Promising R&B Collective Emotional Oranges Serves Lusty Number With "Someone Else"

Los Angeles, CA – Mysterious R&B trio Emotional Oranges released a groovy new single titled “Someone Else” on Tuesday (April 23). The song is expected to live on their forthcoming project The Juice Vol 1.

The Los Angeles-based unisex group reportedly met in 2017 through Adele’s vocal coach and Drake’s engineer.

“This is the first time we’ve collaborated on a track outside of our camp,” one Emotional Oranges member said of the songs origins in a press release. “Dante Jones of THEY. helped produce this one, we wanted it to be on some 2020 Dr. Dre x Emotional Oranges energy. Wrote it about openly telling my girl that if she’s unhappy, she needs to go be with someone else.”

Emotional Oranges seems to be a favorite of Michelle Obama and Guy Fieri. Their previously released singles “Motion” and “Personal” catapulted them into popularity in such a way that “Motion” became the official theme song for RuPaul’s Drag Race in 2018.

Emotional Oranges’ Chill Baby, Chill Tour kicks off on May 20 and the New York City and Los Angeles dates are already sold out.

Press play on Emotional Oranges “Someone New” above.

Promising R&B Collective Emotional Oranges Serves Lusty Number With "Someone Else"

Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard Petition For Jussie Smollett’s "Empire" Return

Even though he was cleared all 16 charges he was facing over a messy kidnapping hoax, Jussie Smollett isn’t any closer to getting his name cleared. That being said, Empire a members Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard have taken to the media (Deadline) to voice their demands that Smollett be returned to the cast in order to resume their disrupted shooting schedule.

Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard Petition For Jussie Smollett's "Empire" Return

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“Together, as a united front, we stand with Jussie Smollett and ask that our co-star, brother and friend be brought back for our sixth season  Empire,” reads letter co-authored by the two lead actors. “…] Throughout Empire’s five seasons working with Jussie and watching how he has conducted himself throughout this traumatic event, we have come to know not just the character Jussie portrays, but also truly come to know Jussie’s personal character. He is kind. He is compassionate. He is honest and above all he is filled with integrity. He is also innocent and no longer subject to legal uncertainty with the criminal charges against him having been dropped.”

Henson and Howard wrote the statement on behalf their fellow castmates in direct opposition the stance by Empire’s executive hand shortly after Jussie was placed under arrest. Although the letter calling for Smollett’s return was passed to a liaison in the press (Deadline), it is addressed to several high-ranking executives in particular: Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier, Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment chairwoman Dana Walden, Fox president Michael Thorn, as well as the show’s co-creators Danny Strong and Lee Daniels, to name a few.

50 Cent Trolls Young Buck’s Alleged Transsexual Relationship & Gets Challenged To Rap Battle

50 Cent continues to antagonize Young Buck over the Nashville-bred artist’s alleged transsexual relationship. Now, a full-fledged beef has emerged after the G-Unit leader taunted his own artist Instagram on Wednesday (April 24).

“Young buck is almost ready to drop his album,” 50 wrote. “He worked hard on this project, I told him his personal choice to date a tran sexual will confuse some of his core audience but with the support of the LGBT he should be fine. New heat coming soon.”

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Buck jumped on Instagram Live and slammed his longtime collaborator in response.

“I thought you was 50 Cent,” he said. “I’ve been around you for a long time. I thought you had some real nigga tendencies, homie. I’m a phone call away or a face-to-face meeting away with anything. Nigga, you a real-life sucka trying to manipulate the fans’ minds and play with these people. Telling these people all these ol’ fake ass, false ass lies and shit.”

He also claimed 50 is sabotaging his career behind the scenes. The veteran rapper suggested they should settle their dispute in a rap battle.

“I’m trying to fulfill whatever was there to keep it moving,” Buck said. “You’re trying to sabotage me, pull my music down, send cease and desists everywhere, put up little posts and jokes for laughs while you do weak ass shit behind my back and try to keep me tied to a contract. If you such a real nigga, why don’t you let me go? You understand? And we’ll fight the battle like that. Whatchu scared for, sucka? Line me up like Ja Rule, nigga. Go bar-for-bar with me, nigga. Play that game. You scared? You wanna do sucka shit. You ain’t gonna get away from me though.”

