Juneteenth, African-American Independence Day (it’s today! Google it!), is still not a federally recognized holiday, but it’ll soon be a national celebration for musical theater. Pharrell Williams and Black-ish creator Kenya Barris have announced that they are collaborating on a stage musical about Juneteenth to commemorate the true abolition of slavery in the U.S. Barris […]

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This piece was originally published on August 31, 2017. We’re re-publishing it in light of XXXTentacion’s death. There’s a song near the end of rising South Florida rapper XXXTentacion’s just-released 17 called “Carry On,” where the 11-track mini-album — a ramshackle mix of half-conceived folk musings and confessional depression raps — drops both its amateurish […]

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Los Angeles, CA – It appears that Marvin Gaye’s story will be fully realized on the big screen by a hood surgeon who knows a thing or two about blockbuster biopics. Variety has discovered that Dr. Dre himself is taking the reins on a developing Marvin Gaye movie. Prior to this announcement, the likes of […]

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Rapper XXXTentacion was shot to death in Florida on Monday, TMZ reports. According to eyewitnesses, who posted graphic footage from the scene on social media, the Florida rapper (real name Jahseh Onfroy), 20, “appeared lifeless with no pulse.” His condition had initially been reported as critical; the Broward County Fire Department has since confirmed to […]

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Following last week’s violent home invasion, Rich The Kid is now out of the hospital and back to the music. The rapper hit Instagram on Sunday (June 17) and had a few choice words for folks, writing, “Thank you God we still here. Thank you all for all your prayers being in this game you gotta know what comes with […]

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It seems Beyoncé and Jay-Z might actually care about streaming numbers after all. After releasing their joint album, Everything Is Love, over the weekend initially as a Tidal exclusive, they’ve extended an olive branch to their rival streaming platforms. Everything Is Love is now available on Spotify premium, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play, iTunes, […]

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After several high-profile artists dropped new releases — including JAY-Z and Beyoncé’s EVERYTHING IS LOVE, Nas’ Nasir and Kanye West’s ye — Q-Tip evidently wants in on the action. On Saturday (June 16), the A Tribe Called Quest de facto leader tweeted, “The last Zulu aka the riot diary #ComingSoon.” In a 2012 interview with Vibe, Tip said […]

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Surprise! – There was actually a sizable peanut gallery that was upset about JAY-Z and Beyoncé embarking on their On The Run II Tour without new music to promote and perform. They are free to disband now. The billionaire couple just unleashed their first-ever joint album, EVERYTHING IS LOVE, onto our unsuspecting asses while Nasir, the […]

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