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Stop Comparing Kardinal Offishall to Drake

When most people think about Toronto hip-hop, Drake is usually the first person who pops into mind. The second? No doubt, Kardinal Offishall. But the 33-year-old rapper who released his debut album, Eye & I, when Drake was just 11, told VIBE he’s tired of hearing bloggers devalue his work and pin him against his fellow Canadian.

“My whole career hasn’t just been about exposing me, but exposing my city. It makes me mad that we have [Drake] who was able to break out from being local, into an international star and as soon as he’s number one, they try to put [us] against each other. That’s crazy to me. It aint doing nothing positive for my city.”

Offishall, who recorded the track, “The Last Hope,” off of Drake’s 2007 mixtape, Comeback Season, isn’t discouraged to hear people belittle his success and dub Drake as the only hot MC from Canada. “People who make those comments are very, very few and far between. The accomplishments I was able to do, I’m super crazy proud of,” he continues.

“I remember when [Funkmaster] Flex one time said I was the only thing coming from Toronto and I said ‘Nah, there’s a lot of MCs’ and he was like ‘Nah.’ Then the next year Drake got his buzz out. It’s one of those things that’s whatever. I’m into the music. I don’t really care about who gets credit, who’s the best. I’ve always been in this game to outdo myself. As long as things don’t stop me from getting my paper, then I’m good. Right about now, music has turned into a real tabloid. Shit don’t really make sense.”

Though Offishall hasn’t spoken to Drake since early ’09, he makes no qualms about voicing his admiration for him. “When that dude makes music, it stays in your head and will not get out. He’s very talented. You can’t front on the boy,” he says. “We’re two totally different artists, but we’re both from the same space. He aint done nothing to me, I aint done nothing to him. It would be different if we sounded the same, but we both try to invent different types of music.”

Just don’t bet on the two recording a single anytime soon. “It’s one of those things where you never know, maybe in the future we’ll be able to do some shit. But it’s one of those things where he’s doing him right now and I’m doing me. Just because you’re focused on your own shit doesn’t mean you have animosity towards the next nigga. The nigga’s dope.”

Offishall is currently recording his fourt album, Mr. International. He and Drake were both featured in K’naan’s Canadian Haiti tribute, “Wavin' Flag.” —Tracy Garraud

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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.”

There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In 'A Promised Land,' I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody. pic.twitter.com/T1QSZVDvOm

— 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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Big Sean, Jhene Aiko Working On Follow-Up To ‘Twenty88’ Debut

It’s the super group that Big Sean and Jhene Aiko’s fans have been patiently waiting to return. Sean and Aiko are indeed working on a follow-up to their Twenty88  debut, the Detroit rapper confirmed during a Reddit AMA with fans on Wednesday (Sept. 16).

When asked about the possibility of new music from Twenty88 Sean coyly replied, “It’s in the works.”  Twenty88 recently reunited for “Time In” off Sean’s Detroit 2. Aiko is also featured as a solo artist on Sean’s album on the track “Body Language” featuring Ty Dolla Sign.

Twenty88 dropped their debut self-titled album in 2016. The self-described “passion project” was recorded in secret and features only eight songs. The album has been streamed more than 8 million times since its release.

“We were making music and the chemistry was undeniable,” Sean explained of recording Twenty88 in a 2017 interview. “We had so many songs we did that I wouldn’t use for my album and she probably wouldn’t necessarily use them all for her album. It was like, we’re not just going to hold on to this, so we figured out a way to give it to the fans and create a whole other world in our universe, aside from me and aside from her, so we decided to make a group.

“It’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever done. It’s one of the coolest experiences to be in a group, especially with somebody you care about. It reminds me of Marvel comic books, like Iron Man, Captain America movies and stuff like that. I think it’s cool to create all these different worlds in your own universe. I was really excited that she wanted to do it too.”

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Rihanna Taps Travis Scott, Ella Mai, Miguel For Savage x Fenty Fashion Show

Rihanna is gearing up for a major fashion moment! The beauty and fashion mogul announced her Savage x Fenty Show Vol. 2 on Thursday (Sept. 17), which is set to stream on Amazon Prime next month.

The unique fashion experience will showcase a combination of models, actors and dancers, and features performances from Travis Scott, Ella Mai, Bad Bunny, Miguel, Mustard and Roddy Rich.

Additional featured appearances include Lizzo, Demi More, Normani, Rico Nasty, Big Sean, Gigi Hadid, Willow Smith, Chika, and more. Rihanna serves as executive producer and creative director of Savage x Fenty Show Vol 2.

 

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Following last year’s groundbreaking, star-studded event, this year’s fashion show hopes to raise the bar debuting a bold and fearless Fall 2020 line, which features sizes ranging from XS-3X, and bra sizes from 30A-42H/46DDD.

Savage x Fenty Vol. 2, will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 240 countries beginning Friday, Oct. 2. Additionally, the line will be available to shop on Amazon’s Fashion Store  and Savagex.com.

 

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