TIG Records Announce “Trust In Giving” Campaign For Atlanta Residents *Month-long Community Giveback*

Today, the Trust In Giving Foundation—the charity created by Think It’s A Game Records Founder & C.E.O. GivanFlyHenry—and Black Celebrity Giving launch the “Trust In Giving Month” campaign for the entire month of October. The foundation’s mission is to create lasting solutions to problems faced by today’s youth, seniors and families, through the power of giving. The month of giving will bring hope to the lives of thousands through a variety of community activations in Atlanta, Georgia.

Trust In Giving (TIG) will enact one giveback daily throughout the month of October, ranging from surprise automobile giveaways and book donations to supporting shelters, youth homes and children with incarcerated parents, as well as senior citizen centers throughout the Atlanta area. “Fly” went on air with DJ Greg Street at V103 in order to personally break the news about the inaugural “Trust In Giving Month.”

As part of the announcement, he also gifted Jasmyn Bulls and her five-year-old daughter Riley a brand new car. Ms. Bulls arrived at the station under the impression her cousin would be interviewed only to receive a brand new car in the garage from “Fly” and “Trust In Giving.” After hearing her story, Black Celebrity Giving identified Ms. Bulls and arranged this amazing moment.

Check out the full recap video of the car giveaway at V-103 with Fly and Jasmyn HERE.

Yesterday, TIG hosted a shelter donation at Solomon’s Temple. The foundation will supply full bedding, mattresses, towels, and more. This week also culminates with a special appearance by “Fly” and the TIG Housing Program at the Hyatt House Hotel where he will surprise a family with rent and groceries for an entire year on Thursday, October 4.

On “Fly’s” birthday, Friday October 18, TIG remodels the Teen Room at the YMCA in Atlanta, which will now be dedicated to him by the City Council as “The Fly Teen Room.” What’s more, a proclamation will be presented to Fly by Atlanta City councilwoman Marci Overstreet for his work in the community. These represent just a few of this month’s acts of kindness.

Check out the full schedule for “Trust In Giving Month” HERE.

About “Trust In Giving Month,” “Fly” commented, “October is a very special month for me, but I wanted to make it even more special by giving back every single day. We found the perfect partner to bring this to reality in Black Celebrity Giving. I’ve been blessed with so much. However, the ultimate blessing is for me to give back and uphold the community that gave my start. It’s an honor to do something that might change someone’s life, whether it be helping them keep a roof over their head or gifting them a car to get to work. Giving is transformative. I want to show people how one small act of kindness can make a major difference. You can trust in giving!”

Be on the lookout for news about “Trust In Giving Month” @trustingiving across all social media platforms as it gets underway now. Share your story with us by emailing info@trustingiving.com

