Last night concluded the Los Angeles leg of OTRII tour, featuring Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
DJ Khaled opened up for the Carters alongside of special guests – Tyga, Tank, YG and Ella Mai. With thousands of screaming fans, Bey and her husband transformed the Rose Bowl into an iconic night to commemorate. Massive LED screens, scores of dancers coupled with pyrotechnics and a state-of-the-art sound system commanded one of the most powerful performances of our lifetime. No wonder the show (earlier this year) has been decorated by both Michelle and Barack Obama’s presence as well as the Kardashians and Oprah. ‘Apeshit‘ off of their latest collaboration Everything is Love was a crowd favorite as Bey spits some serious bars with her epic flow which rivals some of today’s top lyricists.
With less than 8 shows left, you may want to consider making arrangements to see this landmark presentation at on of its last stops.
If anything to witness the bright smiles of 11 high school students who will receive one $100,000 scholarships (per city) from both the BeyGOOD and Shawn Carter foundations.
Remaining OTR II tour dates.
*Photos courtesy of Frank Micellotta
Luc Belaire is proud to present BELAIRE LUXE ROSÉ the fourth cuve in its smash-hit portfolio, launching with rap artist Young Thug as the official brand ambassador. This captivating new creation joins the brand’s signature Belaire Rosé exquisite Belaire Gold, and wildly popular Belaire Luxe, and reinforces Belaire’s meteoric rise in the wine world, earning the brand its claim as the world’s fastest-growing French sparkling wine.
Belaire’s impressive trajectory has been galvanized by its affinity with globally recognized music stars like Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Steve Aoki, Post Malone, Dave East, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, and G Herbo, among others. They are part of an ambassador network of more than 200 influential personalities that support Belaire around the world. Each ambassador – whether a top recording artist, DJ, producer or social media influencer – works with Belaire as a collaborator, with the iconic bubbly brand supporting the ambassador. Today, Belaire is excited to welcome trend-setting rapper Young Thug to its family as the official brand ambassador for BELAIRE LUXE ROSÉ. To celebrate the partnership, Young Thug stars in a commercial for LUXE ROSÉ with guest appearances from Rick Ross and DJ Khaled.
CLICK HERE to watch Young Thug launch Luxe Rosé with a little help from DJ Khaled and Rick Ross.
Brett Berish, CEO of Sovereign Brands, owners of Luc Belaire, states, “Belaire Luxe Rose is an exciting new addition to our family of wines, and we are looking forward to introducing it to our fans. I’m beyond excited to welcome Young Thug to our Belaire family, with the perfect timing around our release of our new cuve. We’re big fans, and we feel that his distinctive style in music and fashion is sure to ignite interest in Luxe Rosé.
BELAIRE LUXE ROSÉ is a stunning wine that perfectly complements the existing Belaire range, combining the fresh fruit aromas of the best-selling Belaire Rosé with the richness of Belaire Luxe and the crystal-clear bottle and embossed foil labels of Belaire Gold. Made at the brand’s award-winning winery in Provence, Belaire Luxe Rose is crafted from a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault grapes with a dosage of oak-aged Syrah for an exquisite deep pink color. Fresh strawberry and raspberry aromas, berry flavors and a slight touch of wood on the palate give this delectable wine the perfect finish. Belaire Luxe Rose epitomizes the qualities that have made Belaire’s wines so popular: classic taste, superb drinkability, and striking, stylish packaging.
Of his new role, Young Thug states, “I’m a trendsetter, I redefine the rules and I challenge the status quo. That’s what matters to me. Belaire is a brand which speaks to that outlook and that aesthetic. I tasted the Luxe Rose and I was blown away – it really has it all, the taste and the style. The opportunity to be part of the Belaire family came up and I jumped at it! I’m looking forward to redefining the landscape together.”
Young Thug is represented by United Talent Agency, who brokered the deal on his behalf. This continues to be Young Thug’s breakout year, which includes his Young Stoner Life compilation project Slime Language, recently released to critical acclaim, as well as his four nominations at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, where his mega crossover hit Havana with Camila Cabello is recognized for Video of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Song, and Best Choreography.
Luxe Rosé is an extraordinary wine from grape to glass, and like its new champion Young Thug, is tailor-made to please crowds, anytime of year. The cuv will be rolling out to select retailers, restaurants and nightclubs around the world in August.
