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For years rappers have been accused of being partial to lighter skinned women when selecting models to appear in their music videos. Unfortunately, it appears that the cycle is only getting worse. The latest rapper to be accused of being prejudice against dark-skinned models is Senegalese rapper Akon.
Recent reports have implied that while shooting a new music video with WizKid, the rapper turned away a few Ghanian models because of their darker skin tones. According to All Hip Hop, a few models who were reportedly turned away say that they were told by the person who originally invited them to the set said that producers only wanted “half cast” (aka mixed) women to appear in the video. As a result, people were reportedly seeking to organize a boycott against the “Play Hard” rapper.
TMZ recently caught up with Akon to discuss the allegations and afford him with the opportunity to clean up the rumors. He insists that the rumors are false.
“That doesn’t even make any sense. That don’t make sense at all, man,” Akon said in response to the allegations.
To clarify, the cameraman then asked if the rumors were true. Akon responded:
“Absolutely not. “
We’ll certainly take Akon’s word for it, though we don’t know many rappers who would actually admit to doing such a thing.
Watch his response below. Thoughts?
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
While many hip hop heads are excited about Kendrick Lamar getting the cover of the GQ ‘Man of the Year’ issue, there is over important person in hip hop who isn’t excited about the content of the interview: Top Dawg Entertainment’s CEO, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith.
The article, published online this week, follows Kendrick around with his team as writer Steve Marsh chronicles how Kendrick manages his “new life” while trying to maintain some sort of normalcy. At the same time, it seems to make quite a few references to gangs and also refers to Top Dawg Entertainment as the “baby Death Row Records” while calling its founder “TDE’s Suge Knight.” That did not sit well with Top Dawg.
When Top read the article he was outraged and actually pulled Kendrick out of a performance he was supposed to give at the “GQ Man of the Year” party earlier this week. He’s released a statement and citing racial undertones as one of his biggest issues. Check it out part of the statement (posted in full on RapRadar.com):
“This week, Kendrick Lamar was named one of GQ’s 2013 Men Of The Year, an honor that should have been celebrated as a milestone in his career and for the company. Instead, the story, written by Steve Marsh, put myself and my company in a negative light. Marsh’s story was more focused on what most people would see as drama or bs. To say he was “surprised at our discipline” is completely disrespectful. Instead of putting emphasis on the good that TDE has done for west coast music, and for hip hop as a whole, he spoke on what most people would consider whats wrong with Hip Hop music. Furthermore, Kendrick deserved to be accurately documented. The racial overtones, immediately reminded everyone of a time in hip-hop that was destroyed by violence, resulting in the loss of two of our biggest stars. We would expect more from a publication with the stature and reputation that GQ has. As a result of this misrepresentation, I pulled Kendrick from his performance at GQ’s annual Man Of The Year party Tuesday, November 12th.
While we think it’s a tremendous honor to be named as one of the Men Of The Year, these lazy comparisons and offensive suggestions are something we won’t tolerate. Our reputation, work ethic, and product is something that we guard with our lives.”
As the head of the label, it is understandably his job to stand up for his artists, especially if he thinks they (and he) are under fire in the media.
The editor-in-chief of GQ, Jim Nelson, has responded to Top Dawg’s statement with one of his own:
“Kendrick Lamar is one of the most talented new musicians to arrive on the scene in years. That’s the reason we chose to celebrate him, wrote an incredibly positive article declaring him the next King of Rap, and gave him our highest honor: putting him on the cover of our Men of the Year issue. I’m not sure how you can spin that into a bad thing, and I encourage anyone interested to read the story and see for themselves. We were mystified and sorely disappointed by Top Dawg’s decision to pull him at the last minute from the performance he had promised to give. The real shame is that people were deprived of the joy of seeing Kendrick perform live. I’m still a huge fan.”
It sounds like this whole thing has blown up in a less than popular way but if there’s any positive spin, it’s that Kendrick has received even more mainstream publicity. By the way, Kendrick hasn’t personally responded with his thoughts about the article but it looks like Top Dawg has said it all.
What do you think? Did GQ overstep the lines of “journalism” or is Top Dawg reading too much into the article?
There’s something about GQ that brings the best out of a men– style and mood wise. For the magazine’s December 2013 “Men of the Year” issue, the publication tapped musicians Justin Timberlake and Kendrick Lamar for covers; in addition to Will Ferrell, Matthew McConaughey and James Gandolfini. And we’ve never seen the West coast rapper look happier… and better dressed.
The fellas were photographed by veteran, Sebastian Kim, for the gritty yet beautifully lit shoot. The interview with Amy Wallace was no less gritty with Timberlake talking about his public perception and Lamar on his quick rising career.
Read more at StyleBlazer.com
Can rap music help people learn English? A California university teacher thinks so. “In California, one English as a Second Language teacher and hip-hop music fan at the University of California, Davis, decided to help incorporate the 1990s rap hit ‘Straight Outta Compton’ by N.W.A into his lesson plan, to help his students understand English slang,” reports International Business News.
A report by Southern California Public Radio revealed that one of Stephen Mayeux’s lessons for students was based on the title itself, for teaching students how phrases — such as “out of” — are shortened in the every day American English.
“They’re saying straight out of Compton,” Mayeux said. “But I think a lot of people, especially Americans, we pronounce it ‘outta.’”
Mayeux is now offering his “Hip-hop as a Second Language Class” online as well, at ESLhiphop.com. On the site he explores wordplay with the lyrics of such hip-hop artists as Ludacris and Nicki Minaj. He also explores “reduced relative clauses” with help from Philadelphia hip-hop band The Roots.
