Aretha Franklin’s Granddaughter REJECTED On ‘Idol,’ Now She Agrees With Judge Lionel Richie – ‘I Want To Focus More On Growing My Voice’

Aretha Franklin’s teenage granddaughter, Grace Franklin, speaks out after she was auditioned for “American Idol” and was sent home by judge Lionel Richie. After some reflection, she said she agrees with him. More inside…

 

Aretha Franklin’s legacy lives on.

Grace Franklin – 15-year-old granddaughter of iconic singer Aretha Franklin – auditioned for “American Idol” this week. However, things didn’t turn out how she it to.

After belting out her grandmother’s song “Ain’t No Way” and Lauryn Hill’s “Killing Me Softly,” Grace was turned down to advance to the next round. Judge/Singer Lionel Richie said he couldn’t approve of her moving to the next level out of “love and genuine concern” and that she needed more time to develop her voice.

Now, Grace is agreeing.

The teen singer virtually chopped it up with TMZ (alongside her father/Aretha’s son Kecalf Cunningham) about her experience and how she felt when she was sent home.

”In the moment, I was pretty disappointed because obviously, I wanted to go on," she said. "I wanted to continue and just like see how I would compare to the other artists.”

She continued:

"But after thinking about it, especially that night, in my hotel room and stuff, I really thought about what Lionel said and I started to agree with him because I do know that I’m a good artist, I know that, but I do know that I need to work on some things."

"And I think that he was right and that I should work a little bit more before I decided to put myself on such a large forum. The fact that he said that he didn’t want me to like stumble and fall too early, really stuck with me because I get exactly what he was saying.”

As for now, Grace doesn’t have any plans on auditioning again, but she did say she wanted to release some new music.

Peep her post-Idol interview below:

Check out her "Idol" audition below: 

 

Best of luck to her!

Photo: Grace’s IG 

REMEMBERING VIRGIL ABLOH: Lauryn Hill Brought To Tears, Kanye West Signs Autographs, Rihanna, A$AP, Drake & More Pay Their Respects In Chicago

Lauryn Hill got super emotional while performing during Virgil Abloh’s memorial service in the fashion designer’s hometown of Chicago. Tons of Virgil’s fashion friends were in the mix, including Kanye West and his estranged wife Kim K, Rihanna and her boyfriend A$AP Rocky, Drake and more. Get it all inside….

Fashion visionary Virgil Abloh’s life was celebrated in his hometown of Chicago on Monday.

Tons of the designer’s close friends and family gathered at the Museum of Contemporary Art to celebrate his fruitful life, including Virgil’s longtime collaborator Kanye West and his estranged wife Kim Kardashian West, Drake, Rihanna and her boyfriend A$AP Rocky, Kid Cudi, Tyler the Creator and more. The memorial comes on the heels of Virgil’s last Louis Vuitton show in Miami. 

 

rapper Lauryn Hill appeared to break down in tears as she performed at Virgil Abloh’s memorial service on Monday, held in the fashion designer’s hometown of Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art

Kanye, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, and Drake all pay their respects pic.twitter.com/szKf5WIoDH

— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) December 7, 2021

 

Singer Lauryn Hill was tapped to perform her classic 1998 track “Everything Is Everything,” but she got choked up while performing, fighting back tears as she paid her respects to Virgil.

Last Sunday, 41-year-old fashion designer Virgil Abloh – the founder & CEO of Off-White – died following a private battle with a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma.

Dressed in all black, the living legend wiped away tears from her face as she began to harmonize.

”I wrote these words for everyone who struggles in their youth,” she sang lyrics from her chart-topper, "Everything Is Everything."

Check it:

 

Lauryn Hill fights back tears while performing at Virgil Abloh’s memorial. pic.twitter.com/wTC9lDSONk

— Drama For The Girls (@dramaforthegirl) December 7, 2021

 

Tyler the Creator and Virgil’s sister shared touching messages about the designer during the memorial service. Peep a clip of Tyler’s eulogy and Virgil’s sister’s speech below:

 

Tyler, The Creator’s emotional eulogy at Virgil Abloh’s memorial service in Chicago today pic.twitter.com/T5cmAJAKIm

— ctrlnow (@ctrInow) December 7, 2021

 

 

Virgil Abloh’s sister, Edwina, shares heartfelt speech at his funeral service: “Virgil left a permanent mark on the world that we will never forget. Your legacy will continue to flourish in the eyes [of your children]. Rest well, my sweet and gentle giant”
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— Dionne Grant (@DionneGrant) December 7, 2021

 

Chicago socialite/activist Englewood Barbie shared pictures from the memorial which you can check out below:

 

 
 

 

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Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Drake, Kid Cudi, Don C, Jerry Lorenzo, and others attended a private service In Memory of Virgil Abloh at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago today. pic.twitter.com/SOqVBnfTZR

— ctrlnow (@ctrInow) December 7, 2021

 

 

Kanye West – who collaborated with Virgil heavily throughout the years – was seen signing autographs:

 

Kanye West Signing Autographs After Virgil Abloh Funeral Service pic.twitter.com/k6TqWcdYSc

— FSHNDMKS (@fashiondemiks) December 7, 2021

 

 

The fashion visionary was known for his innovative work at Louis Vuitton (one of the oldest and most powerful luxury groups) as the menswear artistic director.

In March 2018, Virgil became the first Black man to become an artistic director at Louis Vuitton, and the third to lead a French luxury fashion house. It’s not every day a Black man is at the top of a French heritage house. It’s almost unheard of, so the fact that Louis Vuitton shook things up with some melanin magic was music to our ears.

He broke barriers, he shifted the culture and opened doors for young, Black designers in high-end fashion. May he rest in POWER!

