Chance The Rapper Endorses Democrat Toni Preckwinkle For Chicago Mayor

Chance the Rapper put his support behind mayoral hopeful Amara Enyia last year, but his endorsement didn’t do as much as his team would have liked. Now, Chance is standing behind another candidate, Toni Preckwinkle. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Chance held a City Hall news conference on Thursday (March 21) to endorse the county board president who faces Lori Lightfoot in the mayoral runoff April 2. “The resounding voice has been that they don’t necessarily feel comfortable or safe going into a city where Lori Lightfoot sits on the fifth floor [of City Hall],” stated Chance at the conference. “Her past record as a prosecutor has not been in the best interest of young Black people in Chicago, hasn’t been entirely truthful. And even her campaign and the image that she’s created since the February election has been … very untrue,” he continued. Chance was surrounded by Black activists as he delivered his speech.

“The truth is that the most qualified person in terms of somebody who’s gonna look out for all the people of Chicago [and] account for the police, victims of gun crime, victims of economic crime is Toni Preckwinkle. So, I’m fully behind her,” Chance said. “I admire how he has used his influence to address the inequities in education and criminal justice throughout the city,” Preckwinkle responded in a news release. “It speaks to his nature as a public servant at heart. I look forward to collaborating with him to engage youth in the political process and on issues that matter to them.”

 

Jordan Peele's "Us" Expected To Garner Over 68 Million Opening Weekend

Jordan Peele’s Us has amassed the type of fanfare normally associated with Marvel projects or reboots from yesteryear. That’s because Peele’s deft touch is his own to bear. He owns the master tapes, the production house, and the keys to any scriptwriting project of his choosing.

It all came to be two years ago, when his film Get Out helped promulgate a brand new subgenre within the horror tradition, one where the social undertones are almost as chilling as the garish cinematography.

As Deadline just reported moments ago, early box office projections for Us were actually a bit short. Apparently, Us is more likely to garner an astounding 68+, in the millions, this weekend alone. The only concern coming out the gate was that early critic scores for Us, while positive, falls short of the ratings accrued by Get Out several years ago.

Even if Us were to fall short of those lofty expectations, perhaps closer to 60 million in revenue, that would still make it the highest grossing R-rated film on opening weekend, and the 2nd highest opening weekend of 2019 behind Captain Marvel, who funny enough, will likely slump to 2nd spot at the box office to make way for Jordan Peele’s latest oeuvre.

Jacquees, NAV & Rich The Kid Conquer This Week's "FIRE EMOJI" Playlist

The FIRE EMOJI playlist is just about the closest to a meritocracy that you’ll find in the realm of hip-hop. Every selection is made with the utmost scrutiny, without a single inclination towards the negative. Case in point: this week’s biggest risers aren’t without their pitfalls.

Think about it. NAV rode his retirement streak to relative boredom, only to return to the racket re-energized. Ironically, NAV and high-energy don’t compute at least on a sonic level. Say what you will about the NAV “you want to see in this world,” but at the end of the day, the haunting backdrops that appear limiting to some, are really where he gains those merit points. “Price On My Head” with The Weeknd is a fine example of this demonstrable quality.

Rich The Kid’s The World is Yours 2 was the other major release to come out this week. To mark the occasion, our editorial staff chose “Fall Threw” featuring Gunna and Young Thug to grace the list. It goes to show you just how much RTK’s output is pockmarked by famous guest appearances. At a certain point, it might be worth noting how adaptive he is to this arrangement. Rich, and his Culkin-esque persona, find a way to surprise us, always in the subtlest manner possible.

Lastly, the FIRE EMOJI playlist shines a light on Jacquees’ latest collaboration with Lil Baby, further cementing the r&b singer worthy of self-adulation. You’re probably wondering how Jacquees’ one song manages to squeak atop our ranking systems, but the real answer is readily apparent.

The resident Cash Money vocalist mixes an r&b sensibility more commonly associated with the peak modern era in the 90s, with his signature lyrical musings… oh and a Lil Baby sprouts up in the middle order of “Your Peace.” 42 Dugg, Lizzo, Post Malone, Lil Skies, PnB Rock, and Big Sean also figure on the playlist this week, don’t sleep on it for one second.

