Stream Beyoncé’s Album ‘The Lion King: The Gift’

The Lion Queen is here.

With The Lion King now in theaters, Beyoncé pays tribute to the film with her companion album The Lion King: The Gift. The musical ode to Disney’s live-action reboot of the 1994 animated classic features new music from Queen Bey, who also serves as the album’s executive producer and curator.

In addition to the powerful “Spirit,” the soundtrack features contributions from some of Beyoncé’s favorite artists and today’s most talented African artists.

It’s a family affair as JAY-Z joins his wife on “Mood 4 Eva,” which also features Bey’s Lion King co-star Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino. Blue Ivy can be heard on “Brown Skin Girl,” a collaboration with WizKid and SAINt JHN. Kendrick Lamar reunites with Bey on “The Nile,” while other guests include Pharrell, Tierra Whack, Tiwa Savage, Jessie Reyez, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi, and 070 Shake.

“The soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my own interpretation of it,” Beyoncé, who voices Nala in the remake, told Robin Roberts. “I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa.”

“A lot of the drums, the chants, all of these incredible new sounds, mixed with some of the producers from America, we’ve kinda created our own genre. I feel like the soundtrack, it becomes visual in your mind. It’s a soundscape. It’s more than just the music because each song tells the story of the film.”

Stream The Lion King: The Gift below.

Nas Drops "The Lost Tapes 2"

It took 17 years, but Nas has finally released a sequel to his critically acclaimed Lost Tapes. The Lost Tapes 2 features tracks that didn’t make the cut on 2006’s Hip Hop Is Dead, 2008’s Untitled, 2012’s Life Is Good and last year’s Nasir.

Nas’ new project is comprised of 16 tracks. Production is handled by some of Hip Hop’s top beatmakers, including Kanye West, Pete Rock, The Alchemist, Pharrell, No I.D. and Hit-Boy.

Check out Nas’ The Lost Tapes 2 stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Nas Drops "The Lost Tapes 2"

1. No Bad Energy
2. Vernon Family
3. Jarreau of Rap (Skatt Attack) f. Al Jarreau & Keyon Harrold
4. Lost Freestyle
5. Tanasia
6. Royalty f. RaVaughn
7. Who Are You f. David Ranier
8. Adult Film f. Swizz Beatz
9. War Against Love
10. The Art of It f. J. Myers
11. Highly Favored
12. Queens Wolf
13. It Never Ends
14. You Mean the World To Me
15. QueensBridge Politics
16. Beautiful Life f. RaVaughn

Listen To The Beyoncé-Curated Compilation "The Lion King: The Gift"

Beyoncé has taken on the role of curator for the newly released compilation The Lion King: The Gift. The album acts as a companion piece to Disney’s Lion King remake, which hit theaters Thursday (July 18).

The LP features contributions by Queen Bey, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Tierra Whack, Childish Gambino, Pharrell and more.

“I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline,” Beyoncé said in a press release. “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. 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.”

View The Lion King: The Gift stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Listen To The Beyoncé-Curated Compilation "The Lion King: The Gift"

