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ICYMI: Nas Launches Hip-Hop Storytelling MasterClass w/ New Song “Big Nas”

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Nas is teaching a Hip-Hop storytelling course for MasterClass. 

Grammy Award winning rapper and producer Nas launched the newest class on MasterClass on Hip-Hop lyricism and storytelling.

According to reports, the course features the Queensbridge rapper sharing his techniques as part of an inside look at his creative process.  Nas invites members on an exclusive studio session and takes them on a journey to experience how to bring music to life.

While walking them through the writing and recording process of “Big Nas,” his latest release written exclusively for MasterClass. The Hip-Hop legend also gives his expert advice on making bold, yet profound lyrics, becoming a successful artist, and finding your identity.

In his class, Nas shares his philosophy as a lyricist and how he uses his life experiences and emotions to create cinematic lyrics. He also offers valuable advice on how to navigate through the music industry.

“Quincy Jones told me years ago, ‘You never stop learning. You’re always a student,’” Nas said. “Going through my past works made me realize this class was something that I really wanted to do.”

Nas added, “I’m looking forward to bringing MasterClass members into my world. Whether it’s rap or any genre of music, I want people to embrace their creativity and listen to that voice inside their head. When you trust your gut and first instincts, you can’t lose.”

Nas joins artists such as Questlove, Timbaland and Alicia Keys in teaching on MasterClass, which costs a minimum of 15-dollars per month.

Check out the video for “Big Nas” that features the Nas Queensbridge Mural by Jorit Agoch below. Share your thoughts with us on social media.

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ICYMI: Larenz Tate To Appear as Series Regular On Starz’s Power Book II: Ghost

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Larenz Tate starring as series regular on Starz’s Power Book II: Ghost season 2.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Tate will be a mainstay on the second season that premieres November 21 on Starz.

After appearing in two episodes of the Power spinoff’s first season, he’ll continue his role as New York City Councilman Rashad Tate.

Larenz Tate made his debut as the character in season four of Power and became a primary adversary for James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) in the show’s final two seasons.

In the upcoming season of Power Book II, Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.) faces hard decisions about how to protect what’s left of his family. Unable to do so alone, he turns to those who wield power and influence: Davis MacLean (Cliff “Method Man” Smith) and his new partner Cooper Saxe (Shane Johnson) and Rashad Tate.

In other Power news, executive producer, Curtis”50 Cent” Jackson and show runner, Courtney Kemp has the greenlight for another book. The franchise has unveiled a first look at Joseph Sikora’s Tommy Egan in Book IV: Force.

Power Book II: Ghost recently released a new teaser, with Tariq proclaiming: “It always comes down to me, my family, and a gun. We all gotta play the hand that we dealt. You gotta deal with the consequences.”

Watch the season 2 teaser below.

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Alec Baldwin Fired Prop Gun That Killed Cinematographer On Set

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According to several confirmed reports, Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a movie set that accidentally killed a cinematographer on the set of an indie film being shot in New Mexico.

Halyna Hutchins died as a result of her injuries while director Joel Souza was also injured in the shooting during the filming of Rust.

“We received the devastating news this evening, that one of our members, Halyna Hutchins, the Director of Photography on a production called Rust in New Mexico, died from injuries sustained on the set,” the Cinematographers Guild’s National President, John Lindley, and National Executive Director, Rebecca Rhine, said in a joint statement. “The details are unclear at this moment, but we are working to learn more, and we support a full investigation into this tragic event. This is a terrible loss, and we mourn the passing of a member of our Guild’s family.”

No charges have been filed against Baldwin.

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Steve Rifkind and Triller Partner To Find Music’s Next Star With Launch Of Spring Singles

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Triller, the popular global AI-powered short video and music discovery platform, and Spring Sound founder Steve Rifkind, the prominent music industry executive known for launching many of the most influential stars of Rap and Hip Hop, today announced the launch of Spring Singles, a new artist discovery platform formed by Springs Sound and Triller that will introduce and promote the most exciting new music artists across popular genres in a biweekly format. 

The announcement was made during a keynote conversation between Rifkind and rapper-producer David Banner at Triller’s Assembly for Black Creators, a new monthly virtual conference launching today that brings Black creators together with leading brands to create new content integrations and deepen the pipeline of Black-owned media.

Spring Singles will tap into Steve Rifkind’s decades-long track record of artist discovery and savvy promotion has led to the success of some of the most globally influential acts in music, including Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Big Pun, Akon, Three 6 Mafia, Busta Rhymes, and many others.

