TIP has been one of hip hop’s most vocal advocates for Black Lives Matter and the fight against racism and police brutality. His latest EP Us or Else, served as a soundtrack to the protests held around the country, while the artist encouraged the country to get out and vote on November 8.
In the wake of Trump‘s election on Wednesday, thousands of protesters took to the streets of New York City, including TIP. In a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, he said that he happened to be recording at a studio not far from where protestors began gathering and decided to walk over.
He mentioned a few people recognized him and rather than fanning out, they thanked him for joining the cause. While TIP realizes that the damage of the election has been done, it’s still important to set an example.
The plot thickens. While most are moving on from the Drake vs. Kid Cudi beef a “new development” has surfaced now that credits have been revealed on Drake’s “Two Birds, One Stone.”
As we all know, Drizzy takes a shot a at Cudi in the new track but what we didn’t know is that the song was co-written and produced by none other than Kanye West.
Kevin Hart debuted his stand-up film Kevin Hart: What Now, in theaters yesterday (Oct. 14) and along with it, the comedian’s rap alter ego Chocolate Droppa dropped a new mixtape of the same title. That’s right,
Kevin Hart Chocolate Droppa has dropped his first musical project amongst a plethora of album releases [this fall] including Travis Scott, Dave East, Ty Dolla $ign, Solange, Usher and The Game.
When news broke that Droppa signed with Motown Records (this summer), rappers everywhere were put on notice that he was coming for their necks.
“If you’re a rapper I suggest you run because I’m about to come for all of you suckas,” the battle rapper boasted on Instagram. “Tag yo favorite punk ass rapper and tell him that he or she has been warned!!! Game over motha f**kas.”
The reckoning has come with 17 tracks including hilarious skits and star-studded features from Big Sean, Migos, T.I., 2 Chainz, Chris Brown, Big Sean, Tink, Trey Songz, Lil Yachty and more. I mean, whether you’re feeling this new look or nah, you can’t deny this line up is LIT!
Stream Kevin Hart: What Now? (The Mixtape Presents Chocolate Droppa) on Apple Music or Spotify and make sure you support his stand-up in theaters now!
Solange Knowles dropped her third studio album, A Seat at the Table, early Friday morning. The 21-track albums speaks volumes of self-empowerment and celebrates black identity. In a time where racism and violence continues to plague America, Solange‘s offering couldn’t have come at a better moment.
“I started writing #ASeatAtTheTable almost 4 years ago…I am honored and humbled to share it with you midnight tonight,” Knowles tweeted.
Her latest project is a follow up to her 2012 EP True and includes features from Lil Wayne, Kelly Rowland, The-Dream, BJ the Chicago Kid, Q-Tip, Tweet and more. A wide range of production credits have been noted from the likes of Questlove, Andre 3000, Timbaland, David Longstreth, and Starchild among others.
A Seat At The Table was accompanied by a release of a digital book. Solange has also revealed a conversation between her mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson and writer Judnick Mayard. Published on her website, the singer chronicles her journey of creating the album gives much of the credit for becoming who she is to the foundation and the support that her parents gave her.
Bill Nunn, the actor famously known for his role as “Radio Raheem” in Spike Lee‘s Do The Right Thing, passed away on September 24 at the age of 62. Nunn also worked with Lee on He Got Game, School Daze and Mo’ Betta Blues. The filmmaker took to Instagram to confirm the sad news:
My Dear Friend, My Dear Morehouse Brother- Da Great Actor Bill Nunn As Most Of You Know Him As Radio Raheem Passed Away This Morning In His Hometown Of Pittsburgh. Long Live BILL NUNN. RADIO RAHEEM Is Now RESTING IN POWER. RADIO RAHEEM WILL ALWAYS BE FIGHTING DA POWERS DAT BE. MAY GOD WATCH OVER BILL NUNN.
Earlier this week, Jay Z released a powerful op-ed “The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail”. The New York Times piece features narration by Jay and artwork by Molly Crabapple as the two brilliantly break down the brutal truth behind the war on drugs and the growth of America‘s prison population.
“The war on drugs exploded the U.S. prison population,” Jay Z says.”Disproportionately locking away black[s] and Latinos. Our prison population grew more than 900 percent. When the war on drugs began in 1971, our prison population was 200,000. Today, it is over 2 million.”
The resurgence of dancehall has been quite apparent in 2016, especially through the likes of artist such as Drake, Tory Lanez, PartyNextDoor and Justin Beiber. However, now that the genre has come back to the mainstream, controversy has followed.
The debate stems from the new generation of artists who are appropriating the sound of dancehall and afrobeats without acknowledging its roots. Give credit where credit is due. For example: Popcaan was originally featured on Drake‘s hit single “Controlla” but Drake eventually removed him [from the track] on Views.
Dancehall legend Sean Paul wasn’t shy about putting in his two cents in a recent interview with the Guardian: