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B.o.B On Performing With Eminem, 'Airplanes' & Next Album

Definitely…it’s human nature. It’s not even about an artist versus label thing. You're always going to have some form of struggle when you're dealing with personal conflicts. But Lupe has had hit singles so it's not like he’s struggling in that sense. I think it’s all human nature.

Your recent performance on the BET awards was very well received. Was it your call to have Keyshia Cole sing Hayley Williams’ part on “Airplanes”?

It was actually BET’s call. We knew since fans of the song wanted to hear Hayley we were planning on showing her part as a video. But in the end, we came to the decision that someone needed to perform, so BET suggested Keyshia. We didn’t have any other ideas so we went with it. For the people who were not fans of the song before the performance, they liked the fact that Keyshia Cole did it.

You also performed with Eminem. In the past you talked about how much of a fan you are of him as artist. Talk about that experience of sharing the stage with one of those rare MCs that have reached icon status.

When we started working in the studio for the “Airplanes [Part II]” things sort of grew from there. Eminem doesn’t work with a lot of people, so when he does, he has to feel the project. And that’s how I am as an artist. I really have to feel it. I think the reason why Eminem collaborated with me is because he related to the song. He took to the story I was telling on “Airplanes” and brought it home. But you know what? I don’t think it really sat in that I was performing onstage with Eminem because everything was happening so fast. It’s like, “Oh B.o.B, your song ‘Airplanes’ is in the top 10. Oh B.o.B, you were able to get Eminem on your remix…Did you know you were no. 1 in the country? By the way, you are performing with Em and you are nominated for a BET award…” Everything moves so fast that you never get the chance to sit and really think about what’s going on.

On “Airplanes” you mentioned how you want to retire from the music business because you were getting fed up with industry politics. Do you still feel that way given your current success?

[Laughs] Definitely not. My frustration was actually speaking from a place of artistry and not necessarily business. I could have easily just been a street performer and sat on the corner and play my guitar, but I wanted to grow. So, if you want your career to grow and reach critical mass, a lot of the politics that I’m speaking on in the song is actually necessary politics…but it’s still frustrating.

Hey, at least you're honest.

But you know what? "Part II" was the original version of “Airplanes.” But we couldn’t shoot the video for that one because Eminem was recording and he didn’t want that track as his first look coming back out of the gate, which is understandable. But doing the new version was part of the politics I was speaking about, so I’m actually talking about the song as I’m in the actual song. That’s just one of many things in the industry that you have to deal with. As an artist you always want what you want.

So you didn’t want to record part II of “Airplanes”?

I wouldn’t say that I didn’t want to record it, but I would have rather kept the original. I don’t want to sour anyone who is a fan of the song.

You have a reputation as being pretty prolific in the recording studio. Are you already working on your next album?

My album is being worked on in the astral realm [Laughs]. It will precipitate on me when it’s time to record. But one thing I’m looking forward to is [playing more instruments] on my albums. It’s going to be great. I’m excited.

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Meek Mill Once Used Soulja Boy's "Kiss Me Thru The Phone" Lyrics In Love Letters From Jail

Who knew Soulja Boy’s ubiquitous 2008 hit “Kiss Me Thru The Phone” once served as a romantic catalyst for Meek Mill? The Philadelphia rapper recently admitted on Twitter that while he was incarcerated in his youth, he used the lyrics to Soulja Boy’s schmaltzy love note within letters and phone calls to girls.

This was my favorite song when I was in jail back in the day calling girls collect.... and I used to his bars in the letters I wrote them no cap lol 😂😂😂 #bigdraco pic.twitter.com/qFqgkylQtm

— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) January 16, 2019

Amid Meek’s cheeky co-sign, Soulja Boy has been one of the Internet’s favorite topics of discussion since his latest interview on The Breakfast Club. The 28-year-old rapper spoke about his legacy in hip-hop and why he deserves more credit than he’s been given for his influence. He also had some choice words for Kanye West when he said the latter is old and "lame."

"I'm younger than you," he began. "I'm flyer than you, ni**a. Whatever. You crying on Twitter every week about Drake? You gotta stop that sh*t, bro. You look lame, bro. You look cap, bro...You up here supporting Trump and sh*t, bro. You supporting Trump? What the f**k wrong with you, bro? That sh*t's not right."

Other artists in the industry also chimed in on the situation:

I’m Not Going To Lie Soulja Boy Been Funny As Fuck

— Sir Ski Mask (@THESLUMPGOD) January 17, 2019

The internet crazy , Soulja boy reinvented himself 🤦🏾‍♂️

— zoey dollaz (@ZoeyDollaz) January 17, 2019

Soulja Boy is a legend

— juicy j (@therealjuicyj) January 16, 2019

WE HAVE NOTHING BUT LOVE, RESPECT & ADMIRATION FOR SOULJA BOY IN THIS HOUSEHOLD *cranks dat in silence* pic.twitter.com/Amacz7NQYO

— The Vibe Formerly Known As (@KARIFAUX) January 16, 2019

For nostalgia's sake, listen to "Kiss Me Thru The Phone" below.

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Vic Mensa Covers' 'Zombie' In Honor Of The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan

Vic Mensa and his group 93PUNX covered "Zombie" by Irish rock group The Cranberries, in honor of the one-year anniversary of the passing of the group’s lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan.

93PUNX serves as an opportunity for Mensa to perform music outside of his typical hip-hop lane and explore genres more freely. He posted snippets of the track on his Instagram page with the caption, “RIP DOLORES.” Mensa also revealed in a statement the reason why he covered the hit.

“We connected to ‘Zombie’ because we were born from violence,” he said. Dolores O’Riordan died on Jan. 15, 2018. Toxicology reports state that the 46-year-old died from accidental drowning due to alcohol intoxication.

The artwork for the “Zombie” cover features a woman with dripping, bloody fangs, and was created by artist Lucas David. The cover version itself is slowed down, which provides a more mysterious take on the 1994 protest classic.

Mensa released his recent project HOOLIGANS in December 2018, which traverses various thematic landscapes, from mental health awareness to love lost. The EP features Ty Dolla $ign, G-Herbo, G-Eazy, Charlie Wilson and more.

What do you think about the cover? Listen below and let us know in the comments.

 

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@93PUNX - ZOMBIES 🧟‍♀️ 🧟‍♀️ RIP DOLORES. art by @lucasbavid

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City Girls And Cardi B Bask In Their Bootyliciousness For 'Twerk' Video

As it is written, so it must be done, and there's a whole lot of shakin' going on in The City Girls' video, "Twerk."

The video for the Cardi-B-assisted track features some of the finest twerkers the world has to offer, who were encouraged to show off their skills for a contest last year. The winner would receive $50,000. Not only did the winner get "flewed out," the woman with the best skills was highlighted at the end of the visual.

Elsewhere in the video, Yung Miami and Cardi are painted in head-to-toe jungle body paint (Miami as a zebra, and Cardi as a tiger), and are seen on the beach and on a yacht shakin' it with the best of them. They lead the group of dancers through various scenes- all of which do not feature the presence of a man- so they can live their best bootylicious lives in peace and reclaim their sexuality. During JT's verse, the group dances in front of a mural of the incarcerated MC.

The song itself has been streamed over 215 million times, and is featured on the duo's album, Girl Code. The Floridians gained national exposure after being featured on Drake's "In My Feelings," however, hey've proven to be standalone entities in their own right.

READ MORE: City Girls Drop Debut Album 'Girl Code'

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