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Drake Talks R&B Mixtape: 'I Had A Really Hard Time Just Singing'

You know you’ve arrived when you transform one of the biggest rappers on the planet into a hypeman.

So Drake's ego might’ve inflated just a bit when rap head honcho Jay-Z took the stage at the second night of the young rapper’s back-to-back sold out shows at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.

“There was a lot riding on it. All these different publications were there, and it was one of those shows that was going to be highly reviewed, and highly criticized and scrutinized,” Drake told VIBE. “But it was a lot of fun, and we had two great consistent shows. It’s crazy to have that relationship [with Jay]—not that I ever want to become dependent of special guests, because that shouldn’t be the allure of my show.”

Drake was just as surprised as the fans in the audience when Hov took the stage. “You never know if he’s going to come through necessarily, but you’ll hear it through your ear phones: ‘Jay’s coming out in five minutes’,” says Drake, who made a cameo as a special guest at Jay-Z’s Yankee Stadium concert weeks before his Radio City show. “It’s always nice when you can hit Jay up. He held it down for me. I asked a favor of the big homie, and he came through.”

Looking to finish the year with a brand-new R&B based mixtape, It’s Never Enough, fans can rest assured that Drake’s witty wordplay won’t be lost in amongst all the crooning.

“Even on this mixtape I had a really hard time just singing. There’s a lot of rap on there. The beat will just have the right pocket and even though you can fit singing, I wanted to rap. That’s what I’m really looking forward to doing on this next album,” says Drake. “I really want to get better at rapping, so I’ve been listening to a lot of great rap, training myself—trying to find the right beats.”

While he’s cooking up both his singing-heavy mixtape, and more balanced sophomore LP, Drizzy says he’s putting his best foot forward for both. “To make a mixtape to me—I don’t take that lightly. A mixtape isn’t some throwaway music. People around me fight with me [over my mixtape] songs because it should be album material. That’s what a mixtape should be—an album that you’re essentially willing to give away for free.”

Drake’s hopes to release It’s Never Enough before the holidays. —Mikey Fresh

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Wendy Williams revealed her struggles with sobriety Tuesday (March 19) on the Wendy Williams Show and how she's combating addiction.

“You know me to be a very open and truthful person and I've got more to the story for you," Williams began. "Well for some time now and even today and beyond I have been living in a sober house."

Williams fought back tears as she explained that she's struggled with cocaine addiction in the past and never sought professional help. "I never went to a place to get the treatment. I don't know how except God was just sitting on my shoulder and I just stopped."

Once she's wrapped the show for the day, Williams explained her new routine to remain healthy.

"After I go to the Pilates I go to several meetings all around town in the Tri-State area. And I see my brothers and sisters caught up in their addiction looking for help. They don't know I'm Wendy. They don't care I'm Wendy. There's no autographs, there's no nothing. It's the brothers and sisters caught up in the struggle and it's been really interesting this ride."

Williams said only her husband and son knew of new living arrangement. Not even her parents, whom she's close with, were aware.  "Nobody knew because I look so glamorous out here," she said. “I am driven by my 24-hour sober coach back to a home that I live in the Tri-state with a bunch of smelly boys who have become my family.”

Williams also said now she's adhering to her sobriety. "Doors locked by 10 p.m. Lights out by 10 p.m..”

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Nas Gives Travis Scott Advice On Addressing Politics In 'Playboy'

Playboy unveiled its "The Speech Issue" on Monday (Mar. 18), which included a thoughtful conversation between Nas and Travis Scott. During their lengthy conversation, the two discussed the debate regarding hip-hop's generational gap, politics, and more hot topics.

Scott kicked off the discussion by commending hip-hop veterans on paving the way for younger artists. "The past generation knocked down so many doors where, you know, they were spitting a lot of pain, man," La Flame said. "They was dealing with a lot of police stuff. We’re still dealing with that now, but it wasn’t so free. Now we got more of a voice at the label."

Nas appeared to agree with Scott. "Nowadays the pain has changed. We’re after different things. We broke past the barriers," he added. "We understand what we need to do and we’re in control of what we’re doing, and no one can stop it now. No one can tell us what to do, what we can’t do. Rap music can’t be stopped now."

The conversation then shifted to politics and an artists's obligation to speak up about the things they believe in. The "Sicko Mode" rapper reached out for advice, suggesting that he was a little confused on how to tackle such a big topic. "I wouldn’t say I don’t feel compelled to speak on political issues; sometimes you just don’t want to speak too much on stuff you don’t know much about," Trav explained. "It’s not like I’m not thinking about what’s going on in the world. I’m an expressive artist, but with media and shit, it gets misconstrued."

Scott previously received backlash for performing at the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show instead of standing in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. Despite public outrage, Nas asserted that the decision to speak up should always come naturally and not depend on outside opinions. "One thing we can’t allow politics to do is take over our mind and make us fall into their game. What’s going on in the news could consume our lives. If that happens, life doesn’t go on," the Queens native said in response.

Nas also noted that hip-hop and the "hood" will always serve as a voice for the underrepresented. "Those 'hoods are always going to yell out and say what’s going on," he continued. "It’s going to get more fly and futuristic. But the message is always: We want food, shelter, health care and all the things we’re deprived of. We want no police brutality. We want all these things. That’s what hip-hop is talking about."

Read the conversation in full over at Playboy.

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Wendy Williams Reveals She's Been Living In A Sober House

It's no secret Wendy Williams has been dealing with multiple obstacles in her personal life, but that hasn't stopped her from sharing her truth. During the latest episode of The Wendy Williams Show, which aired on Tuesday (Mar. 19), the TV personality revealed that she has been staying at a sober house in New York due to her addiction to cocaine.

"I have been living in a sober house. … You know I’ve had a struggle with cocaine in the past," she shared with her audience. "I never went to a place to get treatment … there are people in your family, it might be you … I want you to know more of the story."

Prior to the big reveal, Williams said that her husband Kevin Hunter was the only person who knew she was seeking treatment. "Only Kevin knows about this. Not my parents, nobody. Nobody knew because I look so glamorous out here," she explained. "I am driven by my 24-hour sober coach back to a home that I live in the tri-state with a bunch of smelly boys who have become my family."

Williams also noted that the facility has strict hours, locking its doors and cutting off the lights at 10 p.m. sharp. "I go to my room and stare at the ceiling and fall asleep to come here and see you. So that is my truth," she added.

The 54-year-old took three-month hiatus from her self-titled show earlier this year, attributing her absence to a fractured shoulder and her ongoing battle with Graves' disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. She returned at the top of Mar. 2019.

Williams previously revealed that she was a "functioning addict" for nearly a decade of her career. While she is still trying to overcome some hurdles, she and her family created The Hunter Foundation, which works with private and public organizations to help families and individuals fight addiction.

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