For more information and to stay updated on upcoming events, fans are encouraged to visit LucBelaire.com and join the conversation by following @OfficialBelaire and tagging #Belaire on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
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UK megastar STEFFLON DON announces the release of her long-awaited second mixtape ‘SECURE’. The tape comes in the wake of three incredible tracks that preempted its launch; “Lil Bitch (Intro)” – watch now, “What You Want ft. Future” – listen now and “Pretty Girl ft. Tiggs Da Author” – listen now which have racked up over 1.5m streams in the past week alone. ‘Secure’ is available now physically and via all digital platforms – buy now.
Since being announced as the first ever British female entrant in XXL’s annual “Freshman Class” and releasing the summer smash “Calypso” with Luis Fonsi (which has already seen the video top over 140m plays alone), Steff has been shut away way creating the incredible piece of work that is “Secure” – her second mixtape to be released via her own label 54 London. The tape, spans her eclectic tastes and talents, covers her harder rap stylings, Jamaican dancehall influences and the pure pop ability that stands her head and shoulders above every one of her peers. As well as Steff’s own outstanding talent, she also pulled from her wealth of supporters and brought together an incredible roster of international features including Future, DJ Khaled, Tiggs Da Author, Fekky and Sean Paul.
Last year, Steff went from strength-to-strength to cement her reputation as London’s most formidable young talent. From winning Best Female at the MOBO Awards to Best Newcomer at this year’s NME Awards, the East London star continued to defy expectations, managing to release both the gritty Skepta-featured track “Ding-A-Ling” as well as the anthemic dancehall of the Top 10 single “Hurtin’ Me”. Less than six months later and Steff has world domination firmly in her sights; releasing and featuring on several incredible singles including “Senseless” and “Cigarette feat. Raye & Mabel”, covering both ES Magazine and the last ever issue of NME, going platinum on “Hurtin’ Me” (1.5M+ singles sold) and making her US TV debut on James Corden‘s “The Late Show”. Her stats continue to impress with a monstrous 320M+ worldwide streams to date and 200m+ worldwide video views. With incredible performances at BBC Radio 1‘s Biggest Weekend and Capital’s Summertime Ball under her belt and recent collaborations with the likes of Drake, Quavo, Big Sean, Halsey, Raye, MC Fioti, Niska and Calvin Harris, there seems to be nothing that can stop Stefflon Don taking over the planet.
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“LIT” – Drei Ros, Sy Ari Da Kid, Reo Gragun & Tray Haggerty:
Romanian born music artist Drei Ros has spent years spicing up tracks for artists such as Pusha T, Gucci Mane and Kap G. Today, he added to his already impressive collection of hit collaborations with his latest single “LIT” featuring Sy Ari Da Kid, Reo Cragun and Tray Haggerty.
Drei was additionally recently featured on the Latina trap track “Bomberos” alongside Latino/Urbano duo Los Rakas and produced by DJ duo Breakfast N Vegas. The successful single was featured on Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday Latin’ and ‘Beast Mode’ playlists. Both new singles come in anticipation of Drei’s forthcoming debut album “Excuse My Accent,” produced by by 808 Mafia (who produced tracks for Future, Drake, Migos, Travis Scott, DJ Khaled, etc.). The album, which shows a never-before-heard side of Drei as an artist, is set to release October 2018.
Drei has endured grand success in a short amount of time, leading up to the creation of his debut album. He officially began his career in 2009, teaming up with artists Burre Collins and Dyce Dylli to form the band B.O.S.S. (“building our success story”). His infectious Romanian accent added intrigue to his English raps, and brought quick success to several B.O.S.S. singles – ultimately leading to the curation of the band’s album and a tour of the Pacific Northwest.
Still new to the music industry and experimenting with his sound, Drei teamed up with more artists of different backgrounds to dabble with adding his own creative style to a multitude of genres. He’s since paired up with the likes of Jamaican Reggae legend Junior Reid, Alex Mica, Evelyn, Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Pusha T, Krisha, etc. In 2016, Drei’s music video went viral for “Shake Dat Monkey” featuring JBo of the Youngbloodz (and Messiah on the Latin remix), garnering 3.3M+ YouTube views. Continuing his history of successful collabs in 2017, Drei released the singles “Ordinary Day” featuring Pack The Arcade and “I Need You” featuring Marvelus Fame and Bel. At the beginning of 2018, Drei teamed up with J Romero and Kap G to create “Loco” with an accompanying music video, which has already garnered 1.2M+ views on YouTube alone.
