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  2. Cardi B has shared a few behind-the-scenes images of her on the set of Hustlers, but the first official trailer has been released by STX Entertainment. Along with the "Press" rapper, the film stars Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, Lizzo, Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, and Lili Reinhart. The movie is said to be inspired by a New York Magazine piece done by Jessica Pressler that centers around a group of strippers who turn the tables on their wealthy clients. The 2015 article's title includes: "Here’s a modern Robin Hood story for you: a few strippers who stole from (mostly) rich, (usually) disgusting, (in their minds) pathetic men and gave to, well, themselves." The Hustlers trailer opens with Lopez's character teaching a dancer how to work the pole. The story unravels as Lopez, shown as the ringleader, convinces a group of dancers to take advantage of their rich, Wall Street clients by getting them liquored up before taking their bank cards and spending their money. The film's director, Lorene Scafaria, shared with Vulture that Lopez was dedicated to her role. Not only did she train round the clock to make sure that her moves were believable, but she also took trips to different clubs. “She’s obviously such an unbelievable dancer, but she trained so hard-core for this. Pole dancing is not like anything else. It required muscles you don’t know you have. So we did treat it a little bit like a sports movie in that way. She and Alex went and visited a strip club, and she was able to give me some...insights." Hustlers will be released in theaters on September 13. View the full article
  3. He's been hyping up this album for what feels like forever, but finally, Chance The Rapper has shared that his forthcoming album will be titled The Big Day. The Chicago native already has a few projects under his belt, but The Big Day is the debut studio album that fans have been waiting for since he dropped Coloring Book back in 2017. Chance caught up with Jimmy Fallon during his recent visit to The Tonight Show to spill the details on his next record. Fallon said that he and Chance made a little bit of a deal backstage and that he wanted the rapper to reveal the name and the release date. "So, all the people watching at home," Chance began, "I haven't sold my album before. All my mixtapes were free. This is my debut album so there's like, a pre-order. So I told Jimmy to pre-order my album. And he was like, 'If you say the release date on my show.' So, if you pre-order it [I'll tell you]." As Fallon was talking his way through pre-ordering the record from Chance's website, Chance surprised everyone when he said if Fallon completes the order, he'll drop both the release date and album title. He looks straight into the camera and said, "My name is Chance The Rapper and I will be releasing my debut album on July 26th, entitled The Big Day." Check out the clip below to get a first look at the artwork. View the full article
  4. Florida's City Girls and Bay Area's Saweetie have joined forces to drop a jam that they hope will be included on the soundtrack for the Hot Girl/City Girl summer. The single, titled "Come On," will be featured on Quality Control Music's recently announced forthcoming compilation, Control The Streets Volume 2. QCM artists City Girls have stampeded their way into the industry with their debut and sophomore albums PERIOD and Girl Code, respectively, albeit, Yung Miami has been holding things down while fans await JT's release from jail. Saweetie has been solidifying her place in the rap game for years now, working her way up the ranks by sharing her music through social media. In May she released her ICY EP with only one feature from her boyfriend, Migos rapper Quavo. Her single "My Type" has stormed the airwaves, and now she hopes that this latest all-women rappers track will be another "girl power" club hit. On "Come On," the ladies deliver a clapping, twerk anthem that will assuredly find itself as a social media dance challenge within the coming weeks. Quotable Lyrics Make a n*gga cut a check tax refund Where the boss n*ggas at I don't see none Make it rain in this b*tch I wanna see ones View the full article
  5. Two years after releasing their compilation, Control The Streets Volume 1, Quality Control Music has recently announced that fans will receive Control The Streets Volume 2 on August 16. The record label hasn't shared much about their forthcoming record, but they've had quite the rise within the last few years, showing that they're contenders against many of these seasoned labels with decades under their belts. Artists including Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, and City Girls have certainly found many successes, and QCM is hoping that their first R&B signee, Layton Greene, will put herself on the map under their guidance, as well. Today, QCM has dropped off two new singles from Control The Streets Volume 2: City Girls and Saweetie's "Come On," along with Lil Baby and DaBaby's new single, "Baby." On the latter, the southern rappers deliver a trap track that plays on their rap names as Lil Baby spits autotuned bars while DaBaby drops straightforward rhymes. The song rounds out at 2:22 leaving many wanting more. Check it out and let us know what you think. Quotable Lyrics When I f*ck her doggy style the only time I'm on my knees I barely wanna hit it got her beggin' baby please Tell that b*tch to shut up 'Bout to f*ck my nut up View the full article
