Tuesday, April 25, 2017

NEWS: Beyonce Is Starting A Scholarship For Women Studying Arts, Music, Literature Or African-American Studies

 Beyonce Is Starting A Scholarship For Women Studying Arts, Music, Literature Or African-American Studies


Beyonce has chosen four schools to participate in her new scholarship program and Boston's Berklee College of Music is one of them. 

The "Formation Scholars" awards will award scholarships to female students studying creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies at Berklee, Howard University in Washington D.C., Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and Parsons School of Design in New York City. 

According to the announcement on Beyonce's website on Tuesday, the program is to "encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious, and confident." 

Each year, a total of four scholarships will be awarded to students, one per school. 

The scholarship program comes as part of the one-year anniversary celebration of "LEMONADE," Beyonce's latest release that earned her two Grammy awards in 2017.

Monday, April 24, 2017

VIDEOS: Harvey Stripes - Snowbirds Prod. By Murda Beatz (Official Music Video)

Harvey Stripes - Snowbirds Prod. By Murda Beatz (Official Music Video)

Toronto rapper Harvey Stripes embodies the cold, hard North in his new video "Snowbirds." In a setting straight out of "Inception's" climax, Stripes holes up in a mansion with a gang of cold-hearted ladies, dressed in ski masks and not much else. The location shots are excellent, with cinematography and editing by Zac Facts, who deftly juxtaposes the duality of the icy Canadian exterior with the firey passion of the deadly temptresses. Over a banging beat from Murda Beatz, Stripes continues to prove himself as another notable voice from the 6. 

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NEWS: Kendrick Lamar's "HUMBLE." Knocks Ed Sheeran Off #1 Spot

Kendrick Lamar's "HUMBLE." Knocks Ed Sheeran Off #1 Spot








Kendrick Lamar is a "DAMN." juggernaut.

According to Billboard, Kendrick Lamar just scored his first number one single as a solo artist. Lamar's debut single "HUMBLE." has officially ended Ed Sheeran's godlike twelve-week run at the top, and secured Lamar another milestone in his already successful career. DAMN. is proving to be simultaneously critically acclaimed and commercially viable, set to rake in an approximated 603,000 equivalent album units in its first week alone. Those who love to discuss numbers should know that the first-week sales record was previously held by Drake's More Life
Kendrick's follow up single "DNA." also secured a spot in the top five, landing at number four. 

TRAILERS: Watch The Trailer For TI's Short Film "Us Or Else," Airing Tonight On BET

Watch The Trailer For TI's Short Film "Us Or Else," Airing Tonight On BET



T.I has been a vocal critic of America's racially charged police brutality, and his newest album Us Or Else: Letter To The System. closely examines the delicate and explosive ongoing social tension. As one of rap's leading voices on the topic, T.I continues to spread his message through media. His new short film "Us Or Else" finds TIP once again stepping in front of the camera. 
In the film, TIP plays a cop confronted with the rising number of unarmed black kids dying at the hands of police. Check out the trailer below, and catch the full thing later tonight when it premieres on BET at 11pm. Afterward, TI will engage with  CNN political commentator Angela Rye for a discussion on police brutality and gun violence.

NEWS: Kanye West Wanted To Put The N-Word In Every Song Title On "Watch The Throne"

Kanye West Wanted To Put The N-Word In Every Song Title On "Watch The Throne"

Visionary.


The word "n*gga" is one of the most complicated words in the English language. Is it a racial slur? (No, it is not.) Who is allowed to say it? Or type it?
Kanye West wants everyone to say it: in the latest episode of the podcast ItsTheReal, media guru David Cho revealed that Kanye wanted every song title on Watch the Throne to include the world "n*gga."
According to Cho, Jay Z wanted to call "N*ggas in Paris" "Ball So Hard," but Kanye insisted that the title include "n*gga." "We're gonna put the n-word in every single title of the album so everyone has to say it and they have to confront it," Cho recalled Kanye saying. 
Listen to that portion of the conversation at the 1:50:00 below. To hear about the time Kanye went over to Aziz Ansari's house and complained about his dentist, head to the 35:00 mark.

NEWS: Tory Lanez Chills With Fetty Wap's Baby Mama At Coachella

Tory Lanez Chills With Fetty Wap's Baby Mama At Coachella

Tory Lanez and Fetty Wap's baby mama Masika Kalysha hung out at Coachella, sparking dating rumors.




Besides rocking crowds at Coachella, Tory Lanez was also spotted getting close and chilling with Masika Kalysha. For those who don't know, Kalysha is the mother of Fetty Wap's child, born last year, according to XXL.
On Twitter, Kalysha posted #Hoechella, implying that she intended on having unadulterated fun at the music festival. Apparently, it didn't turn out that way though.
In the clips below, she and Lanez show off a lot of PDA, bantering and dancing together at a show. Lanez even calls her "Sika baby." The Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood star dished about her Empire Polo Club escapade on Twitter. Apparently, someone took it the wrong way because she posted a couple of cryptic messages. 




