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2016 Year In Review: #BlackLivesMatter Vs. Lil Wayne, Selena Gomez, & More

Justin Timberlake, Laila Ali, and Fantasia Among Activist Group’s Offenders


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Scribbled in history books for some good and not-so-good reasons, 2016 brought with it some of modern music’s most memorable moments.

Now, as the year draws to a close, TGJ is reflecting on 31 moments that rocked – and to some degree shaped – the Urban and Pop musical landscape as we know it.

Next, we reflect on the group of entertainers who fell on the wrong side of #BlackLivesMatter.

As reports of police brutality, unjust court rulings, and other injustices against African Americans continue to dominate headlines, equal rights activist group, #BlackLivesMatter (BLM), continues to take a stance against those very prejudices.

2016 saw mention of BLM permeate pop culture more than ever as a number of celebrities joined the fight against racial discrimination and abuses of power wielded by law officials and enforcers.   But, just as the number of supporters rose, so did the number of detractors or combatants of the BLM concept. Many of whom claim the group is divisive and disregards the notion that “all lives matter.”

With their detraction came some serious claps from some of the movement’s staunchest supporters. Tuck in below to see who earned a spot on the BLM hitlist in 2016:

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New Video: Alicia Keys – ‘Blended Family (What You Do For Love) (ft. A$AP Rocky)’

Swizz Beatz & Mashonda Make Cameo Appearances

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Alicia Keys has taken the literal approach to the video for new single ‘Blended Family (What You Do For Love).’

Unleashed moments ago, the clip for the A$AP Rocky assisted cut sees the 15-time Grammy winner unite her own unique clan. Indeed, featured is her husband Swizz Beatz, their children (including his from previous relationships), and Mashonda.

The latter is most likely to set tongues wagging, given the much publisized history between the ‘Blackout’ singer, Swizz, and Keys.

Watch below as they collectively celebrate dissolved differences in the second video from the ‘HERE’ album…

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New Song: Alicia Keys – ‘Blended Family [What You Do For Love] (ft. ASAP Rocky)’

Songbird Hatches Lead Single From 6th Album ‘Here’

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With a bangin’ bass, glimmering piano and an acoustic guitar, Alicia Keys provides a whole-hearted ode to her family in her new single ‘Blended Family (What You Do For Love).’

In the song, the face of the “no makeup” movement opens up about the peaks and valleys of creating a family with her husband Swizz Beatz and her stepson, whose mother is R&B songstress Mashonda.

Speaking on the cut, which serves as the new lead release from her sixth album ‘Here,’ Keys says:

“It means so much to me and our whole family. The understanding, compassion and support we’ve found is a powerful testament to the healing that comes when we choose love. Especially for the kids… the most important part of our lives. Celebrating @mashondatifrere for our commitment to each other with support and true growth.

It’s the most open the 15-time Grammy winner has been about her private life, aspects of which have played out quite publicly.

Take a listen below…

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Black Eyed Peas Announce All-Star ‘Where Is The Love’ Revival [ft. Usher, Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige & More]

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It’s been 13 years since the Black Eyed Peas asked the powerful question ‘Where Is The Love?’

A decade and some change on, the chart-topping quad are gearing up to pose the same question – with a little help from a list of major names.

Details below…

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Watch: A$AP Rocky Addresses ‘Black Lives Matter’ Controversy On ‘The Breakfast Club’

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A$AP Rocky is eager to explain his problematic attitude towards the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.

So, today saw him do just that.

Where?

‘The Breakfast Club.’

There, he was grilled by its hosts who were keen to understand his side of the argument which rages on social media and, to some extent, bring some of the movement’s purposes to his attention.

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A$AP Rocky Angers Fans By Saying He ‘Can’t Relate’ To Black Issues

Rapper Under Fire For Distancing Himself From Social Injustice Hot Topics

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Looks like after some unearthed controversial comments from last year, 2016 sees ‘F**kin’ Problems’ performer A$AP Rocky with just that on his hands – a f**kin’ problem.

