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Karrine Steffans Says Storytelling On Lil Wayne's "Mona Lisa" Sounds Familiar

"Of course I saw the Internet buzzing about 'Mona Lisa' and about the similarities between my relationship with Wayne."

Fans have been raving about Lil Wayne's long-awaited album Tha Carter V, since it debuted in Sept. 2018. Arguably, one of the most popular songs off the album would be "Mona Lisa," a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar. Most fans have been saluting both emcees for their vivid storytelling, but one person in particular is taking interest in their verses for another reason. In a new interview with BET Digital, Karrine Steffans discussed Weezy's new hit and the similarities between his verse and their infamous relationship.

For those who aren't up to speed, Steffans and Wayne had a romantic relationship back in the day. She's previously stated that she had a special ringtone for the rapper, so she would come running every time he called. She even informed other partners that Tunechi was a priority in her life before getting involved with them.

On "Mona Lisa," K. Dot and Lil Wayne play two lovers on opposites sides of a deceptive lover. On one end, Wayne is conspiring with the woman to rob her fake boyfriend. Kendrick plays the naive boyfriend who mistakenly falls for the woman, although she is in love with Wayne. According to Steffans, the song sounds all too familiar.

"Of course I saw the Internet buzzing about 'Mona Lisa' and about the similarities between my relationship with Wayne" she told BET Digital. "I have to admit, it resembles nights at my house back then — except I’ve never denied my relationship with Wayne."

Steffans didn't seem to be upset though. Instead, she praised Tunechi and Kendrick for their dynamic flows and cadences. "First, the storytelling took me back to my son’s father, Kool G Rap, the king of rap novellas. Wayne’s wave comes in slowly, then all at once," she explained.

Speaking about Lamar's verse, Steffans complimented him on weaving in and out of characters. "It’s frantic," she continued. "I love when he raps like a sociopath. I love when he raps until he can’t breathe. I hold my breath. I ride the wave. And, then, Kendrick. He comes in like he does, all Kendrick and s**t. His wave is authoritative, like a rap daddy."

Lil Wayne has said very little about the track, but confirmed in a recent CRWN interview with Elliott Wilson, that most of what he rapped about on "Mona Lisa" was a true story. He also stated that the song was written nearly four or five years ago.

Listen to "Mona Lisa" below.

READ MORE: Karrine Steffans to Produce “Confessions of a Video Vixen” TV Show

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Whitney Houston’s Hologram Gears Up For European Tour

Whitney Houston’s hologram is hitting the road for a European tour, eight years after the music legend's death. Earlier in the week, Houston's hologram popped up on the British TV show This Morning to perform “The Greatest Love Of All” and fans are already shuttering at the teaser of what the show will look like.

Video of the performance has been circulating the internet and appears to show a grainy ghost-like holographic droid belting out one of Houston’s best known hits.

Whitney Houston’s Hologram video pic.twitter.com/Lfwh00U7ue

— WHITNEY HOUSTON daily (@AllAboutWhitney) February 19, 2020

The production is a collaboration with BASE Hologram and features dance routines from choreographer Fatima Robinson.

Houston’s sister-in-law and former manager, Pat Houston, asserts that the tour will be exactly as the late music legend would have envisioned. “Now is just the right time,” Pat told the Associated Press. “In the spirt of Whitney, I know we’re doing all the right things right now. This is something that she wanted to do. I get very emotional watching this because it is so, so close to what she wanted. The only thing missing is her, physically.”

Fans are less than excited about the jaunt.

I'm not saying the Whitney Houston hologram tour will be a hot mess, but they are suggesting she had as much grace as a malfunctioning The Sims character wafting away a fart on #ThisMorning pic.twitter.com/9uJJCnCfTZ

— Mr Adam Remain 🇪🇺 (@MrAdamR) February 19, 2020

Whitney Houston hologram on This Morning. Looks nothing like her, and doesn’t look at all real. Just looks like a big TV screen playing a slightly laggy video of a lookalike.

— Charles Thomson (@CEThomson) February 19, 2020

I wish I WOULD see on somebodies snapchat story of them being at a Whitney Houston hologram concert . https://t.co/JxQVVm71BK

— Trevor Norris (@trevor_norris0) February 19, 2020

Houston's digital doppelgänger joins holograms of Tupac Shakur, Eazy-E and Ol' Dirty Bastard. An Amy Winehouse hologram tour was expected to launch last year but never got off the ground.

“An Evening With Whitney Houston: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour” will include hits like “Saving All My Love For You,” “How Will I Know,” and “I Will Always Love You.”

The tour launches in England on Feb. 25 and runs through April. U.S. dates are expected to be announced at a later date.

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Lauryn Hill, Usher, TLC And Ludacris To Headline Lovers & Friends Festival

The lineup for the upcoming Lovers & Friends Festival is stacked with nostalgia. Lauryn Hill, Usher, TLC, Ludacris and Lil Jon, are set to headline the inaugural one-day music extravaganza, festival organizers announced on Tuesday (Feb. 18).

Additional performers include Summer Walker, Megan Thee Stallion, Jhene Aiko, Saweetie, Sean Paul, T-Pain, Monica, Ja Rule, Foxy Brown, Dru Hill, Tweet, Amerie, Eve, Jon B, Montell Jordan, and Nina Sky.

Lil’ Kim, Twista and Mase were reported among the lineup but according to Billboard they denied involvement in the festival.

Presale tickets go on sale on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10 PM PST. In the meantime, fans can register on loversandfriendsfest.com for an exclusive presale code and a link to purchase tickets before they go on sale.

General admission tickets range from $145-$175. VIP tickets will go on sale for $230-$250, and Super VIP passes start at $450. The festival also offers ticket payment plans for as little as $19.99 down.

The Lovers & Friends Festival takes place on May 9 at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.

 

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Premiere: ReeMarkable Turns The Lights Down Low With Sy Ari Da Kid For "VIBE"

Rapper Henree Wright, also known as ReeMarkable, is slowing things down on the sweetest of days with her new single, "VIBE."

With songwriter Sy Ari Da Kid (Future, Waka Flocka Flame) on the track, the two toy with an idea of a relationship after years apart. In addition to the love that lies beneath the games, the song also serves as a great addition to any playlist dedicated to Mary Jane. Produced by Atlanta's 8 Major, ReeMarkable takes a detour from the gritty raps heard on tracks like "Pardon Me" and "Bonnie And Clyde" and into more experimental sounds.

ReeMarkable's journey in music has been documented through her time on the series Growing Up Hip-Hop as the daughter of the late iconic rapper, Eazy-E. As his youngest child, the rapper-singer opened up about her struggles breaking into the industry and how she plans to honor her father through her music.

Recently, ReeMarkable paid homage to her father by recreating his most iconic images. Originally taken by legendary photographer Ricky Powell, ReeMarkable's take is commendable as she barely a striking resemblance to Eazy.

 

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I was a baby when you left this world , I have no memories, but I also don’t have any pain from your return to heaven. I am honored to be your daughter . I am the Spitting image of you and it warms me to see a legend every-time I look in the mirror. Today is a day for celebration as you would have came upon your 54th birthday . So here’s my gift to you . A shoot dedicated to simply, you . I directed this shoot and worked with a great team to capture your spirit daddy . I Love you & Happy Birthday , I hope you all enjoy . Captured by @lsfotography1 Graphics by @colourfulmula Make up by @tunchyy.marie Styled & directed by @iamreemarkable Special thanks to @vinceamani @exclusivegame , @bfflyer , @lakayb_ @thelazyhustler & All my Family Friends and Fans !! 🧡 #ripeazye EVERYONE SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR ME 🎈🎁

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