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“I’ll Always Luv Her”: K. Michelle Backtracks On Elle Varner Shade, Says Media Blew Drama Out Of Proportion

July 9th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Last week we told you about some comments K. Michelle made about Elle Varner that gave the impression that their tight friendship was possibly on the rocks. Varner recenlty took some pictures with Meek Mill, who tried to holler at her long ago only for her to rebuff his advances (she “curved him”), and this time around, they seemed very “buddy buddy.” When Mill posted those photos to Instagram with the caption “#nocurvezone @ellevarner,” K. took some jabs at her former friend:

“People be smiling in the pictures not knowing they getting dissed in the caption. HA! You definitely need a REFILL as thirsty as you are. Jokes on you and you didn’t even know it!”

“I hope you get attention from that cuz you sure don’t get it from your music.”

The singer has since deleted the statements from her Instagram, but Varner still heard about them and responded in an interview with the Jasmine Brand:

“That’s unfortunate that she feels the way that she feels. I don’t. I never have. That’s something—I can’t. I don’t do drama.”

“If anyone remembers the Meek Mill drama and me saying I curved him. That was my first time seeing him since and we laughed it off. It was funny. It got taken out of proportion Whatever she took from that is not my problem.”

Now K is saying that all of her statements were blown out of proportion by the media, and that she and Varner are still friends…or something like that. In a Q&A with fans on Twitter, she was asked about that drama and this is what she had to say:

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Oooooof course. She also cleared up any issues people may have thought she had with Meek Mill:

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And when someone told her that she needs to sidestep drama and focus on her gifts, she actually agreed:

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Well, hopefully these two can work things out and maintain their friendship because they seemed close, but in the future, K might need to pick up a phone and call folks when they’re having a disagreement instead of taking to social media. Live and learn, right?

Pass Or Play? Jazmine Sullivan Releases Video For New Single “Dumb”

July 8th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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A couple of months ago, we told you about Jazmine Sullivan’s return to music with her first single “Dumb” featuring Meek Mill. Most of you all seemed to dig it. And now Jazmine has released a video for the comeback effort.

She takes a page from the Broadway show Avenue Q and employs naughty puppets stepping out on their significant others, who happen to be real people. Yeah it sounds wild but it makes more sense in the video.

The puppet hostess of a show based off the now defunct reality show “Cheaters.” The hostess, complete with orange lips and purple eye shadow, helps other women catch their partners in compromising positions, in offices, cars and seedy hotel rooms. It’s a mess but funny at the same time…with a bit of a surprise ending.

“Dumb” is the first single from Sullivan’s first album since she left the industry three years ago. She told ABC News Radio that this album has a more current sound.

“I’ve always done a lot of different things, but with this particular album I feel like it’s going to attract a lot of younger kids who may not have been into my stuff before.”

Take a look at the video below and listen to the song again, or for the first time, and let us know what you think.

“I Don’t Need To Hide Anymore”: Jazmine Sullivan Tells Us Why She Left Music, Why She’s Back, And Why She’s Happier Than Ever

May 15th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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The last time many people heard from singer Jazmine Sullivan, she had put out her second album in 2010, Love Me Back, had everyone jamming to her song “10 Seconds,” and her voice was all over the radio. But in the midst of all that, she was quite unhappy. By January 2011, she needed a break from the demands of the industry, breaking the heart of fans with her Twitter announcement:

“i’m making an official announcement that i am taking a break from music … i’m trying to figure out who i am … w/out a mike, paper or pen. i promised myself when it wasn’t fun anymore i wouldn’t do it. and here i am.”

Now May of 2014, Sullivan hasn’t put out new music of her own in three years, but after doing some soul searching, restoring her relationship with God, and working on loving herself, she’s says “now I feel like I’m ready.”

We spoke with her about her new album, Reality Show, her new drum-heavy jam, “Dumb,” what she did during her break, and why she thinks things will be different this time around. We’re oh so glad to have her back in our ears.

