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  1. https://screenrant.com/bad-boys-4-movie-box-office-franchise-milestone/

    Bad Boys 4 Box Office Pushes Franchise Past Major Milestone

    Published 8 hours ago



    Martin Lawrence as Marcus and Will Smith as Mike bump fists in Bad Boys Ride or Die

    • Bad Boys: Ride or Die hits $1 billion globally despite the challenging movie landscape.
    • Viewers are calling for a spinoff with Reggie and Armando.
    • The success of Bad Boys 4 sets the stage for a potential Bad Boys 5 , with commercial prospects looking up.

    The Bad Boys: Ride or Die box-office helps push the franchise past a major milestone. The fourth installment in the Bad Boys franchise brings back leads Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett while bringing some of the series’ younger characters to the fore. Bad Boys: Ride or Die features a leading cast including Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Paola Nuñez, Eric Dane, Ioan Gruffudd, Tasha Smith, Jacob Scipio, and Dennis Greene.

    Per Deadline, the box office for Bad Boys: Ride or Die has pushed the franchise past a major milestone. With the fourth Bad Boys film’s box office total, the series has now made over $1 billion. At the time of writing, Bad Boys: Ride or Die has made an estimated $79.24 million worldwide with the worldwide box office total for Bad Boys: Ride or Die being $125.6 million.

    What This Bad Boys 4 News Means for the Franchise's Future

    Bad Boys 5 Just Got More Likely

    • Marcus (Martin Lawrence) and Mike (Will Smith) looking furious in Bad Boys: Ride or Die
    • Mike (Will Smith) and Marcus (Martin Lawrence) on a pier dodging bullets in Bad Boys: Ride or Die
    • Will Smith as Mike and Martin Lawrence as Marcus wearing bulletproof vests in a deep drainage system in Bad Boys: Ride or Die
    • Vanessa Hudgens as Kelly carrying an assault rifle in Bad Boys: Ride or Die
    • Marcus (Martin Lawrence) trying to calm down a crocodile in Bad Boys: Ride or Die
    • Marcus (Martin Lawrence) and Mike (Will Smith) looking furious in Bad Boys: Ride or Die
    • Mike (Will Smith) and Marcus (Martin Lawrence) on a pier dodging bullets in Bad Boys: Ride or Die
    • Will Smith as Mike and Martin Lawrence as Marcus wearing bulletproof vests in a deep drainage system in Bad Boys: Ride or Die
    • Vanessa Hudgens as Kelly carrying an assault rifle in Bad Boys: Ride or Die
    • Marcus (Martin Lawrence) trying to calm down a crocodile in Bad Boys: Ride or Die

    Bad Boys: Ride or Die has beat the odds in its box office success so far, as it was released during a time that has been very unsuccessful for blockbuster films. Various highly-anticipated films, including Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga and The First Omen, have underperformed expectations at the 2024 box office. This year has had several record-low box office weekends, including Super Bowl weekend and Memorial Day weekend, which saw some of the lowest overall numbers in years. It has been difficult for theatrical releases to gain momentum again, but Bad Boys: Ride or Die has allowed the box office to pick up a little bit.


    Though Bad Boys: Ride or Die is getting mixed reviews, with a 64% Rotten Tomatoes score, audiences are loving the movie. The film has an impressive 97% approval rating among audiences, who are taking to social media to appreciate the film's action-packed conclusion. Audiences especially appreciated the roles of Reggie and Armando, younger members of the Bad Boys team, who took on more prominent roles in the sequel than they had in previous films, leading some to call for a Bad Boys spinoff that focuses on these characters.

    If the online reactions were not enough of a good sign, the box office totals for Bad Boys: Ride or Die make the prospects of Bad Boys 5 even more promising. The series has done fairly well commercially and is now one of the few series that can claim that much-coveted $1 billion franchise title. With this milestone hit, the franchise talents will be more likely to want to eke more life out of the Bad Boys franchise, whether that be through a direct sequel or a spinoff series.


  2. https://rockthebells.com/articles/classic-albums-big-willie-style-by-will-smith/


    By Stereo Williams

    Published Sat, July 16, 2022 at 12:00 AM EDT

    Up until very recently (let's say March 2022), it was pretty easy to view Will Smith as having had a charmed career. The megastar with the multi-hyphenate career has seemingly done it all. But when looking back at his journey, it's easy to spot just how many times the man took risks. Calculated risks, sure—but risks, nonetheless.

    After 1993's gold-selling Code Red, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince officially called it quits. The duo of "Jazzy" Jeff Townes and rapper Will Smith had scaled unimaginable heights together since they debuted in 1987 with Rock The House. They'd crafted a winning formula; with infectious production backing The Fresh Prince's humorous story raps, the duo had won Grammys and sold millions. Along the way, Will Smith had become an unexpected television star. In 1990, on the heels of winning their first Grammy, Smith was tapped to star in the Quincy Jones-produced NBC sitcom The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. The show became a runaway hit and Smith became a TV fixture; only to make the jump to movies with roles in films like the Whoopi Goldberg comedy Made In America and a well-received dramatic turn in 1993's Six Degrees Of Separation.



    But it was the 1995 blockbuster Bad Boys that changed everything about Smith's career trajectory. Once the Michael Bay-directed buddy cop flick hit theaters that summer, with former sitcom stars Smith and Martin Lawrence paired together in one of the biggest action movies of the year, the stage was set for Smith to become a full-fledged action hero. Bad Boys grossed $141,407,024 worldwide; and suddenly, Will Smith was a movie megastar. He followed it with another huge box office hit: 1996's sci-fi popcorn flick Independence Day. The movie was the biggest of 1996 and the 2nd biggest of all time (at the time), grossing $817,400,891 globally. And, as wisecracking U.S. Marine Captain Steven Hiller, Will Smith sat centerstage in one of the biggest movies ever made.



    But a funny thing happened after Will Smith became a box office star; 1997s Men In Black presented the rapper/actor with an opportunity to meld his two loves. Here was a summer blockbuster that needed a theme song. And who better to provide than it's Grammy-winning star? The zany sci-fi comedy from Barry Sonnenfield starred Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as agents for a clandestine organization that knows of alien life forms on earth and serves as an interstellar CIA-esque agency to keep them in line. The movie would drop in the summer of 1997, and to the tune of a $250 million domestic gross, confirmed what now seemed obvious: Will Smith was the new king of the summer blockbusters.


    The movie's theme song was an infectious slice of ear candy: Smith rapping over a sample of Patrice Rushen's "Forget-Me-Nots." And the video, which famously featured Smith doing the electric slide with one of the movie's extraterrestrial life forms, would become one of the most popular of the year. "Men In Black" would top the charts in numerous countries, and the movie soundtrack, (which also included songs from Snoop Doggy Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest, and an early appearance from Destiny's Child), would sell three million copies in the U.S. on the strength of the hit single.


    His hit theme song about fighting aliens was a smash. It also birthed a new record deal for Smith at Columbia, and a chance to kickstart an unexpected musical second act.


    The mega success of "Men In Black" as a single set the table for Will Smith to approach his rap career anew: without his longtime partner and without resurrecting the "Fresh Prince" moniker he wanted to distance himself from.


    Smith would set to work on his first solo album. He'd been recording songs since 1996, around the time that The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air was wrapping up it's run. The end of that hit show marked, not only the end of Smith as merely the goofy-but-charming sitcom star he'd been since 1990; but also the end of "The Fresh Prince" as Smith's onscreen persona and brand. His new album wouldn't be a Fresh Prince solo album: it would be the debut album of Will Smith.


    And, as Will Smith, he was armed with a huge hit single. In the studio with Poke & Tone, Smith put together a collection of infectious and slick tracks. Puff Daddy's No Way Out (and hits by Missy Elliott and Wyclef Jean) had shifted Hip-Hop's landscape into a more lighthearted place; carried by samples of popular tracks from yesteryear. The murders of 2Pac and the Notorious B.I.G. cast a dark cloud over late 1996 and early 1997, and the rap climate responded by taking a hard turn into sunnier sounds.


    "My strength is that I can feel people; I know what the marketplace is ready for," Smith would explain. "I was ready to write my latest album years ago, but not until the tragic loss of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. did I feel it was time. I felt an opening, a desire for change from the darkness of rap music in general. When I heard Tupac, then Biggie, got killed, I said, 'This **** is too much for people to be dying because of it.'”


    Everything got very shiny. Videos were awash in color and choreography; and it felt like every hit song had a hook that you'd heard before: whether it was Wyclef reworking the Bee Gee's "Staying Alive," or Puff working Matthew Wilder's "Break My Stride" into "Can't Nobody Hold Me Down." Coming on the heels of two high-profile twin murders, it was a splashy, flashy time—full of big hooks and big money.

    And Will Smith inadvertently gave the era it's most notorious anthem.

    "Gettin' Jiggy Wit' It" would be the theme song of late 1990s Will Smith, and would come to embody the times in ways that are easy to dismiss. It's the most definitive hit for Will Smith 2.0, and it helped announce the arrival of rap music's most technicolor-splattered and unapologetically "pop" period. In an interview with Michael Joyner in 1997, Smith explained that "jiggy" was a derivative of the slur "jiggaboo," rearranged and refashioned into something more empowering and fun.


    The Trackmasters-produced hit flipped Sister Sledge's "He's The Greatest Dancer" and featured ghostwritten raps contributed from Nas, and even Jazzy Jeff contributed scratching to the single. "...Jiggy" shot all the way to No. 1 and stayed there for a whopping three weeks in March 1997.


    Somewhat contrary to the album's longstanding image, Big Willie Style boasts a slightly eclectic handful of guest artists: from TLC's Left Eye to jazz rap auteurs and polysyllabic 70s fetishists Camp Lo; not to mention funk legends Cameo. R&B stars Coko, Trey Lorenz and the late Kenny Greene (of Intro fame) provide vocals. It's Coko's uncredited but distinct voice gracing the hook of "Men In Black;" and none other than singer/actress Tichina Arnold provides those soulful vocals on the chorus of the album's lead single "Just Cruisin.'"


    Big Willie Style would come to be one of the albums that epitomized the often-mocked "Shiny Suit Era": that period circa 1997 when rap videos were awash in flossiness, rap lyrics seemed preoccupied with superficiality and sampling well-known pop hooks was the fastest way to dominate the radio.

    I was ready to write my latest album years ago, but not until the tragic loss of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. did I feel it was time..."

    - Will Smith (ROLLING STONE interview, 1998)



    He would also see major shifts in his personal life in 1997. His first marriage – in 1992, to Sheree Zampino – ended in divorce after producing Willard Smith Ill, or "Trey," who was five years old when Smith released Big Willie Style. "The other day one of his friends was crying," Will would recall to Rolling Stone in '98. "And Trey said, 'Hey, don’t cry. At least you get to live with your mommy and your daddy.' He wasn’t down. He was sharing a piece of himself, trying to help. That hurt . . . . Maybe that’s one of the reasons why I want to have a bunch of kids. I could have five, but I’d take up to seven. Healthy babies being born are the happiest times you experience in life."

    Will's bond with his young son would be immortalized in the heartfelt single "Just The Two Of Us," an interpolation of the Bill Withers hit.

    Will Smith and Jada Pinkett would get married about a month after the release of Big Willie Style. Family was becoming a major part of Smith's public persona and dominating his personal priorities. For "Just The Two Of Us" to become one of the album's biggest hits was sweetly appropriate for the young dad and soon-to-be husband.


    Jada admitted, even then, that coming into the orbit of a burgeoning superstar was a daunting proposition. She'd carved her own formidable career as actress, having starred, like Will, on a hit NBC sitcom (A Different World), before making the leap to successful movies like Menace II Society, The Nutty Professor and Set It Off.


    “When I came to Hollywood, I planned on being the biggest star,” Jada told Rolling Stone in 1998, just as Big Willie Style was nearing the eight million mark in sales. “But when I got with Will, I said, ‘I’m going to have to compromise, because he’s not going to. That’s not even a discussion.’ So I had to ask myself, ‘Is career more important than having a good man who loves you and will provide a happy family?’ I choose Will. So now my work gets forty percent. I can still have a career. I just won’t have the one I planned on. That will not happen. I put my family first.”


    Their son Jaden Smith would be born in July of 1998. Two years later, their daughter, Willow, was born in October of 2000. Of course, Will Smith would close out the 1990s with his first stab at the world of suspense thrillers (1998's Enemy Of the State) his first high-profile failure (1999s Wild, Wild West) and another multiplatinum smash of an album (2000s Willennium) en route to becoming one of the biggest stars the world has ever seen. In 1997, he was on the front end of what remains one of the most remarkable runs in entertainment

  3. https://www.digitalspy.com/movies/a61049873/bad-boys-4-reggie-dennis-mcdonald/ *Warning - Spoiler alert*

    Bad Boys 4 star reveals big Reggie moment wasn't in the original script

      "They just told me they wanted me back."

    By Divya SoniPUBLISHED: 09 JUNE 2024

    Bad Boys: Ride or Die star Dennis McDonald has shared that his iconic end scene wasn't actually in the original script.

    McDonald was first introduced in Bad Boys II as Reggie, the young man who is bullied by Mike (Will Smith) and Marcus (Martin Lawrence) for wanting to take Marcus' daughter on a date.

    dennis mcdonald, bad boys ride or die premiere

    Axelle/Bauer-Griffin//Getty Images

    Related: Bad Boys 4 first reactions land ahead of cinema release

    The clip quickly became a fan-favourite, often resurfacing on social media, but now Reggie is receiving some respect as he returns for the fourth instalment of the franchise.

    "This is a blessing," McDonald told Entertainment Weekly. "When I got the script and I found out what I was doing, I already knew that this might be something real, real big. He's finally in the family, [Marcus and Mike] finally accepted him, he's finally getting his due, so I'm just happy about that."

