KENDRICK LAMAR MAKES HISTORY WITH PULITZER PRIZE FOR "DAMN."

The voice of his generation, Kendrick Lamar, and the first hip hop artist to win the music Pulitzer for his 14-track “DAMN.”. The Pulitzer Prize in Music is typically awarded to classical artists and jazz musicians so that makes him the first non-classical or jazz musician to receive the prize since the awards expanded to music in 1943. Pulitzer describes DAMN. as a “virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.” The LP was awarded a 4.9 out of 5 rating. DAMN. was released in April 2017 and closed out the year as the #1 album of the year on the Billboard charts. Perhaps the most obvious question provoked by the news that Kendrick Lamar has been awarded the Pulitzer prize for music for his 2017 album Damn is not “why?” but rather “what took you so long?” Congratulations to @kendricklamar, @dangerookipawaa and @Interscope! #Pulitzer pic.twitter.com/fFQBYnoW9F— The Pulitzer Prizes (@PulitzerPrizes) April 16, 2018 References: www.hiphopdx.com.com

BEYONCé MAKES HISTORY WITH COACHELLA PERFORMANCE

On Saturday night, the reigning queen of American music, Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, became the first black woman to headline Coachella. A voice booming over the festival's sound system described the concert as Beyoncé's "homecoming," even though this was her debut at Coachella and that nobody in the crowd seemed to object demonstrated how completely she was making the place her own. "Y'all ready Coachella?," she asked the crowd as she opened her set. "Coachella, thank you for allowing me to be the first black woman to headline," Beyoncé said, before singing "Run the World (Girls)." Beyoncé performed for throngs of screaming fans Saturday night at Coachella after a year's wait. Beyoncé's fans, known as the BeyHive had a new nickname for this year's festival: Beychella. Beyoncé was originally scheduled to headline the festival last year, but had to pull out because she was pregnant with twins at the time. This year, she triumphantly ascended the stage for a two-hour set that was, as the New York Times put it, most likely the most “meaningful, absorbing, forceful and radical performance” any American musician will produce this year. A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Apr 15, 2018 at 9:31am PDT Beyoncé also reunites with Destiny's Child at music festival. The pop music powerhouse teamed up with Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, reuniting in concert for the first time since 2013. Destiny's Child reunion! This is so iconic. #BeyChella pic.twitter.com/IK8oeh5LhX— . (@goddessyonce) April 15, 2018 References: www.edition.cnn.com www.washingtonpost.com

THE WEEKND RELEASES “HE WAS NEVER THERE” SHORT DOCUMENTARY

After dropping two vertical videos last month, The Weeknd unleashes a grainy clip for “He Was Never There” off My Dear Melancholy, his chart-topping six-song EP. Not exactly a music video, it plays out like a mini-documentary. An experimental short documentary that goes behind the scenes of making My Dear Melancholy,. The six-minute clip features footage from the recording sessions, plus audio clips from interviews with those involved, offering a deeper look at “the emotion in the world of The Weeknd. It showcases different takes, conversations, and pensive moments in the lab. A voice narrates different parts of the clip. He explains how the project came together in “a month-and-a-half” and how it’s all about “cultivating” Abel’s thoughts. Think of the film as a mood board, capturing the horror-movie VHS dread that inspires Tesfaye's general sonic outlook. It's brief and inventively shot. Take a look at it: References: www.thisisrnb.com

CARDI B: 'I'M FINALLY FREE' AFTER REVEALING BABY BUMP

At last! After weeks of pregnancy rumors, Cardi B revealed she's expecting first child with Offset — and she was elated to finally share the news. Cardi B ended her epic Saturday Night Live debut by sending social media into a frenzy while performing her third single from her debut album, “Be Careful” in a form-fitting white gown that flaunted her new curves and highlighted her baby bump. Reports had been circulating for weeks that she and fiancé Offset, who proposed in October 2017 at a concert in Philadelphia, were expecting a child together, which they both initially denied. “I’m finally free!” the 25-year-old rapper said excitedly with raised hands as she walked off the stage to friends applauding her after her performance on Saturday, April 7. #SNL Surprise! #InvasionOfPrivacy out now! ???????????? @iamcardib #cardib #iamcardib A post shared by SAVAGE. I STAY READY ???????? (@brooklyn.johnny) on Apr 7, 2018 at 9:51pm PDT A few hours after her pregnancy reveal, Bardi tweeted, “I started winning when the whole world was doubting on me !think imma lose with my little baby counting on me ?” I started winning when the whole world was doubting on me !think imma lose with my little baby counting on me ?— iamcardib (@iamcardib) April 8, 2018 Meanwhile, Offset posted a photo of himself with Cardi B on Twitter over the weekend, writing that they're looking forward to their next chapter. C A R D I A N D I L O O K F O R W A R D T O O U R N E X T C H A P T E R T O G E T H E R pic.twitter.com/C1QizKV3Cb— OFFSET (@OffsetYRN) April 8, 2018 References: via www.usmagazine.com

NEW ALBUM: CARDI B – “INVASION OF PRIVACY”

Since Cardi B exploded onto the Hip-Hop scene with ‘Bodak Yellow’ in June 2017, the rapper has quickly grown into a household name. Her highly anticipated debut album Invasion Of Privacy is finally out! The 13-track LP features Migos (“Drip”) and 21 Savage (“Bartier Cardi”). It also includes, of course, “Bodak Yellow,” her breakout No. 1 single. Check out the tracklist below. TRACKLIST ...more surprises when the album drop ????any questions you have don’t Ask me ! You will find out on FRIDAY???? A post shared by Cardi B Official IG (@iamcardib) on Apr 4, 2018 at 9:33am PDT References: www.freshhiphoprnb.com

CHRIS BROWN SHARES NEWLY COMPLETED SUPERHERO PAINTING

While some choose to discount his talent due to his controversial past, Breezy has proven himself to be more than a triple threat as he can sing, rap, dance, act and even paint to a high standard. While he has previously showcased his graffiti and street art skills, Chris put brush to canvas to impress yet again with a new painting he has recently completed. Last week, he shared an artwork seemingly depicting Hellboy. Brown has continued the super-hero theme by brushing the canvas with a portrait of Damian Wayne. Damian Wayne is a DC Comics character, famously associated with Batman. While Chris does not confirm the painting is a depiction of Damian, the similarities are striking enough to make a safe assumption. Captioning his post with the simple, "New painting," New painting A post shared by ????????????INDIGO CHILD (@chrisbrownofficial) on Apr 2, 2018 at 8:42pm PDT Chris Brown notes how he has been more focused than usual lately, announcing that he has big plans in terms of his fine art. "Can’t wait to do an exhibit." writes Brown. While there are no details about the inevitability or possibility of a CB art exhibit, it would be compelling for him to feature pieces he has created over the years across all of his platforms from music to visual art. References: via www.hotnewhiphop.com/
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