Jazmine Sullivan Q&A (Pg. 3)


Yes. [Laughs] I feel like it’s probably more people experience heartache than people that’s experiencing love, and there’s probably more people who have had their heartbroken than people that have actually been in love, period, so I feel like people gravitate toward those type of songs. But with love songs, there’s a certain hope in it, even if you don’t have it right now. If you hear a good song, it makes you hopeful like, “That is out there.”

When was your worst heartbreak?

My first relationship. That’s why I wrote “Bust Your Windows.” [Laughs] I was young. I was in high school and I wrote it right after high school.

Who are these no-good guys that you’re singing about on songs like “Holding You Down” and “10 Seconds”?

I wouldn’t say that he’s a no-good guy. He did no-good things, but I know of men who are no good from my girlfriends and whatnot. I mean, they’re out there and we’ve all probably ran across them.

Are you in a relationship now?

Yeah. I’ve been in a relationship for a couple years now, so it’s old. [Laughs]

Whose idea was it for you to play the drug addict and a woman beater in “Redemption?”

It was mine. First of all, the track was really, really moody. Really, it was a different process writing that song because I worked line by line. I would write one line and then I would add onto the story the longer that I went. I wanted to make lyrics that were as moody as the track was, and I wanted to actually say something in the song. I feel like I had to for that track. The idea just kinda came as I was writing it. 

Do you have a favorite record on the album? 

I did a song called “Famous” with NO I.D. It’s really just my plight to be famous and just wanting that since I was a kid to even now wanting more of what I have.

What made you fall in love with singing when you were younger?

I loved the feeling I got when I sang. I loved the feeling that it gave to people when I sang. I don’t know. It was magical. I was like I was home, really. This is what I’m supposed to be doing.

There was some coverage on the blogs about your album cover being a full-body image. Is being a full figured woman still a big issue? Is image an issue?

Image in this industry is always a big issue, and I wouldn’t say so much with the people that are closest to me, but it’s always an issue. But you have to be comfortable with yourself initially for people to be comfortable with you, and I’m comfortable with myself. It’s some things that I want to work on personally, but if I never did, I wouldn’t hate myself. You know what I’m saying? I’m cool with where I’m at. It’s certain things I wanna do to be better, but I’m good. Just listen to my music. I’m cute! [Laughs] Just relax.  We have people in the industry that can satisfy that, but I don’t think it’s a lot of people that can do what I do, so appreciate what it is that I do. 

Have you thought about an R&B mixtape 

No, I haven’t. I would do a mixtape, but I haven’t thought it though.

What’s a weakness that you would like to work on as artist?

A weakness maybe is trying to be more open to people. I’m really quiet and I like to just observe people—observe who it is in my space. If you’re not smiling 24/7, people think that you’re mean and you’re shy and that’s not necessarily a good thing, so I have to work on just letting people in a little quicker.

How are you working on that?

I mean, it’s tough because it’s the way I am, so I’m trying to change something that’s embedded in me, but every time I see somebody, I try to let them know that I’m a friendly person and smile as much as I can [laughs].

Any new artists that you’re really excited about?

I love Janelle Monae. I think she’s great. She’s definitely a breath of fresh air. She’s so cute!

Anything about the album that’s really special to you and you want people to know?

I hope when people hear this album, they see a different side of me—whatever that side is when you listen to it. I just want people to see more of me, and I’m trying to expose myself a little more and more the longer that I’m in this industry. When you’re first meeting your boyfriend or you go beyond that, you don’t throw everything out at him. You expose it the longer you’re with somebody, and that’s what I want my relationship to be with my fans. 

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Grammy-Winning Jazz Singer Nancy Wilson Passes Away

The world has gained another talented angel. Grammy-winning jazz singer and legend Nancy Wilson has sadly passed away. Wilson reportedly died peacefully in her home on Thursday (Dec. 13) after suffering from a long illness, her manager, Devra Hall Levy confirms.

While Wilson originally entered the music industry with a focus on R&B music, she later showcased her talent on jazz ballads. She made her debut in 1961 with the single "Guess Who I Saw Today." Her breakout hit came in 1964 on "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am," which hit No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also earned her her first Grammy Award for Best R&B Song. She would later win two more Grammys in 2005 and 2007.

In the 1990s, Wilson was cast as the host of NPR's "Jazz Profiles," a documentary series featuring jazz legends. She later retired in 2011, after nearly six decades in the performing business. She attributed her departure to wanting to spend time with her family. It is unclear what illness Wilson was suffering from at the time of her death.

John Legend was among the many artists who mourned the loss on social media Friday morning (Dec. 14). "So sad to hear about the passing of the great Nancy Wilson. She was a magical performer. I'm so glad I was able to spend time with her and hear her beautiful voice in person," he wrote.

Wilson is survived by her three children and five grandchildren. Per her request, there will be no funeral service. Her family will hold a celebration of life ceremony in Feb. 2019 instead.

