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The Abstract! Q-Tip Will Be at Bonhams New York Showcasing His Personal Art Collection

Q-Tip has always been known as “The Abstract” of his rap collective we all know and love as A Tribe Called Quest, and now he’s proving exactly why by curating a special art exhibition at legendary auction house Bonhams New York.



Kamaal has been collecting artwork from the likes of Nina Chanel Abney (seen above), Harmony Korine, William Villalongo and Fred Brathwaite, the latter who the Hip-Hop masses may know better as Fab 5 Freddy. Select pieces that will be featured in the show include modern works spanning from 2013 to 2018, one in particular being Richard Prince’s “Untitled” from 2015 that ATCQ used three years ago as the album cover for their final album We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.

Here’s what Tip had to say to Bonhams exclusively about his upcoming art show:

“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to showcase and recognize some of the most talented artists that have inspired me personally and professionally. This would not have been possible were it not for Bonhams’ generosity and commitment in sharing my collection to the public. My hope is that this exhibition will encourage visitors to learn something new, be inspired, and discover the brilliance of some of these incredible emerging artists.”

Q-Tip, The Abstract

The show will run for two weeks starting on September 20 and ending on October 4. Also, the exhibition is free of charge and open to the public.

For more information, and to preview the pieces featured in ‘Q-Tip: The Collection,’ head over to Bonhams to learn more.

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All Falls Down: Kanye West’s “Dome Homes” Demolished Due to Noise Complaints & Permit Violations

When news broke last month that Kanye West was building dome-like concept homes in his Calabasas neighborhood, the idea seemed pretty neat and innovative overall at the time. However, it now looks like the whole thing was ill-fated from the beginning and has since been demolished for the most part by the City of Los Angeles.



TMZ, who also broke the original story, now reports that noise complaints from neighbors and the “minor” fact that ‘Ye never got the proper permits to start building in the first place led to the downfall of his otherwise genius idea. As of now, only one tower is still standing, as seen above in the video report by CBS LA, and even that one will have to be torn down before the September 15 deadline put in place by the L.A. County Department of Public Works.

In addition to regulation violations, Kanye and crew were reportedly doing construction for more than 12 hours on Saturdays — it’s against the area’s 8AM – 5PM building policy — and even working on Sundays, which isn’t allowed at all. Hey, maybe the new Wyoming property he just bought will be the new home for his dome community.

Do you think Kanye West is getting unfair treatment for a plan that could change the community, or did he bring this on himself for not following the proper procedure? Let us know your thoughts over on Facebook and Twitter!

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Mary J. Blige To Star in ‘Power’ Spinoff Series

The Power spinoff is about to be big with the announcement of the legendary Mary J. Blige set to star in the new show.

During the Television Critics Association summer press tour, series creator and co-showrunner Courtney A. Kemp announced that the “first of several” prequel series will be titled Power Book 2: Ghost, and will feature the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul.

Blige surprised everybody by coming on stage alongside Kemp and 50. This is probably the most exciting thing that’s going to happen to me this year,” she said. “I’ve been a fan of ‘Power’ since the very beginning and I want to thank Courtney Kemp and 50 Cent for starting this conversation with me.”

While we all have come to love Mary J. Blige as the Queen of “Hip-Hop Soul”, her acting career had taken off. Blige was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Mudbound.

 

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“I said I got to find a replacement for me, we found somebody that Courtney’s gonna have a ball working with because it’s female-orientated and somebody who’s got enough juice and grace to make the show even bigger,” he told the TCA crowd.

The sixth and final season of “Power,” “The Final Betrayal,” premieres Sunday, Aug. 25. The series, which stars Omari Hardwick, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora, and Rotimi, is Starz’ most-watched and highest-rated show with an average of 10 million viewers per episode.

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Questlove to Drop New Book Titled ‘Mixtape Potluck’

It seems like Ahmir Thompson aka Questlove is one of the busiest people in the world. He often claims he has 14 jobs. Not only is he the co-founder of the legendary Roots with Black Thought, but he’s the bandleader for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, a DJ, producer, designer, music educator, and bestselling and James Beard Award-nominated author. On top of all that, Quest is preparing for the release of his newest book Mixtape Potluck.

Besides music, Quest is a connoisseur of culinary delights. Another one of his books, Something To Food About: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs, explores his love of food. He’s been hosting Food Salons—where the country’s best chefs cook for the star-studded guest list. At these salons, guests are always telling Questlove about their super-special secret recipes, which got him thinking: “Why not design an event where everyone makes that super-special secret recipe, all at once?” And everyone is invited.

According to the description of the book, in Mixtape Potluck (Abrams Image; October 15, 2019; U.S. $29.99; Hardcover), Questlove imagines the ultimate potluck dinner party. He invites more than fifty chefs, entertainers, artists, thought leaders, and musicians (full guest list below) and asks them to bring along their favorite recipes. He also pairs each guest with a song that he feels best captures their unique creative energy.

