Bourgeois Brief: The Weeknd Drops Surprise New Album, Women of Color Go to Battle in Silicon Valley, Nas Gets Real About Hip Hop & More!
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The Weeknd Releases My Dear Melancholy
The Weeknd hasn’t exactly been quiet lately. He popped up on the blockbuster Black Panther soundtrack in February, and he recently teased his upcoming Starboy comic book. But it seems all the activity has been leading up to the surprise release of his latest project, My Dear Melancholy. The 6-song EP dropped in the wee hours of Friday morning. The only news of the record’s release came via a shot of the cover on Instagram. Get more info at Rolling Stone and listen to the album below.
Women of Color Take On Silicon Valley
It’s no secret that Silicon Valley has a diversity problem. On Wednesday, Vanity Fair’s HIVE featured 26 women of color who are challenging the status quo. Every one of the featured subjects raised over $1 million in capital and is credited with leading what many are calling a revolution. The distinguished and diverse group includes Blavity founder and CEO Morgan DeBaun and Reham Fagiri, co-founder and CEO of AptDeco. See the full list at HIVE.
Nas Breaks Down His Episode of Rapture
Netflix has taken on the mighty task of chronicling hip hop in its latest docuseries, Rapture. Nas, whose played a hand in producing the series with the company Mass Appeal, chatted with EW about his featured episode and his mission in hip hop. One of his biggest objectives has been ushering in a new generation of talent. “Since my first album, I’ve always been trying to open up that space. I wanted to share that space. Almost every album, I’ve been trying to introduce new artists,” he said. Read the full piece at EW.
Laverne Cox Finds Dance Chart Success
In February, Laverne Cox surprised her fans with the song and video for “Beat for the Gods”, a high-camp homage to vogue culture. The song has become her first Billboard hit, reaching number 41 on the Dance Club Songs chart. Cox told Billboard that charting was a childhood dream come true. Read more at Billboard.
In case you missed it…
Tyler the Creator drops new single, “OKRA” [Pitchfork]
Mike WiLL Made-It releases all-star single with Rae Sremmurd, Quavo, Big Sean, Pharrell [SPIN]
Shameik Moore cast in Kenya Barris’ Bright Futures [Shadow and Act]
Food for thought
Yesterday, the Bourgeois Brief featured a piece about Snoop Dogg topping the gospel charts with his latest album. On the Tuesday 10 p.m. broadcast from the local New York Fox affiliate, there was a piece about hip hop and faith. But it isn’t just rappers who are catching the holy ghost. At The New York Times, Michael Paulson explores Broadway’s connection to faith and previews NBC’s Easter Sunday live musical spectacular, Jesus Christ Superstar, starring John Legend:
[John Legend] On religion “I grew up in a Pentecostal Christian family, pretty fundamentalist. My grandfather was my pastor growing up. My dad is a pastor himself and played drums in the church choir, my mother was a choir director, and my grandmother was the church organist. My dad would even play Jesus in some of our passion plays in church. I’m not religious now, I would say, but there’s no way that you are raised in that environment, and also grow up singing that music, without it having an impact on your life.”
Read the rest of the piece here.