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You Can Save All That, Bruh: Wyclef Jean Says He Would Be Happy To Help Lauryn Hill With Tax Troubles (“My Door Is Always Open”)
While I’m always for people lending a helping hand to folks, and Lauryn Hill could definitely use some help paying off her tax debt (and with a few other things), the idea that Wyclef Jean would offer out of all the people in the world just seems…odd. But that’s what he has done.
In an interview with DJ Green Lantern and Boss Lady on the Sirius radio show Invasion Radio, ‘Clef acted as if he wasn’t aware of her tax troubles or that she was even facing sentencing (which was postponed this week until early May), but he wanted to make it clear that despite their past squabbles, he wouldn’t want to see her end up in jail, or to see anything bad happen to her at all.
“That’s deep. What I could say to that is that at the end of the day, my heart goes out to her. I’m realizing…I have not been following that news at all…But I definitely wish her the best. That’s definitely a serious issue. Once again, if she’s listening, at the end of the day, my door is always open. I never closed my door to her in a sense of, if she ever needed anything, I was never the one to block–but she had mad people around her. But at the end of the day it’s one thing I learned about life. We could beef as much as we want, but if something was to really happen to her, I would feel bad. My arms is open…This is the first that I’m hearing about this news…but if she’s listening, I’m open.”
Hmmm. And on top of that, ‘Clef discussed the attempts in the past to get the Fugees back together and why each time was futile. A lot of if had to do with a lack of trust between members he claims, and he talks about how it led to him creating the very epic “Hips Don’t Lie” with Shakira–one of the best selling singles of all-time:
“Dave Chappelle got the Fugees together. He came and met us individually, and he didn’t have a deep story. He was just like, ‘I love the band. I think you guys should come rock with me.’ He’s funny, he’s pure, and he’s honest, and I felt other people were trying to get the band back together so that they could make billions. It’s hard with the Fugees because money never came first for us, integrity always come first. We ended up doing that, I thought it was great. When we went to the studio, keep in mind, when we did The Score, or when I met L and Pras when I was little…it was clear what everybody did in the group. What I am to the Fugees is like what will.i.am is to the Black Eyed Peas, it’s clear. I felt like once we came back, I felt like that trust was lost. I didn’t have that title no more…So then I went on and I worked with Shakira and I gave her the biggest song of all time. Written by Wyclef Jean, get it straight. I felt sad about the Fugees thing though.”
“There has to be a level of trust on what is it that every individual is doing. Like me, I’m a producer. What I’m best at doing is, I know how to create artists. I know how to blow up artists. I do it over, and over and over again…The time that I worked with Lauryn and the amount of stuff I put together with her, I haven’t come across a female remotely close. When she’s focused the talent is the most ridiculous. It sounds like four aliens in one. For me, I respected her in that sense and she respected me as a producer. But I think what hapened was, so much time had passed and so much new groups were coming out so it was like, “Does this dude still got it?” And then I went on and tapped that thing for Shakira, but I was more wanting to do it for the Fugees, but if I went to the Fugees I wouldn’t have had “Hips Don’t Lie.”
Seems ‘Clef and Lauryn have just been at odds for too long. But I wouldn’t encourage her to take this man’s offer, seeing as how he’s been dogging her in public for the last few years. Especially after that whole issue he brought up for his memoir claiming she told him that her son, Zion, was actually his. Just seems like another thing for him to throw back in her face in the future. Run Lauryn, RUN!
What do you think about his comments?
Will.i.am, Black Eyed Peas front man and Intel’s director of creative innovation, has announced that he’ll be heading back to class this September. “Fascinated” by quantum physics, he told Canada’s CTV News that he’ll be studying computer science this fall.
“If you live in a ghetto and really want not to just change your life and your family’s life but change your ghetto’s life, make your ghetto a good neighbourhood, learn science, try to be like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs,” he said.
“ Music is great, athletics is great, but the guys in Silicon valley and the dudes that make Twitter and Facebook, they’re changing the world,” he added.
Just yesterday, we wrote about the need for African Americans in STEM careers, which are areas seeking trained and enthusiastic professionals now and in the foreseeable future. Of course, Will.i.am already has a thriving career, but hopefully he’ll serve as an example to others.
And perhaps he has a better future in computer science than he does in music. Yikes. Here’s Will.i.am rapping about technology for The Wall Street Journal. When a reporter looks at you like this, you know you don’t have a hit on your hands. Even better, he talks about what’s hot in the tech world. That’s worth listening to.
Another day, another copyright infringement accusation. This common issue seems to be the norm among industry insiders. The latest artist to be accused of “track-jacking” is will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas. According to The Huffington Post, house music producers Mat Zo and Arty are claiming that the hipster ripped off his “Let’s Go” track featuring Chris Brown from them. The song does sound very similar to the Mat Zo and Arty-produced dance track, “Rebound.” Now the producers are claiming that the song was never properly cleared by Brown and will.i.am for use.
This of course rubbed Chris the wrong way, as he maintains that he is an innocent party in the matter.
So far there has been no official news of legal action being taken against will.i.am or Chris. Despite Will’s Twitter mentions being clogged with insults regarding the allegations, he has yet to publicly respond to the controversy. Although he and Arty felt slighted by Will’s alleged track-jacking antics, Mat took to his Facebook page, asking fans to chill out with the insults they’ve been hurling Will’s way and to stop making racist comments.
“I really and truely appreciate all the support you are giving me and Arty in response to Will I Am’s copyright infringement. However, this doesnt excuse the horrific abuse youre sending the way of Will I Am and Chris Brown, and it especially doesnt excuse being racist. Thank you,” Mat wrote.
Check out will.i.am and Chris Brown’s track below. Turn the page for Mat Zo and Arty’s track. Thoughts?
So I was watching “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in the hopes of hearing some hilarious commentary about the election, because the late-night comics usually keep the laughs coming with their skits and parody videos. But I was howling in my apartment when I saw this video of a reporter for WSVN 7 News in Florida at Obama headquarters painfully confusing one black man with two men who look absolutely nothing like him. When the anchors caught up with the reporter to get his take on the night’s events, you could tell that said reporter, Blake Burman, was too excited to show the audience that there was a big celebrity in his midst. Now who that celebrity was, unfortunately, the homie Blake clearly wasn’t too sure of that part. As the camera panned slowly to Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am and back to Burman, he paused and with an assured look on his face, said “That’s Wyclef Jean giving an interview there.” As he continued with his statements about election night, someone working with him let him know that the fella was definitely not Wyclef, but they told him wrong and he then went on to claim that will.i.am was rapper Wale of all people (you know, the MMG member with the locs). A few minutes later, as his commentary went on, Burman cleared up that this mystery celebrity was indeed will.i.am, and he pulled the “I must be tired” card that Diane Sawyer used to explain her own interesting behavior and confusion on ABC during election night. I’m not mad at him, in fact, I thought it was very hilarious. But will.i.am? He might not have found it so comical…
And if you’ve got a minute, you also need to check out this hilarious video (made like a PSA) Jimmy Kimmel did on obnoxious social media behavior that needs to stop now that the election is over. That includes claiming you’re moving to Canada, calling folks “scumbags” and “socialists,” and even pooping on people’s lawns. Hey, I’m sure somebody’s doing the latter in saltiness. Classic.
We’ve given you the 12 Best Dressed Fashionistas of 2011, but we all know you can’t have the best without the worst! Okay, maybe “worst” is too harsh a word to use, but these celebs constantly leave us scratching our heads at their wardrobe selections. But as the saying goes, “Any publicity is ‘good’ publicity!” Right? Check out these seven celebrities that need to try again next year…
Before you knew about their profiles, many of these celebrities gained popularity first from their weird, yet awe-inspiring hairstyles. Others, of course, were already household names before their hair became a fashion trend with fans and media experts alike. And as odd as they appear to be, no one can rock Amber Rose’s dyed blonde buzz cut or Janelle Monae’s updo better.
Forbes put together a list of the most money-makingest entertainers in the global music industry right now. And you may recognize a few of your favorites on the list. Predictable names include Elton John and the highest paid, U2. (He made $175 million.) But a few of our favorites top the list as well like the Black Eyed Peas, Usher and Rhianna.
Check out the full list over at AOL’s Black Voices.
(Mediaite) — These days it seems President Obama can’t even get through an apolitical football game without someone bossing him around to do something or another. Despite being a unique game in many ways, this Super Bowl was no different, as the Black-Eyed Peas’ Will.I.Am took poetic license to demand of the President to “get these kids educated!” in the middle of “Where is the Love?”
by R. Asmerom
Intel announced that Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am will become a creative director and consult on design and development of smartphones, tablets, and laptops. “It’s imperative that Intel and our innovations are kept in front of the global youth culture that embraces new devices and new forms of communication and entertainment,”said Deborah Conrad, Intel’s head of marketing.
The selection is not too surprising. The Grammy-award winning music producer and rapper has maintained a presence at tech shows, along with fellow hip hop artist Chamillionaire, and this move on the part of Intel further integrates Hollywood in Silicon Valley. Few celebrities are so publicly involved with the goings on in the Valley (Ashton Kutcher is certainly the most popular example) and will.i.am will definitely help Intel’s quest in publicizing the company’s venture.
Although Intel continues to dominate as the world’s largest chipmaker, helping to power 80 percent of personal computers, it has yet to leverage that dominance in the growing market of new tech gadgets like smartphones and tablet computers. will.i.am will help to add a cool factor to the company’s new products – something which is monopolized by Apple at the moment.
Intel’s chips run more than 80 percent of the world’s personal computers. The company is trying to parlay that dominance into a foothold in the faster-growing markets for smartphones and tablet computers.
(AllHipHop) — Black Eyed Peas’ frontman will.I.am has launched a new business aimed at helping people who are losing their homes or are facing foreclosure due to the sagging American economy. The superstar rapper/producer told The Sun that he has launched the i.am.home Mortgage Relief Program, which also helps to find jobs for those in unemployed. “I rescue families who are losing their homes because they have no jobs and they can’t pay the mortgage and the banks are foreclosing on their homes,” said will.I.am, who has sold over 28 million records worldwide, with The Black Eyed Peas.