Check out a clip of Swavey and Sika baby's time together at Coachella below.

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PHOTOS: Amber Rose Flaunts Sexy Curves In A Barely There Bathing Suit

Amber Rose Flaunts Sexy Curves In A Barely There Bathing Suit


Amber Rose is out to make all the boys drool over her stretch marks.


Hopping on the trend started in part by celebrities co-opting Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" lyrics, Amber Rose bared some sexy flesh on IG and captioned it, "Trappin #cellulite#stretchmarks ðŸ˜."
In the clip, the model shows off her curvaceous bod, wearing a revealing dark green swimsuit. She licks her lips and gives her followers a nice view of her wide hips. Since "Humble" dropped, several bikini-clad Black female celebs including Karrueche Tran and Kelly Rowland have flaunted their God-given imperfections for all to see.
Earlier this year, Rose started the Sneaky Vaunt trend. She promoted the strapless, backless DD-sized push up bra on her feed. Her sexy post prompted other well-endowed IG models to flaunt their assets on social media. At Coachella last week, Rose was again the talk of the town, wearing a revealing outfit while chilling with Migos and others at Empire Polo Club.



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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

LONDON NEWS: Drake to Open OVO Store in London

Drake to Open OVO Store in London



Looking to take his OVO clothing brand worldwide, hip-hop superstar Drake announces his plans to open up an OVO store oversees later this year. With flagship stores already built in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, the city of London will be the next town to get a an OVO store destination.
Located in the West End of London, the European shop will be the very first OVO store to open outside of North America. Set to carry all things OVO and Drizzy related, the London shop will certainly be a place to visit for all Drake fans and streetwear enthusiasts.
While an opening date for the store has yet to be announced, an exact location for the London OVO shop was unveiled, which will be located at 30 Berwick Street. Stay tuned with XXL for more updates and info on the grand opening of OVO’s London flagship store.
In related Drake news, the Canadian rap star recently guest featured on the newest single of international sensation, WizKid, on the song titled “Come Closer.
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NEWS: 6 Rappers Getting Kicked Off Planes

6 Rappers Getting Kicked Off Planes



Even in a world full of traffic jams, lost wallets and hopelessly inflexible deadlines, few things are quite as unnerving as a visit to the airport. Maybe that explains why so many rap luminaries have flat-out lost it there over the last few years.
The Migos’ own Offset says he was just minding his own business when the folks at American Airlines kicked him off their plane for apparently talking on his phone just before takeoff. Incensed, the rapper quickly uploaded an Instagram video of himself throwing some serious shade at both the man who threw him off the flight and American Airlines as a whole. Yikes.
Months before Offset endured his own bit of airline drama, Roc Nation’s own Vic Mensa was also prevented from taking the flight he’d bought tickets for. After suffering a few lengthy delays, the “U Mad” performer was already on edge. So when one flight attendant apparently got a little bit too loud with one of the passengers in front of him, Vic sprang into action. Let’s just say things only went downhill from there.
Unfortunately, the story of rappers and their problems with commercial airlines doesn’t end there. Today, XXL takes a look at other rappers and other hip-hop artists who’ve been thrown off planes over the last few years. You can peep them for yourself in the list below.

1

Machine Gun Kelly


MGK made his mark on the mainstream with his single “Wild Boy,” so you’re probably not all that surprised to see his name pop up on this list. However, he maintained that he was treated unfairly when he was kicked off of his flight at the Dallas Fort Worth Airport back in 2015.
Apparently, the trouble began when MGK boarded the plane with his guitar, which had curse words scrawled all over it. In a lengthy Instagram post, he explained that the TSA officer compared the words on his guitar to the trauma caused by 9/11 years ago. Yeah, sounds like a reach to us too.





i was just escorted off the airplane by police at the Dallas airport because of the writing on my guitar case. they had the nerve to compare the fact that there are a couple of cuss words written on it to the seriousness of 9/11. when i told them its my art, they told me "that's not art" and proceeded to go on some "George Bush is a saint and I'm disrespecting his country" type rant. Well let me make it clear Dallas Ft Worth airport: as long as i am an American citizen paying my taxes (and your over priced airline fare) every year I will continue to practice my freedom of speech, starting with this: FUCK YOU MR. TSA MAN, FUCK YOUR PRECIOUS GEORGE BUSH, AND FUCK YOUR NARROW MIND. you should be honored that u even got to touch my guitar case. i hope your kids are MGK fans, buy tickets to a show to watch me play that guitar, and post pictures of the case hashtagging about how dope the art on it is. 😇✌🏼️#freedom
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2

