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Eric Andre Says He Lost 40 Pounds To Disguise Himself For His Adult Swim Show

Eric Andre says that he lost nearly 40 pounds to disguise himself while filming the upcoming sixth season of his self-titled Adult Swim series. After sharing pictures from before and after shooting the episodes, he expanded on his body transformation during an interview with Men's Health.

Captioning the photos on Instagram, Andre wrote: "I think the heaviest I got was 218 lbs and the lightest I got was 173lbs!!! I'll never do a body modification again! That shit was brutal for both season. (If you work at Marvel, ignore the last two sentences.)"

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Eric Andre At Adult Swim Festival 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 07: Eric Andre performs onstage during Adult Swim Festival 2018 at ROW DTLA on October 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Adult Swim)

While speaking with Men's Health, he explained that he changes up his appearance with the new season to avoid getting recognized. "My basic cable [stardom] has risen a little bit, so I disguise myself," he told the outlet. "I can't be in this look when I go out into the streets and prank people. So it's a little bit out of necessity, but it's also just a challenge, and I want it to be freaky and comedic. So, for season four, I lost weight. I got as skinny as possible and didn't really work out. For season five, I gained as much weight as possible. I was just eating pizza and peanut butter sandwiches and piña coladas at night. For season six, I wanted to get ripped. And then as soon as I finished filming, I went back to pizza. It was a journey."

He continued: "At my heaviest in season five, I got up to 218 pounds. This season, I got down to 173. I remember I got down to 184 pounds, which was my goal weight, and I looked at myself in some camera tests and the abs still weren't popping. The camera adds 10 pounds. It's totally true. I remember my heart sinking. I haven't weighed 173 pounds since high school. But, it's what you got to do. It took me six months. It's a full time job. If you see any middle aged person with abs know that they're either psychotic or unemployed, because it is a full time job."

Eric Andre With Lil Nas X

Watch out! Season 6 of The Eric Andre Show with @lilnasx premieres this Sunday at midnight #adultswim #ericandre
— adult swim (@adultswim) June 1, 2023

The upcoming sixth season of The Eric Andre Show will be the first since 2020. Plenty of hip-hop artists will be appearing in the new episodes including Lil Nas X, Rico Nasty, Waka Flocka Flame, Tinashe, Cypress Hill, and Lil Yachty, among others.

Read More: Denzel Curry Performs While He Gets Dental Work Done On "The Eric Andre Show"

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Stephen A. Smith Says He'd Support Shannon Sharpe Joining "First Take"

Stephen A. Smith says that he'd support Shannon Sharpe joining ESPN's First Take after it was reported that the NFL legend reached a buyout agreement with FS1. His last show with Skip Bayless on Undisputed will likely come after the NBA Finals. Bayless previously served as a co-host of First Take with Stephen A. Smith from 2007-2016.

"I don't know what his plans are, I don't know what he's trying to pursue, I don't know what he's after. But if Shannon Sharpe needs me, I'm happy to be here for him," Smith said on the Stephen A. Smith Show on Friday. "And if that included him wanting to come on First Take, the bosses at ESPN know that is something that I would support." The buyout reportedly also stipulates that Sharpe's Club Shay Shay podcast will no longer be a part of FS1.

Read More: Shannon Sharpe Likes Tweet That Suggests Why He's Leaving Skip Bayless

Stephen A. Smith During The NBA Playoffs

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MAY 08: Stephen A. Smith attends a playoff basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Arena on May 08, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

Shannon Sharpe has been hosting Undisputed alongside Skip Bayless since September 2016. There has been noticeable animosity growing between the co-hosts in recent months. The relationship reached a particularly low point after Bayless' controversial tweet about Damaar Hamlin and his injury back in January.

More recently, the two got into a heated argument on air when Bayless made a comment noting that Tom Brady played until he was 45 years old while Sharpe retired at 35. "That's what you do," Sharpe responded. "Every time I call something into question, I get it ... I did what I did! You make it seem like I was a bum! I'm in the effin' Hall of Fame. I got three Super Bowls!"

