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Swizz Beatz: 'J. Cole Gave Me Something Different' As Executive Producer

He brought Cole on board for Poison in a more involved capacity after realizing that they were on the same wavelength.

Swizz Beatz' upcoming album Poison, his first since 2007's One Man Band Man, features a slew of A-list guest appearances, but perhaps the most important contributor's voice doesn't appear on the album: J. Cole, who served as executive producer.

"People are going to spaz out when they see who it is because it’s a person that’s way younger than me," Swizz told VIBE, reclining in a chair after playing the album in its near entirety. He posted a photo with J. Cole on Instagram in November 2017, and days after VIBE's visit in September 2018, he would release the official tracklist with J. Cole's name listed on the back cover. "But they were giving me critiques and giving me different zones. I’m always a student. So why am I too cool to act like I can’t listen to J. Cole?"

Cole and Swizz have a close friendship, and Swizz initially set up a meeting for the two to contribute to each other’s projects. He brought Cole on board for Poison in a more involved capacity after realizing that they were on the same wavelength. Young Simba was unafraid to give unconventional advice of cutting potential hit songs that were “f**king up the flow” of the album.

 

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"He came to the studio, and I played the first five tracks. He was like, 'damn.' Then I played him the 'big' sh*t," Swizz said. "He was telling me everything I was feeling. 'It's going to go, but I need more of (the previous songs).' He was the first person to say that. I could see people's body language say it, but nobody said it. Not even people on my team."

Along with advising on the creation of the album itself, Swizz said that J. Cole gave input on the sparse direction he would take for visuals.

"I wanted something different, and J. Cole gave me that. Don't shoot no expensive videos. Drop the video on WorldStar. Feed it to the kids,'" Swizz said. "He and my son were telling me all types of different vibes, and I want to credit him because I used those things. I'm not too cool to give him his props."

Swizz whittled down 70 songs to a trim 10 or 11 and said that he strived to make an "East Coast Chronic," referencing Dr. Dre's classic 1992 solo debut. The album's 10 tracks include appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Jadakiss, Styles P, Nas, Lil Wayne, Jim Jones, Pusha T, Giggs, Young Thug, and 2 Chainz – all sounding as inspired as ever. With the help of co-producers like AraabMuzik, MusicMan Ty, and Avery Chambliss, Swizz crafts a layered, orchestral version of the hard-knocking sounds that have become a signature of his career.

“Pistol On My Side (P.O.M.S.),” featuring Lil Wayne, was released Thursday night (Sept. 13) as the album’s first single.

READ MORE: Swizz Beatz’s ‘Poison’ Album Features Major Guests, But You’ll Have To Wait For One Song

"I handed all the creativity on the album to the artists, in their comfort zone. I didn't make it about Swizz. It's my album, but I'm a producer, and it needs to be about the artists that's on it," Swizz said. "I wanted it to be lyrically, the best album this year, last year, and the year ... after.

“Some people think I'm crazy because I took off some big, number one records that would've charted on Billboard,” he added. “But when you do what's passionate, who knows what can be a number one hit or number one there."

Poison drops on Epic Records on Friday, November 2, 2018.

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Dr. Dre Released From Hospital, Will Receive 24-Hour Home Care

Dr. Dre was released from L.A. Cedars Sinai Medical Center on Friday (Jan. 15), nearly two weeks after he suffered a reported brain aneurysm. Ice T confirmed the news tweeting, “Just FaceTimed with @drdre. He just made it home. Safe and looking good.”

The 55-year-old music mogul will remain under 24-hour care for the next few weeks as medical professionals continue to monitor his progress. Doctors are still unclear on what caused the aneurysm.

Dre’s hospital release comes days after new details were revealed in his divorce from estranged wife, Nicole Young. According to court documents publicized this week, Nicole accuses Dre, birth name Andre Young, of putting a gun to her head in 2000 and 2001. She also details other alleged abuse incidents in 1995 (before they were married) and in 2016, when he allegedly punched her in the face and kicked down her door.

The Grammy winner has denied Nicole’s abuse claims.

Nicole and Dre tied the knot in 1996. The pair share two adult children, Truice and Truly. Nicole filed for divorce last summer.

In addition to demanding that Dre cover her legal fees, Nicole wants the court to take the abuse allegations into account when “awarding support and fees.” Dre has already agreed to pay $500,000 of Nicole’s legal bills and $2 million in temporary spousal support.

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Cardi B Lands Leading Role In Comedy ‘Assisted Living’

Cardi B is making her way back to the big screen. The Bronx native officially landed her first leading role in the upcoming Paramount comedy, Assisted Living.

According to Variety, Cardi will play a small time crook struggling to find a hiding place after her latest heist fails. Her character, “Amber,” disguises herself as an elderly woman and hides out at her grandmother's nursing home. The film is described as a “raucous comedy” similar to Mrs. Doubtfire and Sister Act.

Paramount acquired the rights to Assisted Living in 2019. The film’s script was penned by This Is Us writer, Kay Oyegun.

Cardi, 28, made her film debut in the 2019 celeb-heavy stripper flick, Hustlers. The “WAP” rapper appears to have hinted at her Assisted Living role in a recent interview with Billboard where she dished on filming scenes for Fast & Furious 9.

“After ‘Hustlers’ I filmed a little bit for 'Fast & Furious' so I felt like ‘I’m ready for this,’ I knew what to expect,” she explained. “But the characters were a little different so I was like ‘Oh wow, I’m going to need more acting classes.’ I’m planning on doing a movie this year and I’m going to be the lead role so I’m like ‘I need to execute this flawlessly.’”

Besides film, Cardi was a judge on the Netflix completion show, Rhythm & Flow, and landed her own Facebook Watch series, Cardi Tries.

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Wendy Williams Reveals She Was Date Raped By ‘80s R&B Singer

Wendy Williams revealed that she was date raped by  ‘80s R&B singer, Sherrick, early in her radio career. The talk show host shared the story with reporters while promoting her Lifetime biopic Wendy Williams: The Movie on Tuesday (Jan. 12).

“He mesmerized me with his twinkling eyes,” she recalled. “He flipped the interview around to where he was interviewing me — I was just gaga over this man and he asked me to go to an album release party with him that night.

“Before the party, I was date raped by him,” said Williams.

Sherrick, born Lamotte Smith, was a member of the group Kagny, whose song is featured on The Last Dragon soundtrack. He signed to Warner Bros. Records in 1987 and scored a marginal hit with the single “Just Call” off his debut self-titled album. Sherrick struggled with sobriety but declared himself “drug-free” before dying of unknown causes in 1999.

Williams says that she was raped in Sherrick’s Washington D.C. hotel room and it, unfortunately, wasn’t her first time being sexually assaulted. The New Jersey native had been date raped in college. “Those types of things happen to girls all the time and they’ve been happening a lot, to a lot of our mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and their great-great-grandmothers too.”

From the sounds of it, Sherrick's widow doesn't exactly believe Williams' story. She not only questioned Williams' account but wondered why she waited so long to go public, and why she didn't call police at the time of the incident.

“As I will never minimize or dismiss the horrid actions of sexual assault, I am saddened that Ms. Williams feels the need to publicly make these allegations when the man she is accusing is no longer on this earth to defend himself,” Lynne Conner Smith said in a statement to Page Six.  “Our family does not know Ms. Williams and are not aware of any relationship or encounter they may have had.”

The sexual assault will be chronicled in the film, as well as other details from Williams' life -- like her rise to talk show fame, her battle with drug addiction, and marriage to ex-husband Kevin Hunter.

Wendy Williams: The Movie premieres on Lifetime on Jan. 30.

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