(AllHipHop Music) The homie Annimeanz is back with new visuals for “Dirty 30,” a new song with political undertones. The West Coast Hispanic from Cudahy, CA (located in Los Angeles) has his latest produced by Curtiss King, one Killa Cali’s dope new sound generators. With “Dirty 30,” Annimeanz continues to carve out a nice, fresh lane for himself with lyrics, beats and swagger. Check it out.
Alan Yang was tapped to direct Jay-Z’s Friends-inspired music video for “Moonlight.”
The visuals starred several breakout actors contemporary “Black Hollywood.”
Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show), Issa Rae (Insecure), Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip), Tessa Thompson (Creed), and Lil Rel Howery (Get Out) took on the characters in the remake the popular NBC series.
Yang spoke with Pigeons & Planes about his participation in the Friends remake that has led to articles saying Jay created “a sort meta-commentary on black representation in media and artistic ownership.”
The co-creator Master None stated:
According to Yang, the original treatment for the “Moonlight” video was to film an entire 21-minute Friends episode shot-for-shot.
They also considered ending the clip with characters turning into skeletons.
Apparently, it was Jay-Z that chose Whodini’s “Friends” as the theme song for the “show”.
Yang told Vulture:
The 33-year-old screenwriter/producer also discussed the video’s talented acting ensemble being made up people color.
New Study Determines The Rappers With The Most Endorsements & Investments
Over the last few years, numerous research projects centered around Hip Hop artists and their lyrics were released.
There have been studies to determine the most mentioned fashion brands in rap songs, the most mentioned car brands in rap songs, the educational level rap songs, the most prane musicians, and which emcees have the largest vocabularies.
Instead looking at lyrical content, a new study conducted by CelebrityEndorsers.com examines Hip Hop acts’ financial moves.
CelebrityEndorsers claims to have tracked the lifetime endorsements and investments – including those done through social media – in order to create an information graph showing the rappers with the most business connections.
According to the website’s analysis, veterans such as Nas, The Game, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, T.I., and 50 Cent are among the most endorsed rap stars.
Nicki Minaj is the lone woman on the chart with T-Pain representing the rapper/singer demographic.
Atlanta’s Migos and Lil Yachty make the list as well.
Duluth, GA – Kendrick Lamar is closing in on the last leg The DAMN. Tour, a 36-date national expedition that kicked f on July 7 and culminates on September 2 in Miami. During a stop in Duluth, Georgia, Rolling Stone sat down with the highly revered Compton MC to discuss everything from his childhood to Drake.
After revealing that his childhood nickname was “Man Man” (his family always said he carried himself like a man), he touched on what a “wack artist” is to him. It was a topic he broached on the DAMN. track “ELEMENT.,” where he makes the distinction between a black artist and a wack artist.
“A wack artist uses other people’s music for their approval,” K. Dot explained. “We’re talking about someone that is scared to make their own voice, chases somebody else’s success and their thing, but runs away from their own thing. That’s what keeps the game watered-down. Everybody’s not going to be able to be a Kendrick Lamar. I’m not telling you to rap like me. Be you. Simple as that.
“I watch a lot good artists go down like that because you’re so focused on what numbers this guy has done, and it dampers your own creativity,” he continued. “Which ultimately dampers the listener, because at the end the day, it’s not for us. It’s for the person driving to their 9-to-5 that don’t feel like they wanna go to work that morning.”
With all Kendrick’s successes, his confidence is clearly intact, but he admits the song “HUMBLE.” was written as a reminder to himself to stay grounded. When he raps, “Hol’ up bitch/ Sit down/ Be humble,” he’s talking to himself.
“It’s the ego,” he said. “When you look at the song titles on this album, these are all my emotions and all my self-expressions who I am. That’s why I did a song like that, where I just don’t give a fuck, or I’m telling the listener, ‘You can’t fuck with me.’ But ultimately, I’m looking in the mirror.”
The road to superstardom has been a long one. Elsewhere in the interview, he talked about the first time he went in the studio after signing with Top Dawg Entertainment, where he got some tough feedback from label head Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. Ultimately, those criticisms helped fuel his creativity and get the Grammy Award-winning artist where he is today.
“I ended up getting tough skin, too, even with criticism,” he said. “My first time in the studio, Top Dawg was like, ‘Man, that shit wack.’ Other artists around couldn’t handle that. But it made me go back in the booth and go harder.”
When Future said he “just fucked your bitch in some Gucci flip flops” is it possible he wasn’t actually wearing Forever 21?
Gucci launched two countersuits aimed at retailer Forever 21 this week over its use the high-end brand’s trademarked “blue-red-blue” and “green-red-green” stripe patterns.
According to Refinery29, Gucci had threatened legal action already, prompting Forever 21 to attempt to take their case before the courts first.
The countersuits follow an effort by Forever 21 to protect the striped design from being trademarked. “Many clothing and accessory items adorned with decorative stripes colored blue-red-blue or green-red-green are sold by countless third parties,” argued Forever 21 in that suit. “Gucci should not be allowed to claim that Gucci, alone, has a monopoly on all blue-red-blue and green-red-green striped clothing and accessory items.”
Needless to say, Gucci didn’t like this one bit, and the world-famous designer label hit back hard.
In a statement to Refinery29, the company said: “Gucci has today taken steps to finally put an end to U.S. mass retailer Forever 21’s blatant exploitation Gucci’s famous and iconic blue-red-blue and green-red-green stripe webbing trademarks.”
“In two filings today in the United States District Court, Central District California, Gucci has asked the Court to dismiss the spurious claims that Forever 21 lodged on June 26, 2017, and has brought counterclaims against Forever 21 for willful trademark infringement, trademark dilution, and unfair competition.”
Some are out on Twitter unknowingly making Gucci’s argument for them.
Donald Glover Staying Busy With Movies, New Childish Gambino Music & "Atlanta" Season 2
Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, is one the busiest men in Hip Hop and he’s showing no signs slowing down just yet.
In the last year or so, Glover released Awaken My Love!, wrote, directed and starred in his own TV series Atlanta, and was cast in the iconic roles Lando Calrissian (for the still-untitled Han Solo movie) and Simba (for The Lion King remake).
In an August 8 interview with BBC Radio 1, the master all trades also revealed that he’d recently been working on more music as Childish Gambino.
“You still have a lot more time calling me Childish Gambino] if you want,” he told DJ Clara Amfo, in reference to his recent performance at Governors Ball Music Festival where he said the next ‘Bino album would be the last.
“It’s not yet though,” he said.
Still, it seems we might be running out time to call him by his rap alias, because he’s already working on that next project. “I’ve been working on that here,” he told Amfo. “You guys have been very instrumental in my music. London has been very inspirational.”
Glover also decided to show f a little and tell the BBC just how well Season 2 Atlanta is shaping up, saying, “I feel like if you rush it, you’ll start to get something you don’t want and then you start to question why you even liked it. I’m not gonna make anything until it’s ready. But to be completely honest, it’s almost ready. I’m pretty happy with a lot the things, and I think it’s better than the first season.”
Amfo and Glover covered a lot ground over the conversation, including his retirement plans, and testing out “Redbone” on women in the hair salon.
Listen to the whole thing here.
Kendrick Lamar Talks Donald Trump, Wack Artists, Ghostwriting & Being Considered A Pop Artist