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Tupac To Be Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

The ceremony will take place at Brooklyn's Barclay Center on April 7th, 2017.

Twenty years after his untimely death, Tupac Shakur's music, life and influence is still respected and potent as ever, so it's no surprise the beloved rapper along with an impressive class of musicians will be inducted into the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Tuesday morning (Dec. 20) news of 'Pac's induction--along with Nile Rodgers who will receive an award for musical excellence, Pearl Jam, singer-songwriter Joan Baez and others --hit the Internet. Artists are only eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 20 years after their first album is released. The ceremony will take place at Brooklyn's Barclay Center on April 7th, and an edited version of the event will air later on HBO. Tickets will go on sale in January.

News of Tupac's induction is sure to merit criticism from KISS frontman Gene Simmons who takes issue with rap and hip-hop artist entering the Hall of Fame. However, not everyone in hip-hop is overly excited about Tupac's latest honor. Chuck D took to Twitter back in October and said while he had nothing but love and respect for the All Eyez On Me artist, he thinks LL Cool J should receive the honor first.

With the death of Afeni Shakur, there's no telling who will do the honors of presenting the award. Hopefully Jada Pinkett Smith is free that evening.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will take place in April 2016.

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Beyonce Stars With Blue Ivy Carter In Gorgeous “Spirit” Music Video

With just a few days until The Lion King finally debuts in theaters, the timing is just right for Beyonce to release a new music video. Queen Bey unveiled the gorgeous video for “Spirit” from The Lion King: The Gift Tuesday (July 17) featuring an adorable cameo from Blue Ivy Carter.

The visual mimics a sunrise in the Serengeti and in true Bey fashion, the video includes beautiful dance sequences and flawless choreography, but also whimsical shots of animals scurrying about, along with scenes from the film.

In a rare interview, Beyonce described the Lion King album as “a love letter to Africa.”

“I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it," she told Good Morning America. "I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa.”

The Lion King: The Gift, which is executive produced and curated by the multi-Grammy winner, drops July 19, the same day as the film. The 14-track album features appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Pharrell, Tierra Whack and more.

“Spirit” made its video debut in collaboration with the ABC special The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight  airing Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST.

Watch the music video below.

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Rick Ross Announces ‘Port Of Miami 2’ Release Date

The wait is finally over. Rick Ross’ Port of Miami 2 album will be released on the 13-year anniversary of its predecessor, the Maybach Music head announced Tuesday (July 16).

The album's cover art features Ross holding a pendant with a photo of his close friend and manager, Black Bo, who passed away in 2018. In addition to the art work, Rozay debuted a minute-long album trailer where he appears to undergo a baptism.

"Port of Miami started me on this journey,” Ross wrote in June in an Instagram post announcing his 10th studio album. “It's only right I bring it back to where it all started. For my day ones to the new ones, this album is for you."

Earlier in the month, Ross released the singles “Big Tyme” featuring Swizz Beatz and “Act of Fool,” featuring Wale.

Watch the Port Of Miami 2 trailer below.

 

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Beyonce's 'Lion King' Soundtrack Features Blue Ivy, Jay-Z, Pharrell And More

Beyonce has unveiled the tracklist for her executive-produced compilation, The Lion King: The Gift, on Tuesday (July 16). Inspired by the film's live-action remake, the soundtrack features a range of artists that will bring their unique voices to the 14-track collection.

Fans will hear the sounds of Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Tierra Whack, Pharrell, 070 Shake, Jay-Z and more. To begin the project's rollout, Beyonce released its lead single, "Spirit," that paid homage to the original film's "Circle of Life" hit melody.

Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records will release The Lion King: The Gift on Friday (July 19). The "Halo" singer, who's starring as Nala opposite Donald Glover's Simba, disclosed the cover art on her website. The motion picture will debut in theaters on Thursday (July 18).

The Lion King: The Gift:

1. Beyoncé: “Bigger” 2. Beyoncé: “Find Your Way Back (Circle of Life)” 3. Tekno, Yemi Alade, Mr. Eazi: “Don’t Jealous Me” 4. Burna Boy: “Ja Ara E” 5. Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar: “The Nile” 6. Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino: “Mood 4 Eva” 7. Salatiel, Pharrell, Beyoncé: “Water” 8. Blue Ivy Carter, SAINt JHN, WizKid, Beyoncé: “Brown Skin Girl” 9. Tiwa Savage, Mr. Eazi: “Keys to the Kingdom” 10. Beyoncé: “Otherside” 11. Beyoncé, Shatta Wale: “Already” 12. Tierra Whack, Beyoncé, Busiswa,  Yemi Alade, Moonchild Sanelly: “My Power” 13. 070 Shake, Jessie Reyez: “Scar” 14. Beyoncé: “Spirit”

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