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Chris Brown tweeted Tuesday that he’s been denied entry into Canada and that his concerts in Montreal and Toronto have been canceled.The Grammy-winning R&B singer was scheduled to perform at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Tuesday and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Wednesday night.
Brown said in a tweet the “good people of the Canadian government wouldn’t allow me entry. I’ll be back this summer and will hopefully see all my Canadian fans!”
Brown was jailed for nearly three months last year for violating his probation by getting into an altercation outside a Washington hotel the previous year. He was on probation after he attacked pop singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend, before the 2009 Grammy Awards.
Read more about Chris Brown’s tour issues at TheGrio.com
“I Didn’t Leave My Family To Be With Kylie”: Tyga Finally Explains Himself, And His Relationship With Kylie Jenner
People have been giving Tyga the perpetual side-eye since he first started stepping out side-by-side with Kylie Jenner. But after Amber Rose basically said what everyone was thinking about their situationship on The Breakfast Club over the weekend, I guess the rapper, 25, finally felt like it was time to speak up and let people know what’s really going on between him and 17-year-old Jenner. He sat down with The Breakfast Club this morning to clear the air about that. He also talked about his issues with Drake, and their recent squabble after Drizzy dissed him on a new song, and Tyga responded by calling him a b***h on Twitter. Grab your honey, because here’s the tea:
On Amber Rose Saying “He Should Be Ashamed” For Leaving Blac Chyna For Kylie
I’m not dating Kylie. I just want to get that out the way. I want to be clear to everybody that I didn’t leave my family to be with Kylie. That’s ridiculous. I feel like, me and [Blac] Chyna, we broke up almost close to a year now because of the decision we made, and things in our relationship that wasn’t going right, so we decided to split to raise an emotionally stable kid. That’s what we did and now we have a great relationship. I just want to be clear about that. I didn’t leave nobody to be with anybody. It just wasn’t working. Sometimes you feel like, when you have a kid, and that early, you don’t want to raise an emotionally unstable kid. They pick up on everything. Now we have a great relationship. He spends as much time as can with his mom. He spends as much time as he can with me. It’s cool now, it ain’t no pressure.
If Blac Chyna Is Upset About His “Friendship” With Kylie Jenner
Yeah, it’s because what people make it seem and TMZ. You gotta think, TMZ didn’t really care about me until they figured out that I live next door to Kim and Kanye and all that stuff. But I been friends with them before I even met Chyna. I was friends with Scott [Disick] and her family for years, so me hanging out with them, it wasn’t nothing new. But now people just want to make a story out of it because, okay, we figured out who Tyga is and we see who he’s affiliated with…It’s crazy. The sh*t that they make up is the craziest thing I’ve ever heard of. People is crazy, bro. I’ve been knowing her and her family for a long time. In black culture, it’s different. If you hang around someone, you’re smashing them. But like, white people, white culture, it’s different. They really are friends. “Yo, this my friend.” It’s genuine. It’s different. And how we think is a little different with our mentality. For me though, if I’m friends with her and I’m friends with her sister, they hos, or we smashing them. We’re really friends. I respect her mom and I know her whole family.
Why He Hasn’t Tried To Sue TMZ If They’re Lying About Him And Kylie
When you decide you want to get on that screen, that’s what you deal with. People can turn it on and off. We live in the TV, you guys live on the radio. People can turn that on and off and go on with their regular life. You know what I’m saying? So they really don’t care what goes on in our life. They’re going to watch this and then they’re going to watch Big Sean, they’re going to see Wiz, they’re going to see Chris [Brown]. They don’t really care. It’s just entertainment. But once you vow to do that and be an entertainer, that’s what you deal with.
On Dressing Up As Chucky And The Bride Of Chucky With Kylie For Halloween
I thought it was cool. We were going to J. Lo’s Halloween party, so I don’t want to be the only muthaf**ka there without a costume. But what does that mean? It’s not like I’m holding hands with her or kissing her. I’m not doing anything disrespectful. I’m raising my son. I see my son every day. He’s with me every day if he’s not with Chyna or if we’re not spending time together.
