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Kirko Bangz Talks New Mixtape, Drake & Weezy Comparisons, Reppin' Houston in 2012

Kirko Bangz will always throw it up for Houston. From the huge inked image of the cityscape on his forearm to his buzzing single, “Drank In My Cup,” Bangz reps his city first before anything. His slow-downed melodies are double cup doses of the Screw sound infused with his own flavor.

The follow-up to Bangz’ underground hit “What Yo Name Iz” has helped him rise to hip-hop notoriety. While both buzzsworthy singles have made waves on the radio, Bangz is already hearing the rumors about his longevity.  A one-hit wonder is a popular curse in hip-hop but instead of letting the rumors affect his work ethic, he uses the talk as motivation.

The Progression 2: A Young Texas Playa has set the bar for his growth as an artist. For this installment, Bangz went into the studio with a mission to prove himself. The results can be heard on tracks like “Knowmtalmbout” featuring Paul Wall. The H-Town rapper says he perfected his rap game over the years, adding more variety of records to the 11-track mixtape to widen his audience.

Just days before the release, the Warner Bros Records artist talked to VIBE about The Progression 2. The 21-year-old was strictly here for business, but we got him to discuss his thoughts on comparisons to Drake and Lil’Wayne, the difference between the first The Progression, down South legends co-signing him, and more. --Eric Diep

On the history behind his Progression series:
“When I was in college, I was doing a mixtape series called Procrastination Kills. That was like my album/mixtape at that time. And my mixtape in between, I would do a Progression release. I just did Procrastination 3 with Drama a couple months back, this is like my off-season training right now.

The first one, I was in college, two years ago. I was really freestyling on all different types of beats. I really was just working on my craft as far as rapping period. Not really just coming up with songs or hooks. This one, it’s a gumball of different things, for the girls, for the n*ggas for the streets, and we got storytelling on there as well, but it’s more put together."

On Recording “Drank In My Cup”:
"I just heard the beat and the hook came to my head. A lot of times [when] I was going places, a lot of people didn’t know where I was from. Sh*t I got to let these n*ggas know I’m from H-Town, so I just threw that “Drank In My Cup” in there because, believe me, all that sh*t started out here. I had to get that and bring that culture in a new style, a new sound in Houston as well as mixing in the old shit we on as well."

On the Drake and Lil’ Wayne comparisons:
"They’ve been getting their money for a while and I respect them as artists. Just for me to come in the game and have two singles and people start comparing me to [Wayne and Drake] is cool because a lot of times when you go hard they compare you to something because they don’t believe in you yet. I got to prove it to you. I’m hearing I’m a one-hit wonder. Now I’m hearing that I’m a two-hit wonder, and sh*t like that. My music keeps on getting better, people are going to respect it for me."

On having hip-hop heavyweights (Bun B, Slim Thug, DJ Drama, Paul Wall) in his corner:
“It helps you a lot. You know people like Bun, Drama and Paul have been putting in they work for years. So for them to co-sign me now is a blessing. It puts something on my shoulders beacause I can’t let them down. That’s why I really represent my city every time I rap, or anytime I talk. To put on and represent them and contribute to what we trying to do out here means a lot, but when you expect that, you gotta do something with it. Everything is all G. The co-signs are good, but I still got a lot more work I gotta do."


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Gabrielle Union Slammed For Kissing Newborn Daughter

Filled with that new-mommy joy, Gabrielle Union's Instagram feed has been packed with baby pictures. But a new video with her showering her daughter in kisses is receiving backlash.

Captioned "Kissing Game, She's got my heart on a string," the short video is a less than 30 seconds of the mother-daughter combo kissing on the mouth. Still, some commenters felt that Union was harming the child.


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Kissing Game. She's got my ❤ on a string. @kaaviajames 💋💋💋

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"Kissing seems so harmless, but research suggests that you could spread oral bacteria called mutant streptococci through saliva if you have active tooth decay," said one commenter, giving an unwelcome dose of cyber parenting. "And this could increase your child's risk of tooth decay."

With hundreds of people giving unrequested advice, Union offered a response to the comments.

"Hey guys, I appreciate all the concern about kisses on the mouth and labored breathing,” the 46-year-old wrote. "I am blessed enough to have a nurse here with us while at work. Kaav is healthy and I don’t even touch her without washing and sanitizing myself and everything and everyone that comes into contact with her.”

A classy comeback, the actress stood her ground while defending her right to parent in her own way.

READ MORE: The Wades' Newest Addition, Kaavia James Union Wade, To Make TV Debut With Oprah

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50 Cent, Starz CEO Detail $150 Million Deal, 'Power' Spinoffs

50 Cent continues to flourish as a television producer as he spilled the tea to Business Insider during their Ignition conference this week on some projects he has coming in relation to his hit series Power.

In a sit-down interview, 50 along with Starz's CEO Chris Albrecht, told moderator Nathan McAlone that although he'll no longer appear on the Omari Hardwick-headed show, he'll be bringing three spin-offs from the show into on-air fruition.

One of the spin-offs will be a prequel revolving around 50's slain character Kanan. Meanwhile, all three spin-offs will be moving simultaneously, according to Albrecht.

"The prequel is my spin-off. I get the chance to come back. I'm dead," 50 said. "It's cool, though. It gives the chance to show the world where all of these characters grew in so you can see the defining moments that developed their imperfections that people are attracted to at the moment. It's exciting. It's TGE, the golden era."

Albrecht chimed in on 50's announcement, saying, "I'm happy to have them all work, but we're determined to have at least one.

"it's important because there's a lot of fans out there that want to see more of those characters and new stuff like BMF [Black Mafia Family], which is going to be amazing. Not easy, but amazing."

Black Mafia Family is another show that will be overseen by 50, about the infamous drug organization that ran rampant in the 1980s headed by Demetrius "Big Meech" Flenory.

This news comes almost two months after the October announcement that 50 signed a multi-series deal with the network worth up to $150 million.

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Snoop Dogg Advises Kevin Hart To Tell The Oscars To "Suck A D**k"

Kevin Hart has pulled out of hosting the Oscars after refusing to apologize for his resurfaced tweets that appeared to share homophobic views. The gig may have been Hart's dream job, but Snoop Dogg is telling him not to worry. Instead, he suggested the comedian should tell the Academy to "suck a d**k."

Snoop gave Kevin some advice in a video on Instagram on Friday (Dec. 7). "Don't trip, that ain't our kind of shit anyways. Oscars? Yeah right, come do the BET Awards," Snoop said in the video. "They don't care. You a comedian, crackin' jokes...really? Y'all want me to host it now? Nah, I don't think so. I got s**t to do, and I got way more customers before I get to you. Kevin Hart, smoke a blunt. Tell the Academy to suck a d**k or die trying. F**k 'em. We still love you, n***a."

As previously reported, Kevin Hart landed at the center of controversy after someone re-discovered his tweets from 2011. He reportedly claimed that he would hit his son if he was ever caught playing with dolls. The comedian stated that the Academy called him Thursday night (Dec. 6), and gave him an ultimatum: apologize or step aside. Hart decided to pass on the apology and later stepped down from his position. Amidst his exit, he also offered an apology to the LGBTQ+ community. "I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past," he said.

The Academy hasn't announced a new host at this time. The 91st Oscars ceremony will kick off on Feb. 24, 2019. Check out Snoop's advice to Hart in the video below.


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