Carmen Bryan — the mother of Nas‘ teen daughter Destiny, took to Twitter to put him on blast. Nas — who shockingly did not win a Grammy award last night, was up for Best Rap Album for Life Is Good, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for his single “Daughters” and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for his duet “Cherry Wine” featuring the late Amy Winehouse.
QUINCY DIVINE: It all started from writing short stories for fun in the second or third grade. From there it escalated to poetry as I began to grow and experience life more. Around the age of twelve, that’s when I was told to try my hand at hip-hop by a friend who believed I was a good writer from some of my poems he read. From then own I’ve been perfecting my craft. As far as producing goes, I started playing the keyboard around the age of nineteen and began producing for friends in the neighborhood. I’ve always had a passion for music, but that’s when I really decided to take it seriously.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
QUINCY DIVINE: I want others to experience and appreciate my artistry, and realize that I have something beneficial to say.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
QUINCY DIVINE: My songs are about everyday life. They are about the ups the downs, the struggles, the smiles, and every other feeling that represents humanity.
IAA: Who is your fan base directed towards?
QUINCY DIVINE: Well, because I do use profanity as passion words occasionally, I would say between the ages of eighteen and forty. Even though that’s the age limit I usually target, that doesn’t mean anyone else can’t enjoy my music also.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
QUINCY DIVINE: That’s a long list, but I’ll try to name a few. B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Howlin Wolf, 2pac, Nas, Bill Withers, Raphael Saadiq, Curtis Mayfeild along with many others have influenced me.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people ?
QUINCY DIVINE: I would say I’m very eclectic. My music is a mixture of blues ,neo-soul, hip-hop and rap.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artist ?
QUINCY DIVINE: I’m an artist who goes in the studio only to make the music I believe in. I don’t hold myself to a certain pattern or format to achieve that goal. I just go in and I am as honest as possible. I let my music speak for itself.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects, you are currently working on
QUINCY DIVINE: Well, I just released a mix-tape entitled Album Before The Album that’s a free download at www.quincydivine.com/mixtapes.php. Now I’m working on the album Beat Of My Own Drum.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
QUINCY DIVINE: Short term, I just want to be the best artist/producer I can be and make Beat Of My Own Drum the best album it can be. Long term, I would like to make it in the industry and have longevity. In ten years, hopefully I’m on a beach somewhere reflecting on how much money I’ve made, how many fans I’ve touched from music, sipping on a corona working on the next big business deal.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
QUINCY DIVINE: You can contact me at email@example.com and @quincydivine on twitter. You can hear my music at www.quincydivine.com, www.reverbnation.com/quincydivine and www.facebook.com/quincydivine
Queen Bey is killing the pages of Vogue magazine with her fierceness. The ultra private Beyonce reveals some intimate information about her self, something true fans can definitely appreciate. She talks about everything from Blue Ivy, her father, and her besties. Check out excerpts from her cover story below.
“She’s my road dog. She’s my homey, my best friend. I felt very maternal around eight months. And I thought I couldn’t become any more until I saw the baby. . . . But it happened during my labor because I had a very strong connection with my child. I felt like when I was having contractions, I envisioned my child pushing through a very heavy door. And I imagined this tiny infant doing all the work, so I couldn’t think about my own pain. . . . We were talking. I know it sounds crazy, but I felt a communication.
I feel like I have something that has grounded me so much more. Family has always been important. I’ve always had my mother and my father and my husband. But it’s just. . . . Life is so much more than. . . It’s not defined by any of this.”
On having more kids
Gwyenth Paltrow on Beyonce’s maternal instincts
“Blue was sleeping in her arms, across her body, and B was listening back to what she had been working on. I thought, This is how you do it. You do what you love with who you love included.”
Gwyneth on her best friend’s power
“When she is working onstage, she has more power than any woman I’ve ever seen. She would never say it and has never said it, but I feel she knows with every fiber of her being that she is the best in the world at her job.”
“We had dinners with the producers every day, like a family. It was like a camp. Weekends off. You could go and jump in the pool and ride bikes . . . the ocean and grass and sunshine. . . . It was really a safe place.”
