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ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

It’s been twenty years since a new group called Arrested Development slammed the gangsta dominated world of hip hop with defiant lyrics of hope. Apparently the world was ready for the change as AD became the first ever hip-hop artist to receive the “best new artist” Grammy, (a distinction it still maintains today in that category). In addition, the group also received a Grammy award for “best rap single” for their anthemic prayer-like hit song, Tennessee.

Money came in but not for precious stones and big cars. Instead, these pioneers of the conscious rap game took one big step for mankind by giving back and becoming the first African American artists to donate money to Nelson Mandela and the ANC. They used their voices and their status to the benefit of many underprivileged brothers and sisters around the world.

With the success of the single Mr Wendal, Arrested Development brought the issue of homelessness to the forefront. The group donated half of the royalty earnings from Mr Wendal to the National Coalition of the Homeless. Awards, chart success and accolades continued to follow. One of the highlights was being asked to write a song for Spike Lee’s movie about minister and human rights activist, Malcom X. The movie, X, went on to become one of Spike Lee’s most highly acclaimed works. The Arrested Development song, Revolution, would forever be associated with one of the most important movies in black culture. (Eighteen years later, the response that comes whenever the group performs this song is inspiring.

Their album, 3 years, 5 months and 2 days In The Life of…, sold over 4 million units, with singles from that maiden voyage playing like a soundtrack in the lives’ of so many people world wide Their sophomore release Zingalamaduni was a critics’ favorite. Although the album was well received and garnered another Grammy nomination, it failed to reach the same heights as the previous album. Nonetheless, it reached sales in excess of 500,000 copies.

Just as it seemed that positive hip hop had found a way of being embraced by the mainstream, a new wave of negative hip hop artists, demeaning women, glorifying drugs and promoting criminality, came along and energized the base at the corporate record companies, prompting record executives to inject more and more money to get these negative stereotypes into the minds and hearts of young people, of whom many, were desperately searching for their path and identity in life. The move proved to be an enormous success for these artists, while making corporations billions of dollars.

With the pressures of the music industry weighing heavily, and inner turmoil striking within the group, it was time for Arrested Development to take a break and redefine their individual and collective purpose. For some members, it was time to take a hiatus from the industry, for a few, it was time to start a family, while other members delved into new musical projects and collaborations.

In the year 2000, Arrested Development re emerged with a new lineup and a new album called “Heroes of the harvest” This time the inner turmoil was replaced by inner peace, the pressures of the industry were lifted, and one of hip hop’s best, was back rocking stages.

For the last eighteen years, Arrested Development has performed sold-out concerts in literally every part of the world. They continue to release new music and find new success in different corners of the globe. Their shows are a celebration of life. Experiencing an Arrested Development concert is an uplifting and spiritual event wrapped into one big party.

Wiz Khalifa And Rae Sremmurd Announce Co-Headline Dazed & Blazed Summer 2018 Amphitheater Tour

Lil Skies and OT Genasis To Join As Support

Tickets On Sale Friday, May 18th at LiveNation.com

Multi-platinum selling artists Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd (Slim Jxmmi and Swae Lee) today announced their co-headlining Dazed & Blazed Summer 2018 Amphitheater Tour, produced by Live Nation. The two rap and hip hop superstars will be joined by Lil Skies and OT Genasis as support on various dates of the outing. The 27-city summer amphitheater tour will kick off July 21 in Detroit, MI and keep the good times going across Toronto, Chicago, Atlanta, Austin, and more, before wrapping August 30 in Phoenix, AZ.

Fans can expect a night of high energy performances with both artists being known for their incredible live shows, filled with all of their hits and crowd favorites. Wiz Khalifa continues to be a staple in rap and popular music with his combination of mellow and party music, including “Young, Wild & Free,” “Black and Yellow,” “See You Again,” and many more. Rae Sremmurd equally bring the heat to the stage with their range of chart-topping hits and collaborations including “No Type,” “Black Beatles,” “Powerglide,” “Guatemala,” “Brxnks Truck,” and the list continues. The tour will be a can’t-miss event bringing together two influential and culture shaping artists, who continue to march to the beat of their own drums, for one epic co-headlining night.

Tickets will go on sale to general public beginning Friday, May 18th at LiveNation.com.

Wiz Khalifa VIP Packages will be available beginning Tuesday, May 15th at 12PM EST through Artist Arena. Visit http://www.wizkhalifa.com for more information.

Rae Sremmurd VIP Packages will also be available beginning Tuesday, May 15th at 12PM EST through Future Beat. For more information, visit http://www.raesremmurd.com. About Wiz Khalifa Multi-platinum selling, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated recording artist Wiz Khalifa burst onto the scene with mainstream success with the release of his first major label debut, ROLLING PAPERS‎ in 2011. ‎ROLLING PAPERS spawned the hugely successful hits “Black and Yellow,” “Roll Up” and “No Sleep” and gave Wiz the platform to win the award for Best New Artist at the 2011 BET Awards and Top New Artist at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. His sophomore studio album, BLACC HOLLYWOOD, ‎debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and featured the hit single “We Dem Boyz.” Soon after Khalifa’s track,‎ “See You Again,” off the FURIOUS 7 soundtrack, catapulted to the top of the charts across 95 countries. Holding the #1 spot for 12 consecutive weeks, “See You Again” broke records by being Spotify’s most-streamed track in a single day in the United States and in a single week in 26 countries. In addition to winning 3 Teen Choice Awards in 2015, “See You Again” continued its success by winning a Critics’ Choice Award in the category Best Song, winning two Billboard Music Awards in the categories Top Hot 100 Song and Top Rap Song, earning three Grammy Award nominations in the categories Song of the Year, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Song Written for Visual Media, and a Golden Globe nomination in the category Best Original Song – Motion Picture. In 2016 Wiz announced his partnership with RiverRock Cannabis on an exclusive line of regulated cannabis products, his first such collaboration in the regulated cannabis industry and renewed his partnership with RAW Rolling Papers. Wiz released his album KHALIFA in February of 2016 as a thank you to fans which includes the tracks “Bake Sale” featuring Travis Scott, “Zoney” and “Elevated.” In June, Wiz released TGOD MAFIA PRESENTS: RUDE AWAKENING with Juicy J and TM88. He recently co-headlined “The High Road Summer Tour” with Snoop Dogg and released his mixtape LAUGH NOW, CRY LATER introducing the chart topping hit, “Letterman.” He’s also preparing to release a new studio album called ROLLING PAPERS 2 which will be available everywhere July 13th.

About Rae Sremmurd Mississippi-bred brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi make up the hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd. Their third album SR3MM arrives as the follow-up to SremmLife 2—a 2016 album offering the multi-platinum No. 1 hit “Black Beatles” (ft. Gucci Mane). SremmLife 2 drew acclaim from the likes of the New York Times, who noted that “thanks to the more-meditative production,SremmLife 2 is at times a commentary on and an updating of decades of Southern club rap.” Meanwhile, Pitchfork pointed out that tracks like “Black Beatles” “push their talents to new heights by redefining what the duo can and will do.”

Released in 2015, Rae Sremmurd’s first full-length SremmLife debuted at the top of Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums charts, in addition to cracking the Top 5 on the Top 200 Albums chart in its first week. SremmLife also scored Rae Sremmurd five platinum-selling singles, including “No Flex Zone” and “No Type.”

Lets Go Bach To Broadway!

Written By | Hunter Gilmore

The Atlanta Ballet is bringing us all Bach To Broadway! Maybe not literally but they are
definitely bringing us some serious ballet moves. Now this was my first time attending a ballet and I must say I was highly impressed. The company of dancers comprising the Atlanta Ballet are strong, graceful, and impactful in their own right. Bach to Broadway is creatively directed by Gennadi Nedvigin and conducted by Tara Simoncic. The show is broken up into 3 captivating acts, each of which tell a story of their own.

The first act is called “7 for Eight” with music by Sebastian Bach. This act is the introduction so the music selection is noticeably slower than the other acts yet still just as interesting. It definitely gave a deep and somber feel with the black background and costumes. It is set to seven movements from four Bach concerts and built for eight dancers, “7 for Eight” is a ballet dedicated to pure movement with no formal story or plot line. “7 for Eight” becomes an extended study on intimate physical moments between individuals.

The second act is called “Who Cares” which is extremely fitting since it definitely gave romantic vibes to say the least. George Balanchine and George Gershwin collaborated to create this intricate piece. Balanchine used the songs not to evoke any particular era but as a way to portray an exuberance that is both broadly American and charged wit the energy of New York City. It is set against a starry Manhattan skyline, this playfully romantic ballet teases the purely classical choreography off-balance with inflections of jazz dance steps and rhythms.

“Concerto Armonico” is the third and final ballet. This one was actually my favorite of the three. I loved the bold colors and interesting geometric shapes used in the set design. This piece is a world premiere for the Atlanta Ballet, choreographer Maxim Petrov uses the propulsive energy of Alexander Tcherepnin’s “Concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra, Op. 86” to conjure physical images of wide open spaces and vast territories yet to be discovered. “Concerto Armonico” is a ballet filled with optimism and a spirit of adventure.

If you haven’t gone to see Bach to Broadway yet, there is still one more show date for May 13, 2018. They are playing at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. You can find tickets and times at www.atlantaballet.com.

DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND, LUIS MIGUEL ADDS ADDITIONAL MIAMI AND LOS ANGELES DATES TO NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ¡MÉXICO POR SIEMPRE!

LOS ANGELES (March 2018) – Due to sell out shows in Miami and Los Angeles, Mexican singer, icon, and one of the most successful artists in Latin American history, Luis Miguel, has added second shows in both cities to his previously announced North American dates for his ¡México Por Siempre! Tour. Miguel has added a second show in Miami, FL on June 2 at the AmericanAirlines Arena. The legendary singer has also added a second show in Los Angeles, CA at The Forum on September 16, coinciding with Mexican Independence Day.

The 22-date outing will kick off May 4 in San Diego, CA, followed by his first ever headlining performance at the world-famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA on May 6. Produced by Live Nation, the highly anticipated tour will also make stops in major cities across the U.S. and Canada, including Chicago, Houston, Miami, Toronto, New York, and more.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 16 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Citi® is the official pre-sale credit card of the ¡México Por Siempre! Tour.  As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning February 13 at 10AM local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete pre-sale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

¡México Por Siempre! was also the title of Miguel’s most recent studio album, which was certified double platinum.

LUIS MIGUEL ¡MÉXICO POR SIEMPRE! 2018 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:

DATE                            CITY                                VENUE
Friday, May 4, 2018 San Diego, CA Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
Sunday, May 6, 2018 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
Thursday, May 10, 2018 San Jose, CA SAP Center
Friday, May 11, 2018 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
Sunday, May 13, 2018 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
Saturday, May 19, 2018 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Sunday, May 20, 2018 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Friday, May 25, 2018 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Saturday, May 26, 2018 Laredo, TX Laredo Energy Arena
Sunday, May 27, 2018 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Orlando, FL Amway Center
Friday, June 1, 2018 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
Saturday, June 2, 2018 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Washington, DC The Theatre at MGM National Harbor
Thursday, June 7, 2018 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Friday, June 8, 2018 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Saturday, June 9, 2018 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Thursday, August 30, 2018 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
Friday, August 31, 2018 Edinburg, TX Bert Ogden Arena
Sunday, September 2, 2018 El Paso, TX Don Haskins Center
Saturday, September 8, 2018 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Sunday, September 9, 2018 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Sunday, September 16, 2018 Los Angeles, CA The Forum

Luis Miguel has always established records without precedents, not only because of his extraordinary voice, his versatility which lands him in different genres such as pop, bolero, mariachi, big band and romantic ballads, but also because of the preparation, elegance and his true artistry, all of which has made him one of the great icons in music and a major Latin artist around the world.