Stephen A. Smith On Shannon Sharpe's Future

I don't know what @ShannonSharpe's plans are right now...but I know that if he wants to make his way on over to First Take...I am here for it
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) June 2, 2023

Stephen A. Smith isn't the only voice in sports media to express interest in working with Sharpe. Cam'ron also invited him to join his talk show, It Is What It Is. "Shannon, you definitely got a home here," Cam'ron recently said. "Yo, listen my n***a, come to It Is What It Is n***a. You know how much bread we get? And you can be you because we being us. Shit would be well, my n***a."

Read More: Cam'ron Shoots His Shot At Shannon Sharpe

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Metro Boomin reflected on the passing of his mother, Leslie Joanne Wayne, on Instagram, Saturday, one year after her death. The producer's stepfather killed Wayne in a murder-suicide in June 2022. She raised Metro and his siblings in St. Louis, Missouri, and reportedly encouraged him to pursue a career in music.

"I can't believe today makes 1 year since we have lost You my Love. You were the best Mother and friend that anyone could possibly even pray for. You dedicated every second and every ounce of your being to the betterment of your 5 children and our family as a whole. Our time was cut short but I'm still so grateful for all that you have taught me and the values, lessons, and morals You have instilled in each of us," Metro began in his post. The lengthy passage captions a series of photos of Metro and his mother.

Metro Boomin Reflects On His Mother's Passing

Metro Boomin pens a heartfelt message on the first anniversary of his mother's passing
— No Jumper (@nojumper) June 3, 2023

He further wrote: "This shit hurts so much having to live everyday knowing I won't hear your voice or see your face again, but based on everything you taught me, I'm confident and know that this new reality and experience will 100% no doubt continue to shape me into a better man than I would have ever been able to become with You down here in the physical form. You've always said that I'm a hero to not only my younger brothers and sisters but to millions of others out there from afar."

Metro concluded: "So I just look at this as part of my origin story and continue to move forward with the mission as I know You would want me to. Every time someone tells me that my will to keep going and striving in the midst of such a tragedy inspires them to keep going despite their trials, it reminds me that I'm on the right path and your passing wasn't for nothing. It hurts that I don't get your calls and texts and screenshots every time I achieve something new anymore but I'm grateful to have the many many manyyyyy ones from You already on the 10+ year journey leading up to now. I Love You Mom with all my being and can't wait to see You again because I know I will!!" Check out Metro's full tribute here.

Read More: Metro Boomin Says His Future Collab Album Is "Next Up"

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Donald Trump Congratulates Kim Jong Un, Faces Backlash From Republicans

Donald Trump shared his congratulations for Kim Jong Un on his social media platform, Truth Social, earlier this week, sparking bipartisan backlash. In doing so, Trump shared a link to the news that the World Health Organization has admitted North Korea to its executive board.

"Congratulations to Kim Jung Un!" Trump wrote. The post was quickly met with backlash from several other voices in the Republican party. Georgia governor Brian Kemp later tweeted: "Taking our country back from Joe Biden does not start with congratulating North Korea's murderous dictator."

Read More: Trump Updates Kim Jong-un's Health

Donal Trump Meets Kim Jong Un

PANMUNJOM, SOUTH KOREA - JUNE 30 (SOUTH KOREA OUT): A handout photo provided by Dong-A Ilbo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the South and North Korea on June 30, 2019 in Panmunjom, South Korea. U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un briefly met at the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) on Sunday, with an intention to revitalize stalled nuclear talks and demonstrate the friendship between both countries. The encounter was the third time Trump and Kim have gotten together in person as both leaders have said they are committed to the "complete denuclearization" of the Korean peninsula. (Handout photo by Dong-A Ilbo/Getty Images)

Trump's former lawyer Jenna Ellis also responded to the post: "Donald Trump is running to the left of Ron DeSantis, RFK, and now Joe Biden? We don't have a pro-Kim Jung Un lane in the GOP. What has happened to Trump?" Nikki Haley, who previously served as Trump's former UN ambassador and is currently running against him in 2024, wrote: "Kim Jong Un starves his own people. It's a total farce that North Korea has a leading role at the World Health Organization."

Donald Trump famously became the first sitting US President to meet with a dictator of North Korea back in 2019. He reflected on his relationship with Kim Jong Un during an interview in April. "It started off rough, remember that? I was saying 'little rocket man' and he was saying 'I've got a red button on my desk, and I'm willing to use it,'" Trump recalled. "And then all of a sudden we get a call - they want to meet. We would have had that whole situation straightened out shortly after the beginning of my second term."

