THIS HAPPENED:Big Sean Loses ‘Control’

THIS HAPPENED: Big Sean Loses 'Control'

A look at the stunts and shows, highs and lows from this week in Black pop culture

THIS HAPPENED:Big Sean Loses ‘Control’

Kendrick Lamar, Dawn Richards and Brandy

If no one else is going to say Big Sean had the best verse on “Control,” Big Sean surely will. When asked about the track – whose chatter is largely centered on Kendrick Lamar’s verse – and whether or not Kendrick dropping names made him nervous, Big Sean said no before going on to say his verse went hard. Stop laughing.

Big Sean said: “Nah, I don’t think it’s nervous. Because I know it’s Hip Hop, it’s a sport,” Big Sean revealed. “I think it should get back to being competitive…It’s like we all young G’s. We all people who came up. We got respect for each other. So, like I said, I ain’t no ho a*s n*gga like that to hear a verse like that and then be like ‘Oh, I gotta go back and [rewrite] my shit. Oh, I gotta protect myself.’ You know what I’m saying? It’s like nah, it is what it is. I’m a good ass rapper. Big Sean got bars…Listen to everything. Listen to ‘Control.’ I feel like my verse was harder.” Stop laughing. [Hip Hop DX]



Have you been dying to hear Miley Cyrus rap? Stop cursing at the computer screen! It’s happened, and while it’s admittedly not as terrible as one might imagine, she still is. And if you want to know who to blame for this monstrosity happening, the answer is French Montana. Go on, listen to the “Ain’t Worried Bout Nothin’” remix. You’re going to hear it eventually anyway. Get it over with now. [Smoking Section]

Dawn Richards was just as surprised as you were when Diddy decided to fire Aubrey O’Day and D. Woods – effectively ending Danity Kane. She said the group had every intention of putting their issues aside for another album. That is, until Diddy’s ego stepped in.

Dawn explained: “I was so confused. We were in a white van, because they transport us in this Scooby Doo van every time we go do things. And we were in the car like ‘Bet! We gonna lie to Puff and we gonna tell him everything is cool. We’re not fighting. We just going to get this third album in.’ And, everybody was like ‘Agreed’. We were like we not gon’ fuss because all they had been hearing is what we had been fighting about, people not showing up to shows. That was what they knew. So we were gonna be like ‘Yay!!!’ Get this third album and then we just go our separate ways.”

And then: Puff just went off, he just went off and fired [people]. I didn’t expect that to be the ending because we had planned in the car for something very different.”

First, he never let Total do a third album and now this. [Ronald Matters]

Tameka Raymond did not get the ruling she wanted in a recent emergency hearing over the custodial rights to the two children she shares with her ex-husband, Usher, but she’s still pursuing on with the legal fight and made her intentions clear in a new interview with Good Morning America. On what she’s looking for, Tameka explained to Dan Abrams: “I would like to have my first right of refusal, which means that when he is not present , the kids come home to their mom, they don’t stay home with the nanny and watch whatever show he is on. They come home to their mom. I had to see on Instagram that my 4-year-old lost his first tooth, that’s my baby. Things that are precious moments and milestones, I’m just missing them.” [Necole Bitchie]

Gucci Mane took to Twitter to wage bids to the rights of Waka Flocka Flame. That includes his next three albums and a percentage of his publishing. The bidding starts at $1 million. [Crunk + Disorderly]

Although there are outstanding rumors claiming that Lamar Odom is a whore and a freak and got a different girl of the week, Kris Jenner said it’s not true that daughter Khloe Kardashian is giving him the boot. On divorce talk, the matriarch of the Kardashian empire that doubles as a family says, “Khloe and Lamar are absolutely not getting divorced.  There’s been no talk of divorce.”  She added that both Khloe and Lamar were at her house two days ago and everything was fine. She told y’all. [TMZ]

Although he’s made several disparages remarks about gay men, gay women, and gay youth, Donnie McClurkin says that when it comes to him being disinvited from the March on Washington Concert, it is critics who have perpetuated “intolerance” and “bully tactics” [Mused]

Brandy is back with both box braids and producer Mike Will Made It. The multi-hyphenated entertainer revealed both the new old look and a shot of her in the studio with the hot beat maker of the moment. Please let that new album be in stores sooner rather than later, B-Rocka. [That Grape Juice]

Spike Lee has reached the $1 million mark on his Kickstarter campaign to finance his next project. That’s 80% of his goal. The deadline is August 31. Take that, take that, Bloomberg. [Shadow and Act]

Halle Berry, joined by fellow actress Jennifer Garner, appeared before the California State Capitol to testify before the Assembly Judiciary Committee in support of a new bill that would modify the definition of harassment. The bill would restrict just how much members of the paparazzi can engage celebrities and their children. Berry noted just how nasty the paparazzi can be. She explained that one paparazzo told her, “How do you feel, Nahla? You may not see your father again. How do you feel about that?” Garner spoke on how celebrity kids have “bounties on their heads.” After a lengthy debate, the bill passed and now now heads to the Appropriations Committee. [ABC News]

Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer and blogger. You can read more of his work on his site, The Cynical Ones. Follow him on Twitter: @youngsinick





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