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Decoding Pusha T's Well-Calculated Diss Track, "The Story Of Adidon"

In Pusha's world, nothing is off limits. 

Pusha T and Drake's beef (or competitive rap) entered a new level after the release of "The Story Of Adidon."

On the diss, Pusha connects the dots on many aspects of Drake's life including his parents' strained relationship, the health of his close friend and producer Noah "40" Shebib and claims the rapper fathered a child with a former adult film star.

On the surface, the track can be seen as gossip, but Pusha T has proven to the game that he has cunning skills in and out of the booth. "The Story Of Adidon" reflects this with the instrumental, bars and rollout telling various "truths" about music's most-adored figures. “Let’s deal in real truths,” Pusha told Vulture before the release of DAYTONA. “My truth was questioned, and I’m gonna deal in truths all summer long.” It's a sentiment to what was over the horizon, which was the album's final song, "Infrared."

If you're just tuning into Pusha's lyrical series, then a binge session is needed. His bars over the years have always been in the spirit of menace and vigor, including "Exodus 23:1," where his beef with Lil Wayne and Drake was at its peak.

Now that we've sat with the track, there are plenty of elements that fell under the radar. Check them out below.

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7. The "Artwork"

Push refused to call the image artwork for "The Story of Adidon." Either way, it was hard to ignore.

Photographer David Leyes confirmed that the decision to wear blackface in the photoshoot was Drake's. The cards seemed to fall into place. The image was perfect for the track, as it used JAY-Z's "The Story of O.J.," a crafty take on blackness and humility as the instrumental. The parlay was already in effect.

Drake released a press release of sorts Wednesday (May 30) and tried to give context to the photos.

"This was not from a clothing brand shoot or my music career," he wrote. "This picture is from 2007, a time in my life where I was an actor and I was working on a project that was about young black actors struggling to get roles, being stereotyped and typecast. The photos represented how African Americans were once wrongfully portrayed in entertainment."

The rapper says he and his close friend at the time Mazin Elsadig were trying to convey the difficulty black actors face when they're designated to stereotypical roles. "This was to highlight and raise our frustrations with not always getting a fair chance in the industry and to make a point that the struggle for black actors had not changed much," Drake wrote.

From minstrel shows like Amos 'n' Andy to old Disney cartoons, the controversial use of blackface is one of America's favorite past times. While black creatives like Spike Lee and Little Brother have spun it into art in a digestible and informative way, Drizzy's attempt appears to be tasteless and juvenile. It all circles back to Push's "Adidon" track, which points out the rapper's alleged struggles with his blackness.

6.  Kanye & Pusha T's Adidas Connection

Baby reveal aside, Push brought to light Drake's upcoming line with Adidas titled, "Adidon." The line was reportedly named after his son with former adult film actress Sophie Brussaux. The information regarding the Adidas deal more than likely came from a reliable source. Kanye and Push both have relationships with the brand so someone at the company may have spilled the beans.

Like journalist and author Touré points out, this has essentially spoiled the rollout of Adidon given its direct connection to the diss track and the image of Drake in blackface.

5. Push Predicted Drake Would Respond To "Infrared"

There seems to be a method to Push's madness as it was clear "Adidon" was already in the chamber. While speaking to The Breakfast Club on the day of DATONA's release, Push expressed he was ready for a rebuttal to "Infrared."

"Of course," he said when asked if he was prepared for "Drake smoke."

"Listen man, it is what is. ['Back to Back'] was a cool thing. It was cool." It also speculated that he already had the diss track prepared since some lyrics from "Infrared" foreshadow "Adidon."

His confidence has also yet to waver since the release of the track. "What is there to talk about?" he said on Big Boy's Neighborhood Thursday (May 31). "It's all true, what's up? I'm not afraid of nothing, nothing. Ain't no skeletons with me. I'm the realest in it, been it in 16 [years] and still giving y'all classics. Not playing no games."

4. Noah "40" Shebib & The History Of The Insensitive Diss

The most nail-biting aspect of "Adidon" was Push's diss towards Drake's longtime friend and producer, Noah "40" Shebib. “OVO 40 hunches over like he’s 80/Tick, tick, tick,” he said. “How much time he got?/That man is sick, sick, sick.”