He continued, “All ya little gay games you playing and all that ol’ sucka ass shit you doing around here on social media, this shit don’t work, homie. You understand what I’m saying? Get the fuck out of here. Nigga, you ain’t had a hit—you ain’t even been involved in music. I dare you to pick up a mic and come this way. Nigga, I’ma slice yo ass up … I’ma get away from yo bitch ass and get up out this contract, then I’ma serve you.”

Buck wrapped up his rant by reiterating his challenge and taking a few more shots at 50.

“We gonna see who Ja Rule who, bitch,” he declared. “I’m talking ’bout pick up a microphone, sucka. Fuck all this social media game … You know I’m your partner. I know what’s going on. You know I know you don’t even be running your social media accounts and shit. You dig what I’m saying? You know I know what’s going on. Let’s keep it 100. I’m talking about real raw, pick up a microphone. This is the essence of Hip Hop, nigga. I’ma slice yo ass, nigga … You’re a better comedian than you are a rapper or an actor, nigga. And Power ain’t shit no more. We don’t even watch that shit no more.”

He concluded, “You have these folks thinking a nigga out here with a fucking transsexual. Why you doing shit like this? Man, we looking at you laughing at you, homie. And then you wanna hold me on a contract. You serious? You gonna tell ’em everything, tell ’em the truth. Tell ’em what you really doing. Tell ’em ’bout them cease and desists you sending out. You’re trying to pull my music down. Let’s be real. Let’s speak factual shit. Let’s not try to hide it away from the fans, throw rocks and hide your hands. You know you’re good at throwing rocks and hiding your hands. Don’t forget, nigga, I know you now. Don’t forget I can play your game too.”

Kim Foxx Calls On Extra Security After Excessive Death Threats

Kim Foxx, the prosecutor who dropped all charges against Jussie Smollett and his alleged staged homophobic attack, has now called on a team security to protect her amid a serious amount death threats. “We can confirm that the state’s attorney has received threats to her personal safety and security, a number which have contained racially charged language,” an attorney from the Cook County State read

TMZ reports that Kim is not only afraid for her own security but also for her husband and four children. Her security team will be around the clock following closely behind each her family member as well as her. 

Kim Foxx Calls On Extra Security After Excessive Death Threats
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“For many folks, the ending ( the Smollett case), the way it went, we’ll talk about it and learn from that,” Kim told the Chicago Tribune. “I don’t think it’s unreasonable to question … if you think there’s two levels justice.”

Kim detailed to the publicaiton how it’s been hard to explain to her children what’s the truth and what’s a lie considering her children are on social media. “They’re social-media creatures, and this thing is crazy,” she explained.

“The hardest part has been sitting with my daughters and dispelling rumors. … It’s like where’s the responsibility? So it’s been hard for them, harder for them than for me. Do not feel bad for me. I signed up for this. But we have to have a responsibility for truth, always.”

IDK Stops His Show To Console A Crying Fan

Every so ten, the hip-hop world comes through with a genuinely wholesome moment. Such was indeed the case during a recent IDK concert at Virginia Tech, where he began performing his IWASVERYBAD track “No Shoes on the Rug, Leave Them at the Door.” The song stands as the album’s emotional centerpiece, with IDK reflecting on his late mother’s influence and impact on his life. As such, it’s likely to trigger an emotional response in anybody dealing with loss, given the stark vulnerability IDK puts forward. During the concert, the song proved so powerful that it moved a young man to tears.

When IDK took notice, he stopped the music and addressed the young man. “It’s all good, it’s all love over here,” says IDK, prompting cheers from the audience. After hugging the rapper, the fan reveals that “No Shoes on the Rug, Leave Them at the Door” helped bring him and his hip-hop hating mother together after a troubled history. Upon hearing the young man’s perspective, IDK appears visibly moved.

“I make music and it’s always about how I feel personally,” he reflects. “I put it into these songs, I never really think about exactly how it can affect the next person who listens to it. Right now, you gave me a lot more perspective. So I want to say thank you. For real, I appreciate you. Thank you for telling me that.” Respect to IDK for being a man the people! 

