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Last Night In NYC: Lil’ Kim, Wale, LaQuan Smith, Jonathan Mannion Celebrate Moët & Chandon ‘Nectar of the Culture’

Last night in NYC (Oct. 22), Moët & Chandon joined forces with iconic cultural photographer, Jonathan Mannion, and renowned fashion designer, LaQuan Smith to launch its new Nectar of the Culture campaign, which celebrates the people, places and moments that continue to push our culture forward.

The exclusive launch drew a cross-section of creative luminaries, including Lil’ Kim, Wale, BJ The Chicago Kid, Mack Wilds, SFPL & iOne Digital‘s own Gabriel Williams and Danielle Herrington, who arrived wearing custom LaQuan Smith attire. These notables and more all gathered for a multi-course pairing dinner prepared by CLEO TV’s own, Celebrity Chef JJ Johnson.

A pillar within culture for over 25 years, Mannion is infamous for having documented “The Golden Era” of hip hop and is now capturing the next generation of pioneers, in what has been dubbed the “Rose Gold Era.”  Debuting with New York’s pioneer – Queens-born designer LaQuan Smith – Moët and Mannion will continue to celebrate various pioneers in key cities across the U.S including Atlanta, Miami, LA and Chicago.

Check out more photos below by Lewis Mirrett for Moët & Chandon.

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Wale’s Signee Phil Adé Debuts New Track “No Fear” ft. Tate Kobang & Saba Abraha

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Today, buzzing ThreeSixEight/Every Blue Moon hip-hop recording artist Phil Adé releases his new single “No Fear” featuring Tate Kobang and Saba Abraha via Billboard. Listen here. “No Fear,” from Phil’s forthcoming album Selfish, is filled with substantial lyrics that could initially translate as subtle due to Phil’s mellow and cerebral approach. Phil’s artistry paired with Tate Kobang and Saba creates a track that is undeniably captivating. “No Fear” is also the official song for WWE NXT premiering on August 19 on WWE Network.

Phil spoke to Billboard on the record saying:

“I took a break from releasing music but never stopped recording. I had a complete album I was finishing up in 2014-2015 that I ended up scrapping when I got the invitation to work with Wale. I went on the road with him for his ‘The Album About Nothing’ tour and also worked with him on “Shine” while he simultaneously helped me put together another album. My new album “Selfish” is ready and coming soon. “No Fear” is just a small first taste of what you can expect from this album.”

Listen to the full track above.

ABOUT PHIL ADÉ

In an era where artists are hard-pressed over obtaining “cross-over appeal” and seemingly forced commercial hits, up and coming Hip-Hop artist Phil Adé has brought his easy-going flow and genuine subject matter to help lighten up the genre of Hip Hop.

Although Phil Adé proudly proclaims himself as one of the D.C., Maryland & Virginia area’s own, he also has spent a better portion of his life in California, Alabama, and Florida. He says, “The ‘Metro’ area no matter what anyone says is my home. That’s where my heart is, but being from more than one place is what makes me an interesting person as well as an artist. I make music for everyone.”

Currently, Adé is under D.C. based independent Hip-Hop label 368 Music Group. He has released 6 projects under 368 Music Group: Starting On JV, The Letterman, PhilAdeFriday1, A Different World, PhilAdeFriday2, & R.O.S.E. He is currently preparing to release his forthcoming album entitled Selfish.

Adé has been featured in Vibe, XXL, The Source, Respect and other major magazines. He has also appeared on MTV, BET, & VH1 channels. In the past few years, Adé has been apart of some major nationwide tours including Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers tour, Mac Miller’s Most Dope Tour, the SneakerPimps tour, & Rocky Fresh’s Electric Highway tour. He has also performed at some major music festivals including Trillectro, South By Southwest, CMJ, A3C, H St. Music Festival & the Broccoli City Festival.

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Wale Announces ‘SHINE’ Release Date and Drops “Fish n Grits” with Travi$ Scott

Wale is readying for the release of his forthcoming fifth album SHINE

Slated to drop May 5th, the project includes features with Major Lazer, Travi$ Scott, Lil Wayne, J. Balvin, Davido, Chris Brown, and more.

The DMV emcee also revealed the artwork and tracklist for the album. Since announcing the project back in 2016, Wale has embraced fatherhood and the joy it brings; a side which will more than likely be present on the project.

