1. RIP Jayare
I unfortunately have to start the week with some sad news. Cali Swag District, known for their record Teach Me How To Dougie, just became another member shorter. If you remember in 2011, M-Bone of the group was fatally shot dead. Now three years later, another member has lost his life. Last Friday, Jayare fell into cardiac arrest, after battling sickle cell anemia, and never came back to life. Ironically, after a long hiatus from Twitter, he tweeted the day before his death. Jayare was only 25 and it continues to show how short life is. Cherish the life you live, every day that you can. Thoughts and prayers to his family and the members of CSD who are facing yet another lost.
2. Luke James Announces Self-Titled Debut Album!
Luke James had the privileged opportunity to not only open for Beyonce, but also have a track (I Want You) to come out of nowhere and simply blow people away. Now, after much delay, James is finally set to release his debut album. Initially titled Made To Love, Luke James self-titled debut will be released September 23. Although the iTunes link has yet to be provided yet, you can pre-order the album on Luke James website here! Fans can check out the simple album cover above, but stay tuned for the official tracklisiting!
3. Lil’ Kim Gives Birth To Royal Reign!
With death comes life, and Hip Hop just gained a new baby this week. It seems like yesterday I told you all that Lil’ Kim was pregnant with her first baby! Queen Bee keeps her dynasty going by naming her daughter Royal Reign. Kim hasn’t given an official statement, but spent her week re-tweeting congratulations that were sent her! AND here is another one- Congrads to Kimmie & her boo Papers!!!
Update: July 11, 2014
Yay! Lil’ Kim has finally given us a sneak peak of her newborn Royal! Check out the adorable picture below!
4. Pharrell Receives Key To Hometown Virginia Beach!
Pharrell and I have two things in common. One, we both love music, and two, we are both from the state of Virginia. No one can dispute that he has had a great year with not only his own chart-topping hit Happy, but also producing other Number One’s like Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines! So it was a no brainer that when Pharrell came back home to headline Shaggfest, he would get a key to his city! Coming from someone who is from the area, Pharrell so deserves it, because he gives hope to so many of us Virginians that our dreams can come true and we can make to the the city of bright lights, glitz, and glamour. Kudos to Skateboard P for all that he has contributed to music and staying true to the sound he likes!
5. Drake & Lil’ Wayne Announce Drake Vs. Lil’ Wayne Tour!
If you are saving your coins for that perfect summer tour, this may just be the one to spend them on! This is because Drake and Lil’ Wayne are teaming up for Drake Vs. Lil’ Wayne. Kicking off things in August, the YMCMB duo will be touring for two months, which will help further amp anticipation for Wayne’s Tha Carter V! If you are a Citi Card member, you get exclusive access to purchase the tickets Tuesday June 17 at 10am. The rest of us? We just have to wait until Friday, June 20! Check out the dates and locations below!
August 8: Darien Center, NY- Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
August 9: Noblesville, IN- Klipsch Music Center
August 10: Tinley Park, IL- First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
August 12: Saratoga Springs,NY- Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 13: Hartford, CT- XFINITY Theatre
August 15: Cincinnati, OH- Riverbend Music Center
August 16: Clarkston, MI DTE- Energy Music Theatre
August 17: Burgettstown, PA- First Niagara Pavilion
August 19: Forest Hills, NY- Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
August 21: Camden, NJ- Susquehanna Bank Center
August 25: Mansfield, MA- Xfinity Center
August 26 Holmdel, NJ PNC- Bank Arts Center
August 27: Virginia Beach, VA- Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
August 29: Bristow, VA- Jiffy Lube Live
August 30: Charlotte, NC- PNC Music Pavilion
August 31: Atlanta, GA- Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
September 3: West Palm Beach, FL- Cruzan Amphitheatre
September 4: Tampa, FL- MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
September 6: Austin, TX- Austin360 Amphitheater
September 7: Dallas, TX- Gexa Energy Pavilion
September 10: Morrison, CO- Red Rocks Amphitheatre
September 11: West Valley City, UT- USANA Amphitheatre
September 13: Ridgefield, WA- Sleep Country Amphitheatre
September 14: Auburn, WA- White River Amphitheatre
September 16: Mountain View, CA- Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 17: Wheatland, CA- Sleep Train Amphitheatre
September 19: Irvine, CA- Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
September 20: Chula Vista, CA- Sleep Train Amphitheatre
September 22: Los Angeles, CA- Hollywood Bowl
September 25: Phoenix, AZ- Ak-Chin Pavilion
September 27: Woodlands, TX- The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion