The legacy Guru and Gang Starr live on forever. Although it’s been a while since we’ve heard new music from Gang Starr, DJ Premier has said that there’s posthumous music in the cut. We’ve yet to hear any it but it appears as though we will soon. Earlier today, DJ Premier took to Instagram to tease a brand new album from Gang Starr. With the help Nas, he announced that a new album was on the way.
Premier posted a video on his Instagram page which shows a landline telephone and captioned, “I Gotta Call @nas.” Although no one is seen, Nas voice is heard through the phone. “Yo Premier, what up man, it’s your man Nas,” he said. “Is it true there’s a new Gang Starr album? That’s crazy, man. Let me know. Aight, chill.”
Premier was hinting at the release a new project earlier this week. The famed DJ shared a tweet that read, “I wonder what people would say if I released a new…”
Nas involvement in this project — if any — hasn’t been announced but we’d definitely be excited to hear the Queensbridge rapper on the album. I mean, he runs a label called Mass Appeal and Gang Starr’s biggest song shares the same name so it would only make sense.
Keep your eyes and ears peeled for any more updates on DJ Premier’s upcoming Gang Starr album.
“It’s probably the most excited I’ve been about an album release in a really long time,” said the Queen about her would-be fifth studio album. “I’m happy that we’re not making my fans wait for another album, like I’ve done in the past. This one incorporates all the things people love about Nicki, but it also just has a way bigger sound, so it goes perfectly with the Fendi] collection.”
Nicki Minaj stunned her fans when she announced her retirement earlier this month.
But before revealing that she was hanging up the mic to focus on starting a family, she had been working on a new album. During an interview for the October issue of ELLE, which was conducted prior to her retirement tweet, Minaj opened up about the highly-anticipated project, which she describes as “fierce, fun, and unapologetic.”
“It’s probably the most excited I’ve been about an album release in a really long time,” she told the magazine. “This one incorporates all the things people love about Nicki, but it also just has a way bigger sound, so it goes perfectly with the [Fendi] collection.”
But unlike the four years between The Pinkprint and Queen, she won’t make her Barbz wait as long for her next project. “I’m happy that we’re not making my fans wait for another album, like I’ve done in the past.”
Minaj had previously discussed her fifth album on her Queen Radio show and revealed that she was working with a mystery executive producer. It’s unclear if she still plans to release it or if it will be her final album. Up until recently, she had been busy in the studio working on new music and made plans to record with several artists.
While her music career remains up in the air, Nicki is gearing up to launch Fendi Prints On, a 127-piece collection with Italian fashion house Fendi. The collaboration, which hits stores in October, came together after Minaj wore a Fendi fur bomber jacket with a matching Fendi bikini bottom on the cover of her “Chun-Li” single.
“I can’t believe that when I was doing that little picture that day, with the Fendi jacket and Fendi panties on…” she said. “I didn’t think that the actual company would think that that was dope. To know that they liked it that much, and now it’s on a T-shirt, is so iconic to me.”
And she is excited to launch her own fashion brand in the future. “Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes!” she said. “I’ve been really strategic and picky on purpose, turning some things down and waiting for the right opportunities. Once people see that you have selling power and you are able to impact a brand in such a positive way, then I think it’s only a matter of time. The Fendi collection alone made me feel like I would love to continue doing this–getting to that boss status. That’s where I would like to take fashion, for sure.”
London is not all just “pip-pip cheerio”, as seen in the latest Netflix original Top Boy. UK’s music scene has made waves in the past but never quite as significantly as we’re currently seeing. More and more UK artists have gained prominence in the North American market, and whether you like it or not, Drake had something to do with it.
On OVO’s Top Boy soundtrack, Drake and the OVO team curated 17-songs road rap, UK hip-hop, grime, and UK Drill. Some the names are considered high-prile in the U.K., while others are still on the come up, but whatever the case is, the majority them are being formally introduced to international markets because the Top Boy soundtrack.
