Bourgeois Brief: Lauryn Hill Set to Headline Pitchfork Festival, Yeezy Prepares His Next Album, Power Gets Renewed for a Sixth Season & More
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Lauryn Hill Set to Headline Pitchfork Festival
Ms. Lauryn Hill will headline the closing date of this summer’s Pitchfork Festival. Her performance will serve as a 20th anniversary celebration of her landmark album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. The legendary Chaka Khan will open for her. The festival takes place July 20-22 in Chicago. For tickets and the full lineup, head here.
Kanye West Hard at Work on New Album
Reports surfaced Tuesday that Kanye West was flying collaborators to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to work on his forthcoming album. Travis Scott, The-Dream, Mike Dean, and A$AP Bari have all been spotted out west. This album will serve as the follow up to 2016’s The Life of Pablo. Few details on the recording sessions are available, but get all the information that’s known at SPIN.
Unreleased Mobb Deep Music to Hit Airwaves This Year
Mobb Deep’s Havoc shared that new Mobb Deep music will be released before the year’s end. The rapper discussed the new music during an appearance on MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber. The new music will be the first since group member Prodigy passed away unexpectedly last June. Get full details at Billboard.
Valee Positioned as GOOD Music’s Next Big Star
Rapper Valee is the latest Kanye signee to release new music. His EP GOOD Job, You Found Me hit streaming services in early March, led by the Pusha T-featuring single “Miami”. The Ringer’s Micah Peters suggests his “presence just might invigorate the Kanye West-and-Pusha T-driven label”. Read the rest of the piece here.
Power Renewed for Sixth Season
Starz hit series Power was renewed for a sixth season. The good news comes ahead of the fifth season’s July 1 premiere. Power is Starz’s most watched program, with an average of 9.3 million viewers per episode. It’s also the third most-watched scripted show on premium cable. Get additional details at EW.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
Tone Bell cast in new CBS pilot [Variety]
Leon Bridges announces new album and premieres 2 songs [Pitchfork]
Food for thought
Black Panther’s massive success has sparked a conversation about Afrofuturism.
When “Black Panther,” directed by Ryan Coogler, opened in late January, there was a brief and counterproductive online discussion as to whether it was proper to deem it the first true black superhero movie. More interesting have been the subsequent discussions of the theme of Afrofuturism. The term, coined in a 1993 essay by the cultural critic Mark Dery, is defined differently by different writers and thinkers; through my own critical lens, I tend to see it as an aesthetic that illuminates African culture’s intertwining with the cosmic (in both the technological and metaphysical senses).
Read Glenn Kenny’s full piece here.