The reason behind his choice to mock Shebib's multiple sclerosis was in part due to Drake calling out Kanye West on "Duppy Freestyle." Shebib was diagnosed with the disease in 2015 and has gone to raise awareness about it. Push showed no regrets over the line during his talk with Big Boy. "I'm in the mix of a rap battle right now, music like I said, is competitive and it's a sport to me," he said. "My fiancée was mentioned in something I don't involve her in. I see nor hear nothing no more."

While many were shook over the line, it's not the first time brutal raps have been exchanged in rap battles.

JAY-Z brought to light the late Prodigy's sickle cell battle in "Takeover," Ja Rule dragged Eminem's daughter into "Loose Change" and Tupac opened up "Hit 'Em Up" bragging about sleeping with Faith Evans. The blows have always been painful in rap, but in this age of hip-hop, digs like the 40-line are almost nonexistent. One of the few brutal diss tracks heard in the 2010s was Remy Ma's "Shether" record directed at Nicki Minaj.  

3. Pusha Dropped The Track On Hot 97–Where Drake's Infamous Blackberry Freestyle Happened

Whether this was done on purpose is up in the air. Drake's issues with Funkmaster Flex goes back to 2009 when Drizzy was clowned for "freestyling" bars from his phone on Hot 97. Flex had plenty to say about the incident in 2016, shortly after the rapper called out the station for instigating the 2015 ghostwriting scandal. "You see, they tellin’ lies on Hot 97, that’s how it goes/I told ’em fire Funk Flex and then I’ll come and do your show,” Drake said in a freestyle at his first show at Madison Square Garden.

Flex responded, claiming Drake's camp urged himself and Cipha Sounds to post the video online to, ironically, prove he writes his own rhymes.

“They help circulate the video. I'm wondering, why would they put that out? You told Zane Lowe you didn't know the video was coming out. You calling a lot of people liars," Flex said. "Okay. Video comes out, everybody jokes on him on it, but everyone says, 'Yo, but he got bars.' ... You wanted people to think that you write your bars. You wanted people to think on that BlackBerry, those were yours, that you wrote that. You wanted to solidify that because you knew this day would come when people might see or question your pen."

Full circle indeed.

2. Clark Kent Warned Us About Pusha T's Pen Game

There's really not much to say here. We're sure no one would've predicted a Pusha T vs. Drake battle in 2018, but the Virginia MC is the perfect candidate given their history. "Do not f**k with Pusha T," Kent said on ItsTheReal's "Waste Of Time" podcast in 2015. "He has at least 30 verses for every single one of you and all of ya'll in his crew. Trust me, I speak to him regularly. Leave him out of all you rapper's mouths. He is dangerous."

1.  Push Has More To Say

Push isn't afraid to go for a few more rounds with Drake as he told Big Boy there are plenty of more layers to peel. "We can take this slow, I'm just peeling back the first layer," he said. He also made it clear that "Adidon" was a direct response to the "Duppy Freestyle."

"This whole joint right here was 100 percent responding to those things," he said. "He said, 'You chasing around Kanye.' I've been aligned with the greats my whole career. You talk about me, Pharrell Williams. Chad Hugo, The Neptunes. Records with Kanye. Records with JAY-Z. I've been doing my thing. I've been aligned with the greats my whole career. The only greats I'm chasing are ghosts. Pac and Biggie. Period. I don't have to chase no 'Ye."

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Issa Vibe: The Best Songs To Fit Your Different 4/20 Sessions

April 20th isn’t a national holiday, but it might as well be.

Although recreational marijuana use is only legal in 10 states, the U.S. is home to approximately 35 million regular users of cannabis, according to a survey done by Yahoo News and Marist University. That's 10.6 percent of the American population and while that may seem minuscule, the numbers are growing daily and it's understandable.

Weed has now become a staple of American culture; it's become a legitimate business in the states where it's legal, it's now part of the way people socialize, and better yet it's a theme in some of the hottest music out today. "Kush" has been included in some of the hardest verses that millennials and generation-z kids have heard in their lifetime.

Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg, amazing emcees in their own right, are also widely known for their love of the green plant. Wiz's biggest album, Rolling Papers is clearly influenced by weed and along with the Snoop Dogg-assisted "Young, Wild & Free" is all about that green positivity.

There's an endless list of hits about rolling up a joint, hitting it and passing it, but what about moods? Whether it's a bowl, a blunt or an edible weed, can leave people feeling a variety of ways and that all can be traced to a certain strand of weed someone's inhaling, or the mood they're already.

Regardless, it's important to be prepared and have music ready to match whatever feelings marijuana concocts; and that's why VIBE compiled an adequate list of songs for each of the main pot moods.

So on this 4/20, sit back, relax, smoke and find the songs that suit the vibe.

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The "Let Me Chill Out" Mood 

Sometimes the best way to come down from an over the top high is to play some tunes with a soft beat and a light voice. The best artists in the game right now, like Jhené Aiko for instance, have created that sound that's perfect for when relaxation is needed, so of course, she made the list.  These are the top four songs that can help anyone kick back and relax if a pull from a joint just isn't hitting the right way.

"Blue Dream" by Jhené Aiko "Muse" by Afro Nostalgia "Summer Games" by Drake "LOVE." by Kendrick Lamar (feat. Zacari) The Bad B*tch Hours or "Top Two and I'm Not Two" Mood 

You look around the room and realize: you're top two and you're not two in it. All it took was one or a couple of puffs and then a pass to make you feel pretty good about yourself. One of the main upsides to smoking that's constantly mentioned in the media is that it can help alleviate chronic pain, well, another positive to it is that it can leave you feeling sexy, sensual and everything in between.

This is that high that can make you feel that you're significant other is lucky to have you, and subsequently makes you hit them up, that tells you: you're single and ready to mingle. It's a smoking session that lets you know: if you shoot your shot now, you'll score and it's a session that you want music playing that only affirms how sultry and seductive you feel. If this is how 4/20 leaves you feeling, putting on some RiRi or even Young Thug can effectively get you 'in your bag.'

"Same Ol' Mistakes" by Rihanna "Tyrant" by Kali Uchis (feat. Jorja Smith) "Worth It" by Young Thug "Smoke Break" by Chance the Rapper (feat. Future) The "Head in the Clouds" Mood 

More often than not, edibles have the power of leaving people spaced out and speaking slowly, after consuming them. Sometimes smoking weed, or hotboxing with friends is a silent event. Either everyone's consumed by their phones, or every other person has been looking at a nonexistent spot on the wall for the past 15 minutes.

Regardless this isn't the high where people want to hear "Act Up" by City Girls, no matter how much they love them. No, this is the high where people need music that takes them on a journey. Songs where the production is out of this world and it seems like the artist specifically made the song for a smoke session like no other. Travis Scott's ASTROWORLD is full of tracks with that vibe, and Lil' Wayne, a weed connoisseur of his own, has songs that fulfill that need too. Smoke a bit and let the weed do its thing.

"ASTROTHUNDER" by Travis Scott "I Feel Like Dying" by Lil' Wayne "Hyyer" by Kid Cudi "St. Tropez" by J. Cole The "Got the Giggles" Mood 

This is when the blunt hits perfectly and there's nothing wrong in the world or when the bowl did its' job and leaves everyone feeling silly. A "feel good high" is the best way to describe and the best way to live through that kind of smoke session is to listen to some "feel good music." These are the songs that can have people swaying unknowingly to its' beat, or the tracks that leave people smiling from ear to ear. This is the session that lets people know that "this is it chief," and here are the best songs to go along with it.

"Pass the Vibes" by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment "Dreamcatcher" by Metro Boomin' (feat. Swae Lee & Travis Scott) "It's a Vibe" by 2 Chainz (feat. Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz & Jhené Aiko) "Binz" by Solange
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Kush & Splendor: 5 CBD Beauty Products That’ll Take Your Self-Care Routine From 0 To 100

Lotions, creams, and salves—oh my! With cannabidiol (CBD) popping up in just about every product you can imagine, the cannabis-infused beauty industry is clearly on the come-up. In fact, analysts predict that the “wellness” movement—as well as the legalization of Mary Jane across the world—will help rake in $25 billion globally in the next 10 years, according to Business Insider. That’s 15 percent of the $167 billion skincare market.

