Young Thug Compares New Album ‘Punk’ to Tupac

Young Thug is feeling like Pac.

Fresh off the release of So Much Fun, the prolific rapper has revealed plans for his next project Punk, which he describes as “more like Tupac.” During an interview with Rolling Stone, he explained the difference between the two projects.

So Much Fun is like nothing to be thought about. It’s only for fun purposes,” said Thug. “The name of the album is directly what it means. There’s no static to it. It’s just so much fun. I don’t even want you to think when you listen to this even if I’m saying a metaphorical bars or anything. I don’t want it to be nothing thought too hard about. I want it to be only party.”

He plans to dig deeper on Punk. “The difference from that and Punk is Punk is me letting them in on my real life,” he added. “Me letting them know all the situations I’ve been through. Opening up, letting the fans in, I feel like I never let ’em. I feel like I was always quit about certain things, because of people.”

He credits Tupac for inspiring his next body of work. “My best album would probably be Punk, because it’s more like real life. It’s more like Tupac,” he said. “Tupac could be one of the biggest rappers in the world, because he rapped what he rapped about. I had conversations with JAY-Z and he told me, ‘We gotta learn how to continue what Pac had going. Pac was a teacher. Pac teaches.’”

He continued, “This album Punk that I’m going to put out soon is probably going to be the best album, because it really teaches you, gives you life situations, it’s teaching I’m human. I am you. I am him. It’s very verbal. I think it’ll probably be the best album even though it’s not out.”

Additionally, the YSL Records boss is working on his Super Slimey 2 mixtape with Future, Lil Baby, and Gunna. “The impact that Lil Baby [and Gunna had] when they dropped [Drip Harder]. We always compared it like ‘Damn, there’s no such thing as a better duo, except those guys.’ Then these like our little brothers, for real,” he said. “We dropped knowledge on these guys and we feel like it’s just the right thing to do. Anything other than that is unacceptable.”

Young Thug Says New Album "Punk" Is "More Like Tupac"

Young Thug is fresh f the release his debut album, So Much Fun but before he even released it, he was getting ready to release its follow up. The rapper announced his new project, Punk, which is set to be more “lyrical” than previous projects. He also dove a bit deeper into the meaning the project’s title. “Punk] means brave, not self centered, conscious. Very, very neglected, very misunderstood. Very patient, very authentic,” he said.

Rolling Stone just published an interview they did with Young Thug where he dives deeper into the concept behind Punk, especially in comparison to So Much Fun. “So Much Fun is like nothing to be thought about. It’s only for fun purposes. The name the album is directly what it means,” he explained. “The difference from that and Punk is Punk is me letting them in on my real life. Me letting them know all the situations I’ve been through. Opening up, letting the fans in, I feel like I never let ‘em.”

But the album itself, he said, can be compared to Tupac in a way. Not stylistically but because the purity and honesty that he intends to deliver on this project. “It’s more like Tupac,” he said about the project. “I had conversations with Jay-Z and he told me, ‘We gotta learn how to continue what Pac had going. Pac was a teacher. Pac teaches.’ This album Punk that I’m going to put out soon is probably going to be the best album, because it really teaches you, gives you life situations, it’s teaching I’m human. I am you. I am him. It’s very verbal.”

Now, this might mean we’re entering a new era Thugger but it appears that he’s simply readying himself for global stardom now that So Much Fun is out. ” You know I’m going to put this album out Punk, and it’s going to let them know a little about my life, let them know a little bit about life itself. I don’t think I want to make them to understand. I like to say that I’m misunderstood. It keeps it tense. It keeps it perfect,” he concluded.  

Ubisoft Loses Its Guitar-Teaching Video Game Patent Case

A North Carolina judge has invalidated Ubisoft’s patent claim on a video game, Rocksmith. The game teaches people how to play the guitar.

This whole situation started when Ubisoft accused a competing Finnish developer of infringing on their Rocksmith patent. The Finnish developer’s Yousician program focuses on teaching guitar, piano, bass, , or singing.

Ubisoft alleges that Yousician mentions their product can be used with a “Rocksmith cable,” which proves the company was aware of the game.

Sounded like a valid claim, though U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan granted the Finnish developer’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. First filed on August 18th, the judge found Ubisoft’s patent includes in-eligible subject matter according to U.S. Supreme Court decision Alice v. CLS Bank.

