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New Music: Nick Bennet – “Hotter Than You”

Musical notes form the helices in his DNA and artistry runs deep to the roots of his family tree. The “he” is Nicholas “Nicky B” Bennett, son of legendary reggae songwriter and producer Mikie Bennett and his artistry is a fusion of Jamaican and American genres that he has dubbed “Rhythm and Dancehall.” Nicky B is considered the pioneer of this energetic yet soulful blend, “Island Pop” which is a fusion of authentic dancehall and radio friendly pop combined with just the right amount of Reggae.

Since 2002, Nicky B has developed into a household name in Jamaica while enjoying success on the tour scene with performances in France, Japan, the United States and the Caribbean with the likes of hip hop virtuoso Kanye West, Sean Kingston and Lil Zane. Having featured on a number of the biggest dancehall rhythms over the past decade, Nicky B has also lent his unique vocals to collaborations with artistes such as Snoop Dogg, Beenie Man and Sean Paul. His collaboration with Sean Paul, “If it isn’t Love”, has garnered over two million views on YouTube and has developed into a cult hit.

Also gifted with the pen, Nicky B has written two songs from Sean Paul’s latest album, “Full Frequency” which has been nominated for a Grammy in the “Reggae Album of the Year” category. One of the two songs, “Take it Low” was featured in the hit CBS TV show “Stalker” and the other “Any Day” has been tracking well.

In recent years, Nicky B has also lent his writing talents to notable Jamaican acts such as Beenie Man, Konshens, Samantha J and Elephant Man among others and previously, he has co-written with Rock City. He has also written on projects with super producer J.R. Rotem. “See Her Again,” a song Nicky wrote for Hawaiian star, J Boog went on to reach the number one spot on iTunes and was also number one on the Hawaiian charts.

Also a budding producer in his own right, Nicky B has collaborated with industry powerhouses such as DJ Mustard, Dr. Luke, Toby Gad, Red One, Sho Nuff, Rob Knox and RoccStar.

Nicky B’s latest release, “Hotter Than You” has set the stage for Island Pop to achieve its vast potential. Nicholas “Nicky B” Bennett is poised for greatness and he is ready for it.

Check out “Hotter Than You” HERE.

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CASSIUS Releases June Digital Cover ‘The First Supper’ featuring “30 Unapologetics”

On the heels of its inaugural “Culture Vultures” digital cover, CASSIUS — the latest brand from iONE Digital (formerly Interactive One) and the definitive digital destination for urban millennials – has announced its June 2017 cover: The First Supper.

‘The First Supper,’ a graphic illustration featuring 30 of the most talked-about, controversial figures in pop culture and American history, is divided into four covers featuring distinct groups of ‘Unapologetics’-cultural disruptors as they are known in the CASSIUS world. The series features critical essays penned by CASSIUS top editors and on video, extended conversation about the covers’ ultimate message and the sheer power of its many subjects.

The June cover is in keeping with CASSIUS’ mission to cut through today’s headlines with stories and critical commentary that are relevant to millennials and directly address the global impact of Black culture. Each month, CASSIUS will create original covers underscoring their unique point of view on themes such as power, identity, and race. Video content will accompany each cover.

“This month, we wanted to nod to ‘The Unapologetics’ of then and now,” says CASSIUS creator Kierna Mayo, SVP, Content and Brands at iONE Digital. “We determined that people throughout time who change the world and never apologize for it, fall into fascinating sub-categories worthy of exploration. Deciding which ‘disciples’ should have a seat at the ‘First Supper’ table was hotly debated in our office. The truth is, the world is filled with ‘Unapologetics’ -fearless individuals who push us to think differently and for everyone depicted, there was also the case for someone else. We hope our audience has the same endless discussion we did. Who really moves culture forward?”

The June cover art was illustrated by Mark Hammermeister.

At a time when mainstream media is dominated by political theater and extreme narratives, CASSIUS provides readers with a rare lens that positions Black culture as central to the world’s key issues.

Cadillac and The Coca-Cola Company are the proud launch partners of CASSIUS.

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New Video: Mary J. Blige feat. ASAP Rocky – “Love Yourself”

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From her brand new album Strength of A Woman, Mary J. Blige‘s premieres her stunning new visual for the song “Love Yourself.” The song originally features Kanye West but in the video, ASAP Rocky steps in and makes his appearance paired with a new verse of his own.

Peep the full video above along with super producer DJ Camper on the piano.

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‘First Family Of Hip Hop’: Darnell Roy Drops “Not So Low Key” feat. Velous

Starring in a brand new reality show on Bravo‘s First Family Of Hip Hop, Darnell Roy is looking to solidify his footprint in the Hip Hop realm following his family’s legacy. The grandson to Sugarhill Records founder Sylvia Robinson has released his official visual to “Not So Low Key” where he has also connected with artist-producer Velous (Kanye West, French Montana).

Check it out above as the duo dabs to the catchy tune in an empty car garage and rooftops.

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And Another One, Drake’s ‘Summer Sixteen Tour’ Makes History

Drake continues to add to his already impressive list of 2016 achievements.

The 6 God jumped on Instagram to reveal that his Summer Sixteen Tour is the highest-grossing hip-hop tour in history.

Dethroning Jay Z and Kanye West‘s 2012 Watch the Throne Tour which grossed $75.6 million, Drizzy’s Future-assisted trek grossed $84.3 million, according to Pollstar. An impressive feat considering Summer Sixteen included 56 dates to Watch the Throne‘s 63

Landing the No. 11th spot, the OVO boss nearly nabbed a top 10 spot coming in behind Celine Dion‘s $85.5 million. The Rolling Stones, Garth Brooks, Paul McCartney, Justin Bieber, Adele, Guns N’ Roses, Coldplay, Beyoncé, and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band finish off the top 10 in order from lowest to highest.

Kanye West (No. 29, $52.8 million), Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (No. 75, $23.9 million), Salt-N-Pepa/Vanilla Ice (No. 79, $21 million), and Puff Daddy and the Family (No. 95, $17.5 million) also made the list.

Drake’s currently gearing up for his Boy Meets World Tour, which kicks off Jan. 21 in Amsterdam with special guest Young Thug.

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On The Heels of Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech, Kirk Franklin Unveils New Visual “My World Needs You”

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Today, 10-time GRAMMY® Award winning recording artist, songwriter and producer Kirk Franklin, has released his latest single, “My World Needs You” to radio stations and debuted a visual for the song exclusively on BET.com. The heartfelt song speaks about the social injustices happening around the world today and calling upon God to bring strength in time of hardships.

Penned by Franklin, his message on “My World Needs You” supports his continued endeavors in addressing and reflecting on issues that anyone faces, and uniting together to help each other. He continues to give back with charitable organizations close by and abroad addressing these issues. This week, Franklin will be in Haiti, headlining Giving Hearts with Love’s “Rise Up for Haiti” benefit concert on Thursday, January 12th, 2017. He has also worked with The Expectations Project, a non-profit organization that sheds light on education inequality.

Musically, Franklin’s chart-topping eleventh album LOSING MY RELIGION and singles including “123 Victory” and “Wanna Be Happy?” have been thriving. Billboard’s 2016 Year-End Charts recognized him with seven #1 positions and over ten other Top 25 positions on various Gospel and R&B/Hip-Hop artist, album, and song lists. Franklin is also nominated for four GRAMMY® Awards this year including Best Gospel Album, Best Gospel Performance/Song as a songwriter for Tamela Mann’s “God Provides”, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song for Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam”, which he is featured on.

Visit <http://revelation.kirkfranklin.com/> to find out more about Kirk Franklin’s latest single “My World Needs You.” This page features a search engine that lets fans connect with their local gospel radio stations to help spread the word about the new single. Kirk hopes to showcase that the world needs more Jesus!

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Tyga And Kanye West drops their new collaboration “Feel Me” [New Music]

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Tyga and Kanye West team up representing the G.O.O.D. Music brand with an bass-heavy new tune entitled “Feel Me.”

On the song, both talents get together boasting Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and even West shouts-out Usher‘s chain as “too chilly.”

Tyga is prepping to release Bitch I’m the Shit 2 very soon via G.O.O.D. Music/Interscope Records.

Check it out below:

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The Word: Kanye West Cancels Second Leg of ‘Saint Pablo Tour’

Kanye West has officially cancelled the second leg of his Saint Pablo Tour.

Dates had yet to be announced along and no tickets had been sold at the time of the cancellation.

The news comes after Yeezy cancelled the remaining dates of the first leg following his hospitalization for dehydration, exhaustion, paranoia, and depression a few weeks back.

The tour was likely heading across the pond making stops in the U.K., France, and Germany. The “All of the Lights” artist need not fret cutting his tour short especially as his finances are concerned. Ye has an insurance policy in place which covers any profits lost or expenses as a result of cancellations due to health-related issues.

Good news for West who is currently recovering from his hospitalization and is said to be working on a new album. He’ll be able to focus on his recovery and spending time with his family.

Get well soon Kanye, looking forward to hearing the new music!

 

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Kanye West’s “Dramatic” 911 Call Is Finally Released!

We are finally getting some clarity in the whole Kanye West saga!

Today the 911 tape of Kanye West’s doctor calling 911 help has finally hit the web and it’s not as frantic as some would have thought. On the recording which Kanye is not heard on at all, his personal physician Dr. Michael Farzam is on the phone with the dispatcher.

Even though the tone of the call is relatively calm, TMZ reports that Kanye’s behavior was indeed erratic hence the call for help. The dispatcher was even worried about Kanye either hurting himself and others and stated at the end of the call “Don’t let him get any weapons or anything like that.”

Kanye has since been released from the hospital on Wednesday after spending almost a week there. We are sure more details will soon be spilling out. We just hope Kanye continues to get better for the sake of his family especially his children.

SOURCE: TMZ | PHOTO:Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images 

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Beyonce, Chance the Rapper and Fat Joe & Remy Ma Win Big at Soul Train Awards 2016

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SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 celebrated the best in Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop by highlighting both returning legends and breakout stars with unrivaled musical moments and titillating performances. The awards show, which aired tonight on CENTRIC and BET, was hosted once again by the funkadelic Godmother of neo-soul, Erykah Badu, who also served as Executive Producer.

Beyoncé led the night’s winners dominating in top categories including Video of the Year, Album/Mixtape of the Year, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, and Song of the Year. Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring French Montana and Infared took home two awards of their own, Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) and Best Collaboration, for their smash hit “All the Way Up.” Artists were honored across 12 different categories and additional winners included Kanye West featuring Teyana Taylor for Best Dance Performance for “Fade,” Chance the Rapper (Best New Artist), Anderson .Paak (Centric Certified Award), Andra Day “Rise Up” (The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award), Maxwell (Best R&B/Soul Male Artist), and Kirk Franklin “123 Victory” (Best Gospel/Inspirational Song.)

The evening marked the inaugural Soul Train Awards since BET Networks officially acquired Soul Train earlier this year and it did not disappoint. The night featured crowd-loving classics and current favorites from the best Soul artists of yesterday and today.

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Dru Hill kicked off the Soul Train Awards 2016 with the ultimate throwback of their 90s R&B jams including “Tell Me,” “In My Bed,” and “Beauty.”

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Dru Hill lead singer Sisqó then took the stage solo to perform his late 90’s mega-hit “Thong Song.”

 

An endearing and  inspired Jill Scott presented Brandy with the second annual Lady of Soul Award, who went on to blow the crowd away with a full dance and stunning vocal performance of her most beloved hits including “Almost Doesn’t Count,” “What About Us,” “Full Moon,” “I Wanna Be Down,” “The Boy Is Mine,” “Talk About Our Love,” “Have You Ever,” and “Sitting On Top Of The World,” joined by MA$E.

 

Soulful newcomers Anderson .Paak and BJ the Chicago Kid performed “Waters” and “Cha Cha” singer D.R.A.M. joined Badu on stage for their recently released single, “WiFi.”

The awards ended on a high note with Teddy Riley pulling out all the stops for an unforgettable showcase following his receiving of the night’s highest honor, the Legend Award. Riley brought out retro hitmakers and past collaborators including Doug E. Fresh, Bobby Brown, Tito Jackson, Wreckx-N-Effect and Guy for a medley of classics including “My Prerogative,” “Remember the Time,” “Rump Shaker,” and more.

Alongside the amazing performances, the second annual Soul Cypher, featuring Erykah Badu, Tyrese, Ne-Yo, Angie Stone and the incomparable Gladys Knight was another musical moment not to be forgotten.

SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 WINNERS

Best New Artist – Chance the Rapper

Best R&B/Soul Male Artist – Maxwell

Centric Certified Award – Anderson .Paak

Video of the Year – Beyoncé – “Formation”

Best Gospel/Inspirational Song – Kirk Franklin – “123 Victory”

Album/Mixtape of the Year – Beyoncé – “Lemonade”

Rhythm & Bars Award (Formerly Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year) – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”

Best R&B/Soul Female Artist – Beyoncé

Song of the Year – Beyoncé

The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter’s Award – “Rise Up” – Written by Andra Day and Jennifer Decilveo (Andra Day)

Best Dance Performance – Kanye West (Dance Performance featuring Teyana Taylor) – “Fade”

Best Collaboration – Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared – “All the Way Up”

The SOUL TRAIN AWARDS 2016 are produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. Executive Producers of the network telecast are as follows: Debra Lee, Stephen G. Hill and Connie Orlando from BET; and Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment.

Photo Credit: Getty Images for BET

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