Megan Thee Stallion Moves Her Booty In Slow Motion To New Single "B.I.T.C.H"

On a relatively quiet release night, Megan Thee Stallion enjoyed likely the largest spotlight in the land hip-hop through the arrival her new single “B.I.T.C.H.” The Houston-bred rapper has been teasing the new track for the last week, dropping teasers, snippets and everything in between. Now that the record is ficially out, Meg wants to know how the fans are liking it. Is it on par with the older material that caused her to break out in the first place?Does it have people amped up for the eventual release Suga? Megan Thee Stallion has some questions for her audience and she’s getting their attention one way she knows how.

The H-Town Hottie has tremendous levels appeal, using her curves and her incomparable twerking ability to drop jaws and turn heads, keeping the attention on her at all times. After sleeping f the initial adrenaline rush from her new single release, Megan Thee Stallion woke up, cuddled her puppy, and asked everyone what their favorite bar is on “B.I.T.C.H.” She did so by carrying 4oe in her arms before slowly turning around and giving the fiends a show. Moving her booty in slow motion, the rapper put on a light twerking display, not giving her knees that much a workout but giving things enough a bounce where she could still come across as y.

Let us know in the comments which lyric is your favorite from the new record.

Autopsy Reveals Baby Died From Meth-Laced Breastmilk: Mother Arrested

After waking up, 36-year-old, Ashlee Rans, reached out to emergency services when she noticed that her two-month-old daughter, Neveah, was cold to the touch and bleeding from the nose. Rans told the Marshall County, Indiana local authorities that her daughter’s death might be a result her rolling over onto the infant while the two were sleeping. 

Autopsy Reveals Baby Died From Meth-Laced Breastmilk: Mother Arrested

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An autopsy was performed the following day after Neveah was pronounced dead but evidence airflow blockage or physically damaged organs was not found. A much more damning and tragic conclusion was discovered when the coroner report revealed that the child had lethal amounts  amphetamine and methamphetamine in her system, according to reports obtained by WNDU

On Jan. 14, Rans was arrested on two counts neglect  a dependent resulting in death. Marshall County Chief Deputy Prosecutor, Tami Napier said in a statement regarding the tragedy:

“The cause and manner death were determined by the forensic pathologist, and he determined the infant died acute methamphetamine intoxication, and the manner death was a homicide.”

According to the affidavit the mother, Ashlee Rans signed, she admitted to smoking marijuana and knowing that there was a possibility transferring the drug to her child through breastfeeding. It wasn’t until the autopsy revealed the child’s overdose that Rans confessed to using meth at a gas station two days prior to Neveah’s death.  

Ashlee Rans’ initial trial date has yet to be revealed but the former-mother is currently in custody at the Marshall County Jail in Indiana facing between 20 and 40 years in prison if convicted on the charges neglect resulting in death. 

While some mothers are willing to do anything for their children, some are arguably less deserving the miracles they bring into the world. Prayers and condolences to all those affected by Neveah’s early departure. 

Billie Eilish Tackles Suicide on 'Everything I Wanted' Music Video

Billie Eilish’s new “Everything I Wanted” music video, a collaboration with her brother Finneas, bravely tackles suicide.

In her newly released music video for “Everything I Wanted,” Billie Eilish digs deep and tackles the ever-prevalent issue of suicide. 

The music video, which was directed by Eilish, opens with a kind message: “Finneas is my brother and my best friend. No matter the circumstance, we always have and always will be there for each other.” 

With Billie driving and Finneas seated in the passenger seat, the vehicle eventually leaves the road, proceeds across a beach, and becomes submerged in water. Eilish wrote “Everything I Wanted” after having a dream wherein she committed suicide and found that her family members, friends, and fans seemed not to care. The lyrics—and the video—reflect this emotional creative process. 

More than 40,000 Americans commit suicide each year, and millions have had to struggle with the preventable loss of a loved one. 

Furthermore, suicide rates in America have increased by over 25% since 1999, and experts have long stated that building awareness is the best means of countering the epidemic. 

Looking ahead, Billie Eilish will be for the upcoming James Bond film, No Time to Die. Additionally, Eilish is set to perform at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, which will take place on Sunday, January 26th. The 18-year-old has also been nominated for six awards: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Pop Vocal Album. 

In March, Eilish will embark on a world tour in support of her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?. 53 performances will bring her to four continents and 22 countries, beginning with a 21-show series in North America. 

Last year, Eilish completed a 66-show tour; this time around, Oceania stops have been exchanged for additional gigs in Asia and Latin America. 

Big Sean’s Best Punchlines

Big Sean is no lyrical slouch. The range emotion he can evoke— from tenderness to inspiration to amusement— is in large part thanks to his verbal dexterity. To examine his punchlines in isolation reveals a unique sense humor and intelligence. The Detroit native can inhabit the rappity-rap space as well as the story-heavy one. Sean is fluent in the boastful role, but equally comfortable being sincere, which is why he can craft an album that includes both “I Don’t Fuck With You” and “One Man Can Change the World” and no one questions the appropriateness either track.

