LINE Music Officially Launches In Taiwain Among Stiff Competition

Line Music expanded into a third market this week, with the service now available in Taiwan.

The Japan-based streaming music service launched in Japan and Thailand in 2015.

Line Music was one of the first streaming services available on the Japanese market.  From the onset, Line was supported by Sony’s Japanese music business and Avex.  Both companies were keen on keeping control over Japan’s record industry on streaming platforms.

Line Music is hoping to boost its user base by launching in Taiwan, but it may be facing an uphill battle.

The service is late to the party for streaming services in Taiwan, which has a highly competitive market. Spotify, Apple Music, and the local KKBox all compete for digital listeners.

Then again, one market survey indicates that 34% of smartphone users in Taiwan use digital music content. However, only 6% of those users have an online music streaming subscription. That suggests there’s enormous potential for growth in this market.

To get more Taiwanese people interested in the service, Line has recruited the help of local star Coco Lee.

Lee will serve as the brand ambassador for Line Music when it launches. Line is sponsoring her upcoming tour dates, including a show in Taipei. The familiarity with the Line messaging app may entice more Line Music listeners.

Speaking of which: Line currently has 21 million monthly active users in Taiwan.

Line Music will launch at a monthly price of NT$149 (US $4.8). 97-day and 410-day prepaid cards will be available as well.

Line has chosen FriDay, a digital music platform, as its partner to launch Line Music in Taiwan.

So far, Line Music has remained exclusive to Asian countries. It boasts a broad catalog of Japanese music, which has led to guides on how to sign up for Line Music for westerners who surface online. With Line Music going head-to-head against Spotify and Apple Music in Taiwan, perhaps Japanese content will offer a nice competitive differentiator.

YNW Melly Hits Chris Brown To Collaborate On A New Song

Florida rapper YNW Melly might be facing the death penalty for his alleged role in murdering his two friends but he’s in relatively good spirits. He’s seemingly convinced that both he and his accomplice, YNW Bortlen, will be coming home soon. He’s reiterated that fact on several occasions. Yesterday, he was in court for a regular hearing and he could be seen smiling and laughing with his attorneys, having a good time as he awaits his trial. Following the hearing, he must have told his manager to get in touch with one his favourite artists because, curiously, a comment from Melly’s account appeared on one Chris Brown‘s posts asking for a collaboration.

YNW Melly Hits Chris Brown To Collaborate On A New Song

As he continues to promote his chart-topping album Indigo, Breezy has just been approached by YNW Melly for a possible collaboration whenever/ if ever he gets out prison. The rapper commented on one Brown’s posts, crossing his fingers that he would be down to record some vocals. “Let’s do a song,” wrote Melvin, adding a snake emoji with a heart. 

Both YNW Melly and Chris Brown have had very controversial careers. When it comes to Melly, the rapper was on the brink superstardom before turning himself in for double murder. Chris Brown’s issues stem from his altercation with Rihanna years ago, which is still fresh on people’s minds. Would you like to see a song between YNW Melly and Chris Brown?

YNW Melly Hits Chris Brown To Collaborate On A New Song

Dave Chappelle Acted In "A Star Is Born" So Bradley Cooper Would "Stop Bugging Him"

As per Vulture, Dave Chappelle’s brief acting cameo in A Star Is Born only came to be, because the 45-year old comic couldn’t think f a better way to curtail Bradley Cooper’s incessant. During his limited-run Broadway special, Chappelle took a moment to answer questions from the audience, one which was centered around the conspicuous nature his involvement in Bradley Cooper’s episodic film.

Chappelle admitted that he was never his intention to act in such a movie, but Cooper had been calling him “every two days” with the same line questioning, and eventually, he broke, and thus was born the impetus to add a dramatic reading to his artistic portfolio. “He sent me the script …but I never read the script. I didn’t know the shit was going to be good,” Chappelle admitted in hindsight.

