OVO Fest Recap: Drake roasts Meek Mill, brings out Kanye, Pharrell, Skepta, Future

Live updates comin’ in from Toronto as the expected star-studded OVO Fest affair is going off without a hitch… and going on with a bevy of guest stars.

Widely expected surprise/not so surprise guests Kanye West, Skepta, and Future all appeared. (UPDATE: Pharrell too. Didn’t expect that one!) The former sounds like he had his own concert within Drake’s concert, in fact. And to top it off, Drake roasted Meek Mill with a slideshow of MEMEs. (I led it off above with my favorite, and I’m sure there’s more.) The tweets/clips below, to be updated throughout the night. At posting time, Kanye’s set is still going on. Wow. (UPDATES on the top now as the fest closed with “Know Yourself” and apparently “Back To back” again.)

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And oh yeah, he performed “Charged Up” & “Back To Back”. Diggin’ this Cory Joe OVO jersey too. Gonna be on the court this year. Recent!

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Oh, while we wait for “3Peat”…

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50 Cent watching this all unfold from his phone… haha!

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Same with Meek, smh.

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UPDATE: Pharrell a true surprise guest. https://twitter.com/thefader/status/628390556268396544

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Ibn Jasper with the snap of the night:

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Southpaw Soundtrack (Album Stream)

Today the Southpaw Soundtrack is available on all streaming services so below enjoy the mix of new and old tracks that feature 50 Cent, PRhyme featuring Logic, The Weeknd, and needless to say Eminem, amongst others.

If you’ve been up on the previews, then you’re probably starting at track 06 — new Bad Meets Evil “Raw” — and then track 09 “All I Think About”. Some great moments on both of these throughout as it brings me back to some old Shady. Enjoy!

Eminem talks new music, Dre, 50 Cent, more

Eminem, in a rare new interview, had a lot to say to the New York Times and most interestingly to me talked about his mindset when it comes to a solo album. I hope he explores new sounds if he goes that route. Here’s a wide amount of tidbits below and the full read here.

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Has being a father to teenagers changed how you think about your music?
“Not really. I think as you get older, you start — I don’t know how to answer that. I don’t really change. I guess I get more mature, but I don’t feel like I’ve changed much. I’m still a dad. You just go with the flow. But work is still work, and when I’m working, I’m focused on that.”

Do you show your kids your music?
“I’ve been trying to not focus as much on them, because I’ve done that and I don’t want to hinder their lives. I feel like the more that I talk about that, the harder their lives are.”

What’s your relationship like with 50 Cent these days? He’s on the soundtrack and in the movie.
“Same as it’s always been, pretty much. I love Fif’, man.”

Does Dre come to you about business, like with Beats?
“We always still do that. But I never thought the headphone thing — it came out of nowhere. I remember we were in Hawaii, and we were recording songs for “Detox” and for “Recovery.” Jimmy [Iovine] wanted us to do a photo shoot with the headphones on. Of course I’m gonna do it — it’s Jimmy and it’s Dre. But I’m thinking: “All right, can we get to the music? I just want to get back and record.” I remember thinking like: “How big is this thing going to be? It’s headphones.” But man, I should’ve known just based on Dre’s name alone. And Jimmy’s like the Great Gazoo, from “The Flintstones.” Somehow he has the foresight to always know what’s up. Sometimes I just don’t know what’s up. It blew my mind.”

Are you plugged in with current rap music?
“I try to stay up on everything that’s out. I love [Lil] Wayne, Drake, Big Sean, Schoolboy Q. I love Kendrick [Lamar]. I just try to pay attention to what’s out. Wayne puts out a new song, and my ears perk up. There are certain artists that make me do that just because of the caliber that they rhyme at — it’s like candy to me. Kendrick, the way he puts albums together — front to back, they’re like pieces of art. But hip-hop needs Drake, too. Hip-hop needs Big Sean. I feel like hip-hop is in a good place right now. There’s this balance of things going on, and it feels like some of the best rappers are the most successful. Sometimes that’s not the case.”

Do you feel competitive with the Kanyes and Drakes and Kendricks of the world? You seem a little removed from that.
“Kanye, as well — I forgot to mention Kanye. I’ll always be lyrically competitive.”

Where do you hear new stuff?
“Other people tell me about it and pull it up for me. I wait for other people to show it to me. I don’t particularly go on the Internet, because the experiences that I’ve had are not good. It’s not productive for me.”

You don’t want to Google your own name?
“Once I’m on the computer, it’s over, because I’m tempted to look at everything. I went on the computer recently and got on one site, read five comments and was like, “Man.” I have friends that do it — rapper friends. I’m like, “I don’t know how you do that.” Because you end up wanting to fight someone, kill them, or kill yourself — usually all three at once.”

Do you think Twitter and Instagram have affected rap?
“I know there are a lot of Twitter beefs. People used to just make songs. But it is what it is. The world’s forever changing, and you’ve just gotta adapt and evolve.”

What is your day-to-day life like in between albums?
“A lot of work. I’m usually in the studio five to six days a week, trying to think of my next move. Every now and then, I’ll reassess where I’m at in my career. I’m usually trying to think of what I’m going to do next.”

Are you working on a solo album?
“Not as of yet. But I’m just trying to figure out what to do next musically. There’ll be a certain page that I get on, and I’m like, “O.K., I’ve done it this way.” Sometimes I think that if I get comfortable or set in my ways of doing something, maybe I should step back for a minute and figure out how to mix it up a little bit.”

Do you feel like you’re still topping yourself?
“I feel like I’m still trying to. And sometimes I don’t know if that’s always a good thing. I don’t want to make it so that by the time I’m done with a song, you didn’t even understand what just happened. That’s what I try not to do. I’m my own worst nightmare in that sense.”

Because you’re so technically proficient that you can take it to a place where faster and more complicated isn’t always better?
“Yeah, that’s what I mean. Sometimes that’s cool, if the song calls for it. But if I end up starting to record for another album, I want to make sure I approach it the right way.”

50 Cent on Jalen & Jacoby

Jalen & Jacoby is flat out one of my favorite podcasts out.

Now that we’re in the heat of summer and a natural lull in major sports, namely basketball and football that they cover, Jalen & Jacoby will be producing special pods for the foreseeable future.

What a way to kick it off with this 45 minute sit-down with 50 Cent.

They cover a variety of topics — the timely promo for Southpaw, 50’s starring role and EP credit on Power, and being in the headlines in the wake of his bankruptcy news on Monday (which, he’s not really bankrupt… just a business move to not spend more money.)

Music-wise, the trio discuss a lot too. 50 shouts out Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, and Adam Levine for various moments, movements, and songs of theirs. He also talks about his favorite diss track (a classic) and analyzes how the content for many of these street anthems turned radio hits (like “Trap Queen”, “CoCo”, “Hot N****” is much more aggressive now. This leads to some priceless advice for new artists: “they need to be street team marketing.” The music portion of the talk starts at the 25 minute mark if you’re in a rush. There’s an Eminem story at the 38 minute mark too. Otherwise, just press play, let it run, and enjoy! 50’s mature mentality is somethin we can all find pieces from too so be sure to lend a close ear.

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“Everytime something happens…journalist will write it one way, then they will write it another. Of course the negative way goes first because it travels fast. When you look at the news, 90% of what you see is negative and then it’s work for them to put the good stuff in there. Because of legal issues, I can’t really get into the depths of it.”

“We live in a period where the lines are getting blurred between what a star is vs. a celebrity. Those platforms are so effective that they could be earning the same, so they can maneuver and have publicists to put them in position where they appear to be as big as the artist…In all my travels, I try to analyze why people are so passionate about Americans and it’s because they can’t see the separation between the bricks in the projects and the red bricks in a high-rise condo. So it looks like America is the better option no matter what.”

Wiz Khalifa & 50 Cent on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Jimmy Kimmel Live was a star-studded affair last night… as well as before Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

Wiz & 50 didn’t perform together, rather, it was the former as the late night musical guest with Charlie Puth, performing the country’s (still) #1 song “See You Again” (also “We Dem Boyz”). The latter, Fiddy, joined Kimmel for an entertaining interview on Jimmy Kimmel Game Night an hour before the start of The Finals.

These NBA themed half hour shows are always great and the highlight of it was an all-new edition of Mean Tweets, featuring a variety of stars in the league: from Steph Curry & Draymond Green to Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and even our own Jimmy Butler. All these mean tweets in particular were pretty great.

The Entourage Movie fanatics, like I, were also probably interested in Emannuelle Chriqui’s appearance too. Below, she explains why her breasts were rather large for the movie. Ha, as simple as that. It’s a reasonable explanation as you’ll see…

Rotimi & 50 Cent “Lotto (Remix)” LIVE

The STARZ drama POWER airs on Saturdays and one of our favorite young artists we’ve followed since his days at Northwestern is Rotimi. The singer has landed many big-name acting roles with POWER alongside 50 Cent is most recent. You can catch them on the show… and now on stage together as the two premiered their new remix to Rotimi’s “Lotto” below.

So if you’re keeping track at home, that’s 50 adding some raps to the original. Great looks continue for Ro as I’m sure this is one of those big career highlight moments to not only make music with 50 Cent, but also star alongside him. More to come from these two for sure…