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J Cole Confirmed For The Oracle Arena In Oakland, California On August 29 (@JColeNC)


As a part of his 2018 KOD Tour, J Cole will be playing at the Oracle Arena (7000 Coliseum Way) in Oakland, California on August 29th.  He will be joined by Young Thug.

Ticket price for this event starts at $49 USD and goes up to approximately $162 USD. For additional ticketing info, click here.

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New Hip-hop Video: Rapsody – Pay Up (@rapsody @BrianPetch @JamlaRecords)

rapsodyOn May 20th, Grammy nominated hip-hop star, Rapsody, shared the official video for her song “Pay Up.” As we’ve come to expect from her, Rapsody’s visuals are on point! This one was directed by Brian Petchers, who delivered a colorful, captivating story to compliment the song.

Click here or on the image above to watch “Pay Up” and remember to like, comment and share.

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Nas To Perform At Moose’s Tooth Pub In Anchorage, AK On June 9th (@Nas)


Hip-hop’s living legend, Nasir Jones, PKA Nas, will give an intimate and interactive performance at Moose’s Tooth Pub (3300 Old Seward Hwy) in Anchorage, AK on Saturday, June 9th. Doors will open at 6 PM and the show will start at 7 PM sharp!

Tickets for this event is $60 USD and can be purchased HERE.

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J Cole Just Literally Changed The Game With ‘ATM’ (@JColeNC)

j coleThere is a lot of mix feelings about the visuals for J Cole’s ATM. Some people are really feeling it and labeling it as a whole next level in hip-hop, while others are saying it’s lame, wack etc. As far as we here at MJ Magazine is concerned, both the song and the video are on point. We fully endorse and support J Cole and what he’s doing.

Unfortunately, many people miss the underlying message, which is simply that “money isn’t everything” and “we shouldn’t sell ourselves for this money.”

Check out the video here and decide for yourself.

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Dead Prez, Black Star Perform in Washington, DC on Friday, April 20

Dead-PrezIf you are a true hip-hop lover you are going to appreciate this! Rap royalties, Black Star and Dead Prez will be performing on the same stage this Friday, April 20th. The event takes place at The Anthem (located at 901 Wharf Street SW) in Washington, DC.

Also on the bill are Mad Squablz, Jay Berd and DJ Bee. Tickets for this show can be purchased HERE.

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New Hip-Hop Release: Donte & K’Valentine – Bag U Up (@JavottiMedia @Itskvalentine)


“Bag U Up” is the new hip-hop single from Donte (who is a part of the group Mood and Space Invadaz). The track features Javotti Media’s emcee, K’Valentine, as well as Aiyo Sophia. It was produced by J Dilla.

Click here or on the image above to check out the single.

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Ms Lauryn Hill Confirmed To Open The Greenwich International Film Festival (@MsLaurynHill @greenwichfilm)

Ms Lauryn HillThe mission of the Greenwich International Film Festival is to provide filmmakers with an effective platform to showcase their work, with the goal of finding financing and distribution.

The 2018 Opening Night Party will feature a performance by hip-hop/R&B artist Ms. Lauryn Hill, plus a film awards, cocktails and VIP activities. It all goes down on June 1st at the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich.

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Nas Headlines Atlanta Funk Fest on May 19th (@Nas)

GP_Nas_412C4321-Credit-13th-WitnessThe 2018 Atlanta Funk Fest is a three-day event which will take place at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater in Atlanta, Georgia from May 18th through to the 19th.

On the 18th the main attraction will be performances from: R.B.R.M. (Ronnie, Bobby, Rickey, Mike), Lil Kim and 702. On the 19th, hip-hop king pin Nas will be the highlight. He will be supported by Goodie Mob, Youngbloodz, Bilal and more. While Charlie Wilson and Loose Ends will be the headliners for the 20th.

Click here for additional information.

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Rapsody Talks Being Self Made (Full Interview) @OfficialBelaire @rapsody

Self MadeBelaire’s “Self Made Tastes Better” video series continues with the 8th episode starring two-time Grammy-nominated rapper Rapsody.

Here, Rapsody sits down with Luc Belaire CEO Brett Berish to discuss what it’s like being a female emcee in a male-dominated industry, her influences, inspiring young girls, and working with 9th Wonder and Kendrick Lamar.

Click here or on the image above to watch the full interview.


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The 2018 Cincinnati Funk Fest features Erykah Badu, Yasiin Bey, Talib Kweli & others (@fatbellybella @TalibKweli)


The 2018 Cincinnati Funk Fest takes place on Friday, April 27 at 8 PM. It will be held at the US Bank Arena (100 Broadway St, Cincinnati 45202). This year’s lineup includes Erykah Badu, Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Hi Tek, Kameron Corvet, Speed Walton and Lauren Elyise.

Tickets are currently on sale; click here to purchase.

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“The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” 20th Anniversary Performance – July 22nd at Pitchfork Music Fest (@MsLaurynHill)

Lauryn-HillOn Sunday, July 22nd, Ms. Lauryn Hill will be performing songs from her Grammy album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” at the Pitchfork Music Festival. As the album was released in August 1998, this is its 20 year anniversary.

Celebrating its 13th year in 2018, the internationally recognized Pitchfork Music Festival will present 40+ acts over the course of three days in Chicago’s Union Park. It’s expected to host 60,000 attendees of all ages from 45 states and 26 countries.

For additional information and tickets visit: http://pitchforkmusicfestival.com

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Common Satisfies Fans With New Album (@common @Augustgreenebnd)

commonNever one to disappoint, hip-hop artist, actor and activist Common, released a full length album titled “August Greene” on March 9th. The project is a collaborative effort with Grammy-winning pianist/producer Robert Glasper and drummer/producer Kerriem Riggins. The trio have formed a group, with the same name, and this album is their first release.

“August Greene” is now available via Amazon and it has been getting great reviews from music critics all over. The best way to sum up this project is that it’s mature hip-hop. Common has never been and is not now, on any kind of money trip, hype or fame buzz. He’s doing what he always does, speak to his people through his music.

Check out “August Greene” here.