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Will Smith Talks Speaking With Barack Obama About Playing The President In A Movie (VIDEO)

Will Smith‘s acting talents are next set to be seen in the Netflix original movie Bright.

But a future gig could feature the Philadelphia native starring as the 44th President the United States.

Smith was the first guest on Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke: The Series, and he was asked about potentially playing Barack Obama.

“I talked to Barack about it,” said Smith. “He told me that he felt confident that I had the ears for the role.”

The rapper formerly known as The Fresh Prince was also selected to play The Genie in Disney’s upcoming live action version  Aladdin.

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Annimeanz Returns With A “Dirty” Cali Banger

(AllHipHop Music) The homie Annimeanz is back with new visuals for “Dirty 30,” a new song with political undertones. The West Coast Hispanic from Cudahy, CA (located in Los Angeles) has his latest produced by Curtiss King, one Killa Cali’s dope new sound generators. With “Dirty 30,” Annimeanz continues to carve out a nice, fresh lane for himself with lyrics, beats and swagger. Check it out.

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Big Boi Announces “Daddy Fat Saxxx Tour” In Support Of His ‘Boomiverse’ Album

 Big Boi is taking the music from his Boomiverse album on the road.

The Hip Hop legend announced the first leg (Sack 1) his “Daddy Fat Saxxx Tour.”

A second leg (Sack 2) the trek will be revealed at a later date.

The initial run kicks f September 2 at the North Coast Music Festival in Chicago, and the tour includes a stop at The Meadows Music & Arts Festival on September 16.

Check out the current dates for Big Boi’s “Daddy Fat Saxxx Tour” below.

Big Boi Announces “Daddy Fat Saxxx Tour” In Support Of His ‘Boomiverse’ Album

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Alan Yang Talks Directing Jay-Z’s Star-Studded “Moonlight” Video

Alan Yang was tapped to direct Jay-Z’s Friends-inspired music video for “Moonlight.”

The visuals starred several breakout actors contemporary “Black Hollywood.”

Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show), Issa Rae (Insecure), Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip), Tessa Thompson (Creed), and Lil Rel Howery (Get Out) took on the characters in the remake the popular NBC series.

Yang spoke with Pigeons & Planes about his participation in the Friends remake that has led to articles saying Jay created “a sort meta-commentary on black representation in media and artistic ownership.”

The co-creator Master None stated:

According to Yang, the original treatment for the “Moonlight” video was to film an entire 21-minute Friends episode shot-for-shot.

They also considered ending the clip with characters turning into skeletons.

Yang revealed:

Apparently, it was Jay-Z that chose Whodini’s “Friends” as the theme song for the “show”.

Yang told Vulture:

The 33-year-old screenwriter/producer also discussed the video’s talented acting ensemble being made up people color.

Yang said:

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New Study Determines The Rappers With The Most Endorsements & Investments

Over the last few years, numerous research projects centered around Hip Hop artists and their lyrics were released.

There have been studies to determine the most mentioned fashion brands in rap songs, the most mentioned car brands in rap songs, the educational level rap songs, the most prane musicians, and which emcees have the largest vocabularies.

Instead looking at lyrical content, a new study conducted by examines Hip Hop acts’ financial moves.

CelebrityEndorsers claims to have tracked the lifetime endorsements and investments – including those done through social media – in order to create an information graph showing the rappers with the most business connections.

According to the website’s analysis, veterans such as Nas, The Game, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, T.I., and 50 Cent are among the most endorsed rap stars.

Nicki Minaj is the lone woman on the chart with T-Pain representing the rapper/singer demographic.

Atlanta’s Migos and Lil Yachty make the list as well.

Check out the infographic below.

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Kendrick Lamar Defines What Makes Artists Wack

Duluth, GA – Kendrick Lamar is closing in on the last leg The DAMN. Tour, a 36-date national expedition that kicked f on July 7 and culminates on September 2 in Miami. During a stop in Duluth, Georgia, Rolling Stone sat down with the highly revered Compton MC to discuss everything from his childhood to Drake.

After revealing that his childhood nickname was “Man Man” (his family always said he carried himself like a man), he touched on what a “wack artist” is to him. It was a topic he broached on the DAMN. track “ELEMENT.,” where he makes the distinction between a black artist and a wack artist.

“A wack artist uses other people’s music for their approval,” K. Dot explained. “We’re talking about someone that is scared to make their own voice, chases somebody else’s success and their thing, but runs away from their own thing. That’s what keeps the game watered-down. Everybody’s not going to be able to be a Kendrick Lamar. I’m not telling you to rap like me. Be you. Simple as that.

“I watch a lot good artists go down like that because you’re so focused on what numbers this guy has done, and it dampers your own creativity,” he continued. “Which ultimately dampers the listener, because at the end the day, it’s not for us. It’s for the person driving to their 9-to-5 that don’t feel like they wanna go to work that morning.”

