Championships! Meek Mill had a really big 2018. This year was definitely a fight for freedom, to be heard, and to speak up for those whom can’t speak for themselves. You can see his growth and the impact of the ups , downs, and success. To see the city come out and rally for Meek , to see the support and love that we all have for Philly’s own is so incredible. Meek is using his platform to share multiple messages as a social game changer and motivator .Since 2015 , I’ve been recapping the year .So here’s eight reasons why 2018 was big for him. He’s speaking the real and he can’t be silenced. I interviewed Meek Mill years ago and he always expressed wanting to help the youth and he’s doing that more ever now and taken on prison reform and injustice.
1.MEEK MILL RELEASED “CHAMPIONSHIPS” ALBUM
Meek Mill released his fourth studio album “Championships” on November 30,2018. This album is definitely full of bar for bar heavy lyrics, untouchable metaphors, stories , and radio singles. The album streamed over 235 million times and earned Meek a #1 spot on Billboard 200. It features Phil Collins, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Cardi B, Drake, Anuel AA, Kodak Black, 21 Savage, Jeremih, PnB Rock, Fabolous, Future, Young Thug, Ella Mai, and Melli. Meek Mill’s beat choices has always been incredible and his production was amazing on this album. In a recent interview with Trevor Noah , Meek Mill expressed that he was depressed in jail and he didn’t get a lot of writing done. After his release he got back in the studio, performed at Made In America, and got back to work releasing “Legends of Summer EP” which preceded the album.
Meek created a very special album. It’s classic content. He connects the listener to the hard cold reality of the streets ,life , business ,his battle with the justice system, the entertainment industry, business , and more . There’s definitely a song on the album that will definitely fit your mood. Whether it’s the turn up on “Tic Tac To” or “With The Shits” , the grown and sexy “24/7” or the bone chilling raw delivery on “Trauma” or “Oodles O Noodles Babies” he hand delivered an incredible album for this generation. He definitely showed his growth, intelligence, and expressed pain and pleasure on “Championships”. So far he’s released visuals for the “Intro”, “Dangerous”, and “Trauma” and has plans for more visuals. Meek also had huge performances at the “BET Awards”, Made In America , and the Jimmy Kimmel show. For more on the album go to
2. MEEK MILL ANNOUNCED “THE MOTIVATION TOUR”
The Motivation Tour” sponsored by Tidal is Meek’s official tour for the “Championships” album. The tour kicks off February 19,2019 in Miami, Florida and ends March 24,2019 in Atlanta. There are 16 total stops across the United States. He hasn’t announced any guest appearances or more tour dates. However tickets can be purchase now if you want to get litty with Meek in your city .
3.MEEK MILL X PRISON REFORM
“Oh say can you see I don’t feel like Locked down in my cell from ankle to feet. Judge banging that gavel turned me to slave from a King. Another day in that bing I gotta hang from a string.” These hard hitting lyrics from “What’s Free” ft Rick Ross and Jay Z is real life to Meek Mill.
Meek has dealt with the unjust system for years at the hands of sketchy law enforcement, unfair rules, and regulations of courts aging from 18 until recent . In the summer of 2017 wheelies on his dirt bike. The judge wanted Meek to serve two to four years. A sentence of that length carried weight of high level crimes. Meek never had a violent offense. He just popped a wheelie. The charge was so appalling and sickening that the city of Philadelphia , celebrities , the owner of the 76ers Rick Rubin, Jay Z , as well as other high profile figures joined together to show Meek support through this time and help bring him home. Meek expressed being in survival mode and how those five months affected him drastically being locked up with major criminals whom committed serious crimes.
After Meek’s release he has been interviewed on numerous rally’s , talk shows, covered XXL Magazine and opportunities to speak out Prison Reform, PTSD, stopping violence, and coming together to help those in the prison system and educate others so they don’t ever go there. Meek expressed that being away from his son and his family was painful. Meek Mill has been imprisoned four times and now he’s using his platform to speak on all the issues because the system is enslaving by the thousands daily and things need to change. One of his first post after leaving prison read [ “ I’d like to thank God, my family, and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time. While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive.”]