  6. The relationship between Da Brat and Jermaine Durpi has been cultivated for decades and the pair consider themselves to be like close siblings. During a recent interview with PEOPLE, Dupri shared that Brat helped pave the way for other female rappers in the industry as a solo, top-selling artist. He was then asked who is favorite woman in rap is currently, and after taking a few moments to think, Dupri said he couldn't come up with one on the spot. "I can't really say," the So So Def founder stated. "The only reason I can't say [is because] I feel like they all rapping about the same thing and I don't think they're showing us who's the best rapper. I think they're trying to show—for me—um, it’s like strippers rapping. As far as rap goes, I’m not getting who is the best rapper. I'm getting, like, okay, you got a story about you dancing in the club, you got a story about you dancing in the club, you got a story about you dancing in the club. OK, all right. [But] who's gonna be the rapper?" Dupri also shared what he thinks needs to happen in order for a shift to occur. "At some point, somebody's gonna have to break out of that mold and show us...talk about other things," he said. "Just rap about other things besides that." His remarks incited backlash on social media from women in the rap game who accused Dupri of sexism and being out of touch, and while there were few who stood up for the Grammy Award-winning producer. However, when TMZ caught up with Da Brat recently, she did just that. "Everything Jermain Dupri does is done strategically," Da Brat told the publication. "He knows what he's doing. He's a genius. You should be thankful that the conversation is even started now, all female rappers, because now the focus is absolutely on us...new, seasoned, legends. All that." Then, the cameraman tried to manipulate the conversation by telling Brat that Dupri claimed that he couldn't understand what these new female rappers were saying and that the music executive called the genre "stripper rap." "That's not what he said," Brat asserted. "Go back and look at the whole interview." The cameraman told her that he did, to which she replied, "Apparently you didn't hear the question before when they asked him to choose between Nicki and Cardi." The paparazzo asked Brat to help him out because he didn't remember when that question was asked. "I'm not helping you out," a perturbed Brat stated. "I said what I had to say." She added, "I love Jermaine Dupri. He's very smart at what he does and there's always a method to his madness." Brat also said that Dupri's comment was "absolutely" taken out of context, but she's fine with that because it's about time that there was a global discussion about women in rap. View the full article
  7. The Big Day is coming very soon View the full article
  8. When Jennifer Lopez asks if you’re in, you say yes. So get on board with this trailer for Hustlers, loosely based on a true story, about a group of strippers scheming to fleece their sleazy, loaded clients out of more than just a few fistfuls of dollar bills. J-Lo plays the ringleader, telling her fellow dancers that “the game is rigged” — and hey, don't the post-crash Wall Street bros and execs they’re targeting deserve a little retribution? The heels are stacked and so is this cast: as well as Lopez, there’s Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu, Riverdale’s Lil Reinhart, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, current internet queen Lizzo, and Cardi B in her feature debut. The superstar (herself a former stripper) was cast after director Lorene Scafaria slid into her Instagram DMs. Read more... More about Trailers, Jennifer Lopez, Trailer, Cardi B, and HustlersView the full article
  9. They star alongside Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, and others View the full article
