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People are scratching their heads over a confusing reference to rap music, Black males, bling, money and women made by former President Barack Obama.

Obama, who is everywhere lately, weighed in on President Donald Trump's increased support among Black males in an interview with the Atlantic.

Online polls showed a huge shift in support among Black males for Trump. Obama said rap music explains that shift toward President Trump.

"I have to remind myself that if you listen to rap music, it's all about the bling, the women, the money," Obama said.

"A lot of rap videos are using the same measures of what it means to be successful as Donald Trump is. Everything is gold-plated. That insinuates itself and seeps into the culture... Donald Trump epitomizes that cultural movement that is deeply ingrained now in American culture."

If that sounds confusing, Obama went on to say he doesn't understand Trump's "outsized" popularity because he doesn't watch much television.

"I think that indicates the power of television in the culture that sometimes I miss because I don't watch a lot of TV," Obama said. "I certainly don't watch reality shows."

"And sometimes I'd miss things that were phenomena. But I thought there was a shift there."

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The Urban Dictionary website refers to drill rap as a "bullshit genre of rap that started off in America" and "somehow crawled its way into the UK."

Drill rap originated on the South Side of Chicago in early 2010. It is a genre of rap music made by and for gang bangers.

"Drill" means to shoot someone. The most popular drill rappers are either in prison for murder, deceased or will soon be deceased.

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When popular drill rapper King Von was gunned down in Atlanta recently, most of my readers had never heard of him.

Also flying under the radar are YNW Melly (pictured top), Lil Durk, NBA Youngboy, Chief Keef, Lil Reese and others -- all of whom are alleged killers. YNW Melly is in a Florida prison awaiting trial for double murder.

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Chicago rapper Lil Durk (pictured) is out on bond while awaiting trial in Atlanta for shooting at a man near the Varsity restaurant last year. He was arrested alongside the late King Von.

While out on bond, Lil Durk is making music with wannabe drill rapper Drake.

Drill music has infiltrated the Black community just as gangster rap dominated the hip-hop industry and helped to usher out R&B music in the 1980s.

Record labels prefer to sign drill rappers because today's hip-hop consumers prefer listening to rap artists who live the dangerous lifestyle they rap about.

Drill rap is behind a string of murders of rappers over the past decade. Rappers who want to make a name for themselves kill other drill rappers, then enjoy the clout they earn until someone kills them.

Mainstream magazines eagerly promote drill rap to their readers as the next big thing. There's money to be made in music that is detrimental to Black men.

Pitchfork.com, a Caucasian music blog, referred to Brooklyn drill rappers as "New York's brightest young rappers."

Gone are the talented, law-abiding, middle class rappers who rapped about dropping bodies and moving weight - as if they lived that life.

Music influences the mind and soul of young men. Drill rap should concern you if you're the mother of a young Black male.

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Rap icon MC Lyte celebrated her 50th birthday on Sunday, Oct. 11. The songwriter, model, actress, motivational speaker spent her birthday serving as the announcer of "The Phoenix Awards" on BET Network.
 

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MC Lyte was born Lana Michele Moorer in Brooklyn, New York City. She began rapping at the age of 12 under the stage name "Sparkle."

At age 17, she released her her debut single, "I Cram To Understand U (Sam)," which she wrote at age 12.
 

In September 1988, she released her debut album, Lyte as a Rock, which featured the hit songs "Paper Thin," and the diss track "10% Dis," a response to rapper Antoinette.
 

Her sophomore album, 1989's album Eyes on This featured the hit single "Cha Cha Cha," which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles; "Capuccino," and another diss track to her rap rival Antoniette, "Shut the Eff Up! (Hoe)."

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"Self Destruction", a collaborative effort for the Stop the Violence Movement, featured rappers Boogie Down Productions (BDP), Public Enemy and Heavy D, among others.

Her third album, Act Like You Know, released on September 17, 1991, spawned the hit song "Poor Georgie".
 

Lyte's follow-up album, Ain't No Other, released on June 22, 1993, spawned her fourth No. 1 Billboard Hot Rap single "Ruffneck."

