Drake VS Lil Wayne Tour Trailer

drake-vs-lil-wayne-tourDrake and Lil Wayne are getting ready to hit the road next week to begin their 31-city tour, “Drake Vs. Lil Wayne”. There has been a video released for the upcoming ‘battle’ as Sage (Lil Wayne) versus the Protege (Drake). Say what you want about their music, BUT this show is sure to be one for the books. To have two rappers of the caliber of Drake and Lil Wayne on stage,at the same time, going song for song, is going to be a sight to see. Check out the clip below:

Drake Announces New Album Title

ovoDrake has a lot on his plate, yet physically he’s been low on the radar. He has his smash hits ‘Believe Me’ and ‘Trophies’ all over the airwaves along with his other hits moving in and out of rotation daily. He hosts the ESPYs tonight (7.16) and he’s ready to take OVO to the next level and make it more than a catchphrase: OVO that’s major shit. 

Although he’s still #TeamYMCMB, Drake has a label of his own, OVO, under Warner Bros. and there’s two projects ready to be released: Majid Jordan and PARTYNEXTDOOR; both Canadian artists. Majid Jordan was featured on ‘Hold On We’re Going Home’ and his debut EP, Place  Like This drops July 29th. Also on that date PARTYNEXTDOOR will be releasing his second project, PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO. Take a listen to his latest Drake collab, ‘Recognize’.

Drake is putting Canada int he forefront, so the question is, what’s with a new album? Well, Drake has announced that his fourth studio album will be titled, View From The 6. It’s in the very early stages of production, but based off the radio hits it’s going to be yet another one in the books for Drake.

EOxC6wUIf his heat in mid-July is any sign of what he has in store for August, then it’s going to be OVO everywhere. The 5th annual OVOFest takes place August 3rd & 4th in Toronto with Drake and Outkast headlining. Of course there will be tons of surprises. Not even a week later he hits the road for a 31 city tour with Lil Wayne for the collaborative tour, Drake v. Lil Wayne. I mentioned before that these two will be battling on stage going back and forth, hit for hit. That should be interesting for sure. Who knows, maybe Drake and Weezy will both drop something new. A better competition, pull a 50 v. Kanye and drop View From The 6 and Carter V on the same day.

Tupac, The Musical: ‘Holla If Ya Hear Me’

140108-tupac-musical-holler-broadwayThis is NEWS to me that a Tupac musical is in the works. In fact previews begin on Monday (June 2nd) at the New York’s Palace Theater and will run until January 2015. Check out three of the songs below that will be featured in the musical: ‘Holla If Ya Hear Me’, ‘California Love’, and ‘Unconditional Love’.

The songs don’t sound HORRIBLE, but they also don’t have the hardcore swag that Tupac embodied. Again this is NEWS to me that there is a Tupac musical.

Click here for more info on the show.

Diddy & LL Cool J Receive Honorary Doctorate Degrees

It’s graduation season and there have been two rappers to receive honorary doctorate degrees for their work/contributions within the industry: LL Cool J and Diddy.

20140510-220254.jpg James Todd Smith, LL Cool J, was honored by Northeastern University with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree on May 2nd. To add to the honor it happened alongside his daughter who received her B.S. in Business Administration. In an interview with CBS Boston he stated:

“I’ve been called a few things, but never a doctor, that’s for sure. For them to recognize my body of work and my contributions to the world of art is an amazing feeling.”

Sean, Diddy, Combs not only gave the 146th commencement speech for Howard University, but he was also honored with a honorary doctorate degree in Humanities (May 10th). He’s no stranger to the university as he was a student there for two years before dropping out in 1990. During the speech he stated:

“Of all the amazing moments God has blessed me with, this has to be one of The Greatest! Thanks You Howard University and The Class of 2014.”

College isn’t for everybody and these two men are examples of that. You can dream big and get where you need to go, but education is not to be undermined. If you’re passionate about something build on it. Greatness can be achieved. Passion makes greatness. Regardless of what you might think of either men their contributions speak for themselves and both honors are well deserving. CONGRATS!

Jimi Hendrix x Annie Trailers

Andre 3000 will be starring as Jimi Hendrix in the upcoming biopic, All Is By My Side. It will debut at South by Southwest which kicks off March 7th.

Quvenzhané Wallis will appear alongside Jamie Foxx in the remake of Annie. The film hits theaters Christmas Day.

MMF Celebrates Black History in Music, Feb. 12

EGOT

To win an EGOT , also known as GATE, is a significant achievement. An EGOT is a performer who wins a Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. There’s not many African-Americans to have reached that peak, intact there are only two: Whoopi Goldberg and James Earl Jones.

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Whoopi Goldberg first received a Grammy in 1985  Five years later she took home an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in Ghost. She has two Daytime Emmys, 2002/2009, and she received a Tony in 2002 as a producer of Throughly Modern Millie. She completed these achievements over the span of 17 years tying her for second to be the fastest to do so.

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James Earl Jones was put in a different category along with Barbara Streisand and Liza Minnelli, being that one of his wins was non competitive; it was a honorary award. To complete Jones’ EGOT he won a Tony in 1969, a Grammy in 1977, an Emmy in 1991, and was honored by the Academy in 2011. It has taken James 42 years to complete the EGOT making him the oldest in his category to complete it and the second oldest overall behind Helen Hayes.