1. balance (mufasa interlude) – James Earl Jones
2. BIGGER – Beyoncé
3. the stars (mufasa interlude) – James Earl Jones
4. FIND YOUR WAY BACK – Beyoncé
5. uncle scar (scar interlude) – Chiwetel Ejiofor
6. DON’T JEALOUS ME – Tekno, Yemi Alade & Mr. Eazi
7. danger (young simba & young nala interlude) – JD McCrary & Shahadi Wright Joseph
8. JA ARA E – Burna Boy
9. run away (scar & young simba interlude) – JD McCrary & Chiwetel Ejiofor
10. NILE – Beyoncé & Kendrick Lamar
11. new lesson (timon, pumbaa & young simba interlude) – Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen & JD McCrary
12. MOOD 4 EVA – Beyoncé, JAY-Z & Childish Gambino
13. reunited (nala & simba interlude) – Beyoncé & Donald Glover
14. WATER – Salatiel, Pharrell Williams & Beyoncé
15. BROWN SKIN GIRL – Beyoncé, SAINt JHN & Wizkid f. Blue Ivy Carter
16. come home (nala interlude)
17. KEYS TO THE KINGDOM – Tiwa Savage & Mr Eazi
18. follow me (Rafiki interlude) – John Kani
19. ALREADY – Beyoncé, Shatta Wale & Major Lazer
20. remember (mufasa interlude) – James Earl Jones
21. OTHERSIDE – Beyoncé
22. war (nala interlude)
23. MY POWER – Tierra Whack, Beyoncé & Moonchild Sanelly
24. surrender (simba & scar interlude) – Donald Glover & Chiwetel Ejiofor
25. SCAR – 070 Shake & Jessie Reyez
26. i’m home (mufasa, sarabi & simba interlude) – James Earl Jones, Alfre Woodard & Donald Glover
27. SPIRIT (From Disney’s “The Lion King”) – Beyoncé

The Week's Top U.S. Festivals & Tours, Presented by SeatGeek

The most popular concert tickets, tour stops, and artists around the country, through Wednesday, July 17th.

Welcome to our weekly report on the world of live music, based on exclusive data from SeatGeek, a ticketing platform that enables fans to buy and sell tickets for sports, concert, and theater events. Read on for insights into the most popular artists and festivals from the prior and upcoming weeks.

Most Popular Artists and Festivals

Past Week, Based on SeatGeek Web Traffic

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1. Wiz Khalifa (Rank last week: 5)

The Pittsburgh rapper is in the early stages of his “Decent Exposure Tour” alongside French Montana, and ticket demand is rising quickly. The top tour of the past week heads to Camden, NJ and Bristow, VA next.

2. Billie EIlish (Rank last week: 2)

A staple of this list all summer long, Eilish has held onto the number two spot this week despite the bulk of her tour being over. The 17-year-old rising star plays a handful of festivals this fall in addition to a few individual performances.

3. Florida Georgia Line (Rank last week: 7)

The country duo brings their popular tour — which features another duo, Dan Shay — to the East Coast this week before heading to the U.S. midwest and south.

4. Khalid (Rank last week: 3)

Khalid’s “Free Spirit Tour” remains one of the hottest of the summer, as the “Talk” singer has been on this top 10 list for weeks on end. While ticket demand remains steady, a few lucky fans in San Antonio were treated to an impromptu karaoke performance at a local restaurant, not tickets required.

5. Shawn Mendes (Rank last week: 1)

The Canadian superstar has ceded the top spot this week, but his shows remain highly in-demand. Mendes goes to Kansas City, Tulsa, and Dallas next.

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“Rising” Artists and Festivals

Past Week, Based on the Percent Increase in SeatGeek Web Traffic

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1. OVO Fest: 4374%

Drake’s Toronto music festival returns this year after taking the year off in 2018, and fans have responded in a big way. Tickets for the two-day, star-studded lineup — which includes Drake on August 5 — experienced a more than 4000% increase in web traffic over the past week.

2. Day6: 1470%

K-Pop group Day6 is seeing big increases in interest following the release of a new single, “Time Of Our Life,” and will kick off a world tour on August 9 in Daegu, Korea.

3. Post Malone: 846%

The rapper and singer recently announced his new Runaway Tour, which kicks off on September 14 in Tacoma, Washington. Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh will open for most shows.

4. Twenty One Pilots: 607%

The rockers from Ohio announced a new leg of their Bandito Tour, supporting their 2018 album Trench. Tickets went on sale this week.

5. Premios Juventud: 234%

Univision’s youth awards show, taking place July 18 in Miami, boasts some of the top acts in Latin music.

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Most Popular Upcoming Tour Stops and Festivals

Upcoming Week, Based on SeatGeek Ticket Sales

Rock stars dominate the list of hottest upcoming events next week, with The Rolling Stones, Queen, and country duo Florida Georgia Line making up seven of the top 10 shows. Rapper Wiz Khalifa and pop artists Khalid and Shawn Mendes round out the rest of this list.

