Mega-producer Pharrell Williams is feeling the heat for neglecting to feature a black woman on the cover of his new album, titled simply “G I R L”.
The cover features Williams, 40. posing with three women — 1 Caucasian, 1 Hispanic and 1 LSLH. All four are clad in bathrobes and dark sunglasses.
Williams, who recently married a mixed race woman, said, “The woman I’m standing closest to, she is black and she’s been a friend of mine for a long time.”
I beg to differ. It is ignorant and racist to assume that people of mixed parentage are black. This is the type of backwards thinking that is reinforced by people who still believe in the archaic one drop rule.
Beyonce’s latest single, “Partion”, off her self-titled album, premiered just moments ago online. The music video after the break is the clean version.
Def Jam Records held a listening party for rap artist Rick Ross‘s new album Mastermind at the Colony Theater on Miami Beach. Other celebs in the house included Fat Joe, Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled, Cash Money Records co-founder Bryan “Baby” Williams, music producer Scott Storch, up-and-coming rapper Lambo (Gloria James‘ boyfriend), and more. Mastermind is set to be released on March 4.
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Rapper/singer Nicki Minaj, 33, has apologized for using an iconic photograph of human rights activist Malcolm X to promote her new single “Lookin Ass Nigga”.
In a post on her Instagram page, Nicki, who is no stranger to controversies, said the photo was never intended to be the official cover art for her single.
“I apologize. That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single. This is a conversation. Not a single,” wrote Minaj, who calls herself Harajuku Barbie.
Minaj added she has nothing but the utmost respect for Malcolm X’s family.
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Singer Lauryn Hill, 38, celebrated her release from prison today with a new song entitled “Consumerism”. Like most of Hill’s songs, the single covers Hill’s obsession with a materialistic society.
Hill was convicted of income tax evasion in May. She served three months in federal prison after paying paid $900,000 in back taxes.
“Consumerism is part of some material I was trying to finish before I had to come in. We did our best to eek out a mix via verbal and emailed direction, thanks to the crew of surrogate ears on the other side,” Hill said in a press release. “Letters From Exile is material written from a certain space, in a certain place. I felt the need to discuss the underlying socio-political, cultural paradigm as I saw it. I haven’t been able to watch the news too much recently, so I’m not hip on everything going on. But inspiration of this sort is a kind of news in and of itself, and often times contains an urgency that precedes what happens. I couldn’t imagine it not being relevant. Messages like these I imagine find their audience, or their audience finds them, like water seeking it’s level”.
Drake’s third album Nothing Was The Same leaked online Sunday night — a week ahead of its official release date.
SPIN magazine’s editors gave the disc a listen, then graded the album on Drake’s lyrical content, quality of production, narcissism, bragging, gay-baiting, and just about everything but his music.
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd was the most harsh in her criticism.
Giving Drake a 4 out of a possible 10, she lit into the Canadian rapper for “bragging about Ellen Degeneres’ love for his music,” and accusing him of hoping “to get the Macklemore treatment.” Macklemore is a rapper whose track “same Love” became the summer’s gay-anthem despite the gays accusing the rap group of exploiting the gay community.