Ahead of her upcoming album, Jhené Aiko has announced dates for a North American tour. The 33-date trek kicks off May 1 in Boston and travels across the U.S. and Canada, with stops in New York, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Vancouver, and Chicago. The R&B songstress will also perform at the Lovers & Friends Festival on May 8 and 9 in Los Angeles before wrapping June 27 at the St. Kitts Music Festival.
Special guests Queen Naija and Ann Marie will join her during the two-month run.
The tour comes in support of Jhené’s upcoming third album Chilombo, which arrives March 6. The 20-track set includes appearances from Nas, Future, Miguel, H.E.R., John Legend, Ab-Soul, Ty Dolla $ign, and more.
Tickets will be available for pre-sale starting Friday at 10 a.m. local time. See dates below.
The Magic Hour Tour Dates
May 1 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theater
May 2 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
May 3 – Washington, DC – Echostage
May 5 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
May 6 – Richmond, VA – The National
May 8 – Los Angeles, CA – Lovers & Friends Music Festival *
May 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Lovers & Friends Music Festival *
May 11 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
May 13 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
May 14 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
May 15 – Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Festival *
May 17 – Miami, FL – The Fillmore
May 19 – New Orleans, LA – The Orpheum Theater
May 20 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
May 22 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
May 23 – Austin, TX – ACL Live At the Moody Theater
May 24 – San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center
May 26 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
May 29 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
May 30 – Las Vegas, NV – Chelsea Theatre at The Cosmo
June 1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek Theatre
June 5 – Vancouver, BC – Malkin Bowl
June 6 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park
June 8 – Portland, OR – Roseland Ballroom
June 11 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
June 16 – St Paul, MN – Myth Live
June 17 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
June 18 – Detroit, MI – The Masonic
June 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
June 21 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
June 24 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
June 25 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
June 27 – Saint Kitts – St. Kitts Music Festival *
Alex Caruso is one the most enigmatic figures in the NBA, through no fault his own. All Caruso has done is be himself, play his role, and get big buckets when the Los Angeles Lakers need him to. Caruso has been referred to as the “Bald Mamba” and LeBron James even calls him the GOAT from time to time. His unassuming appearance is the reason for all these jokes but in a weird way, they all have their own level sincerity. At the end the day, Caruso is becoming a folk hero and the NBA is better f because it.
Last night, Caruso and the Lakers took on the Golden State Warriors at the Chase Center and came through with a 116-86 victory. Unfortunately for Caruso, he wasn’t able to do much as he scored a whopping zero points and missed two free throws in the process. In the midst one his free throw attempts, Caruso received some playful ribbing from the crowd as Warriors fans chanted “MVP.”
Caruso has received MVP chants in the passed although they typically come from the Lakers crowd who are doing it out support. In the end, Caruso got the last laugh as his team won the game and are now 45-12 which is good enough for first place in the Western Conference. We’re sure the win stened the blow sarcastically being called the Most Valuable Player.
Pete Davidson’s jokes about gay men who aren’t “f*cking gay at all” in his Netflix stand-up comedy special, “Alive From New York,” were not well-received by some folks. The special premiered on Netflix on Tuesday, and the comedian delves into some pretty controversial topics, including his relationship with ex-fiancée, Ariana Grande. However, the subject matter that has garnered him the most criticism is his approach to “gay dudes,” in particular the ones who get too handsy with the women he dates.
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In the clip, which served as the trailer for the special, Pete discusses how he has “a lot gay friends,” bu that there’s “always one gay friend” that he doesn’t think is actually gay. “It’s that gay dude that’ll run up on your girlfriend and squeeze her boobs and slap her ass and be like, ‘Damn, girl, you look great!’ ”
“I don’t find that f*cking funny. Like, at all,” he continues. “I’m sorry. Like, I’m all for the gayness, you know, it doesn’t mean I’m against gayness. It’s just like, you get to slap ass on a technicality? That’s not f*cking fair at all. Right in front you, walk up, slap the ass and giggle. Just cause he could. I would never do that just because I could. I wouldn’t, like, walk up to his boyfriend and like tug his d*ck and be like, ‘Nice, Gary! Not for me, but cool!’”
The bit sparked a debate on Twitter about whether Pete’s stance was harmful or true. Writer Jill Gutowitz shared a now-viral thread about how the joke is “extremely damaging” to gay men and queer people as a whole. However, plenty women took to the replies in defense Pete’s argument, recalling instances in which gay men have groped them without their consent. Annie Malamet, a Brooklyn-based educator and podcast host, spoke to TheNew York Post about her own experiences with gay men touching and looking at her inappropriately, noting that it is still ual harassment. “It just takes a different shape with gay men because they don’t want to have with us,” she specifies.
