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Kanye Makes Surprise Appearance During Future’s Rolling Loud Performance

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Surprise guests during live performances are no new thing, but rarely do certified legends just show up on stage and take over an entire crowd. During his headlining set at Rolling Loud California this past weekend, Future brought out no other than Kanye West.

Surely concert goers were not expecting Ye to make a surprise appearance during Rolling Loud, let alone during Future’s set. The two don’t necessarily have a long history of collaborations like Future and Drake have. But during his set, Future stopped the music and “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” started to play.

Ye went on to perform “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” and freestyle over Future’s “Fuck Up Some Commas.”

Ye might’ve thought that dancing on stage to Drake, Future, and Young Thug’s “Way 2 Sexy” would show the crowd that he and Drake have truly made amends.

Ye has been no stranger to surprises this last year. His whole Donda rollout came out of left field much like him and Drake squashing their beef. Last Thursday Ye and Drizzy hosted the “Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert” at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to bring awareness to Larry Hoover’s fight for freedom. The two shared the stage with Ye again surprising concert goers by playing songs all the way from The College Dropout, to his latest effort, Donda.

We wonder what Ye has up his sleeve next.

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Kanye and Drake’s ‘Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert’ Budget Reportedly Tops $10 Million

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Kanye and Drake are no strangers to doing whatever it takes to put on a show. Both are known for their shows being spectacles, entire experiences to witness, and also, very expensive.

According to TMZ, a crew of more than 200 have been working around the clock on building the stage at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the upcoming concert. In the video below, you can see an aerial view of the massive, elevated stage being built.

The total cost of the event is reported to be around $10 million. This includes stage construction/production, space rental, security, event staffers, and more. Sources say that the concert will be the largest “environmental experience” ever created. Ye and Drake have reportedly been rehearsing at an undisclosed location and will have a dress rehearsal before tonight’s show.

Many were initially surprised to find that the “Free Larry Hoover Benefit Concert” was not indeed a “free” concert. Ticket prices started at $200 and went for more than $1,000 in some sections. Since then, ticket prices dropped with some seats going for only $50. For people that either could not afford to come or were unable to make it to Los Angeles, Ye partnered with Amazon Music and Amazon Prime to offer a live stream of the event for free. The event will also IMAX theaters as well.

In an interview with Billboard, J.Prince spoke about the concert and the reconciliation between Ye and Drake. “We have to start with the name Larry Hoover. He planted the seed” J.Prince said. “He wanted to see Kanye and Drake come together in the name of peace. His son Larry Jr. was hanging out with Kanye a lot, and of course, Drake is my son, but [Hoover] planted the seed, and I watered it.”

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Juice WRLD Day Announcement + HBO Max Shares “Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss” Trailer

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Juice WRLD Day, album launch event & watch “Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss” trailer.

Over the weekend, HBO Max shared the official trailer for “Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss” which follows Juice’s rapid rise in the music industry to his tragic fall.

The documentary is set to premiere on December 16th, one week after the release of his second posthumous album, “Fighting Demons.”

The Tommy Oliver-directed documentary will showcase his meteoric rise to fame as well as his drug abuse and struggles with mental health.

Juice WRLD died of a seizure brought on by an accidental overdose in December 2019, six days after he celebrated his 21st birthday.

In a recent announcement on Twitter, the Juice WRLD Day 2021 event was confirmed and will be held on December 9 in Chicago’s United Center.

Featuring an exclusive pre-release listening experience for his upcoming posthumous album, “Fighting Demons” there will also be an exclusive preview of the HBO documentary, “Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss” with special guest performances and appearances.

The event time has not been announced yet.

Reportedly Juice WRLD Day tickets will seemingly go on sale on just before the exclusive screening.

Close friend and musician, Trippie Red took to Twitter to show is support in a tweet that read: “Chicago I’m performing pull up 😤

Juice WRLD’s previous effort, 2020’s “Legends Never Die,” debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 chart with an estimated 496-thousand total album-equivalent units earned in its first week, marking the biggest sales week for a posthumous album in history.

Watch the trailer below for the HBO original documentary “Juice WRLD: Into the Abyss.” A voice of a generation. A message for all.

