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Top Dawg Entertainment Announces TDE: The Championship Tour With Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and Schoolboy Q

Holy shit. Out of nowhere Monday morning, Top Dawg Entertainment announced TDE: The Championship Tour. As the tour's victorious name suggests, the two-month trek is stacked with TDE talent.

Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and ScHoolboy Q are taking the TDE experience on the road starting May 4 in Vancouver at Rogers Arena. They'll be joined by Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, SiR, and Lance Skiiiwalker. According to a press release from TDE Monday, more guests will be announced soon.

 

• @TopDawgEnt PRESENTS: THE CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR #TDE

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Get the full run of dates below:

  • May 04 Vancouver, BC* Rogers Arena
  • May 05 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
  • May 06 Portland, OR Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
  • May 08 Oakland, CA* Oracle Arena
  • May 10 Los Angeles, CA* The Forum
  • May 13 San Diego, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
  • May 14 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
  • May 15 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
  • May 17 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion
  • May 18 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
  • May 19 Houston, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Presented by Huntsman
  • May 22 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • May 23 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre
  • May 25 Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
  • May 26 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
  • May 27 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
  • May 29 New York, NY* Madison Square Garden
  • May 30 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
  • Jun 01 Bristow, VA (DC) Jiffy Lube Live
  • Jun 02 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
  • Jun 03 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
  • Jun 05 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
  • Jun 07 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre
  • Jun 08 Philadelphia, PA BB&T Pavilion
  • Jun 09 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
  • Jun 12 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
  • Jun 13 Detroit, MI* DTE Energy Music Theatre
  • Jun 15 Chicago, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
  • Jun 16 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank Pavilion

Ticket sales begin Jan. 26 at noon local time via Ticketmaster. Dates marked with an asterisk will give fans an early start with an American Express presale Jan. 23.

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Ahead of the tour you better spend your summer following around the country, the TDE team is blessing fans with Black Panther: The Album. The album features lead single “All The Stars,” as well as more songs curated and produced by Lamar and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. For the batch of new original songs, Lamar worked closely with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler.

“Marvel Studios' Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director,” Lamar said when announcing the album, which marks the first time he's been involved with such a project. “The magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture.”

Black Panther: The Album is expected to drop Feb. 9.

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A listless writer and rapper from South Central LA, “Punch” went from having interest in music but no concrete goals to teaming up with Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith and discovering the artists who came to be known as the Black Hippy Crew. As Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and ScHoolboy Q began to make waves, Punch underwent trial by fire, learning how to break acts, maneuver out of bad industry deals, and expand the label. In 2017, he steered both Kendrick Lamar and SZA to a breakout year, racking up Grammys, commercial success and critical acclaim, and cementing Top Dawg Entertainment as hip-hop's premier independent label.

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XXXTentacion Apologizes for Cancellation of Anti-Rape Event: ‘It Was My Fault Completely’

XXXTentacion’s anti-rape event at has been canceled.

Nearly two weeks ago, the 19-year-old rapper told fans he would host a gathering during Art Basel Miami Beach to raise awareness about sexual assault through victims’ stories. He later booked a venue and began promoting the event on social media; however, recent vandalism has forced XXXTentacion to reschedule.

“It was my fault completely that the event was canceled, so I take full responsibility for it,” he said on Instagram. “I put the venue address out, which caused the venue to get spray painted, so I fully, thoroughly apologize. I’m gonna make sure this happens. Please forgive me.”

To make up for the cancellation, XXXTentacion announced he would do a free concert for fans this week. He insisted the anti-rape event was still happening; he just needs to secure a new space. The rapper said he would release details later this week.

“I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure this goes through properly,” he said. “[…] I’m always going to try to be a man of my word […] I’m going to have the date and the venue for you sometime this week. I want to make sure I do this correctly, so that way everyone is comfortable telling their stories, and that they’re not around a bunch of people that don’t care for them.”

It is worth noting that XXX has been accused of domestic violence following allegations from his then-girlfriend. He has been charged with ​aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness tampering. Pitchfork published disturbing excerpts from the alleged victim’s testimony. He has denied the charges. 

You can hear XXXTentacion’s statements below.

 

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IDK on Diddy, SZA, and ‘IWasVeryBad’

Maryland rapper IDK just released his debut album IWasVeryBad, so it's only right we brought him on Trending Topics.

The artist formerly known as Jay IDK discusses the time he met Diddy, the SZA collab of his dreams, his new album, and why everyone in the industry is copying him. Seriously guys, stop stealing ideas from IDK. Check out the full interview above, and let us know in the comments who you want to see on Trending Topics next. We also spoke with IDK to discuss the making of “Pizza Shop” as well as the role that visuals play on his album. 

Listen to IWasVeryBad here, and watch our Who Is? with IDK below. 

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Watch Kendrick Lamar Perform “DNA” and “Humble” to Open 2017 VMAs

Kendrick Lamar made the jump from critical darling to household name in 2017, and it was only right that he got to punctuate that rise by kicking off the 2017 VMAs.

Bundled in a winter coat and rocking a red durag, Kendrick kicked in the door to start the show, opening the VMAs with two cuts from Damn, “DNA” and “Humble.” It was quite the spectacle, with stuntmen climbing up a burning rope ladder in the background while Kendrick continued spitting bars.

The rise of Kendrick's star was matched by the amount of nominations he received, with his eight VMA nominations leading the pack heading into the evening. But his focus wasn't a selfish one, and a point of focus for the rap star was on his TDE label mate, SZA, who he believed should be named Best New Artist.

“I watched her slave over and over to make a masterpiece that not only represents her, but represents women all over the world,” he said of her new album, Ctrl. “Something that we all can feel. It touched so many different spaces and connected with so many people. There’s nothing much more I can say — she needs to win.”

You can watch his performance from the 2017 VMAs up top.

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People Are Signing a Petition for Quavo to Be Featured on the National Anthem

“The Star-Spangled Banner,” for whatever reason, is the national anthem of the Divided States of America. No offense to anyone into American flag t-shirts and Toby Keith and whatnot, but the song is seriously one of the most boring compositions in music history. In fact, I like to sneak in a quick mini-nap whenever someone insists upon covering it in public.

At least one bold individual, a Kentucky man by the name of Sean Gray, has decided to lead the fight for an improved national anthem by starting a completely reasonable petition. “It's the current year, 2017, and I think the nation should get with the times and feature Quavo on the National Anthem,” Gray writes on his Change.org petition. “He's a feature on everything else, so why not?”

Signees have provided a multitude of reasons for supporting the petition, ranging from “nut” to “Alex told me to” to “Fuck Donald Trump.” Valid causes, all. At the time of this writing, the petition was less than 500 signatures away from its goal of 1,500 supporters after gaining traction with features in a variety of publications, including HotNewHipHop.

In a perfect world, which is quite clearly not the world we're living in now, this petition would immediately be sent to a Trumpless White House and/or whoever's in charge of updating the nation's anthem. After no debate whatsoever, a new national anthem would be commissioned featuring Quavo, Travis Scott, Selena Gomez, and SZA over a track of John Mayer doing some of his finest John Mayering with Travis Barker on drums. Production, ideally, would be handled by Metro Boomin and Mike Will Made-It.

Make it happen, America.

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TDE Drops New Isaiah Rashad ‘The Sun’s Tirade’ Merch

TDE has shared new merch for Isaiah Rashad, who released his debut studio album The Sun's Tirade last September and is coming off an impressive collaboration with SZA from her own studio debut, Ctrl.

The new drop includes a pink hoodie with the cover art for The Sun's Tirade emblazoned on the front and the album title inscribed on the left arm. There's also a grey T-shirt that features both of those designs, but on the front and back of the shirt, respectively.

Check out the selections below and visit TDE's official online shop to pick them up, as well as items from Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and other members of the label. Rashad has a handful of festival dates lined up this summer, including Pitchfork and Panorama.

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Stephen A. Smith Made a Wildly Disrespectful Remark About Lamar Odom on ‘First Take’

Like most Knicks fans right now, Stephen A. Smith is pretty upset about all of the Kristaps Porzingis trade rumors that are flying around at the moment. But don’t just take our word for it. Instead, check out how animated he got at the start of his The Stephen A. Smith Show on Tuesday afternoon when he launched into a passionate tirade against Phil Jackson right at the top of the show:

And believe it or not—OK, you believe it…—SAS has only gotten more upset over the Porzingis rumors since then, especially since Jackson is now talking like a guy who is actually considering the idea of trading Porzingis at some point in the very near future.

But on Thursday morning’s episode of ESPN First Take, SAS let his emotions get the best of him, and he said something that’s probably not going to sit real well with former NBA star Lamar Odom. While discussing some of the questionable transactions Jackson has made since joining the Knicks in 2014, SAS brought up one of Jackson’s very first moves as Knicks team president, which involved him signing Odom—who hadn’t played in the NBA at all during the 2013-14 NBA season—to a contract with the Knicks. It was a confusing move at the time, and it looked even more confusing when the Knicks waived Odom less than three months after signing him.

But while talking about Jackson’s decision to sign Odom, SAS said this:

“His very first move as executive was to sign Lamar Odom,” SAS said, “who was on crack!

Odom’s drug issues in recent years have been well documented, and Odom himself has acknowledged that he had a serious problem that he’s still dealing with today. But the way SAS chose to bring it up was questionable, and there were quite a few people who called him out for doing it:

The New York Daily News has also pointed out that signing Odom was not Jackson’s first move as Knicks team president as SAS said. He actually signed Shannon Brown to a contract through the remainder of the 2013-14 NBA season about a month before extending one to Odom. So outside of being disrespectful while discussing Odom, SAS was also just plain wrong.

SAS went on to try and downplay his comment about Odom. “I love Lamar Odom the person, and God bless him, and we’re wishing nothing but the best,” he said.

But something tells us that love might not be reciprocated the next time SAS and Odom cross paths.

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