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Wale Suggests Colorism Is To Blame For Presumed Career Setbacks

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After Wale and Atlantic Records parted ways, he has been functioning like a true free agent, dropping music independently and moving on his own accord. While he has had a gloomy 2017, going on ’18, for him, the blame falls on colorism in the music business.

Last night (May 2), the D.C. spitter held a Q&A session with his fans on his Twitter account where a one asked, “Do you think your expressive passion for the music hurt/prevent you from being mentioned with the rest in your class?” From there, Wale gave a short response, blaming his woes on his loud, outspoken tendencies along with him being dark skinned with his Nigerian-American heritage.

“It hurt me greatly,” he replied. “Also me being a dark skinned (not half white) rapper direct decent from Africa did too .. but let’s not go there 🙃.”

While one could argue that dark skinned male hip-hop artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Migos, and Kanye West are continuously thriving despite their skin complexions, it is important to note that colorism in the music industry has been thoroughly documented and has been around for practically ages. While dark skinned male hip-hop artists have historically been leading the genre in the context of success, despite colorism, it is important to note that this decade has seen a rise of white, light skinned black and latinx, bi-racial, and racially ambiguous artists climb the top of streaming and Billboard charts.

Prior to this, Wale gave fans an impressive remix to H.E.R.’s 2017 cut, “Every Kind of Way” this past Saturday (April 28) as he continues to drop loosies and surprise tapes throughout 2018.

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Originally delivered by Monica and Brandy, "The Boy Is Mine" shook up the late '90s with a powerful duet between two women fighting for one man, now over 20 years since the electric debut, the single has received the millennial treatment.

Performing at the 2019 Trumpet Awards in Atlanta on Saturday (Jan. 19), Justine Syke and Sevyn Streeter recreated the work of Darkchild producer, Rodney Jerkins, who created the track 21-years-ago. Streeter dominated Brandy's portion of the single, while Skye released her inner Monica.

Jerkins, who is credited for working with the likes of Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Destiny's Child and more, was honored with the Music Excellence Award during Saturday’s ceremony. The award ceremony will air Feb. 11 on Bounce TV. T.I., MC Lyte, and Dapper Dan are among other powerful figures in music to be honored during this celebration.

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Justine Skye And Sevyn covered the boy is mine live pic.twitter.com/3rFQopm61s

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J. Cole Rests Instagram, Possibly Teases New Music

Fans have been watching J.Cole's every move since his infamous Dreamville-Revengers recording sessions in Atlanta last week. Now that the bars are laid down, the creative is talking his sh*t on social media. Well, almost.

It appears the "ATM" rapper wiped his barely-used Instagram account clean and posted a graphic with the words, "I'm counting my bullets." While Cole doesn't engage on the platform, he was seen in the form of in-studio photographs by his team and over 100 collaborators who were in attendance of the Dreamville-Revengers recording sessions.

But as quickly as it appeared on Monday (Jan. 20), it was also deleted from his account.

Cole confirmed the conclusion of the sessions last week that included elite peers like T.I., Ludacris and Akon in addition to the game's most promising acts like Childish Major, Dreezy, Smino and R&B/jazz maestro  Masego. Dreamville members like Ari Lennox, J.I.D., Bas and EarthGang were also in attendance.

 

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I went to #ROTD3 and all I got was these really cool ass photos ! 😂@preme.xyz #prememagazine #prememag

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The Revengers sessions are done thank you to every artist and producer that came through. I love y’all, that shit was beautiful. Next step, finish the songs and let the 🌎 feel em.

— J. Cole (@JColeNC) January 17, 2019

J. Cole's manager and Dreamville Records president Ibrahim "Ib" Hamad teased new music from the rapper last week and promised that new music was coming sooner than later.

YOOOOOOO @KingOfQueenz y’all need to drop this shit already man #ROTD3 @JColeNC pic.twitter.com/AgOh1yfLyc

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I got you when it’s finished 🙏🏿 I’m tryna put it together #Revenge https://t.co/NXrpUVv7Tq

— Ibrahim H. (@KingOfQueenz) January 18, 2019

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Ja Rule Defends Himself After Fyre Festival Docs: "You Don't Know Sh*t"

Fans can't stop talking about Netflix and Hulu's latest documentaries on the tragedy of the Fyre Festival. While many blame the festival's creator Billy McFarland for the disastrous event, others are pointing the finger at Ja Rule for his involvement in the concert that would scam fans and businesses out of millions. Follow the documentaries' release, Ja blasted both streaming services and defended his role in Fyre.

"I love how ppl watch a doc and think they have all the answers," the rapper wrote on Twitter on Sunday (Jan. 20). "I had an amazing vision to create a festival like NO OTHER!!! I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make???"

He also noted that he had also been deceived. "I too was hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead astray," he added. "@Hulu PAID BILLY!!! That money should have went to the ppl in the Bahamas... @netflix PAID fuck Jerry who also did all the promo for the festival... 🤔 the docs clearly have Billy at fault but let’s blame the rapper lmao ok..."

I love how ppl watch a doc and think they have all the answers... 🤦🏾‍♂️

— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019

I had an amazing vision to create a festival like NO OTHER!!! I would NEVER SCAM or FRAUD anyone what sense does that make???

— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019

When fans pointed out different facts in the docs that indicated wrongdoing on Ja's side, the rapper replied: "you still don't know sh*t."

As previously reported, the Fyre Festival was a music concert that was scheduled to take place in the Bahamas in 2017. It was co-founded by Ja Rule and backed by a number of social media influencers including Kendall Jenner. It became a trending topic when concert goers realized it was a scam and was not properly put together. McFarland reportedly defrauded investors of $26 million. He is now serving a six-year sentence. While Ja Rule won't likely receive jail time, he is heavily backed up in legal cases.

Check out his latest comments below.

I too was hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, lead astray!!!

— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019

@Hulu PAID BILLY!!! That money should have went to the ppl in the Bahamas... @netflix PAID fuck Jerry who also did all the promo for the festival... 🤔 the docs clearly have Billy at fault but let’s blame the rapper lmao ok...

— Ja Rule (@Ruleyork) January 20, 2019

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