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Three 6 Mafia Announces Reunion Show Dates

Billboard magazine has confirmed that Three 6 Mafia will reunite for a series of concerts around the country in 2020. Juicy J and DJ Paul will hit the road in March, making stops in Denver, Minneapolis, Cleveland, New Orleans, Charlotte and St. Louis, wrapping things up on Memorial Day weekend. Tickets are now available for the aforementioned shows, and some will include the No Limit Soldiers. The Memphis icons will also headline the Beale Street Music Festival in their hometown in early May, with more Three 6 Mafia shows to be announced at a later date. See show dates below.

March 6 – Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
March 7 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore
March 13 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
April 10 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center (w/ No Limit Soldiers)
May 8 – Charlotte, NC @ Bojangles Colosseum (w/ No Limit Soldiers)
May 23 – St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena

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Throwback Thursday Hip Hop: I’ll Do For You-Father MC

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Timothy Brown, known professionally as Father MC, is an American rapper who rose to fame in the early 1990s as part of the Uptown Records roster. He has released the albums “Father’s Day” (1990), “Close To You” (1992), “Sex Is Law” (1993), “This Is For The Players” (1995), “Eat This Morning” (2003) and “Fam Body” (2010).

Throwback Thursday R&B: I’m Ready-Kano

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Kano was an Italo disco music project formed in Milan, Italy in 1979 by producers/musicians Luciano Ninzatti, Stefano Pulga and Matteo Bonsanto. Kano’s debut single was the international hit “I’m Ready”, which was released in 1980, and blended disco, funk, and R&B while using synthesizers and percussive handclaps in addition to raw-processed vocoderized vocals. Kano’s self-titled debut album also featured the singles “It’s A War”, “Ahja”, “Now Baby” and the instrumental track “Cosmic Voyager.” “I’m Ready” peaked at #21 on the U.S Black Singles chart, while “It’s A War” and “Ahja” were big hits on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in the U.S., reaching #2 for five weeks. Kano went on to record two other albums, “New York Cake” and “Another Life.” Both albums introduced listeners to West-Indian-born singer Glen White. Their last single was “This Is The Night.”

Lil Wayne, Lumineers, Weezer & 1975 To Perform At 2020 Beale Street Music Festival

The 44th annual Beale Street Music Festival will take place on May 1-3 at Tom Lee Park in Memphis, TN with a star-studded lineup that includes The Lumineers, Lil Wayne, Weezer, The Smashing Pumpkins, The 1975 and DaBaby. The eclectic roster, which was announced today, will also feature The Avett Brothers, Three 6 Mafia, 311, Leon Bridges, Deftones, Lindsey Buckingham, AJR, Louis the Child, Nelly and Portugal The Man. Tickets for the festival are on sale now, with three-day passes going for $145, and $55 for single passes. The event will also welcome Brittany Howard, Laim Gallagher, Sardokie, Of Monsters and Men, Moneybagg Yo, Young Dolph and many more.

Hip Hop Spotlight: Yikes-Nicki Minaj

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Onika Tonya Maraj-Petty, known professionally as Nicki Minaj, is an American rapper/singer. She began her career as a member of the quartet The Hoodstars. After parting ways with the group, she uploaded several songs to her MySpace profile, sending material to industry insiders. On July 5, 2007, she released her first mixtape “Playtime’s Over.” Her second, “Suka Free”, was released on April 12, 2008. In August 2009, she signed a recording contract with rapper Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment. On November 19, 2010, she released her debut album, “Pink Friday.” Her sophomore effort, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”, was released on April 2, 2012. She has gone on to release the albums “The Pinkprint” (2014) and “Queen” (2018). She has also worked as an actress, having appeared in such films as Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Other Woman and Barbershop: The Next Cut.

R&B Spotlight: Camelot-Sy Smith

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Sy Smith-Peterson, known professionally as Sy Smith, is an American singer/songwriter/actress. She began her career leading the six piece Washington, DC based go go band In Tyme. Following her college graduation, she moved to Los Angeles, where she sang backup for Usher, Eric Benet, Me’Shell NdegeOcello, Ginuwine, Brandy, and spent more than a year on the road with Whitney Houston. Smith also made appearances as a regular fixture behind Vonda Shepard on the Fox series Ally McBeal. In 1999, Smith was signed to Hollywood Records, where she released the single “Gladly”, which reached #79 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. In early 2000, Smith released the single “Good N Strong.” In 2001, Smith was dropped from Hollywood Records. In 2002, Smith released the EP “One Like Me.” In 2004, Smith signed with Kajmere Records and began working on her second album. In 2005, Smith formed her own record label, Pysko Inc. The single “Fa Sho” was followed by her sophomore effort “The Syberspace Social.” Smith has also released the albums “Conflict” (2008), “Fast And Curious” (2012) and “Sometimes A Rose Will Grow In Concrete” (2018).

Inside The Industry

Jay Lyriq and Tay Dizm, former recording artists for T-Pain’s Nappy Boy Entertainment, have released their collaborative single, “No More.” The track serves as the second single from their forthcoming EP “Jay & Tay.” On the feel good gem, produced by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Jimi Kendrix, the two deliver silky, smooth vocals about exes who are over but continue to hook-up when they’re drinking. “No More” is the followup to Jay & Tay’s summer single “Work N Play”, which was released last June. The artists who became friends while working together at Nappy Boy Entertainment, are currently working on their self-titled EP, due out this Spring. While the two continue to work as solo artists as well, Jay has indicated that their joint project will fill a void in the R&B and hip hop space. The songs are more melody driven and they’ve found the right material. Fans can certainly expect to hear more from the pair in the future.

Janet Jackson Annouces Black Diamond Album & Tour

Singer Janet Jackson is ready to hit the road. The music icon just announced the forthcoming album, “Black Diamond”, her first effort in four years, and a North American tour for summer 2020. Produced by Live Nation, the trek will begin on June 24 in Miami and goes across the U.S and Canada, with stops in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Toronto, Dallas, New York, and Los Angeles, before wrapping up on Aug. 23 in Tacoma, WA. She will also perform at the Essence Festival and Cincinnati Music Festival in July. International dates will be announced in the near future. In addition to new music, Jackson will also perform selections from her 12 multi-platinum albums, including a special performance of “Rhythm Nation 1814”, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 13. “Black Diamond” will be the followup to Jackson’s 2015 project, “Unbreakable”, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. See the “Black Diamond World Tour” dates below.

Black Diamond World Tour Dates:

June 24 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
June 26 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
June 27 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
June 29 – Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
July 1 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
July 3 – New Orleans, LA – Essence Festival
July 5 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex
July 7 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
July 9 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
July 10 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
July 12 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
July 14 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
July 17 – Nashantucket, CT – The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino
July 18 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
July 21 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
July 22 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
July 24 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
July 25 – Cincinnati, OH – Cincinnati Music Festival
July 27 – Chicago, IL – United Center
July 28 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
July 31 – St Louis, MO – Enterprise Center
Aug. 1 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
Aug. 3 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Aug. 5 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Aug. 7 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Aug. 9 – Phoenix, AZ – Gila River Arena
Aug. 10 – San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University
Aug. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
Aug. 15 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Aug. 17 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
Aug. 18 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San Jose
Aug. 20 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Aug. 22 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Aug. 23 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome