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Kendrick Lamar, Jay-Z, And Bruno Mars Lead Grammy Nominations

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Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars lead the music world in nominations for the 60th annual Grammy Awards. Jay-Z leads with eight nominations, Kendrick has seven nominations, and Bruno is up for six. Jay-z is already in elite company with his 21 Grammys, but this year it might be hard for Hov to win out.

Kendrick Lamar’s fourth studio album DAMN is one of the best albums to come out in a generation. The follow-up to every song is woven into the previous song, from DNA to Element to Fear, each song is masterfully constructed to embody the elements of the human condition.

On “Fear” Lamar spits about different fears he had at various points in his life. Like Sigmund Freud meets Scarface, Lamar connects the dots from the seven-year-old terrified of catching a beating from his mother to the 17-year-old terrified of being murdered by police to the 27-year-old terrified of fame.

Jay-Z was not outdone coming out with his most personal album 4:44. His track “The Story of O.J.” is a commentary on the plight of African Americans in society. The video caused some outrage with the Jay-Z appearing as Black Sambo character “Jaybo” rapping over the Nina Simone sample. “Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga / Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga Still nigga, still nigga,” Jay-Z raps. The song drives the concept of changing the culture to strive for financial freedom instead of materialism.

Bruno Mars, with six total nominations, also received recognition in the Big Three with 24K Magic (Album of the Year), the album’s title track (Record of the Year) and “That’s What I Like” (Song of the Year).

Record Of The Year

“Redbone” — Childish Gambino
“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
“The Story Of O.J.” — JAY-Z
“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Album Of The Year

“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino
4:44 — JAY-Z
DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama — Lorde
24K Magic — Bruno Mars

Best Rap Album

4:44 — JAY-Z
DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
Culture — Migos
Laila’s Wisdom — Rapsody
Flower Boy — Tyler, The Creator

The Grammys air on January 28th.

Let us know who you think should win Album of The Year.

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WATCH: Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot Trailer Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Jonah Hill

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Amazon released the first look at Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, a biopic of sorts from Gus Van Sant that stars Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara and Jack Black. The streaming service already has set a May 11 release in select theaters.

Phoenix plays John Callahan, a Portland slacker and drunk who almost dies in a car accident at age 21, becoming a quadriplegic. After he reluctantly enters AA, and with encouragement from his girlfriend (Mara) and a charismatic sponsor (Hill), Callahan discovers a gift for drawing edgy, irreverent (and definitely not PC) newspaper cartoons that get published in Portland’s alt-weekly Willamette Week. They soon develop a national following, and grant him a new lease on life.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot will premiere at this month’s Sundance Film Festival and open in theaters May 11.

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New Tomb Raider Shows Off Lara Croft’s Backstory

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Warner Bros. has released the second trailer for the Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander. The film will feature a younger version of Lara Croft focusing on her first adventure as the Tomb Raider.

Warner Bros. has also released the official plot:

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen.  Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class.  Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone.

Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan.  But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous.  Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown.  If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb.

Tomb Raider comes to theaters March 2018.

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Drake Drops Two New Tracks

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Drake has been hidden in the studio working on his next masterpiece. To hold fans over, the Toronto native dropped two new tracks from an EP titled Scary Hours.

The two new tracks, which are titled “Diplomatic Immunity” and “God’s Plan,” are on Apple Music and iTunes or below on Spotify.

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“God’s Plan” was produced by Cardo , Boi-1da and YeX while “Diplomatic Immunity” was produced by Boi-1da and Nick Brongers.

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