Sean “Diddy” Combs announced today that Hip Hop’s preeminent media pundit Joe Budden has inked a deal with his network, REVOLT MEDIA & TV. Budden, a veteran MC known as one of the most outspoken voices in hip hop, will create, executive produce, and host “State of the Culture,” a brand-new talk show due to premiere this summer, where he’ll lend his distinctive voice and unique perspective on current topics, politics, social issues, and more, all through the lens of hip hop. Compared to standard talk shows, “State of the Culture” will deliver raw, unfiltered, and informative debates and interviews where Budden digs deep with prominent celebrities, artists and personalities.
“Finally, Joe Budden is officially part of the REVOLT family,” said REVOLT Chairman Sean “Diddy” Combs. “Joe has an authentic approach and he’s never afraid to speak the truth. His many talents deserve a platform that pushes the culture forward and we are excited to produce next-level content with him.”
“It was important to partner with a company that recognizes the growing need for our voices and ideas to stream freely without interruption. That was a much prettier way to say, we bout to be with the shits,” said Joe Budden. “Thank you to my business partner Ian Schwartzman and REVOLT for the opportunity to highlight my brutal honesty, passion and integrity. I love REVOLTING!! Together, we will continue to take this thing to heights unseen.”
“We are excited to launch a new era of REVOLT content with Joe Budden,” said REVOLT CEO Roma Khanna. “This is just the beginning of more great things to come as REVOLT leads from the center of Hip Hop culture.”
Joe Budden comes to REVOLT after hosting the network’s 2017 year-end special entitled This Year Was Dope/Trash, with co-host Charlamagne tha God. During Diddy’s recent New Year’s Eve bash, the mogul and Budden teased their partnership in a video clip posted to REVOLT’s Instagram page. “Are you ready to get money with me?,” Diddy said. “Are you ready to put this Black excellence on a whole other platform?”
Budden currently hosts his own groundbreaking podcast The Joe Budden Podcast, alongside Rory & Mal. Prior to being an on-air personality, Budden was an esteemed rapper, both as a solo-artist and as a member of the super-group Slaughterhouse. Joe’s most recent project, 2016’s Rage & The Machine debuted at #1 on the iTunes & Billboard’s Rap/Hip-Hop chart.
Ryan Wilson, CEO & Co-Founder of one of the fastest rising private membership clubs – The Gathering Spot, recently was selected to speak at Dartmouth College to their Undergrad and Tuck MBA students. Ryan discussed his entrepreneurial journey and the process of starting his business highlighting several key points and lessons such as the fact ‘your idea is not a business model, you have to figure out how that idea makes money’. One of the most memorable aspects of Ryan’s speech was the motivating factor for this African-American young professional (under 30) to launch his 7-figure brand… a Jay-Z tweet.
n July of 2013, Jay-Z tweeted that his biggest entrepreneurial lesson learned was ‘don’t listen to anyone, everybody is scared.‘ This social media post lit fire in the undergrads body to push forward and begin the process of creating a business model that is disruptive, unique and culture shifting. Ryan partnered with his then Georgetown roommate TK Petersen and developed The Gathering Spot – an award winning, highly acclaimed private membership club. Dartmouth (being one of the nations most prestigious Ivy League colleges) and their business students, will forever remember the young man who referenced pop culture to building a successful start up business.
About the Gathering Spot
The Gathering Spot is an award-winning private membership club in Atlanta. The acclaimed facility, located minutes from the new Mercedes-Benz stadium, is an invitation-only, avant-garde, private membership club built to foster culture, community, collaboration and one-of-a-kind experiences. The club brings together a diverse community of creatives, disruptors, entrepreneurs, and corporate professionals who utilize the club’s restaurant, bar, co-working and events spaces as well as networking with like-minded professionals.
Ryan Wilson (L) & TK Petersen (R)
Ryan Wilson and TK Petersen, two 27-year old African-American men who were once roommates at Georgetown University, founded the club with a vision to reinvent the city club experience. The duo raised north of three million dollars of private capital from investors over the course of two years to open The Gathering Spot. After completing the build-out of a former historic railroad landmark, the club is now home to over 1,500 members and has established itself as a home for Atlanta’s creative class, business professionals, and entrepreneurs. In addition, the space has hosted over 2,000 events with brands such as Google, Netflix, Spotify, and Coca-Cola; as well as curating members-only experiences with celebrities including Ludacris, T.I., movie producer Will Packer, Atlanta’s new Mayor – Keisha Lance Bottoms and Civil Rights Leader Ambassador Andrew Young.
