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Review: King Lil G Is All About That G-Funk On 'Lost In Smoke 2'

Top down, windows up. 

Up-and-coming phenom King Lil G is out to forge his legacy in West Coast rap with his newest release, Lost In Smoke 2. The 29-year-old wordsmith chronicles surviving the streets of South Central L.A., while mirroring musical influences like Pac and Dre throughout a turbulent coming-of-age tale.

Born Alex Gonzales, Lil G uses the sequel to his 2013 mixtape as a form of redemption and repents past mistakes as a teenaged gang member. He begins by letting go of his childhood struggles, even as they manifest in the introductory track “Cold Christmas,” which doubles as an ode to his mother. “I motivated me, no one else did. Apartment seven, that little broke kid. Wanted toys, my moms can't afford it. My mama's love became more important,” he spits.

His emotionally-crippling memories of growing up in a broken home bleed through records like “Look How Far” featuring Young Scooter Boy. Lack of access to something as common as school supplies explains why Lil G ultimately gave up on getting an education and turned to hustling in order to make ends meet. "It almost got me killed, I swear that sh*t was do or die," he raps. "My momma had no money, so I had no school supplies."

Like hip-hop legends 2Pac, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, Gonzales' lyrics on his cultural experiences and juvenile turmoil add to the established fabric of West Coast rap. Fellow California-based MCs like Nipsey Hussle and Too $hort throw down on records "Dope" and " Fuck With You," respectively,  further certifying G's prowess.

“With a tattoo artist and a few extendos I had to make moves, it was confidential," he says on "Dope." "Bring the drama to your ass like we banging Death Row."

Halfway into the album, Gonzales goes off on a bilingual tirade against his enemies on “Ando Tatuado.” His defensive bars mimic J. Cole and Kanye West flows, while samples of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg strengthen the chorus. In the end, the AK47 Boyz leader throws both middle fingers in the sky to anyone who judges him. “Después toda la cara, me fui a tatuar. Con la botella hennesy, me puse a tomar.
Dile a mis enemigos que no tengo miedo," he swaggers.

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When he’s not dwelling on a dramatic past, G's turning up with the opposite sex and toking on the finest strands of Mary Jane with the fellas. Along with EMC Senatra, Young Drummer Boy and LA Gun Smoke, G bigs-up the plug on “Obvious,” while the Tory Lanez-assisted “MariWanna” brings the party to a popping kickback in the San Fernando Valley. The fumes only get denser in the mellowed-out “Room Full Of Smoke."

With Hit-Boy and League Of Starz behind the boards, the spirit of gangsta rap rattles in tracks “Goon$” and “Pablo de Medellín.” The album closes out with his most palpable and ominous record, “After My Life,” in which Gonzales channels his inner 2Pac and mulls over who'll miss him when he's gone. He thanks his believers and dismisses his so-called loved ones, all the while.

Spin Lost in Smoke 2, here.

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Jennifer Lopez's Iconic Versace Dress To Be Transformed Into Swanky Watch

The iconic Versace dress worn by Jennifer Lopez that sparked the creation of Google Images is now a luxurious watch.

To mark the brand's Spring-Summer 2020 collection, the brand has decided to reprise the Medusa Frame jungle print by way of a sleek timepiece. In addition to the new collection, this also marks the 20th anniversary of Donatella Versace's legendary jungle print. Roman numbers are found in the dial along with an interchangeable black leather strap for additional styling. The piece will cause Versace and J.Lo fans a pretty penny at $1,495.00 when it hits retailers in May.

Since her jaw-dropping fashion moment, the actress-singer has rocked the print a few times. A jumpsuit version was worn in the visuals for "I Luv Ya Papi" back in 2014 with a revamped version of the gown making its way to Milan Fashion Week in 2019.

But the jungle print wristwatch isn't the only second coming of the print. The brand will also release shirts, heart-shaped necklaces, Squalo sneakers and beaded as a three-dimensional décor on Virtus handbags.

Originally worn to the Grammys in 2000, Lopez's take on the dress was both a music and fashion moment. Although the dress was worn by Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice, Donatella Versace and Sandra Bullock (in another color), Lopez's daring look cemented her spot in pop culture.

“I really didn’t think about it. I didn’t think it was all that risqué, to be honest,” Lopez told Vogue in 2019. “I was more excited it was the Grammys. I wasn’t even thinking about the dress all that much. I was just glad I had something to wear.”

