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Jay-Z Compares Willow Smith To Michael Jackson?

The Net has been buzzing all week about Willow Smith’s new Rihanna-esque jam, “Whip My Hair.” Now, Jay-Z is confirming that the 9-year-old daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith is an official Roc Nation signee.

Hov hopped Ryan Seacrest’s morning radio show today (Sept. 9) to explain Willow's joining the Roc roster. “I heard the record first before I knew that it was recorded by a nine year old and I was like man that records a smash,” Jay-Z told Seacrest. “I believe in superstars. I believe on big records on superstars and I think she has both.”

Throw your diamonds up and listen to Willow’s “Whip My Hair” below. Judge for yourself if the hype is warranted.

 

But you can't deny her star power. During the Seacrest interview, the precocious singer talked about hating math homework and inheriting her individuality from her mama.

Explaining the meaning of “Whip My Hair,” Willow, whose musical inspirations include Michael Jackson and Billy Idol, said, “It means just being an individual. You can’t be afraid to be yourself and you can’t let anybody tell you that that’s wrong… My mom and me are very strong individuals. A lot of people don’t act like themselves so they’re not happy.”

“She has a clear vision of what she wants and who she wants to be,” said Jay-Z. “I don’t want to go so far but I can imagine that’s how Mike was as a young kid. He knew exactly what he wanted.”

When Seacrest asked, “Did you ever worry she’s too young?” Jay-Z reminded him how early the King of Pop got started.

“I believe you have to start somewhere. When you have that sort of talent and you have that sort of vision, there’s no such thing as too young. Again, I heard the record without knowing who it was. It’s a hit record,” said Jay. “If you listen to any comments, everyone says I can’t believe that as an adult that you like a record that’s made by a 9-year-old. But we all danced to Michael Jackson records when he was 8. Stevie Wonder started at 8.”

His advice to Willow: “Just enjoy the process and have fun doing it and just stay true to the values that she had coming in the door.”

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Playboi Carti posted bond and was released from custody in Georgia following a brief arrest. Carti was apprehended on Thursday (April 3) after authorities in Clayton Country pulled him over in a Lamborghini for driving with expired tags, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports.

Per a news release from the Clayton County Sheriff's Office’s COBRA task force, deputies found three firearms, 12 bags of weed, xanax, codeine, and oxycodone in the vehicle. Carti, whose birth name is Jordan Carter, was arrested alongside another man, Jaylon Tucker. The release goes on to state that Carti, 24, and Tucker, 21, are “facing the wall at Georgia’s toughest para-military jail known as the Hill-ton.”

Both men were taken into custody at the Clayton County Jail. Carti was released on bond soon after his arrest.

According to arrest records, Carti was charged with two traffic violations and one count of marijuana possession. Tucker, was charged with multiple counts of weapons possession during the commission of a crime and violation of Georgia’s controlled substance acts. Tucker remains locked up.

Earlier in the week, Clayton County issued a mandatory shelter in place orders due to the coronavirus outbreak. Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill announced that his COBRA team would continue to make arrests during the pandemic.  As of Mondau (March 30), the COBRA task unit made nearly 70 arrests since the outbreak began, removed 13 illegal firearms off the street, and recovered eight stolen cars.

“We want to encourage everyone to continues to stay home as much as possible,” Hill said in a statement. “Wash hands frequently, sanitize surfaces, and rest assured that the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office will continue to protect no matter what.”

 

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‘Candyman’ Receives New Fall Theater Release Date

What was once slated to be released on June 12, Candyman will now appear in theaters on Sept. 25 due to COVID-19 concerns, Deadline reports. The Nia DaCosta-directed thriller had viewers on the edge of their seats when the trailer was released earlier this year, setting up the box office for a smash of a film.

Candyman stars Yayha Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, and more. In 1992, the original film was released and instantly became a mainstay within the canon of horror films.

For the film’s producer Jordan Peele, Candyman’s original director Bernard Rose’s mission for the movie grew into a level of understanding that Peele recently realized. “And his vision, I think, is nothing short of beautiful, albeit complicated,” he said in an interview with Gizmodo. “It’s one that I can look at in hindsight with more experience and education and go, ‘Wow, that is…it’s definitely a mirror.’ All I’ll say—because I don’t want to go too far down that rabbit hole—is we’re doing it differently.”

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Oprah Winfrey Is Fond Of Lil Yachty’s “Oprah’s Bank Account” Song

In mid-March, Lil Yachty displayed his acting chops when he dressed up as talk-show era Oprah Winfrey for his “Boprah” interpretation. From the wig to his clothing, Yachty sat down on the couch with collaborator Drake for his single “Oprah’s Bank Account,” which also features Da Baby, prompting a reaction from the mogul herself.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Winfrey said she loves Yachty’s melody and although she hasn’t seen the video just yet, she said “it’s nice to be in a Drake song no matter what—especially for your bank account, OK!”

In an interview with Complex, Yachty said the video’s inspiration came from one of Winfrey’s past talk show episodes. “It’s basically a re-creation of an old Oprah TV show episode. It’s fun,” he said. “I hope people enjoy it, and I hope it’s an uptempo vibe. That’s what it’s about. I don’t have a purpose for the song, just to be fun and be a vibe.” The melody sits at No. 23 on the Billboard Rap Songs Chart.

On the subject of a full-length project, the Georgia native said his album is complete. "My album is coming very soon. I haven’t spoken on it yet, but it’s coming," he said. "It’s ending the trilogy to my Lil Boat series."

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