With the hype surrounding the show at an all-time high, we’ve broken down everything you need to know about the artists involved in the original soundtrack.
Nafe Smallz might be a name that got on your radar this year through his stand-out performance on Skepta’s “Greaze Mode” but his breakout has been years in the making. The Luton-bred artist first made noise in 2013 following the release his debut project, New Years Eve Special. After picking up some steam within the underground grime and hip-hop scene, he dropped f his second project, Ozone Music in 2015. That, along with his appearance on Charlie Sloth’s “Fire In The Booth,” helped launch his career to a national platform.
Smallz sound leans more towards the controversial U.K. hip-hop and drill sound than grime, although the influence does peak out at times. His sing-rap delivery shares similarities to the regional sounds coming out North America — specifically Atlanta, Chicago, and Toronto.
Much like how Top Boy captures the hierarchy London’s housing projects, Nafe Smallz depicts a similar story while describing the highs and lows to make it to the top the food chain. Nafe Smallz contributes twice on the soundtrack. “Riding On E” is a reflection the rise to becoming the Top Boy while “8 Missed Calls” is delivered from first-person perspective becoming one.
Fresh f the release his debut album, Third Avenue, Fredo continues his reign in the UK rap scene with his appearance on the Top Boy soundtrack. Coming from Queen’s Park, London, he’s stated that he just wanted to give a voice for his ends, which he’s successfully accomplished. His debut single, “They Ain’t 100” arrived in 2016 along with the immediate rise U.K. drill and road rap as a whole.
He continued to flood the streets with his subsequent efforts including his two mixtapes, Table Turn and Get Rich Or Get Recalled. Although the former arrived at the top 2018, it wasn’t until October that year that he claimed his first number-one single on the charts with “Funky Friday” ft. Dave.
“Freddy” is a vicious and haunting depiction the roads in the U.K. He channels the energy Jamie with a tinge dark humor as he basks in luxuries that come with the gritty dirt the roads.
The UK drill scene’s caused nationwide controversies due to the rise knife crime in London and other places in England. Among those who’ve led the wave is Headie One. The rapper’s music is a direct reflection his real-life — he didn’t even take music seriously until his release from prison.
Although the sounds and themes in his music is a derivative Chicago’s drill scene, Headie One fers a more lyrical take on the genre. He’s still engulfed in controversies stemming from the genre. He was targeted in an alleged attack from a rival gang at the University Of Bedford in 2018. Shortly after, his concert at a prominent European venue in London was shut down by police after they accused his music contributing to the rising rate knife crime in the capital.
Much like everyone else on the soundtrack, Headie One depicts the activities that go on in his area Tottenham — an area that’s produced UK rap royalty such as Giggs and Jaja Soze. “Hard To Believe” blends tales his incarceration and time on road, along with the paranoia and stress that comes with it, over a dry instrumental that compliments his cold delivery.
Much like MF DOOM, M Huncho maintains a masked figure which makes him stand-out among his contemporaries. Over moody, trap-infused instrumental, his dazed, auto-tune-laden delivery makes the bleak reality the streets palatable even to the deaf ear.
The baklava-wearing rapper’s reason for keeping his identity under wraps has a lot to do with his own privacy but the music he makes is as personal as it gets. His woozy melodies blends with his nonchalant delivery about life on the streets and the risks that come with it.
Huncho’s debut album, Utopia arrived at the beginning the year which included an appearance from Nafe Smallz, among other UK rap acts. The album peaked at number 13 on the UK charts.
M Huncho’s contributions to the Top Boy soundtrack capture his own experiences from a single summer running the trap as well as the risks and paranoia that came with it.
Although the soundtrack has a lot the vibrant energy the youth in UK’s grime and hip-hop scene, it also includes artists who’ve helped pave the way for the next generation. Youngs Teflon has been in the game for over a decade, adapting to the times and embracing the new waves as they come. He hasn’t broken into a mainstream market but his work’s solidified his legacy in UK rap.
