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Jay-Z Discusses Relationship With His Father On ‘Footnotes Of Adnis’ (VIDEO)

Tidal users can now hear Jay-Z’s three 4:44 bonus tracks on the streaming platform.

One those cuts is the personal song “Adnis” which covers the emcee’s relationship with his late father.

Jay goes into more detail about his dad in the mini-documentary Footnotes Of Adnis.

The visual accompaniment for his #1 LP also includes Mack Wilds, Kevin Hart, DJ Khaled, Mahershala Ali, Jesse Williams, Will Smith, and other men discussing their fathers.

Footnotes Of Adnis follows the previous visuals Footnotes for Kill Jay Z, Footnotes for the Story Of O.J., and Footnotes for 4:44.

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50 Cent Hints At Trouble With Starz & POWER Series Via Instagram

Starz rolled the fourth season to its hit crime drama POWER this summer much to the delight fans, but there might be trouble brewing behind the scenes. According to an Instagram post from the show’s executive producer and co-star Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, it appears that some frustration over the direction things at the network is afoot.

“I woke up feeling a little different about POWER this morning . If the biggest show on your net work doesn’t mean anything, what does your network mean STARZ? I’m taking my talents to south beach f*ck this,” 50 Cent wrote Monday, complete with stills from the series featuring him in the scenes.

It isn’t clear what 50 is referencing, but fans noted in the post that the show’s past episode felt hurried. Others said that the only reason they have a Starz subscription is the show and 50 Cent, vowing to support his next move should he head to another network.

POWER was renewed for its current and upcoming fifth season last year, the first time the network has given a multi-season renewal. Ratings for the series have also been trending well as it relates to cable viewing, this after it was named the second most-watched show after HBO’s Game Thrones.

Photo: Starz

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Sunken Place Ray Lewis Tells Colin Kaepernick To Stop The Protesting “Nonsense”

Ray Lewis is in the sunken place, and don’t bank on him escaping anytime soon. The NFL legend took to social media to fer Colin Kaepernick some advice that amounts to “stop protesting.”

In a video posted on Twitter, Lewis dropped a passionate message to Kap, asserting that he’s constantly praying for the currently teamless NFL quarterback.

“Once again I applaud what you stood up for, cause I’m in the streets every day,” said Lewis.

However, Lewis doesn’t think Kap’s protests are a good look, and his reasoning is just dumbfounding, if you’re woke.

Said Lewis, “If people really want to help you, if they really want to help you, man, they’ll pray for you brother. Alright.”

True, then he added, “They’ll lead you the right way and stop encouraging you to be caught up in some this nonsense. The battles you fighting, brother, people way before us been fighting these for many, many years. And that’s why I take each and every one these kids, and that’s why I take them away from their environments and give them something else to see in life.”

Moving to the suburbs or an affluent neighborhood or whatever “seeing something else” means, doesn’t magically make systemic racism or police brutality disappear.

Prayer alone won’t stop a rogue cop from cracking you over the head with a baton, or shooting you dead, only because you’re Black.

Prayer alone didn’t lead to the Civil Rights Act.

Lewis even said “the football field is our sanctuary.”

Muhammad Ali couldn’t just box when he protested the Vietnam War. The ring was his sanctuary, but he was thrown in prison.

All Kap did was kneel during the singing the National Anthem to protest police brutality. But that’s nonsense to Ray Lewis.

What Ray Lewis is saying amounts to, ‘Let someone else with less to lose’ do all the protesting. No matter how great he was on the field, that’s weak, and a cop out. And that’s taking into account how much good he does with the at-risk youth he’s mentioned working with.

But considering how Kap responded to Mike Vick’s suggestion cutting his afro would help him get a spot back in the NFL, don’t expect him to take Lewis’ advice to heart.

Pray for Ray Lewis, and watch his terrifyingly tone deaf spiel below.