Derez De’Shon To Headline 30-City “Beat The Odds” Tour

Platinum-certified and critically acclaimed Atlanta rapper Derez De’Shon will launch the “Beat The Odds”headline tour this fall. Tickets go on-sale this Friday, September 28 at 12pm local time. The tour kicks off October 30 in Oakland, CA, performs in major markets coast to coast, and comes to a close on December 9 in Jackson, MS. Special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. The full itinerary can be found below.The tour sets the stage for the release of Derez’s anxiously awaited upcoming new album for Commission Music/BMG. As the MC hits the road, he continues to make headlines and break through to the masses. He recently took home the coveted “Social Star Award” at the 2018 BMI Awards. Meanwhile, his breakthrough mixtape Pain has generated a staggering 500 million streams worldwide with the single “Hardaway” cracking Top 5 at Urban Radio, racking up 88 million YouTube views, and earning a platinum certification from RIAA. At the same time, “Fed Up” quickly closes in on gold status with 23 million YouTube views. What’s more, earlier this year Derez made his television debut with a pair of appearances on Wild N Out and BET Music Awards 106 & Park Special.In anticipation of his upcoming project, he just dropped the video for “Beat The Odds” [feat. YFN Lucci]. Over sweeping piano and a delicate beat, his hypnotic voice takes hold on the empowering hook, “I’m just trying to beat the odds.”Meanwhile, he serves up the catchy, confident, and confessional bars he’s become synonymous with during the verses.See Derez De’Shon beat the odds as he continues his climb to the top of the game.Coming out of poverty, standing down adversity, and moving like a champion in the face of it all, Derez De’Shon has steadily risen through the ranks to become one of Atlanta’s most inimitable talents. With an ironclad flow, raw bars, and vivid lyrical honesty, he transformed the 2018 mixtape Pain into a phenomenon with half-a-billion total streams and his first platinum plaque for“Hardaway.” Acclaimed by everyone from XXL to HotNewHipHop, he’s primed to leave a lasting imprint on hip-hop in 2018 and beyond.
TOUR DATES:10/30 Complex Oakland – Oakland, CA
10/31 Velvet Jones – Santa Barbara, CA
11/1 The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
11/2 Music Box – San Diego, CA
11/3 Pub Rock – Scottsdale, AZ
11/5 Cervantes Other Side – Denver, CO
11/7 The Loft – Minneapolis, MN
11/8 Reggies – Chicago, IL
11/9 Pop’s – St. Louis, MO
11/10 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
11/12 Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
11/14 The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA
11/15 U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC
11/16 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
11/18 SOBs – New York, NY
11/19 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
11/21 The Underground – Charlotte, NC
11/23 WorkPlay – Birmingham, AL
11/24 Centerstage – Atlanta, GA
11/27 Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL
11/28 Truth Entertainment Complex – Jacksonville, FL
11/29 PLAY – Tallahassee, FL
11/30 Hangar – Miami, FL
12/1 Whiskey North – Tampa, FL
12/2 Guilt Nightclub – Orlando, FL
12/5 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
12/6 Come And Take It Live! – Austin, TX
12/7 Prophet Bar – Dallas, TX
12/8 The Howlin’ Wolf – New Orleans, LA
12/9 The Hideaway – Jackson, MS

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms hosts First Annual Mayor’s Brunch at A3C Conference

A3C is proud to announce theHonorable Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will participate in the firstMayor’s Brunch at the 2018 A3C Festival and Conference. This brunch, held on October 4th, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the Loudermilk Center Toyota Ballroom, will kick off the Women In Charge programming series presented by Toyota.

The brunch will feature an intimate one-on-one conversation between Mayor Bottoms and Atlanta native – Rembert Browne, one of America’s most respected culture writers. Their discussion will cover several topics including Mayor Bottoms’ journey from Frederick Douglass High School, the true culture of Atlanta and how to balance a growing city while making it open to all and retaining the essence of what it means to be “made in Atlanta.”

A3C’s Women In Charge event is intended to connect, inspire and educate women in the music industry through a series of events, panels, and sessions featuring some of hip-hop’s most influential and innovative women.

Women involved in this initiative include: Asya Shein (Fusicology, President), Dia Simms (Combs Enterprises, President), Dina Marto (Twelve Music & Studios, Owner & Founder), Ethiopia Habtemariam (Motown Records, President), Janee Bolden (BOSSIP, Managing Editor), Lola Plaku (Lola Media Group, CEO + Owner), Malita the Mogul (Mogul Mentality, Founder + CEO), Nicole Bilzerian (Interscope Geffen A&M, SVP Head of Urban Marketing), Nicole Wyskoarko (Interscope Geffen A&M, EVP Urban Operations), Phylicia Fant (Warner Bros Records, SVP Media + Special Projects), Uwonda Carter Scott (The Carter Law Firm, Attorney + Owner) and Whitney-Gayle Benta (Spotify, Head of Talent Relations).

“What an honor to host the first ever A3C Mayor’s Brunch with Mayor Bottoms. In just a short time in office Mayor Bottoms has been an extremely powerful voice for creatives and progressives. She is a product of Atlanta and now leads the city in a very pivotal time,” Mike Walbert (A3C Director/Partner) states. “Rembert Browne has been a champion for Atlanta and an important voice in black culture for many years. He is the perfect person to host an intimate conversation about the state and future of the city we love.”

This event is open to all A3C Festival & Conference wristband holders.

