Kanye West has made his sold-out jewelry line available for purchase at a popular Parisian retail store.
The “Flashing Lights” hitmaker released his debut collection bling back in April in collaboration with top jewelry maker Jacob Arabo, a legend among hip-hop circles, also known as Jacob the Jeweler, who has serviced rap royalty such as LL Cool J, Jay-Z and The Notorious B.I.G. since the 1990s.
The flashy ornaments sold out quickly after the release, but now fans have been given a second chance to purchase all 10 pieces in Paris, France at boutique shop Colette.
The jewelry is also up for sale at the retailer’s website, with prices ranging from $2,479 to $22,077 per item.
While promoting the initial release his first-ever jewelry collection, Kanye revealed he and his partner Jacob dug deep into Italian art history while crafting the line.
The dynamic duo found inspiration from 14th century Florentine art, like Donatello’s bas-relief portrait, throughout the design process.
“I wanted to create something that represented timeless love,” Kanye told U.S. Vogue the concept behind the classical pieces.
EMPIRE Signee Kstylis Releases New EP “KC In Atlanta”
Best know for delivering hit singles, such as his break-out record “Hands Up, Get Low,” Kystylis is back with a whole new EP entitled “KC In Atlanta.” Originally from Kansas City, the EMPIRE signee spent some time in Atlanta that made a serious impact on him;
“I feel like a part me is ATL, from all the foot grind I’ve done with my former manager when I was living there.”
The 6-track project includes guest features from KC Cash, DJ Tab, Cool Amerika and more. Check it out below Spotify and all other major streaming services.
"Detroit" Actor John Boyega Analyzes Systematic Racism
Detroit, MI – John Boyega’s latest role in the movie Detroit adds a new layer to his already storied career just a few years.
Boyega plays Melvin Dismukes, a black security guard mired in the middle police murder and attempted cover up during the 1967 civilian uprisings in Detroit. Dismukes was a complicated character whose actions after the event led to many his African-American counterparts at the time labeling him an Uncle Tom. Dismukes would eventually move to the suburbs after receiving countless death threats.
HipHopDX was able to sit down with Boyega to discuss his role and the state race relations while he was in the Motor City for the premiere the movie.
“It was complicated,” Boyega says about portraying Dismukes. “It’s a complex story and the Uncle Tom thing has its definition but for this situation, we’re given a perspective that questions that. If you wanna call him an Uncle Tom in this situation, put yourself in this situation – see if you would be the Spider-Man the bunch or the hero. That’s something I had to open my mind to and approach. It’s not easy to always make the right decisions. It’s not easy to always be brave. I think, for the most part, he did what he could. Circumstance has a way slapping us in the face sometimes. They did him wrong, man. They turned the tables and all a sudden he was being charged with first-degree murder.”
Boyega also touched on the correlation between this story and the state policing in American today. “It’s not clean yet, Boyega says. “Nothing has been done in terms change. It’s a hard situation. You guys are going through a lot stateside. Not only here though. There’s a global conversation happening right now race relations, specifically with black people, in the UK, Brazil and] all over the world. This is a story in the states that most people didn’t know about which is interesting because] it connects the dots to other stories we didn’t know about. It’s a good message.”
The parallels race relations between the U.S. and UK also something the London-born actor touches on. “Systematic racism, and classism as well, is something that is explored,” says Boyega. “But also the lines that separate us are not there. There’s a video footage that was released a few days ago a young black man that was chased down by a police ficer and he died a day later. They’re still doing investigations as to what happened but these are the stories that we’re hearing about. There are various black men that have died in the custody the police and there was the London riots that happened a few years ago. So these are conversations that we are continuously having and there’s a level empathy that we can relate to in regards to African-Americans]. That’s why when there’s a Black Lives Matter rally in the states, you can see one in the states. You see one all over the world because we can] relate. Unfortunately, after 50 years, we’re still having the same conversations.
“What I like about this story is that we’re not trying to paint a story that’s comfortable for you and the way you would like to see the world,” Boyega exclaims. “The story is not catered to the egos the audience. It’s not about that. I’d love to go into the movie theater and have a black-centric movie that shows us in powerful and commanding roles but] on the flip side that I also like to see our real stories and the struggles what we’ve been through. So we’re able to have these conversations and to build a knowledge as to how far we’ve come. I know I’m not African-American but we were taught, especially in the UK, that black history is not only American history but globally all around the world it interconnects. The systematic racism connects all the way back to slavery which began in Africa as we know. As an African, as a Nigerian, it’s a story I can just relate with. Reading a script like this, I just wanted to be a part connecting the dots and I wanted to be a part the buzz that sparks the conversation.”
Detroit is currently in theaters in theaters nationwide.
Jason Mitchell & Algee Smith On Importance Of Detroit Riots' History
Detroit, MI – The young careers Jason Mitchell and Algee Smith have already been promising. Breaking out as Eazy-E in 2015’s Straight Outta Compton and Ralph Tresvant in this year’s New Edition biopic respectively, both Jason and Algee’s trajectory couldn’t be higher.
