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DJ Terry Urban Unites Two of Hip Hop's Biggest Influences in New Mashup

Bowie meets Biggie. "Biggie Stardust" brings two late greats under one beat. 

The death of David Bowie left many reflecting on the iconic artist's impact on the music industry. The latest to honor Bowie, mixing mastermind Terry Urban calls his new mashup, "a dedication for two artists that have influenced me greatly. #RIPDavidBowie #ripbiggie."

The DJ juxtaposes a Bowie interview and 1972 song "Moonage Daydream"—which made a comeback in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy— with a verse dropped by the Notorious B.I.G. in 1999's "Dead Wrong." A play on the Brit's nickname, "Ziggy Stardust," Urban titles his track "Biggie Stardust."

Both Bowie and Biggie have been featured in past Urban mashups. Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” and “Let’s Dance” got the Lady Gaga treatment in 2009 on mixtape Lady Stardust. The DJ also debuted multi-track projects with Biggie songs like "Wake Up," "I Got a Story to Tell," "Get Money," mixed with Lana Del Rey in 2012 and FKA Twigs in 2015.

The newest mashup dips into the idea of life versus religion. The Bowie interview from the archives stitches together the rebellious nature of both late artists and their words regarding the divine—all in an effort to answer, "What did David Bowie think about David Bowie?"

Cop a listen of "Biggie Stardust" below.

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Aretha Franklin's Niece Discovers Handwritten Wills Under Couch Cushions

Aretha Franklin's niece, Sabrina Owens, was sorting through her aunt's personal belongings when she discovered three handwritten wills scattered throughout her Oakland County, Michigan home, The Associated Press reports. It was originally believed that Franklin didn't leave a will behind.

Owens reportedly found one of the wills, which was written in 2010, under couch cushions. The other two, written in 2014, she came across in a locked cabinet. All three of the wills were filed in a probate court in Oakland County.

In the documents, Franklin requested that her son, Kecalf Franklin, be the personal representative of her estate, although he previously handed the reigns over to Owens. The 2014 document details which assets should go to which relative.

A statement from Owens said, "she remains neutral and wishes that all parties involved make wise choices on behalf of their mother, her rich legacy, the family and the Aretha Franklin estate."

It's been nearly one year since Aretha Franklin passed away in Aug. 2018. The legendary musician was 76 years old at the time of her death.

A hearing to confirm the validity of the wills is scheduled for June 12.

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Country Music Fans Boycott Wrangler Brand Following Lil Nas X's Partnership

Country music fans are reportedly planning to boycott Wrangler brand due to their recent partnership with rising star Lil Nas X.

This week, Wrangler launched its new capsule collection with Lil Nas X. The line was inspired by a lyric from the rapper's No. 1 hit, "Old Town Road:" "Cowboy hat from Gucci / Wrangler on my booty," he rap-sings.

After Wrangler shared the news of the collaboration on Instagram, country music fans quickly expressed their issues with the partnership. "Really? Supporting an artist that so clearly is mocking country music and the lifestyle it represents? Bad move Wrangler," on commenter wrote.

"Thank you, Wrangler, for ruining the original cowboy cuts awesome just fantastic," another person wrote.

Not too long after the controversy, Lil Nas X hopped on Twitter to address hs haters. "Y’all really boycotting wrangler?? Is it that deep?" Nas X tweeted.

It isn't that deep, indeed. Well, while the haters keep hating, Lil Nas X is gearing up for his debut EP, 7, which is slated to drop in June 2019.

 

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Sing it. Wear it. Love it. . Follow link in bio for the Wrangler Lil Nas X collection. . #WranglerOnMyBooty #WranglerLilNasX

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Psst...it’s an instant hit. Introducing the new Wrangler Lil Nas X Collection. Follow link in bio. . #WranglerOnMyBooty #WranglerLilNasX

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Big Sean Confronts Nipsey Hussle's Killer In Thoughtful Video

Fans are still processing the death of Nipsey Hussle. While some people have expressed anger and sorrow, others are channeling their emotions in different ways. Big Sean shared a powerful video message on Instagram on Monday (May 20) about Nip's passing and even addressed his killer.

"You know what I wanted to say was to the person who murdered Nipsey and to people like that who take somebody’s life out of impulse or for revenge or whatever the case may be—you’re making a permanent solution to a temporary problem," Sean said. "Obviously that’s not how you solve problems. I don't know if we know the value of a life for real, because when you take somebody’s life, dog—you’re setting back their family. You’re setting the whole lineage back—generations. What I mean by that is, I know for a fact my grandma was working for my mom and for me and my brother. I don’t even have kids—I’m definitely already working for my kids and my kids’ kids. When you take somebody’s life, you’re setting all that back. And for what? For something that could have been communicated better?"

Although Big Sean doesn't say his name in the video, he is likely referring to Eric Holder, who was arrested for allegedly murdering Nipsey Hussle outside of his Los Angeles clothing store in Mar. 2019. Police say Hussle was shot after he and Holder got into an argument.

Sean also pointed out the difficulties black men have with communicating their feelings. "It takes a lot of effort. I’ve noticed that men, and in Black men, we're taught to communicate certain ways," he continued. "We're taught to be tough, we're taught to stand tough and get your revenge and retaliate through violence and all that type of shit. But you know, we’re going to keep losing kings!"You can view Sean's message for yourself below.

Watch Big Sean's full Instagram video below.

 

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