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Freestyle Fridays are back on BET

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Freestyle Fridays are back on BET! BET Networks is seeking out the best undiscovered MCs from around the world in the ultimate video-upload contest #FreestyleFridayBET, hosted for the first time at YouTube Space facilities around the world. Staying true to its roots from 106 & PARK, the contest challenges amateur MCs from across the globe to show off their best rhymes!

To qualify for entry rappers will need to first subscribe to the BET Networks’ YouTube channel and second, post a video of themselves rapping that is tagged with the #FreestyleFridayBET hashtag. For more information about this once-in-a-lifetime contest go to

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In a non-stop livestream face-off at the YouTube Space studios in four major cities (New York, Toronto, London and Los Angeles) rappers will pick from three beats at random to show off their lyrical skills in 60 seconds or less. The top ten finalists from each city will be selected by an esteemed group of radio DJs from across the nation. The rapper that receives the most #1 rankings from the DJs will be the official winner of the #FreestyleFridayBET competition in their city. From there, the four winning finalists from each city will be flown to LA to take part in a rap battle that will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges at the Fan Fest main stage at the BET Experience 2018 in Los Angeles and the winner of this battle will be the opening act for the BET Experience hip hop show at the STAPLES Center on June 23, 2018.

Hosted by Sirius XM radio personality & rapper Torae


New York—Friday, March 30

Toronto—Friday, April 27

London—Friday, May 18

Los Angeles—Friday, June 15

Additional hosts, show surprises and more to be announced in the coming weeks.

All of the content captured in the livestream will live in a 30-minute companion series that will include performances, contestant interviews, behind the scenes content and more. Additionally, bonus content of the top best and worst contestant videos will round out this rapper’s delight extravaganza. All video will be available first on the BET Networks’ YouTube channel.


(Toure Photo Credit: courtesy of Tayler Carr / Pix X Tay)

Kaya Fest 2018 – Music and Awareness Festival April 28 & 29 ft. all five Marley brothers + Ms. Lauryn Hill, Cypress Hill, Action Bronson, Tom Morello & more

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“Wake up and turn me loose…Got to have Kaya now!”  Bob Marley

Kaya Fest 2018 ft. Ms. Lauryn Hill, the legendary west coast multi-platinum hip-hop group, Cypress Hill, the beloved phenom rapper/chef/author/TV host Action Bronson, Hawaiian contemporary folk rock singer/songwriter Anuhea, and very special guest appearance by guitar giant and prominent social activist, Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine/Prophets Of Rage).  Fruit of Life Productions presents the second annual Kaya Fest on April 28 and 29 at the NOS Events Center, located at 689 S E Street in San Bernardino, CA


In addition to the new artists announced, this year all five Marley brothers (Stephen, Ziggy, Damian, Julian and Ky-Mani) return for a second historic performance, along with their father’s contemporary, reggae legend Toots Hibbert & The Maytals. They will be joined by Marcia Griffiths of the I-Threes, foundation reggae band Inner Circle—who celebrate their 50th year in the reggae industry this year—as well as the original Reggae Ambassadors Third World, Indubious and Roots Of Creation.

The Kaya Fest Lineup will also showcase the next generation of Marley music makers: Bob’s talented grandchildren Skip Marley, Jo Mersa Marley, Bambaata, and Shacia Payne Marley. More artists are still to be added to the star-studded lineup, and will be announced as the bookings are confirmed.

The historic NOS Events Center venue will provide a perfect setting for the Music and Awareness festival, whose stated goal is to educate, inspire and encourage positive public awareness of the vast medical and industrial potential of cannabis, which became legal in California as of January 1, 2018—and in numerous other states across the United States and the world at large.  The festival also celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of Bob Marley’s iconic album, Kaya.

