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Eminem Says “Hip-Hop Is In A Good Place,” Praises Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Drake & More

With the impending – and highly-anticipated – release of Southpaw, starring VIBE cover stars Jake Gyllenhaal and 50 Cent, the film’s soundtrack has also rounded up some talk, thanks to its executive producer, Eminem. In a new interview with The New York Times, Em discusses the theme behind the movie’s musical counterpart, as well his future in business, fatherhood, and whether or not he has begun working on his next solo album.

READ: Digital Cover: ‘Southpaw’ Fight Knights 50 Cent & Jake Gyllenhaal Get Raw

In chatting about crafting a soundtrack that “would remind you of the movie years down the road,” Eminem also gave his thoughts on today’s hip-hop scene. Naming his favorites as Kendrick Lamar and Lil’ Wayne, the “Rap God” also gave kudos to Big Sean, Drake and Schoolboy Q. Assuring that “hip-hop” is in a good place, Em also talked the staying power of Jay Z, as well as the business minds of 50 Cent, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Check out a few excerpts from the interview below:

On 50 Cent’s business acumen:
With 50, I could always see that coming, even from the start. He was always so business-minded. He’s always been so in tune with what the next move is, where I may be — I hate to say it — but I tend to be more narrow-minded. Just so tunnel vision with the music.

On his favorite rappers right now and current state of hip-hop:
I try to stay up on everything that’s out. I love [Lil] Wayne, Drake, Big Sean, Schoolboy Q. I love Kendrick [Lamar]. I just try to pay attention to what’s out. Wayne puts out a new song, and my ears perk up. There are certain artists that make me do that just because of the caliber that they rhyme at — it’s like candy to me. Kendrick, the way he puts albums together — front to back, they’re like pieces of art. But hip-hop needs Drake, too. Hip-hop needs Big Sean. I feel like hip-hop is in a good place right now. There’s this balance of things going on, and it feels like some of the best rappers are the most successful. Sometimes that’s not the case. Kanye, as well — I forgot to mention Kanye.

READ: Eminem To Afeni Shakur: “You Are A True Queen, And I Mean That In Every Sense Of The Word”

On rap’s “good ol’ days” and Jay Z:
For sure, I don’t want to be that guy. You take the good with the bad. It’s one of the things I really respect about Jay [Z]. In my opinion, he’s never had a lull in his career. It’s always just been so consistent; he’s so in tune with what is current and what’s cool to do.

On whether or not he’s working on a new album:
Not as of yet. But I’m just trying to figure out what to do next musically. There’ll be a certain page that I get on, and I’m like, “O.K., I’ve done it this way.” Sometimes I think that if I get comfortable or set in my ways of doing something, maybe I should step back for a minute and figure out how to mix it up a little bit.

Read the full New York Times interview here.

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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

— 🇵🇸 FADIA KADER (@FADIA) April 23, 2019

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Absolutely Nobody:

My arse: #BeforeILetGoChallenge take 22! Action! pic.twitter.com/kaOXf0QzOv

— SyllabusMag (@SyllabusMag) April 23, 2019

#Get it in, Granma!! This is some inter-generational love. 🖤#BeforeILetGoChallenege pic.twitter.com/CdeEfJXG3i

— AliyatLecky (@aliyatlecky) April 25, 2019

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13-Year-Old Texas Girl Dies After Being Jumped Three Teenage Girls

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.

That 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 stated 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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Blac Chyna Will Be Taking Harvard University Business Courses

It looks like Blac Chyna is taking her business goals very seriously, and will be continuing her schooling online at one of the country's most prestigious universities.

Per TMZ, Chyna has been admitted to online business courses at Harvard University. Her acceptance letter was sent to her on Monday (April 22), and she will be enrolled in a program called "Business Analytics."

Per Harvard's website, the course's curriculum "explores current topics in business analytics, such as quantitative methods, business and financial statistics, emerging ideas and technologies, big data, and data visualization." She will also reportedly "develop and test hypotheses, craft sound survey questions and draw conclusions from population samples."

"Where I'm at now is a stage of realization and growth!" Chyna told the gossip site about her new chapter. "I want to be great for myself and my kids. School is going to help me take things up a couple of notches. People are always talking about me, might as well talk about the good. I'm excited for the next chapter."

Earlier this week, Chyna wrote a lengthy statement on Instagram regarding change and growth.

"Blac Chyna doesn’t define Angela White as a person,” she wrote. “At 30, I am overwhelmed with the blessings I have. Being A mother of two amazing children. I don’t talk on things often, but I promise to give you guys more of me. Angela White perspective.”

Congrats to Ms. White on her exciting and challenging new chapter.

 

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Growth is painful. Change is painful. But, nothing is as painful as being where you do not belong! #newbeginnings

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