2016 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 - Day 2

Run The Jewels' 2016 Coachella Set Included Bernie Sanders, Nas & Gangsta Boo

Killer Mike and El-P were invited back for a 2nd year in a row. 

Rarely do artists get invited back to the Coachella stage two years in a row. Performers need to embody something extra special to receive the honor back to back. For hip-hop duo Run The Jewels, the call was one that came unexpectedly, but met with open arms -- and show-stopping ideas.

RTJ started their Saturday (Apr 16) concert on the Coachella main stage -- they were at a smaller stage in 2015 -- like no one else in the California festival's history. A presidential candidate introduced the fellas in a video message where he showed his full support for Killer Mike and El-P.

"One of the highlights of running for president over the course of this last year has been getting to know Killer Mike," said Bernie in the video. "His depth of passion, his knowledge and commitment to community is an inspiration to me and I value his friendship immensely." El-P, keep up the great work and let's get to know each other better in the months to come."

The senator and Mike became great friends this past year and continue to show each other love at every possible moment. Bernie may not be down to join the RTJ moshpits, but if he becomes president, don't be shocked to see Killer Mike as a frequent White House visitor if he gets elected.

But the surprise guests didn't stop there. Fans were also treated to a cameo from Gangsta Boo, who came through for "Love Again (Akinyele Back)." And, New York City's Despot joined the crew for their collaboration, "Blockbuster Night Pt. 2." Gary Clark Jr. also came through for a guitar solo after "Angel Duster."

However, things came to a high when Nas stepped out from the shadows to the drums of his crowd favorite, "Made You Look." As one of the group's biggest supporters, the Queensbridge legend rocked his verse from track and then declared Run The Jewels as his "favorite group."

Now that's how you end a Coachella performance.

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Pop Smoke: 5 Suspects Arrested In Connection With Rapper’s Murder

Five people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Pop Smoke, the Los Angeles Police Department's  Robbery-Homicide Division revealed on Friday (July 10). According to an LAPD news release, the suspects include two teenagers and three adults, the latter of whom were identified as Corey Walker, 19, Jaquan Murphy, 21, and Keandre D. Rodgers, 18.

The LAPD claims that the suspects are gang members who were involved in Jackson’s murder in February, and in the murder of an 18-year-old victim who was gunned down last year in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

No other details were released as both investigations are ongoing.

Pop Smoke, whose birth name was Bashar Jackson, was gunned down at a temporary rental home in the Hollywood Hills while visiting Los Angeles. The 20-year-old Brooklyn native was the victim of an armed robbery, per the LAPD.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Confirms Past Relationship With August Alsina

As promised, Jada Pinkett Smith brought herself to the infamous red table but she wasn’t alone. Will Smith joined his wife to address August Alsina’s claims in a special mini-episode of Red Table Talk that premiered on Friday (July 10).

Jada confirmed that she was once in a relationship with the 27-year-old singer while “separated” from Will. According to Jada, things with Alsina started out as a platonic friendship before turning into something more.

“As time went on, I got into a different kind of entanglement with August,” she admitted.

The actress went on to clarify that Will never August “permission” to date her. “The only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself,” she said. “I could see how he would perceive it as ‘permission' because we were separated amicably and I think he also wanted to make it clear that he’s not a home wrecker — which he’s not.

“I was in a lot of pain. I was broken. I definitely realized that you can’t find happiness outside of yourself, and luckily enough, you and I were going through a process of healing in a much different manner,” Jada told Will. “I would definitely say we did everything we could to get away from each other only to realize that that wasn’t possible.”

Later in the talk, Will asked Jada what she was looking for in August. “I just wanted to feel good,” she said. “And it was really a joy just to heal somebody.”

The couple, who have been together for 25 years, also revealed their relationship mantra: “We ride together. We die together. Bad marriage for life.”

Watch the full episode below.

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Kid Cudi Announces Eminem Collaboration, "The Adventures Of Moon Man And Slim Shady”

Kid Cudi and Eminem are releasing a new single, "The Adventures of Moon Man and Slim Shady,” scheduled to drop this Friday (July 10).

Cudster’s daughter, Vada, announced the news in an adorable video posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday (July 8).

And now a word from Princess Vada the chosen... pic.twitter.com/xmgIMkUntz

— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) July 8, 2020

Besides working with Eminem, Cudi collaborated with Kanye West on an upcoming Kids See Ghost animated series. Additionally, the Ohio native is gearing up to debut an animated Netflix series, Entergalactic, based off his upcoming concept album of the same name. Cudi will executive produce the series along with Kenya Barris.

The 36-year-old rapper and actor will also appear in the HBO mini-series, We Are Who We Are. The coming-of-age story centers around two teenagers living on an American military base in Italy.

Watch the trailer below.


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