Hip Hop News | Trending Hip Hop Stories – The Source http://thesource.com Sun, 25 Feb 2018 02:01:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 Ludwig Goransson and Childish Gambino Working On New Project http://thesource.com/2018/02/24/ludwig-goransson-childish-gambino-working-new-project/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/24/ludwig-goransson-childish-gambino-working-new-project/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:46:11 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431709 Words by Comfort Nnana Kalu Producer and composer, Ludwig Goranssen, recently interviewed with the Hollywood Reporter and dropped a gem on an upcoming project. In the interview, he talked about his involvement in the Black Panther film and coming up with the score while taking an in-depth look into African culture in order to build […]

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Producer and composer, Ludwig Goranssen, recently interviewed with the Hollywood Reporter and dropped a gem on an upcoming project. In the interview, he talked about his involvement in the Black Panther film and coming up with the score while taking an in-depth look into African culture in order to build and craft the sound. While explaining his process, he casually slipped that he was taking a break from producing Childish Gambino’s album, Donald Glover.

Gambino has previously stated that he will be retiring his name “Childish Gambino” and will simply be referred to as Donald Glover. In addition, the new and improved Donald Glover has also signed a deal with RCA which encourages fans in the anticipation of new music. Now with the wrap up of filming for Atlanta and Ludwig working on Black Panther it is becoming more of a reality that duo will be bringing magic very soon. On working with Black Panther, Goransson explained how the Black Panther movie was the third time he has collaborated with Ryan Coogler as he has scored Fruitvale Station and Creed.

“I was incredibly excited as it was a dream of mine to score a superhero movie. I also felt incredible pressure to pay homage to African culture and it’s traditional music. It’s not lost on me that I’m a Swedish guy from the coldest countries in the world. I traveled to a library in South Africa called the international Library of African Music. Which ahs a collection of about 500 different instruments that don’t really exist anymore. To be able to go there, record the instrument and use them in the movie…it was an incredible opportunity,”

After months of research and immersion, it’s clear that Gorransson was able to create work of art and a score worthy of Black Panther’s success. It is with this in mind that we can highly anticipate upcoming project with Donald Glover.

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Black Panther Earns Highest Grossing first Week in MCU History http://thesource.com/2018/02/24/black-panther-earns-highest-grossing-first-week-mcu-history/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/24/black-panther-earns-highest-grossing-first-week-mcu-history/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:33:33 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431706 Words by Comfort Nnana Kalu The unadulterated joy, anticipation and support of Black Panther leading up to the film has unsurprisingly raked in great results. Black Panther has made Marvel history after securing opening weekend and now receiving the esteemed title of highest grossing first week film of the Marvel Universe. In just North America […]

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The unadulterated joy, anticipation and support of Black Panther leading up to the film has unsurprisingly raked in great results. Black Panther has made Marvel history after securing opening weekend and now receiving the esteemed title of highest grossing first week film of the Marvel Universe.

In just North America alone, Black Panther has made $292 million dollars and the now second place Avengers film came in at $270 million in comparison. Internationally, Black Panther has brought in $228 million, which brings the weekend total to $520 million. Last weekend Black Panther opened with $202 million dollars and it is projected to bring in additional weekend of at least $100 million.

Director, Ryan Cooler, wrote in a letter to fans,

“It still humbles me to think that people care enough to spend their money and time watching our film,” Ryan exclaimed. “To seem people of all backgrounds wearing clothing that celebrates their heritage, taking pictures next to out posters with their friends and family, and sometimes dancing in the lobbies of theatres – often moved me and m wife to tears.”

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Cardi B Shelled out $250K on Offset’s ‘Bando Chain’ http://thesource.com/2018/02/24/cardi-b-shelled-250k-offsets-bando-chain/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/24/cardi-b-shelled-250k-offsets-bando-chain/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 15:17:39 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431703 Words by Comfort Nnana Kalu Last week was the week of love and our favorite celeb couple celebrated with a new chain. Cardi B and Offset are the couple in name as Cardi was seen gifting Offset an intricate new chain featuring an abandoned house and Offset’s likeness in the “bando” house. It was not […]

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Last week was the week of love and our favorite celeb couple celebrated with a new chain. Cardi B and Offset are the couple in name as Cardi was seen gifting Offset an intricate new chain featuring an abandoned house and Offset’s likeness in the “bando” house. It was not confirmed how much was spent on the new piece but now there has recently been confirmation of just how much Cardi B spent on the new piece.

TMZ reported that Cardi be supposedly shelled out a whopping $250,000 for Offset’s gift. Respected jeweler, Elliot Avianne, designed the luxurious new “bando” chain and has made past pieces for Quavo with his Ratatouille and Yoda units, and Takeoff’s solar system chain. While $250,000 may seem expensive to us, it’s small change for a Grammy nominated couple like Cardi and Offset. Since the inception of their relationship, Cardi B and Offset has had to face much scrutiny as every celebrity couple faces but it seems like Cardi B and Offset are stuck like glue.

