) September 11, 2018That Barbie dreams video woulda been so smash if she could have actually got some of the rappers to show up....... pic.twitter.com/nZfQ8SlNCB— she_dreadzme (@She_DreadzMe) September 11, 2018That Barbie Dreams video was just cute wigs and a whole bunch of nothing pic.twitter.com/WotEWWW90q— Opa Locka Princess (@50ShadesOfPetty) September 11, 2018
Some believe she borrowed from enemy Lil Kim. Barbie Dreams isnt nothing but “ Crush on you” 2.0 pic.twitter.com/fNefhhOc6i— Hide- Li (@BardiGang101) September 11, 2018Barbie dreams do sound like dreams by lil Kim. The video is inspired by Kim too. 🤦🏿♀️— Mob Ties (@doseofkee) September 11, 2018Barbie Dreams also gives me knock off “Crush on You” video 🤷🏾♂️— BJ (@2wICE_as_nICE) September 11, 2018Will Nicki ever get tired of copying Lil Kim? pic.twitter.com/h4gyrTvSwi— King Ali (@KingRemyMa) September 11, 2018Which one is Lil kim. ? All of them 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/DkM43HZAwz— Iamkysonwilliams (@Eugeneevanjones) September 11, 2018
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Rapper Mac Miller has been found dead, TMZ reports.Law enforcement officials confirmed the "Self Care" rapper was found unresponsive at his San Fernando Valley, California home around noon on Friday and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 26 years old.Mac Miller made headlines not just for his music, but for his personal life as well, such as when he dated Ariana Grande. The couple eventually broke up, and it was speculated at the time that his troubles with substance abuse had something to do with the split.In the past few months, the rapper severely wrecked his car and was arrested for a DUI in a hit and run after he turned himself in. Grande tweeted a message of support at his after the incident.Mac Miller was reportedly set to being a tour next month to promote his new album, Swimming.In an interview with Vulture this week, the rapper discussed his demons, which he often rapped about in his music.When asked about his troubles and how they've affected his image, he told the magazine, "it just seems exhausting to always be battling something … to always be battling for what you think your image is supposed to be. You’re never going to be able to get anything across. … No one’s gonna ever really know me. You know what I mean? That’s okay. The people that have the best chance of knowing me, that would like to, would just be by listening to my music."Miller also said he took periods of extreme joy and extreme depression as normal parts of life.“I really wouldn’t want just happiness,” he said. “And I don’t want just sadness either. I don’t want to be depressed. I want to be able to have good days and bad days … I can’t imagine not waking up sometimes and being like, ‘I don’t feel like doing shit.’ And then having days where you wake up and you feel on top of the world.”Now, check these out: Smoke DZA & Pete Rock team up for "Limitless"Bishop Apologizes For Inappropiately Touching Ariana Grande At Aretha Franklin's HomegoingThere's A Twitter Thread Showing Your Favorite Rappers With Their Furry Companions And It's Doggone...
Rapper Plane Jaymes is calling out homophobia in the hip-hop community after being shelved by Yo Gotti and his CMG label for being gay. The recording artist took to Instagram on Tuesday to express his grievances after keeping quiet for two years. He explained that his deal with the label fell through after the men learned he had a boyfriend. View this post on Instagram
@yogotti You said you believed in me and wanted to help me change ppls lives for the better. Up until you & @keonn55 found out I had a boyfriend. I looked up to y’all. I gained a lot of experience from being with y’all and I’m forever greatful for that. But the fact that me being gay is why y’all no longer wanted me apart of the team is honestly fucked up. I took these pics down cause keon told me to just so y’all could be “comfortable”. Y’all won’t put my music out but I’m still stuck in that contract I signed w #CMG which says y’all own the rights to pretty much all my publishing & everything I do unless y’all terminate that contract. Can’t reach y’all thru phone/email & that ain’t been working for over 2yrs so if I’m “canceled / shelved” & not family like y’all said I was, all because I’m gay then what’s the deal. Tired of struggling all because of who I chose to love. And if this is how it’s gonna be I’ma just have to chalk putting out music period.A post shared by 🛩 (@planejaymes) on Sep 4, 2018 at 3:38pm PDTJaymes expounded on his claims in