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JAY-Z Speaks to David Letterman About His Mother Coming Out as Gay

David Letterman sits down with JAY-Z on the upcoming new episode of his Netflix talk show “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction,” and the discussion includes a brief moment where the rapper gets candid about his mother’s emotional coming out story. JAY-Z rapped about his mother coming out as gay on the “4:44” track “Smile,” and he explains to Letterman just how happy the experience made him. 

“Imagine having lived your life for someone else. And you think you’re protecting your kids. And for my mother to have to live as someone that she wasn’t and hide and like, protect her kids — and didn’t want to embarrass her kids, and you know, for all this time,” JAY-Z said. “And for her to sit in front of me and tell me, ‘I think I love someone.’ I mean, I really cried. That’s a real story. I cried because I was so happy for her that she was free.”

JAY-Z told Letterman that his mother spoke to him about her sexual orientation only eight months ago during the making of his album, “4:44.” The rapper admits he knew beforehand that his mother was gay, but that she never opened up to him about it one on one until last year.

“This was the first time we had the conversation,” JAY-Z explained. “And the first time I heard her say she loved her partner. Like, ‘I feel like I love somebody.’ She said, ‘I feel like.’ She held that little bit back, still. She didn’t say, ‘I’m in love,’ she said, ‘I feel like I love someone.’ And I just, I cried. I don’t even believe in crying because you’re happy. I don’t even know what that is.”

Watch JAY-Z discuss his mother’s coming out story in the video below. The rapper’s episode of “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction” begins streaming on Netflix this Friday, April 6.

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Jay Z Trademarks Story of O.J. Character “Jaybo”

Jay Z is definitely a businessman! Reportedly, the hip hop mogul filed paperwork to trademark “Jaybo”, the animated character in the Story of O.J.

According to TMZ, S. Carter Enterprises plans to use the image for merchandise such as T-shirts, sweaters, hats, and blankets. Jaybo could also appear on dinnerware, mugs, cocktail shakers and thermal containers. There was an additional trademark request that would give Jay Z the exclusive rights to use Jaybo in films and television series.

The character Jaybo stems from “Sambo”, the main character in an 1899 children’s book titled Little Black Sambo. The book is deemed racist for its use of derogatory imagery.

What are your thoughts on Jay Z latest business move?

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Love & Hip Hop’s Lil Mo & @itsVain ‘Breakup to Makeup’

Art can mimic reality so well sometimes that you can barely tell which is real and which is art.  Such is the case with Lil Mo’s real life Break Up to Make Up story with her husband, which plays out on this season’s Love and Hip Hop New York AND in her video with Vain called, “Break Up to Make Up.”

Lil Mo is currently in the headlines for the recent visit to Couples Court with her husband. Not to mention all the drama that has been playing out in this season’s Love and Hip Hop New York. With the allegations of her husband’s cheating, their son reading the blogs, therapy sessions and SO MUCH MORE!!

Vain is best known for his videos and collaborations with Jim Jones, Red Cafe, DJ Jazzy Joyce and Slim of 112. Vain and Lil Mo do not disappoint with this Classic Love Story.

The video features some super smooth hip hop lyrics from artist V.A.I.N and some “superwoman,” vocals from one of our favorite Diva’s, Lil Mo.  To top it off the chorus features the Stylistic’s “Break Up to Make Up,” classic hook with Lil Mo’s hip hop styling.

Check out Hip Hop Artist V.A.I.N along with RnB diva Lil’ Mo as they navigate their own Love and Hip Hop rocky relationship AND “Break Up to Make Up” below:

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Twitter/IG: @itsVain
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Love & Hip Hop’s Lil Mo & @itsVain ‘Breakup to Makeup’

Art can mimic reality so well sometimes that you can barely tell which is real and which is art.  Such is the case with Lil Mo’s real life Break Up to Make Up story with her husband, which plays out on this season’s Love and Hip Hop New York AND in her video with Vain called, “Break Up to Make Up.”

