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Born & raised in Milwaukee, The Artist Formerly Known as Fresh G has worked at 860 WNOV, WLUM HOT 102, and WKKV in The Mil as a Mixer/DJ/On-Air Personality (1985-1996) before being christened Mike Love and moving to Chicago to work nights on WGCI (1996-2007). Now, back in the Mil-town for a second stint at V100.7, he returns with a moniker given to him in Chicago and effectively dismissing part of his legacy as Fresh G, one of the greatest Mix DJs the city ever produced. Will he succeed at The Crib as Mike Love and forge a new identity in a new era, or will the outside forces from the past force him to reembrace Fresh G? Stay tuned...
Lil Wayne and Epic Records rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, when they dropped the remix to Future’s track “Karate Chop,” where Wayne used poor judgment and spit a verse that offended the masses. In talking about how he would have sex with a woman, he said:
“Beat that p—y up like Emmett Till.”
Now, Lil Wayne and Epic Records are catching some major heat for allowing the reference to be featured in a song. Emmett’s cousin, Airickca Gordon-Taylor, spoke out on behalf of the family, demanding an apology from Wayne and the label.
“It was a heinous murder. He was brutally beaten and tortured, and he was shot, wrapped in barbed wire and tossed in the Tallahatchie River. The images that we’re fortunate to have that ‘Jet’ published, they demonstrate the ugliness of racism. So to compare a woman’s anatomy — the gateway of life — to the ugly face of death, it just destroyed me. And then I had to call the elders in my family and explain to them before they heard it from some another source.”
Stevie Wonder even said he can’t believe anyone would equate anything with Emmett’s death.
“You can’t equate that to Emmett Till. You just cannot do that. … I think you got to have someone around you that – even if they are the same age or older – is wiser to say, `Yo, that’s not happening. Don’t do that.’
Sometimes people have to put themselves in the place of people who they are talking about. Imagine if that happened to your mother, brother, daughter or your son. How would you feel? Have some discernment before we say certain things. That goes for me or any other (song)writer.
Meanwhile L.A. Reid did reach out to Airickca to apologize, calling her with Jesse Jackson on the line to assure her the reference to Emmett would be removed and that both Future and Wayne agreed to it. However, Airickca says she hasn’t heard anything from Wayne personally. Emmett’s cousin Simeon Wright was in the bed with Emmett when he was kidnapped and later murdered, and Airickca said he made the comment that “‘the Ku Klux Klan would be very proud of Lil Wayne.’ And as tough a man as he is, I could see the hurt and the anger in his eyes. It just demonstrates to our family just how lost are our youth.”
This isn’t the first time Emmett Till was referenced in a rap song. On Kanye West’s breakout hit “Through The Wire,” while rapping about his girlfriend’s reaction to his car accident, Kanye West spit the line, “Just imagine how my girl feel, On the plane scared as hell that her guy look like Emmett Till.‘
Kanye West chose to wear a skirt throughout most of the “Watch The Throne” tour last year, so it is very odd to hear that he recently requested Getty Images to remove all of his photos from the Sandy Benefit Concert in December which featured him wearing a skirt on stage. What makes things even more interesting is that this request comes on the heels of a recent record by Brand Nubian’s Lord Jamar, who disses Kanye for feminizing Hip Hop. In a track titled, “Lift Up Your Skirt,” he raps:
Instagram, Black man lookin’ half a f**/ With a blazer and vest, I’m just amazed at the mess/Pioneer of this q*eer sh*t is Kanye West/He introduced the skinny jeans to the rap scene/Then he wore a f*cking skirt on the video screen/Then he wore it again at a memorial/I can’t pretend that this sh*t ain’t deplorable/I bet this n**ga thinkin’ he lookin’ adorable/Your music’s good but your ego is horrible…
Lord Jamar also explained his lyrics further to SOHH:
First of all, it’s not just jabs at Kanye West. It’s anybody promoting the feminization — of the Black man in hip-hop culture. Anybody that I see out there, rocking dresses and all of that type of sh*t, I might shoot a jab at. But Kanye is one of the ones right now that’s representing that movement. He’s one of the first ones that you see in a skirt. Now you got other people following suit and rocking full-out dresses or they’re trying to rock kilts. We’re not Irish. We’re not Europeans. Rocking kilts and all that is just another excuse to introduce that skirt style. You understand what I’m saying? And I’m not with it. This has nothing to do with sexuality, who they choose to be with and all that, I’m not even talking about that. I’m talking specifically about, what is hip-hop? And that’s not hip-hop. Rocking dresses with mean faces, that’s not hip-hop.”
According to Gawker, Getty has confirmed that they were asked to remove the images from the wire:
Getty confirmed that they were asked to scrub their site of the several shots of Kanye from the 12-12-12 show they hosted. They wouldn’t say why.
So, it's good for your kids, but not his? Did he forget HE'S a rapper?
Rapper KANYE WEST just laid down this jaw-droppin’ law on baby-momma KIM KARDASHIAN’s womb – he’s declared that until the birth, the KimYe li’l sucker oven MUST be a “no rap zone!”
In a serious sit-down, no-nonsense Kanye told his lady love: “NO listening to rap music while you’re pregnant with my child!” Said a close Kanye associate: “He blew us away when he told us he’d ordered Kim to listen to nothing but classical music during her pregnancy. He said he plans to give that baby every advantage in the world, and see that it’s educated in the finest schools. The way he put it was, ‘My kid’s gonna go Ivy – and its education is going to start NOW, before it’s even born!’
And Kanye says Kim’s down with that.” Designating his darling’s womb a “no rap zone” sounds like a shocker, but in past interviews Kanye’s made it crystal clear that there’s a time and place for everything – especially the raunchy rap that made him a superstar. When he’s chillin’ in his crib, “I don’t even listen to rap,” he told one blogger years ago.
“My apartment is too nice to listen to rap in. I have to be in a way more grimy environment to turn any rap music on!”
Make room Danica Patrick, there’s a new girl in town. Tia Norfleet was recently licensed as Nascar’s first African-American female driver. She made her NASCAR racing debut in August. The 25-year-old is the daughter of racing veteran Bobby Norfleet, and she’s out to break even more ground.
“Around the age of 14 is when I really, really knew that this was what I wanted to do for a living; this was my passion,”Norfleet told the Huffington Post. When she was young, her dad put two car batteries into a little corvette she had and she drove that car “until the wheels fell off. Ever since then, I’ve just been so enthused about motorsports.”
Her father nurtured that love of racing in his little girl.
“As a young girl, I knew she had the desire to do it,” Bobby said on Norfleet’s website. “I sort of stepped back on myself and my driving to spend the time on her….The talent, that has to be groomed but [she had] the drive and the ambition to do it. [It was] nothing I or her mom ever pushed her in to, so that’s half the battle right there. The rest of it is being taught the racing business, and then being taught the discipline of racing. Because racing is not just getting in the car and driving.”
It seems like Bobby Norfleet did a good job. Besides being very beautiful, this young lady is also focused: she is a businesswoman and a philanthropist.
Norfleet didn’t have any national sponsorship but completed her first NASCAR race anyway. And let’s not forget that there are only 25 Black people alive who’ve ever seen an entire NASCAR event (just kidding, NASCAR). But it’s safe to say that the sport is not particularly popular among African Americans.
Norfleet wants to change that, telling the Washington Post:
A lot of people don’t know anything about [race car driving], especially minorities, especially people of color. Because it is a predominately White sport — a predominately White male sport, at that — a lot of people just don’t know about it. Hopefully with seeing an example, that “hey, if she can do it, I can do it” hopefully that’s the kind of effect that will happen.
Norfleet co-owns Bobby Norfleet Racing with her father. The national sponsorships, she says, are forthcoming.
For some reason or another, her hometown radio station in Oakland obviously thinks so. Keyshia Cole was recently scheduled to perform at KMEL’s House of Soul concert in Oakland, however, fans were left disappointed when she pulled out last minute. This morning, Keyshia took to her twitter to explain why she was a no-show, which she said had everything to do with the station wanting her to open for the Weeknd.
EVERY F-CKING YEAR I do something major for my city! @KMEL has the nerve to tell me at the last minute they want me to open for the Weeknd. Then @106kmel tells us at last minute if I don’t then there’s no show! Then still uses my name when I refuse! I feel so f-cking disrespected
And now people in Oakland think I Flaked!!! #STRAIGHTBULLSH-T! The only reason I’m speaking, don’t people thinking i flaked.
No disrespect to the weekend. Why the hell would @106KMEL ask me to open for him in My home town! Where I give back! Where IM FROM! #NO
Months ago, K. Michelle was involved in a similar situation when she was booked to perform a show with Musiq and Lyfe Jennings. She refused to go on before Lyfe and pulled out of the show. Granted, Keyshia Cole has way more years in the industry under her belt than the Weeknd.