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Cardi B Joins the Cast of ‘Fast & Furious 9’

Cardi B is riding high off rekindling her exotic dancer spirit in her silver screen debut for Hustlers, she will now kick it into high speed, joining the cast of Fast & Furious 9.

Entertainment Weekly confirms the Invasion of Privacy rapper will have a small role in the return of the Fast Family in the upcoming film. Vin Diesel teased Cardi’s appearance in an Instagram from the set of the film in the United Kingdom.

Diesel shared that it was the last day of filming in the U.K. and was day 86 of work on the film.

“I’m tired, but I can’t wait,” Cardi said alongside Diesel. “I ain’t gonna front, I think this is going to be the best one.”

 

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The film will be directed by Justin Lin and is set to bring back the cast of Diesel along with Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron and more. In addition to Cardi B, WWE Superstar and actor John Cena will also be joining the cast.

Fast 9 hits a theater near you on May 22, 2020.

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WATCH: The Tragic Tale of Lil Peep Is Previewed in the Trailer for His Documentary Film ‘Everybody’s Everything’

As the death of alternative rap sensation Lil Peep is still an unfortunate loss for the younger generation, it now looks like the late multi-genre musician will be honored with a special documentary that will arrive in theaters just a few days shy of his two-year death anniversary.


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The film is titled Everybody’s Everything, and based off the initial trailer you can get a clear idea of why that moniker rings true. Directed by Sebastian Jones and Ramez Silyan, with executive production coming by way of Terrence Malick, it covers Peep’s life from a childhood where he was simply known as Gustav Elijah Åhr to his tragic last days as an in-demand and touring rock star. The moments that feature his mother, Liza Womack, are sure to be the most heartbreaking, but the project as a whole will more than likely be a hard watch for his most diehard fans. However, as reviews from the many critics that’ve already seen the film suggest, this will be one of those music docs that you’ll definitely want to check out.

Take a look at the trailer for Everybody’s Everything above, and expect the Lil Peep documentary to arrive on November 12. For ticket info, click here.

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2 Chainz Is Now a Co-Owner of Atlanta’s A3C Festival

2 Chainz may be adding a few more chains to his collection following his latest lucrative investment. The Georgia-bred emcee is putting on for his home state by announcing that he just bought stake in ATL’s highly-popular music and tech festival A3C.



While music and technology are the two pillars of A3C, the three-day event serves up much more than that. For 15 years, the festival has been a breeding ground for cutting edge culture coming out of the South from all aspects: parties from day to night, a handful of speaker series, showcases, panels, comedy shows and even a $25,000 USD “pitch competition” for startups are just a portion of the massive amount of scheduled events. For 2 Chainz part, he’ll serve as a core curator as it relates to selecting speakers, performers and, according to his exclusive interview with Entrepreneur, will also stand in for the closing keynote for his inaugural year on board.

Here’s what he had to say about joining the A3C team, via Entrepreneur:

“I think investing is a good thing, period — especially anything involving a festival, music, something along those lines. I feel like A3C has the trajectory to be the next South by Southwest, as far as growing musical talent. We’re trying to implement more in the tech space, more in TV and film. So that’s where I see a value, and where I see an opening for me to get involved, to push the culture forward.”

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We can’t wait to see what he does with the festival, which boasts an annual attendance of 30,000, especially with his many connections in the game. Sounds like a promising union!

Pick up your tickets right now to A3C Festival 2019 by clicking here.

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WATCH: Amazon Music Pays Homage to The Notorious B.I.G’s Debut Album With ‘The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die’ Doc

Our love for The The Notorious B.I.G. will always be just that — big! Who would’ve thought that 25 years ago, a guy self-described as “Black and ugly as ever” would go on to become one of the most revered emcees to ever touch a mic by kicking off his career with a debut album we all know and love as Ready To Die. The LP was universally acclaimed from jump — we even had to bump it up from our original 4.5 rating in ’94 to a perfect Five Mics score back in ’02! — and the appreciation hasn’t faltered in the time since its release.

Now, Amazon Music is taking time to show Biggie’s arrival album its proper dues with a mini doc that you can watch right now.



The doc includes words and recollections from those who were there from the beginning, including Mister Cee who submitted BIG’s first mixtape to The Source‘s former “Unsigned Hype” editor Matty C. The rest is of course history, leading to a feature in our March 1992 publication (Issue #30) that would go on to officially put him on the rap map and, well, a legend was born!

The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die is narrated in part by the slain rapper himself, and even comes with an extra Amazon Music component that you can activate by saying “Alexa, play ‘The Birth of Biggie.’” Technology, man!

Watch The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die by Amazon Music above. R.I.P forever, B.I.G.!

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Kevin Hart to Star and Produce in ‘Action Scene’ On Quibi

Love him or hate him, Kevin Hart is one of the hardest working comics in the game. He’s always cooking up something. Deadline reports that Kevin Hart will star in the Quibi original series Action Scene, a comedic action-thriller based on the frenetic opening scene of his 2016 concert film Kevin Hart: What Now? His company Laugh Out Loud is producing.

According to the description, “Action Scene will feature Hart playing a fictionalized version of himself on a quest to land the action-movie role of a lifetime. After being rejected for the role, Kevin randomly encounters a leading A-List action movie star. Their meeting inadvertently sets off a chain of events that force Hart to fight his way through a series of over-the-top action sequences with the help of some of Hollywood’s biggest action movie heroes.”

Hart will executive produce in addition to starring. Jeff Clanagan, Laugh Out Loud’s president and Hart’s long-time business partner, will serve as a producer on the project. Dave Becky will also executive produce.

“I couldn’t be more excited to bring big action and even bigger laughs to a new audience through this partnership between Quibi and Laugh Out Loud,” said Hart. “Our teams are working together to create something truly unique and I can’t wait for viewers to see it all unfold.”

Hart joins Thomas Lennon, Steven Spielberg, Darren Criss, Peter Farrelly, Liam Hemsworth, and Tyra Banks who all have projects on Quibi.

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Brown Skin Girls Across the World Helped Beyoncé Debut at No. 2 With ‘The Lion King: The Gift’

Music lovers everywhere have been rushing to theaters over the past week to hear Beyoncé as the voice of Nala in Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King. Based off the Billboard 200 charts this week, they must’ve also been heavily listening to her amazing voice on the companion album The Lion King: The Gift, as the project now proudly sits in the No. 2 position.

While there’s much on the album worth streaming — “OTHERSIDE” is just heavenly to be honest — we can’t help but think the success is in part due to all the beautiful Black & POC girls in the world currently making the curated LP’s standout cut “BROWN SKIN GIRL” go viral.


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The album’s top 5 debut reflected the box-office success of the film itself, with The Lion King bringing in $963 million USD in its first two weeks of screening according to Variety. The Gift garnered 54,000 equivalent album units in the U.S., with 11,000 of those being pure album sales as reported by Billboard. Many have been quick to note that this is Bey’s third top 10 placement this year, with the Coachella-geared HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM reaching No. 4 and her 2016 magnum opus LEMONADE returning to No. 9 back in May. As The Gift is exactly that in its approach to honoring Afrobeat and African culture as a whole, we’re hoping to see way more success and eye-grabbing visuals arrive from this project.

Listen to The Lion King: The Gift, a companion album curated by Beyoncé for Disney’s remake of ‘The Lion King,’ on all streaming platforms. Watch the visually-astounding extended cut of “SPIRIT” and accompanying music video for “BIGGER” below if you haven’t seen it already:

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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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The Weeknd and Adam Sandler to Star in ‘Uncut Gems’ Film

While the music world waits on new music from The Weekend, he is starring in a new film, Uncut Gems, alongside Adam Sandler.

Abel will co-star with Sandler in a crime thriller created by Josh and Benny Safdie, that will see a release at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.

The film is described as:

From acclaimed filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie comes an electrifying crime thriller about Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score. When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.

Stay on the lookout for more details regarding the film as the festival draws near.

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Black Thought and Questlove Producing ‘Hip-Hop: Songs That Shook America’ On AMC

Legendary lyricists Black Thought and super-producer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots are executive producers of a six-part docuseries entitled Hip-Hop: The Songs That Shook America on AMC.

On each episode of this new series put emphasis on a trailblazing song that was critical to the transformation of American music and popular culture. The artists tell the stories behind the music that was made, revisit the influence the song had on them as artists, and dig up the socio-economic and cultural conditions that inspired the landmark work and gave voice to a generation.

According to the description of the network, “AMC Visionaries – Hip Hop: The Songs That Shook America is a six-part documentary series examining six songs based on the impact the song had on the time of its creation and beyond; we pick the hip-hop song that had the biggest impact both musically and culturally. In each episode, artists will deconstruct the song and walk us through the impact the song had on them personally. Along the way, we will take a deep dive into the socio-economic and cultural conditions that inspired the landmark work…and gave voice to a generation.”

The six classic songs that were chosen are “Jesus Walks” by Kanye West who challenged Hip-Hop and religion with his provocative song and video. “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar, who made Black protest music in the era of Black Lives Matter.  “Rock Box” by Run-DMC which helped launch Hip-Hop into the American mainstream. “Ladies First” by Queen Latifah challenged the misogyny of Hip-Hop and it became an anthem for Black women. “Elevators” by OutKast proved the South had something to say and push Hip-Hop past the geographical boundaries. “The Bridge” by Marley Marl and MC Shan a song that was created to pay homage to Queens becomes the first spark in one of the greatest battles in Hip-Hop.

Check out a clip of Hip-Hop: Songs That Shock America here.

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Kid Cudi Preps For a New Album & Netflix Animated Series Both Named ‘Entergalactic’

The acting bug has a firm grip on Kid Cudi, and it doesn’t seem like it’ll be going away anytime soon. Not only has the Cleveland-bred rap star announced that a new album is on the way, he’s also already given the project a name and confirmed that a companion TV show in partnership with Netflix will also be part of the LP rollout.



Entergalactic is the title for both the upcoming album and the show, which is being described as an “adult animated series.” The latter will see Cudi working alongside Kenya Barris (Black-ish), who will serve as one of the series’ executive producers. Also in the EP role will be Ian Edelman, who worked with Cudi on HBO’s cult classic How to Make It in America, and the Demon Slayin’ MC himself will write, executive produce and of course star as the main character.

As The Hollywood Reporter describes it, Entergalactic will showcase music from the new album of the same name, and the plot focuses on a young man (more than likely played by Kid Cudi) on his journey to discover love. This will be the third acting role so far on Mr. Mescudi’s plate, following the Bill & Ted: Face the Music “threequel” that was announced last month and a return to HBO for a Luca Guadagnino-led series titled We Are Who We Are. Let’s go, future EGOT!

Entergalactic‘, the new album and Netflix series by Kid Cudi, are both expected to debut in 2020. Oh, and in case you were wondering:

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