Former Playboy Playmate Says Drake Friendship Gives Her N-Word Pass

Reality TV show actress and former Playboy model Ariane Bellamar is finding herself under fire from followers on social media, who’ve have taken exception to her comfortable use of the N-word. Bellamar was called out by activist April Reign after she came across a tweet sent out by the former Beverly Hills Nannies star, in which she used the slur to criticize political analyst Van Jones.

“Why is @VanJones68 always playing the house n****r?! He is smart. Able. Ready. Stand up! Don’t settle for this undefinable nonsense. #RESIST,” Bellamar wrote. It is unclear exactly what about Jones her remarks were in reference to. The former Obama administration environmental adviser is the most liberal of CNN’s panel of correspondents, although he has been attempting to reach across to conservatives via his show “The Messy Truth,” and recent comments, particularly his praise of President Trump’s State of the Union address, has turned some of his core supporters against him. Nevertheless, her liberal use of the phrase isn’t being tolerated by many, regardless of Jones’ politics.

In going back and forth with followers who sought to check her for her language, Bellamar attempted to defend her right to say the word, citing volunteer work she has done for Black Lives Matter. At one point, she brought hip-hop into the dispute, pointing out how she most commonly finds herself using the word when singing along to rap songs. “@ReignOfApril Furthermore, Drake would whack me if I skipped it in front of him. He’s the musician. He’s not offended. That’s his choice,” she told Reign.

Reign, who the public came to know following her initiation of the #OscarsSoWhite protests of 2015, fired back, stating, “You can be married to a Black man and still be a racist. Your volunteering doesn’t absolve you or give you the right to say the N-word.” She then advised Bellamar to skip the word when she comes upon it in a song from here on out.



Dwight Howard Thinks He Is Without a Doubt a Hall of Famer

Dwight Howard is sure that when he hangs up his jersey in the not so distant future, his name will be honored alongside the greats in the NBA Hall of Fame, and no one can tell him different. The Hawks center was asked by ESPN’s Marc Spears whether he thinks he has already put together the kind of resume that would establish one as an all-time great, and without pause Howard responded, “no doubt.”

As a testament to his worthiness, Howard pointed out the accolades that he is rarely recognized for having already attained at the age of 31, including his six-year league leading rebounding streak, and his being the only player to ever collect three Defensive Player of the Year trophies. All achievements that he says the media has taken for granted while maintaining what he believes to be a bias since the contemptuous repertoire they’ve built with him since he left Orlando.

For many, winning an NBA Finals Championship is a defining moment for potential Hall of Fame players, a moment which some would say you’re without, a player’s stats would have to all the more compensate for. The Hawks are Howard’s fourth team in 13 years, and for thirteen years, over which time he has also played for the Magic, Lakers and Rockets, he is yet to have helped a team win it all. What’s more, there are those who’ve questioned his will to win. Howard gained flack some years back when he insisted that even without the gold trophy, he is a champion. It is a claim that he continued to defend during his ESPN interview.

“A champion starts in the mind. If you’re not telling yourself every day that you are a champion and that you’re the best, your body is going to follow your mind. That’s how I feel and it’s never going to change. To come from where I come from and do the things that I’m doing compared to what I could’ve been doing, I’m a champion,” said Howard.



New Music: Khalid feat. Lil Wayne & Kehlani – ‘Location (Remix)’

It’s been a big week for Khalid. The rising R&B sensation scored a top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 with his first album American Teen, performed on “The Tonight Show,” and won MTV’s Woodie to Watch award.

Now, the 19-year-old El Paso, Texas crooner caps off the week with the official remix to his hit single “Location” featuring Lil Wayne and Kehlani.

The original gets revamped with some explicit rhymes from a candid Tunechi. “I’ll turn your dry spot into an oasis,” he raps. “I’ll kiss the right spots, I know all the places.”

Meanwhile, Lani discusses an undefined relationship in the public eye. “They can choose to watch, but I’d rather they just listen,” she sings. “Could fill up an album with everything that they’re missin’ / They so superficial, don’t understand how we’re chillin’ / We don’t need a lot, we got us, and that’s why we’re winnin’.”

American Teen debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 this week, but that isn’t going to keep Khalid from releasing more new music this year.

“It’s crazy to think that I got to release a debut album,” he told MTV News. “My first album. There’s gonna be many more. There’s gonna be so much new music coming in 2017. It’s looking like a really good year for me.”


Video: Jason Derulo feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign – ‘Swalla’

Jason Derulo serves up many flavors in the sugar-coated video for “Swalla” featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign. The pop crooner’s sweet factory includes lots of treats and scantily-clad ladies, who lick Derulo Lollipops and drink Derulo Orange Soda while dancing alongside Jason in a pool of water.

Ty makes a cameo behind shades in the Gil Green-directed clip before making way for Nicki. Fresh off her #3PackFromParis, the rap queen delivers plenty of her own eye candy in a latex outfit and Alexander McQueen shades.

