And we’re back! Once again Tune-less (we know, we know!), me and Mal tackle everything that’s gone on since you’ve heard from the MEIA crew last – from my red carpet run-in with Joe, to my 4th of July flyout, Mal’s take on 4:44, Rob and Chyna and more!
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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.”
Beyoncé turned 35 on Sunday, and she’s been celebrating in every way! On her actual birthday, Bey was at her hubby’s Made In America festival, and enjoyed herself as she watched the performances – including Chance The Rapper when he sang her happy birthday! (Malia and Sasha Obama were in attendance as well, and Malia trolled everyone by rocking a “Smoking Kills” shirt.)
Then last night, Bey threw a Soul Train-themed party on the rooftop of The Nomad Hotel in NYC, and the guestlist was insane! Chance, Diddy and Cassie, Kendrick Lamar and his girl Whitney, Usher, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland, Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys and many more were there, and it looks like a good time was had by all.
The birthday girl must have turned up a bit too much, though, as she’s now been ordered on vocal rest and is forced to postpone her show tomorrow.
MetLife Stadium in New Jersey revealed that Bey‘s show, which was supposed to kick off the second leg of the Formation World Tour, will now be moved to October 7. All tickets for the original show will be valid for the new date, but refunds will also be available at point of purchase if that date doesn’t work any longer.
The release of Birth of a Nation has been shrouded in controversy, after details of a 1999 rape allegation against its star, Nate Parker, have surfaced.
The movie also stars Gabrielle Union, who happens to be a survivor of sexual assault, and she’s not taking these allegations lightly. In a powerful op-ed in the L.A. Times, the actress spoke out about her feelings on the situation, tying in the fact that she purposely chose this movie because she’s playing a character that is raped.
Drake made a mini-movie for the video to “Child’s Play,” and tapped none other than the beautiful Tyra Banks as his [crazy] leading lady. Why she gotta argue with him at Cheesecake? She know he like to go there!
The Spliff TV-directed video also features Drizzy‘s homie OB O’Brien, but here he’s Texas Hammer…Jr. LOL! Check out the 12-minute long Apple Music exclusive below!
Frank Ocean put Joanne The Scammer to shame earlier this month, when he put out the surprise visual album, Endless (aka a 45 minute music video of sorts.) This fulfilled his 2-album contract with Def Jam, so he turned around and put out his REAL album, Blond, two days later – and it was all independent.
The story goes that Def Jam had put up the money for Blond, not Endless, so Frank used the money he got from Apple for their exclusive Blond deal and paid Def Jam back to cut all ties. He still may get hit with a lawsuit for possible stipulations on how long he was supposed to wait between deals, whether Def Jam had an option to outbid the next deal, etc., but for now, Frank is laughing all the way to the bank.
I don’t know much about sports, but I know that Lil Wayne is a sports FANATIC and keeps ESPN on all day, every day. (Unless he’s watching Forensic Files late at night, LOL.) Following Skip Bayless‘ departure from First Take, he’s now getting his own show on Fox Sports 1, and he’s tapped none other than Weezy F. to help with the theme music.
According to Billboard, Fox wanted an “edgy theme song” for the show, which also features NFL Hall-of-Famer Shannon Sharpe, and they found Tune to be the perfect fit. Before the full song hits iTunes later this month, check out the preview below. Undisputed with Skip and Shannon premieres on September 6 – and will feature an appearance from Wayne as well.