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Do New Artists Lack Respect For Those Who Came Before Them?

December 16th, 2014 - By Alexandra Olivier
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Many new artists representing for this generation reflect on the artists before them who paved the way and inspired them. Some even end up bonding and sparking a friendship with these musical forefathers (and mothers). There’s no better example of this ode to the old school and camaraderie with the new school than the relationship between J. Cole and Nas.

Many have likened J. Cole to Nas in terms of lyrical ability and fame. His track “Let Nas Down” wasn’t a diss record or an apology for making a song that Nasty Nas wasn’t feeling. It was simply a chance to speak on the pressures to make it in the rap game, sometimes at the expense of your art, and how the industry really hasn’t changed, regardless of when both men entered it. Nas could relate, and in turn, created the song “Made Nas Proud” to share his own bumpy road in the industry and to show his support.

This type of relationship between a man that many can coin a living legend and another who is definitely one of the brightest stars in hip-hop, is what I would like to see more of, especially from artists just breaking into music. You can’t simply kick open a window that was already opened for you and say you broke through all by yourself. Unfortunately, this respect between old and new artists isn’t necessarily shared across the board.

Say what you want, but Nicki Minaj owns the female rap game right now. She has critically acclaimed featured verses – even stealing shine from Jay Z and Kanye West on“Monster” when she was a rookie – and two big records with Beyoncé. She is, without a doubt, the current female rapper running things. Way before her, there was Lil Kim. And despite Kim rolling with the big boys, spitting raunchy lyrics that made your grandmother blush and putting her own stamp on hip-hop, Nicki ignores her resumé.

It’s not necessarily all Nicki’s fault. Lil Kim’s attempt to make a comeback by using Nicki’s name and beef with her sparked an underwhelming wave of diss tracks and songs at a time when the Barbz and the Ken dolls pined for the “Pills n Potions” rapper’s third studio album, The Pinkprint (in stores today). Lil Kim has certainly had her time on top, but she’s unwilling to make space for Nicki. The pettiness of their beef (which popped up again after Nicki did the “Flawless” remix a few months back), appears to be more of Kim trying to regain her place on top in an industry that has evolved without her.

Now Drake and Diddy are reportedly coming to blows over the “0 to 100” beat. Drizzy is every girl’s favorite rapper – word to K. Michelle – while Diddy is a rapper and business mogul who has worked with some of the greats and broke records. Snubbing the infamous Bad Boy head would be a bad idea for the careers of quite a few rappers. But with Drake near the top of hip-hop, he made it clear that he’s unbothered, and Diddy got physical in the end, telling Canada’s biggest star that “You’ll never disrespect me again.”

Regardless of Nicki and Drake’s success, a respect for those that blazed the path for them to come up is still necessary. They don’t necessarily have to care for them, but a simple nod to the old-school would suffice.

In that same respect, picking fights while desiring to have that “old thing” back is sad and unnecessary for the old-school stars. It would be more interesting to witness a collaboration between these artists rather than listen to them trade insults on wax (and punches at nightclubs). The records are never that great, nor do they seem authentic.

Good music is good music, and there is enough space on iTunes to celebrate the old and the new. So why can’t some of music’s biggest stars play nice?

The Business Of Selling Beats & Why Diddy Went Off On Drake Because of One

December 12th, 2014 - By Candace Smith
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did diddy lay hands on drake featIn case you haven’t heard the latest news, Diddy punched Drake in Miami following a heated brawl. The first round of speculations as to the cause of their fight was traced back to recording artist, dancer, actress, & model Cassie. But, that rumor was laid to rest as the real reason eventually came to light: Diddy and Drake fought over a beat.

Some of you may be asking yourself why in the world two grown men would fight over something as intangible as a steady rhythm. But it’s beats that have made these two artists, as well as countless others, rich and famous within the music business. Thanks to technology and a good musical ear, producers have been crafting their own beats and either selling or leasing them to both aspiring and known rappers for years. Some music producers, such as Carnage and Lex Luger have literally gone from their bedrooms to grabbing sought-after DJ residencies and fielding requests from Kanye West and 2 Chainz, respectively. The right beat from a producer can elevate a song, sending its spotlight vocalist on a higher level of music superstardom. What would Rihanna’s “Umbrella” have been without Tricky Stewart, and Lil’ Wayne minus beat maker Darius Harrison for his radio and club hit, “Lollipop”?

