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Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman was chosen as an alternate for the Pro Bowl, which he’s not happy about. When asked about the choice, Norman told the Washington Post, “I’ve been snubbed all year, why the Pro Bowl any different? Those guys gotta get in on it, too.”
Norman added that the Pro Bowl doesn’t really matter to him, as he explained that his teammates mean more. He revealed, “My teammates come out there, I put 110-percent max effort into those guys, show them how valuable to them. That’s all that matters,” Norman said. “I think everything else is for those guys that think of themselves as that. Big ups. But at the same time, I don’t see it like that. I’m not going to put myself in a category. I’ve never been there, so why is it going to surprise me by not going?”
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You Gots To Chill
Lloyd Banks just welcomed a daughter into the world this week. Staying on his grind, Banks dumps off the fifth installment of his ‘Blue Friday’ series. Congrats!
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Ridin’ With The Real
Despite a rough year, Troy Ave gets into the holiday spirit with the fourth installment of his White Christmas series. Stream and download below.
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King Louie is back on his mixtape grind with the follow-up to his T.O.N.Y. Check out the project latest visual above and stream and download below.
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Queen Bey sits on the throne once again, topping Rap-Up’s Readers’ Choice list for Best Tours of 2016.
Beyoncé’s “Formation World Tour,” which also led the Editors’ Choice list in this category, was a fan favorite for several reasons. It followed the revealing and emotionally captivating LEMONADE LP, but it also provided a spectacular stage show to match the album’s dynamic spirit. As one reader put it, “‘Formation World Tour’ was epic no matter where you were sitting. Definitely an experience.”
Drake and Future’s “Summer Sixteen Tour” also received plenty of votes, arriving at No. 2. With illuminated spheres, Future’s pyrotechnics, and Drizzy’s flying mechanisms, it was certainly one of the year’s biggest tickets and one of its biggest crowd pleasers.
Following “Summer Sixteen” is Kanye West’s controversial but stunning “Saint Pablo Tour.” Though it ended with an abrupt cancelation well before its second leg, Yeezy still managed to dazzle fans with an innovative approach to stage design that had him performing on an elevated platform. The mosh pits and the eye-popping light beams that emanated from the stage helped make this one of 2016’s must-see shows.
Coming in at No. 4 is Rihanna’s “ANTI World Tour,” which also featured a compelling stage design, complete with a flying bridge. The run boasted special appearances from Drake and a fashion-forward, hit-making extravaganza from Bad Gal RiRi.
Rounding out the top 5 is ScHoolboy Q’s “Blank Face Tour.” The worldwide jaunt brought the Top Dawg MC’s critically-acclaimed Blank Face LP to life with street-wise bangers, deep cuts for loyalists, and plenty of energy from the Groovy one himself.
See the top 10 tours of 2016 as voted by you below.
Readers’ Choice: Best Tours of 2016
1. Beyoncé – “Formation World Tour”
2. Drake & Future – “Summer Sixteen Tour”
3. Kanye West – “Saint Pablo Tour”
4. Rihanna – “ANTI World Tour”
5. ScHoolboy Q – “Blank Face Tour”
6. G-Eazy & Logic – “The Endless Summer Tour”
7. Justin Bieber – “Purpose World Tour”
8. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa – “The High Road Tour”
9. Adele – “Adele Live 2016”
10. Young Thug & 21 Savage – “HiHORSE’D TOUR”
Dom Kennedy reps the City of Angels on his latest album, Los Angeles Is Not For Sale Vol. 1.
With 15 laid-back Left Coast anthems, DK provides a soundtrack for his hometown and his home state. “California is for gangsters,” raps Kennedy on “California.” “Y’all out of town ni**as just don’t understand / We don’t got the same mindset or the same plans.”
Featuring appearances by Troy Nōka, Niko G4, Ricky Hill, and P-Lo, the project drops just weeks after Dom’s Half-a-Mil EP, which he released in conjunction with Hit-Boy.
This ode to the City of L.A. makes sense for Dom, who’s often shared his love for the city. “I was just a regular kid in L.A.,” he told Hot 97 last year. “I loved rap because I grew up in the times of–I’m a black kid in America. Wasn’t nothing special. Everybody could rap a little bit. So, at that time, if you would’ve came around and you said you was a rapper, I would’ve had something better than you. But that wouldn’t mean I was a rapper. I never considered myself a rapper…I started making music cause I didn’t like no music that was out. I didn’t hear no L.A. music. So, I put L.A. in the music industry.”
Head to L.A. with Dom Kennedy below.
Mariah Carey makes it an “Unsilent Night” once again.
As snow falls delicately around her and a choir, Carey sings the holiday classic with her trademark vocals providing holiday cheer and serenity. Blending powerful notes with soothing ones, she stands in front of a piano wearing a stunning, sparkly white gown.
Performing in a North Pole setting, beautifully-lit Christmas trees are lined behind her, giving this visual an added glow. “The holiday season allows us a moment for reflection,” reads a note that accompanies the video on her site. “It’s a time to gather our thoughts, center our focus, express our gratitude and ponder the possibilities of the new year.”
Mariah released a version of “Silent Night” as part of her classic 1994 holiday album Merry Christmas, which also featured “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” The “Silent Night” video drops a day after “Here Comes Santa Clause (Right Down Santa Claus Lane).”
Get in the holiday spirit with another festive performance from Mimi.