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5 Ways Justin Bieber Can Go From Pop's Boy Wonder To The Man

If by chance you have an unmitigated loathing for all things Justin Bieber so far 2011 has not been your year.  In February alone, the ubiquitous Canadian export—who has already sold over four million records since his 2009 debut My World and headlined a 2010 tour that pulled in a robust $35.6 million—scored a $30 million-grossing film with his sugary G-rated documentary Never Say Never and his second no. 1 pop album Never Say Never: The Remixes (283,000 copies). And when Bieber wasn’t dominating music charts and movie theaters, he was logging serious television time on the CBS crime drama C.S.I. and alongside unintelligible Heavy Metal Godfather Ozzy Osbourne in a genuinely laughable Best Buy ad.

It’s not enough to say that Justin Bieber is having a moment. What the walking 17-year-old multi-million dollar corporation is pulling off is a new age of pop star supremacy. This is an era when online social platforms such as YouTube, FaceBook and Twitter are the new dream factories. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on what side of the fence you are on) the expiration date on teen idols can be as fast as a mere blink. 

Whether or not Bieber will be able to achieve the elusive teen-phenom-turned-successful-adult-star evolution of Michael Jackson, Usher, and Britney Spears is anyone’s guess. But VIBE has gathered advice from New York Magazine scribe Amos Barshad, Entertainment Weekly staff writer Brad Wete and Michael Bivins, founding member of the legendary R&B group New Edition, to provide a blueprint to the teen performer’s impending move to adult pop star. It’s the difference between becoming the next Justin Timberlake or Aaron Carter. Choose wisely, young Bieber.—Keith Murphy

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Buju Banton performs at the Benefit Party after the NY Benefit Premiere of 'The Agronomist' on April 13, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Eells/Getty Images)

Buju Banton Explains Why He Removed Controversial Song "Boom Bye Bye" From Catalog

Reggae icon Buju Banton is urging fans to lead with love by permanently banning the breakout hit "Boom Bye Bye" from his catalog.

News of the move recirculated after his Long Walk To Freedom comeback concert earlier this month when fans noticed the artist didn't perform his 1992 classic. Banton was released from prison earlier this year after serving a seven-year sentence related to drug charges.

The song, which includes a sample of Cobra's "Flex," includes anti-gay lyrics like "Boom bye bye inna batty bwoy head/Rude bwoy nah promote no nasty man, dem haffi dead," which in patios means shooting a gay man in the head. In the past, Banton has pointed out that he was 15-years-old when he wrote the song, which was originally about a pedophile who was caught molesting young boys in Banton's neighborhood in Jamaica.

“In recent days there has been a great deal of press coverage about the song "Boom Bye Bye" from my past which I long ago stopped performing and removed from any platform that I control or have influence over,” Banton told Urban Islandz. Banton hasn't performed the song since 2007 but decided to speak out once again about the track.

“I recognize that the song has caused much pain to listeners, as well as to my fans, my family and myself. After all the adversity we’ve been through I am determined to put this song in the past and continue moving forward as an artist and as a man. I affirm once and for all that everyone has the right to live as they so choose. In the words of the great Dennis Brown, ‘Love and hate can never be friends.’ I welcome everyone to my shows in a spirit of peace and love. Please come join me in that same spirit.”

In the past week, the song has been removed from streaming services like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music. The video, which reached nearly 30 million views on YouTube, was also removed from his account.

Banton's move to mute the song in 2007 was in solidarity with the Reggae Compassionate Act under the Stop Murder Music Campaign. The legislation introduced by the Black Gay Men's Advisory Group was also supported by other reggae icons like Beanie Man, Bounty Killer and Capleton in an effort to bring an end to homophobic lyrics and attacks against the LGBTQ community in Carribean islands. At the time, artists faced backlash for not performing the songs since other tracks like "Boom Bye Bye" became crossover hits.

Jamrock Sound principal Hugh ‘Redman’ James also defended Banton's decision to axe the song from his catalog. "I go to all the rehearsals and he don’t do that song, he don’t rehearse that song,” James said. “That is the song that kinda shoot him a bit, so him bury up that.”

The track may have brought Banton public fanfare in the 90s, but other tracks like "Action," "Wanna Be Loved" and "Untold Stories" have solidified his legacy and growth.