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Young Buck Threatens To Destroy 50 Cent’s Career: "I’ll Ja Rule You"

Young Buck‘s been subject to many roasts at the hands 50 Cent. With Buck’s new project on the way, 50 Cent took an unorthodox route in raising awareness for it on social media.

“Young buck is almost ready to drop his album. He worked hard on this project, I told him his personal choice to date a tran sexual will confuse some his core audience but with the support the LGBT he should be fine,” 50 Cent wrote on Instagram, reminding everyone  Buck’s alleged affair with a transgender person.

Buck caught wind the topic and threatened to “Ja Rule” the Power executive’s career on Instagram Live.

Young Buck dished out a response to 50 Cent for his comments earlier today. Buck called out Fif for not only trolling on social media but also for his shady business practices that have left the former G-Unit member tied to a contract. He also threatened to destroy Fif’s career, saying, “I’ll burn your career down. I’ll Ja Rule you.”

“I thought you was 50 Cent… I thought you had some real n***a tendencies,” Buck said on Instagram Live while waiting for his flight to take f. “You a real life sucka, n***a,” he added before claiming 50 Cent’s trying to manipulate the fans with unsubstantiated rumors. “If you such a real n***a, why don’t you let me go? You understand what I’m saying? And we’ll fight the battle like that,” he continued. “Line me up like Ja Rule. Go bar-for-bar with me, n***a. Play that game, you scared?”

Buck also seemed to suggest that he has some dirt Fif that he’s willing to dish out if the feud continues. Considering that he was once good friends with Fif, it doesn’t seem far fetched that Buck might have some tea to spill on him.

Karlie Redd Blasted By Party DJ For "Eating Out Pooh’s Cookie Jar"

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta returned for an 8th season back in March and as such, the series continues to wow viewers with impending drama. At the highlight the show’s primary storylines stands reality television star Karlie Redd, both jolly and in high spirits following her engagement to new beau Maurice “Mo” Fayne.

Karlie Redd Blasted By Party DJ For "Eating Out Pooh's Cookie Jar"

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Earlier this season, a newly introduced cast member named Pooh Hicks made her debut on the show. The housewife was quickly linked to Karlie once she mentioned not having been invited to the anticipated engagement party. In an attempt to sort things out, Pooh showed up to Karlie’s store with questions. Karlie Redd revealed she no longer wished to affiliate with Pooh, resulting in an exchange insults and injuries.

As Pooh became Karlie’s arch nemesis, the ex-friend found herself doubly uninvited to the television personality’s engagement party. Though, in true Love & Hip Hop messiness, it did not stop there. After sharing heartfelt words appreciation with her future husband, Karlie received an unexpected message from her nemesis the DJ she hired to spin at her party. Che Mack, the DJ in charge, proudly revealed to be Pooh’s friend and delivered an insulting message where she exposed Karlie for munching on Pooh’s cookies. Awkward…

In this situation, I believe the saying “don’t shoot the messenger” fails to apply. 

50 Cent Disses & Promotes Young Buck All At Once For Alleged Transgender Partner

Last month, 50 Cent decided to turn one his old friends into an enemy. Young Buck had called him out for allegedly keeping him from releasing any new music and fulfilling the terms his G-Unit contract. Buck still has a lot to fer but the powers that be appeared to be stopping him from exerting his creative freedom. Shortly after that, Buck became the victim a brutal attack by 50 Cent when he exposed the rapper for having an alleged relationship with a transgender individual. As you know, sexual orientation is still a very touchy subject in the world hip-hop. If you identify as anything other than heterosexual, you automatically become a niche rapper or get clowned online. Young Buck faced the bare minimum humiliation that LGBT rappers have historically been subject to when Fiddy called him out and today, the tirade continued.

50 Cent Disses & Promotes Young Buck All At Once For Alleged Transgender Partner
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50 Cent tried out a different approach this time around, actually letting fans know that his former G-Unit compadre would be releasing an album soon. “He worked hard on this project,” said Curtis. Then, things took a turn when the message went from an encouraging promotional opportunity to a full-on roast. “I told him his personal choice to date a tran sexual will confuse some his core audience but with the support the LGBT he should be fine,” he wrote, adding his trademark hashtags at the end.

