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Chance The Rapper Gave A Lecture At Harvard

The historic university invited Chance to speak to the students. 

Last Thursday (April 30), Harvard University's Hiphop Archive & Research Institute had Chance The Rapper as a guest lecturer. The Chicago rapper sat down for a Q&A with students and took questions on Kanye West, the unrest in Baltimore, streaming music in the wake of Tidal & other services battling one another, violence and misogyny in hip-hop and more.

He admitted that "Everyday Wonderful," the track he did with The Social Experiment where they flip the theme song to the children's TV show Arthur was the song he's most proud of and that he feels streaming services are "wack as fuck," though, he's a big fan of Soundcloud. He also wants people to be informed and tuned in to what's actually happening in response to Baltimore.

Chance also stated that his main life goal, aside from making the music that he wants to make is to grow old in Chicago with his friends. And make seldom trips to Harvard for guest lectures. "I thought you guys were troubled kids and shit and I was coming to talk to you about getting your lives together!"

On uprising in Baltimore:
"I think it's really most important for everybody to be informed, to be connected to the situation. I always say like there's an act—when to be a hand or to be a voice. You gotta know when your Twitter is stronger or your body actually marches. Sometimes it's either/or, you know? But I don't want to dance around saying this shit is wrong. I think we all know that. It's very hard to watch it happening on a loop."

On misogyny in hip-hop:
I've been working on lot music since I dropped Acid Rap two years ago. I wrote this whole verse, a very disrespectful verse for [J.] Cole's use or for my use. A little less than a week later I was at my friend Peter's house working on another record, and this record is called "Goofy." The hook is this bitch a goofy over and over and over. It's super, it's terrible, but it's a very catchy song. A few days after I wrote that record and recorded a scratch for it, I recorded another song called "Regular" for the Surf project. I don't know where this came from, where this angst was coming from, where this disassociation with women or with black women specifically—because that's my closer relationship to women—was coming from, but in a short period of time I was writing a lot of records that just seem to have just a lot of ill will. I premiered one of the records on the radio and it wasn't until I heard that record played back after somebody ripped it that I realized I couldn't associate with it. I listened back to these other two records and I couldn't really associate with either of them. I just had this just short but important moment of reflection. I felt really responsible so I dug this deep hole and I threw "This Bitch Is Goofy" in there. "Regulars" is still going to be on Surf. That one's just too good. That's my roundabout answer to why I still use the word 'bitch.'"

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Grande reportedly made $8 million from the festival, while Beyoncé only took home an estimated $3 to $4 million.

This certainly seems a little odd to fans due to a handful of reasons. For one, Beyoncé is a much more seasoned artist. Additionally, her headlining show, also known as BeyChella, was a historical moment that drew millions of viewers.

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Despite making audiences across the country laugh, FOX's comedy series Rel will not return for a second season.

According to Variety, the Lil Rey Howery-lead show– which also starred Sinbad and Jess Hilarious– continued to plummet in ratings.

"Rel‘s (now series) finale, which aired Jan. 13, delivered 2.8 million viewers and a 1.1 in the demo — the series’ best showing since its premiere — but that largely was attributable to the evening’s lead-in: the hugely watched Eagles/Saints NFC divisional playoff," the report reads.

The series was inspired largely in-part to Howery's real life experiences, who lived by the credo "always believe in yourself and great things will come." Shenanigans throughout the series ensue when he discovers his wife is having an affair with his barber.

"I want to thank all the loyal 2 million plus people that tuned in every week to my show," Howery wrote on Instagram regarding the news of the show's cancellation. "I’m so proud of what we did and it was a dream come true... I got a chance to not only create a show based off my material and some real life events I got to work and create magic with my friends... God is so good and I’m truly blessed."

The series was put in the spotlight when its co-creator and executive producer Kevin Barnett suddenly passed away in January during a trip to Mexico. Barnett's death was caused by pancreatitis complications. He was only 32 years old.

 

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I want to thank all the loyal 2 million plus people that tuned in every week to my show... I’m so proud of what we did and it was a dream come true... I got a chance to not only create a show based off my material and some real life events I got to work and create magic with my friends... God is so good and I’m truly blessed... Thanks again for the huge opportunity and it’s on to the next one... I learned a lot and it’s still a huge accomplishment for me to pull this off... I wanted to make a dramatic comedy with heart and I did that... I know I made you proud Mom!!!!!! #REL

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Per TMZ, the Florida rapper says that he got lost initially, and had no idea he left America. He was arrested at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge heading into New York State.

"We're told he didn't realize until he was asked to present a passport, and at that point, there was no turning back ... so they stayed on the route," the site reads. "The rapper set out Wednesday to drive himself from Detroit to Boston, punched the destination into his GPS, and it put him on the most direct route ... through Canada, NY and onto Massachusetts."

His untimely arrest forced him to cancel a show in Boston on Wednesday night (April 17) and a show in Connecticut the following night (April 18), much to the ire of his fans in attendance. He is reportedly set to perform tonight in Philly.

"Kodak's run-ins with the law have also been a topic of discussion. The 21-year-old was released on August 18, 2018, after serving seven months for marijuana possession and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon," VIBE reported. "Kodak currently faces criminal sexual conduct charges and faces up to a maximum of 30 years in prison."

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