Photos: Getty

Nas Finally Adds A Grammy To His Name After 25 Years & 14 Nominations!

It was a long time coming, but it finally came. Nas is a GRAMMY Award winning rapper now. Deets on his first Grammy win after 14 nominations that span over two decades inside…

 

In Hip Hop, Nas is considered a rap god. A legend. An icon.

However, after over two decades in the rap game, the Queens native never won a Grammy Award…until now.

During the 93rd annual Academy Awards, the 47-year-old rapper was honored with the Best Rap Album award for his 13th studio album, King’s Disease. In 1996, Nas was nominated for his first Grammy in the Best Rap Solo Performance category for “If I Ruled the World,” featuring Lauryn Hill from his second album, It Was Written. Over a span of two decades, Nas was nominated for 14 Grammys. Now, the emcee is an official winner.

King’s Disease – executive producer Hit-Boy – beat out D Smoke’s Black Habits, Jay Electronica’s A Written Testimony, Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist’s Alfredo and Royce da 5′9” album The Allegory.

Producer Hit-Boy took to social media to celebrate his Grammy win(s):

I’m 3 in. I really won a Grammy wit Nipsey Hussle ,Nas ,Jay-Z and Kanye west. I’m motivated to put more work in

— Hit-Boy (@Hit_Boy) March 14, 2021

In 2012, Hit-Boy won Best Rap Song for Jay-Z & Kanye West’s “N*ggas In Paris” and in 2019 he won Best Rap Performance for Nipsey Hussle’s “Racks in the Middle” featuring Roddy Ricch.

Rapper Big Sean was captured on video telling Hit-Boy he won his THIRD Grammy Award:

Congratulations to @Hit_Boy on his Grammy win for his incredible work on @Nas’ album “King’s Disease” pic.twitter.com/AIIFr069gF

— Def Jam Recordings (@defjam) March 14, 2021

As for Nas finally winning a Grammy:

 

Nas finally winning a Grammy is a reminder that even if they go for years without acknowledging your work & greatness, 1 day they will not be able to ignore it. However, this does not mean that u need anyone’s validation to shine; Nas been knowing that he is one of the greatest pic.twitter.com/gQo8hLr5Hr

— Greencroft Hokage (@TshoCa_Fans) March 15, 2021

 

Congrats!

 

Photo: Jamie Lamor Thompson/Shutterstock.com

GRAMMY HOTTIE: Megan Thee Stallion Wins Coveted Best New Artist, First Female Rapper To Win Since Lauryn Hill + Best Rap Song W/Bey

The prelude to another Hot Girl Summer just got hotter! Megan Thee Stallion won the coveted Grammy for Best New Artist, making her the first female rapper to win the honor since Lauryn Hill in 1999. Celebrate inside…

Listen, the turn up this upcoming Hot Girl Summer is going to be epic!

2021 is Megan Thee Stallion’s year and we love to see it! The Houston Hottie won the coveted Best New Artist award. Woot!

The last few years have been a rollercoaster ride for Meg. As her career started taking off, she suffered the lost of her mother, Holly, in Match 2019.

During her acceptance speech, she fought back tears while paying tribute to her.

“I know she is here with me in spirit,” she said.

Best New Artist was Megan’s second Grammy win of the night, presented by Lizzo.

Watch her acceptance speech below:

| Megan accepting her award for "Best New Artist" at the #GRAMMYs. pic.twitter.com/DjvPx2ZIbt

— Megan Charts (@StallionOnChart) March 15, 2021

Meg’s win was the first time a female rapper won Best New Artist since Lauryn Hill won the honor in 1999. Take a trip down memory lane below: 

After winning Best Rap Performance and Best New Artist…

Best Rap Song goes to Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé – SAVAGE #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/7lxjFodS68

— Akpraise (@AkpraiseMedia) March 15, 2021

…the “BODY” raptress scooped up another award: Best Rap Song! She won the award alongside Beyoncé for their collaboration track “Savage Remix.” Not only was the win a total surprise, Beyoncé’s presence was also a shocker. Apparently, Meg didn’t see when Bey and Jay-Z snuck in, so when she walked up to accept the award and saw Bey, she was SO shocked.

The fab female duo already made history with one Grammy win when they were honored with the Best Rap Performance award. They were the first female collaborators to win the award.

#SavageRemix wins “Best Rap Song” at the 2021 #GRAMMYs tonight.

Congrats @theestallion & the Bey! pic.twitter.com/wWpyYB2Wvu

— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@BeyLegion) March 15, 2021

Congrats ladies!

By the way, the Best Rap Song win awarded Beyoncé a total of 27 Grammy Awards, tying with Alison Krauss, who is the most Grammy-winning female artist of all time.

 

On the carpet…

 

 
 

 

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The Savage x Fenty ambassador WOWED in an orange Dolce & Gabbana gown that featured a high slit and bow. She accessorized the look with Chopard jewels.

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HISTORIC GRAMMY WIN: Megan Thee Stallion & Beyoncé Win Best Rap Performance & They’re The First Women To Do So!

Megan Thee Stallion just won her first Grammy and made history! The Houston Hottie and fellow Houston baddie Beyoncé won the Best Rap Performance award and it’s the first time an all-female collaboration received the award. More inside…

Women’s History Month just got sweeter!

The ladies are taking over this year’s Grammys Awards. Houston ladies to be exact.

Megan Thee Stallion just copped her very first Grammy Award and she shares it with none other than her idol, Beyoncé.

The female duo won Best Rap Performance for “Savage Remix,” the background track for a TikTok challenge craze. It’s the first time an all-female collaboration has won the award, marking a shift in the music industry that the future is female.

