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Glasses Malone Releases New Single and Video Providing Orlando Anderson’s Perspective of Tupac’s Murder

Hip-Hop often hears the story of the murder of Tupac through the lens of the late rapper. Glasses Malone is offering the other side in his new single and video for “2Pac Must Die (Orlando Anderson).”

The Hip-Hop community has often heard throughout the years the man who killed Tupac is allegedly Orlando Anderson. Through verses and a supporting visual Malone takes fans into Anderson’s world and provides details of how everything went form his viewpoint. The video displays the events that led to their encounter, including the MGM Grand fight and the actual shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. In the video, you will also see Anderson stealing the chain of a Death Row member at a gas station sparking the chain of events.

Complex details the single and video is intended to give a message as he detailed during the premiere party for the video.

“If y’all are tired of people dying. Y’all know people dying. Y’all know what happened with Nip. Y’all know what happened with certain homies on the street shit, is because nobody telling nobody else the truth,” Malone said. “So what I’m here to do is I can’t sell you hope. Y’all can buy that shit from other rappers. I’ma sell you the truth. And then its up to you to do what you wanna do with the education. All I can do is bring it to you.”

The video has caused a stir online with many looking past the title and understanding the message and the story. There is the other side who believes the video is tasteless and did not need to be made.

You can check out the video below.

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MTV Shares a Rare Interview Clip of Aaliyah For the 18th Anniversary of Her Final Album

18 years ago today, the music world was blessed by single-named soul siren Aaliyah when she released her critically-acclaimed 2001 album, simply self-titled Aaliyah. The Princess of R&B was well on her way to becoming queen with this project, which unfortunately would be her last due to her death in a plane crash just a month after its release.

One of the last interviews she did ended up also being one of her greatest; an hour-long artist profile for MTV’s hit docuseries Diary. Aaliyah’s episode aired on August 8, 2001, a little over two weeks before the tragic plane crash that took her life after filming the music video for the album’s next single, “Rock The Boat.” It still stands as one of the best looks into the private life of a musician who prided herself on a mysterious appeal that made albums like Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number (1994) and One In A Million (1996) achieve multiplatinum status. As with most shows like this, a lot of b-roll is usually left on the cutting room floor, sometimes hours or even days of footage just sitting in the vault.

Today, MTV proved that they’ve definitely got some rare Aaliyah clips stored away for a celebratory day like, say, the 18th anniversary of the deceased legend’s most heralded body of work. Take a look at the never-before-seen segment below:



In the clip, Aaliyah reflects on the process of creating her self-titled LP, bigging up many of the producers and writers that helped along the way like Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Tank, J. Dub, Bud’da and the members of Playa, specifically fellow missed music impresario Static Major. It’s an extended version of a clip that made it into the official Diary episode, and even the mere seconds of rare footage where she speaks in a tone that predates the current ASMR craze already has fans demanding that the full unedited version be released as well. Whether or not that happens is entirely up to MTV, but we’re with the fans on this one — give us more Aaliyah!

Watch the extended clip from Aaliyah’s 2001 MTV Diary episode above, and revisit our feature article from last year on why her self-titled album and 15 other Blackground Records LPs deserve to be released on streaming services by clicking here. R.I.P. Baby Girl!

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ASAP Ferg and Felipe Pantone Have The Combo That Will Get Your Party Lit

It is true what they say… you have not party partied… unless you’ve been “Uptown.”

It is so true, that generations have flocked to the village of Harlem to get their fly on. Sugar Hill. Apollo. Cotton Club. 125. Dapper Dan. “The Show” from Doug E. Fresh.  Soul in the Horn. If you ask those who really know about having a ball they will tell you that basically the “get fly” and the “get right” might have started in Harlem.

So it makes good sense for Hennessy to connect with one of Uptown’s top celebrity tastemakers to collaborate with one of their influencers in creating a cocktail that will get the party started.

Recently, Hennessy introduced The Dimensional cocktail to the world. The drink, which is sure to turn the party all the way up, is a collab between A$AP Ferg and renowned digital graffiti artist, Felipe Pantone. But how did this even happen? What party did fairy whispered in their corporate ears to make this happen?

Well, Hennessy V.S, which is known as the world’s best-selling Cognac, has been pulling together cultural combos like this for some time. The brand has had a lengthy “history of celebrating the arts and those that ‘Never stop. Never settle.’ through their Very Special Limited Edition Series. For the last nine years, they have been selecting special personalities to create not just cool drink combos, but who may place an indelible mark on the spirits cultural history.

This year the collaboration was with Pantone.