Using rap music as an educational tool isn’t really a new concept. Rap music has been used as learning tools by many teachers. Some have used rap music to help encourage reading in the grade school level, to teach math, and there are even college courses focusing on hip hop.
Of course, Mayeux’s methods have drawn criticism. But Mayeux — who has studied linguistics — says there is value in the language of hip-hop. “You have to treat every form or variety of the language as if it’s equally complex and valid,” he said. “So the English that a rapper or hip-hop artist uses is no better or worse than what a university professor is using.”
American Pop culture is constantly referenced in conversation. And like it or not hip hop is so engrained in American culture its language shows up everywhere–from advertising to films. Learning hip hop slang could help non-English speakers understand American culture.
“They do experience a little bit of alienation,” Mayeux said of some of his close friends from other countries. “They feel like they can’t be fully part of the group because they’re not speaking the same lingo.” Just as legal or medical jargon can often sound like a foreign language, pop-culture slang can be necessary when interacting with peers.
When it comes to music, there are classics and then there are songs that just got all the way played out. We loved these tracks when they first came out in the ’90s, but eventually they were played so much we lowkey ended up hating them. Check out our list songs people played out thoroughly.
From The Grio
Ma$e is back from his nearly decade-long hiatus and announced that he is working on a new album.
The rapper revealed his latest project on Twitter this week and said his album is titled Now We Even.
In one particular post, the former Bad Boy artist said his “ideal album” would feature collaborations with artists like Lauryn Hill, 2 Chainz, CeeLo Green, Diddy and Drake, among a handful of other musicians.
Ma$e’s last album, Welcome Back, was released in 2004, which quickly climbed the charts and ultimately reached certified gold status.
Read more at TheGrio.com
“I’m Not Going To Pretend To Be Oprah Winfrey”: Queen Latifah Shares How She Feels About Her Talk Show
Queen Latifah has mass appeal. Something about the hip-hop veteran who once donned dashikis and kufis, draws mainstream audiences in. On its debut, “The Queen Latifah Show” that premiered Sept 16 brought in a 1.7 household rating– the second most popular debut of a talk show since “Dr. Oz” in 2009. The ratings and her overall career have proven that Latifah has enough star power to draw in a diverse array.
She talks about all this and more for the October issue of More magazine. In the cover spread Latifah poses for Peggy Sirota in natural makeup and little flash. Her inner beauty shines.
On her talk show: “This is a learning experience. I’m not going to pretend to be Oprah Winfrey. That woman built a 25-year show. I’ve got to get through week one, then month one. I expect to make mistakes and learn and grow.”
On losing her brother: “Jada [Pinkett-Smith] was the ﬁrst person who got me to go to therapy. I was really having problems dealing with the loss. I didn’t feel. It was like I had a circuit breaker. When I felt any emotion too much, whether it was joy, fear, love, it would turn right off. So that was scaring me. I thought I was about to live my life not living my life. I was doing things to numb whatever was left or looking for little rushes of some sort. Going through the motions, doing my job, showing up for work but not feeling.” – See more at: http://styleblazer.com/186681/queen-latifah-whips-hair-magazines-october-issue/#sthash.I3eyXOl0.dpuf
Read more at StyleBlazer.com
Kids these days, always with the social media pictures *sighs*
But anywho, this pretty lady shared some snaps on Twitter of herself striking a pose and baring her midriff for her followers, and she has quite a few followers and folks looking at her because of her famous father.
Her dad is your favorite rapper’s rapper. He’s the son of a jazz musician, and has one of the greatest albums of all time in the genre of Hip-Hop. His daughter has been the subject of his music in the past and the present, especially when she had a moment on social media not long ago and exposed a little too much about her private life (like that she has a large box of condoms in her room). Dad definitely felt some kind of way about it and wrote a song about the success and struggles of raising a daughter and what happens when you’re not there for them as much as you would like to be. Since then, they’ve been seen all over together (and she even had a cameo in the video for the song about her), and their bond definitely seems stronger than ever.
So, whose child is this? If you look hard enough, you’ll notice that she looks exactly like her famous father…
“They Tell Me ‘You’re Not A Real Desginer’,Well, I’m Not A Real Rapper”: Yeezy Denounces Racism In The Music And Fashion Industries
Kanye West sees himself as some sort of savior–for music and fashion. During his highly talked about interview with Radio 1′s Zane Lowe, he attacked the glass ceiling Black musicians and artists face and denounced racism across the cultures, all while ironically using his “White voice” to do so.
As Black people, we all have two voices–the one we put on for mainstream America to make them comfortable and our normal voice that we use around our peers. Mr. West is no exception.
“I look round the room and there is no one here who looks like me,” he said during to Lowe. “And if there is, they are keeping quiet.” His recently released album “Yeezus” is evidence of this. West made is obvious he had no desire to be on the radio, and didn’t make an album docile enough to do so. “I have driven my Truman Show boat into the painting. I have hit a glass ceiling.” he continued, noting that Blacks are limited to only being creative on T-shirts, “but if it’s anything else, your Truman Show boat is hitting the wall,” he said. This all made for a smooth transition into his passion for fashion.
Read more at HelloBeautiful.com
It’s time for another roundup of top movers and shakers, and this time we have our eyes set on the hip hop industry. As one of the most popular genres of music out there, one would have to expect that hip hop artists earn major bucks. But can you guess who is on top of their game?
FORBES recently published a list of the top earners and we thought it would be fun to take a look at who made the necessary moves to come out victorious. Here are some of the wealthiest hip-hop artists of 2013.