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ICYMI: Unforgettable Highlights: Summer Jam 2024 Recap in Photos

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Sunday marked the 30th anniversary of the hottest music event of the summer – HOT 97’s Summer Jam hip-hop festival. To celebrate this milestone, HOT 97 brought together legendary acts and today’s most viral sensations, creating an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages. Whether you were a long-time listener or a new fan, there was something for everyone to dance, bop, and recite rhymes to.

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Held at the state-of-the-art UBS Arena, the festival drew a crowd of 19,000 fans eager to party with their favorite acts. The energy was electric from the Pre-Summer Jam festival all the way to the main show. Chart-topping artists who lit up the stage included Doja Cat, Sexyy Red, French Montana, Davido, Gunna, and some of hip hop’s fresh faces Connie Diamond, Lola Brooke, and Cash Cobain.

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Hip hop legends Method Man and Redman rocked the stage with a powerful rendition of “Da Rockwilder,” igniting the crowd. Lola Brooke captivated the audience with her sizzling summer hits “Don’t Play With It” and “You.” Viral rising star Cash Cobain kept the energy soaring with his show-stopping performance of “Fisherrr” and other crowd favorites.

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Big Daddy Kane shared a heartfelt moment with the crowd, bringing out the late Mister Cee’s brother and sister to commemorate the Hot 97 DJ Mister Cee tribute with a moment of silence, instructing the crowd to throw up C’s. Headliner Doja Cat didn’t come to play, giving a trancing performance and bringing out surprise guests ASAP Ferg, Busta Rhymes, and crowd favorite Gunna before closing out her set with fan-favorite “Paint The Town Red.”

The exclusive media lounge was buzzing with artists such as Offset, ASAP Ferg, YG Marley, Bay Swag, Davido, and more. Celebrities enjoyed exclusive Ellesse apparel gifts from The Now PR and engaged in epic interviews with Fox 5’s Lisa Evers as well as HOT 97 personalities DJ Mike Medium and DJ Wallah. Ending the red carpet, Sexxy Red turned heads and made jaws drop with her unique teddy bear.

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The excitement was palpable as they mingled with the press and greeted fans, setting the tone for an extraordinary evening. HOT 97 Summer Jam’s 30th anniversary was more than a concert; it was a historic celebration of hip hop, showcasing the genre’s enduring legacy and vibrant future.

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From the dazzling performances to the heartfelt tributes, Summer Jam 2024 proved once again why it remains the premier hip-hop festival, bringing together the best of the past, present, and future in a celebration of music and culture.

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Trailer for LEGO Animated Pharrell Williams Biopic Featuring Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, and More Released

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The trailer for Pharrell Williams’ upcoming biopic and it’s exactly what we expected—immense unadulterated and epic creativity. The iconic producer will be voicing himself in animated LEGO form, accompanied by some A-list collaborators from his chart-topping career.

Gwen Stefani, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, and Snoop Dogg are among the guest stars from Williams’ 30-year career that will feature in “Piece by Piece.” The trailer depicts a LEGO-ized version of Williams, Hugo, and Snoop Dogg devising the hit “Drop it Like it’s Hot.” It also revealed that the film would include new music from Williams, adding another layer of excitement for fans.

Announced in January by Focus Features, the film is directed by Morgan Neville. Neville shared that Williams approached him five years ago with the unique concept for the biopic.

“When I had this crazy vision to tell this story through LEGO bricks, I couldn’t have imagined a better partner than Morgan. He is a legend,” Williams said in a statement. “Who would’ve thought that playing with these toys as a kid would evolve into a movie about my life? It’s proof that anyone else can do it too.”

Morgan Neville, primarily known as a documentary filmmaker, won an Oscar for his 2014 feature “20 Feet From Stardom,” which explores the careers and lives of backup singers. Neville’s expertise in bringing real-life stories to the screen in an engaging manner makes him a fitting choice for this innovative project.

