Rap mogul LL Cool J recently shared his thoughts on the music industry and why fellow hip-hop heavyweight Kanye West should tone down on his publicized problems.
Although LL co-signed what Kanye is contributing to the state of hip-hop, he did deal out one problem he has.
“I think it’s a lot of good music out there,” LL said in an interview with Arsenio Hall. “I think there are a lot of artists that are doing well. I just did a remix with a great, young artist, Kid Ink. Me, Kid Ink, Chris Brown and Tyga and they remind me of me when I first started. So I was happy to get on the record and do something. … Kanye West when he’s not complaining [is great]. I love you man, stop complaining, B. [laughs] Call him up [during the commercial]. Don’t hit me. [laughs]” (“Arsenio”)
A few days ago, British singer Lily Allen revealed Kanye inspired her upcoming Sheezus album title.
Lilly Allen has confirmed, while talking to Graham Norton on his late night talk show, that her new album will be called Sheezus. She also admitted the title is a slight not to Kanye West’s Yeezus, calling it a “confident” choice. “It’s a confident title choice – and a little nod to Kanye West,” explained Allen while appearing on the Graham Norton Show. ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’ and ‘Alright, Still’ became certified triple-platinum albums in the UK when they sold over 900k copies, so Allen will he hoping her confident choice translates into a matching performance. (Contact Music)
Recently, movie director Steve McQueen boasted about having a working friendship with Ye.
The 12 Years a Slave director has nothing but kind words for Kim Kardashian‘s other half. “We talk all the time,” McQueen gushed to us exclusively at tonight’s 66th Annual Directors Guild Awards in L.A. “He’s a very lovely man. A lovely man.” McQueen played coy when asked if the they have plans to work together in the future, whether it be for one of McQueen’s movies or West’s music videos. “I don’t know,” he said. “I mean, we’re working on a friendship.” (E! Online)
A few weeks ago, rap newcomer Kendrick Lamar spoke on what he learned from Kanye after touring the country with him last year.
“Kanye taught me to never to downplay your ideas,” adds Lamar. “I learned to always stay as creative as possible and never have any boundaries. Those things that people called ‘rants’ on-stage are real conversations that we had behind closed doors — about business and how when you get to a certain level people won’t want to see you break through because they only see you as a rapper.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
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