The Houston ladies beat Lil Baby (“The Bigger Picture”), Big Sean (“Deep Reverence”), the late Pop Smoke (“Dior”), DaBaby (“BOP”), and Jack Harlow (“WHATS POPPIN”).

And look, when Meg was announced as the winner, her reaction was all of us. The “WAP” raptress was SO shocked and surprised by win. By the end, she was fighting back tears.

Peep her emotional acceptance speech below:

Congrats Best Rap Performance winner – ‘SAVAGE’ @TheeStallion ft. @Beyonce #GRAMMYs

WATCH NOW ––#GRAMMYPremiere https://t.co/RxyLdKA9Hv pic.twitter.com/vkfG3KtC4B

— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) March 14, 2021

Aww.

It didn’t stop there. Meg also won the Grammy for Best New Artist, presented by Lizzo. Get into her speech below:

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— Megan Charts (@StallionOnChart) March 15, 2021

.@theestallion is the first female rapper to win Best New Artist at the #GRAMMYs this century (first since Lauryn Hill).

— chart data (@chartdata) March 15, 2021

She’s the first female rapper to win Best New Artist since Lauryn Hill received the honor in 1999.

Woot! Congrats Meg! After an insane 2020, she deserves this.

By the way, Bey is on track to surpassing Alison Krauss’ 27-win record. She just won her 26th Grammy for “Savage Remix” with Meg and she also won Best Music Video for “Brown Skin Girl” with her 9-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter and Wiz Kid. Blue is the 2nd youngest to ever win a Grammy. In total, Bey was nominated for 9 awards, so she has 7 more categories to get through (at the time of this post) to see if she’ll become the official Grammy Queen.

Talk about Hip Hop royalty.

Swipe through our gallery below of celebs on the Grammy’s red carpet – both in-person & virtually!

Photos: Meg’s IG/Beyonce’s IG

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Lauryn Hill & Rohan Marley Respond To Selah’s Childhood Trauma Video + Selah Clarifies Her Comments, Ask Fans Not To Bash Her Parents

Selah Marley opened up for the first time about childhood trauma she suffered during a two-hour long IG Live session, revealing how her mother, Lauryn Hill, beat her and her siblings like “slaves” and how her father, Rohan Marley, being absent has negatively affected her relationships with men now. Get into the family healing process inside…

 

Selah Marley – daughter of famed singer Lauryn Hill and entrepreneur Rohan Marley – is on a journey of self-healing as she relives her childhood in an effort to understand her life choices and to become more self-aware.

The 21-year-old often goes on her Instagram Live to share her thoughts and opinions on whatever topic is on her mind. During a recent session, she brought up a topic about generational trauma and began to open up about her own experiences and how she’s still processing childhood trauma.

In a two-hour long Instagram Live video, Selah shared what it was like growing up with her “very angry” Grammy Award winning mom, who she said disciplined her and her siblings with belts and switches. She compared the experience to “slave owner sh*t” and said “all Black parents were on that slave owner sh*t.”

Selah said she’s still traumatized by the sound of a belt hitting.

"You go walk to your doom — it’s like walking to your death. And my mother is an amazing woman, but, um, she obviously didn’t do everything right," she shared during the Live.

 

 
 

 

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happy father’s day, dad 😀 too bad you can’t see this bc you’re blocked, but i love you still lmao but on a more serious note, let’s definitely take this time to appreciate our fathers & even more so, black men. this world has not always been nice to you and i see that. & so, i love you, Dad, for your resilience, your optimism, your wisdom, and your care. i don’t know what i’d do without you & so, i want to ensure that i never take that for granted. so i include all my fathers in these pictures because it takes a village to raise a child & you’ve all definitely raised me well. so here’s your day! i love you, Dad(s).

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The granddaughter of Bob Marley also got vulnerable when she talked about how her father, Rohan Marley, was largely absent from her life.

Selah said she saw and mother and father fight a lot, so she “didn’t really see much peace.” When her dad left when she was 10, she said she feels like a part of her stopped growing and maturing. She said she struggles in relationships with men because she’s angry at them (projecting the feelings she has for her father), but also feels she needs them.

"I came to the conclusion of how much of my life I’ve f*cked up and how much of me is f*cked up simply because my dad just wasn’t around," she said. "And there’s just a void where there should be a person. And it’s honestly really hard."

Selah said her mother was going through her own trauma when she was a kid, dealing with the music industry,  trying to save a relationship with a man whom she had five kids with who seemingly no longer wanted her, on top of being a mother. 

“She’s Lauryn Hill,” she said. “She’s getting attacked by the media. She was also going through her own sh*t. She had five kids with a man that — they didn’t really get to know each other. So they were always arguing, always fighting.”

She recalled being awake in her room, crying, while her parents fought and argued.

“I don’t think she realizes how much that sh*t affected me,” she said.

Peep a clip from her Live below:

Selah’s venting session caused an uproar of comments and DMs for Selah – many people sharing they too have experienced the same childhood trauma. Taking up for Selah, people started dragging her mother for her mistakes.

 

 
 

 

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L-Boogie caught wind of the controversy and addressed it in a lengthy post she shared on Facebook and Instagram.  The"Lost Ones" singer seemingly blamed systemic racism as the reason why she disciplined her children the way she did. She said an "entire opertation" was trying to take her down and that energy was shared in her home life.

"To me, I am just me. If I am guilty of anything it is disciplining in anger, not in disciplining," Lauryn wrote. "The toxic venom I ingested for standing on principle, and confronting systemic racism far BEFORE it was the thing to say or do (everything you NOW celebrate everyone for!)—the people who called me CRAZY and have yet to apologize and say ‘oh yeah, we were wrong’, OF COURSE that seeped into my home, it was intended to. An entire operation trying to break an artist with a voice and knowledge of herself—way ahead of her time—was in motion. I was affected, my family was affected, my children were affected."

Lauryn said once she realized how she and her family were being destroyed she walked away. She said she did so in order to protect her children.

"When I realized that the pressure on me was so incredibly hypocritical and unfair, criminal even, that even my children weren’t allowed to be children, I stepped away. I wasn’t removed, I STEPPED AWAY. Weening myself and my family from the addictions that systems of control attempt to use through fame and celebrity is no joke. It’s painful and people were not above using my children to keep exploiting me. Keeping a child sober minded in the midst of everyone trying to seduce and bribe and coerce is an incredibly challenging thing to do. Sell a few million copies of a recording and see the wolves and sharks for yourself before you determine what’s appropriate and what’s not. The danger was REAL! And this danger I faced alone, unsupported as I should have been, and dumped on by the same people who only a few years before built a fortune off the same gifts they later tried to deny and then COPY. My life has been about protecting my children from all kinds of danger, and that’s only possible when you protect yourself from the danger as well."

The "Ex-Factor" singer acknowledge Selah’s feelings and said she has a right to feel the way she feels. Now, she’s focused on healing with her daughter and her family.

"Selah is on a road to healing and contextualizing her childhood, and is allowed her process, but if you come for me, come for your own mama, and those absent fathers—come for them too, your grandparents, your great grand parents, your great great grand parents, your great great great grand parents, Caribbean parents, African parents and everyone else damaged and judged for being black and forced to conform and assimilate to western standards of ‘order’ shaped through the filter and lens of anti-blackness."

"Selah and I speak often and she knows we are both working through our stuff—the exploitation, the abandonment, the mistreatment and the muzzling of our own gifts and intelligence to make it more comfortable for others, which is a big mistake to do, it can ONLY lead to implosion or explosion. We’re both learning and healing, and each of my children has a similar story and journey. All of you in a rush to crucify someone, careful who you string up or nail up."

While it may have been harsh, Lauryn justified the way she disciplined her children as a way to them from being shot down in the streets.

"My children are strong-willed and powerful, better I discipline them at home than have them shot down in the streets or locked up. They are not necessarily passive people, and they’re also learning how to navigate a world full of beauty but also full of danger. This was in no way easy to do as a single parent battling a public attack for not conforming, and single-handedly financially responsible for so many. My children’s families on both Hill and Marley sides have been hunted and persecuted for speaking out against and challenging the social, political, economic and spiritual dynamics that require a terroristic fear be put in Black people in order to control them."

Read her full response below: 

Uhhhh black people, what??? Selah has every right to express herself, I encourage it, but she also got the discipline…

Posted by Ms. Lauryn Hill on Thursday, August 13, 2020

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After Selah’s IG Live went viral, Rohan shared a throwback family photo of himself with his children with the caption, "My Beautiful Family." He also responded to what she said about him in the video.

"Selah’s expression on Instagram is a healing process for her. I’m very happy that she is fearless in her expression," Rohan said in a statement through his publicist. "I love her very much and do apologize for any contributions I may have added by arguing in front of her as a child. I’ve grown as a man, a spiritual being and a father. I am constantly growing and will teach my children to always take the higher road in any disagreements. I will be there for her no matter how many hours, days, months or years it will take. I will be the best Dad that I can be. One Love."

Let’s hope he keeps his word.

Following the buzzy headlines and extra social media traffic, Selah hopped back online to clarify her comments.

 

 
 

 

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"I spoke on that subject for two hours…. It’s complex," she said in the "clarity" video. "It’s a very complex topic, and really what I was discussing was how a lack of unity in the household can create severe trauma that you’re not even aware of," Marley addressed in the IG Story video that was preceded by a written note. "And now, I had to go back and see where these different things impacted my life and how they impacted my life. At the end of the day, I never said my father was a f*cking deadbeat completely. I just said that he wasn’t as present as I needed him to be…. Don’t go bashing my f*cking father and my family."

"I never said that I did not love them. I said their shortcomings created trauma that I now need to consciously and actively heal from.”

She said she hopes by starting this larger conversation, it will inspire others’ transparency, vulnerability and openness in discussing their own family traumas.

Peep her Live and her IG Story posts (where she also addressed the trolls) above and below:

 

Selah continued the conversation in another IG Live video, thanking everyone for their support on her journey: 

 

 
 

 

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so many of you guys reached out to me in DM that you’ve had similar experiences.. it’d take 5 weeks to respond to everyone, so i wanted to get on live to share my thoughts with you about my healing process. hopefully, some of you may find this useful. if not, that’s fine too! we all have unique experiences, personalities, and needs; so what works for me may not work for everyone. & that’s fine! but i did want to share what i could & open the floor for a more general discussion on how to heal core wounds. at the end of the day, i’m not an expert—just a young adult figuring it out for herself that figured i could share a couple things. i really wish @instagram allowed you to see the comments when it posts these lives because you guys say some of the most profound things i’ve ever seen. i’m eternally grateful for your contribution to these conversations because you guys add a layer of depth, understanding, and resonance that’s genuinely needed & appreciated. i want to specifically say thank you to everyone who rocks with me & contributes to the true healing, growth, and love created in these conversations. oh & btw, if you don’t agree with me, please feel free to excuse yourself & keep it pushing—especially when/if you come to my “live.” i’m still having trouble understanding why some people stick around for the sole purpose of perpetuating negativity. P.S. that apple sauce was great

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Looks like she’s headed down the right path to healing with supportive parents behind her. We Selah and her family the best.