a Wednesday interview with DJ Booth where he revealed the turmoil began after rumors about his sexuality began to circulate. “By the time I was ready to get my ticket to leave from Florida to go do some work with Gotti’s homie B Mimms, I had got a call from two of my friends saying, ‘Yo, somebody’s spreading a rumor about you being gay,’” Jaymes told the outlet. “I got a call from my manager, and he was like, ‘Is that what’s going on? Well, I don’t rock like that, son. I’m out.’”Shortly following this conversation, in January 2017, he said he received a call from CMG Vice President Keon in which he revealed the label "don’t really f**k with nobody like that.’”Knowledge of the incident caused many to call out the need for a talk about homophobia in popular culture, especially the hip-hop and black communities.Hip hop will have to reckon with homophobia at some point. Likely soon. This is trash https://t.co/0JXlOja84J— Felonious Munk (@Felonious_munk) September 6, 2018Gotta start calling him Hoegotti again, just the way Ddolph told us to— ✨fuck off ✨ (@Zainaaaab_) September 6, 2018i don’t agree with yo gotti, homophobia, or none of that. but the least he could do is let @PlaneJaymes out the contract. like what type of shit is this? https://t.co/O8u3AvdNob— mini mamba✌🏾 (@Naj_ToTheJayy) September 6, 2018
@PlaneJaymes you do you. F the rest.— Justin Short Swiftie Since 06 (@Justin__Short) September 7, 2018Despite the offenses here, Jaymes assures that he doesn't harbor hatred toward the CMG crew. However, he does deserve respect as that's only fair. "Honestly, I believe in fairness," Jaymes concludes. "I don’t believe in getting over on people, I just believe in not making anybody’s life miserable out of spite."Now, check these out: Nine Moments That Prove Mercury Needs To Stay The Hell Out Of RetrogradeIssa Wrong Moooooove: Doja Cat Criticized Over Homophobic TweetThis Man Confronted A Homophobic White Mob Chasing Gay People After A Pride Festival; Then He Was Attacked...
Most cities commemorate historical landmarks with a simple plaque, but in Houston that tradition has been remixed thanks to a few well-placed signs.Graphic designer Jay Shells traveled to Houston, Texas, to post signs featuring rap lyrics around the city. The signs were posted near landmarks mentioned in the lyrics, and feature bars from greats like Bun B, Paul Wall, K-Ro, Travis Scott and even Drake. View this post on Instagram
Here’s one for @travisscott Definitely the newest lyric/song from the Houston installation. Also, this song is 🔥A post shared by Jay Shells ~ Jason Shelowitz (@jayshells_) on Sep 2, 2018 at 1:15pm PDT
Officials in Houston liked what they saw so much, they reached out to the New Yorker for an official collaboration on Twitter.Hey @TheRapQuotes
@jayshells we LOVE what you're doing for Houston!! We'd like to work together with you + @HoustonTX Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs to make sure the art stays up. In a DM can you send us your contact info so we can talk about the project? pic.twitter.com/LY8rjtN1Ba— Houston Public Works (@HoustonPWE) September 4, 2018“Hey @TheRapQuotes @jayshells we LOVE what you're doing for Houston!! We'd like to work together with you + @HoustonTX Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs to make sure the art stays up. In a DM can you send us your contact info so we can talk about the project?” the public works department tweeted.Houston Public Works rep Alanna Reed believes the signs are a proper tribute to Houston hip-hop."We love them, and we think that they are great and we want to work with him to make this happen, maybe even put more up," Reed told the Houston Chronicle. "It's a way for the city to highlight an important part of its culture.” View this post on Instagram
Here you go @z_ro I hope you dig! #therapquotesA post shared by Jay Shells ~ Jason Shelowitz (@jayshells_) on Sep 1, 2018 at 5:42pm PDT
Reed also believes official city backing will stop thieves from stealing the signs.Houston’s signs are the latest installation of an ongoing project for artist Shells, who has taken his talents to several cities including Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Philly and New Orleans, according to his website.Liking this content? Check these out: Houston Ballet Soloist, Harper Watters, Imagines Future Possibilities In This Rousing Short FilmThe Hip-Hop Version Of Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Mean Tweets’ Is Here, And It’s All We Ever WantedHere's The Deeper Meaning I Took Away From Childish Gambino's 'Feels Like Summer' Music...
The Afropunk Festival rose to notoriety for its inclusivity of non-conforming black folks, a concept that some festival goers have begun to question.One couple attending the late August festivities in Brooklyn accused Afropunk of exchanging inclusivity for intolerance. Erika Hart and her partner, Ebony Donnely, claimed via social media posts that they were thrown out of the VIP section for wearing a handmade shirt which read "Afropunk sold out for white consumption." *Thread* My partner and I were just escorted out of backstage by two large security guards because his shirt reads “Afropunk sold out for white consumption” #afropunk— Ericka Hart (@iHartEricka) August 27, 2018At an event that claims to be punk, a stand against racism and resistance to kick us out of a space because the owner and his followers were butt hurt is the complete opposite of why we come #Afropunk— Ericka Hart (@iHartEricka) August 27, 2018
The feeling that follows calling out a major institution is not fair and likely what stops people from speaking out. I do hope people get the issue is way bigger than being forcibly kicked out of a space for wearing a shirt. Afropunk’s Instagram photo reads #notrumpism and yet I’m pretty sure #matthewmorgan behaved in the same ways Trump does: I don’t like what you have to say, so you are out. The most disheartening part about speaking up about something is that we don’t have hella celebrity backing or a large machine behind us to protect us from any retribution or fallout or upset that comes with it by the institution especially one that colludes with @instagram to take messages down or stop a hashtag, etc. and the other black people questioning our motives cause of how much they’ve been harmed into silence. I get it. We live in a country that claims to encourage speaking out and yet when it’s done, you are policed and asked “so why did you come?” It’s my own internalized antiblackness that I know people have been harmed at @afropunk and by the festival organizers, people who look like me and I went anyway and that’s a larger intracommunal convo of all the shit we participate in even though we know it’s harmful. I don’t want to support an event that doesn’t care about black people even one that I like. And resistance looks like disrupting a space even one that I like. Performative activism diminishes people’s work, which is also why we are getting questioned for wearing the shirt at the event. Should we have stayed home and tweeted about it? . I hope that this incident has us all check our anti-Blackness. We ALL have it. Listen and support Black people. We aren’t the only ones. Black people die for much less with no visibility. . . . . . #afropunk18 #performativeactivism #antiblackness #dothework #calloutinstitutions #boycottredapplenailsA post shared by Ericka Hart, M.Ed. (@ihartericka) on Aug 28, 2018 at 9:17am PDTAccording to Donnely, the duo was invited to spend time in VIP as compensation for Hart participating in a documentary collaboration with Mass Appeal. Donnely's shirt soon became a focal point which allegedly led AfroPunk owner Matthew Morgan to begin questioning with "no interest of dialogue." As the exchange escalated, the couple was ultimately kicked out with Morgan allegedly saying, “This is my house. This is MY house. They have to leave.” Hart and Donnely's story caused waves on social media, and they haven’t been the only people to question whether Afropunk has forgotten its roots.your annual reminder that Black punks BEEN critiquing Afropunk for YEARS now and the current popularity of the festival is absolutely built on the re-marginalization of the Black punks who created the festival in the first place.— juju jones (@so_treu) August 26, 2018afropunk kicking someone out for wearing a t-shirt stating "afropunk sold out for white consumption" while continuing to tote Black radical + (diluted) punk traditions as their brand + digital presence is why you lot in the Black capitalist crowd cannot be trusted— vanessa taylor (@BaconTribe) August 27, 2018Amid the backlash, the organization addressed the controversy in a Wednesday Instagram post.A statement from AFROPUNK.A post shared by AFROPUNK (@afropunk) on Sep 4, 2018 at 10:39am PDT"We are living in incredibly challenging and oppressive political times. As Black people, we face overwhelming confrontations—systemic racism, social injustice, disproportionate rates of incarceration, higher health disparities, and the ravages of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. We are under attack. The AFROPUNK platform was conceived to celebrate Black excellence and create a safe space for Black folks who are marginalized men and women, gender non-conforming, and those considered other by white heteronormative powers that be. We give our AFROPUNK community a voice, a platform and a space to express themselves and be their authentic and unapologetic selves. Being activists is hard, uncomfortable, and sometimes complicated. There was an unfortunate incident at AFROPUNK Brooklyn with Ericka Hart and her partner/friend Ebony Donnley, and friend Lorelei Black were asked to leave a backstage area of the festival which was for talent and working staff. The couple/friends were escorted back to the VIP section where they stayed for the rest of the evening. We have great respect for Ericka and Ebony and would never kick them out of AFROPUNK."The organization went on to issue an apology to Hart and Donnely, expressing that mistreatment was never the intent."We are sorry that