The Spring Singles program will be fueled by Rifkind’s ongoing search for music talent around the world and informed by his keen eye for talent and an early understanding of Hip Hop culture that helped Rifkind identify hot acts and also pioneer the marketing tactic of “street teams” to promote concerts (a term he later trademarked). Spring Singles will also encourage up-and-coming artists to submit their work directly to [email protected].

Beginning January 1 and every two weeks thereafter, Spring Singles will release a new single from a different undiscovered artist on the Triller platform. Songs will be promoted across the extended Triller network, including the Triller platform and all Triller social channels, and leverage the company’s promotional and marketing power, including exposure through Triller’s Rising Star and Soundcloud Playlists, in-app advertising, exclusive artist spotlights, push notifications, Triller influencer support, and Triller House content activations, events and brand partnerships. 

“We’re creating a new pathway to finding and launching the kind of raw talent that makes people stop and say, ‘whoa, there’s a new star,’” said Rifkind. “Triller’s ability to amplify these new voices to the right audiences using their AI tools and sophisticated marketing is the way we hope to empower new voices so they can have a very real opportunity to potentially break through. We want to create a rhythm to our song releases, and by scheduling them every two weeks, we will hopefully have created something that people pay attention to and look forward to. We have already found some amazing talent that we can’t wait to introduce.”

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Charlamagne Tha God Admits To Being Wrong About Young Thug’s Longevity

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Young Thug tells Charlamagne Tha God, “You were wrong” about the radio show host’s prediction on the rapper’s career

Thugger is undoubtedly on a different plateau at this point in his career. The YSL CEO is fresh off his release of his latest album, Punk. The 20-track project features Drake, Travis Scott, Doja Cat, J. Cole, Gunna and more.

On Monday, the “London” rapper made his debut on The Breakfast Club morning show. When host Charlamagne asked Thug about his long-awaited debut on the syndicated morning show, Thug brought it back to his reaction after the infamous Birdman incident at the Breakfast Club.

In addition, Charla reminded Thug that he previously said Rich Homie Quan would have a longer career than Slime.

“I will say, I made one of the worst hip-hop predictions about ten years ago when I did VladTV,” said Tha God’s Honest Truth star. “They asked me who gon’ be around longer, Rich Homie Quan or Young Thug? I said, probably Rich Homie Quan. Clearly, I was wrong.”

When asked how he felt about that prediction, Thug simply responded, “You was wrong.”

Charlamagne Tha God did compliment Thug’s distinctive sound, calling his voice an “instrument.”

Peep Young Thug’s first appearance on The Breakfast Club.

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[WATCH] D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser Defends Dave Chappelle In Transgender Controversy

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As Dave Chapelle continues to be the eye of the storm in the middle of the LGBTQ community and Netflix following the controversy behind his new comedy special The Closer, his loyal fanbase unapologetically supports him and some of those fans are in the political arena.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has publicly defended her support of Chappelle, despite the fact that supporters of the LGBTQ community who are against Chappelle have asked her to rescind Chappelle’s key to the city

“I haven’t considered rescinding the key to the city, and I regard Dave as a friend and as an artist who is a genius,” Bowser said. “Dave has been having this conversation with the trans community for a long time. But you would be, and I don’t think you would understand the whole show, I’m not sure you’ve seen it if you didn’t also understand some of his other commentary about race.”

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Nas Launches Hip-Hop Storytelling MasterClass w/ New Song “Big Nas”

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Nas is teaching a Hip-Hop storytelling course for MasterClass. 

Grammy Award winning rapper and producer Nas launched the newest class on MasterClass on Hip-Hop lyricism and storytelling.

According to reports, the course features the Queensbridge rapper sharing his techniques as part of an inside look at his creative process.  Nas invites members on an exclusive studio session and takes them on a journey to experience how to bring music to life.

While walking them through the writing and recording process of “Big Nas,” his latest release written exclusively for MasterClass. The Hip-Hop legend also gives his expert advice on making bold, yet profound lyrics, becoming a successful artist, and finding your identity.

In his class, Nas shares his philosophy as a lyricist and how he uses his life experiences and emotions to create cinematic lyrics. He also offers valuable advice on how to navigate through the music industry.

“Quincy Jones told me years ago, ‘You never stop learning. You’re always a student,’” Nas said. “Going through my past works made me realize this class was something that I really wanted to do.”

Nas added, “I’m looking forward to bringing MasterClass members into my world. Whether it’s rap or any genre of music, I want people to embrace their creativity and listen to that voice inside their head. When you trust your gut and first instincts, you can’t lose.”

