Jay Z Really Did Cry Tears of Joy When His Mom Fell in Love

Jay Z has recently been pretty candid about his mother, Gloria Carter, coming out to him after sharing it with the world on “Smile” via his 2017 album 4:44. On an upcoming episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, the GLAAD Media award winner sits with host David Letterman to talk about how it all went down.

“Imagine having to live your life as someone else and you think you're protecting your kids,” he said. “For her to sit in front of me and tell me 'I think I love someone,' I really cried…I cried because I was so happy for her that she was free.”

The conversation happened pretty recently, while Jay was creating 4:44. “This happened eight months ago, when the album was being made. She just told me. I made ['Smile'] the next day.” Gloria Carter would eventually add her own words to the song, penning the last-minute poem on a flight to meet her son in LA. “I knew,” Jay told Letterman of his mother's sexuality, “but that was the first time having the conversation. And the first time I heard her say she loved her partner.” 


In the same episode, Jay also shared what makes fellow rap icons Snoop Dogg and Eminem great. “There's multiple ways to be really good,” he adds. “Some people just have it all.”

The full episode will be available on Netflix on April 6.

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Diddy Urges Aspiring Rappers ‘Don’t Be Part of the Noise’

Diddy decided to drop some words of wisdom onto the 'Gram Tuesday night, sharing a “message from love” to all the aspiring rap artists out there. “Every artist has to be unique in their own right,” he said, preaching into his front cam.

“I guess I'm trying to say if you're going to be in this game be great, because you can also be part of the noise,” he explained further. 

There's been tons of debate over creativity being scarce in rap as of late, with everyone from Joe Budden, to Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg giving their own hot takes on the issue. In the post Diddy shared, however, he seems to be coming from a genuine place of concern for the culture, rather than taking cheap jabs at the youngsters. In his caption he writes, “I don't want the culture to get diluted. Artists have to be special, you have to be unique.”

People sounded off in the comments voicing their own opinions, praising Diddy for keeping it real, or flat-out shading artists they thought were guilty of what Diddy was cautioning against.

Keeping it on a positive note, Diddy ended his Tuesday night musings with a message of positivity: “With that said, all you young inspiring rappers out there, and R&B artists and singers, and dancers keep doing your thing and be special.”

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On today’s #EverydayStruggle, DJ Akademiks and STAR respond to Snoop Dogg and Chris Brown, weigh in on Jhene Aiko’s story about how she started dating Big Sean, Troy Ave’s latest interview, and much more. 

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Elon Musk is Selling $500 Flamethrowers Now

Over the course of his career, Elon Musk has helped revolutionize online currency with Paypal, freaked out half the greater Los Angeles area with ongoing plans to colonize Mars, and casually added a flamethrower to the list of items his companies sell. Saturday, Musk posted a series of images and videos on his Instagram feed featuring the new product.


Say hello to my little friend …

A post shared by Elon Musk (@elonmusk) on Jan 27, 2018 at 4:42pm PST



Pre-orders for the flamethrower are being taken via boringcompany.com, which bills the product as the “world’s safest flamethrower” and claims it is “guaranteed to liven up any party.”

It’s unclear how a $500 flamethrower fits alongside a Boring Company product line that also includes dad hats and proposed tunnels. And that may at least partially explain why Musk started tweeting jokes about the usefulness of his new product in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

According to a 2015 CNN report on consumer-level flamethrowers, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms doesn’t regulate the devices because they aren’t technically considered guns. The prospect of not needing an FBI background check to own a flamethrower might not be good news for a country where millions of people voted for a reality show personality to be the President and mass shootings regularly make headlines. That didn’t stop Musk from trying to get at least one joke in.

You can view all of the details on The Boring Company’s $500 flamethrower via their website.

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Meet the Rapper Behind the Most Heinous Acts of Violence You’ve Ever Seen On Network TV

Starring as Black Lightning villain Tobias Whale, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III explains how he went from rapping with Strong Arm Steady and ghostwriting for Xzibit and Snoop Dogg to being one of DC’s baddest villains on TV.

Here’s a List Albums We’re Still Waiting On in 2018

2017 was a banner year for hip-hop. Fans got projects from their favorite legends (Jay Z, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Big Boi, Gucci Mane) and new legends (Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Lil B, Vince Staples, Rapsody), as well as got introduced to a slew of upcoming artists that are looking to make an impact in 2018. Yet, even with such an abundance of music to choose from, we’re still waiting on albums by the likes of Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, Travis Scott, The Internet, and much more.

In regards to Earl, he has promised new music in 2018, which is good news for people who have been anticipating a follow-up to his 2015 output, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. Travis Scott and Quavo gave us an early Christmas present with Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho, but Scott’s AstroWorld  and a Quavo solo project will likely be the most-talked about albums of the New Year. Finally, after months of singles and killer verses over some popular songs, Nicki Minaj is poised to remind everyone why she’s one of the greatest MCs and a pop force with her new album.

Certainly there’s plenty of more albums we’re anticipating, but here’s a list of albums that we need right now.

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Keaton Jones Receives Support From Hip-Hop Community for His Anti-Bullying PSA

On Friday, Kimberly Jones shared a video on Facebook of her son Keaton delivering a tearful message to anyone else who is the victim of bullying.

For the record, Keaton asked to do this AFTER he had he me pick him up AGAIN because he was afraid to go to lunch. My kids are by no stretch perfect, & at home, he's as all boy as they come, but by all accounts he's good at school. Talk to your kids. I've even had friends of mine tell me they're kids were only nice to him to get him to mess with people. We all know how it feels to want to belong, but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere.

Keaton, who was picked up from school early by his mom because he was afraid to go to lunch, explains his own situation where kids make fun of him, and pour milk in his hair. The video has since gone viral and everyone from athletes from his home state of Tennessee to artists across the nation are showing their support for Jones. 

Tennessee Volunteers Tyler Byrd says he plans to visit Jones's school with some of his teammates on Tuesday. 

Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker addressed the issue of bullying at school, and invited Keaton and his family to the Titans' game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 31. 

Walker's teammate and offensive lineman Taylor Lewan wants to meet Keaton as well. 

UFC president Dana White personally invited Keaton to the company's headquarters in Las Vegas. 

Snoop Dogg tells Keaton that he's got “friend in me for life.” 

Plies not only wants to be his friend, he wants to send him something for Christmas. 

Cardi B makes sure to set everyone straight.

T.I. offers up some words of advice for Keaton.

Chris Brown practices some self-restraint after hearing Keaton's story.

Trae Tha Truth shows his support for Jones. 

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