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Trap Music Museum Unveils Its First Female Exhibit Honoring Cardi B & Nicki Minaj

Set Design: Set By Skye @setbyskye
Photo Credit: Brandon Robinson

 The Trap Music Museum paid homage to the culture’s leading ladies with a new exhibit celebrating Cardi B and Nicki Minaj. Sponsored by Martell and Slim & Husky’s Pizza, the event was attended by hundreds of Atlanta’s tastemakers including, radio personality Headkrack, DJ Smallz, and media outlets that included representatives from CNN, Bossip, and Billboard.

In a culture where women are rarely rewarded, the new exhibit was created to commemorate two of Trap’s finest. The installation celebrates the musical and cultural impact of both Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, with an innovative collection of imagery and objects. The permanent exhibit includes a custom made “beez in the trap” doll house included in Nicki’s installation and a black and white checker-based stripper pole included in Cardi’s.

While Nicki made her come-up free-styling on DVDs and mixtapes, and reminded us in 2012 that you can catch her in the trap on her hit single, “Beez In The Trap.” Cardi B started recording music as a stripper in the Bronx giving herself the moniker Trap Selena…both leaving an indelible mark on the culture. 

Visionary, artist, actor, mogul, art curator, Tip “T.I.” Harris shares his excitement, “Ever since the Trap Music Museum opened, one of the most common questions posed to us was ‘why aren’t there any exhibits showcasing women?’ We were always committed to honoring women who contributed to the culture, but finally found a way to truly elevate and celebrate two of the best. The Nikki Minaj and Cardi B exhibits lift two of the greatest to their rightful place within the Trap Muzik Universe.”

The additional unique works of art were done by artists Ryann Kelly, Jordan “JJ The Aritist” Jones, Tiffanie “The Pretty Artist” Anderson, Ismail “Calligrafist” Sayeed, Bria “Briartiste,” Brooks, Yo Rich Bizzarre, Ryann Kelly, Dizzy @sheisdizzy, Set By Sky @setbysky, Kai @kaiyennepepper, AK @akgotart and Geryn Harris @geryn_ round out the exhibit which will be a permanent fixture.

As catalyst of the culture a space honoring their achievements was long overdue.

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Kash Doll Announces Headlining ‘Dollhouse’ Tour

Rapper Kash Doll announced today her upcoming headlining North American ‘Dollhouse’ tour starting on March 23 and ending April 9. The 12-date tour will hit major markets including New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and more. Tickets are available today at 10:00 AM local time here.

Prior to her official tour, she will perform in her home state of Michigan in Detroit and in Kalamazoo. On her tour, the rapper will perform songs off her critically acclaimed debut album Stacked as well as previously released music. Rubi Rose and Jucee Froot will also be on the tour opening for the rapper.

Kash Doll had an amazing 2019 releasing her debut album Stacked. She received a 2019 BET Award nomination for “Best Female Hip-Hop Artist,” toured the country with Meek Mill and received critical acclaim for her album from Billboard, MTV, UPROXX,  BET, Forbes and Nylon.

Detroit native Kash Doll has impacted the music industry with a commanding force, dropping street-earned truths with her throwback wordplay and powerful bars. The one-two combination of spirit and sass announced her as fiery female force in 2019 after quietly amassing 30 million-plus on-demand streams, garnering the BMI Social Star Award and “Issa Wave Award” at the BET Social Awards, securing a new management deal with Title 9 Productions and inking a recording contract with Republic Records. An unbelievable story brought her to this point. Losing her dad on just her first birthday, she always held down multiple jobs to support her mom and siblings. And at 18, she started investing in herself eventually opening two beauty bars and funding her own music career. She made waves on the 2014 independent debut mixtape, Keisha Vs. Kash Doll. Following 2016’s Trapped In The Dollhouse, she developed a presence as a touring force and earned coveted co-signs from Drake, Big Sean, Rick Ross, Remy Ma, and many more. The 2018 The Vault mixtape captured #1 on multiple mixtape sites as her debut single for Republic Records “Ice Me Out” and its 2 Chainz-assisted official remix clocked 85 million-plus total streams. Last year, Kash Doll also released a project solely for her fans titled Brat Mail to thank them for all their continued support. The project garnered over 27 million global streams and features the break out single “Check.” Shortly before Brat Mail, Kash released one of her biggest singles to date, “For Everybody,” which racked up over 101 million YouTube/VEVO views independently. Outside of music, this boss runs Kash Doll Enterprises and does charity work around her hometown. Her city bestowed the “Spirit of Detroit” Award upon her.

