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Chance The Rapper Wants Ideas From The Youth That'll Benefit Chicago

The Chicago native plans to continue his conquest to make the Windy City a hotbed of innovation by launching an initiative that places the youth at the forefront.

No one puts on for their hometown like Chance The Rapper does. The Chicago native plans to continue his conquest to make the Windy City an incubator of innovation by launching an initiative that places the youth at the forefront.

According to HipHopWired, the Coloring Book artist linked up with the philanthropic organization, Chicago Beyond, to create a $2 million provocation that'll fund young people's ideas that'll "positively affect the city." Applicants must be over the age of 13 to submit proposals.

Per Billboard, the ideas can range from community outreach to creating new jobs. July 7 is the deadline for submissions, which simply entails a 90-second video of your mission.

Recently, the Grammy Award-winning artist donated $2.2 million to Chicago's public schools to implement a new art program. During a press conference, the "No Problem" rapper stressed the importance of preserving an effective learning environment for the city's future leaders.

"I'm committed to helping Chicago students have quality learning experiences in a quality learning space," Chance said per DNAInfo. "As an artist, I know the arts are essential, they teach students valuable lessons."

In order to be considered, interested applicants must:

  • Have been in existence (or be working with a nonprofit organization that has been in existence) for at least three years
  • Provide a new approach or way of solving a complex issue facing Chicago¹s youth
  • Work with young people between the ages of 13 to 25 years old
  • Be willing to work with Chicago Beyond and a research partner to learn from and grow their work
  • Produce audited financial reports for the last three years (only if invited to the Formal Review Process)
  • Note: Chicago Beyond will not invest in individuals, benefits, annual campaigns, private schools or private research

For more information, visit ChicagoBeyond.org.

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Buju Banton Partners With Roc Nation, Releases 'Steppa' Video

Nearly a year after his release from prison, Buju Banton is entering a new stage of his music career with a partnership with Roc Nation.

Roc Nation announced the news today (Nov. 22), with the release of a new visual for the song "Steppa." The video has the reggae legend performing and fellowshipping in Blue Mountains, Jamaica, and follows the release of another new song, "Trust," produced by Dave Kelly. Buju's new music with Roc Nation will include distribution by Island Records.

“It’s an honor to work with a legend and trailblazer of Buju’s caliber –His music catalog is simply unparalleled. We’re thrilled to help propel his legacy forward and look forward to amplifying his resurgence on a global level,” said Roc Nation co-presidents Shari Bryant and Omar Grant in a statement.

Buju Banton's illustrious career, which dates back to the late 1980s, includes breaking multiple sales and chart records in Jamaica and collaborating with U.S. stars such as John Legend, DJ Khaled, and Fat Joe. His latest studio album, Before The Dawn (2010), won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album. Friday's announcement follows the completion of his "Long Walk To Freedom" tour, which attracted more than 30,000 people to its key stop of Buju's stomping grounds in Kingston, Jamaica. The concert was the first time a Jamaican artist headlined the National Stadium since Bob Marley's performance at the One Love Peace Concert on April 22,1978.

Watch the video for "Steppa" above, and listen to "Trust" below.

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French Montana Hospitalized For Series Of Medical Ailments

On Thursday (Nov. 21), medical authorities responded to an emergency call derived from French Montana's Calabasas home. According to TMZ, the "Shot Caller" rapper began to experience health ailments from nausea to an increased heart rate.

Around 1:30 p.m., the officials arrived at the scene and transported the 35-year-old entertainer to a nearby hospital. Authorities were initially responding to a call about a robbery but it was a false alarm. He then began to experience health ailments that encouraged the authorities to take him to a hospital. Details of his condition are still being kept private. The Bronx-bred, Morocco-born artist has been on the go since the charting success of his 2018 hit "Unforgettable." After filming the song's video in Uganda, Montana was inspired to provide adequate health services for over 300,000 people, AXS reports.

"Health care is kind of a privilege right now but it needs to be a right," he said to CNN. "When it comes to humanity I feel like a lot of people gotta step up to make it better." Montana continued to state the power that artists have the power to make a significant change but shy away from doing so. "I feel like a lot of artists and a lot of actors and people that have a platform like mind don't like to touch them kind of subjects because they real risky."

Happy one year anniversary to my family in Uganda 🇺🇬 cant believe we got so much done in one year !! Thank u for the opportunity💪❤️ !! pic.twitter.com/VBeGRIi6Zg

— French Montana (@FrencHMonTanA) March 14, 2018

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Kanye West To Debut ‘Nebuchadnezzar’ Opera At Hollywood Bowl

Kanye West will debut his new opera, Nebuchadnezzar, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles Sunday (Nov. 24). The opera acts as an expression of the 42-year-old rapper’s “commitment to both his faith and ever-expanding musical palette,” according to West's record label, Def Jam.

Directed by Vanessa Beecroft, Nebuchadnezzar will feature Ye’s Sunday Service Collective, along with singer Peter Collins, and the group Infinity Song.

The production meshes elements of gospel, opera and fine art into an “innovative performance structure,” and is an original adaptation of the biblical story of the Babylonian King from the Book of Daniel. The story, set in 6th century B.C., recounts Nebuchadnezzar’s transition from “wicked, impure, self-declared ruler to a true believer who finds salvation in his faith.”

Nebuchadnezzar is the first large-scale production from West this year, outside of his Sunday Service performances. Last week, the father of four traveled to Houston where he made a guest appearance at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church.

West and the Sunday Service choir also popped up at a Texas jail for an impromptu performance that was attended by around 200 inmates.

Tickets for Nebuchadnezzar can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com.

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