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Job Hunt: J. Cole x Miguel Apply For Hip-Hop/R&B's 2011 Top Spots [Feature Story]

Looking for the next artists to shake up hip-hop and R&B in 2011? We weighted the candidates and found J. Cole and Miguel at the top of the pile. Here’s how their applications checked out —Tracy Garraud and John Kennedy

Name: Jermaine Lamarr Cole l Hometown: Fayetteville, NC l Sex: M l Birthdate: January 28, 1985 l Former Alias: Therapist l Education: St. John’s University, Communications, May 2007

ο Position Desired: (Executive Vice) Greatest Rapper Of All-Time (“The guy coming for the president’s spot. I’m applying early!”)

ο Employment History:

  • Skating Rink (“It was the best. Mad girls”)
  • Campus I.T. (“Really just restarting computers when teachers didn’t know what to do, [laughs]”)
  • Bill Collector (“I can’t believe I used to do that shit”)

ο Portfolio: Jay-Z’s “A Star Is Born”; “Who Dat”; Miguel’s “All I Want Is You”; Friday Night Lights (Mixtape)


ο How have your past jobs prepared you for this position?

They taught me patience. My faith is strong—I would sit through those terrible jobs just to live in New York to keep following my dreams.

ο What motivates you?

The spirit of competition. If there was nobody good in the rap game, I’d be bored and probably wouldn’t work as hard as I do right now. When people say I’m this type of artist or I’ll never be this—I love that.

ο Is there anything on your record you’d like to clear up?

There’s a rumor going around that I got booed at St. John’s [University]. That’s an urban legend. The exact opposite was the case. My freshman year I did a talent show and murdered it, had all the St. John’s relevant lines. Everybody showed love. I almost get mad when people [mention it], because I’m like, “Yo, you fucking up my legacy!”

ο How would a close friend describe you?

I’m loyal. If it was up to me, I’d have all of my closest friends in business with me, and that’s what I’m slowly doing. I’m also moody—never an asshole, but I’m distant because I’m in my own thoughts. But the next minute, I’m mad hyped and goofy.

ο Last book you’ve read?

I just finished re-reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X. It’s funny, I saw the quote: “No one man should have that much power.” One of the chiefs of police said [it about Malcolm]—I didn’t know that’s where that Kanye line from “Power” came from.

ο Why is 2011 your year?

Because 2009 was getting my foot in the door, 2010 was both feet in the door—learning, getting my balance. [Now] I know all the things I need to take over. Not just for 2011, this whole next decade is my shit if I play my cards right. I really got inspired by Jay-Z [and] Eminem—I’m trying to be selling out stadiums.



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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.”

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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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