Portland, OR seems to be more known for gentrification than Hip Hop but the Eyrst label is here to change that! The label’s next release is LA-by-way--Portland MC, Myke Bogan, who just teamed up with Michael Christmas for a new track. “Gravy” is one the more menacing tracks on Bogan’s upcoming “Pool Party” LP that is coming out on August 18th.
“Pool Party is what I want people to be able to smoke, party, BBQ, or even just be hanging out to all summer” says Bogan. With breezy production from Tim Fontane, “Gravy” demonstrates these summer vibes with confidence. In addition to Michael Christmas, “Pool Party” also features contributions from the likes Blossom, Neill Von Tally, and The Last Artful, Dodgr. Bogan has been hitting the festival circuit hard in the last year and he’ll be hitting the road in support “Pool Party” in the fall, so be on the lookout for him rolling through town!
Several Hip Hop artists are nominated in a multitude categories at the upcoming 69th Annual Emmy Awards, another testament to the genre’s undeniable impact on pop culture and unwavering staying power. Chance The Rapper, Snoop Dogg, Common, Donald Glover and LL Cool J are all up for various honors this year.
Chicago’s Lil Chano, who has recently donated millions dollars to Chicago Public Schools, is nominated in the Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics category for the December 2016 Saturday Night Live skit, “Last Christmas,” while Grammy and Academy Award winner Common is nominated in the same category for the song “Letter To The Free” featuring Bilal, which appeared on his 2016 album, Black America Again.
Snoop and co-host Martha Stewart share a nomination for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for their VH1 show, Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, and LL Cool J earned a nomination for Outstanding Structured Reality Program as a producer Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle.
Not surprisingly, Donald Glover — also known as Childish Gambino — and his critically acclaimed show Atlanta nabbed six nominations in categories like Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.
The 2017 Emmy Awards are scheduled for September 17 at the Microst Theater in Los Angeles.
Joey Badass Announces Release Date For Capital STEEZ Album
New York, NY – The third annual STEEZ Day went down in New York City on Friday (July 7) in honor late Pro Era rapper Capital STEEZ, who took his own life on Christmas Eve 2012. Fellow Pro Era crew mate Joey Bada$$ joined A$AP Mob, The Underachievers, Ab-Soul, J.I.D., Jay IDK on the bill, and also delivered a long-awaited announcement — STEEZ’s posthumous album, King Capital, will be out before the end the year.
“You know it’s been five years,” the Brooklyn MC told the crowd. “And we just want to say, on December 23, King Capital will ficially be dropping. Y’all heard it here first. The most valid source.”
Joey also recently confirmed Pro Era was working on a new collaborative album in an interview with Revolt, the outlet that also live streamed the event.
“Alright, I guess I’ll just let the cat out the bag now” he said. “I think it’s a perfect time to since people think we all not doing anything. We’re working on the album. We’re gonna put out a Pro Era album real soon.
“We back on our shit,” he continued. “I ain’t gonna lie, there was a period time where we were just really trying to figure it out. Everybody was young. Everybody was growing, becoming adults. We started this shit as kids. We kinda had to allow that grace period for all us to really fall into ourselves and we’re definitely at that point now and we coming back stronger than ever. This album sounding crazy. I don’t even want to overhype it or do anything, but great stuff. 2017] for sure.”
Check out Joey’s announcement above and footage from 2016’s STEEZ Day below.
Mark Wahlberg & DJ Khaled Collaboration Coming Soon?
Chicago, IL – If Mark Wahlberg were to ever resurrect his past career as the cocky rapper Marky Mark, working with JAY-Z, Drake, Diddy, Justin Bieber and Adele would be on his list potential collaborators.
During the red carpet premiere Transformers: The Last Knight at the Civic Opera House in Chicago June 20, the Academy Award-nominated actor revealed that there may be a possibility working with DJ Khaled in the near future.
“I’ve spoken to DJ Khaled] a couple times. We’re working on some other things,” he tells HipHopDX with a sly smirk on his face.
