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Cory Gunz Readies New EP, Has 'Some Stuff In The Works' With Lil Wayne

Cory Gunz has been “next up” in the New York rap scene since he was just a freshmen in high school. But things are looking bright for the 25-year-old MC in 2010. His much publicized deal with Young Money/Cash Money has been finalized and his major label debut is ready for release.

“The name of the EP is God Forgives, I Don’t. It’s ready but I wanted to make sure I could put the project out properly,” Cory told VIBE recently from his home studio. “I’m not trying to flood the market and oversaturate myself. So I’m taking long to keep building the anticipation for this one. With my new situation at Young Money/Cash Money, I felt these songs were too valuable to give away on a mixtape."

Gunz, the son of New York rapper Peter Gunz, also has his core fanbase covered and promised some new concept tapes strictly for the streets. “I haven’t forgotten about my mixtape soldiers. You can also be on the lookout for a '90s mixtape, [which] I’d love to get Mr. Cee on,” explained Cory. “It would be an honor to get his direction. I also got a mixtape called Guns and Euros. I’m trying to push that internationally with my producer Soulfly from France."

Building his buzz from a flurry of mixtape releases, Cory started receiving national recognition in ’05 when his The Apprentice mixtape series caught a blaze on the online hip-hop forums and blogs. After just a few years in the underground, his rapid-fire delivery and precise lyrical engineering drew the interest of music mogul Tommy Mottola who signed the then teenager to his first major deal on his ill-fated Casablanca Records. However, after sitting on the shelf, leaving his career at a standstill, Gunz eventually left for greener pastures and received some assistance from the Carter Administration. But even Jay-Z failed to deliver a debut album for the young rhymesayer.

Often criticized for his lack of collaborations, Gunz explained that his hesitation in teaming up with other artists stems from his desire to keep his music innovative, “I always want to step outside the box when I do collaborations. Just know that I got some stuff in the works with Weezy when he comes home,” says Cory of the currently incarcerated Lil Wayne. “People always ask why I don’t do songs with too many people, but I just want sure if I work with someone we do something that never would be expected.”

In addition to new music, Cory’s major network TV show produced by Nick Cannon is set to air later this fall. While many have labeled the project a reality show, the star of the program dismissed the notion.

“My TV show is definitely coming out this year. It’s called Son of a Gun and should be out by October or November. Basically, it’s about my upbringing in this industry, all my trials and tribulations. I actually don’t want to call it a reality show. It’s just an inside look into my journey in the music industry.” —Mikey Fresh

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Gladys Knight To Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl LIII

As reported by the National Football Leauge (NFL) and CBS, Gladys Knight will sing the National Anthem at the 53rd Super Bowl event. The Motown legend will usher in the final game of the season in her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

"I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta," Knight said. "The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year."

In more recent years, Beyonce, Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Natalie Cole, and many more have performed the anthem on this stage.

Alongside Knight, the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), will have a performer and deaf activist by the name of Aaron Loggins sign the National Anthem and "America The Beautiful."

Super Bowl LIII will take place Feb. 3 at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The playoffs are currently underway.

Atlanta, I’m coming home! #NFL #SBLIII pic.twitter.com/8rH0O5OAAo

— Gladys Knight (@MsGladysKnight) January 17, 2019

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Stephen Curry Breaks Another Three Point Record

Stephen Curry's three-point shooting average has made him a player to watch in the NBA for the past five seasons. Now, one of the league's favorite shooting guards has set a new record by scoring eight or more three-pointers in three straight games.

The well-known Golden State Warrior hit the courts Wednesday night (Jan. 16) to play the New Orleans Pelicans. The NBA champion finished with 41 points, ending with a 147-140 win against the Louisiana-based team.

"Sometimes when you get hot like that, you really don't see anything but the rim," Curry said, according to ESPN. "And you just try to stay on balance and get to your spot wherever that is. These are shots I work on. I have confidence in them. I know my teammates do."

Alongside Curry's record-breaking performance, the Warriors and Pelicans set a new NBA stat by scoring the most three-pointers in a game. The feat surpassed the Warriors and Sacramento Kings' game with 43. The Oakland team also happens to be the first to score 140 points back-to-back since 1998.

Wednesday night's matchup was described as a "pickup game" by Warriors coach Steve Kerr and cemented the team's legacy, breaking one record after the other in a matter of hours.

 

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Janelle Monae And Cardi B To Perform At The 61st Annual Grammy Awards

According to a press release, Janelle Monae and Cardi B are among the first performers announced to hit the stage for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10.

Monae is up for two honors including Album Of The Year for Dirty Computer, while Cardi could win a total of five awards, including Best Rap Album and Album Of The Year for Invasion Of Privacy. The Wondaland artist performed "We Are Young" with the group .fun during the 55th Annual ceremony, and the Bronx-bred MC rapped alongside Bruno Mars during a performance of "Finesse" at last year's big event. Both Dirty Computer and Invasion Of Privacy were named to the list of VIBE's Best Albums of 2018.

Some of the other announced performers for the evening's festivities include Post Malone, Camila Cabello, Shawn Mendes, Dan + Shay and Kacey Musgraves. More performers will be announced as the Grammys draw closer.

"The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for the Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Ben Winston is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Chantal Sausedo is the talent producer, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers," said the statement.

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