The beautiful Bridget Kelly stopped by the Essence Music Festival press room last night after her performance on the COKE Superlounge stage. Wearing a flattering, white bodysuit, Bridget worked the room with smiles before taking a few questions from press. I had the opportunity to ask Bridget about touring with Jay-Z and how that has affected the way she makes music:
Honestly it has affected how I approach my life like my everyday life. Being that close to someone that seems so unapproachable and so unreachable to the public is kind of crazy because you get to see firsthand what the what the process is like, what the tour process is like and what the creative process is like.
And I’m kind of blessed to be signed to Jay because he’s an artist first. The kind of camaraderie that we have as artists is what’s important– the passion. The art is really what takes priority it takes precedence and you know being on tour with him I’ve learned how to be patient. I’ve learned how to approach every situation as professional as possible and really just give it your all you know what I mean.
I have been on the road, been on tour with people like Mary, opened up for Brandy, opened up for Dawn Richard. Like, just going on the road with all of these other incredible acts has just taught me how to completely let everything else go: Just get on that stage give it my all whether I’m sick, whether I’m tired or whether I’m broke [Laughs] doesn’t matter at the end of the day I’m getting up doing what I love to do so it’s taught me just to love it more to appreciate every moment of it.
On Nicki Minaj ‘Letting herself go’
I think there’s always going to be that double standard and that crazy negative stigma that comes from women who are opinionated and strong-willed and speak their minds and really just trying to get themselves heard and express themselves through their music. And as a woman the most important thing I’ve learned just– growing up my mother taught me the most important thing is to never knock another woman down no matter what the situation is. So whether you agree with her or co-sign whatever she’s about. May not necessarily be for me but if that’s how she expresses herself and that’s what she’s confident in doing then, by all means, you gotta do what you gotta do you. I respect women at the end of the day and I will never knock another woman’s hustle. If I choose not to twerk on stage I’m expecting my fans to respect that. The same way Nicki’s fans, you know, go to her show to see her twerk. Everybody wants different things and I absolutely I respect everybody’s artistry.
Although it’s only just over a minute long, Big Sean unveils some visuals announcing the release date of his sophomore album, while previewing what I can only assume is a track that will be featured on the album. Hall Of Fame arrives August 27th.
PARTYNEXTDOOR Available July 1st! http://t.co/Ch73bdsXjs
— PΔRTYNE✗TDOOR (@PARTYOMO) June 21, 2013
After dropping a couple tracks on us, the October’s Very Own rep has finally announced that he’ll be releasing a new project. We know little about the Toronto artist, but July 1st PARTYNEXTDOOR arrives, so stay tuned.
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs is back with another major announcement. Revolt TV has partnered with Time Warner Cable and will be offered to it’s network of 12 million subscribers. Link to video and supporting tweets are below.
Would You Like A Tour?
— Drizzy (@Drake) June 16, 2013
I had a feeling something like this would be announced soon after Drake shot off the tweet above a couple days ago. Drizzy plans on hitting the road, starting September 25th in Portland, OR, with Future Hendrix and Martial Art Miguel. Check out the 41 North American dates below and see if Would You Like A Tour? will be making a stop in your neck of the woods. Tickets available here.
September 10, 2013. B.O.A.T.S. II #MEtime
— Tity Boi (2 Chainz) (@2chainz) June 16, 2013
Mr. Tauheed Epps was in Atlanta last night for Hot 107.9′s 18th Birthday Bash spectacle and while on stage, 2 Chainz finally divulged the title and release date for the follow-up to his Def Jam debut Based On A T.R.U. Story. B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time will reach the docks September 10th and you can listen to the Pharrell-produced and featured lead single, “Feds Watchin’,” here.
New album AND a new daughter! Welp, Yeezy has plenty to be happy about as TMZ is reporting that his GF, Kim Kardashian has given birth to a healthy baby girl 5 weeks early over at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center this morning in L.A. Given that Yeezy is NOW a father, I’m sure he doesn’t give a flying fuck about an album leak. I know I wouldn’t. Yeezus hits next Tuesday.
There’s no official single, no pre-order, and after unveiling the packaging of Yeezus we learn that Kanye’s 6th studio album doesn’t actually have any artwork at all. June 18.
After the spectacle that took place last night, and according to Rap-Up, Yeezus will be the official title of Kanye’s sixth studio album and it will arrive June 18. “New Slaves” has put the game in a chokehold and tonight we’ll see what Mr. West has in the works for his next move when he appears on the season finale of Saturday Night Live.