“Everything Happens For A Reason”: Kendrick Lamar Speaks On Leaving The Grammys Empty-handed

January 29th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Let the public tell it, Sunday night’s Grammys were a travesty with a side of a popularity contest. Watching Kendrick not pick up anything throughout the night, and also having to witness him lose out to Macklemore in almost all of the rap categories, had quite a few people talking, including Russell Simmons:

“He’s a great rapper, but there is no evidence anywhere that he’s a better artist than Lamar.”

As well as India Arie:

@Kendricklamar WAS robbed, BUT he was not the only one who was robbed. Personally, I was pleased he was able to perform and they KILLED! IT! One of the FEW moving moments of the night for ME.

Don’t forget about Meek Mill!

Congrats 2 @macklemore for a incredible win and I believe Kendrick was robbed.

This game was never fair….and awards can’t change the judgement of the culture…. Most of these awards are always f**ked up!

Hell, even Macklemore, himself:

“He’s somebody that I love his music and, in my opinion, had the best Rap album of the year. And knowing how the Grammys usually go, I knew that there would be a great chance that we’d win that award and, in essence, rob Kendrick. That’s what happened tonight. It kind of sucks. I think we made a great album. I think that Kendrick made a better Rap album.”

But what about Kendrick Lamar? From the look on his face throughout the night as the awards for the categories he was nominated in were handed out to other people, he was over it all by hour two. But when speaking with XXL after a performance on Tuesday, Lamar said Macklemore worked hard, so he deserved to win everything he did, but he also acknowledged the lack of hip-hop being represented at the show:

“It’s well deserved; he did what he did, man. He went out there and hustled and grinded. Everything happens for a reason; the universe comes back around, that’s how it go.

I definitely feel like they should always have more of the culture up in there, for sure, because we definitely stand out just like any other genre. We part of the world. We part of the movement. So I think any awards, including the Grammys, should always push for more hip-hop because it’s music as a whole, it’s not just splitting different regions. Everything moves as far as sound and vibrations, and that’s how it goes. And we are a part of that.”

What do you think about his statements?

Kendrick Lamar Calls On Men In Hip-Hop To Up Their Game, But Where The Ladies At?

August 16th, 2013 - By Charing Ball
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Kendrick Lamar has managed to bring back what hip-hop truists have long said was missing from the music: a respect for the fundamentals.

If you haven’t yet heard the Big Sean song “Control,” mainly because I’m assuming that you just might not be into hip-hop like that, here is a part of the verse, which has everyone talking:

I heard the barbershops be in great debates all the time
Bout who’s the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas
Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of y’all
New n-ggas just new n-ggas, don’t get involved

I’m usually homeboys with the same n-ggas I’m rhymin wit
But this is hip hop and them n-ggas should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale, Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron‘, Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n-ggas
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n-ggas…”

I think we get the gist.

As noted by Lamar himself, this was not a diss but rather a challenge. A challenge for rappers to get creative and step their games up lyrically. It’s a poignant challenge, as explained in this must see video of 9th Wonder and Young Guru giving their reaction to his lyrical call out/challenge. Said 9th Wonder:

This is why it is so chess perfect, number one: I’m not going at your coast. I’m telling you that I’m the king of Hip Hop. It don’t matter where you’re from. I got both of them n*ggas in my one hand juggling. I’m the king of the west and east; I’m the king of Hip Hop Period. Number 2: I came at y’all n*ggas on the s**t y’all complaining hasn’t been in the game. This is lyrical; this ain’t about who got the best beat; this ain’t about who got Future on the hook; What he shot at you, is lyrics. What people is missing here is that when we do our arguments about so & so is hot – so & so is nice – to regular people, in a barbershop or something, they always hit you with, ‘he ain’t sold no records.’ Now you got somebody who sold records and is relevant in the culture, to change the Zeitgeist of the feel of what’s going on right now.”

Who knew hip hop was that deep?

