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JAY-Z to Honor Basquiat and Warhol

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JAY-Z to Honor Basquiat and Warhol ; (Creator Getty Images)

JAY-Z to Honor Basquiat and Warhol

The hip-hop legend JAY-Z is set to take the stage in Paris, France for a rare performance. The seasoned rapper will be headlining a special concert at the Auditorium of the Fondation for Louis Vuitton Foundation. Paying homage to his favorite visual artists, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. This event will help promote Louis Vuitton’s upcoming “Basquiat × Warhol Painting four hands” exhibit. Featuring 160 collaborative creations on canvas by the two successful artists.

JAY-Z has been a long-time fan of Basquiat’s work and has even referenced the late artist in several of his lyrics. Including his 2013 track “Picasso Baby,” where he raps “Yellow Basquiat in my kitchen corner / Go ‘head, lean on that shit Blue, you own it”. With this performance, JAY-Z will be able to pay tribute to his favorite artists in a unique way.

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Tiffany & Co. introduces the “ABOUT LOVE” campaign starring Beyoncé and Jay-Z Courtesy of Tiffany & Co. / Mason Poole

The Controversy Surrounding the Use of Basquiat’s Art

Sponsored by luxury jewelry retailer Tiffany & Co, which are business partnership with JAY-Z and his wife, Beyoncé. Despite the couple’s use of one of Basquiat’s art pieces during a 2021 campaign. The couple faced heavy criticism from Basquiat’s old friend, Alexis Adler. Because of this, some argue that the couple’s use of Basquiat’s art piece is certainly a form of appreciation for the artist’s work. While they argue that the couple’s campaign could have introduced Basquiat’s artwork to a wider audience, thereby increasing its value and relevance.

Jay Z Performance of “God Did” @ The Grammy Awards

After his appearance at the 2023 Grammy Awards earlier this year. JAY-Z will be taking the stage once again for his first performance at the upcoming concert. In fact he shut down the show with a star-studded performance of “God Did” alongside DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, John Legend, and Fridayy.

Undeniably Basquiat and Warhol were two of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Indeed Basquiat’s street art and neo-expressionism and Warhol’s pop art leaves a lasting impact on the art world. The two artists frequently collaborated in the 1980s. Louis Vuitton’s upcoming exhibit will showcase 160 of their collaborative creations on canvas.

Significantly fans of the legendary rapper and art enthusiasts alike can come together to celebrate the iconic work. The event promises to be a unique and memorable experience, paying homage to two of the greatest artists of all time.

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Megan Thee Stallion Worries About Label’s Financial State

Megan Thee Stallion Worries Label’s Financial State (J Prince & Carl Crawford)

Megan Thee Stallion Worries About Label’s Financial State

Megan Thee Worries About Label’s Financial State

Megan Thee Stallion has voiced her concerns about the ability of the record label to compensate her if she wins her lawsuit. The rapper has accused the label of running low on funds, despite millions of dollars in deposits. Thee Stallion worries About Label’s Financial State Amidst Ongoing Lawsuit

According to TMZ, Megan believes that 1501 Certified Entertainment’s primary bank account has less than $10,000. Because of this it raises fears that the label’s owner, Carl Crawford, along with J. Prince and Gee Roberson, have been profiting from her music without proper compensation.

Royalties sought after In Motion Filed

Megan Worries Financial State (Megan Thee Stallion Album Cover for Good News )

As a result Thee Stallion filed a lawsuit against 1501 and its CEO, Carl Crawford, in 2020. Seeking royalties and her release from her contract in her latest motion. The rapper expresses concerns that she may not receive the compensation owed if she wins her legal battle against the label.

Megan request to appoint a third party to manage 1501’s finances is an indication of the severity of the situation. Megan is not only seeking compensation but also wants to ensure that she receives the payment she is owed, regardless of the label’s financial state.

Because this ongoing legal battle between Megan and 1501 highlights the importance of artists having proper legal representation and being vigilant about their finances. The rapper’s worries about her label’s ability to compensate her should serve as a cautionary tale for other artists.