 

Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Montana of 300 – Souvenir Lyrics

Play this song

[Verse 1]
We ask for God’s forgiveness but don’t ask for God’s permission
I’m your brother, not your opposition, please don’t block the vision
Yeah, yeah
The disappointment of seeing one of your soldiers fold
He chose that path, he burned that bridge, he’s on his own
The land of leeches make you wonder if the love’s real
I’ve been through that pain and that rain, I know how the mud feels
Not fill enough, try to knock me and then his blood spills
See when it comes to taking out jokers, I let my gun deal
Yeah everyone with me toting, don’t play with these niggas
You never know who gon’ shoot it, 3-man weave, nigga
They know we fresh and we spraying shit like Febreze, nigga
They say life’s a bitch and I know ’cause I made her leave niggas
Got your favorite faded, Hip-Hop’s Ali, I’m the greatest
And when you speaking the truth, I hope your prepared to be hated
The wind whispers in the ears of the listening skys
Our unity’s the biggest threat inside the enemies eyes
The futures, present, both effected due to histories lies
Here’s the key, set yourself free, stop being mentally blind
Pick up the jewels that I’m dropping ’cause we was meant to be wise
Beware of family and friends, especially the envious kind
My kids will mourn when I pass, but I won’t witness these cries
I hope when they need my guidance, they can remember these lines
Don’t stress when life when life gets you down, I been there too many times
Just let your energy drive, that’s how the misery dies

[Chorus]
Before I didn’t know a gangsta could die
Just cause you going through a dark chapter that don’t mean it’s the whole book
Lately I been looking for rain in the sky (Mhm)
Is this only rain I can have?
Everybody gets their share of the rain, but the sun will shine on you again
All this pain up inside, but I’m trained to survive
Before I didn’t know a gangsta could die
Lately I been looking for rain in the sky (Mhm)
Is this only rain I can have?
All this pain up inside, but I’m trained to survive

[Verse 2]
I told my sons, “You’re future kings and always try your fucking best”
Told my daughter, “You’re a queen, don’t ever accept nothing less”
Life’s a bitch that’s short and fast, so she’ll be down like “just a sec”
Always be cautious when it’s work by someone that’s of the flesh
I’m sorry if it’s too debonair for your jealous ears
I had the drip way before the drip, blood, sweat and tears
They wanna trip, I know that road, I let ’em steer
They’ll get exposed, they always fold when death is near
Fly guy with that hammer, bitch I was Thor for real
Wet niggas up, yeah I made ’em pay, no water bill
No man alive with a set of ears can ignore the skill
We are not the same, you’re like Jermaine, I’m more Shaquille
G-O-D’s my sword and shield, ignore the fake, absorb the real
And when I’m riding with my daughter, I’m gon’ bump some Lauryn Hill
This writer’s blessed and giving messages that’s deep as Jordan Peele’s
And it’s not spiritual if the slave owners had to force the field

[Chorus]
Before I didn’t know a gangsta could die
It’s not spiritual if there’s anything in between
Lately I been looking for rain in the sky (Mhm)
Spiritual is a connection between the creator and what he created
Is this only rain I can have?
Everybody gets their share of the rain, but the sun will shine on you again
All this pain up inside, but I’m trained to survive
You can’t tell a tree how to be a tree
Before I didn’t know a gangsta could die
In order for it to grow, all it needs is God’s rain
Lately I been looking for rain in the sky (Mhm)
Is this only rain I can have?
All this pain up inside, but I’m trained to survive
Don’t let ’em break your branches

[Verse 3]
Stood firm when hope was gone, trap house, no home alone
Mom’s couldn’t leave coke alone, I snap hard like broken bones
Each line is dope alone, haters can’t over throw ’em
They might pop up for my bread, I keep that toaster on
My AK blast, it spit so fast, you’ll think it wrote for Bone
Fuck shit I don’t condone, life just goes on and on
Watch how you talk to your children, try not to mold ’em wrong
I try and coach my own, poppa’s no Rolling Stone
If you love life then maybe you should chill, bitch I’m too for real
I keep that iron like a Caddy, I can’t lack, no Coupe DeVille
If I come down and strike yo’ ass, man they gon’ swear that Zeus was here
When you’re a king, it ain’t no room for tears, for one, I’m too sincere
And through the years, I never moved with fear, so I’m not used to tears
Y’all saying, “Jesus take the wheel”, God gave you that, so you should steer
I pray to God and he never responds, but Lord, if you can hear
When I die please take my soul and keep it like a souvenir

Bryce Vine – Drew Barrymore lyrics

[Verse 1]
I want this forever
Just you in the grotto
With nothin’ but your nights on
Keep the fuckin’ lights on
Same again tomorrow
We don’t need no bottle
Purple color lip-gloss
Room with the saguaro
Ain’t nowhere I would rather be
Right between your holidays
Coffee on the flintstone
Jewelry on the ottoman
Baby, let me in, oh
For I get way too adamant about it
Love the way you shiver
Dig in to my shoulder blades
Feel it when you quiver
Higher level, elevate
You could be the renegade
Bonnie to a Clyde
Harrelson and Juliette
Legends never die
The TV hasn’t worked in ages
Probly got a shorted cable
Way too busy fucking on the sofa or the kitchen table
Is my vision hazy?
You look like you’re someone famous

[Chorus]
‘Cause you’re the next Drew Barry
And I want more, yeah
And all these other girls keep wonderin’ what I fuck with you for
You’re the next Drew Barry, yeah
And I want more
And all these other girls keep wonderin’ what I fuck with you for

[Verse 2]
‘Cause you’re something like the summer
Kinda like a hurricane
Sweepin’ through the desert
Hot Americana rain fallin’
Wearing nothing but my Lauryn Hill shirt
It’s kinda baggy on you, baby, but it work
The AC hasn’t worked in ages
I could prolly read the label
Way too busy fucking on the counter or the coffee table
Am I hallucinating?
Why do you look hella famous?

