Skepta Releases Track “Bullet From A Gun” Before His Upcoming Album, “Ignorance Is Bliss”

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London based MC Skepta shares the first single titled “Bullet From A Gun” ahead of his latest project.

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The new track is produced by Skepta himself, along side Ragz Originale. It follows going into a number if different subjects like super models, the relationship he has with his father, and his baby daughter.

“Ignorance Is Bliss” will be Skepta’s first album to be released in three years, after his most recent album, Konnichiwa, was released back in 2016. When asked about his upcoming fifth album, Skepta had this to say, “the internet is making everything and everyone politically correct, but that takes away the artistry. Ignorance Is Bliss deals with the yin yang of life. True Skepta, saying it exactly how it is.”

Ignorance Is Bliss is set to release on May 31.

You can stream Bullet From A Gun below:

You can follow Skepta on: Twitter //  Facebook // Instagram // Spotify // Apple Music

Missy Elliot Announces She’s Finished Working on her Upcoming ‘Big Project’

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Hip-hop legend Missy Elliot took to Instagram to announce the upcoming LP that she’s been working on since last year.

“I just finished a long project I been working on since last year & this my mood ‘Keep On Movin’ I’m bout to show yall I’m on some next ish,” she wrote. You can view the post below:

Missy teased her fans about the project after posting footage of her reunion with fellow music icon Timbaland. Apparently, the two have been collaborating on her upcoming project soon to be released.

She’s also mentioned on Monday through Twitter that “It has been a very intense no sleep 5 weeks working on this since last year. I been sick on and off from weather change and this pollen has been kicking my ass but it will be all worth it! I’m excited.” You can view the comment below:

Missy’s last full length album released was “The Cookbook” back in 2005, but that hasn’t halted her influence to the game and how much she has accomplished during her career. Earlier this year in January, Missy made history by becoming the first woman rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She is the third rapper to be inducted.

The Hall of Fame’s 50th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner is scheduled for June 13 in New York.

You can follow Missy Elliot on: Twitter // Facebook // Instagram // Spotify // Apple Music

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 //

Schoolboy Q Performs Latest Single, “Numb Numb Juice” and Debuts New Song “Chopstix” on The Jimmy Fallon Show

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Schoolboy Q performed his single “Numb Numb Juice” for the first time last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

With only projections on a screen, no hype-man, and some backing from band The Roots, Q carried the stage by himself transitioning between dance moves and breathless rapping his verses back to back. Following up, Q debuted his newest single “Chopstix” that includes a Travis Scott feature. Though Scott wasn’t there physically, his vocals were clearly indicated.

Last week a Dave Free – directed music video was released for “Numb Numb Juice”. Some clips from the video could be recognized during Q’s performance. At the end, it was announced that we can expect an upcoming album “very, very, very, very soon”.

You can watch the video to Numb Numb Juice below:

This will be Q’s latest album to be released since Blank Face back in 2016; which was on Spin’s list of the 50 Best Albums of the Year.

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:

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Anderson .Paak Announces New Album Along With Upcoming U.S. Tour

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California native Anderson .Paak is getting ready to release a new album, Ventura, this coming April. Following his previous album Oxnard, which was released last November, .Paak stated that he recorded both projects at the same time.

You can read .Paak’s press statement below:

“Growing up in Oxnard gave me the grit and the church to find this voice of mine. One town over I went further and found my depth. The duality of each place inspired me greatly and from that I made two albums at the exact same time but held one back because that would have been too many songs to perform live for you all! I like ending things on an even number so welcome to ‘Ventura'”

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Along with Ventura, .Paak announced on Twitter an upcoming tour titled “Best Teef In The Game Tour”. Beginning on May 17 in Nashville, TN, the tour is scheduled to have 21 showcases around North America. Producer and song-writer Thundercat will perform at all the show listings, along with special guests such as Earl Sweatshirt, Jessie Reyez, Noname, and Mac DeMarco on select dates and locations.

General public tickets will go on sale March 8th on Live Nation, with pre-sale select markets for American Express card members on March 5th. Each ticket purchase will include a CD or digital copy of Ventura.

You can see the “Best Teef In The Game Tour” dates and locations below:

May 17 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
May 20 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
May 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
May 23 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
May 26 – Westbrook, ME (Portland) @ Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
May 28 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion
May 30 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
June 1 – Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach
June 2 – Detroit, MI (Rochester Hills) @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
June 4 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
June 6 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
June 7 – Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
June 8 – New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
June 11 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
June 12 – Dallas, TX (Irving) @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
June 14 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
June 19 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum
June 20 – Seattle WA @ WaMu Theater
June 22 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheatre
June 27 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

21 Savage Released From ICE; Takes Private Jet Back to Atlanta

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21 Savage, government name She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, has been released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody on Wednesday morning.

“After spending more than one week in detention, 21 Savage has been released on bond” attorney Charles Kuck said. 21 was arrested and detained by ICE in an operational sting targeting another Atlanta rapper, Young Nudy, on February 3rd. ICE claimed that 21 is a U.K. citizen who has overstayed his Visa for the past 13 years.

On the day of 21’s release, TMZ tweeted a picture of the rapper and his mother boarding a private jet near the detention center where 21 was held for approximately 9 days. Artists and activists alike have continued to condemn the way individuals are treated under ICE’s care.

Kuck has stated his client has a current pending U-Visa application with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services that has been filed since 2017.

21’s detention has raised awareness of the immoral and problematic circumstances a number of undocumented citizens/immigrants have gone through and still experience.

The website, Mic, released a video on Twitter showing unity with 21 and other undocumented immigrants facing deportation. The video is filled with a number of stars including J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Khaled, SZA, America Ferrera, Jesse Williams, and others.

At the end the video, viewers are asked to sign the #Free21Savage Petition.

 

 

21 Savage Arrested by ICE; Allegedly Overstaying his Visa

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Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have arrested and detained Grammy-nominated rapper, 21 Savage, government name Abraham-Joseph, early Sunday morning. The arrest took place during a targeted operation in Atlanta. The agency is claiming that 21 is actually a U.K. citizen who has overstayed his Visa for the past 13 years.

“We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with the authorities to clear up any misunderstandings,” lawyer Dina LaPolt stated, “Abraham-Joseph is a role model to young people in the U.S., especially in Atlanta.”

According to the Associate Press, it turns out 21 entered the U.S. legally in July 2005 when he was 13, but has remained in the country illegally since his visa expired in July 2006, ICE spokesperson Bryan Cox said in an emailed statement.

It was learned from an ICE official that back when 21 was arrested in 2014 for felony drug charges, ICE was not yet aware of his immigration status and only learned later.

Reports from CBS News claimed that fellow Atlanta rapper Young Nudy, real name Quantavious Thomas, was the law enforcement’s original target for different reasons. Nudy was allegedly pulled over with 21 and two others in the car. Only after 21 was booked into the system did ICE take notice to his apparent U.K. roots.

It was later learned from DJ BJ, who works closely with both artists, that Nudy and 21 weren’t even in the same car, and platforms are stating that as fake news.

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In response to the arrests, many have taken to social media to show support and some even give their own takes on the incident.

 

While others have taken this as an opportunity to crack jokes about the arrest:

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: