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Kendrick Lamar And Dave Chappelle Discuss South Africa's Impact On Their Careers For 'Interview'

Lamar also shared his favorite track off of 'DAMN.'

Famed comedian Dave Chappelle received the opportunity to speak with one of music's most poignant artists, Kendrick Lamar. For Interview's latest cover feature, Chappelle quizzed the "DNA." rapper on how he balances reality and fame, the backstory behind "DUCKWORTH." and how Lamar's visit to South Africa (a country that once housed Chappelle for an extended period), changed his outlook on his work.

"I went to South Africa -- Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg -- and those were definitely the 'I've arrived' shows," Lamar said. "Outside of the money, the success, the accolades... This is a place that we, in urban communities, never dream of. We never dream of Africa. Like, 'Damn, this is the motherland.' You feel it as soon as you touch down. That moment changed my whole perspective on how to convey my art."

In addition to owning this newfound outlook, Lamar also shared that his mission statement for this thing called life is titled "self-expression." He continued, "I don't want anybody to classify my music. I want them to say, 'This is somebody who's recognizing his true feelings, his true emotions, ideas, thoughts, opinions, and views on the world, all on one record.' I want people to recognize that and to take it and apply it to their own lives. You know what I'm saying? The more and more I get out and talk to different people, I realize they appreciate that -- me being unapologetic in whatever views and approach I have."

According to Billboard, Lamar's DAMN. album spent three weeks at No. 1. Since its debut in April, the soundscape still receives rave reviews, and standout tracks continue to be analyzed, namely "DUCKWORTH." The final song on the album tells the story of a real-life encounter between Lamar's father and TDE president, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith way before the Grammy Award-winner's signing.

"The idea that I wanted to put across from that event was one of perspective. Everybody has their own perspective, and recognizing someone else's perspective blows my mind a hundred thousand percent," he said. "The way that event unfolded... I had to sit down and ask my pops, 'What was your perspective at the moment?' And, 'Did you ever think it would come around full circle like that?' That always fascinated me."

Read the full exchange here.

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Cardi B Remembers Young Fan Who Died From Cancer

Mourning the passing of a young fan, Cardi B posted a message to Instagram on Monday (March 19) to grieve the loss of Alaysia Crockett, who lost a tough battle to cancer.

The rapper began her message writing, "RIP baby girl" before continuing the heartfelt comments.

"When I met this young lady I literally had to hold her and put her against my body cause she could not stand yet she was so happy in a great spirit and her makeup [was] on super fleek," Cardi said when sharing a photo she took with Alaysia. "Her parents were so happy. Heaven gained the prettiest angel your not in pain anymore [sic]."

This makes me so sad 😓RIP babygirl.My condolence to her wonderful parents and family.When I met this young lady i literally had to hold her and put her against my body cause she couldn’t barely stand yet she was sooo happy in a great spirit and her make up on super fleek 💁🏽‍♀️her parents were so happy.Heaven gained the prettiest angel your not in pain anymore 💔💔Alaysia Crockett! FUCK CANCER !

A post shared by CARDIVENOM (@iamcardib) on Mar 18, 2019 at 12:57pm PDT

Some of the 26-year-old's fans also showed respect for the passing of Crockett posting their condolences to social media.

RIP Alaysia Crockett 💔@iamcardib #BardiGang pic.twitter.com/ZKNASZ703n

— harris (@TrueHarris) March 18, 2019

Chance the Rapper, Diddy, Evelyn Lozada, Tiny Harris and Yandy Smith also commented their condolences on Cardi's post.

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Allow Salma Slims To Provide "Seasoning" With Her Irresistible Flow

Salma Slims has come out the kitchen with some new heat.

The Private Club Records prodigy recently released a new song titled "Seasoning," giving her fans the sauce they've craved and then some.

"My flow change like seasons/this that sauce that seasoning/do the whole rap game breezy," Slims rapped on the record produced by Cam Wallace who has worked with artists such as Ty Dolla $ign and Sevyn Streeter. The track single is a teaser for what fans can expect for the artist's and model's upcoming project Runway Rapper expected later this year.

Although she's presently an up-and-coming hip-hop artist and a successful model, instead of rapping about the current "hats" she wears, Slims recalled her past life working in retail as a reminder of tough days.

"Double the dose/I  do this s**t for my bros/I do this s**t for the days I was workin' at Lowes/That s**t was pushin' me close," she rhymed as she rode the beat. Slims also had smoke for anyone who could be bitin' her style and how chasing a "bag" is the only thing she needs.

"Might take a hit from the bong/B***h I get lit while I'm gone/Bitin' my style man, n***as is clones/They just can't leave me alone/I'm in the house like Jerome/I'm in the house like Jerome/Might put life in a song/I put my life in a song." 

"One eighty on the dash/Lil' n***a speeding/Big bag only thing I'm needing/I'm bad Mike Jack wanna beat it." 

Keep an eye out for Atlanta's rising rapper, she's the pinch of seasoning the industry needs.

 

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This that sauce 🍜 that Seasoning 🧂!!!link in bio !! I’m getting so much love on this song from y’all keep streaming. Let’s keep going up we just getting warmed up. #TeamSalma

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Drake, Boogz, Gilla And Other Toronto Artists Talks Toronto Gun Violence In New Documentary

Mustafa The Poet commissioned some of Toronto's brightest stars to speak candidly about the city's growing gun violence. Against a black backdrop Rax, Gilla and the Six-God himself Drake, all discuss losing a peer senselessly to the streets.

Titled Remember Me, Toronto the somber 11-minute documentary shed a light on the emotional after effect gun violence has on the victim's loved ones. “They don’t know the pain I’ve been through,” Boogz from Malvern said. “The friends I’ve lost.”

Drake attributed the city's violence--which boasts more than 98 homicides and 406 shootings in 2018, making it Toronto's bloodiest year on record-- to feuds passed down generationally. "In a lot of the situations in the city it's passed down by elders, people don't even know the logistics of the beef or why or what really happened, it's just I am conditioned to hate this area of this group of people, " he said.

While street life may be glamorized in some artist's music, Baka NotNice noted the consequences of that lifestyle are far from braggadocious.“You know that feeling when you get the cuffs put on you and you get put in the back of the car. It’s not a game when that happens It’s for real,” he said.

The "God's Plan" rapper also discussed the power street credibility has on the male ego. "It's a daunting path to try and be the biggest and baddest from your ends," Drake said.

Reflectively, Gilla said all this death could be a great teacher in a perfect world.

“I wish we could push a button so that everyone we lost to street life, they’re back, but everything that happened that led up to this sh*t we can remember, and all the pain and sh*t that we still felt we can still feel it and now we have a chance to be like ‘Yo, do we really want to do this sh*t again?'

Check out Remember Me, Toronto Shebib scored documentary above.

 

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