Kanye West Considered Quitting Rap Because It’s the ‘Devil’s Music’

Kanye West almost turned his back on rap.

The rapper’s pastor, Adam Tyson, recently spoke with Christian-based media outlet Apologia Studios ( XXL) about Kanye’s religious rebirth and how its affected his music.

“[Kanye] started visiting our church back in mid-May,” said Tyson, who is the senior pastor at Placerita Bible Church in Newhall, Calif.

After showing up to service a few times, he requested to speak with Tyson. “[Kanye] said, ‘About five weeks ago, I got radically saved,’” shared the pastor. “He just started telling me a little about his testimony.”

Kanye told Tyson that he turned to Christianity after feeling the “weight of sin” from fame and the music industry. “The guilt of sin brought him down low,” he said. “He would say the devil basically brought him to a place where he just felt like he was in bondage to his sin. So he said, ‘I got delivered.’”

At one point, he even considered giving up rap altogether. “One time, he told me that he wasn’t going to rap,” Tyson revealed. “I said, ‘Why not?’ He said, ‘Well, that’s the devil’s music.’ I said, ‘Hey, man. Rap is a genre. You can rap for God.’ I think he was already thinking about it a little bit, but I just definitely said, ‘Hey, bro. I think you need to use your talents that God’s given you and use that platform for God.’”

Ye ultimately decided not to abandon his craft, but use it as vehicle to spread his beliefs. He continues to host his gospel-themed Sunday Service performances, which made a recent stop in Jamaica. His religious-themed album Jesus Is King is reportedly now due Oct. 25, while his film of the same name arrives in IMAX theaters the same day.

Yung Miami Is Catching Flack For Making This Comment About Her Newborn

Just a few days after her rapping partner, JT, was released from jail, Yung Miami was given another cause for celebration. On Friday, Yung Miami gave birth to her first child with 808 Mafia producer, Southside. They named their daughter, Summer, and shared a few photos their newborn in the hospital. 

One photo showed Summer sleeping in a pink blanket alongside her father, surrounded by balloons. In another photo, the baby girl is dressed in an adorable frilly skirt and a customized diaper. 

While people were heartwarmed to see these adorable pictures, the City Girls artist followed this post with a disappointing IG story that halted the cheer. Over an all-black screen, Yung Miami wrote, “I’m convinced I have to be Chinese or Asian! My baby is everything!” The confusing message had some criticizing her implicit anti-blackness, as she insinuated that her daughter’s cute features would have to be attributed to some other race. People also mocked the ignorance her saying “Chinese or Asian.” 

Yung Miami Is Catching Flack For Making This Comment About Her Newborn

Here are some Twitter’s reaction to the rapper’s odd compliment, which many are claiming is a result her refusal to drink water. 

This is not the first time Yung Miami has been called out for problematic behavior. Last year, when City Girls were blowing up, people found old tweets hers that were deemed homophobic and racist.  

Kanye West Officially Confirms New "Jesus Is King" Release Date

While we have been anticipating October 25th as the unficial release date for Kanye West‘s Jesus Is King album, he recently took to Twitter to ficially confirm the speculation, revealing that the album will indeed arrive this Friday in tandem with the arrival the ficial Jesus is King film in IMAX theaters.

“‘JESUS IS KING OCT. 25th,” he penned simply while uploading the album artwork once more.

You’ll recall that this effort was originally due out on September 27th, per Kim Kardashian. That date would later get pushed to September 29th, but no album was in sight. Since then, Kanye has continued to make the round with his Sunday Service and a few Jesus Is King Experience listening parties in select cities. It was at one these events that he originally told the crowd that October 25th was the tentative new date.

Most recently, West’s pastor, Adam Tyson, revealed that the rapper nearly quit hip-hop as he referred to rap as “the devil’s music.” According to Tyson, he allegedly convinced ‘Ye to take his newfound faith and outlook on life and the industry and channel a different kind message within the genre.