Wyclef Jean, Jermaine Dupri and Rodney Carmichael to be Honored at this Year’s ChooseATL “Welcome to ATL Reception” during A3C

A3C and ChooseATL will host the official Welcome to ATL Reception on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at theLoudermilk Center in Atlanta. The event will kick off the 14th year of A3C, the premier hip-hop music festival and conference.

The Welcome to ATL Reception is an annual event that invites executives, influencers and more to engage with the heart of hip-hop through food, music and cocktails while acknowledging some of hip-hop’s most influential personalities. The reception will honor three extraordinary individuals who have made significant social and cultural impact throughout the hip-hop community – Jermaine Dupri, Wyclef Jean and Rodney Carmichael.

So So Def founder and music icon Jermaine Dupri is celebrating the 25th year of the record label and will be receiving the Cultural Icon Award. This honor is awarded to a hip-hop figure who has made significant contributions to the zeitgeist of global culture. Dupri has transcended hip-hop to join the pantheon of icons that create the ideals and values that have shaped a generation.

Wyclef Jean is a legendary MC, producer and poet and will receive theSocial Impact Award. This honor is awarded to a person who has an undeniable connection to the hip-hop ecosystem and has demonstrated a tremendous social impact among the community through service, advocacy and economic contribution. With all of Jean’s efforts in Haiti and work in communities around the world, he is the definition of how to use one’s platform to impact the culture in a positive light.

Lastly, Atlanta native and NPR’s hip-hop staff writer Rodney Carmichaelwill receive the first annual Combat Jack Storyteller Award. This honor is awarded to a leading voice and champion for culture who is also a storyteller who has helped amplify important aspects of hip-hop. Reggie “Combat Jack” Osse was a pioneer in hip-hop podcasting. He was honest, genuine and cared deeply about the culture he represented. He was a fixture in the hip-hop community and beloved by everyone he met. He was also a staple at A3C Festival & Conference for nearly a decade and will be missed dearly by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

“The Welcome Reception with ChooseATL is one of our favorite events of the year. It’s a chance for us to recognize some of the people that inspire us to do what we do. It’s a wonderful night in Atlanta for hip-hop culture, and we’re proud to be a part of it,” states A3C Partner/Director Mike Walbert. This event is the first among a variety of panels, workshops, live shows and more that the A3C Festival will bring to Atlanta in October.

About A3C Festival & Conference
A3C educates and empowers the artists, entrepreneurs and creatives that shape hip-hop culture. Founded in 2005, the A3C Festival & Conference has grown from a local showcase to become one of the most important hip-hop events of the year, which is commonly referred to as “Hip-Hop’s Family Reunion.” The three-day A3C Conference hosts dozens of panels, workshops, mixers and mentor sessions with hundreds of thought leaders and industry experts. The two-day A3C Festival is the breeding ground for the next generation of stars while honoring the legends and trailblazers of hip-hop. The five days of shows and events highlight different aspects of hip-hop culture and showcase hundreds of artists, producers and DJs from around the world. All three coasts gather annually in Atlanta to connect, create and build together.

Learn more about A3C Festival at www.A3Chiphop.com.

About ChooseATL
ChooseATL is a public-facing initiative to attract emerging talent needed to maintain Atlanta’s position as a top-tier globally competitive metro. ChooseATL showcases Atlanta as a leading world destination and celebrates its unique community, inclusive culture, and expanding business opportunities across all industries.

Learn more about ChooseATL at www.ChooseATL.com.

Janet Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan, Karrueche Tran and Many More Celebrate the 13th Annual LudaDay Weekend in Atlanta

Rapper, actor and philanthropist – Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, celebrated another star-studded LudaDay Weekend in Atlanta this past holiday weekend. Guests from all over America came out to support this series of charitable events hosted by some of the top entertainers, actors, influencers and athletes in the industry.

Thursday was the official kick-off of the LudaDay Weekend festivities with the annual BMI Awards honoring mega-star– Janet Jackson. This award show presented Miss Jackson with the ‘Icon Award’ and featured a montage tribute to the superstar with performances by a youth dance group, Teyana Taylor, Jussie Smollet, Normani, H.E.R., Justine Skye along with opening remarks by Ciara and closing accolades from Missy Misdemeanor Elliot.

