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Exclusive: Aloe Blacc Reacts To Iggy Azalea, Hip Hop Controversy

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On Wednesday night, “Fancy” rapper, Iggy Azalea, took home the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Hip Hop Artist, beating out the likes of Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Drake and T.I.

Iggy’s win comes on the heels of Azealia Banks’ comments suggesting that the Australian beauty “stole” the hip hop culture. Banks’ controversial remarks last month led to several discussions and arguments, specifically, between her mentor T.I. and Q-Tip. And now, Grammy nominated singer, Aloe Blacc is chiming in.

“I think [hip hop] is a really important culture to understand, to learn about and study the history of,” Blacc told HipHollywood while on the red carpet for The Wedding Ringer. “I got into hip hop back in 1984 … ever since then, I’ve been a huge fan.”

When asked about some of the controversy surrounding Iggy and the state of hip hop, he told us that “for me, it’s a very serious topic. Everybody who gets involved in hip hop should really know the roots, should represent the roots of hip hop and try to advance the genre in a way that is progressive but also respectful to the history.”

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‘It’ Review: How Scary Is It?

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As one can imagine, It is scary as sh*t.

The big screen adaptation has all the scares from the classic novel and the TV miniseries, following Pennywise as he haunts the small fictitious town of Derry, Maine, popping out of the sewer, snatching kids left and right.

But what makes this one a little more tolerable, in my opinion, is the focus director Andres Muschietti pays to these seven kids, or “The Losers,” as they call themselves.

This time around, we really get to know who they are, understand their stories and personalities, and they are quite lovable and hilarious, riding around on their bikes during their summer break, chasing down a horrifying monster.

Unlike the TV miniseries, Muschietti (known for horror flicks like Mama) focuses on them as pre-teens, not adults.

In a lot of ways, It will remind you of Rob Reiner’s 1986 Stephen King adaptation of Stand By Me … but who cares. You’re going to be relieved by moments of comic relief in between the haunting imagery.

I’d say it’s 50 percent scare and 50 percent story, and that story has a message about your facing fears. These kids really come of age in this film and find out how tough they really are.

You’ll also be pleased to know it’s only 135 minutes long –  but to do so they had to ditch all that vision quest stuff, the cosmic turtle and that ridiculous child orgy.

In the end, that leaves more screen time for Pennywise (and some of his other shapeshifting characters) to scare the crap out of you with his creepy clown face and razor-sharp teeth.

My verdict is go see It (pun intended).

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