For those who haven’t seen the film, Dave Chappelle plays “Noodles” for what amounts a couple minutes, at most, screen time. “Noodles” is friends with the alcoholic best friend the film’s co-lead, “Jackson Maine” portrayed by Cooper, who else? In closing his account Cooper’s nagging, Chappelle admitted to the audience member at his Broadway special, that he is, above all else, happy he acquiesced to Cooper’s request, judging by the critical acclaim the film received upon its release.

Get Ripped Like 50 Cent, With His Personal Trainer-Shared Workout Plan

Unless you lived under a rock in 2009, you definitely heard/watched the video for 50 Cent‘s epic club banger “In Da Club.” The video caught everyone’s attention by showcasing a shredded AF Fiddy. It kicks f with a clip showing f the ripped rapper’s physique as goes through (what seems like) a bunch  tests for some scientists (Dr. Dre and Eminem). The sequence includes him doing some cardio, by running on a treadmill, pumping some pretty intense looking chest presses, and perhaps most notably, dangling from the ceiling to perform his crunches.

Nowadays, when the rapper/actor is not busy trolling Floyd Mayweather, or calling up someone or another for a debt they owe him, he still maintains his incredible physique – probably what ended up landing him those acting roles. And now, you too can be ripped like Fiddy, as his “longtime strength and conditioning specialist,” – his personal trainer for the past 15 years – Jay Cardiello, has taken to sharing the star’s specially crafted workout plan. 

If you know about calisthenics, you know that this form exercise utilizes body weight to build strength. This seems to be what Fiddy’s trainer has been applying as the basis to his workouts, following 50’s shootings back in 200. At the time, he had taken a shocking 9 bullets to his face, hands and legs, which left him with “lasting physical limitations.” “He lacked mobility in his shoulders, and his core strength was not were it needed to be for getting under a bar or running or jumping,” Cardiello said. So, in order not to put too much strain on his muscles, the trainer devised a clever bodyweight routine to build those muscles, but keep them out harm. However, it’s not just the working out that you’re going to have to be diligent about it if you wanna rock abs like 50… “We have to remember it’s not all about fitness,” Cardiello reminds us. “If you want to look like 50, you’re going to spend more time sleeping, not pounding at the gym. You’re going to spend more time on your nutrition. And if you want to train with me, you’re going to focus on your mind.” Check out the intense, full workout plan – which includes “Karate Kid Wall Sliders” and a “Shoulder Stability Complex” – on Men’s Health.

San Francisco 49ers’ Antone Exum Jr. Pummels Police Brutality On "oFFICER kAEPERNICK" Single

San Francisco, CA – The shockwaves from Colin Kaepernick’s protests are still being felt all across the country.

His former teammate Antone Exum Jr. (who records professionally under his all-caps last name) knows those waves all too well and during a recent NFL season (the pick-sixing safety couldn’t remember which one), the 28-year-old Hip Hop alternative artist jotted down his thoughts which culminated into the anti-police brutality anthem “oFFICER kAEPERNICK,” premiered by HipHopDX.

“I think it was one or two years ago,” EXUM recalls the song’s origins to DX. “I would say probably one or one and a half years ago when I wrote this record, but it wasn’t recent at all. It was, actually, going to be a throwaway, but for some reason, I didn’t throw it away because it just meant … it goes.”

San Francisco 49ers' Antone Exum Jr. Pummels Police Brutality On "oFFICER kAEPERNICK" Single

The high-octane record exudes rage, frustration, defiance — some of the various emotions that are associated with rogue cops (and the system that protects them) and EXUM was clear to specify that he’s not lyrically targeting all law enforcement.

“Kaepernick did not take a knee for our good serving soldiers like yourself or even the good cops out there that we have,” he explained. “Good cops, the government officials, good judges, good… prison workers like all of that stuff. That’s not why he took a knee he simply was taking a knee for the catastrophic instances that went down. You know what I’m saying?”

As a five-year professional athlete, the notion of being “a rich guy in the studio” isn’t lost on Exum but if you visit his SoundCloud, you’ll see an instant musical kaleidoscope with the handful of offerings; a craft he takes very seriously.