Kathryn Bigelow’s visceral and harrowing new movie Detroit based on real events brings the two together with the 1967 civil uprising in Detroit as the backdrop. Algee plays Larry Cleveland Reed, lead singer soul group The Dramatics and Jason depicts 17-year-old Carl Cooper, who was viciously executed by a white Detroit police ficer.
HipHopDX was able to catch up with both Jason and Algee in Detroit as they got ready for the world premiere the film to discuss their young careers and the importance stories like the one told in Detroit.
“It has] been an awakening,” Jason exclaims. “When you have talent you always have something inside you that] you feel like you need to show to the world but you go through a thing where you’re like, ‘Am I crazy? Am I tripping?’ So it’s good to finally be able to show myself to the world and they respond the way we thought they would.”
Algee chimed in, smiling, “For me, I’ve always known I wanted to be in entertainment and I’ve always seen myself like that but dealing with projects that actually mean something to culture, touches peoples hearts, and makes people walk away feeling a different way? That’s something I never could ask for. But it has just been overwhelming with all the love that we get. People genuinely see you on that screen and feel like they’re connected to you. Just getting that love has been the best.”
The Algiers Motel Massacre, which claimed three Black lives while ruining several others, is something that touched both cast members and allowed them to be educated on history through this movie.
“Me personally, I knew a little bit about the riots,” says Algee. “All the rebellions that took place within the U.S. period but] we just found out during the course shooting this movie] that there were over 350 rebellions that took place within 1965 to 1969. So you could see the energy people back in that time. This has just been a learning experience for me. Like I said, I didn’t really know nothing so getting into this role has just been, everyday we’re on set it’s just learning. Like, ‘Damn this is really what they had to do?’”
Jason added: “You go through this process where you constantly have to humble yourself. We’re very prideful people. We got a whole lot soul and a whole lot spirit but when you realize how naïve you are because up the street this is going on and you think social media is updating you? This happened 50 years ago. Why don’t we know this? But this is why we did this film and we’re just giving people a block history to go check out to] educate yourself.”
Drawing on similarities between 1967 and today, Algee eloquently touches on the challenges we still face. “One the taglines for the movie, and you can see it on the poster, is ‘It’s Time We Knew,” Algee emphatically states. “I feel like this is a perfect time. We see the clear reflection back in the day and today. There’s really no difference within that system, that justice system we’re looking at right now. It’s time that we know. It’s time it doesn’t get swept under the rug and that Hollywood knows – that everyone else outside Hollywood knows. It’s amazing that they’re telling these stories now. They’re pushing them through and we get to be a part that.”
Detroit is currently in theaters in theaters nationwide.
JAY-Z Recreates "Friends" For "Moonlight" Video With Help From Issa Rae & Lil Rel Howery
JAY-Z has dropped a new video for “Moonlight,” one 10 tracks (or 13 when talking about the physical copy) from his celebrated 4:44 album.
Kicking f with a snippet Whodini’s “Friends,” the star-studded affair is based on the long running sitcom, Friends. It finds appearances from Insecure actor Issa Rae, Get Out breakout star Lil Rel Howery, comedian Jerrod Carmichael, Atlanta‘s Lakeith Stanfield, Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish, Tessa Thompson and, last but not least, Hannibal Buress.
The song doesn’t start until the end the visual, when Carmichael realizes all is not what it seems on the set the show. He escapes out the side door, where he basks in the moonlight as audio the infamous 2017 Oscar blunder brings the video to a close. (La La Land was announced as the winner for Best Picture by mistake, but it was actually the Barry Jenkins-directed Moonlight that won the honor.)
“We stuck in La La Land/ Even when we win, we lose/ We got the same fuckin’ flows/ I don’t know who is who,” Hov raps over a sample Teena Marie’s “Ooo La La La” (also famously used on The Fugees’ “Fu-Gee-La”).
The “Moonlight” TIDAL exclusive comes on the same day criticially acclaimed thriller Get Out (in which David also starred in with Howery) was reportedly deemed the most pritable film 2017 (so far), with $217 million in prits and a 630 percent return on investment (ROI).
Check out the “Moonlight” video above and revisit HipHopDX’s interview with Get Out director Jordan Peele here.
Young M.A Armed With Loyalty & Kandypens In "Same Set" Video
It’s been a minute since Young M.A has dropped a new video, but the wait is over. The Brooklyn spitter has hit the ground running with the visual for “Same Set,” which finds the ambitious artist at the helm her crew, riding “scooter bikes” and throwing money around like it’s growing on palm trees. Par for the course, she’s armed with a bevy ladies, Kandypens and braggadocious bars.
Shot in Miami, the video is directed by Piece By Guy, while the song is produced by Freshbeatz. It can be found on M.A’s latest EP, HERstory. Throughout the track, she talks about what it was like before she could afford Kandypens, champagne and the lavish lifestyle she’s adopted.
Sporting The Kandypens Swag
Looking Fly With That Kandypen
Rockin’ With The Best … Kandypens
Young M.A is already a member the ever-evolving roster high-prile artists who co-sign Kandypens, a list that includes DJ Khaled, 21 Savage, Fat Joe, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, French Montana, Nas, Kanye West, Young Thug, Tyga, Jadakiss, K-Camp, Kid Ink, and Fetty Wap.
Kandypens was named best vaporizer 2016 by High Times due to its combination popular technology and flashy design, making Kandypens the go-to choice for vaping in the Hip Hop and Rap community.
Brooklyn, NY – One Hip Hop’s most notorious proponents in recent years, “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli, was found guilty fraud on Friday (August 4).
According to MSN, a Brooklyn jury deliberated for five days before finding Shkreli guilty on three counts. Shkreli was facing eight counts in total, ranging from securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Prosecutors accused Shkreli repeatedly misleading investors about what he was doing with their money. The Brooklyn native infamously spent $10,000 on JAY-Z tickets and $2 million on Wu-Tang’s album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin.
In their closing arguments, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alixandra Smith said Shkreli told “lies upon lies,” while another prosecutor, Jacquelyn Kasulis, said the trial “has exposed Martin Shkreli for who he really is — a con man who stole millions.”
Shkreli’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman portrayed his client as a brilliant misfit who made his investors richer. He reportedly said Shkreli never intended to defraud anyone, and referred to him as an “honest kid.”
In 2014, Shkreli bought the rights to a life-saving drug and promptly raised the price from $13.50 to $750 per pill. After expressing their true feelings towards the defendant, several potential jurors were kept f the panel. One referred to Shkreli as a “snake” and another “the face corporate greed.”
Shkreli was arrested in 2015 on charges he stole $11 million in stock and cash from another drug company he founded, Retrophin. He reportedly used the money to pay back the hedge fund investors, who took the witness stand on Friday to accuse Shkreli not disclosing what was happening behind the scenes at the time.
More recently, Shkreli reportedly infuriated Lil Wayne after leaking snippets Wayne’s long-awaited album — Tha Carter V — in May. In turn, Weezy threatened to sue Shkreli.
Although Shkreli didn’t testify in his frauds case, he took to Facebook to slam prosecutors and news outlets covering his case. “My case is a silly witch hunt perpetrated by self-serving prosecutors,” he wrote in a recent post. “Drain the swamp. Drain the sewer that is the (Department Justice.)”
Rapper Drake has swapped Cristal for matcha tea, as the rapper has been revealed as a major investor in a rapidly expanding energy drink brand.
According to editors at Esquire magazine, the “Hotline Bling” star is one the main investors in brand MatchaBar, which has recently expanded with a new location in Los Angeles and is partnering with Whole Foods to release its Better Energy bottled matcha drink.
Matcha is a powdered green tea much loved by health and wellness enthusiasts.
Former music executive and CEO Graham Fortgang, who co-founded the company with his brother Max, revealed the 30-year-old is one the company’s main investors.
“Max and I are really thrilled about Drake’s involvement, inspired by his hustle and what he’s done in the music world,” Fortgang told Esquire. “So to have someone like him invest in our brand, we’re really humbled by his decision to get behind our ‘Better Energy’ platform.”
There have already been few sightings the beverage on Drake’s social media accounts.
The music star is a renowned fitness enthusiast who also regularly posts clips his gym workouts.
News his business venture comes after the Canadian rapper also teased the launch his flagship OVO store in Yorkdale Mall, Toronto, in a new video clip posted online.
Drake shared a luxe short clip featuring his track Gyalchester to promote the launch the shop.
In the video, the “Controlla” singer is seen cruising through the mall on top a black Escalade SUV with his crew wearing head-to-toe OVO clothing from his fashion line.
The new store, OVO’s fourth in north America, is set to launch on Saturday in time for the eighth annual OVO Fest on at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage on August 7.
PARTYNEXTDOOR, Roy Woods, Majid Jordan, dvsn, and Drake will perform.
Officials in Georgia have reportedly asked bosses at Live Nation to cancel R. Kelly’s concert later this month as he continues to battle sex “cult” allegations.
The “I Believe I Can Fly” hitmaker is facing allegations he manipulated several women into coercive sexual relationships.
Kelly has already axed four U.S. tour dates in Louisiana, Texas, and California, and now Fulton County commissioners are being asked by protesters to revoke the contract with Live Nation for the August 25 show at Wolf Creek Amphitheater.
“If our demands are not met, we’re prepared to protest the concert,” activist Kenyette Tisha Barnes says.
County attorneys will reportedly send a request to Live Nation bosses, but a spokesperson explains the decision to pull the show lies with concert promoters, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Last Friday (July 28), Kelly performed for the first time since the claims were first published by BuzzFeed News.
However, the singer took to the stage in front a half-full Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Kelly’s team canceled the subsequent shows due to poor ticket sales.
The 50-year-old R&B star is facing accusations from two sets parents he has brainwashed their daughters and other women into “cult” like behavior, and that he records his sexual encounters with them. He has strongly denied all the allegations.
The singer has reportedly hired a crisis management team to handle the accusations, including Monique Pressley, the lawyer who initially advised Bill Cosby after he was accused sexual assault. Pressley quit Cosby’s legal team last year.
In a previous statement to the New York Post’s Page Six, Kelly’s publicist Tren Kutti repeated Kelly’s stance on the controversy, insisting the singer would “work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.”