K-Dot is heading back to school. And starting next week, he’ll be trekking throughout the country for his college tour. After the jump, see if this good kid is hitting a city near you.
UPDATE: Following his college tour, K-Dot’s globetrotting for his good kid, m.A.A.D. city tour and he’s bringing his Black Hippy crew with him. Remaining college shows and world tour dates below.
04-21 Lowell, MA – Tsongas Center *
04-22 State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
04-23 Fairfax, VA – Private
04-24 Durham, NC – Duke University *+
04-25 Williamsburg, VA – William & Mary
04-26 New Britain, CT – Central CT State *
04-27 Cortland, NY – SUNY Cortland *
04-28 Waltham, MA – Private
04-29 Newark, DE – University of Delaware
04-30 Greensboro, NC – North Carolina A&T
05-01 Fairfield, CT – Fairfield University +
05-03 Ithaca, NY – Private
05-04 Watertown, NY – SUNY Jefferson
* with Steve Aoki + Closed to General Public
good kid, m.A.A.d city Tour Dates
May 5th – West Palm Beach, FL – SUNFEST
May 11 – Columbia, MD – Sweetlife Festival
May 17 – La Jolla, CA – Sungod Festival
May 18 – Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Festival
May 22 – Las Vegas, – NV Cosmopolitan
May 23 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Great Saltair
May 29 – Portland, ME – The Waterfront At Ocean Gateway
May 30 – Albany, NY – Armory
June 1 – Junction, VT – Champion Valley Exposition
June 3 – Belle Vernon, PA – Ice Garden
June 4 – Cleveland, OH – Jacob Pavilion at Nautica
June 5 – Detroit, MI – Chene Park
June 6 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
June 8 – Randall’s Island, NY – Govenors Ball
June 10 – Baton Rouge, LA – Baton Rouge River Center
June 11 – Houston, TX – Reliant Arena
June 12 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre
June 13 – New Braunfels, TX – Whitewater Amphitheatre
June 16 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
June 19 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
June 20 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
June 21 – Simpsonville, SC – Charter Amphitheatre
June 22 – Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival
June 23 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre
June 26 – Mesa, AZ – Mesa Amphitheatre
June 28 – San Diego, CA – Del Mar Fair Festival
June 29 – Kansas City, KS – Kanrocksas Festival
June 29 – Los Angeles, CA – BET Experience
July 3 – Gdynia, PL – Heineken Open’er Festival
July 4 – Roskilde, DK – Roskilde Festival
July 5 – Zurich, SE – Touch the Lake Festival
July 6 – Haachtsesteenweg, BE – Rock Werchter Festival
July 7 – Arras, FR – Main Square Festival
July 8 – Birmingham, UK – Academy
July 9 – Manchester, UK – Apollo
July 10 – Leeds, UK – Academy
July 11 – Grafenhainichen, DE – Splash Festival
July 12 – Kinross-shire, UK – T in the Park Festival
July 13 – London, UK – Wireless Festival
July 14 – Rotterdam, NL – North Sea Jazz Festival
July 17 – Montreaux, CH – Montreaux Jazz Festival
July 18 – Molde, NO – Molde Jazz Festival
July 19 – Tonsberg, NO – Slottsfjell
July 20 – Pori, FI – Pori Jazz Festival
July 27 – Naeba, Japan – Fuji Rock Festival
Aug 2 – Toronto, Canada- Sound Academy
Aug 3 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
Aug 4 – Montreal, Canada – Osheaga Music Festival
Aug 8 – Oslo, NO – Oya Festival
Aug 9 – Helsinki, FI – Flow Festival
Aug 10 – Gothenburg, SE – Way Out West Festival
Aug 15 – Hasselt, BE – Pukkelpop Festival
Aug 16 – Biddinghuizen, NL – Lowlands Festival
Aug 17 – Chelmsford, UK – V Festival
Aug 18 – South Staffordshire, UK – V Festival
Aug 20 – Glasgow, UK – Bellahouston Park
Aug 22 – Paris, FR – Stade de France
Aug 23 – Paris, FR – Rock En Seine Festival
Aug 24 – Hradec Kralove, CZ – Hip Hop Kemp Festival
Wale’s latest single “Bad” is already heating up the charts, and much of the sexual tunes popularity is due to the infectious hook sung by newcomer Tiara Thomas. Prior to the single version, and before Wale recorded it, Tiara actually recorded a demo/solo version herself. Take a listen to the Indiana-bred singer/songwriters version below, and lookout for more music from her, backed by Wale, coming soon.
