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adrian marcel talks life after being released from universal

adrian marcel wants to make baby-making music.legends such as donny hathaway, maxwell, and stevie wonder have mastered the balance of power and control in their voices that this 27-year-old aims to emulate. he wants to return to the old school days of r&b when listeners were encouraged to love each other, rather than the crude and objectifying messages of more recent music. however, universal republic records, marcel’s record label at the time, had another path in mind.“i think it definitely was a lack of faith in what we were doing,” he says. “we had music that we felt was strong and somewhere along those lines it just got lost; those songs weren’t good enough. those songs didn’t make sense to them. it was about being trendy and being about what’s going on at the time.”https://www.instagram.com/p/buapslrjfsh/?taken-by=adrianmarcellack of support and the inability to produce the music he felt best represented him as an artist left the father of two in what he refers to as a “dark place.”“my manager usually can get to me and talk to me but i was just in a real dark place,” he recalls. “‘nah, i’m not doing nothing. i’m not going on instagram, i’m not doing no twitter. i’m not doing nothin.’ every time i put something up somebody snatchin’ it. somebody taking it and using it and we not putting nothing behind it so i can’t be mad. so it was just a lot going on.”when word of marcel’s emotional withdrawal reached the ears of his mentor...





that time nickelback crashed vibe's crown royal tasting (video)

crown royal’s allure lies in its connection to hip-hop (big boi, epmd) and the ability to kick your tastebuds with a unique whiskey blend.read big boi explains what “the crown life” means to himit’s one of the few reasons why we were thrilled have national brand ambassador stephen wilson swing by vibe’s new york office last month, where we were treated to crown royal wine barrel finished, the second expression in the crown royal noble collection.credit: jason chandler to our surprise, we weren’t the only ones to be an admire of the whiskey brand.credit: jason chandler while learning about the inclusion of cabernet sauvignon wine barrels in the finished spirit, we couldn’t help but notice the lingering eyes outside of the tasting. with our new home set up at billboard (read about it here), the combinations of acts that walk through the glass doors are intriguing to say the least. the wanderer turned out to be ryan peake of nickelback, who were performing for billboard’s facebook live session just a few feet away.after a performing their latest single “song on fire,” the group joined the vibe staff for a few laughs and of course, shots of crown.crown royal is used to pleasant surprises. the brand’s latest campaign, the crown royal artist collection, released last week, showcases fun twists on the crown royal bag, its signature accessory that remains long after the bottle is finished.credit: crown royal the two new limited edition bags were designed by ne...





jay-z debuts "bam" video with damian marley

the next visual off of jay-z’s platinum-selling album, 4:44, is none other than the damian marley-assisted, “bam.”read: jay-z discusses the hardships of love in ‘4:44′ footnotesproduced by no i.d., the track samples sister nancy’s everlasting “bam bam” song, which rests upon the stalag riddim. for the video, jay travels to jamaica to showcase the country’s scenery and pay homage to its rich history in music.read: jay-z announces epic north american tour schedulewatch “bam” in full on tidal.





chaz french drops 'true colors' album

after battling homelessness, ridicule from family and friends, and many other setbacks, rookie rapper chaz french has finally released his debut album, true colors (capitol/motown).read: next: having once only had a dream & his momma’s prayers, chaz french is grateful for the processthe 17-track effort offers fun-filled tracks full of encouragement, profound lyrics and wavy beats. the lp also features the likes of casey veggies, phil ade, shy glizzy, bj the chicago kid, among others. chaz recently spoke with respect.com about his debut.“this album means everything to me from start to finish. i put my heart and soul into every song,” french said to respect.  “i just wanted to show people that anything is possible no matter what you are going through. no matter the situation, there is always a way out! these songs are really my true colors. i wanted people to know exactly who i am and what i stand for – this album is my mood ring. i’m just happy i get to share what i love with who i love.”fans can purchase true colors here and stream it below on spotify.





