Bounce music icon Big Freedia has spoken regarding her appearance on Drake’s new track.The Queen Diva spoke with The Fader about when she received the call from Drake’s people about appearing on “Nice for What.” She says she was down as soon as she heard the news.“They reached out to my team and they wanted me to be a part of the project," she said. "Once they told me, I was like, 'You gotta be kidding me.' I was super excited about my voice being at the beginning of the song. They sent the track for me to approve it and I was like, 'S**t, I don't care what I say on it, long as I'm on it.'"Freedia appears on the track with fellow bounce artist 5th Ward Weebie, and the beat was produced by BlaqNMild. She believes this helps bounce music make its way into the mainstream.“We're steady moving forward to get the bounce culture even further out there and, as you can see, other artists are recognizing our music and our talent down here in New Orleans," she said. "One day we might get our category at these awards or on the charts. I've worked tremendously hard to make things happen for New Orleans culture. I just want us to get the proper recognition and the proper credit that we deserve."This is Big Freedia’s second time appearing on a mainstream banger. Her voice was featured in Beyonce’s 2016 hit "Formation," and she made an appearance when the Formation Tour hit New Orleans.While this is a big opportunity for Freedia, fans have been critical because she didn’t appear in the music video for “Nice for What.” She also wasn’t in the "Formation" video but believes this will change as bounce gets more popular.“That's when I say the proper recognition and the proper credit," Freedia said. "You know, my voice be on a lot of different stuff and people want to use bounce music as a part of their music but when it comes to the proper recognition of me being in the video, that's something that we're steady working towards to make it happen. The credits are important but, for me, it's still putting New Orleans on the map and I'm happy with the...
1. The Struggle RapperNo shade to SoundCloud artists and all other rappers working to achieve their goals. This is a dig at the stingy, cheap, emotionally unavailable, but talented as artists. We appreciate your dedication to your craft, however, the shortage of dates because of the consistent dips in your bank account balance from bookings of studio time sessions leave us unsure of the relationship. Struggle artists can be emotionally draining in the sense that these are artists that capitalize on their agility to perform best when they're in their worst emotional state. Understand that at times, they will ask for more than you can give.2. The Social Media GuruThis is the man who sounds amazing on paper, or rather on Twitter. He knows exactly what to say. His social media posts are like poetry to your eyes. However, he is NOT his social media profile. Not even a little bit.3. The Second String AthleteHe knows he's not starting, you know he’s not starting—we all know he's not starting in Saturday's game .He will try to minimize the importance of spending time together and say you're not respecting his priorities. Teammates are definitely involved in the relationship and their input may weigh heavier than yours.4. The Friend Who Secretly Wants The DrawsHe seems to always remember the basic stuff about you, like your favorite color or favorite thing to eat. He’s always down to help, or the first to volunteer. He seems to have all the answers when you come to him for advice. However, you may have noticed during the conversation he's looked down your shirt about three times now? The friendship is usually short lived until his goal is either accomplished or rendered impossible. He’ll go completely ghost. This one is particularly hurtful because many women I’ve talked to, myself included, have internalized the action of being used for sex, as we must’ve portrayed ourselves in such a manner that it was acceptable for him to behave in such a way, but alas he was the problem.5. The Mixed Signals ManOne minute he's into you and the next, he's avoiding eye contact. On Monday he's rushing down the stairs to hold the door open for you, then on Tuesday he’s using the alternative stairs to avoid bumping into you. Inconclusive signs is a sign.If a man is incapable of providing consistency, then it is best to let him go. If he's unsure of his feelings, then make the decision for him and move on. Time is the most valuable free gift that all of us share and should not be wasted on any second of unhappiness. Find someone that is so head over the heels in love with you that you find yourself discovering new parts of yourself to love.6. The Pretty Boy/Post-Glo'The "back then they didn't want me, now I'm hot, they all on me" ego trip is incredibly real. In the past, personally due to self-esteem, I would stray away from the pretty boys because insecurities of my own personal appearance. I