So sad to hear about the passing of the great Nancy Wilson. She was a magical performer. I'm so glad I was able to spend time with her and hear her beautiful voice in person.

— John Legend (@johnlegend) December 14, 2018

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Anna Lushchinskaya, who hurled racists insults at an Asian woman on the subway, was arrested. A video of her attack went viral.
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Racist White Woman On Subway In Viral Video Arrested And Charged With Assault

A viral video of a white woman named Anna Lushchinskaya hurling racist insults and attempting to kick and slap an Asian passenger on a NYC subway had a happy ending. According to ABC7 in New York, Lushchinskaya, 40, was arrested at the 36th Street station and charged with felony assault.

The video of her antics, shared by Twitter user @PlatanoMan, showed her becoming irate after another passenger bumped into her on a northbound D train (note, it's almost impossible not to bump into someone on the subway).

The enraged woman begins to pull back her hair and tries multiple times to slap and kick the 24-year-old woman. While other Asian passengers restrain her and tell her to stop, she attempts to hit and prod the woman with her umbrella. Later on, she calls the woman and the man who restrained her a racial slur and tries to spit on the woman.

"Everybody was just looking at each other like, 'Are you sure you just heard that? Did you just hear that?'"said Juan Ayala, one of the helpers, to Eyewitness News.

The woman who was targeted in the attack, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she's thankful Lushchinskaya wasn't carrying any weapons.

"I'm lucky that she didn't have anything like weapons on her -- like knife, gun -- because it could have got a lot worse," she said. "I'm lucky that people were on the train who were helping me, especially the first Asian guy who stood in front of me right away because he wasn't recording. He just stood in front of me to help me, because I know other people were recording, but their recording didn't do anything until later on when it escalated."

This isn't Lushchinskaya's first brush with the law on the D train; she allegedly pepper-sprayed a man during the summer.

So this happened yesterday #mta #36st #nyc pic.twitter.com/h3AqY6IP1n

— PL∆T∆NO M∆N™ (@PlatanoMan) December 12, 2018


— PL∆T∆NO M∆N™ (@PlatanoMan) December 12, 2018

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Kodak Black, Vic Mensa And More Friday Releases You Need To Hear

With only a couple more weeks of 2018 left on the calendar, Friday music release are still going strong. The list is getting shorter however. This week, only a small handful of artist dropped new projects or singles, including Kodak Black and Vic Mensa.

Check out our roundup below.

Kodak Black – Dying to Live

Kodak Black's highly-anticipated sophomore album Dying to Live has finally arrived. The 16-track project features special appearances from Offset, Travis Scott, Lil Pump, and Juice Wrld.

Just ahead of the album's release, Kodak dropped the tracklist. It includes the pre-released singles "Zeze," "Testimony," and "Calling My Spirit." The album also pays homage to the late XXXTentacion on "Malcolm XXX."

In a recent interview with radio station 103.5 "The Beat" on Dec. 11, Kodak detailed the significance of the album's title. "It's deep. I be feeling like we dying to live. Everybody going through something and suffering," he explained. "There's a lot of kids who will do anything just because they probably want to get a little flat screen, get some gold, and flex. There's people who would risk their life for $5,000. They're dying to live. We thugging so hard and wondering why the world won't soften up around us."

Dying to Live, which is a follow up to 2017's Painting Pictures, arrives shortly after Kodak appeared on Hot97's radio show with Ebro Darden. Things grew intense on set after Ebro questioned Kodak about his ongoing rape case.

Listen to Kodak Black's Dying to Live below.

Vic Mensa – Hooligans EP

Vic Mensa's Hooligans EP is here with special appearances by Ty Dolla $ign, Charlie Wilson, Mr. Hudson, G-Herbo, and G-Eazy. The album reportedly shares a glimpse into the many experiences and emotions that have made up Mensa's life. While it's similar to his 2017 album The Autobiography, Vic Mensa told us that the project focuses on songwriting in order to tell stories about mental health and love lost.

In particular, his single "Klonopin," discusses drug use in an honest and eye-opening way. "I always make music that deals with intense personal things in my recent life," he told VIBE. "I had stopped doing drugs before I made my last album, and I had moments where I relapsed back into it when I was extremely suicidal. I don't just say these things because they 'sound cool,' I say it because it's the reality of my experience. People are dealing with PTSD and trauma and have few outlets to really address that, especially young black men. People are on these drugs because they're trying to get away from reality because reality is pain."

Listen to Vic Mensa's Hooligans EP below.

Dreezy ft. Kash Doll – "Chanel Slides"

Dreezy and Kash Doll have joined forces to bring fans their latest banger. The slow-burning single flexes crisp bars as they brag about their new drip. It's unclear whether the new collaboration will appear on her forthcoming project Big Dreez, which Dreezy teased at the beginning of Oct. 2018.

Listen to the new track below.

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