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Keyshia Cole Shares Trailer For New Biopic: "This is My Story"

Keyshia Cole has shared a new teaser trailer for her upcoming biopic, Keyshia Cole: This is My Story. Cole is executive producing the film in partnership with Lifetime. It will release on the network on June 24 at 8:00 PM.

"As a young girl, I survived so many different situations ... I always wanted to make a movie about my life," Cole says to introduce the teaser. The film is also expected to feature a new song by Cole. It will be her first since 2021's "I Don't Wanna Be in Love."

Read More: Lifetime Greenlights Keyshia Cole's Biopic, Janet Jackson's Documentary, & TLC's Docuseries

Keyshia Cole In Concert

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Keyshia Cole performs during R&B Super Jam Ladies Night at Barclays Center on May 06, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

Cole further detailed the film in a press release. "This is a story of a daughter's love for her mother, and although my heart remains broken from her untimely passing, I am honored to be sharing it with the world," she said. "Playing the role of myself was a unique opportunity to re-live special moments in my life that also gave me the chance to process her loss in ways I did not expect. I miss her every day, and even though she is not here, her presence was felt throughout this film. Mom, I love you."

The "Keyshia Cole: This is My Story" Trailer

The film will prominently feature Cole's mother, Frankie Lons, who passed away in October 2021 after a drug overdose. She was 61 years old. When it was announced that the film was being made, some fans criticized her for exploiting her late mother. In response, Cole fired back on social media: "Degrading my mother. ? I wanted the best for my mom. You prefer my story not be my story? At times I have too. But my truth is my truth. I just live mine loud. (while some suffer in silence. But This will come wit all that I do, So speak YOUR TRUTH, but yours ain't mine."

Read More: Keyshia Cole Checks Person Who Claims She's "Degrading" Her Mother In Biopic

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BlocBoy JB Says He, Eminem, J. Cole, & Drake Are The "Best Rappers In The World"

BlocBoy JB says that he is one of the "best rappers in the world," along with Eminem, Drake, and J. Cole. The "Look Alive" rapper made the claim in a post on his Instagram Story, Saturday.

"I'm One Of The Best Rappers In The World Y'all Just [Sleep Emoji]," he wrote over a black screen. "Bar 4 Bar only n***a up der wit me is @eminem @champagnepapi @realcoleworld."

Read More: Nicki Minaj, Eminem & More Included In Billboard's Top 10 Rappers Of All Time

BlocBoy JB In Concert

MEMPHIS, TN - JUNE 28: BlocBoy JB performs onstage during the 6th Yo Gotti Birthday Bash at FedExForum on June 28, 2018 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Greg Campbell/Getty Images for TIDAL)

When the story was reposted by DJ Akademiks on Instagram, fans almost universally disagreed with BlocBoy. "I've never seen clout chasing like this before bro is really going out sad = HE BROKE," one wrote. Another commented: "I know a n***a from down the st with more bars then this n***a." Others in disagreement still defended BlocBoy from criticism: "I ain't even mad at bro.. That's how you're suppose to feel about your music."

Despite his own inclusion in the list, J. Cole, Eminem, and Drake are popular picks for the title of the best rapper in the world. Earlier this year, Billboard selected all three of them for its "50 Greatest Rappers of All Time" list. Cole landed at number 15, while Drake went number eight and Eminem ranked at number five.

BlocBoy JB On His Place In Hip-Hop

BlocBoy JB says bar for bar he's up there with Drake, Eminem, and J.Cole
— No Jumper (@nojumper) June 3, 2023

Outside of music, BlocBoy JB recently made headlines for coming to the defense of Memphis Grizzlies star Ja Morant. In a post on Instagram, he sided with Morant after the NBA star brandished a firearm on social media. "Guns are not illegal," he wrote at the time. "If he turnt in his car with his gun dats in his name in his yard and somebody recorded him dat ain't on him. Free Ja." Adam Silver has said the NBA will make a decision on his suspension after the Finals.

