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A Growing List Of Celebrities Who Want The Old Kanye West Back

"I miss the old Kanye, straight from the 'go Kanye. Chop up the soul Kanye, set on his goals Kanye."

Kanye West has repeatedly made headlines for his outlandish comments that seem to not be on-brand with the "old Kanye". While he may joke about being in the "sunken place" for the past year, he seemed to be removed from what was going on around him. With the admittance of his mental breakdown that he labels a "breakthrough," it offered fans insight into his mental space.

Kanye's presumed mindset has changed over the years. Coming up in a very politically cultured household (his late mother was an African-American Studies professor), his alignment with polarizing figures like Candace Owens and President Donald Trump is a far cry from the guy at the Hurricane Katrina telethon.

West has always used his voice to express his political ideologies made apparent in songs. However, he has always made sure to represent for the black community. His tweets and comments on TMZ Live were especially jarring to celebrities like rapper Eve and G Herbo who said they are flat out done with him. While other people like Justin Bieber and Big Sean have reached out to show their support and love for the artist.

Read the growing full list below of celebrities who either support or want the "old" Kanye back.

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Daz Dillinger 

The cousin of esteemed rapper Snoop Dogg sent out a "national alert" of sorts to all of the Crips to "f**k Kanye up".  In the video posted online on Sunday (Apr. 29), Dillinger was referring to the infamous California gang that both he and cousin Snoop have been linked too. He followed up his message by saying he better not catch Kanye out in California. “Better not ever see you in concert; better not ever see you around the LBC; better not ever see you around California,” said Dillinger. The shenanigans have calmed down, with Dillinger prepping to release a track about the whole scenario.

Snoop Dogg 

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The rapper turned television host took a break from promoting his new show Joker's Wild to speak out on Kanye's comments while also showing support for his cousin. Snoop has been very vocal about his disapproval of Kanye's rants and holds nothing back. In a video posted to Instagram on Tuesday (May 1) following West admitting to his addiction to opioids, Snoop had a simple message for fans as he wished everyone a good day and proceeded to call West "crazy". On Wednesday (May 2), the legendary rapper posted a highlight from West's TMZ Live interview with the caption "HahahahJah".

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Looks like Uncle Snoop is not too fond of the antics.

50 Cent

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Naturally, the ever-vocal 50 Cent did not miss an opportunity to drag Kanye West. However, the "In Da Club" rapper took a different angle and instead of mentioning West's views on slavery took the opportunity to roast him for undergoing liposuction. 50 voiced over the clip of Kanye he got liposuction for the people by suggesting that West "wanted a fat ass" because that what women do when they want a bigger bottom.

Meek Mill

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And still won’t compromise my core Principles!

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While many celebs have been taking the time out to roast Kanye, Meek who was recently released from prison said he wants the "Old Kanye" back. On Tuesday (May 1), Meek took to Instagram posted a picture which appeared to look like a memorial and quoted "Can't Tell Me Nothing" to suggest that Kanye is folding under the pressure. "To whom much is giving much is tested .... get arrested I guess until he get the message.. I feel the pressure under more scrutiny and what I do “act more stupidly” #oldye #wemissyoubro them bars touched me in my cell!"

will.i.am

Former Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am gave his opinion on Kanye's philosophy from over the pond on Good Morning Britain on May 2. The singer called Kanye's testimony "one of the most ignorant statements that anybody who came from the hood could ever say about their ancestors." He also claimed the rapper "broke his heart" and that he "wanted to cry." The 43-year-old The Voice host even took his disapproval a step further by breaking down his own lineage to show how real the impacts of slavery are. 'That broke my heart... my grandmother's grandma, who was a slave. And when you're a slave, you're owned. You don't choose if you're owned. When you're a slave you're deprived of education. That's not choice, that's by force...'

Don Cheadle

 

Avengers: Infinity War actor Don Cheadle took to Twitter to condemn Kanye after the rapper took to Twitter to "clarify" his statements made on TMZ  Live. West said that in a tweet on Tuesday (May 1) that he was "once again being attacked for presenting new ideas". Cheadle responded that just because the ideas are new to the artist does not make them new to anyone else. He furthered on his stance by saying Kanye turned over a "new" leaf in order to further sell his upcoming music.

Justin Bieber

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Justin Bieber is all about spreading the love these days as he posted an Instagram story in support of Kanye on Thursday (May 3). The story read, "Our job is to love not to always agree! Love you Kanye!" The message seemed sincere but also seemed to miss the memo. All puns intended.

Eve

TSR STAFF: Talia O. @theclosetratchet _______________________________________ A few black celebrities have expressed their disappointment in #KanyeWest’s recent slavery comments. Rapper #Eve is the latest to do so and she took some time to address why she is DONE with Kanye on #TheTalk yesterday! She began by saying that Ye’s comments were “disrespectful” and how she can’t understand how he could be so out of touch being that he grew up on the south side of #Chicago. _______________________________________ “Every time I watch these clips, I get emotional… it is so disrespectful,” Eve began. “I can’t understand how a black man that was born on the south side of Chicago can have these ideas. I can’t understand… his mother, may she rest in peace, was an African-American Studies professor. I cannot understand this.” _______________________________________ Eve continued, “You want to be a free-thinker, you want to be thought-provoking, you cannot have these ideas without facts to back them up. Slavery is a fact. Slavery is part of our history… we cannot forget it… we are still feeling the effects of slavery within our community, within our culture. It hurts me. At the end of the day, we all got lucky and got plucked out of our hoods and live these amazing lives, but you cannot be so far in your bubble to think you are not—(View more at TheShadeRoom.Com!) : @thetalkcbs

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Eve stopped by The Talk on Thursday (May 3) and spoke freely about her disappointment in the Grammy award winning rapper. She cited his comments as "disrespectful" and couldn't fathom how a man with his roots on the south side of Chicago and a mother who was a African-American studies professor can share these views today. She recommended all the "young brothers" out there steer clear of his music and go for Nas (eh, maybe she didn't see the Kelis interview), Damian Marley, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar instead.

Don C 

 

Remember when Kanye was arrested in 2008? While Don C sure does as he allegedly helped the star to brawl with paparazzi and break their cameras. At one point the two were so close Don was Kanye's fill-in DJ, tour manager, and later an executive at G.O.O.D Music. However the fellow Chicago native eventually turned his eye to fashion full time. On Wednesday (May 2), Kanye posted a screenshot of his old BFF taking him to church with a Bible verse from the book of Corinthians all about love. In the text conversation, Don made sure to tell the star to make sure he was "leading with love" and that he always has his back. #RealFriends.

G Herbo 

Fellow Chicago native and lyricist G Herbo was not as kind with his words as Don C as he referred to the rapper as a "traitor Judas ass koon" amongst other things. He also said that despite Kanye being a "b****" if he sees some really dope Yeezys he may still have to rock them. Sorry not sorry. The new father ended his message posted to Instagram on May 2 on a lighter note as he suggested people "make yourself and the people around you happy" as nothing else matters.

Big Sean 

 

Big Sean still has hope for the man who saw his talent and decided to bring him onto his label G.O.O.D Music. In true West fashion, he posted a glimpse of a conversation between himself and Sean on May 1. In the screenshot Sean said Kanye dropped "GEMS" in his interview with Charlamagne. The fellow rapper also claimed the interview made him call his family because of the "good energy" the interview exhibited. Kanye also apologized for checking in but there was no need as Sean said there's "nothing but love" regardless.

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Bill Withers' Greatest Hits: Remixed, Sampled And Covered

The recent loss of legends in jazz, soul and classical music have saddened the music industry and reminded us of their touching gifts to music. The passing of Manu Dibango, Krzysztof Penderecki, Ellis Marsalis Jr., Bucky Pizzarelli and Alan Merrill brought endless tributes from peers and fans with the recent loss of soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers doing the same.

With a mirage of hits, the iconic songwriter left his mark on music with the release of his debut album Just As I Am in 1971. "Ain't No Sunshine" put a spotlight on his songwriting while 1977's "Lovely Day" reminded the industry of his signature vocals. Withers released eight studio albums, one live album and garnered three Grammys for his powerful songs that gave hope and love to fans to this day.

