Drake opens up about feuds with Pusha T, Kanye
Drake is speaking out about his ongoing feuds with Pusha T and Kanye West.
In a wide-ranging two-hour long interview with Elliot Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller for their Rap Radar podcast released on Christmas Day, the rapper (né Aubrey Graham) said he has “no desire to mend anything with” Pusha T, who started a nasty back-and-forth with Drake after revealing in his May 2018 diss track “The Story of Adidon” (which was produced by West) that he had fathered a son he had not yet gone public about.
“He’s just made an entire career off of it,” Drake, 33, said of Pusha T, 42. “Some people like his music, I personally don’t ’cause I don’t believe any of it. And I like to listen to guys I believe.”
“I sleep well at night knowing I didn’t get out-barred,” he added. “It was just, you know, he told the world that the biggest artist at the time has a kid that he hasn’t told you about. I knew, for me, it was over at that point. It wasn’t even about battle rap.”
Kanye West drops a new album on Christmas
Kanye West is back at it. West, who just dropped his album “Jesus Is King” in October, followed it up with another album — “Jesus Is Born.” Sensing a theme?
The album’s primary artist is listed as the Sunday Service Choir, a gospel collective featuring West, which has also performed in his Sunday Service hip-hop and gospel pop-up events.
The album features 19 songs — including a cover of West’s own “Ultralight Beam” and “Balm In Gilead,” a traditional gospel song. West hinted at the album back in October, when he told Zane Lowe in an interview for Beats 1 that the album was coming.
“Jesus Is Born” is another move in the gospel-rap direction for West, who began being vocal about his faith journey this year. While working on “Jesus Is King,” the rapper even asked collaborators not to engage in premarital sex while involved with the album.
While he used to rap extensively about that subject, it’s clear West is a changed man. But he’s also come under fire from fans, after he came out in support of Donald Trump in 2018 and called slavery a choice.
Oprah sticking in there with WW Inc. investment
Talk show legend Oprah Winfrey is going on tour for WW International, Inc. (NASDAQ:WW) starting next month, and the weight management company is betting that the “Oprah effect” will be in full force. Oprah will stop in nine cities, interviewing notables including former first lady Michelle Obama and singer Lady Gaga, in events focused on wellness. WW stock has rallied nearly 9% since the company announced it had renewed its alliance with Oprah this month, but gains may be short-lived.
While Oprah’s tour will be a popular event — WW in its November earnings call said tickets were 80% sold out — it may not be enough to boost the company’s revenue and stock price over the long term.
Rihanna’s album is ready — but she’s not
It’s been three years, 10 months, and 25 days since Rihanna released her 2016 album Anti—yes, I counted. While we’re immensely grateful for all the glow-inducing goodness Fenty Beauty has given us over the years (and other goodies from Savage x Fenty and her newest baby, Fenty), WE WAN’T THE ALBUM! Rihanna’s fully aware that her fans are pining for her ninth album, and on Sunday, December 22, she gave us the R9 update we didn’t deserve.
“Update: me listening to R9 by myself and refusing to release it,” she captioned a video of an adorable dog bobbing its head to House of Pain’s “Jump Around,” which has already garnered over 10 million views since it was originally posted. It’s a hilarious video that elicits a little chuckle until reality sets in and you realize that we’re still playing the waiting game. Ma’am, what did we do to deserve this treatment?
But what if she’s just building up anticipation to drop the album before the year ends? Last December, a fan asked Rihanna when R9 will be released, to which the singer replied, “2019.”
—Compiled from Tribune News Services