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Rick Ross, The-Dream and Lenny S Are Looking For Music’s Next Superstar on VH1’s New Series SIGNED

Rick Ross, The-Dream & Lenny S. These three music masterminds are bringing their creative genius and business skills together for VH1’s new music competition reality series, SIGNED.

 

The music competition show follows new up-and-coming singers and rappers that undergo a development process over the span of eight hour-long episodes in the hopes of being signed to Ross’ Maybach Music, Dream’s Radio Killa Records or to Roc Nation by Lenny S who serves as the SVP of A&R / Artist Management. Unlike most performance based reality shows, SIGNED doesn’t take place in a fancy Hollywood studio, but instead is filmed in places where real music happens like Atlanta recording studios, the backyard of The-Dream’s mansion, and Rick Ross’ private jet. The artists’ ability to write original songs, record and perform them are challenged as they have to prove that they have what it takes to impress the moguls, and some of their famous friends like DJ Khaled,Meek Mill and Bangladesh. via VH1

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ALL DEF DIGITAL & DORMTAINMENT RELEASE “SNAP!” ON YOUTUBE RED

(Los Angeles, July 5, 2017) — All Def Digital and Dormtainment announced today the release of SNAP!, a half-hour comedy special exclusively for YouTube Red.

SNAP! centers on the hottest Atlanta snap rap group of 2006, Stacks-4-Daze — except that was in 2006.  Now, the group members are all broke, working dead end jobs in Los Angeles.  But when a video of them accidentally goes viral on Worldstar, they get a second chance at fame.  Can they bring the stacks back?

SNAP!

 See the trailer here:

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Lana Del Rey & Kendrick Lamar Celebrate Their Birthday at 1OAK LA

West Hollywood hotspot, 1OAK LA was the hub for celebrity celebrations this past weekend.

Saturday night, Kendrick Lamar continued his 30th birthday celebration performing for the first time ever in a nightclub. Fellow TDE artist, Schoolboy Q was spotted in VIP with French Montana, Jaime Foxx, A$AP Rocky, Belly, Pusha T, Wale and star athletes Kyrie Irving and Odell Beckham Jr.

Grammy award winning songstress Lana Del Rey and friends kicked off the celebratory weekend  Thursday night as they took over Hollywood hotspot 1OAK LA for a massive private 32nd birthday blowout. Del Rey partied all night by the DJ booth with friends and fellow musicians Robin Thicke, Nelly, French Montana, Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd, Mike Will Made It and Boi-1da, who collaborated with her on Lust For Life, Del Rey’s upcoming fourth studio album.

Paris Hilton was spotted nearby sipping Perrier-Jouët with boyfriend Chris Zylka.  Actress Bella Thorne and Scott Disick arrived following dinner at CATCH LA, swirling romance rumors yet again. The couple kept close throughout the night and made a swift exit hand in hand. Kylie Jenner, who arrived in an orange Lamborghini hung with friend and Roc Nation artist, Justine Skye.

The birthday girl sipped classic Absolut Elyx cocktails with 1 OAK owners Richie Akiva and Darren Dzienciol in VIP. Akiva gave her a heartfelt shout out as a four-tier cake presented by Perrier-Jouët made its way through the club. Hot in Herre rapper Nelly hopped on the mic and sang Happy Birthday, igniting the crowd.

 Other celebs in attendance were PartyNextDoor, Odell Beckham, and Pretty Little Liars star, Shay Mitchell.

Kendrick Lamar
Nelly, French Montana
Richie Akiva, Robin Thicke, Jeremy Piven
Lana Del Rey, Boi-1da
Lana Del Rey, Swae Lee
Richie Akiva
Chris Zylka, Paris Hilton, Lana Del Rey
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Sampa The Great

 

Sampa The Great was Born in Zambia, raised in Botswana and is currently based in Sydney, Australia. She is part of the emerging hiphop scene in there (The Guardian called her “Australian hiphop’s next great hope”) and HERoes Act 2 is the latest in Sampa’s exciting narrative series of songs and collaborative project that includes her debut The Great Mixtape
 

With creative influences that include Mos Def and Lauryn Hill, the 23-year-old Sampa The Great  is quickly creating her own musical path, with lyrics centered on issues close to her heart. She found a love for hip-hop at an early age and views music as the language of the soul, transcending borders and acting as an agent for positive change.  It’s a quality that is consistent throughout her debut release, The Great Mixtape, on which Sampa delicately entwines her poetry in each beat, playfully switching styles and engaging listeners on every level.  

