Kendrick Lamar felt a sense of accomplishment when he got Jay-Z‘s verse for the remix to his hit single “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.” ”It was one of them feelings where, you know, you finally reached that moment to where you’re actually respected,” the Compton rapper says inan interview with Get Schooled. “Jay-Z don’t have to [be on] nobody’s track, so for him to actually hop on a record of mine just shows the level of respect he has for me as an artist. And as a true artist, that’s what you want. You have all the money in the world and the awards, and accolades and stuff, you always want that respect. For him to do that, it’s just one of them things. I felt like, ‘OK, I finally accomplished what I sought out to do the moment I turned 13, and that’s be respected by people I respect.”
Eve had a lot to prove when she broke into hip-hop in the 1990s. In an interview with VIBE, the former Ruff Ryders First Lady talked about how she was perceived as the only woman in a male-dominated crew and how much harder those perceptions made her work. ”If anything, I probably overcompensated as a woman. With dudes, you have to snatch the respect,” she said. “You earn it, gain it, snatch it. I also was adopted compared to everyone else. They’re from Harlem and Yonkers and here’s this girl from Philly, so I had to prove that I could write like them or better than them. I had to prove that I wasn’t a groupie. I did whatever I could to gain that respect and let them know I didn’t need them to carry me.”
For Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar it was game on once he received Jay-Z’s verse for the newly-released “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe (Remix).” Kendrick spoke with HOT 97 personality Funkmaster Flex last night (March 18th) and detailed the moment he knew what Hov had in store for the song lyrically. “When I heard that thing he sent back I said to myself, ‘I can’t be no floozy on this motherfucker for sure’,” said Kendrick, reports MTV News. “All them years of being in the studio, all them years of writing, all them years of freestyling and just being a student of the game don’t mean shit if I can’t live up to this track, at least by a little bit being beside a legend in it.” The TDE spitter later revealed that it took an entire day to create his “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe (Remix)” verse after receiving Jay-Z’s much-anticipated piece of the puzzle. “You really can’t prepare. Jay-Z came and just humbled the whole record, so you just gotta go for what you know…I was so excited it took me a day,” Kendrick shared.
It looks line one of G.O.O.D. Music’s biggest stars is now setting his sights on the world of fashion. In a recent press release, it was revealed that Big Seanhas officially launched a new fashion and lifestyle brand Aura Gold. The Detroit rapper is set to debut Aura Gold’s new “Finally Famous” line at ProjectMVMNT convention inLas Vegas later this week. “Launching my own label is a dream come true for me,” he told the press. “Even though I have a lot to learn about fashion and the industry, I do know what I like and the small details that make something stand out to me. I look forward to evolving the line with more colors, fabrications and offerings to show the other dimensions of my style progression over time.” According to reports, the “Finally Famous” line will feature select designs of t-shirts, hats, pants, sweatshirts and jackets. Vibe also got an exclusive look at some of the emcee’s new clothing items in its upcoming February/March 2013 Style issue. Aura Gold isn’t Big Sean’s first entry in the world of fashion. Last year, he collaborated with Adidas on a pair of custom Pro Model sneakers in honor of his upcoming sophomore release Hall of Fame: Memoirs of a Detroit Player.
Images of his new collection can be found below courtesy of Vibe.
The TLC biopic is officially ready for lift off! Keke Palmer has been cast to play the role of Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas in the upcoming VH1 special. Keke was only six years old when Fan Mail album was released and told Vibe Magazine: “I would sing ‘No Scrubs’ over and over again to the point my parents would have to tell me to stop, but I never did, I had my little hairbrush as my mic and nobody could tell me I wasn’t the fourth member of TLC.” Keke joins Lil Mama, who will play Left Eye and actress singer Drew Sidora (“The Game”) who’s been tapped to play T-Boz. Keke’s career is on the fast track. After wrapping up three seasons on the Nickolodeon sitcom “Tru Jackson VP”, Keke was featured in Lifetime’s “The Carlina White Story” and voiced Peaches in last summer’s “Ice Age: Continental Drift.”
While some are still hung up on Rihanna‘s personal life, as if they’re somehow involved, Mary J. Blige is giving her praise. MJB covers the latest issue of Vibe magazine, and had nothing but supportive words for the Bajan beauty. When asked of her feelings on the route that the R&B game has gone down (wait, is Rihanna R&B?), the New York native showed loved to America‘s favorite Rude Girl.“Maybe in 2012, in the middle, I was like, ‘What is going on? What is this? Things got worse before they got better. I think things are going in the right direction,” she said. “I am so proud of what Rihanna is doing. She is speaking to her generation, and she’s living her life in front of them. I don’t even think she’s purposely doing it. She’s such a beautiful girl, and I don’t think she knows she’s that beautiful. “They give her a hard time because she’s living her life. As long as she’s having fun and isn’t three minutes away from wanting to shoot herself, good! I want her to be happy.” In the male category, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul singled out Drake for his R&B efforts (guess he’s an R&B artists as well). Agree or disagree with Rihanna and her relationship with Chris Brown–which again has nothing to do with anyone but the two people involved–it’s good to hear Blige showing love to the new school.