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Waka Flocka Wants To Nix Corporations From Hip-Hop: 'It's Not For Venture Capitalists'

The rapper also gives an update on the release of Flockaveli 2, his thoughts on "clever rap" and why eating oranges makes him a real n***a. 

It might be the middle of 2016, but Waka Flocka is here to declare it his year and call out a few industry traditions in the process.

In his interview with Acton Entertainment, the rapper spills some details on Flockaveli 2 and why he's not interested in following the trends in popular culture. When it comes to his new album, he doesn't want any collabos. "My fans want that 'Underground Flocka,' " he explained. "They don't want me to be spicy and doing too much. They don't want to see me with Jay Z on there, Kanye, Drake. That's a compilation CD. To me, if you're going to do an album, there should be no features on there-- just you."

After walking into a total "J.Cole went platinum with no features" joke, he guaranteed fans the album will be released in the fourth quarter, preferably, October.

He also discussed his qualms with record labels, explaining how Hip-Hop executives aren't in tune with the artists because they aren't hip to the culture. "Labels are using money that don't even have, " he said. "They're just managing it. All you need is someone to invest in you. You don't need a label. You need money. A label is for money, not for anything else. Who better than to market yourself than you?"

The rapper doesn't mind many are growing keen to his "evolution." Flocka has stayed strong on his stance on Donald Trump, police brutality and his crossover to electronic music.

"I'm a real n***a," he explained. "If I eat oranges, I'm a real n***a. If I go jogging with Wilt Chamberlain shorts on, I'm a real n***a. It doesn't matter what I'm doing. I am who I am no matter where I'm at."

In addition to taking on the world one record at a time, the rapper wishes he can remove corporations from the music industry in an effort to maintain the culture. "Music isn't a corporation," he said. "It's not for venture capitalists. To me, if you don't live the culture, why do you work in it? If you don't know sh*t about Hip-Hop, why do you work for Hip-Hop?  There's men rocking hush puppies telling me they run a label. You drink wine coolers. How are you going to tell me to be a real n***a?"

Check out the rest of the very interesting interview below.

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Ja Rule Defends Himself After Fyre Festival Docs: "You Don't Know Sh*t"

Fans can't stop talking about Netflix and Hulu's latest documentaries on the tragedy of the Fyre Festival. While many blame the festival's creator Billy McFarland for the disastrous event, others are pointing the finger at Ja Rule for his involvement in the concert that would scam fans and businesses out of millions. Follow the documentaries' release, Ja blasted both streaming services and defended his role in Fyre.

"I love how ppl watch a doc and think they have all the answers," the rapper wrote on Twitter on Sunday (Jan. 20). "I had an amazing vision to create a festival like NO OTHER!!! I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make???"

He also noted that he had also been deceived. "I too was hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead astray," he added. "@Hulu PAID BILLY!!! That money should have went to the ppl in the Bahamas... @netflix PAID fuck Jerry who also did all the promo for the festival... 🤔 the docs clearly have Billy at fault but let’s blame the rapper lmao ok..."

I love how ppl watch a doc and think they have all the answers... 🤦🏾‍♂️

— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019

I had an amazing vision to create a festival like NO OTHER!!! I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make???

— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019

When fans pointed out different facts in the docs that indicated wrongdoing on Ja's side, the rapper replied: "you still don't know sh*t."

As previously reported, the Fyre Festival was a music concert that was scheduled to take place in the Bahamas in 2017. It was co-founded by Ja Rule and backed by a number of social media influencers including Kendall Jenner. It became a trending topic when concert goers realized it was a scam and was not properly put together. McFarland reportedly defrauded investors of $26 million. He is now serving a six-year sentence. While Ja Rule won't likely receive jail time, he is heavily backed up in legal cases.

Check out his latest comments below.

I too was hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead astray!!!

— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019

@Hulu PAID BILLY!!! That money should have went to the ppl in the Bahamas... @netflix PAID fuck Jerry who also did all the promo for the festival... 🤔 the docs clearly have Billy at fault but let’s blame the rapper lmao ok...

— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019

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Fans Tweet About Erykah Badu's Defense Of R. Kelly At A Chicago Show

Erykah Badu has remained silent after Lifetime aired the six-part docuseries Surviving R. Kelly. The singer and entertainer who once referred to Kelly as her "brother" while hosting the Soul Train Awards and has kept a low profile during the series.

Badu has finally broken her silence during a show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom in which attendees say the Grammy-award winning singer defended Kelly and instructed others to "keep their opinions to themselves."

Erykah Badu came to Chicago and told us all she finna love R Kelly anyway & we can keep our opinion to ourselves. Mad disrespectful to our city and a shitty use of her platform. Crusty ass bitch.

— hot headed yam (@tomapapito) January 20, 2019

Another attendee tweeted Badu attempt at trying to bring light to the hypocrisy in the public outcry against Kelly.

“what if one of the people who was assaulted by R Kelly becomes an offender? we gonna crucify them too?” -erykah badu at her chicago concert

— IG: @boydonavin (@boyDonavin) January 20, 2019

Many in attendance were hurt by Badu's actions and left conflicted.

I really want to say how much i loved Erykah Badu’s concert tonight.

But i can’t get over how she tried to justify and defend R. Kelly’s actions and reputation during her set... I’m so disappointed...

— jacque (@jacquemarquez_) January 20, 2019

https://twitter.com/hausmuva/status/1087028756731056128

This isn't the first time Badu has come under fire for what many deem to be problematic commentary. In April 2016, Badu agreed with a school district that was making it mandatory for girls to wear longer skirts as a way to not "distract" the boys.

Erykah Badu's defense of R. Kelly prompted Twitter to dig up old tweets.

erykah badu already told y’all she doesn’t believe GIRLS when it comes to matters of sexual assault, harassment, rape, etc. so why y’all shocked now? pic.twitter.com/Eogzatc9aO

— ALEXIS$ 🧚🏾‍♀️ (@lexxdadon) January 20, 2019

Erykah Badu said she empathizes with Hitler because he was a beautiful painter. Why are y'all surprised?

— Experiment 625 (@Mariah__Cara) January 20, 2019

Writer and director dream hampton said Badu was one of many celebrities she contacted to be in the series but denied her request.

One Twitter user in the audience shared more insight into what occurred at the event in a thread.

Ok, So I’m seeing tweets about the Erykah Badu show and her comments about R.Kelly. I’m about to give my take of it and what happened.....

— PaigeThePlug (@PaigeThePlug) January 20, 2019

Erykah Badu brought the that R.Kelly is from Chicago. Everyone immediately started Booing when she said his name( Including me)

— PaigeThePlug (@PaigeThePlug) January 20, 2019

She said that she is praying for him and hopes that he gets help.

— PaigeThePlug (@PaigeThePlug) January 20, 2019

She did say ‘ if one of the people he assaulted, begins to attack others, will we crucify the as well’. What I believe she was saying was, since R.Kelly was also victim of sexual abuse and grew up to became a predator, he started a sick cycle and it’s still going on today

— PaigeThePlug (@PaigeThePlug) January 20, 2019

She wasn’t trying to justify or condone his actions but was saying the she hopes he gets some help! That’s what I took from it

— PaigeThePlug (@PaigeThePlug) January 20, 2019

However, while she was talking about him the energy did switch and [email protected]’t feeling it at all. Once she sensed that, she moved on to another subject and Song! That’s it!

— PaigeThePlug (@PaigeThePlug) January 20, 2019

Does Erykah Badu's defense of R. Kelly make you think twice about the singer? Will you continue to listen to Badu's music, or does the defense of R. Kelly mean she's now an enabler? Sound off in the comments.

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Drake's "In My Feelings" Received The Kidz Bop Treatment

After the release of Drake's chart-topping Scorpion album, his single "In My Feelings" skyrocketed to number one, so it's no surprise the City Girls assisted track received the Kidz Bop treatment.

Since 2000, the compilation LP has sold about 17 million copies and over the weekend, Kidz Bop released its 39th installment offering the world a G-rated and tween-friendly version of today's biggest hits.

Once Twitter learned Kidz Bop laid its prepubescent hands on Drake's song, there was a mixed bag of feelings. Some went along with it and commented positively, while others were frankly offended.

I just saw a Kidz Bop commercial with the Kidz Bop version of In My Feelings and I feel like a curse has been placed on me

— Jeremy (@TacticalRPG) January 10, 2019

That Kidz Bop version of In My Feelings lets me know that hell is a real place.

— Nappy Head Nietzsche (@AugustCulture) January 19, 2019

This #KidzBop version of "In My Feelings" is SENDING me! 😂 pic.twitter.com/EQzTwdbfb6

— Nicholas D. (@Creat1ve) January 18, 2019

This isn't the first time Drake's music has been Kidz Bopped. For Kidz Bop 31, "Hotline Bling" was also featured. The new 18-track album also features Cardi B's "I Like It" as well as Khalid and Normani's "Love Lies."

The lyrics to the hook received a slight change.

KiKi do you love me/are you with me/say you'll never ever leave from beside me/cause I want ya/and I need ya/and I'm down for ya always

And when it came time for the City Girls portion of the song, they turned that down as well.

all of us kids and we hangin' in the rain/hangin' in rain/I need a black card with the code to the safe/code to the safe.

Hey, kids need love too. Watch the Kidz Bop version of Drake's "In My Feelings" below.

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