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Wale Leaves Roc Nation, Joins LeBron James’ Management Team

August 29th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Wale bids adieu to Roc Nation, home of J.Cole, Rihanna, Meek Mill, Melanie Fiona and more, to join 77 North Management, which represents LeBron James, Billboard reports.

The Bad hip hop artist had been with Roc Nation —  an empire built by Jay Z — for five years, but perhaps Wale believes that there are greener pastures. The 77 North Management team is run by Rich Paul, Leonard Brooks, and Maverick Carter.

“Wale’s growth and maturity is clear, as he continues work on his best project to date. Its rollout has a lot to do with his new management, who have only been associated with the biggest and best brands in the world… #LeBron #Beats #JohnnyFootball,” said 77 North in a statement to Revolt.

XXL reports that Wale’s split from Roc Nation was amicable, but we’re not so convinced by that following the rapper’s Twitter beef with Meek Mill in early July:

“Wale just ain’t gone tweet a thing about my album…. He’s been hating on me long time now …don’t even text me cornball! ,” Meek Mill tweeted.

“I don’t need no support…It’s about a lot of these dudes really b hating behind closed doors..All these guys that’s on the rap scene kno,” Meek Mill continued.

Wale later responded to the caustic tweets on Instagram, saying in part:

“(Were rappers )I don’t need to take anybody shine.. Or hate on anybody . I walk in a completely different world ..”

Nearly two months later, Wale’s cutting ties with Roc Nation and joining forces with 77 North. Is it just a coincidence?

The D.C. rapper’s fourth studio album, The Album About Nothing, is slated for release this fall. So far, no official date has been announced.

All Up In The Video: Stars Who Appeared In Other Artist’s Music Videos

July 9th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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There’s competitiveness in any field that you work in, but it’s always nice to see some camaraderie, support, and just have someone that you’re working with lend a helping hand… or a face.

In this list (which was inspired by a comment from poster Dark Child) we’re going to be bringing you musicians who appeared in other musicians’ music videos.  Now, here’s the stipulation for their selections:

They have to either play the role of a love interest, they didn’t have a vocal part in the song, and/or they are merely there as a form of solidarity for their friend.  So, with that said, let’s get it going with:

Celebs Who Were Winning In 2013

December 26th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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2013 is done and in the history books. While most of us are just happy to make it to 2014 alive, these celebrities actually have a lot to celebrate. They had a stellar year and, to put it plainly, were killing it in 2013.

Celebs Who Were Winning In 2013

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Tamar Braxton

Tamar Braxton has finally come out from the shadows of her big sisters and stepped into the limelight alone. After winning fans, or Tamartians, over on her family’s reality show, “Braxtons Family Values,” Tamar landed her own spin-off, which focused on juggling being a wife and then expecting a baby while getting her solo career off of the ground. All of her hard work paid off when Love and War debuted on the Billboard charts in the number two slot after selling over 115,000 copies. Not wasting any time, Tamar released a Christmas album Winter Loversland a few weeks ago.

Calm Down: Wale Threatens Complex For Excluding Him From Best Albums List (Audio)

December 13th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Looks like somebody is really in their feelings today. Complex recently compiled a list of the 50 Best Album of 2013. And Wale’s name was not on it. And instead of stewing privately, he decided to go right to the source. He didn’t send an e-mail, or have his assistant set up a meeting. Wale hopped on the phone and called Complex. And baby boy went in. In a rant similar to his predecessor Kanye West, Wale attempted to have a civil conversation asking why his album The Gifted didn’t make the cut.

When Insanul Ahmed, a writer for the publication tried to explain the selection process Wale cut him off and proceeded to launch into profanity laden rant claiming the publication obviously had a personal vendetta against him.

“At this point, you know it’s got to be personal. You telling me it’s not personal. It’s like a bold face lie. To be omitted from every type of list that y’all do or be at the bottom of it or every type of way that y’all can omit me, ya will.” 

When Ahmed attempted to saw it wasn’t personal, Wale cut him off, screaming: “You mean to tell me Juicy J album better than mine; is that what you trying to tell me?” 

And then things escalated further when Wale started threatening the staffers.

“I swear to God I’ll come to that office and start knocking n—-s the f–k out.”  “I’ll see y’all tomorrow. Get the security ready.” 

But it looks like it was all talk as Wale didn’t come through.

You can listen to the entire rant in this video Complex posted below.

 

And though Wale clearly overreacted, I do believe there is some type of unstated beef. He’s not top 50 really?! Clicking and looking through the list, there are some very suspect picks. Like there’s a Birdman album on there. Yeah, Cash Money Birdman. And while Complex is doing Wale dirty, at the end of the day what does it really matter? The album has been out for months. Their article won’t hurt sales. And if you know Complex has beef, why do you keep looking for your name on their lists. They don’t rock with you. Rumor has it Wale unfollowed Complex on Twitter. Too bad that wasn’t his only response.

Toast To The Motherland! Celebrity Women Dating African Men

November 29th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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We often say there’s nothing like black love and we’re pretty sure the ladies on this list would completely agree because they’ve taken their love straight back to their roots. Here are 10 celebrity women who have found love dating African men.

Celebrity Women Dating African Men

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Keri Hilson

Keri Hilson named her last album “No Boys Allowed” but after meeting Oklahoma City Thunder’s Serge Ibaka, she changed her tune. Born in the Republic of the Congo, Ibaka played basketball in Spain before coming to the NBA. Hilson, who is normally very private about her dating life, was rumored to have a new man in her life and after months of speculation, they came out as a couple in late 2012. Still going strong, Hilson was sitting in the stands cheering her man on a couple of weeks ago when he got ejected from the game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

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?

Trillectro Brings The Local D.C. Music Scene To Life

August 9th, 2013 - By Liz Burr
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Its founders were told they couldn’t do it. But Trillectro returns for its second year this month, and thanks to a little perseverance on the part of Modele “Modi” Oyewole, Marcel Marshall and Quinn Coleman, the one-day music festival owes its scope and impact to a youthful energy that has in a short period become the event’s signature.

Graduates of Boston College, the trio grew up in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area and were inspired to create their own musical experience after attending Coachella in 2012. “We camped out, did the whole experience,” says Modi. “It was so surreal. Music festivals are just a really interesting environment because everyone is just excited to spend the next few days with people. Music is a bonding experience, it brings people together. After seeing what that did, we said we need to bring this to DC. It started as a conversation.”

To learn more about Trillectro and Wale’s involvement, click through to Black Enterprise.

Wale Awards $25,000 Scholarship To Hampton University Student

July 22nd, 2013 - By Liz Burr
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Hip-hop artist Wale has added yet another philanthropic element to his award-winning entertainment brand. The Nigerian-American rapper recently awarded a $25,000 scholarship to the 25th caller during his guest appearance on 103 JAMZ, a Norfolk, Va.-based radio show. The winner, Gloucester, Va., resident Lauren Pryor, is a sophomore at Hampton University, a top-rated, historically black college in Hampton, Va.

To read more about Wale’s philanthropic gift, click through to Black Enterprise.

Wale Gives Hampton University Student $25,000 Scholarship To Return To College

July 18th, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Following in the footsteps of Tom Joyner, who gave Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel a full scholarship to the HBCU of her choice.  The Bad rapper,  Wale, gave A $25,000 scholarship to Hampton University student, Lauren Pryor. Pryor, a sophomore, who is studying psychology, won the scholarship through radio station 103 JAMZ on June 18. According to the Gazette-Journal, Pryor said:

“I was on my way to a friend’s home in Hampton when I heard the radio challenge that the 25th caller would win the prize. The station said to call between 4 and 5 p.m. I called four or five times. The line was always busy. On about the 14th call I told myself to give it a rest then, I heard a man say ‘hello.’ I didn’t believe it. He told me there were millions of calls and he only picked up the phone 14 times nationwide. Winning this scholarship was truly a blessing. Almost not returning to Hampton University in the fall because of expenses, I was exceedingly fortunate to receive this scholarship. It was truly a test of faith.”

Lauren was able to accept her scholarship at Wale’s The Gifted concert and album release party at the Best Buy Theater. Pryor was even offered the chance to appear on “106&Park.”

Best wishes to Lauren as she continues her education at Hampton University!

Wale Beats Out Kanye West And J.Cole On The Charts As His New Album “The Gifted” Goes Number One

July 3rd, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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In the last few weeks we reported the drama that has been attached to rapper, Wale. From singer Tiara Thomas, who he mentored for two years, leaving his camp to sign with Rico Love and his assistant cursing her out on Twitter, to others often attacking him on his Twitter and saying that he is one the most arrogant rappers on the scene, he’s got a bad rap recently (or for years). But it looks like Wale has a reason to be conceited!

Billboard reported previously that Wale’s third album, The Gifted, would be headed straight to the top of the charts–no disrespect to J. Cole or Kanye West, who released their albums Born Sinner and Yeezus a few weeks prior to The Gifted. Now the verdict is in! The Gifted debuted at number one on the Billboard’s 200 chart selling 158,000 copies. Unfortunately for Yeezy, he dropped from the first to the third spot with his album sales decreasing by 80 percent, a HUGE dip. MTV News reports that it’s one of the biggest drops for album sales in the history of Nielsen SoundScan numbers:

“This represents the fourth largest drop for a #1-debuting album in the SoundScan era, behind other 80-plus percent dippers from Madonna, Lady Gaga and Mac Miller.”

MTV News later went on to report:

Next week’s charts are a mystery, as both Billboard and SoundScan have vowed not to count
 the one million pre-purchased Samsung-sponsored downloads of Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail
 that will be unlocked at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. The album will not be available to the general public until Tuesday, meaning it won’t chart until the following week.

Although Wale has the number one spot now, do you think Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail will change that in the upcoming weeks? Let us know in the comment section. Either way, Wale has reason to celebrate, and maybe now, he can talk more about his album’s success and less about his issues with Tiara Thomas…