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Rico Nasty attends John Elliott in Front Row at February 2019 - New York Fashion Week: The Shows on February 09, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Yuchen Liao/Getty Images)

Rico Nasty To Release 'Anger Management' LP In April

Rico Nasty allowed much time to go by without new music. Since the release of her debut album Nasty last year, the rapper has released a steady amount of singles and slayed guest spots on tracks with Doja Cat and Amine. Now the 21-year-old is ready to drop another LP perfectly titled, Anger Management. 

On Sunday (March 24), Rico hopped on Instagram Live to share the news. A date hasn't been put in place but she assured that the project will "probably come out in April." Like many of her projects, Rico will team up with producer extraordinaire Kenny Beats. Rico revealed how she wants fans "to really enjoy it" as she will jump into different sounds and styles.

From what Rico disclosed in her Instagram Live, Anger Management will feature guest spots from Earthgang and "Intro part 2" rapper Splurge.

The "Countin' Up'" artist has always been unique in her style and comfortable in her own skin. Nasty, which was featured on our EOY lists last year, showed how successful Rico is at mixing trap and pop. Seems like fans can expect the same magic this time around.

Rico was most recently at SXSW and will perform at Coachella in April.

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NEW COLLAB PROJECT WITH @kennybeats (THE WHITE MAN) Called ANGER MANAGEMENT Coming Soon COMMENT an ANGRY EMOJI IF YOU ARE READY TO RELIEVE SOME STRESS 👺👹😡🤬

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Twitter Users Make #SurvivingCardiB Trend After Claims Of Drugging And Robbing Men

What started out as Cardi B addressing critics who believe she doesn't deserve the accolades she's received swiftly turned into a controversial revelation. The "Money" rapper went on Instagram Live to address the detractors but caused a stir for reportedly stating that she used to drug and rob men.

"Ni**as must've forgot, my ni**a, the sh*t that I did to motherf*cking survive. I had to go strip. I had to go, ‘Oh yeah, you wanna f**k me?' Yeah yeah yeah, let’s go back to this hotel," Cardi said. "And I drugged ni**as up and I robbed them. That’s what I used to do. Nothing was motherf**king handed to me, my ni**a. Nothing!”

Rapper #CardiB admits to using sex to DRUG men and ROB them of their money. pic.twitter.com/vIYYP1fMfr

— 24/7 HipHop News (@BenjaminEnfield) March 25, 2019

The mother-of-one's revelation spawned more criticism and resulted in the hashtag #SurvivingCardiB. A few Twitter users claimed that the Bronx native should be regarded in the same light as Bill Cosby and R. Kelly due to her admission, while others even called for the "Bodak Yellow" rapper to be removed from Hustlers, an upcoming film with Jennifer Lopez.

I’m sorry @JLo but if @iamcardib is in your new movie than I will NOT be watching! She admitted to drugging men and robbing them, if you are okay with that than you are part of the problem! #MeToo #SurvivingCardiB https://t.co/eRFQTqEHkX

— CoreyDLikeMe (@GodAmongYouAz1) March 26, 2019

I’m done with my @iamcardib commentary. I’ve been saying this since she came out she represents the worst in popular culture is a horrible example for girls and women and should not be put up on a pedestal. #survivingCardiB

— Kwesi 🇬🇭 (@thejollofking) March 26, 2019

@iamcardib this isn’t about ruining your career. This is about holding you accountable for your actions. You started this, we need to end it. The artist and the art can no longer be separate. #survivingCardi #TimesUp https://t.co/ja5ywWJgpW

— ceara (@cearablue) March 26, 2019

The 26-year-old artist has yet to specifically address the situation, but her recent tweets seemingly speak to the incident in question.

 

When they try to cancel me on Twitter and instagram 🤪🤪🤪😊😊😊😊😊😊 pic.twitter.com/a19gI006Xk

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) March 24, 2019

IM THAT BITCH THEY LOVE TO HATE,IM THAT BITCH THEY HATE TO LOVE ❤️ 😝and I love it 😍🥰🥰

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) March 26, 2019

I never claim to be a angel I always been a street bitch Ya be glorifying this street rappers that talk and do that grimmey street shit but they can’t stand a street bitch!

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) March 24, 2019

Don’t come harrasing me on my page and when I reply back ya get upset .GTFOH! If you not BARDIGANG then why the fuck you here ?

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) March 24, 2019

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