MUSIC: DJ Khaled ft. Beyonce & Jay Z – “Shining”

Just dropped by DJ Khaled himself post the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, the “We the Best” rapper, producer, and DJ gives us the first single off of his upcoming album, Grateful.

And it only makes sense that the artwork features his son, Asahd.  Love it.

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Listen here!

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Positivity Post!

PI don’t know about yinz, but I need some happy social media posts in my life right now.  Good thing there are a lot of good and exciting things currently happening in the hip-hop (and sports) world!

First and foremost, I can’t believe I didn’t post about the freaking PITTSBURGH PENGUINS winning the STANLEY CUP.  I mean.  I’ve been waiting for this moment since 2009 when they won their last Cup.  So, so proud of and happy for this team of yinzers.  Wondering where I watched the game?  The couch.  And I couldn’t have been more content.  A big congrats to the Pittsburgh Penguins and glad the Cup is back in the city of Pittsburgh.  I hope everyone who is at/went to the parade today had fun and stayed safe!

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Now, back to hip-hop…

YG | STILL BRAZY

Late last night, well late for East Coasters, YG dropped his highly-anticipated album Still Brazy.  It’s currently only streaming on Apple Music (subscribe if you haven’t already) and will more than likely be available on more streaming services on the actual release date of Friday, June 17.  And if you’re in LA on Friday through the 28th, stop by YG’s pop-up shop and art installation on Fairfax!

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LIL WAYNE RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL

After TWO seizures and emergency plane landings, Lil Wayne is out of the hospital and doing well.  To reiterate, this is a ‘positivity post,’ so I won’t be ranting on bashing him (and never would actually) on why he shouldn’t be drinking that lean.  Seriously.  Life is too short, Weezy.  But very glad he’s doing okay!

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BEYONCE x FLINT, MICHIGAN

Beyonce back at it again with the good deeds.  Most recently, Queen Bee has donated more than $80,000 towards the Flint water crisis.  More specifically, the money went to the United Way of Genesee County at a Detroit high school in partnership with Bey’s philanthropic platform, BeyGOOD.  As if that wasn’t generous enough, 14 Detroit-based high school students were selected to receive “college gifts” for educational expenses and surprised with tickets to Beyonce’s Tuesday night show at Ford Field in Michigan.  Love, love, love reading about this type of stuff!  More on Bey’s good deeds here.

DRAKE x VIEWS

Shout out to Drizzy Drake whose recent album VIEWS just went DOUBLE PLATINUM.  It’s official via the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).  From what I thought wasn’t his best project, I do find myself listening to it more and more.  From the album, One Dance, has now spent five consecutive weeks at #1, while VIEWS itself has spent six.  As for overall streams – VIEWS has surpassed the one BILLION-stream benchmark in the U.S.  So epic.  6 God status for real.

KANYE WEST x SAINT PABLO TOUR

We on a ultralight beam!  For real.  As Kim’s Tweet promised, Kanye revealed the tour dates yesterday morning for his HIGHLY-anticpiated tour.  The tour starts in August in Indianapolis and wraps up in October in Sin City.  He’ll be making two stops in LA at The Forum on October 25 and October 26.  And sorry, yinz, he isn’t stopping in Pittsburgh.  You have some options though:  drive to Philly to see him on October 4 orrrr fly to me and get lit at The Forum.  Although, I don’t know why, but I think it would be dope to see Ye perform in Seattle.  Really not sure why, but in my head it seems cool.  General sale tickets go on sale this Saturday.  Cop them or miss out on what will probably be a sold out tour.

Oh and can’t forget what else Kanye delivered yesterday.  Later in the evening Kanye added the final (assuming so) version of the song ‘Saint Pablo’ to The Life of Pablo album.  He’s been making changes to the album since it dropped in February.  This only continues to make me think that TLOP is a work of art.  Always evolving and changing!  And it’s another reason why I like and respect Kanye.  He takes his projects and passions seriously, as do I, so I can appreciate him and his ways.  UPDATE:  Kanye added additional tour dates.  Check those here.

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And to conclude this post, I’d like to shout out Disney World for donating $1 million to the victims of the Orlando tragedy.  My thoughts go to the families and friends of those who are no longer with us, and my prayers go to the innocent lives who were taken way too soon.  I really hope the Facebook bantering and blaming simmers down because what truly matters is that we all come together during a time like this to lift one another up and fill the world (real and digital) with positivity and to remember those lost.  I’m sure they wouldn’t want all this finger pointing.

Thanks yinz for reading – be back soon!

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New Bey ALBUM

Okay, well I definitely thought “Lemonade” was going to be a song.  But alas, it’s an ALBUM. 

I’m currently in a Lyft on my way to a party in Culver City, so I haven’t listed yet but with features from The Weeknd and Kendrick, you know it’s about to be lit. 

Thank you, Queen!  Stream it here

FORMATION WORLD TOUR

I 100% called Beyoncé announcing a world tour post-performance.  This is why I can’t maintain a savings account because #concerts.

Pre-sale starts this Tuesday the 9 and all other tickets go on sale the 16.  Her tour kicks off in Miami on April 27, and I’ll update this post once all dates are posted. I more than likely  will be going.

Here they are!

FORMATION WORLD TOUR DATES

April 27 – Miami, FL – Marlins Park
April 29 – Tampa – Raymond James Stadium
May 1 – Atlanta, GA – Georgia Dome
May 3 – Raleigh, NC – Carter-Finley Stadium
May 5 – Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium
May 7 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium
May 9 – Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium
May 12 – San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium
May 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Rose Bowl
May 16 – Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium
May 18 – Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field
May 20 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium
May 23 – Minneapolis, MN – TCF Bank Stadium
May 25 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre
May 27 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
May 29 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field
May 31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field
June 3 – Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium
June 5 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
June 7 – New York, NY – Citi Field
June 10 – Baltimore, MD – M&T Bank Stadium
June 12 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium

Dates from Rap-Up.

That halftime show though was lit, and I’m so glad Bruno was added.

Bless up, everyone.  Her concert will BEY epic.

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NEW: Coldplay ft. Beyonce – ‘Hymn for the Weekend’

Listen, listen, listen here!

Queen B is indeed featured on this track, which will be on Coldplay’s upcoming (and maybe final) album, A Head of Full Dreams, to be released on Friday.

The original lyrics of the song actually were ‘drinks on me, drinks on me,’ but they decided they couldn’t get away with that phrase.  So instead, they enlisted Mrs. Carter to switch it up a bit by saying ‘drink from me, drink from me,’ along with other heavenly sayings.

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Weekly Wrap-Up 5.29.15

Praise the weekend is finally here!

ONLY IN LA…
kendrick_alright…will you find Kendrick Lamar standing on top of a traffic light in downtown LA (on Figueroa and 11th – near Staples Center) to film a music video.  The video will be for his track ‘Alright,’ off of his most recent album To Pimp A Butterfly.  He already shot part of the video in Oakland, CA over Memorial Day Weekend.

Check out Complex’s article here to see videos of the Compton emcee filming.

 

#BEYONCEALWAYSONBEAT
Earlier this week the Internet went Ham Newton with the hashtag #BeyonceAlwaysOnBeat and posted videos of her performing but to different songs.  It’s actually quite hilarious and props to everyone who created a video.  One that has been circulating a good deal is the ‘Single Ladies’ music video but to the Duck Tales theme song.  It had me quacking up.  Watch it below.

 

BEHOLD
brizzle2I can’t forget to make mention of my West Coast best, Bre, who is currently driving cross country back to Philly to start a new job.

While I am so very happy for her to begin her new adventure and chapter in life, I will be missing her dearly – truly a wonderful person inside and out!  She has made my over 3.5 years of living in California pretty darn memorable – thank GAWD you also found The Purp – also saying bye to that too 😦  I can’t say much more because then I’ll start crying (yes, I have emotions), so this will do.  One of these days though I will write up a post about this epic friendship and where/how it allllll began – over a bottle (we didn’t drink the entire thing) of Captain Morgan, of course.  Love you, Bre, and see you sooner than later! pink heart emoji

Happy Friday, yinz!

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NEW: Drake ft. Beyoncé – ‘Can I’

I’m just going to leave this right here.  I’m pretty confident this will be on Drake’s Views from the 6 .  It’s definitely got a slower feel to it – not my favorite, but I’ll give it a few more listens.  Also, apologies in advance if the track gets taken down, so enjoy it while you can!

And it got taken down – as did most of the others 😦 I will keep an eye out for another link for yinz! 

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VIDEO: Nicki Minaj ft. Beyonce – ‘Feeling Myself’

Looks like you don’t need a Tidal subscription after all.  The video for Nicki and Beyoncé’s ‘Feeling Myself,’ originally released for Tidal subscribers only, is now hitting the Internet for anyone to view.  The video features the two BFFs partying at Coachella, slaying burgers, and just being epic.  Why wasn’t I invited?  Check out the exclusive on californyinz here!  Hopefully it stays open to non-Tidal subscribers for a while!

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