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Wale teased the upcoming album by dropping his Travi$ Scott assisted “Fish n Grits.” Take a listen to it and check out the complete tracklist for SHINE below.

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Wale – SHINE Tracklist

  1. Thank God
  2. Running Back f. Lil Wayne
  3. Scarface Rozay Gotti
  4. My Love f. Major Lazer, WizKid & Dua Lipa
  5. Fashion Week f. G-Eazy
  6. Colombia Heights (Te Llamo) f. J Balvin
  7. CC White
  8. Mathematics
  9. Fish n Grits f. Travi$ Scott
  10. Fine Girl f. Davido & Olamide
  11. Heaven on Earth f. Chris Brown
  12. My PYT
  13. DNA
  14. Smile f. Phil Adé & Zyla Moon
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Icon Talks Honors Fabolous at Historic Borough Hall

On Thursday March 9th, Brooklyn’s prestigious Borough Hall stood illuminated in a glow of purple, red, and green as various influencers and artists gathered to witness Icon Talks honor a true hip-hop legend: entertainment mogul and philanthropist John David Jackson, better known as F-A-B-O-L-O-U-S.

Taking place on the 20th Anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.’s untimely death, a fitting tribute to a fellow Brooklyn emcee and as it was later revealed an intentional choice by Fab; the night perfectly embodied the style and essence we’ve come to expect from Jackson.

Sponsored by Porsche, the evening began with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception in the historic landmarks grand rectangular rotunda beautifully anchored by marble staircases on opposite sides. Guests included Rotimi, Wale, Doug E. Fresh, Ryan Leslie, Lenny S, Tahiry Jose, DJ Vlad, DJ Clue, DJ Self, Rob Markman, Mysonne, Grady Spivey, and The Source Magazine’s Londell McMillan.

The second half of the night took place in the majestic Grand Courtroom. Leslie paid tribute to his longtime friend with a few words. Touching on Jackson’s ability to remain humble amidst all of his success and offering a brief reminder of Loso’s most recent musical hits, he went on to thank him for “allowing me to be part of the soundtrack of New York City.”

Surrounded by ornate gold and white details under a regal and magnificent white chandelier; the perfect backdrop for this intimate conversation, we get to know Jackson a man from humble beginnings and Fabolous the slick talker with a lucrative 16-year career. Led by Icon Talks co-founder John Burns, Fabolous provided a view into his life sharing the keys behind his success and philanthropic endeavours.

Born in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Fab recalled growing up in the Breevort Houses looking at his environment and deciding that he wanted more for himself. With that mindset he went on to reach incredible heights of success, which he credits to making the most of the opportunities he was given.

On the differences between John and Fabolous

Fab is an alter ego of John. It’s like when Clark Kent goes in the booth and turns into Superman. Still the same guy just one has more flash.

On how to measure success: 

Success can be measured in so many ways. You can achieve success within yourself. Success is anything you put forward to do and that you achieve. There’s different levels and different ways of achieving and acknowledging success. I was given opportunities and those opportunities are successes.

On the importance of empowering young people who might doubt their potential:

Stay determined. You may not get it the first shot. Everything is microwaved. There are those with overnight success; but for most, you will not be overnight successes. Stay determined. If it didn’t work this way let’s try another way. My plan B is another way to make my plan A work. We are going to get plan A.

On his foundation A Fabolous Way: 

A Fabolous Way was created because I wanted to help inner city kids. I was once an inner city kid looking for things to do. It’s easy to find trouble. When you give [kids] the opportunity they can do so much more and keep away from trouble. Give them opportunities outside of just sitting around doing nothing or worse. Opportunity is golden. Someone gave you an opportunity to even be in this room today. There are a lot of talented people who don’t have the opportunity to show their talent. Kids come up to me and sometimes I may listen to them spit and that may inspire them. Giving kids opportunities are priceless.

On when he recognized his potential: 

I thought I was pretty good. I can’t say I knew my full potential. When I went to meet DJ Clue I thought I was just going in to say what’s up. I wasn’t enthused but when I got there Clue says, “We gonna go on commercial break and when we get back my boy is going to rap for you”. I thought I was just going to shake his hand. Back to the idea of opportunities. I looked at it as I have to do the most with this and give it my all and whatever happens from there just leave it to God.