a$ap twelvyy links with harry fraud on "yea yea yea"

these days, all-black hoodie rap is necessary in a hip-hop world filled with candy ass raps and struggle bars. coming off his gritty street record, “strapped,” a$ap mob member twelvyy returns with another banger dubbed, “yea yea yea.”read: a$ap twelvyy debuts gritty new single, “strapped”over a dark and muggy backdrop laid by harry fraud, the bronx native spits about the importance of having a long lasting legacy. “shorty information ain’t no conversation/ain’t no information why you contemplatin’/patient through the drama, now its domination/acid with nirvana what a combination,” raps 12vyy.the a$ap mob member has yet to release his much anticipated debut album, but hopefully with the release of “strapped” and “yea yea yea,” we’ll get the lp this summer.read: a$ap twelvyy takes a trip back to castle hill projects in the bronxread: a$ap twelvyy came from the bronx to “kickstart” his rap career





'the incredible jessica james' trailer boasts black greatness

“of course you [like me]. everybody does. i’m friggin’ dope!” jessica williams yells to a suitor in the new trailer for the incredible jessica james. williams, formerly of the daily show, is starring and executive producing in the netflix original and the sundance film festival pick across from atlanta’s lakeith stanfield.the film follows the quirky, opinionated and vocally confident jessica james, as she chases her goals to become a playwright while getting over the hump of a breakup. during this time, she meets boone (chris o’dowd), a divorcee who changes the playing field in a number of ways, and confides in her best friend, played by noël wells. the show is set to debut on the streaming service july 28.read: salma hayek likens black feminism to victimization in exchange with jessica williamsaccording to shadow and act, writer/director jim strouse said, “while i was in the edit room for ‘people places things,’ i kept telling people that i can’t wait till she stars in her own movie. i just decided to get a jump on it and wrote one for her. i couldn’t be more thrilled to be making it with jessica and the rest of this incredible cast which came together around her.”watch the trailer up top.





french montana, the weeknd, max b debut "a lie" music video

it’s a great day for rapper french montana. his long-awaited sophomore album, jungle rules, has hit all streaming services. his ill cover story here at vibe is making rounds on the ‘net, and the music visuals for his groovy track, “a lie,” featuring the weeknd, and max b has been released.read: french montana goes to uganda and learns the most important rule of the junglewith spiff tv (and french montana as co-director) behind the lens, the coke boy and abel tesfaye cruise through nyc’s concrete jungle before landing on a yacht and inside a super lit club. after an intro from the still incarcerated max b, and a stellar first verse by the weekend, frenchy comes through with his sixteens.read: french montana links with pharrell and harry fraud for “bring dem things”“she, she say the baby mine’s, that’s a lie (that’s a lie)/if i ain’t the hottest in the city, that’s a lie (that’s a lie)/school, teach you how to read the lines (read the lines)/in these streets, gotta read between the lines/room, room full of ether clouds, you don’t want no smoke,” raps the bronx native.read: who’d-a-thunk: french montana is somewhat of a bowling prodigyjungle rules is the follow-up to montana’s 2013 excuse my french album.





big sean joins coldplay on "miracles"

jay-z’s favorite band coldplay just released a timely ep by the name of kaleidoscope. with 5 records on the project, they offer an intriguing package filled with spacey rock vibes and honest lyrics about love — and new remixes. read: big sean joins desiigner on new version of “liife”big sean appears on one of the project’s stand out tracks, “miracles (someone special),” a joyous song that celebrates one finding their soulmate in life. kaleidoscope is available now on all streaming platforms. read: pharrell, katy perry and big sean lace up their dancing shoes for calvin harris’ “feels” video