Rappers and recording artists, like their producers, are well-aware of how lucrative the right beat to complement any number of their lyrics can be and will pay top dollar for the best. Many producers just starting out may gift beats to an artist with a musical aptitude they admire, without any contracts, in the hopes this would grow their career. Yet, all parties must factor in rights ownership, as the acts of buying, leasing, and just “giving” beats can get convoluted.

In the “beats for sale” side of the music business, a rapper or recording artist can either lease or purchase the rights to a beat. When leasing, a beat can only be used for a certain number of times. If the artist wishes to use the same beat past that agreed upon expiration date, they will have to purchase a new lease. Under the leasing rights, the producer can also lease the same beat to a number of other artists, if no one has bought the exclusive rights for it. This option is usually reserved for mixtape and promo artists, as it is cheaper and more logical a choice for an artist without any label representation.

An exclusive beat is reserved for those who want unlimited access to it, paying a one-time fee, which will be more expensive than leasing. Once the exclusive rights to a beat are sold, no other artist can purchase it. The artist can manipulate the beat in any way they would like and are the only owners of it, and will receive it in its highest quality, unlike the option of leasing, where artists will get the lesser sound quality version.

Diddy and Drake are at a point in their careers where they can (and should!) pay for the latter. Reports detail that in-demand producer Boi-1da sent Diddy and Drake the same “0 to 100” beat some months ago. Diddy let the beat sit but Drake decided to use it with his vocals. The song was released, is nominated for a 2015 Grammy, and in turn it’s possible that Diddy got mad, claiming ownership of the beat himself, and decided to… ahem… speak to Drake about it.There is even a video filmed in Juneof Diddy declaring possession of the infamous beat over Drake.

So, if their Miami scuffle turns out to have its roots in the rights of “0 to 100,” this was a dispute bubbling for some time. Still, if Boi-1da did indeed give “0 to 100” to two artists, this means that there were no exclusive rights to the beat.

On another note, why two well-known artists such as Diddy and Drake were given this beat may sound questionable, but well-connected and celebrated rappers can still benefit from issuing mixtapes or promotional albums. It will be interesting to get Boi-1da’s take on this feud, as it boils down to his reasons for lending “0 to 100” to both rap artists, music rights ownership, Drake and Boi-1da’s past history and whether any verbal or written agreements that may have been produced can be taken into account.

In the end, let Diddy and Drake’s current conflict be a lesson to you or any aspiring rap artist/producer looking to avoid drama. If you want to stay away from the beat beef, know your rights… literally.

All Grown Up: 11 More Child Stars Who Grew Up To Be Fine

December 10th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Back in September we shared with you a slideshow on young men we watched grow up before our eyes on TV and more who, well, aren’t so young anymore. It did so well, and people had so much to say that I decided it only made sense to find a few more child stars who blossomed quite beautifully over the years and look great as grown men. Shall we?

 

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The Sandlot, The Mighty Ducks and The Moonwalker star used to be everybody’s crush back in the day. Remember when he grew up a little and played Brandy’s college boyfriend, Aaron, on “Moesha”? Well, Brandon Quintin Adams is all grown up now and he’s still adorable–but in a much different way. He doesn’t act very much anymore (he does a lot of voice work), but he just did a short film called Stuck In The Corners that we need to find and see.

“They’re Either Talking Sh*t About You Or Stealing The Sh*t You’re Talking”: Drake Has Words For Chris Brown And Diddy

December 10th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Drake has had a pretty tough week or so. If you’ll recall, Chris Brown claimed that one of the many reasons he and Karrueche Tran were going their separate ways (again) had a lot to do with the fact that she allegedly went on a date with the rapper on the low-low. And then, the next thing we knew, Drake was getting punched by Diddy in Miami. As the story goes, according to TMZ, the men were at odds over a song. Producer Boi-1da gave Drake the beat to the popular song “0 To 100/The Catch Up,” but he also had given that same beat to Diddy at some point. But when the Bad Boy head decided to sit on the beat instead of using it, Drake recorded his song without consulting with Diddy. That made the mogul very mad, and he aired out his feelings a few months ago before all the drama came to a head:

 

 

When Drake was confronted about the song at the club LIV in Miami, he allegedly tried to blow Diddy off, and when Diddy felt disrespected, he punched Toronto’s finest in the mouth. Somehow Drake re-injured a bad shoulder and had to go to the ER to get it taken care of.

Since then, Drake has been on the hideout from his foes, but decided he was ready to come out if it early this morning to send this message to detractors (notice his injured arm is covered):

They’re either talking shit about you or stealing the shit you’re talking…either way the name been poppin

A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on

I guess you can say that Mr. Steal Yo Girl And Your Beat is unbothered.

Update: Diddy Punched Drake Over Money Matters

December 8th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Update: According to sources who spoke to TMZ, the argument was not about Cassie at all. It was about money. According to the source, Diddy confronted Drake outside of the club and brought up the issue of business. During the discussion, voices were raised and then Diddy said, “You will never disrespect me.” right before he punched him.

But what we do hear is that while Drake was stunned, he didn’t go down. So we’re doubting the rumor that he went to the hospital.

I’m desperately waiting for one of them to speak on this. Des-per-at-ely.

Drake was involved in all types of third-party mess this weekend. In addition to being linked to the very dysfunctional relationship saga between Chris Brown and Karrueche, he was reportedly involved in a physical altercation with Diddy at Club Liv in Miami.

Yes, Diddy. Like Sean Puffy Combs.

The details are sparse but Sam Sneak, the DJ for Maybach Music, has confirmed the rumors with a series of tweets.

See what he had to say below.

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Honestly, I find it hard to believe that Diddy would hit anyone. But if he did land a punch, he probably had a full entourage of people behind him to pull Drake and his crew off of him.

And while the original rumors claimed it was about Cassie, according to this DJ, it wasn’t.

Oh, and that hospital thing…doubtful.

We’ll keep you posted if either one of them makes a statement about the situation.

It’s A Wrap! Chris Brown Accuses Karrueche of Dating Drake & So Much More

December 7th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Yesterday we reported Chris Brown and Karrueche ended their turbulent relationship. Now, we have even more drama to report.

In several tweets and Instagram posts, Chris Brown exposed Karrueche on an entire new level of messiness. The drama started when Chris tweeted, “It amazes me that you can change and elevate someone’s life completely and they treat you like a regular nigga…But I’m SLEEP”.

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Chris than posted a screenshot of his tweet with a very interesting caption.

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Yes, you read that right. Chris Brown accused her of dating Drake, being disloyal and faking for the world. Karrueche responded to the post with the following.

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The back and forth exchange sent social media into chaos last night. Several entertainers commented on the incident.

I’m on da gram watching in the cut like #championthots A photo posted by Meek Mill (@meekmill) on

Drake has yet to comment on this entire situation. However we’re convinced he’s somewhere laughing. Oh and Rihanna is definitely slipping her tea and enjoying her life.

As for Chris and Karrueche, we think it’s safe to say they will not be getting back together. However, you never know with these two.

Serious Question: When Will These Boys Become Men?

November 18th, 2014 - By Alexandra Olivier
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Drake and Tyga’s social media tit-for-tat reminds me of junior high school. While we weren’t as well-versed in the Internet back then, the pettiness was ever-present in spirited cafeteria arguments that sometimes amounted to hand-to-hand combat. The difference between then and now is that these boys, who are really grown men, are allowed to be much more passive aggressive. The ability to use memes, lofty hashtags and subliminally tweet are the ultimate knockout punches in this new age of “bullying” and “beefing.”

The problem is, Drake just turned 28 years old and Tyga is closing in on 25 with a birthday this week. When will these oversized boys become actual men?

It’s sad to see two successful rappers trading barbs on Instagram and Twitter as though they are running for some form of office. It doesn’t build their brand. It puts their immaturity on a pedestal. Worst of all, it forces the women who choose to form relationships with them to be a part of the drama, and to be seen as mere objects; pawns in their virtual game to pass around, exploit their sexual pasts with (whether factual or not) and spike views courtesy of their drama. There’s nothing cute about virtually flirting with the ex-girlfriend and mother of your adversary’s child to get to them, nor is it to cute to palm the backside of another man’s ex and make her the main love interest in your music video to get even. C’mon now…

If you’ve missed the pissing contest, Tyga sounded off about his discontent with fellow Young Money labelmates Drake and Nicki Minaj in an interview with VIBE Magazine: “I don’t like Drake as a person. He’s just fake to me. I like his music; you know what I’m saying? I think his music is good, but we’re all different people,” he explains. “We were forced together and it was kinda’ like we were forcing relationships together.”

