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Akon Talks Lady Gaga, Claims He Started Euro R&B Trend

When you're a consistent hitmaker like Akon, you find yourself being a wanted man in the music industry. Over the last few years, the chart-topping producer, vocalist and music mogul, who also oversees his Konvict Music imprint, has collaborated with everyone from Styles P (“Locked Up”) and Eminem (“Smack That”) to the late Michael Jackson (“Hold My Hand”) and French house music producer David Guetta (“Sexy Chick”). But lately, Akon has had less time for outside studio work due to the unfathomable success of one of his biggest collaborators Lady Gaga.

The continued dominance of the controversial dance-pop phenom—whose acclaimed 2008 debut The Fame is still making noise on the Billboard charts—has delayed Akon’s work with some other pretty high profile acts.   

“I was set to do Britney [Spears] and Christina [Aguilera]…I had them both on the calendar, but I ended up canceling all of that because I didn’t want outside things to interfere with what Gaga has going on,” says Akon of the headline-making artist who is also signed to Konvict. “We haven’t decided exactly if we are going to release new Gaga music at the end of the year or early next year because right now she is so saturated. She will decide when she wants to come back out. She has another tour in mid April of next year, so if anything, we would probably line up new music according to that tour so we can get more album sales.”

But while Akon may have slowed down on juggling studio sessions for the time being, he still has time for his own musical pursuits. The visionary is finishing up tracks for his upcoming album Stadium Music set for release later this year. The project’s lead single “Angel” has already been serviced to radio stations worldwide as other tracks include the bass-heavy dance workout “Drop Down Low,” featuring Ludacris; the street-aimed “Give It To ‘Em” showcasing Rick Ross and an as yet untitled record with the incarcerated Big Meech of Black Mafia fame.

“The last one is more of a real life record,” Akon says. “Meech has been my homie forever; he’s talking on the song. The message is to these young cats trying to be street entrepreneurs. It gives them a whole perspective on how that road can actually end.”

As for other Stadium Music tracks, Akon says you can expect some of the high energy, Euro-synth dance style that has become a staple in the current R&B scene; a sound that Akon confidently notes he created with his 2009 cuts “Right Now” and “Beautiful.”

“When I was doing that style of music, I was thinking more of, what is it that has been around for ages that no one in America really pays too much attention to?” he says. “And it was house and electro music. I started doing tracks like 'Right Now' and before you know it I ran into David Guetta, who told me how much he loved my music. We got together and that’s when we came up with 'Sexy Chick.'"

Akon continues: “The fact that everyone is doing that style of music is bittersweet. The sweet part of it is you see how everybody is evolving. But the bitter part is sometimes you want to see artists take a step and create their own sound. There’s no room for creativity anymore. Today’s artist just wants to be successful. But that puts me in a great position because I love to be the guy to set whatever that trend is.”

And what’s the next popular musical trend according to Akon?

“The next step is ska,” he unveils of the up-tempo brand of reggae first made popular in Europe. “After this electro dance feel starts moving, I promise you, I’m going to bring that ska shit back with some hardcore hip-hop beats. Just watch." —Keith Murphy

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Issa Rae And LaKeith Stanfield To Star In Will Packer's 'The Photograph'

The great talents of Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield are hitting the big screen soon in Will Packer’s latest film, The Photograph. The two actors have scored roles in the forthcoming movie, Deadline reports.

Stella Meghie will be directing the film, which is based on the parallels of love stories that intersect between the past and present. Both Rae and Stanfield have made their mark on and off the big screen. When Rae isn’t on her brilliant show, Insecure, she’s hustling in Hollywood by getting roles in movies like The Hate U Give and Little. Stanfield is known for his role on FX’s Atlanta, and his awesome contribution to Sorry To Bother To You.

It will be interesting to see Rae and Stanfield on screen together, especially considering both of their strong personalities and viewpoints on the world. During an interview with GQ, Stanfield expressed how he felt about the social-political conundrums of the racist events that have taken place since President Trump's election, like the race riots in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"I’m interested chiefly in bringing justice to those who deserve it," he said. "Secondarily, I’d love to begin a campaign photographing all of the criminals. And villains of the world. And bringing them to justice."

"Sometimes the things that are the worst aspects of humanity are not in fact dark," he explained about his sentiments on the matter. "They are light. This represents a situation in the time that we are experiencing...a light time. A time full of light."

There is no release date yet for The Photograph.

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Kodak Black performs onstage during the 4th Annual TIDAL X: Brooklyn at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 23, 2018 in New York City.
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Kodak Black Under Fire For Comments About Young M.A.

The always controversial Kodak Black is under fire on Monday (March 18) for comments that are being described as sexual harassment, sexist and homophobic.

"It feel good to know that somebody love you out there. I know more people love me than hate me. And I do more good than I do bad. I do a lot of stuff, but I do more good than I do bad," he said on Instagram Live, from the seat of a car. He then stated, "How you a girl but don't want your p***y penetrated? How? ... Don't be mad at me because I want you, baby. Don't be mad at me cuz I want you."

It all started from his February release "Pimpin Ain't Eazy,"  where Kodak references Young M.A. in the chorus and the second verse. On the chorus, he rapped, "I be pullin' out straps on these f**k ni**as, I go Young M.A. on these dumb bi**hes. Like a dyke man, you ni**ass can't f**k with me." And in the second verse: ""I'm f**kin' Young M.A, long as she got a coochie. Say she got the strap and the toolie, say she put the crack in her booty."

Young M.A., who is openly gay, responded to fans' questions on Sunday (March 17) on her own IG Live about how she felt about the lyric.

 

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TSR STAFF: Tanya P.! @tanyaxpayne _________________________ #YoungMA responds to #KodakBlack after he included her in some NSFW lyrics on his song ‘Pimpin’ Ain’t Eazy.’ ____________________________ In the song, Kodak raps: “I don’t even see the confusion, I’m f****ing #YoungMa, as long as she got a coochie.” ___________________________ Needless to say Young MA wasn’t feeling the line, and said she might even pull up on him in Arizona. Both coincidentally have a show out there so we’ll see if this gets squashed or not 👀👀 (SWIPE)

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"Y'all keep talking about this Kodak situation. Y'all ni**as is weird, bro. ... Come on, obviously the n—a is weird, bro. Obviously, he on some sh*t, bro," she said. She and Kodak were both scheduled to perform at the Pot of Gold music festival in Arizona on Saturday. "I'll holla at him, if I get a chance to see him. Y'all do this internet sh*t too much, bro. I don't like the internet sh*t, bro. I don't like this internet sh*t. I deal with my issues in person."

Kodak Black then posted his response on Monday. The rapper has been charged with sexual assault, and is facing a possible 30 years in prison.

Kodak Black, a known rapist, sexually harrassing Young MA, a Black queer woman, reminds us of the following:

*Black women are still disposable.

*Black LGBTQ remain under attack.

*Hip Hop remains sexist and homophobic.

*People are still buying/supporting known sexual abusers.

— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) March 18, 2019

Kodak Black publicly harassing Young MA for sex as if he wasn’t charged with felony first degreee criminal sexual conduct and doesn’t have an upcoming rape trial he should be worried about https://t.co/RPTkxUFeiK

— Ivie Ani (@ivieani) March 18, 2019

it’s very very very very strange that kodak black, a man facing a r*pe charge, is harassing young ma for sex and the internet finds it funny. this place just gets weirder.

— Lauren Chanel Allen (@MichelleHux) March 18, 2019

Young MA is a lesbian. Plain and simple. What Kodak Black is doing is harassment. The responses are interesting because it shows how little many of you respect women who identify as Lesbian or women full stop for that matter.

— Richie Brave 🧼 (@RichieBrave) March 18, 2019

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DMX Delivers Powerful Sermon At Kanye West's Sunday Service

DMX commits to delivering the good word with his recent poignant prayer at Kanye West's latest "Sunday Service." His touching reflection was captured and shared on social media this past weekend.

“Father God thank you for making me righteous and acceptance through the blood of Jesus because of that I am blessed and highly favored by you,” the 48-year-old rapper preached. “I am the object of your affection, your favor surrounds me as a shield. And the first thing people come in contact with is my favorite shield. Thank you that I have favor with you and man today. All day long people go out of their way to help me.”

“Doors that were once closed are now open for me. I receive preferential treatment. I have special privileges,” he continued. “I am God’s favorite child…I have supernatural increases and promotion. Like the restoration of everything the devil has stolen from me. This is the day, time, and moment for me to experience the free grace of God.”

 

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The Free Favor of God 🙏

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Since DMX was released from prison in January for tax evasion, the New York native has wasted no time getting back in the music scene and voicing his opinions. Never one to hold back his tongue, during his first interview since being a free man on Real 92.3, he expressed his distaste for this generation's latest crop of rappers, which heavily glorify drug usage.

"They're all promoting drug use," DMX said. "If that’s what you want to do, that's your business, but you ain't gotta promote it like it's cool and make it cool."

Nonetheless, if you're a fan of DMX's classic music, you're in for a treat as he's currently on tour to promote his legendary 1998 It's Dark And Hell Is Hot album. He's scheduled to perform in 32 cities throughout the course of two months.

In the meantime, get inspired and watch more of DMX speak the holy word below.

Morning prayer by DMX #SundayService pic.twitter.com/AGpMgUyF9U

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 17, 2019

 

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Sunday Service @divinebars @1shotdealz Ye

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Her favorite part of the week is dancing during Sunday Service pic.twitter.com/yhiDhBqBY5

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 17, 2019

Power pic.twitter.com/7X9rXwkdOW

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 17, 2019

Lift Yourself pic.twitter.com/VLFclhXpRO

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 17, 2019

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