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Swizz Beatz is Fed Up With Some Artists Participating in ‘Verzuz’ Battles

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Verzuz battles started off as something that happened over Instagram live, and have grown to be full-scale events that happen in person in arenas and stadiums. Needless to say, the bag has definitely gotten bigger, and with that, there’s more on the line.

Swizz Beatz seems to be frustrated with some artists that come to the battles and don’t take it seriously. The legendary producer and VERZUZ co-founder aired out his frustrations with some artists in Instagram comments. He noted that some artists come drunk and late to the event and some who haven’t performed in over 20 years charge them five times more than they do “non black shows.”

“Ain’t did a show in 23 summers and want to charge us like they sold out stadium prices ! Talking about yesterdays price is not today price sh*t,” Swizz wrote. “Talking bout we not going on stage until my homie call from Rikers to do the prayer… New rule if you don’t start on time you don’t get paid on time !!! Verzuz is not free !! They charge us 5x they do non black shows… Culture.”

However, it wasn’t clear who Swizz was talking about. Some might have thought Swizz was taking aim at Bizzy Bone or other members of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony after a fight broke out on stage at the latest VERZUZ battle between them and Three 6 Mafia. Bizzy Bone then took to Instagram to exclude his crew from the ones Swizz took problem with, saying nobody showed up drunk and they said their own prayer before going on stage.

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Dave Chappelle’s High School Moves Forward With Theater Renaming Despite Fundraiser Outcome

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Dave Chappelle has received numerous amounts of backlash after his recent Netflix standup special The Closer. In wake of the backlash, Chappelle’s alma mater, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, postponed their ceremony to rename the theatre after the legendary comedian. Despite Chappelle suggesting a fundraiser to determine the name change, the school has made a statement saying that they will move forward with the theatre’s name change regardless of the outcome of the fundraiser.

“While we appreciate Dave’s impromptu and spirited fundraising initiative, we stand behind our decision to honor the wishes of our co-founder, the late Peggy Cooper Cafritz, to name the theatre after Chappelle,” reads a statement from the school. “All donations will go towards arts programming and every donor, irrespective of their support or opposition to the theater naming, will receive an official thank you from our team.”

The statement continued and brought up Chappelle’s recent visit to his alma mater. “Chappelle cares deeply about Ellington and its students and regards them as family. He made an unannounced visit before the Thanksgiving break to meet with his Ellington family and to hear directly from the few students who have concerns about his recent comedy special, The Closer. He also wanted to directly express support for their safety in light of some disturbing online comments targeting the Ellington community.”

Chappelle recently visited the Washington D.C. school last Tuesday, where he talked to students who had issues with his recent standup. Despite reports of the meeting between Chappelle and the students going awry, the statement noted that media reports of his interactions with students were untrue.

“While there has been extensive media coverage about the theatre naming and Chappelle’s most recent visit to the school, the source stories that have gone viral have been inaccurate, devoid of context, and neglected to include the nuances of art” the statement read.

On Saturday, Chappelle took to Instagram to start a fundraiser in which donations to the school could be made either condoning the renaming or condemning it. If donations for renaming the theater surpassed those not in favor, then he would accept the school’s wish to rename the theatre after him. Vice versa.

“Having the theatre named after me is a great honor” the post read. “In April, I intend to honor that request. If you object to my receiving this honor, I urge you to donate to the school noting your objection. If you are in favor of the theater being named “Chappelle,” I urge you to donate yo the school noting your approval.”

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Swizz Beatz Shares Thoughts On HBO’s New DMX Documentary

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On Thanksgiving Day, HBO released “DMX: Don’t Try to Understand,” a documentary that follows DMX following his prison release in 2019, reconnecting with friends and family and trying to find a fresh start in music.

Since its release, reactions to the documentary have been positive, with audiences praising the documentary for showing the many different and complex sides of DMX. Friend and longtime collaborator, Swizz Beatz, even chimed in and showed praise for the documentary as well.

“Was hard to watch but can’t lie they did a good job” Swizz said in an Instagram post. “🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 Long live @dmx the Great⚡ Go watch now 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

The documentary was directed by Chris Frierson. In an interview with Rolling Out, he spoke on the making of the film and how DMX helped him in his own sobriety.

