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In a desperate attempt to find money to save his fiancée’s failed plastic surgery, Xiao Zhang, a mere driver, steals a bag containing 1 million from his boss. News of the robbery spreads fast within the town and, over the course of one night, everyone starts looking for Xiao Zhang and his money… Liu Jian delivers a whirlwind neo-noir, cementing his place as a pioneering force in independent Chinese animation.
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West Fest Tour Featuring Rapper ICE CUBE Review by Heavy Rotation Magazine

(November 18,2017) If you were a fan of rap music from the late 80’s 90’s & early 2000’s then, smart financial Centre was the place to be. Starting with H-Town classic rap artist like Lil KeKe as well as Snoop Dogg’s legendary group “The Dogg Pound”. One surprisingly   pleasant aspect of the tour was the performance of “Dj Quik”. Dj Quik’s performance really brought me back to a time when rap music was actually rather fun and more musical. The fans were on their feet when the infamous Quik performed the classic “Lets Get Down” that featured Tony Toni Tone. Interestedly, this is a phenomenon I have never seemed to quite understand, and that is “ why doesn’t the rapper Scarface receive more accolades for all of his musical accomplishments”?. pleasantly, that was put to rest, after Scarface brilliant performance, the Houston hiphop native was presented with an award titled “ THE GOAT” meaning greatest of all time. Scarface appeared to be extremely emotional after receiving this great honor, and the crowd roared to a thunderous cheer. The West Fest grand finale was none other than NWA’s infamous gangsta rapper ICE CUBE. Ice Cube hit the stage with his long time group member (“WC” of the group lynch mob”) banging the song ‘Natural Born Killaz. Ice Cube mesmerized the crowd has he took us back in time when music was aggressive, extremely socially conscious and full of musical energy. Cube also spoke briefly about his break up with the group NWA, and why he came back with the song ‘ No Vaseline’ from the album “Amerikkka’s Most Wanted” Ice Cube performance was the best of the West Fest Tour, full of high energy, classic songs choreographed to perfection. W.C “hype man” and long time group member is the perfect duo to showcase Ice Cube’s west coast gangsta persona. O’shea Jackson is truly a rap legend, from an era when social injustices ruled the African American communities, and the music was an art form of speaking out against it. Written by Tony Patterson ( Heavy Rotation Magazine )

 Chris Brown performs during TIDAL X: Brooklyn at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on Oct. 2k17 in New York City

Chris Brown’s fan base, is as loyal as they come. When TIDAL X announced a free pop up show for Brown, eager fans flocked to 34th St and populated the sidewalk outside of The Manhattan Center on Wednesday night (Oct. 25), hours before the show’s door was scheduled to open at 8:00 pm. Brown posted a series of photos showing the line outside the famed New York venue, which extended well beyond the line of black gates barricading the antsy crowd -- but a long line and tedious security checks were the least of Team Breezy’s concerns. Perched on a mini black stage in the venue’s grand ballroom was DJ Carmilo, one of Hot 97’s resident DJs and the man responsible for pumping up the crowd for the singer, who would later hit the stage well over an hour past his scheduled set time.

White supremacists ‘Charlottesville Rally Ends in Violence, Alt-Right Vows to Return

In Charlottesville on Saturday, after the city council and Virginia governor declare a state of emergency and police disband the Unite the Right rally organized by white supremacists, I am following a growing group of demonstrators against the rally, who have begun marching east down Water Street, the southern perimeter of the city's historic downtown mall. Just a few blocks from Emancipation Park, where the white supremacist rally had been scheduled, the marchers appear nonviolent but raucous, chanting, "Whose streets? Our streets!" and holding signs like, "Nazi carpetbaggers go home.” In Charlottesville on Saturday, after the city council and Virginia governor declare a state of emergency and police disband the Unite the Right rally organized by white supremacists, I am following a growing group of demonstrators against the rally, who have begun marching east down Water Street, the southern perimeter of the city's historic downtown mall. Just a few blocks from Emancipation Park, where the white supremacist rally had been scheduled, the marchers appear nonviolent but raucous, chanting, "Whose streets? Our streets!" and holding signs like, "Nazi carpetbaggers go home."

