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That’s the last thing you’d expect to hear from the multiple Grammy winner who just released his album.
Following the release of The Life of Pablo this weekend and a performance on Saturday Night Live, West announced on Twitter that he is $53 million in debt.
He opened up about his finances before taking the stage for Saturday Night Live and asked his followers to “pray we overcome.”
Following his performance, The Life of Pablo was released on his website and Tidal. On Sunday, he plead with his 18 million followers, asking them to subscribe to Tidal in order to hear his new release since he “decided to not sell my album for another week.”
He then reached out to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, asking him to invest $1 billion in his work “after realizing he is the greatest living artist and greatest artist of all time.”
With only twelve more weeks to go the biggest musical event on the island, it was just announced that J. Cole has been added to the star-studded cast of performers.
In 2009, J. Cole contributed to J-Zay’s “The Blueprint 3”. In 2011, Roc Nation released his debut official album “Cole World: The Sideline Story”, which debuted on the top of Billboard 200. In 2013, the artist released the album “Born Sinner” which featured the hit “Power Trip” with past Tobago Jazz Experience performer Miguel.
Cole’s latest album Forest Hill Drive, released in December 2014, features four hits singles “Apparently”, “G.O.M.D”, “Wet Dreamz” and “No Role Modelz”. In 2015, J. Cole won Album of the Year at the BET Awards and Top Rap Album at the Billboard Music Awards. He is also nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards.
The Division of Tourism and Transportation is pleased to have J. Cole along with many other international acts on the island of Tobago for the Tobago Jazz Experience 2016.
Fans of VH1’s original series Hit the Floor will be in for a special treat tonight.
The soundtrack of the show will feature none other than soca artiste Bunji Garlin.
We understand that his song Jungle Bae, which also features MX Prime, will be played on the show tonight.
Jungle Bae is among the songs on Skrillex’ and Diplo’s Grammy-nominated album Jack U.
The show airs at 10 pm local time.
The singer didn’t care about his errors because he knew he had plenty of money, but he now insists he has learnt from his troubled past.
The 26-year-old, who was convicted in 2009 for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna said: “People make mistakes, I’ve made mistakes, I’ve judged people who made mistakes, and they judge me back.
“The best part about it is me having to learn. I think I had a great time, like I didn’t have a great time at all, but it was a great lesson for me to learn. I thank God he had something bigger for me to do.
“The mindset I was in when I was younger, it was full of arrogance like, ‘Yeah I’m an a**hole like, so what, f*** it, I got money.’ ”
Brown became a father for the first time when his daughter Royalty, 18 months, was born but it was only reported in March that the little one, whose mother is model Nia Guzman, was his child.
The ‘Beautiful People’ hitmaker admits “loves” being a father and while he has been in the wrong on several occasions, he doesn’t think he gets the credit he deserves for his charitable side.
Speaking to NOTION Magazine, he added: “People talk about me being in gangs and affiliated, but they don’t talk about the nice things I do like bring 5,000 sneakers to Crenshaw high school South-Central or Campanella park or different neighbourhoods that are in the inner cities.”
Brown’s full interview appears in NOTION Magazine’s Issue 71, out on December 18, of which he is one of four cover stars.
Happy birthday to the one and only Nicki Minaj!
Here are some things you probably might (or might not) know about the hip-hop queen.
1. Born Onika Tanya Maraj in Trinidad and Tobago on December 8, 1982, in Saint James, Minaj moved to New York when she was only five years old.
2. In 2011, A Nicki Minaj inspired Barbie doll was released by Mattel.
3. Nicki Minaj has been involved in promotions and endorsements with Pepsi, Nokia and Adidas and MAC Cosmetics.
4. She kissed Madonna on her 29th birthday.
5. She was the first ever female rap artist to perform at Yankee Stadium.
6. She is a self-confessed chocaholic, and her favourites are Kit Kat and Twix.
7. Her favourite fruit is mango (of course).
8. She has a tattoo on her left arm which says “God Is With Me Always in Chinese”.
9. Her favourite colour is pink.
10. Minaj however has had some troubling news recently, after her brother Jelani Maraj was charged with the rape of a 12-year-old girl last week.
Who is the most feminist hip-hop artist today? Is it even possible to be a hip-hop feminist?
These questions were raised during the “Hip-Hop: Women’s Vulnerability And Values” roundtable discussion at The White House Council’s Women And Girls summit and MC Lyte, an iconic rapper herself, had some answers.
“I think you can [be a hip-hop feminist],” she said. “At this point in time, it probably is Fetty Wap. He may have a very unique way of presenting his ideas, but he does love women. For what he’s up against in this climate, with all of the other MCs, he’s taking a stand. He’s being pretty courageous right now in what he represents in his music. It’s really not the norm.”
Lyte — who entered the game in the late ‘80s with songs like “I Am A Woman” and “Lyte As A Rock” — said other rappers can also be considered feminist MCs.
“There’s, of course, Kendrick,” she said, “and there’s Big Sean. He raps about his grandma. Any man that raps about his grandma, you gotta show some love to. And then, of course, there’s Common and Talib.”
When J. Cole was brought up in the convo, Lyte had a different take on him.
“Well, J. Cole, yes,” she said. “I love him. Sometimes he can say a little something out the box which makes me go, ‘Don’t do that. You was on a good roll.’”
The MCs mentioned by Lyte are “on the forefront of what could be a great change in hip-hop if we show them the love and let them know that they’re heading in the right direction,” Lyte added.
Source: MTV News
Social media is abuzz with a report that Rihanna intends to launch her own branded marijuana line called MaRihanna.
Online blog, 18 Karat Reggae, published an article on November 12 claiming that Rihanna had announced the launch of her own brand of marijuana, MaRihanna, to go on sale in Colorado in the first quarter of 2016.
According to the 18 Karat Reggae article:
“MaRihanna by Rihanna is truly the first mainstream cannabis brand in the world and proud to be a pioneer,” Rihanna said, while speaking at the Cannabis Cup in Negril, Jamaica. “Marihanna is blazing a trail for the industry.”
The article was posted in the Humour section of the blog under the tagline: “A humorous look at life. A place to relax, get a good laugh and enjoy life. The world is way too serious and you will go crazy if you don’t take time out to smile, laugh and giggle.”
Responding to a comment on its Facebook page questioning the truth of the story, 18 Karat Reggae on Monday said, “This was the biggest thing that people were talking about at the Cannabis Cup in Negril, Jamaica which just concluded today.”
However, this could not be confirmed by Loop’s reporters in Jamaica who were at the event, which was part of the Rastafari Rootzfest from November 12 – 15. The website published the article on November 12.
There has also been no announcement from the singer, who is known for announcing her moves herself via social media – as she has done in the past for her perfume line and with deals with Dior, Puma and Stance, for example.
Now almost a week later, the 18 Karat Reggae report has been picked up by a few celeb websites and is creating a buzz on social media, with many fans saying it would be savvy business move by the singer.
If she does eventually take that step, she would be joining the growing list of celebrities to launch a marijuana line. Snoop Dogg recently launched Leafs by Snoop; Kurupt has Moonrocks; and Julian Marley has a brand called “JUJU Royal”.