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Diddy Named Advisor of Hologram Startup Proto Inc.

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Diddy has joined Proto Inc., formerly PORTL, as an advisor to the holoportation firm, which operates in a variety of industries, including entertainment, education, retail, enterprise, business, marketing, fashion, and the arts. Interactive holoportation is feasible thanks to Proto’s patented state-of-the-art technology, which allows a person to “beam” in real-time when they can’t physically be there. Proto was first exposed to the singer and entrepreneur when he used the new technology to “beam” from Miami to Los Angeles to sing Happy Birthday to his son King Combs.

Sean Combs has always been an inspiring pioneer in music and business—constantly changing the game with whatever he does,” said David Nussbaum, CEO and Founder of Proto Inc. “We were honored to bring his family together last Spring, and it became the perfect example of how Proto connects people for meaningful, emotional interactions unlike any other technology. We’re so excited to be working with him as we continue to make the future a reality now.”

Combs was also a part of TRUE Capital Management’s recent $12 million Series A financing (Coinbase, Palantir). Legendary tech investor Tim Draper (Tesla, SpaceX, Twitch), early Uber investors Jillian Manus and Mike Walsh of Structure Management, MigosQuavo, and dozens of retired and active pro-athletes such as Marshawn Lynch, Albert Pujols, Robert Griffin III, Luke Walton, and Breanna Stewart were among the investors in the Series A round.

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Kevin Gates Single From 9 Years Ago Hits Billboard Hot 100 for the First Time Thanks to TikTok

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The power of Tik Tok is unmatched. The Louisiana rapper’s bawdy rap song “Thinking With My Dick” ft. Juicy J debuted at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, nine years after its release. “Thinking With My Dick” has received over 491k video creations on the platform, with the majority of them coming in March.

The song’s TikTok climb began with footage from Gates’ hometown Louisiana’s Mardi Gras, which featured a Southern gentleman dressed in a blue collared shirt and sparkling aviator sunglasses dancing to the song with a full drink in hand.

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The short movie captivated the TikTok community, with admirers all over the country imitating the man’s look and cup-enhanced dance routines and the enthusiastic woman in the original video’s backdrop. Some have even attempted to emulate the woman with the backpack who raises her hand after the film.

After a few days of watching the song go viral, the man in the video revealed himself to be @Only1Barbosa, a native of Lafayette, LA, with a video that has over 11 million views, commenting on his unexpected virality. Barbosa, who wears his signature sunglasses, has become a small celebrity, with over 390k TikTok followers and club appearances throughout his native state.

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Hustle Simmons to Explore Hits of ‘106 & Park’ and ‘TRL’ Era on New Show on Amazon’s AMP

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Amazon has launched a new mobile app, Amp, which provides creators with the option to create live “radio shows,” which can play millions of licensed songs from major and independent labels. Alongside the app, the launch includes new shows, including your favorite artists in Nicki Minaj, Pusha T, Lil Yachty, and Big Boi.

Highlighting the app’s power, Amazon has aligned with creators to show how the innovative piece is available for everyone. One of those creators is industry veteran, Watershed CEO, and creator of the Hustlepalooza, Hustle Simmons.

AMP highlights the debut episode of his show weekly show WTF IS THIS, which in collaboration with Amazon Music and Mass Appeal, takes a journey through classic records from the MTV/BET video era.

“I’m excited to be partnering with Amazon and Mass Appeal on Amp,” Simmons said. “We are taking the aux cord DJ experience to a new level, and I’m honored to be hosting my show and sharing the platform that hosts shows with the likes of Nicki Minaj and Pusha T.”

As Hustle Simmons notes, Nicki Minaj’s uber-popular Queen Radio will now be hosted on Amp after a longstanding relationship with Apple Music. “I am very excited to be partners with Amazon on bringing back Queen Radio,” Nicki said in a recent Instagram Live session. “Queen Radio is something that is so dear to my heart. Of course, there have been times where I’ve thought about not wanting to do Queen Radio, or any radio for that matter, but why not?”

You can learn more about Amazon’s Amp app here.

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Lil Durk’s ‘7220’ Album Set to Feature Future, Summer Walker & More

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With his 7220 album set for release this Friday, Lil Durk has released the official tracklist. The 17-track album is set to feature Future, Gunna, Summer Walker, and Morgan Wallen.