Natalie Portman Weighs In On Martin Scorcese’s Claim That Marvel Movies Aren’t Cinema

Martin Scorcese spurred a great debate regarding whether Marvel movies constitute true cinema after he claimed that they do not. When asked about the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an interview with Empire magazine, the renowned filmmaker said, “I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

Marvel has been responsible for many the highest grossing films in recent years, so this comment coming from one the most influential voices in the industry really rocked the boat. James Gunn – who wrote and directed the Guardians the Galaxy films – expressed strong disapproval Scorcese’s statement. Francis Ford Coppolla – who directed the Godfather trilogy – came to Scorcese’s defence and took his argument a step further by deeming Marvel films “despicable.” Samuel L. Jackson assumed a rather neutral stance, claiming everyone has a right to their own tastes and opinions. 

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While Scorcese’s comment was made public weeks ago, the responses continue to roll in and Scorcese continues to stand by what he said. Natalie Portman – who recently revealed that she will be returning in the upcoming Thor films as Lady Thor – is the latest star to give her two cents on the matter. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Portman said, “I think there’s room for all types cinema… There’s not one way to make art. I think that Marvel films are so popular because they’re really entertaining and people desire entertainment when they have their special time after work, after dealing with their hardships in real life.”

Air Jordan 5 "Island Green" Reflective Detailing Revealed: Watch

Jordan Brand has plans to release two different “Island Green” Air Jordans next month, including an eye-catching Air Jordan 5 with black detailing, and the sneaker’s namesake color providing some added flair. 

Not to mention, the kicks come equipped with a fully reflective upper, revealing a hidden leopard print detailing, as shown in the video embedded below.

Jordan Brand has not yet announced ficial details, but rumors suggest that the Island Green 5s are slated to launch on November 11 for the retail price $190. In addition to the white “Island Green” 5s, Jordan Brand is also cooking up a black “Island Green” Air Jordan 13, which is also slated to launch in November.

Check out some additional photos the 5s in the IG post embedded below, and click here to preview the special edition 13s.

Masika Kalysha Thinks Children’s Movies Should Not Have Sexuality In Them, T.I. Agrees

Disney has openly expressed their pro-LGBTQ agenda. Just this past Wednesday, Disney executives confirmed that there’s a gay couple in their animated kids’ show, Star Wars Resistance, and they’re “proud that.” Of course, these decisions have been met with backlash from more conservative folk.

Masika Kalysha has just made clear where she stands in this debate. Kalysha reposted a message on Instagram that reads, “It’s not about homouality or heterouality. Stop promoting SEXUALITY to our children PERIOD. Let kids be kids.” Love & Hip Hop Hollywood star also shared a lengthy caption expanding on why she agrees with this statement: 

“This is for the fools that thinks it’s “progressive” when Disney has a gay couple kissing next to Nemo… NO #KB ain’t watching Adam and Eve in ual situations the hell u think I’m supposed to let her watch Adam and Steve lip lockin for. It’s not progressive it’s SUGGESTIVE and I suggest you let a child be a child.”

The Shade Room reposted Kalysha’s post and many celebrities chimed in in the comments to express their agreement. Among this faction was T.I., Lisa Leslie, Asia’h Epperson, Ben Baller and Phaedra Parks. On the other hand, Milan Christopher provided an argument for why their view is skewed. Uuuum Saweetie all the fairytales under the sun always had intimate scenes beloved. Sleepy beauty, lil mermaid, Cinderella, Snow White etc. Now that it’s a rainbow emoji] scene or two it’s a problem? Let me call you & cuzz you out! Gul bye! Lmfaooo,” he commented.  

Fabolous Roasted To Bits For Posing "Healthy Relationship" Question

Fabolous was flamed to bits recently after posing a simple question on Twitter. The rapper hopped on social media to ask his 4.1 million followers a question about healthy relationships. The question went as follows: “Asking for a friend…how many times do you argue a day in a relationship…lol. Is once a day healthy?” Now, usually, this kind questioning is not necessarily harmful, but Twitter users did find the question ironic as it came from Fabolous. After all, it was not that long ago that a grand jury in New Jersey indicted Fabolous on four felony charges including one count domestic violence with significant bodily injury, two counts threatening and one count possession a weapon — the scissors he brandished in the previously surfaced footage his altercation with Emily B and her family. Hence, you may understand why many took the question as an opportunity to drag the Hip Hop artist. 