would constantly worry of other people saying "why is he with her? Look at her." As my confidence began to rise, I began to tackle that insecurity. However, I ran into another roadblock—the massive ego. Everyone loves a confident partner, until you have to beg them to remember you matter as well. If he plans to string you along while he plays the field and enjoys the limelight, then you should cut ties with him. Not because of the new suitors that have taken interest, but because these are signs he's still doesn't know who HE is yet. Maybe it will work out later in life.7. The Smart MisogynistThis is the suitor that your mother swears will be the next President Obama. He’s incredibly informed, well-spoken and polite. All great qualities until he tells you that once you guys get married it would be best for you to quit your job because women should belong in the kitchen. Whenever you're prepared to share your opinion on a topic, he cuts you off or restates your already well-said point. You’ve gotten into arguments with him on the importance of a janitor being worth the same level of respect as a doctor. The moral is, anyone who silences your opinion or makes you, or others, feel unimportant, is probably a person who should be cut out of your life.8. The Hood NinjaHe’s fun, funny, real, exciting and doesn't judge you. He somehow he is able to relate to all your tribulations of suburban drama. He's the one that feels the most relatable. There's nothing wrong with a jagged edge. The problem arises with how long is he willing to keep it going. You will drain your entire energy trying to change a person if they don't want to change. There has to be a limit. There has to be a point when you’re on your desk in your room writing your latest letter, staring at a blank envelop asking Siri to find the nearest store that sells postage stamps. I’m sure the idea of a ride or die chick sounds sexy—I mean we’ve all seen 50 Cent’s "21 Questions" video—but how long can this last? Is it possible he can make the most epic transformation like 2017 Guwo? Yes, very likely. However, be mindful of the false hope of falling for potential, rather than reality.9. The Brad Pitt / James Franco White GuyThe blending of cultures is a wonderful thing. You should date whoever you love, but make sure they love you in all ways possible. They must love your mind, spirit and culture. A fetish is not a relationship, and micro-aggressions are not compliments. If you cannot express who you are completely, then what are doing with him? Also understand that societal ignorance is a threat. You may be surprised by who isn't supportive. He may not understand everything , but communication is key. However, stray away from partners who are incapable of standing up to their friends, family members or anyone who does not wish you will.10. The Man Threatened By Your SuccessHe will try to overshadow you, minimize your accomplishments, and detour you of your dreams. Similar to the smart misogynist, but the goal is not to come across as an intellectual, but as a power move. This is a man threatened and motivated by your success. When he does seem to show up for you, he seems to be focused on how to be front and center with lights, cameras and action on your big day. He's the man most likely to announce his promotion at your birthday party.11. The Man Who OversharesThis is the man who that spent the first 40 minutes of the date telling you that he is over his ex, while repeating the same story of their golden retriever custody battle. He also checked her instagram while you were in the bathroom. You should be wary about men (or anyone) who overshares others' personal information. There is nothing wrong with a man who is in tune with his feelings, however once the conversation begins to turn into malice, then you are approaching a red flag. This person may be immature. You should be able to be with a person you can trust to not share your secrets. Oversharing, in regards to social media? That is up to you to determine how much is too much. Is he proud of your relationship, or is he seeking...
How can you not love Chance the Rapper? He's busy changing the way we consume music, giving back to his community, being a leader and all the while providing us with songs we can't help but play on repeat. So when he stopped by the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, we were excited to see what he would cover.
He chose "Feel No Ways" off Drake's latest album, Views, and added his own original spin (updated lyrics included) to the track. It's calming, refreshing and definitely worth a listen. If you haven't pushed play yet, what are you doing?
In addition to his tribute to Drizzy, Chano and The Social Experiment brought the energy to the Live Lounge early with their spirited performance of "All We Got," the Kanye West-assisted opener to Coloring Book. He even extended a prayer to West, who was recently hospitalized for exhaustion.