Drake responded with a liking-spree of the pictures of Tyga’s ex-girlfriend, Blac Chyna, and members of his OVO crew took subliminal jabs at his estranged labelmate. Cute.

It all culminated in Blac Chyna’s Twitter account being hacked, with someone allegedly running off a string of tweets as Chyna in a full confession to being a gold digger and more. This came after she posted a s*xy Instagram pic that she tagged the “Take Care” rapper in.

Throwing Blac Chyna, Kylie Jenner and Drake’s ex, Dollicia Bryan, in the mix made the drama even more intriguing, and even more sad for the rappers. Supposedly, the two have a record in the works. Wouldn’t it be entertaining if the two came together, held hands and let it all go on wax? If Drake and Chris Brown could do it, why not? At the end of the day though, it would be a cheap tactic for attention and spins for a record that would’ve garnered attention regardless.

Cyber bullying is a real issue in our communities. It is incredibly hard to fight and contain these days, and it becomes even harder to stop when those with notoriety and fame do more work to keep it going in our society as a way to demean versus helping to combat it. It is time to hang up the lethal assaults that are bound to 140 characters and move on to handling things the adult way: a phone call or meeting.

Stop dragging your dirty laundry, drama and the past women in your life along these E-streets, fellas.

Drake Drops New Music and Storms into DC Nightclub

October 26th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Drake treated his fans to some new music Saturday evening. The rapper surprised his fans by releasing 3 new singles, “How Bout Now”, “6 God” and  “Heat of The Moment”. However the twitter streets aren’t talking about his new music this Sunday morning.

According to multiple sources and videos, Drake was involved in some type of an altercation last night. The rapper was spotted storming into Club Stadium in Washington, DC with a handful of money. Apparently Drake had just left the club where he was celebrating his birthday when he suddenly returned ready to fight.

Some of the people in attendance are claiming there was fight between his crew and another man. While others are reporting someone from Tyga’s camp attacked his DJ. However no one has confirmed anything yet. In the meantime, check out the video of him storming into the club.

Sidenote: Did anyone else see that large stack of money he dropped?

 

Drake Investigated For Allegedly Threatening Another Woman

October 10th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Earlier this week, we told you that Drake was being investigated by Houston police after stripper Jhonni Blaze accused him of threatening her via text message. As you may recall, the two allegedly fell out after Drake made a few posts on social media about him. Now, another woman, who goes by the name of Shayne G and claims to be an ex-lover of Drake, is coming forward saying that he threatened her as well. Her story sounds quite familiar, as she’s claiming that their feud was sparked as a result of something she posted on social media as well.

According to TMZ, Shayne says that Drake wasn’t too pleased when she posted photos of expensive purses that he purchased for her on social media. Like Jhonni, Shayne says that the threats were made via text message. In one message, she claims that Drake told her that if he sees her anywhere, she’s “getting run up outta there.” It’s currently unclear why the photos pissed him off.

Shayne went to Arizona police about the alleged threats, which they say that they’re currently looking into. Shayne says that she decided to report the threats after hearing that Drake allegedly threatened Jhonni as well.

We’re wondering what’s going on with Drake.

Drake Being Investigated By Police After Houston Stripper Claims He Put Out A Hit On Her

October 7th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Yesterday, we told you the bizarre story of exotic dancer Jhonni Blaze, who alleges that after her short-lived romance with rapper Drake went awry, he ordered a hit on her to keep her quiet. According to Jhonni, the 27-year-old sent men to her place of employment and her home to let her know that she will “catch an issue” if she doesn’t keep her mouth shut. Jhonni notified police officers and told them of the alleged threats.

Drake has yet to publicly respond to the allegations, but according to TMZ, Houston Police have launched an investigation into the alleged incident. Jhonni reportedly told the site that she’s unsure if she wants to follow through with pressing charges against Drake. Sources from his camp, of course, are claiming that the allegations are false.

As you may recall from yesterday’s report, Jhonni says that the two of them fell out a she confronted him about seeing her friend and co-worker, Lira Galore. From there, things supposedly took a turn for the worse.