Jean Deaux Shares "Empathy" EP

Filed by Rene MayfieldRene Mayfield

Chicago’s Jean Deaux, who is perhaps best known for collaborating with artists such as Saba and Isaiah Rashad, has dropped an EP titled Empathy. The project is her follow-up to 2018’s Krash, which dropped last October.

The Hip Hop and R&B dual threat’s new EP features contributions from Kehlani, Duckwrth, Terrace Martin and ROMderful. Production is handled by Martin, DaedaePIVOT and Renzell, among others.

View Jean’s Empathy stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Jean Deaux Shares "Empathy" EP

1. It’s Whatever
2. Higher Me
3. Ackin Funny
4. Anytime f. Kehlani & ROMderful
5. Break Time
6. Life Lines f. Duckwrth & Terrace Martin
7. Speakerphone (Trust Issues)

Your Old Droog Surprise Releases "Transportation" Project

Filed by Malissa FranzMalissa Franz

Just a few months after releasing the It Wasn’t Even Close album, Your Old Droog has surprised fans by dropping a new project titled Transportation.

The New York-based rapper’s latest work features 15 tracks, including two bonus cuts. Quelle Chris and Wiki make guest appearances on the LP.

Check out Droog’s Transportation stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Your Old Droog Surprise Releases "Transportation" Project

1. Stillwell Baby
2. Monthly
3. Loosey Spot On Wheels
4. Under The Train (Transporting)
5. Head Over Wheels II (An Ode to G Dep)
6. The Cheese
7. Rocket Launch Interlude
8. My Plane
9. Getting Off The Plane Interlude
10. SS YOD
11. Train Love
12. Bikes, Bleeps, Busses
13. 207
14. Taxi f. Quelle Chris Bonus]
15. Vigilantes Remix f. Wiki Bonus]

BlocBoy JB Drops "I Am Me" Mixtape

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BlocBoy JB, who first gained mainstream recognition with his Tay Keith-produced single “Look Alive,” has released a new mixtape titled I Am Me. The project is his follow-up to the Don’t Think That EP, which dropped last October.

The Memphis-bred artist’s latest tape is comprised 13 songs. Moneybagg Yo and Lil Durk make guest appearances on the project.

Check out BlocBoy JB’s I Am Me stream, cover art and tracklist below.

BlocBoy JB Drops "I Am Me" Mixtape

1. Who Ya Trynna Scare
3. Solo Crippin
4. Head In My Lap
6. Everyday f. Moneybagg Yo
7. Hooray
8. Privacy
9. House Party
10. Mercedes
11. Sixteen
12. Let Me Know f. Lil Durk
13. Promise

Nipsey Hussle Will Be Memorialized With Humanitarian Award at 2019 BET Awards

Filed by Jenette DanieleJenette Daniele

Los Angeles, CA – Nipsey Hussle’s philanthropic work will be recognized at the annual BET Awards, which are scheduled to take place at the Microst Theater in Los Angeles on June 23.

On Thursday (June 13), BET announced the late MC and entrepreneur will be posthumously honored with the Humanitarian Award at the ceremony.

“As a prolific artist and leader, Nipsey Hussle was zealous about driving change for the betterment his community, empowering and employing those in need and being an influential and highly respected leader,” BET Executive Vice President and Head Programming Connie Orlando said. “His passing was a tremendous loss to the entertainment industry and to the culture.”

Nipsey was shot and killed in his hometown Los Angeles on March 31. BET broadcasted his public memorial service, which was held at the Staples Center.

During his life, Nipsey spearheaded multiple activism initiatives.

His work included his investment in education by starting his STEM and technology center Vector 90 for African-American youth in the Crenshaw area L.A., his “Our Opportunity” investment fund to rebuild urban communities nationwide that were neglected in the 2008 recession recovery and a gang violence summit with the LAPD scheduled just days before his death.

Orlando said BET is determined to uphold his name.

“We will continue to remember his advocacy and be inspired by the groundwork he set forth and his dire commitment to social change,” Orlando stated. “We are forever grateful, humbled and honored to have experienced his presence and we are invested in doing our part to ensure that the marathon will indeed continue.

“It is an immense honor for us to recognize him with this year’s Humanitarian Award.”

Kid Cudi To Star Opposite Keanu Reeves & Alex Winter In “Bill & Ted: Face The Music”

Filed by Bunny RobertiBunny Roberti

Kid Cudi is adding to his acting resume by co-starring in Bill & Ted Face the Music alongside Hollywood vets Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter. According to a press release, Cudi “has a significant role” in the film.

The movie is expected to be released on August 21, 2020.

The highly-anticipated film is the third installment in the Bill & Ted series. In the new picture, the duo will “set out on a new adventure, when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it and bring harmony to the universe.”

The Dean Parisot-directed motion picture is scheduled to start production this summer. Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, who wrote the screenplays for the first two Bill & Ted films, are returning as writers.

Lucas & Steve Team With Deepend On Infectious New Collab "Long Way Home"

Filed by Kelli MichelsonKelli Michelson

Teaming up for what might be one of the most massive collabs of the summer, Lucas & Steve continue their blistering 2019 by teaming up with fellow Dutch superstar Deepend on “Long Way Home”.

Surely, these two acts seem to be made for each other. Both have a knack for inviting melodies, uplifting chords, and feelgood vibes, while always maintaining a strong connection with the dancefloor. Recently, both Lucas & Steve and Deepend have explored their pop sentiments more and more, resulting in strong vocal tracks, built to wow festival audiences as well as conquer radio airwaves all over the world. (I have a feeling we may have a club rework coming as well of this, and I for one can’t wait.)

Building a warm, summery vibe with sweet guitar chords, radiant vocals take over towards a huge singalong chorus, exploding into a mesmerizing drop, It’s a musical climax delivered here by two acts at the height of their abilities – resulting in a record that’s bound to soundtrack this summer.

“Deepend and us go a long-way back. We’ve known each other from (Dutch province) Limburg, and recording a track together has been on our wish list for a long time. So happy we finally got into the studio together, we really complement each other very well, which you can definitely hear in the end result.”
– Lucas & Steve

“This is definitely my most exciting collab to date. I’ve known the guys for many years and we always had the idea to team up one day. ‘Long Way Home’ represents our common love for uplifting and melodic music suitable for both radio and the big festival stages.”
– Deepend

Lucas & Steve x Deepend – Long Way Home

Karrueche Gets Candid On What It Took To Escape Her Past And Become An Actress

Filed by Donte DishnerDonte Dishner

I sat down with Karrueche to discuss the new season of her hit show on TNT Claws. During our conversation, Karrueche opened up about people underestimating the show and her. “It was great for people to see me on a new level where I was taken seriously. Before I’ve done independent films and low budget. Which is still great and part of my journey as an actor, but for this from season one to now has been very empowering.”

Jenn Lyon who also stars on Claws chimed in to remind us that until now she has always been attached to someone else as someone else’s girlfriend or a social media influencer. “Now she stands on her own,” Jenn said

After that, Karrueche opened up about a pivotal turning point in her life and what it took for her to make a name for herself in order to make it on her own. Karrueche says, “It was tough because I hit a moment in my life where literally, I was like WTF am I going to do? What am I going to do? I thought I used to work at a boutique in LA on Robertson, I was a personal assistant, I worked at Nordstrom for 3 or 4 years before that… Am I going to have to go back to retail?”

Then she remembered she had a large following on social media and contemplated ways to capitalize off of the notoriety. “I have this platform of a million or so followers at the time, that kind of means something but what can I do? But also what can I also do that last, that has longevity? That means something? That has substance not just fit tea.” Adding “that’s not to shade to people who make their money off that just not me. That’s just not what I want to promote.” Karrueche goes on to explain how she got offered spots on multiple reality shows but turned them down because that’s not what she wanted to do with her life.

She decided to take up acting and she admits it wasn’t an easy journey. “It was hard, even when I started my acting career, Jesus Christ it took some time. I went on so many auditions, at one point my agency was like so you haven’t booked anything are you sure this is what you want to do? I was like fuck! This sucks, but it was a real question I had to ask myself and I had this tiny little voice in the back of my head that said don’t give up, don’t give up… So I told my manager that I’m going to stick through this. I’m going to do it. I’m going to continue to just work hard and eventually I made my way but it’s a tough journey.”

After hearing she was good but just too green she finally landed Claws after doing some low budget indie films that helped lay the foundation for the success that she’s having now. Claws one of the top shows on TNT and won a couple of NAACP Image Awards. Catch new episodes Sundays on TNT.

Quasimoto Gets His DJ On In Freddie Gibbs, Madlib & Anderson .Paak’s “Giannis" Video

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Freddie Gibbs and Madlib have dropped their third single featuring Anderson .Paak and first video for “Giannis” from their highly anticipated second collaborative album Bandana.

Their new album is slated for release on June 28.

The song title is inspired by NBA All-Star and Milwaukee Bucks player Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Madlib’s longtime alter ego and Bandana album cover figure Quasimoto is the only presence is in the song’s cartoon visual. He monitors a turntable with his trusty brick in hand and joint steaming from his mouth.

Also, there is a Bandana vinyl LP jacket is visibly near him as record spins.

Watch the video above.

Netflix Crafting Video Games Based On Its Shows

Filed by Donte DishnerDonte Dishner

Netflix is continuing to expand its entertainment empire with video games based on its original series. Stranger Things 3: The Game, which is based on the acclaimed sci-fi horror show, will be available for purchase July 4 — the same day the new season premieres.

The popular streaming service is also planning the same for The Dark Crystal: Age Resistance series, which is a prequel to the Jim Henson movie from 1982. The game is scheduled to be released later this year.

Netflix isn’t creating or producing the games though; the company is licensing the characters to outside studios.

“We’re looking for opportunities to extend the universe these shows and films into other mediums,” Chris Lee, director interactive games at Netflix, said during a panel at the 2019 E3 expo. “To me, it was really obvious to try to do that into video games.”

The streaming giant first licensed a Stranger Things mobile game in 2017. A new mobile game is scheduled to launch in 2020.

