Not to worry, Bardi Gang: Cardi revealed that her next single will be arriving "very soon." On Friday (May 22nd), Cardi connected with fans over Instagram live where she made the exciting announcement. She told her 80K+ viewers that they can expect to hear the lead single off her highly anticipated sophomore album in the very near future.
“My single’s coming very, very soon, okay guys?" she told her fans. She went on to tease them that “my single’s coming when I lose weight...never!” before adding, “no, it’s coming real soon, I swear. Y’all gon’ love it.”
After her persistent fans asked her how soon is "soon," she replied, "Very. I don’t want to give too much information because my fans be watching but also the haters too.”
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This single, which was put on hold earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, will mark Cardi's first solo release since "Press" in May of 2019. Although she's done features for other artists since then, it's been a long time since fans have gotten a strictly Cardi single. Bardi Gang has been waiting even longer for the follow-up project to her 2018 debut, Invasion of Privacy, especially after reported contract renegotiations caused a delay on the new album. However, the arrival of a lead single is a good sign that the new album is on the way.
In the past few months, Cardi's been teasing some new joints presumably off the new album, including a track fans have dubbed "Respect." However, according to @CardiBTeam on Twitter, she specified that "Respect" will not serve as the lead single.
Cardi B Previews "Respect" Single At Club In Atlanta
Cardi B gave some lucky fans a preview of her upcoming single, “Respect” at a nightclub in Atlanta, after sharing a snippet of the song on Twitter this week.
Cardi B increased the hype for her next single, “Respect,” even more when she gave fans a little preview of the track at an Atlanta nightclub after teasing it on Twitter this week. While Cardi may be featured on tons of other artist’s music, it’s been a minute since she’s dropped anything of her own. Cardi has been teasing her upcoming sophomore album, the follow-up to her Grammy-winning debut, Invasion Of Privacy, for awhile now. Last month, she noted that the album is “just missing a couple of more club hits,” and on Wednesday, she shared a snippet of one such banger. Cardi posted a teaser of the project’s first single, “Respect,” and fans went crazy over the little taste of “CB2,” which might be titled Tiger Woods. Just to amp up the excitement, Cardi debuted the single in Atlanta on Saturday by having the DJ at Gold Room play a portion of the song for the clubgoers.
The moment was captured by some of those in attendance, letting us all enjoy the snippet of “Respect.” In the clips, Cardi mouths along to her work while Offset and Quavo surround her, bopping along to the music. A few weeks ago, Cardi joked that she was “pregnant with 5 hits.” Do you think “Respect” will be one of those five hits that are currently in utero?
G Herbo Has "Nothing But Love" For Ari Fletcher
G Herbo discussed how he and his baby mother Ari Fletcher always put their son Yosohn first and how he respects her relationship with Moneybagg Yo.
There is no bad blood between G Herbo and his baby mother, Ari Fletcher, as the rapper revealed that he is focused on having their son Yosohn’s best interest at heart and will always have “nothing but love” for her. Herbo recently opened up about their “great co-parenting relationship,” noting that he talks to Ari all the time. The rapper paid a visit Real 92.3 L.A. on Monday to talk about his upcoming album, PTSD, which drops this Friday. During his visit, he was asked to elaborate on these comments and explain how he and Ari make it work as very public exes (23:56). “First and foremost I come from that kind of foundation,” Herbo started. “My mom and dad have been together for 30+ years, so I know how important that is on the kid’s upbringing. Even if y’all not together, establish some kind of middle relationship where y’all both can have enough mutual respect for each other to put the kid’s interest and everything first.”
“It wasn’t easy, of course. Everybody could see that it wasn’t easy but I feel like, all love for my son is everybody’s first priority. At the end of the day, that’s still my son’s mom. I got nothing but love for her, I want the best for her.” Herbo and Ari certainly did have a turbulent relationship. In January, Herbo pleaded guilty to battery after Ari accused him of assaulting last April, alleging that he dragged her by her hair and left scratches on her arm. Herbos guilty plea got him sentenced to a full year of probation, 150 hours of community service, and a mandatory 24-week family violence intervention program.
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Herbo was also asked about Ari’s highly publicized relationship with Moneybagg Yo, and whether he’s ever sat down to have a conversation with the fellow rapper. “I always feel like the respect level is always there regardless, even if it’s not a conversation,” Herbo noted. “Certain lines just won’t be crossed, so I don’t think that’s even a matter.” However, he went on to say that he’s not opposed to having a chat with Moneybagg. Herbo also recently opened up about his struggles with mental health and his decision to see a therapist.
Meek Mill Reacts To Drake’s Interview; Says Their Respect Goes “Both Ways”
Meek Mill and Drake have mad respect for each other despite their old feud.
If you haven't heard or seen it by now, Drake sat down with the RapRadar boys recently for a lengthy, in-depth interview. The chat, which dropped in full yesterday, saw the 6 God talking about any and everything over his dominant run in music this past decade. At one point, the Meek Mill feud was brought up, to which Drake opened up about.
Drizzy said he was more testing the waters to see if Meek was really serious or if he had made a mistake. “Charged up was my way of being like ‘is this real,’ or a sporadic outburst. I just wanted to know if it was real. A package or a mistake on his part,” Drizzy says.
Continuing on, “Meek’s not a pretender or a joker.... Meek's really about that. I can tell you first hand. I know he's made a change in his life but I'll be the first to tell you Meek's that guy for real. I wasn't beefing with no punk. For us to turn that around was a big thing. We both thought an obligation to have eyes on us. All these young kids. We had to turn that around. We know how far it was going, and almost went."
After the interview, a fan on twitter praised Drizzy for his handling of the Meek situation, saying he thought it was super dope that Drake has respect for Meek. Shortly later, Meek retweeted that comment and replied “it goes both ways too,” referring to the respect the two have between one another.
Elsewhere in the interview, Drake spoke about Pusha T & Kanye beef, his thoughts on his own albums, the new generation and a whole lot more. Check it all out below. (Meek topic begins around 1:01:00 mark.)
Jennifer Hudson Shines As Aretha Franklin In Trailer For "RESPECT" Biopic
The short clip shows Ms. Hudson dripping in gold while performing the title track.
The first look at the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic, RESPECT, was released on Friday, and the film is already looking promising. Named after Aretha’s biggest hit, RESPECT stars Jennifer Hudson as the powerhouse vocalist and superstar. In the clip, Jennifer belts out the title tune in a capella form, assisted only by the “Hoo”s of the backup singers. She is dressed in a striking gold gown, with beaming lights shining lighting her up from behind. About halfway through, the trailer cuts dramatically to a long shot of Jennifer thrusting her fist in there, as “RESPECT” is spelled out in massive bright letters behind her. The music then kicks in, which is when Jennifer truly embodies Aretha.
It was announced earlier this year that Jennifer would be portraying the Queen of Soul in the biopic, which will follow her rise to stardom beginning with her singing in her father’s church choir as a child. If this clip is any indication, MGM Studios picked the right woman for the job. Not only does she prove herself worthy of the role in these 44 seconds, but she’s also a diehard fan, having performed several tributes to Aretha following her passing on August 16th, 2018. Among Jennifer’s castmates in the film are well-known stars like Marlon Wayans, Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald, Mary J. Blige and Tituss Burgess. The film is set to be released on October 9th, 2020.
Russ Has A Message For Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne Haters
Russ wants rap fans to respect artist's legacies while they're still here.
Why can't we give people their flowers while they can still smell 'em? As a general rule, we as a population take things for granted way too frequently. We should be living in the present and realizing how special everything around us truly is, celebrating artists when they achieve amazing accomplishments. Some artists do end up getting high praise from the public but, for the most part, we wait until they pass away to fully allow ourselves to reflect on their legacies. Nicki Minaj has been critical of the way her career has been viewed as of late, retiring from the game and building a family with her husband Kenneth Petty. She feels as though she's been disrespected by the media after all that she contributed to hip-hop and, in many ways, she's absolutely right. Russ would agree, hitting up the Rap Radar podcast this week to discuss respect, singling out a few artists.
