Shot in the actual apartment where Jay grew up in the 1970’s, the poignant mini-movie for the song from his 4:44 album tells the true story of his mother, Gloria Carter, raising four children in the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, New York.
In the lyrics, Jay reveals, “Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian…Society shame and the pain was too much to take."
In the video, we see actress Dominique Fishback portraying Gloria, who's shown crying as her female lover leaves their apartment; Jay then comes to comfort her.
The end of the video cuts to his mother in the present day reciting a poem she wrote based on her experience coming out as gay. She says, “Living two lives, happy, but not free. You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or the person you love…Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed. Smile.”
At first, Gloria told her son not to reveal her sexual orientation, but she eventually agreed he should release the song.
Kai Z. FengWith a little “work” and a little “magic,” Bruno Mars and Rihanna have both reached a major YouTube milestone this week.
Bruno’s video for “24K Magic” and Rihanna’s video for “Work” featuring Drake have both crossed one billion views. The "24K Magic" video debuted on October 6, 2016, while "Work" hit YouTube on February 22, 2016.
Bruno is now tied with Colombian singer Maluma for the second most videos in the Billion Views Clubs. Among his other billion-view clips: "Just the Way You Are" and "That's What I Like." Justin Bieber still holds the record for the most videos with a billion views, though.
With “Work,” Rihanna is now tied with Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj for women with the most videos with a billion views. They each have four.
YouTube OriginalsThe story of how Warren G created his signature G Funk sound in the 1990s is being told in a new documentary also featuring Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, Ice Cube, Ice T, and Wiz Khalifa.
Too Short, Nate Dogg, and The D.O.C. also appear in G FUNK, which will debut July 11 on YouTube Premium.
“I really wanted people to experience the world of West Coast hip-hop seen through my eyes, and also how it helped inspire and evolve the current music of today,” Warren G says. "We all knew we were creating something dope but didn't realize it would have such a lasting effect on music indefinitely.”
Warren G, born Warren Griffin III, is one of the pioneers of West Coast hip-hop. He began his career in the trio 213, featuring Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg. His 1994 debut solo album, Regulate... G Funk Era,was certified triple platinum. The title tune, "Regulate" featuring Nate Dogg, was certified double platinum and also appeared on the soundtrack of the Tupac film, Above the Rim.
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicMary J. Bligeis reportedly now officially divorced.
Three months after the nine-time Grammy-winner reached a settlement in her divorce from Kendu Issacs, the agreement became legal Wednesday, The Blast reports.
A Los Angeles judge approved the divorce settlement. Terms were not revealed.
Blige and Issacs were married in 2003 and she filed for divorce in 2016, citing “irreconcilable differences.” As previously reported, in October 2017, Blige was ordered by a judge to continue paying Isaacs $30,000 a month in spousal support, after his request for an increase to $65,000 a month was dismissed. Isaacs originally demanded $130,000 a month.
Blige said in court documents that paying Isaacs' spousal support would be unfair and unreasonable. She claimed that she doesn't own her music catalog, owes $25 million from advances, and accrued another $12 million in debt while married to Isaacs.
Blige also claimed that during their marriage, Issacs spent more than $420,000 on “travel charges” involving a woman he was having an affair with, according to People.com.
The network announced Thursday that the 60-year-old singer will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award Sunday night at the BET Awards. Baker announced earlier this year she's retiring and is continuing her retirement concert tour this summer.
Baker launched her solo career in 1983 with The Songstress album. Three year later, she hit number one with her five-times platinum album, Rapture, featuring the hit "Sweet Love." Baker's other hits include "Giving You the Best That I Got" and "Just Because." Along the way, she's won eight Grammys and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
As previously reported, Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monae, Migos, H.E.R. and Ella Mai will perform during the BET Awards, which will be hosted by Jamie Foxx. This will be Foxx's second time hosting the event; his first was in 2009.
DJ Khaled tops the list of nominees this year with six nominations, including one for Video of the Year and two for Best Collaboration: one with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, for "Wild Thoughts," and the other with JAY-Z, Future and Beyoncé, for "Top Off."
