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John Legend Talks Kanye West And Leaked Texts On 'Ebro In The Morning'

"Kanye, when he talks about Trump, I feel like he is thinking about him more in as a marketing triumph. Like, I think he sees certain aspects of himself in Trump."

Singer John Legend called into Ebro In the Morning on Friday (Apr. 27) to discuss the whirlwind of a week that occurred at the hands of Kanye West and his tweets showing his utter admiration for President Trump. The soon-to-be father of two attempted to explain to Kanye what his tweets may be interpreted as to fans; however a brazen Kanye leaked the texts between the two instead of understanding Legend's message.

When the "All of Me" singer was asked how he felt after the texts were leaked, he responded that he was in shock, yet proud of what he said. "I was shocked when it happened. Then I was like well I'm proud of what I said. It can't be that bad. At least I didn't say anything I didn't want other people to know that I thought. I felt like I'm not mad that people saw it because at least they know where I'm coming from. I didn't actually mind it when I thought about it for a second, but I was shocked when it first happened," said Legend.

Legend and his wife Chrissy Teigen have become notably close to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian and often post their couple outings to social media. Pre-Trump tweets, Teigen (who is known for her Twitter antics) even poked fun Kanye alongside wife Kim. Due to his closeness to the rapper, the 39-year-old believes that Kanye's views Trump as more of a "marketing triumph" than anything else.

"Kanye when he talks about Trump, I feel like he is thinking about him more in as a marketing triumph. Like, I think he sees certain aspects of himself in Trump. He sees how brash he is, and that he don't give a f**k, nobody believes he was going to win, and with a simple message 'make America great again' defied all the odds and beat the establishment. I think that's appealing to Kanye, and I understand why that's appealing to him, and I understand what's appealing about it. But politics isn't just branding and marketing. It's actual policy and it affects people."

In an effort to dismantle Kanye's tweets from gaining legitimacy, Legend took to his own account to speak out against Kanye.

He also hopes that Kanye realizes that Trump's policies and message isn't a game. "It's not a game. This is people's real life. And if you're operating from love, and you're operating from empathy, and you're looking at what this man [Trump] is actually doing, and trying to do...I don't see how you align yourself with that and say you're operating yourself from love."

Listen to the full interview below.

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Forever 21 Faces Backlash Over White Model Wearing 'Wakanda Forever' Holiday Sweater

It's Ugly Christmas Sweater Season which means all of the corntastic sweaters with your favorite artists and cartoons will appear on shelves. One in particular was quickly removed from Forever 21's website after they featured a white model rocking a Black Panther-themed sweater with the popular saying, "Wakanda Forever."

The debauchery started on Tuesday (Dec. 18) when the retailer's Twitter account shared a photo of the colonizer model in the sweater along with annoying paw print emojis. The sweater, priced at $34.90 was a bit too bright to begin with, but consumers were quickly thrown off at the entire presentation.

It also seems like the model is their go-to guy as he's displayed all over the site. While there was a perfectly able-bodied black male model also on the site, he was reduced to wearing a knockoff of knockoff sweaters that went on sale.

The image might've been taken from the website, but the internet never forgets. See the reactions below.

Screenshots are forever. @Forever21 .

Y'all really put a COLONIZER in a Wakanda shirt. pic.twitter.com/pnM7BY06yI

— This page cannot be reached. △⃒⃘ (@Unaamorcita) December 18, 2018

this sweater just called 311 because Shuri's making too much noise in her lab pic.twitter.com/Npd7nxwhJP

— Desus Nice (@desusnice) December 18, 2018

They got a super pale, blond, blue-eyed model in a Wakanda Forever sweater... 🤣🤣🤣

I wanna speak to your advertising department, @Forever21. Someone approved this and thought this was going to work. 😂 https://t.co/aWefYUeBfY

— Britain (@sanefacade) December 18, 2018

Not even Wakanda can escape gentrification. @blavity @blackpanther @urbanintellectuals @forever21 #forever21 pic.twitter.com/XBwJyyUCk2

— Jesuorobo's Thoughts (@Jesuorobo) December 18, 2018

Wow Forever 21 is tone deaf af. Colonizers aren't praised in Wakanda. Try again.

— Iyesha Riley (@Iyeshalovette) December 18, 2018

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Black Eyed Peas And Nas Release Animated Music Video For "BACK 2 HIPHOP"

On Monday (Dec. 17), the Black Eyed Peas released their music video for the '90s- throwback- influenced record "BACK 2 HIPHOP" featuring Nas, off their latest album Masters of the Sun Vol. 1.

The cinematic-like, five-minute visual features each member of the 'Peas with their own scene, where  they spit bar after bar. The colorful video is part-animated and part live-action, and incorporates inspiration from of the golden age of hip-hop as Ancient Egypt meets the Sci-Fi genre.

All three members wear red and black through the first part of the video, while Nas appears as the Great Sphinx of Giza, reminiscent of the look fans may recall from the cover of his album I Am. A young woman lip-syncs the song's hook, which samples Soul II Soul's 1989 classic hit "Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)."

While Pasha Shapiro directed the video, will.i.am reportedly came up with the concept. The hip-hop group was ecstatic to be able to work with the legendary Queens rapper, revealing, "It was 'iLLMatic,' such an honor to rock with NAS. He is such a huge inspiration to our crew!"

 

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BACK 2 LIFE, BACK 2 HIPHOP, BACK 2 BEP... Hit the link in bio to check the @complex video premiere for BACK 2 HIPHOP feat. @nas 🙏#mastersofthesun

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On Wednesday (Dec. 19), the group will be performing the song on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Their seventh album, Masters of the Sun Vol. 1, was released in October and saw the group going back to their old-school roots with political themes.

What are your thoughts on their new music video? Sound off in the comments.

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Viral Stars Daddy Long Neck And Wide Neck Release Single Accurately Titled "Neckst Up"

These days, it pays to have a viral moment. Charles Dion McDowell, known as wide neck after several of his mugshots (and neck jokes) went viral, has teamed up with another unique fellow to make some kind of music together.

On Sunday (Dec. 16), Wide Neck along with Daddy Long Neck, a social media personality with more 1.4 million followers on Instagram, released a music video for the comedy rap song "Neckst Up."

In a nervous soft relaxed tone, McDowell raps, "Shawty lick me up call me up neeeckst Shawty wanna f**k call me up neeeckst / Shawty suck me up call me up neeeckst / Shawty make it clap call me up neckst."

In the video, Long Neck and Wide Neck stroll through the mall wearing t-shirts that read "All Necks Matter," while taking pictures with fans and having an attractive lady entertain them while sitting down on the bench. The leading lady in the video even goes as far as licking the two internet stars with her long tongue.

Since the release of the video, "Neckst Up" has reached over a million views on YouTube. After McDowell went viral, he connected with Daddy Long Neck, whom he shares a similar abnormal body condition.

Check out the video above.

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