It appears that Kendrick Lamar’s mother approves and loves her son’s latest album, ‘Damn’!

Peep the text the proud mother sent her son below!

 

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Speaking of ‘Damn’, the anticipated release earned Kendrick a 3rd No 1 album on Billboard 200 and the biggest debut of 2017!

Did you copy yours yet?

Hit play below on the visual to one of my favorites on the 14-track album, “DNA”. The visual features iconic actor, Don Cheadle, who does an epic performance!

You attend a concert for your favorite artist….

The last thing you expect is to get punched by the artist you admire….

Instead of maintaining your dignity…you make peace with a twerk.

Watch how that goes down before I share my thought piece.

When I watched the footage obtained by TMZ, so many thoughts gathered.

I’ve also heard mixed reaction, including those who say that it was the woman’s fault for what happened. Yes…she could have had a weapon of some sort and Jackson had a right to keep himself unharmed…yada yada yada.

Let’s be clear….we all know she’s wrong for trying to pull the man off stage. Although Jackson appeared to have thrown the punch to free himself from her grasp, he was still wrong for it. If you have 10 bodyguards on stage protecting you, why the hell do you feel comfortable enough to use your fist on a woman half your size?

Anyway….

This piece isn’t about Jackson throwing the punch….
this piece isn’t even about the woman pulling him off stage which she shouldn’t have done…

What has my blood boiling is the fact that this woman publicly shamed herself, influenced by her admiration for this artist. As soon as Jackson threw that punch, he smelt a lawsuit and that’s why he quickly called her on stage.

I can hear the inside convo….

50: “Lemme see what you workin’ wit’, Shawty…do your thing.”
fan: “‘Aight…”

This is what happens when celebrity worship and the objectification of women collides.

It was obvious that the woman didn’t care that she was just jabbed with a grown man fist to the chest…a place where her beating heart resides!

Dude used her admiration for him with requesting a twerk, and she didn’t mind at all. Sore chest and all, homegirl twerked like cash  raining on her…because 50 Cent, her boo….let her.

There’s a problem when we allow ourselves to be degraded….especially in public for the country to see. We’re spreading the message that it’s okay, or even normal, to accept misogyny into our space.

That incident was a clear example of the admirer being intimidated by a person with fame and mental power so much that she didn’t want to react other than twerking for her favorite rapper.

There ain’t that much admiration in the world.

I wonder what went through her mind when she felt that blow…
I wonder how she REALLY felt when she was requested on stage…

Something tells me that Jackson succeeded in avoiding a lawsuit. Homegirl was on that stage going through a moment of male privilege, celebrity worship, and sexual objectification. Twerking for a man after he punches you in the chest kinda solidifies that notion, and sadly, she probably didn’t think it was a big deal.

I’m convinced she went home that night and bragged how she got to be on stage with her boo.

Kendrick Lamar recently released new music that we’ve been anticipating. But, like most of Kendrick’s material, his new single, “Humble”, comes with some controversy and THIS TIME, I’m really not sure why.

Read the lyrics below from the 2nd verse

“I’m so fucking sick and tired of the Photoshop/Show me something natural like afro on Richard Pryor/Show me something natural like ass with some stretch marks.”

 

Before I share my discombobulation over the outrage of some of the women, hit play below to the visual to K-dot’s “Humble”.

 

I’ve played this over and over again to feel the outrage that’s been sparked by some of my sistahs and to be honest…I’m still perplexed. In fact, the more I listen, the more I dig it.

I’ve been following the outrage of some of the women on social media…particularly Twitter and I’ve read some valid points about misogyny in Hip Hop. That’s a general observation I’ve had for years as a hip hop fan. However, I don’t see the need to knock the brotha for simply expressing in his art that he doesn’t mind flaws and that’s EXACTLY what he’s doing.

In my humble opinion, I feel like some of you folks need to project your anger over the objectification of black women at those who truly deserve it. How about this beauty expert? –>read here

I’ve been reading and hearing that Kendrick is “problematic” and “expressed his own sexual desires”. I’ve also read and heard that the word “bitch” was used numerous times in the video which also sends the wrong message.

One…you have to understand hip hop and have listened to it long enough to know that his usage of the B word was not intended for his female listeners. In fact, if you’ve been following Kendrick since “Control”, you’d realize “Humble” is a diss track.

Two…This artist expressed love for natural beauty, yet all some of you hear are a certain group of women being empowered while another group is being “shamed”.

Nowhere in this single is this artist expressing disdain for any group of women. None of his lyrics display disrespect to those who have had plastic surgery. I fail to hear where he’s said anything negative towards women who wears weaves and/or has had plastic surgery through this single. Saying he wants to see a natural ass with stretch marks is not him expressing that we SHOULD be one way or another.  I take that as an expression of overlooking flaws and seeing beauty that’s natural….and natural, in itself, is beauty.

