Ryan Leslie Talks New Projects & A Potential Ne-Yo/Fabolous Supergroup
Ryan Leslie Talks New Album, Going Independent, & Ne-Yo/Fabolous Supergroup

Ryan Leslie Talks New Album, Going Independent, & Ne-Yo/Fabolous Supergroup

Ryan Leslie is ready to bring us his musical prowess once again with the release of his upcoming album, Les Is More.

In an exclusive interview with Hip-Hop N More, Les spoke on going for an independent release this time around, inspiration behind the album's artwork, lost collaborations with 50 Cent & Kanye West, and even the possibility of a super group with Fabolous & Ne-Yo.

On Going Independent:
"I just don’t like the restrictions. I think there are commercial restrictions that are just inevitable when you’re in a major label system. This album is really just about being as creatively unrestricted as possible. Until we have built a distribution network of fans that made it commercially viable to be creatively unrestricted, it was just something that a major would have to wait on."

On The Album Album:
"I always had this idea and commercially, once again, I just felt like it was gonna be some backlash with regard to this idea because number 1, my face is not on the cover and number 2, when this photograph of the embroidered artwork was printed, it was almost black. And if you look at how it was gonna be displayed in retail stores, it’s a challenge. But again something creative I always wanted to do and it just happened that one of my staff members is connected to the school which created it. So once I presented this concept in their staff meeting, it was very eager to help bring this idea to fruition. I’m ecstatic about the fact that it’s one of one and that it’s embroidered by hand. It’s really what this project is all about. It’s about infusing as much unique & exclusive art that I possibly can."

On The Reality Of A Ne-Yo/Fabolous Supergroup:
"It is always an option. It’s just gonna depend on scheduling."

Check Out the full interview over at Hip Hop N More By Clicking [HERE]

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Nas Gives Travis Scott Advice On Addressing Politics In 'Playboy'

Playboy unveiled its "The Speech Issue" on Monday (Mar. 18), which included a thoughtful conversation between Nas and Travis Scott. During their lengthy conversation, the two discussed the debate regarding hip-hop's generational gap, politics, and more hot topics.

Scott kicked off the discussion by commending hip-hop veterans on paving the way for younger artists. "The past generation knocked down so many doors where, you know, they were spitting a lot of pain, man," La Flame said. "They was dealing with a lot of police stuff. We’re still dealing with that now, but it wasn’t so free. Now we got more of a voice at the label."

Nas appeared to agree with Scott. "Nowadays the pain has changed. We’re after different things. We broke past the barriers," he added. "We understand what we need to do and we’re in control of what we’re doing, and no one can stop it now. No one can tell us what to do, what we can’t do. Rap music can’t be stopped now."

The conversation then shifted to politics and an artists's obligation to speak up about the things they believe in. The "Sicko Mode" rapper reached out for advice, suggesting that he was a little confused on how to tackle such a big topic. "I wouldn’t say I don’t feel compelled to speak on political issues; sometimes you just don’t want to speak too much on stuff you don’t know much about," Trav explained. "It’s not like I’m not thinking about what’s going on in the world. I’m an expressive artist, but with media and shit, it gets misconstrued."

Scott previously received backlash for performing at the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show instead of standing in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. Despite public outrage, Nas asserted that the decision to speak up should always come naturally and not depend on outside opinions. "One thing we can’t allow politics to do is take over our mind and make us fall into their game. What’s going on in the news could consume our lives. If that happens, life doesn’t go on," the Queens native said in response.

Nas also noted that hip-hop and the "hood" will always serve as a voice for the underrepresented. "Those 'hoods are always going to yell out and say what’s going on," he continued. "It’s going to get more fly and futuristic. But the message is always: We want food, shelter, health care and all the things we’re deprived of. We want no police brutality. We want all these things. That’s what hip-hop is talking about."

Read the conversation in full over at Playboy.

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Wendy Williams Reveals She's Been Living In A Sober House

It's no secret Wendy Williams has been dealing with multiple obstacles in her personal life, but that hasn't stopped her from sharing her truth. During the latest episode of The Wendy Williams Show, which aired on Tuesday (Mar. 19), the TV personality revealed that she has been staying at a sober house in New York due to her addiction to cocaine.

"I have been living in a sober house. … You know I’ve had a struggle with cocaine in the past," she shared with her audience. "I never went to a place to get treatment … there are people in your family, it might be you … I want you to know more of the story."

Prior to the big reveal, Williams said that her husband Kevin Hunter was the only person who knew she was seeking treatment. "Only Kevin knows about this. Not my parents, nobody. Nobody knew because I look so glamorous out here," she explained. "I am driven by my 24-hour sober coach back to a home that I live in the tri-state with a bunch of smelly boys who have become my family."

Williams also noted that the facility has strict hours, locking its doors and cutting off the lights at 10 p.m. sharp. "I go to my room and stare at the ceiling and fall asleep to come here and see you. So that is my truth," she added.

The 54-year-old took three-month hiatus from her self-titled show earlier this year, attributing her absence to a fractured shoulder and her ongoing battle with Graves' disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. She returned at the top of Mar. 2019.

Williams previously revealed that she was a "functioning addict" for nearly a decade of her career. While she is still trying to overcome some hurdles, she and her family created The Hunter Foundation, which works with private and public organizations to help families and individuals fight addiction.

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Cardi B, And Jennifer Lopez To Star In Revenge Stripper Film 'Hustlers'

It's a Robin Hood story, except in reverse and possibly with fewer clothes.

In 2015, a gang of strippers banned together to steal from their wealthy Wall Street clients and swipe them of their life savings. Four years later, the story--investigated and reported by The Cut's Jessica Pressler--is being turned into Hollywood film.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Lopez will star alongside Cardi B, Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians) as well as Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer and Lili Reinhart in the revenge feature appropriately titled Hustlers.

Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria’s, shooting begins Friday (March 22) in New York City. The heist flick also marks Cardi B's debut as an actress and is quite befitting for the Grammy award-winning rapper, who was a striper before the fame.

The newly-engaged Lopez will perform double-duty in front and behind the camera as she's also a producer, along with her longtime manager Benny Medina, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and STXfilms.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this dynamic group of women,” said Scafaria. “We’re grateful to have assembled such a powerhouse cast and can’t wait to start filming at the end of the week.”

Hustlers should be dope.

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