Category Archives: Music

Kodak Black Arrested On Gun And Drug Charges

(Niagara Falls, NY-AP) — Rapper Kodak Black is out of jail after being arrested on gun and drug charges yesterday while trying to cross from Canada into New York. Kodak, whose real name is Bill Kapri, and several others were stopped by Customs and Border Protection agents, who found an undeclared Glock pistol and marijuana.

The 21-year-old posted bail and was released, leaving jail with a fan of cash hiding his face. Kodak Black has been arrested numerous times in the past. He’s currently facing charges of criminal sexual conduct out of South Carolina.

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Beyonce Releases Surprise Album

(AP) — Beyonce is releasing a surprise album today to coincide with her new Netflix documentary Homecoming.

The unannounced 38-track live album is from her 2018 performance at Coachella.

The documentary also covers the same event, which fans came to call Beychella.

Pink gets Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

(Hollywood, CA-AP) — Pop star Pink has the newest star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The Grammy-winner got her sidewalk plaque yesterday, five days before another possible Grammy win.

She is nominated for best pop vocal album for Beautiful Trauma. Pink joked that many people probably thought she’d only ever make it to the walk of shame. Ellen DeGeneres and Kerri Kenney-Silver were on hand at the Walk of Fame ceremony.

Concert Review: Drake Ends Aubrey And The Three Migos Tour With Three Sold-Out Shows In Atlanta

(Atlanta, Ga.) – Rapper Drake’s rap career started in Atlanta, so it was only right that he end his Aubrey And The Three Migos Tour in the city where it really all began for him.

As the Grammy Award winning rapper told a sold-out crowd Sunday night, he spent a lot of time in the ATL with his mentor Lil Wayne, but it was singer Trey Songz who solidified his entrance into the music world granting him his first feature.

Drake told his fans, “This brother here, my real brother, my day one brother, gave me my start. Gave me my first feature. I love you with all of my heart. For real, I’ll do anything for you!”

The praise and love came after Drake or Aubrey, if ya nasty, teased the crowd with several stories about his early beginnings that left the crowd puzzled about who would be joining him on stage during the last date of the tour.  The audience was almost certain that it would be Lil Wayne, but when he said that he lied about the Young Money CEO being the first one to put him on in Atlanta….the beat to ‘I Invented Sex’ , by Trey Songz featuring Drake dropped, and the crowd went nuts.

It’s safe to say that the decibel meter tapped the top several times throughout the night, but before we get too deep into the highlights and features, let’s start from the beginning.

The lights dim inside State Farm Arena over a plain grey stage that pretty much covers the whole floor with lights and attached jumbo-tron screens hovering above. A screen slowly falls and you see a man tracking the edges of the stage inside as a floating image appears in mid-air. That image is Drake and the man running from one end of the stage to the next, inside the screen, is also the man everyone’s been waiting for…… Drake.

Impressive to say that he channeled Nas for this tour, only needing one mic and an elaborate special effects set that took you pretty much everywhere, deep blue waters, the casino, the basketball court and some futuristic world where Lamborghini and Ferrari cars float in front of you.

Drake had no band, no on-stage DJ, no crew, just a few backup dancers that appeared on what would be considered as Side B of the show and a few features.20181118_225409As for the features, as previously stated, Drake brought out Trey Songz; and what appeared to be out of nowhere, a true ode to Atlanta continued with a surprise performance from Jeezy and Future.  Friday night, he blessed the crowd with Gucci Mane, kicking off a solid weekend that the NFL hopefully paid attention to.  Drake is surely available Super Bowl weekend, if you need someone to help you represent during the halftime show in the A. He knows how to bring the ATLiens out.

20181118_231943.jpgAs rumors that the show was scheduled to end at 11 floated around, Drake kept asking if the crowd wanted to keep going and I concluded that either Sunday night had a later end time or he was willingly to pay whatever extra ‘coins’, as the kids say, to please the city that gave him his start. At midnight when the Scorpion effect took over the set, I figured time was winding down and the show was nearing its end.  We’d been there since 7. Whatever money you paid for tickets, you had by all means gotten your money’s worth by then.

One highlight that stood out was Drake’s acknowledgement of the internet wave that ‘In My Feelings‘ created.  Kiki still loves Drake and the crowd loved his usage of fan video during that portion of his performance.

I must say that Drake is quite the talent, even singing during what he called the sexy part of the show. He’s come a long way since Degrassi High, but his talent resonates with what his early years presented and with the superstar he has become.

The Migos served as the official opening act, but, of course, were much more than that.  Hailing from Atlanta, they’ve carried the city on their backs for awhile now bringing depth to what Atlanta adds to the culture and the music business in general. Collectively, Drake and the Migos have a very diverse fanbase which helps push their music from rap to the upper echelon of pop culture with one verse.

The demographic and definition of what their fans are really splits the line of…… well….. all people.  And all….were entertained.

Well done, Aubrey. We’re looking forward to the next one!

 

 

Travis Scott Postpones “Astroworld” Tour Stops

(AP) — Travis Scott is postponing some of the shows on his new Astroworld Tour, which just kicked off last week. The Butterfly Effect rapper has supposedly been having production issues, and just had to cancel a sold-out performance in Tampa, Florida last night.

He has also cancelled another show in Hartford that was supposed to take place later this month, and ones in Cleveland and Milwaukee originally set for December. All four shows will be added to the second leg of the trek that takes place next year.

Pharrell Williams Sends Cease And Desist To Trump

(AP) – Pharrell Williams is taking legal action against President Trump for using his hit song, Happy, at a political rally hours after the deadly mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

He sent a cease-and-desist letter to the commander-in-chief after he played the track at his rally in Indiana on Saturday night. Williams attorney said in a letter that “there was nothing happy about the tragedy inflicted upon our country,” and that Trump did not have permission to use it. Other singers like Steven Tyler, R.E.M. and Queen have also sent the president cease-and-desist letters over his use of their music.

Rapper Found Dead Outside New Orleans Waffle House

(New Orleans, LA-AP) — New Orleans police are investigating a homicide that claimed a local rapper early Monday morning. Officers responded to a call around 1:30 a.m. outside of a Waffle House where they found a 34-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound.

The victim has been identified as Theodore Jones, also known as New Orleans rapper Young Greatness. Investigators are gathering evidence and information to find the person responsible for the shooting.

Suge Knight Takes Plea Deal, Will Serve 28 Years in Prison

(Los Angeles, CA) – If there was ever a real bogey man, ask anybody in the music industry and they’d probably say Suge Knight was it.  Using a street mentality and no limit scare and enforcement tactics, the former football player was able to turn Death Row Records into one of the most profitable labels in the business. With a roster that once included Snoop Dogg, Tupac and Dr. Dre, it’s easy to see how Knight was able to build the empire that he did.

But in the faithful words of Reality star Nene Leakes,’You never win when you’re dirty.’ And that empire crumbled about as fast as it was built and life and business continued to roll downhill for knight.

His recent troubles involve manslaughter in which Suge was seen on video running over a man in his truck at a Compton burger establishment three years ago. His trial for murder, attmepted murder and hit-and-run was set to start with jury selection on Monday.  But, the former Death Row Executive was in court yesterday to enter a no contest plea to voluntary manslaughter and see a host of other charges dropped. In the deal, he’ll serve 28 years in prison.

Jay-Z Criticizes Philadelphia Mayor’s Decision To Shut Down Made In America Festival

(Philadelphia, PA) – Jay-Z is criticizing the Philadelphia mayor’s decision to keep his annual Made In America music festival out of the city next year. The rapper said in an open letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer that Mayor Jim Kenney has banned the festival from taking place at the city’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The event has been held there every year since 2012. Jay-Z said he is disappointed because Kenney allegedly made the decision without speaking to him about it first. He also claims Kenney tried to keep Made In America out of the Parkway this year.

Jay-Z says having it in Philadelphia is integral because the city and the festival both represent the same ideals. He also claims that Made in America has helped boost the city’s tourism.

Cardi B Leads MTV VMA Nominations

(New York, NY) – Cardi B is leading this year’s MTV Video Music Award nominations. The Bronx-born rap artist received ten nominations, including video, song and artist of the year, while Beyonce and Jay-Z received eight nominations.

Other top nominees include Childish Gambino, Drake, Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello and Ed Sheeran. The awards will be given out live from Radio City Music Hall on August 20th at 9 p.m. Eastern.