While not being specific on what exactly they’re working on, with the release Grateful and Khaled’s knack for getting all popular music’s heavyweights together on one track, there’s no one better to work with who can make that happen.
The day the Transformer‘s premiere was also the day Hip Hop received news that Mobb Deep’s Prodigy passed away at 42. Wahlberg took a moment to remember the late-iconic rapper and Mobb Deep’s impact on Hip Hop culture.
“Between what they did for Queensbridge and Nas and what they did for that whole era that was when music, especially Hip Hop was at it’s best. They’ve done so many things. I wouldn’t say one particular song. He was a legend from Queensbridge and he will be missed.”
Transformers: The Last Knight is the last the Transformer‘s franchise that Mark plans to be a part , as the film’s director Michael Bay also makes his exit from the series. He’s currently gearing up for Daddys Home 2‘s Christmas Day release and is currently working with both Ridley Scott and Peter Berg.
Watch the full DXclusive interview with Mark Wahlberg above.
#FDT: YG Explains Why He'd Be A Better President Than Donald Trump
Montreal – President Donald Trump has a lot people wishing anyone else was running the executive branch. When it comes to alternatives, why not one biggest critics? In a new interview with Montreality, YG described how he’d run the country.
“If I was President, I’d give all the families across the muthafuckin’ United States $100,000 to see what they would do with it,” YG said. “If I was President, I’d give ’em an extra $100,000 for Christmas. If I was President, you wouldn’t be sitting in jail for crimes that’s nonviolent. You wouldn’t be doing too much time for crimes that’s nonviolent. If I was President, more mu’fuckas would get f life sentences. If I was President, everybody go to college for free. If I was President, all the food in the grocery stores would be organic. If I was President, aww shit, all these police that’s killing innocent black people, they’d be doing life in prison. If I was President, fuck that, slaughter they ass, chop they neck f!”
The “FDT” rapper also called out Trump for lying and lamented about the current state politics.
“Right now the biggest lie is Trump tryna make America great again,” he said. “You feel me? That’s the biggest lie right now. The whole system, it’s like corrupted and it ain’t really like what they say it is. It’s all really politics and who you know behind the scenes and shit, you feel me? You think shit is a certain way but it’s not, you feel me? It’s really no rules. They playing the game on politics and relationships, you feel me? They ain’t going by the law.”
Elsewhere in the interview, the 27-year-old “Bompton” native spoke about why rap would be different if Tupac were still alive, fatherhood and much more too.
Watch the entire interview above.
A Conversation With Keith Robinson On The 2Pac ‘All Eyez On Me’ Biopic, ‘Saints & Sinners’ & His Music Career
(AllHipHop Features) Throughout his two-decade career in show business, Keith Robinson has built a connection with the public through roles in popular motion pictures like Dreamgirls, This Christmas, and Get On Up.
The Southern-raised performer is next hitting the big screen as part the All Eyez On Me cast. Robinson plays Tupac Shakur’s former manager Atron Gregory in the biopic covering the iconic rapper.
Besides acting in cinema, Robinson is also currently appearing on the Bounce TV series Saints & Sinners. He recently released a full album titled Love Episodic and has film scoring credits as well.
I caught up with Keith to talk about his recent movie, television, and music work. The entertainment triple threat shares his thoughts on 2Pac, Power Rangers mania, and more.
ALSO READ: A Conversation With Angie Martinez On The 2Pac Biopic, The State Of Hip Hop Media & Her Own Legacy]
AllHipHop: Can you talk about your role in All Eyez On Me?
Keith Robinson: I play a guy named Atron Gregory who was actually Tupac’s longtime manager. He introduced him to Digital Underground and helped him get on. He was probably his manager for like five or six years, before the Death Row days. If you were behind the scenes, you kind knew who he was. He was one the guys that was kind the voice reason for Tupac when he was first getting on the scene.
