Meek Mill & Future Announce Legendary Nights Tour With Megan Thee Stallion, YG & Mustard

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This summer, Meek Mill and Future will be embarking on their joint Legendary Nights Tour and they’re bringing YG, Mustard and Fever rap star Megan Thee Stallion along for the ride.

The 24-city tour will kick f August 28 in St. Louis with its final stop slated to hit Las Vegas October 5 at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Pre-sale tickets for the Legendary Nights Tour are available to TIDAL subscribers and Citi Cardmembers now.

The general public will get a chance to cop tickets on Friday (June 21) through Live Nation.

Check out the dates for Meek Mill and Future’s Legendary Nights Tour below.

Aug. 28 – St. Louis @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Aug. 30 – Indianapolis @ Ruf Home Mortgage Music Center

Aug. 31 – Chicago @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Sept. 1 – Detroit, Mich. @ DTE Energy Music Theatre

Sept. 3 – Cincinnati, Oh. @ Riverbend Music Center

Sept. 4 – Cleveland, Oh. @Blossom Music Center

Sept. 6 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ KeyBank Pavilion

Sept. 8 – Boston, Mass. @ Xfinity Center

Sept. 10 – Hartford, Conn. @ XFINITY Theatre

Sept. 11 – Wantagh, N.Y. @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Sept. 13 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ BB&T Pavilion

Sept. 14 – Saratoga Springs, N.Y. @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Sept. 15 – Buffalo, N.Y. @ Darien Lake Amphitheater

Sept. 17 – Washington, D.C. @ Jiffy Lube Live

Sept. 19 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Sept. 20 – Virginia Beach, Va. @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater

Sept. 22 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Sept. 23 – Tampa, Fla. @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Sept. 24 – West Palm Beach, Fla. @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre

Sept. 27 – Austin, Tx. @ Austin360 Amphitheater

Sept. 29 – Houston, Tx. @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Oct. 1 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta Amphitheater

Oct. 3 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Ak-Chin Pavilion

Oct. 5 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Mandalay Bay Events Center


Thoughts: Do Millennials Still Have Love For The Movie Soundtrack?

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On Monday evening, Jamie Foxx had the Internet traveling down memory lane when he posed one simple question:

“Best movie soundtracks of all time? Go…”

 

Folks across Twitter were instantly retweeting Jamie’s tweet with their top picks for best movie soundtracks. A lot of 90s movies made the list, including Above the Rim, The Bodyguard and New Jack City, while forever classics like Purple Rain and Super Fly also made people’s line-up.

But it seems the undisputed champion was none other than 1995’s Waiting to Exhale soundtrack. Folks praised the album so much, it started trending on Twitter and why shouldn’t it?

With hits like Brandy‘s “Sittin’ Up In My Room” and Whitney Houston‘s “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” how can you not hail the album as one of cinema’s best musical achievements. The soundtrack was also a major commercial hit, spending five consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and it went 7x platinum for shipping 7 million copies in the U.S. alone. Oh, AND the soundtrack was nominated for ELEVEN Grammys.

 

Much time has passed since 1995 and the landscape for music and the soundtrack has drastically changed. It begs the question, do people care about the soundtrack anymore? Especially millennials?

According to the Pew Research Center, if we’re placing current millennials at early 20s to late 30s, surely many of us remember some of the pivotal soundtracks of the 90s. Whose moms or uncle didn’t play the Waiting to Exhale album around the house, and you certainly couldn’t escape The Bodyguard. Even younger millennials probably had a song from Space Jam on repeat.

But were we really old enough to dig into the albums and appreciate every track? Can we connect memories to deep cuts like Faith Evans‘ “Kissing You” on Waiting to Exhale or Paradise‘s “Hoochies Need Love Too” on Above the Rim (a mantra still needed in 2019)?

 

If we do have the memories, great!

But now that we’ve entered the world of streaming and the themes of movies have become more diverse, what’s our bumping soundtrack album of today?

Many soundtracks of the 90s centered around Black urban life, which resulted in some great hip hop and R&B gems.

But now that Black representation has become more varied in cinema, the music has changed as well. While a few great songs might come from a movie, are there any fully cohesive albums that represent a generation like many soundtracks in the 90s did? On top of this, are they doing nearly as many number as previous soundtracks?

One can argue the Black Panther soundtrack is in the running as cohesive album for a generation. Kendrick Lamar and his TDE label-mates pretty much led the project with original songs, and it did well with numbers, reaching number one on the Billboard 200.