After two years of being the cities top connectors between the entertainment, sports, corporate and political markets, the dynamic pair announced that they will take the successful business model to where the idea began, in the heart of D.C.
Learn More About The Gathering Spot Here
Last week, I am OTHER and Netflix partnered for a private screening of the original Netflix film, Roxanne Roxanne, in Atlanta. Held at the city’s premier members-only club, The Gathering Spot, Hip Hop’s finest MC’s, execs and industry affiliates came out to support one of Hip Hop’s legends, Roxanne Shanté. Acclaimed music executive and Hip Hop historian, Chaka Zulu, welcomed guests to their seats to the private screening and began the show.
Immediately following the screening, Chaka welcomed Roxanne Shanté, debut actress, Chanté Adams, Producer & Chief Creator Director for I am OTHER, MiMi Valdes, and Grammy Award-Winning Executive and Head of Music for I am OTHER , Kawan “KP” Prather, to the stage. The group conducted an intellectual conversation about the film, Roxanne’s life and journey as well as the impact she left on the music scene, today.
During the panel an honest exchange between Hip-Hop vet, Killer Mike and Roxanne Shanté took place, as he professed to the audience how Roxanne was the reason for him believing in himself which led to him starting his music career.
After the panel discussion, guests were invited to the after party in The Gathering Spot, where Martell Cognac powered movie-inspired cocktails all evening such as the crowd favorite, ‘Roxanne’s Revenge’. DJ A&R kicked off the after party spinning classic Hip Hop records and KP The Great (Kawan Prather) controlled the music the remainder of the night fusing songs from Roxanne Shanté, classic ATL records and today’s hits. As a special surprise, Atlanta’s leading dance studio, Dance 411, performed a tribute dance routine to one of Roxanne’s hit singles “Have A Nice Day”, that had everyone in awe.
“This was the first event where we had hip hop icons and fans coming together to celebrate their love for Roxanne Shante and her story. From Killer Mike crediting her for inspiring his career to audience members mentioning how grateful they were that this time in hip hop was now documented, it was an incredibly beautiful event. The more we can come together to celebrate our stories, the stronger our culture becomes”, stated producer MiMi Valdes.
Roxanne Roxanne Is Now Available On Netflix.
Notables in Attendance: Roxanne Shanté, Chanté Adams, Kool Moe D (Hip Hop Icon), Sparky D, Killer Mike, Big Gipp (Goodie Mob), David Banner, Honorable Judge Hatchett, Gangsta Boo (3-6 Mafia), DJ Nabs, MC Shan, Maddie Jay (Actress), Scotty ATL, Kap G, Lecrae, Tedashii, KCamp, Yung Booke (Hustle Gang), and Lil’ Zane.
Special Thank you to the Event Sponsors: Netflix, I am OTHER, Significant Productions, The Gathering Spot, Martell Cognac and Theory Communications.
Tedashi, Kool Moe D, Kawan “KP The Great” Prather, Lecrae, Killer Mike, Big Gipp, Scotty ATL, David Banner
Chanté Adams, Roxanne Shanté, MiMi Valdes
KP, Gangsta Boo, Kap G
Big Gipp of Goodie Mob
MiMi Valdes (IAO), Chanté Adams, Roxanne Shanté, KP Prather and Justin Moyer (IAO)
KP The Great
Photo Credit: I’m That Photo Chick/Briana Crudup
While PRhyme (DJ Premier & Royce 5’9”) achieved many milestones with their debut collaborative effort, the iconic duo’s follow-up PRhyme 2, which was released on 3-16-18 further cemented the ambitious group’s artistic legacy.
PRhyme 2 debuted at #1 on the iTunes Hip-Hop Chart and #2 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart, the projects second single, “Rock It,” has been predominantly featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter and they delivered an unforgettable performance of “Flirt” featuring 2 Chainz on the Jimmy Fallon Show.
The fans demanded it, so today Premier and Royce announced via an exclusive news premiere with Complex that they are going to take PRhyme on the road for a not to be missed seven-city tour run which will kick off on May 30th in Philadelphia and concludes on June 15th in Los Angeles.