The man even expressed he’s sick and tired of Photoshop images, but y’all wanna be mad about that, too! If he would have said we should post Photoshopped images and images with layers of filters to alter our natural appearance, then y’all would really have something to be outraged about!

Please stop

If you’re a fan of Kendrick Lamar, then you’d know he tells a story and expresses his thoughts and feelings through his art.  If you’ve listened to two of his biggest albums, then you’ve listened to his struggles with negative thoughts, feelings on black on black crime, self-love, love of black people and being black. With his art, he could easily continue to evolve as a lyricist, especially if he continues to praise the natural beauty of a black woman as he has in “Humble”. That’s big for any hip hop artist to do because we (natural women) aren’t celebrated properly as much as we should be.

This faux outrage is draining and unnecessary, to say the least. Y’all wanna be mad at someone? Direct your anger towards Bill O’Reilly for trying to come for Maxine Waters!

 

 

 

 

Two of the ladies of Hip Hop, Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj, are the talk of these internet streets!!

The women served each other verbal annihilation on some diss tracks, and both tracks, especially Remy Ma’s, has the internet going bonkers!!

Before I share my thoughts, hit play for both tracks below!

 

Gucci Mane & Nicki Minaj- “Make Love”

Remy Ma-“shETHER”

First…let me just say… Remy’s diss track left Nicki so exposed, my soul delve into a sea of humiliation for her!
Homegirl done went in from her “fake ass” to her brother who’s an alleged child molester.

In my opinion, I think the internet only generated mad hype for Remy’s track, because she apparently stated what’s being said as “facts”, according to Hip Hop enthusiasts.

Despite being entertained by it all, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t point out the obvious problematic situation within this so-called beef between these two women. It’s something that’s been going on for a long time in this industry and as a woman, I’m over it.

This beef pulls the rug out and reveals two major factors…the lack of sisterhood and the lack of support for women in the Hip Hop industry.

Now, don’t get me wrong…I’m well aware that diss tracks have been around for a long ass time. Hip-Hop wouldn’t be TRUE Hip-Hop without a good diss track between artists. Especially when the dissing doesn’t result to violence &/or death.

My issue is the underlying problem in society with black women being looked at as “catty”, “bitchy”, and simply don’t get along. This “beef” between these two iconic artists feeds into that perception.

This beef between Remy and Nicki has me wondering one thing…Can the Hip-Hop industry learn to support sisterhood, female empowerment, and use these two artists as the catalysts for change in how society views black women?

When “Ladies Night” came out in the nineties, I was just in awe of the female MCs who participated in that project. I thought it was dope how some of the biggest female Hip-Hop artists of that time got together and release FIYAH! Not only that, they revealed an admirable display of female empowerment, by proving to the Hip-Hop community and the world that when women get together, amazing things can happen! Especially black women!

 

This is what I want for Remy and Nicki. Both women are respected as great Hip-Hop artists in their own right. They both are dope with lots of fans, so I can only imagine how they’d be if they work together.

 

Do you think if Queen Latifah and MC Lyte dissed each other like this, this would happen?

In such a male-dominated industry, I think it’s important for the female MCs to do their part in advocating women supporting women. Especially when they are in the same line of work.

It only makes sense.

But, I guess, as with all entertainment, folks like drama. The Hip-Hop industry has always been “slick” with how they promote. They will bring in two popular MCs, somehow get them in the studio to freestyle soul-crushing lyrics about one another, and hype that shit to get the people talkin’.

Once the people start talkin’ (and bloggin’), the money rolls in.

That’s how the industry works.

In my humble opinion, the industry thrives off drama. What better way to set shit off then to get two opinionated black women, who both strive to become queens in the rap game, and use them against one another?

Prayers up for Hip Hop’s royal couple, Remy Ma and Papoose, as they recover from a miscarriage.

On a recent episode of Love & Hip Hop, Remy reveals to Pap that she’s pregnant with their first child. In one scene, they’re both overjoyed with the news. By the next, they were in mourning.

On top of the miscarriage, the couple was informed by their doctor that due to the emergency surgery Remy needed for the ectopic pregnancy, Remy would not be able to carry a pregnancy to full term.

Remy told viewers, “I promised my husband that I would give him the child that he’s been asking me for since almost the day he met me and I can’t do that anymore.”

 

Remy took to the ‘gram to thank fans for their support and to add that she will continue to try for a child.

 

First, thank you to everyone that sent their congrats as well as condolences🙏🏽 This was a hard time for me & my husband & we thought long and hard before deciding to share this part of our lives with you all. I was totally against it but in a fit of crying @papoosepapoose said ” you are not the only one going thru this , we will get thru it” …made me realize how many women like myself experience the same thing and don’t have a strong partner by their side to say it will be alright. So I’m here to tell anyone going thru a similar situation that it is not over and God has the last say so Thank you to the staff at the hospital I was in; you all were super nice & respectful and did everything to ensure I was comfortable. And to Dr. Razmzan , who came to perform my surgery at 5am, who tried his best to leave me scarless and succeeded, who eased any fears I had- THANK YOU, & don’t retire yet cuz once we find the right in vitro dr you have to deliver my babies 😘#BlackLove #RemyMa #MeetTheMackies

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First, his relationship with Nicky Minaj failed….now, Meek Mill is PROBABLY recuperating from a sore ass and all!

The Dreamchasers rapper took a nasty fall, leaving his mom’s house and it was all caught on security camera.

Meek posts video of the actual fall with the caption…

“They spoke a L into existence 😂😂😂😂 leaving out my mom house was tragic for me! Icey a** steps!!! U fall get right back upppp! 😂😂 I ran I thought a ghost pushed me! I might sue yeezy! 😂 SINCE YALL WANNA SEE ME FALL SO BAD!!!!”

 

 

Looks like the music producers behind the hit Fox series, ‘Empire’ is in some hot water.

According to All Hip Hop, Hip-Hop legend, Doug E. Fresh and songwriter Unique Mecca Hall are filing a Multi-Million Dollar lawsuit against Fox’s top-rated show, ‘Empire’ for illegally sampling Doug’s 1993 hit song, “I-Ight” (Alright).

The sample was used in the song “No Doubt About It,” which was performed by Pitbull and Jussie Smollett in an episode. The song is also featured on ‘Empire: Original Soundtrack from Season 2 Volume 1’.

 

 

Sampled tune

Song in question

Get ready for a night of comedic epic proportions…

Mark your calendars on November 12, 2016, as comedy legend Dave Chappelle will make his hosting debut on ‘Saturday Night Live’.

What’s even better about this show is that legendary hip-hop group, A Tribe Called Quest will be musical guests!

 

Via Vanity Fair:

 

The rap group will hit the stage just one day after the release of final album We Got It from Here, Thank You for Your Service. The album comes just a few months after the passing of member Phife Dawg, but will feature new verses he recorded earlier this year. This will be Tribe’s first performance on S.N.L.

tribe

Chappelle’s hosting gig will arrive just days after the presidential election, so you know he’s going to get some good political barbs in no matter the outcome. Though he’s never hosted the show, he was one of many celebrity attendees at S.N.L.’s 40th-anniversary celebration last year.

 

I have this feeling that SNL will score HUGE in ratings on this night!

T.I has definitely utilized his creativity in his latest video for “War Zone”, tackling police brutality in such a unique and thought-provoking fashion.

The Tidal Exclusive offers a different perspective on the whole ALL Lives Matter Vs. Black Lives Matter and also raises the question…what if white folks were suffering by police brutality?

Press play below

Chance The Rapper Came ALL THE WAY THROUGH with his debut on Ellen. He performed his current hit, “No Problem” with 2 Chainz & Lil’ Wayne”. Wayne even added some new lyrics to his verse, inspired by his beef with Birdman.

Check out the energetic performance below!

Chance took the time to chat with Ellen about his choice NOT to sign with a label.
One of the hottest rappers in the game chooses not to be bound by a contract! That’s dope AF!!!

Wale has been very protective of his brand new baby girl’s identity on social media…until now. The new father showed off his beautiful baby girl, Zyla Moon, on Instagram with a heartfelt message that would make the biggest thug tear up.

Read message below

I had too much faith in humanity . I had too much faith in an industry that could never love somebody who had/has faith in said humanity . Thinking with my heart. Misunderstood is an understatement . Day in an day out I’m trying to convince somebody to see things my way, it often turns gets lost in translation and just sounds like complaining or”whining”. I been Tryna win a debate that’s not even winnable . I’ve been playin ping pong with my feet against a wall. It’s my faith in humanity my thought that “if u argue with them long enough they’ll realize they —” they won’t they didn’t they don’t. Sympathy . No. Understanding. Extra no. I know I know I got it wrong. I know I complain blah blah blah . Most people have no clue how hard I work or what I’m goin thru and I have to come to grips wit the fact THEY DONT CARE . They gonna troll u They gonna misunderstand u they gonna ignore your best efforts out of convenience laziness or for laughter. I wear my heart right on my sleeve in real life and I’m super open wit my feelings .. I got to do better . I got to make changes . I trusted too many people and let too many get close. I allowed myself to become susceptible to Wahala. I’m the epitome of “a work in progress ” better or worse.I love my supporters and fans .. I got to figure out many things to improve my trajectory .. I gotta work on being more positive .. As hard as it is I have to TRY HARDER to embrace the good in my life .. Waking up to people wanting me to die on a daily basis isn’t the most pleasant but I got to work on ignoring it.. Maybe I lost all my faith in humanity . Maybe I got to work on being happier .. I’m gonna fix what gotta be fix one way or another..I have to DO BETTER. SHiNE is what I have to train myself to do .. And God willing I will. If not for me.. For Her.. 🌙

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