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The Fugees Cancel 25th Anniversary of ‘The Score’ Tour Due To COVID-19

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According to a press release from The Fugees, their 25th Anniversary of The Score Tour has been cancelled due to the rising numbers of COVID cases around the country.

According to the release, “We anticipate and understand disappointment but our anniversary tour will not be able to happen.” It continued, “The continued Covid pandemic has made touring conditions difficult, and we want to make sure we keep our fans and ourselves healthy and safe.  An idea sparked to honor and celebrate this 25th anniversary of The Score but we see now it may not currently be our time for revisiting this past work.  We’re grateful for the special night we did get to share with some of you in New York, with that rare live moment. If opportunity, public safety and scheduling allow, we hope to be able to revisit this again sometime soon.  THANK YOU for all your love and support throughout the years.”

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Kyla Imani: Gen Z’s Triple Threat Starts Off 2022 With “BIG PLANS”

Kyla Imani: Gen Z's Triple Threat Starts Off 2022 With "BIG PLANS"

As far as New Artists On The Rise go, Kyla Imani, former Gen Z host for The Source Report and thesource.com, has already started 2022 with “BIG PLANS” (the name of her next independent single release). The fresh melodic yet hard-hitting single has caught the attention of Tunecore who will make Kyla Imani the New Music Friday featured artist for 01/21/2022. As part of the feature, Tunecore will share “BIG PLANS” across all of TuneCore’s socials and its platforms.

With over 1.5 million followers on TikTok and music as the signature of her brand, Kyla Imani is looking to bet on herself this year. She has taken a leave of absence this year from the famed Tisch School of the Arts at NYU to pursue being a full-time content creator, songwriter, and music artist. Kyla has secured major sponsorship campaigns with companies like Adobe, L’Oreal, Ulta-Beauty, Grub Hub, Hype Bae, and Footlocker while also producing her music and working with media brands such as BeatStars (where she is co-creator of “The Hook” by Kyla Imani) and The Source Magazine, ushering in a fresh and new generation to the iconic media brand.

Last year was a big artist development year for Kyla Imani, as she dropped several independent singles including singles: “These Boys Ain’t It” and the “TrackStar: Let Him Hurt” remix which became a TikTok anthem going viral and had young ladies all across the globe clapping back on the dating and heart-breaking games there dudes (or boys) play in a relationship — as she became a voice for the witty clap backs. To hear more of her songs, check and subscribe to her growing YouTube.

Kyla also recently joined forces with the Grammy Award-winning music producers and songwriters Stargate, as one of their first students in the inaugural music program LAAMP (Los Angeles Academy for Music Production). Her goal is to complete the program and continue to create and write songs for herself and others looking for a hit in the mash-up of music genres that she loves – Pop, R&B, and Hip-Hop.

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“I love to create content, share inspirational stories and make music also. Whether as an influencer or a music artist, it all comes from a pure place in my heart and I am looking forward to making my Big Plans come true in 2022,” says Kyla Imani.

As The Source Magazine has many legendary alumni doing amazing things in the entertainment world, it is great to see Kyla Imani, who grew up in The Source, making BIG PLANS and achieving BIG WINS at such an early age.  Keep rising to the Top !!!

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Cali’s Smokers Club Fest 2022 Announces Lineup w/ Playboi Carti, Kid Cudi, and A$AP Rocky Headlining

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Cali’s Smokers Club Fest is rolling out its 2022 lineup and it’s lit.

The one-day festival announced it’s line up with featured headliners that include Playboi Carti, Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky, ScHoolboy Q, 2 Chainz, and of course the OG Wiz Khalifa. The released announcement flyer says Wiz will be performing the classic project, Kush and Orange Juice. While ScHoolboy Q will deliver a dose of nostalgia with Oxymoron.

Other notable talent set to blaze the stage include Curren$y, Lupe Fiasco, Wale, Rico Nasty, Joey Bada$$, Earl Sweatshirt, Dom Kennedy, Berner, Erica Banks, The Alchemist, Danny Brown and more.

The 2022 Smokers Club Fest is set for April 30th at the Glen Helen Amphitheater. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Monday.

Peep the full lineup below with your old and new faves. Is it better than Coachella? Share your thoughts with us on social media.

