Kung Fu Kenny and Bono’s boys are back together for a track that bridges the gap between those two previous collaborations, “American Soul”. “American Soul” appears to be the song Lamar sampled for “XXX.”, as Bono’s first lines appear in both tracks. It also seems to bleed right out of “Get Out of Your Own Way”, as Lamar opens with the same blessings with which he ended the previous single. It’s also a pro-immigration and refugee call, as Bono sings lines like, “It’s not a place/ This country is to me a thought/ That offers grace/ For every welcome that is sought.”
Hov has written an op-ed for The New York Times in which he argues that Mill’s case “is just one example of how our criminal justice system entraps and harasses hundreds of thousands of black people every day.”
The Roc Nation head goes on to call probation “a land mine, with a random misstep bringing consequences greater than the crime. A person on probation can end up in jail over a technical violation like missing a curfew.”
Speaking specifically to Mill’s situation, he reiterates the well-referenced fact that both the prosecutor and the parole officer recommended no additional jail time, suggestions Judge Brinkley ignored in her sentencing. Further highlighting how unjust Brinkley’s ruling is, JAY-Z points out that the Mills probation status stems from an 11-year-old case, and that the charges that led to the recent violations were all thrown out. JAY writes,
“In March, [Mill] was arrested after an altercation in a St. Louis airport. After video of what had actually happened was released, all charges were dropped against Meek. In August, he was arrested for popping a wheelie on a motorcycle on his video set in New York. Those charges were dismissed after he agreed to attend traffic school.”
Yes, there were no actual charges against Meek Mill, yet he still is being sent to jail “..It’s time we highlight the random ways people trapped in the criminal justice system are punished every day,” JAY-Z continues. “The system treats them as a danger to society, consistently monitors and follows them for any minor infraction — with the goal of putting them back in prison.”
Super-producer Swizz Beatz was all smiles as he walked across the stage, during a graduation ceremony held for the Harvard Business School. He graduated from the school with a certificate from the Owner/President Management Program. “I just felt like you have to keep graduating your brand,” Swizz Beatz said. “A lot of people get complacent with their success and things that they’ve done before and I just wasn’t comfortable with that because I started transitioning from producer to business owner.”
Tyrese has just won his way through the court. The judge has granted him 50/50 custody of his daughter, Shayla, according to TMZ’s report. This comes a few days after his ex-wife, Norma Gibson, requested a restraining order but the judge denied her that. However, the joint custody will begin in January and until then, the two of them will have to arrange a visitation schedule so Tyrese could spend time with his daughter throughout the holidays.
he Black Star member’s latest project is an 11-track effort featuring an eclectic group of guests. Jay Electronica, Rick Ross, Anderson .Paak, Waka Flocka, Myka 9, Bilal and Robert Glasper Jr. are among the contributors bringing a wide range of styles to the LP.
Chance teamed with Jeremih last December for a holiday mixtape titled Merry Christmas Lil Mama. The nine-track project featured production by Bongo, Zaytoven and C-Sick among others.
According to Bongo, the Chicago duo’s new Christmas album will feature a mix of remakes and original songs.
“It’s gonna be a little bit of both, but pretty much, it’s gonna be a completion of that project,” he said. “We just put it out for the culture, for the fans and stuff. Now, we’re really finishing it up and we’re gonna put it out right. It’s gonna have new music. It’s gonna be mixed and mastered and everything.”
Before Chance delivers his musical gifts for Christmas time, he’ll be hosting Saturday Night Live on November 18. The episode will be a Hip Hop-centric affair since Eminem is the show’s musical guest.
Check out some of the most interesting alternative and experimental hip-hop artists making music: Doom, Clipping, Danny Brown, Death Grips,Odd Future, Blackie, El-P, Aesop Rock, Captain Murphy (Flying Lotus), and Tech N9ne.
Gatorade’s “Be Like Mike” campaign with Michael Jordan is the stuff of marketing legend. In an homage to the ads that dropped over 25 years ago, Jordan Brand unveiled its “Be Like Mike” collection in collaboration with Gatorade. The collection includes kicks, hoodies, sweatshirts and tees. The shoes are the Air Jordan 6 and the Air Jordan 32 low with in a bold orange, white and black colorway and flourishes like Gatorade logos on the soles and insoles.