Will Smith Talks New Music, 20 Years of Marriage, & Drake

Will Smith shares his wisdom.

During a day off from shooting his new film Gemini Man in Budapest, the iconic rapper-actor sat down for a wide-ranging interview with TIDAL’s Rap Radar podcast where he discussed his return to hip-hop. Smith is currently in the studio recording new material, and has been inspired by social media and the 7-track album formats recently popularized by Kanye West.

“I just started writing again, just tryna find the way to say the stuff that’s in my mind,” he said. “I’m burning again creatively, and I have outlets that I’ve never had before.”

The 49-year-old legend, who has become an Instagram sensation, also opened up about his family life and the secret to a happy marriage. He and wife Jada Pinkett Smith recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.

Plus, he reflected on the legacy of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” his father’s death, and today’s rappers including J. Cole and Drake.

On new music: “‘Summertime’ and ‘Brand New Funk’ are the two [classic] records I’ve made and I think I got more in me. I’m in the studio now and I have real things to say. That’s the thing that’s gonna be new and different and interesting about the music that I create going forward.”

On why he joined social media: “Social media demands authenticity. Social media pushes you more and more into having you reveal what’s true. ‘Cause if you don’t, TMZ is going to. It’s a beautiful thing. I’m actually enjoying the push. Nobody’s happy that doesn’t get to be themselves. I’m enjoying the social demand for authenticity.”

On being criticized as ‘soft’: “That was a difficult time coming up. … It was always difficult [to hear] people say I was soft and my music was cotton candy. I always wanted to fight to prove myself. Fighting yourself to maintain positivity is the hardest fight you ever gon’ have. That struggle to just stay my course, be the person in the world that I wanted to be no matter what people said. I started to call it offensive positivity.”

On ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’: “I had no idea that ‘Fresh Prince’ would have that kind of impact. When I look back on it, I can see. It was like, ‘Duh.’ The intracultural racism between the rich blacks and poor blacks and the idea of being uprooted and put into the full mainstream white world, I can see where those ideas would make for a rich show.”

On Trump and his father’s death: “My father died on Nov. 7 and Trump was elected on Nov. 8. I literally don’t know which one of those was worse for me. That time was a deep changing for me in my life. My father dying sort of released me to be me.”

On Jaden’s Batman outfit that he wore to Kanye and Kim’s wedding: “Ye was cool. ‘Yo, I love that!’ Kim was a little bit like, ‘Jaden…’”

On he and Jada’s 20th wedding anniversary: “We don’t even say we’re married anymore. We refer to ourselves as life partners, where you get into that space where you realize you are literally with somebody for the rest of your life. There’s no deal breakers. There’s nothing she could do—ever. Nothing that would break our relationship. She has my support till death and it feels so good to get to that space.”

On Drake: “Drake I think has had the most interesting success in the last four or five years. It’s so hard to sustain success today. The social media part of it is such a burn that it’s hard to sustain. The fact that Drake has been able to sustain is really interesting to me. It’s why I like working in the Instagram, 60-second format. You get to feed it, but you’re not burning 15, 18 minutes worth of content.”

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Teyana Taylor and Ty Dolla $ign Ready Joint Album

Teyana Taylor and Ty Dolla $ign are joining forces.

After collaborating on “3 Way” for Teyana’s album K.T.S.E., the singers are about to record a joint album together, according to Teyana.

Taking to Twitter, she revealed their big plans. “we actually bout to do a whole album together,” tweeted the Harlem songstress.

“3 Way” is one of eight tracks on Teyana’s sophomore album K.T.S.E., for which a “complete” version was slated to be released earlier this week. The updated album has been delayed indefinitely, but she plans to release the extended tracks through her forthcoming visuals.

In addition to Teyana, Ty has recorded a joint album with Jeremih called MihTy, which will reportedly feature Chris Brown and PARTYNEXTDOOR. Last month they dropped the first single “The Light.”

There is also talk of a collaborative project between Kanye West and Ty, who appears on three tracks off ye including “All Mine,” “Wouldn’t Leave,” and “Violent Crimes.” “Ty is one of the strongest artists that we have living and anything that I can do to support, get around, produce, take my hands, chop up everything, I’m with it,” Kanye told Power 106’s “The Cruz Show.”