As an OG in the game, he’s witnessed the evolution both the genre and the streets. His music is both conscience and lyrical but he strays away from getting too preachy. Instead, he reflects on society’s structure that drives young Black youth towards the streets while also giving his own perspective from his experiences.
The latest season Top Boy tackles tons timely subject matter about the structure the drug trade, along with things like Brexit and gentrification. Teflon’s “Overseer” finds him appropriately detailing his environment from a bird’s eye view, including how the area he grew up in became unrecognizable due to gentrification.
Dave is U.K.’s rising king rap. In the past few years, his conscientious content has earned him praise across the board. His career initially caught international wave after Drake hopped on the “Wanna Know” remix that debuted on OVO Sound Radio in 2016. Although not necessarily known as a roadman himself, he was in close proximity to it because his older siblings who’ve spent time behind bars. That’s why he makes a concerted effort to provide a wider scope societal issues that impact the Black youths, especially when it comes to the cause and effect the street life.
2019 has been a huge year for Dave so far. He released his debut album, Psychodrama at the beginning the year to critical and commercial success. He’s also among the two artists featured on the Top Boy soundtrack that were cast in the show. Although brief, Dave made his acting debut as the maniacal incarcerated gang leader, Modie.
Dave, like Nafe Smallz, secured two placements on the OVO soundtrack. Both songs showcased Dave’s range as an artist. “Pressor X” is a braggadocious record that sounds partially influenced by Dave’s character in the show. He has a cold, bounce to his flow as he details the high-life. “God’s Eye” sits on the other end the spectrum. It’s a melancholic record where Dave details the streets as a never-ending game that he’s grown tired while watching his friends either die or sit in prison. He narrates it as if he’s barely managed to escape the fate while sitting at the top the food chain.
Although drill music wasn’t addressed in Top Boy, SL is a prime example when music and the streets collide. SL carries the same enigmatic presence as M Huncho in the sense that they both wear masks but that only gives them more space to provide an unfiltered depiction their hoods.
Formerly known as Slimz, SL’s been one the youngest artists from South London to make waves. He garnered a strong underground following in London through loose singles and visuals but it wasn’t until the release his 2017 single, “Gentlemen” that he was able to make waves across every hood in the UK.
SL falls under the category UK drill but he’s pushed passed the genre itself and formed his own take on it. “Tropical Drill,” as he describes it, takes on brighter, more upbeat instrumentals while still tackling subject matters that you’d hear in drill, with his own commentary.
SL has a dry delivery to his flow and a cold tone in his voice that sits atop a more vibrant production. “100 Thoughts” f the Top Boy soundtrack is far more grim than the production gives f. SL details climbing the ranks in the streets, running the ends while still trying to balance his own career in music and evade trouble.
AJ Tracey is another artist like Dave who’s had years under his belt but only recently broke out into the mainstream. His come-up in the game stems back to 2011 when he first began rapping as Looney but he broke into the market ficially in 2016. Through freestyles, EPs, and singles, he managed to break out into the market and gain international recognition in North America. His 2017 EP, Secure The Bag! established him even further as the next young artist to blow in the grime scene.
The grime scene — pirate radio, clashes, etc. — helped put AJ Tracey on the map but over the years, he’s carefully blended sounds UK rap, afro-fusion, and dancehall into grime for a more universal appeal.
UK drill and UK rap are heavily highlighted on this project as its the current sound the streets in London, but AJ Tracey’s contributions shed light on the sounds thriving in the nightclubs in the city. The heavy electronic influence and sped up BPM captures encapsulates the sweaty rave culture that the UK is known for.
Ghetts is another UK legend who’s spent years putting in work for the grime scene. Stemming back to the mid-00s, Ghetts has released six mixtapes, two studio albums, and two EPs and became one the few grime artists to get recognition in America. Although he first emerged in 2005, his first ficial studio album, Rebel With A Cause, only came out in 2014. He’s been nominated for BET Awards in the past.
