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A Short Convo With... Kevin Rudolf

When you think of Cash Money Records, British pop sensations and rock acts, aren’t usually what first comes to mind. However, the future of CMR has rested heavily of the backs of both Jay Sean and Kevin Rudolf. Last year, Rudolf’s multi-platinum single “Let It Rock” became an anthem at radio stations and was also embraced by some of America’s most beloved professional sports teams. With his To The Sky scheduled to drop early this summer, VIBE.com caught up with Kevin to find out what he has in-store for his sophomore album, what it’s like recording in Miami, and Weezy’s reaction to his records being featured on ESPN. —Mikey Fresh

VIBE: What inspired you to title this record To The Sky?
Kevin: Whenever I write something and I’m really excited about it, I just feel like the possibilities are limitless, spiritual extremes are involved, and anything you want could happen.  One day last summer I was backstage at a show in Canada and just thought about the next album and it hit me up. “To The Sky.” Let’s Go!

A lot of your new fans probably don’t even know that you’ve been behind the scenes for years…
Yeah, it took me years and years of hard work, and then one summer “Let Rock It” came out and all of a sudden I’m in a completely different place. It’s amazing because now all the doors are wide open for me, a lot of the artists I’ve always wanted to work with are now reachable now.

The artists you worked with for this album are really diverse from Three 6 Mafia, Weezer, Flo Rida. Is there even a way you can describe the sound of To The Sky?
Well, this next album is like a mix of everything I’ve created this year and really just all the thoughts I’ve had on my mind over the last few months. I made the album really fast; it only took my like five or six weeks. Honestly, there really isn’t one concept behind the album.

You recorded a lot of this album in Miami, did you the find the MIA lifestyle to affect your recording process at all? I’m sure you heard what happened to Scott Storch…
I think the music is in you and you bring it to wherever you are. I don’t think being in a certain place influences my records. But Miami has a crazy effect on you [laughs] because you won’t work! There’s just too much fun to be had… the effect that Miami will have on your career is nothing because you won’t get anything done. [laughs]

Your last two singles “Let It Rock” and “I Made It” were featured heavily on ESPN and WWE, how did that happen?
WWE has just always been really supportive of my records, first with “Let It Rock” and now with “I Made It”. But I never expected it, my music just connected with WWE fans [laughs]. Even though my records are considered pop/rock, they always come from a deep place and evoke emotions.

Are you an avid sports fan yourself?
Not really actually, I’m just in the studio making my records, man. But I did make a few appearances at sports and WWE events.

Weezy has to be happy about Cash Money records being featured on ESPN, we all know he’s a die hard sports fan, have you spoken to him since his incarceration?
Yeah, Wayne was thrilled about it—the thing with Cash Money is that they’ve never had a record that has been this visible. Weezy was telling me one day, “I want one of those NBA records Kevin… I want my shit on ESPN!”. [laughs] But I haven’t spoken to him directly yet, but everyone around him says he’s focused and doing well. I know he’ll be fine.

Have you gotten a chance to work with any other Young Money artists like Drake or Nicki Minaj?
I might work with Drake for his album, but I’ve just been so busy wrapping up my project that I haven’t gotten a chance to get in the studio with anyone yet. But I definitely plan to get up with everyone… Lil Twist, Chuckee. They’re all talented kids.

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The onetime reality star alleges that Lanez, along with his entourage and security team, punched and attacked him in the nightclub. According to reports, Prince claims to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head, neck, and chest, in addition to contusions, bruises and anxiety, as a result of the incident. He is suing for unspecified damages.

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He believes that the friction stemmed from an Instagram post about music. “They felt that I was insinuating that they stole the record from me, and I was just like, no, I would never do that, that was never my intention. I had no issue with him at all.”

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video. Prince stated that he knew Lanez prior to the run-in, and helped get him into clubs before.

His attorney, Marwan Porter of Porter Law Firm, called the violent incident “a chronic problem” with Lanez who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July. The 28-year-old recording artist has yet to publicly address either incident.

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Cardi B Opens Up About Filing For Divorce From Offset

Cardi B took to Instagram Live on Friday (Sept. 18) to air out a few things about filing for divorce from Offset.

The Bronx rapper made it clear that she didn’t file for divorce as a publicity stunt to promote her upcoming album. “I’m not doing it for clout and on top of that I don’t need stunts to sell music,” she said. “I’m not [trying to] brag but don’t ever say I’m doing anything for clout. My first album is three-times platinum and I didn’t need no stunts to do that. My [“Wap”] single is no. 1 worldwide why would I need stunts to sell music? I don’t need stunts — [especially] when it comes to family — to sell anything, so don’t play yourself.”

As for the reason for the divorce filing, the estranged couple simply grew apart. “Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart. I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

“I just wanna' be a free bird,” Cardi said after questioning whether people secretly want infidelity to be the reason for the split.

“I am the f**king clout,” she added. “I never needed anything. I never needed no stunts to sell sh*t.Why would I need anything to sell my next album?”

Speaking of the new album, Cardi has been indecisive about choosing her next single because “WAP” did so well. “That means that my second single has to be even better.”

Towards the end of her venting session, Cardi reiterated that she’s focusing on her work, and revealed that she's starting new business for her daughter Kulture.

 

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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

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— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at Obamabook.com. The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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