Dounia Drops "THE SCANDAL" Album

Rising R&B singer Dounia has released her debut studio album, THE SCANDAL, on Wednesday (July 17). The 12-track project builds on her May NOT GOOD FOR THE EGO EP, repurposing two singles from the previous work.

Dounia herself is credited as the sole writer behind the lyrics on the new album. The multi-talented songstress also garners some production credits for several of the tracks, including the album’s lead single, DELIGHTFUL, which dropped on July 2. Producers Gio, Z3N, Mavigz, Jeff Kleinman, DJ Frank E, Danny Majic, Bourdeaux, Breakfast N Vegas, Non Native, and Diego Ave also make appearances across the project.

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THE SCANDAL I feel is my most vulnerable project yet. I really wanted to be transparent with my experiences this past year, in regards to relationships, the music industry and life in general. In the same breath, I still feel like it offers the sonically versatile nature I try to integrate into all of my bodies of work,” says the Queens-born artist in an exclusive quote to DX.

In just a few days, Dounia will hit the stage at Diplo’s Mad City Festival in Boston on July 20, to be followed by a performance at Rolling Loud Bay Area on September 28 in Oakland.

Check out THE SCANDAL cover art, stream and tracklist below.

THE SCANDAL Track Listing:

1)      GLASS WALLS

2)      SAW IT FIRST

3)      UP 4 AIR

4)      TOXIC

5)      DELIGHTFUL

6)      SPECIFIC

7)      LOWKEY GRL (feat. Moroccan Doll)

8)      RENAISSANCE

9)      COCKY

10)   ROYAL

11)   RUDE/RECKLESS

12)   DISTRACTED

Nas Teases ‘Lost Tapes 3’ and ‘Lost Tapes 4’

Nas fans have waited 17 years for the sequel to The Lost Tapes, and there may be even more unreleased music on the way.

During a listening session for The Lost Tapes 2 in New York City on Tuesday night (July 16), the Queensbridge icon revealed that he has enough material to continue the series.

“As you can imagine, I’ve piled up a lot of songs since then,” he told the crowd ( Billboard). “So I got enough for a Lost Tapes 2 now. And a Lost Tapes 3 and a Lost Tapes 4.”

But first, The Lost Tapes 2 arrives Friday. The long-awaited sequel to 2002’s cult classic features unreleased tracks from Nas’ last four albums including Hip-Hop Is Dead (2006), Untitled (2008), Life Is Good (2012), and Nasir (2018).

In addition to the previously-released “Jarreau of Rap (Skatt Attack),” the album includes production from Pharrell, Swizz Beatz, RZA, No I.D., Hit-Boy, Pete Rock, and Kanye West, who helmed “You Mean the World to Me” for Nasir.

ABC Network Becomes A Beyoncé Fan Account On Twitter

The new Lion King movie will be out in a few days and right by its side is an album featuring tons African artists, as well as Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, and Beyoncé, who appears on the majority songs. Fans the superstar pop singer are excited to hear her contributions to the ficial soundtrack, buying advance tickets to Lion King so they can be the first to see Bey’s performance as Nala. Stan Twitter has been going bonkers after the singer’s album announcement and even ABC, a major television network, is switching up their regular campaign to show love to Queen Bey.

After the release the “Spirit” music video, ABC Network decided that they were so in love with Beyoncé that they wanted to rename their station to better suit the vocalist. Instead the traditional ABC, the social media team at the network decided to temporarily alter their name to read “ABeyC.” They also sent out a tweet confirming that they were becoming an account devoted solely to Beyoncé coverage. While they’ve already cheated on the Queen by covering other stories, you’ve got to respect the dedication. Considering the fact that Disney owns ABC though, this isn’t all too surprising though. Disney is the studio behind The Lion King, after all.

Hopefully this lasts a long time.

