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Wyclef Will Lead A Full Orchestra On Hip-Hop Tour

Fugees co-founder Wyclef Jean is the latest artist to participate in the “A Night Of Symphonic Hip Hop,” concert series.

Clef follows The Roots and Common who have served as past headliners of the series.

Wyclef will kick off his performances in Omaha Nebraska, backed by the Omaha Symphony.

On January 19th, the rapper will run through his hits from his days with the Fugees, as well as numbers from his solo career including his most recent release Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee.

The rapper/producer will then head to Columbus, Ohio on February 17th backed by the Columbus Symphony at the Ohio Theater.

From there, Wyclef will trek to Saint Louis, MO on March 9th backed by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra at the Powell Hall.

Wyclef will give a performance in Dallas, TX on May 2nd at Winspear Open House with the Dallas POPS, while another date in Jacksonville, Florida is being lined up.

“A Night Of Symphonic Hip Hop” is presented by Live Nation Urban and TCG Entertainment.

The Best Hip-Hop Protest Songs Ever

When Eminem released his freestyle as part of the BET Hip Hop Awards’ annual cypher, it turned out to be a 4-plus-minute a capella tirade against President Donald Trump. He indicted the president for his most egregious transgressions: perpetuating racism, emboldening white supremacy, his irresponsibility with North Korea, the attacks on black NFL players, his abandonment of Puerto Rico. The list goes on.

Hip-hop fans, athletes, and mainstream media, praised the lukewarm freestyle as urgent, necessary, powerful and genius. “After 27 years of doubts about rap I am now a fan,” sports and political commentator Keith Olberman tweeted. “Best political writing of the year, period.”

To suggest that Eminem’s mediocre bars were anything other than tepid demonstrates a a shamefully low bar for the craft of hip-hop and for what constitutes bravery. To declare that Eminem’s freestyle about Trump is a turning point in hip-hop is lazy, uninformed. That’s not surprising, though. White artists are often lauded for their courage in speaking out against injustice, while black artists are often overlooked or penalized for the same actions. When Beyoncé showed up to the Superbowl in an outfit that honored the Black Panthers, conservatives slammed her and the police union called for a boycott of her subsequent world tour.

The reality is, rappers have been criticizing the government, picking apart systems of oppression and addressing the pervasiveness of police brutality in black communities since the art form’s inception. It’s why rapper and Public Enemy member Chuck D famously dubbed hip-hop “the black CNN” decades ago.

“To Pimp A Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar, 2015

“Changes,” 2Pac, 1992

“Georgia… Bush,” Lil Wayne2006

“Be Free,” J. Cole2014

“Untitled,” Nas2008

“Fuck the Police,” NWA1988

“Fight the Power,” Public Enemy1989

“A Song for Assata,” Common2000

“Police State,” Dead Prez2000

“Revolution,” Arrested Development1992

“Reagan,” Killer Mike2012

“The Point of No Return,” Geto Boys1996

“Words I Never Said,” Lupe Fiasco2011

“The Message,” Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1982

“Sound of Da Police,” KRS-One1993

“Bin Laden,” Immortal Technique feat. Yasiin Bey, Jadakiss, Eminem2005

Common and J. Cole Will Take Over Capitol Mall And Protest In Sacramento Next Week

Common and J. Cole are working together to take over Capitol Mall in Sacramento, where they will host a community concert and advocate for justice reform.

The rappers will preside over the Imagine Justice concert, which will include appearances frm Goapele, Van Jones and others.

The concert, which is free and open to people of all ages, is aimed at sparking dialogue around many issues impacting today’s society, while spreading a message of “hope, justice, change and love.”


Common Announces Free Concert For Criminal Justice Reform

Common has always been an outspoken individual one the forefront of making viable change in the United States. Today he announces a free concert hoping to promote criminal justice reform.

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“I’m excited to announce that I’ll be hosting a special free concert, #ImagineJustice, on Capitol Mall in Sacramento, CA on August 21 to offer fans with an unforgettable night of music, art and food while we come together to advocate for criminal justice reform,” he posted to Instagram. “In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing the names of the artists who are joining me on this historic night.””As an artist, I believe it is my duty to fight injustice wherever it appears, and take a stand for my fellow brothers and sisters,” the post reads. Take a look below and if you’re in the area on August 21st, be sure to catch Common and likely a slew of other great artists perform for a noble cause.

Common, Kevin Hart & More Diversify The Oscars’ Film Academy Membership

After widespread criticism of the film academy’s overwhelmingly white slate of Oscar nominees this year (all 20 of the acting nominees at the most recent Academy Awards were white) inspired the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite on social media and increased scrutiny of the lack of diversity in the ranks of the organization.

The organization has announced a roster of potential new members that skews younger and more diverse.

Kevin Hart, Common, Emma Stone, Dev Patel, Damien Chazelle , Benedict Cumberbatch, David Oyelowo, Sergio Mendes, Elizabeth Banks John Legend, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Hardy and Rick Famuyiwa are among the 322 membership invitees announced Friday, June 26.

The nearly 6,000-member international group has long been criticized for its largely white, male membership.

Membership in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is by invitation only. Oscar nominees are automatically considered; others must be sponsored by two members of their branch of filmmaking.

Info courtesy of http://www.billboard.com

MultiHop.TV HighLights Azealia Banks To Star in New RZA Movie “COCO”


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Azealia Banks has been cast as the lead character in Coco, an upcoming film directed by Renaissance man and Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA.

The film is the story of a female rapper who signs up for a poetry course in college and becomes interested in slam poetry. The Brooklyn-set film – which co-stars Common, Jill Scott and Lorraine Toussaint – has already begun shooting in New York.

“I’m extremely excited and vigorously inspired to be working with Azealia Banks in my new directorial installment,” RZA said in a statement. “Producer Paul Hall and I have assembled a cool and eclectic cast to surround Azealia. Our story, which is set in today’s contemporary youth culture, will bring a new voice to cinema that needs to be heard.”

Check out Azealia Banks new video  – Ice Princess  below: