Fittingly, The Apollo will have its debut screening at the Apollo Theater on April 24th as part of the film festival’s opening night festivities, with additional screenings planned before the feature-length film comes to HBO later in the year. The Apollo “weaves together archival footage, music, comedy and dance performances, and behind-the-scenes verité with the team that makes the theater run,” the Tribeca Film Festival said. The documentary also features new interviews with artists like Pharrell Williams, Smokey Robinson, Patti LaBelle and Jamie Foxx.
“The Apollo is about so much more than just music, it’s about how we used music and art to lift ourselves out of oppression,“ director Roger Ross Williams said in a statement. “The story of the Apollo is the story of the evolution of black American identity and how it grew to become the defining cultural movement of our time. I was fortunate to make my first film with HBO and I am thrilled to be coming back home with The Apollo. Premiering at The Tribeca Film Festival, at the Apollo Theater in Harlem is a dream come true.”
Pusha T is getting his fans hyped for new music. Apple Music’s Zane Lowe spoke to the 41-year-old rapper at the 2019 GRAMMYs on Sunday, where he talked about the follow-up to his critically acclaimed album, Daytona. “I’m definitely working on new music for sure right now. New album,” Pusha says. “I can’t say when it’s coming but it’s going to be amazing, trust me.” Pusha was cryptic on whether his new album will have just seven songs like Daytona. “It may or may not be,” he says. “I don’t know, depends on how perfect it is. This was perfect. This was seven songs, Daytona, perfect.” He has been spotted with Pharrell in the studio recently, stay tuned for more info.
Pharrell Williams once again won this years Grammy Award for ‘Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical’, his third Grammy for this category since 2013, for his work on The Carters’ ‘Apeshit’, Justin Timberlake’s ‘Man Of The Woods’, N*E*R*D’s ‘No One Ever Really Dies’, Migos’ ‘Stir Fry’ and Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’. Pharrell won also 2 other GRAMMY’s for ‘Best Pop Vocal Album’ by Ariana Grande, ‘Sweetener’ and ‘Best Urban Contemporary Album’ by The Carters, ‘Everything Is Love’, this are his 15th Grammy’s in total, you can check the whole list of the winners HERE!
The best feeling, bar none, is winning by being yourself. That’s the lesson Pharrell taught Pusha T when the pair first met when Push was only a teenager. “What people don’t know is, Pharrell has always been fashion-forward,” Push said in a new interview with Grailed. “When I met him, he was local. He wasn’t in the game, he wasn’t making money. We were riding our bikes through the streets type shit. Still, he was always fashion forward.
“When we started playing with the idea of doing music, I was just learning from him. He always said, ‘Man, be a risk taker, number one, but also be identifiable. Have your style be identifiable and separate yourself.’ “I used to look at him and say, ‘Wow, this guy is way out there. What can I do to be just as noticed, but just make it my own?’ He taught me balance, and he taught me how to determine what was hot, because I wasn’t worried about being forward, necessarily.”
The takeaway here is that you are best off being yourself—distinctly yourself—and the world will eventually catch up and want to ride your wave. As we’ve discussed previously, novelty and personality are king in the rap game. Find your niche, create your character, and play your role with authenticity.
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