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Johnny Burgos uplifts the spirit on “Keep Us Down” 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


“Keep Us Down” is the newest record from singer/producer Johnny Burgos who takes time to reflect on the current state of affairs in the US of A.

The self-produced record has a very organic and soulful texture with its lush guitars, laidback groove, and warm basslines. Burgos goes for a different style on this one and delivers his verses in a melodic rap style which actually added strength to the message being conveyed. As an artist, Burgos knows he has to reflect the times in his music but how to do it is another story entirely. The track doesn’t seem forced and truly showcases his versatility across the board. The topic is something that needed to be captured on wax and Burgos definitely adds his voice to the protest with this excellent addition.

“Keep Us Down” also features guitarist Keenan McRae and keyboardist DevaughnDay DayDenegall.

Get “Keep Us Down”  on all platforms here.

 

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Azealia Banks Claims Kanye West Is In The Closet, Then Shaves Her Head [Video] 

Source: American rapper Azealia Banks performs at O2 Academy, Brixton Featuring: Azealia Banks Where: London, United Kingdom When: 19 Sep 2014 Credit: Carsten Windhorst/WENN.com

Just when you thought Azealia Banks had ran out of tea she brews a new batch. She has called out one Rap’s biggest names and then followed it up with a drastic makeover.

As spotted on HipHopDX, the Harlem, New York native is once again doing the most on her social media channels. On Friday, July 31 she took to Instagram to discuss some current topics one of which was Kanye West and his recent outbursts. “Maybe the fact that a lot of those mothers did not want to abort their child, you know? Maybe due to f***ing systematic races and you know, you can’t make an equality” she asked.

The “212” rapper went on to claim that Yeezy is fighting his sexual truth. “Maybe they had to give their babies up. Maybe there were a lot of tears that the women had to cry, you know. You ever stop to think about that, mutha***a? No, because you don’t have a f***ing bipolar disorder ni***. You’re a closeted homosexual.”

She went on to shave her head bald due to Covid-19 concerns. “I’m about to have my Britney Spears moment,” she said. “I feel like Britney b***h on some 2007 sh*t. I’m going to shave my head, b***h, just to feel fresh again. The way these coronavirus cases are going around, I’m very scared to have someone take care of my natural hair. I’m going to keep a baldie. I’m going to be bald under these wigs.”

You can watch the scalp below.

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Reebok & Khalid Kick Off “Write Your Legacy” Contest For Aspiring Singers 

Reebok and Khalid Announce “Write Your Legacy” Contest

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Okay future stars of the music industry, Reebok and Khalid are ready to give someone the chance of a lifetime and give a very lucky person the chance to become the “Lovely” singer’s apprentice.

Reebok and Khalid Announce “Write Your Legacy” Contest

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Reebok and Khalid have kicked off their “Write Your Legacy” contest which allows anyone living in the U.S. to submit a 2 minute video to in which they explain what they want their legacy to be and blessing Khalid with a sample of their singing skills. The lucky winner of the contest won’t just be bestowed with two 60 minute singing and songwriting virtual workshops with Khalid and his producers, Denis Kosiak and Khyrie Tyler, but they’ll also receive a cool $10,000 to kickstart their career along with a year’s worth of Reebok attire.

Khalid explained why he was happy to be a part of the contest saying he knows how important it is for artists to get a helping hand to get their career off the ground.

“The voices of young people need to be heard and amplified,” said Khalid via a press statement. “For me and so many other young artists, music isn’t just a form of self-expression, it is our life, it is our air, it is who we are, it is how we breath and it is how we share our stories with the future. I am thrilled to help an upcoming artist find their voice and write their own legacy.”

The contest ends on August 18th with the winner being notified on September 1.

Anyone living in the U.S. and interested in taking the chance of lifetime can submit their videos to Reebok.com/legacy.

Good luck and God speed to all who enter. We’re rooting for y’all.

Reebok and Khalid Announce “Write Your Legacy” Contest

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Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Lil Yachty & More Rally To Save TikTok From The Scourge That Is Donald Trump 

Lil Nas X, Lil Yachty & Lizzo Rallying Behind TikTok

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While Microsoft is working at breakneck speed to finalize a deal to purchase TikTok to keep it operating in the United States, some of music’s biggest names are rallying to save the social media platform.