‘DOLLHOUSE’ TOUR ROUTING

March 15                      Detroit, MI                     Little Caesars Arena

March 20                      Kalamazoo, MI              Kalamazoo State Theatre

March 23                      New York City, NY         Gramercy Theater

March 24                      Philadelphia, PA            The Foundry

March 26                      Atlanta, GA                   Masquerade Hell          

March 27                      Birmingham, AL            Zydeco

March 29                      Houston, TX                  Studio @ Warehouse

March 30                      Dallas, TX                     Trees

April 1                          Los Angeles                  The Roxy

April 3                          Oakland, CA                 The New Parish

April 5                          Washington, D.C.          Union Stage

April 7                          Cleveland, OH               Grog Shop

April 8                          Toronto, ON                  Opera House

April 9                          Boston, MA                   Middle East – Downstairs

Wale Brings His “Wow… That’s Crazy” Tour To Atlanta For Valentine’s Day!

“It’s Wale’s level of candor that makes ‘Wow…That’s Crazy’ such an intriguing listen.” –Billboard

On [Wale’s] ‘Wow…That’s Crazy,’ the intellectual clarity and well-defined intention required to excel at a higher level are present.” – The FADER

“’Wow…That’s Crazy’ lives up to its billing with a polished presentation that indulges Wale’s most engaging qualities.” – UPROXX

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, GRAMMY Award-nominated rapper Wale will be headlining at Believe Music Hall in Atlanta on FridayFebruary 14th. Following a series of sold-out shows on his 2019 Everything Is Fine fall headlining tour, Wale will be hitting the road again for his 2020 Wow… That’s Crazy Tour in support of his critically-acclaimed album of the same name. See full tour dates HEREWow…That’s Crazy bowed at #7 on the Billboard 200, making the new project his fourth Top 10 on the chart! Not to mention, the RIAA gold-certified lead single “On Chill” [feat. Jeremih] hit the #1 spot at both Urban and Rhythm Radio. Get the album HERE

Earl Sweatshirt Teams Up With Moca For A Conversation W/ His Mother, Professor Cheryl I. Harris. Saturday, December 7th at The Geffen Contemporary At Moca

Earl Sweatshirt will host a one-on-one conversation with his mother and scholar, Professor Cheryl I. Harris [author of groundbreaking scholarship in the field of Critical Race Theory, including Whiteness as Property (Harvard Law Review)]. Professor Harris is also the Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at UCLA School of Law. The event, which is open to the public (first come, first serve), will commence on Saturday, December 7th at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Los Angeles at 1:00pm. Get more info HERE. MOCA members can RSVP at membership@moca.org.

The conversation between Earl and Professor Harris is an extension of a series of fan experiences Earl has been curating around Los Angeles, which included the Harun Gallery pop-up in Leimert Park around the release of his recent, critically-acclaimed project Feet of Clay via Tan Cressida / Warner Records. Additionally, the MOCA event will feature exclusive merch and the 9-foot statue of Nebuchadnezzar, erected from the Feet of Clay concept and imagery that has been making its way through Los Angeles at the earlier pop-ups, as well as on stage during Earl’s unforgettable performance at Camp Flog Gnaw. Don’t miss this exclusive discussion between mother and son this coming Saturday and listen to the riveting project Feet of Clay now.