Nas joins artists such as Questlove, Timbaland and Alicia Keys in teaching on MasterClass, which costs a minimum of 15-dollars per month.

Check out the video for “Big Nas” that features the Nas Queensbridge Mural by Jorit Agoch below. Share your thoughts with us on social media.

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Larenz Tate To Appear as Series Regular On Starz’s Power Book II: Ghost

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Larenz Tate starring as series regular on Starz’s Power Book II: Ghost season 2.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Tate will be a mainstay on the second season that premieres November 21 on Starz.

After appearing in two episodes of the Power spinoff’s first season, he’ll continue his role as New York City Councilman Rashad Tate.

Larenz Tate made his debut as the character in season four of Power and became a primary adversary for James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) in the show’s final two seasons.

In the upcoming season of Power Book II, Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.) faces hard decisions about how to protect what’s left of his family. Unable to do so alone, he turns to those who wield power and influence: Davis MacLean (Cliff “Method Man” Smith) and his new partner Cooper Saxe (Shane Johnson) and Rashad Tate.

In other Power news, executive producer, Curtis”50 Cent” Jackson and show runner, Courtney Kemp has the greenlight for another book. The franchise has unveiled a first look at Joseph Sikora’s Tommy Egan in Book IV: Force.

Power Book II: Ghost recently released a new teaser, with Tariq proclaiming: “It always comes down to me, my family, and a gun. We all gotta play the hand that we dealt. You gotta deal with the consequences.”

Watch the season 2 teaser below.

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[WATCH] Q-Tip Opens Up About Past Relationship With Janet Jackson

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In an exclusive interview with famed battle rapper Math Hoffa, actor and A Tribe Called Quest front man Q-Tip talked about his romance with culture icon Janet Jackson. Tip spoke in depth about how he met the youngest Jackson sister and how the two eventually started dating in the late 90s.

The ATCQ founder says that the two met on the set of Poetic Justice and even reveals that we was originally set for the role of “Lucky” that was played by Tupac, but ended up locking in the role of Janet’s boyfriend. When the two later connected on the 1997 single “Got ’til It’s Gone”, they began dating shortly thereafter.

“We started dating after that,” Q-Tip said. “It be cool ‘n s***. She be making eggs ‘n s*** and I’ll be chilling like, ‘Yo, that’s Penny!’ to myself. I love her to death and it’s like she’s a Jackson. That’s Black royalty.”

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‘BMF’ Actor Demetrius Flenory Jr. Reveals The Pressure He Felt Playing His Dad’s Real Life Story

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Demetrius Flenory Jr. Aka Lil Meech reveals the pressure he felt taking on the role of playing his father, Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory.

Founder of the “Black Mafia Family,” Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory was incarcerated when his son Lil Meech was 5 years old. Now he finds himself at the perfect age to play his dad in the true-life drama story STARZ is bringing to television. Already renewed for season 2, BMF is just starting to scratch the surface of the “Black Mafia Family’s” story.

“No one’s credibility amounts to his. I just want him to tell me he’s proud- he’s seen it, and he’s happy I did it and I killed it.” Lil Meech shared with the Source. “Once I hear that, then it’s all good for me. That’s what I want for my family.” Meech added while explaining how high the stakes were for him to deliver on playing his dad in his acting debut.

Executive producer, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson shared Big Meech was in constant communication with his son Lil Meech and creator Randy Huggins throughout the whole process. 50 Cent and Randy Huggins also revealed the significance and impact of the “Black Mafia Family’s” story on today’s culture.

BMF follows the story of brothers Demetrius “Big Meech” Flenory (Demetrius Flenory, Jr.) and Terry “Southwest T” Flenory (Da’Vinchi), from inner-city Detroit during the 1980s. Forming to create the most prominent drug trafficking organization in the country known as the “Black Mafia Family.” The Flenory brothers must balance their desire to grab a slice of the American Dream, with the desires of what their own parents want for them.

Watch Kash Doll who plays Monique Greene and the other cast members break down the process of getting prepared to transform themselves into true-life characters based in the 1980s.

We spoke with Russell Hornsby (Fences, The Hate You Give, Lincoln Heights), Michole Briana White (Malignant, Reed Between the Lines, Love That Girl), Da’Vinchi ( All American, Grown-ish, The Way Back) Steve Harris (The Practice, Law & Order, Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman). Along with executive producer and director Curtis “50 Cent Jackson and BMF executive producer and creator Randy Huggins ( Power, Star, Criminal Minds).

Watch “BMF” Inside Look with The Source TV below.

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