“I want to use music to attain more of a voice you know, so I can be able to change the world,” he admitted. “To be a voice that can change the world, you know what I mean? And preach things like love, equality, peace, creativity, spirituality things like that.

“That’s why I’m out here trying to reach the highest levels of those for myself and also just trying to just rub that off onto others so. In fact, when you listen to my music it’s not really the regular content that you hear out here like mainstream culture stuff right now.”

Stream EXUM’s “oFFICER kAEPERNICK” up above, follow him on Instagram @ExumGod and look out for his upcoming debut LP.

R. Kelly Arrested On Federal Sex Crime Charges

Chicago, IL – R. Kelly has reportedly been arrested in his hometown of Chicago. According to NBC 4 New York, the embattled R&B star was taken into custody on Thursday (July 11) by NYPD detectives and Homeland Security Investigation agents on federal sex crime charges, including sex trafficking.

More details on the case are expected to be revealed on Friday (July 12).

In February, Kelly was charged with aggravated sexual abuse involving four women. Three of those women were minors at the time of the alleged abuse.

The multiplatinum-selling artist pleaded not guilty and was released from Chicago’s Cook County Jail after posting bail.

The spotlight started to shine heavily on Kelly following the release of Lifetime’s docu-series Surviving R. Kelly. 

In March, Kelly sat down with CBS This Morning for what turned into an explosive interview with host Gayle King. Throughout their conversation, Kelly maintained his innocence across the board.

This story is developing.

Deezer SongCatcher Music Identification Service Now On iOS

Deezer has announced that its SongCatcher service is available to iOS users.

The proprietary audio recognition feature is available inside the Deezer app.

Much like Apple-owned Shazam, SongCatcher can identify songs you hear on TV, in a cafe, or anywhere else.  SongCatcher can be launched using the search bar function in the app.

SongCatcher claims that it can recognize over 56 million tracks worldwide, which is undoubtedly more than anyone needs.  Incidentally, that 56 million number corresponds to Deezer’s entire collection, a pair-up that prevents any stray matches.

The integrated app allows users to add newly-identified tracks to a playlist or favorites list, which is a nice integration.  You can also immediately play an identified track, though capabilities get more limited with the free tier.

SongCatcher has been available on Android for some time, but this is the first time it’s available for iOS users. ACRCloud powers the music identification algorithm.

Meanwhile, Deezer is available in over 180 countries worldwide and has 14 million monthly active users.  Sounds nice, but that’s far behind the elephants in this race, most notably Apple Music (which owns Shazam), Spotify, Amazon Music, and YouTube Music.

Apple completed its last year for $400 million. The EU scrutinized the deal over antitrust concerns but eventually gave the deal the thumbs up.  Alongside that deal, Apple announced that it would remove all ads from the app.  That deal included removing ads from the Android version of Shazam, too.

Shazam has seen over 1 billion downloads around the world, though it could never turn a profit on its own.

That’s a familiar story in tech, though Apple saved the day.  Apple now says the service sees over 20 million users a day, which is more daily searches than Deezer has as subscribers.

Meanwhile, other platforms are working on music identification services. Google has incorporated the feature into Assistant so that it can identify any song you ask to play. Amazon’s Alexa can do much the same, so the once-novel feature has become standard for music streaming.

In short, Deezer is a little late to the party with this one, and it only seems useful to people who use Deezer. At least Shazam is — for now — an agnostic song identification platform.

Air Jordan 12 "Racer Pink" Drops In Girls Sizes This Month: Fresh Look

While it may not be the most iconic Jordan Brand silhouette all-time, there is something to be said about the simplicity the Air Jordan 12 and the various colorways that have come out over the past few years. For some reason, the Jordan 12 has received a ton girls colorways over the years and Jumpman is looking to continue that trend with the “Racer Pink” colorway. At first glance, it is fairly obvious that this is a shoe for girls and will certainly be a big hit when kids start heading back to school.

