Tour Stories: DJ Rampage Talks Lauryn's Comeback & Barbie Cosign [Pg. 3]

Honestly, did all the rumors circulating about her give you any kind of preconceived notions?

You hear all kinds of rumors but I never had any kind of bad experiences with her. I definitely don’t think she’s crazy or whatever people say. She’s definitely been through some things but she’s human. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the media blows things up, right? [laughs] Especially, when people reach a certain level of success! I’ve been working with her for about a year now and I can’t say anything like that.

Did you get a sense of her wanting to come back to create new music?

The vibe that I get from her is that she still has music that she wants to record. I’m certainly waiting for it myself. I think it will come with progression, whether it’s more shows, building up confidence, trusting the people around you or whatever it is. I’ve heard of some things possibly happening. You see, veryone in the band has their own relationship with her individually, so I can only speak on my relationship. I’ve heard her mention that she was going to come back and put some records out.

Have you heard any new songs?

I’ve heard like a rough draft or a track, but nothing further. As a fan, I’m waiting for new music, too.

At any time, Did Ms. Hill express interest in any artists or wanting to collaborate with anyone?

There are moments when we’re taking a break from practicing and just talking about things, and I remember this one time she mentioned hearing Nicki on the radio. I believe the track was “Roger That,” and she started reciting some of Nicki’s lyrics and her adlibs. It was obivous to me she was feeling her stuff.

Did she ever ask to perform new material?

Not really, the majority of the stuff is from The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and some Bob Marley covers. But all the instrumentation is different when we perform the songs on tour. I know there’s people that are against and some are for it.

Right, but I think people just wanted to enjoy the songs the way they remember them.

I know people are asking why she’s changing the songs. The album’s been out for a long time, and I just feel like she’s an artist who is about evolving. Of course in the beginning, I was also fiending for her to play the songs the original way.

Do you think she’s concious of the negative reviews that she’s received?

I can’t speak on that because she had never expressed it to us. I think she picked up little flaws we had early on. From the day I started working with her until now, there’s definitely been a lot of progression musically vocally and everything. You have to understand, it was a group of new people forming a bond.

I think a lot of folks weren’t aware of that. Which show do you think will stay with you forever?

Chile was pretty amazing. Everyone was fully into the performance. Despite any reviews you’ve read, I’m on stage and everything is always popping. Our New York Rock The Bells stop when Chris Rock, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Switch Beatz, Alicia, Mary J. Blige, Jerry Wonder and everybody else came onstage with us is a moment I'll never forget. I wasn’t in awe, but I knew it was a big moment.


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Dionne Warwick is clarifying her comments about why she doesn't think Beyonce is an icon, yet.  The 78-year-old music legend called out Essence magazine after the Bey-related snippet from her interview with the publication went viral  Thursday (May 23).

“It takes a long time to reach and achieve iconic status,” Warwick clarified. “That’s not to say that Beyoncé isn’t well on her way. She is a gifted performer. That was a reach from Essence.”

What I said is in quotes. What @Essence said is not. It takes a long time to reach and achieve iconic status. That’s not to say that Beyoncé isn’t well on her way. She is a gifted performer. That was a reach from Essence. pic.twitter.com/nWlZcrgdqg

— Dionne Warwick (@_DionneWarwick) May 23, 2019

In the interview, Warwick proclaimed that there are no new music icons, and that Beyonce has yet to reach the coveted status.

“I don’t know if 10 years from now, if anybody can sing the songs of our babies [artists] today, and that’s not as you guys say ‘throwing shade.’ That’s looking at it with reality,” said Warwick.

The “Walk on By” singer explained that recording artists with at least 20 years in music have to survive a few more decades before they can be considered iconic, Beyonce included.

“Watching her grow has been quite refreshing,” Warwick added. “It’s wonderful to see how she’s been able to create what and who she wanted to be and who she is…very proud of that, I really am. Now, sustaining and becoming a big icon that Gladys Knight, or Patti LaBelle, or Johnny Mathis, or Frank Sinatra, or Sammy Davis Jr. is? I doubt that, I really do. And I love her to death and can appreciate her talent. But that iconic status that I just mentioned, those four names? [She has] a long read [ahead].”

Although Warwick is a fan of Queen Bey and other “youngsters” in the industry, she thinks that today’s popular artists have a “long way to go” before their music can be considered classic.”

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YG To Give Percentage Of Album Sales To Nipsey Hussle's Kids

YG is gearing up for the release of his new studio album, 4REAL 4REAL. Ahead of the album's Friday release, YG stopped by Big Boy's Neighborhood on Wednesday (May 23), where he discussed his friendship with Nipsey Hussle. He also revealed his plans to donate a percentage of his album sales to Nip's two children.

YG revealed his thoughtful plan when he was asked about the epitaph that is included on the album's cover art.  "I put that 'In Loving Memory of Nip' on the album because I'm giving his kids a percentage of every song on the album. So by the time they hit 18, from me, they gonna have a bag," YG explained. He also noted that he is considering making donations to the family for the next six albums.

Nipsey and YG have been friends since 2010. "I think we did some music the same day," YG said of their first encounter. "After that, we just kept running across each other on some L.A. shit. From that, it just started to build... He ended up being like a big brother to me," YG says. "The brand shit was the thing we talked about all the time, building a brand that's gonna [outlast] you."

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Young Thug, J. Cole, and Travis Scott connected on their new song, "The London."

The song was initially teased during Rolling Loud Miami this month. Attendees reportedly spotted flyers that hinted at the mysterious project. The flyers promised a "summer anthem" titled "The London."

T-Minus, who produced Cole's "MIDDLE CHILD," also produced the latest track. The new track may be from Thugger's next project, GØŁDMØÜFDÖG, which will reportedly be produced by Cole.

In addition to the album, Thug is also preparing for an indoor live event concept, titled "Family Business," which will take place in Dallas, Texas, on Aug. 31.

Listen to "The London" in the video above.


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