Vivica A. Fox Disses The Thought Of A ‘Set It Off’ Remake

Vivica A. Fox is not a fan of Issa Rae’s forthcoming remake of the 1996 cult classic film Set It Off

When asked about her thoughts on Rae’s reimagining on Entertainment Tonight Fox spurned the idea. “Leave it alone, there’s absolutely no reason to try to re-do it,” she said. “It’s been done and we did it so well that people are absolutely going to compare it to that and I think that’s her taking on a tremendous chore because that film has become a cult classic and some things are just better left.” 

The original Set It Off, directed by F. Gary Gray, took in a hefty $41 million gross on a $9 million budget at the box office. In the film, Vivica A. Fox, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Kimberly Elise star as four best friends who embark on a journey robbing banks successfully around the Los Angeles area.

Fox continued with her thoughts of remaking the film, and reboots in general, advising the actress to tap into the creative juices she’s shown on her hit show Insecure. “If you want to do a new film of girls robbing banks, create your own thing,” Fox says in the clip. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it if they do something that goes into the next chapter of the story. It’s when they try to recreate it and it’s already been done and that magic’s been captured in a bottle. It’s very hard to capture that.”   

Check out the interview in full above. 

Jerry Jones: Dallas Cowboys Not Interested In Colin Kaepernick’s Workout

Colin Kaepernick will hold a private workout for NFL teams in Atlanta on Saturday as he look to finally get back into the NFL for the first time since 2017. On Thursday, the NFL announced 11 teams had already committed to attend the event, which will include on-field drills conducted by former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, as well an interview session.

The Dallas Cowboys were not one those 11 teams and although some reports suggested that they would be sending someone to attend the workout, team owner Jerry Jones says there’s no truth to that.

During an appearance on 105.3 FM The Fan on Friday morning, Jones was informed reports that the Cowboys would be in attendance.

“That’s not correct, we’re not going to have anybody there,” said Jones. “Those are taped, and we’ll look at the tape if we need information there.”

“We really like where we are with our quarterbacks,” he added. “We’ve got some very young quarterbacks, and that’s the way we think to bring anything up behind Dak is to do it with the young ones like we’re doing.”

The 11 teams that have already confirmed their attendance include Arizona, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New England, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay and Washington. Kaepernick has not yet spoken about the forthcoming workout but he did take to twitter to say that he’s been ready and waiting for this moment for the last three years.

“I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league fice reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.”

Ciara Dances In A Two-Piece Bikini To Celebrate American Music Awards Hosting Gig

Ciara has been announced as the host for this year’s American Music Awards that will be broadcasted live from Los Angeles’s Microst Theater on November 24th. Last year’s host was Tracee Ellis Ross and this year the “Goodies” singer will lead the show with performances by Kesha and Big Freedia Shania Twain, Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello, Selena Gomez, Thomas Rhett, Dua Lipa and Taylor Swift

Ciara Dances In A Two-Piece Bikini To Celebrate American Music Awards Hosting Gig
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Ciara proved her excitement for her new gig when she shared a clip herself dancing in a two-piece bikini to Instagram. “Today’s mood. We’re gonna have so much fun at the @AMAs! Your Host CC! Can’t wait 😘💃🏽,” she captioned the clip. 

In other Ciara news, the 34-year-old previously expressed how she and husband Russell Wilson plan on having eight kids…one day. “Oh, you know, if you ask him, we’re talking eight babies… you know, we’ll just go one day at a time, but I definitely do look forward to having more kids… we got time for that,” she explained.

Ciara shares her oldest, Future Jr., with her ex Future and shares her daughter, Sienna, with Russell. She previously added: “I think it’s the greatest miracle having children that’s the thing… you learn patience, you continue to learn love, you learn what life is supposed to be like, that’s the best thing about children.” 

Tiny Harris Uses Emojis To Respond To T.I. & Daughter’s Virginity Controversy

T.I. has dipped from the radar ever since he revealed that he attends his daughter’s gynecology visits to ensure his 18-year-old is still a virgin. “Deyjah’s 18, just graduated high school now and she’s attending her first year college, figuring it out for herself,” he said. “And yes, not only have we had the conversation, we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen.”

Tiny Harris Uses Emojis To Respond To T.I. & Daughter's Virginity Controversy
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The reveal pulled in a lot remarks by people who found the news shocking, eventually leading the podcasters to pull the interview. The “Big Things Poppin'” rapper has yet to respond to his past remarks and his daughter has unfollowed him on Instagram. 

T.I.’s wife Tiny has also remained mute on the situation until recently when she responded to a comment on her Instagram. Tiny shared an image her and T.I. on the move, leading one her followers to comment: “Is Deyjah okay? We care.”

Tiny simply responded with our emojis: “🙄🙄🙄🙄”

Tiny Harris Uses Emojis To Respond To T.I. & Daughter's Virginity Controversy
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Lil Yachty recently weighed in on the matter, sharing his opinion on T.I.’s family rituals. “I just feel like when it come to someone’s children on such a personal matter, no one can honestly tell somebody how to raise their children, or how to take care them or how to look after them,” he said. “That’s that man’s child.” 

