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Pop and Oak Remain Unsure How Big Sean and Kanye Got Their 'Marvin & Chardonnay' Beat

The streets of Istanbul and Philly may be worlds apart but thanks to a shared passion between two young men from each time zone, hip-hop has a new production duo breathing new life into music. Producers Pop & Oak may not have the most recognizable name but their beats do all the talking for them.

Last year, the production team ended up producing one of the biggest club records of 2011. Pop, who was born and raised in Philly, explained  how their mega collaboration “Marvin & Chardonnay” by Big Sean and Kanye West came together by fate.

“We were in the Philly studio, and I just got a call from Don C like ‘Kanye needs these files.’ I was like ‘What? Whatever the song you’re talking about is, I never met Kanye,’ says Pop. I straight up told him 'I’ve never worked with him. He’s never taken any of my beats' and then Don C started playing the track over the phone and I’m like ‘Oh sh*t, that is our track!’

Pop says he was summoned to Kanye’s makeshift hotel-room/studio in New York City the very next morning. He recalls hopping aboard a train for the Big Apple without a clue of what would happen next.

“I think the beat was originally named “Cross” before Kanye got it,” Pop continues. "To this day, I don’t know how he got the beat. I’ll never know how Roscoe Dash ended up on the hook. I’ll never know how any of it happened and nobody in here asks questions. We take the check and we’re grateful for the opportunity [Laughs]."

Eventually, Kanye’s right-hand engineer, Mike Dean, added the final touches to the track and the rest became history. Pop also revealed that Kanye is holding onto another one of their beats that could be released in 2012.

Pop & Oak have a lot more coming in the New Year. They are confirmed to be working on Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj’s upcoming albums, but remain tightlipped on the details. However, Oak was able to tell us that they just wrapped up music for a project Chris Brown is working on with another artist.

“We did something with [Chris Brown] recently that’s not necessarily for his project,” says Oak, the Istanbul native. “That’s another one of those projects we can’t really speak on a lot because it’s him and someone else.”

Stay tuned for more from our exclusive interview.

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Cardi B Gets Driving Lesson, Performs For Senior Citizens During 'Carpool Karaoke' Segment

Cardi B was the latest guest on James Corden's Late Late Show segment, "Carpool Karaoke," and as expected, it was a helluva time.

The Grammy nominee ran through some of her hits with Corden, such as "Bodak Yellow," "Money," "Be Careful" and more. She discussed her transition from stripper to MC, which Corden attributed to "grinding and hustling for a long time.”

“A lot of these deejays was sleepin’ on me… they was frontin’ on the kid!” Cardi exclaimed. Cardi also discussed her childhood growing up in the Bronx, which included keeping a razor blade in her cheek just in case some crazy sh*t goes down, as well as her affinity for ASMR videos. She also performed at a senior citizens' home at the end of the clip to a rousing response.

Perhaps the best part of the segment was her attempt to drive. Facilitated by a conversation in which the two discussed her five luxury cars, Cardi hit a few cones and flags while trying to maneuver in and out during a lesson. She said that the car (a Range Rover) was a bit big for her, but her lack of driving skills period resulted in her hitting a camera during her attempt at parallel parking.

“I couldn’t rap about these cars because I didn’t own them,” she laughed before adding, "[Driving] is scary.”

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Former ABC President Channing Dungey Joins Netflix As VP Of Original Content

Former ABC president, Channing Dungey, is heading to Neflix. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dungey will officially join the company early next year in a "newly created leadership role" as a vice president of original titles.

Dungey will work directly with fellow vp, Cindy Holland, and Netflix’s chief content officer, Ted Saranados. Her position involves overseeing the streaming network's current deals, which include the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions company.

The move also re-teams Dungey with Shonda Rhimes’ and Black-Ish creator, Kenya Barriss, both of whom left ABC and signed with Netflix.

In addition, Dungey will oversee a group of executives who have worked on Narcos, House of Cards, and other big shows on the streaming network.

"I'm drawn to the forward-thinking, risk-taking and creative culture at Netflix, and the deeply talented people there, especially Ted and Cindy, with whom I’m excited to partner on setting the strategy for original content," Dungey said in a statement. "Given that ABC, the place I’ve called home for nearly 15 years, represents the gold standard of traditional broadcast, it feels like the perfect next step for me to join Netflix, the unparalleled leader in streaming. I'm invigorated by the challenges ahead and the opportunity to forge new relationships, and excited for the very welcome reunion with incredible talent."

In 2016, Dungey was named president of ABC, making her the first Black woman to lead any of the four major networks. She began her career with the company in 2004, and worked her way up to executive vice president of the network’s drama division developing hit shows such as Scandal, Quantico, Hot To Get Away with Murder and American Crime, before being promoted to network lead. Her exit from ABC came in November, shortly after firing Roseanne Barr for making racist comments.

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Mahershala Ali Apologizes To Surviving Relatives of His 'Green Book' Character

After Green Book, the 2018 film chronicling the life of the famous jazz musician, Dr. Donald Waldridge Shirley was called a "symphony of lies" by the remaining family members, Mahershala Ali (who plays Shiley) has issued a private apology to the living relatives. Calling Dr. Shirley's nephew Edwin Shirley III and brother Maurice Shirley, Ali offered his regrets for the films facade.

"I got a call from Mahershala Ali, a very, very respectful phone call, from him personally," Edwin said. "He called me and my Uncle Maurice in which he apologized profusely if there had been any offense. What he said was, 'If I have offended you, I am so, so terribly sorry. I did the best I could with the material I had. I was not aware that there were close relatives with whom I could have consulted to add some nuance to the character.'"

The film depicted a black man (Shirley) and a racist Italian-American driver, Tony "Lip" Vallelonga who became unlikely friends after spending time on the road together, but according to Maurice, no such bond existed.  Instead, the two men hated each other, resulting in Vallelonga's eventual termination, Edwin said in an interview with Shadow And Act.

Though the film has received excellent reviews and academy award nominations the film has been shrouded in scandal since hitting theaters Nov. 21.

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