 

Creed II‘s soundtrack also had some notable moments with mega-producer Mike Will Made-It serving as executive producer. But again, it definitely didn’t do smash 1990s soundtrack numbers.

What soundtrack can us millennials live and die by today?

Maybe our soundtrack anthems have moved from the big screen to the small screen, considering shows like Insecure are always being praised for shining light on underground, Internet-friendly artists. Even shows like Luke Cage or Black Lightning will catch you off guard with their bumping music.

 

When it comes to cinema, however, hopefully with the innovative and eclectic films coming out, producers can make more heaven-made music matches like they did with Babyface and Waiting to Exhale or Kendrick Lamar and Black Panther. Ten years from now, when Jamie asks what’s the best music soundtrack again, it’d be great to have that equal balance of 90s gems and 2010s anthems to stay on repeat.


HBO’s ‘Euphoria’ Is 100% Worth The Watch — That Is, If You Can Stomach The Authenticity

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I have to admit I was skeptical about Zendaya playing a drug-addicted teenager in HBO’s latest series Euphoria, but one episode in and she’s already got me hooked. No pun intended.

We’re used to seeing Zendaya play safer roles (like Michelle in the Spider-Man film series) and even when I think back to the actress’ slight badassery on The OA, it didn’t exactly set the precedent for a role as difficult and complex as Euphoria’s Rue Bennett.

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The show is so deep, in fact, Zendaya issued a warning to anyone who might be thinking about tuning in.

“It’s a raw and honest portrayal of addiction, anxiety, and the difficulties of navigating life today. There are scenes that are graphic, hard to watch and can be triggering. Please only watch if you feel you can handle it. Do what’s best for you. I will still love you and feel your support,” Zendaya told her Instagram followers.

I second that motion.

Like Zen said, Euphoria kicks off as a completely unfiltered look at how young people are navigating life while dealing with the stress of mental illness, technology, addiction, and sexuality. If you can’t handle an authentic take on what life is really like for young people today, we suggest you put this one on your ‘To Watch’ list until you feel you can.

From where I’m watching, however, this is definitely the young superstar’s most impactful on-screen moment yet.

Tune in every Sunday at 10 p.m. on HBO and let us know your thoughts.


Skrillex Threw Down A Surprise Set at Second Sky Festival [Watch]

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Porter Robinson has seen incredible success over the years through his incredibly innovating musicianship. But now he has made his way into the world of the festival circuit, as this past weekend marked the launch of his first ever original festival called Second Sky held in California. The festival featured all of Porter’s favorite artists and was originally set to take place for one day. However, after the festival sold out almost immediately a second day was added with the unfortunate side effect of leaving G Jones slot empty as he had to perform elsewhere. Many speculated who would be the artist to fill the void and waiting with bated breath to find out it was no other than the infamous .

Lucky for us YouTube user, Myshonok, captured the entire set. It is chock full of tracks both old and new and the energy is undeniable. What was already a fantastic weekend was made even more incredible by the inclusion of everyone’s favorite DJ Superhero.

Check out the madness for yourself below:

 


Psalm One On Escaping Domestic Violence To Emerge With "Flight Of The Wig" Album

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On the surface, Psalm One comes across as a strong, powerful and talented woman. But for several years, she was dealing with every woman’s worst nightmare: domestic violence. In the process, she attempted to quell her pain with substances.

In a recent conversation with HipHopDX, the Chicago-bred MC opened up about her struggles and revealed her new album, Flight Of The Wig, is essentially the result the tumultuous ride she had to endure.

Since the release 2016’s Gender Fender Bender, she admits she’s “basically been healing.” Consequently, the nine new tracks on Flight Of The Wig feel like definite pro she’s back and more fierce than ever.

“In 2015, I challenged the rap boys club at my record label while simultaneously ending an eight-year romance with domestic violence,” she told DX. “My group, The Rapperchicks, were also embroiled in local drama and I was escaping through drugs.

“Gender Fender Bender was literally me letting go all the music that was associated with me from that terrible fucking time in my life. After releasing that triple album, I was contemplating quitting music.”

Rather than give up, the Rapperchick forged ahead and eventually found herself back on the mic.

“After helping a few other people with their musical endeavors, I was finally ready to rap again,” she said. “I started planning a few projects in 2018 and began mining my brain for gold. I’ve been pretty abstract my whole career — showing y’all how good I am with words.

“Now, I wanna show people how good I am with life. I’ve survived a lot and that makes me powerful. That’s what you hear. Survival. Thriving. Therapy. Health.”

For the majority women involved in Hip Hop, it’s still rocky territory out there — and always will be. However, Psalm One is encouraged by the currently evolving musical landscape.