Kendrick Lamar follows with five nominations, while Migos and SZA have four each.
The 2018 BET Awards air live Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Maury Phillips/WireImageAshanti, Mia X, and V. Bozeman from Empire are the latest artists added to the lineup of the Essence Festival. The ladies will perform individually with Doug E. Fresh at the Superdome in New Orleans.
Mia X will join the rapper on the festival opening night, July 6, Bozeman will perform with him on July 7, and Ashanti will share the stage with the legendary beatboxer on the closing night, July 8.
The festival opens on July 6 with Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, Miguel, and Ledisi also performing on the main stage.
Queen Latifah is bringing her “Ladies First” show to the festival on July 7 featuring Missy Elliott,Remy Ma, MC Lyte and Nikki D. They join a Saturday lineup which includes Mary J. Blige and Xscape.
The three-day event closes July 8 with performances from Janet Jackson, Fantasia, and Teddy Riley with SWV, Blackstreet, and Guy.
ABC/Rick RowellAfter receiving two Oscar nominations for Mudbound -- one for music and the other for her acting -- Mary J. Blige is now set to land her first headlining role, as a police officer in the horror thriller Body Cam, Variety reports.
The movie is described as a story about several Los Angeles police officers who are haunted by an evil spirit after a black youth is murdered by two white cops. After the incident was recorded by a body cam but the video destroyed, Blige’s character sees visions and investigates the cover-up.
Body Cam is described as a blend of Jordan Peele’s Academy Award-winning Get Out, and the 2012 police drama, End of Watch.
In addition to Body Cam, Blige has also joined the cast of the Netlfix superhero series, Umbrella Academy.
Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images; inset image of Dedrick Devonshay Williams courtesy Broward Sheriff's OfficePolice have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of rapper XXXTentacion, ABC News has confirmed.
The suspect, Dedrick Williams, 22, was arrested Wednesday in Deerfield Beach, FL and charged with first-degree murder and grand theft auto.
XXX Tentacion, born Jasheh Onfroy, was leaving RIVA Motorsports in Deerfield Beach Monday when he was shot and killed. The gunman and an accomplice fled in a black Dodge Journey.
Since X's death, streams of his music have gone through the roof. Variety reports he broke the single-day global streaming record on Spotify with 10.4 million streams of his song "Sad!" That record was previously held by Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do," which racked up 10.1 million streams in August of 2017.
Ironically, XXX Tentacion's music was earlier removed from Spotify playlists due to his legal issues, including abuse allegations against his then-pregnant girlfriend, Geneva Ayala. Spotify dropped the ban a few days later after public a outcry.
Meanwhile, Billboardreports Ayala has raised $10,000 since Monday via a GoFundMe page to pay for her medical expenses, which were necessary following the injuries she allegedly sustained when X attacked her in 2016. (GoFundMe page features graphic imagery.)
According to Billboard, Ayala initially set up the page 2016 but was blocked from receiving the funds after fans accused her of fraud. Her rights to the page were eventually restored and the total she's raised now tops $35,000. In addition, according to Billboard, Ayala can still legally pursue a civil case against Onfroy's estate should she choose to do so.
Michael Stewart/WireImage"I came to this country as an illegal immigrant @ 5 years old."
That's how Nicki Minaj begins a post in which she weighs in on the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their families.
Nicki, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago but moved when she was five to The Bronx, New York to live with her mother, writes on her Instagram: "I can’t imagine the horror of being in a strange place & having my parents stripped away from me at the age of 5. This is so scary to me."
Nicki goes on: "Please stop this. Can you try to imagine the terror & panic these kids feel right now? Not knowing if their parents are dead or alive, if they’ll ever see them again..." She ends her post with an American flag emoji.
In the face of widespread, escalating backlash, President Donald Trump on Wednesday afternoon signed an executive order he said would end his administration's policy of separating immigrant families from their children at the U.S. border.
ABC RadioYou would think becoming a music star would have made Khalid popular in high school, but he says his fame brought him nothing but trouble. In fact, when he was crowned Prom King, the Prom Queen refused to dance with him.
