Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson will be honored this year with a
star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The announcement was given by Ana
Martinez, Hollywood Walk of Fame Producer. The ceremony will take place
on Monday, January 28, 2019.
“Taraji P Henson is a powerful woman and a powerful actress. She is
an entertainer that fans cannot take their eyes off of due to her great
acting ability” Martinez said. “We welcome her bright star on our Walk Of Fame.”
Oscar-nominated director John Singleton, who first cast Henson in Baby Boy, and Grammy Award winner Mary J Blige scheduled to speak at the ceremony.
Henson, a Howard University graduate, is an acclaimed actress on both
the big and small screens. She won her first Golden Globe for best lead
actress in a drama for her portrayal of Cookie in the hit drama Empire.
Also, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.
Last year she voiced a character in Disney’s blockbuster animated film Ralph Breaks The Internet and will play the starring role in the upcoming comedy What Men Want in February.
Earlier today, the news broke
that Sony Music and R. Kelly agreed to mutually part ways. Some other
reports, however, suggest that Sony “dropped” the R&B
Regardless, Kelly has been removed from the RCA Records website, which houses a complete roster of the label’s signed artists.
This latest announcement follows the news that Kelly’s former manager, Henry James Mason, surrendered to police following a warrant for his arrest being issued on a threat of terrorism against one of his former client’s alleged victims.
Naturally, it didn’t take long for Twitter to share their thoughts
about this latest development, in what is proving to be an extensive set
of repercussions for the beleaguered singer.
The majority of people are pleased that R. Kelly is finally being
dropped, with many suggesting that this should have been done a long
The R.Kelly supporters are in they feelings because he got dropped from his label. I saw it coming
Big Boi is going back to his roots with his recent investment into
the Atlanta recording studio famously named The Dungeon, where he and
Andre 3000 recorded their superior albums at the start of their OutKast
career, WSB-TV stated.
The expert rapper, born Antwan Patton, revealed the news via
Instagram. The studio is located in the Lakewood Heights neighborhood.
The studio at one point was provided as the core for production crew
Organized Noize, who produced the beats for several of OutKast’s
The Dungeon also served as a lighthouse of creativity for the group.
Apart from OutKast recording their 1994 introduction
album ”Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik,” they additionally recorded
1996’s ”ATLiens” and 1998’s ”Aquemini” at The Dungeon.
In purchasing The Dungeon, Big Boi is obtaining an important part of
hip-hop history, specifically in consideration of how well-known Atlanta
has become in the entertainment industry. Nevertheless, this wasn’t
always the situation. In an interview with Rolling Stone, he
acknowledged that Atlanta wasn’t always admired in creative surroundings
like it is at the moment.
“When we first started, it wasn’t cool to be from Atlanta,” he
stated. “Now Atlanta is the place to be with music, film, and
television. To have people excited about the city and the culture and
the lifestyle, I’m very proud of that. We’re the pioneers of it, and
we’re still at the forefront of what’s happening. There’s plenty of
people over the years, hundreds if not thousands like, ‘[1994
LP] Southernplayalistic … made me move to Atlanta.’ There’s no greater
place in the world to be but A-Town.”
The shot of Bushwick Bill’s eye injury made everyone stop and listen to what the South had to say
Twenty-six years ago, the Geto Boys were quickly becoming one of the most controversial groups on the Houston music scene. A year before, in 1990, they released their eponymous album The Geto Boys, which contained music from their first two albums, Making Trouble (1988) and Grip It! On That Other Level (1989). The Geto Boys was remixed by producer Rick Rubin, whose Def American label they were signed to. However, the Boys had a falling out with Geffen, the label’s distributor, who didn’t want anything to do with the Boys’ graphic, violent, misogynistic lyrics. This prompted Rubin to arrange alternative distribution through Warner Bros. Records.
For their following album, We Can’t Be Stopped, the Boys went back to Houston’s Rap-A-Lot Records, the label that created the group in the first place. Now a three-man unit consisting of Willie “Willie D” Dennis, Brad “Scarface” Jordan and the diminutive Richard “Bushwick Bill” Shaw (Collins “DJ Ready Red” Leysath quit the group during the album’s production), the Boys were in an unapologetic mode, making sure the industry suits who shook in their loafers at their previous work knew that they weren’t watering down their sound. Willie D was still a brash cad, turning out such lyrical insolence as “I’m Not A Gentleman” and “Trophy,” while Bushwick Bill teetered between being a raving psycho (“Chuckie”) and a threesome-igniting playboy (“The Other Level”). But it was Scarface who was the group’s most conflicted MC, unloading his personal and mental demons on wax. Nowhere is this more apparent than on Stopped’s first single, and the group’s biggest hit, “Mind Playing Tricks on Me.” Scarface starts off lamenting the thoughts that keep him up at night:
At night I can’t sleep, I toss and turn
Candlesticks in the dark, visions of bodies bein’ burned
Four walls just starin’ at a n—a
I’m paranoid, sleepin’ with my finger on the trigger.
