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V Exclusive: Chuck D Says 'F--k Donald Trump!' + Challenges Rappers To Diss The Donald

Purported presidential hopeful Donald Trump has yet to officially throw his hat in the ring. But the omnipresent business mogul continues to make the most noise out of his Republican peers with eyes for the White House due to his controversial persistence in raising doubt over the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Now following the President’s public release of his official document in response to what many critics have labeled as ugly and racist behavior by Trump and others labeled “birthers,” legendary Public Enemy frontman and political commentator Chuck D says the disgraceful reality show host is getting a free ride from the hip-hop community. And it all comes down to dollars and cents.

“If rappers are so bold like they used to be there would be like 10 diss records for Donald Trump right now,” insist Chuck. “But the average rapper is afraid because they don’t know if Trump will have money for them one day. Money has brought their fear out. There are supposed to be 20 cats lined up cursing Trump the fuck out. This is supposed to be hip-hop, right?”

Chuck D, who has had his own criticism of President Obama, believes that when it comes to the blatant racism of demanding birth certificates and college transcripts from the first black President (Trump has said on several occasions that Obama was not qualified to attend Ivy League institution Harvard), rappers need to stand up.

“President Obama is going to make a lot of moves that will make you go OMG and WTF, but this is the President of the United States,” Chuck explains. “So whatever little move that he can make for you, you got to fight for it. This whole thing with Donald Trump…he’s on some bullshit. Someone needs to say, ‘Yo, Donald Trump…you full of shit and I’m going to seriously fuck you up.’ That’s what the rap community used to do, but now nobody can make that statement because everybody feels politically in debt.”

When asked if the past outspoken likes of Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and 50 Cent will speak up and call out Trump, Chuck D says don’t count on it.  “You are not going to get it from them,” he says. “You will be waiting until the cows come home. People that say something are the people that have nothing to lose. If you go inside of a jail and ask a prisoner what they think about Trump they will be like, ‘Man, fuck that bitch.’ They don’t have anything to lose from speaking from their hearts and minds. A lot of the rappers today are too worried about their brand. Trump is full of it. Fuck him.”

Chuck D is no stranger to making waves. The influential leader of Public Enemy led the progressive group to create some of hip-hop’s most greatest and thought-provoking works that includes It Takes A Nation of Million to Hold Us Back (1988), Fear of a Black Planet (1990) and Apocalypse 91...The Enemy Strikes Black (1991). P.E. is currently working on a new studio album set for release late next year.—Keith Murphy

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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.”

Click here to read VIBE’s April 2019 cover story.

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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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