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Paper Route Empire Honors Young Dolph with ‘Paper Route Empire Presents: Long Live Dolph’

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Paper Route Empire’s brilliant lineup of musicians come together for Paper Route Empire Presents: Long Live Dolph, a new compilation effort that pays homage to the King of Memphis’ legacy.

Almost every artist on Paper Route Empire contributes to the project, which spans eight tracks. The Ricco Barrino-assisted, gospel-inflected “LLD,” a dedication to the man who he credits with helping his 16-year-old self escape the streets, kicks off PRE’s longest-tenured signee Jay Fizzle’s tape. On “Role Model,” Kenny Muney pays a touching tribute to his mentor by employing one of Dolph’s characteristic expressions, while Big Moochie Grape declares his ambition to take Paper Route Empire to new heights on “In Dolph We Trust.”

Long Live Dolph features PRE artists, indicating a bright future for the label that Dolph founded from the ground up. Snupe Bandz and Paper Route Woo, both from Memphis, exhibit the label’s established aesthetic of chilly calculation and drawn-out bars. Meanwhile, artists such as Brooklyn’s Joddy Badass and Chicago’s ChiTana point to Dolph’s broader vision for PRE, which goes beyond his hometown. Dolph makes an appearance on the mixtape via interview snatches, lyrical references, and the freshly released song “Love For Me,” which features Dolph and ChiTana.

Along with the release, the label’s CEO has released a statement:

“Of the many definitions of the word ‘Empire,’ the one that stands out the most is ‘a large conglomerate, ruled by a superior authority, especially an Emperor.’ And Dolph was just that. He moved through this earth with the grace of a King. He led us through this industry with strategy, knowing that there were obstacles. And with his foresight, those obstacles were, and will continue to be unsuccessful. 

In this life, the measure of a man isn’t what you managed to acquire, it’s how you treated other people. Did your life have meaning. Did you give more than you received. We are so grateful that his legacy has been solidified not by what he had, but what he accomplished. Since his passing, the outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming. And for this we are eternally grateful.

As a family, we are grieving. As an organization, we have never been stronger or more prepared to continue building on the foundation that Dolph set for us.

Every artist on the label–Key Glock, Jay Fizzle, Moochie Grape, Kenny Muney, Joddy Badass, ChiTana, Big Unc, Snupe Bandz, and Paper Route Woo–were all hand picked, because beyond talent, he saw in them the same hunger and determination he saw in himself. He spent time cultivating them as artists, and mentored them until they discovered their own greatness. Each one is more than ready to fulfill their destiny. And they have the support of this entire Empire behind them. 

PRE is unstoppable. And we have proven this time and time again. We thank you all again for your love and support as we continue forward. 

LONG LIVE YOUNG DOLPH. LONG LIVE THE MIGHTY PAPER ROUTE EMPIRE”

— Daddyo, Paper Route Empire CEO

You can hear the album below.

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Adele Postpones Vegas Residency Due to COVID-19 Impacting Her Team

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Adele was ready to take over Vegas. Unfortunately, the set of dates is canceled and will be rescheduled. On Thursday, she stated that her upcoming Las Vegas residency would be postponed, citing production issues and the effects of Covid-19.

Adele was set to perform two shows all the way through April 16, beginning on Friday. Earlier this week, Gametime, the leading app for last-minute tickets, had two tickets to the Saturday, Feb. 26 show going for over $78,000. That’s a whopping $39,000 apiece.

“I’m so sorry but my show ain’t ready,” Adele said. “We’ve tried absolutely everything that we can to put it together in time and for it to be good enough for you, but we’ve been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and Covid — half my crew, half my team are down with Covid, they still are.”

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[WATCH] F. Gary Gray Teams with Pepsi to Create Trailer for Hip-Hop’s Superbowl Halftime Show

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The world has been waiting to see what happens next since Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar were announced as the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show performers. Pepsi has released an enormous Halftime Show teaser called “The Call” in collaboration with filmmaker F. Gary Gray in the lead-up to what could be one of the most epic Hip-Hop moments of all time.

