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V Exclusive! Honey Cocaine Talks Being Discovered on Youtube, Tupac's Influence, & F*ck Your Feelings Vol. 1

If you’ve been keeping a watchful eye on Tyga lately, then you’ve probably been informerly introduced to Honey Cocaine. This 19-year-old Cambodian female rapper is making moves as the heir to the Last Kings dynasty and is widely known for her feature on T-Raw’s track, “Heisman.” Equipped with a swagged out level of moxy and rawness, this teenager doesn’t have any plans to slow down anytime soon.  VIBE had the opportunity to catch up with Honey Cocaine at the Chicago stop of the Careless World Tour where the Toronto-bred emcee discussed her discovery via YouTube, Tupac’s influence, the idea behind F*ck your Feelings Vol.1 and more. –Tyler K. McDermott


VIBE: How did you come up with the name Honey Cocaine?
HC: Honey Cocaine is a metaphor. It means sweet and addicting music. Honey is the filling inside and cocaine is the raw outside, it’s like the real hip-hop. Honey is me as a girl.

What drew you to hip-hop?
I grew up listening to hip-hop. All of us did. I mean we’re surrounded by all different types of music, but hip-hop, was just real. Music in general has no boundaries, but with hip-hop, I felt like there were no limits. People who were rapping or singing or whatever; they just said whatever they wanted to say. They would swear, they would say this and that, and I was like, “Damn, that’s how I am as a person. I want to do that in music”. I used to write poems all the time. It was just easy for me to rap. It just came naturally. I knew everything that had to do with rap, like bar-wise, rhyme-wise, and just technical stuff. People don’t know how far I go when it comes to rapping. Rapping is like a science.

Do you have any key influences?
Yeah, Tupac. Tupac is my number one. He was one of the first artists I listened to as a kid. Even before I spoke English, I listened to Tupac. I didn’t even know what he was saying, but something about his voice, about the beats. I know he’s saying something. The same songs I listened to when I was three or four, I can listen to right now like it’s a new song.

How did you link up with Tyga?
It was through YouTube. He seen my videos, people were re-tweeting it to him. I got hella views on my own but then I did the Rack City remix and he tweeted me and was like “Hey, I seen the video.” I was like, “cool” and now, we’re here.

What was the idea behind your mixtape, F*ck Your Feelings Vol. 1?
[Laughs] I had that idea for a long time, that entire blueprint of my mixtape for a long time. I just didn’t know when to release it, as in set dates. But, I’d been working on it for a year, before I even linked up with Tyga. I decided to do a mixtape called F*ck Your Feelings. This was because I was going through a rough patch in my teenage life. It was problems in my neighborhood, where I live, and the area I went to school. People weren’t fucking with me for some reason. It was because one day last year, I woke up and I was like, you know what, “I have to stop worrying about partying, going shopping and shit. I have priorities. I’m about to be 19 years old” and then I just changed. People were like “Honey ain’t fucking with us anymore. Honey thinks she’s too good.” But I was like “Nah, I’m just setting an example for you guys.” There was so much of drama going on. Teenage girls; you know how we are. [Laughs] But I was like, “Yo, fuck your feelings. I don’t even care anymore.” So, all of those songs are to all of the bitches that dissed me because I was trying to respect myself.

When people hear your music, how do you respond to critics who may compare you to Nicki Minaj in terms of the tone of your voice?
Well, it’s going to happen because Nicki Minaj is doing it big, she’s been doing it big. No matter who you are, if I had a deep ass voice, they would still said Nicki, because Nicki is that bitch in the game. No matter what girls are going to be compared to here because she’s the one who’s doing it right now and I respect her to that. I don’t really say anything to that; I’m just like “Cool, thank you!” I’m not trying to be like her. I’m my own person. But, she’s doing it and I’m just trying to be where she is. So, I want people in five years to be like, “You sound like Honey Cocaine.”

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2019 Academy Awards: 'Black Panther,' Spike Lee, Regina King Among The Nominees

The 2019 Oscar nominations were announced on Tuesday (Jan. 22), and some of our favorites are up for some big awards. The highly-coveted nominations were announced by Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani.