[Chorus]
‘Cause you’re the next Drew Barry
And I want more, yeah
And all these other girls keep wonderin’ what I fuck with you for
You’re the next Drew Barry, yeah
And I want more
And all these other girls keep wonderin’ what I fuck with you for

[Bridge]
I wanna make
Every single moment for you great
Fly away to Cairo or L.A
Girl, I want it now, don’t wanna waste time, waste time
I wanna make
Every single moment for you great
Fly away to Cairo or L.A
Girl, I want it now, don’t wanna waste time, waste time

[Chorus]
‘Cause you’re the next Drew Barry
And I want more, yeah
And all these other girls keep wonderin’ what I fuck with you for
You’re the next Drew Barry, yeah
And I want more
And all these other girls keep wonderin’ what I fuck with you for

Ace Hood – 80’s Baby Lyrics

[Hook]
Ever since I came into the game
I been goin harder in the paint
Ever since they heard about the name
They know who gon put out with the flame
Ever since I’m in my own lane
All you niggas start to sound the same
Ever since I started with the reaI
I can never understand a lame
What is real? what is fake?
You be wise, nigga snakes
Born in May, 80 baby
On a level eighty eight

[Verse 1]
Legendary, very scary
I don’t think that goofy shit is necessary
I do not want to be a part of ordinary
Blood of Jesus, saw me born, son of Mary
And he whippin’ like I’m [..]. culinary
And he’s in it kickin’ shit like Vinatieri
Oh my goodness
I get that feelin’ sometimes
I don’t wanna fuck with people, just this business of mine
You can come into my space with all them niggas […]
Ain’t no intoxicating my circle, we gon sever them ties
Just my policy, no apologies
All one hundred that’s where real niggas […] of me
Ever since I stepped into the life
I don’t ever buy into the hype
Never get too low or get too high
Never let them cover up your size

[Hook]
Ever since I came into the game
I been goin harder in the paint
Ever since they heard about the name
They know who gon put out with the flame
Ever since I’m in my own lane
All you niggas start to sound the same
Ever since I started with the real
I can never understand a lame
What is real? what is fake?
You be wise, nigga snakes
Born in May, 80 baby
On a level eighty eight

[Verse 2]
Legendary, tell her parent
Make a movie show to shrug in like I’m Uzi
Smoking kush, got absinthes all in my Jacuzzi
Right on my lip, I’m thinking “girl, mama juicy”
I understand how I don’t pull from that fruit tree

I’m playing Lauryn Hill when she was with the Fugees
And when they come to doin’ this I feel like two-three
Drop a classic on this niggas they come back ground
We can hear you pussy niggas in the background
Trust the process
Just digest this higher level ways
It’s been in my DNA
Undefeated, I’m the great (God)

Cardi B Performs “Bodak Yellow” At MOBO Awards [Watch]

Cardi B light up the stage at Wednesday Night’s MOBO Awards in the UK with a sizzling performance of her breakout hit “Bodak Yellow.”

The song gave Cardi B a mega year in hip hop giving her a taste of mainstream success after dropping a few mixtapes. This summer she became the first female rapper to have a number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart as a solo artist since Lauryn Hill did it in the 90s.

Last night she took the stage at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England to perform her chart topping single “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)” and through her performance she had the crowd on its feet. Cardi B picked up two Grammy nominations after the single received nods for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.

She is currently working on her debut album and has been teasing song of the singles on Instagram over the past few weeks. Check out the full video of Cardi B’s performance at the 2017 Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards below.

Wale – Good To Great (feat. Phil Ade)

[Intro: Wale]
I got every right to feel myself, right, baby?
True story, right?
I told her I’d pick her up, she said, “Cool”
She said, “What time,” I said, “2”
Then she asked me what time she’d be back
I said, “2:30”
She said, “Pssh, like that?”
I said, “Pssh, I’ve been like that”
That’s a whole tomorrow, plus I threw in thirty
So grab your Louis ‘cause time’s burning

[Pre-Chorus: Wale]
Ain’t tryna do much
But you know the bottles on us
The bottles ain’t much, you’re smiling too much
I’m tryna do somethin’, yeah
I’m probably too much
I party too much
In the parkin’ lot, the lobby to the plane
4 to 4:30, it’s over one day

[Chorus: Wale]
I can turn her good to great in one day
I can turn her good to great in one day
I can make her good the great in one day
I can make her good the great in one day
I can turn her good to great in one day
I can turn her good to great in one day
I can make her good the great in one day
I can make her good, good, good, good

[Verse 1: Wale]
Show some support, yeah
A real one across the board, yeah
Chill, shawty, I know you annoyed, look
They comic books to you, I’m Rob Report
Mi amor, I’m popular
I’m not a heartthrob, but the broads in love, yeah
At the club, the bosanova
Them Barry’s a moment
Won’t embarrass you, baby girl
But them broads with us
Telly is goin’ spill
I hit it to Lauryn Hill
I really fix up your swag
I get all your old bags and give it to Goodwill, woo!

