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Kendrick Lamar Shares His Definition Of A "Wack Artist" With 'Rolling Stone'

In a cover story with Rolling Stone, Lamar touched upon his definition of a "wack artist" which he mentioned on the 'DAMN.' track, "ELEMENT."

Kendrick Lamar is currently on a national tour promoting his DAMN. album, a project that was praised for its personal yet relatable lyrics and grand musicality. In a cover story with Rolling Stone, the Grammy Award-winning artist spoke on those descriptions and dissected certain statements he made throughout the album, one being that "wack artist" line on "ELEMENT."

"A wack artist uses other people's music for their approval," Lamar defined. "We're talking about someone that is scared to make their own voice, chases somebody else's success and their thing, but runs away from their own thing. That's what keeps the game watered-down."

The Compton native continued to state that he's witnessed fellow prominent musicians bow to this action. "I watch a lot of good artists go down like that because you're so focused on what numbers this guy has done, and it dampers your own creativity," he said. "Which ultimately dampers the listener, because at the end of the day, it's not for us. It's for the person driving to their 9-to-5 that don't feel like they wanna go to work that morning."

On the subject of ghostwriters, Lamar said your field of expertise will determine that lyrical usage. "I called myself the best rapper. I cannot call myself the best rapper if I have a ghostwriter," he mentioned. "If you're saying you're a different type of artist and you don't really care about the art form of being the best rapper, then so be it. Make great music. But the title, it won't be there."

On making a cohesive body of work with DAMN., which went No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, Lamar said, "The initial goal was to make a hybrid of my first two commercial albums. That was our total focus, how to do that sonically, lyrically, through melody -- and it came out exactly how I heard it in my head ... It's all pieces of me."

The 30-year-old also admitted, "going from To Pimp a Butterfly to DAMN., that sh*t could have crashed and burned if it wasn't executed right. So I had to be real careful on my subject matter and how I weave in and out of the topics, where it still organically feels like me." Lamar was also asked to select his favorite Drake song, to which he replied, "Favorite Drake song [chuckles]. I got a lot of favorite Drake songs. Can't name one off the back. ... He has plenty."

Read the full Q&A here where he discusses his lyricism, landing in a good mental space, and Donald Trump.

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DESUS & MERO Bring the Brand to Showtime in Their Series Premiere

"Bodega Boys in the building!" That's how Desus Nice and The Kid Mero started the first episode of their new half hour show on Showtime. The "Bodega Boys," as Desus and Mero like to be called, took their comedic talents from Viceland and secured a slot for their talk show on the network. After airing on Thursday night, they posted the full episode on YouTube to give fans and a new live studio audience a look at what they have to offer.

The first episode of their new series did not disappoint. The two comedians represented their roots in the Bronx to the fullest by incorporating the class bodega backdrop as well as inviting none other than Bronx native, and United States Representative for New York,  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as their first guest. The TV personalities greeted the politician with their now famous "yerrr" and managed to keep things light by bonding over the memes they receive from Twitter users while also managing to keep things serious as they talked about AOC's come up.

In the debut of the show, Ocasio-Cortez made the trip back to the Bronx to chat with the former Guy Code cast members, but the "Bodega Boys" also made a trip down to the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. During the trip to D.C. Desus and Mero presented the member of the Democratic Party with a flag of Puerto Rico, representing her roots, and they also were able to meet representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashan Tlaib of Minnesota and Michigan, respectively.

"Am I a gentrifier?" Ocasio-Cortez asked. "No! How are you a gentrifier? You moved from the Bronx to D.C.!" Mero responded.

Ocasio-Cortez's presence on the show wasn't the only highlight of the first episode. Desus and Mero have added a new element to their talk show, which are skits. The skit the two debuted on their talk show poked fun at the controversial Oscar-nominated film, Green Book. Before presenting the skit, Desus described the film as being, "basically just Friday with racism."

The skit features Mero playing the role of the white driver, Tony Lip, while Desus plays the role of the Black pianist. Throughout the entirety of the skit, Desus and Mero show how they feel "Green Book" was made to make white people feel as if they weren't racist in a time where racism was quite obviously prevalent.

"Wait, there's another one of these movies? What is wrong with you people? Please leave us alone. It's not our job to make white people feel better about race stuff," was a fake quote about the movie included in the skit.

Catch DESUS & MERO on Showtime every Thursday night at 11! You won't want to miss out.

 

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Ja Rule Gets Candid About Fyre Festival's 'Crazy Situation'

Ja Rule's role in the disastrous Fyre Festival has been riddled in speculation since the release of Hulu's and Netflix's respective documentaries detailing the disastrous "luxury" event. Speaking with TMZ, the "I'm Real" rapper reflected on his position in the festival's planning while motivating young moguls in the making.

"For any young visionary or entrepreneur just be hands-on with your stuff, if it's your baby and you want to create something amazing for the world to see, make sure you see it through, make sure you are the one overseeing everything, make sure you are the CEO of the company, even if you are not an experienced CEO," the 42-year-old said.

Ja continued by acknowledging the fault he played in the havoc that ensued during Fyre Fest and claiming he had no intention of hurting anyone.

"You know it is okay to make some mistakes along the way and that's what I learned the most, I am not an experienced CEO and I didn't want to make the mistakes but obviously, the CEO (Billy McFarland) of the company made the biggest mistake of them all. So I learned a lot from the situation and I am just looking forward to the next thing."

The rapper-entrepreneur recently teased the idea of a new and improved Fyre Festival saying: "It is the most iconic festival that never was. So I have plans to create the Iconic Music Fest, but you didn’t hear it from me."

TMZ initially stopped the Queens-bred rapper to speak about Andy Glyn, a member of the Fyre Festival staff, who was infamously asked to perform fellatio on the head of customs to get a shipment of Evian water cleared for the destination festival.

Watch Ja Rule's hot takes on the Fyre Festival below.

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T.I. Mourns The Death Of His Sister, Precious

This week has been a sad one for T.I. and his family. Unfortunately the rapper's older sister, Precious Harris, has died. Family and friends had hoped she would recover after a serious car accident on Feb. 13 that TMZ reports triggered an asthma attack. She had been hospitalized for a week, but she ultimately passed away. She was 66 years old.

Precious would often appear on The Family Hustle, and was extremely close to T.I. "We Love You Dearly Baby Girl," he wrote on Instagram.

 

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We Love You Dearly Baby Girl.... @preciousharris1913

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I Love You Sis...❤️ We can’t thank you enough 🙏🏽 #MyBiggestFan

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Precious' daughter, Kamaya Chapman, also shared words memorializing her mother on Instagram. "From my best friend on earth to My beautiful angel in heaven, mama girl you know ima miss you," she wrote. "I love you so much. I’m so heartbroken but the way you looked so @ peace this past week has confirmed that you are resting."

 

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From my bestfriend on earth to My beautiful angel in heaven 👼🏾❤️🦋mama girl you know ima miss you💔.... I love you so much. I’m so heartbroken but the way you looked so @ peace this past week has confirmed that you are resting... no more asthma attacks... damn but baby I am going to miss you 😓

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Aside from Tip and Kamaya, Precious is survived by her other children, Avis Chapman-Reese and Kareem “Plug” Chapman. Condolences to the family.

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