hostile intruder hikes into drake's backyard

guess drake was right when he said he’s not just anybody. the 30-year-old was faced with his second intruder within four months this past thursday (july 13), tmz reports.although no. 4 of billboard’s “top 50 money makers of 2016,” wasn’t home at the time due to renovations, the security guard on duty noticed the man hiking drake’s backyard attempting to gain access to the hidden hills property.the guard asked the intruder to leave the premises, but he soon became aggressive forcing the guard to call the police. officers swiftly arrived and arrested the man.read: beyonce, drake, & kanye west make the top 10 of billboard’s highest-paid artists listthe unarmed trespasser told the cops that he found drake’s address on a blog and he was there in hopes of meeting the rapper.this past april, a 24-year-old woman was found in one of the bedroom’s in aubrey graham’s house with his hoodie on, claiming she had permission to enter. the dehydrated woman admitted to drinking pepsi, sprite and fiji water from the home, without stealing anything else.while the woman was charged with felony burglary, the intruder from thursday night was only charged as a trespasser. hopefully, the more life rapper won’t have to get another call about an intruder for the rest of the year.read: diggin’ in the crates: the 17 best samples used in 2017 so farcredit: giphy





vic mensa recruits pharrell williams and saul williams on "wings"

vic mensa has hip-hop culture locked in serious bouts of anticipation — thanks to the announcement of his long-awaited debut album, the autobiography. and with a salute from rap god jay-z who just said mensa is a “once in a lifetime artist,” his stock has hit an all time high.read: vic mensa unveils ‘the “manuscript’ ep feat. pusha t and mr. hudsonwith the news of the autobiography, the save money artist unveiled a self-reflecting single featuring pharrell williams and poet saul william — titled “wings.” over p’s musing instrumental, the roc nation mc exposes his thoughts on drug abuse, friends, as well as his integrity.read: vic mensa takes aim at rappers, blogs and more on ‘la leakers’ freestyle“and eventually, you’ll never be the same as you were/then you look back at your life and everything is a blur/like did i really turn 23 and see a mill before 24?/did i really blow it all like a hand grenade in the middle of a civil war?/am i still down with the same ni**as that i came in with?/do they value my friendship?” raps the save money artist.read" vic mensa confronts dj akademiks about ‘the war in chiraq’ youtube channelthe autobiography will be available for consumers on july 28. back in june, mensa also released his four-track ep, the manuscript, which also features the pharrell williams and pusha t-assisted, “omg.”





meek mill puts his “issues” behind him in new video

meek mill has just a few days left until he can give the world his wins and losses album — slated for a july 21 release date. still riding with his mmg family, the philly pitbull has a lot to get off his chest on this go around. read: meek mill shares some game for the youth in “yba” (video)in his new video for “issues,” meek uses south beach as his personal playground with the rest of his dreamchasers brothers in a free-for-all of fancy toys, the need for speed and good ol’ fashioned street raps. pnb rock, jim jones and boxer danny garcia are just some of the names who popped up in miami for the action.directed by will ngo. wins and losses tracklist1. wins & losses2. heavy heart3. f*** that check up feat. lil uzi vert4. whatever you need feat. chris brown & ty dolla $ign (listen)5. 1942 flows6. issues (watch)7. we ball feat. young thug8. these scars feat. future and guordan banks9. connect the dots feat. yo gotti and rick ross10. fall thru11. never lose feat. lihtz kamraz12. glow up (watch)13. young black america feat. the-dream (watch)14. open feat. verse simmonds15. ball player feat. quavo16. made it from nothing feat. teyana taylor and rick ross17. price





la la anthony on being afro-latina in hollywood

la la anthony’s roots in the entertainment industry are immersed in the urban sector. often times, the sector is heavily-associated with the african american community. identifying as afro-latina, you’d think this would benefit the mtv vj-turned-actress, but it’s created greater roadblocks in her career.the power actress recently spoke with latina about overcoming the issues in not being viewed as the typical latina in hollywood.read: amid divorce rumors, la la anthony’s life powerfully comes full circle“i definitely don’t feel like i’m what hollywood thinks of when they think of a latina actress at all,” the brooklyn native told the mag. “they are imagining a different look, a different vibe. people still tell me, ‘you speak spanish? you’re spanish? you’re puerto rican? they can’t wrap their minds around it.”boricua!!!! que bonita bandera, que bonita bandera, que bonita bandera, la bandera puertorriquena!!! #puertoricandayparade #nyc ❤️