4. MEEK MILL AND PUMA PARTNERSHIP #REFORM
Meek Mill is a business man. He has emerged from a rapper to a Owner of DreamChasers Records, and more .In a interview with Power99 he also emphasized he wants to create films, and more opportunities for youth in the city. In 2012 Meek teamed up with PUMA and is still a lead partner for the brand . Puma launched its a #REFORM campaign, which was created to shed light on social issues . So the two have collaborated on multiple projections including remodeling a basketball court in Fairmount Park in Philly. There’s also a new sneaker collaboration dropping in 2019 but the official date hasn’t been announced but during his GQ interview he said “It’s looking good so far and they’re in the first stage”.
5.MEEK MILL BRINGS CHRISTMAS TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Meek surprised the youth this Christmas with 3,000 toys, sneakers, and more. He can provide a great Christmas for his son and wanted other kids to have a good one too. So he gave out 3,000 toys , shoes, and more. The kids were so suprised and so many faces were filled with smiles .
6.THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES CHOSE “DREAM AND NIGHTMARES” FOR SUPER BOWL Lll
Meek’s “Dream And Nightmares” song released in 2012 from his debut album. The Philadelphia Eagles selected the song as their warm up and entrance song for the Super Bowl. The Eagles played the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII. The score ended 33-41 at the U.S Bank Stadium in Minneapolis,MS. Over 62,000 people attended the game . The Eagles chose the song because it embodied being triumphant over battles until you win and seeing the vision clearly. The song blasted through TV screens across the country.The championship energy from the song , it charted in the Top 100 songs and The Top Rap/HipHop 100. The track definitely set the tone for a win.
[Seen my dreams unfold, nightmares come true
It was time to marry the game and I said, "Yeah, I do"
If you want it you gotta see it with a clear-eyed view]
This song is a Philly Anthem no matter where you are this song will always be special.
7. MEEK LANDED A MAJOR MOVIE ROLE
The 2013 documentary “12 O’Clock Boys” directed by Lotfy Nathan is transforming into a feature film. The doc is based on the life of a boy Mouse who desperately wants to be apart of the Midnight Clique, a group of dirt bike riders in Baltimore. The movie is directed by Manuel Soto and the screenplay via Barry Jenkins and Sherman Payne. Overbrook and Sony Entertainment are hubs for production of the film. Producers include Jada Pinkett SmithF Caleeb Pinkett, Marc Bienstock and Clarence Hammond. Meek Mill is cast as the leader of the Midnight Clique. Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Teyonah Parris, and Will Calltlett will also star in the project. New information hasn’t released but Meek told Complex “This is my first big debut in the movie world and we actually start shooting next week,” Meek revealed. “I wouldn’t call acting a goal, it’s just something to help me expand my brand. It’s another challenge to attack. As opportunities come, if I like it, I take it.” So you can look forward to seeing Meek’s main character acting debut in the film.
8. BET NAMED MEEK MILL “MAN OF THE YEAR”
BET named Meek Mill “Man Of The Year” because he turned tragedy to triumph. There were so many hurdles Meek faced this year but he didn’t stop. His greatness continues. He has the vision to provide opportunities to help people better themselves. He faced many adversities but he using the very stones thrown at him to accomplish change. He is representing those whom can’t
. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom and wife Nicole welcome their baby girl. The couple announced they were expecting via Instagram while celebrating their two year anniversary . On January 4,2018 Kevin posted the photo holding his daughter with the following caption “On New Year’s Eve, @nicole and I hopped in the car and drove to the hospital knowing our little girl was on the way. At 5am on 1/1/18 little Freya Systrom came into this world. Mom and baby are both doing great now that we’re home and settled. I never knew how much I could love until I held little Freya for the first time. Special thanks to our family and friends who are around to help (and to @Dolly who is VERY excited to have a little sister!)” Kevin’s shared the news even joking about their dog Dolly having a new sibling. Congratulations to Kevin, Nicole, and Dolly of course . New mommy Nicole shared a photo giving baby Freya a smooch and tons of love . So congrats we’re sure in the future baby Freya will have her own Instagram account with tons of followers .
LGP Qua releases his latest video "Fight The Power" . He addresses multiple topics, including juvenile incarceration, violence, deaths, un-justice in the court rooms, police killings of unarmed black men and more in his song . Watch the video below and continue to look out for his mixtape. Shedding light that this is old school rap with a new school flow mixed together. The acclaimed "Voice Of Youth" is in his own lane . Qua is letting the youth know knowledge is power and it's time that we own it. To hear more of LGP Qua make sure you follow him @LGP_Qua
Paris Hilton is engaged. The Hilton heiress, DJ, business mogul , DJ and socialite, said "YES" is Aspen. Her long time boyfriend actor and model , Chris Zylka who recently tattooed her name on his arm and say she's the most magical place on earth. Paris gushes that he makes her feel like a Disney princess. Paris announced her engagement via Instagram with the caption [said Yas! ?????? So happy & excited to be engaged to the love of my life. My best friend & soulmate. Perfect for me in every way. So dedicated, loyal, loving & kindhearted. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world! You are my dream come true! Thank you for showing me that fairytales do exist.?] . Congrats to to the new couple. Now yes this is HOT!