Friday morning the Ludacris Foundation hosted the Grass is Greener Golf Tournament in the prestigious Crystal Lake Golf and Country Club in Hampton, GA. Following the golfing event, VIP guests gathered at Atlanta’s premier private membership club, The Gathering Spot, for the first ever LudaDay Spades Tournament and Game Night hosted by Woody McClain of BET’s The Bobby Brown Story. Twenty-eight teams faced off for an intense spades tournament, playing for a cash prize of $1500.00 and bragging rights. In the end BJ & Rock’s team took home the victory and title as the first LudaDay Weekend Spades Champions.

Over 16,000 people assembled on Saturday to attend the Ludacris Foundation’s yearly LudaFam Day block party outside of the Mercedes Benz Stadium. Several artists hit the two stages including – Ludacris, Flaujae, Ar’mon and Trey, Bre-Z, Molly Brazy, Brie and many more, as well as a surprise appearance by the Democratic candidate in Georgia’s Governor election, Stacey Abrams. Tristan “Mack” Wilds and Power star, Michael Rainey Jr., also made guest appearances pumping up the crowd on stage and even doing the Shiggy Challenge dancing to Drake’s hit song, In My Feelings.

Closing out the weekend Ludacris hosted his highly acclaimed celebrity basketball game at Morehouse’s Forbes Arena. This year Team Hip-Hop coached by Ludacris and 21 Savage went head to head with Team Hollywood coached by Jamie Foxx and Rotimi. NBA stars such as John Wall, Lou Williams, Lance Stephenson, Jaylen Brown and more teamed up with entertainers such as Tank, Key Glock, Malaysia Pargo, Michael Rainey Jr. for an extreme battle on the court that led to a double overtime victory by Jamie Foxx’s Team Hollywood. Following the basketball game, Ludacris’ special invited VIP’s and sponsors wind down at the LudaDay TopGolf Takeover at Atlanta’s Midtown TopGolf location.

“Giving back is good for the soul. So thankful to all of my friends who supported our 13th LudaDay Weekend and giving back to the great city of Atlanta.”_

Special guests in attendance included: Jamie Foxx, Janet Jackson, Missy Elliott, Kofi Siriboe, Rotimi, Evander Holyfield, Woody McClain, Terrence J., Tristan Mack Wilds, John Wall, Lou Williams, Luke James, Ro James, Tyler Lepley, Donovan Carter, Fabolous, Teen Taylor, 50 Cent, Michael Rainey Jr., Lance Gross, Nisha Butler, Michael B Jordan, Karrueche Tran, 21 Savage, Nick Grant, Quinn Cook, Lorenzo Brown, Ar’mon and Trey, Kenny Burns, Malaysia Pargo, Lance Stephenson, Tank, Emmanuel Hudson, Ty Young, Big Tigger, Ciara, Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson, Josh Powell, Big K.R.I.T., Keri Hilson, Kosine, Reginae Carter, Zonnique, Mimi Faust, Yung Dolph, Key Glock, LeToya Luckett, Keith Powers, Ryan Destiney, Rocko, B. Simone, Lil Scrappy, Bambi, Sheree Whitfield, Emmanuel Hudson, Lisa Wu and many more.

Ludacris and the Ludacris Foundation would like to thank the sponsors: Mercedes Benz – Corporate, Mercedes Benz of Buckhead, Macy’s, Energy Fitness, Planet Fitness, Fulton County, Morehouse School of Medicine, The PGA Tour, The Atlanta Falcons, WellCare, Fox Rothschild, CAA, BMI, Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Film and Entertainment, BET, Dutch Masters, Jordan Brand, ATLSkypointe, Zaxby’s (John Silvey, Franchisee), Defiance Fuel, CORE Hydration, The Gathering Spot, Bloomers Frose, Martell, Uncle Nearest, Macallan and Deep Eddy Vodka. Fresh Empire also poweredLudaFamDay and the Celebrity Basketball Game.

