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The First Annual INDELIBLE FESTIVAL Pays Tribute to Gil Scott-Heron

When Gil Scott-Heron passed away last May, musicians and fans alike paid tribute by raving about his live performances and classic albums. For the man who helped paved the way for hip-hop and rap, a number of musicians have looked to his work for inspiration. Rappers such as Tupac, Kanye West, Common, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) have not only sampled him, but continue to show respect for his musical intelligence. At the Highline Ballroom last Friday night, it was a special occasion for the loyal followers of Scott-Heron--he was honored by musical peers, who put on a captivating show in his name.

The first annual INDELIBLE FESTIVAL, created and produced by Jill Newman Productions, was an all-star tribute to Scott-Heron’s impact on the world of music. It was also dedicated to groundbreaking photographer Gordon Parks, as well as the living jazz vocalist legend Jimmy Scott. Every artist who graced the stage played music so powerful that it espressed their gratitude for everyone in attendance. From Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew instructing us to “tell somebody that you love somebody,” to bassist Derrick Hodge’s moving performance of modern jazz, the atmosphere was lively all night long.

Midway through the show, Jimmy Scott emerged from backstage and positioned himself in the center of the crowd. Even at his age, it was a beautiful set of earthy soul songs delivered with the same passionate delivery as his younger days. Later, he was joined by special guest Gary Bartz, who took the stage earlier with a joyous saxophone routine. This was their first time performing as a duo, and together they were riveting.

Before Yasiin Bey’s long-awaited tribute to Scott-Heron, Bilal performed with a band comprised of Robert Glasper, Eric McPherson and more. His performanace of“Body and Soul” was a standout, as well as the flavorful “Sweet Sour You.” “All For Love” was his concluding track, a heartwarming record that ended things off with a bang.

Yasiin Bey's tribute to Scott-Heron comes as no surprise. He has been a longtime fan, looking to him as a source of power and raw emotion. In 2008, Yasiin Bey and his band had the pleasure of performing with Scott-Heron at Carnegie Hall. During that time, Scott-Heron was on the verge of making a comeback. He was out on parole and tried to stay clean while continuing to perform all around the world. So to hear Yasiin Bey go into a lengthy dialogue about him, expressing his admiration for his hero was touching."Gil is the reason I do it, the way I do it," said Yasiin.

He channeled Scott-Heron’s musical spirit, while adding his Brooklyn energy on a remix that featured a verse from "Grown Man Business" off The New Danger. On more personal selections, like Scott-Heron's "Home Is Where The Hatred Is," Yasiin Bey spoke about the legendary soul singer's problem with drug addiction, believing those troubled days were a small part of his inherent truth found in his music. Before going into one of Scott-Heron's newer songs, "Push Comes To Shove," he had a few last honorable words about hip-hop's eminence. "I couldn't say Gil was my personal friend, but he showed me a great deal of love and respect.” Simply returning the favor, it was a tribute well worth the wait. --Eric Diep

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Switching from strings to keys, Wilson sat peacefully before a keyboard playing the melody she crafted for the crowd favorite. Chaperoning the performance to a close, Wilson and her background singers played a vocal game of tag as the band jazzed up the slow beats until the set officially wrapped.

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Your rapper’s favorite rapper Cardi B is slated to make her debut on “Car Pool Karaoke” with James Corden, Billboard reports. The Late Late Show host teased the upcoming episode, which airs Monday (Dec.17) via Instagram along with a small schedule of the show’s upcoming guests.

 

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In addition to the “Money” rapper, Amber Heard and Armie Hammer will also appear on the same episode. Corden is closing out the last leg of 2018 strong by having a slew of other prominent stars on the show on the last week before the program goes on break for the holidays. The likes of Gwen Stefani, RuPaul, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Leah Remini, Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others will be featured on the show after Bardi’s Monday episode.

To say the least, we're sure the British talk show host and the newly minted Grammy-nominated rapper are going to have the time of their lives.

The 26-year-old's now estranged husband Offset, along with the other members of Migos were guests on the beloved show. Joining Corden as he drove through the streets of Los Angeles, the trio performed a slew of hits including "Walk It Talk It"  while also giving a nod of praise to past hits, including Whitney Houston's "Wanna Dance With Somebody."

With all the fun Migos had with Corden, we can only imagine what shenanigans James and Belcalis are going to get into.

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Usher Releases "Peace Sign" Video Off Of 'A' Project

Given Monday's (Dec. 10) debate about who's the king of R&B, one of the names that steadily popped up in the conversation has stepped onto the scene. In a visual promotion for his A soundscape, Usher released the video for "Peace Sign" alongside producer Zaytoven.

Previously, the pair hit the studio for an eight-track project that pays respect to their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. It was surprise-released in October and effortlessly fuses ATL's aura on the soundscape. Now, the "Peace Sign" video puts that decision into cinematic motion.

"Atlanta offers a certain attitude and a sauce that I can't explain, and it is a little bit in 'No Limit,' it is a little bit in 'TNT.' I'm literally talking sh*t, man," he said in an interview with The Fader. "I'm popping sh*t that I haven't popped, like really ever. And that's what being in the moment creates. When you have months and months to think about it and you begin to analyze all the people who you need to think of and what you want this entire project to work out, you'll lose certain elements of your spontaneity an incredible culture that just happens in the moment. I didn't give that space. I really was honest with the feelings, I was honest with the conversation and I was really in the moment. And I thank Zay for that."

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