Posts Tagged ‘Explains’

Vic Mensa Explains How Gun Violence Has Affected His Life In New Op-Ed

Vic Mensa is one of the most vocal rappers in hip-hop when it comes to important issues. In March, he attended March For Our Lives and told MTV News, “With gun reform, what I’m screaming is, ‘Ban assault weapons. Ban the AR-15, point blank.’” In a new Rolling Stone op-ed, the Chicago rapper delves deeper into how gun violence has affected his life, describes why he is in favor of banning AR-15s, and briefly touches upon being arrested for gun possession in March of 2017.

“I was 18 when Cam died,” Mensa wrote. “Too young to buy a handgun or Hennessy, but old enough to buy an AR-15 or be shipped off to war. In the wake of the recent influx of mass shootings, I have come to question Brian’s words. Must we accept the devastation of gun violence as the reality of life as an American? Or can we reject that terrible fate?”

Cam was a close friend of Mensa’s who was killed as a result of gun violence. He has memorialized him on songs like 2017′s “Heaven on Earth.” Later in the op-ed, he touches upon why his opinion is still valid, despite being convicted for a firearm offense. Last year, Mensa was pulled over in Beverly Hills and told cops he was carrying a gun and a concealed-carry permit, which was registered to him in Illinois, but not California. He is currently serving a two-year sentence of informal probation.

“I write these words understanding and acknowledging that many people in our nation will regard my opinion as completely invalid, due to a conviction for a firearm offense in 2017,” Vic continued. “As someone who clearly supports gun ownership, I believe it is time we stop allowing distractions to divert our attention from the single most important piece of gun control legislation currently possible: a widespread ban on assault rifles.”

Read Mensa’s entire op-ed at Rolling Stone.

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Kendrick Lamar Explains Why White Fans Shouldn’t Say The ‘N-Word’ At His Concerts

Being a rapper is awkward. There is a constant threat of beef, the tendency to have to exude toxic masculinity out of every orifice, and more often than not, white fans screaming the “N-word” back at you in concert. Kendrick Lamar, in his latest Vanity Fair profile, discussed a May incident where a white fan was brought onstage to help with “m.A.A.d. City,” but couldn’t find the decency to censor one word.

“Let me put it to you in its simplest form,” Lamar said. “I’ve been on this earth for 30 years, and there’s been so many things a Caucasian person said I couldn’t do. Get good credit. Buy a house in an urban city. So many things — ‘you can’t do that’ — whether it’s from afar or close up. So if I say this is my word, let me have this one word, please let me have that word.”

On a more positive note, Kendrick also opened up about what it was like for DAMN. to be the first non-classical or jazz album to win a Pulitzer Prize.

“It was one of those things I heard about in school, but I never thought I’d be a part of it,” he said. “I thought, to be recognized in an academic world…whoa, this thing really can take me above and beyond. It’s one of those things that should have happened with hip-hop a long time ago. It took a long time for people to embrace us — people outside of our community, our culture — to see this not just as vocal lyrics, but to see that this is really pain, this is really hurt, this is really true stories of our lives on wax.”

Read the entire profile at Vanity Fair.

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Chance The Rapper Explains What An Otterbox Has To Do With Love On ‘Forever Always’

Here is a brief list of what love constitutes for Chance the Rapper: waking up early, making bacon, patience, perseverance, waiting, dating, and needing a better OtterBox so the calls won’t drop. Guess love sometimes means protecting your phone from all types of cracks, dings, and your regular wear-and-tear.

Peter CottonTale’s “Forever Always,” also featuring Rex Orange County, Daniel Caesar, Madison Ryann Ward, and Yebba sees the Chicago MC waxing poetic about the trials and tribulations of love over sweet and soft production from CottonTale.

CottonTale has been a longtime collaborator of Chance’s, contributing four tracks to 2013′s Acid Rap and touching almost every track on 2016′s Coloring Book. Additionally, the keyboardist and producer makes up one-fifth of The Social Experiment, the Chance-affiliated band who released Surf. In a 2015 interview with The Fader, Chance described that each member of the group is more than their instrument.

“It’s really never been like, ‘Peter lay keys, Nico lay some horns, Nate put down some programmed drums, Chance write a rap verse,’” Chance said. “Every record has like 50 people on it. The idea is to make a singular, four-minute-and-30-second song that feels like a year’s worth of music.”

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Nicki Minaj Explains Why She Pushed Her Album Back

Nicki Minaj has been teasing a big announcement after canceling her recent appearance on Ellen this week. Considering your outlook on life, the reveal is either a blow for the Barbz or presents a silver lining. The good news is that Queen drops on August 10. Unfortunately, that means the album is pushed back from the original June 15 date.

“The album itself I think I want to put out on August 10,” Nicki said on Instagram Live. “I want to put out my second single, which I’m really, really excited about, and I want to now start an official countdown. I also want to do some things where I invite some of my actual fans to the studio and listen to the album and listen to the songs.”

The “Chun-Li” rapper previously announced the title and release date of her album at the Met Gala in classic Nicki fashion.

“I’m the bad guy and I wanted to make sure bitches knew that the bad guy is here,” Minaj told E! News in May. “Album dropping June 15th. It’s called Queen.”

Before the announcement, Nicki did tease fans on Instagram about her latest song, which looks to be the second single she references on Instagram. Minaj tagged YG, 2 Chainz, and Big Sean in a video with a caption that reads, “Big

J. Cole Explains Why He Felt ‘A Certain Type Of Way’ When Kanye Called Him

Why Did J. Cole Stop Drinking?

KOD, or “Kidz On Drugs,” is an album that deals with the hardships of addiction. In one of the most vulnerable portions of the discussion, Cole shared what led him to set aside alcohol.

“I would have never even thought the day would’ve came where I stopped drinking, because to me it wasn’t even a big deal,” he said. “But this is when I noticed it was a big deal, because when I tried to go out that night and, like, not drink, I could feel the pull and the tug.”

Cole continued to discuss how his body was giving him clear signals that he needed to stop.

“Putting myself in these situations and when I noticed that pull and that tug,” the “ATM” rapper said. “That my body, my mind was telling me like, ‘Yo, damn, I want to have a drink.’ That’s what let me know something is there”

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Instagram Stud Brock O’Hurn Explains How His Man Bun Made Him…

Instagram Stud Brock O’Hurn Explains How His Man Bun Made Him Famous

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True Detective’s Adria Arjona Explains Why the World Would be a…

True Detective’s Adria Arjona Explains Why the World Would be a Better Place If Men Could Read Minds

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True Detective’s Leven Rambin Explains Why Funny Guys Finish…

True Detective’s Leven Rambin Explains Why Funny Guys Finish First 

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NIGO Explains How Tokyo’s Fashion DNA Is Ingrained In His 2014 Fall/Winter adidas Originals Collection

Leading up to the launch of his exclusive collection with adidas Originals, NIGO shares details on how Japanese fashion has influenced the adidas Originals by NIGO line. While known in the past for his signature all-over-print graphics, NIGO speaks on how his interest in “basic fashion,” which is not concerned with seasons or eras, helped shape a collection that could be worn by a wide range of people, from children to adults. Further elaborating on his design approach, NIGO tips his hat to the ’80s Tokyo era, in which mixing of many different fashion looks and concepts took place, to support his design concept to utilize silhouettes and inspiration from the past while adding personal details and modernizing the fit of each piece. The adidas Originals by NIGO collection is set for a worldwide release on October 24 at select adidas Originals stocklists.


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