Punchlines are a useful measure lyrical prowess because they require a particular breed efficacy. Can you be impactful when you need to be? Can you deliver on build-up? Can you write something memorable that sticks in people’s minds? Being able to storytell and write strong lyrics does not necessarily translate into being able to write punchy lyrics. Big Sean is one the rare artists who can do both. Some my favorite songs his aren’t featured on this list (“Ashley” and “Sunday Morning Jetpack”, for example) because even though they have some his best lyrics, they aren’t formed around punchlines. Big Sean loves a good sports metaphor and there are definite patterns that emerge when you study his punchlines.

Even if he’s not the originator, Big Sean has received a lot credit for popularizing the hashtag flow— with good reason. Both “Supa Dupa” and “Supa Dupa Lemonade” are essentially punchline after punchline. They’re exercises in wordplay where narrative takes a backseat and the freedom to be nonsensical allows for a vast range references. Big Sean can exhibit his knowledge history, pop culture, and any topic he can think in this loose format that rewards free associating. 

Punchlines are used to broadcast wit. Given how concise and entertaining they are, punchlines are heavyweights when it comes to the caption game. You can find them in spades on Instagram where influencers use lyrical punchlines to show f their music taste. Let’s take a look at some Big Sean’s best punchlines and source inspiration for that post you have in your queue.

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Most social media is bragging. Pictures a new house, new car, jewelry, exclusive sneakers—you can count on Big Sean to furnish the perfect in-your-face boast to complement your photo. For the flex post:

Bank account got me feelin’ well, Fargo (Supa Dupa Lemonade)

I’m on the top floor getting brains, higher learning (Supa Dupa Lemonade)

People asking me how it happened, man I tell ’em / I Rolex-ed the situation and just had perfect timing (Say You Will)

Priceless is affordable, order what you can’t afford / Matter fact, order more (High Rise)

Worry ‘bout my niggas they’re good, Marshall (Supa Dupa Lemonade)

Yeah, and I got money bags under my eyes, ho, cause I ain’t sleep / They all Goyard too cause I ain’t cheap (B Boy)

I got 99 problems, getting rich ain’t one (All Me)

I’m bringing home dead prez, my house done feel like it’s haunted I put the city on my back, right along with my garments (10 2 10)

A subcategory the flex vertical: Food/Travel/Private Jets. Apparently, there is a social contract where you must post from nice restaurants and exotic locales. Big Sean has no shortage punchlines to go with eating filet mignon in a robe in a hotel suite.

Everything fast ‘cept the food, watch what we eating / If it add a couple years to our life, then we might go vegan (Holy Key)

I’m eating lobster with my shrimp hand (Mona Lisa)

Now we out in Paris, yeah, I’m Perrierin’ / White girls politickin’, that’s that Sarah Palin (Mercy)

All this bread can’t be too good for my cholesterol (10 2 10)

Woodgrain steering wheel, this bitch feel like a pirate ship (No Favors)

Made my blueprints, so my life got no ceilings (Go Legend)

I’m in the Obama suite, you one below up in the Joe Biden (So Much More)

I’m living out my dreams, don’t you dare hit that alarm clock (What U Doin’? Bullshittin’])

You know when you want to say something to someone’s face, but you’re too much a coward? Enter the subtweet. It’s IYKYK—but for just one person. Maybe you’re dwelling on your ex or maybe you just want people to think you’re mysterious. Here are Big Sean’s best subtweet worthy punchlines:

Some girls are the Lebron James playing mind games/And switch their home team up every single time their mind change (Deserve It)

Man, we went from long text, now they shorter than a haiku (Owe Me)

All I want’s a hundred million dollars and a bad bitch/Plus that paper chasin’, it done turn me to a savage (Sanctified)

I guess drama makes for the best content / Everything got a bad side, even a conscience (I Don’t Fuck With You)

Niggas change up more than wishin’ wells / Karma come around I’ll wish ’em well (Bounce Back)

Standin’ next to Jim Carrey, we traded stories, then laughed I said you not the only one I know got rich wearin’ masks (One Man Can Change the World)

Focused on the inner me, never on the enemy (Sacrifices)

Feeling aggressive? Big Sean can weaponize words when he needs to. These punchlines should be used with discretion.

Fuck your two cents if it ain’t goin’ towards the bill (I Don’t Fuck With You)

Hit your girl in my whip and now that pussy got the new car smell (Burn)

So now I’m snappin’ like yo ass just finished the poem (Looking for Trouble)

So futuristic, I’m already over my next bitch (Detroit vs. Everybody)

You gon’ get this rain like it’s May weather (Control)

You forgot where I came from? I’m from where you ain’t from (Don’t Play)

I’m not playing with you, bitch, this not the WNBA (Savage Time)

What’s your favorite punchline from Big Sean? Get the discussion going below.

Trippie Redd Responds To Eminem’s ‘Music To Be Murdered By’ Mention

Compared to 2018’s Kamikaze, Eminem went relatively light on people throughout the surprise album Music To Be Murdered By.

But there were still a few artists who got caught in Shady’s lyrical crosshairs, including Machine Gun Kelly and Joe Budden. And although it’s minimal, Em also sends a tiny shot in Trippie Redd’s direction on the track “Marsh.”

“Then he said kill MCs/Trippie Redd, with pills and lean/Sipping meds in the limousine/Getting head, guillotine,” Em spits.

Now, Trippie is responding to the mention on one of his Instagram Stories.

“Niggas be 50 beefing wit a 15yr old,” he wrote. His sentiment was followed by a peace sign emoji and sleepy face emoji, indicating Trippie is tired of the drama.

Trippie Redd Responds To Eminem's 'Music To Be Murdered By' Mention

Budden also responded to Em’s perceived disses on Music To Be Murdered By during a recent episode of The Joe Budden Podcast. 

The track “I Will” reunites Slaughterhouse vets Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5’9 and KXNG Crooked. In addition to Budden being noticeably missing, many people assumed the line, “Your group is off the chain, but you’re the weakest link” is about Budden — but he denied it. He said the line is actually about Lord Jamar, another one of Em’s foes.

“The Em line in that song, when he was tearing Lord Jamar’s ass up on old group flips, that led to ‘Your group is off the chain, but you’re the weakest link,’” he says around the 47-minute mark. “In a song featuring [members of] Slaughterhouse, I could see how that looked like it was about Joe. Joe says it was not.

“That’s about Lord Jamar, obviously, if you listen to the eight bars coming before it. You [listeners can] get your panties out the bunch.”

The former Everyday Struggle host then addressed “Lock It Up” featuring Anderson .Paak in which Eminem raps, “Try’na save at Kroger, so why would I give a fuck about back-stabbin’ Trader Joe for?”

“Trader Joe, Trader Joe, Trader Joe — that’s hurtful,” he says. “[Laughs] That’s not right! [Laughing] That’s offensive, man. Trader Joe? I’m Joe. [Laughs] You’re telling me Joe is a traitor?”

Budden concluded, “The same way I feel like [Eminem] should stop dissing Lord Jamar, he should stop dissing me. [Laughs],” he says. “Hey, whatever we had—that exchange when you did all the [multi-day interview segments with Sway Calloway], and whenever I said whatever I said on the pod’, it a moment in time.

“We had our exchange. It’s over. In 2020, I can’t harbor negativity not only towards one of the best rappers, but somebody I’m not angry at. That’s what I gotta stop doin’. I don’t be mad at the people I come in and kill. There’s no hostility after that.”

Apryl Jones Regrets Not Having Sex With The Game & A$AP Rocky

Apryl Jones apparently has some regrets.

In a recent interview with Tiffany Pollard on Brunch With Tiffany, Omarion’s baby mother and ex-fiancée – who recently split up with B2K bandmember Lil Fizz – admitted there were several celebrities she should’ve slept with, including The Game, A$AP Rocky and Shaquille O’Neal.

Addressing an Instagram Live rant from last year, during which fans thought she was confessing to sleeping with various Hip Hop and NBA personalities, the Love & Hip Hop personality started off by claiming she was trolling.

“I’m on my live like normal, talking to my fans,” she began. “And then people are under there saying, ‘You fucked The Game’ or, ‘You fucked Lil Fizz. At this point, you’re right – I fucked every single one of them. Because that’s what y’all wanna hear.

“Not that I have. I mean, I should have. I should’ve fucked The Game when I had the opportunity. I didn’t… And y’know A$AP, they said A$AP in there … Shaquille O’Neal.”

The original live video Jones alluded to in the interview surfaced last July. During the rant, she also attacked her fans for pinning all her success on her ual relationships, mockingly saying, “You couldn’t even get a celebrity. (…) I’m a celebrity because I fuck celebrity.”

Lil Nas X Feels "Pressure" To Be A Role Model In LGBTQ Community

Lil Nas X’s stardom came quickly when his hit “Old Town Road” succeeded at number one on the Billboard charts for nine weeks and the 20-year-old went from sleeping at his sister’s house to becoming an instant millionaire known worldwide. While Lil Nas looked to have it all, he still fell short some confidence when it came to performing for his fans and being an inspiration to fellow members the LGBTQ community since he came out on Twitter on the last day Pride month. 