“My soul has been tarnished,” she declares—but later, as she asserts her independence and confronts the petty squabbles of the business, she comes around to appreciating her father’s hand. “My father taught me so much about being a businesswoman,” she says. “And I’m understanding him a lot now. . . . A lot of the crazy things he did were necessary.”
On avoiding the comments sections on websites
“Don’t scroll down! You’re definitely going to get your feelings hurt.”
“Just knowing someone’s always going to be honest and tell the truth,” she says of Jay-Z, “[who] can understand exactly what I’m going through—and I can understand exactly what he’s going through.”
On why she won’t ever get immersed in work again
“At some point it’s very important to me that my daughter is able to experience life and run through the sprinklers and have slumber parties and trust and live and do all the things that any child should be able to do.”
Marques Houston has obtained a temporary restraining order against former B2K star Raz B. According to TMZ, Marques filed docs last month, saying that their issues started when Raz posted his infamous video of him claiming that Marques molested him when he was a part of B2K.
Marques has claimed that the video “has caused me emotional distress and caused me to fear he will be violent toward himself and others.” Marques has also claimed that Raz spoke many times about killing others and killing himself.
Chris Brown got into a car accident Saturday afternoon (February 9th) after paparazzi cut him off. Acording to TMZ, Chris — who was on his way to a charity event, was driving his black Porsche when he was bombarded by photographers. Chris’ rep said, “The occupants jumped out, with cameras, and aggressively approached his vehicle. In an effort to remove himself from the situation, he began to back down an alley at which point his was cut off by two additional vehicles. Chris’ vehicle was totaled due to this aggressive pursuit by the paparazzi. He is okay.”
Chris’ porsche was totaled. The Beverly Hills Police Department also released a statement, saying, “On February 9, 2013 at approximately 12:03PM, entertainer Chris Brown was involved in a solo, non-injury traffic collision in the 600 Block Bedford Drive/Camden Drive alley. Mr. Brown was the driver of the vehicle and collided with a wall. Brown stated that he was being chased by paparazzi causing him to lose control of his vehicle. Brown’s Black Porsche was towed from the scene at his request.”
PAPARAZZI DENY CAUSING CHRIS BROWN CRASH
Paparazzi has fired back at Chris’ claim that they caused his car accident. Chris Doherty, owner of INF — the photo agency that employed all of the photographers on scene, said that his photographers “had nothing to do with Chris Brown crashing” and that they arrived to the scene after the crash. He said, “No photographers were following him at the time he crashed … He crashed his car and it’s convenient for him to blame us. He needs to be careful with his defamatory statements.”
CHRIS WANTS TO SUE THE PHOTOS
A rep for Chris has revealed that the superstar plans to sue the photographers involved. The rep said, “We plan on seeking criminal charges and holding them civilly liable.”
In an interview with New York’s Fox 5, Joe Budden opened up about the dangers of Molly and the effects it had on his life. He said, “I didn’t see a problem with the fact that maybe five days would go by without sleeping. I didn’t see a problem with the fact that maybe I was hallucinating at times. I didn’t see a problem with the fact that I just couldn’t get up and walk sometimes. It just altered your thinking process dramatically and for a thinker like myself that was like nothing I’d ever experienced before.
Trinidad James doesn’t seem as surprised about his overnight success like a lot of people are. In an interview with Rolling Out, the rapper talked about how he became an overnight sensations. He said, “I didn’t do anything too crazy when it comes to making this music. I just believed in my sound and I believed in my lyrics. It was easy for me to believe because all I did was rap about my life. I feel like I have a good ear for beats, picking the right beats and I’m big on sound placement – and it came out dope. It didn’t matter to me what anyone said, it was dope as hell to me. And it ended up getting me pretty far, pretty fast. And I thank God for it.”
He also talked about how he deals with negative criticism. He said, “My success came so fast – and it’s different. A lot of times in life when we don’t understand something, 8 out of 10 times, we’re gonna go negative before we go positive. It’s very rare that something happens that you don’t understand and you [respond with] ‘Oh, that’s good.'”