As half of the foundational production duo The Neptunes, Williams has set the backdrop for some of music’s greatest hits. Formed in Virginia Beach in 1992 by childhood friends Williams and Chad Hugo, The Neptunes quickly rose to prominence, writing and producing for artists such as Teddy Riley, The Clipse, Usher, Nelly, and Britney Spears. Pharrell’s iconic four-count instrumental opening tags chart-toppers from Kelis’ “Milkshake” to Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” to Williams’ own “Happy.”

“Piece by Piece” will be released in theaters on October 11. The anticipation is high for this unique blend of animation, music history, and the inspiring story of Pharrell Williams. You can watch the trailer below:

Be sure to mark your calendars for this groundbreaking film that promises to be as innovative and influential as Williams’ career itself.

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Exclusive Interview: Royal Sisters Reveal Life in ‘Royal Rules of Ohio’ and New Episode Drama

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As anticipation builds for the next episode of “Royal Rules of Ohio,” viewers are in for a thrilling ride. Episode 104, titled “Rule #4: Royals Don’t Go Rogue,” promises drama, surprises, and pivotal moments for the royal sisters. Thelma faces GS at the Black Alumni Reunion, Auntie Sheilah’s kickback becomes the stage for Abigail’s unexpected appearance, and the sisters make a permanent decision that will leave Akili and Delali stunned.

In an exclusive interview with The Source, the chocolate beauties shared their experiences growing up as descendants of Ghanaian royalty, their journey to Columbus, Ohio, and the challenges and triumphs they face balancing their noble heritage with everyday modern life.

1. Can you each tell us what it was like growing up as daughters of royal descendants in Ghana and how that shaped your experiences living in Columbus, Ohio?

Nana: We were not privy to our royal lineage until we were teenagers. We realized that we must hold ourselves to a different standard than we once had. Learning that we are royal descendants was a pivotal moment that shaped our understanding of who we are and the responsibilities that came with it.

2. “Royal Rules of Ohio” offers a glimpse into the double lives you lead. How do you balance the expectations of your noble heritage with your personal ambitions and modern lifestyles?

Brenda: We do a good job of balancing our noble heritage and our personal ambitions by remembering that it’s okay to be selfish and put yourself first. Yes, we are royal, however, we still want to create a legacy for ourselves.

3. The series shows a lot of opulence and luxury but also touches on the responsibilities that come with your background. How do you manage the pressures of upholding your family’s reputation while pursuing your individual goals?

Thelma: For me, as the oldest, I have to make sure I am a leader and also be a role model to my sisters and the young girls here in Columbus. When it comes to my family’s reputation, we try to never make mistakes in the public eye. One mistake we make and the whole community will come at our necks.

4. What has been the most challenging aspect of allowing cameras to capture your daily lives and the behind-the-scenes dynamics of your family?

Nana: The most challenging aspect of filming was adjusting to the cameras. In the beginning, we were all camera aware – worried that we may say something wrong. But we began to feel comfortable with the crew and at some points, we forgot the cameras were there.

5. Your show highlights the cultural richness and traditions of Ghanaian royalty. How important is it for you to share and preserve these traditions while living in the United States?

Brenda: It’s really important to showcase our culture in America because it ties us back to the motherland. We display our culture through our clothing, the food, and even the language we speak. Although we are Ghanaian we still wear our American clothing as well to highlight that duality.

6. Each of you brings a unique personality and perspective to the show. How do you think these differences contribute to the dynamic and appeal of “Royal Rules of Ohio”?

Nana: More often than not, people cling to what is familiar to them. What they fail to see is the beauty that can come from being different. Because we are unique in our own way there is always someone that the viewers can connect to. Our individual personalities make us unique in a way that the world hasn’t seen before.

7. The show touches on themes of identity, heritage, and responsibility. What do you hope viewers, especially young women of African descent, take away from your stories?

Thelma: We hope for viewers, especially young women of African descent, to feel empowered by seeing my sisters and I navigate complex themes of identity, heritage, and responsibility. We hope viewers find strength in embracing their unique identities, understanding their heritage, and feeling empowered.

8. Looking forward, what are your aspirations for the future, both individually and collectively as a family, and how could you see “Royal Rules of Ohio” evolving in future seasons?