Photo Credit: Donna Permell/Prime Phocus, Briana Crudup/@ImThatPhotoChick/Hip-Hop Weekly/Freddy-O, DG Shooters, Kontrol Magazine and Urban Scope

Rihanna Cover Released for New Issue of Garage Magazine

GARAGE Magazine reveals artist Deana Lawson’s first magazine cover and fashion project, featuring Rihanna. For this latest issue, the biannual’s fifteenth, GARAGE Magazine worked only with female-identifying photographers, including Lawson, Barbara Probst, Momo Okabe, Taryn Simon, and Justine Kurland. Through the lens of female image makers, GARAGE Magazine Issue 15 imagines “The Human Future” populated by powerful, beautiful, and innovative concepts. From robots to science fiction, the new issue affirms the relevance of humanity in a nebulous, technological future.

“Every imagemaker who picked up a camera for Issue 15 is a woman, and those women took us to Nigeria, Sweden, California, Tokyo, and Harlem, among other locations,” said Mark Guiducci, GARAGE Magazine Editor in Chief. “We had our eyes fixed solidly on the future for this issue—a future that is robotic, artificially intelligent, global, a great responsibility, and a huge mess. A future that is also, in other words, human. Rihanna is perhaps our most human of pop idols—unguarded, miraculously vital, perfect in her imperfections—making her the consummate subject for Deana.”

In celebration of Deana Lawson’s cover, a limited edition of five-hundred hardbound copies of GARAGE Magazine Issue 15 will be exclusively for sale at Dover Street Market NYC starting September 6, 2018.

Photography by Deana Lawson. Courtesy of GARAGE Magazine


  • Artist Arthur Jafa interviews Lawson for a wide-ranging Q&A that accompanies Lawson’s portraits of Rihanna.

  • All original photography was shot by female-identifying photographers including BARBARA PROBST, MOMO OKABE, JUSTINE KURLAND, ANNIE POWERS, ESTELLE HANANIA, NADINE IJEWERE, RUTH OSSAI, CAROLYN DRAKE, and others.  

  • CGI influencer LIL MIQUELA photobombs paparazzi shots from yore and BINA48 speaks about being the world’s first humanoid robot designed to resemble an African American woman.

  • TARYN SIMON presents new photographs in conjunction with her MASS MoCA installation, A Cold Hole, in which subjects jump into a pool of freezing water. In a special artist commision, sculptor ANN AGEE renders models of the fashion world’s favorite footwear in ceramic.

  • Rare works by EVA HESSE, ANA MENDIETA, DOROTHEA ROCKBURNE, LYNDA BENGLIS, and HANNAH WILKE—from the little-seen 1996 exhibition More Than Minimal: Feminism and Abstraction in the 1970s at the Rose Art Museum in Massachusetts—are presented alongside works by contemporary female artists, among them DONNA HUANCA, AMY YAO, and DORA BUDOR.

  • A team of French teen gymnasts model MARINE SERRE’s futuristic bodysuits; and photographer RUTH OSSAI introduces the female stars of NOLLYWOOD, Nigeria’s traditionally male-dominated film industry.  

  • A conversation with Call Me By Your Name director LUCA GUADAGNINO on remaking the ballet horror classic Suspiria.

  • Essays by science fiction writer and Afrofuturist OCTAVIA E. BUTLER and best-selling novelist ALEXANDRA KLEEMAN; a short story from CARMEN MARIA MACHADO; and a philosophical essay about saying “no” to the future from poet ANNE BOYER.


Ann Agee, Therese Aldgard, Es Devlin, Francesca DiMattio, Carolyn Drake, Cécile B. Evans, Nadine Fraczkowski, Estelle Hanania, Nadine Ijewere, Rinko Kawauchi, Justine Kurland, Deana Lawson, Flo Ngala, Momo Okabe, Ruth Ossai, Annie Powers, Barbara Probst, Rachel Rose, Diane Russo, Taryn Simon, Arden Surdam, Tina Tyrell, Hannah Whitaker.