“The answer to this question hasn’t changed in the time I’ve been rapping,” she explained. “Hip Hop will always be a tough space for women, but 2019 has had female-fronted rap take more the spotlight than ever before. It ain’t easy, but it’s getting easier. There’s strength in numbers and so many women are out here crushing it. That’s hard to ignore.”

Flight Of The Wig was released BandCamp late last month. Like most 30-somethings, Psalm One has had to adjust to the way music is consumed these days. When she was growing up, it was cassettes and vinyl. Streaming, course, was something entirely new.

“From tapes to CDs to mp3s to streaming to what’s next? Music by injection?” she said with a laugh. “Sometimes you have to take a seat, and you usually have to accept that you don’t know everything. How I released music in 2001 is not how we do it now. Can’t be stuck in your ways.”

At this point in Psalm One’s career, her goals have evolved. It’s not about sales or anything like that — it’s more about wanting her fans to get to know her again.

“Some rappers fall f,” she said. “Some rappers get better with age. I’m the latter. Don’t judge me by the way I dress, my looks, my sexual preference, my age or any the bullshit people use to overshadow the music. Judge my growth. You’ll find I’m one the dopest voices out here.

“I’ll do a little touring for Flight the Wig, but I really wanted to reintroduce myself to my fans and let them hear the growth. Let them know I haven’t been silenced and I’m not going anywhere. I’m actually getting better.”

Psalm One plans on dropping The Rapperchicks album next, but check out Flight Of The Wig above in the interim and cop it here. 


Press Play: MTV Presents Jada Pinkett Smith With Their Trailblazer Award, Ashton Kutcher Not A Part Of ‘Punk’d’ Reboot, And More

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Jada Pinkett Smith is a legend for so many reasons, but her Red Table Talk series is unprecedented, as she changes the world with one uncomfortable, multigenerational conversation at a time.

Fittingly, she was the recipient of the Trailblazer Award at this year’s MTV Movie & TV Awards. Jada took the stage, looking as beautiful as ever with her son Jaden in tow, and did what only she can do. Listen to her therapeutic acceptance speech below.

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If you hadn’t already heard, Kerry Washington is starring in and co-producing a new series called Little Fires Everywhere, alongside Reese Witherspoon. Hulu is the chosen home for their new show and the Scandal actress says the reason is: data.

It indicated to us that we knew where people were going to watch me already, we knew where people were watching Reese [Witherspoon], and we knew who would be into the content we were creating,” she said, according to Just Jared, adding other platforms didn’t have the same level of specificity in their data. Kerry reportedly says they plan to let Hulu’s stats inform the risks they are willing to take with content and more.

Punk’d is returning to the small screen, but Ashton Kutcher has nothing to do with it. In fact, he made sure to hilariously tweet out that he will not be apart of the reboot.

I have nothing to do with the new Punk’d situation,” he wrote. “Hope they get it right.” See below and laugh out loud with us.


JAY-Z & Team Roc Offer Legal Assistance To Arizona Family Terrorized By Police Officers

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Phoenix, AZ – Last month, 22-year-old Dravon Ames, his six-month pregnant fianceé, Iesha Harper and their two daughters, ages one and four, had guns drawn on them by the Pheonix Police Department responding to an alleged shoplifting incident at Family Dollar.

Now, the family is planning to sue the city Pheonix for $10 million and Team Roc, JAY-Z‘s philanthropic leg Roc Nation, wants to help.

The disturbing incident was captured on camera by witnesses outside an apartment complex.

The video shows a police ficer telling Ames “I’m gonna put a fucking cap in your fucking head” and “You’re gonna fucking get shot,” among other obscenities while kicking his knees and forcing his face into the hot asphalt.

It also shows another ficer using threatening language towards Harper, 24, as she was holding their one-year-old baby girl in her hands. The police ficer can be heard yelling for her to put the child down — although the young mother repeatedly told him that her baby was not able to walk yet.

“Our hearts go out to Dravon Ames, Iesha Harper and their children after this traumatic experience,” Team Roc’s Dania Diaz said in an email to HipHopDX. “They deserve compassion and empathy, not to have guns drawn at them and be dehumanized. That video is the picture hate, shame on you! If they need our help — now or in the future — we are at their disposal.”

To assist with the case, Team Roc reportedly hired high-power New York attorney Alex Spiro, the same lawyer who helped 21 Savage beat his immigration case. The family is currently represented by former Arizona attorney general Tom Horne who filed a $10 million notice claim against Pheonix last week.

