"The Boondocks" Reboot Lands 2-Season Order From HBO Max

With everything going on in the media these days, it seems like a great time to bring back The Boondocks. That’s exactly what’s happening right now. According to Deadline, HBO Max has ordered two seasons  The Boondocks for 2020. The new season from Aaron McGruder and Sony Pictures Animation will debut in fall next year with a 50-minute special. The previous seasons will also be available on HBO Max upon the new season’s debut.

"The Boondocks" Reboot Lands 2-Season Order From HBO Max
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“There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world The Boondocks and do it over again for today,” McGruder said about the relaunch the series. “It’s crazy how different the times we live in are now – both politically and culturally – more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There’s a lot to say and it should be fun.”

The story will continue to follow Robert Freeman, and his two grandsons, Huey and Riley Freeman but in the revamp, Uncle Ruckus will be the “tyrannical leader” a suburban community in Maryland.

The Boondocks was a revolutionary series that sparked conversations on hot button issues and brought dark subjects into the light with episodes like ‘The Trial Robert Kelly’, ‘The Fundraiser’ and ‘The Story Gangstalicious’,” CCO Of HBO Max, Kevin Reilly, said in a statement. “Aaron is a gifted visionary whose unique style storytelling is a welcome voice and we are elated The Freemans are making their thugnificent comeback on HBO Max.”

With the 2020 elections and R. Kelly‘s upcoming trial, along with 6ix9ine’s case and more, there is plenty content to cover the 24 episode order. 

Aaron McGruder took to Instagram to share a glimpse the new characters. Check it out below. 

Stagelight Acquired By Roland ⁠— Launching New Product Called Zenbeats

Open Labs has announced Roland Corporation has acquired Stagelight. 

The announcement says the app and team will continue under Roland. The development has continued at a rapid pace, and the team is introducing a new product called Roland Zenbeats. Zenbeats features Roland sounds and a newly designed interface. 

It also includes on-screen instruments, 3rd party plugin integration, and drag and drop support. Also supported are collaborative jamming Ableton Link, streamlined cloud support, and enhanced exporting options. 

Alongside the announcement, Stagelight users have a special offer for those who switch to the new platform. For 90 days, all current Stagelight customers are eligible to receive their equivalent version of Zenbeats at no additional cost. 

All Stagelight credits will be honored through December 31st, 2019. Users can spend their remaining credits in Stagelight before transitioning to the new platform. Existing songs, recordings, and audio can be imported into Zenbeats from the Stagelight library. Cloud users just need to change the folder name from Stagelight to Zenbeats. 

The company has also provided directions for how to transfer purchased content into Zenbeats. However, there is a note that some content will not transfer. Most of that content appears to be licensed content that may be non-transferable in such an acquisition. The full list of non-transferable content is still pretty substantial, though. 

Stagelight to Zenbeats – Non-Transferable Content

  • Timbaland Loops
  • Linkin Park Loops vol 1
  • Timbaland Drums
  • Linkin Park Loops vol 2
  • Linkin Park Drums 1
  • Synthetic Vol 2
  • Linkin Park instruments
  • Linkin Park drums 2
  • Ambient Soundscapes 1
  • Ambient Soundscapes 2
  • The Follower
  • Smiling Psychopath
  • Meltdown
  • Bengal Delta
  • Brooders
  • Classic Beats
  • Thin Ice
  • Heroes
  • Goodbye
  • Bled Dry
  • Zero Gravity
  • Clown Hunt
  • Guru
  • Future Funk Loops
  • Dubstep Drums
  • House Drums
  • 5 Speed
  • Duelin
  • Neon Flight
  • Fearless
  • Alien Technology
  • World Percussion
  • Organs Vol 1
  • Neon Keys 1
  • Neon Keys 2
  • Lightwave
  • Vintage FM
  • Vox tools
  • Future Funk Drums
  • Future FM

Guild of Music Supervisors President: "We're Not Paid Enough"

In a wide-ranging interview, Thomas Golubic, president of the Guild of Music Supervisors, talked about the many difficulties facing those who are responsible for supervising music production in motion pictures and television.

In the deep-dive with Variety, Golubic especially touched upon the financial difficulties facing members of his profession and issues of recognition.

