Last night, Kid Cudi revealed in a lengthy Facebook post that he has been battling depression and suicidal thoughts, and he is checking himself into rehab. He promised fans that he’d completed his recently-delayed album already and got “all of the business stuff” out of the way before leaving, so that his team can keep releasing things while he’s gone. He aims to be out in time for his performance at Complex Con on the first weekend of November. Mental health and therapy is such an important issue, and one that’s shunned among males, particularly in the urban community, as society has bred an environment that tries to peg a man as emasculated if he’s in touch with his feelings or admits that he’s anything less than 100% strong. It’s a great thing that Cudi recognizes he needs help and is doing what he needs to do to get better, and despite the trolls who think it’s a laughing matter, the Cleveland rapper has been getting tons of support from his fans and his peers, including Travis Scott.
Yesterday, Logic announced the title of his forthcoming album will be AfricAryaN, the hybrid of the words Africa and Aryan, which the half black, half white rapper explained as:
“Scientifically proven, the first man and woman [are] from Africa, and over time, culturally evolving into a lighter and lighter and much more fairer skin. So the album is going to be called AfricAryaN. And it’s about me being black and white and seeing life from two sides.”
Nate Parker’s Birth of A Nation is in theaters this Friday, and Nate is currently making his media rounds to promote it. The film is based on the true story of an enslaved preacher by the name of Nat Turner, who ends up creating a violent and historic slave rebellion. The film is heavy and necessary in today’s climate, but it is being overshadowed by a rape case from Nate’s past. In college, the actor was accused of raping a young woman with his friends, and though he was later acquitted, some feel that it wasn’t legit because the acquittal was only based on the fact they’d had consensual sex before the alleged incident. To add insult to injury, the woman committed suicide in 2012.
Last week, Gucci Mane sat down with Funk Flex for his first post-jail interview, and the topic of Waka Flocka came up. Gucci and Waka used to be really close, with Gucci even being a huge reason for Waka’s early success. However, the pair haven’t been on the same page for a while now. “I haven’t spoken to Waka in three years,” Gucci told Flex. Waka says that’s not the whole story, though.
Yesterday, Apple Music released a video in promotion of Mary J. Blige’s forthcoming show, The 411. In the clip, the legendary singer sits down with Hillary Clinton, and sings…awkwardly…about gun violence while holding Hillary’s hand. It’s a song that already exists, Bruce Springsteen’s “American Skin,” and the message is obviously on-par with the times, but between the hand-holding and fans still being scarred from the God-awful crispy chicken Burger King commercial, Mary was the target of social media’s memes and slander yesterday. However, she is NOT here to joke with y’all!
Last night, Donald Trump decided to reignite his feud with Rosie O’Donnell during the Presidential debate. “I said very tough things to her, and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it, and nobody feels sorry for her,” Trump said to Hillary Clinton, when she referenced how he shames women. Like, why?! He’s so ridiculous. In response, Rosie took to Twitter to declare that Trump will never be President, and also shared the video clip from a decade ago that was the source of the feud. Donald really needs to let that go! And he talks about Hillary being irrational and emotional?! TUH!