In a earlier interview with Rolling Stone, Offset described their relationship saying,

“She is real solid, came from where I came from, did what I did. She’s herself, man. I seen her develop from the trenches all the way up, and I like how she did it. I respect her grins as a woman. She came to the game with gangsta shit. I like that. I fuck with her. That’s my baby.”

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Veteran Black Journalist, Ed Gordon, Drops Powerful Documentary ‘Am I Black Enough’ http://thesource.com/2018/02/24/veteran-black-journalist-ed-gordon-drops-powerful-documentary-black-enough/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/24/veteran-black-journalist-ed-gordon-drops-powerful-documentary-black-enough/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 14:51:13 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431700 This week Ed Gordon’s documentary Am I Black Enough debut on BounceTV and the Brown Sugar streaming service. This film interviews celebrities about the concept of race, colorism within the community and how ridiculous it is to define one’s Blackness. Cultural Identity has always been a sensitive subject for African-Americans. Mostly because of slavery, the […]

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This week Ed Gordon’s documentary Am I Black Enough debut on BounceTV and the Brown Sugar streaming service. This film interviews celebrities about the concept of race, colorism within the community and how ridiculous it is to define one’s Blackness.

Cultural Identity has always been a sensitive subject for African-Americans. Mostly because of slavery, the intentional division between our ancestral home and our positions as enslaved Africans, we have absorbed more insecurities and false narratives about who we are than a nation can possibly comprehend. This special, produced and hosted by award-winning journalist Ed Gordon, talks to influencers such as Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Anderson, Wayne Brady, Yara Shahidi, Taye Diggs, Sheryl Underwood, Charlamagne Tha God and Misty Copeland about their experiences.

One of the most interesting notations in the documentary comes from Sam Jackson. He talks about how in Africa, the people are tribal and possess completely different ideologies, likes and dislikes and community values from tribe to tribe. To lump us all in one pot is counter-intuitive to our nature as African people. We always say it but do we believe it: All Black are not alike. If we are not all alike, then it should be impossible to ever revoke someone’s Black card.

Ed Gordon is an award-winning journalist with over 30 years in the television news industry. Known for his no-nonsense interview style and his ability to land exclusive interviews with top headline makers, Gordon has covered stories for BET, Dateline, NPR and 60 Minutes Wednesday, among countless others. Some of his more notable interviews include an exclusive with Janet Jackson discussing her secret marriage, one-on-one interviews with Presidents Obama and Clinton, and the highly anticipated first interview with OJ Simpson following his murder acquittal. Widely respected for his work, Gordon has received widespread praise and recognition including an Emmy Award, an NAACP Image Award, and the prestigious Journalist of the Year award from the National Association of Black Journalists

Am I Black Enough can be streamed on www.brownsugar.com.

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Mozzy and Jay Rock Link Up for New Track, ‘Nobody Knows’ http://thesource.com/2018/02/24/mozzy-and-jay-rock-link-up-for-new-track-nobody-knows/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/24/mozzy-and-jay-rock-link-up-for-new-track-nobody-knows/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:27:52 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431687 Mozzy is keeping the fire coming after he dropped a new track on Thursday, The track titled, “Nobody Knows” features Top Dawg Entertainment rapper Jay Rock and R&B singer DCMBR. In the two and a half minute track Mozzy and Jay Rock go back to back with sixteen bars before DCMBR closes out the track […]

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Mozzy is keeping the fire coming after he dropped a new track on Thursday, The track titled, “Nobody Knows” features Top Dawg Entertainment rapper Jay Rock and R&B singer DCMBR.

In the two and a half minute track Mozzy and Jay Rock go back to back with sixteen bars before DCMBR closes out the track with the chorus. “Nobody Knows” is expected to be featured on Mozzy’s upcoming 6-track EP titled Spiritual Conversations which is expected to drop on March 2nd.

“I had to grind, had a lot of money on my mind, started off with a jar full of dimes,” Mozzy spits to open his verse.

Very rarely changing up the message, Mozzy sticks to what he knows in this track and grabbing another West Coast rapper of similar stature and style in Jay Rock adds the authentic feel to the track.

Following the release of his EP, the “Tomorrow Ain’t Promised” rapper will be prepping his next full length LP, Gangland Landlord which at the time does not have a release date. Both projects will be released through Empire, the label he is signed to.

The Sacramento, California born gangsta rapper dropped his 1 Up Top Ahk album back in mid-August which featured the song “Sleep Walkin.” This track was featured on Marvel’s Box Office smash hit film Black Panther, a huge win for the West Coast spitta in terms of his music being heard by hundreds of thousands of people who saw the movie in the week that its been released.

