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Don’t Miss The Insights From Lil B’s MIT Lecture
11 hours ago
After giving a lecture at New York University in 2012, Lil B returned to the academic circuit where he visited the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a lecture and Q&A session. The point of discussions included photosynthesis, Tinder, the Based God's Curse, working with YouTube, and much more. The good folks at The FADER pubished the full transcript of the talk. Here are some select highlights from the transcript:

On Kevin Durant and the Based God Curse

I want to say, to answer your question: yes, I do love Kevin Durant, and I appreciate him, and I appreciate the NBA. ["Would you lift the curse if Kevin Durant came to D.C.?"] If Kevin Durant came to D.C., would I lift the curse? Well, does Boston love D.C.? [Awkward applause] OK, so I didn't just say something stupid. Everybody was looking at me like—I was thinking I said something wrong! But no, if he came to D.C…I would…uhhh…you know, me and Kevin—me and Kevin got a game to play. Once Kevin is off his injury from the Based God's curse. I pray for the Thunder team, I pray for them.

On Tinder

"Tinder is a new company, but you see with technology, how this is transcending. From Tinder to creating cars. Tinder might be making that next car. I'm so excited about the technology. Maybe Tinder wasn't the right example."

On positivity in the workforce

“Less opinion, more perspective.” What I mean by that is, sometimes I feel like an opinion is more ego driven. We’re protecting the outer. We work hard, and it’s a lot of mental things that go into working hard as well as training yourself, as all the beautiful people in here future scientists, engineers, programmers, all that. People I might be working for. The code of ethics in your job and where you work, the company you may create, or if you work for somebody, make sure you bring that love, and bring that positivity. Making sure you come and understand that we’re in this together. Even if we’re not, we need to learn, and learn to figure out ways to understand. Look at everybody and say “I’m the receiver.” I’m here to decipher the information, and decipher what they say. Not to say, “Hey, you spelled that wrong,” but maybe ask them. It’s all about the way you say it. (Read More)

Kid Cudi Says
1 day ago
Kid Cudi sends out a series of Tweets about Hip Hop and says, "Ima just learn more instruments and plot more symphonies."

In the midst of a Twitter rant deriding commercialism in Hip Hop over the weekend, Kid Cudi wrote, “rap music is a hustle I respect, but we need more people approaching it like an artform w some peace of mind.”

Cudi, who released what he has called his best work to date in Kid Cudi Presents SATELLITE FLIGHT: The journey to Mother Moon in March, began a string of Tweets about Hip Hop with a note that “it’s not an impressive field to be in anymore.”

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Kanye West Dehumanized By Paparazzi, Says Dave Chappelle
2 days ago

Dave Chappelle says new music from D'Angelo depends on "whether or not he wants to share that with us."

As part of his GQ Men Of The Year cover story, actor/comedian Dave Chappelle addressed a variety of topics and also offered his thoughts on both Kanye West and crooner D’Angelo. During his interview, Chappelle first recalled Kanye performing at one of his Radio City Music Hall performances this year.

He says the Chicago, Illinois lyricist questioned why he wasn’t invited to perform at the show. While speaking on Kanye questioning his lack of an invite, Chappelle compared the rapper to a pretty girl at the dance and explained that “the machinery” behind the show may have been too intimidated to ask the rapper to take part.

“No one was more surprised than me when he did the surprise performance during my Radio City show,” Chappelle said. “It was weird. You know what he said after the fact, which I thought was funny? He said, ‘Why wasn't I on the show in the first place? Like, why wasn't I booked?’ So I don't know what happened via the machinery. It also could be that Kanye's like a girl that's so pretty, nobody asks her to the dance. You know what I mean? I knew the day before that he was coming to see the show. Then, as I was walking onstage, right before I went on, Kanye was there and was like, ‘Yo, can I rock with y'all?’ And I thought he meant in general—like, ‘Yeah, man, always! We all cool for life! Blah blah blah.’ Talking all that shit. And then afterwards, when I say good night, I looked up. Kanye is actually onstage, standing there with a microphone in his hand. I was like, ‘This is nuts.’”

The former “Chappelle’s Show” host continued to speak on ‘Ye when asked what he thought about Kanye comparing his ordeals with the paparazzi to that of the civil rights struggle. He didn’t agree with Kanye’s civil rights struggle comparison, but did state that dealing with the paparazzi as someone with a great deal of fame has the potential to be dehumanizing.

“I don't know about that,” he said. “But I do see a common denominator in the sense that the issue of privacy in general is everyone's issue. And his version of that is very extreme. I'm a celebrity in some people's eyes, but not to the extent he is. I saw on Yahoo that his wife got tackled in Paris. Like, just crazy shit. I think that he's right in the sense that scrutiny in and of itself is oppressive. If someone sits there and stares at you while you eat, you won't even eat the way you normally do, because it'll make you so uncomfortable. If I look at my dog when he's eating, he will look at me like, ‘Dave, I will bite you. What are you looking at? I'm trying to eat.’ It's something that dehumanizes a person, being on display like that. So is it like the civil rights movement? Not quite. The metrics are a little wrong to make that comparison. But it is a civil rights issue, in a sense.”

Chappelle was later asked if he thinks there’s a possibility that a new album from D’Angelo will ever come out. He revealed that he hopes a new project from the singer will come out, and then used a story about boxer Muhammad Ali to explain that D’Angelo could still be making music and hasn’t quite decided to share it yet.

“I'd like to think so…When a guy goes away like that, they might not come back for any number of reasons,” the comedian said. “Yesterday I was watching this YouTube video, and it's William F. Buckley interviewing Muhammad Ali when Ali was banned from boxing. And one of the guys on the panel asks Ali, ‘Do you miss being the heavyweight champion of the world?’ Ali is like, ‘What makes you think I'm not still the champ? I'm still the champ.’ The guy replied, ‘Wait, no, no, no—that's not what I mean. Do you miss boxing and blah blah blah?’ And Ali is like, ‘Nah, I don't miss boxing. As a matter of fact, I could call my sparring partner today. I could box all afternoon. I miss boxing for money.’ In other words, in his mind, just because he wasn't in the public eye, his title was no less legitimate. And his capabilities were no less legitimate. He looked at it like, ‘I'm just being separated from my livelihood, not what I love.’ So I look at a guy like D'Angelo and I'm like, I'm sure he's still making music. It's just a matter of whether or not he wants to share that with us or not.” (Read More)

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