She was nominated twice for Grammy Awards in 1994 for "Ruffneck" (Best Rap Solo Performance) and in 2004 for "Ride Wit Me" (Best Female Rap Vocal Performance).

Lyte was married once to a man, Marine Corps veteran and entrepreneur John Wyche. She filed for divorce in August 2020 after three years of marriage.
 

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An Antifa protester was assaulted by a Trump supporter for playing an anti-Trump rap song by rappers YG and Nipsey Hussle.

The incident happened in a convenience store parking lot in Denton, Texas on Saturday.

Trump supporters held a small rally outside the Buc-ee's convenience store in support of President Trump, who was under observation at Walter Reed Medical Center after testing positive for Covid-19.

Jason Lata was arrested after he punched an Antifa protester who played an anti-Trump rap song, "F**k Donald Trump," in his pickup truck.

In cellphone footage, Lata and another man confront the protester, as the song played in the background. Lata yelled profanities and screamed "Turn it off!", before punching the man in the face.

The song is by rappers YG and the late Nipsey Hussle. It was released in 2016 as part of a movement to motivate Black rap fans to vote for Hillary Clinton.

    Don't let Donald Trump win, that ni**a cancer
    He too rich, he ain't got the answers
    He can't make decisions for this country, he gon' crash us
    No, we can't be a slave for him

Lata was booked into the City of Denton Jail and bail was set at $15,000.
 

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Rap fans can't get enough of Atlanta rapper KashKash's hit song "Throat Babies". Young woman packed a Georgia nightclub to see KashKash perform his hit on Tuesday.

Clearly, Covid-19 is a thing of the past in Atlanta. There wasn't a face mask in the house, as rap fans sang along to every word of the raunchy song.

In case you don't understand mumble rapping, here is the chorus:

    Sexy lil' b*tch, sexy lil' ho*
    I love the way you walk, love the way you talk
    Let a young ni**a come play in your throat
    Deep stroke your throat ’til I make you choke
    Throat babies, I'm tryna give ‘em to you

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CeeLo Green sparked controversy on social media when he chastised hip-hop's leading female rappers for being immoral.

Green reacted after Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion dropped the music video for their collaboration "WAP" on Thursday, Aug. 6.

The video, which takes place inside a CGI whore house, shows various strippers and media personalities portraying whores as Megan and Cardi rap over a Frank Ski sample, "There's some whores in this house."

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CeeLo targeted Cardi and Megan for focusing on attention-seeking and social media likes than making good music.

"A lot of music today is very unfortunate and disappointing on a personal and moral level," CeeLo said in an interview with Far Out magazine.

CeeLo recalled the days when singers and hip-hop artists used metaphors and analogies to prevent youngsters from deciphering adult content in their music.

"There was once a time when we were savvy enough to code certain things. We could express to those it was meant for with the style of language we used. But now music is shameless, it is sheer savagery."

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CeeLo continued: "Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, they are all more or less doing similar salacious gesturing to kinda get into position. I get it, the independent woman and being in control, the divine femininity and sexual expression. I get it all." He added bold feminine sexual expression "comes at what cost?."

CeeLo also tapped OG rapper Nicki Minaj to step up and be the guiding light for female rappers who have lost their way.

"You have the 'Heads of State,' like Nicki Minaj or someone who is up there in accolade: success, visibility, a platform to influence. Nicki could be effective in so many other constructive ways, but it feels desperate," he said.
 

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Cardi B recruited up-and-coming rapper Megan Thee Stallion for her new track "WAP". Megan outshines Cardi on her own track (which isn't difficult to do).

The ladies exchange verses over a sample from Frank Ski's - "There's Some Whores in This House", as Cardi raps:

    Beat it up, nigga, catch a charge
    Extra large and extra hard
    Put this pu$$y right in your face
    Swipe your nose like a credit card

Cardi and Megan wear matching pastel colored lingerie while touring a Miami modern-style whore house featuring rooms with strippers, tigers, snakes, and raunchy X-rated art on the walls.

Oh, and Kylie Jenner makes a cameo appearance as one of the whores.

The song itself is typical Cardi B fare, bragging about her manufactured body and her skills in the bedroom wile struggling to ride the beat.

"I don't cook, I don't clean/But let me tell you, I got this ring," she raps.