Jay Z , produced the docuseries Time: The Kalief Browder Story

Jay Z criticized the "exploitative" bail bond industry and "predatory lending schemes" aimed at the African-American community in a Father's Day essay. "If you're from neighborhoods like the Brooklyn one I grew up in, if you're unable to afford a private attorney, then you can be disappeared into our jail system simply because you can't afford bail," the rapper wrote for Time. "Millions of people are separated from their families for months at a time — not because they are convicted of committing a crime, but because they are accused of committing a crime.” Jay Z, who produced the docuseries Time: The Kalief Browder Story, writes that he "became obsessed with the injustice of the profitable bail bond industry" while researching Browder's story. "Kalief's family was too poor to post bond when he was accused of stealing a backpack," he wrote. "He was sentenced to a kind of purgatory before he ever went to trial. The three years he spent in solitary confinement on Rikers ultimately created irreversible damage that lead to his death at 22." The rapper recently applauded New York mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to shutter the Rikers Island prison facility. Inspired by Southerners on New Ground and Color of Change's Mother's Day efforts to bail out 100 incarcerated mothers, Jay Z is supporting similar efforts for those organizations "to bail out fathers who can't afford the due process our democracy promises." "This pre-incarceration conundrum is devastating to families. One in nine black children has an incarcerated parent. Families are forced to take on more debt, often in predatory lending schemes created by bail bond insurers," the rapper continued. "Every year $9 billion dollars are wasted incarcerating people who've not been convicted of a crime, and insurance companies, who have taken over our bail system, go to the bank." Read full story @

Prince Estate Sues 'Deliverance' EP Producer Over Surprise Release

A day after an unreleased Prince song titled “Deliverance” unexpectedly appeared on streaming services alongside news of an upcoming EP, the Prince estate has filed a federal lawsuit against the EP's co-producer Ian Boxill.In the lawsuit, filed by Paisley Park Enterprises on Tuesday, the estate alleges that Boxill is packaging "Deliverance" and five other unpublished recordings featuring Prince without their permission. That collection of tracks, the Deliverance EP, is scheduled for release on April 21st, the one-year anniversary of . Prince’s death While the estate confirmed the music's authenticity, they stated that the release of the Deliverance tracks is "unauthorized" and that Boxill is violating the terms of his recording agreement with Prince.

Singer-Songwriter gnash on How He Was Clueless That His Song 'i hate u, i love u' Would Be a Hit

gnash sits on a porch after landing in Delaware for Firefly. The airline lost his luggage, which means he's stuck with the clothing on his body. gnash the optimist just sees this as a squad marketing opportunity. "We got our merch with us -- I was gonna say we might put a bunch of merch on us," he proposes. "I feel like it's a good squad move, like if Drake has everybody in the OVO stuff then maybe everybody should do gnash." gnash has managed to sneak up on the Hot 100 charts with his hit "i hate u, i love u" featuring Olivia O'Brien. The bare piano-driven conflict stands out in a sea of club-ready summer songs like "One Dance" and "Don't Let Me Down." With a quintessentially millennial social-media presence, the singer-songwriter has created a strong fanbase of Dreamers who relate to his straight-from-a-diary lyrics and #positive tweets.

Lady Gaga Announces New Album Featuring Father John Misty, Josh Homme, Beck

Lady Gaga’s new single “Perfect Illusion” was met with a lukewarm response when it dropped this past Friday. But Mother Monster only moves forward. The destination this time is Joanne, her first album since 2013’s ARTPOP. Lady Gaga announced on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show that the new LP will drop on October 21 via Streamline/Interscope.ladygaga-640x427 The pop star, born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, explained that the album is named after her late aunt, who died from lupus when she was 19. (Aside from being Gaga’s middle name, Joanne is also part of the name of a Manhattan restaurant owned by her parents, Joanne Trattoria.) “It’s everything about Joanne,” she told Lowe, discussing the album and its title. “It’s all the toughness of the pain of losing her that made us all strong and made us who we are.” As Pitchfork notes, Joanne will be assisted by the musicianship of Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, Father John Misty, Beck, Florence Welch, and Mark Ronson (who had a hand in producing “Perfect Illusion). Aside from “Perfect Illusion,” other song titles include “John Wayne,” “Sinner’s Prayer,” and “Ayo.” Does all of this amount to a good album? The world awaits.

Clark Atlanta and Spelman Alumna Helen Price Named President of The Coca-Cola Foundation

Helen-Smith-Price-Named-President-of-The-Coca-Cola-Foundation The Coca-Cola Company on April 6th announced Helen Smith Price will be promoted to Vice President of Global Community Affairs for The Coca-Cola Company and President of The Coca-Cola Foundation, effective April 16. Price joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1993 as Corporate External Affairs Director and since 2001 has served as Assistant Vice President and Group Director of Global Community Affairs and Executive Director of The Coca-Cola Foundation. In this role she manages the day-to-day operations of the global Foundation including, grant making, financial requirements, and regulatory compliance for domestic and international philanthropy. As a native of Atlanta, Price’s commitment to the community is extensive. She currently serves on the boards of the Woodruff Arts Center’s Alliance Theatre, The Villages at Carver Family YMCA and the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals. She also serves on the Nominations Committee for the United Way of Greater Atlanta and the Corporate Contributions Council of The Conference Board. Price succeeds Lisa Borders, who left The Coca-Cola Company in March to become the WNBA President. Price will report to Bea Perez, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer.