Read More: Who Is BlocBoy JB? Everything You Need To Know

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YG took to social media to share his opinion on Tupac receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame just recently. He thinks it's messed up that the iconic rapper hadn't been honored at the landmark up until now, and he's not the only one. Several other social media users flocked to the comments section to agree with him. "It took them 25 years + to give Tupac a star on Hollywood Blvd?" YG asked. He then claimed, "Y'all got him f****ed all the way up." "I completely agree!" one user wrote, adding, "Should have given him one a long time ago." Another agrees, "mf the biggest star to come outta rap other than snoop, jay, & em from that era."

Another artist, Boosie Badazz, also shared his thoughts about the star on Twitter. "Tupac ain't ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME?" he wrote, "WTF THE DISRESPECT." He also said, in typical Boosie fashion, "Don't worry he saying F**K YALL from the Grave."

Read More: DJ Drama Believes Tupac & Biggie Would've Been As Rich As Jay-Z, Diddy & Dr. Dre

Tupac's Hollywood Star

It took them 25 years + to give Tupac a star on Hollywood Blvd? Y'all got him f*ucked all the way up
— yg (@YG) June 2, 2023

It was recently announced that Tupac will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame sometime next week. Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame spoke to LA Times about the star. "Tupac Shakur was a rapper, actor, activist, poet, and revolutionary," Martinez stated. She also went on to explain, "This iconic artist has continued to be part of the zeitgeist for decades after his passing and will continue to be an important cultural figure for many years to come. Surely, as one of L.A.'s own, Tupac's star will be added to the list of most visited stars."

Tupac's star will be located at 6212 Hollywood Boulevard, alongside Big Boy, Missy Elliott, Cedric The Entertainer, Nipsey Hussle, DJ Khaled, Taraji P. Henson, Avril Lavigne, Jean Negulesco, and Jack Paar. The late rapper's sister, Sekyiwa "Set" Shakur, will officially accept the star. Big Boy is set to host the ceremony, and Tupac's godfather, Jamal Joseph, is also set to speak at the event.

Read More: Tupac Had Too Much Empathy To Be A Crack Dealer, Ray Luv Says

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Metro Boomin Says His Future Collab Album Is "Next Up"

Metro Boomin says that his collaborative album with Future will be his next project. When asked what he'll be working on after the release of his Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse soundtrack, Metro further teased the upcoming joint album.

"So now that the soundtrack is out... when's the album with Future," one user asked Metro on Twitter. He replied: "Next up," without giving any additional details.

Read More: Metro Boomin Confirms Future Collab Album Is On The Way

Metro Boomin With Future

PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 17: (L-R) Producer Metro Boomin and Rapper Future aka Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn attend the "YSL Beauty Hotel" event during Paris Fashion Week Menswear Fall/Winter 2018-2019 on January 17, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images for YSL Beaute)

Metro first teased the idea of dropping a full project with Future following the release of the rapper's 2022 album I NEVER LIKED YOU, on which Metro is noticeably absent. Speaking with Ebro Darden, he explained why the two didn't link up for the album. "Let me tell you why. [Future] actually finished most of the album at my studio in LA," he told Darden at the time. "That's my brother, but we're working on some things. At first, we were going to put a couple of songs with me and him on the album, but we had took them off because I had talked to him. I was like, 'Look, the last time anybody's really heard a song from me and you was 'Mask Off.' So instead of us randomly throwing one or two songs we did on here, we got to wait and just give them a joint.'"

Things cooled off for a time as Metro worked on the Across the Spider-Verse soundtrack, but earlier this year, he confirmed that the collaborative album will drop by the end of 2023.

Metro Boomin On His Future Collaboration

Next up
— Metro Boomin (@MetroBoomin) June 2, 2023

Metro and Future have worked together numerous times over the years. While performing together at Atlanta's State Farm Arena in January, Metro reflected on their relationship. "You know, Pluto, that's my brother. We've been at it for a long time. This whole superhero moment, it's like the beginning of our phase two," he said. "We haven't had a song out since 'Mask Off,' they've been on our heads. With this, and then the whole State Farm thing, it's starting to slowly put people on notice: we crankin' that shit back up too."

Read More: Metro Boomin Hints At Future Collab Album

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50 Cent Took Down A Snitch In Front Of J. Lo


Producer Cory Rooney recently gave fans a blast from the past, sharing an incident involving 50 Cent. He told BagFuel an old story of 50 Cent getting into it with a man he believed snitched on his friend, Prince Markie Dee, for straying from his girlfriend. Rooney has frequently worked alongside J. Lo and signed 50 Cent in the '90s.

Rooney begins, "We're at the Hit Factory, and I'm with Jennifer in the studio. 50 shows up that day, and he got the dude with him. So he comes to me and he's like, 'Yo, where Mark at?' I said, 'I don't know.' He says, 'Call him on the phone.' So, I put him on the phone, 50's like, 'Ay yo listen, I got this n***a here right now, so wassup, tell me what happened.'"

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50 Cent Stuck Up For Prince Markie Dee

Rooney continued the story, "The dude was looking around, and he put Mark on speaker, and the dude was saying, 'Nah, that's not what happened.' So after awhile, 50 was looking at him and says he'll call Mark back. And then, 50 starts pounding this dude, and Jennifer is like, 'Oh my God.' She started screaming. Then I told him, 'Take the n***a outside.'"

Earlier this week, 50 Cent took to Instagram to share his thoughts on Bill Cosby's recent lawsuit from former Playboy bunny, Victoria Valentino. Valentino alleges in her lawsuit that Cosby drugged her and a friend in the late '60s, leading to a nonconsensual sexual experience. 50 Cent commented publicly, "They are just doing Bill dirty, smh ain't no way 54 years ago. Lmao this is just fvcked up Brody!" Cosby and his legal team deny the allegations. The rapper also recently revealed that his highly-anticipated upcoming tour could potentially be his last. He called the tour a  "final lap," adding, "I won't be running around like this no more. I gotta do my film and television stuff and got a lot of other things going on behind the scenes that I gotta work on. So I won't be out touring as much as I've been touring... I'm having fun this time because it's set up to enjoy myself, we not feeling pressure."

Read More: 50 Cent Supports Bill Cosby Amid New Lawsuit

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Russ Announces New Album, "SANTIAGO"


Russ Announces New Album, "SANTIAGO"

Russ has announced that his next album will be titled SANTIAGO and that it will release on Friday, August 18, 2023. He reflected on the announcement in a lengthy statement posted on social media, Saturday afternoon. In doing so, he also shared the cover art for the project.

"This album represents my mental, spiritual, physical and emotional journey to my treasure (I talk more about what my treasure is on the album but it's symbolized by the pyramid). The journey at times wasn't and isn't pretty," Russ wrote. "I've put myself through the ringer and beat myself up quite a bit along the way. The front cover depicts externally what that sort of psychological warfare looks like."

Read More: How Russ is Dominating the Independent Hip-Hop Space

Russ In Concert

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 1: Rapper Russ performs live on stage at Audio Club on December 1, 2022 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.(Photo by Mauricio Santana/Getty Images)

From there, he continued to discuss the artwork while noting that the project is available for pre-order now. "The back cover depicts the internal dynamics at play. Myself, my inner child and my shadow. It's a battle vs myself at all times and I had to do a lot of self excavation to make this album," he said.

Russ continued: "I'm really excited. I'm really nervous. SANTIAGO is my journey to self love & self mastery while touching on the obstacles that have provided resistance along the way...feelings of emptiness, inadequacy, imposter syndrome, doubt, anger, shame (to name a few) and ultimately issues from my childhood that have shown up in my adult life. It's my attempt to understand, navigate and heal. It's the most vulnerable music I've ever made and I had to do a lot of excavating to make it. I hope that by listening to me face my own emotions, you all gain the courage to face your own. It was a confronting experience and I hope it resonates with people who are trying to navigate the obstacles on their own journey because as Paulo Coelho said, 'one man's journey is every man's journey.'"

Russ' "SANTIAGO" Announcement


— SANTIAGO (@russdiemon) June 3, 2023

The SANTIAGO announcement comes one month after the release of his latest EP,  CHOMP 2.5. That project featured production from Boi-1da, Alchemist, Havoc, 9th Wonder, and more across six tracks.

Read More: Russ Reveals New EP From CHOMP Series, "CHOMP 2.5"

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