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Do Instagram Models Have a Place in Hip-Hop?

From left to right: Dreamdoll, India Love, Danielle Bregoli
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India love just dropped a video for her single “Loco” and it was not met with good reviews. She was a trending topic for the better half of the day and there wasn’t a positive tweet in sight.

 

 

 

With the rise of Instagram models becoming rappers is this the direction rap is going? Rap is being seen as another hustle to get put on instead of something that’s respected and held to a high standard. I’m all for anyone who wants to be a rapper and follow their dreams, but it doesn’t seem authentic. We have people coming in with Dr. Seuss rhymes and claiming to be budding rappers now.

Dreamdoll is another example of this trend. The former bad girl is now a rapper and cast member on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop. Her latest single “We All Love Dream” currently has 8k likes and 12k dislikes on Youtube. Most of the comments under the video are saying the song is trash and making fun of the way she says “horny.” When watching Dreamdoll on Love & Hip Hop she seems more concerned with fighting and fake relationships than her music. We never hear her talk about her music unless she’s throwing her success in her label mate, Mariahlynn’s face. Whereas, with Cardi B she mostly talked about her music and how she wants people to take her seriously.

Cardi B is the most successful Instagram personality-turned-rapper out today. She continues to have hits on the Top Ten Billboard charts. Cardi B is successful because she’s all about her music. On Love & Hip Hop we’ve seen her talk about her struggles breaking into the industry. We’ve seen the progress on her Instagram. Her first two mixtapes were very enjoyable and we were happy to see her win because she deserved it. Cardi proved that she has a passion for music and she will do whatever it takes to make it. You don’t have to be the best rapper alive just act like you give a damn about the art.

Instagram is a great platform to promote yourself and your music. You are able to give visuals to your sound and your fanbase can get a sense of who you are. The artist can control their brand and vision all from their phone. Soundcloud is known as the major underground music source but Instagram could be slowly taking it’s placed, at least for women. Let’s face it. Sex sells. For women, unfortunately, looks are a huge part of your success. Creating a core fanbase on Instagram strictly based on how you look and then slowly converting that into showing off your ventures in music is brilliant. Unfortunately, most of the music we hear from these models aren’t that good.

Today it seems like all you have to do is be pretty and suddenly you have a record deal. If you’re a guy, just have colorful dreads and rap about Xanax and lean and you’ll get a bunch of listens on Soundcloud. Now I’m not one of those rap fans where you have to know every rapper from the 90s and rap as good as Biggie and 2pac, but at least have some talent. India Love & Dreamdoll are both very beautiful women, but rapping is not their strong suit. If it’s just for fun then cool, but to make a career off of it is not preferred.

There are many talented women that can be put on instead. With upcoming rappers like Megan Thee Stallion, Saweetie, Renni Rucci, etc. there’s a plethora of skilled MCs that should pop right now. These women have the whole package yet aren’t getting the same attention as India Love and Dreamdoll. Hell, even the Cash Me Outside girl is a rapper now and honestly isn’t even that bad. With all of these women coming up, I feel like rap music is going to be in good hands. We just have to weed out the insufferable.

 

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Su-I-(De)-Cide

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Su-I-(De)-Cide. Really?! Are you deciding to commit suicide when you let yourself become just “one of them?”

Budding author Olivia Thompson thinks so as she takes us on a journey to discover what “living” means when who we are is pre-determined by everyone and everything that came before us. In her four short stories, we meet Zaba, a college-bound student fighting against social stigmas after learning her best friend is HIV positive; Raven, who does anything to force a drug dealer to feel the consequences of his choices; Kiyomi, who struggles to survive each new day, and; a nameless character who can be anyone of us in the midst of conflict. Through these stories, we learn that life is a beautiful experience, but it also has a habit of breaking people.

Although Miss Thompson began writing at three, this is her first publication. Born with a stutter that made her afraid to speak and the victim of bullying, she dove into creating imaginary worlds where characters used a voice she was too afraid to use herself. Behind the desktop, she was in control. Yet, as she got older she learned that no one is ever in control, and her imaginary worlds took a different turn.

Her debut title, Su-I-(De)-Cide, is available now on Amazon!

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On This Day, A Legend Is Born: Chrissy Teigen & John Legend Welcome Baby Boy

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Earlier this morning Chrissy Teigen broke the news that her second child with singer, John Legend, was born.

The couple already has a two-year-old daughter named, Luna, and now she has a little brother. While we don’t know the baby’s name yet or even seen a picture (taking notes from Beyoncé I see), we congratulate Chrissy and John for expanding their beautiful family.

(From left to right) Chrissy Teigen, Luna, & John Legend

Look at this adorable video John posted on Instagram calling the baby!

With #GoogleDuo, I can video call with my son before he's even born! #ad

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Here’s what Twitter had to say about the announcement:

 

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#MuteRKelly vs #TurnRKellyUp

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In retaliation of the Mute R Kelly campaign, which was launched because of the inhumane treatment of women, many of which who were under the legal age of consent, in an alleged sex cult and harem, Kelly has been accused of running for many years.

Kelly has launched the Turn R Kelly Up movement. Over the weekend during his show in North Carolina, Kelly gave out t-shirts and briefly addressed the crowd, with what appeared to be a “woe is me” cry for support.

 

Watch the plea here:

Kelly has been accused of sleeping with teenagers for years. He was first accused of marrying singer Aaliyah when she was only 15 years old, that marriage was annulled. He was then accused of sleeping with singer Sparkle’s niece, while she was only 14 years old and making the infamous sex tape, in which his reputation for giving out golden showers precedes him to this day.

Quite frankly, Kelly’s reputation overall is absolutely horrific. There are countless stories regarding how Kelly has a God complex because he has been able to get away with a lot of sick and twisted acts, with little to no repercussions.

Kelly Was Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

The singer was arrested in June of 2002 on child pornography charges, he posted $750,000 bail but then was arrested again in January 2003 on 16 additional child pornography charges, when photos of a naked, underage girl were found on his computer.

In addition to the accurately depicted Pied Piper persona, Kelly has also severed ties with his brother, Carey Kelly, who he expected to take the fall for his devious behavior, in addition to singers Neyo, Jay Z, and countless others, because of his superiority complex.

Recently, celebrities such as John Legend, Shonda Rimes, Viola Davis have banded in the #TimesUp movement to mute R Kelly, which has resulted in music platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music pulling back on the promotion of Kelly’s music. His music will still be available, it just won’t be highlighted.

Kelly’s Team Jumps Ship

In addition, Kelly’s female attorney, publicist, and assistant have also jumped ship. This can’t be a good sign. I’m sure they know much more about the inner workings of what goes on with Kelly’s alleged occult, behind closed doors. They don’t want to go down with him, permanently ruining their name and reputation, by supporting a predator.

It truly appears that all of Kelly’s dirt and wrongdoings are about to catch up to him. Although there will always be those that turn a blind eye to the singer’s misdeeds because he is such a gifted artist (which is reflected in his sold-out performance over the weekend in Fayetteville, NC).

#ItsAboutDamnTime Movement

Soon and very soon we will be transitioning from #TimesUp to #ItsAboutDamnTime, and others that follow behind R Kelly will think twice before violating young, impressionable women ever again. Until then, we are waiting and watching, with popcorn in hand.

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