And what better way to up the ante on one’s wellness routine than with all-natural CBD? Just ask Dr. Lana Butner, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at NYC’s Modrn Sanctuary, who incorporates CBD in her treatments.

“CBD is a fantastic addition to acupuncture sessions for both its relaxation and anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving effects,” Butner shares with Vixen. “The calming effects of CBD allows for patients to deeply relax into the treatment and really tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest, digestion and muscle repair/regeneration.”

She adds that CBD’s pain-relieving effects are “far-reaching,” from muscular and joint pains to migraines and arthritis—and even IBS and indigestion.

The magic lies in CBD’s ability to impact endocannabinoid receptor activity in our bodies. Without getting too wordy, our bodies come equipped with a system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is the HBIC over our sleep, appetite, pain and immune system response. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD teams up with this system to help reduce inflammation and interact with neurotransmitters. According to Healthline, CBD has also been scientifically shown to impact the brain’s receptors for serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating our mood and social behavior.

All that said, it’s important to note that not all CBD products are created equal. Many brands cashing in on the green beauty wave use hemp seed oil, sometimes referred to as cannabis sativa seed oil, in place of CBD... which doesn’t make them any less great! Hemp seed oil is actually high in antioxidants, amino acids, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids—all of which are thebomb.com for your skin.

“It’s generally viewed as a superfood and is great for adding nutritional value to your diet,” Ashley Lewis, co-founder of Fleur Marché, told Well and Good last month. “In terms of skin care, it’s known as a powerful moisturizer and skin softener that doesn’t clog pores or contribute to oily skin.”

However, when companies start marketing CBD and hemp oil as one-in-the-same, that’s when things get a bit tricky.

“The biggest issue is that hemp seed oil and CBD are two totally different compounds that come from different parts of the hemp plant, have different makeups, and different benefits,” Lewis added. “Marketing them as the same thing just isn’t accurate and does a disservice to consumers who are expecting certain benefits that they won’t get from hemp seed oil and who are often paying more for what they think is CBD.”

So if you’re looking to benefit from the perks specifically attributed to CBD, make sure you’re reading labels before buying, and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Hell, ask for a product’s test results, while you’re at it. It never hurts to be sure.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, are you ready to see what all the hype is about? For this 4/20, we rounded up a few CBD (and hemp!)-infused products to help give your self-care routine a bit of a boost. Looks like your holiday just got that much kushier. You’re welcome!

Note: Data and regulations surrounding CBD and its use are still in development. That said, please don’t take anything written in this post as medical or legal advice, and definitely double check the laws in your state. Also, please do your body a favor and hit up your doctor before trying any new supplements. We’re just tryna look out for you. Okay? Okay. Read on.

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Homecoming: The 5 Best Moments Of Beyoncé’s Documentary

Once Beyoncé became the first African-American woman to headline in its nearly 20-year history, we knew Coachella would never the same. To mark the superstar’s historic moment, the 2018 music and arts festival was appropriately dubbed #Beychella and fans went into a frenzy on social media as her illustrious performance was live-streamed by thousands. (Remember when fans recreated her choreographed number to O.T. Genasis’ “Everybody Mad”?)

With a legion of dancers, singers and musicians adorned with gorgeous costumes showcasing custom-made crests, the singer’s whirlwind performance honored black Greek letter organizations, Egyptian queen Nefertiti, and paid homage to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Aside from the essence of black musical subgenres like Houston’s chopped and screwed and Washington D.C.’s go-go music, the entertainer performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as “The Black National Anthem,” and implemented a dancehall number, sampling the legendary Jamaican DJ and singer, Sister Nancy, to show off the versatility of black culture.

One year after #Beychella’s historic set, the insightful concert film, Homecoming, began streaming on Netflix and unveiled the rigorous months of planning that went into the iconic event. The 2-hour 17-minute documentary highlights Beyoncé’s enviable work ethic and dedication to her craft, proving why this performance will be cemented in popular culture forever. Here are the best moments from Beyoncé’s Homecoming documentary.