Oh and it gets even deeper. The challenge has become so culturally significant that Kendrick Lamar responses have popped up all over the Internet. The hip hop magazine XXL has a nice detailed timeline of all the responses from some of our favorite rappers, and many we have yet to hear from. Likewise, social media sites exploded with hashtags related to the Lamar challenge, claiming four of the top 10 on Tuesday’s Twitter trending topics alone. Bloggers and ordinary fans alike offered up their own rankings and critiques of the responses. And there was plenty of debate too: Did Cassidy comes from the shadows of obscurity and basically massacre this challenge with his nearly six-minute freestyle response? Why was Lupe’s SLR 2 (Kendrick Lamar Diss) so masterfully shady? Who is this dude Los and why isn’t he signed yet? It’s really a beautiful thing when you stop to think about it. And yet through all the creative energy and lyrical competitiveness, what’s missing from this Battle Royale of true emcees, wishing to stake their claims among the lyrical legends, are the ladies.

It’s probably one the most glaringly obvious yet less spoken about omissions to this challenge. Lamar didn’t utter a single female rapper’s name in his call out of all the tops in the game. Doesn’t matter if Nicki Minaj is your personal taste or not, she is still one of the top rappers – male or female – in hip-hop. And she writes her own lyrics. Therefore, omitting her from the challenge does follow the thinking, sometimes subconscious, that women emcees are not valid, or equally yoked, to be seen as competitors.

But even without the personal invitation, there has been a lack of participation from emcees, hailing from the more fairer sex. No Angel Haze, no Sharaya J, or Lola Monroe? I can understand why the more established vets like Jean Grae, Rah Digga and Lauryn Hill might opt to sit this one out. But what about Lil’ Mama? She likes jumping on stages. Or even Azealia Banks? We know how much she loves to beef. Heck, I’ll even take some bars from Lil’ Kim and Foxy Brown too – just for the nostalgia. However, the only response I’ve seen from the only woman to speak on the challenge, thus far, has been Iggy Azalea, who only chimed in to say how “awesome” she thought the whole thing was. Honestly, it’s kind of depressing.

Traditionally, hip-hop has always been thought of as solely a boys’ club. And it is – if we only go largely on television and what we hear on the radio. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of ladies taking their places in front of the mic. YouTube is full of this unsigned hype. One such channel called Queen Of The Ring has amassed over 67,000 subscribers and features some of the most vicious female battle rappers this side of a breast cancer ribbon. Despite some folks’ belief that women just don’t have the verbal stamina, word play and sheer grit to hang with the fellas, these women prove video after video that they are fully capable of holding their own with their own brand of feminine machismo. But as noted by UK rapper Lady Leshurr in this recent interview from the Guardian UK, “The only way to promote female rappers is to pit them against each other.” And yet most of these ladies won’t rise above what amounts to a female version of the chitlin’ circuit because this forced segregation paints female rappers as something contrary, or even subpar, to what a more “traditional” rapper looks (i.e. male).

I have heard among many lady rappers, including Jean Grae in this interview on Huffington Post Live, that they don’t like to be labelled as a femcees. I tend to agree with that sentiment. There are no female rappers, there are only rappers. But how else do women re-write or evolve the legacy of what a rapper is, if when in a challenge put out for the “best,” the fellas are the only ones to respond? Any hip-hop historian worth his black and white composition notebook will tell you that the battle is one of the most fundamental parts of hip hop culture. There is nothing more status elevating than the ability to verbally beat your opponent into submission with metaphors, similes, punchlines and good timing. And I don’t care how flashy your gimmick is as an entertainer, if you can’t prove how fit you are lyrically as a rapper, no one is going to take your stuff seriously outside of a few drunken nights at the club. That is why women shouldn’t be on the sideline cheerleading the fellas on in “their” pissing match. We need to see and hear from them. They should jump right in the mix, calling out all these wack dudes, and ending careers too. I mean, who says that the kings of hip hop all have to be men?

Lessons In Twitter: Meek Mill Ordered By Judge To Take Social Media Etiquette Classes

July 3rd, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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This has got to be a first for court sentences. A Philadelphia  judge has ordered rapper Meek Mill to take etiquette classes to improve his social media interactions, The Huffington Post.