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Like she did for Beyonce, Megan will take this track to the top of the charts. Ironically, Megan, who was allegedly shot twice by her boyfriend Tory Lanez, raps about controlling her man. ("You can't hurt my feelings, but I like pain").

    "Gobble me, swallow me, drip down the side of me
    Quick, jump out before you let it get inside of me
    I tell him where to put it, never tell him where I'm about to be
    I run down on him before I have a nigga runnin' me (Pow, pow, pow)."

 

Megan totally outclasses Cardi and exposes her lyrical weaknesses on this track. I give this song 2.5 roses for Megan's stellar efforts to salvage this trash.
 

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SR rated: 2.5/5 roses

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Vanilla Ice is going forward with his decision to perform live in concert this Saturday, July 4, in Texas.

The news has drawn criticism online over the rising number of Covid-19 cases among young people in Texas.

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The 52-year-old rap musician, real name Robert Van Winkle, recently announced he will be performing live at a gig titled the Independence Day Throwback Beach Party, which will take place at the Emerald Point Bar & Grill in Austin.

And despite the fact that all bars in the state were closed down earlier this week due to a surge in coronavirus cases, the concert will go on as planned thanks to a legal loophole: the venue is classified as a restaurant - not a bar.

The Austin health department is urging fans not to go to the concert due to the ongoing COVID-19 hysteria.

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Vanilla Ice is excited to hit the stage after a three-month forced quarantine for a virus that causes no symptoms or mild symptoms in people under 60. Ice and his fans are eager to get on with their lives.

"I can't wait to get back to this," the "Ice Ice Baby" rapper wrote on Instagram promoting the gig.

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"The 90s were the best. We didn't have coronavirus, or cell phones, or computers. We had 5.0's, blockbuster, Beavis and Butthead, Wayne's World, Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan … Mortal Kombat is still better than Fortnight (video game) … the last of the great decades."

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But Instagram users were quick to slam the rapper for being "irresponsible" in staging the gig amid the pandemic.

"When you get to heaven and Jesus asks you how you ended up in Heaven he gonna send you right on down to hell with a head slap when you tell him you was at a Vanilla Ice show and caught the virus," on pirate user wrote.

"If you get COVID because you went to the Vanilla Ice concert that somehow is the exception to closure rules, frankly, you deserve that," another user wrote.

The criticism comes after country singer Chase Rice was slammed online for hosting a concert which didn't adhere to social distancing guidelines amid the pandemic.
 

Update: Rapper Vanilla Ice has backed out of plans to perform at an Independence Day party after confessing he "didn't know" how bad the coronavirus spike was in Austin, Texas.
 

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Rapper DaBaby and his girlfriend DaniLeigh went out to a seafood restaurant in Beverly Hills to celebrate his studio album, Blame It On Baby, earning a gold plaque.

The lovebirds were seen leaving the restaurant after months of dating rumors. DaniLeigh walked with her hand around DaBaby's muscular arm as they made their way to their car.

The rapper dressed casually in a green t-shirt, Nike gear and one apple AirPod in his ear.

Always a gentleman, DaBaby opened the car door for DaniLeigh. The 25-year-old Sagittarius is best known for her debut single "D.O.S.E." (2015).

DaBaby is enjoying the success of his single "Rockstar", featuring Roddy Ricch, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

It was knocked out of the #1 spot this week by troubled rapper 6ix9ine and Nicki Minaj's hit "Trollz."
 

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Rapper Jim Jones argues that being a rapper today is more dangerous than being a soldier in Iraq.

Most rap enthusiasts agree that rap music went 10 toes up a long time ago. But Jones's analogy between a rapper and a soldier at war didn't sit well with on Iraq war veteran.

"Heard the comments you made about 'being a rapper is harder than fighting a war in Iraq...' You allowed to have your opinion without any facts nor truth to it, but as a Vet and hip hop fan, I found it extremely disrespectful and ignorant," the vet wrote on Instagram.

The vet, who goes by the username @mramcore, said his unit fought in Iraq in 2004 and lost more Marines in two months than 'rappers' in the past three years.

He added: "Keep talking but there is no comparison!"