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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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Kendrick Lamar's 'Good Kid M.A.A.d City' Is The Second Hip-Hop Album To Achieve This Feat

Kendrick Lamar’s good kid m.A.A.d city reportedly just achieved a major milestone on the Billboard charts.

Per the Twitter page Chart Data, the artist’s 2012 opus has spent a total of 350 weeks on the Billboard 200 Album chart, joining the ranks of Eminem’s The Eminem Show as the only other hip-hop album in history to achieve the feat.

Since dropping, Lamar’s LP has gained accolades the world over. In 2012, VIBE crowned good kid m.A.A.d city our Album of the Year, writing, “Glued by beautifully engineered soundscapes and accentuating skits, GKMC possesses both the structure and intricate nuances of an instant classic.”

Additionally, in 2014, the album became the subject of a new English composition class at Georgia Regents University. In the course “Good kids, Mad Cities,” students were able to compare and contrast the album to the words of writers, poets and authors such as Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, James Joyce and the film Boyz in the Hood.

What tracks from GKMC are you still listening to today? Let us know in the comments.

[email protected]'s 'good kid, m.A.A.d city' has now spent 350 weeks on the Billboard 200. It joins 'The Eminem Show' as the only hip-hop studio album to reach this milestone.

— chart data (@chartdata) July 15, 2019

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50 Cent Releases 'Power' Theme Song Remix

Starz's critically-acclaimed drama Power will soon call it quits after five years and six seasons. With rumors of additional spinoffs, executive producer, rapper and actor, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has brought fans a new rendition of the series theme song "Big Rich Town," according to BET. 

He surprised fans with his latest power-play via Twitter on Friday (July 12). The remix features R&B casanova Trey Songz and emerging Bronx-native rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. The new song is streaming on all major platforms.

New heat BIG RICH TOWN remix season 6 🔥@TreySongz @ArtistHBTL 🍾#lecheminduroi 🥃#bransoncognac pic.twitter.com/QR2ZzTjFE8

— 50cent (@50cent) July 12, 2019

"New heat BIG RICH TOWN remix season 6 @TreySongz @ArtistHBTL #lecheminduroi #bransoncognac" Mr. Jackson tweeted.

Trigga delivers his vocals on the chorus while A Boogie brings his own heat in the second verse on the G-Unit Records single.

Mixed reviews and responses flooded Twitter soon after the release.

I like the original better, Trey must owe you some money🤣

— cincygirlstyle (@The1HeLetGetAwy) July 12, 2019

"I like the original better, Trey must owe you some money 🤣" one user tweeted.

https://twitter.com/_artistone_/status/1149540218061459456

"Oh, this "Big Rich Town" remix is jazzy as hell," another chimed in.

This version is better than the original..nobody was playing the original version when he released it before the show came out

— Lucky Lo (@Polodownlucky) July 12, 2019

"This version is better than the original.. nobody was playing the original version when he released it before the came out"

Regardless oi the new song being a fan fave or not, the Power Season 6 late-August premiere is sure to drop jaws, now being titled "Final Betrayal". The official trailer for the supersized 15-episode season released Saturday (July 6).

Listen to "Big Rich Town (Remix" below.

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Cardi B departs from court after being arraigned on misdemeanor assault charges at the Queens Criminal Court on June 25, 2019 in New York City.
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Cardi B Rightfully Slams Lawyer For Obsessing Over Her Courtroom Attire

Cardi B responded to criticism from celebrity defense lawyer Joe Tacopina who is turned off by the entertainers designer duds. In an interview with the New York Post, he went on to say that the entertainer treats her courthouse visits "like a runway show."

Tacopina is representing sisters Sarah and Rachel Wattley, the alleged victims in the rapper's strip club assault case.

"Here's a woman who got indicted by a grand jury with charges, and appears to only be concerned about what she's wearing," the celebrity defense attorney said. pointing to moments where she wore a Barneys pink pantsuit and other luxury items.

"There's going to be a 'Come to Jesus' moment with her, because it's not consistent with someone who's taking this seriously."

Billboard reports that the 26-year-old rapper posted a series of since-deleted Instagram videos, which have resurfaced to YouTube, to chime in on Tacopina's comments on Sunday (July 14). "I don't dress inappropriately when I go to court. I dress like a young f**king lady," she said "Where am I supposed to get my suits from, H&M? Why are you worried about the way I dress?"

The "Rodeo" artist continued to explain that she appeared in court looking opposite of her put together runway-esque self, without wearing makeup or brushing hair. "That just goes to show you that y'all do this s**t for press. I went to court six times already for a f**king misdemeanor," she said.

She is currently facing two felony counts and a list of other lesser charges that were followed by an indictment in June.

View Cardi's full response above.

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