Posts Tagged ‘Tribute’

Travis Scott Pays Musical Tribute To Mac Miller: ‘Always Be My Boy’

Ever since Mac Miller’s tragic and untimely death at age 26 earlier this month, fellow musicians have paid tribute to the young rapper and producer with a slew of heartfelt messages. Some came via social media shortly after the news broke. A whole host of Mac’s fans, meanwhile, assembled in his hometown of Pittsburgh for a candlelight vigil attended by his family.

Still others, like Childish Gambino and Kendrick Lamar, used their platforms onstage to speak from the heart. Over the weekend, Travis Scott became the latest artist to follow suit, devoting a portion of his show in Las Vegas to deliver a musical salute.

“Malcolm, that’s my boy / Mac Miller, I love you / Always be my boy,” Travis sings in the clip above, captured and circulated on social media (via Pitchfork). “Mac Miller, you the one / We love you, fucking boy.”

It recalled the direct tenor of how many Mac tributes have gone in the wake of his death. Gambino called him “the sweetest guy” at a concert in Chicago, and Lamar praised Mac as a “great musician, great writer” on Complex’s Open Late With Peter Rosenberg. “Just always had a smile on his face, and that’s something that I commend,” he said.

These tributes are all incredibly sweet, and more will likely come in as the weeks, months, and years go on after his death. To remember Mac in Mac’s own words, watch the MTV News compilation below, tracing his origin, his rap rise, and his infectious personality that made him so beloved.

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Watch Kendrick Lamar Pay Tribute To Mac Miller’s Life, Music, And Contagious Smile

While the music world continues to feel the aftershocks from the unexpected passing of Mac Miller — who died on September 7 at age 26 — memorials and tributes for the late rapper have been flowing in. The latest comes from Kendrick Lamar, who thoughtfully remembered his friend and collaborator in a video recorded for Complex’s Open Late With Peter Rosenberg on Wednesday night (September 12).

After calling Miller a “funny, funny, funny individual” and talking about how he had “the same type of sick, twisted sense of humor” as him, Lamar continued, “Great musician, great writer. Just always had a smile on his face, and that’s something that I commend. No matter what he was going through, he didn’t make you feel sorry for him. He was strong about it.”

Lamar, who collaborated with Miller on 2016′s “God Is Fair, Sexy Nasty,” further commended the Pittsburgh MC’s unbridled positive energy.

“He always kept a smile on his face because he wanted you to smile too, and that’s just something I always loved,” he said. “No matter whatever personal issues, he gave you that energy. It wasn’t no ‘misery loves company’ with him. He showed a smile and you gave that smile right back. It made you feel good. So forever we gonna remember the life and we gonna remember that smile. Celebrate. Mac Miller. Love!”

Lamar’s video comes just a day after thousands of Miller’s family, friends, and fans gathered at Pittsburgh’s Blue Slide Park to honor his life with a hometown vigil.

The Open Late episode also featured Miller tributes from Macklemore, Machine Gun Kelly, Ty Dolla $ ign, and more. See the full episode here.

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Childish Gambino Pays Tribute To Mac Miller At His Live Show: ‘He Just Loved Music’

Mac Miller’s untimely death at 26 last week has ushered in a torrent of support, love, and memorializing from his peers in the music world and beyond. Notable moments came from his ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande, who posted a striking photo of Mac over the weekend, as well as fellow rappers like Chance, Kyle, Wiz Khalifa, Post Malone, and more.

At a tour stop in Chicago, as The Fader points out, Childish Gambino offered his take on Miller’s death as well, pausing the show for a heartfelt musing on how the two complemented each other through the years. As the fan-captured video below shows, Gambino began with a simple declaration: “I’m a very sensitive person… but this Mac Miller shit got me fucked up.”

“He was so nice. Y’all don’t know, like, he was the sweetest guy,” he continued. “A lot of critics were like, ‘Yo, this corny-ass white dude,’ just like they’re like, ‘Yo, this corny-ass black dude.’ And we used to talk, and this kid, he just loved music.

“We should be allowed to be sad about that. Like, my heart was broken. And I feel good about being sad because it tells me that he was special, that I had a special moment.”

Gambino used Miller’s rise, which was concurrent with his own, as a reminder that people don’t have to be beholden to the narratives and expectations and definitions that other people place on them. “We’re all way too complex to be a narrative,” he concluded, before telling Miller he loves him and dedicating his song “Riot” to him.

