Dilated Peoples Announce “Word of Mouth” North American Tour

It has been eight years since fans have received anything new from Hip-hop heavy weights DILATED PEOPLES. Now Evidence, Rakaa (Iriscience) and DJ Babu are back and gearing up for the release of their latest project, “Directors of Photography”. In anticipation of the album—which is set to drop August 12th, the group has announced the Word of Mouth North American tour. The tour, will hit nineteen venues across the nation starting on July 9th at The Showbox in Seattle and wrapping up on August 3rd at House of Blues in Boston. The group will also share the stage with acclaimed hip-hop legends Jurassic 5.

View the visuals for their first single “Good As Gone” and pre-order the new album now on iTunes.

View the complete tour route below:
07.09.14 Seattle, WA | The Showbox
07.10.14 Eugene, OR | Cuthbert Amphitheater
07.11.14 Berkely, CA | Greek Theatre-U.C. Berkeley
07.12.14 Los Angeles, CA | Greek Theatre
07.13.14 Santa Barbara, CA | Santa Barbara Bowl
07.15.14 Salt Lake City, UT | The Complex
07.17.14 Las Vegas, NV | The Pool – The Cosmopolitan
07.19.14 Tempe, AZ | Marquee Theatre
07.21.14 Denver, CO | Ogden Theatre
07.23.14 Kansas City, MO | Crossroads
07.24.14 Milwaukee, WI | The Rave
07.25.14 Chicago, IL | Aragon Ballroom
07.26.14 Royal Oak, MI | Royal Oak Music Theatre
07.27.14 Columbus, OH | LC Pavilion
07.30.14 Pittsburgh, PA | Stage AE
07.31.14 Philadelphia, PA | River Stage at Penn’s Landing
08.01.14 Baltimore, MD | Pier Six Pavilion
08.02.14 New York, NY | Best Buy Theater
08.03.14 Boston, MA | House of Blues

Straight Outta Compton: The N. W. A. Biopic Is On The Way!


The N. W. A. biopic is underway and the leads have finally been casted!

Yesterday Dr. Dre tweeted the above image with the caption “8/14/15 #StraightOuttaCompton ” indicating the film’s intended release date.

Currently in the pre-production stages of the film, Dre released the above image featuring himself, Ice Cube, and Director, F. Gary Gray along with the young men who will be portraying himself, Ice Cube and the late rapper, Easy- E.

The image confirms the film’s cast of leading characters; Corey Hawkins will play he role of Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E and O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube’s son) will be playing the role of his father.

Critically acclaimed Director, F. Gary Gray has joined forces with Universal Studios, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre to bring fans a snap shot of one of American popular culture’s most influential hip-hop groups.

The film is yet another notch in Gray’s belt as he is known notably for directing classic films such as Friday, The Italian Job and the Negotiator.

This is said to be Gray’s first time directing a biopic and we’re looking forward to everything that he’ll bring to the film.

DJ Yella, MC Ren, Eazy- E, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube exploded on the scene in the late 80s using their raw and gritty lyrics to send audacious but poignant messages to society about the state of Compton.

We can’t wait to relive the birth of “gangsta rap” as we are guided through the story of these legendary hip-hop heavyweights.

Now that you’ve seen firsts look of the film’s lead characters, what do you think?

Apple and Beats Electronics Close on 3 Billion Dollar Deal

As we reported a few weeks back Dr. Dre is now officially Hip-Hop’s first Billionaire.

Dr. Dre and his Business Partner Jimmy Lovine sealed the rumored $3 Billion dollar deal on Wednesday; selling the popular Beats Electronics brand off to Apple, Inc.

In addition to the Beats electronics purchase Apple acquired their exclusive streaming music service, Beats Music. Apple has, offered up $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million shares in the company to be vested over time.

Not only did Apple purchase the Beats brand, it has also been said that Dre and Lovine have been brought on board in undisclosed executive positions with in the company.

This appears to be a match made in consumer electronics heaven.

Congrats to all the parties involved and let’s get ready for the next episode.


***Breaking News*** Dr. Dre Set to be ‘Hip-Hop’s First Billionaire’ !

André Romelle Young,  former rapper turned consumer electronics aficionado —better known as Dr. Dre— is reportedly set to wrap up a deal with Apple for 3.2 billion dollars.

Rumors  have not officially been confirmed by either Apple or Beats By Dre but as seen in a video posted to Facebook late yesterday, Dr. Dre and [singer/actor]Tyrese Gibson celebrate the potential Apple buyout.

In the Video you see Gibson boasting and dancing as Dre joins in the celebration to proclaim himself as,

“The First Billionaire in Hip-Hop, right here from the M**F West Coast, believe me.”

News of this acquisition by Apple will  grant them access to the Beats By Dre head phones empire along with their streaming music service. This deal would potentially place Apple in the game with a strong leg up in the music streaming space alongside a range of  existing competitors such as Spotify.

If the allegations are true, Congrats to Dr. Dre on this game changing and historical move.

Jay-Z and Diddy move over because here comes Dr. Dre !


Festival Hit List: OutKast 2014 Reunion Tour


We brought you the details on the big announcements on OutKast performing at Coachella and Firefly festival. Now, here are a few more of the festivals they’ll be performing at during their 20 year anniversary reunion tour.

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