If He Would Be Mad If Chyna Had A New Man And She Had Him Taking Pics With Their Son, King
Kylie doesn’t do that. There was a picture with King, but that was a year and a half ago. Chyna was at the house when she came over and visited King. [Chyna] wouldn’t do that. She wouldn’t let nobody take a picture with my son, and I wouldn’t put him in that situation. But if she was dating somebody else, it’s on her to dictate her life. Just as it’s on me to dictate my life. If I decide in the future that I want to be with Kylie, or if I decide in the future that I want to be with her again or be with somebody else, I’m going to dictate my life.
His Thoughts On Kylie
The thing about her, she’s just a good person. You ever meet somebody and you feel like their energy is just good? It’s not negative. We’re not talking about what’s on MediaTakeOut today and what’s negative and stuff. She’s just a good person who comes from a good upbringing. I’ve never met someone like that, her and her family, and how they deal with the bullsh*t they deal with.
If Kylie’s Family Had An Issue With Their Alleged Friendship
I’m pretty sure it was weird to see us hanging out, but it wasn’t weird to nobody in her family really. I always come to the crib, even if I was with Chyna or King. King, he’ll play with North. The nannies will link up and they’ll go to the park together. It was never a weird situation when I was hanging out with Kylie. When they found out that I wasn’t with Chyna, they were like, ‘What happened?’ I linked Chyna and Kim together. I introduced them. It’s not like they were best friends and she betrayed her. It was nothing like that.
On Calling Drake A B***h On Twitter And Then Deleting It After Drake Dissed Him
Sometimes you have a lightskin moment. First of all, we live in the same…He knows exactly where my house is. I know exactly where his house is. In Calabasas. We live next to each other. My thing is, if it’s real it’s real. If it’s not, it’s not. I just don’t f**k with him as a person because of the experiences that I’ve had with him personally. I’m not going against who he is as a person in the public or his music or anything like that, like I said his music is great. It’s undeniable.
It’s not really a beef it’s just personal experiences that I’ve had with him, phone calls and just stuff like that. I feel like he’s a nice guy on the outside but he’s not genuine. He plays people left and right. That’s just my opinion and I’m entitled to have my own opinion. At the end of the day, when I did that [VIBE] interview, I said exactly how I felt at that moment.
Interesting enough, right after the interview, Charlamagne still picked Tyga to be his “Donkey of the Day.” I guess it’s safe to say that people don’t necessarily believe that Jenner is in the friend zone. How about you?
Since Drake dropped this album without any warning, there is major mystery surrounding the CD, considering all the drama currently going on over at Cash Money and intense legal battle between Lil Wayne and Birdman.
“The somewhat sparse nature of the record has led to speculation that it was released as a contractual obligation, because he wants to get off of Cash Money Record,” reports Forbes.
While Lil Wayne has a four-album contact with Cash Money, it is not sure how many Drake must do for the label. This surprise album marks his fourth. Maybe it is his last?
Have you listened? What do you think?
If you were sleeping like I was (Literally I was taking a late night nap), you may have missed that Drake went and pulled a Beyoncé on Thursday night, releasing a digital mixtape called “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”. We probably should’ve seen this coming since earlier that day he dropped “Jungle” (which is also a single on the album), a little artsy video that features scenes of him with his “day-one squad” in the streets of their hometown Toronto and an amusing flashback to a very nerdy Drake singing some old school R&B with his dad, Dennis Graham.
“If You’re Reading This…” instantly set the internet on fire with celebs and fans alike posting screen caps of their favorite tracks. According to “therealdennisg” Drake’s dad’s official Instagram account, in just 13 hours, Drake made a cool $1 million in sales from the mixtape.
But not everyone was so quick to pop champagne with Champagnepapi. You may recall a little on-line altercation between Drake and Young Money label mate Tyga a few months back that featured some major shade like Tyga dissing Drake in a Vibe interview calling him “fake” and Drake liking Tyga’s ex-girlfriend Blac Chyna’s pictures on Instagram. Well Drake was quick to let Tyga know he’s not over it in a track called “6PM in New York” in which the Canadian rapper spits:
“I heard a lil homie talking reckless in VIBE
Quite a platform you chose, you shoulda kept it inside
Oh you tried, it’s so childish calling my name on the world stage
You need to act your age and not your girl’s age”
Ouch at the Kylie Jenner shade. This time Tyga took to the Twitter platform to express his feelings, writing:
“Drake u still a b**ch. All that sneak dissing is weak. Just pull up. You know where I live and u know my address. U been ducking the fade from Brown.”
