Via Sports Illustrated:
Chance the Rapper held a press conference at Chicago’s Robeson High School on Friday to announce that the Chicago Bulls have matched his pledge to donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools.
In a presser streamed live online, Chance (neé Chancelor Bennett) announced the news on behalf of the Bulls organization and owner Jerry Reinsdorf. The Chicago native, CPS graduate and wildly popular recording artist announced last month that he’d donate $1 million to support Chicago’s struggling school system, with the city underfunded in Illinois’ current budget situation.
Bennett met with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner last month to discuss CPS funding prior to his own donation to myriad CPS schools and the CPS foundation. He also announced Friday the creation of the New Chance Arts & Literature Fund, helping assist CPS schools in need of funding for the arts.
The Bulls stepped up to the plate to assist with the Chicago Board of Education’s $215 million budget gap, which according to the Chicago Sun-Times stems largely in part from a need to pay teachers’ pensions. Chance added that he has raised $2.2 million for CPS since his first announcement through donations from other notable figures.
While the 20th Anniversary of Erykah Badu's debut album, 'Baduism.' was back in February, the celebration of the game changing album still continues. Ms Badu has announced that she will be doing a one-off concert in London.
According to the venue’s Twitter account, the show will reportedly be held in the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will serve as a follow-up to Badu’s initial celebration, which kicked off during her annual “Sauceizm” birthday bash back in February.
Baduizm most notable hits are “On & On,” “Appletree,” and “Next Lifetime.” Badu’s London show will take place July 6. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow (Mar. 31). For more information, click here.
Legendary rap group N.W.A. will be heading to Washington D.C. by way of the Library of Congress. The California natives first album, Straight Outta Compton, will be preserved in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
The group's music is being added mostly because of the cultural and historic nature of the album. Featuring songs like "Express Yourself," "F*ck The Police" and the title track "Straight Outta Compton," the album was a showcase of inner-city life in the late 1980's. Their songs touch on many hot button issues like police brutality and a corrupt criminal justice system, topics that are still relevant today.
Straight Outta Compton will be joining 475 other various recordings currently being preserved at the Library of Congress.
Monday (March 27) afternoon, Chancelor Bennett, better known as Chance the Rapper, announced that he is looking to hire an intern. The Grammy winner and 2017 Lollapalooza headliner made the announcement via his twitter:
No details have been provided on the day-to-day responsibilities that the new intern would have, but work with such an accomplished artist would probably be it's own reward.
Tupac Shakur’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony next month might just have a Death Row Records reunion vibe. The late icon’s former labelmate Snoop Dogg is leading the tribute in honor of his “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” collaborator, according to TMZ.
Meanwhile, Dr. Dre is reportedly in talks to also join the ceremony. The legendary producer is apparently close to signing on and insiders say that the tribute will feature at least three songs, including “California Love.”
Snoop and ‘Pac had a friendly relationship that included “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.” However, ‘Pac reportedly shunned Snoop for not beefing with Puff Daddy and The Notorious B.I.G. at the height of his Bad Boy feud. “Me and him clashed, because [radio host Angie Martinez] asked me on the air, ‘How do you feel about Puffy and Biggie?’ And I said what I felt. ‘They my homeboys. I love ’em,'” Snoop told “Sway in the Morning.”
BJ The Chicago Kid wanted to celebrate the 13th anniversary of Usher's Confessions album in a special way, so he did what he does best, release new music. The Chicago Kid took the opportunity to cover some of the most underrated tracks from the diamond-certified LP. Touching “Confessions Pt. 1,” "Superstar,” and “Can U Handle It” which dives into a “Simple Things” interlude. BJ’s tribute is narrated using some of Usher’s audio clips from previous interviews, most of which express the the R&B legend’s drive and determination.
Check out the tribute EP below:
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Mathew Smith, an 11-year-old British music prodigy, is set to become the world’s youngest conductor to lead a 75-piece orchestra. On April 2, Smith will lead the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra’s performance of John Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” at London’s Royal Concert Hall.
To prepare, Smith has been rehearsing with a 75-piece orchestra once a week. “I first listened to ‘Die Fledermaus’ when I was 7 years old,” Smith told The London Economicearlier in the month. “I’d seen a video of a young child conducting the nine-minute piece and really wanted to give it a go. I managed to conduct the whole thing a few weeks later.”
“I have been rehearsing with NSO for a couple of weeks now and it’s sounding really good. There are some difficult parts where the music gets faster so I have to move my arms more but I’m getting the hang of it.”
Smith, a Grade 5 violinist, plays added that he’s “really excited” to put his “skills to the test and conduct a real orchestra.” The tween, who also plays the drums, guitar, viola and piano, will beat out the record previously held by a 14-year-old boy who conducted a Venezuelan youth orchestra.
But he wasn’t always comfortable with orchestrating. “At first I was nervous but you just get used to doing it, but the thing is you just have to keep counting the beats.”
Watch Smith’s story below.
Early Thursday morning, Kendrick Lamar tease fans by deleting everything on his Instagram and leaving one cryptic post. It was an image featuring the Roman numeral "IV". Many thought that it was hinting at him releasing his fourth studio album. but without any other details, it was all just a theory. Hours later, Kendrick drop another surprise when he dropped his newest track "The Heart Part 4."
This release, of course, further fuels speculation that Kendrick will finally drop the follow-up to 2015’s To Pimp a Butterfly. And it’s likely around the corner.
You can purchase "The Heart Part 4" on through Apple Music but you can listen to the new track below:
It has been just over five years since a 17-year-old young man named Trayvon Martin was murdered at the hands of George Zimmerman. Martin was just a young unarmed black kid walking home when he came across Zimmerman who was a neighborhood watch volunteer at the time. Zimmerman was suspicious of Martin and called for police, but despite being told to stand down, he confronted the teen and in the end Martin's life was gone. Zimmerman would later be acquitted of any charges because he claimed self-defense and sited Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. Now, with the help of The Weinstein Company, Jay-z is hooping to shed more light on the teen's life and controversial death with two new projects.
Jay-Z and The Weinstein Company won the rights, after a heated bidding war, to produce two works on Trayvon Martin for the small
screen. The two projects will be based on 2014’s Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It, and Rest in Power: A Parents’ Story of Love, Injustice, and the Birth of a Movement, which was published in January.
Suspicion Nation, written by journalist Lisa Bloom who covered the shooting case for NBC, is sharply critical of Florida prosecutors’ handling of the case as it follows news coverage. Rest in Power is a personal account of the teen’s life and death by Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, who now advocate against gun violence.
No info on when the two projects will be released has been given yet.
At midnight on Tuesday (March 21), Netflix released not one but two Dave Chappelle comedy specials, The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas. So far the comedians big comeback has mostly been showered with praise, although a few have said some jokes were too mean. This specials come from performances filmed in 2016 and 2015 respectively, and there is a third special still to come. That special will debut later this year.
Here's what's being said of the specials:
Variety: “Time and again, Chappelle shows a willingness to dissect his own thinking, share his own foibles and be honest about his mistakes and doubts.
Entertainment Weekly: "His fiery delivery and knack for re-framing social issues couldn’t have returned any sooner. In times like these, there’s a lot of comfort in knowing that one the greatest comedians alive is back to keep a keen eye on things.”
Slate: “The specials were shot in front of thousands, but Chappelle seems most on his game when he’s playing to himself rather than the crowd; he’s his own best audience. As engaging as it is to see him perform, it’s even more electrifying to watch him think.”
Complex: “The ability to be important in two mediums is rare for a stand-up comic. Only a few are able to be legends in two games. I’m not sure if he’ll ever get back into movies or television, but Chappelle’s current stand-up run is that of the goats. I can only imagine how ridiculous the third installment of this series is going to be.”
One publication was not feeling Chappelle's return so much:
Paste: “Chappelle’s reputation rests heavily on the notion that he’s smarter and funnier than anyone else in the game. This… is not smart. It’s ignorant. It’s lazy. It’s cruel.
Twitter was also lit wit Chappelle reactions:
You can check out both of Dave Chappelle's specials exclusively though Netflix.