Shumon Basar, Alex Beggs, Derek Blasberg, Anne Boyer, Octavia E. Butler, Kyle Chayka, Christina Cacouris, Isabella Flower, Alexandra Foradas, Arthur Jafa, Nora Khan, Dean Kissick, Alexandra Kleeman, Sander Lak, Carmen Maria Machado, W. David Marx, Kathy Noble, Ali Pechman, Prudence Peifer, Sarah Nicole Prickett, Adébólá Ráyò, Alex Ronan, Lou Stoppard, Eliza Harper Wallace

Hieroglyphics Announces Roster For The Seventh “Hiero Day” Music Festival Featuring Black Thought, Freddie Gibbs, Talib Kweli & More

2018 (Till infinity) promises to be a very special year for the legendary and influential Hieroglyphics imprint.  Not only does 2018 mark the 25th anniversaries for Souls Of Mischief’s debut 93 Till Infinity and Del’s No Need For Alarm, but also the collective’s collaborative efforts, 1998’s 3rd Eye Vision and 2003’ Full Circle. To celebrate these landmark anniversaries, Hiero will be releasing some very exciting companion pieces (which will be announced soon) and never before heard material from the vaults.

Before those announcements are made, Hiero is proud to announce their 7th Annual Hiero Day Festival & Black Party which will take place on Labor Day, Monday 9-3-2018 in Oakland, CA.  Hiero Day is an all-day, all-age music festival, showcasing over 40 live performances on 3 different stages by both local and renowned artists in genres such as hip-hop, rap, R&B, and more with the legendary hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics headlining the festival; and additional performances from Black Thought, Freddie Gibbs, Talib Kweli, Mannie Fresh, Elzhi, The Pharcyde, Charli 2NA, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Richie Rich, People Under The Stairs among many.  The event will be hosted by Mistah FAB, Chuy Gomez, Dnas & Chinaka Hodge & Chris Riggins.


Each year over 100 local vendors and exhibitors participate in Hiero Day. Our exhibitors help make the festival fun and exciting, while showcasing the diversity of our community. This year’s activities and entertainment include an expanded selection and variety of food (food trucks), dancing, shopping from local vendors, merch, and even a kid-friendly area complete with bounce houses, face painting and more. Public transportation is highly encouraged, as parking is extremely limited. The festival is conveniently located 3rd and Chestnut in West Oakland) a short walk from the West Oakland BART station!

After the success of the Hiero Day’s first festival in 2012, former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan declared September 3rd as “Hiero Day” in the City of Oakland. With Hiero Day in its 7thyear in production, 2018 marks the biggest and best Hiero Day yet! $19.93 per ticket for an all-day (with Fast Pass & VIP Tickets also available), three stage event with hundreds of vendors and over 40 musical acts is the greatest festival bargain for any summer festival.

Visit www.hieroday.com for ticketing information, as well as updates on performances, vendor information, festival activities and sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. Location, ticket and vendor info for the 7th Annual Hiero Day Festival is available here.

If you are interested in attending and or covering the 7th annual Hiero Day Festival and want press/photo passes, or would like to speak with Hiero about the festival please let me know and I will gladly facilitate.


Hieroglyphics, the legendary Oakland-based underground hip-hop collective founded in the early 1990’s, is composed of rappers Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, DJ Touré, and Souls of Mischief members A-Plus, Phesto, Opio, and Tajai. After releasing several albums on major labels, in 1997 they created their own indie empire, Hieroglyphics Imperium, and have been an influential force in the independent music scene ever since. Since its inception, the Hiero Crew has thrived, releasing several albums and collaborating with a laundry list of popular and independent artists, including The Gorillaz, Q-Tip, Georgia Clinton, Jurassic 5, Bill Ortiz, Dilated Peoples, Dan The Automator, Prince Paul, Xzibit, and more.

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The Joe Budden Podcast Lands Exclusive Partnership with Spotify

The Joe Budden Podcast, a top music podcast and go-to listen for hip-hop and rap culture enthusiasts, has teamed up with Spotify to bring the wildly popular series exclusively to the streaming service beginning September 12.

