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The Weeknd for H&M’s “Spring Icons”

The Weeknd is definitely on a roll this year! New album, new tour, new videos and most recently a new endorsement deal with H&M. Though The Weeknd doesn’t believe in icons, H&M does and clearly considers him and his influence an iconic one. The collaboration includes pieces that are representative of The Weeknd’s style and how men dress today. Here’s what he had to say about his selections:

“When I chose the pieces for Spring Icons Selected by the Weeknd, I was thinking about the way men dress today … It’s about finding the right balance between sharp and casual, with all the details that count.”

The collection will be available March 2nd. Until then H&M released this teaser video to hold you over while you wait.

Here’s a peak at the selections:

Music Monday: Lil Uzi Vert Drops 4 New Tracks

It seems that Lil Uzi Vert’s creative juices are flowing as he dropped 4 new tracks yesterday. We can probably credit his opening for The Weeknd’s European Tour ‘StarBoy Legend of the Fall’. The tour kicked off on February 17 and runs until July 22. It seems that the tour will result in an album for Lil Uzi at the rate he’s dropping tracks. Out of the 4 tracks my favorite is ‘Boring Shit’.

Take a listen to all 4 tracks below:

Gucci Mane Announces 2017 Tour + New Video ‘Nonchalant’

What a time to be alive and what a difference a year has made for Gucci Mane.  Life truly couldn’t be better after being released from a 2 year jail sentence, getting engaged to his ride or die Keyshia Ka’oir and releasing three new albums and tons of features and other tracks.  It’s that time of the year and artists are hitting the road giving concert goers a fun music filled spring/summer. Big Guwop is slated to jump his tour off on April 5th in Boston and has worked in his dates for Coachella and JMBLYA.

Here’s the schedule of when you can catch Mr. La Flare in a city near you:

04-05 Boston, MA – House of Blues
04-06 Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Theatre
04-09 New York, NY – Terminal 5
04-12 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
04-13 Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
04-14 Detroit, MI – The Fox Theatre
04-15 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-16 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
04-17 San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
04-18 Portland, OR – Theatre of the Clouds
04-20 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
04-22 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-24 Columbus, OK – Express Live!
04-25 Philadelphia, PA – The Liacouras Center
04-26 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
04-27 Washington, DC – Echostage
05-02 Miami, FL – Fillmore
05-05 Dallas, TX – JMBLYA
05-06 Austin, TX – JMBLYA

BOUNS:

Drop. That. BEAT! Watch Swizz Beatz and Just Blaze Battle It Out For the Culture

I’m truly a hip-hop lover at heart, loving the producer, like I love the writer and the performer, so when Swiss Beatz announced he and Just Blaze would be battling beat for beat on IG Live yesterday…I was here for it.

PSA for FRIDAY!!! On insta Live @therealswizzz VS @justblaze let’s Go !! Good Vibes only!!!!!!! For the Culture !!!!!

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IG Live being the place for impromptu anything, I knew it would be LIT and THAT it was! Initially, working off of Just Blaze’s set the two super producers got right to it starting off with Swiss Beatz’ ‘Pump It Up’. With no real rules, nothing pre-recorded we watched the two go head to head clean off the cuff.

 

@justblaze VS @therealswizzz is going down tonight on insta Live stay tune!!! Almost time!!!

 

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They battled it out in the following areas: Originals, Chops, DJ Sets, Hits Vs Hits and Live Vs Live. Swiss is no stranger to an impromptu battle when in 2007 he and Kanye took each other on at Summer Jam. I just want to know…does the winner battle another producer? Who got next? Hip-Hop needs this!

Tell us who you think won.

 

 

Jay-Z is the First Rapper to be Inducted Into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Braking records and taking names is still the name of Jay-Z’s game. For years we’ve listened to Jay-Z’s music in awe of his lyrical genius and crazy word play and that talent has gained him the recognition he deserves. Yesterday, Jay-Z was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and not only that, he upped the ante being the first rapper to be inducted. The Songwriters Hall of Fame described Jay Z as an “accomplished lyricist,” recognized for his “remarkable wordplay.” Chance the Rapper took the time to congratulate on Twitter:

In acknowledgment of the his induction Jay tweeted, “By the way, this is a win for US,” he wrote. “I remember when rap was said to be a fad . We are now alongside some of the greatest writers in history.”

The official induction will take place on June 15 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in NYC, where the 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place.

Congrats Jay!!!

