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Maxo Kream To Embark On “Brandon Banks” Headlining North American Tour This Fall

Houston rapper Maxo Kream will be embarking on his “Brandon Banks” headlining fall tour. Kicking off on October 16th in New Orleans, the tour will hit major markets across the US including Atlanta, New York, Chicago and San Francisco before wrapping in El Paso, TX on November 17th. The tour, which was first announced on Wednesday, will feature direct support from Q Da Fool. Tickets are available to purchase now. For more information and to purchase tickets please click HERE.

Maxo also shares today the track list for his forthcoming album, Brandon Banks which is out July 19th via Big Persona/88 Classic/RCA Records. The album, which is his first under the newly inked major label deal, will include features from Travis Scott, ScHoolboy Q, A$AP Ferg, KCG Josh and fellow Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion who appears on the previously released track, “She Live.”

The culmination of a journey from struggle to triumph, Brandon Banks brings listeners back into the world of Maxo Kream–a world that contrasts the grim realities of poverty with the luxurious life of a successful rapper. Born Emekwanem Ogugua Biosah Jr., Maxo grew up idolizing his father who spent much of Maxo’s youth in-and-out of prison–in his illegal enterprise, his father used the code name Brandon Banks. The upcoming album finds Maxo grappling with his newfound fame–as a budding star, Maxo has no need to return to his previous life, but he is still very attached to friends and family in the street, who he is not quite able to lift out of their circumstances.

Though it’s heavily informed by Maxo’s past, as depicted in his previous albums Maxo 187 and Punken, which earned “Best Of 2018” honors from Noisey, The AV Club, FACT Mag, and DJ Booth, and others, Brandon Banks is an album firmly rooted in the present, with appearances from some of the biggest names in rap. The upcoming album is led by recent singles, including “Meet Again,” listed by EsquireBillboardand Vulture as one of 2019’s best songs so far and boasts a video directed by Shomi Patwary. The album also includes “Still” and “She Live,” featuring fellow Houston emcee Megan Thee Stallion.

“Brandon Banks” Headlining Tour Dates
October 16th – New Orleans, LA – Parish at House of Blues
October 17th – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
October 18th – Houston, TX – House of Blues
October 19th – Austin, TX – Emos Ballroom
October 22nd – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
October 23rd – Charlotte, NC – The Underground
October 25th – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
October 26th – New York, NY – SOB’s
October 27th – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
October 29th – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
October 31st – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
November 1st – Detroit, MI – El Club
November 2nd – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
November 3rd – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry
November 5th – Denver, CO – Cervantes – Other Side
November 8th – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
November 9th – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
November 10th – Portland, OR – Hawthorne
November 12th – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
November 16th – Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock
November 17th – El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace

NLE Choppa Joins Forces With Warner Records for Label Imprint ‘No Love Entertainment’

Warner Records today announced that the company has partnered with NLE Choppa for the launch of his label, No Love Entertainment (NLE). NLE Choppa will christen the venture with the release of brand new music (details forthcoming). With poise, charisma and cleverness way beyond his years, 16-year-old NLE Choppa burst onto the scene and immediately grabbed our attention and captured our hearts. In just under a year, Choppa has amassed an astonishing 170 million cumulative views on YouTube and has gained a cult following that transcends age and socioeconomic status. His breakout hit “Shotta Flow” has more than 79 million views alone for its raw, true-to-life music video, while the newly released remix featuring Blueface has garnered over 27 million views and counting. Choppa’s first release under the new deal, “Free Youngboy,” has already hit 8.5 million views. A young boss with street-savvy, Choppa and his family grew No Love Entertainment (NLE) from humble beginnings in Memphis to a burgeoning full-fledged imprint with Warner Records. NLE Choppa continues to take 2019 by storm and solidifies his place as the next global superstar.

A3C Announces First Group of 2019 Conference Speakers featuring Bozoma Saint John, T.I., Gary Vaynerchuk, Lenny S, Mike Will Made It, Charlamagne Tha God, Dapper Dan And More!!!

A3C Announces First Group of 2019 Conference Speakers featuring Bozoma Saint John, T.I., Gary Vaynerchuk, Lenny S, Mike Will Made It, Charlamagne Tha God and Dapper Dan

15th annual A3C Festival & Conference brings together leaders in music, tech, film and culture to Atlanta

 A3C is the annual gathering of entrepreneurs, artists and creatives in Atlanta to connect, discover, and create. The pillars of the A3C Conference include music, tech, film, social justice and culture. We invite a number of today’s most innovative and influential thought leaders to share their stories, insights and vision for the future. 2019 A3C featured speakers include: Bozoma Saint John (Endeavor), T.I.(Rapper/Activist), Gary Vaynerchuk (VaynerMedia), Lenny S (Roc Nation), Mike Will Made ItWill Packer (Film Producer), Dapper Dan (Fashion Designer), Charlamagne Tha GodKevin Liles (300 Ent), Just BlazeFadia Kader (Instagram), Baron DavisPaul Judge (Techsquare Labs & Pindrop), Kei Henderson (Sincethe80s), No Vacancy Inn (Creative Agency) and Rob Markman (Genius). Over the next 3 months A3C be adding hundreds of conference speakers to this initial announcement.

The 15th annual A3C Festival & Conference takes place from October 8-13, 2019 in Atlanta. The epicenter of the A3C Conference is at the Atlanta Convention Center and Hotel Indigo in the heart of downtown from October 10-12.

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The Festival announcement is coming soon. This year’s music festival will feature a series of unforgettable concerts and experiences celebrating hip-hop icons and showcasing the most exciting artists of tomorrow at premier venues across Atlanta.

YFN LUCCI Celebrates New Mixtape 650LUC: GANGSTA GRILLZ Available June 21

TIG President Fly Henry celebrated the pre-release of YFN LUCCI’s mixtape, 650LUC, with hundreds of people that gathered in The Garage, a two-story luxurious venue in midtown Atlanta.  Top Atlanta-based DJ’s were in attendance including DJ Drama, who hosted 650LUC, and DJ Smallz. Atlanta rap stars like TroubleBloody JayYungeen Ace, OMB Peezy, and many more industry influencers were also in attendance to celebrate the release. 650Luc is available across all DSPs on June 21st, 2019.

From L to R:  DJ Drama, TIG CEO Fly Henry, Lake Sheezy, DJ Smallz.
From L to R: Bloody Jay, YFN Lucci
From L to R: YFN Lucci, Trouble

The guests were treated to libations sponsored by Avion and Belaire, and scrumptous appetizers such as chicken kabobs, shrimp cocktails, vegetable spring rolls, and a creative spin on apple pie prepared by Chef Kodak.  Lucci was surprised with a cake decorated with TIG artwork and his upcoming mixtape, prepared by IncrediblySweet. 

The support was major for Lucci as he was surrounded by 65 of his personally invited fans and industry influencers as he played the mixtape in the middle of the space from his customized 650 Maybach. 

Lucci’s girlfriend, Reginae Carter, showed her support and was spotted sitting in the passenger side of the vehicle,  reciting every word to his songs. 

Event goers were able to take part in a very special photo booth moment where they could floss right in front of the $400K customized Maybach or even lounge in the “All Night Long” suite. The room was decorated with a double size bed that gave off a seductive vibe with dim red lights and red rose petals. 

As an ode to Gangsta Grillz hosting the mixtape, Eddie’s Gold Teeth was on deck for those who wanted to cop a pair of  grillz similar to the diamond-encrusted grillz that Lucci wears. 650Luc merchandise was also available in the form of T-shirts, sweatshirts and more. 

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XXXTentacion Documentary Trailer AND Album Announcement!

One year after XXXTentacion’s passing, his estate has released a trailer for the chart-breaking artist’s upcoming documentary, releasing soon. The clip, which includes narration from X himself, captures quick flashes of him reuniting with family and friends, engaging with fans, and working on music. In the voiceover he states, “There’s definitely a difference between Jahseh Onfroy and XXXTentacion. This is the story, this is the full story, this is the last time I’ma tell it.” Watch the trailer HERE!

Following the 2017 release of his debut studio album 17 [Bad Vibes Forever/EMPIRE], which hit No. 2 on the US Billboard 200, XXXTentacioncatapulted from an underground artist to a global phenomenon. His follow up albums ? [Bad Vibes Forever/Caroline] and the posthumously released Skins [Bad Vibes Forever/EMPIRE] both went No. 1, further cementing his stamp as the voice of his generation. Many of X’s peers–Billie Eilish, PnB Rock and Hopsin, among others–have supported his musical genius.

XXXTentacion’s legacy lives on as he continues to release music posthumously, shatter records and accumulate awards. Earlier this month, his first No. 1 single,“SAD!”, reached an astounding 1 billion streams on Spotify. Forbes acknowledged the pivotal career highlight, writing, “Now that “Sad!” has joined that still-exclusive club, XXXTentacion has become the first musician to posthumously see one of their most popular tunes hit the 10-digit mark, a strange feat that no artist aims to snag, but which is a sign that their art is still immensely popular even after they are gone.”X’s musical influence is sure to expand upon the upcoming release of his brand new album, which will feature some of today’s hottest stars.

Trap Music Museum Introduces Lil Trap House Pop Up Activation Debutting At The BET Experience On June 20th

Trap Music Museum is bringing a taste of the A to Los Angeles during the 2019 BET Experience with its official debut of Lil Trap House,  a new pop-up activation of the highly buzzed about museum for fans to enjoy. 


BET Experience patrons will enjoy Lil Trap House from Thursday, June 20th  to Saturday, June 22 in The LA Convention Center, located at 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown Los Angeles.   

“BET truly represents the culture!  From BET talent to officially working for Grand Hustle Records as General Manager of Trap Music Museum, BET afforded me the opportunity to bring it full circle and curate a partnership where we can highlight the museum at the BET Experience 2019.  It is an honor and the team, and I are grateful and excited,” states Krystal Garner General Manager Trap Music Museum.

During its pilgrimage to LA, Lil Trap House will pay a very special tribute to Nipsey Hussle with the first phase of a new exhibit honoring him in his home town of Los Angeles.  Lil Trap House will also include several new exhibits made especially for the BET Experience.

Exhibits include:

·         Pusha T’s Interactive Barcode 

·         West Coast Tribute

·         The infamous Grandma’s Living Room

·         The Remake of Future’s dirty sprite 2 cover (3d rendition)

·         Gucci‘s Lil Trap Kitchen

·         Cardi B and Nicki Minaj’s Throne

·         Thug “Snake” Exhibit

·         Migos city “The Nawf” –  a scaled down model of their neighborhood

Trap Music Museum, recently named one of the “10 Best Museums In Atlanta” by Time Out magazine, will utilize its Lil Trap House to take the museum to the people. 

The “Ruff, Rugged & Raw” showcase comes to Jackson, Mississippi aiming to unite with Baton Rouge’s talent

If you’re a Hip-Hop fan in the Jackson, Mississippi area looking for some fun in the near future you’re in luck. The Works LLC, Reagan Baby Records and I Am Music Group have come together to hold their “Ruff, Rugged & Raw” music showcase. Holding down the stage will be some of the more well-known indie acts in the Southeast like Baton Rouge’s Marcel P. Black and Jackson’s own Mr. Fluid. Other hometown acts like 7/27 and Preda-kon will fill out the talented lineup along with another Baton Rouge native in Flood. It’ll all take place June 29th, 2019 at The Murals (750 N. Jefferson St.). Be sure to come out and enjoy!

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Rap Sensation Tokyo Jetz Reveals Pregnancy in her Hometown at the Duval Reunion Festival

Rising Rap Star Tokyo Jetz shared an intimate moment with her fans and supporters in her hometown, over the Memorial Day Weekend. As she performed at the Duval Reunion Festival, Tokyo cut the music and revealed that she was in fact expecting a baby boy this fall. This announcement came as a shock to fans who responded with an uproar of excitement. She has made it clear that this new chapter in her life will not slow up the young performer as she will continue to tour and create music.

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Lexus 0 to 60 Launches Season 3 With John Salley, Mekhi Phifer, Big Tigger, Carmelita Jeter And More (Video Recap)

Also Appearing On Lexus 0 to 60 are Big Tigger, Jaleel White, Omar Benson Miller, Mekhi Phifer, Curtis Hamilton, Scott Pruett, and Jack Hawksworth

It’s the battle of the returning champs in season three of the Lexus 0 to 60 Challenge. This intense, fun-filled racing competition pits two celebrity teams against one another to see who will reign supreme on the road and it’s all hosted by Big Tigger.  The new season is live now on the Lexus YouTube channel.  

Team Salley is made up of actors Jaleel White (Family Matters, Me,  Myself & I) and Omar Benson Miller (Ballers, CSI: Miami) with NBA legend and season one Lexus 0 to 60 winner John Salley taking the spot of team captain. Their coach is Scott Pruett, one of the most decorated race car champions of all time. 

Team Jeter is led by three-time Olympic gold medalist and season two Lexus 0 to 60 champion, Carmelita Jeter with actors Mekhi Phifer (The Bobby Brown Story, Canal Street) and Curtis Hamilton (Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge and Michel’le) holding their own as well. Team Jeter’s coach is Jack Hawksworth, one of today’s fastest and most versatile professional racing drivers.

Both teams will hit the course at the notorious Laguna Seca, an 11-turn, 2.2 mile paved road course on the beautiful coast of central California. Each celebrity teammate will take to the road in either the Lexus GS F, LC 500 or RC F Track Edition.

Lauded as equal parts luxury and performance, the Lexus GS F sports sedan holds its own as an exhilarating and worthy contender. With enhanced steering, suspension and braking systems, the LC 500 is known as one of the most responsive Lexus models available commanding attention on the road and at Laguna Seca. The Lexus RC F Track Edition boasts a plush interior, quiet engine and is regarded as an exciting addition to the increasingly rare V8 sports car landscape.

Over the course of the two-day shoot, both teams took to the road to compete in five different challenges including the Slide & Shalom Challenge, the Corkscrew Challenge and the Team Relay — each designed to test the cars and teammates’ abilities behind the wheel. The winner of the competition gets to take home bragging rights and one of the featured cars for a year. 

Season three promises to deliver the same action-packed excitement of the previous two seasons plus more car, more talent, more stunts and more antics from the celebrity teams.

So, who will win this year’s Lexus 0 to 60 Challenge?  Tune in to find out when the season premieres April 29th exclusively on the Lexus YouTube channel.