Born in Zambia, at a young age Sampa Tembo and her family decided to move to Botswana, where she was raised.  Separating Sampa from her peers is the upbringing and life experiences that inform her lyrics. Once, a group of boys were set to perform a rap song at her primary school. She was intrigued by their performance and asked if she could join the group, the response: “You can’t rap with us, because you’re a girl.” From that moment forward she decided not only to be a great female artist, but a great artist period.

Sampa The Great’s new EP, HERoes Act 2, is out with Red Bull Sound Select. The 3 tracks on the EP all feature Estelle with production by Rahki.
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2017 Agenda Fest

THE INAUGURAL AGENDA FESTIVAL LINEUP ANNOUNCED

The unique one-day festival offers a glimpse of its music lineup and immersive experience

(LOS ANGELES, CA – May 17, 2017) – Today marks the announcement of the inaugural and highly anticipated Agenda Festival music lineup and activations. Taking place at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center on Saturday, July 15, the Agenda Festival is a new immersive music and shopping experience fusing together skate, surf, street culture, food and art in one setting.

 The Agenda Festival stage will play host to a headlining performance by Tyler, the Creator, alongside Ludacris, Cam’ron, Lil Dicky and others soon to be announced! In addition, musical highlights include sets by Taco, 1AM Vibes hosted by Yes Julz, J.Rocc & Melo-D of The Beat Junkies and DJ House Shoes.

 Musical performances are only a single facet of the fully immersive festival experience. The Agenda Festival will bring together an exclusive selection of over 500 pop up shops and brand activations featuring Levi’s, Champion, Converse, New Balance, Patagonia, Mitchell & Ness, adidas Skateboarding, Nixon, Hershel Supply Co., Stance, Poler, Rip N Dip, Staple, RVCA, Hurley, and many more!

 The Agenda Festival roster delivers top talent and rising newcomers across the board in music, art, and fashion.  Guests of the Agenda Festival will also enjoy panel discussions, two skate contests hosted by the authorities in skate media The Berrics and TransWorld SKATEboarding, athlete/influencer meet & greets, and a selection of Southern California’s best gourmet food trucks.

Location: 
Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802
Event Date: Saturday, July 15th
Event Time: 11a – 8p
Lineup: Tyler, the Creator, Ludacris, Cam’ron, Lil Dicky, 1AM Vibes hosted by Yes Julz, J.Rocc & Melo-D of The Beat Junkies , Taco, DJ House Shoes and more to be announced.
 
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EVERYDAY STRUGGLE TAKES OVER THE BET AWARDS RED CARPET

On today’s very special episode of EverydayStruggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska take over the BET Awards red carpet where they talked to the likes of Post Malone, Cardi B, Fat Joe, Irv Gotti, and many more. The episode also features sit-downs with Rae Sremmurd, who finally talked things out with Budden, and Migos, where things took a heated turn during the middle of the interview. The Rae Sremmurd segment begins around the 55-minute mark, while Migos come to the platform at the 1 hour and 16-minute mark.


THE JOE BUDDEN/ MIGOS CONFRONTATION

ABOUT EVERYDAY STRUGGLE
Complex’s “EVERYDAY STRUGGLE,” is a new daily morning show covering the biggest news and hot-button issues facing hip-hop music and pop-culture. Serving as co-hosts, famed rapper Joe Budden and opinionated urban media commentator DJ Akademiks will face-off each day about the artists they feel deserve their top spots, who’s fallen off, wage their bets on brewing rap beef, analyze the latest social media buzz and determine which artists are moving the culture forward. Each heated discussion will be filmed in-studio and moderated by Complex News’ Nadeska Alexis. Conversations will get intense and opinions are taken to the next level as Joe and Akademiks battle it out every morning at11:00 AM on YouTube.com/Complexnews.

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Puff Daddy Kicks Off Billboard Weekend at LIGHT Nightclub

For the first time ever, Puff Daddy invaded Las Vegas hotspot, LIGHT where he hosted the evening for thousands of Saturday night partygoers. Arriving with son, Justin Combs, and entourage in tow, Puffy headed to the stage where he was presented with a Cîroc bottle parade.

The music mogul transformed the nightclub into a birthday celebration of the late Biggie Smalls. The crowd erupted when he jumped on stage and did the infamous Puffy dance to Small’s hits like “Juicy” and “Hypnotize”. Puffy hopped on the mic and lead the crowd in a Happy Birthday song before joking about partying all night and not sleeping until the Billboard awards. Following his performance, Puff Daddy hung out in VIP as the DJ kept playing Biggie’s classic songs until the early morning.

Earlier that night, hip hop artist OT Genesis, hit the stage where he performed his top hits “Cut It” and “Push It”. The Miami artist, who was dripping in diamonds stopped his performance to take selfies with fans. Other celebs in attendance were award winning DJ and Producer, Metro Boomin, Darius Walker and Candice King of Vampire Diaries who was celebrating her birthday in a nearby VIP.

Video credit: LIGHT Nightclub

Photo credit: David Becker

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Lovepop x Billboard Music Awards Collaboration

Did you catch the BBMA’s??

All nominated artists received a Lovepop nominee card prior to the awards show and last night, each lucky winner received a personalized, custom made card by Lovepop.

Check out a few of the winning artists cards below – including Drake, Twenty One Pilots, The Chainsmokers and Blake Shelton.

 

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Stream the debut album Siya Vs. Siya below

We all know Siya from the hit tv show Sisterhood of Hip-Hop, but now the lyrical brooklyn spitter has finally dropped her debut album titled “Siya vs. Siya” on Tank’s label RnB Money.  Features include Sage The Gemini, Lyric Wright, Ashley Rose, Jake & Papa, and Kreesha Turner.  Check for “The One”, “Weight Up”, “Watch What You Say”, and “New York, New York.”  We can tell she took her time crafting this project and attempts to show her versatility, especially since we know she will be compared to the other brooklyn stud Young M.A.

“I wanted to show that I am my only competition,” she says. “I’m a firm believer in you becoming your worst enemy over time. I think everyday as human beings we wake up with a chip on our shoulders someway somehow, trying to overcome the struggles that we’re going through.”

-Siya

Stream debut album below and buy on iTunes <—click here

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SUICIDE SQUAD: THE ALBUM

Although the “Suicide Squad” movie (featuring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and plenty others) was just released, it seems as though the only thing people can’t stop talking about is the soundtrack!! The official soundtrack features a few of our favorite artists and producers like: Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Kehlani, Kevin Gates, G-Eazy, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, Skrillex, Action Bronson and more.  I never really listen to other people’s opinions when it comes to movies, but i heard that SS wasn’t that great, however, the soundtrack has a little something for everyone.  On top of that it just knocked DJ Khaled’s “Major Keys” off the charts from #1.  So take a few minutes and give it a quick listen.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

STREAM THE ALBUM BELOW:




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Gucci Mane has “Everybody Looking”

Gucci Mane debuts his new album “Everybody Looking” fresh out the joint and has everyone checking out his new weight loss and perfect smile.  Gucci says he is super sober now and the industry needs to get used to it because “it’s here to stay.”  STREAM the new album below:

Features include Drake, Kanye West and Young Thug.


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Ice Age Collision Course: A Convo Matthew Munn-Senior Animator

Matthew J. Munn, Senior Animator on ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE  took advantage of a brief break in his schedule to talk with us about Continue reading “Ice Age Collision Course: A Convo Matthew Munn-Senior Animator” »