Now we know why Disney decided to do an all-CGI remake (although, it’s supposed to be GAME CHANGING!) of their cartoon movie The Lion King. It isn’t just because those greedy overlords at Disney knew that they could throw their logo on any summertime movie and it’ll allow them to say, “Sure, order four!”, with ease when Mickey Mouse calls asking if he can order another crate of vintage Dom Perignon while partying with his side-hos and Leonardo DiCaprio on his yacht in Italy somewhere. They knew that if they got Beyonce to graciously possess the body of a CGI Nala with her ethereal holiness, they might also get her to make an entire Lion King album, and then they’d make even more money.
Well, Mickey Mouse can go ahead and make it rain $1,000 cashiers checks instead of $100 bills on his yacht girls this summer, because Beyonce (and her ghost curators) has curated an entire album inspired by The Lion King.
There are still a few episodes left of Surviving Surviving R. Kelly, the reality show we’re currently living where artists who’ve worked with R. Kelly try to distance themselves from him. The last episode with Lady Gaga was kind of bullshit, and today’s episode starring Kanye West and Kim Kardashian is even worse. And Celine Dion being in it didn’t really help all that much either. Not even the Greatest Singer In Da World could save this shit show! According to Complex, Kanye was performing at a Sunday Service event where he sat on a stool and mumbled some shit while a choir sang a few of his songs. During one of the mumbling bits, Kanye made some observations about separating the art from the artist, indirectly alluding to R. Kelly and Michael Jackson.
John Legend finally has some company sitting over there on the Fuck R. Kelly Bench. Chance The Rapper appeared on the final episode of Lifetime’s documentary Surviving R. Kelly and apologized for having worked with him on his 2015 song “Summer in Paradise”. His apology didn’t come controversy-free though. Not only was it a week late and $20 short (if you’re not matching Vince Staples’ energy, you’re not doing enough), Rolling Stone magazine quoted Chance saying he “didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were Black women“, which as you might imagine, didn’t go over very well. Chance says he words were taken out of context and redirected people to the full interview he gave to journalist Jamilah Lemieux back in May.
Variety is reporting that Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I. have landed themselves gigs on a new Netflix hip-hop music competition show called Rhythm + Flow. The show has been in development for over a year over at the biggest Wing Man of the new century (Netflix & Chill Generation) but finally got the green light after nabbing those judges. Cardi B getting paid to judge people? Nicki Minaj is going to be furious on her radio show. “You think Harriet Tubman judged other women???!!!” *Gunshot**Gunshot**Police siren*
Chance The Rapper is really putting his neck out for his friend and fellow Chicagoan Kanye West. At a recent function they announced that they are working on a new album together and, according to TMZ, Kanye followed that news up by announcing he was moving back to Chicago. Permanently. His exact words were “I gotta let y’all know that I’m moving back to Chicago and I’m never leaving again”. I hope the windy city is ready for the gust of hot air coming its way.
Ah, Valentine’s Day. The perfect day to plant a smooch on that special someone in your life. And maybe to take a picture of it. And also post it to Instagram so that millions of people can share in your love. That’s what Rosario Dawson did with her new man yesterday. Except it happened so many times and with such a varying degree of thirst that many people, including Chance the Rapper, thought it was a stunt. But according to Chance the Rapper, it’s not.