It’s National Hot Dog Day & Here’s Where You Can Get Free Hot Dogs

The past few months have seen a number national days dedicated to paying ode to our favorite calory-packed foods, including National Hamburger Day and National Chocolate Chip Day back in May, and National Donut Day recently, at the start June. As always, independent food retailers as well as big chains alike, come together to fer deals and freebies as a way to promote the holiday, and drive traffic to their stores. This time around, it’s national hot dog day, and we’re sure there will be more than a few who will be absolutely delighted to learn that a number  restaurants are celebrating the day with a number sizzling deals to satisfy those summer dog cravings. Unless stated otherwise, all deals are one-day-only. Check them out below!

Paragon Theatres: (FL, VA, NC): Buy one get one free hot dog.

All American Pub: (Charlotte, NC): Buy one get one free hot dog.

7-Eleven: Quarter-pound Big Bite hot dogs for only $1!

Wienerschnitzel: 5 chili dogs for $5.

Pilot Flying J: One free hot dog or “roller grill item” from the Pilot Flying J app. If you’re a first-time app user, you also get a free drink.

Love’s Travel Spots: “Free hot dog or roller grill item.” Go to the chain’s website, app, or social media pages on July 17 to get a barcode, and scan it at checkout for your free hot dog.

Dog Haus: Free Haus Dog with coupon from link.

Portillo’s: Two regular hot dogs for $5 all week.

TA, Petro & TA Express: Two hot dogs for $1, or a free hot dog with an UltraONE kiosk coupon.

Coupons.com: Get free hot dog buns at Target, Walmart, Kroger, Publix or Ralphs from July 15th through to the 19th, by downloading the Coupons.com app.

Philly Pretzel Factory: At each location, the first 100 customers in each location – from 11 a.m. onward – get a free pretzel dog. After that, all pretzel dogs are $1 each. (Not available at retailers inside airports and train stations.)

Watch Beyoncé’s Stunning Video for ‘Spirit’

Beyoncé rules her kingdom in the stunning video for “Spirit.”

The global icon debuts the epic visual for her Lion King-inspired anthem. The majestic clip was shot against the gorgeous backdrop of Havasu Falls in the Havasupai Reservation in Arizona and features Queen Bey in all of nature’s glory. She glows in a yellow dress in the desert, ravishes in red while wading in the river, and leads her dancers in a blue fringe jumpsuit. Blue Ivy also makes a cameo in between scenes from the Jon Favreau-directed film.

“Spirit” is the first release off The Lion King: The Gift. The soundtrack, a musical ode to the film, features new music from Beyoncé, plus collaborations with JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, WizKid, Pharrell, Tierra Whack, Jessie Reyez, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi, 070 Shake, and Blue Ivy.

“The soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my own interpretation of it,” Bey told Robin Roberts. “I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa.”

The Lion King: The Gift arrives July 19, the same day the film hits theaters.

Beyoncé Reveals ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ Tracklisting

On Friday, Beyoncé will bring together some of her favorite artists for The Lion King: The Gift.

The soundtrack, a musical ode to Disney’s live-action film, features new music from Queen Bey, who also serves as the album’s executive producer and curator. The 14 new recordings are filled with collaborations including her husband JAY-Z and Lion King co-star Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino, who both appear on “Mood 4 Eva.”

Kendrick Lamar reunites with Bey on “The Nile,” while Blue Ivy also joins her mother on “Brown Skin Girl,” a collaboration with WizKid and St. Jhn. Other guests include Pharrell, Tierra Whack, Tiwa Savage, Jessie Reyez, Burna Boy, Mr. Eazi, and 070 Shake.

“The soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my own interpretation of it,” Beyoncé, who voices Nala in the remake, told Robin Roberts. “I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa.”

“A lot of the drums, the chants, all of these incredible new sounds, mixed with some of the producers from America, we’ve kinda created our own genre. I feel like the soundtrack, it becomes visual in your mind. It’s a soundscape. It’s more than just the music because each song tells the story of the film.”

