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Awaken My Love! The First Truly Post-Trump Election Album Is Here

The first reports of Atlanta rapper Childish Gambino recording a new album were met with fanfare from his loyal fanbase. It is important to mention Gambino is a rapper from Atlanta alongside acts like Migos and Rae Sremmund, because the correlation ends there. What they share in location, they lack in musicality…

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Awaken My Love! : The First Truly Post-Trump Election Album Is Here

The first reports of Atlanta rapper Childish Gambino recording a new album were met with fanfare from his loyal fanbase. It is important to mention Gambino is a rapper from Atlanta alongside acts like Migos and Rae Sremmund, because the correlation ends there. What they share in location, they lack in musicality.

Gambino has created a niche of his own with hyper-confessional and creatively driven albums that sound more like cohesive concepts than albums full of standalone tracks. He has been a stalwart in a genre that is becoming increasingly rinse and repeat. His previous album, Because The Internet, featured a more vocal sounding artist alongside his usual rapping. For some it came as a surprise that Gambino’s r&b-based tracks were as good as his rapping songs. “3005” became his first hit and gained him notoriety, but the album as whole showed true signs of progression as an artist.

Both his last album and mixtape, Kauai, released in 2014. He took a brief two year hiatus while he focused on his acting career. With sprinkled music appearances here and there, one appearance on “Like A Version” stood out from the rest. His cover of Tamia’s “So Into You” struck a cord with r&b lovers because his version was as good as the original. We all hoped that a more vocal Gambino would arrive on his next album.

In an interview that appears in an August issue of New York magazine, he spoke on the goal in creating the FX show Atlanta. “I wanted to show white people, you don’t know everything about black culture.” And this notion has extended to his new album Awaken, My Love! An album that lacks the sound of today, and seeks the past to display what it truly means to be black.

And Gambino arrived at a conclusion this year. He would do what he wants with his platforms how ever he pleased. Awaken, My Love! is a return to funk when we need it most; The first album post Trump-election that stands out. The two singles sounded like a catalog from 1977 and deviated from his usual formula; Yes there is singing on his new album but its foreground is the funk-inspired production. “Me and Your Mama” proclaims that Gambino has arrived as his own artist. He tapped into his inner-soul and hopes to inspire fellow black artists. They must seek musicality and look to the past to inspire the future.

There is a clear influence on this album besides the often-mentioned Sly and the Family Stone. A young Prince echoes in “Redbone”, one of the two stellar singles. In other songs he looks to George Clinton on tracks like “Boogieman”. What became clear by the tenth track of this psychedelic album was its intention. In previous albums, they were meant as a personal experience made for you and your headphones. Starting with the Pharos Experience, this album is meant as a spiritual awakening. A spiritual experience intended for crowds of people. He achieved this even before the album was released and it is more clear now that we have the final product.

The true standouts in this album are “Stand Tall” and “Baby Boy”. “Baby Boy” is more soulful in its sound, and a better fitting closing track. The song reminds us of a simpler time. “There was a time before you, and there will be a time after you” said Gambino on the waining moments of the song. This notion wrings true in today’s world. He successfully gained new fans and alienated some core fans, but in doing so he re-introduced the world to lost heroes of the 70s.

Time will tell if Gambino has decided to reinvent himself as a more-soulful and trippy counterpart to Frank Ocean, or if this was just an experiment in a year that he has dominated.

Recent University of Missouri graduate. English major with love for anything sports, fashion or music related. Favorite artist is Kanye West, and favorite writer is Ta-Nahesi Coates. Currently resides in Rocklin, California but hopes to live in a big city one day as a writer/journalist covering the most important news.

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Beyoncé’s Natural Hair is Hair Goals!

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Have you seen Beyoncé’s natural hair? Listen, now that is what I call “hair goals”! Her mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, has shared a video showing off her famous daughter’s hair on Instagram. In the video Ms Tina is brushing through her multi talented daughter’s hair, and kept saying “au naturale”.

To say that Queen Bey’s hair is “envy enducing” would just be an understatement, that hair is just all kinds of amazing! I mean, if that was my hair I would probably not even wait for my mom to gush about it, I would do the bragging my self. Beyoncé though, isn’t as “petty” as I am, in fact she didn’t seem to appreciate her mother’s antics. She can be heard saying: “Mama, that is really annoying. I mean very annoying”, in a strained laugh.

This is not the first time Ms Tina has gushed over her daughter’s hair on social media. Last year she shared a photo of Queen Bey’s glorious tresses tied in a ponytail, and talked about how happy she was that her daughter’s hair grew back after she had cut it into a pixie.  Ms Tina is obviously proud of her daughter’s hair, but I mean, which mother wouldn’t be?

In fact she is proud of both her daughters, Beyonce and Solange. Back in February, in an interview with ET Online, she gushed over their accomplishments and said the the most rewarding thing is seeing them “grow up, and their accomplishments”.  She also added that the best thing about her daughters is “how good and grounded they both are “.

