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Kendrick Lamar Was The Inspiration Behind A New "Be Alright" Scholarship

Kendrick Lamar's work on 'To Pimp A Butterfly' has prompted one organization to create the "Be Alright" scholarship for high school students.

Kendrick Lamar is slowly but surely witnessing the ripple effect of his influence as it moves from his home streets of Compton all across the country. A few months back, he caught wind of one particular North Bergen, New Jersey high school that used his work as a basis for an entire class. In a viral blog post, High Tech High School teacher Brian Mooney used lyrics from To Pimp A Butterfly to draw parallels between his class' assigned reading material, Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye.

READ: Kendrick Lamar Visits New Jersey High School To Hear Students’ Poetry And Freestyles

His students to wrote their own essays comparing the two artistic works and Mooney posted the responses in a second blog post. K.Dot wound up visiting the school to hear them perform their works and participate in a cypher. Now that same school is the site of a new scholarship inspired by Lamar's "Alright."

READ: There Is Now A Class On Kendrick Lamar’s ‘good Kid, m.A.A.d city’

The Philadelphia-based organization Oogee Woogee has launched the "Be Alright" scholarship, which will give $1500 to one student at High Tech High to go towards tuition and book fees. During the contest, which started today (Aug. 21), applicants must create a 2-3 minute video using their talents to explain the positive aspects of hip-hop. Viewers will watch videos and like and share to vote for their favorite contestant. The contest ends on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 9 a.m.

Eventually, Oogee Woogee plans to bring the scholarship to Philly, then expand it nationally. Check out the promo video for the High Tech High scholarship here, and happy voting.

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Animated Music Video XXXTentacion's "Sauce!" Is Released

A video for XXXTentacion's "Sauce!" has been released with animated flair.

Directed and animated by Tristian Zammit, the video blends various styles of anime with images of the rapper floating in the air. The song stems from the late rapper's latest posthumous release, XXXTentacion Presents: Members Only, Vol. 4. The project features friends and supporters of the rapper like Ski Mask the Slum God and affiliates Flyboy Tarantino, Kid Trunks, Tankhead, Bass Santana and more.

His affiliates are currently on a Members Only vs. The World tour, kicking off last month in California and bowing in Boston March 10.

 

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This is XXXTentacion's second posthumous release since his death in June 2018. Skins was released with fans taking the album to the top of the Billboard charts, moving 132,000 equivalent albums. His tangled history with domestic violence has continued to play a part in the young rapper's legacy. At the Grammys, the 20-year-old's name wasn't included in the "In Memoriam" segment over his history of domestic violence.

Sources confirmed the reason to Variety while Academy president Neil Portnow previously shared thoughts on the possibility that XXXTentacion would or would not be included. The rapper's name was however on the longer list of late musicians on the Grammys website.

“I will tell you it’s a daunting challenge,” said Portnow. “We track those that we lose in our industry in any given year and then we have a process by which we go through it. Our on-air in memoriam — we’re lucky if we wind up [featuring] 10 to 15 percent of those we lose. Because it’s always hard choices. All of that is to say, I don’t have any answers for you now, but obviously, artists who were prominent and well-known by the public are people who are recognized and we’ll just wind up having to see how it plays out.”

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Childish Gambino Announces New European Tour Dates With H.E.R.

Childish Gambino has added a handful of international dates to his "This Is America" tour with fellow Grammy-award-winning singer H.E.R.

Announced through his creative agency and management team wolf + rothstein on Instagram Friday (Feb. 15), the dates will be a delight to fans in Paris and London. Gambino and H.E.R. will perform at the London's O2 Arena March 24 and March 25 and will reach Paris' AccorHotels Arena March 27. The announcement comes fresh off of the artists' big wins at the 2019 Grammys.

Gambino took home four gramophones including Best Music Video for "This Is America" as well as Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance. He also made history as "This Is America" was the first rap record to take home Record of the Year.

H.E.R.'s debut at the Grammys was just as bright as the VIBE cover star took home Best R&B Album for her eponymous double-EP. She also took home an award for Best R&B Performance with Daniel Ceasar for their lovely duet, "Best Part."

Speaking with VIBE, H.E.R. dropped a few hints about an upcoming European tour and plans to release her debut studio album.

“I’m so thankful for all the stuff that happened in 2018 and now 2019 is even crazier,” she said. “There’s so much going on, so many places that I’ll be going to that I haven’t seen, but I’m definitely going to drop an official album, a real album because the projects that I dropped weren’t even official. They were just EPs and it’s about elevation this year.”

Meanwhile, Gambino shared a piece of new music during his new Google Pixel 3 ad titled, "Human Sacrifice." The ad feature's the platform's latest "Playmoji" creation with Gambino dancing off against his.

Check out the tour announcement below and cop tickets here.

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Boosie Suggests 6ix9ine Will Be Murdered For Snitching When Released

Boosie is not a fan of Tekashi 6ix9ine at the moment. The Baton Rouge artist hopped on Instagram on Thursday (Feb. 14), to shared his thoughts on Tekashi's current racketeering case. According to Boosie, 6ix9ine has put himself and his family in danger for snitching.

The new Instagram post discussed how Boosie used to be a fan of the "Fefe" rapper and how that quickly changed. "WHEN YOU FIRST WENT TO JAIL I WAS LIKE FREE DUDE CAUSE I DONT LIKE TO SEE NO ONE N DAT CAGE LIKE DAT‍♂️BUT ONE THING I DONT CONDONE OR SUPPORT IS RATS," Boosie wrote of Tekashi's initial incarceration on federal charges.  “YOU GOTTA SAY U A B***H A** N***AS WHO WAS JUST WAS PLAYING H*E GAMES WITH EVERYBODY. YOU HAVE TO ADMIT ON WAX THAT YOU A H*E A** N***AS FROM NOW ON."

Boosie went on to suggest Tekashi would be murdered if he was from Louisiana and snitched on someone. "I AND I DO UNDERSTAND YO SITUATION N***A. I WAS FACING A NEEDLE. (Lethal injection) N AINT BEND BREAK R FOLD #realn***as like myself WE HATE RATS," he added. "IDK ABOUT NEW YORK BUT N LOUISIANA U WILL BE MURDERED LESS THAN A MONTH AFTER YOUR RELEASE FRFR YOUR KIDS WILL BULLIED N SCHOOL FOR THE DECISION YOU MADE. YOU PUT ALL YOUR FAMILY N GRAVE DANGER FOR LIFE CAUSE OF THIS BS, DID U THINK BOUT THEY SAFETY? Keep it u DONT care bout nothin but YOU SMH."

Boosie's outrage stems from recent reports that claim 6ix9ine has been telling on gang affiliates who were involved in the attempted shooting of Chief Keef. A newly released transcript from his federal case said the rapper has pointed the finger at a number of people in his inner circle, including the person who pulled the trigger, in hopes of reducing his sentence.

Check out Boosie's full statement below.

 

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WHEN YOU FIRST WENT TO JAIL I WAS LIKE FREE DUDE CAUSE I DONT LIKE TO SEE NO ONE N DAT CAGE LIKE DAT🤷🏼‍♂️BUT ONE THING I DONT CONDONE OR SUPPORT IS RATS “YOU GOTTA SAY U A BITCH ASS NIGGAS WHO WAS JUST WAS PLAYING HOE GAMES WITH EVERYBODY 🤷🏼‍♂️YOU HAVE TO ADMIT ON WAX THAT YOU A HOE ASS NIGGA FROM NOW ON (period)I AND I DO UNDERSTAND YO SITUATION NIGGA. I WAS FACING A NEEDLE. (Lethal injection) N AINT BEND BREAK R FOLD #realniggas like myself WE HATE RATS 🐀 IDK ABOUT NEWYORK BUT N LOUISIANA U WILL BE MURDERED LESS THAN A MONTH AFTER YOUR RELEASE FRFR YOUR KIDS WILL BULLIED N SCHOOL FOR THE DECISION YOU MADE ,YOU PUT ALL YOUR FAMILY N GRAVE DANGER FOR LIFE CAUSE OF THIS BS, DID U THINK BOUT THEY SAFETY? Keep it 💯u DONT care bout nothin but YOU SMH

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