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QuestLove: How Hip Hop Failed Black People


What do John Bradford, Albert Einstein and Ice Cube have in common?

Well... nothing.

But in the first installment of QuestLove's Vulture.com series entitled, When the People Cheer: How Hip-Hop Failed Black America, the Roots rhythm man employs quotes from all three to make a stunning -- and controversial -- point.

Bradford once said, "There but for the grace of God go I," a quote often used to remind us to have compassion for the "less fortunate" among us. Einstein once described quantum entanglement as "spooky action at a distance," a statement that Questlove interprets as a belief that all creatures of Earth are all connected, "whether or not there's a clear line of connection." Ice Cube's contribution? "Life ain't nothing but bitches and money."

Questlove's own philosophical "quest" begins right there, at the point where the compassionate "connections" described by the previous two philosophers began to erode.

He has also grown weary of artists at the top of the hip-hop hierarchy making art that mostly celebrates being at the top of the hip-hop hierarchy -- meaningless, cynical stuff created and packaged to appeal to the masses.

"Meaninglessness takes hold because meaninglessness is addictive," he posits. A bold, brave statement.

So, will hip-hop "be back?" Or has it outlived and outgrown its usefulness, and failed the Black community in the process, as Questlove suggests?

"Time will tell. Time is always telling. Time never stops telling," Questlove writes.

Read part one of the series at this link www.vulture.com/2014/04/questlove-on-how-hip-hop-failed-black-america.html

By Cynthia Dagnal-Myron
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Lil Boosie: Lean Nearly Killed Me


Lil Boosie on lean: "Once you on, it's hard to get off. It's damn near impossible."

Lil Boosie says he nearly died multiple times from drinking lean.

"[Lean has] fucked up a lot of rappers and the culture of Hip Hop," Boosie says, according to TMZ.

Boosie's quote was in response to a TMZ report regarding Actavis, which says it is stopping its production of cough syrup due to it being used to make lean.

Boosie has reportedly stopped using lean. He spent five years in prison, earning an extended sentence due to an attempt to smuggle codeine syrup into prison.

"Once you on, it's hard to get off," Boosie says. "It's damn near impossible."

Boosie is set to release two albums this year, he said in a report earlier this week.

"Right now I think I am gonna drop two albums this year," he said. "Drop one July 15 and I am gonna try to drop in December also."

Source: Hiphopdx.com

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Jhene Aiko GQ Photo Spread Released by Def Jam

Jhene Aiko's GQ photo spread has been published by Def Jam.

The record label posted several images from the GQ shoot on its official website. The photographs are scheduled to be included in the May issue of the magazine, according to Def Jam.

Aiko was mentioned by Pusha T in an article published today (April 24). "I'm not really listening to much rap," Push said. "Right now on the daily, I listen to Jhene Aiko. I like her a lot. I like her music. I was sort of last on it, too. I saw her video with Childish Gambino and it was just a good song. It was one of those things where I had been seen that video and it just clicked. I was like, 'Man, I want that record.' I went, downloaded the EP, bought it and I've been listening to it a lot."

Aiko's GQ photographs are below.


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Beyonce on Time's "100 Most Influential People" List...Jay-Z Falls Off


The Earth's population is roughly 8 billion people and TIME magazine has once again narrowed that down to "The 100 Most Influential People". For the second year in a row, Beyonce was named on the list and appears on the cover for the issue.

Last year, both Jay Z and Beyonce appeared on TIME's 100 Most Influential People list in the Titan and Icon categories, respectively. Howver, Jay Z was omitted from this year's list. While his Samsung deal for Magna Carta Holy Grail's release was innovative, Beyonce's album release strategy was apart of the reasoning for her selection on the list, according to Sheryl Sandberg, the first woman to serve on Facebook's board of trustees:

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Beyonce's Dad Off the Hook for Now on Child Support



Beyonce
's dad -- the onetime millionaire manager of Destiny's Child -- just got a pass from a judge on his child support obligation ... because he grossly overpaid in the past.

As we've reported ... baby mama Alexsandra Wright has dragged Mathew Knowles in and out of court for months ... accusing him of falling behind in support payments for their 3-year-old son.

Knowles had been ordered to pay Wright $12K a month as of Feb. 2013 ... but a few weeks ago, he got a judge to reduce it to $2,485 a month, claiming his income had dwindled.

But sources familiar with the case tell us ... Knowles just scored again, convincing the judge he's been OVER-PAYING all along -- arguing the entire time he should only have been paying $2,485 ... amounting to an overpayment of $110K.

The judge agreed ... giving him credit for the overpayment.

Bottom line Knowles won't have to pay Wright -- who has been getting $300 a month in food stamps -- ANYTHING for the next 3-and-a-half years. Wright vows to continue her fight.

But there's a final twist ... Welfare officials typically come after the dad when the mom is on public assistance, so we're told he'll probably end up giving her something, beginning this summer.



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