Yung Berg Speaks On His Jim Jones Cosign, Lil Kim Face Jobs & Auto-Tune (Pg. 2)

Are there any other big projects you’ve been working on?

Well, Jim Jones was one of those real dudes that came to me and said he seen and understood what I been through. He knew I wasn’t a street guy and was cool with that. Jim is a like a big brother and offered to step in and vouch for me in certain situations. He knew I needed a few key people in my corner, so we just became cool and came together for a few projects. Jim and Dipset are like legends to me, so I was actually a little overwhelmed at first, but this is just another way for me to grow.

Does that mean you’re signed to Byrd Gang or Dipset?

Even when I was signed to Epic Records, it was under my own imprint. But actually Jim Jones executive produced my next album, and I produced his next single called “I’m About My Business.” I also hopped another record from that project.

How did you get Lil B and Too Short on a record?

I reached out to Lil B before he really blew up because I always respected his hustle. He’s dropping so much content online and building up a fanbase all by himself. And he actually already had the song with Too Short on there, so I knew we had to make it happen for the ladies. Plus it was an honor to get anything with Too Short.

I noticed you threw a little jab at Lil Kim on that sing. Were you going at her?

Nah, it’s not that. I don’t censor none of my lyrics—it’s all about how I’m feeling at the moment. I said “Lil Kim Pimpin’/ I might pay you for a face job/ All Black everything don’t make me pull the race card,” but I thought that was just a clever little line. It was what was on my mind at that moment, but I love Lil Kim. She might pay me for a facejob [laughs]

You haven’t dropped the Auto-Tune element of your music. Do you feel like the trend is dying out?

I still love Auto-Tune—it really changed my life. With it, I can create the melodies that I want and improve my music because I know I’m not the best singer in the world. Me and melody go hand in hand. Yall know “Sexy Can I” did four million for me.

A lot of people may not also know that you produce most of your own records and for a number of big artists as you said before.

I’ve co-produced every record I did in my life, and I know what works for me. It’s not about just doing what’s hot at the moment. I know what my lane is—look I’m strictly here to make music for your girlfriend and the guys that needs this music to inspire the mood for his woman. I love all my female fans and appreciate that they are my core fanbase.

Why do you think the media is constantly throwing dirt on your name?

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Thanks to Us, Jordan Peele has another blockbuster on his hands. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the highly-anticipated horror flick starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex, is expected to have a $64 million opening weekend at the domestic box office.

Peele’s sophomore horror film earned an impressive $7.4 million on Thursday (March 21) night previews, and is forecasted to take in about $27 million from Friday sales. The film is also on pace to knock Captain Marvel out of the No. 1 spot at the box office.

Once final numbers are tallied, Us will likely snatch the third-best opening weekend record for an R-rated horror film behind It, which brought in a whopping $123.4 million, followed by Halloween’s $76.2 million opening weekend last year.

Aside from rave reviews and a genius promo run that included simultaneous screenings in major media markets, Us earned a 95 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film, set in the mid-1980s centers around a family of four who set off on a vacation that finds them confronting some familiar faces.

Peele recently spoke to VIBE about casting Duke (our April 2019 cover star) in the role of patriarch, Gabe Wilson. “I have to have somebody voice what the audience was saying,” he said. “In the case of Get Out, it’s Rod, like, ‘How have you not left yet?’ [In Us], Winston is largely that voice. There’s one moment where Lupita [Nyong’o] takes a step into the unknown, where black people [will think], ‘I don’t know.’ But to have Winston say, ‘Aaaand she left. Your mother just walked out of the car.’ That’s all we need.”

Duke also opened up about the intricacies of his character. “His function isn’t to see through the veil. His function is to tell the absolute truth how he sees it,” explained the 32-year-old actor. “He’s sometimes there to say the things that other people don’t want to say, but he’s also there to make fun of things to keep it from not getting too heavy, even though it’s real. That was my job. [Peele] respected that. I like to lean into functions. If I’m going to be your antagonist, I’m gonna really push you. If I’m gonna be your clown, funny guy, I’m gonna do that.”

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Cardi B Explains Why She Wants To Trademark “Okurrr”

Cardi B hopes to secure as many “bags” as possible. In response to backlash and burning questions surrounding her decision to file to trademark “okurrr,” the 26-year-old rapper took to social media Friday (March 22) to defend her latest money move.

Since people tend to ask Bardi to use what has become her signature catch phrase, she figured that it was time to cash in. “You think I ain’t gonna’ profit off this sh*t? B*tch white folks do it all the motherf**king time,” she said. “So you gon’ be mad at me ‘cuz I want to get some motherf**king money?

“While I’m still hear I’ma secure all the fucking bags,” Cardi continued before adding that there are a “lot of ways to get rich” in 2019.

The Bronx native caught heat for wanting to trademark the word because she wasn’t the first to say “okurrr.” Cardi already revealed that she started using it after she heard Khloe Kardashian saying it, but the word was originally popularized in drag culture -- most notably by Rupaul’s Drage Race contestant Laganja Estranja, in 2014.

However, Rupaul attributed the word to Broadway actress, Laura Bell Bundy, who used it in YouTube skits dating back to 2010. In the skits, Bundy pretends to be a hairdresser named “Shocantelle Brown.”

Although Bundy caught criticism for her little character, which was deemed racist, she typically gets credit for bringing “okrrr” (different spelling) to the internet a full decade before Cardi made it mainstream.

No matter the origin, it looks like Cardi will be the only one profiting off of “okurrr.”


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West sued EMI in an effort to “gain freedom” from his contract, and to own his publishing. In the lawsuit, ‘Ye argued that his contract ended in 2010 under California law, which bars entertainers from being tethered to an agreement for more than seven years. The multi-Grammy winner, who signed the deal back in 2003, also accused the company of slavery because the contract doesn’t allow him to retire.

“Even if the contract were not lopsided in EMI’s favor (it is), even if its terms valued Mr. West’s artistic contributions in line with the spectacular success he has achieved for EMI (they do not), and even if EMI had not underpaid Mr. West what it owes him (EMI has), he would be entitled to be set free from its bonds,” the lawsuit reads.

EMI hit back with a countersuit filed in New York, instead of California. The suit pointed out that the 41-year-old rapper signed multiple contract extensions, in addition to accepting millions in advances.

According to The Blast, West and EMI now feel that putting a hold on the legal proceedings will be beneficial to both sides “and the Court by enabling the parties to engage in meaningful discussions in an attempt to resolve this action without having to incur the burden and expense of litigation and motion practice.”

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