Dave East’s "Survival" First Week Sales Projections Are Not Good

New York rapper Dave East just released a very good debut album. Unfortunately though, it doesn’t appear as though the public even knew about it. Real hip-hop heads have been banging out that new Survival all week, picking out their favorite tracks and considering it for their year-end lists. With features from Lil Baby, Nas, Rick Ross, Gunna, and many more, the rapper gave us a lot variety on the project, which serves as his ficial debut studio album. The way things are looking right now though, his first-week sales will not be as stellar as the content that he provided us in Survival.

Dave East's "Survival" First Week Sales Projections Are Not Good
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Despite a heavy press push this last week, East is still not expected to debut within the Top 20 the Billboard 200. As reported by Hits Daily Double, a trusted source when it comes to sales figures, Dave East will be outsold by Post Malone, NBA YoungBoy, and even Travis Scott. Post and YB are still selling high figures their 2019 albums and Astroworld is managing up to 20K album units one year post-release. Shockingly, Dave East is not listed within the Top 20, meaning that he is projected to move under 17K units in his first week. Hip Hop Lately even notes that he could have sold under 3,000 copies Survival, which has not yet been confirmed.

Show Dave East some love today and go buy his album if you were messing with it. Let’s get it charting!

Big Machine Calls Taylor Swift a Liar, Swift Whips Out an Email to Prove It

Big Machine Label Group says Taylor Swift is fabricating claims over her American Music Awards performance.  Taylor Swift says Big Machine is lying about her lying — and produces an email to prove it.

And another spat between the adult millionaires commences.

For those just tuning in, Taylor Swift unleashed a (Thursday) with a host of accusations against Big Machine Label Group, Scott Borchetta (pictured right), and Scooter Braun (who has not yet responded).  You can read her entire statement here, but the quick summary is that Borchetta and Braun are bullying Swift and preventing her from singing her own songs at the upcoming American Music Awards while blocking her music’s use in a Netflix biopic.

Early this morning (or late last night), Borchetta took off the gloves as well.  Here’s Big Machine’s formal response to Taylor’s initial accusations.

As Taylor Swift’s Partner for Over a Decade, We Were Shocked To See Her Tumblr Statements Yesterday Based on False Information

As Taylor Swift’s partner for over a decade, we were shocked to see her tumblr statements yesterday based on false information. At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special. In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere. Since Taylor’s decision to leave Big Machine last fall, we have continued to honor all of her requests to license her catalog to third parties as she promotes her current record in which we do not financially participate.
 
The truth is, Taylor has admitted to contractually owing millions of dollars and multiple assets to our company, which is responsible for 120 hardworking employees who helped build her career. We have worked diligently to have a conversation about these matters with Taylor and her team to productively move forward.

We started to see progress over the past two weeks and were optimistic as recently as yesterday that this may get resolved. However, despite our persistent efforts to find a private and mutually satisfactory solution, Taylor made a unilateral decision last night to enlist her fanbase in a calculated manner that greatly affects the safety of our employees and their families. 
     
Taylor, the narrative you have created does not exist. All we ask is to have a direct and honest conversation. When that happens, you will see there is nothing but respect, kindness and support waiting for you on the other side. To date, not one of the invitations to speak with us and work through this has been accepted. Rumors fester in the absence of communication. Let’s not have that continue here. We share the collective goal of giving your fans the entertainment they both want and deserve.

— Big Machine Label Group

Kicking off round 2 of the smackdown, Taylor Swift offered this response to the response — which includes email evidence.

The truth is, on October 28, 2019 at 5:17 p.m. the Vice President, Rights Management and Business Affairs  from Big Machine Label Group sent Taylor Swift’s team the following:

“‘Please be advised that BMLG will not agree to issue licenses for existing recordings or waivers of its re-recording restrictions in connection with these two projects:

The Netflix documentary and

The Alibaba ‘Double Eleven’ event’ [an event in China at which Swift performed last week].”

To avoid an argument over rights, Taylor performed three songs off her new album ‘Lover’ at the Double Eleven event as it was clear that Big Machine Label Group felt any televised performance of catalog songs violated her agreement.

In addition, yesterday Scott Borchetta, CEO and founder of Big Machine Label Group, flatly denied the request for both American Music Awards and Netflix. Please notice in Big Machine’s statement, they never actually deny either claim Taylor said last night in her post.

Lastly, Big Machine is trying to deflect and make this about money by saying she owes them but, an independent, professional auditor has determined that Big Machine owes Taylor $7.9 million dollars of unpaid royalties over several years.

 

Yella Beezy and Chris Brown Team Up in ‘Restroom Occupied’ Video

Beezy meets Breezy.

