Category Archives: HipHop

Little Simz Announces New Album Shares Video For Selfish

Little Simz is releasing her third album, GREY Area in March and today she has the video for “Selfish” featuring vocalist Cleo Sol. The video captures Simz and Sol in a living room relaxing and performing the song. The release of GREY Area in March precedes a new set of tour dates in the US. Little Simz had already given a preview of GREY Area with the singles “Offence” and “Boss.” The UK rapper will see GREY Area released on her Age 101 label via AWAL Recordings. 

                                                          US Tour Dates 

6/11 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
6/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
6/15 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival
6/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
6/19 – Norfolk, VA @ Origami
6/21 – Baltimore, MD @ 8X10
6/22 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival
6/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
6/25 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
6/26 – Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel





Smino To Headline Hoopti Tour

St. Louis rapper Smino announces his headlining Hoopti tour of North America. The tour will begin on March 23rd in Chicago and will end May 17th in Detroit. Smino just appeared with Noname and Saba on The Tonight Show for a performance of “Ace.” Smino’s sophomore album NOIR was released last year following his 2017 breakout blkswn. Tickets for the tour go on sale Friday January 18th at 10 AM ET at

                                                                      Hoopti Tour Dates 

3/16 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 3 
3/19 –  London, UK @ Brixton Electric 
3/23 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
3/27 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater

3/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater  
3/30 – Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theater  
4/1 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall  
4/2 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex 
4/4 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
4/5 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater 
4/9 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
4/10 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst 
4/13 – Indio, CA @ Coachella  
4/20 – Indio, CA @ Coachella 
4/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom 
4/23 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad  
4/25 – Dallas, TX @ Trees 
4/26 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s 
4/29 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live 
4/30 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
5/2 – Nashville, TN @ The Cannery
5/3 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater
5/4 – Orpheum @ Tampa, FL
5/6 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
5/7 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
5/9 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
5/10 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza 
5/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ The TLA 
5/13 – Boston, MA @ Paradise 
5/14 – Montreal, QC @ L’Astral 
5/16 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix 
5/17 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall 

Missy Elliott Is The First Woman Rapper Inducted Into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Missy Elliott now has the honor of becoming the first woman rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She is the fourth hip-hop songwriter to be inducted sharing the distinction with Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri and Dallas Austin who is also a 2019 inductee. Elliott’s success in the ’90s put her among the most influential artists of the decade. She broke through as a unique voice comprised of humor and style when she debuted as a solo artist with the single “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” in 1997. It was the beginning of her time as a creator of some of the era’s classic songs with Timbaland’s computerized rhythms that complimented Elliott’s singing and rapping. Her pen extended its reach to gain writing credits for Aaliyah, Whitney Houston, SWV, Total, and Destiny’s Child among others. The Songwriters Hall of Fame describes Elliot as “One of the most significant female artists in contemporary music history.” Chairman Nile Rodgers said in the press release that the 2019 inductees wrote songs that made the music of today possible. Elliott’s music resisted stereotypes about women and opened up a new path of individualism for women rappers and her videos have inspired artists across genres. The induction event is scheduled for Thursday, June 13th 2019, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  


Media Questions Of The Week

Why didn’t Black Panther win any Golden Globe awards after being nominated for Best Drama Picture, Best Original Song and Best Score? 


Will Mister Cee’s openness about his bisexuality help eradicate homophobia in hip-hop?  

Will R. Kelly’s career survive nationwide outrage, protests, and a criminal investigation in Georgia prompted by Surviving R. Kelly



Tyler, The Creator’s GOLF le FLEUR And GOLF WANG 3M Reflective Collection Released

Tyler The Creator’s GOLF and GOLF le FLEUR brands have released some new pieces from the HIVER 2018/2019 collection. There are metallic sneakers, bomber jackets, athletic pants, fleece pullovers, hoodies and t-shirts. 

The collection will become available on Saturday, January 12th at GOLF’s online store at 12 PM ET and the flagship store at 350 N. Fairfax in Los Angeles from 11 AM to 7 PM.