If the city doesn’t respond within 60 days, a lawsuit will be filed.

The incident in question began on May 27 (or May 29 according to the family), when Harper and Ames were leaving a Family Dollar store at approximately 11:17 a.m. and their four-year-old allegedly stole a toy doll. An anonymous citizen who saw her take the doll reportedly notified the police about it.

According to a Facebook post by the police department, the store manager called the police on the 4-year-old — although the manager asserts she did not. Police claim Ames admitted to stealing a pack underwear and throwing it out his car window.

The police report states that when ficers arrived at Family Dollar, Harper reportedly put her vehicle into reverse and drove away. Soon after, she stopped her car, got out and again, drove away. The police say that’s when they discovered she had three misdemeanor warrants for her arrest.

Officers later located the vehicle at an apartment complex where they apprehended Ames and another woman, who is the niece to Harper. While apprehended, Ames reportedly confessed to shoplifting the pack underwear and driving on a suspended license.

The report also states Harper’s niece believed they stole the toy doll because they didn’t have any money.

After the police withdrew their guns, ending the traumatizing incident, the couple was released without being charged and Ames was issued a citation for driving on a suspended license.

On June 11, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams reportedly became aware the incident as well as the video displaying “extremely fensive and unpressional language and actions.” As punishment, Chief Williams placed the two ficers, identified as Christopher Meyer and Nicholas Welch, on desk duty. She also shared a videotaped message on Facebook expressing her disappointment.

The reporting ficers’ account, however, is strikingly different from the family’s version what happened and fails to mention the two ficers drawing their guns, then aiming it at the family while making threats to shoot them.

“At least it will be recorded and we can make a difference,” Ames told the Arizona Republic  what he was thinking while guns were pointed in his face. “We’re alive to tell the story. We’re alive to let people know that this is going on.”

“Behind the desk isn’t good enough for me,” Harper further told the Arizona Republic. “Sooner or later, they’re going to be right back out on the streets. They should be fired. Their job is to protect and serve.”

Watch Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams’ message about the shoplifting incident below.

Message from Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams

Chief Williams addresses incident which occurred on May 27, 2019 in the area 3200 E. Roosevelt.

Posted by City Phoenix Police Department on Friday, June 14, 2019


XXXTENTACION Documentary Announced

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Broward County, FL – Polarizing rapper XXXTENTACION was shot and killed exactly one year ago on June 18, 2018 during what police believe was a botched robbery.

Now, his team has announced a new documentary about his brief but controversial life will arrive in the near future. A trailer was posted to X’s Instagram account on Tuesday (June 18) along with the caption, “Documentary coming soon.”

“There’s definitely a difference between Jahseh Onfroy and XXXTENTACION,” he says in the clip. “This is a story, this is the full story and this is the last time I will tell it.”

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X was gunned down outside RIVA Motorsports in Pompano Beach, Florida. The owners the motorcycle dealership shared their deep sorrow Twitter shortly after his death along with countless others.

In the wake X’s passing, several his releases have been certified multi-platinum, including “Moonlight,” “SAD!” and “Changes.” X’s debut album, ?, and his posthumous release, Skins, both topped the Billboard 200 as well.

No release date for the upcoming documentary has been revealed.


Drake Ties The Beatles For 2nd Most Billboard Hot 100 Singles — Ever

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John Lennon and George Harrison might be rolling over in their graves right now. But it’s true — Drake has ficially tied The Beatles for the second most Billboard Hot 100 singles ever.

On Monday (June 17), Billboard confirmed the Toronto Raptors superfan earned his 34th Hot 100 Top 10 song after Chris Brown’s “No Guidance” featuring Drake debuted at No. 9 on the chart.

The only artist to have more Top 10 singles than the British Fab Four and Drake is Madonna with 38. It took the pop queen 16 years to accomplish that feat, while it took the 6 God just under 10 years.

Drake has had 194 singles hit the Hot 100 during the course his career, shattering longstanding records held by not only The Beatles but also Usher and more.

Last October, Drake’s collaboration with Bad Bunny on the track “Mia” became his 12th song to reach the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 that year, surpassing The Beatles’ previous mark 11 for most Top 10 hits in a single year.

Three months prior, Drake also beat The Beatles’ 54-year-old record for most simultaneous Hot 100 Top 10 singles.

And there could be more on the horizon. Following the Raptors’ win, Drake dropped two new singles, “Omertá” and “Money in the Grave” featuring Rick Ross. At just 32 years old, Drake has a long road ahead him and it appears he’s just getting started.


