Iggy Azalea on her album delay: In case you were wondering about Iggy Azalea’s second album and why it’s been so long in coming, the Australian rapstress has an explanation. Blame it on her creeping ex Nick Young. Speaking to People she said, “I mean, you wake up one morning and your fiancé is having a baby with someone else, you’re going to need some time, right?” Iggy’s acrimonious split with her NBA star boyfriend happened back in June but the toll of the breakup has become a stumbling block to the Aussie rapper. “I don’t want to go and promote my album and get asked about my relationship that has just crumbled.”
Lady Gaga for Super Bowl Halftime: It’s not going to be business as usual at next year’s Super Bowl halftime show. Not with the newly revitalized Lady Gaga at the helm. The football showpiece is four months away but she is already thinking of ways to take the halftime entertainment places it has never been. “The best way to push the envelope is with your guts and your talent,” she said. “And then you also want to push the envelope in terms of your creativity and your music and taking the show to the next level.”
Another prison tale: Somehow I missed the memo that its prison memo season. It must be; how else would you explain Mobb Deep’s Prodigy announcing plans for a cookbook based on his time behind bars days after Lil Wayne gave away nuggets from his forthcoming prison memoir? But unlike Weezy’s book, Prodigy’s will be centered around prison cuisine. As you’re probably aware, P suffers from sickle cell anemia, so taking the regular prison fare would be endangering his health. So he came up with creative ways to whip the meager ingredients correctional facilities offer into worthy meals. And now he wants to pass on these secrets to your, along with some juicy prison anecdotes via ‘Commissary Kitchen: My Infamous Prison Cookbook’.
Yet another prison tale: Well, not exactly. Here we’re talking about a prison being converted to a…weed plantation. This is the vision the youngest son of the late reggae king Bob Marley has for the 77,000 square feet where a California State prison once stood. If he and his partner, Ocean Grown Extracts have their way, the space will produce its first harvest of cannabis in January 2017. Should Californians vote to legalize recreational marijuana this November, Junior Gong’s investment may prove a business masterstroke. Besides lining his own pockets, the venture will also be a boon for the local economy if it flourishes, creating 100 jobs.
Wiz Khalifa and Son’s new clothes: It’s always sweet to see a dad mentor his son into his trade. Our hearts melted when we heard the beat little Egypt made on Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Untitled Unmastered’. Wiz Khalifa is following in Swizz Beatz footsteps by inducting his son Sebastian into the world of fashion at the tender age of three. He may not know much about the alphabet but Sebastian, together with his rap star father, is the owner of the BASH clothing line. The line, made in conjunction with Junk Food Clothing, will feature designs for children and adults based on the little cutie’s favorite things. “All the designs are based around Sebastian- all of his hobbies and the things that he’s into,” said the proud father. Dad, where were you when I needed a clothing line?
We leave you this week with an interview that might surprise a few hip hop heads. Anyone familiar with 90s hip hop will be familiar with the name Scarface, if only for his ‘Homies and Thugs’ hit crafted alongside Master P and Tupac. They may be familiar with his cold bars and street flow, but not with his mastery of the guitar. But apparently Scarface’s love affair with the guitar goes back to the days of his youth, as he explained to Matt Sweeney in between casual jamming.
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