“[DMX’s] Humanity comes out because those things are all emotions that we as human beings experience,” Frierson said. “The intent was really to show those relationships he has with his family, those relationships he has with his past abuse, the relationship he has with addiction. And these are all things that most Americans, or people in general, have relationships with…. I partially owe my sobriety to him, to a certain extent, because the last thing he said to me was that I was going to be alright.”

In the coming weeks, expect more music documentaries to drop on HBO Max. On December 16th, the documentary “The Abyss” will release which centers around Juice WRLD’s life, struggles with fame and untimely death.

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The Weeknd Celebrates 5th Anniversary of STARBOY with Seventh Heaven Collaborative Capsule

The Weeknd is celebrating the 5th year anniversary of the STARBOY album with a 5-piece limited-edition collection designed by John Ross’s Seventh Heaven. Originally released on November 25, 2016, STARBOY went double-platinum, captured #1 in 90 countries, and shattered the global streaming record at the time in under a week.

The collection features 2 premium handmade jackets in leather and denim with Seventh Heaven’s signature motif, a padded 3D cross. A signature symbol of the STARBOY era, a cross-shaped shoulder bag rounds out the celebratory capsule. There is also a short sleeve tee and a hoodie.

“I’m excited to be working with The Weeknd, who is such a great artist, Cash and La Mar being people I really respect, it’s an honor to reimagine some of our staple pieces for this release,” said John Ross.

The capsule collection will be available exclusively on shop.theweeknd.com on November 25 @ 3 PM EST. Prices range from $75 for the tee to $800 for a leather jacket.

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Rolling Loud California Announces New Admission Policy After Astroworld Tragedy

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Since the Astroworld tragedy, many have been wondering about the future of festivals when it comes to ensuring the safety of concertgoers. Earlier this week, on Monday, November 22, Rolling Loud California announced on Twitter that they would be introducing an age limit for their upcoming California festival.

“We welcome everyone to experience our festivals, however in light of recent events, we will be implementing an 18+ policy specific only to our upcoming 2021 California festival,” Rolling Loud tweeted.

Much like Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival, Rolling Loud had been open to people of all ages. However, following the 10 deaths and multiple injuries that occurred at the festival, including the death of 9-year-old Ezra Blount, those in charge of Rolling Loud made the decision to implement the age limit.

However, the new policy is only in effect for this festival, not future festivals. The festival will also give refunds to those under 18 who bought a ticket or give them the chance to have their ticket rolled over to RL 2022.

In response, some praised the festival for implementing an age limit, while others argue that the policy should be permanent.

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ICYMI: Dave Chappelle Said What He Said, Not Apologizing For “The Closer”

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If “I said what I said” was a person, insert Dave Chappelle.

Comedian Dave Chappelle is finally speaking out about his controversial stand up special “The Closer.”  During his show in Nashville over the weekend, Chappelle remained unapologetic saying, “I said what I said.” 

He made it a point to clarify he is willing to meet with members of the LGBTQ community, as many have called his special transphobic. 

Netflix employees have been protesting for more inclusive working conditions because that’s where audiences can watch “The Closer.” 

Chappelle joked he’s the only one not allowed in their offices. He said he would meet with members of the transgender community on a few conditions.  First, they have to watch his special from beginning to end and they can only meet on his terms, as he will not be summoned. 

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[Watch] “For The Love of Money” Trailer Starring Katt Williams, Keri Hilson, Rotimi, Latto and DC Young Fly Hits Theaters Nov. 24th

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For The Love Of Money stars Katt Williams, LisaRaye McCoy, Keri Hilson, Rotimi, Jason Mitchell, DC Young Fly, Cedric Pendleton and Jazzy Jade. Additional feature appearances include music artists Latto, Keith Sweat and Lyfe Jennings. 

The film is set to hit theaters everywhere November 24, Thanksgiving and will be distributed by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures.

Keri Hilson plays Gigi Davis, a strong, determined, woman who insists on living her life on her own terms. From the looks of the trailer seemingly Rotimi and DC Young Fly’s characters could be potential love interest of Hilson’s character, Gigi.

 In a recent statement, For The Love Of Money is described as a story of a single mother, who when pushed to her limits out of the need to protect her daughter, returns to a world she’s spent a lifetime running from.

The film directed by Leslie Small and produced by Melvin Childs Presents. Melvin Childs serves as executive producer and producer of the film, along with producer Melissa Young.

Watch the first look trailer below.

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