    Bad Boys: Ride or Die sees McDonald return as Marcus' now son-in-law, who saves the day when the bad boys are on the run after being framed.

    Reggie, now a Marine staff sergeant, saves Marcus' wife, daughter, and grandson from an army of men infiltrating their home, as Mike and Marcus watch helplessly via video feeds. After killing the attackers and saving his family, Reggie earns the respect of the stunned bad boys.

    will smith, martin lawrence, bad boys ride or die

    Sony Pictures

    Related: Bad Boys 4 debuts with lower Rotten Tomatoes rating than previous movie

    The final scene of the movie ends with Reggie receiving a great honour, which McDonald revealed "wasn't in the script at all". Mike and Marcus argue over who mans the barbeque grill, then they laugh when Reggie approaches to take over. As they respectfully step aside, the movie ends on Reggie's smiling face.

    "That was kind of crazy — I was in Miami filming, and then I flew back home, and then they called me like three or four days later to come back to Miami to shoot another scene.

    "They just told me they wanted me back, so I'm thinking I had to do something over [again]. But I had lines and everything, and it was the whole end of the movie. They're like, 'Yeah, you end the whole movie. It ends with your face.' And I'm like, 'Are you serious?' I was just overwhelmed."

  4. Yeah, I've already seen talks about a desire for a 5th one.


    Will Smith and Martin Lawrence address Bad Boys 5 return

    "If the fans ask for it, you know we could be back."

    By Sam WarnerPUBLISHED: 11 JUNE 2024
    preview for Bad Boys: Ride or Die – official trailer (Sony)

    Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have addressed a potential return for a fifth Bad Boys movie.

    The pair are back as detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett for the newly-released fourth instalment in the franchise, Bad Boys: Ride or Die.

    In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the two stars were asked about returning once again in another sequel, admitting they would be up for it – though there would have to be a good reason.

    will smith, bad boys 4 ride or die

    Frank Masi//Sony Pictures

    "Well, these younger actors are going to need to do more of the stunts, that's for sure," Smith quipped. "It is a world and characters that are just an absolute joy to be with.

    "In a movie theater with Mike and Marcus, it just feels like home. So, as long as there's a reason – I never wanted to be one of those dudes who make sequels just because people will go."

    The star added that he likes to do sequels if "there is something to say" and the characters are developing in a way that "will be interesting and fun to watch and maybe even a little helpful".

    "Is there something that can happen in these characters' lives that is worth asking people to go to a movie theater for?" he added. "And with this movie, the answer is a resounding yes."

    will smith, martin lawrence, bad boys 4 ride or die

    Frank Masi//Sony Pictures


    Lawrence added that they "always have so much fun making these movies" and "you've got to give the fans what they want".

    "Will and I have a great time working together, so as long as the fans want it and the demand is there, I'll keep trying to give them what they want," he added.

    However, Lawrence admitted they will "have to see" regarding a possible Bad Boys 5 movie, and while he'll "never say never", it also "has to make sense".

    "If the fans ask for it, you know we could be back," he added.

    Bad Boys: Ride or Die is now out in UK cinemas.

  5. https://hiphopdx.com/news/will-smith-light-em-up-sean-paul-bad-boys-ride-die-soundtrack?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR2Bj0xzADu6DnUX7TJl2lunvDmMxGc_ZTls9mxBDNSAuiryS58JeEivRDA_aem_AdvaHSvhB-O5Fn7Z_C0BxRGgwrqo_KL_kVKKRkHDiKroDbS3lteMvS6dVykVMcJwu2XhuG-umZ6nhWUHtKdkUgi3



    by SAM MOORE
    Published on: Jun 7, 2024, 8:15 AM PDT

    Will Smith has returned to music with a new Sean Paul collaboration, courtest of the soundtrack for Bad Boys: Ride or Die.

    Titled “Light Em Up,” the song marks the actor/rapper’s first release in almost half a decade following his guest appearance on Joyner Lucas “Will (Remix)” in 2020.

    Over a hard-hitting, dancehall-flavored beat, Smith showcases his agility on the mic with different flows while reminding listeners that he hasn’t missed a beat since the days of Big Willie Style.

    “Back in this bitch like I never left/ The Devil came for me, should have worn a vest/ You thought I lost something, I ain’t miss a step/ You want some old me? Say less,” he raps

    “I’m bad to the bone when I get it rocking/ I’m back in my zone, ’bout to get it popping/ Will still plugged in, yeah, it’s pretty shocking/ Like a brand new Porsche, I got plenty options.”

    The Bad Boys: Ride or Die soundtrack also features a new collaboration between BIA and JID called “Lights Out,” along with more original material from Shenseea, Flo Milli, the Black Eyed Peas, 21 Lil Harold, Becky G and more.

    Bad Boys: Ride or Die is the fourth installment in the action franchise and sees Will Smith once again reprising his role as Detective Mike Lowrey alongside Martin Lawrence as Detective Marcus Burnett.

    Smith recently wowed fans with his acting skills in the film after behind-the-scenes footage of an action sequence surfaced online.

    In the clip, the Oscar winner is both acting and operating as a cameraman as he carries a filming device on his back while also performing in the scene.

    The video flits between behind-the-scenes footage of the 55-year-old pulling double duty and the impressive finished product that movie fans will see in cinemas.

    The film, which hits theaters today (June 7), follows Lowrey and Burnett as they investigate corruption within the Miami Police Department and fight to clear their late captain’s name.

    Cast members returning from previous films include Joe Pantoliano, John Salley, Vanessa Hudgens, Paola Nunez, Alexander Ludwig and Jacob Scipio, with new additions to the ensemble being Rhea Seehorn, Tiffany Haddish, Eric Dane and Ioan Gruffudd.

    DJ Khaled also reprises his role as Manny the Butcher from the third film, while Lionel Messi, Joyner Lucas and Trae Tha Truth also make cameo appearances.

    Smith perhaps hinted at a return to music when he made a surprise appearance at Coachella in April to perform his classic hit “Men in Black” alongside J Balvin.

    The Fresh Prince appeared wearing his black suit and sunglasses from the classic 1997 film for a rendition of the Grammy-winning hit, which marked his first live performance in years.


  6. https://rockthebells.com/articles/dj-jazzy-jeff-and-talib-kweli-join-bob-james-tiny-desk/?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR1Rao-_wnMAmqehVa0IKAxLcQfCwnvt-bucQCBl4DpRxwF3JcYZU-04uuM_aem_AbIrod5ZkO8HjRWfRjGzntPE0i8fG2GUlxyZib8DOE4aonTM6sevXTKFxSMea2D-C9FFah8eUyWziSXGGNOdCM85


    By Jay Quan

    Published Mon, May 20, 2024 at 2:45 PM EDT

    DJ Jazzy Jeff and Talib Kweli recently joined legendary Jazz pianist Bob James for a rendition of his heavily sampled classic "Nautilus". Debuting in 1974 on James' debut album, One, "Nautilus" became an instant favorite of Hip-Hop DJ's. It became the backing track for rap records as early as 1983 with Rock Master Scott & The Dynamic Three's "It's Life". In Hip-Hop's sample heavy "Golden Era" Run-DMC, Eric B. & Rakim, Ghostface Killah, King Sun, Onyx and dozens more would sample various portions of the record.


    In a recent exclusive interview with Rock The Bells, DJ Jazzy Jeff spoke of his musical relationship with Bob James, and shared that he would soon be performing with James for his Tiny Desk Concert. "Bob James actually sued us many years ago for sampling 'Winchester Lady' on 'Here We Go Again'," Jeff shares. "Hip-Hop was new and we were using ****, and people didn't know. During the pandemic, I was forced to shut down and spend a lotta time in the studio and I've never been more creative. During that time I got a call to remix some Bob James classics.

    I was excited initially then I thought, Bob James isn't dead. Instead of remixing something, I'd like to do something new with him. So we got on the phone and the first thing he said was 'Is this the DJ Jazzy Jeff that we had an issue with?' We laughed about it, and I explained to him why we sample in Hip-Hop. I explained to him that I was able to produce Jill Scott and Musiq Soulchild because I went down the rabbit hole and discovered who played on his records, and he loved it!"

  7. You can watch it here: https://www.npr.org/2024/05/20/1250056328/tiny-desk-concert-bob-james?utm_campaign=later-linkinbio-nprmusic&utm_content=later-43120603&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkin.bio  He starts discussing Hip-Hop (and DJ Jazzy Jeff + Fresh Prince at 14:30).

    Tiny Desk Premiere: Bob James

    MAY 20, 20245:00 AM ET

    Headshot of Bobby Carter

    Bobby Carter

    Bob James' Tiny Desk concert is a manifestation of freedom and collaboration. "I have youth represented here," he says before introducing his band. "I don't have that myself, but I can hire it." The joke is tinged with a certain degree of truth. Still, curiosity and openness fuel his fresh spirit and keep his fanbase wide-ranging. The jazz pianist, composer and producer took his opportunity at the Desk to highlight his iconic discography, spanning over five decades.

    Quincy Jones discovered Bob James in the 1960s and signed him to a record deal. He then arranged for other jazz greats like Sarah Vaughan and Grover Washington Jr. before releasing his album One in 1974. That album featured "Feel Like Making Love" and "Nautilus," one of the most sampled records in hip-hop. While James has released dozens of projects with his contemporaries, hip-hop has been the bridge to younger generations.