A third party to manage 1501’s finances could also be beneficial for other artists on the label. Ensuring that they receive their rightful payments. It remains to be seen how the legal battle between both parties will play out. The rapper’s latest motion highlights the need for transparency and fair compensation in the music industry.

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Jamie Foxx on the Mend after Mysterious Medical Complication

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Jamie Foxx whose real name is Eric Marlon Bishop, has been a busy man. With eleven projects in the works, including a long-awaited biopic series about Mike Tyson. Foxx will play the lead role, while Tyson serves as an executive producer. He is also working on an action-thriller called “Tin Soldier,” which will feature Robert De Niro and Scott Eastwood.

WHAT’S GOING ON?

Sources with direct knowledge have reported that Jamie Foxx, the Grammy and Oscar-winning actor. Was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday morning. after suffering a “medical emergency.” His family, including his daughter Corinne Foxx, has confirmed that he is now on the mend and doing much better. Although the exact nature of his condition is still unknown, it was serious enough to warrant hospitalization and has kept him under medical care for a few more days.

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Jamie Foxx’s daughter revealed on her Instagram the actor experienced a medical complication on Tuesday but is already on his way to recovery. (Getty Images)

It’s still unclear how Jamie discovered the complication or if he was experiencing symptoms that prompted him to get checked out. He had been filming “Back in Action” in Atlanta with costars Glenn Close and Cameron Diaz. Diaz has been on hiatus from the silver screen since her last starring role in 2014, where she worked alongside Jamie in “Annie.”

Foxx has a loyal fan base and is known for his exceptional acting skills, as well as his musical talents. His fans are eagerly waiting for his upcoming projects and are praying for his speedy recovery.

We wish Jamie a speedy and full recovery and send him our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

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38 Spesh Drops “Gunsmoke” EP

38 Spesh

38 SPESH is back in the kitchen.

Spesh, originally known as 38 Special, has been rapping since the early 2000s. In 2006, he appeared on Alive on Arrival, a mixtape by early supporter and fellow Rochester product DJ Green Lantern. By the end of that decade, Spesh had headlined a couple Lantern-presented tapes.

After serving time in prison he returned in 2012 with Time Served. This began a constant dispersal of studio projects that continued through the end of 2010. Along with numerous solo releases, Spesh showcased artists on his TCF Music Group label with the Trust Tape series.

He has blessed mics with Benny the Butcher (Cocaine Cowboys and Stabbed & Shot), Joe Blow (In the Mob We Trust), and Kool G Rap (the cross-generational Son of G Rap). Spesh closed out his second decade of activity with a handful of solo tapes, highlighted by A Bullet for Every Heathen.

38 Spesh

Named after his strain of weed, Spesh comes with that music that will get you high.

GUNSMOKE – 38 SPESH

The 8 track EP has features from RansomChe Noir, the late Fred the GodsonFlee Lord, and Klass Murda. On top of his own production, Spesh is also rocking over beats by Harry FraudRain910TrickyTrippz.

Click the play button below and add Gunsmoke wherever you get music. Stay tuned for a project from Spesh and Conway the Machine in the near future.

BODY OF WORK

Some of the grimmest and lucid street tales from post-2000 New York state underground have been spun by 38 Spesh. A boom-bap disciple with over two dozen solo and collaborative projects. Time Served (2012), Stabbed & Shot (2018), A Bullet for Every Heathen (2019), and 7 Shots (2022).

He’s worked closely with fellow Upstate natives such as Benny the Butcher and Che Noir, and has recorded with influences including Kool G RapGhostface Killah, and DJ Premier.

Especially prolific in 2020, Spesh was behind at least ten titles that year alone, teaming with the likes of Che Noir and Planet Asia for numerous duo projects, and offering solo releases ranging from the instrumental set Speshal Blends to Interstate 38.

Spesh linked again with Benny the Butcher for Trust the Sopranos in 2021, and the next year issued the solo 7 Shots.

