Forbes: The indirect spoils of streaming can be even greater. Abel "the Weeknd" Tesfaye parlayed his play count--5.5 billion streams in the past two years--into an estimated $75 million touring advance. To him it's all part of the model he's been following throughout his rapid rise, one that applies to all sorts of businesses: Create an excellent product, make it widely available and flip the monetization switch when the timing is right.
The culture of Hip Hop continues to transform the modern world including our present-day language and the way that we speak day to day. Case in point...EMINEM'S song and term "Stan" has been added to the Oxford Dictionary. "Stan", the hit record from Em's "Marshall Mathers" LP released in 2000 is about "a crazed fan who became so irate that Eminem didn't return his letters that he killed his pregnant girlfriend, drove off a bridge, and drowned. The term "Stan" has since been used in much less-than-gory contexts to describe one's liking and admiration for pretty much anything."
We're sending a huge salute JAY ELECTRONICA for dropping "LETTER TO FALON", his new joint inspired by and dedicated to Kevin Durant. After sending a series of Tweets which spoke about how KD's performance in the NBA finals led him to drop a new song, Jay Electronica stated, "Letter to Falon is dedicated to all who are pushing forward through adversity, hard trials and hate from the naysayers. Keep going."
Angelina Jolie is lending her support to the Canadian co-produced movie, "The Breadwinner". “I am proud to be a part of this beautiful film with this timely and very important subject matter. Millions of girls around the world have to grow up before their time, working to provide for their families at a very young age and in difficult circumstances. They have the strength to do what no one should ask little girls to do.” - Angelina Jolie
If you haven't yet watched HBO's "Big Little Lies" featuring Zoe Kravitz, then you are doing yourself a terrible disservice. On the critically acclaimed limited series, Zoe Kravitz plays Bonnie Carlson, the free-spirited second wife of Nathan Carlson— the ex-husband of Monterey, California’s queen bee, Madeline Martha Mackenzie. Kravitz plays the only black woman on the show. Allure magazine writes, "Her character, Bonnie, kind of an alt-left paragon on the surface at least, seems uncannily laid-back and reasonable and generous in the drama’s tense, repressive environment, full of helicopter moms and competitive parenting." Now Zoe is featured on Allure Magazine's June 2017 cover and in light of recent political events, in the article she speaks on identity politics. Zoe states, “Racism is very real, and white supremacy is going strong.” And identity is not something to be mocked or taken lightly. It’s better in her words: “I am definitely mixed. Both my parents are mixed. I have white family on both sides. The older I get, the more I experience life, I am identifying more and more with being black, and what that means — being more and more proud of that and feeling connected to my roots and my history. It’s been a really interesting journey because I was always one of the only black kids in any of my schools. I went to private schools full of white kids. I think a lot of that made me want to blend in or not be looked at as black. The white kids are always talking about your hair and making you feel weird. I had this struggle of accepting myself as black and loving that part of myself. And now I’m so in love with my culture and so proud to be black. It’s still ongoing, but a big shift has occurred. My dad especially has always been very connected to his history, and it’s important to him that I understand where I come from.”
Dress to impress and let your hair down when partying at Blume Nightclub on a Sunday night. Blume Sundays has redefined nightlife in Miami's financial district, Brickell, and has become the new playground for celebrities, models, and sports figures. What is the appeal? What makes Blume Sundays so special and so attractive to locals and tourists alike? We are giving you 10 reasons why Blume Nightclub on a Sunday night is the only place in the world you need to be.
Today, FUTURE released the visuals for his latest hit, "Mask Off" featuring Amber Rose as the leading lady. TheFader writes, "After teasing the video earlier this week, Future has dropped the official "Mask Off" visual. In the big budget video, which you can see above, Future drives past as an armed robbery spills out onto the street. The dark and murky scene is filled with flaming trash cans, a snake, multiple flute players, and Amber Rose in the passenger seat. Later on we see the armed robbers clashing violently with police. The Colin Tilley-directed video comes after "Mask Off" went platinum and became Future's highest charting single to date."
Beyoncé's “Formation Scholars” Scholarship Program wants to reward young women studying creative arts, music, literature, or African-American studies at 4 designated Universities; Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design. and Spelman University. Beyonce's goal is to support young women who are not afraid to think outside the box.
CONSEQUENCES OF SOUND: "The Wild’s production is absolutely modern, but many of these beats have a dark edge that pairs much better with the angry flow Raekwon has perfected over the past three decades. “This Is What It Comes Too” immediately recalls classic ’90s Raekwon. The New York MC effortlessly drops vivid, hard-hitting lines like, “Stroke my bullets with cyanide/ So when they touch you that’s a case closed.” Raekwon spits an endearing recount of the life of Marvin Gaye on “Marvin”. The song features a big hook from CeeLo Green, who cuts through this boom-bap track like an outstretched hand pulling the cut into 2017. “Marvin” and “I Have Nothing” both come with the boom-bap foundation that should please Raekwon’s longtime fans."
Possibly the best series ever written for modern television, HBO's GAME OF THRONES Season 7 will be leashed upon us July 16th according to the new video preview released today. It's rumored that this will be the last season of this amazing show derived from a series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin. If you haven't kept tabs on GAME OF THRONES through watching previous seasons, you have missed out on an incredibly addictive phenomenon.