Ericka and Ebony feel mistreated," the statement continued. "That was not, nor has it ever been, our intention. We have supported Ericka and her activism for many years. We celebrate her voice, her activism and her black body. She is a part of our AFROPUNK community."Afropunk adds that the organization will stay true to its mission of uplifting the black community. Following the organization's official statement, Afropunk's editor-in-chief, Lou Constant-Desportes, announced on Facebook he had resigned. In his statement, Constant-Desportes accuses the company of mistreating its employees and using "performative 'activism' dipped in consumerism and 'woke' keywords" to make money."I have experienced and witnessed so many lies, gaslighting, disrespect, victim-blaming, exploitation, not to mention overworked, undervalued and underpaid staff being kept in precarious situations, that my only consolation was producing editorial work that could somewhat be independent and serve the community," Constant-Desportes wrote. "I also was in denial for a while about how violent what I and others had been through was."The former editor-in-chief claims Afropunk tried to coerce him into signing a "non-disclosure agreement in exchange for 'hush money'" once he informed company leadership of his decision, but he refused because he believes "staying silent is not doing anyone justice, not to mention that it keeps me and others in harm's way. We deserve better."Constant-Desportes is credited with transforming the Afropunk website from an online message board to the media outlet it is today, according to Get In Media. He took the job after studying journalism in Paris. The organization has never had another editor-in-chief, and in an interview with Get In Media, Constant-Desportes described his role with the company as being very hands-on. "I actually research and find most of the topics and artists covered on Afropunk.com," the former editor-in-chief said. "I think that’s why people enjoy Afropunk, we don’t just post whatever publicists send our way, and we go and look for great things to cover."Afropunk has yet to issue a statement on Constant-Desportes' resignation. Now, check these out:Nigerian Police Raid Hotel, Arresting 42 Men For Suspicion Of Engaging In 'Homosexual Acts'5 Ways To Support The Black LGBTQ Community In Times Of UncertaintyA Millennial Love Story: How This Couple Is Setting A New Standard Of Black...
Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover, the incomparable) may be trying to make an addition to his already lengthy, illustrious list of threats: actor, writer, director, singer, rapper, comedian, improvisational auteur, one of the few black people in space and now, the Fred Hampton of hip-hop.Gambino recently dropped the video for "Feels Like Summer," a track from his most recent release, Summer Pack. The video features an animated Gambino strolling down a street that's somewhere in the world of every black dream. Joining him are animated versions of some of the biggest names in, primarily, the hip-hop community, all enjoying a beautiful summer day. There's Raesremmund running around spraying the likes of J. Cole with waterguns, Oprah and Tiffany Haddish braiding the hair of Lil Uzi Vert and Zendaya, not to mention Lil Yachty, Jay-Z, 21 Savage, Janelle Monae and so many more. With so much vitriol being sprayed from either side of Hip-Hop's generational gap, Gambino attempts to bridge the divide with this video.By no means is he the first to try, just the first to try his way. DMC of Run-DMC recently made a video comparing today's hip-hop to the height of disco, and ultimately projecting the latter's self-destruction on today's most popular music genre as an attempt to implore change. J. Cole has admirably tried to impart wisdom on the new generation of rappers through his music, though his lyrics have been too easily perceived as him talking down to his target audience when delivered from his pedestal. Gambino's gospel, on the other hand, preaches zero criticism, is devoid of any hierarchy and professes only love, communal love.The video overlooks streaming numbers, lyric complexity, artitsts' upbringing and so on to show figures from both sides of the gap living in harmony. In other words, it depicts a community. Together, it's what they all constitute, but also what recent events — whether it be 6ix9ine's constant trolling or Eminem firing his Kamikaze at today's state of rap — show many of them have individually lost a sense of. When the song's lyrics long for change, the video depicts solemn images of those in need of this community's support, calling for empathy on the behalf of the Kid Cudis, Kanyes and Chris Browns, evoking the memory of Whitney and Michael who also fell victim to the pitfalls of fame, but didn't get the support that today's divide denies those who still stand to benefit from it. It doesn't mean turning a blind eye to the mistakes they've made, but maybe to spark dialogue before jumping to canceling them.Like J. Cole, Gambino's imparting wisdom likely gained when both sides of the generational gap were unwilling to recognize his legitimacy in hip-hop. Like DMC, he's imploring change in perspective that intended to foster acceptance — acceptance of one another, acceptance of their role and responsibilities as a community, and the acceptance of change in itself. It's a message that deserves eyes and ears far beyond the world of hip-hop, but in times as divisive as these, any place is a good place to...
Outside of being one of the baddest entertainers in the universe, Beyoncé is also known for her poised and polished nature. But during Queen Bey's second On The Run tour, it's become apparent that there's a general dearth of f**ks being given. We're not sure if it's the twins or getting older or being able to fully enjoy the second tour with her husband, but we are here for it. In honor of the 37th Bey day, we've compiled some clips from the On The Run II tour to help us all appreciate what happens when Beyoncé lives her best life.So nice seeing Beyoncé having fun. She’s worked so hard for so long, and is such a perfectionist.
She’s just out here having a good time with her man. I’m - pic.twitter.com/2YsQ4c0ZrQ— 💣💥 to FREEDOM (@ItsJamesTav) September 2, 2018Beyoncé really be having fun on stage and while interacting with the crowd, she’s so precious I love her so much pic.twitter.com/X3IDufV4io— 🦎 (@paperboyblues) August 26, 2018Freestyling FunBey definitely knows her way around an 8-count. Iconic dance moments like Beychella had everybody mad obsessed with recreating the routine. But, sometimes Bey just wants to bop around. We love a silly Bey! Beyoncé what's going on??? 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/hh9sWVH4iQ— On The Run Tour (@otrmoments) August 29, 2018What is Beyoncé doing? She really aint got no sense when she has that braid 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/zcmNPkoi4f— Beyoncefucdme (@beyoncefucdme) July 31, 2018“i don’t know what i’m doing” skkssjjsjs pic.twitter.com/0yksF8wcfk— 𝟡-𝟜-𝟠𝟙 (@yoncesmix) August 19, 2018Got folks what homegirl is even doing. Living her best damn life, that's what. The Baddest BBey always had an idea she was the baddest girl in the game (now wearing Jay's chain), but the level in which she now knows her influence is something to behold. We stan a confident queen.37 years of PURE EXCELLENCE 👑✨ #HappyBirthdayBeyoncé
pic.twitter.com/Sxs6fGslBE— Sailor_ BΔK! (@SailorOkoye) September 4, 2018You're cool. I'm out. #OTRII
pic.twitter.com/3tVaMpGIim— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) September 1, 2018And we always here for those renditions of "Resentment."But... #OTRII
pic.twitter.com/mxRuxKmmQe— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) August 26, 2018Bey be like, "I know she was attractive..."Oh, and she even makes almost falling look better than everyone else's standing up.Beyoncé almost fell down the stairs and she handled it like the Queen that she is. 👑 #Nashvillehttps://t.co/m47AMvyWCv
pic.twitter.com/aO5dISsBKb— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) August 24, 2018 Love To The HiveThe Hive is always ready for some interaction with their queen and OTR II hasn't had any shortage of that. Her interactions with fans, no matter how seemingly trivial, have been a sight to behold.Beyoncé interacting with the fans. 💖 #OTRII
pic.twitter.com/PCkxyDycGu— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) September 1, 2018Beyoncé with this hair. 🔥 #OTRII
pic.twitter.com/EvBnWwmjGf— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) September 1, 2018That Awkward AmbushDuring an August 25 tour stop in Atlanta, two men tried to bum-rush the stage in an apparent attempt to reach Jay and Bey as they exited the stage. Of course their plans were foiled when security finally caught up to them. The whole thing was such a fiasco, even the dancers got buck and tried to stop them.Of course, it was all caught on tape.WATCH: 2 men run on stage during Beyonce & Jay-Z's performance in Atlanta last night.
The men were quickly tackled by the dancers.
The Queen is safe!!! pic.twitter.com/sjruhIIrf6— Kgopolo Phil Mphela (@PhilMphela) August 26, 2018Though the situation did cause a fright, once the power couple's safety was assured, it was kind off funny -- even Bey got a laugh out of it.During a second appearance in the city, she poked fun at the bizarre incident.Beyoncé double-checking to make sure there's no one behind them this time around. 😂 #OTRII
pic.twitter.com/oSVT41nqLA— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) August 27, 2018That's right, B! Bet they won't try that again.She and Jay figured it would be fun to take the running joke on the tour with them and fans have been living for it. Beyoncé making sure there's no one behind them once again. 😂 #OTRII
pic.twitter.com/CzOmcD7Ubn— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) August 30, 2018Beyoncé and Jay Z will never let this go 😂 @BeyLegion
pic.twitter.com/9RdBBHNvEI— Josue Ponce (@HeyJosuePonce) September 1, 2018Keep living Yoncé and happy 37th Bey Day!Liking this content? Check these out: The Carters Shared New Intimate Photos But The Internet Refused To Let Jay-Z LiveEverything Really Is Love: These 'OTR II Tour' Dancers Got Married In Jamaica And Are On The Run As NewlywedsJAY-Z And Beyoncé Are Now Allowing Fans To Register To Vote While On The Run With...
