YG X Montreality: Says 2Pac Is Still Alive, Hip Hop Belongs To The West Coast, Remembers Nate Dogg, Talks His 1st Job & More

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In this Interview with Montreality, YG speaks about :

- The type of student he was at school (0:15)
– Jobs he had as a teenager growing up (0:39)
– His 1st big paycheck (1:40)
– His favorite cartoon character (2:11)
– His favorite video games (2:24)
– The realest shxt he ever wrote (2:42)
– Why he thinks TUPAC is still alive (4:06)
– The Uniqueness of NATE DOGG (4:30)
– Hip Hop belonging to the West Coast (5:19)
– His ultimate fetish (6:20)
– A near-death experience (7:09)
– The true definition of a “G” (8:35)
– His message to the youth (10:09)


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Brooklyn Teen Metal Band Unlocking the Truth

Unlocking the Truth

Unlocking the Truth, the teenage Brooklyn band who signed a $1.7 million contract with Sony Music, including a $60,000 advance on a two-album deal with an option for four more records, will be the subjects of a feature documentary.

Black Label Media and SeeThink Films will finance and produce the movie about the band formed by 13-year-olds Malcolm Brickhouse and Alec Atkins with 12-year-old Jarad Dawkins, the youngest group ever to perform on the main stage at Coachella. The band was also featured on the 2014 Vans Warped tour and opened for Guns N’ Roses in Las Vegas and Queens of the Stone Age. Unlocking the Truth began with founding band members Brickhouse (electric guitar) and Dawkins (drums) recruiting their best friend from preschool, Atkins, and teaching him how to play bass. A clip of their impromptu Times Square performance is included below.

Nicki Minaj Reveals Sexy Artwork for ‘Anaconda’ Single

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj took social media by storm when she posted the artwork for her upcoming single, “Anaconda.”

On the cover, Nicki Minaj is seductively facing back while squatting, and wearing a pink sports bra and thong.

The second “The Pink Print” single – which follows up “Pills N Potions” – will be available on iTunes on Monday, July 28. It’s produced by Polow Da Don and Da Internz.

Fans can expect its accompanying video soon. It was shot in Los Angeles by video director, Colin Tilley.

Why we’re always going to be wrong about Beyoncé-Jay-Z divorce rumors

For the last few weeks, Jay-Z and Beyoncé Knowles have been welcoming eager fans to their “On the Run” stadium concert tour — a show built around the bones of their marriage. And night after night, we’ve heard dispatches from fans and critics gushing about the show.
But on Tuesday, there was a moment when the mood began to shift. The rumors of a Beyoncé-Jay-Z breakup started off as a trickle, a tiny whisper of a thought on a slapdash site called Blind Gossip. By mid-afternoon, the rumor had snowballed, and it was proclaimed that “love is dead.”
Love obviously is still alive in some capacity (tacos, puppies, etc.), but it made you realize that this love between Beyoncé and Jay-Z was something Americans were deeply invested in, a potent talisman of American romance.
That a possible split between the singer and the rapper means so much to Americans is a testament to the proficiency of both artists to sell their love story. At the same time, the interest in these rumors also reflects a strange cultural desperation to witness any imperfect, ugly parts of their relationship — think of the voyeuristic and even gleeful responses that came in the wake of a certain elevator video.
How did we get to this point? And what will happen if Jay-Z and Beyoncé break up? I asked a Beyoncé scholar for some help in answering those questions about the object of our collective cultural obsession.

We can’t trust Beyoncé’s songs

Beyoncé hasn’t been shy about writing and singing love songs. From “Bills, Bills, Bills” to “Cater 2 U” to “Me, Myself and I” and “Irreplaceable”, you could conceivably piece together some kind of idea of what Beyoncé wants in a relationship and what she doesn’t.

As breakup rumors swirled, Vulture’s Anna Silman pored over Jay and Bey’s lyrics for hints about how they feel about one another. Silman explained that the song “Mine”, on Beyoncé’s album BEYONCÉ shows that the singer “appears to express doubts about the relationship.” One of the biggest catalysts for the breakup rumors was when Beyoncé changed the lyrics of her song “Resentment” during the tour. Instead of: “I’ll always remember feeling like I was no good / Like I couldn’t do it for you like your mistress could,” she sang, “I’ll always remember feeling like I was no good / Like I couldn’t do it for you like that wack bitch could.” This, opined close Beyonce watchers, was evidence of Jay-Z’s infidelity.

“But she’s not like us. She’s nothing like us. “

But it’s probably a big mistake to read too much into what Beyoncé is singing.

Beyoncé is no Taylor Swift, who is known for writing songs that apply directly to her life. Applying a Swift-like read to Bey would largely ignore that she is notoriously stingy when it comes to sharing meaningful details about her actual private life and inner thoughts.

“The fact that arguably the biggest celebrity in the world is so private, breaks all the rules,” says Kevin Allred, who teaches a Rutgers University class called “Politicizing Beyoncé”, in which he and his students examine her art and life under the context of feminism, race, queer theory, and pop culture consumption.

Allred added:

The way her image is managed is unreal … That [hint of infidelity in "Resentment" ] would never be the way she decided to tell everyone [that her marriage was over]. When it comes to Beyoncé’s private life, we never see something as it’s happening. We wouldn’t know about it.

Allred is right. We didn’t find out about her 2004 wedding to Jay-Z until months later. We didn’t see the wedding dress until years had passed. The first pictures of her daughter Blue Ivy were released when she wanted them released, and not on the cover of a magazine. The most intimate glimpse of her private life to date was a documentary she produced on HBO. No one had even the slightest clue that her last album was dropping until it hit iTunes. And back when she was a burgeoning pop star, when the endless stories of Destiny’s Child members being shown the door were the topic of conversation, Beyoncé and her father (then-manager Mathew Knowles) flipped the script and named an album Survivor, a smirky response to all the rumors.

Her career and the conversations about it have always been on her terms.


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But perhaps the greatest example of Beyoncé’s measured persona came this past May, when surveillance footage was leaked of her sister Solange attacking Jay-Z in an elevator while Beyoncé looked on. In the video, Beyoncé appeared unfazed by the fracas, and when she does move it is only to adjust the train of her dress.

“She knows everyone watches her all the time. She knew there was a camera on her,” Allred says, explaining why she didn’t appear to pick a side in the fight.

“I don’t think we’ll ever know what happened. It seems like everything’s fine, with all parties that were involved,” he added, explaining that this was a testament to Beyoncé’s ability to keep her private life private.

Cobbling together a narrative of Beyoncé’s love life through her songs is altogether impossible when you begin to understand how aware she is of the role she’s playing. Though it is unclear whether or not her privacy is one of the reasons why Beyoncé’s been able to ascend to the highest heights of celebrity, the lack of gory bits about her family life just feed the demand and desire to see more.

“On this tour, they’re both playing characters of themselves,” Allred says. “We know so much about everyone else in the world. Not knowing anything about these two drives everyone to even know more.”

The crack in the veneer

The downside to selling this perfection and wrapping an artist like Beyoncé under this ideal is that it creates a heightened interest when anything doesn’t match the story she’s selling. That’s why the infamous elevator video detonated the way it did and why people, Beyoncé fans or not, were interested: it was a moment where Beyoncé wasn’t in control of a situation, a brief flash in which what was happening did not fit into the Beyoncé equation.

(There were even some jokes made that Bey was in control of that situation the whole time and would parlay the elevator video into something bigger. The video of the brawl preceded the couple’s On the Run trailer for their concert.)

The interest in these divorce rumors come from the same vein.  It doesn’t match up with what we’ve been sold — an idyllic and actually very traditional story of love and courtship (there have been stories about how their marriage could also be seen as a lucrative business merger). And there may be some residue from the elevator fallout, that is bolstering these rumors.

Divorce would make Beyoncé legendary

If Bey and Jay do divorce, it most likely won’t be happening until their tour is over. But that hasn’t stopped people from playing it out in their heads and asking questions about their music, their child, and their empire.


The rumors are also forcing both fans and casual observers to decide which popular Beyoncé narrative to accept: that she’s a calculated performer who is three steps ahead of the game or an artist brave enough to drop hints of a rift in her music. There’s plenty of grey area in between, and Jay and Bey are the only ones who know how this is all going to shake out.

But we should be sure of one thing — that it will shake out in her favor. If Beyoncé and Jay-Z part ways, the non-believers who think her success is largely dependent her husband will no longer have an argument, says Allred. “People wouldn’t be able to talk about that anymore,” he says.

So if a divorce is in the cards, if love does indeed die and the world catches fire and burns, Beyoncé will still the last woman standing. She calls the shots — a message she’s been telling us since day one.

“That perfection we see in her … we [the public] are desperate to see something crack — something to show she’s just like us,” Allred says. “But she’s not like us. She’s nothing like us. “

Wiz Khalifa x Mina SayWhat: Says Tyga Was “Wack” & “Corny” For Dropping Out Of His ‘Under The Influence’ Tour


Wiz Khalifa’s Under The Influence of Music kicked off Thursday in Scranton. One artist noticeably absent was Tyga, who cancelled the gig just weeks before it was set to kick off.

The move didn’t sit well with Wiz who appeared on Philadelphia radio station Power 99 to chop it up with host Mina SayWhat about how disappointed he was by Tyga’s actions.

“He didn’t tell me at all. His people was like, ‘Nah we ain’t gonna be on the tour,” Wiz said. “He said he was filming a movie and finishing up his album, but that’s a wack excuse.”

Wiz added that he hasn’t spoken with Tyga since, although he’s not opposed to it.

“I’ll talk to him. I’m sure he’ll probably hear interviews of me saying that I thought that it was wack and stuff like that. And he didn’t reach out,” Wiz continued. “I’m the type of person, I talk to people when I want to. He know what it is with me. We cool, that’s the homie, and that was just a wack move. I felt like that was just corny, man. We’re better than that ’cause at the end of the day, you don’t say album and a movie just to sound like you got something to do ’cause I did my album before my tour and I’m shooting a movie as soon as I get home off the tour, and I got a son too. At the end of the day, what do you want to do with your life?”

Even without Tyga the show’s lineup is still strong. Young Jeezy, DJ Drama, Rich Homie Quan, Ty Dolla $ign, Sage The Gemini and Mack Wilds are all on the bill.

The tour pulls into Camden tonight. Check out the rest of the dates below

July 25 – Camden, N.J. @ Susquehanna Bank Center
July 26 – Virginia Beach, Va. @ Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
July 27 – Bristow, Va. @ Jiffy Lube Live
July 29 – Toronto, Ontario @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 31 – Wantagh, N.Y. @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 1 – Burgettstown, Pa. @ First Niagara Pavilion
Aug. 2 – Mansfield, Mass. @ Xfinity Center
Aug. 3 – PNC Bank Arts Center @ Holmdel, N.J.
Aug. 5 – Tinley Park, Ill. @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 6 – Noblesville, Ind. @ Klipsch Music Center
Aug. 8 – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio @ Blossom Music Center
Aug. 9 – Elkhorn, Wisc. @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Aug. 10 – Clarkston, Mich. @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 12 – Maryland Heights, Mo. @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis
Aug. 14 – Dallas, Texas @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
Aug. 15 – Woodlands, Texas @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug. 17 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta Amphitheater
Aug. 19 – Morrison, Colo. @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Aug. 22 – Mountain View, Calif. @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Aug. 23 – Chula Vista, Calif. @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Aug. 24 – Irvine, Calif. @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater


Perfect Copy Of ‘The Expendables 3′ Leaks Online 3 Weeks Before The Movie Hits Theaters

The third installment of the popular The Expendables movie franchise won’t hit theaters until August 15th, but a near perfect copy has already leaked online.

According to TorrentFreak, the movie has been downloaded at least 200,000 times since it hit the internet on Thursday, July 24.

Screen shot from leaked copy of The Expendables 3

It’s not a secret that all movies eventually leak. Grainy cam versions, recorded by somone in the audience, usually hit the net a week or so after a new movie is released. Better copies appear in the weeks or months that follow, but a near DVD quality copy like the Expendables 3 is a rarity. Especially when you take into account that there are still several weeks before audiences will see it on the big screen.

In 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine leaked two months before its release date. However, it was unfinished and lacked special effects

Another screen shot

Lionsgate executives are most likely in a state of panic thinking of the millions of dollars they will lose. The first two Expendables movies made a combined $575 million at the box office worldwide.

The latest version is packed with star power. It stars Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Kelsey Grammer, Jason Statham, Glen Powell, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz and Terry Crews.

I’m betting the film will still do well at the box office. Pirating will always be an issue, but true movie fanatics love the big screen experience and don’t bother with downloading illegal copies.

3 Months After Big Sean Breaks Off Engagement, ‘Glee’ Star Naya Rivera Marries Actor Ryan Dorsey

Looks like Big Sean made the right call when he dumped Glee star Naya Rivera. Sean was engaged to the actress when he suddenly pulled the plug in April.

“After careful thought and much consideration, Sean has made the difficult decision to call the wedding off,” his rep told Us Weekly at the time. “The recent rumors and accusations reported by so called or fake sources are simply untrue. Sean wishes Naya nothing but the best and it is still his hope that they can continue to work through their issues privately. We will not be commenting again on this matter.”

Naya doesn’t have appear to have shed a tear as she moved on very quickly. People reports that Rivera, 27, married actor Ryan Dorsey on July 19 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

“We feel truly blessed to be joined as husband and wife,” the couple told People. “Our special day was fated and everything we could have ever asked for. True love always prevails.”

True love must come easy 27-year old actress because in January she told Cosmopolitan for Latinas that she was ready to have Sean’s children.

“I think he’s going to be an amazing husband, and he’ll make a great father someday. He’s so kind to people, but he also wears the pants in our relationship, which I love. We Latinas are very independent and strong, so it’s even sweeter that I’ve found somebody who can let me out of that role for a minute.”