Khalid moved from New York City to El Paso, Texas, where he attended high school, but when his music became popular online and started to get him some music industry attention, his fellow students turned on him.
“I stole their joy” he tells Vogue. But, he points out, “I did it in a way I felt was deserving, because I’m a decent human being and not some super-evil kid who just came in and was like, ‘Whoop! Now it’s mine!’ ”
Khalid initially started writing and recording the songs that would become his debut album to cope with the loneliness he felt after he and his single mom, a sergeant in the military, moved to Texas. He recalls he decided to do it after he was injured in a car accident.
“I just sat in that hospital bed and I thought, damn, I need to do something to change the way my life is going,” he remembers. Khalid began writing songs as therapy, inspired by his mother who in addition to her military career is also a singer.
“My mom is extremely talented,” Khalid says. “I looked up to her and wanted to do what she was doing.”
Khalid's debut album American Teen earned him a slew of Grammy nominations and he's currently having success with movie soundtrack songs. In addition to his Love, Simon soundtrack collabo "Love Lies" with Normani, he’s also featured with Swae Lee on “The Ways” on the Black Panther soundtrack, and also “This Way” with H.E.R. for the new Superfly soundtrack.
Fabien Montique/Live NationPusha-T will be hitting the road this summer: He announced The Daytona Tour on Wednesday.
Named after his new Kanye West-produced album, the 21-city tour will feature two opening acts signed to Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music label: Valee and Sheck Wes.
The tour kicks off July 31 in Denver, Colorado, and will continue through August 31 in Santa, Ana, California.
Here are Pusha-T's Daytona Tour dates:
7/31 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks 8/2 -- Milwaukee, WI, Rave 8/3 -- St Louis, MO, The Pageant 8/4 -- Kansas City, MO, Midland 8/6 -- Detroit, MI, Saint Andrews Hall 8/7 -- Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live 8/8 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues Chicago 8/9 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s 8/10 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues Cleveland 8/12 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues Boston 8/15 -- Baltimore, MD, Soundstage 8/19 -- Norfolk, VA, Norva 8/20 -- Richmond, VA, National 8/22 -- North Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues Myrtle Beach 8/23 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore 8/25 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues Houston 8/27 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theatre 8/28 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues Dallas 8/30 -- Phoenix, AZ, Press Room 8/31 -- Santa Ana, CA, Observatory 9/1 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Belasco Theater 10/13 -- Oakland, CA, Middle Harbor Shoreline Park
Ruven Afanador for Rolling Stone(NOTE LANGUAGE)As President Donald Trump continues to receive heat for his immigration policies, Cardi B is slamming him for nearly causing “a crazy civil war between the blacks and the whites.”
"Every artist has explained how harmful he is," Cardi tells Rolling Stone in the July cover story. "He has made divisions in this country -- he almost made a crazy civil war between the blacks and the whites. He has proven himself to be a madman so many times, and proven himself to be disrespectful to women, and that still hasn't gotten him impeached."
Cardi appears on the Rolling Stone cover with her fiancée, Offset. She’s pregnant with his baby, and claps back at those who criticize her because he has children with three different women.
"People want to make fun of me, saying I'm the fourth baby mom,” she says. "I know I'm not having a baby with a sh***y-a** man."
For his part, Offset says how much her cares for his fiancée and how he’s proud of her accomplishments. “We really love each other,” he says. “She's real. I wanted real. I also wanted successful."
Cardi recalls that when she discovered she was pregnant, her team told her having a baby now would derail her success. "It was like, ‘You can't do this. This might f**k up your career.' "
Cardi ignored them and is looking forward to being a mother.
"I don't want to miss one second,” she says. “I don't want to miss no smiles, I don't want to miss no new movement. I don't want the baby to confuse me and the babysitter."
Fabien MontiquePusha-T faces several policemen with guns drawn in his video for “If You Know You Know," released Wednesday.
In the clip, Pusha is driving on a desert road when he’s suddenly pulled over by two cops. After the initial stop, more officers join them, and Pusha faces several guns and a vicious police dog. He emerges from his car, hands clasped behind his head, as police continue to point their guns.
