Last November, Blueface was arrested in the Newhall area Santa Clarita, California following what investigators claim was a shooting accompanied by an accident on the 14 freeway. According to reports, it was around 10:00 p.m. when shots were fired at a gas station after a man described as a Hispanic male was suspected robbing a driver a Mercedes.
Immediately following the altercation on a nearby highway, there were two vehicles involved in an alleged shooting where occupants both vehicles fired upon the other. While details are scarce, a car crash occurred when the rapper’s vehicle reportedly hit the freeway median. Blueface was arrested on charges suspicion assault with a deadly weapon. His jury trial will begin on August 16.
Back in February, the rapper was arrested once again after it was reported that the Los Angeles Police Department had been alerted that there were rappers in downtown L.A. carrying large amounts cash and wearing expensive jewelry. TMZ reports that ficers only responded to the neighborhood because it was a location known to be a high-crime area, but when they arrived Blueface and his entourage allegedly tossed their weapons and scattered. The rapper was arrested on a charge felony possession carrying a loaded firearm and later released on bond. For that case, he is reportedly facing three years in jail.
On October 4th, 2017, two lawmakers proposed a new small claims court for music artists and other content creators.
Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Tom Marino (R-PA) introduced the .
According to both lawmakers, piracy and theft affect all copyright owners. Yet, filing paperwork to file an infringement claim usually costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions.
The bipartisan bill, they explained, would help “artists, photographers, filmmakers, musicians, songwriters, authors, and other creators” enforce their rights against unauthorized reproductions.
If passed, the U.S. government would’ve created a dedicated Copyright Claims Board. Three Copyright Claims Officers – appointed by the Librarian of Congress – would serve a six-year term, adjudicating and settling infringement claims.
In addition, the Register of Copyrights would hire no fewer than two full-time Copyright Claims attorneys. Copyrights holders could then file claims at a small claims court in the US Copyright Office. Damage awards would be capped at $30,000.
The CASE Act quickly received support from top organizations in the U.S., including the NMPA and Songwriters Guild of America.
Unfortunately, the House of Representatives largely ignored the bill, leading to its expiration.
Now, the re-introduced CASE Act may finally be enacted.
Moving forward with a small claims court.
In May, Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Doug Collins (R-GA) proposed once again. Aiming to finally set-up the Copyrights Enforcement Board, the bill quickly received support from the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and influential lobbying group the Copyright Alliance.
Senators John Kennedy (R-LA) introduced the same bill in the Senate on May 1st.
Speaking on the importance of the bill’s approval, Tom Kennedy, ASMP’s Executive Director, explained,
“Under this legislation, these artists will have a ble alternative to the often prohibitively expensive federal court system, and their creative efforts will be appropriately protected so that they’re incentivized to continue producing works that change how people see their world.”
Yet, not everyone agreed with the proposed legislation.
Seeking the bill’s defeat and/or expiration once more, Public Knowledge, a non-profit public interest group, said,
“This system, as drafted, is both flatly untenable and unlikely to solve the problems it claims to address.”
Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to move the CASE Act out of committee. This means the full Senate can now vote on the bill’s approval, despite staunch opposition from both Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
This time, each work infringed would remain capped at $15,000. Creators could sue for up to $30,000.
The 2019 CASE Act’s co-sponsors include Dick Durbin (D-IL), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Tom Udall (D-NM), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Patrick Leahy (D-VT).
Praising the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote, Daryl Friedman, the Recording Academy’s Chief Industry, Government, and Member Relations Officer, explained,
“With today’s passage of the CASE Act out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, creators are one step closer to defending their work against copyright infringement. The many independent songwriters, artists, and producers in our membership will finally have effective remedies to protect against the frequent and willful infringement perpetuated daily by violators across the country.”
Dee-1 returns to life as an independent artist with his new album God & Girls. The project is his first studio release since departing RCA Records.
The New Orleans-bred rapper’s latest work is comprised of 11 tracks. PJ Morton, Ze11a, Christon Gray, Canon, Jonathan McReynolds and Denisia make guest appearances on the LP.
View Dee-1’s God & Girls stream, cover art and tracklist below.