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Grill Dads July 4th Recipes

Hatch Chili Smash Burgers

Burger
Ingredients:

2 Pounds – 75/25 ground beef (chuck and short rib blend)
8 – Martins Potato Rolls
16 – Thin slices mozzarella cheese
1 C – Mexican Crema
1 C – Chopped Mexican scallions
8 – Large iceberg lettuce leaves.

Hatch Chili Chili:

4 – Serrano chilies
4 – Anaheim chilies
2 – Poblano chilies
10 – Tomatillos, husks removed
2 C – Roasted hatch chilies (we had to use canned)
10 – Garlic cloves
1 – White onion, minced
2 C – Chicken stock
¼ c – Chopped cilantro
2 T – Olive oil
1 – Lime, juiced

Directions:
To make the Hatch Chili Chili:

Blister tomatillos and garlic in hot cast iron skillet until dark. Roast fresh chilies over an open flame or grill until charred. Place grilled chilies in a paper bag and roll it closed so the peppers steam themselves. Once cooled remove skins and roughly chop. Pulse tomatillos and chilis in a food processor. Sauté onions and blistered garlic in a large skillet over medium high heat w/olive oil. When the onions are soft, add chilies and tomatillos – salt and pepper to taste. Add stock and lime juice, bring to a simmer and reduce for 10 minutes. Using a stick blender, blend the ingredients to a course consistency. Add cilantro and place on low heat.

Burgers:

Portion ground beef into eight ¼ pound meatballs. Toast buns and set aside. Heat a cast iron skillet on medium high and place the burgers (leaving room for smashing). Leave the burgers alone until juices start to bubble where the meat is touching the skillet. Using a firm metal spatula smash each burger down to ¼” thickness. Season with salt and pepper.

When you can see the juices start to bubble flip the burger. Quickly sprinkle with salt and pepper then add a slice of cheese, ¼ cup of the chili, and top with a second piece of cheese.

When cheese begins melting, approximately two minutes, remove and place on a bottom bun with a piece of iceberg lettuce. Drizzle with crema, top with scallions and put the top bun on. Consume with favorite hot sauce and Mexican lager.

Bacon Wrapped Queso Dogs
Ingredients:

8 – Premium hot dogs (1/4 pound)
8 – Slices of thin bacon
8 – Hot dog buns
1 C – Mexican chorizo
4 C – Shredded Oaxacan cheese (sub mozzarella if it isn’t available)
1 C – Chopped white onions
1 C – Chopped parsley

Prep:

Wrap the hot dogs with one slice of bacon and use toothpicks to keep the bacon in place.

In a cast iron skillet, cook the chorizo over medium heat. Remove and drain onto a paper towel, leaving enough of the oil to coat the pan (including the sides). Place the cheese in the pan and top with chorizo.

Cook:

You will need a hot grill (500º) set up for both direct and indirect heat. Place the cast iron skillet and hot dogs on direct heat. Turn the hot dogs every minute and when the bacon fat starts to render and once it starts to flame up move them to indirect heat. Keep the lid closed as much as possible.

When the bacon is cooked and the cheese is bubbling you are ready to go.

Place each dog in a bun. Using two large spoons get a spoonful of queso and wrap/twist the other spoon then place it on the hot dog. Repeat until the desired amount of cheese is added. Add a few onions and pinch of parsley. Serve and enjoy.

Got extra queso? Hide it in the kitchen with some tortillas and keep it all for yourself.

S’Mores Eggrolls
Ingredients:

10 – Eggroll wrappers
1 – Bag of large marshmallows
1 – Bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips (one cup reserved for ganach)
1 ½ C – Crushed graham crackers
1 C – Water
¾ C – Heavy cream
Vegetable oil for frying (enough to have three inches of oil in your fryer or dutch oven)
Powdered sugar

To make egg rolls:

Lay an eggroll wrapper flat on the counter. Place three large marshmallows, two tablespoons each of chocolate chips and crushed graham crackers. Using a basting brush (or your finger) brush the edges with water. Fold side corners in, then the bottom corner, and roll. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat until all ten are done. You can do these in advance if you place a damp towel on top to keep the wrappers from drying out.