Nana: Personally, I hope the viewers will get a chance to see how passionate I am about the arts. I am an aspiring actress who really enjoys sharing stories that are authentic and truthful. As a family, I want the viewers to continue to see the love we all share for each other. We may have our individual disagreements and arguments, but the love will never fade.

Don’t miss the next episode of “Royal Rules of Ohio” to witness the unfolding drama and the powerful dynamics of this unique royal family. Tune in to see how Thelma, Brenda, and Nana navigate their dual lives and the shocking decision that will leave everyone talking.

Watch the sneak peak below.

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Nipsey Hussle Business Grant: The Marathon x Earn Your Leisure Announce $100,000 Invest Fest Pitch Competition

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Invest Fest returns with a bang! This year, brace yourselves for the inaugural Nipsey Hussle Business Grant: $100,000 Invest Fest Pitch Competition. Along the journey, they have encountered remarkable entrepreneurs charting their course with unwavering purpose and commitment to excellence. Now, through their partnership with Microsoft and The Marathon were primed to award $100,000 to one outstanding entrepreneur to fuel their business ambitions. The top four finalists will grace the Invest Fest 2024 main stage to compete for the grand prize.

The Neighborhood Nip Foundation was created in 2019 with a mission to extend Nipsey Hussle’s legacy and mission to inspire the community through initiatives that will benefit underprivileged youth. Most recently the foundation was an official charity partner for the 2024 LA Marathon with over 65 participants finishing the 26.2 miles marathon. All funds raised went towards the rebirth of the Nipsey Hussle Plaza, home to the headquarters of The Neighborhood Nip Foundation, located at 3420 W. Slauson Ave., the original location of The Marathon Store in Los Angeles, CA.

Following Hussle’s passion for creating a program that aids and encourages youth to reach their highest potential, the renovated site will serve as a massive community center for elementary through high school level students. Led by staff members of the foundation and additional volunteers from the community, programming will range from academic studies to music and studio-specific access. Additionally, the plaza will offer exclusive access to The Marathon Store, which will not be open to the public, as well as free haircuts at Steve’s Barbershop named after Hussle’s childhood friend & business partner, Stephen “Fatts” Donaldson. Hussle’s estate plans to open the doors of The Neighborhood Nip Foundation in 2024.

All applications will be reviewed after the posted deadline. Successful applicants will be notified via email by August 16th, 2024.

Notification is subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with all the terms and conditions set forth herein. Link to the rules of the competition here

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[WATCH] Lil Durk Says It’s His “Number One Goal” To End Gun Violence In Chicago

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In a recent interview with the Big Facts Podcast, Chicago rap star Lil Durk said he supports ending gun violence in his hometown.

Big Facts co-host Big Bank asked him what he would do if he could “clean the streets of Chicago up” and Durk responded, “That’s the number one goal, to stop it,” he said. “But, the number one priority for us in the streets and politician-wise, is to stop the violence and slow it down as much as possible. It starts with everybody just coming together.”

The “All My Life” rapper admits that the task is easier said than done.,

“But, like I said, it’s hard because you probably got him other here thinking he that, but his young n****s don’t even respect him,” Durk said. “So, even if he be like, ‘Come on. Let’s come together.’ They’d look at him like, ‘Get the fuck on.’”

Earlier this year, Durk announced on social media that he would be organizing his Smurkchella concert, which would be aimed at combating gun violence.

“I’ma do a Smurkchella next year at the bears stadium in Chicago,” he wrote. “it’s gone be a stop the violence event and we gone split half the money with different non profits from big to small. I need help I need every artist who locked in with me to help save these kids.”

He then tagged his own non-profit organization and added, “@neighborhoodheroesfoundation will help put it together let’s go this my way of giving back without saying it to look cool.”

Lil Durk launched his Neighborhood Heroes non-profit organization in 2020 and has been steadily giving back to his community in the years that followed.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJi4hdQVBCA

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[WATCH] Fat Joe Awarded Honorary Doctorate From Lehman College

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With so many high school and college graduates walking across the stage this May/June, however, one graduate that Hip Hop cannot overlook is Fat Joe, who was recently awarded a honorary doctorate degree from Lehman College in the Bronx.