Ghetts is known for cut-throat lyrics that he intertwines into complex rhyme patterns over grime-based production. However, he isn’t limited to just grime, his projects have all included different influences that give him his own unique flair.
Although he’s not a part the cast, he has worked with Kano, who plays Sully in Top Boy, on a few occasions.
Ghetts’ contribution to the soundtrack is a dark and foggy record that parallels his rise in the music industry to the streets. He does reflect on the impact the street on his own outlook the world and his own desensitization to the streets.
Tottenham’s own Avelino has been getting praise across the board in UK’s rap scene. The rapper’s debut mixtape, Underdog Music helped put a spotlight on the then-budding artist in 2013 before he really broke down the door with the follow-up tape, Iconic Ambition that received praise from the gatekeepers in the grime scene.
Avelino has yet to release a debut album, despite the years under his belt but he’s received major acclaim from critics and veterans in grime. Wretch 32 has been a huge supporter his, even working with Avelino on a joint project.
2017’s “Energy” marked a major breakout moment for him. The song featured appearances from Skepta and Stormzy and eventually became the main song on the FIFA 18 soundtrack.
Avelino’s efforts on the Top Boy soundtrack come on the song, “Belly Of The Beast.” Avelino’s sing-rap delivery is on full display on this record as he delivers what could possibly be the most radio-friendly record on the soundtrack. With money at the forefront his mind, Avelino details the obstacles that he has to face in order to get paid, from dealing with opps to dodging federal agents.
Little Simz is undoubtedly one the most talented young artists in the UK music scene right now but she’s also slowly revealing her skills as a thespian. Simz and Dave are the only two cast members the third season Top Boy — not including Kano or Ashley Walters — that also have established music careers.
Simz career stems back to 2010 but it’s been in recent years that she’s received mainstream praise in the U.K. She released four mixtapes and five EPs before ficially releasing her debut album, A Curious Tale Trials + Persons in 2015.
She’s had a huge year so far with Top Boy only adding more fuel to her on-fire career. She released her third studio album, The Grey Area earlier this year followed by a subsequent sold-out North American tour.
Like Drake and Baka’s efforts, Little Simz’ “VENOM” was taken from her 2019 album. Although it doesn’t necessarily follow the themes in Top Boy, per se, she does detail coping with her own mental strains that parallels to many the characters in the show.
Teeway is a fairly unknown name, and truthfully, there isn’t much information about him out yet. He only broke out this year but with a placement on the Top Boy soundtrack, it seems like he has the potential to be the next to blow. He’s another product the UK drill scene that appears to still be knee-deep in the streets. Like M Huncho and SL, he also wears a mask to cover his identity in his music videos. His singles, “Tramp,” “Emergency,” and “Honda Civ” have racked up thousands and thousands views. It’s only a matter time until he really breaks out.
Teeway’s song, “Feeling It” appeared on the soundtrack. The production on the track has a dark tone to it but it has the drum patterns typically found in more upbeat genres like dancehall and afrobeat. The rapper’s song vividly describes the activities in his own hood which reflects the reality depicted in the show.
Before Wow … That’s Crazy hits streaming platforms in October, Wale will begin his Everything Is Fine Tour at the end of September. The 18-city run of shows kicks off in Florida and wraps up with a handful of events on the West Coast.
Check out Wale’s tour dates below.
September 30 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
October 1 – Orlando, FL – Celine
October 3 – Raleigh, NC- The Ritz
October 4 – Atlanta, GA- Center Stage
October 7 – Asheville, NC- Orange Peel
October 8 – Charlottesville, VA – Spring Pavilion
October 9 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
October 10 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
October 12 – Queens, NY – Rolling Loud Festival New York
October 14 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
October 16 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
October 17 – Chicago, IL – Concord (Subject to change)
October 18 – Detroit, MI – El Club
October 21 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theater
October 23 – Reno, NV – Virginia Street Brewhouse
October 24 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
October 26 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
October 28 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
Steph Curry and Ayesha Curry have been considered by some as the first couple basketball thanks to their fairy tale relationship that has gained in prile over the last few years. When Curry’s father, Dell, was playing for the Toronto Raptors, Steph spent much his time in Canada and that’s where he meant Ayesha. The two are essentially high school sweethearts who now have kids together and are constantly supporting each other in their numerous endeavors.