TMarie hit us with something different this time. The rap artist recently turned 25 and dropped her "Still Not A Player"(Remix) record ,and she's letting you know she's grown .This song is produced by Cyric . (The DankLordz) . The 2:55 track is red hot and straight fire. T Marie and DC basically beat down the beat and made a record you can ride to. No games are being played T Marie is putting in work and she's going in. "Still Not A Player" is a lead in to her new music, She's not a baby no more . Respect it. She's grown . Don't forget to
John Fiorentino is the creator of Gravity. Gravity is a premium-grade, therapeutic weighted blanket that harnesses the power of deep touch stimulation – a proven anxiety treatment– to gently distribute deep pressure across your body. This product is engineered to be 10% of your body weight, Gravity helps relax the nervous system by simulating the feeling of being held or hugged. This increases serotonin and melatonin levels and decreases cortisol levels—improving your mood and promoting restful sleep at the same time. All without ever filling a prescription.
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50 Cent just premiered his "Still Think I'm Nothing" video on 50 Central. The new track is produced by Bongo By The Way . The 3:30 visual presented by G-Unit is directed by Eif Rivera. 50 and Jeremih always make hot collaborations. Watch the video and share it . This record is definitely for anyone that's been told they wouldn't be nothing but surpassed obstacles and made it. 50 Cent delivers tough verses with Jeremih's vocals on the hook . Get the record on iTunes and Spotify.
Wow! I cam across Che Lingo's "Black Girl Magic" video and I love the message the London based artist is conveying. His video showcases beautiful women. He is showing appreciation for melanin and even Nyangas Brown coconut oil. The video features German actress Sandra Lambeck and British model Naomi Kaji. The visual is directed by: Ché Lingo and Gerssis David . It's shot and edited by: Gerssis David. I think this is a refreshing song and the video is all about Black Girl Magic.
Tidal X Moschino show kicks off in Miami, FL December 7, 2017. Tidal is bringing you Grammy nominated artist Cardi B to perform. Previous Tidal X Moschino shows featured Jhene Aiko, Young Paris, Lil Yatchy , and Lil Uzi. If you can't make it to the concert, you can live stream it and party with Cardi to Bodak Yellow, No Limit, and more. No matter where you are. Moschino designer and creative director Jeremy Scott curated a special playlist to pregame to before the show.
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If you are a 80's or 90's baby you're going to love the Bumpoxx. Bumpboxx LLC. is combining the old school boomboxx with the new school blue-tooth mix. The California based company is providing consumers the latest in specialized personal home & outdoor audio equipment, perfect for any event or just chillin at home listening to some cool vibes. The company prides itself in providing the world Old School Swagger with a new school approach using the greatest in technology to provide you a quality sound. Here is little more about about their business and how hard they worked to bring the Bumpboxx brand public. .
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In November LGP Qua's freestyles went viral gaining attention from top celebrities and internet users. The hungriness in his demeanor and lyrics shows that he's serious.The up and coming hip hop artist Qua has posted that he will be releasing a mixtape soon. From his video clips you can tell that he is going to continue to speak up for the youth and the community. I definitely hope you are listening and staying tuned .
Go Believe LLC Founder, artist , actor and model Aaron “Gobbana” Pleasant just announced the official JUMPSHOT CHALLENGE. He is nominating you and anyone you know to make their jumpshot! My team, students at Montgomery County Community College, and I are here to uplift students and support equal opportunity education in the city of Philadelphia, and eventually across the globe!
Donate to our cause so that students in Philadelphia can have access to any and all materials needed to further their education, and for our college stage play "Karma 101."
Also, here's how you can join the team:
STEP 1 - RECORD your jump shot then challenge 3 friends
STEP 2 - SHARE with family and friends on all social media sites
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The Gobbana JumpShot Challenge is a series of viral videos to raise awareness for equal opportunity education. A former teacher himself, Gobbana witnessed a huge education gap between children born in some zip codes, as opposed to others. Most children are unable to overcome the disadvantage as they enter adulthood causing them to be overlooked throughout their collegiate & career paths. Gobbana believes that everyone deserves an "equal shot" at success.