Throughout his exceptional 36-year career, Luis Miguel has released 33 albums, many of which have reached gold, platinum and diamond status. He has sold over 100 million albums all over the world, has a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, and is a 6-time Grammy winner and 4-time Latin Grammy winner. The International Press Association in Las Vegas has honored him with their most prestigious award—The Galardón Diamante. After completing an extensive 3 and a half year-long tour, he holds
the record of highest tour revenue in the history of any Latin artist. During the prestigious Viña del Mar Festival, he received the Gaviota in silver, gold and platinum, which has never been granted to any other artist. He has broken attendance records on each of his world tours and has received numerous other awards. In the National Auditorium, the most important forum in Mexico, Luis Miguel shattered attendance records with 223 shows at this venue, which has yet to be surpassed to this date.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE Coca-Cola Roxy Friday, October 19

Death Cab For Cutie will be at the Coca-Cola Roxy on Friday, October 19th at 8:00pm.

Reserved Balcony Tickets are $47.00 and General Admission Standing Room Floor tickets are $39.50. All ages are welcome.

Tickets are on sale Friday, May 4th at 10am at Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

For more information, visit deathcabforcutie.com, or www.cocacolaroxy.com.

CAMILA CABELLO, CLEAN BANDIT, STEFFLON DON & JONAS BLUE JOIN CAPITAL’S SUMMERTIME BALL

CAMILA CABELLO, CLEAN BANDIT, STEFFLON DON, JONAS BLUE AND YUNGEN CONFIRMED FOR CAPITAL’S SUMMERTIME BALL WITH VODAFONE

THE UK’S BIGGEST SUMMER PARTY JUST GOT EVEN BIGGER!

CAMILA CABELLO, CLEAN BANDIT, STEFFLON DON, JONAS BLUE AND YUNGEN CONFIRMED FOR CAPITAL’S SUMMERTIME BALL WITH VODAFONE EVEN MORE HUGE ARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW MORNING ON CAPITAL BREAKFAST WITH ROMAN KEMP TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS THURSDAY – 8AM – AT CAPITALFM.COM

This morning on Capital Breakfast, Roman Kemp revealed that even more of the world’s hottest artists will be performing at Capital’s Summertime Ball with Vodafone on Saturday 9th June at London’s Wembley Stadium.

International superstar Camila Cabello was the first act confirmed on Capital Breakfast today. The multi-platinum singer-songwriter will jet in to perform for fans at Capital’s Summertime Ball with Vodafone next month. She’s had an incredible year with her debut solo album reaching number two in the UK album chart and number one in the US. Her latest single ‘Never Be The Same’ was a top ten smash hit, with its predecessor ‘Havana’ topping The Official Vodafone Big Top 40, as well as singles charts around the world. Winner of Best Female at The Global Awards, Camila is sure to send fans into a frenzy when she makes her first ever solo appearance at Capital’s Summertime Ball, in what will be her first London show this year.

Roman went on to reveal that Clean Bandit will also perform at Capital’s Summertime Ball with Vodafone. The Grammy Award-winning trio are responsible for some huge anthems and have sold more than 13 million singles and 1.6 million albums worldwide. They will take to the stage for what’s sure to be an electrifying performance for 80,000 Capital listeners next month.

Next up Roman announced that British hip-hop and grime artist Stefflon Don will be joining the star-studded line-up for Capital’s Summertime Ball with Vodafone. One of this year’s hottest stars, she has been making waves with hits including ‘Hurtin’ Me’ featuring French Montana.

BRIT-nominated DJ and producer Jonas Blue will also perform at this year’s Capital’s Summertime Ball with Vodafone. He’s sure to wow Capital listeners with an electric set when he takes the stage at the UK’s biggest summer party.

Next to be added to the line-up on Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp this morning was one of the UK’s hottest breakthrough stars, Yungen, whose latest single ‘Mind On It’ features fellow Summertime Baller Jess Glynne.

Tune in to Capital Breakfast tomorrow morning from 6am and throughout the week to hear Roman reveal which massive names will be joining Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth, Jess Glynne, Rudimental, Clean Bandit, Jax Jones, Jonas Blue, Stefflon Don and Yungen at Capital’s Summertime Ball with Vodafone.

Ashley Tabor OBE, Founder & Executive President of Global, said: “Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better… this is going to be one incredible show! We can’t wait to welcome some of this summer’s hottest artists to the iconic Wembley stage at Capital’s Summertime Ball with Vodafone. Make sure you don’t miss the Capital Breakfast Show tomorrow to hear who else will be joining us on Saturday 9th June.”

Global Pop Icon Britney Spears Partners With Epic Rights to Debut a New Line of Branded Merchandise

Lifestyle collection to reflect the many facets of the legendary entertainer

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 24, 2018 — Generated by the momentum of Britney Spears’ award-winning and record-breaking Las Vegas residency, “Britney: Piece of Me,” and in anticipation of her upcoming tour, the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning pop icon is joining forces with global brand management and licensing company Epic Rights to develop and launch a line of high quality fashion and lifestyle branded products that reflect her personal sense of style, lifestyle, artistry, and creativity.

“I am excited to collaborate with Epic Rights to create a new contemporary lifestyle collection,” said Britney Spears.

“We see this new lifestyle collection as Britney’s next step in connecting with her legions of loyal fans around the globe,” added Larry Rudolph, who manages Britney Spears. “Sharing her style and fashion sense through products she has developed is a testament to her authenticity as well as her commitment to and appreciation of the fans that have made it all possible.” “Britney continues to be one of the biggest pop stars in the world with numerous multi-platinum records and awards over the past 20 years. As a passionate artist, successful businesswoman and devoted mother, her strive for excellence is unparalleled,” added Dell Furano, CEO of Epic Rights.

With one of the bestselling fragrance lines of all time, with Elizabeth Arden, available in over 85 countries and her recent campaign starring as the face of Kenzo, Spears and Epic Rights together, will continue to expand her brand presence in the marketplace, globally. Spears’ personal involvement in all aspects of the collection will ensure authenticity across a number of targeted categories including fashion apparel, hair care, accessories, exercise and electronics. The anticipated retail launch for the Britney Spears Lifestyle program is Spring 2019.

Epic Rights will also manage Spears’ e-commerce initiatives including Amazon.

Spears recently announced her tour across the U.S. and Europe, following her record-breaking, four-year headlining residency, “Britney: Piece of Me,” at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, where Spears received rave reviews from both critics and fans alike since opening in Dec. 2013. As the first contemporary superstar resident in the city, and with over 250 shows, the record-setting residency was sold out on a regular basis, generating over $140 million gross revenue and selling nearly 1 million tickets. Spears’ tour—which sold out in minutes prompting additional shows–kicks off on July 12 in National Harbor, MD and concludes on Aug. 24 in London.

Janelle Monáe Announces Long Awaited Return To The Road With ‘Dirty Computer Tour’

Janelle Monáe Announces Long Awaited Return To The Road With ‘Dirty Computer Tour’ Featuring Special Guest St. Beauty

New Video For “I Like That” Released Today From Upcoming Album ‘Dirty Computer’ Available Everywhere This Friday, April 27th