“Find you somebody that…..does everything she does!” Curry wrote.
It’s clear that Curry doesn’t care about all the criticism being thrown towards his wife and that no matter what, he is on her side. As the Warriors prepare for their upcoming season in San Francisco, there is no doubt Ayesha will be a mainstay in the stands throughout the season.
AEG Presents and Eden Project have partnered to hold future series of Eden Sessions concerts.
The JV entity, Eden Sessions, LTD, which will facilitate the shows. Though the performances typically take place in summer, it’s been reported that Eden Sessions is already working to recruit acts for 2020’s gigs.
Eden Project is a popular tourist attraction in Cornwall, England. It consists predominantly of two adjoining biomes —large, clear structures that house several rare plants and flowers that are unable to grow in England’s natural climate.
Other biomes, gardens, and natural landscapes are featured throughout Eden Project, which donates a portion of its profits to environmental causes and provides educational resources to local students. That could help AEG to further downplay a number of controversial political contributions from AEG owner Philip Anschutz, including those supporting .
The first Eden Sessions took place in 2002, and new artists have performed at Eden Project during each subsequent year.
Bjork, Queens of the Stone Age, Elton John, Blink-182, and many other well-known bands and artists have headlined shows at Eden Project. This year’s Eden Sessions took place between June 20th and July 3rd; Kylie Minogue, Stereophonics, CHIC, and Nile Rodgers headlined the concerts.
AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group) is the second-largest concert company in the world, behind Live Nation. In terms of major venue holdings, AEG owns LA’s Staples Center and London’s 02 Arena, among others.
Additionally, AEG promotes the annual Coachella Music Festival, which is owned by AEG’s parent company, The Anschutz Corporation. Incidentally, marijuana , though beyond the inconvenience, attendees don’t seem bothered by Philip Anschutz’s politics.
Though music fans will have to wait until next year to see what the AEG-Eden Project partnership brings in terms of music and production value, there’re still plenty of activities being offered in the final months of 2019, including the Eden Arts Festival.
Oh boy… For the last few weeks, DJ Akademiks has been going f on Nicki Minaj for her alleged “clown” behavior. He was back at it during a recent live-stream when he brought up his issues with the Queen once more, bringing 6ix9ine, Meek Mill and Drake into the mess as well.
As you surely know, both Minaj and Drizzy were part Young Money Entertainment, blowing up as Lil Wayne‘s mentees. During the time Nicki was romantically involved with Meek Mill, Ak recalls a time where the two allegedly went shopping at a high-end clothing store and when Meek attempted to pay for their order in cash, he realized he didn’t have enough on him and asked Minaj to pay with her card. According to Ak, Nicki then separated their items and only paid for her stuff, leaving Meek to handle the rest. Before walking out the store, she allegedly told Meek that “Drake wouldn’t do that shit.” All this information apparently comes from a very trusted inside source that Akademiks knows.
As Meek Mill was leaving the shop, he reportedly tweeted out a message asking nobody to ever compare him to Drake again, which kicked f their “Twitter fingers” beef.
According to the internet personality, he wishes Minaj would challenge him on that fact because plenty other popular figures have heard the same story. Because this, Minaj and Drake have noticeably distanced themselves in recent years, collaborating much less and rarely making mention about one another.
Do you believe Ak’s story or do you think he’s capping? Watch below at the 35:50 mark.