PRESS ON FEET OF CLAY:
“Earl Sweatshirt is a guide who gets you lost on the excellent ‘Feet of Clay.’” – ROLLING STONE
“This new, rejuvenated Earl Sweatshirt sounds clear-eyed and empowered.” – GQ
“[‘Feet Of Clay’ is] further proof that Earl Sweatshirt is a generational talent.” – NME 
“Earl Sweatshit [has] cemented a signature mood and production style unlike anyone else’s.” – CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND “‘Feet of Clay’ instantly brings to mind the sounds early jazz musicians created when embarking on their own journey, bucking trends and ignoring the norm.” – NME 
“[‘Feet of Clay’ is] a woozy, raw, magical, and extremely short album from hip-hop’s most tantalizingly inscrutable rapper.” – PITCHFORK

Dapper Dan, 2 Chainz, Megan Thee Stallion, Gary Vee, Charlamagne Tha God, T.I. and More Celebrate A3C Festival & Conference 15-Year Anniversary

This past week A3C Festival & Conference celebrated their 15-year anniversary with a week of events, panel discussions, workshops, mentorship sessions, concerts and more by some of the top talent and respected industry pro’s nationwide. Prior to the festival and conference, A3C made the major announcement of their new ownership group – The Gathering Spot, Paul Judge Media Group and hip hop icon – 2 Chainz. The new team of owners then created the A3C Culture Creator Ownership Group, which is a new initiative composed of individuals that have impacted business, lifestyle, music, tech, film, sports and culture. This group of selected individuals have invested in A3C and thereby invested in Atlanta and the future of our culture. Kicking off the first day of the conference, reigning 3-time NBA 6th Man of the Year – Lou Williams, was announced as the inaugural member of the Culture Creator Ownership Group.

Yasiin Bey Live at the Masquerade

Tuesday night, A3C launched with a live performance honoring the 20th Anniversary of iconic rap artist Yasiin Bey’s,‘Black on Both Sides’ album, and opening act, Translee, of Grand Hustle. The Fader Fort, powered by Sprite, kicked off their R&B night, headlined by Pink Sweat$ and Lion Babe. Over 10 soul singers serenaded the stage, kicking off the first night of A3C. Following the Fader Fort, Atlanta United hosted the official A3C Kickoff Party at The Gathering Spot.

Wednesday, festival goers had the option to attend several dope shows and events, including ‘Mo’Nique and Friends Comedy Show’ featuring Donnell Rawlings, Just Nesh, Tone X and more. Over at The Fader Fort, guests gathered at Center Stage for their ‘Women in Hip Hop’ stage headed by Megan Thee Stallion, CHIKA and Tokyo Jetz. Fans crowded the venue to hear sounds from the best female mc’s in the game. Over at the Masquerade, Rakim and Big Daddy Kaneperformed at the Lyric and Rhymes stage alongside other emerging lyrical artists.

The conference portion of A3C kick-started on Thursday morning, held at the new hub, AmericasMart, a prominent convention center in downtown Atlanta. Over a thousand conference attendees came out to watch various panels powered by A3C, Toyota and Google for Startups, such as the ‘Blending the Entertainment and Entrepreneurship’ featuring guest speakers – NeNe Leakes, Rasheeda, Porsha Williams, Cynthia Bailey and Tanya Sam. Music Moguls – Cortez Bryant, Al Branch, Shawn Gee, Jean Nelson, Bryan Calhoun and Rodney Carmichael, spoke on the Building the Blueprint panel. The ballroom of conference center was over capacity as they hosted a keynote conversation with Gary Vee.

Gary Vee at AmericasMart

That evening, the Fader Fort concluded with the Atlanta show, headlined by Lil Keed and Lil GotIt. BJ The Chicago Kid also hosted a private show, as well as the ‘Get Hyphy with E-40 & Friends show, held at the Masquerade.

Lil Keed at the Fader Fort

On Friday, attendees filled the convention center for the first ‘Women in Charge’ panel by Toyota featuring Jewel Burks Solomon, Ericka J. Coulter, Kahlana Barfield Brown and Vanessa Baden Kelly. Also, Kei Henderson, Omar Grant, Suzy Roo and Kevin Liles all sat down to discuss ‘Innovation in the Music Industry: A Look 5 Years Into the Future’. Tip “T.I.” Harris, Charlamagne Tha God and Shaka Senghorsat down to discuss ways the people can fix the criminal justice system. Legendary creative Lenny “Kodak Lens” Santiago sat down with Genius owner, Rob Markman, for a discussion surrounding art, photography, music and culture. Closing out Friday’s keynote panels,Amber Grimes moderated an intimate conversation with CMO of WME, Bozoma Saint John.

Amber Grimes and Bozoma Saint John

Friday evening, the west coast was in the building, at the West Coast Tribute stage featuring headliners YG, Buddy, G Perico and a special guest set by West Coast legend – DJ Quik.

On the closing day of the conference, Karen Civil joined B Dot Millerfor a fireside chat discussing mental health, being a woman in a male dominated industry, losing Nipsey Hussle and Mac Miller and more. J_ust Blaze, MikeWiLLMadeIt and Tricky Stewart spoke with Rob Markman on how to create moments and break an artist as a Producer. Tech Mavens Dr. Paul Judge, Kobie Fuller, Mark Buffington, Chris Lyons and Lo Toney talked about the Silicon Valley secrets on startups, talent and investing. Music management gurus – Terrence “Snake” Hawkins, Al Branch, Brooklyn Johnny and Ebonie Wardcame together in the Google for Startups room to chat with attendees on how to break an artist; as well as tips on what managers seek when finding talent. Wrapping up the main panel stage, fashion icon – Dapper Dan, sat with hip-hop star 2 Chainz_ for a keynote discussion diving into the deep history of the intersection of Hip Hop and fashion. “As we grow A3C to be the week and place to celebrate Atlanta’s culture and global impact, it was an honor to have Dapper Dan close out the conference”, said Dr. Paul Judge (Co-Owner of A3C). “Dapper’s role in Harlem’s legendary place in history is exactly the experience needed to help ensure we continue to build the future of Atlanta to be innovative and inclusive.”

2 Chainz and Dapper Dan at AmericasMart
Rob Markman, Just Blaze and MikeWiLLMadeIt

Saturday night, A3C guests flooded the concert venue for the A3C ‘AfroBeats’ stage, featuring Koffee, Mr. Eazi and Afro B; as well as the grand finale after party with 2 Chainz at Compound nightclub.

Mr. Eazi

“This year was absolutely amazing. The cultured shifted this week as we watched the music, tech, film, political and business community come together.” Ryan Wilson (Co-Owner of A3C) continues, “the conversations at the conference were engaging and music performances inspiring. I genuinely feel attendees left with new connections and new information. That’s what makes A3C special.” A3C Festival & Conference is the place where people can connect, while educating and inspiring the next-generation of innovators and entrepreneurs that are shaping the future.

2 Chainz, TK Petersen, Ryan Wilson, Dapper Dan and Paul Judge
85 South Show – DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller and Chico Bean
A3C Conference Audience
Megan Thee Stallion at Center Stage
Tip “T.I.” Harris

Connect with A3C Festival & Conference socially:

IG: @a3cfestival 
T: @a3cfestival

RECAP: Trap Music Museum Celebrated 1 Year Anniversary With Trap Gala

During A3C weekend, Trap Music Museum celebrated its one year anniversary with TRAP GALA as well as participated in A3C panels.

FOR DOWNLOADABLE HI RES IMAGES OF THE TRAP GALA, CLICK HERE 

PHOTO CREDIT:  Marcus Thomas

CHECK OUT THE TRAP GALA VIDEO RECAPS HERE AND HERE

VIDEO CREDIT: @nosteviejustjai 

From L to R:  Swamp Izzo,  James Miller,  Dr. Joycelyn Wilson,  Malita The Mogul, PK “Pretty Ken”

Tiwa Savage, Mr. Eazi, Koffee and Afro B Headline the Afrobashment Concert for A3C Festival

Universal heavy-hitters Tiwa Savage, Mr. Eazi, Afro B and Koffee have just been announced as the headliners for the first-ever A3C Festival “AfroBashment” stage. Taking place at Atlanta’s renowned Tabernacle on October 12th, festival goers will have the chance to witness the exploding sounds of some of the top Afro Wave scene artists.This year’s A3C features over 300 speakers, 150 sessions, 500 music artists and 50 different events. Other speakers including Gary Vee, T.I., Bozoma Saint John, Mike Will Made-It and Charlamagne Tha God as well as music performances from Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Keed, Lil Gotit, Mr. Eazi, Pink Sweat$, Just Blaze, Skooly, yasiin bey, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, E-40 and YG for an unforgettable week in Atlanta, celebrating all things hip-hop. It will take plac​e on October 8-13, 2019 at​ ​The Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart and our featured concert series will take place at Center Stage, The Masquerade and The Tabernacle.Follow @A3CFestival to stay updated on more announcements!

Use Code “AFRO20” For 20% off of a GA Pass!

2 Chainz Acquires Stake in Atlanta’s A3C Festival & Conference

TK Petersen, 2 Chainz and Dr. Paul Judge

A3C has announced that GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Tauheed “2 Chainz” Epps has ​purchased a stake in the world-famous A3C Festival & Conference and is now part of the ownership group. The festival, which is celebrating its 15th year, has brought thousands from around the world to Atlanta each year to discover, network and learn from the innovators, entrepreneurs and artists that drive the culture forward. Earlier this year, Paul Judge Media Group and The Gathering Spot acquired A3C and since have created a brand new experience for the festival and conference goers. Dr. Paul Judge has collaborated with 2 Chainz in the past, bridging the gap between tech and culture, through events with one of Paul’s tech startups.

“​A3C has always been one of the most important places for artists to show off their creative ideas and to learn business moves,” states 2 Chainz. “I’ve moved from artist to being inside the owner’s box. I’m excited to be co-owner and to help shape A3C over the next decade to be the biggest festival on the planet–the festival for the future”.

2 Chainz will be a creative curator and business advisor involved with curating panels and artist lineups along with developing the overall experience of A3C. This year he will be the closing keynote on Saturday October 12 in a fireside chat with the legendary Dapper Dan.

This year’s A3C features over 300 speakers, 150 sessions, 500 music artists and 50 different events. Other speakers including Gary Vee, T.I., Bozoma Saint John, Mike Will Made-It and Charlamagne Tha God as well as music performances from Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Keed, Lil Gotit, Mr. Eazi, Pink Sweat$, Just Blaze, Skooly, yasiin bey, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, E-40 and YG for an unforgettable week in Atlanta, celebrating all things hip-hop. It will take plac​e on October 8-13, 2019 at​ ​The Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart and our featured concert series will take place at Center Stage, The Masquerade and The Tabernacle.

“I’m passionate about bringing together Atlanta’s colleges, companies and culture and A3C is becoming the go to event for being part of that combination,” said Dr. Paul Judge. “I’m thrilled to welcome 2 Chainz to the ownership group. Ever since I’ve known Chainz, his creativity, team and entrepreneurship skills have repeatedly proven to be world class. Together we’ll open new doors in the intersection of technology and culture.”

“We each have a unique approach to building community,” said Ryan Wilson, co-founder and chief executive officer of The Gathering Spot. “Together we’ll leverage this power to bring a fresh, exciting and culturally appealing offering to our great city and its visitors for years to come.”