“If you knock out my teeth and I’m dumb enough to stay.. we’ll definitely be arguing every day,” was the response one the many users who came at Fabolous’ neck. Once the post made its way to TheShadeRoom, Fabolous even stepped in to say his piece: “Y’all know this was a joke tweet right. Oh ok. Carry on with y’all lives. I’ll do the same. This why u can’t tweet no more & For 12,000 people to even comment like it’s serious is even more a joke. But can’t lie ShadeRoom knows how to get y’all going. Everything is Love on this side. God Bless y’all.” Yikes! That did not go well at all.

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High School Coach Disarms Shooter; Then Hugs Him: Watch

Surveillance video released yesterday from an Oregon high school shows a football coach disarming a student with a loaded shotgun, and then hugging him afterwards.

The incident happened last May at Parkrose High School, where football coach Keanon Lowe is seen moving 18-year-old Angel Granados-Diaz away from the gun, which he hands over to a teacher. Lowe, also a security guard for the school, then turns and hugs the student, who begins to cry. The two share an embrace for close to 10 minutes, before Lowe sits down with Granados-Diaz as they wait for the police to arrive.

Lowe told reporters at a press conference that he went to a classroom to get a student, then realizing an armed student was just steps away from him. “I felt compassion for the kid, to be honest,” Lowe said. “Obviously, he broke down and I just wanted to let him know that I was there for him. I told him I was there to save him. I was there for a reason and that this is a life worth living.”

Reports say that a judge handed down a 36-month probation sentence under a pretrial agreement for Angel Granados-Diaz. Check out the viral and heartwarming clip (below). This coach a hero.

Universal Music Group Rebrands College Marketing Program

Universal Music Group has announced its intent to rebrand its college lifestyle marketing program, moving away from the previous UMUSIC Experience format to introduce °1824. It was on Thursday that the company revealed its plan at the invitations, an annual meeting that includes the grograms’s team along with the 85 students in the program.

“Our program has become a proven artist and career development platform,” Senior VP and head the program Todd Goodwin said in a statement. “Over the last four years, we evolved as our capabilities outgrew those traditional college programs. While career development, mentorship and job placement will continue to be central to our success, it became clear we needed to redesign our core program and, in turn, give our team an even larger platform to highlight their creativity by forming °1824.”

The new format the program will focus on giving college reps “actionable roles” on projects for UMG’s outreach. Projects would include influencer marketing, public relations, design, filmmaking, and strategic partnerships. Universal notes that the team was previously working on over 40 projects a month, including the behind-the-scenes series Beyond The Barricade and Chop It Up, the interview series that features artists flying in a helicopter over NYC.

The new °1824 has plans to produce over 100 annual events that will include experiential “experiential activations, screenings, HBCU homecoming events, and more.”  

Will "Joker" Be In New "Suicide Squad" Movie? Probably Not

These days, with Joker being the number-one movie in the country for two straight weeks, it’s easy to see the popularity the green-haired villain has garnished over the years. Back in 2016, Suicide Squad featured the villain, played by Jared Leto. However, fans may be disappointed to know that Joker probably won’t be in the second edition the Suicide Squad story.

Will "Joker" Be In New "Suicide Squad" Movie? Probably Not
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Recently, director James Gunn did a Q&A on Instagram. One user asked, “How can you justify a Suicide Squad movie that does not have Joker in it?” This Joker fan was probably not very content with the response they got. Gunn responded, “No one but me and a few others know all the characters in the movie, but if the Joker isn’t in the film, I don’t think it would be strange as he isn’t a part the Suicide Squad in the comics.” Gunn’s response doesn’t completely rule out the possibility Joker appearing in the movie, but it does make it seem pretty unlikely. The second Suicide Squad movie is set to release on August 6, 2021.