Los Angeles, CA – According to the Hollywoord Reporter, Issa Rae will produce, and possibly star in, a remake of New Line Cinema’s 1996 action thriller, Set It Off. The Insecure co-creator will produce alongside her Issa Rae Productions partner Montrel McKay and enlist Black Monday‘s Syreeta Singleton and Star‘s Nina Gloster as writers on the project.
The original film starred Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise and told the story of four friends who, after struggling with low-wage jobs, band together to start robbing banks.
Set It Off not only highlighted wage issues and solidified director F. Gary Gray‘s career, but was also fronted by four lead women in a genre that was predominantly dominated by men. The cult classic also offered a star-studded soundtrack, with contributions from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Queen Latifah, Busta Rhymes, Goodie Mob, Organized Noize, Gladys Knight and more.
Rae has had a busy year. Her Insecure HBO series will return in 2020 for its fourth season, her and Robin Thede co-produced series, A Black Lady Sketch Show, premiered last month and she is set to star in the upcoming film The Lovebirds alongside Kumail Nanjiani.
As for her latest share to Instagram, Yung recently had a pregnant photoshoot to show f her eight-month mark and she’s come through once again to post more images from the gorgeous, angelic photos that were captured. The two images below sees Yung posted up in a cabana, caressing her belly as she glows just one month before her daughter is due to arrive.
Yung’s partner in crime, JT, who serves as the other female MC in City Girls is set to be released from prison this month. Yung has previously joked that she wouldn’t have gotten pregnant if JT wasn’t in jail since she’d have kept her busy with other activities. “I let JT] down this summer by getting pregnant lmaaaooo!! I told her if she was home i wouldn’t had time fuck,” she said.
brooklyn, ny – Brooklyn MC Skyzoo is preparing to drop his long-awaited collaborative LP with Pete Rock on Friday (September 20). Drenched in the lyrical complexity he’s known for delivering, Retropolitan explores themes of identity and gentrification as it applies to his hometown of New York City.
In part two of his conversation with HipHopDX, Sky talks about Pete Rock’s sole verse on the album (“Truck Jewel”), getting antagonized by NYPD after Chinx’s funeral and why he thinks the New York sound got lost in the shuffle.
A large part of Retropolitan‘s charm is the apparent synergy between the two. Upon beginning the process, Sky says that he knew he wanted to get Pete to rhyme on at least one song on the LP.
“I said, ‘Yo P, you know you got to get on the album with a verse,’” Skyzoo says with a laugh. “I was drawn to ‘Truck Jewels’ because of the beat.
“If you know Pete, you know he loves blaxploitation. He loves the seventies era and the culture because that’s where he’s from,” he adds. “He loves that stuff, and I love that stuff too. Even though I was born in the 80s, I love the seventies … I love that whole vibe.”
As he explains, the instrumental for “Truck Jewels” captured that aura perfectly.
“That beat sounds like that. It sounds like, Cotton Comes to Harlem … It sounds like a scene from Shaft where Richard Roundtree is running around and shit,” he says with a laugh. “It was a done deal … we knocked it out.”
The first taste of the project fans got their hands on was “It’s All Good,” a 25-year-old gem that Pete produced during the sessions for Nas’ “The World Is Yours.” One of the most poignant elements of the song was a story Sky told in the second verse about being harassed by police as he attempted to leave the funeral of fellow rapper Chinx.
“I was at Chinx’s funeral — he was a good friend of mine,” he says. “I left the funeral and had parked like two blocks away from the church. I got in my car and pulled off … I’m not doing anything. I don’t have anything to hide. I may have driven two feet before I got surrounded by cop cars.”
The incident took place on 174th Street in South Jamaica — the same block Sky says he lived on when his father moved to Queens when he was in high school.
“They’re whipping open my door, yanking me out,” he says, adding that he overhead them whispering while they aggressively searched his vehicle.
It was that whispering that inspired the repeating bar at the end of the song:
Yo, you ever been surrounded by police, and overhear them whispering to plan where to throw a ki?
