Casanova Announces "Behind These Scars" Album

Filed by Antonio AlbertyAntonio Alberty

Brooklyn, NY – Casanova is living up to his “2X” moniker by putting out his second LP in two years since his debut Commissary. 

The gravelly-voiced Brooklyn hardcore lyricist announced on Friday that his next album Behind These Scars is slated for release on October 11.

His new album will feature guest appearances by Young Thug, Gunna, Jeremih, Chris Brown, Giggs, Kaycyy Pluto, and Fabolous.

Casanova revealed the tracklist on his Instagram account on Thursday.

“It’s no secret that I’ve been through a lot,” Casanova said in the caption. “This body work will invite you into my world. My life. My pain. It’s my most vulnerable body work.”

The album’s first single “Stay Wit it” is currently available on all digital platforms and the album is available to pre-order Roc Nation/Republic Records.


J. Cole Says He's Done With Features Post Gang Starr's "Family & Loyalty"

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DJ Premier caused an uproar earlier this week when he alluded to having new Gang Starr material on the horizon.

Sure enough, the tenured producer followed up with a new Gang Starr track on Friday (September 20) called “Family & Loyalty” featuring unreleased Guru vocals and new lyrics from J. Cole.

Despite the track’s positive reception, Cole says it will be the last time he hops on anybody else’s tracks.

“This is a honor to be on this song,” he wrote on Twitter. “NEW Gang Starr. This is the last feature you’ll hear from me. Thank you to everybody I got to work with during this run. @REALDJPREMIER This song a classic, thank you. RIP GURU.”

Cole’s latest solo project, KOD, was released in April 2018. The only feature is credited to Kill Edward, which is Cole’s alter ego.

On the flip side, Preemo has had his hands in several endeavors, including an executive producer role for MC Eiht’s 2017 Which Way Iz West album and last year’s PRhyme 2 with Royce Da 5’9.


EDC Las Vegas 2020 Passes Are Officially 90% Sold Out

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Today, EDC Las Vegas passes have gone on today. Not even 3 hours later and passes are almost completely sold out! This is not just one tier, but all of them! It is the first time to date that passes for the festival have almost completely sold out in less than 24 hours. Obviously, there is a big reason as to why this is happening.

Insomniac has become a popular brand globally. The festival and Insomniac has always been hugely well-known, but not compared to how it is today. Many people want a piece of the action, and we definitely don’t blame them. EDC Las Vegas is one of the best music festivals in the world. In addition to this, the amazing event is also celebrating its 10th anniversary at it’s Las Vegas home.

If you are planning to go to EDC Las Vegas, make sure to purchase your tickets now! They may not be available by the end of the day. This may be your last chance, so don’t miss the opportunity to dance under the electric sky.

You can purchase your tickets here.


Black Moon Reveals "Rise Of Da Moon" Album Tracklist & Cover Art

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Buckshot, 5 FT and Da Beatminerz’s DJ Evil Dee — collectively known as Black Moon — have revealed the tracklist and cover art for the trio’s upcoming reunion album, Rise Of Da Moon. 

Along with the announcement, Black Moon has also shared a visual for “Black Moon Rise,” one the 15 new tracks on the upcoming project.

“It’s all thanks to my Duck Down family and everybody that participated in making this project come to light,” Buckshot said in a statement, while 5 added, “I would like to salute and thank all my champions for all their support and energy for all this time and for sparking the motivation to what we bring y’all today.”

In June, Black Moon returned with their first visual in 16 years titled “Creep Wit Me.” They celebrated the 25th anniversary 1993’s Enta Da Stage last year.

As far as Rise Of Da Moon guest features go, the trio has recruited Method Man, Smif-N-Wessun and Tek, among others. The album is expected to arrive on October 18. Pre-orders are available here.

In the meantime, check out the “Black Moon Rise” video above and the tracklist and cover art below.

Black Moon Reveals "Rise Of Da Moon" Album Tracklist & Cover Art

1. Creep Wit Me
2. Da Don Flow
3. A Haaa
4. Pop Off
5. Ease Back f. Method Man & General Steele
6. Impossible f. Smif-N-Wessun
7. Black Moon Rise
8. Children Of The Night f. Rockness Monsta
9. Glory
10. General Feva
11. Look At Them
12. At Night
13. Pay Back
14. Roll Wit Me f. Tek
15. Time Flys


This Black Woman Filmmaker Could Help Lead Alfre Woodard To An Oscar

Filed by Ryan FerroRyan Ferro

Alfre Woodard has always been a star even if the world hasn’t given her all her flowers yet. From memorable supporting roles in movies like Love & Basketball to lead turns in movies like Netflix’s Juanita, Woodard has always put on a memorable performance.

