WATCH: Vince Staples On Scriptwriting And Breaking Stereotypes With New Netflix Series

WATCH: Vince Staples On Scriptwriting And Breaking Stereotypes With New Netflix Series

Created by Vince Staples and executive produced by Kenya Barris comes a limited series of satirical tales full of comedic tension, pulling inspiration from his own life as a rapper from Long Beach, California, and filtering it through his irrefutable point of view.

“In 2019, I was fortunate to receive an opportunity to make a television show,” Staples said in a statement. “After years of researching, brainstorming, global pandemics, and breakthroughs, we are finally here! I am honored to share with you the fever dream that is The Vince Staples Show. Created at the crossroads where David Lynch meets Dave Chappelle, this slow burner forces you to find the humor in life’s little things. I hope you have as much fun viewing as we did creating it.”

In addition to Staples and Barris, The Vince Staples Show is executive produced by Ian Edelman, Maurice Williams, Corey Smyth, and William Stefan Smith.

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Ye Drops Surprise Endorsement Of Donald Trump Despite Past Beef 

Ye Drops Surprise Endorsement Of Donald Trump Despite Past Beef 

Ye gave Republican former President Donald Trump his endorsement for the 2024 presidential election. In a video circulating on social media, Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, said Donald Trump will have his support in November 2024. When someone asked the Chicago-born artist if he was still supporting Trump, he responded, “Yeah, of course, it’s Trump all day, what you talking about? You know what it is!”

The Late Registration rapper first pledged his allegiance to Trump after infamously appearing at the White House in 2018 sporting a red “Make America Great Again” hat. Lunch with the then-president turned into a bizarre press conference on appearances and deals. “What I need ‘SNL’ and liberals to improve on is, if he don’t look good, we don’t look good. He has to be the freshest, the flyest, have the flyest planes. He has to look good!” Ye said. “When we make everything in China and not America, we’re cheating on our country.”

The “Jesus Walks” emcee’s tone changed in 2022 during a dinner at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago, where Ye allegedly asked Trump to be his 2024 running mate. But things took a negative turn once Trump insulted Ye’s ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, calling her “the World’s most overrated celebrity.” Trump also accused Kardashian of voting for “crooked Joe.” According to 2023’s tell-all book Tired of Winning: Donald Trump and the End of the Grand Old Party, Trump said he “did help with prisoner commutation, but only if deserving, and much more so for Kanye West than for Kim, who probably voted for Crooked Joe Biden, and look at the mess our Country is in now.” Since then, Trump has been drowning in a slew of legal battles for defamation and sexual assault. Shortly after the release of his album Vultures I, a collaboration with singer and rapper Ty Dolla $ign, Ye was called out by the estate of the late Donna Summer and by rock legend Ozzy Osbourne for using their music samples without receiving clearance. Vultures 1 was removed from but later reinstated on iApple Music and Spotify.

 

 

Statue Of Notorious B.I.G. Returns To Brooklyn For Exhibition

Statue Of Notorious B.I.G. Returns To Brooklyn For Exhibition

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A popular statue commemorating The Notorious B.I.G. will return to Brooklyn for a special exhibit on Black resistance and music in time for Black History Month.

Notorious BIG Statue x Sherwin Banfield

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On Friday (Feb. 9), The Billie Holiday Theatre announced that it would be hosting Sky’s The Limit: Music Is My Resistance, a visual art exhibition. At the heart of the exhibition will be the striking statue dedicated to a beloved son of the borough, the late Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace aka Biggie. The statue, created by artist Sherwin Banfield, is entitled: “Sky’s the Limit in the County of Kings,” which will be present at the theatre for the duration of the exhibition.

The exhibition is slated to also feature smaller sculpted pieces from Banfield’s extensive portfolio of work in addition to paintings, prints and sculptures from a slew of other artists. All of the works will be displayed in the lobby of The Billie Holiday Theatre, located in Bedford-Stuyvesant only minutes away from where The Notorious B.I.G. grew up. The exhibition will open Feb. 15 with a reception featuring a Q&A session with Banfield. The Queens, New York, native will return to the theatre Feb. 28 for an artists’ talk on resistance with Hip-Hop icon and host of Video Music Box, Ralph McDaniels, and Hip-Hop historian Leroy McCarty. Sky’s The Limit: Music Is My Resistance will be free to the public for viewing until May 30. 

“Music and the arts have always been a cornerstone of Black expression through which we get to authentically tell our stories. For this exhibition, we wanted to highlight how vital music has been to the Black experience as it relates to resistance and we wanted to do it in a way that was unique to Brooklyn,” said Shadawn Smith, The Billie Holiday Theatre’s executive director in the announcement. “With his Biggie sculpture as the centerpiece, Sherwin Banfield is the perfect collaborator to help us bring that vision to life.”