Mozzy made some recent life changes that could have some influence on his upcoming project. The rapper told Complex that he had to kick his lean drinking habit because not only was it giving him health issues, but he felt that he was hindered creatively as well.

Though it was a difficult process, he finally kicked the habit — and if the popular drug was actually holding back Mozzy’s creative ability which was already at a high level, then fans should expect some real fire in the near future.

 

 

 

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YFN Lucci is Reportedly Set to Ink Warner Bros. Deal http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/yfn-lucci-deal-warner-bros-table/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/yfn-lucci-deal-warner-bros-table/#respond Sat, 24 Feb 2018 01:43:17 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431684 YFN Lucci is gearing up for the release of his debut album, Ray Ray From Summerhill. The first single, “Boss Life,” featuring Offset gave us a glimpse of what to expect from the project. Casanova and Wale, both make guest appearances on the album as well. You might recognize a few recognizable beats from The […]

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YFN Lucci is gearing up for the release of his debut album, Ray Ray From Summerhill. The first single, “Boss Life,” featuring Offset gave us a glimpse of what to expect from the project.

Casanova and Wale, both make guest appearances on the album as well. You might recognize a few recognizable beats from The Diplomats and JAY-Z. Just like his previous body of work, Lucci stays true to his melodic, street sound. But the main difference between Ray Ray From Summerhill, which is out on March 9th, is that it’s being released by Think It’s a Game Records/Warner Bros.

In the past, Lucci has spoke about being an independent artist and said that it’s the best way to go because you’ll have more money. But it looks like he changed his mind because the right deal came on the table. In the interview below, he also spoke about upcoming collaborations with Lil Yachty and Nipsey Hussle.

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Rapsody Talks Grammys, 9th Wonder and Staying True to Herself on Fat Joe’s Podcast http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/rapsody-talks-grammys-9th-wonder-and-staying-true-to-herself-on-fat-joes-podcast/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/rapsody-talks-grammys-9th-wonder-and-staying-true-to-herself-on-fat-joes-podcast/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:06:33 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431458 Grammy nominated rapper Rapsody sat down with Fat Joe‘s Coca Vision Podcast on Tidal to discuss her career to this point. As her buzz continues to grow following the Grammy nomination for her 2017 album ‘Laila’s Wisdom’ Fat Joe felt it necessary to have the lyricist on his podcast as he tells her he only […]

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Grammy nominated rapper Rapsody sat down with Fat Joe‘s Coca Vision Podcast on Tidal to discuss her career to this point. As her buzz continues to grow following the Grammy nomination for her 2017 album ‘Laila’s Wisdom’ Fat Joe felt it necessary to have the lyricist on his podcast as he tells her he only invites people who “meet the qualifications.”

Rapsody spoke gratefully about her development as a rapper and being able to work with hip-hop legends like 9th Wonder and Young Guru.

“[9th Wonder] was the one that when i first started writing my first two records, he told me I had talent,” The ‘Power’ MC told Fat Joe. “He took me under his wing from day one and he taught me people that I missed growing up that came before me like it’s always a bit of knowledge. He taught me the science of emceeing.”

The interview took place before the Grammy awards took place, but Rapsody expressed to Joe her excitement in being nominated but not taking it hard if she didn’t win this year.

“That’s why I’m so excited for this year, not even just for me but for the culture,” she said. “I’m looking at the nominations and like all these nominations are tough so whoever wins I can’t even mad because I feel like the culture is represented in a positive way.”

Rap did not win any of the three Grammy awards she was nominated for.

The ‘Sassy’ MC emerged from the underground in 2015 as the only rap feature on Kendrick‘s Grammy award winning album, To Pimp A Butterfly. The North Carolinian was featured on the track “Complexion” and when asked why he chose Rapsody to be the only rap feature, Kendrick said it was never about the names for who he puts on tracks, but about the talent.

 

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Conor McGregor To MMA Fans “ I’m Fighting Again In The UFC” http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/conor-mcgregor-to-mma-fans-im-fighting-again-in-the-ufc/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/conor-mcgregor-to-mma-fans-im-fighting-again-in-the-ufc/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:14:38 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431560 Conor McGregor is letting it be known he wants back in the octagon. Just hours after UFC President Dana White told TMZ he would strip Conor of his Lightweight title, McGregor announced that he will be fighting again and had even offered to step in at UFC 222 when Max Holloway pulled out of his fight […]

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Conor McGregor is letting it be known he wants back in the octagon.

Just hours after UFC President Dana White told TMZ he would strip Conor of his Lightweight title, McGregor announced that he will be fighting again and had even offered to step in at UFC 222 when Max Holloway pulled out of his fight against Frankie Edgar.