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Speaking to Elliott Wilson and Brian B. Dot Miller, the world-renowned Russ explained why he believes it's important for us as a community to place Nicki Minaj (and others) on a pedestal for what they've built. "I see it and it’s insane to me," said the artist about how some of his peers are viewed in the media. "You look at how the world is doing T-Pain when he put up that thing about his tour. Lil Wayne and DMX and Nicki. I just think it’s insane, the disrespect and the dismissiveness that people have. We all know that if DMX, Lil Wayne, Nicki, and T-Pain passed away today, it would fuck the world up. Why can’t you have that level of respect while they’re here?"
Russ then went on to speak directly about Minaj, telling the hosts that she deserves a lot more than what she's been dealt. "I understand you might not like certain things they’re saying, but you can’t just dismiss a whole career," he said. "You can’t dismiss the fact that Nicki was the biggest female rapper for a whole fucking decade straight. Y'all can’t even last a fucking summertime. This girl was the biggest, most successful female rapper for 10 years. You know how hard that is? Motherfuckers struggle to last two months."
Like him or not, he's got a strong point. Of all people, Russ knows about how strongly influenced people are from what they see online. Let's make an effort to treat our idols well, reminding them of how impactful they've been during their storied careers.
Marlon Wayans Avoids Jennifer Hudson Vs. Beyoncé "Better Singer" Question
But he’ll definitely let you know he thinks they’re both better than a certain pop star.
Production for the forthcoming Aretha Franklin biopic is in full swing and fans are excited to see how the life of the soul singing icon unfolds on the silver screen. TMZ recently shared a few paparazzi photos of Jennifer Hudson, who stars in the film as the Motown legend, filming scenes with her co-star, Marlon Wayans. The pictures they shared were of the pair acting out their on-screen kiss, so the next time the publication caught up with the actor, they wanted to know what it was like lip-locking with the American Idol alum.
“Amazing. Ever kiss an angel? I did,” Marlon jokingly said of his J-Hud kiss. “Her breath was amazingly fresh. Her lips were like pillows. It felt like I was kissing a cloud. It’s everything that you would wish it would be and then some.”
“I don’t want to let her know how good the kiss was…but I think I just did,” he added. “But it was probably up there with the top three kisses in my life.” When asked about what he likes the most about the singer, in true comedic fashion Marlon attempted to make things awkward. “She’s just a warm, sweet soul,” he stated. “And man, that voice? Yo, like, her voice? It’s weird. It actually gave me woody.”
During the conversation, Marlon is, little by little, trying to make his escape. He finally is able to get himself settled in the driver’s seat of his car and just as he’s about to leave, the paparazzo asks him who has a better voice: Beyoncé or J-Hud? “Don’t compare black women,” he said flatly. “You ain’t gonna compare two queens and get me in a fight.” Then the camerawoman asked about Taylor Swift. He retorted, “Oh, they better than Taylor Swift!” Watch the exchange below.
Dave East Explains Why Kodak Black Was Dropped From His "Survival" Album
Dave East had to go with his gut on this one.
Dave East‘s Survival album arrived last week and was filled with 20-tracks with strong features by DJ Premier, J. Black, Teyana Taylor, Lil Baby, Rick Ross, The-Dream, Fabolous, Jacquees, Mozzy, Gunna and more. The 14th offering on the tape, “Night Shift” featuring Lil Baby, was initailly supposed to feature Kodak Black but due to past remarks Kodak made about Lauren London, Dave scraped the idea.
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As we know, Nipsey Hussle was a good friend of Dave’s and the duo had a connection that was “deeper than rap.” After the tragic, untimely passing of Nipsey, Kodak made inappropriate comments about Lauren London’s widow status on Instagram Live that resulted in some serious backlash from the hip hop community. It’s for that reason, along with Dave’s conscious, why he dropped Kodak from his album.
“Anybody—I don’t care who it might have been—don’t speak on that man after he’s gone if it’s not in a positive light. Don’t speak on that man’s woman, that man’s kids. Don’t bring that man up,” Dave told Big Boy in a recent interview. “I just couldn’t have a song called ‘The Marathon Continues’ where I’m talking to my brother—and he’s on it—and a few songs before it, you know.”
Despite Dave’s removal of Kodak, he doesn’t harbour any ill feelings towards him. “But like I said, I don’t have no problems with homie. Free Kodak Black.”
Watch the conversation at the 56:30 below.
Nicki Minaj Blasts Anybody Reluctant To Pay Homage
Nicki Minaj is sick of the pussyfooting.
It looks like Nicki Minajhas been enjoying her retirement. At least, the free schedule has allowed her ample to live out her digital “Get Off My Lawn” fantasies. But you know what, if kids are running amok on your lawn, you have every right to tell them to scatter. Evidently, Nicki’s lawn has been amassing a wealth of footprints, nay, bootprints. It’s no wonder she’s been moving with a chip on her shoulder. Case in point, her latest Instagram PSA directed at those unwilling to pay homage to what she has built.
Sharing a clip of a recent Q&A fielded by young artists like Rap-Unzel and those in attendance, Nicki highlighted one woman’s crusade to paint her in a negative light. “My question is for the ladies specifically,” she begins. “Who do you look up to in the industry? Unfortunately, you don’t have many examples you can look up to. I wouldn’t say Nicki would be your example. Or you tell me if she’s your example, cause I got a question after that.” As she utters the last part, it all but translates to “I wish she would.”
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It’s no wonder Nicki took the time to set the record straight. “Look @ the hate & bitterness on this BLACK woman’s face when someone says they’re influence is the most dominating female rapper of the last decade chile,” begins Nicki, reacting to the woman’s disrespectful question,” she writes, in a heated Instagram PSA. “ALL OF YOU GIRLS DO THIS. SO SAD. Even male artists gotta pretend in interviews now chile. LMFAO. If you’re this weak-minded you won’t last in this game anyway. This is what’s going on behind the scenes @ award shows, radio shows, etc. They gotta say they was influenced by ppl who was rappin b4 they was born chile. Anything but those 10 little letters on a big sign. N I C K I M I N A J.”
The sting is worsened when one of the same artists to have neglected Nicki in the Q&A session was revealed to have sung her praises in another interview — a point not lost on Jermaine Dupri. To be fair, there’s no harm in drawing inspiration from Rah Digga, whose Dirty Harriet album is an unsung gem. Still, Nicki’s point remains important, and it’s curious to witness these younger artists shy away from paying homage. Especially when people actually use her as a negative benchmark, a “what-not-to-do,” an embarrassment. After everything she’s done for the game, Nicki deserves better than that.
Charles Barkley Reveals The Best Player He Ever Guarded
Barkley's answer might surprise you.
Charles Barkley will most likely go down in history as one of the best NBA players ever, who never won a championship. Barkley played 16 years in the NBA and was known for being a beast out on the court. While Barkley developed quite a few rivalries over the years, he's never been shy to pay respect to those who he felt were worthy adversaries. He knows when to give people their flowers and at a recent charity event, the NBA on TNT analyst revealed who he thought was the best player he's ever gone up against.
Barkley gave a surprising answer as he said Kevin McHale of the Boston Celtics was the best player he ever had to guard. McHale played 17 years in the NBA and won three championships with the Celtics throughout the 80s. He may not be a household name to today's NBA crowd, but he was definitely a great player at the time.
"He's one of the greatest basketball players ever, and I actually work with him now on television," Barkley said Sports Illustrated. "He's the best player I ever played against and had to guard."
Barkley also said that McHale was practically impossible to stop on defense and that he used to have nightmares about him. Considering Barkley played against the likes of Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, and Magic Johnson, McHale is getting some pretty high praise here.