Tickets On Sale To General Public Starting Wednesday, May 2 at LiveNation.com

LOS ANGELES, April 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, actress, and activist Janelle Monáe has announced her return to touring with her upcoming North American Dirty Computer Tour. Fellow Wondaland artists Alexe Belle and Isis Valentino, known together as the soulful duo St. Beauty, will join the tour as a special guest. Monáe made a big splash with the recent announcement of her upcoming Dirty Computer album, releasing buzzworthy visuals for hot singles Make Me Feel,” “Django Jane” and “PYNK,” giving fans an exciting peek in to the creative vision for her new music. The 27-city tour produced by Live Nation will kick off June 11 in Seattle, WA and make stops across famous amphitheaters and theaters in Los Angeles, Detroit, Nashville, New York, Atlanta, Miami and more before wrapping August 4 in Atlanta, GA. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Wednesday, May 2at LiveNation.com.

As an extension of their two year partnership, Monáe and Belvedere Vodka will co-create signature experiences along the tour, including music-inspired cocktails and VIP activations at major tour stops.

Monáe also released a brand new music video today for her previously released single “I Like That.”

Her highly-anticipated third album Dirty Computer will be released this Friday, April 27th and is available for pre-ordernow. Every online U.S. ticket purchased for Janelle Monáe’s 2018 tour includes a standard digital copy of her new album, Dirty Computer. Instructions on how to redeem a copy will be sent to ticket purchasers via email on release day, April 27th 2018. Notable outlets such as NPR, Billboard, and W Magazine, among others, have praised Monáe’s cinematic range and vision on this album. The trailer is streaming now via YouTube and Monáe’s official website. Release date for the accompanying narrative film to be announced soon.

2016 saw Monáe embark on her film acting career with stellar performances in two milestone films, Hidden Figures and Moonlight; both films received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, with the latter winning the award at the 89th Academy Awards.

It’s a prince! Duchess Kate, Prince William welcome royal baby boy

Written By | Eun Kyung Kim

Baby makes five!

Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed a third child into their family. Theboy, weighing 8 pounds and 7 ounces, arrived Monday at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. Kate gave birth to the new prince with her husband by her side.

The new prince joins big brother, Prince George, 4, and sister Princess Charlotte, who turns 3 on May 2.

The baby becomes the fifth in line to the British throne, behind his siblings, their father and their grandfather, Prince Charles. The baby’s arrival bumps Prince Harry, once known as “the spare to the heir,” down to sixth place in the order of succession.

Prince William, 35, and his wife revealed they were expecting another child on Sept. 4 after Kate, 36, was forced to cancel several official engagements because she suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum. The pregnancy complication also affected Kate with her first two pregnancies and even left her hospitalized for several nights when she was carrying George.

Kate’s illness caused her to miss her son’s first day of school but once she recovered, she quickly resumed a full schedule filled with charity visits and official events, including an appearance at the BAFTA ceremony, the British equivalent to the Oscars.

She and Prince William, who celebrate seven years of marriage on April 29, also took an official four-day trip to Norway and Sweden. She went on unofficial maternity leave following a pair of March 22 charity visits to celebrate the Commonwealth.

Kate gave birth at the Lindo Wing of the St Mary’s Hospital, where both of her other children were born. The facility is also where the late Princess Diana gave birth to Prince William and Prince Harry.

After Kate gave birth to Charlotte, she was discharged from the hospital just hours later. With George, Kate stayed overnight.

Drake Teases Alternate OVO School Uniforms for Miami High School

Written By | Emmanuel Maduakolam

Drake teases the OVO alternative school uniforms for Miami High School on Instagram. The Toronto rapper posted a photo of a white polo shirt with October’s Very Own running across the high school’s emblem on the upper right chest area. To the left of the emblem is a line from Drake’s “God’s Plan” that reads: “I only love my bed and my momma, I’m sorry.”

If you remember, for Drizzy’s “God’s Plan” video shoot the rapper filmed at Miami Senior High School. Drake filmed scenes in the school’s hallways and outside in a field atop a hydraulic crane, with some of the students acting as extras. Drake then donated $25,000 to the school and announced that all students would be getting uniforms he designed himself.

Check out the OVO x Miami High School uniform below.