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Drake Says His “Real Fear” Came to Life in Manchester

The idea that an experience as pure and carefree as attending a concert could be shaken by the unforgiving atrocities terrorists any kind is a sickening notion, and just yesterday (May 22) that notion was felt all over again in Manchester.

According to the latest reports, two suicide bombs were detonated outside the Manchester venue where Ariana Grande was performing, killing 22 and injuring dozens more. While the world collectively reels over yet another terrorist attack at a concert, those in the entertainment industry are once again seeing their worst nightmare realized.

Drake, who frequently tours Europe and has built quite a relationship with his UK-based peers specifically, took to his Instagram early this morning (May 23) to explain that what happened in Manchester was a very “real fear” for him and his team during the course his most recent European stint.

Drake’s comments aren’t just kind words empathy, but rather, they point to the very real dread that a large number artists and fans have experienced over the past few years.

I recently watched the Eagles Death Metal HBO documentary Nos Amis, chronicling the horrendous terrorist attack that took place during their show in Paris in November 2015, leaving 90 dead and hundreds more scarred both mentally and physically. Having seen the effect that this attack had on the artists themselves—the fear playing again, the feeling responsibility, the “survivor’s guilt”—I know that Drake is in no way embellishing when discussing this fear. It’s a fear likely shared by every artist touring abroad, one those “back your mind” fears that never fully leaves no matter how many security checkpoints or police ficers are present.

While the impact this latest attack will have on acts looking to tour in Europe is so nuanced it’s likely going to require a separate piece, suffice it to say that artists like Drake who have amassed large, dedicated fan bases overseas are seriously re-thinking their strategies for addressing those fans in a live setting.

Life is fragile, and music has been one the greatest tools developed by humans to cope with that fragility. It’s absolutely crushing that people can no longer see their favorite artists live without—on some level—fearing for their safety.

As both a contributor to and a fan musical culture, I have to believe we can persist through the hatred and fear and continue to use music as the unique, amazing, unifying and healing tool that it is.

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Paul Kalkbrenner to debut 'Back to the Future' live show in LA – Dancing Astronaut

Over the past two decades, dance music pioneer  has become one electronic music’s bonafide superstars, filling arenas with his live shows and headlining major festival’s worldwide. On Friday, November 3rd, the Berlin-based producer will venture to Los Angeles to deliver a singular journey through the history techno.

The live show, titled “Back to the Future,” underscores a previous in which Kalkbrenner personally curated over 5000 underground works in Berlin between 1987 and 1993. The compilation was meant to channel those feelings freedom and abandon that permeated the warehouse parties East Berlin during this seminal period techno.

By proxy, Kalkbrenner’s US debut will showcase the evolution techno and rave culture throughout the late 80s and early 90s. “Back to the Future” marks a rare chance to witness one electronic music’s true pioneers in an intimate setting, and become exposed to the music that shaped not only Berlin’s club culture, but the global techno landscape.

Paul Kalkbrenner to debut 'Back to the Future' live show in LA - Dancing Astronaut

Paul Kalkbrenner to debut 'Back to the Future' live show in LA - Dancing Astronaut[hupso]
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Young Dolph Is Selling Bulletproof Flak Jackets To Promote New Album

Young Dolph is revving up his promotional efforts ahead the release his new project, Thinking Out Loud.

The self-described “King Memphis” has unveiled his new line Thinking Out Loud-themed merchandise. It includes an $85 bulletpro flak jacket, a clear nod to last month’s Hollywood shooting incident that left Dolph with multiple gunshot wounds.

Young Dolph Is Selling Bulletpro Flak Jackets To Promote New Album

The jacket comes with a disclaimer that reads, “This item is solely the plate carrier vest, MOLLE plates sold separately.” In other words, the jacket isn’t actually bulletpro.

Elsewhere, Dolph is selling vinyl, cassette tapes and CD copies his new album, as well as Thinking Out Loud-themed t-shirts, hoodies and bandanas.

Dolph’s upcoming LP features 10 tracks with guest appearances from D.R.A.M., Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and Ty Dolla $ign. On Wednesday (October 18), he also released a new video for the album’s single, “Believe Me,” which was partially filmed during his hospital stay.

To browse Dolph’s full range Thinking Out Loud merchandise, visit the rapper’s ficial store website.

Thinking Out Loud is expected to arrive on Friday (October 20).

