Made in America Festival is an annual music event founded by rapper and businessman Jay-Z in 2012. Following its inaugural year, it was announced to take place in Los Angeles for the later events and its arrival has since become an important symbol of unity. Jay-Z created the festival in a bid to join together musicians of all genres, creeds and cultures to emphasise the bond between music-lovers regardless of any animosity that may have existed between hip hop artists, rock artists and pop artists in the past. It is an attempt to build a world of peace and diversity because, in the words of Run DMC star Darryl McDaniels, 'Music succeeds where politics and religion fail'.
'Made In America' is a music documentary based on the new festival of the same name founded by Jay-Z who is also the movie's executive producer. It has been directed by double Oscar winner Ron Howard ('The Da Vinci Code', 'Apollo 13', 'Rush', 'A Beautiful Mind') and features behind-the-scenes clips and interviews of various music superstars including Run DMC, Rita Ora, Kanye West, Janelle Monáe, Tyler The Creator, Skrillex, Santigold and The Hives. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for 'Outstanding Television Documentary' at the Black Reel Awards.
Made In America is available on VOD and DVD 19 May 2014
Tyler the Creator has been generating headliness since he broke onto the rap scene in 2009.
Inciting riots, homophobia, sexism, all things Tyler The Creator has been accused of in his career so far. On Saturday the 23 year old rapper was arrested on suspicion of inciting a riot in Austin Texas after his performance at the SXSW festival. Another controversy? It’s just another day in the life of this very outspoken rap star.
Tyler the Creator was arrested at the weekend
Tyler, the Creator didn't pull any punches when he broke into the rap world in 2009. His debut mixtape was entitled ‘Bastard’ and got him his fair share of attention as well as positive reviews from critics. He followed it up a year later with ‘Goblin’, his debut album where he seemed to take exception to Bruno Mars and Paramore’s Hayley Williams in some of the album’s lyrics. His feelings on artists aside, the album also drew allegations of homophobia, (apparently anti-gay slurs can be heard 213 times on the record) and led to many to criticise his music’s lyrical content.
Continue reading: What's Eating Tyler The Creator? A History
The 23 year-old rapper played to a sold-out show in Dallas's House of Blues just hours after leaving jail in connection with a charge of inciting a riot.
Rapper Tyler The Creator found himself behind bars on Saturday (March 15th), after getting arrested at Austin-Bergstrom Airport.
The 23 year-old was facing a misdemeanour charge of inciting a riot at the South by Southwest festival this past Thursday (March 13th).
But just hours after being released from jail by posting $25,000 bail, Tyler, a.k.a. Tyler Gregory Okonma, returned to stage in Dallas and performed to a sold-out crowd, the Associated Press notes.
Continue reading: Tyler The Creator Returns To Stage Hours After Being Released From Jail
The rapper was accused of inciting crowds to push past security.
South by South West, Austin’s week long music and film festival was going remarkably smoothly this year. That is until Tyler, The Creator (real name Tyler Gregory Okonma) incited what has been deemed a riot by police officials at his SXSW. Okonma, who was later arrested in relation to the incident, reportedly a large crowd of fans at the annual music conference and festival to push their way past venue employees into a show that was already at full capacity.
Tyler, the Creator's SXSW show on Saturday was on the brink of violence.
According to the Associated Press, police at the scene reported witnessing the rapper yell at the fans outside to push their way past security on a couple of occasions. The crowd was reportedly on the brink of violence, so much so that a bartender had to protect a woman from from injury from the surging mob. Police released video evidence of the event, which shows scores of fans bursting through a gate at the Scoot Inn in downtown Austin. Following the incident, Okonma has been arrested at the Austin-Bergstrom Airport. His bail was set at $3,500 and, if convicted, the rapper faces a year in jail, as well as a $4,000 fine.
Tyler, the Creator was arrested in Austin under suspicion of inciting a riot and has been charged with a Class A misdemeanour. He has been released after posting bail and is set to appear in Dallas tonight (15th March).
The L.A. based rapper, Tyler, the Creator, was arrested on Saturday (15th March) in Austin, Texas on suspicion of inciting a riot. The 23-year-old was apprehended by police at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and charged with Riot- Class A misdemeanour, according to the Statesman.
Tyler The Creator was arrested in Austin on Saturday (15th March).
Tyler, the Creator a.k.a. Tyler Gregory Okonma alleged incited a riot whilst performing at a local entertainment venue in Austin on Thursday (13th March). According to KVUE news, Okonma encouraged those waiting to see his performance to push past the venue's employees. The venue was already at capacity and thus leading a chant of "push, push push", according to The LA Times, posed a threat to his own personal safety as well as the venue employees and attendees. Footage of the incident was released to TMZ by Austin police and show how busy the venue was prior to the forced entry of those waiting outside.
