Rapper, singer and actress Queen Latifah will be receiving a huge honor at Diddy's fourth annual Revolt music conference in October. The U.N.I.T.Y. rapper will receive the Icon Award. Latifah will receive the Icon Award for her accomplishments in music, film and TV.
Revolt announced Wednesday (August 16) that the conference will take place Oct. 12-15 in Miami. Along with the announcement of the Icon Award, they also revealed that Lauryn Hill and 2 Chainz will be among the performers.
Looks like SoundCloud, the digital music service and favorite of independent artist, will live on. The struggling brand secured a fresh round of funding that assures SoundCloud will remain independent, even as a new executive team takes over to steer the service into the future.
The new injection of cash comes via The Raine Group, a boutique merchant bank, and a Singapore-based investment company named Temasek. Together they are leading a $169.5 million investment round that infuses SoundCloud with much-needed cash.
Along with the new money, SoundCloud also will have a new CEO and COO. Former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor succeeds founder Alex Ljung as chief executive, and Michael Weissman, another former executive at the video platform, was named SoundCloud’s chief operating officer.
Ljung and SoundCloud co-founder Eric Wahlforss will remain with the company they founded a decade ago. Ljung will serve as chairman of SoundCloud’s board, and Wahlforss as chief product officer.
SoundCloud last reported some 170 million users.
Wiz Khalifa has released a new track which will likely be on his much anticipated upcoming album, Rolling Papers 2. The new track called "Something New" features Ty Dolla $ign.
You can stream the new track on Spotify below:
Irv Gotti has been hard at work on a new television series and movie, but he also is looking to get Murder Inc. back on the Billboard charts.
The Murder Inc. founder is proud to welcome new acts Fitted Circle, Boogiie Byrd and Mustafa Supreme to the label. Currently, he is preparing his freshman roster for new releases in the coming months. Last week, the Queens mogul brought the fellas over to VIBE for wild interview.
Get acquainted with the crew below.
This article first appeared on Vibe.com
Blac Youngsta is known for showing off his wealth, often posing for pictures with expensive cars and stacks of cash, but today he should be known for his generosity. The rapper shared an act of kindness on his instagram today (August 5) showing that he has committed to paying the rent of some of his fans.
In the post, which you can see below, he wrote “I feel it’s only right to give back when I can since God blessed me to be in this position.”
The fans benefiting from Blac Youngsta's good deeds include a mother of three, a teenage boy with a single mom and five siblings, and a nursing student. The rapper asked for fans to share their stories on Friday (August 4) and choose the three that were most touching to him to receive the gift of free rent.
Back in 2005, Eminem released a compilation LP called Curtain Call, twelve years later, the album is making history. The album has stayed on the Billboard 200 charts for 350 weeks, making it the longest charting rap album in history.
Curtain Call featured many of Eminem's biggest hits like “Stan,” “Lose Yourself” and “Without Me.” The LP also includes then-new tracks like “When I’m Gone,” “Fack,” and “Shake That” featuring the late-Nate Dogg.
The album has been certified platinum seven times and it sold over 440,000 album it's first week. Two of Em’s other hit albums, The Eminem Show and Recovery, hold the second and third place slots for longest running rap albums, with 329 weeks and 288 weeks, respectively.
Chicago is getting another music fest. The music fest will take place at Guaranteed Rate Field, the home park of the Chicago White Sox, on September 16th and will have an anti-violence theme.
The first annual Get IN It Music Fest will be an all-day event at the ballpark at 333 W. 35th St. and feature some huge names in music as well as some Chicago favorites. Headlining the fest will be Chicago's own Lupe Fiasco and rapper/activists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Joining them will be Fat Joe, Fifth Harmony, Jeremiah, Prince Royce, DNCE, Carl Thomas and Felix Da Housecat, among others.
The festival is being put together by by Get IN Chicago, an organization that counsels community-based groups and funds anti-violence initiatives focused on the most at-risk kids in the city. They are also being assisted by the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, which runs the Guaranteed Rate Field.
While this won't be the first music fest hosted by the venue (they hosted last year's Magnificent Coloring Day, thrown by Chance The Rapper) this event will be the first time the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority has produced a show.
A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Get IN Chicago. Tickets range in price from $35 to $150 and will go on sale to the public Aug. 11 at Ticketmaster or at the fest's site.
Jaden Smith, the son of actors Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, will be joining Fall Out Boy on the American portion of their tour. It was announced Friday (July 28) that the rapper and fashion trendsetter will join the tour in mid-October for a month-long run of dates on Fall Out Boy’s American arena tour.
Jaden has dropped a few new official singles recently: the stomping “Watch Me” and the moodier, “Jumpman”-referencing “Batman,” the video for which features the same white Batman costume he wore to Kim & Kanye’s wedding.
Like many people in the media, Shaquille O'Neal currently calls Lavar Ball, father of Los Angeles Laker first round draft pick Lonzo Ball, a rival. O'Neal, a four-time NBA champion, has been having a war of words with the creator and CEO of Big Baller Brand.
The Ball-O'Neal rivalry began in May, when O'Neal called out the former basketball-football player for the price of his Big Baller Brand ZO2 shoes, which cost $495. Ball then retaliated by stating that he and his son, LaMelo Ball, could "kill" O'Neal and O'Neal's son, Shareef, on the court.
After many insults have been traded back and forth, O'Neal has taking the rivalry to a new level. Shaq has tapped into his off the court talents and release a diss track. The track, which was released to TMZ, goes right after Lavar's claims that he can beat the likes of Michael Jordan and Shaq himself. O'Neal even manages to get a plug in for The General Insurance Company, for which he is a spokesperson for.
You can check out the track for yourself below:
It's hard to believe, but it's been 25 years since Mary J. Blige released her debut album, 'What's The 411.' To mark the anniversary, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul is reflecting on the game-changing album.
What’s the 411? charted as high as No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and went on to sell more than 3 million copies.