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Kendrick Lamar Wants To Play A Misunderstood Villain In Black Panther 2

With Black Panther establishing a groundbreaking hit franchise for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans are already looking ahead to the (practically inevitable) sequel. One such fan is Kendrick Lamar, the film’s sonic maestro, who curated its star-studded, chart-topping soundtrack.

In a new interview with BBC Radio 1 — following his fiery BRITs performance — host Clara Amfo asked Kendrick about the possibility of landing a cameo role in the next Black Panther flick.

“Come on, I got to now!” the rapper responded, adding that he’d love to portray a multi-layered antagonist like Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger. “I really enjoy Killmonger’s character, just off the simple fact that he was a villain but he came with some real [talk]. … He was a villain but he was loved and misunderstood. So if I could, I’d play a Killmonger for sure.”

Kendrick also spoke about crafting the Black Panther soundtrack, saying, “Not even talking about the music – just the movie and the cast and the director – I think it’s something that not only stands within its moment, but stands within time. We’re talking about timeless films and things that are going to curate after this film. When we got to the music, I just wanted to make sure that I could complement that and be a part of [it] in the best way I could.”

From everything we’ve seen, Kendrick and Black Panther have been a truly excellent match, so here’s hoping he can take that relationship to the next level and land that coveted cameo.

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Morning Bop: Have A Scary Good Weekend With Liana Bank$

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Morning Bop: All Hail Ashanti On This Holy Throwback Thursday

Welcome to Morning Bop: each AM, we’ll be providing you with a blast of the latest music news headlines along with the perfect song you need to start your day. Thursday’s #MorningBop is “Rock With U (Awww Baby)” by Ashanti because it’s a classic that deserves all the respect that this world has to offer.

While you crank that up, here are seven trending news stories to keep tabs on today:

  1. Let’s Eat Grandma’s “Hot Pink” video is like a mini episode of Black Mirror

    The SOPHIE and Faris Badwan-produced banger gets a glitchy visual to match. Maybe put down your phone every once in a while?

  2. Pale Waves has released their ALL THE THINGS I NEVER SAID EP

    Let the synth pop band dazzle you with all four of these tasty tunes.

  3. Charlotte Day Wilson shares a beautiful visual for “Stone Woman”

    The Devon Little-directed video is for the title track of her new album coming out on February 23.

  4. CupcakKe shares her video for “Fullest”

    I suddenly have an urge to go out with my friends and be a social butterfly.

  5. Lil Uzi Vert & Playboi Carti team up on “Bankroll”

    Please play this at precisely the moment when my direct deposit hits, thanks!

  6. I want to live inside Kitten’s “I Did It!” music video

  7. Speedy Ortiz returns with “Lucky 88″

    The single is included on the band’s forthcoming album Twerp Verse due out on April 27 via Carpark Records.

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Morning Bop: Aminé & Missy Elliot Are All You Need This Week

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Watch Roy Woods Perform “Monday To Monday” On TRL

It hasn’t officially been declared, but I think we can all agree that Drake qualifies as presidential material. Last week, he released his music video for “God’s Plan”, really a documentation of his human outreach work within the U.S., specifically for residents in Miami. (I get teary-eyed just thinking about it!) Today, the TRL fam had the honor of spending President’s Day with his OVO signee Roy Woods. The Canadian artist came through rocking a bunch of gold bling with TRL‘s signature colors of black and yellow.

Spencer Pratt also returned for his weekly Siesta Key recap, but this time he got to dish on all the drama with the show’s new villain Canvas Brummel. (He also boldly threw some shots at Laguna Beach and The Hills alum Lo Bosworth…) The cover stars for Sports Illustrated‘s Swimsuit issue also stopped by to play the yummiest round of “I Did It” with Amy Pham.

After re-telling one of his earliest interactions with Drake on the set for the “Energy” video, Roy closed out the show with an energetic performance of his latest single “Monday to Monday.” The track is featured on his debut album Say Less which is out now everywhere. Tune into TRL on weekdays at 4:00pm ET!

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Morning Bop: “Focus” On The Day Ahead Like Saweetie

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Rejjie Snow’s Dear Annie Album Is Here At Last

After years of patiently waiting, Rejjie Snow has finally released his debut full-length album Dear Annie on 300 Entertainment. Leading up to the big drop, the Irish rapper put out the project in two parts, but now all of the songs can be consumed together as intended. Rejjie’s record runs 20 tracks deep and features a variety of special guests including Anna Of The North, Aminé, Jesse James Solomon, Danna Williams, Jesse Boykins III and more to enhance the quality of his rich sound.

From start to finish, Dear Annie is an enjoyable expression of the highs and lows of Rejjie’s journey as a black man trying to find himself within the context of a creative world that often turns against him. Whether he’s grieving an ex, sipping his troubles away, stressing about money, or seducing a MILF, there’s no doubt that you’ll find some common ground. Set off your weekend right and bump the entire hip-hop project in full below.

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We Break Down Where Drake’s $1 Million Went In The ‘God’s Plan’ Video

Drake has been in a giving mood, and it all came to fruition in the video for “God’s Plan.” Over the course of almost six minutes, we see crying faces, smiling children, and Drake’s generosity at the center of it all. Drizzy even hopped on Instagram stories to ask his followers to get into the giving spirit.