White had previously told TMZ Sports that the upcoming fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson at UFC 223 in April would be for the title McGregor currently holds. However, McGregor says he’ll be fighting again and that “It is on them to come and get me. Because I am here.”

McGregor is taking his time to return to UFC simply because he made more money in an exhibition boxing match then he would in any UFC match.

McGregor has not fought in the UFC since November 2016 when he beat Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title at UFC 205. He is 21-3 with 18 victories by way of knockout in his 24 career UFC fights.

With his impending return, the UFC could use his star power to rejuvenate the MMA world.

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Trevor Noah Responds to Those Outraged By The Blackness of “Black Panther” http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/trevor-noah-responds-outraged-blackness-black-panther/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/trevor-noah-responds-outraged-blackness-black-panther/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:41:09 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431640 In a clip between the scenes of The Daily Show, host Trevor Noah lets us in on his intimate thoughts on the film. In a candid moment to fans, Noah lets us know his reactions to critics of Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan. He defends that this is NOT a good […]

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In a clip between the scenes of The Daily Show, host Trevor Noah lets us in on his intimate thoughts on the film.

In a candid moment to fans, Noah lets us know his reactions to critics of Black Panther starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan. He defends that this is NOT a good Black film, but just a good film in general, which happens to be extra special if you happen to be Black. He likened the film to Wonder Woman, which in its own right is a spectacular film, made all the more special if you’re a woman.

He spoke out on that some people felt the movie is too Black, and made a wisecrack about when white people say they should make a “white movie” in which he described as pretty much a “movie” in general. He also spoke out on the parts of the film that felt intimate for him, because they spoke his home language of “xhosa” in the film so he didn’t need subtitles. Actor John Kani who plays T’Chaka in the film actually taught the language to Chadwick for the film, and it is spoken currently by 7.6 Africans today.  He also shared that the strong “badass” women of the film remind him of his mother, which was a little traumatizing cuz it reminded him of all the butt whoopings he got as a child. A fact which is interesting to note because Lupita Nyong’o will be playing Noah’s mother in his upcoming biopic.

Check out the full clip here that was posted to The Daily Show’s Twitter feed, where Trevor basks in the black excellence of one of Marvel’s most profitable movies to date.

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Rum Nitty Vs. John John Da Don Battle Announced For Smack Vol. 2 http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/rum-nitty-vs-john-john-da-don-battle-announced-for-smack-vol-2/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/rum-nitty-vs-john-john-da-don-battle-announced-for-smack-vol-2/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:48:38 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431565 The fourth battle announcement for the upcoming SMACK Vol. 2 event to be held on March 31st on URL was unveiled earlier this week with Arizona’s Rum Nitty set to face John John Da Don. The exclusive event is invite only on a small stage, geared towards providing the best possible Pay-Per-View experience for fans of battle […]

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The fourth battle announcement for the upcoming SMACK Vol. 2 event to be held on March 31st on URL was unveiled earlier this week with Arizona’s Rum Nitty set to face John John Da Don. The exclusive event is invite only on a small stage, geared towards providing the best possible Pay-Per-View experience for fans of battle rap culture. Both emcees have proven themselves against many of the opponents time and time again and will be interesting to say the least to see who takes it on the day.

John John Da Don has expanded well beyond battling and recording music himself, with the continued success of his own battle league BULLPEN Battle League that has established itself as an important league in its own right. Rum Nitty was recently named the Unsigned Hype in The Source #273 and has been going from strength to strength with every battle he has taken.

This highly anticipated matchup adds to O-Red vs. Cortez, T-Top vs. Bigg K, Hollow Da Don vs. Arsonal battles that have already been announced, with the entire event already shaping up to be a classic.

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Cover Girl Campaign Features Model With Vitiligo For the First Time Ever! http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/cover-girl-campaign-features-model-with-vitiligo-for-the-first-time-ever/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/cover-girl-campaign-features-model-with-vitiligo-for-the-first-time-ever/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:31:06 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431545 For the very first time, CoverGirl has unveiled their latest beauty campaign “I Am What I Make Up,” which features Amy Deanna, a model with vitiligo from Texas. Vitiligo is a skin condition caused by a lack of melanin, a pigment in the skin, which results in white patches appearing on the body. This is […]

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For the very first time, CoverGirl has unveiled their latest beauty campaign “I Am What I Make Up,” which features Amy Deanna, a model with vitiligo from Texas. Vitiligo is a skin condition caused by a lack of melanin, a pigment in the skin, which results in white patches appearing on the body.

This is not CoverGirl’s first time stepping outside of society’s comfort zone.

In 2016 blogger Nura Afia became the brand’s first Muslim ambassador, followed by blogger James Charles who became their first male spokesmodel in the same year. Deanna feels blessed and proud to be able to raise awareness for the condition while showing people that they can be comfortable in their own skin and still be different without conforming to the beauty standards set by society.