Black Panther is up for seven awards, including Best Picture. It will be up against the likes of BlacKkKlansman for the night's biggest honor. The Spike Lee Joint is up for six awards including Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Adam Driver), Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score. Barry Jenkins garnered a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for If Beale Street Could Talk.

As for acting awards, Regina King was nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her part in If Beale Street Could Talk. The role won her a Golden Globe Award earlier this month. Mahershala Ali is also up for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Green Book. If he wins, this will be his second Academy Award.

Hip-hop also got a some love from the Academy. Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s collaboration “All The Stars” from the film Black Panther was nominated for “Best Original Song.” This means the song’s writers K. Dot, SZA, Al Shux, Sounwave, and Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith could all go home with a statuette at the end of the night. Ludwig Goransson also may receive a win for his work on Black Panther's Original Score.

The Oscars have been under a microscope as of late, due to controversy surrounding the initial host for the event, Kevin Hart, and his nearly-decade old homophobic tweets. After stepping down from his role amidst scrutiny, the event will not have a host.

The 91st Annual Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 24 at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theater. Take a look at the full list of nominees below.

Best Picture BlacKkKlansman Black Panther Bohemian Rhapsody The Favourite Green Book Roma A Star Is Born Vice

Best Director Alfonso Cuaron (Roma) Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite) Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman) Adam McKay (Vice) Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War)

Best Actress Yalitza Aparicio (Roma) Glenn Close (The Wife) Olivia Colman (The Favourite) Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born) Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Best Actor Christian Bale (Vice) Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) Willem Dafoe (At Eternity's Gate) Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) Viggo Mortensen (Green Book)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role Amy Adams (Vice) Marina de Tavira (Roma) Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk) Emma Stone (The Favourite) Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role Mahershala Ali (Green Book) Adam Driver (BlacKkKlansman) Sam Elliott (A Star Is Born) Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) Sam Rockwell (Vice)

Best Costume Design The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Mary Zophres) Black Panther (Ruth E. Carter) The Favourite (Sandy Powell) Mary Poppins Returns (Sandy Powell) Mary Queen of Scots (Alexandra Byrne)

Best Sound Editing Black Panther Bohemian Rhapsody First Man A Quiet Place Roma

Best Sound Mixing Black Panther Bohemian Rhapsody First Man Roma A Star Is Born

Best Animated Short Animal Behaviour Bao Late Afternoon One Small Step Weekends

Best Live-Action Short Detainment Fauve Marguerite Mother Skin

Best Film Editing BlacKkKlansman (Barry Alexander Brown) Bohemian Rhapsody (John Ottman) The Favourite (Yorgos Mavropsaridis) Green Book (Patrick J. Don Vito) Vice (Hank Corwin)

Best Original Score Black Panther (Ludwig Goransson) BlacKkKlansman (Terence Blanchard) If Beale Street Could Talk (Nicholas Britell) Isle of Dogs (Alexandre Desplat) Mary Poppins Returns (Marc Shaiman)

Best Documentary Feature Free Solo Hale County This Morning, This Evening Minding the Gap Of Fathers and Sons RBG

Best Documentary Short Subject Black Sheep End Game Lifeboat A Night at the Garden Period. End of Sentence.

Best Foreign-Language Film Capernaum (Lebanon) Cold War (Poland) Never Look Away (Germany) Roma (Mexico) Shoplifters (Japan)

Best Production Design Black Panther (Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart) The Favourite (Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton) First Man (Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas) Mary Poppins Returns (John Myhre and Gordon Sim) Roma (Eugenio Caballero and Barbara Enriquez)

Best Visual Effects Avengers: Infinity War Christopher Robin First Man Ready Player One Solo: A Star Wars Story

Best Cinematography The Favourite (Robbie Ryan) Never Look Away (Caleb Deschanel) Roma (Alfonso Cuaron) A Star Is Born (Matty Libatique) Cold War (Lukasz Zal)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Border Mary Queen of Scots Vice

Best Animated Feature Incredibles 2 Isle of Dogs Mirai Ralph Breaks the Internet Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Adapted Screenplay A Star Is Born (Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters and Eric Roth) The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen) BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel and Kevin Willmott) If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty)

Best Original Screenplay The Favourite (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara) First Reformed (Paul Schrader) Green Book (Brian Hayes Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga) Roma (Alfonso Cuaron) Vice (Adam McKay)

Best Original Song "All the Stars" (Black Panther, written by Kendrick Lamar, Al Shux, Sounwave, SZA and Anthony Tiffith) Performed by Kendrick Lamar and SZA

"I'll Fight" (RBG, written by Diane Warren) Performed by Jennifer Hudson

"The Place Where Lost Things Go" (Mary Poppins Returns, written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman) Performed by Emily Blunt

"Shallow" (A Star Is Born, written by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt) Performed by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga

"When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, written by Dave Rawlings and Gillian Welch) Performed by Tim Blake Nelson and Willie Watson

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Leslie Jones Expresses Disdain Over Upcoming ‘Ghostbusters’ Film

Earlier this month, it was announced that Ghostbusters will be re-imagined. While the news sat well with fans of the mid-80s cult classic, it struck a nerve with others that are attached to the movie’s cinematic lineage.

Comedian Leslie Jones took to her Twitter account to air out her opinion, stating the all-women cast of 2016’s rendition of Ghostbusters, which she was a part of, were overlooked. “So insulting. Like f**k us. We dint count. It’s like something Trump would do. (Trump voice) ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying,” she tweeted. “Such a d**k move. And I don’t give f**k I’m saying something!!”

The Saturday Night Live cast member also displayed how the upcoming film, which is slated to be released in 2020, and its possible all male cast will diminish the box office success of a cast spearheaded by women. “...if they make this new one with all me and it does well which it will, it might feel that ‘boys are better.’ It makes my heart drop,” she said. “Maybe I could have use different words but I’m allowed to have my feelings just like them.”

So insulting. Like fuck us. We dint count. It’s like something trump would do. (Trump voice)”Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers” ugh so annoying. Such a dick move. And I don’t give fuck I’m saying something!!

— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) January 19, 2019

It’s very sad that this is response I get.When the point is if they make this new one with all men and it does well which it will. It might feel that “boys are better”it makes my heart drop. Maybe I could have use different words but I’m allowed to have my feelings just like them

— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) January 20, 2019

The all-women adaptation of Ghostbusters, which also starred Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Jones’ fellow SNL cast mate Kate McKinnon, netted $180 million at the worldwide box office at its time of release. While it was one of the most talked about films of that year, during the press run Jones received a wave of racist comments from social media users, a moment that led the entertainer to take a step away from the Twitter platform.

“You have to hate yourself to put out that type of hate. I mean on my worst day I can’t think of this type of hate to put out,” she said.

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An Unofficial Documentary About Drake Is Currently On Streaming Services

An unauthorized documentary about the rise of musician Drake can be viewed on video distribution services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Drake: Rewriting the Rules initially dropped on Vimeo in Nov. 2018, and now, fans of the "God's Plan" musician will have a chance to watch it at their leisure on other platforms.

The documentary chronicles the music superstar from his days growing up in Toronto, to portraying Jimmy on the hit-teen drama Degrassi, to becoming a hip-hop star and working with musicians from Kanye West to his Young Money leader, Lil Wayne.

"Discover the untold story of how Drake rewrote the rules and rose from a child actor to become a cultural phenomenon and global musical icon," writes IMDb of the film's synopsis. "He is the king of pop and hip hop, combining many musical styles into one mainstream sound." The film runs 74 minutes long. Interviews from media figures and writers are included in the doc, which was directed and written by British filmmaker Ray King. However, no representatives from Drake's team are included.

Drake has not commented on the doc as of press time. He has been relatively quiet in the news, however, it's being reported that he is close to securing a residency of sorts at the Wynn's XS Nightclub in Las Vegas.

 

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