The shoe has a pretty simple look to it as it has a grey leather upper with pink on both sides near the midsole. As for the actual midsole, that is dressed in white with pink making up a good chunk the outsole. Jordan branding is found on the back heel as well as the number three which is written in pink.

You can pick these up for the little one in your life as July 31st for $140 USD, according to Sneaker News.

Air Jordan 12 "Racer Pink" Drops In Girls Sizes This Month: Fresh Look

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Air Jordan 12 "Racer Pink" Drops In Girls Sizes This Month: Fresh Look

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Air Jordan 12 "Racer Pink" Drops In Girls Sizes This Month: Fresh Look

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How To Age Gracefully In Hip Hop

Hip hop has shifted dramatically since the turn the century. It’s now an international phenomenon that has grown exponentially to the point that the entire entertainment industry has become obsessed with hip hop’s culture capital. The label-radio-industrial complex has undergone radical restructuring, while the production and distribution model old has been replaced almost entirely by the music streaming sector. As with all things in the modern age, hip hop has had to find ways to adapt to the immediate interconnectivity the internet and social media, a gigantic filtering mechanism that requires would-be music entrepreneurs to maximize their exposure. Shock and awe is the go-to marketing tactic, and high drama is the new currency for artistic brand management. The once formidable barrier entry has been shattered, creating boundless opportunities for those willing to get their hands dirty. Styles and trends have changed, and so too have the faces.

With this rapid growth has emerged the realization that hip hop is now in the throes a midlife crisis, one that is seemingly relegating some former stars to uncomfortable shelf life purgatory. To quote Rodney Carmichael NPR, “perhaps no other genre in contemporary music grants artists enough rope to lasso their dreams or hang themselves.” As much as individuals such as Tom Brady would like you to believe otherwise, Father Time is undefeated, and the hypercompetitive constraints imposed on the elder statesmen hip hop have made it near impossible to come away unscathed from the ticking the clock. It’s like that wonderful bit dialogue from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight: “you either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” 

How To Age Gracefully In Hip Hop

DMX performing at the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour, 2016 – Kevin Winter/Getty s

This inescapable reality has presented itself in different ways for those testing the waters the current music landscape, some cringeworthy and detrimental, and others more benign. Eminem, arguably the greatest emcee that the genre has ever seen, his become his own kryptonite in recent years at a time when most youth have likely only ever listened in full to Curtain Call and aren’t interested in what Marshall Mathers has to say on pop-rap singles from Pink and Nicki Minaj. The magnetic DMX, who in his prime made hundreds thousands people bark the words to “Ruff Ryders Anthem” at Woodstock ‘99 and was on the cusp joining Hollywood elite, has been in and out rehab and jail. There’s Andre 3000, the noncommittal fringe observer who seems content to occasionally toss his eccentric Peter Pan hat into the ring, play a quick flute ditty, and dip. Ice Cube graduated from “F**k tha Police” to Are We There Yet? Snoop Dogg underwent a Rastafarian conversion, rebranded “Drop It Like It’s Hot” for Hot Pockets’ commercials, and has since found his niche cooking with Martha Stewart and narrating clips Animal Planet. Ice-T, an industry OG with extensive hip hop credentials, is now someone who most people under the age 25 would only recognize for his feud with Soulja Boy and role on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The same goes for LL Cool J: his breakthrough album Radio marked a pivotal turning point for the genre, and yet the majority people in 2019 would only be able to pick out the “Mama Said Knock You Out” rapper as the beanie-wearing host Lip Sync Battle.