“Vitiligo awareness is something that is very important to me. It’s a part of my identity, but it doesn’t define who I am… For there to be so many of us and so little representation, it’s truly disheartening. I work with CoverGirl; I’m a black woman; I have vitiligo.” Deanna told People Style.

 

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Hood Classic ‘Set It Off’ To Be A Stage Play Starring Da Brat http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/da-brat-stars-in-set-it-off-live-stage-play/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/da-brat-stars-in-set-it-off-live-stage-play/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:24:20 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431543 Everyone’s favorite film Set it Off is coming to back and will be live on stages everywhere. Rapper Da Brat confirmed that Set it Off the stage play will be coming to a theatre near you and she will be playing Queen Latifah’s original role; Cleo. On her Instagram Brat posted a flyer that looked […]

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Everyone’s favorite film Set it Off is coming to back and will be live on stages everywhere.

Rapper Da Brat confirmed that Set it Off the stage play will be coming to a theatre near you and she will be playing Queen Latifah’s original role; Cleo. On her Instagram Brat posted a flyer that looked like a replica of the original set it off poster just with different faces. Her cast mates include Kyla Pratt, Latoya Luckett, and Demetria McKinney.

“Ladies and Gentleman, allow me to finally reveal my amazingly talented AND gorgeous CAST!! OOOOOOW SHAT!!! A @jecaryous production. SET IT OFF the stage play! Coming to a theatre near you!”

Performances will take place Friday and Saturday, March 9th and 10th at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta and again at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC on March 16th and 17th.Da Brat expressed her gratitude and excitement for landing this role in one of her favorite movies. Many don’t know but Da Brat auditioned for a role in the original film but did not make it, so it was only right for her to try again. Second time’s a charm is her case.

 

 

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Birdman Is Certain ‘Tha Carter V’ Will Be Released This Year, Calls Lil Wayne ‘the best ever’ http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/birdman-is-certain-tha-carter-v-will-be-released-this-year/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/birdman-is-certain-tha-carter-v-will-be-released-this-year/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:22:58 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431573 The release date for Lil Wayne‘s twelfth studio album Tha Carter V has been a decision held in hostage for nearly six years. But, Cash Money chief and musical father to Wayne, Birdman has recently expressed a high level of assurance that the lengthily postponed album will drop this year, 2018. In a recent interview […]

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The release date for Lil Wayne‘s twelfth studio album Tha Carter V has been a decision held in hostage for nearly six years. But, Cash Money chief and musical father to Wayne, Birdman has recently expressed a high level of assurance that the lengthily postponed album will drop this year, 2018.

In a recent interview with Rap-Up, Baby dropped the news saying, “Without a doubt. You will get [the album] this year.” He also states the delay was worthwhile. “It’s gonna be well worth the wait.”

Despite Birdman and Lil Wayne’s strained relationship, Birdman continues to speak highly of Wayne’s performance, dropping considerably pleasant commentary about the LP. He even believes Tha Carter V will be “the biggest album of 2018.” “He is the best ever to me. A lot of success coming from under his umbrella.”

That “success coming from under his umbrella” plays a role in the three-year tension in their once like father, like son relationship. Due to several disputes with Cash Money, Tha Carter V has suffered severe confusion with its release date which eventually leads to Wayne filing a $51 million lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money alleging the label was on the verge of withholding the album’s release along with a multi-million dollar worth check.

Reportedly, just last year, the “A Milli” rapper ingrained against Universal Music Group a converted lawsuit accusing them of teaming up with Cash Money to forbear the money he earned for his deeds fostering the success of Young Money acts, Nicki Minaj and Drake.

Birdman also puts in contrast the careers of Wayne and Tupac Shakur putting into retrospect the stronghold of their discographies. Tupac had 100 songs, before that we never knew of that shit. Wayne had 100 features. That shit is not normal in our business today. A ni**a might not want to hear two features from your ass. Let alone 100. Wayne had 100 No. 1s,” said Birdman. He also touched base on his relationship with Toni Braxton, deeming the songstress as a certified legend.

There is a great chance if Cash Money sincerely drops Tha Carter V this year, perhaps, Wayne may come around when it comes to Baby or, he will continue to stand his ground which seems likely at this point. Check out Birdman’s interview with Rap-Up, below.

