With Ciara’s Basic Instinct set to kick in on Dec. 14, VIBE linked with New Music Director for an intimate conversation with Ci Ci about pushing the envelope while going back to basics. See what she has to say about her new album, longevity and the key to success.
Hip-Hop star David Banner recently inspired a group of local high schoolers after hearing about the teams setbacks during the season.
Banner gave a pep talk to the Buena Park Coyotes in California, a team that made their way to the playoffs for the first time in ten years, despite numerous obstacles during the school year.
The socially conscious rapper was moved by team's tenacity, in spite of the teens dealing with serious issues, such as domestic violence at home, peer pressure, gang influence and in some cases, death.
"All of my life people, even in my own family, told me I would never make it," David Banner told the teenagers. "When I went on to graduate from Southern University with my bachelor’s with a GPA of 3.9, I felt like I could do anything. Then when I went on to make it in rap, I knew I could do anything. I knew it was bigger than rap though."
Banner explained the trajectory of his own career to the football team, the adversity he faced as a rapper/Grammy Award winning producer and how he dealt with numerous obstacles as an artist from Mississippi attempting to make his mark on the music industry.
"The one thing I want you guys to take away from this is whether you win or lose a football game, it’s bigger than football," David Banner told the students. "It’s about staying true to who you are and knowing you can make a differnce and never giving up.” Buena Park lost in the first round of the playoffs but won the respect of their league."
On December 21st, David Banner will release his collaboration album with 9th Wonder titled Death of A Popstar, through E1.
Jay-Z, who recently celebrated his 41st birthday on December 4th received a $2 million dollar car from his wife Beyonce.
While Ross and Diddy may be calling themselves the Bugatti boys, you can add Jay-Z to the group as Beyonce bought her hubby the new Bugatti Veyron Sport.
The couple who are currently in Australia together as Jigga tours with U2, had a nice birthday dinner on the rooftop of a restaurant. The waiter who served them said the pair were just like an ordinairy couple.
"They sat together all night and were in no way prima donnas - there were no egg-white omelettes ordered, if you know what I mean. They looked like any normal couple yet are multi-million-dollar megastars . . . and they tipped well."
Jay-Z is not the only celebrating in Australia, as Oprah's audience members began on their luxurious Australian giveaway and may possibly run into Jay and B on their vacation.
Although the car is nice, I'm pretty sure waking up to Beyonce makes everyday your birthday!