FULL STORY: Chris Brown & Karrueche…The Abuse, Threats, Restraining Order & Denial Video

We always hope that relationships end peacefully, but in reality we all know that it’s not always the case. Unfortunately, yesterday we were confronted with the details of yet another situation that involves Chris Brown and one of his exes. Karrueche Tran filed for a temporary restraining order against ex-boyfriend Chris Brown that included claims of death threats and physical abuse.

Here are the facts:

  • Karrueche Tran filed for a temporary restraining order on February 17, in Los Angeles, California. The request includes that Chris stay 100 yards away from Karrueche, her mother and brother.
  • Karrueche claims that Chris physically abused her in one case by punching her in the stomach twice and pushing her down stairs. She also stated that he assaulted a few of her friends by throwing a drink at them and threatening to “harass” them.
  • Karrueche alleged that Chris texted her threats that included he (Chris Brown):
    • …”was going to kill me”
    • vowed to “take me out”
    • …”threatened to shoot me”
    • stated that, “if he couldn’t have, no one else could.”

Full Restraining Order

We’re all to familiar with this type of behavior from Chris when he was convicted of assault in 2009 after he assaulted ex-girlfriend Rihanna. In support of Karrueche’s claims, it didn’t help when Chris decided to post a video January 31st that shed light on how he has no problem stalking and making the lives of the women he’s loved miserable when he can’t have them.

I, personally, didn’t want to believe this story before the proof of the restraining order was presented. And there it was…proof. Not only was there a restraining order, but the neighbor of the two is now speaking out to defend Karrueche’s claims. See the proof below:

Even with all of the evidence that has been presented to the public, Chris has gone on record to deny anything that anyone is saying with regards to him, but never being specific. He took to his Instagram to make a video a few hours after crap hit the fan. See below:

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There are immense pressures being a celebrity and if you’re not one I’m sure you could never understand what he’s experiencing. At this point, I don’t think that we should be judging Chris’ behavior, but praying for him to be delivered from whatever is going on in his life at this time and for him to get back to the music. Unfortunately, I’ve been in Karrueche’s shoes and those shoes are hard to walk in, so pray for her healing as well.

Chris and Karrueche…we’re praying for the both of you!

The Weeknd Has No Plans On Letting You Forget Who He Is in His New Video “Reminder”

He’s a star, boy! And if you ever try to forget it The Weeknd made sure he gave us star power in his new video ‘Reminder’. The Canadian native tapped a few of the best artist in the industry to star alongside him. Metro Boomin, YG, Bryson Tiller, Drake and ASAP Rocky make an appearance, just to name a few. 

Filmed in LA and Canada, watch as they get together and set the city on fire! 

Drake Signs, Seals and Delivers Candid Interview Giving Us The REAL on Meek Mill Beef and More

There’s 3 sides to every story: her side, his side and the truth. The Drake, Meek Beef dust has settled, Meek and Nicki are over and Drake opens up in his most candid interview yet to touch upon what really started the beef, Quentin Miller’s involvement in production, the fact that he DOES write his own raps and why he faults DJ Drama for the ghost writing rumors. If you’re more interested in the cause of the beef with Meek fast forward to the 28:45 mark. 

Thoughts? 

Getaway Wednesday: The Floating Seahorse in Dubai

The Floating Seahorse in Dubai is an iconic, one of a kind luxury lifestyle product which was officially unveiled at The Dubai International Boat Show at in March 2015.
The Floating Seahorse is a truly unique underwater product which is the first of its kind in the world. It is an exclusive marine style retreat (essentially a boat without propulsion) which has its own plot in the Arabian Gulf.
Each individual Floating Seahorse will boast three levels, one underwater, one at sea level and an upper deck. The master bedroom and bathroom will be totally submerged underwater and will command breathtaking views of the surrounding coral reef and marine life. The sea level accommodation will boast floor to ceiling windows, uninterrupted sea views, a fully-fitted kitchen with a dining area, an open plan living area and when the glass façade opens the sun deck becomes an extension of the living space. The upper deck is the perfect place for alfresco dining and relaxation and features an informal bed, a mini bar, a kitchenette and a beautiful glass-bottomed Jacuzzi. The deck can be converted into a winter bedroom which can be enclosed with retractable drapes. The Floating Seahorse has been designed and developed by leading European architects for Kleindienst Group’s iconic island project, The Heart of Europe, located just 4km from the coast of Dubai.
CEO of Kleindienst Group, Josef Kleindienst adds “Many months of research, design and planning have gone into The Floating Seahorse and we are excited to be able to officially launch and build it in Dubai. We are confident that it will set a new benchmark in the luxury lifestyle market worldwide for outstanding innovation, contemporary design and underwater living at its best.”

The estimated completion date for The Floating Seahorse is the end of 2016.

For more information visit The Floating Seahorse