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Lil Nas X Ran A "Nicki Minaj Fan Page" Before Signing Record Deal With Columbia

You might recall hearing the combined words “Lil Nas X” coming into fruition months ago. A meme song bearing that name in its title effectively caused a minor sensation in the gaming community, before becoming a fully-fledged song on its own merit. Welcome to “Old Town Road,” population: subterranean numbers too numerous to count. 

Well, as it turns out, the jokes was on us. Soon after posting the song on YouTube Lil Nas X managed to clinch the Number One spot on the Country charts, without a shred of “honky tonk” to his name. “Old Town Road” is in essence just the barebone rap songs

The visualizer for “Old Town Road” came loaded with footage of gameplay taken from Red Dead Redemption 2. All things considered: the early chart success and his virality, Lil Nas X was able to convince more than a few record labels that he was a sound investment, with Columbia Records ultimately making the offer that suited him best.

X’s success manifested itself, in the manner in which “Internet phenomena” often chooses its conveyor at random. Even so, there’s still a story behind this meme-maker that’s begging to be told, or retold depending on the audience.

In the case of Lil Nas X, we find ourselves face to face with a normal being who dropped out of a music school, released a debut project last year on SoundCloud, and somehow managed the improbable. Put it this way: X is only a few months removed from managing Nicki Minaj Barbz fan page under the handle Nas Maraj. Thanks to his freshly-inked deal, Lil Nas X stands a good chance of surpassing the 15 minute-mark in fame. Are you not completely sold?

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Young Thug Responds To Sauce Walka's Smoke With Punching Threats Of His Own

The tension between Young Thug and Sauce Walka rose back to the surface yesterday. Clearer heads will undoubtedly trace the animosity back to comments muttered by Sauce Walka at the beginning of the month. Using Instagram as a mouthpiece for the umpteenth time, Walka would chastise Thugger for using the expression “slime” without reaching for consent. This wouldn’t be the first time Walka has subjected himself to conflict situation over proper accreditation if you’ll recall.

While Sauce Walka’s numerous claims towards authenticity are largely merit-based, most observers would agree, Young Thug popularized the usage of the word Slime in this current era of mainstream rap, even if he didn’t coin it himself, none of which seems pertinent now that both he and Thugger have gone the route of muttering violent threats, one after the other. 

Without placing himself in the line of contact, Sauce Walka jumped on social media in criticizing a video of Thugger putting on a flimsy display of his boxing skills, seemingly in preparation for a tussle with YFN Lucci.

In doing so, Sauce Walka gained leverage he desired in re-igniting the cause, although at this point, neither he or Thugger were tabling a discussion over slang. All within the same 24-hour window, Thugger jumps on Instagram, telling Sauce Walka he’ll slap him and YFN Lucci over the same warning signs if they came too close. In turn, Walka ushered the same threats, but in his video pronouncement, he went about emasculating the YSL rapper, by mutilating his pseudonym several times over. It’s all documented in the video atop the page. 

2 Chainz & Ariana Grande Perform "Rule The World" Live For The First Time

A pair of artists that fans didn’t expect to form a close, musical relationship is rapper 2 Chainz and pop princess Ariana Grande. First, the Georgia rapper hopped on Grande’s remix to her hit song “7 Rings” before they linked up on 2 Chainz’s Rap or go to the League track “Rule the World.” Grande recently began her “Sweetener Tour” and has been taking arenas by storm, but the pint-sized singer surprised Boston fans when 2 Chainz came out on stage to perform “Rule the World” live for the first time ever.

The two artists later thanked each other openly on social media. “Love u @2chainz 🖤 thanks for surprising boston w me #ruletheworld 🌑,” Grande wrote. 2 Chainz responded, “THIS SONG #ruletheworld HAS BEEN OUT FOR TWO WEEKS 🙏🏿☝🏿🚀🔥 the show was lit !!! thank you @ArianaGrande thank you BOSTON #raporgototheleague out now !!!! Sincerely yours , Boston Toni 💪🏿.”

There’s no word on what other tricks Grande may have up her sleeves for the remainder of her tour, but the singer has reportedly been paying tribute to her late ex-boyfriend Mac Miller before her shows begin by playing his tracks as fans wait for the show to start. The 25-year-old is also doing her part and using her tour as a way to get people registered to vote through her “#ThankUNextGen” campaign. 