Quest has a slew of guests of his latest venture including Fred Armisen, Martha Stewart,  Nyesha Arrington Maya Rudolph Tariq Trotter, Ashley Graham, Kwame Onwuachi, Yvonne Orji, Limmy Fallon, Gabrielle Union, Q-Tip, Jarobi White, and many more.

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Tupac Toys! Check Out This Mini 2Pac Sculpture By Artist Rebecca Maria

This year marks 23 years since we lost Hip-Hop icon Tupac Shakur, but his memory is far from being forgotten. Whether it’s through items from his time in prison going to auction, particularly his I.D. card and love letter to Madonna, or clothing collabs featuring rare pics of the MC, everyone seems to want a piece of Pac. Now, artist Rebecca Maria is allowing you to own your own mini 2Pac figure with her latest work of Hip-Hop-influenced art.



The new “002 Sculpture” is the latest in her line of rap collectables, which has in the past included archival prints of Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Pimp C and others, in addition to another rap figurine in the form of Diplomatic Immunity-era Juelz Santana. The Pac sculpture is a rendition of his classic leather vest/baggy jeans/black bandana ‘fit from the January 1996 cover of The New York Times Magazine. It stands 8-inches tall and comes with action-packed accessories, including two Jesus pieces.

The “002 Scupture” of Tupac Shakur by Rebecca Maria can be purchased right now for $230 USD in her web store. Only 20 will be made, so cop now if your “California Love” is just as strong as your love for art.

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Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sues Iconix For ‘Massive Fraud’

The New York Post’s Page Six has reported that Hip-Hop billionaire Jay-Z and his company Roc Nation are suing a city licensing firm, alleging it of bilking investors in a “massive years-long fraud,” according to a new lawsuit. Roc Nation first sold the men’s clothing brand Rocawear to Iconix for $204 million in 2007.

According to court documents in the Manhattan Supreme Court, the suit says that the Iconix Brand Group Inc., duped it and other companies — including Ecko, Ed Hardy and PONY — into doing business by not being honest about its financials, and then made off with their money without delivering the services that the company promised.

The feds have been investigating Iconix, which court documents reveal have “amass[ed] a portfolio of trademarks under false pretenses,” and detailed that they committed fraud by having “absconded with its licensees’ money without providing the branding and retail support it promised.” Roc Nation had been doing business with the firm after selling men’s clothing brand Rocawear to them for $204 million back in 2007. Though the company’s stocks were strong through 2015, the suit points out that, today, they are worth “less than a dollar per share.”

Iconix then “absconded with its licensees’ money without providing the branding and retail support it promised,” the court documents allege.

“Plaintiffs never would have entangled their business interests with Iconix had it disclosed the true condition of its business or the massive accounting fraud in which it was engaged,” the court documents claim.

The representation for Roc Nation is requesting that Iconix should pay for the all legal costs accrued when Jay-Z had to testify after the SEC subpoenaed him and for other unspecified damages.

We’ll have more on the story as it develops.

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Kirk Franklin Supports Kanye West’s Sunday Service

Gospel megastar Kirk Franklin has been the leading voice of the genre for almost 30 years. He has crossed over the mainstream with his version of R&B influenced gospel. Many have been wondering what does the “I Smile” singer/songwriter think of Kanye West’s Sunday Service movement. Franklin, without hesitation, endorsed Pastor Kanye’s growing congregation.

When Kirk, along with his wife Tammy, arrived at the 2019 BET Awards, the gospel legend conversed about Mr. West’s weekly Sunday Service with ET’s news correspondent Kevin Frazier. He also took a few moments to plug the upcoming season of his highly successful singing competition, BET’s Sunday Best on June 30.

“Well, you know, if Kanye’s doing it, then we gotta do it,” he said on the red carpet with a laugh. Later, he hinted that Sunday Service has been a big source of positivity for West, stating, “That’s my little brother, man. That thing, you know, let the music heal him.”

While he didn’t say if he made his way to Sunday Service, he did reveal that he and West have talked about it numerous times.

“Well, you know, we talk through ‘em. We talk through ‘em as brothers,” Franklin shared. “We’re always having conversations and I’m so proud to see the music do what it’s created to do – to heal people. And it can heal everybody.”

In an interview on Beats 1 on Monday (June 24), Franklin again gave Kanye his support. “Let that be his medicine, he ain’t making no loot doing it,” Franklin responded. “You could always tell intent on how people spend their money. How people spend their money is a reflection of their heart. And so, the fact that this is something that he’s doing on his own, let that be his medicine.”

Check out the full conversation with The Franklins below.

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Would You Pay $50 USD for Travis Scott-Branded Reese’s Puffs?

