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Queen Latifah Says Today's Rappers Have "Lost Their Balls"

Let the legend speak on it.

Queen Latifah may be recognizable in today's day and age as an Academy Award-nominated actress, but don't get it twisted; the superstar got her start in the hip-hop game.

The N.J. native stopped by Ebro In the Morning on Thursday (Jul. 20) to discuss her latest film, Girl's Trip. Since the radio show is hip-hop and R&B centered, Ebro asked the rap veteran about what she thinks about the current state of hip-hop.

“I feel like a lot of rappers, they lost they balls, they got soft,” Latifah said. “When things are going on in the world, like with Trump or elections, this was the stuff [rappers] chewed on, you know? Where's the flip side of the 'Molly, Percocet'? We spoke on that stuff."

"We had the power to change people's minds about things going on in the world, not just whose a** is the fattest, dumb sh*t," she continued. "[Old school rappers] actually helped stop apartheid in South Africa...we do have that power, we just don't use it like we should."

She also discussed listening to rap music today, and how she enjoys how diverse the culture is.

"I listen to hip-hop stations like I'm 15," she explained. "I think this is a great time for hip-hop. People always smashin' on the kids, on the youngsters...just give 'em, like, five years...Music is something universal, it's something that's supposed to connect us."

Check out the discussion around the 29-minute mark.

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Ja Rule To Re-Release Discography As Visual Albums

In a series of tweets posted on Monday night (Sept. 16), Ja Rule announced that he will re-release his entire discography. Not only will fans be re-introduced to the award-winning artist's hits but they'll also see accompanying visuals to the New York native's tracks.

Ja responded to a fan's question on "why now?" for the nostalgic liberation. "Music is timeless," he said while teasing his new album set to debut on Dec. 12.

Music is timeless... my new album 12.Twelve.XII comes out dec. 12th... https://t.co/JQka4zgeqI

— Ja Rule (@jarule) September 16, 2019

I will be rereleasing ALL of my albums as visual albums... I will be making a video for every song I’ve ever made... what songs do y’all wanna see videos for???

— Ja Rule (@jarule) September 16, 2019

Songs that already have been matched with visuals will not be a part of the discography's re-release. His roster includes: Venni Vetti Vecci (1999), Rule 3:36 (2000), Pain Is Love (2001), The Last Temptation (2002), Blood In My Eye (2003), R.U.L.E. (2004), Exodus (2005), and PIL 2 (2012). 

With more than 100 songs under his belt, Ja definitely has a task ahead. Good luck, your fans are looking forward to it!

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Stalley Announces U.S. Tour, Releases 'All So New' Single With Jansport J

Ohio rap staple Stalley has returned with news of a new nationwide tour, and new music to go along with it.

On Monday (Sept. 16), Stalley announced The Head Trip Tour, a U.S. trek with 12 dates so far and more shows to be announced. The tour begins in Chicago on Nov. 7, before touring throughout more of his midwestern stomping grounds and rocking Los Angeles before several shows on the East Coast.

Stalley also released "All So New," a single produced by Los Angeles musician Jansport J. The song is his first new release since Human, an EP he dropped earlier this year.

After entering the game with his breakthrough mixtape Lincoln Way Nights, Stalley built his own fan base and eventually signed with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group. He has since left and gone indie, releasing his own music with guest appearances from the likes of Scarface, Nipsey Hussle, 2Chainz, Ty Dolla $ign and many more.

In a press release, Stalley said that his upcoming material is more personal than ever now that he's working without the restrictions of a label.

"With this music it’s more spiritual - it’s my story," Stalley said. "I've been getting closer to my fans lately, so I really wanted to let them in and have them be a part of my growth and transition into independence. By being independent and having total control of my career, I now have the freedom to create freely and bare my whole self to my true supporters."

Listen to "All So New" above or on your favorite streaming services, and see his tour schedule below.

 

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Rihanna Inks Publishing Deal With Sony/ATV

Rihanna continues to make our jaws drop and we just can't get enough. After two successful New York Fashion Week events with her Savage X Fenty lingerie line and her fifth annual Diamond Ball event, the world's richest female musician has signed a global deal with Sony/ATV Music publishing.

Billboard reports the announcement was made on Monday (Sept. 16), stating that the deal will cover the artist's full songwriting catalog and future projects.

Rih also made history as the first entertainer to follow Jon Platt, chairman, and CEO of Sony/ATV, after he stepped into the executive seat in April 2019. Their partnership first began in 2015 at Warner/Chappell before Platt moved to Sony/ATV, according to Variety.

"I'm proud to have known Rihanna since the beginning of her career," he said. "Music, fashion, philanthropy and a heart of gold have solidified Rihanna's position as one of the biggest icons in the world."

The Bajan-beauty has numerous musical achievements including 14 Billboard Hot 100 No.1s, nine Grammy Awards, and seven RIAA-certified multi-platinum albums. Her elite status doesn't stop there since she snagged 13 American Music Awards, 12 Billboard Awards, seven MTV Video Music Awards, and the 2017 Songwriter of the Year at the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards.

Her last seven albums have reached platinum status 22 times in the United States.

"It's an honor to be reunited with her at Sony/ATV," Platt said.

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