It appears Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran is out nearly $400,000 dollars from an email phishing scam that went down this week. TMZ reports that Barbara’s team sent $380,000 dollars to an international company in what they believed was for a bill/ investment opportunity, but instead it was a scam.
It all started when Barbara’s book keeper received an email last week from who they thought was Barbara’s executive assistant Emily, informing her she had the green light to pay $388,700.11 to a company called FFH Concept GmbH in Germany. Well it turns out the email wasn’t from Barbara’s executive assistant, but really a scam.
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The scammers changed Emily’s email address by removing one letter, so they were the ones actually communicating with Christine, who reportedly did ask the right questions. For instance, she asked what the money was for, and got an email back saying FFH was designing German apartment units in which Barbara had invested. So the reality the situation made sense since FFH Concept is a real company and Barbara does invest in property overseas.
So on Tuesday, Barbara’s bookkeeper wired over payment to the account listed in the original email. Afterward, she emails Barbara’s assistant, at her real email, and it’s only then that Emily uncovers the scam. She noticed her address was altered on the previous chain emails.
Unfortunately by the time they found it, the money was already gone, but reportedly Barbara’s IT folks traced the original scam emails back to a Chinese IP address, and her attorneys are figuring out their next move.
Let this be a lesson to everyone out there to be careful. Anyone can get got.
The Weeknd revealed his surprising friendship with Jim Carrey on Wednesday when he thanked the comedian on social media for painting a portrait him as a 30th birthday gift. The Weeknd recently celebrated his 30th birthday on February 16th, a few days after announcing his upcoming album, After Hours. While hitting the big 3-0 might be scary for some folks, it becomes a little easier to handle if you’re lucky enough to receive some thoughtful gifts.
Jim Jones recently insisted being a rapper is “more dangerous” than being a soldier in Iraq, bringing the ire of an Iraq war veteran. Evidently, Waka Flocka Flame feels simply saying rap is dangerous is more dangerous than rap itself.
On Thursday (February 27), the 33-year-old New Yorker shared his sentiments Instagram and implored people to stop pushing out that notion.
“Please stop saying rap is dangerous,” he said. “Y’all niggas is falling into the trap. Because if Hip Hop is dangerous, they’re gonna stop booking shows … stop making Hip Hop popular. What are y’all doing, bro? Hip Hop ain’t dangerous … Hip Hop is beautiful, bro. To be a gangbanger in rap is dangerous. To be a drug dealer in rap is dangerous. To be anything that’s negative is dangerous.
“What the fuck y’all talkin’ bout, bro? Stop saying Hip Hop is dangerous. Y’all folks really about to cut your fuckin’ hustle out. Fool ass niggas, man. Y’all need to stop saying that shit. On god, bro.”
Waka wants people to stop saying Hip Hop is dangerous: "It ain't dangerous, y'all folks really about to cut y'all f****** hustle out" pic.twitter.com/kMgc2PBMDh
The Dipset MC’s sentiments has clearly opened the floor for a debate.
Throughout Hip Hop history, there have been several high profile murders — from Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G. and Jam Master Jay (all unsolved) to Nipsey Hussle, XXXTENTACION and — most recently — burgeoning Brooklyn rap star Pop Smoke.
But the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have killed thousands of U.S soldiers.
The Iraq war vet who spoke out noted, “Here’s some facts, my unit which fought in Iraq 2004 lost more Marines in two months than ‘rappers’ in the past 3 years. Keep talking but there is zero comparison.”
“I’ve got to say this real quick, I’ll probably—and I’m gonna delete this sh*t,” Waka begins, “but please stop saying rap is dangerous. Y’all n*ggas is falling into the trap. Cause if hip hop is dangerous, they gon’ stop booking shows around each state, stop making hip hop popular. The f*ck are y’all doing, bro?”
“Hip hop ain’t dangerous, bro,” he continued. “This sh*t making more money outta any genre in the world. Hip hop is beautiful, bro. To be a gangbanging rapper is f*cking dangerous, to be a drug-dealing rapper is dangerous. Anything that’s negative is dangerous, idiotics. F*ck is y’all talking about, bro? Stop saying hip hop is dangerous, it ain’t dangerous. Y’all folks really about to cut y’all f*ckin’ hustle out. Fool-ass n*ggas, man. Y’all need to stop saying that sh*t on God, bro.” What do you think about Waka’s words?