adrian marcel talks life after being released from universal

adrian marcel wants to make baby-making music.legends such as donny hathaway, maxwell, and stevie wonder have mastered the balance of power and control in their voices that this 27-year-old aims to emulate. he wants to return to the old school days of r&b when listeners were encouraged to love each other, rather than the crude and objectifying messages of more recent music. however, universal republic records, marcel’s record label at the time, had another path in mind.“i think it definitely was a lack of faith in what we were doing,” he says. “we had music that we felt was strong and somewhere along those lines it just got lost; those songs weren’t good enough. those songs didn’t make sense to them. it was about being trendy and being about what’s going on at the time.”max litty





wizkid's 'sounds from the other side' album is a must listen

wizkid is already moving past his wildest dreams and aspirations. the singer’s habit-forming blend of aural energy and pure harmony make for a homegrown recipe of spicy okra strew for the ears. read: wizkid and chris brown are on the hunt for an “african bad gyal”with his brand reaching global levels, wiz debuts his biggest project to date, sounds from the other side. it doesn’t hurt that names like drake, chris brown, major lazer, trey songz, ty dolla $ign and bucie also helped make this lp an original movie. since its release, his 6 god-assisted single, “come closer,” remains as a summer ’17 club staple.read: future reveals “the future hndrxx tour” is going global with zoey dollaz & wizkidthe nigerian born artist’s rca debut hit itunes today (july 14).





jay-z labels vic mensa a "once in a lifetime artist"

victor kwesi mensah is making his debut in album mode on july 28, but thursday night (july 13) he borrowed a few ears of the people in the industry for an exclusive first listen. and with the intro of someone of jay-z’s magnitude, how could it not be a success?jay-z took the stage of an l.a. venue to praise mensa for the “once in a lifetime artist” that he is.read: vic mensa confronts dj akademiks about ‘the war in chiraq’ youtube channel“vic is a very special talent. he can do everything – sing well, rap well. he even engineers himself sometimes. he’s an incredible artist, like a once in a lifetime artist,” the brooklyn-bred legend proclaimed.but hov continued to note that even though it is an industry event, he didn’t want any of the attendees on that “industry s***.” the 4:44 artist gave an anything-but-subtle warning to everyone in the crowd that the album would be too good to just stand still, as he displayed following his demand.watch: vic mensa had all the jokes on nick cannon’s ‘wild n out’the chicagoan then took the stage to speak his piece on his debut project, stating the following:“this album is called the autobiography. this album is really my blood, sweat, and tears, and everything that i’ve learned up to this point in life,” the roc nation signee began. “i kind of had to go through a lot of different things to even be able to put this album down on wax… when i talk about this album, i often say that somebody listening to ...





video shows police dog mauling handcuffed black man

on wednesday (april 12), a video circulated on social media of an unarmed, handcuffed man being attacked by a police dog in san diego. cries from the unidentified man can be heard as police continue to restrain him, leading to an uproar by advocates and critics of police practices.read interview: 2 live crew reflects on the loss of co-founder fresh kid icethe san diego union tribune reports san diego police lt. scott wahl defended the actions of the animal and k9 officer carlos estrada, claiming the cop followed proper practice in arresting the undefined man. “while these videos can be graphic in nature to view, keep in mind our canines are extremely effective at deescalating situations and preventing elevated levels of force to take people into custody,” lt. wahl said.wahl also claimed the video, shot by facebook user angel nuñez, doesn’t show the entire incident. before nuñez started recording, police stated estrada (who is a canine officer) was called to the sixth avenue area on sunday (july 9) about a man who was acting erratically in traffic. estrada accused the man of challenging him to a physical altercation in which he threatened him with the dog if he didn’t calm down.despite the belief that the dog could could be removed by verbal command, wahl says pressure applied to the animal’s jaw would have ended the incident. “sometimes it takes a bit to get into the right position,” wahl said. “it’s not a perfect, sterile environment where you push a...





meek mill puts his “issues” behind him in new video

meek mill has just a few days left until he can give the world his wins and losses album — slated for a july 21 release date. still riding with his mmg family, the philly pitbull has a lot to get off his chest on this go around. read: meek mill shares some game for the youth in “yba” (video)in his new video for “issues,” meek uses south beach as his personal playground with the rest of his dreamchasers brothers in a free-for-all of fancy toys, the need for speed and gool ol’ fashioned street raps. pnb rock, jim jones and boxer danny garcia are just some of the names who popped up in miami for his video.directed by will ngo.





french montana's 'unforgettable' trip to uganda (digital cover)

karim “french montana” kharbouch is hiding out in the subterranean level of the historic weylin building in williamsburg, brooklyn when i arrive at its doorstep. what was once a savings bank for “the people”, is now hailed as one of the city’s premier event venues and community hubs. upon entering the building’s main floor, my eyes dart around the frescoed dome and scan for the intricate mosaics, wooden carvings and period decor. a small production crew is busy worrying the cameras and furniture fixings. i slowly make my way into the grandeur that is this cathedral-like rotunda and pivot at the center to meet a wall collage dedicated to chinx, french’s then coke boys artist and friend from far rockaway, queens who was killed in a drive-by shooting in 2015. “a part of me died with him,” french would later disclose about his fallen comrade, with whom he identified most coming up in the game and on the streets of new york.i pace the room blindly for some time – anxious and nearly vexed – before meeting video director mayjik, who warmly welcomes me to the set of french’s “whiskey eye”, the opening track to jungle rules, his long-awaited sophomore studio album. a brief exchange transpires and, at a moment’s notice, i’m being asked to trail behind someone who is leading me directly to where montana is holding court (finally). “right this way, please.” we head toward the stairs leading to the bottom floor, as i hear the sounds of muffled voices w...





50 cent responds to conor mcgregor's "bi**h" diss

the press conferences for floyd mayweather and conor mcgregor have gone to new levels of awkward, thanks to mcgregor’s cringeworthy comments.this time around during his press conference held at brooklyn’s barclays theater on thursday (july 13), the irish mma fighter not only came for mayweather, but for 50 cent as well.https://www.instagram.com/p/bwg7jyhff9v/after walking onto the stage in a fur coat and designer hot pants, mcgregor greeted the crowd and called 50 cent a “b**ch.” he also mocked the sometimes friends’ financial woes. “you and 50 are two fake money bi**hes. he’s bankrupt and you’re about to be,” he taunted. “it should be, ’50, nah, bentley, nah. we owe bullocks to the irs.'”um, okay.as mayweather kept busy in his phone, mcgregor continued and pulled out jay-z’s 4:44 album as a gift to the boxer. “i want you to take this and listen to this and learn how to maintain a real empire,” he said. “when you’re done, send it to 50 and tell him blanco sent you.”um, alright.mr. curtis jackson responded to the taunts by reminding mcgregor to keep his head in the game.“what the f**k wrong wit this white boy,” he captioned his instagram post. “you fighting floyd not me fool.”https://www.instagram.com/p/bwglsrrlplhaccording to yahoo! sports, mcgregor has faced backlash for his comments made at the first two press conferences. from calling mayweather a “boy” to calling african-american boxers “dancing monkeys,” the athlete a...





french montana debuts 'jungle rules' album

from cocaine city dvds to major label deals, french montana has seen it all when it comes to the business of hip-hop. the man who once was more known for his street acumen over music is now a household name (hey, khloe!). read: french montana links with pharrell and harry fraud for “bring dem things”after a number of well publicized setbacks, the moroccan born, bronx raised hustler is back with his long awaited jungle rules album. pharrell, travi$ scott, young thug, t.i., future, quavo, swae lee, marc e. bassy, max b and the late chinx all appear on the 18-track project, which is lead by his monster smash, “unforgettable.” jungle rules is available now for purchase on itunes. read: french montana signs with wme