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Anderson .Paak Flanked By Dr. Dre & Q-Tip In Epic Photo 

Anderson .Paak arrives at the 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' studio

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Anderson .Paak is preparing to release his latest album Oxnard to the masses, and he has the powerful cosign of Aftermath Records behind him. In an epic photo, the singer and all-around musical talent posted a photo to Instagram featuring his label boss Dr. Dre and Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest in what some might be hoping means a collaborative effort of sorts.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, .Paak seemed confident that Oxnard was going to take listeners back to a time where Hip-Hop albums were event moments. Some might know that .Paak began his career as a rapper under the moniker Breezy Lovejoy, and his new record promises a return to his roots. But what is turning heads for many is the photo and what it could mean for the latest project.

In the photo, Q-Tip and Dr. Dre pose serenely behind him with the caption reading, “Take a second to appreciate what’s happening around you..,” but that doesn’t suggest Q-Tip or Dr. Dre hopped on the boards although it’s tough to imagine why they wouldn’t.

In another photo posted to Dr. Dre’s IG page, Tip and the Doc are seen holding the other artist’s respective classic vinyl LPs in their hands in a brotherly show of respect between two of Hip-Hop’s most vital artists.

Perhaps this is a signal that Q-Tip, who has a project coming via G.O.O.D. Music titled The Last Zulu at an undetermined release date, is back on his musical grind too. One can hope.

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Kanye West & Nick Cannon Squashed Their Beyond Burger Beef Over Kim Kardashian 

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Kanye West and Nick Cannon have come to an understanding. The two stars squashed their questionable at best beef over over Kim Kardashian. 

For a quick recap, Nick Cannon dared to answer questions about Yeezy’s wife, and West, in turn, took to Instagram to say that such actions didn’t sit well with his spirit.

Cannon responded the same day (Thursday, Sept. 20) by saying West was not going to tell him what to say but that he meant no disrespect, and that he was also welcome to appear on Wild ‘N Out again.

Now TMZ reports that after the messages the two of the exchanged numbers via DM, got on the phone and settled their differences over the weekend.

The result, both will be more mindful of their words moving forward. Fair enough.

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Drake To Rejoin Tour With Migos After Flu Scare 

Drake Performs at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

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Drake was forced to shut down two sets in Miami for his nationwide Aubrey and the Three Amigos tour with the Migos after falling ill. It has since come out that the illness that shut down the Canadian superstar was the flu but he’s back on track again.

TMZ reports:

Sources close to Drizzy tell us he will be front and center Monday night at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans — the next stop on his Aubrey & The Three Migos tour. We’re told he touched down in NOLA early Monday morning and is set to perform as scheduled — this on the heels of being sidelined with flu for 2 shows in Miami.

We broke the story … Drake postponed the concerts that were scheduled for Friday and Saturday. He later addressed the cancellations, citing a mysterious ailment that got him “so ill so fast” like never before in his life.

Our sources say Drake’s symptoms included high fever, cold sweats and the shakes. We’re told he had doctors and a nurse visiting his Miami hotel, where they administered IVs and other meds that appear to have done the trick … ’cause now he’s recovered enough to perform.

The road can be brutal on the body and the flu is no joke so the fact Drizzy is back on for the tour is a medical miracle. But as the outlet added, there’s a ton of cash on the line for this tour so there will be very few days off.

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White Cop Who Shot & Killed Black Neighbor In His Own Apartment Finally Fired 

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What took so damn long? Amber Guyger, the white Dallas police officer who shot and killed a Black man, Botham Jean, after she walked into his apartment, has finally been fired. 

The incident occurred on the night of September 6 at the South Side Flats Apartment Complex.

According to Dallas PD, an internal investigation determined that Guyger “engaged in adverse conduct” which merited her getting the axe. Guyger, who has been charged with manslaughter, claims she mistook Jean’s apartment for her own.

Guyger lived on the 3rd floor while Jean resided on the 4th floor. Guyger wasn’t even arrested until three days later. Also, Sly Fox News tried to smear Jean by reporting that marijuana had been found in his residence.