He has since deleted the tweet.
I can’t be mad at Tyga. Drake’s sitting court side getting his Global Ambassador on for the Toronto rappers, making jokes with Kevin Hart, putting out hits and is set to release a movie in theaters for one night only entitled “Homecoming: The Lost Footage” which details his struggle from Wheelchair Jimmy to Lil’ Wayne’s ears. Tyga’s last hit (?) was “Rack City” and before his recent collabo effort with Chris Brown, no one cared about what he was doing unless it was with Kylie Jenner. Sounds like someone needs to take their concerns to Young Money management.
It’s like I said before, my light-skinned brothers are just making a comeback. Chris Brown is finally getting his life right. Why can’t y’all just unite with J. Cole and fight “The Man”?
Did you download Drake’s new mixtape? Is it a hit?
Drake shared a 15-minute short film called “Jungle” on his website on Thursday, which features home videos, moody silhouettes, commentary on fame, a burning car and a crying ballerina. Directed by Karim Huu Do, it also features a snippet of an unnamed new track, which we can assume will be on his rumored new mixtape.
Watch Drake’s film “Jungle,” at BlackVoices.com
Dylan Chenfield, an atheist 20-something businessman, is becoming a household name due to his controversial t-shirts. Emblazoned with the statement, “I Met God And She’s Black,” the tee is being sold from Chenfield’s his online shop, RooftopsNYC. Chenfield did not create the phrase though he trademarked it. On the site’s description, Chenfield notes:
“The original shirt that got this whole thing started. As seen on every cool kid that goes to your school, and every cool human in your office. That one guy that gets all the hi-fives by the water cooler totally rocks this. Question the commonly accepted views. What is god?”
In an interview with Huffington Post, Chenfield discussed how his shirts have become popular in the #BlackLivesMatter movement and he believes it is important to discuss the image of God especially where young Black people are concerned:
“It’s important for people to keep the contemporary conversation going about who God is, what God wants and how we relate to God. The good outcome is if some black child somewhere bumps into it and goes, ‘Well maybe. . . maybe God’s not an old white guy and if so, what does that say about me?'”
Chenfield also told The Huffington Post, he is curious to know who God is rather follow than what others say. His grandparents are Orthodox Jews who are followers of a strict Judiac sect that doesn’t allow teen girls to have bat mitzvahs. Because of this, Chenfield says he’s turned away from Judiac restrictions: “Sometimes when you get really religious, it becomes sexist and that’s when I tap out. And that’s why I’ve never been a super religious person.”
Despite the likes of Drake and model Cara Delevingne wearing his t-shirt, others are not so fond of it. Some believe the “black”descriptor means that the God is dead because of the color’s link to death. However, others believes God, too, can be a really fly Black woman.
What do you think?
Drake’s emotions have been the topic of discussions, think pieces and even memes since his last album, Nothing Was The Same dropped Fall 2013. After showing an extensive poignant perspective about his relationships and career on the album, women grew more attracted to Drake’s transparency whereas men found it to be the driving force in order to clown the Toronto rapper with the following statements : “Drake the type of dude that let his woman propose,” and “Drake’s the type of ni**a to send you a thank you card for coming to his bday party.”
In an interview last year, Drake responded to the shade by revealing:
“I’m so sick of people saying that I’m lonely and emotional, and associating me with this longing for a woman. I hate that. It bothers me so much ’cause I do make music that makes you feel something but I’m actually not that guy in real life. I’m a happy person.”
If you thought Drake was going to have the last word on this continuous debate about his emotions, think again! Yesterday, during Christmas dinner Drake asked the woman who knows him best—his mother — to explain if Drake is really as sensitive as we think he is.
Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of her response, below.
Sensitive Soul A video posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on
She’s too cute! Are you surprised by her response?
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?
In 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.
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?
Brandon Quintin Adams, 35
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.