Bourgeois Brief: Kanye Set for #1 Debut, YG and Danny Brown Head to the Big Screen, Mellody Hobson Steps Up At Starbucks & More!
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Kanye West Set for #1 Debut
Kanye West’s eighth album, ye, looks to be his eighth #1. The set is expected to debut atop the Billboard 200 with 175,000 units sold. It’s a remarkable figure, considering the album only has 7 tracks and only received promotion via West’s Twitter account. Read more at SPIN.
YG and Danny Brown Star in White Boy Rick
A lot of buzz has circulated about the forthcoming Matthew McConaughey vehicle, White Boy Rick. The true crime film is based on the story of Richard Wershe Jr., a 1980s FBI informant who became a cocaine dealer. Rappers YG and Danny Brown will star in the film alongside McConaughey and Atlanta star Brian Tyree Henry. Read more, and see the trailer, at Pitchfork.
Remembering Jalal Mansur Nuriddin
Known by many as the “Grandfather of Rap”, Jalal Mansur Nuriddin left a lasting impact on the world of hip hop. He passed away Tuesday at 74. Among his many achievements, he contributed to the Last Poets’ landmark 1970 album, This Is Madness. Read his full obituary at Rolling Stone.
Mellody Hobson to Become Starbucks Vice Chair
Tuesday, it was announced that Starbucks would name Mellody Hobson as its new Vice Chair, taking over leadership duties from retiring Chair and former CEO Howard Schultz. This makes Hobson one of few black women to lead a Fortune 500 company. Prior to Starbucks, she led an impressive career in finance. Get additional details at VIBE.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
See the trailer for Eric André’s Mostly 4 Millennials [Pitchfork]
Video: 070 Shake “Mirrors” [SPIN]
Jordan Peele solidifies new deal with Amazon [VIBE]
Zendaya cast in HBO’s Euphoria [Vulture]
Food for thought
Now that music critics have had a full weekend to grapple with Kanye West’s ye, the “exit survey” hasn’t been great.
Rolling Stone’s Rob Sheffield says:
His latest album isn’t the career-torpedoing disaster that many fans were bracing themselves for, but it sure didn’t turn out to be the heartwarming redemption story it angles to be.
And SPIN’s Jordan Sargent writes:
The problem, which coursed through his last album The Life of Pablo but is parasitic here, is the presence of himself at the center of it all—unrepentantly sour and hopelessly misguided, rapping about both universal issues and those entirely of his own creation with the insight of a thumbtack.