“Ariana has been very, very involved with this from day one,” HeadCount Director of Communications Aaron Ghitelman told Newsweek. The campaign will follow up with those who sign up and register, reminding them to vote. “It’s this hybrid field and digital thing where it’s not just what we capture live at the concert,” Ghitelman said. “It creates this open highway of sorts of communications and actions taken beyond the concert when the fan goes home.”

Porsha Williams & Fiancé Dennis McKinley Celebrate Birth Of Baby Girl

Throughout her pregnancy, Porsha Williams has only referred to her baby-to-be as “PJ,” leaving fans in suspense as to what her first born’s name would be, but today everyone found out when the 37-year-old gave birth to her daughter Pilar Jhena after undergoing a C-section. Porsha looked beautiful as she was glammed up for PJ’s arrival.

According to People, the Real Housewives of Atlanta star’s little girl came in weighing 6 lbs., 15 oz., and measuring 20 inches long. “What a time to be alive! Porsha and I are so happy and blessed to announce the arrival of our daughter, Baby PJ,” Willams and fiancé Dennis McKinley said in a joint statement. “We couldn’t have imagined a more magical moment! Can’t thank everyone enough for joining us on this journey. It’s been a fantastic journey.”

The new parents also recently were blessed with a surprise gift—or should we say, McKinley received a present from an unlikely source. Maury Povich gifted McKinley with a baby onesie that featured Maury Povich’s face on it with the words, “You are the father.” He also included a note that reads, “Porsha and Dennis, I wanted to celebrate the upcoming arrival of your baby girl with a small gift from The Maury Show. 🙂 Best, Maury Povich.” McKinley thought the present was hilarious and captioned the photo, “@officialmauryshow Maury man you petty 😂😂”

For years, Real Housewives of Atlanta fans have watched as Porsha has been honest about wanting to get married and expand on her family by having children. There has been a string of relationships documented on the show, including her messy divorce from Kordell Stewart, but now she has the soon-to-be-husband and baby she’s always wanted. Congrats to them!

Joycelyn Savage's Family Worried R. Kelly Will Take Her To Dubai If Granted Permission

Those lawyer fees and court costs aren’t cheap and R. Kelly is looking for ways to get back onstage to secure a few bags. Unfortunately for him, his pending case won’t allow the singer to leave the state of Illinois, but today is walked into a courtroom in hopes that a judge would grant him permission to visit Dubai so he could perform. A requirement of Kelly’s bail is that he had to turn over his passport, but he’s begging for leniency for this special circumstance.

“The more money you make, the more money you spend,” said attorney Steve Greenberg. “His expenses are substantial.” Greenburg added, “I think that there were some more details that needed to be filled in to give the judge a certain comfort level. He wanted some more information so we’ll get that information to him.”

However, The Blast reports that this trip to Dubai may not be all about Kelly making money. Their sources say that Joycelyn Savage‘s family has concerns that this is an attempt by Kelly to get Savage and his other girlfriend, Azriel Clary, out of the country. They allege that the Savage family fears Kelly is just delaying, or outright trying to avoid, prosecution because the United States doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the United Arab Emirates.

There were also rumors that Kelly was set to meet the Royal family, but there are worries that with such high-powered connections, Kelly and his girlfriends may never return. There was also reportedly supposed to be a meeting set up so that Savage could sit down with her family, but Kelly’s publicist Darrell Johnson allegedly backed out of coordinating a specific time and place.

Top 10 instrumental submissions for March 2019

By teckzilla Word Is Bond
It won’t be fair not to show love to the cats that work behind the boards. Cats whose soundscapes help push hip-hop to loft heights. So in the same vein, this weekly list sheds light on budding and even established producers who continue to push the envelope for the culture. So sit back relax and get familiar with these producers.
Remember, don’t forget to support them by sharing their works.
If you like this article check out our previous entries HERE
 
 
 
SMOKING INDOORS – TURKISH.
 
London based producer SMOKING INDOORS‘s “TURKISH” blends a vintage soulful sample and flips it into something splendid. He carefully chops the vocal samples against the lush basslines and keys while layering everything over a steady drum backdrop. “TURKISH” is the lead single off of the instrumental mixtape – NIGHTSWIM by UK based producer SMOKING INDOORS…inspired by the infamous beat tapes of J. Dilla and MadLib.
 
NOGYMX – Eunoia.
 
All the way from Galway, Ireland comes producer NOGYMX (pronounced no-gimmicks) who shares his new material with us. Simply titled “Eunoia”, the producer sure brings in a vastly different vibe to the list. He blends smooth textures made up of solemn strings, soulful piano riffs against head nodding drums. “Eunoia” is from his latest album, NO EMPERORS, which is available now on Bandcamp.
Hit him up on IG
 
 
 
Big O – In the Rain.
 
Big O got us with his new instrumental “In the Rain” that hits like a summery notification. He samples rain drops and a vintage horn riff over neck snapping drums. Dopeness as usual.”In the Rain” is taken from his ‘Now You See Me’ project. Get it on bandcamp .
 
 
 
D3LT4 – Banglore
 
Budding producer D3LT4 shares with us his newest creation “Banglore”. A blend of different styles and vibes. The dynamics do change up from time to time which keeps it from getting mundane.
 
 
DYVN – Springtime.

 “Springtime” from producer DYVN exudes the vibe of new beginnings. The laid back instrumental is ripe with colorful, jazz tones and smooth keys to match. He also gives us some insight into the inspiration behind the beat below
“For me, spring is a time of new beginnings. The sun comes out, the flowers start to bloom the birds start to sing. Oh boy, it’s finally spring I made a song about my favorite time of the year to make my listeners as happy as spring ….”
 
 
The Beat Therapist – Patient Zero.

Producer The Beat Therapist makes his debut on our Top 10 with a cinematic beat titled “Patient Zero”. It starts with an obscure vocal sample and switches into a dark, gloomy beat that escalates into audio pandemonium. Solid stuff from start to finish. Get the audio on all DSPs HERE
 
 
Bruce Chillest – Brass Beat Down.
 
Bruce Chillest brings the ruckus on his new beat “Brass Beat Down”. It has a very cinematic feel and of ,course he puts the brass instrumental to work alongside trap infused drums, dreamy synths and an airy vocal sample to match. Hit the play button and get familiar. Several more releases are scheduled from the hard working prducer in 2019.
Get it on Spotify
 
 Slzzzss – Whole Human Race.

Toronto based Producer Slzzzss (aka SourMane) shows how eclectic he can be behind the boards as he delivers his new track “Whole Human Race”. Flipping a classic soul sample, he bridges the gap between the old and new with a trap-infused vibe. “Whole Human Race” is the 1st of 4 tracks from his ‘Twice as High [Mix-Tape]‘.  Get it on Spotify  iTunes , and Bandcamp


Alexander – Butterfly Fly.

Alexander is a producer based in Perth Western Australia and his new material titled “Butterfly Fly” which pops up on our list is something to marvel at. A blend of different styles from downtempo, electronic and hip-hop, he uses a gloomy bell riff and turns it into a nostalgia-inducing instrument over steady drums and a throbbing bassline.  Overall, its pretty interesting so hit the play button and get familiar.
Check out his beat tape on soundcloud and Bandcamp.
 

By teckzilla Word Is Bond

It won’t be fair not to show love to the cats that work behind the boards. Cats whose soundscapes help push hip-hop to loft heights. So in the same vein, this weekly list sheds light on budding and even established producers who continue to push the envelope for the culture. So sit back relax and get familiar with these producers.
Remember, don’t forget to support them by sharing their works.

If you like this article check out our previous entries HERE

 

 

 

SMOKING INDOORS – TURKISH.

 

London based producer SMOKING INDOORS‘s “TURKISH” blends a vintage soulful sample and flips it into something splendid. He carefully chops the vocal samples against the lush basslines and keys while layering everything over a steady drum backdrop. “TURKISH” is the lead single off of the instrumental mixtape – NIGHTSWIM by UK based producer SMOKING INDOORS…inspired by the infamous beat tapes of J. Dilla and MadLib.

 

NOGYMX – Eunoia.