“I look forward to getting back on the road and touring the country with Preem as PRhyme” Royce asserted. “We had so much fun making this album and having the ability to share our vision with the world via our one of a kind live show is a great reward.” Further, DJ Premier added “PRhyme 2 brings another chapter of a unique union of what me and Royce present when we form our legacies together as PRhyme. It’s only right to double up both projects and light the fuse.”
In addition to announcing their new tour, PRhyme is also releasing the release date for the vinyl release (Double Vinyl Album) of PRhyme 2 along with the Instrumental Album; both of which will be released on 4-20-18 and are available for pre-order.
PRhyme 2 Tour Dates:
5-30-18- Philadelphia, PA (TLA)
5-31-18- Boston, MA (Paradise)
6-2-18- Washington, DC (Howard Theater)
6-5-18- New York, NY (Highline)
6-7-18- Detroit, MI (St. Andrews)
6-14-18- San Francisco, CA (Slims)
6-15-18- Los Angeles, CA (El Rey)
Drake has announced that his new album is titled Scorpion and will be released in June.
Hip hop artist Stalley (@stalley) today announced the appointment of long-time producer and engineer, Smitti Boi (@therealsmitti), as the head of A&R for his label Blue Collar Gang (BGC), effective immediately. Smitti’s new role includes overseeing the label’s music output from a lyrical and sonic perspective, while also finding and developing new and existing talent for BCG. He will play an active role in advising on projects and placements for the label’s roster of artists and producers.
The Atlanta-based producer and former MMG hip hop artist first met backstage at A3C music festival a few years ago, which later led to a studio session and eventual friendship. Stalley and Smitti are currently working on a collaborative project that will drop later this year. Smitti Boi’s producer credits include CeeLo Green, Boosie Badazz, B.o.B., Stalley, Curren$y, Starlito and more.
On his new appointment, Smitti Boi said, “My goal is to bring everything I can to Blue Collar Gang. I want to give the fans great music from not only Stalley, but the entire roster of BCG talent.” While he will continue producing music for other artists, his primary and day-to-day focus will be elevating the label and its artists.
Hov and Bey will be touring across Europe and North America from June to October, with stops in Manchester, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Washington, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Los Angeles and many other cities.
Pre-sale starts this Wednesday, March 14th, with general sale going live next Monday, March 19th.
Check out the dates and trailer below.
June 06 – Cardiff, UK @ Principality Stadium
June 09 – Glasgow, UK @ Hampden Park
June 13 – Manchester, UK @ Etihad Stadium
June 15 – London, UK @ London Stadium
June 19 – Amsterdam, NL @ Amsterdam Arena
June 23 – Copenhagen, DK @ Parken Stadium
June 25 – Stockholm, SW @ Friends Arena
June 28 – Berlin, DE @ Olympiastadion
June 30 – Warsaw, PL @ Stadion Narodowy
July 03 – Cologne, DE @ RheinEnergieStadion
July 06 – Milan, IT @ San Siro
July 08 – Rome, IT @ Stadio Olimpico
July 11 – Barcelona, ES @ Olympic Stadium
July 14 – Paris, FR @ Stade de France
July 17 – Nice, FR @ Allianz Riviera
July 25 – Cleveland, OH @ FirstEnergy Stadium
July 28 – Washington, DC @ FedEx Field
July 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
Aug. 02 – E. Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
Aug. 05 – Boston, MA @ Gillette Stadium
Aug. 08 – Minneapolis, MN @ US Bank Stadium
Aug. 10 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
Aug. 13 – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field
Aug. 18 – Buffalo, NY @ New Era Field
Aug. 23 – Nashville, TN @ Vanderbilt Stadium
Aug. 25 – Atlanta, GA @ Mercedes Benz Stadium
Aug. 29 – Orlando, FL @ Camping World Stadium
Aug. 31 – Miami, FL @ Hard Rock Stadium
Sept. 11 – Arlington, TX @ AT&T Stadium
Sept. 13 – New Orleans, LA @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Sept. 15 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium
Sept. 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ University of Phoenix Stadium
Sept. 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Rose Bowl
Sept. 27 – San Diego, CA @ SDCCU Stadium
Sept. 29 – Santa Clara, CA @ Levi’s Stadium
Oct. 02 – Vancouver, BC @ BC Place