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7 Things We Recently Learned About Kendrick Lamar

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A lot has been said about Kendrick Lamar since the good kid , m.A.A.d city hype has died down. Through it all, the Grammy-nominated MC has kept quiet and hasn’t addressed anything. After performing at Kube 93’s Summer Jam, Nessa Nitty caught up with him to get his thoughts on things that have been said about him by fellow rappers, his upcoming album and rumors that have been floating around. Before you check out the interview, flip through to see what we learned.

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K. Dot confirmed that he is working on his second album but  its not called United States of Alarm.

“That’s a good title by the way.”

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He’s not mad at Lupe Fiasco for saying he’s not as good as a lyricist as Def Jam signee Logic or Bad Boy’s King Los.

"Everybody's entitled to their opinion, you feel me? I just continue to do what I do," he said. "Everybody feel their own aspects of it, how they look at different artists, but I just continue to do what I do."

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After Kendrick’s “Control” verse caused a frenzy in hip hop, Mac Miller was one of the rappers to fire back, but not really. On his track “Friends” featuring Kendrick’s Black Hippy comrade ScHoolboy Q, he playfully rapped

“In this Game of Thrones, it is known/I got the 4G, L-T-E connection boards/No Control, f**k Ken Lamar (F**k you Kendrick!).

Some could figure out that he was joking but some took it as a serious jab. In a #AskMac twitter session someone asked him if he thought Kendrick was going to diss him after what he said in the “Friends” track he replied “fuck Kendrick.” In the interview, the G.O.O.D. Kidd confirmed they were still homies.

“That's my homie. He’s just a crazy guy. That my partner.”

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The modest $500,000 house that he recently bought is in fact not his own.

"I really like to buy property whether it’s apartments, whether it’s buildings, whether it’s houses. I like to stay in L.A. I still live in L.A. in a small little apartment condo in L.A. I like to invest my money in different things rather than buying things for the moment. Something that can last me a lifetime."

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Right now the only new music he is excited about comes from TDE newbies SZA and Isaiah Rashad.

"It's been a real drought man but I'm sure everybody's cooking up."

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No worries, Dr. Dre will be working on his new album. When Nessa said he may not be focused on the music the Compton native replied:

"One thing about Dre is you can’t take the music away from him. No matter how much money he has he’s going to be right there in that studio. That’s before the deal, after the deal, he’s always locked in that studio."

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He’s not worried about rapper Troy Ave. A few months back the Brooklyn MC called Kendrick a “weirdo rapper” during an interview on the Hot 97 Morning Show.

“I don't even know what’s the definition--I never met him, I never really focused on his music either.”

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SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)

 

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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