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Uh Oh. Drake Is Mad At Rolling Stone.

Okay. So check this out.  We know that Drake did an interview for Rolling Stone, right (Drake Isn’t Feeling Macklemore’s Apology To Kendrick Lamar)?  Right.  Well apparently, he was supposed to be on the cover of said issue (comes out tomorrow, I think), buuuut then this happened:

And Drake isn’t happy about it.  His tweet about it:

“They also took my cover from me last minute and ran the issue”

This tweet has since been deleted.  Then he tweeted:

'I'm disgusted with that,’ the rapper said of losing his cover to Philip Seymour Hoffman — although he says it with ‘respect’ to the actor.

(This tweet has been deleted as well but NY Daily News caught it)

All respect but dammit I was promised the cover and I want it even if someone died! Much respect tho. Another piece of the puzzle is that some more parts of Drake’s interview was leaked, including a part where he talks about Kanye West.  ALLEGEDLY. 

There were some real questionable bars on there,” he says. “Like that ‘Swaghili’ line? Come on, man. Even Fabolous wouldn’t say some sh*t like that.” But Drake says he speaks from a bedrock of deep respect. “Kanye’s the reason I’m here. I love everything about that guy.

Oh boy. But after that leaked this morning, Drake tweeted (NY Daily News):

“I never commented on Yeezus for my interview portion of Rolling Stone”

Again, this tweet has been deleted. “For my interview portion.”  So what this tells me is that he DID say those things, but he DIDN’T think they were on the record. According to The Grio:

Rolling Stone backs their interview with the Toronto rapper and in a statement with MTV’s Rob Markman, and say the quotes were on the record and an online copy will be available soon.

Artists, your mic is ALWAYS hot when talking to the media.  ALWAYS. Always always always. SMH.

The end result?

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(this tweet is still up)

WELP.

Tank Talks About The State Of R&B

According to NecoleBitchie Tank did an interview and had this to say about where we are with music these days:

Name the last time you actually heard an R&B ballad or even mid-tempo played on mainstream radio. You won’t. It’s not exciting enough to them anymore. We’ve moved out of the age of romance and meeting the mom and the father before you take the girl out. Now it’s Twitter and Instagram and everything’s happening so fast that a ballad actually takes too long for the payoff.

So, people actually really singing is too much to think about. Like, ‘I can’t sing along with that. Where’s the guy with the Auto-Tune? I can do that.’ And people are so far into the state of reality and being able to feel like they’re apart of it that it’s actually them, that if it’s too far above their heads, then they can’t relate.

Tank is speaking nothing but the truth here.  A couple of days ago I was listening to Boyz II Men’s “Water Runs Dry” and was wondering what would happen if it were released today.  Or take that entire album?  It would go straight styrofoam, that’s what.

People out here have neglected real singers for monotone catchy phrases, separating the Whitney Houstons (well there will only be one of those but you get it) from the Jhene Aikos.   We don’t value real harmony but would rather sex symbols, separating the Boyz II Mens from the…well…what groups are out?

Tank goes on to say:

We have to get back to making R&B for everybody. Not just for one place in time. Not just for the bedroom. Not just for the bathroom. But we’re are the “happy”R&B songs. If you think about it, “Happy” is an R&B record that Pharrell just made. That’s an old school, throwback R&B record. That’s what R&B used to sound like.

[…]

We have to get back to that. Making that kind of music. “Happy.” So we can sing on the Oscars, along with Pharrell, who’s… him, Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake who are leading the charge in R&B music. We can’t hate! We can’t hate on what it is! The truth is what it is. And Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake are doing R&B music better than us. We need to catch up.

“Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake are doing R&B music better than us.” WELP!!! I mean, he’s telling the truth!  Just look at the numbers!  And I don’t know about Robin’s album cause I didn’t listen to it, but JT’s?  Um. YES.

What people don’t know about the Grammys is that we can vote. We get mad at the Grammys like, ‘oh you didn’t pick the right person!’ But did you vote? Did you sign up? Any of these guys that are artists and singers and writers and producers, did you sign up and vote and pay your dues and go to the meetings and try to make a difference in this process? If you didn’t, relax ’cause somebody did and that’s who voted for whoever won. It is what it is. Am I mad that we lost to Alicia Keys? Absolutely! Do I feel like we had the better album? Yeah! But did everybody that participated in the TGT album register and vote the Grammys? No they did not. We just wren’t popular in the back room. Alicia Keys is very popular in the back room. It probably wasn’t even a matter of what the record sounded like or who influenced it.

I don’t point fingers. What am I gonna do about the fact that the AMA’s, in the R&B soul category, nominated Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna? What am I gonna do about that? It’s not her fault that she’s in the R&B soul category.

Well, to be fair any and everybody should be mad if they lost to Alicia Keys.  But that’s beside the point.  He’s making a lot of sense here.  I sure do hope that some real R&B comes back.  However, I don’t think it would be appreciated.  It would get played on your R&B stations, but mainstream hip-hop “& R&B” stations?  Doubt it.  They’d rather play Rihanna. Gone are the days when REAL R&B singers make money off of their ballads and love songs, or even “happy” R&B.  When a group can stand on pure talent alone.  Those days are gone.  And it makes me kinda sad.  Guess I just gotta continue to listen to my 90’s, etc throwbacks!

Nicki Minaj Is FED. UP. With Y’all.

This happened while my site was down and I was losing my mind! UGH!

LISTEN. Onika said she’s gonna leave the colored weaves/wigs alone, stop wearing whatever Halloween costumes she was wearing as daily wear, and SERVE.

And serve, she did.  I am not particularly a Nicki Minaj “fan.”  In fact, in my opinion, there is a serious lack of GOOD female rap artists out here today.  But…oh my.  I know how to give respect when respect is due.  Nicki, Nicki, Nicki. YES.  To ALL of this.

THIS RIGHT HERE!?  This is rap.  Thank you, Nicki.  No gimmicks. Just words. Thank you.  If this is the Nicki we’re going to continue to get? I’m here for it.

Very vulgar guys, so watch at your own risk.  And keep in mind, this is hip hop.

 

Gather your edges, and prepare your bars, Onika is calling ALL of y’all out. Whew!

Drake Isn’t Feeling Macklemore’s Apology To Kendrick Lamar

In the newest issue of Rolling Stone, Drake shares his feelings about Macklemore’s “apology” to Kendrick Lamar after he won the Grammy for Best Rap Album.  I wrote about it in my previous post, My Thoughts On The Grammy’s (you’ll find the screen shots of the apology and what not there).

The private message — which Macklemore made very public by posting it on Instagram — didn’t strike everyone as generous. And in the new issue of Rolling Stone (on stands Friday), Drake makes it very clear he thought the message was unnecessary. To put it bluntly, he thought “that shit was wack as fuck.”

“I was like, ‘You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better — make better music,'” he tells us. “It felt cheap. It didn’t feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?”

WHEW!  I’m like…

BUT WAIT!  There’s more:

Drake notes that Grammy wins don’t always go to the artist who made the best album. “This is how the world works: He made a brand of music that appealed to more people than me, Hov, Kanye and Kendrick. Whether people wanna say it’s racial, or whether it’s just the fact that he tapped into something we can’t tap into. That’s just how the cards fall. Own your shit.”

And in the end, if Macklemore was going to start doling out apologies, he should have reached out to more nominees, Drake says. “To name just Kendrick? That shit made me feel funny. No, in that case, you robbed everybody. We all need text messages!”

Oh Drake.  My sweet, sweet, Drake.  He ONLY reached out to Kendrick because he felt like that was the ONLY person who had a better album than he did, and “should’ve” won.   Well, I guess it could also be that that’s the only album out of the nominees that he listened to. Eh. Either way, in case you’re wondering, yes, Drake. Macklemore shaded you. :-/

(I agree with Drake about the whole text apology thing, though….)

So Ciara and Future Have A New Song

Ciara and Future have gone back to the studio to make another song.  This time, Future is actually on the song with her.

And you know what?  It really isn’t bad!  It’s a cute song.  My ONLY problem…and I mean ONLY problem, is the fact that Ciara is singing.

This could’ve been soooo much better. Her voice, at times, is quivering.  Literally.  And other times she’s singing so hard until it sounds like she’s spitting out the words.  This is a song that is meant to be sung very soft, very light…not doing too much (which is the perfect kind of song for her, tbh).

What do you all think?