Yella Beezy and Chris Brown team up in the seductive video for “Restroom Occupied” off Beezy’s Baccend Beezy project. The fellas hit up a nightclub and lure girls one by one from the dance floor to the restroom as their boyfriends helplessly look on, while actor Michael Blackson makes a comedic cameo.

“Light-skin brothers, leave my queens alone,” says Blackson, who finds himself alone in the VIP section by the end of the night.

“It’s always dope when I get to work with my brother Breezy,” Yella Beezy told Complex. “You know we just came off tour together and homie is different, he’s special. I felt like we killed this record and we killed the video. Working with Michael Blackson was cool too. What y’all don’t know is, Chris and I took his girls for real after the shoot so he’s big mad right now.”

“Restroom Occupied” appears on the Dallas rapper’s latest project Baccend Beezy, which dropped in July. Earlier this year, Beezy opened for Breezy on his “INDIGOAT Tour.”

Orlando Magic Reveal Orange-Inspired “City Edition” Uniforms: First Look

The Orlando Magic ficially introduced their 2019-20 “City Edition” uniforms on Thursday night, giving the team a whole new look from the familiar blue, black and white design. As a nod to the city’s connection to the citrus industry, the new threads are highlighted by splashes orange set against an anthracite gray base color.

The general idea behind the “City Edition” uniform makes sense, but the execution has us thinking more Phoenix Suns than Orlando Magic.

The special edition uniforms, which will only be worn this season, will make their on-court debut on Friday, November 29 when the Magic host the Toronto Raptors at Amway Center. The hardwood will also be transformed to mirror the new uniforms during those select “City Edition” games.

“We’re really excited about it,” Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins said. “We really wanted to come up with a jersey that’s really reflective our city and our market, and we think we’ve hit on it. This representation really the history Orlando and Orange County, and our citrus industry, in particular, and focusing on the orange. Orange is in the roots our entire area, whether it’s the citrus industry or Orange County or Orange Avenue, and we really wanted to be reflective that. So we’re excited about it.”

As is typically the case with any new uniform, the reviews were mixed. Check out some the additional photos and reactions below.

Jay Park Teams With Hit-Boy For ‘This Wasn’t Supposed To Happen’ EP

Roc Nation’s Jay Park has joined forces with Grammy-winning producer Hit-Boy for an EP titled This Wasn’t Supposed To Happen. The six-track project features the singles “K-Town” and “20/20” along with four other cuts.

“Jay Park and Hit-Boy is not something people would expect,” Park told Billboard. “It’s not something you see everyday, it happened very organically. One session turned into two sessions, then three sessions turned into an EP. So, it was unexpected for me as well.”

Check out Park and Hit-Boy’s This Wasn’t Supposed To Happen stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Jay Park Teams With Hit-Boy For 'This Wasn’t Supposed To Happen' EP

1. 20/20
2. Renaissance Man
3. K-Town
4. Fade Away
5. Call You Bae
6. Killa

Rockie Fresh Delivers ‘Destination’ LP

Rockie Fresh has released Destination, his debut album for Rostrum Records. The project marks the former Maybach Music Group artist’s first full-length release since 2016.

The Chicago-bred rapper’s latest work features 12 tracks, including the single “Maria” produced by Bizness Boi. Chris Brown, Tory Lanez, Casey Veggies, 24hrs and Arin Ray make guest appearances on the LP.

View Rockie’s Destination stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Rockie Fresh Delivers 'Destination' LP

1. King’s Back
2. Health Risk
3. Round Here
4. Feelings Hurt f. 24hrs & Casey Veggies
5. Done Wit It
6. Maria
7. Must Be f. Chris Brown
8. 2 Late f. Arin Ray & Tory Lanez
9. Fallin
10. Take a Second
11. Manuscript
12. Always Love f. Arin Ray

#DXCLUSIVE: Mega Ran Debuts "AGES Vol. 1" EP Stream

Mega Ran has dropped a surprise EP, AGES Vol. 1, for his fans. On the heels of a successful Kickstarter campaign for his Black Materia remake, the veteran MC debuts his new 10-track project on HipHopDX.

“I took some inventory on my musical output this year, and it’s been mostly singles and joint projects, which made it time for me to work on solo music again,” Mega Ran tells DX. “The project was just going to be one long song, ‘Ages,’ for Patreon and Kickstarter supporters, but I thought the end of the year was a perfect time to wrap up my year in music with a bit of reflection over several beats I’d been holding onto for years, such as the EOM track, and so I got to work.”

He adds, “One song led to another and before I knew it I had eight tracks I really loved. The album is all about my mentality at different key points in my life, working backward with the intro being where I am right now and the ending being where I was in the beginning. I’m super proud of the project and can’t wait to play these records live on tour this winter.”

AGES Vol. 1 will available for purchase on Friday (November 15).

Fans can catch Mega Ran live on The Fam Tour with Mickey Factz and Alfred Banks starting on November 29. View all of the tour dates here.