Ubisoft’s patent for Rocksmith describes a computer program that listens to a user’s performance and accesses how it could be better.  The program changes the difficulty of the performance based on how well the player did.

The judge argued that while the claims describe how the game can teach a user to play an instrument, the patent filing claims are too broad.

“In short, the claims at issue and specification describe at length what this computer game can do in order to teach a user how to play an instrument, activities which have been historically employed by music teachers, but the claims and specification do not delve into how.”

She described the activities of showing students how to play, listening to them play, and creating exercises as “the building blocks of teaching an instrument.”

Rocksmith has sold more than 4 million copies since the game was released in 2011. Players use a cord to connect their actual instrument to an Xbox or PlayStation console.

Yousician was released in 2014 and has received over 100 million downloads. Yousician runs on mobile devices and receives audio input through the microphone, or connected device. Neither party responded to quests for comment before press time.

Cardi B Chats With Bernie Sanders About Minimum Wage Laws In Instagram Clip

Cardi B continues her push for the public to become more actively involved in politics. The rapper recently sat down for a one-on-one with presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders, and now, weeks later, Cardi shared a clip  their conversation. In an upload on Instagram, Cardi and Sanders chatted about minimum wages laws and why they need to be changed as soon as possible.

“For example, me as a New Yorker, not now, but when I was not famous, I just felt like no matter how many jobs I get, I wasn’t able to make ends meet,” Cardi said. “I wasn’t able to pay my rent, get transportation, and eat.” Sanders agreed with her and replied, “This is an excellent and an important question because right now we have tens millions people who are earning what I consider to be starvation wages. Can you imagine somebody today earning $9 an hour?…How do you pay your rent? How do you pay for food? How do you pay for transportation? You can’t. And if you have a child?” Cardi mentioned that “certain people like to brag” that there are more opportunities for employment in America, but the jobs available don’t pay livable wages.

At the end July, the “Press” rapper sent a message gratitude to Sanders for taking the time to talk with her. “Not me, US. Thank you Senator Bernie Sanders for sitting with me and sharing your plans on how you will change this country,” Cardi wrote. “A couple weeks ago I asked my followers if you had the opportunity to have a question answered by a democratic candidate what would it be ? I got a lot submission and selected the most popular questions to get answered. Stay tuned to see how he will fight for economic, racial, and social justice for all. Together, let’s build a movement young people to transform this country.LETS LEARN OUR CANDIDATES!”

Georgia Elementary School Slammed For Shaming Black Hairstyles

While New York City has made moves to remove any discrimination against one’s choice hairstyle, the state Georgia isn’t quite there yet since an elementary school is receiving backlash after an image was posted showing “inappropriate” and “appropriate” hairstyles. The issue at hand is that the image only shows black children and their hairstyles. Hairstylist Danay Wadlington uploaded the image to her social media platform after a client sent her the post, sparking even more outrage. 

Georgia Elementary School Slammed For Shaming Black Hairstyles
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“It wouldn’t have been so bad had they included other races, but the fact that those are all little black faces and those are traditional black hairstyles, makes it worse,” Wadlington explained, NBC News. “They already have them wearing uniforms, why not let them have some individuality with their hair.” The post has since been taken down at Narvie J. Harris Traditional Theme School in Decatur, something Wadlington said was probably due to the outrage. The poster claimed tampered afros, fades and barrettes in the hair are inappropriate.

“This type display cultural insensitivity is due to a lack oversight, accountability, pressional decorum and quite frankly, care and concern for the social and emotional impact black children by this school’s leadership and PTA,” Jason Allen, a teacher in the state added the matter. 

Two Months After Discovery of Lyric Theft, LyricFind Partners With 63 UK Publishers

LyricFind has unveiled a slew of new deals.

Printed Music Licensing Limited (PMLL) first confirmed the news.  A wholly owned subsidiary of the Music Publishing Association (MPA), PMLL has over 70 music publisher members.

The subsidiary struck a deal with the Toronto-based lyrics aggregator firm for 63 of PMLL’s publishers in the UK.

The deal comes two months after some rather embarrassing news for the aggregator firm.   caught LyricFind red-handed lifting its lyrics.  The latter then supplied Google with the stolen lyrics.

