There continues to be issues surrounding Lifetime’s upcoming Whitney Houston biopic, which is being directed by Angela Bassett. Today (Jul 22),  ET received a statement from Whitney’s mother, Cissy, who says the family is “exhausted” by the “continuing misinformation and comments offered by people who did not know her,” and pleaded with fans to “please let her rest.” This news comes after Lifetime’s recent announcements of the leading roles for both the late singer and her former boyfriend, Bobby Brown.

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On the latest episode of The Combat Jack Show, the fellas invited West Coast jewelry king, Ben Baller, to the podcast. If you’re not familiar with the flamboyant Korean, he is a L.A. native and has been around the hip-hop scene since the early ’80s. He started at the bottom as a B-Boy and through the years has transformed himself into one of the top celeb jewelers in the game.

The Combat Jack Show Says: Mr. Ben Yang has a lot to say. About a lot of people. And he got it off his chest. Ya’ll been clamoring for a West Coast guest? Here it is. Baller has stories for days. Suge Knight, Dr. Dre., Tupac Shakur, Death Row, Denzel Washington, Aftermath. He’s even got some Dame Dash and Jay Z stories. From record man to jeweler to the stars, dude doesn’t disappoint.

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It was a case of trading places as Jimmy Kimmel took the hot seat (pun inteded) on the latest episode of Snoop Dogg’s GGN show. Obviously, Jimmy didn’t partake during his appearance, but he was especially curious about Uncle Snoop’s smoking habits, which may or may not have included a quick joint at The White House one time. As for Jimmy, he talked about how he got his start in late night and always wanting a Snoop DeVille, as well as giving Snoop a new nickname. Not sure if it’ll stick, though.

Watch Kimmel on GGN below…



As Common’s Nobody’s Smiling album arrives in stores today, the rapper is busy on the promo trail for his new opus. Yesterday (July 21), Com stopped by HOT97 to rap with Ebro In The Morning. Speaking with Ebro, Peter Rosenberg and Laura Stylez, the Chicago legend spoke about his involvement with the Windy City’s new breed, his movie career, working with J-Dilla and a whole lot more.

Watch the interview below…


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Remy Ma is almost home. The Bronx rapper, sentenced to eight years in prison following a 2008-shooting in New York City, will be released on Thursday, July 31. Currently finishing the last ten days of her bid at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women in Weschester County, Remy called into Angie Martinez to speak on her long-awaited return.

During their 14-minute conversation, Remy touched on life in prison, being married to Papoose for six years, reconciling with Fat Joe ( “That was one of my epiphanies that I had. I was like, ‘OK, now I see why he wanted to kill me“), getting plenty of offers from music labels, the status of females in Hip-Hop, Nicki Minaj, getting her associates degree in sociology, and an upcoming reality show.

Listen to the full interview below.

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With his hugely/massively/enormously anticipated good kid, m.A.A.d city follow-up in the works, Complex taps Kendrick Lamar for the cover of their August/September 2014 issue. Cutting right to the chase, Associate Editor Insanul Ahmed examines arguably rap’s biggest talent as he deals with the pressure of producing another classic in his near-perfect catalog. You can read the full cover story here, and look for the issue on newsstands soon.

Today Kendrick trusts that his creative process will lead him where he needs to go. “If I keep focusing on, ‘I need to make something better than good kid,’ it’s going to be just that,” says Kendrick. “That’s not challenging yourself. I don’t want to become that person reflecting on what has been done. What I’m doing now is the question. I’m only as good as my last word, my last hook, my last bridge.”

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Issues between Floyd Mayweather and T.I. are not dying down anytime soon. Leading up to a rematch fight versus with Marcos Maidana, Floyd Mayweather was asked about T.I. at a press conference in Washington D.C. “He just mad I was f**king his bi**h,” the superstar boxer apparently said as the packed crowd immediately responded to.

A moment which seemed to spark their recent beef caused by T.I. wife Tiny Harris that lead to a fight in Las Vegas, Floyd later explained to TMZ that he said “He [T.I.] thinks I was f***ing his bi**h.” Mayweather adds, “I’ve never been with Tiny sexually. I respect her situation and I think she’s a good person. I would never disrespect a marriage.”

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Lil Wayne and Christina Milian were spotted holding hands at the 2014 ESPY Awards on Wednesday night, but it looks like the Young Money pair may have been dating way before then. Back in May, Weezy previewed a new song called “Tina Turn Up Needs a Tune Up,” which was all in good fun. An overly alliterative title? We get it.

But as it turns out, Christina Milian was who Wayne was referring to, as she told Splash News all about her upcoming mixtape, Tina Turn Up. As for that “Needs a Tune Up” part? Well, the singer recently broke off her engagement with Jas Prince, son of Rap-A-Lot Records founder and CEO James Prince, so it looks like Weezy seized the opportunity to rub it in his face.

That would also explain Wayne and Prince’s recent beef, which could have been the reason Drake gave Jas a shout out during his Houston Appreciation Week last month, presumably in an effort to squash the feud (if you remember, Jas Prince was the guy who first put Wayne onto Drake).

Watch Christina Milian talk about her new mixtape below…



TDE’s most mysterious one, Ab-Soul, recently kicked with my team at VIBE for an ill photo shoot at Madison park, home of NYC’s Shake Shack. On a breezy summer day, Soul talked to VIBE VIXEN’s EIC Shanel Odum about everything that he has on his plate right now. Literally. Check out the interview and original photos taken by yours truly below.

VIBE: What’s Ab-Soul listening to these days?
Ab: I’m really interested in the new generation of rap. Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era, H’z Global, Da$h and RetcH, Chance the Rapper, the SaveMoney clique, Vic Mensa; just a lot of new breeds. I’m 27; these guys are like 21, 23. That’s just amazing to me. I walk around with these guys and I feel 23. That’s very refreshing. I feel like the world is moving faster.

What is Ab-Soul eating these days?
Everything. I was eating a protein bar earlier, but I’m not a vegan. I’m an optimistic person. I’m open to try new things. I still eat my mom and grandma’s pork chops.

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You don’t need Rap Genius to tell you Jay Z got as personal as we’ve ever heard him with his verse on Jeezy’s latest single, “Seen It All.” But according to the Snowman, Hov actually teared up while writing his rhymes and reflecting on how things used to be.

“We got on the line and he was like, ‘Yo G, when I was writing the verse I had tears in my eyes, man,’ because it just took him so far back to Marcy,” Jeezy told MTV during his “Me Okay” video shoot in Atlanta. “And that’s the same with me — every bar in that song was real. I put my hand on the bible.”

Jeezy also reveals that Jay sent his verse back in just 30-40 minutes, and that Hov told him he thinks “Seen It All” is their best collaboration to date. It’s got stiff competition from “Go Crazy” and “Real As It Gets,” but he might have a case.

Watch Jeezy’s interview below…


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