Check out Mega Ran’s AGES Vol. 1 stream, cover art and tracklist

#DXCLUSIVE: Mega Ran Debuts "AGES Vol. 1" EP Stream

1. AGES (Intro)
2. Super Friends f. SkyBlew & Mickey Factz
3. HOME
4. AA f. Toure Masters
5. Walking On Water 2.0
6. UPSIDE DOWN f. Penny & RoQy TyRaiD
7. Latchkey
8. CATCH-22 f. Vee Tha Rula
9. Broken Church Bells (Kult Krimes Remix) f. Small Leaks Sink Ships
10. It’s Time (Settle Down)

"The Fashion King" Groovey Lew Talks Bad Boy Records History & Bond With Nipsey Hussle

Groovey Lew, who calls himself The Fashion King, has remained relevant throughout Hip Hop’s tenure. The stylist has worked with the culture’s royalty, including Biggie Smalls, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Nipsey Hussle, Lil Wayne, Lauryn Hill and Dave East.

Lew serves as a true visionary that isn’t confined to dressing your favorite artists either. As a fan of the music, he can see talent well before the world does. For instance, Lew grew close to Nipsey when the late artist was just starting to make a name for himself rapping in Los Angeles. The two connected beyond clothes as they both had a solid connection to their community and their spirituality.

The Fashion King is well-respected within the industry, and although he is revered for his iconic looks, many in Hip Hop look to him as a spiritual guide too. One conversation with Lew and a person can immediately sense they’re talking to somebody connected to something deeper. He’s not caught up in trends like social media or the latest Telsa, but he’s into what lasts forever — which may be why his career has spanned over 25 years.

During a conversation with HipHopDX, the Mount Vernon native covered it all. He talked about the need to bring back ownership in clothing lines, something he hoped Dapper Dan would achieve. He also discussed his favorite artists to style, fashion evolution, spirituality and Ital living.

HipHopDX: I know you’re a Mount Vernon native, but you’ve been around the world. Where do you get your sense of fashion from?

Groovey Lew: I’d say just coming up under my pops, my uncles and my aunties. As far as music, I’m from the Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five [days]. I was born in ’69, so I came up in the 70s when Hip Hop really started. We was in Mount Vernon on the borderline of the Bronx so I’ve got eight aunties that … you know, they was all beautiful and they was bringing the d-boys and Hip Hop artists to the yards and the Rastas, so that’s how I learned Hip Hop. Knowing about the T-Connection and the clubs and just watching them cats from them days like your Funky 4 + 1.

Just looking at their swag and as I grew and started learning more, seeing like Boogie Down Productions and Rakim and all them cats in their Dapper Dan fits and LL Cool J, that’s where the fashion came from.

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HipHopDX: You’ve really seen Hip Hop grow like you said from its birth to now as this billion-dollar industry. From that time, with you also being a part of the Bad Boy legacy from the beginning, did you see it growing to what it is now?

Groovey Lew: I can’t say I did, but I knew there was something special there. I knew when we was starting it was more fun to us. A bunch of young brothers starting a record label, jumping in with Diddy to lend our hand and whatever we could. It wasn’t like we had titles or anything, it was just like, let’s just do whatever needs to be done. We was all learning and we was having fun with it. I can’t say that [I knew] it would be this big, but I knew it had potential though.

HipHopDX: You’ve styled pretty much everybody that had a name in Hip Hop, from Biggie to Wayne, to Lauryn Hill to Nipsey to Dave East. How has your sense of style changed over the years?

Groovey Lew: My style changes every day. It’s like the weather, bro. I deal with different artists from different hoods/communities and different cities and different states so it’s like some cats are wearing this color, some cats are not wearing that color. Some brothers is wearing their pants like that, some brothers is wearing their hats to the side, to the back. A lot of different things they’re doing means different things where they’re from, they’re representing that.

The style changes depending on who it is I’m dealing with. They add their flavor and I add mine and we just bring it together. It’s like a pot of gumbo. I just really add my seasoning on a lot of stuff. They tell me what they love and what they don’t like and I just bring it to life for them from an idea.

So, it changes as we grow and through the years it changes as well. At first, everybody was not too heavy into like the brand names and we were doing more tailor-made clothing especially in our Bad Boy days, out of leathers and different stuff through our tailor. Then, when Big started rhyming about the Versace’s and the Coogi’s and different things, he advanced us a lot as well. I didn’t know about some of these labels until some of the rappers started speaking on them and then that made me start doing my homework and find out what was going on.

HipHopDX: It’s interesting that you say that because I saw that change happening in the D.C area too. We would only wear are our clothing lines and then it changed to the mainstream labels.

Groovey Lew: We learned a lot from D.C. being around all them cats. They put us on to fly sweatsuits. They used to rock their sweatsuits and New Balance [shoes] and different shit. They were like young d-boys, they was dressed up fresh and clean. In ’87, I went to the Capital Center to my first Go-Go and that shit showed me a whole ‘nother life about music and fashion. I’m like, “Damn, what is this?” D.C was a big influence to our swag.

HipHopDX: There’s a resurgence going on now with artists bringing back the clothing lines. Before it was Sean John and you had Groovy Styles as well. Is that something that you want to bring back the forefront? Having our own swag along with the the big name brands.

Groovey Lew: Yes, I think it’s always important for us to have our own clothing. You know, we’re dealing with Italians, we’re dealing with all types of different people from around the world. Why shouldn’t we have black clothing companies? Representing ourselves from the Sean Johns to the Phat Farms, Mecca, Enyce and Roc Nation. I think that’s important for artists to have their clothing lines.

I just want people to be into it. Not just because you’re an artist and you can sell a million records. If you’re not really into fashion and really want to be a part of it, I don’t feel you should just do it just do it.

If we’re going to do it, let’s do it and do it right and uplift ourselves and make it look clean and fresh. But we should definitely have them and keep them.

I was inspired the most by Pyer Moss when I went to his Brooklyn fashion show this year.

Not that he’s an artist but just as a black designer. He’s pushing the envelope and doing some great stuff. So, we need to do it and we need to represent them more. We’re spending all our money on these Louis Vuitton’s, Gucci’s and Velentino’s and Balenciagas’ and everything else.

I really wish Dapper Dan would’ve put out his own, like DD or something instead of going the Gucci route. That would have really represented us as a whole. You our Tom Ford, you the godfather to black people, so I just wish we would do us a little more because we’re putting a lot of money into these corporations, bro.

HipHopDX: I just saw you did the Rolling Stone cover with Diddy and DJ Khaled, that’s major. Congrats. How was it working on that project?

Groovey Lew: It was good. I was a part of the fashion team with Derek Roche and Jun Choi. We have a team. We were in Atlanta at the Revolt Summit and Diddy always going to keep it going. We had the Revolt Summit, we’re doing panels, after parties, photoshoots, interviews … we just tie everything into one.

It’s always a big honor and respect to be around the big homie [Diddy]. Especially [with] Khaled’s energy. We’re telling him what we think is best for him and how he need to light it up and how he need to stay looking young and fresh. You are the culture. You are a main culture mover in our time.

So, it’s always good to be a part of that and just to be around and learn and meet people. We’re making history as we do these things.

HipHopDX: What is something working with Diddy that people don’t know or misunderstand?

Groovey Lew: The big homie is really cool and he likes to have fun, but a lot of people look at him like … or I’ll say if you do business with him, he’s a monster. Doing business with him is a whole different thing, but when we’re working and we’re into our flow, he’s a comedian and he likes to have fun and he’s really a good person. He likes to help everybody out [that] he can.

People that’s looking at his reality shows or whatever it is, they won’t ever see that until they’re around him on different levels or different flows. Son is a really good cat to be around. His energy is right, you learn so much from him because he’s always working and he’s always giving information.

HipHopDX: Artists look to you for wisdom and spiritual guidance. Is that more rewarding than your legacy as a stylist?

Groovey Lew: Yeah, that’s the main part. When people hire me, they know that I come with a different vibe and a different energy, so if I can give you some information that’s going to stick with you throughout your lifetime and implement something in your daily flow, I think that goes a long way, further than clothing. The clothes are going to come and go, the seasons are going to change. But if I can give you some knowledge of self, that’s going to be forever.

People always saying, “Yo, Groove, I need your energy bro, where you at? I need you to come through. I need you to just sit with me, I need you to vibe with me. I need to just kick it with you.” So many times my clients call me to their homes or studios just to be a part of the energy that’s going on and it’s not about fashion all the time.

So yeah, I think that it’s a balance though. But I think that will definitely last longer than anything about the garments and the fashion.

HipHopDX: Who are some of your favorite artists to style?

Groovey Lew: Well I had the best time with B.I.G. He used to always tell me like, “I write the rhymes, you handle that [clothes].” Basically, “Let me do me and you do you.” Because I used to always check with him, “What you think about the light blue suede or what you think?” He’d say, “You just do that. Leave me alone, I write rhymes and music. You handle the fashion.” B.I.G made the world know me.

And then Nip was just an ill spirit. Nip used to just let me go. Like, whatever Groove, just do you. Whatever you bring to the table is a go. As far as Diddy, he showed me the world.

So that’s the plus of everything because big homie is an artist but then an executive, a leader and everything, so I learned so many things from being around him. I always say them three, but different artists bring different things to my flow.

HipHopDX: You led me right into my next question about Nip. It seems y’all both have a similar connection to the community. Did you feel he was a kindred spirit that you were talking to? You both have very similar auras.

Groovey Lew: Yeah. That’s my brother from another mother on some real shit. I used to always fuck with Nip. It ain’t no bandwagon shit. It ain’t no new shit. I was Bad Boy, up in the industry, moving and doing my thing and I would always go to L.A and run down on Nip’s store when he first opened that shit up. I used to go to Simply Wholesome. My flow was the swap meet, Nip’s store and then Simply Wholesome and that was before any artists knew about the store.