Shaft: Samuel L. Jackson & Richard Roundtree Want Millennials To Get Rid Of ‘Those Damn’ Cell Phones

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It’s been nearly two decades since the last time we saw Shaft on the big screen, and unsurprisingly, he’s still one bad mother (shut yo mouth) in 2019. The highly anticipated sequel to the classic action comedy  hit theaters on Friday and folks can’t stop talking about it.

Shaft is the follow up movie to the 2000 film of the same name and tells the story of John Shaft Jr., a cyber security expert with a degree from MIT, who enlists his estranged father’s help to uncover the truth behind his best friend’s untimely death.

I recently caught up with the all three generations of Shaft’s (Samuel L. Jackson, Jessie T. Usher & Richard Roundtree) as they dished on playing the iconic character at in different eras, and learning from each other.

Samuel Jackson: My Shaft was an angry Shaft. By the time we get to this one and they want to turn it into an action comedy, I mellowed a bit. I let my sense of humor come out a little bit more, not as angry anymore. More sarcastic.

Richard Roundtree: I just showed up.

As for the comparisons between the millennial generation like Jessie’s and the generations before that, both Richard and Samuel had lots to say about Gen Y and our addiction to cell phones.

Richard Roundtree: I wish they’d get rid of the got damn cell phones. The entire thing.

Samuel to Richard: You like dropping dimes in phones calling your service?

RR: I don’t mind that compared to sitting at a got damn light and somebody’s on their phone [mimics millennials texting]

Does he have a point? Check out the full video above to see what else the cast had to say, and catch Shaft in theaters now!


EVER AFTER MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL FIFTH ANNIVERSARY!

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Ever After Music Festival celebrated its fifth anniversary a few days ago with over 32,000 attendees across 3 days, proving to be the largest edition in the festival’s history. The festival saw a plethora enhancements on all fronts including upgraded sound quality, stage developments, water supply, exclusive VIP benefits, and camping perks. Additionally, exclusive headlining performances from Kill the Noise, Excision & ILLENIUM made the festival the most expansive and immersive edition to date.

Celebrating four days entertainment for the milestone fifth year, eager attendees flooded the ‘On The Grand’ amphitheater stage for an exclusive pre-party to ignite the weekend’s festivities. Campers at this year’s festival had the advantage early check in on Thursday, June 6th in order to make their way to the festival’s first ever pre-party which featured performances by ZÍA, Moody Good and Yellow Claw to close out the night.

EVER AFTER MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL FIFTH ANNIVERSARY!

The festival’s fifth edition featured three different stages including the local Ontario Stage, the On The Grand stage (which hosted three unique takeovers across the weekend), and the Excalibur Stage, which was the largest mainstage in the festival’s history. Attendees were able to check out performances from the likes Excision, Kill The Noise, Snails, Malaa, Illenium, Zomboy, Rusko, Noisia and many, many more.

EVER AFTER MUSIC FESTIVAL CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL FIFTH ANNIVERSARY!

With the close festivities on Sunday night, Ever After Music Festival wrapped its fifth year in style, with some its biggest performances to date, and the largest gathering festival goers ever. Fans, both new & old can register to receive updates on Ever After 2020  everafterfest.com.


elrow reveals first line-up for 2019 Ushuaïa Ibiza series!

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Few event brands have achieved worldwide phenomenon status such as elrow, with lines revellers at the door no matter the location as they bring their wacky themes and inimitable artists to stellar venues around the world. The four-date elrow series at Ushuaïa Ibiza will each be unique, as they reveal the first theme and line-up. 

On July 17th, Ushuaïa Ibiza will transform into an Enchanted Forest, another dimension where reality turns into fantasy and dreams come true. Many believe that once you enter the Enchanted Forest, the wildest corners a person’s subconscious are aroused. And those crazy enough to actually enter say that they experience inexplicable attacks craziness and happiness, out reach the average human mind.

Get ready to be watched by huge trees, to dance with beautiful creatures and laugh uncontrollably until you turn into some fantastic being while listening to the best tech-house with Paco Osuna on the bill.  Along with interactive performances and a curated experimental environment colour, British house hero Eats Everything will perform. Tons confetti will fly through the venue while unstoppable force Marc Maya and versatile talent Tini Gessler are set to bring the enchanted realm to life where the music is simply otherworldly.

The Night League, the team behind the success Ushuaïa Ibiza, will reveal the remaining themes and line-up soon as elrow is set to return on  August 7th and 21st, and September 18th.

Tickets are available now, here.

elrow reveals first line-up for 2019 Ushuaïa Ibiza series!