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Amazon Readies Alt-History Drama Black America, Twitter Reacts

In the midst the furor HBO‘s upcoming drama Confederate, Amazon is readying their own alt-history series. Black America will imagine the world where Black people rule a number southern states ahead an epic clash with the United States.

Deadline exclusively reports:

As noted in Deadline’s report, the series has been in the works for over a year with Packer initially resistant to the idea before reaching out to McGruder.

The reaction to the new series on Twitter has been growing since the news was announced Tuesday morning (August 1). We’ve collected the best the reactions below and on the following pages.

Black America is still in its early stages and a definitive date for its debut has not been released.

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Zazie Beetz AKA Van From Atlanta Cast As Domino In Deadpool 2

Zazie Beetz became familiar with audiences after starring as Vanessa, the girlfriend Donald Glover’s Earn Marks, in the FX hit series Atlanta. Beetz has the Internet on fire after Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds posted a photo her dressed as the mutant Domino, effectively announcing her appearance in the Marvel film’s sequel.

The image Reynolds posted Monday morning (July 31) features the actor in his Deadpool get up with Beetz as Domino draped across his back as they lounge in front a fire. The character is an expert combatant and markswoman, with the mutant ability to shift luck into her favor.

Unlike drawn interpretations the character, fan reaction has been robust as Beetz looks the part with the signature patch over her left eye but most notably, Domino does not appear to have been depicted before as a Black woman.

Domino becomes a vicious mercenary in the comics, but then has a change heart and joins the X-Men affiliate team, X-Force. There’s no word yet on how the Deadpool sequel will spin the character, but in the meantime, check out the images and chatter about Zazie Beetz as Domino below and on the following pages.

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Boosie Addresses Own Brother Stealing $361K From His Bank Account

The Hatch family is seriously feuding. Boosie’s brother, Taquari Hatch, reportedly has been arrested for stealing $361,000 from the rapper’s bank account. 

The Baton Rouge native took to Instagram to address the situation.

“Smh #trustnobody oh n I’m a different type n people who know me know that “I don’t forgive r forget” that was my kids money smh,” is how Boosie caption a pic a similar statement.

The message he posted also says that Boosie’s brother, and the rest his family, are no longer considered family.

Ugh.

As for Taquari, he’s saying he’s been falsely charged in Twitter court (see below). The cops don’t arrest you for the that, though.

Taquari asserts that he will be proved innocent in just a matter time.

Nobody wins when the family feuds, said some rapper…

Photo: Instagram

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R. Kelly Tour Dates Canceled Due To Sex Cult Allegations, Trash Ticket Sales

A number R. Kelly tour dates have been canceled due to his sex cult allegations. That, and low ticket sales to see the Pied Piper Pee Pee in person. 

Reports TMZ:

Y’all still supporting this guy? Okay.

Also, word is R’uh hired a crisis management team to deal with sex cult allegations.

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Wifisfuneral Blesses Fans "Boy Who Cried Wolf" Mixtape

Wifisfuneral looks to strike while the iron is hot by releasing his second full-length project 2017. The South Florida rapper, who is signed to Todd Moscowitz’s Interscope-backed Alamo Records, has followed up January’s When Hell Falls with a new mixtape titled Boy Who Cried Wolf.

The 20-year-old artist’s latest effort features 15 tracks, including his Joe Budden-taunting record “JoeBuddenProbablyThinksICantRap.” Production is handled by the likes Pi’erre Bourne and Cris Dinero while notables such as Fat Nick and KiD Trunks make guest appearances.