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Bahamadia’s Phone-Produced “Dialed Up 2” Project Is Off The Hook

Philadelphia, PA – Since stepping out with her critically acclaimed debut, Kollage, in 1996, Philly native Bahamadia has established herself among the upper echelon  Hip Hop artists. From her work with the celebrated Lyricist Lounge series to collaborations with The Roots, the late Guru and Erykah Badu, she’s been a bright spot for female MCs.

Serving as the sequel to 2013’s Dialed Up, the B-Girl Records founder is back with Dialed Up 2, which — just like the first volume — was crafted entirely on her cell phone. For this round, Camp Lo’s Geechi Suede, Zion I, Kev Brown, Prozack Turner, Fat Nice, Groove Da Moast, Rasco and Dave Ghetto all make appearances. It came together as organically as possible.

“Various artist buddies and supporters were just down,” Bahamadia tells HipHopDX. “They liked my beat post on my social media, so I reached out and everyone featured on Dialed Up 2] came through pronto.”

“I believe in making music with those who see the vision and connect with it,” she adds. “Creating is spiritual to me, so making] it happen was unforced, like all things that are meant to be.”

It’s hard to believe the 12-minute mix was created so easily on a phone, but her innovative approach was entirely her idea, a testament to her unwavering artistic vision.

“I was] just being creative and became inspired to take a practical approach utilizing new media tools for music making mainly because I have found an ideal space to get ideas for my work to randomly,” she says.

As she continues helming her B-Girl Records imprint, she’s also putting the finishing touches on her long-awaited fourth studio album, HERE, which is expected to arrive sometime in 2018. It would serve as her first ficial album since 2006’s Good Rap Music. 

Bahamadia’s mission is still focused on delivering that pure boom-bap Hip Hop that she started churning out over two decades ago. At the same time, she’s intent on making more female voices heard.

“We need to bring back balance between women and men, and authentic Hip Hop artists and entrepreneurs,” she says. “The thing is … we here!”

Bahamadia’s Phone-Produced “Dialed Up 2” Project Is Off The Hook


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The Insane Story of How Pimp C Hated the “Big Pimpin” Beat, Refused to Travel for Video Shoot

This is easily one my favorite rap stories, one I've been telling for years, but have yet to see it just straight up typed out. So today I'm setting out to be the change I wish to see in the world. The short version is that Pimp C disliked the "Big Pimpin" beat so much he initially refused to rap on it and then no-showed on the video shoot. Here's the long version. 

Close followers  Pimp's story have known that he wasn't exactly jumping at the chance to work on "Big Pimpin for a while." As he told MTV way back in 2005:  

But that's only scratching the surface the story. Here's the complete story, as told by Bun B on the now dearly-departed "Hype Men" podcast I was involved in back in the day: 

  • JAY-Z, coming f his 5x Platinum Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life album, calls Bun B out the blue, but Bun at first hangs up on him, believing it's a prank call. Jay calls back again, convinces Bun it's really him and says there's a song for his upcoming album he wants UGK on.  
  • Right f the bat, Pimp is unimpressed. He was originally supposed to be on Jay's "Just a Week Ago" but Pimp refused to fly to New York City to record it. If JAY-Z wanted him on the song so bad, let Jay fly to Houston, and so the song never happened. Pimp moved for no man. 
  • Bun convinces Pimp to at least give the song a listen, but when the tapes arrive in the mail—yes, tapes, this was way before email—Pimp's adamant. Fuck that. There's no way he's rapping on such a weird beat.
  • Bun's not about to let the opportunity pass, so he flies to New York, gets a taste  Roc-A-Fella at its peak, records his verse and then slowly but surely wears Pimp down and convinces him to get on the song, if only as a favor to him. Pimp relents, but on one condition—he's only giving Jay eight bars. Not a word more. "I said that's cool, eight bars, no problem, just get on the fucking record," said Bun. "This song's gonna be a big deal. He sent it his verse] back to me and I listened....eight bars. I just rapped for something like 20 bars trying to out rap Jay Z, and this motherfucker just did it in eight bars."
  • "Things U Do" with Mariah Carey was initially supposed to be the big lead single f Vol. 3, but when that song fails to catch on Jay and Dame decide to change plans and give "Big Pimpin" the full single treatment. Plans for a huge video shoot in Trinidad with Hype Williams get underway.
  • Bun B misses his first flight and arrives at the video shoot in Trinidad a little late, expecting to see Pimp already there. Nope. Pimp has once again refused to leave Houston. Hype Williams can't believe Pimp would actually bail on the video shoot so keeps trying to convince him to come. It doesn't work, though, and they leave Trinidad with a massive video for a massive single that has exactly and precisely zero seconds Pimp C in it. 
  • New plan. They find a mansion and beach in the U.S. that looks vaguely "tropical" enough to pass for Trinidad and this time Pimp C shows up for the shoot. 

