Watch the Live Stream of Apple’s Live Launch event hosted by Tim Cook for the upcoming iPhone 11, Apple Arcade, iOS 13, iPadOS, Apple TV+, macOS Catalina, watchOS 6, hopefully, some new AirPods and much much more.
Stream below. Read more
On the second episode of Season 2, Joe Budden and co-hosts Remy Ma & Jinx sound off on the following topics: Top 50 best rapper list, Mass Shooting in Texas & Ohio, Cyntoia Brown released from prison, Illinois prison population down by 20%, Black Excellence, The female impact on Hip Hop, Spinderella sues Salt N Pepa for unpaid royalties, Reginae Carter caught spying on boyfriend at party. Read more
J. Cole and the entire Dreamville crew appear on the cover of XXL’s 2019 Spring Issue. Check out the full cover story here.
Go behind the scenes with Dreamville Records’ J. Cole, Bas, Cozz, EarthGang, J.I.D, Lute, Omen and Ari Lennox for the cover of XXL magazine’s spring 2019 issue.
The 2018 XXL Freshman Class has finally arrived. Now in its 11th year, the Freshman franchise has exploded into popularity over the past decade thanks to the internet, social media and, more importantly, the hip-hop fans.
Every year, the XXL Freshman Class comes together the same way as when it first started. XXL talks to everyone they possibly can—industry tastemakers, rappers, their friends, fellow hip-hop heads, the guy working at the corner store, whoever—to get their input on who they think should be picked for the class. Then they argue it out as a staff and narrow down the list.
This year’s Freshman Class includes Fort Lauderdale, Florida’s Ski Mask The Slump God, Miami’s Lil Pump, Miami’s Smokepurpp, Atlanta’s J.I.D, London’s Stefflon Don, Memphis’ BlocBoy JB, Birmingham, Alabama’s YBN Nahmir, West Palm Beach’s Wifisfuneral and Canton, Ohio’s Trippie Redd. The 10th Spot winner was Waynesboro, Pa.’s Lil Skies who unfortunately refused to attend the shoot after originally accepting the offer. Read more
The Price of Ye
Addressing Kanye West’s latest antics in the media, journalist Naoka Foreman made issue number 7 of The Majority about how Kanye is still the old Kanye but with a different message against being enslaved to the commoditization of everything in human relations. In this issue Foreman ties in lyrics from the album College Dropout and Yeezus to draw a comparison of West’s criticism towards big business and crass consumerism. Foreman dissects the meaning of “400 bucks” in the song ‘All Falls Down’ and relates it to West exposing human surplus value in industries. She proclaims that “if people inherited an attitude like West towards big business and acknowledge their surplus value… perhaps his statement [slavery was a choice] would have been met with a different attitude”.
With the very first of The Majority, entitled Probation: The Leash, being about the disproportionate incarceration of rapper Meek Mill, social activist, Naoka Forman decided to make her sixth issue about Meek’s release from prison.
In this month’s issue, Foreman compares the treatment of Stanford University swimmer, Brock Turner, to musical artist Meek Mill and how their social relations create different outcomes within the justice system. Foreman goes in-depth about how an affluent pedigree can alter judgment in a system that is presented to be fair and just. Astounding and appalling, she ties in how social capital is a luxury, inherited by class privilege and “promotes the development or underdevelopment of a human being.” Digital and print copies are expected with upcoming releases.
Previously: Naoka Foreman – The Majority | Issue #4
For his XXL Magazine spring 2018 cover story, 21 Savage speaks to XXL Editorial Site Director Georgette Cline about the plans he has for his upcoming sophomore album, Donald Trump’s presidency, what he’s looking for in a perfect America and his love for flying planes, among other topics.
Apple has officially announced a special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. Both phones feature a red glass enclosure with a matching aluminum band and a black front. The special edition (PRODUCT)RED iPhone will be available to order online in select countries and regions tomorrow and in stores beginning Friday, April 13th. Read more
Hypefresh calls The Majority latest issue “a critical analysis of Black Panther…” Naoka Foreman shares her thoughts on Black Panther the movie from a critical lens. In the article, Foreman articulates how director, Ryan Coogler, stirs away from “the usual objectification of black bodies” and how his style of voyeurism illicit admiration towards the story’s characters rather than sexual arousal. Foreman goes even further in depth with her analysis of this film with a compelling comparison of Wakanda and America’s black professional class. She refers to them as the black elite as she references a conversation had between political activist Dr. Cornel West and Chris Hedges, the host of Days of Revolt. Digital and print copies of The Majority are expected to be released with upcoming issues.
The Majority: February 2018 – Issue No. 4