Netflix is using Stranger Things and The Dark Crystal: Age Resistance as a test for future potential releases for its other shows. The games will be available on most the major gaming consoles, as well as PC.

Chris Brown Thunderstorms Shade Onto Karrueche & Victor Cruz's Instagram Bae Pic

Filed by Rebecca RobertiRebecca Roberti

It appears Chris Brown is still keeping tabs on his ex Karrueche Tran. The controversial singer caused a stir on social media with his reaction to an Instagram photo Karrueche and her current boyfriend Victor Cruz.

Breezy took multiple shots at Cruz’s clothing in the comments the former New York Giants wide receiver’s post and fered advice to his ex.

“No shade boo, BUT PLEAS STLYE HIM,” Brown wrote in a message filled with typos and misspellings. “He look like he shopping f the manikin and trying to bargain wit the sales manager. Retired wrestler spanks. IM FUCKING AROUND … good bless.”

He added, “No shade. Just minor.”

But Brown wasn’t done. He continued to plea for Karrueche to improve Cruz’s wardrobe in another series remarks.

“Nothing bad or major . UPGRADE HIM SIS,” he wrote. “I’ll take him around to style him. NOT HATE. He just need some game spirit.”

He concluded, “Peace love and joy. JUST PLEASE UPGRADE YA MAN BOO.”

Brown has since deleted all his comments on Cruz’s post. But, he couldn’t do so before some screenshots were taken.

Check out everything the polarizing artist had to say about the former NFL player’s attire above.

Chance The Rapper Tells Self-Proclaimed Day 1 Fan To "Eat A Dick"

Filed by Joe NoletteJoe Nolette

Chicago, IL – A lighthearted question and answer session between Chance The Rapper and his fans on Twitter soured fairly quickly after one overzealous individual brought the Southside Chicago out the rapper.

It all started on Wednesday, (June 12) when Chance initiated a seemingly playful dialogue in a series tweets that asked questions like, “At what time does it stop being brunch?”

Chance soon started curving fans after one caught his attention with their disapproving reply to a video he made using a snippet TisaKorean’s “Soapy Anthem.”

“I need something to dance to my guy. “We at the carnival I really like the fair” doesn’t get my jitterbug going. Still excited for the album though,” the Twitter user wrote in response to the video.

Chance’s reply was swift and presumably injected with sarcasm as he directly addressed the lone comment.

“No one cares brice,” he began the tweet.

“Just learn how to dance and stop bitching.”

It appears his reply angered a couple tweet watchers who decided to step in and say their piece, and thus, the flood gates burst open when a user going by the name Chris Richardson replied to Chance.

“People have different tastes and that’s fine but the way you’re talking to fans who’ve been with you since 10 day is disappointing and that ego reflects in the quality your newest music,” Richardson wrote in a response to the rapper.

The response Richardson received was even more swift and blunt than the previous.

“Eat a dick,” Chance replied.

As if the harsh remark wasn’t enough, Richardson hurled another insult at Chance, and from there, a small back and forth exchange began.

By this point, other users began to chime in, some expressing their support and or disbelief Chance’s behavior and others coming to the support Richardson.

“Nah I refuse to believe that’s Chance talking. 100% he was hacked. Impossible,” a user replied to the thread with Richardson.

Richardson replied, “he sure didn’t use to act like that.”

“Nah it’s me,” Chance wrote, assuring fans the free smoke was a product his frustration.

The exchanges continued and Chance continued to put people in their place.

Chance seemingly took all the Twitter beef in great stride, though, moving on and tweeting “Boom bow,” immediately following the interactions with fans.

T.I. To Star In Flint Water Crisis Film Produced By Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment

Filed by Rebecca RobertiRebecca Roberti

Los Angeles, CA – The Flint water crisis has been going on since 2014, with residents the Michigan city affected by lead-tainted water and associated health issues.

Criminal charges against eight ficials involved in the crisis were recently dropped, but this scandal is not going to be forgotten any time soon. A film about the matter, made by Will Smith’s production company and starring T.I., is slated for release.

The Atlanta rapper will headline Flint, written and directed by Malcolm M. Mays, best known for acting in the FX series Snowfall (created by late director John Singleton). The film is coming from Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment.

Though based on a real-life event, the film appears to be at least partly fictionalized. An early synopsis says it’s about an ex-convict who, after a spiritual awakening, finds himself entangled in a murder mystery involving a former flame as well as a young protégé. During this time, T.I.’s protagonist uncovers the root the water crisis affecting his hometown.

Also starring in the film will be Fast & Furious actor John Ortiz. The film will have multiple people serving as producers. Singleton will be credited as an executive producer, as he was instrumental in getting the film f the ground.

Since starring in 2006’s A.T.L., T.I. has gained an impressive resumé film credits, appearing in hits like American Gangster, Get Hard, and both films in the Ant-Man series. He is typically credited as “Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris.”

Smith is not the first in his famous family to shine a light on this issue. His son, Jaden, has been doing his part to bring clean water to Flint. His company JUST water and First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church have brought a mobile filtration system called “The Water Box” to the city to help detoxify its water.