All this is to say that the playing field and rules the game have changed. The models for aging gracefully in hip hop are few and far between, and some have managed to maintain pace better than others. Hip hop’s framework has always thrived on the power the fountain youth. It’s a genre that squeezes every last drop out youthful exuberance, which is why the stigma regarding age continues to present challenges that don’t appear in other art forms. Struggle to fight it or make artistic decisions out desperation, and you’ll do more harm than good. Let it slide and you’ll find yourself sinking aimlessly into the pit irrelevance. In hip hop, you typically don’t get a second chance unless a Billboard darling like Ed Sheeran is feeling benevolent. It’s a daunting task needing to justify why you’re still around when the easy way out is to hang up your cape once you’ve reached your peak so as to keep your pride intact. But even this retirement route is filled with pitfalls, namely needling memes that draw comparisons to Dr. Nefario. No one wants to be the bitter, washed-up rapper spewing salty tirades and Don Julio in the club on Tuesday, or worse, the old head doling out scoops lyrical rappity-rap. Trying to maintain appearances by imparting condescending wisdom is no less ridiculous and alienating, and only contributes to the poisonous intergenerational battle pitting the pioneers versus the hungry youngsters now reaping the rewards. 

On the other hand, one can empathize with how the older generation might misconstrue the current state the genre as a project disinheritance. Skittles-colored mascots bespeckled with face tats, anarchic pop-punk adolescents, and amphibious rap-singer hybrids who can put together chart-topping songs featuring a cohort 30 different credited songwriters are the next phase the zeitgeist. Some its most recognizable tastemakers are a “big roiling mess contradictions.” It’s a media-enforced dynamic that has created mutual antagonism that is just now starting to become a point contention. 

It’s healthy for a genre to be youth-based. Such stature means that it’s a popular, living art form with plenty potential. Most teen and twenty-something rapscallions, still wet behind the ears, aren’t concerned with what their career will look like when they reach the half-century tally. Thirty seems like it’s an eternity away, and they’ve got nothing to lose given the way that irreverent fanbases froth at the mouth for child prodigies and fresh-faced upstarts that have been deemed the new rockstars. Even Drake has insisted that he doesn’t want to be rapping once he turns 35 for fear feeling out place in a young man’s game. But for those already mired in hip hop’s infatuation with expiration dates, recapturing a moment without retracing one’s steps is an increasingly tall order. 

One the few to successfully pull it f is none other than Jay-Z, Brooklyn’s savvy music mogul and multigenerational star whose career spans three separate decades. Although Jigga’s accolades as “a business, man” continue to pile up, his musical output since 2003’s The Black Album has yielded muddled results. He found himself between a rock and a hard place after the lukewarm reception to Magna Carta Holy Grail, a feeble attempt to stay current that was advertised with eye-rolling cliches and clips a shoeless Rick Rubin nodding f on a couch to Timbaland beats. The trepidation that preceded 4:44 was duly measured as a result.

How To Age Gracefully In Hip Hop

Jay-Z and Beyonce sit courtside during 2019 NBA Playfs – Bob Levey/Getty s

And yet, the 10-song confessional and companion piece to Beyonce’s Lemonade was anything but lackluster. It was inward-looking without busying itself with navel-gazing, reimagining hip hop’s parameters through a veteran’s perspective. The album didn’t chase hot guest stars or the bubbling popularity trap drums, earworm hooks, and habit-forming beats; it was universally appealing across all ages, both for longtime fans and those hearing Jay-Z in a new light. The moments personal transparency were fresh and relevant, characterized by reflection on topics such as race, fatherhood, marriage, infidelity, and legacy building. Rather than scraping the bottom the barrel for nostalgic musings being young, dumb, and rich, it was built on music that mirrored where he found himself in life at that particular moment, specifically his regrets surrounding the mistakes he’d made as a husband and a father. 4:44 wasn’t a Jay-Z album so much as it was a Shawn Carter album. 