Still, all hope is not lost for Joker fans. The villain and his lover, Harley Quinn, are set to have their own ‘love story spin-f’ movie in which they kidnap Dr. Phil. Keep an eye out for that.

Will "Joker" Be In New "Suicide Squad" Movie? Probably Not
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Gucci Mane, G-Eazy & More Conquer This Week’s "FIRE EMOJI" Playlist

As we get deeper into October, things are getting spookier, specifically the music. 10/17 was this past Thursday, meaning we got a new album from Gucci Mane. While the Woptober II cover is one the most joyful pieces art I’ve ever seen, there’s a dark atmosphere to the the album that makes it perfect to spin in the fall. Gucci has been making sure to enlist stellar features for his projects and he definitely did not disappoint this time around. We got NBA Youngboy, DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, Kodak Black, Quavo, Kevin Gates, Peewee Longway, Takef, Yung Mal and OJ Da Juiceman. The producer credits are just as impressive, including the likes Lex Luger, London On Da Track, Tay Keith, Zaytoven, TM88, Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Southside and Metro Boomin. Woptober II is a star-studded affair and it sounds like it too. 

G-Eazy also took on a Halloween theme with his eight-track Scary Nights EP, which was only announced on Wednesday. This surprise announcement was accompanied with a single featuring the invincible Gunna, “I Wanna Rock.” However, Gunna wasn’t the only hot feature on here. Moneybagg Yo, French Montana, Preme, Dex Lauper, Miguel and The Game also pulled up to the haunted house. Right now, we got “I Wanna Rock” in our FIRE EMOJI rotation, but “Full Time Cappers” is slapping so don’t be surprised if we add that soon. 

LPs and EPs aside, it was also a great week for singles. DJ Pharris provided us with the endlessly fun, “JUUG,” which stars the unlikely, yet successful, duo Jeremih and Chief KeefMegan Thee Stallion also hopped on the remix for Yo Gotti’s Lil Uzi Vert-assisted single, “Pose,” making the banger even hotter. 

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Greg Hardy’s Controversial UFC Win Overturned By His Illegal Inhaler

It appears Greg Hardy needed a little help in the Octagon Friday night to help secure his victory. However it turns out the help, which was him using a inhaler, isn’t allowed. Hardy took on Ben Sosoli at TD Garden at UFC Boston on Friday night, and initially won the bout by unanimous decision after a solid performance in just his fourth UFC fight ever.

However before the third and final round, Hardy took a hit from an inhaler while sitting in the corner, extremely out breath. What he believed to be okay, turned out not to be. Hardy was called out by ESPN commentators for the use the inhaler, which Marc Ratner said was “completely illegal.”

A meeting after the fight determined that Hardy’s inhaler use, which was initially thought to be approved by a Massachusetts athletic commissioner at the time, violated UFC rules. The fight was then ficially ruled a no-contest as a result.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole, an inspector initially approved the inhaler use when Hardy and his team asked. That inspector, however, didn’t have the authority to do so, which is why the fight was ruled a no-contest instead a disqualification.

“I was in the ring, me and my coach asked the commission if it would be OK to use my inhaler and they said yes, so I took it,” Hardy said, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “I’m still new guy in this sport, I did what I do in every situation — I asked permission, I got permission and I did what I was told.”

Check out footage and people’s reactions to the inhaler (below).

Frank Ocean Responds To Criticism Of His Queer Club Night PrEP+ & Releases Merch

On Thursday night, Frank Ocean hosted a club night called prEP+ in New York City, which he announced earlier that day. The event – named after the HIV prevention drug, pre-exposure prophylaxis – served as the first installation in a series queer club nights intended as an “homage to what could have been the 1980s’ NYC club scene if the drug… had been invented in that era.” 