“The Notorious B.I.G. is the truest representation of Brooklyn. His poetry is peppered with mentions of Brooklyn throughout his short but impactful career. By immortalizing The Notorious B.I.G into a respected monument, we introduce a unique cultural and educational opportunity for his community and his millions of fans around the world to experience this monument in B.I.G.’s Bed Stuy neighborhood while showcasing a diverse representation of creativity here at The Billie Holiday Theatre,” Banfield said in the press release.

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VIDEO: Big K.R.I.T. – “King Pt. 5” (In Studio Performance)

VIDEO: Big K.R.I.T. – “King Pt. 5” (In Studio Performance)

“Big K.R.I.T.’s in-studio performance of ‘King Pt. 5’ is a captivating and raw showcase of the rapper’s lyrical prowess and musical artistry. The video provides an intimate look into the creative process as Big K.R.I.T. delivers his verses with passion and precision, backed by a soulful and immersive beat. The production quality captures the essence of the moment, emphasizing the authenticity of the performance. Big K.R.I.T.’s verses are filled with insightful storytelling, addressing personal experiences, societal issues, and the journey to self-discovery. The in-studio setting creates a genuine atmosphere, allowing viewers to connect with the artist on a deeper level. Overall, the video is a testament to Big K.R.I.T.’s dedication to his craft and his ability to convey powerful messages through his music.”

Kanye West Trends In Wake Of 66th Grammy Awards, X Connects Taylor Swift Dots

Kanye West Trends In Wake Of 66th Grammy Awards, X Connects Taylor Swift Dots

Kanye West aka Ye was not a fixture at the 66th Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 4), but his presence certainly loomed after his Watch The Throne collaborator Jay-Z ruffled some feathers. With Taylor Swift taking home the coveted Album of The Year Grammy Award, Kanye West saw his name trending on X with users connecting the dots between Hov’s epic speech and Swift’s win.

Ever since the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when Kanye West famously interrupted Taylor Swift during an acceptance speech, the pair has been reluctantly tied to one another. Using similar talking points Ye used in the past, Jay-Z dressed down the Recording Academy and the fact that his wife, Beyoncé, has never won the Album of the Year award.

Fans on X noted that Kanye played Jay-Z’s speech via his Instagram Story feed, which reads to most as a cosign and perhaps a possibility that the pair are in good standing with each other. That said, the reaction to Jay-Z’s viral Grammys moment is both filled with admiration and some calling it a whiny display of entitlement — which is the sentiment of social media fans, not one we’re openly supporting.

Ye, who last won the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album Grammy Award in 2021 for his album Jesus Is King, has 21 trophies in all.

Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign are gearing up to release their multi-volume collaborative project Vultures, the first of which is slated to drop Feb. 9.

 

Drake Blasts The Grammys (Again) On Social Media

Drake Blasts The Grammys (Again) On Social Media

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Drake called out the Grammy Awards in a post on social media, declaring his support for those artists nominated that evening
As the Grammy Awards got underway Sunday night (Feb. 4), Drake expressed his feelings about the ceremony, making it clear that he wasn’t going to be paying attention. In a post to his Instagram Stories, he shared a clip of his acceptance speech during his last appearance at the awards in 2019. “All you incredible artists, remember this show isn’t the facts, it’s just the opinion of a group of people (whose) names are kept a secret (literally you can Google it),” the rapper wrote in a text caption over the clip. “Congrats to anybody winning anything for Hip-Hop, but this show doesn’t dictate s—t in our world.”

His animosity against the Grammy Awards and the Recording Academy began during that 2019 appearance where he won the Best Rap Song for “God’s Plan.” “We play in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport,” he said at the time (at one point, his microphone seemed to be cut off). “It is not the NBA … This is a business where sometimes it is up to a bunch of people that might not understand what a mixed-race kid from Canada has to say … or a brother from Houston right there, my brother Travis,” Drake said. “You’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you are a hero in your hometown. If there is people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here, I promise you, you already won.”

The Toronto, Canada, native also threw barbs at the Grammys in 2021 after The Weeknd didn’t receive any nominations that year. Drake was nominated four times at the 66th edition of the Grammys, including Best Rap Performance for “Rich Flex” from the Her Loss joint album with 21 Savage, which was also nominated for Best Rap Album. His solo album from last year, For All The Dogs, was not submitted for consideration. Drake is currently on his It’s All A Blur: Big As The What nationwide tour, performing the second of two nights at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, with J. Cole. It runs through April 16, where it will end at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado.