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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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“The family is extremely relieved,” attorney S. Lee Merritt, who represents Arbery’s mother, said in response to Bryan’s arrest. “We didn’t know if this was going to happen, but we all knew that it should happen.”

Arbery was killed on Feb. 23, while out for a jog. It wasn't until two months later that his story went viral prompting an investigation by the GBI after the local D.A., who was previously over the case, declined to make any arrests.

According to jail records, 50-year-old Bryan was booked into the Glynn County Jail on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment. Bryan made his first court appearance on Friday (May 22) where his lawyer filed a motion for a speedy trial.

Bryan accompanied father and son, Gregory McMichael, 64 and Travis McMichael, 34, as they followed and cornered 25-year-old Arbery before the younger McMichael shot him to death. The McMichaels claim the shooting was self-defense.

Father and son were arrested for aggravated assault and felony murder earlier in the month. All three men are being held at the same jail.

The mugshots of Gregory and Travis McMichael, who have been charged with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. pic.twitter.com/O0M6vPMs1Q

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Merrit noted that Arbery's family hopes the men will be convicted. “Well obviously we want to see the arrests lead to a formal indictment then a vigorous prosecution and conviction. But there are other people we believe were involved. We spoke with the DOJ earlier today about their investigation into the corruption that delayed these arrests in the first place.”

An attorney for the elder McMichael claimed that the pair are victims of a  “narrative driven by an incomplete set of facts.”

“While the death of Ahmaud Arbery is a tragedy, causing deep grief to his family -- a tragedy that at first appears to many to fit into a terrible pattern in American life -- this case does not fit that pattern,” attorney Frank Hogue said. “The full story, to be revealed in time, will tell the truth about this case.”

The murder remains under investigation by GBI in partnership with the District Attorney Joyette Holmes of the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office.

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Quavo Talks Earning His High School Diploma At 29

Quavo officially belongs to the class of 2020. The 29-year-old Migos rapper announced that he graduated from high school on Friday (May 22).

“Finally can say I graduated high school class of 2020,” Quavo captioned an Instagram post of himself sporting a blue cap and gown.

 

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Finally Can Say I Graduated High School Class Of 2020 We Lit 🔥 Now What College Should I Go To? 🧐 And To Celebrate We Gonna Drop SMASH TONIGHT 🔥🌊 BERKMAR HIGH NAWFSIDE BABY

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Now that he's a high school graduate, the Georgia native is considering attending college, as he shared in an interview with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Radio alongside Migos members, Takeoff and Offset. During the talk with Tunechi, Quavo expounded on his decision to get his diploma.

“I was doing stuff for the community and schools… always involved and just me being considered like a dropout you’re not really like an alumni,” he said before explaining that one of his former high school teachers is now a principal and encouraged him to get a diploma. “He hit me up like 'you should go back and get it.' I went back and got it.”

Quavo added that Weezy was, “definitely one of my inspirations for going back to school.”

The rapper, whose birth name is, Quavious Keyate Marshall, attended Lilburn’s Berkmar High School, where he was the starting quarterback for the 2009 season. Quavo dropped out of high school in his senior year.

Peep the Migos’ Young Money interview below.

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The 2020 NBA season could be headed for a revival. The league is in talks with Disney World to potentially restart what's left of the 2019-2020 season this summer, the NBA confirmed on Saturday (May 23).

“The NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about restarting the 2019-20 NBA season in late July at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing,” NBA Chief Communications Officer Mike Bass said in a statement.

“Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place.”

The NBA was forced into cancellation amid the COVID-19 outbreak, specifically after Utah Jazz player, Rudy Gobert, contracted coronavirus and exposed several other plays to the disease, including teammate Donavan Mitchell.

Since then, several former and current NBA players have tested positive for COVID-19, the most recent being basketball great Patrick Ewing.

“This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly,” Ewing said upon announcing his health diagnosis over the weekend. “I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.”

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