Derulo recently spoke about how the collaboration came together. “I never believe in forcing a collaboration,” he told Billboard. “I’m a fan of both of theirs and I thought that they fit the track perfectly. It’s one of those ones that’ll get you up and doing your thing. I feel like it’s gonna stick out on the radio. There’s nothing that sounds like it.”

“Swalla” is the lead single from Derulo’s forthcoming fifth studio album, due this year.

Take a trip to candy land below.


Listen to Wiz Khalifa Remix The Chainsmokers’ ‘Closer’

Wiz Khalifa gets high once again on his remix to The Chainsmokers’ Halsey-assisted chart-topper “Closer.”

Over the infectious instrumental, Mister Cap raps about one of his favorite and most-frequently-discussed habits. “Khalifa Man, I’m fresh off of the plane,” he rhymes. “Been smoking so long, I got my own strain / Roll up a joint and take it to the brain / Say you getting high, well now you’re speaking my language.”

“Closer” has been a dominant force on the Billboard Hot 100 since its release in July of 2016. It went on become the duo’s highest-charting single to date, peaking at No. 1. It’s shown staying power, too. Months past its release, the song is currently sitting at No. 10 on the coveted chart.

Khalifa has been busy of late. In between readying his next album Rolling Papers 2, he can be heard on “Gang Up” off The Fate of the Furious soundtrack and seen in the video for his Taylor Gang single, “For More.”

Listen to Wiz’s version of “Closer” below.


Rick Ross Says He Warned Meek Mill Not to Trust Nicki Minaj

Rick Ross makes several revelations on his just-released ninth studio album, Rather You Than Me. In addition to exposing Birdman, the MMG mogul addresses Meek Mill’s ill-fated romance with Nicki Minaj.

“I told Meek I wouldn’t trust Nicki,” he raps on the Raphael Saadiq-assisted “Apple of My Eye.” “Instead of beefing with your dog, you just give ’em some distance / We all make mistakes, let’s not be too ‘pecific.”

Nicki and Meek ended their relationship last year. The details of the breakup remain fuzzy, but it was plagued by rumors of infidelity.

Rozay’s Nicki reference appears on an album that also includes the Birdman diss track “Idols Become Rivals.” Minaj is signed to Baby’s Cash Money Records through Lil Wayne’s Young Money imprint.

Another Young Money MC who is mentioned on “Apple of My Eye” is Drake. “Own the biggest residential pool in the U.S.,” raps Renzel. “Drake and Kanye can invite every bitch they ever met.”

Former collaborators, Drake and Rozay have not been friendly of late due in large part to Drizzy’s Meek feud. On “Color Money” off his last album, 2015’s Black Market, Ross addressed the 6 God as well.

“My lil’ homie made a million on his girl tour,” he rapped. “We back to back and down to whack a ni**a unborn / Miami ni**as got ’em changing all the gun laws / So run Forrest, got some shooters and they dying too / I got more money than that pussy that you’re signed to.”


Exclusive: Faith Evans Opens Up About Lil’ Kim Collaboration on ‘The King & I’

Love is at the heart of The King & I, Faith Evans’ duets album with her late husband, The Notorious B.I.G. As such, love’s complications are also explored with in-depth honesty throughout the project, which features an appearance by Lil’ Kim.

During her visit to Rap-Up HQ this week, the First Lady of R&B spoke about collaborating with Biggie’s ex and her former rival on “Loving You for Life.”

“I actually wanted to work with Kim on my first independent album, if I’m not mistaken,” she told Rap-Up. “Obviously, it just wasn’t the right time. God has his own timing. At the time, I didn’t even know I would be doing this album.”

About a decade later, the collaboration idea came back to the forefront. “When I started working,” she added, “I had this song, ‘Loving You for Life.’ I came up with the hook, a couple of verses, and I could just hear [Kim’s trademark growl], her coming in every time that third verse would come. I was like, ‘I think this is the song.’”

In May of 2016, Faith approached Kim about the collaboration as they rehearsed for the “Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour.” This alone was surprising to many longtime fans who thought their rivalry would last a lifetime. But Faith says it was a symbolic way of leaving “bitterness” behind.

“If we’re showing that we’ve moved past that point and we’re women enough and mature enough to come together and work together, it shouldn’t take a lot,” she said. “We’re grown. We have children and families and there’s really no need to hang onto bitterness. I just felt like that would be even doper, to give her that platform to talk about how she felt about him.”

That, she did. Faith says she encouraged Kim’s full honesty on the track. “I actually asked her to talk about how [she] felt,” explained Evans. “We both had feelings for him. That’s not going to change.”

The Queen Bee is just one of the famous guests on The King & I. The album, due May 19, also includes appearances from Busta Rhymes, Sheek Louch, Styles P, Lil’ Cease, and 112, among others. So far, the LP has spawned two coast-to-coast singles, “NYC” featuring Jadakiss and “When We Party” with Snoop Dogg.

But that wasn’t all Faith talked about during the revealing interview. Watch the full Q&A to hear about the emotional recording process, how Biggie’s son C.J. resembles his father in looks and in spirit, and why Diddy and Jay Z are not featured on The King & I.

–Andres Tardio