It was just the hood with the gang bangers in certain neighborhoods before he promoted it to the world, changed it and made it new. I used to go to his shows at the House of Blues, then the next day I would go down to the store and show him different things that I recorded from his show and he used to tell me, “Damn, I’ve never seen myself on stage” and stuff like that.

So, I was early with Nip. Just because I was Bad Boy, I used to always sprinkle some love on him and then go support what he was doing and then he started moving forward and getting his shit on being recognized and he was always saying, “Yo Groove, when I get right, we’ve got to do this and we’ve got to do that” as far as fashion and I was like, “Bro bro, I’m here. It’s too easy.”

So yeah, he started getting his bag together and labels and everybody started fucking with him and shit like that he was like, “Yo, let’s go.” Then we just pressed go. I told him — in like 2017 or 2018 — I was like, “Next year, the whole world’s going to know you for fashion, bro.” I said, “That’s my goal for you.”

I told him like, “Yo, in a minute, you’re going to be walking on runways, you’re going to be sitting in the first row at fashion shows. You’re going to be that kid when it comes to fashion.” Because it was so easy, I was like, “You’re me, our body, our height and everything so I have so much to give you from all of my past looks. I’m just going to remix a lot of shit and pass it to you.”

He used to see my pictures and be like, “Bro, I could get that look right there, put it on Instagram, we’re going to go viral.” I said, “Nah bro, my looks on my phone is for me and my wife. I don’t do it for the world so I pushed that energy into him as far as the gear and just let him smash.

HipHopDX: Yeah. It was a sad day for the industry when he was killed.

Groovey Lew: Yeah but really beautiful still because you know, his spirit is here forever. That physical gotta return, but he’s really [Nipsey] Tha Great. People look at him and honor him and they see his life and people that didn’t ever know, they have a chance to learn and look at him. So, it continues like he said, bro.

HipHopDX: You’re right. I think you’re one of the most unknown philanthropists just because like you said, you stay low and you don’t look for recognition.

Groovey Lew: Yeah, I just stay low and keep firing, bro. I don’t need the accolades and all that because I know. The Creator knows. You don’t have to be outside bragging, I did this and I did that. That shit don’t float my boat. I just put my work in and let my work speak for itself.

HipHopDX: With your amount of success, you could easily just work with the top artists and really just be in your own world. But you always choose to stay connected to the hood and to everybody, really. What makes you stay connected?

Groovey Lew: Because I’m from that. I’m from the less fortunate ones. I’ve been blessed to be able to be in this industry and to move around, get money and give thanks. Fashion showed me so many things that I wouldn’t have seen or learned on my own as far as travel. That’s the biggest teaching and experience in that. Traveling to different countries in the presence of presidents and artists, meeting the likes of Stevie Wonder and just all that.

I stay grounded because at the end of the day, that’s where my family is still at. This is just something I go into for work. That’s why I tell everybody I’m not a IBM’er, I’m not a nine to five. I just have a different job and my work takes me to different places, but at the end of the day, I don’t live there. I don’t stay there, I’ve still got to come back home.

One day I’m with homie on some yacht shit in Italy, the next day I’m in the hood with my homies trying to figure this shit out. How they’re going to pay their rent? How they’re going to fucking eat? How they’re going to pay for their kids school? Shit like that. That’s the balance, but there’s more of that going on than motherfuckers that got it. So, I’m in that world more than anything, but I’m blessed that I can get out and do a couple things.

They see me in any hood in Brooklyn, in Compton, in anywhere, coming out of corner stores like, “Yo, you that fashion kid. What you doing out here?” I’m like, “Yo, what you doing out here motherfucker?” [Laughs]. Why I can’t be out here? They say, “I just seen a video on Instagram or I just seen you with Rick Ross,” but I’m the same as you.

I give thanks if you look at me like something else or you respect me for my craft. I give thanks for that, but I just tell them, “I’m just one of God’s favorite sons.” That’s why I have that balance because you’re going to see me in the community and you’re going to be bugging out like, “What you doing in this party? Niggas in here have guns.” I’m like, “Bro, I’m just a regular person.” I just try to stay like that and keep that.

I’m from Mount Vernon, New York, bro. It’s dirty, it’s less fortunate, it’s the poorest city in Westchester. I’m from that so I can relate to any community across the world.

The shit that touched me the most, I was in South Africa in this little bar/club/hole in the wall shit and this kid came up to me. This was like in 2000 and he said, “You’re Groovey Lew. Groovy styles, the one on the back of Biggie Smalls double CD.” That shit touched my heart more than anything. I’m like, “You know me”?

That’s the shit that touched me more than a lot of shit. That’s the shit that I look for more than anything. Those are my rewards.