Pepsi teamed up with F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton, Friday, The Fate of the Furious) to direct the trailer, which celebrates the cultural significance of all five artists ahead of their historic Pepsi Halftime Show performance. The Call unfolds like a high-octane blockbuster film, inspired by nearly two decades of legendary music videos and tunes, with Dr. Dre, one of our generation’s most recognizable hitmakers and a proud LA local, at the helm. The camera quickly shifts between Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar, highlighting their respective artistic journeys and influences. Dr. Dre, each artist’s buddy and partner, then calls them to gather at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood for what will be the greatest Pepsi concert ever.

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“Each time I collaborate with Dre, it seems to mark an important moment in entertainment history, from projects like FridaySet It OffStraight Outta Compton, to now the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show,” shared F. Gary Gray.  “As a super fan, I consider it an honor and privilege to authentically build and create this moment with five of the most legendary artists in music history. It’s been a blast!”

F. Gary Gray has been the megaphone for culture and hip hop for decades, from groundbreaking music videos to the South-Central cult classic film Friday and the epic N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. He is the most authentic voice to showcase the journey from the streets of LA to SoFi stadium next month. Adam Blackstone, the omni-talented Emmy-nominated music director and Grammy-winning writer who compiled the legendary compositions “Rap God,” “The Next Episode,” “Family Affair,” “HUMBLE.,” “Still D.R.E.,” and “California Love,” composed the score for “The Call.”

“Now that we are just weeks away from the most anticipated Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show performance of all time, we’re bringing fans closer to the magic of what will certainly be a colossal moment in pop culture history. Given our epic lineup of five superstar talents, we wanted to deliver a cinematic experience that could properly honor each of the artists and celebrate their role in music and culture as they descend upon Los Angeles to deliver a performance for the ages,” said Todd Kaplan, VP of Marketing – Pepsi. “It was critical that we tell this story in an authentic way, so we partnered with the creative genius of both F. Gary Gray and Adam Blackstone to deliver this impactful piece of content. The trailer will be available on our Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show app along with a range of behind the scenes footage, fan giveaways, and so much more to ensure fans continue to get hyped for the show in the coming weeks.”

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Power Moves: Roc Nation Elevates Brett Yormark to COO

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Brett Yormark has been elevated to COO of Roc Nation. The announcement was made by Jay-Z’s longtime business partner and Roc Nation CEO, Desiree Perez.

Yormark has held the position of co-CEO of Roc Nation Unified and President of Business Operations & Strategy since 2019. Since then Yorkmark has facilitated major partnership deals including, American Greetings, Modern Luxury (EDITION), US Open and LIU, and establishing Roc Nation School of Music, Sports and Entertainment.

Roc Nation CEO, Desiree Perez shared, “There are few individuals that understand the essence of Roc Nation. Brett Yormark has proven to be a fearless leader and will be dynamic in the role of COO. His proven track record ensures that Roc Nation will be in a prime position to expand our business and influence in the years to come.”

According to the released statement, in the role, Yormark will provide leadership and strategic vision across Roc Nation verticals while continuing to develop and execute long-term organizational objectives to support the company’s continued growth.

“I am thrilled that Jay-Z, Desiree and the Roc Nation board have given me this opportunity and look forward to growing the company under their vision. Roc Nation is one of today’s most culturally rich, diverse and innovative companies. After the past two years working at Roc Nation, I have seen first hand that with determination and an entrepreneurial spirit, anything is possible,” Yormark shared of his promotion.

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Chris Brown joins Wizkid, Burna Boy & Megan Thee Stallion on Afro Nation Portugal Lineup

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Chris Brown will perform at Afro Nation Portugal in July, which has been a long time coming. His set will be commemorating the release of his upcoming 10th studio album, Breezy, which he is now proving to be at the top of his game with this month’s new party anthem “Iffy.” After recently joining fellow Afro Nation Portugal 2022 headliner Wizkid at The O2 during the Lagos superstar’s three-night London takeover, the American singer will be bringing all of his own hits to the summer stage this year.

The line-up expands today with the welcome addition of the UK’s masked phenomenon Midas The Jagaban, one of 2021’s biggest breakthroughs Pa Salieu, and fast-rising London newcomer and Dave collaborator ShaSimone, who joins a stacked bill that already includes two more massive headliners Burna Boy and Megan Thee Stallion.

