When Will Smith isn’t love tapping reporters and making bold political statements, he is actually a workaholic. While making his promotional rounds this week for“Men in Black 3,” Smith dropped by BET’s “106 & Park” to talk about the new film, his family, and also confirmed that the third installment of “Bad Boys” was in the works. “I talked to Martin [Lawrence] about that a couple of weeks ago. Martin is into it and we got a couple of screenplays and the story’s gotta be right,” Smith told Terrence J and Rocsi. With Smith already signed on to remake “Uptown Saturday Night” withDenzel Washington, we can look out for “Bad Boys 3” to be in theaters by 2015, according to the Fresh Prince.
Today, critically acclaimed author Toni Morrison will be one of 13 people to be given the highest civilian honor in theUnited States — the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Announced by President Obama, Morrison will be awarded the prestigious distinction alongside Bob Dylan,Madeleine Albright, and Israeli president Shimon Peres. “These extraordinary honorees come from different backgrounds and different walks of life,” Obama said in a statement. “They’ve challenged us, they’ve inspired us, and they’ve made the world a better place. I look forward to recognizing them with this award.”
Three months after dropping his DJ Holiday-hosted Trap Back mixtape, Gucci Mane returns with a new tape in time for Memorial Day Weekend, titled I’m Up. This time, he re-ups with DJ Holiday, but brings aboard DJ J1 and Trap-A-Holics to help for the 21-track effort, along with beatmakers such as Lex Luger, Drumma Boy, Polow Da Don, Mike Will, Young Chop, and Detail among others. On the features side, Gucci enlists a star-studded cast, including 2 Chainz, Jim Jones, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Rick Ross, Scarface, Fabolous, Yo Gotti, and the list goes on. I’m Up serves as yet another free release, as Gucci continues recording for his next official project, which he’s yet to release. Stay tuned… In February, the ATL rapper released Trap Back, which followed his latest official project, the collaborative effort with V-Nasty called BAYTL.
Until we have details about his next album, you can download I’m Up, over at MixtapePass.com.
While Lil Wayne seemed to be the first to hit Pusha T with a response track, following the release of “Exodus 23:1,” fans have been awaiting some type of reaction from Drake, whom is the main target of the song. Well, shortly after Weezy dropped “Goulish”, a diss track aimed at the G.O.O.D. Music rapper, Drizzy reportedly offered some words for him as well, during his D.C. Club Paradise stop on Friday evening (May 25).”If you was doin’ 16s, when I was 16 and your sh** still flopped and you switched teams don’t talk to me my n****,” Drake allegedly told the crowd at the Verizon Center, according to MTV’sRapFix blog. A few fans at the show seemed to confirm the reports via Twitter. “Drake just responded to pusha T in dc,” tweeted @jcudderlife, while another fan (@youngking_XVO) wrote: “drake said some things about pusha in dc.” If you haven’t been following the YMCMB vs. G.O.O.D. Music feud over the last several days, let’s break down what happened Pusha T set things off earlier in the week, after leaking a track called “Exodus 23:1.” On it, he fires shots at unnamed targets, although it’s widely believed that Pusha is going at both Drake and Lil Wayne. READ MORE: http://www.ballerstatus.com/2012/05/27/drake-pusha-dc-tour-stop/#.T8VdiJlYu1I
Although there has been some uncertainty regarding his involvement, it seems rapper Andre 3000 is shooting the Jimi Hendrix biopic, “All Is by My Side,” after all. He was spotted on set of the film in a the town of Bray, Ireland, in full wardrobe … rocking an Afro and authentic gear, as he looked over a balcony. As you can seen from the photos, Andre is trying to hide his face and cover-up his wardrobe. Maybe his involvement is supposed to be secret? Reports say the film, starring André, will explore Hendrix’s early career, including his time spent in England in 1966 and 1967 while working on his classic debut, Are You Experienced. A release date was unknown at press time.