Chance The Rapper on Leading the Youth
This has undoubtedly been a year of Chance. In addition to dominating the music scene with the release of his Grammy-nominated album Coloring Book and a long lineup of magical live performances, the rapper also took many strides to speak on social issues plaguing the streets of Chicago and put himself right at the political heart of the election. Chance continued his efforts to give back to his hometown by hosting a number of concerts for the city’s youth, such as his Magnificent Coloring Day, which he hosted in Chicago in Sept. 2016. Additionally, the rapper made it his mission help the homeless by providing many with materials to survive the harsh winter as well as handing out a list of warm shelters to go to. But one of his most recent display of heroism came during the presidential election season, in which he held a pre-election concert in Grant Park's Petrillo Music Shell, followed by a massive march to the voting polls. The line of young (and old) voters that Chance led to the polls reportedly wrapped around the entire block, according to USA Today. @chancetherapper is leading a HUGE march to a polling station thru downtown Chicago. People yelling "F$&@ Donald Trump!" pic.twitter.com/NgZwxFoIvF — Sean Hunter (@ReddPhotog) November 7, 2016
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Chance The Rapper To Headline Concert For Obama Foundation

The inaugural two-day summit kicks off Oct. 31.

Chance the Rapper will headline a special concert to close the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago next month. The rapper announced Friday (Oct. 13), that he teamed with the organization to curate the show, which will be live streamed on the Foundation’s website.

Gloria Estefan, and indie rock band, The National, will also perform at the inaugural event.

The Obama Foundation’s two-day summit begins on the Oct. 31 and will bring together “civic leaders from around Chicago, the U.S. and the world” to “exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems” as well experiencing art, technology, and music “from around the world.”

In addition, the event hopes to inspire those in attendance (and watching online) to make a “positive impact in their own communities.”

“As soon as I heard about the summit I jumped at the opportunity," Chance in a video for the Foundation. "There’s a lot of great things going on Chicago and I love the collaborative effort of being able to be at some of these talks and hear what people have going on and figure out how i fit in.”

And it sounds like the Grammy winner plans to bring some surprise guests with him.

Peep the full announcement below.

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Spotify Testing Feature That Allows Users To Mute Certain Artists

Spotify users will be able to mute certain artists, for their listening pleasure. The streaming company introduced a “don’t play this artist feature” as apart of a new IOS app update, according to Thurrott, which got its hands on an early version of the feature.

The block button allows listeners to banish specific artists from their personal music libraries, and stops them from popping up in automatically curated playlists, and other pages on the music streaming app. In order to utilize the mute feature, users clicks on the menu above an artists’s page and selects the “don’t play” option. The feature doesn’t work for songs that the artist may be featured on, the Verge reports.

The update could be a middle ground for Spotify as it faces increased pressure in wake of the #MuteRKelly movement, and Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly  documentary. A Change.org petition calling for Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube to remove R. Kelly’s music from its services is close to garnering 150,000 signatures.

Last year, Spotify briefly removed Kelly, XXXTentacion and T-Kay (a Texas rapper convicted of murder) from featured playlists due to the company's hateful conduct policy. “We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions -- what we choose to program -- to reflect our values,” the company explained in statement to Billboard last May. “When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator."

Spotify abandoned the plan after pushback from fans of the artists singled out, and industry heavyweights like Top Dawg Entertainment founder Anthony Tiffith, whose label imprint is home to Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolBoy Q and more.

Tiffith reached out to Troy Carter, Spotify’s global head of creator services, and threatened to remove his artists’ music from the streaming service. “I don't think it's right for artists to be censored, especially in our culture,” Tiffith told Billboard. “How did they just pick those [artists] out? How come they didn't pick out any others from any other genres or any other different cultures? There [are] so many other artists that have different things going on, and they could've picked anybody. But it seems to me that they're constantly picking on hip-hop culture."

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Sevyn Streeter And Justine Skye Cover "The Boy Is Mine"

Originally delivered by Monica and Brandy, "The Boy Is Mine" shook up the late '90s with a powerful duet between two women fighting for one man, now over 20 years since the electric debut, the single has received the millennial treatment.

Performing at the 2019 Trumpet Awards in Atlanta on Saturday (Jan. 19), Justine Syke and Sevyn Streeter recreated the work of Darkchild producer, Rodney Jerkins, who created the track 21-years-ago. Streeter dominated Brandy's portion of the single, while Skye released her inner Monica.

Jerkins, who is credited for working with the likes of Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Destiny's Child and more, was honored with the Music Excellence Award during Saturday’s ceremony. The award ceremony will air Feb. 11 on Bounce TV. T.I., MC Lyte, and Dapper Dan are among other powerful figures in music to be honored during this celebration.

Check out the clip of Sevyn Streeter and Justine Skye below.

Justine Skye And Sevyn covered the boy is mine live pic.twitter.com/3rFQopm61s

— Lethal Homo ❄️ (@LordeCali) January 21, 2019

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J. Cole performs during the From Dust To Gold preview party at the Apex Social Club at Palms Casino Resort on May 17, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Palms Casino Resort

J. Cole Resets Instagram, Teases New Single

UPDATE: 01/20/2019 5:45 PM ET 

J.Cole has confirmed his new single "Middle Child" will drop on Wednesday evening. Produced by T-Minus (Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bryson Tiller), the single will his first official track of 2019.

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Fans have been watching J.Cole's every move since his infamous Dreamville-Revengers recording sessions in Atlanta last week. Now that the bars are laid down, the creative is talking his sh*t on social media. Well, almost.

It appears the "ATM" rapper wiped his barely-used Instagram account clean and posted a graphic with the words, "I'm counting my bullets." While Cole doesn't engage on the platform, he was seen in the form of in-studio photographs by his team and over 100 collaborators who were in attendance of the Dreamville-Revengers recording sessions.

But as quickly as it appeared on Monday (Jan. 20), it was also deleted from his account.

Cole confirmed the conclusion of the sessions last week that included elite peers like T.I., Ludacris and Akon in addition to the game's most promising acts like Childish Major, Dreezy, Smino and R&B/jazz maestro  Masego. Dreamville members like Ari Lennox, J.I.D., Bas and EarthGang were also in attendance.

 

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I went to #ROTD3 and all I got was these really cool ass photos ! 😂@preme.xyz #prememagazine #prememag

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The Revengers sessions are done thank you to every artist and producer that came through. I love y’all, that shit was beautiful. Next step, finish the songs and let the 🌎 feel em.

— J. Cole (@JColeNC) January 17, 2019

J. Cole's manager and Dreamville Records president Ibrahim "Ib" Hamad teased new music from the rapper last week and promised that new music was coming sooner than later.

YOOOOOOO @KingOfQueenz y’all need to drop this shit already man #ROTD3 @JColeNC pic.twitter.com/AgOh1yfLyc

— Lionel🧸 (@Elite_Lionel) January 18, 2019

I got you when it’s finished 🙏🏿 I’m tryna put it together #Revenge https://t.co/NXrpUVv7Tq

— Ibrahim H. (@KingOfQueenz) January 18, 2019

This is sure to be another banner year for a Cole as his breakout mixtape The Warm Up, turns ten this year.

Seems like all we can do now is sit and wait.

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