Lil Nas X Feels "Pressure" To Be A Role Model In LGBTQ Community
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Now that the Grammys are a few days away and Lil Nas has pulled in six nominations, he’s opened up to Variety about his life as late and what he hopes to be. “I hope my actions are enough to inspire other young LGBTQ children coming up to not be afraid to be themselves, but I feel pressure to be a role model for the community,” he said coming out. Before he told the world about his uality he didn’t let anyone know, except his father. “We have become closer,” he said their relationship. “I mean, especially now because I don’t have anything to hide. It was a shock for him. It’s still the beginning phase. I’m not comfortable bringing a guy around yet.”

Looking at the year ahead, Lil Nas wants to own his stage presence instead just doing karaoke for fans. “I hope to have an album done by the middle this year, mostly because I want to go on tour,” he added. “This generation supports the artists themselves more than the music, and I want to meet my fans. I want to put together an actual show and not just do karaoke on stage.”

Meek Mill Reminds Tekashi 6ix9ine He Snitched Following New Prison Photo

Meek Mill had something to say about Tekashi 6ix9ine’s latest prison photo.

Shortly after the incarcerated rapper’s alleged girlfriend shared a photo of 6ix9ine her Instagram account, the Dream Chaser Records founder hopped in the comment section to remind 6ix9ine he’s still a snitch.

“That witness protection drip,” he wrote.

Meek Mill Reminds Tekashi 6ix9ine He Snitched Following New Prison Photo

In the photo, 6ix9ine’s signature rainbow-colored hair has been replaced by dark brown roots and dirty blonde tips. He’s dressed in an all-white prison jumpsuit and all-white sneakers, making his tattoos appear even more prominent.

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They kidnapped you , they had with the mother of your child , they get caught on the phone trying to kill you & their stealing millions of dollars from you . If you snitch , for the rest of your life people are gonna try to kill you for being a rat but if you don’t snitch , you’re doing 47 years in prison where they’re gonna kill you anyway because they were already talking about it . Sammy the Bull kills 19 people and gets 5 years . You kill no one and gets 2 years . This shit is so fucked up …. LMFAOOO they can’t break you , no one understands why people still love you and support you . 💕13X PLATINUM 💿 8X GOLD 📀 AND YOU HAD NO FRIENDS IN THIS INDUSTRY TO START OFF YOUR CAREER YOU TOLD EVERYONE SUCK YOUR DICK !!! THEY KNOW THE INTERNET HASN’T BEEN THE SAME SINCE YOU LEFT I LOVE YOU BABY #FREE YOU 💙💚💛🧡❤️💜

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The caption on the photo has seemingly infuriated the mother of 6ix9ine’s child Sara Molina who had plenty of vitriol for his current ride-or-die. Molina took issue with the line about her that read, “they had with the mother of your child.”

“Bitch don’t mention me if you ain’t gonna see me,” Molina responded in an Instagram post. “You’re weak asf, imagine sleeping with a nigga, while he still with his baby moms, ENDING UP WITH THE NIGGA, BUT YOU STILL MENTIONING ME FOR WHAT. He not even hugging you or kissing you. boy look like he’s dying inside standing right next to you. you the only one that looks happy dummy.”

6ix9ine was sentenced in his racketeering case last month.

In addition to the 14 months he’s already served, Judge Paul A. Engelmayer sentenced him to 24 months in prison with five years supervised release, 300 hours of community service and a $35,000 fine.

6ix9ine’s Baby Mama To His GF: "Boy Look Like He’s Dying Inside Standing Next To You"

Sara Molina isn’t down with anything related to her ex-boyfriend and the father her child, Tekashi 6ix9ine. After giving several interviews about her relationship with the Brooklyn native, she has been clowning him to rainbow hell and back, choosing sides and turning her back on him. She doesn’t want to be associated with the star so, when his current girlfriend Jade made mention her in the caption to her new photo with the rapper, Molina was pissed. Jade made mention to the allegations that 6ix9ine’s manager had with Molina while they were still together but Sara doesn’t need anybody to speak up for her… and she definitely doesn’t want Jade’s opinion.

“Bitch don’t mention me if you ain’t gonna see me,” wrote Sara Molina as her ficial response on Instagram. “You’re weak asf, imagine sleeping with a n***a while he still with his baby moms, ENDING UP WITH THE N***A, BUT YOU STILL MENTIONING ME FOR WHAT. He not even hugging you or kissing you boy look like he’s dying inside standing right next to you. You the only one that looks happy dummy.”

In Tekashi’s defense, he had just learned that he wouldn’t be able to serve out his remaining time from home, which could be why he looks so miserable. Or, maybe Sara knows something that we don’t. Regardless, she didn’t have to come so hard at Jade.