Check out the Boy Who Cried Wolf stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Wifisfuneral Blesses Fans "Boy Who Cried Wolf" Mixtape

1. Tic Tac (Intro) prod. by Cris Dinero]
2. ItTakes2ToTango prod. by Cris Dinero]
3. Grim Pt. 2 f. Dirty Face Smook prod. by Cris Dinero]
4. Centerfold f. KiD Trunks, 458 Keez and Danny Towers prod. by Cris Dinero]
5. LoyaltyRunsDeepInDaLongRun
6. Eyez Low f. Danny Towers prod. by Cris Dinero]
7. Wrist Motion f. Fat Nick prod. by OZ and Ey]
8. JoeBuddenProbablyThinksICantRap Wifisfuneral Blesses Fans "Boy Who Cried Wolf" Mixtape prod. by Curtis Heron]
9. Lil Jeff Hardy >:-) (prod. by Cris Dinero)
10. Weigh !t Out! f. 458 Keez and Cris Dinero
11. BloodyBoysWhoCriedWolf f. Chxpo
12. Pop prod. by Cris Dinero, Ginseng and Wifisfuneral]
13. Jackie Chan prod. by ?]
14. 1st Day Out f. YG Ivy prod. by Pi’erre Bourne]
15. DisDaHateSongBby (Outro) prod. by Cris Dinero]

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Sorry Hip Hop Heads, André 3000 Is Letting The Young Thugs Take The Reigns

New York, NY – Outkast luminary André 3000 recently sat down with Complex in the middle his photo shoot for a new campaign with Tretorn shoes. André was recently appointed the company’s creative director and is the face Tretorn’s Fall 2017 campaign, which kicks f a new chapter for the seasoned MC.

The 42-year-old mastermind behind classic albums like 1996’s ATLiens and 1998’s Aquemini opened up about his current position in Hip Hop, admitting he feels Father Time tugging on his coattails. He also explained why it’s time for younger artists to take the reigns.

“Rapping is like being a boxer,” André said. “No matter how great you are or were at a certain time, the older you get, the slower you get—I don’t care who you are. And I can feel that coming on. There’s always a new wave artists, and sometimes I’m just like, ‘I’m good. I’ll let the young guys do it.’ And whenever they reach out and say, ‘Hey, let’s try something,’ I’m with helping them. I’m doing it more for them than for my own self. I don’t get much happiness from doing music like that—I get happiness from pleasing who I’m working with, and helping them, and seeing them be excited.”

While a mythical Outkast album or André solo project have long been topics  discussion for thirsty Hip Hop purists, the Atlanta native shot down any hope either. In fact, he has no plans to be rapping in his 50s. Fellow Outkast MC Big Boi, on the other hand, continues making music and dropped Boomiverse in June. Although André reunited with Big Boi for a tour in 2014, for him, it’s something he’s already “done.”

“I kind like not being a part rap], now that I’ve done it,” he said. “As I get older, I start to see myself move more back from it — the hustle and bustle putting out an album, the pressure being in the studio trying to come up with something. Now it’s more like a hobby for me, so I don’t think about it in that way. Even with Outkast — if we never do another album, I’m totally fine with that. When I was 25, I said I don’t want to be a 30-year-old rapper. I’m 42 now, and I feel more and more that way. Do I really want to be 50 years old up there doing that? When I watch other rappers that are my age I commend them, but I just wonder where the inspiration is coming from. At this stage I’m really more focused on what I am going to be doing 10 years from now. And I hope to God it won’t be rapping.”

While that admission may leave many fans with a sense disappointment, André is seemingly confident the culture is in good hands, especially with artists like Young Thug, who the mother Dre’s child, Erykah Badu, also cosigned. She said he reminded her a young André.

“He’s exciting,” André explained. “There’s no box. He’s all over the place. To do those things he does, you have to have big fuckin’ balls. It’s almost harder than the guy who’s portraying hard, you know? It’s kind mind-fucking people. It’s saying, don’t get too comfortable with me. That’s one my mottos: Don’t let people get too comfortable with what you’re doing.”

Although his apparent “rap retirement” is currently enacted, that doesn’t mean he can’t change his mind in the future. The passion for music will always be there, but he might execute it in a different way.

“I still love music, but I’m trying to find that deeper thing,” André said. “The older I get, it’s really more about comfort, personal happiness, and understanding. Maybe one day I’ll be somewhere talking about it in a class or something. I don’t know the rest my way.”

 

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