Hip-hop stars react to TV reality star becoming president of the Free World

The unimaginable has happened.

After months of believing that Donald Trump would never lead the Free World, the reality tv star turned politician has successfully won over the majority of American voters. As polls closed all across America, Trump managed to surpass the needed 270 electoral votes with a total of 276 to become president-elect of the United States while former first lady and forty-year politician Hillary Clinton only managed 218 electoral votes.

Though known for making controversial statements throughout the election that heavily divided the country, Trump called for a united America in his winning speech:

“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division. We have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and Independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all Americans and this is so important to me.”

Like many of us, the Hip-hop community had a lot to say about the reality star’s shocking presidential win against the more experienced Hillary Clinton.

Check out the not so pretty responses from some of your favourite artists.

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The Weeknd Will be Launching a Series of Pop-up Shops

The Weeknd has announced his up and coming album 'Starboy', which will be released November 25th. And in conjunction, he will also be opening up a series of pop-ups under the same name.

At this time details are very limited as to what exactly the pop-up shops will have, and where they will be. But we should be expecting to see them as early as November 4th.

If you want to be on the list to receive information as soon as it's available, sign-up via this form on his site here.


Watch Kendrick Lamar talks Eminem, 'Alright' and next album in in-depth interview with rick rubin

GQ brings together Kendrick Lamar and Rick Rubin, after Kendrick was revealed as the cover star for GQ Style's latest issue. In the the hour-long interview, kendrick discusses his creative process's, stylistic decisions and inspirations with Rubin and goes on to praise Eminem for his influences after listening to the Marshal Mathers LP. 

“I got my clarity just studying Eminem when I was a kid…The day I heard Marshall Mathers, I was just like, How does that work?”. At another point in the interview, Kendrick said that, while he considers himself "first and foremost a rapper," he's open to making an album in the future where he doesn't rap. He told Rubin: "I think I got the confidence for it. If I can master the idea and make the time to approach it the right way, I think I can push it out."

Watch the interview in full below.

Video via GQ

Space Jam returns to cinemas for 20th anniversary

Next month Space Jam celebrates its 20th anniversary since its theatrical release. Feel old yet? And to honour the date Warner brothers will be screening the hit film on Nov 13th across 450 cinemas across the united states. It will most likely be the last time you can hope to see a looney toons, basketball crossover in the cinema, now that the proposed Space Jam sequel featuring LeBron James has been canned. 

We are still yet to have anything confirmed for the UK, which is absolutely farcical. But as soon as we hear, you will be the first to know.

Additionally, as many of you already know, Jordan Brand will also be celebrating Space Jam's 20th anniversary this year by releasing a new "Space Jam" Air Jordan 11 in December. Click here for more information about the Space Jam screenings. 

Alicia Keys and ASAP Rocky Collaborate on "Blended Family"

On her new ASAP Rocky featuring single, Alicia Keys opens up about her "blended family" consisting of Swizz Beats, their two children, and Swizz's son Kasseem Deam Jr (from a previous marriage with R&B singer Mashonda Tifrere).

I’m so excited for you to hear this song,” Keys wrote on Instagram before the song’s release. “It means so much to me and our whole family. The understanding, compassion and support we’ve found is a powerful testament to the healing that comes when we choose love. Especially for the kids… the most important part of our lives. Celebrating Mashonda for our commitment to each other with support and true growth.

Listen to "Blended Family (What You Do For Love)" below.

Ghostface Killah & Pouya Jump on the Remix for Rich Chigga's 'Dat $tick'

About a few months back, 88 rising exposed a few rappers (Flatbush Zombies, Goldlink, Torey Lanez, Desiigner, 21 Savage to name a few) to the viral video for the track “Dat $tick” by Rich Chigga. Teenage Indonesian rapper Rich Chigga, emerged as an internet sensation in the aftermath of his debut video. Ghostface Killah was so impressed with the track that he promised to rap on the remix. He has delivered on his promise; this week, Chigga has released the official Dat $tick" remix featuring Ghostface and Miami rapper Pouya.

If you are unfamiliar with the original, you can watch it here

Jay Z is releasing a new documentary on Police brutality

Kalief Browder was a 16-year-old who was imprisoned for three years at Rikers Island without conviction or a set date for trial. Two years after his 2013 release, Browder took his own life.

During the press conference, Jay Z responded to questions about criminal justice reform and police brutality in addition to inquiries about the new series. A reporter asked for Jay's opinion on how to "[stop] police brutality against African-American men." Jay Z responded by calling for "trust on both sides" and compassion. He also shared his view on body cameras, stating that "having the camera on someone creates more distrust."


Vince Staples, Kylie Jenner, Metro Boomin, Skrillex and more all feature in Alexander Wang's Fall Campaign Video

Shot by Director X, the #WANGF16 campaign transports the viewer to an uninhibited house party. In a series of films, the cast takes over a Beverly Hills mansion. Featuring: Alice Glass, Alice Metza, Anna Ewers, A$AP Ferg, Big Sean, Binx Walton, Black Atlass, Curren Caples, Hanne Gaby, Issa Lish, Katie Moore, Kylie Jenner, Lexi Boling, Metro Boomin, MØ, RL Grime, Skrillex, Tinashe, Tyga, Vince Staples, Yana Bovenistier, and Zoe Kravitz.

Weeks after teasing his Fall 2016 campaign, with a promo video for the season with the help of a few familiar faces, Alexander Wang has released the full video. Featuring Alice Glass, Skrillex, Vince Staples, Big Sean, Tinashe, A$AP Ferg, Metro Boomin, MØ, Tyga, and more. Skrillex created an exclusive track for the ad which is directed by Directed by Director X, and sees the “Wang Squad” take over a Beverly Hills mansion, where they skate, play pool, and party in the dining room.

"I wanted to create this hybrid idea of a music video with my favourite movies growing up, referencing Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Can't Hardly Wait,” Wang toldYahoo! Style. “A lot of [the cast] are people that I’ve always really respected, collaborators, or models I’ve used for quite a long time, where I’ve seen them grow into their own.” Watch Alexander Wang's Fall Campaign video above.

Chance The Rapper opens up about inequalities in the music industry

Billboard released their 2017 Grammy Preview issue featuring an interview with cover star, Chance the rapper. In the interview, Chance discusses the Grammy Awards, the changing nature of the music industry, his support for Hillary Clinton and financial advice he received from Donald Glover (Childish Gambino).

When asked about the disadvantages women and people of colour face in the music industry, Chance offers valuable insight about inequality. He responds by saying they face "pretty much the same challenges that they face throughout the rest of the world in terms of being overlooked, under appreciated and held back from a lot of stuff. Colourism and racism don’t stop when you’re a musician or when you have wealth or when you’re in any given position. Kendrick [Lamar] going home Grammy-less [in 2014, when he was nominated in seven categories] was an awesome moment for people to recognise that it plagues us regardless of talent or skill."

Chance goes on to say he would like to use his influence as a musician to "change the entire world’s value of black American ingenuity and opinion."

Due to his influence and current standing and following a highly publicised petition led by Chance's fans. The Recording Academy implemented a change that allows streaming-only releases to be eligible for Grammy recognition. 

Read the full interview from Billboard here. 

Recognising an Addiction Problem: Netflix


Ok, I finally get it.

Television, the drug of the nation is in full effect right now. After waking up after only two hours of sleep, even when I promised myself an early night beforehand – and all because of Netflix. Netflix and their constant stream of visual enchantments.

Netflix is the new drug of choice, the new crack, the chronic, MDMA, whatever you want to call it, they have got it, and they have no problem supplying the massive demand. Their product is far superior to the competition right now. Why get sky when Netflix is one tenth the price. Why choose Amazon prime with its extremely bare catalogue. Why go to pirate bay and hope for decent quality (if they even have what you are looking for). They have it wrapped up, and their content comes in various guises; Stranger things, How to make a Murderer, Narcos, House of Cards, just to name a few of their big hitters.

Hats off to Netflix for circumventing the world of illegal downloads and streaming, and competing with the box office and big series releases alike. There seems to be a new conversation generated every week on some Netflix exclusive or another. Be it the historic accuracy and gritty violence of Narco’s, the spellbinding casting and score of the Spielberg- esque Stranger Things. To the new ‘drug of choice’- Luke Cage – a modern day superhero, who was originally marketed as Marvels first black superhero during an era of Blaxploitation. Which now has some tweeting about its ‘racist’ overtones as it lacks any white characters of note. Irrespective of it being set in Harlem, a neighbourhood which accommodates a community of which 64% are black.

