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Robert Glasper Says Mos Def Influenced 'Black Radio' LP Title

Accomplished soul artists Erykah Badu, Musiq Soulchild, and Chrisette Michele are lending their voices to a new project by Robert Glasper. Rappers Mos Def and Lupe Fiasco will join them as features on The Robert Glasper Experiment's upcoming Black Radio album, which brings jazz, hip hop, rock, and R&B to an apex, that is anything but predictable.

Recently, the frontman held a Black Radio listening event at the Electric Lady Studio in New York City. Throughout the evening, he occasionally moved to and from his seat on a piano bench in front of the audience to walk the venue aisles, and spoke on each song's creation.

Glasper said he arranged the album’s leading track “Afro Blue” especially for Erykah Badu.

“I arranged this with her in mind, and Casey put a flute on it, because Erykah loves flutes. Luckily she was able to do it. She was in the middle of the Rock The Bells tour I think and she had a day off, so she came to the studio,” he said. “I actually always heard Erykah doing jazz, and I never heard her do one, and it just makes sense because Billie Holiday pours out of her in a natural way, like an extension of her.”

Glasper also explained how Mos Def, who freestyled the title track, influenced the album's title:

"The Black Radio is the box, the thing that holds all the information. So if a plane crashes that will survive, and you can take it out and see what happens and why the plane crashed...So he said (Mos Def) 'Why don’t we just make the whole plane out of that?' so that's why I named the album Black Radio. Good music survives amongst the bullsh*t," said Glasper.

Noted in the jazz world for albums he's released through the Blue Note with his acoustic Trio, Glasper has always cultivated his hip-hop interests. He’s worked on Q-Tip’s last album, The Renaissance, and was music director of Mos Def's touring band.

At the event, he announced the album's first single will be "Ah Yeah," a duet with Chrisette Michele and Musiq Soulchild, to be released this January.

Black Radio was released on February 28.--Natelege Whaley

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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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Romeo May Have Landed A Role In 'Bad Boys For Life'

Bad Boys 3 is officially going down, and there's going to be a lot of new changes. The biggest change seems to be major additions to the film's cast. In fact, Romeo Miller recently hopped on social media on Tuesday (Dec. 11), suggesting that he could be the newest addition to the Bad Boys team.

Romeo shared a photo of an email for a callback to the Bad Boys set on his Instagram Stories on Dec. 11. "When you get callbacks and opportunity to work alongside your idols, @martinlawrence and @willsmith, you go study and go ghost," the rapper-turned-actor said, mentioning stars Martin Lawrence and Will Smith.

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As previously reported Will Smith and Martin Lawrence announced that the third installment of the Bad Boys franchise is finally happening after years of negotiating. The upcoming film, entitled, Bad Boys For Life, is expected to premiere in Jan. 2020.

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Looks like #Romeo May be joining the #BadBoys3 crew! Are y’all here for it, #Roomies!?

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'Selena: The Series' Is Headed To Netflix

It's been more than 20 years since Selena Quintanilla's senseless death, but the singer's fans and family have done their part to keep her memory and legacy alive. With the hope of introducing the Grammy-award winner to a new generation, Netflix has ordered a Selena series to live on the streaming platform.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Quintanilla family will produce what is being described as a coming of age story for the model, actress and fashion designer. It's unclear how many episodes will be in the series and if it'll be 30 minutes or an hour.

"Selena will always have a lasting place in music history and we feel great responsibility to do justice to her memory. With this series, viewers will finally get the full history of Selena, our family, and the impact she has had on all of our lives, Selena's sister Suzette Quintanilla said in a statement. "We are excited to partner with Campanario and Netflix to give fans a never-before-seen glimpse at our story and highlight why Selena will remain a legend for generations to come."

Selena began her musical career in the 1980s often performing at festivals in her hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas. She quickly rose to fame and earned a Grammy in 1994 for best Mexican/American album, becoming the first female Tejano singer to do so.

In 1995, Selena was shot and killed by Yolanda Saldivar who managed her fan club after it had been discovered she was embezzling money. Saldivar was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. The singer's life then made it to the big screen in 1997, with Jennifer Lopez starring in the principal role.

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