So with all that in mind, I want you to watch the "Big Pimpin" video again. Fair warning, you're going to have a Matrix moment. As many times as I had watched that video before I heard the full story, it never even occurred to me to wonder why Pimp's verse is so short, why the video changes locations, and why Pimp C is the only rapper to do his verse in that second location.

Prepare to have your mind blown...

The real takeaway here is that Pimp C was the greatest. He dictated the terms his life, his way, and wouldn't move an inch even for some the most famous and wealthy rappers on the planet. Long live the pimp.

Bonus: For more Pimp C goodness, pick up a copy "Sweet Jones: Pimp C's Trill Life Story" by author Julia Beverly.

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Gucci Mane Shows Off His & Hers Rolls-Royce Wraiths Ahead Of Wedding

Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane and his fiancée Keyshia Ka’oir continue to be #relationshipgoals.

This time around, the couple have now have matching Rolls-Royce Wraiths. News the lavish purchase for his fiancée was made on Monday (October 16) an Instagram photo  the two them standing in front the “His and Hers” set luxury vehicles.

The cost the vehicle starts somewhere over $300,000, according to Car and Driver.

“His and Hers Guwop bought his wife a Wraith!,” Gucci Mane wrote in the caption to his photo.

Gucci showed f the gift during Monday’s wedding rehearsal. Clad in all red, the couple walked down the aisle in a practice ceremony.

Engaged since last November, Gucci and Keyshia will ficially walk down the aisle on Tuesday (October 17).

The wedding will air live on BET as part  The Mane Event reality show. The 10-episode series will document the ups and downs planning the wedding.

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Hip-Hop Cares: Jay-Z, Cardi B, T.I., Fat Joe, Remy Ma & More Rocked TIDAL X: Brooklyn [Photos]

Even while Donald Trump is f golfing or tweeting, Hip-Hop cares for people that could use some help. The TIDAL X: Brooklyn benefit concert went down last night and it featured show-stopping performances from Chris Brown, Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez and more.

Power 105’s Angie Martinez held down the hosting duties and let it be known that the artists graciously donated their time to help those affected by natural disasters in Puerto Rice, Mexico, Florida and Texas.

As for the show, while the opening acts like Fifth Harmony and Rapsody were cool, and got plenty support, there was no doubt everyone was waiting for the headliners. They weren’t disappointed thanks to fiery sets from Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Remy Ma and Fat Joe and Jay-Z.

Peep photos from the festivities below and on the following pages.

Yes, Fabolous was rocking a fur. Remy, too.


Photos: Getty for Tidal X: Brooklyn




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Budding Film Critic Chance The Rapper Takes Shots At Rotten Tomatoes

Chance The Rapper wears many hats as an artist, activist, and entrepreneur. Apparently, the Chicago native is also a budding film critic and took to Twitter to effectively roast movie review site Rotten Tomatoes for what he felt was a terrible ranking. 

Chano posted on Friday morning that he was taking in the film The House starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, and couldn’t fathom why the site gave it just 17 percent.

Yesterday I watched a movie that I never heard . It had a 17% on @RottenTomatoes … it was funny as fuck. Wtf @RottenTomatoes,” Chance tweeted.

Chance then went in on Bulworth, which earned a 75 percent ranking. “Nah but y’all gave this shitty racist unfunny fucked up ego trip a movie a SEVENTY FIVE?!?!” Chance added.

In the end, Chance Rotten Tomatoes rant was just him having a little fun. We’ve collected the tweets for viewing below and on the following pages.

Photo: WENN.com

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O.J. Simpson Released From Prison

You’re going to be hearing, The Juice Is Loose, a lot. O.J. Simpson is free from prison after serving 9 years for kidnapping.

Turns out that they let OJ go on the low.

Reports TMZ:

No TV specials or tell-alls, O.J. Just stay free.

Watch the NFL legend, with the questionable sense self-identity, take his first steps freedom below.

Also, his shoe game is so terrible right now.

O.J. Simpson Released From Prison

Photo: Nevada Department Corrections