Jessie Reyez Brings in 6lack for “Imported” Music Video

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Originally released in 2018, Toronto artist Jessie Reyez drops a new music video with an updated version of her song “Imported” with a feature from ATL singer-songwriter 6lack.

The flick contains images of identity crisis that balance with the lyrics of relationship with unrealistic standards. The updated version was released on Zane Lowe’s Beat 1 Radio Show on Tuesday.

You can view the music video below:

Reyez is also scheduled to perform a number of shows through out this Spring and Summer in support of her latest album soon to be released. You can follow her tour schedule below:

Jessie Reyez Tour Dates

April 27 – Sacramento, FL @ Sol Blume Festival
May 3 – College Park, MD @ University of Maryland
May 5 – Fresno, CA @ Grizzly Fest
May 31 – New York, NY @ Governor’s Ball
June 2 – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook Ampitheatre w / Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
June 23 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
June 28 – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter
July 3 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Smash! Festival
August 2 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music and Arts Festival

You can follow Jessie Reyez on: Twitter // Facebook // Instagram //

AJ Tracey Released Official Music Video for ‘Necklace’ Featuring Jay Critch

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British rapper AJ Tracey released a music video yesterday for one of his latest songs, ‘Necklace’.

Right after the release of his self-titled debut LP “AJ Tracey”, Tracey links up with fellow artist, Jay Critch, for a western style take for the Necklace video.

You can watch below:

Directed by Hamish Stephenson, the video is filled with plenty of gun slinging, wild west feeling action as the two light up a cantina.

Tracey’s LP debut is described as “a mixed bag but still peppered with hits, inviting elements of dancehall, pop, trap, and garage to the same house party” by Pitchfork.

You can click here for the AJ Tracey LP.

Follow AJ Tracey on:

Twitter // Instagram // Spotify // Apple Music

LeBron James Announces Space Jam 2 Release Date with Official Poster

Spring Hill Entertainment, the film and television company founded by LeBron James and business partner, Maverick Carter, announced the release date for the long expected sequel, Space Jam 2.

The announcement was made Thursday night on Twitter with the official Tune Squad poster; you can see the official image above. Space Jam 2 is the long awaited sequel to the 1996 basketball movie classic, Space Jam starring NBA legend Michael Jordan, actor Bill Murray, and a bunch of the original Looney Tones characters like Bugs and Lola Bunny.

The movie will be directed by Terrence Nance, creator and director of HBO’s “Random Acts of Flyness“, along with Ryan Coogler, director of “Fruitvale Station”, “Creed”, and “Black Panther”, as the producer.

The movie is said to start filming this Summer and is expected to debut in July, 2021. James will be staring as the lead role in the sequel instead of Jordan, as well as being executive producer.

 

 

 

Kelly Rowland to host 2019 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards

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Essence announced on Tuesday that Kelly Rowland will be the 2019 host for the 12th annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards later this month.

The two-time Grammy award winner and six-time nominee said in a statement, “I’m so honored to host this year’s Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards and shine a light on four exceptional women for their art and social activism.” According to Essence, Rowland can’t wait to join the celebration at one of the most anticipated Oscar-weekend events, saluting Black women in Hollywood.

During this years ceremony, Essence will be honoring Regina Hall (Black Monday), Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish), Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), and Kiki Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk). This years timely theme will be: The Power of Our Presence: Art & Activism.

Along with her role on Empire, Rowland will be starting off the year staring as Gladys Knight in BET’s new upcoming series, American Soul. The show is expected to give insight on the work done behind the scenes that went into creating the series, Soul Train.

The Awards ceremony will be held on February 21, 2019 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California.

You can watch Kelly Rowland’s American Soul Exclusive below:

Earl Sweatshirt Announces U.S. Tour along with a Short Film Release, “Nowhere, Nobody,”

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Earl Sweatshirt announced on Wednesday an upcoming 31-day U.S. tour in support of his latest released album, Some Rap Songs. The tour is expected to kickoff in New Orleans on March 23, with a few acts like Black Noi$e, MIKE, bbymutha and more to perform as openers. The tour will run till May 6, with the final show ending in Atlanta. Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, February 1, 2019. You can see the full tour schedule above.

You can click here to pre-order tickets.

Along with his tour announcement, Sweatshirt dropped an almost nine minute short film, Nowhere, Nobody, on VEVO. Co-wrote and directed by Naima Ramos-Chapman and Terence Nance from HBO’s sketch series, Random Acts of Flyness, the picture opens up with Sweatshirt coaching a young basketball team to glory before transitioning into bizarre clips formulated to represent the album.

The film features about six songs from Some Rap Songs. You can view Nowhere, Nobody below:

 

 

 

 

Pharrell To Produce A Musical Inspired By His Life

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Pharrell Williams plans to team with Fox Studios for an upcoming musical film based off his childhood in Virginia Beach.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, William’s film “Atlantis” is stated to be produced through the company of Williams and Miami Valdes, “I Am Other”; and directed by Broadway veteran, Michael Mayer.

Atlantis is apparently described as a love story that’s inspired by his childhood in Virginia Beach. This won’t be Pharrell’s first time working with Fox either. He was also a producer and co-composer the film “Hidden Figures”, which was nominated for three Academy Awards.

Artists Unite and Concur at SXSW

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During the course of this past week, Austin, Texas hosted yet another blow-out experience of the annual SXSW.

South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual conglomerate of music, film, and interactive media conferences and festivals usually taking place during the middle of March on Spring Break. It is a chance to come out and see your favorite artists perform and even get the chance to take a pic with them on the streets of Austin, but for those looking to network in the industry, SXSW would be right up your alley.

SXSW may be able to attract many heads with its headline artists, but the best thing about the festival in my experience is the opportunities it gives up-and-coming artists to perform, connect, or even sign to a label if the time is right (Palm Beach rapper Wifisfuneral signed to Interscope/Alamo Records at SXSW)!

Throughout the week you can see different artists from every genre coming out to the city using the excitement to promote their art, networking with others doing the same. Countless billboards and posters are placed all over the city, live performances on the street can be heard just walking by, promotional gifts handed out for completing social following tasks, interviews are held from bloggers and freelance writers; the whole thing makes you wonder why you’ve never attended sooner.

So if your an industry cat, or an artist looking for a chance at that next step in your career, I’d recommend to make sure your present for the festival next year. You can find the link to the SXSW website along with their complete Music Bloggers Guide below.

Official SXSW Website.

Music Bloggers guide here.