Continue reading: Tyler, The Creator Posts Bail After Being Charged With Riot Misdemeanour
DJ Peanut Butter Wolf set up independent LA label Stones Throw Records in 1996 and it has since released a string of critically acclaimed artists that have helped to shape the music industry. Current artists include the likes of 7 Days of Funk, Arabian Prince, The Stepkids and Madlib, while previous years have seen Mayer Hawthorne and Aloe Blacc as label artists. These artists may not be mainstream chart gold, but they have captured the imaginations of hip-hop, soul and R&B lovers everywhere since its inception.
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Odd Future are persona non grata in New Zealand.
The hip-hip collective Odd Future has been banned from New Zealand after officials deemed they posed a threat to public order. Immigration, New Zealand explained that the rappers had been deemed, "to be a potential threat to public order and the public interest for several reasons, including incidents at past performances in which they have incited violence."
Tyler, The Creator of Odd Future
Odd Future - led by Tyler, The Creator - were scheduled to support Eminem at Rapture festival on Saturday in Auckland though six group members were denied visas when New Zealand authorities became aware of an incident at a show in Boston in 2011 when some witnesses claimed some Odd Future members incited fans to attack police, according to the Guardian.
Continue reading: Odd Future Banned From New Zealand, Deemed "Threat To Public Order"
Pharrell's here with a new song and an extraordinary music video.
Pharrell Williams has released the world's first 24 hour-long music video for his Despicable Me 2 soundtrack song, 'Happy.' The interactive video takes you through a day in Los Angeles as different performers, including a host of celebrity cameos, take it in turns to dance and walk with the camera for one song as 'Happy' plays in a loop.
Pharrell Just Wants Us All To Be Happy.
From the stylish small child dancing down a street whilst bemused shop owners look on; a frizzy-haired girl leaping and twirling through a car park; a tall man dancing through the aisles of a supermarket whilst stuffing food under his shirt, to Pharrell himself picking up groceries in a rather swanky hat before throwing moves in front of a gospel choir later on. 'Happy' seemingly celebrates the everyday joy hidden in the doldrums of life, as well as the diverse face and talent of L.A.
Continue reading: Why Is Pharrell's New Video 24 Hours Long? Because He's 'Happy' [Video]
Justin Bieber isn't a criminal, just a guy who spits at people. Which is probably worse.
The key finding seems to be that Justin Bieber is a bit of an idiot, though isn't a criminal. We're talking about the whole spitting thing, by the way.
Prosecutors declined to press charges against the diminutive pop star this week regarding an incident in which a neighbour of the singer approached him about allegedly speeding around their gated community in Calabasas. He promptly received a big old hunk of Bieber spit in the face - something the L.A. County District Attorney's Office found "immature" but not criminal. Rapper Tyler, The Creator had actually taken responsibility for the reckless driving, though Justin got aggressive with the neighbor anyway.
Deputy District Attorney Alan Yochelson wrote in his charges evaluation worksheet - as reported by TMZ.com - that Bieber's response to being confronted "seems disproportionate and immature," but that the evidence did not show "beyond a reasonable doubt" that his actions were criminal. A representative for young Justin - probably delighted by the news - had no comment.
Continue reading: Justin Bieber Spitting In His Neighbor's Face Wasn't Criminal, D.A Rules
The hip-hop world has got some fire back in its belly.
It was the instant classic verse from Lamar that caused the stir, with the 26-year-old dubbing himself the "King of New York" and putting himself in the company of some of the game's very best.
"I heard the barbershops spittin' great debates all the time, Bout who's the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas," he spits.
The rapper apologizes profusely for his words in a recent freestyle
Most rappers would give anything to work with Drake right now, but for J Cole, the sacrifice was bigger than he first thought. Having blindly agreed to rap on 'Jodeci Freestyle,' his freestyle ended up offending some, but he’s since expressed contrition for his mistake and would like very much to just move on, according to MTV.
J. Cole in London
"In a recent verse on the song 'Jodeci Freestyle,' I said something highly offensive to people with Autism. Last week, when I first saw a comment from someone outraged about the lyric, I realized right away that what I said was wrong," Cole wrote in an apology letter to advocacy organization Autism Speaks. He posted the note on his Dreamvillian site on Sunday.
Continue reading: J. Cole Says Sorry For Autism Lyric On Drake Track
Justin Bieber was under scrutiny last month for driving too fast in a residential area. Today rumours regarding his involvement in a hit-and-run incident have been circulating. The allegation concerns Bieber hitting a photographer with his car as he drove away from the Laugh Factory on Sunset Boulevard.