AllHipHop: Did you get a chance to meet with Gregory or anyone that was in Pac’s life at that time?
KR: I talked to him while we were shooting and throughout the process. I conferred with him about different conversations they may have had to get a gauge the dynamic their relationship.
AllHipHop: What was your reaction when you found out you were going to be part this project?
KR: I was excited. I was honored. Producer] L.T. Hutton and I spoke about it when it was still in development, about five or six years ago. So for us to link up years later when it was up and running was kind ironic. I’m a huge Tupac fan, so I was honored to be part the movie.
AllHipHop: You were also in the James Brown movie Get On Up. Do you approach playing a real person different from playing a completely fictional character?
KR: I think when you approach playing a person that did exist you’re more responsible for articulating that character, you don’t really utilize the imagination as much. When it’s a fictional character, what you bring to the table, how you bring it to life, is really on you. You access your imagination a little bit more. So yeah, it’s a little bit different preparation, but it’s all the same research required.
AllHipHop: Did you also contribute to the soundtrack?
KR: I have a song coming out in conjunction with the movie. It’s kind inspired by the movie. It’s called “Shout Out To The Pain.” It’s me and E.D.I. Mean from the Outlawz. It’ll be out the day the movie comes out. We’re shooting a video. We’re really excited about the single. Me and E.D.I. were on set and sitting around talking about how we need to get in. Right after we wrapped the movie in Atlanta, we were back in LA and got right in the studio to cut the record.
AllHipHop: “Pain” is actually one my favorite Tupac songs. Do you have any particular Pac songs that you find to be your favorites?
KR: It’s so many – “Ambitionz Az A Ridah,” “Hail Mary.” It’s really hard to pick one Tupac record. There are so many that I identify with. I love the whole entire Me Against the World album. It was a classic to me.
AllHipHop: You recently released your own album Love Episodic. Can you talk about the creative process for that project?
KR: Love Episodic was kind a play on the episodic movie and TV thing. I wanted to make it feel as though when you listen to this body work, you’re were watching an episode what I call “an anatomy a relationship” – the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the things we go through when we relate to one another. We just put it to music.
It’s a lot live instrumentation. I wrote every song except for one on the album. People have heard songs from me on different soundtracks and scores, but nobody had ever really heard a full body work from me. This is the first time I’m reintroducing myself to the world because my music is where it starts and ends.
AllHipHop: I noticed your Twitter name is “keithsings.” So do you consider singing your first artistic love?
KR: Yeah, for sure. That’s why I moved out to Hollywood. I was with a group, and we had a deal for a little while. We got out the deal then came out to LA to get re-signed and move back to Atlanta. I ended up staying out here. The TV and film thing kind took f out here. But music has always been the center it all.
AllHipHop: Speaking TV, you’re starring on Saints & Sinners. You just finished the second season. Is there any talk about coming back for a third season?
KR: There is talk about it. Everybody’s trying to get their ducks in a row. People really seemed to have taken to the show pretty fast. We were kind overwhelmed with the response, so we’re waiting to see when we can get back.
AllHipHop: There are a lot people saying they feel like there’s a black renaissance happening on television right now with all these amazing shows with majority black casts. What are your thoughts about that?
KR: I think it’s great. I think it’s about time. I think TV is an art, and Hollywood’s supposed to reflect the diversity the culture. I think they’re finally understanding that our stories mean something, are worth being told, and there’s an audience. I think we still have some ways to go as far as us being consistent in putting people color in positions to get stuff made, but it’s definitely a good time to be ethnic in Hollywood. They’re open to making projects to tell our stories now.
AllHipHop: I didn’t realize you started on Power Rangers.
KR: Yeah, that was one my first TV gigs.
AllHipHop: Do you ever have people recognize you from that show?
KR: Every day. Those fans are diehard fans. They’ll run you down anywhere in the world. They’re like Trekkies. It’s like a worldwide cult.