Lil Yachty Ranks Drake’s Discography, Gets Called Out For "More Life" Placement

It’s always a good day to rank an artist’s discography for no reason. There didn’t seem to be anything specific that prompted Lil Yachty to list his favorite Drake projects on Tuesday (Jan. 21), but he went for it anyway. The Atlanta rapper took to Twitter to share “My drake list in order from best to least best imo”, which looks like this: 

1. Take Care
3. Nothing Was The Same
4. What A Time To Be Alive
5. Thank Me Later
6. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late
7. More Life
8. Scorpion 

Before we get heated over his picks, let’s remember Lil Boat is entitled to his opinion, as we all are. While arguments for other albums can be made, Take Care in the top spot is a fairly uncontroversial opinion. What has people up in arms is Yachty’s placement  More Life. The top replies under his tweet read: “You really sleeping on more life like that”, “More Life is 1”, “More Life heavily slept on”. Evidently, fans dug Drake’s 2017 playlist. Yachty was also accused not paying proper respect to Drizzy’s latest release, Scorpion.

How you feel about this ranking? What would your own look like? Also, do you think WATTBA should qualify? Let us know in the comments. You could also participate in Yachty’s own poll that he posted on Twitter, but he narrowed it down to four albums. 

Apryl Jones Says She "Should Have F*cked The Game When I Had The Opportunity"

She ten tells people to mind their businesses when it comes to her personal life, but Apryl Jones has no problem sharing details about her intimate moments with the public. Her relationship with Fizz has been scrutinized for nearly a year after rumors circulated that she was dating her baby daddy Omarion’s B2K groupmate. She and Fizz would later flaunt their romance for Love & Hip Hop Hollywood cameras, further placing them both at the forefront public criticism.

Apryl Jones Says She "Should Have F*cked The Game When I Had The Opportunity"
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However, that’s not the only topic that has caused Apryl to become a villain sorts. In a chat with Tiffany “New York” Pollard for VH1’s Brunch With Tiffany webseries, Apryl also discussed the viral video that circulated where she explicitly named f celebrities she says wanted to sleep with her. Those men included including Kevin Durant, The Game, A$AP Rocky, Shaquille O’Neal, Paul Pierce, Shiggy Show, and last but certainly not least, Fizz.

Apryl explained that she was being accused sleeping with multiple men so she just listed their names in jest. “At this point, it’s like, you’re right, I f*cked every single one them because that’s what you want to hear, so that’s what they captured,” she told Tiffany. “Not that I have had with those men]. I would have no problem when, sh*t, I should have. I mean, I should have f*cked The Game when I had the opportunity.” She added that she never bedded any the other men she mentioned.

Elsewhere, Apryl spoke on co-parenting with Omarion and how it gets more difficult as time progresses. They haven’t been in a relationship in over three years and she states the primary caregiver to their two children. “It’s not been easy, that’s the truth,” she said. “I’m trying to figure it out on a daily. I’m prayed up that it’s gonna get better, but I don’t know.”

Watch Apryl’s Brunch With Tiffany episode below where she talks quite a bit about…well, …and check out her controversial viral video as well.

6ix9ine’s GF Shares New Picture Of Rapper After He’s Denied Home Confinement

Tekashi 6ix9ine was pleading with the judge to let him serve the rest his sentence from home. The rapper was hit with a 24-month sentence for his involvement in the gun and drug case last year with time served. In recent times, he asked the judge if he could go home because he feared for his safety behind bars. Judge Paul Englemayer said the prison term is “necessary in this case … to] reflect the seriousness his crimes.”

The rapper might still be able to get out this summer as it was previously reported but his girlfriend Jade hit the ‘Gram with something to say. Sharing a recent photo the two, she aired out the Nine Tr3y Bloods, Sara Molina — the mother 6ix9ine’s daughter — and the general public for clowning him for snitching. She even went as far as comparing the rapper to Sammy The Bull.

“They kidnapped you , they had with the mother your child , they get caught on the phone trying to kill you & their stealing millions dollars from you,” she wrote. ” If you snitch , for the rest your life people are gonna try to kill you for being a rat but if you don’t snitch , you’re doing 47 years in prison where they’re gonna kill you anyway because they were already talking about it . Sammy the Bull kills 19 people and gets 5 years . You kill no one and gets 2 years . This shit is so fucked up.”

As she continued to show her man support and called for his freedom, she also decided to flaunt the fact that he’s 13x platinum ad 8x gold. 

Molina clearly caught wind the comments and blasted Jade for even bringing her name up. “Imagine sleeping with a n***a while he still with his baby moms, ending up with the n***a but you still mentioning me for what,” she wrote. “He not hugging you or kssing you boy look like he’s dead inside standing right next to you. You the only one that looks happy dummy.” Peep the post below. 

Zion Williamson Gives Peculiar Excuse For Sleeping On Pelicans Bench

Zion Williamson will be making his NBA debut soon and fans are incredibly excited to finally see him out on the court. Williamson was the first overall pick in the NBA Draft this past year and has the potential to be a dominant big man. Only time will tell whether or not he can fulfill this prophecy although for now, fans are pretty optimistic. 

