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From Co-sign to His Own Shine: How Big Sean Finally Became Famous

A co-sign from a big artist does not a career make (remember Quan, Nas’ protégé? Yeah, we thought not.) Big Sean learned that perseverance, preparedness and persistence are the key to success in the rap game and here he gives us the real story of how he became “Finally Famous.”

The thing about me is I was being as productive as I could be without a co-sign. You know like even when I was out in Detroit before I even met Kanye I was going out to the radio station every Friday partaking in a show where MCs would battle each other and whoever wins would get to rap on air for a few minutes I did that every week for a year. Like some weeks I wouldn’t do it but most weeks I would do it, it was called the Friday Night Cipher. I was recording music and selling it around high school I was on my grind man….

It’s not like I just ran up on him at a radio station and rapped for him. I put in a year of work at that radio station for free. I fucking was selling CDs and getting good at my craft and that built me up for that moment. People be like “you lucky that you had a chance to rap for Kanye, if I had a chance to rap for Kanye I’d be signed too.” But it’s like nigga, I’ve seen a hundred people rap for him and none of them got signed. If you wanna call me “lucky” nigga, that’s not luck. If luck is when preparation meets opportunity then I was lucky.  I was prepared for it. My shit wasn’t all that good but I was prepared for it. I progressed after I signed to him. I feel like  I’m just now comfortable enough to put out an album with myself as an artist I feel like I’ve come into my own.

A lot of my shit was just God planned out. From rappin’ for Kanye to rappin’ in a BET cipher, all of those moments are like jab, jab, jab, jab, jab and I’m setting it up for the knockout. I think people get the wrong perception of things. That’s my whole movement, “finally famous.” Famous is when you’re recognized for doing something great,  put “finally”  in front of it because it represents what people work so hard for and we worked hard as hell man. So I don’t take that lightly at all.  Whatever you do man you need to stay  productive at it and however you can be seen doing it do it.

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Producer J. White Defends Iggy Azalea Amidst 'Copied Beat' Claims

The Internet has been comparing the beat of Iggy Azalea’s latest song “Sally Walker” to that of another female rapper's hit- Cardi B’s “Money.” J. White Did It, who is famous for producing hits for both MCs including the aforementioned tracks, chimed in on the endless comparisons. “Iggy Azalea really went in studio and said to producers, 'You heard that Cardi record Money yea make me one too,'" one Twitter user wrote, to which the producer commented, “Actually that’s false.” Many sided with the Grammy-nominated producer, adding that the beat wasn’t stolen considering J. White made both of the songs. “My heart hurts that y’all people are so idiot [sic],” another wrote. “SAME PRODUCER. SAME PRODUCER CANT STEAL HIS OWN BEAT. Y’all people are dumb or what?” Azalea congratulated Cardi on her Grammy Award win for Best Rap Album back in February, writing “Super happy to see a female rapper win a Grammy, you dominated 2018 girl & @JWhiteDidIT congratulations to you too!” There certainly isn’t any beef between the two, so let’s not start any. “Sally Walker” has been getting favorable reviews since its release last week (Mar. 14). Its funeral-style video has over 20 million views as of press time. Take a look and listen below.

Actually that’s false https://t.co/KoK7RxeJht

— JWhiteDIDIT (@JWhiteDidIT) March 17, 2019

Right!! https://t.co/lvgeYNQ4Rw

— JWhiteDIDIT (@JWhiteDidIT) March 17, 2019

My heart hurts that y’all people are so idiot. SAME PRODUCER. SAME PRODUCER CANT STEAL HIS OWN BEAT. Y’all people are dumb or what? Now stop complaining but go stream Sally Walker. @IGGYAZALEA @JWhiteDidIT pic.twitter.com/icwktxQXjo

— .⚰️ (@NoMiddleBitch) March 20, 2019

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Maxine Waters Comments On College Admissions Scandal

In light of the recent college admissions scandal where affluent families were caught administering bribes for their children to get into specific colleges, Maxine Waters shared her opinion on this example of wealth and privilege.

“I am heartbroken and disgusted by the lying and cheating of the ultra-rich parents," Waters said. "And their allies who orchestrated an egregious college admissions scheme and robbed highly qualified students of the opportunity to attend elite universities."

The U.S. representative went on to celebrate the investigation that led to the discovery of more than $25 million dollars between 2011 to 2018 paid to William Rick Singer, a college admissions counselor who reportedly misrepresented students by forging standardized tests and a student's athletic abilities.

"I applaud the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, federal prosecutors, and the nearly 200 federal agents nationwide who exposed the lies and toxic privilege leveraged by wealthy elites to buy their children admittance into selective colleges," Waters continued.

The California rep went on to offer her support to minority students who experience discrimination during their application process. The 80-year-old congresswoman promised to one day make education accessible for all.

“There should be no toll or tax on one’s path to success besides hard work. I stand with students across this country—particularly those from minority, low-income, and rural communities—who have been unfairly denied admission to elite universities as well as the students who have filed a class action lawsuit against the schools named by federal prosecutors. I will not stop until we have an education system that is accessible, affordable, and equitable for all—not some.”

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Logic Announces 'Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind' Album, Debuts New Song

Logic has been keeping himself busy since his last two projects, YSIV, and Bobby Tarantino II dropped in 2018. Now after preparing for the release of his debut novel "Supermarket," which is slated for release on March 26, the 29-year-old is readying his forthcoming project Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind and unveiled a new single in support of the soundscape.

Just around the corner 📸 - @jflei

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The "Everybody Dies" rapper's bloody teaser track serves as the first look into the album's vibe, accompanying a haunting new video where Logic is seen bleeding out from a neck injury as he raps, smokes and loads a gun. The track, which urges listeners to put their "ego on the shelf," is a lyrical experience that comments on drug use, suicide, depression, and the expectation from others that ruin one's self-esteem.

I wrote this one in Blood pic.twitter.com/pCi5VrSha9

— Bobby Billboard (@Logic301) March 19, 2019

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