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In a one-on-one, personal conversation with former NBA star Matt Barnes, 2 Chainz shared intimate details about what it was like growing up as Tity Boy. The rapper talked about his time as a drug dealer and holding down the household while his father was in jail. The husband and father of three reflected on the often rough times brought on by drug busts and police encounters, but he was able to survive it all to become on of the most famous rappers in the world.
"All I've ever known since I touched foot on this earth is drugs or drug dealing," the rapper said. "My father never got up and went to work. Ever. Never clocked in, clocked out. He never was late coming home because he was in traffic or did overtime. Me and my mom have a very transparent relationship so she knew from the time that I got into the game and she accepted me for what it was. I'mma only child. I don't have any siblings. I don't really have best friends. I never really had somebody that I considered a role model. You know? Except for the drug dealing persona. That, itself, was something that I wanted to participate in."
2 Chainz continued, "I've been in about four different drug busts. My first one was probably when I was about six and I had another one when I was about 12. And then I had another one when I was 15. The police come in your house. They violate you. As a kid, they violate everything. They destroy everything. It's hard to even go back into these places once your house has been busted." He shared that when he was 15, his father was already in jail so when the police came, they arrested his mother. He went to stay at a friends house and spent much of his time on the streets with his buddies making money.
The rapper also said that as the man of the house, it was his responsibility to take care of his mother. He mirrored the activities he saw everyone around him exhibiting, and it was paying off well. He said that before he even had a record deal he bought his mother a house, he bought himself a house, and he owned a tour but with a studio in it. Watch 2 Chainz detail his upbringing for SAME ENERGY below.
Drizzy may be having fun going tit-for-tat with Mallory Edens, daughter to Milwaukee Bucks owner Wes Edens, but he had a few words for the press after the Toronto Raptors won Game 5. Drake was watching the game at Jurassic Park, the outdoor viewing party outside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. As he made his way out with his massive entourage, the rapper gave a passionate speech about the love he has for his city, his team, and their fans.
"Look at this," he said as he pointed to the crowd behind the press area. "Don't talk to me. Talk to these people. It's about these people right here. It's about the city. Aye, listen. We have the best player. We have the best fans in the whole NBA. In the whole world. Look around. Look around you. Look at this. We created this. This didn't exist before we were here."
"Look around the square," he continued. "I promise you right now, we did this. It doesn't matter what anybody says. They can say it's disrespectful. They can say it's this and that. Everybody's within the rules. Everybody's doing their thing. All we are is proud and passionate. We are like a Toronto sports team. The Toronto Raptors are a college sports team, I promise you. I love Toronto. I love this team. And we're going to the NBA Finals. Let's go!" He then gave the camera a stank face as he was walking off with his excited crew.
Often artists like to take to their social media pages and offer bits of advice or motivation for their followers, and on Friday Russ did just that. The rapper quickly hopped on Instagram Live to share his thoughts about people trying to tell others how to live their lives. Russ wanted to let his followers know that they should trust themselves before anyone else.
"They'll try and make you feel like you aren't you," he said. "It's like, b*tch, watch your muthaf*ckin' mouth and watch your tone and watch who you're talking to. You're not even you enough to f*ck with me yet. You know what I'm saying? It's like a lot people are not even them enough to f*ck with me yet. How are you gonna be talkin' to me about what I'm doin' [and] how I'm livin' my life, et cetera, when you are not even you enough to f*ck with me."
He continued, "Like, you are still scared of yourself. You're still scared of you going after something, your dreams. You're still scared of this...You're not even you enough yet to f*ck with me. What the f*ck are you talking about? You got some f*ckin' nerve to be talkin' to a self-actualized person when you still are still scared of your own motherf*ckin' shadow. Are you high, drunk, or stupid? Or all three? You're f*ckin' ridiculous. So, I'm just stopping by real quick to let motherf*ckas know. Listen, when in doubt, go back to yourself, trust yourself, and tell everyone else to suck ya motherf*ckin d*ck. Period." Then he abruptly ended his broadcast. Is he speaking facts?
Neo-soul singer India.Arie is back with another tender, harmonizing love song from her album Worthy. She released the record earlier this year, the day after Valentine's Day, and now she's delivering a visual to her single "Steady Love." The R&B singer offers up a music video that shows the potential stages of a relationship as a couple cook together, spend time with one another, struggle with trying to get pregnant, fight and break up only to make up, and finally, getting engaged.
Playing the romantic role of India.Arie's leading man is none other "Get Like Me" rapper and producer David Banner. The artists play the parts of two people in love as India.Arie sings about all the reasons why she adores her man. Earlier this year she caught up with Billboard to talk about the differences between the singer she was years ago versus the artist she is now. "The India of 'I Am Not My Hair' was searching for how to be empowered and free," she said. "She knew she had it inside of her but a lot of things were blocking it. The India of today has achieved freedom and empowerment; maybe earned is the right word. I also earned the respect of myself. I like who I am, even in the hard times, and it’s coming across in my music."
It's been a while since 50 Cent has flexed his jewelry on Instagram, but on Friday he showed his followers exactly what he's been spending his cash on. For months the rapper has squared off against people who he has claimed owe him money. The unlikely foes include Teairra Mari, Randall Emmett, Young Buck, and Jackie Long. Other celebrities have found themselves featured on 50's Instagram page as the subject of a meme or two, but those jokes had nothing to do with the rapper wanting his debtors to run him his checks.
Fif still has a few more weeks until his birthday, but that doesn't mean he needs to wait before lavishing himself with gifts. "Don't ever accept failure," the rapper says in one of his videos as he shows off the shining diamond pendant. "It's that piece she had on in the Titanic," he said before he attempted to blind viewers with his blinged out wristwatch. "You see me."
Also featured on Fif's Instagram clips were various jewelry items shaped like King chess pieces but in different colors. Each piece had the name of Fif's champagne Le Chemin du Roi—"The King's Path"—on it as well. He didn't share just how much he dropped for all the jewelry, but he did give details about his pendant. "20 in the center 7 karats on the side VS1 F color ask your jeweler I’m a big deal," he wrote. On the other video, he said, "I treat my self good, 😟I gotta do it 😆HAPPY ME DAY."
Elton John is considered to be an icon in the music industry and his biographical film Rocketman is hoping to show the world why that's the truth. The movie was featured at the Cannes Film Festival recently, and while speaking to Entertainment Tonight at one of the events, John gave his two cents about the importance of keeping up with younger, emerging artists.
"If you don't keep up with the young, you're dead," John stated. "You have to look at new movies, new music, read new books, see new artists' photography, because when you find something new, it inspires you. I know all the great, old stuff. It's in my head. It's in my computer, and I love it. It makes me happy, but it doesn't make me as happy as when I hear something new, like say, Billie Eilish or Lizzo or Khalid or Channel Tres and Teyana Taylor."
The 72-year-old then interrupted himself to praise Teyana. "Do you know Teyana Taylor? Woohoo, baby! I love her so much! And I've been able to talk to her. So, it's like, this inspires me. The young have the energy and they have the ability to make me feel inspired and I love that." Both ladies caught wind of John's kind words and shared their excitement on social media. Lizzo created a video that just looped John saying her name over and over again.
Meanwhile, Teyana shared the clip of the interview with the caption, "IIISSSSS UUUUUU SHITTINNNNNNNNNNNNNN MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! @eltonjohn I love you so muchhhhhhhhhhhh! MOMENTS LIKE THIS A REMINDER OF WHY I GOTTA KEEP PUSHING & NEVER GIVE UP, THE HARD WORK NEVER GOES UNNOTICED!!!"
Earlier this month, Asian Da Brat sat down with Fuse to offer up her ASMR installment. She whispered away and spoke with them about her image, her music, and what it's been like being signed to Gucci Mane's label, 1017 Eskimo Records. She gave him credit for helping shape her career and said that she's the female version of Guwop.
"I'm only 22 and I'm the first lady, it makes me feel bossy to have that title," she told the publication. She added, "I love to have fun, even when I'm mad or sad in the studio. I just like to talk my sh*t." All seemed well during that conversation and there didn't seem to be any hiccups between the rapper and her label when she dropped off her eighth mixtape, UNFUCCWITABLE just days later. However, Asian Da Brat recently dropped hints that things may not be well on the homefront.
"I wish I wasn’t signed I wish I was still INDEPENDENT doing my own thing 💯," she wrote before adding "I don’t care about the hype I been the hype." The young rapper didn't offer up an explanation as to why she's dissatisfied with being a signed artist, but she did list off her accolades in a tweet just days prior. "I’ve did a lot of sh*t in my career at 22. Nick Minaj co sign. Queen radio. Cover of XXL & later that month I was in it again. Wildin Out. Cover of Paper Mag. Signed to Gucci. Drop the Best mixtapes. Authentic Feature. Performed @ 3 rolling louds. World tour INDEPENDENTLY etc..."
YG isn't the only rapper dropping music and imagery that's paying homage to the West Coast. Rapper Xzibit recently unveiled his single "Elevator" featuring Problem, and yesterday he released the California-themed music video for the song. The two rappers pair up for an old school-meets-new school vibe that blends together well on the hot track.
The music video plays like a tour of Los Angeles as Xzibit and Problem cruise around various areas of the city. They roll through the heart of Hollywood as they drive by the Capitol Records building and stroll the boulevard at Venice Beach, passing dozens of vendors and street performers. They also perform for the camera themselves while on the shore under cloudy, gray California skies. The feel-good jam pairs well with the visual that show the rappers and their entourage enjoying a day out as they're all smiles without a care in the world. Check it out.
Rappers are rolling out tracks that they're hoping will be summer bangers from the strip clubs to the streets, and O.T. Genasis recently threw his hat in the ring with "Look At That." He dropped off the single last week and now gives us the accompanying music video directed by Michael Garcia. The visual opens with two women who leave a bar frustrated. It's then that they run into O.T. who tells them, "If the money don't come to you, you gotta get to the money."
That apparently means becoming the near-naked centerpieces of a parade-type float—complete with a pole—that travels down public streets. The two women twerk and shake it fast as people out and about stop to take picures and snap photos for the 'Gram. The video isn't for the faint of heart and the song is set to be the turn-up cut in the clubs. Check out "Look At That" and let us know what you think of O.T. Genasis' latest visual.
Hip hop heads will be delighted to know that Blu & Exile's True & Livin has finally hit the streets. The pair are knee-deep in their "True & Livin" tour and at the beginning of this month they dropped off the title track from the record. The eight-track EP offers up three songs, three instrumentals to those tracks, and an acapella and clean version of one of the songs.
The vibe is heavy and the lyricism is real, especially on the track "Power to the People" that features Fashawn, Aloe Blacc, Blame One, King, Johaz, and Choosey. Blue and Exile have known each other for nearly two decades and have been collaborating for just a bit over a decade. True & Livin offers clear, conscious raps that display what separates the rappers from the emcees. Even the instrumentals are delightful as the productions are carefully woven together to create hip hop beats to vibe out to. Check it out and let us know what you think.
1. True & Livin 2. Spread Sunshine 3. Power to the People ft. Aloe Blacc, Fashawn, Johaz, Blame One, Choosey, Cashus King 4. True & Livin (Instrumental) 5. Spread Sunshine (Instrumental) 6. Power to the People (Instrumental) 7. Power to the People (Clean) 8. Power to the People (Acapella)