As “Mind” went gold and eventually became one of the most popular tunes to come out of the gangsta rap genre, the Boys became known as hip-hop artists who didn’t mind forcing people out of their comfort zones. Even Stopped’s cover — Dennis and Jordan wheeling Shaw, sitting up on a gurney with an injured, exposed right eye and talking on an old-school cellphone — was meant to be disturbing. But the Boys were also illustrating a point: Not even a trip to the hospital can prevent them guys from igniting and inciting.
Jordan would later go on record, in a 2010 Vibe interview, with how uncomfortable he was with the whole thing.
Dennis still remembers that day. He got a call from tour manager Tony “Big Chief” Randle to go to Ben Taub Hospital in Houston. While under the influence of PCP and Everclear grain alcohol, Shaw had apparently egged on his girlfriend to shoot him and, during the tussle, got shot in the eye. (He later told Howard Stern it was a scheme for his mother to collect his life insurance so she could pay the deductible on her medical insurance.) While Dennis doesn’t remember who showed up in what order, he recalls Jordan and Leysath being there, as well as Randleand Rap-A-Lot co-owner Cliff Blodget. “We were all concerned,” said Dennis. “The first thing we’re thinking is, you know, ‘Don’t die.’ Everybody wants to make sure he’s all right. So we get there, we find out that he’s all right. He lost an eye, but he will survive. After I go up to check on Bill, Brad goes to check on him and we come back downstairs [and] congregate in the lobby of the hospital. And, then, there is where Cliff tells us, ‘Hey, we’re finished with the album. What are we gonna do about the album cover?’ ”
And that’s when Dennis decided, even with an incapacitated Shaw, there was no time like the present. “Well, s—, he alive!” Dennis said back then. “We can shoot the album cover right now!” Blodget was concerned Shaw wouldn’t be up for it, so Dennis went back up to Shaw’s hospital room and asked if he wanted to do it. “He was drowsy, but he could hear me,” Dennis said. “I was like, ‘Hey, we’re fixin’ to shoot this album cover. We need to shoot this album cover.’ I said, ‘Are you down?’ He was like, ‘I don’t care.’ ”
After asking a nurse for a gurney, Dennis and Jordan wheeled their injured friend down the hall, and Blodget took the shot. “Somebody asked Bill to take off the bandage, because he had a bandage over his eye,” Dennis said. “And he peeled the bandage off, and that’s how you got that cover.” Was he talking to someone on that phone? “Nah, he was just holding it.”
Over the years, the other members have had regrets about taking this photo. Shaw admitted he wasn’t feeling the situation in Brian Coleman’s 2007 book Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies:
“It still hurts me to look at that cover because that was a personal thing I went through. I still feel the pain from the fact that I’ve got a bullet in my brain. To see that picture only brings it back more so. I think it was pretty wrong of them to do it, even though I went along with the program at first. I really didn’t understand why that picture was so important for them, important enough to take the IV out of my arm and endanger my life by taking the patch off my eye. I could have been blinded for life. And Face was against it the whole time. That’s why he has that look in his eye in those pictures.”
“If you look at my face on the We Can’t Be Stopped album cover, you can tell I didn’t want to be a part of that photo shoot. Bill was still in the hospital. He was highly sedated, man. … I strongly believe that what goes on in this house stays in this house. I didn’t really want to put Bill out there like that. How many people have gotten their eye shot out and captured it on an album cover for everyone to remember? It’s hard to wake up in the morning and deal with that one.”
Dennis thinks they’re entitled to their opinion, but he also wants it known that they still did it. “All I know is, at the time, we all was down with it and we agreed to do it,” he said. “Look, man — it’s me and you and we go inside this damn restaurant and we say we’re fixin’ to rob this m—–f—– and we go in there and rob it. Together, we both make a conscious decision. I didn’t drag you in there. I didn’t put a gun to your head. We both got out the car and walked inside and robbed that m—–f—– … and then, later down the line, you start talking about how you regret that you did that. That’s fine. Me, on the other hand, I may feel like it was worth it, you know. So, I got my views and you got your views.”
“All I know is, at the time, we all was down with it and we agreed to do it.”
Dennis still looks back fondly on that time, when he and his partners showed that nothing could keep them from being the most hardcore hip-hop group in the South. As for the Geto Boys themselves, they’ve had their highs and lows since Stopped. They’ve released four studio albums — some with the original lineup, some with a member missing, some with a new member. They’ve all released solo albums. Dennis launched a Kickstarter campaign for a reunion album called Habeas Corpus. Unfortunately, the campaign didn’t reach its $100,000 goal, and Jordan later said the album wasn’t going to happen. Dennis, who these days can be heard on his Willie D Live podcast, say three Boys do get together on occasion to do live shows.