Most notably, Golubic says that the economics of being the music supervisor of a film or TV show no longer work. Not only are supervisors not paid enough, but they are being spread way too thin.

“The economics of the job don’t work for us anymore,” Golubic stated.  “We’re not paid enough. We have to be spread so thin on projects.”

Golubic further noted that production schedules, particularly in TV, are becoming longer without a corresponding increase of pay for them. Productions that once lasted 6 months now last a full year, but they are still being paid as if they were working 6 months.

What’s more, Golubic says that studios are actually lowering their pay rates and are continually making them settle for less money.  As a result, the supervisor says he’s earning less money now than he did 20 years ago, and he is working far harder.  “All the studios are squashing the rates,” he said.  “They’re making us settle for less and less. I’m getting paid less now than I was in 1999.”

Another issue for music supervisors, according to Golubic, is the lack of recognition.

Unlike the accolades handed to music composers, there’s no Oscar or other mainstream award for music supervision. Golubic says that a big part of the problem is that composers either do not understand what music supervisors do, or see them as competitors instead of colleagues.  But he also believes that this will eventually change, just as it has changed in television, as the two have similar goals and interests and music supervisors are “major contributors to the storytelling.”

But even in television recognition is a problem, as often show runners want to share credit for the music supervision on their shows.  Golubic says that this is happening because people in the industry do not fully understand how music supervisors contribute to productions.  He adds that music supervisors currently have no control over when credit is taken from them.

“In some situations you have filmmakers who are major contributors to the music, and if they feel that it’s appropriate for them to take that credit, we can’t stand in their way,” Golubic stated.  “But did you clear the songs? Did you build those relationships with people over 20 years to be able to get things done? Or are you simply choosing some tracks and think that they’re cool?”

T.I. and Teyana Taylor Team Up in ‘You (Be There)’ Video

A year after the release of his Dime Trap album, T.I. debuts the cinematic video for “You (Be There)” featuring Teyana Taylor.

After directing videos for Monica, Lil Durk, ScHoolboy Q, Teyana “Spike Tee” Taylor steps behind and in front of the camera in the nearly 13-minute clip, which doubles as a visual for her T.I. collaboration “You” and the London Jae-assisted “Be There,” two tracks off Dime Trap.

The rapper and R&B singer play a couple of armed vigilantes who are out to fight evil and save their community from ual predators including a pastor who preys on children. They take matters into their own hands, bursting into the church and shooting the preacher in the head in front of his congregation. They then free a group of women who are being held against their will and gun down a corrupt cop.

In between fighting bad guys, they reflect on their romantic relationship, which goes back to childhood. During their violent encounter with the cop, Teyana gets shot and dies in front of Tip’s eyes. The video ends with a powerful message about ual abuse and child trafficking in Atlanta, which has one of the highest incident rates in America.

Next up, Tip will appear alongside Cardi B and Chance the Rapper on Netflix’s new hip-hop competition series “Rhythm + Flow.” The 10 hour-long episodes will roll out over the course of three weeks starting Oct. 9.

Watch Tyler, The Creator’s ‘A BOY IS A GUN’ Video

Tyler, The Creator debuts the self-directed video for “A BOY IS A GUN” off his critically-acclaimed album IGOR.

Rocking his signature blonde wig, Tyler roams the grounds of his palatial estate, with expansive gardens, and soaks in a bathtub. But everything is not as perfect as it seems. He eventually has a fallout with his partner and is seen arguing with him (“Oh, you wanna go home? Cool, you better call you a cab”). Wearing a mint green suit, he tells his lover to “stay the fuck away from me” before the man packs his bags, leaving Tyler alone and heartbroken.

“A BOY IS A GUN” is the latest release from IGOR, which became his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in May.

Tyler is currently on his “IGOR Tour,” which runs through Oct. 26. Following that, he will headline his 8th annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival at the Dodger Stadium grounds in Los Angeles on Nov. 9-10, with performances from Solange, YG, BROCKHAMPTON, and Juice WRLD.

Young Thug ‘Just How It Is’

Slime season continues as Young Thug unleashes the video for “Just How It Is” off his chart-topping album So Much Fun.