1. Started From
2. Headtaps
3. Ahhh Ha
4. Shootout @ My Crib
5. Golden Child
6. No Interviews
7. Petty Too ft. Future
8. Barbarian
9. What Happened to Virgil ft. Gunna
10. Grow Up / Keep It On Speaker
11. Smoking & Thinking
12. Blocklist
13. Difference Is ft. Summer Walker
14. Federal Nightmares
15. Love Dior Banks
16. Pissed Me Off
17. Broadway Girls ft. Morgan Wallen

Lil Durk has also entered the realm of cryptocurrencies after announcing the release of his ‘7220’ NXTG3NZ NFT digital shoe to his 12.8 million Instagram followers. Custom costumes and gaming skins for avatars are a $40 billion market that is expected to rise to $265.4 billion by 2026, allowing him to make his imprint in a profitable industry. The NXTG3NZ digital wearables, co-founded by Lil Durk, Satoshi Designs, and Nexus, is poised to transform the metaverse’s footwear sector.

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The first release of the ‘7220’ shoe set will include 10,000 tokens, which can be used on Avatars in the digital sphere while also demonstrating physical ownership. Exclusive member perks come with owning a ‘7220’ NXTG3NZ NFT. The first is a raffle in which token holders will be chosen at random by Lil Durk on his Instagram Live for a chance to win one of ten real pairs of sneakers.

“The power has shifted to the artists and their fans with Blockchain tech. I want to not only be a successful rapper/entrepreneur but a powerhouse voice in the metaverse and NFT community, at the forefront of this movement,” says Lil Durk.

Last week, Durkio released the video for his single “AHHH HA.”

Visit www.NXTG3NZ.com for more information on NXTG3NZ.

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Megan Thee Stallion Announces First Virtual Reality Concert Tour

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Megan Thee Stallion will soon be hitting the big screen, the H-Town Hottie is going virtual. Megan announced Monday that she is collaborating with AmazeVR for “Enter Thee Hottieverse,” the first-ever 10-city virtual reality concert tour.

According to the statement, attendees will receive a “Hottie Mounted Displays” VR headset and Meg will perform four songs in front of them.

After buying their tickets for te VR concert, fans will be able to go to their local movie theater, put on the provided “Hottie Mounted Displays” settle in, and hang out in the VR Hottieverse lobby before watching Megan.

“Virtual reality has always been an interest of mine and I’m glad that we’ll be able to make history with this experience,” the “Savage” rapper said.

“My hotties will get to watch me perform in a completely different and unique way and I appreciate the AmazeVR team for helping me to bring this VR vision to life. I can’t wait to see the Hotties show up to the tour.”

READ MORE: Megan The Stallion sues her label 1501 again, over “album” definition.

The VR concert performance will feature a multi-song set that moves through a series of environments as well as hot custom wardrobes designed just for the show.

“Enter Thee Hottieverse” virtual reality concert is set to hit select theaters in April and run through July. Go to AmazeVR.com for more info.

Los Angeles        April 5-10
San Francisco        April 21-24
Chicago            May 5-8
Dallas                May 12-15
Houston            May 19-22
Atlanta                 May 26-29
Miami                June 2-5
Charlotte            June 16-19
Washington DC        June 23-26
New York            June 30-July 3

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15-Year-Old TikToker Kills Herself While Recording Video

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According to a report from Vice., a 15-year-old Mexican girl accidentally shot and killed herself while trying to film herself holding a 9mm fully automatic UZI submachine gun for a TikTok video.

The girl, Yasmin Esmeralda, was visiting her grandmother’s house in Guasave, Sinaloa, when she asked her younger brother to record her holding the weapon. A single accidental shot went off while she had the weapon, killing the 15-year-old.

Sinaloa’s state prosecutor Sara Bruna Quinonez Estrada said to Vice, “The fact that there were weapons in the house, that weren’t controlled, is the responsibility of the adults who knew there were children in the house. That she chose to record a clip [in that way] shows that our youth is immersed in [drug cartel] culture. It’s what they hear about at all hours.” 

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National Museum Of African American Music Celebrates One Year

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The National Museum of African American Music in Nashville has been open for just over a year and they’re celebrating. 

According to museum officials, there have been 110-thousand visitors from countries all over the world.  The goal is to highlight the contributions Black artists have made to music and culture.  Over the past year guests have been able to use their interactive technology to learn stories behind musical genres ranging from classical to jazz to Hip Hop.