It seems like I’m not the only one who thinks Queen Bey’s natural hair is beyond amazing, one fan commented on Ms Tina’s post and said: “Beys hair is long like her money, lol. LENGTH BABY! LENGTH!!!!” . Then on Twitter, another posted: “I need her hair routine and products RIGHT NOW! I’m kidding [I’m] sure I can’t afford them.”

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Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill Is “Still Alive and Fighting Cancer”

Legendary Geto Boys member Bushwick Bill has died after a longtime battle with pancreatic cancer, TMZ reports. Last month, Bill released a video describing the chemotherapy treatment he’d been receiving for his Stage 4 cancer.

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Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill Is “Still Alive and Fighting Cancer”

Legendary Geto Boys member Bushwick Bill has died after a longtime battle with pancreatic cancer, TMZ reports. Last month, Bill released a video describing the chemotherapy treatment he’d been receiving for his Stage 4 cancer.

His death was confirmed by Geto Boys groupmate Scarface this morning, who took to Instagram to pay tribute to the rapper. “RIP Bushwick Bill,” he wrote in his Instagram caption. He was 52.

Bushwick Bill was born on December 8, 1966 in Kingston, Jamaica. The rapper (born Richard Stephen Shaw) moved to Brooklyn, New York in his youth before ultimately settling in Houston, where he joined Geto Boys as a dancer in the late 1980s.

Shaw suffered from dwarfism throughout his life, which informed to his early Geto Boys stage name “Little Billy.” At 3 feet 8 inches tall, he became one of the group’s most memorable contributors, and his image graced the cover of Geto Boys’ 1991 album We Can’t Be Stopped, which depicts groupmates Scarface and Willie D rushing Shaw to the hospital after shooting his own eye out in the summer of 1991. Shaw released six studio albums as a solo artist including 1992’s Little Big Man, 1995’s Phantom of the Rapra, and most recently the 2010 album My Testimony of Redemption.

Last month, Geto Boys announced a farewell tour following Shaw’s cancer diagnosis, which was later cancelled due to his health. According to reports from TMZ, he was also upset by the title of the tour, which implied he was on his deathbed.

Update (12:30pm): Bushwick Bill apparently hasn’t died after all. TMZ has updated their report to note that the musician is “still alive and fighting cancer” according to his publicist. The publicist confirmed his status with hospital staff, who say that the musician is still in their care, with numerous family members by bedside.

Update (1:45pm): In a new post on Instagram, Bushwick Bill’s son confirmed that the Geto Boys musician is still alive. “My dad IS NOT dead, he’s still alive and fighting for his life,” he writes in the post’s caption. “He needs your continued prayers and support. Certain people have been so quick to write him off as dead so they can capitalize off it, and it’s messed up because y’all really think these people care about him. There is no Geto Boys without Bushwick Bill.”

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Nick Jonas Feared Brothers Would ‘Never Speak to Me Again’ After Band Split

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Nick Jonas Feared Brothers Would ‘Never Speak to Me Again’ After Band Split

Just days before the release of the Jonas Brothers’ new album “Happiness Begins” on June 7th, the band sat down with CBS Sunday Morning to discuss their reunion journey and the circumstances behind their breakup.

After the brothers Jonas, Kevin, Joe and Nick, encountered stagnating record and ticket sales and faced internal strife, the band split up in 2013. “To call it creative differences is almost too simple,” Nick said. “And I think a lot of people lost the appetite for what we were putting into the world. So, you know, we were putting up shows that weren’t selling. We were making music that I don’t think we were all super proud of, and it wasn’t connected.”

He explained that the brothers’ relationship was also strained, so he had a “tough conversation” with Kevin and Joe. “I said, ‘You know, I feel like the Jonas Brothers should be no more, and we should go on individual journeys.’ And it didn’t go so well,” he recalls.

At that point, Joe thought that the band was done. “I checked out in my mind that – that was it. There’s going to be no more brothers ever,” he tells Smith.

Nick added, “And I feared that, you know, we – they would never speak to me again.”

Inbetween their breakup, Joe focused on his funky pop project DNCE, while Nick concentrated more on acting and his solo career. Kevin was dedicated to raising his two daughters.

Ultimately, the brothers couldn’t stay apart. “I think we –- we definitely were supposed to go through all of what we went through to get to this point, definitely,” Joe says. “I think it was, it was kind of, I guess you could say destiny, whatever it may be, but yeah, we got a do-over, and I think this time around we’re going to do it right.”

In February, the Jonas Brothers revealed their reunion plans with the release of “Sucker,” which debuted at Number One on the Billboard Hot 100. They’ve since released another single titled “Cool.” Alongside the release of their first album in 10 years, the band announced earlier this week that they would release new documentary “Chasing Happiness” on June 4th via Amazon Prime and a memoir titled “Blood” on November 12th.

On August 7th, the Jonas Brothers will head out on a North American tour in support of “Happiness Begins” in Miami.

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