Yesterday(May 30), Dr. Joseph “Fat Joe” Cartagena was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters, which is the standard certification for celebs with outstanding philanthropic contributions to society.

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Joe took to the podium to share the secrets of success with the graduates, magnifying the fact that age should not be a deterrent.

Congrats to Fat Joe on his scholarly accomplishment, proving that anyone can improve their life through education.

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‘Dear Fathers’ Podcast Goes To Houston With First Live Episode Featuring Icon Master P

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Dear Fathers, a leading hub at the intersection of fatherhood and culture, is excited to announce the expansion of their popular celebrity fatherhood podcast with their first live episode. This momentous event will feature Hip Hop mogul and entrepreneur Master P and his son Mercy Miller. The special episode will take place in Downtown Houston on June 3, 2024.

The Dear Fathers Podcast serves as a safe space for Black men to have authentic conversations about navigating the complexities of fatherhood. With over 5 million social media impressions monthly, the platform has become a vital resource for Black fathers seeking community and support.

This live event offers a unique opportunity for attendees to connect with other fathers as they explore themes of fatherhood, manhood, mental health, generational wealth, and more. Master P and Mercy’s participation will allow Dear Fathers to provide their engaging and relatable content to a broader audience.

Previous notable interviews on the Dear Fathers Podcast include NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal, Rapper Pusha T, NBA All-Star Bradley Beal, Comedian Cedric the Entertainer, Actor Kel Mitchell, Comedian Chico Bean, Actor Isaiah John, and many more!

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Nicki Minaj Praises Fans After Manchester Gig Rescheduled Following Arrest in the Netherlands

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Nicki Minaj has expressed gratitude to her fans for their understanding and support after her concert in Manchester had to be rescheduled due to her arrest in the Netherlands. The Queens rapper and singer was detained at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Saturday for allegedly attempting to transport “soft drugs” out of the country.

Minaj spent around six hours in custody before being released and fined, allowing her to continue her journey to the UK. Despite her efforts to make it in time, her concert at the Co-op Live arena was postponed. Fans had already been admitted into the venue by 7 pm, but the announcement of the postponement came around 9:40 pm from promoter Live Nation.

Dutch police confirmed the arrest and subsequent release of a 41-year-old woman who paid a fine before being allowed to leave. The incident caused significant delays and disruptions, but Minaj’s fans, known as Barbz, have shown remarkable patience and support.

In a post on X (formerly known as Twitter), Minaj praised her fans, writing, “Manchester I appreciate you. Class act. Give me until (tomorrow) for the update on our new date (please). It will be sometime in June or July like I mentioned last night.” She also promised an “added surprise bonus” for fans and expressed excitement about her upcoming performance in Manchester, already scheduled for Thursday at Co-op Live.

Minaj reassured her followers that the Birmingham concert at Resorts World Arena on Sunday would be a “magical beautiful happy fun unforgettable night.” She even invited her fans to her hotel in the center of Manchester, where she personally interacted with the crowd. One fan, Alvin Christie from Liverpool, praised Minaj’s efforts and criticized the venue’s management. Christie stated, “I would say it was very poorly managed. When we arrived at the event, they were actively telling fans that she had arrived and that everyone was going to dance tonight.”

Minaj arrived at her Manchester hotel early on Sunday after enduring a long flight delay from Amsterdam and time in a cell. She noted on X that the venue was “willing to go past 11 pm,” but blamed unnamed individuals for the disruption, claiming they had “succeeded at their plan to not let me get on that stage tonight.”

Live Nation issued a statement on Saturday, saying, “Despite Nicki’s best efforts to explore every possible avenue to make tonight’s show happen, the events of today have made it impossible. We are deeply disappointed by the inconvenience this has caused.”

This incident adds to the series of issues plaguing Co-op Live since its attempted opening in April. The venue has faced multiple postponements and rescheduling of its first official gigs. US rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie even moved his performance to the AO Arena due to the delays, and Co-op Live only began live music shows on May 14 with British rock band Elbow.

