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In a candid interview with Billboard, rapper Wale welcomed the world into his personal life by opening up about his recent struggle with depression, substance abuse and his ex-girlfriend suffering a miscarriage.
He first revealed the miscarriage on his new track “The Matrimony,” which features R&B crooner Usher.
“The girl I was with, we tried for a long time to have a child,” he told Billboard. “And when she finally did [get pregnant], she miscarried at 10 or 11 weeks.”
Although the miscarriage occurred fairly early into the pregnancy, Wale admits that he already began making plans for his unborn child.
“I was visualizing my child’s face. We gave it a name and everything. All of that went away.”
Speaking of becoming a parent, Wale says that his relationship with his mother isn’t exactly the warmest.
“All these rappers, they do songs about their mothers. I’m Nigerian — my mother didn’t encourage me to do this. Even when [my first album] Attention Deficit came out and I had kind of made it, most parents would have been like, ‘My baby did it!’ but I don’t have that. My mom didn’t come to my [youth football league] games,” he explained. “I can’t even explain to my mom what my job entails. She just knows that all of her bills are going to be paid.”
Apparently, things have always been this way with the 30-year-old and his parents, which is why the opinions and approval of others means so much to him.
“I didn’t have one-on-ones with my mom or dad. I was in juvenile facilities a lot. My point is that I grew up with the outside world meaning the most to me. This is in hindsight — I’m trying to figure out why I’m this way. I rely on the people’s opinions, because I don’t have much outside of that.”
As for his internal battle with depression, the D.C. rapper explained that he was feeling down about his career, which led to his reliance on substances to keep him going.
“I was depressed not being where I wanna be in my career when I’ve put the work in,” he shared. “I wasn’t sleeping. I was drinking all day and I didn’t have anyone to go to. I couldn’t fight it. Those are some of the demons I talk about on the album.”
He admits that there was a drug for every kind of mood he was in.
“My confidence was shot, so I’d be taking whatever to keep me in a good mood, to get me in the right mood for an interview. I’m not going into the details as to what I was taking, but there’s definitely something for that. Just like there’s a f-ckin’ app for everything, there’s a damn pill for everything. Or something you can pour in your glass.”
Check out the rest of Wale’s interview here.
We told you over the weekend that after feeling fed up with his situation with Eva Marcille, fed up with their issues keeping him from seeing his daughter, Marley, and being super fed up after watching Marcille flirt with Wale on Instagram, Kevin McCall found himself venting on social media. He basically said he was giving up on fighting to see his daughter, and was instead, leaving things in God’s hands:
“See you 2019 my princess [kiss emoji] God got it [praise hands] I surrender it ALL to him it is out of my hands Father in the name of Jesus I relinquish it ALL to you. Bless my children life’s not fair.”
Though he would quickly delete those comments, he left up video clips on Instagram of phone conversations with Eva. They can be heard arguing about why she won’t let him see Marley, feeling threatened by him, and a lot more.
It was overshare to the max, and in a brief chat with The Breakfast Club this morning, McCall explained his recent behavior, his troubled custody situation, and whether or not he really did all the things that caused Marcille to seek a restraining order against him.
Why He Insinuated That Wale Had Herpes, And What Made Him Apologize
I never spread a rumor that Wale had herpes. All I said was, ‘I’d never be jealous of a man with herpes. Drop the mic.’ But whoever got offended by it, that’s up to them.
I got a call from him and he came at me respectfully. So I felt like, the bigger high road thing to do was to just apologize. To not make it bigger than what it needs to be.
I insinuated it. So, this is what ya’ll gotta think about: If the shoe fits, wear it Cinderella.
Why He Lashed Out At Wale And Eva
I just been going through it with my baby. I miss my baby. I feel like Wale is one of my colleagues. I feel like with us going through our stuff in our private life, she shouldn’t be doing stuff like that. And as for him, I didn’t say anything about him. I said something to her on his page, but I didn’t say nothing about him. If I had something to say about him, I would have said it to his face. He know how I get down.
How He Will Deal If She Dates Men In The Entertainment Industry
That’s cool. They just have to deal with her baby daddy. I’m not trying to cause trouble, but it’s just gotta be a certain type of guy around my children.
On The Allegations Of Domestic Violence Towards Eva
A lot of my side wasn’t public because we made a deal that we weren’t gonna talk about it. And when that deal was broken by her representatives, you know, saying some crazy stuff about her safety and this and that, I started catching on to what was going on. I didn’t want to break my silence until I knew what was going on, because I still loved the girl at the time. I feel like family is important and you can’t let the devil come in and tear that up so I wanted to fight for mine. I felt like putting her out there too early was just gonna hurt my baby, cause that’s her mama.
