Black Thought Rocks the Mic for Honda’s ’16 Bars’

Black Thought

Before they were superstars, rap gods including Eminem and Big Daddy Kane got their start on the battle-rap circuit.

Now a fresh batch of MCs hopes to follow in their famous footsteps. As part of Honda’s “16 Bars” series, up-and-comers including Lotta Zay, Danny Myers, and Swave Sevah flexed their skills as they faced off in front of a live audience.

Battle-rap ambassador Poison Pen co-hosted the event, which capped off with an exhilarating performance from Black Thought. The Roots wordsmith ripped through his guest verses including Statik Selektah’s “The Imperial” and Truck North’s “Band of Au,” leaving the audience in awe.

Watch the new school meet the old school.

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Big K.R.I.T. Announces ‘Cadillactica’ Release Date

Big K.R.I.T.

Cadillactica is coming this fall. Big K.R.I.T. has announced a release date for his sophomore album.

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The Weeknd, ScHoolboy Q, & Jhené Aiko Kick Off ‘King of the Fall’ Tour

The Weeknd

No sleep till Brooklyn. The Weeknd kicked off his “King of the Fall” tour at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Friday night. The Canadian crooner was joined by supporting acts ScHoolboy Q and Jhené Aiko on the first date of his four-city tour.

Fresh off the No. 3 debut of her album Souled Out, Aiko warmed up the stage with her soulful songs including “Lyin King,” “Spotless Mind,” and “The Pressure,” as well as material off her EP Sail Out.

TDE’s ScHoolboy Q made a “Gangsta” entrance before performing his Oxymoron singles “Man of the Year,” “Studio,” and his verse on Tinashe’s “2 On.”

He even made light of Kanye West’s recent controversy. “I’m about to get my Kanye West on and make everyone who’s even in a wheelchair get up from sitting down,” joked Q before performing “Collard Greens.”

But all eyes were on The Weeknd, who owned the night, delivering a seductive set that included “Wicked Games” and “Twenty Eight.” He also performed his cover of Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love” and Ty Dolla $ign’s “Or Nah (Remix).”

The tour will play Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre on Sept. 21, L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 9, and San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Oct. 10.

Watch XO touch down in the BK.

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PARTYNEXTDOOR Announces Fall Tour


PARTYNEXTDOOR is hitting the road this fall. After opening for Drake and Lil Wayne, the Canadian crooner is bringing his live show to a city near you.

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YG Joins ‘Drake Vs. Lil Wayne’ Tour


Drake and Lil Wayne have called on their hitta to join them on the road. YG will accompany the YMCMB rappers on the Western leg of the “Drake Vs. Lil Wayne” tour this month.

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Ariana Grande Announces ‘The Honeymoon Tour’

Ariana Grande

Hot on the heels of her chart-topping album My Everything, Ariana Grande will embark on a North American tour next spring.

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Chance the Rapper to Headline ‘The Verge Campus Tour’

Chance the Rapper

After performing at festivals across the world, Chance the Rapper is coming to a college campus near you on “The Verge Campus Fall Tour.”

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