The clip, which he co-directed with Vincent Lou, opens with the YSL rapper laying in a hospital bed in a pink hoodie. A nurse tends to him and monitors an IV, while his homie plays guitar by his bedside. A shirtless Thugger also lets his hair down and raps alongside a goat and a giant snake.

The Wheezy-produced track appears on So Much Fun, which became his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Thug, who recently underwent surgery, is already hard at work on his next album Punk. “This album Punk that I’m going to put out soon is probably going to be the best album, because it really teaches you, gives you life situations, it’s teaching I’m human. I am you,” he told Rolling Stone. “I am him. It’s very verbal. I think it’ll probably be the best album even though it’s not out.”

But first he will hit the road with Machine Gun Kelly. Their joint tour kicks off Sept. 30 in Toronto and wraps Nov. 18 in L.A.

Watch a Rare Interview With Tupac From 1995

In honor of the 23rd anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s death, MTV News reaches in the vault and unearths a rare interview with the late rap legend.

In the 20-minute clip, which was filmed in 1995, one year before his death, Tupac and MTV News correspondent Tabitha Soren take a stroll down the Venice boardwalk for an in-depth conversation about his past and future.

He starts off by explaining the origins of his name before discussing his move to the West Coast and why he dropped out of performing arts high school.

Tupac also opens up about his mother Afeni Shakur’s cocaine addiction. “I love my mom. She the bomb to me so I love all her mistakes,” he says, while admitting, “It was hard ’cause she was my hero. She is my hero.”

During the interview, Pac tries on sunglasses (“I ain’t my style. They not Gaultier”), gets a tattoo, and signs autographs for fans while reflecting on his childhood. “I was the total opposite of what I am right now. I was quiet, withdrawn, I read a lot, I wrote poetry. I kept a diary,” he says.

He also gets candid about his biological father (“I still don’t know who it is. I have never taken any blood tests”) and how his life would have been different if his dad was around. “I’d have some discipline. I’d have more confidence,” he says. “Money gave me confidence. The screams of the crowd gave me confidence. Before that I was a shell of a man.”

Elsewhere, he admits that he tried selling drugs for two weeks, but stopped because he didn’t know how to do it. He also shares his desire to have kids (“I think I’ll be a very, very good father because I love kids”).

At the end, Pac is asked if he will ever be able to live a normal, happy life. “No, but I’m going for it. I’m trying for it,” he says. “And until then, I have to make the life that I do live as happy as I can and try to do the best with what I have.”

Watch the full interview below.

J. Cole, DaBaby, & Lute Team Up in Dreamville’s ‘Under the Sun’ Video

The Ville is back.

J. Cole hits the streets with DaBaby and Lute in the video for Dreamville’s “Under the Sun.” The clip, directed by Scott Lazer, Aisultan Seitov, David Peters, and Chad Tennies, opens with Cole eating a sandwich in a bodega with DaBaby and Lute. He then gets pulled down the street by two dogs on a leash, while Lute raps on a fire escape and DaBaby reps the Charlotte Hornets outside an NYC housing project.

The track, which also features vocals from Kendrick Lamar, appears on Dreamville’s chart-topping compilation Revenge of the Dreamers III. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in July and was certified gold.

“Under the Sun” follows Dreamville’s video for “Sacrifices” with Cole, Smino, Saba, and EarthGang, whose album Mirrorland dropped earlier this month.

Ja Rule Plans To Make A Video For Every Song He Every Made

Ja Rule’s catalog kicked off in 1999 with his debut studio album Venni Vetti Vecci. Released Murder Inc. and Def Jam Recordings, the project peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and has since been certified platinum.

Over the years, the rap vet dropped six more albums, culminating with 2012’s Pain Is Love 2. Now, Ja Rule has decided to make a video for every song he’s ever made from every album he’s ever released.

He made the announcement Twitter on Monday (September 16).

“I will be rereleasing ALL of my albums as visual albums,” he wrote. “I will be making a video for every song I’ve ever made… what songs do y’all wanna see videos for???

Between 1999 and 2005, Ja Rule ruled the Billboard Hot 100 chart and had several Top 20 hits, including “Between Me and You” featuring Christina Milian, “I’m Real (Murder Remix)” and “Ain’t It Funny” with J. Lo as well as the Grammy Award-nominated “Always on Time” with Ashanti, which hit No. 1.

In addition to his multi-platinum album sales, Ja Rule has also earned four Grammy nominations and six Top 10 albums, two of which hit No. 1.

Basically, there’s gonna be a lot of videos. Revisit “Always On Time” below.

Michael Jackson’s Estate Calls "Leaving Neverland" Emmy Win "A Complete Farce"

Michael Jackson’s estate has been very vocal about its opposition to HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary, which presented the allegations two men – Wade Robson and James Safechuck – against Jackson for having sexually molested them as kids. The late singer’s estate attempted to sue HBO both before and after the airing the film, but it has not been successful yetThe estate is arguing that, by sharing these stories that are defaming Jackson’s legacy, HBO breached a non-disparagement clause in a contract that they signed with Jackson when he was supposed to release a concert special with the network in 1992. HBO responded to the lawsuit by claiming that this contract is far beyond the point still being valid. 

The two-day Creative Arts Emmys were held in Los Angeles this weekend, ahead the Emmy Awards ceremony taking place on September 22. Leaving Neverland was nominated for five awards, including outstanding directing for a documentary/nonfiction program, outstanding picture editing for a nonfiction program, outstanding sound editing for a nonfiction program and outstanding sound mixing for a nonfiction program. It ended up winning for outstanding documentary or nonfiction special. Surely, a win in this category is most upsetting for Michael Jackson’s estate that believes the film’s content to be fictitious. 

On the Emmy win, a spokesperson for the estate has commented, “For a film that is a complete fiction to be honored in a nonfiction Emmy category is a complete farce. Not one shred pro supports this completely one-sided … so-called documentary which was made in secrecy and for which not one person outside the two subjects and their families were interviewed.” 

Leaving Neverland‘s director, Dan Reed, said the following upon accepting his award, “None this would have been possible without the incredible courage and determination Wade and James and their families, and I wanted to salute that. This is one the first times we’ve been able to shine light on child sexual abuse… The pattern how it unfolds is not an easy story to tell … it ten remains undisclosed for so many decades, so I thank them from the bottom my heart.”

In April, Jackson’s biographer, Mike Smallcombe, pointed out a hole in the testimony one the accusers. Reed tweeted that the accuser got the dates the alleged abuse wrong, to which Smallcombe responded: “Firstly, I’m shocked that he’s spoken on Safechuck’s behalf. And secondly, it’s embarrassing that he feels he has to now change the narrative the film – which is that the alleged abuse stopped in 1992 – all because part it has been disproved. That’s what happens when you take allegations like that at face value, and make no attempts to scrutinize and investigate whether they are true.”

Ernie Hudson Will Reprise Role For Upcoming Ghostbusters Film In 2020

Original Ghostbusters cast member, Ernie Hudson, is set to return as Winston in Jason Reitman’s upcoming sequel film in 2020. The news broke from Hudson himself who released a video message you can find here“We’re shooting the new Ghostbusters right now, coming out next summer, so I’m hoping that you’ll enjoy it as much as the other movies that we’ve done,” Hudson said. “I know that I’m having a blast doing it.” Winston was a fan favorite back in the ’80s, so fans will certainly be excited to see him back with the gang.

Fans the Joe Rogan Experience might remember fellow original cast member, Dan Aykroyd, appearing on the podcast earlier this week. He announced his involvement to Joe Rogan there as well. Also appearing in the film will be an impressive cast  Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, and Paul Rudd.

Interestingly, director Jason Reitman is the son the original Ghostbusters director, Ivan Reitman. If anyone could successfully carry on the legacy the originial films, it would be the son the iconic director. The film entered production over this last summer and is scheduled to be released on July 10th, 2020 by Sony Pictures.

Demi Lovato Posts Another Bikini Pic To Encourage "No Photoshop"

Throughout her career, Demi Lovato has been an inspiration to many by always being so open about her struggles. She has been vocal about mental health issues, drug abuse and eating disorders. Whenever she goes through it, she makes sure to send out messages to her fans about what she learned from her suffering and encourages others to grow into their best selves. 

A few days ago, Lovato posted a picture her in a bikini to express how proud she has become her body and unafraid to share it, unfiltered, with the world. In the caption, she spun the stigma around cellulite into a celebration, proclaiming that “it’s CELLULIT.” She confessed that posting an unedited photo is her “biggest fear” – something she would have never been comfortable doing in the past – but she showed others how to thrive by doing what scares them most. 

Now, Demi is back with another sexy mirror selfie. She is once again in a bikini and once again emphasizing, “No photoshop pls & thank u.” 

In the caption her last post, the 27-year-old singer also revealed that she’s back in the studio and working on an “anthem” to follow up her 2017 hit, “Sorry Not Sorry”. 

"Wrinkles The Clown" Will Strike Fear In The Most Hardened Of Hearts

At this stage in the game, a clown is more likely to elicit terror than laughter. Entities like Stephen King’s Pennywise, Rob Zombie’s Captain Spaulding, and the real-life serial killer John Wayne Gacy have seen to that. Yet there is one clown who continues to fly under the radar. A cult classic clown, if you will. And to think, with the exception Gacy, he may be the most terrifying one all. His name is Wrinkles The Clown, and he’s set to be the center an upcoming documentary from Magnolia Pictures.

The story goes as follows. In 2014, video footage Wrinkles enacting pure nightmare fuel hit the internet, prompting speculation about the nature his very existence. It was eventually learned that the visually disturbing Wrinkles was the imagining a Florida Man(!), who found himself becoming the world’s first Clown Mercenary. The premise was simple: for a modest fee, Wrinkles would down his garb and scare the shit out your chosen target. Naturally, it didn’t take long for Wrinkles to explode on social media, equal-parts creepypasta and genuine service-for-hire. 

Now, filmmaker Michael Beach Nichols has been granted access to the man behind the mask, and come October 4th, the mystery will open up to sate our morbid curiosity. “Nobody would hire me when I was just a regular clown,” he reflects, in the trailer’s closing moments. “I just thought, hey, maybe I’ll give it a little edge. 

Jonah Hill Responds To Viral Picture Of Him Dropping His Coffee

Earlier this week, one lucky fan was lucky enough to catch a picture Jonah Hill at the perfect moment. In one instant, Jonah Hill was a mythical celebrity, in the next, we were all reminded an important life lesson: celebrities are human too. The camera caught him dropping his iced-cfee just as the lid dislodged from the base- an incredibly human moment.

The image went viral on Twitter after users found the seriousness Jonah Hill’s face juxtaposed to the falling cup hilarious. The original tweet reads, “s/o to Jonah Hill, always cool, calm, and collected. Even in the face imminent disaster.”

The picture went viral immediately and turned into a meme. Jonah Hill has now responded to the virality the image with a post acknowledging the situation on Instagram reading, “The internet has been very interested in this photo me dropping my cfee. But we’re all forgetting the real tragedy here. We’re forgetting to mourn this cfee. I didn’t know it long but damn was our time together special. As fleeting as it was. I’ll never forget you. ☕️ ❤️.” The four-part post begins with a meme version the image saying “When you did your routine but your skin betrayed you,” and ends with increasing zoomed-in photos the isolated cfee cup.

French Montana and Gunna Team Up on ‘Suicide Doors’

After linking with City Girls on “Wiggle It,” French Montana pops the “Suicide Doors” on his new single featuring Gunna.

The Harry Fraud-producer slapper finds French flexing about his jewelry (“My diamonds twerk”) and ménage à trois, while shouting out the late Eazy-E. Gunna adds his signature drip to the wavy track.

Along with the song, French has unleashed the wild video. In the Kid Art-directed clip, the Coke Boy and YSL rapper take over a rainforest with exotic animals and foreign whips. They trade bars in front of a waterfall while gorgeous models parade around and French holds a jungle cat on a leash. Legendary restaurateur Mr. Chow also makes a cameo.

French is now gearing up to release his new album, the follow-up to 2017’s Jungle Rules, on Nov. 9. The project will feature a collaboration with Cardi B and Post Malone.