Young Buck will hopefully get over this situation, which has haunted him for months now. Keep an eye out for new music from Buck.

Three Six Mafia's DJ Paul Sues Travis Scott for $20 Million – Digital Music News

Three Six Mafia’s DJ Paul has filed a $20 milion copyright infringement lawsuit against Travis Scott.

Filed at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, DJ Paul – real name Paul Duane Beauregard – claims Scott’s ‘No Bystanders’ “blatantly and egregiously” infringed on the hip-hop trio’s ‘Tear Da Club Up.’

‘No Bystanders’ features a distinctive chant in the hook – ‘F—k da club up, F—k da club up.’  Beauregard claims that while Scott’s recording doesn’t include the exact lyrics of ‘Tear Da Club Up,’ the cadence and sound remain virtually identical and strikingly similar.  Citing a recent Grammys performance, DJ Paul says Travis Scott used the chant in much of the performance.

The lawsuit reads,

This blatant infringement of Plaintiff’s copyright should not be allowed, and must be stopped.

Beauregard states ‘No Bystanders’ has garnered nearly 6.3 million streams on YouTube.  In addition, Scott never received permission to use any portion of the popular Three Six Mafia track.  Beauregard also writes he made numerous attempts to resolve this matter “short of litigation.”

In the $20 million lawsuit, DJ Paul has listed two claims for relief.

First, Travis Scott, along with 10 other unnamed individuals – listed as ‘Does’ – infringed on the trio’s copyright.

Beauregard remains the legal and beneficial owner of ‘Tear Da Club Up.’  Due to the widespread dissemination of the song, Scott had access to the song.  Thus, every unauthorized reproduction, distribution, public performances, and digital transmissions of ‘No Bystanders’ constitutes an infringement of DJ Paul’s rights.

Second, DJ Paul has asked for temporary, preliminary, and permanent injunction against Scott and the unnamed individuals.

Beauregard believes Scott’s conduct has caused, and will continue to cause, “irreparable injury.”  As he and the other individuals will continue exploiting ‘No Bystanders,’ they’ll continue infringing on DJ Paul’s rights.

Unless the court grants the injunctions, Beauregard writes he’ll be “irreparably and permanently injured.”

DJ Paul has asked a court for damages in excess of $20 million along with a jury trial.

In a statement, Beauregard confirmed he has remained in contact with Travis Scott over the alleged infringement.

Travis Scott and I have been in touch personally about this matter, he is aware of the situation, as is his label.  Everything will be worked out accordingly with proper communication between he, Juicy J, and I.

There is no beef, just business.  It’s bothersome that media outlets would choose to put out any information without getting all of their facts straight, which would include speaking with any of us about the situation directly.

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The Shawn Carter Foundation Taking High Schoolers On HBCU Tour

April is the month when high schools students ramp up their prospective college visits.

Jay-Z is servicing many of these students to make the trek to historically black college and university campuses along the East Coast.

The megastar’s Shawn Carter Foundation has partnered with Toyota for the 12th annual HBCU tour to drives New York and New Jersey-area students on a seven-day excursion to 11 HBCUs located between Washington D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia.

The colleges on the tour include Howard University, North Carolina A&T, Morehouse and Spelman College.

Administrator-selected students for the tour will meet with college admissions counselors and former Shawn Carter Foundation scholars and student ambassadors at the HBCUs. Students handpicked for the tour have been already been accepted to at least one college.

Prior to the tour, there are 125 invited high schools whose will students take college preparatory workshops. In September. the selected students will participate in weekend ACT/SAT preparatory courses that includes college essay and academic resume writing, interviewing skills and dress-for-success tips.

The tour began last week and the next stop will feature Jay-Z’s mother and president of the foundation Gloria Carter, WKYS 93.9 FM personality Angie Ange and Bayou Magazine editor Carmin Wong at Howard University on Thursday. The latter two females are both former Shawn Carter Foundation scholars and Howard University alumni as well.

The Shawn Carter Foundation began in 2003.

