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Very few rappers openly talk about mental health and Joe Budden is an exception perhaps because he personally dealt with it.
The often very vocal rapper can be found on the daily hip hop show Everyday Struggle on Complex where he is one of the co-hosts. You can always expect Budden to speak his mind on any rapper or any song whether he likes it or not. This time he is not talking about music, but something that affected everyone directly or indirectly, mental health. In his interview with Grass Routes Podcast, the Slaughterhouse rapper delve into his past struggles with depression and even revealed that at one point he contemplated suicide. Fortunately, he was able to find fame and fight those demons that almost claimed his life.
Joe Budden told hosts Erin Ashley Simon and Brandon Hall that he has attempted suicide at least five times in his life. “For me, there have been less than five times where I’ve actually attempted suicide,” the rapper said. “That wasn’t in ’03, ’04, ‘Pump it Up’ was out then. But that didn’t mean that the days weren’t dark. That didn’t mean that the suicidal thoughts weren’t there… When I say ’04, that’s when I didn’t really have those thoughts anymore.”
This revelation by Joe Budden just proves that not even gangster rappers are immune to mental illnesses which is a major problem globally. Joe Budden admitted that it wasn’t until after he retired from rap that he became open about his past demons. He said that his openness now would have never happened if he was still signed to Shady Records because he then had a brand to protect. This could perhaps explain why more celebrities, particularly rappers, are not more open about their struggles with mental illness and drug abuse. Watch the full interview below.
The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) set to honour Richie Stephens on October 16th, in London, England.
ASCAP is the only American based association that protects the copyrights of songwriters, composers and music publishers by monitoring public performance of their music, whether it be live performance or via broadcast, and appropriately compensate them.
Richie Stephens is a successful Jamaican singer/ producer for over two decades; he was born and raised in Westmoreland. Stephens recorded his very first song in 1984 but did not hit stardom until the 1990’s . The reggae crooner was not only a Grammy Award winner but was also awarded the Jamaican Governor-General’s Achievement Award for contributing to civic, social and recreational projects in and around his birth parish.
Stephens will be given an American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) award for his contribution to Rihanna’s chart-topping single ‘Work’. ‘Work’, captured the song of the year and also sold the most digital copies for 2016. Stephens contributed the Sail Away ‘riddim’ on the Pot of Gold label to the hit, and was credited on the song as a co-writer.
In April, Stephens was awarded his first American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) Pop Music Awards in Hollywood. “I am so blessed to be honored in the United Stated and now to be recognized in England. It is a major accomplishment at this time in my career. I share this award with my fans globally and three members of the Ska Nation Band who will accompany me on the red carpet in London,” said Stephens
Some of Stephens most popular songs includes “Winner,” “Color of Love,” “Live your Life,” and “Reggae Evolution.”
To tune into the awarded video click on the link:
Eminem freestyle at last night’s BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher is the trending topic in hip hop today and while the Detroit legend is getting a lot of praise for his word play and for taking on the President, YG is saying he did the same thing last year. During the 2016 Presidential Election, YG and Nipsey Hussle release a single “F**k Donald Trump” and even performed it while touring. So you can understand his frustration now that Em is getting all the attention.
“So we don’t get no credit for dissing TRUMP a year ago?” YG wrote on Twitter. “Mann, F**K TRUMP 4reals tho. F**k this internet sh*t. It’s really f**k em.” Although, he is seemingly angry that he is not getting credit for the movement in hip hop, he is still pushing the “f*** Donald Trump” narrative on social media and hopefully it will translate into more record sales for him.
YG has since deleted most of the tweets while adding just moments ago, “OK that was the drank talkin.” Seems he is saying that he was a bit intoxicated while he was tweeting early, but he still feels the same way about Trump.
Ok that was the drank talkin
— YG (@YG) October 11, 2017
The Cash Money Records CEO went on Instagram Live to talk to his fans and that’s when things quickly went south. His fans started to pepper him with questions about paying Lil Wayne the millions of dollars that he owes the rapper and release the album “Tha Carter V.” Birdman didn’t appreciate everyone coming after him over Weezy so he offloads an expletive-laced tirade and then went lights out.
Baby called Lil Wayne his son and says that nothing and no one can ever come between them. He also insisted that he will make sure that Weezy is straight, but the real meaning of that is not yet known. After all, Wayne is still suing him for $51 million and still insisting that he wants out of Cash Money label.
“I be hearing all you ni**as talking about this Lil Wayne sh*t,” Birdman said. “Lil Wayne this, Lil Wayne that. B*tch, Lil Wayne my son. I raised him. He ain’t had nothin’, and I brought him to be something, and he got some. B*tch, you think I ain’t gonna make sure he straight? Suck a ni**a d*ck, b*tch. I’m gonna show all you pu**y ni**as that got in my business, f**k you ni**a. I’m gonna show you don’t play with me, ni**a. I’m what you call a f***ing real mastermind. You little billy b*tch you heard me, and if you cross my line you already know, I ain’t even got to tell you. You know the type of ni**a I am I will tear your ass up if you play with me and mine.”
Birdman then says he is smiling because he knows all of his critics are not gangster enough to step to him. Perhaps he was specifically referring to Rick Ross who viciously dissed him in his track “Idols Become Rivals.” The hip hop mogul then started ranting about other rappers riding around in Rolls-Royce Wraith, a car that he calls a “b*tch mobile” aka a car that a female should be driving. On another note, Birdman says that he was at the Mercedes-Benz dealership buying a car for his lady [Tony Broxton].
JAY-Z is reportedly in talks to buy Harvey Weinstein’s stake in the film company he started The Weinstein Company.
Unless you have been living off the grid for the past week then you would have heard about Harvey Weinstein scandal where multiple women have claimed that he sexually assaulted them. JAY-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, already has a vested interest in the company after having signed a first-look film and television deal with The Weinstein Company earlier this year. Despite the scandal, Hov wants to continue his partnership with the company but as a shareholder.
Carter, along with billionaire, movie producer, and other investors, are teaming up to purchase Weinstein’s 23 percent stake in the hugely popular film company, TMZ reported. JAY-Z is currently working on a Trayvon Martin miniseries with the film company and they already produced “The Kalief Browder Story.” If the rapper has his way then more films will be coming in short order.
Harvey Weinstein left the company last week and reports suggested that he was forced out by other shareholders after the New York Times published a bombshell story about his years of sexually harassing women. Since the report, a number of women have come forward with stories of their running with him including Cara Delevingne, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Angelina Jolie.
The Weinstein Company is one of the most powerful companies in the film business which makes Harvey Weinstein one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood. After leaving the company, he issued an apology while quoting JAY-Z. “Jay Z wrote in 4:44 ‘I’m not the man I thought I was, and I better be that man for my children.’ The same is true for me,” he said. The problem with that quote is it can’t be found nowhere on JAY-Z’s “4:44” album. Perhaps its on a song that never got released.