Kanye West had quite an eventful year last year. His latest album, The Life of Pablo, was released to strong critical praise, and he went on tour. However, much of the news about West has been dominated by his current mental state.
He was hospitalized for exhaustion and was placed under psychiatric evaluation. West has long had a reputation for being outspoken and off-kilter, but now the problems of his mental well-being are coming to light. We want Kanye to have the best 2017 possible and more; here are a few reasons why.
Lately, 50 Cent has been getting into beef with a lot of actors. From the producers and the cast of Fox‘s Empire, 50 has held nothing back in addressing how he feels about the show.
Whether it be a meme or a rude Instagram post, it has been made very public that 50 is not very fond of the million+ viewed drama. While the rapper is normally known for his notorious beef with Ja Rule, then later, The Game, a lot of these new hip-hop fans don’t know of the rap beef that transpired between Cam’Ron and 50 in the mid 00’s.
Since the Meek Mill vs. The Game beef has arose, hip-hop has been in a very awkward space. The beef has affected not only the parties involved but has spread to those who consider both artist friends. Recently, former Roc-A-Fella member, Beanie Sigel, was assaulted backstage in attendance at the Bad Boy Reunion tour by a member of Meek‘s crew. This incident comes after rumors that Beans helped write Meek‘s verse on his diss track to Game. After Meek exposed Drake for not writing his rhymes, this would come as complete NO NO for the Philly native. Since the incident, Beans has went on to say on Taxstone‘s Tax Season podcast, in simplest terms, that Meek is not who he says he is in terms of his character.
A lot of negative feedback in regards to how Meek has carried himself since the Drake feud has left a distasteful stain on his reputation and character. His fans, including myself, are not feeling him as much as they once did. Meek for the most part has tried to ignore the taunts and continue work on his upcoming mixtape, DC4.
Game on the other hand has continued to taunt Meek via social media, keeping the beef a constant topic in media. With the recent deaths of unarmed black men once again being killed by officers in the news, you would think that someone would have stepped up to be the bigger man, but that unfortunately has not been the case. Game continues to promise that when him and Meek do eventually meet that the two will fight.
In spite of all the recent drama that’s transpired, hip-hop still takes home some wins. Here’s the list of three things that hip-hop has to gain from the Meek vs. Game beef.
In wake of Flashback Friday and Mark Wahlberg’s recent freestyle, I thought it would be fun to walk down memory lane of the former rapper known as, “Marky Mark.” Wahlberg was actually in a group by the name of Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch, (which did pretty okay to be birth in the Vanilla Ice era.)
Recently during a interview on the The Dan Patrick Show, his thirteen year old daughter, Ella, asked him to spit a freestyle that turned out to be unexpectedly humiliating for her. According to the lyrics, it was apparent that she may be in trouble and have gotten her phone privileges revoked as a result. Lyrics included:
Earlier this week, we caught up with Mike Zombie for a special performance in his hometown of Willingboro, NJ at the town’s annual community Jazz Fest!
Performing to over 2,300 members of his community, Mike Zombie started his set with new favorites from his sophomore album, Humble Genius, giving the crowd tons of energy all throughout the 100+ degree weather.
DJ Khaled‘s hugely anticipated latest album, Major Key, is available for purchase now on Apple Music!
His 9th studio album, this is Khaled‘s best work by far. Major Key is a carefully curated body of work that only shows off why Khaled is able to have such longevity in the music industry, including his ability to constantly market and reinvent himself. Features on the exclusive album are nabbed by Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Drake, Nas, Jeezy, Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Future, Gucci Mane, J. Cole, Big Sean, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Wale, Rick Ross, Bryson Tiller, August Alsina, and many more. As you can see, even though times have changed since two turntables and a mic, DJs remain permanent elements of hip-hop artists’ success.
Simply put, who else do you know that can take a risk by putting a new artist under their wing (Kodak Black), or bring pop singer Meghan Trainor out on a track featuring Wiz Khalifa and Wale?! DJs have lost the art of truly breaking records and pushing the boundaries of music lines, but never Khaled.
One of the hardest tasks for Black women while shopping is heading to the beauty aisle. If there’s not a shade of foundation that actually matches is, then we can most likely find it in the “ethnic beauty” section, which is usually on a separate aisle from…normal(?) beauty products.
Helping to close the gap in beauty aisles everywhere, is world-renowned makeup brand, Covergirl. I’ve been getting more and more interested in makeup and my appearance, and one of my biggest challenges has been finding a foundation that doesn’t make me look ashy, and a red lipstick that doesn’t make me look like a minstrel performer!
Luckily, my latest VoxBox from Influenster attempted to cater to my issues with new products from the Covergirl Queen Collection, a line of beauty products for African-American women designed by actress Queen Latifah.
Check out my full product review from best to worst below, and visit my Instagram for the final reveal! I received all products complimentary from Influenster in exchange for my honest opinion. Check out all the deets on what a VoxBox actually is, and how to get one (for FREE) here!