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Jhené Aiko Releases “Calm & Patient” Single

Jhené Aiko is ushering in a new era with the lush, powerful new single “Calm & patient.” The track is her first new solo song since 2021’s “Wrap Me Up.”

Over beds of synthesizers and minimal percussion, Aiko waxes poetically on the joys of life. She sings, “I’m satisfied with life/ I do not just get by, I thrive/ What a miracle to be up and alive/ Sending love to those who are stuck in the fight.” Listen to the uplifting new anthem below.

Jhené Aiko trended heavily in 2022, after announcing her second pregnancy. She had this child with Big Sean, as she’s been dating him since 2016. As a result, Aiko and Sean announced that this is a son, and went on to be born in November. They also unveiled that his name is Noah.

Aiko has been quiet, last emerging to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her debut mixtape Sailing Soul(s) by releasing the project on streaming services for the first time ever.

“This mixtape was a pivotal moment for me,” Aiko wrote on Twitter. She explained the story of Sailing Soul(s), saying: “When Was 12 I was signed to a label, singing songs I have no real connection to. Besides that, I had no real stories of my own to tell at 12. Then I took a break to focus on school. In my teens, I was signing demo records and taking meetings.

I met with one record exec who told me I needed to do a better job at ‘selling’ myself when I came into meetings. Dressing like myself, singing like myself, talking like myself… wasn’t enough. I thought, why do I have to sell myself? Why do I have to try to convince you of my worth? Of who I am?”

The cover art for Sailing Soul(s) features Aiko standing in the ocean holding onto chains that are wrapped around her wrists and waist. “I wanted the cover to express me breaking free from that narrative of having to “sell” myself. I wanted the broken chains to symbolize that freedom of feeling unanchored… free to be me, going with the flow… going with the wind like a sail boat… freeing my soul… “sailing” my soul instead of “selling” my soul.”

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Headlights is The Worlds FIRST Interactive Hip-Hop Network

HEADLIGHTS is a new platform that allows artists to compete against one another in a LIVE ACTION broadcast. This is NOT SOCIAL MEDIA. This is the new wave for music discovery. Headlights is the worlds FIRST interactive hip-hop network.

Headlights is the worlds FIRST interactive hiphop network. Every two weeks we run a 3-day LIVE ACTION broadcast on our app where we feature the hottest artists from around the country, and let YOU the fan decide who wins.

Winning artists get paid cash 💵, get connected with A&R from top labels, elite influencer platforms, and gain entry into exclusive tour and performance events.

This is NOT SOCIAL MEDIA. This is the new wave for music discovery.

Headlights

Our mission is to provide a platform where artists can showcase their talent. We’re not interested in seeing you dance, sing or rap; we want to see what makes you unique.

We believe that anyone can be an artist and anyone can discover new music. Our goal is to make the world a better place through music.

Our app allows users to upload their own content and vote on other user-generated content. This gives people the opportunity to provide their opinions and engage with their favorite artists.

Headlights’ mission is to help aspiring artists reach their goals by providing them with a platform where they can share their music and receive feedback from their peers in an entertaining way.

Let’s get it 💪
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Grandmaster Flash Releases New Vignette Series

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Photo Cred: Official Website of DJ Grandmaster Flash

THE GRANDMASTER IS BACK

Grandmaster Flash, the first DJ to ever turn turntables into a musical instrument, details his invention of a new tool that allowed records to move freely. Called a “wafer” at the time, his invention has become a world-renowned vital instrument for today’s DJ know as the slipmat! This first episode in a 10 part series features the forefather of Hip-Hop unzipping the reserved origins of the culture.

Grandmaster Flash

TUNE IN WITH FLASH

Viewers can also catch GMF tonight and each and every Thursday night on his QMT radio show from 8pm-9pm EST via Twitch.

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SWAG 100 FM-Hip-Hop Radio For Indie Artist and DJ’s

What is SWAG 100 FM?

