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Janelle Monae Pays Homage To The Jackson 5 On "Hum Along & Dance (Gotta Get Down)."

Janelle Monae's latest single is one of many from the star-studded soundtrack from the Netflix original series The Get Down.

Janelle Monae is showing how she gets down with her new track, "Hum Along & Dance (Gotta Get Down)." The singer debuted her new single, which will also be featured on the soundtrack for the Netflix original series The Get Down, on the Ebro Darden's Beats 1 show today (August 10).

Janelle revealed she joined the jam-packed soundtrack after forming a relationship with the series' producer, Baz Luhrmann when they both attended an event in Sydney, Australia. And from there, she jumped in the studio. While the upbeat track delivers a modern twist to the 70s funk and hip hop music, it pays homage to Motown and the Jackson Five.

"The great thing about it, they had the rights to the Jackson Five "Hum Along And Dance," Janelle told Ebro. "We got in the studio, picked parts that we loved and that's how we made the music. It was inspired by the Jackson Five and I just put Janelle Monae on it, but I wanted to keep the essence of Jackson Five. Michael is one of my heroes. As I was recording this song, I was envisioning a world where color was not the center of attention. I wasn't a black and white, green and yellow, but we were all on the dance floor together, living and breathing as one."

Janelle Monae's single is yet another track to drop from the The Get Down soundtrack. The song follows after Miguel's "Cadillac." The Nas-produced soundtrack also features Christina Aguilera, Zayn, Jaden Smith (who will also appear in the series), Raury, Grandmaster Flash, and many more.

The soundtrack will be released on August 12, the same day as the series premiere. But in the meantime, check out Janelle Monae's single below.

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Barbados' 2019 Reggae Festival To Feature Buju Banton, Barrington Levy And More

On the heels of its 15th installment, Barbados is gearing up for the return of its Reggae Festival from April 27-30. The concert will be attended by Splash Band, Judy Boucher, Barrington Levy, plus more prominent voices in the genre.

To kick-off the festivities, Buju Banton will hit the stage on April 27 at Kensington Oval. According to a press release, the last time the "Hills And Valleys" artist performed in Barbados was at the country's 2006 edition of the same festival. Artists set to perform as well include Spragga Benz, Wayne Wonder and more.

On day two (April 28), Pirates Cove will serve as a temporary performing space for another iconic musician, Sizzla. Busy Signal will also rock the mic ahead of the festival's finale at Kensington Oval. The location will be home to the Vintage Reggae Show and Dance (April 30), that'll host performances by Admiral Tibet, George Nooks, and the pioneering Barrington Levy.

Tickets for the event are available here.

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Prepare Thyself: Lil Kim's New Album Will Drop In May

Lil Kim announced via social media early today (Mar. 26) that her new album will drop on May 17. The Queen Bee’s next project is called 9, and will be lead by the single “Go Awff.” In a photo of herself in a blonde wig and a Balenciaga outfit, the big news was unveiled.

Additionally, Kim wrote that a video for “Go Awff” will drop this Friday (Mar. 26). She told fans over the weekend during a performance in Atlantic City, N.J. that the album would drop within the next few months, and will feature a Rick Ross collaboration.

The number 9 bears a special significance in Kim’s life. June 9 is the day her daughter Royal Reign was born, and March 9 was the day her dear friend, the rapper The Notorious B.I.G., was killed. Additionally, this is her ninth project (five albums and four mixtapes).

This will be Kim’s first official album since 2005’s The Naked Truth, which featured the singles “Lighters Up” and “Whoa.” Since then, she’s appeared on multiple tracks from artists such as Remy Ma, Keyshia Cole and Maino, just to name a few.

Watch her announcement and listen to “Go Awff” below.

LIL’ KIM ANNOUNCED HER NEW ALBUM “9” RELEASE DATE....May 17th 2019. Will you be supporting Queen Bee? pic.twitter.com/jvr7wNNGwR

— E S S E N C E O F S E A N (@SEAN_THE_FINALE) March 24, 2019

Drip Too Hard 💧 | #GoAwff Video out Friday 🎥 | New Album “9” drops May 17th 💿 pic.twitter.com/FjPM47dEbo

— Lil' Kim (@LilKim) March 26, 2019

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Lil Wayne's 1999 Rap Notebook Is On Sale For $250K

If you have $250,000 laying around and fancy yourself a Lil Wayne fan then you can own his rap notebook from 1999.

Weezy was about 17 years old and part of the beloved rap group the Hot Boys when he penned his lyrics for songs "We On Fire" and "I Feel."

The owner of the notebook told TMZ he found it inside a car once owned by Cash Money. As a dealership employee, he rummaged through the backseat and located the prized possession.

Photos of the notebook show water damage, which the owner said was nearly destroyed during Hurricane Katrina.

The notebook was stored in a box in his garage and when the Category 5 storm hit, he evacuated. When he returned much of his belongings were destroyed except for the book. Moments In Time will reportedly handle the sale of the rare find.

Moments In Time has sold several hip-hop artifacts. In 2017, the company sold three pages in which the beloved rapper penned the lyrics to his classic "Dear Mama." Each page priced at $25,000. The company also sold the vehicles Biggie and Pac were killed in.

Weird flex, but okay.

 

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