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Wale Discusses 'Shine' Album, Fatherhood And J. Cole's "False Prophets" On Hot 97

The "Bait" rapper dived into a few personal topics on Hot 97 including the birth of his first child and J. Cole's past shoutout on "False Prophets."

On Friday (April 28), Wale excited fans with the release of his fifth studio album, Shine. Upon its debut, the DMV representer hit the media circuit to share insight on the soundscape and much more.

During a previous sit-down with Hot 97, the "Bait" rapper dived into a few personal topics including the birth of his first child and J. Cole's past shoutout on "False Prophets," particularly these lyrics: “And I know he so bitter he can’t see his own blessings/Goddamn, ni**a, you too blind to see you got fans, ni**a/And a platform to make a classic rap song/To change a ni**a life, but you too anxious living’ life/Always worried ‘bout the critics who ain’t ever fu**in’ did it."

When asked by Ebro Darden if Cole's lyrics helped to change his internal outlook, the MMG cohort said, "I think it helped other people more than me for real...it opened me and his relationship more. We're closer than we ever been at this point. He's one of my emergency numbers if something happens to me. That's a real friend right there."

The interview later segued to a transformative subject: the start of new life. In July 2016, Wale welcomed his first child, Zyla Moon Oluwakemi. The 32-year-old revealed that he cried once his baby girl entered the world, adding, "She's so alert. She's alert to the fact that she's nosey. Two things that I never thought I would see in a child is being shy and being observant."

Wale added that he was in the studio when he received the call that his baby's mother was in labor "and 40 hours later," the nine-month-old was born. "No medicine, nothing, that's a real superhero," he added. "Women can do some amazing things."

Revisiting his daughter's birth also meant revisiting a previous miscarriage that the mother of his child experienced. "I thought about the miscarriage more than the new birth, than the new pregnancy every time...I talked to my therapist and he said you're like this because you've dealt with disappointment so much in your life, so much disappointment," he said. "From things I went through from being locked up in sixth grade, being released from my first contract, from artists doing this and that and the third."

Throughout the 37-minute interview, Wale also points out the importance of Go-Go music, social media's ills, MMG and more.

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"I actually reached out to his mother personally,” the rapper said during an appearance on radio's "The Breakfast Club" on Monday (Dec. 10). "I apologized to her because I didn’t know she would be in attendance… I wouldn’t walk back any of my statements because what I said, I meant. And some more truth came to light not long after."

He also mentioned that although his timing was inappropriate, his talking points were important and necessary. "At the end of the day, I do think that the conversation that I was trying to bring up and that I did bring up is a super necessary conversation," he continued. "Maybe the way of going about it was not the best for the time, but I think the conversation is one that had to be had – talking about violence against women and misogyny in hip-hop, but particularly violence against women. I had a lot of people on the low reach out to me and thank me for that."

As previously mentioned, XXXTentacion was accused of physically abusing his then-pregnant, ex-girlfriend. Vic's freestyle included the lines: "Only time you bear arms is in a wife beater, loser/Your favorite rapper is an abuser." Weeks after the viral diss, audio obtained by Pitchfork, revealed the rapper admitting to committing physical harm against her and others.

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Romeo May Have Landed A Role In 'Bad Boys For Life'

Bad Boys 3 is officially going down, and there's going to be a lot of new changes. The biggest change seems to be major additions to the film's cast. In fact, Romeo Miller recently hopped on social media on Tuesday (Dec. 11), suggesting that he could be the newest addition to the Bad Boys team.

Romeo shared a photo of an email for a callback to the Bad Boys set on his Instagram Stories on Dec. 11. "When you get callbacks and opportunity to work alongside your idols, @martinlawrence and @willsmith, you go study and go ghost," the rapper-turned-actor said, mentioning stars Martin Lawrence and Will Smith.

Romeo isn't the only hip-hop star to possibly land a role in the forthcoming movie. Nicky Jam also suggested he was going out for a part during an interview with TMZ in Nov. 2018. "I actually came her because I'm doing a casting for a movie," he said at the time.

As previously reported Will Smith and Martin Lawrence announced that the third installment of the Bad Boys franchise is finally happening after years of negotiating. The upcoming film, entitled, Bad Boys For Life, is expected to premiere in Jan. 2020.

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Looks like #Romeo May be joining the #BadBoys3 crew! Are y’all here for it, #Roomies!?

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During the episode, Safaree addressed Meek's new attitude and maturity level. "As far as Meek—and I can see in Meek and everything he does now—he's way more mature than he was even a year ago," Safaree said. "From what he's been through, I can tell he ain't on no B.S. because when I hosted the BET Pre-Awards and all that, [Rick] Ross was there. Me and Ross, we spoke, we chopped it up and Meek was right there."

He also stated that he's moving on and focusing his energy elsewhere. "It was what it was. The s**t happened. Ain't nobody die. I'm over that."

As previously reported, Safaree and Meek's beef started in 2017, over what seemed to be the common denominator: Nicki Minaj. Meek started dating the rapper after her 10-year long romance with the Love & Hip Hop star.

Things escalated after Safaree accused Meek and his crew of jumping him during the 2017 BET Awards weekend in Los Angeles. Footage taken during the incident shows Safaree talking to some people at the same time that Meek hops out of his vehicle a couple of feet away. Soon after, someone is seen throwing a punch at Safaree. At the time, Safaree called Meek the "biggest pu**y on the planet, but he clearly has a change of heart now.

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