HipHopDX: With fashion, you’re a true visionary. You can see what’s coming before it’s here. You were Ital before veganism was popular, now it’s a trend and it’s a part of the culture. But you made that decision way before that wave, so what led you to that?

Groovey Lew: Just getting knowledge of self and learning through the Rasta elders. Rastafari is my way of life and with that comes with natural eating and Ital living. 30 years ago I found out the truth, so I stopped putting animals into my body and I stopped using animal products. With that comes how you treat people, how you treat nature. It makes you talk different, it’s a respectful way of talking. It makes you live different. It’s just a whole energy because with that life you’re more in tune to God.

I figured out that food was the medicine and the medicine was the food. And I’ve never been on no bandwagon stuff, but the people that’s jumping on this, this is one of the best bandwagons to jump on so I give thanks to JAY-Z and Beyoncé. I saw them give the people a 21-day challenge and you can win free tickets to a concert or whatever.

Jermaine Dupri promotes some vegan stuff or whoever the artist is or the ball players or whatever. Even if it’s just Muslims that’s holding their Ramadan and just fasting, showing people different sides and there’s different things and there’s different ways to go about things.

If you really look at day one on Earth and the Bible, God said he’ll give you green for your meat. Vegetables and fruit, the plants is all around us. Everything is all around us. We’re jungle people and we’re from that so we’re great kings and queens and there was fruits and vegetables on them tables. You look at the strongest animals and most of the animals, they’re going green. They’re eating green.

I tell people cows don’t even drink milk. Like, why are you drinking a cow’s milk? So when you really just think of stuff and really just take your time, it really makes sense. But we’re so ignorant in different ways and things been passed down through our times and our grandparents and our great grandparents and we’re just keeping it going, but somewhere you have to break the trend and start doing what’s right.

If you know the truth, why wouldn’t you do what’s right? Once I found the truth out, I’ve got to live it. I can’t be knowing the truth and not living it.

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HipHopDX: Yeah, your diet affects your wellbeing, your energy and everything. You’re doing your part in spreading that message with opening your own restaurant in Mount Vernon. I think is great because you give the people an option. In Mount Vernon, they don’t have those food options. Was that your inspiration to behind it?

Groovey Lew: Yeah, man, I have to help my community and my neighborhood. They’re just promoting death every day. From the Popeyes to the Chicken Huts to the Chinese restaurants to whatever it is. No disrespect to nobody and their business because we all have to make money, but how can we not have a natural restaurant in the neighborhood? We’ve got to go outside of our neighborhoods and go to Queens, Harlem and the Bronx just to eat Ital food or a vegan plate.

Our elders have cancer and some of them are overweight and just for the Rasta community that’s there to get Ital stew or for the girls and the brothers that’s working out coming from the gym to have fresh juice and it’s something that’s needed and it’s one of my dreams to have that in the town, to promote the health and wealth.

We’re out here mixing the animals’ blood with our blood and it’s got people acting different and turning into monsters and killing each other. So if I can put this into the community and it can change one person, I did my job. But like I said, when we start eating different, we’ll start speaking to each other different, we’ll start speaking more love and we’ll act different and we’ll treat each other better and things like that.

HipHopDX: What’s the name of the restaurant?

Groovey Lew: Groovey’s Vegan restaurant. It’s a team and it’s a family. Y’all see me in the front, but I have some great family members behind me and some great friends that’s rocking with me. Like I always say, it’s bigger than me.

HipHopDX: We talked about you being just connected and you being one of God’s favorite sons. What advice can you give to those who are just trying to find that purpose, trying to find their way?

Groovey Lew: I just say take your time with everything and look inside because the answers are inside yourself. When you go inside, that’s where the answer is. Then, you will master self first and you’ll be able to deal with everything else. When you seek God, all things should be added, so we are God, we are an image of God, we are God having a human experience.

HipHopDX: What advice, personal or business-wise, can you give to up-and-coming stylists? I know a lot of them look at you and admire what you’ve done.

Groovey Lew: I just say to up-and-coming stylists, be nosey, learn everything. Assist people, stay in your own conventions, because I was that. I was running around with Jack The Rappers and the How Can I Be Down [music conference] just learning and asking questions and telling people, “My name is Groovey Lew and I’m a stylist.” They’re laughing at me but just keep pushing and put yourself around things that’s going on as far as fashion and style and whatever it is.

If there’s people doing fashion shows, videos, commercials or whatever, just keep yourself around what’s going on and learn as much as you can. From being around and people keep seeing you, you will get an opportunity.

Somebody’s not going to come to work that day and that might just be the next up. Like, “I need you to handle this.” That’s how it can go and some things happen faster than others but if you really love it, then just stay with it.

It’s a journey, I’m still learning right now. Shit, I’m about to be 50, but I’m learning from the youth as well. I keep re-inventing myself and changing my ways and just stay in tuned to this new culture because there’s a whole new world out there.