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'Hustlers' Inspiration Sues Jennifer Lopez's Production Company For $40 Million

Samantha Barbash has filed a federal lawsuit against Jennifer Lopez's production company and others apart of the megahit Hustlers, with claims that her likeness was exploited in the film.

According to PEOPLE, Barbash's suit includes Lopez's production company Nuyorican Productions, STX Entertainment, Gloria Sanchez Productions and Pole Sisters LLC. Lawyer Bruno V. Gioffre Jr. claims filmmakers tried to “obtain a consent and waiver from Ms. Barbash for the production of the film and their ultimate portrayal” of her and failed after Barbash refused to sign over her life rights. The film was still made as it was based on a 2015 New York Magazine article titled, “The Hustlers at Scores,” about Barbash and several co-workers who drugged wealthy clients for their money.

Released in 2018, critics and fans fawned over Lopez's strong performance but Barbash shared in several interviews she wasn't impressed. She is now seeking $20 million in compensatory damages and $20 million in punitive damages. Barbash and her lawyer pointed towards specific scenes in the film that weren't accurate like Lopez’s character “using and manufacturing illegal substances in her home where she lived with her child.”

“I’m a businesswoman. J. Lo doesn’t work for free. Why would I? At the end of the day, I have bags that are worth more than what they wanted to pay me," Barbash told TMZ in September 2018. "She had my birthmark that I have. I used to have a piercing on the top of my lip. She had it on the bottom. She had a tattoo on her finger. I had it on my wrist. But her mannerisms? No. I am nothing like that in person.”

Hustlers proved to be a hit at the box office, grossing over $33 million in its opening weekend. Lopez has also received critical praise for her performance and earned a Golden Globe nomination.

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Camila Cabello Issues Apology For Resurfaced Racist Tumblr Posts

Camila Cabello has released another apology about disturbing racist posts she shared on her Tumblr page in her teens. Her Tumblr account, which went by the name "vous-etess-belle," shared various posts that mocked African-Americans and Asian people. The posts were pretty corny as they used stereotypes like chicken and watermelon to mock black people. One post also made fun of hip-hop music with a meme of Lil Wayne.

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The posts from the Tumblr page were circulated on Twitter by way of user @motivatefenty. While the posts were ultimately taken down, Cabello now 22, posted a lengthy apology on Twitter.

"When I was younger, I used language that I'm deeply ashamed of and will regret forever," she wrote. "I was uneducated and ignorant and once I became aware of the history and the weight and the true meaning behind this horrible and hurtful language, I was deeply embarrassed I ever used it. I apologized then and I apologize again now."

I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. pic.twitter.com/iZrnUawUAb

— camila (@Camila_Cabello) December 18, 2019

The singer has apologized in the past for her behavior and went through a revamp of sorts in 2016 by showing love to the Black Lives Matter movement, supporting Dreamers and donating money to various charities.

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"I'm 22 now, I'm an adult and I've grown and learned and am conscious and aware of the history and the pain [this] carries in a way I wasn't before," the post continued. "Those mistakes don't represent the person I am or a person I've ever been. I only stand and have ever stood for love and inclusivity, and my heart has never, even then, had any ounce of hate or divisiveness. The truth is I was embarrassingly ignorant and unaware. I use my platform to speak out about injustice and inequality and I'll continue doing that. I can't say enough how deeply sorry and ashamed I feel, and I apologize again from the bottom of my heart."

As previously mentioned, Cabello's past behavior has been highlighted in the past. The former Fifth Harmony singer operated a mock Twitter account called "Ratchet and Sassy" to use the n-word and also used the word to describe former bandmate Normani. She apologized in 2013, calling them immature.

Despite their past, Normani and Cabello are on good terms. In an interview with The Fader, the "Motivation" singer recalled the moment where she was bullied with racial slurs by the group's fans after they misinterpreted the singer's reaction to a question about Cabello.

"[The girls] offered support, but I'm not sure they could be there in the way that I needed because it's not their experience," Normani explained. "They don't have to face on a day-to-day basis the things that I have to. I definitely learned after that that I had to walk a different way. I can't look like everybody else. We're all on good terms. Conversations have obviously been had. I spoke to [Camila] at Billboard Music Awards. I saw her again at the VMAs, and no bad blood at all."

Meanwhile, Cabello's boyfriend, fellow pop star Shawn Mendes has also apologized for "racially insensitive" social posts he's used in the past. "I apologize wholeheartedly for what was said & understand how offensive those posts were," he said in August, according to CBS News. "There is no place for comments like that, and those words do not represent who I am. I stand for complete inclusivity, equality, & love."

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