Recently, Williamson got caught in a compromising position on the New Orleans Pelicans bench. In the video below, you can see Williamson falling asleep on the bench. His eyes are half open and he seems to be struggling to keep his eyes open. It was pretty hilarious and fans immediately began roasting the young star on social media.

Recently, Zion was asked about the controversy and he gave a pretty hilarious answer. Full disclosure: it’s really hard to believe him on this one. “Y’all might have seen me meditating on the sidelines,” Williamson told Andrew Lopez ESPN.

Hopefully, Zion doesn’t fall asleep during games when he makes his debut. Obviously, this story is much more a novelty than anything else. It’s simply some harmless fun that we’re sure his teammates took advantage . 

Oprah Winfrey Denies Siding With Russell Simmons After Leaving Documentary

Oprah Winfrey stepped down from her role as executive producer on a forthcoming documentary about Russell Simmons earlier this month. The doc, titled On The Record, reportedly centers around Simmons’ ual assault accuser Drew Dixon.

On Tuesday’s (January 21) episode of CBS This Morning, the talk show host mogul clarified her separation from the project has nothing to do with Simmons, despite receiving both “public and private” pressure to abandon her role.

“This is not a victory for Russell,” she said. “I unequivocally say that I did not pull out because of Russell. This is not a victory lap for him. I cannot be silenced by a Russell Simmons after all I’ve been through.”

Simmons was vocal about his disdain surrounding Winfrey’s initial involvement. In a lengthy Instagram post, the Def Jam Recordings co-founder explained he was blindsided due to their longstanding friendship.

“Dearest OPRAH, you have been a shining light to my family and my community,” he began. “Contributing so much to my life that I couldn’t list a fraction of it in this blog. I have given you the gift of meditation and the groundbreaking book ‘THE POWER OF NOW’ we bonded to say the least. This is why it’s so troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentary.”

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Dearest OPRAH,you have been a shining light to my family and my community. Contributing so much to my life that I couldn’t list a fraction of it in this blog.Ihave given you the gift of meditation and the groundbreaking book”THE POWER OF NOW “we bonded to say the least. This is why it’s so troubling that you choose me to single out in your recent documentry. I have already admitted to being a playboy more (appropriately titled today “womanizer”) sleeping with and putting myself in more compromising situations than almost any man I know. Not 8 or 14 thousand like Warren Beatty or Wilt Chamberlain, but still an embarrassing number. So many that some could reinterpret or reimagine a different recollection of the same experiences. Please note that ur producers said that this upcoming doc was to focus ONLY on 3 hand chosen women. I have refused to get in the mud with any accusers, but let’s acknowledge what i have shared. I have taken and passed nine 3-hour lie detector tests (taken for my daughters), that these stories have been passed on by CNN, NBC, BUZZFEED, NY POST, NY MAG, AND OTHERS. Now that you have reviewed the facts and you SHOULD have learned what I know; that these stories are UNUSABLE and that “hurt people hurt people”. Today I received a call from an old girlfriend from the early 1980s which means that they are using my words/evidence against me and their COMMITMENT/ (all of the claims are 25 to 40 years old) It is impossible to prove what happened 40 years ago, but in my case proof exists of what didn’t happen, mostly signed letters from their own parents, siblings, roommates, band members, interns, and in the case of 2 of your 3 accusers,their own words in their books. Shocking how many people have misused this important powerful revolution for relevance and money. … In closing, I am guilty of exploiting, supporting, and making the soundtrack for a grossly unequal society, but i have never been violent or forced myself on anyone. Still I am here to help support a necessary shift in power and consciousness. Let us get to work on uplifting humanity and put this moment and old narrative behind us

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Shortly after Simmons’ post, Winfrey announced she parted ways with the documentary’s directors over creative differences. According to TMZ, she believed more work was needed to “illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured.”

She added, “It has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision.”

Despite Winfrey’s exit, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering are pressing forward.

“Revealing hard truths is never easy, and the women in our documentary are all showing extraordinary strength and courage by raising their voices to address ual abuse in the music industry,” Dick and Ziering told Deadline last week. “While we are disappointed that Oprah Winfrey is no longer an Executive Producer on the project, we are gratified that Winfrey has unequivocally said she believes and supports the survivors in the film.”

On The Record is expected to debut at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday (January 25) in Park City, Utah.

Obie Trice Talks Shady Records’ Prime, Working With Dr. Dre, & Nate Dogg’s Life Lessons

He once dubbed himself “the well-known asshole.” Back when he was an emerging lyricist in Detroit, whose rugged authenticity and impressive vocabulary ultimately captured the attention one Marshall Mathers. Before long, Obie found himself joining the rapidly-expanding Shady Records movement, moving alongside D12, 50 Cent, and Aftermath ally Dr. Dre. In September 2003, Obie Trice delivered his debut album Cheers, a project many fans still praise as classic.