What did you think of Chance's Live Lounge debut? Let us know in the comments below!
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This weekend has been an eventful one for Drake, we’ve gotten diss records and a new release announcement so let’s jump in. Over the weekend on the championed OVO Radio, Drake told everyone that he’s got a new release for us called More Life. This will be different from his other releases though, he said, “...I want to do a playlist, I want to give you a collection of songs that become the soundtrack to your life”. In my opinion, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and Views were playlists, but apparently this is new for the Canadian star.
Drake went on to drop THREE tracks, “Sneakin” with 21 Savage, “Fake Love” and “Two Birds One Stone." The latter is what has gotten Drake the most flack today, not only because he dissed Pusha T, but because he also decided to diss Kid Cudi. Drake’s line “You were the Man on the Moon, now you go through phases/life of the angry and famous” attacks Cudi, who just recently announced going into rehab for his depression. Usually the crowd seems to sway whichever direction Drake does, but not in this case. Twitter exploded when they heard the 6 God diss the Man on the Moon.
Drake dodges lyrical rappers but disses a depressed suicidal Kid Cudi that's in rehab, Drake is a clown.
— ㅤㅤCeltics 0-0 (@iSoLyf3) October 24, 2016
Kid Cudi disses Drake's talent and Drake's only comeback is to insult Cudi's health and not musical abilities.......
— hhhh (@amilaonaire) October 24, 2016
Drake just reinforced the black stigma that mental illness is a weakness, a flaw and not the disease it is. Get well Kid Cudi
— Hiiiiiiiiii :) (@CulturallyAlive) October 24, 2016
All this being said, in my humble opinion we still have to discuss the Pusha T diss. I’m praying to all the rap gods that Pusha responds and humbles the 6 God a bit. We can all talk about how Drake slayed Meek, but can Drake really go up against Pusha T?
More Life should be released by year’s end, for now check out "Two Birds One Stone," “Sneakin” and “Fake Love” below!
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We are in the final days of President Barack Obama's second term presidency. While some of you may feel disillusioned or even teary-eyed at the fact that our first black President is leaving the White House, trust and believe, he's getting his entire life at every possible occasion.
The President hosted BET's "Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience" event Friday night on the South Lawn of the White House, bringing true soul to the nation's capital. Big name artists like Janelle Monae, The Roots, Jill Scott, Bell Biv DeVoe, De La Soul and many more brought down the house with epic performances.
Usher also performed, and on his way out the door, gave social media a glimpse at all the excitement. President Obama is really in the moment as Drake's Hotline Bling blares from the speakers, he can't help but give way to the beat. Usher caught the magic on his phone.
Okay, Barry! We see you.
President Obama dancing to "Hotline Bling" last night at The White House. pic.twitter.com/cbvWhvNyd1— Word On Road (@WordOnRd) October 22, 2016
Angie Martinez posted this selfie at the end of the night proving it was truly LIT.
my face is sweaty. my hair is a mess. And my feet are killing me...but i am standing outside of the white house after witnessing @djdnice rip the place down! im talkin... mobb deep, dmx, young MA, tribe, juvi...and in the middle of it all our president ran out to jump in a circle and dance to @champagnepapi w/ his hands in the air. All while a gigantic painting of George Washington hovered over the dance floor. Dave Chappelle, The @bet fam, naomi, DeLa , jesse, OG, jaha, roots crew, bev, ashaunna, tj, Fred, naturi all dancing to @asapferg! Ive seen a lot in my life but tonight confirmed what i have always suspected, that anything is possible!! 🙏🏼🙌🏼 #GodBlessAmerica #GodBlessHipHop A photo posted by Angie Martinez (@angiemartinez) on Oct 21, 2016 at 11:38pm PDT
This marks President Obama and First lady Michelle's final musical event at the White House. We're gonna miss this. In his own words, "It's gone be alright."
BET's “Love & Happiness” concert debuts on November 15.