With a career that dates back to the 1970s, you’d think she’d have an Oscar by now. But the 66-year-old talent has yet to win the gold. She was only nominated back in 1984 for the movie Cross Creek. This all might change, however, with her upcoming movie Clemency.

Clemency, which dropped a new trailer on Thursday, has Woodard portraying a prison warden who must face her guilty conscience when she has to put an inmate (Aldis Hodge) to death. Wendell Pierce and Danielle Brooks also star in the flick.

 

Although the movie has yet to be released, Woodard is already getting award buzz. The movie recently won the top Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and now it’s currently screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. Publications like The Guardian are already dropping Woodard’s name in the list of possible Oscar nominees.

The success of the movie would be a major feet, especially considering it was helmed by a Black woman. Chinonye Chukwu directed Clemency as her second feature film.

 

In an interview with Women and Hollywood, Chukwu explained, “Writing and directing this film was a multi-year soul journey that was transformative and emotionally exhausting. Having to dig deep into the subject matter and the depth of human emotion explored in the film was challenging at times, but absolutely necessary.”

It seems like it all paid off, at least when it comes to recognition. With Chukwu’s Grand Jury Prize, she’s become the first Black woman to win Sundance’s biggest prize.

Chukwu is keeping the energy going with an upcoming movie about Black Panther party leader Elaine Brown. The flick is supposed to be based off her memoir A Taste of Power. The script will be written by Alyssa Hill, while Chukwu is geared to direct.

If Woodard gets an Oscar nomination, it’ll only shed more light to Chukwu’s skills, and possibly earn her a nomination as well.

Clearly, this is an artist to keep on your radar!


Press Play: THIS Hated ‘GoT’ Character Hits Up ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!,’ Plus A Season 3 Teaser For ‘The Crown’

Filed by Malissa FranzMalissa Franz

We’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of The Crown‘s third season, in which Olivia Colman is introduced as an older Queen Elizabeth. Now we have a teaser and while we’ll definitely miss Claire Foy‘s royal portrayal, it seems Colman’s got this in the bag.

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Referring to herself as an “old bat,” the Queen admits she’s gone through some… changes… in the sneak peek. Watch up top and tune into season three November 17.

Elsewhere, one of the most despised Game of Thrones characters hit up Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday, September 19. That’s right, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau — a.k.a Jamie Lannister — sat for an interview and talked the GoT finale, reuniting with the cast at the 2019 Emmys, and more. He admits he has no hopes of winning Best Supporting Actor, as his fellow castmate is also nominated.

ALSO: Disappointed By The Finale? This Alternate Game Of Thrones Ending Would Have Been FIRE

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“We should just rename this category the Peter Dinklage category,” he joked. Watch their chat above and tune into the Emmys this Sunday, September 22, to see who takes home the win.

 

 

 

 

 


Taxstone’s Murder Trial Gets Date

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New York, NY – Daryl “Taxstone” Campbell is reportedly heading to trial this fall for the May 2016 murder Troy Ave’s bodyguard Ronald “Banga” McPhatter. According to AllHipHop, the trial kicks f in New York City on November 12.

The former media personality is facing a life sentence for a fatal shooting inside Irving Plaza during a T.I. show. At one point during the event, a fight erupted between Campbell and Troy Ave backstage.

Troy was caught on camera pulling Campbell out the green room while firing f shots as the frightened crowd scattered.

Police eventually discovered a gun in Troy Ave’s van and determined it was the weapon used to kill McPhatter. During the investigation, police found Campbell’s DNA on the handgun’s trigger, handgrip and magazine. Troy Ave’s DNA was also detected on the firearm.

Campbell was charged with second-degree murder by the State New York in July 2018. He’s currently behind bars on federal gun charges.

Troy Ave, on the other hand, was originally arrested while still in the hospital recovering from his leg injury and charged with second-degree murder as well as criminal possession a weapon.

In June 2016, it was downgraded to attempted second-degree murder and four counts criminal possession a weapon — all felonies.

Troy Ave was released on bail.


K. Michelle, City Girls & Kash Doll Say “The Hooder The Better” On “Supahood” Single

Filed by Judi PeartJudi Peart

Los Angles, CA – K. Michelle isn’t afraid to speak her mind and she lets everyone know in her new song “Supahood” men from the streets hold a special place in her heart. With the help City Girls’ Yung Miami and Kash Doll, the Love & Hip Hop Hollywood star asks “if he ain’t a hood n***a, why bother?”

“Supahood” is an ode to men everywhere with a lot hood, as each woman lists what they love most about this hood life. K. Michelle inconspicuously posted a minute’s worth behind the scene footage last month (August 19) the video that’s likely to release soon.