1. I Know God
2. It Ain’t Safe
3. Always Knew f. Canon
4. The One f. Jonathan McReynolds
5. People Don’t Want That Real
6. Ready For You f. Denisia
7. Put Me In Coach
8. Just Go f. PJ Morton
9. The Narrow Road f. Christon Gray
10. Passin On Em f. Ze11a
11. God and Girls
YBN Cordae only emerged a little over a year ago when he released his response to J. Cole‘s “1985” with “Old N***as.” The song ended up catching the attention the world and shortly after, he became one the most promising artists in the game. With no mixtape or project out, he received co-signs from the biggest names in the industry including Dr. Dre. With his debut project, The Lost Boy due out later this month, he’s shared the star-studded tracklist for the project.
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YBN Cordae used his star connections to get some the biggest names in the game for his debut project. Cordae shared the tracklist on Instagram which includes features from Chance The Rapper, who appeared on the single, “Bad Idea,” Anderson .Paak, Pusha T, Arin Ray, Meek Mill and Ty Dolla $ign. Interestingly enough, things come full circle for the rapper as he managed to score some production from J. Cole on the project. Cole handles the production on “RNP” which features Anderson .Paak.
Despite being spotted in the studio on numerous occasions with Dr. Dre, the California OG isn’t anywhere to be seen on the production credits. However, Cordae did manage to score production from Daytrip, TDE’s Mixed By Ali, Terrace Martin, Cardiakk, Masego, Smoko Ono, Syd, SiR and more. He also revealed that Quincy Jones made contributions to the project.
Billie Eilish has been accepted within the hip-hop community, having toured with some the most solid acts in the game, Denzel Curry and EarthGang among them. And while her mysterious brand pop is admittedly not for everyone, Billie’s recent When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? album proved to be a veritable sales juggernaut, moving up the charts like a caffeine-fueled freight train. During an interview with Zane Lowe, Tyler, The Creator took a moment to reflect on the young superstar, who emerged from nowhere to bump Igor from the top the Billboard charts.
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Tyler jokes that Billie swiftly rained on his parade, fun though it was. “Billie Eilish fu*ked me up next week,” says Tyler. “That bitch is big. That n**a came from nowhere.” Zane proceeds to praise Billie’s project as “mindblowing,” prompting Tyler to weigh in. “I think it’s sick,” he says. “I like her. I want her to keep doing her goddamn thing. I want to work with her. I don’t know what the fu*k we would make, even if it don’t come out, if it’s trash. I still just want to see what we could do].”
It didn’t take long for Billie to catch wind Tyler’s praise. “lmfaoooooo i would never in a billion years have thought these words would come out this mans mouth,” she responded, clearly stunned by Tyler’s invitation to work. “wow. i would be nothing without you tyler.. everyone knows it.” If that’s not a clear acceptance the fer, what is?
APA, a prominent talent agency that has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Nashville, Toronto, and London, has vehemently denied allegations of sexual misconduct.
APA officials stated, in no unclear terms, that the claims set forth by the individual are false.
The company has flatly claimed that the purported victim fabricated the allegations as part of a scheme to extort money from APA.
The former employee, who is a female and remains unidentified, claims that she was sexually harassed for the entirety of her APA tenure, which spanned from 2015 to 2018. The woman stated that APA’s workplace culture and top-to-bottom corporate cooperation made it possible for female employees to be harassed and propositioned.
The employee also said that she departed the company after refusing to engage in sexual activity with a higher-up.
In firing back and denying the allegations, APA said that the former employee fabricated evidence of sexual harassment during her time with the organization. The woman was accused of launching the accusations in an unsuccessful effort to secure a pay raise.
In response to her lawyers’ claims that she possesses damning emails and texts sent by APA execs, APA has stated that the former employee has a history of falsifying images and text message logs,
APA, in a testament to their apparent belief that the former employee’s claims are without merit, has pushed to have the lawsuit tried in a court. From there, APA believes that they will be able to swiftly disprove the allegations.
Workplace sexual harassment is clearly unacceptable, but at the same time, so is making false allegations of harassment. As arbitration approaches, additional information and facts will undoubtedly come to light. Perhaps an informed and objective conclusion can then be reached by musicians, talent agency professionals, and fans.
The Smith family have decided to take a break from reality and head to the other side the world for some R&R. The father the group, Will Smith, has already done his duty showcasing some special moments on a gorgeous yacht as he filmed his children lounging, trying his best to get them to do something “that trends.”
Jaden, Willow and Trey (Will’s oldest son) try and get their dad to chill while his efforts trying to get Jaden to jump f a yacht fail.
Photos captured by TMZ see that Willow brought along her boyfriend, Tyler Cole, for a duration the trip and they enjoyed some time together going for a swim in the gorgeous blue waters. Tyler is also a musician and is involved in Willow and Jaden’s MSFTS collective. Last year Tyler told Alt Philanthropy that he was working on an album that was inspired by the feelings falling in love with someone, which leads us to assume he was talking about Willow.
By the looks it, the Smith family hit up Greece and then hopped over to the Italian Islands. Cheers to the Smith’s coming together for some much-needed family time.
ScHoolboy Q has always struck an intriguing balance between affability and intensity. Away from the studio, his social media presence provides a window into a life that’s typified by day-to-day family duties, a near-obsessive penchant for golf, and an infectious love ridiculing everything and everyone in his immediate vicinity. But when it comes time to hit the booth, the fun and games recede and the pursuit for a new creative vein begins. During a recent visit to Sean Evans’ renowned internet talk show/culinary torture chamber Hot Ones, Groovy Q explained the impractical but effective refinement process that his music undergoes:
“My whole thing now with music is making sure that this album don’t sound like that album. That’s why I always do like two albums before I actually finalize an album and they’re always pretty trash. I think it’s the one I get on Twitter or something like ‘album coming soon!” Yeah right, that was the first album… then we go to the second album. Then I finally figure it out and that mother***r be like 3, 2 years later (laughs).”
Afflicted with the self-doubt and crippling indecision that comes with perfectionism, ScHoolboy Q’s career has followed a recurring year-long pattern hypervisibility that soon transitions into an extended absence from the spotlight – the regeneration period. Save for sporadic features, Q is and always has been a rapper whose primary motivation is to be an album artist. Much like the vast majority his TDE cohorts, the Figg street native has a keen understanding why producing fully-realized anthologies is more conducive to a legacy than saturating the marketplace.
If history has taught us anything, the release April’s CrasH Talk will lead to extensive touring before Q nestles back into the restorative comfort hibernation for another couple years. As a result, it’s a fine time to take a stroll back through Q’s tales dope dealing and deep-seated duality from Los Angeles’ treacherous inner city and rank his albums in order perennial greatness. In the interest clarity, this article will look directly at his canon major releases, and thus mixtapes such as Gangsta & Soul and ScHoolboy Turned Hustla are omitted from examination.
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5. Setbacks (2011)
Far more than an inconsequential album title, Setbacks is a characterization Schoolboy Q’s journey from the outset. Whether fostered by his own ill judgment–such as the days where he was slacking on music in favor veering back into hustling– or the untimely death his “brutHa” Mac Miller, life has a knack throwing cumbersome obstacles in the way the Black Hippy stalwart. In a 2012 interview with Complex, Q explained his need to broach these issues head-on through his music and extricate any lingering self-pity from his psyche:
““The concept behind Setbacks was to talk about] all the shit that’s the reason why I can’t rap. The reason I can’t accomplish what I want to accomplish is because I’m doing all this dumb shit. I put it all together on the album. Like, “Druggys With Hoes,” I’m out here drugging and I’m not even trying to fuck with hoes. “Kamikaze,” I’m not even trying to rap—keep going broke. Different shit like that, I sum it up all in one album.”
Prone to bouts self-destruction but all too aware the institutionalized traps that he’s falling into, ScHoolboy Q gives audiences the first no-holds-barred account the mixed messages ravaging his mind. Split between the gripping lucidity “Cycle”, “Kamikaze” and the K-Dot aided “Birds and The Beez” and the chemically induced escapism “To THa Beat”, “IBETiGOTSUMWEED” and the inaugural Soulo team-up “Druggys Wit Hoes,” Setbacks is a vivid portrait a man stuck in a near-constant stage confliction. An unhibited romp through the early 10’s hip-hop landscape, Setbacks is anchored by magnetic flashes the superstar that he’d become in a mere matter years.