What the commercial and critical success 4:44 reinforced is that there is in fact room at the table for those willing to forgo the act remaining a hot commodity. Acknowledging and accepting the truth that comes with age is infinitely more compelling than the instant gratification that feeds DJ Akademiks’ Instagram page. As The Voice’s Chris O’Shea astutely noted in an article detailing the graying hip hop, “age could bring an abundance rich material to (older artists’) repertoire.” Imagine the untold tales the now mythical Detox, or what Lauryn Hill might be able to tell us about her disappearance from the public eye post-Miseducation

Aging artists don’t necessarily have to be shackled by the expectations mass popularity, or the indignities that stem from growing old. Clan cultists still flock en masse to throw up the “W” at anniversary and reunion tours as the iconic group looks to connect with an audience that may or may not have been alive to experience the fervor 36 Chambers. Acts such as the Wu-Tang Clan understand that their longevity rests on the timelessness such canonized records. Others like Killer Mike and El-P linked at different points in their respective careers and have come into their own as creative partners with the success brainchild Run The Jewels, sparking mosh pits and praise from both ends the spectrum. West Coast gangsta rap kingpin Dr. Dre has parlayed his skills into other entertainment mediums and has grown into his role as a mentor to the likes Kendrick Lamar and Anderson .Paak.

Rather than scratching and clawing to stay in touch with the sounds the moment, such artists have taken steps to reinvent themselves without compromising their identities or sacrificing their artistic integrity. They’re a testament to durability in hip hop at a time when it’s easy to be led astray by the perpetual frenzy fickle, “plugged in” audiences. Clocking in and out the limelight doesn’t mean that the pendulum good favor is now irrevocably out reach, or that creativity is permanently stunted. For all the brouhaha that hip hop is only interested in the constant stream flashy content and can no longer accommodate its vibrant legacy, the genre and its progenitors continue to find ways to blossom in the ripeness age.

Wasting Little Time, Scooter Braun Inks an Exclusive Deal With Amazon

The deal, which involves Braun’s SB Projects, calls for multiple film and TV productions for Amazon Studios.

After brokering a $300 million-plus acquisition of Big Machine Label Group and subsequently , Scooter Braun seems relatively unperturbed.  Just this morning, word leaked that Braun has inked an exclusive pact with Amazon Studios to produce multiple film and TV projects.

The action will happen through Braun’s SB Projects, whose film and TV unit has already produced CBS series Scorpion, feature film The Giver and Justin Bieber documentary Never Say Never.  Those are just teasers, however, with SB Projects also juggling at least half-a-dozen other productions for FX, Fox, and Showtime.

The Amazon deal now promises to expand SB’s slate of programming considerably, with Amazon getting the right of refusal (or ‘first look’) on new production ideas.  That’s the latest in an ongoing string of first look deals from Amazon, and part of a broader race by subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) platforms to capture coveted programming.

SB Projects falls under Braun’s Ithaca Holdings, which recently cemented a $300 million acquisition of former Taylor Swift label Big Machine. The deal was powered by funds from the Carlyle Group, which is also injecting more funds into Ithaca’s expansion.

That makes the Amazon deal seem like a frenzied negotiation, though Deadline says terms were actually finalized months ago.  Separately, The Wrap has pointed to a multi-year deal with both unscripted and scripted content involved.

Braun also oversees artist management duties for a number of superstar artists, including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, and Zac Brown Band.  The latest deal involving Amazon further expands the media opportunities for all of those clients, with both music-focused productions and more cinematic endeavors fair game.  Bieber has already seized the opportunity by releasing his SB-backed documentary, part of a growing number of music documentaries and biopics hitting SVOD platforms.

 

 

Eve Returns with New Single ‘Reload’

E-V-E is reloaded.

The rap veteran returns with her summer banger “Reload” featuring Jamaican dancehall legend Konshens, which marks her first new music in six years.

On the empowering ladies anthem, Eve puts herself first. “Don’t go for that bullshit no more / You better without him, for sure,” she raps on the reggae-tinged track, while Konshens adds his infectious flow.

“I love reggae so much,” said Eve. “I’ve been going to Jamaica since 1999 and anyone that knows me knows that you’ll find me in a corner with my reggae on, dancing. We wrote the line before [Konshens] was involved [‘Fu**ing up my conscience / Listening to Konshens’] — I’m just glad he was feeling it!”

Eve, who moved to London’s Notting Hill over five years ago, has been inspired by the U.K. music scene. She is now reading a new project, her first since 2013’s Lip Lock.

New Music: Mike Posner feat. Ty Dolla $ign ‘Look What I’ve Become’

While he continues his Walk Across America, Mike Posner returns with his new song “Look What I’ve Become” featuring Ty Dolla $ign.

The Grammy-nominated singer (“I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” “Cooler Than Me”) chronicles his journey across the country as well as his own personal path to enlightenment. “Walked across Ohio, took me 50 days / I talked to the stars, they were happy that I came,” he sings. “I don’t want your money, I am simply done / I just walked away, look what I’ve become.”

In March, Posner began his 9-month, 3,000-mile hike from Asbury Park, New Jersey, to Venice Beach, Calif. The song commemorates him reaching the halfway point of the country from Missouri into Kansas.

The accompanying music video was shot on day 26 of his Walk Across America in Blairsville, Pennsylvania.

In a statement, Ty praised his collaborator, who he first worked with in 2014. “I always love linking up with my bro Mike,” said Ty. “He’s one of the dopest in the game. He sang one of the interludes on my mixtape $ign Language a few years back so we were overdue to cook up again. Recently he pulled up to my studio and played me his new project. When I heard this song, I knew that this was the one. I love what he’s doing right now, walking across the country for a good cause & spreading a positive message. We need more of that in the world.”

In January, Posner dropped his third studio album A Real Good Kid. He plans to release more music as he crosses state lines on his Walk Across America.

Chris Brown Reminds Us He’s A Freaking Incredible Dancer: Watch

Every once in a while, Chris Brown will do something that drops our jaws to the floor. The man is so insanely talented, proving to be a skilled singer, dancer, actor, rapper, director, visual artist, and more. We’re truly lucky to be witnessing all that Breezy has to fer as we likely won’t be seeing a generational talent like him for a long time. While we all know just how brilliant he is, there is still a shade discomfort whenever his name gets brought up because all the controversy that has followed him around. Every month, it feels like there’s a new lawsuit being filed against him and that hasn’t helped to reshape his public image. Still, he finds ways to impress even his biggest haters, sharing a video him pulling f some insane cartwheels and flips during a performance.

Chris Brown Reminds Us He's A Freaking Incredible Dancer: Watch
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Embracing Indigo Season after the release his latest project, Breezy wanted to subtly remind everyone what you might witness on his tour. Without leaving much a caption, Breezy left a video on his page for the fans to eat up, praising him for his moves on Instagram. “YOU ARE A CRAZY MOTHAFUCKA,” wrote Action Bronson when he saw Chris pull flips, cartwheels, and crazy kicks during his performance. There is nothing I can say that will do this video justice. Watch it below and see for yourself. Chris Brown is one a kind.

Tupac’s Love Letter To Madonna To Be Auctioned, Read It Here

If you happen to have any Tupac memorabilia laying around, you may be sitting on a fortune. In the last few months, items related to late rapper Tupac Shakur have found their way to auction blocks. In January, a raunchy, hand-drawn photo created by Tupac fetched $21K at auction, and we previously reported that his prison identification would soon be sold to the highest bidder. Now, a love letter that the rapper reportedly wrote to pop icon Madonna is next on the list, and despite her exhaustive efforts to keep it away from the public, Madonna has lost all appeals.

According to TMZ, the letter was written by Tupac to Madonna while he was behind bars. For years the future the love note has been up in the air, but it’s being reported that it will be auctioned and is expected to bring in a hefty sum. Incredibly, the opening bid for the three-page love letter stands at $100K, and there are rumors that it’s expected to come in at $300K.

In the letter, it’s obvious that Tupac has a deep love for Madonna, but he eloquent expresses why a relationship between them wouldn’t work. He opens the letter apologizing for his recent behaviors and letting her know that their ethnic backgrounds are a contributing factor to their breakup.