We’ll let you guess why this particular murder victim was being treated as a suspect…

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Damon Wayans Jr. & ‘Basketball Wives’ Aja Metoyer In Custody Battle 

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Damon Wayans Jr. is currently in the middle of a custody battle with the daughter of his mother, Aja Metoyer, and she’s preparing to fight back. Wayans has requested primary custody of the pair’s two teen daughters, which Metoyer, who stars on Basketball Wives, says is a ploy for the actor to pay less in child support.

The Blast reports:

Sources close to Metoyer tell The Blast she’s lawyered up and is prepared to square off against Wayans, who is requesting primary physical custody of their teenage daughters. He claims Metoyer isn’t taking the kid’s education seriously, and believes she’s doing them harm.

However, Metoyer’s legal team tells us they find it “curious” Wayans is making a request for more custody right as he’s also launching a new “lucrative” primetime network show, “Happy Together.”

We’re told Metoyer and her legal team believe Wayans only wants more custody to avoid paying more in child support, because in California child support is commonly established based on the income of the highest earning parent and the percentage of custody they have.

Some might know that Metoyer is the mother of a son she gave birth to in 2013 with Dwyane Wade.

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GAMiE Releases Video For The Song ‘My Hope’ 

With the recent discrepancies concerning hip-hop and rap music in Nigeria, this lad is an exception. This multifaceted artiste; Rapper, Singer, Poet and Actor based in Lagos Nigeria is a f**king talent. I had no doubt he will become a major player in the music industry. Garden fresh from his achieves, GAMiE releases the video to his latest song ‘My Hope’. The video to this ‘Ajo Segigo’ produced song, is directed by Xyz.

According to him, this newly released song ‘My Hope’ is inspired by real life experiences gathered over a period of time.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/my-hope-single/1434638027

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/album/43zDoEtWrcK9CT1GTPawp6?nd=1

SoundCloud – https://soundcloud.com/itsgamie/my-hope

Wale Clapped back at ‘Tammy’ Lahren for Criticizing Michelle Obama: ‘Why U So Mad? 

Michelle Obama is one of the most loved around, so whoever wanted to diss her will have their hands full. On Monday, Tomi Lahren took exception to Michelle Obama calling her husband a “great president” with a tweet that fostered intelligent debate over what constitutes a successful presidency, while also acknowledging how a familial bond would override intense objective scrutiny on this particular subject. Nah, just kidding, it was a troll tweet that predictably got people chirping in her mentions. You know how this whole system works by now. Here, read it for yourself if you haven’t already:

While every tweet Lahren sends out is going to draw harsh responses, the line that seems to be getting the most attention is the “Sit down, Michelle” part. In fact, it got Wale to reprise the wrong name meme that was kind of funny until, like Harambe and Crying Jordan before it, the internet masses got ahold of it and ran it into the ground. Nevertheless, if there’s one dude who should retain the power to drop it, it’s the guy who started it in the first place, and that’s exactly what he did (as we just said) while also invoking Lahren’s past criticism of Colin Kaepernick:

 

MOBO Awards Expands Its Horizons 

If you are a big fan of the MOBO Awards, you will need to read this information to the last detail. The MOBO Awards have been building and expanding upon their legacy for a long time now, earning a deserved reputation as one of the most—if not the most—valued platforms celebrating diverse talent and culture. Over the next 12 months, however, they’ll be taking that to a new level with announcements of a whole bunch of new projects they’re getting underway—as well as news that they’ve partnered with Ogilvy UK, a global advertising and marketing agency, to support them in the busy year to come.

Some big changes in and around the MOBO Organisation and the MOBO Awards are being made to take things to a whole new level in 2019. As a result of all these changes, the decision has been made to pause the 2018 awards ceremony until November next year, after having successfully produced 22 annual shows.

First up is a series of events that MOBO will be co-hosting. The series kicks off with a night at The British Library on Oct. 2 that will celebrate the success and cultural impact of trailblazers in the creative industries and includes talks from MOBO, Elizabeth Uviebinené and Yomi Adegoke (the authors of Slay in Your Lane), as well as Femi Oguns (founder of the Identity School of Acting).