  10. Neuralink, the Elon Musk-led startup that the multi-entrepreneur founded in 2017, is working on technology that’s based around ‘threads’ which it says can be implanted in human brains with much less potential impact to the surrounding brain tissue vs. what’s currently used for today’s brain-computer interfaces. “Most people don’t realize, we can solve that with a chip,” Musk said to kick off Neuralink’s event, talking about some of the brain disorders and issues the company hopes to solve. Musk also said that long-term Neuralink really is about figuring out a way to “achieve a sort of symbiosis with artificial intelligence.” “This is not a mandatory thing,” he added. “This is something you can choose to have if you want.” For now, however, the aim is medical and the plan is to use a robot that Neuralink has created that operates somewhat like a “sewing machine” to implant this threads, which are incredibly thin I(like, between 4 and 6 μm, which means about one-third the diameter of the thinnest human hair), deep within a person’s brain tissue, where it will be capable of performing both read and write operations at very high data volume. All of this sounds incredibly far-fetched, and to some extent it still is: Neuralink’s scientists told The New York Times in a briefing on Monday that the company has a “long way to go” before it can get anywhere near offering a commercial service. The main reason for breaking cover and talking more freely about what they’re working on, the paper reported, is that they’ll be better able to work out in the open and publish papers, which is definitely an easier mode of operation for something that requires as much connection with the academic and research community as this. Neuralink co-founder and president Max Hodak told the NYT that he’s optimistic Neuralink’s tech could theoretically see use somewhat soon in medical use, including potential applications enabling amputees to regain mobility via use of prosthetics and reversing vision, hearing or other sensory deficiencies. It’s hoping to actually begin working with human test subjects as early as next year, in fact, including via possible collaboration with neurosurgeons at Stanford and other institutions. The current incarnation of Neuralink’s tech would involve drilling actual holes into a subject’s skull in order to insert the ultra thin threads, but future iterations will shift to using lasers instead to create tiny holes that are much less invasive and essentially not felt by a patient, Hodak told the paper. Working on humans next year with something that meets this description for a relatively new company might seem improbable, but Neuralink did demonstrate its technology used on a laboratory rat this week, with performance levels that exceed today’s systems in terms of data transfer. The data from the rat was gathered via a USB-C port in its head, and it provided about 10x more what the best current sensors can offer, according to Bloomberg. Neurlalink’s advances vs. current BCI methods also include the combined thinness and flexibility of the ‘threads’ used, but one scientist wondered about their longevity when exposed to the brain, which contains a salt mix fluid that can damage and ultimately degrade plastics over time. The plan is also that the times electrodes implanted in the brain will be able to communicate wirelessly with chips outside the brain, providing real time monitoring with unprecedented freedom of motion, without any external wires or connections. Elon Musk is bankrolling the majority of this endeavour as well as acting as its CEO, with $100 million of the $158 million its raised so far coming from the SpaceX and Tesla CEO. It has 90 employees thus far, and still seems to be hiring aggressively based on its minimal website (which basically only contains job ads). Elon Musk also noted at the outset of today’s presentation that the main reason for the event was in fact to recruit new talent. View the full article
  11. A week after activist Sadie Roberts-Joseph's body was found in the trunk of a car, there has been an arrest connected to her murder. The 75-year-old community leader and African American museum founder was reportedly seen by her family the day she disappeared, according to CNN. She was reportedly making cornbread in her Baton Rouge, Louisiana home, just three miles from where her body would later be found. A preliminary report stated that Roberts-Joseph had been suffocated. "All my mother ever wanted was for this community to come together. It's ironic that that happened in death," Roberts-Joseph's daughter, Angela Machen, said. "What she wanted to happen in life came to fruition in death. However, we will see to it that her legacy continues." On Tuesday, it was reported that a sex offender by the name of Ronn Jermaine Bell had been arrested and charged with her murder. According to police, Bell was renting one of her homes and was $1,200 behind in rent. Bell's sex offender status stems from a case where he pleaded guilty to the charges of aggravated rape of an eight-year-old girl. For that crime, he served seven years in prison. Roberts-Joseph's sister, Beatrice Armstrong-Johnson, hopes that Sadie's legacy of harmony lives on. “She was a total advocate of peace, love and harmony, and she died just the opposite,” the 68-year-old said. View the full article
  12. Woodstock 50 just can't catch a break in Vernon, New York. For the third time, the festival's proposal to move the anniversary event to Vernon Downs race tack has been denied, this time by the Vernon Planning Board who voted late Tuesday (July 16) to reject an appeal by festival organizers after their application was … More »View the full article
  13. The short list for the Polaris Music Prize, the annual award given to the best Canadian album of the year, has just been released. This year’s nominees include PUP’s Morbid Stuff, Jessie Reyez's Being Human In Public, Marie Davidson’s Working Class Woman, Shad's A Short Story About A War, Snotty Nose Rez Kids' Trapline, Elisapie's … More »View the full article
  14. "What am I supposed to say? She left. We asked her to stay. We tried." View the full article
  15. Former Fugees rapper Pras has gotten himself into a few financial binds, and he's hoping that his forthcoming Elon Musk album will alleviate some of his stressors. During a hearing in family court, Pras's lawyer, Judith White, pleaded with the judge to lower the rapper's child support payments for his son, according to Page Six. Pras currently pays $4,800 a month to his ex, Angela Severiano, but White claims Pras no longer can afford the hit to his bank account. ”My client is aware that he has to reinvent himself… so that he is able to pay money for this child and he is doing everything in his ability [to do that] such as attempting to release a new album called Elon Musk,” White said before adding, "He hit a very hard low and is attempting to bring himself up in the best way he knows, through his art. Right now he simply has no income.” According to Pras, he's sustaining himself with help from family and friends, and he allegedly lives with his mother. Meanwhile, Severiano's lawyer is calling foul on White's claims and wants the child support payments to stay as they are because Pras hasn't given the court documentation that proves he has no revenue coming in or money saved in bank accounts. “We have no idea what his income is," attorney Robert Wallack stated. "We have no idea what the sources of his money are because he has not provided a sworn affidavit...How is he traveling? How did he fly to town for this appearance? How did he fly to Washington DC three times in the last two months? How is he supporting his lifestyle? He is releasing a new album.” Pras insists that he's no shirking his responsibilities. “I’m doing everything I can," Pras reportedly said. "I’m not trying to not pay child support. The best thing I can do is work on my creative. Hopefully, it will be successful and then once it’s successful then everything will be back to normal.” We've previously reported on Pras being investigated and charged with financial fraud by the United States Justice Department. According to them, the rapper allegedly transferred over tens of millions of illegal funds into the U.S. from a Malaysian businessman named Jho Low in order to pay off high-ranking officials who were investigating Low. View the full article
  16. Beyoncé has released a music video for her song “Spirit” from the forthcoming album The Lion King: The Gift, an album of original music inspired by the live action reboot, set for release on the same day as the film on Thursday (July 18). This is not to be confused with … More »View the full article
  17. Apple is said to be planning to bankroll the creation of original podcasts from third-parties that it will offer exclusively on its own streaming services, Bloomberg reports. The report says that Apple’s plans to land podcast exclusives will help the company compete with similar offerings from streaming rivals including Spotify and Sticher, both of which are funding exclusive podcast content, and in some cases, wholly original shows to run on their own streaming audio offerings. The report says that Apple execs have been reaching out to media companies that produce audio content to talk about the possibility of buying exclusive rights to some podcasts, albeit in a “preliminary” way, which suggests that this plan may be in the very early stages. It seems unlikely, then, that we would see any kind of Apple exclusive original podcast content ahead of other media efforts soon to launch from the company, including its Apple TV+ subscription video service coming this fall. Apple has recently made a number of improvements to its podcast product offerings, both on the consumer and the creator side, including more detailed analytics for podcasters, and a full-fledged standalone Podcasts app for its macOS computers, which is launching alongside macOS Catalina this fall. Still, it’s largely been hands-off when it comes to content, aside from informally meeting with podcasters on occasion and sharing best practices. Meanwhile, Spotify in particular has been especially aggressive about acquiring its own podcast media companies, including Gimlet, which makes popular podcast ‘Reply All”; Anchor, which creates podcast making tools for publishing and monetization; and Parcast, another podcast creation network with a deep library of true-life and other content. Apple still enjoys a strong majority of audience when it comes to overall podcast listenership by all accounts, but Spotify is definitely chipping away by focusing effort and investment both on the product and on the content side. Apple considering funding content of its own definitely makes sense given its tactics in video, and the changed landscape of the podcast business. View the full article