“Kaya Fest is not a smoke-out thing,” says festival founder Stephen Marley. “What we really try to emphasize is education before recreation—to get one to learn about the medical uses, the industrial uses, the environmental benefits, the healing potential of the plant. And to ask why really is there such a fight against this plant?  All these years, doctors have not been allowed to research it. Most of them haven’t really studied it at all. It’s like a conspiracy. Why they don’t want us to reap the benefits of this plant? They try to use the whole stigma of the smoking and the getting high to put a cloud over it.”

Kaya Fest 2018 two-day early bird General Admission and VIP tickets are on-sale now.

All Ages event – Children 5 and under are Free with paid adult.

Doors open at 12 noon each day.

For more information visit


Netflix – Rapture premiers Rapsody Trailer Debut


From Mass Appeal, Rapture stares directly into the bright light that hip hop culture shines on the world and doesn’t blink. Throughout 8 episodes and featuring a diverse swath of artists — Nas and Dave East, T.I., Rapsody, Logic, G-Eazy, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, 2 Chainz and Just Blaze – Rapture dives into the artists’ lives with their families and friends, to sitting front row in the studio and grinding on tour, to experiencing the ecstatic power of moving the crowd. All episodes launch globally March 30.

Here’s a sneak peek of Rapsody’s episode:

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Rapsody has gone from freestyling at North Carolina State’s Free Expression Tunnel with Kooley High, to earning a grammy nomination for best rap album along with hip hop luminaries such as Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z. After more than a decade on the grind, she has paid her dues and earned a spot on the short list of best lyricists in the game. Netflix and Mass Appeal’s new series, Rapture, documents Rapsody’s year as she works with 9th Wonder to promote her instant classic, Laila’s Wisdom, and then witness its critical success. Viewers of this in depth documentary are invited to meet the family that anchors her, the friends that encouraged her, and the peers that she worked with on her path to the top.

New Release: MURS’ A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable


Today, on his 40th birthday, legendary LA rapper MURS releases his new LP, A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable, the most personal body of work the MC has ever created.

CLICK HERE to listen to the album.

Earlier this week, MURS dropped this mini music video for the opening cut off the album, “The Unimaginable” feat Robots&Balloons – watch here:

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MURS will also be performing a sold out concert at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA tonight Friday, March 16th to celebrate the album release and birthday milestone.




A Strange Journey Into The Unimaginable catalogs the most trying four years of the acclaimed MC’s life. From the dissolution of his marriage and his mother falling ill to the tragic stillbirth of his son, MURS emerges with a poignant, powerful, and poetic body of work. Produced exclusively by Strange Music in-house production impresario Seven, the record features a powerhouse guest list with Tech N9ne on “Same Way”, Fashawn & Prof on “G Lollipops,” Propaganda on “Powerful,” John Givez on “Midtown,” XV on “Whiskey & Patron,” and more in addition to contributions from musicians such as Patrick Page [The Internet], punk rock icon Chuck Treece [McRad], and Dear White People composer Kris Bowers, among others.



1. “The Unimaginable” [feat. Robots&Balloons]

2. “Melancholy”

3. “Midtown” [feat. John Givez]

4. “Same Way” [feat. Tech N9ne]

5. “Powerful” [feat. Propaganda]

6. “G Lollipops” [feat. Fashawn & Prof]

7. “Superhero Pool Party”

8. “Whiskey & Patron” [feat. XV]

9. “A Lean Story”

10. “Lo-Fi Nights”

11. “So Close So Far”

12. “Celebrate”

13. “Vows”

14. “God Is The Greatest”



Loop redefines how an earplug should perform — and look 


Preventing hearing loss by making earplugs amazing

Loop launches a new earplug for music that reduces decibels and looks fantastic. By combining an acoustic channel and filter for natural sound in eight hot colors, Loop lets wearers avoid hearing loss without looking like a dork.

According to the World Health Organization, one out of three young adults risk hearing damage due to loud music at concerts, events and clubs. Despite frequent awareness campaigns, only 15% wear earplugs. Loop takes on tinnitus by making earplugs amazing.

Maarten Bodewes and Dimitri O, Loop’s founders, came home with ringing ears after a night of clubbing. In search of an answer, they tested more than 25 earplugs. None fit their criteria. “When going out, I want to enjoy the atmosphere,” says Maarten. “Most earplugs distorted the music, were uncomfortable—not to mention downright ugly. That’s why we started Loop.”


Round means great sound

Earplugs only stop hearing loss if people use them. A good earplug must be comfortable, so design was critical. Loop’s efforts resulted in a high-fidelity earplug for music that is discreet, yet nothing like what is available in grandma’s drugstore. Loop is both elegant and effective and pairs great with outfits from jeans to a tuxedo.

Earplugs only stop hearing loss if people use them. A good earplug must be comfortable, so design was critical. Loop’s efforts resulted in a high-fidelity earplug for music that is discreet, yet nothing like what is available in grandma’s drugstore. Loop is both elegant and effective and pairs great with outfits from jeans to a tuxedo.


Developed with acoustic experts

An acoustic filter inside Loop reduces the volume by 20 decibels. “It’s the perfect balance between protection and experience,” says Dimitri. Because each ear is unique, the earplugs come with both memory foam that adjusts to your ear and soft silicone ear tips in two sizes. The earplugs stay put while dancing at your favorite club or concert and are easy to insert and remove.

The startup worked with Dynamic Ear Company (NL), leader in hearing protection, to develop the acoustic channel and filter. To produce the compact hollow Loops, they turned to 3D printing and started a collaboration with 3Dsystems (US). For great comfort and fit, Loop partnered with Comply (US).


From Glorious Gold to Raving Red

Loop earplugs come in eight original colors: Glorious Gold, Funky Blue, Flirty Rose Gold, Midnight Black, Raving Red, Swinging Silver, Electric White and Brilliant Black. Each set includes four silicone ear tips, two foam ear tips and a leather carrying pouch. More fun, less tinnitus.

Loop earplugs are available now at  or internationally through, for  $29.99  per  pair.

Capitalism 2050 launch @ SXSW

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Capitalism 2050 is a thought leadership platform that seeks to shape public policy and entrepreneurship to steer humanity to its most optimal outcomes.


This conference featured numerous panels and keynotes from thought leaders and influencers including Josh Constine Editor At Large At Tech Crunch TechCrunch, Alex Ebert Founder of Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros and Proxy Vote, Ritesh Patel CEO of The Ticketfairy, Panos Panay (Founding Director OMI), Weldon Stanford (Co-founder of Airthereum) etc


Sponsors Included Fusicology, Airthereum, Buy Legal Meds and Kick City



NEW RELEASE: Audra Bryant: “Scars” | Single & Video from Through the Dark EP


The Story Behind “Scars“:

“I was burned when I was a little over a year old. I had six surgeries between the ages of 2 and 16, I didn’t look at myself change in the mirror until I was 25 and this is the first time I had the strength to write about that experience. Songwriting has always been therapeutic for me so my music consists of my thoughts and feelings about my life experience. It’s also commentary about what’s going on in the world from my perspective. I have always enjoyed encouraging others (I believe you give to others what you need for yourself) so I hope that is apparent in my music!” - Audra

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When asked about her upcoming album Audra states This is the most personal I have ever gotten on a project. It is my truth (as painful and frustrating as it has been). This EP is a journey through some of the darkest times in my life and expresses what I learned during that time. It’s an honest conversation with myself through song. This is the soundtrack to self-love. This is “bedroom mirror ‘yaaassss queenin’ before you go face the world” music!”Audra

About Audra:

Born and raised in Detroit, Audra moved to California to bring her dreams of encouraging others through music to life. Her time in L.A. has been life changing to say the least. Audra has been featured on several Jazz projects including: The House of Urban Grooves” (aka T.H.U.G. Jazz), “Def Jazz” and “No Time to Waste” by Detroit Jazz artist Dee Brown.

Also, her first solo project entitled, “The Introduction” has been released and can be found on iTunes and Amazon. From Music to TV production Audra began working as a Producer for several network TV shows including: “America’s Got Talent”, “Steve Harvey’s Big Time”, and “The Tom Joyner Show” as well as shows on BET and GSN.

Audra then took her creativity to the stage as the writer and producer of her first play entitled, “The Cage”. “The Cage” debuted at the Stella Adler Theatre to several sold out shows. Through the victories and the times of challenge Audra believes that we all have a purpose that is inextricably linked to one another so her desire is to create Music, Films, TV show, and Plays that will encourage others in their journey and make them smile along the way!





Instagram @AudraABryant

Twitter @AudraABryant



Adrian Younge Announces ‘Voices of Gemma’ Album Out 3/30 | Video For “Silhouette Dreams”


Adrian Younge Announces New Album Titled Voices of Gemma out March 30th via Adrian Younge’s Linear Labs.


Known for his cinematic scores (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Black Dynamite) and equally compelling production for the likes of Ghostface Killah, Jay-Z, PRhyme, Kendrick Lamar, Bilal and more, Adrian Younge Presents… Voices of Gemma, a psychedelic journey in spiritual jazz, funk and dark soul.


Written, orchestrated and produced by Adrian at his exclusively analog Linear Labs studio, the project features the angelic voices of Brooke DeRosa & Rebecca Englehart, an opera singer and a jazz vocalist. Voices of Gemma is the sound of Adrian Younge occupying his space with eloquence, envisioning a world where the heavy and the delicate can co-exist; a place where Rotary Connection synergizes with David Axelrod to create a new sound, a new movement for a new era.


Today you can hear the lead single from the project, “Silhouette Dreams,” which puts Adrian’s song writing chops on full display. The song’s ethereal vocals are matched by a cinematic soul that helps to paint an aural picture of a person lamenting on his/her past. The full album is out March 30 via Linear Labs.


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Adrian Younge Presents… Voices of Gemma

(March 30 – Linear Labs)


01. Stranger By The Sea

02. Silhouette Dreams

03. Heaven’s Found

04. Comeback

05. The Leaves

06. Unfortunate Breaks (Instrumental)

07. Starlights (Instrumental)

08. Dreams With You

09. Chasing Love

10. Make A Melody


Adrian Younge will be throwing an album release party for Voices of Gemma on Wednesday, March 28 at Lodge Room in Los Angeles – TICKETS


DEVA MAHAL :: Showcase at the Malibu SoHo House


Crashing waves and soft moonlight set the stage for a magical musical evening at the Little Beach House, The SoHo House private members’ property, in Malibu, California.

Deva Mahal wove beautifully textured layers of notes and harmonies, nuances and feel into her original modern soulful blues tunes, weaving a rich textural fabric of sound, embellished perfectly with pauses and moments of acoustic silence, completing an indelible auditory image.

Deva’s presence in the room was a palatable sensation from the minute she stepped in – smiling and greeting many of her friends and future fans. Before she ever stepped in front if the microphone, the warmth of her sincere spirit radiated throughout the room.

We were early, and lucky, enough to catch a glimpse of her magic during sound check and were instantly taken aback and more than a little excited when we realized that that was only the sound check.  We realized from the first note that we were in for an awakening and a return to soul, a nod to the past and a path to future. Deva is meticulous and direct, mastering her sound and crafting an acoustic setting that ensured the perfect environment for the dynamics of her voice.

While it is probably often (and rationally) noted that Deva Mahal is heiress to a long and rich legacy of music, directly in line from her father, Taj Mahal, who reigns in the realm of musical kings. She stands tall and proud on the shoulders of soul musicians that have come before her, yet has crafted a sound that is unique and would make them all proud.

The antipodes have become an epicenter for dope, modern, soulful music and the time that Deva Mahal spends in New Zealand developing and incubating her craft is felt in every gesticulation. She is no joke. Elements of R&B, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Gospel and even Bluegrass resonate within the her music, Deva’s genre-bending sound is a rudimentary element for future soul music. Lyrically relatable, she gives voice to emotional build-up and wipes the dust away with graceful expression.

