J. Cole: 'I'm Going To Create New Classics'

In part of Elliott Wilson's CRWN interview with J. Cole, the NC rapper talks about how he isn't out to try and "top" his debut album or mixtape releases. The Roc Nation rapper explains how he knows his music captures moments in time and resonates with people in a way where his only goal is create "new classics." During the intimate chat, Cole also breaks down his experiences with Jay-Z's catalog and relates it to his own. Watch part 1 above.

"I'm not trying to top Warm Up and Friday Night Lights because I could never recreate that moment for the people that were attached to it," Cole said. "And I'm one of them, but I'm going to make new classics and new legendary shit."

From the Web

More on Vibe

Exclusive: Will Smith And Martin Lawrence Discuss "Odd Couple" Energy For 'Bad Boys For Life'

It might seem like it was ions ago, but Will Smith and Martin Lawrence returned to the top of the box office in January with the third installment of the Bad Boys franchise. Bad Boys For Life brought our faves to the big screen with their classic banter and unmatched energy.

In an exclusive clip from the film's digital release, the two discuss what makes their chemistry so electric. For Lawrence, it was the mission to keep comedy at the forefront of the action-packed film. Elsewhere in the clip, the film's directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah share their experience working with the film veterans.

"I cannot even describe it when they're together something happens," Adil says. "Whatever they do is funny, cool and so interesting. We don't have to do a lot of directing, we just let them do what they do."

Bad Boys For Life grossed over $60 million in its opening weekend and $204 million globally. The film is officially available today (March 31) for digital release. It will land in 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, April 21.

It was recently announced that Sony already kicked off plans to develop a fourth film for the franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Bremner, who worked on Bad Boys for Life, has been tapped to handle the script.

You can read out VIBE VIVA cover story with Bad Boys For Life co-star Nicky Jam here. 

Continue Reading
Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images

Alicia Keys Debuts ‘More Myself: A Journey’ Memoir

Although Alicia Keys had to place the release of her seventh studio album, A.L.I.C.I.A. on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York City native is still giving fans original content in the form of a book. On Tuesday (March 31), Keys released her More Myself: A Journey memoir (An Oprah Book, via Flatiron Books) which tracks her upbringing in the Big Apple’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood all the way to becoming a world-renowned artist and humanitarian.

The book, which you can order here, features memories of meeting Prince, meeting her husband/famed producer Swizzled Beats, and signing record deals that each served as a learning lesson, including one with Clive Davis which she detailed in the excerpt below:

Jeff and I debated for days. I can still feel the below-freezing wind gusts cutting through my jacket and into my bones as I stood out on Fifty-seventh Street, arguing with him about why I wanted to remain with Clive. “Come on,” Jeff kept saying, “let’s just do the deal with Arista. Clive is great. L.A. is great. Both understand who you are as an artist, so either way, you win professionally. You might as well go with the best deal.” As much as I understood and appreciated that logic, and as eager as I was to carve out a Grand Canyon between me and an empty checking account, I didn’t feel good about walking away from Clive. He clearly cared about my career; I’d sensed that from our very first meeting. He’d also invested mightily in helping me untangle myself from Columbia. I also felt loyal to Peter, who’d wanted to sign me from the beginning, long before the universe brought us together at Arista. “I’m staying with Clive,” I finally told Jeff, who rolled his eyes and threw up his arms. My instincts had led me to sign with Clive, and now, that sixth sense urged me to remain loyal to our partnership. For one of the first times in my relationship with my manager, I refused to be swayed. In the coming years, he’d often say to me, “I will never doubt your instincts.”

On her Instagram account, Keys also read another excerpt which visualizes her NYC surroundings.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Growing up in these Hell’s Kitchen streets taught me A LOT. I realize there’s a certain amount of armor u have to wear just to make it down the street. Mommy raised me on her own and she always taught me so much. The hard truths even when I was too young to understand. Mostly she taught me a lot about empathy. I always promised myself I would never be vunerable and exposed. I realize I carried that with me for so long. Now I’m ready to be more open. More vunerable.⁣ ⁣ More Myself: A Journey 📚 is out TOMORROW!!!!! 😘 Thank you for your love! I Can’t wait to share with you.

A post shared by Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) on Mar 30, 2020 at 3:00pm PDT

The news arrives a day after Keys’ recent single “Underdog” reached the No. 1 spot on the iTunes chart. The melody also has a remix component featuring reggae’s innovators Chronixx and Protoje which you can spin below.

Continue Reading
DJ Jazzy Jeff performs on stage with Will Smith (not pictured) during the Paramount Pictures, Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer Films "Gemini Man" Budapest concert at St Stephens Basilica Square on September 25, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.
Ian Gavan

DJ Jazzy Jeff Recovering From Pneumonia, Believes He Has Coronavirus

DJ Jazzy Jeff has been battling a fierce case of pneumonia, and he believes he may have the coronavirus.

"i'm recovering from pneumonia in both of my lungs... I lost my sense of smell and taste, which is a main sign of the virus. I would NOT be here if not for my guardian angel of a wife," he posted on Instagram.

"Pls say a prayer for all the sick...it's a lot more than you know!"

While the legendary DJ doesn't appear to have an official diagnosis, he wouldn't be the first celebrity to have COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, Kevin Durant, Scarface, Slim Thug, and others have all been diagnosed. Afro-jazz saxophonist Manu Dibango died after contracting the coronavirus. According to New York Times, the United States has the highest number of reported infections in the world.

Continue Reading

Top Stories