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DJ Khaled Talks Possible Collab With Nas & Kanye West (Pg. 2)

So as an artist on Cash Money, do you feel any added pressure for We The Best Forever to become a commercial success with the likes of Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj putting out platinum plus albums? 

I don’t feel pressure at all. With my albums, it’s a little different than what they do. When you buy a Khaled album you will expect to hear an “I’m On One” and other crazy collaborations. I’m not worried about record sales. Do I want to sell a lot of records? Of course I do. But people have to know my history. I’m 7 to 8 million singles sold in my career. So all my records that have dropped have been no. 1 independent albums. And now I’m running with the majors. I’m the guy that dropped “We Taking Over,” “All I Do Is Win,” “I’m So Hard,” “Out Here Grindin’’ and “Go Hard” and of course all of the remixes to those records. My main thing about my albums is I want all my singles to go platinum plus. And if that influences the record sales, then great.

Is it more important to be hot/influential or commercially successful?

I can tell you one thing. When you jump into someone’s car they are playing my record. When you turn on the radio they are playing my record. When you walk into a club they are playing my record. It’s all about being hot, relevant and making money.

What direction, musically, are you taking We The Best Forever?

This is a special album. Birdman told me I could put as many singles as I want out. I never had that luxury. When I would make my other albums I would record two to three records I wanted to put out to radio. And the rest I would put out to the clubs and to the streets. But this album is so singles-driven. I have some records featuring artists that I’ve never worked with before. And I’m coming with a new sound.

Who are some of the artists that you reached out to?  There’s been some talk that Kanye West will be making an appearance.

Me and Kanye are talking. It’s coming out amazing. But overall, these songs are hits. I never worked with Mary J. Blige, but we have an amazing record together. I’ve never worked with Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, or Cee-Lo Green, but they are all on the album. And of course you got Wayne, Drake, Birdman, Jeezy, and Ross…all the usual suspects.

Will we see that new Nas collaboration that has been buzzing about?

Me and Nas are still on the creative process. He was on my last two albums. We are talking to get a new song done. I think it’s pretty close. The list of the artists on We The Best Forever is amazing, but the records are hits. The album will drop in July, and I’m still hunting down Eminem. It’s the right time to ask for him. This is my fifth album, so I should be on his radar.

You’ve taken some flack over your career for not being a traditional hip-hop producer. Do you think that’s a misconception? 

Well, in the beginning of my production career I would be on the MPC 60, the keyboard with the turntables on the side and sampling records. That’s how I started…as a producer. But the bigger I got I expanded the team and got young guys around me so I could orchestrate the situation. It was the smart move because no one is going to hustle as hard as me.

Looking back on your career, what has so far been your favorite highlight?

I got to see Big Pun put out the smashes that he did. I got to be in the studio with him. And another highlight was working on “Lean Back” with Fat Joe and Scott Storch, which was recorded in my house studio. I’ll never forget that day. We were coming up with the choruses and we had all this energy. We knew it was a hit. It was easy to make and we knew it was a special song. Fat Joe…that’s brother. I always tell people besides both of us being in the music game we are really friends. I’ve been down with him since his first album. I look up to him.

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J. Cole Reveals Details For 2nd Annual Dreamville Festival

It’s going to be a “legendary” 2020 for Dreamville fans. J. Cole’s second annual Dreamville Festival will return to Raleigh, North Carolina next year, the Grammy-nominated rapper announced on Twitter on Tuesday (Dec. 10).

The 2020 Dreamville Festival goes down on April 4, at Dix Park. The lineup, which features Dreamville artists and more, will be revealed at a later date.

Last year’s Dreamville Festival welcomed 40,000 people, according to The News & Observer. Performers included Ari Lennox, Bas, Earth Gang, SZA, Big Sean, Rapsody, Young Thug, 21 Savage, and 6LACK.

The Dreamville Festival will benefit Cole’s Dreamville Foundation and Dix Park Conservancy. Tickets go on sale Wednesday (Dec. 11) at 12 p.m. EST via dreamville.com.

Besides the festival announcement, Cole celebrated the fifth anniversary of his Forrest Hills Drive album on Monday (Dec. 9). “A day late but. Forest Hills Drive just turnt [sic] 5 years old,” he tweeted. “I feel big big gratitude for the year spent making it and for all the love shown to it. S**t crazy thank you God.”