“That whole story really happened. But, that wasn’t the first time that it had happened to me. Do you know what I mean? It’s just like another day in the park,” he says, noting it’s been a reasonably recurring theme in his catalog. “I made a whole song about it [on the last album] ‘Black Sambo’… that whole record is about police brutality.”
Sky then recalled another incident from his youth when the police harassed him and his friends.
“I remember being 12 and seeing the look in the detective’s eyes … he was getting excited at the idea of being able to fill his quota. These things happen, and they shouldn’t. That was normal, you know … that was normal for [the officer].
“So those are the things I’m talking about on the project.”
Another theme vastly explored on the LP is the degradation of the culture that cultivated him. Though has insisted he is talking purely from the standpoint of the city of New York itself, it’s relatively easy to see how his brand of Hip Hop subtly illustrates that music has experienced the same phenomena.
With the rise of Griselda and its extended family tree, it seems as though a once commercially defunct brand of Hip Hop is now making a comeback.
“They’re doing a fabulous job making sure everything’s right,” he says of Griselda. “Those guys are like family to me … Westside Gunn, Conway, Benny and everybody around them. Those are my guys.”
The core trio appears alongside Elzhi on the second single from the album, “Eastern Conference All-Star.” The track feels like defiant standing of the guard — a flag-planting for a new era of Hip Hop.
“The sound is coming back … and really, it’s about the identity. I think people get lost in the idea that ‘Oh, it’s not a soul sample, so it’s not New York.’ That doesn’t have to be what it is,” he explains. “It’s just gotta be our identity.”
As the Mecca’s sound once ruled supreme, it began to diversify as other regions started to rise to prominence.
“You also still have a million New Yorkers who sound like other regions,” he says, making it clear that he isn’t at all disparaging any of the various movements. “My argument is you never saw other regions trying to sound like New York when we were hot. Those guys didn’t try to sound like us. They sounded like them … they knew that their shine was coming.”
As Skyzoo further breaks down, the loss of the city’s musical identity is a chief byproduct of its strongest character trait.
“New York has always been the home of the hustle,” he says. That the train of thought — he explains —permeates into everything, including music. “Young kids in New York is like, ‘Oh this is what’s hot. We doing that.’ That’s what happened — and that’s the issue.”
All this, of course, speaks to the central punchline he’s made quite prominent throughout the project’s roll-out: Retropolitan is more than a lush love letter to the city he calls home, “It’s a wake-up call.”
Pete Rock and Skyzoo’s Retropiltan is available September 20 Mello Music Group. Grab tickets to his September 23 NYC performance here.
Fantasia Barrino’s life has endured quite a few ups and downs, many which occurred before she stepped into the spotlight in 2004 on American Idol. Her career, along with her love life, has experienced hills and valleys, but the married mother two is back with new music and a fresh outlook on life.
The 35-year-old recently sat down with The Breakfast Club to talk about her highs and lows, and the conversation turned into a discourse about relationships. Fantasia believes that there are too many women who are trying to take on a man’s role when they should yield and submit to their partners.
“Most women are trying to be the leader. That’s why you can’t find a man,” she said. “You can’t be the king in the house. Fall back and be the queen and let your man lead the way.” She added that a woman being the leader in her household isn’t how things are supposed to be. “That’s why we bump heads. I feel like it’s a generational thing. We can go real deep on that, but it’s a generational curse and how society have placed our men and women have to stand up and be the mother and the father.”
She goes on to say that women become so independent that when a man does come their way looking for a romantic relationship, the woman comes across as too masculine. “You have to find how to submit. You can still be a queen,” Fantasia added. “The queen plays a part. The king needs his queen. There’s certain things that he can’t see that we see.” Swipe through the Instagram post to check out Fantasia’s full statement below and let us know what you think about her opinion.
Megan Thee Stallion’s dream of having a track with Pimp C might come true after all.