The Lion King: The Gift is set for release on July 19, the same day the film hits theaters. The video for Beyoncé’s “Spirit,” which was shot at Havasu Falls in the Havasupai Reservation in Arizona, is set to debut tonight.

See the tracklisting below.

The Lion King: The Gift Tracklisting

1. “Bigger” – Beyoncé
2. “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)” – Beyoncé
3. “Don’t Jealous Me” – Tekno, Yemi Alade, and Mr. Eazi
4. “Ja Ara E” – Burna Boy
5. “The Nile” – Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar
6. “Mood 4 Eva” – Beyoncé, JAY-Z, and Childish Gambino
7. “Water” – Salatiel, Pharrell, and Beyoncé
8. “Brown Skin Girl” – Blue Ivy Carter, St. Jhn, WizKid, and Beyoncé
9. “Keys to the Kingdom” – Tiwa Sawage and Mr. Eazi
10. “Otherside” – Beyoncé
11. “Already” – Beyoncé and Shatta Wale
12. “My Power” – Tierra Whack, Beyoncé, Busiswa, Yemi Alade, Moonchild, and Sanelly
13. “Scar” – 070 Shake and Jessie Reyez
14. “Spirit” – Beyoncé

Lil Kim Explains The Significance Of "9" Title & Calls It A "Spiritual Awakening"

Fourteen years after Lil Kim released her album The Naked Truth, the Queen Bee returns with her latest effort, 9. The release this record has been shrouded in mystery as Kim has shared on social media that if it was up to her, would have already been in our hands. However, there have been some hiccups with her record label which has delayed the album, in turn frustrating the rapper.

Yet, the Girl’s Cruise star has pressed forward with all her projects as fans await more news about 9. During ESSENCE Fest, Kim gave insight into her forthcoming project by sharing why she decided to title her record with a number. “The name my album is 9,” she said, according to TheGrio. “I feel like I have to elevate as an artist. It’s for me and it’s also for my fans. I got things on there for them that I know they’re going to want to hear. I got to give them what I started f with because I can never abandon that, but at the end the day, I have to show elevation. Nine is a spiritual awakening moment for me.”

She added by explaining the significance the number nine throughout her life. “My baby was born June 9th,” Kim stated. “My baby can be the sweetest baby and then ‘Uh oh, there goes the Gemini.’ Biggie passed away on March 9 and then it’s 2019. And there were nine members in Junior M.A.F.I.A., that’s how it started. So, that number is very powerful for me. In this album, you’re gonna feel my spiritual growth. It’s still gonna be me though. I still have to give you the sexy, raunchy, fly, gangsta Kim.” Are you looking forward to 9?

Blue Ivy, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino & More To Feature On Beyoncé’s "Lion King" Album

Beyoncé is not only starring in Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King as Nala, she produced and curated its album, The Lion King: The Gift, for the beloved motion picture too.

On Wednesday (July 10), the Grammy Award-winning superstar released her majestic single “Spirit” off The Lion King: The Gift and today (July 16), the cover art and tracklist for the project was unveiled.

The Lion King: The Gift is set to consist of fresh music from JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Tierra Whack, SAINt JHn and Pharell, among others. The album will also feature new songs from Queen Bey, which includes a track titled “Brown Skin Girl” featuring her 7-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter.

“I wanted to put everyone on their own journey to link the storyline,” Bey said in a press release. “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. 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.”

The Lion King is scheduled to hit theatres July 18 and The Lion King: The Gift is slated for release July 19 Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records.

Check out the tracklist and cover art for Beyoncé‘s The Lion King: The Gift album below.