[Bridge: Phil Ade]
She don’t think, just go with it
A little drink, little smoke with it
Do anything for a dollar though
If she want it, then she gon’ get it
Have another, girl, it’s on me
Bet you’ll get drunk, then call me
In the club all night long
This how it goes when the lights off

[Pre-Chorus: Wale]
Ain’t tryna do much
But you know the bottles on us
The bottles ain’t much, you’re smiling too much
I’m tryna do somethin’, yeah
I’m probably too much
I party too much
In the parkin’ lot, the lobby to the plane
4 to 4:30, it’s over one day

[Chorus: Wale]
I can turn her good to great in one day
I can turn her good to great in one day
I can make her good the great in one day
I can make her good the great in one day
I can turn her good to great in one day
I can turn her good to great in one day
I can make her good the great in one day
I can make her good, good, good, good

[Verse 2: Wale]
Show me your worth, mmm
Double Cs you put in your purse, cute
Hermes might get you the Birkin
I give you the world if you intelligent first
Get your confidence and your relevance up, mmm
Tell younger women it’s better to love, mmm
I’m trine keep all our chemistry good
We mentally good
If it’s negative energy I’m gonna give you the deuce
You really a real one
So I’m givin’ you real love
And I tell you look good
You lookin’ at IG, you tell me it ain’t enough
You lie

[Bridge: Phil Ade]
She don’t think, just go with it
A little drink, little smoke with it
Do anything for a dollar though
If she want it, then she gon’ get it
Have another, girl, it’s on me
Bet you’ll get drunk, then call me
In the club all night long
This how it goes when the lights off

[Pre-Chorus: Wale]
Ain’t tryna do much
But you know the bottles on us
The bottles ain’t much, you’re smiling too much
I’m tryna do somethin’, yeah
I’m probably too much
I party too much
In the parkin’ lot, the lobby to the plane
4 to 4:30, it’s over one day

[Chorus: Wale]
I can turn her good to great in one day
I can turn her good to great in one day
I can make her good the great in one day
I can make her good the great in one day
I can turn her good to great in one day
I can turn her good to great in one day
I can make her good the great in one day
I can make her good, good, good, good

Wale – Smile Lyrics

[Hook: Wale]
I got my family
And I got my squad
And as long as they got me
Then I’ll be just fine
So I give God the glory
Cause I have my child
And America don’t want me
That’s when I realized
That we on it, yeah
A reason to smile
I said we on it, yeah
A reason to smile
Said about to be O.D.’d, yeah
But we gon’ survive
That’s why we on it
A reason to smile

[Verse 1: Wale]
An impossible bigot slash misogynist is ’bout to run the whole damn thing
(Bout to run the whole damn thing)
And the ballot my sister filled in
In another city didn’t do a god-damn thing

[Bridge: Wale]
Shit Imma go crazy yeah
Imma go crazy yeah
Imma go crazy yeah
But I gotta do my god-damn thing

[Verse 2: Wale]
The Alt Rights hate us
Some back baby mommas hate us
We only learn half of the drama, other side crazy
On behalf of Charlamange I’m sure he ain’t trading sides
Maybe I should meet Tami Lauren, I’ll Lauryn Hill her
Trainor, she miseducated anyway
Prolly hate the color of my face
I’m just a young black rapping ass African
Ain’t never wanted to have it and now he has it his own way
I’m smoking purple, the law enforcement be murking brothers
The moon lit and I’m (?)
Its like you got a curse if your currency low
The world is a dirty fucking experiment
They don’t care if its hurting us
Black lives matter, ’cause black lives soccer practice
Can’t even imagine what would happen without phone cameras
Black lives matter, black love the dopest ever
Just wanna remind you, I think its time (?)

[Hook]
I got my family
And I got my squad
And as long as they got me
Then I’ll be just fine
So I give God the glory
Cause I have my child
And America don’t want me
That’s what I realized
That we on it, yeah
A reason to smile
I said we on it, yeah
A reason to smile
Said about to be O.D.’d, yeah
But we gon’ survive

Giving knowledge and uplifting our brothers and daughters
Is how this whole thing change
(Is how this whole thing change)
But the power that’s in the pussy or the dollar
Is enough to make us all insane

[Bridge]
Shit Imma go crazy yeah
Imma go crazy yeah
Imma go crazy yeah
But I gotta do my god-damn thing

[Verse 3: Phil Ade]
And I’ve been living like I got one
A couple hundred on me, still in the gold shotgun
You do the most, stop son
Our people not exempt
They in the land of the free
You in the land of free to an extent
Fuck that, Imma ruffle some feathers
Mess with the temperature, shuffle the weather
Fuck whoever (?)
Beef is whatever
Kill me, you die and I live forever
When you live without fear
It don’t get much better
Naw, hmm
Look at how far we done come
Look at the world we inspired
And look at the stars that we brung
They think that when that little big with starts that we done
They think because Hillary lost the cards will be Trump
You out you mind nigga

[Hook: Wale]
I got my family
And I got my squad
And as long as they got me
Then I’ll be just fine
So I give God the glory
Cause I have my child
And America don’t want me
That’s what I realized
That we on it, yeah
A reason to smile
I said we on it, yeah
A reason to smile
Said about to be O.D.’d, yeah
But we gon’ survive
That’s why we on it
A reason to smile

Kanye West – No More Parties In La (The Life Of Pablo Album)

[Intro: Johnny "Guitar" Watson & Junie Morrison]
La di da da-a, da-a (I like this flavor)
La da da da di da da-a, la-a
Let me tell you, I’m out here
From a very far away place
All for a chance to be a star
Nowhere seems to be too far

[Hook: Kanye West]
No more parties in L.A
Please, baby, no more parties in L.A., uh
No more parties in L.A
Please, baby, no more parties in L.A., uh
No more (Los Angeles)
Please (shake that body, party that bod-)
Please (shake that body, party that body)
Please (shake that body, party that body)