Kanye West’s Sunday Service Tickets At Joel Osteen’s Church Drop Friday: Report

The Lakewood Church in Houston will reportedly get a massive dose hip hop gospel this weekend as Kanye West‘s Sunday Service is set to descend on the house worship. We previously reported that the budding friendship between Kanye and famed Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen has been growing for some time, and now the rapper will speak at the church this Sunday.

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Initially, reports stated that it wouldn’t be a Sunday Service musical performance, however, it looks as if things have changed. TMZ first shared that Ye would speak with Osteen at the pulpit for 20 to 30 minutes, but their new report states the rapper and his choir 120 people will take to the stage. It’s likely to be Kanye’s largest indoor Sunday Service to date, as Osteen’s church houses 17,000 seats with upwards 50,000 people attending service every weekend. The church may accommodate a massive amount guests, but TMZ reports there is still a worry that there won’t be enough seats available. The outlet also says that tickets for the event go on sale on Friday and will be distributed on a “first some, first served” basis.

If this all goes down according to plan, it’s unclear if this will be filmed for Osteen’s televised program which airs to seven to 10 million viewers worldwide each week. The news Osteen and Kanye’s partnership has been met with contention due to the controversy during Hurrican Harvey in 2017. The destructive storm displaced thousands residents in Houston, and there were reports that Lakewood Church turned evacuees away. It was an allegation that Osteen would later deny.

Facebook Tried to Acquire Musical.ly For Six Months In 2016

According to recent reports, Facebook spent six months in 2016 trying to acquire Musical.ly ⁠— the Chinese lip-syncing app that became TikTok.

Sources speaking with Bloomberg and Buzzfeed report that Facebook hoped to acquire Musical.ly to break into the Chinese market. According to those sources, the talks in the second half of 2016 were ‘serious’ but nothing ever came to fruition.

ByteDance eventually acquired Musical.ly in 2017 ⁠— merging the app with Douyin to create TikTok.

Bloomberg reporting adds an additional angle to the reason why the deal never went through. Facebook walked away from the deal over concerns of the app’s young userbase and Chinese ownership.

That’s a concern that landed TikTok in hot water over . Lawmakers in India ⁠— prompting a look at how TikTok moderates itself. The U.S. Treasury Department is currently .

The new reporting puts a different spin on Zuckerberg’s recent comments about TikTok.

Leaked audio from a meeting this summer revealed that Zuckerberg plans to move fast and copy things when it comes to TikTok. That strategy worked once before when Instagram cloned the Stories feature from Snapchat ⁠— so why wouldn’t the plan work again?

In true copycat form, Instagram recently unveiled a in Brazil.  Reels is a TikTok clone with fewer video editing features, but Instagram is huge in Brazil. Last year, Facebook launched a ⁠—but it hasn’t caught on anywhere but Mexico.

Facebook has never been shy about cloning apps if they can’t acquire them. Zuckerberg offered to buy Snapchat for $3 billion before Facebook and Instagram cloned its most popular features.

But when it comes to TikTok, it looks like Facebook’s copy-to-complete game plan isn’t quite panning out — at least not yet.  Sources speaking to BuzzFeed say TikTok has become a personal bugbear for Zuckerberg.  One former high-ranking Facebook official said:

“Facebook is so pissed that TikTok is the one thing they can’t beat that they’ve turned to geopolitical arguments and lawmakers in Washington to fight their fight.”

Just recently, Zuckerberg excoriated TikTok for censorship and other political abuses.  “While our services like WhatsApp are used by protesters and activists everywhere due to strong encryption and privacy protections, on TikTok, the China-based app growing quickly around the world, mentions of these same protests are censored, even here in the US,” Zuckerberg told an audience last month at Georgetown University.

Of course, Facebook itself has been accused of destroying democracy in realtime and radicalizing users en-masse.  All of which probably makes TikTok a pleasant distraction for Zuckerberg.

Safaree Wants To Sue Donald Trump After Erica Mena Sprains Ankle In New York

Safaree and Erica Mena are patiently waiting for the arrival  their first daughter together and the “Hunnid” rapper has already been sending her messages in patois so she can be accustomed to her father’s voice before her debut in the world. Erica has been showcasing her growing bump on Instagram and unfortunately, the Love & Hip Hop star has sprained her ankle seemingly putting her on bed rest. 

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Safaree uploaded a video to his Instagram feed that sees his wife wrapped in a fur coat getting escorted from a hospital after her fall. Erica looks like she’s doing fine with a big smile on her face while Safaree’s caption jokes about taking the matter up with Donald Trump.

“My wife fell and sprained her ankle last night on a bum ass New York City hole in the street… I’m so mad. We should sue the city or trump! but at least she looks fabulous,” he wrote. 

“We’re going to be selective but at the same time, this baby will come out the womb working,” Safaree joked when discussing how he and Erica plan to keep their daughter out the spotlight. “I was working very early.  I’m about to pull a DJ Khaled. As soon as this baby comes out, we are working.”