You may not have noticed it or thought about it much, but Lil Baby is on a very short list rappers who doesn’t have any ink on his body. The ATL rapper recently opened up about his choice to stay tattoo-free in a new interview with New York Times, and it all has to do with stacking his paper. Baby said he never wanted to look like a “dope boy” and wanted to keep his appearance straight for future meetings with the white folks.
“I never saw me being a rapper,” he explained. “A big-dog dope boy, that’s it. Not even just a dope boy. That’s why I ain’t got no tattoos, because I always knew I was going to run my money up, and I was going to have to go sit in front some people to do something with my money. And I didn’t want them to look at me like a dope boy.”
He added, “I had to keep my appearance straight. I literally said, ‘When I sit down in front these white folks, I don’t want to have no tattoos.’ In a way, it’s still that today. Because when I’m sitting in these meetings, I don’t have tattoos on my face. I know they’d have to think something if I’ve got tattoos on my face.”
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Elsewhere in the interview, Lil Baby made it clear that rapping is nothing more than stepping stone for his future endeavors. He said he hopes to shift to a position power as soon as he possibly can. “I don’t care about my own music,” he said. “I really want to own a label — like Def Jam, though. Like Roc Nation. I’d rather go that way, where I manage a Selena Gomez and get 10 percent f it. Where I’m not even on the scene no more. That’s my mindset. Boy, if I can pop two artists right now, I’m down to slow up on what I got going on, straight up. Why wouldn’t I? I can make the same money and I don’t have to be catching all these planes.”
Read all that and more in the in-depth interview with New York Timesright here and look for his new album, My Turn, to drop tomorrow, Friday (February 28).
Lil Baby revealed why he’s never gotten any tattoos in an interview with the New York Times. While answering a question about whether he foresaw rap as a career path, the Quality Control Music artist shared his reasoning for the lack of ink on his body.
“I never saw me being a rapper,” he explained. “A big-dog dope boy, that’s it. Not even just a dope boy. That’s why I ain’t got no tattoos, because I always knew I was going to run my money up, and I was going to have to go sit in front of some people to do something with my money. And I didn’t want them to look at me like a dope boy.”
Lil Baby Reveals ‘My Turn’ Album Features & Tracklist
February 20, 2020
He added, “I had to keep my appearance straight. I literally said, ‘When I sit down in front of these white folks, I don’t want to have no tattoos.’ In a way, it’s still that today. Because when I’m sitting in these meetings, I don’t have tattoos on my face. I know they’d have to think something if I’ve got tattoos on my face.”
Lil Baby also made it clear that rapping is nothing more than stepping stone for him. He hopes to shift to a position of power behind the scenes as soon as he possibly can.
“I don’t care about my own music,” he said. “I really want to own a label — like Def Jam, though. Like Roc Nation. I’d rather go that way, where I manage a Selena Gomez and get 10 percent off of it. Where I’m not even on the scene no more. That’s my mindset. Boy, if I can pop two artists right now, I’m down to slow up on what I got going on, straight up. Why wouldn’t I? I can make the same money and I don’t have to be catching all these planes.
Lil Baby’s new album My Turn is scheduled to drop on Friday (February 28). The 20-track LP will feature collaborations with Lil Wayne, Future, Lil Uzi Vert, Moneybagg Yo and Young Thug, among others.
Atlanta stand-out Lil Baby is one the biggest names in rap music but he doesn’t necessarily look the part. His voice is instantly recognizable and, due to his ascent into superstardom, so is his face. While the rapper has extraordinary drip, he has no tattoos on his body, which is pretty rare for somebody in his career path. He explained why it was a conscious choice for him to go inkless, as well as much more, in a brand new interview with the New York Times.
With his album My Turn coming out in a matter days, Lil Baby is about to take over again. He has ficially broken out and this is set to be his biggest project to date. Talking to the Times, the 25-year-old explained why he decided not to get any tattoos on his skin, which is something he’s never witnessed from his contemporaries.
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“I never saw me being a rapper. A big-dog dope boy, that’s it. Not even just a dope boy. That’s why I ain’t got no tattoos, because I always knew I was going to run my money up, and I was going to have to go sit in front some people to do something with my money. And I didn’t want them to look at me like a dope boy,” explained Baby.
“I had to keep my appearance straight. I literally said, ‘When I sit down in front these white folks, I don’t want to have no tattoos.’ In a way, it’s still that today. Because when I’m sitting in these meetings, I don’t have tattoos on my face. I know they’d have to think something if I’ve got tattoos on my face.”