Though our forever First Lady Michelle Obama is one of black America’s most beloved mamas, an animated depiction of her bear hugging a crying Kanye West in Childish Gambino’s “Feels Like Summer” music video is a bit much for some. Earlier this summer, Childish Gambino dropped a Summer Pack featuring two new wavy songs — "Feels Like Summer" and "Summertime Magic." As the season comes to an end, Gambino finally dropped a visual for "Feels Like Summer," and while not as intense as the optics for his hit single "This Is America," it is not without powerful imagery to align with an eventful summer 2018.The nearly five-minute animation features cartoon cameos of celebrities such as Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott, Drake and Future, The Migos, Outkast, and more. But the scene that’s been most buzzed about features a crying Kanye West in a "MAGA" hat. Behind him, Michelle Obama embraces him in a hug. It’s left the Twitterverse asking: what is the meaning? It's no secret that 'Ye went on a Trump supporting tangent earlier this year, causing many people to cancel him from their lives and music libraries. Consequently, the depiction has gathered criticism as folks are wondering if Gambino is suggesting it's black women's job to save the soul of a black man gone astray.@donaldglover Just so you know, it is not the job of Black women to heal or fix Black men. Black women do not exist to be other people's mules. #childishgambino
#FeelsLikeSummer— Sojourner I am the Dragon breathing Fire Okoye (@LegalSojourner) September 2, 2018childish gambino depicting michelle obama as like a savior for kanye is such bs lmao i’m tired of black women needing to “save” black men so they can come to their senses about who they are and the realities of the world we live in— ugh (@wasteofdevotion) September 2, 2018Another representation of Black Women standing with Black Men through their toughest times... & still be able to build them up #FeelsLikeSummer
pic.twitter.com/zIwfDqqiqR— Khadijah Segura (@KhadijahSegura7) September 2, 2018Others believe the scene suggests West simply needs a gentle reminder of where he came from. I didn't see this visual of Michelle Obama hugging Kanye West and instantly think that black women are savior, I just thought it was a sweet image of Michelle Obama [a mother figure] hugging Kanye a broken man who has lost his mother and could use some wholesome motherly love. pic.twitter.com/i3z7FPRaxc— (June·Ya Boon·Ya) (@junyabunya) September 3, 2018People are mad that gambinos video shows Michelle Obama hugging Kanye and they’re taking it to mean it’s black womens job to heal black men and not that Kanye could use a motherly figure in his life since he’s clearly still pretty upset after the loss of his mother— Lil Cutie Vert (@DarioColon1) September 2, 2018I think everyone is misinterpreting that Childish Gambino music video with the image of Kanye crying with Michelle Obama hugging him smh— #IWontExplain (@_DesPain_) September 3, 2018Last week, West headed back to his hometown of Chicago where he sat down with WGCI to discuss his foolish actions, including his problematic commentary about slavery being a choice. "I want to take this moment right now to say I'm sorry for the one-two effect of the MAGA hat into the slave comment," West said. "I'm sorry to people who felt let down by that moment. And also I appreciate you guys giving me the opportunity to talk to you about the way I was thinking and what I was going through. I just appreciate you guys holding on to me as a family. And one thing I got from the TMZ comment: I learned how much black people love me."West went on to say that he believed those comments ultimately happened because he didn't have his original team behind him, but he is currently in the process of changing that. Perhaps that was what Gambino was trying to depict —Kanye needs his family. The death of his mother Donda West was a notoriously hard battle for West and a motherly figure is what he may need in his corner. Maybe it's neither of those things. Others have theories that differ from both of those concepts.The Michelle Obama/Kanye West hug from the #FeelsLikeSummer video is nearly identical to her hug with George W Bush. @donaldglover is saying that Kanye, who once said "George Bush doesn't care about black people", has become the same person he once despised. pic.twitter.com/Ipp49GbmYf— Noah Weisberg (@Noah_Weisberg) September 3, 2018How are people missing this 2013 article in the digital age 😂https://t.co/jHQOhmWD2Z
pic.twitter.com/Mpm0z6sCmW— WiFiSunset (@WiFiSunset) September 3, 2018As Gambino has yet to comment on the specifics of the video, everything is simply speculation.Now, check these out: Kanye West Needs To See Some Of These Epic #IfSlaveryWasAChoice Tweets To See How Ridiculous His Remark Really WasChildish Gambino's Record Label Responds To Accusations 'This Is America' Was Plagiarized From A 2016 SongCardi B Hilariously Defends Her Confusion About Donald Glover And Childish...
Donald Glover continues to grab 2018 by the horns and make this year his. After snatching our wigs with the visuals to "This is America" in May, the rapper/actor, also known as Childish Gambino, has dropped the visuals to his latest single "Feels Like Summer." The animated five-minute video has cartoon cameos of your favorite rappers and singers complementing the smooth vocals from Gambino. You have the Atlanta-based group Migos playing basketball, and Lil Yatchy is seen enjoying a popsicle, notes the Fader. Future makes a cameo, stealing Drake's bike, while Outkast, Kodak Black and a host of others also make interesting appearances.Among all of the celebrity appearances, Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott are together on a lawn playing with blocks. Travis Scott takes a block and knocks down Nicki's house. It seems like a nod to their recent beef over album sales, in which Scott bested the "Chun-Li" artist.The video was made possible by artist Justin Richburg who made waves with his controversial piece "Dice Game."I appreciate art but why y’all got me in this foolishness??? Matter fact fuck me, why y’all got The Obama’s, Malcolm X, MLK Jr, And Oprah in this foolishness. Y’all got Black Panther and 2 PAC watching the door???? Will Smith in the background IG’ing the whole thing. You don’t get into heaven doing stuff like this unless of course heaven got a ghetto....Who made this???? REVEAL YOURSELF!!!! UPDATE Art by @justin_richburgA post shared by Charlamagne Thagod (@cthagod) on Feb 22, 2018 at 6:51pm PSTHis art has gained popularity because of his commentary on black culture and social issues like interracial dating. In The Source magazine, Richburg talked about his most recent piece that comments on the state of interracial dating in the black community. "It’s a stigma because of the history of racism in America I think," he said. "People don’t like to see their race mixing with other races."Why he is a sellout, but she’s not? Like and comment your thoughts🤔💭 #justinrichburgmadeit #selloutA post shared by @ justin_richburg on Aug 8, 2018 at 3:54pm PDTFor his part in this latest Gambino visual, Richburg used his signature style to design the characters. Gambino, Ivan Dixon and Greg Sharp directed this animated short.Glover will kick off his This is America tour on September 4 in his hometown, Atlanta, GA.Now, take a look at the video for yourself:
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Sade is blessing the world with new music for the second time this year.The song, titled “The Big Unknown,” will be featured over the end credits for the film Widows, according to the Los Angeles Times.Widows is directed by 12 Years a Slave's Steve McQueen and stars Viola Davis. In announcing the song, McQueen couldn't say enough about his love for the "Sweetest Taboo" artist.“It was an honor to work with such a legend. Sade is an incomparable talent and incredible artist who so rarely releases new material, but luckily the original series of Widows had deeply resonated with her,” said McQueen. The film was adapted from a British television show that aired in the 1980s and tells the stories of three widows who must deal with the aftermath of their criminal husbands' deaths.“Her music works in complete harmony with the film; it is a perfect combination. Working with Sade was a powerful experience — we had many deep conversations about the song which is extremely heartfelt and moving. I feel so lucky that she has made this beautiful song for my film.”“The Big Unknown” is Sade’s second release this year.She had a track, “Flower of the Universe,” on the A Wrinkle in Time soundtrack.The singer's last full-length album was 2010's acclaimed Soldier of Love, and these two new tracks have fans hoping a new album could be on the way.Liking this content? Check these out:Ava DuVernay Asked Sade To Create An Original Song For 'A Wrinkle In Time,' And She Said YesGladys Knight Reveals She Suffers From The Same Illness That Took Aretha Franklin’s Life During The Queen Of Soul’s Funeral25 Celebrities Who Prove Black Don't...