Kim Kardashian’s Daughter North West Throws Adorable Fit Over Boots

Kim Kardashian shared an adorable photo her daughter, North West. Herein, the child is seen sporting a matching pink snakeskin fit, but something looks out place. A good look at the photo reveals the child is wearing her mother’s tall and heeled snake boots. Although the two do wonderfully match (good taste, North), Kim was not keen on letting her daughter step out with them.

The hilarious photo depicts North in the aforementioned outfit. Indeed, she looks incredibly pleased at first. However, all that stops once she is told she cannot wear the fashionista boots. 

As a result, the youngster’s tantrum is captured in a series four photos. The shots demonstrate the fit’s escalation, precisely ending with a close-up North crying. Though mother–three Kim Kardashian found the entire thing comical, it seems her eldest daughter did not share the same feelings. 

Earlier this month, Kim Kardashian allowed the public into her Hidden Hills home as part a Vogue issue where 73 questions were asked. All the Kardashian West children, North, Saint, and Chicago, made an appearance along with father Kanye West. The television personality spoke on motherhood, her law school journey and the anticipated addition to their family. 

Female Voices Are Dominating The Hip-Hop Landscape

Strong women have long shaped the course history. We’ve been the voices and the backbones many a movement, yet, far too ten have we gone unrecognized for fueling change. Hip-hop as a genre, and a business, which some may deem to be male-centered, has been no different. Despite creating amongst an industry that is geared towards amplifying the voices men, strong women in hip-hop have always prevailed. From OGs like Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, to MC Lyte and Lil Kim, to Nicki Minaj, we have seen the landscape and placement  women in rap ebb and flow over the course time. Now, women who are products the 21st century are taking their own shot at the mic and shifting the current status the industry in the process.

Female Voices Are Dominating The Hip-Hop Landscape
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The amount new and emerging female rappers is the highest it has ever been in the past decade. With the surge so many new women in the playing field– it’s safe to say now is a wonderful time for hip-hop. Prior to today’s climate, any conversation that surrounded women in hip-hop was dominated by the idea that there could only be one staple voice for women in hip-hop, one woman who “held the throne.”

Now, it seems that out  this dark cloud, a new narrative has arisen. From Dreezy to Kash Doll and Megan The Stallion, the sheer number new voices (and versatility) in the game make it almost impossible to put girls against one another. Rather, the female rapper the 21st century does not abide by any male created business model or any singular persona that seeks to stroke the male ego and appease the male gaze. The biggest tool in the female rapper’s arsenal is her individuality and her ability to step outside the box, musically.

Female Voices Are Dominating The Hip-Hop Landscape

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Take artists such as Rico Nasty and Bali Baby for example. These two have been at the forefront women who are creating their own unique, genre-mixing sounds. With Rico combining elements punk rock and heavy metal with rap, and Bali intertwining grudge elements into her bars, the two have created previously-uncarved lanes for themselves and, in the process, they’ve helped in shine a spotlight on new SoundCloud artists who may be experimenting with sound in a similar way. The two have been able to rack up massive success both on and f the charts, based on pure individuality and a rejection the status quo. Rico has forged her own path and lived by her own rules throughout her entire career. She is uniquely herself, in every aspect, down to her tone and sound: her raspy, gritty, hard-hitting vocals are a clear detion from the norm. She flips the music industry’s social constructs on its head and blurs the lines between gender norms. Much to the chagrin male counterparts who prefer to only see the feminine side any female, Rico welcomes androgyny in both sound and imagery. Her raw authenticity and one–a-kind Sugar Trap sound, has lead her to a spot on Forbes 30 Under 30, top charting hits, an Atlantic Record Deal, plenty magazine covers and millions devoted fans. Her 2018 release Nasty fully cemented her as an artist that can always deliver, while changing the conversation for women in rap at the same time. Chances are, she is probably on your favorite rapper favorite rapper’s moodboard, already receiving praise from hip-hop tastemakers like A$AP Rocky and Dame Dash.