On what Biggie meant to him:

He’s our hero. We seen Biggie come up. It’s the story of where you see a guy come from the mud and become a star and it’s like you right there along with him. B.I.G. always represented Brooklyn and shared everything he ever achieved with Brooklyn. He was our hometown hero. Losing him so soon we didn’t see what he would have blossomed into, and that’s one of the most disappointing parts about losing him.

On what he hopes he’s best remembered for: 

I hope [I’m remembered] as somebody who made the most of an opportunity. I was a kid who was observant and looked around to see what was in the world and my world was a 4 block radius in a housing project, but I knew there was more. I said I wanted to do more than this and when opportunities came to do that I took them. One opportunity can lead to the next one.

In the spirit of the evening three Brooklyn 12th graders who were identified by their teachers and community leaders as future icons of tomorrow were awarded the Icon Scholarship.

At the end of the talk Sharon Carpenter and fellow Icon Talks founder, John Hartsfield presented Jackson with the Icon Award.

The night culminated with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams presenting Fabolous with the Key to Brooklyn and Proclamation for his contributions to the community.

The previous night at the Icon Talks dinner longtime friend and collaborator Swizz Beatz had this to say about the 39-year-old father,

“Congratulations to my brother Fab for being the secret weapon. I call him the secret weapon. He’s the secret weapon for fashion, the secret weapon for music, the secret weapon for creativity, he’s the secret weapon behind a lot of artists doing what they do today.”

Swizz concluded,

“We gotta get this new album out. No more mixtapes.”

Congratulations to Fabolous on receiving the Icon Award, Key to Brooklyn, and Proclamation. We salute you for your continued commitment to supporting underprivileged youth.

We’ll be on the lookout for the new album. In the meantime, take a peek at the Icon Talks Dinner held at Manhattan Motorcars.

About Icon Talks:

Icon Talks is an intimate discussion with icons from various walks of life, from music moguls to professional athletes, CEO’s, actors, and activists. The conversations will explore their path to success and provide a platform to engage, entertain and inspire.

Founded by John Burns and John Hartfield on the principle that an icon is someone who inspires not only through their innate talents, but someone who manifests their purpose and passion in how they live their life and touch the lives of others. With that mantra as our driving force, we identify and work with the icons who are not only celebrated in their own profession, but who are passionate about inspiring others through their triumph, determination, and good will.

Icon Talks directly funds and benefits nonprofit, Icon to Ican. Icon to Ican is a charitable organization offering a multitude of youth development programs for disadvantaged and/ or disabled children. Icon to Ican provides mentorship and developmental opportunities for kids from the distressed areas; offering inspiration that they CAN overcome barriers and also come become an ICON.

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New Music: Eric Bellinger feat. Wale – “Treat Yourself”

You deserve nothing but the best, according to Eric Bellinger!

A leader of the Pen, Prince of Soul, Mr. Bellinger links with Wale for a guitar-infused paired with a heavy bass drop track entitled “Treat Yourself.” The official song comes in place to build much anticipation for Eric’s upcoming project Eric B For President: Term 2. The new project is a follow-up to the Term 1 edition and the EP’s acoustic version that dropped last year.

Giving out islands vibes, the featured song is set to be one of the most favorited tracks of 2017.

Eric tells XXL:

“When Obama left office, he went jet-skiing on vacation. I’m taking that approach to give a sense of relaxation and chill and positive vibes in light of the new presidency. It’s a dark time, so I wanted to take the opposite approach and make something light and fun.”

Check out the flaming new track above!

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Wale Teams Up with Lil Wayne For New Song “Running Back”

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Wale releases the final version of the much-anticipated song entitled “Running Back.” Since being revealed on ESPN‘s First Take the track has caused quite the buzz. The sports related penned track is set to appear on Wale’s forthcoming album S.H.I.N.E..

Press play to get a snippet of the hit single above co-produced by our Fly Friend, Karen Civil.

Check out the BTS clip below of the upcoming official video:

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Last Night In D.C.: Wale, Ro James, Tweet, Kelly Price and more at Raheem and Friends Benefit Holiday Concert

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The Stars Aligned In Washington, DC in support of the 3rd Annual Raheem DeVaughn and Friends Benefit Charity Concert on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at The Historic Howard Theater.

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Presented by The LoveLife Foundation and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), attendees were treated to performances by  Grammy Nominated Recording Artists: Raheem DeVaughnChrisette MicheleKelly Price and Tweet; Hit Fox TV’s Empire Breakout Artist, V.Bozeman; DC Fan Favorites: Rare EssenceBlack Alley Band, and The CrossRhodes; Actor- Chaz Shepard, Music Newcomer: Chantil Dukart, and Radio One DJs: DJ Rico and DJ Quicksilva. The highlights of the evening were appearances by GRAMMY Nominated RCA Recording Artist, Ro James and DMV‘s own Maybach Music Recording Artist, Wale.

The 3rd  Annual Raheem DeVaughn & Friends Holiday Concert is aimed to help raise funds and awareness through DeVaughn’s non-profit organization, The LoveLife Foundation. The LoveLife Foundation provides monetary support for youth and education initiatives, scholarships, women’s issues, and community programming. This year, TLF has partnered with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) to present this benefit concert as a means to further educate the community at large on progress of HIV/AIDS Prevention in the hopes to eradicate the global pandemic.

The 3rd Annual Raheem Devaughn & Friends Holiday Concert was also supported by media sponsorship Majic 102.3 FM and 93.9 FM WKYS (Radio One DC) and DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME).

For more information, please visit www.lovelifefoundationdmv.org and connect via Twitter @LoveLifeDMV and Instagram @lovelifedmv. For more information on AIDS Healthcare Foundation, please visit www.aidshealth.org. Please connect via social media@aidshealthcare.

Fans can connect with Raheem Devaughn through Instagram: @raheem_devaughn, Twitter: @raheem_devaughn, and Facebook:www.facebook.com/raheemdevaughn

Photo Credit: Tony Mobley for The LoveLife Foundation

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Wale And Eric Bellinger Is Looking For “One Reason (Flex)” [New Music]

DC and LA combine forces to [Flex] on you!

Wale delivers yet another amplified track entitled “One Reason (Flex)” featuring R&B crooner, Eric Bellinger.

The tag team duo now surfaces in hopes to start a new music journey that will conquer chart numbers.

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In the song, the duo says:

Ain’t that Lisa with the C-cups?
Know I seen that chick before
Yeah that Lisa with them double D’s up
No I ain’t hittin’ that b*tch no more
Now ain’t that shawty who got to the money
When Dr. Miami switched that up

Wait hold up, let me check my phone
Yep that’s her, she still in love

Check out the song above that will be on Wale’s upcoming SHINE release due out before the end of the year.

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Wale Drops “My PYT” Video, Embraces Fatherhood and Welcomes Baby Girl

Wale delivers the video for his ode to the ladies “My PYT” today. Directed by Colin Tilley, the colorful visual makes sure to show just how beautiful black is showcasing an array of women of color, of all shades. The fun video compliments the up beat track, giving all the pretty young things out there something they can dance to.

Wale’s longtime girlfriend Chloe Alexis gave birth to the couples first child–a baby girl –in New York this past Friday. The DMV rapper was set to perform in Brooklyn at the One Africa Music Fest, but was forced to cancel so he could witness the birth of his little girl. The couple named their daughter Zyla Moon Oluwakemi.

Wale is already the doting father tweeting, “I never cried and smiled at the same time until today. She so beautiful slim…She perfect. My baby chocolate and beautiful.” The gushing continued for the “Ambition” emcee as he posted a picture to Instagram of Zyla’s tiny hand holding onto his index finger. The Maybach Music Group rhymer also revealed Zyla’s inspired the title of his upcoming album S.H.I.N.E..

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Congratulations to Wale and Chloe Alexis on the birth of their beautiful black queen! Check out the melanin infused video for “My PYT” below.

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Wale Introduces Damond Blue In “Give It To You” [New Music]

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MMG‘s own Wale has just blessed the remix to fellow DMV peer Damond Blue‘s new single, “Give It To You.” Written by Blue and produced by Blue’s in-house producer, Ghost, the singer/rapper phenomenon has created a new wave for Summer ’16.

“It’s a feel good record,” Blue said about his new single. “The response from the original track was amazing and I’m happy my brother Wale could bless the track.”

To date, Blue has worked with Fat Trel, King Los, Bun B, Brave Williams, Jadakiss and Wale. With five projects under his belt, Blue is set to release his latest project Dream Bigger later this summer!

Peep the track above.