 

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Michael B. Jordan Talks Kendrick Lamar and Black Panther Before Getting Knocked Out [Watch] http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/michael-b-jordan-talks-kendrick-lamar-and-black-panther-before-getting-knocked-out-watch/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/michael-b-jordan-talks-kendrick-lamar-and-black-panther-before-getting-knocked-out-watch/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:00:55 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431556 Midas touch actor Michael B. Jordan may be known for being the most understood villain in the Marvel Universe, but this acting veteran has played in a lot of legendary roles and breaks down his favorites while trying his hand at hot wing roulette. On the latest episode of “Hot Ones”, Jordan breaks down his […]

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Midas touch actor Michael B. Jordan may be known for being the most understood villain in the Marvel Universe, but this acting veteran has played in a lot of legendary roles and breaks down his favorites while trying his hand at hot wing roulette.

On the latest episode of “Hot Ones”, Jordan breaks down his train of thought while preparing for his role as Killmonger for the worldwide Box Office smash Black Panther.

“I kinda stayed to myself, Erik [Killmonger] didn’t have any family or friends; he spent a lot of time in his own head. Walking around I didn’t feel like myself so I would see people walking trying to get out of my way a little bit or they see me coming and avert eyes so that kind of gave me even more confidence that I was falling deep into character. One thing I miss about the character is that he just didn’t give a f*ck and walked around with this nonchalant attitude and I loved it.”

In regards to his favorite track off of the Kendrick Lamar curated  Black Panther Soundtrack, Jordan reveals that “Paramedic” is definitely one of his faves.

“I have been listening to “Paramedic” a lot. Ryan [Coogler] somehow managed to collaborate with Kendrick and showed him the movie, but his voice and what he stands for right now was just a perfect fit for this movie.”

It wasn’t all film talk, Jordan also revealed he was nervous when he first met Jay-Z and how his first time performing with The Roots was solidified by Hov himself at the 2017 All-Star game.

“When I first saw Jay and Beyonce it was at the Met Gala and everyone was there, I was nervous but I knew I had to go up to him to pay him his respect for the influence he had on my life with his music and as a Black man and in business. Fast forward years later we ended up linking up again at the All-star game and it so happened to be the same time I was set to perform with the Roots, I wasn’t supposed to be rapping at first it was really supposed to be more of a spoken word but when I saw Jay was there I knew I had to come hard.”

Check out the full interview below.

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Ludacris Teams Up with Jadakiss For Unreleased Remix, Talks New Fast and Furious [Watch] http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/ludacris-teams-jadakiss-unreleased-remix-talks-new-fast-furious-watch/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/ludacris-teams-jadakiss-unreleased-remix-talks-new-fast-furious-watch/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:30:26 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431552 DTP head honcho Ludacris is still on the hardest working men in Hip-Hop as he prepares for the premiere of “Fear Factor’s” season two on VH-1. While interviewing with Ebro Darden on Beats 1, Luda gave fans a preview of what fans can expect on the upcoming season which he dubbed “the season from hell.” […]

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DTP head honcho Ludacris is still on the hardest working men in Hip-Hop as he prepares for the premiere of “Fear Factor’s” season two on VH-1.

While interviewing with Ebro Darden on Beats 1, Luda gave fans a preview of what fans can expect on the upcoming season which he dubbed “the season from hell.”

“Man, ‘Fear Factor’ — I’m one of those people that just love having fun man and part of the reason that I wanted to do this was because I was obviously a fan of the first one with Joe Rogan,” Luda said.” But now that so much time has elapsed since the first time that they did it — and now that you got new technology, you got GoPro cameras, you got millennials that are scared of losing their phones — so we kind of incorporate all of that into, you know, kind of making this new and just making it all completely different, and dealing with people’s anxieties and personal hells—doing homework on what they’re most scared of as opposed to just generally having to do random stuff.”

About his role with the revamped show, Luda explains that he’s more than a host but he also executive produces the show as well.

” It’s like executive producer and host, I guess. It’s not a game show. It’s more of a—you could just say host, it’s generally speaking—but I would definitely say executive producer title as well. When you start messing around it’s like all of these different things are art for me and I’m just a curious person. I’m sure a lot of us are. A lot of hustlers are very curious. And when you’re in the realm of entertainment, you kind of want to go try different things out and try and conquer different worlds so this is my—this is the television chapter of Ludacris’ life —TV host-producer.”

But it wasn’t all TV talk, Ludacris also blessed fans with a snippet from an unreleased track with Jadakiss, “Knock Yourself Out Remix”, which features the two bodying a Neptunes beat.

“Probably one that never came out on his record, on Jadakiss record “Knock Yourself Out”. Next time you see Jadakiss ask him to play you the Ludacris verse of “Knock Yourself Out”. I tell you, man, that thing was — I got to get a copy of it, I got to go back and listen to it myself.”

In regards to the Fast and Furious franchise, Luda reveals that he is working on the eighth installment of the film, which is set to hit theaters in 2020, while filming Fear Factor’s second season.