“If You Know You Know” is the first official video from Pusha’s new Daytona project. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop album chart, and is currently number 15.
Image Group LA/ABCDJ Khaledand Drake have released several songs together, and it looks like they’re about to do it again.
Khaled teased a new collaboration with an Instagram collage of Drake photos with the caption “June 29” and a scorpion emoji, hinting that they hooked up for a song on Drake’s new album, Scorpion, which is being released June 29.
The duo previously worked together on three Khaled tracks: “To the Max” on Grateful, “For Free” on Major Key, and “Fed Up” on Victory.
Khaled also suggested Justin Bieber will be featured on his next album, Father of Asahd, coming out July 21. He posted a photo of them together with the caption, "Top secret alert but you already know ANOTHER ONE ! Executive producer for FATHER OF ASAHD."
They previously collaborated on the 2017 number one hit, "I'm the One," which also featured Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne.
Derek BlanksWith about a month before it premieres on VH1, K. Michelle is letting fans know she's officially done with the Love & Hip Hop franchise.
After the network released the first teaser for the upcoming Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood season, which references Michelle's botched butt implants, Teairra Mari's sex tape leak and Princess Love's pregnancy, Michelle responded to fans who asked her about her return.
"I’m not. I quit already," she tweeted. "They reach so much they loose [sic] the truth. I’m cool."
In the meanwhile, Michelle is currently promoting her video for her song "Crazy Like You," off her album Kimberly.
The fifth season of Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood returns Monday, July 23 at 8:00 PM ET on VH1.
Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty ImagesPolice had to disperse a rowdy crowd that gathered Tuesday night in Los Angeles to mourn XXXTentacion.
Nearly 1,000 people gathered in an impromptu memorial in the Fairfax area, according to the Los Angeles Times. Some people climbed on rooftops, while fireworks also were being set off and a mosh pit was formed. Los Angeles Police said the crowd blocked traffic in the area and didn't have a permit to gather.
Shortly after 9 p.m., officers wearing tactical gear formed a line along a crosswalk to disperse the crowd. By 10: 15 p.m., most of the crowd had left.
Born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, XXXTentacion was shot Monday afternoon at a motorcycle dealership in Deerfield Beach, Florida and died at 5:39 pm ET. He was 20 years old. As police search for suspects, his music sales have seen a dramatic spike, increasing by over 1,600 percent, Billboard reports.
XXXTentacion’s combined album and digital song sales jumped from 2,000 sold on June 17, to 33,000 on the day he died, June 18. His best-selling song was “Sad!,” which sold 6,000 units, compared to 1,000 on June 17.
The song is from XXXTentacion’s latest album, ?, which is expected to return to the Billboard top ten next week, has sold over 45,000 units this week, compared to 19,000 units the previous week.
Warwick Saint for EssenceThese days, Janet Jackson is happy, but in a letter written for Essence magazine, the 52-year-old icon writes that it's taken decades for her to find a sense of inner peace, and acknowledges there've been many struggles along the way.
In the revealing note, Jackson admits that her 30s were especially challenging as she battled depression. The struggle, she writes, "was intense."
"I could analyze the source of my depression forever. Low self-esteem might be rooted in childhood feelings of inferiority," she explaina. "It could relate to failing to meet impossibly high standards. And, of course, there are always the societal issues of racism and sexism. Put it all together and depression is a tenacious and scary condition. Thankfully, I found my way through it."
Now mother to one-year-old son Eissa, Janet writes that her greatest happiness comes from being a parent.
“Now the height of happiness is holding my baby son in my arms and hearing him coo, or when I look into his smiling eyes and watch him respond to my tenderness. When I kiss him. When I sing him softly to sleep," she writes. "During those sacred times, happiness is everywhere. Happiness is in gratitude to God."
The singer, who will headline the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans next month, writes that "hard work -- focused work, positive work -- makes me happy," and adds that she's also inspired by "the commitment of young people on justice causes," as well as the #MeToo movement.