Next up will be a series of new initiatives to help young, starting entrepreneurs pursue their career ambitions in the arts, whether it be music, film or any other discipline—to be launched early next year. Working with partners across the country, MOBO is planning to launch a support programme in the course of next year to help young people who would normally be shut out from these industries by linking them up with the resources they need.

Then there’s MOBO Movies. Having previously hosted screenings for films like Crazy Rich Asians, Whitney and Moonlight amongst others, MOBO will launch its own film production company as well as a series of screenings, starting with the big screen adaptation of Angie Thomas’ best-selling book The Hate U Give.

Continuing the running theme of supporting and investing in young musical talent is the MOBO Help Musicians Fund. The fund was piloted in 2017 to enormous success and now it’s being expanded, doubling the cash pile to £40,000. As they literally double their efforts to feed money in unsigned, independent musicians in the UK, it’s timely that they’ll also soon be announcing the the finalists of this year’s MOBO UnSung competition (supported by PRS Foundation and Arts Council England).

Finally, MOBO has also pledged to continue their work for social causes like the NHS Blood & Transplant. With their B Positive Choir, they’ve made huge gains reaching out to ethnic minority communities specifically for more blood donors (they even made it onto Britain’s Got Talent).

Kanya King, CEO of the MOBO Organisation, said: “We understand that the MOBO Awards will be missed this year, but we will be back in 2019—bigger and bolder. The evolution of the MOBO Awards is always at the forefront of our mind and we want to ensure that we continue to build on the strong foundation of the brand and its heritage for a wider purpose and bigger impact. We will bring the platform to brand new heights and most importantly, continue to amplify the exposure of the large pool of exceptional talent celebrated by MOBO. In this respect, we are very pleased to be teaming up with Ogilvy UK.”

“We are thrilled by all these new developments,” she continued. “It has long been our ambition to expand MOBO into new areas of the arts and help more talent succeed so that exceptional talent will not go unnoticed. We want to thank everyone who has supported us so far and we look forward to continuing this journey with you.”

Michael Frohlich, CEO, Ogilvy UK said: “The team here at Ogilvy UK are incredibly proud to work with MOBO on its brand positioning. We hope to collaborate in ensuring the organisation maintains its place as an influential cultural force in the UK and beyond. Here at Ogivly, we relish the opportunity to build on the MOBO legacy of being an amazing black music and cultural platform for established and emerging artists, while helping shape the brand’s future across music, media and entrepreneurship in unexpected ways.”

FUNKE OLAYODE (a.k.a Funke Celine Dion) MUSIC VIDEO WAS A DEFINING MOMENT 

By the time the video to her song ‘To Ba Joun To Ba Gba’ her remix of Celine Dion’s ‘If That’s What It Takes’, dropped in the year 2000, a year after the release of the audio produced by the now late OJB, it was one of the pivotal moment in the Nigerian music industry. This video changed the narrative of what music videos were and what they are today. It was something abstract from the norms associated with music videos where folks sing and dance along one corner at flower gardens or on the street.  For historians researching the evolution of the art of filming music videos in Nigeria, this is vital for reference.

As the music industry evolved, from Ballroom to Highlife, Fuji, Waka, Juju, Afro-juju, Highlife Jazz to Afrobeat, Pop-music to Afro-pop, the one industry the younger generation were involuntary waiting to also evolve was the music video industry. The hip generation wanted to move along with the pop and hip-hop music era like they see on foreign music videos they consume. They wanted story-lines that resonates with them, simplicity that makes work of art looks extra-ordinary.

Apart from Charly Boy or Blackky who both brought something different and creative in their music videos, Funke’s video arguably was one of those that revolutionized and changed the perception of the modern music video era. It was the first time we saw something unique. The characters in the video were few but the young audience connected with them . The video was one of the most played on Clapperboard TV and Lunch Break on AIT (these were the only two channels where most Nigerian youths especially those based in Lagos watched urban music videos). Directed by Shina Adedeji, featuring OJB as the male model, this video was a game changer. It’s also worthy of note that the role Efe Omorogbe played in shaping this moment was crucial.

Words by Sesan Adeniji