Date of publication: 2017-07-09 01:30
He pauses. “It does kind of bother me that I go to my friends’ $75 million houses, and last year I was trying to figure out how to pay my mortgage. It’s not their fault, totally. When you look at the way artists get paid now, streaming has decimated the income of the writer, so the writer doesn’t really have a career anymore. My ASCAP royalty checks went from a lot to almost nothing.”“But the love that I’ve grown for Common, I want Common to be successful forever, because he has a good heart.”
You just get to a point where you’re tired of talking about it. It weighs you down and it drains your energy when you’re speaking about something or someone that's completely ridiculous. So, on and off the album, I took it upon myself to take action in my own community. On the record, I made an action to not speak about what’s going on in the world or the places they put us in. Speak on self reflection of self first. That’s where the initial change will start from.
Rolling Stone published the rare post- DAMN. Kendrick Lamar interview earlier today. The lengthy talk isn 8767 t only notable for the breadth of topics it covers it 8767 s one of the few times where the interviewer challenges the borderline sacrosanct star. The writer, Brian Hiatt, presses Lamar on whether his appearance on the 8775 Bad Blood 8776 remix is him taking sides on the Swift vs. Perry beef ( 8775 I wasn 8767 t aware of that, bro, 8776 he contends), if he really believes that black people are cursed by God as the Book of Deuteronomy that he cites on DAMN. says ( 8775 You take it how you wanna take it. 8776 ), and what 8767 s his favorite Drake song (he defers). Below are some of the interview 8767 s highlights.
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But you’ve never seen the man formerly known as Che Smith onstage accepting any of these coveted trophies at awards shows, and his name is rarely—if ever—mentioned in connection with these treasured tracks.
Philly’s proclaimed rap star Meek Mill showed out and turned up for his 85th birthday on Saturday (May 6), dominating an entire weekend celebration for the MMG heavyweight.
Meek Mill out here praising 55 cent talking bout how real he is in his new interview. Trick Daddy banned him from Miami and Officer Ricky can 8767 t do shit
Closing out, Meek sends a nod to Ms. Minaj’s femcee foe Remy Ma , as well. If you’ll recall, Rem stuck a nail in her “shETHER” diss track for Nicki by airing out sinister secrets she allegedly learned from Meek. By the sound of the verse-concluding line, however, it looks like the Dreamchasers leader has officially picked a side in the Nicki-Remy rap beef after all.
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“If what you do is only about money, then you’re being self-serving and not of service ,” he says. “Everything I credit my success with is being of service—helping my father, helping kids with Donda’s House, running for office. If I stop being of service, that’s the day that I cease to exist.”
When Meek was expending his love for Godfather 55 he straight up said 8775 UNFORTUNATELY Rick Ross was the person who put me on 8776 Officer Ricky 8767 s own artists respect 55 more than their own boss LMAO
Lamar ends 8775 ELEMENT. 8776 by proclaiming, 8775 it 8767 s a difference between black artists and wack artists. 8776 But what exactly is a wack artist?
Do you have songs that we 8767 ve never heard that are just singing?
Straight melody-driven, for sure. Ultimately, that 8767 s practice for me on my rap albums. I write a lot of the melodies. Shit, usually 95 percent. May jump in and jump out. Might give you a hook like 8775 ELEMENT. 8776 Might give you a verse on a Travis Scott record with the 8775 ghetto falsetto. 8776 That 8767 s what I call it [ laughs ]. That 8767 s just me flirting with the idea of being able to take it there.