Check out a snippet from the night.
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Jay Z is a business, man — not a businessman. Kanye West has always presented himself as a person who puts the art first. With that said, it should come as no surprise to anyone that at his recent 'Pablo' tour stop in Seattle, Mr. West decided to pop off on the Roc Nation capo. It's not complicated at all — Jay Z likes his money firmly in his pockets, and he couldn't get square with letting the rest of us have it on "Pop Style," with Drake being in Apple's camp, plus him owning Tidal and all. Finally, at least we've got an answer as to why Jay Z's verse on "Pop Style" was a short walk into a shallow pool.
Jay Z's verse on Views' "Pop Style" was like...
But what's really eating Kanye apparently, is that Jay's been being Jay Z. The personal and the professional tend to move in unison for Ye, and, according to him, Jigga Man's been worrying about respect for his label instead of about the music. "Out of respect for Meek Mill he didn't want to be on the track," Kanye stated. "I said, look, I'll call Drake, I'll call Meek, we gotta squash this sh*t, we gotta let people have this song!" That's not all. According to Kanye, Jay has been putting off Watch The Throne 2 over "some Apple/Tidal bullsh*t."
It's all about the music for 'Ye
There's something really endearing about Yeezy's love of his art. He literally doesn't care how many people are on a song or an album as long as he gets it right. Inevitably then, these two bump heads, especially when Jay is getting his by-any-means on. "It went into some political shit, some shit about percentages on songs," Ye reasoned. This seems so Jay Z, it isn't even funny. He's got control of his masters for a reason, y'all.
But wait, there's more. Kanye West is just trying to hang out with this big homie man to man, but Jay's been preoccupied. West even said that their kids haven't even played with each other yet, "I can't take this sh*t, bro, our kids ain’t never even played together."
Just two megastar, millionaire brothers having a spat in public. Well, at least one of them is. Check out the vids for yourself below.
ye talking about Watch The Throne 2 & Apple/Tidal problems @TeamKanyeDaily #SAINTPABLO pic.twitter.com/kXZNZuvTfP
— ike®☄ (@IkerLopez27) October 20, 2016
Kanye talks beef between Meek Drake and Jay Z. @ElliottWilson @funkflex pic.twitter.com/UmduJASkTd
— Bart Szaniewski (@TheSzef) October 20, 2016
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When former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was secretly recorded making racially insensitive statements to his girlfriend V. Stiviano in 2014, few were sympathetic. This was in spite of some being concerned about privacy measures that weren’t taken during what was believed to be a private argument between a couple. Politically savvy talk show host Bill Maher didn’t quite defend Sterling so much as state that he felt that people shouldn’t be recording private calls. Technically, he’s not wrong.
In the state of California, all parties in a confidential conversation must provide consent before agreeing to be recorded whether face-to-face or by electronic communications. In Illinois, “an eavesdropping device cannot be used to record or overhear a conversation or intercept, retain or transcribe a telephone or electronic communication without the consent of all parties involved.” (The latter does not apply to police officers.)
But what happens when an entertainer chooses to make a private conversation public on a record? Toronto rapper Drake is already getting backlash from two ex-girlfriends for doing so. Billboard reports that his ex-girlfriend Ericka Lee is the voice on “Marvin’s Room” and wanted co-writing royalties.
On the beginning of Drake’s “How About Now,” an alleged private voicemail from Kandice Henry (who he admitted “broke his heart” in a XXL fill-in questionnaire) included the opener “Yo, you cheesed me, dog.” Although it’s not immediately clear whether the OVO rapper got the OK from his ex-girlfriend about using this message, there were some outlets suggesting he apologize before a lawsuit could occur.
Is it possible to financially gain from an artist releasing a private conversation to the public for commercial use? Yes. Snoop Dogg found that out the hard way. Although Snoop jokingly admitted to The Breakfast Club that he didn’t pay for a recording (although his record label warned him to) he admitted that a fan did not take the released recording in stride.
“Charlamagne, I done a conversation with somebody,” Snoop told the radio trio. “Where dude called me, telling me how much he love me and whoop dee whoop whoop whoop, and I put it on a album, and three weeks later, he sued me. Twenty-five racks.”
Although it might sound bizarre to some, that fan was well within legal rights to do so. Each state has different consent laws when it comes to recording private conversations. Some states are single consent jurisdictions and others require both parties to consent. It's advisable to be aware of the state consent laws where the recording is being made.
Record labels and music publishers don't want to buy a lawsuit. Typically, they will ask for contractual agreements proving the artist has obtained a release or license to incorporate third-party material into a song.
A release is a legal agreement that grants a person permission to use another person's voice, likeness or image. The parties can negotiate if the artist will pay a fee for the right to use the fan or ex-girlfriend’s recorded voice in a song. Or the parties can agree no monetary payment will be made for the right to use the recording because compensation will come in the form of public recognition for being featured on the song.
Have more entertainment-related right to privacy and right of publicity questions? Contact J. Paye & Associates today.
Shamontiel L. Vaughn contributed to this blog. Find out more about her at Shamontiel.com.
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It's been revealed by Chino of MMG that he allegedly knows the name of Game's ghostwriters. It got messy, and he even outed one of them, telling everyone in the room on Twitter that a guy named Marcus Black wrote that really great diss track the Game fired off at Meek Mill.
Chino's got dirt on you, doggie
I kno THE GAME ghost writer btw he from Chicago he ran wit some good Baltimore dudes ! 🐸☕️— Chino_mmg (@ChinoMmg) September 19, 2016
Can someone tell the game stop it . . . It's public an it's always been in the streets ain't no telling over here wit the chasers homie !— Chino_mmg (@ChinoMmg) September 20, 2016
Btw "Marcus black" wrote that . . . Time to expose ya 👻 writer ! #oooooouuuuuuu— Chino_mmg (@ChinoMmg) September 20, 2016
That's a fact !— Chino_mmg (@ChinoMmg) September 20, 2016
Marcus Black is a talented emcee, by the way.
But is something like that even "dirt" anymore?
But is it really true? Chino's got some skin in the game with Meek being from his camp and all. Plus, who cares? Nowadays, everyone's got a ghostwriter or 50. Wasn't it Meek who exposed Drake last year (with an assist from Funkmaster Flex) for having Quentin Miller write a few tracks on If You're Reading This Its Too Late? Didn't Funk waste all our collective time dropping bomb after bomb only to reveal another voice rapping "running through the six with my woes?" This goes up even further on the inception scale if you consider that Rick Ross is literally a ghost-person. Let us remember 50 Cent's Officer Ricky character forever and ever. What does this all mean? That rap is theatre? It's part performance, no doubt, and whether you blame the internet for being the catalyst of all this or not, the cat is out of the bag.
Andre 3000 is mad, too
3 Stacks commented on Frank Ocean's "Solo (Reprise)" as much. "After 20 years in / I'm so naive / I was under the impression / That everyone wrote they own verses / It's comin' back different, and, yeah, that shit hurts me / I'm hummin' and whistlin' to those not deserving / I've stumbled and lived every word / Was I working just way too hard?" He's got a right to be upset, right? One-half of the greatest duo to ever rock a mic and he wrote every single word! But he also wasn't hustling in the internet era where not giving us a song for over a week is blasphemy.
The ridiculous part of this whole deal is that Meek Mill, too, allegedly had a ghostwriter! That guy's name is Louie V. Gutta, and Gucci Mane randomly brought him up last year because Gucci Mane is a warrior for fairness in the rap game.
But really...what does this all mean?