SWAG 100 FM is Philadelphia’s first non-stop Hip-Hop station for the indie artist. Dedicated to independent artists and DJs, it follows the footsteps of NYC based radio station HOT 97. Known to be the first hip-hop music-only station in the whole world. Starting off as an experimental station, HOT 97 swiftly developed into a pioneer in radio history. It is now the favorite station for trendsetters and influencers in the NY hip-hop scene.

SWAG 100 has the radio pioneers blueprint, implementing and carving it’s own stamp in the radio business. Having countries like Canada – Russian Federation and United Kingdom as their top listeners outside of the United States. It has become a staple in the city of Philadelphia and Tri-State area for independent artist and local businesses.

SWAG 100 FM - Hip-Hop Radio For Indie Artist and Djs
SWAG 100 FM Top 3 Listening Countries

Who Runs SWAG 100 FM?

The owner of SWAG 100 FM is Lee McIntosh III (SWAG 100). He’s a member of the worldwide Fleet DJs organization. With a network like the Fleet Radio Network ,their reach is over 1 million listeners worldwide.

Instead of only playing typical BillBoard hits and radio programed songs, SWAG 100 pushes independent music both nationally and aboard. This separates them from any other station in the business.

The Philly based station focuses on overlooked genres. Along with Hip-Hop they feature Drill, Grime, Afrobeats, Reggae, Reggaeton, R&B, Trap and Soul.

Having a wide variety of played genres, SWAG 100 decided to take on Disc Jockeys who specialized in these specific areas of music. SWAG has scouted DJs throughout the Untied States. This allows him to produce a well balanced radio station schedule.

The Personalities of SWAG 100 FM Radio

DJ PoohGeez “Philly Fleet DJs” Owner of “Tunnel Bangers Podcast” is a Philadelphia legendary DJ who focuses on old-school Hip-Hop and R&B mixes.

DJ L.E.S. Rico is a Florida Fleet DJs recruiter for the Latin division of Fleet. He is one of the most highly respected DJs in the East Coast. He airs on 19 radio station throughout the United States, focusing on Reggaeton, Reggae and Hip-Hop genres.

Dj NoPhrillz aka PHAMOUS PHRiLLZ mixtape – tour and radio DJ who’s the creator of (PSP) Philly Support Philly he’s a manager of “Philly Fleet DJs” Owner of “Official Street Radio” and “Xfinity Marketing”. PHAMOUS PHRiLLZ is a Philadelphia icon and staple to the hip-hop community of his city. NoPhrillz main focus is breaking independent artist alongside his Industry Hip-Hop radio mixes.

The Squad Runs Deep

DJ Breezer254 “Florida Fleet DJs” Radio DJ for K102 and SWAG 100 FM. He focuses on Tropical music like Reggae, Afrobeats, Amapiano, Soca, Dancehall, and Reggaeton. Giving Africans in the diaspora a reliable DJ that they can reach out to and count on to represent the African culture.

YoungChamp is a Massachusetts Fleet DJ and a Main DJ for 107.3 FM. He is also a featured DJ on Shade45‘s Drunk and Mix Show. He focuses on breaking the newest mainstream hip-hop industry hits.

T-Quest “Florida Fleet DJs” Owner of “Gotta Love Me Radio – GLM Designs”. She has a Podcast show that airs on SWAG 100 FM and around the U.S. on other stations titled The T-Quest Show with DJ ILL NINO. She specializes in givng artists, businesses and brands the exposure they need to further themselves.

DJ SWAG 100 ” Philly Fleet DJs” Owner of “SWAG 100 LLC – SWAG 100 Podcast and SWAG 100 FM”. DJ SWAG 100 is a mixtape – tour and radio DJ who’s committed and focused on breaking independent artist on the U.S. Billboard charts. He also airs the prized SWAG 100 Podcast segment known as “Goat Vibez” on SWAG 100 FM. He conducts high level interviews with Celebrities, Athletes, Industry Artist and Professionals who cater to the music business.

IN CLOSING

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SWAG 100 “Goat Vibez Interviews” is a heavily noted platform in the podcast world. Available on the top 18 major podcast distribution platforms. Independently established on iHeart Radio Apple PodcastSpotify PodcastTuneIn + AlexaPodcast Index Amazon MusicGoogle PodcastPodchaserPodcast AddictPocket CastsListen NotesPlayer FM – Deezer – Overcast – Castro – Castbox – Podfriend and Goodpods.

SWAG 100 radio spins are tracked through digitalradiotracker.com. This system reports to the BillBoard and allows artist & record labels access to view records for data and analysis.

SWAG 100 FM is Re-Branding HipHop Culture for independent music and over looked genres that the world loves. Visit swag100fm.org where you can listen to non-stop music 24/7. Watch or listen to podcast segments, shop for merch and more!

SWAG 100 FM - Hip-Hop Radio For Indie Artist and Djs

SWAG 100 FM - Hip-Hop Radio For Indie Artist and Djs
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Gunna Released After Pleading Guilty to RICO Charge

Gunna is a free man. He was released from jail after pleading guilty to racketeering and conspiracy charges. In a sweeping gang indictment, rapper Young Thug and several other alleged members of the Young Slime Life (YSL) criminal street gang.

The Atlanta rapper entered a negotiated plea. Also known as an Alford plea, it’s when a defendant doesn’t admit they committed the crime, but acknowledges that it’s in their best interest to plead guilty. The charge Gunna faced was one count of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corruption Act (RICO).

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Gunna was sentenced to five years with one year served in prison. Upon the guilty plea, the one-year was commuted to time served. The four years remaining on his sentence were suspended. He will be subject to special conditions, including 500 hours of community service.

Gunna personally released a statement, saying:

“While I have agreed to always be truthful, Gunna wants to make it perfectly clear that he has NOT made any statements. I have NOT been interviewed. He hasn’t cooperated. He hasn’t agreed to testify or be a witness for or against any party in the case. I have absolutely NO intention of being involved in the trial process in any way.”

Gunna released after pleading guilty to RICO charge

WHAT EVERYONE IS SAYING

Artist and fans took to social media, expressing their ideas and thoughts on Gunna choice to take a plea deal. Some people are saying he has incriminated Young Thug and the YSL camp. He is now being titled a snitch amongst the Hip-Hop community.

Gunna released after pleading guilty to RICO charge
Young Thug – Gunna

Gunna’s lawyers made statements on social media. Regarding his decision they state that Gunna is not snitching or incriminating his label executives or label mates. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Hip-Hop Legend Coolio Dies

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Coolio
Coolio, Night of the Proms, Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 16th November 2000. (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)

Confirming multiple news reports, rapper Coolio has died. TMZ reports that Coolio’s manager stated that he went to the bathroom at his friend’s house, but when he didn’t come out after a while. The friend kept calling for him, and eventually went in and found him laying on the floor.

When EMT’s were called they pronounced Coolio dead on the scene. Coolio’s talent manager told TMZ, “We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio, who passed away Wednesday afternoon. He touched the world with the gift of his talent and will be missed profoundly. Please have Coolio’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.”

Coolio

COOLIO TAKES US ON A RIDE

Born Artis Leon Ivey, Jr., Coolio was the epitome of West Coast Hip-Hop. It was in 1987 when he would ask the world “Whatcha Gonna Do?” with his first single of the same name. The artist and songwriter broke into the industry when he signed to Tommy Boy Records in 1994.

His first album It Takes a Thief received praise as view of gangsta rap that was more lighthearted and fun. It would also produce the hit single “Fantastic Voyage” that would reach #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It would set Coolio on the path of being a household name in Hip-Hop.

A GANGSTA’S PARADISE

In 1995 Coolio would team up with R&B singer LV to release “Gangsta’s Paradise” which was featured on the Dangerous Minds movie soundtrack. This would his biggest hit to date, securing Grammys for Record of the Year and Best Rap Solo Performance in 1996. The song was also a nominee at the MTV Movie Awards for Best Musical Moment.

Straight Official Magazine extends our condolences to his family and friends. As a celebration of Hip-Hop, lifestyle and culture, check out my personal favorite track from Coolio down below. Rest in peace, king.

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