“I am not into challenges on IG,” wrote Drake. “I find them annoying…but today I am going to challenge everyone to just go out and do something for someone, anything, the smallest thing, just to bring another human being some joy and please tag me in it somehow so I can see all the love being spread.”

Viewers know the 6 God gave away $ 996,631.90 to the residents of Miami in the “God’s Plan” video, which begs the question — where did all of that money go? There is so much happening onscreen that if you blink, you might miss the latest good deed from Toronto’s reigning king.

Below, MTV News compiled a rundown of Drake’s best deeds and how much they cost. Unfortunately, we probably didn’t catch them all.

  1. OVO Market Sweep

    Total: $ 50,000

    Drake gave Miami residents the most epic game of Supermarket Sweep. “Anything you guys want in the store is free,” Drizzy says through a megaphone in the middle of the grocery store. According to E! News, the trip cost Graham $ 50,000.

  2. Started Out Doin’ College Shows

    Total: $ 50,000

    The Miami Hurricane reported that Drake gave a $ 50,000 check to Destiny James, a junior studying public health at the University of Miami. In an Instagram post thanking Drake, James wrote, “You don’t understand what this means to me. I would’ve never imagined this happening to me. I’m just a girl from Denmark, SC that wants to MAKE IT and be somebody and for you to see my hard work means the world. Thank you so much. God I thank you.”

  3. Icy Like the Frost School

    Total: $ 10,000

    Drake can also be seen giving the University of Miami Frost School of Music a $ 10,000 donation in the video.

  4. Toy Story

    Total: $ 69,500 donation = $ 50,000 directly to the shelter + $ 19,500 in Target gift cards to families

    Drake donated a $ 50,000 check to the Lotus House Women’s Shelter, which supports and provides for homeless women and children. On top of the donation, the Toronto rapper also handed out $ 150 Target gift cards to 130 women and toys for all the children, TMZ reports.

  5. Fast Times At OVO High

    Total: $ 25,000

    A significant portion of the “God’s Plan” video was filmed at Miami Senior High School in South Florida. Drake did more than let students be extras in the visual, He also gave $ 25,000 to the school and agreed to design OVO uniforms for the scholars, reports ABC News.

  6. Fire And Desire

    Total: $ 20,000

    The City of Miami Fire Department also got some love from Graham with a $ 20,000 check.

  7. Shut Down Saks Fifth

    Total: $ 10,000 (honestly, probably a lot more)

    The 6 God took over Saks Fifth for a special woman, Odelie Paret. The head of OVO was inspired by a Miami Herald story, which details how the housekeeper’s commute can take almost three hours as she works at a physically demanding job to support her family. Drake and Antonio Brown from the Steelers reportedly treated the woman to a spa day, dinner at StripSteak, and a shopping spree.

  8. Random Acts Of Kindness

    Total: Priceless

    Honestly, Drake gives away so much in the “God’s Plan” video it is almost impossible to calculate it all without calling up the OVO accountant. We may never know what deal Drizzy got on the cars or the stack of cash he hands out to each family. Thankfully, that isn’t the point. You don’t have to be one of the biggest rappers alive to make someone’s day. Sometimes all it takes is some well-choreographed dance moves and a kind deed.

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Lil Skies & Francia Raisa Bond Over Their Love For Roses On TRL

The TRL studio was poppin’ when Pennsylvania rapper Lil Skies and Grown-ish star Francia Raisa dropped into the building. During a fun discussion about tattoos, Francia and Skies wound up bonding over roses, which they both have tattooed on different parts of their bodies. Skies identifies with being a dark rose, which is why he incorporated it into the title of his latest mixtape, Life of a Dark Rose. As for Francia, she got a rose inked on her ankle to stick it to a disapproving ex.

Later on, Francia shared her feelings on friendship and how it’s something that is really important to her, as demonstrated by her decision to donate her kidney to her BFF Selena Gomez.

“I think the important thing about friendship that people forget is just because you give doesn’t mean you always have to receive,” she said. “Our friendship is amazing and it’s continuing to be amazing, it hasn’t changed. I think that’s what friendship is about, being there for one another but not expecting anything in return. It’s unconditional love honestly.”

After Lil Skies opened up about his mission to live a healthy life without drugs, he performed “Red Roses” with Landon Cube. The track has been played more than 29.8 million times on Spotify and continues to rack up streams. Watch the whole set in the video below and tune into TRL on weekdays at 4:00pm ET!

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Watch Tyga & Iggy Azalea Celebrate Valentine’s Day On TRL

The TRL studio was overflowing with love today as Iggy Azalea and Tyga decided to spend their Valentine’s Day with DC Young Fly and Tamara Dhia. During the show, the rappers reflected on their love lives, shared some valuable advice to properly woo your boo, and gave updates on their upcoming projects.

Iggy also shared a sneak peak of her lyric video for her comeback single “Savior” featuring Quavo. After running through the trending topics, the rappers opened up even more about their personal lives in a heated round of I Did It (where Iggy did not hesitate to throw some serious shade at her ex Nick Young). A fan dared Iggy to read the last text message she sent and she willingly obliged… Turns out it was a text to Paris Hilton about attending her birthday party, NBD.

Last but not least, Tyga performed his latest single “Temperature” for the studio. Re-live the moment below and tune into TRL on weekdays at 4:00pm ET!

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