This year marks the 50th anniversary of the famous Birmingham Civil Rights movement, where Martin Luther King Jr. -- one of the movement's defining figures -- penned his highly regarded 'Letter from Birmingham Jail.' The BBVA Compass Concert for Human Rights will be held in Birmingham to help commemorate the event, and the star-studded concert will be hosted by Jamie Foxx.
Last night's OVO Fest was a big success for the city of Toronto, Drake's fans and, of course, Drake himself, considering the hype surround his upcoming LP, 'Nothing Was the Same,' -- it's steadily nearing fever pitch. One of the event's biggest moments was another Kanye West surprise appearance.
When you really think about it, Rick Ross probably isn't that rare of a name. There's surely plenty more less famous, more svelte people who share the moniker beside famed drug trafficker "Freeway" Ricky Ross, the man who inspired the rapper's alias. A Tumblr web site picked up on that, and the result is hilarious.
It's been a while since Tamar Braxton put out an album -- 13 years to be exact when her self-titled debut LP arrived in 2000. But her follow-up, 'Love and War,' is less than a month away, and the tracklist is finally up for public consumption.
Pusha T is already calling his upcoming 'My Name Is My Name' the album of the year despite some steep competition. The G.O.O.D. Music rapper seems to have an ace up his sleeve though. And no, it's not his rhyming ability, experience or potential guest features. It's Joaquin Phoenix.
One of last year's more pleasant surprises was the Robert Glasper Experiment's 'Black Radio.' It was more than just an album of mostly well-done covers; each song had a tinge of the creativity and originality that ultimately pushed the album to a Grammy award for Best R&B Album. Who'd have thought 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' would sound so good as a melancholy jazzy cut?
This underlying sense of creativity is a reason why it's easy to be excited for 'Black Radio 2' -- which mostly consists of original songs. 'Calls,' featuring neo soul queen Jill Scott, is the first listen from the project.
There's plenty of reasons to be excited for the upcoming NBA season, like the potential dramatic value of seeing Rasheed "Technical Foul" Wallace as an assistant coach and LeBron James' and the Heat's existence, for instance. For New Yorkers, seeing Metta World Peace, aka Ron Artest, team up with the elite Carmelo Anthony and entertaining sharpshooter J.R. Smith is an understandable reason for excitement -- even for non-New Yorkers.
Rapper 50 Cent hasn't been making too many positive headlines this summer. Due to an incident in June, he faces arraignment today on domestic violence charges relating to an alleged assault on his ex-girlfriend and damage to her condo.
Wale's 'The Gifted' hit No. 1 on the charts, Meek Mill's 'Dreamchasers 3' is in the works, and 'Self Made Vol. 3' is arriving in September. Maybach Music Group's Stalley also has 'Honest Cowboy' coming up, and from the looks of the tracklist, he may be on to something.
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