10 Quotables From Kanye West's Hot 97 Interview (Nude Pics, Amber Rose & Taylor Swift)

During a lengthy interview with Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97 last night (Nov. 2), Kanye West, a little tipsy from sipping on some Chardonnay, went in on a variety of topics, including his upcoming album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, his relationship with Amber Rose, his G.O.O.D. Friday releases and his collabo project with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne. Our favorite quotes below.

On his nude pics leaking
“Have you heard the first line of ‘Runaway’? [I sent this girl a picture of my dick] I only rap reality. I went to the Internet... They had the link, I went to it… Man, you cannot imagine how disappointed I was that I got cut off.”

On being misunderstood
“The media is scared, they scared of me. They scared of a Black man with this taste level but this connection with Pusha, Jeezy, Ross… So what they do in order to take that power away, they try to turn me into a demon and it’s happened so many times throughout history. They knocked the nose off the Sphinx. They tried to tell you aliens built the pyramids… People need to understand, I’m not above the people—I’m of the people. I love the people.”

On his album artwork being banned

"It was disappointing to me because... I was chilling with my ex-fiance about three months ago—Alexis, because we’re still good friends—and she was like, ‘You’re very ‘70s right now, just your whole vibe, when the artistry was on that level’... It's a level of purity that I feel like has been tainted. For my kids, if it's proper art I would definitely allow them to see that. I was in fourth grade painting nude women.”

On how amazingly he raps
“Let me please express how amazingly I rap at this point.”

On the trend of “hashtag rap”
“We develop and change rap styles altogether. Look at the hashtag rap. That’s what we call it when we take the ‘like’ or ‘as’ out of a metaphor. ‘Flex sweater red. Fire truck.' Everybody raps like that… I still like that style but this album we not even doing similes with 'like' or 'as.' It's just a series of statements. We on some real, push the culture forward."

On Amber Rose and “Runaway”
“She definitely was an inspiration for me... You have to realize in my situation with the ups and downs that I’ve been through, the losses, the ups, just everything, sometimes you make decisions like, 'I’ma just do this one right here. I’m try this one.' It’s proper rock star shit! Sometimes people get married in a week.”

On Watch The Throne album with Jay-Z
“You got different types of kings. I’m like Braveheart. I’m the type of king that… a warrior king.”

On Taylor Swift
“The situation is bigger to me than the Bush moment. It’s bigger than a lot of things… So few Black men make it that far and that’s why I said there were so many fans of mine that were upset.”

On his verse on “Power” remix
“Kobe was helping me write the ‘Power’ remix verse ’cause he knows about power… He said, ‘I planned 2 win. I didn't want 2 win Game 6.’”

On Jim Jones' and Cam’ron's “Runaway” diss track
“I haven’t heard it because I don’t want to be distracted by that. Like I said to Jim when I saw him [before they dropped the track], I really love his music. You don’t understand how much I love Dipset. Dipset is so necessary. It’s kinda like when Jay-Z did 'Death of Autotune,' that was a necessary moment. There’s people that don’t agree with anything that I’m doing. But I agree with it, so I’ma keep doing it.”

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Is Expected To Make $64 Million Opening Weekend

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.”

Click here to read VIBE’s April 2019 cover story.

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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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Kanye West, EMI Working Towards Private Settlement

Kanye West and EMI could be close to settling their legal drama. Each party filed documents requesting a stay of the case to “explore the potential for a resolution,” The Blast reports.

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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