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Adele Givens Explains Her Feature On Kanye West And Lil Pump's "I Love It"

Kanye really dug through the archives for this.

Often praised for atypical but well-suited samples on some of his most famous tracks, Kanye West really dug through the archives for the inclusion of Queen of Comedy Adele Givens on his latest release with Lil Pump, "I Love It."

Sampling lines from a 1992 recording of Def Jam Comedy, Givens recently spoke with Billboard to explain the inspiration behind the original skit, her phone call with Kanye and filming the viral music video. Though Kanye and Givens both grew up on the west side of Chicago, the two hadn't met until they were on set of So Def Comedy back when it was on air and in Los Angeles – but Kanye was too shy to express he was a fan.

It wasn't until one of Kanye's producers called Givens to inquire about her inclusion on the song when she learned he followed her work. "[They asked me if] I’d want to recreate something I did on Def Comedy Jam" Givens told the publication. "They sent the song and I couldn’t help but laugh. Kanye later called and told me the concept of the video and it was even more creative, so I said, of course, I’d love to and that’s how it happened."

According to the actress and comedian, she knows the song is all fun and games and shouldn't be taken seriously. Turning to her husband for final approval, Givens went ahead and did the line in confidence (even though she was probably going to do it anyway).

"I vividly remember writing all of that stuff back then because I kind of wrote it with a rebellious attitude," she said. "When I got in the world of comedy...people would say to me, 'Well, you probably need to tone it down. A lady can’t be received in this way.' But I’d be damned if somebody is going to lecture me on how to be a lady, so I came up with that, 'I’m such a f**king lady line.' I had a lot of material to shock and let people know not to f**k with me. I’m a lady and I say what I want to say."

In transitioning from a west side rebel to global sensation, Givens is shocked. Never expecting to garner so much attention to the particular lines featured, the comedian is extremely happy to work with Kanye but leaves it at that.

"I don’t follow the industry like that," she admits. "I left the video and went straight to doing five shows."

Givens is currently on her LIT AF Tour with Martin Lawrence.

Check out her original skit below.

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A Billie Holiday Documentary Is Currently In The Works

A documentary about beloved jazz great Billie Holiday--appropriately titled Billie--is in the works and will reportedly feature new interviews from the icon's contemporaries.

According to The Hollywood Reporter James Erskine will helm the film and has received support from the successor to Billie Holiday's estate, Concord. The film will follow Holiday's life through the eyes of 1970's journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl.

More than 200 hours of interviews with Charles Mingus, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Bennett, Count Basie will be featured, as well as some of Holiday's classmates, her step-parents, her cellmate, her drug dealer, her pimp and even the FBI agent who arrested her will be in the documentary.

Kuehl died in 1979 without completing her book about the "Strange Fruit" singer. Her interviews will be seen for the first time in the forthcoming documentary.

Holiday, real name, Eleanora Fagan, died in 1959. Her life was brought to the big screen in 1972 in the now beloved film Lady Sings the Blues, starring Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams.

"We are thrilled to be working with the creative team of James Erskine and New Black Films, who have taken great care to produce a documentary that honors the life and work of Billie Holiday in an exciting, genre-defying way," she said in a statement.

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Michael Rapaport Walks Back Meek Mill "Trash" Comments

Michael Rapaport clearly doesn't want the smoke with Meek Mill because the comedian has seemingly taken back the "trash" comments he made about the "Going Bad" artist while speaking to Sway Calloway on his radio show.

Meek Mill, great story. Great look. Trash rapper. Sorry

— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) February 18, 2019

On Tuesday (Feb. 19), Rapaport further explained the comments that created beef between himself and the Philly rapper.

"I should not have used that word," the 48-year-old said, reiterating past comments about Mill's career. "He's absolutely not a trash rapper...It was wrong and it wasn't the right word. He's not a trash rapper, I can't say it. I wish I could take that word back. I'm harsh with my hip-hop opinions and it's the wrong word. It's not valid, it's not true, it's not reasonable. It was a stupid word to use."

Rapaport went on to defend the other comments he made on Twitter about Mill reminding listeners that he noticed the "Dreams and Nightmares" rapper's evolution in hip-hop and his importance to the community.

Previously, Rapaport offered his opinions about Meek Mill, calling his lack of response to Drake during their infamous beef "wack" and insinuating that he had no skill.



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Slick Woods Celebrates Mom's Release from Prison

After the birth of her son Saphir in September of 2018, and making headlines after walking Rihanna's Savage x Fenty A/W Show during New York Fashion Week while in labor, Slick Woods has more reasons to celebrate now that her mother has been released from prison after 17 years.

"Cried a lot," the 5'10 model wrote on her Instagram post featuring her mother. "Me n' mom, fresh out after 17 years in prison."


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Since the age of four Woods was raised by her grandmother between Los Angeles and Minneapolis, after her mother was sentenced to prison for manslaughter. Unfortunately, Woods life at the age of seven shifted bumpier after her grandmother divorced her husband and the two found themselves spending time in cars and motels. The unofficial face of Fenty eventually became homeless and was on track to what many felt was the same path as her formerly incarcerated mother.

"I was in a place where I didn't believe in anything, so I was susceptible to evil energy," Woods said in an interview with E.S. Magazine in 2018. "I'm so easily turned. It's not something I'm proud of," she continued. "And when everyone in the world is telling you that you're going to be just like your mother, and then you're behind bars..."

Thankfully for Woods, after a stint in jail of two to three months at the age of 18, she was able to choose a different path for herself, and a year later she modeled for Kanye West in Yeezy, allowing her to one day provide for her mother once she was released from prison.

"Being a gang member, everyone expected her to not be the best mum," Woods said in an interview with Elle Magazine back in 2018. "But my mum was very hands-on with me as a child. My mummy read to me in the womb," she said. "And she's proud because she knows that everybody expected me to be exactly what she was. She went to prison when she was 19. I became a model at 19. And I can take care of my mother when she gets out."

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