Based on his original artwork “W-3 Dimensional Three Stars,” a piece inspired by Hennessy’s past, they created a limited edition bottle aesthetic called “Remixing the Present” for fans. Doing out of the pocket art installations (and the bottle is an artistic installation) is nothing new for this porteño, a native from the country of Buenos Aires. Starting as a streetwise experimental graffitist, who has forged his own path by finding the intersection of vintage typography and optical art with kinetics. His visual language resonates in a collision of mesmerizing color, bold graphics and 3D illusions, while his technique explores an appreciation of history that is constantly being transformed by forward-looking technology. His work has been exhibited all over Europe, America, Australia, and Asia.

Connecting him with Hip-Hop gem, A$AP Ferg was a no brainer (as Ferg has been working with the Cognac for over a year). Marrying two cultural voices (loud & brashy, yet smooth & thought provocative) to create a party-popping cocktail was genius. What it did was mix that Spanish Alegria with Upton swag to move an idea for a popping drink to the next level or dimension.

Thus the name.

The Dimensional cocktail is vibrant in color and delivers a nuanced taste that marries both artists’ minds and palates.

The Dimensional

Recipe:

  • 1.5 oz Hennessy V.S Cognac
  • .5 oz Ginger Liqueur
  • 2 dashes Hella bitters Ginger
  • 2 oz. Hibiscus tea
  • .5 oz Lemon juice
  • .5 oz Pomegranate Grenadine
  • Garnish: Candied ginger

This August, the new Felipe Pantone x A$AP Ferg REMIXED Cocktail Kit for Hennessy V.S so that you can make the drink at home for friends and family will be available as a cocktail kit for purchase exclusively at CocktailCourier.com.

 

 

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Rotimi Proves he Can Successfully Transition Into an R&B Artist at Sold Out SOB’s Show in NYC

Rotimi headlined his first live show supporting his debut project, Walk With Me Tuesday night at SOB’s and it was nothing short of a great experience.

The countdown for the premiere of the sixth season of Power has begun and many fans are wondering if Rotimi’s character, Dre, will finally meet his fate.

In the meantime, the multi-facet artist wants his supporters to take a walk with him through his musical journey as he explores and infuses the sounds of Afro Beats, Reggae, and R&B in his latest project, Walk With Me.

The ladies definitely showed up and showed out for his sold out performance in New York City at the legendary Sounds of Brazil (SOB’s).

Concertgoers begged Rotimi to take his shirt off as he ran through all of the fan favorites on his 7-track project. He warmed the crowd up with his Kranium-assisted single, “Want More” then transitioned to his more recent work like “Decisions,” “Sip Slow,” “I Can’t Blame You,” and the project’s lead single, “Love Riddim.”

Check out some footage from the performance below:

Showtime was at 8pm and there were ladies lined up a whole hour before. Once the Power star touched the stage, everyone inside of the venue sung each song word-for-word and danced the beats of his live band.

If you had any doubts that Rotimi can keep the ball rolling after the Power finale, he successfully proved that he can be the next R&B sensation. He has the looks, the moves, and the talents.

The Nigerian artist recently celebrated his collection receiving over 20 million plays. Check it out below if you haven’t already.

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Lil Baby Reveals he Used to Pay Gunna $100 to Write his Raps

Lil Baby and Gunna have an admirable bromance, and the Quality Control rapper just revealed one reason why.

During a sit down with 16 Bars, the Atlanta rapper revealed that he used to pay his pal $100 to write his songs for him which helped develop his spitting skills.

“[Gunna] was already rapping so I kicked it with him and started f*****g with him. Then I started rapping, and he actually started to helping me rap,” Lil Baby reveals. “I done paid Gunna to write my songs. I never put the songs out but like when I first started rapping I used to pay him like $100 like ‘I’ma give you a $100 write something for me so I can try to learn to go in and record it.’ I ain’t never recorded the songs and put them out but that’s how I used to practice and try to get it right because I just started rapping out of nowhere.”

None of the songs Gunna wrote for baby were actually recorded. They were used more as reference tracks. But their Drip Harder collaboration project is a clear demonstration that Gunna is actually a pretty good teacher.

Watch the interview below in its entirety where Lil Baby talks about the beginning stages in his music career.

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Da Brat Defends Jermaine Dupri’s ‘Strippers Rapping’ Comments, Says Interview Was Edited

Da Brat has a longstanding history with Jermaine Dupri, so it’s natural to wonder what were her thoughts when the clip of him saying the current state of female rappers is a bunch of “strippers rapping.”

She wasn’t known to spit provocative lyrics but she didn’t agree or disagree with his remark. She simply saluted him for his genius and getting the conversation started.

“That’s not what he said,” Da Brat told TMZ, adding that Dupri’s interview with People TV had been edited, and didn’t include a question that asked him to choose between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B.

“Everything Jermaine Dupri does is done strategically,” she told TMZ. “He knows what he’s doing; he’s a genius. You should be thankful that the conversation is even started now…‘cause now the focus is absolutely on [female rappers].”

In other words, the veteran female rapper is insinuating that the Hip Hop icon’s words were “absolutely” taken out of context.

