Meek Mill – Mandela Freestyle

Meek Mill is celebrating his Nelson Mandela Changemaker Award with an accompanying music video for “Mandela Freestyle.”

The visual highlights the Philadelphia artist and activist’s work with REFORM Alliance while also paying homage to the song’s namesake. “The Nelson Mandela changemaker award recognizes individuals who are carrying on Mr. Mandela’s legacy across one of the following key pillars: social equity through activism, community and nation-building, protection and education of children and youth,” a voiceover at the end of the music video says. “So today, we honor Robert ‘Meek Mill’ Williams for carrying on President Mandela’s legacy.”

Mill took to Instagram to share the award, writing in the caption, “Blessings.. I got “the Nelson Mandela humanitarian award” Thankyou Rip to the great Nelson Mandela,” adding, “I ain’t grow up playing ball I had a smith & western* because where I’m from it’s very hard to turn 27.”

Source: Hyperbeast

The Aretha Franklin biopic -‘Respect’ opens at No. 4 at box office

The Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect” opened at No. 4 at the North American box office this weekend, earning an estimated $8.8 million in its debut frame, according to reports. 

That’s on par with pre-release box office projections for the movie, which stars Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul in a role hand-picked by the Detroit icon prior to her 2018 death. 

“Respect” is earning the respect of theatergoers, racking up an A grade from CinemaScore, which measures audience reaction.  

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film received a 63% “Fresh” score from critics and a 94% score from audiences. 

Source: Detroit News

Megan Thee Stallion – Outta Town Freestyle

Megan Thee Stallion has shared yet another freestyle, this time rapping over a familiar beat from a couple of years ago.

The rapper took to Twitter to announce, “Was re-inspired by this beat so here’s another freestyle to it.” The song sparked a number of debates between fans online trying to decide if her original freestyle on the beat reigned supreme over the latest release. When a fan mentioned this, Megan took to Twitter to respond, “Idk why IG kept deleting this but I just told Ju to send it to me so I could do a new freestyle.”

The fish-eye visuals for the clip see the artist dancing and twerking in front of a film as she spits, “I don’t announce my moves / I like to keep shit private / Just know a b*tch been working when I been too silent,” she spits.” In a recent interview, Megan also revealed that she hopes to do a song with Rihanna soon. She also commented on what it is like to balance school and being a rapper sharing, “The women in my family have always pushed education on me, so it’s always been a priority, it’s always been really important, it’s always been something I want for myself.”

Source: Hyperbeast

Beyoncé – OTHERSIDE (Official Video)

Even though many people have watched ‘Black is King’, that doesn’t mean that they don’t want to watch it again or rewatch the music videos from the soundtrack.

Queen B has released the official music video for Otherside. You wan watch it below:

Official video for “OTHERSIDE” by Beyoncé from BLACK IS KING. The Lion King: The Gift (Deluxe Edition) album featuring “OTHERSIDE” available now: https://Beyonce.lnk.to/TLKTGD

Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, Oumou Sangaré – MOOD 4 EVA (Official Video)

Last week saw the two year anniversary of Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift album which of course came around the time of the film’s release. It feels like it happened a lot longer ago because of everything that’s happened in the past year and a half. You can stream the album here.

Recently, Beyoncé surprised everyone and released a visual from a song from the LP. It’s for ‘MOOD 4 EVA’ featuring JAY-Z, Childish Gambino and Oumou Sangaré, which was a favorite from it amongst fans. You can tell it was shot a little while ago by the length of Hov’s hair, but it’s a Beyoncé video, so it’s timeless anyway.

Official video for “MOOD 4 EVA” by Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino & Oumou Sangaré from BLACK IS KING. The Lion King: The Gift (Deluxe Edition) album featuring “MOOD 4 EVA” available now: https://Beyonce.lnk.to/TLKTGD

Kanye West Plays New Album Donda on Latest Apple Music Livestream Event: Watch

Kanye West has launched another livestream on Apple Music in the lead-up to his Donda livestream event tonight at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. He started playing the album around 10:27 p.m. Eastern as he stood in the middle of a minimal set featuring a bed. You can find it on Apple Music.

The album played tonight featured many previously shared songs with some updates and a different track order than last time. Young Thug and Kid Cudi made an appearance on a previously shared song that fans call “Remote.” It also included a new songs, including one with Lil Yachty and Lil Durk. Unlike the previous Atlanta event, Kanye was eventually circled in the central stadium stage area by a crowd of bodies.

The stream began with a continuous shot of West’s living quarters within the arena, where West and others were seen “finishing” the album. A clock hung on the far wall that counted down to 12:30 a.m. on Friday, August 6. The stream later showed the stadium floor.

Donda was originally set to be released on July 23, following the first livestream event on July 22. The album did not materialize, and West later shared via a representative that the album release date had been moved to August 6. It was also reported that West had taken up temporary residency at the Atlanta venue, where he was finishing the album. A pre-order has gone live on the iTunes Store with a black box instead of artwork; it lists 24 untitled songs.

Source: Pitchfork