 

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Joyner Lucas Blames Juice WRLD’s Death On Rappers Who Glorify Drug Use

Joyner Lucas blames Juice WRLD’s death on fellow rappers who glorify drug use. Lucas tweeted his thoughts about Juice WRLD's passing on Monday (Dec. 9) writing in part, “He was a product of our generation of rappers who glorified drugs and made it cool.”

Lucas added, “[I’m] blaming [ya’ll] n**gaz for this s**t. All that lean and pills n**gaz glorify and talk about. You teaching the kids to do it. Smh you happy now? RIP @JuiceWorlddd. Gone too soon.”

Juice wrld was 21. He was a product of our generation of rappers who glorified drugs and made it cool. Im blaming Yal niggaz for this shit. 🤦🏽‍♂️ all that lean and pills niggaz glorify and talk about. You teaching the kids to do it. Smh you happy now?Rip @JuiceWorlddd. Gone too soon

— Joyner Lucas (@JoynerLucas) December 9, 2019

Lucas also shared a Juice WRLD interview where the Chicago native shares how Future’s music inspired him to start using drugs at 12 years old.

Rip young legend... To my generation, we gotta be accountable for the shit we glorify. Difference between juice & other niggaz is juice wasn’t proud of it. he talked about being ashamed of using. That’s art. I’m not mad at it. I’m mad hip hop for steering him in that direction. pic.twitter.com/MzYCAsCg7a

— Joyner Lucas (@JoynerLucas) December 10, 2019

Juice WRLD, whose birth name was Jarad Anthony Higgins, suffered a seizure upon at Chicago’s Midway airport last Sunday (Dec. 8.). The “Lucid Dreams” rhymer was headed back home to Chicago after working over the Thanksgiving holiday, and celebrating one of the “best birthdays” ever last week.

Although an initial autopsy on the rapper’s body came back inconclusive, Juice WRLD reportedly swallowed several prescription pills as federal agents were confiscating drugs and weapons from the suitcases on the private plane that he was on, along with his entourage and girlfriend. According to the Chicago Tribune, Juice WRLD began convulsing and went into cardiac arrest at the airport. His girlfriend told authorities that he had a “drug problem” and had taken the painkiller Percocet. He was given a Narcam shot, which is administered in the case of an overdose, but pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Authorities found dozens of vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana, six bottles of prescription codeine cough syrup, two 9 mm pistols, a .40-caliber pistol, and ammunition in the bags on the plane. Two of Juice WRLD’s bodyguards were arrested at the scene for misdemeanor weapons and drug possession.

Juice WRLD was open about his battle with addiction to prescription pills and codeine, both in his music and beyond. Over the summer, he promised to get help for his drug habit in a tweet to his girlfriend. In addition to battling his sobriety, the recording artist was mourning the loss of his father who died earlier in the year.

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Lauren London Pays Homage To Nipsey Hussle In "Forever Stronger" PUMA Campaign

Lauren London is teaming with PUMA as she steps into next chapter in her journey.  London debuted “Forever Stronger” on Tuesday (Dec. 10), a visual campaign paying homage to her late boyfriend, Nipsey Hussle, and his indelible love for Los Angeles.

The 35-year-old actress created the emotional piece, which is described as a “creative vision Lauren wanted to bring to life to signify the continuation of her marathon alongside PUMA.”

Set around the streets of Los Angeles, London narrates the visual with a poem by Samantha Smith. “We are flowing, we are growing, we are open like the red sea,” reads one passage of the poem. “We walk through with confident uncertainty. We kneel here. We heal here. We open our hearts to the heavens. We use our tears to cleanse our canvas. The fear floods us, the love is electric.”

“Pain is the light,” the poem continues. “Pain is insight. The body hurts, but the spirit grows. The flesh is starving, while wisdom overflows. I got a question only Lord knows: does life break us twice?”

The campaign was directed by Danny Williams (Top Shelf Junior), edited by Matt Tolkin and produced by AJR Films. The musical score comes courtesy of Rance of 1500 or Nothin.'

PUMA previously collaborated with Hussle on capsule collection that was posthumously released in September. The collection sold out within 24 hours.

Watch London’s “Forever Stronger” campaign below.

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