If you’re thinking Kanye West is executive producing Tyga’s upcoming LP, The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty, because he’s with Kim’s little sister Kylie, think again. HipHollywood caught up with T-Raww at the launch of his new L.A. Gear sneaker and he told us it all came about a couple years ago, and was pretty organic.
“He really just hit me up one day and was like come by the studio,” explained the 25 year old. “It was like a 3 hour drive but when I got down there I felt like I was in school, and I was happy just to be there and to just learn and watch his creative process. Then much down the line of me coming to the studio and giving my input, he was like I’ll executive produce your album.”
Tyga who is no longer under Lil Wayne’s YMCMB label, has also said the album will be much darker than his previous projects. “He heard things in the music that I didn’t hear or wasn’t looking for,” Tyga told The Low Down with Diana Madison . “It’s going to show people the potential and get to the roots when I started doing music, the feeling I wanted to create when I first started.”
The Gold Album: 18th Dynasty will be Tyga’s 4th studio album and is currently scheduled to be released sometime in 2015 independently by Last Kings Entertainment.
Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice
Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.
On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.
It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.
So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.
“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”
Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”
And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.
For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”
Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.
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