“I love Jermaine Dupri,” she concluded. “He’s very smart at what he does and there’s always a method to his madness.”

During a recent sit-down with People TV, Dupri was asked to name his favorite woman rapper in the game. “I don’t think they’re showing us who’s the best rapper,” Dupri responded. “For me, it’s like strippers rapping.”

Cardi B was one of the first to respond. “First of all, I rap about my pussy because she’s my best friend, you know what I’m sayin’? And second of all, it seems like that’s what people wanna hear,” she said.

Bhad Bhabie also responded and Ari Lennox dropped a freestyle aimed at Dupri. Although he did ruffle a few feathers, is it safe to say that JD set a higher bar for female rappers to follow moving forward?

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ABC Network Changes Twitter Name in Honor of Beyoncé

ABC Network has officially joined the Beyhive.

The television network sat down with Beyonce for the world premiere of “Spirit.” The song is the lead single on the upcoming soundtrack for The Lion King. Queen Bey stars at Naila in the film. Knowles-Carter opened up about the film as well as its star-studded soundtrack during an ABC special with Robin Roberts. In honor of Queen Bey, the network has changed its Twitter to ABeyC.

“I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa,” she said. The Lion King film takes place in Africa and is a classic amongst 80s and 90s babies alike. Beyonce also added the artistic expression that stems from the continent led her entire curation of the soundtrack. In order to do so, she collaborated with a number of talented African artists including WizKid, Tiwi Savage, Tekno and more.

“This soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it,” she told ABC News.

The soundtrack also features Beyoncé’s better half, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar,  Pharell, Childish Gambino, who stars in the film and many more. The Lion King is sure to be a family affair. The movie hits theaters Friday, July 19. Aside from Knowles and Donald Glover, the film features Alfre Woodard, Seth Rogan, Chiwetel Ejiofor and more.

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Quavo Reveals he Was Also Mistreated by Swedish Police

The Hip Hop community is screaming #FreeFlacko ever since A$AP Rocky was arrested in Sweden after defending himself from a “fan” who was following and harassing him.

TMZ caught up with Quavo and asked about his thoughts about the entire ordeal and he revealed that he was also mistreated by Swedish cops. He didn’t detail when the incident happened but he made it clear that he’s well aware about the way Swedish authorities give it up.

“Sweden had us down on the curb as soon as we went to Sweden,” he said. “They had me and my cameraman on the curb, and they were trying to lock us up too.”

Free my boy Rocky,” Quavo added.

As a result of his arrest, a few artists have vowed to stop performing in Sweden including, Tyler The Creator, School Boy Q, and T.I. There’s a petition with hundreds of thousands of signatures urging for the Harlem rapper’s release.

Ahead of his arrest, Rocky took to social media to upload videos of the men harassing him and alleged that one of the men sexually assaulted several women.

The two men are currently under investigation for sexual assault and molestation.

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Congressional Black Caucus Cites Human Rights Violations in A$AP Rocky Imprisonment

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are getting involved in the attempt to free A$AP Rocky from a Swedish jail. It was previously reported that he was facing inhumane conditions, but those claims were later refuted by a Sweden authority.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York says the Congressional Black Caucus will “continue to weigh in forcefully” until we say #FreeFlacko backwards.

“The situation with ASAP Rocky is unfortunate, it’s outrageous, it needs to be addressed,” Jeffries explained. “You can expect that members of Congress, particularly those of us who are part of the Congressional Black Caucus, are going to continue to weigh in forcefully until ASAP Rocky is free.”

Jeffries added that Rep. André Carson has been applying the pressure on the State department to stay on top of the Swedish government and resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of State delivered a statement addressing the Swedish government over Rocky’s alleged treatment. “There are certainly some facts about the arrest and detention that raise concerns,” a spokesperson for the department said. “We expect all governments, including Sweden, to treat American citizens fairly and with respect. We hope to see ASAP Rocky and his colleagues back on tour and reunited with friends and family soon.”

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Cardi B Publicly Supports Bernie Sanders’ 2020 Presidential Campaign

It’s about five more months left of the year, and the race to get Donald Trump out of the White House has already begun.

The Democratic party is receiving lots of celebrity endorsement. According to filings by the 2019 Federal Election Commission, Barbra Streisand donated $1,000 each last quarter to the campaigns of Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg.

Anna Wintour and Shonda Rhimes have both made donations to candidates also. Bernie Sanders is noticeably missing from the list, but Cardi B just put his campaign in the eyes of millions of young people.

“I been reading about Bernie Sanders and I’m really sad how we let him down in 2016 This man been fighting for equal rights,HUMAN rights for such along time,” Cardi wrote. “Seeing this country become a better place been really his passion for a long time not a new front for a campaign.”

“Our fight for justice is far from over,” Bernie wrote.

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