Offset

Offset is the most recent rapper to find trouble at the airport. Apparently, the folks at American Airlines weren’t too happy when the Migos member was talking on his phone after he boarded the plane, so they saw fit to throw him off the flight. What’s unclear here is whether or not he was talking on the phone before or after the plane’s flight attendant told passengers to set their phones to airplane mode. His feelings on the matter, however, were as clear as day. Soon after being jettisoned by the flight crew, Offset uploaded a scathing rant against American Airlines and the flight attendant responsible for throwing him off the plane. “Fuck American Airlines,” he says in the beginning of the video. He continues, “Pussy ass niggas kicked me off the plane for motherfucking talking on my phone. And he was a Black nigga. You a real hoe. Lame ass nigga. Don’t get mad at me ’cause you work at the airport. Fuck American Airlines. Don’t nobody need to take that cheap ass flight anyway.” Although the platinum-selling artist was clearly pretty upset about the incident, he feigned indifference when he flashed his bag filled in front of his camera. “Fuck American Airlines. That’s the shit you send your hoes on,” he said near the end of a video he deleted from his Instagram page. “And I’m ’bout to take a private on y’all hoes. Kick me off the plane, I’ll go private.”
3

Vic Mensa

Vic Mensa’s trouble with American Airlines started with his flight being delayed. It ended with he and the FBI having a conversation.
In a video recorded shortly after he was kicked off a flight last August, the Roc Nation MC explains that his issues with the airline really started when one of their workers began disrespecting a woman who was also set to board the plane. He, the woman and the rest of the flight’s passengers had already faced significant delays, so Vic felt the airline worker’s words were needlessly demeaning. That’s what set him off.
“I don’t let that shit slide in front of me. I don’t let people talk to women like that around me, so I told him, ‘You need to watch your attitude speaking to her because we’re the ones been waiting,'” he explains in the vid.
He continues, “Then the man tried to tell me I couldn’t get on the plane and I had to step to the side. I’m like, well, I’ve been waiting forever. I’m not going, so I just scanned my own ticket and walked on.”
Vic goes on to claim that the man he confronted suffered from a bruised ego, and that the worker eventually had the police pull him off the plane. From there, Vic was told he’d be allowed to get back on once everyone else had boarded. Obviously that didn’t happen.
A short time later, another airport worker told Vic that he wouldn’t be able to board the flight, and he responded by throwing a metal bannister and flat-out having a fit. That’s probably a big reason why he ended up talking to the FBI.
Still, Vic maintained that he had a moral imperative to stand up for the woman he felt had been wronged earlier.


4

Dizzee Rascal

 
 
On July 11, 2011, The Daily Mail reported that England’s own Dizzee Rascal had been thrown off a plane after a confrontation with one of the airline’s stewardesses. Apparently, Dizzee verbally abused the woman, and was subsequently kicked off the flight. He had been on his way to perform on the same bill as Cold Play and the Foo Fighters in Portugal, but was apparently prevented from doing so because of this incident. He also faced a lifetime ban from the British Airlines.
 
5

Chris Brown

 
 
Last March, the folks at TMZ claimed that C. Breezy and his entourage were kicked off of their flight for hotboxing their plane to Cannes. A report from the Miami-Dade Police indicated that Breezy’s pilot smelled “a strong odor of marijuana,” coming from the cabin.
TMZ’s sources reported that the flight’s captain warned the “Loyal” performer and his crew not to smoke on the plane. Apparently they didn’t listen, and the cops quickly kicked them off the plane after they were called to the scene.
C. Breezy’s friends reportedly recorded the entire experience on their snapchat, leaving the caption “We got kicked off the jet for smoking loud.”
Brown denied the claims, but the Snapchat video makes them sort of hard to brush off.



6

Soulja Boy

 
 
Believe it or not, Soulja Boy‘s wild antics didn’t up and start in 2017. Before his romanticized accounts of his street exploits and his now-deaded boxing match with Chris Brown, Soulja was thrown off an airplane for refusing to follow an American Airlines (again!) flight attendant’s instructions to sit down.
A bit later, Soulja apologized for his actions, telling TMZ, “It was a bad night and me and the flight staff didn’t see eye to eye. In hindsight, I’m extremely sorry for all inconvenience caused to the passengers and employees of the airline.”



AUDIO: KEVIN GATES - WHAT IF

KEVIN GATES - WHAT IF 

[Verse 1]
Making calls to the plug
Trynna ball, going hard I'm not balling enough
I got scars on my heart come from falling in love
On my knees every night placing calls up above
Seems like God won't pick up
If Heaven won't show me a way
Guide me when I grip the weight
'Cause in the city we livin' in it's kill or you getting killed
I was taught to keep it real, misguided in the field (boom boom pop bang bang)
Forgive me I done gripped the steel
She the devil she was bad long weave thick ol' ass
Round enough make pretty faces when I'm hittin' her from the back
And I got caught and I ain't rat, some cuckoo guys she ain't hit back
I done been to hell and back, 'cause I done been to jail and back

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