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Q&A: LMFAO's Sky Blu Flies Solo, Keeps Wilmer Valderrama, Plans To Increase 'Party Boy' Reputiation

Sky Blu of Grammy nominated party-boy duo LMFAO has been busy in the studio twerking on a solo album. His his new Latin-meets-EDM single "Salud", features vocals from Sensato, Reek Rude and Wilmer Valderrama - yes, the guy who played the lovable Fez in "That 70's Show". As a grandson of Berry Gordy Jr., the founder of Motown Records, Sky spent his life around some of history's most influential musicians. He chats with VIBE about culture-mixing through music, a higher power, and some ideas he's been toiling with for the future of his music.

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VIBE: What do you feel like you’ve been able to accomplish artistically, independently of LMFAO?
Sky Blu: I think what I am doing now is just the tip of the iceberg. I don't feel like I have really accomplished much as a solo artist. I have been releasing new music but I have a long way to go.

Did you have any intentions with your solo project of departing from the crazy party-boy reputation you’ve established for yourself with LMFAO?
I actually intend on increasing that party-boy reputation, and adding a few more to the list.

What is striking about Wilmer Valderrama?
He has many hidden talents that many people do not know about, but will find out about soon. Aside from his talents, he is such a great person and inspiration to be around.

What elements of the Latin culture really struck you/inspired you to make “Salud”?
I really admired the love for music the culture had. I grew up around it, and had many Latin friends, but after my first DJ set in Paraguay, I was hooked. I feel extremely honored to contribute music to the culture.

Do you feel like what Diplo does, and now what you have done, by experimenting with sometimes obscure multi-cultural sounds does more for raising cultural awareness, or does it produce an inaccurate reading of a culture for the audience?
I believe that it helps the evolution of music. Music is the voice of a generation, and pushing the boundaries of creativity is the basis of evolution.

What do you think of the future of electronic music?
I think it will become an ingredient to future music. It just takes that one artist to take the chance to create the next wave of popular music. I plan on being in that kitchen.

Do you think that the globalization and inclusion of multicultural sounds will keep electronic music alive and fresh or mainstream or something else?
The truth of the matter is, I believe anything can happen, in any way. It just takes someone with a strong vision and focus to start a new trend. But since the world is closer than ever because of the Internet, the next trend will have a worldwide platform.

What genres are you looking to reach deeper into?
Honestly, I've always heard artists like Michael Jackson and the Beatles say that music comes through them, as if they were tapping into a higher power. I want to feel what they felt, and I think the way to do so, is to have an open mind and never box yourself into a genre.

Anyone that you would love to collaborate with in the near future?
Wiz Khalifa, Danny Brown, Miguel, Pink, Sugar Free, Snoop.... and Taylor Swift.

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Floyd Mayweather’s Daughter Arrested For Allegedly Stabbing NBA Youngboy’s Baby’s Mother

Floyd Mayweather’s 19-year-old daughter, Iyanna “Yaya” Mayweather, was reportedly arrested in Houston on Saturday (April 4) for allegedly stabbing one of NBA Youngboy’s baby’s mothers during a violent incident that reportedly took place at the 20-year-old rapper’s home. According to TMZ Sports, NBA Youngboy and the victim, Lapattra Jacobs, were inside the home when Iyanna showed up claiming to be NBA Youngboy’s fiancée and an argument erupted between the two women.

Jacobs allegedly told Iyanna to leave the home but the argument moved its way into the kitchen. Iyanna was reportedly brandishing two knives and attacked Jacobs who was later hospitalized. Her condition is unknown.

“Hold it down for your loved one’s up in heaven and they will do the same. I’m very blessed and protected if you ask me,” NBAYoungboy tweeted on Saturday afternoon alongside a cryptic post to his Instagram Story that read in part, “If I tweet don’t refer it to some p**y shit.”

Iyanna was apprehended at 1:30 a.m. on Saturday and taken to Houston’s Harris County Jail where she was reportedly charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She seemingly referred to Youngboy as her “fiancé” in an Instagram post in January.

 

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The teenager is the daughter of Floyd and his ex-girlfriend, Melissa Brim. The boxing champion also shared three children with his ex, Josie Harris, who was found dead inside a parked car in the driveway of her Southern California home last month. Harris’ cause of death has yet to be revealed.

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Kobe Bryant Earns Posthumous Induction Into Basketball Hall Of Fame

Kobe Bryant will be posthumously inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the organization announced on Saturday (April 4). The late NBA legend joins the 2020 class of nine inductees which include NBA Finals MVP Tim Duncan, 15-time NBA All-Star and nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team Kevin Garnett, and 10-time WNBA All-Star and four-time Olympic gold medalist, Tamika Catchings.

“The Class of 2020 is undoubtedly one of the most historic of all time and the talent and social influence of these nine honorees is beyond measure,” John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, said in a statement. “In 2020, the basketball community has suffered the unimaginable loss of iconic figures Commissioner David Stern and Kobe Bryant, as well as the game itself due to COVID-19.

“We have also banded together like never before in appreciation of the game and those who have made it the uniting force it is today. Today we thank the Class of 2020 for all they have done for the game of basketball and we look forward to celebrating them at Enshrinement in August.”

The 2020 class will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame on Aug. 29 in Springfield, Mass. The date falls six days after what would have been Bryant’s 42nd birthday. The retired Lakers star died in a helicopter crash in January alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, and seven others.

Kobe’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, called the Hall of Fame election the “peak of his NBA career” during a FaceTime call with ESPN. “It’s an incredible accomplishment and honor, and we’re extremely proud of him. Every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a stepping stone to be here.

“Obviously we wish that he was here with us to celebrate,” Vanessa continued. “We’re incredibly proud of him. And there’s some solace in know that he was probably going to be apart of the 2020 Hall of Fame class.”

"We're incredibly proud of him."

Vanessa and Natalia Bryant joined Rece Davis after Kobe's induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. pic.twitter.com/HX31pyvgPe

— ESPN (@espn) April 4, 2020

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Detroit Bus Driver Dies From COVID-19 After Posting About Passenger Coughing

A Detroit bus driver died from coronavirus two weeks after making a Facebook Live post calling out a passenger for coughing several times on the bus without covering her mouth. The death of Jason Hargrove, a Transportation Equipment Operator for the Detroit Department of Transportation, was announced by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan on Thursday (April 2).

“He knew his life was being put in jeopardy -- even though he was going to work for the citizens of Detroit every day -- by somebody who just didn’t care and now he’s gone,” Duggan said.

The Amalgamated Transit Union also tweeted a message confirming Hargrove’s death. Hargrove belonged to the Union since 2016 and was one of two AUT members to die from COVID-19. The second victim, Joseph Madore, was a paratransit operator for First Transit, Greater Hartford Transit District.

#1u #Solidarity #COVID19 #Frontlines pic.twitter.com/OGeW5AsL1m

— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) April 3, 2020

Hargrove vented about his safety being at risk in an 8-minute video posted on March 21. “This coronavirus s**t is for real and we out here as public workers, doing our job, trying to make an honest living to take care of our families, but for you to get on the bus and stand on the bus and cough several times without covering up your mouth and you know we in the middle of a pandemic…that lets me know that some folks don’t care. Utterly don’t give a f**k, excuse my language but that’s how I feel right about now.”

Hargrove said that the woman was in her late 50s or early 60s and coughed four to five times. There were around nine passengers were on the bus at the time.

“I ain’t blaming nobody but that woman that did that s**t,” he continued. “For us to get through this ya’ll need to take this s**t serious. It’s folks dying out here [because] of this s**t. I’m mad right now because that s**t was uncalled for. I’m trying to be the professional that they want me to be, so I kept my mouth closed. But at some point..you gotta' draw the line and say 'enough is enough.' That s**t was uncalled for. I feel violated. I feel violated for the folks that were on the bus when this happened.”

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency and a state of disaster over the spread of COVID-19. Since reporting its first two cases on March 10, more than 12,000 people in Michigan have tested positive for the disease, and nearly 500 people have died. Many of the cases have been centered in Detroit and Oakland County.

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