The hip hop world spontaneously rejoiced after Dr. Dre confirmed that he was about to become hip hop’s first billionaire, and now, rappers Kid Ink and B.o.B are speaking out.
HipHollywood caught up with the rappers while on the red carpet for KIISFM’s Wango Tango to talk about Dre’s big milestone. “I knew it was coming. I got a pair of beats headphones, I have a bunch,” Kid Ink told us. “It’s dope that he was able to do that and really take it further than music. I saw that one coming for sure.”
B.o.B reacted by giving a bit of advice to Apple who is set to purchase Dre’s, Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion dollars. “iPhones are going to be so expensive now, they are going to be like $1,200.00. They are going to come with Beat buds you can put in your ear,” the rapper said. “If they are not, I just gave them a business strategy.”
Last week, news broke that this was Apple’s biggest deal yet. According to reports, the tech giant will obtain Beats’ streaming music service and its audio equipment business.
Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!
Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.
In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.
“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”
What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.
“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”
Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.
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