Entertainer and Young With Options leader Dappa released new track "Smile For A Smile " Ft Noel Scales. On the 2:27 track Dappa uses the time to address problems of the economy, battling oneself to continue dreaming despite life's hardships, family, skipping college, and wanting to be appreciated. Dappa and Noel's collaboration is an impressive mix. As the song says sometimes you have to tell yourself you'll be alright. Listen to "Smile For A Smlle".
Daymond John is relaunching his FUBU brand in collaboration with Puma. After 25 years, the FUBU brand is joining with the multinational company that designs athletic and casual footwear, apparel and accessories. Daymond John took to Instagram to announce his excitement about the historical #fubuxpuma collaboration.
If you are a fan of FUBU and Puma you'll definitely love this partnership. Both brands are influential in hip hop and fashion. Daymond advises that this limited collaboration will certainly sell out quick! Make sure you get anything you like before the sneaker heads snatch it all up and sell it for triple on eBay. For more info on the launch follow @fubuthecollection and @puma collaboration. Here are a few photos from the the upcoming launch in Spring.
Ed Sheeran released his new single " Perfect Duet" with Beyonce. The lovesome ballad is a refreshing cut that oozes romance and beauty. The two collaboratively wrote and performed the duet produced by Ed and Will Hicks. Mastering Engineers Stuart Hawks, Joe Rubel and acoustic guitarists Hammond Organ and John Tilley created a wonderful track. Tony Maserati mixed the song. Listen to the exclusive Tidal release and let me know what you think.
Raw energy, pure love, intelligence, realness, and gifted are just a few words that come to mind when you hear Iatia Love speak. A few weeks ago I saw Iatia Love rapping and filming a video. I wanted to know who he was. I introduced myself and he informed me he was shooting a freestyle video and gave me his Instagram @IatiaLove . I've been tuned into his grind ever since. His versatility and vivacity is tangible. Take the time to listen to his words and you'll hear his real and consistent message of love, his passionate spirit, and truthfulness . To sum it up he's on his Philly jawn you know thorough s***. Iatia is for sure an artist to keep your eyes on. His new project has no features, just hot story telling verses. His versatility is straight forward on songs like Illegal, Double Doors, Jermaine , and Fke Smilez . Whoa, DreamTeam 1& 2, Realside, spurs explosive amounts of motivation and drive. "One Night" has a stimulating smooth poetic vibe. Then there's track 10, #FreeLove and the title speaks for itself. So check out our interview below, watch the FreeLove documentary, and download and share #FreeLove.
When did music become apart of you ?
Iatia : Thanks for having me...The beginning. I was always drawn to music. My Grandmom used to play oldies that honestly used to get on my nerves, but later on I'd grow to realize the music I loved in rap came from sampling those songs. Then I grew a respect for all music.
How did it feel the first time you stepped in the studio?
Iatia: Accomplished. I just wanted more. I wanted to do more. I was instantly hooked. I didn't like my voice though. I felt like it wasn't distinctive or strong enough. I have a whole different voice today, though.
You live a vegan lifestyle. If hip hop was a vegan dish, what would it be and why?
Iatia: A big chaotic platter with random things everywhere on a big plate. Not neat. No method to the placement. Just the most streamed plate on the planet.
In your "Free Love " documentary you discussed wanting to make healing music, being conscious, and a gospel rapper. What does all this mean to you?
Iatia: I wanted to simplify my message as much as possible. Break it down like a fraction. At one time, I made music to be the best at making music. Now, I make music from the core of my being, for people who I think should hear it. It may look, or feel one way but look deeper. Feel deeper. It's a message in everything I touch. Listen to "RealSide" from #FREELOVE. I break it all down.
You give credit to God for your gift. A lot of people don't do that. What does your connection with God mean to you ?
Iatia : If it wasn't for Source, I'd have no opportunity to be who I Am. I Am just a vessel. I'm Holy. God Lives and speaks through me. I'm a tool for The Creator.
This powerful line "Don't run from your black, Overstand your image under attack". That bar might go over a lot of people's heads. What do you want the listeners to get from that?
