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Gunfire At Meek Mill Show, Four Injured

A fight at Saturday’s Meek Mill concert in Wilmington, Delaware ended in gunfire, with four people hit by bullets. None of the wounds were life threatening, but victims were transported to hospital.

Sgt. Paul Shavack of the Delaware State Police said that officers arrived on the scene at the Moodswing Niteclub just before 2 a.m. to find between 600-700 people trying to flee the gunshots. The police believe there was more than one shooter, but no suspects have been identified.

(h/t DJSchemes)

 

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Grammy Awards Nominations 2014

This past Friday, the 56th Annual Grammy Awards nominations were announced during the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night which featured performances by Taylor Swift, Lorde, Katy PerryMacklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Among the nominees were the above mentioned performers, along with a slew of others that you’d expect including Daft Punk, Zedd, Michael Bublé, The National, and Vampire Weekend. Check out the full list of nominations below. Continue reading ‘Grammy Awards Nominations 2014′

Spotify Offering Free Mobile Music Streaming

I can’t count the number of times I’ve reached for my phone in the hopes that I could make use of my free Spotify subscription, only to be reminded that without paying the $10/month fee, it just isn’t going to happen. But thanks to a new rollout by Spotify, it looks like all that is about to change this Wednesday, December 11th. Sort of.

The new platform, which will offer a free, ad supported service for mobile users with a working WiFi connection, will allow you to select 15 tracks to play in random rotation. Think of it as the streaming version of the iPod Shuffle. Except that Spotify will also give your playlist an expiration date, eventually requiring you to switch it up with a new list of songs.

More details will be announced during a press conference this Wednesday.

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R. Kelly To Release More ‘Trapped In The Closet’ Chapters In 2014

Way back in 2012 we brought you the news that R. Kelly would be revisiting his infamous hip-hopera, Trapped in the Closet. But if you thought that was the end of it, think again. Two years later, it looks like R. Kelly will indeed be treating us to yet another peek into this seemingly never ending saga. IFC will premiere the new chapters, and promises fans that the episodes will involve ”more drama, more crazy situations, more tumultuous relationships, more Sylvester, more Pimp Lucius, more Reverend Mosely, more everything that you love about ‘Trapped in the Closet.’”

Since there is currently no release date, you’ll just have to revel in the fact that on Dec. 7 at 5:15pm (ET) you can watch the first 33 chapters in bliss, courtesy of IFC.

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Ciph Boogie: Artist Of The Week

Ciph Boogie

This week’s Artist of the Week is Ciph Boogie. Ciph was the champ in our 2012 ESPN “Main Event” Competition, scoring a prime placement on the sports network’s Friday Night Fights. That was over a year ago, but the Brooklyn rapper has not been resting. He’s been writing, recording, and performing steadily, and has just released a brand-new freestyle, “Y’all Still Don’t Get It.” The track is a dark groove with a haunting, John Carpenter-esque keyboard arpeggio, punctuated with a distorted kick, and laced with foreboding samples.

Most of Ciph’s music contains an uneasy undercurrent, from his early Quiet Storm mixtape through 2008’s Black Mamba LP and the more recent Some Time In New York City EP. His wordplay sparkles on top of winding, minor-key hooks and hits, making for an irresistible yin-and-yang. Every new release from Ciph Boogie has been a remarkable progression, and we now find him at the top of his game. He’ll be featured next on the 2013 compilation from Signatrue Clothing. Check out the new freestyle below, along with a comprehensive recent interview with The Sunday Night Cook Up.

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Why Kanye’s ‘Bound 2′ Video Could Have Been Great (And How Franco And Rogan Get It Right)

Amid the avalanche of criticism aimed at Kanye West’s over-the-top, obviously green-screened, naked Kim Kardashian-featuring, fake motorcycle-riding new video for “Bound 2,” is one common complaint that just keeps recurring: the video is too damn cheesy.

And, yes, it is. Yes, it’s the visual equivalent of a romance novel you’d find in the supermarket checkout line, or a drunkenly ill-conceived artistic partnership between Lisa Frank and Thomas Kinkade. But, of course, when a video is this incredibly kitschy, it’s usually a signal that the people who created it must have done so intentionally. Other than a basic lack of self-awareness on the part of the director and star, how else could you explain why an idea so cheesy is executed so gleefully and without restraint?

And if you look at it as intentional, then maybe it’s possible to see the the video as a deliberately corny ode to the feeling of falling in love, to the understanding that the cheesy and stupid emotions that you never thought would ever possess you can be both surprisingly real and frighteningly in the driver’s seat when it comes to your decision-making; that the cheesiness of those emotions actually isn’t fabricated, but real, and might in fact be the only thing really worth championing in a world where so much else is fake and manufactured. This might explain why cheap green-screening takes the center stage in the video: as the visual equivalent of the inherent corniness that real, uncool, stupid-looking human love entails.

But, of course, according to Kanye, that’s not what he means. In an interview yesterday with The Breakfast Club on New York’s Power 105 FM, Kanye stated straightforwardly that his intention with the video was ”to show you that this is The Hunger Games. I want to show you that this is the type of imagery that’s being presented to all of us, and the only difference is a black dude in the middle of it.” Admittedly, this is a pretty vague statement, but his remarks later on in the interview clarify his position a bit, as he goes on to say: “We’re enslaved by brands…We’re controlled by peer pressure. We’re controlled by the desire for a particular car.”
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Lorde, The Beatles, Lady Gaga Contribute To Philippines Relief Album

What do The Beatles, Lorde, Cher, and Lady Gaga all have in common? No, this isn’t a bad joke. In fact, it’s pretty cool. The iconic superstars will be just some of the mega-acts contributing to a new relief album for Typhoon Haiyan. Coming in at a whopping 39 tracks, Songs for the Philippines is available on iTunes, with all proceeds being donated to the Philippine Red Cross. View the track list below and donate here. Continue reading ‘Lorde, The Beatles, Lady Gaga Contribute To Philippines Relief Album’

Outkast May Reunite At Coachella 2014

After announcing an indefinite hiatus nearly seven years ago, it looks like Big Boi and Andre 3000, AKA Outkast, may finally be reuniting. Although the duo have successfully dodged reunion questions for the better part of their hiatus, Billboard is reporting that the two will end their hiatus at next year’s Coachella—as a headlining act no less. Speaking about the news, Billboard says:

“One source tells Billboard that there have definitely been ‘some conversations’ about Outkast reuniting, while another says it is ‘all systems go’ for Big Boi and Andre 3000 to end their hiatus next year. A rep for Outkast did not comment for this story, while reps for their current label home, Epic, as well as Coachella organizer Goldenvoice, did not respond to request for comment at press time.”

Now, we don’t want to get your hopes up, but let’s not forget that Coachella is a festival that is notorious for hosting reunions, such as the celebrated returns of My Bloody Valentine, The Pixies, and the Stooges. Tell us what you think—is this reunion too good to be true?

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Review: Yonas, ‘The Transition’

Last night, at midnight, Yonas dropped his latest album, The Transition (Deluxe Edition). It’s a fantastic effort, bringing a much needed depth to today’s pop music scene, and Yonas is at the top of his game.

The Transition is as much a singer-songwriter album as a pop or hip-hop album. It is lyrically introspective and confessional in a way that many of Yonas’ leading contemporaries have flirted with but not achieved. He resists a lot of the distracting, one-dimensional ego tripping that plays so exhaustingly trite on pop radio’s hit singles. Instead, Yonas speaks honestly about his background, his art, his dreams, and most thoroughly, his struggle with the world. Does this all include some healthy self-aggrandizement? Sure it does, because that’s a true and universal part of the human experience. To eschew that part of himself would be dishonest and thus not in keeping with the tone of The Transition.

And that tone is both real and dark. The album kicks off with “Set It Off,” which is both a mission statement and a harbinger of the stormy record ahead. Yonas is ready for whatever comes: “The heat is over, it’s cold now / The people coming for your soul now /  Everybody ’round me got a gun / You’d be stupid as a motherfucker walkin’ round without one.” Is he being literal? Is it a comment on the reality of urban life? It doesn’t matter, because we get the sense of the dangers, both apparent and hidden, that are seemingly innate to the world. “Have you ever felt like you’re wrong even when you’re dead right? / Cause everyone else [who was] dead right end up dead when they pull up at a red light,” he muses, before invoking JFKMalcolm X, Tupac, and MLK.
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Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift Take Home Billboard Touring Awards

Last night marked the 10th annual Billboard Touring Awards as heavyweights Bon Jovi, Taylor Swift, P!nk, The Rolling Stones, One Direction, and George Strait all took home some of the night’s top honors. Based heavily on the Billboard Boxscore chart and box office performances between October 1, 2012, and September 30, 2013, the awards saw industry veteran Bon Jovi win Top Tour and Top Draw, while Taylor Swift’s raved about Red tour (featuring Ed Sheeran) was named Top Package.

Check out the full list of winners below, and let us know in the comments who had your vote.

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