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One Q, One A: Does Chilli Think Usher's Lost His Sex Appeal?

VIBE.COM: Lots of folks are saying Usher's lost his sex appeal this 6th album around — especially after his recent performance at the NBA All-Star Game. Do you agree? 
CHILLI: I think every artist has that experience of 'Oh! Why'd I put that on?' at one point. I didn't feel embarrassed [for him]. The one thing I do believe in are his God-given talents. He has them and they haven't gone away, I think it's weird that people even look at it like 'Can he get it back?' I'm like 'Okay, he didn't lose it.' I think as artists sometimes because we do different things and just try different things, it may appear you've lost your way, but it's just trial and error. I think at the end of the day, he knows best more than anybody, what he's capable of doing. And so I think he's going to be fine. 

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Taraji P. Henson Says 'Empire' Set Is "Great" Amid Jussie Smollett Case

Taraji P. Henson is claiming that Jussie Smollett's legal battle has had no effect on the Empire set's climate. "It's a great atmosphere," Henson told ET on Sunday (March 17).

Smollett was charged last month with felony disorderly conduct for filing an alleged false report to the Chicago police on Jan. 29, claiming he was assaulted by two masked men. Now, Smollett was reduced to a smaller role in the fifth season of the Fox show and has been shelved entirely from the last two episodes of the season.

According to the 48-year-old actress, the set's mood during production has not changed much in the wake of Smollett's on-going case.

Though Henson offered up the set's current atmosphere, the Acrimony star did not make any direct comments about the scandal. She did, however, comment on her character Cookie's trials that will occur in the second half of the season. "Cookie's on a really emotional roller coaster this year," Henson revealed. "She's finding herself."

Smollett is currently facing 16 felony charges for his assumed role in the staging of a hate crime against himself and for filing a false police report.

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Allow Salma Slims To Provide "Seasoning" With Her Irresistible Flow

Salma Slims has come out the kitchen with some new heat.

The Private Club Records prodigy recently released a new song titled "Seasoning," giving her fans the sauce they've craved and then some.

"My flow change like seasons/this that sauce that seasoning/do the whole rap game breezy," Slims rapped on the record produced by Cam Wallace who has worked with artists such as Ty Dolla $ign and Sevyn Streeter. The track single is a teaser for what fans can expect for the artist's and model's upcoming project Runway Rapper expected later this year.

Although she's presently an up-and-coming hip-hop artist and a successful model, instead of rapping about the current "hats" she wears, Slims recalled her past life working in retail as a reminder of tough days.

"Double the dose/I  do this s**t for my bros/I do this s**t for the days I was workin' at Lowes/That s**t was pushin' me close," she rhymed as she rode the beat. Slims also had smoke for anyone who could be bitin' her style and how chasing a "bag" is the only thing she needs.

"Might take a hit from the bong/B***h I get lit while I'm gone/Bitin' my style man, n***as is clones/They just can't leave me alone/I'm in the house like Jerome/I'm in the house like Jerome/Might put life in a song/I put my life in a song." 

"One eighty on the dash/Lil' n***a speeding/Big bag only thing I'm needing/I'm bad Mike Jack wanna beat it." 

Keep an eye out for Atlanta's rising rapper, she's the pinch of seasoning the industry needs.

 

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This that sauce 🍜 that Seasoning 🧂!!!link in bio !! I’m getting so much love on this song from y’all keep streaming. Let’s keep going up we just getting warmed up. #TeamSalma

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Drake, Boogz, Gilla And Other Toronto Artists Talks Toronto Gun Violence In New Documentary

Mustafa The Poet commissioned some of Toronto's brightest stars to speak candidly about the city's growing gun violence. Against a black backdrop Rax, Gilla and the Six-God himself Drake, all discuss losing a peer senselessly to the streets.

Titled Remember Me, Toronto the somber 11-minute documentary shed a light on the emotional after effect gun violence has on the victim's loved ones. “They don’t know the pain I’ve been through,” Boogz from Malvern said. “The friends I’ve lost.”

Drake attributed the city's violence--which boasts more than 98 homicides and 406 shootings in 2018, making it Toronto's bloodiest year on record-- to feuds passed down generationally. "In a lot of the situations in the city it's passed down by elders, people don't even know the logistics of the beef or why or what really happened, it's just I am conditioned to hate this area of this group of people, " he said.

While street life may be glamorized in some artist's music, Baka NotNice noted the consequences of that lifestyle are far from braggadocious.“You know that feeling when you get the cuffs put on you and you get put in the back of the car. It’s not a game when that happens It’s for real,” he said.

The "God's Plan" rapper also discussed the power street credibility has on the male ego. "It's a daunting path to try and be the biggest and baddest from your ends," Drake said.

Reflectively, Gilla said all this death could be a great teacher in a perfect world.

“I wish we could push a button so that everyone we lost to street life, they’re back, but everything that happened that led up to this sh*t we can remember, and all the pain and sh*t that we still felt we can still feel it and now we have a chance to be like ‘Yo, do we really want to do this sh*t again?'

Check out Remember Me, Toronto Shebib scored documentary above.

 

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