J. Cole Announces Dreamville Festival Lineup

J. Cole has announced the star-studded lineup for his inaugural Dreamville Festival.

In addition to a headlining performance from Cole, the bill boasts performances from Big Sean, SZA, Young Thug, Nelly, Rich the Kid, Teyana Taylor, Rapsody, and Davido. Dreamville artists will also be in the house including Bas, Cozz, EarthGang, Ari Lennox, and J.I.D.

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The first-ever Dreamville Festival will take place Sept. 15 at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, North Carolina. GA and VIP ticket packages are on sale now.

Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy and Dreamville Foundation. Founded in 2011 by J. Cole, the Dreamville Foundation is a non-profit organization created to help the youth of Fayetteville, North Carolina succeed through various programs and events.

Cole is currently on his “KOD Tour” with Young Thug and Jaden Smith, which runs through Oct. 10 in Boston.

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Dreamville Festival Lineup

Dream Team

J.Cole and Dreamville Records are ready to begin a new yearly ritual. Today, they have announced their first annual Dreamville Festival. The event takes place on September 15 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Performances on the bill include J.Cole, SZA, Big Sean, Young Thug, Nelly, Rich The Kid, Teyana Taylor, Davido, Bas, J.I.D, Rapsody, Cozz, Saba, EarthGang, Ari Lennox, Omen, YBN Cordae, Lute and King Mez. Purchase tickets here.

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Nicki Minaj Dishes on ‘New Boy’ on ‘Ellen’

Does Nicki Minaj have a new man in her life? The Queen opened up about her love life during her appearance on the season premiere of “Ellen.”

She started off by addressing her previous relationships with Nas and Meek Mill. “I was in a relationship with Meek for a while, and it was a very toxic something, but we had some good times and we ended that,” she said, adding that she’s never been in a relationship with Drake.

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Then Ellen asked her about “new boy.” “There’s a new boy, but he and I have kinda fell back a little bit,” she said before laughing. “And then there’s like a newer [boy].”

Nicki described the relationship as “fairly new,” adding, “He’s been around for a couple weeks now.”

But she’s not committed to any relationship. “I don’t have a boy. I’m just chilling. I’ve always been in a relationship my whole life. I was in a relationship since I was 15 years old. It’s the first time that I’m single and I’m happier, I’m more free,” she said. “My whole adult life, I used to feel like I had to have a man and I want every woman out here to know, you absolutely don’t.”

Ellen responded with some comedic banter. “Amen sister. I want women to know also, you don’t need a man.”

The full interview will air during Ellen’s Season 16 premiere on Tuesday (Sept. 4).

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Ariana Grande Pays Tribute to Aretha Franklin at Funeral

R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Aretha Franklin’s life was celebrated during a star-studded ceremony in Detroit on Friday (Aug. 31).

Family members, friends, and even former presidents turned out to honor the Queen of Soul during the live-streamed, all-day funeral at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple that featured musical tributes from Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Faith Hill, and Ariana Grande.

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Dressed in a black mini-skirt, the Sweetener star belted out Franklin’s 1967 classic “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” as former President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and even Grande’s ex Big Sean looked on.

Following the performance, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III admitted that he wasn’t previously familiar with Ariana. “I’ve got to apologize because I have to brush up. My 28-year-old daughter tells me, ‘Dad! You are old at 60,’” he said as Ariana stood alongside him. “When I saw Ariana Grande on the program, I thought that was a new something at Taco Bell.”

Former President Bill Clinton also praised the Queen of Soul. “We started out, not as a president, a first lady, a senator, a secretary of state. We started out as, like, Aretha groupies or something,” he told the crowd.

Aretha Franklin died on Aug. 16 at her home in Detroit. She was 76.

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Video: Future – ‘WiFi Lit’

Future unlocks the racy video for “WiFi Lit” off his Beast Mode 2 mixtape.

Directed by Spike Jordan, the ’80s-themed clip centers around a porn production in the Valley. A young lady arrives at the house to meet Future, who plays the director. She is given a tour of the house, filled with scantily-clad women and drugs. She eventually finds Future as he’s shooting a racy film with two girls in the bedroom. In the room next door, there’s more steamy girl-on-girl action taking place. The shoot continues in the kitchen, where one girl goes down on another one while Future oversees the shot.

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“WiFi Lit” is a single off Future and Zaytoven’s joint project Beast Mode 2, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in July.

After nixing the North American dates, Future will join Nicki Minaj for the European leg of their “NickiHndrxx Tour,” starting in February.

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Tyga Takes Credit for Kylie Jenner’s Success

Tyga is putting his ex on blast.

During the latest episode of Queen Radio on Thursday (Aug. 30), Nicki Minaj grilled the “Taste” rapper about Kylie Jenner and his influence on her.

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When asked if he misses the billion-dollar beauty mogul, he replied, “Nah, I’m good luv, enjoy!”

Nicki also asked if he helped put Kylie on the map, to which he responded “big fact, no cap” adding that “everybody know that” and “that’s public.”

“She always had a platform, and she was always destined to be where she was gonna be, regardless,” he said. “But, when I stepped in, and there was a lot of codes being taught, it was like, ‘You could do this. You should start this. You should start doing your hair like this, or you should do this. You should adapt because you need black people to f**k with you cause you need culture. If you ain’t got black people behind you, you ain’t got nothing–ain’t nobody gon’ listen. You can’t influence nobody.’ So I had a lot to do with all that.”

He also suggested that he came up with the colors and names for her lip line. “It was a lot of stuff, but, it’s like, I’m not that bitter type of person because God is gon’ pay me back. The universe is gon’ pay me back. And people are seeing what’s happening now,” he said.

But he doesn’t hold any resentment. “I’m not a bitter person. That’s like, if we break up, we break up,” he said. “We had a good time and we kept moving. You know, we went our separate ways, and we both are doing good, you know what I’m sayin’?”

Kylie has moved on to Travis Scott and they share daughter Stormi together. But Tyga has no issues with the Astroworld rapper. “We ain’t got no beef. It’s his time right now. You gotta let it ride. I ain’t got no beef with him.”

Tyga and Kylie started dating in 2014 before eventually splitting in 2016. Kylie started dating Travis in 2017.

Source: www.rap-up.com

Aretha Franklin’s Funeral: ‘A Celebration Fit for the Queen’

By Joanne Rosa

The public said their final farewell to Aretha Franklin today in a nearly six-hour funeral service. Aretha died at age 76 earlier this month after battling pancreatic cancer.

Leading up to the final service, pubic visitation was held on Tuesday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History. Additional visitation was held on Thursday, August 30 at the New Bethel Baptist Church where Aretha recorded her first album, as well as a tribute concert at Chene Park.

Aretha Franklin’s last ride was in a stylish, historic, and meaningful 1940 Cadillac LaSalle. The ivory hearse with chrome detail is the same one that carried Rosa Parks to her final place of rest in 2005, and Aretha’s father Rev. C.L. Franklin in 1984.

“Aretha Franklin rocked the world of anyone who had the pleasure of hearing her voice.”
-Barack Obama

The Queen of Soul’s funeral was filled with friends and family at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple, as well as a fair share of celebrities. Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, The Clark Sisters, Chaka Khan, Fantasia Barrino-Taylor, Jennifer Hudson, and Stevie Wonder all performed musical tributes. Whoopi Goldberg, Tyler Perry, Gladys Knight, Pete Davidson, Omarosa, Jennifer Lewis, Big Sean, Bevy Smith, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Bevy Smith, and Jennifer Holiday were also seen paying their respects. Rev. Al Sharpton read a letter from former President Barack Obama, who was honored by Aretha through song during his inauguration.

“Dear friends and family of Aretha, Michelle and I extend our heartfelt sympathies to all of those who gathered in Detroit, and we join you in remembering and celebrating the life of the queen of soul.

From a young age, Aretha Franklin rocked the world of anyone who had the pleasure of hearing her voice, whether bringing people together through thrilling intersections of genres or advancing important causes through the power of song, Aretha’s work reflected the very best of the American story. In all of its hope and heart, its boldness and its unmistakable beauty. In the example she set both as an artist and a citizen, Aretha embodied those most revered virtues of forgiveness and reconciliation. While the music she made captured some of our deepest human desires, namely affection and respect, and through her voice, her own voice, Aretha lifted those of millions, empowering and inspiring the vulnerable, the downtrodden, and everyone who may have just needed a little love. Aretha truly was one of a kind, and as you pay tribute, know we’ll be saying a little prayer for you and we’ll be thinking of all of Aretha’s loved ones in the days and weeks to come.”

TOPSHOT - The casket of Aretha Franklin arrives at the Greater Grace Temple in advance of her funeral on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Former US President Bill Clinton takes a picture with singer Ariana Grande and her fiancee Pete Davidson at Aretha Franklin's funeral at Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Greater Grace Temple First Lady Crisette M. Ellis and former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attend Aretha Franklin's funeral at Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners attend Aretha Franklin's funeral at Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Faith Hill performs, Greater Grace Temple First Lady Crisette M. Ellis (C) and former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (R) listen, during Aretha Franklin's funeral at Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 31: Rev. Al Sharpton speaks at the funeral for Aretha Franklin at the Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Franklin died at the age of 76 at her home in Detroit on August 16.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Motown artist Smokey Robinson (C) arrives for Aretha Franklin's funeral at the Greater Grace Temple in on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Singer Chaka Khan arrives for Aretha Franklin's funeral at the Greater Grace Temple in on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Jenifer Jeanette Lewis arrives for Aretha Franklin's funeral at the Greater Grace Temple in on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Ariana Grande performs during Aretha Franklin's funeral at Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Jennifer Holiday arrives for Aretha Franklin's funeral at the Greater Grace Temple in on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
The Clark Sisters perform during Aretha Franklin's funeral at Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)

The polished bronze open casket was positioned in the center of the church with Aretha’s body dressed in gold from head to toe and red bottom shoes. The casket, made by Batesville Casket Company in Indiana, is the same model casket Michael Jackson’s laid to rest in. It was fitting to have the words “A Celebration Fit for the Queen” projected onto the wall.

In honor of Aretha’s legacy, mayor of Detroit Mike Duggan announced that Chene Park will be renamed: Aretha Franklin Park. He met with members of Detroit City Council who were in full support. A proposal will be sent to them on Tuesday.

Detroit and the world will miss the Queen of Soul, but we will love her forever.

Source: Wendy

Tuesday, September 4

R&B group En Vogue tell us about their new album, Electric Café. Then they hit the “Wendy” stage to perform a medley of their hits and new song, “Rocket”.

Plus, Wendy weighs in on the latest Hot Topics.

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