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Jim Jones Says Tekashi69 Is The "King Of New York"

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Tekashi 6ix9ine raised some eyebrows after he boldly dubbed himself the "King of New York" earlier this year. While some were ready to debate the self-proclaimed title with the controversial artist, an unexpected  hip-hop veteran said Tekashi's declaration has some merit behind it. Jim Jones stopped by Power 106FM radio show, where he confirmed that Tekashi may just be the king of the city in this new era of hip-hop.

"I mean, I guess man," he said when asked about Tekashi's title. "It's a different era of music. It's the Instagram era, Internet era. The kings I grew up with was really in the street, like you were really in the street.. We didn't have phones to take pictures. It was really action out there. I went up against a lot of kings of New York. You state your claim if you come from New York. "

He also explained that Tekashi's claim to the throne is based off of a different metric system. "He's more or less coming from a place of all the hits that he has done this year and being from New York. He's been the most successful artist from New York... That's righteous to say I guess," he continued. "I claimed the king at that time... 50 claimed the king. Jay claimed the king, Nas claimed the king. Puffy claimed the king. So there's a lot of kings that come out [of New York]."

Tekashi 6ix9ine may be the king of New York at the moment, but he could soon be booted from his seat. The rapper is reportedly mixed up in a legal battle regarding a Feb. 2015 incident, in which he had sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl. The rapper pleaded guilty to the charge and could be facing prison time as well as be registered as a sex offender.

While Tekashi awaits his fate, check out Jim Jones' comments on the Brooklyn native in the video below.

 

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READ MORE: Does 50 Cent Think Tekashi 6ix9ine Is The King Of New York?

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Tidal Announces Tidal Unplugged Program For Upcoming Artists

The Jay-Z owned streaming service is launching Tidal Unplugged, a program geared toward rising artists. The program has been bestowed with a $1 million fund, courtesy of its donors, venture capitalists and philanthropists, Mark Lampert and Robert Nelsen. The goal of the program is to gather emerging artists and provide them with support and tools to advance their music careers.

The selected, local artists will begin the program in Detroit, where Lampert's grandfather started his music career and will receive a grant that can cover necessary equipment, time in the studio, as well as living expenses amongst other things. There are plans to expand Unplugged to other locations, but as of right now it's solely in the Motor City.

"Kicking it off in Detroit, we're giving artists the means and resources to pursue their passion," Tidal said about Unplugged. "This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows aspiring musicians to dedicate more time and energy to seeking a career as an artist."

Unplugged will also allow the artists to maintain complete ownership of their recording masters from the four songs they will record when they make it to the first stage of the program. Additionally, Tidal plans to help the musicians with the distribution and promotion of their music, as well as help the artists prepare for a TIDAL Unplugged showcase concert later this year in November.

 

Detroit, welcome to TIDAL Unplugged. Up-and-coming artists are getting the opportunity to give their all to their music with our new artist grant program. Submissions open March 1. https://t.co/krL3l8HHGg pic.twitter.com/w30fElrp6N

— TIDAL (@TIDAL) February 21, 2019

Tidal Unplugged is calling for musicians of all genres in the birthplace of Motown Records, however, the announcement states that all submissions must be a cappella or performed acoustically with minimal use of digital components.

Detroit-area artists can apply for the program on Tidal's official website or here, starting on March 1, 2019. Finalists will be announced in May 2019.

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Amy Winehouse Hologram Tour Postponed Over “Unique Challenges”

Amy Winehouse's hologram tour is officially postponed, BASE Hologram, the company behind the digital production, announced via Twitter Tuesday (Feb. 19).

“In developing the type of highly ambitious, state of the art hologram/augmented reality theatrical event that would truly capture her genius and incredible artistic and social contributions, we encountered some unique challenges and sensitivities,” the company revealed.

The tour, originally scheduled to launch sometime this year, is delayed until BASE can “determine the best path to a creatively spectacular production that would properly honor Amy’s legacy.”

Mitch Winehouse, the “Back to Black” singer's father, announced the tour last fall, which was expected to feature a live band backing a digital projection of Winehouse.

Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in 2011, following a very public battle with addiction that ultimately cut her life short. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, an organization that works to prevent “the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people.”

Read BASE Hologram’s full statement on the tour delay below.

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— BASE Hologram (@BASEHologram) February 20, 2019

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Beyonce And Travis Scott Are Reportedly Working On Music Together

Who would have imagined Beyonce and Travis Scott would be embarking on new music together? According to Tone Stith, talks of a collaboration between the two artists were buzzing for L.A. songwriters.

Speaking to VIBE for our Views From The Studio series, the 20-year-old shared how his single "Good Company" with Swae Lee and Quavo was created with Beyonce and Travis Scott in mind.

"I made the track originally for Travis Scott and Beyonce because somebody told me they were looking for a song but he [Swae] heard the track and was like, "Let me do something with this."

"Good Company" was also conceived by way of a pick-up basketball game. "They just came over to the house one day. Swae Lee came over first and we were playing basketball," the singer continued. "I don't know if everybody loves basketball, it was a good ice breaker."

Nobody was aware that the "Sicko Mode" rapper was in talks of collaborating with Queen Yonce herself, but we are obviously all here for it. The Houston natives are fans of each other as Bey attended Scott's Astroworld tour last year with Jay Z.

Stream Tone Stith's "Good Company" single below.

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