Essential Tracks: Figg Get The Money, Kamikaze, BETiGOTSUMWEED, Druggies Wit Hoes, Cycle, Birds And The Beez
4. CrasH Talk (2019)
Three years can equate to the lifespan an artist’s entire career. Thankfully for Quincy Hanley, his fanbase’s foundations go deeper than most. Declared as 90-95% done by Top Dawg way back in August last year, audiences were on tenterhooks as they awaited the fifth batch Groovy Q’s unflinching hood chronicles. Conceived as a way to “please yourself more than you please others” and dispense with appealing to reviewers, his fifth project is the sound a contented Q, albeit one teetering a little closer to autopilot than we’ve grown accustomed to. The resulting CrasH Talk isn’t short on the substance or style that he’s so lauded for, but it remains hampered by notable lapses in focus. For those that flock to Q’s projects in search frank ghetto reportage and dense, skulking production, tracks such as “Gang Gang”, “Tales” and “Die Wit Em” have you covered. Elsewhere, “Dangerous” and “Attention” find the Hoover Crip in contemplative form as he takes stock his ascent to fame, rationalizing a new life where he’s getting praise from Nas and Jay.
CrasH Talk’s stumbling blocks come in the form an overabundance guest stars that cloud the record’s vision and leaves Q’s fifth project feeling a little out whack. Although it’s by no means a bad project, the disappointment that many fans expressed was ultimately born from an overwhelming sense post-Blank Face expectation that had been placed upon him. By the time he re-emerges again, it’s hard to imagine that there’ll be anything other than an uncontainable fire lit under Schoolboy Q that’ll debunk any accusations complacency.
Essential Tracks: Gang Gang, Tales, Numb Numb Juice, Dangerous, Die Wit Em, Water, Attention
3. Habits & Contradictions (2012)
If Setbacks acted as the embryonic variant the sound that would garner him worldwide acclaim, its spiritual and literal successor Habits & Contradictions is Schoolboy Q’s artistic coming–age. A strutting and imposing body work that presented Q as a force to be reckoned with, it’s an album predestined for classic status when examined through a wide-range lens. Fashioned at the tail end the cloud-rap boom, the production is a blistering mix electronica-infused haziness and anthemic, trunk-thumping bangers, collectively sculpted by Mike Will Made It, Lex Luger, The Alchemist and TDE’s in-house team sonic wizards. Wrought with emotion one moment and drug-induced bravado the next, his pull-no-punches lyricism and engaging delivery shows f a versatility only equaled by his sense inner turmoil.
Where’d he’d previously been preoccupied with other concerns, Habits & Contradictions is the first time Q was locked in with the level artistic single-mindedness that would come to evolve and shape his finest work. At over an hour in duration, there are moments where a shrewder outlook could’ve forced him to trim the fat, but the good vastly outweighs the bad. Poised at a crossroads between the music biz fame that he’d coveted and the malevolent allure the streets, Q’s creativity seems limitless in the opening six-track salvo. Loaded with songs for the hedonists, the HiiiPowered, and the gang-affiliated, Habits & Contradictions set the pace that Q has been trying his utmost to keep ever since.
Essential Tracks: There He Go, Hands On The Wheel, Oxy Music, Sexting Druggys Wit Hoes Again, Blessed, 2 Raw
2. Oxymoron (2014)
Recorded in the year following Kendrick Lamar’s seminal Good Kid M.A.A.D City, Schoolboy Q freely admitted to HipHopDX that his TDE running mate’s universally acclaimed album forced him to double down and bring his A-game. “It’s competition,” he remarked, “I gotta be better than his shit or just as good. It has to be just as good or better. Kendrick, at the rate he doin and progressin’ in this music, is inspiring. It’s crazy. I’m glad he dropped good kid, m.A.A.d city]. If he didn’t drop that album, there’s no telling how good my album woulda been.”
Declared to be a “better” album by none other than Mac Miller, ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron is the crown jewel his trilogy on human duplexity. Brought to life by the chaotic “Gangsta,” Groovy Q had fans hook line and sinker from the jump, kicking f a record with many the finest tracks he’s ever committed to tape. Where K-Dot dedicated an entire album to exploring his tempestuous upbringing, Q made his own autobiographical origin story in the sprawling seven-minute epic “Hoover Street,” proving that he could dabble in the same artfully-minded terrain as K-Dot, only with an added level visceral realism on “Prescription/Oxymoron.” While the album provides us with unabridged memoirs his descent into addiction and learning morality in a world where crime is seen as the only escape route, that doesn’t mean that he’s taken the foot f the gas when it comes to providing succinct bursts high-energy gangsta rap.