Dismissing the outright theft, the lyrics aggregator firm wrote,

It should be reiterated that Genius themselves have no ownership of the lyric rights – music publishers and songwriters do.  Genius sources lyrics from user submissions, and those users may not be transcribing from scratch.  LyricFind has a fifteen-year history of proper licensing and payments to rightsholders, and we’re extremely proud of our role in creating this valuable revenue stream for songwriters.  We’ll continue that mission.

Yet, not everyone was convinced with LyricFind’s excuse.  As one user told the embattled lyrics site,

Your argument is basically ‘Everyone is copying the same person’s homework,’ then telling the teacher that everyone else is actually copying their homework.

Last month, the Department of Canadian Heritage Export Canada program confirmed the local government would fund the lyrics aggregator firm.  As part of a two-year project, the lyrics site will support licensing, transcription, and translation of Canadian artists as well as songwriters’ lyrics.  This will also monetize these lyrics through LyricFind’s client roster, generating royalties around the world.

Speaking about the new deal with the embattled aggregator firm, PMLL explained the agreement will bring publishers’ catalogs into LyricFind’s global lyric licensing system.  The firm will, in turn, pay rightsholders for every lyric display, lyric translations, and merchandise featuring lyrics.

PMLL says this “direct relationship with key publishers is invaluable in maintaining an accurate and sustainable lyrics licensing environment.”

Rogert Singerman, Senior Vice President of International Publishing at LyricFind, explained,

We’re excited to work with these important UK publishers and songwriters in major new territories and to enable them to legally distribute, exhibit, and monetize their lyrics through our 60 platform partners.

Hopefully, this new agreement no longer includes outright theft.

 


Featured image by LyricFind.

Logic and Girlfriend Get Marriage License

Logic is headed down the aisle once again.

The rapper, 29, and his fiancée Brittney Noell are preparing to get married. According to TMZ, the couple took a trip to a courthouse earlier this month to get their marriage license.

It’s unclear when they will tie the knot, or if they already have, but licenses are typically pulled shortly before the nuptials and are good for a maximum of 90 days.

The couple has kept their relationship private. Noell celebrated her bachelorette party in San Diego in June and was seen wearing her engagement ring in photos from the bachelorette weekend.

Logic and Noell met in early 2018, and he took her with him on a private jet for a show in Las Vegas in April. She has done some modeling and runs her own own clothing line, Brittney Noell Designs.

This will be the second marriage for Logic, who finalized his divorce from Jessica Andrea in September after three years of marriage.

Logic Reportedly Gets Marriage License

Logic is apparently ready to walk down the aisle for a second time. TMZ reports Bobby Tarantino and fiancée Brittney Noell have applied for a marriage license.

Sources close to the couple say they went to the courthouse earlier this month and got the necessary paperwork to make it official.

Noell and a fleet of her friends appeared to have the bachelorette party in San Diego last month. An engagement ring is clearly visible on her left hand.

The couple reportedly met last year, shortly after Logic announced his split from wife Jessica Andrea in March 2018.

He took the clothing designer on his private jet the following month to a show in Las Vegas. Since then, their relationship has been kept extremely quiet, but they are clearly moving fast. A marriage license is only good for 90 days, so the ceremony will likely happen soon.

Logic’s divorce was finalized last September.

Manny Pacquiao Ends Keith Thurman’s Undefeated Streak, Clinches WBC Title

Manny Pacquiao entered last night’s WBC title bout a slight betting favorite over his opponent Keith “One Time” Thurman. Leading up to fight night, Pacquiao spoke taking on the mantle  a wizened teacher, for the sake imparting a lesson or two on the incumbent champion, 10 years his junior. As history would have it, Manny Pacquiao did just that, cleverly outpointing Thurman for a split decision victory, the WBC belt and the distinction ending his opponent’s undefeated streak in the pressional ranks.

“It was fun. My opponent is a good fighter and boxer. He was strong,” Pacquiao remarked after the fight. “Even though Thurman lost, he did his best. He’s not an easy opponent. He’s a good boxer, and he’s strong. I was just blessed tonight.”

When pressed to conjure up an outline his next 3-fights, at age 40+ no less, Pacquiao held his tongue. The newly-minted WBC Welterweight champ was ultimately forced to board a return flight back to the Philippines in the aftermath his win, as a political commitment in his home state demanded his immediate attention.

