Yasiin Bey Issues Rap Battle Challenge

Vs. Everybody A few days ago at the annual Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal, the artist formerly known as Mos Def, called out the entire rap game for a battle. Enlisting Black Thought and King Los, he says the triumvirate are accepting all challengers. No Joke. Speaking of which, Yasiin is also trying his hand at comedy. Peep the clip below. UPDATE: Lupe Fiasco accepts the call.

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Tomorrowland 2015 Fall/Winter Lookbook

Contemporary Japanese label Tomorrowland makes a return to the fold with its collection for Fall/Winter 2015. Like many of its compatriot labels, Tomorrowland is an expert of sorts in appropriating classic silhouettes with distinctive twists – materials, construction, etc. – to create a new dynamic. For the upcoming season, the brand found a way to evolve contemporary staples like joggers, cardigans and pilot’s jackets, imbuing each silhouette with custom materials worked with Japanese craftsmen. Accordingly, a refreshing use of premium denim, chino, moleskin, corduroy, flannel and tweed is evident throughout the collection. Particular highlights here include the braid- and rib-knit trousers, houndstooth-blocked button-ups and full moleskin suiting – all of which make an impression without being too conspicuous. Check out the pieces here and head to Tomorrowland’s website to pick up some of your favorites.

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ChosenMeds.com: Smart Morning Routine for Men

Spring is just about here after a long winter that was awful for skin and hair. However, a few tweaks to your morning routine will make you feel better and lead to improved skin and body in the long run. Here are some of ChosenMeds.com most popular products to lead to a rejuvenated morning routine for the Spring.

The Face: Use a Facial Cleanser

Using a facial cleanser will lead to immediately brighter skin. The MenScience Facial Cleansing mask is great for the skin as you can feel it working on your face. It absorbs the impurities and clears pores of residues and excess oil, leaving your skin super clean, revitalized and smooth.

Follow up with the (Malin + Goetz) Grapefruit Face Cleanser.

The Beard: Shave

Be sure to set some time in your routine for this essential grooming task. Even if you don’t need to shave every day, give yourself a few minutes every morning to do a quick one-over. MenScience Advanced Shave Formula is great for all skin ranges from normal to sensitive skin. It will help protect your skin with a thick, lubricating layer and allows shaving in any direction for several passes without reapplication.

The Hair: Scalp Therapy

Though your hair loss may be genetic, you can treat hair loss in the early stages with top-quality products. Thymuskin Treatment and the Thymuskin Gold Shampoo help guard against hair loss, dandruff, and environmental damage.

The Body: Move Your Body
A good workout in the morning will improve both your body and your mind — now and in the future. In addition to exercise building a fitter, hotter body, the endorphin rush it results in will put you in a cheery mood for hours, and your skin will become clearer over time.

After a workout, we recommend (Malin + Goetz) Bergamot Body Wash because it gently and effectively purifies and balances all skin types, especially sensitive and eczema prone, unlike traditionally harsh detergents.

The Skin: Use SPF

UV radiation can quickly add years to your face, so protect what you’ve been lucky enough to start with. Use sunblock with a high SPF (like MenScience TiO2 Sunblock) to guard against early signs of skin damage.

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Dr. Dre ‘Compton: A Soundtrack’ Cover & Tracklist

CPT Inspired by the film, Straight Outta Compton, Dr. Dre announced his final project, Compton: A Soundtrack during today’s broadcast of  ‘The Pharmacy’ on Apple Music. The soundtrack drops August 7 and will consist of new music including guests Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Game, Jon Connor, Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott, King Mez and more. Pre-order now. 1 Intro (feat. Dr. Dre) 2 Talk About It (feat. King Mez & Justus) 3 Genocide (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay) 4 […]

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Travi$ Scott Arrested at Lollapalooza

Travi$ Scott Arrested at Lollapalooza

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Travi$ Scott was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct following his set at Lollapalooza, ABC7 Chicago reports. Police said that Scott encouraged the crowd to climb over security barricades. 

Scott reportedly took the stage, performed one song, and according to a statement from the Office of Emergency Management, he told fans to cross the barricade. He was joined on stage by a few fans before the show was shut down and Scott was taken into custody. Watch video of the brief set, wherein Scott chants "we want rage," below.

Around noon CST, Scott posted the below photo on Instagram with the caption, "Love to u fans. Thank u lollapalooza Learned a lot from this."

A photo posted by flame (@travisscott) onAug 2, 2015 at 9:19am PDT

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David Byrne Calls for Streaming Revenue Transparency in New Op-Ed

David Byrne Calls for Streaming Revenue Transparency in New Op-Ed

David Byrne has written about the business of streaming in the past. He argued that free streaming services should go away, that artists should be paid significantly more, that streaming platforms hinder discovery, and that subscription-based services could threaten the overall monetization of creative endeavors. In a new op-ed for The New York Times, he’s calling for transparency in how streaming revenues are split.

Byrne’s piece, titled "Open the Music Industry’s Black Box", outlines that it’s nearly impossible to know how a listener’s subscription payments get divvied up. He argues that knowing the full breakdown of revenues is key to creating a "fairer system of pay".

He discusses some of his attempts to contact companies like YouTube and Apple Music to have the revenue breakdown explained, but said those conversations hit dead ends.

I asked Apple Music to explain the calculation of royalties for the trial period. They said they disclosed that only to copyright owners (that is, the labels). I have my own label and own the copyright on some of my albums, but when I turned to my distributor, the response was, “You can’t see the deal, but you could have your lawyer call our lawyer and we might answer some questions.”

Other problems he posed are the "seemingly arbitrary" way labels have reportedly assigned income to artists on their roster, saying that the number of streams doesn’t necessarily determine who gets the most money. He also says other avenues of monetization between labels and streaming services are hidden from artists, including "advances from the streaming services, catalog service payments for old songs, and equity in the streaming services themselves."

Byrne is on the Board of Directors for SoundExchange, the nonprofit digital royalty collection and distribution organization. He’s been working with SoundExchange advocating for the Fair Play Fair Pay Act, "which would force AM and FM stations to pay musicians when their recordings are broadcast."

Read the full op-ed. 

Read our Cover Story "Station to Station: The Past, Present, and Future of Streaming Music".

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Dr. Dre Announces First Album in 15 Years

After Ice Cube briefly hinted at an August 1 surprise album, Dr. Dre has finally confirmed his third solo album, titled Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre. The two were recently together on the Beats 1 radio show "The Pharmacy," where Dre also remarked about the cancelled release of Detox:
“I didn’t like it. It wasn’t good. The record, it just wasn’t good … I worked my ass off on it, and I don’t think I did a good enough job.”
The upcoming album will be released as an Apple Music exclusive on August 7, but you can pre-order the album now on iTunes here. You can find the album’s tracklist below.
Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre (Tracklist)
01 “Intro”
02 “Talk About It” (Feat. King Mez & Justus)
03 “Genocide” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay)
04 “It’s All On Me” (Feat. Justus & BJ The Chicago Kid)
05 “All In A Day’s Work” (Feat. Anderson Paak & Marsha Ambrosius)
06 “Darkside/Gone” (Feat. King Mez, Marsha Ambrosius & Kendrick Lamar)
07 “Loose Cannons” (Feat. Xzibit & COLD 187um)
08 “Issues” (Feat. Ice Cube & Anderson Paak)
09 “Deep Water” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Justus)
10 Jon Connor – “One Shot One Kill” (Feat. Snoop Dogg)
11 The Game – “Just Another Day” (Feat. Asia Bryant)
12 “For The Love Of Money” (Feat. Jill Scott & Jon Connor)
13 “Satisfiction” (Feat. Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius & King Mez)
14 “Animals” (Feat. Anderson Paak)
15 “Medicine Man” (Feat. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson Paak)
16 “Talking To My Diary”

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Pharrell, Pusha T & More Star in adidas Originals’ “Original Superstar” Lookbook

adidas Originals continue the campaign for their resurrected Superstar sneaker with a lookbook featuring high-profile endorsees Pharrell Williams and Pusha T. The rap giants are shot alongside influencers like VJ Mian, Grigoriy Dobrygin…

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