Dripping in swagger and self-assurance, “Man Of The Year”, “Break The Bank” and the Jay Rock-assisted “Los Awesome” reaffirmed that he’s far more than the iconic adlib that had threatened to define him after GKMC’s release. “Fuck LA” “Blind Threats” and “The Purge” fer up forward-thinking gangsta rap far beyond a re-tread what his Crip & Blood predecessors had laid out in a bygone era. Although most the album’s duration finds Schoolboy Q at stratospheric heights creativity, it is proscribed from the top spot due to the fact that its filler tracks such as “What They Want” & “His & Her Friend” are more listless than anything found on his magnum opus. But that said, most the record’s tracklist portrays Q as a genuine top contender in the modern hip-hop realm. So, while Oxymoron fulfilled its purpose by any conventional metric, it didn’t quite meet the criteria equalling what Kendrick accomplished on GKMC. Luckily for Q, his own entry into the pantheon west coast rap masterpieces would arrive two years later.
Essential Tracks: Gangsta, Los Awesome, Collard Greens, Hoover Street, Prescription/Oxymoron, The Purge, Blind Threats, Break The Bank, Man Of The Year, Fuck LA.
1. Blank Face LP (2016)
Left bedraggled by a year’s worth living out airplanes and tour buses, Quincy Hanley found himself questioning his priorities. Fearful that the globe-trotting alter-ego ScHoolboy Q was beginning to seize the controls from the man with real-life responsibilities, he told MTV News that he was on the cusp calling it quits in favor a humbler life. “I stepped away from music for a little bit,” he recalled. “I toured a whole year. When I came back, my daughter was doing different things, talking different. I’m at the crucial years her life — she’s only seven years old, so every time I’m gone for a certain amount time, I come back, she’s doing something new. I got kind tired missing that. I almost quit rap. Almost. It almost happened.”
Thankfully, Q found it within himself to clamber from the funk and head back into the trenches, yielding the finest project his career to date. Simply put, 2016’s Blank Face LP is ScHoolboy’s ultimate gangsta rap symphony, and could easily stand alongside the best albums the sub-genre has ever produced. At a time when a new creative purple patch in hip-hop was gathering steam, a former honor student turned drug pusher crafted a conceptual piece free eye-roll-worthy pretension or needless esoterica. Over the course 18 tracks, ScHoolboy Q uses his own transgressions as allegories that allowed the audience to see themselves in both his struggles and triumphs. Whether you were raised in Q’s backyard or spent your whole life in the picket-fenced splendor suburbia, The Blank Face LP took you into the darkest corners his mind and allowed no-one to leave unscathed or any less than entertained.
While it took his usual thematic underpinning to newfound levels, Q’s directness remains undiluted on cuts such as “Groovy Tony/Eddie Kane”, “Tookie Knows Pt 2”, and the mesmerizing “By Any Means.” Backed up by fellow Crip alum Vince Staples on the colossal “Ride Out,” Q’s well-documented belief in humanity’s paradoxical nature allows him to make an earnest cry for a ceasefire on “Black THougHts” without coming across as anything less than sincere. Elsewhere, Q uses the record to build inroads between generations by bringing the Dogg Pound aboard for the Tyler, The Creator produced “Big Body” before himself and the Bay’s E-40 trade slang on “Dope Dealer.” Whilst Kanye’s feature on “THat Part” and the Miguel & Justine Skye team-up “Overtime” feel like they primarily exist to appease the label’s need for singles, these are small concessions to make when Q is treating the audience to tracks that are as wholly sublime and unfalteringly brilliant as “Str8 Ballin”, “Neva Change” and the sensory bombardment “JoHn Muir.”
Across 72 captivating minutes, Groovy Q provides us with a sonically and topically diverse showpiece as seminal to the streets as it is to critics all creeds and denominations. An album that feels as vital today as it did upon first playthrough, Q could spend his whole career without surpassing this project and it wouldn’t feel like a waste.
Essential Tracks: Lord Have Mercy, Groovy Tony/Eddie Kane, Ride Out, By Any Means, Dope Dealer, JoHN Muir, Big Body, Neva CHange, Str8 Ballin, Black THougHts, Blank Face, Tookie Knows Pt II.
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With the departure Kevin Durant and an injury to Klay Thompson, it’s safe to say the Golden State Warriors won’t be the same team next season. The team has made it to the NBA Finals every single season for the last five years and when it comes to the upcoming season, not many people have them going very far. During Wednesday’s episode ESPN’s Get Up!, Jalen Rose fered his prediction for who will make the playfs in the Western Conference.
The former player said the Houston Rockets would finish first in the Conference, while the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers would round out the top 3. As far as the Warriors are concerned, Rose predicted they would make the playfs but would be a low seed.
“They’ll be in the seven seed. Steph Curry probably won’t play all 82 games for obvious reasons. Draymond Green is gonna be terrific this year in a contract season,” Rose explained. “Klay Thompson isn’t playing. D’Angelo Russell is gonna supplement them very well on the fensive side. But defensively, he and Steph in the backcourt are gonna struggle against the best guards in the Western Conference.”
Rose’s prediction is a bold one, especially since he claimed the Los Angeles Lakers would be the fifth seed despite the addition Anthony Davis and Boogie Cousins.
Where do you think the Warriors will end up this season?
It’s been a difficult road for Lamar Odom. He’s battled trauma, pain, abuse, addictions, a near-death experience, and recovery. He is now facing a life without basketball, something that is counted as yet another loss, as it was recently announced that he’s been deactivated from the BIG3 League. The former Los Angeles Lakers star shared his disappointment with the league’s decision on Instagram, but he made it clear that he’s walking away from his brief experience with a positive outlook.
Days later, the Darkness To Light best-selling author decided to be transparent with his 473,000 followers on IG in hopes inspiring them with his story. “We think we live, but many us we really don’t; we are on auto pilot,” Odom wrote. “We are not even aware this until conflict knocks down our doors. These moments or periods make us reflect back on ourselves. Who is really in control my life? Me or my past? Have I become everything I hated? My beautiful escape from the pain life has always been basketball. The first thing I did when I heard that my Mom passed away, was run to my childhood court in Lincoln park and escape there. Being deactivated from the Big 3 has made me realize that I can no longer depend on basketball to find emotional relief from the inevitable hurdles life. I’ve made a decision to stop this time, reflect for real and not run away or escape – not into basketball or anything else.“
Odom said that in this time, he’s dedicated to rebuilding his relationships with his children because he doesn’t want them to inherit his dysfunctions and traumas. “Together with my daughter Destiny and the mother my children, Liza Morales, I am going to use this opportunity to connect to my children and break the cycle my past,” he wrote. “All three us have been through extreme difficulties, individually and as a family, that we have not spoken about.”
He also announced that he’s partnered with MicDrop, a motivational public speaking firm that helps people heal through effective communication. The company shared a promo video starring Odom that begins with them asking if the sports star is happy. He responds by telling them no. When they ask why not, he quickly states that there are many reasons, none which he wanted to talk about. Check it out below.
So So Def icon Jermaine Dupri has been instrumental in helping to shape the careers some our favorite top-selling hip hop and R&B artists, but that doesn’t make him above criticism. He recently told PEOPLE that he was unable to name his favorite female rapper in the game right now because, according to him, it seems as if they’re all spitting bars about the same thing. He claimed that they all were “strippers rapping” and no one artist was trying to put themselves on the map as the best above the others.
Finally, Dupri is clarifying his controversial comments. “I think it’s something that’s just been brewing before I was even asked the question,” Dupri told TMZ. “I wasn’t aware that it’s been brewing. I tell people like…I saw what Cardi said. Cardi started her message f by basically saying, now that Jermaine Dupri has said it, I’m gonna address it. That means, to me, somebody had already said it to her or she’s heard it before. So I just feel like it’s something that people have already been talking about and for some reason my comment] just became the loudest.”
“There’s a million artists rapping,” he continued. “There’s a million female artists that’s out here rapping. Everybody continues to keep getting…what my statement was, was about the three that she asked me about. It wasn’t about a general conversation about female rap, but everybody turned it into that. ‘He said all female rappers sound like this!’ And I’m like, I never said all female rappers. I never said that one time.”
