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Jhené Aiko Talks ‘Souled Out’, The State Of Female R&B And Beyonce’s New Album

Long the best-kept secret in R&B, Jhené Aiko finally escaped the world of mixtapes and hip-hop features in late 2013 when her exquisite Sail Out EP rode a wave of critical acclaim all the way to number eight on the Billboard Hot 200 — no easy feat for a debut set without a radio hit.

She’s grateful for the EP’s success but that’s not her end goal. “[Music] is something I’m going to do regardless of the benefits I reap from it. Because I love doing it, it keeps me doing it no matter how successful,” says the 25-year-old. “I really stay motivated by people that come up to me and they tell me how much they’re connected to a song.”

And it’s hard for listeners not to feel attached to the singer after hearing the frank, emotionally raw tracks on Sail Out. On “Comfort Inn Ending” Jhené unleashes a stream of consciousness confessional touching on everything from past lovers to her brother’s death. “I didn’t write anything down,” she explains. “I just went in the booth and told this story. I just really wanted it to be super raw and say whatever came to my mind.”

According to the Def Jam diva, the sprawling track is a taste of what’s to come on her much-anticipated debut LP Souled Out. “I would say that ‘Comfort Inn Ending is a good sneak peak into what the album will sound like,” she reveals. “The sound is different in the sense that the music is more intricate and there are live instruments. I feel like everything is on another level. It’s deeper.”

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Gary Owen In Hot Water For 'N-Word' Tweet Referencing Damian Lillard

Gary Owen is in hot water with black Twitter regarding a recent tweet referencing the N-word, NBA star Damian Lillard and his coach, Terry Stotts.

While presumably watching the highly-discussed Portland Trailblazers’ first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, where Damian Lillard made an impressive, game-winning shot.

“If Portland’s coach could say the N word that was the perfect time. This N word just hit that sh*t. WOW,” he wrote in response to the shot. People who follow the actor-comedian or are just passing by are urging him to take down the tweet.

“Yeah this is why i have a problem with us letting these white folks all the way into the culture, because at the end of the day…” one Twitter user wrote under the tweet. Another responded, “Cookout invite retracted there, sir!”

Owen, who has been seen in many  predominantly black-lead films such as Think Like A Man and The Little Man, has not taken the tweet down yet.

yeah this is why i have a problem with us letting these white folks all the way into the culture, because at the end of the day...

— tiago sosa (@royce_rude) April 24, 2019

Been up too long...ain’t no deleting it now. Cookout invite retracted there, sir! pic.twitter.com/8VperfnuPW

— Nicole Campbell (@sssassy1981) April 24, 2019

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Bun B Uses His Second Amendment Right To Shoot Armed Intruder

Quick thinking and the right to bear arms may have saved Bun B and his wife Angela "Queenie" Walls' lives.

The rapper, born Bernard Freeman, shot a suspected robber at his home in Houston, Texas. ABC13 reports the incident happened Tuesday (April 23) afternoon when the suspect rang the doorbell. With Walls under the assumption that it was a delivery, opened to the door. The suspect then held Walls at gunpoint in an effort to demand property, with Walls directing him to the Audi in the family's garage.

Bun B reportedly heard the commotion and grabbed his gun. A shootout occurred as the robber attempted to climb into the car. He later took off on foot, leaving his weapon behind and sought medical assistance at the Houston hospital for a gunshot wound to the shoulder.

The suspect was charged on two counts of aggravated robbery with a weapon and one count of burglary.

It isn't known if there were any other members of the family at the home.

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary To Add Eminem's Version Of "Stan"

Out of 640 words added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Eminem's everlasting interpretation of the word "stan" is among the litany of terms. On Tuesday (April 23), the company tweeted the news with a gif of Beyonce's Homecoming documentary that premiered on Netflix (April 17).

Putting Slim Shady's "Stan" video into literary text, Merriam-Webster defines the title as "an extremely or excessively enthusiastic and devoted fan" or "to exhibit fandom to an extreme or excessive degree: to be an extremely devoted and enthusiastic fan of someone or something." In 2017, the Oxford English Dictionary also added "stan" to its pages.

'Stan' has been added as both a noun and a verb. https://t.co/Dal0N79sAU pic.twitter.com/q1kBkKR1rn

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) April 23, 2019

In a lyric annotation for Genius, Eminem broke down the latter part of the chorus ("And even if I could it'd all be gray/But your picture on my wall/It reminds me that it's not so bad, it's not so bad"), performed by Dido, and shared how those lines set the stage for the rest of the song.

"When I heard 'your picture on my wall,' I was like 'Yo, this could be about somebody who takes me too seriously.' So I knew what I was going to write about before I wrote it," he said. "A lot of times when I'm writing songs, I see visions for everything I'm writing. This was one of those."

Revisit the 2000 video below.

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