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*Wedding bells are ringing for rapper Big Sean and his girlfriend, “Glee” actress Naya Rivera.
The 26-year-old TV star hit the red carpet at Latina magazine’s Hollywood Hot List Party Thursday night in Hollywood, boldly showing off her ring from the 25-year-old rapper.
The couple officially revealed their relationship back in April at the premiere of the movie “42.” Since then, the two have not been shy about tweeting their affection for each other — not surprising, because the couple actually met on Twitter, according to E! News.
“I love girls,” Big Sean recently told GQ. “I have a song, ‘Mona Lisa,’ on my album, that’s about, like, having threesomes, because I mean, if I had two Naya Riveras, yea, I would definitely have a threesome. You know what I’m saying?”
*Thursday night “The Arsenio Hall Show,” welcomed hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, who talked about the ongoing backlash from the media and public following the release of a skit from his YouTube channel, All Def Digital, titled “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape.”
Simmons also weighed in on the hip hop feud sparked by Kendrick Lamar after crowning himself “King of New York” and challenging fellow rappers like Big Sean, who also performed on tonight’s show.
Stacy Keibler (“Supermarket Superstar”) rounded out the guest list.
Check out these clips from the show:
Russell Simmons on Harriet Tubman Sex Tape, ‘They Tried To Turn Me into Paula Deen’
Russell Simmons Weighs in on Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, and Controversy in Hip Hop
Big Sean on Kanye & Arsenio’s Rolls in His Life
The Arsenio Hall Show is syndicated nationwide. Please check local listings at www.arseniohall.com/watch
*Big Sean returned to his native Detroit to hand out backpacks to schoolchildren on Thursday, Aug. 29.
The rapper, whose real name is Sean Anderson, was in town to promote his new album “Hall of Fame,” and decided to lend a hand to Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan during their back-to-school fair.
“DPS [Detroit Public Schools] needs this more than anybody. Hopefully this is just the first of many events we can do to… help give back,” the rapper said.
“I wanted to make sure that when I looked back at my life I did something that I was proud of, that I left a legacy. Of course I make a lot of fun music, all sorts of songs, but I’m definitely going to make songs to inspire, to do my part for the community, especially for the kids in Detroit.”
The rapper has also recently launched the Sean Anderson Foundation to benefit young people in Detroit.
“My message [to kids] is just to stay focused on what your goals are and do as well as you can. And focus on what you’re great at and harness that talent,” said Big Sean .
“There are so many opportunities out here… I hope these kids, these young minds, take advantage of that and make it happen. They can be way better than a rapper, they can be way more successful,” he continued
Students who attended the fair received a bag full of school supplies.
*Despite being among the rap carnage in Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse, Wale says he’s honored to be called out by the MC – and in fact, would be offended if he wasn’t mentioned.
Kendrick targeted Wale and a host of other rappers as a guest on the Big Sean track, which dropped Tuesday and put all of hip hop on notice.
I’m usually homeboys with the same n****s I’m rhymin’ wit
But this is hip-hop and them n****s should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale
Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake
Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n****s
TMZ bumrushed Wale at LAX Wednesday to get his reaction. He said: “I’d've been offended if my name wasn’t in that sh*t.”
As for the best rapper on the planet … Wale still thinks it’s himself. Watch below.
*Folks are already calling August 12, 2013 – the day hip hop boldly returned to its roots.
Monday night saw the release of Big Sean’s single “Control,” a leftover track originally recorded for his upcoming album “Hall of Fame.” But the headlines on Tuesday focused on a verse of the song delivered by guest rapper Kendrick Lamar that fires warning shots against his rap peers…including Big Sean.
“I’m usually homeboys with the same n—-s i’m rhymin with/ But this is hip-hop and them n—-s should know what time it is/ And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale/ Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake/ Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller/ I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n—-s/ Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n—-s/ They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n—as,” K-Dot rapped with an extra grit to his already gravelly voice. [BTW, Jay Electronica is also features on “Control.”]
Big Sean told Rap-Up.com of the track: “Of course Kendrick spazzed on it, of course Jay Elec spazzed on it,” said Sean. “I feel like we all added our own flavors to it. I knew what it was for hip-hop culture. I knew how important it was.”
Rap artists from all over have since been flooding Twitter weighing in with their own reactions since the track debuted on New York DJ Funk Master Flex’s Hot 97 radio show. “I never really tweet about music. But good lord.. @kendricklamar just like.. Bodied everyones entire year’s worth of raps lol,” Just Blaze wrote in awe.
“I hear u loud and clear my n—a… @kendricklamar,” Pusha T tweeted right after the song was released.
Veteran hip-hop producer Pete Rock crowned the performance “illest verse of the year,” while Missy Elliott took to the social networking site to thank the good kid for forcing rap artists “2 be Lyrical and have substance again.”
Bun B also applauded the young MC. “Every rapper is supposed to feel like Kendrick feels as far as wanting to murder n—as on the mic. That’s why I wrote my ‘Murder’ verse,” he wrote referencing his 1996 track with fallen UGK partner Pimp C.
Not everyone was a fan however, in particular Lupe Fiasco. “Y’all know y’all easily impressed. Bar so low you need a shovel to get at it,” he wrote from his private account before he humorously ghost wrote rap responses for MCs like Drake, Jay Z and Rick Ross.
Joe Budden questioned the pride of Big Apple MCs. “A Cali n—a just said he’s the King of NY & u n—as so f—ing worried about your relationships, y’all make me sick,” he messaged. “Where’s old NY !???!”
So who will be the first to lyrically respond to Kendrick’s call-out? Fabolous seems to already be on the case. “Any studios open yet?,” he tweeted early Tuesday morning.
“Control” didn’t make Hall of Fame because of a sample clearance issue, but Sean is trying to make it available on the digital version of the album, due August 27. “We’re trying to work out something where it could at least work digitally. I really fought for that too, man.”
As for reaction to the song, “I haven’t seen a hip-hop song stir up this much excitement in years really,” said Sean. … “I think that name dropping really took it over the top for sure.”