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“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?

Fools Run In Packs: Meek Mill Talks Charging Fans $100+ For Pics And Why He Doesn’t Care About Rick Ross’s Lyrics

April 8th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Rick Ross, and rightfully so. Many have been very vocal about their disgust over his lyrics in the remix to the Rocko song “U.O.E.N.O” (“Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it”). As a result of those lines and his clear confusion about why it’s wrong (saying you would never say the word rape in a song and implying it just because you think you sound witty makes no sense) has led to a lot of uproar and calls for Ross to lose his endorsements with Reebok.

Now people in his camp are having to answer for their boss’s lyrics, including Meek Mill, who had a radio interview in DC with 93.9 where he talked about that controversy, along with the heat he has been getting on his own for allegedly charging fans at his shows to be able take pictures with him. His answers were interesting to say the least, and can be kind of difficult to read…good luck.

Necole Bitchie got word from numerous people, fans of the rapper, who were pissed about him asking them to pay more than $100 for a chance to cheese it up with him in pictures. When asked about the rumors that he was doing this, he says it wasn’t him, but his people (“homies”) who were making folks pay to take a pic with him. But with R&B divas like Beyoncé and others charging hundreds of dollars for meet and greets, he doesn’t see the problem at all:

“Actually, I was not charging to take pictures ya know? My homies be in the crowd and if my homie trying to make some money and you trying to get backstage, he might charge you. That’s your fault. I don’t even see nothing actually wrong. Beyoncé and Rihanna, they charge $500 for a meet and greet. I’m bout to do a meet and greet right now free. I been doing this for years, you know what I’m saying? I take pictures everyday. I just took 20 pictures. I hang in the neighborhood, you know what I’m saying. I hang in the hood. So you know it’s average to me. I come outside everyday, pictures is average to me.”

And as for Rick Ross, does he understand why people are up in arms over his lyrics? He didn’t really say yes or no, but rather that he doesn’t care, especially when so many other rappers have said far worse over the years:

“You know man, I don’t even care about nobody criticizing no lyrics man. People rap about killing stuff all day man. Biggie said ‘rape your kid, throw her over the bridge,’ back then and it was nothing, it was just hip-hop. Now you got all these weirdos on these social sites voicing their opinions about something anybody say. I don’t care; you know what I’m saying? I’m from the hood. I never really cared about what nobody said in no raps. Raps always been talking about killing, drugs, all types of stuff, you know what I’m saying? So you can’t just criticize no one thing nobody say man. It’s imaginary visuals. If a writer write about somebody getting raped in a movie, is he a rapist or he want girls to get raped? No, he just wrote about that in a movie.”

The radio host and Mill went on to explain how they felt Eminem said such things and worse in his raps in the past, and nobody said anything negative about it, so why trip now? But that’s definitely not true, seeing as women’s rights groups and LGBT groups disapproved publicly about Eminem’s lyrics for many years, so where they got the idea that he was getting off scot-free, I’m not sure. But anywho, that’s his opinion. So what do YOU think about his thoughts on the controversy, folks?

Bad Week? After Days Of Ratchet Behavior, Chris Brown Publicly Disses Drizzy By Telling A Crowd, “F**K DRAKE”

March 8th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Somebody come get Chris. He literally needs to take a vacation and just cool out, because he’s been popping off on people all week, including Drake (even if homeboy wasn’t there to hear it).

So the song “5 a.m. in Toronto” was released this week by Drake, and in it, according to reports, is a shot at the whole Rihanna-Drake-Chris Brown love triangle that we all thought was defunct. Spitting over a pretty sick beat, Drake said “I’m just being frank with you/I mean, where you think she at when she ain’t with you?” That, along with a reference to the whole summer bottle throwing brawl between Drizzy and Breezy (and Meek Mill) had music reporters and bloggers coming to the conclusion that the rapper was throwing shots. So just yesterday, the singer (who low-key wants to be an R&B thug with the whole side rapping he does) was in Emerson Theatre in Hollywood, posted up near the DJ booth. And when the DJ decided to play Drake’s “Started From the Bottom,” Brown wasn’t feeling it. The singer proceeded to get on the DJ’s mic, and her stop the music for a moment to say the following:

“The DJ can play this s–t, but I want you all to know, F–k Drake!”

Hmmm, allegedly, Brown threw a middle finger in the air to the rapper and kept it moving, capping another messy moment in an extremely messy week for the singer. I’m sure you’ve heard about him having loud words with a valet at PINZ bowling alley in Studio City that was caught on video by TMZ. Word on the street is that the valet tried to stick the singer for his papers by making him pay $10 to get his car back while other patrons had to pay $5. Another report says that Drake’s friend claims the valet said Brown could park his car for a minute with no problem or fee, but then when he came to get his keys, was asking for $10. Not wanting to pay ANYTHING after that, Breezy got tough with the little guy and said that if he didn’t give him his keys, he promised to “turn the whole spot up.”

Aaaand there is word that Brown also had an argument with his bodyguard Big Pat on a private plane earlier in the week while it was stopping for a refuel, but it’s not clear why the argument took place. However, he did end up leaving said bodyguard, who had to fly home from Bermuda on a plane without his peeps and without all the perks of a private jet.

We’ve said it before…we really want Chris Brown to win but he has to get his anger in check for real. Folks are out here just trying to push him because they know he’ll snap, and he shouldn’t feed into that negativity. But at the same time, he has to chill and stop flying off the handle at the drop of a hat. It’s getting tired. And is it weird that when I heard about all this ranting I thought about Rihanna? I don’t know what she was talking about saying things are “different this time” for them, because from what can be seen, Brown’s temperament is a loooot worse than before. But here’s to hoping someone in his camp will step up ONE DAY and pull him to the side, because while some people unfairly label him (especially in mainstream media), he definitely makes it easy for folks to do so.


15 Musicians That Would Make The Best Taylor Swift Revenge Songs We-E Ever Ever Ever Heard!

March 1st, 2013 - By Diamond Newman
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Despite her innocent looks and child-like performances, Taylor Swift seems like the girlfriend from hell. When it’s over, she writes songs about her exes, picks on them and drags their names through the dirt. Here is a list of 15 famous musicians that would give Taylor a taste of her own medicine if they ever dated.

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