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The Eldrick Woods Relationship Blog: What Nas Can Learn From Marvin Gaye

A couple of days ago, there was a report of yet another casualty in the domestic wars. Rapper, Nas, was ordered by a court, to pay ex-wife Kelis close to $88,000 in back child support and spousal support. And I would go into more details for those who have been living under a rock, but no need when you can read about the specifics here.

I know nothing about child support or the domestic court system, so I have no take on whether or not this order is fair, though on the surface it doesn’t seem to be. Seems to me $88,000 is a tad bit unreasonable for a man who gives his first-born an executive producer credit on all of his albums, and for all intents and purposes, has never been reported to be a dead beat dad. But hey, the order is the order and now Nas has to pay, which would be fine if he was that rich, but most people are speculating he isn’t. So, let’s just say for the sake of this post, Nas doesn’t have all the bread to pay the ex. What can he do?

Well, I’ll tell you what he can do. He can basically make the album no rapper has ever made, and album about his now decimated marriage, much like this one singer named Marvin Gaye did.

In 1978, Gaye released an album entitled, Here, My Dear. Though few Motown nerds would say this was one of Gaye’s best works (it was a double album with probably way too much filler), it’s back-story has been the stuff of legend. Make a long story short: When Marvin and his ex-wife Anna Gordy divorced, Marvin was unable to pay the child support administered to him out of pocket. Curtis Shaw, Marvin’s attorney, then drew up an agreement to give half the royalties from Marvin’s next album to Anna. Originally, Marvin planned to only give his next album a half-assed effort out of spite for his ex-wife and the arrangement, but when he started recording, it turned into an opus documenting Marvin’s relationship with his ex-wife from beautiful beginning to dreadful end. The album was so personal, Anna Gordy even considered suing her ex-husband. [For a more revealing look at the album, you can go here.]

When news of Nas’ court order hit the Internet, many of my followers and people I follow on Twitter suggested God’s Son should find a way to mimic what Marvin did over 30 years ago. And I sincerely hope he was listening.

Now more than ever Nas needs to give his music something he’s never really given: Heart. Sure he’s one of rap’s most passionate lyricists. Sure he offers up stories of his own trials and tribulations, but he always does so with the intent of lecturing. Nas isn’t about rapping what he feels so much as he’s about rapping what he thinks. If he does get personal on album, at best it’s two songs. But Nas, two songs won’t cut it. Not this time.

In this day and age, the only business that’s booming is the personal business of celebrities. Nas, can make the best sounding album of his career (quite frankly, from what I’ve heard on his new collaboration project with Damian Marley, Distant Relatives is definitely a banger), but his best ain’t gonna pay the bills. What will pay them is a concerted effort to create an album much like Here, My Dear. Make something classy, but revealing, an album so personal Kelis is going to want to pull an Anna Gordy and sue. Lace it with a bunch of R&B singers like Maxwell and John Legend, you know, for the ladies. And then just pour your fucking heart out, Nas. Forget the streets for once. Instead take us to the kitchen table and then, as your old nemesis 50 said, watch the money pile up.

For a man who once made a hip-hop album entitled, Hip-hop Is Dead and attempted to title another one, Nigger, an album documenting a marriage and its subsequent divorce should be easy. Hopefully Nas realizes the only way he is going to be able to pay off a debt of over close to a million dollars is by selling his soul for the masses to consume.

*********************************UPDATE*******************************************

Turns out Nas didn't need to make another album to pay off some of those crazy fees. Damn homie, you really are rich.

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Grammy-Winning Producer DJ Official Killed During Double Shooting In Los Angeles

Family and friends, including DJ Mustard and Ty Dolla Sign, are mourning the loss of André Wakefield, a.k.a “DJ Official.”  The Grammy award-winning producer and father to a newborn son, was killed in a double drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles Friday (June 14).

He was 26.

Wakefield and his friend were shot while sitting outside of his home. The gunfire startled his grandfather who was mowing the lawn at the time. The killer fled the scene in a black SUV.

“All he did was go to work and come home,” Wakefield’s grandfather told NBC Los Angeles of his grandson. “He didn’t belong to [a] gang or nothing like that.”

According to a cousin, Wakefield was at the studio with Nipsey Hussle two days before the 31-year-old rapper was killed. One of his final Instagram posts was a dedication to Hussle.

DJ Mustard took to Instagram with a dedication to Wakefield who belonged to his 10 Summers imprint. “I’m beyond hurt. I’m devastated. I’m sick to my stomach,” he wrote. “I love you lil bro forever @prodbyofficial .... I got your son 4 life this ain’t how it was suppose to go.”

 

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I’m beyond hurt I’m devastated I’m sick to my stomach I love you lil bro forever @prodbyofficial .... i got your son 4 life this ain’t how it was suppose to go 😥 a real 10SUMMER MEMBER !

A post shared by Mustard (@mustard) on Jun 14, 2019 at 7:54pm PDT

Ty Dolla $ign also shared an emotional Instagram post writing, “How the f**k they gon' take @prodbyofficial ? Who the f**k was mad at my bro? A father, a successful producer, a solid homie who meant a lot to all of us. U n**gas is some real life jealous a** b**ches out here. We had so much fun on this tour and every time I ran into u it was love and good vibes. LONG LIVE OFFICIAL.”

 

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How the fuck they gon take @prodbyofficial ? Who the fuck was mad at my bro ? A father, a successful producer, a solid homie who meant a lot to all of us . U niggas is some real life jealous ass bitches out here. we had so much fun on this tour and every time I ran into u it was love and good vibes . LONG LIVE OFFICIAL ❤️🤲🏾

A post shared by $ex $ymbol (@tydollasign) on Jun 14, 2019 at 9:01pm PDT

Wakefield won a Grammy earlier this year and produced for the likes of Cardi B, YG, Rich The Kid, City Girls, Chris Brown and more. He recently produced three tracks on Tyga’s Legacy album.

Police are still investigating the shooting.

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J. Cole Says He’s “Working On” Getting ‘The Warm Up’ And ‘Friday Night Lights’ On Streaming Services

On June 15, 2009, J. Cole released his second mixtape, The Warm Up, which helped to catalyze his rise in the hip-hop genre.

“10 years ago The Warm Up dropped,” he began. “Thanks 2 all that have listened 2 the foundation of my whole journey. My catalogue on streaming services don’t even look right until this & FNL are up. Workin on it. Decade later and I’m still dreaming and tryna get better. God Bless.”

Spanning 22 tracks, The Warm Up boasts melodies like “Lights Please,” “Losing My Balance,” “The Badness” with Dreamville cohort Omen, and “Grown Simba.” With "Lights Please," Cole credited that melody with landing him a Roc Nation contract. "The best part about it is, when he’s feeling something, when there’s a line that he likes, he gives you that, 'Wooooooo!’ and he’ll let you know that he’s feeling it," he said in a 2009 interview with Complex. "It’s a three-hour meeting and we only played five songs, so the rest of the time, we’re talking and building, you know, talking about Obama and sh*t. Then three weeks later I got the confirmation text that said he wanted to do the deal. And we just went from there."

In May 2019, Cole celebrated another milestone when his third studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, went triple platinum. The feat also publicized the fact that every album Cole has released (five albums thus far) turned platinum.

10 years ago The Warm Up dropped. Thanks 2 all that have listened 2 the foundation of my whole journey.

My catalogue on streaming services don’t even look right until this & FNL are up. workin on it.

Decade later and I’m still dreamin and tryna get better. God Bless

— J. Cole (@JColeNC) June 15, 2019

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Diddy Sends Well Wishes To Cassie On Pregnancy Announcement

Earlier this week (June 13), Cassie announced that she’s expecting her first child. “Can’t wait to meet out baby girl,” the “Me And You” singer captioned a photo of her and her boyfriend Alex Fine. “Love you always & forever.”

Following the announcement, Diddy, who was in a relationship with Cassie for a reported 10 years, posted his well wishes on Instagram. “Congratulations @Cassie and Alex,” Diddy wrote. “I wish you all nothing but love and happiness. God bless. LOVE.”

The pair separated earlier this year after an on-and-off relationship. Once they went their separate ways, Cassie and fitness professional Fine began dating.

 

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Congratulations @Cassie and Alex. I wish you all nothing but love and happiness. God bless ❤️❤️❤️ L O V E

A post shared by Diddy (@diddy) on Jun 14, 2019 at 12:15pm PDT

 

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Can’t wait to meet our baby girl 💗 Love You Always & Forever 📸: @mikemillerphoto

A post shared by Casandra (@cassie) on Jun 12, 2019 at 9:31pm PDT

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