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NMAAM, Nashville

READ MORE: NMAAM will honor Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers with the Rhapsody & Rhythm Awards.

“It has really been gratifying to see people are coming, and they are having a good time,” said Henry Beecher Hicks, III, President and CEO of NMAAM. “They are enjoying it. They are laughing, playing music, and learning something too.”

In the video below, Hicks, is thankful for the museums visitors, including many notable recording artists like Quincy Jones, Earth Wind & Fire, H.E.R., Bobby Brown, and more.

As we continue in Black History Month, the museum is offering free admission day today. 

On Friday a panel discussion called “Everybody vs. Racism” is scheduled to address the impact of racism. Including outlining the best practices to break down barriers and identify solutions to eradicate historical inequities.

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More information is available on the Museum of African American Music website.

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Freeway Rick Ross To Speak About ‘Snowfall’ in ‘After the Snow’ Podcast

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Breakbeat Media, a rising podcasting powerhouse, has launched “After the Snow,” an epic companion podcast for fans and critics of FX’s Snowfall. Freeway Rick Ross, the activist, entrepreneur, and former drug lord whose life inspired the successful TV series will co-host the podcast with Hip-Hop mogul and Breakbeat co-founder Dave Mays.

Every Thursday, Ross and Mays deconstruct the most recent episode of Snowfall and reveal their true stories of friendship, community, ambition, and empire-building in the middle of murder, treachery, CIA conspiracies, and the multibillion-dollar drug trade. They’ll share exclusive insight that only those who were present would know, along with special guests.

“A few years ago, I couldn’t have imagined speaking about ‘Snowfall’ nor my life in such detail. But I trust Dave, and I believe in what he’s doing with Breakbeat Media,” says Freeway Rick Ross, co-host of “After the Snow” and the man whose life story inspired “Snowfall.” “I’m looking forward to sharing my side of how things went down – the good, the bad, and the ugly. I know our fans will be blown away.”

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Lyrica Anderson, Eric Bellinger & Dice Soho First Artists To Release NFT Content Under New Riveting Nifter Partnership

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Riveting Entertainment announced its partnership with Rebel Blockchain Inc aka Nifter to introduce a unique spin to the NFT space allowing the opportunity for buyers to see a return on their investment and become part royalty share owners of the music NFT they purchase.

In a new era of music, recording artists are taking more ownership, pioneering creative ideas, and marketing their personal material. Riveting Music, an independent record label under Riveting Entertainment, has been known for its work with artists like Redman and Chris Brown

They also announced their season one NFT launch, “Ethos” which is a community of independent recording artists brought on through Riveting Music’s deep rooted relationships.

The announcement described Ethos as “the story of the underdog winning and artists coming together to form a creative space and community of like minded individuals with a common goal.”

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“Ethos” Season One “PreSale” Virtual Launch Party March 9th

Andrew Listermann, CEO of Riveting Entertainment shared with The Source.

“For a music NFT platform to be truly successful, it must prioritize supporting artists to help create the best opportunity for success. Nifter has shown they are ready to do that and so we are looking forward to releasing a lot of incredible music NFT projects with their platform.”  

The first artists from the roster to release NFT content under the new partnership include Lyrica Anderson, Lexi Drew, Nessly + Killy, Joss Austin, Dawin, Nieman + Eric Bellinger, and Dice Soho.

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Snoop Dogg Announces Death Row Will Be the First Major Label in the Metaverse

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Just ahead of his legendary Super Bowl Halftime Show, it was announced that Snoop Dogg had bought Death Row Records for an undisclosed amount. Snoop said that he wanted to revive the label in a press release, and yesterday, Snoop announced that he wants Death Row to be the first major label in the Metaverse.

Snoop announced in a Clubhouse room where he surprised fans with the news. “Death Row will be an NFT label,” Snoop said. “We will be putting out artists through the Metaverse. Just like we broke the industry when we was the first independent [label] to be major, I want to be the first major [label] in the Metaverse.”

Snoop seems heavily invested in NFT’s and the Metaverse. Last year, it was announced that Snoop had plans to create his Metaverse, and last week, it was also announced that Snoop had partnered with blockchain gaming company Gala Games to release his new album B.O.D.R (Bacc On Death Row). The company dropped a blockchain as s stash box of NFT’s in the Gala Music Store.

The Gala Music Version of the album featured one of the album’s songs as an NFT and three bonus tracks. The Gala Music Version was priced at $5,000.

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