Minaj, known for her hits like “Starships,” “Super Bass,” and “Anaconda,” livestreamed her arrest and maintained that the drugs found in her luggage were not hers. Despite these setbacks, her fans have shown unwavering support, and Minaj looks forward to delivering unforgettable performances in the near future.

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Snoop Dogg Launches Iconic Auction Featuring Memorabilia, PlayStations, and More

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Legendary rapper Snoop Dogg is giving fans a unique opportunity to own a piece of hip-hop history. The Long Beach native has teamed up with memorabilia-authentication and auction company The Realest to auction off an eclectic collection of items, with the event running from today until June 2.

According to Variety, Snoop’s auction features an array of iconic memorabilia. Items up for grabs include autographed photos, PlayStations, jackets, and jerseys. Producer and radio host Scott “DJ Skee” Keeney, the founder of The Realest, emphasized the uniqueness of the collection, telling Variety, “The items he is putting up are iconic. Everything from lyrics, awards — like ‘Pimp of the Year’! — unreleased tapes, outfits, sample toys, photos, scripts, concert riders, even a Snoop-authenticated smoked blunt in a crazy display case and ashtray.”

In addition to these standout items, the auction will feature autographed scripts from “The Boondocks” TV show, master recording tapes (though without the publishing rights), and a custom-boxed Death Row Records chain autographed by Snoop Dogg himself. Reflecting on the significance of the auction, Snoop noted, “This is sh*t that we have, but we didn’t know it was worth something.”

The auction’s diverse catalog underscores the growing market for hip-hop memorabilia, which has proven to be highly lucrative in recent years. Variety highlights that auctions involving hip-hop artifacts often yield substantial profits. Last year, for example, a mic thrown by Cardi B was auctioned for charity, and a rap book of Drake’s was sold the year prior. Notably, Drake himself purchased one of Tupac’s rings and Pharrell’s chain, the latter becoming a focal point in his feud with Kendrick Lamar.

DJ Skee views this auction as more than just a sale; it’s a new revenue opportunity for artists. “Items like setlists, stage equipment, outfits, signage, and more are things that fans desire but can’t find. It helps to build a new revenue stream for artists,” he explained.

For fans and collectors, this auction represents a rare chance to own memorabilia directly linked to one of hip-hop’s most enduring figures. As the event unfolds, it not only celebrates Snoop Dogg’s career but also highlights the broader cultural and financial significance of preserving and honoring hip-hop history.

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MC Lyte Set to Make a Triumphant Return with New Music

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Iconic rapper MC Lyte is gearing up to make a splash in the music scene once again, announcing her first release in nearly a decade. Fans of the groundbreaking MC can anticipate new music dropping this summer, marking a highly anticipated comeback for the trailblazing artist.

In a recent interview with Rock The Bells Radio, MC Lyte revealed the exciting news, setting the stage for her much-awaited return. With a new single titled “Woman” slated for release in June, followed by an album scheduled for August 9, the anticipation among fans is palpable.

While details about the upcoming project remain scarce, the announcement alone has generated significant buzz within the hip-hop community. MC Lyte’s profound impact on the genre, coupled with her undeniable talent, promises an album that will captivate audiences and solidify her legacy as one of hip-hop’s most influential figures.

MC Lyte’s contributions to the culture extend far beyond her music, as evidenced by her recent recognition at the inaugural SEED Summit + Awards. Honored alongside esteemed industry figures, MC Lyte continues to inspire and empower the next generation of creators and artists.

Known for her advocacy for women and girls in hip-hop, MC Lyte’s unwavering commitment to the culture is evident in her participation in events such as the I AM Woman celebration at the Kennedy Center. Reflecting on the significance of women’s contributions to hip-hop, MC Lyte emphasized the enduring legacy of the genre and its ability to inspire and unite individuals from all walks of life.

As fans eagerly await the release of MC Lyte’s new music, her forthcoming album promises to be a testament to her unparalleled talent and enduring influence in hip hop MC Lyte continues to leave an indelible mark on the culture, reaffirming her status as a pioneer and icon.

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