[photogallerylink id=138340 align=right]Mother Monster hasn’t always been the strong confident woman that presents herself in meat dresses and rocks cyphers to Grammy events.
In fact it was quite the opposite. Lady Gaga spent time at the “It’s Our Turn” conference being held at the Brentwood School in LA.
While there she anchored questions about her difficult past with bulimia and ongoing struggle with self esteem.
“I used to throw up all the time in high school,” Gaga honestly revealed, “So I’m not that confident. I wanted to be a skinny little ballerina, but I was a voluptuous little Italian girl whose dad had meatballs on the table every night. I used to come home and say, ‘Dad, why do you always give us this food? I need to be thin.’ And he’d say, ‘Eat your spaghetti.”
But she encouraged students that there was help and reaching out was key, while also warning against some of the physical effects of an eating disorder. “It’s really hard, but … you’ve got to talk to somebody about it.” she said. “It made my voice bad, so I had to stop. The acid on your vocal cords … it’s very bad.”
Gaga got real with the students pointing out excessive dieting as an issue that effect more than their bodies but also how they think and what is passed on to kids. ”Weight is still a struggle. Every video I’m in, every magazine cover, they stretch you — they make you perfect,” she confessed. “It’s not real life. I’m gonna say this about girls: The dieting has got to stop. Everyone just knock it off. Because at the end of the day, it’s affecting kids your age — and it’s making girls sick.”
Lady Gaga “Born This Way”
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Rappers love to push back their albums. We get it. They are ambitious by nature, so they say March, because they want to put it out in March, but really they mean May, and if you’re Dr. Dre, you likely mean never.
[photogallerylink id=64904 align=right]The Georgia-bred B.o.B. is the latest rapper to fall victim to his own ambition. Although he did not reveal why, he did tell his Twitter followers that his new album Strange Clouds, which was originally due March 15th will now be out on May 1st.
“Good news and ‘Not-so-good’ news…#StrangeClouds comes out May 1st….#StrangeClouds,” he tweeted last week. Still not reason why, but he did also reveal that his new song “So Good” will come out on Valentine’s Day.
Bobby Ray is sorry for the wait but promises that the album is worth it.
We know. And we’ll wait. AMP out.
B.o.B. featuring Lil Wayne “Strange Clouds”
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He recalled some advice Jay gave him about starting out in the music industry, alluding to how it’s not always best to know too much, too fast. “Jay-Z made an analogy that when you’re first starting it’s almost like you’re trying to get across a room, but the room is pitch-black, and when you finally get to the other side of the room and you flick on the light, you look back and you realize there were snakes over here, there was a hole over there.”
[photogallerylink id=145747 align=left]Cole took Jay’s message to heart indicating that following your heart is the truest way to navigate through the music industry or any industry. But he went on to discuss more of the things he’s thankful to Jay-Z for, “One thing I appreciate about Jay-Z is he let me do it my way and let me figure it out…he never compromised or interfered with my creative process,” J.Cole said, “It feels better winning knowing that I figured this thing out on my own and if it wouldn’t have worked, I would have been OK with bumping my head and falling on my terms, rather than winning on somebody else’s.”
And winning is what he’s doing: With a platinum single, a gold album, and a Grammy nomination (an honorable loss to Bon Iver), Cole is on a path of success. But he isn’t focused on the thing’s he’s already accomplished, he’s looking forward.
“That’s in the past. Like what’s the next move? That’s my mind state.” said J. Cole
J. Cole “Can’t Get Enough”
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