Refrigerate for an hr before frying in 325 degree oil.

Heat oil to 325º.

To make ganache:

Heat cream in a glass bowl in the microwave until it is very hot. Remove and add the chocolate chips. Stir until smooth. Pour into a squeeze bottle and set aside.

To cook eggrolls:

Once oil reaches 350 degrees, place 2-3 egg rolls into the oil (use spider spoon to be safe). Cook 3-4 minutes until it golden. Remove and place on a tray with a cooling rack and place in a warm oven until all are cooked.

Place on a tray then drizzle with ganache and add pinch of graham crackers with a dash of powdered sugar.

WARNING: Do not serve these to people you aren’t fond of, whoever eats these will keep coming back to your house for more.

Red/White/Blue Layered Drink
Ingredients
Red:

1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup watermelon chunks, frozen
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
2 tablespoons white rum
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup ice cubes

White:
1 cup coconut sorbet
1/4 cup rum
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
1 cup ice cubes

Blue:
1/3 cup blue passion fruit liqueur, such as Hpnotiq or Alize
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)
2 tablespoons blue curacao liqueur
2 tablespoons white rum
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups ice cubes

Directions:
Begin by making the red layer: Put the frozen strawberries, watermelon, lime juice, rum, sugar and ice in the carafe of a blender. Blend until thick and smooth. Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons water if the consistency is too thick. Transfer to a large measuring cup or small bowl and place in the freezer while you make the next layer.

For the white layer: Rinse out the blender and add the coconut sorbet, rum, lime juice and ice. Blend until thick and smooth. Transfer to another large measuring cup or small bowl and place in the freezer while you make the final layer.
For the blue layer: Rinse out the blender and add the passion fruit liqueur, lime juice, blue curacao, rum, sugar and ice cubes. Blend until slushy and there are no chunks of ice left.

Pour the red layer into the bottom of six 8-ounce glasses, about 1/3 cup each. Gently spoon 1/3 cup of the white layer over the red layer so they stay separate. Finish by spooning 1/3 cup of the blue layer over the second layer in each glass.
From Food Network Kitchens

Source: Wendy

HOT TOPICS RUNDOWN: July 4th, 2018

Vivica A. Fox vs. Phaedra Parks

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Vivica A. Fox is at war with RHOA’s Phaedra Parks. Earlier this week, Phaedra posted a picture with Vivica’s ex 50 Cent with a telling caption. “Everybody knows his strap will have you sprung for 20 years.” People are interpreting Phaedra’s caption as shady towards Vivica.

Phaedra sent Vivica a private text message saying “FYI… I took a pic with 50. And baller alert is trying to make it into some BS towards you. You know I adore you and I have nothing but love for you.”

Vivica publicly posted Phaedra’s text adding “When you have to break out dem receipts on another toxic trick! The nerve to text me!? Gurl bye I see you!”

Katherine McPhee & David Foster Engaged!

Thirty-four year-old Katherine Mcphee is engaged to 68 year old David Foster. This will be David’s fifth wife. His last was Yolanda Hadid and they split only last year. David has five daughters that range from ages 31-48. Katherine was previously married to a 53 year-old man.

‘Hot Felon’ is Done With Ex-Wife, Receives Full Custody of Child

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It’s finally over between the Hot Felon Jeremy Meeks and his ex-wife Melissa Meeks. Melissa allegedly agreed to give Jeremy primary custody of their nine-year-old son in exchange for a six figure check.

Melissa also just threw herself a divorce party at the Crazy Horse strip club in Las Vegas. There was cake that said “ex con to ex wife” Melissa boasted that she’s ready to start a new chapter and is “single and ready to mingle.”

Jennifer Aniston Back to Dating

Jennifer Aniston is dating again. Allegedly, she isn’t locking herself into one person. The two potential suitors allegedly aren’t A-listers. One is a tech titan who recently split from his wife, and the other is an industry creative she recently worked with on a project.

Source: Wendy