Ghostwriter claims are our scarlet letters. We put them on the chests of these artists we adore, who entertain us, and they fall off them as quickly as we pin them. It's 2016, and while I acknowledge that the rap-purity side of me isn't happy with these claims, I'm not so old that I can't recognize that artists need help. The expectations are huge and the money is scarce. Now, with your entire career on the line with each track, getting help is the natural thing to do. What it does do, is make claims of superiority more dubious. Maybe that's a good thing. Maybe it's also a good thing Russell Simmons has reportedly worked out a truce between Meek and Game. Either way, regardless of which way of the argument you're on, we're all seemingly rethinking how we need to view our favorite...
You probably saw this young dude all over your timeline this summer.
A video posted by @officialyoungdylan on Apr 15, 2016 at 6:00pm PDT
Dylan Gilmer, a 7-year-old from Annapolis, Maryland (known on Instagram as @officialyoungdylan), went viral on social media for his new flawless execution of some of Drake's biggest hits.
A video posted by @officialyoungdylan on Jul 21, 2016 at 5:29pm PDT
After a video of him singing Bryson Tiller "blew up," Dylan's father and mom, DeAundra DeJesus, decided to create a personal Instagram account for him, they told the Capital Gazette.
A video posted by @officialyoungdylan on Mar 23, 2016 at 3:18pm PDT
Dylan appeared on Monday's episode of Ellen, showcasing his talents to the world and thanking his supporters. His mother said that he's always wanted to appear on Ellen and meet her.
He told Ellen that he wants to be a rapper when he's older because "all the rappers get a lot of mansions," and plans to have one for himself, one of his parents, and the rest for orphans.
And of course, he had to take to the stage, performing Drake & DJ Khaled's "For Free." Watch the video below!
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Who says marching bands aren't cool? The squad at Baton Rouge's Southern University and A&M College put that lie to bed. Their recent rendition of Drake's "Controlla" has gone viral and has everyone jammin'.
Even if you aren't a fan of the song, something about the band's version will give you life. Is it the horns? The drums? The Dancing Dolls' choreography? It's a perfect combination that delivers on every level. The audience couldn't help but stand at attention. To all our band geeks at heart, this one's for you.
They came to slay.
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"Why you gotta fight with me at Cheesecake, You know I love to go there, Say I'm actin' lightskin, I can't take you nowhere, This a place for families that drive Camrys and go to Disney, They don't need to know all of our business..."
Drake and the iconic Tyra Banks literally fight at The Cheesecake Factory in the OVO maestro's hilarious, 12-minute long short film for "Childs Play," taken from his latest album Views.
Tell us how you really feel Tyra!
Watch the video below:
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If you thought Joanne the Scammer had reached new scamming heights when she crashed last weekend's MTV Video Music Awards, think again. Everyone's favorite viral superstar is it again, and this time, Drake and Rihanna fell victim!
Tuesday afternoon, a mysterious website, DrakeAndRihanna.com appeared online. The internet went into a frenzy with many people thinking the countdown clock on the site was referencing an upcoming music project from the duo.
in other news: there's a website with drake & rihanna -> https://t.co/ngJ5Icy4xU that shows a countdown clock 👀 pic.twitter.com/peDYlI6UGM
— free kodak † (@babegaldes_) August 30, 2016
If Drake and Rihanna have a joint tour I'm emptying my bank acc rn forget school forget a car
— Run Them Pearls Hoe! (@hollygojahni) August 30, 2016
Drake and Rihanna album coming. That's my guess.
— Nebraska Jones (@MrsKimmieHaze) August 30, 2016
im scared of whatever that drake and rihanna site is counting down to
— SadeVEVO (@fillegrossiere) August 30, 2016
However, sources soon revealed to numerous outlets that the site was fake.
Soon enough, the countdown and OvO signage was replaced with a video of the iconic Joanne, portrayed by Branden Miller. The news was first figured out by New York Magazine, who realized that the site was from Super Deluxe, a comedy site that Miller frequently collaborates with.
In the video on the site, Joanne berates Drizzy for not acknowledging her at the VMAs, and admits the website is a hoax.
Honestly, truly....Joanne, you got us.
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