  18. Carly Rae Jepsen, Fucked Up, Shawn Mendes, and others were cut from the long list View the full article
  19. With Blue Ivy by her side, Beyoncé stuns in the visual for her The Lion King: The Gift single "Spirit." Just last week, Beyoncé released the anthem to the world, and during the The Lion King: Can You Feel the Love Tonight ABC Special with Robin Roberts, the music video for "Spirit" debuted. During the special, Beyoncé, who voiced the character of Nala for the live-action remake of Disney's classic film, shared her creative vision for The Gift, the soundtrack she curated and produced. "The soundtrack is a love letter to Africa and I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa and not just use some of the sounds and do my interpretation of it," the singer stated. "I wanted to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa. A lot of the drums, the chants, all of these incredible new sounds mixed with some of the producers from America, we've kind of created our own genre and I feel like the soundtrack becomes visual in your mind. It's a soundscape. It's more than just the music because each song tells the story of the film." View the full article
  20. Beyoncé has released a music video for her song "Spirit" from the forthcoming album The Lion King: The Gift, an album of original music inspired by the live action reboot, set for release on the same day as the film on Thursday (July 18). This is not to be confused with The Lion King's original soundtrack, which also features… View the full article
  21. FaceApp's trending new aging filter has people comparing AI-aged photos of themselves with their parents' photos. Using neural networks, the app guesses where you'll wrinkle, where your hairline will recede to, and what parts of your face will sag over the years. Twitter users compared their FaceApp selfies with photos of their actual parents, or posed next to them. For many — most of whom are men — the results are uncanny. Happy 62nd birthday to my dad! Here’s a picture of him at 61 and me probably at 61. He’s on the left #FaceApp pic.twitter.com/kJ37rAxiw5 — Jesse Powell (@jessedpowell) July 16, 2019 Read more... More about Selfie, Faceapp, Culture, and Web CultureView the full article
  22. FaceApp. So. The app has gone viral again after first doing so two years ago or so. The effect has gotten better but these apps, like many other one off viral apps, tend to come and go in waves driven by influencer networks or paid promotion. We first covered this particular AI photo editor from a team of Russian developers about two years ago. It has gone viral again now due to some features that allow you to edit a person’s face to make it appear older or younger. You may remember at one point it had an issue because it enabled what amounted to digital blackface by changing a person from one ethnicity to another. In this current wave of virality, some new rumors are floating about FaceApp. The first is that it uploads your camera roll in the background. We found no evidence of this and neither did security researcher and Guardian App CEO Will Strafach or researcher Baptiste Robert. The second is that it somehow allows you to pick photos without giving photo access to the app. You can see a video of this behavior here: While the app does indeed let you pick a single photo without giving it access to your photo library, this is actually 100% allowed by an Apple API introduced in iOS 11. It allows a developer to let a user pick one single photo from a system dialog to let the app work on. You can view documentation here and here. Because the user has to tap on one photo, this provides something Apple holds dear: user intent. You have explicitly tapped it, so it’s ok to send that one photo. This behavior is actually a net good in my opinion. It allows you to give an app one photo instead of your entire library. It can’t see any of your photos until you tap one. This is far better than committing your entire library to a jokey meme app. Unfortunately, there is still some cognitive dissonance here, because Apple allows an app to call this API even if a user has set the Photo Access setting to Never in settings. In my opinion, if you have it set to Never, you should have to change that before any photo can enter the app from your library, no matter what inconvenience that causes. Never is not a default, it is an explicit choice and that permanent user intent