K. Michelle may love a roughneck, but she also loves her dentist bae Kastan Sims. The two have been together since 2016 and in a 2017 interview with Essence, she said Dr. Sims knows the real her. “We’ve been friends for over 19 years now, and I just looked at him and said this is the type man that I should be with, someone who is my friend,” she said.


Young Black Kings: Watch This 11-Year-Old Reporter Nail An Impromptu Brad Pitt Interview For ‘Ellen’

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Already a viral sensation and arguably the cutest reporter alive, Jaden Jefferson is going full steam ahead with his career in broadcast journalism.

Most recently, Jaden hit up The Ellen DeGeneres Show and they flashed back to an impromptu interview he did with Brad Pitt. He had no idea the famous actor wanted to sit with him for a chat, but he was ready and even got some fast facts out of Pitt that a lot of fans probably never knew.

When asked what he wanted to be when he was Jaden’s age (11), Pitt said he wanted to build homes and that, at the time, he’d been fascinated by construction and how different people live. Ellen was highly impressed by the interview — so impressed, in fact, she announced she’d be giving Jaden the opportunity to interview Oprah Winfrey next.

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Check the clip out up top and hit the flip to see a few more photos of the young Black king.


Sikdope Adds To Diverse Tracklist With "Follow"

Filed by Kelli MichelsonKelli Michelson

Over the past 3 years, the Electronic Music has been flipped on its head. 3 years may even be a bit conservative, but, whatever. The drum and bass scene has grown from what was once for the “outcasts” to becoming one of the leading genres within Electronic Music. A name that has grown prominent not only within , but, within a diverse range of sub-genres, Sikdope, has been hitting hard with original tracks and remixes.

Sikdope Follow

If you have been a fan for Sikdope and have seen him live, you will recognize this track for its impactful drop in his sets. Boundaries don’t seem to be a limit for this guy as every track seems to drop with a different element of dance music. To date, this is one of the best Sikdope productions we have heard. Listening to it a few times, it becomes really confusing how this melodic vocal pairs so well with the hard drop, but it does. And, we are all here for it. Listen to “Follow” below and add it to whatever you gotta add it to. It’s fire. Got a weird Big Room Trance feel at some points (minimally) and it fires me up.


Interview: Tuxedo's Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One Reveal The Quickest Way To Offend A Rapper

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Despite Tuxedo’s smooth, soul-infused flavor, Grammy Award-nominated singer Mayer Hawthorne and tenured producer Jake One have always been rooted in Hip Hop.

In their new “Toast 2 Us” video — taken from their latest album Tuxedo III — the unlikely duo recreate several iconic album covers, including Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation Of Millions…To Hold Us Back and Outkast’s Stankonia, a tribute to some their heroes.

As he touched on in Part 1 the Tuxedo interview, Mayer got his start in the industry thanks in part to his relationship with Peanut Butter Wolf and Stones Throw Records.

Jake, on the hand, has produced countless records for a roster Hip Hop notables — from De La Soul’s The Grind Date and Brother Ali’s Mourning In America Dreaming In Color to G-Unit and Rick Ross’ Port Of Miami 2.

In Part 2 the Tuxedo interview, Jake and Mayer discuss Tommy Boy Records recent feud with De La, the only time they’re nervous performing for a crowd and the quickest way to get under a rapper’s skin.

HipHopDX: Jake, I know you worked on one De La Soul’s albums. The Grind Date, right? 

Jake One: Yeah, it’s funny. That album was actually on Sanctuary, which was Beyoncé’s dad’s label. And I think that’s the only reason why that one’s on streaming services because the license issues.

HipHopDX: Have you been paying attention to this Tommy Boy stuff? 

Jake One: Yeah, it’s bad. It really sucks because they are as important as any rap group ever. And there’s just generations kids that aren’t really understanding that because they can’t just pull it up on their Spotify and get educated on these things or bump it on the YouTube and stuff like that. It’s definitely slowing down their momentum and their legacy, which is not fair because they really invented a lot that shit.

It’s still going to this day. Unfortunately, whatever deals they did way back then and just the way records are made, when have 13 samples and one song … I get the logistical part, like it’s kind impossible to clear all that stuff, to get it done legally, but there’s gotta be some way they can make it work. If not, then it’s clearly Tommy Boy. They’ve never been paid a dime from Tommy Boy royalties. Unfortunately, this is ten how the music business is run.

HipHopDX: You’ve been at this for awhile, but do you ever feel nervous doing live shows? 

Mayer Hawthorne: At this point, when you get to play for your fans and your crowd, it feels great. You’re not really nervous. I get more nervous when it’s an unknown kind situation. Like if you got to win them over. That’s a whole different thing.