Justin Bieber has been cleared by police over an allegation of driving into a photographer in his Ferrari. The incident took place late on Monday (17th June 2013). It is unclear if the photographer was seriously injured although the unnamed victim was taken to hospital. Bieber claims he was not aware he had hit anyone whilst driving, according to TMZ.com.
This is not the first time Bieber has encountered trouble as a result of his poor driving. In mid-May residents of his Californian neighbourhood Calabasas complained the singer had been driving his Ferrari dangerously. According to a report made in the Guardian, the 19-year-old singer nearly hit former basketball player Keyshawn Johnson's young daughter as he drove around the neighbourhood. Johnson followed Bieber home only for the singer to disappear inside his house before anything could be said.
Bieber has been presented with an alibi for the Johnson incident as his friend Tyler The Creator came forward claiming he, and not Bieber, was driving that evening. However, he also claimed he was driving 'nicely'.
Continue reading: Justin Bieber Will Not Be Charged Over Hit-and-Run Allegations
Video footage apparently may have shown that Tyler, The Creator was driving Justin Bieber's car like a hooligan but Bieber still parties with the "friends" who very nearly landed him in big trouble.
After last month's debacle involving Tyler, The Creator recklessly driving Justin Bieber's car, you'd think lil' Beibs would want to put as much space between him and the Odd Futures MC - at least until the story blows over. Alas no, the pair both attended the pre-release listening party for Kanye West's new album Yeezus where their friendship seemed firmer than ever.
Kanye West's album may have been released to the general public today (18th June) but a select bunch of celebs were given an exclusive first listen to the rapper's fresh tracks at a listening party in Hollywood last Friday. West may not have been present, due to the birth of his daughter, but the 7-10 people in attendance partied to the 10-track record, which seemed to go down pretty well.
Bieber tweeted: "Fact. @kanyewest new album is the truth" and was pictured posing with Tyler.
Continue reading: Justin Bieber Off The Hook, But Still Parties With Tyler, The Creator
The speeding incident may appear to be over for now, but it is likely to return at any point we think
Last week Justin Bieber almost ended up on the receiving end of a neighbourhood lynch-mob headed by none other than Keyshawn Johnson, after the singer supposedly drove his car at ridiculously dangerous speeds through his exclusive, gated Calabasas community in Los Angeles. He blamed rapper Tyler, The Creator for the driving and Tyler accepted the blame, but this doesn't exactly spell the end of things for Justin quite yet.
This weekend Tyler Tweeted that it was him driving the Ferrari at break-neck speeds through the residential area, with Justin thanking him and saying that he is used to having his name slandered by other people. But wait a minute, he may be nineteen by hasn't Biebs been taught about being responsible for your own guests, and belongings (including cars) for that matter? Ok it wasn't him driving, but he was in he car at the time and could have and should have made the Odd Future rapper slow down. Driving or not Justin isn't off the hook yet. And then we come to the conundrum of whether Tyler and Biebs are telling the truth at all, because Keyshawn and a selection of other peeved neighbours are convinced they saw a white kid driving the sports car through Calabasas.
The whole neighbourhood is getting a little bit too annoyed with Justin now, and his stunt with the Ferrari may be the last straw for a community who are believed to be ready to take action to see that Justin faces retribution for his reckless living in the family neighbourhood.
The reckless driving case is rapidly turning into a whodunnit mystery.
Justin Bieber has had a number of unfortunate incidents in the past year, but the latest one – the allegations of reckless driving, raised against Justin by his neighbor Keyshawn Johnson – is getting more complicated by the day.
Earlier in the week, Johnson reportedly confronted Bieber about his fast and furious driving in the peaceful community of Calabasas, according to E!Online. The “Boyfriend” singer is currently facing reckless driving charges because of the incident. According to Keyshawn, Justin was indeed the one driving, when the NFL star confronted him about the whole thing, says TMZ. But Justin’s security people claim that the popstar was not behind the wheel at the time when the reckless driving reportedly occurred.
We hope you’re paying attention, because this story can make your head spin. Instead, the pop star and his posse claim that the car was being driven by Justin’s pal, Tyler, The Creator and that the Biebs only took the driver’s seat to park the car in his garage. If this is true, it would mean that Justin is innocent, but if not, it would mean that it was all a complicated plot by Bieber and his employees to frame Tyler. Currently there doesn’t appear to be evidence to prove either story. All bets are welcome on whether or not JB will get out of this.