[Verse 1: Kendrick Lamar & Kanye West]
Hey baby you forgot your Ray Bans
And my sheets still orange from your spray tan
It was more than soft porn for the K-man
She remember my Sprinter, said "I was in the grape van"
Uhm, well cutie, I like your bougie booty
Come Erykah Badu me, well, let’s make a movie
Hell, you know my repertoire is like a wrestler
I show you the ropes, connect the dots
A country girl that love Hollywood
Mama used to cook red beans and rice
Now it’s Denny’s, 4 in the morning, spoil your appetite
Liquor pouring and niggas swarming your section with erection
Smoke in every direction, middle finger pedestrians
R&B singers and lesbians, rappers and managers
Music and iPhone cameras
This shit unanimous for you, it’s damaging for you, I think
That pussy should only be holding exclusive rights to me, I mean
He flew you in this motherfucker on first class
Even went out his way so you could check in an extra bag
Now you wanna divide the yam like it equate the math?
That shit don’t add up, you’re making him mad as fuck
She said she came out here to find an A-list rapper
I said baby, spin that round and say the alphabet backwards
You’re dealing with malpractice, don’t kill a good nigga’s confidence
Just cause he a nerd and you don’t know what a condom is
The head still good though, the head still good though
Make me say "Nam Myoho Renge Kyo"
Make a nigga say big words and act lyrical
Make me get spiritual
Make me believe in miracles, Buddhist monks and Cap’n Crunch cereal
Lord have mercy, thou will not hurt me
Five buddies all herded up on a Thursday
Bottle service, head service, I came in first place
The opportunity, the proper top of breast and booty cheek
The pop community, I mean these bitches come with union fee
And I want two of these, moving units through consumer streets
Then my shoe released, she was kicking in gratuity
And yeah G, I was all for it
She said K Lamar, you kind of dumb to be a poet
I’mma put you on game for the lames that don’t know they’re a rookie
Instagram is the best way to promote some pussy

[Hook: Kanye West]
Scary
Scary
No more parties in L.A
Please, baby, no more parties in L.A

[Verse 2: Kanye West]
Friday night tryna make it into the city
Breakneck speeds, passenger seat something pretty
Thinking back to how I got here in the first place
Second class bitches wouldn’t let me on first base
A backpack nigga with luxury taste buds
And the Louis Vuitton store, got all of my pay stubs
Got pussy from beats I did for niggas more famous
When did I become A list? I wasn’t even on a list
Strippers get invited to where they only get hired
When I get on my Steve Jobs, somebody gon’ get fired
I was uninspired since Lauryn Hill retired
And 3 Stacks, man, you preach it to the choir
Any rumor you ever heard about me was true and legendary
I done got Lewinsky and paid secretaries
For all my niggas with babies by bitches
That use they kids as meal tickets
Not knowing the disconnect from the father
The next generation will be the real victims
I can’t fault ’em really
I remember Amber told my boy no matter what happens she ain’t going back to Philly
Back to our regularly scheduled programmin’
Of weak content and slow jammin’
But don’t worry, this one’s so jammin’
You know it, L.A., it’s so jammin’
I be thinkin’ every day
Mulholland Drive, need to put up some god damn barricades
I be paranoid every time
The pressure, the problem ain’t I be drivin’
The problem is I be textin’
My psychiatrist got kids that I inspired
First song they played for me was ’bout their friend that just died
Textin’ and drivin’ down Mulholland Drive
That’s why I’d rather take the 405
I be worried ’bout my daughter, I be worried ’bout Kim
But Saint is baby Ye, I ain’t worried ’bout him
I had my life threatened by best friends who had selfish intents
What I’m supposed to do?
Ride around with a bulletproof car and some tints?
Every agent I know, know I hate agents
I’m too black, I’m too vocal, I’m too flagrant
Something smellin’ like shit, that’s the new fragrance
It’s just me, I do it my way, bitch
Some days I’m in my Yeezys, some days I’m in my Vans
If I knew y’all made plans I wouldn’t have popped the Xans
I know some fans who thought I wouldn’t rap like this again
But the writer’s block is over, emcees cancel your plans
A 38-year-old 8-year-old with rich nigga problems
Tell my wife that I hate the Rolls so I don’t never drive it
It took 6 months to get the Maybach all matted out
And my assistant crashed it soon as they backed it out
God damn, got a bald fade, I might slam
Pink fur, got Nori dressing like Cam, thank God for me
Whole family gettin’ money, thank God for E!
I love rockin’ jewelry, a whole neck full
Bitches say he funny and disrespectful
I feel like Pablo when I’m workin’ on my shoes
I feel like Pablo when I see me on the news
I feel like Pablo when I’m workin’ on my house
Tell ’em party’s in here, we don’t need to go out
We need the turbo thots, high speed, turbo thots
Drop-dro-dro-dro-drop it like Robocop
She brace herself and hold my stomach, good dick’ll do that
She keep pushin’ me back, good dick’ll do that
She push me back when the dick go too deep
This good dick’ll put your ass to sleep
Get money, money, money, money
Big, big money, money, money, money
And as far as real friends, tell all my cousins I love ’em
Even the one that stole the laptop, you dirty motherfucker

[Bridge: Larry Graham]
I just keep on lovin’ you, baby
And there’s no one else I know who can take your place

[Hook: Kanye West]
Please, no more parties in L.A
Please, baby, no more parties in L.A., uh
No more parties in L.A
Please, baby, no more parties in L.A., uh
No more parties in L.A
Please, baby, no more parties in L.A., uh
No more (Los Angeles)

[Outro: Junie Morrison]
I’m out here from a very far away place
All for a chance to be a star
Nowhere seems to be too far
SWISH