In her music, rich melodic structures come together to tell you your own story, drawing deeper towards the center of shared experience and in turn a higher plane of self-awareness. The songs are so authentic and heartfelt that even in the sparse trio accompaniment of a lone bassist and single guitarist, the dynamics of her voice made this intimate showcase the perfect setting for this soul stirring songbird.

In the midst of the showcase, a quick glance around the room revealed a crowd completely transfixed and marveling at what was later described as real soul, real singing, real music. It was clearly a universal sentiment and we let out a collective sigh of relief as music rebirthed itself yet again. The rapt audience gave her a standing ovation and many stayed on long after the show, offering genuine appreciation and thanking Deva for the awe we’d all experienced. The five song showcase will remain a musical touchstone and measure of musical alignment for me and mine.

If you want to experience the live vibe (with full band and show repertoire) Deva opens for Melissa Etheridge at world famous The Hollywood Bowl on 01.AUG.2018.

IF you can’t make that one, be sure to grab Deva’s new album, Run Deep.

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Photo & Words By The Nonsemble

Common, Mary J Blige, Tiffany Haddish, Daniel Kaluuya, Gabrielle Union and more attend A Toast To The Arts

Common speaks during Toast To The Arts Presented by Remy Martin on March 2, 2018 in West Hollywood, California.

On Friday, March 3, Rémy Martin presented Common’s a Toast To The Arts at Ysabel restaurant in Los Angeles. Celebrities in attendance included Mary J Blige, Tiffany Haddish, Gabrielle Union, Daniel Kaluuya, Kitty Cash, Amanda Seales, Bevy Smith, Angie Martinez, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Cidra Smith, Elaine Welteroth and more.


For the event’s 4th year and to celebrate the 2018 Award season, the event honored Charles D. King, Dee Rees, Mary J Blige for MUDBOUND and Mr. Charles Burnett, 2017 Academy Honorary Award recipient. To open the event, singer Audra Day led the evening in a touching prayer to bring everyone together.


Common and Mary J. Blige attend Toast To The Arts Presented by Remy Martin on March 2, 2018 in West Hollywood, California.


As guests enjoyed dinner and special Oscar themed cocktails by Rémy Martin Cognac, Common made a toast congratulating the black filmakers, producers, and actors at this years Oscar’s Awards show. After dinner, Tiffany Haddish two-stepped the night away catching a quick dance with Mary J. Blige. Gabrielle Union came later in the evening looking straight off the runway in Valentino, as she caught up with Common, Amanda Seales and Angie Martinez with laughs and engaged conversation. Cocktails served at the event include Rémy V Gimlet, Rémy Martin 1738 Sidecar, Rémy Martin XO Old Fashioned, and a Rémy Martin Sour.


Common and Tiffany Haddish attend Toast To The Arts Presented by Remy Martin on March 2, 2018 in West Hollywood, California


Earlier this year, Rémy Martin supported film in partnership with Wanderluxxe during Sundance Film Festival 2018 with Common and John Legend with other celeb guests in attendance including Idris Elba, Craig Robinson, Jeffrey Wright, Robert Calspar, Lakeith Stanfield, and CEO of BET Debra Lee. At the event, guests enjoyed cocktails such as the Rémy XO Old Fashioned, Rémy Sundance Sidecar, and Rémy V Cosmo from curated cocktail bars as they enjoyed a private performance by Common, John Legend and Anthony Ramos. Songs included hits such as “The Corner”, “Glory” and “Ready To Go Right Now”.


Daniel Kaluuya, Dee Rees, Charles Burnett, Mary J. Blige, Common and Charles D. King attend Toast To The Arts Presented by Remy Martin on March 2, 2018 in West Hollywood, California.


Credit: Getty Images for Rémy Martin // Jerrit Clark