Check out Entrepreneur Magazine’s feature on 2 Chainz Acquisition Here.

Please visit ​www.a3cFestival.com​ for tickets and more information.

Roc Nation’s Own Ceraadi Takes Over New York Fashion Week with Special Performance

Roc Nation’s popular singer/rap duo, Ceraadi, took New York Fashion Week by storm, last week. The sisters, who recently dropped their debut project Ceraadi’s Playlist, attended some of the most talked about shows, during New York’s most notable week in fashion. The girls made an appearance at The Pretty Little Things show, in support of all the talented female artists who performed that night, including Saweetie, Ashanti and Lil Kim. Following Pretty Little Things, they attended one of the most anticipated for the week; The Pyer Moss fashion show. Held at The Kings Theatre, hundreds of high-profile celebrities and fashion influencers got a first look at the new styles Pyer Moss will create.

Saiyr and Emaza attended Rihanna’s amazingly inclusive fashion show for Savage x Fenty, which highlighted women of all sizes, colors and uniqueness. The sisters, who even participated in the new Savage x Fenty lingerie campaign, were dripped in all the latest Savage x Fenty and were highlighted on the brands social media pages, showcasing their unique style.

The girls ended their NYC trip at the BOO HOO Fashion Show After Party. Held at the Rosé Mansion, hundreds of guests enjoyed performances and activities through the night, with a special performance of Ceraadi’s hit singles Loyal and Dumbstruck which had guests on their feet dancing along to the tune. The pair even hinted that the video for Dumbstruck will premiere very soon, making their loyal fanbase, The Ceriders, excited for the latest visual.

Check out some photos below of all the action!

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Loud Records 25TH Anniversary Concert – Wu-Tang, Three 6 Mafia, Mobb Deep, Fat Joe, Remy Ma and More


Performances By:  Wu-Tang Clan, Three 6 Mafia, Mobb Deep, Tha Alkaholics, M.O.P., dead prez, Pete Rock, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, FunkFlex And Special Guests

 Iconic Hip Hop Label LOUD Records, founded by Steve Rifkind and Rich Isaacson celebrates its 25th Anniversary with LOUD Twenty-Five, a star-studded concert featuring stars from the celebrated LOUD roster. The concert will take place on Saturday, October 11th, at the Prudential Center @ 25 Lafayette St in Newark, NJ.  Doors open at 7PM.

Steve Rifkind reminisces about LOUD,  “This celebration means the world to me.  LOUD was born out of a love for hip hop and a childhood fantasy. To see it grow into one of the most iconic and storied hip hop labels in history and having the opportunity to celebrate with our amazing artists 25 years later leaves me speechless about our journey.”

Originally funded with a mere three-thousand-dollar monthly commitment from BMG,  LOUD Records became a pre-eminent hip hop label selling over 100 Million records with little to no radio airplay. LOUD’s promotional campaigns based on the street marketing concept originated by Rifkind, executed by Isaacson and the legendary LOUD army of influencers and hip hop junkies, aka the “street team,” paved the way for the label to be known for the gritty underground sound and lyricism of its seminal groups – Wu-Tang Clan, Tha Alkaholics, Mobb Deep, Big Pun, and Xzibit to name a few.  

The October 11th show will include performances from some of Loud’s most legendary artists including multi-platinum selling and legendary Wu-Tang Clan, platinum-selling and Academy Award-winning Three 6 Mafia, the prolific and platinum-selling Mobb Deep (with special guests), classic West Coast rapper and actor Xzibit, one of the original Loud Records signees and West Coast hard core party rappers Tha Alkaholics, NYC Mash Out Posse M.O.P., the revolutionary dead prez, elite Hip Hop producer Pete Rock, Fat Joe and Remy Ma paying tribute to Big Pun and many more acts to be announced. 

Fat Joe says of signing Big Pun to Loud, “I had to take Pun to Loud.  Loud was the best record label on earth.”

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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