Rihanna’s truly on some rock star -ish with this one. The pop star instagrammed a super dope gift directly from the director at Givenchy, Riccardo Tisci. The designer must have been playing attention to the mega-star’s heavy Givenchy wardrobe and decided to send a one of a kind Givenchy jersey with her face plastered on the front of it. Dope. Hate or love that shit’s boss . Rihanna knows it:
“Woooiiiii!! how phucked up is this?1! Oh Riccado, you really outdid yourself this time!! What a wonderful surprise, thank you #Givenchy #VeRihRARE #PhrestOut #StayInYoLane #PhuckYoLane #WhatLane”
Kevin Clash helped mold Elmo into the ageless character that we loved as children and still cherish as adults. Since 1984, Clash has worked at Sesame Street,becoming an Emmy-award-winning performer and breaking barriers as an African American puppeteer.
However, his revered career came crashing down when an aspiring male model by the name of Sheldon Stevens claimed that Clash, who is 52 years old, sexually abused him when he was 16 years old. Stevens, who is now 24 years old, later recanted, admitting that he and the puppeteer had “an adult consensual relationship” in a statement released on Tuesday by his former legal representatives.
Although the alarming news was proven to be false, people will still remember the negative scenario that put both Clash’s personal life and sexuality at the forefront of his career.
Here’s the rundown on the man that took down Elmo!
Behind his stunning good looks and flawless physique lies the face of a criminal who’s no stranger to deception. Stevens, who sometimes goes by the name “Sheldon Xzavier,” is an amateur model from Philadelphia who’s worked in hospitality and retail and has lived in Brooklyn.
In 2009, he was arrested for stealing $250,000 worth of jewelry from his former employee while he was at an airport in Harrisburg, PA. He was spotted wearing a white gold necklace and a ring that a music manager from L.A. claimed he stole from him at knife point. Stevens told law enforcement officials that it was a “gift” and the case was eventually dismissed.
Last year, the sly pretty boy got caught passing a bad check. The charge was dropped after he settled the matter with a business in Harrisburg. And in May, he pleaded guilty to a traffic offense after he was busted for reckless driving.
Ironically, despite his criminal history, Stevens’ friends say he is a “God-fearing man” that happens to attract men in power.
On his Twitter page, Stevens describes himself as an “Entrepreneur, Student, Model, Actor,” according to The Smoking Gun. And on Facebook account, he said:
“I like to consider myself a rare breed. I’m very spontaneous and random … I’m determined and goal oriented. My destiny is laid on a solid gold brick pathway……. MY FUTURE IS BRIGHT and never will it dim.”
In reality, he’s also a student at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and is expected to graduate with a BA next May.
His family has also been in some drama of their own. His mom was reportedly arrested and charged with an attempted murder after stabbing her boyfriend with a pair of scissors. She is scheduled to appear in court on December 19.
This troubled man looking for fame and attention has already developed a reputation that will always be tarnished and haunting. Where will he go from here?
Though it’s not being billed as a concept album,good kid does have something like a storyline. Often set in Compton during Lamar’s teen years, it’s an album about beginning with as much innocence as anyone anywhere but eventually facing so many external pressures, be they drugs, gang activity, or poverty, that keeping the naivety intact is close to impossible. These songs are by no means all doom and gloom – the Drake-featuring, Janet Jackson-sampling “Poetic Justice” is a bedroom jam, plain and simple – but there seems to be something threatening at every corner, with Lamar asserting that “even a small lighter can burn a bridge.”
