- Snoop Dogg recently criticized Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s hit “WAP,” saying, “Let’s have some imagination…privacy, some intimacy where he wants to find out as opposed to you telling him.”
- “That’s your jewel of the Nile. That’s what you should hold onto. That should be a possession that no one gets to know about until they know about it,” he added.
- Many slammed his remarks as sexist, pointing to sexually explicit lyrics in his own music catalog. In response, Migos rapper Offset, who is married to Cardi B, said he loves Snoop but believed men shouldn’t get into women’s business or shoot down women empowerment.
- “We should uplift our women and don’t say what they can and can’t do. You know how long women have been told they can’t do something?” Offset added. Snoop Dogg later said the two female rappers know he supports them and accused the media of portraying him as a “hater.”
What Did Snoop Dogg Say?
Migo’s rapper Offset showed support for his wife Cardi B on Saturday after Snoop Dogg criticized her smash hit with Megan Thee Stallion, “WAP.”
“Oh my god. Slow down, like slow down,” Snoop Dogg said in a recent interview with Central Ave when asked about the song. “Let’s have some imagination. Let’s have some, you know, privacy, some intimacy where he wants to find out as opposed to you telling him.”
“To me it’s like, it’s too fashionable. When that secrecy, that should be a woman’s…that’s like your pride and possession. That’s your jewel of the Nile. That’s what you should hold onto. That should be a possession that no one gets to know about until they know about it,” he continued.
The iconic rapper went on to talk about how this is a different era and music for a different generation.
“When I was young, 21, 22, I might have been with the movement. I might have even been on the remix,” he admitted.
“But as an older man, it’s like, I love it that they’re expressing themselves and they’re doing their thing. I just don’t want it that fashionable to where young girls feel like they can express themselves like that without even knowing that that is a jewel that they hold onto until the right person comes around.”
Accusations of Double Standards
Those comments caused Snoop a bit of backlash, with people calling him sexist and pointing to double standards in the music industry.
In fact, many found the remarks especially strange coming from the man who put out the 1993 album “Doggystyle.” This is also the same guy who has sung lyrics like:
There’s no real mystery about what he means there.
Perhaps you also remember his hit song, “Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None)” – a jam about sharing your girl with your friends, with wholesome lyrics like:
These are far from the only examples of sexually explicit lyrics in Snoop Dogg’s catalog of work, but the point is that the rapper hasn’t exactly left much to the imagination in his own music either.
On Saturday, a TMZ staffer asked Offset about the remarks and he said that Cardi is grown. He also noted that he loves Snoop Dogg but hates it when men get into women’s business.
“It’s entertainment, you know what I’m saying? That’s a number one record, so anybody can say what they wanna say. That’s six-time platinum in three or four months. …and it wasn’t that bad cause it went No. 1.”
“As rappers, we talk about the same shit,” he added.
“It’s a lot of women empowerment, like don’t shoot it down. We’ve never had this many artists that’s female artists running this shit. They catching up to us, like passing us and setting records.”
He went on to clarify that he wasn’t trying to diss Snoop, someone he has a good relationship with. At the same time, however, he again said all men should stay out of women’s business.
“The comments probably looking crazy from just staying stuff like that. You know what I’m saying? Stay out of women’s business.”
“Women strong right now. We should uplift our women and don’t say what they can and can’t do. You know how long women have been told they can’t do something or they shouldn’t do this or have been blackballed out of entertainment, in just, in the whole world? So I stay out of female stuff.”
As far as Snoop’s response, he took to Instagram to accuse the media of painting him in a negative light.
“Stop with the bullshit press I love Cardi b and Meg Music period point blank and they know that I’m in full support of the female M.C. Movement so stop trying to make me a hater,” he wrote.
“Don’t Worry Darling” Tops the Box Office Amid Bad Press
Audiences are already giving the film higher praise than critics did.
Young Women Flock to “Don’t Worry Darling”
Weeks of controversies and rumors did not prevent “Don’t Worry Darling” from finding victory at the box office, with the Olivia Wilde-directed thriller debuting at number one over the weekend and raking in $19.2 million.
Wilde also acted in the mid-century mystery, which starrs Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine, and Gemma Chan.
Women led ticket sales for the picture, comprising 66% of the audience, according to several reports. At least partially due to the appeal of Styles, crowds also skewed young, with over half under the age of 25.
Overseas, the film made over $10 million, bringing its total for the weekend to $30 million. That number is especially impressive since the R-rated drama had a budget of $35 million.
“Don’t Worry Darling” had been plagued with weeks of rumors about behind-the-scenes drama leading up to its release. Among other bouts of gossip, many online speculated that Pugh and Wilde had riffs on set, leading to Pugh’s refusal to promote the project. One report alleged the two got into a screaming match, but sources on set denied it.
Wilde and Shia LeBeouf, who was originally cast in the picture, also got into a public he-said-she-said about whether he quit the film or was fired.
The drama hit a boiling point during its premiere at the Venice Film Festival when Twitter users circulated a video they claimed showed Styles spiting on Pine, though both parties have denied that allegation.