Hip-hop and R&B have gained the most from Withers as his music went on to inspire records like "No Diggity" by BLACKStreet, "Roses" by Kanye West and other songs from UGK, Dr. Dre, Jill Scott and more.

Take a look at some of Withers' finest tunes covered, remixed and sampled below.

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8. “Lovely Day” | Menagerie (1977)

Sampled On: T.W.D.Y., “Player’s Holiday” | Derty Werk (1999) LunchMoneyLewis - “It's Gonna Be A Lovely Day” feat. Aminè | Pets 2 Soundtrack (2019) Swizz Beatz - “Take A Picture” |One Man Band (2007)

Standout: T.W.D.Y., “Player’s Holiday” | Derty Werk (1999)

Short for "The Whole Damn Yay," the group used Withers' sample while throwing a splash of The Bay's laid back flavor. With cameos from future legends like E-40 and Ray Luv, the single already embodied the best of R&B and hip-hop with guest verses from Too Short, Mac Mall and Otis & Shug. The mimosas and yacht are also a great touch.

Covered By: Jill Scott, The Original Jill Scott from the Vault Vol. 1 (2011) Alt-J, This Is All Yours (2014) Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio 2 (2013) Kirk Franklin, The Nu Nation Project (1998)

Standout: Kirk Franklin, The Nu Nation Project (1998)

Who was going to beat a chorus singing to the lordt? Franklin's take on the classic gives us stirring gospel and appreciation for Withers and God. There are plenty of covers that have lifted the same vocals as Withers, but the ones listed have put their unique spin on the track.

7. “Ain't No Sunshine” | Just As I Am (1971)

Sampled On: DMX - “No Sunshine” | Exit Wounds Soundtrack (2001) Lil B - “Up And Down” | Based Jam (2012) 2Pac- "Soulja's Story" |  2Pacalypse Now (1991)

Standout: DMX - “No Sunshine” | Exit Wounds Soundtrack (2001)

"No Sunshine" served as the only single from DMX's film alongside Steven Seagal, which gave everyone the perfect backdrop to the movie and X's intricate storytelling. Both the original and flipped version points out the dark elements of our lives. Withers penned the song after watching the film 1962 movie Days of Wine and Roses, he pondered over the toxicity in his life. "Sometimes you miss things that weren't particularly good for you," he said in 2004 to SongFacts. "It's just something that crossed my mind from watching that movie, and probably something else that happened in my life that I'm not aware of."

Covered By: Soul For Real | Candy Rain (1994) Michael Jackson | Got to Be There (1972) The Boris Gardiner Happening | Is What's Happening (1973) The Temptations | Solid Rock (1972)

Standout: Michael Jackson | Got to Be There (1972)

At 14, the future King of Pop gave a riveting cover of Withers' hit for his debut album, Got To Be There. From his vocal control throughout the track to the instrumentation, his cover takes the song to another level of heartbreak.

6. "Grandma's Hands” | Just As I Am (1971)

Sampled On: BLACKstreet - “No Diggity” feat. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen | Another Level (1996) Big K.R.I.T. - “I Gotta Stay” | K.R.I.T. Wuz Here (2010) Brother Ali - “Waheedah's Hands” | Champion (2004)

Standout: BLACKstreet - “No Diggity” feat. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen | Another Level (1996)

R&B heads are well aware of BLACKstreet's neverending ballads and the genius of Teddy Riley. But the pivot of their sound for their sophomore album Another Level was due to Withers and the William “Stylez” Stewart. Speaking to Fact Mag in 2017, the creator of New Jack Swing gave credit to Stylez for bringing him the sample of "Grandma's Hands."

“If he hadn’t played that sample for me, there would never be a ‘No Diggity’ And if he didn’t write it according to the melody I gave him so it would sound that way because I wanted it to sound funky,” he said. “I wanted it to be appealing to everyone, but mostly to women. I wanted every woman to feel like they were the ‘No Diggity’ girl and that song was about them and it came across. And now, still, today, that song plays and people are on that dancefloor.”

Covered By: Gil Scott-Heron, Reflections (1981) Merry Clayton, Merry Clayton (1971) Barbra Streisand, Butterfly (1974)

Standout: Gil Scott-Heron, Reflections (1981)

Gil Scott-Heron's version of the soul classic reminded us of his versatile talents. From spoken word to his vocal abilities, the Godfather of rap music always came through with his own sound and style. Reflections was one of four albums the late artist dropped in the 80s with critics looking to it as one of his finest projects. Other cuts from the album included "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" and "B Love."

5. "Use Me" | Still Bill (1972)

Sampled On: Kendrick Lamar - “Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst"  | Good kid, Maad City (2012) J. Cole- "Dollar And A Dream II" | The Warm-Up (2009) Leela James - “So Good" | Fall For You (2014) UGK - "Use Me Up" | The Southern Way (1992)

Standout: Kendrick Lamar - “Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst"  | Good kid, Maad City (2012)

Lamar's take on "Use Me" blended right into the themes of his debut album, Good kid, Maad City allowing the artist to create another world on the project. To make things even better, Lamar also sampled Al Green's "I'm Glad You're Mine" for the track.

Covered By: Grace Jones, Indigo Nights, Live (2008) Mick Jagger feat. Lenny Kravitz, Wandering Spirit  (2004) Issac Hayes, Dr. Dolittle Soundtrack (1998)

Standout: Mick Jagger feat. Lenny Kravitz, Wandering Spirit (2004)

On his third solo album, Jagger linked with Rick Rubin to test his creative energy, allowing him to work with Lenny Kravitz on their version of "Use Me." Colliding worlds was one thing but to hear Kravitz's vocals come in on the bridge, set the track apart from the rest.

4. “Kissing My Love” | Still Bill (1972)

Sampled On: J. Cole - “The Cut Off" featuring kiLL Edward  | KOD (2018) Dr. Dre - "Let Me Ride" featuring Snoop Dogg, RC and Jewell | The Chronic (1992) Masta Ace- "Movin On" | Take A Look Around (1990) Master P- "Bastard Child" | The Ghettos Tryin To Kill Me! | 1994

Standout: Dr. Dre - "Let Me Ride" featuring Snoop Dogg, RC and Jewell | The Chronic (1992)

"Kissing My Love" is one of most sampled from Withers catalog, thanks to its feverish drums. It's also why it fits into Dr. Dre's single and the G-funk era.

3. Grover Washington's “Just The Two of Us” featuring Bill Withers | Winelight (1981)

Sampled/Covered On:  Will Smith - “Just The Two of Us” | Big Willie Style (1997) Eminem- "Just The Two of Us" | Slim Shady EP (1997) Keri Hilson- "Pretty Girl Rock" | No Boys Allowed (2010)

Standout: Will Smith - “Just The Two of Us” | Big Willie Style (1997)

Touching and soulful, Smith's dedication to his eldest son Trey is just too cute for words.

2. “Let It Be” | Just As I Am  (1967)

The Original: The Beatles - “Let It Be” | Let It Be (1968)

"Let It Be" is a pretty special record. Aretha Franklin recorded a version a year before the release of The Beatles' version and Withers gave his take on the record in the 70s. Slightly faster, his upbeat take on "Let It Be" just hits different.

1. “Rosie” | Menagerie Re-Issue (1977)

Sampled On: Kanye West - “Roses” |  Late Registration (2005)

As the somber part of Late Registration, "Roses" brings us into Kanye's world where he contemplates the mortality of a loved one. It's a sentimental take on the sample and one of the artist's most underrated songs. It's also a hidden gem for Withers as it isn't featured on Menagerie's LP. It was added as a bonus track on

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Remain Calm: 5 Ways To Curve Negative Effects Of Coronavirus Isolation

Self-isolation during the coronavirus outbreak seems to be best practice in keeping our families and peers safe but it's also a shift in our normal social behavior. As millions of families around the country get adjusted to self-isolation, the state of our mental health and how our bodies react to the practice are changing by the day, especially lower-income and marginalized groups.

Speaking with Wired, John Vincent, a clinical psychologist at the University of Houston, shared how apathetic behavior can rise to the forefront, making space for anxiety and depression.

“People start getting lethargic when they don’t have positive inputs into their small worlds,” Vincent says. “We can expect depression to kick in, and depression and anxiety are kissing cousins.”

But the biggest reason behind the uneasiness isn't the self-isolation but just how long it will last. Details of COVID-19 are changing by the day with the most cases now coming out of New York. Yet, there's still little to no information on what happens next.

“Open, transparent, consistent communication is the most important thing governments and organizations can do: Make sure people understand why they are being quarantined first and foremost, how long it is expected to last,” Samantha Brooks of King’s College London told the outlet. “A huge factor in the negative psychological impact seems to be confusion about what's going on, not having clear guidelines, or getting different messages from different organizations.”

Uncertainty hitting low income and marginalized groups is also a problem within itself. As virtual parties and celebrities opening up on social media happen on a daily, there are people who might not access fun distractions on the web.

“Some people have posited technology as a means of connecting people, but lower-income groups might not even have FaceTime or Skype or minutes on their phone,” Thomas Cudjoe, a geriatrician researching the intersection of social connections and aging at Johns Hopkins University says. “People take that for granted, using their devices can be a strain on people’s incomes.”

To make self-isolation less than a bore or a daunting task, experts suggest creating a schedule to dictate control in your home.

1. Work It Out

Gyms are closed, but your home can be transformed into a personal training center. Use heavy bags for weights and if you can, create a playlist of workouts on YouTube. For those who have memberships for Blink or Peloton, the platforms have streamed their workouts on apps.

2. Mindful Meditation

Meditation isn't about dumping your thoughts, it's about staying aware and mindful. AQUA has developed online that leverages the power of "Mindful Meditation and Mobility Movements" for flexibility and fluidity in the body. Classes are free of charge but feel free to donate.

3. Take It Back To High School

Give your friends a call or indulge in a FaceTime party. Feel free to use the Wifi in your home to reduce the amount of data used on your phone. Lala Anthony held a too-cute FT birthday party for writer Kiyonna Anthony with a 70s theme. You can also find creative ways to hop on the phone with friends and family instead of constantly chatting about 'rona.

 

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4. Start A Journal

Journals just aren't for kids. The practice not only gives you something to do, but it fuels creativity and a new level of self-awareness. Former First Lady Michelle Obama recently developed Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice, with over 150 inspiring questions and quotes that connect to key themes in her memoir. The journal will also help bring readers to terms with the importance of family and personal reflections as well as the goals they'd like to make a reality.

5. Have a Dance Party or Enjoy Lo-Fi Beats To Quarantine To

If you don't have data or battery power to watch a virtual DJ party, make your own. If you have to pull out your record player, do it! You can also hop on your favorite streaming service and create a playlist all your own.

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From Teen Sensation To Vocal Bible: Brandy's 15 Best Songs

September 27, 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the multiplatinum self-titled debut album by one of R&B’s greatest voices, Brandy Rayana Norwood, or simply Brandy. She was already well on her way to stardom prior to her debut as a background vocalist for Immature and one of the stars of the short-lived ABC series, Thea. However, it was the album Brandy that set her on the path to tremendous success.

Since officially bursting onto the scene in 1994 sporting her well-known braided crown of glory, she has been a force to be reckoned with. She was handpicked by her idol, the late Whitney Houston, to portray the role of the first Black Cinderella in the 1997 film Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Her show Moesha was one of the longest-running black sitcoms. Brandy was also a CoverGirl in 1999 and became a friend of Barbie that same year when Mattel released the Brandy Doll. In music, she’s released six studio albums, sold more than 40 million records worldwide, headlined three world tours, and won more than 30 awards including seven Billboard Music Awards, a Grammy and the Soul Train Lady of Soul Award. Brandy deserves her flowers.

Let’s check out the top 15 songs that helped solidify Brandy as your favorite singer’s favorite singer (just ask Solange) and earned her the title of the “Vocal Bible.”

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