As for what he wants to accomplish in the coming years, Baby is hoping to transition into an executive role. “I want to be on some boss expletive],” he said. “I don’t care about my own music. I really want to own a label — like Def Jam, though. Like Roc Nation. I’d rather go that way, where I manage a Selena Gomez and get 10 percent f it. Where I’m not even on the scene no more. That’s my mind-set. Boy, if I can pop two artists right now, I’m down to slow up on what I got going on, straight up. Why wouldn’t I? I can make the same money and I don’t have to be catching all these planes.”
Elsewhere in the sit-down conversation, Lil Baby speaks about his experience in prison and why he plans on never going back, what he wants to achieve in the industry, and a drop in drug references in his songs.
Alex Caruso has been one the NBA’s biggest folk heroes over the last couple years. With his unassuming looks, Caruso has been able to impress fans with his scintillating dunks and big blocks. Whenever the Lakers need a big play, Caruso always seems to come up big, much to the delight fans and his teammates. Last night, the Lakers were in a tight game with the New Orleans Pelicans deep into the fourth quarter. Of course, Caruso was right there to make a big play when called upon.
In the clip below, Lonzo Ball the Pelicans goes for a shot when all a sudden, Caruso runs across the court and delivers a devastating block. Just a couple plays later, Caruso drives to the basket for a layup. He then proceeded to flash the headband, which has become one his signature moves.
The Lakers went on to win the game by a score 118-109. While Caruso’s play was huge, the biggest story the night was the matchup between LeBron James and Zion Williamson. When all was said and done, LeBron dropped 40 while Zion came through with 29 points. It was an amazing matchup and if the Pelicans go on a hot streak to end the season, there is a chance we could see these two squads in the first round the playfs.
The Olympic Committee’s high-ranking member Dick Pound announced the 2020 Tokyo might get pushed back following Coronavirus scares. As the illness spreads across the world, Dick Pound said that if Tokyo becomes too dangerous, the summer Olympics will have to be canceled before it’s rescheduled. “In and around that time, I’d say folks are going to have to ask: ‘Is this under sufficient control that we can be confident about going to Tokyo or not?’” He told AP.
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Despite the possibilities the Olympics being canceled, Pound explained that their final decision will be based on the recommendations the World Health Organization and the UN. But at this point, it seems like all systems are a go. “All indications are at this stage that it will be business as usual. So keep focused on your sport and be sure that the IOC is not going to send you into a pandemic situation,” he said. Tokyo has until the end
The possibilities the Olympics being canceled were shocking enough but by now, you know how the internet works. Dick Pound began trending on Twitter, not because the news, but because his name itself. I mean, I’ll let the tweets speak for themselves below but as Al Shipley put it, “guys like Dick Pound and Dick Wolf had every opportunity in life to go by Richard or Rick, they know what they’re doing.”
There are a handful record labels that have influenced and changed the course the music industry. Def Jam, Aftermath, Death Row, Columbia, Atlantic, Geffen, Bad Boy, Island—each label spawned their own set chart-topping artists that we call our favorites. Yet, when you hear the word “Motown,” you aren’t just referencing a group artists who were molded under the creative hands Berry Gordy; You’re talking about a label who shaped its own genre music.
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Every record label has its First Lady, and for Motown, that woman is legendary singer Claudette Robinson. As apart The Miracles— along with Bobby Rogers, Marv Tarplin, Ronald White, and Smokey Robinson—Claudette watched as the label grew to the extraordinary powerhouse it became. However, the First Lady Motown, a name bestowed on Claudette by Gordy himself, has watched as younger generations have grown deaf to Motown’s glory days. So, she’s taken steps to make sure kids don’t forget one the greatest music collectives in the history the world.
“I was speaking to my granddaughter, this was some time ago as she’s now 22,” Claudette shared with us exclusively. “I don’t remember specifically what the conversation was about, but it was about performers, entertainers, et cetera. So, I said, ‘You know Diana Ross…’ something. Whatever. And she looks at me, a couple her friends were with her, and she said, ‘Granny, they don’t know who Diana Ross is.’”
While there are names from those peak Motown days that we believe should be recognizable to everyone, there’s an entire generation who isn’t familiar with the label’s influence. “I was like, something has gotta be done to let our young folks know what happened prior to their even existing,” the 77-year-old said. “In the early years, Diana used to come by the house and she would bring her children, the two older ones that actually played with my daughter, so in my mind, everybody knows who Diana Ross is. Much to my surprise and amaze, that’s not correct,” she added with a chuckle. “And not only Diana Ross but so many others.”
“As we were celebrating the 60th year, I thought, these kids were not even born,” Claudette recalled. “Their grandparents, some them, were not even born. Or great grandparents.” This inspired the singer to create her children’s book Claudette’s Miraculous Motown Adventure with characters named after her The Miracles groupmates. “The book is really talking about music saving the day,” Claudette shared. “It’s kind helping our younger generation and perhaps even older ones, to know how important music is to life, not just to be listening to music.”