“After the experience with Rick Rubin and Geffen Records not wanting to press up our album, not wanting to distribute us, I was like, you know what, with this new album, we should name it We Can’t Be Stopped,” he said. “That was the whole mentality. When Geffen tried to do what they [did], we [couldn’t] be stopped. When we had stores that refused to sell our records, we [couldn’t] be stopped. We had venues that didn’t want to have us perform; we were like, we can’t be stopped. Even before that, when we were coming from impoverished backgrounds, we couldn’t be stopped. And when Bill got shot in the eye, we [couldn’t] be stopped.”
LeBron James donates $2.5 million to National Museum of African American History and Culture
The Cleveland Cavaliers star and his business partner are pledging the donation for Muhammad Ali exhibit
When Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has a passion for something, he will absolutely support it. He recently announced that he will donate $2.5 million to support “Muhammad Ali: A Force for Change,” an exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
“Muhammad Ali is such a cornerstone of me as an athlete because of what he represented not only in the ring as a champion but more outside the ring — what he stood for, what he spoke for, his demeanor,” James told USA Today Sports on Thursday.
James, along with his charitable foundation and his business partner Maverick Carter, are pledging the donation.
“His support will help us to continue the story of Muhammad Ali and will encourage athletes to realize how important athletics is in terms of social justice,” said museum founding director Lonnie Bunch, according to USA Today.
Before the opening in September, Michael Jordan pledged $5 million to the museum.
Kevin Powell says the film used content from his ’90s interviews with the late rapper
All Eyez on Me posters at the Regal South Beach Cinema on June 17, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. Jason Koerner / Getty Images
The Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me is facing a legal battle from a journalist who says that the film lifted parts of the movie from his articles on the rapper. In the ’90s, Kevin Powell wrote a series of cover stories on Tupac for Vibe. Powell claims that All Eyez On Me used information from these stories without properly crediting or compensating him. He is suing the producers and writers of the film for copyright infringement.
“As the owner of the copyright to these articles, ALL EYEZ ON ME infringed on my rights by using content and narrative that was exclusive to my writings,” Powell wrote on his Facebook page. “I am seeking justice and a resolution in this matter that is fully fair to me and all the work I’ve done throughout the years, as an author and protector of the Tupac Shakur narrative.”
A source close to the matter told TMZ that Powell is asking a judge to block the film from screening in theaters and award him a share of the profit.
Representatives for Kevin Powell and All Eyez On Me were not immediately available for comment.
It feels like the whole world is waiting on Kendrick Lamar’s next big move. Third studio album, 2015’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’, was a magnum opus of free jazz, modern soul and political intent. Most musicians wouldn’t dare try and match something of ‘TPAB’’s scale, but Kendrick is having a moment, and on the basis of ‘untitled unmastered.’, essentially a collection of offcuts that brought huge acclaim, the Compton rapper has plenty more to say. Not least when geo-political events get more life-altering by the day.
Kendrick hasn’t kept completely schtum about his fourth album. He’s appeared on several big-name collaborations, giving the odd hint at what to expect from his next work. And if his brand new track is to be believed, the album could be out as soon as April.
We’ve rounded up anything and everything we know about the new Kendrick Lamar record.
When is the new Kendrick Lamar album going to be released?
If comeback track ‘The Heart Part 4‘ is gospel, then Kendrick’s new album is coming out on April 7. The Trump-dissing song, which may or may not end up on an eventual full-length, finishes with the line: “Y’all got till April the 7th to get ya’ll shit together.”
On March 23, Kendrick gave the first hint that a big new release was imminent. Erasing everything from his Instagram account, Radiohead-style, he then posted a cryptic image with the Roman numerals “IV”. And accounting for 2011 debut ‘Section.80’, a new release would be his fourth full-length. We didn’t have any mad scientists on speed dial, but it doesn’t take a genius to work out “IV” = LP4. Kendrick season has begun. Last time round, four months spanned between the unveiling of lead single ‘i’ and the eventual release of ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’, but don’t rule out a surprise release / streaming exclusive. Interim release ‘untitled unmastered.’ came completely out of the blue.
What’s the new Kendrick Lamar album called?
Kendrick Lamar hasn’t revealed an album title yet.
What will the new Kendrick Lamar album sound like?
Lead single ‘Humble‘ sees Kendrick stepping into new territory. Mike Will Made-It’s simple, brash production gives nods to grime, while the rapper walks a tightrope between a radio-friendly chorus and beat-fuelled, uncompromising verses. Somehow, it sounds both familiar and unlike anything he’s done before.
