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Bow Wow On Diggy's Diss: 'It's Flattering Because It Lets Me Know How Much Of A Prince I [Am]'

VIBE got on the jack with Cash Money's newest recruit to chat infrequent talks with DrakeDiggy's diss, visiting Wayne and catching his mom at the club.

     

    VIBE: A couple months ago on Twitter, you were really upset about your first single “Cuff Yo Chick” leaking. Are you really pushing your album back to 2011 because of that?
    Bow Wow: Yeah, I’d say next year because I have so much going on this year with the movie, promo, and the thing is, I wanted to drop four singles [before] my album. So the first single you heard was “Cuff Yo Chick,” which is myself, Fab and Snoop. I’m actually going to shoot that video real soon. Then I have a single called “For My Hood” with Sean Kingston and DJ Khaled, which is the first single off the Lottery Ticket soundtrack. I’ve got a lot going on.

    Now that you’re signed to Cash Money, what’s your relationship like with the man of the month, Drake?
    We’re the same age so we have a lot of similarities. It’s all love. We don’t really have conversation like that, just once in a blue moon. ‘What’s happening? Congratulations on your success,’ stuff like that. We’re all so busy, that’s something a lot of people don’t understand. Drizzy’s all over the place, you got me with the movie thing, Nicki’s doing her thing and of course Lil Wayne and all the Young Money imprint is busy working on different areas so we don’t get a chance to really all hang out. But when we do, we do it big.

    I’m sure you’ve heard that Diggy Simmons is Atlantic Records' newest rapper. For someone who's had such great success as a kid MC, what’s your advice for him?
    Take your time. The good thing [about] starting off young is [you get] to learn from others' mistakes. I would tell [Diggy] to pace himself, don’t grow up too fast, take your time and stay at it. It’s easy now because you’re a kid, but once you hit that that 17, 18 mark it’s going to get rougher so be prepared [for] that next wing because its going to come fast. I think his label’s behind him [so] he should be okay. He should try his best to find whoever his fan base is, stick with them and cater to them That’s the one thing I did. He looks like a star and if he has the right tools around him, he can win. We got to wait and see, but I wish him good luck .

    On his freestyle “Flow Stoopid” he has line that goes “I don’t rap for my age like Lil Bow Wow.” How do you react to that?
    Yeah, I don’t. It’s flattering because it lets me know how much of a prince I came into the game as [and that] people are talking about things I made 10 years ago. I’m still here and to me that’s flattering because that kid that they talk about is the only kid at that age that sold three million copies. So if I was 15 again and tried to come out, I would try to repeat what Lil Bow Wow did, period. 

    From your younger days as Lil Bow Wow to now, you've remained close with your mother. But have you had any embarrassing moments with her?
    My mother doesn’t really embarrass me. Even when I was young. She understands my career. [But] if I go [out] with my homeboys and my mom’s in the same club with her girls, it might feel a little awkward, but it’s never embarrassing. It’s all good cause my mom’s beautiful. I don’t mind her being out, stuntin. She’s the mother of a prince, she’s supposed to be doing that.  

    A couple of Wayne’s associates have paid a visit to Rikers, when are you visiting the boss?
    I’m supposed to do that while I’m here before Friday. [Ed Note: Friday, June 4]

    What’s the one thing you want to make sure to tell Wayne?
    There’s not much you can really tell him, [except] just to keep his spirits up and give him cheerful words. ‘Everything is being taken care of on the outside, everybody’s doing their thing and when you come out its going to feel like you never left.’ It already feels like that now. So just keep your head up and stay strong. Once he’s out in a couple months, we’re gonna get it poppin. Tracy Garraud

    SEE ALSO: All Grown Up — The Maturation Of Bow Wow

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    Former President Barack Obama joined local and national leaders for a digital town hall on Wednesday (June 3). The 90-minute event put on by the Obama Foundation's My Brother's Keeper Alliance was centered around “reimagining policing in the wake of continued violence.”

    “Let me start by just acknowledging that we have seen, in the last few months, the kinds of epic changes and events in our country that are as profound as anything that I’ve seen in my life,” said Obama. “Although all of us have been feeling pain and certain disruption, some folks have been feeling it more than others. Most of all the pain that’s been experienced by the families [of] George [Floyd], Breonna [Taylor], Ahmaud [Arbury], Tony [McDade], Sean [Reade], and too many others to mention.”

    To the families directly affected by racial violence and police brutality Obama added, “Please know that Michelle and I, and the nation grieve with you, hold you in our prayers. We're committed to the fight of creating a more just nation in the memory of your sons and daughters.”

    The ex-commander in chief went on to speak about institutional racism, and what he believes to be the bright side to the recent tragedies, namely in that young people have been galvanized and mobilized into taking action. “Historically so much of the progress that we’ve made in our society [have] been because of young people. Dr. King was a young man, Ceasar Chavez was a young man, Malcolm X was a young man. The leaders of the feminist movement, union movements, the environmentalist movements, and the movement to make sure that the LGBTQ community had a voice, were young people.”

    Obama also addressed the “young men and women of color” around the country, who have witnessed too much violence and death. “I want you to know that you matter. I want you to know that your lives matter. That your dreams matter.”

    Other town hall participants included, activist and writer Brittany Packnett Cunningham, former Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., Color of Change President Rashad Robinson and Playon Patrick, Ohio State University student and MBK Youth leader for the city of Columbus.

    Additional town hall participants included, activist and writer Brittany Packnett Cunningham, former Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., Color of Change President Rashad Robinson and Playon Patrick, Ohio State University student and MBK Youth leader for the city of Columbus.

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    Derek Chauvin Faces Upgraded Charge In George Floyd’s Murder, Three Other Cops Charged

    Former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin  now faces unintentional second-degree murder for killing George Floyd, Minneapolis Attorney General Keith Ellison announced on Wednesday (June 3). The upgraded charge was revealed along with charges against three more former MPD officers involved in Floyd's murder.

    “Today I filed an amended complaint that charges Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin with murder in the second degree. I believe the evidence available to us now supports the stronger charge of second degree murder,” Ellison said during a news conference.

    Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kuen, are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder while committing a felony, as well as aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence.

    “This is absolutely a team effort,” added Ellison. “We are working collectively on this case with one goal: justice for George Floyd.”

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    Black Out Tuesday: A Letter From VIBE

    These unprecedented times are insightful, intense, infuriating, and inspiring. As Black editors, writers, and creatives, we have the privilege of telling our stories from those within the entertainment industry and to those who consume the Black art that has influenced generations.

    Since before the days of Rodney King, this is nothing new. We’ve been here before, one too many times in Black history. Yet, we’ll continue to tell our often overlooked and untold stories within Black culture through the lens of facts and feelings. Although we’ve always made this our mission for nearly three decades, we’ll continue to stand in the fact that Black Lives Matter.

    Today, we join #TheShowMustBePaused movement in honor of the one too many sisters and brothers lost to police brutality and systemic racism. Our support includes ceasing the production of content for #BlackOutTuesday. Please take a moment to practice self-care, and find ways to lend your voice and power to make “justice for all” ring true.

    Registering to vote is a start. ✊🏾✊🏿✊🏽✊🏼

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    — Vibe Magazine (@VibeMagazine) June 2, 2020

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