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Kendrick Lamar Explains How He Brings a Song to Life

Kendrick Lamar Explains How He Brings a Song to Life

Kendrick Lamar is opening up about his music in a new cover story for Variety.

Here is what the 30-year-old rapper had to share with the mag:

On his process on bringing a song to life: “For me, prior to me recording, it’s 70% me just formulating ideas in my mind and 30% just collecting sounds and making sounds, prior to me actually getting in the studio. Then it’s about figuring out which angle I’m going to attack it from and how the listener is going to perceive it. These are the ideas you’re constantly, constantly thinking about, and it’s not really about going to instrumentals and bringing on beats [from producers], because I feel my greatest knack is for taking cohesive ideas and putting them on wax. So it starts with me first, with my thoughts.”

On his hometown of Compton, Calif.: “I see improvements in people stepping up, for sure. We have a lot of figures who love the city but won’t set foot in it because of the danger. I still have family there. Some people don’t, so they don’t feel the connection. But these kids are excited about it — as long you put the practice behind it; that’s where things start.”

On the current political climate: “America will survive once it recognizes the position it’s in, and the trials that it’s facing. Once people stop being nonchalant to it and recognize it, that’s when. When it’s not something that’s just swept under the rug because we’re the quote-unquote ‘greatest country in the world.’”

For more from Kendrick, visit Variety.com!

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Cristiano Ronaldo Looks So Hot in Future of Denim Campaign!

Cristiano Ronaldo Looks So Hot in Future of Denim Campaign!

When you see how fit Cristiano Ronaldo looks in these new campaign photos, you might regret eating all the food you devoured on Thanksgiving!

The 32-year-old soccer star, who is now the father of four children, has a successful clothing line with CR7 Denim and he always looks so hot in the campaign pics.

These photos were released earlier in the fall, but we figured we’d heat up your holiday with the super sexy shots.

You can also watch Cristiano in the campaign video below.


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Zane Carney Covers 'Silent Night' For Holiday Season

Zane Carney Covers 'Silent Night' For Holiday Season

Rising musician-songwriter Zane Carney just released a moody, heartfelt cover of “Silent Night” like you’ve never seen before!

“I grew up going to midnight mass every year with my mother, brother (Reeve) and sister (Paris),” the guitarist virtuoso shared with Just Jared. “And I always connected with the very end of the service where we’d sing a candlelit version of Silent Night as a congregation. As a lifelong jazz guy, I thought it would be special to take a shot at improvising my favorite Christmas song this year.”

Zane is best known for his work on John Mayer‘s tour/album, Avril Lavigne, as well as his LA-based band CARNEY and U2’s Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark on Broadway.

You can catch Zane live this winter, opening up for Jonny Lang November 27th though December 10th.


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Cole Sprouse Explains Why He Won't Talk About Dating Rumors

Cole Sprouse Explains Why He Won't Talk About Dating Rumors

Cole Sprouse is responding to rumors that he’s dating Lili Reinhart!

The 25-year-old actor and his Riverdale co-star, 21 – aka Bughead – have been the subject of romance speculation for a while now.

“No comment,” Cole told People. “Because whether you dismiss those rumors or whether you encourage those rumors, it’s giving people who are in my opinion are a bit entitled to your personal life more power, and you have to have spaces for reverence in the industry.”

“Going to college made me realize you have to have real spaces of privacy and you have to establish those early,” he continued. “[Ryan] Gosling is a perfect example. Gosling has been in a much more sexual or romantic side of the industry than many actors have to be, and his marriage is not publicized and talked about and beaten over people’s heads because people respect that he set those boundaries early. And that’s the same thing, the more you let people in on that, the more people feel entitled to it and the more it becomes problematic with whoever you end up being with in the future, so I take that very seriously.”

“So I just never talk about it because it’s not anyone’s right to know,” Cole added. “People can speculate all they want, people speculate about me with every member of the cast practically, but it’s really no one’s right to know. It’s also sexy, these parts of the relationships that are just yours.”

Alexander Skarsgard Needed Stitches on Thanksgiving After Cutting His Hand

Alexander Skarsgard Needed Stitches on Thanksgiving After Cutting His Hand

Alexander Skarsgard injured himself on Thanksgiving day (November 23) and he is giving thanks to the nurses at the Canadian hospital that stitched him up.

The 41-year-old Swedish actor posed a photo of his bloody hand on his @RexDanger Instagram account.

“Today I give thanks to nurse Rosalie and doctor Taleb at the local hospital in Lachute, Quebec. Their swift and heroic action saved my life,” Alex captioned the pic.

In hashtag format he added, “Snitches get stitches.”

Alex debuted his bald head one month ago while attending an event in NYC. He clearly has the new look for an upcoming project!

Click inside to see the bloody photo… More Here! »

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'American Horror Story' Cast Celebrates Thanksgiving Together!

'American Horror Story' Cast Celebrates Thanksgiving Together!

The stars of American Horror Story gathered for a Thanksgiving gathering this year!

Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, and Sarah Paulson, along with the show’s creator and producer Ryan Murphy, celebrated the holiday as a family on Thursday (November 23).

They were joined by Sarah‘s longtime girlfriend Holland Taylor.

Evan took a photo with the three ladies and appropriately captioned it, “Qwans.” As a joke, he also tagged Sarah in the photo as Stranger Things actress Millie Bobby Brown!

“American Horror Story Thanksgiving 🔪🦃🍸,” Emma wrote on her Instagram account.

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Terry Crews Is an Exploding Yule Log for 59 Minutes in Old Spice Video!

Terry Crews Is an Exploding Yule Log for 59 Minutes in Old Spice Video!

If you’re tired of watching those boring old Yule Log videos, Terry Crews is giving you an explosive new option!

The 49-year-old actor and Old Spice spokesman teamed up with the brand for the “Ye Olde Exploding Yule Log” video and it lasts for nearly an entire hour.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Terry Crews

“Ever wanted to put me in your fireplace and watch me explode for a while? Old Spice made just the thing for you. Happy Holidays!” Terry said in a statement.

Watch below!


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