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DMX On New Rappers: 'They're All Promoting Drug Use'

The rapper appeared to criticze the new generation of rappers during his first, post-prison interview. 

DMX isn't wasting any time after serving one year in prison for tax evasion. In a new interview with Real 92.3's host Big Boy on Tuesday (Jan. 29), X commented on the current state of hip-hop and rap. According to him, the new generation of rappers only appear to promote excessive drug use.

"They're all promoting drug use," DMX said. "If that’s what you wanna do, that's your business, but you ain't gotta promote it like it's cool and make it cool."

The vet also stated that the new generation is misrepresenting the rap genre. When asked whether he felt like it was up to him and other artists of his caliber to save the culture, X replied:  "Whoever can, not just myself. But whoever has the ability to, first, the insight to see it and the talent and the ability to, you know, do the right thing. It's all of our responsibility."

This is DMX's first interview following his prison release. Fans hopefully won't have to wait too long for new music however. New reports claim the rapper was working on a new album while he was locked up. So, maybe we can expect him to drop more knowledge soon.

In the meantime, check out the clip from his interview with Big Boy below.

 

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Janet Jackson has broken her silence regarding the sexual abuse allegations brought against her brother Michael Jackson in HBO's Leaving Neverland documentary. In a new interview with the Sunday Times, the icon said that she believes Michael's legacy will remain intact.

Jackson said Michael's legacy "will continue" due to the countless fans and children who continue to show him love. "I love it when I see kids emulating him, when adults still listen to his music. It just lets you know the impact that my family has had on the world," she said. "I hope I'm not sounding arrogant in any way -- I'm just stating what it is. It's really all God's doing, and I'm just thankful for that.”

Jackson has been noticeably quiet with regards to the allegations made in HBO's documentary. While she did not comment specifically on the claims made by her brother's accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, she reportedly pulled out of performing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony – where she was inducted– because it airs on HBO.

Jackson joins her family, who has condemned the allegations made in Leaving Neverland. Read Jackson's full interview with the Sunday Times here.

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Nicki Minaj Opens Up About Marrying Her "Soulmate" Kenneth Petty

Nicki Minaj is in love and engaged. After revealing that she and her boyfriend, Kenneth Petty are set to marry, the rapper opened up about her whirlwind romance and upcoming nuptials during a Twitter Q&A on Sunday (June 23).

Nicki began the Twitter conversation by discussing her latest single, "Megatron." When asked about the video, which featured her husband-to-be, Nicki revealed that Petty was exhausted the day of the shoot and didn't initially want to do it. "I woke dat a** up & said take off ya shirt, I need u 2 shoot this scene. He had fallen asleep in my dressing room. He was mad aggy. He was grumbling all the way to the set talking bout he cold I said boy go over there & b quiet," she recalled. But when the video premiered, she said that he was "cheesing nonstop."

Later in the discussion, Nicki spoke about marrying her "soulmate." After one fan asked the rapper whether Petty was in love with Nicki Minaj or her given name, Onika, she revealed that he never calls her by her stage name. "He has called me Onika since I was 15 so it’s hard to change that," she wrote. "That was the problem, others r infatuated w/Nicki Minaj. He DGAF about this industry & is very protective." She also noted that he is very protective of her when they're out in public.

As previously reported, Nicki and Petty began dating in Dec. 2018. While their romance seems a little more recent, the two have reportedly known each other for more than a decade.

I woke dat ass up & said take off ya shirt, I need u 2shoot this scene. He had fallen asleep in my dressing room. He was mad aggy. He was grumbling all the way to the set talking bout he cold 😭 I said boy go over there & b quiet. Once he saw the video he was cheesing nonstop 😂 https://t.co/J7sSK9izWI

— MEGATRON (@NICKIMINAJ) June 23, 2019

He won’t even say the word “Nicki”. He has called me onika since I was 15 so it’s hard to change that. I wouldn’t date anyone cuz I’m about to be married to my soulmate. But that was the problem, others r infatuated w/Nicki Minaj he DGAF about this industry & is very protective https://t.co/zYshu5P8y7

— MEGATRON (@NICKIMINAJ) June 23, 2019

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Tyler Perry Strikes A Chord With Moving Speech At 2019 BET Awards

Tyler Perry struck a chord at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday (June 23). After accepting the Ultimate Icon Award, the producer, director, and writer delivered an inspirational message to other black creatives looking to change the mold and break into the film industry.

Taraji P. Henson, who has appeared in several Perry films, presented him with the award. "In a time when my counterparts were making way more money than I was, Tyler Perry was the first to pay me my exact worth," Henson said.

In his powerful speech, Perry recalled growing up in an abusive household. To make his mother laugh, he would often imitate women she played cards with. He stated that those experiences allowed him to create his first 10 movies. "That moment reminded me of my mother, bringing out of her pain with laughter, helping her cross," he said. He added that he created those film in hopes of letting his mother know "she's worthy, to let black women know you are worthy, you are special, you are powerful, you are amazing. All of that that was about helping her cross."

Later in his speech, Perry also spoke about building his Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta and giving many young actors like Taraji and Viola Davis their big break. "When I built my studio, I built it in a neighborhood that is one of the poorest black neighborhoods in Atlanta so that young black kids could see that a black man did that, and they can do it too," he continued. "I was trying to help somebody cross. The studio was once a Confederate Army base, which meant that there was Confederate soldiers on that base, plotting and planning on how to keep 3.9 million Negroes enslaved. Now that land is owned by one Negro."

He added: "It’s all about trying to help somebody cross. While everybody else is fighting for a seat at the table, talking about ‘#OscarsSoWhite, #OscarsSoWhite,’ I said, ‘Y’all go ahead and do that. While you’re fighting for a seat at the table, I’ll be down in Atlanta building my own.’ Because what I know for sure is that if I could just build this table, God will prepare it for me in the presence of my enemies."

Tyler Perry's speech was met with a standing ovation. Watch his powerful moment in the video above.

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