T.I. Believes Tupac Shakur Would've Dived Into Politics

"Just his diverse intellect, and the way he thought outside the box could have led him anywhere in life," the rapper said of the music icon. 

Fans and critics alike believe the world might be spinning on a different axis if Tupac Shakur was still around. Rapper and Tupac fan T.I. shared the same thoughts with reporters before his tribute to the music icon in early April at the Rock and Roll of Fame induction ceremony.

READ: Snoop Dogg Reacts To Inducting Tupac Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

As the only solo rapper to be inducted, Tupac's legacy now rests among other greats like Chuck Berry, N.W.A., Parliament-Funkadelic and Micheal Jackson. "It's an extreme honor," T.I. said to the Associated Press. "I feel like, you know, as a kid, 'Pac was my favorite rapper since the first time I heard him, and you know, that's the first person I ever, as an artist, hoped to pattern myself after."

Filmed for HBO, T.I., Alicia Keys and YG all performed tributes to the rapper. Shakur lost his life towards the peak of his career in 1996 when he was gunned down in Las Vegas. Tip thinks his legacy would've been bigger and brighter given Pac's connection to the youth and activism. "Anything could have happened with 'Pac, man. Just his diverse intellect, and the way he thought outside the box could have led him anywhere in life," he said. "He may have gotten into politics by now. Who knows? Just his diverse intellect, and the way he thought outside the box could have led him anywhere in life."

Tupac shared his political ambitions with VIBE in 1996 and explained how he would change the world. "That’s the way for us to overcome a lot of our obstacles, is to have political power. Nothing can stop power or recognize power but power," he said. "Everything you telling me to do, Let’s sit down and talk. If Bosnia disrespects America, or Saddam Hussein disrespects America, they gonna go to war. Cause America wants its respect. And they gonna sit down after Saddam Hussein recognizes that they should respect America. We have to have respect before we can have communication. Before we can communicate, there has to be a mutual respect. And we don’t have that.I respect the east coast. The east coast know I respect them. I used to beat ni**as up for Queen Latifah. You can ask Chuck D. When they robbed P.E., I was there. When Treach was out there and ni**as wanted… It’s not as bad as everybody think. It’s not like everybody fighting."

As for his own career path, Tip has shown his more righteous side in recent project like US or Else, but he's not interested in getting into politics. "I don't think so. I'm not a politician. I'm not a politician," he said. "If I can use my influence for the best for someone else, who I feel is deserving, I would do that, but I am not a politician. I'm too motivated."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will air on HBO April 29.

READ: 10 Songs That Embody Tupac’s Love For The Kids Of Black America

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The onetime reality star alleges that Lanez, along with his entourage and security team, punched and attacked him in the nightclub. According to reports, Prince claims to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head, neck, and chest, in addition to contusions, bruises and anxiety, as a result of the incident. He is suing for unspecified damages.

“They backed me into a corner, and once I was there, they started stomping on me, jumping me,” he recalled to NBC Miami.

He believes that the friction stemmed from an Instagram post about music. “They felt that I was insinuating that they stole the record from me, and I was just like, no, I would never do that, that was never my intention. I had no issue with him at all.”

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video. Prince stated that he knew Lanez prior to the run-in, and helped get him into clubs before.

His attorney, Marwan Porter of Porter Law Firm, called the violent incident “a chronic problem” with Lanez who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July. The 28-year-old recording artist has yet to publicly address either incident.

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Cardi B Opens Up About Filing For Divorce From Offset

Cardi B took to Instagram Live on Friday (Sept. 18) to air out a few things about filing for divorce from Offset.

The Bronx rapper made it clear that she didn’t file for divorce as a publicity stunt to promote her upcoming album. “I’m not doing it for clout and on top of that I don’t need stunts to sell music,” she said. “I’m not [trying to] brag but don’t ever say I’m doing anything for clout. My first album is three-times platinum and I didn’t need no stunts to do that. My [“Wap”] single is no. 1 worldwide why would I need stunts to sell music? I don’t need stunts — [especially] when it comes to family — to sell anything, so don’t play yourself.”

As for the reason for the divorce filing, the estranged couple simply grew apart. “Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart. I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

“I just wanna' be a free bird,” Cardi said after questioning whether people secretly want infidelity to be the reason for the split.

“I am the f**king clout,” she added. “I never needed anything. I never needed no stunts to sell sh*t.Why would I need anything to sell my next album?”

Speaking of the new album, Cardi has been indecisive about choosing her next single because “WAP” did so well. “That means that my second single has to be even better.”

Towards the end of her venting session, Cardi reiterated that she’s focusing on her work, and revealed that she's starting new business for her daughter Kulture.

 

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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In 'A Promised Land,' I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody. pic.twitter.com/T1QSZVDvOm

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at Obamabook.com. The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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