Late last week, Common Pleas Court Judge Genece Brinkley informed the rapper that he must complete the classes before August 4 due to violation of his probation. Meek Mill is on probation for a 2008 gun and drug conviction for which he was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in prison. He started five years of probation in the fall of 2009 after serving eight months in jail.

According to Assistant District Attorney Noel Ann DeSantis, Meek’s Tweets and other social media posts that he pushed out on his pages led to threats to his probation officer from some of his fans. The rapper was also ordered to get approval from his probation officer before leaving the state. Taken together his activities online and off are being curbed because the judge thinks he needs to adjust his behavior.

“The judge said Williams needed etiquette classes to refine his use of social media and to help him explain the nature of his business to the court, adding that the etiquette classes were ‘more important than any concerts he might have,’” reports HuffPo.

The judge might be on to something. It seems Meek is notorious for his crude Tweets. In fact, XXL recently compiled what it said were 25 of his most “ignorant” Tweets, including “If everything was all love it wouldn’t b no whores!”

“Rozay Good”: Rick Ross Claims He’s Learned His Lesson From Date Rape Lyrics, Says All Is Copacetic Between Him And Reebok

June 6th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Hit a man in his pockets and he’s sure to start seeing the light. Maybe…

That might just be the situation with Rick Ross, who after sparking major controversy with his lyrics from the Rocko track “U.O.E.N.O.” lost out on a multi-million dollar endorsement with Reebok. He was looking far from the “BAWSE” he likes to claim he is in his rhymes. But a few months after all of the debates and drama, Ross says it was something he’s learned from and hopes his “little homeys” will learn from as well. Including his Maybach Music Group artists, Meek Mill and Rockie Fresh, who have partnerships with Puma and other shoe companies. But no matter what, financially, he’s good. Here’s what he had to say to MTV News:

“It most definitely was a learning situation and just for the little homeys, just something for them to take away. That’s what’s important to me, what they take away from it. I’m in a position where if I never sold another shoe, Rozay good. So it’s really about what the little homeys who coming next gonna take away from it. Keep handling your business, because that’s what it’s about. Just stay tuned, we gon’ do it big.”

When the question came up about where he stands with Reebok , he made it seem like there is room to work together in the future and that despite him getting the boot from the shoe company, he still has a business relationship with those within the company, and doesn’t seem to have any hard feelings towards them for their decision:

“At the end of the day, once the dust settles we’ll just readdress the situation — once the time is right. As far as myself and Reebok, we got a healthy situation.”

Well, all right. Check out his interview with MTV on the next page and let us know what you think…

“He Has Stupid Advisors Around Him”: Reebok CEO Finally Talks Rick Ross Firing; Meek Mill Says “F**K Reebok, We Wear Pumas”

May 2nd, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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While participating in discussions at the Footwear News CEO Summit in Miami yesterday (who knew of such a thing?), a question was directed to Reebok CEO Uli Becker, in which he was asked about having to part ways with spokesperson Rick Ross for his irresponsible lyrics on the Rocko song, “U.O.E.N.O.” As a reminder for the umpteenth time, the lyrics went a little something like this:

“Put Molly all in the champagne/ She ain’t even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain’t even know it.”

When women’s rights groups protested against the song and started a petition for Reebok to drop the plus-size rapper, he gave a half a**ed apology, claiming that he never used the word “rape” in the song, and that he doesn’t condone it. When that proved not to be enough, Reebok CEO Uli Becker heard the call of the people and decided it was in his company’s best interest to separate itself from Ross. So when asked about going their separate ways, Becker kept it really real, and said the following according to Footwear News:

“It’s unfortunate because he’s a great guy, he just has stupid advisors around him.”

Well, dang. While Ross has been tight-lipped about the whole situation since issuing a long, drawn-out apology a little too late, we know his MMG signee, Meek Mill, has been very outspoken about the way he felt Ross was treated by Becker and Reebok. In a recent interview with Civil TV, he compared the company’s axing of Ross and their continued profit from the controversy to a pimp and a prostitute. Yeah…

“F**k Reebok. We wear Puma’s. That’s what we do. We wear Puma’s. As far as the Rick Ross situation with Reebok, I just don’t approve of none of that. I don’t approve of no companies trying to dip and dab in our culture and then when you make a mistake they dip out on you. So, it’s like they still making money off of our brand.”

“I’m very against that. Ross is off of Reebok now, Reebok still gonna make money off of Ross. You know what I’m saying? Before Rick Ross and Swizz and Tyga, it was no Reebok. These companies they actually follow our culture and make money off of our culture and pay us like a pimp…And me, I’m against that. Any way you fire me, we gonna tear your Isht back down. Ain’t nobody wearing Reebok.”

Hmm, what do you think of Meek Mill’s comments, as well as the comments of Reebok CEO Uli Becker? Let us know if they’re talking nonsense or making interesting points to you below!

Bow Down Or Bow Out? Diss Songs That Caused Dumb Drama

April 19th, 2013 - By Davisha Davis
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When artists have beef with each other, the easiest way to let the other person know what’s up is to put it in a song. Many of the rappers and singers who made this list have been known to cause controversy and have no problem speaking their mind. Let’s take a look at some of the most memorable and funny beefs in hip hop.

“He Didn’t Say He About To Rape A B***h”: Slim Thug Goes On Rant In Support Of Rick Ross And Against Reebok

April 12th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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In another installment of “Get Your Life Please,” this week’s winner is Slim Thug, taking the coveted spot from last week’s winner, Ray J.

We told you just yesterday that Reebok decided to part ways with Rick Ross as a spokesperson for their company after the fallout from his pro-date rape lyrics in the remix to the Rocko song, “U.O.E.N.O.” They put out a pretty straight-to-the-point statement that was also stern at the same time:

“While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse.”

Well, we haven’t received a response yet from Rick Ross, but his MMG partner-in-crime, Meek Mill, basically tried to take a shot at the credibility of Reebok shoes to express his support for the Bawse. “Reeboks right next 2 FILA when it come 2 sneaks that s**t corny… I was only was feeling swizz & tyga projects… #boom”

Riiiight. I love how these type of comments come up after somebody gets dumped, but we know if Ross was still getting that check everybody in that MMG camp would be trying get a free pair of sneakers. But the most “interesting” response to the Ross backlash and firing from Reebok came from Houston rapper Slim Thug, who basically snapped on Reebok last night for using Ross for publicity (especially they didn’t care that he was rapping about drugs for so long), and snapped back at critics for taking the lyrics so seriously. A big problem with his argument, however, is that he couldn’t get his opinions out without calling women the B-word damn near immediately:

Damn haters won

…I never seen a b***h pass out on a Molly they stay up all night so how is that rape? U.O.E.N.O

[Reebok] ain’t care about all the dope he was rapping bout selling when they signed him but now they tripping after all that promo

All I’m saying is its a rap song and he didn’t say he bout to rape a b***h so he shouldn’t have lost a deal over it

Before we know it rappers are not going to be able to curse no mo on their albums cause somebody whose not a rap fan was offended f**k that

It’s always somebody tryna take down someone who is successful stop hating and get u some money

He would continue to comment about the whole situation on his Twitter, going back and forth with folks who disagreed with him saying things like, “I respect your opinion respect mine I don’t condone rape either but why was losing a Reebox deal his punishment he apologized.” But interestingly enough, he deleted some of the more reckless tweets, which included a few more B-words. But I’m not surprised that Slim Thug wouldn’t understand why people are up in arms about Ross’s lyrics. I mean, just read his comments, he can barely get his opinion out without referring to women as b***hes. And just a few days ago he put up a tweet that said, “B***hes in #2013 are still stupid and evil as Eve.”

But what Slim Thug, Rick Ross, Meek Mill and all these rappers need to realize is that people are a lot more outspoken in 2013 than they were back when B.I.G. was running hip-hop. You can’t romanticize the idea of date raping women on Molly and then expect everybody to play deaf and dumb. Watch your mouth or watch your money go, because we don’t have to support it. Simple as that.

What did you think of his comments?