 

All the way from Galway, Ireland comes producer NOGYMX (pronounced no-gimmicks) who shares his new material with us. Simply titled “Eunoia”, the producer sure brings in a vastly different vibe to the list. He blends smooth textures made up of solemn strings, soulful piano riffs against head nodding drums. “Eunoia” is from his latest album, NO EMPERORS, which is available now on Bandcamp.
Hit him up on IG

 

 

 

Big O – In the Rain.

 

Big O got us with his new instrumental “In the Rain” that hits like a summery notification. He samples rain drops and a vintage horn riff over neck snapping drums. Dopeness as usual.”In the Rain” is taken from his ‘Now You See Me’ project. Get it on bandcamp .

 

 

 

D3LT4 – Banglore

 

Budding producer D3LT4 shares with us his newest creation “Banglore”. A blend of different styles and vibes. The dynamics do change up from time to time which keeps it from getting mundane.

 

 

DYVN – Springtime.

 “Springtime” from producer DYVN exudes the vibe of new beginnings. The laid back instrumental is ripe with colorful, jazz tones and smooth keys to match. He also gives us some insight into the inspiration behind the beat below
For me, spring is a time of new beginnings. The sun comes out, the flowers start to bloom the birds start to sing. Oh boy, it’s finally spring I made a song about my favorite time of the year to make my listeners as happy as spring ….”

 

 

The Beat Therapist – Patient Zero.

Producer The Beat Therapist makes his debut on our Top 10 with a cinematic beat titled “Patient Zero”. It starts with an obscure vocal sample and switches into a dark, gloomy beat that escalates into audio pandemonium. Solid stuff from start to finish. Get the audio on all DSPs HERE

 

 

Bruce Chillest – Brass Beat Down.

 

Bruce Chillest brings the ruckus on his new beat “Brass Beat Down”. It has a very cinematic feel and of ,course he puts the brass instrumental to work alongside trap infused drums, dreamy synths and an airy vocal sample to match. Hit the play button and get familiar. Several more releases are scheduled from the hard working prducer in 2019.
Get it on Spotify

 

 Slzzzss – Whole Human Race.

Toronto based Producer Slzzzss (aka SourMane) shows how eclectic he can be behind the boards as he delivers his new track “Whole Human Race”. Flipping a classic soul sample, he bridges the gap between the old and new with a trap-infused vibe. “Whole Human Race” is the 1st of 4 tracks from his ‘Twice as High [Mix-Tape]‘.  Get it on Spotify  iTunes , and Bandcamp

Alexander – Butterfly Fly.

Alexander is a producer based in Perth Western Australia and his new material titled “Butterfly Fly” which pops up on our list is something to marvel at. A blend of different styles from downtempo, electronic and hip-hop, he uses a gloomy bell riff and turns it into a nostalgia-inducing instrument over steady drums and a throbbing bassline.  Overall, its pretty interesting so hit the play button and get familiar.

Check out his beat tape on soundcloud and Bandcamp.

 

Travis Scott & Kylie Jenner Are Reportedly On Vacation Mode Post-Astroworld Tour

Travis Scott’s Astroworld Tour is rounding to a close, and the rapper is about to have more free time on his hands than he’s had in a while. The 27-year-old rapper is enjoying the heights of success, but it’s reported that his relationship with billionaire girlfriend Kylie Jenner has been adversely affected. While he’s topping the charts and she’s continuing to solidify her mogul status, the money-making lovers are having trouble creating space for family time.

“Travis flew to L.A. in the middle of the night to spend time with Kylie,” a source told People. “Kylie was very excited to see him. Things are great when they are together. Again, it’s just very difficult for Kylie when Travis tours.” Kylie hinted that the two may be spending some time away as she posted a photo of herself with baby Stormi on a yacht with the caption, “Missing this.”

TMZ reports that the hip hop, Hollywood couple are planning a family vacation where they can step away from the limelight and distractions. There have been rumors of cheating allegations and passionate arguments, but the immensely private couple have kept their relationship issues, if there are any, close to the chest.

The two were recently spotted running around L.A. with Stormi after leaving Nas’ restaurant Sweet Chick, avoiding the cameras at every turn. Meanwhile, Travis never misses a beat when it comes to showing love for his woman, as he was spotted rocking his Kylie t-shirt during a performance and flirting with her on Instagram by dropping loving emojis in the comments.

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