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Claudette is filled with stories about her time on the road, bonding with her groupmates, and building relationships with the other young women like The Supremes who were added to the label. She spoke about how back then, everyone did everything together, even travel in packed cars from one gig to the next. Claudette and her The Miracles groupmate Smokey even married in 1959, but later divorced in 1986.
“There wasn’t a Motown when we began, we began with Mr. Gordy in 1957,” Claudette recalled her first interactions with Motown founder. “Motown actually did not begin until January 12, 1959. At the time, everybody probably was singing. There were groups on every block and it was sort like a form recreation.” In today’s technology-driven culture, we’re used to having access to the world at our fingertips. Claudette said people occupied their time by creating singing groups and focusing on their crafts.
Initially, Claudette’s brother Emerson was in the singing group, but he didn’t feel as if their career was moving fast enough. He eventually joined the military and his group would later ask Claudette if she’d like to come on board as a vocalist. Soon, they were going out for auditions and singing in competitions. It was during one these runs that they met a lesser-known songwriter named Berry Gordy who wanted to work with them.
“Being the first group performers with Motown, I personally would like that fact to always be recognized and known,” Claudette explained. “Because the guys and myself worked really hard in those early days to accomplish something in terms not only just being good performers but being good people. In terms carrying yourself well, that you wouldn’t be an embarrassment to your company,” she added with a laugh. “I think we did a pretty good job because we were able to carry that on to the newer artists that came after us and I’m very proud that fact for the group.”
Speaking a new generation artists, we wanted to know what advice a legend like The First Lady Motown had for young creatives trying to build a legacy such as hers that includes a star on Hollywood’s Walk Fame and an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Fame.
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“If you have a dream and a goal and a passion, just stick to that,” Claudette said. “You must, at all times, practice whatever it is that you’re doing. You can’t just think that it’s okay because you have a great voice—there are many people in the world that have a great voice. Millions people have great voices but they’re many times never heard.”
She added that people should make personal goals, set boundaries that they’re not going to cross for fame, and stick with the rules they’ve made for themselves. “The only person you’re going to disappoint is yourself,” said Claudette. “You can be practically anything that you desire to be, but it does take work and it’s harder from some than others. It can definitely be done.” Listen to a few The Miracles’ hits below.
Even though North Carolina rapper DaBaby used his family name for the title his second studio album, he wants to make it clear that only a select number folks are allowed to call him as such.
Born Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, the 28-year-old rap superstar has been experiencing his biggest career year thus far, truly breaking out after the release Baby on Baby before he struck gold with KIRK. Joking with his fans last night, the “TOES” star commented on how women have been getting a little too comfortable with him, addressing him by his government name instead his artist moniker. DaBaby isn’t entirely into that, explaining that if you’re calling him “Jonathan,” you’ve got a few clear guidelines to follow. First and foremost, you’ve got to spell it correctly. Secondly, you’ve got to be his girlfriend. That definitely eliminates the majority readers.
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Taking to Twitter, DaBaby noted that, if you’re calling him by his first name, you should actually know him as such. “I hate when fans try to call me by the government name and misspell my shit,” he wrote. “Bro.. you don’t know me bro. Ladies.. Calling me ‘Jonathan’ means you’re my Girlfriend.”
Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo still has two years left on his four-year, $100 million contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, but he is expected to receive a staggering five-year, $247 million supermax contract fer this summer. Should Giannis sign on the dotted line, speculation about the Greek Freak’s future will obviously subside. Until then, however, rumors will continue to swirl about his departure from Milwaukee and which teams have a realistic shot at either pulling f a blockbuster trade or signing him as a free agent in the summer 2021.
According to a recent report from Eric Pincus Bleacher Report, some folks around the NBA believe the Golden State Warriors have already set themselves up for a scenario in which Giannis doesn’t sign that lucrative supermax contract.
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According to the report, the belief is that Golden State set out to acquire a future first-round pick from the Timberwolves in hopes that they could use that pick, as well as Andrew Wiggins, as part a trade package for Giannis in the event that he informs the Bucks he will not re-sign.
Pincus writes, “Some around the league believe the Golden State Warriors acquired a first-round pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves, along with Andrew Wiggins, with the notion a potential future trade with the Bucks.”
It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, surrounding Giannis with the Splash Brothers would be an absolute dream scenario for Warriors fans and a total nightmare for every other team in the league. Of course, the Warriors aren’t the only team positioning themselves to make a run at Giannis, in what could become the biggest superstar hunt in league history.