As it stands, “Pac Man” as he’s affectionately called within the fight community, is the only pressional boxer in history to win World Championships in 8 different weight divisions. Keith Thurman is no doubt humbled by the opportunity that presented itself. Will Pacquiao acquiesce to Thurman’s post-fight request for a rematch somewhere down the line?

LeBron James’ "I Promise" School Is Already Seeing Rising Test Scores

When LeBron James retires from the NBA, he will widely be considered as one the best players to ever grace the game basketball. In addition to his accomplishments on the court, he has also been quite charitable f it. Last year, LeBron started the “I Promise” school in his hometown Akron, Ohio, which is dedicated to providing at-risk youth with proper education. As right now, the school only has third and fourth graders but by 2022, the school plans to expand to grades one through eight.

There were quite a few skeptics when it came to LeBron’s school but according to Toni Roberts, a teacher at the school, the students are excelling. In a report from Bleacher Report, it was stated that 90 percent students at the school are either meeting or exceeding their growth goals. After just one year, it’s clear that these students are benefitting from the service the “I Promise” school provides.

LeBron James' "I Promise" School Is Already Seeing Rising Test Scores

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“When I came here, people would tell me, ‘It’s not going to work over there. When you go over there, you’ve got those bottom kids. There’s no way that you’re going to be able to maintain what you’ve done all these years and still keep it going,’” Roberts said. “Well, guess what? Yes, it does. These kids know how to respect. They know how to be loving. They know how to give love in return. So, don’t tell me that it’s not possible with what we poured into the school. Look at all this.”

With this new information in mind, it’s clear that the “I Promise” school has been a success and just further pro that LeBron cares deeply about his community.

Diddy Announces Return of ‘Making the Band’

“Making the Band” is back by popular demand.

After igniting a social media frenzy, Sean “Diddy” Combs and MTV have announced that the reality competition series will return in 2020 to find the next breakout superstars.

Last week, Diddy took to social media to ask his millions of followers if they wanted him to bring back the iconic series, prompting support from Wale, Dwyane Wade, and Seth Rogen. And now he’s making it official.

“MTV and I are back together again!! ‘Making the Band’ is coming back bigger, bolder and more cutting edge,” said the hip-hop mogul. “MTB on MTV was the pioneer of reality TV. We’re going to bring that supernatural energy back to the format and bring the world it’s next global superstars.”

He has also announced a global talent search across social media platforms, including Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. Talent can upload their video submissions using the hashtag #MTBCasting. Casting opportunities will be announced in the coming weeks.

“There’s way better things than cheesecake now, so it’s gonna get even crazier,” added Puff. “‘Making the Band’ is back. The sensei is back, the teacher is back. We back baby, yeah!”

“Making the Band” first premiered on MTV in 2002, documenting the real-life drama behind chart-topping acts including Da Band, Danity Kane, Day26, and Donnie Klang.

Baby Future Shows Off His Impressive Dance Moves After Losing His First Tooth

The impressive dance moves had by Ciara and Future‘s son has been a known fact for some time. Last year alone the five-year-old impressed people on the red carpet and on Instagram with his dancing skills, clearly coming from his talented mother. “I like MJ, Michael Jackson,” baby Future previously stated when asked who his inspiration was. 

Baby Future Shows Off His Impressive Dance Moves After Losing His First Tooth
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Now just a few months later, Future is back to show f just how much he’s improved as a dancer with a new video shared by Ciara that sees her son dancing his heart out after losing his first tooth. “It’s Monday!… and we lost our first tooth! Feeling real good 😌❤️💃🏽 #Monday #Dance
P.s. He dressed himself too. It’s a vibe:)” she wrote alongside the clip.

Ciara’s husband Russell Wilson commented on the clip his step-son, writing how “he was so so pumped to lose that first tooth,” calling Future a “dancing machine.”

Ciara has previously explained how grateful she is for Russell’s parenting ways to baby Future, telling Jada Pinkett Smith how he “jumped right in” when it came to being a step-dad. “He was so proud , like, Future’s first steps,” Ciara said. “When I go to teacher-parent conferences, he’s at every one them with me, and I make sure I schedule it so he can be there. His schedule’s crazy, but we make it happen, because those details matter.”