Blue Ivy, JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino & More To Feature On Beyoncé’s "Lion King" Album

1. “Bigger” – Beyoncé
2. “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)” – Beyoncé
3. “Don’t Jealous Me” – Tekno, Yemi Alade, and Mr. Eazi
4. “Ja Ara E” – Burna Boy
5. “The Nile” – Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar
6. “Mood 4 Eva” – Beyoncé, JAY-Z, and Childish Gambino
7. “Water” – Salatiel, Pharrell, and Beyoncé
8. “Brown Skin Girl” – Blue Ivy Carter, St. Jhn, WizKid, and Beyoncé
9. “Keys to the Kingdom” – Tiwa Sawage and Mr. Eazi
10. “Otherside” – Beyoncé
11. “Already” – Beyoncé and Shatta Wale
12. “My Power” – Tierra Whack, Beyoncé, Busiswa, Yemi Alade, Moonchild, and Sanelly
13. “Scar” – 070 Shake and Jessie Reyez
14. “Spirit” – Beyoncé

#DXCLUSIVE: Grammy Award-Winning Trumpeter Keyon Harrold Talks New Nas Single: “It’s Fire To Me”

New York city, ny – There has been a lot of love (and hate) for the new Nas single, “Jarreau of Rap (Skatt Attack),” which serves as the first taste of his highly anticipated The Lost Tape 2.

Though many may have expected Nas to deliver a very specific type of track (considering the bar set by the previous Lost Tapes), Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Keyon Harrold notes that going against the grain is what makes the song so powerful.

“People are entitled to their opinions good and bad,” Harrold tells HipHopDX. Having played both trumpet and flugelhorn on the track, he explains the true brilliance was Nas’ foresight that people were ultimately expecting the old same thing.

“This record is innovation. It is a progression in artistic prowess. Everyone has heard Nas do the legendary joints, but nothing like ‘The Al Jarreau of Rap,’” he continues, specifically noting he was tapped by Nas about a month ago to contribute his talents. “I am honored to be a part of this groundbreaking record … Nas, chops of Al Jarreau, and my horn. It’s fire to me and I hope it opens people up musically.”

Harrold is no stranger to the Queensbridge legend, having been brought me in to the Mass Appeal family back in 2017 — dropping his album The Mugician on the imprint.

“Nas instinctively knew what I could bring to ‘Scatt Attack’ musically. He called me in to the studio and the rest is history,” he says.

Harrold’s career in jazz Hip Hop fusion began in 2000 After landing his first touring opportunity with Common — supporting the Chicago MC’s Like Water for Chocolate LP.

“As a jazz trumpeter, this changed my entire view of the trajectory of how I saw my career unfolding … I jumped out of the preverbal ‘jazz club’ wanting to be a part of something bigger musically,” he explains. “That experience made widened the scope of what I was listening to musically.”

As he dived deeper into the production side, he found himself blessed with the opportunities to work with some of the biggest names in Hip Hop — from JAY-Z, 50 Cent, Mobb Deep, and LL Cool J to Common, dead prez, Kanye West, and Mac Miller.

“It was beautiful to work on ‘Stay’ with Mac Miller,” he recalls of his experience with the late rapper. “He was a true talent and the epitome of a lab rat (he loved the recording studio) … a phenomenal musician/artist who was always searching, always working and creating visceral art. Rest in Power Mac.”

Though he may not have always imagined his career taking an unorthodox and ultimately powerful turn nearly two decades ago, he insists that he always knew he’d work among greats.

“When I first started, I had my mind set on being the best musician/artist that I could be with no limitations and no genre bias. Good music is good music period,” he states.

“I looked up to names like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, and Marvin Gaye — but, at the same time I esteem the brilliance of JAY-Z, Biggie, Tupac, as well as producers like Timbaland, Dr. Dre, J Dilla, Pete Rock, and Rodney Jerkins. I believed that I had the same musical convictions and spirit … It was simply a matter of when it would happen.”

From the perspective of a true jazz musician, being billed on a song beside an icon like Al Jarreau is particularly exciting. “It is posthumous validation and it is modern day homage,” he says proudly. “I do not take it lightly. Shout out to Nas for having me on this one.”

Harrold is currently on a Summer tour, which wraps on August 9 at The Detroit Institute Of The Arts.