Ocean’s event attracted various criticisms the following day, regarding its demographic, its execution, its name and its goal. This morning, the 31-year-old singer-songwriter addressed many these concerns his customary method Tumblr post

He started out by dispelling the rumour that the night was funded by Gilead Sciences, a company that contributes to the manufacturing prEP+. He clarified that the night was independently hosted by Blonded, Ocean’s umbrella company that now distributes his music and also serves as the name his Beats1 radio show. In response to those who thought the party’s theme glamorized an era that was marked by death, and not just dancing, Ocean said, “I started to imagine in an era where so many lives were lost and so much promise was lost forever along with them, what would it have been like if something, anything had existed that in all probability would’ve saved thousands and thousands lives. I’m an artist, it’s core to my job to imagine realities that don’t necessarily exist and it’s a joy to.”

Another complaint about the event was that it was promoting a drug that is overpriced and inaccessible to many. Ocean argued that his intention was simply to raise awareness the drug’s existence to help those who can afford it, even though he finds its pricing to be “malicious.” The motivation to name the event prEP+ arose from him realizing how few know about it and its effectiveness. “A couple days before we threw the party, I was discussing this subject with my team and one the architects I work with thought that PrEP as a drug had reached ‘100% saturation’ so far as awareness. I thought he was dead wrong so I asked a friend (who I won’t name haha) if he knew what PrEP was and his response was ‘isn’t that some type gra or something’. My ex who I was with for several years didn’t know about it when we first met at a gay club in LA. Awareness isn’t always what we’d hope it would be,” he wrote. 

Aside from sharing this message on Tumblr, Ocean also released new items for sale and snippets new music on his website. There are pre-orders available for two 7″ vinyls songs premiered at the event on Thursday – “Cayendo (Sango Remix)” and “Dear April (Justice Remix).” You can also pick from four t-shirts designs that either have the prEP+ or Blonded logos on them. 

Air Jordan 1 High OG "Pine Green" Revealed In Full: Release Info

If you’re a sneakerhead, then you have probably owned a pair Air Jordan 1s at some point. The silhouette is incredibly versatile and boasts some pretty iconic colorways that fans continue to purchase whenever there is a retro release. Jordan Brand is well aware just how popular the shoe is and every year, we see some brand new colorways.

One the models that we have been teasing over the past month or so is this “Pine Green” fering which fans are already curious about. The shoe is fairly simple as it has the same color-blocking as the “Bred” version except the red is replaced with green. We have only seen up-close photos the shoe but thanks to DJ Folk, we have a full look at the entire silhouette.

As for the release details, this shoe is slated to drop on February 29th 2020 for $170 USD. The price Jordan 1s is going up by $10 next year which certainly isn’t good news for all the consumers out there. Shoe prices continue to increase and this classic model is yet another victim to that trend.

Regardless, this is still a great colorway which will surely be popular upon release.

Ariana Grande & Kylie Jenner Break The Internet With Kylie Memes

Kylie Jenner recently posted a video herself singing ”Rise and Shine” to her daughter Stormi during the tour Kylie Cosmetics HQ. This caught everyone’s attention as memes exploded online. Ariana Grande even trolled her and made her own version the song. She posted the video on Thursday, and captioned it, ”@KylieJenner can I sample.” Kylie then responded ”Yes, yes you can @arianagrande. As long as I’m in the music video.”

Although the Internet can be very boastful, not shying away from trolling celebrities, these two women decided to control the narrative and make fun themselves. Following the singer’s jokes, Kylie retweeted some parodies made her solo, including a dubstep remix and an audition on the ”The Voice.” The Keeping Up With The Kardashian star prolonged the joke, even changing her bio to ”Rise and Shine.” She also photoshopped her face on a sun, with ”no caption needed” written on the bottom.

Kylie Jenner is a reality TV star, a business woman and a fashion icon, but music is her baby daddy’s arena. She made an upbeat remix ”Rise and Shine” and claimed she wants to drop an album, but deleted the post and replaced it with a video Stormi dancing to the song. In the video Stormi asked Jenner to play Travis’ music, by yelling ”Daddy sing.” Kylie is a great mom, but Travis wins the music round. Apparently Travis Scott is even helping her cash in on the ”Rise and Shine” hype with merchandise.