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Pusha T On Kanye West's 'SWISH' Album: "You Guys Are In For A Treat"

"He's super meticulous about the messaging about his album but you guys are in for a treat." 

Pusha T is only one month into his new role as president of G.O.O.D. Music but the rapper continues to make it clear that he means business. The Virginia native sat with Rolling Stone to discuss all things G.O.O.D., including Kanye West's upcoming album, SWISH, his own project, and the future of the label.

The rapper, real name Terrence Thornton, started by revealing that although his involvement with Yeezy's forthcoming release has been minimal, the project will be well worth the wait.

"But everything I've heard is phenomenal and it has nothing to do with any of the other records that were released before," he said. "That's all I can really say about it. He's super meticulous about the messaging about his album but you guys are in for a treat."

G.O.O.D. Music fans are hoping that King Push has a treat of his own up his sleeves because two years after the release of his debut solo album, My Name Is My Name, the 38-year-old is prepping the release of his next project Darkest Before Dawn.

The rapper, who led the new album with "Untouchable," a Biggie-sampled track released in November, said that his upcoming project is distinctly different than its predecessor.
"I feel like 'My Name Is My Name' is a bit more lighthearted than what I just created,” he said. "I sat with Timbaland, I sat with Kanye, I sat with Sean Combs, Boi-1da, Nashiem Myrick, Mario Winans, Baauer, Mano and got from each of them the darkest part of their souls on these beats, and it marries everything I'm doing right now lyrically."

As the label adjusts to Pusha T's management, the rapper also discussed the musical future of Kanye West's conglomerate.

"I feel like the music should stay on the course of what it's been doing and stay with everything that's creative," he said. "I mean, I feel like we've been sticklers for creativity and things that have staying power. As far as new artists go, we're going to continue looking in that direction and keep making wise choices in regards to artistry."

And for those looking to join the likes of Big Sean, Teyana Taylor, and more on the G.O.O.D. roster, Pusha wants a self-starter and nothing less.

"If we're talking rap, I'm talking about fully self-contained artists that have a vision," he said. "I feel like that's what's happening in hip hop right now, especially with the kids. These kids are totally self-contained, they have very strong outlooks and they've accumulated their own following. They created their own touring circuits and they shoot their own videos. It's all about, to me, finding the greatest ones that encompass all of that."

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Report: Travis Scott Spoke With Colin Kaepernick Ahead Of Super Bowl

Travis Scott landed in the center of controversy after he announced that he would be performing during the Super Bowl halftime show in Feb. 2019. The outrage mostly stemmed from the split views regarding the NFL and its treatment of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who had been blackballed from the league for silently protesting social injustice during the national anthem. Despite fan opinions however, a new report claims Trav consulted with Kaep before the big performance, and their chat went rather well, according to Variety.

According to the new report, Travis and Kaepernick had at least one phone conversation earlier this year. While it's unclear what the two spoke about, a source close to Trav admitted that the two did not agree on everything that was talked about, but emerged from the discussion with "mutual respect and understanding."

As previously reported, Scott recently announced that he only agreed to perform during the halftime show as long as the NFL donated to Van Jones' social justice organization, Dream Corps. "I back anyone who takes a stand for what they believe in," he said in his announcement. "I know being an artist that it’s in my power to inspire. So before confirming the Super Bowl Halftime performance, I made sure to partner with the NFL on this important donation. I am proud to support Dream Corps and the work they do that will hopefully inspire and promote change."

According to the insider, Travis reiterated to Kaepernick that he would only confirm his performance after the donation was secured.

The two may have reached an understanding, but fans are still trying to persuade the rapper to make a statement during the halftime stage. A Change.org petition has been launched, requesting that Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi take a knee during their performances. It has already garnered more than 85,000 signatures. "It appears these artists aren’t backing out at this point. So now what?,” the petition description reads. "There’s one way they can still redeem their reputation with their fans. Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi: take a knee during your set."

The Super Bowl will kick off on Feb. 3.

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Rihanna Is Suing Her Father

Rihanna has had enough. Riri is reportedly suing her dad, Ronald Fenty, for using the Fenty brand to launch a talent agency and solicit money without her permission, TMZ reports.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, the ANTI singer claims her father launched a talent development company in 2017 called Fenty Entertainment. The problem – Rih trademarked "Fenty" years ago so that she could use it for her blossoming businesses.

The lawsuit claims Ronald is profiting from the reputation that was already created with Fenty Beauty and her apparel lines. Additionally, the docs allege that her dad falsely advertised themselves as her reps to solicit millions from fans.

The entrepreneur claims that her dad made $15 million in false bookings for shows throughout Latin America and attempted to trademark "Fenty" to use with resort boutique hotels.

While it may seem extreme to file a lawsuit against her own bloodline, Rih reportedly sent multiple cease and desist letters to him before she was forced to take full legal action.

Rihanna is asking a judge to place an injunction on Ronald using the name Fenty and to compensate her for the damages.

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John Boyega Launches Record Label To Oversee Soundtrack For Upcoming Movie

Great things are coming from John Boyega. According to Deadline, the actor will be executive producing a crime-thriller God Is Good alongside Josephine Rose (who was an executive producer for Slaughterhouse Rulez), a vein of Prisoners and City Of God as described by the movie's producers. While overseeing the film's major and minor details, the Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor has decided to open a record label dedicated to supervising the movie's soundtrack.

Boyega's newly founded record label is called UpperRoom Records. Tasked with more than overseeing the picture's tracklist, the label is expected to deliver emerging African artists like YoungstaCPT, who is set to feature on the project. The record label's team will include VP of Production, Yara Shaikh, and Stefan Wade, Head of A&R.

“I’m thrilled to be teaming once again with Josephine Rose on such a powerful and important story that explores themes of fathers and fatherhood, toxic masculinity, race and faith in a community that has become trapped in an unending cycle of violence and racial oppression, and where sometimes it seems for men that violence is the only way of achieving power," the 26-year-old said.

 

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