Female Voices Are Dominating The Hip-Hop Landscape

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Bali Baby has also helped in re-mixing what it means to be a “female rapper.” The young creative’s sound has evolved since her early candy-coated mixture pop and rap on tracks like “Iggidy.” In fact, her latest album, Baylor Swift, takes a much different approach. Bali proves her versatility even more as an artist shifting her focus into rock/rap territory, while also exploring a much darker sound alongside revealing personal issues. Her recent aesthetic borders on emo/grunge rap with songs like “Stanley Steemer,” intertwining with heavily distorted reverb and hard baselines.

Elsewhere, someone like Dreezy has shaped the field representation for women in the genre. In 2012, we saw young legends such as Chief Keef arrive on the scene and swiftly change the culture music. Drill music swept America. The cultural shift brought a new class young pioneers Fredo Santana, Young Chop, Lil Durk, Lil Reese, leading up to G Herbo’s viral “Chiraq” release in 2016. For some time, young men spitting over slow-tempo drill beats was the clear face Chicago music. Dreezy came and shook up Chicago’s status quo– mixing R&B with her own unique rapping flow.

Female Voices Are Dominating The Hip-Hop Landscape

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Aside from sound, the new generation women in hip hop have become symbols feminism and sexual liberation; perhaps no surprise here. A prime example: the renowned Miami duo City Girls. City Girls bring the ball back in their own court and flipped the script on male gratification. Instead, they tell the story from the point view a woman out for pure sexual gratification and self-indulgence– a tune we haven’t heard much since Trina. One thing remains clear about their music, the girls demand respect. Their boastful tracks are not only a reminder that women can be as sexually liberated if they so choose, without the stigma shame, but also that, even so, they know their worth and keep men in check.

Today’s women in hip-hop are taking over the business playing field as well. With Kamaiyah gearing up to launch her own hair braiding company, Cuban Doll starting a charity for people with cancer, Saweetie starting her own lipstick line and Rico signing huge marketing deals– it is almost impossible to be a modern voice for women in hip-hop without having your hand in multiple business investments. Although young, the girls are priming themselves to become future moguls, creating legacies that will transcend, both inside and outside the world music.

With that future legacy always in mind, the current girls our generation are blazing trails and creating new avenues for those that will come after them. Women no longer have to match the “sound” their generation or have their voices limited to a 16 bar feature on their male counterparts track. These new paths are a testament to the fact that there is no direct formula for what it takes to be a female rapper in today’s industry. 

Khalid Claps Back After Someone Says He Turned His Back On His Hometown

If you don’t acknowledge the charity work you’ve done in your city, people will automatically assume that you’re not doing anything to help out and that’s wrong. There are people, like Khalid, who prefer not to publicize all the philanthropic work they’ve done, keeping that type information to himself and those that he has helped. With all the resources that the R&B superstar has at this point, you’ve got to believe that he’s been trying to assist in areas where he can, funding charities close to his heart and launching foundations in his hometown, but still, somebody felt like trying him on Twitter today.

When one person tweeted that Khalid has taken advantage underground community support, stolen people’s money in El Paso and never done anything note in his community, the singer rightfully put them down. “Actually, I created a foundation that supports music & schools in underserved communities,” he began. “It starts in El Paso and my goal is to provide resources and help bridge education and prominent music programs in the city. I’m giving 30,000 in scholarships next month.”

Khalid Claps Back After Someone Says He Turned His Back On His Hometown
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That’s not all he’s done though. He felt a need to continue in another post. “I’ve donated a shit load money in El Paso, and these past two christmas’ I have came and personally handed out Christmas gifts to kids in the city as well,” he explained. 

Khalid doesn’t necessarily need to clarify what he’s done in his community. However, he felt a need to let everybody know that he’s not playing around and that he really does rep the 915.

#DXCLUSIVE: UnderCover Presents Drops "A Tribute To A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders"

HipHopDX Premiere – A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders turned 25 last November, but the classic album is still celebrated no matter what day it is. Serving as ATCQ’s third studio album and follow-up to 1991’s The Low End Theory, the project bridged the gap between Hip Hop and jazz, much like Guru did with the Jazzmatazz series.

In honor of the Tribe masterpiece, the Bay Area UnderCover Presents collective has sewn together a tribute, the appropriately titled A Tribute To A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders. 

