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Monica Still Feels Weird Being Called The 'V' Word

It might be funny to think of Monica as a veteran in the game. But with over 15 years of experience under her belt, that's exactly what she is. And with her fifth album, Still Standing, dropping tomorrow (March 23), the singer can't believe she's come this far.

“It's weird 'cause after 15 years, ‘veteran’ still sounds kinda funny to me, but I think it is something that I can look at more as a blessing,” Monica told VIBE. “My first album, I started working on it when I was 12 and I look at this record as more singular to that one because it’s a real R&B record.”

While the singer admitted to getting off track with her music in the past, she added that this new project is more in tune with her humble vocal-centric beginnings.

“At one point, I started becoming a little bit concerned with things around me that were popular at the time, but I realized that we’re all different by design and that I needed to do what I do, which is R&B music that’s more focused on vocal performance than anything else," said Monica. "So this album is geared directly towards that. We do mids [midtempo songs], I have some ups, some ballads, but my focus was that the song still had to be sung. If it was an upbeat record, you still had to actually sing.”

Collaborators on the project include producers Jermaine Dupri, Bryan Michael Cox and Missy Elliott, as well as songwriters Johnta Austin, Adonis and Jazmine Sullivan.

Monica, who recently broke the news of her breakup with longtime fiancée, rapper Rocko, on Twitter, said the subject matter is all about love and faith.

“We kinda mixed it up and saw the things that I’ve experienced on my own and put it on the album,” she said. “[It’s] still about relationships a lot. It’s still about the Bible and faith and believing in self and knowing that you can move and push past anything." —Clover Hope

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Tee Grizzley Commemorates Aunt Who Was Fatally Shot In Detroit

On Tuesday (Aug. 20), Tee Grizzley’s aunt, Jobina “JB” Brown, was fatally shot in Detroit, Michigan. Brown and the rapper, who she managed, were riding in a Chrysler together at the time of the attack. Two other men were also in the car, ages 25 and 34, when their vehicle came to a stop and bullets from an unknown direction began.

Upon arrival at the hospital, Brown, 41, was pronounced dead. Recently, Grizzley took to Instagram to commemorate his aunt. “Since I was 12 we been going everywhere together how you gone go to heaven without me????” he wrote. “Idek what to say JB I just wanted to show the world yo smile I love you so much.”

The Wayne County Medical Examiner ruled Brown’s death as a homicide, The Detroit News reports. An investigation by Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit is currently underway as the search for the suspect continues.

 

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Jeezy Test Drives Job As Meteorologist On The Weather Channel

In promotion of his latest studio album, TM104: Legend Of The Snowman, the Atlanta native took to The Weather Channel in his hometown to give viewers the prognosis for the week. Since climate change is ramping up day by day, Jeezy didn’t hesitate when he saw the forecast predicted a chance of snow everyday.

The weather man recently debuted the aforementioned album to fanfare. In recent interviews, he mentioned this is his last album with Def Jam and rounds out his Thug Motivation series which began in 2005.

TM104 features CeeLo Green, Queen Naija, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign, Gunna, Rick Ross and more. “All the records that I did, even the ones that didn’t make the album, they were all true to me,” he said to Billboard. “It’s what true thug motivation means. Just like everything that I’ve done, I put my heart into it like it was my first album. Like it was my first ad-lib. Like it was my first rodeo.”

Is it supposed to snow in Atlanta tonight? That's what Meteorologist @Jeezy says… ⛄ pic.twitter.com/UyrqV76DLO

— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) August 23, 2019

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Florida Gunman Convicted Of Manslaughter In Fatal Parking Lot Shooting

A Florida jury convicted a white gunman of killing an unarmed black father during an argument over a parking space. Jurors deliberated for more than six hours before finding Michael Drejka guilty of manslaughter in the July 2018 shooting death of Markeis McGlockton.

McGlockton, 28, was gunned down in front of his 5-year-old son in the parking lot of a Circle K gas station. The father of three was coming to his girlfriend’s defense after she was confronted by Drejka for parking in a handicap space while McGlockton ran into the store. Drejka, who alleged self-defense, claimed that he opened fire after McGlockton took “one step” towards him and shoved him. Drejka attempted to use Florida’s Stand Your Ground law to justify the fatal shooting, and saw no fault in his actions.

“I followed the law the way I thought the law was supposed to be followed. I cleared every hurdle that the law had to put in front of me,” he told a local news station last year.

Prosecutors argued that Drejka provoked the confrontation and video surveillance confirmed that McGlockton was backing away from Drejka. The state’s self-defense argument doesn’t apply if the shooter caused the altercation.

Drejka, who faces up to 30 years in prison, had no reaction to the verdict, CBS News reports. He remains held without bond and is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 10.

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