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Lloyd Banks Speaks On Kanye West & Pusha T 'HFM2' Collabos, Critiques VIBE Tournament Standings

It seems like everyone is weighing in on the Greatest Hip-Hop Song (Of The VIBE Era) Tournament. Lloyd Banks has his own take on the battle for rap anthem supremacy. After viewing our competitive East Coast bracket, the respected lyricist believes that G-Unit leader 50 Cent’s “In Da Club—which was trumped by Method Man Mary J. Blige (“I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need”) in the first round—deserved to take the W. According to Banks, the enormous 2003 track and no. 7 seed not only transformed 50 into a global phenomenon, it totally changed the hip-hop landscape for years to come.

“In Da Club should have won,” says Banks to VIBE of the Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ Dr. Dre-produced mega single. "If you are going to say the overall impact, that song has to be no. 1. 'In Da Club' generated 11 million records sold with one album."

He continues: “It was bigger than just a club record or a radio hit. That was the record that took me to Africa. It was so crazy. A lot of tours came just off of that one song. We did the Roc The Mic tour with Jay-Z, the Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ tour. That literally took us all around the world. We toured from China to Iraq to Africa to Kazakhstan, and Russia. Prior to that, I had never been out of the Tri-State [laughs].”

That's not to say Banks overlooks the other great tracks 50 had to compete with. 

"I respect those other songs. Method Man’s and Mary J. Blige’s 'I’ll Be There For You' is a classic record. Didn’t that win a Grammy? Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.” is definitely important. I still remember watching the Wu on my little TV, which was huge to see. [A Tribe Called Quest’s Tribe’s] “Scenario,” Biggie’s “One More Chance,” and [Nas’] “If I Ruled The World” [in the East Coast bracket] are classic records.”

As for his own musical happenings, Banks is gearing up for the November 23 release of The Hunger For More 2, the sequel to his 2004 double platinum debut.

“I’m excited,” he says of the upcoming project, which has already spawned the gold single “Beamer, Benz or Bentley.” "I put a lot of thinking into this project. Every verse on my album that I got for a feature is crazy. The Kanye West joint 'Trackstar' is crazy. The song actually features me, Kanye, Swizz Beatz and Fabolous. I got Pusha T on a song called 'Home Sweet Home.' He’s very underrated; Pusha has been doing it for so long that he’s in a similar space as me. Everybody knows the Clipse as legendary rappers. Now he’s beginning a new legacy with his solo career. And I’m doing the same thing.” 

Other guests on the album include 50 Cent, Eminem, Raekwon, Ryan Leslie, Akon, Jeremiah and Styles P. “The success I’m having now has been sweeter,” Banks adds. “You never know where you are going to be in this business.”—Keith Murphy 


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Tarana Burke Brings #MeToo Tour To HBCUs For Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Continuing her crusade against sexual assault, Tarana Burke will take her advocacy on a tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) across the country. Taking to Instagram to announce her #MeToo movement trek, the trip will begin in April.

"I’m so excited to finally announce this!! This has been a vision of mine for many, many years," Burke captioned the image. "Every year during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) college campuses around the country turn their focus towards dealing with sexual violence but very little activity happens on HBCU campuses during SAAM even though we know it’s happening."

I’m SO EXCITED to finally announce this!! This has been a vision of mine for many, many years. Every year during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) college campuses around the country turn their focus towards dealing with sexual violence but very little activity happens on HBCU campuses during SAAM even though we know it’s happening! I spoke at more than 70 schools in 2018 (I know, right! 😳) and only two HBCUs 😐 and I wanted to change that. This year I teamed up with my girl @fiyawata (the original @professionalblackgirl) to bring this right to the yard and provide a space for HBCU students to talk, vent, strategize and heal. 💕 Sponsored in part by @lifetimetv and @the.root #Repost @metoomvmt ・・・ We are so excited to announce that in exactly two weeks, we’ll be kicking off the ‘me too.’ HBCU Tour featuring ‘me too.’ founder Tarana Burke (@taranajaneen), scholar Dr. Yaba Blay (@fiyawata) and special guests! This multi-city initiative is centered around creating safety and accountability for students, faculty and administrators. We have partnered with some of the country’s finest institutions - Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), to have real conversations about sexual assault and consent on campus. Each tour stop includes a strategic convening, a workshop for male-identifying individuals, and a fireside chat featuring a special guest. To get updates about specific stops, register using the link in our bio. #metooHBCU #metoo #metoomvmt #believesurvivors