Check out Gambino’s sweet tribute in the clip above.

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Meek Mill’s Powerful ‘Stay Woke’ Performance Doubled As A Tribute To Two Fallen Rappers

Since his release, Meek Mill has been on a quest to fight for criminal justice reform. Last night (June 24), the Philadelphia rapper took the battle one step further with the moving debut of his new song “Stay Woke” featuring Miguel at the 2018 BET Awards.

Mill began the performance rapping in a Philadelphia street as chaos unfolds around him. Over the course of the four-minute song, police officers arrest a group of black men in the street, a stray bullet kills a young girl, and Meek is surrounded by incarcerated men of color.

One of the most striking features of Mill’s performance was his wardrobe. The “1942 Flows” rapper was clad in a hoodie that paid tribute to XXXTentacion and Jimmy Wopo, two rappers that were both killed on last week (June 18). The lyrics of the song also shed light on Mill’s thoughts about hip-hop’s current generation. Meek starts the second verse off rapping, “Picture me ten years younger with some tats on my face / Taking a bunch of Xannys with the strap on my waist / Pointing at the camera like mama ain’t teach me manners.” He goes on to state that he “can’t judge” rappers like X and Wopo, but is merely trying to “understand them.”

Ever since Meek was released from prison, he’s been vocal about the injustice and inequities that first put him in the system and the decade-plus fight to get him out. In an interview with Lester Holt of Dateline NBC, Mill was direct about his current predicament.

“I don’t feel free, Mill said. “I ain’t feel free since I caught this case at the age of 19. I’m 30 now.”

Unfortunately, Judge Genece Brinkley did not immediately grant Meek and his attorneys a new trial after they presented evidence questioning the credibility of one of the officer’s involved in his original arrest, reports Billboard. The judge stated that she would rule in “due time.”

Listen to “Stay Woke” below.

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Don C’s Jordan Legacy 312 Pays Tribute to Bo, Billy Hoyle & Agassi

Inspired by Mike in regards to tooling, Don C’s upcoming Jordan Legacy 312 hybrid will also pay tribute to fellow Swoosh icons.

Seen today as part of Jordan Brand’s Fall 2018 Lineup, the pair pulling from the Air Jordan 1, Air Jordan 3 and Air Alpha Force finds inspiration from the likes of Bo Jackson, Billy Hoyle and Andre Agassi.

The first is the famed “Medicine Ball” colorway, donned on Jackson’s Air Trainer III silo and seen on screen on Spike Lee in Do The Right Thing.

The second is also cinematic, playing off the Nike Air Command Force worn on the hardwood by David Robinson but more famously on the asphalt by Billy Hoyle in White Men Can’t Jump.

The last takes to tennis, riffing off Andre Agassi and his beloved Nike Air Tech Challenge II in “Hot Lava” hues.

Get a glimpse at each get-up above slated for fall release.

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Kanye West, J. Cole, And More Pay Tribute To XXXTentacion

Controversial rapper XXXTentacion died Monday (June 18) at the age of 20 after being shot in South Florida. The young rapper’s ascent was plagued and partially indebted to his ongoing legal troubles. The “SAD!” artist served jail time and faced a slew of charges, including a domestic violence case dating back to 2016.

His propensity to troll the hip-hop elite coupled with his provocation of critics made him one of rap’s most contentious figures. Since news of his shooting and death, many in the hip-hop community have taken to social media for an outpouring of support.

One of XXXTentacion’s closest friends and fellow South Florida rapper Ski Mask the Slump God took to Instagram to post a picture of his fallen associate. In October 2017, Ski Mask distanced himself from the “Look At Me!” rapper after claiming he threatened his family on Instagram. However, in one of the most surprising moments at 2018′s Rolling Loud, the two rappers hit the stage together. At one point during the performance, XXX told Ski, “Yo bro, I love you, bro.”

One of the more surprising condolences comes from J. Cole. In X’s 2017 XXL Freshman freestyle, he dissed the Fayetteville MC with the lines, “Don’t understand why J. Cole talkin’ ’bout false prophets / But didn’t mention higher-ups / Change your name to Amber Cole / These fucking entertainers is playing it by the rules / Sucking government dick for safety to stay cool.”

Despite X’s freestyle, in a January interview with Adam Grandmaison of No Jumper, Cole called the South Florida rapper “talented.”