It’s practically unheard of, people being up in arms over the whiteness of Fargo, Game of thrones, Friends, The O.C., Arrested development, Sex and the city, How I Met Your Mother, Girls, Mad Men, Veep, Fraiser, Will & Grace, Blue bloods, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, True Detective, Better Call Saul… I think I’ve made my point. 

Whether its stories based on true events, spun from the inside by PR machines, or general views from the world. Right now everybody is talking about the new drug -  Netflix.

Kaytranada debuts his remix of Solange's 'Cranes in the sky'

Kaytranada has had one hell of a year and seems he can do no wrong, with his latest dancey percussion update to another popular hit. Debuting a brand remix of Solange's 'Cranes In the Sky', taken from her fantastic new album A Seat at the Table, Kaytranada offers his distinctive take on the track with a bubbly rework.

Watch him bless fans with the remix at his set at New York City's Terminal 5 (Oct 5) below

Mass Appeal says 'De La Soul Is Not Dead' in new documentary

If you haven't heard already De La Soul is back, and is as strong as ever.

Their first album in 12 years has already hit #1 on the Billboard rap charts within a few short weeks since its release. Mass appeal take a look at the roots of De La soul and explain how they are still effecting hip-hop today. The 30 minute short film shows their beginnings and rise over a 30 year period and how they still remain relevant today, which is truly a modern rarity 

Watch the full documentary below.

Video: Watch as T.I. flips black America's experiences on its head

With all that is being documented regarding police brutality in recent times, T.I. isn’t afraid to speak on the topics needed to help bring awareness to a greater reach. In the video for his latest single 'Warzone', T.I. turns the tables, showing a glimpse of the other American experience as their reality.

See the video below

While T.I. does his best to tackle the issues portrayed, which some people may recognise as echoes of reality, the video shows what it would be like if whites had to endure the same injustices as Blacks. The Atlanta rapper gives eye-opening, undeniable depiction and we say 'Undeniable' with tongue in cheek.

 A long list of high profile police brutality instances, from Tamir Rice and Philando Castile, to the mysterious circumstances surrounding Sandra Bland's apparent suicide. With these now having been brought to the attention of main stream media and the general consensus, mainly thanks to the rise of social media. T.I. uses his position, to shed light further on this frequently debated topic (but unfortunately nothing further than debates). 

Introducing, 'SENNA' - an app encompassing everything hip-hop and urban culture.

Founders of Senna, Adrian Grant and Patrice Drew

Founders of Senna, Adrian Grant and Patrice Drew

It’s no secret that hip-hop culture is making waves across industries. From brands such as Burger King, using the Drake-Meek Mill feud as a marketing tool to reach customers. To Students and teachers performing the 'whip' and 'nae nae' during high school graduations. Even Michele Obama released a hip-hop video to encourage kids to go to college. 

So step up Adrian Grant and Patrice Drew, who capitalised on this and created SENNA, an app for videos, memes, music, and conversations about hip-hop and urban culture. The SENNA app also features unique real-time segments, such as SENNA Live; a one-on-one real-time conversation with influencers, creatives, and professionals in the community, such as Carlos King, TV producer of Real Housewives of Atlanta and Love and Hip Hop Atlanta; Numa Perrier, Co-founder of Black & Sexy TV; and Rob Hill SR, an author, and motivational speaker.

SENNA is available on app store. http://apple.co/2d5B4Eh

Our worst fears confirmed as Brad and Angelina have to be separated

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt's waxworks at Madame Tussauds

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt's waxworks at Madame Tussauds

It's official, and not just Facebook official, but waxwork official.

Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt this week, shocking many people across the globe with the news. But now, it has been confirmed as Madame Tussauds have separated their waxworks - and  the Twittersphere could not be more devastated. The museum's official social media page shared a photo of both the figures standing apart, with one that appeared to be Robert Pattinson between them. They wrote: "Following the news that has shocked celebrity watchers worldwide, we can confirm we have separated Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's figures."

The Philippines just shocked the World of Hip Hop with this!

The Philippines just shocked the World of Hip Hop with this!

UPeepz, a professional dance crew from the University of the Philippines-Diliman won the top prize at the 2016 World Hiphop Dance Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada yesterday, August 14 (Manila time) with a score of 8.69. They were followed by Lock N’ Lol from South Korea with a score of 8.37. Royal Family from New Zealand placed third with a score of 8.29.