Now, Drei is out to show the world his own sound by releasing an album of his original tracks with “Excuse My Accent.” The trap album mixes English and Spanish languages, giving it the edge of an international appeal. With his Romanian roots and the lessons from his many collaborations molded into the foundation of the artist he has become, Drei’s album will have hints of his past creations – but overall be a never-before-heard music brand for fans that fully embodies this musical mastermind of ‘Drei Ros’ as an artist.
[Los Angeles, CA, June 23] Friday, June 24, Culture Creators gathered black culture’s most impactful and inspiring voices under one roof for the third annual Innovators & Leaders Awards Brunch. This year, the event took over The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and received the support of sponsors such as Remy Martin, The Mane Choice, Morgan Stanley, and Beats by Dre.
300+ guests witnessed the honorees receive their respective awards and share stories, memories, and gratitude. Bringing the house to its feet in a roar of applause, Sylvia Rhone garnered the Culture Creators Icon Award.
Other recipients included Jemele Hill, who received the Defiance Award, Kenya Barris, Jana Fleishman, Tunji Balogun, Shawn Gee, and more. Celebrity guests included Will.i.am, DJ Khaled, Tank, Andre Harrell, Miles Brown, Essence Atkins, Luke James, Waka Flocka, and more. Once again, Culture Creators magnified the resonance of Black Culture’s Innovators & Leaders and kicked off BET weekend in uplifting fashion.
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LIST OF HONOREES
Honorees: Sylvia Rhone | President, Epic Records // Jemele Hill | Chief Correspondent & Sr. Columnist, The Undefeated ESPN // Lauren Wesley Wilson | President ColorComm, Inc. // Fatima Robinson | Choreographer & Director // Brea Stinson | Owner & Fashion Designer, STINSON HAUS // Jason Bolden | Co-Founder, JSN Studio/ / Charles D. King | Founder & CEO, MACRO // Kenya Barris | Writer & Producer, Creator of “Black-ish” // Rashaun Williams | General Partner, MVP All-Star Fund // Shawn Gee | President, Live Nation Urban // Tunji Balogun | Co-Founder, Keep Cool/EVP, A&R RCA Records // Jana Fleishman | EVP Media & Strategic Development, Roc Nation // Kristi Henderson | Co-Founder, WEEN // Carlos Fleming | Partner & Head of Sports Talent Marketing, WME // Rodney Williams | CEO & Co-Founder, LISNR
ABOUT CULTURE CREATORS
Culture Creators (CC) is an organization made up of the key figures from music, technology, film, television, fashion, and much more. Culture Creators always aims to celebrate the accomplishments of minorities in various industries and how African American culture continues to thrive and impact popular culture. As part of its programming for the 2016 GRAMMY weekend, Culture Creators hosted a soiree that attracted the likes of Diplo, Chris Rock, Skrillex, Lorde, Fatima Robinson, Cory Gamble, SZA, KeKe Palmer, and many more important Hollywood trendsetters and pioneers. Culture Creators also partnered with Howard University to provide executive leadership and recruitment to aid in the diversity and inclusion recruitment of students for mass merchant retailers, advertising agencies and athletic apparel companies.
Boohoo MAN presents Illumanate Festival
WHO: boohoo MAN
WHAT: UK retailer, Boohoo Man presents the Illumanate Festival hosted by DJ Khaled with a special performance by Rich The Kid
WHERE: At The P 832 N. Cole Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
WHEN: Monday, June 11, 2018
8PM – 11PM
WHY: The festival themed party featured an A-List special performance from Rich the Kid hosted by DJ Khaled and carnival activations throughout the space including childhood favorite carnival games, a ferris wheel, games, balloons and custom stations.
NOTABLES: DJ Khaled, Rich The Kid, Saweetie, Brittany Furlan, Elisa Johnson, Mack Wilds, Shaun Ross, Nick Joseph & Dan Rue, Terrence J, French Montana, King Bach, Steph Lecor , Brittany Sky, Jazz Anderson, Lyric, Christina Milian, Myles O’Neal, ETC.
Ultimate Luxury on Wheels
By Shin Takei
We all know that Rolls-Royce has been defining the pinnacle of luxurious automobiles since 1904. But the comfort level of the first cars were, well, not even close to what it is today, rather a rough outing. The Phantom in its eighth iteration started in 1925 as a replacement for the Silver Ghost and since then has been the top model for Rolls-Royce, hence bearing the duty of being coined the phrase Best Car in the World.