“This got me fucked up,” Cole tweeted today. “RIP X. Enormous talent and limitless potential and a strong desire to be a better person. God bless his family, friends and fans.”

Perhaps the most high-profile response came from Kanye West. While the Chicago rapper has never collaborated with X, he did share that he is inspired by the South Florida artist.

“Rest in peace,” Kanye tweeted. “I never told you how much you inspired me when you were here thank you for existing.”

Read the rest of the music world’s reactions below.

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Watch A Tribe Called Quest Go To Space And Tribute Phife Dawg In Their ‘Final’ Video

This is it. A Tribe Called Quest bids farewell with their new video for “The Space Program,” the opening track from the group’s stellar 2016 reunion album, We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service.

The Warren Fu-directed video is being billed as the group’s last, and if that’s true, at least they can say they went out with a bang. It opens with Q-Tip waking up in a spaceship of sorts, as televisions broadcast footage of riots and racist imagery. It’s a theme that’s visited throughout the video, particularly at the end, when the ship malfunctions and the message “I CAN’T BREATHE” — which echoes the last words of Eric Garner — appears. In the end, the three remaining members of Tribe end up on a barren planet. The late, great Phife Dog’s presence, meanwhile, is beautifully represented by a green, glowing orb.

The epic clip also includes a ton of cameos throughout, from Vince Staples, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monae, Pharrell, Alicia Keys, Rosario Dawson, Anderson .Paak, Common, Questlove, and more. They all appear to rap the song’s urgent hook: “Gotta get it together forever / Gotta get it together for brothers / Gotta get it together for sisters / For mothers and fathers and dead n—as.”

At the end, we see a dedication that reads “For Malik,” or Phife Dawg, who passed away in 2016. As the credits roll, a montage of classic ATCQ photos appear, as the group’s 1990 hit “Can I Kick It?” plays.

Preview the clip below, and watch the full 8-minute video exclusively on Apple Music.

Following the video’s premiere on Thursday (March 29), Q-Tip spoke to Zane Lowe about Phife’s passing. He said, “I miss my boy still. … And in this moment, I just break up when I hear my man’s voice or when I see [a] picture of us, or even if it’s not a Tribe record, I could hear a song that we grew up with, and we will always talk about something that was a personal favorite of ours or a tour favorite, or something that we would joke about or we would recall things like that.”

He continued, “But in terms of the actual group, in a professional setting, you know — I have the closure. I’m good with it. I look back at what we contributed to hip-hop, I look back at what we contributed to music, sometimes with disbelief.”

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Vans For Iggy Pop 106 Vulcanized Tribute


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Vans is previewing their next hot release for their upcoming Spring 2012 Collection. Dedicating the 106 Vulcanized low top sneaker to talented singer, songwriter musician and actor Iggy Pop. Featuring a distinct premium all black leather version with wool lining which was inspired by the classic Dr. Martens boot, as word by Iggy Pop himself.

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Ben McLemore Talks adidas Yeezy, Michael Brown Tribute and More | Kicks On Court Weekly


In today’s episode, we highlight the best in Kicks On Court from both conferences and catch up with Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore to discuss the adidas Yeezy, his Michael Brown tribute and much more. Check it out.


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Kicks On Court: Danny Green Pays Tribute to Stuart Scott with Custom Sneaker


Just two weeks after Kevin Durant honored the late Stuart Scott with a written message on his game-worn shoes, we see San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green take it a step further. In detail, during the nationally televised Spurs vs. Bulls game, Green took to the court in customized, commemorative Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier VIII created by Jake Danklefs. The shoe features “STU” and Scott’s signature catch phrase, “BOOYAH” on the heel of each shoe. The graphics are highlighted in Tar Heel blue to signify the University of North Carolina, the alma mater of both Green and Scott. View these kicks plus more in today’s edition of Kicks On Court.

Danny Green shooting in his "Stuart Scott" Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier VIII custom

Danny Green shooting in his “Stuart Scott” Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier VIII custom

Danny Green's "Stuart Scott" Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier VIII custom

Danny Green’s “Stuart Scott” Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier VIII custom

Danny Green's "Stuart Scott" Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier VIII custom

Danny Green’s “Stuart Scott” Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier VIII custom

Danny Green's "Stuart Scott" Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier VIII custom

Danny Green’s “Stuart Scott” Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier VIII custom

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