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Burke originally spoke at 70 college campuses during SAAM in 2018 but only visited two HBCUs. Partnering with Yaba Blay, the 45-year-old activist wants to "bring this right to the yard and provide a space for HBCU students to talk, vent, strategize and heal."

“While we are working in service to survivors of sexual violence from all walks of life,  it's always been about Black people, particularly Black women and girls. This tour is important because we know that Black women make up the majority of the student population at HBCUs," Burke said to Blavity. "The college tour is an extension of our work to center marginalized communities in the movement to end sexual violence wherever it exists.”

Each panel will include discussions, strategic sessions with campus leaders, and workshops for men, with a special conversation between Burke and Blay. The tour will be sponsored by The Root and Lifetime with free admission for the public. Howard University, the Atlanta University Center located at Clark Atlanta University, Alabama State University, North Carolina Central University, and Florida A&M University are among the locations.

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Kodak Black Says We Need To Put Him Among The Greats Like Tupac, Biggie And Nas

Judging by Kodak Black's recent Instagram Live session, where he claimed that he was on the same level as rappers who are often revered as some of the G.O.A.Ts in the game, he's got an unshakeable confidence. It's admirable...

In a video, the Floridian urges people to stop paying attention to what they see on the Internet about him, because what really matters in the work he produces.

"I'm the hardest young... I'm the hardest rapper in the game, I promise," he proclaims. "Like, when you talk 'bout me, you should put me in a category of like 'Pac, B.I.G, Nas, them n***as, you feel me? Like really listen to my sh*t. Don't care about how I act, like, on the 'Gram, you feel me? F**k what the blogs say, ask about me in the skreets, I’m a real one, and I spit that fire."

The embattled MC recently made headlines for comments he made towards Young M.A. and Lil Wayne. He reportedly said that Wayne "should have died when he was a baby," which caught the wrath of the New Orleans legend's daughter, Reginae.

Thoughts on Young Kodak's claim? Watch his comments below and let us know in the comments.


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Is #KodakBlack up there with the 🐐s? #tupac #biggie #nas

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Duane Martin Says Tisha Campbell Is Lying About Domestic Abuse

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Duane Martin is reportedly calling his estranged wife Tisha Campbell a liar who "manufactured" a claim about how he abused her. She was reportedly granted a restraining order against her former husband of over 20 years back in January.

Martin says his ex and her brother “manufactured a false claim of alleged domestic violence against the Co-Debtor which they filed with the police. Even Co-Debtor’s family law attorney would not sign his name on such a claim. The police saw the claim for what it was and did not pursue it.”

Mr. Martin claims that the abuse allegations are not true, and that Tisha is trying to ruin his finances. He also accuses her brother Stanley Campbell of illegally recording private conversations.

"Two weeks ago, Stanley flew to New York. While there, he exerted undue influence, bullying and obtained private financial information of my mother and me," his statement continues. "He then turned over his ill-gotten gains to the Trustee a week ago through emails. Stanley is getting more aggressive and using police databases illegally."

In a statement, Ms. Campbell claims that she was physically, mentally and emotionally abused since she married Duane in 1996. One of the alleged incidents involved her being punched in the chest by her then-husband. "The need [to] press criminal charges for his acts overshadows the embarrassment of making his crimes against me public through this report," she stated.

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