The Intentional Blackness

“Instead of me bringing out my flower crown, it was more important that I brought our culture to Coachella.”

Throughout the documentary, Beyoncé made it known that everything and everyone included in the creative process leading up to the annual festival was deliberately chosen. “I personally selected each dancer, every light, the material on the steps, the height of the pyramid, the shape of the pyramid,” says Beyoncé. “Every tiny detail had an intention.” When speaking on black people as a collective the entertainer notes, “The swag is limitless.” Perhaps the most beautiful moments in Homecoming are the shots that focus on the uniqueness of black hair and its versatility. What’s appreciated above all is the singer’s commitment to celebrating the various facets of blackness and detailing why black culture needs to be celebrated on a global scale.

Beyoncé’s Love And Respect For HBCUs

#Beychella — which spanned two consecutive weekends of Coachella’s annual festival — was inspired by elements of HBCU homecomings, so it was no surprise when the singer revealed she always wanted to attend one. “I grew up in Houston, Texas visiting Prairie View. We rehearsed at TSU [Texas Southern University] for many years in Third Ward, and I always dreamed of going to an HBCU. My college was Destiny's Child. My college was traveling around the world and life was my teacher.” Brief vignettes in the film showcased marching bands, drumlines and the majorettes from notable HBCUs that comprise of the black homecoming experience. In the concert flick, one of the dancers affectionately states, “Homecoming for an HBCU is the Super Bowl. It is the Coachella.” However, beyond the outfits that sport a direct resemblance to Greek organizations, Beyoncé communicated an important message that remains a focal point in the film: “There is something incredibly important about the HBCU experience that must be celebrated and protected.”

The Familiar Faces

Despite being joined by hundreds of dancers, musicians and singers on-stage, the entertainer was joined by some familiar faces to share the monumental moment with her. While making a minor appearance in the documentary, her husband and rapper/mogul Jay-Z came out to perform “Deja Vu” with his wife. Next, fans were blessed by the best trio to ever do it as Kelly and Michelle joined the singer with renditions of their hit singles including “Say My Name,” “Soldier,” and more. On top of this star-studded list, Solange Knowles graced the “Beychella” stage and playfully danced with her older sister to the infectious “Get Me Bodied.”

Her Balance Of Being A Mother And A Star

Originally slated to headline the annual festival in 2017, the singer notes that she “got pregnant unexpectedly...and it ended up being twins.” Suffering from preeclampsia, high blood pressure, toxemia and undergoing an emergency C-section, the entertainer candidly details how difficult it was adjusting post-partum and how she had to reconnect with her body after experiencing a traumatizing delivery. “In the beginning, it was so many muscle spasms. Just, internally, my body was not connected. My body was not there.” Rehearsing for a total of 8 months, the singer sacrificed quality time with her children in order to nail the technical elements that came with the preparation for her Coachella set. “I’m limiting myself to no bread, no carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no meat, no fish, no alcohol … and I’m hungry.” Somehow, throughout all of this, she still had to be a mom. “My mind wanted to be with my children,” she says. Perhaps one of the most admirable moments in the film was witnessing Beyoncé’s dedication to her family but also to her craft.

The Wise Words From Black Visionaries

Homecoming opens with a quote from the late, Maya Angelou stating, “If you surrender to the air, you can ride it.” The film includes rich and prophetic quotes from the likes of Alice Walker, Nina Simone, Toni Morrison, and notable Black thinkers, reaffirming Beyoncé’s decision to highlight black culture. The quotes speak to her womanhood and the entertainer’s undeniable strength as a black woman.

Blue Ivy’s Cuteness

Last, but certainly not least, Blue Ivy‘s appearance in the concert film is nothing short of precious. One of the special moments in the documentary zeroes in on the 7-year-old singing to a group of people whilst Beyoncé sweetly feeds the lyrics into her ears. After finishing, Blue says: “I wanna do that again” with Beyoncé replying with “You wanna be like mommy, huh?” Seen throughout Homecoming rehearsing and mirroring Beyoncé’s moves, Blue just might follow in her mother’s footsteps as she gets older.

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