Since then, the man who famously created “real name, no gimmicks” has delivered five studio albums, including his most recent: the aptly titled The Fifth. With an upcoming tour planned alongside Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Tha Dogg Pound, and several D12 members, I had the chance to have a conversation with Obie, covering his experiences on the come-up, riding with Eminem and 50 Cent at the height their beef with Murda Inc, and lessons learned from West Coast legends like Nate Dogg and Dr. Dre

Check out the full transcription below. 

Obie Trice Talks Shady Records' Prime, Working With Dr. Dre, & Nate Dogg's Life Lessons

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Hey Obie, how you doing? Thanks so much for taking the time. Much appreciated. First f, congrats on The Fifth. How does it feel to look back on another chapter your discography?

I’ma continue to make music, man. I’m glad I got another album out. It’s a dope album, it sounds dope to me. I’m working on my sixth album as well. I like to put out music and continue my catalog. 

You strike me as an artist who really thinks about the arrangement a project when you’re putting it together. When you go to the studio, do you have a vision what you want to do, or do you let the process take control?

I kinda do both. I try to put together a project that’s pertaining to a particular style music. Different sounds coinciding together. Something like The Fifth, I wanted to do a record that moved. The sequence was right. The way the album flows. At times I go in there just making records and picking out which ones feel the best. Scrapping the ones that aren’t too eyebrow-raising. I do both. 

You’ve got one the most unique flows. Your vocabulary, the way you structure your verse with multisyllabic schemes. How did you start developing that style?

You know, I’ve always been in the dictionary since I was little. My father used to have me in the dictionary, reading words and learning words when I was a kid. I’m big on words. I like new words. I get a word a day emailed to me every day. I’m into finessing words and matching them together. It’s always been the way I approach a project. 

I was just listening to “Go To Sleep” with you, Em, and DMX — your verse on that is crazy. You’re laying down threats in an articulate, eloquent fashion. Super dope. 

Thanks man.

You came up in the Detroit scene. How did you carry yourself when you first decided to take music seriously? When did you realize you were making waves in your local scene? 

I had put out some independent music a long time ago, some vinyl records. “Mr. Trice.” “Dope, Job, Homeless,” “Gimmie My DAT Back,” “Well Known Asshole.” All these songs I put out back then kinda gave me a push in Detroit. I was known here in the city. During that time, Marshall was getting on with his career. He got a whiff me and he got it popping from there. I’ve always been going to the Cyphers, the Hip-Hop Shops, the Lush, St. Andrews. All the spots in Detroit back in the day. That was my thing.

Did you ever do any battle rap? 

Not really man. I used to go to the Hip-Hop Shop, and I’d just flow up there. I wasn’t into the whole battle rap thing until later on. When my career was going f, when we was getting into it and had issues with certain cats in the industry. It was later on in life I started getting into the battling. As far as in the Cyphers, in a circle battling other dudes, I never did that. 

It all comes back to me, man. I was a really big Shady Records fan, so when you were on the radar I did my best to dive into your catalog back in the day. The first song I ever heard you on was “1×1” with Pro and J. Hill. What was your relationship with Pro like before Shady? 

When word was getting around that I might sign with Marshall, me and Pro got real tight. I would be in the studio with Pro all the time. We used to run around with each other a lot. Funny you mention that song “1×1” with J. Hill. We was at a studio at this guy’s house making that. MC Breed was there. The owner the house, he’s dead now. Pro is dead. Breed is dead. J. Hill, he’s a coach now for a football team I believe. That’s some history right there — there was a lot shit going on at that time. 

Obie Trice Talks Shady Records' Prime, Working With Dr. Dre, & Nate Dogg's Life Lessons

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To me, and I think many people, Cheers is a classic. That just turned fifteen. When you first joined the Shady team and you were piecing the album together, what was the energy at the label like? Like you mentioned before, you guys were all in the middle some major feuds. Was that reflected in the energy at the label? 

The energy from the shit with Marshall was going through, and it definitely had an impact. You gotta remember, when I was making that record, we still was doing shows and getting into situations where shit could have got real bad out there. Getting in fights, traveling everywhere. Getting into situations with different individuals in the industry. There was a lot going on when I was making Cheers.

On top that, I had lost a lot people I ran the streets with to gun violence. Muthafuckas was going to prison. It was a whole lotta shit going on. At the same time, I’m trying to maintain. I got a daughter, a little girl. That energy from that album reflected all that stuff. Definitely a lot was dealing with Shady and what we all was going through. D12, Pro getting in a fight in Miami with the Terror Squad. We rolled to New York and we gotta be super strapped up everywhere we go. It was a mess. 

I was on the D12 album before that. 50 was moving with Get Rich Or Die Tryin. That whole Invasion] mixtape run, you know, it was all us. We was all on these tours, we was all going through shit. It definitely came as a reflection what’s going on with Cheers. 

On that note, one the best songs from Shady’s dominant run was “We All Die One Day.” What was the studio session like for that track? 

Oh yeah! That track, we had Tony Yayo in the studio. Lloyd Banks was there. 50. Bunch D12 cats was there. We was all getting to know each other. We was vibing f each other’s energy. Like, my n***a Lloyd Banks! Yayo hyping shit up there, 50 talking that shit. It was one those things, we all had to get to know each other real fast. They was from New York. We were from Detroit. They would fly into Michigan and we’d all be in the studio, learning different things from each other.

The vibe was tough, man. It was like, we was all in there vibing. 50 would lay a verse, Banks laid a verse, I laid my verse. We played it all fuckin’ night, over and over again, tweaking it with Marshall. It was one those things. Let’s wrap this shit up. Cause I came late. Cheers was supposed to come out before 50, but he had so much momentum with the whole mixtape run, he put Get Rich Or Die Tryin together so fast, we had so many songs done. He kinda jumped before me and came out. 

When we were making those records on my album, the posse cuts, we was just ready to go. Let’s get Obie out. It’s time to drop that shit now. I was on the label at least two and a half years at that point.

Word, I remember seeing “Rap Name” on BET. 

Right. And the D12 album as well, I did the “Obie Trice” skit. It was a long time coming.

How long did you work on Cheers altogether?

Shit, I still got songs from Cheers I didn’t use. Unreleased music I didn’t even use. It was a lot songs we did, man. I really got a budget open, probably about six months before I had a release date — maybe a year before I had an actual date. We probably worked on that shit about a good year strong.

Any particular stories that stand out from the making ? Any particular sessions or advice that stuck with you?

One time, with Nate Dogg. I was supposed to go to California and fuck with Nate Dogg. I went out, went to the club. I was always hearing that back in the day, 2Pac used to go to the club and then go to the studio for the rest the night. That’s what I was on. I went to go party for a minute, then I’ma be in the studio all night. But Nate Dogg called me like, ‘Yo Obie, this is a business man! Fuck the club, we got a session, let’s do it!’ Laughs] 

I end up staying at the club anyway, went up to the studio later and we worked it out. But I wish I never would have done that. I wish I would have went straight to the studio f the plane. Handled my business and did what I’m supposed to do. Even though we knocked the records out. It was just the point that he said ‘this is a business.’ I was just in L.A. trying to party at the clubs, and go to the studio after. That stuck with me. Rest in peace Nate Dogg. 

Rest in peace Nate Dogg.  Looking back, you can say you have a Nate Dogg collaboration produced by Dr. Dre. That’s incredible.

Oh yeah. 

What was it like working with Dre? 

Dre is a cool dude, man. He’s a laid back, chill, to his business type guy. Get in there, make song bangin’ ass shit, play a bunch records, see what you feeling. Tell you ‘I was working on one for you’ and give you that special feeling inside. Like damn, Dr. Dre actually made one for me specifically! Not just a bunch beats on a CD. He was making beats specifically for my sound. Dre was cool man, I had the best time working with Dre. I’m definitely going to do that again before I’m up out here. Before the music stops. 

As far as I’m concerned, you got one Dre’s best beats all time with “Oh.” There’s a new element every verse. The second has the harpsichord, the third has the strings. Crazy.

Hums “Oh” melody] Yeah that’s crazy. Exactly. 

What would you say is the biggest difference between Cheers and The Fifth? 

It’s a different day in music. Different styles, the kids like different shit. Music I tend to like to make is old school, basically. I came out in 2003. It’s 2020 now. I’m an OG in the game. It’s a different genre music. I kinda stick to my guns and I don’t try and be doing shit I ain’t necessarily used to. I might have a sound particular to today, but I’ma definitely keep my swag on it. I definitely want the kids to listen to some the music Idrop, so I do use some the newer style beats sometimes. Just to play around with it and see how I feel. My core fans like me to stick to what I’m used to, but I don’t mind switching it sometimes. Playing with the new wave. 

Looking at your catalog now, five albums in. Which one do you hold the closest to your heart? 

Definitely Cheers is my favorite. I had the best time, and it’s my favorite album. I like Bottoms Up as well. The one I like the least would probably be The Hangover. I was going through a lot at that time. If I want to say the best one is definitely Cheers, I’ma say TheFifth is maybe second. Second Round’s On Me is third. Bottom’s Up would be the fourth.

Nice. Are you looking forward to the upcoming tour with Snoop Dogg? 

Oh yeah, man. We going to Canada soon, I got a Canadian tour coming up. Australia, the U.K. We gon’ tear that down with Snoop. I’m looking forward to getting out there man, and doing this album. The guy I had doing the majority the beats, Magnedo7, he worked with Marshall a lot in the past. I can’t wait to get on stage and see how these sounds resonate through these speakers on these stages. 

Obie Trice Talks Shady Records' Prime, Working With Dr. Dre, & Nate Dogg's Life Lessons

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