The brand that Travis Scott is building for himself extends way beyond his multiplatinum music career, branching into sneakers, fashion, sports and, yes, even the world of Game Of Thrones. Now, the ASTROWORLD king is putting a tasty twist on the Reese’s Puffs cereal box with a new collaboration alongside General Mills.


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This special-edition Reese’s Puffs release was designed by Scott’s longtime creative director Corey Damon Black, who gave an up-close look at the box on Instagram yesterday (seen above). The partnership is solely limited to the packaging, so don’t expect “COFFEE BEAN”-flavored cereal bites or the grain puff shape to switch up to “SKELETONS” or some kind of “BUTTERFLY EFFECT.” However, it would’ve been pretty sick if they were shaped like cacti as a nod to Cactus Jack Records. Either way, it’s still a good marketing tool that just proves yet again that Travis is on a path of world domination. Whether or not a box of cereal is worth $50 USD, well, that’s up to you.

The General Mills x Travis Scott Reese’s Puffs cereal-box collab will be available today on the rap superstar’s official website following his pop-up shop in Paris for Paris Fashion Week. Would you pay fifty bucks for a box? Let us know over on Facebook and Twitter!

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Recap: adidas Gives the Ultimate Look at Graffiti Culture With ‘Beyond the Streets NYC’ Exhibition in Brooklyn

Graffiti is one of those art forms that wins by breaking all the rules — there is no one style, no single medium and certainly not one sole artist that embodies the entire genre completely. Now, in a combined effort by adidas Originals and traveling art exhibition Beyond The Streets, a new art experiencing is opening up in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn that truly pays homage to over 150 artists that’ve cultivated graffiti into the respected platform that it’s become today.



The setup at 25 Kent Ave is, for lack of better words, huge — we’re talking 100,000 square feet, huge! The Source stopped by earlier this week to catch a preview of the space, which extends throughout the 5th and 6th floors of the waterfront view building. The art collections you come across while making a way through the gallery range from paintings and bigger-than-life-sized sculptures to custom installations that could even be considered grotesque. There’s also a fully-operating pop-up shop with refreshments provided by Perrier and merch by the many artists featured throughout. As an added incentive, a portion of proceeds from sales in the shop will go to the the Harold Hunter Foundation, who played an important role during his lifetime in molding the skateboarding culture that pretty much goes hand-in-hand with graffiti. Overall, you will not want to miss out on this engaging opportunity to experience the art world from a handful of gritty, unforgettable and absolutely stunning perspectives.

Keep scrolling to see some of our favorite artists from the adidas-curated ‘Beyond the Streets NYC’ exhibition, which will be taking over Brooklyn all summer long:

BEASTIE BOYS EXHIBIT

BILL BARMINSKI EXHIBIT

BEYOND THE STREETS ARTWORK

BUDDY ESQUIRE EXHIBIT

CHARLIE AHEARN EXHIBIT

CLEON PETERSON EXHIBIT

CRAIG STECYK EXHIBIT

CRAIG COSTELLO EXHIBIT

DABSMYLA EXHIBIT

FAB 5 FREDDY EXHIBIT

FUTURA EXHIBIT

GUERILLA GIRLS EXHIBIT

HUSKMITNAVN & CORNBREAD EXHIBIT

HUSKMITNAVN EXHIBIT

INVADER EXHIBIT

KATSU EXHIBIT

LADY AIKO EXHIBIT

MAYA HAYUK EXHIBIT

PAUL INSECT X BAST EXHIBIT

RIME EXHIBIT

KC ORTIZ EXHIBIT

SHEPARD FAIREY EXHIBIT

TAKASHI MURAKAMI EXHIBIT

The full ‘Beyond The Streets NYC’ exhibition will be on display to the public starting tomorrow (June 21) and will run until August. Purchase tickets right now online.



Images: Beyond the Streets

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Relive “Hotline Bling” Forever By Visiting Drake’s New Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

Drake’s lucrative residency in Las Vegas must be going pretty well! It now looks like the infamous party city is honoring their new rap resident with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas inspired by his worldwide smash “Hotline Bling.”



Officially open for public visits, the statue is designed after the music video that became a viral sensation for pretty much all of summer 2015. The details are beyond accurate, all the way down to his OVO-branded sweatsuit and the “Wheat” Timberland boots. The figure will also stand in front of a backdrop duplicated to look like the video’s neon-themed setting, which was infamously influenced by the work of James Turrell.

The months it took to create a dripped-out Drizzy really paid off, which includes everything from data collecting for the most accurate detailing to the tedious task of creating individual human hair follicles for eyebrows and hairlines. Looking sharp!

You can visit the new Drake wax figure right now at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas in The Grand Canal Shoppes (3377 S Las Vegas Blvd Ste. 2001). Let us know if you think it looks like him after checking out the unveiling video below:

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