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Bobby Valentino Talks Mixtape With DJ Drama, Plus Nicki Minaj Collabos

Another R&B singer dropping a mixtape? Indeed, on the heels of Chris Brown, Trey Songz, R. Kelly and others, Bobby Valentino will let loose his first official mixtape, 60 Minutes, in the next couple weeks. 

While hard at work on his fourth solo disc, Fly on the Wall—which is 70 percent complete and tentatively due this summer, he said—the former DTP singer decided to drop some street music in the meantime.

The mixtape’s title is based on the popular TV news program.

“That’s kinda the new grind. Mixtapes used to just be for rappers, but now R&B artists gotta do it, too,” Bobby V told VIBE over the phone from an Atlanta studio. “I’ve hosted a lot of mixtapes where I get with the DJ and do the drops and get’ em like two, three exclusive songs. But as far as a mixtape where it’s almost like an album, this is my first time doing that.”

Hosted by DJ Drama and DJ Sense, 60 Minutes finds Bobby V crooning over instrumentals like Jay-Z’s Pharrell-produced “So Ambitious” (Blueprint 3), 8Ball & MJG’s “Space Age Pimpin’” (“Coming up that was real big in the South,” said Valentino) and Jay Electronica’s latest buzz record, “Exhibit C.”

“I got a whole bunch of beats that I love—old beats and new beats—and I have a lot of new records, some that’s gon’ make my album and some that [won’t],” said Valentino, adding that he also experiments with rhyming on the mixtape. “It’s kinda like rap-singing a little bit.”

As for the Nicki Minaj collabo, “Stilettos & T-shirt,” which he released in late February, consider it the lead single off the mixtape. The track was recorded around October 2009 while the singer and Young Money rapper were working on the song, “Sex in Crazy Places,” for Gucci Mane’s album.

“It was me, Nicki and the producer, Fat Boy, kinda vibing in the studio,” recalled Bobby V. “That same night, Fat Boy played a couple more tracks and I heard one that I really liked and Nicki was in there, too, so we did like a true collaboration. She had the fly shoes on, so I was like, ‘Those some crazy stilettos right there.’ We just started talking and that’s how the whole concept came together. That’s why I think the song came out real crazy. ’Cause we were [really] going back and forth.”

Valentino added that, in return, he’s recorded three or four tracks for Nicki’s anticipated debut album.

“Me and Nicki been cool for a while. She’s blowing up now, but we been working together for years,” he said. “I’m not sure which [songs] are going on [the album], but anytime she in the studio or I’m in the studio we always invite each other.” —Clover Hope

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The Internet has been comparing the beat of Iggy Azalea’s latest song “Sally Walker” to that of another female rapper's hit- Cardi B’s “Money.” J. White Did It, who is famous for producing hits for both MCs including the aforementioned tracks, chimed in on the endless comparisons. “Iggy Azalea really went in studio and said to producers, 'You heard that Cardi record Money yea make me one too,'" one Twitter user wrote, to which the producer commented, “Actually that’s false.” Many sided with the Grammy-nominated producer, adding that the beat wasn’t stolen considering J. White made both of the songs. “My heart hurts that y’all people are so idiot [sic],” another wrote. “SAME PRODUCER. SAME PRODUCER CANT STEAL HIS OWN BEAT. Y’all people are dumb or what?” Azalea congratulated Cardi on her Grammy Award win for Best Rap Album back in February, writing “Super happy to see a female rapper win a Grammy, you dominated 2018 girl & @JWhiteDidIT congratulations to you too!” There certainly isn’t any beef between the two, so let’s not start any. “Sally Walker” has been getting favorable reviews since its release last week (Mar. 14). Its funeral-style video has over 20 million views as of press time. Take a look and listen below.

Actually that’s false https://t.co/KoK7RxeJht

— JWhiteDIDIT (@JWhiteDidIT) March 17, 2019

Right!! https://t.co/lvgeYNQ4Rw

— JWhiteDIDIT (@JWhiteDidIT) March 17, 2019

My heart hurts that y’all people are so idiot. SAME PRODUCER. SAME PRODUCER CANT STEAL HIS OWN BEAT. Y’all people are dumb or what? Now stop complaining but go stream Sally Walker. @IGGYAZALEA @JWhiteDidIT pic.twitter.com/icwktxQXjo

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Maxine Waters Comments On College Admissions Scandal

In light of the recent college admissions scandal where affluent families were caught administering bribes for their children to get into specific colleges, Maxine Waters shared her opinion on this example of wealth and privilege.

“I am heartbroken and disgusted by the lying and cheating of the ultra-rich parents," Waters said. "And their allies who orchestrated an egregious college admissions scheme and robbed highly qualified students of the opportunity to attend elite universities."

The U.S. representative went on to celebrate the investigation that led to the discovery of more than $25 million dollars between 2011 to 2018 paid to William Rick Singer, a college admissions counselor who reportedly misrepresented students by forging standardized tests and a student's athletic abilities.

"I applaud the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, federal prosecutors, and the nearly 200 federal agents nationwide who exposed the lies and toxic privilege leveraged by wealthy elites to buy their children admittance into selective colleges," Waters continued.

The California rep went on to offer her support to minority students who experience discrimination during their application process. The 80-year-old congresswoman promised to one day make education accessible for all.

“There should be no toll or tax on one’s path to success besides hard work. I stand with students across this country—particularly those from minority, low-income, and rural communities—who have been unfairly denied admission to elite universities as well as the students who have filed a class action lawsuit against the schools named by federal prosecutors. I will not stop until we have an education system that is accessible, affordable, and equitable for all—not some.”

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Logic Announces 'Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind' Album, Debuts New Song

Logic has been keeping himself busy since his last two projects, YSIV, and Bobby Tarantino II dropped in 2018. Now after preparing for the release of his debut novel "Supermarket," which is slated for release on March 26, the 29-year-old is readying his forthcoming project Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind and unveiled a new single in support of the soundscape.

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The "Everybody Dies" rapper's bloody teaser track serves as the first look into the album's vibe, accompanying a haunting new video where Logic is seen bleeding out from a neck injury as he raps, smokes and loads a gun. The track, which urges listeners to put their "ego on the shelf," is a lyrical experience that comments on drug use, suicide, depression, and the expectation from others that ruin one's self-esteem.

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— Bobby Billboard (@Logic301) March 19, 2019

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