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Comedian Mike Epps made an unexpected cameo in the video for Kendrick Lamar’s “B***h, Don’t Kill My Vibe.” Turns out the star of the comedy series Survivor’s Remorsehas a good relationship with the entire TDE camp.
Epps told Montreality he is good friends with the West Coast label’s boss Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. During the interview, Epps also shares his thoughts on Kendrick as an artist.
“I think he’s a great lyricist, and the dude is really ahead of his time,” said Epps. “I think he really represents this generation. He reminds me a lot of Pac. The way he puts together his lyrics, how he speaks about real life, and it’s gang related, street.”
The sit down included Epps discussing his supposed feud with fellow comic Chris Rock. Eppspreviously stated on The Tom Joyner Morning Show there was not one good comedian in Rock’s movie Top Five. He even questioned why Rock keeps getting film opportunities.
“They just caught me in a position where I was just having a good time. I was a little hungover. Tom Joyner tricked me, and I just said it,” Epps explained. “I’ve never seen Top Five, so I don’t know if it’s good or not. I was just throwing out a blow. But I got love for Chris Rock – lil skinny ass.”
Watch out Jaden, your dad is looking to reclaim the title of best current rapper in the Smith household. The man that burst onto the music scene as The Fresh Prince over 25 years ago is back in the studio, and Will Smith recruited Kanye West to handle the production on a number of new tracks.
“I’ve recorded a lot,” Smith told Hollyscoop. “I don’t have anything I like yet, but I’ve recorded seven or eight [songs]. It’s not for certain. It’s just explorative.”
Smith’s last full length album was 2005’s Lost & Found. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia native’s film career keeps rolling along. His latest movie Focus hits theaters February 27. Smith also has the sports drama Concussion and superhero flick Suicide Squad coming down the pike.
Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise is reportedly projected by industry insiders to land atop of the Billboard 200 chart, making it the D-Town rep’s first number one album.
Sales consumption is determined by traditional album sales as well as how many times the album was streamed. The album is expected to sell over 110,000 traditional copies for the week ending Mar. 1st, which is Sean’s biggest first week sales yet, and garner almost 30,000 streams, totaling to 140,000 units. The Billboard top 10 will be unveiled on Mar. 4th.
The “My Last” rapper’s last two albums, Finally Famous and Hall of Fame both debuted at number three with 87,000 copies and 72,000 copies sold respectively.
Stream the album below.
If you’re reading this, Drake has 21 songs on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Billboardreports that the 6 God is dominating 42 percent of the chart, which holds 50 slots, with all 17 songs from his surprise mixtape/album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. Drizzy has now broken his own record for having the most songs on the chart simultaneously. His previous record was for 14.
Besides the album cuts, four songs that Drake lends guest verses to are also on the chart: iLOVEMAKKONEN’s “Tuesday,” Nicki Minaj’s “Only” and “Truffle Butter” and Big Sean’s “Blessings.”
IYRTITL still sits at the top of the charts with 129,000 sold its second week. Each song from the album reportedly has no less than 1.8 million streams.
Peep the 21 songs on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart below.
No. 4 – “Only,” Nicki Minaj, featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown
No. 5 – “Truffle Butter,” Nicki Minaj, featuring Drake & Lil Wayne
No. 9 – “Energy”
No. 16 – “Tuesday,” ILoveMakonnen, featuring Drake
No. 17 – “Legend”
No. 19 – “10 Bands”
No. 22 – “Blessings,” Big Sean, featuring Drake
No. 23 – “Know Yourself” (Debut)
No. 26 – “No Tellin’”
No. 27 – “Preach,” featuring PartyNextDoor
No. 28 – “6 God” (Debut)
No. 29 – “Used To,” featuring Lil Wayne
No. 32 – “Now & Forever”
No. 34 – “6 Man”
No. 38 – “Jungle”
No. 39 – “Star67″ (Debut)
No. 40 – “Madonna” (Debut)
No. 42 – “Company” Featuring Travis Scott” (Debut)
No. 43 – “Wednesday Night Interlude” featuring PartyNextDoor (Debut)
No. 45 – “6PM In New York”
No. 49 – “You & The 6″ (Debut)
Hip-hop has been entering the academic setting more and more in the past few years. With an English class at Regents University based on Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city album, Lil’ B giving lectures at ivy league schools and legendary rappers becoming professors, the culture is becoming a classroom novelty that students and colleges are excited about. Producer and engineer Young Guru will be heading a “Hip-Hop Speaker” lecture series at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the U.S.’s top universities.
On Mar. 6th, Guru will present his “Design and Destruction” lecture about how technology and design create and reinvent opportunities in the music industry in efforts to spark engaging dialogue between leaders in hip-hop, students and professors.
Guru, who has produced tracks for Jay Z, Talib Kweli, Fabolous, Mariah Carey, Beyonce and more, is also an artist-in-residence at the University of Southern California’s Thorton School of Music where he encourages for hip-hop “to be studied and revered the same way you would study jazz artists or opera at a class in a university.”
Kanye West praised Minister Louis Farrakhan while speaking with The Breakfast Club recently. The “Jesus Walks” rapper called the Nation of Islam leader “one of our most powerful messengers.”
During his Saviours’ Day 2015 keynote address in Chicago, Farrakhan discussed having a conversation with Kanye. The Minister later added he met West’s wife Kim Kardashian and daughter North as well.
“The rappers rapped on the condition of the hood. But they’re all becoming conscious now, and White folks are upset,” Farrakhan told the audience at the Christ Universal Temple. “I had a talk with Kanye West. He visited me at our farm, just he. We had a good talk. I know that there’s a better world coming. I know that there’s a world coming that the color of your skin – as Dr. King said – is not going to be the ticket in. It’s your desire to do righteousness.”
Kanye and Farrakhan are also working on a film project together. West announced he was creating a documentary about the Million Man March organizer’s musical history.
“Right now I’m working on a documentary with him, about him, and about his music. He’s a classically trained violinist,” said West during his Breakfast Club interview. “In the same way my wife got stamped with a sex tape, the Minister was stamped with [bigotry], and it’s important that while he’s still alive he sees the people appreciate his message. If you ever hear him talk, it’s about humanity, it’s about one race.”
Was Chris Brown prevented from entering Canada? According to the Virginia native, the answer is yes. Brown posted two tweets last night (February 24) stating the Canadian government barred him from entering the country. The singer’s representative confirmed his Montreal and Toronto shows have been canceled.
The AP reports:
Nicole Perna, a spokeswoman for Brown, confirmed Canadian immigration officials denied him entry. Perna said Brown can apply to return at a later date and plans to do so. Live Nation, the promoter, said in a statement that “due to immigration issues” the shows have been canceled and refunds are available at the point of purchase.
Canada Border Services refused to comment on Brown’s situation, but a spokesperson did acknowledge an individual’s criminal past can be a factor in determining if a person is allowed entry into the country.
CB has faced several run ins with the law including assaulting then girlfriend Rihanna and an alleged attack against a man in Washington, DC. Brown’s current tour with Trey Songz was alsopostponed due to Chris not completing his community service hours.