A Film Riddled With Rumors
Furthering the bad press were the bad reviews. Critics largely panned the film, sticking it with a 38% on Rotten Tomatoes. After this first weekend, moviegoers seem to have a more favorable outlook, as it has a 79% audience score as of Monday.
Jeff Goldstein, the distribution chief for Warner Bros., told the Associated Press that “the background noise” caused by these controversies “had a neutral impact” on its box office haul. The studio released a statement saying it was pleased with the movie’s earnings.
Some analysts believe that, if anything, the online gossip and fodder may have aided the film’s box office performance.
In a tweet recapping the weekend’s box office, Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at Comscore, said the “drama sparked a huge wave of interest.”
See what others are saying: (Associated Press) (Box Office Mojo) (New York Times)
Senators Introduce Legislation Requiring Radios to Pay Royalties to Artists
Sen. Padilla argued the bill is necessary to give artists the “dignity and respect they deserve.”
The American Music Fairness Act
Sens. Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced the American Music Fairness Act to the Senate on Thursday, a bill that would require radio stations to pay royalties to performers and rights holders.
The bill was previously introduced to the House last year. According to a release, the United States is the only democratic country where artists are not compensated for their music’s use on AM or FM radio. While songwriters and publishers receive payment, these stations have never been required to give a slice of the pie to performers and copyright holders.
On streaming and satellite radio, however, both groups receive royalty payments.
In a statement, Padilla said it is time the country starts treating “our musical artists with the dignity and respect they deserve for the music they produce and we enjoy every day.”
“California’s artists have played a pivotal role in enriching and diversifying our country’s music scene,” he added. “That is why passing the American Music Fairness Act is so important.”
“From Beale Street to Music Row to the hills of East Tennessee, the Volunteer State’s songwriters have undeniably made their mark,” Blackburn echoed. “Tennessee’s creators deserve to be compensated for their work. This legislation will ensure that they receive fair payment and can keep the great hits coming.”
The American Music Fairness Act would require terrestrial radio broadcasters to pay royalties to music creators when their songs are played. It would also protect smaller stations that either make less than $1.5 million in annual revenue or who have a parent company that makes less than $10 million in annual revenue by letting them play unlimited music for under $500 a year.
The bill would also require other countries to pay American artists for the use of their work.
Support From Major Music Groups
The legislation is endorsed by a number of groups, including the Recording Academy, SAG-AFTRA, and the American Federation of Musicians.
If passed, the bill could move a lot of money into the pockets of performers. According to the Recording Academy, when American music gets international airplay, other countries collect royalties for American artists, amounting to around $200 million every year. However, they “never pay those royalties because the U.S. does not reciprocate with our own performance right.”
Fran Drescher, President of SAG-AFTRA, argues that the money belongs to the artists.
“Broadcast companies profit from advertising sales because of the creative content musicians and singers record. It stands to reason that the performers who create the content deserve to be compensated just as songwriters are now,” Drescher said in a statement. “The reason it’s called the American Music Fairness Act is because the current situation is wholly unfair and it’s up to Congress to make it fair NOW!”
Last year, Representatives Steve Womack (R-AR) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) introduced the Local Radio Freedom Act, a bill with essentially the opposite agenda. It aims to reserve radio’s royalty-free status. The American Music Fairness Act is being viewed as a counter-response to this bill.
Kanye West Says Catalog Is Potentially Being Sold Without His Permission: “Just Like Taylor Swift”
After Swift lost the rights to her life’s work, she took on the endeavor of re-recording her first six albums.
Kanye’s Catalog Potentially Up For Grabs
Following reports that Kanye West was considering selling his catalog, the artist took to Instagram on Tuesday to claim his work is potentially being sold without his approval.
On Monday, Billboard reported that West had been “quietly and intermittently shopping his publishing catalog.”
While the outlet’s sources did not reveal what price West was aiming for, Billboard estimated that West might be looking at a $175 million valuation for his discography. Some of Billboard’s sources seemingly suggested that West and his team were specifically behind the effort to sell his work, but others claimed the “catalog was never actively shopped” and instead, West had been receiving offers from potential buyers.
Not long after, several news outlets picked the story up and reported that West was gearing up to sell his catalog. West responded by writing on his Instagram story that this was not the case.
“Not For Sale”
“Just like Taylor Swift,” he said, referencing music mogul Scooter Braun purchasing Swift’s masters with Big Machine Records without her approval. “My publishing is being put up for my sale without my knowledge. Not for sale.”
Swift referred to the sale of her masters to Braun as her “worst case scenario.” In order to regain ownership of her work, she is in the process of re-recording her first six albums, all of which she originally made under Big Machine. Two have already been released and proved to be wildly commercially successful.
According to Forbes, it is unclear which of his albums West owns the masters to, if he owns any at all. Because of this, it is unknown what kind of position he would be put in if his catalog, which is currently managed by Sony, was sold.
The status of any potential for his work to be sold became foggier later on Tuesday when West shared screenshots of a text exchange he had. He asked an unidentified person what was happening with the catalog sale, and that person responded by calling it “fake news.”
“Of course every publisher wants to pitch [their] hardest buy, smh,” the text continued.
West did not further indicate if those texts were meant to clarify that his catalog was, in fact, not up for sale, or just further distance himself from any potential acquisition.