“We made it to where we have the option to if they want to continue doing it and it works out for us schedule, then we’re able to do it. Luckily that second season was like right carved in between all this craziness going on with ‘Fast and Furious’ and—luckily we’ll be shooting ‘Fast and Furious’ next year, and it’ll be ‘Fast and Furious 9’ coming out in 2020 and then we end the franchise — this is what I’m hearing—on 10 and that’s supposed to be 2022. You know that I entered in two, came back in five, six, seven, eight and I mean it’s been a blessing ever since man. Nobody knew.”

Check out the full interview on Beats 1 Radio on Friday, Feb 23 at 4 pm.

Check out the unreleased song here.

Ludacris via Beats 1

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‘Black Panther’ Screenings: A Voters Registration Site? http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/black-panther-screenings-a-voters-registration-site/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/black-panther-screenings-a-voters-registration-site/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:27:42 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431465 Netting $404 million in profits since its release, Marvel’s Black Panther has become a cultural experience. The film goes beyond Wakanda and the story of King T’Challa. The film brings issues of social awareness, representation, and inclusion to the forefront of popular culture. Therefore, the Movement for Black Lives, is hosting voters registration at Black Panther screenings. If we can […]

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Netting $404 million in profits since its release, Marvel’s Black Panther has become a cultural experience. The film goes beyond Wakanda and the story of King T’Challa. The film brings issues of social awareness, representation, and inclusion to the forefront of popular culture. Therefore, the Movement for Black Lives, is hosting voters registration at Black Panther screenings.

If we can show up in record numbers for a movie, we all should all have that same energy at the polls on election day.

The movement’s Electoral Justice Project encourages the black community to fight for their rights through the use of electoral strategy. Lead by the “Wakanda the Vote” campaign, which began following the release of the film–the movement hopes all community members are present during the 2018 midterm elections.

Especially considering the hate America harbors in her heart after Trump‘s first year in the White House.

According to their website: Movement For Black Lives is an assortment of individuals and collectives which aim to focus on a, “hopeful and inclusive vision of Black joy, safety, and prosperity.”

Furthermore, they stand against violence, economic inequality. Also willing to help others pursue their dreams. The organization believes the Marvel Film is in perfect alignment with their principles. Hence, movie screenings doubled as good place to register to vote.

Using Twitter to get their message out to the world. With a simple text, you can register to vote. Most importantly, with a simple text, you can host your own voters registration event.

Registration occurs before and after screenings, making movie-goers inclined to use the power of their vote to inspire change.

Everyone who has seen the Black Panther is captivated by depiction of blacks in their natural royal state, as well as the technologically advanced nation of Wakanda. They also unite under the #WakandaForever phrase.

However, unless we take the necessary steps to achieve “our Wakanda,” this is just a movie. So if you’ve seen the film, keep that same energy for election day. Be the change or don’t complain.

 

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Lupita Nyong’o Sponsored 600 Children in Kenya to Watch ‘Black Panther’ http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/lupita-nyongo-sponsored-600-children-in-kenya-to-watch-black-panther/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/lupita-nyongo-sponsored-600-children-in-kenya-to-watch-black-panther/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:16:15 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431499 Lupita Nyong’o, star of the ground-breaking Marvel film Black Panther, joined in on the #BlackPantherChallenge, created by Frederick Joseph, which raises money for kids across the country to see Black Panther in theaters. The actress who plays the role of Nakia in Black Panther, lent a helping hand to her hometown of Kisumu, Kenya and sponsored 600 children to […]

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Lupita Nyong’o, star of the ground-breaking Marvel film Black Panther, joined in on the #BlackPantherChallenge, created by Frederick Joseph, which raises money for kids across the country to see Black Panther in theaters. The actress who plays the role of Nakia in Black Panther, lent a helping hand to her hometown of Kisumu, Kenya and sponsored 600 children to watch the film. Nyong’o took to Instagram and said in a heartfelt post,

“I joined the #BlackPantherChallenge and sponsored 600 schoolchildren to watch the film in Kisumu, Kenya with my mother’s help. I wanted kids from my hometown to see the positive images reflected in the film and superheroes that they can relate to on the big screen. No matter where you live, you can help make this happen for more children who can’t afford to see the movie. Information for various.”

In a video, the children give a big thank you to Lupita, and a young girl shares what she learned from Black Panther,

“I’ve learned that, being a leader, there are so many challenges you have to face, but you should never give up. Always keep on trying.”

Lupita Nyong’o joins the likes of Snoop Dogg, Serena Williams, and T.I., who are just a few of the many celebrities helping children around the country to see the movie. Way to go!

