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Chance The Rapper Gifted Jordan Sneakers To Chicago Youth

The rapper spread the Christmas spirit during his annual open mic event. 

Christmas may be quickly approaching, but Chance the Rapper has always been in the giving mood. From announcing his plans to donate $1 million to Chicago schools to donating his Grammy Awards to his hometown's museum, Chance continues to give back to his community. On Monday night, Chance held his organization's monthly event, OpenMike, and gifted attendees with some early Christmas presents.

The OpenMike event was created in honor of Chance's mentor Mike Hawkins, who died three years ago. To celebrate Hawkins' influence on Chicago youth, Chance made it a point to make this month's event especially memorable. With the help of Nike, Chance gifted the OpenMike attendees each with a pair of Jordan Retro 11s -- which won't even be released until Saturday and retail for a cool $220.

In a fan-shot video posted to Twitter, Chance was onstage in Cindy Pritzker Auditorium with a sneaker box in hand as the crowd erupted with screams and applause. A slew of OpenMike attendees took to Twitter to thank Chance and the Social Works organization for the gifts. "Thank you ---- @chancetherapper @Jumpman23 @SocialWorks_Chi and everyone else who had a part," one user wrote. "I have never had a pair of Jordans before and I’m so thankful.... this is great."

Earlier Tuesday (Dec. 5), Chance expressed his gratitude to Chicago and the Social Works team for making the special event "one of its best nights yet.” He continued: “Thanks to @Korporate00 for speaking and thanks to Jordan for bringing 300 pairs of unreleased 11s for the young creatives. Until next year… POWER TO THE PEOPLE…”

Aside from his social work, Chance is currently readying his joint Christmas album with fellow Chicagoan Jeremih, Merry Christmas Lil' Mama.

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This post was originally published on Billboard. 

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Missy Elliott is coming. With the release of an Instagram video featuring a celebratory dance, the legendary musician signaled that new music is on the horizon.

"I just finished a long project I been working on since last year & this my mood “Keep On Movin” I’m bout to show yall I’m on some next ish," she wrote in the caption of her video announcement on Wednesday (April 17). The video features her boppin' along to Soul II Soul's "Keep On Moving." Her hair is in braids, she's rocking gold hoops and sports a beautiful smile on her face.

The Virginia native's last album was 2005's The Cookbook, which featured the hit single "Lose Control" with Ciara and Fatman Scoop. Since then, she's released solo singles such as "WTF (Where They From)" with Pharrell Williams, "Pep Rally," and was recently featured on Lizzo's new song "Tempo."

Just because she hasn't released a full-length project doesn't mean she hasn't been busy. Missy's hard work has paid off, and she will be the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame this summer. She was also recently named Berklee College Of Music's Honorary Doctorate Recipient.

We can't wait to hear what she's been up to.

 

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I just finished a long project I been working on since last year & this my mood “Keep On Movin” I’m bout to show yall I’m on some next ish😅🤮🤮🥶👽💣🔥🙌🏾🙌🏾

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Audio Of Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Film Is Reportedly Coming To Streaming Platforms

According to reports, the audio of Beyoncé’s 2016 visual album LEMONADE will be available on all music streaming platforms next week. Prior to Wednesday’s announcement (April 17), the artist’s sixth studio-album was a Tidal-exclusive.

Per Variety, audio of the 65-minute film will be available on streaming services on Tuesday, April 23, the third-anniversary of the film’s debut on HBO. The soundtrack to the film of the same name features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, James Blake, The Weeknd and Jack White.

“Divided into 11 chapters—”Intuition”, “Denial”, “Anger”, “Apathy”, “Emptiness”, “Accountability”, “Reformation”, “Forgiveness”, “Resurrection”, “Hope”, and “Redemption”—the film went on to earn four primetime Emmys,” reports the site. Beyonce went on to win two Grammys for Lemonade– "Best Urban Contemporary Album," and "Best Music Video" for "Formation."

This news comes as Beyoncé made headlines for releasing a Netflix documentary on her history-making headlining performance at Coachella 2018. She also released a 40-song album of the live audio from the performance, which features a re-recorded version of Frankie Beverly’s “Before I Let Go," which interpolates Cameo's "Candy."

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Straight off of Offset's debut solo album, Father of 4, the Atlanta native released the captivating music video for his single "Clout." The melody features his wife and mother of his daughter, Cardi B, who makes an appearance midway through the visual.

Directed by Daniel Russell, the reel pays homage to Busta Rhymes and Janet Jackson's '90s collaboration "What's It Gonna Be?" Offset served as a creative director alongside Joseph Desrosiers Jr. In an interview with Billboard, Offset sang Cardi's praises for her artistry and connection to her fans.

"She’s the same thing. She keeps it 1000. She speaks her voice. What she gotta say, how she gon’ say, she gon’ say it," Offset said. "She’s a hard worker. People try to take it away from her. You never seen somebody work this hard, so to reward that, you don’t know how to handle it. She be workin’ and people love her. It’s organic."

Offset also excited fans on the rumored release of the Migos' next joint album, possibly the follow-up to 2018's Culture II. The project spawned singles like "Walk It Talk It," "Stir Fry," and "Narcos."

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