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Kid Cudi Bows Out Of 'Empire' Role Over "Creative Differences"

The artist who planned to play a rival to Hakeem Lyon (Bryshere Gray,) was reportedly replaced by Romeo Miller. 

Looks like Kid Cudi has decided not to take part in the shenanigans the Lyon family has to offer in the second season of the FOX hit, Empire.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Scott Mescudi was slated to play Gram, an indie act that dates singer Tiana (Serayah McNeill,) the former love interest of Hakeem Lyon (Bryshere Gray.) The role would have more than likely created new rivalry for Gray's character. Sources claimed Cudi left the series over “creative differences.” The artist seemed to be relatively quiet on the role at the time of the announcement last month. Instead, he's been sharing details about two (!) upcoming albums and his love for the Netflix hit Stranger Things on Twitter. Romeo Miller will now take over the role.

He also quietly announced the new on Wednesday (Aug. 31.) The actor/rapper recently appeared in Jarhead 3: The Seige and the We reality series, Growing Up Hip Hop.

Other popular guests this season include Taye Diggs , Phylicia Rashad French Montana. Diggs will play a popular city councilman who is the son of Diana Dubois (Rashad,) a prominent and respected family.

The loss of the role for Cudi could be a major gain for fans who have been waiting for new music. Since releasing a snippet of his "Magic" collaboration with Pharrell at Trillectro, fans are more than ready to fall into the feels of his new tunes. The recently announced Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin project is expected to be released by the end of the summer.

As for the Lyon family, they plan to return to the small screen Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. ET.

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An Unofficial Documentary About Drake Is Currently On Streaming Services

An unauthorized documentary about the rise of musician Drake can be viewed on video distribution services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Drake: Rewriting the Rules initially dropped on Vimeo in Nov. 2018, and now, fans of the "God's Plan" musician will have a chance to watch it at their leisure on other platforms.

The documentary chronicles the music superstar from his days growing up in Toronto, to portraying Jimmy on the hit-teen drama Degrassi, to becoming a hip-hop star and working with musicians from Kanye West to his Young Money leader, Lil Wayne.

"Discover the untold story of how Drake rewrote the rules and rose from a child actor to become a cultural phenomenon and global musical icon," writes IMDb of the film's synopsis. "He is the king of pop and hip hop, combining many musical styles into one mainstream sound." The film runs 74 minutes long. Interviews from media figures and writers are included in the doc, which was directed and written by British filmmaker Ray King. However, no representatives from Drake's team are included.

Drake has not commented on the doc as of press time. He has been relatively quiet in the news, however, it's being reported that he is close to securing a residency of sorts at the Wynn's XS Nightclub in Las Vegas.

 

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Stream: Hulu's 'FYRE Fraud' Doc Examines The Festival That Scammed Thousands

In 2017, rumors of an exclusive festival taking place in the Bahamas took over social media. Organized by Billy McFarland and promoted by Ja Rule, the FYRE Festival was the new, cool kid on the festival block and quickly put other more seasoned festivals to shame.

But all that glitters isn't gold.

FYRE FRAUD, the new documentary streaming on Hulu, takes an intimate look at the scam that left thousands stranded on the island. Directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, the dark-comedy interviews whistleblowers, victims, and the convicted con-man himself, McFarland.

In a press release, Fraust and Nason said the goal isn't to make light of those who were scammed.

"Our aim was to set the stage for a strange journey into the moral abyss of our digital age, going beyond the meme to show an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and willing to look the other way, for their own gain.

"We draw on countless cultural references, on true crime tension, and on humor - but we did not intend to create a toothless comedy about the Fyre Festival. We hope this film can pierce our collective apathy and disrupt our own millennial peers, if only for an instant - to look at these stories for what they truly are, and to halt this algorithm before it devours us whole."

FYRE FRAUD is now streaming on Hulu.

 

 

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Dave Chappelle Isn't Sure His R. Kelly 'Chappelle Show' Skits Were Insensitive

The Surviving R. Kelly series may be over, but the fallout from it has seemingly just begun.

Director dream hampton took to Twitter during the airing of the Lifetime documentary and spoke honestly about the several celebrity men she contacted in hopes they'd speak on camera about R. Kelly and the years of sexual allegations that have shadowed him. Among them was Dave Chappelle.

The beloved comic famously made a music video entitled "Piss On You" mocking the real-life video of R. Kelly urinating on an underage girl. During the Chappelle Show heyday, he used R.Kelly's legal woes as material for years.

TMZ caught with Chappelle in West Hollywood and asked him if he regretted not being featured in hampton's series and instead he dodged the question.

"Jesus Christ, I just had dinner," Chappelle said in between taking a drag of his cigarette. "I just ate. Strop bringing that motherf**ker up."

When pressed about whether or not he thinks his old skits were insensitive, the 45-year-old said "I don't know. I'd have to watch it again."

D.L. Hughley joined Chappelle for dinner and commented on R.Kelly and the forthcoming Michael Jackson documentary, Leaving Neverland, which outlines sexual assault allegations against the late singer.

"If you can be mad at R. Kelly, you should be mad at Michael Jackson," Hughley said.

 

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