Why He Said On Social Media That He Would See Marley In 2019
I said that because I had a recent conversation. I’m not going to talk about what was in the conversation. Basically, that was thrown in my face to basically hurt my feelings because I was saying ‘If you do fear for your life, let’s go to a police station and talk. Or lets sit down with mediation and talk and figure out a date or things I can do to just meet with my baby. That’s when she said, ‘Nah, you can’t see her ’til 2019.’
On The Last Time He Saw Marley In-Person
Sometimes she’ll let me pick her up and take her to church, but it’s probably been like a month or so.
How Allegations Of Abuse Have Affected Him
I wish society would stop jumping so much to the side of anyone, whether it’s male or female. Domestic violence is nothing to play with. It’s not something to just put on a man or woman. Restraining orders are not something to just play around with because it did mess up a lot of my money. And it was not true. I’m here to say it was not true.
Very tricky and sad situation. Hopefully they can come to some sort of medium so that Marley can have access to the both of them without drama. Check out his chat with The Breakfast Club below…
And check out his new song, “Naked Truth,” which is on this very complicated situation. It’s not bad!
If we’ve learned anything from celebrities on social media, the last place you want to be when you’re recovering from heartbreak is online. You’re liable to say and do some things that you will regret…just ask singer Kevin McCall.
We told you earlier this month that the singer seemed to be pining over his ex, model Eva Marcille, who is the mother of his daughter, Marley.
If you’ll recall, the pair split after a domestic incident in March, where McCall reportedly kicked down doors in the home they shared, and tried to take baby Marley out of Marcille’s arms during an argument. She would later file a restraining order against McCall, and he lost custody of their daughter temporarily.
But things have improved between them and as previously mentioned, McCall has been giving Marcille the eye once again.
But is she giving the eye to another man?
Marcille commented on a particularly nice picture of rapper Wale with the kiss emoji:
Innocent, right? Even though Wale didn’t do anything in particular to deserve the animated smooch, McCall got jealous and commented on the photo, calling Wale “weak.” He went a step further and took his anger out on the rapper, claiming that he had herpes…
But someone must have told McCall that he was behaving like a child, because he turned right back around and issued a public apology to Wale, admitting that he was in his feelings when he dissed him:
Even after all that, neither Wale nor Marcille had a response for his shenanigans. McCall has since deleted all of his statements from Instagram, but then again, this is the Internet, so nothing is ever gone…
On a more positive side note, can we talk about how cute Marley is?! She’s getting so big!
A couple of summers ago, tensions between Wale and fellow recording artist Tiara Thomas turned into a public feud after the “Bad” singer decided to sign with Rico Love. Apparently, Wale felt that Tiara should have signed with him, while Tiara felt that he simply took too long to make things happen.
“I was a casualty of the game,” the D.C. native explained at the time of their feud. “That bitter reality just hit me but it’s all good, shout out to Tiara Thomas and her new situation. I don’t want to go there- shout out to Tiara Thomas though. She’s a dope artist, she’s an incredible artist.”
As for why he took so long to sign her, Wale had this to say:
“…Shout out to Tiara Thomas and her new situation. I wish her the best. ‘Bad’ is an incredible record, she wrote it. She got a situation, they doing what they gon’ do with her and shout out to her and her situation. Their situation met through me. I was recording with the ‘situation’ she’s in now and they met. It’s just the game though. My thing is, I don’t believe in paperwork too soon cause I like to show and prove what I can do. And like, I ain’t want to scare nobody. Like yo ‘let’s make the music, let’s vibe.’ You live and learn so that’s why I’ll kick myself before I complain about somebody else. It’s the music business. Like a lot of these people ain’t ya “friend”-friend for real like that sometime. She got her situation and she’s happy and I learned.”
This was close to two years ago and it appears that it’s all water under the bridge now. During a weekend performance in New York City, the duo reunited on stage and it appears that it was all love.
“Hit the stage w my boo last night in NYC. It’s been a long time❤,” Tiara captioned a photo from Saturday’s performance.
You would think that the reunion would’ve made fans happy and that everyone would’ve left the concert happy; however, this was not the case. One fan took to Instagram and blasted the rapper for being late to the performance.
“Really? We wait three hours to see you? Get it together lame!” the fan spat on Instagram.
Wale, who appeared to be in his feelings, clapped back with a vengeance.
“Yo learn facts before you start name callin U lil dumb b-tch. Yeah I called [you] a b-tch. I stayed and waited my turn to perform. I don’t run the venue. I don’t control opening acts. It’s a concert you dumb a–. It has to build there has to be new acts local acts because I give ppl chances to perform in front of a packed crowd. No concert starts when the f-ckin doors open. So before U start disrespecting a n-gga who performed 2 hours (an extra hr) Try to do some research first. Idc what nobody say. Lose respect all u want. U lame uneducated plastic idiot.”
However, the disappointed reactions only continued to pour in from other fans. Some even questioned whether or not he was under the influence of some sort of substance the night of his performance.
Do you think he overreacted to his disappointed fans?
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.
“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! #UNOTMMG,” 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.
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:
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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?