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Janelle Monáe Gets Bold with Double Video Premiere [Watch] http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/janelle-monae-gets-bold-with-double-video-premiere-watch/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/23/janelle-monae-gets-bold-with-double-video-premiere-watch/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:00:50 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431541 ATLien Janelle Monáe set the internet on fire with the release of her stunning visuals for two singles off of her highly anticipated upcoming album Dirty Computer (her first since 2013). In her first release, lead single “Make Me Feel”, the ’80s-inspired futuristic funk infused track seemingly channels inspiration from the artist Monáe has credited with being a […]

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ATLien Janelle Monáe set the internet on fire with the release of her stunning visuals for two singles off of her highly anticipated upcoming album Dirty Computer (her first since 2013).

In her first release, lead single “Make Me Feel”, the ’80s-inspired futuristic funk infused track seemingly channels inspiration from the artist Monáe has credited with being a major influence in her career and this album, the purple one himself, Prince. The Alan Ferguson-directed video co-stars Tessa Thompson as one of two potential love interests exploring androgynous flirtation and serving as the basis of identity for Monáe.

“Make Me Feel”, we recorded it at my studio, Wonderland Studios in Atlanta, Georgia,” Janelle said. “We had to keep it where it was funky. We were just up all night, you know, in the groove you know in the pocket. And one of the things that I love is that this song captures the fun that I love having you in the studio. The freedom that I love having. The freedom that I talk about. I hope that it comes across as such that I was able to capture that freedom and that fearlessness about embracing your uniqueness and who you are and doing it with the people you love. You hear a lot of love in that song, you hear a lot of freedom, you hear a lot of just excitement about life and about new music and about what it means to just be living right now and living your dreams and just being creative and being fearless in the way that you approach art and approach music and approach life.

As if she wasn’t clear enough with the initial release, Monáe drops her second visual for “Django Jane” an hour later. The Andrew Donoho, Chuck Lightning and Lacey Duke directed video features the emboldened beauty positioned in confidence and power as she raps a personal narrative of black girl magic and feminine empowerment.

During her interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio, Monáe explains that the new direction of her new project is liberating but definitely has her feeling a little afraid of being so vulnerable on record.

“You know what I’m going to be 100 percent honest, I’m scared. I’m actually terrified. I mean yeah it’s such an honest body of work and I don’t know how people are going to react to it, Zane. I really, I don’t know” Janelle said. “Just the thought of it is kind of freaking me out a little bit but I feel like it’s something that I need to do. It’s something that I always knew I needed to do and it’s going to happen. The album is going to happen, it’s coming. You know all I can say is at least I’ve been very honest. That’s all I can really do as an artist.”

Janelle Monae’s third album Dirty Computer arrives April 27.

Check out both videos below and listen to her interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 here.

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Maino & Uncle Murda Join Skyla Mac On His New Single “Bad Dreams” http://thesource.com/2018/02/22/maino-uncle-murda-join-skyla-mac-new-single-bad-dreams/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/22/maino-uncle-murda-join-skyla-mac-new-single-bad-dreams/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:22:13 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431525 As he gears up to release his forthcoming project at the start of the summer, newcomer Skyla Mac is pulling out all the stops. Hailing from Newark, NJ by way of North Carolina, Skyla is looking to make a splash in 2018 and he does so in grand fashion for his first outing of the […]

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As he gears up to release his forthcoming project at the start of the summer, newcomer Skyla Mac is pulling out all the stops. Hailing from Newark, NJ by way of North Carolina, Skyla is looking to make a splash in 2018 and he does so in grand fashion for his first outing of the the new year with the release of “Bad Dreams.” Produced by ChopHouze Spoon, the boisterous single features Uncle Murda, Maino and Atlanta based artist Reck442. Between the gritty verses and melodic hook, the quartet put all of their talents on full display on the new cut.

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Kodak Black Gets Some Charges Dropped, Defense Says Weed And Guns Were Props http://thesource.com/2018/02/22/kodak-black-gets-charges-dropped-defense-says-weed-guns-props/ http://thesource.com/2018/02/22/kodak-black-gets-charges-dropped-defense-says-weed-guns-props/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 01:58:46 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=431515 A Broward County Judge threw out three felony offenses against Miami rapper Kodak Black today because hiss lawyer asserted that the guns and weed that he was arrested for were not real. Black, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, theft of a […]

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A Broward County Judge threw out three felony offenses against Miami rapper Kodak Black today because hiss lawyer asserted that the guns and weed that he was arrested for were not real.

Black, whose real name is Dieuson Octave, was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon, theft of a firearm and child neglect after his Broward County, Florida home was raided. Kodak’s lawyer Bradford Cohen had the above charges dropped because he argued that the guns and marijuana in the Instagram post a week earlier that led to the subsequent raid of his home weren’t real.

Cohen managed to convince the judge that rap artists “often produce music videos and other promotional videos, as is customary in the industry, using fake firearms and narcotics.”

Cohen couldn’t get Black off of the probation violation and weed possession charges, but the most serious charges are behind him, which Kodak can count as a victory.

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