Since its inception, The Joe Budden Podcast has subsequently published over 175 weekly episodes; not only topping the podcast charts, but achieving a steady and fevered growth. Each week, listeners are welcomed into a raw, opinionated, and enthusiastic dialogue with Joe and his co-hosts Rory and Mal, as they discuss hip-hop music and news, conduct interviews with artists and cultural luminaries, and touch base on cultural events through their own unique and unfiltered lenses.

Beginning on September 12th 2018, The Joe Budden Podcast will bring its hugely influential series exclusively to Spotify, doubling the number of episodes for the podcast. New episodes will drop every Wednesday and Saturday of each week.

I’d like to thank Spotify for this tremendous opportunity to take The Joe Budden Podcast and podcasting in general to heights never before seen. Our partnership is extremely humbling for me and adds yet another chapter to a career full of plot twists. This highlights a new way of thinking & a corporate “head nod” to the shift taking place before our very eyes. I’m even more thrilled to embark on this journey with some of my closest friends & ppl i love. The podcast has been a great amplifier for my voice but fast growing into a platform for more & more artists to share their own personal feelings/stories/experiences. I’m anxious to get started & optimistic about what’s to come. While companies are spending endless amounts of dollars and research to find out what consumers want, how they want it & who they want it from, we’re in an space where all you have to do is listen to the ppl. Again, thank you Spotify for listening.

Joe first became known to mainstream audiences with his self-titled 2003 debut album, which featured the Grammy-nominated hit “Pump It Up.” While continuing to release music, both as a solo artist and as a member of hip-hop supergroup Slaughterhouse, he also began his career as a broadcaster and media personality, hosting Complex’s popular Everyday Struggle, co-starring on VH1’s Love & Hip: New York, and founding his own eponymously titled podcast.

This partnership represents a major addition to the already broad slate of exclusive original audio and video content available to hip-hop fans on Spotify, including the RapCaviar enhanced playlist, vertical music videos and podcasts like Dissect, Microphone Check, and Good As Hell.

“As we continue to expand and diversify our content slate, teaming up with The Joe Budden Podcast is an exciting move for Spotify,” says Courtney Holt, Head of Spotify Studios. “We can’t wait to bring Joe’s loyal fans more of what they already love, and offer the opportunity for new hip-hop fans to discover him and listen.”

The Joe Budden Podcast will exclusively premiere two new episodes on Spotify weekly. In addition, Joe’s back-catalog of podcasts will be available on Spotify starting August 22 and will continue to be available on all channels where it has previously been distributed. You can listen here http://open.spotify.com/show/43srgsyieFX5zjq3XqiQmT.



Lloyd Reveals Track List For Upcoming Album ‘TRU’ – Due Out 8/31

Grammy-nominated R&B singer Lloyd is preparing for the release of his long-awaited full-length album TRU on August 31, via Young Goldy Music/EMPIRE, and he just revealed the 11-song track list. It features four songs previously released in 2016 as his TRU EP, and the recent single “Caramel.” With four guest appearances from Seven Streeter, Curren$y, Rick Ross and frequent collaborator Lil Wayne.TRU is the most honest and personal music Lloyd has released to date, it’s an exceptional body of work from the young veteran.

Most recently, Lloyd delivered a jaw-dropping performance at Essence Fest and spent time to discuss his album with Billboard and Complex.

After a five-year hiatus, Lloyd made a triumphant comeback with the 2016 single “TRU.” Not only did it amass nearly 40 million Spotify streams, but it also garnered a platinum certification from the RIAA. His ensuing TRU EP notched widespread critical acclaim from The Fader, Billboard, and many more and spawned hits such as“Heavenly Body” [feat. Rick Ross] and “Holding” [feat. Lil Wayne]. That’s just the latest chapter. Over the past decade-plus, his voice has graced countless chart-topping smashes, including “Southside” [feat. Ashanti], “You,” “Get It Shawty,”and Young Money’s “BedRock,” among others.