The styling of the Phantom is an evolution of the series, carefully incorporating the DNA of the past into the elegant updated shape. For the first time, the signature grill is gently curved at the top and twin chrome strips run back to the A-pillars and surrounds the windshield. The rear end has been lightened up and a chrome C-pillar garnish defines the passenger compartment. The overall feeling is that it is magnificent and cannot be anything but a Rolls-Royce. We have written before about Bespoke and explained how the owner “tailors” the car to his exact preference and taste. Hence a Phantom is a personal statement of the owner and the owner is the most important aspect of the car because he/she alone determines how his or her Phantom gets built.
The all new twin turbo V12 produces 563bhp @ 5,000rpm with 664 lb ft of torque @ 1,700rpm, more than adequate to propel the 5754lbs car from 0-60mph in 5.2 seconds. The ZF 8-speed automatic transmission is silky smooth and shifts are hardly noticeable. The new Architecture of Luxury incorporates an aluminum space frame that will be shared by all new vehicles hereafter including the Cullinan SUV coming later this year. With 4-wheel steering, Electronic Roll Control. GPS and optically monitored air suspension system reading what’s coming on the road ahead, the Phantom just glides through uneven pavement.
The new interior is something to behold. The Gallery is a glass panel that spans the entire dashboard and can display various art work or designs by commissioned artists. The instruments are displayed in front of the driver who sits holding a large diameter steering wheel that is retro in design. In fact the wood paneling, various knobs and rotary switches that operate vents, a/c and the infotainment system are elegant compared to touch panel controls. Every surface is covered in wood or leather and the aroma inside the cabin is heavenly. Enter the Phantom Suite which is now the name of the rear compartment for the Extended Wheelbase model which adds 8.6 inches to the wheelbase. The Suite is a Zen like sanctuary where it is quiet, serene and isolated thanks to 287 lbs of sound insulation making it 10% more quieter than Phantom VII. Here you can relax to multi-adjustable massage seats, gaze at the Starlight Headliner, watch the screens for movies or connect to the internet. Then open the refrigerated compartment, enjoy your chilled Champagne and drink it in the RR crystal glasses with your initials on them. If its congested outside and you’re about to miss a concert at the Met or Disney Hall, just crank up the Rolls Royce Bespoke Audio with 1300 WATTS of power and you won’t miss a thing
Peninsula Hotels, one of the must luxurious hotels in the world have been a partner with Rolls Royce by offering their guests pick up service in a Phantom. Some of the suites come with the use of a chauffeured Phantom when they stay there. Like pairing a fine wine to an exquisite dinner, the Peninsula and a Phantom are well suited for each other.
The 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom VIII is reserved for the top 1% and is a personal statement of the owner. It doesn’t come with autonomous driving feature because the ultimate auto pilot is your chauffeur. Please make mine with the Lalique crystal Spirit of Ecstasy.
For more information, please visit www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com
GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter and producer Poo Bear unites some of the hottest names in pop, hip-hop, Latin, R&B, and electronic music for his upcoming full-length debut, Poo Bear Presents Bearthday Music arriving in stores and online Friday April 27, 2018 via Capitol Music Group. This special bilingual collaborative album properly ushers the preeminent writer and enigmatic presence into the spotlight for the first time. POO BEAR PRESENTS BEARTHDAY MUSIC is available for pre-order HERE. Fans who pre-order the album will instantly receive Hard 2 Face Reality
An inimitable curator of unparalleled influence, Poo Bear assembled an event-size cast of guests for what will be the first in a series of Poo Bear Presents releases, happening annually like a birthday. To celebrate the announcement, he serves up the new single ‘Hard 2 Face Reality’ feat. Justin Bieber & Jay Electronica. A blockbuster collaboration, the track showcases the energy and ambition that define Bearthday Music. It also follows up the previously released ‘All We Can Do’ feat. Juanes and ‘Will I See’ feat. Anitta, which has racked up 16.1 million Spotify streams to date. Other cameos include longtime friends and frequent collaborators Jennifer Lopez, Skrillex, Zara Larsson, Ty Dolla $ign, and more. Check out the full tracklisting below.
The record represents an important milestone for Poo Bear. It’s a moment for him to share his artistry and Passion projects among friends as he delivers a unique platform for mega-stars to unleash music off-cycle and a venue to showcase buzzing talent. It’s unlike anything else he’s done or that anybody else has done for that matter.
