Wale Talks 'The Gifted,' Summer Jam, Parting Ways With Tiara Thomas

Wale sat down with Hot 97’s Cipha Sounds, Peter Rosenberg, K. Foxx and Ebro this morning to discuss everything from his upcoming album The Gifted to his upcoming performance at his Summer Jam this weekend. The MMG rapper even talked with the morning show about feedback from fans and naysayers on social networks.

“I can take an opinion, but I don’t like when you try and spew hate and contaminate the way other people think,” Wale said. “I feel like I’m one of the people that’s always made music for the common man. That’s why I don’t really live my life the way I could. I don’t stunt as much as I could stunt, ‘cause that’s not who my music is for. My shit for like, regular niggas that wanna hear about real shit.”

The conversation then turned to Tiara Thomas, the singer featured on Wale’s hit single “Bad.” Without giving away a slew of details, the rapper alluded that Thomas has chosen to ink another deal instead of signing with his TBA label. The two had worked together for two years, according to Wale.

“I don’t believe in paperwork too soon, because I like to show and prove what I can do [...] I ain’t wanna scare nobody. Like, let’s make the music, let’s vibe,” he said. “That’s why I’ll kick myself before I complain about somebody else. It’s the music business, a lot people ain’t your friend-friend for real like that sometimes.”

Wale kept the discussion on the matter amicable, ultimately wishing Thomas well and giving her credit as an artist.

“She did what she had to do. She did what she thought was in her best interest,” he said. “And I guess that’s what all people do. So shout out to her and her situation.”

The interview concluded with a conversation about Wale’s The Gifted album. The rapper discussed the album’s artwork as well has his involvement in the creative process.

“I really wanted it to be elaborate because this is the most hands on I’ve ever been. I’m talking about from every string arrangement, to the levels of the vocals that you hear, the way you hear the music, the way it’s structured,” he said. “It really tells a story. I’m ending songs where you can hear the bass from the next song. Or you can hear faintly the hook for the next song coming in.

Wale rapper only confirmed one guest feature on the album: Nicki Minaj. The two collaborated for a strip club anthem called “Clappers.” He also shared that he has recorded a remix to “Bad” featuring Rihanna, but urged her fans to push for the songs release.

The Gifted drops June 25th.

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Wedding bells have just made their way into the history books. Last night (April 25), FOX's Empire became the first network television show to air a black gay wedding. Jamal and his fiancé Kai (Jussie Smollett and Toby Onwumere, respectively) jump the broom and swap vows in the episode titled "Never Doubt I Love."

As an added treat, Empire even tapped the legendary Chaka Khan to perform at the fictional star-studded wedding (Mario and Wood Harris even showed up) which, as evidenced by the episode BTS video, was a moment for everyone right to the stars of the show themselves. “Today’s wedding is special and controversial,” Khan said of using her voice for this particular cameo. “But my answer to all that is just love is love.”

Cast members Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe agree that Jamal and Kai's wedding might have just become the best Empire wedding.

While this doesn't necessarily take away from the controversy still surrounding Smollett's case in Chicago, it was a cause for celebration regarding diversity and representation on television nonetheless. As Ms. Khan said, right here and right now, the most important thing to note is that love is love.

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Frankie Beverly Shares His Thoughts On Beyonce's Rendition Of "Before I Let Go"

In 1981, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly released a hit that's cemented its presence from cassette tapes to streaming services for your summertime cookout playlist. "Before I Let Go" found a home at the thirteenth spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart during its release, but now its melodies are being housed under a new rendition.

In mid-April, Beyonce gifted fans with her take on the aforementioned single, which debuted to fanfare with the release of her Netflix Homecoming documentary. The program displayed a behind-the-scenes look at the production of her 2018 Coachella performance.

In an interview with Billboard, Beverly said the "All Night" singer's team connected with him "a week or two age" to notify him of the remix. "When they played it, that's when I heard the first draft of it, and I was blown away. It's a blessing," he said. "It's amazing how she works, she's very smart. I'm caught off guard, but in a beautiful way...Then the way she just released it, it's off the chain. She's done so much, this is one of the high points of my life."

On the premise of the original song, Beverly said he reached a crossroads in a past relationship. "It was just up and down, and by the end of it, I wrote a song because I was feeling I needed to get out of it," he shared. "I was so into the girl, but it just wasn't working out. I was thinking, 'What am I gonna do?' and that thought inspired the song. I was going to try to do all of these things 'before I let go.' It was a situation I had to get out of, but I was in love."

The legendary artist also revealed that he never imagined "Before I Let Go" would persevere in this capacity. "It really changed everything for me," he said. "It was a huge song at the time, and it's one of those things this band will be able to carry on forever."

Beyonce's rendition also sparked a #BeforeILetGo challenge which she promoted via her Instagram Story.

finally ! Beyoncé used IG stories for the first time since the first time (once) last year! And this time she used it to share fan videos of the #BeforeILetGoChallenge ! Y’all better go make some videos while she’s blessing y’all on her page! and play the lotto if your featured pic.twitter.com/OdYF4txj4A

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— AliyatLecky (@aliyatlecky) April 25, 2019

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13-Year-Old Texas Girl Dies After Being Jumped By Three Teens

A 13-year-old Texas girl was placed on life support after being jumped by three teenage girls last week, and the New York Daily News confirms the teen died.

Kashala Francis was walking home from Attucks Middle School Thursday (April 18) when she was jumped by two girls and kicked in the head by another. Cellphone recording of the incident shows the attackers laughing.

The girl's mother Mamie Jackson told reporters that Kashala came home with a bruise on her face, told her what happened but insisted she was fine. However, things quickly got worse.

On the following Saturday, Jackson says Kashala went to a family member's house and was told she became delusional but was able to gather her bearings. On Sunday (April 21), Kashala called her mother and complained she felt weak and had a painful headache before lying down.

Jackson said soon after she called the ambulance because Kashala was unconscious. While at Texas Children's Hospital, it was discovered she had a tumor in the back of her head and had fluid buildup in her brain.

On Wednesday morning (April 24) Kashala died. Pending an autopsy, it's unclear if the young girl had the tumor prior to the fight, or if being kicked in the head caused the tumor, which resulted in her death.

Until the autopsy can make the distinction, the case is being investigated as a homicide.

In an emailed sent to The Daily News, the school district stated it's offering students access to grief counselors.

"[The district] is deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our students. We extend our sincere condolences to the student’s family, friends, teachers, and classmates."

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