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The Outtakes: VIBE's Usher Cover Story

You haven't heard everything from Usher just yet. Check out outtakes from VIBE's Oct/Nov cover story.

On Rumors Of Him Firing His Momager Jonetta Patton
"I never fired my mother. My mother actually decided that she could not work for me. We had differences of opinion and I thought it was actually a good thing for us to be at a place where she could be supportive in the way that I needed her to as a mother for me. If I need her help I could always ask for it. But in terms of us having business together I began to take on more responsibility for my career. I don’t think that anybody made a definite decision 'til we came to a place where it was like, you know what, it may be time for me to take on a little bit more responsibility and she was like, 'I’ll do whatever I gotta do to be supportive because we built this together and I want to make sure that you don’t tarnish the brand. I can’t continue to work.' I said, 'Okay I understand.'"

On Tameka Keeping His Last Name
"I don’t see anything wrong with it. My mother built an entire company off of her ex-husband’s name. Her original name was Jonetta O’Neal. You don’t know her as Jonetta O’Neal. You know her as Jonetta Patton. Perry Reid, you don’t know Perry Reid for anything other than Perry Reid. For other things… but my point is her name. I don’t have any issue with [Tameka] still having my last name. It makes it easier for business, I think. She went through a lot for that last name. She gets beat up all the time for it. She should be able to have it if she wants it. She has the paper that made it so."

On Whether He’ll Ever Cringe Listening To “Papers”
"Nope. Whether I fully wrote something or not, I don’t cringe listening to it because I either have embodied it or I’m actually using myself as a vessel to speak about it. I think that song helps people. It’s a good record. Maybe that guy just needed that little push to say you need to go ahead and make a decision or look at it from a positive aspect, 'Man I never wanna be in that situation.' So take your ass home and make sure you do right by your husband and do right by your wife and then you won’t have to sign papers."

On Tameka’s Issues With Media Attention
"I don’t think that Tameka was understanding of how heavily judgmental people are and being with a celebrity you have to be accepting of that. I don’t think that she understood that. I think that made our relationship extremely difficult. I think that was the hardest part of our relationship. I spent a lifetime of people having opinions of it. It never stopped me. It made me better."

On Whether He Has Commitment Issues
"I’m a relationship guy. I love being in relationships. I love to have a relationship. It’s what I’m accustomed to, having been raised by my mother, built a career with my mother. I’ve always had a partner so naturally to evolve in life and relationships when I begin to become passionate and want to have a relationship with a woman, I wanna make sure that I have something that I can really rely on, someone I can come home to at the end of the night and I know that she’s not gon' be judgmental about whatever, infidelity or not, none of that, because men and women have issues, man. Men ain’t the only ones who cheat."

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Rest In 'Power': Crew Member For 50 Cent's Show Killed On Set

50 Cent offered his condolences to the loved ones of Pedro Jimenez, a crew member who was killed on the set of his hit STARZ show, Power, earlier this morning. (Monday, Dec. 10).

"I just learned we lost Pedro Jimenez, a member of the Power production team early this morning," wrote the media mogul in an Instagram post, which accompanied a black screen. "My prayers and condolences are with the entire Jimenez family."

According to TMZ, "Pedro Jimenez was setting up parking cones for a location shoot in Brooklyn around 4:20 AM when he was struck by a 2006 Ford Explorer. Police responded and Pedro was transported to a Brooklyn Hospital, where he was pronounced dead."

Jimenez was just 63 years old, and had reportedly worked on the series since its debut in 2014. Reports state that investigators have spoken with the 64-year-old driver of the vehicle that struck Mr. Jimenez, who is also a crew member on the show. No arrests have been made.


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I just learned we lost Pedro Jimenez, a member of the Power production team early this morning. My prayers and condolences are with the entire Jimenez family.

A post shared by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Dec 10, 2018 at 9:29am PST

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Nicki Minaj Comments On Reports That Boyfriend Is Convicted Sex Offender

According to multiple reports, Nicki Minaj’s new arm candy has a very muddy past and a controversial label attached to him.

Per TMZ, Kenneth Petty is reportedly a registered sex offender, whose rap sheet “includes convictions for manslaughter and attempted rape.”

TMZ writes that Petty, 40, “was convicted of first-degree attempted rape in April 1995.” Prosecutors state that he used a sharp object when he tried to force the young woman to have sex with him, and he served almost four years in New York state prison.

The Queen rapper confirmed the allegations, responding to a comment on Instagram stating that he was 15 and in a relationship with the reported victim. Her comments have since been turned off.

“Go awf, internet,” she wrote. “Y’all can't run my life. Y'all can't even run y'all own life. Thank you boo."

“Years after getting out of the pen, Petty was convicted of first-degree manslaughter, and served another 7 years for shooting a man. He was released in 2013,” the site continues.

Earlier this year, Minaj worked with embattled musician Tekashi 6ix9ine, who will reportedly be re-sentenced in a child sexual misconduct case. Her older brother Jelani Maraj was also found guilty of predatory sexual assault in late-2017.


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Did you ever make it out of that town where nothing ever happens?... it’s no secret... that the both of us... are running out of time...🎀🎈🥳♥️

A post shared by Barbie® (@nickiminaj) on Dec 9, 2018 at 4:46pm PST


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Did you ever make it out of that town where nothing ever happens?... it’s no secret... that the both of us... are running out of time...🎀🎈🥳♥️

A post shared by Barbie® (@nickiminaj) on Dec 9, 2018 at 4:46pm PST

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Meek Mill garnered his first top 10 hit this week.
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Meek Mill's "Going Bad" Earns Him His First Billboard Top 10 Song

Meek Mill just scored his first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. His track “Going Bad” featuring former nemesis Drake, which can be found on the Philly native’s recent album Championships, entered the coveted chart at No. 6.

The song, which was produced by Westen Weiss and Wheezy, is not only Meek’s first top 10 single, but Drake’s 33rd top 10 single in his career.

Last week, Meek stopped by Funk Flex’s Hot 97 radio show to discuss the newly-repaired relationship with the OVO boy, which went sour over ghostwriting claims by Meek in 2015.

"We apologized to each other… ‘I apologize my ni**a,'" Meek told Flex about his conversation with Drizzy. After the ghostwriting claims sent via Twitter made the rounds, diss tracks were sent back and forth between the collaborators. Drake’s shots fired were heard on the song “Back To Back,” which inspired memes galore and also gained Drake a Grammy nomination.

"That’s just the new wave [apologies],” Meek continued on Funk Flex’s show. “We gotta piece it up, but still keep everything treacherous, it’s the rap game. But you know, bring a little love and good energy into the building."

Championships is expected to top this week’s Billboard 200 Albums Chart, however, a discrepancy has held up this week’s charts. No further explanation into the discrepancy has been detailed.

"Going Bad" is @MeekMill's first and @Drake's 33rd top 10 single on the Hot 100.

— chart data (@chartdata) December 10, 2018

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