    Before the new, improvised version of "Nautilus" with DJ Jazzy Jeff and Talib Kweli — seriously, they mapped it out and tried it once before we hit record — James played other highlights from his catalog, including "Westchester Lady," "Angela (Theme from Taxi)" and "The Secret Drawer" from his Grammy-nominated album, Jazz Hands.


    • "The Secret Drawer"
    • "Westchester Lady"
    • "Angela (Theme from Taxi)"
    • "Nautilus (feat. DJ Jazzy Jeff and Talib Kweli)"


    • Bob James: piano
    • James Adkins: drums
    • Michael Palazzolo: bass
    • Andrey Chmut: saxophone
    • DJ Jazzy Jeff: DJ
    • Talib Kweli: vocals


    • Producer: Bobby Carter
    • Director/Editor: Joshua Bryant
    • Audio Technical Director: Neil Tevault
    • Videographers: Joshua Bryant, Kara Frame, Maia Stern, Michael Zamora
    • Audio Engineer: Carleigh Strange
    • Photographer: Elizabeth Gillis
    • Tiny Desk Team:  Ashley Pointer, Hazel Cills
    • Executive Producer: Suraya Mohamed
    • Series Creators: Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson
    • VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins



  8. https://rockthebells.com/articles/common-and-pete-rock-drop-wise-up/?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR0i9jJz_GjTVo_1FPkLjwOd6I1oqgRFgOoB2VsU0Q37M2XpN5oXuezu2DA_aem_AbLy-I_CwoqmXaK5bmHc9vkbD5ePL9IAKjrhI4bKoB6IEbgN2cre_FjU36Tv2HKXjYumD52LxZtCp3_7ygqfRKPi


    By Jay Quan

    Published Wed, May 22, 2024 at 8:00 AM EDT

    Common and Pete Rock have released "Wise Up", the first video from their eagerly awaited upcoming collaborative project. The video was shot at several urban areas, including Allah School In Mecca at 2122 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd in New York City. "Wise Up" features Common spitting in classic form over a piano heavy Pete Rock track that contains an interpolation of MC Shan and Marley Marls 1986 classic "The Bridge".

    Common spoke about the upcoming project last year with MSNBC host Ari Melber. "I've been listening to a lot of '90s Hip-Hop recently because I'm working on a new album with Pete Rock," he said. "The energy of that music whether it's Brand Nubian, A Tribe Called Quest, or De La Soul, who just got their music on streaming, it's inspiring to hear. I'm creating music and I'm in a great space right now."

    “You ever miss that feeling of a good release in Hip Hop?” Pete captioned from a HipHopDX article’s screenshot on Instagram. “Remember how exciting that felt??? We both excited as a mafugga. I always feel like I got something to prove but its just fun to me to make music. Competing to make good music with all the different personalities involved today just gotten dry. We love hip hop and you will know just how much. Stay tuned!!!"

  9. https://people.com/will-smith-bad-boys-4-had-to-shoot-around-pregnant-vanessa-hudgens-baby-bump-8650836?utm_campaign=peoplemagazine&utm_content=new&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR1LrWzA3xZ0iEAcdDIlrjUI6vkiZogNfAZk5MOYqn12cgEnWm2O0PGbWq4_aem_AYG2qnM5Sbuk4oJWeZhWxvxjrVLMUtZeM4OmUhqj7jmsOk5WLrZObyIej_84Q1rjenatYhPtt3jCSRQFEcVkV-1J

    Will Smith Reveals How Bad Boys 4 Had to 'Shoot Around' Pregnant Vanessa Hudgens' Baby Bump

    Smith recalled that his words of encouragement to the actress when she struggled on set were, "You'll always be able to tell your child that they were in this scene"

    By Esme Mazzeo 
    Published on May 18, 2024 09:12PM EDT
    will smith and Vanessa Hudgens
    Will Smith and Vanessa Hudgens. PHOTO: 


    Will Smith had sweet words of encouragement for his Bad Boys: Ride or Die costar Vanessa Hudgens when filming got complicated amid her pregnancy.

    Filming on the fourth installment of the action-comedy franchise began in March 2023, but was stalled during the SAG-AFTRA actors' strike, which lasted 118 days from July to November 2023.

    Hudgens, 35, debuted her baby bump at the 2024 Oscars in March, and Smith, 55, told Entertainment Tonight that when filming resumed on Ride or Die after the strike, her baby bump presented a bit of a challenge.

    Will Smith attends the photo call for Sony's "Bad Boys: Ride Or Die" at Porsche Experience Center Los
    Will Smith attends the photo call for Sony's 'Bad Boys: Ride or Die' on May 17, 2024. 


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    "So the strike happened [and] when she came back and we had to finish the movie, it was really [about] trying to figure out how to shoot around [the bump]," the Men in Black star said.


    Smith praised the High School Musical alum, who plays weapons expert Kelly in the franchise, as "a hard worker."


    He said he offered Hudgens words of encouragement when stunts proved to be a challenge because of her pregnancy.


    "I was like, 'No, don't worry. You'll always be able to tell your child that they were in this scene with you,' " Smith told ET.

    Vanessa Hudgens attends the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 10, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California.
    Vanessa Hudgens attends the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones. 


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    Hudgens is expecting her first child with her husband, baseball player Cole Tucker, whom she married in December 2023.

    The Princess Switch star recently told Bustle why she decided to skip Coachella for the second year in a row.

    "The walking is aggressive. It's a lot of walking," the mom-to-be admitted.

    Bad Boys: Ride or Die hits theaters June 7.

  10. While I can't deny Puffy was a part of many songs I liked in the mid-90's to early 2000's, I never liked the guy. His claim to fame as a producer was jackin' beats or leaning on the Bad Boy producers who actually had talent. He sucked as an emcee. Those opinions are all throughout old posts on this board. And we know from how he treated his artists, among other things, he sucks as a human being. This video, should be the last nail in the coffin of his career. May he suffer every deserved consequence that comes his way. 



    Exclusive: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs seen physically assaulting Cassie Ventura in 2016 surveillance video obtained by CNN

    By Sandra Gonzalez and Elizabeth Wagmeister, CNN
     5 minute read 
    Updated 1:00 PM EDT, Fri May 17, 2024
    Surveillance video shows Sean 'Diddy' Combs physically assaulting former girlfriend in 2016
    Surveillance video shows Sean 'Diddy' Combs physically assaulting former girlfriend in 2016
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    Surveillance video shows Sean 'Diddy' Combs physically assaulting former girlfriend in 2016
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    A 2016 surveillance video obtained exclusively by CNN shows Sean “Diddy” Combs grab, shove, drag and kick his then-girlfriend Cassie Ventura during an altercation that matches allegations in a now-settled federal lawsuit filed by Ventura in November.

    The footage, compiled from multiple camera angles dated March 5, 2016, appears to show the rapper, producer and business mogul during an incident that, according to Ventura’s complaint, occurred at the now-closed InterContinental Hotel in Century City, Los Angeles. CNN verified the location based on publicly available photos of the former hotel’s interior.

    In the video, Ventura exits a hotel room and walks to a bank of elevators. Combs, holding a towel around his waist, runs down a hall after Ventura. He grabs her by the back of the neck and throws her to the floor. Still holding his towel closed with one hand, he then turns to kick her, the video shows.

    As Ventura is on the ground, Combs retrieves a purse and suitcase from the floor near the elevators. He turns around and kicks Ventura again as she lies motionless on the floor. About four seconds transpire between the two kicks, according to the video. He then briefly drags Ventura by her sweatshirt toward a room before walking away.

    Ventura is then seen slowly standing up. She gathers items from the floor and moves to pick up a phone on the hallway wall near the elevators. Combs, still in a towel and socks, returns. A mirror directly across from the security camera shows Combs appearing to shove Ventura.

    Seconds later, he sits down on a chair, grabs an object off a table and forcefully throws it toward Ventura. Combs is seen walking away, then turns toward Ventura once again when an elevator door opens and someone appears to exit.

    Ventura, who reached an undisclosed settlement with Combs, declined to comment on the video obtained by CNN.

    Ventura’s attorney, Douglas H. Wigdor, said: “The gut-wrenching video has only further confirmed the disturbing and predatory behavior of Mr. Combs. Words cannot express the courage and fortitude that Ms. Ventura has shown in coming forward to bring this to light.”


    CNN has reached out to representatives for Combs and InterContinental Hotels for comment. Combs has previously denied Ventura’s allegations.

    Ventura’s lawsuit

    Combs and Ventura, a model and singer known for songs like “Me & U,” were in an off-and-on relationship from 2007 – 2018. The two were photographed together at the Los Angeles premiere of the film “A Perfect Match” on March 7, 2016.

    According to Ventura’s complaint, which cited the altercation as occurring “around March 2016,” Combs became “extremely intoxicated and punched Ms. Ventura in the face, giving her a black eye.”

    After Combs fell asleep, Ventura attempted to leave the hotel room, but he woke up and “followed her into the hallway of the hotel while yelling at her,” the complaint said.

    “He grabbed at her, and then took glass vases in the hallway and threw them at her, causing glass to crash around them as she ran to the elevator to escape,” the complaint alleged.

    After Ventura got in the elevator, her complaint states that she took a cab to her apartment.

