Jared Evan Talks New Album, Fake Women, Experimenting With EDM and More

For Jared Evan, the path to success wasn’t a road he paved himself. The 23-year-old singer/rapper/producer went from clicking away tracks on GarageBand in his basement to being scouted by musical heavy hitters like Diddy and Polow da Don. But for the Nassau County rep, it wasn't the major co-signs of flashy lifestyle; it was creating an art form that he could call his own. After aligning forces with Interscope, he decided to risk it and go indy, not knowing where the path may take him.

“I was super young and before major labels were interested in who I was, I was doing a certain thing,” Evan tells VIBE. “There were no A&Rs or managers around me, no engineer even. It’s that thing that I was doing that led me to a record deal in the first place.“

That thing is what Evan does with his smooth vocals, evoking soul reminiscent of the Motown era while infusing old-school hip-hop but admitting that he loves singing and rapping equally.

Watch: Jared Evan Feat. Action Bronson "Pro Create" Video

“When I hear the music, the preference comes with the musical bed. However the musical bed sounds dictates my musical preference. It’s always different,” he explained when asked which genre he preferred.

His dual love for melody and bars is further showcased on his latest album Boom Bap & Blues where he partnered with DJ Statik Selektah, an unlikely partner that he was willing to gel with.

“I’m definitely a dude who always champions doing new things and going outside of the box," he said before saying he was open to experimenting with EDM. “It just shows where we are in music right now. In 1995, that would never happen. I don’t think Raekwon would have linked up with DJ Tiesto. It just shows the progression that music in general has made. That’s what 2013 is about and we’re headed towards a more united, experimental direction, which is awesome.”

Evan translated his willingness to experiment into the visual for his latest track "The Devil Wears Prada." In the visual, the smooth operator is seated with a naked woman in front of him but he assures it was done with the intent of creating conceptual art instead of raunchy lust.

Watch: Jared Evan Feat. Joey Bada$$ "Black & White" Video

“Everyone’s asking me about that,” he said, laughing. “It’s basically about how this girl continues to do devious things. The title is a metaphor for the idea that sexy girls are devious. The reason I decided to incorporate that mannequin is because I feel like a way to describe someone when you can’t trust them is fake, like ‘This isn’t real life. I don’t know who you are.’ At the end of the video, the mannequin evolves into an actual woman to show that they’re one in the same.”

Now the sexy clip paired with his stellar album are creating a buzz around the singer but Evan already has his sights set on dropping more visuals and a new project due this fall.

“It’s going to be really special. It’s going to incorporate what I did on my EP The 4th Chapter and ‘Boom Bap & Blues and I’ve never done that before," he explains. "The introspectivity and the funk coming together is going to be something really beautiful.”

Cop Boom Bap & Blues on iTunes here.

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HBO Wants Court To Dismiss $100 Million Lawsuit Filed By Michael Jackson’s Estate

HBO wants a California court to toss a $100 million lawsuit brought on by Michael Jackson’s estate over the Leaving Neverland documentary. In a motion for dismissal filed Friday (Aug. 16), the cable network alleged that the estate's lawsuit violates the First Amendment.

“Plaintiffs’ claims fail because they violate the First Amendment, Due Process Clause and public policy, and in any event, the contract on which they are based is inapplicable and expired,” the motion states.

“California’s Anti-SLAPP law empowers—indeed requires—this Court to put an end to this litigation now,” the document continues.  “Accordingly, the Court should strike Plaintiffs’ Petition and claims with prejudice, and award attorneys’ fees and costs to HBO pursuant to the anti-SLAPP law’s mandatory attorneys’ fees clause for prevailing defendants.”

The Jackson Estate sued HBO in February, ahead of Leaving Neverland’s March premiere. In the Emmy-nominated documentary, accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck, claim Jackson sexually abused them when they were boys.  The estate argues that the documentary breached a 1992 non-disparagement agreement between the network and Jackson, who died in 2009.

HBO’s motion maintains that the “only possible reason why Plaintiffs filed their Petition in court was to attract maximum attention to their public relations campaign against Leaving Neverland and the documentary subjects.”

In a statement to Deadline, a rep for Jackson’s estate slammed the network’s allegations. “There is no expiration term in the contract, nor does it terminate as a matter of law. Likewise, the First Amendment does not protect HBO from willfully and blatantly violating its contractual obligations, as it did here. The Estate of Michael Jackson is confident that HBO’s latest attempt to avoid its contractual obligations will fail.”

A hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 19.

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California Woman Claims School Bully Left Son With Permanent Brain Damage

A Southern California mom says her son suffered permanent brain damage after a violent run-in with a bully, CBS Los Angeles reports.  The woman, identified only as “Sarah” to protect her and her son’s identity, is suing Animo Westside Charter Middle School in Playa Vista, California, over a 2018 altercation in which her son was attacked by a bully and placed in the school office for several minutes before paramedics were called.

Footage of the altercation was caught on the school’s surveillance cameras and appears to show her 12-year-old son getting off the bus before being approached by a larger student. The apparent bully punched her son and put him in a chokehold.

Ben Meiselas, a lawyer representing the family, claims the bully did a YouTube search for “the most painful pressure points on the neck” prior to altercation. A school staff member can also be seen walking by as the boy is being attacked. The boy is eventually brought inside the school.

Staff members realize that the boy is hurt and take him into the school’s main office to lay him on the floor. The boy suffered a seizure in the office, and lost consciousness twice, the lawsuit states. School officials are also accused of failing to call paramedics for several minutes.

“By the time I get there, I’m thinking paramedics [arrived] and he’s going to have help,” said the boy’s mother. “My son is literally laying there still in the middle of the office floor completely black and blue.”

Despite viewing video of the altercation, the school district has yet to apologize to the victim and his mother, Meiselas said. “The fact that they can watch that video and not so much offer an apology is really, really, really disgusting.”

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Jay-Z To Reportedly Become Part Owner Of NFL Team

It’s been a whirlwind few days for Jay-Z and the NFL, and it seems that the relationship could run deeper than their recently announced partnership. According to TMZ Sports, Jay is in line to own a “significant” portion of an NFL team.

Although it's unclear which team he plans to purchase, a source told the website that the deal is expected to be secured in the “near future.” The Brooklyn native allegedly wants to buy into a team because he’s a “huge fan” of the league, and already works in the business by way of his Roc Nation Sports imprint.

The source added that Hov “wants to continue to be a change agent for the NFL,” and that the deal doesn't conflict with him owning a sports agency because he's not involved in the “operations of NFL players” on the Roc Nation roster.

Jay previously owned a small stake in the Brooklyn Nets, which he sold in 2013. The timing of the potential team purchase comes as Jay continues to receive backlash after formally announcing his collaboration with the league. The decision to partner with the NFL was “partially motivated” by Jay’s desire to own a team, according to Bleacher Report.

During a press conference alongside NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earlier in the week, Jay was asked if Colin Kapernick (who remains without a job in the NFL after launching a protest against police brutality) knew about the partnership. Jay initially told reporters that he spoke with Kapernick about working with the NFL but the athlete's girlfriend, radio personality Nessa, denied that the conversation took place. She also expressed her disappointment with how the partnership is being promoted.

“The disappointment in Jay-Z isn’t in the partnership. The disappointment is wrapping it in social justice,” Nessa told Hot 97 Wednesday (Aug. 14). “I don’t mind you doing a business deal, but I do mind you wrapping it in social justice when you’re working with an organization that denies someone an opportunity.”


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