Multi-national corporations are always trying to find fun ways to get their product to spark the interest of the consumer. Co-opting rap music has proven to be a reliable tactic, particularly with the aid of cultural gatekeepers. General Electric (GE), in a partnership with Vevo, will release “Shake The Dust,” a breakdancing documentary executively produced by Nas, on Dec. 24. “Shake The Dust” documents dancers from the poorest neighborhoods across the globe, and the positive social changes brought about by breakdancing.
A Reuters article/glorified press release claims that “GE want[s] to emphasize the connection between neuroscience and music, a topic the company plans to keep exploring next year,” which could mean any number of sponsored documentaries on twerking, Jersey house music, or other en vogue topics. “Shake The Dust” will be GE’s first attempts at cracking the profitable film and television streaming business.
Check out a trailer released last year below:
The W Hotels Of New York is hosting a unique musical experience next week. Veteran DJs Afrika Bambaataa and Arthur Baker will face off at the “W Gangs of New York – Holiday Special.”
The Bambaataa versus Baker battle is the finale of the W’s year-long music series “W Gangs of NY.” The sound clash events were inspired by the 1979 cult classic film The Warriors. Previous participants of the exploration of New York’s musical scene included Grandmaster Flash, Redman, Yeasayer, and The Virgins.
The “W Gangs of New York – Holiday Special” featuring Afrika Bambaataa and Arthur Baker is scheduled for December 22 at W Times Square Living Room.
Lil’ Kim is having some tax troubles.
According to tax documents obtained by Life & Style magazine, the Queen Bee owes $126,725.12 in back taxes to the federal government. She was hit with a federal tax lien back in September for failing to pay in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Kim is no stranger to money troubles, though. The Hardcore rapper was also slapped with a lawsuit back in August by her former legal team at the law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf for not paying them for five years worth of legal representation. The judge ordered Kim to pay them the $186,217.93 she owed plus interest.
Nicki Minaj paid a visit to Power 105.1 to chop it up with the Voice of New York Angie Martinez. During their sit down, she spoke about her rumored beau Meek Mill, who appears twice on her latest album The Pinkprint. She didn’t address whether their relationship was more than platonic, but she did compare him to DMX.
“I think he’s amazing,” said the head Barb. “I love what he represents for dudes that think like him and act like him and live like him. I told him before, like ‘you’re so important to our culture.’ We always need that type of guy, like DMX. When I was growing up I needed to see a dude act like that.”
The Queens rapstress also opened up about her recent breakup with her longtime boyfriend Safaree Samuels, which led to her shedding tears and having to go off camera.
“My relationship was based off of love and there’s still nothing but love there. This is somebody I grew up with, like I don’t even know how I’ going to function without this person in my life. I’ve never lived my life as a famous person without him.”
When she said that sometimes she still wants to pick up the phone and call him, she got emotional.
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Bobby Shmurda’s label has his back, as Epic Records has decided to bail the rapper out of jail.
A lawyer for the rapper revealed that the legendary label would get him out of the jail as the 20-year-old faces a number of charges that include drugs, gun, attempted murder and murder.
Sha Money XL, the Epic executive that signed Shmurda, was present at the time of the arrest. He expressed his disenchantment with the whole ordeal and also cleared up some rumors.
“I was not arrested. They held me until they searched the studio then let me go. I signed these kids to give them a better way in life not to be dragged down by the media and gunned down by the 40 cops that raided the studio and pointed guns at me for working my job. You have no idea how this makes me feel or look when I’m one of the only few black men signing black artist from the streets and giving them a chance to do better in life.”
Dean Meminger, a reporter in the New York area, said there were multiple task forces working to bust Shmurda and company.
The press conference for Bobby Shmurda and GS9′s indictment happened at 3:30 p.m., held by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan. Bobby Shmurda was found with two guns, one on his lap and one lodged beside him in a car outside Quad Studios late last night, while three more guns were found hidden in the Studio’s stairwell, according to investigators. In all, 15 arrests were made and 21 guns were recovered.. Shmurda pled not guilty to currently-unspecified weapons and drug charges. Dean Meminger, Criminal Justice Reporter at NY1 News, was at the press conference and tweeted out photos of the guns that Shmurda and members of GS9 was allegedly busted with. Investigators say the crew owned “considerable” arsenal of guns for “armed warfare.” Bobby’s next court appearance is Jan 29.
Bobby Shmurda and 12 other members of GS9 were arrested yesterday (Dec. 17) outside Quad Studios in New York City by NYPD. The arrests were a part of a long-term investigation by the agency and the New York Police Department’s newly created Brooklyn South Violence Reduction Task Force that dates back at least to July, if not longer. Kati Cornell, director of public information for New York’s special narcotics prosecutor states that “a number of violent incidents as well as narcotics trafficking” were took into account.
XXL has reached out to Epic representatives and Shmurda’s lawyer and has not received a response. We will be updating this story as it develops.
Earlier this month, news broke about music’s power couple plotting on a luxurious Beverly Hills mansion priced at $85 million. But it seems like they weren’t able to lean on their status to win the bidding war on the home. According to a recent TMZ report, Jay Z and Beyoncé lost out on the home to 35-year-old Swedish video game programmer Markus Persson.
Persson, who earned $2.5 billion after selling his company Mojang (creator of the popular video game Minecraft) to Microsoft, reportedly bought the 23,000 square foot home for $70 million. Although the couple made visits to the mansion plenty of times, they could not…or would not top his bid of $70 million.
Now that Los Angeles might be out of the picture, maybe the power couple will move to the U.K. to—you know—be closer to their new friends Prince William and Kate Middleton.