With all Kendrick’s successes, his confidence is clearly intact, but he admits the song “HUMBLE.” was written as a reminder to himself to stay grounded. When he raps, “Hol’ up bitch/ Sit down/ Be humble,” he’s talking to himself.

“It’s the ego,” he said. “When you look at the song titles on this album, these are all my emotions and all my self-expressions who I am. That’s why I did a song like that, where I just don’t give a fuck, or I’m telling the listener, ‘You can’t fuck with me.’ But ultimately, I’m looking in the mirror.”

The road to superstardom has been a long one. Elsewhere in the interview, he talked about the first time he went in the studio after signing with Top Dawg Entertainment, where he got some tough feedback from label head Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. Ultimately, those criticisms helped fuel his creativity and get the Grammy Award-winning artist where he is today.

“I ended up getting tough skin, too, even with criticism,” he said. “My first time in the studio, Top Dawg was like, ‘Man, that shit wack.’ Other artists around couldn’t handle that. But it made me go back in the booth and go harder.”

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Gucci Takes Forever 21 To Court Over Stripe Fight

When Future said he “just fucked your bitch in some Gucci flip flops” is it possible he wasn’t actually wearing Forever 21?

Gucci launched two countersuits aimed at retailer Forever 21 this week over its use the high-end brand’s trademarked “blue-red-blue” and “green-red-green” stripe patterns.

According to Refinery29, Gucci had threatened legal action already, prompting Forever 21 to attempt to take their case before the courts first.

The countersuits follow an effort by Forever 21 to protect the striped design from being trademarked. “Many clothing and accessory items adorned with decorative stripes colored blue-red-blue or green-red-green are sold by countless third parties,” argued Forever 21 in that suit. “Gucci should not be allowed to claim that Gucci, alone, has a monopoly on all blue-red-blue and green-red-green striped clothing and accessory items.”

Needless to say, Gucci didn’t like this one bit, and the world-famous designer label hit back hard.

In a statement to Refinery29, the company said: “Gucci has today taken steps to finally put an end to U.S. mass retailer Forever 21’s blatant exploitation Gucci’s famous and iconic blue-red-blue and green-red-green stripe webbing trademarks.”

“In two filings today in the United States District Court, Central District California, Gucci has asked the Court to dismiss the spurious claims that Forever 21 lodged on June 26, 2017, and has brought counterclaims against Forever 21 for willful trademark infringement, trademark dilution, and unfair competition.”

Some are out on Twitter unknowingly making Gucci’s argument for them.

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Donald Glover Staying Busy With Movies, New Childish Gambino Music & "Atlanta" Season 2

London, UK –

Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, is one the busiest men in Hip Hop and he’s showing no signs slowing down just yet.

In the last year or so, Glover released Awaken My Love!, wrote, directed and starred in his own TV series Atlanta, and was cast in the iconic roles Lando Calrissian (for the still-untitled Han Solo movie) and Simba (for The Lion King remake).

In an August 8 interview with BBC Radio 1, the master all trades also revealed that he’d recently been working on more music as Childish Gambino.

“You still have a lot more time calling me Childish Gambino] if you want,” he told DJ Clara Amfo, in reference to his recent performance at Governors Ball Music Festival where he said the next ‘Bino album would be the last.

“It’s not yet though,” he said.

Still, it seems we might be running out time to call him by his rap alias, because he’s already working on that next project. “I’ve been working on that here,” he told Amfo. “You guys have been very instrumental in my music. London has been very inspirational.”

Glover also decided to show f a little and tell the BBC just how well Season 2 Atlanta is shaping up, saying, “I feel like if you rush it, you’ll start to get something you don’t want and then you start to question why you even liked it. I’m not gonna make anything until it’s ready. But to be completely honest, it’s almost ready. I’m pretty happy with a lot the things, and I think it’s better than the first season.”

Amfo and Glover covered a lot ground over the conversation, including his retirement plans, and testing out “Redbone” on women in the hair salon.

Listen to the whole thing here.

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Kendrick Lamar Talks Donald Trump, Wack Artists, Ghostwriting & Being Considered A Pop Artist

Kendrick Lamar is arguably the best rapper alive.

His DAMN album debuted at #1 with the largest first-week sales numbers the year, and the project has since spent 16 consecutive weeks in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200.

DAMN was the best-selling album the first six months 2017, and it’s now certified double platinum.

Earlier this year, the Compton emcee also earned his first #1 Hot 100 single as a lead artist with “Humble.”

Lamar gave an extensive interview to Rolling Stone, and the 7-time Grammy Award winner spoke about his critically acclaimed LP.

He discussed the perception that his commercial success has made him a “Pop” artist.

In addition, K. Dot addressed not presenting very many lyrics about Donald Trump as well as his Element” line about “wack artists.”

The RS conversation also included the issue ghostwriting in Hip Hop.

Check out some excerpts from the Q&A below.

On Trump:

On wack artists:

On ghostwriting:

On being a Pop artist:

Read the full Kendrick Lamar interview with Rolling Stone here.