"We are living at a time in history when women all over the world are refusing to be controlled, manipulated, exploited or abused. Heart and soul, I stand with these women," Janet writes. "We have found our strength, and we will not relent."
Victoria WestfalAs Tamia celebrates the 20th anniversary of her self-titled debut album, she feels "more bold” about her career as she prepares to release a a new album.
“I feel like I am more bold in who I am as a person as a woman and also as an artist,” Tamia tells ABC Radio. “Whether that is approaching the way I approach the albums more independently versus major label type deal. I like to be in control and ownership of who I am.”
After being discovered by Quincy Jones and beginning her career in 1998 on his Qwest Records label, Tamia now records for her own label, 21 Entertainment.
As her own boss, the six-time Grammy nominee says she’s learned to trust her own instincts and not be swayed about other people’s opinions.
"As you grow, you just become more self-assured in who you are and you don’t really care about what the next person thinks,” she says. “You’re kinda like, this is my vision. This is what I want and how can we execute this.”
Tamia will release her seventh solo album, Passion Like Fire, on September 21, and will tour throughout the fall.
ABC/Randy HolmesPuma has turned to music mogul JAY-Z to help with the relaunch of its basketball sneaker line.
As reported by ESPN, the sports apparel announced Monday that Jay will serve as Puma Basketball's Creative Director.
JAY-Z has had a relationship with Puma for more than a year, with the brand providing Puma sneakers and apparel for his 4:44 tour last year. In addition, his sports agency, Roc Nation Sports, has had clients sign deals with the company, and his Roc Nation artist, Rihanna, has her own line of Puma sneakers and clothing.
Ahead of the upcoming NBA draft, Puma has also signed endorsement deals with some of the projected first-round picks, including Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III and Zhaire Smith. Those signees represent the company's first NBA endorsement deals in two decades.
Puma also announced a lifetime contract with NBA legend Walt "Clyde" Frazier, who originally launched a namesake sneaker with the company more than 40 years ago. He will serve as the brand's first signature athlete.
Ruffhouse/ColumbiaLauryn Hill has added an all-star cast to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill World Tour 2018, including SZA,Nas, Dave Chappelle, A$AP Rocky, and Big Boi from Outkast.
Her support acts will also include M.I.A.,De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Talib Kweli, Dave East,Jo Mersa Marley,Bambaata Marley, Shabazz Palaces, Patoranking, Tierra Whack, Protoje, Kelela, Victory, Raury, Iman Omari and more, Billboard reports.
The artists will perform on select dates on the tour, which kicks off July 5 in Virginia Beach and runs through October 5 in St. Louis.
Hill tweeted a poster for the tour today with the comment, "Get your tickets and VIP Experiences to see Ms. Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Tour with special guests now at http://mslaurynhill.com"
Hill is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her iconic solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It earned five Grammy Awards for the singer from East Orange, New Jersey, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year.
Here’s a list of the tour dates:
7/5 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater 7/8 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live 7/11 -- Boston, MA, Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 7/13 -- Philadelphia, PA, Festival Pier 7/15 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach 7/18 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage 7/20 -- Sterling Heights, MI, Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill 7/22 -- Chicago, IL, Pitchfork Music Festival 7/25 -- Charlotte, NC, Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre 7/26 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheater 7/29 -- St. Petersburg, FL, Al Lang Stadium 7/31 -- Miami, FL, Bayfront Park Amphitheater 8/2 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily's Place 8/3 -- Atlanta, GA, State Bank Amphitheatre 8/5 -- Nashville, TN, Nashville Municipal Auditorium 8/8 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center 9/7 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas 9/9 -- San Diego, CA, Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre 9/12 -- Portland, OR, Veterans Memorial Coliseum 9/14 -- Burnaby, British Columbia, Deer Lake Park 9/15 -- Kent, WA, ShoWare Center 9/20 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre 9/22 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theatre 9/24 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheatre 9/26 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rock Amphitheatre 9/29 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre 9/30 -- Irving, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 10/3 -- New Orleans, LA, UNO Lakefront Arena 10/5 -- St. Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena