Miguel has revealed that he was scared to release his sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream -- thinking that people wouldn't get it. In an interview with VIBE, when asked what was the biggest risk he's taken artistically, he said, "Sh*t, well this whole album - overall it doesn't sound like any other R&B album that's been put out in the past decade. The only album I would say sounds as alternative would be A Beautiful World by Robin Thicke, and that was like 2003. Since then, I haven't heard a commercial album sound as alternative as this one. Including those psychedelic influences for R&B was a huge risk. I honestly was nervous to put it out."
He continued, "I remember having a conversation with Mark, my A&R, like, 'Man, I don't know if they're gonna get this sh*t. It may be bad.' And he was like, 'I love the album.' And I love it, too . . .."
Miguel also admits that took some fashion risks in the past that he doesn't think was the best decision. He said, "On the opposite end, risks that I didn't even know I was taking - I look back on photos [from All I Want Is You] and the way I was dressed is not something I'd do again. If anything, when you do take risks, you become either more confident because you're going to be criticized and speculated, and those conversations are gonna cross you and you're either sure of yourself and what you believe in or you're torn down."
In the April/May issue of VIBE, Kendrick Lamar revealed the most regrettable trend he's followed since becoming an artist. Kendrick said, "Prior to Section.80, I was following what was on radio and TV. Then I came to realize that I didn't stand out at all. So even though it was a regret, it kinda molded me into the artist I am today. There were specific records that were spinning on the radio a whole bunch, and I went to A&R meetings and they were like, make this song. I'd come back next week and a whole 'nother sound would be out."
Kendrick also spoke on not being able to snap a Nas feature for his song "Sing About Me" on good kid, m.A.A.d city, saying, "I never got a chance to reach out to him. I was so wrapped up in getting the music done and samples cleared and mastered. I didn't wanna rush the process; I actually wanted to sit in the studio and vibe with him. [It was] the only thing that I had a vision for that I sought out to accomplish, but in due time. God willing, for sure."
He added, "It was really one of those things where I just wanted to go into the studio and play him the record and whatever inspiration he had drawn from it, I'd just have him there, and he'd just go. He's a genius. The record is self-explanatory, but he may have heard something different that might take it to the next level. That's what makes a great feature and a collab for me, somebody that could take the song to the next level. He would've done just that. It's a great record now, but to have his expertise on it would have been crazy.
Despite constant rumors that she has slept her way to the top, Nicki Minaj has claimed that she has never slept with Lil Wayne. In an interview with MTV News, the "High School" raptress said, "When I started being around Young Money, Wayne thought I was shy, but it wasn't that I was shy, I just didn't want anybody to think I was easy. No matter what my lyrics were saying, when I got around these guys, I was a prude, because I didn't want anyone in this game to ever be able to say 'I had s*x with her' or 'when she needed a deal, she had to ...' No."
Nicki continued, "And 'til this day, not one single man in this industry can say that and I pride myself on that. That's the only bit of advice I would give the up-and-coming female rappers. You could be as sexy as you want, but just maintain your dignity around these guys."
IS JAY-Z SELLING HIS BROOKLYN NETS SHARE?
According to Yahoo Sports, Jay-Z is in the process of selling his Brooklyn Nets share. Just last week, Jay launched Roc Nation Sports and in order for him to represent NBA players, he would have to severe ties with team.
WAKA FLOCKA FLAME'S REP RESPONDS TO CONTROVERSY OVER WHITE WOMEN COMMENTS
Waka Flocka Flame's rep Kali Mari Bowyer has responded to the controversy over his recent comments about white women. In a recent interview, he said, "Used to be black girls was the baddest sh*t, you know what I mean? ... White women are poppin' right now, man. They f*ckin' poppin'. Imma just be real." According to HipHollywood, Bowyer said, "Waka said nothing wrong. Everyone wants to jump on the 'racial band wagon', however if the tables were turned and he praised African American women instead, it would have not been an issue because its hip-hop. Waka sees beauty in all women."
MEEK MILL SAYS 'NO MONEY, NO PICTURE'
Contrary to the tea that’s being spilled in the streets, Meek Mill wants you to know that he is not out here charging every fan that walks up to him for a photo. A couple of weeks ago Meek found himself in some drama after a fan from The Netherlands wrote us and said that even though she had already paid for VIP tickets, Meek told her it would be $100 to take a picture with him. When she said she didn’t have any money, she claimed he told her, "No Money, no picture." Fans in Paris also jumped on Twitter to say the same thing happened to them, however Meek Mill is now saying it’s not him that’s charging fans, it’s his crew. In an interview with D.C. radio station, 93.9, he said he can’t help it if his crew is trying to make a quick buck but also said he doesn’t see what the big deal since artists like Beyonce and Rihanna make fans pay up to $500 for a meet and greet.
Actually, I was not charging to take pictures ya know? My homies be in the crowd and if my homie trying to make some money and you trying to get backstage, he might charge you. That’s your fault. I don’t even see nothing wrong! Beyonce and Rihanna, they charge $500 for a meet and greet. I’m bout to do a meet and greet right now free. I been doing this for years, you know what I’m saying? I take pictures everyday. I just took twenty pictures. I hang in the neighborhood. I hang in the hood. So you know it’s average to me. I come outside everyday, pictures is average to me."
(I get it...it's the hustle...I've heard about a certain r&b sanga who clocked 10 stacks after taking pics for 20 minutes)