On Friday (September 13), Megan revealed that she signed to Roc Nation management. Following her announcement, Pimp C’s widow, Chinara Butler, went on Instagram to congratulate the Houston native. Towards the end of her caption, Butler revealed that there are hidden Pimp C verses reserved for the “Hot Girl Summer” rapper.
“And I’m hold on to a couple of Unreleased verses of #PimpC just for you!!!! Get’em #TinaSnow #HotGirlOfTheYear!!!! #Yessssss #texasgirls #TrillQueenTalk #megantheestallion #LongLiveThePimp,” she wrote.
The 24-year-old has expressed her love for Pimp C throughout her career. “I would get in the car and my mama would be playing Pimp C. I would get in the car every day after school and be like, ‘Mama, put on that Pimp,’” she revealed in an interview with Complex earlier this year.
“So I took it into being grown now, just still bumping him. He just made me feel so cool as a kid. I didn’t even understand what he was saying, but I knew it just felt good. I wish he was alive because I wish I could have met him.”
In other Megan Thee Stallion-related news, the Fever artist is currently working on her album.
Last month, Megan dropped her “Hot Girl Summer” video, which features Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign.
Beyoncé has unexpectedly announced a new television project. After releasing her Netflix documentary Homecoming in April, Queen Bey will premiere a special titled Making The Gift on ABC on Monday night (September 16).
The special will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Lion King: The Gift, the Beyoncé-curated compilation that dropped in July. The album featured contributions by notable artists such as JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Tierra Whack and Pharrell.
The Lion King: The Gift was inspired by Disney’s 2019 remake of The Lion King, which starred Beyoncé.
“Each song was written to reflect the film’s storytelling that gives the listener a chance to imagine their own imagery, while listening to a new contemporary interpretation,” she said in a press release. “It was important that the music was not only performed by the most interesting and talented artists but also produced by the best African producers. Authenticity and heart were important to me.”
Making The Gift is scheduled to premiere Monday at 10 p.m. Eastern, right after the season premiere of ABC’s hit show Dancing With The Stars.
In April, Beyoncé released the two-hour documentary showing the process behind and the performance her iconic 2018 Coachella performance. For anyone who attended the festival or streamed the headlining set, it was clear how much effort went into putting together this dazzling production. But Beyoncé always provides a multi-faceted experience, so she presented us with the Netflix special, Homecoming, to prove just how seriously she takes her art.
When watching Homecoming, it’s hard to keep your jaw f the floor. Throughout the performance, there are over 200 people on stage with her and not one them is seen missing a beat. The massive band on a levelled platform behind her dances and plays simultaneously. The renditions and transitions between Beyoncé’s hits are grand and exhilarating. There are skits and guest appearances dispersed throughout. All in all, the performance and its accompanying film were impressive as hell – schooling us on what it means and takes to be the world’s greatest living performer.
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When it was announced in July that Homecoming was nominated for six Emmy awards, the Bey Hive rejoiced to see their queen’s excellence acknowledged in this new sphere. While the Emmys ceremony will be airing next Sunday (September 22), the 71st Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards take place this weekend. The Creative Arts Emmys is a two-day event at The Microst Theatre in Los Angeles, where the more technical awards are given out.
Last night, the winners for all the categories that Beyoncé was up for were revealed and, tragically, she was not one them. She lost for outstanding variety special, outstanding costumes for variety, non-fiction or reality programming, outstanding directing for a variety special, outstanding music direction, outstanding production design for a variety special and outstanding writing for a variety special.
The loss that got fans most upset was for best variety special, which was taken home by James Corden for his Carpool Karaoke special with Paul McCartney, When Corden Met McCartney. While Corden’s show usually consists him picking up celebrities and driving around while singing their favourite tunes, the McCartney episode was a bit more special, as they toured the Beatle’s childhood home in Liverpool and performed at a pub. However, many would still argue that a lot more talent was evidenced in Beychella and its doc.