Emerging in 2001, the four-time GRAMMYAward-winning songwriter and producer began collaborating with the likes of Jill Scott before co-writing “Caught Up”, Usher’s RIAA diamond-certified classic Confessions in 2004. Along the way, everyone from Big Boi, Lupe Fiasco, Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, and Mariah Carey sought out his pen, prose, and perspective. Introduced to Justin Bieber in 2013, he became a collaborator to the pop icon on Journals, Purpose, co-writing “Where Are Now,” “What Do You Mean?,” “PYD,” “Hold Tight”, “All That Matters”, and more.
Regularly on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2017, Bear’s nimble curiosity and hyper creativity would define a string of genre-busting smashes, including David Guetta’s “2U,” DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One” [feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, & Lil Wayne], Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” (Remix) [feat. Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber] (for which he received a Song of the Year; nom at the GRAMMYS and Songwriter of the Year nom at the Billboard Latin Music Awards), Latin Grammy Award Winning album “Energia” by J Balvin and more. Simultaneously, he dropped his first solo single “Will I See You” [feat. Anitta] and generated over 10 million Spotify streams and 32 million YouTube/VEVO views.
Poo Bear Presents: Bearthday Music Tracklisting
1. Hard 2 Face Reality (ft. Justin Bieber and Jay Electronica)
2. Put Your Lovin Where Your Mouth Is (ft. Jennifer Lopez)
3. Perdido (ft. J Balvin)
4. Will I See You (ft. Anitta)
5. All We Can Do (Poo Bear and Juanes)
6. Shade (ft. Elvana)
7. Inevitable (ft. Sasha Sirota)
8. Either (ft. Zara Larsson)
9. From Here (ft. Nikki Vianna and LAZR)
10. That Shit Go (ft. Ty Dolla $ign)
11. Moves (ft. Nechie)
12. Vegas (ft. LAZR)
13. On My Kids (ft. RaRa)
14. Blessing And A Curse (ft. Ashley Joi)
15. Early or Late
BACARDÍ and Swizz Beatz Shut Down Wynwood with All-Star Performance Line-Up featuring Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz and Surprise Guests A$AP Rocky, DJ Khaled and Busta Rhymes
NO COMMISSION: Miami Brings Out A-List Crowd for an Epic Closing Night: Issa Rae, Alicia Keys, Rosario Dawson, Broderick Hunter, Rotimi and Sarunas J. Jackson
What: BACARDÍ, Swizz Beatz and The Dean Collection brought the house down with an epic finale showcase, bringing out A-Listers and surprise performances on the last day of NO COMMISSION: Miami.
In front of 3,000 guests – shutting down the block around Soho Studios – 2 Chainz opened and got the crowed hyped for headliner Lil Wayne, who performed a full 45-minutes, including crowd favorites, “Lollipop,” “I’m the One,” and “A Milli.” Swizz Beatz took the stage at midnight, bringing out surprise guests A$AP Rocky, birthday boy DJ Khaled and Busta Rhymes.
When surprise performer DJ Khaled took the stage, he switched his phone to selfie mode to capture Swizz Beatz and the wild crowd wishing him a “Happy Birthday.” Swizz Beatz and Busta Rhymes gave a heartfelt toast to BACARDÍ for supporting emerging artists and championing creative visionaries.
Backstage, Swizz Beatz brought out Hollywood’s elite, including wife and Grammy Award winning artist Alicia Keys, Insecure lead actress Issa Rae, critically acclaimed actress Rosario Dawson, Power actor Rotimi and Issa Rae’s Insecure co-stars Broderick Hunter and Sarunas J. Jackson.
NO COMMISSION: Miami was a three-day (December 7-9, 2017) art, music and cocktail experience hosted at Soho Studios in Wynwood. NO COMMISSION is a roving experiential platform, by BACARDÍ and The Dean Collection, that forges a direct link between art and art patronage – all artists are given their exhibition space for free and 100% of the sale of each artwork goes directly to the artists.
Where: Soho Studios
2136 NW 1ST Ave.
Miami, FL 33127
When: Saturday, December 9
12:00 – 5:00 PM – General Admission
7:00 PM – 12:00 AM – Invite Only
Who: Performances by: Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz and Surprise Guests A$AP Rocky, DJ Khaled and Busta Rhymes; DJ Runna, Silent Addy and Eli Fola
Appearances by: Issa Rae, Alicia Keys, Rosario Dawson, Broderick Hunter, Rotimi and Sarunas J. Jackson
Artists: No Commission: Miami hosted more than 30 pieces of artwork – ranging from $50.00 to $30,000. A full list of artists can be found below.