Here is the letter in its entirety:

“I’ve waited a long time 2 finally write this mainly because I was struggling to find all the answers so that I wouldn’t leave any unanswered questions. First and foremost, I must apologize to you because like you said I haven’t been the kind friend I know I am capable being. Not because I am evil or because you weren’t worthy but at the risk sounding over dramatic, the effects racism make it difficult for a young black male to properly show affection for an older white woman. Can u understand that? For you to be seen with a black man wouldn’t in any way jeopardize your career, if anything it would make you seem that much more open & exciting. But for me at least in previous perception I felt due to my “image” I would be letting down half the people who made me what I thought I was. I never meant to hurt you. As a matter fact I was honestly stuck on you but I got scared. I didn’t want to be another “toy” or another one many. Also, I read somewhere in an interview where you said “I’m f to rehabilitate all the rappers & basketball players” or something to that effect those words cut me deep seeing how I had never known you to be with any rappers besides myself. It was at this moment out hurt & a natural instinct to strike back and defend my heart & ego that I said a lot things I have since come to regret.

But you know how f*cked up society can be. If it wasn’t then I could openly show you how I felt anytime, anywhere and you in return could show your support for me in the open not just anonymously. Can you feel me? In the time since, as u can see, I have grown both spiritually and mentally. It no longer matters how I’m percieved. Please understand my previous position as that a young man with limited experience with a extremely famous sex symbol who also happens to be known to every man, woman, and child in the world. Please remember me not for my shortcomings but for the good times and the magic that we shared (assuming course that I meant anything 2 u). Now my outlook is different everyone is judged and treated not by their color or fame but on how they treat me and because you have been so kind even in the midst my craziness I fer my friendship once again this time much stronger & focused. If you are still interested I would like to further discuss this with you but some it couldn’t wait. I felt compelled to tell you…just in case anything happened 2 me.

Please be careful Madonna. Everyone is not as honorable as they seem. There are those whose hearts bleed with envy & evil. They would not hesitate to do you harm! Let my 5 bullets be pro that!

P.S. If there is any information you can share with me regarding Jack & crew please do. It could very well be a matter Life & Death.

Alwayz,

Tupac

He ends the letter asking her if she would come to visit him in prison. He wants to talk face-to-face because “this experience has taught me to not take time 4 granted.” He closes with a heart.

R. Kelly’s Daughter On Coming Out As Trans & Lesbian: "I Was So Scared"

It takes a hell a lot courage to come out to your friends, family and the world as anything other than heterosexual. The way the world is programmed, the general public tends to alienate LGBTQ+ members society as “others,” which is unfair. Someone should not be treated differently because who they love. R. Kelly‘s daughter, Jaah Kelly, came out as a transgender male four years ago on her then-active Ask.fm account, naming herself Jay Kelly, but these days, she’s more in tune with her sexuality and is actually identifying as lesbian. In a new interview with Paper Magazine, Jaah spoke about her sexuality and how difficult it was to reveal her truth.

R. Kelly's Daughter On Coming Out As Trans & Lesbian: "I Was So Scared"
Rick Diamond/Getty s — Robert Kelley, (Reality Star – Hollywood Exes) Andrea (Drea) Kelly, Joann Kelly and Jaah Kelly attend the Atlanta Premiere Of Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS – Cabinet Of Curiosities on March 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia

“When I posted that video, I was so scared,” says Jaah about a post she made, coming out as trans. “When I was younger, I always felt like I had to make a choice. I knew that I was a girl who liked other girls. But because what I was taught, I felt like the only way you could like another girl is if you were a boy.” Jaah started wearing men’s clothing and during her interview, she recalled a time when she and her sister Buku Abi attended Chicago Pride when one woman called her out for using the women’s bathroom.

Jaah fell into a deep depression after coming out as trans, entering herself into a psychiatric hospital for three weeks. These days though, she’s comfortable referring to herself as a lesbian. “I identify as a lesbian, I know I like girls, but that’s as far as I’ll go to label myself,” Jaah said. “It’s up to you how you see me. Either way, I don’t care. I stand in my truth, and why does my truth need a label?”

Big ups to Jaah Kelly for being true to herself. The 18-year-old speaks on her experiences in depth with Paper, out now.