AllHipHop: You’re acting. You’re singing. You score projects as well. Are there any other areas in the entertainment industry you want to pursue?
KR: I want to get into directing. I want to get behind the camera. I’d definitely like to produce my own projects. I’ve been around it enough to have seen the ins and outs. I think I’d make a pretty good director, so that’s the next goal for me.
AllHipHop: What’s next for you?
KR: After we go through this Pac press, I’ll start another project in the fall depending on when Saints & Sinners comes back. I’m thinking about putting a Christmas album out at the end the year. Right now, we’re on the road doing spot dates for Love Episodic. That’s first and foremost for the summer.
ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: Erica Pinkett Talks Starring In 2Pac Biopic ‘All Eyez On Me’ & Possible Return To Reality TV]
All Eyez On Me is scheduled for release on June 16.
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Kevin Hart Makes Life Changing Announcement on Mother’s Day
The comedian and his 32-year-old wife Eniko Parrish are expecting their first child together.
Hart announced the baby news on Mother’s Day (May 14), posting a photo Eniko’s growing belly and revealing the couple is expecting a son.
“Celebrating Mother’s Day with my beautiful wife,” he wrote. “We are laughing at the fact that this time next year we will be celebrating her 1st actual Mother’s Day. #Harts #Blessed.”
Kevin and Eniko exchanged vows during a lavish ceremony in August in upscale Montecito, California.
He shared a photo himself with his new bride on Instagram.
The “Ride Along” star even shared videos the build-up to the big day on Snapchat, with the first clip showing him walking along a beach in California with his bride-to-be.
Celebrity guests at the nuptials included rapper-turned-actor Ludacris, along with his wife.
Hart and Parrish became engaged in 2014, when he popped the question to his longtime love on her 30th birthday.
“I already feel married, the wedding is really just for her,” he told Entertainment Weekly at the time.
Hart is already a dad to 12-year-old daughter Heaven and son Hendrix, nine – his kids from his marriage to Torrei Hart, which ended in 2011.
The “Ride Along” star dismissed pregnancy reports at the end last year after sources told tabloids Parrish would be announcing baby news at Christmas.
“I don’t know where they get this from,” he said. “She’s not pregnant. We’re not expecting. When we do, we’ll know and you’ll probably hear from me several months after. You’ll probably be able to tell because she’ll be showing, but when that does happen I won’t be public about it f the bat.”
White Cop Named “Cleon” Finds Out He’s Part-Black On Ancestry.com, Sues City For Discrimination
A White police ficer in Michigan is accusing city government making racially insensitive remarks after he revealed he was part-Black.
So, here’s how this story goes.
Hastings, Mich. police ficer Cleon Brown says he took a test on Ancestry.com and found out that he was 18% Black. Upon this revelation, he told several his co-workers. He says they responded by making racially insensitive jokes about his newfound background.
He says the police chief called him “Kunte” as in Kunta Kente from Alex Haley’s ROOTS. Then, he says, his fellow police ficers started greeting him with “Black Lives Matter” chants. The final straw, to him, came when at a Christmas party, he was given a stocking with a Black Santa Clause and “18%” written on the beard.
MLive reports “Brown decided to file a federal lawsuit alleging state and federal civil-rights violations and violation the state’s Whistleblowers’ Protection Act. He claims intentional infliction emotional distress.”
Brown is specifically suing the city Hastings, police Chief Jeff Pratt, City Manager Jeff Mansfield, Deputy Chief Dale Boulter and Sgt. Kris Miller.
The flipside to this is that the city says this is actually Brown’s fault. They are claiming that Brown invited and even took part in the jokes when he first revealed that he was part-Black. The city adds that everytime the jokes got old, Brown would start the banter back up. They are also pointing out that Ancestry.com doesn’t even tell people that they are “part” anything, but that they share genes with different communities from certain geographical regions.
Brown is going through with his lawsuit regardless. He says that the “discrimination” has affected his health, and that he may not be medically able to continue working.