Indeed, the hitmaking rapper took to Time Out magazine last year to dish on new music and other happenings in his career at the time.  However, when quizzed on his thoughts about the shooting of Michael Brown at the hands of policemen in Ferguson, MO, he replied:

“I did not sign up to be no political activist..I don’t wanna talk about no f*cking Ferguson and sh*t because I don’t live over there. I live in f*cking Soho and Beverly Hills. I can’t relate.”

Going on to say he’d much rather talk about drugs, alcohol, fashion, and women, the year-old comments somehow found new life recently in light of similar tragedies that have taken over headlines this month. The heat got so intense it led Rocky to go on a Twitter rant to address his detractors.  Read his now deleted tweets below:

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New Song: Tinashe – ‘Pretend (ft. A$AP Rocky)’ {New Single}

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R&B belle Tinashe owned the Summer club climate with ‘2 On’.

Now, the budding stage blazer makes a bid to cement her name on the Urban-Pop circuit with follow-up ‘Pretend’ – the 2nd official single from her debut album ‘Aquarius’ (due October 7th)

The cut, which was produced by hitmaker Detail, features rapper A$AP Rocky.

Is it a hit? You be the judge below…

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Competition: 2014 Grammy Awards Predictions [Cast Your Vote To Win!]

At long last the 56th annual Grammy Awards® are upon us!

The 2014 showing of music’s biggest night will be lined with performances from Beyonce & Jay Z, Madonna & Macklemore, P!nk, and so many others.  This, of course, between issuance of the industry’s most coveted prize – the golden Gram-o-phone.

Rap royal Jay Z leads the pack while his ‘Holy Grail’ co-star Justin Timberlake trails with seven nods (as does Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis).  And, while ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ hitmaker Drake stands to take home 5 trophies for as many nominations, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, and Lorde follow with four a piece.

As we await news on who will leave with what, we turn to you – That Grape Juice faithful – for your ever insightful predictions. We know who we want to win, but with your musical savvy in tow, tuck in below with your thoughts on who you think will take home the industry’s top honors in Pop, R&B, rap and gospel categories. Two lucky commenters will win the 2014 Grammy Nominees album:

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New Video: ASAP Rocky & Rihanna – ‘Fashion Killa’

Nine months after the release of his debut album ‘Long Live A$AP’, A$AP Rocky eyes Billboard Hot 100 territory with his new video for the song ‘Fashion Killa‘.

Enlisting Rihanna to pull in the viewers he’ll need to ensure a favourable chart position in the coming week, the fashion forward MC was also joined by long time pal A$AP Ferg, who hits the clip to score a little promo op of his own.

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Teaser: ASAP Rocky & Rihanna – ‘Fashion Killa (Music Video)’

In the mood for a new A$AP Rocky video?

You are?

Then consider yourself lucky today. For, much to the joy of fans of Pop superstar Rihanna, the Rapper’s video for his new single ‘Fashion Killa’ saw a teaser from its final piece unearthed today, featuring the performer as his leading lady!

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A$AP Rocky Speaks Out On ‘Homosexual’ VMA Controversy / Apologizes To Jason Collins

‘Fashion Killa’ MC A$AP Rocky left many an eyebrow raised two weeks ago, when he appeared on the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards 2013 to fulfil presenting duties alongside openly gay basketball player Jason Collins.

Why eyebrows were raised? Well, when Collins took the opportunity to call for equality for the LGBTQ community, the usually cool, calm and collected Rapper suddenly appeared to become very uncomfortable, seemingly ‘side eyeing’ the athlete.

Now, in an interview with ‘The Stashed‘, Rocky has explained that things were not as they seemed, apologising to Collins for any offence he may have caused.

His words below…

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Remix: Mariah Carey – ‘Beautiful (Ft Miguel & A$AP Rocky)’

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Minutes ago, Pop icon Mariah Carey surprised the world with a brand spanking new remix to her hit song ‘Beautiful’, featuring ‘Fashion Killa’ A$AP Rocky.

Is it any good?

You decide after the jump!

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