Last night could not have gone any better if you were a rap fan in Chicago, as the WGCI Big Jam delivered! Bringing the biggest lineup in rap to the Windy City, the United Center saw some amazing performances from Chicago’s Vic Mensa, Twista, Do Or Die, Crucial Conflict and Lil Durk, as well as sets from Monica, Bryshere Y. Gray (Hakeem from Empire), Omarion, Rae Sremmurd, Meek Mill, Future and Kendrick Lamar. The night was full of dancing, surprises, and most importantly some great live music! From seeing records like ‘Feel That’, ‘Overnight Celebrity’ and ‘No Type’ performed live, to watching Future and Kendrick kill their headlining sets, the Big Jam will certainly have trouble topping itself in 2016.
Rapper Lucious Lyon, arguably the greatest rapper of all-time, is known for his truly humble beginnings and his gangsta lifestyle. His sons, Jamal and Hakeem, share their father’s passion for music (and possibly his Empire one day) but they also differ in multiple ways. And one of the ways Jamal Lyon differs from his father was revealed last night, and through a remake of his father’s hit record ‘You’re So Beautiful’.
While covering his father’s classic Lyon’s Roar track, the singer-songwriter changed the lyrics to:
“This the kind of song that makes a man love a man.”
You read it right, a big move for the hip-hop and R&B community, Jamal Lyon came out as gay. And before his memorable performance, Jamal quoted his father and told the crowd “The most brilliant man that I know told me that ‘music is the truth.’ I’m honoroed tonight to use his music to explain to you all some of my truths.” Well done, Jamal.
Watch Jamal’s history-making performance, and listen to Lucious’ classic original version, below!
We told you Charles Hamilton is back! After recently signing with Republic Records, Charles Hamilton has now released his latest single ‘NY Raining’ featuring the lovely Rita Ora. The song is featured on soundtrack for Fox‘s new hit TV show “Empire”, and you can catch Hamilton and Ora performing the track on its season finale. Stream ‘NY Raining’ below.