overrules the one-off user intent of the new photo picker. I believe that Apple should find a way to rectify this in the future by making it more clear or disallowing if people have explicitly opted out of sharing photos in an app. One good idea might be the equivalent of the ‘only once’ location option added to the upcoming iOS 13 might be appropriate. One thing that FaceApp does do, however, is it uploads your photo to the cloud for processing. It does not do on-device processing like Apple’s first party app does and like it enables for third parties through its ML libraries and routines. This is not made clear to the user. I have asked FaceApp why they don’t alert the user that the photo is processed in the cloud. I’ve also asked them whether they retain the photos. Given how many screenshots people take of sensitive information like banking and whatnot, photo access is a bigger security risk than ever these days. With a scraper and optical character recognition tech you could automatically turn up a huge amount of info way beyond ‘photos of people’. So, overall, I think it is important that we think carefully about the safeguards put in place to protect photo archives and the motives and methods of the apps we give access to. View the full article
  23. It's a rump-shaking celebration as Fetty Wap and Monty do it big in the visual for their latest single, "Birthday." The long-time collaborators linked up to deliver the track early last month, and now they're back with with a music video that puts exotic dancers center stage. Throughout the track, Fetty and Monty talk about lavishing their women with attention, and the visual is laced with beautiful women in a club atmosphere complete with private dancers and bottle service. The artists also released the song on Fetty Wap's birthday, a day that he shares with Masika Kalysha, the mother of his daughter Khari Barbie. The day after he dropped the single, Fetty shared a photo of himself with Masika celebrating their big days together in a club. Masika was embracing the "My Way" rapper from behind in the picture, and he wrote over the image: "Happy Birthday to us...KB's parents." View the full article
  24. "We've kind of created our own genre," singer says of The Lion King: the Gift during ABC News special View the full article
  25. Over the weekend, New York Giants safety Kamrin Moore was arrested on charges of third-degree aggravated assault. Yesterday we reported on the incident and the details surrounding the violent altercation that allegedly involved a woman he was dating, another unidentified woman, and Moore, himself. According to reports, the woman he was romantically involved with couldn't get ahold of him via text messages so she went by his home. She was met by another woman, and the two engaged in a physical altercation. When the woman Moore was reportedly dating ended up on the ground, a police report states the NFL player put his foot on her neck to keep her subdued, and when she finally got on her feet, he punched her in the face and knocked her unconscious. Following his arrest, the New York Giants tweeted that they were aware of the incident. "Moore has been suspended by the team pending further investigation," they wrote. MGK Sports Management Group has issued this statement to us regarding their client's arrest: New York Giants safety Kamrin Moore was taken into custody by Linden, New Jersey police over the weekend and charged with third- degree aggravated assault from an incident occurring at his residence last Thursday night. While the complaint involves serious allegations, representatives for Mr. Moore are requesting that the media, social media, general public, and Giants fans use extreme caution and not pass judgment upon Mr. Moore until due process has run its course. “We remain confident that when the truth is revealed, Mr. Moore will be exonerated and vindicated completely of these baseless charges,” stated MBK Sports President and Agent Eugene Lee. To that end, we have retained New York Attorney Alex Spiro of Quinn Emanuel and New Jersey Attorney James Abate to handle Mr. Moore’s defense in this matter. Kamrin Moore is entering his 2nd season with the New York Giants after being drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 6th Round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Prior to entering the NFL, Mr. Moore enjoyed a standout career at Boston College where he was a three-year starter and voted team captain before his senior season. Moore's attorney, Alex Spiro, Esq., also said, "The claimant in this matter showed up unannounced and unsolicited at Mr. Moore’s home to begin an altercation with Mr. Moore’s girlfriend and invent these accusations. He will be fully cleared of all charges." The investigation is ongoing. View the full article
  26. The singer calls the soundtrack “a love letter to Africa” View the full article
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