    “Upon realizing that her running away would cause Mr. Combs to be even angrier with her, and completely stuck in his vicious cycle of abuse, Ms. Ventura returned to the hotel with the intention of apologizing for running away from her abuser,” the complaint claims. “When she returned, hotel security staff urged her to get back into a cab and go to her apartment, suggesting that they had seen the security footage showing Mr. Combs beating Ms. Ventura and throwing glass at her in the hotel hallway.”

    The complaint alleges Combs paid the InterContinental Century City $50,000 for the hallway security footage from that. The incident was part of a number of allegations made in the November lawsuit in which Ventura claimed she was raped in 2018 and subjected to years of repeated physical and other abuses by Combs.


    Sean "Diddy" Combs with Cassie Ventura attend the premiere of 'The Perfect Match' in Los Angeles on March 7, 2016.

    Sean "Diddy" Combs with Cassie Ventura attend the premiere of 'The Perfect Match' in Los Angeles on March 7, 2016. 

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    Ventura, who was formally signed to Combs’ label, claimed in her suit that he “exerted his power and influence” over her throughout the course of their professional and romantic relationship. According to the complaint, she was 19 when they met and Combs was 37, and their business relationship lasted until 2019. It detailed claims that Combs was physically violent toward Ventura and forced her to engage in various sex acts with other men during that time.

    Ben Brafman, an attorney for Combs, said in a statement to CNN on the day it was filed, “Mr. Combs vehemently denies these offensive and outrageous allegations.”

    The suit was resolved the following day.

    “A decision to settle a lawsuit, especially in 2023, is in no way an admission of wrongdoing,” Brafman told CNN in a statement at the time. “Mr. Combs‘ decision to settle the lawsuit does not in any way undermine his flat-out denial of the claims. He is happy they got to a mutual settlement and wishes Ms. Ventura the best.”

    Details of the settlement were not disclosed.

    Ongoing legal issues

    Since November, Combs has faced five other civil lawsuits accusing him of a range of sexual misconduct and other illegal activity. He has denied the allegations, and the cases remain active.

    Authorities searched Combs’ homes in California and Florida in April as part of a federal investigation carried out by a Department of Homeland Security team that handles human trafficking crimes, according to a senior federal law enforcement official briefed on the investigation. The investigation stems from many of the same sexual assault allegations put forth in the civil lawsuits, according to a second law enforcement source familiar with the searches.

    Aaron Dyer, an attorney for Combs, issued a statement at the time, calling the searches a “gross overuse of military-level force.”

    “This unprecedented ambush – paired with an advanced, coordinated media presence – leads to a premature rush to judgment of Mr. Combs and is nothing more than a witch hunt based on meritless accusations made in civil lawsuits,” he said. “There has been no finding of criminal or civil liability with any of these allegations. Mr. Combs is innocent and will continue to fight every single day to clear his name.”

    CNN’s Kevin Flower and Megan Thomas contributed to this story.

    Editor’s Note: If you or someone you know is struggling with intimate partner violence, there are resources available, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

  11. Renowned rapper MC Lyte is gearing up to make a comeback and solidify her status as a pioneer in female rap. The Brooklyn native recently revealed that she will be dropping her first album in nearly ten years this summer.


    During an appearance on the Rock The Bells show That’s The Joint with MC Sha-Rock and Grandmaster Caz, MC Lyte excitedly shared the news, saying, “I got a new record. I’m working on it right now. The new single is out. It’s ‘Woman.’ The new record is coming. We’ll have another single coming in June for Black Music Month, which is going to be spectacular.”


    The album, set to release on August 9th, promises to feature some notable collaborations. MC Lyte hinted at this, mentioning, “Of course, I’ve got some winning folks on this album, now I gotta talk to Major.”

    Fans have eagerly awaited new music from MC Lyte, as her last album, Legend, was released in 2015. Her latest single “Woman” featuring Big Daddy Kane, Raheem DeVaughn, and Cheryl “Salt” James, dropped in March and has been well-received.

    Related Article: MC Lyte On The Lack Of Successful Female Rappers In Hip Hop

    While MC Lyte has been relatively quiet on the album front, she hasn’t been absent from the music scene altogether. In recent years, she made guest appearances on tracks like Slimkid3’s “Roots, Love & Culture” in 2022, “Partners In Rhyme Unstoppable” with Precious Way and Xhaania in 2021, and “Hot” with DJ Shoni and Skales.

    Beyond her musical endeavors, MC Lyte was recognized for her impactful storytelling at the SEED Summit+ Awards in March. She expressed her gratitude for the honor in a heartfelt post, thanking the event organizers and congratulating her fellow honoree

    MC Lyte Announces Album Release After Nearly a Decade  was originally published on rickeysmileymorningshow.com

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