“They waitin’ on Kendrick like the first and the 15th,” goes Kendrick Lamar on his new album, and he’s right. After a long string of mixtapes and last year’s independently released LPSection.80, the 25-year-old Compton rapper signed with Aftermath/Interscope and began work on his major-label debut proper, good kid, m.A.A.d city, one of the year’s most rapturously anticipated full-lengths. But not only have “they” – rap fans in general, let’s postulate – been waiting on Lamar himself, they’ve also been waiting on what he is. Armed with a dizzying array of technical gifts and an auteurist approach that’s historically been all but foreign to others of his ever-increasing hype, he just might be the most unique MC to emerge since André 3000. And with good kid, Lamar has given us the most comprehensive look yet at his absurd amount of raw talent.
This Shit is a PREQUEL to Dre’s THE CHRONIC & Snoop’s DOGGYSTYLE my nucca!” – Efani Allah
Opener “Sherane a.k.a. Master Splinter’s Daughter” unfolds a tale of a high-school Lamar headed to meet a local girl “with nothing but pussy stuck on my mental,” and it’s one of the album’s most innocent narrative moments. By the time “The Art of Peer Pressure” rolls around three tracks later, Lamar is puffing on a blunt even though “Usually, I’m drug-free” and “probably ‘bout to catch my first offense” for robbing the trunk of a car. And once the 12-minute “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst” really locks in, the album hits its emotional peak, with Lamar quoting a recent conversation with a friend (“’And if I die before your album drop, I hope–”) that ends with three gunshots. It’s actually a fairly understated moment, but chilling nonetheless.
AlreadyCreativeClientele.com‘s Efani Allah has calledgood kid “the best-rapped album you’re liable to hear this year,” but it also might be the most dazzling display of MCsmanship of the last half-decade or more. Here, Lamar toys with every register of his impossibly elastic voice and blazes through double- and triple-time flows like they’re nothing. But just as impressive as all that is that he knows how to use his technical gifts, adjusting his cadence in order to get the utmost out of every last line: He approaches Minaj-ian levels of animation on the stomping to my son Neiko’s favorite joint “Backseat Freestyle”, while the easy-riding “The Art of Peer Pressure” finds him more tranquil, making sure every syllable is perfectly audible. It’s hard to get enough of such virtuosic control.
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Its major-label backing and having been executive-produced by the increasingly artless Dr. Dre had people worrying that good kid would be a trudge through pop excess – but rest assured, there’s no “I Need a Doctor” here, or anything close. The album wades through a myriad of sounds, from clacking Southern stomp (“m.A.A.d city”) to exceedingly suave R&B (“Poetic Justice”) to hard-knocking West Coast grandeur (the Dre-featuring “Compton”), but none of it’s so gaudy as to guarantee endless airplay. Instead, these are songs that, miraculously, put more emphasis on atmosphere than hooks or commercial potential. Somehow, the beats — often swathed in tight bass ripples, wafting background vocals, and twinkling piano-taps — are simultaneously modest and completely pristine.
It’s a testimony to the album’s supreme unity that neither Lamar’s much-buzzed-about Lady Gaga collaboration “Partynauseous”, his Dre-featuring “The Recipe”, nor the Gunplay-assisted “Cartoon & Cereal” – three tracks that share little to nothing withgood kid‘s arc – made it onto this thing. Were this not a record so inexhaustibly committed to its vision and story, all three of those likely would have made the cut – the last two are among the best rap songs of the year, and the yet-to-be-released Gaga track already has the DNA of a hit. In this era of major-label rap records being constantly stifled by everything from incongruous guest appearances to overall sonic overload, Lamar has bypassed the norm by producing an album that’s damn near unimpeachable. The wait for Lamar and all he represents isn’t just over. We now have an album from him so masterful that it’d be greedy to ask for much more.
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Essential Tracks: “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”, “Backseat Freestyle”, “Poetic Justice”, and “Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst”
“That was very sweet and respectful that he called me first. I am happy that they picked him. He is a real good guy.”
Mike, who hasn’t always had the “nice guy” rep, may have done himself a big favor by being so considerate.
Now Richard’s widow is not only happy that he’ll be playing her late husband in the Nina Simone movie, but is also considering him as the actor who should star as Richard in the film telling the tale of his own life.
As the future film’s producer, Mrs. Pryor really wants a great actor who could authentically portray her late husband, also commenting that Eddie Murphy is not the right guy for the job.
VIDEO: Mike Epps Talks About Receiving Blessing from Pryor’s Widow
“Having Eddie Murphy play Richard Pryor would be like having Al Jolson play Malcolm X.”
Well damn son, we know who won’t be in that film. Congratulations to the big homie Mike Epps on his continued success!
VIDEO: Watch This Classic Clip of Richard Pryor Portraying the 1st Black President…Pre-Obama!
ATLANTA — Rick Ross’ Maybach Music camp is involved in quite a bit of drama, with both Young Jeezy and 50 Cent’s camp.
During Saturday’s (September 29) taping for BET’s 2012 Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. Rozay and the Snowman reportedly got into a shoving match backstage before the scuffle spilled outside into the parking lot. Shots were fired and at least one man was said to be arrested.
That’s not all. Multiple sources who witnessed the beef confirmed to CreativeClientele.com’s Efani Allah, that Ross’ protégé Gunplay was also involved in a little tussle with members of 50 Cent’s G-Unit camp. Gun was seen with visible wounds and a witness told us that the Miami MC was put into handcuffs and detained, but a separate source close to Gunplay told us that he was not arrested.
Watch CreativeClientele.com’sEfani Allah interview with the Boss Rozay
Most of the crowd inside the Atlanta Civic Center, where the taping took place were unaware of the drama that jumped off around the same time that A Tribe Called Quest, Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes paid tribute to fallen music mogul Chris Lighty. 50 Cent and Fat Joe, who have quarreled repeatedly semed to have put their differences aside for the moment as they too appeared on stage to honor Lighty. Both Rick Ross and Jeezy also performed different sets during the award show.
New York DJ Funkmaster Flex took to Twitter to broadcast his account. “Jeezy and Rick Ross just had words backstage!! Pushing and shoving,” Flex wrote. “Shots fired in parking lot!!! Gunman arrested!!!”
Machine Gun Kelly also seemed to get caught up in the whirlwind as well. “Got mase in my eyes. That beef sh– just got real,” he tweeted.
A spokesperson for the Atlanta Police Department told TMZ, “Shortly after 7:15 pm Saturday, a fight broke out in the parking lot at the Atlanta Civic Center (where the awards were being taped) between two groups. Officers on scene responded to break up the fight and used OC spray [commonly known as pepper spray] in the process. Individuals fled the scene. There were no arrests or reports of serious injuries. Reports of shots fired appear to be untrue.”
After holla’n to my guy ATL’s own DJ Drama aka Barack ODrama, he takes to the airwaves and dispells any untruths to the beef between Rozay and Jeezy!
Watch his interview from HOT 107.9 studios here:
Both TMZ and sources close to CreativeClientele.com maintain that shots were fired. Check back for more updates as the story develops. Leeeeggggooo!
Throughout the years in Hollywood, we have seen many different stars battle weight issues, whether it be about being too skinny or too fat.
While some go to drastic measures to change their image, Lady Gaga recently stood up to protest the harsh criticism.
The Born This Way superstar recently posted a half naked picture of herself to her website with the caption, “Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15,” to show that she is struggling with her eating disorder but taking care of herself.
Gaga has been receiving some judgments from the media this week since photos came out of her looking a little thicker than what we usually see, but they could have been photoshopped.
Even though she admitted to the NY Daily News that she gained 25 pounds recently, she still looks like her same beautiful self in other recent pictures.
Gaga decided to take action and made a sub-section on her Little Monsters website called “Body Revolution” for fans to talk about their “perceived flaws” as she puts it:
“My mother and I created the BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION for one reason: “to inspire bravery.” This profile is an extension of that dream. Be brave and celebrate with us your “perceived flaws,” as society tells us. May we make our flaws famous, and thus redefine the heinous.”