dropped a new album this week, had this to say about 106 & Park about her past struggles and the process of recording the Ciara album: “I’ve changed a lot. I did like self-reflection. I was like, ‘You gotta live more. You gotta turn up more. You gotta let go more.’ [...] I was really vulnerable and allowed myself to do that. I think you have to do that to grow. You kinda gotta embrace your [fears]. You have to run towards your fears. Embrace your pain. Go towards the things that make you uncomfortable. I really don’t like being uncomfortable. So this time around I really challenged myself. I needed that.” [Necole Bitchie]
Speaking of new music, Elle Varner is quite proud of hers. When asked about her forthcoming sophomore album, the singer claims: “My new album is unbelievable. I have to keep reminding myself that it’s real. Everybody says to me, ‘Congratulations! Sophomore slump, what?’ and that’s all I gotta say about it. Get ready because it is unbelievable.” [Rap-Up]
So y’all made Kanye West mad again. Logging onto Twitter, the Yeezus rapper and new daddy wrote: “The BLKKK SKKKN HD video that leaked yesterday was not the official version. Me and Nick Knight have been working on this video for 5 months and for creatives it's heartbreaking when something like this happens. The final version will be ready within the next week. So any website that may have the unapproved / unfinished ruff. I ask you to please take it down. Allow me and Nick to give the world what we've been losing sleep over. And to who ever leaked the video… FUK YOU!” [Kanye West]
Amazing Twitter user and play uncle in my head, Jay-Z, gave a very extensive interview to Hot 97’s Angie Martinez – talking President Obama, Dame Dash, and more babies in the future.
On texting with the president: “Yeah, I’ve spoken to him on the phone and had texts… Yes, that’s happened and it’s amazing. He’s a regular guy as well. He’s very heavy into sports so a lot of his analogies end in sports… I don’t know if this is reaching National Security, but when he was getting elected the second time, he was like, ‘Fourth quarter, just gimme the ball.’”
On Dame Dash: “The thing we built , you can’t take that away so no matter what, the love is still there. Because what we’ve done will forever be stamped in history… We created something that’s gonna go down forever. So I can only have love for Dame. I just don’t know where we are in our life–We’re not the same two men at that time when we gelled in that way. I haven’t seen him in a while. I have ultimate confidence in him that he’ll find his way ’cause he’s an amazing and smart guy…. He’s a hustler and he’s highly intelligent, so I always root for him and always believe that he’ll find his way out of it. But I can’t control what happens life.”
On having more kids: “Absolutely. God willing…A little basketball team.” [Miss Info]