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V Exclusive! Mannie Fresh Talks The Making Of Juvenile's 'Power' And Going Left With Rick Ross

Mannie Fresh’s much welcomed return came about by a simple phone call. “I’ve always had a good relationship with Ross…we just reached out to him and he got on the song,” says the influential former in-house producer of Cash Money to VIBE. And that’s how the two-fisted Juvenile track “Power,” a song that features omnipresent rap behemoth Rick Ross fueled by the futuristic sounds of Fresh, came about (listen here). Yes, the Internet is still buzzing following the surprising Tuesday leak of a record that many fans call a welcome return-to-form for Juve—the grizzled, one-time Cash Money franchise and the affable, legendary beat man who has hammered out classics for everyone from Lil Wayne to T.I. And according to Fresh, the rather matter-of-fact manner in which “Power” was unleashed online was all by design. 

“I just leaked the song out there,” explains Fresh, who recently discussed his groundbreaking 20-plus year catalogue for VIBE’s Full Clip series. “Because seasoned artists are programmed to think that you still have to wait for that machine; that you still have to have a record company and have somebody that pushes buttons. That was the conversation I had with Juve when we were recording new music. He was like,  ‘Man, I have to do what everyone else is doing, right now.’ And I’m telling him, ‘Yeah, music has changed…but you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing. Just give them something they can accept. Let’s throw this song out there and see what happens.’ And the response has been great.”

One curve ball component of the positive fan reaction to the Fresh- produced “Power” was the inclusion of Ross, who for the most part has garnered his street-infused notoriety by rhyming over creeping, ominous, bass-rattling, synth-fueled assaults. The more up-tempo and conceptual “Power” artistically represents a direct departure for the Bawse.

“I knew all of the songs Ross are on now are very street…very 808 orientated,” Fresh explains. “But I think Rick Ross is a very good lyrical artist. I wanted to do something that was different with him that still had that old feel but could still rock today. It was more so me going against the grain. Ross is one of the hottest dudes out there right now. I’m like, ‘Why do what everyone else is doing?’ Let’s go left.” 

Fresh adds that he is currently working on more music with Juvenile and former No Limit soldier Mystikal. “I never went anywhere,” he muses of his time away from the spotlight.  “But a lot of people personally didn’t know what was going on with me. Some people thought I disappeared and said fuck hip-hop [laughs]. But I’ve always known I was going to be back.”—Keith Murphy (murphdogg29)

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Oprah Responds To Viral Video Of Her Eating Unseasoned Chicken

A hilarious old video of Oprah Winfrey making an uncomfortable face as she dives into a piece of unseasoned chicken has been circulating the Internet all week. While these sort of silly videos wouldn't usually garner a response from the billionaire, Oprah surprised everyone when she shared a video explaining the chicken-eating experience and her initial reaction.

To give you some context, the video is a clip from The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2006, in which O invited her guest Anna Ginsberg to make her award-winning chicken dish. After one bite, it became clear that Oprah wasn't too pleased with the chicken's bland taste. She even asked at the time if she could add a little seasoning.

I often think about the time Oprah did a cooking segment with a woman whose chicken recipe won $1 million, and Oprah's jaw dropped when she tasted it and realized the lady didn't even add seasoning pic.twitter.com/rfs7PS1Jc3

— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) December 9, 2018

Now, more than 10 years later, Oprah is setting the record straight. In her new video posted on Instagram on Thursday (Dec. 13), she noted that she likes to provide a pleasurable experience for her guests but also live in her truth. On that particular day, she was presented with a dilemma. "I was having a moment of trying to decide: Do I want her to have a great time? What is my real moment of truth?" she said. "Because the truth for me was that I'm used to having salt and pepper on my chicken. That's just the truth...That's what I was thinking, 'This chicken needs some salt and pepper.'"

So that's that; Oprah has spoken. She may have played it off at the time, but like many others, she would prefer her chicken with seasoning.

 

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Over the weekend, a 2006 video of @oprah tasting an *interesting* chicken dish made its rounds online. We asked the O of O, what REALLY went through her mind as the cameras were on her—and she answered. Swipe left if you haven’t seen the hysterical video! #tbt

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'Sesame Street' Praised For The Inclusion Of Homeless Character

Sesame Street continues its crusade to include statement-making characters on their block. This time around, families will be introduced to Lily, the show’s first homeless character.

According to USA Today, Lily- an adorable hot pink, red haired puppet- was first introduced to the show in 2011, but in new online clips, Lily opens up about being homeless and staying with friends.

"Now we don't have our own place to live, and sometimes I wonder if we'll ever have our own home," she says to Elmo in one clip. In her initial appearances on the show, Lily discusses her family’s food insecurities, meaning they didn’t have much to eat.

“We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating cycle of trauma – the lack of affordable housing, poverty, domestic violence, or other trauma that caused them to lose their home, the trauma of actually losing their home, and the daily trauma of the uncertainty and insecurity of being homeless,” said Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop.

“We want to help disrupt that cycle by comforting children, empowering them, and giving them hope for the future," she continues. "We want them to know that they are not alone and home is more than a house or an apartment – home is wherever the love lives.”

In recent years, Sesame Street has introduced a slew of ground-breaking new characters, including Julia, a puppet with autism, and Alex, a character whose father is incarcerated.

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Cardi B To Join James Corden On A Forthcoming "Carpool Karaoke" Segment

Your rapper’s favorite rapper Cardi B is slated to make her debut on “Car Pool Karaoke” with James Corden, Billboard reports. The Late Late Show host teased the upcoming episode, which airs Monday (Dec.17) via Instagram along with a small schedule of the show’s upcoming guests.

 

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Here’s what the next two weeks look like on the @latelateshow! Seeing the year out with a bang x x x

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In addition to the “Money” rapper, Amber Heard and Armie Hammer will also appear on the same episode. Corden is closing out the last leg of 2018 strong by having a slew of other prominent stars on the show on the last week before the program goes on break for the holidays. The likes of Gwen Stefani, RuPaul, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Blunt, Leah Remini, Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others will be featured on the show after Bardi’s Monday episode.

To say the least, we're sure the British talk show host and the newly minted Grammy-nominated rapper are going to have the time of their lives.

The 26-year-old's now estranged husband Offset, along with the other members of Migos were guests on the beloved show. Joining Corden as he drove through the streets of Los Angeles, the trio performed a slew of hits including "Walk It Talk It"  while also giving a nod of praise to past hits, including Whitney Houston's "Wanna Dance With Somebody."

With all the fun Migos had with Corden, we can only imagine what shenanigans James and Belcalis are going to get into.

READ MORE: Cardi B Buys Her Mother's House

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