Jake One: I’ve done so many shows at this point that the only place that I ever get nervous to perform is in Detroit.

Mayer Hawthorne: Right, home!

Jake One: Home is just where you really want to kill it — and it’s the dumbest thing. It’s so backwards because those are the people that are the most forgiving,  your family. They’re the ones that are not judging you at all. But those are the people that I want to impress, you know? I want the respect my peers in Detroit. That’s just what’s important to me. For sure.

HipHopDX: I can relate. I still want my parents to be proud me. If your videos are any indication, your live shows are dope. 

Mayer Hawthorne: They’ve been going good. We work really, really hard at it. Way harder than most people think.

Jake One: I think the expectation for a live show is so low at this point, if you go out and have things that are coordinated and things that are above and beyond, everybody’s blown away.

HipHopDX: Have you guys seen a Tech N9ne show?

Mayer Hawthorne: I’ve never seen one.

Jake One: I have not.

HipHopDX: I went to Rock The Bells one year at Red Rocks and Tech N9ne came out. He had the face paint, costumes and choreographed dance moves and the crowd just went crazy. As an audience, we appreciate that.

Jake One: Yeah, right, for sure.

Mayer Hawthorne: We want to make sure that nobody ever wants their money back when they come to see our show. It’s worked for us so far because every time we return to a city, there’s more people than there were the last time. 

HipHopDX: I can see that about you guys. You do have a certain charisma together and I think that translates well live. It’s clear on this phone call actually. 

Mayer Hawthorne: That’s what we do the whole tour.

HipHopDX: You guys remind when I interviewed Evidence and the Alchemist as Step Brothers. 

Jake One: Nah man, those guys are actual comedians like they could really … 

Mayer Hawthorne: Al is by far the funniest person I know. Al is an absolutely hilarious human.

HipHopDX: There were a couple moments where I had to really think, “Wait, are you guys fucking with me or is this actually true?”

Mayer Hawthorne: That’s so good. That’s what’s so good about them guys. Never really quite know. You never really know.

HipHopDX: You guys have a similar chemistry it feels like. Even both you on your own, congratulations on your success. 

Mayer Hawthorne: Thank you very much. We appreciate it.

HipHopDX: I think you were just in Denver, weren’t you?

Mayer Hawthorne: You’re going to probably have to travel to see us because I don’t think we’re coming to Omaha anytime soon.

HipHopDX: Good thing I don’t live there anymore.

Mayer Hawthorne: Congratulations.

HipHopDX: Yeah, I had to get out there. For me, it’s way too centered on alcohol. I don’t drink anymore. I tried the whole alcoholic thing, it just didn’t work out for me laughs].

Jake One: I can’t wait to tell Neal Duffy, Omaha native/Tuxedo tour manager] that you moved out Omaha. You’re like, “Yeah, peace, Omaha.”

HipHopDX: Peace. Love you. Yeah, but I’m out laughs].

Jake One: Yeah. Neal said to make sure you ask them about Omaha and you left laughs].

HipHopDX: I left twice actually. But honestly Jake, I swear we’ve met before. I can’t remember. It’s just been too many years Hip Hop. 

Jake One: I’ve been out here for a lot years. In Hip Hop, I’m probably like a 100. Still working. Still working.

HipHopDX: What’s studio life like? 

Mayer Hawthorne: One my past times at this studio is to make fun rappers’ weed and I don’t even know what it is but just insinuating their weed is trash is the most fensive thing. It’s the most fensive thing you can say to a rapper and I just love doing it. I don’t know. It’s like one my favorite things to do now because it burns them up.


So Savage: 9 Flawless Photos That Confirm Normani Is Every. Single. Human Being’s Fitness Goals

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Once again, Normani‘s got everybody talking and we cannot say we’re surprised.

The triple threat — singer. songwriter. dancer. — was one of many performers that hit the stage at Rihanna‘s 2019 Savage x Fenty Fashion Show. As expected, Normani absolutely shut sh*t down and now, as the show has become available for your viewing pleasure, fans can’t stop talking about the legendary performance.

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Dancing her *ss off to one of our favorite singles of the ’00s, Sean Paul’s “Get Busy,” Normani brought the house down. Check out this clip…

And an up-close-and-personal clip for those who didn’t quite grasp the fleekiness the first time…

Whew. Here are 9 more photos of Normani being the nation’s GOALS — FITNESS goals, especially.

1. Abs.

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2. Hips.

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ohhhh take a look at me now

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3. Booty.

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4. Lawd.

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toot that thang up

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5. Skin.

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dark n lovely

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6. Legs.

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when it feels so good but it’s bad for you 💔

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7. Yes ma’am.

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crazy lil baby from the south

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8. Thigh.

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76 in December

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9. Curvature.

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