Missy Elliott Talks Her Legacy & Says "Everything I’ve Spoke, I’ve Done"

Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott has been ahead her time since she burst onto the scene with her strange, futuristic music video for her single, “The Rain.” Her debut album, Supa Dupa Fly, not only showcased her skills as an artist but solidified the magnetic, money-making, innovative partnership between her and mega-producer Timbaland. The 48-year-old is currently grinding in the studio, working on her highly-anticipated seventh studio album, and Elliot sat down with Marie Claire to reflect on her legacy and how she’s managed to continue creating hits for over two decades.

Recently, Elliott was bestowed an honorary doctorate by Berklee College Music. It’s yet another honor to add to her list accolades that includes five Grammys, six BET Awards, two American Music Awards, four ASCAP Pop Music Awards, seven MTV Video Music Awards, 15 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards, and three Soul Train Awards…and that’s not nearly the complete list. “I was just going, going, going,” she told Marie Claire about working on one thing after another. “It wasn’t resonating what was happening. After I did the Super Bowl in 2015], my friends called me and they are like, ‘So, what you about to do?’ I’m here mopping my floor, and I got to wash the dogs. And they are like, ‘What? You just finished doing the Super Bowl.’”

“And the same thing happened…I was in the car with Michelle Obama for ‘Carpool Karaoke’ in 2016], and they called me like, ‘Girl, we got to celebrate; that’s huge!’” Elliot said. “And I’m like, ‘I’m watching a movie on Netflix.’ Now that I’ve had a chance to slow down, I look back at stuff, and I look back at my ‘She’s a B*tch’ video 1999], and at the time I didn’t even think about it. But I look at it now and I’m like, ‘This is still so many years ahead.’” 

So what’s her secret? Like many other successful artists, Elliott said she always knew what she wanted to do for a living, ever since she was a little girl. She said that she spoke her reality into existence and worked hard until her dreams came true. “It’s funny because I was just telling somebody that everything I spoke, I’ve done,” she said. “And that’s how powerful the tongue is.…I used to sit in the house and act like I was having conversations with Janet and Michael and Madonna and whoever. I then would go and say my thank yous for award shows that I hadn’t made it to yet. I had speeches, and I would be in the mirror thanking my mama.”

She continued, “When I got my first check, I didn’t even buy myself a house first. I bought my mother a house. Put a Bible in the soil and built it from the ground up.” Check out our examination into Missy Elliott’s impact on both music and culture throughout her career here

Actor Chosen to Play Elvis Presley In Upcoming Warner Bros. Biopic

Austin Butler will star in an Elvis Presley biopic film, directed by Baz Luhrmann for Warner Bros.

The studio tested with a handful of actors in full make-up and hair to see who would land the role.

Butler will be co-starring alongside Tom Hanks, who is playing Col. Tom Parker. Luhrmann said he wanted to make sure the casting was absolutely right for the biopic, with Butler viewed as someone who could adequately capture Presley’s style and inner vulnerability.

Luhrmann told Deadline that he landed on Butler after hearing about previous performances. Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, and Harry Styles all submitted a film test for the director.  In comments to Variety, Luhrmann relayed that he’d ‘unequivocally’ found the right guy.

“I had heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite Denzel Washington in ‘The Iceman Cometh’ on Broadway, and through a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops, I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic musical figures.”

Butler made his Broadway debut in 2018 alongside Denzel Washington in the adaptation of The Iceman Cometh. He will also appear opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie in Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The film covers the relationship between a seasoned manager and a dirt-poor up-and-coming artist set to become an iconic star.

Luhrmann co-wrote the script for the biopic with Craig Pearce. He previously worked on an adaptation of The Great Gatsby, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio.

Shooting for the biopic won’t begin until 2020 to accommodate Tom Hank’s schedule.

Luhrmann is also producing the biopic alongside multiple-Oscar winner Catherine Martin. Gail Berman also worked with Luhrmann on The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge; she will serve as the production and costume designer for the film.

The film will be made in Queensland with support from several Australian organizations.