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T.I. Sides With 21 Savage On Hip Hop's Generational Gap Debate

"Just bare with us, y'all ni**as kinda different and it takes some getting used to," the rapper said Tuesday (Nov. 21). 

21 Savage's well rounded take on hip-hop's generational gap has garnered support from T.I., who dropped some much needed gems on the tiring debate.

In the wake of the death of buzzing rapper Lil Peep, rap's drug use and the wave of rappers who praise them have come under fire. In what started as a back and forth between Pete Rock and Wacka Flocka, turned into a proclamation by the "Bank Account" rapper Tuesday (Nov. 21), where he explained how dropping raps about selling drugs and using them come from the same coin.

“If the message in the previous generation of rap was so good why did so many of our parents abandon us for crack? Why we still killing each other? Don’t use us as the scapegoat!,” he said via Twitter. "Our music is a reflection of what’s going on in our community and all we're doing is using our talent to escape that community.”

Tip, who has gladly worked with acts like Young Thug, Kap G and Migos, supported the rapper's statement and clarified the need for everyone to come together instead of picking each other's work apart.

"Lil bro speaking real truth though," he said via Instagram. "The fact of the matter is there's been good, bad, great, mediocre artists, etc., in EVERY generation even ours (2000s). The Founding Era (80s) and the Golden Era of the 90s weren't the only generation to make "user music" either.

Can anyone remember a lil album called The Chronic? Or hits like "Sippin On Some Sizzurp?" Regardless of the subject matter, this is their time. Couldn't nobody tell us how to run ours, or make us sound how they thought we should."

In the end, Tip hopes that the younger generation understands that not everyone gravitates towards the unknown with ease, meaning that it will take some time for the OG's in the game to at least understand their perspective.

"Live ya life and do ya stuff young'n. Just bare with us and try to understand y'all ni**as kinda different and it's going to take some getting used to. As the elders gotta understand their SUCCESS JUSTIFIES the CHANGE. The Numbers DON'T LIE!!! Can't hate on that," he added.

The case might not be closed, but at least there's a healthy dialogue going.

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Cardi B Explains Why She Wants To Trademark “Okurrr”

Cardi B hopes to secure as many “bags” as possible. In response to backlash and burning questions surrounding her decision to file to trademark “okurrr,” the 26-year-old rapper took to social media Friday (March 22) to defend her latest money move.

Since people tend to ask Bardi to use what has become her signature catch phrase, she figured that it was time to cash in. “You think I ain’t gonna’ profit off this sh*t? B*tch white folks do it all the motherf**king time,” she said. “So you gon’ be mad at me ‘cuz I want to get some motherf**king money?

“While I’m still hear I’ma secure all the fucking bags,” Cardi continued before adding that there are a “lot of ways to get rich” in 2019.

The Bronx native caught heat for wanting to trademark the word because she wasn’t the first to say “okurrr.” Cardi already revealed that she started using it after she heard Khloe Kardashian saying it, but the word was originally popularized in drag culture -- most notably by Rupaul’s Drage Race contestant Laganja Estranja, in 2014.

However, Rupaul attributed the word to Broadway actress, Laura Bell Bundy, who used it in YouTube skits dating back to 2010. In the skits, Bundy pretends to be a hairdresser named “Shocantelle Brown.”

Although Bundy caught criticism for her little character, which was deemed racist, she typically gets credit for bringing “okrrr” (different spelling) to the internet a full decade before Cardi made it mainstream.

No matter the origin, it looks like Cardi will be the only one profiting off of “okurrr.”

 

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Kanye West, EMI Working Towards Private Settlement

Kanye West and EMI could be close to settling their legal drama. Each party filed documents requesting a stay of the case to “explore the potential for a resolution,” The Blast reports.

West sued EMI in an effort to “gain freedom” from his contract, and to own his publishing. In the lawsuit, ‘Ye argued that his contract ended in 2010 under California law, which bars entertainers from being tethered to an agreement for more than seven years. The multi-Grammy winner, who signed the deal back in 2003, also accused the company of slavery because the contract doesn’t allow him to retire.

“Even if the contract were not lopsided in EMI’s favor (it is), even if its terms valued Mr. West’s artistic contributions in line with the spectacular success he has achieved for EMI (they do not), and even if EMI had not underpaid Mr. West what it owes him (EMI has), he would be entitled to be set free from its bonds,” the lawsuit reads.

EMI hit back with a countersuit filed in New York, instead of California. The suit pointed out that the 41-year-old rapper signed multiple contract extensions, in addition to accepting millions in advances.

According to The Blast, West and EMI now feel that putting a hold on the legal proceedings will be beneficial to both sides “and the Court by enabling the parties to engage in meaningful discussions in an attempt to resolve this action without having to incur the burden and expense of litigation and motion practice.”

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Megan Thee Stallion Mourns Loss Of Her Mother

According to a recent post on Megan Thee Stallion's Instagram account, her mother, Holly Thomas, has passed away.

The rapper revealed the news of her mother's death in an Instagram post on Friday (March 22), publishing a photo of herself with "the strongest woman on the planet."

"The best mom in the whole world," she wrote. "...I can't even put complete sentences together rn RIP mama."

The best mom in the whole world. The strongest woman on the planet. I can’t even put complete sentences together rn RIP mama

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Just like the Tina Snow artist, Thomas was a rapper who went by the name of Holly-Wood. With no doubt that her lyrical abilities rubbed off on her daughter, Thomas refused to let the "Tina Montana" emcee rap professionally until she turned 21. Beyond their bond, Megan Thee Stallion's mother doubled as her first assistant and manager.

In VIBE's NEXT feature, the 24-year-old artist revisited the moments her mother listened to her music. “Sometimes when we’re in the studio, I get her so hyped that she’s like, ‘Megan, I’m about to get in the booth and come out with another mixtape,’” she said.

There are currently no reports stating the cause of death.

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