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2. Because Jay Elec Has Lit A Lyrical Fire Under Shawn Carter

“In the land before time, a land before altar boys synagogues and shrines, man was in his prime/Look how far I go in time just to start a rhyme,” mused Jay Electronica over the sparse, Pete Rock sampled “Shiny Suit Theory.” The November 15 leaked song, which featured Roc Nation boss Jay-Z and R&B singer-songwriter The Dream, managed to capture the imagination of even the most jaded of music critics, a worthy opening shot from Roc Nation’s newest recruit. But while many observers lauded the lyrical brilliance of Electronica, it was a seemingly rejuvenated Jay Hova that garnered much of the glowing reaction.

“In this manila envelope, the results of my insanity, Quack said I crossed the line between real life and fantasy/Can’t it be the same?/ Went on covers with Warren Buffett, was ducking the undercovers, was warring with motherfuckers,” an inspired Jay-Z deftly dissected the complexities of his peerless fame. For the larger-than-life MC, who often times was overshadowed lyrically this year by little brother Kanye West on the leaked Good Friday tracks “Power Remix,” “So Appalled,” “The Joy,” and “Monster,” it was a welcomed return-to-form.

“I loved it,” says Dombal of Jigga’s strong showing. “I’m always psyched when Jay-Z comes out with an amazing verse. You get the same feeling of hearing him rhyme on Hot 97 in the ‘90s on Funk Flex’s show. I’m sure [Electronica] inspired him to do that verse, which to me is awesome.”

Concepcion believes there’s an underlining reason why “Shiny Suit Theory” has resonated so strongly with longtime Jay-Z fans. “That’s what hip-hop is about…friendly competition,” she explains. “If Jay Electronica is making a great artist like Jay-Z step his game up, I’m all for it.”

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Schoolboy Q Drops New Album 'CrasH Talk'

Schoolboy Q's new album, CrasH Talk is here. The rapper's fifth studio album arrived on Friday (April 26).

The album is comprised of 14 tracks and features special appearances from Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, 21 Savage, YG, Kid Cudi, Lil Baby, and 6lack. It includes the pre-released track, "CrasH."

According to Q, this wasn't the first version of his album. He actually canned two albums because "they were trash." At the time, he said he was going through a lot of lows in his life. "I'd be in the house smoking weed, just waiting to go to the studio every day," Q told GQ. "That's not a good life. That brings on depression."

It was his fellow TDE members Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock that inspired him to keep working on the album. And the rest is history. CrasH Talk follows 2016's Blank Face. Stream the new project below.

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Wendy Williams Reportedly Hires New Manager After Firing Estranged Husband

Wendy Williams hired a new team members after splitting from her estranged husband, Kevin Hunter, earlier in the month and firing him as her manager.

Veteran producer Bernie Young has signed on as Williams’ manager and executive producer of The Wendy Williams Show, Page Six reports. Young replaces Williams’ estranged husband who was reportedly booted as executive producer of the show after she served him with divorce papers.

Young worked as co-executive producer of the Rosie O’Donnell Show from 1996 until 2002, and Martha Stewarts’s talk show, Martha, from 2005 until 2012.

Williams split from Hunter amid rumors that he had been cheating on her for several years with a woman named, Sharina Hudson. Hunter and Hudson allegedly welcomed a child together late last month. Williams supposedly gave Hunter only 48 hours to move out, and cut off his funds.

Following news of the split, Hunter released a statement apologizing to Williams. “I am not proud of my recent actions and take full accountability and apologize to my wife, my family and her amazing fans,” he said. “I am going through a time of self-reflection and am trying to right some wrongs.”

Aside from a few jokes and flirty comments, Williams hasn’t said much about the split from Hunter. The 54-year-old daytime talk show host, who has battled drug addiction, announced that she was moving out of the sober house that she had been living in following a reported relapse.


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California Approves Bill Banning Racial Discrimination Based On Hairstyles

California is set to become the latest state to ban racial discrimination based on hairstyles. Senate Bill 188, also known as The Crown Act, was introduced by state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) in January and unanimously approved in a 37-0 vote Monday (April 22).

The bill outlines the proximity between race and hair and how the history of the U.S. has been “riddled with laws and societal norms” that equate  “blackness’” which includes physical traits such as “dark skin, kinky and curly hair” with inferiority, and therefore subjecting black people to “separate and unequal treatment.”

“This idea also permeated societal understanding of professionalism,” Morgan states in the bill. “Professionalism was, and still is, closely linked to European features and mannerisms, which entails that those who do not naturally fall into Eurocentric norms must alter their appearances, sometimes drastically and permanently, in order to be deemed professional.

“Despite the great strides American society and laws have made to reverse the racist ideology that Black traits are inferior, hair remains a rampant source of racial discrimination with serious economic and health consequences, especially for Black individuals,” Morgan continues.

Furthermore, dress codes and grooming policies prohibiting “natural hair” have a “disparate impact on Black individuals as these policies are more likely to deter Black applicants and burden or punish Black employees than any other group.”

The 1964 Civil Rights Act banning racial discrimination extends to afros as well, but doesn’t include other hairstyles. As pointed out in SB 188, “courts do not understand that afros are not the only natural presentation of Black hair. Black hair can also be naturally presented in braids, twists, and locks.”

Although the bill has yet to be signed into law, the state isn't alone in making moves to end the racist bias against natural hair. In February, New York City passed a similar bill in February imposing a $250,000 penalty for hair discrimination.

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