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Nowadays, being a popular musician is harder than ever. Expectations from the public are high, there’s so much competition, and everyone has to continually reinvent themselves to maintain their relevance. For our faves, we are willing to wait. But some of our favorite artists have had us on hold for a little too long (We’re talking to you, Lauryn Hill!). Let’s look at 11 artists and the albums we’re waiting on.
In case you were wondering, Amber Rose is still the reigning champ of Twitter shade. After successfully dragging her ex-boyfriend Kanye’s wife and in-laws all up and through Twitter, the outspoken actress is now threatening to destroy the “FourFiveSeconds” rapper with sensitive information that she claims to know about him.
I must admit that my heart sank, completely, when I heard how poorly Kanye spoke of Amber during his Breakfast Club interview this morning.
“She’s just soaking in the moment. I don’t feel compelled to do nothing. If Kim dated me when I first wanted to be with her there wouldn’t be a Amber Rose,” he said before denying that he ever cheated on Amber with Kim. “It’s very hard for a woman to want to be with someone who was with Amber Rose.[…] I had to take 30 showers before I got with Kim.”
Considering the nature of his comments, I wasn’t sure if Amber would respond—especially since this was someone she was once deeply in love with. But just when we thought she was down for the count, Muva has returned to Twitter to reclaim her title as the champ. Peep the receipts below (read from the bottom up).
In a recent interview with GQ, Kim Kardashian revealed North West received her famous name because of Pharrell Williams and Anna Wintour!
Kim told GQ,
“It was a rumor in the press and we’d never really considered it seriously, at all, but Kanye and I were having lunch right over there at that table about a year ago and Pharrell Williams came over to us and said ‘Oh, my God, are you guys really going to call your daughter North? That is the best name.’ I said ‘No we’re not, that’s just a rumor,'”
“Then a little while later Anna Wintour came over and asked the same thing. She told us ‘North is a genius name.’ Kanye and I looked at one another and just laughed. I guess at that point it sort of stuck,”
Kim also revealed her and Kanye West decided on the name of baby North at the Mercer Hotel in New York City.
It looks like North has another cool story to add to her life story.
Pop culture always seems to have a way of influencing society whether it’s through trendy styles and habits. Should it be that surprising that universities across the country are also taking note and even tailoring classes to discuss non-traditional topics? Take a look at these surprising pop culture college courses. Does it make you want to go back to school?
In today’s batch of bizarre celebrity lawsuits, a prisoner in California is suing some of the biggest names in pop music for more than $2 billion.
As first reported by Re-Tox, an inmate named Richard Dupree filed a $2.4 billion lawsuit against Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna and Chris Brown, claiming the stars stole song lyrics he had been writing while incarcerated.
Dupree filed the lawsuit in California’s Eastern District Court on April 21, and believes Beyonce and Jay Z worked with the CIA, FBI and Homeland Security, among other agencies, to spy on him and obtain his lyrics. He believes Chris Brown, Kanye West and Rihanna were co-conspirators in the crime and that the gang of pop stars stole 3,000 songs from him.
This should be fun for everyone involved.
Read more about this bizarre case at BlackVoices.com
We already know Chicago has been is still going through some things when it comes to youth violence and unemployment in the city. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that there’s a connection between the two. In January, a report detailed the depressing landscape for young, black males in the work force with 92 percent joblessness.
To remedy the problem the Urban League partnered with rapper and Chicago native Common and songwriter Che “Rhymefest” Smith to create 1,000 year-round jobs for teens.
Spawned by the feedback from teens at the end of the summer job programs, the partnership will include a music festival fundraiser this summer.
Andrea Zopp, president and CEO of the Urban League said, “Every year, we hold a hearing where young people in the summer jobs programs come and talk about the impact the jobs had on their lives.”
But this year the teens brought up an entirely different issue.
They told Zopp, “Their need for a job doesn’t end in September. They have needs to support their families, take care of themselves. They want to work year-round. So in our community, we have to focus on that topic.”
Rev. Michael Pfleger, who attended the announcement says jobs are the solution to decreased crime in the city. “Ninety-five percent of the brothers I deal with every day on the streets wants the same thing every kid on the North Side and on the North Shore wants. Until we offer them options, the violence is our fault, because we’ve failed them.”
The program will launch 1,000 jobs initially with a goal to have 15,000 jobs within the next five years.
The music festival will raise funds for youth programs supported by Common’s Common Ground Foundation, and rapper Kanye West’s charity Donda’s House run by Rhymefest and his wife.
Here’s what Common had to say about it.
“Any time I hear of innocent people getting shot and killed and young people with guns, it hurts. I felt I have to do more than just write songs about Chicago. Obviously, one of the biggest reasons our kids are going through what they’re going through is because of poverty. I was doing an event in the neighborhood and there were some kids from Englewood and I said, ‘Man, what do y’all really need? What’s gonna stop this? And they were like, ‘We need money. Man, if we could work.’ They want a chance.”
True. Kudos to Common, Kanye and Rhymefest.
The inaugural fundraiser will be held September 20-21.
Kanye has been on a campaign to get his fiancée, Kim Kardashian, on the cover of Vogue for as long as we can remember. And as we previously reported today, he can now rest because his dream has finally come true. Of course, we all know how bad Kanye wanted that Vogue cover, so it’s not surprising that rumors about him begging the fashion magazine’s EIC, Anna Wintour, for the cover are resurfacing. However, according to Daily Mail, Anna says those rumors are completely false.
“Part of the pleasure of editing Vogue, one that lies in a long tradition of this magazine, is being able to feature those who define the culture at any given moment, who stir things up, whose presence in the world shapes the way it looks and influences the way we see it,” Anna writes in the issue’s Letter From The Editor. “I think we can all agree on the fact that that role is currently being played by Kim and Kanye to a T. (Or perhaps that should be to a K?)”
Though she admits that the gossip probably makes the issue more enjoyable for the reader, she affirms that Kanye did not beg for the cover.
“As for the cover, my opinion is that it is both charming and touching, and it was, I should add, entirely our idea to do it; you may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancée on Vogue’s cover. He did nothing of the sort. The gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn’t true.”
Her letter continues:
“There’s barely a strand of the modern media that the Kardashian Wests haven’t been able to master, and for good reason: Kanye is an amazing performer and cultural provocateur, while Kim, through her strength of character, has created a place for herself in the glare of the world’s spotlight, and it takes real guts to do that.”
And there you have it!
As a Kanye fan I’d heard Warryn Campbell’s name and I learned he was a producer when I started watching Mary Mary’s reality show. But I never really made the correlation. And while I watched him craft Mary Mary’s Grammy winning song, “Go Get It” and knew he’d worked with Death Row in the past, I had no idea that Warryn’s work was so heavily reflected in my personal musical collection.
Though he got his professional start under the tutelage of DJ Quik, Campbell began playing music at a young age. By 15 he’d mastered the drums, bass, guitar and the piano. By 16, he joined a gospel group called New Vision where he discovered his gift for musical production. Afterward he met Quik. From there he worked with Death Row and the rest is history.
Check out the songs you probably had no idea he helped to write, produce or both.
“He’s Abandoned All That In Favor Of Being The Straight, Black Liberace”: Aisha Tyler Calls Out Kanye On Lack Of Charity Work
From Black Voices
When Aisha Tyler dropped by “The Late Late Show,” Craig Ferguson wanted to get her take on the Kardashians. The conversation quickly turned to the latest “member” of the clan, the Kardashian-adjacent Kanye West. Tyler said she had a bone to pick with the star.
Tyler started it off by saying that she has a friendly relationship with West, having served on the board of his charity foundation focused on bringing music into schools. “He’s abandoned all that in favor of being the straight, black Liberace and I don’t understand what’s happening,” Tyler said. “I like his ambition, but just feel like he should get, like, a smartphone and say everything he’s gonna say publicly into the phone and then listen back. You know, just for a moment.”
Read more at BlackVoices.com
Drake announced a partnership with Nike’s Jordan brand of sneakers during his concert in Portland, OR on December 3 using as many cuss words as he could possibly squeeze into a minute and a half. So the video above is NSFW for language. Keep the volume low at the office.
The new kicks are already in the works; Drizzy posted pics on his Instagram showing the Air Jordan 10’s and OVO Stingray 12’s.
While he was at it, Drake also mentions that Portland made it to the top of the list for cyclists, microbreweries, and single women in Shape, the women’s fitness magazine. And BTW, he got caught up in a snowstorm on the way to the concert. OK!
What isn’t clear are the details of the partnership. MTV says it was in touch with Nike (which is based in Portland) but hadn’t heard back.
It’s a crazy time for sneaker companies with Kanye going off about the way Nike treated him recently, saying he wasn’t properly compensated for his Air Yeezy sneakers. He’s now signed a deal with Adidas, which announced that partnership yesterday. “For 2014, we welcome to the adidas family one of the most influential cultural icons of this generation, Kanye West,” the company said in a statement (via Complex). “Well known for breaking boundaries across music, film and design and partnering with our history in street wear culture and leading innovations in sport, we look forward to creating a new chapter. Details to follow.”
And then we got news today that Teyana Taylor officially got the heave-ho from Adidas over her Twitter tiff with Rihanna. And there are those funky new kicks that Solange made with Puma as part of her new gig as their creative director.
The sneaker industry is really working overtime for the holidays.