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In 2022, Afro Nation is altering the game once more. There’s much more in store this year, with more names to come, and already featuring the world’s biggest exciting Afrobeats singers like Naira Marley, Rema, and Tems, as well as the most renowned reggae-dancehall performers like Beenie Man, Koffee, and Patoranking. Afro Nation Portugal, always one step ahead and the first to bring new sounds from Africa to the world, is proud to present the most amazing and comprehensive Amapiano lineup ever seen in Europe, if not the entire world.

The Afro Nation Portugal 2022 pre-sale begins Thursday 27th January 9am GMT before going on general sale Friday 28th January at 9am GMT. For more information and tickets visit https://afronation.com/sign-up/

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‘Legendz of the Streetz’ Tour Set to Return with Rick Ross, Jeezy, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Trina, and DJ Drama

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Legendz of the Streetz, one of hip hop’s most renowned tours, will return with nine of an expected 20 extra performances beginning Thursday, February 3, 2022, in Columbus, GA, following its phenomenal success in 2021. The second leg of the Legendz of the Streetz Tour will feature performances by the biggest stars in hip hop, including Rick Ross, Jeezy, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Trina, and DJ Drama, after a three-month delay due to the epidemic.

Legendz of the Streetz, produced by We Are Live Entertainment, a premier live entertainment business, is set to be BOLDER in 2022. Over the last two decades, the legendary roster has generated hundreds of chart-topping tunes, establishing this tour as one of the biggest hip hop shows ever. The renowned lineup’s concerts are nothing short of a high-energy cultural event, with tracks that have become instant classics and certified street anthems.

The tour’s first leg drew nearly 60,000 people in 2021, with sold-out crowds in Atlanta, Greensboro, Houston, and Dallas. Furthermore, the legendary tour received billions of impressions and amazing reviews from hip hop fans and others.

Legendz of the Streetz is one of the first major tours to return in 2022, and We Are Live Entertainment is even more delighted to put on this incredible show again. With a more enhanced production, updated talent lineup, and more stage time for each performer, the second leg of the tour will undoubtedly be BOLDER.

Legendz of the Streetz Tour Dates:

Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022 – Columbus, GA (Columbus Civic Center)

Friday, Feb 4. 2022 – New Orleans, LA (Smoothie King Center)

Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022 – Birmingham, AL (BJCC)

Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022 – Memphis, TN (FedEx Forum)

Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 – North Charleston, SC (North Charleston Coliseum)

Friday, Feb. 11, 2022 – Tampa, FL (Amalie Arena)

Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 – Miami, FL (FLA Live Arena, formally BB&T Center)

Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022 – St. Louis, MO (Chaifetz Arena)

Monday, Feb. 21, 2022 – Detroit, MI (Little Caesars Arena)

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Fat Joe & Friends To Take Over HOT97 & WBLS on Jan. 22 to Raise Funds for Families Impacted by Bronx Apartment Fire

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Fat Joe has stated that on January 22, he will take over HOT97 and WBLS radio stations and organize a day-long fundraiser for the families affected by the devastating Bronx apartment fire at Twin Parks North-West.

Joe will be on the air between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. ET, enlisting the help of his celebrity friends, including French Montana, A Boogie, Remy Ma, Dream Doll, Slick Rick, B-Lovee, Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, and Jeff Redd, to appear on the show and help raise funds for the victims and their families.

“I’d like to express my appreciation for my family at HOT97, WBLS and all my friends that are supporting this fundraising effort,” Joe said. “It’s critical that we continue to come together and uplift our Bronx brothers and sisters who are suffering physically, mentally and emotionally from this tragedy.”

Joe first teamed up with the New York City Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City on Jan. 11 to establish the Bronx Relief Fund to raise money for individuals in need, particularly after the devastating fire that left 17 people dead and scores more injured and displaced.

In addition to his own donation, the Bronx native received support from friends such as Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, Jack Dorsey, DJ Khaled, Nas, LL Cool J, and White Castle. Joe helped raise almost $1 million in the first 24 hours of the fund’s inception.

To make a contribution to the Bronx Relief Fund at The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, please visit https://fatjoe.me/donatebronx and 100 percent of all donations will help impacted families and enable the distribution of emergency supplies for victims.

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