Raekwon Speaks On Performing '36 Chambers' At Rock The Bells, ODB's Son

Raekwon reflects on performing Wu-Tang's landmark album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) at Rock The Bells in Los Angeles

This was the first time we [performed 36 Chambers] and we wanted to let everybody know we were going to know every word. We let the skits play—we really didn't have no particular routine. Just laughing about that Torture skit. It definitely felt like flashing back to the times, seeing Method Man sing the whole (“Method Man”) song and know it. It was fun again. That's what hip hop is: having lyrics and having fun.
That's what I was getting out of performing that album. With every song I was just getting more excited. You got 60,000 people looking at you, and you're just seeing everybody going in because they feel it and they feel the lyrics. They were in [the present and the past] at the same time.
To see ODB’s son there is definitely a blessing. It’s like we’re looking right at our brother again. He came in and he gave us the authority [ODB] would've gave us. It was a good feeling when I seen him. I'm like, “Wow, he looks just like his father.” It’s like Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo [Laughs]. But at the same time I'm watching him, because he’s still a little loose, so I got to try to keep my arm around his neck and let him know to slow down. But that's what it is when you represent your pops, so I wasn't even mad. But I'm still looking at him like Scrappy Doo. [Laughs] I love him though, you got to love him.
Saturday is the New York one—that's where I'm from so it’s going to be crazy. You might just see me in the crowd. When it’s events like this, I go back into kid form and I really want to be able to see the show from beginning to the end. Because I'm moving with the Clan and there’s a lot of people I haven't actually got a chance. The only one I got to see is Snoop—Snoop did his thing. We’re getting up at ten o'clock to get there because come on man Slick Rick, Rakim, KRS, Tribe—that ain't coming no time soon. Might as well get it right now.
You never know what’ll happen [Saturday], all my friends are always invited if they want to get on the mic. It’s all about how were feeling at that time. We always have open arms for real niggas that come to support. —
As told to John Kennedy

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Just as much as “Sauce” is about sex, it’s also about basking in self-pleasure that comes after genuine self-love. In a statement published by Stereogum, the former Danity Kane member described the message behind the song:

“‘Sauce" is about women taking pride in their prowess, and about being raised to celebrate my skin,” DAWN said. “I lost focus of that when so many men degraded and disrespected my brown skin. ‘Sauce’ is about being bathed in your own beauty, being sexy for you. The new breed of women are unapologetic about sex and the way they choosing to express themselves.”

DAWN recently joined Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex of Danity Kane for the DK3 reunion tour across the U.S. In an interview with Billboard, the Louisiana native revealed she wants to give fans more of her authentic self on New Breed.

“This album is my relationship with New Orleans, me as a woman, and how being from New Orleans has created a person in me that acts and sees things a certain way. "'Jealousy'" is a prime example of that,” she said. “I just want to give you the girl from the 9th Ward that you guys only met once on [MTV's] Making The Band.”

Listen to "Sauce" below. New Breed drops on Jan, 25.

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LaVar Ball Is Requesting $3,500 From Anyone Planning On Recording Son During Tournament

As we know, LaVar Ball goes above and beyond in terms of making sure his sons become the superstar basketball players he wants them to be. His youngest son LaMelo is currently playing for SPIRE Institute in Ohio, and they have an upcoming tournament taking place in Kentucky. Mr. Ball is reportedly asking outlets to pay $3,500 at the door to videotape his son playing.

"All games are free to film except for the Spire Institute games,” an email reportedly sent by LaVar read. “To film either of the 2 Spire Institute games, you will have to present $3,500 at the gate, as per rules of the Big Baller Brand media credential… If you accept these conditions, you may present this email at the gate as proof of our approval where you will be given a media pass.”

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Big Boi Purchases Studio Where OutKast First Began Their Career

Big Boi is going back to his roots with the recent purchase of the Atlanta recording studio — legendarily dubbed The Dungeon — where he and Andre 3000 recorded their classic albums at the beginning of their OutKast career, WSB-TV reports.

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New day new Lot ... Just copped the Dungeon #WeDF #playingRealLifeMonopoly #RealEstate

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The Dungeon also served as a beacon of creativity for the group. In addition to OutKast recording their 1994 debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, they also recorded 1996’s ATLiens and 1998’s Aquemini at The Dungeon.

Deep in the Dungeon 👑 pic.twitter.com/IFLLONpSzp

— Big Boi (@BigBoi) January 16, 2019

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