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Russell Simmons' All Def Digital Partners With Spotify For 'Traffic Jams' Series

Traffic Jams debuts with T-Pain and Southside on April 4.

Imagine witnessing the combination of your favorite artist and producer working together for the first time, only they have just an hour in the back of a car, stuck in LA traffic, to cook up a fire track before going to perform it in front of a live crowd.

That's exactly what Russell Simmons' All Def Digital and Spotify have teamed up to achieve with their new series, Traffic Jams. Screened last night in the Big Apple, the series premieres through the streaming service on April 4. The series boasts a lineup of industry all-stars which includes, D.R.A.M, Joey Badass, E-40, Jidenna, Sonny Digital and more.

Admittedly, Russell Simmons told the crowd on hand for the screening that he was skeptical of the concept at first, before witnessing the demo. VIBE shared similar sentiments until viewing Traffic Jams'  debut episode, which brought a creative concept to the table. Comedian DoBoy plays the role of driver, transporting the back-seat talent around Los Angeles, as he chimes in periodically to bring comedic relief to the show.

T-Pain pairs up with 808 Mafia's Southside for episode one, and they collaborated on "Pull Up," which sounds like vintage Teddy if we must say. The Atlanta hitmaker somehow crafted a beat in minutes without even hesitating. The "F*ck Up Some Commas" producer said he already knew in his head what sounds he needed to bring up on his laptop. The melodic track has all the makings of a potential Billboard hit, and based on the performance, which even featured a verse from Southside, it could be something extra special.

"Traffic Jams is an exciting new premium series that shows off true talent — recording artists and producers — and their ingenuity, creativity and personalities," said All Def Digital Co-Founder Russell Simmons.

Traffic Jams Season One lineup:

April 4 – T-Pain & Southside

April 11 – DRAM & MeLo X

April 18 – Joey Badass & Cardo

April 25 – Pell & !LLMIND

May 2 – Jidenna & Sonny Digital

May 9- MADEINTYO & ARAABMUZIK

May 16 – Dae Dae & Marvel Alexander

May 23 – E-40 & Willie B

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Myspace Loses All Music Posted Before 2016

After losing the bulk of its users to other budding social media platforms, the once popular Myspace reportedly lost every single piece of content uploaded before 2016, including songs, photos, and videos, BBC reports.

According to Myspace, the site is blaming a faulty server migration for its large deletions, which is believed to have happened more than a year ago. This is when members started reporting that access to certain content older than 2016 was made unavailable.

More than 50 million tracks from 14 million artists have been lost, including music introduced by the "Myspace Generation." Beyond the music, pictures and videos stored on the server are nowhere to be found.

Though Facebook's craze led to a decrease in users, the rebrand, which centered around giving artists a place to build a platform, has been made virtually obsolete by years worth of content that's no longer.

Myspace published a statement on the site apologizing for the incident: "As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace. We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your backup copies. If you would like more information, please contact our data protection officer.”

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Comedienne Jess Hilarious Under Fire For Xenophobic Comments Toward Sikhs

Jess Hilarious came under fire Sunday (March 17) after she uploaded a video showcasing relief after four Sikhs were removed from her flight. The Lil Rel star defended her statements and said she was scared.

"If I'm scared I'm scared. F**k y'all. F**k how y'all feel," Jess said. "Y'all mad at me because I don't side with any other black person, because I don't side with every other race. F**k y'all. I feel how I feel. I felt threatened and that was it. F**k y'all, and I'm not flying there. We were evacuated, bitch. Why? Why? with no technical difficulties or nothing."

The Internet quickly sent the comic a digital side eye for her xenophobic comments, which came two days after 51 Muslim men and women were gunned down in New Zealand. The youngest of which was 3-year-old Mucaas Ibrahim.

what if Jess Hilarious’ middle name is Notthat?

— Jamal (@JamalJimoh) March 17, 2019

A day after Muslims were ambushed and murdered while praying (death toll now at 51), Jess Hilarious hops on Al Gore’s internet to brag about+defend getting 4 people with turbans kicked off a flight because she didn’t feel safe.

— Candice Marie Benbow (@CandiceBenbow) March 17, 2019

Xenophobia is really disgusting.

The hate for Muslims is disgusting and Jess hilarious is trash and not worthy of a platform. https://t.co/qotZ9AwMLO

— Mistress George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) March 17, 2019

One Twitter user, a DJ who goes by the name DJ The Gypsy pointed out Jess' comments run rampant within other parts of the black community.

Jess Hilarious’ anti-Muslim rhetoric sheds light on a very important topic; Islamophobia within the black Christian community

— dylan (@dylanthegypsy) March 17, 2019

The backlash Jess merited did, however, highlight not everyone shared her sentiments.

https://twitter.com/anildash/status/1107315609921093632

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