Justin Bieber Addresses Controversy Over Martin Luther King Jr. Samples on ‘Justice’

Justin Bieber is speaking out after receiving backlash for incorporating two Martin Luther King Jr. speeches onto his album Justice.

The project opens with MLK’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”) before leading into the album’s first track “2 Much.” Later on “MLK Interlude,” pulled from King’s 1967 sermon “But If Not King,” MLK speaks about causes so great that they are worth dying for, which serves as a lead-in for the Dominic Fike-assisted “Die for You” about Bieber’s love for a woman.

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Bieber was criticized for his use of the civil rights icon on an album that doesn’t actually address social justice despite its title. Rolling Stone called the MLK samples a “jarring musical misstep,” while Variety said it “doesn’t make a lick of sense.”

During his first-ever Clubhouse chat with Bieber Nation, Bieber reflected on the controversy and defended his decision.

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“Being Canadian,… they didn’t teach us about Black history. It was just not a part of our education system,” he said, according to Billboard. “I think for me, coming from Canada and being uneducated and making insensitive jokes when I was a kid and being insensitive and being honestly just a part of the problem because I just didn’t know better. For me to have this platform to just share this raw moment of Martin Luther King in a time where he knew he was going to die for what he was standing up for.”

Bieber said he was willing to endure “as much hate by putting that on the album” and that his objective was to “amplify” MLK’s “incredibly, touching speech.”

“I want to keep growing and learning about just all social injustices and what it looks like for me to be better, what it looks like for my friends to be better,” he said. “And I know I have a long way to go. I love that when people are listening to my album, these conversations are coming up and they’re like, ‘Well, how is he going from Martin Luther King into a love song?’”

He continued, “I’m not trying to make a connection between me and Martin Luther King. That’s why I never try to talk about social injustice or I didn’t want to be the one to talk about it because I just have so much more learning to do. But I have this man who was ready to die and what he believed to be true. If I’m not willing to face some sort of ridicule or judgment of people wondering my motives or whatever that is, for me, it was a no brainer.”

Bieber’s security Lauren Walters said that as a Black man, he found it “very admirable” that Bieber chose to bring awareness to “something that’s been going on in America for decades, centuries.” “For you to be the No. 1 pop star in the world to talk about these issues, it’s important,” said Walters.

Additionally, MLK’s daughter Bernice King thanked Bieber following the release of Justice, while acknowledging his support for The King Center.

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21 Savage Reignites Mulatto Romance Rumors

21 Savage and Mulatto may be an item after all.

After sparking romance rumors late last year, 21 Savage is raising eyebrows once again after he posted and deleted a photo of the “Queen of Da Souf” on Instagram. He shared a photo of Mulatto without makeup while celebrating her natural beauty.

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“No makeup,” Savage wrote on IG Stories. “Dam u fine it’s only 1 way I can come bout you twin.”

The post was quickly deleted but not before fans were able to screenshot it.

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Back in December, it was rumored that the rappers were dating after they seemingly vacationed together in Puerto Rico to celebrate Latto’s 22nd birthday. Fans noticed the similarities between the scenery in Mulatto’s videos and Savage’s friend, leading them to believe that they were staying at the same location and trying to hide their romance.

But Mulatto later denied that the two were a couple. “I be laughing,” she told Wild 94.1 in January, while maintaining that their relationship is strictly professional.

Meanwhile, 21 Savage has been tapped to executive produce the music for Spiral: From the Book of Saw, the next installment in the rebooted Saw movie franchise. His new song “Spiral” can be heard in a trailer for the Chris Rock-produced film, which hits theaters May 14.

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Lauren London Pays Tribute to Nipsey Hussle on 2nd Anniversary of His Death

It’s been two years since the world lost Nipsey Hussle.

On the second anniversary of his passing, Lauren London is reflecting on the events that changed her life forever. Taking to Instagram, the actress shared a photo of Nipsey with her 10 million followers along with some touching words.

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“The Day Of Ermias’ transition changed the course of my life forever,” she began. “2 years, and it feels like yesterday and eternity all at the same time. Grief and Healing have been constant companions on this journey.”

An emotional London continued to pay tribute to her soulmate and father of her son. “In Honor of His life and demonstration… May all of Heaven exalt Your name for all You did on Earth and beyond. Brave and Beloved Soul, Ermias. You are missed deeply. You are loved immensely. You will forever be. I love you eternally,” said London, who Nipsey affectionately called “Boogie.”

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The couple, who have a 4-year-old son named Kross, began dating in 2013 after meeting on social media. Last year, London revealed how she’s been coping with her grief since Nipsey was killed outside his Marathon Clothing store on March 31, 2019.

“I don’t always wake up on the enlightened side of the bed and the days that I don’t, I let myself ’cause I’m human,” she told Jada Pinkett-Smith on “Red Table Talk.” “I let myself be human and I’m gentle with myself, and I find things that matter and so I try to live with a purpose.”

The hip-hop community including Nas, 2 Chainz, Swizz Beatz, and DJ Khaled also paid tribute to the Crenshaw legend, who would have been 35.

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Video: Westside Gunn “Julia Lang”

Gunn x Lang

After dropping “TV Boy“, Westside Gunn certifies his swag on “Julia Lang”, the second offering off his upcoming, Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Sincerely, Adolf.

Over Camouflage Monk’s production, the FLYGOD styles and profiles with founder of genderless lifestyle label VEERT, Julia Lang from the studio to streets of Times Square. Skrrt!

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Westside Gunn “TV Boy”

Ayo.

Westside Gunn checks in with “TV Boy”, the first drop off his forthcoming Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Sincerely, Adolf.

Anchored by Daringer and Beat Butcher’s sinister production, the FLYGOD gloats his legendary status in the streets with his grimy bars and signature adlibs.

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Pusha-T Says He Will Have the Best Album of 2021

Pusha-T is nearing completion on his new album.

The rapper reveals that he has 12 songs done for the untitled project. During an Instagram Live interview (via HipHop-N-More), he gave an update on the follow-up to 2018’s Daytona.

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“I feel like I have some extras right now, but I’m gonna keep 12,” said Pusha, who plans to return to the studio with Kanye West. “I gotta go sit in with Ye for a little bit but other than that, it’s just these 12.”

When it does drop, he’s confident it will be the best album of the year. “I’ma have the best album when it drops in 2021, for sure.”

Back in December, the new dad revealed that the project will be made up of production from Kanye and The Neptunes.

“As of right now, it’s only Ye and Pharrell…and Neptunes. That’s it,” said King Push, who was recently in the studio with Pharrell. “You know I bring the best out of everybody.”

It’s been three years since Pusha-T’s last album, Daytona, which was produced entirely by Kanye. The critically-acclaimed project debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album.

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