They say they have footage that can pin the blame on the rapper, but no-one has seen this footage yet
Justin Bieber landed himself in hot water for a change on Memorial Day after he was accused of recklessly driving his Ferrari around his exclusive Los Angeles residential area. Now it looks as though the singer may have found a way around his latest charge, by blaming rapper and Odd Future affiliate Tyler, The Creator for the whole thing.
According to TMZ, the security team at Justin's LA mansion have filmed proof that shows Tyler driving the car over the holiday and not Justin, with TMZ gaining their intel from a police insider with access to the report filed by said security team. In spite of this revelation, it doesn't exactly clear Bieber's name for good, as it is still their word against four witnesses from Justin's gated community.
Former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who lives opposite Bieber's LA mansion, told TMZ on Friday (May 31) that he saw Bieber himself driving his Ferrari into the gated neighbourhood, something that he and 3 other witnesses agree on. He did go on to say, however, that when he confronted Justin about his manic driving he explained that it wasn't him doing the driving during the Grand Theft Auto-recreation, he just got in the drivers seat to reverse the car into the drive. We assume he did this after he ran away and cowered from the advancing ex-American footballer.
Lil Wayne dropped by PepsiCo as a spokesperson for Mountain Dew following his outrageously offensive lyrics in 'Karate Chop'
Lil Wayne will no longer serve as a spokesperson for Mountain Dew following the controversy surrounding a line in his song 'Karate Chop,' which was released in February. In the song he eloquently discusses the merits of rough sex, comparing it to the murder of Emmett Till.
"Pop a lot of pain pills, 'bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels ... beat that p***y up like Emmett Till." - No that isn't the Facebook status of a fourteen-year-old, sexually frustrated boy, but the line that landed Weezy, 30, in trouble and cost him his partnership with Mountain Dew - TMZ first reported. The drinks brand, owned by PepsiCo, have since severed all ties with the 'rapper', although it is unknown whether the existing commercials featuring Wayne will continue to air (they probably wont).
Lil Wayne was rightly dropped by the drinks company.
But Odd Future co-manager does defend the advert
The ad, which features a goat obsessed with Mountain Dew has drawn criticism from – most vocally – Dr Boyce Watkins who called it the most racial commercial ever, given it featured the goat lined up with a heavily stereotyped black suspect line and an all-white police force and victim on the side of the glass window. The ad has since been removed and Clancy apologized, though he did say "It was never Tyler's intention to offend however. Offense is personal and valid to anyone who is offended. Out of respect to those that were offended the ad was taken down."
In a statement given to MTV, he continued "For those who know and respect Tyler he is known for pushing boundaries and challenging stereotypes through humor. This is someone who grew up on [comedian] David Chappelle. This situation is layered with context and is a discussion that Tyler would love to address in the right forum as he does have a point of view."
Continue reading: Tyler The Creator's Camp Issue Mountain Dew Advert Apology
Pepsi was quck to pull the ad, but with so much of this happening lately, maybe there's a deeper problem to solve.
Stupid ads have existed since the dawn of advertising, but so far 2013 is turning out to be the year of the poorly thought out commercial, with Tyler, The Creator’s Mountain Dew spot being just the latest example. Days after Hyundai pulled an ad parodying suicide, and few weeks after McDonald's yanked a regional subway poster that parodied depressed women, you thought advertisers would take a clue, right? Wrong. PepsiCo.’s ad for Mountain Dew is a double whammy of stupid – managing to offend black nationwide. The ad features a battered woman, being faced with a lineup of black suspects and a talking goat, who keeps threatening the her and making remarks like "Keep ya mouth shut." Yes, that is as cringe-worthy as it sounds.
The ad was pulled soon after the soft drink giant realised the backlash they were facing over it and Pepsi sent in a statement to USA Today, apologizing for the blunder: "We apologize for this video and take full responsibility. We have removed it from all Mountain Dew channels, and Tyler is removing it from his channels, as well." Some critics don’t think that’s good enough, however. Ken Smikle, president of Target Market News, a research company that monitors developments in African-American marketing and media, called for a company-wide investigation and overhaul of Pepsi’s media strategy: "Given their poor record of marketing to African Americans, and the hundreds of millions blacks spend with the company, there needs to be an investigation and a plan that is made public on how this will be avoided in the future."
It seems somewhat unlikely that the corporation will heed his advice.
Odd Future's Tyler The Creator is seen leaving 'The Late Show With David Letterman' studios to screaming fans for whom he poses for pictures and signs autographs. He is accompanied by his friends Domo Genesis and Earl Sweatshirt who also sign some autographs after tagging along with him on the show.
Date of birth
6th March, 1991