Hear Kanye West and Miley Cyrus’ Wild, Mesmerizing ‘Black Skinhead’ Remix

Nearly three years ago, Kanye West shuttled Miley Cyrus from her now infamous appearance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards to a recording studio, where the two reportedly crafted a remix to West’s booming Yeezus cut “Black Skinhead.” The rumored collaboration never saw the proper light of day at the time, but late last night, someone — an angel? A disgruntled G.O.O.D Music employee? North West? — leaked it to the world. Cyrus herself opens the track with a sung verse before dipping into a brief bit of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” The rest of the song strips back the dark, oozing Yeezus aesthetic in favor of glitchier, more pop-minded accompaniment. Tinny 808s and Travi$ Scott guide the track along a weirdly melodic path — odd only considering how thrashing and unforgiving the original is. It is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting mainstream musical collaborations of the decade. Hear it right here.

Miguel Just Released a Song He Recorded When He Was 14

Late last night, Heavy Rotation Magazine cover recording artist Miguel— who released his acclaimed album WILDHEART earlier this year — threw a song up on Soundcloud called “U R on My Mind,” a track he claims was recorded in the fall of 1999 when he was 14. It’s kind of incredible to be able to trace the roots of the singer’s silky vocals back to his early days — his phrasing’s obviously not quite as nuanced as it is now, but the foundation’s absolutely there. Listen below. Miguel Just Released a Song


De La Soul and Nas Still ‘God It’ on New One-Off Single

De La is hard at work on their upcoming eighth album, but this track won't make the cut New track isn't included on their upcoming, Kickstarter-funded album de-la-soul-nas-god-it-new-song-640x426 De La Soul recently launched a Kickstarter to fund their eighth album, which will feature Damon Albarn, David Byrne, 2 Chainz, and Little Dragon. Today, they've shared a new track that won't appear on that album, but it also features a huge guest star: Nas. Listen to "God It" above.  

Jack White and Q-Tip Bring the Blues to A Tribe Called Quest's 'Excursions' in New York

Run the Jewels also brought out Zach De La Rocha during their opening set at Madison Square Garden As if a sold out show at Madison Square Garden with Run the Jewels opening wasn't enough to make Jack White's Friday night tour stop in New York a little out of the ordinary, he also had another big trick up his sleeve in the form of A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip. In the midst of his performance of the Lazaretto standout "The Black Bat Licorice," the legendary rapper came out on stage to finish out the track before launching into a bluesy full-band rendition of the Tribe's own Low End Theory track "Excursions."jack White w Q-Tip Not to be outdone by the headlining act, Run the Jewels had a guest rapper of their own earlier in the evening, enlisting Zach De La Rocha of Rage Against the Machine to perform on the Run the Jewels 2 cut "Close Your Eyes (and Count to Fuck)." You can catch that performance below, and the Q-Tip/Jack White performance up above.   SIA AMUN Drops New Single SIA AMUN

  What better way to bring in the New Year than with a brand new single from Recording Artist and Songwriter SIA AMUN. Her debut single "RUNAWAY" was released January 3, 2015 on sound cloud. Link Below SIA AMUN is 1/2 of a writing duo called The Pensouls, who are responsible for penning the track  "All We Do" on Trey Songz second No. 1 Album TRIGGA and Pleasure P's new single "Do You". SIA AMUN started her career behind the scenes singing demos for and working with some of the biggest names in the music industry including the hit production team The Underdogs and Teddy Riley to name a few. Having worked as a backing vocalist for Mega pop star Lady Gaga and writing songs for other artists, SIA AMUN has decided to step out in the forefront and share a piece of her most intimate gift by releasing her debut single "RUNAWAY" off of her upcoming EP entitled 9 Lives. Checkout the interview with Sia Amun by Heavy Rotation Magazine on our youtube Channel. For updates on SIA AMUN and new music follow her on social media! Instagram:@siaamun

Hear RZA & Tinashe's 'One Of A Kind' Collaboration

An exclusive listen to the pair's Hollywood studios recording session RZA & Tinashe

Inside the Dr Pepper Studio, which is located at one of the premiere studios in Hollywood, The RZA welcomes Tinashe to what has become his production lab for the night. After spending a short time getting to know each other, they jump into recording the track that will be a part of RZA's upcoming collaborative EP. RZA begins by playing a few beats to feel out Tinashe's sound until they decide on a song that is a bit more mellow compared to RZA's others. After a couple of passes, Tinashe jumps on the control room mic and begins humming to the beat. She passes through impressive vocal highs and lows to carve out a melody while RZA adds to the beat with his Yahama Motif XS. Shortly thereafter, Tinashe is listening back to the recorded scratch-track of her humming and penning her lyrics. It’s not long until she’s out in the vocal booth laying down her final take. The fast-rising Tinashe impressed RZA with her vocal range and expeditiousness in the studio in what was a notably smooth collaboration. Hear the results and read the pair's thoughts below: