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Over the course of the last 12 months, 2 Chainz has enjoyed a year that's been almost too good to be true.

5 Reasons 2 Chainz Shouldn't Sign to Kanye West

Over the course of the last 12 months, 2 Chainz has enjoyed a year that's been almost too good to be true. Since changing his name in early 2011 from Tity Boi to 2 Chainz, he's made dozens and dozens of appearances on other artists' songs. He's released his critically-acclaimed mixtape, T.R.U. REALigion. He's taken over the radio with his hit, "Spend It." He's signed to Def Jam. And, he's even managed to get into the good graces of Kanye West, who asked 2 Chainz to appear on "Mercy," the first single from the G.O.O.D. Music compilation album that Kanye & Co. are currently putting together.

In fact, 'Ye apparently feels so strongly about 2 Chainz's talent that he took to his Twitter account late last week and sent out a tweet that had some folks speculating about whether he had signed 2 Chainz to his label. "2 Chainz is charging 100k for a verse now," the tweet read, "cause he's G.O.O.D!!!!!!"

Quite the accomplishment, eh? Well, yes…and no. You see, while getting a co-sign from Kanye was, is, and probably always will be a good thing, we're not so sure that we want to see 2 Chainz signed to Kanye's label (as of today, no official announcement has been made and 2 Chainz has denied that he's signed to G.O.O.D.) We actually think he'd be better off if he just kept going down the path he's been going for the last year or so. So, we put together a list of the 5 Reasons 2 Chainz Shouldn't Sign to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music. It'll probably be all good if he does end up signing to G.O.O.D., but we think it could be even better if he sticks to the script and does his own thing.—Chris Yuscavage

Reason #1: The last time 2 Chainz was signed to another rapper's label, it didn't work out so well.
As a member of Playaz Circle, 2 Chainz (then known as Tity Boi) and his partner Dolla Boy released two albums, Supply & Demand (2007) and Flight 360: The Takeoff (2009), on Ludacris' label Disturbing tha Peace. And while both spawned minor regional hits, neither really gave 2 Chainz or Dolla Boy the kind of visibility you'd expect. Part of that was because they never got the right push from the label. But, a larger part of it was because they were simply stuck in the mix with a bunch of other artists signed to Luda. That tends to happen when you're signed to a major rapper's label. And, who really wants to be put in that situation?

Reason #2: 2 Chainz already has plenty of visibility without the help of a major rapper like Kanye West.
Say what you want about 2 Chainz right now—he's awesome, he sucks, he uses the same rhyme scheme on every song—but you can't say that the guy hasn't worked his ass off (he calls it "griming") to get his name and his face out there. And, he's largely done that on his own. So, he doesn't really need Kanye's co-sign in order to get people to check for him. He's managed to get plenty of attention for himself. Signing with 'Ye might help increase his visibility, but it also might stunt his growth at this point if G.O.O.D. tries to have a hand in how he's marketed to the public. If you're 2 Chainz, why risk it?

Reason #3: We'd rather have 2 Chainz focus on his own solo debut, Based on a T.R.U. Story, than have him working on the G.O.O.D. compilation.
The "Mercy" guest appearance was a BIG look for 2 Chainz. Of all the guest appearances he's done in 2012, that was the one that really made us sit up and say, "This guy might become a bonafide superstar by the end of the year." At the same time, if he did sign with G.O.O.D., he'd be forced to contribute a lot more to the G.O.O.D. album. That wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing for us, but it would take up a good amount of his time and force him to work on something other than his debut album right now.

Reason #4: Pusha T, Cyhi Da Prynce, Mos Def, Q-Tip, and Teyana Taylor are all already signed to G.O.O.D.
How exciting was it when Pusha T signed to G.O.O.D.? The thought was that he'd finally get to release his long-awaited solo album. And, yet, he's yet to do it. Same for Cyhi. Same for Mos Def. Same for…well, you get the point. If 2 Chainz signs to G.O.O.D., he'd have to either get in the back of the line and wait his turn to release his music or skip to the front of the line and potentially piss off people who've been waiting for all of the artists listed above to drop their albums. Either way, it's not a great look for 2 Chainz. So, instead of signing 2 Chainz, how 'bout 'Ye gets to work on making that Pusha solo album happen?

Reason #5: It should be almost time for 2 Chainz to get his own label.
2 Chainz is obviously not on Kanye's level yet. But, we say "yet" because he's slowly building up his discography and putting himself in a good position to one day have his own label. That day probably isn't too far off, either. If all goes well with his debut album and he's able to continue building momentum, 2 Chainz will likely get his own label at sometime in the near future. Unless, of course, he's stuck in a deal with G.O.O.D. and waiting around for his sophomore album to drop. So, in the short term term, G.O.O.D. might sound like a good idea. But, in the long term, it's probably best for 2 Chainz to keep "griming" on his own. You "good" with that, man? We sure hope so.

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In Melbourne, Australia, Serena Williams kicked off her week by solidifying her spot in the Australian Open’s quarterfinal, Reuters reports. On Monday evening (Jan. 21), the acclaimed champion defeated professional tennis’ No. 1 player Simona Halep (6-1, 4-6, 6-4). According to various news reports, the match tested each opponent’s athletic ability, with both vying to remain in the tournament by serving high power aces; on Williams’ end she landed nine.

“In order for me to stay out there, I had to play a little like I knew I could. I’m such a fighter. I just never give up,” Williams said. “It’s definitely something that’s innate. I just work so hard for every point.” On Halep’s side, she told reporters the whole exhibition came as fast as the speed of light. “I felt like I had been hit by a train in the first set,” Halep said. “Everything was too fast.”

As the Australian Open is the first Grand Slam exhibition to kick off pro-tennis’ season (French Open, Wimbledon, US Open), Williams is back on a renewed quest to add to her trophy case after losing 2018’s US Open final to Naomi Osaka. After giving birth to her first child in late 2017, Williams was back to work three months later.

In an interview with Vogue, Williams admitted that leaving tennis behind to be a full-time mom sounds enticing, but she’s on track to attain 25 single Grand Slam titles, a feat that would shatter the record held by Margaret Court with 24 conquests to her name.

“To be honest, there’s something really attractive about the idea of moving to San Francisco and just being a mom,” she said. “But not yet. Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams. I’m well aware of the record books, unfortunately. It’s not a secret that I have my sights set on 25.”

Williams will take on No. 7 Karolina Pliskova on Tuesday (Jan. 22).

 

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It's official. My comeback is here. This Thursday I will start playing tennis again professionally for the first time since giving birth to my daughter. This whole month I am playing tournaments in California and Florida- both my home states. Thursday, the day I play my very first match, marks international women's day. My comeback could not have come on a better day and I decided I wanted to do something different let you all be apart of my long journey back (if you want of course!!) So I created my Serena Gold toned "S" pin. When I am playing you can wear it and show support not only from me but also for my charity which supports the Yetunde Price Resource center. I want this gold "S" mean something special to you personally. What is one S word in your life that means something to you? Mine is Strong and Sure! So when I wear my "S" pin I am representing Strength, and Sureness. What would your "S" mean? They are for now only available for my fans that come see my at Indian wells, and Miami starting Wednesday as well as Thursday when I play!! Sooooo if you are watching me stop by the Serena booth to grab a "S" pin. Post pics of you wearing your "S" and tag me! Thanks for the support I look forward to seeing you out there!!

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Sen. Kamala Harris Announces Her Run For Presidency

Sen. Kamala Harris has announced she's running for president in 2020.

The announcement is somewhat expected from the California Democratic senator who has not-so coyly led up to Monday's announcement (Jan. 21) by way of the press run she's conducted earlier this month as part of her book tour.

In a video clip posted to her social media prior to an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America, Sen. Harris called on her supporters to "claim their future."

"Justice. Decency. Equality. Freedom. Democracy. These aren't just words. They're the values we as Americans cherish. And they're all on the line now."

"The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for our American values," Harris continued. "That's why I'm running for president of the United States. "I'm running to lift those voices, to bring our voices together."

I'm running for president. Let's do this together. Join us: https://t.co/9KwgFlgZHA pic.twitter.com/otf2ez7t1p

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 21, 2019

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Erykah Badu Clarifies Stance On R. Kelly Following Fan Outrage

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"I love you. Unconditionally. That doesn’t mean I support your poor choices,” she tweeted in response to the controversy surrounding her initial comments. “I want healing for you and anyone you have hurt as a result of you being hurt. Is that strange to you? That’s all I’ve ever said. Anything else has been fabricated or taken out of context.”

As previously noted, Badu indicated that fans should show "unconditional" love to Kelly in hopes that he will get the help he needs. "But what if one of the people that was assaulted by R. Kelly grows up to be an offender, we gonna crucify them? I mean how do we do this? Just something to think about," she said during her concert.

While many fans were upset by Badu's message, this wouldn't be the first time she has defended R. Kelly, Spin notes. In 2015, she introduced the singer at the Soul Train Awards, where she claimed he had “done more for black people than anyone."

Check out Erykah Badu's latest comment below.

I love you. Unconditionally. That doesn’t mean I support your poor choices. I want healing for you and anyone you have hurt as a result of you being hurt. Is that strange to you ? That’s all I’ve ever said. Anything else has been fabricated or taken out of context. - eb

— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) January 21, 2019

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