Check out the full track list for TRU below:

Lil Pump Announces “Harverd Dropout Tour”

After a colossal show-stopping performance at Lollapalooza, which Rolling Stone listed as one of “the 13 best things (they) saw,” multiplatinum-selling hip-hop superstar, modern icon, and 21st century force of nature Lil Pump has announced plans for a North American headline tour. TheHARVERD DROPOUT TOUR gets underway September 28th at The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO and travels through the top of November (tour itinerary below). A number of dates will see Lil Pump joined by a slate of supporting acts, which will be unveiled soon. CITI pre-sales begin Tuesday, August 14 at 12 PM EST, to Thursday, August 16 at 10 PM local. Spotify pre-sales begin Wednesday, August 15 at 10 AM local to Thursday, August 16 at 10 PM local. Public on-sale begins on Lil Pump’s 18th birthday, August 17, at 10 AM local. For complete details, and ticket information, please visit www.unhappy.com

The HARVERD DROPOUT TOUR readies Lil Pump fans for his forthcoming LP,Harverd Dropout via Tha Lights Global/Warner Bros. Records- coming soon. The long awaited follow-up to the chart-topping stars 2017 breakout self-titled debut is one of the most anticipated releases this year. The self-titled RIAA Gold certified album entered the Billboard chart at #3, emerging as the #1 streaming album first week. Lil Pump has accumulated over 1 million equivalent album sales to date.

On an unending hot streak, Lil Pump’s new singles “Drug Addicts” and “Esskeetit” clocked over 350 million combined views and 529 million streams. The event-level music video for “Drug Addicts” immediately went viral with “Dr. Pump” enlisting another “medical professional,” “Dr. Sheen”- aka Charlie Sheen. If that weren’t enough, the multi-talented teen delivered a high energy, confetti-covered performance of “Esskeetit” for his television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, joined by two giant dancing “Esskeetit” mascots; the unforgettable performance would be touted by Complex, Billboard, XXL and more.

The impact of the Lil Pump album skyrocketed 17-year-old Pump straight to #1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists Chart. He wrapped up 2017 with a sold-out 27-city U.S. tour, and was tapped as one of Forbes Hip-Hop Future Moguls Class of 2018. Over the summer Lil Pump embarked on his first major European tour that included stops at Tomorrowland, Wireless and Lollapalooza in Paris. Night after night Lil Pump puts on an incredible show, igniting massive mosh pits and rave reviews, watch a recent tour clip here.

An avalanche of press coverage ranges from Noisey, Complex, Rolling Stone, Billboard, and more, to an extensive profile in The New York Times that positioned him as the voice of the “SoundCloud rap” genre. What’s more, this summer Lil Pump graced the cover of XXL’s coveted 2018 Freshman Class issue.

Recently, Lil Pump received an MTV Video Music Award nomination for “Best New Artist” and encouraged fans to vote for a chance to attend the show with him on August 20, 2018 in New York City. To submit votes visit vma.mtv.com


9/28 The Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO

9/30 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland Kansas City, MO

10/1 Ralston Arena Ralston, NE

10/2 The Armory Minneapolis, MN

10/3 Seven Flags Event Center Clive, IA

10/5-10/6 Breakaway Nashville Music Festival

10/6 The Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI

10/8 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI

10/9 Rebel Toronto, ONT

10/10 Terminal 5 New York, NY

10/11 The Fillmore Philly Philadelphia, PA

10/12 The Anthem Washington, DC

10/12-10/13 Breakaway Charlotte Music Festival Charlotte, NC

10/14 House of Blues Boston Boston, MA

10/17 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ

10/18 Agora Theatre Cleaveland, OH

10/19 Express Live! Pavillion Columbus, OH

10/20 The Ritz Raleigh, NC

10/22 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA

10/25 Revention Music Center Houston, TX

10/27 South Side Music Hall Dallas, TX

10/27-10/28 Mala Luna Music Festival San Antonio, TX

10/30 Marquee Theatre Pheonix, AZ

10/31 The Observatory Santa Ana, CA

11/1 The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA

11/2 SOMA San Diego, CA

11/4 The Warfield Theater San Francisco, CA

11/6 The Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, CA