Iatia: I tend to like things that are original. Things that are true to what the nature of said thing is. I don't want to see a tree attempt to be a dog. If your hair grows in tight spirals, and you want to straighten it, cool. Just know what it is. Do it because you think it's dope. Don't do things to fit societal norms, or what's fed to you as the "it" look. One thing about what's "it" is "it" changes constantly. The hot body type from the 60's is not the same as the 70's. 70's not like the 80's and so on. I'm seeing some of these less melanated women taking on every black feature, except skin tone.
Congrats on your release of your "Free Love" project and having your release event. What do you want the world to get from your message ?
Iatia : I want them to know who they are. Creators. I want them to know that we all have trials, and they are made to define you, not break you. I want them to connect with source and find the Oneness. Everything is Everything. Don't hide. Take it in stride.
You give back to the community and make sure young men have school supplies. How can people help?
Iatia: Join #teamLOVE aka 1Nation. The easiest way to support the children and community is to support the music and merch from IAtIA LoVE. This is not a business tactic. It just all ties in. What I get, I give. One day, I will have enough to have a big conference, invite press and donate the big check. Until then, I give as I get, with Love.
Which one of your songs mean the most to you ?
Iatia: Different ones in different ways. I'd say "RealSide" is the one record I'd play for a complete stranger who wanted to know what I'm about. With "Double Doors", the original lyrics, I cried writing. Almost cried laying it.
If you listen closely, you can hear it.
Name three things that represent the "RealSide" to you ?
Iatia : The RealSide is the projects across america. The RealSide is the people who do more with less, and create things that'll change the world, like Hip-Hop. The RealSide is that feeling you get when you do something that agrees with who you are, wholly. Thanks Again.
I attended his release event in Philly at Inkster on November 25,2017. All the Kreatives came out to support. Iatia performed different tracks from his new project. Everyone networked and had a good time partying and enjoying #FreeLove !
3DNATEE if you don't know her name , you should. This New Orleans boss has been putting in work in the studio for years gaining fans world wide. Her work has been featured on Billboard, BET, MTV, Complex, XXL and Playboy. I've watched her videos and found some of her stories relative. Her music hits you in your chest. She speaks clearly to young women about not staying in situations that can harm you , getting your own, checking a dude who is not treating you right, hustling, and she shares personal experiences of her life. 3DNATEE is coming at you straight real , no chaser.
She released her six part documentary with WAV . www.wav.media it's a series about how it is being an independent female rap artist, ghost writer, and film director handling her muthaphuvkjng business in New Orleans. The piece is called "UPTOWN BUTTERFLY" . You can watch by downloading the WAV app. Get her music, merch and see more videos on www.3dnatee.com
Creative Directer and Fashion Designer Wizzolx uses beats from his favorite music artist to create fashion. The creator told Green Level in their SwitchItUp episode for the MD Label Series. Celebs such as Draya Michelle, Ryan Destiny and Young Thug have worn his designs. His Flower segment kicked off and here are a few of the coats.
If you are a sneaker lover, you'll definitely find yourself filling up your shelves or closets with these unique pieces. The Amsterdam based footwear label, established in 2009 by designer Guillaume Philbert. While studying architecture, Guillaume realized that there weren't any premium high-quality sneakers out there for a reasonable price. Recognizing both a challenge and an opportunity, he started to design - following his vision of creating a unique shoe. A shoe that would bridge the gap between streetwear and high-end fashion. At the end of that same year, the first Filling Pieces collection was born, consisting of one unique silhouette: the 'Low Top'. Guillaume pitched this model to friends, family and stores, and it instantly became clear that everybody loved it.
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I saw "Filling Pieces" sneakers for the first time on Instagram. Scrolling through the various styles I've become intrigued the shoe brand. I'm looking forward to doing an interview with Filling Pieces.
ROSÉ RUSH is the new fragrance from mogul, heiress , socialite , dj , and entertainer Paris Hilton. The boss beauty celebrated the launch of her new women's fragrance in Australia at Flamingo Lounge with all of her guest.
Paris smiled as she poured champagne onto a bubbly glass tower. The new fragrance is a beautiful combination of passion, a romance, and a rush. ROSÉ RUSH is inspired by a flirtatious love story, Paris Hilton, creates an aura of femininity by weaving together a multitude of florals and enhanced Rose Petal notes. The fragrance creates a luxurious veil of Lychee, Papaya and Amber on the journey to forever after. The wonderful night is courtesy of MTV Australia and Chemist Warehouse .
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