Lil Mo is currently in the headlines for the recent visit to Couples Court with her husband. Not to mention all the drama that has been playing out in this season’s Love and Hip Hop New York. With the allegations of her husband’s cheating, their son reading the blogs, therapy sessions and SO MUCH MORE!!

Vain is best known for his videos and collaborations with Jim Jones, Red Cafe, DJ Jazzy Joyce and Slim of 112. Vain and Lil Mo do not disappoint with this Classic Love Story.

The video features some super smooth hip hop lyrics from artist V.A.I.N and some “superwoman,” vocals from one of our favorite Diva’s, Lil Mo.  To top it off the chorus features the Stylistic’s “Break Up to Make Up,” classic hook with Lil Mo’s hip hop styling.

Check out Hip Hop Artist V.A.I.N along with RnB diva Lil’ Mo as they navigate their own Love and Hip Hop rocky relationship AND “Break Up to Make Up” below:

Connect w/ V.A.I.N:
Twitter/IG: @itsVain
Facebook: ItsVain
http://www.itsvainsworld.wordpress.com

Remy Ma Teams Up With Lil Kim After New Record Deal

After signing her multi-million dollar deal with Columbia Records executive Shawn Holiday, Remy Ma made a new partnership with Lil Kim. According to TMZ, Remy Ma and Lil Kim are teaming up to make a new Nicki Minaj diss record. Allegedly the track is called “Wake Me Up” and it’s filled with subliminal shots at Nicki Minaj.

Remy Ma Teams Up With Lil Kim After New Record Deal

“That crown I’m gon take that sh*t. Cause you a clown and homie don’t play that sh*t.”

“I heard he lay that d***. You let them filet that fish. You just met him how he bae that quick?”

It appears that Remy is throwing shots at Nicki’s relationship with Nas, which publicly appeared to take off quickly. Allegedly Remy and Kim shot a video for the record last week in the Bronx. We’ll keep you updated on any new developments of the track.

Remy Ma Signs Multi-Million Dollar Deal

Remy Ma also has a new manager. Tamar Braxton’s soon to be ex-husband, Vincent Herbert is now on board. It looks like Remy is gearing up to take over 2018. With the emergence of other female acts such as Young M.A and Cardi B, it’s great to see Remy working with another female emcee, but is dissing Nicki Minaj good for the culture?

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20 Years Later, Biggie Smalls’ Mom Has a ‘Very Good Idea’ Who Killed Him

On September 7, 1996, West Coast hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas. Six months later, Brooklyn heavyweight Biggie Smalls—The Notorious B.I.G.—was fatally targeted in a L.A. drive-by shooting. Biggie’s death was also the final nail in the coffin of the West Coast-East Coast, Death Row Records-Bad Boy Records feud that came to define hip-hop’s 1990s glory days. On the anniversary of Biggie’s murder 20 years later, it’s difficult to remember a time when coastal allegiances amounted to more than a preference for Shake Shack or In-N-Out.

While Biggie and Tupac may have been enemies by the end—with Tupac rapping about sleeping with Biggie’s wife, and ‘Pac turning against Biggie in the wake of the 1994 Quad Studios shooting — death is the great equalizer: Now, the once-beefing rappers are equally likely to be found immortalized on the dorm room wall of a college freshman, or momentarily resurrected as a headlining hologram. But incredibly advanced lasers aren’t the only forces bringing these hip-hop legends back to life. Two decades later, the lives and deaths of Tupac and Biggie are getting the USA network treatment. The upcoming series Unsolved, which dives deep into the two cold case murder investigations, stars Wavy Jonez and Marcc Rose as Biggie and Tupac, respectively. For Rose, it will be his second time playing 2Pac, reprising his role from 2015’s Straight Outta Compton.

And while watching Jonez and Rose channeling the rappers on set is unsettling, life is even stranger than fiction. In a new Daily Mail interview Voletta Wallace, the 64-year-old mother of Biggie Smalls, insists that a “conspiracy” is standing in the way of justice being served. Wallace confidently points fingers at the LAPD, claiming, “I have a very good idea who murdered Christopher and I genuinely believe that the LAPD knows exactly who did too.” She adds, “They’ve done their investigation, but they just refuse to move forward. I don’t know why they haven’t arrested who was involved. It seems to me that it’s one giant conspiracy, and someone is definitely being protected somewhere down the line.” For Biggie’s mother, “There’s no closure for me until that murderer is behind bars and sentenced.”

Of course, Wallace isn’t the first to weigh in on Biggie’s killing, and she certainly won’t be the last. The still-unsolved murders of Biggie and Tupac have launched more conspiracy theories than Alex Jones could ever dream of. Among the more outlandish claims are theories that the FBI shot both of the rappers in an effort to curb hip hop-related violence, or that Biggie and Tupac are actually alive and kicking it in a small resort town in New Zealand. Hey, if it’s good enough for Peter Thiel, it’s good enough for Biggie and ‘Pac.

While we don’t have a name or a face to link to Wallace’s claims, there are a good number of details for would-be conspiracists to comb through, courtesy of a cache of FBI files on the case. In 2011 The Daily Beast went through the documents to get a more vivid picture of Notorious B.I.G’s murder. Twenty years ago, Biggie was leaving a Soul Train Awards afterparty in a three-car motorcade; Biggie was in the second car, and his friend and label founder Sean Combs was in the first. At around 12:45 a.m., “An African-American male dressed in a blue suit and bow tie” fired six shots at the vehicles, with four of them hitting Biggie Smalls in the chest. The rapper was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m.

Death Row Records executive Suge Knight was a main suspect, in keeping with the theory that Biggie’s death was a direct response to Tupac’s murder. Knight denied any and all involvement in B.I.G’s death. The LAPD, which was accused of corruption in the case, made the decision in tandem with the FBI to close the investigation into Biggie’s murder, abandoning the 18-month case they had been trying to build against Knight. Four years later, the case was reopened after new information allegedly surfaced. Biggie’s mother brought a $400 million wrongful death suit against the LAPD in 2006, which was eventually dismissed.

The FBI files are full of juicy details, such as information about LAPD Officer David A. Mack, a suspect in the case who had a Tupac shrine in his garage, along with guns and ammo. Other interesting tidbits include one informant’s accusations that Notorious B.I.G. had secret ties to New York City’s Genovese crime family, and the revelation that the rapper was carrying marijuana, a pen, an asthma inhaler, and three magnum condoms on his person at the time of his death. But according to a new Daily Mail source, Biggie wasn’t even the intended victim. The source, who was allegedly with Biggie on the night of his death, “is convinced the bullets were meant for P. Diddy.” There’s a certain logic to that, seeing as many fans believe that the artist formerly known as Puff Daddy played a pivotal role in Tupac’s death. According to this theory Sean Combs, one of hip-hop’s biggest living moguls, was just one lucky Suburban away from meeting his maker.

SOURCE: DB

 

[Video] @itsVain #Hello

Vain has dropped his much anticipated video for his Hit Single “Hello” which reached the Mediabase Top 100 Tracks with National Radio spins giving the single an audience of over 10 million.

VAIN was a protege of the late great Big Kap aka “The Wardin,” who is credited with helping to launch Biggie Smalls career and is best known for his critically acclaimed Mixtape “The Tunnel ,” with Funkmaster Flex.

Big Kap introduced VAIN and his song “Hello,” on his Burnunit Legends Tour. Big Kap also performed live with Vain during the Tour and a clip of that final live performance is featured in the “Ain’t No Nigga Like Me,” video.

VAIN and Big Kap callaborated on the single “Bottles In the Air” which features a rare vocal performance from “The Wardin” himself. VAIN’s single “Throw It Back,” was featured on Big Kap’s final Mixtape “State2State.”

VAIN performed “Hello” when he opened up for the one and only Snoop Dogg at the Catalyst Club in Santa Cruz, California and at DJ Demp’s Birthday Bash where Yo Gotti was also on the Marquee.

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