Founder Lyz Luke explains to HipHopDX, “If there was ever a time to release a tribute album to A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘Midnight Marauders,’ that time would be NOW,” says Lyz Luke. “In order to do this right and fully represent ATCQ, I knew we needed to bring in Starita as music producer, based upon his deep production experience across a multitude of genres in addition to his relationship and work with Phife Dawg and ATCQ.

“Apart from this album being released digitally, this is the first time in the history of UnderCover where we will be releasing a double vinyl to commemorate ATCQ and Phife Dawg.”

The 14-track effort boasts appearances from 13 local bands from a wide range of genres, seven MCs, over 100 artists, nine engineers, five music studios and a vinyl pressing plant. Blackalicious’ Gift Of Gab, Lateef The Truthspeaker and vocalist Gina Madrid are just three of the many whose fingerprints are on the project.

“When Lyz first approached me to work on this project, I instantly knew there were some critical pillars that we needed to uphold in order for this tribute album to resonate,” Starita adds. “Let’s be clear. This work is sacrilegious. This is a tribute album, not a cover album. This is already a perfect album. There’s nothing to re-make.

“To introduce this classic record to new audiences, our goal was to pay homage by pulling together the best of the best artists to make an album of re-interpreted songs representing the full breadth of the imagination that is ATCQ’s music.”

In conjunction with the album’s digital release, the Yerba Buena Center For The Arts in San Francisco will play host to three shows May 16-18 that will incorporate elements from all four pillars of hip-hop: DJing, MCing, graffiti and B-Boying (breakdancing), along with the minimalism and free-form nature of jazz instrumentation.

The city has proclaimed that week “A Tribe Called Quest Week” and will present Phife Dawg’s wife and other family members with “PhifeDay.”

Check out the album up top, pre-order the vinyl here and cop tickets  the YBCA website.

Cardi B Blasts The Shade Room for Negative Reports

Cardi B is waging war on The Shade Room.

The Grammy-winning rapper has publicly called out the popular Instagram-based blog, claiming they only report negative stories about her husband Offset and those associated with them. Cardi’s outburst was in response to a recent story about Offset being hit with three charges following his arrest last summer.

In a series of eight Instagram posts, which have since been deleted, Cardi lashed out at the Instagram blog that has over 15 million followers. “This is why I don’t fuck with that nasty ass fake ass page that always claim they for the people but in a BIAS way!” she wrote before defending her Quality Control family including CEO Pierre “Pee” Thomas and Offset. “How many positive shit have offset been doing this year ? Sooo much ! But naaa they rather post about his babymomma drama and cases all cause a refrigerator build bitch that owns the page is mad cause I be calling out the bullshit.”

Cardi B Blasts The Shade Room for Negative Reports

During her rant, she went on to personally attack the owner of The Shade Room, Angelica Nwandu, who she called a “water buffalo built bitch.” According to Cardi, the site is not allowed to post about her, but she believes they have a vendetta against her. “She know that she not allowed to post about me, so what does she do, she post mad shit about people who she know that I’m associated with,” she said.

She continued to blast The Shade Room for negative coverage instead of positive stories including Offset’s charitable work, like his $25,000 donation to the Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund and his $500,000 fundraising campaign for the American Cancer Society. “But they sure posted when he had drama with his baby mom. They sure posted about his court cases, right?” she said.

“That bias shit that people wanna do all the time because they on a fucking hate campaign, they on some fuck QC, fuck Cardi B campaign. That shit is getting wack. It’s trash. How do people want us to change…for what? Why change, if y’all only post the fuck shit that happens in our lives.”

During her social media tirade, she also shared a photo of the owner of The Shade Room. “This is Angie by the way. Ask her why she posting that fake ass support she claim she posting on her story but none of the shit that I posted on my last post ?STOP CLAIMING YOU FOR THE PEOPLE WHEN YOU CAPITALIZE OF URBAN ARTIST DRAMA AND ALWAYS PUTTING THEM IN A BAD LIGHT !”

She ended with a note directed at blogs, chiding them for “fueling” drama including Kodak Black and T.I.’s recent beef. “Stop claiming that y’all for the people when y’all promote these urban artists’ misfortunes,” she said. “Don’t fuel shit that could be taken to the street. Stop fueling this shit.”