“The one thing I want to make clear on is people keep saying ‘sexist.’ I’m far from a sexist. Let’s not do that. That’s terrible.” There are also no regrets on Dupri’s part as far as the interview is concerned. He said he doesn’t mind that he’s become the verbal punching bag because he didn’t diss anyone. He also mentioned that he’s dropping a beat on his Soundcloud for female artists to grab so they can enter to be apart his forthcoming cypher.
Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello had their fans going wild since they dropped f their collaborative track “Senorita” that was accompanied by a steamy music video. The duo was spotted around town since the release, cuddling up on the streets but it still wasn’t a definite answer considering Shawn denied that they were a couple shortly after.
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All such inquiries can be put to rest since Shawn and Camila have been spotted yet again, this time get real close and having a short make-out session for people to see. The couple was having brunch at Dottie’s True Blue Cafe in San Francisco last week when someone captured them getting intimate.
Camila recently opened up to Clash on her relationship with Shawn and how she’ll always love him.
“I’ve never had a lot friends. I’ve always just had a few people in my life that I trust,” she told the publication. “I feel like it’s so rare to meet someone in this industry and find a person that quality, and I feel like Shawn is that person for me.”
“I just trust him, and no matter the level intensity that he has around his career or I have, he is just normal, and that is so rare and precious to find in this industry,” she added. “To be able to hang out with someone and you don’t really care that they’re Shawn Mendes, you know what I mean? You’re just people, and that is definitely something that is rare.”
As expected due to the stellar line-up stars The Lion King remake has pulled together, this upcoming weekend is set to reel in a serious amount cash for the theatrical debut the Disney film. The Hollywood Reporter estimates that the Jon Favreau-directed film may earn $150 million or more for its North American debut.
Last weekend, the film pulled in $54 million for its debut in China, which means globally the film is expected to hit $400 million to $450 million. The movie features an applauded line up including Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, Chiwetel Ejior, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver and James Earl Jones reprising his original role as Mufasa.
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Beyonce (who was heavily involved in the soundtrack for the movie) recently sat down for a rare televised interview where she discussed just how important it was to include real African musicians in the score.
“I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa,” she said, adding that they used “all these incredible new sounds mixed with some the producers from America.” Beyonce called the soundtrack “a love letter to Africa.”
New York, NY – Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman will reportedly spend the rest of his life behind the bars of Colorado’s Supermax prison.
According to CNN, the infamous Mexican drug lord was in court on Wednesday morning (July 17) and sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years. As part of the deal, Guzman was also ordered to pay $12.6 billion in forfeiture.
During the trial, Guzman spoke for roughly 10 minutes and condemned the New York prison where he’s been held for the past two and a half years. He also referenced a report that a juror had spoken about misconduct by other jurors.
“There was no justice here,” he said in Spanish. “It’s been torture, the most inhumane situation I have lived in my entire life. It has been physical, emotional and mental torture.”
Guzman — who’s been the subject of plenty of rap songs — was convicted in February on 10 counts, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, drug trafficking and firearms charges.
The 62-year-old’s fate is unsurprising. Witnesses during the trial testified he ordered and sometimes participated in the torture and murder of perceived cartel enemies.
“The long road that led ‘El Chapo’ Guzman from the mountains of Sinaloa to the courthouse was paved with death, drugs and destruction, but it ended today with justice,” Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski said. “Mr. Guzman thought for more than 25 years that he was untouchable.”
Due to his history of escaping from two Mexican prisons, Guzman is expected to serve out his sentence in the nation’s most secure federal prison in Florence, Colorado.
“He’s going to Supermax, I’m sure, in Colorado,” defense attorney Jeffrey Lichtman said in February. “No one has ever escaped. It’s absolutely impossible. It’s not even an issue.”
New York, NY – After recently celebrating the arrival of his previously released mixtapes hitting streaming services, Chance The Rapper is all set to give fans something brand-spankin’ new to consume in 2019.
His debut studio album.
While appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Chance dumped all the beans on the table, revealing the album’s title, cover art and release date all in one swoop.
“People out there watching know I haven’t sold my projects before,” Chance explained. “All my mixtapes were free. This is my debut album, so there’s like a pre-order, and I told Jimmy to pre-order my album, and he was like, ‘If you say the release date on my show.’”
Fallon immediately pulled out his phone and hit chanceraps.com and pre-ordered the album, to which Chance gave up the July 26 release date for said LP titled The Big Day.