Quincy Jones Eyes Donald Glover for Biopic

Donald Glover may be retiring Childish Gambino, but he could be taking on another role. The Golden Globe-winning actor is being eyed to play Quincy Jones in an upcoming biopic.

Speaking with GQ, the legendary producer revealed that he would like the “Atlanta” creator to play him in the prospective 10-part TV series.

He also has other projects on the horizon. “I never been this busy in my life,” the 84-year-old told the magazine. “We’re doing ten movies, six albums, four Broadway shows, two networks, business with the president of China, intellectual property. It’s unbelievable, man.”

Jones, who is also planning a Netflix documentary and a CBS special hosted by Oprah, said he’s working so much due to newfound clarity. “I stopped drinking two years ago. Because I had diabetes 2. And it’s the best thing I ever did,” he said. “My mind’s so clear now, you know. And the curiosity’s at an all-time high.”

He’s also been in the studio with Stevie Wonder. “Stevie and I are doing a lot of shit together,” he said. Later, he added: “I’ll write music. I’m writing a street opera—for my album.” And there’s no end in sight: “They be thinking I’m 84 and retired and all that shit. They wrong, man. Oh baby! I am never retiring!”

The 34-year-old Glover, however, is saying goodbye to Childish Gambino. Over the weekend, the Grammy-winning star said he’s ready to retire his stage name. “I stand by that,” he said. “I’m making another project right now, to make, but I like endings. I think they’re important to progress.”

His acting career is still going strong. Glover is currently working on The Lion King and Solo: A Star Wars Story, as well as the second season of “Atlanta,” which premieres March 1 on FX.

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Cardi B Was Happier Before Fame

Cardi B is winning. She has a hit album, is topping the Billboard charts and spreading words of wisdom.

Despite her new found success, Cardi says she was happier before being famous and feels like the world owns her.

Is it too soon for Cardi to complain about being famous?

Then, newly released transcripts prove Meek Mill’s judge isn’t as bad as he thought.

Plus, eighty-four year-old Quincy Jones has a very active sex life and Khloe Kardshian is begging the paparazzi to leave her alone during her pregnancy.

Find out Wendy’s take in Hot Topics.

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DMX Back In Jail For Failing Drug Tests

Here We Go Again.

DMX is back behind bars for violating his probation. X was taken into custody at Manhattan court this morning for testing positive for opiates, cocaine and oxycodone. TMZ reports prosecutors noted in court of the video above, stating the rapper seemed off and violated his probation by drinking.

Last summer, DMX was ordered to complete drug rehab when he was released on bail for a $1.7 million tax evasion charge, in which he currently is facing up to 44 years. Let’s all say a prayer.

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Teyana Taylor Readies Sophomore Album, Executive Produced By Kanye West

Almost four years since the release of her debut VII, Teyana Taylor is ready to unleash her sophomore album, which will be executive produced by her G.O.O.D. Music boss, Kanye West.

Due this year, the anxiously-awaited and oft-delayed effort is set to feature tons of “magic,” Teyana tells Oyster Magazine. “The album is actually done, just waiting on some minor tweaks and whatever last minute switches or edits and a green light from Kanye and should be good to go.”

Although no release date has been outlined, fans should expect it this year. “It’s coming in 2018,” she confirmed. “Mr. West is EP-ing my entire album — you guys will just have to wait and see what magic he’s created!”

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Donning a seductive stare, Taylor is stunning on the magazine cover, which was shot by June Canedo. Elsewhere in the story, Junie’s mother explains what it’s like to live such a busy life. “You definitely need balance,” she revealed. “I sleep whenever I can, if I’m not working I’m spending time with my baby, my husband, friends, and fam. I never calculate the hours. Sometimes only two hours but duty calls.”

Duty includes projects outside of music, too. Next month, she and husband Iman Shumpert are set to star in the VH1 docu-series “Teyana & Iman,” which premieres Feb. 19.

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Iggy Azalea Slams Grammy President for Telling Women to ‘Step Up’

Iggy Azalea is among the many voices speaking out against Neil Portnow, the President and CEO of the Recording Academy, for comments he made about how women in music need to “step up” to be recognized.

“Neil Portnow really has me heated with his ‘women need to step up’ Grammy-Boys-Club bullshit statement,” she tweeted. “Or instead of being gracious and wearing white flowers on the carpet (bringing in the viewers for his telecast in designer gowns) women should consider if we NEED to take firmer action and stay at home in PJs next year… see how that works out for Neil.”

Although she deleted the tweets, Azalea returned to Twitter with more thoughts about the Grammys. “I’m not saying we should boycott anything just yet,” she clarified. “However, if women don’t see signs of real change throughout the year a firmer stance may be needed to be taken seriously. I just want to see my peers valued. #TimesUp”

The four-time nominee, who’s yet to win a Grammy, went on to say that this movement isn’t about taking anything away from male artists. “I don’t think any of us are saying male artists are undeserving of recognition and celebration too,” she added, “but we women know what goes on behind the curtain and so that’s why that comment from Neil has the girls fuming.”

After Portnow’s statements sparked controversy, the Recording Academy President issued a statement. “Last night, I was asked a question about the lack of female artist representation in certain categories of this year’s Grammy Awards. Regrettably, I used two words, ‘step up,’ that, when taken out of context, do not convey my beliefs and the point I was trying to make,” he explained. “Our industry must recognize that women who dream of careers in music face barriers that men have never faced. We must actively work to eliminate these barriers and encourage women to live their dreams and express their passion and creativity through music. We must welcome, mentor, and empower them. Our community will be richer for it.”

His original comments were as follows: “It has to begin with… women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on the executive level. [They need] to step up, because I think they would be welcome.”

Several other women in music responded to the comments, including Pink, a 19-time nominee and 3-time winner who performed at this year’s show. “Women in music don’t need to ‘step up’ — women have been stepping since the beginning of time,” she wrote. “Stepping up, and also stepping aside. Women OWNED music this year. They’ve been KILLING IT. And every year before this. When we celebrate and honor the talent and accomplishments of women, and how much women STEP UP every year, against all odds, we show the next generation of women and girls and boys and men what it means to be equal, and what it looks like to be fair.”

Only two women received awards during the televised broadcast on Sunday (Jan. 28). Alessia Cara won Best New Artist and Rihanna nabbed Best Rap/Sung Performance with Kendrick Lamar for “LOYALTY.” Further showcasing the gender disparities, Janelle Monáe tweeted: “A total of 90.7% of nominees between 2013 and 2018 were male, meaning just 9.3% were women. #TimesUp #Grammys.”

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New Music: Kodak Black feat. Jackboy & John Wicks – ‘Broward Paradise’

Kodak Black takes a trip down memory lane.

Inspired by Ahmad’s 1994 classic “Back in the Day,” Project Baby drops “Broward Paradise,” an ode to the past and Broward County, Fla. that features Jackboy and Lil Kodak’s brother, John Wicks.

Over the familiar sample, Black raps about doing dirt. “I be dealing shit and stealing shit,” he raps. “Back in the day, I was a fool and I was ignorant / I’m not a killer but my ni**as, they on that killa shit / I’m ’bout my scrilla, I be dealing, just like a dealership.”

“Broward Paradise” follows legal drama for the Pompano Beach rapper. Earlier this month, he was arrested on several charges, including grand theft of a firearm, possession of marijuana over 20 grams, neglecting a child, possession of a weapon or ammo by a felon, and probation violation.

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