‘The Heart Part 4′ is what Kendrick describes as his “left stroke” on ‘Humble’, suggesting it won’t appear on a full-length. But it remains an uncompromising, agitated beast, taking aim at Trump and if speculation is to be believed, Drake and Big Sean. But it might not necessarily be the strongest pointer of what to expect from a full-length. Timely, ultra-topical lyrics suggest it was recorded in the last couple of months, and it could be a means of raising excitement levels, rather than being an official lead single.
In a revealing March 2017 interview with New York Times, Kendrick claimed his next work would sound “very urgent”, perhaps in line with politically-motivated times. “I think now, how wayward things have gone within the past few months, my focus is ultimately going back to my community and the other communities around the world where they’re doing the groundwork,” he expanded. “‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ was addressing the problem. I’m in a space now where I’m not addressing the problem anymore. We’re in a time where we exclude one major component out of this whole thing called life: God. Nobody speaks on it because it’s almost in conflict with what’s going on in the world when you talk about politics and government and the system.”
Pre the US election and groundbreaking events that could have inspired this LP, he told The Guardian midway through touring his third album: “I know exactly what I want to say next.” He added: “Everything is going to make sense – not only to myself but to anybody who wants to understand life and music. Everything will make a little more sense.”
Back in October 2016, legendary producer Rick Rubin asked Kendrick what his next step would sound like, in conversation with GQ. “I have ideas and I have a certain approach, but I wanna see what it manifests to. I wanna put all the paint on the wall and see where it goes. Maybe you can help me with that.”
on the wall and see where it goes. Maybe you can help me with that.”
What has Kendrick Lamar been doing since ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’?
2016 saw the release of ‘untitled unmastered.’ a collection of rough-edged tracks and loose ideas named only by the date they were recorded on. Despite mostly being a bundle of songs from the ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ sessions, the album went straight to the top of the US Billboard 200. Giving the release four stars, NME’s Larry Bartleet said: “What really emerges is Kendrick’s nuanced worldview: he knows he’s a big deal but resents his wealth and ego, and is constantly considering his standpoints on faith, police brutality and black America.”
In the last couple of years, Kendrick has guested on albums for Danny Brown (‘Really Doe’, on 2016’s ’Atrocity Exhibition’), DJ Khaled (‘Holy Key’, on 2016’s ‘Major Key’), Sia (‘The Greatest’, on 2016’s ‘This Is Acting’), Dr. Dre (‘Deep Water’, on 2015’s ‘Compton’), BJ the Chicago Kid (‘The New Cupid’, on 2016’s ‘In My Mind’), Beyoncé (‘Freedom’, on 2016’s ‘Lemonade’) and Thundercat (‘Walk On By’, on 2017’s ‘Drunk’). He also makes a brief cameo on ‘Skyline To’ on Frank Ocean’s ‘Blonde’ album, despite not making the LP’s official credits.
The Weeknd asked Kendrick to provide a guest on his ‘Sidewalks’ track from last year. Speaking to Zane Lowe in a rare interview, Abel Tesfaye called his collaborator “a genius”, adding: “He’d walk around. He’d play the record over and over again. I played him songs, the ‘Starboy’ theme of course, which he incorporated into his verse. He would just walk around. We had food. He’s writing his verse in his head. He would go into his phone, look at it a few and then put it back and start walking around. He then at one point he went into the studio booth and I closed the door and I could hear him yelling his verse in his head. He was really committed, you can tell he put his all into it… It wasn’t just a random Kendrick Lamar verse, it was something special because again, I don’t like to say this all the time, but we’ve known each other for a while and it’s crazy how we started connecting on this record.”
There are also rumours of a potential collaborative album with J.Cole. Rapper Ab-Soul revealed the pair were working together while speaking on The Breakfast Club. Appearing on the radio show to promote his new album ‘DWTW’, presenter Charlemagne asked Ab-Soul if he has “a feature on the Kendrick/Cole album.” Ab-Soul responded by saying “I can’t speak on that. I wish I could.”
Charlemagne continued to press Ab-Soul, asking “how many songs” they might’ve recorded and when the album might be released. Ab-Soul eventually said “I don’t really know too much about it. I just hope they use my verse.” When Charlemagne asked again if there was a Kendrick/Cole album, Ab-Soul confirmed, saying “There is a Kendrick/Cole album. They got it. They got something in the works. They been working on that motherfucker for awhile.”
Is Kendrick Lamar touring this year?
Alongside Radiohead and Lady Gaga (previously Beyoncé before she was forced to cancel), Kendrick Lamar is headlining Coachella 2017 (April 14-15 & 20-21).
Young Dolph Releases New Song “I Pray for My Enemies”
Young Dolph will be releasing his Bulletproof album on Saturday (April 1). The Memphis rapper provides one last preview of the LP via the new track “I Pray for My Enemies.” The song features a heavy dose of Dolph’s boastful bars.