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Capitol Records Drops A.I. Robot Rapper FN Meka After Public Criticism

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Capitol Records is severing ties with a project that had the industry calling out what’s considered “gross stereotypes” of the Black community.  The label confirmed on Tuesday that it would no longer be involved with artificial intelligence rapper, FN Meka.  

Capitol Music Group said in a statement, “We offer our deepest apologies to the Black community for our insensitivity in signing this project without asking enough questions about equity and the creative process behind it. We thank those who have reached out to us with constructive feedback in the past couple of days — your input was invaluable as we came to the decision to end our association with the project.”

READ MORE: FN Meka Becomes First Virtual Rapper Signed To Major Label Deal

Less than a week ago, FN Meka became the first virtual rapper on a major label after inking a deal with Capitol Records. The virtual rapper amassed over a billion views and accrued 10 million followers on TikTok.

Despite doing numbers a real life rapper could be proud of, Meka had too many creative appropriations of black culture and stereotypes that caused public outrage. 

The activist nonprofit group Industry Blackout, called for a public apology, as well as the donation of any funds spent by Capitol on the rapping robot project diverted to charity and the budgets of Black artists on the label.

“We find fault in the lack of awareness in how offensive this caricature is. It is a direct insult to the Black community and our culture. An amalgamation of gross stereotypes, appropriative mannerisms that derive from Black artists, complete with slurs infused in lyrics,” Industry Blackout voiced in an open letter.

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T.I. Partners with Moolah Wireless To Provide 200 Tablets To Morris Brown College

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T.I. is continuing to push the culture forward. Morris Brown College announced it has partnered with Rap super star and entrepreneur, Tip “T.I.” Harris and Moolah Wireless to provide free tablets with 12 months of data service to Morris Brown College students to celebrate the restoration of the institution.

The “Live Your Life” rapper who gave away 200 Moolah tablets to the students of his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia said, “I’m excited to partner with Moolah Wireless to be able to provide the students at Morris Brown College free tablets to support their educational endeavors. This is the first of many schools whose students will receive Moolah tablets.”

READ MORE: T.I. Presented with Oustanding Georgia Citizen Award

Morris Brown College was founded in 1881 but reportedly had been struggling to maintain accreditation for two decades. MBC is the first college in Georgia to be owned and operated by African Americans.

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Kendrick Lamar and Spotify Launch New In-App Experience

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My Top 5: Kendrick Lamar Projects, a new, interactive in-app experience that allows users to choose their top 5 favorite Kendrick Lamar projects and share them on social media, was introduced by Spotify.

Kendrick Lamar’s latest album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, shot to the top of the charts shortly after its release and currently holds the record for being the most listened Hip-Hop album of 2022 on Spotify. Rap and Hip-Hop fans have maintained the discussion on social media. Now, with My Top 5: Kendrick Lamar Projects, Spotify brings this passion for the argument to the fore by enabling fans to simply arrange their favorite Kendrick projects into a shareable visual graphic.

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The feature will debut in 23 markets and be offered in 12 languages. On your mobile device, go to https://spotify.com/top5. Choose and arrange your favorites: You can select your top five projects from a list of Kendrick Lamar’s works in the experience, then drag and drop those projects into the visual display to determine the order in which they should appear. After that, tell your pals.

You can learn more about the experience here.

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Comic-Con Returns To San Diego After a 2 Year Hiatus

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Comic-Con will return for a full-scale convention in San Diego next week after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.  

The event kicks off next Thursday, July 21 and will feature an appearance from William Shatner who’ll talk about the new documentary on his career plus his recent trip to space. 

 Next Friday, rock icon Ozzy Osbourne will unveil a limited edition comic book with Todd McFarlane, creator of the Spawn series, and Amazon will give fans a first look at the new Lord of the Rings series.  

READ MORE: Black Panther to Become A LEGO Movie Revealed At Comic-Con

On Saturday, July 23rd, HBO will present its prequel to Game of Thrones. Returning this year, the Stern Pinball Pop-up Arcade will include all of the latest Stern Pinball machines featuring the award-winning Insider Connected platform.

All Comic-Con attendees are required to wear masks and show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours. 

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Beyoncé Brings Her Entire Catalog to TikTok and Shares First Video

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TikTok users may now create anything they want using Beyoncé’s complete discography as inspiration. Beyoncé’s body of work and the impending new era will be celebrated by the TikTok community worldwide with the new song “Break My Soul” and songs like “Halo” and “Single Ladies.”

The legend recently shared her first TikTok, a collection of imaginative user-generated video that was inspired by her music and persona. In it, she thanked all of the platform’s users for their support and made great promises for the future.

“Seeing y’all release the wiggle made me so happy!” says Beyoncé in the caption. “Thank you so much for all the love for BREAK MY SOUL! – Love B”

You can see  Beyoncé’s first TikTok below.

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Seeing y’all release the wiggle made me so happy! Thank you so much for all the love for BREAK MY SOUL! – Love B —#RENAISSANCE #BREAKMYSOUL

♬ BREAK MY SOUL – Beyoncé

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Joyner Lucas Releases “Isis” Remix with Winners of Tully Rising Rappers Competition

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The remix of Joyner Lucas‘ platinum-selling hit “Isis” is now available and it includes four contestants who were chosen from a competition that was first launched in May by his startup Tully.

Joyner offered budding independent artists the option to remix his platinum-selling song, by downloading the “Isis” beat, recording a verse, and sharing it on the app. The remix of the Boston native’s breakthrough song is now available on all major digital service providers. He chose Tone Catra: @catra609, Lex Bratcher: @lexbratcher, Starringo: @iamstarringo, and Kvng Moses: @1kvngmoses.

The goal of Lucas and Dhruv Joshi’s 2015 co-founding of Tully was to use technology to streamline the production of music. The two collaborated to create tools that directly contributed to Joyner’s success as an independent musician, and they are now disseminating these tools to more musicians so that they can maintain complete control over their musical careers. Tully offers a 360-degree array of tools for artists to manage and advance their careers, including guided workflows, structured asset management, templated industry contracts, publishing, and licensing support.

Tully offers more than just music distribution; it also has administrative tools for saving contracts and split sheets, as well as songwriting programs for musicians to play, compose, and record music. Lucas, an independent artist himself, uses a smartphone app that offers all of these capabilities. Independent musicians will be able to obtain royalty-free beats through Tully, own digital copyrights to their works, and more. They will also be able to get 100% of their royalties.

Sony Music Entertainment announced a significant investment into Tully back in April 2020, at the height of the pandemic, and announced an increase of features for the end of that year.

You can hear the new single below.

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Joyner Lucas Releases “Isis” Remix with Winners of Tully Rising Rappers Competition

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The remix of Joyner Lucas‘ platinum-selling hit “Isis” is now available and it includes four contestants who were chosen from a competition that was first launched in May by his startup Tully.

Joyner offered budding independent artists the option to remix his platinum-selling song, by downloading the “Isis” beat, recording a verse, and sharing it on the app. The remix of the Boston native’s breakthrough song is now available on all major digital service providers. He chose Tone Catra: @catra609, Lex Bratcher: @lexbratcher, Starringo: @iamstarringo, and Kvng Moses: @1kvngmoses.

The goal of Lucas and Dhruv Joshi’s 2015 co-founding of Tully was to use technology to streamline the production of music. The two collaborated to create tools that directly contributed to Joyner’s success as an independent musician, and they are now disseminating these tools to more musicians so that they can maintain complete control over their musical careers. Tully offers a 360-degree array of tools for artists to manage and advance their careers, including guided workflows, structured asset management, templated industry contracts, publishing, and licensing support.

Tully offers more than just music distribution; it also has administrative tools for saving contracts and split sheets, as well as songwriting programs for musicians to play, compose, and record music. Lucas, an independent artist himself, uses a smartphone app that offers all of these capabilities. Independent musicians will be able to obtain royalty-free beats through Tully, own digital copyrights to their works, and more. They will also be able to get 100% of their royalties.

Sony Music Entertainment announced a significant investment into Tully back in April 2020, at the height of the pandemic, and announced an increase of features for the end of that year.

You can hear the new single below.

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Kevin Hart and HARTBEAT Set to Take New Special to the Metaverse

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With the launch of Confessions from the Hart, a 30-minute animated anthology based on his well-liked IGTV series of the same name, Kevin Hart and his multi-platform entertainment company HARTBEAT announced today the first of a series of Kevin Hart Nation Web3 experiences.

In celebration of Kevin’s birthday, the special debuts exclusively on The Roku Channel on Wednesday, July 6, and invites viewers inside his virtual world with an unprecedented streaming and Metaverse bonus episode release. The Roku Channel, which reaches an estimated 80 million households in the US, is the only place where Roku Originals can be found (Q4 2021).

With the Roku Original special Confessions from the Hart showing moments from Hart’s life, as told by him, viewers will get a front-row seat to Hart’s most immersive and personal experience to date. Every episode will feature Hart’s open, first-person description of previously untold tales about his life, career, relationships, and journey.

A hub dedicated to all the Kevin Hart content available for free on The Roku Channel, including Roku Originals Die Hart, Cold as Balls, Exit Strategy, Straight from the Hart, Real Husbands of Hollywood, and more, will be featured alongside the exclusive premiere of the special on The Roku Channel.

Hart will release his first-ever NFT collection to commemorate his entry into Web3, which will reflect both him and the characters he plays in the special. The NFT will act as a key to open upcoming Confessions from the Hart special content. Exclusive member advantages in Kevin Hart Nation IRL and Metaverse experiences, such as future extra content and tickets to the forthcoming Kevin Hart tour, are also provided via the Confessions from the Hart NFT.

“My favorite thing to do is make people laugh, and with HARTBEAT’s expansion into the Metaverse and Web3 we will have exponential opportunities to bring humor and comedy to a whole new audience.  I am so proud of my team for their forward thinking and ingenuity,” said Kevin Hart. “With this new technology we will be able to continue expanding our footprint into the new technological frontiers of content creation.” 

“Kevin has always been one of the most forward-thinking and entrepreneurial entertainers in the industry, tapping into new technologies to connect with audiences. His entry into the Metaverse is another example of HARTBEAT’s commitment to connecting with fans wherever and whenever they consume content,” said Jeff Clanagan, President & Chief Distribution Officer at HARTBEAT Media. “‘Confessions from the Hart’ is the first in a series of Metaverse activations as we expand IP across innovative distribution touchpoints. We look forward to creating more experiences that complement traditional linear platforms and physical event experiences that Web3 natives and mainstream audiences can enjoy.”

“The Roku Channel and HARTBEAT have a strong, longstanding partnership and we are proud to continue expanding the ways in which we collaborate to provide free premium content, including Roku Originals, VOD and FAST programming under the LOL brand,” says David Eilenberg, Vice President and Head of Roku Originals, Roku, ‘Confessions from the Hart’ is a perfect example of the thoughtful, inventive, and hilarious fare Kevin and his creative team have become known for worldwide, and we’re excited to bring it to millions of streamers via The Roku Channel.”

Starting on Thursday, July 7th, fans and collectors can visit web3.kevinhartnation.com to acquire one of the 10,000 exclusive “Confessions from the Hart” NFTs with a credit card or Ethereum. On KevinHartNation.com, Web3 efforts are now fully operational.

You can learn more about the collection here and see the NFTs below.

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Charlamagne Tha God and iHeartMedia Announces Inaugural Black Effect Podcast Festival

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The first-ever Black Effect Podcast Festival has been announced by iHeartMedia and Charlamagne Tha God to honor, elevate, and amplify Black voices in the podcast sector. The event will occur at the Avant Gardner, Brooklyn Mirage, on Sunday, August 28. Charlamagne Tha God will attend the festival with some of the most well-known figures from the Black Effect for a day packed with enlightening panel talks and live podcast tapings geared for budding podcasters in the Black community. Lil Duval, a comedian, and Nyla Symone, a DJ and personality for Power 105.1, will serve as the festival’s host.

The most popular Black Effect podcasts, including “The 85 South Show,” “All The Smoke,” “We Talk Back,” “Reasonably Shady,” “Black Tech Green Money,” “WHOREible Decisions,” and “The Trap Nerds Podcast,” will be recorded live as part of the festival. The Business of Podcasting Panel with Dollie S. Bishop, President of Production and Creative Development for the Black Effect Podcast Network, and Charlamagne Tha God will also feature thought-provoking and educational talks for ticket holders.

“The Black Effect Podcast Network was created to amplify Black voices for new and established content creators and storytellers, giving them a space to showcase their creative vision in the ever-growing podcast game,” said Charlamagne Tha God. “I’m excited to celebrate the first-ever Black Effect Podcast Festival, where talented Black creators and aspiring podcasters will come together for a day to uplift and inspire one another. This festival is for the culture and is one of many events the network will host for the Black community.”

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For Black creators looking to have their voices heard in the podcast industry, the Black Effect Podcast Network has emerged as the go-to venue. Launched in September 2020, the Charlamagne Tha God-curated Black Effect Podcast Network has since premiered 32 shows with a stellar lineup of marquee talent and culture-changing voices dedicated to illuminating, educating, and entertaining viewers. Black culture’s most influential and dependable voices are brought together to inspire discussions on social justice, pop culture, sports, mental health, news, comedy, and more.

Nissan is the sponsor of the Black Effect Podcast Festival and will have a fun activation there for participants. A pop-up market exhibiting goods from Black entrepreneurs, a family game room, and a picture booth are just a few of the many exciting activities and games the festival will provide.

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SiriusXM Launches Channel Dedicated To Governor’s Ball Music Fest Featuring Headliners Halsey, Jack Harlow And J. Cole

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SiriusXM announced a special limited-run channel in honor of the annual  Governor’s Ball Music Festival–Gov Ball Radio, which began on May 23.

Gov Ball Radio will feature music from the festival’s groundbreaking performers, including headliners Halsey, Jack Harlow, J. Cole, as well as emerging acts and many more from this year’s line-up.  As the exclusive broadcast platform of the festival, the channel will broadcast live sets from Citi Field in Queens, NY and offer backstage coverage featuring exclusive interviews with fan-favorite artists performing over the three-day festival.

Listeners can tune in to Gov Ball Radio beginning today, May 23 through June 15 on the SXM App.  Alt Nation, channel 36, will become Gov Ball Radio from June 10-12 and feature live coverage of Governor’s Ball Music Festival.

For more information on SiriusXM’s Gov Ball Radio visit:  https://blog.siriusxm.com/gov-ball-radio/

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