Despite the threat of TikTok being possibly banned by Donald Trump, the social media platform’s most popular users, not named Jason Derulo, are still posting and rallying behind the Chinese-owned app. Lil Nas X, Lil Yachty, Lizzo, DJ Dillon Francis, and more have all continued to show their support for the troubled app in their own unique ways.

Lil Nas X who till this day still has the biggest TikTok hit of all-time, voiced his support on Twitter with a straight to point message screaming:

“free my n*gga tik tok”

Lizzo, who also could thank TikTok for helping her music career become the force it is still posting on the platform regularly. Irn her latest post, the “Truth Hurts” crafter can be seen doing some impressive hand choreography to Jasiah’s single “Crisis.”

@lizzo

POV I been working on this TikTok all day and I ask u to watch me

♬ Crisis – Jasiah

Lil Yachty loves TikTok and uses the app to show off goofy personality. In a recent post that he shared with his TikTok followers, Lil Boat hilariously pleads with Trump to leave the social media platform alone.

Trump plz don’t take TikTok away from me… it’s the only app I can be myself publicly on.”

@lilyachty

Trump plz don’t take TikTok away from me… it’s the only app I can be myself publicly on #fyp #foryoupage

♬ original sound – reggiefisher15

Last but not least, DJ Dillon Francis who posts multiple videos daily dropped one, in particular, meditating to the Halo theme song while hoping Microsoft will save the day. He also urged his followers to interact with the video to “help save TikTok.”

@dillonfrancis

please don’t let us down Microsoft

♬ Halo Theme – L’Orchestra Cinematique

With these prominent artists backing the app, TikTok has a strong case to stay. BUT they might want to fix a glaring issue, and that is Black users complaining about being censored.

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Rihanna Is The Next Cover For ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ 

(FILE) Rihanna's Charity Donates $5 Million for Global Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic Relief. Rihanna...

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Rihanna is back snatching our edges.

The superstar has been tapped for the cover the iconic fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar for the September issue.

Making home life look sexy, the Gray Sorrenti photographed shoot which was directed creatively by Jen Brill features Rhi Rhi posing in designer pieces from Chanel, Dior and Miu Miu along with looks from her own Fenty and Savage x Fenty brands.

From taking out the trash pantless to changing a light bulb and rummaging thru the fridge, Rihanna is serving several looks in lacy undies, hot pink Amina Muaddi heels, and several sparkling diamond necklaces along with a vintage Nemesis Records T-shirt that reads: “End racism by any means necessary.”

During the interview besides the aphrodisiacal photo shoot,the style icon discusses the launch of her latest project, Fenty Skin, her goals for her Fenty empire and how her mother shaped her views on beauty.

In regards to the direction she intends to take Fenty Skin, Rihanna revealed that her plan is to bring the same sensibility she brought to Fenty cosmetics to skin care. After spending more than two years developing the line, Rihanna ultimately curated a collection of three multitasking two-in-one products: makeup remover/cleanser, serum/toner, and an SPF moisturizer.

“I’ve always seen the Fenty brand as more than just makeup, and I knew I wanted to make skin care from the very beginning,” Rihanna says. “It was just about getting it right. You have to live with the formulas for awhile and test them in different ways. It’s very different from makeup in that sense. It takes a long time.”

In addition to discussing her newly launched skin care line, Rihanna talked about how instrumental her mother was in her youth, which eventually inspired her to jump into the realm of skin care.

“She knew everything about perfume, skin care, and makeup,” Rihanna said. “She never let me wear makeup, but I was secretly fascinated. So when she’d leave home, I would play around with hers.”

To read the full interview, click here.

Damning Article Accuses TikTok of Censoring Black Users & “Digital Blackface” 

TikTok Accused of Muting Black Users Content &

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TikTok has been in the news a lot lately, mainly because of Donald Trump and his threat to ban it. A new story highlights another issue plaguing the Chinese-owned insanely-popular social media platform.

In a very damning write-up dropped by Wired, TikTok and its white users are being called out for its blatant of use of “digital Blackface.” The story details how Black users are being censored for basically pushing pro-Black messaging in their content while white users continue to gain popularity by using Black culture as a caricature.

The story focuses on one Black TikTok user, Brianna Blackmon, who found out just how shady TikTok moves. The story describes how a post she shared that featured her rapping and calling out the platform for unfairly Black users. In the post, she rapped, “Black creators on this app have had enough.” “So we switched our pictures, put our fists up just to say what’s up.”

The post gained popularity quickly and is being reshared by other users and receiving praised. When Blackmon logged in the next day to check her numbers, she surprised to see the video is up, but it has been muted. Blackmon is not alone, her 29 other Black users have experienced the same issue despite not violating TikTok’s community guidelines. They also feel the social media platform is working against them while letting other users (mainly white) make a mockery of Black culture.

Per Wired:

“Over a period of two months, I heard from 29 Black creators who shared stories about muted posts, in-app harassment, and incidents of racism. They said the problems on the app are deeper and more widespread than simple isolated incidents. “Ever since I joined I’ve felt like the app is against me,” one told me. Another added, “It’s disgusting how much they have allowed to go unchecked.” Together, their experiences belie the perception of TikTok as an app of joy and creativity, revealing instead a place tangled up in an ancient pain—a site of blurred visions and youthful ignorances, where flattery quickly turns into mockery, mockery into theft, and theft into something altogether more disturbing.”

While Black users are experiencing their posts being muted, their white counterparts are enjoying popularity on the app at the expense of Black culture. The article points out how Chris Guarino, a white teen, gained popularity with a post by using Nene Leakes’ famous “the ghetto” moment from Real Housewives of Atlanta in a clip that went viral.

“In a video uploaded to TikTok last December, a white teen saunters through an airport terminal, roller suitcase in hand. As he passes the check-in counter for Spirit—the notoriously awful low-cost airline—a look of mild irritation crosses his face. He glances left, then right. “Whew chile, the ghetto,” he says, elongating the o in ghetto. Only it’s not the young man’s voice we hear. It’s that of reality diva NeNe Leakes, whose audio was pulled, edited, and resynchronized for the eight-second clip.”

The video has gone on to amass over a half a million views. It also puts on full display corporation’s love for what is now called digital Blackface and white people’s infatuation for Black culture, the popularity it can bring when exploited. Wired reached out to Guarino for comments, but he did not respond and has since deleted his TikTok account.

The story goes on to highlight other posts from white users using Black culture for the sake of views as well. It’s clear that if TikTok wants to remain popular, it has some glaring issues to work on, and their not all Trump-related either.

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HHW Gaming: More Exclusives Announced For ‘Marvel’s Avengers’ On PlayStation 

'Marvel's Avengers' Announcments Confirms More PlayStation Exclsuives

Source: Square Enix / Crystal Dynamics

Xbox, PC, and Stadia gamers were BIG MAD after Sony announced Spider-Man as a Playstation exclusive character for Marvel’s Avengers. Sony just dropped even more news about exclusives coming with the Crystal Dynamic’s title.

At this point, its looking PlayStation is indeed the best place to play when it comes to Marvel’s Avengers. In a new post shared today (Aug.4) on PlayStation’s blog, Crystal Dynamics revealed that even more exclusives that PS4 players will get to enjoy before Xbox, Stadia, and PC owners.

Today’s post focused on Community Challenges, a feature that will be featured in all versions of the game. The feature will see players trying to accomplish goals to unlock rewards. Crystal Dynamics was very stingy when it came to revealing precisely what those rewards will but did announce it won’t be difficult for players to take part in the challenges and that they could look forward to new ones each month.

But like Spider-Man and the upcoming beta, PlayStation owners will have access to exclusive Community Challenges. PS players will also be blessed with Legendary and Epic outfits, emotes, and takedowns (a cosmetic upgrade that heroes can perform when certain circumstances are met) as a timed exclusive for 30-days. It was revealed they will apply to all six core Avengers at launch plus post-launch characters like Hawkeye.

But wait there is more, PS Plus owners will also be given a free bundle for Ms. Marvel and for other post-launch characters. The package will include a rare outfit, 100 credits, and a nameplate. Players can expect to receive their free goodies when Hawkeye drops.

Marvel’s Avengers arrives on September 4 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC. PS5 and Xbox Series X owners will be able to upgrade the game to next-gen for free at a later date.

Photo: Square Enix / Crystal Dynamics

VIDEO: Dragon Fli Empire share summer drenched visuals for “Overtime” 

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond


The veteran duo Dragon Fli Empire returns with the visuals for the previously released single “Overtime,” which is the second single from the 2020’s Banff Avenue album.

Directed by Oliver Banyard, the visuals go for a calm summer-drenched aesthetic with the classic fisheye effects amongst other motifs to solidify the duo’s laidback style. It’s very nostalgic and harks back to the classic era of hip-hop which is not so common these days.

Get “Overtime” on Apple Music and Spotify below.

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