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The-Dream Thinks Jay Z Should Meet With Donald Trump

"Everybody should, so you can come back and report to us."

The-Dream thinks Jay Z should open his schedule to meet with Donald Trump. In an interview with the Associated Press, the 39-year-old producer showed support for Kanye West’s visit with the president-elect and explained why he wants others to do the same.

“Jay Z should go next,” he declared. “Everybody should so you can come back and report to us and let us know what's going on. We need briefings, too.”

According to the Radio Killah Records founder, Yeezy will be sharing the details of his Trump meeting -- at some point.

“Eventually, 'Ye is going to tell -- whatever that is,” he predicted. “And we know 'Ye is blacker than black. You cannot not go and see him. You can't. It's the same thing when the police shootings happened. I asked Jay to meet with every police chief that he could, because that's the only way. Being a leader means you still have to shake that person's hand.”

Regarding ‘Ye’s reported mental breakdown, Dream said that he reached out to the Chicago native since he was released from the hospital, but hasn’t heard back. He also noted that “a lot of people” love West (including Hov).

“I want to send a shout-out to 'Ye,” continued Dream. “I know he went off on Jay about not reaching out to him. I reached out to 'Ye two times and still haven't heard back from him. I just want to let 'Ye know that, and I'm not mad at him. I'm not going to go crazy about it at my show. I love 'Ye to death, but he still hasn't hit me back. I'm sure his mind is busy.”

The father of seven goes on to talk about his own mother passing away, and the holidays being a tough time for “anyone who has lost someone.”

“He has to be thinking about his mom at this particular point,” Dream said of West. “Once he gets into the new year, he'll be all right.”

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Champagne Papi hit fans with his second single in a matter of months.  “Laugh Now, Cry Later” arrived on Friday (Aug. 14) along with a cameo-heavy music video.

In the visual, Drake lives out his dream of being a professional athlete, complete with an oversized “draft day” suit (à la LeBron James in 2003). The 33-year-old rapper also shows off his range as both a dramatic actor (he sheds a tear, or two) and comedic actor.

Drizzy tapped director Dave Meyers for the music video, which features appearances from Kevin Durant, Marshawn Lynch, and Odell Beckham.

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Chicago super producer NO I.D.'s entire music catalog has been sold to Hipgnosis. The company acquired 100% of the Grammy winner’s global copyrights and publishing royalties, including writer’s income, Billboard reports.

Founded by music veteran and artist manager, Merck Mercuriadis, Hipgnosis is a British music IP investment and management company “established to offer investors a pure-play exposure to songs and associated musical intellectual property rights.”

“Not many have the best intentions for the artist and the creators,” No I.D. said in a statement. “Merck and the Hipgnosis team have shown that they are a safe home for the songs that score our lives.”

Born Earnest Dion Wilson, the Windy City native -- and longtime producer for Jay Z and Kanye West -- has worked with a long list of recording artists including Jhene Aiko, Common, Big Sean, Killer Mike, Drake, Young Jeezy, Vince Staples, Rihanna, Rick Ross, and more. His extensive catalog includes “Run This Town,” “I Used to Love HER,” and “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune).

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