Las Vegas To Allow Parking Tickets To Be Paid With School Supplies Donation

Las Vegas is making an effort to get children the school supplies they need. The city has just announced a new initiative to allow parking tickets to be paid using school supplies instead cash. According to the ficial press release, residents who received tickets from June 19 to July 19 can settle the fine by making a donation supplies that’s equal or greater value. 

Las Vegas To Allow Parking Tickets To Be Paid With School Supplies Donation
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Such supplies include pencils, pens, dry erasers, copy paper, storage bins, rulers, index cards and any other item a student may need. All products must be dropped f at the Las Vegas Parking Services Offices within 30 days when a ticket is received. The month-long donation process will benefit the Teacher EXCHANGE and students as well as teachers in Southern Nevada. The move is part the city’s new act to allow occasional periods where donations are accepted instead money. 

According to an article in The New York Times, 94 percent teachers spend their own money on school supplies without getting reimbursed. “It’s almost expected, especially in the summer months creeping up into September,” a teacher told the publication. “It’s just something we kind naturally do.”

Following Plagiarism Fiasco, Canadian Government Provides Funding for Embattled Site LyricFind

Several weeks ago, popular lyrics platform Genius caught LyricFind “red-handed.”

The Canadian website Google with lyrics stolen outright from Genius.

This came three years after the search giant had announced a partnership with LyricFind.  The latter would provide Google with the lyrics to popular songs.

Spinning its rampant plagiarism of “at least” 100 songs, LyricFind dismissed the Wall Street Journal’s finding in a lengthy statement.

It should be reiterated that Genius themselves have no ownership of the lyric rights – music publishers and songwriters do.  Genius sources lyrics from user submissions, and those users may not be transcribing from scratch.  LyricFind has a fifteen-year history of proper licensing and payments to rightsholders, and we’re extremely proud of our role in creating this valuable revenue stream for songwriters.  We’ll continue that mission.

As one user told the lyrics site on Twitter,

Your argument is basically ‘Everyone is copying the same person’s homework,’ then telling the teacher that everyone else is actually copying their homework.

Now, to continue on “that mission” – which may or may not include further plagiarism – the Canadian company has received new funding.

Does Canada’s ‘heritage’ include funding theft?

In a press release sent following the WSJ fiasco, LyricFind has confirmed it has received money from the Department of Canadian Heritage Export Canada program.

As part of a two-year project, the lyrics site will support licensing, transcription, and translation of Canadian artists as well as songwriters’ lyrics.  This will also monetize these lyrics through LyricFind’s client roster, generating royalties around the world.

The company added “lyric translations [will] spark additional engagement with songs in languages like Inuktitut, Cree, and Anishinaabemowin, as well as support interest in lesser-spoken Indigenous languages like Maliseet.”

Speaking on the funding, and downplaying the recent theft controversy, the website’s CEO, Darryl Ballantyne, explained,

We created the first real global licensing ecosystem for lyrics, but we feel we have yet to bring the full linguistic breadth and artistic range of our home country to the wider world.  Thanks to this project, we’re aiming to expand our catalog of Canadian content by a factor of ten.

Whether LyricFind will once again use Genius – or another website – to ‘expand’ its catalog of lyrics remains to be seen.

 


Featured image by kalhh (CC by 2.0).

WATCH: Rihanna’s Emotional Reunion With Her High School Gym Teacher

Rihanna experienced quite an emotional moment as late. The Bajan singer got to reunite with her high school gym teacher Roddy Estwick this past Monday at a Cricket World Cup game in England. Their emotional encounter was captured in a video. Estwick was present at the match to work as an assistant coach for the West Indies team. And although they lost to Sri Lanka by 23 runs, Rihanna remained in good spirits after the surprise trip down memory lane. “I love this man,” were the words she shared with Barbados Today.

“I came here to see the match and was cheering West Indies to a victory. They played great but we just didn’t make it. But I also wanted to see Mr. Estwick. He made a lasting impact on my life and he really fered great advice to me and many others when we were at school at Combermere. I just wanted to let everyone know what he meant to me in my development and what he did for us back at school in Barbados.” The singer also shared the moment her Instagram page with the following caption: “My mentor, my champ, my MVP, my school teacher, my first Jay Brown (co-founder and CEO  Roc Nation). You made my day!”